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the Amiga market. Escom of Germany has apparently decided to accept an offer from VIScorp of Chicago for Amiga Technologies. Escom and VIScorp released a statement that a letter of intent had been signed. Immediately after the announcement, fear once again raged through the Amiga community as on-line messages both for and against the proposed sale dashed through electronic BBSs and through Internet connections throughout the world. Most of this reaction was generated by the absence of any additional information. [ had hoped to interview the CEO of V!Scorp, unfortunately Mr. William Buck would be tied up in Germany until the end of May completing the negotiations with Escorn. While V!Scorp's executive staff were very friendly, they could not say more. David Rosen, VIScorp's Vice President of Business Development, offered a little insight into this in a letter to the Amiga public on April 19th. "V!Scorp is currently conducting a thorough due diligence assessment of Escom's Amiga holdings.
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David A. Ziembicki CEO-QuikPak Corporation Re: Amiga Update
First of all, my thanks to the dealers, user groups, and end
users that have taken the time to contact me. I am pleased to
see that there is still overwhelming support for the Amiga. As
many of you have heard, there is a pending sale of Amiga
Technologies GmbH to VISCorp, a US based company with vast
Amiga technical experience. Although nothing Is finalized yet,
we believe that the interest shown by VISCorp is a positive
indication that the Amiga is still a technically viable
platform and that future products utilizing the core Amiga
technology will be planned.
From QuikPak’s perspective, it is business as usual. As stated last month here in Amazing Computing, we have A4000T’s in stock and ready to ship. These computers come with a 1 year, easy to understand warranty, and will be supported for the full term of the warranty by QuikPak, no questions asked. To date, our average in-house service turnaround time is 24 hours - one of the quickest in the computer industry. Our commitment to the A4000T remains the same as it has always been and we will continue our efforts to promote the Amiga as the platform of choice. We are also actively working toward
bringing back the A1200 to North America. The 1200 is by far the most asked about Amiga we know of and we are using our best efforts to make the A1200 a reality soon. Contact your local deaierto keep updated on the availability of the A1200.
Finally, we are continuing to ask for your input. The Amiga was originally designed for you the end user. Your requests, suggestions (and even complaints) are most valuable in the sculpting of things to come. Call, FAX, write, or E-Mail (QuikPak@AOL.COM) QuikPak so that we know what you are looking for. We have been in touch with several of the third party developers and are in discussions about several new products, soon to be announced. Stay in touch with your Amiga dealer and Amiga user group in your area for the most current news about the Amiga product line.
As always, our thanks to the dedicated and loyal Amiga community.
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14 NAB '96 by Don Hicks The National Association of Broadcasters held their annual event in I.,as Vegas, but the Amiga is slowly disappearing from the show floor.
18 Travel Through The Digital Universe by R. Shawms Mortier Learn about people, astronomy, spacecraft, astronomical terms, constellations and stars through this CAL (Computer Assisted Learning) program front SYZYGY Research and Technology, Ltd.
26 Dpaint Morphing by R. Shamms Mortier Although not as advanced or controllable as the high-priced morphing programs, Dpaint offers Amiga users unique and exciting alternatives in their morphs.
30 On-Line by Rob Hays Use client programs to bypass obstructions and ease your way on the Internet.
Rob discusses two shareware programs.
The first, which is called Gui-FTP, will give you an intuitive way to manage ftp sessions. The second is WebMaker, a specialized Web page program.
34 This Old WorkBench Episode Two DEPARTMENTS Editorial 4 FeedBack 6 Index of Advertisers 40 by Dave Mathews The Workbench as art: personalize your work area with backdrops, icons, and menus. In this episode Dave covers the GUI aspects of Workbench renovation.
Don't worry, There will only be one editorial in this issue (hopefully). Our apologies to Oregon Research who was inadvertently dropped from our last issue in order to rerun the April editorial. We didn't want to rerun the April editorial, but apparentl)' our printer thought it would be a good idea. Truthfully, none of our checks and balances that should have worked, did work and we found ourselves with a completed print run and no way to correct the issue in time for distribution. I would like to express my thanks to the staff of Oregon Research who were extremely gracious and understanding.
The error had nothing to do with them. They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
VIScorp’s Letter of Intent While the May issue of AC was being printed, amazing things were happening once again in the Amiga market. Escom of Germany has apparently decided to accept an offer from VIScorp of Chicago for Amiga Technologies. Escom and VIScorp released a statement that a letter of intent had been signed.
Immediately after the announcement, fear once again raged through the Amiga community as on-line messages both for and against the proposed sale dashed through electronic BBSs and through Internet connections throughout the world.
Most of this reaction was generated by the absence of any additional information.
I had hoped to interview the CEO of VIScorp, unfortunately Mr. William Buck would be tied up in Germany until the end of May completing the negotiations with Escom. While VIScorp's executive staff were very friendly, they could not say more.
David Rosen, VIScorp's Vice President of Business Development, offered a little insight into this in a letter to the Amiga public on April 19th. "VIScorp is currently conducting a thorough due diligence assessment of Escom's Amiga holdings.
This process is painstaking and extremely time consuming; however, without full disclosure, no satisfactory deal can be concluded. Due to the letter of understanding, VIScorp is restricted from releasing information relating to the negotiations until they are completed.'' We have published each of these documents in their entirety starting on page 48 of this issue. There are also addresses both physical and electronic to contact VIScorp directly.
The Minute Analysis With this little data, it would be hard to generate any in-depth analysis of VIScorp's plans on what they would do with Amiga Technologies if they do finally buy it. However, in the tradition created by the American TV commentators (who can create an immediate response 2 seconds after a 20 minute to two-hour speech), here are a few scenarios based on the information so far.
Managing Editor The worst case would be that VIScorp would stop production of Amigas. If they did decide to do this, QuikPak has already stated (see the interview in the May issue of AC) that they would purchase the license to produce Amigas and continue production and development.
However, it seems unlikely VIScorp would stop the Amiga. VIScorp is developing a settop box based on the Amiga operating system. The whole idea of a settop box is to provide programming.
Without a programming platform, the box is worthless. VIScorp could hire someone to produce a limited number of units and then charge outrageous prices or they could allow AT to continue their production fees on a consumer level and charge only moderately outrageous prices. Or VIScorp could take action and provide Amigas worldwide at prices we all could manage.
VIScorp Meeting The latter sounds more likely. Even as 1 have been writing this editorial, things are happening. VIScorp has called a general meeting and press conference for all Amiga vendors, developers, and more.
On May 19,1996 in Toulouse, France, VIScorp is holding a meeting to create a dialogue and consider all proposals for the Amiga, The release (received just minutes ago) states "We must be conscious that the future of the Amiga computer will be decided by the results of this meeting."
VIScorp executives, Bill Buck, Don Gilbreath, Carl Sassenrath, David Rosen and Raquel Velasco will be in attendance to speak to the Amiga community. While this notice is too late to do anything before tire meeting, I encourage anyone interested to voice your opinions directly to VIScorp's Eric Laffont at the email address posted (email@example.com) or fax in France at 33 + 22.214.171.124. You should also use the address appearing at the end of the VIScorp article in this issue.
Once again the Amiga is under new management. It is comforting to know that VIScorp is not only a North American firm who is aware of the needs and problems in this market. It is also great news that this company is populated with Amiga fans.
The Amiga community did not enjoy this level of advantage even when Commodore was still in business.
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Dear AC, I am very optimistic about the Amiga's future. Amiga Technologies GmbH is getting on the right track by introducing the Surfer package, along with the Magic combo. And their recent introduction of the Walker Amiga is also a head start. Of course I can't exclude the forthcoming Power Amigas utilizing RISC technology. I just hope they will be right on time with the PPC Amigas for early '97 debut.
I personally use an Amiga 1200. It consists of a Motorola 68030 50mhz 68882 50mhz FPU. 1 have a CD-Solutions 1401 monitor connected to it. When printing documents, I use an Epson Stylus printer my pride and joy a 14.4 modem and a Sanyo 4x CD-ROM. Ft's pumped with 10 megs of memory and a Maxtor 540 MB HD.
My main use for the Amiga is for Graphics Anim, Wordprocessing and telecommunicating. 1 have a couple of entertainment proggys when I'm downloading files or rendering an image.
Regards, Oscar J Diaz Flushing NY Dear AC, I have been an Amiga owner exclusively for the last seven years. During this time, I have also been a faithful Amazing Computing reader. 1 would like to comment on the Amiga situation in North America.
