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All chans More recently, Jason Compton, Viscorp's erstwhile press officer resigned from Viscorp saying that he felt that the company wasn't the right place for him after all. Unlike Carl Sassenrath. However, Jason had no nasty tales to tell and complimented various individuals he had worked with. He plans to return to publishing Amiga Report on a more regular basis now that he has more time. 'Quikpak have already designed two new machines..." he uncertainty surrounding just who owns the Amiga may finally draw to a satisfactory conclusion in a matter of days. Surprisingly though, the company most likely to gain the rights, patents and assets of Amiga Technologies isn't Viscorp, but the relatively unknown Canadian computer manufacturers, Quikpak. After a series of shock revelations in early December, ii emerged that Viscorp is almost certainly no longer in the running to buy Amiga Technologies. An article printed by Bloomberg Business News reveals that the contract for Viscorp to buy AT was cancelled in early October. Hugh Jencks, Viscorp's chiel operating officer, blamed the problems involved in the deal on Fscom's bankruptcy and Viscorp's ignorance ol Herman law in general. Iml said that he still lielievetl Viscorp to Ik- the “front runners* for act|niiing Amiga Technologies. T Dave Robinson, a lawyer involved in the case, said that Viscorp is no longer the leading candidate but could still be in contention if they came up with the cash in time. The whole process has damaged Viscorp's ability to meet other business obligations, but Jerome Greenberg. Viscorp’s chairman, stated that they have new plans for increased binding. In short. Greenberg maintains that the contract for Amiga Technologies was allowed to expire because Viscorp did not believe that the assets justified the $ 40m price asked lor the company. Meanwhile. Toronto-based Quikpak. Who arc already the North American distributor for Amiga Technologies anti the manufacturers of the A4000T, are hoping to close a deal to buy Amiga Technologies by Friday 13th December. In a startling display of the cnlhusiam the Amiga industry has been missing for some time. Quikpak have already designed two new machines based on the Amiga 4000T, ready for production as soon as the deal has been worked out. The lirst is aimed at the North American video market and is called the 40601., a portable Amiga designed principally for use with the Video Toaster and Flyer, Newtek's respected Studio-on-a-card and non-linear video editor. The 40601., first reports suggest, has a built-in I.GD panel monitor to make it the ideal solution for outside broadcasts.

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Arely is a good word. Il is a word that I like lo think describes how often we are .J JL surprised by events in the Amiga tljji|'j industry. But this is one such occasion.
- WlllIM were °f course aware of the difficulties Vucorp were
having in finalising a deal to purchase Amiga Technologies, and
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the reason for the delay was a lack of hard cash in the Viscorp
What did surprise us though was the news that a third party had entered the fray. Although we were aware that ( uikpak had vague interests in the Amiga market, being a major Escom creditor. Amiga distributor and manufacturer of the A4000T. We never suspected they wanted to buy the company.
Even more of a surprise was the revelation that they have already designed two new high- end Amigas. Ready lor production should they reach a deal with the Escom liquidator.
It is a deal which is far from finalised and it would be premature to proclaim that the Amiga's three year game of pass-the-parcel has finally reached the last piece of wrapping paper, but here's hoping. In the meantime, even the suggestion of an end-in-sight is going to bring confidence back to the industry. Here's hoping we have something more excellent to tell you next month... AMIGA FORMAT JANUARY 1997 5 ISSUE 93 JANUARY 1997 Quikpak A new player in the increasingly interesting game of 'whose going to buy the Amiga'?
Quikpak emerge as buy-out contenders.
12 NET CORNER A round up of what's new on the web.
14 OOH YOU RUFFIAN The puzzling platformer finally on sale.
The crowds thronged, bought and talked.
Page 17 17 SHOW OF STRENGTH Ben Vost reports back from Cologne.
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All chans More recently, Jason Compton, Viscorp's erstwhile press officer resigned from Viscorp saying that he felt that the company wasn't the right place for him after all. Unlike Carl Sassenrath. However, Jason had no nasty tales to tell and complimented various individuals he had worked with. He plans to return to publishing Amiga Report on a more regular basis now that he has more time.
'Quikpak have already designed two new machines..." he uncertainty surrounding just who owns the Amiga may finally draw to a satisfactory conclusion in a matter of days. Surprisingly though, the company most likely to gain the rights, patents and assets of Amiga Technologies isn't Viscorp, but the relatively unknown Canadian computer manufacturers, Quikpak.
After a series of shock revelations in early December, ii emerged that Viscorp is almost certainly no longer in the running to buy Amiga Technologies. An article printed by Bloomberg Business News reveals that the contract for Viscorp to buy AT was cancelled in early October. Hugh Jencks, Viscorp's chiel operating officer, blamed the problems involved in the deal on Fscom's bankruptcy and Viscorp's ignorance ol Herman law in general. Iml said that he still lielievetl Viscorp to Ik- the “front runners* for act|niiing Amiga Technologies.
T Dave Robinson, a lawyer involved in the case, said that Viscorp is no longer the leading candidate but could still be in contention if they came up with the cash in time. The whole process has damaged Viscorp's ability to meet other business obligations, but Jerome Greenberg.
Viscorp’s chairman, stated that they have new plans for increased binding. In short. Greenberg maintains that the contract for Amiga Technologies was allowed to expire because Viscorp did not believe that the assets justified the $ 40m price asked lor the company.
Meanwhile. Toronto-based Quikpak. Who arc already the North American distributor for Amiga Technologies anti the manufacturers of the A4000T, are hoping to close a deal to buy Amiga Technologies by Friday 13th December.
In a startling display of the cnlhusiam the Amiga industry has been missing for some time.
Quikpak have already designed two new machines based on the Amiga 4000T, ready for production as soon as the deal has been worked out. The lirst is aimed at the North American video market and is called the 40601., a portable Amiga designed principally for use with the Video Toaster and Flyer, Newtek's respected Studio-on-a-card and non-linear video editor. The 40601., first reports suggest, has a built-in I.GD panel monitor to make it the ideal solution for outside broadcasts.
The other machine on the cards, so to speak, is the fi050T. A machine based on the A4000T it comes with not onh Zorro III slots as standard, but also PC I slots. I bis means that 3D fans can add one or more Pentium or I)Ft) Alpha P( II cards to their machine so that it can act as a render farm, while communicating with them via the excellent Siamese System that Quikpak vow to make an integral part of all new Amigas.
As well its satisfying the needs of high-end users, Quikpak also plan on producing an entry- level home use machine, though they weren't prepared to release any details at this stage.
Arntgu Formal will obviously Ik- bringing vou more on this exciting development next month.
In the meantime, latest news can Ik- found on our wclr-xilc: http: www. Futurenet. Co.uk computing amigafor mat.html AF SPEAKS TO QUIKPAK EXECUTIVE DAN ROBINSON MOUSEMATS WITH NO MERCY No Mercy software, PD dealers extraordinaire.
QUIKPAK'S DAN ROBINSON SPEAKS TO AMIGA FORMAT are also on the January sales kick. If you order £8 worth of floppy disks from their collection, they'll bung in a free raousemat for you normally worth £2.99. This offer will run until the 31st of January 1997, so get your skates on and give them a call on 01609 771 596 to place your order.
MICROPROSE CLASSICS RE-RELEASED WITH ACID Ten classic Microprose games are to be re- released at a special budget price. The reissued games will be published by Guildhall Leisure under the Acid Software label.
The ten games Include some fairly reoent releases, including AF Gold winning titles such as UFO Enemy Unknown and Sid Meir’s Colonization, both of which are to be re- released at the excellent value pnce of £14.99. Net Corner review of the software on our updated website at: httpVAwww.futurenet.co.uk computing amigaformat.
Html Five of the games will be available at the lower price point of £9.99, including Impossible Mission.
St&rloixl and FI 17-A.
Well, whether there is something there or not. The Americans are off. The Mars Pathfinder mission began on December the 4th, and with it came unprecedented up to date mission information from NASA.
