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Amiga Morph The Amiga market is changing and not all of the changes are bad. The feeling in the community is that the Amiga needs the cooperation of its users and vendors and AC will do i111 it can to promote the positive aspects of these changes. Wl' have a tremendous amount oi work lo do. Our efforts arc concentrated on providing a medium that will inform the render and provide a viable marketplace for the advertiser. While this has always been our goal. the nature of the Amiga arket demands that we use every opportunitv to make this happen, Escom As a final irony to the entire episode. we learned. while this issue was going to press, that Escorn had signed an agreement with Commodore's liquidators. AC is one of the few m.1gazil1L'S capable of replacing copy and getting the story tn the public in record time. The story is in this issue, now ii is up to our printer to finish the process. Within the next month, the Commodore sale could easily be completed and all of us in the Amiga community will have a better idea of where tlw Amiga is headed. l know that we have heard this before, but there is much more than hope here. One of the most asked questions we have heard through this is, "Will AC continue?" W!! have no choice, as long as the Amiga market needs us we will be here to support it. Hard work and diligence does sometimes payQff. The Draco Amiga Clone, Video Toaster Secrets, and over 30 other Amiga announcements. The foJJowing are press releases and news announcements from Amiga
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Using Moving Textures ¦ in Aladdin-4D, p.38 The Commodore Game, p.58 ImageFX, p.28 CONTENTS 5 NEW PRODUCTS and other neat stuff The DraCo Amiga Clone, Video Toaster Secrets, and over 30 other Amiga announcements round out this month's new products.
14 Genie Tools by R. Shamms Morlier Add on functionality for Aladdin 4D.
16 AlphaPaint by R. Shamms Mortier A review of Innovision Technology's 24- bit plus Alpha Channel painting program for the Video Toaster user.
21 An Interview with Nova Design by R. Shamms Mortier An interview with Bob Fisher, the Marketing Director and spokesperson.
28 ImageFX 2.0 by R. Shamms Mortier ImageFX 2.0 is the most significant upgrade that any Amiga image processing program has gone through in years.
35 Fred Fish The new Fred Fish Disks-Beyond 1000.
A quick look at the next 40 disks.
38 Using "Moving Textures" in Aladdin-4D by R. Shamms Mortier "Of all of the CD collections of textures that I've seen thus far, this one from Precision Computer Graphics is the absolute cat's pajamas hottest..." 40 Accelerate Your A4000 or A3000 by Douglas Nakakihara The top-end of the WarpEngine line features ’040 CPUs running at 40MFIz which can triple the speed of a 4000 and improve a 3000's performance by a factor of nearly eight!
42 On Line by Rob Hays This month we will take a look at several different utilities available for downloading from your favorite communications service.
46 PD Update by Henning Vahlenkamp This month's column marks the beginning of PD Update's second year and includes a table of 1994 software updates plus a look at FileX 2.0, ImageStudio 1.1.0, Klondike Deluxe AG A II and Tetris Duel.
48 FinalData by Merrill Callaway A review of the database manager program, FinalData, by SoftWood, Inc. 58 The Commodore Game Three companies race toward the final resolution of a multi-national corporation with a "dark horse" contender in the lead, 64 SUBWAR 2050 & UFO MICROPROSE goes to war with two great titles.
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EDITORIAL mm The Changes in the Amiga Market Last issue, I wrote that the Amiga market was in a state of change and that Amazing Computing was going to be flexible in order to meet that change. At the time, I was fairlv confident, but! Was not prepared for how radically things would change.
We re late for the second and last time!
First, I would like to apologize for the delay in an AC issue for the second time.
Originally, we had planned for this issue to be a week late as ice revised our schedule.
However, once again, as the issue was going to press, we began to hear rumors. Instead of the regular deluge of Commodore liquidation stories and deadlines, we began to receive advertising request calls from our competitor's main clients. Within a few short hours, we began receiving calls from virtually everyone who had an interest in Amiga.
AmigaWorld was halting production.
There would be no May issue. Apparently, the staff at AntigaWorld reached their decision, informed their advertisers, and then issued a press release: AmigaWorld Ceases Publication Readers Offered Choice of Options Peterborough, NH (March 2, 1995) - TechMedia Publishing announced today that it will cease publication of AmigaWorld, the leading magazine serving users of the Commodore Amiga computer, as of its April 1995 issue.
"TechMedia will offer current readers two positive options to replace AmigaWorld", commented Dale Strang, TechMedia President. "We feel it is im- portantto offer our customers the editorial quality they have become accustomed to from AmigaWorld over the past ten years. The offer will consist of two other IDG publications, both of which contain editorial inline with the needs of Amiga users.” Strang explained that this difficult business decision was a result of the deteriorating state of the Amiga market.
"Because of the Commodore liquidation there has been no new Amiga technology developed in the last year, which translates into no new vendors or readers entering the marketplace. The Amiga platform has lost considerable position in the highly competitive digital video multimedia nichein which it wasa major player," commented Strang.
AmigaWorld's Heritage It cannot be denied that AmigaWorld contributed a great deal to the Amiga community. Their presence in the market, backed by the power of IDG made them a formidable competitor, Tire power of IDG made it possible for AmigaWorld to finance expansion and distribution that independent magazines such as AC could not match.
AmigaWorld used their position in many ways to help the Amiga expand in the marketplace. They were instrumental in the growth of the Amiga trade show, AmiEXPO, which was originated bv the New York Amiga User Group, AMUSE. They sponsored contests, created books, and produced videos.
All of these activities provided exposure for the Amiga. In truth, outside of television advertising (which Commodore did sparingly), AW probably did more advertising in North America than Commodore.
It Ain't Necessarily So While I have utmost respect for Dale Strang and his very professional staff, obviously there are several statements in AmigaWorld'?, press release to which 1 take exception. Aside from our individual conceptions of magazine leadership and editorial philosophies, I believe AW looked at the Amiga market from the wrong perspective and then drew the wrong conclusions.
Yes, the Amiga has been out of production for a long time and this does mean that there are very few new users (some new users will come into the market as older users sell their Amigas). But, on the next page, we begin one of the largest new product sections we have ever published.
From the DraCo Amiga clone to the newest Fred Fish CD ROM, there is activity in this market.
No, the activity is not coming from a main computer manufacturer. It is coming from the hundreds of small developers who have always worked hard to keep the Amiga going. While Commodore did very little to promote or expand the Amiga, third party developers created hundreds of tools and applications to make things happen. Our task at AC has always been to support these efforts.
Let's be honest. As much as we respect and appreciate AmigaWorld's contribution, we appreciate ours more. With the news that AW would not produce a May issue, we knew that their advertisers would need a place to advertise and we were more than happy to oblige. But it was not all mercenary. There were valid philanthropic reasons.
The news of A W's departure could have demoralized an already uncomfortable market. If a giant like AW ceased to function, could the rest of the market compete? Would AC be ready to take the place of AW and offer vendors a workable alternative? We had to answer these questions quickly and effectively.
The first thing we did was lower prices.
Instead of taking advantage of the situation.
We created an opportunity tor Amiga vendors to remain in the Amiga market at a lower rate. The next thing we did was call on advertisers.
Although I have always maintained a hard and fast rule that editorial and advertising would not mix, this was different.
I had to contact these people personally and convince them that not only was AC serious about the market, but that we had their best interests in mind. Yes, I did receive a few offers from people who would he glad to advertise if we could assure them that their review would be in that issue those I was forced to decline.
However, the majority of the market reacted favorably to the offers and the opportunity- I received several unsolicited calls and, even after the advertising closed, I received calls from vendors who wanted to know what they could do to help us.
Amiga Morph The Amiga market is changing and not all of the changes are bad. The feeling in the community is that the Amiga needs the cooperation of its users and vendors and AC will do all it can to promote the positive aspects of these changes, We have a tremendous amount of work to do. Our efforts are concentrated on providing a medium that will inform the reader and provide a viable marketplace for the advertiser. While this has always been our goal, the nature of the Amiga market demands that we use every opportunity to make this happen.
Escom As a final irony to the entire episode, we learned, while this issue was going to press, that Escom had signed an agreement with Commodore's liquidators. AC is one of the few magazines capable of replacing copy and getting the story to the public in record time.
The story is in this issue, now it is up to our printer to finish the process.
Within the next month, the Commodore sale could easily be completed and all of us in the Amiga community will have a better idea of where the Amiga is headed. I know that we have heard this before, but there is much more than hope here.
One of the most asked questions we have heard through this is, "Will AC continue?" We have no choice, as long as the Amiga market needs us we will bo here to support it. Hard work and diligence does sometimes payoff.
The DraCo Amiga Clone, Video Toaster Secrets, and over 30 other Amiga announcements.
NEW PRODUCTS and other neat ztaffi The following are press releases and news announcements from Amiga vendors and others. While Amazing Computing maintains the right to edit these entries, the statements, etc. made in these reports are those of the vendors and not Amazing Computing magazine.
Avec Flight Recorder BMD-US has announced the release of the Avec Flight Recorder, and expansion chassis manufactured by CBI. Used for NewTek's Video Toaster Flyer®. The unit has 5 full length slots, 3 half length slots, 3-5.25" exposed drive bays, 2-3.5' exposed drive bays, 3-3.5" concealed drive bays, 3 internal SCSI cable sets, a 200+ watt power supply and 2 cooling fans. It is designed to be connected and placed next to an Amiga 2000.
3000 or 4000. The unit hos 8 PC style slots and holds up to 9 SCSI hard drives, as well as removable hard drives, tape backup drives and CD-ROM drives, The chassis will house TBCs, editing cards or any other PC style card. It also has LED indicators for two drives. For more information, dealers should contact: BMD-US, P.O. Box 16, Sharpsvllle, PA 16150, 800-233-1679 or FAX 412-962- 1186, Interested individuals should contact their local dealer or call BMD- US for the name of a local dealer.
Digital Orchestra - Update The price on this eighty disk collection of digitally sampled musical instruments from Fairbrothers, Inc. hos been changed. The new price is 34.95 per disk, 3 or more disks at S3.95 each and 10 or more at 32,95 each. Disks 1 -40 are also available on CD.
Fairbrothers, Inc., 5054 S22nd St.. Arlington. VA 22206. Tel: 703-820-1954.
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QuickText from Tahoe Software, Etc. Is an interactive desktop video program designed to develop and display almost any type of graphic screen, including titles and credits, pictures, and even animations, Other features include full Arexx support, auto screen sequencing, on-screen timer, text and numeric variables, a recordable & replayabie “doodler", and an easy-to-use point- and-click interface, QuickText has been used for 6 years in a computer with a simple genlock in a daily, live newscast and in taping sports events for (oca! TV cable. It can be used as an overhead projector, reader-board,
silent pager, or teleprompter. “QT" is made for any Amiga with Workbench 1.2 or higher.
You can get a FREE demo from Tahoe Software, Etc., or from the Aminet (biz demo QuickTextdemo.lha). Soon to be released. QuickText PRO will feature remote-control via modem, time-of-day slots, and tiled backdrops. QuickText has an SRP. Of 359.95 Tahoe Software, Etc.. PO Box 9236.
South Lake Tahoe. CA 96158, 916-541-
BCI-NET CD December 94 - The Latest Aminet Alternative Brought to you by Better Concepts. Inc., this CD contains over 1 GIG of the latest, greatest, most useful programs off of the Internet. Utilities, games, graphics, music, entertainment plus tons more! All complete with a custom built interface written just for this CD that will let you travel through the archived files and allow you to launch any program, without ever leaving the interface.
Planned to be released quarterly, the latest version available is December '94.
Better Concepts. Inc.. lOMandon Terrace, New City, NY 10956, Tel 914- 639-5095, FAX 914-634-7097.
AMIGA Multimedia MM 1200 This system utilizes an advanced graphics architecture chip set to simultaneousiy display graphics in up to 256,000 colors from a palette of over
16. 8 million, providing life-like NTSC images and adding
spectacular color to presentations and interactive
applications. The system comes bundled with SCALA MultiMedia
Software which is a complete interactive multimedia
Easy to use ICONIC Interface, allowing point and click programming with a two button mouse. SCALA comes with fonts, backgrounds, wipes, transitions, drawing tools, sounds and music.
AMIGA Business Computers. 192 Laurel Road. East Northport, NY 11731, Tel 516- 757-7334. FAX 516-757-7234.
NEW PRODUCTS omc(otk&r teatsFufifi Video Toaster Secrets Desktop Images' newest instructional videotape is called Video Toaster Secrets. It reveals the secret tips and undocumented features in Lightwave 3D, ToasterPaint and the Amiga operating system that will save you time and increase your productivity. For both professionals and novices, this tape reveals powerful automated functions and shortcuts essential to getting maximum performance from your applications. Secrets shows you how to tap the power of Arexx, Amiga's scripting language, by creating and editing macros to automate many
aspects of the Toaster System. Also revealed are tricks like automatic page emboss and reverse emboss, the blur macro and bar graphic macros. For Lightwave 3D users it explores modifying your Lightwave and Modeler configuration files to change your presets, customize the programs and access hidden Modeler macros. The program 1hen takes you inside macros including light swarm, particle clone and random surface points to create UFOs, exploding lights, trees on a random rolling landscape and other astonishing effects. Video Toaster Secrets has a run time of approximately 95 minutes and
carries a retail price of $ 49.95. it is available at your iocal Video Toaster Dealer, software and hardware resellers or direct from Desktop Images at 1-800- 377-1039.
Lee Stranahan (lop left) offers inside information in Video Toaster Secrets with secret tips and undocumented features in Lightwave 3D, ToasterPaint and the Amiga operating system through on-screen (bottom left) instruction.
Desktop Images. 1805 W Magnolia Blvd.. Burbank. CA 91506, Fax: 818-841-8023.
Updated CyberEdit products CyberEdit CM is a professional quality computer assisted video editing system.
It has a fast, intuitive mouse and keyboard interface. It has an oversized edit list management screen. Experience simultaneous user control of all VCRs with razor-sharp editing accuracy.
CM requires an accelerated Amiga and has on optional PRO Video Toaster Interface. Starting price is $ 800.00. CyberEdit CM PRO is the enhanced version of CyberEdit which supports the NewTek Video Toaster. You can perform multiple Toaster effects per edit including fade from to Black, digital transitions between edits (AX Roil), transitions from to backdrop pages, all titling keyed on video or Toaster backdrops, frame grabs, and more.
Versatile Toaster effect management system allows effects that are: cued to tcpe location (HH;MM:SS:FF), to time hold 5 seconds), or chained (end of one starts the next). Starting at S995.00. Cybercall. Inc.. 20 Cleveland Ave.. Highland Park. NJ 08904. Voice Fax: 908-249-9883.
AL-MUZIAA, The Ethnic Telepronnpter AL-MUZIAA is an Arabic. Farsi (Persian).
Urdu Teieprompter. Text is entered through the AMIGA, then it is scrolled on a special monitor with a reflector hood that is placed between the camera and the broadcaster & or actor, where he or she will read the text as it scrolls, No memorization Is needed. Features: WYSIWYG, speed controlled by a remote hand set, fast Cue marks, and reverse background color. Note: Complete system hardware (monitor, hood, reflector, 8 bracket) are available too. By L.C.P.S., Inc., USA & Zen Computer Services, UK. L.C.P.S. Inc.. PO Box 2015, Schiller Pork. IL 60176. Tel 708- 678-7183, Fax 708-678-7223.
DraCo Amiga Clone MacroSystem GmbH of Witten, Germany Is announced the development of their own video and graphics workstation named DraCo. Based on the Motorola 68060, this powerful machine will ship in the Spring of 1995.
For operating systems the Amiga OS will be standard and UNIX and UNIX clone support is expected. Development and production of DraCo are not dependent upon the current Commodore situation, as this computer is custom chipset independent, Any software program which runs on Amiga graphic boards like the Retina and the Picasso will work in DraCo, This includes Lightwave, AdPro. Image F X, Imagine, Bars and Pipes Pro and most every other professional software package.
Hardware compatibility is the function of the five Zorro ll slots. These slots allow use of the Toccata, Emplant, Ethernet, Vlab Y C and most other hardware boards. Hardware that requires the custom chip set won't run in DraCo. This includes 88QK floppies, genlocks, and the Toaster. Pricing is yet to be determined but it will be available in numerous memory and hard drive configurations and will be comparable in price to a similarly equipped A4000.
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CO 80026, Tel 303-499-1975, Fax: 303- 499-1979. Tech: 303-447-8126. BBS: 303- 969-8967.
Fish Nets Rank in Top Ten Amiga Library Services takes 30% of the top ten spots in the latest GTI-GmbH Amiga CD Tap 50 rankings. The release dated December '93 places ALS- Goldfish, Vol. II, second. FreshFish, Vol.
7, seventh and Goldfish Vol. I, ninth in the top ten. GTI-GmbH is the largest CD-ROM distributor in the European marketplace. Released in November '94 and exclusively distributed by Amiga Library Services. Ught-ROM, a multi-platform CD„ROM dedicated to 3-D LightWave artistry, placed an impressive 26th during its first month of distribution. “We're excited about the rankings," states founder Fred Fish.
"and look forward to continuing to supply the Amiga community with new products and quality services."
MacroSystem Releases MovieShop 2.0 MacroSystem GmbH of Witten, Germany announced the release of Version 2.0 of MovieShop software for Vlab Motion. This new release includes full audio support for Vlab Motion from within MovieShop software. The audio possibilities include: user definable envelope curves, audio which is separable from the video, sound files which can be imported, special audio effects, and audio dubbing. Many of these features were originally intended for the Professional version but MacroSystem decided to include this powerful audio support in the standard release to give their
Significant software enhancements allow higher JPEG compression rates as well as faster rendering times for the long list of digital effects. Digital effects now include reverse, line art, picture-in- picfure, flashbulb, freeze, rotate, and compose - which allows you to combine 24-Bit animations and video.
The audio capabilities are equally impressive- The envelope curves are completely user definable. Each separate track of audio can range in volume from l -100%. You can have up to 256 different audio tracks on the time line. Audio is also mutable, allowing even more flexibility. The audio files can be stripped from the video scenes, so you're not stuck with on undesirable audio segment. You can also Import an audio filed from any other source and overlay it with the desired video segment.
NoahJi's will include a training video tape with each Vlab Motion beginning in February. This video will briefly explain all of the features of MovieShop. And will include an offer to purchase a more in-depth video directly from the producer.
NoahJi's, 3591 Nyland Way. Lafayette, CO 80026. Tel 303-499-1975, Fax: 303- 499-1979. Tech: 303-447-8126, BBS: 303- 969-8967.
