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MOST OF THE action in Los Angeles last fall was at Dodger Stadium, but AmiEXPO-California still managed to attract over 6,700 Amiga fans to the Westin Sonaventure during the weekend of October 7-9. Joel Shusterman, Commodore’s Vice President of Marketing, Jed off the series of three keynote addresses by focusing on the outlook for the Amiga in ’89. Shusterman admitted that in the past the company has failed in the realm of Amiga marketing and advertising. The Amiga is a "marketing man’s dream” according to Shusterman. Who perceives that his role is to spread the word about the machine. As for marketing strategy, Commodore must "pick its own battlefields,” says Shusterman. Plans call for moving into fields where the Amiga has an edge, such as the graphics and design market, with Amiga advertising in appropriate trade journals. Shusterman also detailed a new policy, whereby Commodore will announce only new products that will be available within 90 days. Products currently in that elite group include the 2286 Bridgeboard, an IBM PC AT on a card, and the 2620 Card, an accelerator for the Amiga 2000. For the growing number of disgruntled users who have had technical problems with their Amigas, Shusterman offered a ray of hope, stating that customer service and support at Commodore is improving and will become a number one priority. Jt was nice to hear someone from CBM acknowledge the problem. Mew products introduced at the show included Byte by Byte’s Sculpt-Ani- mate 4D, an upgrade to Sculpt-Animate 3D designed for professional applications. NewTek announced the 3.0 upgrade to Digi-View, which includes overscan capability. Antic Software unveiled Zoetrope, a low-cost animation system developed by Jim Kent, author of Aegis Animator. Speaking of Aegis, they have a new entry in the CAD arena Aegis Draw 2000, which promises to combine state-of-the-art CAD performance with the ease of use of a paint program. Oxxi announced A-Talk ill, a communications and terminal emulation program with an expanded Script language. Brown-Wagh got a lot of attention with demonstrations of MIDI Magic, their new MIDI sequencer. Gold Disk has been busy developing a hardware software interface for the Canon 1X12 black-and- white, 300-dot-per-inch scanner, which will allow you to save images as black- and-white IFF files at 300 dots per inch. Mindware introduced PAGErender3D, a 3D tool for artists that generates 3D in any number of bit planes, and Charon 5, a new game combining strategy and arcade elements. About 500 Amiga fans made their way to the Los Angeles "Stock Exchange” building for an unusual presentation. "Amiga Visions” featuring the music of Silent Warhol combined live performance with videos and music. Effects were produced with the Amiga equipped with A-Squared’s Live! Video digitizer. Digital Creations’ SuperGen genlock, and Elan Design’s Invision software. While the audience appreciated the video effects, many seemed bewildered by the overall performance. As in previous AmiEXPOs, the Amiga Video and Graphics Theater, cosponsored by Sony Corp., spotlighted presentations from Amiga video artists.
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What You Need For Your ew System
MovieSetter, the latest software blockbuster from Gold Disk, is the Amiga owner's ticket to pro-quality video animation and brilliant stereo soundtracks. And because of a software design breakthrough, it’ll let you create dazzling overscan video movies that are minutes - not seconds - in length, without requiring truckloads of memory (512K minimum, 1MB recommended).
Combine MovieClips, stereo sound, storyboards and...
In spite of its power,
MovieSetter is easy to use - even for the first-timer. Unlike other programs, it lets you see what you animate as you animate it. Using on-screen tools, it’s easy to change speeds (up to 60 frames per second), colors (up to 32 on-screen at once), transition effects, and backgrounds. It's got handy built-in graphics and sound tools, and can import IFF graphic and sound files created by your favorite programs. Or you can take the shortcut and use the generous supply of "MovieClip" clip art and sound samples that are included with the MovieSetter program disk. Either way, "cutting together" your epic masterpiece will be a breeze with MovieSettefs full array of editing features - including the incomparable convenience of on-screen storyboards.
History features to effortlessly create minutes of animation.
So bring a little tinseltown to your desktop. Call Gold Disk today at 1-800-387-8192 to order a copy of MovieSetter for only
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S99.95 (additional MovieClips sold for $ 34.95) or stop by your nearest Amiga software dealer.
Think of Gold Disk's Comic- Setter software as a sort of "desktop dream publisher".
That's because it lets you translate your fantasies, visions, and personal outlooks on the world into sparkling, multipage color comics on the Amiga. It's a one of a kind program that’s powerful enough for the serious comic artist, vet
simple enough for the casual doodler.
Blammo! Start with a versatile cast of ComicArt characters, props and backgrounds that you can customize to create endless original scenes and situations. Zabioowie! Add your own characters with the built-in bitmapped and structured graphic tools, or import graphics from your IFF paint program of choice. Klongg! Pop on speech and thought balloons and fill them with words written in special comic fonts that simulate that painstaking, "hand-lettered" look. Cha-boing! Organize your panels into a short and pithy "one- pager", or create a full length comic book that’s as many pages as your disk can store. Whirrr! Print your comic classics out on a wide range of thermal and inkjet printers, or any of a number of black and white dot-matrix models.
So explore the world of "desktop dream publishing". Call Gold Disk today at 1-800-387-8192 to order your copy of ComicSetter for only S99.95 (additional ComicArt sold for $ 34.95) or stop by your nearest Amiga software dealer.
Combine ComicArt characters and backgrounds...
with speech balloons and Comicbook typefaces.
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VOLUME 5, NUMBER 1 JANUARY 1989
II hen you opened the box to vour one Amiga computer system, you pnihably didn't find the kiini of items in >ur Amiga Starter Kit (above), the unfortunate fart is that oner you get your system hooked up and running, you 're going to start asking quest ions, like: "What programs should I get and what peripherals do ! Need to do the things I wan! To accomplish with m ioni- inter?" Or, if you get by that hurdle, "Ilow tan expand my system'', memory and disk-storage capacity to use the programs and do the applications reallv want to do?" That's why we're presenting our special Amiga Starter Kit of essential software and hardware. So delve right in and learn what you nerd to make Amiga computing exciting, productive, and just plain fun!
R i: VI IRES
AX AMIGA STARTER Kl r By Sheldon Leemon and Bob Ryan ..... 28
Whether you’re a brand new Amiga 300 2000 owner or an A1000 user who never got around to upgrading your system, we'll start you on your wav to more serious and enjoyable computing. Our complete software and hardware guide will gel vour Amiga system off the ground with the right programs, expansion devices, and peripherals. Well begin by. . .
Start ing Out “Softly’1 . . . By Sheldon Leemon .. 30
Expert selections from six popular categories of programs for the new Amiga owner who wants to know "Wliat software should I buy first?" Plus more advanced offerings for specialized applications, free public-domain offerings, and Amiga reference books and guides.
. . . But Soon You’ll Hit the “Harder” Stuff b} Bob Ryan .38
Once you have an idea of what you want to do with your computer, Amiga World's Technical Editor will guide you through the tricky terrain of expanding your system's memory and storage capacities, and choosing the right peripheral devices to suit vour computing needs.
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Amiga Primitive By David t. McClellan ... 50
T his fascinating (! Programming tutorial will help you master Amiga graphics functions and turn yoiu Amiga into a sophisticated drawing tool.
COId M S
The editor turns gonzo journalist to convev the full fear and loathing (and fun and games!) Of a typical day (and night) at the recent AmiExpo in Los Angeles.
BASIC By The Numbers By b„i, Ryan .24
Amidst the holidas hustle, take a break to learn BASK! Data Hie management, plus set up an address hook for next winter’s card and gift list,
INFO.PHILE By Mark L. f an Name and Bill Catchings .....i)8
Our AmigaDOS columnists ‘'mount up" this month to take you to the heart of the Mounilisi file where vou will learn how to add hard disks and other devices to your svstem.
We re still sorting out all that Christmas mail.
AmigaWorld greets the winners of Our Treasure Hunt in San Francisco. Plus an AmiExpo report from LA and other Amiga news.
HORS D'OEUVRES .... 14
A New Neat’s Eve feast of tips and techni |ues from our readers.
Reviews .. *8
Processor Accelerator I Dynamic Studio I Animation: flipper I Animation: Apprentice I Intel- litvpe and Mavis Beacon Teaches Ty ping I Photon Video I ransport Controller Photo- Svntliesis DSM I.(Id. Games: Roadwars Battle Chess I Sub Bailie Simulator I Brad Zoom in Better Dead T han Alien.
WHAT’S NEW? ... 92
New Amiga products to gel the New Near off with a hang.
Help Key 96
Lou renews with firm resolve his pledge to solve those glitches which itch t > malign your machine in ’eighty-nine.
Index to 1988 AmigaWorld Articles and Reviews ...... RIO
If we said it in ’88. Sou'll find it here.
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Amiga World 3
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Fear and Loathing at AmiExpo.
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Bonaventure hotel. Dealers, developers, users, abusers, and the press from a dozen magazines all trvine to get their Amiga thrills in a concentrated three-dav dose.
So mavbe you didn't set to
last October s AmiExpo in LA. The magazines usuallv give
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you a blow-by-blow a few months later. What the new products on the show floor were like and hints about the seminars and talks. What the magazines don’t tell vou about
is the part of an Amiga show the general public doesn’t usually get to see. The part that requires a ribbon on your badge that says "Exhibitor” “VIP,” “Speaker." Or "Press"
Different ribbons get you different things. A Speaker ribbon gets you into the speakers' lounge, gets you noticed on the show floor, gets people staring at your chest trying to read vour name, and it gets you into all the special show receptions and parties.
In a strange way a Speaker ribbon makes you invisible. You can come and go on the show floor or the seminars and talks and people look at you but don’t stop you. Another advantage of a Speaker ribbon is that the coffee is usually better in the speaker’s lounge than in the press room.
Any time. People aren t sure how to deal with a VIP be* cause there are onlv a handful
of them around; some are keynote speakers while others are on the Expo staff.
An Exhibitor ribbon gets
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time. You can carry things in and out and the guards at the doors just smile. If you want to pull a major heist, get an Exhibitor ribbon and a truck. Exhibitors get invited to lots of receptions, parties, and meals.
Thev also have to man the
booths. These are mutually exclusive activities and require careful balancing to do both. Exhibitors want to get a look at what evervone else is doing
A VIP ribbon gets vou into
all of the places that the Speaker ribbon will, with a few extras thrown in. Depending on the type of VIP ribbon you have, you can go anywhere at
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A Press badge is almost magic. It gets you into the show and seminars (but not after hours). It gets you invitations to just about every event, reception, and party. You get invited to breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and drinks (lots of drinks). You get special invitations to private suites where the latest and greatest (not readv to be shown on the
floor) can be demo’d one-on- one. You get invitations to press conferences, which are usually pretty dry affairs held at absurd hours of the morning to punish reporters who have a tendency to stay out drinking until ? Or 4 AM. ?
InrAunt Aicti| Adventure, you, Charlie.the Ghimp have talked your good friend penguin Pete into helping you rescue your Aunt who has been kidnapped by Big Boms and forced to work at his circus in the Arctic, You must battle your way through each of the fifty levels to rescue your Aunt. The game can be played by one or two players,
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A Press ribbon will also get you into the press room, if there is one. Press rooms arc pretty much what you might imagine them to he. Tables littered with empty Styrofoam cups and overflowing ashtrays, and stacks of media kits for those reporters who can’t get ii together to actually visit the booths. Another table with a stainless steel urn one-quarter filled with burned coffee and trays of danish crumbs.
Going to so manv shows for
so long, 1 have made many, manv friends (at least they seem like friends) who I only meet at shows. There are people who have changed companies every time 1 see them. People who don’t go to many receptions, and people who go to everything. People who just talk about business, and people who like to debate the philosophical implications of alien contact over beer at 2:30 AM. People who drag me out
to fine restaurants, sushi bars, delis, discos, nightclubs, parties, bars (both high and low) and other, less than seemly establishments. Normally I don’t go out much. . .honest. Well, once in a while. OK. 1 don’t protest much, but these arc the people we write about and only a part of the story is on the show floor.
So, up at 7 AM for a press conference at 8:00 (please let there be coffee). Down to die show to meet lour people at our booth for a breakfast meeting at 9:15. Back to the show to get a special demo at I 1:00, then meet another group for lunch. After lunch it’s hack to the show, see a few of the booths, then up to my room before heading to a private suite at 3:00 for another private demo. Back to the show to hang around the booth for a while until the show closes. Meet someone else for drinks before the first of two receptions (each with hors d'oeuvrcs. Drinks, live music and dancing). At S I’M fm supposed to meet six more people at the hotel bar before going out for a late dinner to talk about their new software plans. After dinner, we catch a cab and go to a nightclub before heading back to the hotel.
Walking through the hotel lobby, I’m cornered by another group of developers who are winding down the evening. “Have a nightcap with us," they say, and while silting with them, two people leave but five more join us. By this time I have been going for about 18 straight hours talking, eating. Drinking, listening, and running around. Even though it is about 1:30 am, someone stops by and mentions that his company is having a late, late party up in their suite and “you mean you haven’t seen my latest and greatest demo? Come on up to the room riglu now and I’ll show it to you.
My partners arc up there drinking at this very moment." Knowing that 1 have tin* next day booked solid, I somehow manage to gel upstairs for the party and the demo (tliis is where the conversation gets around m aliens), and an hour or two later I look at my watch and realize that in lour hours I’m supposed to have an earlv breakfast meeting, then mv keynote speech, then a press conference, etc. . . .
That is whv we send two or three people to A mi Expos. One for the show floor, one for the seminars, and I go to meals, bars, demos, receptions, and nightclubs. And they pa me, too, II you can think of a better job. I'd like to hear about it.
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Comments, complaints, and concerns from AmigaWorld readers.
IN' RESPONSE TO Mr. Rich- arc! Davis’ letter in your November '88 issue [“Cut and Splice” Repartee, p. 8], Commodore has spliced nothing on either die mouse or keyboard of the A2000. T hose nice little heat-shrink jobs rigidly secure the RF (radio frequency) cores that arc often used on frequency generating (oscillating) equipment (suefi as an Amiga
2000) . Remember, it's the
F. C.C. that requires spurious RF emission controls.
I here are many ways to suppress RF; Commodore chose ferrite cores, as have many others. Commodore went one stefi further and secured them with heat shrink to guarantee that die cores would remain at an exact distance from the cables' exit of the computer where RF emissions would be most likely to occur.
Gary R. Knight Day and Knight Elect tic-Security lam pa. FL
IN JEFFREY BUJME’S article on Arexx [“ARexx; New Kingpin of Multitasking?" Amiga- World, Nov. '88, p. 55], Mr, Blume lists several programs that currently support Arexx.
I noticed that AmigaTeX is listed as a public-domain program. I have a copy of AmigaTeX that 1 have been overjoyed with since I purchased it from Radical F.ye Software a few months ago. I think you should tell Mr, Blume that he has made a grave error in stating that AmigaTeX is public domain. It is a piece of commercial software that was ported over to the Amiga by Tomas Rokicki and is being sold by his company, Radical
F. ye Software. It is true that TeX for mainframe systems is a public-domain program, but many implementations of TeX have been written for almost every micro and mini, and these are not public domain.
TeX for the Amiga had to be rewritten totally in C and assembly. It comes with the best Previewer for any microcomputer, which allows you to see your document in all of its glory and font sizes before it is printed. AmigaTeX with a printer driver for your particular printer will cost $ 300.
Kevin E. Gardner Physics Lab Director Hope College Holland. All
Top 40 Fallout
1 KNOW YOU’RE going to get a rash of letters telling you about the mistakes you made on your selection of the top If) Amiga games ["AmigaWorld Top 10 Games," Nov, ’88, p.
29], so you can toss this one on that pile.
Generally, I thought vour list was pretty good, but with three exceptions:
1. I here were no Psvgnusis
games in the list, and 1 believe they make some of the best! Graphics and playwise, Terror* pods is a sure top 10, at least. Although Barbarian and Oblit- erator might not be the most mind-boggling, they kept me coining back for more.
2. One good thing that Commodore has come out with is Mindwalker, Franklv. I consider this the most underrated game for the Amiga.
3. Emerald Mine as best game?! You're just H ying to make me laugh, right? Come on. Guys! Give me a break! 1 would call Emerald Mine an average game at best. It's fairly amusing, lias limited staying power (how long can you get excited about dodging rocks?), has zero originality (this game concept has been around for years), and the graphics are adequate but not great. I've seen public-domain games that rival Emerald Mine,
Tomrn Munro Federal Ifrtv; WA
I REALLY ENJOYED the top If) Amiga games article. As a hardened, late-night, "just once more before I call it a night” addict of Emerald Mine (Constellation Software). I wholeheartedly agree with the choice of this game as Number One. I was surprised, however, that Ferrari Formula One (Electronic Arts) did not make the top -If) list.
Ken L. Hoi
Glendale Heights, IL
The Quest for Software
I I SEEMS AS though all we Amiga owners demand these days are new and fantastic hardware developments. I think that this attitude is healthy, but only to a certain extent. What is sorelv lacking
in our sphere of Computing is not capable hardware, but software.
My Amiga 1(100 is as advanced, technologically speaking, as any microcomputer sold. But my IBM PC is more useful, simply because it lias the programs that most people need readily available.
Let's address the real problem we Amiga users face. If you need a piece of software that is only available for some other machine, write the publisher! That type of positive action is what will move our computing community forward.
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FOR MONTHS, DICK Newell of Hillings, MT wanted to upgrade front his Commodore f>4 to an Amiga, but could not stretch his teacher's salary to cover the
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large bill. He had two upgrade paths; The most reliable was setting up a special Amiga bank account. The more circuitous was to follow the twisted logic ) f A m iga Wo rl d' s S11 m mer ‘88 Treasure Hunt across the country to San Francisco.
Eager for the challenge, Dick and his wife Carolyn lived and breathed the Treasure Hunt for three months, even taking the issues with them when they went on vacation to visit the rest of the family- a clever strategy as Dick's brother helped them out with a few troublesome dues. Outside of his family, Dick’s biggest backer was the local research librarian. “After a while, I couldn't surprise her anymore, no matter how bizarre my requests sounded," Dick laughed.
Keeping his mind on work the day of the drawing was difficult. "I tried to think positively," he told us. "It sounds silly, but I tried to stay in a winning frame of mind in case it helped. I was willing to try anything at that point." Dick was at the high school teaching his woodworking class for special-ed students, which also helps them find community jobs to gain practical experience, when we called his house with the good news. Carolyn immediately called Dick, who quickly called his research librarian. “She was almost as excited as I was!"
The A2000 was the real treasure, but the trip gave their hunt an especially happy ending. For Dick and Carolyn, the luxury weekend at the Mark Hopkins Hotel was their second getaway to San Francisco. The first was 14 years ago on their honeymoon. “'This is so romantic for us. We haven’t been this far from home since our two girls (ages nine and five) were born," Carolyn confided.
When we met the Newells for the prize presentation ceremony, they headed straight for the computer table, to make sure they hadn't imagined the whole thing. “1 had saved enough to buy an A500, then you called and said I’d won. This is what I really wanted," he added. Much of his thanks went to Andy Drexler, the owner ol Go AMIGA of Palo Alto, CA, the world’s largest distributor of Amiga products. Andy generously donated the A2000 and monitor and was the life of the presentation party. Always with an eye out for an angle, Andy invited Dick to join him at Ins weekly poker game that evening, adding he would happily accept the computer as collateral. Carolyn wisely declined the invitation for him.
Over much celebratory champagne, we discussed Dick's plans for his new toy. His interests range from 3-D graphics and animation to fine printing to music to architecture. For some time he has contemplated learning the principles of electrical concepts by experimentation.
"I'm sure Carolyn would rather
I practiced on a circuit simulation program than on the house wiring," he said, "although that would he more dramatic." An avid reader, Dick says one of his first purchases will be a data
base. "I have stacks and stacks of index cards with titles of books I want to read or investigate, Taking a database report to the library would be a lot more convenient than a file box." When he’s not reading or skulking through the stacks. Dick is an avid fan of handmade jigsaw puzzles, hard ones. For his own deviously difficult puzzles, he plans on using Digi-Vtew to create 3-D images that he will cut into intricate patterns. Perhaps Dick should help write next year’s dues rather than try to solve them. LJB
Spies have stolen valuable parts from a secret laboratory and have hidden them in their cavernous hideout. Targis, our best agent, has followed the spies into their lair and must retrieve the parts. Equipped only with a “safe"'1 blaster, he must journey through the many levels of the cave hideout and GET THOSE PARTS!
Over one hundred randomly selectable levels. A screen editor allows you to create new mazes to explore and share with your friends. An infinite number of levels are possible and allow unlimited hours of playtime. Share the danger and the honor of helping Targis save the free world.
Kingdoms of England
Enter into a land of long ago, where Kings and Knights kept the peace and honor of England. Reunite the lands of England and bring happiness to your subjects.
Kingdoms of England features a full size map of England. Battles and special occurrences have full size representations of the area and allow full control over hand to hand combat between the opposing armies.
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The evil Melator does not like snakes. In fact he thinks that snakes have no right to live. But, he is a fair man and so he has put forth a challenge to your kind; survive his dungeon and he will allow your race to survive.
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MOST OF THE action in Los Angeles last fall was at Dodger Stadium, but AmiEXPO-California still managed to attract over 6,700 Amiga fans to the Westin Sonaventure during the weekend of October 7-9.
Joel Shusterman, Commodore’s Vice President of Marketing, Jed off the series of three keynote addresses by focusing on the outlook for the Amiga in ’89. Shusterman admitted that in the past the company has failed in the realm of Amiga marketing and advertising. The Amiga is a "marketing man’s dream” according to Shusterman. Who perceives that his role is to spread the word about the machine.
As for marketing strategy, Commodore must "pick its own battlefields,” says Shusterman. Plans call for moving into fields where the Amiga has an edge, such as the graphics and design market, with Amiga advertising in appropriate trade journals.
Shusterman also detailed a new policy, whereby Commodore will announce only new products that will be available within 90 days. Products currently in that elite group include the 2286 Bridgeboard, an IBM PC AT on a card, and the 2620 Card, an accelerator for the Amiga 2000. For the growing number of disgruntled users who have had technical problems with their Amigas, Shusterman offered a ray of hope, stating that customer service and support at Commodore is improving and will become a number one priority. Jt was nice to hear someone from CBM acknowledge the problem.
Mew products introduced at the show included Byte by Byte’s Sculpt-Ani- mate 4D, an upgrade to Sculpt-Animate 3D designed for professional applications. NewTek announced the 3.0 upgrade to Digi-View, which includes overscan capability. Antic Software unveiled Zoetrope, a low-cost animation system developed by Jim Kent, author of Aegis Animator. Speaking of Aegis, they have a new entry in the CAD arena Aegis Draw 2000, which promises to combine state-of-the-art CAD performance with the ease of use of a paint program.
Oxxi announced A-Talk ill, a communications and terminal emulation program with an expanded Script language. Brown-Wagh got a lot of attention with demonstrations of MIDI Magic, their new MIDI sequencer. Gold Disk has been busy developing a hardware software interface for the Canon 1X12 black-and- white, 300-dot-per-inch scanner, which will allow you to save images as black- and-white IFF files at 300 dots per inch. Mindware introduced PAGErender3D, a 3D tool for artists that generates 3D in any number of bit planes, and Charon 5, a new game combining strategy and arcade elements.
About 500 Amiga fans made their way to the Los Angeles "Stock Exchange” building for an unusual presentation. "Amiga Visions” featuring the music of Silent Warhol combined live performance with videos and music. Effects were produced with the Amiga equipped with A-Squared’s Live! Video digitizer. Digital Creations’ SuperGen genlock, and Elan Design’s Invision software. While the audience appreciated the video effects, many seemed bewildered by the overall performance.
As in previous AmiEXPOs, the Amiga Video and Graphics Theater, cosponsored by Sony Corp., spotlighted presentations from Amiga video artists. As an extension, the show committee announced the first annual AmiEXPO Art and Video Contest. Judging is scheduled to take place at AmiEXPO New York, March 3-5. (See next month’s Notepad column for more details on the contest.) SL
Slowin’in the Wind
PICTURE YOURSELF FLOATING deep undersea, watching kelp fronds oscillate in the current and listening to the muted calls of distant whales. Now you’re in the right frame of mind to experience Air Player X, an Amiga-driven kinetic sculpture by New York artist Sara Garden Armstrong. The work combines movement with real and digitized sound, painting, sculpture, and lighting. The chain of command begins with an Amiga 500 it activates blowers, which in turn set seven monumental (five- io ten-foot) hand-cast paper forms swaying. The modulated breath-like sonance that emanates from tire ensemble harmonizes with transformed-digitized blower sounds playing through the Amiga.
