The Amiga 2000HD (an A2000, an A2090A Hard Disk Controller, and a 40MB hard-disk drive) and the Amiga 2500 (an A2000, an A2090A 40MB hard- drive system, and the A2620 2 Co- Processor Board) are official, priced at $ 2999 and S4699 respectively. Also available separately, the A2620 2 contains a 14.3MHz 68020 32-bit processor, a 68881 math coprocessor, a 68851 memory management unit, and 2MB of 32-bit, auto- config memory. The A2620 2 turns your Amiga Into a 32-bit computer, with the exception that I O operations are still 16-bit operations. The Amiga 2500 UX, which runs UNIX System V, Release 3.1 (called AMIX on the Amiga) adds two megabytes of 32-bit memory and a 150MB streaming-tape backup unit to the A2500, and replaces the 40MB drive with a high-speed 80MB drive. The system software includes text-pro- cessing utilities and software-devel- opment tools. Other previews included the Professional Video Adapter, an Intel 80286- based AT-compatible Bridgeboard, a 20MB hard-disk system (the A590) that includes sockets for up to two megabytes of RAM, an InMOS T414- based transputer (parallel-processing computer) board, and an intelligent high-resolution graphics board based upon the Tl TMS 34010 chip. With exception of the A590, all work only with A2000-based systems. The new graphics board features 256 onscreen colors from a palette of 16 million, a two-bitplane overlay, and a resolution of 1024 x 1024 pixels. While most of the products have a shot at a 1989 release, the transputer board probably won't be available until the next decade. Between the show and Commodore’s Software Gallery, over 100 Amiga third-party developers displayed their wares. Interesting new products included: X11 (GfxBase), an Amiga Xwindow implementation, SpectraScan (ASDG), PAGErender 3D (Mindware International), ACAD Translator (Access Technologies), the Viking 1 hi-res monitor (Commodore Moniterm), SuperPlan and video and audio digitizers (Precision Incorporated), Present iT (B.E.S.T.), Fanta- Vision (Broderbund), the Director Toolkit (Right Answers Group), Digi- View Gold (NewTek), and the 4010 Remote-Control box (Magni), in the area of dealer support, Digital Depot of North Bergen, NJ, was promoting its Amiga graphics service bureau, offering users high-end graphic services through a dealer network.
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MovieSetter, the latest software blockbuster from Gold Disk, is the Amiga owner’s ticket to pro-quality video animation and brilliant stereo soundtracks. And because of a software design breakthrough, it‘II let vou create dazzling overscan video movies that are minutes - not seconds - in length, without requiring truckloads of memory (5I2K minimum. 1MB recommended).
Combine MovieClips, stereo sound, storyboards and...
In spite of its power.
MovieSetter is easy to use - even for the first-timer. Unlike other programs, it lets you see what you animate as you animate it. Using on-screen tools, it's easy to change speeds (up to 60 frames per second), colors (up to 32 on-screen at once), transition effects, and backgrounds. It's got handy built-in graphics and sound tools, and can import IFF graphic and sound files created by your favorite programs. Or you can take the shortcut and use the generous supply of "MovieClip" clip art and sound samples that are included with the MovieSetter program disk. Either way. ’cutting together” your epic masterpiece will be a breeze with MovieSetter’s full array of editing features - including the incomparable convenience of on-screen storyboards.
History features to effortlessly create minutes of animation.
So bring a little tinseltown to your desktop. Call Gold Disk today at 1 -800-387-8192 to order a copy of MovieSetter for only $ 99.95 (additional MovieClips sold for $ 34.95) or stop bv your nearest Amiga software dealer.
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Think of Gold Disk’s Comic- Setter software as a sort of "desktop dream publisher".
That’s because it lets you translate your fantasies, visions, and personal outlooks on the world into sparkling, multipage color comics on the Amiga. It’s a one of a kind program that's powerful enough for the serious comic artist, yet simple enough for the casual doodler,
Combine ComicArt characters and backgrounds...
Blamnio! Start with a versatile cast of ComicArt characters, props and backgrounds that you can customize to create endless original scenes and situations. Zabloowie! Add your own characters with the built-in bitmapped and structured graphic tools, or import graphics from your IFF paint program of choice. Klongg! Pop on speech and thought balloons and fill them with words written in special comic fonts that simulate that painstaking, "hand-lettered" look. Cha-boing! Organize your panels into a short and pithy "one- pager". Or create a full length comic book that's as many pages as your disk can store. Whirrr! Print your comic classics out on a wide range of thermal and inkjet printers, or any of a number of black and white dot-matrix models.
With speech balloons and Comicbook typefaces.
So explore the world of "desktop dream publishing". Call Gold Disk today at 1 -800-387-8192 to order your copy of ComicSetter for only S99.95 (additional ComicArt sold for $ 34.95) or stop by your nearest Amiga software dealer.
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A freak computer mishap momentarily fired a genetic space-beam giving you: a lonely tennis ball, new life. Bounce your way over the ever changing path, but beware: the death squares, mystery tiles, disappearing floors and superbouncers wilireouire everything you've got! Complete over 20 scrolling levels to earn the title of Cosmic Bouncer! An addictive game for only $ 29.95.
Scary Mutant Space Aliens From Mars
Pack your bags and catch the next shuttle to Venus before the Scary Mutant Space Aliens From Mars invade Earth!
S. M.S.A.s From Mars is a new multitasking. Illustrated text-adventure with a comic twist. Features include: digitized graphics and sound, superbly animated fighting sequences, instant maps, programmable function keys, quick-cfick controls, and humorous yet chelfenging puzzles. $ 39.95.
So you think you know a lot about Bock music? Then let Bock Challenge put you to the test! The thousands of interesting trivia questions cover music from the 5D's to present day. Match wits against family and friends in any of 5 categories, or increase your own knowledge of rock. $ 39.95.
Keep your finger on the fire button as you maneuver your ship through the enemy hordes on Ganymed in an attempt to win back your planet. $ 29.95,
As the leader of the crack bomb squad. Bomb Busters, you must defuse bombs through 100 levels of play on two dislcs and save the world from an evil group of terrorists. $ 29.95.
The 64 Emulator 2
Upgrading to an Amiga has never beei easier with The 64 Emulator 2. Run mos productivity software, transfer data ti Amiga disks, use Commodore 64 printer directly from Amiga software.
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Don Bluth's Dragon's Lair
Dragon's Lair, the laser disk game that revolutionized the arcade industry comes to the Amiga! Featuring high quality real-time cartoon animation packed onto six disks, Dragon's L air pushes the Amiga's graphics capabilities to the limit. You control Dirk the Daring, a knight on a quest to rescue the fair Princess Daphne from the dutches of Singe the Dragon. Your quest awaits for $ 59.95. Bequires one MB BAM. I
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VOLUME 5, NUMBER 2
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The Brave Now World of Video
By Bob Ryan ....24
NewTek’s Video Toaster leads a handful of soon-io-arrive special-elfects hardware ihai may revolulionize Amiga video.
“And for Special Effects,
The Nominees are ...” By wayhnd
W. Strickland . 32
Six leading video packages strut their stuff before the judges as they compete for the Oscar in special effects software.
? ARTICLES ?
Accent on Graphics By Joel Hagen.
An occasional series of graphics tips and techniques. Accent 2 shows you how to fully utilize DeluxePaint’s Blend and Smooth modes.
The Amiga Reference Shelf
Compiled by Jan Jackson and Barbara
Gefvert Tyson ...
Our long-promised roundup of Amiga books. Everything you ever wanted to know about Amiga-related matters, from Amiga applications, Amiga programming, and AmigaDOS to tips, tricks, and techniques.
Back from COMDEX and visits to many Amiga developers, the editor has a mega- mouthful to say about up-and-coming new products on the Amiga market.
BASIC by the Numbers By
Bob Ryan ... 20
Bob is in a “manipulative” mood this month, as he demonstrates how to use Amiga Basic to perform a bubble sort on vour data.
INFO.PHILE By Mark L. Van Name and
Bill Catch ings
Our AmigaDOS specialists explore the ins and outs of several new device handlers that make version 1.3 a more efficient manager of your system’s everyday business.
Repartee , ....8
Let’s hear it from the readers.
Welcome to the world of special effects where things like toasters (above) don't always look like toasters (rover) under the influence of the right software and hardware. And right now, a whole slew of new spec.ial-effecls hardware like New- Teh's Video Toaster and software is revolutionizing Amiga video. What's more, it’s happening at prices affordable to home computerists. (Toaster courtesy of Arlene Barrett.)
Rocket Ranger (Cinemaware)....
To the moon and back fighting Nazi villains in this colorful arcade strategy combination.
TORCH 2081 (Digital Concepts).....
Notepad .. 10
Heavy newsroom activity this month with reports on major shows in Las Vegas (COMDEX) and Philadelphia (World of Commodore) and a preview of the upcoming AmiExpo in New York.
Hors d’Oeuvres .. 12
Tips and techniques from your fellow Amiga users.
What’s New? .74
New Amiga hardware and software is pouring on the market from every quarter.
Help Key . 82
Lou toils tirelessly to treat your technical troubles.
The Game Preserve By b. g. Hunter . 60
Aws brand-new Games section debuts this month. In his first column, Games- keeper Hunter sets his sights on a skyful of flight simulators. As B. G. always says,
“Find the best, and shoot the rest!" Other game reviews follow the column;
Missile-firing fireballs threaten your spaceship in a remake of the popular arcade game Qix.
Street Sports Basketball (Epyx).
Match moves with a friend or the computer in a playground-basketball simulation.
GETTYSBURG (Strategic Simulations) .... 68 Replay the famous turning point of the Civil War from either side in this strategy challenge.
? REVIEWS ?
Frame Grabber (Progressive
Capture and convert images to an Amiga graphics display in just seconds.
MIDI Recording Studio (Dr. Ts
Music Software) .. 16
A scaled-down, more affordable version of Dr. T’s complex, full-featured KCS MIDI music system.
COMICSETTER (Gold Disk) ...18
Create your own comic-book panels and produce them under a wide range of print options.
Invision (Elan Design) ......88
Invision (software) and Live! (real-time digitizer) together provide an inexpensive, full-fledged video-effects generator.
PROJECTD (Fuller Computer Systems) AND
RAWCOPY 1.3 (Micro Systems Inti) 92
Two utilities for making archival backups of copy protected software.
Forms in Flight II (Micro Magic)... 98
A timely update of the popular 3-D object editor.
Virus Infection Protection
(VIP) (Discovery Software Int’t) .1 02
Fight back against computer viruses by creating a disk file of custom boot blocks for all your software.
Easy TlTLER (fMH Software) .104
A video-titling program and slide-show generator in one package.
“If an Oscar were to be presented for Technical Excellence in Amiga Graphics, the winner would certainly be (the envelope, please) - The Director. ...an exciting, unique program...likely to become a classic..."
Steve King, Commodore Magazine-April 1988
* 7 r?L sf give The Director top marks for ease of use and capability. For the novice or serious presentation creator; f ws package is unequaled. It belongs on the shelf of anyone who considers himself an Amiga graphics connoisseur"
Oran J. Sands III, Info Magazine-June 1988
NEW! TOOLKIT for THE DIRECTOR
The Director Toolkit is a disk packed with features and enhancements to expand the capability of the Director. (There are new wipe routines, a palette selector, a pie chart generator and much more.) The new and enhanced BLIT Utility has a powerful interface to help create Wipe, Dissolve, and BUT operations. It also automates the process of moving an object over a background, generating a complete working script
• New wipe routines
• Enhanced BLIT Utility including object movement over backgrounds
• Standard file requester callable from Director scripts
• Screen save from Director scripts
• MIDI input module
• Standard ANIM compressor
• Pie chart generator
• Sine and cosine functions
• Card game example
• Palette selector
• Text displayer
• And more!
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Amiga World (ISSN 0883-2390) is an independent journal not connected with Commodore Business Machine's. Inc* AmigaWnrtii is published monthly by IDG Communications Peterborough. Inc.. Mil Kirn St.. Peterborough, Nil 03-158. U.S. subscription rale is $ 29.97. one year; 5*16.00. two years; $ 64,00. Three years. Canada $ 38.97 (L S. Funds), one year only. Mexico $ 38.97. Foreign Surface $ 49.97, Foreign Airmail $ 84.97 (prepayment is required on Foreign Surface and Airmail subsr rip txous in L'.S. funds drawn on U.S. bank). All rates arc one-year only. Second class postage paid at Peterborough, XH, and at additional mailing ollices. Phone: 603-924-947). Entire contents copyright 1988 by IDG Communications Peierborough. Inc. No part of this publication may Ik-printed or otherwise reproduced without written permission from the publisher Postmaster: Send address i liauges to World. Subscription Services. PO Box 58804. Boulder, CO 80322-8804. Nationally
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This means that you get smooth output on any printer. And isn’t perfect output what desktop publishing is all about?
You see, each character is made up of a mathematical outline and a fill. The curves and lines of each character are much like a plot of points on a graph.
PageStream sends the outline to the printer and then directs it to fill in the outline at its maximum resolution. The result is as smooth as you see above.
Well this calls for some serious computing. But isn’t that why you bought an Amiga?
PageStream goes right to the core power of your Amiga because it is written in assembly language. Its speed is exhilarating!
What is power without grace? PageStream has a uniquely intuitive interface. We have created animated representations within the dialog boxes. This makes using the many powerful features a breeze. You can see what effect each change will have before you click OK.
And, PageStream is free-form. This means that you are not limited to boxes for text or graphics. Just place a graphic or begin typing anywhere on the page. PageStream has the typographic, graphic, and word processing tools you need with the speed to back them up.
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Amiga momentum and name-dropping.
T HAVE BEEN doing a lot of traveling in the past few months. Going to shows and visiting companies. Talking to dealers and users, developers, and even Commodore. Just about everyone has noticed that sales (both of Aniigas and products relating to Amigas) have picked up considerably since August. Companies that are just entering the market, such as Elan Design, Incognito, Baudville, Emerald Intelligence. Etc. are seeing great responses. Companies that had dropped out of the Amiga market and are now returning are seeing their decisions rewarded, And companies that have been here all along are seeing big payoffs.
There are a lot of new products coming out in the next few months, and that is good news for everyone. Commodore seems to be doing some promotion of the Amiga, and that is positive (right. David
A. ?). With any luck, by the time you read this there will be over a million Amigas sold.
In this issue, we wanted to cover Amiga video but ran into a snag. With all the video products out there and the ones coming out and the products thaL are related but not specifically labeled “video," we had a hard time picking and choosing. New-
Tek's Video Toaster is hot and definitely worth talking about, but what about Electronic Arts' or Aegis' new software, or RGB Video's impressive setup? And how do we deal with Philadelphia Video Labs and the kinds of things that they already dor There are people doing interactive video -KnowledgeWare, M ich- tron. And Dupont who have done some impressive things.
But how do we talk about them all? Some are already doing impressive things and others are right on their heels. It seems that there is just too much going on with video and the Amiga to cover it all in one issue, which means we will just have to do some extra coverage in the next Few months. Of course, the problem of having too much to talk about is better than not having enough. And I promise that if you didn’t see a particular video product in this issue, we will he doing more, and
sooner or later we will let you
know about everything.
And not just video. During the past month I had a chance to look at some products in the works that will he worth waiting for. Cinemaware, as you may already know, is coming out with what they call “the ultimate football simulation." My first look indicates they may be right. Rainbird is making an impressive reentry into the Amiga market with their games. Precision is working on a stereo sound digitizer, RediSoft should have Dragon's Lair out, and they’re working on a Mac emulator and a VCR hard-disk backup. Anyway, there is a lot of new work being done.
Commodore seems to be doing well these days, too. They are profitable and have put a few commercials on MTV promoting the A500. At COMDEX in Las Vegas last November, Bob Ryan and I spoke to Dr. Henri Rubin about some of CBM’s new products. Commodore was showing their "new" A2r>0() and A500OHDs (A2000s with extra boards), their transputer board, and their Unix board. Dr. Rubin said that he wants Commodore machines to lie the standard by which everyone else is judged. When it comes to workstations, price performance ratios, and raw computing power, he might just he right. (He mentioned a 68030 board running at 33MHz. . .whew! Thai sucker must really cook!) All very hard core and high end. Now, what these products will mean to you and me is not completely clear.
When i asked him about products in the works, the answer was what you might expect, "I don’t want to discuss anything that we can’t demonstrate to you right now.” End of speculation. I imagine we will get a look at the new stuff at the Hannover Fair in Germany next March. Until then, Amiga World will keep poking around and reporting it back to you.
Oh yes, 1 almost forgot. One thing that many people told us they wanted to see in Amiga- World but didn't gel enough of was game coverage. If you have read anv of my editorials,
then you should have a good idea how I feel about games. So, beginning in this issue, Amiga World is starting a section
devoted entirely to game coverage. This first installment is all about. . .well, you can read
it yourself. I'm not going to give it away.
Until next time or the time before (whichever comes next).
Good night Gracie.
Aunt Arctic Adventure challenges you, Charlie the Chimp, and your friend Penguin Pete to rescue your aunt, who has been kidnapped by the diabolical Big Borus, and forced to work as a circus performer!
