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It supports wildcards, hut rather than the familiar AmigaDOS ? Characters, it uses instead an asterisk (*) as its wildcard character. DiskMaster was also less robust than CLImate. In our brief time with the product, we found ourselves losing control of it the mouse moved and the foreground background gadget worked, but the rest of the program was hung. Although we can recommend CLImate to those who need it, we cannot do the same for DiskMaster. DOS Lab Rather than trying to replace or augment the CLI and Workbench, Jump- disk’s DOS Lab ($ 25) tries to help you, according to its documentation, “learn AmigaDOS 1.3 the interactive way” The tutorial comes on two floppies with a one-page, dot-matrix-printed instruction sheet. You can hoot with both disks, hut if you do not have one of the disks in DFO: the examples will not work. DOS Lab uses the Amiga’s multitasking abilities nicely; you type CLI commands in a CLI window on the bottom third of the screen, while the tutorial text remains in another window in the rest of the screen. Some graphics would have been helpful in providing examples, hut unfortunately the program is entirely text-based. The content and flow of the tutorial itself, however, poses a more significant problem. It starts with the CLI instead of the Workbench a sure way to alien- * ate novices. Commands are covered in a less-than-logical, less-than-intuitive fashion. For instance, after presenting DIR, LIST, and TYPE (so far, so good), it then moves on to EVAL. Why not stick to the more basic, frequently used commands first say, CD or ENDCLI before going on to more esoteric ones? While DOS l.ah may he of some value in presenting the fundamentals of AmigaDOS, it does not strike us as a particularly good way to learn about and use an Amiga. FACC II If you are looking for a utility to speed up floppy-disk operations, then ASDG’s FACC II ($ 34.95) may lit the hill. Like the AmigaDOS Add Buffers command, FACC II achieves such speed increases by caching file blocks in memory buffers. FACC II, however, offers a few improvements over Add Buffers. For one thing, FACC II is faster. .Also, because it keeps all of its buffers in a single pool (AddBuffers assigns buffers to individual drives), FACC II can employ its buffers where you need them most. FACC II also handles memory shortages gracefully by detecting when you are short on memory and then surrendering some of its buffers before you run out. The biggest drawback of FACC II is that it does not work with all software. Bard’s Tale II, for instance, was among the programs that would not work with it despite the fact that we talked with both ASDG and Electronic Arts. A lesser problem is that FACC II lacks printed instructions, relying solely on an on-line manual. Despite these complaints, we recommend FACC II as a useful, if not absolutely essential, utility. AmigaDOS Toolbox Abacus’ AmigaDOS Toolbox

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U. S.A. $ 3.95 Canada S4.50 UK £2.50 An IDGC I Publication graphics, Video, Productivity, Programming & More LUS! DOS Conversions, Reviews, Games GOLD DISK’S ProScan-IX12 75 to 300 DPI in 20 Seconds
• •• For the Artist In less than 20 seconds. Gold Disk's ProScan Interface for the Canon 1X12 Scanner saves images as black & white IFF bitmap graphics. They are compatible with any Amiga paint program. And ProScan saves user specified page areas for memory efficiency. Ideal for Amiga 500’s. Desktop Publisher ProScan saves images at 75, 150. 200, or 300 dots-per-inch to best suit your printer. For photos adjust the ProScan density settings and use the Halftone feature which emulates 32 levels of grey. ProScan can even precode graphics for automatic scaling within Professional Page. Designer Detailed sketches and design roughs can be quickly scanned, imported into Professional Draw, and traced to create smooth, structured graphics. The ProScan interface has a built-in pass-through cable and switch box allowing the scanner to share the parallel port with a printer. R. Mil i ? A, GOLD DISK Gold Disk’s ProScan*IX 12 Interface, including the Canon 1X12 Scanner, is now available for USSI095. Works with any Amiga. To order, visit your nearest Amiga Dealer today, or contact Gold Disk at 1-416-828-0913 or 1-800-387-8192. Circle 150 on Reader Service card DEALER ENQUIRIES WELCOME SPECIAL DISCOUNTS Distributor enquiries welcome iPar from Edengarhn is the castlo of the evil I ---- ~| Qflfe, [:>Xr -S ? 7 7- t I Far from your village, a lord keeps th£ | secret, such a powerful lord that he cannot be human, a ~ creature floatingja world that dies and grows again ... fS irghan is probably the most stunning game you'll ever play. Is an adventure-action game with more than 40 different characters. The game is playable on eithehjfe boanst esg joystick. F The game offers digitised sound and outstanding graphics.
S. I 1 It will be released oh Amiga, Atari and P_C = §|||lt tl I T0 T3T I Mr Jt c l _I.CL*) fun on tJOth colour and mono screens. To enter our competition please send your warranty cards of TARGHAN and complete the following: I like the game Targhan because Send your entries to: Gainstar, RR 1 Box 192, Alstead, NH 03602 SURREY GU17 8AW S (0252) 877431-879718 • Fax: (0252) 877431 Closing date October 1, 1989 Circle 153 on Reader Service card = 5 OAT A i' A'iT RELEASE DATE 28-8-89 APPROX. RELEASE DATE 14 8 89 APPROX. SPEED BUGGY ¦ N 55US ... , 1 ‘I* nr. IKARI WARRIORS EXPLOSIVE WAR ACTION 1 OR 2 PLAYER OPTION OFFICIAL No.1 COIN-OP CONVERSION REALISTIC 3D RACING TRACK CHOICE OF 5 EXCEPTIONAL COURSES CLASSIC COIN-OP CONVERSION HOW DO YOU GET THESE WORLD BEA TING INTO THIS WORLD BEA TING HOME COMPUTER? WE’RE NOT TELLING ... BUT WE DID IT! © 1989 ELITE SYSTEMS LTD. ORIGINAL GAME DEVELOPED BY TATSUMI. LICENSED FROM DATA EAST, USA, INC. LICENSED FROM DATA EAST, USA, INC. © 1988 ELITE SYSTEMS LTD. © 1986 SNK CORPORATION. THE NEW NAME IN THE... X AMIGA IS A TRADEMARK OF THE COMMODORE COMPUTER CORPORATION GAME EXCLUSIVELY DISTRIBUTED BY KEYPUNCH USA SOFTWARE 1221 PIONEER BUILDING, SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, 55101, U.S.A. TEL: 612 292 1490 FAX: 612 292 8346 Circle 232 on Reader Service card. N GAMES The Game Preserve By B.G. Hunter ..
B. G. usually doesn't go for spectator sports, but be gets all gaga every fall when it comes to Amiga football games. Hut one! Hut two!.. .Game reviews follow bis column: DEPARTMENTS Repartee ..... 8 Hard-disk hullabaloo and other flapdoodle as the readers strike back. Notepad .... 10 file Windy City blew up a storm of games at CES Chicago; plus, software development with a social conscience. Hors d'oeuvres ..40 Hints-and-techniques honchos get a special. Expanded tips treat in honor of this month’s special focus. What’s New? 88 Fall fashions in Amiga new products arc beginning to make their appearance this month. Help Key ...92 There’ll be no Labor*Day letup for Lou as he listens, looks, and leaps to help lessen vour technical laments. I LATH RI S Amiga Tip Sheets ..... We Ye guaranteeing the winners in these races! A half'dozen of our best tipsters have been busy handicapping six major Amiga applications areas to bring you the maximum payoff: Desktop Video, Productivity, Presentation Graphics, Word Processing, Telecom in imitations, and Amiga Basic, Quick Change Artist By Tim Walsh .. Glasnost is in. So don't be a D( )S-olation- ist. We've got some very diplomatic, quick-and-casy lips on proper file-trans- ier protocol between Amiga and IBM, Mac, Atari, and C64 128 formats. ARTICLES Digitizing Dilemma By Louis R. Wallace Whether you need slow-scan or real-time solutions to your video digitizing problems, this comparative review of live leading contenders should provide the “big picture." COLUMNS REPORT: SUMMER DEV CON ’89. . "Mr. Kurt , he dead. A penny for the old Guy." Okay, on to the new, right here, in which our Technical Editor gives you an "inside-Commodore" report based on tile recent Amiga Developers’ Conference in San Francisco. 18 64 68 HOSTAGE (Infagames) ...... An embassy shoot-out with hostage-bolding terrorists highlights this fast-paced arcade strategy thriller. Shogun (infocom) . A 16th-century English foray into Japan is the theme of this illustrated text adventure offering. Lords of the Rising Sun (Cinemaware) ..... More skullduggery in ancient Japan in this complex strategy game with arcade action. Manhunter: New York (Sierra On-Line) . , . You’re tracking down some mean characters in the Big Apple in this complicated arcade port-over from the IBM PC. BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk’s Inception (infocom)..... A role-playing graphics adventure game with lots of plot and plenty of excitement. Gold of the Realm (Magnetic Images) ... An arcade adventure game that puts a multitude of mazes between you and the treasure. 41 68 70 :n REVIEWS Easy Ledgers (Brown-Wagh) and The Accountant (kfs) .. Two very different approaches to getting vour books in order. 71 12 72 (i M2SPRINT (M2S) 14 A new Modula-2 compiler that may give Benchmark: Modula-2 a run for its money. Design 3D icoid Disk) and Sculpt- ANIMATE 4D Jr. (Byte by Byte)..... Two programs that will let you get your feet wet in 3-D modeling without taking a financial soaking. Photon Paint 2.0 (Microiiiusions).. 78 A good program gets a lot belter in this latest incarnation of the popular HAM paint package. Lattice 5.02 (Lattice) .....80 Lattice fires back against Aztec C (Manx) in the most recent round of the C compiler wars. CLAS (MicroEd,) 82 73 76 Accent on Graphics By Joel Hagen .....52 If you've been avoiding Dpaim’s hi-res mode because of color limitations, you will be surprised to learn that with a little tweaking, you can have 136 colors available whenever you want them. Mystery Sweeps Update We won't know until next month's issue who the winners are in The 1989 Amiga- World Mystery Sweepstakes (nor can we publish the solution until then). But we can reveal one secret that we've been keeping: Turn to page 54 and you’ll learn just how the winners of those $ 25,000 worth of prizes w ill be chosen it's no ordinary lottery drawing! INFO.PHILE By Mark L. Van Name and Bill Catchings ... The DOS Brothers complete their two- part evaluation of Amiga DOS utilities, concluding that the latest halfdozen hope* fills batted an even .500 in usefulness. It won't do your leaching for you, but it may help in preparing lesson plans for the upcoming school year. COVER ILLUSTRATION BY DANIEL BELAVIN Amiga World 3 SALE! MCP OFFERS TRAINING, INSTALLATION, SALES AND REPAIR SERVICES FOR VIDEO, CAD, IMAGE-PROCESSING, AND DESKTOP PUBLISHING. PLEASE WRITE, CALL, OR FAX FOR DETAILED INFORMATION. (0 A590 HARD DRIVE PLUS 20MB AUTO-BOOT HD with RAM EXPANSION CHASSIS $ 590 00 (FOR A500} ¦ ¦ ¦ ¦ ¦ ¦ ¦ A2058 2 8MB RAM BOARD with 2MB INSTALLED $ 649.95 (FOR A2000I TOTAL SYSTEM SOLUTIONS. DISCOUNT PRICES. PLEASE WRITE. CALL, OR FAX FOR ANSWERS TO YOUR COMPLETE SYSTEM INSTALLATION NEEDS. MCP MCP ASSOCIATES 28-21 ASTORIA BLVD. ASTORIA NY 11102-1933 Associates, Inc. AUTHORIZED DEALER RETAIL STORE 718 956-9000 FAX: 718 956-9028 Moon Records is looking for animation, desktop videos and computer art for publication in Japan. Please submit your work on 8mm, 1 2" (Beta, VHS, S-VHS), or 3 4" video tape or on 3,5" Amiga format computer disks (with playback instructions). All applications must be original, unpublished works owned by the producer. Unusual, abstract and off-the-wall pieces are especially welcome. Successful applicants will be contacted concerning publication rights. Demos can not be returned. Send to: Neal Cummings Alfa Moon Inc. MOON Gyoen Takagi Bidg. 6 7F 1-1-8 Shinjuku RECORDS Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160 JAPAN Stephen Robbins, Publisher DAN SULLIVAN, Executive Editor SHAWN LaFLAMME, Managing Editor LlNDA J. BARRETT, Acquisitions Editor Barbara Gefvert Tyson, new Editor JAN JACKSON, New Products Editor TlM WALSH, Technical Editor Gene Brawn, Bill Catchings, David T. McClellan, Mark L. Van Name, Lou Wallace, Contributing Editors Howard G. HaPP, Art Director ROGER Goode, Assistant Art Director Anne Dillon, Designer Laura Johnson, Designer AjLANA Korda, Production Supervisor KENNETH BLAKEMAN, National Advertising Sales Manager MICHAEL McGOLDRJCK. Sales Representative BARBARA Hoy, Sales Representative HEATHER PAQUETTE, Associate Sales Representative, InfoMarket Sales, 1-800-441-4403 LlNDA M. BUSSIERE, Advertising Coordinator GIORGIO SAJLUTI, Associate Publisher, West Coast Sales 1-415-328-3470 3350 IV. 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AnugalVorld is published monthly by IDG (iommunications Ivlcrborough. Inc., HO him St., Peterborough. XH 03458. U.S. subscription rate is 529.97. one year: 540.00. two years; $ 64.00, three years. Canada $ 38,97 (U.S. funds), one year only. Mexico $ 38.97, Foreign Surface $ 49.97, Foreign Airmail $ 84.97 (prepayment is required on Foreign Surface and Airmail subscriptions in U.S. funds drawn on U.S. bank). All rales are one-year only. Second class postage paid at Ivierbortmgli. Nil. And at additional mailing offices, Phone; 003-924-9471 Finite contents copyright 1989 by IDG Curmmi ideations Ivterljorough. Inc No part of this publication may Ik*printed or otherwise reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Postmaster: Send address changes to .4migaWorld, Subscription Services. 1*0 Box 58804. Boulder. GO 80322-8804. Nationally distributed by International Circulation Distributors. Amgallbtid makes even elluit to assure the accuracy of articles, listings and circuits published 111 the magazine. Atmga World assumes no responsibility for damages due to errors or omissions. The _ Multi-Function Board gives you more for less! Compare: EFFICIENCY SCSI controller and 2MB FAST RAM expansion on a single board saves a valuable A2000 slot. PERFORMANCE Whl-known and proven high performance GVP SCSI controller. PRICE Fully populated with 2MB of RAM, it costs less than other 2MB RAM Expansion ONLY boards. Look at the SCSI controller as a free bonus' Or buy it without RAM at the price of a SCSI controller, and populate RAM later! Save even more when bundled with a GVP drive. QUALITY Backed up by GVP's unique full one year warranty. Also available from GVP: Hard Disk Drives 20, 30,40, 43, 45, 80,100MB Removable Hard Drive 44MB Removable Storage Hard-Disk-on-a-Card Saves a Peripheral Bay High Hard Disk Drive SCSI Controller SCSI + 2 Multi-Function Board. Technical Highlights:
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• Optional Removable media support EPROMs with auto ‘‘diskchange” feature for Syquest and Bernoulli drives. For more information, or for your nearest GVP dealer, call today. Dealer inquiries welcome. FAX (215) 889-9416 • (215) 889-9411 • BBS (215) 889-4994 Dealers Circle 145 on Reader Service Card 225 Plank Ave., Paoli, PA 19301 Consumers Cirde 62 on Reader Service Card Report: Summer Dev Con ’89 Hot news from the developers' den. NEW PRODUCTS, PROJECTS, and plans were the order of the day at June’s Amiga Developers Conference in San Francisco. The bi-annual gathering gives third-party and Commodore developers the chance to share ideas, breakthroughs, setbacks, and solutions. The biggest news this time was AmigaDOS 1.4 and the Enhanced Chip Set (the ECS, consisting of Agnus 8372- R3 and Denise 8373-R2a) for the A500 and A2000. CAPS (Commodore Amiga Technical Support) distributed Alpha disks of 1.4 to all attendees and sold the ECS to interested developers. Providing better graphics and animation capabilities, the new Agnus chip gives you up to one megabyte of Chip RAM, plus the ability to create “big blits," measuring 32K X 32K pixels. The revised Denise and Kickstart 1.4 routines beef up genlock support with Chroma Key, Bit- PlaneKey, BorderBlank, and BorderNotTransparent options. You can also thank Denise for new screen resolutions SuperHires (1280 horizontal pixels per scanline) and Productivity (four color, 640x480 resolution, non-interlaced). While SuperHires will work with a standard NTSC monitor, Productivity mode will require a multi- or bisync monitor. Commodore's new monochrome scan-converter 14-inch monitor, the A2024, will support both display modes and offers resolutions of 1008x800 pixels in NTSC and 1008 x 1024 pixels in PAL format. Version 1.4 of the operating system offers plently more besides new resolutions. The FastFileSystem will reside in ROM and work with floppy drives. Intuition will be expanded and the narrator device improved. Responding to popular demand, Commodore will incorporate A Rex x a hot topic for all developers into the operating system. A small sampling of other niceties you can expect includes a more professional looking Workbench screen, more meaningful messages for Guru errors, information strings instead of fuel gauges on Workbench screens, plus a pattern editor and font selectors from within Preferences for user-specified font type and size for screen icons. On the other side of the operating system fence, CATS held a UNIX session and demonstration. The A2500UX is currently available in Europe, but U.S. users will have to wait a bit for the system with a UNIX hard drive and 68030 board. The wait is not surprising considering the number of hardware projects keeping Commodore busy, l he A590 SCSI XT offers A500 owners a SCSI controller, a 20MB hard disk, and sockets for two megabytes of RAM. For A2000 owners, CATS discussed the A2091-40, consisting of the A2091 SCSI controller, a 40MB drive, sockets for two megabytes of RAM, and a Amiga 2000HD nameplate. If you already bought an A0290A, Commodore promises an A2090B card to add autobooting capabilities to your existing controller. More specialized Commodore products include a 256- color hi-res graphics card (the A2360), a nnilti-serial-port card (the A2232), and an A2000-compatible 25 Mhz 68030 accelerator board (the A2630). By far, the biggest hardware news was the Amiga 3000, with a 25 Mhz 68030 chip on the motherboard. Sure to please power-hungry users, the A3000 could be a trailblazer of the first order. To please a less technical but equally demanding audience, Commodore demonstrated its new icon-based, object-oriented authoring system. With it, you can create multimedia presentations (incorporating text, graphics, animation, sound, and video) without reiving on programming skills. Educators, business people, and anyone needing to combine the Amiga’s sound, graphics, and animation capabilities with genlock displays and laser disks should welcome this user-friendly point-and-click environment. Commodore offered plenty of encouragement for third-party developers, as well. To help subsidize their projects, Commodore is offering both technical and financial assistance. In addition, the company will organize a committee of Commodore and third-party representatives to improve communication, solve problems, and share ideas. In the seminars, CATS made it clear it yearns to see improvements in commercial software. The group called for standardized documentation terminology geared to new users and more intuitive program interfaces. Other suggestions were to make programs fully compatible with 68020 and 68030 systems, to simplify’ the installation of software on hard disks, and to lake advantage of the A2088 and A2286 Bridgeboards" RAM resources from the Amiga side of the system. Judging from the numerous nods in the audience, third-party developers agree with the ideas. Commodore itself admitted to needing improvement. In his keynote address, Harry Copperman, the company’s latest president, presented a five-step plan designed to bolster Commodore's image, customer support, and Amiga sales. He recognizes the Amiga is up against still competition and that focused marketing coupled with improved customer support could be his best weapon. His and the Commodore development team’s ambitious plans bode for a lot of good news at the winter Dev Con in Paris. ¦ Tim Walsh A3001 BREAXBI6 THE SPEED MHRBI New 25Mhz 68030 Upgrade Kit from GVP Puts Tomorrow's Performance in Your A2000 Today 25Mhz 68030 CPU and 68882 FPU with fully implemented BURST mode 32-bit memory. An order of magnitude faster than A2500, Up to 8MB of State-of-the-art NIBBLE MODE 32-bit DRAM memory averages zero waitstates during 68030 BURST mode. Built-in Hard Disk Controller direct on 32-bit bus keeps ALL A2000 expansion slots free even when our hard disk is installed! Backed up by GVP's unique full one year warranty. Pf mu ¦ .a s i & ¦-! ?***> - - Um pr m tf- A3001, 25Mhz 68030 68882 Upgrade Kit Technical Highlights: Asynchronous 68030 design allows high clock rates and GENLOCK compatibility. Factory installed 25Mhz 68882 floating point processor, twice as fast as the older 68881 chip. Fully DMA-able AUTOCON-FIGured 32-bU wide memory. Up to 8MB.