One performance, including distinct patterns and random elements, cycles in 20 to 30 minutes. Composer programmer Nick Didkovsky, also of New York, used Perfect Sound (SunRize Industries) to digitize the background track. He worked with Sara on the sound and movement composition, and wrote the orchestration program using HMSL (Hierarchical Music Specification Language) from Frog Peak Music. While HMSL works on the Macintosh as well as the Amiga, Nick says there is no comparison. "The Mac doesn’t afford you nearly as much control over sound as does the Amiga.” Air Player X is on exhibit at Xew York City’s Souvun Yi Gallery (249 Centre St., 212 334-5189) from December 3 through 24, 1988. BG ¦
A section of Air Player X sways in the Amiga-controlled breeze.
Hints, tips, and techniques from your fellow Amiga users.
Sticky Disk Labels
REGARDING MR. MINER'S suggestion to use toupee tape for stic king customized labels on 3.5" disks [“Disk Label Tape,”
Hors d'oeuvrcs, Nov. '88, p. 12], I find that using 3M spray mount artist’s adhesive, which you can buy at any arts and crafts supply store, may be a better method.Just sprav on the back ofThe customized labels sheet, and with scissors or an exacto-knile. Cut to the size you like.
Path Name Speedup Revisited
THE FEBRUARY 1988 Hors d’oeuvres column contained a suggestion from Mr. Clctus Baker regarding speedup of the startup-sequence by using the complete path name in front of each command [“More and More Startup Speedups,’’ p. 14]. This is a good idea and does indeed provide faster startup, hut there are two things you have to be careful of.
The first is that not all commands are in the Cl directory. For example, suppose you want to start up with a different key- map. You should use
sysiSystcm Sct.Map (whatever) not
in the start up-sequence because SeiMap is in the System directory (on the Workbench disk, at least), not the C directory. Notice the difference in syntax, also. C: is a logical device that is assigned to the boot disk's C directory by Amiga DOS when you boot up. No logical device is assigned to the System directory (sys: is the logical device assigned to the boot-up volume itself), so you have to provide the full path name.
The second is that there are some commands in the C directory that cannot have C: before them. 1 hese are:
ELSE, END IE, LAB, and nested IE. The reason for ibis is that the (44 is looking.
for example, for END IE. It will not recognize C:endif as what it needs.
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1. THERE ARE PADS designed to hold a typewriter in place on your desktop. If you put one of these under your printer, it will reduce printing noise bv more than you might think, and because it reduces vibration, it could extend the life of your printer. They are also made out of the exact same material as those expensive little mouse pads, at about a quarter of the price per square foot. I managed to find one big enough so that most of the pad is under my printer while the rest extends out as a home turf for my mouse. You could also just cut the pad with scissors to get the size you want.
2. Business card holders are just about the perfect size to hold a few mini disks. My local stationer has acrylic ones that sell for a little over $ 1.00 Canadian (about 75 cents in the U.S.). It sits quietly on top of my monitor and holds Kick- start. Workbench, my word-processing disk, and accounting programs at easy reach. I have another that keeps my data disks handy.
3. Fhe Amiga uses the preferences, including the printer settings, from the first disk accessed since vour Iasi warm boot. This means that if von booted ;i program in which vmi haven't bothered to set the printer, and then switch to another program that uses the printer, you will wish you hadn't. For the sake of safetv. It is a good idea to set the preferences on every single disk vou get, as soon as vou get it.
4. When running commercial software from the CLI, if the program name is cumbersome (e.g.. Record Keeping lot Small Business), change it to something manageable so vou can boot the program without excessive labor at the keyboard. I call all my programs “D” because I've already got nn linger on the
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WHILE USING EXECUTE, I found an easy tool to remind me of the necessary statement as well as carry out the command.
First, copy the (4.1 icon using the Workbench or (44 COPY command. Then move it to the drawer with the program needing the EXECUTE action (e.g., when you wish to ASSIGN directories to another drive). Next. RENAME the (44 icon to an appropriate reminder such as “Execute df I Assign”. (Note: You cannot use a colon after the drive identity without getting a message asking you to insert a non-existent disk.) Lastly, using ED. Create a file of the necessary commands, ending the file with an ENDC44 statement, and name the file as you named the CLI icon (i.e., ASSIGN).
When you then use that particular software, the icon reminds vou of the name of the file you created. Doubles
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click *»11 (Ik* icon and gel a (4.1 window, then type "EXECUTE DELASS1GN" and press Ret urn. As soon as the (lie has been executed, the (4.1 window self de* struets and you are ready to go.
I lore is an example, ( '.all 14). Then type the following:
assign d: dfl aisei data
assign a pit s: dhl:a_pirs
assign w: df I ivvork assign i: df I :icmi assign prog; df hprog on deli
fhen save (Esc x) this file as “dh I ;assign". Name the (4.1 icon. “Execute dll I Assign".
I his example was developed for use with Acquisition In laurus (a database program) installed on a hard drive hut requiring data disks to he in dfl: and containing system files to he on die data disk. I hat is why the a_pics assignment is to dhl: rather than dfl:. I am sure that other uses could he found for this trick,
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Save Your Monitor
TF YOU LEAVE your computer on with an unchanging screen for a long time, you run the i isk of damaging the monitor's phosphors. Because repeatedly turning the monitor on and off is hard on the picture lube, a number of screen- blanking programs have been written dial will automatically darken the display after a period of inac tivity. However, there is another simple wav’ to avoid phosphor burn in. And you don't have to load a program or turn off the picture tube. Simply open the front panel on the* Amiga monitor and change the v ideo mode switc h from RUB to composite. Since (presumably) you have no composite* input, the sc reen will he blank.
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NOT WILLING TO give up all my C-64 software* when I got my Amiga, I was hoping that one of the (> I emulators might be the answer, but alter trying them out, I was disappointed to put it mildly). I hen I came up with an idea for the ultimate Of>4 emulator, Namelv, keep my old (il. Since desk space is always at a premium. 1 just hooked up mv (j f to the Amiga monitor's composite input, and my 1541 C-(i 1 drive goes under the 1010 Amiga 3.5" drive. When I want to use U-fi-l software, the Amiga keyboard slips into the “garage" (I have an A 1000). The 04 takes its place on the desk. I flip the monitor from RUB to composite, and voila! Perfect U-fi-l emulation.
Basic Boot Disk
CONSIDERING THE AMOUNT of Amiga Basic programming that I do. I found It helpful to create a self-hooting Basic disk. This eliminates the time hooting with another disk and the hassle o| icon clicking and disk swapping involved in getting to my programs (a real hothei with a one-ch ive system). A self-booting Basic disk also allows me to use EPRI.X I and SAY commands without having to access any files on my Workbench disk.
Lo create a self hooting Basic disk, follow these steps:
1. Make a diskcopv of Workbench.
2. Delete everything hut the following direc tories and files:
C (dir) addbuffers date setclock
(the only commands you need are those in the startup-sequence.) System (dir) say I (dir)
port handlet (levs (dir) printers (dir)
()kidat;i_92 (depends on the printer you have) narratnr.dcvice printer‘.dev ice
parallel.device (or serial.device il using a serial printer) s (dir)
startup-sequence start up-sequence4id libs (dir)
3. Edit the startup-sequence. The only command it needs to have is Amiga Basic. Or. Type the name of vour program in ([notes beside Amiga Basic and your program will run automatically after the
boot-up process. (Note: Am command used in this file must also reside in the c directory.)
I. Unpy Amiga Basic onto vour new Basic disk and vou are done.
Another way to create a self-booting Basic disk is to run INS'TALL on a formatted disk (preferably blank), and cop tin* directories and files (don't Inrgei to edit the startup-sequence) mentioned above* to that disk.
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E EX W 1 1II ALL the neat little features in AmigaDOS. There is no quick little typewriter feature for hanging out a note on the printer. This batch lilt* tills that gap. It turns on proportional mode and Ids you tvpe. I he characters will not he printed until you press Return at the end of your line.
MakeDir RAM:c (lopy ( A iopv to RAM:c RAMx Uopv C:E(4 l() to RAM:c Assign U: RAM:c ECHO
ECHO “bv James Hicks YU"
E( 4 l() “ I vpe each line vou waul printed."
ECHO “followed by Return>"
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Copy * to FRF:
ECHO > FRT: “*e[lp"
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I v pe this using El), then Execute it- You can access the ANSI printer codes hv pressing EXC. Then typing the command sequence.
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POTATO CHIPS AND processing power just a liiile of either makes you crave mot e. An add on such as a 68020 processor board with 32-bit wide RAM. However, is an expensive proposition. Creative Microsystems Inc. (CMI) has an attractive alternative: comparable acceleration and number-crunching performance at a more affordable price.
The Processor Accelerator, a small daughterboard, replaces the 8MHz 68000 microprocessor in all Amiga models. It contains a 16.MI1 . 68000 running at I4.32.MH twice the normal operating speed and some "traffic cop” circuitry that allows the accelerated processor to communicate with the Amiga’s 7.16MHz coprocessor chips. For those who retjuire still greater celerity, the board is socketed for an optional MC68881 math coprocessor chip and crystal oscillator. The card works with either a 12.5MHz or 16MHz coprocessor and the appropriate oscillator.
The Processor Accelerator noticeably speeds all CPU-related operations, particularly numerical calculations and ray- trace rendering. Windows snap to life more crisply, and multitasking programs assume a new operational edge. Even things as commonplace as the scrolling high-resolution text in a telecommunications program display additional smoothness. Flighl-simulation fans will get gidclv at the new-found dynamism of cockpit animation.
The accelerator boosts only calculations accomplished inside the central processing unit; it does not expedite disk access or the Amiga's custom coprocessors. As a result, although the processor is running twice as fast as a plain-vanilla Amiga, the hoard realistically increases speed bv 10 to 40 percent under normal use.
Getting Go-fast Going
I he Processor Accelerator is available in two configurations: one for the AI0Q0 and another for the A500 and A2000. Installation of either requires that you open the computer’s case and possible void Commodore's warranty. Nonetheless, the procedure is simple for those with a moderate share of courage and experience (if you are apprehensive, however, ask your dealer to install the board); Open the computer, remove the disk drives and metal shields, and replace the existing 68000 chip with the*
Processor Accelerator. To add a coprocessor, just insert the math and crystal chips into the daughterboard's sockets.
Two programs on the included utiliiv disk activate acceleration. Togglespced is a software switch that shifts GPU operation from normal to last mode. 1 ran logglespeed continuously without experiencing any problems with other software. The InstallM(! Program enables tlu* math coprocessor chip. Here. I hit one snag: Programs prepared to access the* chip would not do so unless InstallMG had been invoked during boot-up.
II you want all your software* to run faster, install a jumper on-board to permanently lock-in the accelerated mode. This option is particularly useful for ?
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Copyprotected sol (ware, which precludes adding Togglespeed or InstallMC to the startup-scquence. Enforced acceleration, however, mav cause problems with some versions of the A2000 keyboard.
l ran a handful of benchmarks on an Amiga 201)0 with three megabytes of in* ternal RAM. Not surprisingly, the degree of acceleration varied depending on the type of test. Performance increases ranged from 10 percent (The Sieve of Eratosthenes with both register and memory variables) to nearly 50 percent (floating-point benchmark).
To test a 16MHz math coprocessor controlled by a 16.7MHz crystal oscillator. I ran an equation-graphing program. The unadorned A2000 drew a complete figure in 362 seconds. With the Processor Accelerator in place, rendering speed increased 20 percent it took 301 seconds. Adding die math chip allowed the Amiga to tear through die process in a remarkable 36 seconds, for more than a tenfold improvement over an off-the- shelf A2000.
While the math coprocessor affords the greatest velocity, such results come at a cost. You can expect to pav from $ 150 to $ 175 for die math coprocessor with oscillator crystal. The coprocessor, however. Goes into operation only if a program has been compiled to use the IEEE math libraries on Workbench 1.3. While little software currently supports the math chip, the socket provides an ever- read y upgrade path.
Flic Processor Accelerator is compatible with most existing software and hardware. I found only a few items failed with the board in place: EACC (ASDG), Diskman (the shareware (lie-utility program), DOS-2-DOS (Central Coast Software), the dongle for X-CAD (Taurus Software), and Live! (A Squared). CMI has even designed the board to work properly with software dial takes timing cues from the 68000 processor. Be warned, though: Some hardware configurations could cause compatibility problems not anticipated by the hoard's designers. Fortunately, CMI offers a six- month unconditional warranty, and the company seems to be making a sincere effort to solve incompatibility problems.
II you use your Amiga frequently in
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Editor's Note: CMI advises that Disk2Disk from Central Coast Software will not work at 14MHz either. Also, when used in conjunction with a 68000, the 68881 is more properly called a peripheral processor because it requires special interface circuitry. A.s this circuitry, and not the 68881 clock, is the limiting factor in 68881 performance. CMI recommends the less expensive 12.5MHz 68881.
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YOU NO LONGER need a heap of hardware to set up a basic MIDI studio. Dynamic Studio mitigates hardware shock by using the Amiga's sound chip to combine two essential MIDI elements a sequencer and a digital drum machine into one software package.
Dynamic Studio’s two disks come loaded with 16 “drumkits” sets of sampled drum sounds that you can load into the Amiga’s memory, arrange in sequences, and play back as drum tracks on your sequences. The concept is great, eliminating the usual necessity of buying a separate drum box loaded with its own sounds and dedicated sequencing software (the latter being redundant in a setup with a capable sequencer). With Dynamic Studio you can record rhythm, melody, and harmony, using onlv one program and one synthesi cr, or more, if you wish. This is an excellent way for beginners to get up and running without mortgaging the farm.
Once you load a drumkit into the Amiga, you can play each instrument with the Amiga keyboard’s numeric key
pad. The clear, intclligentlv laid-oui drum-machine screen displays eight click-and-drag sliders for setting the vnl-
nine, and another eight for changing the pitch (and duration) of each drum in a kit. An additional 16 sliders set the volume and tuning of accented drum sounds (same sample, different treatment). Which you plav bv pressing a number key while holding Enter, and one assignable fine-tuning slider.
I hese controls are just some of the features in Dynamic Studio that give you a surprising degree of musical flexibility while minimizing the overlv perfect, robotic feel that digitally precise sequencers often produce. In fact, were the quality of the drum samples better. New Wave’s drum machine could be downright dangerous. As it stands, the Amiga’s
eight-bit sampling limitations make this a terrifically designed drum machine with so-so sounds. 1 hese drums can be great lun in the living room, but even plavcd through a good sound system with the Amiga filter toggled off, they’re not the ones to use on your next hit single.
You record a drum track bv clicking on
Record Pattern and pressing the number keys (optionally, to the tick of a metronome). Link a number of these patterns together, or let the program randomize them for variety, and you’ve got a song,
A rudimentary quantize feature places each sound on the nearest quarter, eighth, sixteenth, or thirty-second note, assuring beginners of rhvthmic precision; it also lets you continuouslv repeat sounds on quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes. Recorded notes appear as dashes in the Pattern Editor Window, where vou can add, delete, accent, or unaccent ?
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Unfortunately, patterns are limited to a maximium of eight beats, and though the meters can be set anywhere from 1 4 to 8 4, all time signatures are limited to a denomination of four. While even limitations as serious as this are understandable in less-than-professional software, the manual makes things problematic by saying. “Most users, however, will never need to change its default value of 4 4 since almost all types of music use that time signature exclusively” Allowing such misleading statements to appear in a manual for neophytes is irresponsible.
You can record up to 16 tracks with your MIDI symhesizcr(s) typically, while your drum song plays on the Sc- quencer screen. Here you also choose length. MIDI channel, division (similar to a “pattern" in the drum screen), and other basics, and then combine divisions into whole pieces. 'Io fix mistakes, you can select where recording will start and end by bars, and punch in a new performance over an old one, without changing other parts.
I found some instability with the sequencers timing. It slows noticeably if you move the mouse during playback, and even when left alone seems to lag at times.
Everybody Needs A Good Editor
One of the most important features of any sequencer is its editor. Dynamic Studio has a powerful one.
Some of the program’s humanizing features instruct your Amiga to change MIDI Velocity (note volume), or channels by random values. You can “time shift" a track by as little as 1 192 notes to achieve a different rhythmic feel, or scale the speed at which the track plays. Other editing items provide echoing, transposing, or cutting and pasting notes, filtering or scaling controller data such as Pitch Bend, and rechanneling a range of keys, which is helpful in having different parts of your performance played back with different synthesizer sounds.
After you have recorded a performance. You can see each note, controller, program change, and MIDI event. You can also edit note position and length, note volume, the amount of modulation each note gets, and so on.
There are both graphic and text modes in the editing function. Each allows you to insert, delete, and change the values of notes and controllers. The graphic mode displays notes as lines on a piano-roll display where you select notes and functions, then change values by dragging a slider. The slider is not the best; sliding it to the far left or right only changes values by thirty-two, so larger edits require re-dragging, A better approach would be to let you type in values from the keyboard. The text editor lists a siring of labeled MIDI data values, in hex and decimal formats, representing note status, velocity, and various MIDI events, all of which you can copy, cut and paste, or change using the slider.
Despite the slider limitations, this editor is good because it lets you fine-tune virtually everything.
The convenient librarian lets you save system-exclusive information from vour
synthesizers, so the sounds you used are as accessible as the data. You can save sequences to standard format SMUS files, in order to use them with other programs.
Dynamic Studio will satisfy beginners. Adding the inexpensive Ensoniq Mirage Digital Sampler (Sound Oasis S99.95 another New Wave program, translates sample Mirage disks into editable Amiga files) will let you create better drum samples, and provides an excellent wav to upgrade this flexible startup studio. Editor's Note; As we go to press, an update of Dynamic Studio has been released. It promises twice the tempo resolution, plus abilities to trigger external MIDI instruments and read all sample files.
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As they say in the pulp paperback business, it’s a real “page-turner.” By Wayland Strickland
TRADITIONAL ANIMATION design is a cumbersome process of drawing the intended sequence out on a number of sheets of paper. To create the animation, you must then flip the pages.
The simplified, computerized meihod involves digitizing each of the cells and loading them into a page-llipping program, which provides great flexibility in altering the animation. This process saves time and money by allowing vou to correct mistakes before the product is transferred to film or videotape.
Animation: Flipper is designed to play back any number of cells in any order you wish. It will "flip" IFF pictures in any resolution in both overscan and non-overscan, although it does not support HAM pictures.
Let’s Start Flipping
After loading Flipper, use the pull-down menus to choose what you want the program to flip. From the Storage menu you can load prerecorded scripts or save new ones. These scripts arc in text format, and they contain the number of pictures to he loaded, the file names, and the amount of time the pictures are to remain on screen.
One script feature that proved puzzling is New. When you choose it, the program clears or deletes its current script from memory, but it will not permit the creation of any new scripts. The program does not lock up entirely, however. And vou can still multitask with other software or with Workbench; yet. In New the only feature of the program that works is Quit.
Using Mode, select the format under which you want the animation stored: ANIM for use with other third-party software, and HASH for all Hash Enterprises animation software, I hen, to compile the animation, select Pack. When you are ready to edit, bring up Edit; here vou can choose from three selections: Add. Modify, and Delete.
Add brings up a file requester listing the files on dff):, dfl:, IID;, and so forth. You need not repeat the selection and loading process for each picture to be flipped. Instead, simply select all of the pictures at once by touching the respective file names in the order desired, and then click the load icon.
With Modify you can select one picture at a time and adjust its delay time if
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BASIC By The Numbers
Back from a holiday hiatus, our tutorial on A miga Basic programming continues luith an examination of data files.
By Bob Ryan
Back to Basics
fX THE PAST month, I've received a number of letters from beginning progr ammers mho have had trouble keeping up with the pare of the tutorials over the last four or five months, lieeause this is a tutorial for beginners. I've decided to concentrate for the time being on important elementary topics in BASK', programming. Ibis month, I take a look at using data files from Amiga Basic.
as picture files. For example, a BASIC program called LoadlLBM- SaveACBM found in the Basic- Demos drawer of your Extras disk
LIKE ALL COMPUTERS, your Amiga stores programs and data in RAM, short for random-access memory.
(By the way, don’t be misled by the acronym RAM. Your computer doesn’t access memory randomly; rather, it calculates and uses spe- cific addresses.) The problem with RAM is that it is volatile; Its contents are destroyed when you turn off your computer. To be useful at all, computers must be able to store programs and data permanently. Providing this permanent storage is the function of disk drives.
Programs and data are stored on disks as files. If you own a painting program such as DeluxePaint II, you're familiar with the picture files that it produces. These picture files are a form of data files.
Your Amiga Basic programs can also load and save data files. (In fact, because they are loaded into the Amiga Basic interpreter, BASIC programs are data files themselves, but that's another story.) These data files can contain simple text information or graphics images such
lets you load and save Amiga picture files. A properly written Amiga Basic program can read any Amiga data file.
Creating Files from Amiga Basic
1() DEMONS"! RATE HOW you create and use data files from Amiga Basic. I'll take you through the steps needed to create a simple address-book program. This program will save a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers lo disk. It will also let you retrieve information from the list.
Creating a data file from Amiga Basic is a function of the OPEN statement. The OPEN statement has two forms. 1 prefer to use the second syntax listed in the Amiga Basic manual, page 8*100. For example, to create a file called Address, you would enter:
OPEN “Address’* FOR OUTPUT AS 1
This statement creates a file named address in the current directory. For Amiga Basic, the current directory is the one where Amiga Basic itself is located. Thus, if you start Amiga Basic from the main window of your Extras disk, the file Address will also be located in the main window of the Extras disk. If another file with the same name, whether it is a program file or a data file, exists in the current directory, it will be overwritten by your newly created file. Note that this applies only to sequential data files that you open for output. Files opened for input files and ?
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Lamloiiiucct-ss files (which we will discuss later) do not overwrite
previously created files.
I he word OUTPUT specifies that you are going to write to this Hie. II you had used the word I NT IT. You would be able to read from a previously existing File. The term 1 means that you will refer to the tile* as file number 1 in your program.
Now that we’ve created a clata file, we need data to save to it. Check out this simple input routine:
INPUT “Last Name: lasts
IF lasts = “ ” THEN Finish INPUT “First Name: firsts
INPUT “Street Address: streets
INPUT “City: cityS
INPUT ’ State: stateS
INPUT -'Zip: zipS
INPUT “Phone : phoneS
WRITE 1. Lasts, firsts, streets, cityS. StateS, zipS, phoneS GOTO GetData Finish:
CLOSE 1 END
This input routine accepts data from keyboard eniry and writes the data to the file address. The routine loops until you
enter a blank carriage return at the Last Name prompt. At that point, the routine jumps to Finish, closes the tile, and ends.
The important statement in this routine is the RII L statement. I his statement writes the contents ol the specified variables to the specified file, finis, the contents ol lastS. LirstS, streetS. CitvS. StateS. ZipS, and phoneS are written to file number
l. which we specified in the OPEN statement as the file Address.
You can also use PRINT . A close relative of the standard PRINT statement, to write information to a file. I prefer WRITE because it automatically inserts delimiters between the data items, making them easier to input from the lilt*.
To create your own data file, you simply combine the OPEN statement with the data-entry routine and run the program. I he program will then create a new file every time you run it. I his is not very convenient il you wish to oulv add names to an alrcad existing file. To keep from destroying the contents ol the file everv time vou want to write to it. Use the APPEND option instead of the OUTPUT option. Your OPEN command now looks like this:
OPEN “Address” FOR APPEND AS 1
I his statement will still create Address if it doesn't alread exist. The difference is that it won’t destroy the file it it does exist: it will let you add to the file. Using this form of OPEN, run the program and create a short data file. In the next section. I present a program that reads and manipulates the data.
TO GET INFORMATION from a data file, you have to use the OPEN statement once again. For example:
OPEN “Address” FOR INPUT AS *1
prepares the file Address for reading. Reading a file doesn't change the contents of the file, it simply transfers copies of the data from disk to RAM.
When you open a file for input, a pointer is created at the top of the file. The pointer indicates the next piece of data to be read. When you read data from the file, the pointer moves to the next piece of data until it encounters the end-of-file
(EOF) indicator. Thus, the file is read sequentially from top to bottom. It is thus called a sequential data file to differentiate it from a random-access data file, which lets you jump around in the file.