Over the last couple of years, it has been difficult for North American Amigans to find software and hardware in local stores.
However, in your March issue, there are almost 200 Amiga dealers listed. And this list does not include software suppliers. It therefore strikes me that there is a lack of focus or centralization of Amiga resources that should be addressed to meet the needs of ordinary Amiga owners and potential new customers. I should be able to find an Amiga shop which stocks a wide selection of software and hardware for my Amiga and likewise anyone should be able to find such a shop to buy a new Amiga. This situation does not exist as far as I am aware but it is a reasonable expectation.
A more specific area in which the Amiga is deficient is that of CD drives and software. It is crazy to have a situation in which software developers are selling software on CD for use only on CD32s, which are no longer in production. I should be able to purchase any Amiga CD and use it on any Amiga installed CD ROM drive as well as on a CD32. This situation also does not exist as far as I know.
The Amiga 1200 and 4000T are two very good computers but 1 am frustrated by the weak presence Amigas have in the market and the difficulties in accessing the technology. I would like to see a large number of these dealers and software houses grow into formidable companies by joining forces thereby providing better service to the Amiga-buying public.
Sincerely, Mark A Dekeyser Waterloo, Ont Canada Constant change is a fundamental of nature and the Amiga. VISCorp of Chicago has signed a letter of intent to purchase Amiga Technologies from Escom. It is still too early to know how this effects your question. Please check the announcement in the VISCorp article in this issue.
Dear AC, 1 have been an Amiga user for just three years, What a fantastic computer. For me, the dissolution of CBM was traumatic.
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After having spoken briefly with representatives of some of the firms advertising in your fine publication, I'm hearing disturbing, yet potentially good news about our beloved. Will you please confirm or correct the rumor that Escom is willing to parcel-out or completely divest itself of Amiga Technologies?
Rumor states that VISCorp of Chicago wishes to purchase the Amiga platform and AmigaDOS and further develop and hone the machine and system software, targeting it for Industrial-Strength Multimedia. According to the rumor, AmigaDOS will be more or less embedded into the multimedia-friendly OS. The platform is, apparently, going to be upgraded to Motorola's PowerPC MPU.
Nothing was said about Amiga's proprietary chipset, or the Zorro bus, or whether they would continue with the Amiga-style graphics. I was told the new PowerPC processor card is ready now (as an accelerator?) But the PowerAmiga would be aimed at multimedia industry professionals. No more home or small business user support (?). Quite a rumor, eh?
Please, do the best you can to clear this up for me; I'd appreciate knowing, whether good news or bad.
Warm regards, Randy Riverside CA Wltile there has been no further announcement by VISCorp as to their plans other than to purchase Amiga Technologies from ESCOM, some corporate figures have been adamant both with AC and the general public that they trail f to keep the entire Amiga product line available, The official notice should come after the completion of the purchase which is to take place by the end of May, Please check for the VISCorp story elsewhere in this issue.
Eric’s Art, but not his site!
Dear AC, 1 had recently picked up the April 1996 issue of Amazing Computing and I thought I would send a correction for your Web site listings on page 48. You mention the Eric Schwartz website at http: www.cis.ufl.edu ~vav ericschwartz , and seem to imply that it was created by me. This is not the case.
The site you list is an American mirror to the original site at http: info.ox.ac.uk?-kebl0206 eric . Neither site was created by me, and was originally created without my knowledge or approval.
1 intend to contact the author of the original site to gain some editorial rights, as well as create a site of my own, now that 1 have obtained access to the .net, which may be linked to the other sites, hopefully expanding the worth of both sites. I thought you would like to know, so you can keep the statements in your magazine accurate.
Thanks, Eric W Schwartz Thanks, Eric. Don't forget to let us know your site address so we can make it available to all of our readers.
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The CD-ROM contains 80 Amiga ColorFonts (with effects like Brick, Glass, Chrome, Chisel, etc.), plus hundreds of alternate color palettes. All ColorFonts are also supplied in different formats used by video titling packages. AnimFonts use animated brushes to render effects like handwriting, rotating characters, fuse-like sparkles, etc. The fonts can be used to create animations with any Amiga package supporting Anim-Brushes. The CD-ROM contains a software upgrade with Anim-Brush extensions for users of Personal Paint, plus Arexx scripts to automate the rendering process. The set of
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Internet Starter Package Now Shipping across Canada The Internet Starter Package contains all the reconfigured software and instructions to get your AMIGA connected to the Internet. Included is your first month's access through the Internet Direct and Istar Networks (Canada only at press time). Local dialup numbers are provided for 85% of Canada. The retail price is $ 29.95 Canadian, which is the regular price of one month's access to the Internet.
Included is the following preconfigured software: AmiTCP 4.0 demonstration version, magical user interface 3.3, auto dialer for slip or PPP connection, Amosaic 2.03 and 1.2 WWW browsers, GUI-FTP Graphical FTP client, Telnet client, Term 4.5 for all your communication needs; BBS and Slip PPP. Minimum requirements: any Amiga with Workbench 2.x or better, one half meg of CHIP RAM, 2 megs of fast ram, and a hard disk with 6 megs of free space. Recommended system: 020 or better processor, Workbench 3.x, AGA or 24 bit graphics card, 2 megs Chip RAM, 4 megs fast ram, hard disk with 20 megs free space
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COKPOBAtlON The National Association of Broadcasters meet once
a year to see the latest in technology for their business.
The National Association of Broadcasters holds a yearly event in Las Vegas to listen to panels and lectures on the newest trends in their business and to see the latest technology (at least this is what they tell the IRS). Since the exposition combines both television and radio, it is not surprising to see a fully equipped remote broadcast van on the same trade floor as a computerized editing Station.
To keep up with changing times, NAB has attempted to attract the newest technology by adding new divisions. A few years ago, Multimedia World was added, This year, NAB introduced Internet@NAB. While tiris may appear as a means to grab a wider audience of both vendors and attendees, NAB has worked hard to incorporate the ideas and possibilities of the new technologies into applications for their membership.
It was against this background that NewTek originally demonstrated the Video Toaster. A few years later, a Video Toaster Pavilion complete with a host of Amiga vendors and developers became a part of the exhibition. Unfortunately, the last few years of troubles for the Amiga has taken a toll on its presence at this prestigious event. In two days of traveling, we discovered only one Amiga on display (in the NewTek booth) and the DraCo, an Amiga clone.
DraCo DraCo executives were on hand to demonstrate the new 32-bit 060 system.
When asked why the system they have been shipping in Europe has not yet been seen in North America, they responded that they were waiting for the new 32-bit system for this market.
DraCo's new machine remains in the tower case with connectors for SCSI II, serial, parallel, mouse, keyboard, RCA or XLR audio, composite and S-VHS video, plus options. A standard configuration is 32MB (expandable to 128MB on board), 4x CD-ROM, HD floppy, and 30 minutes of Betacam quality video storage at $ 14,995 (you will need to supply an SVGA monitor and a video monitor).
DraCo has received a great deal of positive press from the European community on their current system. The included software for rendering, editing, and transitions and digital effects has received high praise. According to DraCo representatives, North American users can expect to see the new system by September, NewTek NewTek has, for some time, held the position of the most apparent Amiga developer. The Video Toaster, Video Flyer, and LightWave 3D have been mainstays in the Amiga productivity library and now NewTek has released Video Toaster 4.1. Video Toaster 4.1 now provides more than
600 visual effects and new productivity tools. Video Toaster 4.1 includes major upgrades to all nine software applications in its video production suite, as well as a new clipboard-like functionality that allows users to more productively' integrate actions such as accessing live video frames and adding text. Key individual software applications include: LightWave 3D 4.0, an animation tool for creating three-dimensional photorealistic graphics. Video Toaster owners have the option to add LightWave 5.0 to their system for $ 295. This new release includes more than 100 new features, headed by
the implementation of MetaNURBS™, a modeling tool that combines the power of splines with the ease of polygon modeling.
The new video switcher provides the ability to configure groups of the most commonly used effects, which then become available at the touch of a button. Additionally, the video switcher now allows users to create a storyboard from video inputs and graphic elements such as still frames, character generated text, and effects, and play the storyboard in real time.
The character generator (ToasterCG™),a tool for adding text to video, ships with 100 new Adobe Postscript' fonts, which can be rotated, scaled, and sheered. ToasterCG now has a plug-in architecture that features a spell checker and other utilities.