Battle your way through 50 levels of scrolling mazes, encounters with hostile eskimos and confrontations with vicious polar bears and nasty penguins in your rescue attempt!
A team of investigative research scientists have been imprisoned on Charon 5, an interstellar colony ship whose original inhabitants no longer occupy it Fitted with an intelligent Android, your mission is to determine what went wrong, and rescue the scientists.
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Comments, complaints, and concerns from Amiga World readers.
1 HAVE READ numerous complaints about the Fat Agnus chip in the Amiga 500. When Agnus goes on the blink, most likely it has not burned out, but simply popped out. Or become unseated. (However, service centers will gladly take your money for a replacement chip anyway.) The symptoms of this condition are a green screen and a blinking power light.
I have found a simple solution to this problem. Hold your 500 right-side up with the keyboard facing you. With your knee, gently tap the bottom middle of the machine. (1 admit this seems cruel to do to something you have invested quite a bit of money in. But it will not hurt your 500 unless you really give it a smack.)
Start off hitting it lightly, plug it in, and if it still doesn’t work, do it again a little harder until you get it working. Or, you can open up the 500, find Agnus and pop her back into place (but 1 don’t recommend this). I used the knee trick and have not had a problem since.
Ronald R. Roscoe
FPO, San Francisco, CA
IN YOUR OCTOBER '88 Help Kev column, a user talked
j about wanting to set up a BBS in the background on his Amiga 2000 ["Out Back in the BBS," p. 100], You mentioned only the commercially available BBS*PC! From Micro-Svs- tems Software. There are, however, public-doinain shareware alternatives.
In fact, as I type this letter, I am running Citadel-68K V2.141 in the background on my Amiga 1000. Citadel is a room-based BBS originating from the old CP M days, which has been ported to various computers including the Amiga. There are two other strains of*Citadel also available for the Amiga: Ami Del and Stadel-Ami.
Citadel-68K supports virtually all types of modems, can support up to 6-4 rooms that can either be messages, files, or networking, or some combination. Citadel-68K is basic- level compatible with the Citadel Network, which includes many Citadel systems around Canada and (he United States. Stadel-Ami V3.3a, which should he available by the time you print this, will feature improved networking, truly private discussion rooms, and the ability to run outside programs.
My BBS has been in operation for just under a year without a hitch. 1 share several rooms, including an Amiga- specific room. It can be reached as: Lunatic Haven,
(403) 239-1225, 300 1200 2400
bps. Numbers for other Room Type Systems can be obtained from the latest RSYS Listing.
Calgary, Alberta Canada
South of the Border
YOUR NOTEPAD article about Amiga prices around the world [“Exchange Rates,” Nov. '88, p. 11] needs some correcting.
First of all, here in Mexico, Sigma is not the only Amiga outlet. Sigma is the Commodore representative here, but there are other computer stores that carry Amigas. Secondly, the list price of the A500 is 1,995,000 pesos (about $ 850 U.S.) and the 1084 monitor is $ 580 U.S. These prices are high due to the high import taxes.
Gerardo A. Dado
i WAS DISTRESSED to sec von pick on a tiny little company’s first game, namely Command Simulations’ Blitz
krieg at the Ardennes [“Amiga- World fop 40 Gaines,” Nov.
'88, p. 36]. What didn’t you like about the game? Did you have the 512K or one-meg version? While the 512K version had its problems, the one-meg version is great! Command Simulations is the only company developing brand new Amiga war games, not ports of old games like the ones SSI and Micro|)rose are doing. Microprose’s Silent Service is a nice game, but it is virtually the same game that it was for the Apple II in 1984! 1 might also note that Epyx’s Sub Battle Simulator allows you to sail right through land on the strategic map. (For this it was rated 20?)
Finally, you should have included several excellent shareware games, such as BattleFort, a truly amazing translation of the game BattleMech; and Bull Run. Which plays as well as any board game based upon that battle. Next year, why not let the readers vote for the top 40?
Robert Lindsay Bethcsda, Ml)
Send your letters to: Repartee, Amiga World Editorial, 80 Elm St., Peterborough, NH 03458. Letters may be edited for space and clarity. ¦
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“We’ve been blown away by the effects and the tools that Digi-Paint supplies. The results can be spectacular.”
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AS IS CUSTOMARY, the meeting of the tribes also known as COMDEX took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, last November. Commodore took advantage of the world's largest computer show to preview forthcoming products and some that may not be released for months or years.
Computer Pow- Wow
The Amiga 2000HD (an A2000, an A2090A Hard Disk Controller, and a 40MB hard-disk drive) and the Amiga 2500 (an A2000, an A2090A 40MB hard- drive system, and the A2620 2 Co- Processor Board) are official, priced at $ 2999 and S4699 respectively.
Also available separately, the A2620 2 contains a 14.3MHz 68020 32-bit processor, a 68881 math coprocessor, a 68851 memory management unit, and 2MB of 32-bit, auto- config memory. The A2620 2 turns your Amiga Into a 32-bit computer, with the exception that I O operations are still 16-bit operations.
The Amiga 2500 UX, which runs UNIX System V, Release 3.1 (called AMIX on the Amiga) adds two megabytes of 32-bit memory and a 150MB streaming-tape backup unit to the A2500, and replaces the 40MB drive with a high-speed 80MB drive. The system software includes text-pro- cessing utilities and software-devel- opment tools.
Other previews included the Professional Video Adapter, an Intel 80286- based AT-compatible Bridgeboard, a 20MB hard-disk system (the A590) that includes sockets for up to two megabytes of RAM, an InMOS T414- based transputer (parallel-processing computer) board, and an intelligent high-resolution graphics board based upon the Tl TMS 34010 chip. With exception of the A590, all work only with A2000-based systems. The new graphics board features 256 onscreen colors from a palette of 16 million, a two-bitplane overlay, and a resolution of 1024 x 1024 pixels. While most of the products have a shot at a 1989 release, the transputer board probably won't be available until the next decade.
Between the show and Commodore’s Software Gallery, over 100 Amiga third-party developers displayed their wares. Interesting new products included: X11 (GfxBase), an Amiga Xwindow implementation, SpectraScan (ASDG), PAGErender 3D (Mindware International), ACAD
Translator (Access Technologies), the Viking 1 hi-res monitor (Commodore Moniterm), SuperPlan and video and audio digitizers (Precision Incorporated), Present iT (B.E.S.T.), Fanta- Vision (Broderbund), the Director Toolkit (Right Answers Group), Digi- View Gold (NewTek), and the 4010 Remote-Control box (Magni),
in the area of dealer support, Digital Depot of North Bergen, NJ, was promoting its Amiga graphics service bureau, offering users high-end graphic services through a dealer network.
Old friends in new guises included Plan IT (formerly MaxiPlan Plus) from
B. E.S.T and PageStream (formerly Publishing Partner Professional) from Soft-Logik. One surprise was VIVA, an interactive video-authoring system from MichTron. The program was announced over two years ago and then went underground.
Commodore and Amiga developers were above ground and quite visible at the primarily MS-DOS show. This time, however, none of the pinstriped chiefs of the microcomputer industry expressed any surprise that Commodore and the Amiga are alive and flourishing. RR
THANKS TO THE new trade agreement between the U.S. and Canada, the World of Commodore made its first stateside appearance last November in Philadelphia.
The U.S. Amiga contingent gave the Canadian-based show a hearty welcome, and Amiga software and peripherals dominated the show floor. Brown-Wagh Publishing debuted Pen Pal, a word processor with 4096-color graphics-output support, a database manager, and drawing features. Micro-Systems Software announced Scribble! Platinum and Online! Platinum, beefed-up versions of the company’s word-processing and telecommunications programs. Gold Disk spotlighted MovieSetter. A WYSIWYG animation program. Trade was in full swing as Free Spirit Software sold
copies of Securities Analyst, a stock-charting and analysis program.
While the show floor buzzed with talk about Precision Incorporated’s new Official Superbase Application Developer program (OSAN), Precision also heralded Superbase Professional 3 (an upgrade sans dongle), Superbase Personal 2 (a simplified version of Superbase Pro 3), and its intentions for SuperPic, a variable- resolution frame buffer supporting 35,000 colors.
Attendees held hardware negotiations with Comspec Communications concerning the company's Bernoulli system, and with Supra Corp. over its 10-meg removable-floppy drive, SupraDrive FD-10. In the RCB Video Creations booth, representatives answered questions about that company’s professional video system, while the C Ltd folks ran off documents and treaties on the fast, compact LazerXpress laser printer, retailing for under $ 2500.
The lighter side of the Amiga was well represented, too. The ReadySoft booth was crammed with onlookers to the demonstration of the six-disk graphics adventure Dragon’s Lair. (ReadySoft also announced its plans for a hard-drive backup utility and Max, the Macintosh emulator.) Gamers also flocked to Microdeal, where several computers were running a slew of new releases, and to the Mindware International booth to play Charon 5.
Watch future What’s New? Columns for product details. BGT
Art for Competition’s Sake
LIMBER UP YOUR paint programs and run your VCR through its paces. AmiEXPO wants your masterpieces for its Art and Video Contest. There are five divisions, each with a grand prize, plus plaques for the first, second, and third place finishers. For still artists, the categories and prizes are: Two-Dimensional Image (R & DL Productions' A-Pro Draw), Three-Dimensional image (CSA’s Piggyback Accelerator), and Digitized Image (Sunrize Industries’ Perfect Vision), The options for videophiles are: Animation (Supra Corporation's 20MB hard drive) and Mixed Media Video A-Squared's Live! And Elan Design’s Invision).
White you may enter as many categories as you like, you are limited to three still images or two videos per division. Submit your graphics on Amiga disk and your videos and animations on videotape %-inch is preferred, but Vi-inch will be accepted. To spur international competition, all divisions are open to PAL-standard graphics,
The official deadline is February 1, 1989. A panel of computer and fine-arts faculty members from New York colleges, universities, and art institutes will judge the entries at the spring AmiEXPO in New York (March 3-5). A reception and presentation ceremony will follow during the show. The top three pieces from each category will be displayed in a special section of the AmiEXPO Theatre.
Send enquiries for the contest’s official rules and application forms to: AmiEXPO Art Video Competition, Attn: Stephen Jacobs, 211 E. 43rd St., Suite 301, New York, NY 10017. LJB
WHILE MANUALS AND reference books contain a wealth of information, they cannot offer the feedback and personal attention of a human instructor. Where can yon find such individualized help for getting the most out of your Amiga?
AtS &A Computer Education ¦I636 E. Elwood, Suite 6, Phoenix, AZ 85040, 602 894-2883), owner Ken Costello offers introductory (three hours), intermediate (six hours), and advanced (nine hours) courses in business, graphics, and music to individuals and small groups at Si5 per hour. While The Computer Artist course integrates a number of programs, S & A’s format allows you to learn specific programs within each
category based on your needs.
A video professional with a background as a business school instructor, Ken specializes in desktop video. No matter which course you choose, you can benefit from Ken’s video expertise: While you work and discuss your problems with him, Ken videotapes your monitor and conversations, so you can review your lessons at home as a refresher course.
In Silicon Valley, Patrick Bailey, Ph.D. spends his Saturdays guiding Amiga users through one of three courses: Introduction and Overview, which covers the Workbench, the CLI, commercial word processors and paint programs, and accessing the public domain; Business Applications, wherein he concentrates on spreadsheets and word processing; or Music and MIDI, in which he uses a Casio CZ-5000 to teach music programs. Classes are held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00
p. m. in an aerospace-center training facility. As Pat demonstrates on an Amiga connected to an overhead projector, students follow along with their machines. A ‘ -.•-inch stack of handouts complements each course.
The Amiga Class offers instruction for $ 50 per student per day; Pat will also travel to your home for private evening sessions at S20 per hour or $ 50 per night. An upcoming scries of I Vi -hour training tapes in English, Spanish, French, and German is based on The Amiga Class instruction. The tapes (each is slated to retail in the low $ 20s) will be offered with an optional demo disk; the first of the series is due out in early 1989.
If vour are interested in les-
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Hints, tips, and techniques from your fellow Amiga users.
ARCED RAM DOS
LIKE MANY AMIGA users, I use the RAM: device to store my commonly used Cl.I commands. Until recently, I would
copy them directly into RAM:c, as this part of my now obsolete startup-sequence shows:
MAKEDIR RAM:C COPY C COPY RAM:C ASSIGN C: RAM:C COPY C DIR RAM:C COPY C Ll ST RAM:C COPY C US HOW RAM:C
and so on until all the desired commands were copied into RAM:e.
When I booted my Amiga with this startup-sequence, I could hear my disk drive copying all those short files to the RAM:c directory. This caused wear and tear on the drive, plus slowed down execution of my startup-sequence. The following method works much better:
1. Use ARC to make an archive file of your most used CLI commands (i.e., DIR, LIST, TY PE, DELETE, CD. Etc.).
2. Copy this ARCed file to your boot disk. I put it in the s: directory.
3. Modify your startup-sequence so that it reads something like this:
MAKEDIR RAM:C COPY DFO:S COMMANDS.ARC RAM:C CD RAM:C
PKAX COMMANDS.ARC ASSIGN C: RAM;C DELETE COMMANI)S.ARC
First, I make a c: directory in RAM:. I then copy the .ARCed file of my most used CLI commands into RAM:c. 1 CD to RAM:c, so that when 1 use PKAX to unARC the file, the destination for the extracted files will be correct. 1 use PKAX (a very fast “unARCer”) to extract the files in commands.ARC. After the files are extracted, I assign c: to RAM:c, so that Amiga DOS looks in RAM:c for CLI commands. Finally, I delete the Commands.ARC file from RAM:c to conserve memory.
This method is faster than the conventional way to copy the CLI commands, and it saves wear and tear on the drive.
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A500 Joystick Port Extension
IF YOU ARE as tired as 1 am of the inconvenient location of joystick port 2 used in dongle-protected software, buy a nine-pin monitor cable. The one I purchased is 18 inches long and not only gives me easy access when inserting a dongle, but also gives greater freedom of movement for the joystick.
THE AMIGA’S MULTITASKING ability is unequaled and almost limitless, but this marvelous feature looses some of its grace when the disk drive attempts multitasking. The drive head “gronks" loudly back and forth, endangering the sanity of the operator.
1 encountered this problem most frequently when the last two lines of my startup-sequence read:
The drive would begin loading Workbench and the impatient computer would demand SHELL to be loaded at the same time. The familiar '‘gronkmg" sound naturally followed. 1 corrected this problem by simply telling the computer to take a breather between the two commands:
LOADWB WAIT 5 SHELL
Telling my computer to pause five seconds actually accelerated the startup-sequence by about 10 seconds!
IBM-Amiga Graphics Transfer
FOR ANYONE WHO wants to transfer graphics from the Amiga to an IBM (see “Graphic Reflections,” Help Key, Amiga- World, Oct. ‘88, p. 100), there is another solution, and it’s free. Take a look at CompuServes Graphics Interchange Format (GIF). There are programs available that convert graphics to and from the .Amiga, IBM, Atari, Mac, Apple, and others. Many can now be found on local bulletin boards. There are programs for the IBM PC that handle the various screen resolutions. If you are using CompuServe, just type GO PICS. While vou are there, take a minute to look at (he hundreds of pictures available.
If you have an idea you’d like to share with our readers, send it lo Hors d'oeuvres, Amiga- World Editorial, 80 Elm St., Peterborough,
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?}vf Peripherals can an image quickly and convert it into an iphie display- You can then neture into a paint program, use it in video animations or desktop publishing, or print it to paper.
The system consists of a small black boy with three knobs and an NTSC video-input jack in front plus in the back, a power supply an &X*p cable, an adapter for the 1084 monitor, one disk, and a manual. In addition, you wall need a standard Centronics printer cable and a source for the NTSC video signal, such as a television camera, video cassette recorder, or TV. Frame Grabber works with any 512K Amiga, but several screen resolutions are unav;
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Installation takes just five minutes. The instructions are very easy to follow, and all ports and connections are clearly la- shut down all power to the video cable the monitor, plug it into the Frame Grabber, and hook up the digitizer's cable to the monitor. Finally, use the printer connector to join Frame Grabber to the Amiga's parallel printer port, and power up again.
You can operate the Frame Grabber the CLI or Workbench, sr you choose color (2, 4. 8, If,
52, 64, or 4096) or black and white (using 16 shades of gray), you can capture images in a number of screen resolu
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colors at any time, and opt to have the picture appear at quarter size instead of filling the screen. The software stives you full control over the palette so vou can alter colors, create ranges, lock a palette in place, and save it to disk.
S nicest u tures is its ability to use one monitor both the computer image and the video signal. To switch between the Amiga display and the incoming signal, simply press the tab key or space bay. This feature lets you quickly check the cameraN focus, or use the digitizers external knobs to control the intensity, hue. And
saturation of the incoming video signal (as you do with your television). The
video signal will appear on screen in et- j-color or black-and-white mode.