Once opened, you read from a file using the INPUT ft statement. Here is an example of a routine that reads the contents of our Address file into an array, where you can then manipulate the data.
OPTION BASE 1 DIM lst$ (100,7)
OPEN “Address” FOR INPUT AS ft 1 WHILE NOT EOF 1) rec = rec + 1 FOR fid = 1 to 7 INPUT 1, IstS(rec.fld)
NEXT fid WEND CLOSE 1
This routine reads the data from the file into a two-dimensional array that can store seven different
pieces of information on 100 people. The number of the current person is stored in the variable rec (for record). The fid (for field) variable indicates which part of a person s record is being read. Note that this routine crashes if your file contains more than 100 names. I will discuss ways around this limitation in future columns on error trapping. For now, you can increase the size of the array to accommodate more records.
Once you have the data in memory you can manipulate it. You can display all the data, search for the information on a particular person, sort the data by any of the fields, and send the data to your printer.
I’ll get into all this next month when I examine text manipulation in depth. For now. I'll leave you with a
routine that displays all the data in Address.
FOR x = 1 to rec FOR fid = 1 to 7 PRINT IstS(x.fld):
NEXT fid PRINT NEXT x
Combine this with the data-read- ing routine and you can view the contents of Address. Next time, we'll make the data more useful by letting you perform more powerful data manipulations. ¦
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Everything You Didn’t Think You Needed To Know (Or Buy!) When You Plunked Down All That Money On Your New Amiga Computer System.
FACED WITH a bewildering array of hardw are and software products, new Amiga owners cry out for help in making the proper decisions. Amiga World responds!
Life used to be easy for new Amiga owners. Decisions about what software and hardware to buy were made simple by the fact that there was very little software and hardware to buy. The worm has turned, however, and the abundance of Amiga software and hardware products has made the job of outfitting your new computer a daunting and confusing task. In the following two sections of this special feature, two experienced Amiga users make their recommendations about the softw are and hardware they think will best benefit a new Amiga owrner.
The products described below are not necessarily the newest, best or most powerful in their class. They are products that are relatively inexpensive and easy to use, and that have performed well for thousands of Amiga owners. You may do better than to assemble your Amiga Starter Kit from the products listed here, but you won’t go wrong if you choose to follow’ our recommendations.
Editor’s Note: For further information about products mentioned in either section of this article, consult the Product Information box at the end of the entire feature. Also, in previous issues of Amiga World, we have published roundups or comparative reviews of various types of products. In such cases, there is a citation of the article at the end of each section should you wish to read about the product, and its competition, in more depth. For individual reviews of products, check our “Index of Articles and Reviews,” which appears every7 January’ and covers the previous year’s issue. ?
BY SHELDON LEEMON AND BOB RYAN
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STARTING OUT “SOFTLY”. .
TRYING TO BUY your first software packages presents the same Mohius strip of a problem as trying to land your first job. Without experience you cannot get a job, but without ajob you cannot get experience. By the same token, without software you cannot use your new computer, but without using your computer for a while, you cannot decide which is the best software to buy.
You could ask your friend the computer wizard for recommendations, but programs that are right for a seasoned veteran do not necessarily fit a rookie’s needs. To help you untangle the problem, I have put together a starter kit of the best introductory programs in six commonly used software categories word processors, databases, spreadsheets, home-fi- nance programs, graphics programs, and games.
Right Kind of Writer: Word Processors
Everybody who owns a computer writes something resumes, letters, business reports, or school papers. To write with a computer you need a word processor, a program that lets you enter, manipulate, format, and print text. Using a computer to prepare documents is much more efficient than using a typewriter. Basic word processors let you correct mistakes before they are printed, and to move paragraphs from one part of the document to another without retyping. Word processors also allow you to store your documents on disk, so vou can retrieve and reuse your
work later, without keying it in again. The computer makes fine tuning, such as changing margin settings and line spacing, easier. You can print multiple configurations of the same document without retyping.
More powerful word processors include a spellchecker that flags for misspelled words and suggests correct spellings. Many advanced programs automatically generate footnotes, indices, and tables of contents. Because of the Amiga’s graphics capabilities, many word processors let you insert graphics, such as maps, graphs, or custom logos, into your document.
KindWords ($ 100) from The Disc Company is a good first word processor. Besides letting you type, edit, and print simple documents, KindWords allows you to mix text and graphics on the same page. You can import 16-color IFF (Interchange File Format, the standard Amiga format) graphics into a document and then resize, crop, and move the image.
If you want to create documents with lots of graphics and color, however, the better choice is ProWritc (SI25), a graphically-oriented word processor from New Horizons. It has the best support for mixing a variety of color fonts with graphics. You can import any resolution IFF or 4096-color Holtl-and-Modify (HAM) image and wrap your text around the picture.
For very long, text-only documents and top-of-the- line features such as footnotes, table-of-contenis generation, auto-hyphenation, and a thesaurus, the clear choice is WordPerfect from WordPerfect Corp. List price for the Amiga version is a hefty $ 395, but it is commonly sold for as little as $ 225-5250. WordPerfect offers some little-publicized promotions, permitting students, teachers, or users' group members to purchase the program for a mere $ 125-5150 (contact WordPerfect dealers for details). Be warned. WordPerfect will be a challenge to the rank amateur. The program's excellent documentation, good tutorial, and extremely helpful telephone support, however, will make learning easier. (See “The AW Word Processing Roundup," p. 49 in I he Or tidier '88 issue jor a comparison of word processors. "And The Word Was Made Per feet," p. 18, in the December '87 issue offers a feature-length review of WordPerfect.)
Electronic Filing Cabinets: Databases
If you need to organize and keep track of things, you should invest in a database program. Like filing cabinets, databases store and soi l information, generally text, for later retrieval. You can use a database to organize your record collection, a mailing list, or your store's stock. Keeping records in a database is a lot handier than stuffing f ile folders. The computer will sort or retrieve information based on custom criteria. For example, you can search through a mailing list for all entries bearing the last name of Smith, or for all records with the zip code 98201), or for all records with the zip code 98206 and a street name that contains the letter combination “dale." Databases also let you print the stored information in a variety of ways. You can take the same collection of names anti addresses and print mailing labels or a list of telephone numbers. Most databases allow you to print
Program selections from six popular categories to get your Amiga software library off the ground.
Your iisi of names and addresses to a file on floppy disk for mail merging. A word processor with mail merge capabilities will combine automatically the address flic with a document file, and print the same letter to a whole list of people, changing the name and address on each letter.
Superbase Personal by Precision Incorporated is an exceptional value for the new user. It is full-featured and easy to use, yet at $ 80 it is one of the least expensive databases available for the Amiga. Not only can ii store a huge number of text records, but it can store pictures as well. Because Superbase Personal is part of a family of databases from Precision Software, you can upgrade to more powerful versions, without sacrificing your initial investment, when you need more advanced features, such as relational sorting and macros for automating repetitive tasks. (See "I) neks i)t a Rour. A Roundup of Amiga Databases," p. 24 of the September '88 issue for a comparison of databases.)
Legal Numbers Sheets
To keep track of and manipulate numbers you need a spreadsheet, a sort of database for figures. Spr eadsheets not only can record numeric information, but also can perform complex mathematical calculations on the values to determine correlations and make projections. Spreadsheets arc divided into rows and columns of boxes called cells. Each cell can store a number that you enter from the keyboard, or that the program calculates by performing one or more mathematical operations on numbers in other cells. The ability to define complex relationships among a group of numbers is the real strength of the spreadsheet, illustrating how changing one value can affect other related values. Spreadsheets can also generate graphs based on the numbers they store. You can use a spreadsheet for simple tasks such as balancing a checkbook or for more complex chores such as maintaining complete financial records for a business, or doing tax returns.
Two full-featured spreadsheets for the Amiga are Maxiplan 500 from Oxxi, and Analyze! From Microsystems Software; both offer a lot of power for about $ 150. You can even graph your figures in two or three
dimensions and in an array of colors. For those who
like to bring their work home. Analyze! Can read
and write files in Lotus 1-2$ format. Maxiplan 500 is the choice for serious numbercrunchers, however, because it offers an upgrade path to Maxiplan Plus, an even more powerful package with extensive mathematical, trigonometric and financial functions, plus a macro feature. (See "The Xumbers dame," p. 51 in the February '88 issue for a comparison of spreadsheets.)
Balanced Budgets: Home Finance
To the home user who wants only to manage the household finances, not the profit and loss schedules for Coca-Cola, a personal accounting program would be easier to use than a spreadsheet. Tailored to a specific application, personal accounting programs help you balance your checkbook, and keep track of income and expenses.
At $ 90, EH ASA R from Antic Software is one of the least expensive yet most complete packages. It not only lets you set up a budget and see how well you stick to it, but also helps you calculate your income taxes and net worth. Best of all, EHASAR is easy to use, offering a number of shortcuts to avoid retyping frequent entries.
Bundles of Productivity
If you want to purchase alt your productivity software at once, or are on a tight budget since you bought your new machine, software bundles arc a bargain. Currently, two packages combine a word processor, a database, and a spreadsheet in one box. I he Works!, a collection of programs from Micro-Systems Software, includes Scribble! the word processor). Organize! (the database), and Analyze! (the spreadsheet).
Because the programs all come from the same manufacturer, they have the same look and feel. Once you have mastered one of the programs, you can learn the others easily. At $ 200, the whole package costs only $ 50 more than Analyze! Alone. The second package, The Critics Choice, combines three programs from different manufacturers. The word processor is The Disc Company’s Kind Words; the spreadsheet is Oxxi's Maxiplan 500; and the database is Software Visions’ MicroFichc Filer, which stores and retrieves its records in a microfiche-style format. At $ 250, The Critics Choice costs a bit more than I he Works! And ?
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lacks a unified user ini erf ace. Nonetheless, it includes three fine products, two of which can he upgraded to more powerful versions (Microf iche Filer Plus and MaxiPlan Plus). The upgrade path makes The Critics Choice a package worth considering.
On the Right Side
just as the human brain is split into a reasoning- oriented left side and an imaginative, creative right side, the Amiga’s centeral processing unit lias a hardcore, data-manipulalion side and an artistic side for
graphics and music. While serious data-managemcm applications are a good way to rationalize a computer purchase, the Amiga's fabulous graphics capabilities make it great fun to use* lor art and entertainment.
One of the* first creativitv programs lor the Amiga was DehixePaint. A revolutionary painting program from Electronic Arts. Almost three rears later, DeluxePaint II is still high on the list of software that every user should own. It has a superb collec tion of drawing tools and sup pons all resolutions and graphics modes, except HAM and Extni_Halll)rite (04- ?
THE REFERENCE SHELF
WHEN YOU ARE learning a new subject, a private tutor can save you time and frustration. It can also cost a lot of money. The next best solution is a good book. New Amiga owners have a modest library of books to lead them through learning the CLI, Workbench, and the machine's capabilities.
If the Introduction to the Amiga that accompanied your machine left you confused, The Beginner's Guide to the Amiga by Dan McNeill (S16.95, Compute! Books) is a good primer. The Beginner’s Guide concentrates on much of the same material as the Commodore manual, but explains in depth terminology that the manual assumes the reader understands. In addition, the book gives an overview of software categories and offers Amiga recommendations.
Amiga for Beginners by Christian Spanik ($ 16.95, Abacus) covers similar ground to Commodore's and Computers books, but goes a few steps further. In addition to set-up instructions, a file-by-file description of the Workbench disk, and CLI tips, the book features a chapter on Amiga Basic programming. Command definitions and four sample programs help you get started.
If you are not ready for programming, but want to get deeper into the system than the Workbench, you might want to study a copy of The AmigaDOS Manual, 2nd edition by Tim King and revised by Jessica King ($ 24.95, Bantam Books), The Amiga Companion by Rob Peck ($ 19.95, AmigaWorld), or AmigaDOS Reference Guide by Arlan R. Levitan and Sheldon Leemon ($ 16.95, Compute! Books). A compilation of the three AmigaDOS manuals supplied to registered Amiga developers (AmigaDOS User’s ManualT AmigaDOS Technical Reference Manual, and AmigaDOS Developer’s Manual), The AmigaDOS Manual is considered the standard reference for AmigaDOS 1.2. The User’s section combines step-by-step descriptions of CLI activities with complete command definitions, including format and template structures. Commands for ED and EDIT, Amiga- DOS's screen and line editors, are also detailed. The Reference and Developer’s sections move on to weightier topics, such as the macro assembler, the linker, binary file structure, and AmigaDOS data structures. AmigaDOS Reference Guide offers definitions and examples of AmigaDOS 1.2 commands. To help you create batch files, the book explains ED and EDIT. The
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The Amiga Handbook by Markus Breuer ($ 24.95, Progressive Peripherals & Software) puts the Amiga under a microscope. Beginners will appreciate the four chapters on the Workbench, one of which is devoted totally to the mouse, menus, and windows. More experienced users can skip ahead to the chapters on the custom chip set, graphics, sound, and programming. Published in 1986, the book is now dated. Although the AmigaDOS and CLI coverage is extensive, the Handbook discusses version 1.1 only, and ail hardware references apply only to the Amiga 1000.
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color) modes. Even it you have no artistic talent, the program makes creating good-looking graphics easy. Design your own business signs, logos, and posters. At SI30 the program is not cheap, but it perforins such a wide range of tasks, from creating signs to editing icons to painting gallery-ready art, that the price is easily justified.
If you plan to use your Amiga primarily for graphics and it has at least one megabyte of memory, you should invest $ 20 more to buy Deluxe Photoi.ab (Electronic Arts), which combines the best features of a slew of graphics software into its three modules Paint, Colors, and Posters. Paint has most of the features of DeluxePaint II, plus support for HAM and Extra_Halfbrite modes. If you have enough memory, you can work on several pictures at once, in different resolution modes, and cut and paste among them. Picture size is restricted only by memory, meaning Paint is the only Amiga program that can create a HAM image over 352 pixels wide. Colors, the second module, allows you to perform image-processing functions such as resizing and rearranging the colors
in a picture. Posters lets you print pictures in sizes ranging from a few inches to over 10 feet.
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Perhaps the hardest decision for a new Amiga owner is which program to choose from the flood of games.
As with music, the "best” titles are largely a matter
of taste. Arcade-quality games, priced mostly from $ 25 to S40, top the charts then disappear every few weeks. Some games, however, manage to make a lasting impression. In the sports category, Electronic Arts’ Earl Weaver Baseball stands out. You can play it as an arcade game, or as an extremely realistic statistical simulation in which you control a variety of managerial decisions. In the arcade category, Marble Madness (Electronic Arts) and Emerald Mine (Constellation Software) offer fast action that never grows old. For the frugal, Electronic Art’s Awesome Arcade Pack I provides three fine arcade games for the price of one. For graphics adventures, Micro- Illusions' Faery Tale Adventure and Electronic An s’ Bards Pale series are perennial favorites. Flight sim- ?
SOMETHING FOR NOTHING
A GREAT WAY to expand your software collection without depleting your bank account Is by filling it with some of the fine, noncommercial (noncopyrighted) software that is freely distributed by Amiga owners. Fellow Amiga users donate these programs as a public service In two ways, as shareware and public domain (PD) software. Programmers offer shareware disks for free, but request that you send them a donation if you find the software useful. The public domain is a library of software that you can access, copy, and distribute for free. None of the disks or individual programs are copyrighted.
Because of the Amiga’s strong appeal to programmers, Its catalog of PD software and shareware Is quite large. Applications programs, such as Uedit Rick Stiles' fine shareware text-editor and word processor and the excellent spreadsheets, AnalytiCalc and VC, Immediately come to mind. Keith Young’s Access!, a communications program, rivals the quality of the best commercial terminal packages. You can find plenty of PD and shareware games, from arcade classics such as Amoeba Invaders (Space Invaders), Pong, and Asteroids, to graphics adventures such as the Software Distillery's Hack and Larn. To organize and manipulate disk files, check out Tom Rok- icki’s DEC, which replaces the AmigaDOS DiskCopy and Format commands with a small, mouse- driven program, and such file managers as DirUtil, DU, and Jobs, invaluable aids particularly if you have a single-drive system. Some of the free programs provide solutions to problems that are not addressed by commercial programs, such as D. J. James’ Fixhunk program, which converts older programs written for Amigas with only 512K to run on machines with expanded memory, or StealMemBoot, which works on autobooting programs. AssignDev lets you call your external A2000 disk drive df 1: instead of df2:, and DefDisk lets you assign all logical devices to your hard drive with one command. Often the source code for a program is also included on the disk, so you can get a program and pro
gramming tips all at once.
You can obtain freely-distributa- ble software from several sources. If you have a modem and telecommunications software, you can transfer these programs over the telephone lines from bulletin-board services or commercial information services, such as CompuServe (800 848-8199, 614 457*8650 in Ohio), Genle (800 638*9636), and PeopleLink (800 524-0100). Although dial-up electronic services tend to get the latest software very quickly, using them can be hazardous to your bank account; telephone bills and on-line charges accumulate quickly. A more economical approach is to gather your programs a disk at a time. An excellent source is users' groups, which often establish club libraries of PD and shareware disks. Ask your Amiga dealer about a club in your area. If you cannot find a club, you can obtain disks from some nationally-known sources, such as Fred Fish’s Amiga Library (1346 West 10th Place, Tempe, AZ 85281), one of the largest, the AmlgaWorld Public Domain Library (80 Elm St.,
Peterborough, NH 03458), and the Amicus Library (PO Box 869, Fall River, MA 02722), or from commercial copying services. The commercial services sometimes stock a number of different PD-disk collections and charge a minimal fee, about S5, to cover their costs for copying, shipping, and handling.
The price is certainly right for freeware, but It comes with a guarantee as large as its price none. While most programs work well, you may find a lemon occasionally. When you do not pay any money, you do take a chance. Because the programs are released into the public domain by individuals, do not expect extensive documentation or customer support. For the most part, you are on your own.
If you never used a computer before buying your Amiga, you should probably avoid the public domain until you are comfortable working with well-documented programs and your machine. If you are a risk taker who thinks manuals are for wimps, freeware could be just what you and your stretched budget are looking for. ? SL
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THE PRO SHOP
IF YOU HAVE previous computer experience or want to integrate your new Amiga into your studio (publishing, graphics, or music), you should skip the beginner’s section and start browsing on the professional end of the shelves.
On the productivity side, serious authors should invest in WordPerfect (WordPerfect Corp.) immme- diately, while database users who need specialized relational sorts on large volumes of records should buy the fuily-programmable Superbase Professional (Precision Inc.). Spreadsheet users with a passion for power should check out Maxi- Plan Plus (Oxxi).
If you want to access your business computer from home, or log onto any of the on-line services, you will need a modem (see the Hardware section of this Starter Kit feature) and the telecommunications software that will allow you to communicate with mainframe computers, and to send programs and data files over the phone lines to other users. You can catch up on Amiga gossip and download the latest public-domain software and demos from users'-group-operated bulletin board services and the Amiga special interest groups of such commercial information services as CompuServe, Genie, and PeopleLink. Two of the best commercial terminal packages are Online! (Micro-Systems Software) and A-Talk 111 Plus (Oxxi). Because telecomputing is a popular means of spreading non-commercial software, you can find many good telecommunications programs in the public-domain and shareware markets. (See the sidebar “Something for Nothing," which also accompanies this article.)
If you would rather communicate in print via a newsletter, a good desktop-publishing package wilt get your print shop running. Desktop- publishing software lets you compose professional-looking newsletters and brochures rivaling those of typeset quality. The choice in high- quality publishing systems is Gold Disk’s Professional Page. It allows you to compose text and graphics on the spot, or to import them from word processors, paint programs, and structured drawing programs. For the best quality output, however, you will need to invest In a PostScript-compatible laser printer or send your disk files to a typesetting service.
For those who express themselves better on the screen than on paper, the Amiga supports a wealth of video-related software. Three packages are particularly helpful for setting up your video studio. For character generation, Pro Video Plus from JDK Images turns the Amiga Into a titling system rivaling expensive stand-alone units. You can use Pro Video Plus to overlay titles on top of video images, and move them on and off screen with various special effects, such as slides, wipes, and fades. The program is quick to respond, because it retains all data In memory, rather than reading it constantly from disk. With Video Effects 3D from Inno- Vision Technology you can create animated logos and 3-D titling effects from ordinary bitmap images that you create with a paint program. You load the image, specify how you want it to move or rotate, and the program creates an animation file that shows the motion. To round out your video studio, Deluxe PhotoLab from Electronic Arts works like a paint box, letting you add computer-generated graphics to a video image. Videophiles should note that these programs require a lot of memory, 1.5 megabytes in the case of Pro Video Plus.
For straight graphics animation, you have the choice of two or three dimensions. For producing simple two-dimensional animations, which look like flat cartoons, Broder- bund’s FantaVision is a real bargain at about S60. You draw a 2-D picture in one frame, draw it in a different size, shape, or position in the next frame, and then the program draws a series of intermediate frames to give the illusion that the object is moving or changing shape. Because of its simple user interface, you will be able to get things moving within minutes of starting to use the program. At the other end of the spectrum are the extremely realistic looking 3-D animations produced by programs such as Sculpt-Animate 4D from Byte by Byte. These programs require you to create three-dimensional objects composed of a series of triangular planes. You can build the objects by drawing them one point at a time, or by combining basic geometric shapes such as spheres, cones, cylinders, and boxes. The computer will draw the finished object from any distance or angle. You can even control such lighting effects as shadows and reflections. Although it takes a while to get used to designing 3-D objects, and it can take even longer to draw each scene, the programs rival output from high-end graphics machines costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.
For the musically inclined, the Amiga offers two popular types of music software; note-entry programs and MIDI-sequencer programs. Electronic Arts’ Deluxe Music Construction Set lets you compose by entering notes on a staff, using traditional music notation. You can play your compositions using the Amiga’s internal sound generators or through external digital instruments. On the other hand, sequencer programs such as Dr. T's KCS and Mimetic’s SoundScape Pro MiDI Studio let you enter your compositions directly from a keyboard or other instrument equipped with a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) port. KCS is oriented towards use from the computer keyboard, while SoundScape provides more Amiga-specific controls.
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ulators never go otn ol stive; two of the best are subLOGIC’s Flight Simulator II and Electronic Arts’ F A-18 Interceptor. Integrating spectacular sound and graphics with some vcrv interesting games, Ginema- vvare's The Three Stooges and Rocket Ranger belong on the shell of every Amiga gamester. (See "Amiga- World Top 10 Games," p. 28 in the November '88 issue for a count down of the editors' favorites.)
Building a software library is a hig job. Hut, fortunately. Vo11 do not have to complete it all at once. The software packages mentioned above will gel you started with your computer and keep vou busy for many hours. By starting with a couple of basic programs, and learning how to use them, you will not onlv start enjoy ing your Amiga right awav, but also
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IN ITS BASE configuration, your new Amiga be it an A500 or an A2Q00 is a very powerful machine. It contains enough memory to allow you to run several programs simultaneously, and enough disk space to store a great deal of data. As you become familiar with the Amiga, however, you will probably find your base machine is too confining. You will grow tired of swapping disks and yearn for the llexibility of massive amounts of memory. Here in the hardware section of our Starter Kit, we will review the expansion options available to you and point out products that beginners should find ease to install and use.
BUT SOON YOU’LL HIT THE“HARDER”STUFF
You can hook two types of devices to your Amiga: expansion devices and peripherals. Expansion devices tie directly into the internal hardware of your computer. In technical terms, they have direct access to the address and data buses of vour Amiga. Expansion devices normally increase a basic resource of your system, such as memory or disk storage (although some expansion devices perform other functions, such as tying your computer into a local-arca network or enhancing the display characteristics of your computer). The first part of this article concentrates on memory and disk expansion options for new Amiga 500 and 2000 owners.
Periherals do not have direct access to your computer’s innards. They attach to your computer via ports and provide capabilities, such as printing and digitizing, that do not require direct access to your Amiga's buses. The second part of ibis article deals with peripherals for the Amiga.
Memory and Storage
Without doubt, the most important resource in your Amiga is memory. The Amiga needs lots of memory in order to fit multiple programs into memory. While the Amiga is multitasking, it is not a virtual machine: A program must he in memory in order to run. In addition, any memory in your machine beyond the first 5I2K will free up chip RAM. Allowing you to store more pictures and sounds in memory at once.