ToasterPaintTm, a 24-bit video graphics tool, now offers two new painting modes, a new airbrush, full-screen implementation, and better integration with other Video Toaster applications.
The Video Toaster release 4.1 is now available. The upgrade is $ 549. The complete Video Toaster package is priced at $ 2395, NewTek also announced that, Apple Computer, Sun Microsystems Computer Company (SMCC) and NewTek "are exploring a relationship to develop a broad range of digital 3D animation and video production tools." The new collaboration could combine NewTek's technology with Apple's QuickDraw™ 3D format and Sun's Java development language (currently a hot item on the internet).
According to Tim Jenison, Chairman and Founder of NewTek, "This collaboration would unite (he companies that currently lead the desktop video, desktop graphics, and Internet server markets. The resulting technology opportunities will enable us to create a new era of high- quality, low-cost, easy to use products for digital media creation that will benefit audiences from event videographers to New York boardrooms to Hollywood studios."
Amiga Developers on Other Platforms Some of the more exciting products on the show floor for other platforms were being developed and presented by Amiga developers such as SCALA, Creative Equipment International, PLAY, and others.
CEI’s Blossom CE1 (best known as a distributor for the Amiga as well as a bidder in last year's buy out) has just released a video editing workstation called Blossom. This complete turnkey PC based solution comes in a striking black tower design or as a portable field unit. Both units are equipped with a 166Mliz Pentium main processor, 32MB high speed RAM, 64-Bit 4MB high performance video card, an AWE™ 32 audio card, SCSI 11, IGB system HD, 4GB Hot swap ultra high speed drive, built-in modem, and more. Software includes Adobe Premiere, Software Audio Workshop System™, NewTek LightWave 3D,
and Scala MM101).
The tower system is priced at 514,999 and the Digital Field Editor (the portable unit) will retail at 522,999. CEI is also offering a first in its. Field guarantee, "If a Blossom owner is not 100% delighted with their Blossom system, simply return the system to CEI in the original cartons within 30 days of purchase and receive a full refund!"
Scala on PC Scala announced their Scala Multimedia Publisher for the PC market. Multimedia Publisher gives users a free unlimited run-time player license for CD-ROM distribution as well as professional level authoring tools. This will allow users to create "television-like" graphics and presentations and then publish them on CD-ROM for widespread distribution. The program promises that no programming knowledge is needed. Users can point and click their way through a presentation authoring session.
NewTek released version 4.1 of their Video Toaster as well as Lightwave 3D 5.0. Each product added a barrage ot new tools to the Amiga video editing and graphics system.
MicroSoft, Pinnacle Systems, Macromedia, Alpha Video, Sierra Design Labs, PLAY’S Trinity PLAY (the combined talents of Progressive, Digital Creations, and a splinter group from NewTek), creators of the highly successful Snappy for the PC, showcased their Trinity system at NAB last year. This year, PLAY was once again showcasing this advanced (but yet unreleased system). Trinity offers synthetic sets, an advanced animation and graphics program, character generation, video graphics, production switcher, digital audio, editors and more in a system that starts under 510,000 and connects to a host
The former publishers of AmigaWorld and DV thought so much of PLAY's creation that they created a special magazine to showcase its talents, Trinity World. The premiere issue carried advertisements for software giant MetaTools, Intel, and more.
Amiga’s Place The absence of the Amiga 011 the show floor is of some concern, but not overly so.
The work by NewTek demonstrates that the current Amiga System still has power to compete. The advances proposed by Amiga Technologies promises that there will be even more power in the future. A lack of exposure for the Amiga after over three years of neglect is not surprising. What is surprising is that there was anything at all.
With VIScorp now in control of AT, we can expect to see the dynamics in NAB's industry as well as many others switch back to a powerful Power Amiga standard.
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Traveling Through The Digital Universe by K. Shatnms Mortier Learn about People in Astronomy, Spacecraft, Astronomical Terms, Constellations, and Stars Learning is a lifelong task, not an endeavor accomplished and finished by die awarding of an academic diploma alone. In fact, learning, conscious and self-assigned learning, is a bulwark against depression and frustration. Learning, and the belief that we can continue to leam, allows US to expand our own abilities and that of our society, to value our capacity to explore new worlds.
Years ago, when CAL (Computer Assisted Learning) was first introduced into the schools, the hope of Sun, 1978 03 26 17:03:53 7 LT Sun, 1978 03 26 13 03:05 O Mercury Observing Environnent Latitude: :28:34N~ 0ther Alaska Daylight Tine ftDT-88 Alaska Standard Tine- AST~B9) Aleutian Daylight Tine CflDT-89 Aleutian Standard Tine fflST-1fl Atlantic Daylight T inr CADT-83 Atlantic Standard Tine CRST-04) Azores Tine RT-02) Baghdad Tine, CIS Zone 2 BT*83 Bering Standard Tine (BST‘11) Brazil Standard Tine CBST-83) British Sumer Tine CBST+81 Central Australian Daylight Tin Central
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White, waited for the youthful kiss of a more Charming technology to wake the potential of the moment The advent of faster computational platforms, interactive CD-ROMs, attractive and complex sound and graphics, and deeper storage media invited CAL to awake to a new age.
The Amiga, since its inception as a multimedia workhorse, has always been the perfect platform for launching novel CAL explorations. The Amiga and CAL have always flirted with each other, although sadly, not enough Amiga CAL programs were written to take advantage of the possibilities.
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Of Commodore. One of the best of these is the extensive package called "The Digital Universe" from SYZYGY Research and Technology, LtD, our topic for this article. Located in Canada, SYZYGY has released one of the best and most intriguing CAL applications you will ever come across for the Amiga or any other platform.
CAL Requirements Before we dive into an assessment of the Digital Universe, let's look at the ingredients that are necessary in the making of a good CAL program. First, it has to be easy to explore. It has to invite your use, so that you learn without being told that you are learning anything. This can be made to occur if the subject matter is interesting and if there are optional ways of being exposed to it. The interesting nature of the content is especially vital if some form of "testing" is absent from the engagement, since our own interests then become the only thing that reinforces
Second, (and this is especially true for Amiga software), there has to be a selection of multimedia approaches that are different. Verbal information alone will not do. We live in the age of teaching with pictures.
Third, in order to reach the widest possible audience, there should be a spectrum of learning content to interest and involve a range of ages. It is doubtful that a twenty year old will gravitate towards a program whose language and graphics are geared to a twelve year old alone. Unless, of course, it is a colorful shoot-em-up game.
Last, it is a good idea if the software seems as endless as possible, so that you do not get the sense of "OK, now what" after a few hours of playing around. The Digital Universe exhibits all of these positive attributes.
Running Digital Universe Digital Universe requires that you have MUI (Magical User Interface) version 2.3 or higher installed. If not, MUI comes with the software and you can install it on the spot. The full package requires 17 megs of hard drive space, though a minimized version that takes 11 megs can be installed as well. The software will run on any Amiga with 3 megs of RAM, Workbench 2.04+, and it's strongly suggested that the system contain a math chip (FPU) because of the deep computing required.
I installed Digital Universe on an Amiga 4000 '040 with 32 megs of RAM. Normal screen mode is 32 colors, though you can run it with less.
The software sells for $ 129.95, and a hard bound printed edition of the encyclopedic data sells for an additional $ 64.95. These are ridiculously low charges for a product of this level of quality and depth.
Digital Universe meets the four CAL requirements Easy Exploration- Digital Universe operates on a simple principle. A targeting crosshair that can be moved with the mouse is used to select areas of interest in the sky. When the mouse is clicked, info windows tell you what you are looking at, and give you data on the selected object. Of course, much more is possible, but this easy intuitive beginning invites the first steps of exploration. As for intriguing subject matter, Digital Universe is a multimedia encyclopedia of astronomy, just the right subject matter in this beginning age of space
Incorporated Muitimedia- Digital Universe, true to the Amiga, presents data in verbal, ma them a Heal, visual, and audio formats. With the integrated use of the AmigaGuide system, all of the data is The volume of data is so deep (just think about a program that contains seventeen megs of interconnected data), I doubt anyone will run out of new things to explore for a long time.
Instantly ready to cross reference and display. You can learn about People in Astronomy, Spacecraft, Astronomical Terms, Constellations, and Stars.