You can digitize an image while viewing it on your Amiga monitor: simply select the Grab menu option or press the C key (many menu options have keyboard equivalents). Frame Grabber digitizes very quickly: You can capture a non-interlaced screen in 1 60 of a second while an interlaced image takes 1 30 of a second. Frame Grabber downloads captured image data to the Amiga, whfre the software analyzes it and produces a display. Depending on the image’s size and color settings, elapsed time from capture (when you press C) to appearance on screen ranges from five to 50
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very quick, while 320x400 dithered HAM images take the longest.
Von can save an entire image or just a portion (a brush) to disk as an IKK file. You can also save the data in three other formats: 1MG8, which saves 12 bits of information per pixel; IP. The file format the Digi-View (NewTek) digitizer uses; and RAW, which saves all Frame Grabber data and thus generates the largest files. These formats allow you to load and display pictures in other graphics modes. The Path Master file requester, which supports every disk device on the Amiga, provides access to all files.
As Time Goes By
I had great fun with Frame Grabber's animation abilities. The software lets von create fraine-animation sequences simply by combining images in a file. Because it uses the standard IFF ANIM format, you can play your sequences through a number of programs.
While you can save each frame individually, the Time Lapse Animation feature automates the process. With Time Lapse, the Amiga creates the animation by giabbing images at regular intervals from one second to a hundred hours. 1 set it it]) to record an afternoon of leaves tailing in my yard, which compressed into less than one minute of animation. With enough RAM and disk space, you can create much longer sequences.
The quality of the digitized image depends on a number of factors, but most important is the clarity of the incoming video signal. I used several video sources in my evaluation, and learned not to use a color camera for digitizing in black and white the output is fuzzy.
To use Frame Grabber’s slow-scan option you need a color wheel (none is supplied) to digitize the red, green, and blue elements of an image, which you can later combine to produce a color picture. I used the same copy stand and camera as I do with my Digi-View still digitizer. Although the results were good, they do not match Digi-View’s quality.
The concise, comprehensive manual is wcil written. It devotes a number of pages to creating animations, as well as to the file-formal structure. It also includes information for programmers interested in writing custom software.
If you want to produce quality digitized graphics and animations, look no further than Frame Grabber.
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MIDI Recording Studio
Creativity and finances in accord. By Bob Lindstrom
DR. T’S KEYBOARD Controlled Sequencer (KCS), a high-end software connection to synthesizers, demands not only a sizable financial investment, but vast MIDI (Music Instrument Digital Interface) knowledge to use. In performance and price, the company's MIDI Recording Studio (MRS) is a scaled-down variation on the KCS theme.
In place of KCS's 48 tracks. MRS provides eight, and instead of three main modules, MRS contains two; the Play I Record screen and the Edit screen.
Where KCS encourages meticulous as- scmbly of scores from melodic and harmonic fragments, MRS acts as a digital recorder, layering tracks.
Don’t make the mistake of concluding, however, that this program is only lot beginners. MRS lacks the extensive features and flexibility (and complexity) of its big brother, but still lets you get down and dirty with data. The edit screen displays a complete listing of the numerical MIDI information, so you can individually alter velocity values or hand tool sysex (system exclusive) messages to gel at your synthesizer’s unique performance potentials.
Initially, MRS turns your Amiga into a digital tape recorder that can record everything you play on your MIDI keyboard. Once you have saved those inspired first impressions to disk. MRS makes your Amiga a word processor for notes: You can cut and paste portions of music, change volume levels and balances, rewrite portions of the composition, and fix any mistakes that might have crept into your virtuoso playing.
And a One, and a Two
Composition begins on the Play Record screen, a module that simulates an eight- track tape recorder. Click the Record button and MRS will begin recording with your first keystroke. All tracks must he equal in length to the first one you record; when you reach the end of a track, MRS can automatically switch to the next.
If the results aren't what you had hoped for, simply erase the trac k or rerecord it. For altering or playing back sections of a composition, the Start Stop
The Play Record screen is where things begin.
Cue option lets you repeat or record a section again and again.
In addition to indicators for the MIDI channel and status (play, record, and mute) of each track, the Play Record screen contains gadgets you can click to record controller and aftertouch information information that can add expression to music hut can overload memory or clog the MIDI data flow.
Other buttons let you merge or ec ho incoming data to the MIDI Out port (Merge sends the data directly to the port, while Echo rechannels it before passing it along).
1 commend Dr. Ts for giving MRS access to the Amiga’s internal voices, and for integrating IFF-format instruments (when playing internal voices, you can load a set of IFF instruments into RAM and assign each a MIDI channel, then save the banks to disk). MRS can even accept note input from the computer keyboard. The keypad is limited to one ?
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Of five octaves, though, and the Amiga keyboard isn’t a realistic option for music entry. Even if you are on a budget, you should spring for a synthesizer (they're available for under $ 200) it will give you greater flexibility and sound.
The Edit screen, similar to the track module in KCS, is the fine-tuning place. A window displays all numerical MIDI data; to cut and paste, you simply highlight a section with the mouse and select your option. MRS has a full range of editing features as well as the ability to alter specific events in each track. Several options call up menus for auto-correcting choppy rhythms (quantizing), copying tracks, setting default options, transposing pitches, rhythms, and volume levels, and more.
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The Beat Goes On
Though the eight-track environment will prove a drawback for very ambitious composers, many will prefer it to 48- or
ssional video 64 track sequencing. The tape-recorder concept is easy to grasp, and the controls and options are pared down for elegance and convenience. There is one case, however, where I found the streamlined design of MRS less convenient than KCS. KCS's Open Mode lets you combine and recombine tracks to reorder segments, move tracks to different keys, or play a rhythm part under various melodies, for instance. The lack of a similar feature in MRS means you must carefully change each track individually.
What distinguishes MRS from the other MIDI programs offering a similar work environment is the fact that you can grow with it. The record play screen provides an intuitive and spontaneous creative environment, and the edit screen lets you get as detailed as you want in your manipulations. As you grow more confident and knowledgeable, you can start number-crunching tunes to life by editing specific MIDI events even compose by typing MIDI events directly into the edit window. While many Amiga musicians will never outgrow MRS, Dr. T’s offers an upgrade to KCS for the retail-price difference between the packages (KCS can readily use MRS files).
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BASIC By The Numbers
Keep your eye on the bubble as you learn to make data more comprehensible by sorting it.
By Bob Ryan
LAST MONTH, you learned how to save data in RAM in Amiga Basic data files and how to retrieve it. To demonstaie this, I created two programs that formed the outline of a simple address book program. Here are the input and file-reading programs from last month:
REM Address Book REM Input Routine
OPEN “Address” FOR APPEND AS 1 GetData:
INPUT “Last Name: lasts
IF lasts = “ ” THEN Finish INPUT “First Name: firsts
INPUT “Street Address: streets
INPUT “City: *; cityS INPUT “State: states
INPUT “Zip: zipS
INPUT “Phone : phones
WRITE 1, lasts, firsts, streets, cityS, states, zipS, phones GOTO GetData Finish:
CLOSE 1 END
REM Address Book REM File Reading Routine OPTION BASE t DIM lstS 100,7)
OPEN “Address” FOR INPUT AS 1 WHILE NOT EOF(1) rec = rec +1 FOR fid = 1 to 7 INPUT 1, lstS(rec,fld)
NEXT fid WEND CLOSE 1
THE FILE-READING program listed above takes the data created with ilit* input routine and saved in the File called Address and reads the data into a two-dimensional array called lsiS, T his array stores seven different pieces of information on up to 100 different people. When data is read into IstS, the program stores it in the order it was entered. You can change the order of the data in lstS by sorting it.
While I’ll show you how to order the data alphabetically by last name, you can sort the data by any criteria, such as
consecutive zip codes or telephone numbers.
In LstS, the first field of each record is the person's last name. Thus, the last name of the First person in the database is stored in the first field of the first record. You can view it by entering:
You can see the last name of the second person by entering:
Many methods exist for sorting records alphabetically. In this example, I’ll use the relatively inefficient bubble sort. While this method is slower than others, it is easier to understand. ?
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The most powerful ray-trace program of its time. This easy-to-use package creates spectacular results. A flowchart-like menu takes you step by step when designing complicated scenes. Opticks also multitasks nicely while it creates its breathtaking images. Many unique features make Opticks the obvious choice!
Highlights of Opticks
• Unique surface mapping actually maps surfaces father than colors.
• Render images for use with Haitex's X-specs 3d glasses.
• 24 bit file save for output to external imaging devices (Slide recorder hi-res graphic boards, etc.).
• Lighting types include Global, Distant, Point, and Spotlight.
• Import objects from VideoScapc 3d™ or 3-dcmon™,
• Flexible controls allows the simulation of surfaces like plastic, metal, and glass.
• IFF HAM display and save.
• Stop and resume a ray-trace in progress.
• Render to disk in any screen (X-Y) resolution.
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IN ESSENCE, a bubble sort compares consecutive pieces of data. If the pieces are not in the specified order, they are swapped. Thus, if the last name in record two alphabetically precedes the last name in record one, the sort swaps the records. The sort routine then checks record two against record three, record three against record four, and so on. When the sort reaches the bottom of the list of records, it returns to the beginning to make another pass. The process repeats until the routine completes a pass without swapping any records, indicating that the records are ordered correctly. To understand why multiple passes are needed, consider the following short example.
A four-element array contains letters of the alphabet. Initially, the contents of the array is:
C B D A
After one pass of a bubble sort, the contents are:
B C A D
(C and B are compared, determined to be out of order, and swapped. C, now item two, is compared with D, Item three, and found to be in the correct order. D is then compared with item four, A, and a swap is made.)
The next pass results in:
B A C D
Finally, one more pass yields:
A B C D
Subsequent passes will not result In any swaps, meaning the sort is complete. A bubble sort normally must make many passes through a list of records before all the records are ordered.
Here is the bubble sort for the address book. The example assumes that you have already created an address file with the Input program and read it into lst$ with the File-reading program. Append the following to the File-reading program. The number of the last data item, as determined by the File-reading program is stored in the variable rec.
Bubble: flag = 0
FOR x = 1 to rec - 1 IF lst$ (x,1) > lstS x + 1,1) THEN FOR 2=1 to 7 temp(z) = lst$ (x,z) lstS x,z) = lst$ (x + 1,z) lst$ (x + 1,z) = temp(z)
NEXT z flag = 1 END IF NEXT x
IF flag = 1 THEN Bubble CLS
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The heart of the sort is the IF, . .THEN statement that sees if
the last name of the current record is greater than the last name of the record immediately following. Although the greater-than operator >) works normally with numbers, you can use it to compare text data because text is represented numerically inside your computer by ASCII codes. The letter “A” has the lowest ASCII code, while Z has the highest. When comparing text, the greater-than operator compares the first characters of the strings; if these are equal, It moves to subsequent characters until it finds a difference or it runs out of characters.
If the first last name is greater than the second (indicating that the first is lower alphabetically than the second), the records are swapped and the flag is set to 1, The routine stores the first record in a temporary array while the second overwrites the first. The first record Is then moved from the temporary array to the place formerly occupied by the second record.
When the sort finishes a pass through the array, it checks the flag. If the flag is 1, the program performs another pass. If the flag is 0, meaning no swaps were performed and the array is in order, the program passes to a routine that displays the contents of the newly sorted array.
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With such breakthrough speciai-effects hardware as l lewTek]s Video Toaster soon to come on the market, the future
Video Special Effects Hardware
of Amiga video may already be here. 1
By Bob Ryan
n a downtown Topeka office building, a few blocks south of the company proper, NewTek maintains a suite of offices devoted exclusively to research and development. Nicknamed Alcatraz, the suite is off-limits to most outsiders and much of NewTek. It was here, in the company of NewTek’s Tim Jenisen, Paul Montgomery, and Brad Carvey, that I had come to discover the answer to the question that has been asked throughout the Amiga community for over a year: “Is the Toaster for real?”
In a sparsely furnished office, an Amiga 2000 sat on a table surrounded by test equipment. In its video slot sat a single printed-circuit board connected by one wire to a video camera, by a second wire to an oscilloscope, and by a third to a video monitor. On the monitor screen, the input from the camera was being manipulated to produce some astounding effects. Watching the pyrotechnics on the screen, 1 smiled to myself and thought, “Yes, Virginia, (here is a Video Toaster.” ?
THE VIDEO TOASTER is a real-time video special- effects generator from NewTek, the company that produces the popular Digi-Vicw video digitizer. The Toaster accepts a video image as input and transforms the image in myriad wavs under software control. It tits into the video slot of the Amiga 2000. Scheduled decided that an advance look at the Video Toaster was warranted.
Toaster Ins and Outs
I lie Video Toaster consists of main integrated elements, each performing a vital task in the production
for release in February 1989. The Video Toaster could be a breakthrough product. It is not inconceivable that many people will buy the Amiga 20(H) just to use the Toaster.
This story is not a review of the Toaster. The editorial policy at' Amiga World dictates that we publish critical reviews of products only after their actual release date, i.e. alter they have shipped. Vet. Because of the great interest our readers have shown in it. We of the Eoasters effects. Because the Toaster accepts an N'l SC (National Television Standards Committee) video signal, the first major element in the system is a video digitizer that transforms the video image into the digital information that the Toaster can manipulate. The digitizer works in real time, capturing each video field in one-sixtieth of a second (two fields make up one video f rame).
The images produced by ihe digitizer cannot he
Special-Effects Systems for the Amiga
The Toaster is one of a number of hardware- based special-effects systems available or under development for the Amiga. For instance, many Amiga genlocks, such as SuperGen ($ 750) from Progressive Image Technology Digital Creations, contain controls that let you fade the computer image over the external video image. This effect is in addition to the primary purpose of these units, the synchronization of an external video signal with the Amiga's graphics output.
Just on the market from Elan Design is Invision, which offers many of the same effects as the Toaster although it performs its magic inside the Amiga’s standard display hardware and not in a specialized frame buffer. In conjunction with the Live! Digitizer from A-Squared Distributions, fnvision lets you capture a sequence of images in near real time and perform effects on the sequence. The effects include mirror, mosaic, blinds, nuke, strobe, and more.
Because of the limitations of the Amiga display hardware and of Live!, Invision cannot match the colors and resolution of the Toaster. Yet, at S129, with another $ 295 for Live!, It offers a relatively inexpensive system for producing video special effects and, of course, it is available now. (A review of Invision appears on p. 88 in this issue.)
The Professional Video Adapter (PVA) is a two-board video system previewed by Commodore at COMDEX Fall in Las Vegas this past November. Developed by the Computer Graphics Laboratory of the New York Institute of Technology, the PVA captures a frame of video from an external source, stores the frame in a buffer where you can modify it, save It to disk, digitize it into the Amiga's native display hardware, or display it overlayed with Amiga graphics using its built-in genlock. The genlock also allows you to synchronize Amiga graphics with the external source without using the buffer.
The Computer Graphics Laboratory is also developing PVA Paint, a paint program that works on the image stored in the PVA buffer and allows you to use the millions of colors available in NTSC video. Jt will include features found in professional video paint boxes.
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As part of the Commodore Technology Preview at COMDEX, the Professional Video Adapter like other products previewed there is only under development and may never be released generally, according to Commodore officials. Dr. Henri Rubin, Commodore International CEO, however, indicated that he expected all the previewed products to be released eventually. Commodore did not commit to either a price or a release date for the PVA.
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viewed with the Amiga’s display hardware so they are stored in and displayed from the Toaster's memory. It is here, in the Toaster's display buffer, that the video images are altered under software control to produce the Toaster's effects. The transformed images are then encoded (using Y-1Q encoding) into a as input. These signals vary so widely from the NTSC signal that the Toaster cannoi sync with them. In the very near future, NewTek plans to offer a sophisticated time-base corrector allowing home VCRs to he used as input into the Toaster,
The mix of signals that makes up the output from
broadcast quality RS-170A video signal. This signal can he output by itself or over a second video input using the Toaster's built-in overlay genlock. This video signal can then be displayed on an NTSC monitor, recorded on videotape, or even broadcast over the
airwaves or on a cable system.
Limitations exist on both the input and output side of the Toaster system. As shipped, the Toaster will not he able to accept the output from a home VCR the Toaster also has some limitations. Standard Amiga graphics (including 11AM (hold-and-modifv) and half brite images) cannot appear on the same horizontal scan line as Toaster-manipulated images. To display both Amiga graphics and Toaster images, you must divide the screen into two horizontal slices one displaying Amiga graphics, the other Toaster effects. Note also that the Amiga graphics slice is output using R-Y, B Y encoding, which is not normally ac-
“Black Box ' which is under development at Progressive Image Technology and Digital Creations. The product is described as an all-in-one video solution. It is a dual-channel, frame-synchronous time-base corrector that can synchronize two video sources and overlay one on the other. It includes the ability to perform fades, dissolves, A B rolls, and A B editing.
With standard memory, the "Black Box” will work in broadcast resolution. With additional memory, it will handle Super VHS (SVHS) resolution. Expected to accompany the hardware is a paint system and an effects generator. Future enhancements will include a titling system. It is expected to work with all Amiga models.