Aside from memory, your Amiga's next most important resource is disk space. Both the Amiga 50b and the 2000 come with one floppy-disk drive that holds 880K of programs and data. A second floppy disk doubles the amount of on-line storage available to you and eliminates tiresome disk swaps when vou back up your disks. The ultimate storage device, a hard-di.sk drive, greatly speeds up program loading and saving and significantly increases your on-line storage capacity.
For most people, the most vexing expansion question is whether to first expand memory capacity or disk capacity. For Amiga 500 owners, my answer is clear: Expand memory first. Your first purchase should be Commodore's A501 Memory Expansion Card or an equivalent card f rom any number of third- pans manufacturers. You insert the A50I into the compartment on the underside ol die Amiga 500. Only alter upgrading your machine to one megabyte should you buy a second floppy-disk drive. Ideally, of course, vou should luiv both.
Because the Amiga 2000 comes with a megabyte of memory standard, further memory expansion is not as pressing as with die A500. An Amiga 2000 owner should buy a second floppy drive before investing in further memory expansion.
What is the best floppy drive to buv? In most cases. I would say buy the cheapest. I have used the Commodore 1010 drive, the Progressive Peripherals PmDrive, and the Oceanic America Master-TA, and found all three to be verv reliable.
One Step Beyond
()nce von have what I call a standard Amiga a mega-
byte of memory and two floppy-disk drives you can start thinking about further expansion. Once again, the question is whether to go with more memory or more disk storage. The answer depends upon vour primary application. If you are essentially a home- hobbyist user, you can get by easily with a standard
Amiga expansion devices and peripherals to help you break out of the “basic-box” configuration.
Amiga. I ( you warn to do heavy-duty graphics or video work, expand memory first. Word processing and database management will benefit most Iroin the addition of a hard-disk drive. Once again, the optimum solution is to further expand both memory and disk storage, but as large-capacity memory boards and hard-disk drives are expensive, you will probably have to settle for one or the other.
Memory expansion on the Amiga 2000 is easy: You simply buy a memory expansion card and plug it into an expansion slot. 1 recommend memory cards from ASDG and Progressive Peripherals. These manufacturers have a proven track record in providing high-quality memory expansion, if, however, you want to buy the latest and greatest, check out the 8- Up! From Microbotics. I have yet to use this new, innovative 8MB memory card, but on the other hand 1 have yet to see a had product from Microbotics.
Note that boards you buy for the Amiga 2000 should conform to the Zorro 11 expansion standard, which eliminates the need for DIP switches and extensive configuration utilities. Zorro II boards are auto-config, meaning the system recognizes them automatically. The only instances where it is not specifically necessary to use Zorro II boards are when a
board uses the CPU slot or the video slot. The CSA Turbo boards are an example of the former, and the Micro Way flickerFixer exemplifies the latter.
Memory expansion beyond 1MB is a more clouded issue on the Amiga 500, with some companies offering internal expansion boards and others offering external devices. If you are new to the Amiga, 1 recommend you stay away from the internal expansion devices they are more difficult to install than external devices and will void your warranty. 1 lie best external memory device for the Amiga 500 is the Microbotics Starboard 2 500.
Hard and Fast Options
As compared to the early days of the Amiga, harddisk options are plentiful and relatively inexpensive,
especially for the Amiga 2000. A hard-disk system consists of a controller and the disk itself. As hard disks are fairly standard, you will normally buy the controller separately from the drive itself . Controllers come in two flavors: those that control ST-506 (read IBM-style) drives, and those that control SCSI (Small Computer System Interface, pronounced “scuzzy' ) drives.
The best all-around hard-disk controller is probably the A2090-A from Commodore. This high-speed controller can handle two ST-506 drives ancl up to seven SCSI devices at the same time. It autoboots under Workbench 1.3 and offers more versatility than
any other controller. On the minus side, the A2090-
A is a fairly expensive controller.
Most other controllers for the Amiga 2000 are SCSI controllers. Near the top of the line is the Microbotics IiardFrame 2000. Like the A2090-A, this high-speed controller is aulobooting and can control seven SCSI devices. It can also mount a 3 Zj inch drive directly on the card, saving an internal mounting space and turning the card into the equivalent of an IBM hard- card. Because it does not include an ST-506 capability, the IiardFrame 2000 is also considerably cheaper than the A2090-A.
Quality hardcard capability is also available from Great Valley Products (GVP). Its 20MB and 45MB Impact HC cards are complete SCSI, autobooting systems. Another innovative GVP controller is the Impact A2000-2 0. This autobooting SCSI controller contains sockets for 2MB of one-mcgabit memory chips. This card is ideal if you plan to add both memory and a hard disk to vour system. It is the card that I have in my Amiga 2000.
If the above products are beyond your budget, check out the harcl-disk controllers from C Ltd. And Supra Corp. Although these may lack some of the features or performance of the above controllers, the)- arc more affordably priced.
Many companies also offer complete hard-disk systems for the Amiga 500. My favorites are the ?
SupraDrivc from Supra Corp. and the Impact A500- SCSI HD from (heat Valley Products. Both of these hard-disk systems for the A500 include an expansion slot allowing for additicmal memory upgrades to your system- thus keeping the door open for future memory expansion.
The most important peripheral in your system is vour video monitor. Most people simply huy a Commodore 1084S when they buy their A5D0 or A2000. T his was a good choice in the past, but with the Amiga's Enhanced Chip Set (new Agnus and Denise chips, controlling graphics display and memory addressing, respectively) on the horizon, you have to think ahead.
1 he 1084S works line with all current Amiga graphics modes. Sometime in 1989, however, you will be able to upgrade your Amiga with new Agnus and Denise chips. In addition to expanding potential chip RAM to I MB, the upgrade provides a non-interlaced, four-color, hi res display mode. This new mode eliminates flicker hut requires a monitor that has a scan rate of 31,5kHz. Because the 1084S is limited to
15. 5kHz, its owners will not he able to make use of the flicker free graphics mode provided hv the Enhanced (3tip Set.
Commodore has announced a bisync monitor that scans at both 15.5kHz and 31.5kHz, but it is not vet available. The best solution is to buy a multiscanning monitor, so called because it adapts its scan rate to the frequency c>f the input signal. Good multiscanning monitors for the Amiga are die Princeton Ultrasync, NEC Multisync, and Sony Multiscan. (Be sure your dealer includes the proper cable if you buy a non- Commodore monitor for your Amiga.) Although you do not need a itmltiscanning monitor to use* all the currently available graphics modes, you will come out ahead if you buy a multiscanning monitor when vou
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first buy your Amiga, rather than buying a 10843 and having to btiv a second monitor in the future. Of course, if you think you can live without the four-color, non-interlaced, hi res mode, the 108 IS is just fine.
For some people, a printer is an indispensihlc part of a computer system. For low cost, general-purpose printing. I recommend the NEC P2200 printer. It combines 24-pin quality with a low price. If color printing is a necessity, you should he aware that few impact dot-matrix printers produce good-qualitv color output. 1 would save my pennies and purchase a Hewlett Packard PaintJet or a Xerox 4020. 1 hese ink-jet color printers produce dazzling output. (For more on 24 pin dot-matrix and laser black-and-white printers, see '’Lasting Impressions," p. 25, in the July IV,S’ issue. A reviezv of the HP PaintJet appears on p. IS, in the April SS issue.)
Modems are another popular pcrpheral for the Amiga. These devices let your Amiga communicate with other computers over your phone line. Although the Amiga works with any stand-alone modem, mv favorite is the Supramodem 2400AM from Supra Corp. Incorporating an interface cable and Amiga telecommunications software into the package, it is a complete telecommunications solution. ?
MANY NEW AMIGA owners buy their machines for a specialized application and therefore require specialized expansion devices and peripherals. While these lie outside the general “Starter Kit” concept, for many people they are of primary interest. If you use your Amiga 2000 for CAD work or desktop publishing, you'll love flickerFixer, a board from MicroWay that eliminates all hi-res flicker. Coming soon for desktop publishers (perhaps by the time this reaches print) is the Viking I, a high-resolution monochrome monitor and graphics system for the Amiga. The Viking 1 is a joint product of Moniterm and Commodore.
High-quality desktop publishing also requires a laser printer, either a Hewlett-Packard (or HP-compatible) or a PostScript printer. I recommend the QMS PS-810, which can act as either an HP or a PostScript printer. For a complete publishing solution, C Ltd is putting together a desktop-publishing system that includes software, a laser printer, and a scanner. The system promises to be lightning fast. Scientists and engineers who need to network their Amlgas to larger computers should check out the Ethernet interface board for the Amiga 2000 available from Ameri- star Technologies. If you require a general interface for the Amiga, ASDG offers the Twin-X General Purpose I O board, which turns the Amiga 2000 into an IEEE 959 host. If you need more speed and power, you should investigate the accelerator options available from CSA, Ronin Research, and CMI. (For more on products designed to enhance the scientific engineering capabilities of the Amiga, see ‘’Workstation Amiga,” p. 28, in the August '88 issue.)
Graphics artists can benefit from a number of top-quality peripherals. Digi-View from NewTek lets you transform a video image into Amiga graphics. It is the video digitizer against which all others are measured. The Easyl from Anakin Research is a drawing pad that simplifies the production of freehand graphics. For the ultimate in graphics input, check out the Spectra- Scan from ASDG. In conjunction with a Sharp Electronics Color Scanner, the SpectraScan system lets you scan color images at up to 300 dots-per-inch, and use the images in sophisticated graphics and
Serious electronic musicians will need a MIDI interface and a sound digitizer. Good quality MIDI interfaces are available from Mimetics and Golden Hawk Technology, among others. My favorite sound digitizer is PerfectSound from SunRize industries, which digitizes stereo inputs.
Video users require a genlock, which overlays Amiga graphics onto a video signal. The best I've seen is the SuperGen from Digital Creations. If you don't need a high- quality genlock, the economical Ami-Gen from Mimetics may fit the bill. The ultimate Amiga video tool, NewTek’s Video Toaster, is still in prototype form. It promises to combine a digitizer, genlock, and videoeffects generator. ? BR
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A GLOSSARY OF AMIGA HARDWARE TERMS
AutO'Config An auto-config expansion device is one that is recognized by and incorporated into your Amiga system at startup. Only devices that attach to the expansion bus on the A500 or A1000 or that fit into an expansion slot not the CPU or the video slot) on the A2000 can be auto-config. Any device that uses the Amiga expansion bus should be auto-config.
BUS A bus is an information pathway in a computer. The data bus is used to transfer data from one part of a computer to another. The address bus indicates where a particular piece of data is coming or going. An expansion bus normally contains both an address bus and a data bus.
ZORRO II Commodore calls its expansion specification for the Amiga 2000 the Zorro II specification. This describes the electrical signals assigned to the 100 pins in an A2000 expansion slot, the A2000 auto-config circuitry, and the size and shape of an A2000 expansion card. An earlier specification, Zorro I, was developed for Amiga 1000 expansion chassis. With the release of the A2000, Zorro I has been eclipsed by Zorro Jl.
DMA Many expansion devices, particularly hard-disk controllers, utilize Direct Memory Access (DMA). A DMA device can access the memory in your Amiga without having to go through the 68000. Thus, a DMA hard-disk system can transfer data from the hard-disk controller to memory without tying up your microprocessor. DMA devices are normally much faster than non-DMA devices.
Expansion Chassis An expansion chassis is a metal box that contains expansion slots. Many companies produced expansion chassis for the Amiga 1000 to make expansion easier and more uniform. With the advent of the 2000, which contains an expansion chassis on its motherboard, the demand for third-party expansion chassis has waned. A few companies, however, have announced small expansion chassis for the Amiga 500.
Expansion Board An expansion board is a printed-circuit board that fits into an expansion slot. The connection to the slot is via metal- plated pins that fit snugly into the slot. Amiga 2000 expansion boards have 100 pins that fit into the 100- pin slots on the motherboard. (See also Expansion Cards.)
Motherboard The large printed- circuit board that contains the chips and wiring that make up your Amiga is called the motherboard. It is the primary component of any computer system. Motherboards are encased in plastic or metal boxes to keep them safe from dust and damage.
Expansion Slot Expansion slots provide a connection between expansion boards and a computer’s address and data buses. Expansion boards fit into slots.
Expansion Card The term expansion card is nearly synonymous with expansion board. The only difference is that an expansion card does not necessarily have to go into a slot. Some expansion cards, such as the A501 Memory Clock Card, do not fit into slots but use an alternative type of connector.
PORT Ports allow computers to communicate with peripheral devices such as printers and modems. Ports do not normally provide direct access to the internal data and address buses. Instead, data sent or received via a port is processed, or ‘'massaged” by the Amiga 68000 microprocessor or a special peripheral chip.
RAM The main memory in your computer is called RAM (Random- Access Memory). RAM is used to hold programs while they are running and to store data (pictures, numbers, text, and so on) used by running programs. Programs and data in RAM are immediately available to the 68000 microprocessor that drives your Amiga system. Normally, programs and data are loaded from a disk drive into RAM when they are needed. Data and programs in RAM exist only as (ong as your computer is turned on. Once you turn off your computer, the contents of RAM are wiped out.
Disk Storage Also called direct* access storage and on-line storage, disk storage refers to the ability of a computer system to permanently store programs and data on a floppy- or hard-disk drive. Information stored on disk is not immediately available to the computer system; it must first be loaded from disk into memory.
Chip RAM Amiga memory that is available to both the Amiga 68000 and the custom chips is called chip RAM. Any graphics or sound data must be in chip RAM before it can be output.
Fast RAM Amiga memory accessible to the 68000 only is called fast RAM. The custom chips never interfere with the performance of fast RAM. All expansion RAM on the Amiga is fast RAM.
Finally, no Amiga system is complete without a joystick. Even the most jaded, number-crunching spreadsheet devotee will be unable to resist the many innovative games available for the Amiga. Like other Commodore computers, the Amiga uses an Atari- style joystick. My favorite is the Winner 770 from Contriver Tech, but you can find many comparable joysticks in any department store selling video game machines.
Expanding your Amiga need not be a difficult process. As opposed to the early days of Amiga expansion, most current products adhere to Commodore’s published expansion specifications and work well with one another. Your biggest problem will be deciding how you want to expand your system and paying off your MasterCard bill. ¦
1988 AmipWorld Reader’s Choice Award for Best Development System.
No wonder Aztec C is the system of choice for Amiga C programmers. Aztec C is lean, mean and built for speed. Aztec C provides all the tools you need to compile, optimize and debug your code into the tightest, fastest-running code possible.
“While it was not the first C language development system for the Amiga, Aztec C quickly developed the reputation as the best. In head-to-head tests against Lattice C, Aztec C consistently took less time to produce shorter object code.”
Aztec C Lattice C
Advanced Features Overall
(Quotation and table reprinted with permission from 1988 AmgaVvbrld Reader's Choice Awards Announcement).
Aztec C Development tools for every need.
Item Number Description
G05P Aztec C Professional System
G05D Aztec C Developer System
G05SDB Aztec Source Level Debugger -SDB
G05SP Aztec C Developer System +SDB
G05LS Aztec Amiga Library Source
G05K Aztec C Developer System + SDB -$ ?24r00-
+ Library Source Special $ 474.00
All development systems include optimized C compiler, editor, 680x0 assembler, overlay linker, librarian plus extensive runtime library support.
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PRODUCT INFORMATION SOFTWARE
Deluxe Music Construction Set
Electronic Arts 1820 Gateway Drive San Mateo. CA 94404 415 571*7171 $ 99.95
No special requirements.
see address above $ 129.95
No special requirements.
sec address above SI 49.99
One megabyte required.
220 Bnylston St.
Chestnut Mil). MA 02167
No special requirements.
Broderbund Software 17 Paul Drive
San Rafael. CA 94903-2101
No special requirements.
Professional Page Gold Disk
2179 Dunwin Drive 6 Mississauga, Ontario Canada L5L 1N2 116 828-0913 $ 395
One megabyte required.
Pro Video Plus JDK Images
15075 SW Roll Parkway Suite G
Beaverton, OR 97006
One megabyte required.
Byte by Byte
Arboretum Plaza II
9442 Capitol of Texas Uwy. N.
Austin, T 78759
One megabyte required.
SoundScape Pro MIDI Studio
PO Box 1560 Cupertino, CA 95015 408 741-0! 17 SI 79.95
No special requirements.
Video Effects 3D In no Vision Technology PO Box 743 Hayward, CA 94543 415 538-8355 $ 199
One megabyte required.
Awesome Arcade Pack I Electronic Arts
1820 Gateway Dr.
San Mateo, CA 94404
No special requirements.
Bard’s Tale I and II Electronic Arts
sec address above $ 49.95 each No special requirements.
Earl Weaver Baseball Electronic Arts
see address above $ 49.95
No special requirements.
Emerald Mine Constellation Software 17 Saint Mary’s Court Brookline, MA 02146 617 731-8187 $ 19.95
No special requirements.
Faery Tale Adventure Microlllusions
1 740,8 Chatsworth St.
Granada Hills. CA 91344
No special requirements.
Flight Simulator II subLDGIC Corp.
713 Edgerook Drive Champaign, IE 61820 207 359-8482 $ 49.95
No special requirements.
Marble Madness Ejecti onic Arts
see address above
No special requirements.
Rocket Ranger Cinemaware Corp.
1105 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Westlake Village, CA 91362 805 495-6515 $ 49.95
No special requirements.
The Three Stooges Cinemaware Corp.
see address above $ 49.95
No special requirements.
PO Box 90309
Long Beach, CA 90809
No special requirements.
The Critics’ Choice The Disc Company 3135 South Slate Si.
Ann Arbor, Ml 48108 313 665-5540 $ 249.95
No special requirements.
Kind Words The Disc Company
see address above $ 99.95
No special requirements.
MaxiPIan 500 Oxxi Inc.
see address above $ 149
MaxiPIan Plus: $ 199 V> special requirements.
26 Forest Road
Framingham. MA 01 701
MicroFiche Filer Plus: $ 179 No special requirements.
Micro-Systems Software 12798 West Forest Hill Blvd Suite 202
West Palm Beach, FI. 33414
No special requirements.
PHASAR Antic Publishing
544 Second St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
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That’s what the press wrote about Express Paint’s initial release. When version 2.0 shipped, it became the only paint program with PostScript and poster-size printing. Now version 3.0, with a whole new set of capabilities, deserves still another look.
Start with Express Paint’s virtual page. This lets you create a picture of any size and any number of colors, without running out of chip memory. Want to work on several pictures at the same time? Need some spare screens? Cut and paste from one picture to another? No problem.
Then look at the undo feature. While some programs let you undo your very last change, Express Paint lets you undo any number of changes. Experimentation gets a lot easier, doesn’t it? Express Paint can also redo what you’ve undone. In other words, you can undo many steps, make a few adjustments, and then step forward
“New Contender For Heavyweight Title Of The Paint Programs. ”
rich collection of special-effects tools. First there is the 3-D perspective which transforms any 2-D brush into a 3-D creation. Then there are tinting and gradient fill tools. Since Express Paint lets you use many brushes in memory at the same time, you now can rotate, distort, stretch, mirror and fill them with text.
Speaking of text; no other paint program offers as much control. Express Paint lets you import text and place it anywhere inside images or around irregular objects. Fontstyles, size, justification, margins and line spacing can all be adjusted.
This version of Express Paint has so many features, you owe it to yourself to give it a look. For a limited time, PAR Software will also include a FREE Clip Art Disk ($ 29.95 value) containing hundreds of color images.
YES! I want Express Paint 3.0 with a 30 day guarantee. I’ve enclosed S 139.95 plus $ 5. For shipping & handling. California residents add sales tax. Send this order form with check or credit card information to Brown-Wagh. For immediate order call 800-451-0900 (in CA call 408-395-3838).
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Superbase Personal Precision Incorporated 8404 Sterling St.
Irving, TX 75063
Superbase Professional: No special requirements.
The Works! Micro-Systems Softu>are
see address above $ 199
No special requirements.
WordPerfect WordPerfect Corp.
288 W. Center St. Orem, UT 84057 801 227-4420 S3 95
No special requirements.
PRODUCT INFORMATION HARDWARE
D1SK D RIVES CX)XTROLLERS
Amiga A-2000 SCSI 2000 C Ltd.
723 East Skinner Wichita, KS 67211 316 267-6321 SI 99.95
DMA Hard Disk Interface Supra Corp.
1133 Commercial Way Albany, OR 97321 503 967-9075
Hard Disk Interface A500 Supra Corp.
1133 Commercial Way Albany, OR 97321 503 967-9075 SI 99
HardFrame 2000 Microbotics Inc.
811 Alpha Drive Suite 335
Richardson, TX 75081
Impact A500-SCSI HD System Great Valley Products
see address above A500-HD 20: $ 795 A500-HD 30: $ 895 A500-HD 45: $ 1095
Impact HC Cards Great Valley Products
see address above HC20: S675 HC45: $ 950
Oceanic America Master-3A Oceatiic America
5892 Main St.
Springfield, OR 97478 503 741*2396 SI 89.99
464 Kalamath St.
Denver, CO 80204 303 825-4144 SI 74.95
SupraDrive Supra Corp.
sec address above 20MB: $ 799 30MB: $ 945 60MB: SI495 120MB: $ 1995
1010 Disk Drive
Commodore Business Machines
1200 Wilson Drive
West Chester, PA 19380
A2090-A Hard Disk SCSI Controller
Commodore Business Machines
see address above $ 399.95
A501 Memory' Expansion Card
Commodore Business Machines
1200 Wilson Drive
West Chester, PA 19380
$ 199.95 8-Up!
Microbotics 811 Alpha Drive Richardson, TX 75081 214 437*5330 SI 99
ProRAM 2000 Progressive Peripherals & Software
see address above
Starboard 2 500 Microbotics Inc.
see address above $ 399
925 Stewart St.
Madison. WI 53713
PERIPHERALS AND S P EC IA LI Z ED EX PA N SI ON
Ameristar Ethernet Package Ameristar Technologies 47 Whittier Ave.
Medford, NY 11763
Ami-Gen Mimetics Corp.
PO Box 1560 Cupertino, CA 95015 408 741-0II7 $ 179
DEST Scanners w software C Ltd.
723 East Skinner Wichita, KS 67211 316 267-6321 $ 1699
1 15 W. Crane St.
Topeka. KS 66603 $ 199.95
Anakin Research Inc.
100 Westmore Dr. 1 1C Rexclale, Ontario Canada, MOV 5C3 416 744*4246
A500: $ 399 US, $ 539 CAN 1000: $ 399 US, $ 539 CAN 2000: $ 449 US, $ 599 CAN
flickerFixer Micro Way
PO Box 79 Kingston, MA 02364 508 746*7341 $ 595
4020 Color Ink Jet Printer Xerox Corp.
Xerox Square 5th Floor, 100 Clinton Ave. Rochester, NY 14644-1877 800 TEAM-XRX ext. 199A SI 495
Now you can take home some of the best Arcade games you've ever played, to play on your own personal computer!
Skillful programming has taken the superb graphics and addictive game play of Arcade hits Double Dragon and
Sidewinder and faithfully reproduced them in home computer versions*
Join in deadly combat with the savage street gang of the infamous Shadow Boss in Double Dragon.
Indulge in an orgy of action and destruction in the high-energy shoot-em-up Sidewinder (part of the Awesome Arcade Action pack on Amiga and Atari ST). Go on the rampage and smash buildings and munch tiny natives in Aaargh!
Nothing but endless Arcade action - Arcadia has spared no quarter!
Double Dragon is a joint publication of Arcadia and Trade west.
(D 1988 Mastertronic International. Inc Licensed from Technos Japan Arcadia is a member of the Mastertronic Group.
LaserXpress Printer w software
NEC Home Electronics
see address above
1255 Michael Drive
Wood Dale, II. 60191*1094
MIDI Gold 500
Multisync II: $ 949
MIDI Gold Insider (A2000)
Multisync Plus: $ 1399
Golden Hawk Technology
Multisync Excell: S3199
427-3 Amherst St., Suite 389
Nashua, NH 03063
$ 79.95(500); $ 89.95(Insider)
19310 Pruneridge Ave.
Cupertino, CA 95014
PO Box 1560
Cupertino, CA 95015
3801 Old College Road
Bryan, TX 77801
Sony Corp. of America
Computer Peripheral Prods. Div.
