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COMPUTING CAN NOT be as free and easy as it once was no more indiscriminate warm booting, no more cold booting with strange disks, no more non- write-pro tec ted Workbench disks. With the appearance of the dreaded Amiga virus in the AmigaWorld offices, the staff devised “safe computing” procedures to eradicate the virus from our current disks and immunize ourselves against future infection. Try them yourself to keep your disks virus free. Developed by a member of the self-styled Swiss Cracking Association, the virus is a program found in the boot blocks of “infected” disks. When you boot with such a disk, the virus transfers into memory and protects itself against a warm boot. If you subsequently warm boot your Amiga (Ctrl-Amiga-Amiga) with an uninfected disk, the virus replicates itself to the boot disk. For standard AmigaDOS disks, the virus isn’t malevolent; it merely writes an annoying message on your screen (to the effect that your Amiga is alive) after a number of wrarm boots. DR. TIMOTHY LEARY (infamous psychedelic researcher of the ’60s) Is providing the organization, private promotion and psychic backing. Amiga artist Brummbflr (just one name and you'll be hearing it often in the future) is creating the art and animation. Devo (Mark Mothersbaugh and his brother Bob of the band Devo both use Amigas) is composing the music, and Interplay Is doing the programming. The star-studded project is a game, more accurately The virus is a danger, howT- ever, to copy protected disks. Because the virus writes to a disk’s boot block, it can destroy copy protected disks, which have nonstandard boot blocks. The virus also could be mutated to do something more destructive than writing a message. Controlling the virus should be a top priority of all Amiga owners. Here at AmigaWorld, we’ve taken the following steps to combat infection. When approached with understanding and good humor, these measures need not interfere with your relationship with your com puter. Boot the computer with a standard Workbench disk.

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Amiga World Vol 04 05 1988 May

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Now many of the features and techniques previously only available in separate Amiga paint programs have been combined and expanded in PHOTON PAINT! These include features that were limited to either a 32 color paint program, ora HAM paint program, Yet it doesn't stop there! PHOTON PAINT expands your paint capabilities as never before with these features:
• 64 color palette with 4,096 color alterations
* State of the art Surface Mapping • Exceptionally sophisticated brush operations
* Real-time operation of drawing tools • Paint in exactly the color you choose in HAM mode
* Allow HAM to modify colors • Two types of fill functions • All popular brush operations * Full blend mode • Total menu movability with brush and color palette menu size reduction option • Light source specification, normal, intense or dithered • Unique magnification window with variable pixel sizing * Transparent or opaque background colors • Palette color spreads with both (RGB) AND (HSV) functions
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over 300 pages of articles, graphics, music, animation, and a complete user interface to make reading easy! Each issue comes on three disks packed full with articles ranging from programming language tutorials, in-depth product reviews, regular columns, special features, programs, and unique departments.
’news is a must have item for every Amiga owner.
We pride ourselves in covering every facet of the Amiga computer, and even expanding into the area of general computer science. Articles are written by industry experts who are intimately familiar with the Amiga in their specific field.
But don't take our word for it, read what some of the thousands of Amnews readers have already said about our past 5 issues.
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It may seem (from out cover) we're being very secretive this month, but we do aim to let yon in on a number of new things we've been eyeballing around here lately. Top of the list is a special pre-release preview of the new version of the Amiga Operating System 13 and how it will improve the performance of your Amiga. Also, were examining a slew of very exciting new programs, including feature reviews of Professional Page and Animate 3-D, and a special expanded version of our regular review section. So go ahead take a peek inside!
Undercover Operations: Secrets Of The New OS By Bob Ryan .....28
Our chief Technical Agent previews 1.3, the new version of the Amiga Operating System, and his dossier reveals good news for Amiga users.
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The Desktop Heavyweight By Chris Dickman .....32
Desktop-publishing software contenders may not want to even enter the ring when they see the knockout punch delivered by Gold Disk’s Professional Page.
Moving In A New Dimension By skeidon Uemon ...38
Byte by Byte added Animate 3-D to its critically-acclaimed Sculpt 3-D object-creation and drawing program, and the combined package is a full-featured Amiga graphics animation system.
The Invisible Hand By Ted Saiamone ..42
Learn how WordPerfect’s powerful macro features can "pull strings” to simplify your complicated, repetitive word processing tasks.
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Zeitgeist 8
While practicing chip shots at a mound of rapidly mounting snow, our editor rattled off some sprightly remarks about the significance of the new 1.3 operating system Lhat are transcribed here for your enlightenment.
BASIC By The Numbers By Bob Ryan .22
This month Bob shows you how to put some color(s) in your Amiga Basic programs with custom screens and windows.
INFO.PHILE By Mark L. Van Name and Bill Catchings .... 49
Continuing their sparring sessions with the CLI, our columnists display some "fancy filework” to help you learn better file copy and transfer techniques.
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Repartee ...10
Choice words from the readers.
Notepad 12
In the news this month are some electronic mind games from the past master of psychedelia.
Dr. Timothy Leary, and a medical report on a strange new viral epidemic sweeping the disk community.
Hors d’oeuvres ....14
A spring cleaning of this past winter’s reader-supplied hints and techniques.
Reviews 16
Special Expanded Section This Month! TV*Text and VideoTitler I IntroC.AD I Write Sc File I PIXmate I Zing!Keys I PageFlipper I The Works! Games: Arkanoid I Dark Castle I Indoor Sports I Stellar Conflict.
Whats New? 78
New7 products freshly brought to market.
Help Key ...86
We knew that Lou wouldn’t let you stew in the tricky glue of computer gobbledygoo without a clue, sooo. . . Without more ado, here’s Lou!
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CSA ANNOUNCES THE "OVER 030”™ BOARD
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Guy Wright Managing Editor Shawn Laflamme Technical Editor Robert M. Ryan Senior Editor Linda J. Barrett Senior Editor Dan Sullivan Review Editor Barbara Gefvert Contributing Editors Bill Catchmgs, Peggy Herrington, David T McClellan. Mark L Van Name,
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Professional Page will give you many advantages. It will enhance your business operations because it's a communications tool that transforms your Amiga into a typesetter. And because it's so easy to use and fun to learn, you'll be out-putting more in less time which only goes to prove what an insufferable success you'll prove to be. And should you wish to become a color separator, Professional Page has a built-in color separator module that will allow you to bypass expensive color separations. Professional Page is truly a high end performance package.
So, what are you waiting for? Fulfill your needs. Make like a super achiever and get Professional Page, You'll find it at your favorite Amiga dealer. If not, call us.
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ZEITGEIST
A change of season and a new operating system.
WELL, WE SHOULD all be ready for spring about now. Digging out from the last of the snow (although here in New Hampshire we should be getting another storm or two).
During the winter months it is easy to find time to sit around playing. . . Er, uh, working with the Amiga. Perhaps learning a bit about programming. Getting a few things organized on a database. Hut now that the weather is changing (or has already changed, depending on where you live), there are things to do outside, vacations to take, cabin fever to overcome.
It is well known in the computer magazine business that sales of software, hardware and (gulp!) Magazines drop off in the spring and summer because people are doing things outdoors, and we all know how much of a pain it is to drag a computer out by the pool. (Won’t it he nice when Commodore comes out with a lap-top Amiga?)
Then again, there will be
those rainv days, lazy week-
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ends and warm evenings when the idea of spending some time at the keyboard will be more appealing than taking out the garbage or painting the back porch. On those occasions, you might want to get out the Amiga Programmer's Reference Guide and C compiler to do a bit of hard-core beeping, or maybe Amiga Basic is more your style. I personally think BASIC is the best entertainment ever invented. But if you lean more toward using software developed by others, then this issue will be a valuable one. Our lead story about 1.3 is of interest to anyone who owns an Amiga, and the rest of the issue is devoted to reviewing some of die hottest (and not so hottest) software and hardware released in the past few months.
When I asked Bob Ryan, our technical editor, about 1.3, he said it was “evolutionary rather than revolutionary.” Commodore cleaned up a few internal things, added more printer drivers, speeded up the I O and. . .well, you can read the article yourself. They couldn't change things too radically, because as more and more software and hardware is developed for a computer, the more “locked in” the operating system gets. Change the wrong things and some software won’t work any more.
Ideally, the Amiga operating system is generic enough so that all sorts of changes can be made without effecting third- party software or hardware. If every developer stuck to the “officially sanctioned format” there would be no problems. But there are developers out there who don't like the officially sanctioned format or don’t understand it or can’t do what they want if they stick to it. Sometimes things come up that the original Amiga designers couldn’t have anticipated and the developers can’t follow the format.
All developers aren’t rogues, perpetually bucking the system. A majority of developers do stay within the lines. It is to their advantage to make their products “universal.” That way more people can buy and use their products. It is also to their advantage to stick to as many “standards” (if there are such things in the computer business) as they can, because these days people are integrating packages that you couldn't integrate a few years ago (for example, digitized images and text stored in a database for later use in a desktop-publishing package, or paint program pictures used in a 3-D animation package for video titling).
There will always be a few developers who ignore the formats and do things their own way. It hurts, and helps, the whole Amiga community.
Every new operating system change or new Amiga that Commodore comes out with is certain not to run everything. (If your favorite program won’t run under 1.3, it isn’t Commodore’s fault.) But if there weren’t a few independent thinkers out there working on new and different things, then the Amiga wouldn’t be the machine that it is now.
If you design a standard way of doing things, then you have a great deal of flexibility and interchangeability, but sooner or later, especially in the computer field, those standards end up as barriers to new ideas. Ah, well.
Have a good spring.
To Excellence!
There are always minor differences between programs designed for the same application. Before you make your choice, consider these major differences between excellence! And several well-known word processing programs! Excellence! Processes words perfectly and does it faster than any other WYSIWYG word processing program available, giving the text-only programs a race for their money! (Not all programs claiming to be WYSIWYG really are. Excellence! Shows you everything, including super- and sub-scripts, headers, footers, footnotes, colors, ¦ and graphics!) BPS j Ifc jl
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REPARTEE
Comments, complaints and concerns from Amiga World readers.
Fat Agnus On The Loose
I WAS VERY disappointed when my 4-week-old Amiga 500 powered down during a demonstration at an Amiga club meeting. When I tried to boot the 500, nothing would appear on the screen and the power light would Hash on and off 11 times, then repeat.
An authorized service center tried twice, with two different boards, to repair my system. Both of the boards failed in exactly the same way. The service center gave up and returned my system. I then sent it to the dealer, a mail-order house, in return for a brand new system. Alas, this system
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had the same problem. Four boards in a row!
Frustrated, 1 then called Commodore Customer Relations. The person I spoke with was unaware of any hardware problems with the 500 and even denied the possibility that one could exist without him knowing about it. He offered no help in getting my system fixed. And he called buying a system from a mailorder house “your first mistake." I was shocked to hear a Commodore representative blaming my problem on the mail-order industry.
A friend discussed my hard- ware failure with another mailorder house. They said the problem was caused by the Fat Agnus chip not being seated properly. The simple solution
was to reseat the Fat Agnus chip in its chip carrier.
II' I had four out of four boards with this problem, 1 can't believe that Commodore is totally unaware of it. 1 was also very disappointed with the fact that Commodore (or at least one of its representatives) felt that its responsibility to me ended with the purchase.
Fred Kuhlman Kokomo, IN
Choosing A Monitor
I RECENTLY PURCHASED an Amiga 500 and I am very happy with it. One big decision I had to make was which monitor to buy. I think the Amiga 1080 is a piece of junk, so 1 began to research my options and found the Sony 1310 and 1311 RGB analog and digital monitors that give you the color quality you can expect from a Trinitron. To anyone who is thinking of buying an Amiga, seriously consider the Sonys. They’re only S50-S100 more and well worth it.
David Klingetistnith Austin, TX
Makin’ Music
I HAVE A challenge for the developers of Amiga music software. What is there that is fun and easy for the non-musician, yet useful to the professional? What can I use to express my creativity, without having to learn all the fundamentals of music? Is there a music program I can enjoy a half hour after loading it? Instant Music was a start, but not many competitors have appeared. There are a lot of great programs available for those who are, or want to be, professional musicians. But where are the programs for people like me, who don't know a treble cleff from a quarter note, or a flat from a sharp, but who want to express themselves musically?
Richard Foy Redondo Beach, CA
Stay timed (pun intended) for our June issue, in which we will turn our attention to the Amiga's jnusic, sound and speech capabilities.
We'll have a roundup of Amiga music products for both novices and professionals.
Editors
Double Protection
AFTER PURCHASING BAL- ANCE of Power from Mind- scape, I realized that it is password protected (you must Find a word at a specific location in the manual each time you start a game), and decided to make a backup copy. So I made a backup copy and ran the program from the backup. It loaded, showed the title screen, asked for the password, and brought in the
Guru at that very point. Disbelieving my eyes, I put in the original disk. The program loaded and ran with no problem. I tried the backup again, and again I was with the Guru. For the next two hours I tried every combination I could think of (new disk, operating system, etc.), simply because I refused to believe that someone could sell a program that is both copy protected and password protected! A phone call to Mindscape finally convinced me that, yes, there is such a thing as double protection.
How far will the publishers push their own protection and strip the consumer's pleasure?
I felt very sad. Because I like this game very much, but I'm not sure how long I can stand the possibility of corrupting the program and the trouble of Finding the password each time I play it. Copy protection is something that is very often overlooked by your reviewers. The publishers may have all the legal rights to protect their products, but your reviewers can do a great service to the reader by telling him whether the software is protected, and if so, what type of protection it has.
Kuantsai Ijee
Redmond, WA
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Edited by Linda Barrett
COMPUTING CAN NOT be as free and easy as it once was no more indiscriminate warm booting, no more cold booting with strange disks, no more non- write-pro tec ted Workbench disks. With the appearance of the dreaded Amiga virus in the AmigaWorld offices, the staff devised “safe computing” procedures to eradicate the virus from our current disks and immunize ourselves against future infection. Try them yourself to keep your disks virus free.
Developed by a member of the self-styled Swiss Cracking Association, the virus is a program found in the boot blocks of “infected” disks. When you boot with such a disk, the virus transfers into memory and protects itself against a warm boot. If you subsequently warm boot your Amiga (Ctrl-Amiga-Amiga) with an uninfected disk, the virus replicates itself to the boot disk. For standard AmigaDOS disks, the virus isn’t malevolent; it merely writes an annoying message on your screen (to the effect that your Amiga is alive) after a number of wrarm boots.
DR. TIMOTHY LEARY (infamous psychedelic researcher of the ’60s) Is providing the organization, private promotion and psychic backing. Amiga artist Brummbflr (just one name and you'll be hearing it often in the future) is creating the art and animation. Devo (Mark Mothersbaugh and his brother Bob of the band Devo both use Amigas) is composing the music, and Interplay Is doing the programming. The star-studded project is a game, more accurately
The virus is a danger, howT- ever, to copy protected disks. Because the virus writes to a disk’s boot block, it can destroy copy protected disks, which have nonstandard boot blocks. The virus also could be mutated to do something more destructive than writing a message.
Controlling the virus should be a top priority of all Amiga owners. Here at AmigaWorld, we’ve taken the following steps to combat infection. When approached with understanding and good humor, these measures need not interfere with your relationship with your com puter.
Boot the computer with a standard Workbench disk.
Open the CLI.
Enter Install dfO: and press Return.
Remove the Workbench disk, set its write-protect tab to Protect (Inhibit on some disks), and write “Clean” on the disk label.
Turn your computer off for 10 seconds, then reboot with the Clean Workbench disk.
Install overwrites the virus, giving you a virus-free computer and disk. You should run Install on any standard, non-copy-pro- tected AmigaDOS disk that you use to boot your machine. Mark all these boot disks “Clean” and, in the future, use only a Clean disk when booting. Amiga 1000 owners need not worry about their Kickstart disks; the virus is carried on AmigaDOS disks only. Once you have cleaned up your boot disks, run Install on all your standard AmigaDOS disks to thoroughly purge the virus from your collection.
Copy-protected disks are a different story. Here at Amiga World, we recommend turning off your computer before booting with a copy-protected disk and never warm booting with a copy-protec ted disk. After using a copy-protected disk, always power down and reboot from scratch. While time consuming, it is safer.
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scenes, or acts, as you play the game. This is not to say you have totally free reign; there are many ways of ending up very dead. Later, you can play back the entire performance for others, rework the scenes or start from scratch.
Set In a future where people have surgical implants that let them plug into computers directly, Neuromancer has all the cyberpunk elements: rebellious youth, fast action and a “console cowboy.” The hero, Case, is a master hacker and outlaw who has been chemically brain damaged so that he can no longer “jack into" the computer networks. He is hired by an unknown group to Infiltrate a powerful family’s private space station, which is protected by Ninja assasins, mercenaries, robots, electronic security devices and the most sophisticated computer in the known universe. To break the A! Software security, Case is surgically restored and enhanced in a black market body shop. He is also booby-trapped so that if he does not complete his mission in the specified amount of time he will self-destruct. If the game is anything like the book and Brummbar’s graphics indicate it will be), then Neuromancer on the Amiga ought to be a real trip.
Not content merely to sit back and espouse psychic encouragement, Dr. Leary is also working on an interactive computer game (performance, experience, learning tool, mind play?) Of his first novel, What Does WoMan Want?, with cyberpunk author Alan Mark Launchett. The program is more of a teaching tool for learning how to learn than a traditional computer game. You are asked questions about the novel, but not the straightforward yes no, true false, “What is the answer?” type. Your answers are more along the lines of “Yes, I know the answer," “No, I don’t know the answer," "I might know the answer," "The question is irrelevant" and "I reject the question.” At the end of each round you are scored on ten "dimensions of Mental Proficiency." In effect, you are learning how to learn, how to question, how to answer, skills that most of us could have used while plodding through school.
If Dr. Leary has his way the '60s will live again electronically. He also owns rights (permission, backing, blessings?) To turn works by Thomas Pynchon
Case, the console cowboy, and (opposite page) his backer Timothy Leary
and William Burroughs into computer mind plays.
A proponent of microcomputers, science fact and science fiction, Dr. Leary believes, "Who controls the pictures on the screen controls the future, and computers let people control their own screens.” If computers are one tool for the salvation of humankind, it is comforting to think that the Amiga is Leary's favorite.
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AN INST RUMENT’ OF torture and a scientific tool, the silver bicycle sits, locked to an ergo- meter, in a room in UCLA’s Lite Sciences building. Two cameras follow the movement of light- emitting diodes fastened on the sweating rider’s body to reconstruct precise 3-D locations. As the athlete struggles to pedal through the computer simulation of an Olympic cycling course, electrodes monitor the activity of his muscles, and sensors register the pressure of his feet on the pedals.
When the torture session finishes, Science takes over. While the rider relaxes, Professor of Kinesiology John Hodgson sits at his Amiga, analyzing, correlating and extrapolating the collected data to gain insight into how the brain, muscles and bones make a body move.
For this signal-processing chore. Dr. Hodgson chose the Amiga from his racks of hardware because it was the only microcomputer with the fast graphics, multitasking and RAM expansion capabilities he needed to SNIP up the reams of information. Hodgson’s pet project for two years, SNIP is a scientific signal processing program that can graphically display up to 20 lines of signals and plot 150.000 points on a screen with microsecond accuracy. SNIP then quickly manipulates the data with a battery of mathematical functions to test for any significant correlations.
I lodgson says, “1 wrote SNIP because fm a scientist who needs to analyze signal processing and
quite frankly what’s out there isn’t very good. SNIP provides an object-oriented approach to signal processing where the data is presented pictorially. You can just draw a little box around any data you want to look at, and the program will snip it out and pul ii in a new window.” With SNIP and the Amiga. Hodgson can pick out signatures of the way the brain activates and uses muscles, a study for a joint project with NASA and the Russian space agency. But SNIP is not just a muscle-bound program; it can also handle such intellectual complexities as seismic evaluation and financial forecasting.
Previously, Hodgson had to use specialized analysis programs for each function he wanted to perform; with SNIP, he can perforin a myriad of calculations (filtering, rectifying, integration, differentiation) all on the same screen. His old Vax PDP-11 program took 25 minutes to plot a 150,000 point screen, while SNIP plots the same screen in one minute and 40 seconds. Those 25-minute sessions add up. Hodgson continued. “When I last applied for a grant, I estimated that the analysis I wanted to do on muscles and human movement was going to take more than three man-years. I think the Amiga will probably reduce that to about a year.” For the man on the bicycle, a year of frenetic pedalling is quite enough research.
Ben and Jean Means
Amiga War Id 13
HORS D’OEUVRES
Hints, tips and techniques from your fellow Amiga users.
Crash Saver
HERE IS A tip for anyone who edits and compiles stuff in RAM:, If you use RAM: to edit, debug and compile source programs, you’ve probably had a program hang on you during execution and then realize that you have not saved your program to disk for about two hours!
A CTRL-Amiga-Amiga reset is all well and good, but RAM: being of volatile temperament (as RAM:s go) will have entirely forgotten all about your huge program and your last several hours of work. To avoid this, a good idea would be to add this simple line to your star tup-sequence file:
newel i
Yup! This opens another CLI when you boot the system. It lies dormant until disaster strikes, and then you can use this CLI to save your file to disk before doing a keyboard reset.