Within hours there were diagrams of the Pathfinder's route, readouts of the vital telemetry For more info, call Guildhall on 01302 890000 or see our special feature next issue, on sale 23rd Jan. RICOH GO DIGITAL The RDC-2 is a new. Sub £1000 digital camera which boasts an impressive 768x576 digital resolution and 2Mb of internal RAM Presently there are few software solutions to use these cameras directly with the Amiga, but we hope to bring you some exciting news on that next issue!
E spoke to Dan Robinson, the man in charge of all Amiga business at Quikpak about their plans for the future... AF: What are your intentions towards the Amiga.
DR: To keep it going, build it up, add a new processor.
AF: Which processor?
DR: The DEC Alpha.
AF: Isn't that going to be pricey for the consumer market?
DR: Well, yes, but the high end isn't targetted at that. The machine with the Alpha is going to be a workstation. We will still be doing a low-end machine... AF: Based around the 68000 series?
DR: Yes. With 030, 040, 060 and when and if Motorola does it 070, 080 and so on.
AF: And will you have backward compatibility?
DR: Yes, 100%. As long as necessary there will always be a 68000 series parallel processor in the Alpha-based machine.
AF: Are you interested in buying Amiga Tech. As it stands?
DR: Yes. We hope to have the deal closed by next Friday. [13th Dec] AF: We have been waiting for five months for Viscorp. Why have you waited this long before making a move?
Every month Net Corner will keep you up to date with all the Internet happenings and great new Amiga related sites to visit.
If you have any recommendations for us, why not send us an email?
Just put "NetCorner" in the subject line and email your thoughts to signals at various points and even an astronomer's spotters guide to aid those of us with telescopes or large observatories to track the space vehicle on it's two year journey to Mars. You can even see the official maps of the landing site.
Of course the NASA web site is filled with all sorts of other bits and pieces relating to everything from early Gemini missions through to the present day - it's well worth a visit.
Amformatefuturenet.co.uk OPUS UPDATES AND SDK If you want to find out about the latest version of Directory Opus. Or indeed, download some of the extra goodies available for it (such as the software developers toolkit), then you should probably check out the Opus home page at: CLOANTO MAKE THEIR PRESENCE FELT This Italian software developer have always been known for their stylish and impressive software (and we'll be reviewing their latest release, Ppaint 7, next httpJ agnus.livewire.com.a u gpsoft . You can also read the definitive AF OR: We didn't. We were talking to Viscorp in April and
even before then.
We tried to work with Viscorp. We corresponded, tried to suggest how we could help, do a joint venture.
They never replied.
AF: It would be safe to say that you haven't been very happy with their progress so far?
DR: That would be an understatement. We are one of the major creditors. You know the "legal entanglement" that Mr. Jenck referred to the other day? [in statements Mr. Jenck referred to "legal entanglements" which postponed the sale of Amiga Technologies to Viscorp]. He may well be referring to us, but there's no point in discussing them. We offered them every option to talk to us.
AF: If Quikpak is successful in its bid to buy Amiga Technologies will you license the technology to Viscorp?
DR: Yes, we won't hold a grudge against them... although we might ask for a certified cheque in advance.
AF: Is it too early to be talking about new machines? We understand you have plans for a 4000 with an 060?
DR: Yeah, the 4060L. That's a portable design for the Video Toaster and Flyer.
There's also the 50S0T. That's a 4000T with Zorro and PCI slots together with Steve Jones' excellent Siamese System. These are interim machines as we work towards porting the OS to the Alpha.
AF: But what about the low end machines? In this country at least our major market is A1200 owners.
DR: Will we have a low end Amiga?
Yes. Will it be the 1200? No. That machine was great four years ago, but it has to be updated. It was a stupid idea for Escom to bring it back out at a higher price with no modifications.
AF: There are a lot of Amiga developers out there, people like Carl Sassenrath, Heinz Wrdbel and so on.
Are you calling for their aid?
DR: Absolutely. At the Amigafest in Toronto we invited everyone to give us their suggestions, to tell us how they would build the Amiga.
AF: Are you going to be updating your net activities to take account of the developers with net access?
DR: Sure, next Friday. There's no point jumping the gun.
AF: Tell us a little about Quikpak's core business. Making and selling Amiga 4000T's can't make you the sort of money you need to buy AT.
DR: No. Quikpak's core business has always been making chips, reliability testing, quick term manufacturing and the like. Selling Amigas was never necessary for us to be able to afford to buy Amiga Technologies.
AF: It looks like we're once again going through a very “interesting" period in the Amiga's history... DR: Hopefully a short one this time!
Month). Now they have a stylish and impressive website to match. At the time of going to press it was still very much under construction, but terribly tremendous nevertheless.
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Intangible Assets manufacturing are probably best known for their Envoy networking software, but they also produce a wide range of other software, and just at the moment they have a special offer going! While having a bit of a clearout. They discovered a large number of the original metallic Amiga Boing logos. While stocks last they are giving them away with every order, so Louderspeakers "This month we have managed to secure for you one of the most popular CD-ROMs ever..." Iiliols along with a source select switch to let vou (connect more than one source to the speakers
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Are having a (anuarv sale l liev are ollering llieii outstanding (ills at super low prices for one month onlv. From the 011 sale date ol this inaga ine vou have jusl lout weeks lo ring up KMC lomptiieigraphic 011 01255 431X8(1 quoting "AFJanuary Sale” to gel I'liiiM' I. 2 m at a pi ice ol just El4.11(1 each. I’liasr ¦I at only £24.09 and tuitnctor a mere 10.00 or free with any three CIDs. II you were to buv all these Cds at full retail price you would have 10 pay about EI30. But our ex. Itisive deal with EMC means that .-twijgrt I'oniml l eaders onlv can get all live (IDs for less than £7(1.
Remember, these prices exclude post and pat king.
Why not browse their web-srte and see if there is anything you fancy?
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Not all their software is currently downloadable from this site, but it soon will be. So pop along and give these people some support.
Http: www.wafwick.ac. uk -csuaw at EM ALIEN BREED Now that our tutorials RSD on creating your own levels for Teaml 7's Alien Breed 3D II - The Killing Grounds have ended, you might like to check out what's going on at the unofficial tcqjport site. The site has plenty of background info, playing guides, tricks, tips, levels and other resources. Find It at http: www.thenet.co.uk
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Htmi There's something about owning a 'real' arcade machine which appeals to me. A tew years ago I had three, and a pinball table, and lately I've been getting the pangs again and started making enquiries about getting hold of another pinball machine (one that works) and arcade cabinet.
During the course of one telephone conversation to a man in the trade, he asked me if I knew the whereabouts of an original Pac Man cabinet: apparently they are much In demand now. Not by arcade owners but by collectors. Not casual collectors like me, but 'real' collectors who buy them as investments. So, if you know of any original Pac Man cabinets kicking around, you could make yourself a few bob.
All of which brings me to REPLAY - THE GREAT GAMER EXHIBITION, which is running at the Museum of the Moving Image on London's South Bank until May
1997. All those old computers and consoles from the Industry's
early days, running original software.
You never know. If you look after your Amiga today K could repay your loyalty In spades Although there were plenty of examples made, so many have been junked that certain machines are now worth more than they originally cost: Vectrex. For example.
Collectors are starting to realise that old computers and consoles, together with a collection of original software, are worth bedding down and keeping for a rainy day.
So. What have you got to do with your Amiga to make the audience of Antiques Road Show 2025 gasp when Hugh Scully's grandson gives a valuation? Keep It In good working condition, obviously and retain the original packaging (sorry if this advice is a bit late for some of you but it's of paramount importance).
Don’t be tempted to sell your software and keep as much associated peripheral items as you can - a collection of the world's best-selling Amiga magazine should do nicely.
You never know, if you look after your Amiga today it could repay your loyalty in spades one day. Now where did I put the box for my A1000... Oh yes. I gave it to the bloke who bought the machine after I upgraded to an A2000 - Dohl Dale Bradford Is an avid collector of all sorts of things, but sadly there Isn't yet a market for empty cigarette packets.
Interesting bruises or fantastic excuses This may explain why we remind you that any opinions expressed here are entirely his own. Not necessarily those of Amiga Format.