Soft-Logik Moved Soft-Logik has recently moved so the phone numbers and address on registration cards or manuals may not be correct. Please note the following: Sales: 800-829-8608 International Sales: 314-256-9595 Technical Support: 314-256-9333 Paid Technical Support: 800-829-5816 Fax: 314-256-7773 BBS: 314-256-8971 Address: 315 Consort Drive St. Louis. MO 63011 Twist 2 The friendly relational database Twist 2 is the friendly, easy to use relational database for your Amiga computer. Twist's range of powerful features coupled with its uncluttered graphical interface makes it perfect for
everything from keeping track of your CD collection to implementing a complete double entry accounting system. Features Include: ability to design your database and reports with flexible point and click graphical tools, a comprehensive set of statistical, string, and logical functions, ful! Arexx support, full Datatype support, the ability to build complex relation databases (N:l and even N:M databases) using simple point and click techniques, full support for Amiga scalable fonts for report output, and output reports to the printer, disk, screen, clipboard. Arexx port, or Twists built in
editor. Twist 2 works on all Amiga systems, a hard disk and 1 MB of memory are recommended. Twist 2 retails for SI49.95 and Is available now.
For more information or a copy of detailed product literature contact: Oregon Research, 16200SW Pacific Hwy. Suite 162. Tigard. OR 97224, Tel: 503-620-4919. Fax: 503-624-2940.
Squirrel SCSI - PCMCIA SCSI-2 Card for A1200 A600 Oregon Research announced this first full featured, plug and play PCMCIA SCSI-2 Interface for the A1200 and A600 computers. Features include: ability to connect up to 7 SCSI devices to your Amiga simultaneously, support of all SCSI and SCSI-2 devices including hard drives, floptical drives, tape drives, Syquest drives, Magneto-optical drives, and SCSI CD-ROM drive, transfer rates up to 1.2 MB sec on an accelerated A1200, up to 3Mb sec on a 68030 accelerated A1200. It has true "Hot" plug and play, and CD-32 compatibility built In. Squirrel SCSI
works on any A1200 or A600 and retails for $ 129,95. For more information or a copy of detailed product literature contact: Oregon Research, 16200 SW Pacific Hwy Suite 162, Tigard, OR 97224. Tel: 503-620-4919, Fax: 503-624-2940.
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Wonder Computers Inc. Wonder Computers is Canada's largest Amiga-Dedicated Dealer. With stores already in Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto, they are opening stores in London, Catgary and Vancouver. Their philosophy is simple, they believe the Amiga is a fantastic machine and it is all they do. All of their personnel own and use Amigas themselves and they are 100% committed to the machine. Their future plan is also simple: to spread right across Canada, (they hope to have 14 stores by the end of 1996); and then enter US markets in need of a good Amiga retail presence.
In the mean time. Wonder has branched out Into more aspects of the Amiga industry. They have acquired some top-notch people from companies like Commodore and Corel, and have launched a new Division called Lazarus Engineering. Lazarus has already started an aggressive schedule of Amiga hardware and software projects.
They are proud to announce that they are now the exclusive distributor of PC-Task 3.0 and DirWork 2.1 for North America. PC-Task 3.0 is the first software based Windows emulation for the Amiga, while DirWork is the most Animated.,
• Create an Animated I Five-bay Weather Forccait ' with
• Weathering the Situation
• Adorage ond ClartSSA
• On The Ball 1.24
• Distant Sun* vS.O
• Pi*el3D-Pro Version 2
• Front Ending C and much more!
Beginning powerful directory utility available. The SRPs for these products in the US are S129 and $ 89 respectively.
Wonder Computers Inc., 1301 Richmond Rood, Ottawa. Ontario, Canada K2B 7Y4. Tel: 613-596-2542. Fax: 613-596-9349.
Plantation InterViSUAL Software has released Plantation, a professional distributed rendering system for lightwave 3D Plantation orchestrates the rendering of Lightwave scenes by multiple Lightwave-equipped machines on a network. Plantation is flexible in the number of machines it will support; and number up to the limit imposed by your license or your network. Unattended rendering or multiple scenes In a single machine is aiso supported. It works on any network that provides a shared directory, including Enlan DFS, Envoy, ParNET, AmiTCP (with NFS) ond others. If directly supports the DPS PAR
with no additional setup, waiting or worries about sequence. InterViSUAL products feature an upgradeable license, allowing the addition of new machines with a simple phone call. The package also includes a handy scene manager, allowing you to shuttle scenes around your network, or off-line, with ease. An easy to use intuition interface and Commodore installer script make it a breeze to install and use. Plantation requires Lightwave 3.0 or later, and Workbench 2.0 or later.
InterViSUAL Software, 1080 Horseshore Rd„ Augusta. GA 30906, Tel: 706-793-
ImageFX 2.0 Now Shipping!
This upgrade represents over a year and a half of focused work and attention by Nova's staff. Over a dozen new loaders and savers have been added, more than two dozen new special effects, more retargelability and a new thumbnail preview system are just a few of the highlights. Last minute additions to V2.0 include support for the new Epson 1200c scanner and additional controis for many of its new special effects such as Lightning and PaintFX.
The SRP is $ 349.95 US. Upgrades from any previous version are only $ 124.95 US to registered owners. For upgrade orders you may call 804-282-1157 or 1- 800-IMAGE-69 in the US and in Canada.
Nova Design. Inc. .1910 Byrd Avenue, Suite 214. Richmond, VA 23230.
Customer Support Information 804-282-
6528. Fax: 804-282-3768.
IDD’s PC Steering Wheel R X The PC Steering Wheel R X is a realistic reproduction of a race sports cor steering wheel. If is designed to be used with any game card equipped PC compatible computer. When used with NEW PRODUCTS a rc other teatS’ta the Amiga Smart Port, it Is Amiga compatible. It can be used to ploy most any driving game. The wheel tilt can be adjusted to any angle using the UMS mounting plate. An 80 degree eachway full travel and spring centering make for realistic sport driving. The adjustable damping system allows the "heaviness" of the drive to be changed.
Two reversible switch modules are located on the ten and two o'clock spokes. SRP is $ 129.95. InterACTIVE Digital Devices, Inc., 6730 West Chicago Street Ste. 5, Chandler, AZ 85226. 602-940-0340.
IDD's PC Pedals The PC Pedals is a combination flying driving pedal device and switching center for multiple game products, it is designed to be used with any game card equipped PC compatible computer. When used with the Amiga Smart Port, it is Amiga compatible. In the drive mode, the pedals function Canada's Leading Amiga Distributor is now carrying NewTek products!
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All trademarks acknowledged. Legendary can only sell the Psygnosis promotion to end users. Others will he referred to the closest dealer.
End users can bus the fuliimijig lilies directly from Legendary Distribution (ail other products must be purchased through authorized dealers).
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PftKM KPW furtt ! FP.ilKi tWfflt |Ht RIP NEW PRODUCTS a tdotk&r teat Independently as clutch, brake and accelerator, In the fly mode, the outside pedals function dependency as rudder pedals. The Mode Switch makes connecting and disconnecting wires and cables from your gome port unnecessary. A Resume Mode feature allows the user to continue the last mode of play. Also available in fly- and drive- only models. SRPs of 5149.95- 5249,95.
New Division: Legendary Distribution Legendary Design Technologies announced the creation of a new division, Legendary Distribution is an Amiga Hardware Software distributor dealing with Canadian dealers only.
Presently, over 25 companies have their products distributed by them including NoahJi's, Asimware Innovations, Nova Design, Interworks. Softwood and more.
Dealers in the US should contact MicroPace for Legendary Design Technologies' Product, International Dealers Distributors should contact Legendary Design Technologies directly.
Learn more by contacting Legendary Design Technologies Inc,, 25 Frontenac Avenue, Brantford, Ontario, Canada N3R 3B7, Tel 519-753-6120. Fax 519-753-
IDD’s Amiga Smart Port - Pius & SmartPortCal Program The Amiga Smart Port - Plus is an autoswitching game port interface system.
Three connectors provide for mouse, digital joystick, and fully compatible IBM PC dial analog joystick game port.
Simply press the button on the device to S IWWfit air SH.B !3 Cttw 1 Hrin « 1 be used and automatic electronic switching does the rest. Two sets of X- and Y-axes trim adjustments are provided to set analog ports for maximum performance. Includes SmartPortCal software which allows the user to view all digital and analog system values. For all Amigas with any version of Workbench. Includes selected analog upgrades, two 9 pin computer cables and a one year warranty. SRP is
559. 95 Printer Driver for Epson Stylus Color Printer Endicor
Technologies, Inc. has a new driver for the Epson. It is a
standard Workbench preferences printer driver for the Epson
Stylus Color Inkjet Printer.
The driver program takes full advantage of the printer's 720 x 720 dpi printing and supports optional MlcroWeave printing, an Epson feature that uses overlapping passes to reduce banding.
Including documentation in English only, it requires Workbench 1.3 or greater and an Epson Stylus Color Printer. This version
1. 0 retails for 544.95 Endicor Technologies, Inc,. P.O. Box
29000 355, San Antonio, TX 78229, Tel Fax: 210-650-4988.
InfoNEXUS - File Manager InfoNEXUS Is a file management system which allows you to quickly and easily move, rename, delete, sequence, view, launch, hear, unpack and archive your files like never before. This can happen locally or over an 'Envoy' Network giving you control of just a few, or thousands of files, developed for In house use at Optonica on multimedia CD productions, each with many thousands of files. Features include: ECS, AGA and 24 bit picture viewing on any Amiga, built In text editor, On-line, context sensitive help system, extensible command editor, directory caching with
floppy disk preferencing, comprehensive file filtering, disk install and formatting, dynamic directory and device list updating, full OS legal and InfoNEXUS is a fiie management system which allows you to move, rename, delete, sequence, view, launch, hear, unpack and archive your files locally or over an ‘Envoy’ Network permitting control of just a few, or thousands of files.
It si multi-tasking, and much more. The program works on any Amiga with OS
1. 3 or above with 1 MB RAM and it is PAL and NTSC compatible,
Optonica Ltd. 1 The Terrace. High Street, Lutterworth, Leics,
England LE17 4BA, Tel: 44-455-556282. Fax: 44-455-559386.
Y C Plus Inc. Y C Plus Inc. has introduced several new products. With the shortage of the Amiga monitors, the new YCP-GA Amiga Graphics Adapter allows you to use any six Y C (S-Video) input monitor.
The output can then be recorded by any S-VHS, Hi-8, and many of the component VCR's. It retails for 599.95. Another new product is the YCP-GA-C the composite version of the YCP-GA which retails for 599.95. The YCP-100 is the only Y C adapter that delivers the ultimate quality from the Video Toaster and Flyer.
It hooks directly to the Video Toaster 4000 without modified or special cables.
The YCP-100 installation to a VT-2000 (A2000) system will require a modified ribbon cable with an additional connector to interface directly to the top of the Flyer.
One new product for the BetaCam end users is the soon to be released YCP-BCR time base corrector remote control. The SRP will be 5249.00. The unit wiil control video levels, hue. Chroma, and black levels.
Y C Plus, Inc,, 310 SW 6th Street, Topeka, KS 66603-3109. Tel: 800-521-1700, SX Image Editor MD+F Inc. announced their first software product for the Amiga called the SX Image Editor. Designed for the advanced Amiga user, the fully multitasking SX provides image editing, processing, and cataloging features.
The extendible SX includes popular import and export modules (BMP, GIF, JPEG, SUN Roster,basic image processing modules (Blur, Sharpen.
Color Filter), and a powerful, multi-user database engine. SX shipped in January of 1995 and Includes a free upgrade coupon to the OS 2 Warp and PowerPC (AIX) versions under development. Amiga SX requires an AGA Amiga, but a Hard Drive. 68030 40+ and 8 MB memory are strongly recommended. The introductory price Is S50.00. MD+F Inc., P.O. Box 682, Vienna, VA 22183, Notice for AMOS Programmers With Playfieid unpublished since March '94. AMOS programmers may be interested in these two choices: the AMOS Club USA which is switching from newsletter to disk format in 1995, and the new Whitby AMOS
Ciub in the UK which has completed 3 double disk Amiga Telecommunications enters the 90's!
Finally, eveiylhing you need to start cruising the Information Super Highway in one easy to use package.
Termite is so easy to use even a novice telecommunicator will feel at home, yet if has all of the power and high end features to satisfy the most seasoned modem warrior.
• Designed from the ground up ot Oregon Research to take full
advantage of Amiga WB 2.0 end higher! • 100% Amiga Style Guide
• Supports communication speeds from 300 to 115.200 BPS!_
• Flexible Phane Book with unique configurations for eoch number
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• Support for Multiple Line BBSs Kit mjr-jij
• Configurable review buffer with cut and paste editing lAVVYrr.
• Multi-tosking chat window to prepare text before sending it.
Greet for reel- time conferences.
• Configurable Macros
• Font and Screen sensitive =3
• Configurable button bar! Assign any program function macro to
the button bar.
Your own icons? No problem, just assign your own IFF brush to the button!!
• Fully Arexx programmable for full automation!
• Automatic Script writer. Turn on script recording and have
Termite write your Arexx scripts for you!
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• Automatic Call logging. Know where you were, when you were
there, and bow much you spent
• Supports Amiga standard XPR libraries giving you e wide range
of transfer protocols including Xmodem, Vmodem, Zmodem, Kermit,
CompuServe B+, etc.
• Supports Amiga standard XEM external terminal emulations in
addition to the built in ANSI and VT102 terminal emulations.
Support for RIP XEM.
M KAlfli8ftiiTH"gr Tired of the limitations of those "BASIC game development systems??
Ready for one that you car REALLY sink your teeth into?? Fast Parallax scrolling? No problem. Dual Playfields?? A piece of cake! Multiple viewports with multiple animated objects on independent paths with multipile background & object collision detection?? Child's ploy. Finally, Professional Gome development is mode easy with the GameSmith Development System from Oregon Research, Over three years in development, the GameSmith Development system gives you the low level power to create the mosterpeice of yaur dreams. The peckage hos over 350 pages of documentation fully describing the system,
utility functions, ond over 130 library functions complete witli a detailed tutorial and many examples with source.
• Complete animation system with double buffering • Prioritized
• Custom Object Object & Object Background Collision Detection &
• Automatic placement and Animation of Multi-Sequenced animated
objects - you only make a single call! • Chain Objects,
animating one animates the whole chain!
• Automatic Virtue! Space object handling • Dynamic Animation
Control 7 n if air-nr
• Build up your animations graphically in the interactive
character animator CITAS. Customize all aspects of the object
including sequence, placement, speed, display method i
priority, object collision detection parameters. Save,
everything out as a single object addressable by the system!
• Complete Audio System to moke sound playback easy!
• Automatic load and ploy of IFF samples • Background sound
replay • Easy to use Joystick polling routines • Very efficient
ILBM picture loader • Optional custom encryption to protect
your artwork and sounds! • Fully AGA compatible
• Includes DICE GS C Compiler and Oevpac GS Assembler The perfect
solution for shoot 'em ups to graphic adventures.
Don't let the limitations of yesterday keep you from forging the masterpiece of tomorrow!
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©N TrJfi &ALL j™;ion Your AMIGA is a powerful ally in the quest for increased productivity. On The Boll allows you to toke control of your busy schedule and information so you always accomplish your goals. The emphasis is on ease of use and the timesaving features that actually let you organize your life! Calendar and Appointment Manager, Address Book and Contact Manager, To Do list, and FreeForm Notepad. Get On The Balll 'View ond print configurable appointment tri §o§) £F (jO C TWIIiS? £
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MegnloSound, Aura Color Video Audio Digitizer £ Sequencer
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audio samplers, editors, and playback. VideoMaster A500 and
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• Load ond save notes with the handy built in Text editor
complete with cut copy paste, search ond replace, copy to
• Attach notes to calender, appointment, to-do list or
addressbook. Auto dote time stamp
• Create yoor own lobelsfe.g. Personal, Business, Birthdays,
etc.) to categorize ond organize
• Extensive Arexx support for script control
• Customize oil screens & views schedules from day, week, month,
• 11 repeat modes to schedule appointments
• Configurable reminders with ’snooze"
• Flexible appointment search copobilities
• iconifies to o convenient monthly calendar
• Reminders con launch Arexx scripts, programs
• Automatically delete old appointments
• Contact Management. Dialer Auto rarlinler.
• Convenient Rolodex layout for locating addresses.
Sort ond search by any field Li! Ft1.'
I ..... Finally, a plug ond play SCSI 2 solution for your A1200 and A600!
Named for the famous storage hungry animal, trie Squirrel SCSI interface simply plugs into your PCMCIA port, This instantly opens up a whole new world of possibilities! Attach up to 7 different devices including: Hard Disks,Tape Drives, Syquest, Floptical, and any SCSI CD-ROM drive including 3 and 4x drives Completely compatible with any SCSI 1 or SCSI 2 device. Squirrel SCSI achives a transfer rate 1,2Mb sec an a stock At 200 and 3 Mb sec on a 68030 accelerated At 200.
Drivers ore all CD32 compatible so you can run your favorite CD32 titles like Diggers, Brutal Football!, Liberation, etc. Squirrel comes complete with SCSI software drivers and a host of utility programs including an audio CD player, a CD to HD sampler, and easy to use SCSI formatting and partitioning.
The Friendly Relational Database Graphically create your databases and reports with the easy to use, uncluttered user interface. Twist is the perfect database for your CD collection to a full double entry business accounting system. And it's fully relational and FAST!!!
Import Expart ta other database formats. Full clipboard support for data exchange with other programs. Full Arexx support for fatal automation of database tasks. Font and screen sensitive to make your reports look great! Much much more!!!
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NEW PRODUCTS a re oth&f*' &J£a ) f issues. Both are offering their first issues free as PD, Addresses are: AMOS Club USA. PO Box 11434, Milwaukee. Wl 53211 and Whitby AMOS Club 5 Lockton Rd., Whitby. N. Yorkshire, UK Y021 3NB, Tour the Texture Gallery Fred Fish and Amiga Library Services announces the April '95 release of Texture Gallery, TG is a multi-platform,
1. 2 GB 2 CD-ROM set containing hundreds of 24 bit textures in a
wide range of file formats (IFF. TARGA, JPEG & PICT). Brick,
marble, and skin are just a few of the texture categories
contained on this CD. All textures are represented with
thumbnail renderings allowing artists easy previewing, TG's
textures are perfect for use with Lightwave 3D and can be used
to create bump maps.
Price is S44.95. And the Adventure continues... ALS also announces the upcoming Aprii '95 release of the “must have" CD for Lightwave artistry, UGHT-ROM 2.