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• Selectable 68000 fall-back mode for full floppy-based game compatibility. For more information, or for your nearest GVP dealer, call today. Dealer inquiries welcome. FAX (215) 889-9416 • (215) 889-9411 • BBS (215) 889-4994 Dealers Circle 245 on Reader Service Card 225 Plank Ave., Paoli, PA 19301 Consumers Circle 127 on Reader Service Card REPARTEE Comments, complaints, and concerns from Amiga World readers. Perfect Future WORDPERFECT CORP. re- cently announced that it is ceasing development of all new Amiga products, and that currently existing products will be supported only by bug fixes. I don’t know about you, but this alarms me. It alarms me because the availability of WordPerfect for the Amiga is an important part ol the Amiga’s recent success. By ceasing development of all future products for the Amiga, WordPerfect Corp. is breaking a promise it had made to the Amiga community to continue to develop Amiga versions of its products. 1 urge all people reading this letter to write and or call WordPerfect Corp. and tell them that you would like to continue to see new WordPerfect Corp. products developed for the Amiga. If a lot of people will call and write WordPerfect Corp. about this, they will probably reconsider their decision to cease development of Amiga products, and the future of the Amiga will be greatly enhanced. Marc Barrett For those who haven’t already heard the good news, the folks at WordPerfect For ft. Have derided to throw their hats hath into the Amiga ring. According to Rebecca Mortensen, Amiga Products Publicist for WP Corp., “reaction from a large number of Amiga users persuaded WP Corp. officials that our position regarding product development for the Amiga should he reconsidered The company will continue to develop WordPerfect and WordPerfect Libraiy; a 6.0 version of WordPerfect that will include graphics support is a long-range goal. Development of Plan Perf ect, a spreadsheet for the Amigay has been dropped so that the company can concentrate its resources on the continued development of WordPerfect. Hard Drive Update IN OUR JULY ’89 roundup of hard drives and controllers ("Hard and Fast,” p. 22) we reported the Xetec Fasttrak (A500) and FastCard (A2000) were capable of reading large contiguous chunks of data at around 700K bytes per second. Too late to change the article, we were told that the Xetec controller had a problem that made it test faster than it actually performed. According to Xetec, the problem was the MaxTransfer default value for a Fast File- System partition. In units shipped prior to April 7, 1989, this value was set to system infinity (S7FFFFFFF), which allows data chunks of essentially unlimited size to be sent through the controller. When a read or write occurred that exceeded 128K in length, however, the operation was truncated or aborted, but the controller provided no error message. When the testing programs (DiskPerf 2.0 and PerfTest, which measure pure data I O) tried to read or write files larger than 128K, they gave results that were faster than the controller actually was working. Worse, the problem could corrupt very large files. To correct the problem, you use Xetec’s Partitions Utility program to change the MaxTransfer value for the FastFile partition to SOOOIFEOO, exit the program, and then reboot. To correct the DiskPerf 2.0 and Perftest results and relative rankings of the drives, I retested both Xetec’s A500 and A2000 units under the same conditions used in the article. 'Fhe results were significantly less than the originals, down about 200K for reads and about 100K for writes. Both the Xetec A2000 FastCard and the A500 Fasttrak ReadAVrite times reach a maximum of 510K 310K bytes per second (overscan Read Write is 198K 124K). Of the seven A500 hard drives we tested, the Xetec Fasttrak remains the fastest of the group and is still my favorite. The A2000 Xetec FastCard, however, dropped to third in the speed race; Commodore’s A2090A and the MicroBotics’ Hard Frame are faster, 'fhe Hardframe remains the controller of choice. Obviously, when we make these kinds of tests we strive for accuracy, which is one reason why we used two testing programs written by different programmers. Two authors, working independently, got the same results on both an A500 and an A2000 with different Xetec controllers, so we had no reason to doubt the results. As insurance, 1 called Commodore engineering and reported our results. They informed me they had gotten significanlty higher results with some controllers in their lab, so the Xetec speed numbers were quite possible. We were wrong, however, and apologize. Xetec also wishes to express their regret for not telling us of the change before press time. This episode shows the importance of companies notifying us of changes to their products. With up-to-date information. Our reports will be accurate, and everyone developers, the magazine and readers will come out winners. Louis R. Wallace Contrihiding Editor Send your letters to: Repartee, Amiga World Editorial, SO Flm St., Peterborough, Nil 03458. Letters may be edited for space and claritv. ¦ Can You Kick The QIX® Addiction? COMPUTER VIRUS " GAME When QIX fever strikes, there is no cure! Like the mind- blowing arcade original, QIX is a computer virus that lives deep inside your c trap in any one of the b But watch out for SPAR this electrical world of i strategy are basic to sui addicts. No one is immi r, attacKing witho if configurations p SPRITZ™ and othe :h infections, men he practice mode ; vour QIX before TAITO ARC A til St KltS .ons mob
• gvf ar run i to y ei teri ietzi 4 Cii; uu. Ftp! !§M1bS=1 wBM :l holders cs :)-663-8067. If Vol J ord Taitof QIX* SPARX™ and SP] Amiga are registers Ills reserved. NOTEPAD Compiled by Linda Barrett Help from Gramma GRAMMA SOFTWARE, a Seattle-based Amiga software developer, has begun a public drive to furnish clean socks and underwear to homeless Seattle residents. Michael Hugo-Loyacon, co-founder of Gramma Software, said that the charity drive began as an attempt to help Seattle's estimated 2,000 homeless residents. “We contacted the Seattle shelters to find out what their most pressing needs were for the homeless, especially in the area of clothing," said Loyacon. Shelter operators told Loyacon that they were often short of men’s clothing especially men's clean underwear. Loyacon eventually spoke to Joe Madalay, vice chairman for Fruit of the Loom, who put him in touch with K mart Department Stores’ National Contributions Office, and ultimately with Kathy Wallace, Apparel Manager of K mart’s Edmonds, Washington store. Wallace arranged to sell brand new socks and men's underwear to Gramma Software at very low cost. "We still have to pay for it,” says Loyacon, “but the price is right, and the shelters couldn’t be happier.’’ The clothing is currently being distributed to two Seattle shelters: the Men’s Shelter at the Union Gospel Mission and the Bread of Life Mission. Gramma Software would like to expand the program, but organizers doubt whether they can afford to continue the contributions Indefinitely. In an effort to keep the program alive, Jim Clarke, vice president of Seattle's Summer Surprises WHILE THE THUNDER and lightning were storming outside in Chicago last June, it was raining entertainment software inside McCormick Place at CES. Developers Ilooded the show floor with computer versions of movie and TV hits. Mindscape, for instance, went where no Amiga software has gone before in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Visitors to the Taito booth got to play Stallone in Rambo III, while Activision’s guests saw Ghostbusters II's Slimer in action. In the Electronic Arts booth, Lucasfllm Games rolled Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. James Bond starred in the Broderbund booth, where Licence to Kill played on both a silver screen and a computer screen. Creature feature fans favored Ctnemaware’s It Came From the Desert, a take-off on The Blob and other 1950's “B" movie classics. RoboCop was showing at the Data East booth, as was Batman, The Caped Crusader. Microlllusions, meanwhile, introduced Jonny Quest for nostalgic adventurers. Board-game addicts also found their share of remakes. Virgin Mastertronic offered previews of the classics: Monopoly, Clue, and Risk, as did the upstart company California Dreams with Club Backgammon, and a couple of games with historical roots: Mancala and TrianGO. Ishido. Another ancient board game, was available for testing in the crowded Epyx booth. For animal lovers, Konami promised the Nintendo hit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the Amiga, and across town at the Siiedd Aquarium, Psyg- nosis demonstrated Beast, an arcade adventure with 13 levels of parallax scrolling. 'Two British companies, Elite Systems and System 3, both newcomers to the US Amiga market, had arcade releases on display. Just to be different, Electronic Arts demonstrated Deluxe- Video III. While the development format of choice is still MS-DOS, the Amiga format is increasing in popularity. No longer does ii appear at the bottom of release- date lists. . .a promising omen ol what the future holds.