Park Ridge, NJ 07656
NEC Home Electronics
see address above
CPD 1303: $ 825
CPD 1302: $ 995(higher res)
The Laser Connection
Commodore Business Machines
PO Box 850296
1200 Wilson Drive
Mobile, AL 36685
West Chester, PA 19380
Twin-X General Purpose
I O Board
925 Stewart St.
Madison, VI 53713
925 Stewart St.
Madison WI. 53713
total package: $ 8000
(w Sharp Color scanner)
Com modore M on i term
see address above
2865 Sunrise Blvd. 103
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
18325 Valley Blvd.
La Puente, CA 91744
1133 Commercial Way
Albany, OR 97321
Centaur Software Inc.
The Missing Link...
14040 Tahiti Way, suite 528 Marina Del Rey CA 90292
Tthe all new Forms in Flight II is the missing link for your Amiga three dimensional graphics design and animation. Create fast, high quality images with fancy curves and curved surfaces. Then use the complex objects you design to create smooth animations. You can also import objects from other animation programs using Interchange by Syndesis.
Surface Patches Phong (Smooth) Shading Texture Mapping Extensions along curved paths Hierarchical animations using paths Supports overscan on PAL systems Low price: only $ 119 Many more features
Gold Disk introduces the first serious illustration program for the Amiga: Professional Draw. It has opened the door to professional quality, camera-ready color illustration on the Amiga.
And it is redrawing the boundaries of Amiga generated graphic art and desisn.
That's because until now. Amiga artists have had to settle for bitmapped painting programs that leave you with jagged circles and "stairstep" diagonal lines.
Not Professional Draw. It’s a structured graphics program that smoothes out the ’ jaggies", no matter how far you enlarge your pictures.
So now your graphics don’t just look good on screen, they look good where it counts: on paper. And Professional Draw takes full advantage of your printer’s resolution, whether it’s a 2400 DPI phoioiypesetler, a PostScript laser printer, a color inkjet, or a dot-matrix model.
You'll get access to over a million colors. A powerful assortment of geometric and freehand drawing tools. Reflection, rotation, and distortion tools. Full text capabilities. Even a built-in color separator. Best of all. You can import your drawings into the next upgrade of Professional Page and bring your desktop published documents to life.
So call Gold Disk, today, at 1- 800-387-8192 and order your copy of Professional Draw for only $ 199.95. or stop in to see your local Amiga dealer.
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This programming tutorial in Cpromises a quick mastery of Amiga graphics-prim itives calls, which can help turn your Amiga into a sophisticated drawing tool.
By David T. McClellan
ike the animals drawn almost 20,01)0 years ago on cave walls in Lascaux and Altamira. Amiga graphics are composed of a few basic pans: dots, lines, rectangles, circles, ellipses, and polygons. Rather than scratching outlines on stone and mixing minerals. Clay, and charcoal to make “paint.” Amiga programmers simply call upon a paint box full of Intuition drawing routines to build complex images from these graphics primitives. Supply the kev points of a shape and Intuition will draw and color it for you. With an understanding of the Amiga’s color structure and graphics-pritnitives calls, you can write a drawing program that mav not make vou a Cezanne, but at least give vou a technological
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boost over those Cro-Magnon cave artists.
LittlcDmw, a Lattice C program listing accompanying this tutorial (see Listings) is designed to help you achieve such an understanding. The techniques this demo program emphasizes are simple and easy to master. Cse the mouse to mark the start and end points ol lines, filled rectangles, and hollow ellipses: l.ittlrlhaw does the rest. To demonstrate color handling. I.ittleDmw gives vou a choice of eight colors for drawing and filling vour shapes.
Resources to Draw Upon
You create pictures by setting bits in special areas of memory (rasters) the computer shares with the display hardware. Think of this memor as a set of geometric planes, with the corresponding bits on each plane combining to define the color of a given pixel. Several planes together are called a bit map. The number of different colors a particular bitmap can support depends upon the number ol bitplanes, lo determine the maximum number of colors, use the formula 2 lor exam
a four-plane bitmap allows l(> colors ai a time 2‘ = 16). The Amiga display hardware examines the hits from the different hitpkmes that make up a pixel and uses the resultant hit series as a pointer lo a color register. I Inis, if pixel (100,50) in a lour* plane bitmap is eompc>sed of the hits I 10 I. the color of pixel (100,50) will be the color described in color register 1.3 (1 101 binai = 13 decimal).
Because pixels are organized as seis of raster planes, you can use boolean logic on the* planes to achieve several special effects, such as riibbetband lines and reverse-video text. I he colors, line and till patterns, and text on the Amiga arc alJ drawn by ( hanging the appropriate bits in a raster.
In the Amiga's multitasking environment, several programs can draw simultaneously in different windows and screens. To keep all the activitv sorted out you must tell the ROM Kernel graphics functions in which area of memory to draw. Each window has a RastOort that specifies the screen's resolution, the location of its rasters, and several attributes that affect the appearance of lines and objects vou draw, including three pen colors, the line and area pattern, and the current text font.
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can draw rectangles and hollow ellipses easily) filled polygons and ellipses require a bit more work.
For anv RastPori. You can define up to three colors to be curreni at once: the Foreground color (FgPen, or Apcn). The Background color (BgPen, oi BlVn). And the area outline color (AOIPen. Or Open). The FglVn is the color ol a solid line drawn without special effects. The BgPen is the color of the "blank" spaces between FgPen-colored dots in a doited or broken line. I he A )IPen appears only when you lav out a polygon. I he surface of the shape is A Pen, the surrounding screen is Bpcn, and the outline of the polygon is in Open. To set Apcn. BlVn. And Open, use the following three ROM Kernel calls (rp is a pointer to the RastPort attached to the window):
SetAPen (rp, color_numbcr);
SetBPen (rp, coloi number);
SelOPen (rp. Color_numbcr):
When drawing lint's, the line pattern is a 10-bit mask (a short int in (1). In normal drawing mode even 1 bit in the pattern will be a pixel drawn in the FgPen color: 0 bits are pixels either not drawn or drawn in die BgPcn color, depending on the drawing mode. The area pattern (made from multiple lines) is a matrix of line patterns with a maximum si e of Hi bits wide by any power of two high. You set a line pattern with the statement:
SctDrPt (rp. Somc_I l)bit_number_giving_bii_ pattern):
SctDrPt (rp. OxFFFF);
yields a solid line, because all pixels are on (are Is), while
SetDrPt (rp, (1x8080);
yields a broken lint*, as everv eighth pixel is on.
Id set an area pal tern, l pe;
SctAfPt (rp. Pointer_to_ai rav_of_ I bbit_ numbers. Powcr_of_2);
Power_of_iwo is the log base 2 of the si e of the array; lor an eight-word arrav, power_ol_2 equals three.
Jammed With Color
I he ROM Kernel offers four drawing modes:
JAM I, JAM2, COMPLEMENT. And IX F.RSFA II). JAM I mode is the normal mode all pixels that correspond to the I-bits in the line pattern change to the FgPen color as vou draw, while pixels that lie in the path of the line but correspond to O bits in the mask remain unchanged. In |AM2 mode, those pixels that correspond to 0-bits in the mask become the BgPen color: those corresponding to I- bits take on the FgPen color as w ith JAM 1. COM PI.E.MEN I mode, an XOR-tvpe mode, uses neither the FgPen nor BgPen color; instead, for each 1 bit in the mask, the displayed color ol the pixel is tlu* one s complement of the color register indicated by the pixels in the bitplane. Thus, if vou draw over a line with the same pattern, still in COMPLE* MEN I inode, the pixels revert to their original colors, and the line is erased. I use COMPLEMENT mode in the demo program to draw rubbcrband lines and boxes. Most useful for text, INYERSEYIl) works in conjunction with JAM I or JAM2 and reverses their roles. II you specify (JAM 1 'INYERSEYIl)). The text will have transparent letters surrounded I» tlu* FgPen color. For text drawn in BgPen surrounded b FgPen, set the drawing mode to
(J A M 211X Y ER S E V ID).
To set the current draw mode call:
SeiDrMd (rp. Draw_mode);
I he constants JAM I, JAM2. COMPEEMEXT. And INYERSEYIl) are defined in the C include file
graph ics raslport.h.
File .simplest thing you can draw is a single pixel, a dot. If you set color register 3 to green, vou draw a green pixel at X = 320. Y = 20 with the following sequence:
SelAPen (rp. 3);
SeiDrMd (rp. |AM 1);
WritePixcl (rp. 320, 20);
To determine a specific pixel’s color, use the ROM Kernel call ReaclPixel.
Color = ReadPixel (rp. 320, 20); ?
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In the above example, ReadPixcl returns a value >13.
While dots are line for drawing (and ideal for French pointillists). I prefer to use larger primitives. You can draw lines using the- c urreni drawing pattern, the drawing mode, and I'gl’en and BgPen colors. For single lines, start at the current screen position (a point monitored in the RastPort) and end ai any point you specify. The end point then becomes the current position. To chaw a solid, green line from point A to point B, then to C, type:
Set A Pen (rp, 3):
Setih.Md (rp, OxITTT); * all Is. Solid line * Move (rp. Ax. Av);
Draw (rp, Bx. Bv);
Draw (rp, (!x. (!v):
l > complete the triangle, draw a dotted line in, sav. Red (color 11) and chartreuse (color 2) back to point A by typing:
By using these graphics-primitive calls, you can render complex drawings through simple programming.
SetAPen (rp. M);
SetBPen (rp. 2): vSetDr.Md (rp. JAM2);
SetDrPt (rp. OxCCCC); I* alternate 2 red. Then 2 chartreuse *
Draw (rp. Ax, Av):
II you know all the end points in advance, vou can collect them in an array and draw the lines at once. Simply make one call to PoIyDraw ), passing the RastPort pointer, a count of the number of points to draw, and the arrav;
PolyDraw (rp. Numl)er_ol_pts. Array_ptr):
PolyDraw will draw a connec ted seric*s of lines, beginning at the first point in the arrav (PolvDraw uses the Moves* ) call to locate it) and ending at the hist point in the arrav.
ADVANCED P RIMI IIV ES
II you need u> draw with even larger units than lines, the ROM Kernel offers solid rectangles plus hollow and filled ellipses, circles, and polygons. For solid rectangles call:
RectFill (rp. Xmin, vmin. Xinax. Ymax);
For hollow ellipses and circles type, respectively:
DrawF.llipse (rp. _c enter, v_eenter. X_raclius. Y_raclius);
DrawCircIe (rp, x_center. Y_center, radius);
For a filled area, vou first define its outline* with a Move-Draw-Draw-Draw-End sequence:
Area.Move (rp. X I. v I):
AreaDraw (rp, x2. 2):
AreaDraw (rp. 3. V3);
AreaFnd (rp): * Draw final line back to
xl. vl *
* and fill with area pattern *
lo gel a filled ellipse or circle, tvpe respectively:
AreaElIipsc (rp, x_center, y_cenier, x iadius, y_radius);
ArraTirc le (rp, x_eenter, y_eenter, radius);
While the Amiga can draw rectangles and hollow ellipses easily, filled polygons and ellipses require a bit more work. You must set up a storage area for memory to save the list of points that define vour polygon. Vou will need live bytes of storage per vertex >l the largest polygon vou will draw. In addition, you must allocate a 1 mpRas struct that points to a raster (a single plane) large enough in rec tangular area to hold the* biggest polygon or ellipse you plan to draw. You use* Alloc Rasier( ) to allocate* the raster planes your pixels reside* on. For example, to draw a set of polygons with a maximum individual si e of 30 points over a rectangular area up to 160 pixels wide and 90 high, vou would allocate the* following:
W( )RI) * points; struc t Arcalnlo af; struct I mpRas ir;
points = AllocMem (150. MEMF_CHIP):
I nit Area (&af, points. 30); i p->Arealnlo = af;
rp >TmpRas= Init I mpRas (&tr. Alloc Raster (160,90, RASSIZE (160,90));
When vour program is done with the TmpRas, insert the statement:
FrceRaster (tr->RasPtr, 1(>0, 90);
to return the memory blocks to the svstcm. Be sure to do the same for the pixel rasters.
When drawing with areas, rectangles, and particularly with ellipses, make sure* none of the points drawn will go outside of vour raster. For example, do not specify:
DrawF.llipse (rp, 300, 180. 50, 50);
on a 320x200 sc reen. You will corrupt memory outside of vour window and probably crash the system. I.itflcDraw contains some example safeguards.
II vou have drawn an outline on the screen and wish to fill it after the fact, vou can pass the Floodf ) call a start point and a Hootl-mode. Either
(hitline or Color mode. Outline mode f ills an area ?
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out to Lin outline of AO I Pen-colored pixels. In Color inode, the color of the start-poim pixel determines the amount of area filled. The system re* places all like-colored pixels that radiate from the start point with the new color. Call flood as:
flood 0'|>. FlootLcontrol. Px, py);
where floocLcontrol is either 0 (outline) or I (color).
The demo program, LittleDraw, allows you to draw lines, filled rectangles, and hollow ellipses in eight different colors, using a mouse to mark the start and end points. You click on one of the three Drawing gadgets to pick fine. Rectangle, or Ellipse drawing; click on one of the eight Color gadgets for the current fgfen color. The BgPen is always black.
I'lie source code is broken into four files. Draw.h sets shared constants and describes the various routines’ global variables. Drimagesx contains the (iadget and Mouse Pointer images. Dntwset.c initializes a >20x200 custom screen and a borderless window to draw in. Dmivop.c is where the drawing takes place. I)raw.Ink is the Blink linking script. While you normally compile Drawsct and Drawop with the Lattice Ic command, you should compile Drimagcs with the -ad option (Lattice 4.0) to put the Image arrays in chip RAM.
Drawop is the main control routine. It monitors gadget selections and close-button hits from the user via the window’s IDCMP port. (The Setup! ) routine in Drawset.c told Intuition which events to watch for.) Color-gadget requests tell Drawop to set the current color. Drawing-object gadgets instruct the program to call a routine associated with the object !>oLtne( ) for lines, DoTexi( ) Idr text, Do- Reet() for rectangles, and I)oKlli() for ellipses.
DoLine( ), DoRcct(). And DcjF.I1 i( ) operate similarly. Each waits for the user to push the left mouse button (SELECTDOWN), records the mouse position at that time, and uses Intuition to keep track of the mouse position. At each lick, the program draws a line, rectangle, or ellipse in COMPLEMENT mode from or centered on that initial point to the current mouse position. If a line, rectangle, or ellipse was drawn on the previous lick, Little- Draw erases it hv overdrawing it in COMPLEMENT mode again. When the user releases the left Iniiion (SELECTUP), the program draws a final line, rectangle, or ellipse in JAM1 mode in the current color. The user can cancel a line in progress by clicking the right mouse button without releasing the left mouse button (MENUDOWN, MENUUP). The routine waits for the next lefi-bution click, until the user clicks another gadget (Color or Draw), then it returns to the main program to let it handle the gadget request.
By integrating these graphics-primiiivcs calls into your own programs, you can render complex drawings through simple programming.
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ffdef ine ffdefine ffdef ine ffdefine ffdefine ffdefine
PROM LIBrc.o+drawset.o + dri mages.o fdrawop.o TO LittleDraw
LI3 LIB:lc.lib+LIB:amiga.lib SMALLDATA
Listing 2. Draw.h
I LittleDraw.h I
I LittleDraw Definitions, Globals
* Window Screen 3itMap Sizes ’
frdefine DEPTH 3
frdefine WIDTH 640
ffdefine HEIGHT 200
* Colors - fixed sen for now *
frdefine BLACK 0
frdefine WHITE 1
ffdefine RED 2
ffdefine GREEN 3
ffdefine BLUE 4
ffdef ineYELLOW 5
ffdef ine MAGENTA 6
jfdefine CYAN 7
* States (user-driven) *
Fdefine S_Nothing 1 * Waiting for user choice Fdefine S_WaLine 10 * Wait for line begin pt pdefine S IstLine 11 * Aboun to draw 1st line
Listing continued on p. 112
Fdefine S DrLine 12 * Drawing 1ine-selectup ends *
S_WaRect 2C J* Wait for rect. Begin pt
S_lstRect 21 * About to draw 1st rect
S_DrRect 22 * Drawing rect-selectup ends * S_WaElli 30 * Wait for ellipse center *
S_lstElli 31 * A±;out to draw 1st ellipse *
S_DrEl1i 32 x Draw ellipse-selectup ends * * Gadget Image sizes, placement * ffdefine GAD_HEIGHT12 * Height of mode gadgets *1 ffdefine GAD_WIDTH16 * Width of mode gadgets *f define GAD__TOPOFF10 * Start of top gadget *
’ Cross-Hair Pointer size, placement *
Fdefine CROSSWIDTH9 Fdefine CROSSHEIGHT 9 Fdefine CROSSXOFF -4 ffdefine CROSSYOFF -4 * Variable Declarations * extern struct 'Window *win; extern struct Screen *scr; extern struct RastPort *rp;
extern long MyIDCMP_Flags; * For ModifylDCMP * I * Image data from drimage.c *
extern USHORT Line_Pict, Rect_Pict, Elli_Pict, Black Pict, CrossHair_Pict;
* Gadget ID's * ffdefine GID_LINE 1
- define GID_RECT 2 define GID_ELLI 3 bdefine GID_BLACK 5 define GID_WHITE 6 aefine GID RED 7
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WHEN ADDING CERTAIN devices to your system, you may encounter a little- known file. Mountlist. That may prove perplexing to the uninitiated. This is particularly likely now that many Amiga users are finding they need hard disks for their systems. Knowing how Mountlist works can make it easier to install everything from a hard disk to Amiga* DOS 1.3’s recoverable RAM disk.
Finding Mountlist is easy enough (it's in the dcvs directory of your Workbench disk), but understanding ii can be a bit more difficult. Let's start with some background on bow ihe Amiga recognizes add-on devices and the role that Mountlist plays in this process.
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While the BINDDRIVERS method of installing devices is easy, it does not work in all cases. To make the Amiga recognize some devices you must tell it to do so with the MOUNT command.
For example. AmigaDOS lets you treat a hard disk as either a single device or as a collection of several smaller devices. Each section of a hard disk you plan to treat as a separate device is known as a partition. While the BINDDRIVERS command lets your Amiga know about the first partition of a hard disk, it does not recognize any other partitions. To use
them, you must MOUNT them. The
same is true of the new recoverable RAM disk: to use it you must first MOUNT it.
This is where the Moimllist file comes into the picture. The MOUNT command's format is:
where dev>: is the name with which you will refer to the device that you are mounting. MOUNT knows how to set up dev>: from an entry with the same name ( dev>:) in the Mountlist file.
These entries can describe three basic things: devices, such as hard disks; handlers, such as the AUX: handler that lets you use another terminal with your Amiga; and file systems, such as the AmigaDOS 1.3 EastFilcSystcm. The basic format of all entries is the same, although their contents vary with the type of tiling they describe. Because most of us run into devices far more often than handlers or new file systems, in this column we look only at Mountlist device entries.
Although many Amiga software suppliers include a sample Mountlist entry for their disks, it’s useful to know how to change that entry so that you can, for example, create more partitions, or change the size of the default ones.
To understand the formal of Mountlist entries, let's start with an example: the AmigaDOS 1.3 (Gamma release) default entry for RAD:, the recoverable RAM disk (see last month’s ‘‘info.phile" column, p. 94, for a discussion of RAD;):
* This is an example of a mountlist entry for using the recoverable ram disk. Depending on the amount of memory vou wish to devote to it. You may want to
change the HighCyl value.
RAD: Device = ramt hi ve.de vice
Unit = 0 Flags = 0 Surfaces = 2 BlocksPerTrack = 1 1 Reserved = 2 Interleave = (I Low( XI = 0 ; H ighCyl = 21 Butlers = f>
BufMeniType = 1
The first several lines of the entry comprise a comment that describes it.
Vou can put as many comments and
blank lines in Mountlist as you want. To
mark text as a comment, enclose it between * and * . (These are the comment characters of the C programming language.)
After a blank line we get into the entry itself. Every device entry uses the same format for its first line. ( The indentation is optional, but it helps make the entries more readable.) That format is:
dev>:Devicc = device handler>
dev>:, as we said earlier, is the name of the device. In our example above, the name is RAD. device handler> is the name of the program that lets AmigaDOS work with that device. The standard AmigaDOS device handlers arc in the devs Workbench directory, along with the Mountlist. If you install a special device handler, put il in that directory with the others.
As you might expect, different types of devices need different handlers. Vou run RAD: with ramdrive.device, while most floppy drives use trackdisk.device and most hard disks lake hddisk.device.
After you have given the name of the device and its handler, it’s time to get down to the meat of the device's description. You stale each necessary characteristic of a device in the same basic way,
using lines of the following form:
kcyword> = characteristic>
After you finish giving all of a device’s characteristics, you must end the Mountlist entry with the following line:
You can include more than one keyword characteristic pair in a line, as the RAD: example does with LowCyl and HighCyl, but you must separate them with a semicolon (;).
Exactly which characteristics vou must
state for a device depends on the device's type. If you omit a keyword, you’ll get the system default, which is usually acceptable.
A Character Profile of RAD:
faking our RAD: example above as a typical disk-drive entry, let’s examine these characteristics in detail by going through the RAD: entry line by line.
Unit is a number that AmigaDOS uses to help identify the type of your device. RAD: is always unit 0. Hard disks built according to the ST-506 standard use unit 1. The other type of Amiga hard disks, SCSI disks, generally are unit 3. Floppy drives are usually unit 2.
The Flags keyword supplies options to the AmigaDOS function that prepares the device for your use. Unless your device manufacturer tells you to do otherwise, leave it at the default value of 0. There are other Flags options, of course. For example, if you decided to format RAD: as a FastFileSystem device, then you would not be able to boot from it.
To let AmigaDOS know that it was not a bootable device, you would change its Flags to 2.
Five keywords Surfaces, BlocksPer-
Track, LowCyl, HighCyl, and Interleave describe physical characteristics of the disk.
Surfaces refers to the number of physical surfaces in the disk. A disk drive is like a stack of one or more platters, or Lps, with space between them for heads, which are like stereo needles, to read them. Drives typically can use both sides of each platter. Thus, a value of 2 following Surfaces means a single platter in the drive.
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into a series of concentric rings called tracks, much like songs on an I.P. Each track, however, is further subdivided into a number of even sized blocks. The Amiga uses 512-byte blocks. I'he Blocks- PerTrack keyword tells how manv of these blocks fit in each of your disk’s tracks.
Your disk drive dealer should supply you with the Surfaces and BlocksPer- Track information for your drive. In the RAD: example above, AmigaDOS 1.3 insists that you leave Surfaces and Blocks- PerTrack as we show them there the reason being that RAD: is designed to emulate a hard disk with two Surfaces and eleven BlocksPer'Track.
Every platter of a disk has the same number of tracks. A set of corresponding tracks on all of a disk’s platters, such as all of the first tracks or all of the second tracks, is known as a “cylinder." LowCyl and HighCyl let you fix the number of your drive’s cylinders you want to use in
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this device. By using less than all of them, you get a device partition that is smaller than the whole disk. As with so many other hits of computerese, drive manufacturers number their cylinders starting at 0. Remembering this numbering scheme, we can see that by default RAD: uses 22 cylinders. While physical hard disks have a fixed highest cylinder, RAD: is limited only by the amount of
memory in your system. If you want RAD: to be larger, make its HighCyl larger. LowCyl and HighCyl let you control the size of a disk partition, but they do not tell you that size in bytes. To calculate a partition's size in bytes, compute the following:
Surfaces x BlocksPerTrack x 512 x
(number of cylinders)
(We use 512 in this equation because it is the standard Amiga block size in bytes.) So. RAD: by default contains 247,808 bytes (2 x II x 512 x 22). If you would prefer to use the more traditional computer unit k (one kilobyte = 1024 bytes), simply substitute 0.5 for 512 in the equation. RAD:’s default size is then 242K.
Interleave, the final physical keyword, relates to the speed at which the combination of your disk drive and disk drive controller can supply information to AmigaDOS. When Interleave is 0, Amiga
DOS knows that your drive and controller move data quickly enough that it is safe to store logically sequential blocks of a file on physically sequential blocks of a disk. If Interleave is larger, say 2. Then AmigaDOS knows to leave at least two physical blocks on the disk between every two logically sequential blocks of each file. The lower the Interleave, the better.