Digital Creations expects to announce the product at the National Association of Broadcasters conference in April and to ship the product at that time or shortly thereafter. As of this writing, no price has been set for the product.
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ceptable for broadcast. Both the Amiga graphics and Toaster slices, however, can overlay the second video input.
Very Special Effects
The Toaster performs its magic in its display buffer. Here, the custom gate-array chips transform the digitized input images into the altered output images. The instructions controlling the process are generated by special software running on the Amiga. As the Toaster runs in real time, each transformation must take place in less than one-sixtieth of a second.
At the time of this writing, over a dozen effects had been programmed for the Toaster, including page flips and turns (which rotate the image around x- and y-axes, respectively), spheres (which map the image onto a sphere), and mosaics (which divide the screen into four, eight, or sixteen or more parts and replicate the image into each part). A scroll effect lets you scroll an image on and off the screen, while zoom allows you to zoom in on a part of an image or zoom out and shrink the image. Transposition effects let you move an image anywhere on the screen, while pushes let you move an image on the screen from anywhere.
A mirror effect permits you to copy one half of the image onto the other half of the screen. In combination with mosaic, it lets you produce a kaleidoscope effect. Blinds lets you divide the image into vertical segments that you can rotate left and right. Moving blinds lets you push images in vertical segments. Pixelization gives the image a blocky, computer-generated look, while the fish-cyc effect allows you to simulate a superwide-angle lensc. Any of these and other preprogrammed effects can be used in sequence to create more complex effects.
Total Toaster Control
You can control the Toaster and the effects it produces on four levels. The easiest control is provided by the software that comes with the Toaster. This lets you choose effects by clicking on icons corresponding to the supplied effects. The next level of control involves the use of script files. Scripts offer you finer control over a sequence of effects by giving you precise control over the speed, duration, and other parameters associated with particular effects.
A third level of control is provided by ATT, short for A Toaster Language. ATL will be available for people who want to write their own effects for the Toaster. NewTek plans to offer a support system to third-party Toaster developers.
The most intricate level of control is to write new effects at the assemhly-language level. This gives you the greatest degree of control over the Toaster, hut it also requires the most time and expertise.
Although the software 1 saw demonstrated performed effects only, NewTek has further software plans for the Toaster. Due to be finished about the time the Toaster ships, and perhaps to be bundled ?
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Amiga World Video Roundup
The articles and reviews from previous issues of Amiga World cited below may be useful to those interested in video hardware used to generate special effects. In addition to these, consult our annual Index of Articles and Reviews (published in each January issue) for other video material. The Graphics Video section of our annual Hardware Buyer's Guide provides another source of possible information. The current guide appears in the March ’88 issue, p. 48, although our updated version with much new material will appear next month in the March '89 issue.
Articles previously published In AmigaWorld with particular relevance to video hardware include:
By E. E. Eric Erzinger Jan. Feb. '87, p. 16
"Videot's Delight” (Amiga video hardware and software)
By Wayland W. Strickland Mar. '88, p. 22
"Amiga Home Video”
By D. L, Richardson Mar. '88, p. 42
"The Amiga Home Video Companion”
By Wayland W. Strickland Sept. ’88, p. 40
Reviews of interest might include:
Reviewed by Stan Kalisher Jan. Feb. '87, p. 76
Frame Grabber (Progressive Peripherals)
Reviewed by Louis R. Wallace Feb. 89, p. 14
Livel (A-Squared Distributions)
Reviewed by Ted Salamone July ’88, p. 14
Perfect Vision (SunRize Industries)
Reviewed by Chris Dickman June ’88, p. 80
ProGen (Progressive Peripherals)
Reviewed by Wayland W. Strickland October ’88, p. 78
SuperGen (Progressive Image Technology distributed by Digital Creations)
Reviewed by Wayland W. Strickland July ’88, p. 66 ?
With it, is a video-titling program that renders directly into the Toaster's frame buffer. Thus, the same effects used on the input image can be used on the titles.
Perhaps a year away from completion is an NTSC paint program that can take advantage of the millions of NTSC colors. NewTek hopes to incorporate all the features of the Quantel Paintbox into its paint program for the Toaster. Further along, NewTek hopes to produce a 3-D graphics program that will render directly into the Toaster’s frame buffer. Release of such a program depends, however, upon the availability of relatively cheap RAM chips for expanding the Toaster's memory.
Toaster Future Toaster Present
In addition to software. NewTek plans to add follow- on hardware products to the Toaster system. As was mentioned above, NewTek plans to release a time- base corrector allowing the Toaster to accept home VCR input. Of course, the Toaster can always send its output to a VCR. NewTek also plans to release additional RAM for the Toaster to allow the storage of longer video sequences and the rendering of animations.
In addition, NewTek is planning a switcher board for the Amiga 2000, which will enable you to attach multiple inputs and outputs to the Toaster and to choose between them under software control. It will also allow for effects such as dissolves and wipes. The switcher holds out the possibility of using your Amiga as a video-editing controller by possibly controlling the operation of the attached video decks via a serial connection.
Both the cost and the shipping date of the Toaster ultimately depend upon one thing the price and availability of RAM chips. If RAM chips are as expensive and as hard to come by in early 1989 as they were in November 1988, when this was written, the Toaster may not ship until March or April 1989, and may cost nearly SI500. NewTek hopes, however, that reports of improvements in RAM pricing and availability carried in industry trade journals are correct, and that they can produce the Toaster sooner (for a February release) and cheaper (under $ 1000).
You cannot evaluate a product from a demonstration the test of the Video Toaster will come when it is released for sale. One thing, however, is certain: The Video Toaster is an exciting and innovative product. Whether it is a successful one depends upon how well it satisfies the needs of professional and amateur vidcographers alike.
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Teven Spielberg does it, George Lucas does it. Madison Avenue advertising producers do it. And now you can do it too. Do what? Why, create those nifty, perspective-altering special video effects that send people to the movies and sell products to consumers, that's what. And, more importantly, you can afford to do it with video software selling for about $ l()0-$ 2()0.
Hollywood horror and sci-fi flicks and network advertisements, of course, employ high-priced videoswitching equipment in sophisticated studios and editing suites to get the job done. That kind of hardware runs into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. (You can rent such equipment, but even there the going rate is about $ 350 per hour!) But now video amateurs can do some pretty fancy, professional-looking doctoring up of their favorite home movie productions or videotapes. Add some fairly inexpensive, commercially available software to your Amiga and your home video equipment, and you’re in business without going out of business to buy it!
By Wayland W. Strickland
I he six Amiga special-effects video programs presented here all provide the means for you to create special effects, or "transitions” (the transforming of one picture into another-see the "Glossary of Special Effects Terminology” for a list of the more pop- ulai of these transitions). Some offer more numerous vai iations, better control, and greater ease of use than others. Some are best suited to beginners, while others may fit the requirements of intermediate or advanced users. The important consideration is to match a program’s capabilities with your own needs and skills. After presenting all six programs, I will discuss their relative merits and try to help you make that match.
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Lights! Camera! Action! Aegis Development
Lights! Camera! Action! (LCA), written by Gary Bonham (Video Titler), is an easy-to-use desktop video program designed to integrate IFF (Interchange File Format) pictures and “anhrT (Aegis Sparta) animations with music and instruments from “Sonix" (Aegis) in order to create a “polished" presentation. LCA has an easy-to-use interface that permits exact control of music or sound effects, video, and even frame number. Sporting over 40 special-effect transitions, LCA can perform flips, dissolves, fades, and wipes in nine different directions, as well as some impressive special effects, such as dribble and zig zag.
LCA also supports the SuperGen (Digital Creations 5750) genlock’s ability to provide software control over fader bars. Extremely smooth dissolve effects are very easy to achieve with LCA. The program also strongly supports overscan. LCA uses screen sizes of 384 x 480 interlaced mode and 708 x 480 in high res- olution; both are ideal for broadcast applications.
LCA is not copy protected and installs easily on a hard drive for increased efficiency. Both halfbrite and the PAL (European) television system are supported. LCA requires at least one megabyte of RAM (2MB is recommended) and is shipped with a sample art disk and a public-domain player program so that you can distribute your work. Accompanying LCA is a special utility program called GrabAnim, which will multitask with other software, such as a paint program, and permit you to save the screen to a fdc in the anim format. This feature allows vou to make
simple animations directly from a paint program by moving a brush, recording the frame, and then repeating the procedure over and over, until you have attained the end position. Then, simply close the file and use the play anim program to play back the ‘‘finished" animation.
PAGEfiipper Plus F X Mindware International
Perhaps the most versatile special-effects package on the market, PAGEfiipper Plus F X allows the user to create elaborate keyboard-controlled animations with true interactive capabilities. In addition to these interactive capabilities, PAGEfiipper Plus F X offers 7b built-in transitions, as well as the the ability for users to create their own transitions. Unique built-in transition effects of this program are sawtooth and mosaic.
Absent from PAGEfiipper s user interface arc pulldown menus and many other Amiga “niceties." The result is that there is no wasting of precious chip memory that could be more productively used elsewhere. I he familiar mouse and gadgets, however, are included to speed the process along. In addition, there is a very good on-line help feature.
All screen transitions arc very smooth in all resolution modes, including HAM (hold-and-modify) and HalfBrite. PAGEfiipper enables the user to spread animation across several disks for increased flexibility- The program is compatible with anim formats introduced by Aegis Corporation; in fact, it incorporates a utility program permitting pre-existing an- inis to he converted into IFF images and used in any PAGEfiipper Plus F X animation.
PAGEflippcr's manual is chock full of information covering each and every feature in a detailed manner. It even includes common “mistakes'* made when using each of the program’s features so that users can anticipate their occurrence and avoid them during program operation. A complete tutorial and reference section are also included.
Also part of the PAGEfiipper package is a freely distributable player program for circulating your animations. PAGEfiipper Plus F X requires two floppy drives or a hard drive and at least 512K of memory, but it is highly recommended that you have I-2MB available to make full use of the program’s many features.
TV* Show Zuma Group
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TV*Show is a very easy-to-use special-effects program employing mouse and pull-down menus to help you create a polished animation. You can obtain immediate on-line help for any operation by positioning and then clicking the mouse pointer over what you wish to know more about. An information screen will appear with detailed explanations concerning the feature.
TV*Show accepts all Amiga IFF graphic resolutions, including HAM. Overscan support is included, with an ovetscanned screen size of 704 x 480 (although this size leaves a small border on the left and right margins of the screen on some television sets).
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Full-screen images or brushes can be presented in any of over 50 different ways, including wipes, flybys, rolls, reveals, vertical blinds and so forth.
The program operates in both the NTSC (National Television Standards Committee) and the PAL television systems and requires a minimum of one megabyte of RAM to operate. Provided your system has enough RAM, the player and editor may be multi- tasked for greater efficiency. TV*Show is not copy protected and works well with a hard drive. One particularly unique feature of the program is its ability to incorporate the Amiga’s built-in voice synthesizer into presentations.
TV*Show’s player program demonstrates thoughtful design; if the program is loading a part of the animation and an error occurs, the program will continue without that part, being faithful to the tradition of “ I he show must go on!". The manual is well written, providing easy-to-follow instructions covering each part of the program. Also included is a miniglossary to define terms used in the manual.
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FA‘s latest video software, Deluxe Productions (DP), offers smooth, double-buffered animation in high-resolution mode. A mouse-driven storyboard screen offering 12 scenes that can he programmed simultaneously controls all animation. To enhance your animation, choose from over 40 wipes, including some very effective scatters and spirals. Deluxe Productions permits easy cut-and-paste editing of all elements in an animation. The program supports any IFF high-resolution image with a palette of 16 or fewer colors out of the 4096 available.
Animations can he chained across several disks or the program itself can he installed onto a hard drive, providing for Faster response time and efficiency. DP requires all of the available chip RAM plus half a megabyte of fast RAM (1MB recommended) which may he a problem for anyone whose fast memory must he “addmemed” into the system. Two disk drives are also required. DP's player program has two options to check the animation before playing in order to ensure satisfactory playback. As with all new software from FA. Deluxe Productions is not copy protected. DP comes with two art disks filled with high- resolution graphic backgrounds and new fonts. Its manual is well written, explaining animation-creation features in clear, concise detail and including easy- to-follow tutorials.
Deluxe Productions operates in overscan (672x444), which (contrary to the manual and soil- ware) leaves quite a large border on all four sides of ihe screen. Oddly enough, the manual mentions that any image generated by another program that is larger than the Deluxe Productions format for overscan will he automatically “trimmed down” to fit into DP’s overscan dimensions. Why F.lectronic Arts maintains its nonstandard overscan conventions is a mystery. This one glitch in an otherwise excellent package makes Deluxe Productions undesirable for many applications, such as in industrial video use. (Reviewed by Gary Ludiwck, Nov. '88, p. 16.)
Animation: Effects Hash Enterprises
The first thing you might notice about Amnia- tion:Effects is that it does not include many of the special-effect transitions most of the other programs discussed in this article can perform such as checkerboard-patterned wipes, spirals, and so forth. At $ 49.95, however, it is also by far the least expensive program in our survey.
Animation zEffects is divided into three separate programs: 1) Wipe, 2) Scroll, and 3) Flip.
Wipe loads IF'F or HAM images of any resolution in overscan (352x480 interlaced and 704x480 in high resolution) and allows these images to he displayed over video. Wipe can perform several different patterns; for example, you can wipe from left to right, right to left, top to bottom, and bottom to top. You can also do a box wipe from the center of the screen out to the edges of the screen, as well as perform fade-ins and fade-outs. That, however, is about the extent of Wipe’s transitions. The left right and top bottom wipes are probably the most effective transitions offered.
Scroll loads any text or IFF image (no overscan permitted) except HAM and scrolls the information image up and down the screen. Scroll has three basic commands regarding the movement of information around the screen: 1) up arrow for scrolling top to bottom, 2) down arrow for scrolling bottom to top, and 3) space bar to pause the scroll. Although Scroll does not permit speed adjustments, depending upon the resolution used, the information image will still move at a moderate speed suitable for normal reading and comprehension.
Flip loads IFF or HAM images of any resolution. The part of the image to be flipped must he blocked off, thus making a matte. The matte can he rotated
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Along the x-, y-, or z-axis, thus providing yon with roll, till, and swivel movements. In addition to these, other movements can he achieved by controlling the number of frames between the previous key frame and the next one. Von can also designate how many frames to use in order to "ease” movements (i.e., eliminate any “choppy” movement associated with acceleration and deceleration).
In addition to being able to control the matte’s movements. Flip also allows you to adjust light intensity, position of light source, perspective (the camera’s position), shading, and pivot point of the matte. When you are ready to record, you can do so in one of three different modes: 1) IFF. 2) Pack the compressed animation format used by all Hash Enterprises products, and 3) Anim the storage format compatible with player programs written for Aegis
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The major drawback with Flip, however, is the slow compilation time. The lime required to compile an animation with Animation.Fffects was considerably longer than for any of the other programs tested. (Reviewed by Wayland Strickland, Sept. '88, p. 70.)
Video Effects 3D InnoVision Technology
Video Effects 3D (VE-3D) is no ordinary special- effects program. It offers a wide variety of transitions, including some impressive x-, y-, and z-axis rotations with three-dimensional perspective. Objects (pictures brushes) can be given a drop shadow to simulate a single light source. With the touch of a button, you can extrude logos into three dimensions with the realistic perspective of solid objects. Perhaps VE-31)'s most startling effect is “shatter” which can be likened to the act of laminating a picture onto a piece of plate glass and then striking the glass with a mallet. The picture will "shatter” into four pieces only, and these pieces “fly” diagonally out from each other to create the effect.
Fhe program operates in high-resolution mode using two to eight colors per screen from the available
4096. VE-3D uses full-screen IFF images as objects.
I he IFF screens, however, must be created outside the program, as VF.-3D has no creation capabilities of its own.
VF-3I) sports an icon-and-mouse-driven user interface, permitting great speed and efficiency. The program supports overscan (704 x 452), and can be used in conjunction with a hard drive. The program is not copy protected.
VF-3D comes with a competent, detailed manual and provides one of the best on-line help features I have ever seen. If you want to learn about a particular feature, simply place the pointer over the gadget. A small explanation will automatically appear on the screen (usually to the left of the gadget). The explanations do not interfere with the execution speed of the program in any way, while providing timely reminders about program features and much-appreciated assistance when help is needed. (Reidewed by Cary Ludioick, October 88. P. 84.)
Matching Program to User
To sum up. One special-effects program cannot fulfill all the needs of every user. The trick is to know which one to start off with to learn the basics, and then
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which ones to move onto in order to achieve more ambitious productions. The video amateur may do well to begin with programs such as TV*Show and AnimatiomEffects. Both of these programs arc easy to use and provide a good grounding in principles that can be put to more full effect later on.
Lights! Camera! Action! Would be a good choice for the intermediate user, as it is the most versatile offering numerous special effects in addition to incorporating digitized sound into its repertoire of features. Deluxe Productions, likewise, appears an ideal candidate for the video intermediate although the overscan problem tends to negate many of the program’s fine features. For the video pro, the sophisticated features and handling of PAGEflipper Plus FIX and Video Effects 3D make them the cream of the crop for the experienced user.