Target Audiences- I would guess that the age education range for the Digital Universe might start with first graders (who might just want to see the pictures or hear the sounds) and range on the high end to college level students of astronomy. Certainly any Amiga person who is also involved in sky observation will want to own this software. Amiga animators might want it so that accurate sky backdrops can be generated for animations, or even to wrap star clusters on 3D objects. One possible use might be to use the software as a reference for a group trivia game.
Getting Past “OK, Now What”!- The volume of data is so deep (just think about a program that contains seventeen megs of interconnected data), I doubt anyone will run out of new things to explore for a long time. By that time, SYZYGY will probably have released new data to incorporate into the software.
How The Digital Universe Works When the Digital Universe opens up, you are treated to an on-screen representation of a section of the night sky. Your cursor appears as a targeting device, and placing it over any star or sky object displayed brings up a data display that tells you what you are looking at with a listing of extensive facts about it. That is the simple explanation of how this software works and what it does, but the real magic of Digital Universe lies in the ability it affords the user to customize the screen and what is displayed on it.
One of the most vital interactive learning aspects of the Digital Universe is the way the AmigaGuide is folded into its use. Through the AmigaGuide, you can extend your learning explorations to any desired depth, and often find yourself exploring side topics that are even more interesting than your original question.
Sounds and Graphics are a part of Digital Universe's AmigaGuide pages, so you need not rely on verbal data alone (although that too is quite extensively presented).
Your first alteration may take in the Environment Frets requester. Here, you can set the latitude longitude altitude of your observing position, and more. You can also set the temperature and barometric pressure, items that alter the viewing capabilities of the observer. Hundreds of US and other cities are included in a scrollable time-zone list, so you can choose a major location next to your own home.
Next, you may want to alter your ability to see defined sky objects by customizing the Display Object Prefs.
Placing a checkmark next to the numerous items listed under Calculation and Display and Object Parameters, and or moving the interactive sliders higher in the Limitation magnitudes list (for Stars Planets, Deep Sky, and Miscellaneous Objects) increases what you see in the digital sky. Be careful though, because trying to see everything at once can clutter the screen tremendously, and also greatly increase the calculation time.
The current version of the Amiga software is limited to 10,000 objects on the screen at any one time.
A Controls Panel and Time Control window can be placed on the screen to initiate interactive changes in the display. In addition to clicking on objects and bringing up their data displays, you can also select any object from a display list and have its position take center screen, advancing your visual and verbal learning at the same time.
Animation Tire Digital Universe allows you to set the data as keyframe information, so animation files can be generated for any sky events. Motion tracking stars and any other sky objects over time is a snap, and sample animations are included for previewing what is possible.
The Future I would like to see this software released on a CD-ROM. The argument against CD-ROMs, used by a few Amiga developers, is that Amiga users are not as CD-ROM conscious as are non-Amiga users. My argument (besides the fact that I know a lot of Amiga people who own and use CD- ROM readers) is that there is nothing that influences hardware purchases like great software. Great software that requires more than an average amount of RAM, for instance, motivates people to add more RAM.
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Software drives the hardware market to a large extent. If Digital Universe was on a CD-ROM, hundreds of additional graphics and a good many animation clips could be value- added. Wouldn't it be great to incorporate a few of the JPL planetary fly-over animations along with the still clips?
1 would also like to be able to witness what the sky looks like from a few non Earth-centered locations Moon, Mars, Venus without its sulfuric acid clouds blocking the way, and a few more sites). I would also like to see a separate index released that could be slipped into the hard cover binder. The addition of a palette control for changing the colors in the default palette is also highly recommended.
Conclusions You can download a number of animations from the SYZYGY Web site, and even grab a sample version of the software (3.3 megs). If you are an Astronomy buff or an interested observer of the space age, you will want to add this software to your Amiga library as soon as possible. It is beautifully and thoughtfully crafted. I wish SYZYGY all of the success possible. More than for this effort, I would hope that they have the time, energy, and funds to add more subject areas to their work. Especially for science education (though I can also see History, Mythology, Ecology, Art, and other
subject areas added in this format), SYZYGY could do a lot to redirect and strengthen the way we learn about the worlds we live in.
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R. Shamms Mortier Although not as advanced or controllable as the
high- priced morphing programs, Dpaint offers Amiga users
unique and exciting alternatives in their morphs.
When an Amiga animator thinks of creating a morph, high end packages (like Nova Design's ImageFX) come to mind as the right tool. There are times, however, when you might want to explore tire unique morphing capabilities of Deluxe Paint (DPaint) as well. It has the capacity to produce a morph between any two selected brushes. The results are not at all controllable, as there are no commands that allow the user to intervene.
Sometimes, however (with the right preparations), that chance action can produce interesting and novel results.
Figure 1 (top left). Dpaint’s morphing tool takes any number of source and target images and transforms one to the other, as long as you transform each selected pair separately.
Figure 2 (lop right). The result is a steady changing shape over time which can be saved as an ANIMbrush and applied to another animation.
Figure 3 (left). Dpaint morphs both shapes and colors.
Preparing Dpaint graphics for morphing The same rule applies here as anywhere else in computer graphics, the more RAM you have the more you will be able to do. It is probably fruitless to even think of exploring the possibilities laid out here with less than 8 MB of RAM. The machine I used was an Amiga 4000 with 32 MB of RAM, though I don't think you need quite that much (maybe 16 MB). Here are some additional rules I would suggest when setting up a Dpaint morph:
1. Use graphic screens that are Hi Res which will give you the
sharpest image output (even Double NTSC is OK).
Figure 5 (above). Any images can be morphed, including any series of scans.
2. Make your graphic source and target as small as you can. This
will maximize memory and render faster. If you need full
screen morphs, make sure you have the memory to cover the
3. Use an AGA machine if possible. 256 color modes make great
Less colors mean more color banding from dithering.
4. If possible, use similar shapes and palettes. If not, expect
to see unexpected (but sometimes spectacular and different)
5. Use as many frames as you can, since this makes for smoother
The Process Dpaint's morphing process is tied to its Brush menu. Go to the brush menu and move down to the choice that reads "Spare". There are three selections: Brush- - Spare, Brush- - Spare, and Morph- - Spare.
The process is simple. Grab or load in a source brush, and go to the "Brush- - Spare" selection. Grab or load in a target brush and go to the "Brush- - Spare" selection. Your second brush will now look like the first or source brush. Go back to the Brush Menu under Spare and select "Morph- - Spare". That is all there is to it.
A frame number selector will pop up and ask you how many frames there should be from the source to tire target image. I would suggest that you keep this number to a minimum of 30.
After hitting the return key, Dpaint will create your morphing ANIMbrush. When it is done, save the results as an ANIMbrush on your storage media.
Where to use Morphing Morphing is best appreciated as an animation, though you could take one of the middle frames and use it as a strange picture if the results are clear enough, or even as a series of transitional graphics for DTP purposes.
Portraiture morphs are the most alluring to watch (human to human, human to animal, etc.). Use the best resolution and definition you can for portraiture, and a high number of frames.
! Like to use Dpaint's morphing routines for video transitions. It creates an interesting composite that fades between tire source and target images.
Also think about experimenting with Dpaint's morphing routines if you are new to morphing. That way, when you move on to software like Nova Design's morphing software, you will appreciate the levels of professional control possible in higher end morphing software.
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Dpainf morph from the two graphics in Figure 7, producing composited segues that can act as frame fades in an animation.
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These programs usually reside on the computer at your provider that actually directs the traffic to and from the Internet backbone. If your provider has a good selection of these programs available, great. If they have few or none, you can usually work around the lack, but not really efficiently.
Once you install AmiTCP IP however, all of this changes. You can now install these programs, known as clients, on your Amiga, and by pass one layer between you and the Internet.
Gui-FTP The use of ftp (file transfer protocol), is typical of the Unix programs that control the Internet.
After typing a myriad of case-sensitive, cryptic commands, you may or may not be rewarded with the program you thought you were transferring. And of course you still have to download it from your provider before you can use it on your Amiga. All of these steps provide opportunities for misdirected commands, failed connections, and a whole lot of aggravation.
While there is a port of an ftp client included with the AmiTCP-4.0 Demo package, it really is not any easier to use. Besides, if we had wanted to type long strings of obtuse commands, we would not have Amigas. Enter Gui-FTP.
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A phonebook keeps track of your favorite ftp sites, and can connect you to them and log on with a click of the mouse. In fact the entire process is handled with the mouse alone; no typing required, Navigate through the directory structures both of your Amiga and the distant machine, double click on the name of the file vou want, and it is transferred directly to your Amiga.