Note: This crash-saving move works only for programs that wander off and never return without affecting normal Workbench functions.
David Looi
Keiraville, NSWt Australia
Clean Up Again And Again
I WONDERED IF anyone else was as frustrated with the Workbench “Clean Up” option as I was. 1 wanted to put the icons roughly where I wanted them positioned within a window and then use Clean Up to tidy up, but you can only use it immediately after you first open the window. Quite by accident, I discovered that if you select the parent icon of a window, Clean Up is available once again. Now all I need is a way to use the
Snapshot option for an entire window without having to select every icon.
Sarah Reichelt Labrador, QLD. Australia
D-Paint Abort Fill
USING DELUXEPAINT 1.2 from Electronic Arts, I found this handy feature. When using the fill, solid or dithered, and you discover right away that it is not what you want, press the space bar. This will stop and erase tlie fill while it is still in progress, instead of waiting until it’s finished and hoping that you can use Undo.
Michael Weiler
St. Louis Lark, MN
Assign Undo
IF YOU MISTAKENLY “ASSIGN” a nonexistent logical device name, for example “ASSIGN FUNTS: DFLFONTS”, you can easily un-assign it by simply typing:
ASSIGN FUNTS:
T hat is all, just ASSIGN FUNTS: with nothing after it.
Adam Levin
Piermont, AT
Batch Within A Batch
HERE IS MY timesaving tip for one- drive users. Just add these lines to your startup-sequencc file:
MakeDIR RAM:C CD DF0:C
COPY D1R|CD| INFO (TYPE to RAM:C QUIET PATH RAM:C ADD CD DFO:
This adds timesaving commands in RAM. First, the RAM:C is searched for the command, and if it isn’t found, then the usual SYS:C is searched.
Ferry de Jong
Huizen (XII), Netherlands
Editor's Note: This tip is disguised as yet another startup-sequence file that creates a RAM.C. The tip is fine as it is, and we have published similar tips in the past. The unique thing about this tip is the me of the "|” (it is next to the back space hey, if you are looking for it). Rather than typing a series of "copy this, copy that, copy another. . One line “copy this that another . . handles them all quite nicely. ,45 usual, NEVER use your original Workbench disk! Always use a copy when modifying the startup-sequence file.
Batch Screen Clear
SOMETIMES I WANT to clear the screen from within a batch file, such as the startup-sequence file. While a CTRL L will clear the screen from the command level of CLI, I couldn’t find a way of including a Control sequence in a batch file while in F,D. I did find that an ESC-C would also clear the screen and could be entered into an ECHO statement in the form:
ECHO “*ec”
When the batch file is executed, the screen will clear itself (or reset) when it reaches that command. (This is actually a printer command to reset.)
Gerald Klassen
Netherlands, Antilles
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Nimbus presents the first accounting program made exclusively for small businesses using the Amiga computer
at last: Accounting Anyone Can do
The easy new accounting program for managers of small businesses who hate to do accounting. With all the other record keeping programs, you have to learn accounting. With Nimbus, you just start.
It’s available now
If your dealer can’t deliver it immediately, give us a call.
This is the first complete small business accounting software designed to take full advantage of the genius of the high speed Amiga computer.
This is instructionless accounting
NIMBUS 1 requires no computer knowledge, no bookkeeping expertise. All of its functions are simple, self-explanatory, automatic and fast. It’s as easy as doing your checkbook. But don’t confuse it with simple home budget programs.
Simple accounting has arrived
If you don’t care how computer software works, only that it does work, this program is for you.
Nimbus 1 does the accounting, you run your business. The pain of accounting is gone.
WHAT YOU NOW KNOW ABOUT
accounting is enough.
NIMBUS 1:
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With NIMBUS 1, all the accounting functions are running concurrently. You just dick on the mouse and move into a new function. Printing does not delay or interfere with other functions.
No enormous manuals here our instruction booklet is only 12 pages long. The difference is dramatically easier, more
enjoyable even fun.
The screens are uncluttered, using colors from the Amiga pallet. .Amiga dealers find that demonstrating accounting with NIMBUS 1 on the Amiga computer is actually fun.
RUN YOUR OWN NUMBERS ON NIMBUS 1 TODAY
This is software you can use right now.
Visit your Amiga dealer and try it. If NIMBUS I is not in stock, call us collect. We will rush a copy to you and your dealer.
Cost: only $ 149-50 complete with its executive zippered notebook You can order by phone
FEATURES OF THE NEW PROGRAM INCLUDE:
General, receivable and payable accounts are all interactive.
Built-in ready to run chart of accounts and reports.
Accounts kept on a cash basis. You know when customers pay you, not when they are supposed
to.
Equity' and retained earnings accounts maintained automatically.
Automatic computing of month-end and year- end closings.
Prints invoices one at a time immediately, or later in a batch.
Do three things at once. Each function has its own screen and you have instant access to each.
All printing done in background, so you continue without interruption as your printer turns out reports.
Daily, weekly, monthly and annual on-screen status reports.
Programs and data require only one disk.
Four color WYSIWYG input screens can be edited at any time. Make changes easily without a separate journal.
No customer or vendor numbers to key in. One keystroke and one mouse-click gets any name from hundreds in less than half a second.
Automatic pop-up mini-menus guide users through each function.
Balance sheet, income statement, accounts receivable and accounts payable aging status reports printed any time and automatically at end of month.
Sold without copy protection for user convenience.
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REVIEWS
TV*Text VideoTitler
Title bout in the font ring.
By Gary Ludwick
WHEN IT COMES to type faces for professional applications, your Amiga needs outside help. Vying to supply that help 10 those involved in video and presentation graphics arc Video'Titier (from Aegis Development) and TV*Text (from Zuma Group and Brown-Wagh). Each provides legible, dramatic and colorful type displays, using its own method.
TV*Text
One of the first programs of its kind to be released, TY*Text does an excellent job of simulating broadcast television’s first electronic text generator. The program comes on a single, non-copy-protected disk, and provides 10 type faces in addition to Topaz, in sizes up to 97 points. TV*Text works with any Amiga- format font, including those on your Workbench disk.
TV*Text lets you manipulate type faces from a preferences menu in several ways. Color defines the object’s face color, and style relates to the rendering
(i. e., edged, outlined, extruded). Shadow controls include depth, type (transparent, drop, cast or strobe), the shadow’s color and the direction of the light source. Additionally, pull-down menus allow you to rotate the text through 180 degrees in 45-clegree increments. You can also magnify or reduce text, and induce or correct distortions.
TV*Text offers several supplementary features including the ability to specify and lay down grid patterns, create tile or wallpaper backgrounds, and draw lines, circles, boxes and ellipses. It also permits
Title defender TV* Text, with background options.
Rudimentary kerning (adjustment of spacing between letters).
VideoTitler
If TV*Text represents the first generation in video presentation graphics, then VideoTitler comes close to being the second. Its approach is different, and its features and sophistication are further advanced.
Video filler comes with one program disk and one data disk, both of which are unprotected. Like TV*Text, it is compatible with all Amiga fonts and IFF-file structures. VideoTitler offers nine custom fonts as well as the standard Amiga faces.
Perhaps VideoTitler’s most powerful feature is its Styles command. With it
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you can totally change, or simply enhance, the look of any font. VideoTitler provides a menu of over 21) type-styling treatments, ranging from plain and 3-D to several different neon and starburst effects. These effects and the graphic and color gradations that comprise them arc automatic; just pick a style. Aegis includes an “expert” mode that allows you to customize these styles to your heart’s content. The only major effect missing is the popular brushed aluminum chrome look; its inclusion would make the Styles section truly complete.
Another powerful feature is Poly Text, a family of five custom fonts which, like the poly figures in some drawing programs, allow infinite manipulation, distortion, resizing and kerning.
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Combining Poly Text and Styles, you can accomplish spectacular feats! Recently I was working to achieve a neon effect on a logo for a commercial. Using an AVA graphics computer system worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, it took several hours to get even close to the effect I wanted. I produced that effect with VideoTitler, however, within 30 minutes!
Another feature included in VideoTitler is Anim. A program developed by Aegis and distributed in the public domain for animating sequences from Videoscape and Sculpt-BD, and now VideoTitler. Anim allows you to record frames and play them back with limited control. For instance, you can make neon titles seem to ripple or flash, and make borders or other effects appear to draw themselves onto the screen.
Aegis has also supplied a separate program (with its own manual) called VideoSeg (Video Special Effects Generator), Essentially, it is a deluxe slide show program that plays still pictures or An- ims in a script-defined sequence and allows you to use transitions such as fades, dissolves, flips and wipes, just like on television. You can use these effects with special patterns, like diamonds and blocks, on wipes and dissolves. Some cursory run-throughs indicated that it works as promised.
Bout It Out
While TV*Text supplies six working resolutions, VideoTitler provides 12. Included are four video resolutions: low, video, medium and high. To increase apparent sharpness of video recordings, lower memory requirements and maintain a 32-color palette, Aegis has doubled the vertical lines in its video resolution, but kept the horizontal lines at 320. Video and high resolutions are interlaced to maintain compatibility when recording to videotape. VideoTitler also provides three levels of overscan (off, medium and severe) to ensure that frames transferred to videotape or monitor will exhibit each picture full frame, without background border.
Another important difference between TV*Text and VideoTitler is in their palettes. TV*Text, in any of its resolutions, offers an eight-color palette. VideoTitler offers 32 colors in low and video resolutions, with 16 in hi res. VideoTitler also provides standing palettes that are com
patible with other Aegis products, and a special users palette designed to give superior results when dumped to videotape without an expensive genlock.
If you own a late model Amiga 1000 or a new 500 or 2000, you can effectively double the number of colors available to you in low and video resolutions with VideoTitler. VideoTitler is designed to take advantage of the rather obscure Extra_Halfbrite (EHB) mode afforded by those models’ Paula chips. While the actual number of colors doesn’t change, you will have a second palette at half the
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Intensity or saturation of the first. The manual incorrectly states that early A 1000s support EHB, but redeems itself by providing directions for you to test your machine for the capability. Aegis also supplies the Commodore part number so you can replace your Paula chip if your test results are negative.
While TV*Text loads and uses one font at a time, VideoTitler can hold 10 different fonts in memory at once, and switching between them is almost instantaneous.
If VideoTitler had performed as flawlessly as TV*Text I would give it an unqualified recommendation as long as you have one meg or more of memory (512K won’t do much with this program). In normal use (without testing crash potential), the program collapsed more than half a dozen times, inducing wild screen displays, thrashing drives and lock-ups. I would have loved to discuss these problems with someone at Aegis, but there was another problem: neither their address nor their phone number appears in the documentation or packaging. There wasn’t even a registration card in the sealed package 1 received! Figuring this was an oversight, I pulled their number out of an AmigaWorld back issue and called for help. A representative look my number and promised that someone would get hack to me. After 30 hours, 1 called again and got the same response, . .I’m still waiting.
TV*Text, on the other hand, worked perfectly; no bugs, no crashes, no problems. The manual is on the skimpy side and lias no index, but the program is simple enough so that you can learn through experimentation whatever you can’t find documented. Ii is limited in scope and effect, but if you have a 512K machine, this is the one for you. Its font effects are dated, but it’s far superior to using stock-Amiga fonts for presentation or video purposes.
If you want awesome power, effects and a 1988 look, though and you can live with crashes (at least in the current version) grab VideoTitler. For an extra 50 dollars, it’s an incredible value.
TV*Text Zutna Group
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VideoTitler
Aegis Development Inc.
2210 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 277
Santa Monica, CA 90403
213 392-9972
800 345-9871
$ 149.95
512K and two disk drives required.
IntroCAD
Semi-pro CAD for rookies.
By Louis Wallace
BECAUSE IT WAS billed as a low-cost yet high-powered computer-aided-design (CAD) program, I was anxious to see just how IntroCAD would compare to existing Amiga CAD software. IntroCAD is a significantly enhanced version of Tim ?
Publishing Partner Professional,™ designed to be better than the desktop publishing “standard ”
Publishing Partner Professional
• We think desktop publishing should be enjoyable. Our user interface reflects this have fun! And, if you need help, look in the manual, it even has an index!
• Your text will flow automatically around any irregular-shaped graphics giving a very professional look quickly.
• Create crisp-looking, readable paragraphs. You can, with our autohyphenation, auto kerning, user definable kerning pairs, and autoleading control all in increments down to 1 3600th of an inch!
There are books written on how to use it.
A picture tells a thousand words so who needs words?
They knew these functions are essential but leading only down to 1 2 a point?
Amiga graphics?
Import those beautiful Amiga graphics from virtually any art program and print them in color or shades of gray. Or you can draw them as you go with our complete graphics toolbox.
• And, if you spell something wrong, the spell checking feature will find it for you, saving you time and perhaps • Hopefully you are a good speller,
embarrassment.
• Import from most all word processors including those with ASCII or IFF text formatting or have them running in the background.
• It is vitally important to support word processors and they knew this.
• We include drivers for virtually every printer, dot matrix or laser at no extra charge. So, now, you can create beautiful
• They also realized that if the printer support is weak,
documents using the printer you already own.
Why bother?
• Need to change a word in one place or throughout the document? Our search and replace feature will make it quick and easy for you.
• Do it right the first time.
• It will always look great quickly, using our premade style sheets. Or, do it yourself with the tag and master page system.
• It would sell better if they did.
• You are very precise and you need flexibility, so our font point size range is from 1 50th of a point to 1.310 points in 1 50th of
• If you are average, the range of 4 to 127 points one
a point increments! And, we use scalable fonts so no jaggies!
Point at a time should suffice.
• You can view your document in 50%, full width, full page, multiple page, actual size, or 200%, or set your own between 15
• You can view your document in only the five different
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Ways they have picked for you.
We don't copy protect. * They too, know that professionals don t cheat.
• You can open multiple windows with different documents or different pages and go from one to the other editing as you go. * Facing pages only please.
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Unlike pixel-oriented paint programs. CAD takes a whole-object approach to drawing; each line, box. Circle or letter is stored in memory as a set of coordinates, not as pixels. This allows yon to manipulate objects as individuals or groups, altering their size, orientation and position with precision and accuracy. When output to a printer or plotter,
CAD programs use the highest resolution available to render the image, instead of merely printing what is on screen.
IntroCAD uses only the 640 X 400 (16-color) graphics display, which means it produces sharp, clear lines. It also means that, even though the program uses a color palette to minimize flicker- causing contrast, you will experience some screen flicker unless you have a high-persislence monitor,
IntroCAD offers basic drawing tools including Line, Box, Circle, Arc and Text as well as one mathematically-defined font. You can determine the size of the text and position it anywhere on the drawing. It has a tool for measuring the distance between points and a clone tool for duplicating objects or groups of objects. It also includes a freehand-drawing tool, which is unique for CAD programs. Interestingly enough, freehand drawing does not produce mere bitmap lines, but rather objects that you can manipulate later.
Beyond Training Camp
You can alter objects in a variety of ways, all without disturbing neighboring lines. You can easily select an object from a group of overlapping objects, then rotate it or change its size or position. You can also change an object’s color or linetype, or erase it altogether. One of the most powerful editing features is Point, which turns an object into a set of points that you can grab onto and pull, altering it only in the selected area.
The program supports a variety of other non-drawing options. One is Redraw, which allows you to refresh the screen image. Zoom, which focuses on any area for greater detail, reveals the power of object-oriented graphics. Unlike paint programs where the zoomed area is made out of larger pixels, in CAD you retain the same resolution; the onscreen ruler makes clear, though, that what you see is just a portion of the
drawing. When you have finished editing. You can view the full drawing with the Fullpict command. The formerly- zoomed area will look smaller, vet it retains accuracy.
How large a drawing can IntroCAD represent? 1 displayed a 100 x 100-inch drawing; it could have been much larger, but 1 got tired of sliding the drawing around (using the Slide tool). On-screen rulers can he toggled on or off. You can set up a variable-size grid, and force the lines to the edges with Gridsnap. You can also display available memory, mouse coordinates, the currently-selected drawing tool and other information on
screen. Drawings can be stored for future revisions.
With the Group command, you can assemble pieces and treat them as one object for editing. You can save groups to disk as Parts, and then reuse them in other drawings (they can also be ungrouped). These features, along with the ability to generate a library of parts, makes IntroCAD suitable for complex applications (electronic schematics or architectural rendering) that often re-use objects. Unfortunately, it cannot generate parts lists from finished drawings, a feature often considered essential for professional packages.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that IntroCAD uses its own drivers (instead of the Amiga Preferences printers) to generate the highest resolution dot-matrix printer output possible. Unlike other programs that bypass Preference options, IntroCAD supports more printers than Preferences! The disk contains numerous printer definition files, but a ReacLMe file states that not all have been tested. There are only three plotter definition files (DMPL, HPCL and HP7470A).
One of IntroCAD's most impressive features is its high-speed screen update. It renders even the most complex drawings much faster than many higher-end CAD programs. However, unlike some CAD packages, IntroCAD can only display one drawing at a time.
I found IntroCAD to be very fast and remarkably versatile. It cannot replace sophisticated professional packages, but in some ways it is better. It is simple to use with a straightforward Intuition interface. And it supports a large number ol printers. If you need more than entry- level CAD, but your pockctbook will only allow an inexpensive program, you will be very pleased with this package.
IntroCAD
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Write & File
As the developer giveth, so the developer laketh away.
By Michael Brown
WRITE & FILL, from the Softwood Company, integrates a What-You-See-Is-What- You-Get word processor with a simple, but useful, database program. Hard disk owners will be pleased that the program is not copy protected, but it requires at least one megabyte of RAM, and two drives are recommended.
The Write Side
Write & File offers most common word processing functions (cut and paste, search, replace and undo) plus a simple document analysis feature, spelling checker and integrated database. You can type in all eight Workbench fonts and font sizes. (The manual does not mention support for user-supplied fonts.) However, when you use multiple fonts, the program does not space the lines proportionately; the spaces between lines containing large fonts are much greater
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A Stroke of Graphic Genius*
After two years of incredible graphics programs on the Commodore-Amiga, is there room for improvement? You bet there is! Just take a look at Express Paint Version 2.0. It adds a whole new dimension to professional graphics tools.
64-Color Extra Half Brite Mode
What’s so special? Take brushes, the artist’s primary tool Express Paint lets you use any image as a brush, even if it's as large as the screen! You can replace colors in brushes and even use more than one brush at a time, without wasting time with disk accesses.
Explore special effect tools such as rotating, distorting, stretching and mirroring. Create double arc curves, loops, half circles, arrowheads and unique line patterns. Use spray tools for color ranging, smearing, blending and masking. Add the power of multiple image locking, giving you almost unlimited “undos” for
changes. In no time, you could easily find yourself creating stunning 64 color masterpieces like the one above.
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Text Processing with PostScript™
Most other graphics programs stop when it comes to text processing. Not here. Express Paint lets you import text from your favorite word processor, select any font, even Colorfonts™ and place it
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Top it off with some of these unique features: prints any image up to six times normal size for super posters, prints all or selected parts of an image, uses an oversized paint canvas for video production, provides 64 color Extra Half Brite mode, and supports PAL NTSC video standards plus overscan.
To do your best, you need the best tools available. Look to see if you can find these tools anywhere else. Even Deluxe- Paint™ leaves you empty-handed.
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BASIC By The Numbers
If you’ve had enough of winter drabness, put some color(s) back in your Amiga Basic programming with custom screens and windows.
By Bob Ryan
Over The Rainbow
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TIRED OF SEEING the same old Workbench colors in vour Amiga Basic programs? Blue, white, black and orange may have been nifty on the hi-res screen of a vintage 1978 Apple II Plus, but they sure look bland on your brand-new Amiga. Luckily, Amiga Basic gives you the means to change the default colors of your output window the PALETTE statement.
The PALETTE statement looks like this:
PALETTE color-ld, red-value, green-value, blue-value
The color-id is a constant or variable that indicates the color you are changing. The standard Amiga Basic output window has four colors, numbered (I through 3. The next three values in the PALETTE statement are constants or variables that describe the percentage of red, green and blue in the color you are defining. Each of these values is a number between 0 and 1. For example, to set color 3 to white, you would use the following statement: PALETTE 3, 1,1,1; to set color 3 to black, you would use PALETTE 3, 0,0,0. Other colors use other values; you can see page 8-104 of your Amiga Basic manual for a list of values for some colors, or you can play around with the following program:
REM Color Tester Program Main:
PRINT “Enter red, blue and green values and see the results.” GOSUB Enter
LINE (400,100)-(600,180),3,BF GOTO Main Enter:
Redln:
LOCATE 10,1
INPUT “Red Value: red
IF red 0 OR red > 1 THEN Redln Greenln:
LOCATE 14,1
INPUT “Green Value: green
IF green 0 OR green > 1 THEN Greenln Blueln:
LOCATE 18,1
INPUT “Blue Value: blue
IF blue 0 OR blue > 1 THEN Blueln PALETTE 3,red,green,blue RETURN
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OF COURSE, IF you don’t feel like entering a lot of numbers, you can always let your computer do it for you. Try entering the following program:
REM Random Colors
PRINT “Red: ' PRINT “Green: PRINT “Blue:
RANDOMIZE TIMER Loop:
CLS
red = RND green = RND blue = RND LOCATE 12,1
; red green blue
PALETTE 3,red,green,blue LINE (250,50)-(600,180),3,BF FOR x= 1 to 5000:NEXT x GOTO Loop ?