Again, your disk drive dealer should supply you with the right value for Interleave. If not. Use 0 because most Amiga drive controller drive pairs can run at that speed.
The Reserved keyword is the number of blocks that AmigaDOS needs for its hoot block, the place where it stores the information it needs to be able to boot from that drive. Reserved is almost always set at 2.
The remaining two keywords in our RAD: example, Buffers and BuiMem- Type, affect the way AmigaDOS manages its interaction with that device. To make your system run faster, AmigaDOS keeps in memory a few '‘buffers," whic h are copies of the disk blocks that you read or wrote most recently. In general, the more buffers you give AmigaDOS for your disk, the faster your disk will seem to perform. Each buffer, however, consumes 512 bytes of your RAM. You must be sure that you have enough spare memory to support all of your disk buffers and all of your applications. It’s a good idea never to give a device fewer than the default five buffers, and it’s preferable to use more if you can spare the memory. If you want to leave your Mountlist entry with only a few buffers, but then add some later when you want to speed your disk accesses, you can use the ADDBUFEERS command to do so.
BufMemType tells AmigaDOS the kind of memory it can use for its buffers for this device. The Amiga’s special graphics and audio chips can work only with special memory known as chip memory.
The rest ol an Amiga’s memory is called fast memory. By setting BufMemType you tell AmigaDOS whether it can choose which memory it will use (set BufMemType to 0 or I ), force it to use chip memory (2 or 3). Or force it to use fast memory (4 or 5). Unless you have a
special need to free up chip memory for some application, leave BufMemType at its default value of 0.
One More Time
As a fast and final review, let's quickly go through one more Mountlist entry, this time a sample from the standard AmigaDOS 1.2 Mountlist for a hard-disk partition:
Sample Mountlist Entry to add another partition to an ST-501) drive
P2: Device = hddisk. Device
Unit = I
Surfaces = 4 BlocksPer 1 rack = 17 Reserved = 2 I nterleave = 0
LowCM = 300 ; 11igh(‘.vl = (jo I Buffers = 20 BufMemType = 0
As you can see. It uses the same keywords as the RAD: entry, although most have different values. The device handler is hddisk.device because it is an entry for a hard disk, and the Unit is 1 because it is an ST-506 hard disk.
This entry describes a second partition of a hard disk. Because it uses a LowCyl value of 300, we can guess that cylinders 0 through 299 went to the first partition. This second partition will contain
10. 208k (4 x 17 x 0.5 x 302). Or about 10MB.
This hard-disk partition will also use more AmigaDOS disk buffers than RAD: (20 vs. 5). That’s probably a good idea, since a hard disk, even a fast one. Is necessarily slower than a RAM disk.
These two examples should he enough to get you started on Mountlist. We did not have room in this column to cover every possible Mountlist device-entrv keyword, much less the other kinds of Mountlist entries. With this information, however, you can take the sample entries in your Mountlist file and change them to accommodate your own hard disks or recoverable RAM: disk. Be patient and allow time for experimenting, and vou will find that the Mountlist is another powerful and useful AmigaDOS feature. ¦
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If you decide to remove a picture from your sequence, select its file name with the mouse and use the Delete function to discard it. If you delete a file accidentally, simply select the file name that the deleted picture should follow and use the Add function again.
The compressed images that Pack produces can he played hack Lit speeds ranging from I to f)0 fps (frames per second). Use the player program Display included in the package, f lipper also allows easy identification ol files compiled in the HASH format In adding an extension to
the name (.PAC32I„ for example), which reminds vou of the method of storage,
number of colors, and resolution used.
While the program is easy to use, it does have some problems. The first few times I tried to compile an animation, the program gave me Trouble-Saving errors. Even Lifter examining my disk, reformatting it, and verifying that 1 could read and write to it with no problems, the program sometimes still had trouble saving. The problem persisted, on occasion, even after t tried several different Amiga computers* disks, and disk drives. In addition, the software completely crashed twice when I was choosing pictures to Hip.
Unlike other page-flipping programs available, Flipper lakes the IFF pictures and compresses them into the ANIM or HASH format for display. While a good idea for S-I) programs, it does not work well for page-flipping programs. After compiling in both HASH and ANIM formats, I compared the times it took Ani- mation:Flipper and Mindware Internal ionafs Page Flipper to display 1(1 low-resolution black-and-white pictures. Both programs employ double-buffering techniques to smooth the display process. But the Mindware program performed almost twice ;is fast lis Flipper. I employed the same test using other resolutions, with the same results.
The manual is well written and easy to understand. It includes a number of hints for using Digi-View 2.0 (Ncw ick).
I he software, however, needs a revision to fix its hugs.
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Animation: Apprentice 3.0
(kd your skeletons da tiring.
By Wayland Strickland
WITH ANIMATION: APPRENT ICE 3.0 you can produce 3-1) character-type animation. A complex task considering how the body’s motions are inlet connected.
To touch your head with vour hand, for example, your wrist, elbow, and shoulder must all move for your hand to arrive at its destination. As difficult as animating such motions sounds. Animation: Apprentice makes the task relatively easy by employing seven specialized programs: Sculpt, Character, Action. Director, Rehearsal, Record, and Display.
All In Your Head
You use Sculpt to make and edit three- dimensional objects. In a separate paint program, draw two views of the object you wish to create. For a human head, for example, you would create a front view (a visage) and a side view (a profile). Import them into Sculpt and use the Autosnilpt feature to combine the visage and profile into a three-dimensional version of the object. Aulosculpt vertically slic es the object into sections, which you can resize to change the object's appearance. Add surface detail from Sculpt's touch-up menu. You could, for example, use texture mapping to apply a digitized face to the sample head.
After the basic objects are complete, you must assemble them into a body, with the Character program. You tell the program which “hones” will take priority over others and where they will he placed, and Character creates the skeleton. For example, when the shoulders move, the body below the shoulders is affected. The shoulder bone is called a patriarch. Bones that are moved as a result of the patriarch are called progeny. A parent bone is a single hone such as a forearm that causes the movements of attached hones to move as well (the wrist, hand, and fingers). Siblings are hones that will follow die parents, but do not follow each other, such as vour left and right arm.
You move the skeleton with the Action program. Action displays your newlv c reated skeleton as li stick figure. To record movements for any of the hones, select the hone to he moved and the type of movement (swivel, roll, tilt, etc.) with the mouse. You can view the stick figure iron the top, bottom, front, hack, left, and right. Action uses liii Fase feature to smooth out movements, making them appear more realistic. W hen vou lilt an object off of a table, for example, vour arm starts moving slowlv, then gains
speed rapidly, and slows down quickly upon reaching its destination. Ease simulates that phenomenon In letting vou specify the number of frames needed for the movement. Once a basic move is complete, vcm can view the movement with the Audition feature. Playback speeds range from 1 to (it) frames per second (fps).
Besides controlling the camera s viewpoint and perspective and direclion of the light source, the Director program creates choreography (motion) files for the camera and characters. Choreography files Lire divided into kev frames dial select the direction the character is facing, the size of the character, and the specific location of the character. The characters are represented on the screen by circles with arrows in them, denoting tlit' direction that the character is lacing. The stage on which die character stands is represented by two diagonal lines reaching outward and upward across the screen. The Perspective feature lets you view any single frame in the choreography and tells vou the camera position, light source, character size and position, and vievvplane for the frame.
The camera, like the characters, can have very complicated movements such as panning left to right, tilting up or down, dollying Inward or hack, and trucking left to right. The camera can also he boomed up or down, and while it cannot move behind the stage, vou can
move the stage to get those special v iews.
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The viewplane acts like the focal length of a lens. If you use a value that is too small, you can achieve strange effects.
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The light source is a fixed distance from the stage and can only be moved in an arc. This method is not as limiting as it sounds and works well. Director permits intensity adjustments of both ambient light and the single light source. Unless you use a background picture, Director automatically will perform the animation on a black (color 0) background for use with genlocks.
Rehearsal uses the choreography created by Director to generate the finished animation in a wire frame mode. Because the animation is represented without any detail. Rehearsal speeds up computing time required to compile the animation. You can play the compiled animation at speeds from 4 to (if) fps.
Record lets you save your animation. First you must specify the animation’s resolution, either lo-res in 2, 4, 8, lb. 32, or 4096 colors or hi res in 16 colors. You must also indicate whether you want the characters shaded in reference to the light source or to be drawn with a black line around them as in traditional animation. You can save your animation to disk in two forms, Pack and IFF. Pack uses an anim-type format to save compressed animation images to disk. The packed images can only he played with the supplied Display program. IFF uses the standard IFF picture format so you can display the frames with a page-flipping or paint program. The View option does not save the frames to disk, but displays them as it generates each one.
While you can see each frame, you lose the flow of animation. One frame might be rendered quickly, but the following image might require a half hour to display.
Aside from the slow rendering speed,
common to such memory- and calcula-
lion-intensive applications, the only problems were those of omission. In Overscan mode, images do not fill the complete screen. Nor can the program generate animations in Interlaced mode. Fortunately, these were the only problems that 1 could find.
Animation: Apprentice suits the Amiga well. The software multitasks and makes good use of icons and pull-clown menus. In addition, the manual for version 3.0 is very well written, offering suggestions and clear explanations. F.asy-to- understand instructions coupled with complex animation is a winning combination that I recommend.
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INTELLITYPE Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing
The touch of ten is better than the peck of one.
By Neil Randall
IF SITTING at the keyboard sends you into slow motion, you arc a candidate for a refresher or starter course from Intel! Itype or Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing. Besides teaching text input, both programs offer a host of charts and graphs to track your progress. Both use the metaphor of the typing classroom, and both emphasize individualized progress. From there, their styles diverge.
Intcllitype comes on an unprotected disk, although the manual states that the program is not configured to run on a hard drive. Each student needs a separate data disk. When In tell ity pe boots, it reads your progress, setting you at the appropriate lesson. As a new student, you type a diagnostic test that the program analyzes to determine your starting level.
Targeted for adults, the program contains 30 lessons, each designed to take 45 minutes and consisting of warm-up exercises, practice drills, leiter-number combinations, anti a lengthy typing exercise. In the first 15 lessons, you work with letters, numbers, punctuation marks, and symbols. The next nine lessons emphasize coordination to correct common problems such as transposing, alternating, and doubling letters. Lessons 25-29 build your speed. The last lesson is the graduation exam.
In the lessons, you copy what the computer prints on the screen; the character you type is displayed below the computer's. If you make a mistake, a wedge appears above the error; you can backspace and correct it, but the statistics will be more useful if you don’t. The typing exercises also present a series of stories for you to read while typing them. Rather than entertain, the story inhibits speed because typists should concentrate on keystrokes, not words.
You do not have to take a lesson each time you hoot Intcll itype. You can select one of 10 drills, concentrating on triplets
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(kik, juj, and so on), trigraphs (common 3-letter combinations), alternating hand usage, capitals, alternators (words with repeating letters and letter pairs), common transposing problems, and speed typing. In the TypeRope game, you move a tightrope walker across a rope bv hitting the correct keys.
Imellitypc's strongest point is analysis.
After you finish the exercises or a les-
son's final test, the program analyzes your performance in three areas. Accuracy represents the percentage of correct keystrokes. Speed measures words per minute (penalizing for errors). Advanced errors (doubling, capitalization, transpositions, omitting letters, adding extra letters. Dyslexic errors, and so on) displays a series of possible problem areas. Each performance monitor offers four separate charts, one for each row on the keyboard. And compares your results with the goals for the lesson. The program ?
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While Intcllitype is relatively easy to use and extremely valuable for analyzing
problems, some aspects are ill-considered. The diagnostic test is far too long. To find your beginning lesson level, you must copy six screens of words a lot for a person who doesn't know how to type. Because 1 wanted to start with the first lesson, I randomly pressed keys, li ving to fool the program into thinking I was a complete novice. It told me the analysis was impossible because of too many errors. When 1 continued, the program crashed. Such an intelligent program should offer an easier, shorter diagnostic test, or simply allow you to bypass the test and start where you choose.
If you begin a drill, you cannot abandon it until you complete at least half. 1 understand why you should commit yourself to a lesson, but the program should let you flip from drill to drill as a preview. A related problem is that the program forces you to complete the warm up and key exercises before beginning each lesson.
Intcllitype is extremely worthwhile for a dedicated student, but it does not recognize that some people like to leant in a less rigorous manner. Until the start-up problems are solved. 1 can’t recommend Intcllitype to beginners who do not have considerable stamina.
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing sins the standard for typing tutors. As a new student, you enter your name, select vour age group, and estimate your skill level (novice, hunt-and-pcck. Or touch typist).
1 hen it's of! To the Classroom, where Mavis explains the lesson plan. You can agree with the suggested plan or click l-et’s Do Something Else. Something else includes seeing another suggestion, repeating the last lesson, changing text format, and so on. Because Mavis’ suggestions are tailored to the individual, however, agreeing with the suggestion is best.
During the lesson, the program displays words or letter combinations at the top of the screen and a keyboard and ghostly hands at the bottom. As you type, so do the hands. The idea is to keep your eyes off the keyboard and on the screen. To reinforce the lesson. Mavis suggests a Workshop session. The Workshop's screen is similar to the Classroom's. But contains a metronome (to encourage rhythmic typing), meters (to monitor your accuracy, speed, and progress), and a clock (to keep track of your lime). Alter the lesson, 19 graphs help you analyze your progress.
For a change of pace. Mavis takes you to a typing arcade. Sitting in your race car, you see your opponent in the rear view mirror. When you type a letter correctly, you pull ahead of your opponent. Type quickly and accurately and you leave your opponent in the dust. Entering characters incorrectly allows the other car to get closer. Stop typing and the car overtakes vou.
The program is easy to customize. You can alter or turn off the metronome, meters, and clock, or do away with the typ-
ing cursor, guide hands, and the oust teen keyboard's labels. The race car’s speed can be adjusted to match your word-per-minute rating, and you can specify whether or not Mavis will force you to correct errors. You can determine the* degree to which Mavis considers past lessons and the* frustration level when preparing lessons, and opt for terse or verbose commentaries. If you wish, vou can ask Mavis to teach you about the Dvorak keyboard.
Mavis understands children, too. Their lessons arc shorter, and placing them in the appropriate age group makes a difference. To lower the frustration level, the program lets you quit whenever you want, an especially useful feature for restless children. Choosing Quit saves the typist’s data to disk; the next lesson is based on that data.
Mavis is not without her faults. Ifvour fingers are not on the home row and vou hit a series of wrong kevs. Mavis counts them all as errors instead of stop- ping you. (Mavis elites interpret random keystrokes as frustration, though, and
plans your lessons accordingly.) In addition, the disk is copy protected and offers no provision for saving data to a separate disk. Backups cost $ 5.
I prefer Mavis Beacon over Intellitype. Both will inc rease your typing speed and accuracy, but through different methods. Mavis Beacon tailors its lessons more accurately and avoids Intcllitvpe’s “eat your-spinach" brand of adult learning. If you have children or like a loosclv-strur- tured lesson plan, choose Mavis. If you benefit from a more rigid learning atmosphere, choose Intellitvpe.
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Transfer your ideas from the drawing board to videotape.
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PHOTON VIDEO TRANSPORT Controller is designed to multitask with scene- rendering animation software while driving a single-frame animation controller and videotape recorder (VTR) simultaneously.
Flu* Transport Controller is furnished, along with two utilities, on a single* disk. The program's design lets you update it and install additional modules easily. Before you begin animating, you must run the* Install TC module: Simp]v click the ?
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At present. T ransport Controller operates five animation controllers: Lyon Lamb’s MINIVAS and YAS IV. BCD’s Model 25(H), Pico Systems’ Animation Controller, and VideoMedia's V-Lan. An animation controller accepts commands from the computer via a RS-232 cable and attaches to the VTR using a 9-pin or 50-pin controller cable.
When T ransport Com roller is activated, the program displays a window in the center of the screen that lists the YTRs vour controller can communicate
with. The program displays the controller’s status and the last VTR used in the lower part of the window, provided your controller has non-volatile memory.
Once you select a VTR, the program screen appears. T hree small windows display selections of the lime frame counter (hoursnnimiies:seconds:frames) and instruct the controller where to begin editing on the tape (start point), duration of the segment, and the end point. Once you select the start point and duration, Transport Controller calculates and sets the end point. This window also simultaneously displays frames per recording (if the duration is four seconds, the number of frames would be 120), first and last frames recorded in the current session, scene number (used to partition the tape into sections), and new scene (used to determine whether a new tape needs to he striped).
The Project Menu permits you to load, save, and reset the program screen parameters. The Prepare menu lets you toggle the interlace option and select standard Workbench colors or any special settings.
Transport Controller: the missing link.
Before you can record an animation, you must stripe the tape you will use. Striping is the process whereby you record video (usually blacklnirst) from a sync generator, camera, or computer onto the videotape. During or following the striping process, you must also record time code onto the tape (the method for recording time code depends on the controller). The last two selections in the Prepare menu aid in striping the tape. 1 he first. Pre-Black, records new video (an assemble edit that erases existing video or audio) onto the tape. Pre-Stripe functions similarly, and preserves the existing control track (an insert edit that preserves the control track while replacing the video or either of the audio tracks). Lot your convenience. Transport Controller displays a black screen when either Pre-Black or Pre- Stripe is selected. This screen can then be used in place of a camera or sync generator, thus providing sync to the VTR.
The TC-PageFlip utility acts much like an animator's display stand. For example. If you have a sequence of cells that you wish to animate, the program will load this sequence and assign a number to the end of the file name (TEST01, TF.ST02, and so forth). TC-PageFlip will load and displav cells stored in either IFF or HAM format with overscan. You can also create a script file rather than naming each image. If there is not room on your floppy to store all the pictures, TC-PageFlip will prompt you to insert the next disk. The only feature absent from this module is the ability to load an anim file and display each frame.
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- 4* Better Loops with Flight Simulator - While several books have been written about aerobatic maneuvers with Flight Simulator, we get enough calls from frustrated computer pilots unable to perform a loop to warrant the following additional instructions. For those already successful at looping the aircraft, these instructions should help make your ioops rounder and more satisfying.
After diving to the suggested looping airspeed (180 knots will do), add as much up elevator as possible without stalling the aircraft. As you pitch up and airspeed slows you will have to reduce some of this elevator pressure. Many people leave the elevator setting on high and become frustrated when the aircraft stalls before pointing straight up. In a perfectly round loop your elevator should be almost all the way back to neutral by the time you're upside down. Since airspeed is very slow at the top of the loop (and the portion of the circle traveled is small), your pitch attitude change should be gracefully slow as well. Start adding up elevator pressure again as airspeed increases. By the time you get to the bottom of the loop, the up elevator setting should be where it was when you began the maneuver and your airspeed should be adequate to begin another loop.
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Crs. The window Ids yon set the delay between frames from three (most YTRs require at least three seconds for preroll) to 99 seconds. One of TimcLapse’s gadgets lets you program a start lime.
Transport Controller is designed to communicate with all software in Micro- Illusions' Photon Animation series (which includes Cel Animator), and with other third-party animation software such as VideoScape 31) (Aegis). When Transport Controller selects the module to be used, it creates a message port for communicating with other software. VideoScape 3D, for example, communicates by drawing a frame as part of an animation and sending a message to the message port to signify the completion of the frame. Upon reading this message, 'Transport Controller sends the appropriate codes to the controller, which then tells the VTR to record the frame. When the VTR is finished, the controller signals Transport Controller, which in turn signals VideoScape 3D to continue with the animation. 'The cycle repeats until the animation concludes.
Transport Controller also permits remote control of the VTR by displaying icons for play, shuttle, pause, and other operations. A repeat function performs the last edit again, and the program keeps h ack of edits performed by compiling a list in text format.
Photon Transport Controller’s manual is one of the best I have encountered.
The extensive Help section complements the on-line help feature, and a custom- programming section includes source code and examples on how to communicate with Transport Controller in assembly language and C.
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If doesn 7 make the flowers grow> hut it might keif) graphics huffs develop greener thumbs.
By Morton A. Kevelson
UNLIKE MOST SOFTWARE, such as word processing where yon both create text as well as manipulate it, image-processing programs involve operations applied only lo existing images. While paint and drawing programs seem the most likely places from which to import graphics, it is really images from digitizers, satellites, and other sources where vou have limited control over the qualitv of the originals that provide the raison d'etre for image-processing software. PhotoSynthcsis. From Escape Sequence Inc., provides this kind of control, allowing vou to process images lo enhance the information they contain.
Although PhotoSvnthesis restricts its operations to lo-res (less than or equal to 320x200 pixels), it can manipulate images up to 16 bilplanes deep. This uiav seem somewhat superfluous, as the Amiga is able to display only images of five bit planes or less (six in 11 AM and Extra HalfBrite modes). Reef) in mind, however, that PhntoSynthesis is intended to process images from many sources. As with Digi-View (NcwTck), which digitizes with 21 hits per pixel, PhotoSynthcsis generates additional bilplanes as a result of its image-processing functions.
One of the real strengths ol Photosynthesis is that it lets vou work with up to four images at one lime, so vou can easily compare in mathematical fashion the processed images with die originals. The price you pay for all this image-handling capability, however, is that Photo- Synthesis is a very memory-intensive program. At 8600 bytes per hitplane. Four 16-bitplane images require 512.000 bytes all of the Amiga's chip RAM. In addition, PhotoSynthcsis maintains a separate five-bit plane display buffer, and the program depends on the bliuer to speed many operations (putting even more demands on chip RAM), so vou ?
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Setup and Menu Selection
PhotoSynthesis is not copy protected,
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Because PhotoSynthesis makes heavy demands on chip RAM, the program requires a temporary storage area to swap chunks of data. If you have less than two megabytes of RAM, you will have to specify a SWAP: device either RAM: (if you have enough), a floppy disk, or a hard drive. T hose with only one disk drive and less than two megs will have to do a lot of disk swapping.
The recommended method for starting PhotoSynthesis is to boot it from its own work tlisk, hut you can (and must if you have a hard drive) start it from the CLI. The appearance of a full-width window, tall enough to accommodate only a menu bar and a single line of text, indicates that PhotoSynthesis is running. For most operations you use either the menus or PhotoSynthesis* own CLI.
Menu operation in PhotoSynthesis
could he improved. An example ol the kinds of menu problems you may encounter involves specifying display parameters. PhotoSynthesis docs not automatically display images (doing so uses valuable chip RAM). To display an image, you must select DISPLAY’ from the SYSTEM menu: you then get a requester, which contains gadgets for indicating buffer and bitplane settings. You click these to cycle through the selections, but if you overshoot the spot in the cycle you want, you cannot back up: you must keep clicking until the selection reappears. This happens even if you have only a single bitplane in the buffer. You can avoid this potential problem by using the program's CLI, but to do so you must learn the syntax. If you inadvertently enter an unusable parameter range, PhotoSynthesis puts up an error requester, which you must acknowledge with a mouse click. A screen flash would have been sufficient.
The remainder of the SYST EM menu selections are: HIDE, which removes the image display: FLUSH, which clears a buffer; SCRIPT, which allows you to run a sequence of PhotoSynthesis commands from a script file; and QUIT.
PhotoSynthesis supports two image file formats in addition to the Amiga’s IFF (Interchange File Format) standard. T he PhotoSynthesis format is similar to IFF, but it can represent gray levels as signed numbers (many PhotoSynthesis operations generate negative values). You can
DUMP any image (or part of an image),
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The remaining menus contain the actual image-processing functions. T he Boolean menu contains logical operators. Including AND, OR, NOT', XOR. And MASK. You can designate any of the four buffers as source and destination for all of the logical operators. T he Math menu contains ADD, SUBTRACT, MULTIPLY, DIVIDE. ABSVAL (absolute value), AVERAGE, and MEDIAN. The Neighborhood menu consists of CONVOLVE (mathematical convolution), EXPAND, SHRINK, THICKEN. THIN, and SKELETON. The RELATION menu contains LESS, GREAT, EQUAL. THRESHOLD, EXTRACT, MAXIMUM, and MINIMUM. T he Misc menu wraps things up with HISTOGRAM, HIST EQUAL, LEVEL, SHIFT, and I 1XBYV.