- BGT 10 September 1989 ILLUSTRAI’ED BY MARCEL DUROCHER Not Military. Not Mercenary And You're Definitely No Tourist... SOVIET COMMANDER: "Who are You?" RAMBO: "Tm your worst NIGHTMARE" Remember that line? Now YOU can deliver it to the enemy in person. Thirty miles over the Afghanistan border, Soviet forces are torturing your friend and mentor, Colonel Trautman. You’re the only man alive with enough guts, brawn, and resourcefulness to single- handedly rescue the man who taught you how to fight. Every Soviet commando, tank, and attack chopper in the sector is on your tail. It’s the ultimate contest for the ultimate fighter. TAITO If you cannot find this product at your local retailer, Visa Mastercard holders can order direct anywhere in the United States by calling toll free 1-800-663-8067. Game Design, ©1988 Ocean Software Ltd. RAMBO is a registered trademark of Carolco. ©1989 CAROLCO. Ocean is a trademark of Ocean Software Limited. Taito is a registered trademark of Taito America Corporation. ©1989 Taito America Corporation. All rights reserved. Amiga is a registered trademark of Commodore-Amiga, Inc. Circle 112 on Reader Service card REVIEWS EasyLedgers The Accountant Two ways to find out whether the ink is red or black. By Gary Ludwick EVERY BUSINESS OWNER with an Amiga lias dreamed of a program that would eliminate the receipts-in-a-shoe- box approach to accounting, and better vet, the need to call a S65-an-hour accountant every quarter to straighten out a fiscal mess. Both Easyljedgers (Brown-Wagh Publishing) and The Accountant (KPS Software) are good business-accounting programs, but don’t tire your accountant just yet; they're not for everyone. Except for the accounting rules both must follow, these packages are about as different in looks, feel, and capabilities as two Amiga programs can get. Easyljedgers has the slick graphic interface of a state-of-the-art animation or video program. It turns basic accounting and bookkeeping into an intuitive point-and- click procedure. The Accountant, on the other hand, is more reminiscent of the mighty word processor WordPerfect (WordPerfect Corp.). It's not pretty, it doesn’t use graphics, it's not simple to learn or use, and there’s almost nothing it can’t do. I won’t attempt to cover every feature and intricacy of each program, but by covering their high points, I will help you decide whether one of them is right for your business. EasyLedgers An import from Sybiz Software in Australia, Easy ledgers comes on a single, non copy-protected disk along with an excellent manual. The manual gives you a good rudimentary education in accounting basics, but don’t expect it to answer all your questions about the complexities of double-entry bookkeeping. EasyLedgers breaks down the accounting functions into four segments or “books”: Inventory, Sales, Purchases, and General Ledger. Each book is divided into sections, and the sections are comprised of pages, each of which holds up to 36 accounts. Moving through Easy- ledgers is a simple matter of pointing and clicking: ( .lick on a section and you are there. Click on an account, and it’s ready for action. In the Sales Book, for example, which is essentially your customer catalog, you might set up the sections according to geographic areas or the types of businesses you sell to. Your pages will hold customer names under each of those sections. Double clicking on a customer name opens a window showing the contact’s name, business address, discount given, tax code, and so on. This window also contains two gadgets. Clicking on the one labeled Transactions gives you a listing of everything that customer has bought from you in the current accounting period. The other, the Outstanding gadget, summons a status report of that customer's account, including outstanding invoices. Each of the other hooks works similarly. Your Inventory hook would be sectioned by product type, and the pages would contain item listings. Double* clicking on a product name displays the supplier of that product, unit price, vendor terms, reorder level, and so forth. Systematic Easyljedgers is an automatic bookkeeping system. It can generate invoices, subtract items from your inventory, post transactions to your accounts-receivable log. And update your general ledger with the appropriate debits and credits. The program provides an astonishing variety of printed reports over 20 in all, including general-ledger trial balances, customer statements, liquidity ratios, and mailing labels. Best of all. You need not remember any account numbers to use Easyljedgers. You can integrate your accountant’s code numbers into your system, hut while these references show up in your records and printouts, they are not required for data entry. The Accountant I he Accountant comes on three non copy-protected disks: One contains the general ledgers and payroll program, one is for data, and the third, called Day-To-Day, provides the sales and expenses journals and transactions for maintaining your general ledger on a daily basis. Although The Accountant Hills itself as a simplified double-entry accounting system, it is not nearly as simple to use as Easyljedgers. T his is true partly because it lacks a true Amiga interface (its screen is hare-borclered with pull-down menus), and partly because it is inherently a more complicated and powerful program. The Accountant provides not only the sales, inventory, expenses and general- ledger capabilities of EasyLedgers, but also integrates your company's checkbooks (up to ten) and payroll into the system. The payroll function lets you maintain individual records on each employee, automate the printing of W-2 forms, and tally all federal, state, and local taxes deducted. Miscellaneous deductions for a medical plan, for instance are also supported, and you can automatically generate year-end contract labor and 1099 reports. Pull and Type Like EasyLedgers, The Accountant can generate invoices, maintain vendor records, issue monthly account statements, and handle the aging of both payables and receivables. Instead ol pointing and clicking, however, working with The Accountant involves a sometimes-tedious process of selecting pull-down menu items and typing into crude input screens. An exclusive feature of The Accountant is its ability to integrate with a point-of-sale cash-register system. This capability allows a small- to medium-si .e retail operation (with inventory of up to 5000 SKU items) to automate its sales, returns, and inventory operations. The program accommodates up to 99 departmental classifications so you can deline profit and loss categories in detail. The Accountant matches Easy ledgers in terms of report generation, but its manual, while thorough and well written, may be confusing to those with little or no accounting background. Debits and Credits Both EasyLedgers and The Accountant have drawbacks, some minor, some more serious. Click on a customer name tn EasyLedgers, and you get details on that account. The Accountant's biggest problem is a combination of its reliance on numbers (for accounts, vendors, customers, and so on) and lack of an on-screen help facility. You must either have a prodigious memory or keep a lot of printed lists close at hand to use the program effectively. This is a major barrier to productivity, and one that can be avoided on the Amiga. A control-key facility, such as the one Phasar (Antic's home financial package) offers to reference account lists and numbers, would be appropriate. The Accountant is also inflexible in some areas. It accepts only three-digit accounting code numbers, for instance, so I had trouble using my accountant’s four-digit codes. Similarly, its financial reports are based on a series of predefined general-ledger account titles. While the program allows you to change the account numbers and ranges themselves, il does not let you alter print parameters. As a result, when I set up the ranges to suit my accountant’s system and printed a Trial Balance and Financial Statement, assets wound up under the Equity label, current liabilities were titled Fixed Assets, and so forth. KFS Software will customize 1 he Accountant to your particular system or account numbers, but this service costs extra (provide KFS with specifics and they will give you a cost estimate) and requires that you surrender your program disks for the operation. Because it is written in compiled BASIC (the program was originally developed for the Commodore 64), The Amiga World 13 The Accountant is not pure Amiga, but It is pure power. Accountant is a bit sluggish, ('.licking into boxes and requesters yields a slower response than it does in EasyLedgers. Working with The Accountant entitled me to a couple of visits to the Guru. White this is an annoyance with most programs, it is really scary when you are working with your company’s financial information. 1 shudder to think of the potential for wiping out weeks or months of work in an instant. EasyLedgers never crashed, but it too could use a few modifications. For instance. Why can’t a program this sophisticated remember my last transaction, check, or receipt number? When posting payments, other such programs present you with a clean form numbered 234 after you have finished writing check
233. Not so with EasyLedgers. When you call for a new transaction, it displays the information for check 233, which you must clear out using the backspace delete key. A minor point perhaps, but annoying. In a related vein, why doesn’t EasyLedgers send a form feed after printing a report? Again, not a big deal, but a rough edge that grates when you are generating multiple reports. Finally, there seems to he a glitch in the end-of-period hook-clearing function that erases not only unneecled numbers, but also clears all of your books of their sections and pages. This happened to me twice: once when 1 selected the clearing option, and another time when I had looked at die menu blit had not actually executed it. The first time, 1 spent four hours putting the categories hack in. The second time, I used the reconstruct utility included with the program, which ? Promptly restored all my account titles and sections. Trial Balance As the owner of a small business, 1 eagerly looked forward to putting these programs to work. I could hardly wait to have all my company's financial data at my fingertips, and was anticipating savings on cancelled trips to the accountant. It didn't turn out the way 1 planned. There are several things every potential buyer of these programs must be aware of. First, some training in accounting is a must. If you have been routinely turning over your checkbook stubs to your accountant every month, you are not prepared to set up these programs, or make them work without an accountant s guidance. To their credit, both program manuals suggest getting an accountant’s help. .Also, because both programs require a substantial number of hours to set up and maintain, you should weigh the value of your time against the fees your accountant charges. My experience suggests that you or a staff member needs to devote time each and every day to maintaining these programs. (Depending on the size of your business, EasyLedgers may exempt you from this requirement.) Lastly, these programs are best suited for retail businesses in an accrual accounting system. Owners of service-only businesses on a cash accounting basis will probably find use for only the general ledger sections of The Accountant and EasyLedgers, because such businesses have no inventory, and payables and receivables are not included in their financial framework. Sorting it Out EasyLedgers is the easiest to use. If you can live without integral checkbooks (which means you need another piece of software to handle checkbook chores), payroll capabilities and associated forms and reports generation, and the ability to integrate a point-of-sale cash-register function, then EasyLedgers is the one to investigate. If you want those features, however, look at T he Accountant. You will need a good grasp of accounting principles and methodology to make it work, though, and probably an operator who can devote several hours a day to its care and feeding, too. T he Accountant is a powerhouse capable of providing every business accounting function you will likely need at a price identical to EasyLedgers, Along with it you will receive excellent telephone support, the capability for program customizing, and the offer of lifetime support (including annual tax routines) and at-cost ($ 9.95) upgrades lor an additional $ 24.95. Don’t have a week or more to set up the system and a couple of hours a day for maintenance? Then send a bouquet to your accounting office with your next batch of check stubs and receipts. . .and pray they don't raise their rates. EasyLedgers Brown-Wagh Publishing 16795 Lark Ave. Suite 210 Eos Gatos, CA 95050 408 595-5838 S295 One megabyte required. The Accountant 1.3 KFS Software PO Box 107 1301 Seminole Blvd. Suite 113 Largo, EL. 34649 813 584-2355 S299.50 One megabyte required. M2SPRINT Competition for the standard. By David T. McClellan THE MODULA-2 scene is buzzing. Seems there’s a new kid on the block. T his kid’s not green, though; by the looks of the Jams he’s wearing, he’s been in the neighborhood before. M2Sprint, a single-pass Modula-2 compiler from M2S, features an integrated edit nr compiler linker and a postmortem symbolic debugger. As I read through the libraries and documentation, ! Experienced d ?j5 vu. Looking at the manual ? Circle 90 on Reader Serv-ce card. An outdoor soccer field is 7,200 square yards of wide open space unless there happen to be 22 soccer players on it making picture-perfect passes, slide tackling opponents and executing shots of which highlight films are made. You can be one of those players, with Keith Van Eron’s Pro Soccer! 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9. 9 via a requester in the editor or using a separate tool. The editor allows you to step through your source program and match lines with any errors discovered by the compiler. T his function is not failsafe, though. In my tests, the editor sometimes missed by a line or two, and sometimes found fewer errors than the compiler reported. Once the editor has loaded the reasonably-sized compiler and linker, it keeps them in memory to speed subsequent compiles and reduce disk swapping. This feature failed me only once, when a program crashed while running from within the editor. Perhaps memory had become too fragmented. After rebooting, I ran it outside the editor and had no problems. I became frustrated in tracing errors that the compiler should have caught. For example, 1 tried several times to compile, link, and run a program containing simple real (floating-point) math, but the process failed each time the program attempted to convert an integer to a real number. Searching the manuals, I discovered that linking real math requires the RTR.lnk or RTAR.lnk runtimes instead of the usual RT.lnk file. The program ran to completion once I reset the configuration file and relinked, but I am confused as to why the linker did not signal an error. M2Sprinfs compiler and module definitions and libraries are sizable. Those without hard disks will appreciate M2Sprint s configuration tool. I used it to fill two floppy disks: one with the compiler and other tools, and one with the module headers and libraries. I swapped disks a lot during the first compile and link of a session. Because the M2Sprint tools use the ARP Library for some of their functions, you will need to add “arp.library” to your boot disk, along with a startup file to assign some logical names and add to your PAEH. Pest Control To use the debugger, you must first import, compile, and link a Debug module. Then, if the program encounters an error, the debugger lets you dissect programs to examine their variables and stack tracebacks. It does not let you set breakpoints or single step through the code, however, and using it, 1 found myself wishing for Lattice C’s debugger. In one instance, the debugger helped me find the source of repeated Guru errors: I was passing a LONGIN'! That was over the INTEGER range to a procedure that expected an INTEGER. I think the crashes were an overreaction, but at least the debugger located the problem. Generally speaking, using the debugger is not a piece of cake. On another occasion, for instance, I spent a long time tracking down what turned out to he a small compiler bug. The Permutation benchmark does a sanity check by comparing a LONGINT counter it maintains to the value 45500 when it is done. In my test, the comparison always failed. At first I thought the counter might be at fault, blit printing out the counter confirmed it to be 45300. It appears that M2Sprint can’t handle comparisons to LONGINT literals (or CONSTs-i tried that, too). 1 ended up assigning 45500 to another LONGINT variable, and comparing the counter to it. That solved the problem. 1 also could not get M2Sprint to convert LONG REALs or LONG I Nts to REALs. I tried the FLOAE procedure and type conversion without luck, and tlie compiler would not let me get around it. 1 had to tweak the FEE benchmark using REALs instead of LONGlNTs in one routine and trusting Continued on p. 76 You're never too old to Scribble! Scribbte EDITION Scribble! Platinum Edition Scribble! Platinum Edition offers many improvements that make Scribble! The word processor of choice for beginning and experienced users. Featuring rapid text entry and scrolling, Scribble! Platinum Edition offers the best of all worlds: power, speed, easy to use. In no time at all, you'll be writing memos, letters, or even a book! SPELLING CHECKER Platinum Scribble! 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Narrowing down the field to the six areas chosen wasn’t easy, but we decided that the compact half dozen (listed at left) represented the activities in which our readers are most heavily involved. So grab your tip sheets, find a spot along the rail, and let’s see if our handicapping experts can put you in the winner’s circle when it comes to your favorite Amiga applications. ? ILLUSTRATED BY CATHARINE BENNETT AMIGAWorld 19 WHILE 1IPS ON perfecting Amiga desktop-video techniques could easily run into the dozens, the following five items focus specifically on practical advice for transferring Amiga animations to video. I Use a Composite Monitor DESKTOP VIDEO Colors look great on your Amiga monitor, but when translated to NTSC (the color television standard), colors will have different shades and fine detail will be lost. While creating your animation, hook your Amiga up to a good color television or color composite monitor (the A500 and A2000 need an encoder). This will give you a better idea of what the final product will look like on video, and you will see why you must avoid over-saturated colors and single-pixel thick lines that look fine on the Amiga’s RGB monitor. Don't use an Amiga monitor in composite mode, as it produces a poor composite image. 0 2 Avoid Sluggish Animation The Anim compression format has become the standard used to play animations in real-time, but animation playback will slow down if there is too much movement from one frame to the next. This can be a real problem with complex hi-res animations. Dpaint III, with its non-compressed anim option, and Photon Cel Animator, both allow you to play animations directly from memory without compressing them. This should speed things up, as well as insure that the animation will run at a uniform speed. You will need at least 2.5 megs for even very short sequences. If complex animation at 30 frames per second is required, your only option is single-frame recording. Some 3-D animation software packages and Micro- lllusion’s Transport Controller software allow single-frame recording, automatically recording each frame one at a time onto videotape. Besides the software support, you will need an animation controller (S2000 to S5000), and a professional VCR that will communicate with your controller. Hardware prices are dropping, and we may soon have service bureaus that offer single-frame recording, but until then it is an expensive proposition. Another way to get faster animation is to split 16-color animations into a foreground and a background, each with eight colors. These animations will now run considerably faster, and you can record the background and then genlock the foreground over the top of it using two VCRs or two Ami gas. 3 Always Record in Interlace Recording Amiga animations created in non-interlaced mode will probably play back fine on the machine that recorded them, but because video requires an interlaced signal for synch information, you may find that your video will have a very unstable picture when copied to another tape or played on another machine. It is best to create your animation in one of the Amiga’s interlaced modes, but if you are using a lo-res animator, such as Movie- Setter or Zoetrope, get a copy of Mike Berro’s public-domain utility, Lacer. It runs in the background and interlaces any image that appears on the screen. You will also find that interlaced images have a much cleaner, sharper look to them when played back on video. 4 Record With the Best While good results can be had by hooking up a home VHS recorder to the Amiga, the picture quality will be severely degraded if you try to copy or edit your master tape. If you use the newer S-VHS and ED-BETA recorders, good quality second- and even third-generation (a copy of a copy) tapes are possible. These newer machines require a Y C-separated signal that allows for much higher resolution and better picture quality. Consumer-level recorders that support Y C signals start at about S1000, and include Sony’s ED-Beta EDV-9500 7500, Hi- 8 EV S-900 or CCD-V99 Camcorder, and JVC’s S-VHS HRS-5000 8000. If you need excellent quality, you might want to rent studio time and record on Betacam (recorders sell for about S20k). Betacam is better than the industrial 3 4- inch standard, and is almost as good as broadcast quality. There are more studios adding Amigas every day, charging from S75 per hour and up. There are also studios with S-VHS equipment, charging as little as $ 35 an hour a real bargain for getting quality animation on tape. 5 Use a Good Encoder To record the Amiga’s RGB picture onto videotape, you need a device that translates the signal into composite (for a normal VHS recorder) or into Y C (for ED- BETA, S-VHS and Betacam). A good quality genlock will produce an acceptable encoded composite signal. There are also several genlocks out that will produce a Y C signal, including Communication Specialties Gen-One, V id Lech's Scaniock, Digital Creation’s SuperGen 2000S, and Omnicron Video's Omni-Gen
701. Because most Y C genlocks also produce a composite signal, it may well be worth the additional cost even if you have only composite equipment now. Someday soon, you may need the better quality that the Y C format machines provide. A good low-cost encoder is the CM I VI500, which provides both Y C and composite signals for under $ 80. To use it with the Amiga to record on a Y C compatible recorder, you will also need Tony Gomez’s S-View interface, which is being marketed by Software Sensations in Los Angeles for under S100. Other Y C encoders are selling for S1000 and more. A useful bit of information to know when using a Y C encoder is that the Amiga monitor can also be used as a Y C monitor. On the 1080, set the front-panel Video Mode switch to SEP., and plug the luminance Y C cable into the white RCA connector on the back of the monitor, and the chroma cable into the red RCA connector. On the 1084S, set the front panel switch to CVBS, and plug the chroma into the red RCA connector, and the luminance into the yellow. ? Geoffrey Williams ? ¦ I ¦. . V'.v Better watch out! After a test ride on Pocket Rockets, the high-speed motorcycle simulation game, Santa picked up a new sleigh that will make this year's rounds faster than ever. And whether you've been naughty or nice, you could win this Suzuki 600 Katana during "Santa's Sleigh Giveaway” in January. | LAP T®>' luurjal X; Meanwhile, experience all the thrills and spills of high-speed racing with machines that take you from zero to 60 in under four seconds. Already gaining critical acclaim, Wi>1 KTHo'. ZeUrt .-v:; Try your skill against tin dock with a couple of laps around the test track. RIGHT Drag rating demands a quick wrist and fast shifting. Just don't blow the engine! On the planet. The action's as real as the adrenaline you'll feel. :M Then, enter "Santa'sSleigh Giveaway" from Capcom U.S.A. Besides the chance to win a new Suzuki motorcycle, you could get a computer game software. Look to enter in all Capcom computer game packages or visit your favorite computer game retailer for more information. Capcom's belated Christmas giveaway is just around the bend so don't miss out on your chance to win! Circle 86 on Reader Service card mm mm SWEEPSTAKES RULES How to Enter: 1 NO PURCHASE NECESSARY f ill out and mail otticial entry found in package or you (an enter by hand printing yout name, address and rip code on a 3‘ * S' piece o! Paper and mailing it lo CAPCOM Santa’s Sleigh Giveaway. 3303 Scott Blvd. Santa Clara. CA 9S0S4 Enter at often as you wish Each entry must be mailed separately by JANUARY