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TV* TEXT Have you ever watched T.V. ?
Really watched? Notice the words or names on the screen. Different sizes and styles of lettering, accented for impact with shadows and colors. Logos with a combination of colors, letters, shapes and shadows presenting a message and leaving a lasting impression. With TV*TEXT you can now create the same type of exciting titles and special effects on your Commodore-Amiga personal computer.
TV*TEXT is so easy to use real Amiga style; mouse,
pull-down menus, keyboard controls, “undo’7 commands, multitasking. It’s flexible; IFF compatible, runs in high or medium resolutions, supports overscan, PAL NTSC, genlocks and any fonts and styles. Functional you bet; shadows, strobes, 3-dimensional extrusion, background patterns, color gradation, object rotation, sizing, alignment, drawing tools and more.
Give your screen paintings, printed drawings, slideshows and videos that professional finished touch. Make a lasting impression the easy way with TV*TEXT.
TV While watching T.V. did you see
how one screen spirals to another, how the logo flies in from one side, or how the final screen fades away? With TV * SHOW you can create that same action on your own slideshows or videos.
It’s so easy just use TV*SHOW to select any screens created by V'*TEXT, Express Paint™ or other IFF compatible programs. Use the mouse to pick from over 40 exciting screen and object transitions such as rolls, reveals, wipes, pushes, flys, fades, splits, spirals and cuts. Set the timing sequence. Play it, edit it, play it again,
Perfect it until you have a hit!
TV*SHOW gives you full control. Play your script continuously or one step at a time, forward or backward with mouse controls. Loop back to a preset place in the script, Activate script segments by keyboard function keys. Narrate with synthesized speech for unattended operation. Play the script from the editor or distribute your script freely on a player program disk.
Use TV*SHOW with all screen resolutions (including overscan and HAM), PAL NTSC video signals, genlocks, international keyboards and multitasking. For video production, sales presentations, entertainment or education add the sizzle that makes the difference with TV*SHOW!
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What You See Is What Workbench Gives You
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NO MAT TER HOW much you fiddle with the. PALETTE statement, you can never get more than four colors on the standard Amiga Basic output window at one time. The reason is that the output window is associated with the Workbench screen and the Workbench screen is limited to four colors. This limitation is tied to the system the Amiga uses to create its output display.
The Amiga communicates through windows rectangular
areas on your monitor that

provide output from programs and let you input data into a running program. The input can be as simple as a mouse click or as complex as coloring pixels in a paint program.
Windows can have various features. They can he repositioned and resized, thev can he moved back to front and back again. Requesters can appear in them and menus can be associated with them. Some windows have all these features, others have one or two. The programmer decides which features he or she needs.
Windows do not exist in a vacuum. All windows on the Amiga are opened on a screen. Do not confuse this screen with your monitor screen; an Amiga screen is a data structure that defines the basic attributes of the output display. Windows opened on a screen share these basic attri
butes. The attributes determined by the screen structure are the resolution and the number of colors of the output display.
When you run Amiga Basic, the output and list windows are opened on the Workbench screen. 'The Workbench screen is 640 pixels wide by 200 pixels tall. This is medium resolution on the Amiga. The Workbench screen is two hit planes deep, resulting in a
maximum of four on-screen colors at one time. Windows that open on the Workbench screen, such as the Amiga Basic windows, lake their resolution and number of colors from the Workbench screen. Screens define the environment that windows inhabit.
Note that a window on the Workbench screen need not use all four colors available or be 640 pixels wide by 200 pixels tall. The programmer can
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YOU USE the SCREEN command to create custom screens from Amiga Basic, ft looks like this:
SCREEN screen-id, width, height, depth, mode
Screen-id is a constant or variable from 1 to 4. It Identifies the screen and is used by the WINDOW statement to open windows onto the screen. Width and height describe the dimensions of the screen. Width is a value from 1 to 640, height is from 1 to 400. Depth is the number of bit planes assigned to the screen, from 1 to 5, and determines the number of colors available to windows on the screen. To determine the number of colors available to any screen, use the following formula:
colors = 21 (where n = the number of bitplanes)
Thus, a screen with three bit planes can have up to eight colors (23); a screen with five bit planes can support 32 colors (25).
Mode is a special value from 1 to 4 that defines the resolution of the screen. You might wonder why you need mode when have already set the width and height of the screen. In fact, you can create screens that are smaller or larger than the dimensions of your output display. Mode refers to the dimensions of a screen that exactly covers the output display. For now, use only the width height mode combinations given below. When you get comfortable creating screens and windows, try your own combinations.
Width Jheight Mode Description
320 200 1 low resolution
640 200 2 medium resolution
320 400 3 interlaced
640 400 4 high resolution
Here are some example SCREEN statements:
SCREEN 3, 320, 400, 5, 3
SCREEN 1, 320, 200, 3, 1
SCREEN 1, 640, 400, t, 4
Because the SCREEN statement allocates memory, you should use a SCREEN CLOSE statement before you exit any program that creates a custom screen. The syntax of the statement is SCREEN CLOSE screen-id, where screen-id is the number of the screen you want to close. If you exit a program without executing a SCREEN CLOSE statement, you can enter the statement into the Amiga Basic output window in order to free up the memory.
It is also important to note that screens with higher resolutions and more colors take up more memory than simple screens. Because screen memory comes out of chip memory, you may encounter out-of-memory errors if you open up too many complex screens and windows. ?
Choose to use fewer colors and to make a window smaller (or larger, in special cases) than the Workbench screen. A window will exactly match the number of pixels of the underlying screen when the window is sized to cover the entire output display.
Given the limitations of the Worbcnch screen, how can you use more colors in your Amiga Basic program? Why, simply create your own screen.
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She Came In Through The Intuition Window
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CUSTOM SCREENS ARE useless without windows. Opening a window on a custom screen from Amiga Basic requires the WINDOW statement. The WINDOW statement looks like this:
WINDOW window-ld, title,upper_left-lower_right,type,screen-id
Winclow-id is a number that identifies the window, and title is a text string that appears in the title bar of the window. The next two parameters describe the coordinates of the upper-left and lower-right corners of the window in relation to the underlying screen. Type describes the attributes of the window, such as resizing. Front-to-back gadget, and so forth. Finally, screen-id is the number of the screen that contains the window.
Putting the WINDOW and SCREEN statements together, we can get lots of colors in an Amiga Basic window.
REM New Boxes Demo
RANDOMIZE TIMER
SCREEN 1, 320, 200, 5, 1
WINDOW 2, “New Boxes", (0,0) - (311,186),1,1
FOR X = 1 TO 10000 xmax = WINDOW 2) ymax = WINDOW 3) xt INT(RND'xmax) x2 = INT(RND-xmax) y1 = INT(RND'ymax) y2 = INT(RND*ymax) colnumber= INT(RND’32)
LINE (x1,y1)-(x2,y2),colnumber,BF NEXT x
WINDOW CUOSE 2 SCREEN CLOSE 1 END
This program re-creates the Workbench Boxes demo on a custom screen with 32 beauiiful colors. Note that the coordinates used in the WINDOW statement do not Fill the entire screen. You have to make (he window slightly smaller because Amiga Basic puts a border around any windows it opens.
Contest Winner
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.4 special prize (a game of our choice) goes to Dodson Yaple of New York for the best, if not first, letter to reach our offices. His observations on baseball, geography and life were much appreciated by Amiga World "Lint Stove Leaguers” as we anxiously awaited the beginning of a new season.
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UNDERCOVER OPERATIONS: SECRETS OF THE NEW OS
As we debriefed our man Ryan after his lengthy surveillance of the elusive 1.3, he revealed that the new version of the Amiga Operating
System looks like a performance winner.
By BOB RYAN
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LONG UNDER WRAPS at Commodore, and eagerly anticipated by the rest of us, the new version of the Amiga Operating System finally came in from the cold. And underneath the 1.3 trench- coal, there is plenty of good news for Amiga users.
The 1.3 release does not change the basic organization of the Amiga system; instead it includes enhancements that address shortcomings in earlier versions and additions that make the Amiga more powerful and useful. Common complaints about OS 1.2 focused on the relatively slow hard-disk access, the inability of the Amiga to bool from a hard disk and the mediocre performance of the printer drivers. These problems and more have been addressed in OS 1.3.
Drawing upon resources both inside and outside the company, Commodore software engineers under the direction of Andy Finkel have put together new versions of Kickstart and Workbench that will improve Amiga performance. Unlike earlier upgrades to the operating system (see the sidebar “The OS File: Background Briefing”), OS 1.3 is not something Commodore had to do; rather, it reflects Commodore’s commitment to continually improve the Amiga.
Fast Start Fast File
The OS 1.3 release comes in three pieces: Kickstart, Workbench and Extras. Kickstart 1.3 will come in two forms; on disk for Amiga 1000 owners and on a ROM chip for A500 and A2000 owners. Kickstart 1.3 has one feature not found on Kickstart
1. 2; it lets you hoot with an appropriate hard disk. Appropriate hard disks are those with Amiga-specific boot ROMs. Look for announcements from hardware makers as they update their hard-disk controllers to accommodate the new Kickstart.
Other than the ability to boot from hard disks, Kickstart 1.3 is identical to Kickstart 1.2. It does not fix the few known bugs in Kickstart, thus preserving compatibility with programs that use common work-arounds for the bugs. Amiga 1000 owners will be disappointed to hear that booting from a hard disk with
Kickstart 1.3 will still require that you preboot with a Kickstart disk. Kickstart itself cannot be put on a hard disk.
All other enhancements in OS 1.3 arc found on the Workbench and Extras disks. The most significant is the new Fast File System for AinigaDOS. Commodore says that the Fast File System will give you up to seven times the data transfer rates achievable under the AinigaDOS file system, with directories running 10 times faster than before. Andy Finkel of Commodore predicts also that the Fast File System will “max out” non-DMA (Direct Memory Access) hard-drive systems. He expects DMA hard-drive systems to be demonstrably superior to non-DMA systems when running under the Fast File System.
The speed of the Fast File System is a result of many factors. It was written in assembly language as opposed to the BCFL (Basic Combined Programming Language) used in the AmigaDOS file system. It uses sophisticated hashing and caching techniques (it even hashes its caches!). It can read in multiple blocks (up to 65,000) with one fetch, making it very fast when loading large programs. All this and more will make living with an Amiga hard-disk system a lot more enjoyable.
As of now, the Fast File System cannot be used with floppy- disk drives; it can be used only by disks that are mounted with the MOUNT command. The Amiga 3.5" floppy drives are still accessed through the old filing system. Your computer differentiates among disks accessed by the two file systems by an ASCII identification found in the root block of every Amiga tlisk. Disks accessed by the old file system are identified by the ASCII string DOSO; Fast File disks are identified by the string DOS1. By the time Commodore is ready to commit the Fast File System to ROM, it expects to have the system working with floppy drives.
More Speedups
Workbench 1.3 contains a new floating-point math library. The math library is a set of routines (loaded by application programs
THE OS FILE: BACKGROUND BRIEFING
OPERATING SYSTEMS ARE complex beasts, with many diverse elements. The Amiga Operating System is more complex than most because the Amiga is the most sophisticated personal computer on the market. The most important elements of the Amiga OS are: the Exec, a set of routines that manages tasks and memory and handles communication with external devices; AmigaDOS, which manages files on disk drives; and Intuition, a library of routines used by programmers to create the mouse-driven, windowing interface for the Amiga. The Amiga OS also includes the ROM Kernel routines used by applications
programs to access many of the Amiga’s unique hardware features, the Workbench desktop
interface, and the command-driven CLI interface.
When shipped to dealers in September ’85, the Amiga came with Kickstart and Workbench 1.0. OS 1.0 was fairly buggy' and, as a result, third-party software developers held back their products until Commodore got version 1.1 into the hands of users. OS LU released in early 1986, corrected most of the bugs in 1.0 and precipitated
the first flood of Amiga software releases.
OS 1.1 was not everything that Commodore had promised in an operating system. Conspicuously absent were the Kickstart auto-configuration routines to make expanding the Amiga relatively painless. These routines and more were included in version 1,2 of the operating system, released in the early months of 1987. With OS 1.2, all the basic parts of the Amiga operating system were finally in place. OS 1.2 was tollowred quick!) By another flood of new hardware and software products for the Amiga.
Now, about one year after the release of OS 1.2 and two years after 1.1, Commodore is ready to go with 1.3. Because 1.2 is a stable system, I don’t think that OS 1.3 will open the floodgates to a new generation of products as did 1.1 and 1.2.1 do think, however, that it will make many Amiga owners work better with their machines. BR
dial use floating-point math, if the library is not already in memory) enabling programs to perform math functions not supported in the instruction set of the Amiga's MC68000 microprocessor. Commodore claims the new library can increase the speed of calculation by up to a factor of six.
As important as the speed increase is die ability of the library to detect the presence of an MC68881 math coprocessor in your system, whether it is in-line or in a peripheral slot. When it detects a 68881 chip, the library uses the chip instead of its own software routines for math calculations. Because the 68881 is a hardware device, it performs math functions much faster than any software routine. With this new library, software developers will not have to write two versions of a program one that uses the software library and another that takes advantage of the 68881. Now, one program will do both.
Another performance advantage of OS 1.3 conies from new and improved printer drivers. Through OS 1.2, Amiga printer drivers have been rightly criticized as being far too slow. The OS 1.3 printer drivers can speed up a graphics dump by a factor of six and perform color correction to make the printed page match your screen more closely. Also, the new printer drivers have a built-in smoothing algorithm that cleans and smooths the appearance of text characters on your output page. The new printer drivers can even print more bit planes than the Amiga can display, allowing you to take advantage of the capabilities of high-end color printers.
OS 1.3 supports many new printers, including the Epson LQ series, the HP DeskJet, the Xerox 4020 and the Calcomp Color- master. To make room for other improvements to Workbench, many printer drivers are located on the Extras 1.3 disk. You have to move a driver to the Workbench disk before using it.
The last major performance enhancement in OS 1.3 is faster updating of text characters. Commodore licensed Microsmitlfs FastFonts system and made it available on Workbench 1.3. FastFonts can write characters to the screen up to four times faster than the old text-handling routines. In addition, Workbench now contains three Adobe fonts Times Roman, Helvetica and Courier which are supported by Postscript-driven laser printers; they will make the Amiga a more attractive option for desktop publishing.
New Devices And Commands
Amiga OS 1.3 contains three new devices, six new commands and a host of improvements to existing device handlers, commands and tools. The new devices are a recoverable RAM disk, a multiuser capability and a new text-to-speech method.
The recoverable RAM disk protects the contents of a RAM disk when you perform a warm boot. This is especially helpful to programmers who normally work with large RAM disks to speed up the development process. Now, when they encounter a nonrecoverable error that forces them to reboot the system, they will not have to reload their RAM disks. This device is similar to Perry Kivolowitz’ popular VDO; device available in the public domain.
The AUX: device turns your Amiga into a multiuser system, Lsing AUX:, you can hook a computer or dumb terminal to your Amiga serial port and run an Amiga task from the external system. Although the AUX: device lets you run only text-based tasks (anyone seen NAPLPS for the Amiga?), it could be very useful for automated data acquisition and dedicated data entry.
The SPEAK: device allows just about any program to talk. Unlike using the SAY command, which works only on input text or a text file, you can redirect the output of programs to the SPEAK: device, just as you would use the PRT: device or the CON: device. In addition, the SPEAK: device uses better logic than the SAY command to delimit sentences, allowing for more natural speech.
New commands on Workbench 1.3 integrate the Workbench and CLI environments more fully. MORE lets Workbench users
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read the contents of text f iles. CMD redirects printer commands to a disk file, allowing you to print to disk. SAVESCREEN complements the current GRAPHICDUMP command by saving what's on your monitor to an IFF picture file. XICON lets you execute batch files from Workbench. Formerly, batch files could he run only from the CLI. Finally, SETFONT lets you set the default system font, just in case you get tired of Topaz.
The last new command is available only through the CLI. Called PIPE, it lets you redirect the output of one program directly into another. It is comparable to pipes on the Unix operating system.
If It Ajnt New, It Must Be Improved
Commodore has improved the console device handler on Workbench 1.3 so that it can enhance programs that use the console device, including the CLI. Among the enhancements are command history, command line editing and a small shell that allows you to use aliases and resident commands and to extract the current directory in prompts and batch files.
Other improvements for AmigaDOS users include a default startup file for the CLI, an improved RUN command to launch independent tasks that do not lock the original CLI, and more commands that now return error codes. Many other CLI commands sport slight improvements that will increase performance without sacrificing compatibility. Note that OS 1.3 does not incorporate the public-domain AmigaDOS Replacement Project.
Workbench tools have also been improved. Notepad can now handle more fonts, while Preferences lets you set more printer options. EMACS, the text editor on die Extras disk, has many new options. Improvements to the Diskfont library make it easy to add fonts to your system, while improvements to the Icon library allow you to display more file information from the Workbench menu.
That s A Wrap
Kickstari and Workbench 1.3 make your Amiga both faster and easier to use. OS 1.3 also belies Commodore’s reputation as a company that doesn’t listen to its customers; someone must have been listening to have hit so many nails so squarely on the head.
Future issues of AmigaWorld will look in greater depth at OS
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LIKE 21-YEAR-OLD MIKE TYSON, GOLD DISK’S PROFESSIONAL PAGE HAS QUICKLY TOPPED THE HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION OF SERIOUS DESKTOP-PUBLISHING PROGRAMS FOR THE AMIGA.
EDITOR'S NOTE: In a sidebar to our recent roundup of desktop-publishing programs for the Amiga (see “To Have tiff Have Not,” p. 26, in the Jan. ’88 issue of AmigaWorld), we alerted readers to the fact that a new generation of such programs potentially offering a great deal more than the current crop was moving up rapidly on the horizon. One of the promising newcomers mentioned, Professional Page, has now come to the fore and is the subject of this AW feature review.
THINK OF DESKTOP-PUBLISHING software as a tool for the integration of text and graphics files. It sucks these files in, lets you determine their placement on the page, edit them if necessary, add refinements like ruling lines and then dump them to a laser printer or typesetter. Such Macintosh and IBM PC software has been available for several years, its sophistication increasing exponentially.
Amiga users, on the other hand, have had to make do with a narrow selection of insubstantial programs that failed to tap the Amiga’s power and provided but marginal typographic and graphic control over the printed page. Worse, they were universally clumsy
in their handling of PostScript, the industry-standard page-description language that drives such printers as the Apple LaserWriter and high-resolution Lino- tronic typesetters.
The best of this lot remains Gold Disk's PageSetter, which provides a fair amount of control over your pages when combined with a separate utility for PostScript printing. Not long ago, however, Gold Disk released a new product that, while sharing the PageSetter heritage, has leapfrogged several generations ahead of any page-makeup program for the Amiga. Professional Page not only decimates its Amiga competition, but it can also hold its head up in the company of such IBM and Macintosh heavy hitters as Ventura Publisher and PageMaker. It accomplishes this by adopting a flexible conceptual structure, adding weighty type- and graphics-handling features and combining it all smoothly into a product that of necessity makes some assumptions about the system it will he running on.
Heavyweight Hardware Requirements
Professional Page is demanding. It needs a megabyte of memory just to load, and for long or graphics- ?
By CHRIS DICKMAN
ILLUSTRATED BY ROB COLVIN
intensive documents, you should expect to double that. Because it can multitask, you will need even more memory to run it at the same time as complementary programs like DeluxePaint II or WordPerfect. If you do run low on memory, a warning appears and graphics are displayed from then on in outline form only. But with Amiga memory expansion now so affordable, why wait for this to happen?
Hard disks are like freeways the number of bytes (and cars) soon multiplies to fill new ones. All desktop-publishing programs need hard disks to perform serious work, so it’s no knock on Professional Page that it too will drive floppy users frantic with disk swaps. In addition to the program disk, a second disk contains fonts and utilities, which Professional Page
ESPITE ITS FORMIDABLE HARDWARE NEEDS AND ITS IMPRESSIVE ABILITIES, PROFESSIONAL PAGE IS NOT A HARD PROGRAM TO LEARN AND USE.
Expects to find during loading, printing and document creation. Text, graphics and document files can be counted on to mushroom to frightening proportions, necessitating at least a 20-megabyte hard disk.
Do you like wearing sunglasses? Indoors, in the middle of the night? I’ve been doing that for the last few weeks while working with Professional Page and I don’t recommend it. It's not that I have a weird taste in optics, but rather I’m responding to the fact that Professional Page runs in high-resolution interlaced inode, which causes the screen to flicker madly. The resulting resolution of 640 x 400 pixels produces an acceptably crisp display, unlike the normal Workbench mode. So how do you live with the interlaced mode?
