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On the feature front we take a look at the situation in North America, the home of VIScorp, and thus the new home of the Amiga. The Amiga show in Canada is covered along with VIScorp's activities and the general stale of hardware and software development on that continent. We also look at the next generation of Amiga Comms software, represented by the reviews of Miami and Termite on pages 50 and 51. These packages are the most advanced of their kind, not just on Amiga, but on any other platform and. Combined with the best equipment available for Amiga, they can leave other computers standing. Many thanks to all of you who sent back the letter to VIScorp printed in the August issue. Unfortunately, due to problems with the Amiga buyout (see newsl, we have been unable to communicate all your opinions to them yet, but fear not. This has actually been advantageous: there are now more replies in the post bag than we ever imagined receiving. By holding on a little bit longer we have an even more impressive horde of responses with which to make VIScorp sit up and take notice. Finally, as of November we go monthly with our CU Amiga Magazine Super Cds. As usual they will be packed with the best software, pics and sounds available on Amiga, so if you’re a CD user, watch out! Alan Dykes, Editor Cover Story and Features 20 Amiga Stateside story Our recent Euroscene feature covered how the Amiga is doing in Europe. Now it's time to look further afield and check out the current state of play of the Amiga across the pond. 24 To infinity j and beyond : The Net is here to stay. The Amiga : has been linked to the Net longer ¦ than any other machine so it • should be up to us to lead the • way forward. We examine the • next generation of Net software : for the Amiga.
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Sensations 18+ £14.95 CONIENTS EDITOR Al*« Dykes DEWITT fIITOI
li«W-i TECHNICAL EDITOR Tmt Hmim CD-ROM EDITOR Mat Bettiawa
COMMIT AIT EDITOR H.k. Oart, DEPUTY ART EDITOR Aalkoay Callias
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performance without cost. It's an equation which doesn't add up.
On the feature front we take a look at the situation in North America, the home of VIScorp, and thus the new home of the Amiga. The Amiga show in Canada is covered along with VIScorp's activities and the general stale of hardware and software development on that continent. We also look at the next generation of Amiga Comms software, represented by the reviews of Miami and Termite on pages 50 and 51. These packages are the most advanced of their kind, not just on Amiga, but on any other platform and. Combined with the best equipment available for Amiga, they can leave other computers
Many thanks to all of you who sent back the letter to VIScorp printed in the August issue.
Unfortunately, due to problems with the Amiga buyout (see newsl, we have been unable to communicate all your opinions to them yet, but fear not. This has actually been advantageous: there are now more replies in the post bag than we ever imagined receiving. By holding on a little bit longer we have an even more impressive horde of responses with which to make VIScorp sit up and take notice.
Finally, as of November we go monthly with our CU Amiga Magazine Super Cds. As usual they will be packed with the best software, pics and sounds available on Amiga, so if you’re a CD user, watch out!
Alan Dykes, Editor Cover Story and Features 20 Amiga Stateside story Our recent Euroscene feature covered how the Amiga is doing in Europe. Now it's time to look further afield and check out the current state of play of the Amiga across the pond.
.... ! 24 To infinity j and beyond : The Net is here to stay. The Amiga : has been linked to the Net longer ¦ than any other machine so it
• should be up to us to lead the
• way forward. We examine the
• next generation of Net software : for the Amiga.
X v 53 Accelerators Now everyone can harness the awesome power of the 68060 processor, thanks to the new Cyberstorm II 060 and the Apollo 1260 cards. For those with slightly less spending power there's also the highly desirable 68040-equipped Apollo 1240. Turn to page 53 for all the details.
CMIillS 14 News from Blrttersoft, 1C PUG, Harwoods and more 28 Interview with John Hare 31 Bograts - The Puzzling Misadventure 31 Micro Mortal Tennis 32 Enigma 33 Access Denied - Mission 2 34 Reality Game Pack 36 Capital Punishment 40 Kick Off 96 43 Aura Backpack 50 Miami TCP 51 Termite TCP 53 CyberStorm II 060 54 Apollo Accelerators 56 Dynamode Modems 58 Emplant 1200 Lite 60 Photo CD Manager 67 PD Scene 71 PD Utilities 76 Art Gallery 78 Imagine 3.0 82 Easy Calc 84 Graphics Masterclass 86 Wired World 88 Net God 90 Q&A Masterclass 92 Frequently Asked Questions 98 Q£rA ioo Points Of View 102
Backchat 104 Subscriptions 106 Back Issues 12 Mikro Mortal Tennis This little belter of a tennis game on cover disk 143 rocked into the office last week and completely won us over game set and match. We were so impressed by it we decided to put it on our cover disk. Try out a few matches for yourself, you can play either arcade mode or player vs player J mode in this demo.
Le D 9 Three seconds after loading a level, I became a believer!"
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Isk Tools ms Dsbackup DSBackup is a simple tool which enables Recovery to help out in the event of a serious hard drive error.
Dsbackup backs up the details of your partitions in two ways. It will create a mountfile or Rigid Disk Block (RDB) file based on an existing partition (or any AmigaDOS volume). So. In the event of a serious corruption of the hard drive, the partitions can be remounted either by re-writing the RDB file to the hard drive or by mounting from an AmigaDOS mountlist.
To create a backup, run DSBackup and click on one of your hard drive partitions which should appear in the Devices list. You may also choose device units if necessary. Once done, press Show and the precise details of this partition are displayed. From here a mountlist can be saved out. In the event of a loss of this device, it should be possible to restore the drive to the system by using MOUNT filename where the filename is the name you saved out the mountfile as.
To back up Rigid Disk Blocks, the Device Units option must be used. Click on the hard drive in question and again press Show. The results are much the same but this time you can save out the RDB of the drive somewhere safe. It's important to know that an RDB holds the partition details for ALL of the partitions present on that drive. In this way one RDB file performs the same as many mount lists.
If the RDB for that hard drive is ever lost, the 'Restore a RDB from ...' option can be chosen after highlighting the hard drive to write the mountfile too.
Note that after a serious hard drive corruption, the devices when restored may show up as NDOS or the like (after restoring an RDB. A reboot will be needed).
Ignore this. Recovery should still be able to salvage the files onto a healthy drive.
Back up your hard drive RDBs and keep your CU Amiga Upper Disk Tools cover disk in a safe place.
Don't forget to also keep your hard drive RDBs and mountlists on floppy disk, otherwise if your hard drive is damaged, you won't be able to Recover it! The complete manual for Upper Disk Tools will be on CUCD4.
Sleep easier at nights, safe in the knowledge that if all is lost on your Amiga you could get it all back in one piece thanks to Upper Disk Tools.
Amiga OS 2.0 to use either package. Also please note that Upper Disk Tools doesn't work with Fourth Level Development's AFS filesystem.
The Recovery program is unlike conventional disk salvaging tools such as AmiBack Tools and DiskSalv. Whereas these two packages work from a single GUI, when you run Recovery you get a GUI with several complex-looking gadgets However, it's simpler than it looks, as Recovery creates a handy AmigaDOS device called REC: when run. This device labelled Recovery has a hard drive icon and it can be used via the Workbench . REC: can also be used with any Amiga program capable of accessing devices such as the AmigaDOS Shell or directory utility like Directory Opus. Whether using Workbench or
anything else, when a directory is obtained of the REC: device, two drawers Opper Disk Tools consists of two programs. A disk recovery program lunsuprisinglyl called Recovery and a disk structure backup program called DSBackup. They can both be run straight from this month's cover disk or they can be installed onto floppy or hard drive. You will need as least will appear called Drives and Scanned drives. The Drives drawer will contain sub directories for each and every OFS FFS formatted track based device on your Amiga.
When one of those directories is entered, Recovery will scan the drive concerned. Whether it performs a fast search only for Deleted. Lost and Fleaderiess files, or whether it shows every file on the drive depends on the setting of Search Method on the Recovery GUI. The Fast setting is fast but won't show all files while Deep shows every file but needs to read the whole disk. A word of warning, once a directory has been obtained of a drive, that drive will be unavailable for the rest of the Amiga system. The scanned driver will either be write protected or dismounted, again there's a
cycle gadget for this on the Recovery GUI called Before start scanning a disk make it:*. In order to free the drive up again so that the system can use it, the scanned drives appear on the Recovery GUI. All that's needed to free the drive is to click on its entry and press Free Drive. It will then be available for the rest of your Amiga programs.
A quick scan By using Recovery in this way, any drive from simple floppy disks to the largest hard drives can have deleted files quickly copied off them. However if more serious errors on these drives occur, the REC: device will not complain about any read write checksum errors. It will contain the files whether they are whole or damaged so everything from a selective recovery to a massive disk salve operation by copying the entire drive elsewhere can be performed. In the latter case, the offending HD can then be formatted and the contents copied back without use of the REC: device. At any
time the Recovery GUI can be hidden by pressing the Hide button. The hot-key combination control-alt-r will make it reappear when needed.
Oue lo a hug in amigaguide.library V34.11 that pieients it Irom nothing correctly with AmigaDOS 2.04. 2.05 and 2.1 the on line help lacility has been removed lor those who tun undei that version ol the operating system. This bug was discovered alter the Upper Disk Tools documentation had been printed We greatly regret the need to remove functionality Irom our software, hut left it necessary lo prevent software latlure during use This alteration does not a (led users with AmigaDOS
3. D or higher as long as amigagoide library V39 (sopplied with
AmigaDOS 31 and above) is available to the system Online help
is still available to users whose Amigas ate running less than
Amiga DOS 3.1. II will be in the lorm ol help windows rather
than Amigagoide We want to apologise lor any inconvenience to
all Ihe users attccled by this last minute change. A new lived
version ol amigaguide.library will be Ireely available to
every registered user ol Upper Disk Tools via the puhlic
domain network in the lorm ol programs (patches) that update
the installed software Also note that bug lives and minor
enhancements will be made available via the same route (public
domain) Manuel lemos.
Upper Design Take note There’s a few tips to take note Of with Recovery. If the drive in question has read errors, you'd be well advised to click on the Skip read Errors checkbox on the Recovery GUI. You could also fill in a pattern such as ?.gif in the Search pattern box so that the REC: device only showed .gif files. Lastly, if memory is running low. There's an option which may be activated from the options menu to activate Recovery's Low memory setup which will slow things down but at least still work.
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IS Do yon Hod this product intuitive and easy ta ose? (if oot why?)
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II Suggestions, comments, sad hug reports Now that you have purchased this software, we trust that you won't a give a copy to anyone else. We know you won't copy this software or any other commercial software, because we understand that you are a person who knows how to respect programmers for their hard work.
Even if your best friend asks you to copy the software for them, just tell them that not only is software piracy a crime punished by law, but pirating software prevents better software being released for the Amiga. If your friend is really your friend, they will understand. To prove our gratitude for not pirating software, we offer a 20% discount off the recommended retail price if you would like to purchase a copy of this software for friend direct from us. To benefit from this discount, just send a check made payable to Manuel Lemo for 400 Portuguese escudos or the equivalent in English,
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details on exactly how it performs this miracle).
Upper Disk Tools (UDT) is really two programs: Recovery and DSBackup. You will need at least Kickstart version 2.0 to run either and Kickstart 2.1 to use the non-English language versions of the catalogues.
You can run UDT from the cover disk or choose to install it to your hard drive. To boot from the cover disk insert the disk and reset your Amiga, it will load up a very simple Workbench. From here, enter the UDT directory and simply click on DSBackup or Recovery. The same operation can be performed by booting from your own Workbench either on floppy disk or hard drive.
Installing UDT to hard drive is also extremely simple.
Simply enter the Install directory and click on the Installer for whichever language you prefer (UDT will default to English). Recovery and DSBackup can also dragged onto any disk or hard drive partition you like.
Remember that you'll need a copy of UDT on floppy disk in case something goes seriously wrong with a hard drive so it might be a good idea to make a backup copy of the cover disk first.
Mikro Mortal Tennis Disk number 143: Not only is Mikro Mortal Tennis a funky little tennis game, it's also a self booting disk. All you have to do is insert cover disk 143 into your internal drive and restart your Amiga. But first of all plug your joystick in. You need it to play the game. Once you've started your Amiga it will take about a minute to load the demo. Once loaded you will be presented with an options screen that allows you to choose either arcade mode or a player Vs player mode. Use your joystick to toggle which option you want.
After choosing, you will enter a playing screen as one of the two players. To serve, press the fire button and move the joystick to place the short-lived red target roughly on the spot you want to serve to. To return the ball first position yourself, then press the fire button to wind up for the shot. Then release the fire button with your joystick pressed firmly in the direction you want to return to. Try different serves and moving towards and back from the net. The main features disabled in this demo are the league and championship options, but you should still have fun in both modes
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Takes Longer Than Expected Chief among people's comments are
their loyalty to the Amiga, hawing upgraded and supported
the computer through thick and thin and all want to continue
using the Amiga in an advanced form past the year 2000. We
have now gathered all the responses for the month and will
be presenting them in a post sack to VIScorp. J We'll have
their first comments next month. By then we can only hope
that the legal situ- I ation has been sorted out and they can
give us some positive. 1 concrete answers.
The Little People As well as Enigma. OTM are currently working on another new I title. This new game may be called gnomes in tribute to the i stars of the game: those loveaWe j garden ornaments. So far it is billed as puzzle game which as j well as all the usual bolts and r«M will feature an extra special installer which will recognise which machine (Gnomes will nai I on all Amigas with t Mb as wei afl Pcs! You have and install the r*» vant graphics, sound FX and music. Superb Ohe legal difficulties pointed out by Bill Buck regarding the Amiga takeover have meant that no new announcements
have been made by the Chicago company about their Amiga plans. Despite tacit confirmation that a cheaper A4000T would be top of their list of priorities, according to a rare interview carried out by Thomas Svenson of Amiga Info magazine in Sweden, the whole VIScorp management team have remained remarkably tight lipped.
As Mr Buck indicated in his press release last month there are still many loose ends regarding ownership of all the copyright, parts etc which currently exist because these problems were unsatisfactorily sorted out by Escom when they took over Amiga. This could be a big headache for VIScorp who intend to use the Amiga as the basis for their ED set-top box. If Amiga copyright is even partially owned by another company, or if there is a grey area surrounding the ownership it would make production more difficult with a licence possibly payable to a third party. This is obviously not what
VIScorp intended when they announced that they were purchasing the Amiga lock stock and barrel several months ago. So the process has still not finished at time of writing, despite several announcements that it had.
We have now received over 2.000 responses to the save the Amiga campaign. They have come from all over the world as well as the UK and many people have added their own comments to the list we made on the letter.
Icpug Trial offer Delfina DSP Imminent For those not familiar with ICPUG, the former Independent Computer Products Users Group, it is a network of Amiga land Commodore 641 fanatics who swop information, advice and software for their favourite computer. The group is an invaluable source of information on all aspects of Amiga and if you are a serious user and you want to contact like minded people you might find it useful to get in touch. At the moment they are offering a trial membership from this September through to the the end of the year for £10.00 in the UK.
The non-profit-making organisation which was formed in 1978 with the aim of supporting most home computers, but especially Amiga, as well as PC and other machines made by the former Commodore company.
The trial membership includes two issues of the ICPUG Journal, use of the ICPUG free PD software library for the Amiga, and all other Commodore computers, plus a free PD library (DOS and Windows! For the PC. Discounts and technical help hot-lines are available for members.
Through the Readers Write section of the ICPUG Journal members can contact other users of home computers both in the UK and overseas. With the demise of Commodore and the acquisition of Amiga Technologies by VIScorp, the 'For Sale and Wanted’ column is often the only means of acquiring items which are now out of production.
To get more details call the Membership Secretary. Tim Arnot, 17 Colne Drive. Oakfields, Didcot, Oxon 0X11 7RZ or Email him on: email@example.com A new sound card offering realtime digital audio effects in 16-bit stereo is almost ready for release. The Zorro card known as Delfina, from Finnish developers Petsoff. Has had its full release delayed slightly while the final touches are made to the software. We expect to be able to bring you a full review in the next issue of CU Amiga Magazine.
When used as a realtime sound processor the card offers noise gate, compression, distortion, delay, phaser and equaliser effects, all of which are fully configurable from the software interface.
Blittersoft now join Harwoods as suppliers for the full range of Amiga products from German peripherals developer Phase 5 here in the UK.
They will be supplying the Cyberstorm, Blizzard and Cybergraphics cards as well as their various peripherals such as SCSI chips etc. Blitttersoft will also be carrying the new Picasso IV graphics card released in competition with the Cybervision from Phase 5 we announced last month.
This new board will be fully Zorro ll lll auto sensing and will have the following features as standard:
• 64-bit Cirrus Logic 5446 Chip
• Max Pixel clock 135 Mhz
• Max non-interlaced res: 1280 x 1024 (8-bit) and 1024 x 763
• Mac 4Mb EDO RAM (2Mb standard!.
• Flicker fixer on-board
• Zorro ll lll autosensing
• 'Video on Workbench' - a scalable LIVE video window on
• Audio capability such as switching between different sound
sources, original Amiga sound, graphic board itself (sound chip
future upgrade!, CD- ROM audio and video source.
• Compatible with genlock
• Ports for additional modules : such as MPEG, TV-Tuner, Sound,
The new Picasso IV graphics card from Blittersoft is due for release towards the end of November and should be priced around £399.95 for the 2Mb board. We will hopefully have a head to head between it and the CyberVision 64 3D in the next month or two. So watch this space very carefully.
Amiga Top 10 Blittersoft Announces New Deals Supplied by HMV One of the Amiga's most essential utilities, Directory Opus 5.0, has just been upgraded to version 5.5. The original award winning 4.0 was cover mounted on CU Amiga Magazine in February 1995 and was superseded oh the shelves by version
5. 0, which scored 95%. The utility which can almost replace
Workbench allows vastly improved file handling and a more
However some users (including members of this mag's staffl suggested improvements to the
5. 0 release many of which have been acted upon for this version.
They claim that it is "more of a new version than just a simple update*. New features quoted by GP"s Dr Greg Perry include: Opus 5.5 Now Ready
• An enhanced WorkBench Replacement Mode has been enhanced that
allows you to use DOPus 5.5 as a complete WB replacement.
• An integrated OpusFTP capability that lets you access remote
Internet sites directly by using standard Opus Listers.
• Sleeker, tidier button banks and requesters.
• New Filetype-specific pop-up menus allow special menus for
icons and files. Use Filetypes to add custom menus for
different types of files and icons.
• New independent Hotkeys are now supported.
• New Scripts system allows functions to be executed upon most
• Custom menus have been improved with multiple user menus with
• New Automatic Filetype Cheap Dpaint Add On DRC Sequential
Graphics, an American Amiga developer for the past four years,
recently announced that their Motion Collage package, a third
party product for Dpaint IV and V is to be sold off at a
bargain basement price. A demo of the product can be downloaded
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StudioMushi mc.html Motion Collage contains 150 motion clips
for Deluxe PaintIV and V’s move requester, each with a
descriptive name detailing the degree, angle, and style of
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logos and graphics. Motion Collage package includes the
following 150 motion clips, a tutorial and 50 lo-res.
2 colour, reference animations and an installation utility.
This collection originally retailed for $ 69.95. Now they want to sell all remaining stocks for just $ 5. They are US based though so the likely cost (via post or Email) will undoubtedly be higher. To find out more, send Email to D@itsnet.com or call DRC Sequential Graphics (now called Studio Mushi) at (USA) 00 1 801 373 9579 Creator allows you to create and test Filetypes with ease.
• A font viewer is now included.
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for 'Magic Workbench’ and similar systems.
• Cybergraphics RTG are now supported.
• Enhanced clipboard support providing full cut. Copy and paste
in gadgets and file Listers.
• Listers can now display a background picture or pattern.
• Several new internal commands and many new Arexx commands
have been added or extended with new features. You can now even
add you own internal commands with Arexx.
Available in September from Wizard Developments at €59.99, there will also be an upgrade offer for registered users of Opus
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Software makers of International Flow Charter are getting
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Vulcan's Lined Up Vulcan Software, those bastions of Amiga games are now on-line.
Their new web site will include details and downloadable demos of all their latest releases such as Bograts (see preview in this issue), the latest in the Tiny Troops series and Jetpilot. Up to date information on other games in the pipeline will also be there as well as information on current titles and registering facilities. You can access their site on www.vulcan.co.uk. Phone FAX: (330)928-1738.
Harwoods Slash Prices Gordon Harwood Computers have just cut the prices of their Phase 5 products by up to £50 in response to Blittersoft being appointed as new distributors.
You can now get a Blizzard 1230IV for just £159.95, exceptional value. See their forthcoming advertisements for a full list of reductions.
CU Special Offer Is A Reality All you budding game developers out there take note. BPM Promotions are giving CU Amiga readers a free demo of their Reality Gama Engine (previewed August '96). Turn to page 34 for more details.
Returning To The Fold Contrary to popular belief Effigy Software haven’t abandoned the Amiga at all. They've come up with a novel way of incorporating their interests in both Pcs and Amigas. They will be releasing their games on dual format Cds which will run on Amiga and PC. Lots of goodies are lined up for the not so distant future. We should have more news of releases soon.
Attention All Artists graphics for Internet web sites for corporate clients, often utilising such packages as Lightwave and ImageFX. What's more.
Conspicuous is implementing a graphics library consisting of both 2D and 3D graphics. If pictures in the library are used in the design of web sites or by other clients, the author will be payed a royalty.