Containing 650 MB of ready to render scene files, textures and images, the multi-platform, LR 2 CD contains over 3500 objects and is now 100% LlghtWave Video Toaster material. All this, plus thumbnail renderings and the exclusive "Showcase" directory, guide artists Into a new and exciting Lightwave world to explore, Its price tag is listed at S39.95. Super_DJC3 from Creative Focus The new Creative Focus Super_DJC3 Amiga color printer driver works with all Flewlett-Packard DeskJets, including the 1200C. 520.560C and the new 540 C.
Graphics capability has much improved without proprietary Stochastic Diffusion dithering technology. The program also provides direct Preferences access to 14 distinct typefaces in 6 different font sizes. Text output with 14 powerful extended commands. Choose between letter, legal, A4 and envelope paper sizes; also stack envelopes with the 520, 550C and 560C. For specific software packages you can turn off perforation skip, disable the driver's color correction and font selection, or select typefaces and character sets via font numbers. It is compatible with AmigaDOS releases 1.3 through
3.1. List Price is S60.00. Super_U4 from Creative Focus Super_LJ4 is the long-awaited PCL5 Amiga driver for Hewlett Packard LaserJets. You won't need an expensive Postscript upgrade to access the capabilities of these amazing printers. A few of 1he features Include: compatibility with all LaserJet4s. Including 4L and 4P, easy, direct control over ECONOMODE printing, exceptional greyscale graphics, support for 600 DPI graphics, and powerful extended commands providing access to all 45 internal typefaces, including Symbols and Wingdings. List price is S60.00, Creative Focus, Box 580, Chenango
Bridge. NY 13745-0580, Tel 607-648-4082 Real 3D 3.0 Realsoft and Activa International announce the release of Real 3D 3.0. They expect to start shipping by the end of March. All registered users of Real 3D will be contacted about update procedures and will be offered a special update bundle with the new version of TVPaint 3.0. Highlights of Real 3D 3.0 include: faster rendering, background blitting, post processing effects, an extended animation system, a faster easier access to commonly used functions, a new type of view mode in which the user can now draw curves on the surface of other
objects, a hot key to repeat the last function, envelope control for accurate key frame animation editing, and much more.
They have also released TV Paint
3. 0, This version offers an unlimited number of brushes, pencils
and crayons, a palette with more colors than you can think of.
And direct access to the Personal Animation Recorder for
rotoscoping, or re-touchlng frames of video. These are just a
few of the 2100 functions that make up this program.
With TVPaint 3.0 you are not painting a single image but on three superimposed images. These images are mixed in real time on the screen by taking the transparency level of each pixel into account. These three layers allow the separation of different parts of a scene.
The layers can be saved as a project or combined as a single image. Registered users can upgrade to the new version at a specially reduced price.
Activa International, PO Box 338. 1250 AH Laren NH. The Netherlands, Fax: 31 2153 80639 EasyLedgers2 Run multiple businesses! Run versions for different countries! Australia, USA. N2 & Canada GST, and UK VAT versions are all on the same disk. The program offers General Ledger, Debtors Ledger, Creditors Ledger, Full Job costing.
Inventory, Store details for valuable items in the inventory and more. Pay less in accountant fees at tax time, have a better tax return and enter details of your important purchases which can be used for a tax rebate. Start your own business or help others, Find a niche and make money using your computer, teach the kids the value of using their pocket money wisely or just manage Ihe family budget. The SRP is approximately SUS 299 at today's current exchange rates. Upgrading for previous EasyLedgers or Service Industry Accounting users = S210 plus S30 - direct from Smail-Biz in Australia (
use your credit card).
Smali-Biz Software Pty. Ltd., PO Box 24.
Golden Beach. Queensland 4551 Australia, Tel: 61 74 91 9190, Fax: 61 7492
Applied Magic Introduces the Broadcaster Elite Non-Linear Video Editing System The Broadcaster Elite is designed to enhance the video editor's ability to compose Images and sound with unprecedented control and creativity.
This is the system for the professional who wants the power and tools to create top quality videos. It is capable of transfer rates equivalent to the fastest SCSI II hard drives on the market. The result is lower compression ratios and fewer losses. The versatile Elite works in composite, Y C or Betacam SP formats.
To work in the component domain, the Broadcaster Elite uses three on-board digitizers for Betacom SP, one for each component of Y, CR. And Cb. The system conforms to CCIR601 broadcast standards while providing for component, composite or s-Video inputs and outputs. Capture and playback is a full 30 frames 60 fields per second (NTSC) and 25 frames 50 fields per second (PAL). Editing is precise and efficient as the Elite can read and write SMPTE time code. It also allows for multiple Edit Decisions Lists (EDLs). Entry level prices begin at S5995. For product brochures, technical information
and video demonstrations tapes, call 1 800 619 ELITE .AC. New Product?
Send it to: New Products Editor Amazing Computing
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Manage your mailing lists the easy way! The latest version sports the "3D1' look and is compatible with all word processors, Print labels, phone books, envelopes, rosters and more!
Nw% NEW!* Now you can transfer files from your Amiga to your PC!
Or, use it Amiga-2-Amiga or PC-2-PC!
CD-ROM 1 igadformat fonts, clip art, und, 3D objects, music & more!
Invoice-It! Vi.2 e,ve,5i Dedicated invoicing software for any business!
Custom invoice layout, detailed reports, statements and more! New version includes product database and automatic interest charges.
It's finally here! An easy way to transfer files of all sizes from computer to computer. This product works between two Amiga's, two PC's, or between an Amiga and a PC. There is no other product like it!
• Serial or Parallel transfer.
• Perform file conversion as you transfer! Imagine selecting
several IFF picture files on the Amiga and have them
transferred in PCX format to your PC!
• Extensive AREXX™ interface - evens allows you to send commands
to the remote computer.
• Easy, one-terminal operation.
• Both Amiga and Windows™ versions included!
• Conversion and file display programs are completely external
and therefore completely upgradeable as new file formats become
• Automatically adjust filenames and file patterns to match the
• Amiga version supports ioExtender and Multiface cards.
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Genie Tools Add on functionality for Aladdin 4D Review by Dave Matthews Aladdin 4D (Adspec, Inc.) is a powerful 3D package, but somehow, no matter how many features a package has, we've all muttered "Gee...if it only had Ihis one special function!" Adspec, realizing the wealth of talent and imagination in the Amiga programming community, has "opened" Aladdin's Modeler to outside developers.
Genie Tools (Shead Data Processing) is the first available third party extension for Aladdin 4D, All the Genie tools follow the Amiga and Aladdin interface guidelines, and once installed are available in Aladdin's external gadget list. Every tool has both written documentation (formatted to fit in the Aladdin binder) and on-line help available at the click of a button. So far, there are two volumes available, each offering significant enhancements for the Aladdin artist.
Genie Tools is available as two volumes. Volume 1 at S34.95 and Volume 2 at S49.95. Each Genie Tools Volume comes on a single disk, and include the actual tools, several tutorials, the printed manual pages, and additional developer information for those interested in creating their own tools for Aladdin.
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The disk has a functional if somewhat Spartan install script (which mimics the Aladdin 4D Install script). I find it odd that neither Shead Data Processing nor Adspec have chosen to use Commodore's installer program. The installation process installs the tools and their associated on-line help files in your Aladdin4D:Tools and A!addin4D:Help drawers.
Once the tools and help files are installed, you are given the option to install the developer kit and tutorials. Strangely enough, the script will only install these to floppy disks. The Developer files consist of new and updated (and screened for bugs) material to the developer information released with Aladdin 3.0. Of more interest to the average Aladdin user will be the Tutorial disks. There are six tutorials covering the new Genie Tools Volume 1, (plus one nifty trick for using Aladdin's sweep tool for radial extrudes). Volume two has ten tutorials. The tutorials for both volumes include
objects, related IFF texture maps, and clearly written instructions, which should prove sufficient to leam the basks of these new tools, though a firm grasp of Aladdin 4D is expected, Genie Tools Volume One TriSub is a handy tool which sub-divides triangles by connecting tiieir midpoints. This is useful when you need to add detail to an object.
DoBeSphere conforms selected polys to the surface of a virtual sphere, useful for making triangle based spheres.
FoIyWrap allows you to wrap polys, or complete objects, onto the surface of a sphere or cylinder. This is excellent for making dents in objects, as well as making organic "melt)'" looking objects.. One of the more interesting, and complicated tools is called LissaCurve. This tools generates Lissajous (pronounced LISS-SAY- JUS) curves. What the heck are Lissajous cui-ves? Beats tne! Well, seriously, this is a method for creating smoothly curving paths in 3D space, using sine functions. The requester that opens up for this tool may seem frightening to the mathematically disadvantaged, with terms
like Xfreq, Yamp and Modulate, but you don't need to really know any math to get some really wild roller coaster type curves going. These curves can be used to extrude along, or as motion paths for other objects, such as the cars careening aiong the roller coaster tracks!
Random is a tool for moving points randomly. This can be used to create landscapes, asteroids, or just 'rough up' an object.
Execute is a handy if unassuming tool that lets you execute AmigaDOS commands right from within Aladdin. Unfortunately, it doesn’t open an output window, so if you want to see the results, such as listing the hard drive, or deleting files or whatever, you will have to ilip back to Workbench anyway.
If you do commercial animating, you may find AnimLen could easily pay for the price of Genie Tools. AnimLen allows you to change the length of animations, while carefully maintaining your timing throughout. As you know, if you've done any Aladdin animating, animation timing is referenced both in relative (a percentage of time) and absolute (a number of frames) terms. While quite flexible, this can create problems when you need to lengthen or shorten an animation segment. If your animation is synced to a sound track, you'll often find Aladdin has stretched out or squashed the timing, requiring
a good bit of tedious reworking to get it back in sync. GenieTool's AnimLen does all (well, most) of this reworking for you, saving loads of time (and time IS money in computer animation), not to mention aggravation. One minor flaw is Cspline timing, which AnimLen can't fix. Bven noting that, this tool is a lifesaver for working with long complicated animations.
LnssoSel is a tool for selecting polys using a 'lasso'. You simply draw around the polys you want, and LnssoSel selects them, or if you choose, selects everything but the ones you have enclosed.
One of my favorite tools is Deform map. Similar to Lightwave's Displacement Mapping, this tool allows you to use greyscale images to deform objects. Unlike bump mapping, which only simulates bumps, and doesn't change the object, DeformMap actually uses the brightness of the image to move the polys from their original position. Very bright areas move the points furthest, while black areas don't change the polys at all. Deform map applies images much the same way as Aladdin uses images for textures, so this tool is quite easy to use. You can use project, cylindrical and spherical mapping, you
can set the amplitude (how much the bitmap affects the polys), and you have the same options for bitmaps: tiles, negative, X and Y flipping, X and Y indexes, and offsets etc. Simple, 'clean' bitmaps work best, highly detailed, grainy or dithered pictures tend to be too noisy for good results.
Also, you need lots of polys in your object to get decent results.
The final tutorial covers the use of Aladdin's Sweep function to perform a radial extrude- One of the examples is a 'bird cage', where you extrude the points of a sphere inward toward the center.
(continued on page 20) Figure 1 (above left): Mobius Strip Figures 4 - 6 (right-top to bottom): Using Bones for character animation. Frames from the "SheadSaver” animation tutorial.
AlphaPaint What is older than the hills and twice as overgrown with time? Give up? Why it's ToasterPaint, of course. The new ToasterPaint (that comes with the 4,0 software and which may actuallv be out when you read this) promises to be a hundred times better than the older version. But my advance scouts tell me that the competition, AlphaPaint from JnnoVision Technology, is the better of the two, As I'm writing this there is no copy of ToasterPaint 4.0 in my personal hands, so all i can attest to is the power and versatility of AlphaPaint, which 1 will now elaborate on.
“A" is for Alpha There are two main types of paint programs for computers. One might be described as DTP software, meant for by R. Shamms Mortier desktop publishing and printed or slide copy as the final target. The second, of which AlphaPaint is a prime example, has output targeted to video. AlphaPaint was designed to replace the painting program, ToasterPaint, that comes with the NewTek Video Toaster, a miraculous all around video tool originally developed on and for the Amiga.
What makes video paint programs reallv different from their DTP cousins is that often the images designed with them are meant to be combined with a live video feed, so that there are areas w ithin the video graphic that have to be "told" to allow the video signal to show through, areas that are designed to be transparent.
These areas can differ from the other areas of the graphic in either a "hard-edged" or a "soft-edged" fashion. The whole graphic can even be designed to be transparent to differing levels for the video feed, it is common for a paint program these days to be known as a "32-bit" paint program. This means that there are 24 bitplnnes (over 16,000,000 million colors) for painting and an 8 bitplane (256 levels of grayscale or "luma" information) "Alpha channel". The Video Toaster is a video tool, so it accepts Alpha channel information. The "Alpha" in "AlphaPaint" tells us immediately that we can
work on and manipulate a full Alpha channel in addition to the other attributes of the 24-bit paint program. All of the graphics that are generated by AlphaPaint, both the 24-bit color program and the additional Alpha channel, appear on the Toaster's DV) screen, the same screen used to address video effects. This is a marriage made in digital heaven.
When creating the design of the Alpha channel, full black is 100% transparent and full white is 100% opaque. Anything in between has a varying degree of transparency,.. the more "black" the more transparent. You can design an Alpha channel graphic with any paint program that outputs a gray level picture. The advantage of working with AlphaPaint when doing this is that you can see the results of your work (how it addresses the video signal) immediately. Creating soft-edged graphics that blend seamlessly with the video signal lias never been so easy, and because Alpha Paint's Alpha channel
is open to all of the extensive painting tools that the 24-bit part of the painting program contains, Alpha channel painting has never before been possible at this high professional level.
A Paiette Like No Other One of the most unique features of AlphaPaint is its palette. Not only does it contain wells for user selectable colors, but a range of specific fills. Usually, you have to enter a separate part of a paint program in order to access gradient ranged fills or radial fills, but AlphaPaint makes everything accessible from one palette. In addition to colors, the AlphaPaint palette has wells dedicated to various color gradient fills (over 200) making the use of separate gradient requesters unnecessary, it may take a little getting used to for the inexperienced user, but in
the end the application of color spreads and radial fills accessed in this manner leads to easier and faster operation. Ail of the colors in any of the fills may be changed to user specifications, and the whole business reminds me of how a similar feat is accomplished in another InnoVision product: Broadcast Titler.
AlphaPaint brings true 24-bit plus Alpha Channel painting to the Toaster user, avoiding the pitfalls of ToasterPaint. With AlphaPaint, you paint directly on the composite Toaster screen, so what you see is absolutely what you get. Save Load paths are remembered, and large (even screen size) brushes don't choke the system.
Though there is a limited brush manipulation list at this time ("negative, oil paint, and sharpen blur), Innovision is in the process of developing a separate disk of additional manipulation tools. Most numeric input is aided by the use of sliders, with numeric values displayed next to the slide bar. Multiple undo and redo functions also distinguish AlphaPaint from ToasterPaint. There is even a special "panic" MncroKey (FI) that can be accessed at any time to reset ail but the palette settings.
A Wealth of Pens and Brushes AlphaPaint allows the electronic artist to write to the screen in two ways. The first is called "pen mode", and it allows you to paint with a brush up to 64 pixels wide, which beats the ToasterPaint record by a long shot. The unique ways that AlphaPaint alters standard pen mode interactions includes allowing the user to adjust the pen size and the "feathering" (the blending of the stroke's edges into the background) with a variety of interactive sliders on the main menu, in addition, anv pen can be rotated interactively for even more variety.
Pens also respond to variable transparency settings in real time, giving you instant feedback (especially useful in Alpha channel work), Multiple undo redo operations assure you of getting just the effect that's needed without any punish- With AlphaPaint, you paint directly on the composite Toaster screen, so what you see is absolutely what you get.
Ment exacted for exploring and experimenting. A user variable zoom mode aids the drawing process, allowing you (o gei as close as necessary to retouch any anomalies.
As "Pen Mode" is selected with a pen shaped icon, so "Brush Mode" is incorporated by a brush shaped one. Every detail of making (ire program's operation more intuitive has been incorporated by InnoVision. Brush mode is used when you import a brush from Storage or need to use a selected area of the screen as a painting element. Any brush can be targeted for an outline, shadow, or glow, in addition to feathering the edge so that it sits softly upon the background. Future versions of the program will have expanded effects libraries for altering brushes.
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Sensitive Font Control and Manipulation This is .mother area in which AlphaPaint excels. No other paint program on the Amiga addresses fonts with the options included in this first release of AlphaPaint, though it's reported that ToasterPaint 4 will also address some of these operations.
To begin with, AlphaPaint can accept three of the most useful Toaster font file formats: Toaster Fonts, ColorFonts, and PostScript. Toaster Fonts come in banks and were the fonts included with the Toaster. They are not nearly as adjustable and resizable as PostScript fonts. ColorFonts constitute a registered Amiga font family that come already filled with various textures, from gold to marble to clouds and fire. Toaster 3.0 added an extensive library of PostScript fonts which are resizable and look good at any size. AlphaPaint allows the use of any of these options. It really shines when
PostScript fonts are chosen however, because it allows the user to wrap PostScripted text in adjustable oval circular arrangements, a admittedly terrifying challenge to accomplish by hand. A full preview of the circular action is presented in a dedicated preview area of the font requester, as well as a "rotation adjustment" control. If you need to justify your purchase of this software, this attribute alone may be reason enough.
And Much More Video artists are often called upon to enclose graphics in a linear frame in order to accentuate visibility against a busy background. AlphaPaint goes one better by adding a beveled appearance to a graphic frame (the frame size is adjustable via a slider) and adding adjustable glows as well. Both of these options are unique to AlphaPaint alone. There is also an "Onion Skin" option that allows the user to see a ghosted image of the buffer screen so that "painting thru" to another image can be accomplished with the expected results.
A Winner tor Toaster Painters The software comes with a thick indexed thirty chapter manual in loose leaf three-ring binder format, making it easy to read and wrork through. There are 14 deep tutorials, a reference section, and a thorough index (hooray!). I have used AlphaPaint in the creation of a series of screens for an instructional video, and find new uses for it every day. NBC, a stronghold of Amiga graphics and animation facilities, has ordered a shipment of AlphaPaint packages for its production department, and the other networks and broadcasting outlets that are Toasted are expected
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(continued from page 15) Genie Tools Volume Two With Genie Tools, Volume 2, Shead Data Processing managed to do what few Hollywood studios have- create a sequel even better than the original. Consisting of 10 new tools and updates of the AnimLen and LassoSet tools from Volume 1, Volume 2 offers a wealth of new possibilities to Aladdin 4D owners.