Why not consider a move to Europe? Our friends across the Atlantic will be delighted to hear that Professional Page supports Amigas fitted with a PAL chip, thereby providing the superior European video standard of 640x525 pixels. A more realistic, albeit short-term, solution is to hang any one of a number of available screen overlays in front of a standard Amiga monitor, which like my polarized sunglasses will reduce flicker somewhat. A better solution is to use a long-persistence monitor, which will essentially eliminate flicker as well as any surplus funds you may have kicking around. Other options include multi sync monitors with special RGB adapters or monochrome TTL monitors, which are available from a number of vendors. Apparently, Commodore has finally figured out that there is a desktop-publishing market, and it will soon be supplying a very high-resolution monochrome monitor. But as Professional Page supports color so well, this would be a definite step backward.
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The final requirement to run Professional Page will cost more than the program and your Amiga combined. Professional Page will print only on a PostScript printer, either of the laser or typesetting variety. This is as it should be, as the program’s sophisticated type- and graphics-manipulation abilities could not have been realized with dot-matrix or bitmap-laser printers. (Editors Note: For those who swiply cannot afford a PostScript-driven printer, there is some promised relief. The next release of Professional Page LI mil support dot-matrix and Hewlett-Packard laser printers. Professional Page 1.1 was scheduledfor release about the time this article will appear in print; it is expected to cost $ 395 the same as 1.0 and it will be available free on a replacement basis to registered 1.0 owners.)
Despite its formidable hardware needs and its impressive abilities, Professional Page is not a particularly hard program to learn and use, owing in large part to the conceptual glue that binds its many diverse features together. Gold Disk has resisted the temptation to reinvent the wheel, going instead with a variation of the approach to integrating text and graphics employed by most desktop-publishing software. Professional Page thus attempts to display on screen as accurately as possible a representation of what your final printed document will look like, one page at a time (the popular WYSIWYG, or “what-you- see-is-what-you-get,” approach). To this end it does a credible job, despite the use of rather clunky screen fonts. As well as a representation of a page, to one side there’s an “artboard” where you can temporarily store text and graphics. Five page magnifications are available to zoom in or pull back from a page, and each page is surrounded on two sides by a ruler with adjustable increments. Page creation is accomplished by a smoothly integrated menu system and a series of tool icons in a bar on the right of the screen.
“Boxing” Basics
The basic building block of a Professional Page document is the box, which you draw on blank pages and then fill with text and graphics that can be either imported or created within Professional Page. At any one time there is only one “active” box on a page, and it is surrounded with a solid gray line to distinguish it from other boxes, which are enclosed by dotted gray lines. As expected, you can perform the usual resizing, moving and copying of a box by using its eight “handles,” but more interesting actions are also available. Attributes of each box can be defined with a requester both in terms of the box itself and by how it interacts with other boxes. For example, if a box containing a graphic is defined as “impermeable,” dragging it on top of a box containing text will cause the text to wrap automatically around the graphic box. To provide some breathing space between the text and graphic, the inner margins of the graphic box could then be set to any value desired.
More innovative is the ability to combine boxes
into a “group” and work with them en masse. Selecting the Make Group tool and dragging an outline around a number of boxes creates a group, which you can then move, copy or delete at one crack. This is handy for a large number of graphic arts operations and indispensable for forms creation. Professional Page may he unique in its ability to align or center grouped boxes in relation to the active box.
Some box functions depend on what resides inside the particular box. Professional Page provides six tools for drawing object-oriented shapes directly on the page. You can resize these as you please and they will still print at the full resolution of the output device. Boxes are created automatically for these shapes its they are drawn, but it is possible to merge a number of these into one box, thereby allowing you to treat them as a single entity when resizing. Long familiar to CAD users, this is a welcome feature in a desktop-publishing program.
Using the box handles, you can crop bitmap graphics and then move them around behind the reduced window for positioning. Professional Page claims to he able to import any IFFcompatiblc bitmap graphic up to 1024 x 1024 pixels, and I had no trouble with both DeluxePaint II and public-domain HAM images. The only limitation seems to be available memory. Color bitmap graphics display in eight shades of gray. The only fiddling necessary with this type of graphic is an adjustment of its aspect ratio, which, fortunately, is easily accomplished, as my graphics tended to print with wrong proportions. An interesting use of bitmap graphics is as a template, over which you can place lines and fills with the drawing tools. One of these, the Bezier curve, is particularly appropriate for this work, and with a little practice you can produce logos and illustrations that are free of the bitmap jaggy blues. This is an aspect of the program that Gold Disk should develop even more in future versions. Professional Page also handles structured graphics
ROFESSIONAL PAGE GIVES YOU
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Created with the Aegis Draw Plus CAD program, and these display in up to eight colors. A feature lacking here is the ability to break these graphics up into their component parts for further modification.
Score It A TKO: A Textual Knockout
The primary component of most documents is text, and Professional Page’s use of boxes is very well conceived in this regard. Let’s say you are creating a two-column newsletter. Having created the text with a word processor, you then define the page size, margins, number of columns and gutter width (inter- column spacing). A blank page is now displayed.
Along with non printing dotted column guides. You create boxes to contain the text by drawing manually over the column guides or by using the cunning “autobox” feature, which painlessly creates column- sized boxes. The text file is then loaded from disk and pasted into the first column. A small inverted “L” at the bottom of the column is die tip-off that more text is available in Professional Page's text buffer. To continue pasting text you can join two columns by selecting the Link icon and clicking on the next column, which fills with more text from the disk file. Use the same procedure to continue placing text from page to page throughout a document. As linked boxes are resized, text flows from one to the other automatically, with boxes being deleted or unlinked from others as desired.
You can edit imported text or create new text for such page elements as headers right on the screen in an empty box. The Professional Page text editor works much like similar efforts but adds a few welcome twists. You cut and paste text by highlighting it first with the mouse, but a novel extension of this standard approach is the ability to write a highlighted text block to a file. Of more immediate use is a complete search-and-replace function, something far from common in desktop-publishing editors. It can be used not only for text but also for locating and changing such attributes as bolding, underlining, type face, size, justification, kerning and tracking. These and several dozen more can be entered in your text with a word processor prior to loading or assigned by highlighting text and using Professional Page’s menus. In either case, codes do not display on the screen, so the ability to locate and change them quickly is welcome. Phis is useful for changing the type-size or page-style elements that repeat over several pages.
Before exploring the intricacies of Professional Page’s typographic capabilities, I should point out a number of mechanisms available to streamline page production. Instead of creating each page from scratch, you can use template pages, which are collections of boxes that are either blank or contain headers, ruling lines or other elements appearing on pages throughout the document. You can define both left and right template pages and use the resulting template file as a base on which to build future publications. You can save single pages to insert later into a document as needed. The use of templates greatly cuts down on creating pages from scratch my only complaint is that no sample templates are either included with Professional Page or available at extra cost.
Typographical Power: The PostScript Punch
In terms of typography, Professional Page is impressive. Unlike many similar programs, it provides deep access to the powers of PostScript while not forcing you to wade through endless menus. With a text file i
THE BEST DESKTOP-PUBLISHING programs exhibit a property called WYSIWYG (pronounced wizzy-wig), which stands for What You See Is What You Get. Not yet found in any dictionary, WYSIWYG simply means that the page your laser printer produces will closely resemble the page you layed out on your computer screen. You don’t have to guess or to visualize what your printed
output will look like; you just have to look at the screen.
To let you judge for yourself the WYSIWYG capabilities of Professional Page, an AmigaWorld editor created a page, used Grabbit from Discovery Software to save two pictures of the screen display as picture files and then printed the page using an Apple LaserWriter. Later, the pictures were transferred from disk to film using the Imprint Polaroid Palette system. The pictures of the screen and the LaserWriter output are reproduced below.
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Senior Editor Implicated in Missing Commas Scam
Wright, Ryan, Gefvert and Barrett Demand Inquiry, Laflamme Silent
PETERBOROUGH. NH. Tired of seeing their peerless prose made incomprehensible by missing Harvard commas, four ed-
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Ecrmanant injunction to eep Sullivan's red pencil in check.
The plaintiffs are Editor in Chief Guy Wright. Technical Editor Bob Ryan, Senior Editor Linda Barrett and Review Editor Barbara Gefvert. Conspicuous in its absence from the list of plaintiffs was the name of Managing Editor Shawn Laflamme. Dan Jke Sullivan, Laflamme is a member of the notorious Gang of Two and is known to sympathize with Sullivan's campaign to eliminate the Harvard comma from the pages of AmigaWorld. At this time, the plaintiffs have not Included Laflamme In the indictment although they suspect him of aiding Sullivan. "We've got serious doubts about Shawn", stated Senior Editor Barrett, "we simply haven’t
Sullivan Denies Wrongdoing, Claims "I love Harvard Commas!"
WEST PETERBOROUGH. NH. AmigaWorld Senior Editor Dan Sullivan reacted petulently today to charges that he has been deleting Harvard commas from AmigaWorld galleys. Sullivan dismissed the charges against him. Saying they were motivated not by a love of language on the part of the plaintiffs, but rather by envy. "None of those bozos can edit his or her way out of a paper bag", said Sullivan, "and so they occupy their time bothering the only editor on ihe staff worthy of the title.” Sullivan directed much of his ire at Technical Editor Bob Ryan. "Ever since he lost the fight to have database considered two words, he’s been looking for trouble', stated Sullivan.
Sullivan Informed of Sullivan’s charge that the indictment was motivated by envy and revenge, Ryan shouted hysterically "My dog Mae knows more about the language than Dan Sullivan, and she knows not to poop in the house, too". Working himself into a frenzy. Ryan continued "Anyone who questions the Importance of Harvard commas has lost touch with reality!" Ryan then started ranting 'Data base is two words!!!" Before
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Three views of the same Professional Page document. Top photo: the entire page with the program’s 50% magnification option. Bottom photo: the same page at 100% magnification. The page at left is the actual output of an Apple LaserWriter. Note that the photos and the output page are not reproduced here at the same scale.
Loaded and displayed on the screen, your next step is to go through the document highlighting text and applying formatting attributes. To change type style, for example, you highlight the text and use the Type menu to select one of eighteen supported fonts. These include those resident on most PostScript printers, with the curious exception of Zapf Dingbats (without which life is unthinkable!). You can add new fonts to the system by copying their font metric files to the fonts directory on the utilities disk. Professional Page assumes these fonts are available to the printer unlike some programs, it will not download fonts to the printer as needed.
Professional Page can generate type up to 127 points in one-point increments and handle up to (shudder) 127 faces in a single document. In addition to the expected bold and underline attributes, Professional Page puts at your disposal the useful ability to create type in outline form. Kerning (adjusting the space between selected letter pairs), unfortunately, is either on or off denying you the ability to set a type-size threshold. Tracking (inter-character spacing), on the other hand, is handled elegantly: After highlighting the desired text, you can either fill out a requester by adding or subtracting space in units of of an em or simply tap on the cursor keys to accomplish the same effect. Smooth.
Line spacing is handled in a similarly effortless fashion. You can set it as a fixed unit in points, as relative to type size or in terms of added leading (interline spacing). The same is true with text baselines, which can be shifted up or down in half-point increments. Text is easily aligned left, right, centered or justified. Hyphenation is accomplished through the use of an algorithm and a user-defined exception dictionary, if desired. An unusual touch here is the
HE PROGRAM IS FAST, ITS FEATURES WELL INTEGRATED AND GOLD DISK APPEARS COMMITTED TO FURTHER REFINEMENT
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Ability to set separately the desired number of characters before and after hyphenation. Less desirable is the tendency to hyphenate too many lines in a row I counted five in one instance.
Suffice it to say that Professional Page can handle typographically demanding documents. Much of its power comes from its low-level access to PostScript. You can define such parameters as the paper width of PostScript roll printers and output pages in negative and flipped form. All of this is greatly enhanced by the program’s ability to alter output on a page- by-page basis. Thus you can rotate separately each page through any angle and scale it on both the x and y axes. You can also print document pages in
miniature, several to a page, for thumbnail creation. Maximum document page size is 17 inches x 17 inches.
Color: Separating The Champ From The Contenders
Much of the excitement surrounding Professional Page involves the program’s color support, specifically its ability to manipulate color IFF images and to separate them for full four-color process printing. Realizing this potential, however, depends on Gold Disk’s release of its optional (and long-delayed) Professional Color Separator, without which any IFF graphic imported into Professional Page prints in shades of gray. (Editor's Mote: As mentioned in an earlier note, the release of Professional Page 1.1 was expected by the time this article appears in print. Gold Disk promises that the neat release will contain the color separator as part of the package at no additional cost.)
Until then, it’s tantalizing to be able to assign any of the Amiga’s 4096 colors to text or graphics created with the program’s drawing tools. Anticipating using the program in conjunction with (lie separator, consider that Professional Page lets you define colors with RGB sliders that simultaneously show the Yellow, Magenta and Cyan color-separation equivalents in percentages. You can also define colors that can be used not for separations but for spot color in a two- or three-color run. Think of defining entire collections of colors and saving them to disk for reuse. Heady stuff, this, and an indication that Professional Page is poised to take us to entirely new realms in desktop publishing.
Meanwhile, we are left with a flexible package capable of producing a wide variety of publications on PostScript printers. The program is fast, its features well integrated and Gold Disk appears committed to further refinement of the product. The program should prove relatively easy to learn despite the lack of on-line help thanks to an excellent manual. It’s an impressive product. Now’ if I can just save up for that multi-sync monitor. . ..
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ALTHOUGH SCULPT 3-D (see "Depth-Defying Gra ph ics,” p. 34, in the January ’88 issue of AmigaWorld) provided a complete three-dimensional object-creation and drawing system, it lacked an easy way to animate the images. Unlike Eric Graham’s famous juggler that inspired the program, user-created robots were frozen in mid-throw. Animate 3-D melts their constraints, giving Sculpt owners everything that they originally expected from the program, and more animation capabilities normally found only on dedicated graphics workstations.
The Animate 3-D package is not a stand-alone program, but an upgrade kit to Sculpt 3-D (available separately for $ 99.95), containing only a merge program. Move a copy of Sculpt 3-D onto the Animate disk and run Merge 3-D to modify it. When the smoke clears. Merge and Sculpt will be gone, replaced by Sculpt Animate 3-D, which is 350K long and requires one megabyte to run. As with any successful corporate merger, the result is not one large program dominating another, but a smooth combination with the two halves complementing one another. The new animation features enhance the power of the object- creation capabilities, while some of Sculpt’s existing features take on a new significance when viewed as animation tools. To make adapting to these new features easier, the new program retains Sculpt’s familiar user interface. Almost all actions are mouse and menu driven.
Smooth Curves Ahead
One enhancement is Sculpt Animate's splines. While Sculpt’s curve tool connects a series of points, the
By Sheldon Leemon
resulting “curve" is actually composed of straight- line segments. Sculpt Animate’s spline feature lets you soften this angular Figure into a true smooth curve. To change a curve into a spline, you must first designate some vertices as fixed knots. Knots remain in the same place, while the other vertices shift to smooth the curve. If you disagree with the program’s idea of the curve, you can alter its shape either by moving a knot, or with Modify Knot, which changes the direction and degree of curvature on either side of the knot. Working in conjunction with Sculpt's Tri-View windows, the Modify Knot requester adds a yellow arrow to indicate the selected knot in the wire frame drawing. You can manipulate the shape of the curve using Sculpt’s rotate gadgets, which normally move a group of points, or introduce a bend or angle into an otherwise smooth curve.
Besides fine-tuning individual vertices, you can now assign a name to the group of vertices that make up a figure, and select the vertices as a whole with the object’s name. This makes it easy to select, load and save an entire object, as well as manipulate it with the grabber, the rotate gadgets or the expansion tool.
The Leg Bone’s Connected To The Hip Bone
Expanding on its naming ability, Sculpt Animate supports object hierarchies. You can assign names not only to an object, but also to smaller portions of the same structure. For example, you could create a robot and call the entire figure Robby. Robby could, in turn, be comprised of smaller discrete pieces, such as Head, Body, Ijeftleg, Rightleg, Leftarm and Rigiu- ?
Arm, Rightarm then could be broken down further into Upperarm, Forearm and Hand. The subobjects belong to the larger structures that contain them; if you select Leftarm, you automatically also select Upperarm, Forearm and Hand. The relationship of parent (those higher in the chain) and child (subordinate) objects is similar to that of die root directory and subdirectories in the AmigaDOS hierarchical file system. You can build an object hierarchy 16 generations deep, with up to 255 offspring per member.
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Because complex objects rarely move as a monolithic whole, hierarchies are vital for animation. Naming specific parts of a robot’s body makes it easy to move just an arm or a leg. You can also create complex, layered motions, like those in a walking figure. The upper and lower legs move separately while bending at the knee, and the arms swing back and forth, at the same time that the entire body moves.
To define your robot’s motion rather than its form, you place paths (curves or splines) in an object hierarchy. To change a curve into a path, you must indicate the starting position, and, if the curve is a loop, the direction of travel. Placing a path name in an object hierarchy attaches the succeeding objects to that path. Using a technique called global animation, you can move Robby around the path. The part of the object that follows the path is known as the local origin (which often coincides with the center of gravity). You may set a separate local origin for each named object and path. Paths that lie beneath other paths in the hierarchy follow the motion of the higher-level paths, at the same time that their subobjects are following their motion, as a moon orbits a planet that in turn orbits the Sun.
Object vertices and paths are not the only elements that can be placed in the hierarchy. You can attatch lamps (light sources), the observer (camera) and the target (the animation’s focal point) to paths. With this flexibility, you can create animations not only by moving objects, but also by changing the position of the observer who views them, the direction in which that observer is looking or the lighting used to illuminate the scene.
Take A Hike
To get your robot on the road and all his hierarchies in motion, you need the lake commands. The heart of Sculpt Animate’s new features, Take brings together all of the elements needed to create an animation. The Take screen offers two basic animation modes, Global and Key Frame, which you can also combine in a single series of images. To create a global animation, you construct a single global scene that contains an object hierarchy, including the paths that the robot will follow. Next, designate Robby's orientation as he travels around the path. The Modify Tumble requester allows you to rotate the object around any of three axes at any point on the path, using the rotate gadgets to move axis lines within the Tri-View window. This lets you change, for example, the direction in which the robot is heading when it turns. If you did not change the orientation, Robby could be attached to a circular path, but always point North, regardless of the direction he moves. You need not specify, however, the orientation at every point on the path. The program will interpolate the orientation of the object at points between those specified.
The rest of the work is performed within the Modify Take requester, which lets you specify the number of image frames to be generated, and draw the frames. Starting with the setup you created for your global scene, Sculpt Animate takes over the job of moving the objects along their designated paths in all of the remaining scenes. Because rendering a series of images takes a long time, be very sure that the scene is correct before you start. To double check, select the Take requester’s Preview button, which draws all of the frames in wire-frame mode and then animates them. The procedure takes only a few minutes, and gives a fairly accurate rendition of the finished animation. You can also use Render Frame to draw a representative frame or two from the series. Rather than duplicate work, Sculpt Animate saves these frames to disk and uses them when it’s time to draw the whole series.
In Key Frame mode, you position the objects manually for a number of pivotal frames; the program interpolates the frames that fall in between. In a typical session, you create and save a scene as the first key frame. Then, you alter the scene a little by moving objects, moving the observer, changing the lens or tilting the camera, and save that as the next key frame. When the key scenes are complete, you use the Take requester to render all of the images, including the ones that appear between the key frames. Sculpt Animate uses an interpolation process known as Tweening to derive the intermediate frames. Tweening can be used to figure out not only an object’s position as it moves from tine key frame to the next, but also its shape. In one of the sample takes included with the program, a human head appears in the first key frame and changes to a sphere in the last key frame, as a result of Sculpt’s Do Be Sphere command. When the take is rendered, the intervening frames are drawn so that it appears that the head is inflated like a beach ball. You can use the grabber and magnet tools to distort an object any way that you want to, so long as the number of vertices remains the same.
Te by Byte offers a version of Sculpt Animate that supports the 68020processor and 68881 math coprocessor.
In addition to the main animation modes, Sculpt Animate provides a few enhancements. Object Cycling, for global animations, allows you to specify that a particular named object will be rendered only in certain frames. This lets you create objects having a different appearance in each frame. You can incorporate IFF pictures into the animation, either as foreground or background. As a background, the IFF picture is First loaded into each frame in place of the sky, for example and the animation rendered on top of it. When used as a foreground, the image is brought in on top of each frame of the animation, covering it, except in those places where the background color (color register 0, or black in the case of HAM images) is used. To be true to nature (where objects moving more quickly than the eye can follow appear to be somewhat blurred), Sculpt Animate offers motion blurring. This Final enhancement simulates the blurring effect, but at the cost of additional rendering time.