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The few seconds it takes to save your file are nothing compared to tlie time it would take you to rewrite it after a system crash or power failure. Some word processors, such as WordPerfect, can be configured to automatically save your work every few minutes. If you do not have this option, a good rule of thumb is to save your file after every two paragraphs typed. Also, if you save to a hard disk, be sure to back up all your work onto a floppy at the end of a session. Corollary: Save before printing, performing a spelling check, or any other “dangerous” activity. A printing problem or disk-read error could ruin your day if you have to reboot. Type now, edit later. By editing later you avoid losing your train of thought as you slop to fix a mistake. Do not over-rely on a spelling checker. It will not catch all of your mistakes, such as typing “your” instead of “you’re," or “Stephens” instead of “Stevens.” There’s no substitute for proofreading. After proofreading your document on screen, print a draft copy and check it on paper. It is amazing how many errors will jump out at you after you print. While a built-in thesaurus can be handy, do not let it run wild over your documents. If you do, “the potentiality of terminating with a maladroit sentence analogous to this one is monumental!" If your document will be bound, do not forget to leave a wider margin (at least 1.5 will be printed on both sides of the page, you will need to reverse the left and right margins and page-number position on every other page. 2 Learn About Layout If your word processor does not allow style sheets (templates that describe the way certain documents are laid out. Such as business letters or resumes), you can make your own. Create a new file and set the margins, fonts, page-nuinhering style, and other settings for the type ofdocument your are creating a template for. T hen type a single space (to alert the program that your document is not empty) and save the file with a descriptive name, such as “busletter.template” Then, each time you want to create a business letter, simply load the template like a normal document, rename it. And start typing without having to set up the page format. You can also use the templates trick for letterheads and envelopes. Simply add your address at the top of the file. Limit your use of fonts. While using 20 fonts in a letter is a neat way to show off your Amiga's capabilities, it makes for a hard-to-read document. So, avoid the “ransom-note” look and use different styles of one or two fonts throughout your document. A good rule of thumb is to pick a serif font for body text and a sans-serif font for headlines or letterheads. If you need to set off a certain part of your document, use different point sizes of the same font. The same goes for styles. Using a word processor, it is tempting to emphasize words by boldfacing, italicizing, or even underlining them. But overdoing it adds more distraction than emphasis. 3 File-Transfer Tips If you are planning to import your text to a desktop-publishing program, keep your formatting to a minimum. While most DTP software will recognize boldfacing, underlining, and italics, things like page numbers, footnotes, and headers usually will not transfer. Unfortunately, there is no IFF standard format for word-processor files, so you cannot directly read, say, a WordPerfect file into excellence!. Almost all word processors will save a file as plain, unformatted text. This option is often listed as “Save ASCII File.” While you can load this plain text file into any word processor, you lose almost all of your formatting. There are freely distributable lile-con- version programs available for WordPerfect and ProWrite that will read some other word-processor files with formatting intact. A favorite trick of mine to get WordPerfect files into ProWrite is to save the WordPerfect file and use the freely distributable FC program to convert the text to Scribble! Format. Then use Pro- Write's Convert utility to convert the Scribble! File to ProWrite format. 4 Printing Payoffs If your printout does not look right and the settings seem correct in your word processor, check your Preferences settings sometimes they can override the word-processor controls. Margins, line spacing, and character pitch are the likely troublemakers here. When using a font-and-graphics-based word processor, make sure you are using the Workbench 1.3 printer drivers. You will get better quality and faster printing. Note that some software was shipped with beta versions of the 1.3 drivers; these will cause problems if mixed with the release drivers or with the printcr.deviee. 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Circle 142 on Reader Service card TO GET THE most out of productivity tools for your Amiga, the most important qualities you need to develop are patience, a willingness to learn and to practice, and an eye for perfecting intuitive techniques that will help you master some fairly sophisticated software. 1 Patience Makes Perfect PRODUCTIVITY One of the most common mistakes Amiga productivity users make is that they tend to 'jump in headfirst without first checking the depth.” Spoiled by the intuitive interfaces that have become common in creativity packages, we often fail to invest the proper amount of study and practice it takes to make the most of the sophisticated productivity software. This is unfortunate because in almost every case, taking the time to read a program’s documentation and making an effort to work with the practice tutorials that come with most productivity packages really can make a difference. No matter how convincing a manufacturer’s claims may be, never assume you will he an “expert in minutes.” When your ultimate goal is working with important data, develop your usage strategies and habits while working on smaller, less crucial practice data. T his will allow you to determine what features of a particular program are best suited for your application. You can then experiment with software combinations to ascertain which programs you may wish to multitask when working with vour data. Finally, you will be able to hone your Amiga’s configuration to best suit your total needs. This is called developing an “application environment.” 2 Save the Environment! When creating an applications environment, it is important to identify as many items as possible that you can automate in order to increase speed and accuracy when you are manipulating your data. One method for doing this is through the use of script files. Although a lot has been written about Amiga DOS script files in terms of executing AmigaDOS operations and creating your startup-sequence, few authors discuss them as tools for enhancing individual applications. The basic idea is to create an ASCII text file of commands designed to "launch” all of the programs you might want to run, make all the necessary assignments, and fully configure your environment automatically for you upon execution. Once you have created such a script file, you can use it to run your programs and configure your system by typing the AmigaDOS command: execute scriptfilename If you are using AmigaDOS 1.3 or ARP
1. 3, you also can set the "s" and the “e" protection bits on in order to make your files autoexecute simply by typing the name of your script file without having to type the EXECUTE command. There are a number or reasons why adopting this approach is helpful. As an example, let’s take a look at the script file I used to begin this writing session (in this example, I have changed the names of my actual files for the sake of clarity): ASSIGN spell: dhl:spell ASSIGN typecheckdict: dh 1 :typecheck ASSIGN editors: dh 1:editors ASSIGN articles: dhl:docs articles CD articles: RUN spell:spell_checker
- userdict 1 STACK 10000 RUN typecheckdict:type_checker RUN editors:text_editor The above script launches the three programs I normally use when writing on my Amiga, namely, a stand-alone spell checker, an “as-you-type” or interactive spell checker, and a text editor. The ASSIGN commands in the first three tines allow these applications to refer to a specific file path as a device volume name. As a result, they are able to retrieve the data they need to func- tion from my hard drive rather than from the original floppy disks they came on. At this point, 1 am sure that some of you are wondering, Why not simply make these assignments as part of my startup- sequence? The main reason is speed. I like my machine to boot as quickly as possible, and I like my startup-sequence to be as simple as possible. Each assign slows this process, especially if you are working from a floppy disk and do not have a lot of RAM to sacrifice. In addition, it is not uncommon to want to reassign generic assignments to another destination for specific programs. A common example of this is programs that accept only a limited number of fonts within their menus. In such cases, if you have a large number of fonts in your FON TS: directory, you may want to reassign FONTS: to a directory containing only those fonts you are likely to use with this application. Throughout the remainder of my script file 1 use these assigned names to refer to their drive path when running the programs. Tiie ASSIGN command in the fourth line simply gives the system a shorter name to refer to when referring to the directory where I store my articles. The change- directory command in the fifth line then sets the current directory as my articles directory. This is attractive because many productivity applications, including my text editor, make their default directories the directory that was current when the application was initially run. By making my articles directory the current directory, the file requesters in both my text editor and my stand-alone spell checker will be ready to access data immediately from my articles directory without first having to be told where to look for the data. This is doubly important when working with such applications as WordPerfect, which always seems obliged to return to the default directory path containing the system disk. The remaining lines of the script load the programs in a manner customized to my application. For instance, it loads my user dictionary containing such computer jargon as “AmigaDOS ” “multitask ” and “vaporware” at the same time as my spell checker. My spell checker requires a large stack, so I use the AmigaDOS STACK command to give it a wide berth. Finally, my text editor is loaded and my writing environment is in place. ? Loren Lovhaug ? |s IBI tasked*11 Arcade action brings the realism of the big time game home to you in this direct translation of the popular coin-op arcade game, "Magic Johnson's Fastbreak Basketball." Featuring:
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Most programs do this with an ".ASCII Send" or “Text File Send" feature. The program sends the file to the host computer a character at a time, as if you were typing it. To reduce charges even further, make sure your telecommunications software uses automated features (most commercial programs do). This will spare you the dreary details of sending and receiving files. 4 Compress Those Files! In order to save time, groups of related program and data files are bundled together and reduced in size with special archiving, or "file-compressionprograms such as .ARC, ZOO and Warp. Available in the public domain, these can shrink a file’s size by half. ARC and ZOO work on groups of files, and Warp can compress the contents of an entire disk. .After vou download the archive file from the network, you must use the compression program to expand the files back to their original size. To prevent chicken-and-egg problems, the ARC and ZOO programs are not compressed when stored on a network. Fred Fish disk 70 has ARC, while ZOO is on disk 164. Plan a downloading spree in advance. Using file capture, look over a list of available files. Local, no-charge BBSs might have the same files as the commercial networks. Or perhaps your user group can make the program available on disk for only a few dollars. At full-tilt boogie with a 2400-baud modem, it takes more than an hour of downloading to fill a disk with software plus you will spend extra time in the CLI to de-ARC and install the programs. Restrict yourself to grabbing only the "latest-and-greatest" files, instead of tilings you can get elsewhere for little or no cash. 5 Friendly Encounters Here’s a tip on how to connect to a friend across town. Both of you start your com- munications programs and turn on your modems. To convince yourself that everything is ready to go, type ATM and press Return. The modem should answer OK. One person enters .AI D [the telephone number] to dial the other's number. When the other person sees RING on the screen, he or she types ATA and presses Return. Both friends should see a CONNECT message, meaning that you are now free to type to each other. (Turn on the "half-duplex" setting in your communications program to see what you are typing.) To exchange a file, one person selects Xmodem Send, while the other selects Xmodem Receive. Don’t forget to use ARC to compress the file to save time. When you are finished with your session, turn off the modem to disconnect. ? John Foust ? UNREAL, is one way to describe our W complete line of software | and hardware tools. W Capture the REAL world of video W and display REAL 24 bit color with g VD-1. Let your mind roam across the W g REALISTIC fractal landscapes of TERRAIN. F DIAMOND lets you add REAL sparkle to your 4g digital light paintings and Turbo SILVER gives V you power to create SURREALISTIC worlds of 3D animation and , Ray Tracing. 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In BASIC, this has traditionally been provided for with something similar to FOR x=l TO 1000: NEXT. This is not the way to do it in Amiga Basic! Not only is it bad manners when using a multitasking computer, but it is also inconsistent, and if you later choose to compile your program with one of the available Amiga Basic compilers, the FOR NEXT loop will no longer provide the proper timing delay because of the increased speed in execution lime. A much better idea is to use the Amiga’s built-in clock. Use the following code fragment as an example: del ay &=TIMER: WHILE TIMER delay & + seconds: WEND where it is assumed you have already set “seconds" to the number of seconds you wish to delay. (Remember to include 8c.) Better still, you could make this a small subprogram, and pass the number of seconds as a parameter. For example: Delay 5 ’ Wait live seconds SUB Delay (secs%) STATIC delay& = TIMER WHILE TIMER delay& + secs%: WEND END SUB 3 Empty the Buffer. Check the Keys When you use INKEYS to accept keyboard input, you may find the keyboard buffer is not always empty. The result is that you end up retrieving some unexpected characters. You can insure that the buffer is cleared by including WIIILE INKEYS >“ WENDjust prior to prompting for input. On a similar topic, you will probably want to check for key presses of some of the special-purpose keys. But which values should you check for? Easy, just run the following small program. For each key you press, it will display a graphic image and a numeric value. To check for this key press in your program, jusl include I lie numeric value in a CHRS(n) statement. For example: xS INKEYS: IF xS = CHRS(n) THEN ... GetKey: xS = IN KEY$ IF xS = “ ” THEN Get Key PRINT xS; “ ASC(xS) GOIO GetKey Use CTRL-C or the STOP menu item to terminate the program. -I Take ’em to the Library If you write programs that make use of the LIBRARY statement, you already know the pain caused by the necessary .bmap files. Where do you put them? They can go in the same directory as the program itself, or they can go in their own directory on the same disk. The former clutters up the disk, but does not require any CHD1R statements in the program. The latter is tidier, but does require a OH DIR statement in the program. The solution is to copy them to the LIBS directory of your Workbench disk. This neither clutters up your Amiga Basic disk, nor requires a CHDIR statement in the program. Just remember to copy the data files, and not the .info files. (Some .bmap files are already available in the Basic Demos drawer of your Extras disk, but if you wish, you can use the ConvertFD program, in the same drawer, to create a full set of them. Documentation can he found on the same disk.) 5 Close the Window Amiga Basic allow s you to define a window7 with a “close” gadget, but provides no ready means of detecting when it has been used. 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YOUR AMIGA IS a powerful aid in getting the most out of the visuals that accompany your verbal presentations. Presentation Graphics vary widely in form from 35mm slides to overhead transparencies, from prepared flip charts to handouts, and from prerecorded videotaped and filmed segments to the direct interfacing with information on a computer screen. While your choices depend on both the type of presentation best suited to your audience and the level of your own technical expertise and equipment, the following advice embodies some basic tips that everyone can benefit from in producing presentational graphics on the Amiga. PRESENTATION GRAPHICS 1 Avoid Visual Overkill The First rule of thumb to follow is to keep your visual information at a minimum. Never attempt to display visually everything that will he presented verbally. The rule for 35mm slides has always been that you should he able to read all of the information clearly by holding the slide up to the light. Always use clean, readable typefaces (sans-serif fonts such as Helvetica are usually the best, especially for the body of your text). Like elements (headlines, repetitive data, comparative numerical information, and so forth) should he rendered in the same color throughout all pieces in a scries, so that the audience can visually group like items even before they understand them intellectually. Repetitive graphic elements, whether drawings or photos, help to tie presentational material together, and can spice up otherwise long boring lists of cold information. For instance. A small painting in the corner of all of your data slides can keep the attention ofy our audience so that they will be receptive enough to retain the information you hope to communicate. 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Text slides also work best for slide projection if they are rendered in reverse colors meaning light on a dark background. The research tells us that words rendered in this way seem to expand to an audience’s vision. The research also suggests that the best two-color combination is yellow on a dark blue background. Make your text as large as the amount of data permits. 4 Data Into Graphics Data-translation visuals (see Figure 3), probably represent the bulk of presentational graphics. Numbers translated into pictorial data are far more effective in convincing audiences of your message than running lists of numbers. Here again, a well-planned creative approach can enhance the informational content. Learn to work with 3-D to achieve depth in your presentations data slides and video segments created with Amiga 3-D rendering packages are enormously successful. The sample shown in Figure 3 was rendered with Caligari, then imported into Dfaint for the text and numerical call-outs. 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• Broadscast Filler (Invision Technology) video titling
• Caligari (Octree) 3-D rendering and animation
• DeluxePaint III (Electronic Arts) paint and animation
• Express Paint 3.0 (PAR Brown- Wagh) paint
• Kara Fonts Headlines (Kara) titles
• Kara Fonts Subheads (Kara) for 50c7c reduced text
• Video Effects 3D (Invision Technol- ogy) for slick effects screens
• Video 'Eitler (Aegis) video titling
• Zurna Fonts (Zuma Brown-'Wagh) text and titles 6 Asides on Slides For some time now the Polaroid Palette (Polaroid) Imprint (Liquid Light) combination has been handling 35mm-slide making that is more than adequate for most presentational needs. There are some things you should know, however, about the interface and the software. The first is that when given the option to turn the "Raster Scan” on or off, you should definitely turn it off. Some scan lines will show up on your slide, but the piece will be sharper and dearer, allowing you to use smaller fonts when the need arises, lie aware, also, that if you have upgraded from Imprint 2.0 to 3.0, you will have to readjust the focus on your system. In addition. You will need to install an RCA 75- ohm terminator plug (available from most electronics stores) in the Video Out at the back of the Palette. Also, be aware that the new software comes with a screen setting that must be readjusted in Preferences; if you don't, your slides will he far oil the mark. Simply use the screen settings that you meticulously set in 2.0 as a guide. Stay at least five scan lines away from the borders if your camera has a magnification lens. 7 Don't Underrate the Overheads Overhead transparencies work best when used with smaller audiences (no more than fifty) in a lighted room. What differentiates them from slides is that the technique of presentation is meant to be more conversational. With overheads, eye- to-eye debates between the presenter and members of the audience are encouraged by the medium itself. Even more interactive techniques are possible, as well, including progressive disclosure (revealing information a section at a time), using a pointer device to call attention to selected areas of information, and writing on an overlay taped to the transparency. As with slides, do not overload a transparency with too much data pace your presentation by using several in succession. If you already have the information stored on a disk for a 35mm-slide format, use your paint program to make the background white before printing the overhead. This will keep you from overtaxing your printer. Vou can print in black-and- white and then dump the material to a laser or dot-matrix printer. Vou can then make the actual overhead on an office copier. This procedure is particularly effective if your original work was created with a desktop-publishing program. You can also put a piece of overhead material specific to the needs of your printer into a color printer, and print the overhead directly. If your color printer has rather washed out blacks (like the Canon PJ 1080A), you can print two copies and sandwich them together in a transparency frame. ¦ R. Shamms Mortier About the Tipsters GEOFFREY WILLIAMS (Desktop Video) is Executive Producer for Creative Business Communication and head of the Amiga Video-Graphics Guild, a non-profit group that meets monthly to provide information on, and encourage the use of, the Amiga as a video and graphics machine. DENNY ArKIN (Word Processing) has been a writer, reviewer, and technical editor on several Amiga publications. Freelance writing and desktop publishing, newspaper work, and a Master's thesis have given him plenty of word-processing experience. LOREN LOVHAUG (Productivity) is a frequent contributor to Amiga and C-64 128 publications, and often reviews productivity software for Amiga World’s Reviews section. He is also a SYSOP on both the Quantum Link and Genie telecommunications networks. JOHN FOUST (Telecommunications) is certainly no stranger to the telecommunications networks and Amiga bulletin-board scene. He currently maintains the Syndesis section in CompuServe's Amiga Vendor support forum, and he is a former co-SYSOP of American People Link's Amiga Zone. BRYAN D. CATLEY (Amiga Basic) is a professional software engineer with 20years' experience with IBM mainframes and a little less with A mi gas. He has followed BASIC throughout its mans incarnations over the past two decades.