All special-effects software packages are written for one purpose to be useful. In what manner the program will be employed is left up to you. Your particular applications and, most importantly, your creativity will determine the true usefulness of any of these programs. ¦
Way land W. Strickland is a producer, director, tor iter, and graphic designer of television presentations for WKCF-TV 68 in Orlando, Florida. Write to him c u Amiga World, Editorial Dept., 80 Elm St., Peterborough, NFI 03458.
* Special Effect:
Blinds refreshes the screen (horizontally or vertically) as if Venetian blinds were opening or closing.
Dissolve gradually switches from one image to another.
Fade causes the image to slowly become black.
Flip or Tumble rotates the image around the x-axis, similar to a car’s turning tires.
Hinge Swing pivots the image on one edge (top. Bottom, left, or right), similar to an opening and closing gale.
Mirror divides the screen in two and places the same image on both sides; all movements on one half are reflected on the other.
Mosaic divides the screen into equal sections (four, eight, sixteen, and so forth) and repeats the same image in each block; also refreshes the screen with a spattered-square pattern.
Moving Blinds pushes an image across the screen in vertical segments, similar to closing a fan.
Pixelization gives an image a fragmented, blocky look.
Rectangle refreshes the screen with a rectangle growing (or receding) from one corner to the corner diagonally opposite.
Scroll pushes the current image off the screen while pulling the new image on screen after it (top to bottom or bottom to top).
Shatter breaks an image into pieces that fly off the screen in different directions.
Spheres map images to spheres.
Spin rotates the image around the z-axis, similar to a spinning carousel.
Transposition places a smaller version of a fullscreen image anywhere on the screen.
Turn rotates the image around the y-axis, similar to leafing through a newspaper.
Wipe overlays one image onto another using a pattern (for example, checkerboard, spots, diagonals, or triangles).
Zoom shifts the perspective closer for a larger version of the image, or further away for a smaller version.
Pushes move an image onto the screen from any point.
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Developing a “Soft” Touch
An occasional series of tips, techniques, anil tricks for creating more imaginative Amiga graphics.
By Joel Hagen
MANY USERS OF DcluxcPaint frequently tell me they have never figured out anything really useful to do with the Blend and Smooth modes. This always startles me, as I use these modes constantly in a variety of ways for smoothing and softening edges, lor enriching textures and colors, and even as a drawing tool for stretching or squeezing the shape of the image.
At a basic level, both Blend and Smooth are useful modes for softening the edge between two color areas. It is the nature of computer images to have curved or diagonal edges with a jagged look. This results from a phenomenon called "spatial-aliasing," and the blocky, stair-step look is often referred to as the “j aggies." Working at higher resolution reduces the severity of jaggies simply because the pixels are smaller. A proper solution to the problem of representing those curves and diagonals, however, is complex. The standard technique for doing so-called anti-aliasing is a difficult one that involves computing a value for each pixel on a line in proportion to the area it occupies with its neighbors. A jagged black line, for example, becomes a line composed of black and shades of gray, giving the illusion of smoothness to the eye.
In a way, both Blend and Smooth can perform a similar softening of edges, with far less expenditure of time and effort. With Smooth, as a brush is passed over color borders in an image, the entire palette is searched for intermediate colors that are then painted into that border. This has an overall softening effect on all parts of the image passing under the brush. Blend, on the other hand, can respond to a controlled group of colors established in the palette. It is perhaps most effective when used with a sequential Range of colors. Eight browns, for example, could be Spread evenly from dark to light, or yellow could be sequentially Spread to blue, then established as a Range. Blend will use as intermediates only those colors in the Range, and will affect only those colors in the painting falling within that Range. This is a powerful feature.
One key to capitalizing on the power of both Blend and Smooth is logical palette arrangement. There must be enough of a range of values within a color group to provide as many options as possible for intermediate colors at a boundary. Another factor to experiment with is brush size. The larger the brush, the more drastic the effect. As a rule, smaller brushes afford greater control and more gradual change.
Contrasting Effects of Blend and Smooth
Blend operates very quickly as you move a brush, while Smooth can take quite a while to perforin its computation, depending 011 the size of the brush. I find that I use Smooth mainly as a method of softening the boundary between two dissimilar color regions in a painting, or to give a diff use look to something, a distant mountain range, for instance. In the astronomical landscape (Figure 1), I have highlighted a typical area in which I might use Smooth. The line of the cliff in front of the distant planet is quite jagged as drawn. Inset 1 shows that region magnified, while Inset 2 shows that same region after using Smooth. The line is softer and more natural in appearance. Smooth found both browns and blues in the palette as intermediate colors, ignoring any Range settings.
In the foreground of the same painting, I have highlighted a typical area ?
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Where I might use Blend. All the browns in the landscape have been included in a Range. Where I have drawn a piece of light brown bordering dark brown, 1 have an opportunity to use Blend for added richness of color and texture. Blend is a much more active tool than Smooth, changing the shape of regions over which it passes in a controllable fashion. In the dotted-line mode. Blend operates almost instantly, even with fairly large brushes. What was a crisp shape of light brown becomes a more natural- looking, contoured form alter the brush lias affected it. Inset 3 shows a magnification of the foreground region untouched, while inset 4 shows the effect of Blend on that region. It is easy to see the even gradation of color and value this technique accomplishes.
DeluxePaint s Blend and Smooth modes can reduce the aggies*45 in your image, and also enhance the richness of its color and texture.
A trick I often use with Blend in landscape painting is to create a brush that is merely a thick line. I can use the straight-line tool for this, or simply cut out a bar from the picture itself with the brush selector. Selecting a foreground color in the appropriate Range, I hit the F6 key for Blend mode and click on the straight-line tool. Using fast feedback, I anchor the bar outside the region I want to affect, and stretch a line across the picture and release the mouse button.
I he brush slowly and evenly sweeps across the picture, affecting only the appropriate colors beneath it and giving a subtle stroke direction to everything in its Range. This stroke effect can enhance the look of a mountain slope, a snow
field, or banding on Jupiter, for example. Lie judicious with Blend or Smooth, letting the technique contrast with crisp regions elsewhere in the image.
In an Entirely Different Mold
One of my favorite uses for Blend is as a drawing mode, rather than a softening tool. It is very effective in altering black- and-white digitized images. Using the entire 16-level gray scale as a Range from black to white, you can load a digitized image into Dpaint and Remap it to that palette. Yon can then squeeze, stretch, and reform it in any imaginable way.
The lip-stretching image (Figure 2) is a frame from an animation called “RGB Hazard" I created using The Director program (Right Answers Group). I digitized a series of pictures with my hands in position pulling imaginary frog lips.
In Dpaim, I used a medium-sized brush in Blend mode to repeatedly “push” the cheeks and lips out toward the fingers. Amazingly, the action feels more like pushing clay than like painting there is always a soft contour to the edge of the area being pushed. Make sure you include the background color in the Range, or else this technique will not work. Small areas of white can be smoothly extended into black regions, then pushed and shaped from the black areas back into the white. It is a drawing experience unique to the computer. ¦
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AmigaDOS Inside and Out (Abacus.
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The AmigaDOS Manual: 2nd Edition by
Commoclore-Amiga Inc. (Bantam, $ 24.95) discusses all 1.2 AmigaDOS commands, explains the Amiga’s filing system, and gives guidelines for program development in C and assembly language.
AmigaDOS Reference Guide by Arlan R. Levitan and Sheldon Lecmon (COMPUTE! Publications, $ 18.95) defines and illustrates all AmigaDOS 1.2 commands, helps you create fie directories, access peripherals, run batch files, and explains the screen and line-oriented text editors.
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Amiga Applications by Brian Flynn (COMPUTE! Publications, SI 5.95) offers 24 type-in programs written in Microsoft BASIC, including home and business applications, science and math tools, and games.
Amiga Tricks and Tips (Abacus, SI9.95) is a collection of Workbench, CLI, and BASIC programming hints, plus applications programs. It shows how to allocate memory, trap errors, use fonts, and mix machine language with BASIC.
First Book of Amiga (COMPUTE! Publications, S18.95) is a compilation of games, applications, and programs designed to show off multitasking. A disk with the book's programs is available from COMPUTE! For $ 15.95.
Inside Amiga Graphics by Sheldon I Vernon (COMPUTE! Publications. Si8.95) describes the Amiga’s graphics and animation abilities, as well as how to use commercial graphics hardware and software.
1001 Things to Do with Your Amiga by Mark Sawusch and Dave Prochnow (TA_B Books Inc., $ 12.60) suggests uses from household record-keeping and budgeting to investment analysis and business management, from games and hobbies to scientific and educational ideas. Listings, printouts, flowcharts, diagrams, and illustrations are provided.
Second Book of Amiga (COMPUTE! Publications, $ 15.95) contains ready-to-type-in programs in Amiga Basic. This anthology offers programming tips and hints, applications, utilities, graphics tools, educational programs, and games.
Using DeluxePaint II by Steven An .ovin (COMPUTE! Publications, SI9.95) is a tutorial on Electronic Arts' popular graphics program, from basic drawing skills to customizing brushes. Illustrations and examples included.
Advanced Amiga Basic by Tom R. Halfhill and Charles Brannon (COMPUTE! Publications, SI8.95) covers designing graphic applications, generating sound and music, creating a user interface, programming peripherals, and advanced BASIC commands for experienced programmers.
Amiga Assembly Language Programming by Jake Commander (TAB Books Inc., $ 13,60) supplies an overview of 68000 assembly language, including binary arithmetic and the syntax, addresses, and effects of assembly commands.
Amiga Basic Inside and Out (Abacus, $ 24.95) combines a beginning tutorial and advanced guide. A complete glossary, an Amiga Basic Quick Reference Guide, and error message descriptions are reference features.
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Amiga C for Beginners (Abacus, $ 16.95) describes C library routines, uses examples, explains the language elements, plus includes an introduction to direct programming of the operating system.
Amiga Machine Language (Abacus, $ 19.95) eases you into progamming with 68000 machine language. Accessing hardware registers, using Amiga libraries, creating gadgets, and working with Intuition are among the topics covered.
Amiga Machine Language Programming Guide by Daniel Wolf and Douglas Leavitt, Jr. (COMPUTE! Publications, $ 21.95) is a 68000 machine language introductory and reference guide useful to both the beginning and advanced programmer. A disk that includes files and programs from the book, and a complete Amiga assembler is available for $ 19.95.
Amiga Programmer’s Guide (COMPUTE! Publications, $ 16.95) covers AmigaDOS, BASIC, and Intuition in a guide to the inner workings of the Amiga’s 68000 microprocessor and its graphics and sound capabilities.
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AmigaDOS 1.3 offers a number of neiu device handlers not found in version 1.2 that will help take better, more efficiejit care of your system’s everyday business.
By Mark L. Van Name and Bill Catchings
OUR RECENT FIVE-PART preview of AmigaDOS 1.3 ("info.phile" Aug. ‘88- Dec. *88) shows that version 1.3 is an evolutionary step forward for the Amiga on several fronts. One of the most important of these and deserving of additional emphasis here is its standardization of a single way for us to use most major system resources through device handlers.
AmigaDOS has included device handlers. Of course, since its first release. In the beginning, however, they worked only with physical devices, things that were part of the system’s hardware. Yon
used the SER: handler to work with the serial port, the PAR: handler managed the parallel port, and so forth.
With version 1.3 the Amiga developers extended this notion and added handlers for software "devices.” While these devices are not things you can reach out and touch, they often provide powerful services that help you take care of your everyday Amiga business.
We have already covered a lew of
these device handlers in the 1.3 preview: RAD:, the handler that implements the new recoverable RAM disk: NEWCON:,
which gives the Shell its history buffer and command-line editing features; and ENV:, which will someday give us Shell environment variables. (Today ENV: is merely a name assigned to a RAM: directory where the Shell stores environment variables. Nonetheless, it is significant that Commodore is serious enough about devices to set up ENV: now so that it will not change visibly in the future when it is a true device handler.)
Three new device handlers not covered previously are also worthy of note. AUX:, SPEAK:, and PIPE: perform useful ?
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Dont Choose ’em if You Can t Use ’em (But Mount ’em if You Want ’em)
Any time a new operating-system feature appears, the right question to ask is “so what does it do for me?” At first glance, the new 1.3 device handlers may seem to
he little more than technical goodies providing little real help. Look at them a little more, however, and you will see that this first impression is wrong.
First of all, they help make AmigaDOS more consistent. To send a file to any device from the printer to the speaking software you simply copy it to the appropriate device. This consistency makes the system a lot easier to learn. Equally important, they make it easier for software developers to utilize the Amiga’s resources more fully, meaning that developers will be more likely to build applications that exploit the entire machine. Finally, as we will show in some of the examples below, some of the new devices make it easier for us to perform useful day-to-day tasks.
Before we get into the specifics of these three new devices, wc need to mention one important characteristic all of them share: You have to mount them before you can use them. Fortunately, doing so is easy simply use the MOUNT command and the name of the
device’s handler, as in
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1. 3, because the standard startup files do most of the work for you. S:STARTUP- SEQUENCE mounts NEWCON:. That file also calls another startup file, S:STARTUPII, which mounts AUX:, SPEAK:, and PIPE:.
Even though these devices are not disks, there is nothing magic about how the MOUNT command mounts them. As with disks, it uses an entry in the file DEVS:MOUNTLIST to control how it sets up each device. The entry for RAD: looks basically the same as the disk drive entries wc discussed in our last column. The entries for the other new devices NEWCON:, AUX:, SPEAK:, and PIPE: use different keywords than the diskdrive entries, but they follow the same basic format as those entries.
All of the MOUNTLIST entries for these four new devices contain the following basic information:
Handler = L: handler_namc> Priority = 5 Stacksize = stack>
For example, the NEWCON: entry fills in the missing variables in the above example with the following:
Handler = LiNewcon-I landler Priority = 5 Stacksize = 1000
The first line gives the device’s name.
The second says that its handler is the program Newcon Handler in the L: director)'. The handlers for the other three new devices are L:Aux-Handlcr, L:Spcak- Handler, and L:Pipe-Handler. All of these handlers run at priority 5 by default, as Commodore recommends. The Stacksize parameter merely tells the system how much of its memory stack to set aside for each handler. NEWCON: and AUX: use a default stack of 1000 bytes, while SPEAK: and PIPE: have a default Stacksize of 6000 bytes.
The MOUNTLIST entries for SPEAK: and PIPE: also contain one additional line that requires explanation:
GlobVec = - 1
The GlobVec parameter controls whether a handler requires a special memory area called a Global Vector.
This memory-area requirement is a holdover from the Amiga’s sordid past, when most of the original system was written in a cumbersome language, BCPL (Basic Combined Programming Language), that required it. Newer system code written in C or assembly language usually does not require a global vector. If a device’s MOUNTLIST entry omits this line, then ?
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Table L SPEAK: device’s options.
P nnn> where nnn> is a number from 65 to 320 that controls the pitch of the voice.
S nnn> where nnn> is a number from 30 to 400 that controls how fast the voice talks.
M makes the voice male.
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R makes the Amiga use a robotic voice.
N makes the Amiga use its most “natural” voice (which, as we all know,
is not all that natural).
Q n> controls whether the input text file can contain voice control options. If n> is 0, the default, the file cannot; if n> is 1, the file can.
A n> controls whether the Amiga first translates the input file to pho
nemes «n> = 0, the default), or assumes that the input file already contains phonemes and speaks them directly ( n>= 1).
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that device is able to work in the AmigaDOS shared Global Vector. By setting GlobVec to - 1, die SPEAK: and PIPE: entries say that those devices do not need any global vector. (Some device entries also set GlobVec to 0. Those devices require a private global vector.)
AUX and Squawks
First, let's take a look at AUX: and SPEAK:. While the latter should prove a useful addition to your system, the former, unfortunately, may fail our “So what. . . ?” test. AUX: basically is another device, like SER:, that lets you work with the Amiga’s serial port. Unlike with SER:, however, you must mount AUX: before you can use it. More importantly, while SER: will buffer its input and output until the Amiga and the attached device are ready, AUX: does no buffering. What this means, however, is that you can use AUX: to attach a second terminal to your Amiga’s serial port and run a CLI from diat terminal.
So what good is that to most of us? Probably not much. If you want to turn your Amiga into a rudimentary multiuser system, AUX: is worth a closer look. There may be business applications here for your work, or perhaps you may be part of a multi-Amiga family with unique communications needs. But, most of us work alone on our Amigas and for us AUX: is only a passing curiosity.
SPEAK:, on the other hand, provides another way to use one of the Amiga’s most interesting capabilities, its ability to talk to us. Yes, we’ve had the CLI SAY command for some time, but SPEAK: lets us shove files at the sound-gcnera- tion system with ease. To have your Amiga read a file back to you, just do
COPY file> TO SPEAK:
and sit back and listen.
As with SAY. SPEAK: comes with many options that let you control the way the speech sounds. To attach an option to SPEAK:, follow it with the word OPT and a string of one or more options, each separated by a slash ( ). For example
COPY file> TO SPEAK:OPTM N
says that SPEAK: should read back file> with a male, natural voice. The table below sums up SPEAK:’s options.