One of the most useful new tools, and one which affects all aspects of working with Aladdin and Genie Tools, is Hotkeys.
Hotkeys allows you to assign menu functions, gadgets and even external programs to keypresses. The hotkeys editor makes it easy to configure these keys, and any qualifiers you wish, such as left or right shift, alt, and Amiga kevs. It's hard to express just how much Hotkeys can improve your productivity.
Triangles is a tool for subdividing rectangles and triangles.
Unlike Aladdin's Triangle tool, this version can be told to only subdivide degenerate polys. As you know, degenerate polys are often created in the course of modeling, and cause rendering problems unless turned into triangles. GenieTools' smart triangles can save astonishing amounts of ram by only subdividing those degenerate polys which need to be converted to triangles. For instance, the Mobius strip object (Figures 1 and 2) was over a third smaller when using the GenieTools Triangles. The white areas on the Mobius strip in Figure 2 are the polygons which were subdivided.
FFDefomi is a supercharged version of Aladdin's Stretch tool, and is probably the most powerful modeling tool in the GenieTools series. FFDefomi introduces a new class of Memory Resident Tools (MRT). MRT allows interactive usage along with other Aladdin tools. Using ibis feature, along with Hotkeys, FFDeform allows you shape and deform objects in an intuitive, organic way, using any external tool. Tools such as Scale, Rotate and MultiPnt_2 add nearly endless flexibility and power to mold and deform objects.
Even more exciting for animators is an implementation of Bones using FFDeform! Bones are extremely useful for creating organic lifelike character animation. While this is not full blown Inverse Kinematics, FFDeform does allow for quite exciting character animations. Figure 3 shows the FFDeform requester, and Figures 4 - 6 show three frames from the "ShendSaver" animation using Bones.
Portable Amiga Workstation PAWS 3000 Mu!tipnt_2 is a revamped version of Aladdin's Multipnt, With this tool, you can select ail or part of an object's points, and give them 'permission'. With permission on, a point can be moved, with permission off, it is locked and cannot be changed. The GenieTools offers multiple selection, de-selection and inversion of points.
And 4000 Stats is a sort of dashboard gauge display information on a point's location and relative distance from other points, quite useful when you need accurate drawing.
T PAWS 600 and 1200 ShowDir is an interactive tool which allows viewing and changing the first point and direction of a poly.
ViewTo is another handy tool which allows setting the viewpoint either from point to point (for instance, from the camera to the target) or perpendicular to a polv. This last is useful for using Free Angle texture mapping.
Panornma_L allows loading scene files from the fractal landscape program Panorama.
P_Instance (permanent instancing) is a powerful cloning tool.
Unlike Aladdin's instancing, which creates clones which exist only for the duration of the animation, P Instance creates actual objects, using cubic, cylindrical and spherical patterns, as well as scaling and rotation.
Also included are a faster version of LassoSel, and an update to AnimLen which now handles fountains and also adds frames to either the beginning or end of an Anim.
Finally, Volume 2 offers a tool called UnShade, which corrects a potential problem with Aladdin's shading. This tool is freely distributable to all Aladdin owners.
For those who can never get enough. Shead Data Processing has some very exciting products in the pipeline as well. Scheduled for release soon is a tutorial package on using Aladdin's powerful and flexible (if somewhat intimidating) textures. Later releases include the Magic Carpet AnimMod ules, the first of which, Flock, promises to add such features as swarming and flocking behavior for groups of objects. Other promised modules will include physics and collision detection. Also waiting in the wings is the L-Systems Developer's Kit, which will model and animate biological structures, from
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We've had fantastic success in the Amiga market and see no reason to go elsewhere. There is no other operating system that even compares to the Amiga's.
Q: When was Nova formed, and what were its first products?
A: Nova Design was formed in early 1991.
ImageFX and CineMorph are our first products.
Q: Who are the principal members of Nova Design?
A: Principal members of Nova Design are: Thomas Krehbiei - Programming; Kermit Woodall - Research and Design; Bob Fisher
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A: Our backgrounds are varied as are our tasks in the company, Thomas Krehbiei is a self taught Amiga programmer, and his work is recognized by many Amiga users for a whole list of software in the public domain as well as on the commercial shelves. Kermit Woodall, on the other hand, is a former C64 C128 programmer and interface designer and his experience is much deeper and connected to various Commodore platforms. As for me, 1 have many years of sales, management, and PR experience in both retail and wholesale for local and national organizations.
As an interesting aside, we al! Met in our local Amiga User Croup; the Richmond Amiga Group (RAG). I ran the group at that time and continue to do so today. Both Tom and Kermit continue to be active members and officers in the group as well.
Q: How about your experience with the Amiga?
A: Tom has been programming on the Amiga since 1987, and it was essentially the platform he started to program on. Kermit hung on to his C64 and C128 until 1988 when he traded them for an Amiga 1000. As for me, I've been "playing" with the Amiga since 1986. I've been involved as both the Nova marketing person and as an animator.
Q: What about development for other platforms?
A: At this time, Nova Design does not develop for other platforms outside of the Amiga, though with the release of ImageFX
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Q: Can you detail the reasons that Nova has decided to stick with the Amiga instead of looking towards other lucrative markets?
A: We've had fantastic success in the Amiga market and see no reason to go elsewhere.
There is no other operating system that even compares to the Amiga's.
Q: How about ImageFX? What is its history?
A: ImageFX started life as scanner control software, but it quickly grew into a complete image processing package. We thought it was time for a full featured, all- in-one image processing, special effects package that was not available on the Amiga prior to the release ot ImageFX.
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Q: How did the association with GVP come about?
A: We contacted GVP through a friend of ours, Chris Darsch, who was creating the PhonePak package. GVP liked what we showed them and the rest, as they say, is history. Yes, we enjoyed our relationship with them... quite a lot actually. The time came, however, with changes in both the market and at Commodore to enter the market on our own.
Q: What configuration of Amigas does Nova use in the workplace?
A: Nova Design has seven Amigas at this time: one A4000, five A2O00S, and one A1200. All of the machines are running (coincidentally of course) GVP accelerators and they have a wide range of Amiga display cards on them as well so that we are prepared to develop for every possible Amiga configuration.
Q: Is there such a thing as a "typical work day" at Nova?
A: There is no ty'pical workday at Nova Design. We work mostly out of our homes, making our own schedules, and communicate most of the time by phone, modem, or fax. We only get together when we need to sign papers or something more interesting like taking in movies or Amiga shows! We work very long but flexible hours.
Q: How about TFX2? Is it a truly significant upgrade over the previous version?
A: ImageFX 2.0 is the most significant upgrade in not onlv ImageFX's history, but it far exceeds the upgrades of competing packages. 2.0 has added MANY new special effects with real-time previews, drawing capabilities, and a version that runs totally on the EGS. More than an upgrade, it's like getting a whole new program.
Q: And your morphing software, Cinemorph?
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Q: How about the three most important enhancements in 2,0?
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native EGS display in resizable windows, quick effects
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A: ImageFX currently lists for S399, while the upgrade price is S99.
Q: What can the new Amiga company do to help developers like yourselves?
A: The new company can help developers like ourselves by completing and releasing RTG (Retargetable Graphics) and just keep selling millions of Amigas!
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Q: What does he do with ImageFX?
A: He's used all of the image processing and manipulation software on all of the systems, and prefers IPX above any others. In Hollywood, they can afford to use anything and everything, and they do. ImageFX has been used for video and film effects work on shows like "SeaQuest" (as mentioned in the IEEE Transactions magazine) and even on daily animated shows like Warner Bros "Animaniacs".
Q: How does IPX compare to similar programs on other platforms?
A: There are difficulties in comparing the Amiga to other platforms and this also applies to comparing ImageFX to other computer platform's solutions. Pcs and Macs aren't inherently good desktop video machines which is the Amiga's domain. However, Ihese platforms have done great things to make up for a lack of inherent video compatibility.
People make favorable comparisons of ImageFX to Photoshop, but the truth is that Photoshop is much more oriented towards print applications and is without doubt the best thing for that.
ImageFX, on the other hand, has far more tools for the video professional - not the least of which is its Arexx language and the application of that for processing series of frames in batches automatically.
Q: Any final messages to Anuizing Computing readers?
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The IFX interface ImageFX 2.0 uses five separate modular screens: Scanner, Palette, Toolbox, Render, and Print, and as many graphic controls spread among these screens as any professional or playful Amiga user could ever hope to encounter. There is no need to search for hidden esoteric buttons or bland verbal commands, as all of ImageFX identifiable graphic toggles and switches are clearly labeled as to what they do. There are also other little things in the interface that wind up being not inconsequential to professional users. A case in point is the way that IFX addresses the resizing of
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Structure from pixels to "ruled" units, a mathematical comparison of height width increments. There are also size presets for various resolution applications, from a preset for the FireCrackcr and Super VGA options to ail of the standard NTSC and PAL modes. When it comes to cropping, everything is set before you on an interactive graphics screen as opposed to a separate screen that has to be accessed.
That, in fact, is the major advantage that 1FX2 offers all around, a graphics display that can be accessed by simple and clear choices.
1FX2 Direct Hardware support IFX2 supports all of the Amiga 24-bit environments and than some, including all of the Amiga AGA modes, it has support for the Epson 300 600 81X1 Scanners and also the VLAB-YC. My tests were an Amiga 2000 (with OpalVision), a 3000T (in standard resolutions), and a 4000 (with AGA modes addressed). In all situations, [FX2 worked flawlessly. Not only does it render very fast to the OpalVision hardware, but you can even choose to have IFX come up with the full Opal screen in the preview mode as well. Every Opal owner is going to lust to add this software to their Opal
kits. As an owner of a Primera Pro color printer,! Am also happy to see Primera support added to IFX. To access the Pro version of the printer (300 x 60(1), you have to use the Pro driver that comes with the printer. DPS PAR (Professional Animation Recorder) users will be happy to learn that IFX can now convert images to that format. There is also support for PICT vector and jPEG (for the Macintosh user or Mac emulator owner); PIC (in all resolutions and color depths, GRASP CL and DL animation frames (MS-DOS); SGI RGB, WaveFront, and Softimage (Silicon Graphics); MPEG, X-Windows, Abekas 960,
Sun Raster, and even Commodore-64 Koala pad output files (if you're old enough to remember this format).
How about vastly improved font handling? The only attribute missing from this reworked option is the inability to import fonts from other than the native font directory. Otherwise, there is more than the usual number of options here. One of my favorites is tire ability to import and export large blocks of text that you may have saved out in ASCII from your word processor. As an aid in the production of quality text slides and graphics, II-X2 lias a special toggle that allows you to anti-alias the imported fonts, necessary in the case of jaggy bitmaps, though it's advisable to use the vector
type fonts whenever possible.
Everything is available at a glance in IFX2's "text generator" requester: Bold, Italic, Underline, Remapping the font colors, adding an "Extra Border", Anti-aliasing, and justification. In addition, IFX2 has a work area in this same space that allows you to add multiple lines of text that you can store on screen, accessing each as your needs dictate. This becomes important in text slides, because often it is the designer's need to use different fonts on interweaved lines of text. Any effect or texture or distortion that can be applied to the graphic can be applied to the text brush as well,
giving you all sorts of unique looks.
Interactive Previews... the industry standard revisited on the Amiga Applying an 1EX2 Effect, Hook, or Distort to a graphic can take a comparatively long time, especially when it represents a complicated list of options.
IFX2’s competition makes you wait until the effect is applied before you can view the results and then you have to undo them if they aren't to your liking. With IFX2, when an alteration is about to be applied to cither the whole image, a selected region, or even a grabbed brush (including a text brush) two associated postage stamp sized views pop up next to your choices. The top one represents the graphic selected before the effect, and the other a comparison after the effect. Often the top view can also be interactively manipulated as well, which causes the numeric sliders to move in turn.
As you alter the parameters either interactively or with the associated sliders and choose "preview" (the second postage stamp sized view), the alterations become visible, allowing you a full view of what will become the final image. This option alone will save you mega amounts of time and frustration in the manipulation of your images. Tints feature emulates one found on high end image manipulation programs on other platforms, like Adobe Photoshop on the Mac.
In 1FX2, images are manipulated on a separate "preview" screen, different from their final rendering. Both the Preview screen and final renders may be targeted to standard Amiga, Amiga 1.3, DCTV, OpalVision, EGS, and "Foreign" selections (the last represents other boards like the Retina). What's useful about this approach is that even the Preview screen can be set up in various Amiga modes, AG A modes, DCTV, OpalVision, "SuperAmiga" modes, or simply at the resolution of the Workbench screen. Each situation can vary, depending upon the configuration of your system. As an OpalVision owner, I was
excited to be able to select the Opal option and see the IFX2 menu superimpose itself over the 24bit OpalVision screen in Preview mode. As part of the process, selections for (ILBtO _ 1255 v I * I _ J255 _-JZ55 - Drawl | Toolbox 11 Render | Load | Savg Print | erafa | Quit Pick | Load | Rgmlgr | Grab | 5avt I Undo |
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Click gets you there at any time, so if your machine configuration changes, you can simply change and save the new preferences. The only selection that I miss having a go at is one that would allow more than a single printout at a time, but everything else is here, including preview options like choosing a scanner (Epson, IVFG, or VLAB), Printer (Prefs i or 2, PostScript, or Primera), Load Save hotkeys, and (my favorite) selecting how many levels of Undo you want to have. All of the Href changes can be saved out, so that they become the default next time you boot up. Another the preview mode
can be addressed as grayscale, color, dithered color, and HAM (with a special "Lo-ResOnly" option added). IFX2 allows you to truly tailor its use to your own unique Amiga specifications, and does so in clearly understandable language.
IFX2 Prefs Requester The 1FX2 image manipulation engine is driven bv the selections you choose in its special Prefs section, a very complete screen in itself that has an amazing array of options and checkoffs. A simple mouse dozen check-off options (like saving thumbnails cvith the file) and toggling coordinates on are also included. There's even a separate area where you can enable virtual memory, including whatever hard disk partition is to be used for it. Both the screen preview modes and the final render modes can be saved out here as well. You want to use another file requester when
ioading or saving files? How about choosing from ASL standard or thumbnail included, and even having the option to use the ASL file or font requester when it comes to font directories?
Painting and Amazing Flare Effects IFX2 has the best flare options of any Amiga software, and that includes LightWave. And remember, 1FX2 allows you to preview every effect before you apply it, including interactively moving the flare parameters and radii in the preview stamps. The added options make flare creation limitless as far as variety goes.
Under "Effects", there are both Radial Star and Lens Flares. Radial Stars have options that include adjusting the number of star "points” from 1 to 90, altering tire thickness, angle, and color of the points. The points can be straight, taper in out, or act as flares.
There's a whole separate list of sliders for adjusting the corona glows. At first glance, iens Flare creation seems a little less complex, but it can be just as variable.
Anamorphic stretches can be added and the radius brightness altered. And then there's a little line at the bottom of the Lens Flare requester that says "Artifacts", which opens a whole separate list of goodies. Spots, diagonal, vertical, and horizontal streaks, hexagons, rainbows, dots, rings,., they're all here waiting to be explored (remember before we even heard of lens Flares?), One of the neatest new options is the creation of Lightning, so neat that you'll have a hard time not overusing it at first.
Yes,Norbert, 1FX2 has a true lightning bolt generator with so many options you may stall out for weeks just playing with this attribute alone. You can adjust the strength, size, and coloration of the bolts, and saving a bunch out as animated single frames opens up a wealth of additional possibilities.
Painting 1FX2 is one of the most versatile painting utilities that the Amiga can boast, and much of that is based upon its new "PaintFX", one of the choices in the Special (continued on page 55) GOLDEN IMAGE PAINT HHUSB The fastest paint program on the Amiga!
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With the Fred Fish Disk 1000, Mr. Fish completed a landmark in freely redistributable software. He also completed his last floppy disk and turned to CD-ROM as a means of distributing software on the Amiga. Unfortunately, many Amiga users still do not have a CD-ROM tor their favorite computer but want to remain current with the best that the non-commercial software world has to offer. For these users, Fred has authorized the creation of a floppy library series to coincide with his CD-ROM releases.
The first forty disks are outlined be ow.
Fred Fish Disks 1001 to 1040 Utilities, Games, Databases, and more populate this long awaited extension of the Fred Fish Library.
Fred Fish Disk 1001 AmigaGuide 34.6 Commodore AmigaGuide hypertext utitily. Author: Commodore Business Machines MuttiFileSystem 1.1 is an interface to other file systems. Author: Nicola Salmoria Fred Fish Disk 1002 Bview 1.10 IFF Viewer with extensive GUI for every (unction. Author: Joerj Alberfy S!RDS_GEN 3.14 Single Image Random Dot Stereogram generator with function plotting Author: Michael Mutschler Fred Fish Disk 1003 Scout 1,3 A tool that allows you to monitor your Amiga. Author: Andreas Gelhausen VMM 2.1 Virtual memory for Amigas w 68030 68040 Author: Martin Apel Fred Fish Disk 1004
Heddley 1.18 Composes AmigaGuide files easily. Author: Edd Dumbill WANT 1,017 Searches texlfiles for keywords Author Wilt Bow Fred Fish Disk 1005 AmiCDFS 37.5 CDROM file system, also reads Mac floppy & hd. Author: Nicola Salmoria, based on AmiCDROM by Frank Munkert AmiCDROM 1.13 ISO-9660 standard CDROM file system Author: Frank Munkert Mine Clone 1.1 Another clone of Minesweeper- style games. Author: Nico Max Schiffeversenken 1.0 Find and sink your opponenls ships. Author: Andreas Zottmann and Felix Eichhom Fred Fish Disk 1006 AGWrlter 1.03 Produce AmigaGuide files from texl files Author:
David McPaul ReqChange 3.4 Makes system use Reqleols requesters. Author: Magnus Holmgren SystemGuide 1,0 Guide to Amiga software system files. Author: Dan Elgaard Fred Fish Disk 1007 AIBB 6.5 Gut-based CPU performance tester.
Author: LaMonte Koop TAUI ?.? A Magic User Inlerface for your lharc.
Author: Jurgen Schober Uout 1.1 Joins and decodes split uuencoded files. Author: Roland Acton UUCode 36.9 Optimized stand-alone uuencode uudecode. Author: Ralph Seichter uulnOul 1.03 A pair of very rapid uuencode decoders. Author: Nicolas Dade UuxT 3.0b Clt GUI-based UUEncoder UUDecoder. Author Asher Feldman Fred Fish Disk 1008 Balder’sGrove 1.2 Yet another Boulderdash clone this time inspired by Nordic mylhotogy.