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Ruffian Software arc finally releasing (heir eponymously titled jungle platfonner onto an unsuspecting public. You ¦niglu remember the title, we reviewed it back in issue 71 (May 95). Where Steve Bradley was unimpressed by the central character's habit of baring his rear to the world, a trend that ClickBOOM's Demona seems only too keen to follow up. He also felt that the method required to despatch the various enemies (spitting) didn’t encourage “nice" behaviour in young’tins. Still, you can find out for yourself by asking your local shop for the game which retails at a mere £14.99. ACL PDQ
VfiUI Continuing our series ol acronymic headlines we give you ACI.’s new accelerator board for the AI200. The A 1200x1 ships in the usual bewildering variety of configurations, but all are priced very reasonably with the -10MHz board (sans Fpl1 or memory) retailing lor just £159.99. The fully PCMCIA-compatible board is well equipped with two SIMM sockets offering expansion possibilities up to 114 Mb of RAM and a battery-backed clock. There is also an optional SCSI module called SCSIxl. This, combined with the aggressive pricing, the IS months warranty and the promised technical support web
site and BBS must mean Amiga users are once again onto a winner. For further details contact ACI.on 01933 (150677.
2 A lot of really good software requires MUI, particularly Internet software.
3 If you're a programmer.
MUI makes it easier for you to create a program with a nice user interface.
4 MUI increases your productivity with drag and drop, pop-up menus, rearrangeable listviews.
Appicons and appwindows.
This makes it easier to do what you want rather than I MUI looks great.
Forcing you to work in a particular way.
5 MUI is made by the SASG group which means that it is easy to register, easy to upgrade and shares the same kind of look as the rest of the SASG group's software which includes MagicWB.
6 MUI introduced groovy features like pop-up menus and tabs before any other Amiga software.
7 All MUI software shares similar features such as the ability to run on named UAJ lal without dear public screens, iconification, user-editable preferences for look and feel. This reduces the learning curve when you get a new piece of MUI-based software.
8 It's a good way to prove to recalcitrant friends that they need to get more RAM, a hard drive and a faster processor.
9 It's also a great way to make Mac and PC owners, restricted in how their programs look, jealous.
Stefan Stuntz needs the money.
No punishment for Effigy jg n iilnl Punishmmt, the game we gave 90 per cent and a Format Gold to back in Issue 90. Has hit problems with UK distribution. Effigy Software, the company named by ClickBOOM in their literature as the UK source.for the game, have released a statement explaining why they decided not to distribute the game after all. Unfortunately, it seems that quite a lot ol people have been having problems getting the game to run and Effigy weren't happy about the numbers of people complaining and so declined to sell the title. Ian Jenkins of Effigy assures us that he will
endeavour to assist the people who phone in any way he can but that they will not Ik- handling sales and distribution of Capital Punishmmt in this country.
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Cologne since 1989 and it still surprises me that such a great
show can take place within a day's travel for anyone in Europe
and yet. It is mainly visited by Germans. Just think what you
missed - complete CD-ROM writing solutions including Amiga
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not to mention new hardware and software being ably
demonstrated by its designers and authors for a solid three
days of throat-numbing customer help.
With more than 45,000 people attending the show, the noise, as you might imagine, was deafening. Stands were competing with one another for people's attention and events like the free climbing contest shouted for your participation in what looked to me like a seriously foolhardy way to spend your time. If you liked competitions, you could have won a Porsche Bossier or a race in a Formula One car along with umpty-ump lesser prizes like copies of the latest games and hardware. While this show is nominally all formats and there were plenty of stands showing off PlayStation games, PC hardware and
software and Were the Amiga faithful, other miscellaneous items unrelated to the Amiga (including, bi arrely enough, a stand for Encyclopaedia Brittanica), "All in all, the show was a great success and everyone came away vowing to return next year."
Video-related software, their replacement for Workbench called P- OS which was getting its first public airing, Cocktel a video conferencing system and QuickArrav. A kind of RAID system which mounts two extremely fast AV SCSI drives as one even faster single unit.
Continuing the roster of famous German Amiga "names". Stefan Ossowski's Schatztruhc (Schatztruhc means treasure chest in German) were swamped on a continuous basis wrilh people four deep around the stand all clamouring for a word with John Potter (the author of Directory Opus and obviously something of a celebrity in Germany since people were asking him to autograph their copies of Dopus), Jason Compton, now ex- Viscorp but not at the lime. Michael Battilana of Cloanto, Urban Muller. Swiss supremo of Aminet and Angela Schmidt and Heinz Wrobel, both long-term Amiga developers involved with AT
but who arc "I would say that 80 per much better cent of the attendees known in their native Germany than over here.
Other celebrities spotted at the show included Dr. Peter Kittel sharing the VillageTronic stand as a representative of Pios. He was demonstrating the BeBox, the machine that some people say is the new embodiment of the Amiga spirit, but is.
At the moment, without any substantial software base, unless you run MacOS on it and then, of course, you miss out on the Amiga-like features in BeOS.
The British contingent at the show consisted of Jeremy Rihll from Digita, David Link and Richard Kicrnan from HiSoft, Tony laniri from Power Computing and the whole Gasteiner team, among others.
All in all, the show, while smaller than some previously, was a great success and everyone came away front it vowing to return next year.
Even though the name of the show has been changed from World of Commodore to Computer '96, there's no doubt that this show is the biggest and best in the world. O I would say that 80 per cent of the attendees were the Amiga faithful, sauntering out of the hall with monitors, scanners and bundles of software for their machines.
Of the stands that were Amiga-related, Phase 5 probably had the largest. It was a single stage affair with forbidding black walls surrounding a bar for VIPs. Arrayed around the outside walls were a variety of machines, the relativislic effects in the area proving that they were all going faster than man was meant to travel. Amiga Oberland also had a very large stand, selling hundreds of copies of Germany's premier raytracing program. No, not Lightwave, not Imagine, not even Cinema -II), but Reflections.
"Grabbing an A3 pad I began to sketch. This is an organisationally wise move because from there you can pluck out the best bits."
DRAWING A WAGE PAGE 88 With an installed user-base of more than 70,000 registered users, Reflections is probably the most popular raytracing package in the world. Amiga Oberland also sold out of CyberStorm II '040 and '060 boards on die first day of the show.
Introduction: Sound Trackers and OctaMED Amiga Format are proud to be bringing you a full version of the superb OctaMED 6.
Now discover how to make the most of it... When the Amiga first appeared, it offered something which no other computer could do: the ability to replay real sounds or "samples". It wasn't long before the first musical composition tools appeared, and these were known as "Sound Trackers". They presented the different notes in four vertical columns or tracks. These tracks scrolled up the screen, triggering the relevant sample as they passed by.
Sound Trackers were extremely easy to use, and instantly proved a huge hit with anyone interested in making music.
Sound Trackers have traditionally always offered the ability to play up to four sounds at once: a limitation imposed by the Amiga's sound hardware.
OctaMED broke through this four channel limit by means of cunning programming. OctaMED can actually replay up to eight samples at once, albeit at a slightly reduced quality. This makes it possible to create tunes of surprising complexity.
OctaMED has grown into one of the most powerful music composition tools around, and Amiga Format is proud to be able to bring you a full copy of version six.
This is the last of the OctaMED series: after this, OctaMED is transformed into a new product called “Soundstudio".
How it works LOADING A TUNE The easiest way to see and hear OctaMED in action is to load one of the demonstration tunes you'll find on the Coverdisk. Use the Project menu option Open to select the tune. These are the so called “mod” files (short lor "module") which contain both the samples which make up the song, and the construction details of the song itself.
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a complete song from the Coverdisk.
This will load the Song and the samples.
Once the song is loaded, you can use the Song Play button in the Main Control window, in the top left of the display, to start it playing. You’ll notice the four track displays start to scroll up the screen. When the numbers in the tracks cross the highlighted bar in the centre of the display, the note or special event at that point is triggered. Think of it like an old piano roll machine.
"OctaMED has grown into one off the most powerful music composition tools around."