By the way, SPEAK: depends not only on its handler, but also on the Amiga devices that convert text to phonemes (LIBS:TRANSLATOR.LIBRARY) and output phonemes (LIBS:NARRATOR. DEVICE). These files come in the standard LIBS: directory; make sure not to delete them if you plan to use SPEAK:.
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Our final new AmigaDOS 1.3 device,
PIPE:, is a technical feature written by Amiga developer Matt Dillon. It is based on the pipe capabilities of Unix, MS- DOS, and other well-known operating systems. Basically, PIPE: provides an easy ?
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Way for one process to send data to another without your having to worry about coordinating their work.
For example, let’s say that the listing of the top level directory of your hard disk runs three or four screens. If you are trying to see what’s in there, you have to be quick to pause the screen as the listing scrolls by. You could get around this problem by redirecting the output of DIR to a file and then using the MORE utility on that file, as in
DIR > file>
Unfortunately, this approach requires that you create and then delete a temporary file. Even if the file is in RAM:, that still wastes time. By using PIPE: you can simply feed the result of DIR to MORE:
RUN DIR > PIPE: pipe_name>
MORE PIPE: pipe_name>
As fast as you can type the second line, MORE', will display the listing on your screen. When you are done, there is no temporary file to delete.
The name PIPE comes from the idea of a data pipeline: A writing program dumps data in one end as fast as it can, and a reading program sucks it out the other end as fast as it can handle.
So what happens when the pipe is full? Fortunately, that will not happen very' often, because PIPE: can buffer up to 4K of the output of the writing program. Should the writing program get more than 4K ahead of the reading program, PIPE: will pause the writing program until there is room again in the pipeline for its output. In the example above, this is why you can avoid a temporary file. PIPE: manages the flow of data between DIR and MORE for you. It takes the output of DIR and hands it to MORE as fast as the two programs can handle.
There is one big hitch to this approach, however, and you can see it in the use of the RUN command with DIR in the example above. Because the size of the buffer is limited to 4K, the writing program (in our example, DIR) will pause and tie up the CLI in which you started it if the program fills up the buffer. Then the reading program (MORE in our example) will never get to start, and your CLI will hang. In fact, you will never even get to type in the reading line, because the writing program will hang as it waits for the PIPE: to clear. This means that the writing and reading programs should run in separate CLIs which is why we used RUN to put our DIR in its own process. Remember it) use RUN or two CLIs to keep the reading and writing programs separate.
If you do put them in the same process and they hang, don’t panic; you do not have to reboot. Merely push your CLI window to the background, go to the Workbench, and start up a new CLI. In the new CLI, type the command to start the reading program, and it will begin to work.
There is one other hitch: The reading program must be of the type that simply reads bytes one after another. MORE is that kind of program, as are most termi- nal-emulator data capturers and many other applications. The reading program must not try to position to a specific location in the input “file” that it thinks it is reading. Database programs, for example, often go to exact byte locations for searches, and therefore you cannot give them a pipe as input.
As another example of how pipes can help in real applications, consider a terminal emulator that you arc using to download a file. Every time its internal buffer fills up, the terminal emulator has to pause and write the file to the disk.
I his slows the file transfer. Instead, you could have the terminal emulator write to the file PIPE:capture_file. Then, in another CLI process, you could execute the command
COPY PIPE:capture_file TO transferred_file
PIPE: will handle the buffering for the file transfer and help it run more smoothly and quickly.
These new software devices make powerful additions to your Amiga’s capabilities. Probably the most important addition to any Amiga, however, is a hard disk. Next month, we will discuss buying a hard disk and what it takes to get it up and running on your Amiga. Until then, go out and buy AmigaDOS
1. 3 (it finally began hitting the stores at the end of October ’88) and start playing around with these new devices. ¦
1Mark L. Van Name and Bill Catchings are contributing editors to AmigaWorld. Write to them at 10024 Sycamore Rd.f Durham, NC 27703.
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LOST IN A JUNGLE of games? Each month B. G. (Big Game) Hunter captures the best and shoots the rest. When he isn’t stalking new games, he’ll tell you how to tame the ones you already own. For a good time, call B. G. or check out our expanded game review section following his column.
From sight-seeing planes to seeing planes in your sights.
By B. G. Hunter
OVER THE PAST month, I logged enough hours in the cockpits of flight simulators to get my pilot’s license twice over. All that air time reinforced my basic feeling about flight simulators: Playing games is much more fun than just flying around.
Of the six flight simulators tested (Flight Simulator II,Jet, Flight Path 737, SkyChase, Harrier Combat Simulator, and F A-18 Interceptor), none illustrated this distinction better than subl.OGICs Flight Simulator II (FS2). The company based FS2 on its original IBM
Flight Simulator that set the standard for the many others that followed. FS2 lets you fly a Cessna, Lear jet, or World War I biplane with realistic controls. You fly to cities around the world and learn navigational skills along the way. You can even buy disks of seen* cry great if you love to fly, but I was bored silly.
Granted, I*S2's “Gates” Lear jet is a .step up over the original version’s Cessna, and the scenery is nice. I even had a few jollies flying under the Golden Gate Bridge and between the Twin Towers. The World War I flying ace missions did give me a taste of combat, but the game left me longing for a jet, a fast one, preferably fully armed with Sidewinder missiles.
The second flight simulator from subLOGIC, Jet. Is a lot closer to my ideal. It offers a fighter jet, either an I*-16 or a carrier-based F-I8, both are armed for action against ground targets and Russian MIGs. You pick your weapons as you roar off to combat. You can even connect a second Amiga and dogfight with a friend.Jet also improves on FS2's boring instrument panel with a “heads-up” display that is superimposed on the windshield. This design lets you avoid looking down at the instruments, a move that could be fatal in a duel with a MIG.?
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Jet’s biggest drawback is its huge set of keyboard commands almost every key does something. While you are memorizing them or consulting the reference chart, the beginner mode makes flying easy; it won’t let you crash. As you log more hours, you can move up the skill levels until you’re a true fighter jockey.
I enjoyed playing Jet blasting foes in a fighter, just my speed but it's not my favorite of the pack.
Anco’s Flight Path 737, on the other hand, shows you what flying a real 737 is like a job. Your goal
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Is to take your 737 on a typical flight. (Be still my heart!) You earn your Captain’s wings by completing a series of increasingly difficult flights. The final level requires you to overcome severe winds and an engine fire. 1 never got anywhere near that far.
Flight Path 737 forces you to use a mouse, not a joystick. After a few minutes, you'll understand why you don't see any mice in airplane cockpits. Even at the lowest skill level 1 had trouble taking off. That frustration, coupled with the miniscule manual (two and a half pages), made me feel like I had no control over what was happening. Maybe the game gets better, but I never stuck around to find out. Leave 737 flying to professional pilots.
SkyChase, by Maxis, brings combat hack into the picture, and with the widest variety of planes. You choose your fighter from seven different jets, including two MIGs. Hop in, and you’re ready for a series of one-on-one dogfights. Unfortunately, SkyChase limits you to a single enemy and flies dull, wire frame graphics over thoroughly uninteresting terrain.
The game’s main redeeming feature is that, besides battling the computer, you can compete with a friend on one Amiga. Each of you gets one of the side-hy- side displays and instrument panels. Unless you establish a fairness pact, SkyChase lets you end the dogfight with your friend too quickly: just Fire a missile the moment the two jets begin their initial flyby. Io have a decent war, outlaw any shooting until the planes pass each other.
For more strategic combat, take up Harrier Combat Simulator from Mindscape. I must confess that, while this one seems to he a good game, it did not catch my fancy. The main reason is thai the game forces you to spend too much time on strategy, and not enough on fights and flight simulation. You have to find the enemy’s locations before you can destroy them. This involves a long sequence of exploration, setting up and moving ground sites, and finally destroying the enemy headquarters.
The Harrier is a V STOL (Vertical Short Take Off and Landing)jet, so you can perform some interesting maneuvers. Even the flying and scenery is reasonable. If you like exploration mixed with your combat. I recommend you give Harrier a look.
For me, the top gun is, by far, F A-J8 Interceptor from Electronic Arts. It offers exciting missions and very good cockpit graphics and sound, including details such as the whine of the landing gear retracting. The scenery is decent, hut the pace is so fast that you won’t want to waste time looking around. VIA- 18 Interceptor handles the most naturally of the hunch; I even enjoyed just flying it! The heads-up display is well-designed, and it puts all the necessary information where you can find it quickly.
I he real excitement, of course, is Hying missions, ranging from identifying an enemy plane to rescuing a downed pilot. Along the way, you’ll have to battle squadrons of MIGs. Successfully completing a mission entitles you to attempt the next one. Before you embark on any mission, however, you must land on the deck of a carrier, which takes sonic practice. While the flying itself is very easy, you have to watch a lot of gauges and flip a bunch of switches to be a tailhooker.
As you try to finish each mission to qualify for the next, you will also run into Interceptor’s biggest flaw: It doesn’t give you enough information to complete some of the missions. For example, after a little prac-
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Despite this, I love going at it with a MIG or two.
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A BRILLIANT PROFESSOR and his beautiful daughter have been kidnapped by the Nazis. You must get into your rocket suit, chase down the fleeing Axis zeppelin, vaporize the enemy gunner without blowing ii]) the blimp, and cany your beleaguered compatriots to safety. So goes the opening scene of Cinema- wan s Rot ket Ranger.
A series of arcade sequences built around a map-oriented siiategy game. Rocket Ranger is beautifully detailed with high-quality graphics and animal ion, stereo sound effects, and digitized speech. Here is a superbly crafted tribute to the movie serials of long ago, complete with nefarious Nazis, zombie slave women, and io ket ships that look like the Chrysler Building. Where it exceeds Cinemawarc’s previous efforts, however, is in its seamless, perfectly calibrated pla , and its insistent yet unobtrusive didacticism. You’ll never become bored or frustrated during the game, and it
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Rocket Ranger requires your character to span the globe in a race against time to destroy the Axis war machine. The Nazis have reached the moon, and have begun mining lunar- inm, which fuels their spaceships, powers your rocket pack, and activates the dreaded Nazi bombs. Your job is to steal a few rocket parts, construct a spaceship, and then fly it to the moon for the final showdown. Along the way, you’ll tangle with planes, antiaircraft batteries, machine- gun nests. Amazon she-devils, goo-spitting aliens, and a gaggle of fiendish Nazis. Your only defenses are your rocket
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Every so often, a square appears in the arena. Capturing some squares can destroy you, but most give you a bonus more fuel, an extra ship, or a bump to the next level. Every fifth level, you face two fireballs (bin no border patrols); if you can put up a wall between them, your score for each level thereafter is multiplied.
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ALTHOUGH THE majority of sports simulations take place at the professional level, most of us only know what it's like to play sports at the local Y and the like. That’s what Epyx’s Street Sports game series is all about.
Street Sports Basketball pits two teams of three players each against each other. Two human opponents can play, or you can go up against the computer on three levels.Just like real street basketball, you must find a place to play, choose teams, and agree how many points will decide the game.
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the movement of your forces.
The Union commander is the first to move his units. Next, combat is resolved. Then it's the Confederate player’s turn, and combat is again resolved. True to the fact that attacking Civil War units had to expose themselves to enemy Fire before they could engage, the defending side shoots first during combat resolution.
Heth’s Division of the Army of Northern Virginia attacks Buford’s cavalry to open the Battle of Gettysburg.
The tasks a unit can perform are dependent upon its operations points which, in turn, depend upon the proximity and effectiveness of the unit’s division and corps commanders. A unit expends operations [joints when it moves or engages in combat. Rv manuvering skill-
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The program’s emphasis on the importance of divisional and corps cohesion is an accurate portrayal of how Civil War armies were organized and deployed. I found, however, that the program provides play commanders with information that was not available to Lee and Meade at the time.
Game play can slow to a crawl during the second and third days because of the sheer number of units on the map. And changing your mind by aborting a move takes a long time. I do not like the turn-oriented sequence of play, and found that raising the level of the computer opponent merelv increases the lethalitv
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LATTICE C for AmigaDOS Version 5,0 gives full support for 68020 and 68030 processors and 68881 math coprocessor chips. Lattice Inc. promises faster library routines from improved algorithms and as- sembly-language coding and offers improved ANSI compliance. The Lattice Screen Editor is now part of the compiler package. A full
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dithering and flat shading. Four views are provided top, side, front, and perspective with four light sources. Axial extrusion allows symmetrical modeling, or objects can be imported from VideoScape 3D dated disassembler, a new global optimizer, a new code profiler to improve efficiency, and a utility to convert Commodore FD files into pragma statements. The complete package is $ 300; upgrades are available to regtistered users lor $ 75. The new version is available form Lattice Inc., 2500 S. Highland Ave., Lombard, IL 60148, 312 916-1600.
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PAGErender 3D from Mind- ware International is a professional 3-D rendering and animation system that comes with stereo-vision glasses. You can build or restructure your own objects or use die object library. With the tools provided. Move your images along a path or make them accelerate, decelerate, rotate, or spin. PAGErender 3D sells for $ 159.95 from Mindware International, 110 Dunlop St. W., Box 22158, Iiarric, Ontario, Canada L4M 5R3, 705 737*
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Hot Licks 34.00
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Intro Cad 55 00
Logic Works .- 67.00
X-Cad System ...... 395.00
Acquisition ... $ 205 00
Data Retrieve 55 00
Data Retrieve Pro1 . 199.00
Microfiche Filer .. 69.00
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Organize ... 65.00
Rolobase Plus ...... 59.00
Softwodd File II GS . 82.00
Superbase Professional 199 00
Centech 3.5 DS DD Disks ... S21.00 Centech 5.25 DS HD Disks .. 20 00 Fuji 3 5 DS DD Color Disks . 22.00
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City Desk Companion ...... 20.00
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Animation w lmages 92 00
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Architechtual Design 25.00
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Comicsetter . 69 00
The Director 49.00
Deluxe Pain: II ..... 95.00
Deluxe Photo Lab .. 109 00
Oeluxe Production ..... 139.00
Deluxe Video II ..... 95 00
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Digi-View .. 140.00
Dpamt Help . 24 00
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Forms in Flight II ... 82 00
Future Design 3-D .. 25.00
Graphic Studio . 39.00
Human Design 3-D .. 25 00
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Modeler 3-D .67.00
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Pholon Exp Disk .... 22 00
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Ergo Joystick . 18 00
Flicker Master . 14 00
Gender Changer NT .. 27.00
Gender Changer ..... 24.00
Gravis Joystick 39 00
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Md54 3 5 Disk Holder . 31.00
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Mouse Master . 30 00
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NX Star Color Ribbon 12.00
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Sony Multi-scan Monitor 575.00
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A C Fortran .. 195.00
Macro Assembler .... 69 00
Arexx . 35.00
Assem Pro 69 00
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Aztec C Professional 135.00
Benchmark C Library . 65 00
Benchmark Iff Library 57.00
Benchmark Modula 2 139.00
Benchmark Simplified 67.00
Cape 68k . 63.00
Disassembler . 48.00
Inovatools *f1 . 55 00
Lattice C . 139 00
Lattice C Plus 389 00
Lattice C Professional 265 00
Library's Sources .... 199.00
Metacomco Lisp .... 139 00
Metacomco Pascal ... 97.00
Metacomco Shell ..... 49 00
Metascope Debugger 67 00
Power Window V2 5 65.00
The Power System Pecan 99 00
The Professional Pecan 99 00
Source Level Debugger 55.00
TDI Modula 2 Comm 199 00
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TDI Modula 2 Reg ... 42 00
True Basic 65 00
W Shell .. 35 00
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Gizmoz Enhanced ...... 45 00
fntellitype .. 35 00
Magellan ... 139 00
Master Type 30 00
Mavis Beacon Typing 35.00
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THE GEN ONE genlocking encoder features Supcr-VHS Y C and RS-107A outputs. To put you in charge, GEN ONE allows full control over RGB-input and video-output levels, and variable control over computer timing relative to video. The encoder operates in three modes and has overlay capabilities as well as selectable sync and a blanking source.
East Comes West
STRAIGHT FROM the U.S.S.R. comes Tetris, a puzzle in motion requiring fast thinking and quick reflexes. Designed by two Soviet programmers, the game is available from Spectrum Ho- lobyte. Two versions arc combined in one package for $ 34.95, Spectum Holobyte can answer any questions: 2061 Challenger Drive. Alameda, CA 94501, 415 522-3584.
Two filters sift out unwanted chroma signals without degrading the luminance bandwidth, and GEN ONE does not decode the incoming video signal. Complete with its self- contained power supply, GEN ONE is $ 895. Get all the details from Communications Specialties Inc., 6090 Jericho Turnpike, Com mack, NY 11725, 516 499-0907.
MONOPAX INK Dispensers.
Refill cartidges for your ink-jet printer, promise to banish leaking and spotting that standard refills are prone to. The disposable cartridges are available in two- ($ 9) and four- packs ($ 18). Print up your questions and send them to Jet Technology, 16 Pembroke Road, Weston, MA 02193, 617 239-8383.