You can even read text files on the FTP site by defining an external text reader, such as More.
Configuration of the program is handled through ToolTypes in the icon, and include such things as paths, your e-mail address, etc. Arexx control is included for automation of your ftp sessions, and the program window even acts as an Appicon, meaning you can just drag files to be transferred to the window and drop them.
Versions of the program suitable for all of the possible CPU math coprocessor combinations are included in Figure 1. Gui-FTP opens a window with three main sections; two directory lists at the top, and a summary of executed commands af the bottom.
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Gui-FTP requires Workbench 2.04 or above, and AmiTCP IP 3.0b2 or later. Users with Workbench 3.0 or above should be sure to get version
3. 0.494 or later, as this fixes a problem of invisible menu
Gui-FTP is shareware, with a requested donation of ten pounds sterling, which works out to about fifteen dollars. If you are looking for an intuitive way to manage ftp sessions, this is it.
WebMaker Creating pages for the World Wide Web involves using a language called HyperText Markup Language, or HTML. Since HTML is nothing but ASCn text with inserted command codes, the only tool you really need is a text editor.
Instead of trying to remember all of the formatting codes used for the different effects, several people have put together aids to help. These range from Arexx scripts to insert Ihe codes into your text, to specialized Web page programs. WebMaker, from Pascal Rullier is one of the later.
When started, WebMaker opens a large editing window (Figure2), with the basic HTML information already in place. Large buttons across the top of the window allow for opening and saving your document, and applying various font styles and sizes to your text.
The procedure is to type in the desired text, block it with the mouse, and then select the desired effect.
Besides fonts, you can use various justifications, and italics, bold, and underlining for emphasis. The appearance of horizontal rules, used to divide sections of pages, can be customized, as can various lists of items, and tables.
Inserting HyperLLnks to images, or other Web sites is a simple matter of selecting the type of link from the menu, and setting a few options.
WebMaker will do the work of inserting the HTML tags into your text at the proper points.
WebMaker is at version 1.1 and is shareware with no specific donation requested. It requires Magic User Interface 3.1 or above, and Workbench 3,0 or above. In addition, you will need GIF format images for inclusion in your Web page.
Updates Progress continues on Ibrowse, currently at version 0.96, and rumors of its impending commercial release are flying faster. The fact that this latest demo version is good for twice as long as the previous releases seems to lend credence to this.
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On a personal note, the ownership of my internet provider has changed, and with the new owners came a new name. They say that the old e-mail address will remain valid for some time, but please make a note of the new one below.
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This Old WorkBench Episode Two b Dave Matthews The Workbench as Art: Personalize your work area with backdrops, icons, and menus.
In episode one, I stressed the more practical side of things, utilities which make using the Amiga easier and more productive. In episode two, I will cover the GUI aspects of Workbench renovation.
Backdrop Patterns and Pictures To build a house, you start with a solid foundation, and our foundation is the Workbench itself. Unless you are a shell devotee, or use a utility like Directory Opus exclusively, you spend a lot of time looking at the Workbench, so it might as well be a pleasant view.
The Standard Workbench boots up in four color, 640x200 screen mode. While this conserves chip ram, and makes a certain minimalist fashion statement, it is not very impressive for a '90s kind of GUI.
Figure l:The Author's Workbench Most of the recent backdrop images and icon sets are meant for screens close to a 1:1 ration, that is to say, where the horizontal resolution is roughly equal to the vertical resolution. I myself use a 640x480,16 color Workbench. If you don't have a flickerfizer or AGA, or don't have a multisync monitor, there are several "half-height" icon sets to use with 640x200 screens.
On the other hand, if you have a graphics card, you may want even higher resolutions. An 800x600 256 color Workbench is very nice indeed.
In fact, there are programs like Cyril DEBLE's MUIScreenMode (MUIScrModel_5.Iha, Mailware, requires MUI) that allow you to have a HAM or HAMS Workbench. This is one interesting way around the 16 color ECS chipset limitation, though of course, HAM modes use up a lot of chip RAM.
If you have 2.04, you can add patterns to your workbench and windows. If you have 3.0 or above, you can go even further and add pictures as backdrops for your Workbench and windows. The WBPattem program in the prefs drawer allows you to specify patterns and or pictures for the Workbench, the Windows, and the backdrop screen (if you do not have the Backdrop menu item checked in the Workbench menu.)
Note that WBPattem uses datatypes, so you are not limited to IFF pictures.
Datatypes are available for just about every type of picture including GIF (GIF_DT3.LHA, ZGIFDT39.16. lha), J PEG (JFIFJJTC.lha) and PNG (PNG_DT431.1ha). As far as I can tell, the only major format missing is IFF24.
You may be initially disappointed by some of the pictures you try. When you use a picture for the backdrop, it must use the colors Workbench has The Workbench palette as seen in the Palette Editor Figure 2:The Workbench Paiette available. Some pictures tolerate this conversion better than others. In general, try and use pictures with as few colors as possible, extremely "busy" pictures with lots of detail do not tend to fair well. Also, use pictures that are the same size as your Workbench.
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Icons, Icons, Icons!
Well, you have a snazzy backdrop, and full multimedia productions upon resetting and booting, now what? The next most obvious targets are the icons. If you do not like the standard four color WB icons, you have plenty of choices in replacing them. There are a few things you need to be aware of before venturing forth.
The first, and most vexing, is the icon colors. Ever download a program, only to be horrified by the mind numbing colors from hell icon design? Is the icon designer color blind, an alien, or a mad artist deep in his "modern" phase?
Finally, for Window backdrops, you might want to use a small brush that is tileable, i.e. can cover an area with no seams. There are many such images, marble, stone, tiles etc. available online or on Cds.
If you are using OS 2.04, you can use a program like Nicola Salmoria's Nickprefs (freeware) to assign a picture for your backdrop, Nickprefs also offers a busypointer animator and a floppy no-click type program. If you have OS 3.0+, you can use a program such as Oyvind Faich's Magic Selector (MagicSelVl_75.1ha, shareware, requires MUI) to display a different backdrop every time you boot, or even change the backdrop picture on the fly, at a specified interval.
R| D'Re22 93* full, 7«4K free. -9B in use ' lP_:||~j| 1- ? 1- M l-i i Profs Tools UBStar up Storage Brill tantflngel 1- fcl i- -m -m - m u juttUHes S'ystei Deva Expansion Trashcan Edit Startups sr Edit HddToots Edit Fite types Edit Help SnapSbotRsm_ Two other programs might also interest you. SysPic, by Grzegorz Calkowski (SYSPIC211.LHA, cardware), displays an IFF picture of your choice while your Amiga boots. It can display random pictures from a group, and can display pictures using your Amiga's overscan settings, so there is no annoying jump when the system prefs get loaded. Frank Fenn's
M u 11 i rese t (M u 11 i Reset3_0 .Ilia, giftware, prefs editor requires MUI) is a program which can display a picture and play a sound whenever you hit the Ctrl-Amiga-Amiga keys to reboot.
Multireset can also clear the Well, probably none of the above.
You have run into one of the fundamental shortcomings of Workbench's handling of icons. When you create and save an icon, no color information is saved with the icon, Workbench simply uses the current palette colors on a "first come first serve" basis, without regard for the intent of the icon designer. The fact is, Workbench has no way whatsoever of determining the correct color for the icon. This was not a problem when all Amigas were limited to a four color Workbench, but it is a terrific nuisance at screen depths with 8 or more colors. It makes it problematic to share icons among
Moreover, the palette editor that comes with Workbench only allows you to control eight colors. If you use Figure 3:Magic Workbench M8Patt Mirrnvtiw risTOT w Tjpeg Iconographies Figure 4 (top): Newlcons Figure 5 (bottom): Iconografx more than eight colors on your workbench, the palette editor gives you no access to the new colors.
Even more peculiar, when you move beyond eight colors, the palette editor becomes misleading as to the Workbench colors. The first four colors (colors 0-3) remain the same, and will do so at all screen depths. The second four colors (as reported by the palette editor), however, are no longer colors 4-7, they are now the last four colors, On a 32 color Workbench, they would now be colors 28-31. New colors are Qprnanv J35I3E .Karjia. created between the first four and last four, though the palette editor will not show this. This holds true for all screen depths. And since icons have no palette
of their own, their colors change as the Workbench colors are shuffled. See Figure 2.