With the scrolling numbers equivalent to holes punched in a paper tape or a nail on a revolving drum.
If you don't hear anything, you should check that your Amiga's audio connections are hooked up properly.
You'll need to connect the Amiga's audio outputs to a monitor's audio inputs, or some other form of external amplifier and speaker system. You may use small battery-powered speakers for example, or connect your Amiga to your Hi-Fi.
You can pause or stop the song by clicking on the Stop button. Clicking on Corn will continue playback from Song Play Cont Block Play Cont STOP Use Play song to replay the complete song, and Block play to replay only the currently displayed Tracks where you slopped it. When you’ve listened to as much as you can stand, select New from the Project menu to clear out all the existing samples and we'll see how to start using OctaMED to make some music for ourselves.
LOADING A SAMPLE The most important part of an OctaMED song is the instrument.
Without an instrument, there is no sound. Octamed does not have any default sounds built-in: you must create or load an instrument (either on it's own or as part of a song) to be able to hear anything.
Let’s create an instrument in the simplest possible way - by loading in a sample. (Hick on the little folder icon in the Main Control window beside the number one. At the moment the box beside the folder icon will be empty, as there is no sample loaded. When the file requester appears, select a sample - from the Coverdisk (or CD) - and load it. You'll see the name appear next to the number 1, and another number (the sample length) on the far right.
The numeric keypad is the cluster of 18 keys to the right of the main keyboard (Sorry A600 owners - you don't have one!) And OctaMED uses it as a quick way of selecting and altering instruments.
Keys 1-9 Select instruments 1-9 Key 0 Select instrument 10 Key Select last used instrument Key . Change the first instrument digit (e.g. 05 - 15.15 - 05) Using the numeric keypad Key + - Next previous instrument Key ( ) Decrease increase current instrument's volume by one Key * Pick instrument number nearest the cursor Key Enter After pressing Enter, press key A - V to select the corresponding instrument SPECIAL NUMERIC KEYPAD SHORTCUTS Ctrl-4 Decrease current playseq entry Ctrl-6 Increase current playseq entry Ctrl-5 Insert current block to playseq Ctrl-0 Duplicate current playseq
entry Ctrl-. Delete current playseq entry Ctrl-8 Scroll playseq up Ctrl-2 Scroll playseq down Ctrl-7 Top of playseq Ctrl-1 Bottom of playseq "OctaMED uses the Amiga keyboard as though it were a two octave musical keyboard."
You can load as many samples as vou have memory to store. To load a sample into the number two slot, use the Numeric keypad to select the sample number (press 2 to go to the number two slot, and press I to return to the number one slot). The sample selected in this way is also the one which will be played.
PLAYING A SAMPLE Now you can play the sample. OclaMEl) uses the Amiga keyboard as though it .
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Were a two octave musical kevboard. It’s a bit tricky to describe, but when you start pressing the keys you’ll soon get a feel for which key does what. The diagram on the left shows you exactly which keys trigger which notes.
ALTERING OCTAVES To change the octaves which the keyboard covers, you need to click on the cycle gadget marked OCT in the bottom right ol the Main Control window. By default this is set to ’’12” meaning the first two octaves. It can be changed to “23” or "34” to select different octaves. A shortcut is to use FI to F t to quickly skip octaves.
Try playing your sample after selecting a different octave. Some samples sound better when played higher in pitch, so you will need to remember this option exists.
Remember also that you can quickly select different samples using the numeric keypad.
TRACKS. BLOCKS AND SONGS It’s also important to grasp the way in which OctaMED songs are constructed.
The most basic element is the Track: this is one vertical column of numbers Continued overleaf 4 Samples The Amiga can replay real sounds through it's audio hardware, and these sounds are stored as "samples". A sample is nothing more than a collection of numbers, but when the numbers are sent to the Amiga audio hardware, out come real sounds.
Obtaining new samples isn't difficult. The PD libraries and Internet are full of sounds for you to use, and if these aren't enough you can always make your own. To create your own sample you need a little extra hardware in the form of a small box called a "sampler".
The sampler connects to the parallel port of the Amiga, and has an input socket for connection to a CD player, microphone or other sound source. The Amiga will use the sampler to convert the sound into a raw sample, which can then be saved to disk for later use.
"OctaMED can use its own special synthesised sounds or even drive MIDI instruments."
Shortcuts when editing DIY shortcuts And ,here’s more- Edit mode on off Chord mode on off Space mode on off Esc Shift-Esc Del Shift-Del page) Alt-Del Amiga-Del Delete note or command digit under cursor Delete note and command digits (on current Delete only command digits (on current page) Delete note and command digits on all pages Left Amiga-Del Delete chord.
When L-Amiga is held down, every time you press Del the note under the cursor is deleted and the cursor moves to the next selected track.
When L-Amiga is released, the cursor advances (as defined in the Keyboard Options window).
Return or A Insert hold symbol (+) Shift-Retum Insert hold symbols to all tracks of the previous chord F Insert I play note at default pitch Backspace Delete note and move following notes up Shift-Backsp Insert empty note slot Alt-Backspace Delete current track Alt-Shift-Bksp Insert new track Delete line Insert line Amiga-Bksp Sh-Amiga-Bksp Shift- 0 - 9 Shift-Ctrl-0-9 key 0 - 9 Tab Shift-Tab Ctrl-O Shift-Ctrl-O Ctrl-T Shlft-Ctrl-T
02) Shift-Alt-Z Shift-Alt-X Shift-Alt-C Shift-Alt-V Ctrl-Z Ctrl-X
Ctrl-C Ctrl-V Shift-Ctrl-V Ctrl-B Shift-Ctrl-B Ctrl-J
Shift-Ctrl-J Ctrl- Enter programmable key 0 - 9 Pick note
under cursor as programmable Highlight current line Cycle
command pages Create volume slide (using command OC) Create
generic slide (using any command) Create type 1 slide (using
command 03) Create type 2 slide (using commands 01 and Swap
block Cut block Copy block Paste block Erase range Cut range
Copy range Paste range Paste to selected tracks Range current
track Range current block Join block with next Split block at
cursor Swap note under cursor with following note, taking
account of the current spacing value Ctrl- Swap notes on
adjacent tracks Ctrl-K Kill notes to end of track
Shift-Ctrl-K Kill notes to end of block Att-Ctrl-K Kill notes
to end of block and actually remove the deleted part of the
block. In other words, the current line becomes the last line
of the block.
OctaMED lets you define your own keyboard shortcuts, in case the existing ones aren't enough. From the settings menu, select “Keyboard Shortcuts". You will then need to create space for the new shortcut, name it define the keys to be used and finally enter the operation you wish performed.
:S5 1 ALJK5 I *• l» imm p »in---• Hi, i, v* I P II P TR t" I which scrolls up the screen whilst Orl iMKDis placing. To start with, there are four Tracks - one for each hardware audio channel. The first and last tracks are sent to the left Amiga sound output, the two middle tracks are sent to the right Amiga sound output.
The length of the Track can be altered, but it defaults to a sensible 11 1 units long, numbered from 0 to 63. Each of these unit numbers refers to an empty “slot" in the Track, into which a note or some other event can be placed. You can control the rate at which the Track scrolls up the screen by adjusting the Tempo of the Song.
A group of four Tracks, is called a Block. Tracks at e always replayed in Blocks. So for example, you might create a drum and snare pattern in the first Track, some bass notes in the second Track and some strings in the Third track. This forms one Block - you can see there is no need to fill all the Tracks which make up a Block.
"At the top off the tree comes the Song. The Song is constructed from Blocks."
Some Blocks might have two Tracks used, some might have all Tracks used.
It's entirely up to you. In fact some people make use of the fact that different Tracks are relayed to differed Amiga audio outputs to create special stereo effects.
At the top of the tree comes the Song. The Song is constructed from Blocks. Once you have created all the Blocks you require (which are in turn created front individual Tracks), you arrange them into order to create your Song. When you replay a Song, you are replaying a list of Blocks one after the other. Each Block contains one or more Tracks, and each Track contains the OctaMED can do so much more than we've had time to explain here.