FROM 1 HE FIRST Explorer launch through Voyagers I and
II. Space Photos II ($ 29.95) gives you a pictorial history of the U.S. space program on two disks. You control the speed of the slideshow. Included in the package arc files for decompressing the pictures into IFF format. Blast off to Signs Etc. by D. Knox, PO Box 628, Carmichael, CA 95609-0628, 916 944-0790, 800 634-2952.
Gold and Glory
YOUR SOLE OBJECTIVE is to become the best warrior- chicken fighting, arm wrestling, fighting monsters, off to the training spa you even must find time for banking and shopping. Role Playing Game Bulletin Board System (RPG-BBS) from Mercury Software allows you to become a warrior in a medieval quest
THE SIN 500-2 Internal Memory Expansion Board is ex
pandable to one half, one, or two megabytes and requires four chips per half meg. The memory autoconfigures in the standard Amiga expansion range with RAM on off. The board is available for $ 299 (unpopulated) from Spirit Technolog)-, 220 West 2950 South. Salt Lake City, UT 84115, 801 485-4233.
For gold and glory. When you register on the RPG-BBS, you become a warrior. Also, you can customize many of the external files to make your own unique board. Form teams with other registered users. RPG-BBS is available for $ 59.95 from Mercury Software, PO Box 83, Wilton, CT 06897. ?
From Starvision International
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Quasar Sampling System Stereo & Mono Capability Line and Microphone Switches
Left & Right Channel Controllers
Digital V U & P k Indicators Microphone Adaptor Manual & QuasarSound Software
StarSound brings you The Quasar Sampling System for your sound sampling needs. This dual system, uses both serial and parallel ports to double your sampling frequency range and eliminates unwanted noise common with other samplers. With a rate of 56 KhZ (28 KhZ each channel) and a direct microphone adaptor, you can sample sounds without the use of an amplifier or pre-amp. Two channel input controls (Left & Right), digital V U and Peak indicators gives you great sound control and special effect capabilities. Manufactured in Europe, comes with Quasar- Sound Software, its easy to install and gives you the best capabilities for your money.
StarSound is available for $ 139.00 Retail. For more information or to place an order contact:
Starvision International 305 Madison Avenue, Ste. 411 New York, NY 10165 Tel: (212) 867-4486
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Q: have an Amiga 1000, and would like to add a hard drive.
Can I connect a hard drive directly to the expansion port?
A: You can acid a hard drive to your A1000 via the expansion bus, but you will need a special hard-drive interface for the A 100(1. You cannot connect a hard drive without an interface; attempting to do so could cause damage to vour computer and hard drive.
Make sure that the interface allows the computer to auto* configure, that is. Automatically recognize the drive on start up. A number of companies. Such as Supra, C Ltd, and ComSpec, make hard drives and interfaces for the A1000.
Q: Do you know of any software that performs project management functions such as pert charts, milestone charts, critical path, etc.?
Also, is there anything that will turn an IFF graphic file into an ASCII file?
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A: I haven't seen any project management software yet. The closest thing is a series of advanced statistics programs from Lionheart Software (PO
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To convert IFF graphic files to ASCII, you need LaserUp! Print from S. Anthony Studios (889 De Haro St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415 826-6193), which converts IFF flies into the EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) format so they can be transferred to other systems.
Q: I am having problems with my Bridgeboard. When I play some IBA1 games, the IBM side crashes, and an Amiga requester appears with the message “Lock List Cor rupt." With some productivity packages, when I double click the right mouse button, yellow flashes appear on the screen, and the system crashes. My biggest problem is that I can't use a joystick from the Bridgeboard. Any ideas?
B. Bernard Erie, PA
A: I don't know what is causing the crashes. My experience with the Bridgeboard has shown it to be a fairly compatible PC clone. I have no doubt, however, that some PC software (especially games) could crash it. The 1.3 Amiga operating system upgrade contains a new version of the Janus library and a new set of PC Tools to work with it. Perhaps the upgrade will solve your software problems.
As for a joystick, most Pcs do not come with a gameport as standard equipment. You will need to buy an expansion card that has a gameport (most multifunction PC cards have one). You will also need a special joystick because Amiga joysticks won't work with a PC.
Q: am writing a program that chooses random numbers using the 1ST and RSI) functions. How do you reset them using the RANDOMIZE statement?
J. Christensen Kenosha, WI
A: The R D function has three variations. The first uses a negative argument, for example R D(- ]). When you supply a negative value, it resets the random number generator to the first number in the sequence. If you generate ten random numbers, then issue a RND( - 1) and create another ten random numbers, the second ten would match the first ten. The second format uses any number greater than zero for an argument, such as RND(l), or no number at all (just RND). This returns the next number in the random number sequence. The third format uses zero as an argument, and it repeats ihe last number generated.
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The best method is to use the syntax RANDOMIZE TIMER, which seeds the random number generator with the number of seconds that have elapsed since midnight.
Q: I was told that I could make my A 500 IBM compatible by getting something called Bob's Board, and buying an IBM case and disk drive. Is this legitimate? If so, where can I get it?
A; What you were told was a case of mistaken identity. Bill's Boards Bus Expander from Comp-U-Save is an expansion board (not a chassis) that will allow you to add Amiga 2000 and IBM slots to an A500 or A1000. Combine Bill's Board, an IBM AT case, a power supply, Commodore's A2088 Bridgeboard, which provides very good, although basic, MS- DOS compatibility, and an A500 (and about four feet of desk space), and you have an A500 with MS-DOS abilities. Contact Comp-U-Save at 414 Maple Ave., Westbury, NY 11590, 516 997-6707. ¦
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W hen you've perfected your creations, you'll direct them to any one of a variety of color, black-and-white, or laser printers. If you have a copy of Professional Page (also front Gold Disk), you might even turn out four-color separations for use with an offset printer that would really be productive.
Though stylistically closer to “The Flint- stones” than to “Doonesburv” or “The Far Side,” ComicSetter printouts look pretty much like real comics. The output is great for off-beat greeting cards, cartoons for the office bulletin hoard, or even advertising art. ComicSetter is geared for the casual doodler, though, and using it to create the exaggerated perspectives and fine lines of true comic art is difficult at best.
Unless you have some drawing talent, vour efforts will be restricted to variations on whatever clip art you’re able to dig up. One disk of art is included with ComicSetter. And Gold Disk offers several others separately; you can also import IFF files. F.xcept for one figure in a spacesuit, none of the characters on the included disk are clothed. Fortunately, you can use the Fill tool on these naked guys, so they appear to be wearing skintight costumes of whatever color or pattern you choose. You can then add detailing with the Draw tool, though this is a bit tedious.
While vou may be able to individuate your characters with costumes, you can't avoid having to position them in one or another of the same old heroic altitudes. The clip-art pieces don't always fit together precisely, either you can't just grab an arm with the mouse and stick it on a torso. Instead, you must type in a pair of coordinates to line up the sections. And finding the right ones is a time-consuming trial-and-error affair. Also, you can’t rotate or reorient any of the parts, which I found especially confining. Occasionally, my backgrounds were destroyed for no apparent reason, and memory was tight, even with two megabytes (twice the nominal minimum).
One of ComicSetter s better features is the flexible handling of speech balloons you have complete control over every imaginable parameter to make them look just right. (The clip-art disk contains such standard effects as POW! And BI.AM!. but if vou want to say some- tiling like E E F, F. Y A A A A H!, you’ll have to write it yourself.) Another welcome capability is scaling, which lets you resize any graphic if you want to reduce a panel, vou don’t have to crop it. A sophisticated curve-drawing tool gives you painting power.
Put It in Print
Seeing your first printed pages, especially if you have a color printer, is a lot of fun. The print options are many and varied. Be sure to experiment with all the parameters until you find the most advantageous combination, as there's quite a bit of variance in speed and print quality. A few early copies of ComicSetter contain unusable versions of both the printer device and at least one printer driver (Epson), which were inadvertently placed on the disk. In the unlikely event that you receive one of these copies, you can either return it for exchange, or simply replace the defective items with those from vour Workbench ?
Import characters that you’ve created in a paint program, then add one or more of the heroic types who call the clip-art disk home.
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INVISION For Livel’ly effects. By Gary Ludwick
IN VISION TRANSFORMS YOUR Amiga into a full-fledged video-effects board. Working in tandem with A-Squared Systems’ Live! Real-time digitzer. This soft-
ware, from Elan Design, allows you to alter Livekcapiurecl images and sequences extensively.
The concept for Invision comes from the world of audio recording: An audiomixing board has an input channel for every instrument and voice being recorded, and each of these contains a scries of controls for customizing sound.
In both applications, the controls are called presets.
Invision passes command for the presets to your computer keyboard. You can
Just move your mouse for more effects.
Program each alphanumeric key to deliver a customized effect instantly and in real time, or to call up images from paint or titling programs or animation sequences, and mix them with your video input. The package comes with several libraries of effects assigned to kevs. The number of libraries you can
create is limited only by your imagination.
Invision runs from Workbench and is not multitasking. Clicking into the program brings you a full-screen hi-res representation of the Amiga keyboard, along with a directory panel and bank of buttons for choosing among disk drives, moving and copying files, jumping to the Live! Image, editing effects, and more. The key libraries reside in a directory called Environments. Loading an environment causes every programmed key to turn white on the display Hitting the Live! Button at this point displays on screen whatever video is flowing through the digitizer.
Now the fun begins! Tap any programmed kev and instantlv your Live!
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video changes to reflect the preset effect. Flay the keys like a piano and the video displays the variations instantly.
Set ’Em Up
Pressing the Escape key returns you to the Environment screen. Select any key (on the display or on the computer keyboard), click the Edit button, and you are readv to create an effect for that key.
The Preset screen is where you assign the color palette, resolution, brightness, contrast, and special effects to your key. Invision works with up to 32 colors (64 if your Amiga supports Extni_Ilalfiirite mode). You can create full-color palettes, gray scales, and monocromatic scales. For high contrast, use just black and white. ?
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Most of the palette controls that you find in paint programs are here, including copy, exchange, spread, and spectrum.
Also in this screen are three one-shot effects that will take place each time you push the key. These are: Lo Hi (resolutions), Invert (turns the image upside down), and Freeze (grabs and freezes the current Live! Image). Another control, Color Sensitivity, is a series of boxes that lets you sensitize your key and palette to specified colors in the video, much like putting a color filter over your camera lens.
Invision doesn’t stop at 38 keys it employs the mouse, as well. The two buttons and the up-down and side-to-side movements add another four effects to your repertoire. Unlike the keyboard effects, which are static, mouse effects are moving. The real-time capacity takes on a new light as you roll the mouse around and press its buttons.
The long list of available mouse effects includes control over saturation, hue, value, brightness, and contrast. You can introduce color cycling in forward and reverse, and select Nuke (a glowing radioactive look), Strobe, Blinds (Venetian- blind result), Mirrors, Mosaic, and Zebra (two-color high-contrast striping). Each of these effects is influenced by the color map (including palette, hue, and so on) assigned to the key; change the map and you can drastically alter the look.
With the SuperGen assignment, you can command a SuperGen (Progressive Image Technology Digital Creations) genlock; Moving the mouse up and down adjusts the fade rale and level of Amiga graphics, while side-to-side motion regulates background video.
When you consider that most of Invision’s features arc almost infinitely vari-
able, you begin to get some sense of the scope of ibis product!
Mixing a Medley
Invision supplants normal Live! Software and controls the digitizer directly. Tap the designated capture key (you can give capture playback capability to any number of keys) and you have a single frame. Hold it down and Invision will capture a sequence of frames until memory is filled (my 2 Vi -meg system could hold about live seconds of moving video).
One or more keys can also be designated to display IFF files from disk. Finally, a mixing key combines these IFF frames with live video from an outboard source such as a VCR or camera. If all this sounds like too much to remember, Flan Design includes blank templates for you to label each key's function.
Images captured from live video sources can be stored or saved to disk as IFF (single frames) or RIFF (a series of frames) files. Once saved, you can load these images into other IFF-compatible programs and manipulate them further.
You can mix frames in front of or belt ind a moving image. Hitting the key to which your frame is assigned and then pressing your mix key (which can also carry a range of effects) displays the two images on screen simultaneously. With a genlock, you can add a third layer.
I encountered only one problem using Invision: By holding down a capture key, you can eat up so much memory grabbing frames that the program has no room left to function. You can also store more video than an empty disk will hold.
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INVISION™ is the only software available for the Amiga that allows you to capture, process, and display video effects instantly and continuously in real time.
Taking full advantage of all features of the LIVET Frame Grabber by A-Squared“ IN VISION1" turns your Amiga and video system into an effects- generating powerhouse.
And using INVISION™ is simple, immediate, and thoroughly interactive. You assign effects that you design yourself to keys on the keyboard, where they are then literally at your fingertips to apply instantly on the moving video. At up
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INVISION™ works with any genlock, allowing complex layering effects. And it runs exclusively in overscan for recording to videotape without unwanted borders.
Moving video can be captured to different keys on the keyboard. To display a sequence, just press the key on which it was captured. Then you can use the mouse to play it back and forth, or the arrow keys to single-step through the frames. Or by tapping a capture key, you can grab one frame at a time to perform stop action or video cel animation.
Whether you are a musician producing music videos or an artist creating animations; an engineer do
The user interface gives you a whole new level of flexibility and control, whether you are capturing single frames, creating animation, or performing special effects on the fly.
INVISION1" lets you create your own color maps much like a paint program. Add effects to the image, such as mosaic or mirror, and then save it to disk or record it to tape exactly as you see it on the screen.
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and Invision doesn't know whether you
have room until it tries. Fortunately, neither event causes the program to crash; you can clear frames from memory to recover control.
Invision’s manual is clearly written in
conversational tone, and the layout and design are superb. It folds into a table- top flip chart. Each page is divided into three columns: On the left is a page summary, in the center is a numbered set of instructions, and to the right, the key- pressing sequence echoes the instructions.
The program disk is not copy protected. Tutorials and demos do an excellent job of getting you up and running quickly, and the screens are clear, well-designed, and intuitive. Finally, Invision includes a file called Performer, which lets you show your IFF and RIFF files on Ami- gas not connected with Invision or Live!
Invision is excellent all around. Everyone who owns Live! Should have a copy; it expands the digitizers capabilities tenfold. (By the same token, a set-up that includes Invision and Live! But not a genlock seems akin to having a car with no wheels.) If you don't own Live!, this program might be reason enough to justify a splurge.
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Project D RawCopy 1.3
Double your pleasure and fun fun. By Denny Atkin
WHILE COPY PROTECTION is an effective way for software developers to guard their investments, that’s lit lie consolation when your word-processing disk gets a read write error an hour before your report is due. Project I) from Fuller Computer Systems and RawCopy 1.3 from Micro Systems International allow
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Project D's main screen is similar to Workbench; from here you can access the program’s various tools and utilities by double-clicking icons. The tools are so easy to operate (the program employs gadgets and pull-down menus) that you should have little need to reference the excellent 16-page manual.
The Project D package contains a disk editor, disk-catalog manager, and a special non-Amiga format copier, in addition to BackupTool, the main utility that duplicates standard AmigaDOS disks and
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Transform your Amiga into a professional-quality drum machine with this software package. Easier to use than hardware-based drum machines because everything is displayed graphically on screen. Enter drum patterns quickly and easily in real time with visual feedback and editing. Create realistic drum tracks with any of the 100 drum and percussion samples that are included or use your own unique IFF one- shot samples. Dynamic Drums also has full MIDI implementation and even becomes velocity sensitive when triggered from a MIDI keyboard.
A powerful MIDI sequencer that takes full advantage of the Amiga’s sound, graphics, and sophisticated user-interface. Dynamic Studio is perfect for professional applications due to its sophisticated editing capabilities and SMPTE support. It is also ideal for home studios, because in addition to sequencing MIDI instruments, Dynamic Studio has a built-in drum machine, and the ability to playback instruments translated with Sound Oasis.
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Drives; you can make up to four copies at a time, provided you have enough floppy drives. Using the Track Position Selector, you select tracks from 0 to 81 to start and stop copying (while normal AmigaDOS disks stop at track 79, some disks add extra tracks as a form of protection). The final section provides a listing of reacl write and status errors that the program encounters during the process. If Project D discovers a nonstandard track on the disk, this window will report the track, drive, cylinder, and head number of the error.
Three copy options are available from the Backup menu. AmigaDOS, the default. Is for standard non copy-protected disks. Parameter is for use with most copy-protected software. The program's parameters let you copy over 120 commercial packages, and you can get pa- ra me ter-file updates quarterly from Fuller Computer Systems for $ 7.50. Selecting AutoMAGICally tells the program to identify and use the correct parameter, but you can choose your program by name from the parameter list if you prefer. (Even if a parameter is not listed for a particular program, you can often copy the disk successfully.) Finally, Index Sync lets you copy disks that are formatted with the starting points of each track aligned.