Accordingly Conspicuous is putting out the call for Amiga artists, whether 2D or 3D. To submit their material into the library and stand a chance of gaining fame and fortune from their Amiga work. In order to do so. Why not drop into Conspicuous' WWW site on http: www.conspicuous.co.uk. You can also E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to send material into the company.
Keiron Robbins, formerly of IntemetFCI. Is a keen Amiga enthusiast who has recently taken the leap and formed and World Wide Web page design company called Conspicuous. What's interesting is the fact that Keiron uses Amigas to design the NEW FRUAML6A DRIVER DISK The BEST just got BETTER! After 12 months of further 1 development Opus 5.5 is now ready and shipping. Stunning new features incluoe:- ? Icon Action Mode ? Workbench Replacement Mooe dramatically enhanced ? OpusFTP capability to access Internet FTP sites with a lister ? Borderless Button banks ? Filetype-specific pop-up menus ?
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We are 50 yards on The Amiga in SsbISs Now the Amiga has returned home to North America, we investigate just what that vast continent has to offer ... the many faces of the North American Amiga market.
Oh, North America. The vast New World, so often misunderstood
- even when it comes to Amiga computers, Unlike the UK and
mainland Europe, the Amiga failed to make a lasting dent in
mainstream personal computing - despite the fact that for a
time, large department stores couldn't keep A500s in stock. But
as with any industry, the retail memory is very short-term and
the Amiga has faded into public obscurity.
Of course, obscurity has a strange way of making the Amiga flourish. After all. Hordes of Amigas have been sold on the continent, bringing many users back from other machines.
Often these - immediately associated with video work, and while it is true that ? Good many Amigas have been sold to video enthusiasts and hobbyists, the sheer numbers indicate that these are by far a minority a very vocal minority at times, but still a minority group. No, in North America there's the same eclectic collection of Amiga users you'll find anywhere, from dedicated computer enthusiasts to game players, to productivity fiends and educational barons.
How have the times been treating us?
Well, of course, the death of CorjimotttifS- hurt everyone worldwide.
Unfortunately. Escom's emergence was no great comfort to North American users, since Escom had no established presence on the continent. The selection of SMG. Who had acted as Commodore's service organisation for warranty work and repairs, as continental distributor ended eadier this year in a strange set of cir- wW cumstances and an even more bizarre corporate letter.
QuikPak, the contracted US manufacturer of Amiga 4000Ts, informed SMG that due to their insufficient order quantities, they were effectively terminated as distributors. Not to be outdone, SMG sent a letter full of apocalyptic imagery to a surprised online community, and departed the Amiga market. QuikPak has acted ever since as distribu-
* tion coordinator for North America, selling in quantity to
whoever can meet criteria.
That criteria, of course, means you want to buy a lot of Amiga 4000Ts at the going rate, which is ndran insignificant sum of money. Still, dedicated Amiga enthusiasts and professionals have turned out for the machine. As for A1200s, they tend to be in exceptionally short supply.
Often, distributors and parts dealers are able to obtain A1200 motherboards, cases, keyboards, etc. (torn old Commodore inventory and these resurface in the form of rebuilt A1200s or refitted tower units Some AT-manufactured A1200s have made their way across the ocean though The oft-overlooked 'other' AGAmachine, the CD32. Sold very well once the SX-1 and lower-cost CD32s became available after the Commodore auction and sale Now. Due to their rather limited production runs, they are all but impossible to find.
The North American market was exceptionally hesitant when it came to Escom.
In fact, to a large degree everyone was in a "wait-and-see" mode. Last summer, however, a pa r of Canadian Amiga shows broke the stalemate and encouraged more Amiga activism, which can be seen in spadest hesedays More on that later So, you wonder, what's going on in the Amiga markertiver there? Here's the face of the Amiga community in a number of different capacities, j'.’f The Face of the Amiga in America: Activism Despite the best efforts of a number of Amiga enthusiasts nationwide, virtually no maior retailer of computer products will carry Amiga hardware or software. A shame, to be sure.
That doesn't keep people from trying to give the Amiga a more public image, however. A particularly notable example is that of Keith Cagle of Virtual Reality Productions, who spearheaded an effort to expose the Olympic video production corps to the Amiga. In all, six Amiga 4000T Toaster-Flyer systems found their way onto the video production floor.
The software side The Final Writer vs. Wordworth debate is neverending as both programs continue to be developed. Softwood in the US keeps up their end of the bargain by continually upgrading Final Writer, as well as supporting their other productivity titles. Other major and legendary Amiga software FEATURE companies, such as Softlogik, authors of PageStream, also continue their Amiga development even if their flagship products are ported to other platforms.
The other side of the coin is the company that in some ways is an ironic success story - born as an independent company right around the time of Commodore's demise. Nova Design has done very well with their ImageFX graphics processing package since taking distri- ggn as well as development into their . Based on the success and fre- nt upgrades of ImageFX, Nova has recently acquired the source for v4D and avnyw version with revampedifitecface anfi ImageFX cross- capabilities is due in the fall.
Fred Fish has renamed his company |ff£ nus and now deals in several different . .s of software but the Amiga ia II high on his list and work ori thfe Amiga er Environment r ADE) continues.
ADE is a full-featured, free C development package for Amigt i coders.
Dale Larson is still very much involved in the Amiga market with his company, ntangible Assets Manufacturing. 1AM has hing rights to 4RBackup (or Mr. Backup, as Larson prefers these days), and continues to support its other titles, including Dave The users My employment with VIScorp as a communications consultant gave me a unique opportunity recently to meet with four different groups of users in a two week period. What better way to base an evaluation of how things are out in the Amiga trenches?
“ The TAC want solid currency power over Amiga goods.
Lessly. Some products just take a bit longer than uld be hoped for arrive, or aren’t aggressively imported, ike most games. The i excep- scom.
Was in ier, shows id more will be selling shortly.
Cronus is always prompt and up to date in its support for Amiga users and the Aminet via selling compact discs from Schat2truhe in Germany. Ffowever, there are still a few distribution coups de grace that remain to be made in North America.
Montreal Amiga Convention -96 The first of what looks to be a small series of Canadian Amiga shows this year, the August Amiga Convention was held in a series of rooms in a downtown hotel. At first, the layout was confusing for all involved - dealers were broken up into four medium-sized rooms adjoining a Development of Amiga portables and luggables is taking an interesting turn. For some time now. Silent Paw has been developing and promoting its PAWS A1200 and A4000 units, which accept motherboards for the respective machines and incorporate them in custom cases complete with batteries and
QuikPak has unveiled a preliminary design for a new A4000-type luggable machine, to be AC-powered only but with a new motherboard that boasts a video slot.
Zorro slots, and is 040 or 060 on the board with up to 128Mb memory expansion standard (no accelerator card required).
QuikPak estimates completion in six months and a ballpark cost of US$ 3000.
Rave and dance club types will want to keep their eye on Atlanta a bit longer and watch for the release of the Geodesic Designs' MindEYE. Based on the old Mindlight. The MindEYE should be lots of rhythmic enjoyment when it is released.
The Face of the Amiga in North America: European Distribution As ever, a toss-up. Some companies are extremely reliable, competent, and consistent in providing an imported line of hardware or software. Oregon Research, in particular, has done a good job in tandem with HiSoft of the UK to from Click Boom of Toronto, Canada.
I They've got more works in t [stages as well. And in an interesting nove, Bigg Wolf of the US has taken over I rights to the FMV CD32 title ralGate.
As for hardware?
I recently engaged in a discussion with another Amiga fan over whether or not the focus of Amiga hardware development had shifted to Germany. To a large extent, this is true, but not entirely so.
[ DKB continues to manufacture and develop new products for the Amiga line. Most recently, DKB released a pair of SCSI-II accelerators for A2000. 3000, and 4000 machines, and has a networking card in the works. Their WildFire A2000 060 card has been shipping for some time now.
The former Great Valley Products is no more, but GVP-M is carrying on the name.
Currently. GVP-M manufactures and distributes select new GVP and TekMagic boards, notable in that some models allow the mixing of GVP memory Simms and standard memory Simms. (Other GVP boards have adopted the industry standard outright.) Available now are A2000 and A3000 4000 68060 accelerators, and 040 060 models for the A500 and A1200 are planned as well.
In Level Developments, publishers of Ami- File Safe, ended some time ago.
And then there's the black sheep ware development - the return of gaming to North America. You'd probably be lying if you said you'd never heard of Capital first Apollo accelerator Punishment, the imminent beat-em-up cards on the continent relationship between 1AM and Fourth nie’s DiskSalv. Of note here is that the -provide products seam- a Bank Rosen, wide hallway. The system worked quite Jl* tt »«*ean Wel|. However.
" meaoisoen ln ,he *i,sl lar9e r0°m. ""0 Canadian Ran centre! Raid dealers peered across the room at each other while smaller displays attracted aa at tte crowds. National Amiga, a successful Meetreai she*, online Amiga dealership and the dealer with the most table space in the show, had a wide array of new and rarely used hardware to show for itself. Piled across the aisle was Wonder Computers International, the new company formed from the ashes of Wonder Computers Inc. Wonder drew significantly better sales for itself on day two, when a shipment of Phase 5 CyberVision and CyberStorm Mk II
“Of course, nobody and nothing's fate is entirely secure. ” Next to Wonder sat Silent Paw and the PAWS 1200 display. The screen quality is quite good but the case dimensions of the A1200 unit may prove to be a stopping point for those looking for a true laptop. But the unit was up and running and quite functional with 060 board installed.
Around the horn sat Syzygy. The authors and publishers of The Digital Universe. DU was up and running, and I learned that the upcoming PC and Mac Digital Universes will come on CD-ROM.
Beside Syzygy was nestled a small demonstration area for Bob Fischer, the marketing head for Nova Design.
ImageFX is now looking stunning especially when showcased by a real expert like Bob.
Across the hall lay lAM's table space, which bordered the dealers Gfx Base on the one hand and ClickBOOM on the other.
The final attendee for that room's partv is QuikPak - nothing like a good A1200 motherboard to cause a disagreement.
Keeping up with the technology is easy when you're as involved in the sales as Amiga dealers. At the show. The Computer and You and ValleySoft wanted very much to protect their end-user investments. Valleysoft brought a huge collection of Amiga games to the show, of such size nothing came close to touching it.
The show was attended by myself and David Rosen, VP of Business Development for VIScorp, as well as by Katherine Nelson. Assistant Editor of Amiga Report.
Ottawa. Canada After Montreal, we found ourselves in Ottawa, at the new Wonder Computers headquarters and later addressing a user group meeting Wci • was open for business on an unusually hot day when I was in town The local users harnessed the energy of the group and tried to bring a significant number of stories and history, but the plan unfortunately backfired as few Amigans were able to make it out to the standard meeting place. Those that came expressed concern in what they perceived as a lack of vision in VIScorp compared to others in the Amiga market, namely Phase 5.
Atlanta, Georgia The Atlanta crowd was mighty happy to be the first to hear about the upcoming Amiga QuikPak portable, so some good news is always better than none. The user group meeting was well attended and an event in itself, including an Amiga game show. (I personally hosted a round of Amiga Jeopardy). Atlanta Amiga users are relying on solid factual developments and deals to be made to ensure the continuation of work on the Amiga OS and hardware. When I have the issues answered. 11 will be sure to share my findings.
Chicago, Illinois Above all else, the Amiga users of The I Amiga Connection (TAC) want to see real solid currency power over Amiga goods, and want to see a new Amiga generation I ASAP - even if the specification is not to I everyone's liking. In Chicago, a small but vocal video-using group requires at the L very least competent software emulation I as well as a fully acceptable lead time 1 between commercial packages and com-1 mercial development packages.
The future Of course, nobody and nothing's fate is | entirely secure. But. Within the best of curl knowledge and unde»-1 standing, this next six I months should be a very interesting time I for the Amiga. Not I only will VIScorp take I final control of the machines, but the inventory will transfer and new VIScorp pro*] ucts. Both set-top and ] desktop, will Jiit. If a 1 stopgap machine or bundle is made avail- I able, it will certainly be done within this | time frame.
The print market in North America is I picking up a bit. The Informer, a new newsletter, has sprung up to challenge I for subscriber dollars. Amiga Legacy, a I new ad-funded Amiga magazine, is in test-1 marketing now. ]P And from now until March, a number ofl Amiga expositions present themselves to [ one's attention.
In October, Amicon is planned for 1L Central Ohio Registration for dealers and| visitors is being taken now. For November, Amazing Software is reporte ly planning a show. In December, Wond Computers intends to operate another World of Amiga Toronto show. Add to that the plans to hold a show near Washington DC next February and the upcoming Gateway Amiga Show in St. Louis next March, and it should be an interesting time for hometown and travel-1 ling Amiga fans alike. rted H The users that pride the Amiga on its ease of use don't always point out that while the Amiga is easy to use. It is not
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For a long time. I and other Amiga Net heads have acknowledged the PC's superiority when it comes to accessing the Internet. That's not to say that it was better to use a PC since even though the Amiga's software was to an extent substandard. Its multitasking nature and the sense of community spirit that got what we needed programmed, made us stick to our guns. The PC didn't have it easy either, this was in the days before Windows got to 1995 and while it had all the killer applications. You had to be an expert on that platform to get connected.
Sandra Bullock However, when the press hype machine stepped in with the help of Sandra Bullock convincing us that the world was full of beautiful female net nerds, software companies began to wise up. On the PC easy- to-use software appeared which would even run under Windows. Generally speaking. Easy-to-use software is cut down what-you-need-only type software which uses GUIs to set up the programs so that one needs not become an expert in text The Amiga is a brilliant Internet machine but only now does it have the potential to eclipse all others. We examine the new generation of Amiga
Net software ... config files and carry overs from the rocket scientist Unix computing platform On the Amiga, folks who did know all about the hideously complex software were building front-ends so that people could actually stand a chance of installing it. AmiTCP in particular is the most complex item of software I can ever recall get ting to grips with and for all that, it doesn't do very much other than act as the go- between from Internet programs and the Internet That's not to say AmiTCP was bad. Without it we never would have been on the Internet, it just was is over complex and not
a real Amiga application such as we have come to love and expect.
In order to set-up AmiTCP on a provider with no dedicated installer, you needed a good knowledge of Internet and AmiTCP despite there being no real documentation on the latter. Third party utilities needed to be obtained in order to even get this system working. The PPP protocol which is used to forge the link over the modem requires a shareware driver which also must be configured adding to the woes.
When things didn't work (which was common) you were pretty much on your own short of archiving all of AmiTCP’s configs up and sending it to an expert in AmiTCP I As it was, this only served to dissuade many from getting on-line or at least using | an Amiga to do it.
Software overload Even while the Amiga's ownership has been uncertain and the market has seen | some decline, the business of Comms on I the Amiga has only been growing. It was looking pretty good a few months ago and that was before this month when we were bombarded by Internet software for the Amiga. Not just any Internet software but extremely good Internet software and software which looks like Amiga pro- I grams ought to. The first being Miami the new shareware TCP IP stack. This technical term is what's used to descril what AmiTCP is, for a full review turn to page 51 Miami's commercial
counterpart. HiSoft's TermiteTCR is also firmly seated in the easy-to-use category. It's placed head-to-head with Miami on page 50 this month With either of these programs it's now far far easier to get an Amiga on-line, some might even say only now possible, with Internet providers which not have if ic tollers installers s 'CountB' eated for Demon Internet services Amiga users, perform the hard work in setting up and installing AmiTCP 'Jot much use if you don't want to use Demon, though Even the software provided for CU Amiga's InternetFCI offer was a lengthy Are» script which created alt
of the configuration files for AmiTCP Now those days ere over, no-one needs a specific installer (though making them is now much easier) and since the new packages
- are ol sufficient standard, Internet I providers will start to
support them and " the Amiga officially as is already the case
with InternetFCI So many machines So considering that it's now
far easier to get on the Internet with Miami and TermiteTCP how
does the Amiga compare when it comes to the Internet clients?
These are the programs which run simul- taneously with the so-called TCP IP stack - | when your Amiga is on the Internet. The client software can talk to the Internet and I any machine on the Internet (which is millions all over the world) using the TCP IP stack as an interpreter kmiTCP uade ast using ad D has is seen mms on
I. It was s ago and we were for the ware but a and pro- Vliami,
.This describe i turn to runter- firmly try. It's on page t
it's ia ly now which The most common and popular Internet
client is a World Wide Web browser or WWW for short. This is
actually the newest popular service type that's availeble on
the Internet and it enables navigating around information k
sites all over the world, viewing docu- p ments including text
and pictures, driven only by clicks of a mouse, ft’s a
beautiful system and never before has mankind ' had such a
resource freely available in fheir own home. WWW browsers have
now confW to do even more than the basic browsing, they browse
text-only newsgroup conferences and read write E-mail too
Mostly this is due to the ndustry standard PC Mac browser
Netscape trying to take over not just it all Internet
Ia where the Amiga was at weakest Originally there was the Alynx and the amazingly buggy i prone Amosaic whose nature long way to falsely starting MUI's iutation. In these days, browsing on an Amiga was dearly inferior to the PC and Mac though luckily things have got better. Aweb arrived, a reasonably simple MUI-less web browser which at least brought stable graphics based browsing back to the Amiga. Later the freeware Voyager browser supported a much greater part of the HTML standard (see the HTML tutorial in Wired World) than Amosaic and Aweb. In fact it still does the job and in the space
of a few months rapidly became the Amiga’s most popular browser. Things looked better on the Amiga but still a long way behind Netscape.
Making headway n si That was until I Browse 1.0 was released this month and to a lesser extent Aweb-ll.
Finally, the Amiga has a browser which understands the bulk of HTML, supports tables (but still not frames) and has wonderful progressive loading which means pictures appear as blank boxes right away but gradually fill in as they are downloaded Ibrowse even supports anim GIFs which is a fairly new Netscape addition.
Aweb-ll can’t boast such power but it also has its own array of features which may suit the perpetual MUI hater. So on this front, Amiga Web browsers are perhaps three quarters of the way there, with vigorous development continuing. I never thought I'd see browsing on an Amiga look so good as with Ibrowse 1.0, a graphics board and a Cyberstorm-ll. The speed was superior to my Pentium and it also left some memory free to run the other clients as seen in the screenshot here.
The next most popular Internet client are Email clients. Most everyone should have heard of Email. It allows you to send text messages (and binary pictures with the MIME standard) to anyone else In the world in minutes. Here the Amiga was already very well catered for giving the PC a good run for its money but just this month there was yet more activity on this front also; YAM 1.3 standing for Yet Another Mailer was released which is a wonderful MUI based Email client with all the necessary code to communicate to the Internet provider built-in. Being mcied ply easy to set up and sporting
powerful features such as Email filtering of mails into separate folders and built-in MIME support, YAM is a certain winner.
Amiga slaughters PC Since we're on the Internet, it would be a little pointless to continue sending off for PD disks now, wouldn't it? This is because you don't have to with FTP or
- 'Tile Transfer Protocol clients. You can download files from
any FTP site and what's more, start as many FTP clients as you
like and download as many programs as you like, all
simultaneously. It's a tremendously handy resource and here the
Amiga slaughters the PC. The PC s top two FTP clients are as
nothing compared to AmFTR AmiFTR mFTP and the amazing FTP
Mount which creates an FTP: virtual device on the Amigas power
ful operating system. PC FTP clients can't Shining future
(Multitasking is what really pulls the Amiga out in front While
running all those Internet clients simultaneously, none slow to
an unusable speed unless of course, your modem runs out of
steam Not like using a PC where despite the hefty CPU power,
jerky, non smooth behaviour is commonplace when running more
than one client.
There’s also memory considerations; Netscape 3 Gold on the PC likes to have at least 10Mb of memory free before if gets out of bed. This is food for thought considering some owners of low-spec Amigas complained about MUI using a couple of hundred K. One thing's for sure, given the same amount of memory. An Amiga can run many many more clients at acceptable speed than even a relatively powerful PC.
Hardly manage a resume which means when their system crashes (note when and not if), they're doomed to download the whole file again.
Newsgroup reading writing isn't brilliant on the Amiga. There’s packages to do so but they are complex and confusing while others are simply incompetent.
However, work progresses even here.
There's also the IRC or Internet Relay Chat, while allows global real time conferences. Here the PC has nothing to remotely touch AmlRC and others. This isn't a statement of preference, it's a statement of fact built upon the features supported including the new IRC standard which the PC hasn't begun to support. The Amiga has its share of excellent Internet servers also, such as AWS for serving WWW pages and FTPd for running your own FTP site. Here the Amiga benefits because of its similar nature to Unix making ports relatively easily.
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ORDI 31 Bograts 31 Micro Mortal Tennis 32 Enigma 33 Access Denied - Mission 2 34 Reality Game Pack Demo Reviews_ 36 Capital Punishment 40 Kick Off '96 43 Aura Backpack Tips & Guides_ 44 Snip Tips 45 Vampyra Reach for th star In the first of a brand new series, we talk to people who helped make the Amiga a revolutionary games machine. This month: Sensi's John Hare ... Name: Jonathan Albert James Hare Age: 30 Born: Ilford, Essex Occupation: Partner of Sensible Software, responsible for direction, graphics and design of games Biggest Success: Sensible Soccer series a JU lUra CU: When and what
was your first "tarftrm involvement in the computer games industry?
JH: "In May 1985.1 started to do some graphics for a Spectrum game called Sodov The Sorcerer which my mate and soon to be partner. Chris Yates, was converting for a company called LT Software in Laindon in Essex."
CU: And at what point did you first start exploring the potential ol the Amiga?