• OctaMED makes it easy to alter the volume of notes, create echo
effects, or to slide sounds up and down.
• OctaMED can use instruments other than raw samples (for
example, OctaMED can use it's own special synthesised sounds or
even drive MIDI Instruments).
• As the name suggests, OctaMED can even replay up to eight
samples at once. There are also built in facilities for sound
sampling (with suitable hardware). There just isn't space here
to do anything other than scratch the surface.
For more information, remember that on-line help is only a key-press away: press the HELP button for AmigaGuide instructions.
Amiga Format has recently published a tutorial on OctaMED S. and we plan to do an OctaMED 6 tutorial very soon.
Notes and events which make the sounds. And that's all there is to making an OctaMED Song!
RECORDING IN STEP TIME There are two ways to record notes into your Tracks: Step time and Real time.
Step time lets you use the cursor keys to move up and down the Track and place notes where ever you wish.
For example, you might want to place a Kick drum every four steps, and using Step time editing is the easiest way to achieve this accurately.
Try it now. L.oad in and select a Drum sample in the same way as before. Now make sure the Edit box in the Main Control window has a tick in it. Only when there is a tick in this box can you alter the contents of the Track. Now click in the Track display, and use the cursor keys to move to the first track. Scroll up and down to the top of the Track, and then place a Drum sample at units 0. 4. 8 and so on.
To do this, you only need to press a key on the keyboard. Depending on the key you press, the Drum sample will Ik' replayed in a different key. Pressing the Q key is as good as any!
If you want to overw rite or delete a sample, move the Track display up and Find your way around...
1. Track Display. Here is where all the tracks (usually four, but
more are available) are displayed.
They'll scroll up during playback.
2. Delayed start. Only start playback when a key is pressed.
A good way to make sure you get the first beat in the Track when recording in Real Time.
3. Stop playback.
4. Start the current Block playing back.
5. Start the entire Song playing back, including whatever Blocks
are included in the Playing Sequence.
6. Continue Song playback from where it was stopped.
7. Continue Block playback from where it was stopped.
8. Edit button. Must be on to allow changed to contents of Track.
9. Current Sample number (change with Numeric keypad)
10. Load a new Sample into the current Sample slot.
11. Display the Sample List: a way of organising samples into
different types.
12. Insert a space after every note.
13. Name of current Instrument.
14. Display details on the current Instrument (Sample or MIDI for
15. Insert a chord (multiple notes at once)
16. Adjust the parameters of the current Instrument
17. The length of the current sample. The button beneath brings
up the Sample Editor.
18. Current octave number. Click to adjust.
19. Slide bar to move up and down Track list.
20. Current item in Track list.
21. Reset elapsed time.
22. Elapsed time since song begun.
23. Bring up Block List.
24. Current status of OctaMED.
25. Bring up Playing Sequence (the list of Blocks which make up
the Song)
26. Bring up the Section window, to allow sections of Songs to be
27. Currently available memory.
28. A list of songs to playback.
29. Mute control: use it to temporarily switch off the Tracks
Down so that the unit is highlighted again, and either press a different key or the DEL. To delete it. You'll notice that every time you enter a note, the Track automatically moves to the next unit.
RECORDING IN REAL TIME Once you have entered all the Drum sounds, try playing your Track back.
Click tut the Block Play button in the Master Control window. This will start your Track playing over and over: the Track will scroll up the screen, and the highlighted notes will sound. You'll soon hear any wrong notes.
With the Track still playing, click in the Track list display again, but this time move over to the second Track.
If there is a tick still in the Edit box, you can now enter notes in the second track in Real Time. Simply hit a few of the keys on the keyboard, and they'll appear in the Track display. When the track loops around again, they'll be replayed.
This is a very good way to enter notes quickly. You can select the sample to enter, and play it on the keyboard with the other Tracks as a backing. If you make a mistake, you just have to hold down the DEL key to blank out all the notes.
- Song Play | Cont Block Play Cont _Dj_STOP_ Click here to repeat
the Block over and over - perfect for recording notes in real
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OctaMED and MIDI MIDI is the "Music Instrument Digital Interface", and it's the standard for connecting musical instruments to each other and to other pieces of equipment such as drum machines and computers.
Compatible hardware will have at least one MIDI socket. MIDI allows instruments to send signals which trigger notes: no sound is sent through the MIDI ports, only a special digital code. The code can be genet ated by an instrument such as a keyboard, or a computer program such as OctaMED.
OctaMED is fully MIDI compatible: although you will need an Amiga MIDI interface, which are available for about £20 from various dealers. The MIDI interface connects to the Amiga's serial port and provides MIDI IN, OUT and THRU connections. To use MIDI, you need only define a new Instrument.
Instead of making the Instrument a Sample, define it to be a MIDI voice.
It can then be used like any other instrument.
Using MIDI means that OctaMED is no longer limited to the Amiga's audio output capabilities: you can supplement the four or eight tracks of Amiga sound with up to sixteen channels of MIDI instruments. MIDI code are stored in tracks in exactly the same was as normal OctaMED tracks: the only difference is that the instrument is set up to be a MIDI part rather than an audio sample. MIDI instruments cost from about £100, and if you are interested in computer music you should investigate them perhaps by reading sister mag "Future Music".
4- BLOCK AND SONG EDITING Let's assume that you have finished recording your Tracks, and so have a Block which is more or less finished.
Let's assume it forms the introduction to your soon-to-be-completed Song.
Now you need to go to the pull down menus al the top of the screen, and find the menu entitled Block.
You'll see an option called New» which has several options. Stick to Append for now. This creates a brand new Block for you to play with.
To select which Block you are currently editing, open the Block list by clicking on the B in the Information window at the bottom of the screen. A keyboard shortcut is to press left ALT and B. From this window you can pick the Block to work with.
If you want to use some of the previously defined Tracks in this new Block, you can Cut, Copy and Paste them. Use the Track menu to select the Track you want to copy, and then move to the required Block and Track to paste it down. When you paste down a Track, you'll delete whatever was already stored there, so be careful.
To create a Song, you only need to create a list of Blocks to play. To do this, open the Playing Sequence window. To do this click on the Sq button, or press left Alt and Q. Using the Insert button you can add items to the playback list, and so create your Song. A Top Forty bit is virtually guaranteed!
THIS IS THE END... The best way to learn what you can do with OclnMFJ) is to have a jolly good play around. There are plenty of Mod files on Aminet - why not download some and see how they were put together. But we will be having more tutorials to help you along! 'Zj More than four channels When composing, you find you are limited by the default four channels. Good news - OctaMED will let you play five, six, seven or even eight sounds at once. It does this by mixing together the sound samples before playing them.
Please note that the number of tracks and the number of sounds aren't necessarily the same: as OctaMED supports MIDI it's possible to have a large number of tracks all open at once.
To create some new sound channels, first increase the number of tracks up to a maximum of eight. Next use "Set Options" from the Song menu, and dick on the number of channels you want to use. OctaMED will expand the existing blocks as required, and then halve any existing samples.
You will find that you can now work with up to eight sounds at once.
There are some si de-effects to playing more than four sounds, but try using the "High Quality" mode to reduce distortion. If you have an A500 or A600, this will only make a difference when using 5 or 6 channels due to processor limitations. It is also not possible to use synth or hybrid sounds in more than four channels.