Author: Morgan Antonsson DviHP 2.1 Print Dvt files on HP-LJ (PCL5 support). Author: Ales Pecnik MemMinister 1.1 monitors your memory-usage Author: Marcus Ohlstrom WipeOut! 1.3 The Ultimate non-commercial shoot'em up. Author: Tero Lehtonen Fred Fish Disk 1009 ADDRESSMANAGER for MUI 1.0 Utility to manage name address info. Author: MICHAEL SCHIKORA db 2.3 Database with GadTool look. Author: David Ekholm. Datadosen MousoMeter 3.12 Measures mouse movement.
Author: Wolfgang Breyha, Michael Matzl RemindMe 1.0 A simple events reminder. Author: Marcus J. Stratmann Fred Fish Disk 1010 IFFMaster 1.3 Show IFF structure & chunk contents. Author: Kay Drangmeister IntuiDex 1.1 Easy to use club membership database and mailing list manager. Author: Jetfery C. May OpaqueMove 1.0 An Opaque Window Movement Commodity. Author Steve Koren ReNum 2.1 Changes the names of sequences of files. Author: Emil Astrom RO 0.81 A Mut-Based FileManager. Author: Oliver Rummeyer Fred Fish Disk 1011 Anim3D 1.4 Plays anims written in special language. Author: Michael George
WipeOut! 1.3 Claims to be the ultimate non-commercial shoot- em-up on Fred Fish Disk 1008 BluffTitier 1.0 A Realtime 3D Titling System.
Author: Michie! Den Outer DepacklFF 1.7 Depacks file packed by ByteRun algorithm. Author: Marcin Orlowski HyperANSI 1.08 ANSI character & graphics editor. Author: Mike D. Nelson LastAlert2 2.1 Will show the last alert or guru.
Author: Jorgen Da Larsen PtcMerge 2.1 Merges two same-sized BitMaps.
Author Frank Duber Fred Fish Disk 1012 FileX 2.0 Very nice binary file editor. Author: Ktaas Hermanns Pprefs 2.0 Pprefs is a screenmode promotion utiltity. Author Olaf Gschweng Fred Fish Disk 1013 Spot 1.3 A FidoNet tosser editor for points.
Author: Nico Francois Fred Fish Disk 1014 AntiCicloVir 2.3a Link File BB Vatidator Memory link vims detector and exterminator. Author: Matthias Gutt LockColors 1.1a Complete control over Workbench Paletle. Author: Torgeir Hovden VT 2.68 A comprehensive virus utility package.
NAuthor: Heiner Schneegold WBPrint 1.03 Prints text on WB screens title bar.
Author: Marcin Orlowski Fred Fish Disk 1015 CXHandler 2.9 CXHandler is an Exchange clone.
Author; Martin Stengle Event 1.14 Tool lo remember everything you want. Author: Klaus Muckenhuber ScreenTool 1.04 Switch between screens using hotkeys. Author: Klaus Muckenhuber SerLog 1.3 Debugging device to monitor serial- IO. Author: Stefan Prols SnoopDos 3.0 System and application monitor.
Fred Fish Disks 1001 to 1040 (continued) Author: Eddy Carroll StarSIank 3.1 Screen blanker shows moving stars. Author: Brian Neal Fred Fish Disk 1016 BarflyDemo 1.10 Very powerful Debugger and Assembler. Author: Ralph Schmidt CacheFont 1.1 Vastly increase speed ol font requsters CacheFont is a small patch that will dramatically increase the speed of font requesters. Author: Adam Dawes RevUp 1.2 Amiga Revision Update System Author: Boris Folgmann StackMon 1,3 Monitors stack usage of programs When run.
Author: David Kinder StalRam 3.1 Very fast recoverable ram drive.
Author: Richard Waspe Nicola Salmoria Based on code originally by Perry S, Kivolowitz.
StdErr 3.0 A Standard Error Port for Amiga.
Author: Trey Van Riper UnOel 1.0 File Undeleting Utility, Author: Martin Mares RAKE 1.1 XPK packer sublibrary. Author: Karsten Dageforde Fred Fish Disk 1017 MartinSoft Pengo ?.? Demo Game based on old Pengo game. Author: Marlin Rebas Fred Fish Disk 1016 Multiplot XLN-S 1.01 Intuitive data plotting program. Author: Alan G Baxter Fred Fish Disk 1019 AXDift 1.0 Graphical comparison & merge utility.
Author: Jim Lawrie Designer 1.50 GUI Creator tor C & HSPascal, V1.42. Author: Patnck van 8eem Smenu 1.0 Powerful and fast-working screenseiector. Author: Jon Anders Haugum Fred Fish Disk 1020 DFA 2.2 Address database with many features.
Author: Dirk Federiein u Mi'yirrmi x: 3 T: 2 list: 3 Setjcon ?.? Applcon for mass icon manipulation, Author: Kev Crate Fred Fish Disk 1021 Afile 3.30 A datafile manager. Author: Denis Gounelle CarCosts 3.06 Keep track of automobile expenses. Author: Rudiger Dreier FishButton 1.0 Popup menus to run FreshFish CDROM. Author: Steve Edford n BMX by Oliver Roberis n WBRun by Sylvain Rougier & Pierre Carrette Fred Fish Disk 1022 Bulletins 2.11 STDIO door tor BBS bulletins.
Author: Tony Preston DataMasterDEMO ?.?
Demo version of a Database program.
Author: Teemu Sipila QuickFile 3.1 Simple and flexible, flat file database. Author: Alan Wigginton Fred Fish Disk 1023 Abank 1.02 Accounts bank management, many options. Author: David Gaussinel & Stephane Anquetil TWC 3.26 Two Way Chat & Send modem.
Author: Lutz Vieweg Fred Fish Disk 1024 AmiOWK 2.7 QWKMail format offline message system. Author: Jim Dawson SNMA 1,97 680x0 6888x Amiga macro assembler. Author; Samu Nuojua Fred Fish Disk 1025 THOR 1.25 Offline QWK HIPPO ABBS MBBS reader. Author: Eivind Nordselh Fred Fish Disk t026 Curses 210 Link lib of standard “curses" functions. Author Sebastiano Vigna Fred Fish Disk 1027 AflexxAppList 1994.10.11 List of 421 programs that support Arexx. Author; Daniel J Barrett PhxAss 4.00 Highly optimizing macro assembler.
Author: Frank Wille Battle at Sea 1.0 A basic naval battle simulation game on Fred Fish Disk 1039 PhxLnk 4.00 AmigaDOS module linker. Author: Frank Wille Fred Fish Disk 1028 CatEdit 1,2 A GUI catalog editor translator.
Author: Rafael D'Halleweyn DiskMon 3.0 Disk monitor - for most block devices. Author Jorg Strohmayer FetchRefs 1.1 AutoDoc C-Asm-E include look-up tool. Author Anders Melchiorsen Fred Fish Disk 1029 FlexCat 1.5 Creates catalogs S source to handle them. Author: Jochen Wiedmann Swa2lnfo 1.4 Replaces WorkBench information window. Author: David Swasbrook WangtPad 1.10 Launch programs from a list on WB. Author: Lee Kindness Fred Fish Disk 1030 AmiCDROM 1.15 ISO-9660 standard CDROM filesystem, Author: Frank Munkert MazeTest ?.? Iff map reading program in Amos.
Author: Ronald F. Picardi Fred Fish Disk 1031 Poing 2,2 Multi-tasking "BreakOut" style game.
Author: Paul van der Valk Textfield 2.0 Text entry BOOPSI gadget. Author: Mark Thomas Triton 1.2 An object oriented GUI creation system. Author: Stefan Zeiger Fred Fish Disk 1032 ManageCDPics 1.2 A program to manage ail your pictures. Author: Markus Hillenbrand YADCP 1.2 CD player interface for SCSI-2 CDROM’s. Author Frank Wurkner Fred Fish Disk 1033 Atoms 3.00 New game of Atoms. Author: Miljsnko Vrankovic Fred Fish Disk 1034 CCC 0.2 Trash a large city with your monster.
Author: Ronald F, Picardt NewAlertHook 40.3 Enhanced Alert display mechanism. Author: Martin Mares TIFFView 114 Read-view-print TIFF,MACpaint.GIF,JPEG. Author: Bert Wynants Fred Fish Disk 1035 DirMenu 0.9(3 Access files easily with pop up menus. Author: Jure Vrhovnik Scorched. Tanks 1.77 A tank warfare game tor 2 to 4 players. Author: Michael Welch Fred Fish Disk 1036 ColConq 1,34f Space strategy game for 1 or 2 persons. Author: Christian Mumenthaler Fred Frsh Disk 1037 JACOsub 2.1 Script player for making video titles. Author; Alex Matulich PicBoot 2.6 Displays picture during bootup.
Author: Magnus Holmgren Verbes 1.2 French verb tutorial. Author: Peter Janes Fred Fish Disk 1038 MineClone 1.2 Another done of Minesweeper- style games. [Author: Nico Max Wacom 1.16 Wacom tablet driver, controls Amigamouse. Author; Roland Schwinge!
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favor,., buy one. If you never had a good enough reason before, perhaps the "Moving Textures" CD will make the decision for you. Of all of the CD collections of textures that I've seen thus far, this one from Precision Computer Graphics is the absolute cat's pajamas hottest. Why? Because these are what the package says,.. "Moving Textures". There are twenty-two sets of single framed animations on the CD, grouped into two categories: which takes a 736 x 476 image size and resizable for everything else).
There are two ways to apply these textures in a 3D animation. They can be used as backgrounds or as smaller texture elements dedicated to a specific 3D object in a scene.
When used as a background, the "Clouds24" works best because it has the highest resolution. All of the files are naturally open to being reconfigured in ImageFX, ADPro, or ImageMaster, and their palettes can he altered as well (you Of ali of the CD collections of textures that i've seen thus far, this one from Precision Computer Graphics is the absolute cat's pajamas hottest.
Tru-Maps and FX-Maps. Tru-Maps are actual stop frame collections of natural environmental shots: Clouds, Fire, Flames, Ocean waves, Smoke, and Steam. The FX-Maps make up the rest, and constitute a collection of rendered organic motions: Boiling, Burst, Calm, Disturb, Jiggle, Liquid, Pour, Rough, Spots, Swift, Tide, Water A & B, and Waves A & B. The FX-Maps and the Tru-Maps contain either 300, 600, or 900 frames each (900 frames is enough for up to 30 seconds of animation at 30 frames a second). FX-Maps are sized at 192 x 120 pixels, while the Tru-Maps are sized at 320 x 200 or 368 x
240. The only exception is the "Clouds24" Tru-Map, which is 300
frames (209 Mb) of 736 x 480 data (close to perfect for
OpalVision could change the background sky from blue to red
and the clouds to indigo for a planetscape backdrop for
instance). If you decrease the bitplanes, a larger grouping
of these images can also fit comfortably on a hard disk. The
CD sells for a healthy $ 250.00, but since it has no
competition as yet, it will probably get most of its asking
price. Directions come for applying the texture images in
most of the top Amiga 3D programs. The directions for
Aladdin-4D are the shortest, since Aladdin-4D has the most
intuitive and simple way of applying textures and
backgrounds of any of the Amiga 3D software packages in
A4D's texture environment Let's recap exactly how to apply a
texture in A4D (Aladdin-4D). There arc three basic
identities that a texture needs to know about in A4D as far
as the targeted object is concerned: shading, attributes,
and textures. Shading may be either Gouraud or Phong, and
adjacent polys mav be toggled on or off. If on, a smooth
surface will hide adjacent poly edges, and if off the
adjacent polys edges will be seen. An object's "attributes"
include such things as transparency, hardness, reflectivity,
color, and sensitivity to a collection of altering
circumstances (waves, shadows, etc.). If no texture is
applied, the object will still show its attributes. All
attributes are assigned in A4D's "Attributes List
Requester", and all attributes may be set to change over
time. A separate requester is used to tell A4D what
additional texture (bit-mapped or procedural) to assign to
the object. As desired, textures can be wrapped in a variety
of ways, and they can be bump maps, genlocked, decaied, and
more. Textures used as backgrounds are set in a special
background requester, though the texture itself is listed in
the all-round texture list. Moving A4D Backgrounds The
Moving Textures frames are perfect for A4D, and simple to
apply to a background. A4D doesn't really make a caring
distinction whether you want a picture or a single-framed
series of pictures as your background, and it even has a
special anti-aliasing feature that makes the best use of
smaller sized frames so that almost any image looks its best
when applied. To apply a Moving Textures frame to an
Aladdin-4D background, choose "background" from the "View"
requester. When the Txl.ist comes up, select "Add", and then
click on "Control” and "Member Control" respectively. This
brings up the detailed Texture Control screen. There is a
button in the lower left called "Select”. Click on it. A
Procedural Resource List will pop up showing all of the
procedural texture choices. We want to access a bitmap, so
we select the "Show Bitmap" option and then click on "Load".
This brings up a standard path requester, so we have to tell
it where the Moving Texture we want is stored. Selecting the
name of the CD-Rorn drive gives us access to the CD-Rom, and
all we have to do is to select the proper texture for our
After selection, there are a few more things to do in the Texture Control window. We usually click on "Suggested" to apply the picture to the background in its proper orientation.
Backgrounds are seldom bump mapped, so it's common to leave their mapping choice set to "Normal". If the background is to be animated as it is with Moving Textures), we can choose to cycle the frames in one direction or make them periodically loop. If we want to, we can play with the number of frames that the background w'ill take up and alternate a separate series of pictures at another part of the animation. We could even fade the background in or out if desired. All of these choices are possible in Aladdin-4D. The same choices that Aladdin allows for a textured object (time
alterations, fading, color fades, layered textures, moving the position of the texture...) are available for backgrounds.
If you plan on using Moving Textures as a background, remember that every pixel in the background is going to change.
This will slow down the replay of the animation when you preview it, and also call for enhanced storage space when the animation is stored. Large changes in a screen make for livelier animation, but at the cost of replay and storage space. Of course the replay is no problem if you are going to record it to video with a single frame option (the PAR, Noahji's V-Lab Motion, or other alternatives). Moving Textures and 3D Objects (and where you might want them) Where might it be useful to use Moving Textures on, or as a part of, a 3D object? Since the textures we're speaking of refer to organic
process (the movement of clouds and water, for instance) we should look to 3D objects that need organic movements.
Mapping Moving Textures on a vase yields an object that seems to be reflecting that movement on its surface. Another choice might be to map the Moving Texture onto its counterpart in form: water on a water surface, flame on flames, etc. One of my favorite ways of accomplishing the later is to record an animation as single frames that depicts the chosen Moving Textures on a background.
Then I map that same background to a planar surface in my animation, many times setting the "genlock" option which removes the background color. I do it this way because it's a faster alternative and it can lead to far more experimental results.
Mapping a Moving Texture to a 3D object in A4-D requires familiarity with a linear activation of specific steps. The chosen object is first assigned selected attributes (transparency level, reflectivity, etc.) and shading is applied (none, phong, or gouraud). Then comes time for the texture. Choosing "Textures" from the Polygon menu, a BMList (BitMap List) is added and accessed. From here it's much the same process as the Background option detailed earlier. The path to the chosen texture is opened, and the texture (picture or single frame list) is imported. The difference here is that you may
well decide to apply the texture in any number of ways: Normal, Reflection, GenLocked, Bumped, Opacity, Hardness, or Illumination. Each of these choices leads to a specific "look" and experimentation will inform your needs. You also have to tell the program how the texture is to be applied (planar, cylindrical, spherical...) and from what direction (X,Y, or
2) . From there, it's a simple matter of previewing the results
and changing your alternatives until you get what you want.
See the accompanying figures for some examples. Aladdin-4D
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• AC* Accelerate Your A4000 or A3000 with MacroSystem
Development's WarpEngine By Douglas . Nakakihara The top-end
of the WarpEngine line features '040 CPUs running at 40MHz
which can triple the speed of a 4000 and improve a 3000's
performance by a factor of nearly eight!
While working on a recent LightWave animation project, it became quite clear that my micro-rendering-farm, consisting of an Amiga 3000 and 4000, was decidedly inadequate. If I only had MacroSystem Development's WarpEngines installed in both machines, life in rendering-land would have been much more palatable.
The top-end of the WarpEngine fine features '040 CPUs running at 40MHz ($ 1495). This can triple the speed of a 4000 and improve a 3000's performance by a factor of nearly eight! If that is not enough, the product also has a built-in SCSI-2 Fast controller.
Both the A3000 and A4000 WarpEngines arc CPU daughtercards that connect to the special CPU slots on both machines. Because the SCSI controller does not have to communicate through the Amiga bus, you do not have to contend with the dreaded Buster chip problem that can occur with Zorro III expansion boards. This is also one of the reasons for its high SCSI transfer rate capabilities with a Barracuda hard drive, MacroSystem is boasting transfer rates of 9MB sec burst and 6MB sec sustained. (The board is reportedly capable of IGMB sec.) Plus you don't lose a Zorro slot, which is especially
important to VideoToaster owners.
The WarpEngine is optimized to use standard 60ns 72-pin SIMMs, in any combination of 4, 8, 16, or 32MB modules. There are four SIMM sockets on the 4000 version and two on the 3000 board, so the maximum memory configuration is 128 and 64MB, respectively. You can use 70 or 80ns chips, but there will be a performance hit. Keep in mind that manv of the animations you have seen on seaQuest DSV (Amblin Imaging) and Babylon 5 (Foundation Imaging) were created on Amigas with only 32MB of RAM. The RAM for one of my review boards was supplied by 11. Co.
Computer Products (800 RAM-CHPS). Lawrence Burkey at the company was exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable in finding the RAM I needed for the WarpEngine.
A4000 Installation Installation in the 4000 is straightforward and the instructions are very good. All you do is set a few jumpers on the board to match your RAM and SCSI configurations, and swap the existing A4U00 CPU daughtercard with the WarpEngine. I actually had the WarpEngine up and running in a half hour. (Getting the SCSI controller to recognize my SCSI devices took a little more time, which I'll talk about later.) Moving the existing IDE drive to the bay just below the floppy drive, as suggested in the manual, allowed me to install a fuil-profile 3.5-inch hard drive in its place.
There is enough maneuvering room inside the case to change jumper settings and even add memory once the board is installed, without disassembling any part of the computer.
There are four plastic standoffs that hold the board above the motherboard. Pinching the ends of the standoffs with some pliers will make it easier to snap the WarpEngine into place. Commodore did a fairly good job at designing the 4000 and the only problem you may encounter is removing the case faceplate.