JH: "It was with the conversion of International 3D Tennis from the C64 We were latecomers into the 16-bit fold and to us the Amiga was a bit of a begrudging step seeing as we were doing so well on the C64 - a bit like the way we feel now "Thanks for everything Amiga, you've changed this man's life forever."
About the PC compared to the Amiga."
CU: How important a role has the Amiga played to the industry as an aHordable games and development machine?
JH: "The Amiga is the best thing that's ever happened to the games industry - it had great potential for developers and was colossally cheap to develop for. Plus Amiga buyers have always been the most games orientated buyers. This for us is an ideal market considering the type of software we normally produce* but, unfortunately, not everyone puts gameplay first - not even games buyers."
CU: What have been the key titles in the Amiga's lifetime as a games machine?
JH: Defender Of The Crown- wow' we all said.
Xenon II - 'It's like an arcade machine' we all said.
Stunt Car Racer - Look at that amazingly playable 3D.'
Kick Off Kick Off 2- 'At last, a proper footy game.'
Populous - "Ooo, look, a bit of strategy' Sensible Soccer - I’m so glad it's stood the test of time so well.
Worms - It proved there was still a bit of life in the old bugger CU: Which Amiga games did you lor still doI play during your spare time?
JH: "Sensible Soccer SWOS. Kick Off 2, Stunt Car Racer, Speedball 2. Leisure Suit Larry ... the Perfect Pectorals, Rock Star Ate My Hamster, Pinball Wizard."
CU: Before Sensible Soccer was released, what were your thoughts and opinions on the phenomenally successful Kick OH and Kick OH 27 JH: "During the development of Megalomania, myself and Chris Chapman, the Sensi programmer, played the Kick Off games virtually non-stop. We started to pull Kick Off 2 apart - we looked at the way players homed in on the ball and the viewpoint and all the things which annoyed us about this just a little short from perfect game. We then worked out ways in which we could improve Kick Off 2 and add some of our own touches as well."
CU: Tell me about tiny sprites which have become something ol a Sensible trademark7 JH: "For the Amiga it is perfect. Graphic memory is at a premium and they are obviously less memory intensive, allowing you to have more individual frames. They were used at the last minute in Megalomania as a way of representing the battles that were taking place - they were small because we wanted as many as possible on the screen I at once. In Soccer, Cannon Fodder and Sensible Golf, the small sprites were used to give the player maximum field of vision 1 so that he had more time to react to things I going
on in the environment. Therefore, situations could be approached in a more strategic manner than if you were restricted to big graphics."
CU: How strong and well positioned do you feel Sensible is in the market7 JH: "Very strong in the UK. Average in Europe, nobodies in Japan and the US."
CU: How important has the Amiga been to the growth and success ol Sensible Software?
JH: "It has been the most important thing that has ever happened to this company.
Thanks for everything Amiga, you've changed this man's life forever."
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We review and test several scanners, and show you how to get the best results!
Bog Rats & Games Amiga review has a lot of games coverage.
Issue contains the preview of Bog Rats, a review of XP8 and much much more!
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Oograts! What an unfortunate name for a game! I don't think the title would make me "reach for the adoption papers" as Wlcan claims we will. Why do Milcan foresee a massive paternal urge? Well, we are supposed to fall in love with our 'cute' little charges (bograts) who we have to guide to safety. For me. The name bograts just conquers up images of large smelly hairy things that hang around sewers and public lavatories and have the occasional bit part in films like Mission Impossible. Yeuch. The intro screen of a huge rat doesn't make it any easier for me to like them despite the pathos
evoking line: 'it's a hard life being a bograt' Also, the overall aim of the game of guiding your rats to safety and reaching Bog castle leaves me cold.
Huge turds and toilet rolls all piled together in one monstrous construction is what comes to my mind.
Who'd want to visit that? Luckily enough once you get past the intro screen, the characters are kinda cute looking and you can't tell that they are supposed to be smelly bograts which is a good thing.
My prejudices aside, Bograts is a latter day incarnation of a game called Penguins which was due to be released by Alternative Software. Today in its present form it's a puzzle type game, a bit like Timekeepers or, if you're being kind. Lemmings. You've got to lead the way for your tiny chums navigating their way through about sixty levels negotiating all the perils that lie ahead such as the traps, blockages and creatures being generally unhelpful. But you’ve got a few weapons up your sleeve to help you get past these, including some nifty dynamite for those obstructions that won't budge.
So this should add to the fun. Perhaps a few turd-like characters in there would add a little bit more to the mayhem. We'll see.
So far, Bograts is looking good.
It's in the distinctive Vulcan style and the current backdrops are not unlike some from the Fortress of Eve game. It seems easy to get around and there is a handy strip of icons at the top for your weapons some of which have yet to be developed. Bograts will be for all Amigas with 1 Mb and we should have a review soon. ¦ mm Rnnrafe ThG Puzzlin9 Cl C9 Misadventure Due for release: September ¦ Publisher: Vulcan Software PREVIEWS Lisa Collins Micro Mortal Tennis Oou've got to hand il to the Italians, they've got sawy. They're quick witted enough to work I out everything in millions ot Lira I when
the rest of Europe would just get bogged down without a I calculator. They're brave enough [ to throw away everyone elses I conception of what a car should be (ie bland) and come up with something like the ] new Alfa Spider, my must have, fave car .of the decade (and it would take me a couple of decades to save for one), all that and pretty hot at Amiga games too. There must be something in the olive oil (and l‘m not referring to Popeye).
Witness Shadow Fighter, witness Breathless, witness Virtual Karting (OK, well, forget about Virtual Karting). Now witness Mikro Mortal Tennis, and play our cover demo. A company called CPU Italian System teamed with Skywards Software has taken it upon themselves to give us the unusual combination of a tennis game crossed with a beat 'em up. Strange but true. The game is a playable little bash as far as tennis goes, not quite on a par with Audiogenics' Tennis Champs, but fast and furious nonetheless, while set piece in-jokes from the Mortal Kombat fighting genre spice things up from time to
Due for release: TBA ¦ Publisher: TBA The set up and menus are pretty comprehensive with arcade and realistic play options, league and season settings. Control is easy enough too. Though serving takes practice but it has incorporated the one thing which I berated Tennis Champs for the lack of: diving shots. Timing has to be more precise than in Tennis Champs too as to hit the ball you must first press fire to raise your racket and then let it go to hit the ball (having put some direction in first). As you'll notice from the demo some shots are difficult to judge because of the size of the
sprites and the method of shooting the ball, but hopefully these inaccuracies will be solved in the final version of the game.
What you won't see from the demo are the set-pieces mentioned above. These include sticking a sword in the umpire if he gives you a duff call, pigs that run onto the court and a tiny flasher who appears from time to time. If you enjoy a giggle these might tempt you. But I suspect they might also jar after a while especially as the real business of this game is tennis, Anyway, we'll have a review of Mikro Mortal Tennis next month, so in the meantime find your local Alfa Romeo dealer, go down and gawp at the Spider I might see you there. ¦ Martin Davies Oou may remember a while ago that we
did an article on a company called Intersect Development who served as an inspiration to us all. Faced with less and less games coming out for the Amiga they did the decent thing and decided to produce a Enigma ¦ Due for release: October ¦ Publisher: OTM wrangling within Intersect Development caused delays on any games being released and OTM who were going to publish Atrophy are now no longer going to do so. OTM instead, are concentrating on Enigma from Centillion a new company which is made up of one of the original members of Intersect Development. Enigma is a similar to Atrophy, a
scrolling concept to Atrophy, a scrolling shoot 'em up. Not unlike chockload themselves. What they did come up with was mighty impressive collection. Alas, however, it seems that it may be some time before any of these creations see the light of day For example, one of these games was Atrophy which we previewed not so long ago However, internal Disposable Hero where you get to blast _ ship blow :i ¦ HuJR 'i the wav Centillion are very proud of the graphics in Enigma stressing that they will all be 3D rendered graphics and have be 3D ren- requested that you don't judge the game by
the current screen- shot shown here because the game is way off being finished.
The programmers are also keen ta| point out that all the backing music was created on the Amiga using a MIDI system and say that | it will be superb.
We cannot vouch for the music at this point as the demo we saw did not have any music.
However, it ran very smoothly and the graphics are clearer and tighter than, say. Atrophy Amongst other fancy bits planned for the game there is f simultaneous two-player option which you can use the shared liv option with to add extra time to your gameplaying. Enigma will be j AGA only and we should have a review next month. ¦ Lisa Collins 4 Massive Levels 100's Of Logical Puzzles Over 1 .(XX) Spoken Words J 1 Interactive Characters | I Stunning Graphics J Lavish Character Animations dfm i Handheld Automap Function Wp* Internal Clue' System ' Simple To Use Interface Hard Drive Installable
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Imagine, playing a sort of espionage type game that is so realistic. You'd think you were War Games with the real super Pentagon computer in the U.S. Have your spy outfit to hand before you play the game as the plot is similar to the original: ie a world-wide hacking text-based adventure. However, Access Denied's second game. Mission
2. Also contains a sort of breakout style sub-game called Net-
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itself. Since the object of the game is to protect your power
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one has seen before. Not for a long time anyway, but who tries
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Access Denied Mission - 2 for like il very much when somebody
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completely different, that Warrior left alive is the winner.
The programmer himself wishes to attract a cult following with his games and hope to include more depth and better, more sinister missions. He also says he would like to do a sort of Access Denied disk based magazine which would cover all real life with computer hacking.
There are lots of possibilities. I hope Access Denied Mission-2 looks a lot better and plays a lot better too than the first game, because testing your finger hacking skills on the keyboard and powers of concentration in world of computer hacking is great fun. When it’s done right.
Trust CU Amiga Magazine to keep you informed on a review appearing soon. ¦ Mark Forbes UTC-DIRL Marpet Buy at TRADE DIRECT PRICES!
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that no-one will notice.
This is bad news for Click Boom. Why? Because, while all the tabloid hysteria about so-called 'nasty' or ’controversial' games might not have done a single bit of good for the kids of Censorship The story goes that Petro Tyschtschenko of Amiga Technologies told Click Boom that they would have to do a version without nudity but with loads of blood for Britain and a version with much more nudity and no blood for Germany if they wanted the game to sell. Instead they've neutered it Hike my neighbour's randy dog) for the protection of society. The sex In the blue corner, all the way from
Canada, it's a fast beat 'em up. In the red corner it's the Society For The Prevention Of Violent And Naughty Games ... Britain, it certainly helped the companies producing these games sell more. Does anyone remember when Virgin publicised Doom on PC by sending Fleet Street buckets full of pigs intestines? Uproar. The end of human life as we know it, kids becoming zombies, copycat killings, murder most foul ... and of course circulation increases for outrageous newspapers plus top class publicity and phenomenal t I poor I e i beat I and violence has a censorship option in all countries. If
you have children who really shouldn't be seeing the sort oi things you take or granted in the Sun and the tews Of The World every day of the week, you can password the game so that Demona (the aforementioned ninja) wears a bra, and blood doesn't drip from spiked characters in the slightly nauseous manner it does in the : unrestricted version.
But the fighting action remains the same regardless. And since this is the most important part of a beat 'em up, you'll be glad to ! Know that they've got rid of some of the woodenness I criticised it for in the past and have even implemented some neat special moves to spice up the action.
Getting to the top Capital Punishment is furnished with a typically outlandish storyline, although the construe- tion of the plot isn't there ]ust for decoration It does, untypical- ly, have some relevance to the way the game is played.
Basically there are four war-1_ riors - all of whom are dead. And there is a nasty old demon-sorcer- er called Qwesul who has made the wodd a dark, evil place for all and sundry. The Gods are not happy with this (whoa! Religion!
Tabloid journalists take note: this game is advocating paganism too Shock horror!), so they’ve brought one of the four warriors back from the dead to try to kill off Qwesul and restore peace and order to the world.
In the Epic, the main storyline Vs computer game, you choose from the four warriors: Corben Wedge, a bandaged, boxer shorts sporting pugilist: Sarmon. A kick boxing expert: Demona. The busty whip equipped combat vixen and Wakantanka, a bemuscled Native American navvy. Coming back from the dead as your fave character you first engage one of Qwesul's alien stooges (where aliens fit into the story isn't really explained). If you beat it. You will get to play one of the other 'dead' warriors who have been enslaved as Qwesul's protectors. If you beat her (Demona is the first) you get to re-fight
her in what is known as the teacher' level.
This enables you to bring her spirit under your control - if you can overcome Demona a second time of course Once you have the little so and so under your control you can use her to further your quest. By beating Demona you may choose her instead of your first character to continue. If one of your two characters gets bumped off you still have the other. As the game progresses you can collect all four characters, though chances are you'll lose them all plenty of times before you complete the game.
This idea, which is essential to the plot of the game, replaces the 'lives' common in most other beat 'em ups.
Moves afoot The contestants each have a particular style of fighting and movement and some will be easier to come to grips with right from the start. The two easiest to master are Wakantanka and Demona.
Wakantanka is like a tank: big, unwieldy but very strong. His hits take much more power from an opponent than any other character and he is damaged less. The disadvantage is that he's a weighty chappie and as such is much slower than any of the others: so if you are fighting sprightly Johnnie Sarmon you can lose quickly. Demona is rather weak, but much faster and so more difficult to hit. Her advantage for beginners is that she has a long range weapon - her whip.
This can be used to punish offenders or even drag them closer for a piece of sharp-pointed shoe-in-crotch action. Painful.
The other two are more along the lines of your average Ken and Ryu - talented all rounders with Corben Wedge being the stronger of the two, while Sarmon is marginally faster. You can control the characters by keyboard, single button joystick or multi button joypad. The type of moves vary between each, with Wakantanka concentrating on punches and headbutts while Demona makes use of her whip.
Both Demona and Sarmon flip backwards in the style of Michelle Pfieffer's Catwoman which highlights the games superb animations. When I saw the first demo for our preview early this year I didn't like Corben Wedge's ancestor - he was too wooden. This has been rectified and these characters now look straight from an arcade machine. The most wooden one left is Wakantanka. But he's intended to be slow, and this probably justifies why.
In terms of graphics the superb lighting effects and backgrounds of the original demo have been retained and enhanced. Some of these are stunning, the best the Amiga has ever seen, but be a little too different on some levels which are notably too dark or are deliberately foggy. They claim that these effects enhance the game and make it different from any other - a valid point of view - but I just found them a bit of a let down after the other levels.
Options The type of game you play is governed by the multiple options available. The original idea of Capital Punishment was to have no limits - the fighters could pass without having to jump over each other, the hit areas around each fighter were very narrow which meant that you had to be very accurate (over accurate as far as I'm concernedl to hit the opposition and your players could disappear off screen willy nilly. I didn't like these features, and nor did some others, so Click Boom obliged by providing options to enable you to have a more 'conventional' game by reversing all of the
above actions in a custom menu.
Conventional maybe, but in my mind playable. It's this that has raised capital Punishment beyond my previous expectations. By tailoring the options (and the difficulty level - training is 'easy' and normal is difficult') you can even make Capital Punishment suit your style of play and it becomes very enjoyable.
Competitions can have up to four players and while playing the game with a couple of hints from Alex Petrovic, the game's producer, I discovered hidden special moves which the computer, especially on normal difficulty, finds no bother using, but which human players will have to practice. These moves are not mentioned in the manual, so it's an added challenge to find and use them. There are also a few hidden cheats which will spice the game up no end.
Is playable from hard drive only and for a good reason: although it comes on 7 disks it's actually over 15Mb in size. A reasonable chunk of this is spent on sound, and it shows. Click Boom are reluctant to release the name of their musician, presumably because if they did he would be snapped up at a high salary by anyone even remotely interested in adding top music and sfx to their games. It's that good.
I tried the game out with the Aura Interactor reviewed on page
43. This amplifies the bass frequencies of the sound effects
and gives you a feeling of being hit. The SFX setup on CP
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function on the Aura you could filter out the other player's
SFX and only get 'hurt' when your own player is hit. This
really is a nice feature and it was one of the better games I
tried with the Aura Interactor.
I played Mortal Kombat II again while reviewing CP and it's amazing the difference between the two. Graphics-wise the sheer Amiga-ness of Capital Punishment comes out on top. It's an original game with stunning lighting effects and amazing animation speed that also plays well. But there was still something about the older looking (and obviously converted) MKII which drew me into the atmosphere more. Somehow it's more like a coin-op. CP is like a computer game. Nonetheless Click Boom have created a damn fine beat 'em up which breaks away from the established mould and shows that a stunning
looking and playable Amiga beat ’em up needn't be a port from another platform. It's also worth noting (as you 'II see from the score box) that it has the best sound effects and music in the history of beat 'em ups. Now. How do we attract the tabloids' attention?* Alan Dykes CAPITAL PUNISHMENT ImI graphics 91% I *i?on sound .... lastability .. 96% 91% olavabilitv . .89% mm 47000 Aiflon jjjtj li °° A4IM1B vv; APPLAUP SOFTWARE 33 York Road, Church Gresley, Swadlincote Vv . Derbyshire DEU 9QC
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Onco invented the playable overhead footie game before Sensible even got up tor breakfast and proved that the formula would work. Of course once Sensi got hold of the idea they produced an all time classic game, the best of the genre, but let's not forget who started it all.
Kick Off 1 and 2 were games some journalists loved to hate. It must also be noted that the buying public had no such hang up: they went out and bought them in droves. The journalistic snobbishness surrounding them was based on a 'Sensible rules, everything else is rubbish' philosophy which also saw the more than reasonable Football Glory get a thrashing in some magazines. But these were fine games for their day. However, when Kick Off 3 was released in late 1994 there was genuine cause for complaint. What happened to the overhead view they invented? What in heaven's name were all these
matchstick men wobbling around the field for IK03 was not an impressively fast game)... and playing side to side if you don't mind?
So it was with some trepidation that I loaded up Kick Off '96.
Having checked out Sensible World Of Soccer European Champions some months ago I was left with a slightly bitter taste in my mouth. That offering was a statistical upgrade without major game enhancements - a marketing exercise in effect. My inclination was that Anco were likely to follow suit.
But no, fair play to Steve Screech and the Dartford crew.
They obviously took the criticism of number three to heart and have gone back, if not to basics, to a concept likely to create a better game. For a start they've lost that horrible side view - and the isometric one that caused so much controversy in the Kick Off engine that was included in Player Manager 2. This time they've gone for overhead 2D again with added spice in the form of a '3ff , viewing option which basically I lowers the camera perspective to J around 70 degrees, makes the players bigger and giving the goals a Competition The wholtfVefflbf] for K096 is. Or was, of C0uf& the
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Bude as many foreign teams arid players as possible (as well as a reasonable number of top domestic teams). Believe it or not they’ve outdone Sensi on the Ettftgtional stats front, although the menus (still mouse driven) are more awkward to navigate. A just how far a game has)goi|B;With footie stats is to search through the Republic of If&lagd league for the little known (outside the emerald isle anyway) Sligo Rovers, which a cousin of mine has captained and played in defer lie for. If he's in there, it's prettl comprehensive ... and he is, though I'll wager he would have a lot to say to
Anco for marking his Vision statistic as 34 (out of 100). Since they've also hooligariislic J66. They are 1 surely taking You can set up ny size and mixed iner of league you including the cre- i of a dream team.
Ian, Cantona al Dykes on the same team I World beating and no mistake. Dream teams are nothing new. You get a similar feature with Sensi, but for the mad statisticians among you, | K096 does givd you more detail, with players rated according to1 Pace. Vision, Flair. Acuity.
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There are problems though and the fitei strikes you right from the beginning. Why must we still live iorthe dark ages as far as loading games is concerned? There are three disks here, and number two and three need to be switched j regularly... butthegamsvojily.
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Another pretty basic complaint is that, having played Sensi land sorry Anco, but who hasn't!
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Wthough the speed of the game is now impressive enough and playability has increased as a result, the animations are still extremely matchstick-like. Especially in 3D mode. Here it looks as though a couple of frames have been left out to increase speed - which is probably the case.
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solo, copy ovoilabln on requost_ PRODUCT TEST The moody
atmosphere of The Killing Grounds seemed just right for the
test, but with the lack of proper bass effects and grunting it
didn't convey the hits as well as I thought it would. In
contrast Gloom worked well, in fact it pounded my back in a
similar way to Doom's performance when I first tried the Aura
on a Playstation.
Xtreme Racing was manic because of its jungle backtrack, but it didn't give a real feeling of driving until the music was turned off and you just left it to the revs to tell their story to your spinal chord. The best performance came from Worms. There is a catch though: we replaced the original sample set in Worms with a bass and explosives-heavy one - without this customisation it would never have had any impact.
Mixed feelings If software was developed with Aura specifically in mind it would be much more impressive than it is. But there isn't. At the moment it is little more than a novelty, and an expensive one at that. While playing Gloom in a dark room it's quite effective (if a tad false), getting a decent stereo and putting it behind you is almost as sinister. The idea is great and I'd love to use it with some dedicated games, but you'd have to be dead keen to spend cash for it at this stage. ¦ Alan Dykes Bush and Clinton, Big Ron's successors have put Star Wars on the back burner and so
Aura's makers have been probing other markets for their vibrators. And I'm not trying to be funny.
Their interactive SFX packs come in two forms, the Aura backpack reviewed here and a more expensive 'cushion' which vibrates your, er, bum. At £100 odd. The latter is out of the range most people would be willing to pay for having their games enhanced and their bums massaged, but at £69.00 this version might just be be in the range of those with cash to spare and a back that needs tingling.