0 | Song Options IffllCB Uae« | unna*ed 1 Channel Node Other Options _ 4 Chamels HIDI
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Shift-Alt-Space Play song Remember that you may also use:
Shift-Space Continue song the Left Alt shortcuts underlined
Amiga-Space Play block in the Main Control window Alt-Space
Continue block Space bar Stop playing Ctrl-Space bar Reset
MIDI presets pitch benders mod. Wheels Shift- left
Previous sample Shift- right Next sample Alt-Shift- left 16
samples backward Ait-Shift-erighfc*16 samples forward
Shift-Ctri- Previous free sample slot Shift-Ctrl- Next
free sample slot F1-F5 Select octaves 1+2 - 5+6 in normal
mode, 3+4 2+3 1+2 - 7+8 8+9 9+A in MIDI mode (pressing F1 and
F5 cycles through several octaves) Ctrl- - (minus) Decrease
Tempo slider Ctrl- + (plus) Increase Tempo slider Shift-Ctrl-
- Decrease TPL slider Shift-Ctrl- ? Increase TPL slider Ctrl-1
Insert new block Shift-Ctrl-I Insert new default block Ctrl-N
Append new block Shift-Ctrl-N Append new default block
Alt-Ctrl-N Append and select new block Shift-Alt-Ctrl-N Append
and select new default block Ctrl-D Shift-Ctrl-D Delete
current block Delete last block Save IFF instrument Save raw
instrument Flush current instrument Flush all unused
instruments Ctri-S Shift-Ctrl-S Ctrt-G Shift-Ctri-G Ctrl-A
Automatic Advance Down on off (Keyboard Options) Shift-Ctrl-A
Automatic Advance Cursor Right on off Alt-Ctrl-A Track on off
Ctrl-W Automatic Advance to Next Advance with sound on off
Display free memory Ctrl-F Alt Set spacing value to length of
current range -1.
For example, marking a range from 000 - 002 sets spacing to 2.
(It's logical to subtract 1 since with a spacing of
2. The cursor skips from line 000 to 002 which is 3 lines long).
Other features OctaMED can save songs in a special 'multi-module'' format.
This makes it possible to save several songs which all use the same samples.
Use the "Set options” from the Song menu to change the name of the current song. The song appears in the title bar of the screen.
Each track can be given a different volume in relation to the others. Use this feature to fine-tune your mix. You can alter the settings from the "Set Volumes" option in the Song menu.
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The software of the eighties - we all remember it. It ran on home computers from Amstrad and the Far East and there are now a choice of (IPC and MSX emulators that work pretty well on most modem Amigas. Fast memory is recommended, but you don't need a 6804(1 or ( 8060 to get them running at a reasonable pace.
The Amiga has two emulators for MSX software, and no less titan four that will run Amstrad CPC programs.
A-CPC and EtnuCPC are Amiga specific, while CPF. And Ami-CPC (or rather. PC- CPC) are also available for MSDOS machines.
MSX options are AmMSXI and 2, specifically for Amigas, and fMSX which started out as a portable (i.e. slow) emulator for Pcs and Unix svstcms, and CPC and MSX emulation is one of the growth areas on the Amiga emulator scene, with upgrades arriving on Aminct and in PI) libraries throughout the year. New versions have improved graphics and lile transfer options. We've included a list of contacts for vou at the end of this article.
Was re-written to make better use of the ¦Amiga, running more than four times faster as a consequence! This confirms that native Amiga code can run rings around compiled C, hastily ported from other platforms.
THE CPC RANGE Amstrad's CP(! Computers were popular in the mid 1980s. They were produced in response to Acorn's BBC micro and Sinclair's Spectrum, outselling the former but never quite matching the success of the Spectrum.
(!PCs were sold worldwide under a variety of names, including Orion, Solavox. Saisho, Triumph, Isp and Schneider, in Germany. Apart from the name and minor changes in messages and key layout, they're all the same.
The original 1983 CPC 464s had 64K of internal RAM and a cassette drive. The CPC. 66-1 supplemented this with a non-standard three inch disk drive in 1984, and soon after the memory capacity was doubled to I28K.
This CPC 6128 was the standard for many years.
Amiga CPC emulators can run software for 46-1. 664 and 6128 models.
Much later Amstrad improved the CPC graphics and attempted a relaunch, along with a keyboard-less GX4000 console, but there was little software support for the update.
MICROSOFT MASTERPLAN 13A MSX was one of the many Microsoft schemes that did not quite come off.
The name stands for Microsoft eXtended. In conjuction with the Japanese publishers ASCII, the I S micro monopolists devised a standard home computer, based on their own BASIC interpreter and oil the shelf chips from Zilog. Texas and General Instruments. It was marketed between 1982 and 1988.
MSX rights were licensed to around 40 manufacturers, mostly in the Far East, who came up with variants on the CPC EMULATORS Amstrad's decision to allow the free distribution of CPC ROMs means that CPC (and Spectrum) emulation has boomed in the last couple of years.
A-CPC Written on an A500 with Workbench 2. Devpat and twin floppy drives. It doesn't have a built in monitor, but can emulate the 'Multiface 2‘, if you've got the right ROM file. The demo is usable but crippled. The full version allows direct access to real CPC disks.
A-CPC works best on a 68030 and needs at least 1Mb of RAM. It emulates all the original Amstrad models and comes in versions for old and new processors.
AMICPC AmiCPC also expects a 68030 and like A-CPC it needs a ISKHz PAL monitor and objects to AGA mode promotion. It is faster than its rivals, but you need a 68030 or better to run most programs at full speed.
Sound emulation is limited to simple tones.
Most of the documentation is in French, with about four pages in English. This is a nice freeware emulator and well worth looking at.
It's coded in approved style with menus and tooltypes, multitasks well and doesn't tie up the Amiga, even if you leave it running in the background.
EMUCPC Also written in France, version 0.48 arrived on Aminet at the beginning of this year, and works well, although rather slowly. It requires Workbench 3.0 and at least a 68020.
EmuCPU multitasks but there's not much CPU time left. It's noticeably slower than its rivals in 16- olour MODE 0 on a 68060, which suggests that it may be relying on instructions which the 68060 has to trap and emulate.
EmuCPC is freeware with just two A4 pages of documentation, but some useful example files. It supports add-on Amstrad 'ROM' files, and comes with Amiga shell utilities to format read and write 180K 'disk' files.
There are no menus. Function keys, listed when you the start the program, change screen mode, reset swap disks and save and load snapshots. The original CPC keymap is emulated, with simple help text available on F7. As the Amiga keytops and CPC characters do not correspond. This is a common problem with all the CPC emulators - it would have been nice to have had an option to use the Amiga rather than the Amstrad keymap.
NEW VERSION EmuCPC is being actively developed and a new version. 0.7, arrived on Aminet as this article was prepared. This one can emulate the 6128 model and programs which change the display resolution part-way down the screen.
Perhaps the most significant advance is provision for fast parallel transfers from a real CPC to your Amiga.
CPE CPE is a relatively limited emulator, based on an early version of an eponymous emulator for PC dories, and an old Amiga emulator for obsolete CP M business machines. The assembler source code supplied needs changes for processors after the 68000.1 spent a while tweaking it with some success, but could not get the keyboard working properly.
Disk support is rudimentary and there's no emulation of CPC sound effects. CPE does indude a reasonable Z80 monitor. You're probably better off with one of the other CPC emulators, although real enthusiasts might find the source code interesting.
COMPARISONS EmuCPC and AmiCPC are freeware and work well on all the Amiga configurations that we tested. The shareware A-CPC has problems on faster machines, but direct support for three inch disks and CPC plus features - in the registered version - should win it a few converts.
MSX standard, all compatible with the same software on cassette, cartridge and
- eventually - floppy disk. Sony.
Yamaha. Toshiba. GoldStar. Daewoo and Philips got onto the bandwagon, and managed reasonable sales worldwide, but the hardware did not sell particularly well in the TK, where it was perceived as overpriced and outdated compared with locally developed micros.
The original MSX standard was followed by MSX2, with more RAM and twice the graphics resolution. This en joyed modest support in Japan and Europe. Amiga MSX emulators offer some, but not all, of the MSX2 features.
Software producers aimed for the mass market and most commercial releases run fine on MSX1.
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COMPARISONS CPC and MSX computers have a lot in common, because they're based on cheap, commodity parts from the mid 1980s. They both use the eight bit Zilog
7. 80 processor, running at around I MH , and three channel
square wave sound chips based on a General Instruments design.
Both have large ROMs for the day. Containing a simple
operating system and old-fashioned unstructured BASIC
The Z.80 processor is rather more difficult to emulate than the 0502 and 0510 used in most other home micros.
It has more registers than can comfortably be fitted into the 08000 • ones, and stores 10 bit values the opposite way round, requiring much swapping ol bytes.