R. SHAMMS MORTIER (Presentation Graphics) manages the Graphics Service of the University of Vermont, where his responsibilities include design and production of instructional material. Dr. Mortier teachers creativity transpersonal psychology at Burlington College and graphic design at UVM, The Amiga also plays a big part in his home business venture, Eyeful Tower Communications. You can write to any of these authors clo Amiga World, Editorial Dept., SO Elm St., Peterborough, NH 03458. DIGITAI C REATIONS Digital Creations 2865 Sunrise Boulevard Suite 103, Rancho Cordova CA 95742 Telephone 916 344-4825 FAX 916 635-0475 Coming Attractions in 89: Living Color™ System: Frame Buffer, Digitizer, Time Base Corrector, Digital Video Effects (DVE); V Machine desk top video workstation Circle reader response card, see your dealer, or call for more informalion © 1989 Digital Creolions. Amiga is a registered trademark of Commodore Business Machines. Circle 28 on Reader Service card- lgitizing ilemma ich rev EVER TRY TO record a movie with oil paints? Chances are the results would be a blurry mess. You can expect the same disappointment if you use the wrong type of video digitizer for your computer art. Like oil paints, slow-scan digitizers require a motionless object and several seconds to capture the picture. Real-time digitizers, however, capture the incoming image in a fraction of a second, effectively freezing the object in motion. For grabbing graphics from an active source (a TV, VCR, or live camera), use a real-time digitizer. If your application requires you to convert only motionless images (photographs, drawings, line art, and so on) to the screen, save some money and buy a slow-scan digitizer. To help you decide which of the available units to buy, 1 put each through its paces. For a head-to-head comparision of their output, see the sidebar “Suitable for Framing.” Digi-View Gold The only slow-scan digitizer for the Amiga, Digi-View Gold (NewTek, $ 199.95) is a box about the size of a deck of cards that plugs into an A500’s or A2000,s parallel port (AlOOOs need a gender changer) and accepts a composite video signal through a single RCA-style connector. The typical Digi-View setup also includes a black-and-white camera and a lighted copy stand (NewTek’s retails for S74.95). If you already own a color camcorder, you can save some money; Digi-View works fine with most models. The accompanying software lets you specify any standard screen resolution, the number of colors Digi-View uses (including 64-color Kxtra_Halfbrite and 4096-color Hold-and-Modify (HAM) modes), plus a true overscan (borderless) display. Digi-View produces exceptionally fine black-and- white pictures, but the results are even more impressive in color. When working in color, Digi-View Gold digitizes an object three times, once each through the supplied red, green, and blue filters. From these three monochrome images, the software creates an extremely accurate color picture. Digi-View’s 4096-color HAM images equal, and soine- By Louis R. Wallace ILLUSTRATED BN’ PAUL YALO WITZ Amiga Ivortd 3 5 times surpass, those made with the more expensive real-time digitizers. If you do not need to capture images in motion, but only to transfer pictures and drawings or still objects to the Amiga, Digi-View Gold does an excellent job at a very reasonable price. Perfect Vision Somewhat larger than a paperback book, Perfect Vision (SunRize Industries, S249.95) is a real-time digitizer that connects to the parallel port. (You provide the cable.) The unit comes with a power supply, rather than drawing on the Amiga's internal power. All images captured with Perfect Vision are low resolution (320 pixels wide). It does support interlaced mode, which doubles the * ertical resolution from 200 to 400 lines. You can choose among color modes: 32-color, HAM, or a 16-shade gray scale. Perfect Vision does a fairly good job capturing moving images as black-and-white pictures. Lo-res images digitize in ' *, of a second; interlaced images take Vso of a second. The software’s CYCLE option constantly digitizes the incoming images, allowing you to see what is happening and what your black- and-white picture will look like. Click an on-screen button to select the frame you want to keep. If you cannot decide, the program lets you record a continuous sequence of frames in memory, then store them to disk. You can select the ones you want, or use the whole sequence in an animation. When you want to digitize in color. Perfect Vision ceases to be a real-time digitizer. Like Digi-View, it requires you to digitize the same image three times through color filters, then it combines them to create a color picture. If you are using a video camera, you must keep your subject totally still, or the resulting color picture will be poor. You can also use a copy stand for digitizing pictures and photographs. A drawback to the filter technique is that the pictures cannot come directly from a canned video source J (VCR or TV), because you cannot place filters in the line to separate the color. As a solution, SunRize Industries offers its Color Splitter ($ 99.95), which accepts a color video signal from any source (color camera, VCR, and so on) and automatically separates it into its RGB components, feeding each to the digitizer. The color splitter works best with a VCR that has a good pause feature. Pause on the scene you want to digitize, then capture the three pictures needed by flipping a switch on the splitter (the latest Perfect Vision software has an Auto feature to do the switching). Perfect Vision is not perfect. While it does grab a decent black-and-white image in real time, its color pictures are not as easy to produce, nor are they of as high a quality as Digi-View's. Other drawbacks to Perfect Vision are its failure to support high-resolu- tion displays and its inability to support high speed; it does not work with the A2500 or a 68020-accel- erated A20Q0. (In this case, switch to 68000 mode.) Nevertheless, Perfect Vision does offer real-time digitizing at a reasonable price. LIVE! The first Amiga digitizer, LIVE! (A-Squared, $ 450) comes in models for all three machines. I tested the A2000 version a board designed for one of the internal 100-pin slots. A500 and A1000 models attach to the expansion bus. The four BNC-type connectors on the back of the card allow up to two cameras or other video sources to be connected at the same time. A real-time digitizer, LIVE! Captures simple color images in ‘ ,2 of a second, black-and-white pictures a little faster, and HAM images somewhat slower. It supports lo-res, interlaced, and overscan screens. The HAM images LIVE! Generated were not as good as those produced by FrameGrabber or VD-1. The simple-color and black-and-white mode pictures were reasonably good, but FrameGrabber’s were better. If clear, photographic-quality, digitized images are what you need, I cannot recommend LIVE!. The digitizer does have a few unique features that make it interesting to those with specialized needs. LIVE! Is the only digitizer that accepts input from two video cameras simultaneously and to use the mouse for color control instead of a standard palette requester. In addition, it lets you capture a sequence of images, save them to disk, then play them as an animation using the supplied PLAYRIFF utility. FrameGrabber A versatile real-time digitizer, FrameGrabber (Progressive Peripherals 8c Software, $ 699) is about the size of a textbook (not including the power supply). You connect it to the parallel port and the RGBA monitor connector. It supports lo-res, hi-res, interlace, and overscan (lo-res only) in black-and-white and 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, or 4096 colors. While capture times are fast (' *> of a second for normal screens; ' ,,, for interlace), FrameGrabber takes several seconds to transfer the image from its internal RAM buffer to the Amiga. More important is the quality of FrameGrabber’s captured images; you will not be disappointed. It produces high-quality images consistently, from the simplest black-and- white to full overscan HAM pictures. Beyond merely selecting the display mode and capturing the images, FrameGrabbers easy-to-use sof t ware offers several powerful opt ions. For example, once a picture lias been captured, you can save the entire image to disk or save only part of it as a brush for use in a paint program. If you want to digitize photographs or pre-printed material, the software lets you capture separate red, green, and blue images using filters (not provided) and a black- and-white camera, then it combines them into a finished picture. One of my favorite features was the time-lapse option, which captures images from one second to one hundred hours apart. FrameGrabber can compress these images in Anim format. ? Suitable for Framing THE PICTURES shown here indicate the relative merits of each digitizer. I digitized a scene from a commercially recorded VHS tape of Ghoulies (Taryn Productions Inc., distributed by Empire Pictures Inc.) using Perfect Vision, LIVE!, FrameGrabber, and VD-I. If you look closely, I think you will agree that VD- 1 is just a bit better than FrameGrabber. Using the same lighting and filters with Panasonic's WV-1410 camera, I digitized a photograph to constrast the slow-scan abilities of Digi-View Gold and Perfect Vision.
- LRW To switch between the frozen digitized image and the incoming video, press the space bar. When working with a camera, you can focus it without switching the input to a composite monitor, as Digi-View and Perfect Vision require. You also have the option of displaying your images over the entire screen or just over one quarter of it. Progressive Peripherals hopes to make a good thing better with its forthcoming FrameGrabber 256, which promises to display up to 16 images simultaneously in a 256-shade gray scale. The new unit should also be able to digitize still images in 16.7 million colors. Even in its present state. FrameGrabber is hard to beat. It’s a good combination of hardware and software that produces great results. VD-1 VD-1 (Impulse inc., $ 1000) heats up the competition. Connecting to the parallel port of the Amiga, this real-time digitizer is a large box (about 14 x 14x2 inches) with an internal power supply. You connect the video source to VD-1, then string a cable to a composite NTSC-compatible monitor, where you can view the image directly. VD-1 is somewhat of an enigma because its only documentation is a small Read_Me file on disk that discusses the latest changes to the software. Impulse does offer a toll-free customer service line. While a desirable service, it operates only during business hours. A manual would be much appreciated for answering evening and weekend questions. The software is easy to master, however, so you should not have many questions. To capture a screen, just press the space bar. The program freezes the image on the composite monitor it) an absolutely perfect picture, then stores it in VD-l’s internal 24- bit frame buffer. You must instruct the software to send it to the Amiga by pressing the Return key. The program will then convert the image to the only resolution VD-1 supports, 320x400 HAM. Once the image is displayed on the Amiga screen, you can refine it with the Cleanup option. You can also change the amount of red, green, and blue in the picture, and vary the brightness and the degree of dithering used in mixing the colors. Unlike using other digitizers, you need not recapture the image to see the results of your adjustments. Because the digitized image resides in the VD-l's frame buffer, just press Return to transfer the picture to the Amiga with your new settings and see the results. Like FrameGrabber, VD-1 will perform time-lapse photography. Instead of creating an animation from the files, however, it saves them to disk as a sequence of individual pictures that you can later combine in an animation. In addition to the main digitizing program (Digi), Impulse supplies a painting program (called Diamond). Although it works in all graphics modes, it is intended primarily for use in HAM mode. With Diamond, you can convert your VD-1 digitized images to other display formats (with some loss of quality) or touch up your pictures. Of all the units tested, VD-1 generated the best images of animated subjects from a videotape or a camera. It excelled at digitizing from a VCR. Eliminating such problems as capturing the picture when only part of the frame is visible. Ring it Up For my money, the best buys are Digi-View Gold and FrameGrabber. For slow-scan digitizing, Digi-View is the standard to beat. For real-time work, greater versatility at a lower price provides FrameGrabber with a slight edge over VD-L If you work only with 320x400 HAM screens, however, VD-1 is worth the extra money. When you bring your new toy home f rom the store, keep in mind that even the best digitizer cannot promise perfect results. You must use good techniques. For camera work, make sure you have the proper lighting. A poorly illuminated subject or scene will digitize poorly. To get the best black-and-white results, you should use a high-resolution, black-and- white camera, such as the Panasonic WV-1410 ($ 300). If a VCR is providing the pictures, use good-quality, first-generation recording whenever possible. ¦ Louis R. Wallace is a contributing editor to Amiga World. Write to him c o Amiga World, Editorial I)ept., SO Elm St., Peterborough, Nil 03458. Manufacturers’ Addresses A-Squared Distributions 6114 La Salle Ave. Suite 326 Oakland, CA 94611 415 339-0339 Impulse Inc. 6870 Shingle Creek Pkwy Minneapolis, MN 55430 612 566-0221 N ewTek 115 W. Crane St. Topeka, KS 66603 913 354-1146 800 843-8934 Progressive Peripherals & Software 464 Kalamath St. Denver, CO 80204 303 825-4144 SunRize Industries 3801 Old College Rd. Bryan, TX 77801 409 846-1311 • Graphics - Inside & Out-an in depth treatment of the .miga's super graphic features and functions. Learn ow"to access these graphic features from AmigaBASIC r C. 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You could invest in an emulator (a hardware and software combination that lets the Amiga run programs designed for other computers), such as Commodore’s Rridgeboards for the IBM PC XT (A2088: S699.95) and PC AT (A2286: SI599) or ReadySoff s A-Max (S 199.95) for the Mac. Not only is this alternative expensive, it solves the file-trans- fer problem for only one type of machine at a time. A more accessible solution is to use low-level file-conversion methods and programs to transfer text or graphics among your Amiga and other computers at home or the office. With the following simple telecommunications techniques and file-conversion programs, you can translate data files, such as ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange, the standard set of mi- Learn how to transfonn your Amiga files to IBM, Macintosh, Atari, or (164 128 formats, and bach again. Meric equivalents for keyboard characters and control codes) text and IFF graphics from AmigaDOS disks to other formats and back again. Be warned: Like slang phrases, some aspects of a file (such as program- specific codes) may be garbled in translation. Often the new document file on the destination disk will need minor cleaning up insertion or removal of hard returns, deletion of foreign characters, and so on. Data files from spreadsheets and databases create special problems. Unless your program has a save-as-ASCTI option, you will have to use program-specific conversion techniques, because the data must adhere to the format of the program as well as the tlisk. Wire Service If you have a modem and telecommunications software, you can save the cost of a special conversion program and just use your on-line expertise to transfer files. My favorite technique relies ? BY TIM WALSH ILLUSTRATED BY MICHAKt. KLKIN Amiga World 41 on a computer bulletin board system (BBS). You can upload .ASCII files to a BBS from your Amiga, then download them to another computer system later. Always be sure to specify text or binary file types in your telecommunications program. While you can download IFF graphics and machine language object code to another machine, you will have to run them through a conversion program on the new machine before the files are compatible with the system and can be manipulated. A more direct route is to bypass the BBS and call another computer; just make sure the destination system can auto-answer or someone is available to man the software. Between Amigas, you can send anything text, graphics, programs, and so on. Between unlike systems, the same restrictions apply as for BBS transfers. A variation of this technique is the null-modern process, in which you run a phone wire from one computer’s modem to another’s and use a simple file- transfer program. Currently, On-Line Platinum (Micro-Systems