Image Processing in Action
PhotoSynthesis provides a complete set of image-processing operators. Those familiar with other Amiga image-processing software mav notice the absence of
descriptive functions such as EDGE and FILTER. These arc actually high-level
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functions that can be performed by combining two or more of Photosynthesis' low-level functions. For example, von can create edges by combining THRESHOLD, SHRINK, and NOR. To find the edges of the object in an image, try the following:
1. Load an image into buffer A and perform a THRESHOLD on it; place the result in buffer B. The result of a THRESHOLD is a binary image, or a single bit plane, where a pixel is turned on (set to a value of 1} only if the value of the corresponding pixel in the original image is greater than the THRESHOLD value. The resulting bilplane will have solid areas corresponding to objects in the original image.
2. Copy buffer B into buffer C.
:L Perform a SHRINK on buffer B and place the result in buffer B. The SHRINK operation examines a specified area around each pixel and replaces it by the minimum value in that area. This has the effect of cleaning up isolated points in the binary image.
4. Perform an NOR (exclusive OR) using buffers B and C, and place the result in buffer D. The NOR is a logical operation that compares the two bilplane images pixel by pixel. The resulting pixel is turned on only if the values of the two pixels are not the same. The resulting image in buffer 1) will consist of the edges of the areas to which the THRESHOLD operation was applied in step one.
5. If you wish to find the edges of different areas in the original image, simply repeat the process, starting with a different THRESHOLD setting.
Perhaps the most powerful part of PhotoSynthesis is the interpreter; it allows you to create and program image* processing algorithms and stores them in simple text files. The interpreter supports all menu commands as well as basic decision-making commands, including FOR NEXT loops, REPEAT- UNTIL loops, and VH 11 .E-EN D WHILE loops. Each loop can contain up to It) individual loops, and can he up to five levels deep. Script files also support conditional structures, such as IF-ELSE-END-
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I he manual contains a section on setting up PhotoSynthesis, a brief tutorial to introduce some operations, a short description of the interpreter, and a reference section. The appendices provide an introduction to image processing, a bibliography, and a brief description of the sample script files on the disk. I did. However, find several omissions and a number of errors in the manual, and 1 feel the interpreter and reference sections should he more detailed and fleshed out with additional examples.
PhotoSynthesis is not for everyone. It may be ideal for the image-processing professional, who will respond to the program's special UL1, its ability to run script files, and its mathematical approach to operations. Graphics artists and casual users, however, may feel more
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HAVE YOU EVER wanted to look inside an Amiga executable file to see what makes it tick, fix a bug, or remove a feature? Maybe you don’t trust your compiler's output and want to verify the assembly langauge. If so, you need DSM, the MC68000 disassembler.
DSM can turn almost any executable Amiga file into 68000 source code. You can modify this source-code file to your heart’s content and assemble it with any conventional Amiga assembler. If you arc fortunate, the original file will contain symbol hunks left over from program development »lmnks that include text from all labels present in the original source code and make disassembled code easy to read.
Using DSM. I fixed a commercial program that opened its window at the wrong location and did not allow it to be moved. DSM chewed through the program's executable file in under 36 seconds. 1 then loaded it into an editor, located the word OpenYVindow, modified the proper flags, and reassembled the file. It worked perfectly. Total elapsed time: four minutes.
Fhe otherwise-adequate manual does not address the fact that the file produced by DSM is often a different size .
Than the original file. There are a couple of reasons for such a size discrepancy. Sometimes there are empty hunks left in the original file. In this case, the solution is to strip both files before comparing sizes (unfortunately, because DSM does not have this capacity, you will need a separate utility for stripping). If blank hunks are not to blame, the differential indicates a problem in processing which mav be the fault of either the original
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The process of disassembling a program is not straightforward or easy because programs are allowed to freely mix data, such as tables and strings, with code (compilers are known for haphazardly interleaving them). If data and code are combined in the disassembly, the result is difficult to read, fhe process is furthei complicated by code portions that are referenced from tables, self-modifying code, register indirection, and a number of other obscure programming methodologies. DSM combats these problems in an unusual manner it actually traces the flow of the program. At the start, DSM assumes that the file contains nothing but data. It uses the first code hunk of a file (it must contain executable code) as an anchor point. DSM assumes that any branches or jumps point to more executable code. By walking down this tree, the disassembler guarantees it will never accidentally trip over something that is data and not code. It also virtually guarantees that ?
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Some code will be mistaken for data.
DSM provides two mechanisms to deal with the leftovers that were wrongly treated as data. First is the -e Hag. Billed as an expert system. The -e flag tests questionable sections and tries to determine whether they are code. This usually works, but the system fails to recognize legal code in some cases. To back up the expert system, DSM goes one more step. You can specify explicitly, through the use of an offset Hie, that certain sections are to be treated as code. If a data section appears to contain a readable ASCII text string, it will be shown in that form.
DSM has three major limitations. Because it can't handle files with overlays, the few complex programs that incorporate them are beyond DSM’s reach. A more serious problem is that DSM refuses to disassemble anything other than a pure executable file (an object file, for instance, is out of the question). This limits DSM’s utility to programmers who wish to examine compiler output. Lastly, DSM gives up whenever it encounters a program hunk it does not understand; therefore. DSM will not work with future luink types that Commodore defines.
Aside from the fact that it crashed attempting to disassemble files containing overlays. DSM performed flawlessly. Whenever the reassembled program failed to match the original executable, the fault lay in the assembler, not DSM.
DSM does its job well. The non-copy- protected program works on all Amigas, including those with 68020 processor cards. I did not note any code-generating problems. Happily, OTG Software has in
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who do their best to terminate your existence. Some of the side panels emit sparks and must be blasted to perdition to ensure your safety. Satellites drift lan* gnidly by, shooting lethal rays in your direction. While dangerous obstacles, both stationary and mobile, litter your path.
Aiding vou in vour mission in a one* player game is another battlesphere that joins you in blasting away at the nasties. Your erstwhile ally is not to be trusted too completely, however, as it tends to hog the road. 1 kept it from becoming too uppity by occasionally bumping it off the track and enjoying the resulting explosion (no wonder I can never find a bridge partner). Every four levels you wind up locked in a battle to the death with your former partner, bumping and blasting each other while dodging the usual hazards.
1 have only a few complaints. One is an annoying sound track that can't he turned off. Another is the lack of a keyboard option and faulty mouse support; you'll need a joystick, which nixes dual- player mode unless you have two. Adjustable skill levels would also be welcome, as would an option to restart play where
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You can play against the computer or a friend, or let the computer play itself. Battle Chess also offers a modem option, so you can compete long distance. (Surprisingly, though, the game supports only a modem baud rate of 300.) You can also use .the modem option by connecting two Amigas via a serial cable.
The Baltic Chess disk is not copy protected (the program does ask you for information from the manual upon bootup, though), and a provision lets you install the game on a hard drive, although this option got me into troublc.To install the game, your hard disk must he named DM0: there is no provision for directing the path or device name. Because I use the Workbench 1.3 Fast File System on my hard drive, my DHO: partition is small (less than one megabyte) in accordance with Commodore’s recommendation. When I clicked on the hard disk install option, the drive ran for a while, then a requester popped up saying my drive was full. I selected cancel, which should have erased the portion of the program that was copied. When I typed the DIR command from my main hard-drive's C directory, 1 was told that my hard drive was no longer a DOS disk. Attempting to install Battle Chess erased the contents of my 10MB drive. When I reported the problem to Interplay, they told me they would look into it. So far I haven't heard hack from them.
Despite these problems, I recommend the game. It is a clever, high-quality adaptation of a classic, and because it is so entertaining, it can entice people who don’t already know chess to learn it. (I caught my children reading a chess tutorial in order to play the game.) Battle Chess is a winner. ($ 49.95, Interplay, distributed b Mediagenic, 3885 Bohannon Dr., Menlo Park, CA 94025, 4151329-0800. No special require men ts.)
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Skill is required to destroy enemy ships and planes -just aim. Click the mouse button, and your target computer takes care of the rest, if you complete vour mission, your score is based on the number of enemies destroyed.
Sub Battle appears to be an eight-bit game ported to the Amiga. While it features pull-down menus and digitized sounds, the graphics are not up to Amiga standards. The low-resolution block images that depict target ships and aircraft arc often difficult to discern, and their movement is erratic.
Frequent and excessive disk access causes delays; while the program loads data from the disk, everything else stops. Because the game is copy protected, you cannot use RAM or a hard disk to increase speed. The delays arc especially awkward when, during an attack hv enemy aircraft, you cannot fire, submerge, or operate any controls.
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SYNERGY PERIPHERAL Sys- terns annnounces Hard Disk Plus, a hard drive for the A500 with SCSI host controller. You can get the unit in 2Gland 30-meg configurations (§749.95 and $ 899.95, respectively). Or in custom format, which includes the installation of any hard-drivc you request. The unit conies with software utilities, and supports auto- booting and the Fast File System. An optional two-meg RAM add-on sells for $ 269.95.
A SCSI host controller, hard- drive enclosure, power supply, cables, and software together make up the Hard Disk CR kit (S319.95) for the A500. Just add an embedded SCSI 3 Vi - inch Seagate drive, and you’ve got yourself a complete system!
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Not So Alien
ALF (Amiga Loads Faster) aims to make interfacing the Amiga with an ST-412 506 hard disk “no problem.” Available in MFM and RLL versions, the unit comes with an SMS-OMTI PC] controller and generate sounds to accompany your scenes, then alter them and play them in stereo. Other features include color cycling, playback at up to 6(1 frames per second, linear and elliptical guides, and overscan. Get your presentations moving for $ 99; call Gold Disk. PC) Box 789, Strectsville, Mississaugua, Ont., Canada L5M 2C2, 416
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Like the Plague
A ROBOT SPACESHIP is out of control, destroying planets as it speeds on a collision course with Earth. To save the world, you need only boot up Pioneer Plague ($ 39.95). A mixture of arcade action and long-range strategy, the HAM- mode game keeps you busy blasting away the enemies and programming space drones to help with the fight. For more information about the invasion, contact Antic Software. 544 Second St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415 957-0886.
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Perform live on your Amiga with M. Intelligent Music's composing and performing program. You are just a click away from expressing your inspiration in real time while controlling rhythm, articulation. And orchestration. M automates changes in MIDI velocities, note densities.
TWO NEW ARRIVALS from Commodore arc the A2058 memory expansion card, and the A2090A hard disk controller. The RAM expander, $ 799, comes configured with two megabytes, and accepts up to six more megs of one-megabit DRAM chips. It fits into an A2000 slot. The A2090A con- rhythms, legato-staccato articulations, and accents. With six alternate settings. M gives you six different ways to modify your music. M is available from Intelligent Music, 116 North Lake Ave., Albany. NY 12206, 518 434-41 10 and retails at 5200.
Billed as a rock-steadv music sequencer, MIDI Magic by Cir- cum Design provides a basic studio set-up that lets you record. Play back, edit, and organize MIDI data generated by an electronic synthesizer. With multichannel simultaneous recording, 480 PPQN resolution, 4-mode quantization, and multiple time signatures, MIDI Magic ensures uninterrupted music output. You can record any type of MIDI data onto 16 tracks with up to 26 sequences. MIDI Magic is SI49.95 from Brown-Wagh. 16795 Lark Ave., 210. Los Gatos, CA 95030. 408 395-8338.
Record your hits spontaneously with MidiVU, a multitasking musical scratch pad. MidiYL’ is designed to take up just two percent of a standard Amiga disk. This $ 29 desktop accessory records one track, in real time, from any MIDI instrument. Direct your questions to Diemer Development, 12814 Landale St., Studio City, CA 91604-1351, 818 762-0804.
Croller, also for your A2000, provides S I -506 and SCSI in- t erf aces, and buffered direct* memory access. It sells for S399. Get more information on tbe duo by calling Commodore. 1200 Wilson Dr., West Chester, PA 19380. 215 431-
Search and Rescue
YOU ARE TRAVELLING through forests, graveyards, and city streets bracing against regimes of nasty characters. Heading for another dav at the office? No, you arc Sodan or Sodanna, one of the mighty lighting twins attempting to spring your parents held cap*
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Scanning the Globe
SPECTRASCAN GIVES your A2000 hi res, color image capture and manipulation capabilities. The system, developed by ASDG, is based on the Sharp Electronics JX-450 color scanner and ASDG’s Twin X General Purpose Input Output Board (GPIB). The Sharp JX- 450 will scan color originals up to 11x17 inches, as well as slides and negatives. It offers variable resolution from 30 to 300 dots per inch, and reports 24 bits per pixel for a proposed palette of 16-million colors. The SpectraScan software gives you complete control over the JX-450, and
provides feedback as an image is scanned; all operations take place on screen in real time. Images larger than your monitor scroll, and ASDG promises live inside the evil castle Gragganmmor in Discovery Software’s Sword of Sodan. For $ 49.95, you get three disks containing I 1 levels. For more information call 800 34*
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fringe-free HAM graphics. SpectraScan’s conversion capability extends to automaticalh remap a 2 l-bit-pcr-pixel image into any number of colors (not limited to powers of two) from two to 256. The demand-paged virtual memorv environment. ASDG says, lets vou manipulate the raw data for even a 52-meg image quickly and transparently with two megabytes of fast RAM and a sufficient hard drive. You can multitask, too. The system, complete with a SBX-GPIB module for the Twin-X board, all cables, and software, is $ 993. ASDG also distributes the scanner, which retails for $ 6995. You can reach ASDG at 925 Stewart St., Madison, W1 53713, 608 273-6585. ¦
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Pacific Peripherals offers Seagate 30, 50 and 62 megabyte drives as well as the Konica 10 megabyte floppy. The Konica drive operates as a 75ms hard drive using high density (480 TPI) floppy disks giving you the speed of a hard drive and the unlimited capacity of a floppy drive. Exceptional error correction capabilities make your data safer than it would be on a standard 51 4J' disk.
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Olt of Sight
Q: I have a public-domain dish with a subdirectory ((died (JIM. Containing what believe to he sev- cral graphic screens. I have used firry IFF loader I eon think of (as well as LoadACdlM) to view them, but nothing works. What is a CUM graphic formal, and how can I vino them?
San Antonio, TX
A: What I believe you have found are graphics created for tlu* other Commodore (CBM) compuier, the C-f>4. These are not IFF or ACBM format, and you cannot display them with programs made for IFF. There are several PI) utilities that will convert (Mi l 1)001)1.F or KOALA pictures to IFF. Some of the best are ConvDDL (convert DOODLE), Com KOA (convert Koala), and ConvPSG (convert PrintShop Graphic). Look for them in users’ group libraries, bulletin board services, and commercial telecommunication networks like IvoplcLink, GENIE, and QuanlumLiitk.
Memory or Storage
Q: I need one megabyte of memory to run my software. Should I purchase a hard drive or a one-meg memory card for my A 1000? What is the difference between the two?
Des Moines, I A
By Louis R. Wallace
A: A RAM expansion board contains RAM (Random Access Memory), which the computer uses to temporarily store programs and program information while it is processing the program. When yon load a program, the system reads it from the disk drive into a portion of available RAM. The CPC then processes the program to perform its intended task. When you exit the program. The portion of RAM it occupied becomes available for other functions. When you turn the computer off, you erase everything in RAM.
A hard drive is a very different beast. You use a hard drive for long term storage of programs and data. A hard disk can store a great deal more information than a floppy disk, from 20 to 100 times more. Information stored on a hard drive remains there even when you turn off the power; only your command or a mechanical failure can erase it. You cannot run a program on the hard drive (or floppy) until you load it into the computer's memory. No matter how many megabytes of disk storage you have on the hard drive, if your computer does not have enough RAM to handle a program, you cannot use the program.
If you want to use programs that require one or more megabytes of RAM. Buying a RAM expansion card should be your first priority. The mass storage capabilities of a hard drive are a convenience, not a necessity.
The Mine or The Shaft?
Q: Two imc Emerald Mine disks would not boot beyond the initial screen on my computer; but work fine on my friend's A 1000. The dealer thinks my A1000 is dnn’l- oping a problem and should he serviced. Should I have the A 1000 repaired (cost unknown), or trade it in on an A 500 (the dealer will give me a $ 250 credit for ill This seems a convenient way oj upgrading to more memory. Kicks tart in ROM, and a hatteiy-hacked-up clock. Am better off fixing the A 1000 and buying RAM and a hard drive? Are A1000 hard drives and hardware going to come down in price. Stay the same or go up? I am a little worried about future support for my A 1000.
R. Thomas Wayne, MJ
A: While Emerald Mine is a great game, its copy protection is pickv. Like vou, I could not load two Emerald Mine disks on my A 1000. Although they would load on other Amigas.
If I disconnect my modem, however, both disks work.
Your problem may not be modem related, but it could be caused by some other device hooked to the computer.
Power down, disconnect everything except your disk drives
and monitor, then boot Emerald Mine. 11 it works, you probably do not need to have the computer serviced.
If your A1000 does have a problem, should you repair it or trade it in towards the AbOOr For me, money would be ihe deciding factor. If the repair costs for the A1000 are less than the price of the A500, fixing the A1000 makes more sense. If the repairs are more costly, then go for the trade in.
As for future hardware support for the A 1000. Only time will tell. The A1000 is still a significant part of the Amiga community. As their systems age, A1000 owners will be looking for ways to expand an otherwise excellent, almost fully software-compatible Amiga. 1 think the A1000 will find support for quite a while.
Q: On the C-6d, a few well aimed ROKFs let you use a variable with COSUB and COCO statements in BASIC (X = linenumberiCOSL 0
X) . Is there any way to do this with Amiga Basie?
R. Bromley Matton, Ontario
A: Amiga Basic does not allow computed GOTOs or ('«()- SLBs, and it will take more than a few POKEs to change it. 11 anyone can pull off this Amiga Basic sleight of hand, write me a letter. I'll pass on the secret. ¦
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Turbocharging Your Amiga 2000
Big League Pro (Supcrbase Professional)
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? *127 Wheel of Fortune - A great computer version for multiple players. It even talks.
? *23 Monopoly - Enjoy great graphics and sound while playing three tough computer opponents.
? *37 Business Programs - Included are an address book, an amortization program, a talking mail manager, and a label printer.
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C *140 Virus Killer - Everyone needs this! Makes it easy to detect and eliminate known viruses.
G *115 Word Processor - Lots of features,
G *134 Applications - Label maker printer, grocery list maker, and AMIGazer - a star viewing program.
? *142 Q-Bert - Like the popular arcade version.
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? *116 Business II - VC-Spreadsheet, HP-10c calculator, and several diversions for when the boss isn't looking1
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? *9 FORTH - Two versionsof the FORTH programming language. C *50 XLISP - A version of LISP, the artificial intelligence language. Includes documentation.
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? *90 Modem Madness! - Terminals include SlarTerm.ATerm, and Kermit. Telecommunication utilities such as Archive are also here. Other types of programs and utilities are also included in the price of admission.
? *60 AmigaBasic * Two programs that are truly of commercial quality, Cell-Animate and Graphit. Some Deluxe Paint picture tiles are also included.
? *97 Tutorial Diskl - A disk full of information and programs to instruct Amiga Programmers and users Several C & ASM source files are included.
? *98 Tutorial Disk2 - More ol the best of Amiga Information.
? *101 Utilities - Many new utilities like Timeset - a time setting utility and DirCopy-a great copier (very quick), and about a dozen more. Some new fonts are also included on this disk.
? *105 Potpourri I - This disk contains several different kinds of programs, some of the highlights are: PopCLI2-evokes a new CLI window at the press of a button; Psound-sample sound recorder and editor; 3-D Breakout; DiskCat-catalogs and organizes disk files; IconMaker-makes icons for most programs so that they can run from Workbench; Fkey-template maker.
G *129 Amiga Utilities II - A hard disk backup; Target-sounds a gunshot whenever fhe left mouse button is pressed; Dpamt Tutor, WinSize-change window size from CU easily, and lots more.
C *130 Videomaker Utilities - Thisdisk is packed with utilities to make your desktop videos easier to produce and more professional looking.
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? *133 DOS Helper - A program designed lo help you with the AmigaDOS commands. Can be activated from icon of the CLI Supports multitasking, so that you can refer to it when you need it. As usual, there are other good programs included on fhe disk. G * 135 Applications II- Long Movie-piays several IFF pictures in fast succession, creating animation. QuickBase-a mail manager Dbase. Persmait-a DataBase for keeping records of friends, family, associates, customers or employees. MORE.
? *146 Calendar - Avery good personal calendar for birthdays, holidays, meetings, bills and other events. Excellent graphics. Calendar program also has a diary. Other programs include some graphics and Checkbook.
? *150 Textcraft+ Demo - A demo of a very good word- processmg program of high quality. Menu driven. Has a lot of helps to show you how. Textcrafb- also has a Speller Check available.
? *18 Future Sound Demo - Another great sound demo of digitized sound. Includes the wicked witch of OZ. Breaking dishes, sea gulls, car crash, ducks, olhers.
? *30 SuperSounds - Great digitized sounds from movies like Star Trek. 2001. James Bond movies, Star Wars, and Slarman. Is it real or is it the Amiga?!!!
G *77 Instruments - Turn your keyboard into 25 different musical instruments.
? *1 Norman Rockwell - 17 beautiful digitized Rockwell paintings in this self-running slideshow presentation. You've got lo see these!
? *55 EA Demo and Polyscope - More great graphics for your enjoyment.
? *67 DPSIide8 - Over 30 slides of all sorts on this self-running slideshow.
? *94 Diga-View - This one shows the digitizing process in stages. Several good pictures are included. Other programs also included.
? *95 DigaSlidel I - Another in the great series of slideshows with great artwork. Self-running with over 25 pictures
G *108B Juggler - Famous demo that shows the beautiful graphics of theT miga and just how powerful this program is. St is easier to run than 108A, but only has the one demo on it.
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O *102 Sinking Island - Return to Sinking Island is an excellent adventure game. Well worth fhe price - hours of enjoyment!!1
? *114 Potpourri X - Othello, A key-shortcut program for AmigaDos. Various new tools, automatic printer-driver generator, much more.
? *118 Great Graphic Games - Includes Mtssle Command, 2-D Triclops, Cosmo-asteroids clone, BrakeOut, Yatzee. Hack and more.
? *121 Backgammon - A great game from David Addison.
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G *124Milestone - A greatcomputer version of Mites Bournes by the author of Monopoly for the Amiga, David Addison.
? *125 Othello - A great 3-D version of this popular game.
G * 128 Space Games - Cosmoroids (like asteroids) and Gravity Wars highlight this disk just full of games.
? *137 Blackjack - A full-featured game which allows pair- splitting, double-down. Etc. Bandit-play the slot machines without going to Vegas1!! More.
L *141 Dominoes - Dominoes game with great graphics. Also Tic Tac Toe. Drawing and Molecules programs.
G * 147 Jackland Graphics - Adventure clue game. Also some great pictures (graphics), a useful utility called Quickbase, and a fun program called Thingies which you will enjoy!!!
? *148 Boulder Dash - Very popular game with excellent graphics and has several challenging levels. This disk is full- It has Othello. Life3 and many useful utilities.
C *151 4 in a Row - A fun, but challenging game you play against the computer. There is an excellent Demo "MandFXP- D3", a utility or 2 and the fun TARGET - A weirdo thingy.
? *88 Amiga Basic Programs - Over 50. Games, utilities, applications, entertainment, and linance. Also included is a program that allows you to use IFF files in your Amiga Basic programs.
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? *136 Graphics2 - Border Set-useful for desktop publishing and video, making cards, coupons or menus, and your own artwork. Xicon-allows you to run AmigaDOS commands or programs from Icon.
G *144 Christmas Animations - 10 beautiful scenes and graphics with sound. Great scenes include: Lit Candle, Elves, The Christmas Tree, The Manger, Season's Greetings, Holly Wreath, Chimney Smoke, Church Bells, and Walking Home.