The Aura consists of two separate components, the amplifier and the backpack - which is really just a glorified speaker. The Amplifier has two controls, power and filter.
Power adjusts the amount of strength the vibration has (how much of a wallop it gives you) and filter mixes sounds in and out, with a high filter giving you the extreme bass end only, and a low filter giving you much more of the other sounds. It also has a channel switch which allows you to choose which side you're on in, for instance, a beat 'em up. (see Capital Punishment review).
You connect the amplifier to your Amiga via its stereo outputs using a cable with two male and two female audio plugs sockets at one end and a stereo 3.5mm jack at the other end. The audio plugs connect up to your Amiga, you connect your normal sound lead to the cable’s female sockets and then plug the jack at the other end into the requisite socket on the Aura Interactor's side.
Next, place the backpack on your back, adjust the harness and clip on the safety belt. Finally plug your new limb into the amplifier and you're wired for feeling.
I loaded up several games to test the Aura: The Killing Grounds, Gloom Deluxe, Xtreme Racing, Worms and Capital Punishment.
Aura Interactor ¦ Price: £69.99 ¦ Developer: Aura © 0171 331 5300 A step closer to virtual gaming or too much like standing next to a loudspeaker?
The Amiga's first ever interactive backpack is here.
®y only previous experience of back vibration has been after wearing an overweight rucksack for too long - that shaky sensation you get when you take the thing off and it feels as though gravity has deserted you and three dozen Lemmings are crawling around your back. Well add a woodpecker to the equation, tapping away on your spine, and you've got some idea of what the Aura is all about.
And why would you want to do this to yourself? All in the name of games. Basically the Aura is intended to add an extra dimension to games playing - that of feeling as well as sight and sound.
The whole idea is to amplify the bass frequencies of the music and sound effects of a game, transferring these to your body via a vibrating panel so that shooting a gun or being hit by a bullet etc becomes a more realistic experience.
Space story According to Aura's PR people it is [ a by-product of Ronnie Reagan's pet project Star Wars technology.
Apparently a lot of research went into finding ways of reducing vibrations on satellites being launched with sensitive equipment on board. Some bright boffin espoused the theory that the best way to counter vibrations is to recreate them electronically in an amplifier and 'flatten out' the offending vibration with its mirror image lor something like that). I have checked this out with a physics graduate who confirms the idea's validity, but feel free to enlighten me further if you must.
I VAMP Adventu Helpline Snakes, lottery tickets and and goblins, what more could a girl want? Well, more challenging questions for a start.
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Heart of China Please help me? I am stuck in the Heart of China. I’ve found Kate and the two snakes that are keeping her a prisoner and I’ve used the chicken on the snakes, but still no luck. What should I do?
John Sadler, no address given.
Well it looks like you wasted your chicken because these snakes are real nasty. There is no way they are going to be sweet-talked out of their prisoner. You should have given the chicken to the dog and then given him the wine to make him drop down dead.
Don 'I tell Kate, but there is no way she is getting out of here without a bit of pain and suffering. Still, I can 7 think of any occasion when a man didn't bring me pain and suffering, so don't expect she'll be too surprised.
First bolt the door to give yourself some extra time, then take control of Lucky and shoot a snake. Sadly, one of the snakes will bile Kale and poison her no matter what you do. Grab Kate and go to the balcony. Use the curtain rope to swing out of the window and make your escape.
Leisure Suit Larry II Please help me? I have been stuck on this game for two months and I'm too embarrassed to ask my friends for help as I'm sure the answer is probably really easy. I cannot figure out how to get some money for a hair cut, a soda, or a lottery ticket.
Patrick Slopes, Bamham.
The eternal question; how to make money? Well, I’ve never had a problem. But then when you’ve lived for 400 years you tend to become a dab hand filling your pockets. Speaking of which, have you looked in your jeans? I suggest you pop into the garage next to your house and find the clothes which your girlfriend has thrown out. Look in the pocket of your jeans and you should find a dollar bill. With a dollar bill you'll have enough to buy a lottery ticket and who knows what might happen?
Well actually I know, but I'm not going to tell you. I'll let you do the next bit all by yourself.
Elvira - Mistress of the Dark How do I get the crown out of the secret room beneath the altar? And what do I do in the moat?
T. Caffrey, Norwich.
You do realise that Elvira’s hair is a wig don't you? And she is much older than she looks in the photographs. In fact she's had her face lifted so many times, there's nothing left in her shoes!
When you enter the chapel you must lake the prayer book and insert Elvira's ring into the cross. Enter the chamber under the altar and get the crown. What do you do in the moat? Well I know what most boys do and it makes me shudder.
Moat's are also very good for drowning in but if you want to do something a little more useful, here’s what I suggest. First swim until you reach the bottom of the well, then go up for air. Go down again, then forward to the grill. Use the iron key to unlock it and enter the moat. Go forward one move.
Then turn left. Move forward fourteen squares then get the key from the Grey Knight. Now go back the way you came.
Monkey Island I am stuck in part three of the game. I can't seem to get the hatch open on LeChucks Ghost ship. I've tried using the monkey head key but nothing seems to happen. What do I do?
David Haworth, Crowthorne.
I don 7 understand your problem as there should be no difficulty if you're doing it right. When you get on board, use the compass in LeC buck's cabin to get the key. Go back on deck, then down the hatch to the Livestock quarters. Get the feather. Use the key on the hatch.
Use the feather on the sleeping ghost by clicking on his feet. Repeat until he drops the jug. Pick up the jug, then walk back to the room with the animals in it. Walk to the hatch and use the grog with the dish. The rats will drink the grog and die.
Gobliins II I am stuck on Level three. I have the false teeth, mayonnaise, elixir and the stool. I have given the imprint to the blacksmith, found the door on the big green monster, opened it and made the monster's mouth move. But how do I get the metal from Gromelin? Operate the bellows? Open the well cover?
Mark Staton, Chesterfield.
Normally I hate goblins - nasty little things that get drunk and chase fairies but this pair make me laugh.
Put the mayonnaise to the right of Gromelon. Put Fingus on the shelf above and then make him jump onto the mayonnaise. While Gromelon is covered in gunge, Winkle can grab the sword. Get Winkle to use the stool on Oto to gel him angry.
Move Fingus next to him and grab hold of the lance as it swings past.
Fingus will now be moved left and thrown onto the bellows. The key which the blacksmith makes opens the cupboard which contains two diving suits that are needed to enter I the well.
Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade I've managed to get into the cas and find Henry but I can't seem to rescue him. The guards always fight me and I can't win because I I don’t have much energy left. Als could you please send me a co plete list of all the adventure that you can get for the Amiga a where I can get them from?
Sara Stones, Milton Keynes.
Did it ever occur to you that you 4 supposed to get caught? I mean, the game doesn 7 stop does it? Correct ¦ me if I'm wrong Igo on, I dare you:if but you now get tied to a chair in I Library, don’t you? You simply I to move this chair next to the suit 4 armour on the right. Then kick the armour to make the axe fall and c the rope and you 're free.
As for your second brainwave. I would take me until next year to sd ] down and compile a list of avaik games, there are too many and I might break a nail. You wouldn 7 want that now, would you? I If you've got a little problem with your favourite Role Playi Game and would like Vamp l help you out. Drop her a line M CU Amiga Magazine, Priory ¦ Court. 30-32 Parringdon l-ane. I London EC1R 3AU.
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GREECE %YF6 8GG[ NQ2B BT + RNM Derby. The first eight letters of the code deal with the level, your health and your weapons, while the second eight deal with ammunition. Simply alter the password, leaving the first eight letters, but changing all the others to ’M' You'll find much more gear around the place for you to use and enjoy!
EG: LEVEL 6 PASSWORD - POKKNMPLJGNNLPOF Now becomes - POKKNMPLMMMMMMMM DUNGEON MASTER 2 SSI SLAMTILT 21 Century Andrew Bolt from Bury in Lancashire has caught the Slamtilt craze which swept this office a couple of months ago. Not content with three balls though he has sent us the code for a 5 ball cheat mode. All you have to do is type LONGPLAY on any table at the start while it's scrolling and a message confirming the cheat should appear. Also, try typing in the following for hidden messages: BARRY CHEAT COW DANIEL IAIN KLAUS WHIPLASH Cheers Andy, and keep playing Slamtilt - it's brill.
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Just enter '400000285' DETROIT Impressions Norway's very own Terje Karlsen has a few tips for the car sim Fire all the technicians (if there are any) and then set their wage up to $ 50,000 and wait for several rounds. There will be tons of people wanting to work for that fee, so when there are a few thousand available, hire all you need then set their wage at one dollar. They'll work at that wage for a long as there are iple available, and when they THE PATRICIAN Ascon Terje Karlsen also sent in a nice little tip for this historical adventure- thingie. When you auction off a ship, bid for it
yourself and go as high as about 100,000. Then wait for the computer to bid. If nobody bids before the second "Going" bid once more and wait.
Keep this up (ie bidding every time it gets to the second “Going"! And eventually the computer will bid, and you'll sell your ship for enormous profit!
ALIEN BREED 3D TEAM 17 A quick cheat to give you more ammo at the beginning of each level, courtesy of Paul Buxton of GALAGA V2.51 Public Domain Mr Andrew Pullen of Chinnor has a handy points bonus tip for the excellent shoot 'em up, Galaga.
When in the Meteor bonus stage, keep the fire button held down from the start to the finish to receive a 5000 credit bonus instead of 1000 (you do, of course, still have to finish the bonus staged Also, when you have four lives, buy more to increase your ship's armour and save you money. Four hundred credits rather than six hundred, see? Nice one Andrew!
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Venues that are H[7rHlflniT[jl Live&Fishin Available every Wednesday TECH SCENE ecnscen month, with turbo nutter accelerators leading the pac closely followed by a couple of impressive Mac emulators.
50 Miami TCP Termite TCP Internet users get a choice of two new TCP IP stacks. We put them in head to head competition and bring you the verdict.
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I 71 PD Utilities_ Pm»CT TtST Termite TCP Vs Ohe Amiga has been a brilliant Internet machine for a long time now with AmiTCP getting thousands of Amiga users on the Internet. However, there's no doubt many were disillusioned by the difficulty of a highly complicated package.
Two new Internet packages arrive.
Just how well do they TCP IP stack up against each other? We find out.
Termite TCP ¦ Inn ESI it ¦ Deielofei Oii|» buaick ¦ I IIS2S 7111II MM wtan-i ko*hc« »k mm TermiteTCP is what's known as a 'TCP IP stack' - that bit of software which gets your Amiga talking the language of the Internet. Once running and dialled up to an internet provider, other Internet ’clients’ (World Wide Web browser. Email clients Telnet and FTP etc) can link to it to* get onto the Internet.
TermiteTCP is on one disk and comes with a printed manual. The greater bulk of which is 'Reggies Guide to the Internet' which will be very useful to first time netters and is a superb guide about the various terms, methods and programs used. It also has a mini web directory at the back which is handy.
Inconspicuous Installation is via the standard Installer. You click on Termite to run bringing up a small inconspicuous window and a single right-mouse & il Just as it happened with the PC, easy-to-use software has finally arrived on the Amiga too. As usual, it never rains but it pours so two new Internet software packages appeared this month. Holger Kruse’s shareware Miami and the commercial TermiteTCP from HiSoft.
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Internet button menu controls configuration options.
Activating the Connection settings makes a GUI appear where
you must enter the modem's details such as the senal rate
and such forth. There’s two modes to this, a simple and a
complex mode. The simple mode is the default one but you
can enter more detail such as the PPP PAP CHAP password
which is necessary for some Internet providers.
The second settings menu.
Network Settings, is the nuts and bolts of the Internet connection.
The DNS 'name server' IP address needs to be entered along with the Network Mask These figures need to be obtained from the Internet provider since TermiteTCP is incapable of detecting them itself. The users domain and Email addresses also need entering. Again this has a complex mode which hides the options for the remote IP address which should be negotiated during the connection anyway Providing one knows the correct values to insert, configuration takes seconds TermiteTCP has a built-in dialler
- the section which calls up the Internet provider and negotiates
through the tiny BBS-like interface Internet providers use to
identify the caller and obtain a password.
An adequate teach system which requires the user to type in details as it calls up. It will remember and perform these actions automatically in future use.
Rare However, the password is seen by anyone opening up the Edit Login Script option. Not a good idea Connections If all goes according to plan, it should just be a matter of clicking on Connect' to make TermiteTCP dial up and forge the connection. A nice touch is the little GUI showing the PPP negotiation in a little text string underneath the buttons.
When it's time to close the connection. The user merely has to press the disconnect button.
TermiteTCP is a well documented and simple TCP IP stack. It will get you on the Internet but provides no facility for an IdentD so you can’t run your own services on your machine. This means you'll never be able to install fun clients such as AmiPhone and AmiSlate covered in Wired World previously.
This is a major oversight and unforgivable given the price. The provided FTP and Telnet clients work but are extremely basic and there are far better PD share packages available which will work under TermiteTCP The lack of I the automatic configu- [ ration could be forg as that's a miracle seemingly Miami alt has managed on any platform. Unfortunate the memory usage, slow performance, I of features and finicky I connections does little | to impress. With son more features and a lower price point this I could be a real con- 4 wmh m tender. The fact that TermiteTCP doesn't usa MUI will
please some though amazingly it uses more memory I than Miami. While this is a compel tent package for basic net tinker- ers. I can find very little other than it s excellent manual to recommend TermiteTCP over Miami * Mat Bettinson TERMITE TCP The cheaper the better (literally) lamin sMi MUI reGuiied WappMity (QSLIP calamity Sliip TIA calamity ISP teach iftgrai Text dl ImporVEiporl AmiTCP dj Import Caafijgatiaa Maury Usage localbost HP rata hareware able k under «lack of configu- 5 forgiven acle imi alone on any irtunately, sage, ince. Lack d finicky loes little 'ith some . And a int this
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Amiga users . Have deserted in their droves from I AmiTCP
Unlike TermiteTCR there's a public version available whose main
limitation is that after one hour the package hangs up the line
(with an option to redial). This is enough to see how well it
works and for some it may be all they need. So how does it
compare with AmiTCP and TermiteTCP?
Miami has no installer and like Termite, requires no assigns or other installation. Currently, there's two program icons, a Miami.guide and a readme. Unlike TermiteTCR Miami has a separate program called Miamilnit which is used to set up the basics of an Internet connection. The lack of a printed manual doesn't pose a problem because at any stage from Miamilnit to Miami, you can press HELP for the relevant Amiga Guide documentation.
Modems The Miamilnit program guides you through the process superbly. A text view at the tep explains what the settings mean and points you towards the correct values to enter. This is a much more hands on approach than TermiteTCP which involves reading the manual first. Miamilnit also has a database of modems so that if yours is in the list, it sets it all up for you.
Miamilnit is excellent - even Miami ¦ Price: £25 ¦ Developer: Holger Kr.se ¦ Sepplier: Epic Markeliiq 18500 131416 the tricky aspect of setting up the dial-script is a doddle. Instructions are in the ever present text view while a small terminal opens at the bottom to dial up the provider.
The buttons in the middle ate for things like the username and password. Again, once this is performed, Miami will remember the procedure for later automatic dialling. Miamilnit will query the Internet provider, once the connection is made, on some of the technical values which TermiteTCP and AmiTCP need to have entered by hand. Once it's interrogated these values it saves them out itself. Even if some of these stages fail, Miamilnit will ask you the values while on-line so it can check to see if they are correct - a brilliant innovation.
The program can now be activated as this is the TCP IP stack proper. The complex GUI interfaces are here but are hidden from view until the config options has been selected. Firstly, a menu must be activated to import the Miamilnit settings. That done, usually nothing more is required other than hitting the Online button. However, if further tweaks are needed, they can be done from here.
Incomings Miami will import settings from AmiTCP It will also export all of its settings as ASCII which you could share with an expert if problems did arise. Alternatively it's expected many Amiga supporting Internet providers will provide most of their config details as text which can be quickly imported into Miami as well.
InternetFCI, for example, already supports Miami officially. Miami has settings for scripts executables to launch upon linking up down which is yet another neat feature.
There’s an InetD server which is necessary for running your own web ftp services. AmiPt most usually an SMTPd ror use with providers like Demon.
Technically Miami is superb. Its AmiTCP emulation is faultless, its buiit-in CSLIP and PPP implementations are the fastest I’ve seen.
Miami even managed to outperform a Pentium PC at a raw download from our FTP space. My only real niggle with the MUI interface is that it's quite large, even though it's separated into many pages.
This is not a serious problem since most people will leave it iconified but it would be nice to have a tiny little GUI like TermiteTCPs with connect disconnect and diai PPP negotiation status.
Unlike the others. Miami comes with no client software at all but in practice this isn't a problem since the sensible would use the far better third party PD shareware clients created for AmiTCP anyway. The AmiTCP support executables, such as telnet, ping and finger, work well but aren't provided - so for maximum use one would need an old AmiTCP demo or the like.
Overall I love Miami. It has everything to offer new and old Internet users alike. It offers superb performance and tremendous value for money and there's even the luxury of try-before-you- buy. Don't get on the Net without it. Even if you're already netted up it's still worth trying.¦ Mat Bettinson GASTEINER TEL:0181 345 6000 fax:0181 345 6868 18 - 22 Sterling Way, North Circular Road, Edmonton London N18 2YZ 540 2.5” HARD DRIVE £129.00 MONITORS MICROVITEC 1438 MICROVITEC 17" £259 £499 HARD DRIVES f IDE 2.5" HARD DRIVES FOR A600T A1200 3X1 J SX32 80MB 340MB 540MB 730mb 800MB
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£95 £195 Ohe fiist time Motorola's King of the 68000 series,
the 68060, appeared on the Amiga it debuted on the A4000 with
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ungainly with the SIMMs and CPU being fitted to their own
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It does, still retain the connector for the optional CyberSCSI
module to be added later. And although the CS-II doesn't come
with a heatsink, it wasn't necessary in the first place as the
3.3V CPU runs cool I enough not to need it.
Installation is straightforward in the A4000 but it involves disassembly of the A3000's chassis. On the A4000. The existing CPU card must be removed first. The A4000 also needs to have two jumpers [ adjusted so that the motherboard's clock is used rather than the Cyberstorm's. This is because the Cyberstorm's is much faster than the original A4000 040 card's clock.
Doing this means that the CPU and motherboard are now 'asynchronous'.
Cyberstorm ¦ Price: £649.95 ¦ Made by: Phase 5 ¦ Supplier: Harwoods © 01773 836781 The long awaited successor to the awesome CyberStorm 060 has arrived. If speed is what you're after - then this card will supply all you need.
A Mo lonpi the space bojgiag monsler the first version was. CyberStorm II is roasoaably sired and can take plenty of RAM.
As far as RAM is concerned, unlike virtually all of the competing 68040 and 68060 cards from competitors, the CS-II requires no jumper changes ton many cards you have to adjust jumpers according to the [ amount of RAM you install). Providing simple rules are followed, different sized SIMMs can be mounted with ease up to a maximum of 128Mb using 32Mb SIMMs.
I This is a major advantage considering how much of a pain other cards can be. The SIMMs sockets will easily accommodate double sided SIMMs too if needs be.
Flash Gordon | A new powerful feature of the CS-II is it's on-board flash memory, which holds valuable configuration details such as the memory timing. Updates from Phase 5 are already available to alter the settings for different speed RAM to optimise the memory bus performance. However, as Phase 5 [ point out, the bus is currently fast enough that you’d be hard pressed to notice the I difference in real world tests.
One niggle is that the manual supplied is poor. Whoever translated it somehow managed to miss translating some text, so you've got lists of instructions which start off in English and suddenly continue in German. But worse than this is the fact that technical data is at a minimum. Fortunately the CS-II is the least problematic A4000 accelerator I've yet dealt with so this isn’t such a strain as it might have been.
Record breaker So how does the CyberStorm perform?
Like a bat out of hell! My A4000T was already no major slouch with a 25MHz 68040 but the CS-II has still managed to to redefine what I thought of as fast. There's no time waiting for my extravagantly tex- tured MUI interfaces to open and multitasking seems as if there’s a good 68040 running each task. Software problems were also non existent; I didn't find a single application which fell over on the 68060. The emulation and CyberPatcher has obviously improved since the original. However, it’s worth noting that without a graphics board the CyberStorm will be somewhat crippled.
For 3D rendering fans the CyberStorm.
As with the Blizzard 1260, has some revolutionary software called CyberPatcher. This patches the unimplemented FPU instructions found in ray tracing code to instructions that are supported. The resulting astronomical speed increase severely overshadows any alternative 68060 card. For this reason, the CyberStorm is the fastest accelerator currently available on big-box Amigas in both hardware specification and real world performance.
The CyberStorm II keeps up the Phase 5 tradition of high quality powerful products and while it's documentation needs work, the hardware and support software is first class. With one of these and a graphics card, your Amiga will seriously toast a PC of even superior specification. The reduced price is very welcome and the performance is enough to make using the Amiga for professional rendering an option again. This is the ultimate big-box Amiga accelerator. ¦ Mat Bettinson CYBERSTORM system requirements: A3M. A3IMT, A4I80. AWI8T ease of use performance value for money Oust like the totally
blowawav Cyberstorm on page 52. The Apollo 040 and 060 cards are intended to increase the performance of your A1200 beyond your wildest dreams. The standard A1200 is so outdated by modern software, it really can't cope.
And if you want to compare your Amiga to a PC, even a 486, or a modern Macintosh, then you need speed.