Software, 599.95) and A-Talk III (Oxxi, S99) both support null-modern transfers. The null- modern method is easy to use, but is intended for .ASCII files; other file formats must be converted before being compatible. A rather obscure technique involves the Amiga 1020 51 ,,-inch drive, which allows all Amiga models to read MS-DOS formatted disks. Because the A1020 uses a standard MFM (Modulated Frequency Modulation) data-recording process shared by MS-DOS compatible disk drives, the Amiga operating system can read and write ASCII files from and to MS-DOS formatted 5' ,-inch disks. The L3 Extras disk offers a PCUtil drawer containing PCCopy, ToPCCopy and PC Format commands for the A1020. Simply double click the appropriate icon: PCCopy to copy files from MS-DOS to Amiga DOS, ToPCCopy to transfer from Amiga DOS to MS-DOS, PC Format to format a 574- inch MS-DOS disk. While no longer manufactured, the A1020 is still available by back order through some mail-order firms that carry Amiga hardware. Filtered Through For the modemless, several commercial programs that will convert data files to other system formats are available. Central Coast Software makes two of the handiest transfer packages (and is working on a third for Mac formats). DOS-2-DOS ($ 55) converts binary and ASCII files from the Amiga to MS-DOS or GEM (Atari ST) formats and vice versa. Just put the DOS-2-DOS disk in one drive, and the source disk in another, double click the DOS-2-DOS icons, and you are in business. Both 3' Audi and 5' 4-inch MS-DOS disks are supported, although you will need a 5l 4-inch external drive for the latter. Fhe intelligently-designed interface makes DOS-2- DOS easy to use. Basically, it’s simply a matter of selecting the easy-to-follow menu prompts and letting the program do its work. A 16-page documentation booklet complements the package; type ? For on-line help. About the only limitations of DOS-2-DOS is that it does not support MS-DOS to MS-DOS disk copying on the Amiga, nor will it copy the quad-density (80 track-per-inch 3' 2-inch disks) format used by IBM PC AT computers. Regardless, it is probably the most useful program that you can get for reliable, trouble- free PC-to-Amiga conversions and the only commercial program for Atari ST conversions. Disk-2-Disk (549.95) permits the A1020 or compatible external 5' 4-inch drives to read C-64 and C-128 sequential-texl and .ASCII files from a Commodore 1541 or Commodore 1571-formatted disk, then save them to an Amiga disk, and the reverse. To help convert BASIC programs, the included utility,
B. ASD1F, flags the lines of Commodore BASIC! That are incompatible with Amiga Basic. The program works wonderfully. I transferred files rapidly in either direction with a minimum of cleaning up. My biggest gripe is that it does not work with file transfers from SV-j-inch Commodore 1581-formatted disks. Less helpful was Fruit 2 Friend (Top Disk Software, $ 59.95). Designed to let the A1020 drive read Apple 5' 4-iiich disks, Fruit 2 Friend was very unreliable when first tested. Its only documentation is a Read- Me file. After a long series of false starts and an even longer series of telephone calls to technical support, 1 received a modified copy of the program that actually works. The company blamed the problems on a lack of error trapping in determining the number of tracks used by Apple Pro DOS disks, and promises the bugs will be fixed in the next release. International Symbols If you have access to an MS-DOS machine or Bridge- board and need to transfer graphics, two IBM-to- Amiga transfer programs could come in handy: Graphics Transformer (previously known as Reflection, from I MSI, S99) and Hijaak (Inset Systems, $ 149). Hijaak also lets you transfer IFF graphics to Mac format and vice versa. In addition, public-domain software distributors, networks (Genie, CompuServe, PeopleLink and BIX), and bulletin'boards offer a wealth of graphics conversion programs for the Amiga. Chiron Concepts offers disks CC-304 (Graphics Utilities 1), which provides Macpaint-to-IFF conversion utilities; CC- 628 (Graphics Utilities 2), which provides 64 Converter to translate C-64 Doodle, Koala and PrintShop graphics into IFF format; and CC-630 (GIF Pictures), which offers GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) to let you share graphic screens among IBMs, Atari Sts, Macintoshes, and Amigas. Similarly, MacView (Dev- Ware DevDisk 0014) reads MacPaint files and converts them to Amiga IFF. The Fred Fish collection offers MacFont (disk 138) for converting Macintosh ? ATALKIH Ahead of the Pack A-Talk III, the first communications program for the Amiga Computer to bring you an Aren language interface now adds support of ASDG's new multi-serial port cards for the Amiga 2000™. With A-Talk III and ASDG's multi-serial cards you can now set up a multi-line BBS. A-Talk III is a professional program maintained by professionals. Standard A-Talk III features Include:
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1. 3 (if you haven’t already), make a copy of it, boot with your copy (put the master away), and run FASTMEMFIRST. Once you get up to the Workbench screen, open the CLI and type: copy dfD: ram: all assign sys: ram: then assign everything to RAM: assign c: sys:c assign libs: sysdibs assign system: sys:system assign s: sys:s assign devs: sys:devs assign fonts: sys:fonts assign 1: sys: 1 Now you can load whatever you want without that annoying “Please insert Workbench” request. Note: You must have at least 1.5MB RAM to do this. Wolf Noble Canoga Park, CA HERE IS A simple program 1 wrote using ED. It is especially useful to those of us with a single-drive sytem. It is good for doing work with the CLI, on disks other than the one you booted up with. It avoids constant disk swapping. EXECUTE it to use it. Makedir Ram:c Copy c to Ram:c Path Ram:c Echo “Insert disk to be used in dfO: and type CD DF0:>” This program uses much of your RAM if you only have 512K, so after you’re finished with it and you want to regain your RAM space, just type Delete Ramrc all quiet. Kenny Young Bronx, NY To RAD or Not to RAD I WAS READING “Exploring AmigaDOS
1. 3” in your December '88 issue [info.phile, p. 94] and an idea struck me. AmigaDOS' new ASK command would work perfectly with RAD:. Why not add a set of statements to your startup-sequence to ask whether you want to MOUNT RAD: or not. This way, if RAD: is already mounted you will not wipe it out with the FORMAT command. (I also ask if I want to install Workbench in the same fashion, eliminating CTRL-D). I recommend that if you are a very good friend of the Guru when programming, but you also like to turn your Amiga off after you are finished with it, that you add this to the end of your startup- sequence: .ASK “Mount RAD (Y or N return) : ” IF WARN MOUNT RAD: FORMAT DRIVE RAD: NAME “Recoverable RAM Disk” NOICONS ; COPY the files you want to RAD: OEUVRES ; etc. ENDIF ASK “Load Workbench (Y or N return) : " IF WARN LOADWB DELAY ENDCLI >N1L: ELSE NEWSHELL “NEWCON:0 0 640 200 AmigaShell” ENDIF Stephen R,G. Fraser Whitby, Ontariof Canada Running Away MANY AMIGA USERS don’t seem to know about the RUN command, and end up going through strange procedures to try to do the same thing! The RUN command sets up a separate task that is independent of the CLI from which it was invoked, freeing the CLI for other uses. For example: run copy "My Paper” to PRT: run ed “My Next Paper” dir .info My Paper My Next Paper Nothing In this example, the printer is printing “My Paper” while the computer is editing “My Next Riper.” There was a need to see the directory while editing the document, but since RUN was used to start ED, there is no need to exit the editor to use the CLI. After the DIR command, the ED window can be brought forward again to continue editing the document. Moral: Multitasking is useful. Use it! The RUN command makes this much easier. Greg Searle Lowell, MA Tiny Copy SOMETIMES THE COPY command is just too big. It uses around 100K for some unknown reason, which tends to stop you from squeezing the last possible bit of space out of your RAM: disk. There is another command that performs the same function, but only uses about IK. This is the JOIN command, which takes up a measly 1 K in the C: directory. Use it as follows: Join file> as ram: file> This is a little slower than COPY, but saves lots of memory. Greg Searle Lowell, MA RAM to the Rescue HERE’S A TIP for users of multi-font word processors (such as Pro Write, excellence!, etc.) who have a one-drive system. While retrieving a file from a data disk, the word processor automatically asks for your system disk (usually your Workbench disk) every time it finds a new font in the document. If your document contains many fonts, you spend a lot of time swapping disks, because the Amiga will always stop loading to look for the new font on Workbench. In some cases, retrieving a file can take longer that typing it from scratch. This problem can be easily overcome. If you know what file you're going to retrieve in advance, then, from Workbench, copy the file from your data disk to your RAM disk (RAM:). Load your word processor, and in the selection bar, precede your document name with “RAM:". The document will load in seconds, with no dreaded disk-swapping involved. If you are already in your word processor before loading your file, flip your window to the Workbench screen, and repeat the above steps. A miga World 47 Arto Oltaci Mount-Royal, Quebec, Canada Using an ALIAS THE ALLAS COMMAND, one of AmigaDOS 1.3 s new commands, lets you add a second (or third) name to any command (or string of commands) recognized by the AmigaDOS CLI Shell, For those unfortunates among us who work on those "other” operating systems (like me), you’ll never have to try to remember if it’s “DELETE,” “ERASE,” "SCRATCH” or “DEL” if you include the following in the S:Shell-Startup file on your Workbench disk: ALIAS DEL DELETE [ ] ALIAS ERASE DELETE [ ] ALLAS SCRATCH DELETE [ ] ALIAS has a great deal more utility than just allowing commands to have additional names, though. The following example allows you to start any text file printing in the background from a CLI by typing "PRINT filename>”. The file will print, and you will be able to continue with your CLI Shell commands uninterrupted: ALIAS Print Run Copy [ ] PRT: Typing ALIAS from the CLI Shell will list those aliases already set up for you by CBM. Additional aliases can be added at any time from the CLI Shell, or added permanently by using a text editor to edit the file “Shell-Startup" in the S: subdirectory. Ted Roche Brockton, MA Bigger Cli Window THE CLI WINDOW that opens from the Workbench often needed to be enlarged to suit my needs. However, an inspection of the CLI file using the command type opt h CLI revealed the following ASCII sequence near memory locations 0870-0880: Workbench CON:0 50 640 80 new Cl.I Window This sequence determines the size and location of the window. You can alter it very easily with an editor; here’s how to do it with TxLd Plus. From the CLI, enter the command CLI adding path information as needed. Then, find the proper line by selecting the Search option within TxEd and entering: 0 50 and make the change at line 813 with: CON: 0 0 556 400 Notice that the length of the CLI file has not been altered, so memory locations are undisturbed. (The x-coordinate 556 was chosen to allow disk icons to remain visible at the l ight edge of the screen.) Finally, save the new CLI as CLI 1 using TxLd’s Save As option. Before trying the new file CLI L use LIST to verify that it is the same length as the CLI (no lines have been truncated, for example). A simple way to try CLI 1 is to OLD FAVORITES The following are some of the best hints and during the past year: TITLE PC BASIC Programs on Amiga Cheating with Arkanoid 2000 Genlock Empty File Deletion BASIC Color Fades Rocket Ranger Tip Recoverable RAD Disk Amiga Graphics to MS-DOS CLI Programs from Workbench enter its name from the CLL If you approve of the new window, delete the former CLI file and rename the new one. Bob Anderson Albuquerque, NM If you have an idea you’d like to share with our readers, send it to Hors d'oeuvres, Amiga- World Editorial, 80 Elm St., Peterborough, A77 03458. If your idea gets published, you'll receive an Amiga World surprise gift. ¦ tips that have appeared in Hors d’oeuvres ISSUE PAGE Sept, ’88 12 Nov. ’88 12 Dec. ’88 12 March ’89 104 March ’89 104 April ’89 88 April ’89 88 May ’89 84 June ’89 102 or d ot come to a spectaci Commodore computing a world devoted to the Amiga, C-64, C-128 and Commodore Pcs. You’ll discover the software you’ve always wanted to try, plus amazing, new programs. You’ll find printers and plotters. Modems and monitors. Disk drives and joy sticks. Lasers and light pens. MIDI and mice. All the big and little stuff that make computing more productive, more creative more fun! U ar And some of the best bargains you'll find anywhere! It’s all in one place at the 2nd annual North- Eastern World of Commodore. Whether you compute for business or fun, at home or school, you can't miss this computer show! 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* 1 avoid the 640x400 hi-res interlace mode in DeluxePaint. There are, however, simple techniques by which Dpaint users can have 136 colors at iheir disposal and. At the same time, keep all the benefits of working in hi-res mode. The key to this lies in the resolution itself. At 640 by 400 pixels, a checkerboard pattern of two colors blends to the eye into a third color. Thus, 16 actual colors can yield an additional 120 virtual colors (16 x 15-r 2= 120 individual two- color combinations). Some paint programs, such as Paintbrush for the IBM, are limited to only this method of color mixing to get beyond the 16 “canned” system colors. If you are skeptical about the clarity of “virtual" colors, try the techniques outlined here and 1 guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised. There is a certain irony here in that at lower resolution the pixels are loo large for the eye to blend. Thus, the very resolution people avoid because of color limitation is actually the onlv resolution J capable of giving them 136 colors. STENCIL: KEY TO 136-Color Painting One of the most powerful features of Dpaint, yet perhaps one of the least understood, the Stencil function is central to all painting operations in this “136 mode." You will find Stencil in the Effects menu, and you can make a Sten- J cil by locking colors in the Make Stencil requester. Any areas of those locked colors within your current image become part of a single shape that Stencil recognizes as a mask. By turning Stencil on, you protect the masked area so that it cannot be painted over. T urning Stencil off removes the mask, allowing you to paint in the previously protected area. (Stencil can be toggled on and off with the “ ' " key, located just below ESC.) What often confuses people is that instead of saving color information to keep von from painting over certain colors, Stencil saves a shape that you define hv whatever colors you lock at the time you