Jammed In RAM
When all of the images for an animation are complete, Sculpt Animate will compress them automatically into a RAM animation File, which contains information only for the parts of the picture that change from frame to frame. For realistic animation, playback speeds reach up to 30 frames per second. You can specify that the action be shown once or several times. Repeating animations may start over from the beginning once they reach the end, or run backwards. Because of the way that RAM animation files are created, you can even build an animation file from images generated by another program. You could compress a properly named series of painted images, for example, into a Sculpt Animate movie file. From RAM, it’s a quick step to videotape. Beware, you may need a hard drive to store your work, as even a moderately complex animation file may be too large to fit on a floppy. For those with access to single-frame video recorders and frame buffers, Sculpt Animate provides the proper interface hooks.
Considering the complex nature of 3-D animation, Sculpt Animate presents a remarkably well-integrated set of tools for object creation, scene construction and animation rendering. Not all of the operations are implemented in an ideal manner, of course. You cannot, for example, directly insert a new object at the top of a hierarchy, and changing an object’s color is cumbersome. The program’s enormous number of features breeds a bewildering array of menu items. Some menus have as many as twelve entries,
each of which may have a dozen suboptions.
Although the documentation for the program is well-written and informative, it is not exactly light reading. A lot of information is covered in a relatively short space, and you may have to read it more than once in order to understand everything. You should also reread Sculpt’s documentation; many of the program’s original features take on new meaning when viewed in the context of animation. Carefully study Byte by Byte’s sample animations illustrating global animation, key-frame animation and object cycling. Each is accompanied by a text file with step-by-step explanations. Because of the relatively low price of the Sculpt Animate package (around $ 250 for both), Byte by Byte does not offer free technical support. If you call the support line, help costs $ 75 per hour, billable in ten-minute increments.
Time is one thing you will need plenty of for Sculpt Animate. To design a single realistic object you have to enter hundreds, or even thousands of points. Drawing time for a complex frame of animation can run into hours, sometimes days; a whole series could take weeks. Fortunately, there are shortcuts. Disks containing preconstructed three-dimensional objects are already appearing (Syndesis offers one, with more to follow). For the serious animator, Byte by Byte offers a version of Sculpt Animate that supports the 68020 processor and 68881 math co-processor. On an Amiga 2000 equipped with, say, a 68020 CPU board from CSA (see “Turbocharging Your Amiga 2000,” p. 26, in the February ’88 issue of AmigaWbrld), drawing speeds will increase up to six times. When you add a 32-bit RAM board, the speed can jump to 10 or 20 times as fast. Although such a solution isn’t cheap, it may make the program fast enough to be of value in commercial animation settings. With or without the extra hardware, Sculpt Animate 3-D is an excellent way to set your visions in motion.
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Sheldon Leernon is the author of Inside Amiga Graphics and other books, and he is a frequent contributor to many computer publications. Write to him clo AmigaWorld, Editorial Dept., 80 Elm St., Peterborough, NH 03458.
USING WORDPERFECT’S MACRO capabilities by TED SALAMONE command (CTRL-F10, or highlight Macrosand De-
may make you feel like the master of a marionette show. With a few deft moves of his unseen hand above the stage, he manipulates the invisible strings that produce dozens of intricate movements by the wooden puppets. Macros are akin to those invisible strings and with a knowledge of WordPerfect's macro functions, you can perform a multitude of difficult, time-consuming operations with just a few- easy keystrokes. Macros (microcomputer automated command, relative order) are, in fact, strings strings of commands that record, save and play back the keystrokes and mouse clicks used to perform almost any operation a program is capable of, so you can execute repetitive, multi-command tasks (set page formats, set up print parameters, search and replace, perform mathematical operations, define columns, add text) by pressing as few as two keys!
WORDPERFECT’S POWERFUL MACRO FEATURES LET YOU PULL ALL KINDS OF STRINGS.
Creating Macros The WordPerfect Way
WordPerfect chose the best method for creating macros recording. Just activate the record macro
fine in the Special menu) and run through the operation as you normally would. Every stroke and click is captured in memory. Pressing CTRL-F10 again saves the file. (See Example 1 in the sidebar, “Macro Solutions,” accompanying this article.) To prevent a lot of frustration, you should write the macro keystrokes and mouse clicks on paper before defining them to the application. If you miss just one entry, or enter an incorrect command, you must redo the entire macro from scratch.
By naming macros with a degree of intelligence, you will be able to recall them easily when needed. For instance, SEARCHF could identify a forward search while the keystroke combo of Amiga-P cries out for printer access. Full device pathnames can also be included, such as DfhSEARCHF, Named macro files are appended with .MAC; for example, a file named Search would be saved Search.MAC. Be careful, names are not case sensitive; Search.MAC is not differentiated from SEARCH.MAC. However, macros named with keystroke combinations are differ- ?
Ent; WPL} AMGP identifies an Amiga-P macro.
To use a macro, press ALT-FIO, or select Macros and Invoke, and type the name of the macro desired. If the macro was identified by an Amiga key alpha key combination, press the same two keys to invoke it. Temporary macros that are not saved to disk can be retained in memory by pressing Return when prompted for the macro name. Recall them in the same manner.
If you can’t stand even one keystroke, you can invoke macros automatically as WordPerfect boots from the Workbench. From the CLI add WP-ra macroname to your startup-sequence to initiate it when booting.
For more complicated tasks, you can chain or link macros. For instance, you could define a search-and-replace routine and, within it, a spell-checking macro. The spelling macro will not run during the search-and-replace macro’s definition process, only during the main macro’s invocation. (See Example 5 in the sidebar.) Of course, you can link more than two macros just make sure you keep track of what each is doing and their interrelationships. Once again, pre-planning on paper helps immensely.
This Pup Chases Its Tail
Besides sequential chaining, a macro can be made to repeat by calling itself as tire final command. The entire sequence is repeated until the condition driving the macro (such as finding a particular word or phrase) is no longer true. Similar to a programmer’s GOSUR command, this feature behaves like a puppy chasing its own tail. (See Example 4 in the sidebar.)
A special form of chained macros, conditional macros, react differently based upon the circumstances encountered in a document. One macro identifies a course of action if a condition (such as finding a word or phrase) is met; another macro details an alternate course if the condition is not met. WordPerfect's convention for defining conditional macros is to first identify the "Not Found,” or negative aspect of the condition, then the “Found,” or positive. The format may seem awkward, even backwards, but, once you examine the sequence of events within a conditional macro, it makes sense. A macro runs from beginning to end. A conditional macro runs through the same top-down sequence until the positive condition is no longer met, then performs the Not Found task.
FOR MORE COMPLICATED TASKS,
YOU CAN CHAIN TWO OR MORE MACROS.
To prevent unnecessary execution of commands, once the positive condition is met (at the end of the macro), the chain loops back to the beginning of the macro to perform the Not Found command. (See Example 6 in the sidebar.) A repealing conditional chain is linked to itself so it repeats until the condition is not met; then a “Not” macro takes over. These, and the other compound macros, require serious pre-definition design and engineering. Take the time to lay it out first, then define; you’ll be better off
Never Fear, ESC Is Here
Normally macros operate "invisibly”; they do not display the keystrokes as they are executed. You can halt this ninja-like activity by inserting a pause in the macro definition. Simultaneously press CTRLESC and enter a delay value from 1 to 65535, which translate to fiftieths of a second. (See Example 2 in the sidebar.) While a value of 1 is sufficient for WordPerfect to display the commands yet proceed at top speed, higher values slow down the playback. Pressing SHIFT-ESC causes the macro to pause and wait for direct text entry from the keyboard, allowing you to introduce variables into a pre-programmed process. (See Example 4 in the sidebar.) Nowr a search macro can be generic; users can fill in the desired characters in the middle of the macro or enter specific information into a faceless form letter. The direct entry feature is a standout.
To automatically run a macro several times in a row, press ESC before invoking the macro to call up the Repeat requester. Enter the number of cycles desired and lei it run.
To stop a macro in mid-stride, just press FI, the universal WP cancel command. Pressing FI will not normally damage the macro file or the document; but you should always be careful when a macro writes to a disk. Anything can happen, and it is possible to accidentally erase a document file.
Full instructions, in a tutorial format, are included in the manual’s Learning section with examples corresponding to the sample files on the program disks. For the most part the tutorials are very good, although there are some confusing spots and at least one slight inaccuracy. (Page 190 states that Amiga alpha key macros are named with a .MAC suffix. This is not true.) Read them twice and you'll have no problems. Additional, more succinct information can be found in the Reference and Installation sections. The Installation section is the ?
MACRO
SOLUTIONS
TO HELP YOU get started design ing, below are descriptions of several macros, along with a listing of the commands. Use these ideas, variations of them, or just the concepts to customize your own documents. Remember to work with file copies when defining and testing macros, for safety’s sake.
EXAMPLE 1
FORM ATI
A simple macro that operates invisibly, sets up my standard page format.
CTRL-F10
type FORM AT1 to name macro,
select accept
SHIFT-F8
select 4 enter 2 select accept SHIFT-F8
select 3 set numbers desired,
select accept
ALT-F8
select in order 1 7
4 1
5 accept A yes 0 CTRL-F8
select in order 1 accept no accept cancel
2 accept
3 toggle to right justification 0 CTRL-F1Q
First, line spacing is set to double spacing (SHIFT-F8) and the margins are set for left 10 and right 75 (SHIFT-F8). Page number position is set to the bottom center of every page (ALT-F8), letter size paper is selected with a top margin of 12 half lines (ALT-F8), The widow orphan command is activated (ALT-F8), pitch is set to 10 non-proportional (CTRL- F8), font 1 is used (CTRL-F8). The number of lines per inch is set to 6 (CTRL-F8), right justification is turned on (CTRL- F8) and underlining is set to non-continuous single fine (CTRL-F8). Set the -m switch from the CLI wiien booting WordPerfect; your style sheet will be loaded automatically.
EXAMPLE 2
wc
A simple word-count macro that expects to find the speller disk in DFLlex.wp (CTRL-F2, word-count option only).
CTRL-F10
type WC to name macro, select accept CTRL-ESC
type 150 select accept CTRL-F2
type DFLlex.wp RETURN select Word Count, OK CTRL-F10
The word-count display is delayed for three seconds so you can read it (ALT-ESC). The dictionary resides on DF1: and is automatically accessed.
EXAMPLE 3
LETTER 1
A simple macro that expects keyboard text entry.
CTRL-F10
type LETTER1 to name macro,
select accept
CTRL-HOME
type 1 to designate goto line number
press RETURN five times SHIFT-ESC (user types in current date)
press RETURN five times SHIFT-ESC (user types in address line one, return, down arrow) RETURN
SHIFT-ESC (user types in address line two, return, down arrow) RETURN
SHIFT-ESC (user types in address line three, return, down arrow) RETURN
SHIFT-ESC (user types in address
line four, return, down arrow)
press RETURN five times
type Dear to be printed by the
macro, press space bar
SHIFT-ESC
RETURN
CTRL-F10
It moves the cursor to the first position on the page (CTRL- HOME, line I), skips 5 lines (5 RFTURNs), wfaits for you to enter the date (SHIFT-ESC), skips another 5 lines (5 more RFTURNs), wraits for you to enter 4 lines of address (4 SHIFT-ESCs, skips 5 lines (another 5 RFTURNs), adds “Dear” as the beginning of a salutation, awaiting entry of the name (SHIFT-ESC). A simple form of interactive boilerplate, LETTER 1 quickly personalizes form letters. Follow a similar sequence to preprogram your letter’s closing. You can use advanced versions of this type of macro to move large chunks of identical information into various documents, while simultaneously prompting for custom changes an ideal way to prepare custom reports or work assignments.
E HI H P L E 4
SEARCHREP
A repeating, visible macro expecting text entry.
CTRL-F10
type SEARCHREP to name macro,
select accept
ALT-F2
select no
SHIFT-ESC (user enters phrase to search for, return)
RETURN
select accept
SHIFT-ESC (user enters
replacement phrase, return)
RETURN
select accept
ALT-F10
type SEARCHREP, select accept CTRL-F10
It performs a replace without confirmation (ALT-F2) based on text you enter during the macro pause (SHIFT-ESC). It repeats until all occurrences have been replaced (ALT-F10 with SEARCHREP identified as the macro to be invoked). While WordPerfect already contains a search-and-replace function, SEARCHREP may be called from within or call another macro, making it an important building block. For example, you could design a macro to save a file after a special entry lias been replaced throughout the text with a boilerplate phrase (WP replaced by WordPerfect). Remember, anytime there is a macro pause displayed onscreen, the macro is waiting for text entry, or simply a Return before proceeding.
EXAMPLE 5
SRWC
A chained macro that works in conjunction with WC.
CTRL-F10
type SRWC to name macro, select accept ALT-F2 select no SHIFT-ESC (user types search string, return)
RETURN select accept
SHIFT-ESC (user types replacement string, return)
RETURN
select accept ALT-F10 type WC select accept CTRL-F10
It searches and replaces without confirmation (ALT-F2) based on keyboard entries during the pause (SHIFT-ESC); then it performs a paused, displayed word count (WC is invoked from within SRWC, ALT-F10 WC) and allows you to edit once again.
EXAMPLE B
T he next three work together in a conditional chain.
CTRL-F10
type START to Jiame macro, select accept CTRL-HOME
type 1 to designate goto line number, select accept CTRL-F10 CTRL-F10
type PLATE to name macro, select accept F5
type DF1:* select accept
move mouse to file desired,
highlight
select Retrlve
CTRL-F10
CTRL-F10
type PLATE2 to name macro,
select accept
ALT-F10
type START select accept F2
SHIFT-ESC (user types search string, return)
RETURN select accept ALT-F10
type PLATE select accept CTRL-F10
START, the sequence’s “Not Found” macro, merely sends the cursor to the first position in a document (CT RL-HOME, line 1). PLATE lists files on DF1: (F5, DF1:*) and selects die one you desire (cursor moved to position by the mouse). It then retrieves MACROS for editing (RETURN once document is highlighted). PLATE2 invokes START (ALT-F10 START), then activates a forward search (F2), which awaits text entry during the macro pause (SHIFT-ESC). Once the search criteria is found, PLATE is invoked (ALT-F10 PLATE), copying in your specified text at the proper place in the document. This chain is a great way to boilerplate entire files into numerous documents. A grand scale search- and-replace function, the macro chain allows you to replace with phrases much larger than those accepted by the replace requester.
One more type of macro is possible: the repeating conditional chain. You have the ingredients in START, PLATE and PLATE2. For homework, add a few lines to the original concept and you’ll be going in circles in no time. ?
TS
only place that explains how to auto-execute a macro via the CLI when booting.
Build A Better Macro
WordPerfect needs a few additions before its name is changed to MacroPerfect. While the program’s ability to record macros is far superior to the other widely accepted method (non-intuitive keyboard entry of special characters, words and spacing requirements), you cannot print out the string of commands to review’. Even an on-line display of the commands you are issuing while you define a macro would make life a lot easier. The only way to check the contents of a macro is to keep accurate pre-definition notes, or to replay the file and see what it does. Technically, you can display a macro file listing, but the commands only appear as cryptic codes.
Because there is no readable file, you cannot edit an existing macro and save the variation. This “Same as But” ability allows you to deal only with the desired changes rather than redefining an entire process. A sign of an extremely advanced or powerful program, this feature is invaluable when you are experimenting with a complicated conditional chain.
Do not, under any circumstances, create a macro that saves a file, then quits WordPerfect. Because of a program system limitation, the file will not properly handle the quit command. When I tested such a macro, WordPerfect did not finish defining the macro before signing off, resulting in a trashed disk. WordPerfect would not re-open. While 1 didn’t risk ruining another copy of the wford processor, a macro that answers no to the Save File request and then quits WordPerfect should exhibit the same problem.
These limitations can be easily avoided and do not seriously damage the amount of leverage macros add to WordPerfect’s processing power. The key to any well-executed display, in a puppet theater, or on a page of text, is careful planning and a thorough understanding of the controls. With a few strings attached, your documents will flow’ faster and easier than ever. ¦
Ted Salamone writes and reviews regularly for AmigaWorld. Write lo him at Salamone and Associates, 42 Canterbury Rd.f Bridgeport, CT 06606.
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Put the CLI in your comer and learn all the right moves when it comes to copying and transferringfiles.
THE WORKBENCH ENVIRONMENT is
a little like being in the boxing
ring you can’t stand still for very long.
And just as a fighter has to keep moving
his feet in the ring, you probably will
need to keep moving your files as you
work.
Like most disks, Workbench contains many files in many directories. As you work with the Amiga, you will often need to copy files or to move them to new directories. In our last column, for example, we copied the program files for the standard CLI (Command Line Interface) commands into the RAM: disk. This time although we may not get you to “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” we will improve your footwork when it comes to using the CLI commands that move and copy files.
Copying Disks Formatting Disks
You do not have to copy files individually, of course. One of the first things you are told to do with most products is to make a backup copy of each of its disks. These new disks obviously need to contain copies of all of the files on the original disks. To copy an entire disk from the CLI, you use the DISKCOPY command:
DISKCOPY [FROM] diskl TO disk2 [NAME disk2_name]
(The words in brackets ([ ]) arc optional.)
After you enter the command, AmigaDOS will instruct you to put the source disk into the drive diskl and the destination disk into the drive disk2. If you have a two-drive Amiga and want to copy the disk in your internal drive to a disk in your external drive, you could use any of the following variations of tliis command:
DISKCOPY DEO: TO DF1:
DISKCOPY DFO: TO DF1: NAME new_disk
DISKCOPY FROM DFO: TO DF1: NAME new_disk
If you do not give a NAME for the new disk, AmigaDOS will give it the same name as the original disk.
You can also use this command on a one-drive Amiga, but you have to make the source and destination drives the same, and then do a bit of disk shuffling. You would use the command:
DISKCOPY DFO: TO DFO:
Because one drive cannot hold two disks simultaneously, AmigaDOS will ask you to put the source disk into your drive first. It will read part of the information on that disk and then ask you to remove the source disk and insert the destination disk. AmigaDOS reads as much of the disk as possible into memory before it asks you to switch disks.
The number of times you will have to repeat switching disks depends on the amount of memory in your Amiga.
DISKCOPY completely erases the contents of the destination disk. Therefore,
before you use this command you should

be sure that there is nothing on the destination disk that you need. DISKCOPY does not write on the source disk.
DISKCOPY does not work by copying individual files. Instead, it copies the physical structure (the “tracks”) of the source disk onto the destination disk. Because it works this way, you will not be shown a list of the files being copied, and you do not have to format the destination disk before you copy onto it.
On the other hand, all of the other file copy commands require that the destination disk be in the Amiga’s standard disk format. If the source and destination disks are the same, as is often the case, that is not a problem. If the destination disk is brand new, however, you will have to format it before you can copy any files to it. You do so with the FORMAT command:
FORMAT DRIVE drive_name NAME disk name [NOICONS]
You use the optional NOICONS parameter to indicate if you want the new disk to have a TRASHCAN directory and icon (omit NOICONS), or if you want it to be completely empty (use NOICONS). You have to include all of the other parameters, including a name for the disk.
If you want to format a new disk in your internal drive, use this command:
FORMAT DRIVE DFO: NAME my_namc
AmigaDOS will ask you to insert a disk into the drive and then you will wait while it prepares the disk.
You should be very careful with this command, because it completely erases anything that was already stored on the disk you format.
Copying Individual Files
Once your destination disk is formatted, you can copy files onto it. The most obvious way to a copy a file is with the COPY command:
COPY [[FROM] namel] [TO name2] [ALL] [QUIET]
If the destination (TO) file already exists, its contents are lost because COPY replaces it with a copy of the source (FROM) file. COPY does not affect the source file.
To copy the startup-sequence file in the S directory of your Workbench disk to a temporary file in the same directory, you could use any of the following commands:
COPY startup-sequence TO temp_file
COPY FROM startup-sequence TO temp_file
COPY FROM startup-sequence TO temp_file QUIET
The first twro commands would cause AmigaDOS to display on the screen the name of the file (startup-sequence) that it was copying. The QUIET option suppresses this information.
You are not limited to files on your current disk. You can copy files from any directory on any disk to any other location by using complete path names for the files. For example, if your current directory wfas on the second (DF1:) drive, you could still perform the above copy with a command such as the following:
COPY Workbench:s startup-sequence TO Workbench:s temp_fiie
Similarly, to copy a file from one disk to another, you only have to give source and destination path names that are on different disks.
You also can copy all of the files in a directory to another directory. You can specify a source directory or just omit the source (FROM) parameter, in which case AmigaDOS copies all of the files in the current directory. The destination (TO) directory must already exist, however, as COPY will not create it. If your
current directory is dirl on drive DEO:, and you w-ant to copy its contents to an existing directory dir2 on DF1:, you could use either of the following commands:
COPY FROM DFO:dirl TO Dfl:dir2
COPY TO Dfl:dir2
AmigaDOS will display the name of each file it copies unless you use the QUIET option.
The standard COPY command does not copy any subdirectories of the source directory. If you want it to copy these subdirectories, use the ALL option. You can use this option, for example, to perform a file-by-file copy of an entire disk:
COPY FROM DFO: TO DPI: ALL
This method of copying a disk is slower than the DISKCOPY command, and thus you are not likely to use it often. It is more useful for copying complete directories and any subdirectories within them.