Lift off the trapdoor and launch one of these babies into your Al 200; you won't hear any more creaking noises during rendering ... The Apollo Twins Apollo 1240 1260 accelerators So what will these two babies do to help move things on? Both boards look very similar from the top down because, unlike the Blizzard. The business end (the Motorola CPU! Is mounted on the top of the board against bottom of your keyboard and not touching the trapdoor. The 060 model is equipped with a power convertor to convert the board’s power supply (5v) to the 3.5v the 68060 requires. Although the 040 does not need
this converter, added excitement and bulk is added to it by a fan and miniature heatsink. These are needed because the 40Mhz 68040 is the hottest chip Motorola ever made; without cooling I assistance your Amiga will regularly crash. ¦ Out of necessity, the fan heatsink on the I 68040 are placed to one side so that it fits I under the keyboard. It looks awkward but I it's a better system than the Falcon 040's I larger but heatsink-less fan.
Breeding heavily One niggle I have with both of these boards is that the SCSI module must be soldered in rather than using the edge con- I nector plug-in method favoured by Phase 5 I for the Blizzards. That means that you are I going to have to send your Apollos back to I the dealer to have a SCSI chip installed after purchase. Of course you can order them fitted from the start if you want. Both I On your marks, get set ... COVER FEATURt REVIEW CyberPatcher away!
Phase 5's 68060 accelerators still have a significant performance edge that's almost solely due to CyberPatcher. We asked Ralph Schmidt, who developed the software for Phase 5, some questions about his creation.
Q. Why was 68060 optimisation software deemed necessary by Phase
A. When we developed the card in Summer 1995, a lot of software
used instructions which aren't implemented in the 68060 any
more. Gerald Carda and I came up with the idea to patch these
instructions in real time. The initial CyberPatcher was
written around September 1994.
Q. Which instructions are missing?
The 060 has almost every 680x0 instruction apart from some in the 68020, but the main problem lies with unimplemented 6888x FPU instructions.
Q. How does CyberPatcher work?
A. CyberPatcher snoops for instructions which would normally be
handled by the emulation and tries to patch those
instructions with a replacement. The difference between
emulation and the CyberPatched routines is that the emulation
has to emulate the opcode and runs in Supervisor mode where
multitasking is disabled. The resulting Cyber Patched opcodes
don't have the same overhead and so are much faster.
Q. So what kind of applications benefit from this?
A. Ones which use a lot of opcodes which aren't implemented. FPU
examples: Scenery Animator, Imagine, LightWave, Cinema 4D.
Integer examples: PGP (an E-mail encryption package) and
Q. Finally, are there any plans to release CyberPatcher which
will work with other brands of accelerator?
A. Not at the moment.
A Tha 1740 needs both e beet siak and a faa to keep cool.
Buy an Apollo. As little as £475 buys you a fast 68040 card with a healthy quantity of memory. This gives you vast processing power for nearly £200 less than a Blizzard 1260 with a similar amount of RAM.
The cooling and power consumption of this card is still a factor and a beefier power supply may be needed if an internal HD is in use, but you can’t argue with its abilities. Hopefully Apollo's will provide patching software for the 060 card, in which case it should outperform the current Blizzard 1260. Until then though, the 060 is overshadowed by it's cheaper and faster little brother. ¦ Mat Bettinson H system requirements: At 200 only. Requires Fast RAH Ini perfpraa.ee inctaase.
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Boards are also supplied with the relevant library software to get them up and running. Including a 68040.library for the 040 and a 68060.library for the 060 unit. These libraries emulate the CPU instructions which were dropped on later processors.
The Apollo 68060 has a faster memory interface than even Phase 5's Blizzard
1260. This makes it the fastest memory interface yet seen on the
Amiga. If it wasn't for the major oversight of no patching
software. The Apollo 1260 would make your machine the
fastest Amiga in the world.
(See the CyberPatcher boxout above for a more detailed explanation of this). This means that with both benchmarks and real- world applications, the Apollo 1260 performs very badly with FPU heavy tasks such as 3D rendering - one of the reasons anyone would want to spend over £500 on an accelerator upgrade. But how does it handle games and other software? With The Killing Grounds there was only about a 10% increase in speed. Full screen was still not possible, despite the fact that on the Blizzard 1260 it was more impressive, fyluch to his surprise the 1240 outperformed its bigger brother,
giving about a 20-25% speed increase - almost fast enough to play at full screen.
Why was this: surely the 68060 is the faster board? Again it comes down to the emulation of unsupported instructions, in particular MoveR Software which doesn't make efforts to avoid these instructions will be prone to performance loss unless special patching software is available (which it isn't with the Apollo). However, the 68040 doesn't suffer from as many problems and you can get 68040 optimised versions of critical applications such as 3D rendering packages like Cinema 4D. Running these on the Apollo 40MHz 68040 is going to be fast. Certainly many times faster than the unassisted
Surprise result Given the extra expense and poor performance of the Apollo 1260,1 find little to recommend it: the Blizzard 1260 is still the A1200s ultimate accelerator, but it does so at a very hefty price. And there is now a weighty alternative: Siren Software, who supplied us with these boards, are offering 60ns 16Mb SIMMs for only £100 when you Dynamode Modems ¦ Price: 14400 £89.99 28800 £149.99 ¦ Developer: Dynamode ¦ Supplier: OnLine PD ® 01704 834335 ©iven the recent explosion of Internet software on the Amiga, now is a damn good time to take the plunge and sign up to get on the Net.
All you'll need is some Internet Software, (see Miami and TermiteTCP on page 501, and an account with an Internet Service Provider.
InternetFCI still have a three month trial offer for CU Amiga readers for only £20.00. Call them at PCI on 01273-763000 for details. Once that's done, you need the final missing link which is a Modem.
Updated Mr Modem OnLine PD have sourced updated modems to the Mr Modem range (which I quite liked from the last Modem round-up). Sporting the same compact size, front power on off switch and easy to see LEDs on the front panel, the only difference is that it's gone beige instead of blank. This aspect is a turn for the worse and makes them look a little cheap. They've even got ’Modem' written on them in case you ever forgot what that box was sitting on your desk, lights flashing away.
The modems badged 'Dynamode' may not be a name’ brand but they've got a feature I didn't expect to see on a BT and CE approved modem: a pass-through connector to plug your telephone into. That way when the modem is on-line, you carit pick up the phone on it. A very handy facility as you also never have to unplug the modem. CE approval seems to be obsessed by RF emission and in this case both the power and telephone cables are wrapped around RF 'chokes' to stop any interference which may result.
Techno-laden fair The supplied manuals are the usual technoladen fair which is a useful reference once you get to grips with how to drive the modem. A serial cable is provided and thoughtfully it has both a 25 and 9 pin D connectors on the computer end which will keep Surf Squirrel users happy too. A telephone cable and a double adaptor is provided and a Pipex-Dial Internet offer though it's supplied with PC software useless for the Amiga. Both sport two year return-to-base warrantees which is good for peace of mind.
At this point, the two different modems part company. Physically on the outside they may be the same but internal specifications differ wildly. The cheaper unit supports only V32.bis which is the name of the standard for a rate of 14400 bps. This means it takes about nine minutes on-line to transfer a full floppy disk worth of data.
The more expensive modem supports V.FC (unlike Mr Modem) and V34 whose standard dictates a 28800 bps rate moving the same data in 4 and a half minutes. The 14400 bps unit does however have 'Voice' support with a microphone and speaker jack on the same.
This would certainly be handy if only the Amiga had some Voice mail software, which so far, it doesn't.
Worked faultlessly Two modems which look the same but perform radically differently. Value for money or what?
Both modems have Fax Class 2 capability at 9600 and 14400 and this proved to work sufficiently well with GP Fax. The V34 28K Dynamode did show some fondness for retaining (re-negotiating a connection) when calling I InternetFCI and Demon. This sometimes adds a little extra time to how long it takes to con- I nect though it's not a serious problem. The V32bis 14K Dynamode worked faultlessly in terms of connection but was slower. One negative point is the small power packs provided as they run a little too hot for comfort.
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The shareware ShapeShifter Now it’s Emplant's turn. Tom .
From the hardware, there are two I new versions of Emplant avail- f able: Mac1200 specifically for the | A1200, and MacLite for any or better Amiga. Both are software only systems, clearly designed to win back some ground lost to ShapeShifter.
Performance tests At heart, both Emplant and ShapeShifter are going to run at similar speeds, simply because of the fact that the Apple programs are running on the Amiga's processor directly. This also keeps the speeds in line with genuine Apple computers based on the same processor. There are two real performance bottlenecks: disk access and graphics.
Although both Emplant and ShapeShifter will work with a dummy file system based on single huge files existing on a standard AmigaDOS disk partition, the best solution is to provide a complete partition Both systems experience huge performance increases when given their own Apple format partitions to play in.
In fact. I was able to make Emplant use the partition I had been using for months with ShapeShifter without making any major modifications.
Graphics are the big problem however. Apple and Amiga screen modes work in different ways: the Apple likes chunky pixels, the 1 II I 1 II l_ 1 1 1 1 u 1 J. u 1 1 CPU: Graphics: User Name:
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PRODUCT TEST Amiga uses Bitplanes. If you have a graphics card there isn't a problem, and your emulated Mac will fly. However, most Amiga users don’t have access to a graphics card or any slots in which to fit one. It’s therefore important that emulation of the screen modes on the Amiga's native display is as fast and efficient as possible.
Emplant offers many different screen modes to suit your working requirements. If you are lucky enough to own a graphics card, a CyberGraphics driver is supplied (although I couldn't get a display larger than 640 by 480). If you don't have an external video card, there are PAL and NTSC drivers and special AGA versions. You can also open up a window on the Workbench if you want to impress passing PC owners. The fastest video driver is the black and white display. Fast, but not terribly attractive. You will be able to run word processors and so on, but Photoshop will look a little drab. With a
decent processor (read a good 68030) and Fast RAM, the 16 colour display is impressive, and the 256 colour display is still useable.
Interlace headache The bad news is that displays will be in interlaced (i.e. flicker) mode unless you are using an AGA machine and have a monitor capable of displaying Multiscan displays. If you do have this set-up.
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a display.
Besides all the usual 2. 4, 16 and 256 colour Mac modes, using HAM8. Emplant can even emulate 15 24 bit screens. Overall, screen updates seemed considerably smoother than ShapeShifter, so I ran some benchmarking programs for a more accurate measurement. The results are displayed hereabouts. It's interesting to note that drivers for the Graffiti graphics card are promised and that could boost performance a great deal.
Memory matters For some reason. Emplant seemed less happy with grabbing all the available memory. If your memory expansion happens to deal in memory in chunks rather than in contiguous blocks, ShapeShifter can sometimes find a few more bytes. Neither of these programs will support Virtual Memory or use the MMU to group together all memory pools: although these features are apparently available with the hardware based Emplant system.
Another hitch was that floppy disk access seemed to be slower through Emplant than through ShapeShifter.
So. Is turning your Amiga into a Mac all that good? Certainly it's fun and it can be very useful too: how else are you going to run Microsoft Word. Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer? PC emulation is too slow for monster software like that. The big catch is that you need the Apple operating system software and the FIOM image from a genuine Apple Mac.
The software is no problem (heck, it was on the last CU Amiga CD- ROM) but the ROM can be. I happen to own an LCIII Mac which meant I could use the supplied program to snapshot the ROM image. Flowever. You might not be so lucky.
These new versions of Emplant are very welcome, if not overdue.
I had no serious complaints to make about them, and if you haven't seen a Mac emulation in action you will be seriously impressed. Emplant supports SCSI hardware, networking protocols and CD-ROM drives. Should you use it instead of ShapeShifter? If you have a graphics card, it doesn't seem to make a great deal of difference which program to use (although until the CyberGraphics display bug is fixed and the screen can be increased to 800 by 600, I'll probably use ShapeShifter more).
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This sounds really handy but wouldn't it be too difficult and expensive to do? Not really Once you've shot a roll of film buy a blank gold writable CD (cost about £101 if this is your first set of films to go on CD. Then take both to a development centre which handles PhotoCDs. Check the Yellow Pages for one in your area. Next, the developer processes the film, (normally only the negatives are need- edl. And scanned in at an amazing 3072 x 2048 pixels. The resulting PCD files are burnt onto the CD.
Once you have all your pictures on a CD, perhaps you need something to help you organise them?
This is where PhotoCD Manager comes in. It’s produced by ASIM Innovations, the Canadian developer who specialises in CD-ROM support including the ASIM CD filesystem and MasteriSO. The program is on CD in the form of a simple installer and 36 PCD files on the CD. There are also two versions of PhotoCD Manager, a HAM version for OCS ECS machines and a HAM8 version for AGA machines It's simple to use and has an attractive custom GUI on an interlaced HAM or HAM8 screen (it can be forced to DBLPal). If a PhotoCD is inserted into the CD- ROM, PCD Manager will scan the PhotoCD and compose
thumbnail pictures. These are in banks which can be activated by clicking on the number range gadgets PCD Manager also saves the thumbnails to HD so that when the disk is next inserted, it only takes a second to import the thumbnails.
Not a manager PhotoCD is a more a slideshow than a manager. The thumbnails can be viewed in a small window or added to a slideshow. The PhotoCD standard specifies whether pictures are to be viewed horizontally or vertically. The rest of the slideshow features are basic; two kinds of wipe and loop pause options and insert and delete buttons for slideshow.
I can only see PhotoCD Manager being of use to someone creating a demonstration with a CD32 (which PhotoCD manager has full joypad support for) or as a basic viewer if the owner didn't already have one. I would have liked a lot more support on the CD including some graphics manipula- AunUnnt* inrtao hr PwaCI lin« «• tion utilities and even more PCD files considering less than 200Mb of the CD is used.
The list of what PhotoCD manager doesn't do is far longer than what it does. For instance the viewer uses a horrible 384 x 256 resolution regardless of using the HAM8 version which could easily support the PCD built-in 768 x 512 mode. It also won't save out as anything other than the low resolution HAM8 IFF. There's no optimisation in the palette to avoid HAM8 fringing. Amongst other things you should be able to catalogue the thumbnails off HD to manage' your Photo CD collection.
Poor quality What PhotoCD Manager sets out to do, it does. The trouble is that this isn't very much. If you I CD filesystem capable of reade PhotoCDs then you can load as pictures into commercial and shareware packages which urt port PCD at the resolution PCD files support (such as ImageRQ and achieve much better However, given that PCD Manager works nicely on a sM CD32 it does have some usee Most people however should steer clear and spend the moi on shareware commercial parts ages which can process PCD files and possibly create better slideshows with something MainActor. What a pity ¦ Mat
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LITTLE OFFICE 2 CD Aminet 13 Tony Horgan's selection of CD-ROMs
includes the Amiga's newest of the latest shareware and PD
releases, including games, demos, utilities. Applica
tions, modult samples ... Once again.
All the latest from the famous Aminet archive comes our way once again on Aminet 13, this time with a special focus on animation. A fully intact, working version of Main Actor is also included. This is an animation tool which can be used to create and edit animations. Altering time frames and tagging sounds to specific parts to create synchronised soundtracks. It uses a kind of freeform modular window interface that's designed for screens larger than 640 x 256 pixels, which unfortunately makes for a very cluttered and confused display in a high res, non-interlaced video screen mode.
There's a healthy 800Mb of new software data and the archived format of the CD means there’s still room for nearly 300Mb in the 'pix' drawer too, most of which is animations. As always there's the usual stack of software from every comer of the globe in every imaginable category. It wasn't the case until fairly recently, but now one way or another, just about 99% of all freely distributable Amiga software gets uploaded to the Aminet, so what you've got here is an all-encompassing collection Epic Interactive Encyclopedia The last time we looked at an encyclopedia CD-ROM was back in our
November 1995 issue. The Grolier Encyclopedia was rated at 87% and scored points tor its excellent, clear and simple front end and overall presentation.
Apparently that CD has now completely sold out the world over, so Epic Marketing decided to create their own completely new Amiga CD Encyclopedia.
There are three main sections: Encyclopedia, Media Show and Explorapedia.
The main Encyclopedia section is controlled from one high All the topics are listed alphabetically in a single index in a window on the left, which can be scrolled with the cursor keys, Pg Up and Pg Down on the keypad or with the pokey little gadgets next to the list. Any items of particular interest can be ticked off on the list and carried over to the Hotlist Editor, where you can make up your own indexes from selected subjects. There's a Search button just beneath the main list which works as a shortcut for locating any subject.
For each subject there is always some text, and certain subjects have a picture (or a series of pictures), a sound sample or a small 'movie clip' animation. Some subjects may have all of these, others might have one or two. However, pictures do not accompany all of the entries - nearly half of the subjects I looked at were text-only affairs, which is a little disappointing.
Those that do have pictures tend to be in the nature, science and geography categories. The pictures themselves appear in another window and can normally be viewed as full-screen low resolution grey scale images too.
Film clips appear (very occasionally) in a mini screen in the bottom right corner. These are grey scale animbrushes grabbed _ EPIC INTERACTIVE NCYCI.OPEDIA Motorcycle racing from video and lasting somewhere around three to five seconds.
You can make your Amiga read out the text for any of the subjects by clicking on the Speak button. Unfortunately this uses the Amiga's old speech synthesis feature ... which makes Speak & Spell sound like an elocution teacher! So it's of limited use.
The necessary files are installed automatically to allow this feature on more recent Amigas. If you want to use any of the pictures or text (maybe in school projects or suchlike) you can use the Export function to save them to your hard drive or print them out.
The rest of the data (anims and sounds) is stored on the CD as standard Amiga files.
Media show In the Media Show section you can take your pick from six narrated slideshows covering biology, environment, exploration, sport, technology and transport. A well-rounded, rather muffled and monotone voice reads one of six scripts pitched at a kind of upper- primary school level. The narratives are stored as IFF samples rather than CD audio tracks (which would have taken a lot more CD space). The slideshows are in colour with some good pictures.
Finally there's the 'Explorapedia' a section designed for younger kids. There are six areas which can be explored (vehicles, toys, dinosaurs, workshop, music studio and space), each area consisting of a static screen containing a few objects that move and make a sound when clicked on. This is in 'play' mode, if you switch to 'learn' mode, clicking the objects brings up some very basic information about them and cross references to related subjects from the main encyclopedia section.
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Motorcycle raring is speed contests on Motorcycles. It has Many different forns: road racing ooer open roads, circuit racing over purpose-built tracks, speedway ooer oval-shaped dirt tracks, noloiross over natural terrain, incorporating hill cltnbs.
And trials, also over natural terrain, but with the addition of artificial hazards.
There's only so much room on a
CD. But maybe the space taken up by the Media Show section
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the main encyclopedia. Both the Media Show and Explorapedia
sections are entertaining once, but unlikely to draw you back
for repeated viewings.
Marketing (either on floppy disk or via the Internet). Additional data is stored on your hard drive (one of the reasons why a hard drive is required to use this CD).
Conclusion While this is generally a fun and informative package, it does fall down in a few areas. It would certainly be helped by more pictures. Animations and sounds.
The message "Sorry there is no image for this subject" seems to be displayed far too often.
If you're on the lookout for some interactive reference material then you should find this fits the bill. Care has been taken to ensure you can run a version of the encyclopedia on any hard drive-equipped Amiga with 2Mb of RAM and OS 2 or higher, with an enhanced version on the CD for AGA users which requires 4Mb of RAM.
Available from: Epic Marketing, 139 Victoria Road, Swindon, Wilts.
Tel: 0500 131 486.
Price: £29.99 plus £1 post h packing.
Amiga CD Sensation - Golden Games Here we go again ... working through a CD lull of PD games should be fun. All those 'Golden' games at your fingertips, what could be better? I can think of a few things Most PD games have a habit of shutting out your operating system along with any programs that may be running, often with no option to quit back to Workbench. They also have a habit of being either a: incompatible with various Amigas, or b: crap. While any one of these problems in isolation may not be a major hassle for occasional game playing, when you're faced with the task of sifting
through 1,000 such games on a CD-ROM things can get a bit messy - you could find yourself sitting through what seems like hours of drawn- out title sequences, system crashes and reboots before you find anything worth playing.
Don't lose heart though, there are some real beauties lurking between the rubbish. These are mostly re-makes of classic coinops from the 80s, like the fabulous pixel-perfect Defender clone (with all the original sound effects), Bignonia's unofficial Donkey Kong, Popeye and Zaxxon conversions (sadly Donkey Kong is not AGA compatible).
Amoeba Invaders, Boulderdash and the like.
Most of these have been knocking around the scene and various CD compilations for a few years though, so if you've already got a CD-ROM of PD games it's likely you'll have most of them.
There are still some interestingly obscure games to be found, like the 'Pepsi-sponsored' one in which you attempt to catch leaping trout in a net whilst standing in a river in Ireland. I can tell you're excited already.
Fans of the long-forgotten I genre of the text adventure vwl I find plenty to get stuck into.
Once you've endured the toed process of identifying which j games are good you'll probabfy I end up with a core of around • I dozen gems. Just don't expect
1. 000 quality gamesl Available from: GT1, Carl-Zeiss-Strasse 9,
Amiga CD Sensation - Demos R 4 Ever _ From the compilers of the Golden Games CD. Demos R 4 Ever aims to bring the best of the Amiga demo scene to you on one CD.
With demos dating back as far as 1992 (and possibly further) it's not a cross section of the current scene but a kind of edited highlights package. That’s not to say it has all the best demos from the last few years. Tracking down some of the classics from the recent and distant past is not always fruitful, but you couldn't criticise the CD for its omissions when there are so many that have been included (almost 2,200 in fact).