* J create the Stencil. You save and load Stencils in the same way you save and load pictures, brushes, and anims. To set yourself up for “136 mode” painting, open a high-res, 640x400, 16- color screen and then create a full-screen checkerboard Stencil. The easiest way to do this is to clear the screen to the background color by hitting SHJFT-K on the keyboard. (Try to become familiar with the keyboard equivalents to mouse selections; they will make your work easier and more spontaneous.) Now magnify the area under the cursor by hitting the M key. Hit the key for a single-pixel brush and die S key for dolled-line freehand. In the magnified area on the right side of the screen, place a single-pixel dot, then place another dot next to it at a diagonal. In other words, make the second dot over one and down one. Hit the B key for the Brush tool. Position the cross hairs exactly on top of one dot and drag the brush exactly on top of the other dot to pick up a brush two pixels wide and two high. Hit the M key again to toggle magnify off, and dear the screen. Now, bring up the Fill requester with SH1FT-E on the keyboard. Click in the From Brush box and you will see the pattern box in the requester fill with a checkerboard of the background and foreground colors. Click OK and exit to the screen. Hit F10 to turn off all menus Far from limiting your color selection, Hi-res mode is actually the key to broadening extensively the range of colors available to you. So that you arc looking at a full screen. Hit F to use the Fill tool and (ill the screen with the pattern you just created. Now bring up the Make Stencil requester by hitting SHIFT-~ (the key is also located below ESC). Click on the foreground color you used in the pattern to lock it, and then click the Make box. This returns you to the screen and you will see an “S" in the menu bar telling you that a Stencil is active. Save it to disk at this point for future use. Toggle the Stencil off by hitting the “ ' “ key (again, located below ESC!). Clear the screen and you arc ready to paint in “136." Working in “136 Mode” To try out the new mode, size up a hall- inch brush from the tool menu with your right button. (Stencil is still toggled oil.) Choose a foreground color and scribble 011 the screen. Do this with several colors. Now toggle Stencil on with the 44 1 ” key. When you scribble on the screen, you will see the brush behaving as though it were a transparent glaze, affecting other colors without obscuring them. With Stencil on. A red brush painted over a solid blue area creates purple, and so on. A black brush with Stencil on acts like a hi-res Halfbrite mode, shading any color down to a darker equivalent. White (or light gray) highlights a color, creating a pastel. Keep painting, toggling back and forth between Stencil on and Stencil off, and you will see complex colors emerge. Now, let's take things a step further. Go to the Stencil submenu and select Reverse (unfortunately, here there is no keyboard equivalent). T his locks only the negative space of your Stencil shape, allowing another level of complexity. If It is possible to paint with 136 colors in hi-res interlace mode as this mulitcolored abstract demonstrates. (Note the Palette settings, lower left.) As they can disrupt the checkerboard pattern of an image, destroying virtual colors. T ry all the tools in “136 mode” to see how they operate. Gradient filled shapes are particularly interesting, especially when interlocked by reversing Stencil. ¦ I of I Hagen's credits include work in art, astronomy, science fiction, and software development. Write to him at 10512 Sawyer, Oakdale, CA 95361. Please include a sta mped. Self-addressed en 1 •elope. You have created ail image with combinations of Stencil on and Stencil off, the structure of that image will be preserved when you add new color with Stencil reversed. A little experimentation will clarify this. A further level of color control is available by switching to the Tint painting mode while using Stencil operations. T his also preserves underlying image structure. Building a good palette is critical to getting the most out of this “136 mode.” You will find it best to create a fairly broad spectrum, rather than ranges of several subtle shades of similar colors. Keep a solid black and one or two very light colors for shading and highlighting. Smear, Blend, and Smooth can behave in interesting but less predictable ways, ALTHOUGH THIS IS the “September" Issue, it is still a bit too early to reveal the solution to our mystery. Many subscribers to AmigaWorld may be reading this before the August 15 entry deadline. (See next month's issue for the solution and Finalist prize winners.) MURDER AT SARATOGA UPDATE We can, however, clean up one of the "mysteries” surrounding our contest that we didn't want to reveal earlier namely, how the Grand Prize winner, Runner-up winners, and other finalists will be chosen. As this Is a "horse-racing whodunit,” we thought that an actual horse race, this year's real Travers Stakes to be run on Saturday, August 19 should be the “trigger” to spring our contest winners. Borrowing a page from the old "Irish Sweeps” we will randomly assign each one of our finalists a horse in the Travers Stakes when entries are drawn for the race on Thursday morning, August
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White the characters and the murder story are fictional, much of the description of places and events is indeed based on fact. Saratoga Race Course (pictured below), has been In operation every August for over 125 years, ever since John "Old Smoke” Morrissey a native- born Irishman, former American Heavyweight boxing champion, politician, and gambling entrepreneur-built the track in 1863. America's oldest and most beautiful racetrack also hosts the country's oldest major stakes race, the Travers, first run in 1864 11 years before the inaugural running of the Kentucky Derby. Although Saratoga has witnessed the success of many of the legends of American racing including Travers winners Man O’War (1920), Native Dancer (1953), Buckpasser (1966), and Damascus (1967) it has also seen some of the most stunning upsets in the history of the sport. A year before his Travers' victory, Man O’War suffered the only defeat in his Illustrious 21-race career when he was beaten by a horse by the name of, yes, Upset! And like our story’s Rambling Boy, 1930 Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox lost the Travers to a 100 to 1 shot called Jim Dandy. And the shock waves have not quite receded yet from the mighty Secretariat's defeat in 1973 at the hands of the ingloriously named Onion. Scene of the “Silverspoon Costume Ball” in our mystery, the Canfield Casino is actually the site of a very famous annual celebrity shindig held on the first Friday night of August. Morrissey opened the establishment as the “Club House” In 1870 to immediate success. Richard Canfield, the “King of the Gamblers,” purchased the Club House in 1894 and renamed it ‘The Casino." Refurbishing it in the most elegant European fashion, Canfield made millions (about 13 to be precise) at his trade, as some of the biggest high-rollers of the time won and lost fortunes at his tables. (It is reported that William C. Whitney dropped $ 385,000 early one evening while waiting for his wife to dress for dinner.) Sensing the wave of anti-gambling sweeping early 20th century America, Canfield cashed in his chips and sold the Casino to the city of Saratoga Springs in 1911. The Casino's upper floors now house museums of historical interest, while some of the more risque flavor of old Saratoga still lingers downstairs in the ornate ballroom. August headquarters of our fictional Buford Langtry, the Gideon Putnam Hotel is an elegant grand hotel In the European tradition set among the tree-lined paths and sweeping green lawns of the 2000-acre Saratoga Spa State Park. 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Result using dpaint 35 00 Provideo plus 193.00 Sculpt 3-d .64.00 Silver turbo ... 129 00 The Director ..46.00 Turbo silver129.00 Tv-show .. 64 00 Tv-text ... 64 00 Video effects 3d .....121.00 Video scape 3-d ... 12000 Video tiller 95 00 Zoetrope .91 00 DISKETTES Fuji 3 5‘ds dd color disks $ 1900 Sony 3 5' ds dd ......19 00 TDK 3 5' ds dd disks .19 00 Centech 3 5' ds dd disks 19 00 Centech 5 25' ds hd disks 29 00 info.phile AmigaDOS Utilities Part 2 In the wrap-up of its two-part look at programs to aid AmigaDOS users, Team info.phile rates the competitors as batting an even .500. By Bill Catchings and Mark L. Van Name WINDING UP OUR survey of Amiga- DOS utilities begun last month, we encountered another mixed bag of programs. Our second half dozen varied in both function CLI replacement, archiving, tutorial, disk-operation speed up. All-purpose toolbox, and Guru buster and usefulness. While you need not hurry out and buy any of these programs before sunset today, at least three out of the six are handy utilities at competitive prices. CLIMATE AND DlSKMASTER Like Meridian’s Zing! And DMH Technologies’ Disk Magic (both covered last month in Part 1), our first two programs are CLI-repalcement utilities, both from Progressive Peripherals. CLI mate, the simpler and less expensive ($ 39.95) of the two, is the better value. It lets you maintain disks, directories, and files without using the Workbench or the CLI, and it performs its small number of tasks very well. Its main screen displays two ten-line boxes. The left box shows the contents of a source directory, while the right contains a destination directory. You can format disks and create new directories at any time. CLI mate’s main tools, however, are its Rename, Display, Showpic, and Batch functions. When you select one of these functions, a set of corresponding buttons appears on the bottom of the screen, and the behavior of the left mouse button changes appropriately. Rename and Display do what their names imply; you can give a file a new name or view the contents of a file as either ASCII text or strings of HEX digits. Showpic allows you to display any 1FE- compatible picture, including HAM images. The heart of CLImate, however, is Batch, which lets you work on groups of files. You can select and highlight multiple files either by clicking on them or by entering an AmigaDOS wildcard specification. You can then copy, delete, move, or print that group. You can even copy and delete entire directory trees. CLImate delivers on what it purports to he, and if you do not like using the CLI hut still need to do a great deal of file manipulation, it will he a useful investment. It is sufficiently easy to learn and to use, and its seven-page manual is perfectly adequate for the job. Unfortunately, we cannot say the same for PP&S’s other offering, DiskMaster. At $ 49.95. it is a more complex program than CLImate, providing several additional features (including mouse control of the popular public-domain archiving program ARC not included with Disk- Master that allows you to compress and decompress files for faster, more economical on-line transfer). With Disk- Master, however, it is a case of trying to offer more, hut doing it less well. Like CLImate, DiskMaster has a brief manual, only six pages, hut here small is not a virtue. Too many functions are neglected or inadequately explained. DiskMaster essentially stays in CLI- mate’s Batch mode although the two directory boxes run almost the full height of the screen, and the Rename and Showpic functions are always available. DiskMaster is an odd mix of additional Features and omissions. With it you can Each Each i Buy
* 5-74 Disks Each Buy 75 or more Disks Tbuy 7-4 Disks 173 AMIGA DISKS So easy to Use 7 No Computer Experience Necessary 7 Instructions for each Order 7 FREE Phone Support Quality User Supported Supported fosy io r er wuf f I r FREE Membershj r FREE 800- for Orders Software works rFREESame.day shipping with all Amiga 7 UPS 2nd Day Air Service when you need it Now! SyStemS I 7 FREE Catalog 7 Your Satisfaction Guaranteed THE BEST OF THE REST BUStNESS HOME ? *116 Business n - VC-Spreadsheet. HP-10c calculator, and more ? *117 Business m - DataBase, a bunch of great new fonts, RSLCIock-great clock utility, AmigaSpell. ? *152 Mail Manager - Store names and addresses of friends, clients, members, etc. Has sorting and printing functions. LANGUAGES COMMUNICATIONS ? *9 FORTH- Two versions of the FORTH programming language. ? *90 Modem Madness! - Terminals include StarTerm, Aterm, and Kermit. Telecommunication utilitiessuch as Archive arealso here. Other types of programs and utilities are also included in the price of admission. UTILITIES ? *60 AmigaBaaic - Two programs that are truly of commercial quality. Cell-Animate and Graphit Some Deluxe Paint picture files 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 of the best of Amiga Information. ? *12Q Amiga utilities II - A hard disk backup; Target-sounds a gunshot whenever the left mouse button is pressed; Dpaint Tutor; WinSize-change window size from CLI easily, and lots more. ? * 132 Video maker Utilities - This disk is packed with utilities to make your desktop videos easier to produce and more professional looking. C *133 DOS Helper - Designed to hel p you with the AmigaDOS commands. Supports multitasking. APPLICATIONS ? *135ApplicationsII-Long Movie-plays several Iff pictures, creating animation. QuickBase-a mail manager Dbase. Persmait- a DataBase for keeping records. SOUND MUSIC ? *18 Future Sound Demo - Another great sound demo of digitized sound. Includes the wicked witch of OZ, breaking dishes, sea gulls, car crash, ducks, others. SLIDE SHOWS ? *1 Norman Rockwell -17 beautiful digitized Rockwell paintings in this self-running slideshow presentation. ? *108B Juggler - Famous demo that shows the beautiful graphics of the Amiga G *120 Pictures6 - Great Iff and Ham pictures that can be displayed from Workbench with their own icons. Name. GAMES ? *38 Basic GrabBag2 - Around 25 programs of various types. Many of these are must-haves. At less than $ 20 each, you can't go wrong! L *44 Games3 - More great games including Life, Vegas Slot Machine, Reversi, others. ? *52 Basic Games - Tons of Abasic games - discover some treasures! D *61 Abasic GrabBag - Only about 100 of all types!!!!! ? *102 Sinking Island - Return to Sinking Island is an excellent adventure game. Well worth the price - hours of enjoyment!!! (By Terry Fike) ? *114 Potpourri X - Othello, A key-shortcut program for AmigaDos, Various new tools, automatic printer-driver generator, much more. ? *118 Great Graphic Games - Includes Missle Command, 3-D Triclops, Cosmo-asteroids clone, BrakeOut, Yatzee, Hack and more. ? *121 Backgammon - A great game from David Addison, ? *122 Solitaire - Two versions by David Addison. ? *123 Cribbage - Take on the computer. ? *124Milestone - Agreat computer version of Miles Bournes by the author of Monopoly for the Amiga, David Addison.
* 125 Othello - A great 3-D version of this papular game. ? *127 Wheel of Fortune - Everythingbut Vanna! Great raphics and sound (even speech).
* 137 Blackjack - A full-featured game which allows pair- splitting, double-down, etc.
* 148 Boulder Dash - Very popular game with excellent graphics and has several challenging levels. G *153 Tunnel Vision - A fantastic 3-D game with excellent sound, speech, and graphics. ? *154 MAX1T - A fun strategy game that you can play against a human or computer opponent ? *155 Battleship - Play aganst the computer. Has great sounds like missiles and explosions. GRAPHICS ? *119mCAD - A full-featured computer-aided design program. ? *136 Graphics2 - Border Set-useful for desktop publishing and video, making cards, coupons or menus, and your own artwork. ANIMATIONS ? *144 Christmas Animations - 10 beautiful scenes and raphics with Fantastic sound.
* 145 Animations 3 - More Great Animations. 3 very good demos plus 3 workbench pictures and Blobs.
* 1741 or 5 Stay Alive - A dice game for the daring, Don’t get ? *175 ART - Another great graphic disk. Volcano with burning lava. Ocean scene (sunrise to sunset) ? *176 Galactic Worm - Great arcade maze like game. Also super BrickouL ? *177 Kamikazi Chess - Lose all your pieces to win! Disks Ordered THE TOP 10 ? *23 Monopoly - Excellent color and graphics in this adaption of the famous board game. Play against computer opponents. This program is definitely of commercial quality - a must! Requires 512K. ? *27 Amoeba Invaders - This fantastic game plays just like the original arcade classic, Space Invaders, but with enhanced color and digitized sound. You'll find more great games on this disk. ? *128 Space Games - Cosmoroids (like asteroids) and Gravity Wars highlight this disk just full of games. ? *131 PacMan ’87 - Better than the original. Great graphics, sound, and options. Keeps a top-10 list May be our most popular disk. ? *139 Bull Run - Great Civil War strategy game. Disk also includes a small Data Base, Reminder. Grocery Construction Set, Will Kit Label Maker programs ? *142 Q-Bert - Fashioned from the popular Q-Beri game. Good graphics. Other Programs include MakeLabel, Nutty 9 game, Softball Status program, Hustle! ? *77 Instruments - Turn your keyboard into 25 different musical instruments. ? *37 Business Programs 1 - The programs include an address book, an amortization program, talking mail manager, label printer, and much more. ? *140 Virus Killer - End the worry of having the virus on your disks. Excellent utility program, ? *146 Calendar - A very good personal calendar! For special events, bill-tracking, etc. For SUPPPORT or INFORMATION call (503) 826-7679 NEW ADDITIONS ? *158 Sinking Island n (TWO Disk Set!) By Terry Fike - Great text graphic adventure. 4 map scenes, underground chambers and much more. ? *160 Pilot - Learn all you need to know about Alaska with this pilot demo. ? *161 Sony - Like the board game. Also includes bully and amazing. ? *162 Video Poker - All the fun of Vegas without the risk! ? *163 Money & Trix - Grab the money, avoid the tax collector. Also Trix, an arcade like game. ? *164 Bank’in - By Hal Carter, Keep your account in perfect balance. ? *165 Wheel with Vanna - Play against two computer opponents. The game with everything, including Vanna, ? *166 Hedit - A text editor. Try this one, you'll never use Ed again. C *167 Public Domain Catalog - By Hal Carter, Keep track of all your disks. ? *168 Grocery List - Complete itemized printout of all your rocery items. S sr ? E people who like a challange. G *174 lor 5 Stay Alive- too greedy or you’ll lose it all.
* 169 Ledger - Track income and expenditures. Great for small businesses and clubs. ? *171 Escape from Jovi * Escape from underground cave svstem of Jupiter.