COPY, like many other AmigaDOS commands, will accept a file name pattern, or “wildcard,” instead of a complete file name. File patterns are composed of special characters that AmigaDOS uses to select files in your current directory. (Patterns are discussed with the LIST command in the AmigaDOS User’s Manual.) For example, the pattern ? Matches all file names, so the command
COPY ? TO destination-directory
will copy every file in the current directory. COPY follows the other rules we have given even when you specify a pattern, so this command would not copy any subdirectories of the current directory you would still need the ALL option.
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Sometimes it is useful to copy a number of files into one larger file. For example, several people could prepare plain text files that are parts of a larger document and then need to merge them into a final, single file. The JOIN command lets you create a new file that contains the concatenation of up to 15 existing files.
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list with spaces. To copy three chapters of a document into a single File, you could use:
JOIN chapter 1 chapter2 chapters AS finaLdocument
JOIN does not change any of the source files, but it will replace the destination File if that file already exists. As with COPY, you can use complete path names for any of the Files, so that you can JOIN Files from several disks and directories onto any other disk and directory.
You should be careful with JOIN to be sure that the Files you are concatenating will make sense as a single file. Many files, such as programs or the files of most word-processing programs, contain header information that must be valid for the entire file. If you JOIN files like these, the result will be useless.
The TYPE command provides one more way to copy a file. When you use it to display the contents of a text file on the screen, you probably do not think of it as a copy. To AinigaDOS that is basically what you are doing: copying the file to die screen (by way of a special program that handles the screen). You can also TYPE a file to any other destination with the optional TO parameter:
TYPE [FROM] sourcc_name [ [TO] destination_name]
To see startup-sequence on the screen, you would use the typical form of this command:
TYPE Workbench:s startup-sequence
To copy it to a temporary file as we did earlier, you only have to add a destination file in either of the following two
ways:
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TYPE Workbench:s startup-sequence Workben c h: s t e m p_fi 1 e
You can achieve this same effect by using TYPE and a more general AmigaDOS feature: Input Output (I O) redirection. I O redirection lets you tell a program that typically reads from the keyboard or writes to the screen to get its input from or send its output to a new place. You do this with the (input) and > (output) characters. The command
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also will copy the contents of startup-sequence to tenip_File.
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All of these methods make a copy of one or more files and leave the originals unchanged and where they were. Sometimes you want to move a file or directory rather than copy it. You could first copy it and then delete the original, but there is a simpler way: the RENAME command.
RENAME [FROM] old_name [TO|AS] new_name
(The vertical bar (|) in the second optional parameter means that you can pick either one of the keywords.)
You can use RENAME both to give a file or directory a new name and to move it. To move it you only have to pick a name that is in another directory. You could move startup-sequence into a directory (temp) on the Workbench disk with the command:
RENAME startup-sequence TO Workbenchitemp
RENAME is fast because it does not physically move the file. It only changes its location in the filing system. Because all of the commands that work with files locate them through the filing system, the effect is the same as if it had physically moved the file.
Unlike COPY, RENAME will not replace an existing file. If the destination file exists, you will get an error.
The RENAME command has one important limitation: Both the source and the destination names must be on the same disk. To move files to another disk, you are stuck copying them and then deleting the originals. This limitation arises because RENAME changes only a file’s location in the filing system and each disk has its own filing system.
The best way to learn these or any other AmigaDOS commands is to use them. Start with DISKCOPY and make a copy of your Workbench disk, and then experiment. After a short time you will find that it is easy to use the AmigaDOS commands we discussed here. ¦
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than the spaces between lines with smaller fonts. The problem is worse on the screen than in print, but the page appears unbalanced nonetheless.
While other word processors provide a tally of how many words comprise a document, Write Sc File goes much further. Given a minimum of a four-sentence paragraph, it will provide a brief analysis, including the total and average number and length of words, sentences, paragraphs, characters and spaces. Another useful feature is the readability in-

dex, which displays the reading level necessary to comprehend the document.
Write & File offers an extensive, but non-updatable main dictionary with over 100,000 words. You can also create your own custom dictionary or use the “coin- mon" dictionary, with 1,500 frequently used words, for speedier spell checking.
For the touch typist, editing with Write & File is a chore because it depends heavily on the mouse for cursor control. You can move the cursor only with the mouse or arrow keys. The delete and backspace keys erase only one character at a time; there are no key combinations to delete words or lines. The program does, however, use the mouse in two innovative ways. Clicking the left mouse button once places the cursor on the page, a second click highlights an entire word for editing, and a third click highlights an entire line. You can replace words or lines very quickly by highlighting the text and typing the new text; the highlighted text will be deleted automatically.
Write & File can save documents in ASCII format, but every time I imported an ASCII file and began typing, all the text on the line to the right of the cursor immediately disappeared. If I continued editing, the entire program crashed. The manufacturer is aware of the problem, and will update registered owners, which brings me to the subject of technical support.
In an effort to deter software pirates, Softwood periodically changes their tech- support phone number, notifying registered owners by mail. The number I re-

ceived with the package was no longer in service. A revolving tech support number is a terrible idea. If a pirate can't get the program to work, he’ll just go out and steal another one. Meanwhile, the legitimate purchaser has to wait two weeks for the latest number. If you’re desperate. SoftWood’s distributor, Brown-Wagh, can answer some questions in the interim.
Chatting Across The Fence
You can integrate information from a Write 8c File database File into a Write 8c File document in three ways. With Mail Merge, you create a template document in which you can designate up to 32 fields to receive information from a database File. The merge occurs only during the printing process; the template document itself does not change. With List Merge you still create a template, but the information is merged into the document on the screen, where it can be edited and saved. Report Merge integrates statistical information from a database File. Trying to cut information from one application and paste it into another crashes the program quite promptly.
The screen’s default color palette is easy on the eyes, but the extensive number of gadgets make it distracting. Rulers border the top and right side of the screen, while scroll bars line the bottom and left side. With gadgets you can alternately hide and show all but the vertical scroll bar. Numbered icons at the bottom of the screen represent the pages of a document, so you can go directly to any page by clicking the mouse. Other gadgets control text alignment and justification. Icons displaying tab stops on the top ruler also indicate the type (left-, right- or decimal-aligned, or centered) of each tab stop. When formatting pages, a thin vertical line extends down through the page to help position the margin. As you position the pointer over the rulers and gadgets on the screen, labels pop up explaining the function of each. When you drag over the top ruler, for example, labels appear, indicating where you can set tabs, margins and paragraph indents. This makes learning to use the program simple, because you don’t have to constantly refer to the manual.
The File Side
In the database’s spreadsheet-like format, information is entered and stored in cells (rows and columns) rather than fields. The database shares the use of pop-up labels, which is handy for setting column widths. However, because the program does not specify exactly how wide a column is, estimating how much
information will Fit across a piece of paper is difficult.
You can assign to database columns one of 11 attributes, including Text,
Time, Date, Yes No, Calculation and Phone. Columns can also hold simple mathematical formulas, with multiple levels of parentheses. By holding down the Amiga’s shift key and selecting a Phone cell, the computer’s built-in synthesizer generates the appropriate tones to dial the telephone number; all you have to do is place the telephone mouthpiece next to a speaker connected to your Amiga. This function transforms Write & File into the ultimate address hook for heavy-duty telephone users.
Database sorts and selections are easy to accomplish. You define sort and selection criteria in dialogue windows. Sorts go from low to high or from high to low, and you can specify the order in which the data is displayed. Data selection within the criteria includes greater than, less than, not equal to, greater than or equal to and less than or equal to. Wildcard searches are also supported. Unfortunately, the database cannot generate printed reports; instead, you must import selected data into a word processor document.
By The Book
Instructions for both the word processor and database are provided within the same spiral-bound hook, with about 70% dedicated to the word processor. T he 128-page manual includes separate indexes and brief reference sections. Although it is fairly thorough and contains clear descriptions of each feature, the manual is sprinkled with annoyances such as omitted words and inconsistent instruction styles. An otherwise very good manual that credits two editors, it should have had far fewer errors.
Write 8c File offers some truly innovative and useful features, but for every step forward, the developer has taken a step backward. The program’s document analysis, integrated database, large and easy to use dictionary, multiple fonts and mouse pointer labels are excellent features. In the negative column, the program has problems editing ASCII Files, its provision for cursor control is inadequate and it doesn’t space lines proportionately when a mixture of fonts is
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PiXmate
The definition of image enhancement.
By Roger Goode
I HAVE SO MANY graphics programs on my software shelf that there’s barely room for the cat to sleep anymore!
What, 1 wondered, can the PIXmate image processing package accomplish that the others cannot?
Image processing is often misper* ceived as able to transform badly out-offocus and over- or underexposed pictures (space probe videos, spy photos) into ready-for-framing perfection. While only artists and photo-retouchers can perform these miracles, image processing, or more specifically, image enhancing, enables you to improve screen images in specialized ways.
PiXmate embodies the single most important element of image enhancement, that is, the ability to look over an entire image, pixel by pixel, and distinguish between values. It can accomplish this regardless of the nature of the difference, and no matter how small it may be whether it be two shades of the same color, or an almost-indiscernible edge between two parts of the same object. This edge-detection ability is what allows you to separate a single object from a complicated background, or to pick out details in a complex picture, with ease. In general terms, PiXmate is a very sophisticated tool that gives you complete control over the palette. PiXmate is not a paint program (you can’t draw, 1 ill or paint with it), or any other kind of graphics creation program. But by changing the palette, you can alter a picture in countless ways.
PiXmate uses standard Amiga pulldown menus and simple-keystrokc commands, so getting into this program is fast and painless. The manual is one of the best I’ve seen, with clear, step-by-step instructions that don’t make any assumptions about your background. At first I felt that the tutorials section wasn’t thorough enough. But I soon discovered that experimentation, which the manual recommends, is the only way to fully appreciate the features and their multiple uses and combinations.
The more common features include the use of a second (buffer) screen, for use in cutting and clipping parts of an image. You can size the screen and flip it
vertically or horizontally. There are also two separate color-adjustment screens. Here you’ll see the first of the really exciting options. The color palette behaves much like the DeluxePaint (Electronic Arts) palette, allowing adjustments in either RGB (red, green, blue) or HSV (hue, saturation, value), with color spreads, swaps, exchanges, and four independent cycle ranges. The palette also has a handy Find gadget that lets you pick any color on screen and, by flashing the color on and off, allows you to find every other occurrence of that color in the picture.
The other color window, Color Bias, allows you to induce global changes. Simply adjust, much as you do with the controls on a television set, the overall contrast, saturation, intensity, and the red, green and blue levels.
Process to Perfection
One of my favorite functions is Pack Colors, which will sort your whole picture by intensity, determine which colors are not being used, consolidate any colors that are duplicated and then place the unused colors at the end of the palette. This is especially helpful wrhcn you’re trying to perfect a work, and need to add a few colors or set up a color cycle for special effects. There’s also the benefit that packing might free up enough colors to let you reduce the number of bitplanes. Sort Colors lets you organize your palette in the same manner without eliminating any of the colors you’ve chosen. Both of these options function without visually altering the picture.
Another trick you can play is to reduce the number of colors in a picture by any number between 32 and 2 with the Ix ss Colors option. You can use this in a variety of ways, including reducing the number of bitplanes.
You can perform conversions between the Amiga’s different color modes: change a picture from HAM format to 32-color, or vice versa. The results are surprisingly good. PiXmate also allows you to go from HAM to Extra_Halfbrite (EHB) mode. EHB supports up to 64 colors on screen without the smearing associated with HAM pictures, and will create an additional and identical tint only half as bright for each color on a 32-color palette. (According to the manual, some of the earliest AI000 models will not support EHB.)
The Effects menu houses the most intriguing and powerful PiXmate functions, The first item, Display Control, is where you’ll find the screen flipping and sizing devices. Also in this window are gadgets for determining how many and which of the bitplanes will be displayed. You can rotate through the gadgets or swap one for another (like shuffling through a set of six cards) to produce a multitude of effects, from interesting to downright bizzare. This windowT also enables you to select bitmap size (320 x 200 to 736 X 480), and choose a display mode: lo res, hi res, interlace, 16-, 32- or 4,096-color.
The second item is the real powerhouse of PiXmate the Image Processor. Image Processor operations fall into three categories: pixel, matrix and logical. PiXmate can derive data for these operations from either the current or the spare screen images, or from a combination of the two. Results are displayed on the current screen.
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The logical operations effect the entire image. They behave as filters; once images pass through, altered states emerge. NOT can be used in tandem with any of the other logical operations; it passes on the complement of each color. AND filters out all but those pixels that are the same on both the current and spare screens. OR merges data from both screens, and SUB, when used with pixel or matrix operations, calculates the difference between pixels on each screen and prints the result. EOR (exclusive-or) performs a binary' operation on each pixel to yield anodier color.
Some of the logical operations produce such straightforward results as complementary or photographic negative images. (Although I didn’t try' it, the manual claims this process can be run in reverse to make positive images from film negatives.) Others are a bit more esoteric. These work best by combining data from both screens and can result in some pretty wild images.
The eight Pixel-Processing gadgets AVG, RND, MF1, MF2, USM, LCE, BIN and THR work in combination with three slide controls. Threshold, Limit and Hits. By adjusting these sliders you set up parameters for comparing one pixel to another. Your operations are then performed on the basis of that comparison. For example, you might set the Threshold control midway in its range so that pixels above that point would be affected one way, while those below would be affected another.
The AVG, MF1 and MF2 operations perform a smoothing function, a sort of “noise reduction,” each using a somewhat different approach. These are very helpful for softening hard-edged or grainy images, RND will give a more grainy or diffuse look to a picture by replacing the center pixel in each grid of nine with a color chosen randomly from the same nine. LCE and USM enhance contrasts between pixels, and are helpful in edge detection and in playing up details. BIN and THR can both simplify an image by reducing the number of colors or values.
One thing you should be aware of is that some operations demand quite a bit of memory, chip memory in particular. This can, on occasion, leave you unable to perform an operation, even though you may have plenty of fast RAM available. PIXmate’s manual offers some hints to help get around this, but in some cases you may be stuck.
Consider that all of PIXmate’s functions can be run alone or in combinations to give you thousands of different results from just one image. Not all the results will be of use, but as you learn to use PIXmate to achieve your particular objectives, its true value will become clear. PIXmate answered one of my prayers with its ability to read and load raw data files. Using this entry under the File menu I was able to convert some of my stone-age Graphicraft files to IFF format something I’ve been unable to do in the past.
PIXmate brings many useful, powerful and very unique tools together in one package. And though it contains features found on other graphics programs, I would recommend it no matter how many you already own. As for myself, well. . .I'll just have to get the cat one of those baskets to sleep in.
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ZtngiKeys
An infinite-possibility utility.
By Louis Wallace
ZING1KEYS IS a set of powerful, keyboard-based user-interface enhancements, The ZinglKeys controls include macros keyboard macros, which replace complex sequences of keyboard commands with single keystrokes, and Intuition macros, which issue commands by controlling the mouse and windows and Hot Keys. Hot Keys introduce new tasks while other work is running; by pressing just one key, you can open a new CLI window, activate a calculator or load a word processor, for instance.
The package includes over 40 defined Hot Keys and macros, including functions to save screens in IFF format and print screens in any of three sizes, as well as password control. Also included is the KeyEditor, with which you can create custom macros and Hot Keys, then edit and save them to disk.
Create Your Own
Another method of creating macros is through the Record Macro feature. Once activated, it will record all keyboard or mouse input entered. Perhaps you have a spreadsheet or word processor that requires you to type in a long path name and answer keyboard or mouse prompts. By recording the sequence, you can later communicate the same information by pressing whichever key you’ve specified. Once you have recorded and saved a session, you can load it into the KeyEditor for editing or customizing.
To incorporate any supplied function into your custom keys, simply press the corresponding key during the recording process, or add it via the KeyEditor. These functions greatly expand the abilities of user-created macros, because many, such as those that move rear windows to the foreground (and vice versa), resize or reposition windows, do not exist as keyboard features at all.
You might want to create several macros for actions you routinely perform, then link them together as a series of nested macro keys. With the supplied variable input functions, you can instruct automated sequences to prompt you for any information that varies from use to use. I created a macro to activate my C compiler; it prompts me for the source code name and linker directives. Another macro loads my text editor and source code file. While you could do some of these things using AmigaDOS batch files and the Execute command, ZinglKeys enables you to accomplish far more, and it’s easier to use.
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I was impressed by ZinglKeys’ ability to run simultaneously with other tasks. While I did not use it with any games, it functioned well with my two C compilers, two word processors, three graphics programs and another utility. I also appreciate its lack of copy protection. The 48-page manual is adequate for those with AmigaDOS and CLI expertise, but the small tutorial section does not begin to cover all the features of the package.
The built-in Help menu is there only to get you started in using ZinglKeys.
You arc expected to remember the key definitions in order to use the program. An excellent enhancement would be the inclusion of key templates showing the standard macros and Hot Keys. A couple of blank templates would be nice for labeling user-created macro keys, too.
Aside from those complaints, I am pleased with ZinglKeys. Whether you are a CLI user or just want to be, this is a perfect way to increase your control of the computer and thereby, your efficiency.
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AS A KID, I drew stick figures on the pages of a tablet, and animated them by flipping the pages. Now there’s a way to do electronically what I used to do with my thumb! But PageFlipper, by Mind- ware, doesn’t just animate a series of drawings; it automatically generates a script, too. This allows complete control of the animation’s sequence, timing and other variables that affect the quality of the outcome. PageFlipper can also be used as a slide-show controller (scripted or single-stepped), and with a little work you can even synchronize your animation to a soundtrack. ?
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Pageflipper is extremely easy to use. Run it from the CLI, and you get a black screen with two pull-down menus. The first has three commands Animate, Controls and Quit -while the second offers Files and List. Thhhhat's all, folks!
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Let's assume that you have a series of six drawings (which include the numbers one through six in their File names), on loaded disk. Through the Files requestor, you can access PageFlippers two-part directory. The left side displays your disk Files, and the right half is blank. As you click on the names of the drawings, their titles appear to the right. Here in the directory box, you begin also to create the script that will control your animation. By clicking on the time slot and entering values from zero on up (including fractions) you specify how rapidly each frame is replaced.
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The Controls menu also offers Cursor arrow on off, Forward or Reverse singleframe stepping (to view one frame at a time by mouse control) and Continuous or Singular run of the animation script. Hitting the OK button adds these effects to your script and returns you to a blank screen. Just pull down the first menu, select Animate and away it goes!
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right, up and down, and make him duck, pick up objects, and jump. You can take aim and throw the stones you carry with the mouse or joystick.
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Dark Castle is a disk-based game (all files of each level are loaded from disk as needed), which means waiting periods between levels. Since it is copy protected, you cannot load the game into RAM or onto a hard drive. While I found this irritating, it did not detract a great deal from the game play on my dual-floppy system. However, since the game is on two disks, playing on a single-drive machine requires that you swap disks between levels, slowing die process down more.
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Indoor Sports
FOR THE PHYSICALLY inactive, Indoor Sports offers four games: 10-pin bowling, darts, air hockey and Ping-Pong. While the only muscles that will get any exercise are those in your joystick hand, each sport lets you play against the computer or a friend. For private practice, bowling and darts provide solitaire inodes. The sound effects are consistently realistic and the graphics excellent (darts is played in your living room complete with a fireplace and sleeping cat).
In the first event, bowling, you must position your bowler on the lane, line up the aiming arrow, release the ball at the proper moment in the bowler’s swing (too early and he hits his foot, too late and he falls on his face) and apply the proper amount of curve. Once the ball is on its way, your viewr changes, following the ball down the lane to see the outcome. Despite the attention to detail (you specify ball weight, alley slickness varies randomly), the game has an unnatural feel. You view- the bowler from the side while aiming; all you see of the pins is the diagram above the alley. A more natural angle would have been a view from behind, over the bowler’s shoulder.
Darts takes the over-the-shoulder perspective for the actual throw, but aiming is done on a separate screen. You determine whether the dart will land in the center of the board or to the left or right, and then set the arc and power meters. You can play a 301-, 501- or 701- point game, increase the aiming-diffi- culty level or specify Double On (or Off), which forces you to hit the thin outer ring of the board to enter (or exit) the game. Your overall score is based on the number of throws and time needed to reach zero.
Air hockey is also a timed game, and, despite its faults, is the best of the group. The puck floats and glances like the real thing; hard hits even push your paddle back slightly. You can set the puck speed from beginner to hyperdrive and specify i
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the computer's skill level for singleplayer games. Games run for 12 goals or 15 minutes. One problem with the one- player mode is that, when the computer makes a close shot in either of its own corners, it will sometimes trap the puck there in a v-shaped ricochet pattern, often until time runs out.
Both air hockey and Ping-Pong suffer because of graphic perspective. Rather than from over head, you view the tables from one end, so the far side appears narrower. This is visually nice, but the program does not seem to account for it in play; on the near end of the table you have more ground to cover in the same amount of time as the fellow on the other side. While this gives the player at the far end an advantage, you do have the option of alternating sides each game to minimize the effects in a tournament.