Perhaps Amiga Tech will fix this in the next release of Workbench! Until then, there are several solutions to this problem, though none are completely satisfactory. Unfortunately, there is no way to fix a normal icon's lack of a palette. If you do not know what colors an icon artist used to originally paint an icon (it is not a Newlcon, or the palette preset is not included), there is no way for tire Amiga to know how to display it correctly. You will have to use guesswork and your own artistic sensibilities to correct it.
The first solution is to limit yourself to the eight colors as in the palette editor, and save all icons with eight bitplanes. These icons will display correctly in all screen depths.
Workbench Window Icons Too Is Graf x ftpp I ic at i oi Utilitv Ed(t Startups Edit AddToo Is Edit FltatvP** Edit Help SmpShotRan AESicons c (aToManul Of course, this limits you to eight colors, and these icons take up twice as much disk space as regular icons.
Eight bitplane icons can easily be 10- 20K in size.
MagicWB 2.0 1,935,872 other new Workbench 1,441 A more involved approach is to lock certain colors, say, colors 4-15.
171K frao This prevents Workbench from changing these colors. The colors that are locked are always the same, so your icons always have the same colors.
Hui USStart up Virtuosity F onts Rexxc ScrlpTs This is the method that Martin Huttenloher's MagicWB 2.0 (MAGICWB20D.LHA, Shareware) icon package uses. The advantage to this method is you have complete control over your palette, so you can set up the exact palette you want, and not have to worry about colors changing. The disadvantage to this is, the more colors you lock, the less are available for Multiview or other programs which display on the Workbench to remap graphics. Perhaps more importantly, your icons will not display correctly on another Amiga, unless it is using the same palette and
color locking you are.
Newlcons Another even more sophisticated approach is Nicola Salmoria's Newlcons (Newlcons.lha and Nl_V2.1ha, freeware). The Newlcons (NI) program actually add palette information to an icon, and thus can display the icon's color correctly (depending on how many colors the icon has and how many your Workbench has.) Anyone running Nl will be able to share icons, and know they will display correctly.
NI performs this magic by adding the palette and image information as strings in the tooltypes of the icon.
Newlcons comes with a program called Deflcon, which expands the Workbench's fake icon abilities.
Deflcon can show default icons for dozens of file types, including pictures, libraries, text files etc. Like the pen locking approach, Newlcons has its share of disadvantages.
You have to be running NI to even see the icons at all. NI does allow you to have icons with normal images and the Nevvlcon image, but this tends to increase the size of the icon. Also, you may find that NI slows your system down a bit, due to the palette remapping. Because NI stores so much information in the icon's tooltvpes, there is potential for problems. I've had only two icons get their tooltypes scrambled, out of many hundred of icons, but it is something to be aware of. Finally, NI likes to have more colors available to do its job well. At least 16 colors, and maybe more, depending on
your icons, and backdrops etc. MagicWB vs Newlcons Well, I have given the inside story on how MagicWB and Newlcons deal with the icon palette problem, but what about the icons themselves? It is at this point, that a great deal of controversy has arisen. Both NI and MWB have loyal (and vocal!) Fans, and equally vocal detractors. Most of the ire is generated by the look of the icons, and particularly the palettes.
MagicWB has a very subdued, pastel palette, heavy on brown, gray, and pink. Some people like this, others feel it is gloomy, dull and in the words of one MWB hater- "The MagicWB palette is a disaster!"
MagicWB is shareware ($ 20.) The package comes with the icons, an installer that changes the image of your icons without disturbing the tooltypes etc., and some extra utilities like MagicCopper, which creates a nice 24-bit (on AGA machines) background fade using the Amiga's copper.
The icons included with the freeware Newlcons (drawn by Roger McVey) have a very bright palette, with reds, yellow, and greens. Again, some like this, others feel it is cheap, cartoony, and unprofessional. However, it is perfectly possible to use other Icon styles with Newlcons.
MWB2NI can convert any 8 color icon to the NI format, and Iconian supports both regular and NI formats.
MagicWB has many, many icon packages available for downloading, so you can probably find MWB style icons for every Amiga program ever written. While Newlcons does not have quite as many, there are new ones showing up regularly, including a stylish series of Newlcons by Phil Vedovatti (who also wrote the installer script and docs for Newlcons), called AESIcons (AESiconsl.Iha - AESicons6.1ha). More Alternative Icon Styles There are other icon styles available if you do not like either the MWB or Roger McVey style icons.
Tom Ekstrom's Iconografx (IGFX30.LHA) package is gaining a good deal of popularity. This professionally done package comes with both normal 8 color icons saved with eight bitplanes) and NI format icons.
Iconografx also comes with an excellent icon installer, easily the handiest such utility I have seen. Take a look at Figures 3-5, for screen shots Amigans, Get Connected!
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Of MagicWB, Newlcons, and Iconografx, and at Figure 1 for my own hybridized Workbench.
No matter what your preference for icons, I recommend a good icon editor. Chad Randall's Iconian (Iconian2_96.1ha, shareware) is an excellent one that supports both normal and Newlcon type icons. It has a wide variety of painting tools, and can import, (with scaling and dithering, should you desire) not only IFF images, but any picture datatype you have installed. Iconian can save icons in either or both standard (including Figure 7: Garshneblanker eight bitplane) and NT style. I highly recommend this program.. Two other programs by Chad Randall are the afore mentioned MWB2NI (MWB2NI_2.1ha,
freeware) and Pictlcon (Picticonl_4.1ha, freeware). Pictlcon creates "preview" icons for pictures by scaling and recoloring the picture's image into an icon. Pictlcon also supports normal and NI style icons.
Save Our Screens!
What would a nineties computer be without a screen blanker or saver?
Workbench comes with a small one, however there are many others available.
Thomas Borkel's Blitzblank (BLITZBLANK260.LHA, shareware, requires MU1 for preference editor) and Michael D. Bayne's Garshneblanker (GBlank35.1ha, freeware) are popular. A few of the many blankers available are David Swasbrook's Swazblanker (SwazBlanker240.1ha, shareware) and Madhouse, by Carsten Jahn and Aicke Schulz (MADHOUSE.LHA, shareware, requires MUI for preferences).
Up A doun right left ... Gadget Type: -ft- - CHStOM • Knob Background MRRh Test Figure 10: Magic User Interface Figure 8: Swazblanker All of these programs are 'modular', and new blankers can easily be plugged in by anyone with the necessary programming skill (and yes, the infamous flying toasters are present!) All these blankers appear to be engaged in a conspiracy against my Amiga, as none will run stably on my system for any length of time.
Most people have found Blitzblank to be the most stable blanker, but Blitz blank exhibits very odd behavior on my machine. When first run, Blitzblank will lock up my Amiga, with an 800000003 error.
Upon rebooting, it will run fine. Upon another reboot, it will crash again. I never could nail down the problem.
Madhouse has some unique blankers, but many of the blanker modules were written in Amos (a programming language primarily known for games and for being rather hostile to the Amiga’s multitasking), perhaps not the best choice for a system friendly utility. See figure 6-9 for shots of Blitzblank, Garsheneblanker, SwazBlanker and Madhouse in action.
Menus, Windows, and Pointers Now we need to turn our attention to those ever present menus.
MagicMenus by Martin Kornddrfer (freely distributable) is a program that will turn the boring black and white menus into nice 3D looking menus.
Magic Menu also offers "pop up" menus, which "pop up" right under your mouse pointer when you press the right mouse button. I have become very attached to this particular hack, but it does have a few quirks.
MagicMenu can interfere with certain programs, so be sure and check your programs after installing it. Also, when accessing the menus, MagicMenu can sometimes suffer a "lock up" which freezes everything.
This is aggravating, but will correct itself after a few seconds. See the Workbench screenshots for examples of MagicMenus.
Next on our renovation list is tire window borders and gadgets. There are several utilities to freshen up the look of window gadgets. The one I like is Sysihack (sysihack.lha, Public Domain) by...uh...Mr, BOOPSI (yes, 1 know, but it's still a nice program!)
This little program adds a sculpted 3D look to the gadgets, and a "bellybutton" to some proportional gadgets. Look at the shell.10 window in Figure 4 for the full Sysihack treatment.
If you have a fast Amiga, especially with a graphics card, Steve Korea's OpaqueMove (OPAQUE1.1.LHA, freeware) is a patch which alters the look of windows as you move them. Normally, when you click on a window’s drag bar and move it, the window is replaced by an outline. OpaqueMove redraws the entire window, and its contents, as you are moving it. This takes a bit more processing power, and tends to be slow on higher screen depths.