The demos are all uncompressed and come with readme files that advise on the system requirements. To say they are all ready to run' from the CD might be rather generous - ready to crash would be more realistic.
As with the Golden Games CD, casual browsing of the contents leads to countless crashes and lock-ups. If you take time to check all the readme files before attempting to run anything then you shouldn't have too much bother, but after a while that becomes a chore you could do without. A better system is employed on the Spaceballs Scene Storm CD, which pops up a little requester whenever you click a demo's icon, telling you its requirements and whether it will exit, giving you the choice to go ahead and run it or to abort before you lock up the machine.
If you're a demo fan but you're not connected to the Internet, this is an excellent way to catch up on many of the top demos You'll have seen covered in our PD Scene section over the years.
Finding a particular demo is made fairly easy so long as you know the name of the group that made it, as they're stored alphabetically according to their creators. A search tool would be useful for locating demos by their title.
Although this suffers many of the problems encountered with the Golden Games disc, generally the quality of the content is higher. When they work they're good examples of what's out there on the demo scene.
Available from: GTI, Carl-Zeiss-Strasse 9, D-79761 Waldshut, Tiengen, Germany.
Birdie game Above Top Secret PD Scene A selection of games have risen above the rest of the PD scene offerings this month. Tony Horgan is your cheap thrills guide.
Quiz Here's a disk for anyone ““ who thinks they're a bit of * an expert on TV and movie sci-fi. It's a quiz with question sets based on Alien, Bladerunner, Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, Star Wars and The X-Files. It's been compiled with the Q-Whizz quiz engine, which leads to a neat interface which is clear and easy to use, even if it is a bit laboured at times.
Casual fans will probably find it quite challenging, while real anoraks will no-doubt revel in answering every question correctly. Either way it should provide plenty of chin- stroking fun for anyone who wears Star Trek pyjamas at night. It's licenceware by the way. Not PD.
Available from: F1 Licenceware, 31 Wellington Road. Exeter, Devon, EX2 9DU. Tel: 01392 493 580. Price: £3.99 plus 75p p + p. Quicksilva game Definitely one of the better games to have emerged from the PD scene lately. Quicksilver is a demo version of a colourful platform game featuring a dumpy little android as its main character. The fast parallax scrolling is impressive, but actually too fast on a 68030-based A1200. Some kind of compensation for faster machines needs to be implemented, because as it is, it's almost unplayable on such a system. That's good news for anyone with a slower
Amiga though, as it shouldn't have any trouble keeping up running on less powerful CPUs.
If you're into garish backdrops in the style of the James Pond games you'll get along just fine, but don't expect the gameplay to match that of the famed fishy series. It's fairly simply run, jump and shoot action with the usual pick-ups and baddies along the way. Nothing out of the ordinary but a good bit of fun anyway.
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The many tools on the disk include a boot screen that displays system information, a conversion tool for changing AmigaGuide files to ASCII, BlitzDMS (the best front end for DMS), a tool for scanning how much space a directory takes up on a volume, a GUI for configuring AmiTCP that uses the wonderful MuiRexx extension library and the official replacement hard drive installer tool from Amiga Technologies.
As always, there's something for everyone on these disks and even a disk error couldn't stop me enthusing about how good Vark's efforts are in compiling these gems. Needless to say these programs are all credited to the original authors and are all freely distributable or shareware.
91 PD UTILITIES DiskSqueeze disk compressor DiskSqueeze could become the floppy disk archive format of the future - even replacing DMS! It can handle DOS and non-DOS track formats so you are able to compress just about any Amiga disk. Also, the archives are much smaller than you would get from using DMS. There are options for adding file_id.diz lines (popular with a lot of bulletin boards) and banner files which can tell you about the file without it having to be unpacked. The test option checks if the archive is compressed OK as well. Support for multiple devices are available, so you
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This program's strong point is user friendliness. The install script is very well written and includes a check program which you can run after installation to scan your system, checking that required files are present and environment labels are set. One criticism is that so many external files are needed as well as the main script.
However, this is negated by the excellent installer, so it's not a problem once you have it installed on your system.
The author also promises significant new features for version 2, such as a front end GUI rather than a button bar.
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Yet another program designed to launch programs via a GUI on Workbench.
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Art Gallery_ 76 The top quality artwork continues. If you want to see your work published and maybe get a job as a result, send it in now.
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C D 78 Imagine 4.0 Independence Day has nothing on the aliens in this tutorial. Well, maybe not but you CO can have a darn good try at getting close with Imagine’s superb lighting effects.
82 EasyCalc Invoices receive the EasyCalc treatment: how to get them looking tidy whilst all the complicated bits go on in the background.
84 Graphics Masterclass We've gone all alternative this month as look at other ways of using some of the processes in ImageFX.
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Imagine 3.0 Getting the lighting right is what differentiates an average image from a spectacular one. This month we'll look at how the position and type of light sources can transform a flat and unrealistic render into a lifelike one. ¦ John Kennedy A little green man takes off with Daisy under cover of darkness! Find out how we helped him do it with Imagine's many different light sources.
Before Imagine will even start rendering there must be at least one light source in every scene. For best results, however, you'll probably need at least two light sources. And just to add even more realism Imagine has a special form of light source called 'ambient lighting'.
This is a general light applied equally to all objects from all directions.
Achieving absolute realism in a picture is not always desirable though. You have to decide whether you want to go for realism (like Babylon 5) or simply what looks best (like Star Trek TNG). Realism requires that you have a single light source, usually the sun and no ambient lighting. However, trying to recreate what a giant space ship floating in deep space would actually look like can be pretty dull as a lot of the objects would be in the shadows and lacking detail. The creators of Babylon 5 get around this by ensuring that their star backdrops contain lots of purple and blue nebula rather
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Also, the ships in Star Trek all seem to manage to look perfectly lit from all directions and some even are fitted with their dwn light sources for illumination.
Below is a more practical example. There are generally accepted ways to position light sources for best effect. A simple scene, say a camera and one object, requires two light sources. The first is far away and this is the 'fill' light. The second light is placed close to the camera for the main illumination. You can see the effects of these lights in the follow illustrations. When using digitised backdrop images as shown here, try and arrange the lights so that they cast shadows in the same way as the sun does in the scanned image.
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There are also other types of light source such as a source which emits parallel rays. Parallel rays are like those from the sun and illuminate all objects equally. To select the type of light source you'll need to create a normal light and then go to the Action editor and look at the object's 'Actor' line.
Light sources When you create light sources with either round or rectangular settings and use the Display menu to switch on the ‘Light Lines' option you'll see which direction the lights are pointing in. There are no lines drawn for the default spherical light source because the light is pointing in all directions at once. You can combine the light beams with foggy objects as before, to create rather cool * ",n"1 searchlight effects. You'll need to match the shape of the light beam objects to suit the light source.
In the real world, light sources cast shadows and Imagine will do this too. You can switch shadows on and off from the Action editor 'Actor' requester as before. With the shadows turned on. Rendering times are increased dramatically soonly use them when strictly necessary. You'll need to use Trace mode, not scanline, to see the shadows. Only use shadows with the light sources which actually require them.
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EasyCalc For this tutorial we're going to use an invoice as an example. Most invoices have rows of items, with the total displayed at the end of row. At the bottom of invoice there is normally a final total. In EasyCalc this set up is easy to recreate, all you have to do is use the SUM function and tally the results up.
However, while using the SUM may be simple, it won't leave our spreadsheet looking very nice. It would lead to untidy invoices, with an unsightly 0.00 shown when no data is present.
A more professional arrangement is to have the program figure out when no data is present and hide the worthless and untidy 0.00 from view. This is exactly what we're going to do here and similar techniques can be used in any spreadsheet where calculations are made on cells that'don't always contain values and a tidy display is required, such as company accounts and club membership records.
This spreadsheet also shows how the powerful built-in functions of our cover disk can be used. In this case we use the VAT function but you could change this to others as the need arises. Several of the tutorial files supplied on the original uncompressed disk demonstrate the other functions available.
- 0IF(D17*E17 1)," ",D17*E17) ¦0VAT(0SUM(F17:F23)) Step one We
start off the spreadsheet by setting up a basic layout, this
includes the company names (whom the invoice is from and to
whom it is addressed) and the relevant data such as a product
code, description, quantity and item price. Below this
information are the totals'for the VAT and the total invoice
tally. The totals will all be worked out for us by the program.
For now we're just interested in getting the formula and cell content right so we can bypass layout for the moment. The screen shot seen here shows where all the information needed will go, formatting and other paraphernalia will come later.
Step two functions. This formula goes in cell F24 and calculates the VAT of the items listed. If we didn't have the VAT function we’d need to multiply the result by 17.5 and then divide the result by 100, with a formula something like =(@sum(F17:F23ri7.5| 100, as it is we just need to add the VAT function to the front of the SUM function and it will total the column up for us. However, like the Row Total functions this leaves us with 0 in the VAT cell when the spreadsheet is empty. To get around this the function in step 4 is used.
Step four Formula 4 is a combination of the first two formulas. It calculates the VAT. Then checks if the result is less than one, in which case a space is returned ie the " " bit. If it's greater, the VAT figure is recalculated and returned.
Once this is done copy cell F17 and Paste it Relative (found under the Edit menu) into cells F18 to F23. Remember how last month we This formula (marked 2 below right! Takes the individual unit price (found in cell E17) and multiplies it by the number of units required (the quantity found in D17) then displays the result.
However, if the invoice was blank, with no items entered, this would display 0 in the column, making it look messy. This formula uses the IF function, checks if the result is less than 1 (ie 0) and if it is returns a space, if not then it returns the total. As a space can’t be seen when the invoice is empty (so the total comes to 0) nothing is displayed making it look clean and tidy.
Step three Formula number 3 (right) shows the power of EasyCalc's built in
- 0IF(0VAT(0SUM F17:F23 ) !)," ",0VAT(0SHM(F17:F23))) 0
- IF(0SUM(F17lF24) l," ",0SUM(F17IF24)) Let's get clever Using
EasyCalc to handle invoices etc has other advantages apart from
making them easier to do and presenting them in a simple
manner. For example, building on the two tutorials we’ve shown
you it would be possible to have EasyCalc provide ment
information gained from invoices You could, for instance, have
a graph ing what product codes were appearing most in invoices,
thus showing sales trends. Or maybe you could create a graph
showing what products were ordered in quantity (invaluable for
Throw in a dash of Arexx (EasyCalc has a very comprehensive Arexx port) and almost anything is possible.
Naturally, spreadsheets of this sort take a lot of working out, but they're very possible with a little forethought. The key to spreadsheets is to work out in advance what you want to achieve, plan out the best route to doing this and only then start riting the format and formulae to produce Spreadsheets are one of the few types programs where just sitting at your Amiga and and experimenting pays no dividends whatsoever. When trying to create complex documents planning is everything.
F24 to F25, and change their format to currency by clicking on the Edit, Format Currency menu. This will change any values seen in- these cells to be prefixed with a sterling character If you wanted you could also add in extra supplemental data, such as a data and invoice reference.
Seven. For the purpose of this screen shot I've also entered some typical data into the first two lines of the invoice. See how the total cells now show the results - when previously they were empty!
Now for a challenge. The formulae used here have a problem - the invoice can't handle negative numbers (needed for discounts and refunds etc). You tell us the solution and we’ll print the answer in the Q6A pages next month, along with the name of the first person who sends in a spreadsheet that does it correctly.
This brings us to the end of the EasyCalc tutorials (don't all shout at once!) But not the last of the help from CU Amiga Magazine for it. If you have a problem with this application or any of our other utility cover disks for that matter drop our Q&A team a line.
Please note these queries will not be handled over the phone, you will have to write in to CU Amiga Magazine, Priory Court, 30-32 Farringdon Lane. London EC! R 3AU. ¦ Andy Leaning.
Step five Formula 5 is the last formula, thankfully! If you've followed the previous steps it should be pretty straightforward. Like the VAT calculation, before it tots up the total of the invoice, it checks if a number is below t and providing it isn't it shows the answer. Notice how we've now extended the range to take into account the row totals AND the newly calculated VAT amount. As before if the result is less than 1 no figure is shown, rather the invisible space character. This screen shot also shows the completed design and look of the invoice - pretty smart for a couple of minutes
Step seven The spreadsheet is now very nearly in place.
As can be seen, when we have an empty spreadsheet nothing shows in the form - precisely the way we wanted it! However, it's not particularly neat and doesn't really make use of EasyCalc's formatting capabilities. Highlight the first line of the invoice form and change the background colour, then do the same for the total row. I've also set the headings to Bold and changed some of the text colours - both of these are done using the Edit Colour, Text and Background menus. I've also used the Define Line tool to add borders to the spreadsheet to make it look just that little bit smarter... Step
six . Now we've got the formula in place we can start to tidy up our spreadsheet's presentation. Firstly, centre various heading columns, and right justify the company addresses. Next, select all the cells that will contain values, on this spreadsheet this is cells E17 to E23 and TUTORIAL ri 'r Ijl Graphics Masterclass Image FX 2.6 special effects Dig deep into those effects menus to discover a wealth of useful and abstract tricks within Image FX.
Computer users, where the software manuals show how to recreate the same effects you’ve just seen on the big screen. Morphing tutorials rarely use anything but two faces for subjects.
3D rendering revolves around spaceships, and lens flares are thrown all over pictures like they're going out of fashion (which they surely must be by now).
The trouble with learning to use the snazzy new effects offered by today's graphics software is that it can be hard to avoid the trap of knocking out the same clich6d pictures as everyone else. It's easy to see how it happens: some big shot studio gets hold of a new visual effect, hammers it in a series of movies and music videos, then it filters down to personal So now you're probably looking at the main picture here and asking what's so groundbreaking about this little bit of psychedelia, what's so original that I can justify those statements about tired cliches? Well it's not so much
the picture itself as the thought behind it, which is to take the power of the highly tweakable effects available and do something different with them by delving deep into their options to come up with more off-the-wall results. The idea of this month's Graphics Masterclass is to show what you can do when you venture off the beaten track, away from the default settings and into those little menus you never knew were there.
Radial stars The main picture, created with Image FX 2.6, was made in two parts. The first was the background, which is a number of 'radial stars' rendered on top of one another, and the other part is the text which was processed and dropped over the top. In rather more detail, here's how it was done ... A page (referred to in Image FX as a buffer!
Was set up with dimensions of 640 x 640 pixels and the first of the stars was rendered.
With standard settings, the radial star normally comes out looking like a lens flare but in this case the number of points was increased to [ somewhere around 30 or 40. With the thick- j ness level also set to around 40. The idea was to make three stars, one yellow, one red and one blue, so with a red pen colour selected from the palette. Draw Colour was selected from the radial star's Colour option (meaning the star would be drawn in the selected colour rather than white). The preview box can be used to test the settings. To get a perfectly centred star, the co-ordinates were entered as
numbers in the Centre boxes (320 is half 640, hence the centre point) instead of being placed by hand on the small preview window.
Once the first star was rendered, a yellow pen was selected and the star effect chosen ; again. This time the Angle setting was altered so that the first 'prong' (working clockwise) was one third of the way between the first and second prongs of the original star. Also the Corona Glow button was selected to bring up an additional control panel. This alters the size and diameter of the halo around the prongs. I so an increase in the diameter setting meant that the second halo would appear outside that of the first. When this had rendered, the process was repeated for the final blue star, with
similar adjustments to the Angle and Corona values.
Radial star is an 'additive' process because it's supposed to be simulating light, so where all the colours overlap you get white areas.
Colour previews This backdrop was nice enough, but to make it even more colourful the Custom colour change option was used from the Colour menu. This allows you to alter the colours by drawing a freehand curve within the box that pops up. Alternatively you can set the mode to Line-based or Spline-based and make a smoother curve by adding and adjusting a series of points. You might have noticed that the preview window isn’t much use here.
Unless the control panel screen is set up with TORIAl C HILL BfVBY thing
A varied and colourful palette, there are not enough colours to give a reasonable impression of how the colour change will affect the image. You can improve this by altering the Choose Screen Mode selection from the Prefs panel, but you still may need to flesh out the palette with a range of colours mixed by hand.
Adding movement Making the text was fairly simple. Once the text had been entered and loaded from the text font section it was pasted onto a spare buffer screen, then processed with the Liquid effect from the Distort menu. In this case, only a subtle distortion was required to keep the text legible but still imply some movement. The number of waves was set to three with a scaling of 20 (this defines the amount of deviation in the waves). The waves themselves are generated by a 'random seed' which can be changed by clicking the Randomise button.
If you don't like the first set of waves you get, randomise the seed and take another preview. When you've got one that looks right select Okay and it will be applied to the picture or the brush, depending on which is selected in the area box on the main control panel.
The next process was to add yet more mellow movement to the text with the Motion Blur option from the Convolve menu.
The preview window is misleading for this one, as it doesn't scale the blur length when it generates the thumbnail, making it look as if your image will be blurred much more than it actually will. This text was blurred with a Length setting of 40 pixels. Finally the text was jazzed up by picking it up as a brush (with auto-background detection turned on) and then passed through the False Colour process. This was then pasted onto the previously prepared backdrop to form the final image ¦ Tony Horgan A rwi-a «a to Moamn 4 *• UP Sm u~l car M a mm, mclm rikcti StrefthZmoXr I Ol Okay I Load I
Qtfaulfs I Saw I Canal I COMB Wired World There’s a few techniques which when coupled with the excellent array of commercial and shareware graphics manipulation packages the Amiga has, will pay dividends on your WWW site. For this tutorial we'll be looking at some examples of these and what they can do to make your WWW site look good without of using up too much memory or wasting time.
Pretty pictures on web sites are great but it's annoying if they take a long time to download. Here's how you can get around this problem.
Image Studio is one example of an extremely useful package. The most attractive thing about Image Studio is that it has a GIF 89a saver built-in. This is the format required to create essential transparent GIFs. Image Studio can be found on last month's CUCD3 in the graphics drawer or on the Aminet (path gfx conv.)
Unregistered the maximum image size you ican use is limited but it's still enough for most applications. Remember, if you use it often you should register though.
Any package which has reasonable colour reduction and scaling functions will be useful for creating pictures for Web sites. On the commercial side of things Personal Paint 6 is especially powerful. There's also a GIF 10 module for Ppaiht available on Aminet which enables you to save out transparent GIF 89as.
Small is best The general rule for using images in HTML documents is to keep them as small as possible. It’s a simple formula which dictates that images with less colours use less space and therefore take less time to download.
Another side effect is that images with less colours are more likely to look correct on Amiga browsers running on screens with less colours than the images in the browser. A good rule of thumb is using 32 or 64 colours for GIFs where possible. Remember NOT to dither the image when recolouring; while this looks great in the package you're working on, a browser fights for 'pens' to display the image and the dithered patterns stand out and look extremely ugly.
Transparent GIFs require one colour from the palette across all of the parts of the picture ? Here's a picture prepared to sen oit as a transparent GIFISa in Inagc Stadia The bright green coloar was chosen Ml to interlere with the edges el the image and it woo t he seen in a browser.
Which is to be transparent. The easiest way of doing this is to create a new gaudy colour which doesn't exist in the picture and click on remap. Colour 0 would be a good idea to retain compatibility with Aweb. Then save the image, move to a paint package and paint around the image with that colour. It would be a good idea to make it a grey before saving out so that the browsers which get it wrong won’t look too horrible. Saving this out as a GIF 89a transparent, it should appear so in a browser. Failing that, there’s a PD program called GifTrans which will covert GIFs to transparent. You can
find it in the Aminet path; gfx conv giftrans.lha. New techniques Last month, we looked at using pictures as image links to other HTML documents. This works very well for many applications except where you may want to make your pages look spectacularly different. In order to do this, the best bet is to create a picture of your entire graphics front end containing many buttons or pictures of their own. Previously the trouble with using standard image links was that clicking on any part of the picture would send you to the same document.
That was until so-called Image Maps appeared as a HTML 3.0 draft and this has now been nearly universally accepted by browser authors. What these do is actually read off the position of the mouse I where it clicks in an image. The J values are normally then sent to a special service residing on the WWW server which decides, ba on the mouse x.y positions, which HTML document to go to.
This is fairly popular on the Web at the moment but it has been superseded by an even better j method which can be used by anyone without access to the 'CGI binaries' which are necessary for Image Maps.This new Image Map technique is called Client Side Image Maps or CSIMs. Both and Ibrowse support this technique and with a little bit of work you can create spectacular web pages. What's more, CSIMs J are more efficient since only one picture will have to be downloaded and no additional talk- ] ing to the WWW server is necessary to figure -J out which page to ask for next. Presuming that | we
have a bank of buttons in a single picture, we activate the CSIM with an IMG tag like so; I IMG SRC-"buttons.gif" USEMAP-" buttonmap" Next we need to define the map with the | MAP tag which describes the regions inside the picture. The NAME attribute in the I MAP tag should match with the value in USEMAP except without the When the image map is clicked on, if the mouse matches one of the regions, it will go to the named J HREF statement.
Here’s an example to go with the above; MAP NAME="buttonmap" AREA SHAPE-"RECT" COORDS-"0,0,99, 49" HREF-"button_a.html" ALT-"This is Button A" AREA SHAPE-"RECT" COORDS-"100,0,199, 49" HREF-"button_b.html" ALT-"Thi« is Button B" MAP The attributes in the AREA tag need a little more explanation. The SHAPE attribute defines the particular type of region, there are RECT, CIRCLE and POLYGON shapes (see the Get in shape Htra'i a mora in-depth description of the three SHAPE commands; Rect - The most simple and most common AREA attribute. The Coordinates simply needed to be given in
x1,y1,x2,y2 where x1 and y1 are the top left coordinates and x2,y2 are the bottom right.