The Z80 call onlv access a touil of 64K of memory at any time, but later users got around this with hardware to swap 'banks' of a few K front a larger pool, in and out of that space. This is hard to emulate efficiently on an Amiga without memory management hardware, and there's no officially sanctioned way to do it even with an Mml'. So emulation of programs which use more than 61k of main RAM may Ire substantially slowed.
GRAPHICS The most obvious difference between MSX and CI’G is in their graphics. MSX was aimed at televisions, with a low resolution of 256 by 192 pixels in a maximum of sixteen preset colours, like the Texas Instruments Tl 99 4A. The Memotcch MTX and Tatung Einstein micros were designed in Britain around the same Texas VDP circuit, which uses separate memory for the display and Z80 processor.
’.P( Is support higher resolution and more colours, sharing processor and display memory. Most GPGs yvere sold Continued overleaf 4 MSX EMULATORS There are two MSX emulators for Amigas - fMSX and MSX2. Both emulate MSX1 in full, with growing support for MSX 2 features.
FMSX runs at about 70 per cent of the speed of a real MSX2 machine on an A400Q 030.
And is just about usable on an A1200 with fast memory. It's freely distributable, with source code available.
The stability and system friendliness of fMSX belies its low version numbers, with versions from 0.4 upwards working well, and growing support for MSX2 features. By default fMSX simulates an MSX1 machine.
The original Unix version of fMSX is now at
0. 9; it was written in the USA and converted to Amiga by Hans
Guijt of Holland. The Amiga version requires Workbench 2 and a
68020 or faster processor. It's more than twice the speed of
the real thing on a fast 68040 machine, and manages about 425
per cent speed on a Cyberstorm 68060.
The AmigaGuide documentation is fine, and you can configure the screen update and interrupt rate for best results, adjusting the effective speed by a factor of about five times.
MSX1 emulation is good, but few MSX2 screen modes are implemented and the sound chip emulation is limited to tones, without support for 'white noise' hissing effects.
Fresh out on the streets is fMSX version
0. 8. This has slightly slower Z80 processor emulation than
version 0.4, but improved sound and screen handling. The
differences stems from support for the relatively large memory
of MSX2 systems.
FMSX used to implement memory bank switching by copying banks in and out of the simulated Z80's 64K space. Now it selects the required bank as it goes along, making code that does not switch banks rather slower, but massively improving performance on programs that do a lot of switching around.
MSX2 MSX2 is shareware and comes from Spain.
The demo version 2.1 on Aminet is time limited, stopping after just ten minutes, and lacks some of the features of the full version.
It requires Workbench 2 and at least 2Mb of preferably fast RAM. MSX floppy disk access requires mfm.device, part of CrossDos.
MSX2 is a bit of a hack, designed to give reasonable speed even on a 14MHz 68020. Tt disables multitasking and it's incompatible with the 68060 and multisync displays, but it's about twice the speed of fMSX on 68020 and 68030 systems.
The author claims that 68040 systems should be compatible once the copyback cache is disabled. Sound, graphics and processor emulation are almost complete, although still not quite perfect. Most MSX games run well.
COMPARISON fMSX just keeps getting better, but I still expect that a few 68020 and 68030 users will find the extra features of MSX2 well worth the S30 registration fee.
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WEIRD DRIVES Peculiar three inch 40 track disks were used in early MSX and CPC micros. These have a nominal capacity of I80K per side.
The three inch Hitachi format was once a rival for Sony’s 3.5 inch disks, now ubiquitous on Amiga and most micros.
Hitachi opted for a narrower, oblong format to take advantage of Japanese postal concessions intended to allow cassette tapes to Ik- mailed at a discount rate.
MSX eventually opted for Sony-sized disks in Microsoft’s 360K or 720k format, which can be read and written on any modern Amiga with the bundled (TossDos driver. T he same is tme of three inch MSX disks - in 180k or 720k formal - if you connect an appropriate drive. O CROSS EMULATION fMSX is available for NetBSD, but lacks Amiga optimisations so you'll need a graphics card and quick CPU to do it justice. The same situation is likely if a Unix CPC emulator is ported to Amiga hardware. In either case, the native Amiga emulators are sufficiently good that you'll probably prefer them unless you
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All Amigas ¦ Vulcan Software ¦ 01705 670269 What if there was a war and nobody came?
That's precisely what's happening now, apparently. There's these two alien races you see (the Klutes and the Furfurians if you're interested) who came to Earth to have a bit of a scrap because they couldn't afford fo devastate their own planet anymore.
The only thing is, none of us has noticed yet. These two alien races are dead small see, they've been at each other's throats down by our feet. They've been having a pop at each other all over the shop - on the beach, in the kitchen, in the garden - you name it and there's probably been a famous battle there.
And now it's time for you (and a mate if you can round one up) fo get involved in the action. Oh yes, folks. If you hadn't actually guessed what this game's all about simply from the title, you'll be pleased to learn that it's a strategy game based on you controlling small forces of tiny warriors battling other tiny warriors through the 65 available scenarios.
The game takes the familiar 'click on icons fo make your troops do things' format, which has proved itself a very effective method of control in the past. We're really eager to get our hands on this one and you can expect a full review of Tiny Troops next month. In the meantime, keep your eyes on the ground! 5 Continued overleaf 4 ZONE 99 2Mb Chip RAM, 2Mb Fast RAM with 030 25 CPU minimum ¦ Aurora Works and whistles planned for the commercial version (the current Shareware version only features 10 zones and is two-player only) they would like to stress that in order to appreciate the 640x480,
256 colour play screen, running at up to 48 frames per second you're going to need a porky machine. If the system requirements at the top mean nothing to you don’t worry, I've had a brief word with Ben and Nick who understand these things and they've told me not to worry about it. Aurora themselves admit the spec' is likely to change before the game hits, so we’ll keep you up with developments as and when they come in. 'Z) American coders Aurora Works have a treat planned for you come March when they release the commercial version of their Zone 99 game. It's a tank battle affair where you and
a mate (or you can battle computer controlled opponents) battle your way through up to 99 zones (spook!), hitting the hell out of each other in your hover tank and trying hard to reach the various power-ups before the enemy.
Although Aurora have loads of whoop-dee-doo features and bells EURO LEAGUE MANAGER Manyx ¦ 0181 542 2678 While we still wait for Eidos's (formerly Domark) Championship Manager 2 (ooh! That sounds like fun, when’s it coming out? Etc etc) Manyx look set to pip them at the post with Euro League Manager.
The game boasts English, Italian, French and a special Euro Fantasy League and Manyx are confident that the tactics budding managers employ to achieve success in one country is unlikely to reap rewards somewhere else - that sounds like the game's going to have some, not insubstantial, longevity, which is a very good thing.
Although the game doesn't currently feature real player's names or the correct 4* A Q| q gi Q| S3 B 1 '&2M23B ¦2=32313. SaSQ Spike's not been in the job long, give 'im a chance!
League and cup competitions (legal reasons mate, copyrighi and all that), Manyx are swift to point out that the game's going to come complete with an editor so you'll be able to change things to suit. There's also three difficulty levels included, so even Bristol City fans should be able to play the game - which is nice.
Manyx are confident their game, with its inclusion of several leagues, options for transfers (you can part-ex players for example) and so on. Will knock all the other football management games back into the Vauxhall Conference. We'll be trying the game out on the field just as soon as we jolly well can. O ‘Tf'taiC Order Please Send Cheques POs Made out to Premier Mail Order or Visa Mastercard (Switch + Issue No) & Expiry Date to: Dept;AF01 9-10 THE CAPRICORN CENTRE. CRANES FARM ROAD. BASILDON, ESSEX SS14 3JJ POSTAGE & PACKING UK - FREE EUROPE - £ 2.00 REST OF WORLD- £ 3.50 TEL : 01268 271172
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but let's delve deeper. There are 60 levels to guide your chums through and Vulcan have decided to Try B° fs ?Uh our Ve°xUce«eotP'aV e de-~° Tricky blighter, Johnny Sprog.