There are also programs like Caboom, by Lee Kindness, which add Mac Style 'exploding' windows.
Instead of just popping onto the screen, the window starts as a small outline, and sort of zooms open.
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Magic User Interface Finally, no discussion of renovating your Workbench would be complete without mention of Stefan Stuntz's Magic User Interface (mui31usr.lha, shareware). If you thought the MagicWB vs. Newlcons topic was controversial, wait till you hear some of the heated debate on MU1! Most people seem to either love or hate MUI. What is this thing anyway?
MUI is, at its most basic, a library of routines to help programmers make good looking, easy to use interfaces.
MUI is font sensitive, allows scalable windows, and spares the programmer the effort of reinventing all the GUI code. More and more programs are using MUI, including Amosalc and Ibrowse, two Amiga World Wide Web browsers, and Digital Universe, an outstanding new Amiga stargazing package please see the Digital Universe review on page 18 of this issue), Figure 10 is a screen shot of a customized MUI window.
The problem many people have with Mut is twofold, first, it does take a bit of resources. MUI consumes more than a little hard drive space, RAM, and slows the system down a bit (though only when using MUI apps, and it is not a problem on my 28MHz 030 based 1200).
Second, MUI is shareware ($ 30.) The freely distributable demo is perfectly usable, but you cannot save most of your MUI preference settings. In order to fully customize a MUI application, with your favorite fonts, window designs and backdrops, and custom gadgets, you will have to register the program. This is true even of the commercial program Digital Universe. To many this is tantamount to paying twice for the same program.
Whether the luxury of customizing your MUI application is worth the price is a question each user will have to answer on their own.
Glossary: Freeware - The author retains the copyright to the program, but does not charge for it. Anyone may freely use it as long as they like.
Shareware - Program is provided on a "try before you buy" basis. If after using the program, you decide you like it, you are required to pay the Shareware fee.
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CONSUEJfffW DRIVES 6 TITLES CD ROM Your Home Page is only o few keystrokes away with these HTML code samples in your documents Welcome once again to the wonderful world of World Wide Web typesetting where the world becomes your customer. We covered many basic features of HTML last month.
This month, we will finish up the basics so you can get on with the business of producing your own home page. You do not want to be homepage-less in this day and age. The listing on page 44 is a repeat of my home page listing from last month.
Figures 1-3 are repeated from fast month's column, as well. So let's pick up where we left off.
Text Emphasis Often you will want to highlight text in some way to place emphasis on it. Boldfacing, italicizing, and underlining are common ways of emphasizing text. HTML has many ways of accomplishing this. For instance, the B ... B tags will boldface text and the ! ... I tags will italicize text (see the end of the listing for an example).
HTML 3.0 adds many more text formatting tags such as: U ... U for underlining, S ... S for striking through, SUB ... SUB for subscripting, SUP ... SUP for superscripting, BIG ... B1G for making text bigger, and SMALL ... SMALL for making text smaller. However, it is generally not recommended that these tags be used except in special circumstances.
Remember, HTML is suppose to be a document description specification, not a document formatting specification. HTML files should only indicate what type of text is in it and let the browser decide how to display it.
There are several tags in HTML for specifying what text should be emphasized without specifying how it should be accomplished. These are typically called styles. For instance, the EM ... EM style tags specify that the enclosed text should be emphasized, but it is left to the browser to decide how to do this. Usually, the text will be italicized. The STRONG ... STRONG style tags tell the browser to add strong emphasis to the text.
Usually, boldfacing is used. There are many others available such as the citation style for specifying that the text is a quote and the code style for specifying that the text is programming code. The latter is normally displayed using a fixed width font for readability. HTML 3.0 adds many more styles.
Hypertext Links A special type of formatting is used when text is designated as hypertext.
Hypertext formatting indicates that the text should allow the user to select it and be transported to another document or to another section of the current document. The anchor tags, A ... A , are used for this purpose.
If you look near the middle of our Home Page listing, you will see the following line: EH ( STSOHG HOTS: ETR01!G This page is alio available in A HHEFa"refhome,html" STRONG table format STRONGx A .) EM Several styles are used in this text.
Removing all but the relevant tags, we get the following: This page io also available in A HREF="refhome.html" table foraat A .
Here the A tag is used with the HREF attribute. This attribute specifies what document to display when the user selects the text between the A and A tags (table format). In this case, it is another document, rcfhome.html, in the same directory as the home page document. This is called a local link. However, it could have been any document in the entire world. This is called a remote link.
For instance, I could have put the following line in my document.
Check out A HRE7-"http; www.esccm.nl" ESCOM* a homo page A .
When the user selects the words "ESCOM's home page", the browser will try to load ESCOM's home page at http: www.escom.nl. A hypertext link also allows jumps to another section of the current document. This is accomplished by adding an anchor to the section of the document to be jumped to. For instance, the following line might be added to the middle of an HTML document: A NAM£="S»ction5- Near the beginning of the document there might be hypertext that links to the anchor as follows: Go to A HREF=* Section5* $ *ct:ion 5 A The pound sign must be used to let the browser know that you are
referencing an anchor in the current document, not another document named Section5 (anchor names, like file names, are case-sensitive).
Suppose you want to link to an anchor point within another document. Just append the anchor name to the file name like this: Finch's Home Page Wdcurae to mj humble Worid Wide Web abode.
Eaoll jnz tnoMXtt *: T&fAiElWjAlMI Go to A HRZF="iaanual .html Section5" Section 5 A of the manual.
It's that simple.
Near the beginning of the Home Page listing you will see the following line: H5 Email your comments to: A HREF="mailto:refinchSHiWAAY.net" rc f inchdHiWAAY.nat A H5 Notice that the HREF attribute is not pointing to an HTML document.
Rather, it has this strange "mailto:email@example.com" value.
This indicates that when the user selects the text between the A and A tags, the browser should execute a mail program with the recipient being the E-maiL address following the "mailto:" text. For this feature to work, the browser has to recognize the "mailto:" option and be able to execute either an external mail program or an internal one.
How is the user suppose to know which text is hypertext? Each browser has the leeway to format hypertext the way it wants. Some browsers allow the user to decide how to format hypertext. Typically it will be underlined and in a different color than the main text (see Figures 1-3). Hypertext can be in one of three standard states.
Each state is typically designated by different colors. The three states are: unfollowed (usually blue), activated but unfollowed (usually red), and followed (usually purple).
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The third is for links that have actually been visited. Having different colors for these different states helps greatly in keeping up with what you have and haven't done during a heavy Web browsing session. It is easy to get lost when linking around the world for a few hours.
[mages In the early days of Web browsing, only text was available for viewing.
Now, almost anything can be viewed or heard. One common element on Web pages is graphic images.
Images can be inserted into an HTML document with the IMG tag.
This tag does not have a closing tag as all the information about the image is declared via attributes. The most important attribute is the image file name, declared as SRC=''filename''.
Other tags are available also. Let's look at how 1 use an image in the home page.
Right after the BODY tag in the Home Page listing is the following: IMG SRC""am zconjp jun95£l.gif" VSPACE=5 HSPACE=10 ALIGN-"LEFT" The image source is a GIF file, jun95fl.gif, in the amazcomp subdirectory. Since the ALIGN attribute is designated as LEFT, the image will appear to the left of the document area, allowing text to flow to the right of it.
This type of alignment is an HTML 3.0 feature and is not supported by some browsers. For instance, Amosaic does not support it.
You can see this by comparing Figures 1 and 2A.
Amosaic, like most browsers, will support one line of text to the side of an image. The VSPACE and HSPACE attributes specify how close text should be allowed to get along the top bottom and the left right of the image, respectively. The numbers are in units of pixels.
If you want to designate the text that will appear in the place of your image in non-graphica] browsers, the ALT="alternative text" attribute can be used. An image can also be a clickable image map (to be discussed in a future column) by adding the ISMAP attribute. There are some Netscape attributes for scaling the image horizontally and vertically and adding a border.
My home page also uses a different type of image. The code for it is near the beginning of the listing and starts like this: You are visitor number IMG SRC=" cgi-bin image counter? ... The image source actually references a CGI (Common Gateway Interface) program named image_counter. All of the stuff to the right of the question mark are parameters to be passed to the program. Suffice it to say that image_counter is a program, provided by my ISP, that reads a data file named rcfinch.dat, maintained by my ISP, that keeps up with the number of visitors my home page has had. The image_counter
program converts the number into a graphical image that shows the number of visitors in an odometer-like way (see Figures 1 and 2B). 1 will not go into detail at this time because using server-side programs is an advanced topic and we are just beginning.