For me it was a toss-up as to whether bowling or Ping-Pong was more difficult. Only Ping-Pong’s auto-move option saved me from dire frustration. With auto move, the computer lines up your paddle with the incoming ball, so all you have to do is swing and hit. Purists can chase the ball under their own power with manual move. You can determine your own abilities by allocating points to various skills such as smashing, backhand and reaction time.
The true test of any game is whether it’s entertaining. Bowling is complicated and awkward, darts is pretty but unen- thralling, air hockey is great when it doesn't lock up and Ping-Pong would probably be fun after a month or two of practice. For $ 49.95. I’d rather buy my own dart board and cash the rest in on quarters for the arcade’s air hockey table. If you’re a joystick junky or short on partners, Indoor Sports could suffice as a substitute. (S49.95. Mindscape Inc., 3444 Dundee Rd., Northbrook IL 60062. 312 480-
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Stellar Conflict
MOST COMPUTER GAMES are hard 10 learn and take too long to play. The challenge in many games is mastering mechanics, not in designing and developing strategy, and the majority require nothing more than stamina to insure success. Stellar Conflict is an exception.
Stellar Conflict is reminiscent of the strategy' board games Risk and Diplomacy. One to four can play (the program will take the place of any human player). Each player starts with a home planet, and must judiciously (or audaciously) expand his control over every other planet to conquer the star system.
A star system, randomly generated by the program, consists of 28 planets. Clustered around each home planet are six other planets that vary in economic value. Every turn that one of your ships occupies a planet, you receive resource points. These points give you the ability to build starships, which vnu can then scatter throughout the system to gain control. The program automatically calculates your resources and builds your ships, which are tallied at the beginning of each turn. (The computer players get more ships per turn to compensate for their limited imaginations.)
To conquer a planet, simply send in an armada. If your brigade contains more ships than the defense Heel, all defending ships are destroyed. Yon lose ships equal to one-half the number of lost defense ships, and you capture the planet. Conversely, if one of your planets is attacked by a fleet that outnumbers your troop, you lose the planet and all defending ships.
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Most of your time is spent developing and implementing strategy. You can marshall your ships for one grand assault, chip away one planet at a time, let your opponents come to you (hoping they attack with inferior forces) or none of the above; you’re not forced to adopt any one strategy. Also, the game doesn’t take weeks to complete. While multiplayer mode takes longer, you can complete a solitaire game in one-half hour.
I enjoy Stellar Conflict. I think you will, too! FS39.93, PAR Software Inc., distributed by Brown-Wagh, 16793 I.ark Ave., Suite 210, Los Gatos, CA 93030. 408 393-3838, 800 431 -0900. 312K required.)
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LPD Writer... In Slock1 DISCOVERY
Amnix ... Call
Arkanoid ... Call
DX Series . Cali
Grabbii ..S 24
Marauder II S 25
EAGLE THEE
Butcher 2.0 ... S 25
EIDERSOFT
N. * Amiga Karate ...S 24
EPYX
California Games . . S 29
Destroyer .$ 29
n *' Dive Bomber ....S 29
Ni*’4x4 Off Road Race . S 29
Rogue ..S 25
»,«•* Street Cat S 19
Sub Battle .. S 29
Summer Games .... $ 25
Tempies of Apshai $ 25
World Games S 25
EQUAL PLUS
Financial Pius ...Si68
ESCAPE SEQUENCE
lt* Photosynthesis Call
FINALLY TECHNOLOGIES
Ammotion S 74
Dr Xes $ 37
Nancy ..S 45
Phasar S 61
Senor Tutor Call
Talker S 46
FIREBIRD
Guild of Thieves S 32
Golden Path ....S 35
Jewel o! Darkness S 25
Knight Ore ..., ..$ 34
Pawn .S 32
Silicon Dreams .S 25
StarGlider ..... Call
Call Call $ 29 .. Call
S 19 S 24 S 24 S 24
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S 49 $ 119
$ 49 Call Call S 38 S 37 Call
Call
Call Cali S 65
INTELLIGENT MEMORY
Emmetic Skimmer S 27
Galaxy Fight S 35
Garnson Call
Mousetrap S 22
Witchcraft S 35
INTERACTIVE SOFTWORKS Calligrapher $ 79
Newsletter Fonts .... $ 25 Studio Fonts S 25 ISM
Surgeon .$ 39
JAGWARE
Alien Fires Call
JDK IMAGES
Pro Video CGI Call
N**'Pro Video Plus ..... Cali
Font Library 1 S 79 Font Library 2 S 79 JENDAY
Conv w Comp S 24 JHM
Talking Color Book 5 24 KARA
Nc* Kara Fonts S 54
LAMPLIGHTER SOFTWARE
N*« dbProlessional Call
LATTICE
C - Regular ...$ 163
C - Professional ... $ 284
dbC III Library . $ 119
Other Products Call
LIGHTNING SOFTWARE
Big Picture ...... Call
LION'S AMIGA ART STUDIO
Font Sets 1 8 2 S 25
Newsletter Fonts .... $ 25 LYNN'S LUNA C Ni*' WBExtras _______ Call
MANX
Aztec C-Devel Si 99 Aztec C - Prof $ 349
Ni*1 Library Source ..... Cali
Source Levi Debug'r... Call MERIDIEM SOFTWARE
Ni*’ Demonstrator S 27
Zing ..S 49
Zing Keys S 36
Zing Spell S 38
METACOMCO
Assembler ... Call
Lisp ..S154
Make ... S 57
Pascal ...S 68
Shell ...S 45
Toolkit ...S 35
METADIGM
MetaScope ......S 79
MICHTRON
Air Ball .$ 28
Cashman, .....S 24
Gold Runner $ 28
Karate Kid II S 28
Time Bandits S 28
MICRO ILLUSIONS
Black Jack Acad $ 29
CAD System .... Call
Discovery Data Disks
Now Available'
Dynamic Word .....S139
Discovery S 25
Fairy Tale Adv In Slock'
Fire Power .....S 39
Galactic Invasion $ 39
Land of Legends... S 37
Music X ..S219
Nt-1 Photon Paint .... Call
Photon Video ... Call
Planetarium S 51
Romant. Encountr... S 29
Turbo ...$ 19
MICRO MAGIC
Forms in Flight S 69
MICROPROSE
Gunship S 28
Silent Service ...S 24
MICROSEARCH
City Desk .S310
Desktop Artist 1.. $ 23 Head Coach $ 39
MICROSMITHS
Ni* TxED Plus ...... Call
MICROSYSTEMS SOFTWARE
Analyze 2.0 S 74
BBS-PC ... $ 62
Nt** Excellence Call
Flipside ...S 31
On-line ...,S 42
Organize ..S 63
Scribble .$ 61
Works ...S131
MIMETICS
Soundscp Pro Midi. $ 130 Soundscape Utiltfl ...S 39 MINOSCAPE
Balance of Power .,..$ 31
N«*' Block Buster $ 37
Bratacus ..$ 32
Defender of Crown ....$ 31
Deja Vu S 32
Gauntlet . Call
Hailey Project ..S 30
nl Hamer Combat $ 37
High Roller Call
Ni*1 Ice Hockey ...... Call
Indoor Sports ..S 35
Into tag.-e's Nest..... Can
Keyboard Cadet Call
King of Chicago S 34
Plutos Call
Q-Bali S 22
Racter .$ 28
Rocket Ranger Call
SAT Preparation $ 52
S D! ...$ 31
Shadowgate ....$ 35
Sinbad $ 31
Three Stooges .. Call
Uninvited .$ 31
MINDWARE
Descartes $ 26
Holmes ..S 37
Page Flipper ....S 39
NEW HORIZONS
Flow S 69
ProWrite S 75
NEWTEK
A500 Adapter S 20
Digi-Adapter .. Call
Digi-Droid ...$ 74
Digi-Paint S 49
Digi-View 2 0 S346
Video Toaster .. Call
NEW WAVE
Dynamic Drums S 59
NIMBUS
Accounting.. S 99
OMNITREND
Ni*1 Breach ..S 29
Breach Scenario
Ni* Disk ..S 19
ORIGIN SYSTEMS
AutoDuel .. S 35
Moebius $ 38
Ogre ...Call
Ultima III Call
Ultima IV Call
OPCODE SYSTEMS
Music Mouse S 65
OXXI
Ni.’ A-Talk II Can
Encore S 29
Maxiplan ... S 99
Maxiplan Plus $ 127
WOW S 29
PDJ SOFTWARE
AiRT .. Call
POLYGLOT SOFTWARE Crossword Creator $ 38
Dominoes S 19
PROFESSIONAL SOFTWARE
Fleet Check .... Call
PROGRESSIVE
CLI-Mate $ 25
Ni*’ Dr Term Prof S 79
InlroCad $ 63
Logistix S 85
MicroLawyer Call
PixMate .. S 54
Superbase .S 81
Superbase Prof Call
Vizawrite ... S 81
PROLIFIC INC.
Pro-ASM S 73
Pro-Board Cali
Pro-Nei Call
PSYGNOSIS
Ni. Arena ..... $ 16
Barbarian .....S 28
Terror Pods S 28
READY SOFT
The 64 Emulator...... Call
RIGHT ANSWERS GROUP Director Call
SEDONA
Money Mentor $ 74 SEVEN SEAS
Doug's Math Aquar. $ 59
SIS
C64 Emulator Call
SLIPPED DISK
Investor's Advantage S 77 SOFT LOGIK CORP.
Publishing Pariner ... Call SOR TOUCH
Custom Screens. . S 49 Paymaster Plus $ 109 SOFTWARE TERMINAL
Telegames ......S 26
Ni*'Telewars Call
SOFTWARE VISIONS MicroFiche Filer $ 79 SPENCER ORGANIZATION Ni* APL 68000 .. Call
SSI Kampfgruppe $ 46 Phantasie Call
floadwar Europa . 5 31
Road War 2000 ... .5 32 Wralh of Nicode Call
SUBLOGIC
Flight Simulator ______$ 32
Jet ..... Call
Scenery Disk 7......$ 18
Scenery Disk 11 ....$ 20 SUNRIZE INDUSTRIES
Perfect Vision Call
Studio Magic S 75
SYNDESIS
Interchange Cali
TAURUS
Acquisition ..... Call
X-CAD Designer. Call
TDI
All Products Available Modula I I Comm S207
Modula ll Devel S109
Modula ll Reg ..S 64
THE DISC COMPANY
Ni-’Kind Words $ 74
THE OTHER GUYS
Match It $ 29
Omega File ......S 60
Promise Spell er ...$ 39
Reason ...... Call
Synthia Call
THREE SIXTY SOFTWARE
Ni*’Dark Castles ....S 24
TIGRESS
Diskwik .....$ 36
TOP DOWN
n«*' FootMan . Call
Ni*' Vyper .. S 24
TRUE BASIC, INC
True Basic S 74
9 Libraries (each) ... S 39
Runtime $ 109
UNICORN
Adv of Snbad $ 35
Aesop's Fables $ 35
Ammal Kingdom $ 35
Arabian Nights. S 35
Decimal Dungeon $ 33
Fraction Action .$ 33
Kinderama ......S 33
Logic Master ...$ 35
Magical Myths .S 35
Math Wizard . . . S 35
Read & Rhyme......S 33
Read-A-Rama ..S 35
The Word Master S 35
UNISON WORLD
An Gallery !, II S 20
Prinimasler Plus $ 33
VIP TECHNOLOGY
Professional ....$ 114
VISUAL AURAL
Ni*'Mmdlight 7 ...... Call
WESTCOM
ADFO ..... $ 45
Hardhat ... $ 55
WORDPERFECT INC.
WordPerfect Call
ZEN SOFTWARE
System Monitor S 39
ZIRKONICS
Prof.Text Engine......S 80
ACCESS ASSOCIATES
Alegra 512K Call
AMAZtNG DEVICES
Time Lore S 34
Progr's Reference....S 15 ANAKIN
Easy! ..S399
Easy! 500'2000 ...... Call
ANCHOR AUTOMATION
Omega 80 .....$ 165
APPLIED VISIONS
Futuresouid. $ 144
ASOG
Ni» RAM Boards Boxes... Call AVATEX
1200HC Modem... $ 115 BYTE BY BYTE
Byte Box A500 In Srock' TIC $ 49
C. LTD.
Ni*' C View Cables ..S 39
Timesaver S 64
CSA
Accelerators Call
CREATIVE MICROSYSTEMS
Kickstart Elimm S109
RF Modulator A500. . Call DIGITAL CREATIONS
SuperGen Call
ECE
MIDI-500 ..... Call
HARDWARE
EPSON
EX-800 Call
EXPANSION TECHNOLOGIES
Escon 500 ..... Cali
FINALLY TECHNOLOGIES
Hurncane Accel Cali
works wf A500. WOO. 2000 FUJI
10 D-S Disks S19.99 Free disk case wl every box’ GO AMIGA
Printer Cables ...... S 25
Modem Cables S 25
Disk Head Cleaner , $ 15
30-Disk Case ...S 10
Mousepad ......S 10
Sony Monitor Cable S 35 GOLDEN HAWK TECH.
MIDI Gold .$ 69
GRAB. INC.
LIVE'by A-Squared . Call GREAT VALLEY PRODUCTS SCSI Controller Ni.' With RAM Call
INKWELL
Ni-' Light Pen S 99
KETEK
Ni*' A500 Command Ctr Call
MICHIGAN SOFTWARE
A500 Expansion Call
Drive Ext. Cables Call
Ins-der .. Call
Multi-Start Call
Quickstarl $ 149
MICAOBOTICS
A2000 Adapter Call
A200G Products Call
Multifunction Cail
Starboard 2MB Call
Siarboard2 A500 . Call Older Sizes Available MICRON TECHNOLOGIES
Memory Boards Call
MICROWAY
Ni*' Flicker Fixer Call
MIMETICS
AmiGen Genlock......S157
Audio Digitizer Call
Frame Butter Call
MIDI Interface S 45
OKIDATA
Oki20 Col Ribbon S 10
0ki20 Blk Ribbon S 9
Okimate 20 with Plug n' Play $ 199
PACIFIC PERIPHERALS
Ni*'OverDrive .Cali
SubSystem Cali
PANASONIC Camera Lens lor
DigiView Call
1080i Mk II Printer Call
1091i Mk II Printer Call
PHOENIX
A500. A1000 H Drives Call CPS500 Pwr Supply. ..S 84 PROGRESSIVE
ProDrive Externa! $ 199 ProDrive f A2000.... Call
ProGen Call
SCI-TECH
Ni*' GenKey .Call
SONIC
Speakers wl Amp S 89 SPIRIT TECHNOLOGIES
1. 5MB for A1000 $ 489
A500 Expansion Call
SUNRIZE
Perfect Sound S 69
Perfect Vision. S189
SUPRA COFP
2400 Baud Modem Call Hard Drives Call
XEBEC
9720H 20MB Drive S799 XEROX
4020 Color InkJet... Call
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WHAT’S NEW?
“The more head downwards I am . . . ”Alice’s White Knight exclaimed, “The more J keep inventing new things,’' the Amiga developers joined in.
Compiled by Barbara Gefvert
IMAGE-OIjOGY
WHO SAYS YOU need chloro- phyl! And light to produce PhotoSynthesis? All you really need is your Amiga and a $ 149.95 check made out to Escape Sequences Inc., the publisher of this new full-image- processing program. Photo- Synthesis processes 320 x 200 signed and unsigned images up to a depth of 16 bits, and you can hold four images in the system at once with just one megabyte of RAM. If the mote than 40 basic image- processing operations aren’t enough, you can program others with the included interpreted language that incorporates looping, conditionals, tests and script files. Contact Escape Sequences at PC) Box 1101, Troy, NY 12180, 518 274-1547.
Race or Fight
GET REVVED UP with two new games from Anco. You can drop behind the wheel of a six-gear Formula-1 car and speed around world-famous circuits like Monza, Brands Hatch and SilVERSIONe in Grid Start. Practice at the novice level, progress to amateur and, when you’re ready, compete for the championship against 23 other drivers as a pro. Karting Grand Prix allows you to select driving conditions, sprocket size, type of tit cs and more, and then compete head- to-head or against the computer cars at three skill levels.
Strap on your black belt and boot uj) Eidcrsoffs Amiga Karate, the martial arts game that features animated graphics, digitized stereo sound and ouch! realistic fighting. Driver or fighter, the entry fee is $ 24.95. Contact Anco Soft- ware Kidersoft USA at PC) Box 288, Burgettstown, PA 15021, 412 947-3739.
In So Many Words
WHAT’S BETTER THAN good? It could be Excellence!, the what-you-see is-what-you- get word processor from the makers of Scribble! The not-so- modest program features PostScript laser-printer compatibility as well as mail merge, four types of paragraph alignment, fast screen update, many fonts (including superscript and subscript), IFF graphics and text support, and the ability to resize and crop pictures. $ 299.95 also gets you the 90,000-word customizable spelling checker, a grammatical checker, a thesaurus, clipboard support and a zoom gadget for resizing windows.
Icro-Systems Software’s dis- tributor, Brown-Wagh, will be happy to boast about all the features: 16795 Lark Ave., Suite 210, Los Gatos, CA 95030, 408 395-3838.
Note-able Archive
THE FB-01 DATA FILER provides complete access to all of the Yamaha FB-OTs resources, including those unavailable from the front panel. You can edit, organize and document both voices and configurations. The program graphically presents and updates envelopes and algorithms, and you can change parameters via alpha-numeric entry, slider gadgets. Or by using the mouse.
You can audition edits as vou
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make them in three different ways, too. The Datafiler supports full-primer output, as well as voice swapping (original voices are supplied), and you can multitask with most sequencers. The Datafiler is priced at $ 90 (add $ 2.50 for mail orders) from Triangle Audio, PO Box 1108, Sterling, VA 22170, 703 437-5162. ?
EMULA
LEADS THE WAY!
UPGRADING
WAN
AMIGAm?
Uot only can you use your Commodore 64 drives and printers during 64 emulation, but now you can save hundreds of dollars by making your 64 printer Amiga-compatible! The 64 Emulator 2 includes drivers for most popular printers so you can use your favorite Amiga software without having to buy a new printer.
Take your peripherals with you...
Take your data with you...
Jjhe easy to use transfer software makes moving 64 data to Amiga disks a snap! Use your 1541 or 1571 with the Serial Interface to copy files or whole disks of information easily and quickly. You can even read 1581 disks on regular Amiga drives and 1541 1571 disks on Amiga 5JT drives! Now when you move up to an Amiga you don't have to give up your valuable 64 data.
Take your software with you...
Jritten in 100% 68000 machine code for maximum speed, The 64 Emulator 2 takes full advantage of your Amiga's hardware to support all aspects of the Commodore 64 including sound and color when running 64 software. The 64 Emulator 2 runs most productivity and educational software, and even some games! Some programs may run slower with The 64 Emulator 2 than on a Commodore 64, but a monochrome mode allows you to turn off color for increased speed.
The 64 Emulator 2 not only emulates a Commodore 64, but also emulates the 1350 and 1351 mouse (with the Amiga mouse), the 1764 RAM Expander (with 1 MegaByte or more), and supports all Amiga disk drives, modems, printers, and some hard drives.
LlJou could go out and buy hardware to use your 64 peripherals, programs to transfer your 64 data, and a whole new library of Amiga software. But why? The 64 Emulator 2 gives you all this in one package for much less.
Take us with you...
NEW FEATURES IN
VERSION 2
? Supports 64 printers from Amiga software
? "Freeze" option to transfer protected software to Amiga disks
? Reads 1581 disks on Amiga 3!6" drives
? Reads 1541 1571 disks on Amiga 51 4" drives
? Supports all 68010s and some 68020s.
? Includes BASIC 4.0 and invisible M L Monitor
? Increased compatibility with protected software
? Improved raster interrupts and sprites
? All new transfer software
REGISTERED
OWNERS
All registered owners of The 64 Emulator version 1 may send their original disk and S1Q to receive version 2, or send S13 to receive version 2 on a new disk.
SPECIAL OFFER TO
GO-64! OWNERS:
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Amiga - Commodore Computers Users Show
Don't >Iiss the most Exciting Show 011 the West Coast Exclusively Dev oted to the Amiga and Commodore Computers*
Santa Clara Convention Center 5001 Great American Parkway (7 7ext to Great America Park) Santa Clara, California Sat., May 14, ’88 10-8 PM Sun., May 35, '88 10-5 pm
One Day Adm, Exh. Only $ 10.00 One Day Adm. W Lectures $ 15.00 Two Day Adm. Exh. Only $ 15.00 Two Day Adm. W1 Lectures $ 25.00
A Plus For Pros
A CHARACTER GENERATOR for professionals, Pro Video Plus runs only in hi-res graphic mode with an expanded screen size of 672 horizontal pixels by 440 scan lines. Four video font styles are provided in four sizes, and you can add italic, multicolor and other effects. Pro Video Plus enables you to create 2600 pages of video titles and add text and graphic backgrounds (np to 100 IFF' images). For S299.95, the program offers over 90 realtime page transitions plus independent line moves and custom transitions. Contact PVS Publishing, 3800 Botticelli, Suite 40, Lake Oswego, OR 97035, 503 636-8677.