A3000 ROMs Required The early Amiga 3000s, like mine, all came with Kickstart stored in a file on the hard drive, not in ROM. Unfortunately, running an '040 in an Amiga requires actual Kickstart ROMs. So I opted for the new 3.1 AmigaDOS ones, which 1 purchased from MacroSystem Development. The existing (so-called) "magic" ROMs on these 3000s are mounted upside down on a daughtercard which is plugged into the motherboard. You must cut a pair of plastic straps, remove the daughtercard, replace the ROMs, replace the daughtercard, and install the software. (Note: 1 recommend vou make an
orientation mark on the daughtercard before removing it.)
Maybe ! Was lucky, but it worked flawlessly the first time.
If you are upgrading from AmigaDOS 2.x, delete all of the files in ENVARGsys. These preference files are incompatible with .3.1. A3000 Installation Installing the A3000 WarpEngine is a little bit more complex than the 4000 installation. In addition to the same configuration jumpers on the WarpEngine, you must also set a few jumpers on the 3000's motherboard. There is also a clip you must attach to a pin on a CIA chip. This is the only place the instructions really failed me and probably exposed my ignorance. Anyway, a quick call to MacroSystem Development showed me the way. First look for the
end of the chip with the dimple. The pin on the end immediately to the left is pin 1. Count counter-clockwise until you get to the appropriate pin, in this case number 21. Another way to describe it is If you are standing in front of the A3000 case looking down into it, pin 21 is in the upper right corner of the CIA chip.
The A3000 installation instructions are printed on separate addendum sheets. Although it says to install the provided plastic standoffs, my 3000 had two metal ones already in place. You should be able to get some screws to fasten the board down, but be careful, they are fragile. 1 broke one of them off, by tightening a screw too tight. However, 1 don't really think you need to screw it down, as the connector seems to hold the board in place just fine.
A helpful thing to do is re-drili two holes in the rear-bay hard drive mounting plate, so the drive can be placed with the connectors facing forward. This will make it easier for the SCSI ribbon cable to reach the necessary connectors. 1 also had to leave the right floppy bay open because the mounting bracket would hit the top of the '040 chip fan.
Performance To test the performance of the WarpEngine, I used the "Diner-West" scene from Brad Schenck's Diner LightWave Objects Set (Terra Nova Development). The scene has a lot of objects and a lot of reflective elements, so it is very math intensive. Resolution was set to medium with overscan, A3000 A4000 '040-40 WarpEngine* No AA 10m24s 4m31s 1 m34s Low A A 35 m 55s 15ml 9s 5 m 22s Med. A A 54m41s 24m 17s 8m39s Raytracing on: No AA 4h30ml6s Ihl0m33s 35m40s Low AA 22h3m59s 5h51m39s 2h55m52s Med. AA not performed 10h5m40s5h4m37s AA=Antialiasing, h=hours, m=minutes, s=seconds
* A3000 and A4000 WarpEngine performance identical.
As you can tell from the comparison tables, the 4000's speed is markedly improved. However, 300(1 owners will think they've stepped into another dimension. Although both accelerated machines performed identically, relatively speaking, the WarpEngine transformed my aging A3000 into a fire-breathing monster! It is important to note that all system operations are speeded up, from reading directories to displaying graphics.
Although my hard drive couldn't take full advantage of the WarpEngine's SCSI controller, 1 was able to get up to four MB sec sustained. The improved hard drive performance will help you to play animations smoother from disk, but the added memory will let you play large animations from RAM for supersmooth playback at maximum frame rates.
External SCSI To access external SCSI peripherals vou will need to add an external connector to your Amiga. The 4000 has a nice panel in the back that works perfectly, MacroSystem Development sells a 50-pin SCSI-2 connector ($ 49) for this purpose that connects to the provided internal SCSI ribbon. They also sell a version with the connector mounted on an expansion slot backplane for installation in a 3000. (If you don't have an open expansion slot, I guess you'll have to let the SCSI ribbon hang out of the case.)
Note that a SCSI-2 connector is not the same as the 25-pin SCSI connector on the back of a 3000, So you may also need a SCSi-2-to-50-pin Centronics cable. MacroSystem sells a deluxe mounting kit ($ 79) that includes the connector and this cable. All of this is standard SCSI hardware which you should be able to find elsewhere, if you are so inclined. (I'll forewarn vou though that SCSI-2 cabling is somewhat of a specialty item currently and the price reflects it.)
The WarpEngine's SCSI controller was happy with my two 1GB hard drives, Exabyte Tape drive, and Syquest drive. My Sony DAT worked, but only if it was turned off when I booted.
The only real problem I had was my NEC double-speed CD- ROM would not work at all with the WarpEngine. I may have been able to get it working, but I lacked detailed documentation for it.
There are several SCSI configuration jumpers on the board that may have to be adjusted to fit your system. I found I needed to set the termination power jumper (JP1) and my Toshiba hard drive required the slower SCSI setting to work reliably.
MacroSystem Development's WarpEngine 3040 (top) and 4040 (bottom) offers substantial improved performance.
Other Versions The WarpEngine comes in 28MHz (SI 150) and 33MHz (SI 295) versions, which are upgradable to 40 fl Tz. It will reportedly be upgradable to the '060 when that starts shipping. There is a version for the 4000 which allows you to transplant the existing '040 chip and motherboard RAM for up to a two-fold increase in performance ($ 899). Soon to be released is the 50MHz '030 lmpulsEngine for the 3000. This will double system performance arid is expected to sell on the street for under $ 500.
Trade-in Offers MacroSystem Development offers some very generous trade- in opportunities for owners of competing products. You can get a 40MHz WarpEngine for $ 600 if you trade-in a GVP G-Force '040.
S500 and a Progressive '040 will get you one too, as will S950 and a Fast lane, 4091 SCSI, DKB 3128, RCS X-Calibur, or 3640 (the A4000- 040 CPU card).
Conclusion A4000 owners will realize substantial performance improvement, but A3000 owners will be taking a quantum leap forward.
Whether you use your Amiga for 3D rendering, desktop publishing, 2D graphics, or any other purpose, you won't be sorry after installing a WarpEngine in your machine. It's a product that everyone with an Amiga 3000 or 4000 can benefit from unless you already have one!
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(810) 347-3332 .AC* This issue we will take a look at several
different utilities available for downloading from your
favorite communications service.
Rob amiga telecommunications AWS The best place to start is the beginning, and that is the process of booting your computer. If your Amiga takes more than a few seconds to initialize itself, and you are tired of looking at the standard copyright information that is displayed, check out AWS.
This freeware goody, written by Paul Hemik, displays a colorful screen duririg the boot process. While there are almost as many programs to display images during booting as there are screen savers, this one adds the frill of system information. This includes chipset and ram present, time and date, and Kickstart version (Figure
1) . Options available include time format, colors, and screen
This is a small archive, and the 19,200 hvtes will transfer in about a minute and a half at 2400bps, and requires Workbench 2.0 or greater.
Heddley More and more documentation is being provided in AmigaGuide format. This hypertext method provides for easy ways to move about within a document, following ideas in a non-linear fashion. The problem lias been the production of these easy-to-read documents. If you have ever looked at an AmigaGuide document with a regular text editor or reader, you may have thought you wandered into a program listing. Heddley, from Edmund Dumbill, (Figure 2) eliminates the drudgery and problems inherent in creating these documents by hand.
An AmigaGuide file is actually a database of several documents, with embedded buttons in the text allowing you to move between documents. Now you can compose the individual documents with your favorite word processor, then load them into Heddley for conversion into the proper format. You can also edit existing databases with Heddley. The program also features an Arexx port, allowing for automated file conversions.
Heddley requires Kickstart 2,04 or higher, and is freeware (although the author says he won't turn down payments to help AMIGA Workstation Figure 1: AWS displays a colorful screen of system information such as chipset and ram present, time and date, and Kickstart version.
Further development). The archive includes a script for installation using Commodore's Installer utility, as well as documentation and some sample Arexx scripts. At 2400bps, the 48,8% byte file can be yours in about four minutes.
PrtSc How many times have you looked at the key on the keypad and wished that it did what the label on the front of the key says it should do? In the MS-Dos world, pressing this key sends whatever is showing on the screen to the printer. Jan Hagqvtsthas written PrtSc to accomplish just that. Of course, since the Amiga is more talented than your average clone, PrtSc allows you to choose between several options (Figure 3). For instance, you can choose to print either the active screen, or the screen that is currently in front. You can also choose to send the output to a disk file instead of the
PrtSc requires Dos 2.0 or higher and is shareware, with a suggested fee of $ 3. The 13,568 byte archive includes the PrtSc program, AmigaGuide docs, and assembly source code, and should tie up your phone line for about one minute.
UuxT All computer programs and data files are composed of S-bit data. This includes a number of characters that cannot be printed, either to paper or the screen. If you try, or inadvertently interrupt a modem transfer, you will see lots of strange characters filling your monitor screen, usually accompanied with flashes and beeps, as the non-standard characters are processed. Standard ASCII text is composed with 7 bits, which gives us the alphanumeric characters we are used to. Where is this leading? Some message systems restrict users to 7-bit ASCII transfers, which normally would mean that
programs and data files are off limits. But where there is a will, there is always a way. Enterprising programmers have developed ways to translate 8-bit files into 7-bit ASCII, which can then be sent through the message systems, just like normal text files. This process is known as UUEncoding decoding, and the UuxT program by Asher Feldman is billed as "The Ultimate "UU" Utility for the Amiga."
This package is actually three programs. UuxT, which does the actual conversions, UUSplit, which can divide up large files to conform with system-imposed size limitations, and UuxT-GUI, which is the graphical front end to control the programs (Figure 4).
To use it, double-click on the UuxT-GUI icon and, through requesters, choose the files you wish to process, and the name and destination of the processed file, then click on the "Start" button. Program operations can also be controlled with command line options via the shell. What does a UUEncoded file look like? Following are the first two lines of Figure 4 after processing by UuxT.
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return for the requested £10 fee.
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Games included range from A-Train to Z-Out, and most of the information is listed as being verified. At 165,888 bytes, the compressed file will take almost 14 minutes to download, but may let you finally finish that game.
Where to Look The file AW5.LHA is in the AmigaUser section of CompuServe (CIS), in the Amiga Zone libraries of Portal, in file 24042 in the Starship libraries of Genie. HEDDLY.LHA is also in AmigaUser on CIS, Portal, and file 24045 on Genie. PRTSC.LHA was found in AmigaUser on CIS, Portal, and as file 24(144 on Genie. Version 3.0b of UuxT is listed as UUXT.LI 1A in AmigaUser on CIS, UUXT30B.LHA on Portal, and file 23972 on Genie. Sweet Cheater
2. 5 is found in AmigaArts on CIS as CHEAT.LHA, on Portal as
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Figure 3: With PrtSc, print either the active screen, or the screen in front or send the output to a disk file.
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That's all for now. See you online!
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W Fos. - *320 &r*Sh: fee?; m eeeoem 6F7TH6E616D653E29G0 &£6579«6%C£KE&1*D 653£290O0000OeiR2 C 4I4E47S34147433D3C4C 653E29W ortnaftet (KEY= k yfilenan e cl W*3UPG5=il This month's column is a milestone. It marks the beginning of PD Update's second year. Looking back over the 32 quality' public domain and shareware programs reviewed in 1994,1 discovered that almost half have been upgraded in the meantime. Since reviewing the upgrades would consume valuable space, I decided instead to summarize them in Table 1. This way, PD Update can continue its mission of seeking out the best new Amiga
freely distributable software in 1995.
The programs mentioned here are usually obtained from Aminet (ftp.wustl.edutpub aminet) orFUNET (ftp.funet.fi:pub amiga) on the Internet. They also should be available via various other sources such as online services (Portal, Delphi, etc.) or BBSs.
Some of them eventually appear in the Fred Fish Collection too.
Unless otherwise noted, they work with all Ainigas and 1.3+. FileX 2.0 (shareware, S15; 2.04+) by Klaas Hermanns Aminet: disk moni filex20.lha (268K) A very flexible interface (reminiscent of some text editors) sets this binary file editor apart from its competition. FiieX features multiple windows with multiple views, allowing y'ou to edit a number of files or different areas of the same file simultaneously.
Essentially windows within a window, views can be independently opened, closed, height-adjusted, and configured. The number of Wo-UuncSSown 07 07 34 PM IQ] PD UP!
By Henning Vahlenkamp views per window is limited by a window's size, and the number of windows is limited only by free memory.
Each window or view contains any combination of hex and ASCII fields, and you can specify how the characters are displayed.
Maneuvering is easy, although it would be nice if FileX also had VCR-stvIe icon paneis like Azap (AC V9.ll). Another highlight is the comprehensive block editing which even allows you to change file sizes. FileX also has powerful search replace capabiiities, Appwindow Applcon support, an Arexx port, and numerous configuration options.
The catch is that files must be entirely memory-resident, so you can't edit a file if there isn't enough memory to load it.
However the author does promise edits on devices for the next version. Let's hope that includes disk sector and directory structure editing too. As it stands, FileX is already one of the best file editors ever released for the Amiga.
ImageStudio 1.1.0 (shareware, $ 20; 2.04+) by Andy Dean and Graham Dean Aminet: gfx conv ImageStudio.lhn (395K) ImageStudio, as far as I know, is the first serious noncommercial image processor for the Amiga since Gary Milliorn's famous ImageLab (Fred Fish 452). Last updated in 1991, ImageLab has become quite dated (no AGA support and a primitive interface with console window output), so it's especially nice to see this new offering. ImageStudio corrects ImageLab's shortcomings, while packing a lot of its power within an excellent modern design.
Opening on its own public screen, ImageStudio displays a greyscale preview of the current image in a window. You can perform various operations (selected from requesters or menus) on Utilities & Games for the Amiga FileX 2.0 is A binary file editor with a very flexible interface. ImageStudio is the first serious non-commercial image processor for the Amiga since Gary Milliorn's famous ImageLab.
Either the entire image or a given region, then view the finished product on a separate screen, The usual convolves, effects, and color manipulation capabilities are included. The program also recognizes all common image formats except TIFF and sizes up to 32000x32000 (250x250 in the unregistered version). Other highlights are multiple undo redo levels plus virtual memory on any storage device.
As a very new product, ImageStudio requires some additional development before it can truly replace al! Of its non-commercial competition. It, for instance, lacks ImageLab's image editing, FFTs (Fast Fourier Transforms), and histograms. And it could include more operators, although you can define custom convolves.
Moreover, a number of operators don't work on color-mapped images (2-256 colors) - only 24-bit ones. With these kinds of enhancements, ImageStudio could become the ideal solution for those who don't need full-blown commercial image processors like ADPro and ImageFX.
Klondike Deluxe AGA II (shareware, SS; AGA) by REKO Productions Aminet: game tliink Klondike-II-AGAl.lha (689K) Klondike-II-AGA2.1ha (612K) Klondike-Il-AGA3.1ha (774K) Simply put, Klondike Deluxe is the best solitaire game on the Amiga. This mammoth, hard disk-only production needs up to
1. 5MB RAM, but it is very system-friendly and flexible, in
particular, you can customize both tire cardset (the
graphics on backs of cards) and in-game music, if you happen
to get tired of the magnificent included ones. Klondike Deluxe
accepts any OctaMED module, and there are at least two dozen
cardsets (mostly HAM8) already available in the public domain.
You also can create your own cardsets by following the
The game itself plays straight Klondike solitaire; the documentation explains the rules. There are three difficult)' levels, determining how you can move rows and the card stock. You only get to see the bonus by winning at level three - not an easy feat.
Miscellaneous extras include keyboard shortcuts and a choice of screenmodes (Super72, Multiscan, PAL, and DoublePAL). Even though there isn't any scoring system and you can't undo moves, you'll be quite impressed by Klondike Deluxe, an addictive must-have for AGA owners.
Tetris Duel (shareware, £10; AGA) by FUNdamental Software Aminet: game think Tetris_Duel.lha (296K) Of all the Tetris clones available, this seems to be the only one specifically for AGA. Aside from great 256-color graphics, Tetris Duel's other major attraction is an optional two-player mode. This mode lets you play head-to-head against an opponent in real time on the same screen. Each player gets a separate board, and the first one to reach the top loses. It adds a new dimension of fun to a game that's been around a long time.
The entire game is keyboard-controlled, but you can choose which keys are used during play. The difficulty level is modifiable too. Tetris Duel, like other shareware games, offers enhancements to those who register, such as additional special pieces (activated when a row containing them is cleared), music, variable backdrops, and high score tables. The only possible downside is that the game is limited to PAL or DoublePAL screenmodes. Tetris fans will love this winner.
• AC* Tetris Duel (top) shines in the optional two-player mode,
Klondike Deluxe (bottom) is the best solitaire game on the
Table 1. 1994 Software Updates Latest Program Issue Version Aminet Directory DiskSalv 2 11.27 Jan
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1. 60 util cdity yaklSO.lha (191K) Uchess 2.54 May
2. 89 game think UChess289.lha (699K) ARTM 2.1) July
2. 04 util moni ARTM2_04,lha (77K) DiskSpareDevice 1.6 July
2. 0 disk misc DskSpr20.1ha (124K) Gold ED 0.98 July
1. 1 util edit gedll.lha (858K) MagicWB 1.2p July
2. 0 bi z demo MagicWB20d .lha (263K) DeliTracker 2.01 Sept
2. 07 mas play DeliTracker_207.1ha (531K) Imperial 2.0 Sept
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2. 40 disk moni Aznp_v240. Lha (68K) FinalData Database
Manager for the Amiga by Merrill Callaway SoftWood, Inc.,
maker of FinalWriter, and FinalCopy has just released
FinalData to help you manage lists of things in tables such as
names and addresses of customers or friends; collections of
tape, video or anything else; reference material such as
bibliographies; home inventory; bills, or appointment
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j j j? J j* r As we have come to expect from SoftWood, the
program installs flawlessly, and the program interface is
beautiful and friendly. It is dead easy to set up and start
using a list of, say, names and addresses and birthdays of
friends. In fact, a tutorial guides the new user through the
entire process of setting up the list, entering and changing
data, rearranging column boundaries, and even printing a
database report or labels.
The manual is very thorough and simple enough for the newest beginner, but the reference section is well thought out for quick and easy look ups. The package comes with one disk and a manual of approximately 95 pages which contains nine sections and an index. The list price is $ 99,95. FinalData works on any Amiga with System 1.3 or later, and one megabyte or r Currency None £ vr DM F i Fr A Pr V pales -Payment Final Data - Relea Define Daraoase n I Untitled Columns - better of RAM. Tool types are supported as well as launching from a command line or an icon in Workbench.
What is a Database?
!t would be good to mention up front that there are databases and there are relational databases. Now, all databases consist of one or more tables that contain columns of a certain data type (such as text or numbers nr dates), and rows, usually called records which represent one instance or individual.