Circle - Coordinates are given as centre x, centre y and radius. I* we wanted to define a circle of radius 10 (20 pixels across) in the middle of a 100 x 100 image, we'd use COORDS="49,49,10". Unfortunately, Ibrowse doesn't support this SHAPE so it’s probably best to settle for a RECT inatead.
Polygon - This is a complex shape which can have any number of pairs of x,y coordinates; xy,y1,x2,y2.....x20,y20 etc. This is like using the polygon tool in a paint package, you can draw around an image precisely. The region is closed no matter if the last pair are different from the first. A simple example is a triangle which could be COORDS="20,20,30,40,10,40". This is fairly academic since neither Voyager nor Ibrowse support this complex SHAPE function.
A Hara'i Ibfamt witt aa ciaai t CSIM ctaftota Mdi taarca Htrt I rt MX rti hues araato tto .am*!* f.*~* boxout below for more in-depth description of these). The COORDS attribute specifies the x.y locations of the shapes. The exact format depends on whether you are using RECT CIRCLE or POLYGON The top left pixel is 0,0 so that if you were to define an entire area of a 100 x 100 rectangle it would be 0,0.99,99. The HREF attribute specifies the URL of the HTML document which that region will specify.
Also, if the regions overlap, the area specified first will get priority.
With this example we can see that if you clicked on the left-hand side of the picture within the 100 x 50 rectangle, the browser would go to button_a.html. If the right rectangle was clicked on. Button_b.html would be the destination document. The ALT tags are especially useful again with text based browsers (if anyone still uses such things) since they'll get no links pr text unless the ALT attributes are inserted.
You may like to even define areas that don't do anything but would simply display the ALT string. In this case, the NOHREF tag can be used instead of HREF. You could move the mouse over a tiny signature on the bottom right and see the author's name at the bottom of the browser for example.
A tip for the creation of CSIMs is to open your text editor on a paint package using a public screen. If your paint package shows the coordinates in the menu bar as you move around the picture, it should be easy to pick the right values to type into your MAP tag on the same screen. Another tip is to use the Fix To Grid function of a paint package so that every coordinate is a multiple of five pixels or so You can also paint boxes around the buttons etc and then simply move the mouse to them later to read of the coordinates Make sure you don't save the image with the boxes drawn on it like
A bit of support Finally, to cater for users of browsers which do not support CSIMs, the easiest thing to do is to create a row of text buttons underneath the image. You can also make those browsers go off to a page if they click anywhere on the CSIM picture. Here’s a complete example; A HREF""CrapBrovrx«r.html" IMG SRC="ImagaMttp.gif" USEMAP.-Hbutton- map"x A MAP AREA SHAPE-"RECT" COORDS-"0,0,99,49- HREF" "buta.html " AREA SHAPE.-RECT" COORDS--100,0.199,49" HREF""buCb.html" HAP A HREF»"buta.html" Button A A | A HREF-"butb-html" Button B A Here all browsers will see the image
map. If the image map is clicked on by a browser that doesn't support CSIM. They'll be sent to CrapBrowser.html. Or the user of that browser can click on the text links underneath. Just recently, an Arexx script for ImageFX 2.0+ to create CSIMs appeared on Aminet, check it out in the path gfx conv MakelmageMap.lha. Now you know all you need to know to make an amazing front end for your web pages so why not combine transparent GIFs and CSIMs? Or raytrace some buttons backdrops with a lens-flare or two? The sky's the limit so until next time ... ¦ Matt Bettinson I A new version of Aweb, more
about the Amiga Magazine mailing list and supply finally meets demand for a News slurper the Aminet to download them, making it a One Stop Datatype Shop. Drop in and check it out for yourself at http: www.execpc.com ~innuen- do amiga os datatypes Pure Amina Exnandi.
The Pure Amiga WWW resource folks are looking, for writers and GFX artists to help build upon the site yet further. They have just opened the ‘Pure Amiga Review Library' which is a growing collection of reviews of Amiga related products. They say a couple of the products on the site have never been reviewed before. To see what all the fuss is about visit Pure Amiga at http: www.netlink. co.uk users PureAmiga That ancient edict has dictated global economies since the beginning of civilisation. Unfortunately It stops short where some Amiga Comms Software Is concerned. Yes it's reached as
far as Web browsers but that's about it. The thrust of my rant this month is News clients. Many are happy with Thor but there's no doubt there's still great demand for a small, dedicated easy-to-use news package somewhat similar to YAM for E-mail. This is why so many people held high hopes for Mnews. Unfortunately though, Mnews 1.0 proved that it really is possible to write an application more buggy than Windoze. :- Under normal circumstances you just wouldn't run it but the demand is such for a package like it, many are downloading it anyway. But wait!
There is an alternative: our old friend Olli Wagner has come to the rescue (again) by porting his MicroDot News 'and' E-mail package to MUI and released as t-ll. So don't 1 net heads, help is at hand.
BlittarSoft daas Awsb-ll BlitterSoft announced they are now selling the Aweb-ll bundle from AmiTrix Developments. The MUI-less Aweb-ll browser itself now supports background images, background text link colours, image borders, centring and limited frame support. It’s bundled with the HTML Heaven
2. 0 HTMLAWWV development package which now also has support
for HTML 3.2 tags. Also included is the brilliant FTPMount
which allows you to mount an FTP: device to access FTP sites
via Workbench, CLI, a directory utility and obviously Aweb-ll
Aweb-ll uses HTTX to save out HTML pages as text and a free update to Aweb-ll is planned at a later stage. Retailing for £39.95, call BlitterSoft on 01908 261477 or check out their URL on http: www.blittersoft.co.uk for more details. Look out for a full review in the next issue of CU Amiga Magazine.
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Masterclass We’ve already examined the majority of
Workbench's visible icons, now we'll take a look at those
'hidden' files which don't have icons.
All is not what it seems.
Behind the 'Show All Files' option lies a hidden world of Workbench files ... So how do we seek out these mysterious files? First, to find them you've got get down to Shell level or use the 'Show... All Files' Workbench menu option. A program such as Directory Opus is very useful when it comes to exploring Workbench like this, as it allows you to move from directory to directory and examine the contents with only one or two clicks of the mouse. So let’s see what we come up with ... C you see me First: the C directory. This is very important, as it is where all the AmigaDOS commands hang out.
Most of the commands you can type at the Shell are really unique programs and this is where they are stored. So. If you open a Shell window and enter: the operating system, as used in Amiga 1200s for example, have this command and others built into the OS Kickstart ROM. These commands are referred to as 'resident'. You can get a list of these resident commands by opening a shell and entering: resident This command will return a list of the built-in commands. It's also possible to temporarily make other commands resident too.
You do this by including their full path and name after the command. Like this: resident cslist Except this won't work and will return an error message because the List command isn't totally 'Pure'. Yes. Another complication.
A Pure command is defined as one which is re-entrant and re- executable: in other words, it can be used again and again and several times at once without going wrong.
In Workbench 3 almost all the commands which are Pure have already been made resident. You can check by using the list command, and watching out for the 'p' flag appearing next to any filenames. However, you can force a command to be made resident. In most cases this won't be a dangerous thing, but be aware of the potential for crashing if you multitask or run critical software: such as a bulletin board for example.
To force a command to become resident, no matter what, use the Pure option, like this: resident cslist pure This makes a command resident and states that you are .Workbench:C resident list bject is not of required type .Workbench:C resident 'which
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the default directory to the C directory. You can then type:
dir to see a list of all the files present.
On older Workbench systems, the command 'cd' was stored in this directory. Newer versions of A special command called Path’ makes this possible If you look fn the startup-seguence, you'll spot the rather heavy duty line: Path NILs RAM: C: SYSiUtilltles SYS:Raxxc SYS:System S: SYSrPrafa SYS:WBStartup SYS:Tools SYS:Toola Commodities This command sets up the paths which the operating system follows when it encounters a command. When you enter an instruction such as ’dir’, the operating system first looks in the current directory (this is the default action}. It then looks in 'RAM:' then 'C:'
then 'sys:utilities' and so on.
Before you ask. The Path command itself is a resident command and so it doesn't matter where it is stored!
Filename Filesize A Hhw rM m tkt L Lib labs The libs drawer is the default location for any Amiga libraries. A library in this sense is a file which contains various sub-routines. By storing the routines in a library, they are available to other programs and other multitasking copies of the same program.
Even the libs drawer of a new Amiga will contain a selection of libraries, including maths routines and Arexx code. After a while the directory will be stuffed with libraries as program after program adds its own routines to the list If you have deleted an unwanted application, have a quick look here to see if it has left a library.
Before you delete it for good, rename it and check if any other programs are making use of it.
Case closed. The mystery of the hidden files is solved. ¦ John Kennedy prepared to risk the consequences whatever they may be.
But why make a command resident in the first place? Speed.
It can make long AmigaDOS scripts a lot faster if the Operating System doesn't need to spend most of the time tracking down the commands.
A good example is the startup- sequence. This script even forces several non-Pure commands to be resident in the quest for more speed Look out for the line: Resident NILi CiAssign PORE and check to see why the command doesn't remain resident after the script has ended Resident commands also take up less memory than commands held, for example, in the RAM disk. No matter how many times the command is executed only one instance of it is used at a time.
Here's a neat little trick. As resident needs the full path to a command, you can make use of the 'which' command to discover it. You can combine the 'which' command with the resident operating using the tick' (press the ordinary ' key whilst holding down ALT) to get something like this: resident 'which Hat' pure When you switch off the Amiga, the resident commands which you've created will be lost.
However, after many years of use, my Amiga has amassed a staggering collection of junk in this directory as many programs have kindly installed useful scripts here for me.
For example. The Art Department has left many files here (mostly in the form of Arexx programs) and so have Spot, Mosaic and Cygnus Ed.
Scripts don't take up a great deal of space, and so on a hard drive system there is little to be gained by deleting them. You never know - some day they might be needed.
A script is simply a text file containing AmigaDOS commands.
You can write your own script using an text editor, including Ed the standard AmigaDOS editor.
Simply add a list of the commands you wish to be used.
Using the script can be done in two ways. First of all you can either use the 'execute' S xpress The S directory is where Scripts are kept, or at least that was the original intention. It's where you will find the startup-sequence file and the user-startup script.
AmigaDOS command like this: execute e:my-script Or you can alter one of the file's flags (special switches to tell the OS how to deal with the file - like 'Pure' for example) to define it as a script. If it's defined as a script, you only need to enter the name by itself, like this: my-script Here is how you would alter the flag to make an ordinary text file into a script: protect erny-script *3 An Arexx script is slightly different in that it cannot be executed with the Execute command.
It's not a list of AmigaDOS commands, but a program written in the Arexx language (see previous Masterclass tutorials).
Using List you can check on the various flags associated with each file. You will might have less files than I have: you probably take more care to keep your hard disk tidy than I do!
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Flags Creation date Frequently Asked Questions ¦ Q. How do I run PC software on my Amiga?
Why buy a PC or a Mac when you can get the software to run on your Amiga? It's true. Here's all you need to know ... ¦ A. Firs! Make sure you really need to run PC software and not just access data which originated on a PC. The Amiga has lots of word processors, spreadsheets and image processing programs which can deal with data stored in typical 'PC format'. It can read double-density floppy disks in MS- DOS format using CrossDOS and larger files can be swopped with removable media or serial links.
¦ Q. No. I really need to run PC software.
¦ A. OK, grumpy. In that case you need a PC emulator. This is a program which allows the Amiga to run software designed to run on Intel and compatible processors. There are two: PC Task (about to be released in version 4) and EmplantPC. They are both software emulators, hardware ones are no longer viable.
¦ Q. And Windows?
¦ A. Yes, PC Task can run Windows. Version 3 will run Windows 3.1 and earlier incarnations, version 4 is promised to emulate 486 processors and so will run Windows 95. Don't expect Windows to run very fast though: software emulators are much better with DOS based software.
¦ Q. And PC hardware?
¦ A. PC Task will support most CD-ROM drives. In an A1200 there is no way to fit PC hardware, although if you have an A2000, A3000 or A4000 a piece of hardware called the GoldenGate II card will allow some PC hardware to be connected. Supported hardware includes network cards and I O cards with serial, parallel and IDE interfaces. Sound and video cards are not supported.
¦ Q. And PC games?
¦ A. Don't expect to be able to play any recent games. You might be able to get them to load but they will run so slowly as to be unplayable. Even Wolfenstein 3D, the great grandfather of PC games, is too slow on an 68040 WarpEngine A4000.
¦ Q. Why is it so slow?
¦ A. It’s slow because the emulation is software based. The PC software is running on two levels: first of all, it's executing its own instructions but it's also running on top of a program which emulates the PC processor and hardware. Emulators such as PC Task are very impressive technical achievements and they are an excellent way to use PC software, but it's not a cheap way to get a Pentium based computer. We hope to have a review of PC Task release 4 next month.
¦ Q. What about the Siamese system then?
¦ A. It's not really an emulator.
It's an Amiga linked to a real, live PC in a separate box. The Amiga and the PC share the same SCSI hard drive, keyboard, mouse and monitoc The Amiga is able to trigger programs running on the PC side and so it can appear that the Amiga is running PC software.
¦ Q. What about Apple software on my Amiga?
¦ A. Again, check to see if you only need to access the data rather than run original Apple applications. The Apple can save to MSDOS format disks which the Amiga can read. There is also Amiga software available to let it read Apple-format floppy and hard disk drives.
¦ Q. No, I told you, I must run Apple software.
¦ A. You need an emulator.
There are two good ones: ShapeShifter (a shareware program) and Emplant (a commercial product). ShapeShifter is software only, Emplant is a software hardware combination. The hardware side of Emplant is a Zorro card which offers Apple-standard interfaces such as SCSI and networking (AppleTalk). Recently it was announced that Emplant was also to be released in software-only form for A1200 and maybe other Amiga models. Both emulations require that you have a suitable ROM image, as this has the core Apple operating system software.
B Q. Where can I get the ROM image?
BA. The ROM image is copyright Apple, so legally you must own the ROM in order to have the image. Normally this means owning an Apple computer and it's a relatively straightforward task to copy the ROM from a real Apple onto floppy for the Amiga to load.
Owning an Apple in order to emulate an Apple is a bit daft, so many people buy the ROMs by themselves - the Emplant hardware can make use of them.
Buying Apple ROMs by themselves isn't easy. BlitterSoft. Distributors of Emplant. Should be able to help you track them down.
That said, many people obtain the image via electronic networks such as the Internet.
B Ql. As for Mac games?
B A. As the Apple Mac (non- PowerPC based Apples, that is) share the same Motorola processor. Apple emulations run Mac games at about the same speed as genuine Apples. The main bottlenecks are disk access and graphics speed. If you provide the emulation with an entire disk partition this speeds up access and if you use black and white graphics only, or fit a Zorro graphics card, results are as good as real Apples. It also helps if you have at least 8Mb of RAM.
B Q. And Mac hardware?
B A. The Emplant emulation hardware includes a SCSI interface and AppleTalk adaptors. It's the best way to use Apple hardware. All emulators can also make use of any Amiga SCSI interfaces which means hard drives and CD- ROM drives can be used.
B Q. What other computers can I emulate?
B A. There are emulators for the ZXSpectrum. Amstrad CPC and Commodore64 available amongst others. Most people use them to play old games. ¦ John Kennedy Did you miss CU Super CD-ROM III?
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Ah, yes what we have here is a classic case of problema soh ous easyus. Let's get the patient to theatre now.
Please carry on doctor.
I'm just off to get one of those lovely nurses in the tight uniforms to r pieces Music, s MIDI ar thing th a loud n Is to keep r Amiga rnrv l smoothly.
Amiga Kevin Tasker, Cheam.
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Digital movies I have had an Amiga 500 for seven years It has 1Mb ol VV RAM plus Workbench 3.1 with a 68000 processor. I'm thinking of buying an Amiga 1200 with a 68030 processor. 16Mb RAM and a CD-ROM. I know what the to watch the digital I Reserve are I’ve heard tl I do this. Is this true? If yes. What are you going to do to get them on to the Adam Lowton, Cape Town, South Africa.
You need extra hardware to view digital movies stored on the CD- ROMs. On the CD32 this hardware was provided by the FMV expansion card. However, no one has yet come up with a way of providing this extra hardware capacity for Amiga 1200 CD drives. Several developers are something will come along soon.
One such example is HiSoft's forthcoming Squirrel MPEG. As to why we haven't done anything, CU Amiga is a magazine not the manufacturer, although we can - with your help - pul pressure on manufacturers Hike our campaign to convince VIScorp to produce the Amiga again) but we can do little more.
Better graphics I am on the verge of buying a PC because of its high quality lont and graphic out- put. I have an Amiga 500, a Canon Bubble Jet printer and a Scanner. However, I am getting fed up with all the little squares that I get when I am printing large pictures. It looks incredibly naff especially when you compare it to what Pcs can produce. But before I start looking for a PC, is there any software that can produce output on the Amiga like TrueType fonts on Pcs? At the moment I can only use five UNSCALABLE fonts on my printer, please help me!
The problem you have is twofold.
Firstly, the graphics files you are printing are suffering from squares because the resolution they are created in isn’t high enough. When they are printed at a larger size they have to be stretched, with each dot in the picture covering more space than it was intended to, thus the result is very blocky looking.
The way around this is to work on pictures that have a higher resolution, for which you'll need more complex software, something like Photogenics or ImageFX.
As for the second problem regarding fonts, this isn’t the fault of your Amiga but one of age.
A’s, like modern Pcs, its and will print such fonts just as good as any PC can manage. With an updated Amiga and correct software you can even use PC True Type fonts.
However, the Amiga 500 was released before scalable fonts were developed and as such it can't handle them, or if it does they're very, very slow, just as a 10 year old PC would be unable to handle them.
If you want scalable fonts or if you want to run the two graphics applications mentioned earlier get an A1200. If you do, you'U probably want to check out Magic I CD-Rom which contains loads of scalable fonts in Postscript and True Type formats (GTI tel: 49 6171 85937) or the WS Fonts CD (Active Software 01325 352260).
Be my slave As a reader and subscriber for
* T•' • lions am) answers section very inter- but having gone
back all my old mags I cannot i answer to my problem, helpl I
recently upgraded my A1200 with a 40Mb hard drive to a 350Mb
hard drive. I would like to know if it is possible to connect
my old hard drive so I can download some of the information
on it. I am sure I cannot be the only person that would like
this information, so I hope you can help.
P. V. Brown Seaford.
Hmmm. I'm sure we're covered this before but the customer is always right so here goes.
Hard drives in the Amiga 1200 are connected using what's known as an IDE interface and this allows two drives to be attached al once.
You should find some liny switches or jumper settings on the drives with instructions on the settings to make them the master and slave drives - a way of telling the units which is the first and second drive to be used by the trusty Amiga.
Now get hold of an IDE cable with two connectors on it (most hardware advertisers in Cl) Amiga Magazine should be able to help you out). Set your old drive to be the slave, conned them both up and you'll be able to copy files across to your heart's content. In practice it still may not work, it's very dependant on the types of drives involved and whether you can find the right jumpers and what they need to be changed to.
Late starter Rather late in life I have acquired my first computer, an .M Amiga A500+ with a 40Mb hard drive. Its internal workings are a complete mystery to me but generally speaking I find it relatively easy to use. It seems impossible to find anyone to supply information locally and as I have bought a colour printer, I would like to use my Amiga for producing more interesting and professional documents, posters, programs, newsletters etc. I need up-to-date paint. DTP and word processing programs but without advice I don't know which to buy. Can you help? Brief information on clip art would
also be helpful. Like, what is it?!
Sylvia Lintott, Nailsea, North Somerset.
Welcome to the Amiga and don't worry about your age, we all have to start sometime. As for which programs to get, this really depends upon what you want to do and how much you're willing to fork out. However, there are a few good general programs that you can start off with.
For a good word processor with the ability to include pictures in documents take a look at Final Copy II (Softwood Publishing 01773 521606). To create and tamper with pictures check out XiPaint (First Computer 0113 231944).
As for clip art these are collections of ready drawn and painted pictures that you can use in your documents. Keep your eye on our PD Utilities section for regular reviews of clip art disks.
Web pictures Thanks for pro- ducing such a great magazine.
Your Wired World HTML tutorials are really good and I’ve been following them to create my own web pages.
However. I'm having problems getting pictures into my web documents. Can you suggest what’s going wrong.. I'm using the tag lmg picture.name but nothing appears when I try the pages out.
Lastly, have you any tips for creating good web pages? Mine don't look anywhere near as good as yours.
Tina Simon, Shepshed.
Ah, a little crawling will get you everywhere. Your image problem is very simple - the HTML tag you are using requires that the so-called attribute 'SRC' sets the path of the picture. An entire example would be something like IMG SRC=’’pic- ture.name" . As for creating good web pages: keep the graphics pictures small in terms of size - no one wants to wait ages while pictures download. Also, clearly identify what is a link and what's an illustration, keep the amount of text reasonable (who wants to read loads of text on a monitor?) And remember to keep the web page to 256 colours visible on a
640x480 resolution - this being the screen size the majority of web users will see your page in.
Finally, some 30 per cent of surfers turn off the graphics viewing capability in their browsers to save download time so use the ALT attribute to tell them what the pictures are.
This and much more is covered in the Wired World tutorials so be sure to stay tuned.