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«define GID_GREEN 8
define GID_BLUE 9
define GID_MAGENTA 11
define GID_CYAN 12
* Shared Routines *
extern void Setup (), CloseUpSnop();
extern void DoLineO, DoRect () ,' DoEili () ;
Listing 3. Drawsvl.c
* LittleDraw Setup Initialize Screen, IDCMP I O * ?• include exec types .h> rinclude exec exec.h>
include graphics gfx.h>
include graphics view.h> rinclude graphics rastport.h>
include intuition intuition.h>
£ include "draw.h"
I* Global Data Structures * struct Intuit ionBase * Intuit ionBase; struct GfxBase "GfxBase; struct TextAttr ffont =
"topaz.font", TOPAZ_SIXTY, FS_NORMAL, FPF_ROMFONT}; struct NewScreen newscr =
0,0, WIDTH, HEIGHT, DEPTH, 3LACK, WHITE, HIRES, CUSTOMSCREEN, &ffont, "Little Draw", NULL, NULL }; struct NewWindow newwin; struct Window *win; struct Screen *scr; struct BitMap *bitm; struct RastPort *rp;
long MyIDCMP_Flags; * For ModifyIDCMP calls *
* Close-up-shop Bits, mask * frdefine CL_GFXLIB 0x0001 define CL_INTLIB 0x0002 define CL_SCREEN 0x0004 define CL_BITMAP 0x0008 4define CL_IMAGES 0x0010 § define CL_WINDOW 0x0 02 0 unsigned long close_mask = 0;
' Gadget and Requester Definitions *
' Gadget Image Structs * struct Image Line_Image =
0,0, GAD_WIDTH, GAD__HEIGHT, 1, Line_Pict, Ox 1, 0x0, NULL); struct Image Rect_Image =
0,0, GAD_WIDTH, GAD_HEIGHT,1,Rect_Pict, Ox 1, 0x0, NULL} ; struct Image Elli__Image = ( 0,0, GAD_WIDTH, GAD_HEIGHT, 1, Elli_Pict, 0x1, 0x0, NULL};
* Color Images - use PlanePick and PlaneOnOff *
* alone for image, except for 31ack *
struct Image Black_Image = 0,0,GAD_WIDTH,
GAD_HEIGHT, 5, Black_Pict, 0x1, BLACK, NULL}; struct Image White_Image =
0,0,GAD_WIDTH,GAD_HEIGHT,5,NULL,0x0,WHITE,NULL}; struct Image Red_Image =
0,0,GAD_WIDTH,GAD HEIGHT,5,NULL,0x0, RED, NULL}; struct Image Green Image =
0,0,GAD_WIDTH,GAD_HEIGHT,5,NULL,0x0,GREEN,NULL); struct Image 81ue_I:nage =
0,0,GAD_WIDTH,GAD_HEIGHT,5,NULL,0x0,BLUE,NULL}; struct Image Yellow_Image =
0,0,GAD_WIDTH,GAD_HEIGHT,5,NULL,0x0,YELLOW,NULL}; struct Image Magenta_Image -
0, 0, GAD_WIDTH, GAD_HEIGHT,'5, NULL, 0x0, MAGENTA, NULL); struct Image Cyan_Image =
0, 0, GAD_WIDTH, GAD_I!EIGHT, 5, NULL, 0x0, CYAN, NULL} ;
* Gadget structs in bottorn-1o-top order *
* Color Gadgets *
struct Gadget Cyan_Gad = NULL,
0, (GAD_HEIGHT*11+GAD _TO?OFF), GAD_WIDTH,GAD_HSIGHT, GADGHCOMP I GADGIMAGE, RELVERIFY, BOOLGADGET, (APTR) £Cyan_Image, NULL, NULL, 0L, MULL, GID_CYAN, NULL); struct Gadget Magenta_Gad = &Cyan_Gad,
0,(GAD_HEIGHT*10+GAD TOPOFF),GAD WIDTH,GAD HEIGHT,
GADGHCOMP | GADGIMAGE, RELVERIFY, BOOLGADGET, (APTR) &Magenta_Image, NULL, NULL, 0L, NULL, GID MAGENTA, NULL};
struct Gadget Yellow_Gad = Smagenta_Gad,0, (GAD_HEIGHT*9+GAD_TOPOFF), GAD_WIDTH, GAD_HEIGHT, GADGHCOMP | GADGIMAGE, RELVERIFY, BOOLGADGET,(APTR)
& Ye11ow_Image, NULL, NULL, 0L, NULL, GID YELLOW,
struct Gadget 3Iue_Gad =
&Yellow_Gad,0,(GAD_HEIGHT*8+GAD_TO?OFF),GAD_WIDTH, GAD_HEIGHT, GADGHCOMP I GADGIMAGE, RELVERIFY,_ BOOLGADGET, (APTR) &Blue_Image, NULL, NULL, 0L, NULL, GID_BLUE, NULL}; struct Gadget Green_Gad =
&31ue_Gad, 0,(GAD_HEIGHT*7+GAD TOPOFF), GAD WIDTH, GAD_HEIGHT, GADGHCOMP I GADGIMAGE, RELVERIFY, BOOLGADGET, (APTR) &Green_Imace, NULL, NULL, 0L, NULL, GID_GREEN, NULL}; struct Gadget Red_Gad =
&Green_Gad,0,(GAD_HEIGHT*6+GAD_TOPOFF), GAD_WIDTH, GAD__HEIGHT, GADGHCOMP | GADGIMAGE, RELVERIFY, BOOLGADGET, (APTR) &Red_Image, NULL, NULL, 0L, NULL, GID_RED, NULL}; struct Gadget White Gad -
&Red_Gad, 0,(GAD_HEIGKT*5+GADJT0P0FF), GAD_WIDTH, GAD_HEIGHT, GADGHCOMP I GADGIMAGE, RELVERIFY, 300LGADGET, (APTR) &White_Image, NULL, NULL, 0L, NULL, GID_WHITE, NULL}; struct Gadget Black_Gad =
&White_Gad, 0,(GAD_HEIGHT*4+GAD_TOPOFF), GAD_WIDTH, GAD_HEIGHT, GADGHCOMP | GADGIMAGE, RELVERIFY, BOOLGADGET, (APTR) &Black_Image, NULL, NULL, 0L, NULL, GID_BLACK, NULL};
* Drawing Gadgets * struct Gadget Elli_Gad = (
Sblack_Gad, 0,(GAD_HEIGHT*3+GAD_TOPOFF), GAD WIDTH, GAD_HEIGHT, GADGHCOMP | GADGIMAGE, RELVERIFY, BOOLGADGET, (APTR) &Elli_Image, NULL, NULL, OL, NULL, GID_ELLI, NULL}; struct Gadget Rect_Gad =
&Elli_Gad, 0, (GAD_HEIGHT * 2 + GAD_TOPOFF) ,GAD_WIDTH, GADJIEIGHT, GADGHCOMP | GADGIMAGE, RELVERIFY, BOOLGADGET, (APTR) &Rect_Xmage, NULL, NULL, 0L, NULL, GID_RECT, NULL}; struct Gadget Line_Gad =
&Rect_Gad, 0,GAD_HEIGHT+GAD_TOPOFF, GAD_WIDTH,
GAD_HEIGHT, GADGHCOMP | GADGIMAGE, RELVERIFY, BOOLGADGET, (APTR) £,Line_Image, NULL, NULL, 0L, NULL, GID_LINE, NULL};
* Utility Functions *
extern long WaitO, CloseLibrary () , CloseWindow () ; extern APTR OpenLibrary (), AllocMemO,
AlIocRaster(); extern struct Screen "OpenScreen (); extern struct Window *OpenWindow();
* Code * void Setup ()
if (! (GfxBase = (struct GfxBase *)
printf ("Cannot open graphics library n"); exit (1);
if (!(IntuitionBase = (struct IntuitionBase *) OpenLibrary("intuition.library",1)) ) CloseLibrary(GfxBase); printf("Cannot open IntuitionAn"); exit (1);
close_mask = CL_GFXLIB } CL_INTLIB; if ( (scr = (struct Screen *) OpenScreen (inewscr)) == NULL) ( printf ("Cannot open screen n");
CloseUoShoo (); exit(l);
close_mask |= CL_SCREEN;
SetRGB4 (&(scr->ViewPort), BLACK, 0x0, 0x0, 0x0}; SetRGB4 (&(scr->ViewPort), WHITE, Oxf, Oxf, Oxf); ?
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AMIGA Grcph'c Sound Amiga Dos Manual Desktop Vdeo Hardware Reference Mon. Intuition Reference Man. RQM-KERNEL; Lib.&Dev. ROM-KERNEL: Exec.
A-Folk lit Inle;litype Oiline Ihe Works
SetRGB4 (&(s c r->View?o r t}, SetRGB4 (&(s c r->V i ewPo r t), SetRGBl (& (sc:->ViewPort) , SetRGB4 (& (scr;->View?ort) , SetRG94 (&(scr->view?ort), SetRGB4 (6(scr->ViewPort), if ( (bitm = (struct BitMap struct BitMap), MEMF
printf("Insufficient memory for bitmap n"); CloseUpShop0; exit(1);
InitBitMap (bitm, DEPTH, WIDTH, HEIGHT); for (i = 0; i DEPTH; i + + )
if ((bitm->Planes[i] = (PLANEPTR)
AllocRaster(WIDTH, HEIGHT)) ==NULL)
for(j = 0; j i; j + + )
FreeMem (bitm, sizeof (struct BitMap)); printf ("Insufficient memory for rasters n"); CloseUpShop0; exit (1) ;
BltClear (bitm->Planes[i), (WIDTH 8)
close_mask 1= CL_BITMAP;
newwin.LeftEdge = 0; newwin.TopEage = 0
ncwwin.Width = WIDTH; newwin.Height = HEIGHT;
newwin.DetailPen = WHITE; newwin.BlockPen = BLACK;
newwin.IDCMPFlags = CLOSEWINDOW I GADGETUP;
MyIDCMP_Flags = newwin.IDCMPFlags;
newwin.Flags = WINDOWDEPTH I WINDOWCLOSE I
RMBTRAP I SUPER_BITMAP I BORDERLESS I ACTIVATE; newwin . FirstGadget = &Lir.e_Gad; newwin.CheckMark = HULL; newwin.Title = (UBYTE *) ”LiteleDraw";
newwin.Screen = scr; newwin.BitMap = bitm; newwin.MinHeight = MINHEIGHT; newwin.MinWidth = MINWIDTH;
newwin.MaxHeight = HEIGHT; newwin.MaxWidth = WIDTH; newwin.Type = CUSTOMSCREEN;
if ((win = (struct Window *) openWindow (fir.ewwin) )
== NULL) printf "could not open the window n");
close_mask |= CL_WINDOW; rp = win->RPort;
) * Setup *
if (close_mask & CL_WINDOW)
CloseWindow (win); if (close_mask & CL_SCREEN)
CloseScreen (scr); if (close_mask & CL_EITMA?)
for ( j = 0; j DEPTH; j + +)
FreeRaster (bitm->Planes[j],WIDTH, HEIGHT) ; FreeMem (bitm, sizeof(struct BitMap));
if (close_mask & CL_INTLIB)
CloseLibrary (Intuit io.nBase) ; if (ciose_mask S CL_GFXLIB)
Listing ¦ . Drirnages.c
* LittleDraw Images Images to Compile for CHI? Memory Compile with "lc -ad drimages", to load images into CHIP mem. *
Sinclude exec types.h> include "draw.h"
¦ Gadget Images - here for compiler to set * USHORT Line_Pict[GAD HEIGHT) =
RED, Oxf, 0x0, 0x0) GREEN, 0x0, Oxf, 0x0) BLUE, 0x0, 0x0, Oxf)
YELLOW, Oxf, Oxf, 0x0); MAGENTA, Oxf, 0 x 0, 0 xI) ; CYAN, 0x0, Oxf, Oxf);
n) AllocMem (sizeof( CHI?)) == NULL)
( 0x0000, 0x0008, 0x0018, 0x0030, 0x0060, OxOOCO,
0x0180, 0x0300, 0x0600, OxOCOO, 0x1000, 0x0000)
USHORT Rect_Pi ct[GAD_HEIGHT] =
0x0000, 0X3FFC, Dx300C, Ox300C, 0x300C, 0x300C,
0300C, 0x3OOC, Ox300C, Cx300C, 0x3FFC, 0x0000 }
USHORT El 1i_Pict fGAD HEIGHT] =
0x0000, 0 x 0 7 C 0, 0 x 0 C 6 0, 0x1830, 0x3030, 0x1010,
0x1010, 0x3030, 0x1030, OxOCOO, 0x07C0, 0x0000}
USHORT Black Piet(GADJSEIGHTJ *=
0x0000, 0X0FF0, 0x0000, 0x0000, 0x6001, 0x8001,
0x8001, 0x6001, 0x0000, 0x0000, OxOFFO, 0x0000)
* Custom Mouse Pointer Images (2 planes) *1 USHORT CrossHair_?ict[) =
0x0,0x0, 0xIC00,0x0, 0x0800,0x0, 0x0800, 0x0,
0x8880, 0x0, QxF78 0, 0x0, 0x8880, 0x0, 0x0800, 0x0,
0x0800,0x0, OxlCOO,0x0, 0x0,0x0};
Listing 5. Drmuop.r
" LittleDraw Operations
Handle User Requests, Draw Objects * I include exec types.h>
i r*clude exec exec . H>
• • include graphics gf x . H>
= include graphics clip.h>
»include graphics view.h>
include graphics rastport.h>
= include graphics gf xm.acros . H>
K. m a t h . H>
x 0 A
j? Ae f ine
max cos it *-
ons for drawing, chars, siz
T> Z2 VVT T
* I -h * •
1C " Border *
(DR YMIN+9) * + char ht '
p def i ne
9 * Topaz 60 line font *
* Global Variables (to this file) * USHORTLDrawState = S_Nothir.g; !r Drawing State * int LdrawCoIor = WHITE; void mainO
struct IntuiMessage ’msg; * Latest req * ULONG msgclass, msgcode; struct Gadget *nsggad;
fcr(;;) * do this until user quits *
if ((msg = (struct IntuiMessage *)
GetMsg(win->UserPort)) == NULL)
Wait (1 win->UserPort->mp_SigBit); continue;
msgclass = nsg->Class; msgcode = msg->Code; msggad = (struct Gadget *) (msg->IAddress); ReplyMsg(msg); switch (msgclass) case CLOSEWINDOW :
C1oseUpShop(); exit ( 0); case GADGETUP:
do * Draw-er may terminate *
* or. Another GADGETUP '
msgclass = 0;
switch (msggad->GadgetID) (
case GID LINE: ?
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DoLir.e (&msgclass, &msgcode, &msggad); break; case GID_RECT:
DoRect (omsgclass, Smsgcode, &msggad);
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LdrawColor = BLACK;
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LdrawColor = RED;
SetAPen rp, RED); break; case GID_GREEN:
LdrawColor = GREEN;
SetAPen(rp, GREEN); break; case GID_3LUE:
LdrawColor = BLUE;
SetAPen(rp, BLUE); break; case GID_YELLOW:
LdrawColor = YELLOW;
SetAPen(rp, YELLOW); break; case GID_MAGENTA:
LdrawColor = MAGENTA;
SetAPen(rp, MAGENTA); break; case GID_CYAN:
LdrawColor = CYAN;
SetAPen(rp, CYAN); break; default: break;
} * end GID switch * if (msqclass == CLOSEWINDOW)
CloseUpShop (); exit (0);
} while (rr.sgclass != 0) ; default:
f* Will catch MOUSEBUTTONS and *
* VanillaKeys, too * break;
) * switch *
} * for *
* Function - DoLine ()
Draw Rubber Band Line between SELECTDOWN and SELECTU? * void DoLine (termclass, termcode, termgad)
ULONG *termcode; struct Gadget **terir.gad;
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Wait (1 win->UserPc: >mp SigBit); ?
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* termclass = nsg->Class; termcode - msg~>Code
* termgad = (struct Gadget *) (msg->IAddress);
* Constrain position to bounds * m>: = min (msg->MouseX DR_XMAX) ; rax = max (mx, DR_XMIN) ; my = min(msg->MouseY, DR_YMAX); my = max(my, DR_YMIN);
case CLOSEWINDOW: case GADGETUP:
Mod if yIDCMP (win, MyIDCMP_Flags); ClearPointer (win);
LdrawState = S_Nothing; return; case MOUSEBUTTONS:
begx = lastx = mx; begy = lasty = my;
McdifylDCMP(win, MyIDCMP_Flags I MOUSEBUTTONS I INTUITICKS); LdrawState = S IstLine;
SetPointer (win, CrossHair_Pict, CROSSWIDTH, CROSSHEIGHT,
CROS SXOFF, CROSSYOFF) ; break; case SELECTUP:
ModifylDCMP (win, MyIDCM?_Flags I MOUSEBUTTONS); if ((LDrawState != S__DrLine) && (LDrawState != S_lstLine)) break;
else if (LDrawState == 5_DrLine) * Erase Prev Line *
Move (rp, begx, begy);
Draw (ro, lastx, lasty);
* Draw final line *
SetDrMd (rp, JAM1);
Move (rp, begx, begy);
Draw (rp, mx, my);
LdrawState - S_WaLine; break; case MENUUP; case MEMUDOWN:
* Cancel current line *
ModifylDCMP (win, MylDCMPFlags I MOUSEBUTTONS); if (LDrawState == S_DrLine)
( * Line started; *
* erase it *
Move (rp, begx, begy);
Draw (rp, lastx, lasty) ;
LdrawState = S_WaLine; break;
} * end MOUSEBUTTONS switch * break; case INTUITICKS:
if (lastx == mx) && (lasty =- my)) break; * Skip draw * else if(LDrawState == S_lstLine)
* First line *
SetDrMd (rp, COMPLEMENT);
LdrawState = S_DrLine;
else * Clear prev line *
Move (rp, begx, begy);
Draw (rp, lastx, lasty);
Move (rp, begx, begy); ?
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Draw (rp, mx, my); lastx - mx; lasty = my; break; default: break;
) * switch *
} * for(;;) *
} * DoLine *
* Function - DoRect ()
Draw Rubber Band Rectangle between SELECTDOWN and SELECTUP * void DoRect (termclass, termcode, termgad)
ULONG ‘termclass, "termcode; struct Gadget *"termgad;
struct IntuiMessage *msg; * Latest rea * int begx, begy, lastx, lasty, mx, my;
LdrawState = S WaRect;
Modi fyIDCMP (win, MyIDCMP_F1ags I MOUSEBUTTONS); begx = begy = lastx = lasty = 0; for (;;)
if ( (msg = (struct IntuiMessage *)
GetMsg(win->UserPort)) == NULL)
Wait (1 win->UserPort->mp_SigBit); continue;
"termclass = msg->Class; "termcode = msg->Code; "termgad = (struct Gadget *) (msg->IAddress);
* Constrain position to bounds * mx = min(msg->MouseX DR_XMAX); mx = max(mx, DR_XMIN); my = min(msg->MouseY, DR_YMAX); my = max(my, DR_YMIN);
case CLOSEWINDOW: case GADGETUP:
ModifyIDCMP (win, MyIDCMP_rlags); ClearPointer (win);
LdrawState = S_Nothing; return; case MOUSEBUTTONS:
begx = mx; begy = my;
ModifylDCMP(win, MylDCMPF1ags I MOUSEBUTTONS ] INTUITICKS); LdrawState = S_lstRect;
SetPointer (win, CrossHair_Pict, CROSSWIDTH, CROSSHEIGHT, CROSSXOFF, CROSSYOFF) ; break; case SELECTUP:
ModifylDCMP (win, MyIDCMP_Flags I MOUSEBUTTONS);
if ((LDrawState != S_DrRect) && (LDrawState != S_lstRect)) break;
else if (LDrawState == S_DrRect)
* Clear prev image *
Move (rp, begx, begy);
Draw (rp, lastx, begy);
Draw (rp, lastx, lasty);
Draw (rp, begx, lasty);
Draw (rp, begx, begy);
SetDrMd (rp, JAM1); lastx = min(begx,mx); mx = max (begx,mx); lasty = min(begy,my); my = max (begy,my);
RectFill (rp, lastx, lasty, mx, my);
ClearPointer (win) ;
LdrawState = S WaRect; break; case MENUUP:
* Cancel current rect *
McdifylDCMP (’.’in, MylDCMP Flags I MOUSEBUTTONS); if (LDrawState == S_DrRect)
I * Rect started; zap it *
Move (rp, beg:-;, begy);
Draw (rp, last:*:, begy);
Draw (rp, last:*:, lasty);
Draw (rp, begx, lasty);
Draw (rp, begx, begy);
SetDrMd (rp, JAM);
ClearPointer (win); LdrawState = S_V)aRect; break; ) * end MOUSEBUTTONS switch * break; case INTUIT1CKS: If ((lastx == mx) EU (lasty « my)) break; else if (LDrawState == S_lstRect)
( * First rect *I SetDrMd Up, COMPLEMENT) ; LdrawState = S_DrRect;
Move Up, begx, beay);
else * Second or later. Erase prev * ( Draw Up, lastx, begy) ; Draw (rp, lastx, lasty); Draw (rp, begx, lasty);
Draw (rp, begx, begy);
Draw (rp, rax, begy);
Draw (rp, rax, my);
Draw (rp, begx, ray);
Draw (rp, begx, begy); lastx = rax; lasty = my; break; default; break;
) switch *
I* fori;;) *
) * DoRect *
* Function - DoElli ()
Draw Enlarge Shrir.k Ellipse between SELECTDOWN (set center) and SELECTUP. * void DoElli Itermclass, terrr.code, terragad)
ULONG ‘termclass, ’termcode; struct Gadget **termgad;
struct IntuiMessage *msg; * Latest req *
int begx, begy, mx, my;
int rx, ry; * Ellipse radii *
LdrawState = S_WaElli;
Modify1DCMP (win, MyIDCMP_Flags I MOUSEBUTTONS); begx = begy = rx = ry = 0; fori;;) I
if l Imsg = I struct IntuiMessage *)
GetMsg(win->User?ort)) == NULL) 1
Wait (1 « win->UserPort->mp_SigBit); continue;
* termclass = msg->C!ass; ‘termcode = msa->Code; ‘termgad = (struct Gadget *) (msg->IAddress);
* Constrain position to bounds * mx = min (msg->MouseX, DR_XMAX); mx = max(mx, DR_XMIU) ; my = min(msg->MouseY, DR_YMAX) ; my = max(my, DR_YMIN);
switch (‘termclass) ( case CLOSEWINDOW: case GADGETUP:
ModifylDCMP twin, MyIDCMP_Flags); ClearPointer (win);
LdrawState = S_Nothing;
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"I must give The Director top marks for ease of use and capability. For the novice or serious presentation creator, this package is unequaled. It belongs on the shelf of anyone who considers himself an Amiga graphics connoisseur."
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TOOLKIT for THE DIRECTOR
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begx = mx; begy = my;
ModifylDCMP(win, MyIDCMP_Flags I MOUSEBUTTONS I INTUITICKS); LdrawState = S_lstElli;
SetPointer (win, CrossHair_Pict, CROSSWIDTH, CROSSHEIGHT,
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ModifylDCMP (win, MyIDCMP_Flags | MOUSEBUTTONS); if ((LDrawState != S_DrElli) && (LDrawState != S_lstElli)) break;
else if (LDrawState == S_DrElli) DrawEllipse (rp, beg:-:, begy, rx, ry);
SetDrMd (rp, JAMl); rx = abs(mx - begx); if (begx-rx) DR_XMIN) rx = begx - DR_XMIN; else if ((begx+rx) > DR_XMAX) rx = DR_XMAX - begx; ry - abs(my - begy); if ((begy - ry) DR_YMIN) ry = begy - DR_YMIN; else if ( (begy + ry) > DR_YMAX) ry = DR_YMAX - begy;
DrawEllipse (rp, begx,begy,rx,ry); ClearPointer (win);
LdrawState = S_WaElli; break; case MENUUP: case MENUDOWN:
* Cancel current ellipse *
ModifylDCMP (win, MyIDCMP_Flags | MOUSEBUTTONS); if (LDrav.’State == S_DrElli) DrawEllipse (rp, begx, begy, rx, ry);
LdrawState = S_WaElli;
ClearPointer (win); break;
} * end MOUSEBUTTONS switch * break; case INTUITICKS:
if (LDrawState == SJLstElli)
SetDrMd (rp, COMPLEMENT);
LdrawState = S DrSlli;
else if (LDrawState == S_DrElli)
* Erase prev. ellipse *
DrawEllipse (rp, begx, begy, rx, ry); else * Leftover tick after cancel * break; rx = abs(mx - begx); if ((begx-rx) DR_XMIN) rx = begx - DR_XMIN; else if ( (begx+rx) > DR_XMAX) rx = DR_XMAX - begx; ry = abs(my - begy); if ((begy - ry) DR_YMIN) ry = begy - DR_YMIN; else if ((begy + ry) > DR_YMAX) ry = DR_YMAX - begy;
DrawEllipse (rp, begx, begy, rx, ry); break; default: break;
} * switch } * for(;;) *
} * DoElli * ¦
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