That is, a person maybe listed in a database with his or her last name entered under a column called LastName. The last name is actually entered into a field or a cell of the table. A similar field headed by the column name, FirstName, mav contain records of each individual's first name, an address field will contain street data, a state field ¦ Column Definition - will contain state abbreviations, a zipcode field will contain postal codes, and so on.
This is pretty straightforward, and this is the kind of tool that FinalData is, a tool to allow you to search and sort and rearrange all sorts of tables, but only one table at a time.
A relational database, on the other hand, is not so simple. It will consist of the same kinds of tables, but there will be a collection of perhaps many interrelated and linked tables that depend in various ways on the other tables. The data you enter into a table is called an entity and the way one entity relates to another (perhaps in another table) is called a relationship.
Good database design involves deciding which columns uniquely identify each row in a table. For example, in a school database, many students may have the same last name, so a column is created in the Student Table with a unique number assigned for each student.
There may he more than one column that is necessary to identify each row uniquely, but the set of one or more columns that does this is called the Primary- Key. The Student Table contains a primary key Studnum, Hie student number mentioned before. The Student Table may be related to a second table, Register which contains Studnum, Course and Section to track course registrations.
The Studnum column is called a Foreign Key in the Register Table because it relates to a Primary Key in another table.
These relationships when properly set up cause changes in one table to filter out and update all dependent tables.
Cancel OK Creating a new database and calculation setup Im FinalData.
What FinalData Is Not Out of the box, FinalData is by no means a relational database manager. It is strictly for managing one table at a time, and it lacks most of the database administration capabilities (such as granting access, networking, security, rollback, and backup, to name several) that one would have in a real database manager, which, by the way will not only cost you more but will be much more challenging to learn and use.
That caveat being said, the intriguing thing about FinalData, is its rather extensive Arexx control interface.
Final Data - Release 1 Q|_ LastName IfirstName Sales | Payment NetPay | 3100 00 $ 300 00 Creamy Spratt Suziel Jack $ 40 00 $ 55 00 360 00 32*35 00 SO 00 As we have come to expect from SoftWood, the program installs flawlessly, and the program Interface is beautiful and friendly.
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I have not had the time to try out Arexx with FinalData yet (because of publishing deadlines), but my first impression is that there may be enough Arcxx commands to implement certain relationships between tables and increase its power to match some features found in a relational database manager (and Arexx is easier than most database manager languages such as SQL).
New Meanwhile, as a single table manager, FinalData is incredibly easy to use. Small businesses and individuals who only need to maintain mailing lists, customer sales histories, and other such non-complicated data will appreciate FinalData's "up and running in five minutes" philosophy.
Creating and Working with a FinalData Database All you need to do to start building a new database is to select New from the Project Menu. A Define Database requester opens which allows you to name columns, select what type of data they will contain, determine the position or order in which they will occur across the top, and how data will be aligned in their cells. After you accept a column definition, you may keep entering columns until your table is complete. If settings do not change between Accept joi Cancel OK - r- Currency None £ J DM ¦r F Fr.
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Dwelling | Location |Beds| Baths |?arag Pool Price | owe 1
owf | n 1 House San Francisco 5 4 4 Y $ 5,000,000 N N 2 House
San Clemente 5 4 4 Y $ 4,000,000 N N 3 House Mai bu 4 3 i 3 Y
$ 1,400,000 Y N 4 Penthouse Century City 3 3 Y Y $ 1,250,000 Y N
5 Beach Hous Mal.bu 3 3 2 N $ 1,000,000 N N b House Tucson 3 2
2 N $ 900,000 Y | Y i | 7 Beach HoustSanra Barbara 2 2 N N
$ 750,000 Y N 8 Beach Hous 5 Santa Barbara 3 3 2 N $ 600,000 N
N 9 House Santa Barbara 5 3 3 Y $ 500,000 N N 10 House San
Francisco 3 2 Y Y $ 450,000 N ] 1 N ’ 11 Duplex Encmo 4 4 3 3
2 2 N $ 450,000 N N 12 House San Francisco 4 3 2 N
3400. 000 N N 13 Townhouse Malibu 3 2 Y N $ 400,000 N N 14 House
Pasadena 4 3 3 Y $ 400,000 Y N 15 House Santa Barbara 4 3 3
N $ 400,000 Y N 16 House Santa Monica 4 3 3 N $ 400,000 V Y
17 House San Jose 3 2 Y N $ 350,000 Y N 18 House Encino 4 3
3 N $ 350,000 Y N 19 House Santa Monica 3 2 2 Y $ 350,000 Y Y
I 20 Duplex Santa Barbara 3 3 2 2 NO N $ 300,000 Y N 21
House Westlake 4 3 3 Y $ 300,000 N N 1 22 House San Diego 3
2. 5 3 Y $ 300,000 N N 23 House Santa Barabar 3
2. 5 3 N $ 300,000 Y N A $ 32,789,500 From top to bottom;
FinalData’s input screen for data, the FD screen to create a
new database, and a view screen to scrool through the records
in a FinalData database.
Finoi Dale - Release l 0 1 Listings Dw House Triplex House House House House Towntiouse Patio Home House House Townhouse House Apartment Townhouse .House Townhouse Apartment Apartment Apartment Townhouse Townhouse Apartment Dwelling Location Beds Baths Garage Pool owe OWF 90 91 92 93 9* 95 Sedona Redlands Tucson Apocne Juncti Tucson Pnoenw 2 2 Y 3 2 N N 3 2 Y Y 3 2 2 N 2 1 5 No N 2 2 N Y 9b 99 TOO Mew FinolData's sortation interface is very intuitive.
Columns (e.g. there are several columns of text in a row), all you have to do is name the columns and press Enter each time to retain all the previous settings.
Entering data is a question of clicking on the first row and entering the information into the cells. Pressing Enter advances to the next cell and there are full cut, copy FinalData has full Arexx capabilities in case you need to process and import a large amount of data from another source, or manipulate FinalData in some way automatically.
And paste edit commands to make life easy.
Column width changes are as simple as dragging the column dividers with the mouse. An entire column may he moved sideways by holding down the Alt key and positioning the mouse pointer in the column header. Selecting data is also very easy. You may drag select, click on a column head to seiecL the entire column, or on a row number to select the entire row, The upper left hand corner has a special button called the "Deselect Button".
The other button of interest is the "New" row button to enter a new row of data.
These two toggle each other on and off. If you reach the end of a row and press Enter, the program automatically takes you back to the beginning of the next row. You may click anywhere and start editing or entering data.
IQ Concel N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N N N N Y N N N N N N N S77.Q00 $ 66,000 Y Y $ 60,000 N N $ 60,000 Y Y $ 60,000 N N S40.000 N N
532. 739.500 Once a database session is complete, you may save
the file in FinalData format.
You may also export a FinalData database in ASCII format in order to use it in FinalWriter Release 2, or FinalCopv's mail merge features. You may import files from PenPal and other SoftWood products.
SoftVVood promises FinalWriter Release 3 OK CM will take FinalData files directly. You may save onlv selected parts of a database if you so desire as well. Once a database contains data, every column may be redefined or moved, but the data type may not be changed as long as there is data there.
One of the data types is Calculate, for which you may specify a formula to perform arithmetic on column items as long as their data type is Amount. The column names are used as variables as in: Hours * Rate. Date and Time formats allow several choices for date or time display format as well as how they are to be entered.
Arexx and FinalData FinalData has full Arexx capabilities in case vou need to process and import a large amount of data from another source, or manipulate FinalData in some way automatically. Arexx has the most powerful string handling features of any language around, so it is a natural to use it with FinalData. There are several Arexx macros included; for instance, an Arexx macro to automatically set up a Name and Address database. Arexx macros mav be assigned to function keys and given names that appear in the Arexx menu.
There is a 35 page section on Arexx commands in the manual. As 1 mentioned before, as Arexx macros become available for this product, its power and usefulness will only increase. I will save the details for another article.
Printing Printing is through Preferences only, lacking the excellent PostScript drivers available for FinalWriter and FinaiCopy.
The product literature states that FinalData uses printer fonts "for speed" but translated this means; no print driver.
What a shame this is not an option.
SoftWood's PostScript drivers worked so well in the past.
When i tried my PostScript printer with the System 2.1 PostScript Preferences driver, the only font that worked was the mono-spaced courier. Any attempt to use a proportional font such as Times, failed to line anything up properly. On HP Laserjet setting, the only font available was courier which printed acceptably. The tutorial shows you how to print labels. It fails to mention that the settings are for one label per page, so if you have a sheet feed printer such as a laser printer, you will want to change to 3 labels across and 3 down per page, or you will get six pages from printing the six
labels in the tutorial.
You would want only one label per page when you arc using a sprocket fed dot matrix printer loaded with a roll of labels.
Sorting and Searching Sorting works very well. If vou have some contiguous columns to sort, then the Column menu has Sort Low to High as well as a Sort High to Low items. Simply choose one of these after clicking on one column or shift-clicking on one or more columns and they will sort. For more complicated sorts, such as non-contiguous columns or one column high to low and another low to high, or to determine sort priorities, use the Row Sort menu item to open the sort requester. You may then choose which columns to sort, in what order, and whether high to low or the (continued on page 55)
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C. O.D. (continued from page 50) reverse. The interface is very
intuitive and easy to figure out.
Searching has a conventional Find or Find Replace for single words without wild card support.
Room for Improvement 1 have already mentioned that it is a mistake to deem FinalData any sort of real database manager, but notwithstanding the probability that FinalData will never grow up to be a real database manager, it occupies a useful niche in the Amiga market.
Its ease of use and short learning curve will probably meet with more approval than would a full list of powerful but hard to master and therefore unused true database features.
I would prefer to call FinalData a list or table processor, not a database manager. I doubt most individuals or even most small businesses really need a full featured database manager. People who do need an Amiga database manager program should use Oxxi's Superbase Professional. I predict that people who have both products will find themselves using FinalData a lot more than they expect, however, because it is so convenient and pleasant to use for less complex jobs. There are a few features that FinalData should not have been without, however.
There are no hard-wired features to perform a complex logical find nor are there wild card searches. There really ought to be a way to construct a report to be displayed in a separate window of things like, say, every record between July 1,1994 and October 10, 1994 where the last name begins with "R" and the zipcode is 87106 or 87108.
This is the way a database manager ought to work, even if limited to only one table at a time, and why I state that FinalData, is not at present close to being a database manager. With judicious sorting and or Arexx programming, most of these queries could be accomplished, but it would have been better to have more built- in features for searches, queries and reports. Another glaring omission is an UNDO button. Most program preferences, but oddly, not screen colors may be user-set. Finally printing leaves a lot to be desired. SoftWood needs to give it a driver that will allow proportional
fonts to print, aligned properly, while retaining the option of printing in speedy, monospaced courier.
Conclusions I really like FinalData for what it is, even though I disagree that it is a database manager program as SoftWood claims. Because of my experience with real database managers and how hard they are to master, I find FinalData a real joy to use. It is just right for almost anything 1 need to do in the way of maintaining lists of people or things. I'm going to have fun writing Arexx routines to take care of the things that were not built in, and I expect that most of the needs 1 may have to relate two or more tables or to construct complex queries and reports will be met by Arexx quite
FinalData will most likely never have the robust system, network, access, and data safeguards of a true database manager, but then on my single user system that would be overkill, anyway.
At a fraction of their cost and with a minuscule learning curve in comparison to its big brothers, FinalData fills an important need and makes a useful addition to the family of SoftWood products.
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*AC* (continued from page 30) Effects list. On bringing it up,
you can select from a long list of options (like Biochain,
Charcoal, Cheetah, Eye, JFK, Medical, Pencil, Rake, Smoke, and
dozens more) and apply your choice to either the whole picture
or to a selected region. Most of the painting effects are
unique to 1FX2, so don't expect to find them in other
software. Ad to this tire ability to add "paper" textures to
an image (whole or part), and you have an expectant canvass
Alpha-ing Around "Compositing" has become a buzz-word for computer artists in the know, a method by which separate graphics screens can be combined in an infinite number of ways to produce state-of-the-art illustrations and photo compositions. IFX2 has a most awesome variety- of tools to enhance creativity in this area. You can combine separate pictures on different screens, and also include an Alpha channel to boot. If you don't know, an Alpha channel is a grayscale graphic that uses the lightest colors to depict where images will combine, while the darkest colors usually are meant to "show
thru" a live video feed. As expected, IFX2 has a host of separate Alpha tools. There's really no way to do my description of compositing with IFX2 justice except with a dedicated tutorial, something I plan to do in the corning months in Amazing (probably a tutorial serics).
Angled motion blurs, distortions, Arexx applications, batch animation tools,., there's enough in 1FX2 to keep you very creatively busy for a very long time, and its quality is high enough to please even the most discriminating broadcast client.
Conclusions As long as your system has enough RAM (or you add the virtual memory options), you should never face the frustrating problem of having the software refuse to load a graphic (something lFX2's competition is notorious for). A separate program called "IMP" (ImageFX Multi Processor) gives you the capacity to do onboard batch processing, and as opposed to using an esoteric and techie-exclusive interface to do it, the whole thing is spelled out in plain language on an intuitive interface. The design of IMP is extremely elegant, and it automatically generates Animations (loop
toggleable), single frames, or 24bit frames as a target. Added to this is the capacity of another module, AutoFX, that will apply any and all preset effects to any file you choose, and which also allows automatic batching.
I want to highly praise this software and also to thank Nova Design for sticking with the Amiga in their development instead of jumping ship (as some others seem to have done early on). To mention some non-Amiga wares as comparisons, ImageFX 2.0 is like PhotoShop Fractal Painter for the Amiga video artist and animator.
This is software the quality of which is keeping the Amiga alive and jumpin', and I choose it as the BEST (!) Amiga image manipulation software on the market. It sets new standards that the competition is going to have to struggle long and hard to begin to match. If you are an Amiga artist or animator and you don't have IFX2 in your kit of tools, you must be interested in less than the best there is. I choose 1FX2 as one of the very best Amiga products of 1994.
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HARDWARE * Commodore mm If you ask any Amiga user what
frustration is, they will probably answer, "Commodore's
liquidation." Fora year.
Commodore International Limited, the parent company to all of the Commodore subsidiaries throughout the world has been in limbo.
Since the voluntary liquidation last year, there have been no new Amigas either produced or developed, With the technology at a standstill from the main computer company, Amiga users have watched as developer interest in their computer has fallen.
The most difficult problem during the entire process has been the lack of information. Rumors and "deadlines" have come and passed with no change in the Commodore situation. With each new holiday or month end, Amiga users have been told a development was coming only to be later disappointed. Large and small companies have been offered up as the next possible owners, but, with each offering, a further delay occurs.
At the center of the controversy are the liquidators, lead by Mr. Franklyn Wilson. Throughout this incident, Mr. Wilson has been sparse with his information to the press. He and the rest of the liquidators have remained impartial and focused, not on the demands and cries of action from Amiga users, but on the needs of the people they were hired to serve, the creditors. Their strategy has been to stay out of the public forum and approach any interested buyers. They have made no public statements, until now.
Liquidators Announce Sale!
In a News Release dated March 13,1995, Franklyn R. Wilson and MacgregorN. Robertson, the Bahamas court's appointed liquidators of Commodore Electronics Limited and Commodore International Limited, announced that they had signed a contract that day for the sale of all Commodore's technology, patents, trademarks, and inventory. The buyer was the German retailer Escom Akitengesellshaft, based in Bochum, Germany. The intellectual property' sold included everything necessary to manufacture ali Commodore products, including the Commodore Amiga product line. The release went on to state: "The
sale will be subject to approval by both the United States Bankruptcy court for the Southern District of New York and the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
The contract with Escom is subject to the right of the liquidators to solicit higher or better offers. Immediately prior to the court hearings where the Liquidators will seek court approval for the sale, the Liquidators will hold an auction to entertain any higher or better offers for the Commodore assets. The agreement struck with Escom provides for a gross purchase price of US S5 million, composed of US S4 million for patents, trademarks, and technology, and US SI million for inventory.
The date for the auction has not been fixed. The liquidators expect that the auction will be held in New York around the middle of April, 1995.
Franklyn Wilson, one of the liquidators, said, "The contract with Escom assures that no matter who ends up at the auction buying the Commodore assets, the buyer will be assured of being able to use the Commodore trademark in Germany." Mr. Wilson explained that the right to use the German trademark had been the subject of dispute and litigation with the liquidator appointed in Germany for Commodore's German subsidiary', Commodore Buromaschinen GmbH. Germany has historically been one of Commodore's most valuable markets.
The statement went on to say: "Commodore International and its direct subsidiary Commodore Electronics, both chartered pursuant to the International Business Companies Act in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, have been the subject of liquidation or "winding up" proceedings in the Bahamas since April 29, 1994. Involuntary petitions under the United States Bankruptcy code were also filed against the companies in the United States Bankruptcy court in New York, seeking liquidations under chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy code.
To avoid conflicts between the courts in the Bahamas and the U.S., the Liquidators and Commodore's principal creditors, including Prudential Insurance Company, negotiated a protocol for the conduct of the bankruptcy cases in both the Bahamas and the U.S. The protocol was subject to the approval of the Bankruptcy Court and the Supreme Court of the Bahamas.
The Bankruptcy Court in New York approved the protocol after a hearing on January 20,1995. The Supreme Court is expected to indicate whether it approves the protocol or not on March 27,1995."
Escom While there have been several companies interested in acquiring Commodure International, Escom is a name that has rarely been With Escom's worldwide interests, their capacity to manufacture Pcs in Germany, and their distribution across Europe, they have become a very viable company to run Commodore.
Offered. Last Fall, Amazing Computing approached the management of Escom and asked if they had any interest in the Amiga or Commodore. We were immediately told no with great enthusiasm. However, a call to their offices for this article received a different answer.
While no one at Escom was available for comment in time for this report (the news from the liquidators occurred during the final days of Europe's largest Computer show, Cebit in Hanouver, Germany), Escom management did acknowledge their interest and offered to speak with us at a later date.
From European contacts, AC has been able to learn that Escom is the second largest PC manufacturer in Germany, one of the fastest growing companies in Europe, and they have just purchased 231 electrical retail outlets in a UK chain called Rumbelows. Escom is reportedly in an expansion mode at the moment. They have completed a number of deals in the last few months of the scale of Rumbelows. One industry analyst stated that they were growing at 40-50% per year with a turnover in billions of Deutschemarks.
According to another source, Escom is partly financed by Siemens- Nixdorf with worldwide sales of 1.75 billion Deutschemarks last year which is about S750 million converted depending on the rate.