Once you have selected a copy option and your source and destination drives, click the GO! Gadget. With Project D, the
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Average duplication procedure takes 80 seconds; this is the fastest copy program I have used. If you have only one disk drive, or are making multiple copies simultaneously with fewer than two megs, the program will prompt you to exchange disks periodically.
The Project D toolbox also includes OmniTool, which copies MS-DOS, Atari ST, CP M, and Xenix disks. To copy disks from other operating systems, you need only have the appropriate size drive
3. 5- or 5,25-inch. OmniTool lets you copy single- and double-sided disks, and like the BackupTool, it offers a multi copy mode. Although the module performs well, it would be far more useful if it allowed you to transfer Files from other formats to AmigaDOS.
A powerful indexing utility, Catalog- Fool lets you make a database of vour hard- ancl floppv-disk Files. The program allows automatic or manual entry of Filenames. You can exclude subdirectories or .inlo Files, and set CatalogTool to ignore duplicates, and thus prevent multiple occurrences of Files such as DIR and Preferences. You can create separate registers by software type, and then merge the lists to create a master inventory of all of your files. The program includes several report formats for printing the lists.
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Finally, Project D includes three desk accessories. DiskWipe erases floppies completely, MemoryTool displays available chip and fast RAM, and Ztool!, a simple disk-copy program without error checking. You can load these utilities from the main screen or while running any of the primary tools.
While Project D includes numerous utilities, RawCopy is designed solely to duplicate protected software.
The RawCopy screen is sparse but functional, with two rows of boxes marked Source and Target. Selecting more than one target drive allows you to make multiple copies simultaneously from a single original. Like Project D, if you have only one floppy drive and less than two megabytes of memory, be prepared to swap disks.
RawCopy has two modes: Normal and Non-Standard DOS. You can duplicate most copy protected disks with the Normal mode. RawCopy will duplicate tracks 0 through 80, 81, or 82. Making it effective against protection schemes that use extra tracks. For heavily-protected disks and those using formats other than AmigaDOS, you must use the Non-Standard DOS option. While Project D’s Auto- MAGICally option will select the appro-
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You cannot select the program's copy parameters; RawCopy analyzes the disk to he copied and appoints the appropriate parameter. RawCopy automatically strips the copy protection from much of the software it processes, so you can then install the programs on a hard drive.
RawCopy includes separate tools for examining. Duplicating, and defeating disk- based copy protection. Below the drive-se- lection icons are an intimidating array of boxes for selecting read length, sync word, write length, precompensation, pre-write, MFM or OCR format, and bit-cell speed. If these terms are confusing, don't expect much help from the manual. It defines the functions in very basic terms and points you to a list of reference books.
Even though I am fairly well versed in these matters, I could not understand the options enough to use them.
T he error checker and RAM editor enable you to read and modify raw disk tracks, duplicate error tracks, and remove error checking, but these functions are also largely undocumented.
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I consider Project D to be akin to a well- etjuipped luxury automobile; it gives you a smooth ride and lots of easy-to-use options. RawCopy will appeal to the programmar who wants to open the hood and explore the mysteries of copy protection; it offers power (though you must know how to use it) and no luxuries. The program works, but most users will find the advanced functions overwhelming. Also, while Project D is not itself copyprotected, RawCopy is. Because the program cannot copy itself, it is impossible to install on a hard disk.
Both programs perform, but Project L) is a better choice for the average Amiga user. BackupTool is faster and easier to use than RawCopy, and the other utilities are a bonus. If you have a large collection of disks, you might consider
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WHEN I REVIEWED the original Forms In Flight release, I was impressed with the package. My enthusiasm was tempered, however, by the package’s interface and the steep learning curve it produces (see p. 68 in the January ’88 issue of Amiga World). Although Forms In Flight II has retained a non-standard approach, a number of added features and improvements make it one of the best 3-D object editors available.
The new version enables you to design complex surfaces and curved objects with a high degree of accuracy by combining two types of surfaces: Fsurfs (flat surfaces) and Qsurfs (quad surfaces). While Fsurfs curved lines joined end to end appear to to be two dimensional, they are actually 3-D objects lying in a single plane. Qsurfs are made up of four curves joined end to end. They can be flat as well, but most do not lie on a single plane. These curved lines let you create more highly-detailed objects than did the straight-line polygons the original package employed. You can edit any portion of your object using a number of options, including those for converting Qsurfs into Fsurfs and vice versa, for rounding a line or curve, sweeping a 2-D object into three dimensions, curv- ?
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mg any part of the object, or changing ils color or size.
As before, you can rotate an object in three dimensions to get different views, or you can change the position of the camera (think of this as walking around your car instead of rotating it) to get different perspectives without moving an object you have positioned very precisely. You can also zoom the camera in and out, or convert your object between two and three dimensions, without loss of spatial data. You can enlarge and reduce objects, too, although this alters the data.
Forms In Flight II does not render in HAM or ray*traced formats. You can generate objects in wireframe mode or as solid-shaded images, and, with the addition of a dithering technique called Phong shading, produce very realistic solid objects. Generating a Phong-shaded object requires that you specify a range of colors and establish a dithering range. While not difficult, it is time-consuming because you will likely need to repeat the process to get the results you want.
Forms In Flight II lets you load an IFF image to use as a background for your objects. More importantly, the new Texture Mapping option lets you wrap IFF pictures around even the most complex three-dimensional objects. With sufficient RAM. You can map up to 15 pictures on one surface, assigning different images to various portions of the surface.
Forms In Flight II includes a powerful animation module Fast Flight which was not a part of the original package but was offered in earlier upgrades. You can generate very complex and impressive animations using a hierarchical format where objects are either parents, children, or siblings. The terminology makes orchestrating your animation easy all motion is relative to the parent and the package includes some good examples. The program does not employ the standard anim format, so you must use the Fast Flight module (fortunately, it is freely distibutahle) for playing your sequences.
Neither Forms In Flight nor the upgraded version employ a standard Intui- tion-style interface, and although I like the new format better, the package is still not easy to learn. Forms In Flight II brings up a menu requester when you click the right mouse button; the requester appears wherever your pointer is. While I like the concept, the requester itself is awkward to use: it displays submenu items to the right of the main menu, and their options still further right. In interlaced mode, the type shrinks, making it difficult to read the selections, and easy to accidentally select the wrong one. The program should offer two versions of the requester: one for interlaced mode and another for non-interlaced displays.
The new manual (over 100 pages long) is much like the old one. It takes a tutorial approach, and each chapter ends with an overview list. Although the documentation is good, it is sometimes difficult to follow.
Forms In Flight Ilfs curved surfaces enable you to generate complex objects that are beyond the reach of other Amiga 3-D rendering packages. Phong shading and sophisticated IFF-texture mapping are welcome additions, too. On the negative side, the program still lias a steep learning curve, and it is memory ?
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By Louis R. Wallace
IF VOU BOOT with a virus-infected disk, the small virus program loads into your computer’s memory. From there it will copy itself to any other disks you insert into the computer, and overwrite the custom boot blocks that many programs use for copy protection. Once such a boot block is destroyed, the software will not load properly.
Virus Infection Protection (VIP) is a viral remedy. It is, essentially, a database
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All of VIP’s menu options are easy to learn and use. One option will start the program’s menus speaking your language either English, French, German, Spanish. Danish, or Italian.
Before you can begin to store boot blocks, you must create a new VIFF File (a boot-block database), then load it. Once you set up a VIFF file or load an existing one, the VIFF Entry menu becomes active. From here you can add to the database, select a boot-block entry, or remove one. The Sort option allows you to organize entries by name, date of entry into the file, the date the disk was made, or by VIFF ID number (which VIP assigns to each boot block as it is entered in the database). The Write option is the one you will need when a virus strikes; it restores a boot block to an infected disk. Print gives you a hard-copy list of your file entries.
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From an infected disk and give the virus program a name. If VIP later encounters that type of virus, the program will refer to it by name.
VIP is not copy protected. I had no problems storing it on my hard disk, and it worked welt with the 1.3 operating system, including the Fast File System. The manual is brief but adequate.
After making VIFF entries of several commercial games, I infected the disks with an SCA virus. Using VIP, I quickly and easily restored the boot blocks, then loaded and played the games. I did not detect any differences in the programs after restoration.
VIP works only when you use it. If a disk becomes infected before you have stored it’s boot block, you are out of luck unless you can borrow a copy from a friend.
VIP’s Examine option requires that you keep a full hi res screen running. If you want only to check for the presence of viruses, I suggest you look to the public domain; you can Find better, more discrete virus checkers there. If you have a substantial investment in copy-protected software that uses custom boot blocks, you should get VIP and use it. It can pay for itself with one save. Better yet, do both and you will likely be safe from all of today’s viruses.
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EASY TITLER BILLS itself as the easiest- to-use titling program available for the Amiga. I can’t argue with that claim. The question is, is it too simple?
The program autoboots on Amiga 500 and 2000 machines, but to use it on an
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Easy Titler keeps things simple on the creative end as well. You have a choice of two typefaces, block or script (block has a bold version, too), and you can select from three colors for those faces: black, white, or yellow. You also have three options for making the type appear on screen: Push Up (the crawling type often used for TV credits), Snap On, and Fade In.
Make your choices, type in your title, and you are ready to roll.
As you might expect from the choice of effects, Easy Titler is also a slideshow generator. Each show accepts up to 16 screens and you can vary the effect used between screens. You have no control over timing for either the effect or the display of your title. Do you want to display one screen twice as long as the others? Then you must make two identical screens and use the Snap On effect between them so that the transition is invisible.
Easy Titler allows you to display your titles over background pictures either digitized photographs or artwork. The program’s Picture Directory can hold up to four 320x200 IFF images, and the program will call up any one of those images as directed.
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To decipher my conclusion, go back to the beginning of the review and substitute the word “limiting” for every occurrence of "simple.” That's the word on Easy Titler. In fact, the program is limiting to the point of near uselessness. Easy Titler is so simple to use that a Fifth grader can operate it, but even a novice videophile will quickly yearn for more sophistication and flexibility. I suggest you save your money for VideoTitler (Aegis) or TV*Text (Zuma Brown Wagh). They may not be as easy to learn or use, but they won’t leave you powerless, either.
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January 1989 An Amiga starter kit: hardware and software recommendations for building your first system. Programming graphics in C. Index to'1988 articles.
December 1988 Software Buyer’s Guide. Programming Superbase Professional. Graphics tips on airbrush painting. AmigaDOS 1.3 overview, part 5.
November 1988 lop 40 games countdown. Identifying and eradicating viruses. Introduction to Arexx. AmigaDOS 1.3 overview, part 4.
October 1988 Programming languages: find the one that’s right for you. Roundup of word processors. Digitizing tips. AmigaDOS 1.3 overview, part 3.
September 1988 Database roundup. Tips on video titling and special effects. Programming graphics in Modula-2. AmigaDOS 1.3 overview, part 2.
August 1988 Amiga workstations: science, engineering, and graphics. Introduction to ARP. AmigaDOS 1.3 device handlers. AmigaDOS 1.3 overview, part 1.
July 1988 Reviews of 24-pin and laser printers. Roundup of printer utilities. Comparative review of Modula-2 compilers. Programming video text in Amiga Basic.
June 1988 .Assembling and recording on a home MIDI system. Roundup of music hardware and software. Review of Superbase Professional. Programming the Extra Halfbrite mode in C.
May 1988 Introduction to version 1.3 of the Operating System. Reviews of Professional Page and Animate 3D. Tips on programming WordPerfect macros.
April 1988 Telecommunications: on-line services and software. Programming proportional gadgets in G and recursion in BASIC. Setting up a virtual MS-DOS disk with your Bridgeboard and hard disk,
January 1988 Desktop publishing software comparative review. Public-domain software recommendations. Comparative review of Sculpt 3D and VideoScape 3D. Brain surgery and the Amiga,
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Seated at the Amiga banquet, you see dozens of appetizing main courses. There are business briskets, video victuals, music rnunchies, and game goodies. A feast for every palate. But you can't just start stuffing your face right away. That would be gauche. First you must sample a little of this, a touch of that. As all gourmets have a bit of the chef within them, you must have noticed as you worked your way down the table that some things, properly prepared, in bitesized pieces, would make excellent appetizers. I'm sure that you also have a few useful tips for Amiga dining. Which spoon to use, how to twirl your fork, which is the soup and which is the finger bowl. Those sorts of things.
No matter how long you have been enjoying the Amiga buffet, there are bound to be a few things you've learned (either the hard way, by chance, or from a friend) that others might not know. Is there a way to cheat at Bongo Blaster? Have you discovered a cheap source of diskette boxes? A way to fix screen flicker? A short BASIC program that calculates dates? A unique use for a digitizer? A way to insure good video signals? A snappy startup-sequence? A clever batch file? A way to make money with your Amiga? Or anything that might be useful to another Amiga owner and would fit in a few paragraphs?
Our hints-and tips column, Hors d’oeuvres, is one of the most popular items in AmigaWorUL and we are always on the lookout for savory tidbits from our readers. As a reward, if we publish your tip in the magazine, you will receive a wonderfully useful, uniquely marvelous gift bearing the Amiga World logo that you can bring to user-group meetings, the beach, the witches’ coven solstice ceremonies, your dentist’s office, or wherever. It is guaranteed to impress your friends, strike fear in the hearts of your enemies, and dazzle your mom.
So put on your creative beanies, sharpen your crayons, ponder the implications of overnight (or a month or two, anyway) success, then get jotting. Mail your ideas to:
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Be sure to include your name and address, and remember, everything you send to us we keep, so don’t send any family heirlooms, valuable jewelry, stock certificates, or cash (unless you really want to impress us, that is). First opened, first published (and we sometimes just reach into the bag, pulling out letters at random). We aren't going to send you anything until the tip has appeared in print (if it ever does), so don’t expect any cards, letters, or personal visits.
This is the chance of a lifetime. . . Well, not really, but jump at it anyway. Who knows. . .?
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Public Domain Library, 111
Micro-Systems Software. 17
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Micro-Systems Software, 35
Subscription Ad, 97
The Amiga Companion, 99
Mindware International, 7
Antic Software, 39
Mindware International, 13
New Horizons Software, 47
New Wave Software, 92
Bethesda Softworks, 43
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Briwall, 106, 107
NewTek, Inc., 9
Brown-Wagh Publishing, 63
Oceanic America, 70
Brown-Wagh Publishing, 57
Oxxi, Inc., 65
California Access, 52
Precision Incorporated, 63
Centaur Software, Inc., 29
Communications Specialties, Inc., 90
& Software, 96
Computer Mail Order, 58, 59
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Computer Mart, 101
Creative Computers, 83, 84, 85
ReadySoft, Inc., 2
Datamax Research Corporation, 68
Date! Computers, 79
SoftLogik Publishing Corporation, 5
Digital Creations, 51
Software Discounters of America, 103
DigiTek, Inc., 19
Software Excitement, 89
Elan Design, 91
Spectrum Holobyte, 31
Emerald Intelligence, 23
Sprite Technology, 94
Flexible Data Systems, Inc., 88
Starvision International, 78
Fuller Computer Systems, 66
SubLOGIC Corporation, 56
Go AMIGA, 72, 73
Gold Disk, CM
Taito Software. Inc., 55
Gold Disk, 1
Terrific Software, 53
Gold Disk, 49
The Right Answers Group, 4
Great Valley Products, Inc., 67
The Software Shop, 76, 77
Great Valley Products, Inc., 67
Incognito Software, 21
Innovision Technology, 75
InterComputing, Inc., 105
Joker Software International, 15
Lattice, Inc., 87
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• Can digitize in all Amiga resolution modes from 320x200 up to 768x480 (full hi-res overscan)
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If you want the highest quality graphics for your Amiga, as easy as 1, 2, 3; then you need the new version of the best selling video digitizer of all time: Digi-View Gold.
The all new Digi-View Gold is the best video digitizer for the Amiga. Period. Nothing else even comes dose. Why?
The secret is that Digi-View Gold captures 2.1 million colors in memory, giving you an incredible 100,000 apparent colors on screen simultaneously.
And it’s easy to use. Just focus your video camera on any object or picture, and in seconds Digi-View Gold turns it into Amiga graphics that glow with vibrant color and clarity. Whether you are creating graphics for desktop publishing, presentations, video, or just for fun, Digi-View Gold gives you dazzling images with amazing simplicity.
Digi-View Gold is designed specifically for the Amiga 500 and 2000, and plugs directly into the parallel port.
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Digi-View Gold is a trademark ol NewTek, Inc. Amiga is a trademark of Commodore-Amiga, Inc Be seeing you!!
Editor's Note: Here in the Hardware section of our feature on Amiga video special effects, we have chosen to focus on several brand-new items that have just arrived or will arrive soon on the Amiga market. At least in one case, we feel this equipment may be of such revolutionary, “breakthrough” significance that it should take precedence as the subject of our coverage over existing video hardware already on the market. And so it is that the much talked-about and eagerly-anticipated Video Toaster from NewTek becomes the primary topic of our feature.
Not to neglect readers looking for currently available video effects hardware, we refer them to the “Video Roundup” sidebar accompanying this article for previous Amiga World articles and reviews.
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