Lists HTML provides several ways of presenting organized, structured data.
The most common is called lists. There are actually five list types available: ordered, unordered, glossary or definition, menu, and directory. The latter two are rarely used and will not be discussed here. An ordered list is for presenting information in a particular order with an identifying label, such as a number, preceding each list item. An ordered list might look like this:
4. One I can't afford The HTML code to generate this list looks
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can't afford OL The OL ... OL tags enclose the list.
Each item in the list is preceded by the LI tag. The numbers
are generated automatically by the browser. This is nice
because I can now insert a new item between PC and Macintosh
and the browser will renumber the items.
There is a Netscape attribute available in the OL tag, TYPE=".. ' for designating what type of numerals to use for list identifiers. Options include capital letters, lower-case letters, capital Roman numerals, and lower-case Roman numerals. Also, Netscape provides the START="..." attribute to start the list with a number other than one.
An example of an unordered list can be seen in the home page listing. It looks exactly the same as an ordered list except the list items are enclosed in the UL ... UL tags. The list items Home Page Revisited http: fly.hiwaay.net ~rcfinch home.html HTML HEAD TITLE Randy Finch's Home Page TITLE HEAD BODY BACKGROUND®"backgrounds PaperRelief.gi f w IMG SRC="ama2COIBp jun95fl.gif" VSPACE*5 HSPACE-10 ALIGN=WLEFT', Hl Randy Finch's Home Page Hl H3 Wolcome to my humble World Wide Web abode. H3 H5 Entail your comments tos A
HREF=''aailto:rcfinch0HiWAAY.net'' rc£ineh(?HiWAAY.net Ax H5 You are visitor number IMG SRC*=n cgi-bin inage_counter?ft»5| f rgb=128; 128; 128 J tr=0|trgb»0i 0;0 |wxh=l5,‘20 ]md-G |dd=B| dfsrcfinch.dat" ALIGN«absmiddle since February 5, 1996 HR Yes| that is a picture of STRONG yours truly STRONQ to the left. It ia the only picture of mi that has actually appeared on the cover of a magazine. No, not TIKE or NEWSWEEK or PEOPLE. Rather, EMxSTRONG AMAZING COMPUTING FOR THE COMHODORE AMIGA STRONGx EM . I have written many articles for this magazine over the last several years. A recent
one was about the STRONG XSpecs 3D STRONG glasses (which is what I am wearing in the picture). This article wa i in the June 1995 issue. There is more information below about my articles. Check it out!
HR I intend to provide several interesting topics on this cyberspace page. I have many interests including: computers, writing, photography, videography, philosophy, science, and science fiction. As new items are added, more links will be added to this page. Check back from time to tine.
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DT Batman DD A super wealthy person who is also a super crime fighter.
DT Spiderman DD A mutant scientist that web-slings and fights criminals.
DL The DL ... DL tags enclose the definition list. The two elements within the list are the data term, preceded by the DT tag, and the data definition, preceded by the DD tag. The output of the above code will look something like this: Superman A superhero from the planet Krypton who can fly.
Batman A super wealthy person who is also a super crime fighter.
Spiderman A mutant scientist that web- slings and fights criminals.
Lists are very useful for presenting structured information, but the latest feature, part of HTML 3.0, is tables. Tables are better for presenting information because they are much more flexible than lists. However, if you want to use tables, be aware that many browsers, including Amosaic, will not display tables properly. I will be discussing how to create tables in a future column.
Closing Comments We have covered all the basics you need to get started producing a Web page. So get at it. If you do produce a Web page for public consumption, send me E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can check it out. If I get enough responses, I might include a list of AC subscriber pages in my column. Next month I will discuss how to get those neat Web pages on your Internet server, make it easy to find, and prepare for visitors from around the world.
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• AC* (continued from page 48) development of its ITV device, Mr.
Buck said: "Our TV set-top interactive boxes would give home
users capabilities such as telephone reception and dial-up,
facsimile, pay-per-view options, electronic mail, access to
online services, including the Internet, and more."
VISCORP and AMIGA: The Phoenix Strategy Much has been said and written about the recent announcement of the signing of a letter of understanding between VIScorp and Escom AG Germany. In addition, VIScorp has received hundreds of telephone, fax and Email communications requesting We are all solid Amigans from the very beginning. Personally speaking, I don't plan on killing the Amiga. In fact, I'm hoping to build one killer Amiga!
Carl Sassenrath Director of Software, VIScorp information as to the status of the deal and our plans for the Amiga. We are providing this posting to inform those interested in knowing about the current arrangements and will provide additional information as they develop.
1. VIScorp is currently conducting a thorough due diligence
assessment of Escom's Amiga holdings. This process is
painstaking and extremely time consuming; however, without
full disclosure, no satisfactory deal can be concluded. Due to
the letter of understanding, VIScorp is restricted from
releasing information relating to the negotiations until they
are completed. Until such time, Amiga remains the asset of
Amiga Technologies Escom and all inquires relating to current
Amiga operations should be directed to Amiga Technologies
2. VIScorp currently holds a license to the Amiga OS and chip
sets and is developing a family of TV-based products that
utilize the Amiga's unique functionalities.
3. Many of VIScorp's senior management have previously worked for
Commodore and have a thorough knowledge of the Amiga. Our
intent to purchase the Amiga comes out of:
(i) an appreciation of the core technology and its importance to
VIScorp's long-term business
(ii) a belief that the Amiga can like the Phoenix rise from
the ashes and become a profitable technology for the future.
Over the coming days and weeks we anticipate to see a flood of misstatements in the press, on the Net and via voice communications some will be made out of ignorance, others out of malice. We will do our best to keep the Amiga community regularly informed. We have received hundreds of messages and anticipate many more to be received until final resolution of formal negotiations is completed.
While we are making every effort to do so, please excuse us if we do not respond to your individual message.
David Rosen Vice President, Business Development, VIScorp The following note was received in an email broadcast to several publications. It is a note written by VIScorp's Director of Software Development, Carl Sassenrath: "What I have been telling people is not to worry. We are all Amiga lovers here. Unlike ESCOM or even Commodore, VIScorp does not have a single IBM PC person in the development group.
We are all solid Amigans from the very beginning.
Personally speaking, I don't plan on killing the Amiga. In fact, I'm hoping to build one killer Amiga!
Carl Sassenrath Director of Software, VIScorp URL: www.vistv.com PS: Please feel free to post or forward this anywhere and everywhere, as I am getting swamped with the same email question from so many dedicated Amigans. Keep the faith! This is for the better!"
For the benefit of our readers, we have the above information in its entirety. Unfortunately, no other information can be officially released while the negotiation for the sale continues.
You can view VIScorp's Home Page at www.vistv.com as well as communicate directly with the staff (almost all of the executives have email addresses posted on-line). You can also contact them by mail at: VISCORP, 111 North Canal Street, Suite 933, Chicago, IL 60606 Take the opportunity to let them know how you feel about the Amiga market. Watch for the next issue of AC as we continue to track this story.
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Mr, Buck explained that the proposed acquisition would give VIScorp ownership of Amiga intellectual properties, including several that are currently used in its set-top Electronic Device (ED(R)), as well as control over the supply of chip sets used ED(R), Amiga inventories, and access to the company's sales and distribution channels.
If the acquisition is completed, noted Mr. Buck, VIScorp anticipates continued sales and support of popular Amiga computer models.
Commenting that the primary objective of the proposed acquisition is to give VIScorp full access to the Amiga Commodore technology to support (continued on page 46) Visual Information Services Corp. (Nasdaq: VICP, Bulletin Board), a developer of Interactive TV (ITV) settop boxes to enhance television use and viewing by providing Internet access and electronic communications functions, announced that it has a binding letter of understanding to acquire the assets of Amiga Technologies from Escom AG.
"We believe the Amiga television interface technology is clearly superior to anything that now exists for ITV boxes," said William Buck, VIScorp's CEO. "Earlier this year, we licensed this technology for our second- generation protoype box. The proposed acquisition of Amiga would enable us to fully apply the proprietary technologies, patents and copyrights that are vital to the appearance, user appeal and functionality of our product."
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