This Show will Feature: Animation & CAD Business & Database Software
Memory Expansion Music Software Programming Languages Public Domain Software Spreadsheets Simulators Telecom. & Utilities
of lectures and seminars
Desktop Publishing Games & Entertainment Graphics Itard Drives There will also be two full days
This show Is a marketplace for buyers and sellers of Amiga - Commodore Computers
For exhibitor and general information call or write: Golden Gate Shows * PO Box 587 • Cortc Madera, CA 94925 • (415) 388-8893
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The revolutionary AMIGA printing program Fast and compatible multi-purpose for perfect pictures. Resident with hardcopy and nofastmem function
TUTtBOprint. The comfortable printer speeder package for your Amiga.
Fine-Tuned Printing
FINEPRINT ALLOWS YOUR dot matrix printer to build up ink in such a way that images print in multiple shades of gray. As many as 15 dots will print on top of each other for every pixel, the result being a near-photographic image. T he program also allows you to scale images to produce printouts ranging from less than one inch square to over 10 stories in height. While it won't print colors or work with IIAM-mode images, it will work with any size IFF image with up to 32 colors of any aspect ratio. T he $ 49.95 package includes a mode to let you design patterns to fill the areas of your print. Contact Design- lab to see if FinePrint supports your printer: PO Box 419, Owego, NY 13827.
1* graphic print up to ten times faster by 100% programming in 68000 Assembler If supports all possible screen resolutions of your Amiga Jf pictures are better and richer in contrast - you can choose four color conversions If now 4096 colors in HAM mode can be printed in sections and rotated, too If special turbo drivers for any print density of your dot matrix printer, ink-jet or laser printer If resident hardcopy fuction prints any screen you like W improved and resident nofastmem cuts out problems with expansions If thoroughly compatible with Amiga software If installed resident in your computer’s memory If works unnoticed in the background qc
If not necessary to copy it on your software 40
If runs with Amiga 500,1000 and 2000
be amazed, at your local dealer!
Mtttgent Memory
Dealer inquiries: American Software Distributors,
R. R. 1 BOX 290,Urbana.IL61801,800-225-7941 a0114969410071 72
Toolin’ Intuition
FIRST' IN A series of subroutine programs from the 1 nova- iron ics team is Inovatools I, Intuition enhancement libraries. T he functions, which include pop-up menus, circular* knob gadgets (to replace proportional) and drag gadgets, routines for palette editing, list handling and Mac-like zoom window open close, are offered in both AmigaDOS system-libraries (accessible from any language) and link- able-C libraries forms. The package is $ 79.95. Call Inova- tronics for further details: 11311 Stemmons Frwy., Suite 8, Dallas, TX 75229, 214 241*
9515.
MIMETICS PURPORTS THAT
3-Demon is fiendishly powerful, yet easy to use. The program aids you in creating images for use with popular 3-D rendering software, employing an intuitive what-you- see-is-what-you-get approach. You can also import objects from your 3-D software, then modify and convert them to any of the other file formats supported. Almost all functions can be accomplished with the mouse. You can view images in wire frame, colored
C The Light
FEATURING A completely in- tuition-based interface, C-Light is a new 3-D rav-tracing program. You construct images by placing any one of 170 primitive objects (cubes, spheres and cylinders) onto the screen, and then adjusting them in three dimensions similar to playing with building blocks that can be stretched, squashed and twisted. You can select up to 170 light sources
One-Meg Partners
“MEMORY’S THE WORD!” announced the newly-configured single-slot Micron Amiga chassis, waving his proprietary interconnect card and swinging his wall-mount power supply cord. "Yeah,” muttered his sidekick, the one-megabyte board. “Everybody has a price,” the board continued. “Mine is $ 395, but you can gel both of us for $ 500 ” While the chassis touted his ability to pass through the bus (where he connects to the A1000 and the A500), the board cut in, bragging about his ability to get along without the chassis in the A2000. Pouting, the chassis started off toward home: 2805 E. Columbia,
Boise, ID 83706, 208 386-
3800.
Solids, “fish-eye," shift or other modes, and from any angle. 3-Demon supports sophisticated hierarchial objects, too. You can add a multitude of surfaces to your objects, drawing from the library of spheres, cones and more, and designate any of the 4,096 colors for each surface, then assign it reflective and refractive properties. Feeling devilishly creative? Then send $ 99.95 to Mimetics Corporation, PO Box 1560. Cupertino, CA 94306, 408 741-0117.
As well as color, mirrored surfaces and shadows. Pictures can be saved in IFF format (in eluding overscan and interlaced modes) and you can display them with the picture viewer included, or use them in paint or animation programs. Get your full-featured disk for $ 59.95, or a demo for $ 5 from Ronald Peterson, PO Box 614, Milford, NH 03055.
Ship Shape
YOU, AS OWNER of an international shipping company, must span the globe for wealth and adventure in Ports of Call. The game combines adventure strategy' with arcadc- like interaction and exciting graphics. Expand your horizons by calling Aegis Development, 2210 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 227, Santa Monica, CA 90403, 213 392-9972, 800 345-9871.
Ed-Lib It
THE YAMAHA TX81Z editor librarian allows editing of all TX features using the Amiga, and offers an interactive voice edit. You can get a copy for $ 79 from MidiTalk, PO Box 69, Albany, NY 12260.
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CALL TODAY 1-800-426-8957.
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High Performance AMIGA Peripherals
IMPACT A2000-SCSI RAM Controller
The first MULTI-FUNCTION Expansion Adapter for the Amiga"
A2000. Provides a high-performance SCSI hard disk controller
as well as a I MB RAM expansion.
• Combines ANSI X3T9.2 compatible SCSI controller and 1MB FAST RAM on a single expansion board.
• AUTOBOOT feature. With the VI.3 Kickstart and this feature, floppies will no longer be required to boot the A2000.
• Fully AutoConfigures both the SCSI Hard Disk Controller and the 1MB FAST RAM.
• SCSI transfer rates up to 4 MB SEC synchronous.
• Up to I'm byte of zero wait-state FAST RAM.
• External and internal SCSI connectors.
IMPACT AutoBoot A500-HD RAM Controller
Provides a combination 20MB hard disk and memory expansion
add-on subsystem for the Amiga A500,
• Combines ANSI X3T9.2 compatible SCSI controller, 3.5" hard disk drive and up to 2 MB FAST RAM expansion for the A500, in a single compact, snap-on unit.
• Uses its own power supply.
• AUTOBOOT feature. With the V13 Kickstart and this feature, floppies will no longer be required to boot the A500.
• Fully AutoConfigures both the SCSI Hard Disk Controller and the (optional) FAST RAM.
• 20MB, 3.5" Hard Disk Drive mounted internally.
• External SCSI connector.
For MORE INFORMATION and for your NEAREST GVP DEALER, Call today.
£, 1-800-426-8957! ‘Wm
Inner Drive
INNER CONNECTION INC. aims to turn your A2000 or A1000 into the ideal interactive video and graphics workstation with its release of the 20MB 5j Bernoulli Drive with onboard SCSI controller. While Inner Connection admits that the price appears high (Si695 for the A2000,
SI795 for the A1000), they say that because you can add any number of 20MB cartridges, the cost per megabyte is actually low. They also promise no head crashes, and an average access time of 40ms. You can have your choice of sectoring options: 100 percent AmigaDOS, or 25 75, 50 50 or 75 25 MS-DOS. While the Amiga 2090 controller card will not work with the drive, a number of other SCSI cards can serve as host interface.
Call or write Inner Connection for further details: 12310 Brandywine Rd., Brandywine, MD 20613, 301 372-8071 or 800 634-4989.
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Ultima III
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S30
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S36
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S30
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$ 24
OXXI
First Shapes
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Kid Talk
$ 30
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$ 24
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$ 120
Grabbit
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Dynamic Word
$ 120
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Marauder II
$ 24
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Disc -Math'Spell (each)
$ 24
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DISK CO.
Math Talk Fractions
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$ 300
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Kind Words
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Smoothtalker
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Modula 2
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Land of Legends
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$ 120
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Photon Pamt
S60
PDJ SOFTWARE
$ 21
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Call
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Comic Setter
$ 60
Planetarium
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POLYGLOT SOFTWARE
ELECTRONIC ARTS
Font Set 1
$ 25
Romantic Encounter
Call
Cmssword Creator
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AAA RGH
S23
Gold Spell
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Dominoes
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Laser Serial
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Archon ... Archon II Artie Fox
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Girls
$ 90
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S24
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$ 23
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Animator Apprenlice Animator Apprentice Jr HYPERTEC
$ 48
$ 36
City Desk Deskiop Artist 1 Head Coach
Logistix MicroLawyer PixMate
$ 80
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$ 42
Black Cauldron
S26
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ChessMaster 200 Deluxe Music
$ 29
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GOMF
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Deluxe Video 1 2 Deluxe Pholo Lab Deluxe Write Ferrari Formula 1 Financial Cookbk
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S32
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Shakespea'e
SI35
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S60
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$ 42
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The Works
Si 20
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King's Quest
S32
Beyond Fork
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Life and Death
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Capture
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Doug's Math Aquarium
Marble Madness
S32
Power Windows
$ 54
Express Paint 2 0
Call
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Mavis Beacon
$ 29
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Return To Atlantis
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Bratacus
$ 30
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$ 90
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$ 23
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$ 18
Defender of Crown
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$ 14
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30
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Surgeon
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MicroFiche Filer
S60
Starfleet I .
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JAGWARE
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Impact
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Ultima 111
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S36
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S30
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Wrath of Nicodemus
S24
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Face II_
One of the top 10 selling Amiga programs for 1987, Face II boosts floppy access speeds by as much as 12 fold. All Amigas. More than 512K suggested.
SPP_
Users requiring the highest hard disk performance achievable on an Amiga, require an SDP, The Satellite Disk Processor has no peer. Available first for the A1000 then the A2000.
Storage And Speed
WITH ITS NEW line of tape- stream backup systems, Computer System Associates (CSA) promises an economical means of protecting programs and fast transfer of data from standard SCSI bard drives.
The tape streamers can also transfer Hies from hard disk to CSA’s removable tape cartridges. Various configurations are available and start at SI595. The HalfBae-40 and HaIfBac-40X drives provide 40MB of storage in internal and external half-height Scinch forms, respectively. FullBac is an internal, full- height 5J4*inch 40-meg drive, and the BacPac combination includes a 40-megabvte tape- stream system and a CSA 40MB hard drive with its own power supply and switch.
Also new is the WORM-800 (Write Once Read Many) optical disk drive that uses front loading, removable, double- sided optical-disk cartidges. The unit allows 800 megabytes of inexpensive, non-alterable storage, and is packaged in a standard 5% form that will mount internally in the A2000. Prices start at $ 5995.
The OVER 030 accelerator board accommodates Motorola’s new 68030 32-bit processor with onboard memory management and 68882 math coprocessor. It's been said that the Motorola release is the only microprocessor to surpass the 68020 and 68881 while retaining complete downward compatibility, and that it can perform up to four times faster than its competitors. Over 030, designed to upgrade CSA’s Piggyback and CPU boards, retails for $ 495 bare. For more information, contact CSA at 7564 Trade St., San Diego, CA 92121, 619 566-3911.
Card Cages
A1000 owners keep current with the 2000*and-1 which provides Zorro I, Zorro II IBM and hard drive expansion for the A1000.
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Cubemaster
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30”
ARCHON If: ADEPT
12”
KING’S QUEST III
30. ”
ARCTIC FOX
24”
MAD LIBS
12. ”
ART PARTS VOL II
18. ”
MARBLE MADNESS
30. ”
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30”
MATH TALK
30. ”
BARDS TALE
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30. ”
BLACK CAULDRON
24”
MAXICOMM
30”
CHESSMASTER 2000
27. ”
MAXIDESK
42. ”
DELUXE MUSIC CONST
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MAXIPLAN
90. ”
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18. ”
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78. ”
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60”
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24”
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18”
QUIZAM!
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DELUXE VIDEO 1.2
78. ”
RETURN TO ATLANTIS
24”
DONALD DUCK S PlAYGRND.
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ROAD TO MOSCOW
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30”
ROCK & ROLL INSTANT MUSIC
18 ”
FANTAODE
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FERRARI FORM ONE
30. ”
SEVEN CITIES OF GOLD
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SKYFOX
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SPACE QUEST
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GOLDEN OLDIES
12. ”
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30”
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36”
STARFLEET I
34. ”
HOT & COOL JAZZ
18. ”
ULTIMA III
24”
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30. ”
ULTIMA IV
36. ”
INTELLfTYPE
30. ”
WINNIE THE POOH
15. ”
GALLERY OF GAMES
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20. ”
CHAMPIONSHIP BASKTBALL
26”
LEADER BOARD
23. ”
GFL jCHAMP. FOOTBALL
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TOURN DSK. LEADER BD.
11,”
ENHCD GRND SIM TENNIS 2
35”
10th FRAME BOWLING
23”
BALLYHOO
23”
FAMOUS COURSE DISK
11. ”
DEADLINE
29 ”
HARDBALL
26. ”
HITCHHIKERS GUID TO GALAXY 17”
MEAN 13
26”
HOLLYWOOD HUINX
23”
TEST DRIVE
26”
NORD AND BERT
23 ”
THE GRAPHICS STUDIO
35”
PLUNDERED HEARTS
23 ”
HACKER II
23. ”'
STATIONFALL
23 ’’
MUSIC STUDIO
29”
ZORK TRILOGY
41 ”
PORTAL
29”
HEX
23’
SHANGHAI
23. ”
GOLD RUNNER
23”
TASS TIMES
23. ”
KARATE KID II
23. ”
BRIDGE 4.0
17. ”’
TIME BANDIT
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BRIDGE 5.0
20. ”
GUNSHIP
29”
STRIP POKER
23. ”
SILENT SERVICE
23 ”
SUPER HUEY
17”
MICROLEAGUE BASEBALL
35”
STAF FLEET I
33*
BALANCE OF POWER
29 ”
CALIFORNIA GAMES
23. ”
BRATACUS
29”
DESTROYER
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DEFENDER OF THE CROWN
29”
ROGUE
23”
UNINVITED
29”
SUB BATTLE
23. ”
ALIEN FIRES
23. ”
TEMPLE OF APSHAI TRILOGY
11. ”
GUARDIANS OF INFINITY
23 ”
WINTER GAMFS
23”
MSTR NINJA WAR OF DEATH
20. ”
WORLD GAMES
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NIGHT ON THE TOWN
20”
GOLDEN PATH
26. ”
ARENA
11”
GUILD OF THIEVES
26”
BARBARIAN
23. ”
JEWELS OF DARKNESS
17”
DEEP SPACE
17”
KNIGHT ORC
26. ”
TERRORPODS
23. ”
PAWN
26”
HACKER
14”
SILICON DREAMS
17”
LITTLE COMPUTOR PEOPLE
14 ”
STARGLIDER
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GATO
29 ”
UNIV. MLITARY SIM.
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ORB1TER
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From rubberbands to lasers, our resident answer man explains all.
By Louis R. Wallace
The Eyes Have It
Q: After I have been working with my Amiga (AD programs, my friends whisper “What's wrong with Peter? His eyes are flickering.1' My girlfriend calms them and replies, “He’s jnst tuned into interlaced mode!" Where is the A2080, the legendary high-pers is fence monitor for the Amiga?
P. Olsson
Sweden
A: I recently queried Commodore in West Chester. PA about the A2080 higb-persis- tence monitor, and was told it would start shipping during the summer. Meanwhile, you might want to try one of those inexpensive plastic screen covers (Flicker Master, JitterRid,
EYE-RESolution Screen). 1 use JitterRid, a damn good piece of plastic that really helps eliminate eye strain.
When To Compile
Q: I recently upgraded from a C64 to the A500 and have a couple of questions concerning compilers. Amiga World often prints listings of C programs. Do 1 need a C compiler to run them, or can I just enter the code with a text editor and run a program without compiling it? Assuming I need a compiler to create these programs, once compiled can they (or any other programs I create) be installed on a DOS disk and executed without the compiler being present? Will Modula-2 and True Basic be reviewed in Amiga World?
J. Pyle
Taring APB, ME
A: Because the C-language listings in Amiga World are not stand-alone programs, you must compile them before attempting to run them. If you do have a C compiler, then enter the source code listings with a text editor, and compile them. Once this is clone, you can copy them to any AmigaDOS disk and use them without a compiler. However, some programs will require the presence of various libraries from your system disk.
For information on True Basic and Amiga Basic with the Absoft Basic Compiler, see '‘Basic For Pros" in the November ’87 issue. Several Modula-2 compilers are available for the Amiga; we will review three of them this summer.
At i Thai-ed Up
Q: I am designing a Thai font and want to use it with a better word processor than Sole Pad. (Ian I use fonts generated with the font editor (on the Extras disk) in Text craft?
B. Zackari
Sweden
A: Textcraft is too simple a program to support multiple fonts, hut a number of other word processors, such as
ProWrite (New Horizons Software) and VizaWrite (Progressive Peripherals and Software), will allow you to use as many fonts as you want. If you are comfortable with lext era ft, you might consider Kind* Words (The Disk Company). Developed by the same people who designed Textcraft,
Kind Words has a similar command structure, but it can use multiple fonts and graphics within a document. For reviews of these programs, see the Sept. Oct. '87, Jan. '88 and April ’88 issues of Amiga World.
Laser Power
Q: am interested in getting a laser printer for my Amiga 1000. 1 have heard they are quiet and produce the best quality output, but some peope have told me they are a problem. Which is it?
I am considering the Hewlett- Packard Laser Jet II. Will it work properly with my Amiga? Who makes the printer cable I will need? Do laser printers print what is on the screen fonts, graphics) or are special fonts required in the printer? How long do the toner cartridges last?
J. Lindhardt
Fayetteville, NO
A: In its highest density setting of 300 dots per inch (dpi), a laser printer produces the finest output available, hut because they are more complex than impact primers, they do
have the potential for more problems.
The LaserJet II is becoming a standard of sorts for laser printers. It is well supported by software, including the Preferences printer list, so it will work with any program that supports the standard Preference printers. For a cable, you should not need anything more than the standard printer cable required for your Amiga.
Since the printers supported by the Preferences program allow you to print bitmap images, you will he able to dump the screen to the Hewlett-Packard. But he aware that laser printers require their own RAM for bitmap printing, and a 300 dpi printout of an x
11-inch page will require at least a megabyte of RAM (in the printer, not the Amiga). You can buy various levels of RAM for the Laser Jet.
The LaserJet has built-in fonts, hut you can add more by plugging in one of the font cartridges available. The amount of toner used depends on the type of printouts you generate; graphic images and 300 dpi text use it up a lot faster than lower density 75 and 150 dpi text.
If you are planning on doing desktop-publishing using Postscript-based software, be aware that the LaserJet does not come with Postscript. It uses its own proprietary ?
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A: Located in the C directory of your 1.2 Workbench disk, DiskDoctor is an invaluable file rescue program that can only be accessed from the CLI. Often it can salvage files from damaged disks that would otherwise be inaccessible. To use it, open a CLI window, place your damaged disk in a drive and type its name followed by the drive specifier. For example, type DISKDOCTOR DF1: to salvage files on a bungled disk in drive 1. DiskDoctor will analyze the disk, and recover those files that it can save. Some files may well be gone forever, and it will remove those. When it is finished, it will instruct you to copy the files to a new disk and reformat the damaged disk so you can use it again. Use the CLI command Copy to transfer the files to the new disk. You might want to copy the files to the RAM disk as an intermediate step. Type COPY DF1: ail RAM:, then insert a freshly formatted disk inio drive 1 and type COPY RAM: all Dfl:. Now all your recovered files are safe on the new disk.
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J. Dehnato
Chicago, ,
A: Rubberbanding effectively requires two things. First you must draw the iine in COMPLEMENT (XOR) mode, which means that it reverses the bit pattern of the pixels it is drawn on. To restore what was there, you merely draw the line again in the same exact place, again using COMPLEMENT mode. You can then draw a new line in another position. The problem is that there is no COMPLEMENT mode for drawing in Amiga Basic. You can get around that by using one of the graphics library routines, called SetDrMd, just as you would in a C program.
Found in the graphics library, SetDrMd can be easily accessed from Amiga Basic with the CALL command. There are four modes you can use: JAM1 (normal), JAM2, COMPLEMENT and INVERSE- ID. To set a mode, you merely pass a pointer to the current raster port (you can find the current raster port with the WINDOW 8) function) and a value from 0-3 for the proper mode (COMPLEMENT is 2). For example:
LIBRARY “graphics.library’1 turn on COMPLEMENT mode CALL SetDrMd& (WINDOW(8),2) draw a rubberband line 1 remember to do it twice LINE (0,0) (600,190), 1 LINE (0,0) (600,190), 1 1 turn normal JAM 1 mode back on CALL SetDrMd& (WINDOW(8),0) ¦
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