With Escom's w'orldwide interests, their capacity to manufacture Pcs in Germany, and their distribution across Europe, thev have become a very viable company to run Commodore. With the purchase of Rumbelows, they became the UK's largest computer retailer (the UK is one of the Amiga's strongest markets). In order to see how this bid would effect the other companies who have been interested in Commodore, AC contacted the other bidders.
Colin Proudfoot Commodore UK's other General Manager.
While most people have heard of David Pleasance (see the AC interview in the September '94 issue), Joint General Manager for Commodore UK, few people have heard from the UK's other Joint General Manager, Colin Proudfoot. In an interview, Mr. Proudfoot discussed the possibilities of their division and of Escom.
AC: Have you received any information on what this bidding process is going to be like, when it is going to take place or howr it is going to be handled?
Proudfoot: We have received communication from Mr. Wilson, the liquidator, inviting us to the auction with a date and format to be determined.
AC: Everyone will be at a single location, either to appear in person or at least be represented?
AC: Do you have any idea how soon?
Proudfoot: No, because what we are going to have to do is get a ratification from the courts in New York for this process and then a ratification from the Bahamian court, then he can hold the auction.
So until he has cleared the court processes, I don't think he can set a date.
AC: From your experience with this process, do you have any idea how long this will take?
Proudfoot: I've been caught thinking it was going to be next week for the last nine months. My understanding is that he can clear the court processes in three weeks and then it would take another three "Well, it is worth what someone will pay for it. I've seen what the Escom bid is described as and we remain confident that we can go to the auction and win."
Colin Proudfoot Joint General Manager weeks to set up the auction.
AC: Do your plans for the world market and North American market remain as they did before?
AC: You just need to get the property to know what to do with it?
Proudfoot: Correct. We are eager to get this process finished and get the Amiga building business back up and running.
AC: in that regard, isn't the Escom deal good for you?
Proudfoot: Absolutely. We re very happy that Escom has signed a deal and we're even happier that situation with the German trademarks has been resolved. We're being sensible.
AC: Does tire current bid price sound like a low number to you?
Does it seem low for what Commodore is worth?
Proudfoot: Well, it is worth what someone will pay for it. I've seen what the Escom bid is described as and we remain confident that we can go to the auction and win.
AC: The value of the company has to have declined in everybody's eyes at this point from what it was last year.
AC: However, there is no way to know what the year's toll has been on that. As you said it is what someone is willing to pay for it.
Proudfoot: What”I will say is that David and I have spent the last week at Cebit and we have met a large number of people who are very eager to get hold of Amiga products. Tire support has been tremendous. The demand is stili out there. People are telling us they still want Amigas, that it is a very alive brand, and that they still have plans for development of products and applications. We are looking forward to the Amiga coming back onto the market It has been very positive.
AC: That is good to hear. Is it a worldwide demand?
Proudfoot: I would have to say that there were mostly European people at Cebit, but there were Americans there that we talked to.
AC: 1 was thinking more of Australia and so forth, markets that we have not heard too much from.
Proudfoot: I got a fax in just yesterday from Australia asking us to bring back the Amiga, and that they want more products. We are hearing from around the world. Considering the amount of time that we have been out of circulation as a corporation it is phenomenal.
AC: When I spoke to Mr. Pleasance the iast time, he said that as far as development of new products were concerned, you would actually have to purchase the company first and check with engineers to see what were still viable options. I guess that is note more important than ever.
AC: If you do secure Commodore is there any timetable set aside as to when vou can get product back into the mainstream?
Proudfoot: it will take some months after the purchase.
AC: Will we be seeing product in the US and North America as well?
AC: If Escom was to take over, is there a side deal you could work out with them?
Proudfoot The answer to that is maybe, I really don't know. We're in competition with Escom, so we can't collude with them before the bidding process as that would not be right. How interested they are in the Amiga as opposed to the Commodore name I don't know. There was speculation that they were interested in the Commodore just for the Commodore name to put on their Pcs rather than the Amiga itself. I think that is misleading and they are interested in the Amiga.
AC: There is still a very strong Amiga market in Europe. My understanding is that the top selling games last Christmas weren't PC or Macintosh, but were Amiga games.
AC: So, with Escom, it should be an interesting horse race.
Alex Amor of CEI Creative Equipment International's Alex Amor was also interviewed by AC concerning his interest in Commodore (AC's October '94 issue), AC contacted Mr. Amor to discover how the change would effect his efforts.
AC: Where are you in the bidding process?
Amor: We are waiting for the contract to be signed with Escom. We believe it will be signed. It is just a matter of transit between Europe and the States. We have a clear understanding of what the contract requires and we are prepared to bid on the contract.
AC: My understanding is that $ 1.5 million has already been paid for the rights to license Commodore's name in Germany.
Amor That is correct. Actually it is $ 1.4 million.
AC: Have you been notified as to how this is going to be handled?
Amor: Upon the contract being executed, we will be given copies of the contracts. At that point, in time, we can proceed to a New York meeting, which will probably take 30-45 days to schedule. At that time, an auction process will start.
AC: It will all take place on that day?
Amor: Yes, it will all take place on that day.
AC: Whoever walks out of there at the end owns the company?
Amor That is correct.
AC: Do you have to put your money up on that day?
AC: What is Cel's position in this process?
Amor: We still have the same goal which we have always had, to acquire the assets of Commodore and we are prepared to go forth in the bidding for these assets. I can also tell you that in the past we have had discussions with Escom and if we acquire the assets we are obviously willing to work with them, as we are also willing to work with the UK group.
AC: So, you have to wait until you get a contract in hand. How long do you think that will be?
Amor: We would expect to have a contract by the middle of next week (Approximately March 22, 1995).
AC: Have vou already been made familiar with what the contract basically contains?
Amor. The general terms of the contract, yes.
AC: Was this offered to you to re-bid?
Amor: No, it was not offered to re-bid. What was decided was that in order to get the process moved from ground zero, someone must sign a contract, it did not matter whom, so that the bidding process for the assets could move forward instead of people trying to out- con tract each other.
AC: Escom's name has come up before and when 1 called them they said that they were not interested. Do you feel that the only reason they got back into this was to retain the rights to the Commodore name in Germany?
Amor: Escom has always expressed that the Commodore trademark was their main objective when it comes to purchasing the assets of Commodore.
AC: Did you attend Cebit?
Amor: Yes, I did.
AC: What were you trying to accomplish there?
Amor: [ met with a number of distributors at Cebit and i also wanted to see the current state of the technology.
AC: What were your impressions?
Amor: Our uphill battle has become more of an uphill battle than first anticipated. As a general rule the Pcs can do ali the Amiga can and the price is definitely being reduced. Some of the machines are much more powerful than we can offer currently. There is still a significant market that will buy our machines and as our machines improve technologically, I think they will become more attractive.
But, 1 still see a major uphill battle.
AC: With today's knowledge how long do you anticipate it would take, after the acquisition of the company, to get machines into the marketplace?
Amor: The problem that we are facing is this, we can get the existing product line back into the marketplace as there is a major demand for it. But to get any technologically advanced product or any breakthrough in technology it is going to take the better part of six to nine months.
AC: This means to get it into the marketplace you would have to really break a few records to get new product for the Christmas buying season.
Amor: Correct. I believe that the existing products that we have to offer right now, the 4000T and the 1200 will be very successful through Christmas. I think the consumer understands the value of our machine and, bundled properly, the machines will sell through Christmas. But for the diehard Amiga fanatics, 1 think it will take a little longer to show them how serious the company really is as far as technology is concerned. A lot of that has to do with production time, engineering time and governmental approvals. It is not that we will be sitting on our laurels, it is just that we will need
to move forward quickly but it will take some time.
AC: The Commodore engineering staff has been let go for some time, is there a problem there?
Amor: No, 1 don't think so. I think the majority of engineers who were important to the project are more than willing to come back.
In addition, one other thing we have determined is that there is a lot of advanced engineering that has taken place outside of the Commodore facilities front people who are willing to work with this new entity.
AC: So they have continued their work?
Amor: They've continued their work. A number of these are independents or they were outside engineering firms who have moved forward and have new products that can be brought onboard quickly. Some of these include people using the Texas Instrument's TSP on the 4000 and tilings of that nature. So, we can move forward and we can do it not only from in house but from sources outside of the new company.
AC: What are you looking for in support from the user base?
Amor: [ think that first of all they need to have an understanding of how tough it is going to be for the first six months. Their biggest emphasis should be to show their current Amigas to their friends in order to get the market moving forward. I will assure them that we understand where the Amiga needs to go both from a hardware and software point of view as well as a design point of view. We will go forward, it just may take us a little bit of time. To promise anything else would be rather unrealistic.
AC; You arc still pretty optimistic.
Amor: I am extremely optimistic.
AC: What do you feel your chances are of getting the company with Escom in there battling?
Amor: I don't underestimate Escom, they are a major player.! Think it is going to be a battle against them. But, 1 believe what we see as the net worth of the company from a business perspective, and we are looking at the Amiga part of the business, is higher than what they perceive as the value of the company, since they are looking for a specific trademark for the European market. I think what my people are willing to do is a higher level of investment. As i mentioned to you and I've mentioned to Escom, we are willing to work with them when it comes to that. I think we fully understand where
the Amiga belongs and where it needs to go, I'm not sure they do.
AC: Do you have any background information on Escom?
Amor: They are basically the Radio Shack of Europe. They go into major department stores and set up what's called an Escom office.
"I don't underestimate Escom, they are a major player.! Think it is going to be a battle against them."
Alex Amor President, CEI They're really geared towards Pcs and Windows products.
AC: This would be a departure for them to do the Amiga.
Amor: The Amiga would definitely be a major departure for them.
AC: If you get the technology, you are willing to work with them, what if they get the technology? Do you think you could gel the Amiga technology back?
Amor: If they acquired the assets and had no interest in the Amiga, then naturally we would express our interest in moving forward with the Amiga and T would not rule that out of the question.
AC: Your investors are still behind you?
AC: But not to the tune of last summer.
Amor: No. The value of the company has significantly changed, our forecasts have been diminished bv 50% since all this time has transpired and it is going to take a lot more marketing fusids than it was going to take six months ago to get Commodore technology back on the front burner again.
AC: One thing that you had mentioned at a previous time was a contest that you wanted to do with users to come up with advertising is that correct?
Amor: Yes. We are going to go back into our user base very aggressively, like it probably never has been done before in any industry. Included would be everything from the company logo to new designs, even to advertising in respective countries.
AC: In that case our readers should be getting ready now.
Amor: That is correct.
Although Amiga users have beard this many times over, the end appears in sight. With a signed contract and a definitive auction date, there is every reason to trust the system to provide a new owner. The only drawback for diehard Amiga fans is who will win the bid and what they will do with Amiga in the future. »AC* UFO uses a series of screens as you monitor your bases (top), purchase materials and procure personnel (middle), and outfit and expand your base (bottom).
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(continued from page 64) your keyboard to expedite the mission, such as "attack current target." If you become overwhelmed with enemies or your own weapon systems become damaged, you can also tell the wing men to "cover me ' and they will attack whoever is currently attacking you.
Game options include three levels each of control sensitivity, skill, and graphic detail. These options can be changed during a mission, so if you find the opposition too tough, they can be toned down a bit before they kill you. Games cannot be saved in progress, but player accomplishments are saved at the end of every mission. The graphics of objects outside your sub are of the filled-polygon variety, so movements are quick and clean, although there is no surface detail to them. Just remind yourself Three booklets are included with the game; a general manual, an Amiga Technical Supplement,
and a copy of "Undercurrents, The Maritime Corporate Defence Journal", with a cover date of May 2050. This last includes pages of specifications of the submarines used in the game, containing the required copy protection for the start of each game. The journal also contains a short history of submarines in general, and some background on the current corporate structures and infighting.
Like virtually all Amiga games these days, this is not only a port from Clone- Land, but also from England. While some features were left out of our version the manual calls this "enhanced"), at least the British Amiga users have discovered hard drives. Using the Commodore Installer, the files from the two disks are placed in a new drawer on your partition of choice. The disks themselves are not protected, so playing from copies of the floppies is possible if your hard drive lacks the minimum two megabytes of free space.
Subwar 2050 requires an Amiga 1200 or 4000 with a minimum of two megabytes of RAM. A joystick and speakers or headphones are recommended.
Submarine combat will never be the same.
UFO Hying saucers have returned, and this time they aren't just sight-seeing. No, that is not a line from a 1950's science fiction movie, or a supermarket tabloid. It is the situation presented in a new strategy game called UFO Enemy Unknown, distributed by MicroProse.
The year is 1999, and flying saucers have begun an invasion of Earth. A multinational force has been set up to deal with the crisis, and you are in charge. At first, your force is minimal; one base, with two interceptors and a troop transport. When a UFO is detected, you must dispatch an interceptor and try to shoot it down. If you manage to down Ihe UFO over land, send in the troops to capture or kill any aliens that survived the crash. Once this is accomplished, you can salvage valuable Alien technology from the crash site.
If you do well, the grateful nations will increase their donations to your organization. This will allow you to build more bases, buy new and better ships and weapons, hire more soldiers and scientists, and generally make your job easier. Do poorly, and those same nations will tighten their purse strings.
Soon your funds are being depleted by maintenance costs and you cannot replace destroyed weapons, or troops that have been killed. Eventually you will be helpless to stop the invaders.
Since this is a long-term fight for planetary survival, scientific research and manufacturing can play determining roles in the outcome. With every successful capture of a landing site, you acquire out-of-this- world materials, power and navigation systems, weapons, and more. Even alien bodies can yield clues to help the fight.
The central playing screen in UFO is called the Geoscape. This is a globe of the Earth that you can rotate in various directions, and zoom in on for a close-up look. Arranged along the side of the globe are a series of buttons that provide detailed information on such topics as funding levels, your bases, and the time, The passage of time within the game can be controlled from this screen, causing it to pass at rates of up to one day per second of real time. This is handy when you are waiting for supplies to be produced, or while waiting for the next UFO to appear.
When a UFO is detected, you are given the opportunity to send an interceptor after it. If your interceptor gets within range, a window opens to show a radar type of display. Choosing a style of attack, such as aggressive or standard, determines at what ranges your craft will fire. This part of the game is basically automatic. Once you have chosen the attack style, the UFO either gets shot down or it gets away.
When your troop ship arrives at a crash site, the game switches to the Battlescape screen. This is where you direct individual members of your force in search and destroy missions against the aliens. The battlescape screen is in 3D perspective, and shows only what is visible to your soldiers.
As they move about, more and more will be revealed, but at first most of the screen is black. Along the bottom of the screen is a row of icons giving you control over all aspects of individual soldier's actions. Bar graphs let you track health, energy, morale, and time units available.
This section of UFO is turn-based. You move your soldiers, take any actions, then wait for the aliens to do the same. Most of this time the screen will be black, since most of the aliens' actions will be out of sight of your troops. Of course, any action that does occur within your personnels' vision will be shown.
If you succeed in wiping out the invaders, an analysis of your performance is given, along with an inventory of your losses and gains. On the other hand, if the aliens appear to be on the verge of destroying vour squad, call for an emergency evacuation and salvage what you can of the mission.
As the game progresses and you accumulate information on the aliens through research or interrogation of captured subjects, the UFOpaedia screen will become important. This is a database of all of the facts you have learned about your enemy. This will remind you, for example, that to make use of the alien power source your scientists have finally deciphered, you will also need alien alloys and some of the alien element Elerium.
UFO is supplied on four disks, and can be played either from copies of these disks or installed on a hard drive. If you have an A-1200 with a hard drive and only the original two megabytes of RAM, the installation routine will prompt you for a blank floppy, which it will turn into a special boot disk for the game. The 128 page manual is full of screen shots, and contains two excellent tutorials that will get you to the front lines with a minimum of delay. An AGA Amiga with a minimum of two megabytes of RAM is required. Games can be saved at any point, and up to five game positions can be
There is a programming quirk that caused some concern the first time it happened, then became an annoyance.
Everv time the game switches to or from the Battlescape component, it goes back to the Workbench screen for a few seconds. Don't panic. The game didn't crash, and will resume shortly. Also, many actions within the Battlescape involving the mouse control seemed sluggish on my' A-1200 with some additional fast RAM, but the stock CPU.
These minor gripes aside, UFO Enemy Unknown is an excellent rendition of a classic science fiction theme. Arc you up to the challenge of saving the world?
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SU JLIfift 2050 & UFO Subwar 2050 MICROPROSE Goes To War with Two Great Titles, reviewed by Rob Hays Imagine if you will, fifty-five years into the future. Current aircraft technologies have been applied to undersea craft, and multi-national corporations are trying to outmaneuver each other for the riches of the deep. This is the world of one of a crop of new releases distributed by MicroProse, called Subwar 2050.
This undersea world is full of high speed submarines, armed with deadly torpedoes, rockets, and other weapons. The corporations have escalated their disagreements into outright warfare, and if you have the right stuff, they will pay handsomely for your services.
After proving your abilities with a series of training missions, you can choose from any of four multi-mission campaigns.
These can be played in any order, and each presents its own challenges. Ranging over the globe from the North Atlantic oil fields to the rich fishing grounds around Antarctica, you will be called upon to perform a variety of missions. Depending on the campaign selected, your term of service may be for a set number of missions, a period of time, or for the duration of your employer's difficulties.
As each mission is successfully completed, your hank account is credited with vour pay, and for an especially well- done mission, a grateful corporation may add a bonus or a medai. This accumulated pay can come in handy to pay for emergency resuscitation or rescue should the bad guys succeed in destroying your sub.
The cockpit areas are dominated by a large display screen that takes the place of windows. This screen displays information gathered from your submarine's sensors, because sunlight penetrates only the first few hundred feet of water and these subs perform most missions at depths of many thousands of feet. One important piece of information displayed is the layering caused by temperature differences. These layers can be critical to your survival, since they reflect sonar waves like a mirror, allowing you to hide from enemy subs.
Other information includes navigation wav points and weapons status, as well as information on sonar contacts.
Like the oceans themselves, Subwar 2050 is full of sound. The far off songs of whales echo through the haunting musical theme. Moving ships cause varying amounts of noise, from a whisper to a bubbling rush, as they move through the water, lie sure to connect the headphones or speakers for this one.
As with most flight simulators, control is best through a joystick, although the cursor control keys or mouse can be used, and different views of the area are available through the function keys. Many missions involve a formation of several submarines.
For instance, you may be assigned to a fighter escorting a troop carrier. You can give these wing men various orders from (continued on page 62) Subwar 2050 sends you on a series of missions (above right), but, do things wrong and you are beached (above left).
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