.gn I am writing to ask your advice on purchasing a Amiga At the tHSff moment I own a 1 Mb A500 with Workbench 1.3 and I am in dire need to upgrade.
Should I go for a second-hand A1200 and upgrade it with a hard drive, CD-ROM, tower unit and Power PC upgrade board (which phase 5 are said to release), or should I wait until the next generation Amiga is released?
Which one would work out cheaper, and which would be the most powerful (in your opinion)?
I don't want the Amiga to flounder, and for me to end up worse off (in technology terms) so I would like you to point me in the right direction.
Robin Savage, Lincoln.
Until any new Amiga compatibles appear, a second hand (good condition) A1200 is a good option at the moment for the best power and price combination (possibly one that already has a RAM and accelerator Readers corner I wanted to answer the Q6A letter from Tim Graver of Suffolk (August '96) about Amiga emulation on a fm PC. A software emulator has been developed, run- VJB ning Workbench 1.3 called. It is software only and F allows for hard disk files. Amiga floppies must be converted to a file which is readable on a PC, Amiga disks are not directly readable by a PC. It ran at a reasonable
speed on a Pentium 120. The emulator can be found in comp.sys.amiga.emulations on Usenet. As for me I'll keep my Amiga and emulate them both! Also, I have an A-Max web site to put over here. Do you know anyone who would house it?
Reginald Cross, RAF, Lakenheath.
A second letter In response to Tim Gravers' letter regarding Amiga emulation on the PC you said that this was impos- hHTa sible and that none exist. This is not true. We sell an emulator for this very purpose. It is on a CD called "Emulators Unlimited" which contains many emulators for both the PC and the Amiga including one for the PC that emulates an Amiga. This CD is priced at £18.95 and is a stock item.
First Computer Centre, tel: 0113 231944.
OK, fair and square, we missed this one - hey we can’t be perfect! There is indeed an Amiga emulator for Pcs available from various news groups or First Computer Centre if you don't have Internet access. It's called UAE, originally standing for Unusable Amiga Emulator (as it was too slow) later changing to Unix Amiga Emulator (it was originally written for Unix computers). As Reginald points out it’s not directly compatible with Amiga disks so you'll need to convert software over to PC floppies first. In practice the UAE is too slow to be of much more than a toy even on the 100+ Mhz Pentium
Next month we should some more details on it if we see how well the Amiga emulates a PC with PC Task 486 and how well a PC emulates an Amiga.
That only a dedicated Commodore monitor would work with the A1200 and Silica tried to sell me a SCART connector. Can you help?
Upgrade card). You can then take your pick from the many expansion options, of which the towers are generally the best if you want to add a range of extras to the machine.
Monitor mad I have recently bought a Hyundai Em CG monitor but I am having terrible difficulties in fmd- ing the proper adaptor to connect it to my A1200. The monitor has a male 9- pin connector. PC World in Plymouth wouldn't help as it "Wasn't for a PC". Escom said
P. D. Hopwood, Torpoint, Cornwall.
There's nothing better than a quick letter that has a quick answer to bow out on and this is just that.
What you need is a Amiga to VGA monitor cable and the friendly guys at First Computer will be able to sort you one out pretty sharpish, just give them a call on 0113 231944.
Send your QerA problems to ... You can send your technical problems [or answers - Ed] to CU Amiga by the following means.
By letter to Q&A, CU Amiga, Priory Court, 30-32 Farringdon Lane, London, EC1R 3AU Email: Q + A@cu Amiga.co.uk. NO SAES PLEASE We regret that we can t respond to readers' questions by post or over the phone. Please do not include a stamped addressed envelope with your letters as we simply don't have time to answer the thousands we receive.
Responses are only available through the pages of this magazine.
Points of view The Killing Disk 44 Some would say it was kicky that my editor disk was damaged ... cynics might even invent a conspiracy theory. 99 By Alan Dykes I really like Team 17. The company has been good for the Amiga, there are a lot ".**?¦ “ .cu *"'*• of people of integrity and talent working taunt s jthere and they're not scared of some light refreshment in The Commercial (the pub up the road) after a game or 12 of Worms. Most of all though, they've produced some top quality Amiga software which most of you, and certainly I have enjoyed. So it was all the more disappointing to
find out that at their proudest moment, when they had finally finished the most advanced game of its kind on Amiga, they messed up big time.
As some of you will already have found out there was a problem with the editor disk for The Killing Grounds.
Game spotters may have found it a little odd that I didn't mention the editor in my review last month, after all it is packaged and sold with the game. But the boxed, final copy sent to me had a damaged editor disk: the slider was bent and the disk was unreadable. So I wrote the review without mention of it, intending to rectify the situation in a separate review this month.
However, when I asked for another disk I was told that it would be difficult, because, well, it didn't work. This was confirmed when, in the following days, a multitude of phone calls came in and the IRCs began buzzing with news that people who had bought the game could not get the editor to even load. Some might say it was lucky for Team 17 that my editor disk was damaged - if I had found out while reviewing the game that the final, shop bound version of the software was useless, I would have weighed that into the score.
Cynics might even invent a conspiracy theory. Let me assure you that the score could only have gone up rather than down.
The marks I gave TKG were based on the game alone: it's still worth the money by itself. The editor is a frill (albeit an allegedly useful frill) which could indefinitely extend the product's life. But hey. How would I know, I haven't seen it.
That's not the point though. Having decided to put the disk in the box they should have managed to get it working before it went on sale. I’m not sure who's responsible for QC on master disks but they must have been on the beer in The Commercial when they should have been doing their job for this to happen. Team 17's reputation as a supplier of quality software has taken a dent.
I believe Martyn Brown blew his top when he heard about this, and rightly so. There will be a patch to fix the problem available from Team 17 soon, but it's going to take perfect production of Andy Davidson's Worms AGA to fully restore faith.¦ 44 If the 'cheap' mentality of some users infiltrates the Amiga scene much more it could all go up in smoke ... 59 to get set up for World Wide Web access from his Amiga. Fine, I thought, and directed the caller to our July '96 issue which came with a book all about the subject, some starter software and an offer of a free trial period from an
Internet service provider - problem solved, it would seem, and all for the price of a back issue. Wrong.
You see the asking price of £5.99 (including p+p) was apparently too high for such a package, even though it was a complete solution to the caller's needs. Perhaps the caller was on low income or otherwise financially under-endowed? Not likely, as it was dropped into the conversation that a Playstation and a Sega Saturn had been recent purchases.
Another complaint came from a reader being ’conned' by September's cover mounted CD-ROM. Not content with 540Mb of quality software, including a fully functioning critically acclaimed commercial graphics package (Vista Lite 3.0), they claimed that the two audio tracks on the CD were fillers. The first is a combined showcase and contest prize for the best music module sent in from the readership (Tune of the Month on a CD), while the second is an exclusive demonstration of the lead review product from that issue, the entirely innovative OctaMED SoundStudio. Why do people react like
this? I'm sorry but nothing is absolutely free and we have got to try to keep everybody happy - there were many who loved the audio tracks and putting them on was certainly more innovative than what we could have put on. How much money would you normally pay for an Amiga CD? How much money would you normally pay for a book on internet access? Some people should recognise good value when they see it.
Fortunately there are plenty of Amiga users willing to put their money where their mouth is - and they don't have to spend much after all. Without them the Amiga market would not have survived the last two years, and I am very grateful for that.
But if the 'cheap' mentality of some users infiltrates the Amiga scene much more it could all gp up in smoke faster than you think.B The changing face of Amiga By Alan Bunker Inevitably, my recent articles on the Amiga scene throughout Europe provoked a large response. While some praised the work, comments and opinions, others were somewhat upset at the apparent findings, even critical of the lack of full-blown investigative work saying, therefore, that any comments were not particularly fair or reflective of the bigger picture.
Firstly, let me lay to rest the latter opinion. Unfortunately, although I would be quite happy to write the whole magazine for Mr Dykes and in turn send my Bank Manager into early retirement, I was only allocated a small proportion of CU Amiga in which to explore the breadth of the European continent. And rightly so for CU has a lot more to offer than just one article.
However, this in itself is limiting so I took the decision to chat to one or two informed Amiga users in each of the major territories (mainly competent Amiga journalists) for a detailed, honest opinion. Whether or not you liked what they said is really not my problem but I think they would know their own market much better than most, don't you?
The face of the Amiga is rapidly changing - games development is almost at a standstill in complete contrast to five years ago. On the other hand, the strength of the machine as far as serious applications go remains solid. I had the pleasure of working for two years af Team 17 Software, leaving in November 1995.
And I can tell you that even though Team 17 are winding down Amiga software development, they still use Amiga hardware and software to produce fantastic rendered FMV sequences for use in fheir PC and nexl-gen console titles. Of course, they are not alone in this.
The point being that the Amiga was once the oniy decent games machine. But while we were busy playing the likes of Kick Off, Project-X and Syndicate, there were three things happening which would reshape the face of home entertainment: One - the mighty US of A was busy installing Pcs into every home and workplace.
44 [The Amiga's] place in the world is now that of a high spec, specialist computer suitable for serious applications. Two - the mighty Japanese were developing cheap but powerful 16-bit and 32-bit games consoles.
Three - the not so mighty Commodore collapsed and Amiga development died.
As a result, you have to accept two things: One - the Amiga has a much diminished place as a games machine. Two - its place in the world is now that of a high spec, specialist computer suitable for serious applications and the more serious end of the market. The face of the Amiga has changed but not necessarily for the worst. So deal with it, and get the most out of it. This was the underlying message in the Euro articles but, as usual, a number of people have latched onto the negative comments and connotations because doom and gloom is much more easier to main- tain than happiness and
optimismji manager ot Team 17 Software.
To be A1200 or not to be ... by Lisa Collins Tomer Homer's points of view in September’s issue has whipped up a storm of protest from some software companies. This month in the course of researching a new series on where to get Amiga software, a variety of software companies had a few things to say about Tom's declaration that "If software houses continue to write games for the A500 we will get nowhere and stay there." Some of the responses to this were not printable but the gist of the argument ran that companies such as Alternative and Guildhall Leisure cannot afford to stop producing all
Amiga games and move onto AGA only versions because the A500 versions of their games far outsell AGA only versions. It's a catch 22 situation for companies who are experiencing this. Do they reduce the quality of their games drastically so that they run on all Amigas or indeed do they avoid games at all that won't run on all Amigas altogether?
Getting games to run on all Amigas with 1 Mb is a difficult process and the more advanced the game the less likely it will appear at all if it has to run on all Amigas. Alternative's Pro Rugby game looks great so far on the PC but it may never make it to the Amiga if it cannot be ported across to run on all Amigas without losing the essence of the game. They feel it just isn't commercially viable to produce an AGA only version which it could be easily ported across to. Alternative are not making this decision on a whim, they've looked at sales figures and have seen that when they produced
a game, Tracksuit Manager,.for example the A500 version of the game has far outsold the A1200 version. Guitdhall Leisure have also experienced the same phenomena.
The explanation for all Amiga games outselling A1200 only versions is a bit of a mystery given that the majority of active Amiga owners now own an A1200. There are a few plausible explanations though. It could well be that A1200 owners buy the all Amiga version rather than wait on the AGA version to be released later, which is normally the case.
Or it could be that some new owners are a bit unsure about the capabilities of their new A1200 and err on the side of caution by choosing 44 Some new owners may be a bit unsure about the capabilities of their new Amiga and err on the side of caution. an all Amigas version of a game which they know will definitely work on their machine. It could also be that some companies such as Alternative and Guildhall could be selling to an area that is dominated by A500 owners.
Whatever the reason, let's hope that this will not become a trend amongst all software houses.
There are lots of sales to be had from producing a top quality game that utilises the full capabilities of the A1200.
Heaven help us if the makers of games such as Breed 3D decided not to produce their game because it wouldn't run on all Amigas. Where a c,|lB cu to|1 would be then?! . O««i mik Backchaft Not to be left out, Spain puts their side of the Amiga story forward, Robert Wilson's letter causes a bulge in the response mailbag and our Save the Amiga campaign impresses the populous. Send your views to backchat now.
Left my Amiga long ago and bought a PC.
Here, here I read the letter of the month in the July issue, from Barrie Pennington and for the most part I have to agree with him Cover mounted software does keep the Amiga scene alive, it also encourages Amiga users to be creative and that can only be a good thing. Most of the software I have for my Amiga, are cover mounted disks from various Amiga magazines and if these software packages didn't appear on your cover disks, then I guess I would have Being in a part time, low income'job, I can’t afford to buy most of the serious software available and so cover mounting various software
applications that can equal the best that PC software has to offer is a godsend Cover mounting games is also a brilliant idea and I applaud Mr Pennington on his wise comments. Maybe CU Amiga can cover mount the older classic software from years ago. Like Chase HQ, Arkanoid. Captain Blood and Crazy Cars. I can’t see how releasing these games Letter of the Month All pulling together In this age of uncertainty isn't it nice to see companies who care about the Amiga banding together to bring us the best in gaming experienca? I refer, of coursa, to the deals offered by Phase 5, Team 17 Ocean and
Gordon Harwoods Computers. Using the superb Alien Breed 3DII - The Killing Grounds as bait, these companies must have done more for Amiga sales than anybody in recant years. Coming at a time when SIMMs prices are at an all time low and still falling, the Harwoods Blizzard deals are the ideal incentive to upgrade.
As everyone will be aware, we have had a long anxious wait for the aforementioned game, but earlier this week those awfully nice chaps at Gordon Harwoods ended my anxiety - AB3DII-TKG was a reality. Well, was it worth the wait? The game looks superb (anybody who saw the CU cover disks 133 and 13S already knew this). The gameplay is excallant, the levels are genuinely challenging and seem impossible on the first attempt. They are still tricky when you know every nook and cranny of the level. Whoever play tested these levels must have been pretty good. The eeria lighting effects and the
music complement the game perfectly to give one of the most terrifying experiences to be had on a computer (not including OIY repairs). Do not attempt to play this game if you have a heart condition, there are plenty of moments that will scare the willies out of you.
I, probably like everyone else who has tha game, would like to start designing my own levels as soon as possible and with the least amount of fuss. How about running a series of tutorials to show us how it's done? The on-line documentation, although seemingly thorough, is a bit hard to follow whereas your tutorials are generally easy to follow and straight to the point and are one of the major reasons I buy CU Amiga Magazine.
Paul Buxton, Derby.
On your disk at his time could possibly hurt the Amiga software industry.
Your Euroscene feature was excellent. It made me realise how big the Amiga user fan base is and what a huge amount of people still remain loyal to the Amiga - even after the onslaught of PC and console advertising and hype. It makes me feel proud to be an Amiga user. I hope VIScorp get their act together and that we get new Amigas soon. I also hope that they don’t do an Escom on us and leave us high and dry or dump us on the computer scrap heap. The Amiga deserves a second chance and I know it can be a world leader in the home computer market. Long live the Amiga.
Christopher Neil Hindley, Flintshire.
Taking action For over 12 months I have been wondering if I should upgrade my standard Amiga A1200.
Arguments against upgrading; the Amiga market in very shaky position, price, support backup. Software. Arguments for upgrading: familiarity with the Amiga. VIScorp could be the light at the end of the tunnel, loads of PD software and some new games appearing.
In the end I decided to stick with the Amiga after I looked at some Pcs. I rang PC Power Computing and bought myself a Viper 50 with 8Mb and while I was on the phone I ordered a quad speed CD-ROM. So. For those out there like me, don’t hesitate any longer - go ahead The improvement in my system is phenomenal and the amount of software available to me is never ending. While you sit there and think, the Amiga could sink.
Graham Wood, Northwich.
Wall done Graham, let's hope your inspiration to anyone out there who is thinking about upgrading.
Never been better I’ve been an Amiga fan now for about six years. I'm proud of my set up and will remain loyal to the computer that has enabled me to be so creative and has given me so much entertainment and pleasure throughout the years. I witnessed the sad demise of Commodore and I was fairly disappointed with Escom. However, I was delighted with the news of VIScorp taking control of the Amiga, at long last a company with a vision for the future of the Amiga VIScorp have many ex Commodore engineers working for them who are well aware of the Amiga's present and future capabilities and they
will be committed to making the Amiga the ultimate in home entertainment. VIScorp's press conferences have been open and positive - my own confidence in the future of the Amiga has never been greater.
It doesn't take too much imagination to realise the potential of the set top box Amiga.
Full world wide web service, multi-player net games, downloading of movies and games, video phoning and much more.
From the start VIScorp have shown a great interest in talking to second party developers of the Amiga exploring the possibilities of incorporating RISC processors or even the power PC chip. We Amigans can now look forward to a bright future with VIScorp which I believe will pave the way for a new era of home computing with the Amiga at the forefront where it belongs.
Nigel Brook, Berkshire.
For the cause I would like to congratulate your magazine on being the first to actually do something about the situation with the Amiga rather than just complain about it like other magazines. I bought the August issue primarily for the letter to VIScorp. I would like you to see what I wrote for further comments ... Escom's plans for the Amiga were to replace the old custom chips with an off-the- shelf graphics board. While this would have some benefits may I say that following this route would take away the Amiga's ability to be so good at video, not to mention its excellent bitplane
capabilities which incidentally now appear to be able to handle "Doom' clones very effectively.
Notice how I did not complain that it would not be an Amiga any more, unlike many others. A computer is defined by how it works, not how many colours it can show at once, so as long as it has Workbench I'm happy.
However, it would be a shame to lose the custom hardware which, at least, from a programmer's point of view makes it such a joy to use. If anyone feels like telling me that the Amiga cannot do Doom Clones all that effectively, then may I remind them that a PC requires a 486. Stacks of RAM, a hard drive and a graphics board to do a 1x1 pixel, smoothly running game. To do the same on the Amiga needs only a few megs of RAM.
This is due to the custom chips so let's not lose them eh?
Adam Shailer, Kent.
Spain steps in I am a bit annoyed with your magazine. I read the Euroscene feature in August '96 where at the end of the article you said that the reason Spain didn't appear was that the author couldn't understand anyone that you spoke to.
Spain is not the poor country that you have in mind. We are not lazy or stupid. Spanish people are Europeans like all the others covered in the article and we have our right to say as well as the others covered in the article. So we have to be respected in the same way as France, Germany. Italy, Slovakia'or Poland.
Anyway I don't want any apologies I just want to provide the information that you didn't get. Originally, in Spain, the Amiga didn't make a great impact but the benefits were enough to keep the Amiga going and in the space of two years it became the number one games and graphics machine. From 1992, however, the PC became the more attractive option and the Amiga lost the battle. The demise of Commodore killed off the old Amiga in Spain with PD and demoscene software remaining as the only areas.
After the Commodore takeover, the Amiga Technologies' official distributor was PIXELmedia but due the problems with VIScorp and Escom. The distributor changed (now AmigaTEK}.
Amiga INFO is not the only magazine in Spain covering Amigas as other magazines such as SuperJuegos, dedicate two-four pages a month to the Amiga.
The Amiga never sold well here but there is a good Amiga community (Amiga clubs, Demoscene festivals. BBSes etc) and the A1200 has become the most important Amiga in the country.
I think PowerAmigas are the way forward. If they were to be released here they would be a success. The PC is popular here but thanks to the superior Amiga OS. The PC could be dramatically erased from the Spanish computer market - the only advantages the PC has over the Amiga are its price and processor and the PowerAmigas will be made to beat the PC exactly in these two areas.
Finally. Amiga does not exactly mean girlfriend in Spanish. Yes the word means friend but a female friend, (amiga for women, AMIGAs for men). Novia translates as girlfriend in Spanish.
Francisco Rincon, Mallorca, Spain.
Thanks for that information about the situation in Spain and apologies to any Spanish people who may have been offended by the article.
The debate rages on Robert Wilson's letter Iaugust 961 sparked a Rood of response from our readers. Here are some of the letters that we received.
Re: Robert Wilson's letter (August 96) where he complains that the tutorials are too easy. I recently purchased an Amiga 500 plus for my daughters (four and six) and myself. I was annoyed at the arrogant tone of his letter. Surely he can understand that your magazine caters for the needs of all age groups and differing abilities and not just the super intelligent university hackers.
My eight year old daughter and I both read your magazine because you have aimed the contents at all ages abilities she can understand and follow the articles as well as, if not better, than myself. Please do not change your formula too dramatically so as to alienate a very large element of your readership ie ordinary families who want nothing more than an informative, accurate and enjoyable read, in a nutshell CU Amiga Magazine.
Mr PC Hart. Chesire.
I bought an A1200 just two years ago and, as I had no experience of computing, I was grateful to discover CU Amiga Magazine. At first a lot of what was written went over my head but there was always the something to get me going - especially the easy guide to using unpacking cover discs.
Gradually things became clearer and I was able to refer back to previous magazines for more advanced learning ie the Paint tutorials at the end of
1994. Being interested in video making I am most appreciative
of cover disks such as Adorage and Videotracker, along with
the help on how to use them. The CD-ROMs have also been
Please don't listen to eggheads like Robert Wilson - maybe he doesn't need your help at all but lots do. For example, whilst I no longer need help unpacking disks, it is good that you Include advice for others that do.
Eggheads can always skip that bit.
Roy Trahar, Herts.
I feel that the points made by Robert Wilson are valid. I have several friends who own various types of Amiga and are at various stages of the learning curve, none however could be considered beginners. We tend to learn and receive help from each other. To own an Amiga is to become part of the network of Amiga enthusiasts. When people care this much, they are only too happy to help.
Sam Lambert, London.
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