* 173 Mastermind - Break the hidden code. A game for S. State. .Zip. Phone (. Visa MC Sig--- ORDER TODAY 00-444-5457 Exp. Date ? Send Catalog ? COD (U.S. ONLY) = add S4 if you require COO) ? U.P.S. 2nd Oay Air (Add $ 3) TOTAL ? Check MO ? Visa MC ? COD Canada • 25c per disk Foreign - 50e per disk $ __ ? SHIPPING Free U.S. change a file’s protection and comment fields, but you cannot display a file in HEX. It supports wildcards, hut rather than the familiar AmigaDOS ? Characters, it uses instead an asterisk (*) as its wildcard character. DiskMaster was also less robust than CLImate. In our brief time with the product, we found ourselves losing control of it the mouse moved and the foreground background gadget worked, but the rest of the program was hung. Although we can recommend CLImate to those who need it, we cannot do the same for DiskMaster. DOS Lab Rather than trying to replace or augment the CLI and Workbench, Jump- disk’s DOS Lab ($ 25) tries to help you, according to its documentation, “learn AmigaDOS 1.3 the interactive way” The tutorial comes on two floppies with a one-page, dot-matrix-printed instruction sheet. You can hoot with both disks, hut if you do not have one of the disks in DFO: the examples will not work. DOS Lab uses the Amiga’s multitasking abilities nicely; you type CLI commands in a CLI window on the bottom third of the screen, while the tutorial text remains in another window in the rest of the screen. Some graphics would have been helpful in providing examples, hut unfortunately the program is entirely text-based. The content and flow of the tutorial itself, however, poses a more significant problem. It starts with the CLI instead of the Workbench a sure way to alien- * ate novices. Commands are covered in a less-than-logical, less-than-intuitive fashion. For instance, after presenting DIR, LIST, and TYPE (so far, so good), it then moves on to EVAL. Why not stick to the more basic, frequently used commands first say, CD or ENDCLI before going on to more esoteric ones? While DOS l.ah may he of some value in presenting the fundamentals of AmigaDOS, it does not strike us as a particularly good way to learn about and use an Amiga. FACC II If you are looking for a utility to speed up floppy-disk operations, then ASDG’s FACC II ($ 34.95) may lit the hill. Like the AmigaDOS Add Buffers command, FACC II achieves such speed increases by caching file blocks in memory buffers. FACC II, however, offers a few improvements over Add Buffers. For one thing, FACC II is faster. .Also, because it keeps all of its buffers in a single pool (AddBuffers assigns buffers to individual drives), FACC II can employ its buffers where you need them most. FACC II also handles memory shortages gracefully by detecting when you are short on memory and then surrendering some of its buffers before you run out. The biggest drawback of FACC II is that it does not work with all software. Bard’s Tale II, for instance, was among the programs that would not work with it despite the fact that we talked with both ASDG and Electronic Arts. A lesser problem is that FACC II lacks printed instructions, relying solely on an on-line manual. Despite these complaints, we recommend FACC II as a useful, if not absolutely essential, utility. AmigaDOS Toolbox Abacus’ AmigaDOS Toolbox ($ 59.95) offers a whole range of potentially useful tools. The price struck us as a hit high, hut we were willing to overlook it if the product lived up to its documentation’s claims as a “collection of essential, powerful, and easy-to-use tools.” While many J » of the tools worked properly, those which seemed to offer the most promise did not deliver the goods. Deepcopy, perhaps the most interesting and potentially useful of the lot, supposedly copies disks faster than AmigaDOS, and also lets you duplicate copyprotected disks and disks in MS-DOS format. Sounds good; since the demise of the late, great Marauder II, we’ve been looking for a good alternative. The manual claims that “this program is not very attractive, but it is fast and accurate.” That's two-thirds right; it has an ugly, cryptic interface, and it is fast. Unfortunately, we could neither duplicate any of our copy-protected Amiga games, nor copy disks in MS-DOS format. We tried a whole slew of options, including those the manual suggested, but none worked. The Toolbox’s Speeder Trackdisk device accelerator also did not work. It took us quite a while to get it to even install successfully. The first disk read we tried caused a read write error. The BTSnap utility fared much better. Like Grabbit (Discovery Software), B Tsnap captures a screen image and saves it in IFF format. The Toolbox also includes a few fonts and some CLI tools. The CLI tools all work, hut their appeal may be limited. With them you can edit disk blocks, display IFF pictures, disable the ability to reboot with the CTRL-Amiga-Amiga key sequence, replace characters and strings in files, and display text from a hatch file with highlighting. Another set of tools allows you to ma- nipulate tasks. You can display the current tasks and their priorities, and then either freeze your current task or slow it down. I he TaskPri utility, unlike AmigaDOS’ ChangeTaskPri, lets you change the priority of any task, not just the CLI. Like the program itself, Toolbox documentation draws a mixed review. The 19-page manual fails to describe adequately the often complex tools. Abacus does, however, include a well-conceived, 114-page paperback AmigaDOS Quick Reference guide that covers the 1.3 CLI. Despite the usefulness of the latter, however. We cannot recommend AmigaDOS Toolbox. GOMF! A few of the tools in the AmigaDOS Toolbox were so unreliable that we were glad we had installed our final AmigaDOS utility, version 3.0 of GOMF! ($ 34.95) from Hypertek Silicon Springs Development Corp. GOMF!, which stands for “Get Outta’ My Face!,” helps vou recover from software failures bv
* keeping the Guru at hay. GOMPTs underlying idea is that the failure of one Amiga task should not stop the others. AmigaDOS itself should provide this feature, hut it does not. The GOMF! Software helps remedy the problem; used in conjunction with GO MIT’s hardware option ($ 35), the combined package goes a long way towards eradicating the problem entirely. T he hardware, however, is a hit tricky to install. You have to open your Amiga, remove its Paula chip, and then put GOMPTs small daughter-card between the Paula chip’s socket and the Paula chip itself. A wire runs from the card to
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* We don’t charge your card until the product ships CUSTOMER SERVICE: For technical support call 213-542- 2292 from 11 o.m. to 7 p.m. PST for technical questions, Pass and Sack Play football without sweat and pain. By B.G. Hunter AH, FALL: LEAVES exploding with color and stadiums exploding with football action. While others just watch the sport and toss back beer, 1 play it.. .and toss back beer. . .011c of the advantages of computer simulations. As a veteran ofseveral seasons (all played in the last few months). I've amassed quite a playbook. First, let s take a look at the scouting reports. Of the three Amiga football games (4th & Inches, TV Sports: Football, and Gridiron), 1 liked 4th 8c Inches (Accolade. S44.95) the least. Its graphics are pretty bad, more suited to a Nintendo machine or an IBM. The playing field doesn’t even scroll. You see about 20 yards of the field as if you were sitting a few rows up in the stands. When the ball leaves this area, the game blanks the screen and then displays the next 20 yards. In the process, it sometimes even changes the player you’re controlling! Losing all visual continuity is bad enough, but to find yourself suddenly controlling a new player? Awful idea. As a result, you never feel complete!v in control of the game. The sparse documentation is little help. Thai’s sad, because the game has enough features that it might be interesting. Gridiron (Rethesda Softworks, $ 39.95) has much more attractive, although less realistic, graphics. Instead of seeing men on the field, you view little circles from above. You can, however, see over 50 yards at once, and the screen scrolls nicely when play moves off the current viewing area. Gridiron’s strength is its highly realistic play. The game even calls real penalties try humping a receiver before he gets the ball. You can pick from 19 basic plays or design your own. Unlike the other two games, Gridiron lets you handicap the computer, a nice feature when you’re just learning the game. You can adjust the computer’s handicap as you go, so that you always face a reasonable challenge, ( )1 course. ? Call your plays in TV Sports: Football. Your Workbench needs JS5» our Tool Chest “I XTIPC T Send me the AmigaWorld Tool Chest Vol. 1, 2 today. ! I I 1 My payment for $ 14,95 is enclosed. ? Save me $ 20. Enter my one year (6 issue) charter subscription for $ 69.95. Name_ Address. City_
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The biggest flaw of TV Sports: Football is that you can't pause it. When those transatlantic safari calls come in I have to take them, which means burning a precious time-out. Still, the game is so visually stunning that you have to buy it. Team Meeting All right, it’s time to play. My cardinal rule is simple: Don’t go for the big play. If you’re like me, it's hard to resist the 30-yard bomb; resist it anyway. A screen pass is more likely to succeed. Also, skip the really difficult plays. I started out loving to thread the needle on passes, and 1 was rewarded with as many as ten interceptions in a game of TV Sports. Similarly, resist the temptation to go for the fake punt, unless it's fourth and short, late in the fourth quarter. The same goes for defense. Don't constantly go for the interception or tlie sack, unless, of course, you like watching the computer score on you. The other players on your team assume that you’re covering your area, and when you leave that area you'll often pay the price. When you're tempted by the flying tackle in TV Sports, remember: Hard flying tackles might well get von more fumbles, hut you'll also miss more tackles. Manufacturers' Addresses Cinemaware Corp. Accolade 550 S. Winchester Blvd. Suite 200 San Jose, CA 95128 408 296-8400 4165 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Westlake Village, CA 91362 805 495-6515 Give up the short yardage to protect yourself from the really big gains. Speaking of fumbles, you’d better he quick with them in TV Sports. The player who clicks the joystick fastest recovers the fumble. If you wait for the an- nouncer to say “fumble” before you start clicking, you'll never recover one. I click a couple of times after every tackle, just to he safe. The right overall approach in all of these games is to mix your plays. Don’t neglect the run; the Oklahoma Sooners have made a lot of yardage with it, and you can, too. Fry steady drives, with a few end runs, a few runs up the middle, some short passes, and the occasional longer pass. Also, go for something unusual every now and then. A simple pass on third and short, or a run on third and long, can often yield great results. Practice, of course, is crucial. Pick a few plays and run them often enough to get good with them. Gridiron and TV Sports: Football will even let you run through plays in practice. My personal favorites for Gridiron are the 31 pass (play 10) and the Hood pass ( 14). I alternate sides of the field with these two to get plenty of running room. With 10, 1 hit the tight end on the short and out. Then 1 run 14 as a screen pass, hitting the fullback in the backfleld as he runs toward the opposite side of the field. Play 14 works especially well as a screen pass against human opponents: You frequently end up facing a lone defender that the player is controlling. Beating one defender for the long yards is usually a piece of cake. Intersperse these two plays with a few runs and you have the makings of a good drive. Plays that offer both pass and run options are also good; you can size up the defense before you decide what to do. In TV Sports I usually work from the pro set. My favorite play is the one TV Sports: Football displays in the upper right corner when you’re in the pro set. If the defense lines up a three-man front, 1 hand off and run wide left. Against a run defense I either hit the wide receiver cutting across the field from right to left, or toss it to the hack running straight up the middle. All three of these options are usually good for at least four yards. I use the Gridiron halfback option play ( 11) similarly. In fact. I liked that play so much that I designed a complementary fullback option that goes in the opposite direction on the field. Enough already; it’s time to sink into the Barco- lounger and face the fall football challenge. Hut one, hut two, hike! ? 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You can also easily die in splendidly grisly ways (be prepared for some unappetizing scenes) but will have [rouble staying dead long. The grinning game designers turn up in Manhunter robes to suggest wliat you did wrong and send you back to the scene of your most recent mistake a nice nod towards built-in hints. That’s about as friendly as the game gets. If you are not an arcade fan, skip Manhunter. This program contains maze games, ducking and jumping games, climbing and dodging games, and throwing games, all a little rough-edged. By Denny Atkin COMBINING role-playing elements, combat strategy, classic Infocom puzzles, and Japanese cartoon graphics, BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk’s Inception is a graphic adventure that you'll want to play in one sitting. You start the game as Jason The hard ones will drive you to distraction. The easy ones j offer the game's only red herring. The game is extremely, and perhaps prohibitively, difficult to complete. The game environment is cold, more as a result of the design than atmosphere. The graphics tend to be static; the tilings you can examine more closely are things you need to examine more closely, it’s a clean approach, but it suppresses the illusion of a deeper, maniputable world. ($ 49.95, Sierra On-Line, PO Box 485, Coarsegold, CA 93614, 209 683-4468. No special requirements.) The stock market and try to make a few bucks for outside classes. Drop by the weapons shop and check out the new selection of submachine guns and missile launchers. Youngblood, a rookie cadet learning to pilot a BattleMech: a lumbering, 50-ton robot that’s armed to the teeth. Between lessons, you get to play After the training school is destroyed by the rival faction i from House Kurita, you must put together a group of believers in your cause and go on a quest to discover the fate of your father. Fans of the BattleTech role- playing game won’t be disappointed in this game. Infocom worked with FAS A, the original game’s creators, in duplicating the first version's combat system. Add the strategy of Mech combat to the puzzle solving needed during your quest and you have a game that will please just about any adventure fan. The interface is also well done. Using the mouse or keypad to move and select options is less distracting than typing commands. My complaints are lew. While there are several buildings on the training grounds, you cannot enter many. You spend a lot of time walking from one side of the facility to the other. Perhaps die biggest problem with BattleTech is that it ends too quickly. Like an engrossing movie, BattleTech will leave you asking, "Is it over already?” ($ 49.95, Info- com, 125 Cambridge Park Dr., Cambridge, MA 02140, 617 492-6000. No special requirements.) Gold of the Realm By Denny Atkin BORROWING FT KM ENTS from arcade and adventure games. Gold of the Realm includes the challenge of neither. 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I don’t know whether the support is missing from the compiler and libraries or is undocumented. The Challenge The accompanying chart compares M2Sprint with Benchmark: Modula-2 (Avant Garde Software), the package that has come to represent the standard in Modula-2. You will see the compiling, linking, and running times listed for holh the composite and F'FT benchmark programs. I had to change the composite only slightly (mainly the routine that gets timestamps to time the benchmarks), and changed the FFT a little more (this probably slowed it down a hit) because of the LONGREAL problem. I clocked compilation and link limes running from the CL I (running from the editor is faster but requires more RAM). Although it has a few holes, M2Sprint is a good compiler. It makes the edit compile link process easy; debugging was the only painful part. I’ll keep using Benchmark for now because 1 am more familiar with it, and because it is a hit more solid. Had I not started with Benchmark, though, I would he tempted by M2Sprint. The ARP and Arexx interlaces are a plus, and late-breaking news of version l.l with compiler and libraries improvement promises stiffer competition. Look out, Benchmark. . .the new kid is winding up. M2Sprint M2S Inc. PO Box 550279 Dallas, TX 75355 214 3*10-5250 $ 385 No special requirements. Design 3D Sculpt-Animate 4D Jr. Experience the third dimension on n budget. By Wayland Strickland 3-D OBJECT DESIGN and animation has traditionally been a fairly expensive hobby. The latest 3-D modeling programs cater to those who are intrigued hv the possibilities this medium affords, hut hesitate to take the plunge with a S200 to $ 500 package. With two recent releases, Design 3D (Gold Disk) and Sculpt-Animale 41) Jr. (Byte by Byte), you can test the waters of the next dimension while keeping your wallet afloat. Design 3D Design 3D’s interface consists of four windows, each of which you can enlarge to lull-screen size for detailed work. Three windows display lop, left, and front views of your object in wireframe. The fourth, the Perspective window, allows you to see the object in a multitude of forms, which you can control via gadgets. Design 31) tracks your mouse in real time, and at the bottom of the screen, X, Y, and Z coordinates indicate the pointer s current location. Next to the coordi- nates are arrow gadgets for moving the objects in the windows, and a slider control for toggling between Perspective and Zoom modes. Fhe gadgets along either side of the screen represent a wide assortment of object-creaiion and -manipulation tools. On the left are a lh-color customizable palette (which can be graded for more efficient shading) and six line styles (one solid and five broken) that you can draw with. There are gadgets for creating grids, consolidating two nearby [joints into one, and more. An Undo feature lets you remove the last polygon entered. The right side of the display contains the more powerful tools, fhe Point Select gadget gives you control over any single point in a polygon, Polygon Select affords control over whole polygons, and Object Select lets you manipulate complete objects. Using the Rotate option, you can turn an object on any of the three axes: The left mouse button rotates the object, while the right button summons a wireframe display (which the program can draw more quickly). The Solid Modef gadget creates a solid representation of the object, complete with 3-D lighting, in the Perspective window. Various polygon tools let you form arcs, rectangles, ellipses, and free-form shape

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