Before you know it they’re out of nappies and off wandering round enchanted castles. There’s none of this crafty fags and games of doctors and nurses behind the bike sheds' anymore. It's all magic eggs and spikey pits. Oh lorks.
Bograts is one of those puzzle games where you're manipulating the environment in order to facilitate the progress of a dumb character. The dumb characters here just happen to be a couple of small green things called Bograts. They wander around aimlessly, simply changing direction whenever they come into contact with an obstacle (wall, block, whatever) or dying when they wander into something that kills them (spikey pit, flames and so on), where upon they re-generate at the level's start point and start wandering aimlessly again.
Restrict the simple, learning curve, beginner levels to the minimum. Alter the first couple ol levels you're in the thick ol the action as you have to figure out in just what order switches should be thrown, blocks should be pushed and lifts operated to get your chums to the exit. Fortunately there’s no time limit, but the pay-off here is that you have to work to save your position.
You're all heart Littered around most levels are red hearts - collect 20 of 'em and you can save your position in one of the five available slots. This becomes very important later as you find yourself having to step back a level or even two when you die because you haven't been able to save your game for a while. How do you die? The hearts you collect also equate to the amount of damage you (and your Bograts) can take. When someone meets death at the hands of an enemy blob you can say goodbye to five hearts. The game doesn't end until you can't afford to lose any more hearts. And you wanted
to save your position? Tough luck, bucko.
Defeating enemies is not as straightforward as you’d think either.
Only one of your two Bograts can THERE'S A BOGRAT IN ME KITCHEN... Because we're such helpful people here at AF, we've reproduced a typical Bograts level with some simple instructions. Don't panic, but be prepared to think some.
1 Ladder controlled by switch d A Pick this up and have an number 11. I *T extra bomb to play with.
2 A baddie that can only be AC killed by the blue Bograt. I O Switch to control the direction of belt 19.
3 Ladder controlled by switch A handy spring to number 10. I O bounce you back to 10.
4 Key that must be collected by the red Bograt.
5 You have to re-start the level from here.
A “T Collapsing walkway. You I only go over this once, 1 Q White key needed to I O open door 20.
6 Ladder controlled by switch 4 QA two-direction conveyor number 7. I J belt.
7 Controls ladder 6. Currently Collect key 18 and you the ladder's off. C. U can open this door.
8 You. Accessing the terminal O A This block can be that gives you a map view. AL I destroyed with a bomb.
9 A moveable block. Use thie f f Push block 9 over this fire to put fires out. r£ t ¦ to put it out.
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1A The first switch you pull r A Key number 4 needed to I to start the Bogrets off. A* v open this door.
Your lovely offspring. F (" This block must be blown Bless'em.
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O are crucial to collect. O V PUBLISHER: Vulcan Software 01705 670269 PRICE: £12.99 VERSIONS: A1200 only REQUIREMENTS: 2mb and a Joystick RELEASE DATE: Out now GRAPHICS: ••OOO Confued in places SOUND: ••OOO Very little to look forward to.
ADDICTION: ••••O Lots of 'Just one more go' PLAYABILITY: •••00 Very tricky at times.
OVERALL VERDICT: Another cracking good game from Vulcan. One for gamers who like to spend hours pondering over puzzles. Requires not a small amount of manual dexterity too. It's almost excellent.
87 % deal with baddies, and he she it does it very well without any help from your good self, but this does mean you then have to think about timing your switch pull or whatever so that the baddie-eating Bograt meets the baddie first. And in the same vein the other Bograt is the only one of the pair that can pick up keys which you need to open doors. Again, you've got to plan your actions to get the key-picking-up Bograt to the keys. Oh yes, it's tricky stuff alright.
Plan ahead Damn tricky stuff. Each and every level will have the ol' grey matter chugging away, which is excellent.
What isn't so excellent is just how unforgiving the game is should you make a small mistake. OK, so that's part of the gameplay and you should learn not to make even small mistakes, but sometimes it's unavoidable. The graphics are not the best in the world. They look alright but sometimes they're confused, it can be difficult to see where a platform ends until you've fallen off the damn thing.
And once you've done that there's no chance of getting back. See what I mean about the importance of collecting hearts?
And it's not just a case of having to think about the solution that keeps you playing, once you've figured out what you've got to do, the actual doing bit is just as important - especially as in most cases you're only going to get the one shot. You'll find yourself hitting the space bar and loading up the latest save after even your slightest error.
Ends well Having said that, the consequences are a great sense of achievement, nay relief, and happiness as you see the last little Bograt trundle into the exit which is what every good game should give you. And this is a goodie.
It's better than the applaudable but not quite wonderful Blobz [AF 90, 71%) but it's not quite Format Gold material. It comes very close, but the confusing graphics take the edge off it (I mean why have platforms that are obvious because they have brown lines describing them and then go and have the same brown lines along areas that definitely are not platforms? Forget that though, Bograts is a corker. Very little is left to chance (though when you do manage to pull something off more by luck than judgement you'll be pleased. No, you will!) And some of the levels require a long and complicated
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* n A Total competition, that's what this is all about. You
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Dust stab 'em in the back and stab 'em good.
They're going to do the same to you as soon as they get the chance, so get in there first.
But back to basics. You and a mate (or the computer) each control one of four characters who must run around a small area, attempting to collect things and complete small puzzles in order to reveal the exit.
Let's take the characters first The main differences between them are their speed and their level of intelligence. Some will rush around the place getting to all the objects before you, while others are more concerned with trudging around desperately trying to kill you at each and every opportunity.
Select Character For Pla *er 21 Basically, which ever one you pick as your adversary should dictate what kind of game you're going to have.
The differences between the characters though is not as marked as we'd hoped, certainly in the early levels at least, it seems to make very little difference who you choose as your opponent.
M. ; % i .y Obey the Baron C ’ each level starts you're told
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In order to progress through the game you have to amass more points on each level than your opponent.
Mayer 1 ha. Picked up and activated a special weapon. This one freezes the opponent for a number of seconds.
Where is he? The excellent thing about split screen games is you can always check where your opponent is and what he's up to.
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Points are won by destroying baddies (including your opponent) and completing tasks. Points are lost when you are killed. And you will often be killed as all it takas is a couple of shots to polish you off. Even if your enemy has run out of ammo (each character is armed with a different weapon, but none of the weapons can fire more than a couple of shots before running out) if they manage to stand next to you and smack you in the mouth a couple of times you'll bite the dust.
The good thing about dying is that you're never dead for long and you can be dead as many times as you like during a level - all you're losing is points. The very bad thing about dying is that you drop all the items you've collected through the level and when they're on the floor your enemy can run over 'em and scoop 'em up. And yes, this does mean that in two player mode especially you can spend bloody ages stuck in the same room with your Of course, no Bitmap game would be complete without sungtessos. Pick this pair up and beeome Invisible!
Opponent as you each take it in turns killing and being killed over one keyl Ljn The two player mode is jptouiafi. DftBBwiHijMai you pick a set nu mber of levels to play (4, 8, 12 or 16) and these levels are selected from each of the and Chaos. Although you're still competing, you don't have to re-start a level if your opponent reaches the exit with more points than you (which obviously means you do have to restart a level in one player mode), you simply move onto the next level. The winner is the person with the most points at the end of the set number of levels. It's much easier for your
chosen character to be 'upgraded' as well and this means you can take more hits and your weapon can fire more shots before running out.
In one player mode it's a faff. It's not a rip-roaring belter of a gaming experience, but it's satisfying. In two player mode however, things are much better. Not simply because unpredictable human, but because the game works better. In one player mode you'll be lamenting the fact that when you kill your enemy they only not usually long enough to gain a decent advantage over them. This doesn't matter quite so much in two player mode because the emphasis is slightly different and you get much more of a chance to do the old fave ouble the fun 'espite the fact that you Soma of the baddies aro •
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After just a couple of games on the seems to know where all the keys are and where all the short-cuts to the keys are as well. And as for slow, well, he manages to zip around the place well enoughl In one player mode Chaos Engine is very very tough. That means plenty of challenge for you, but unfortunately I found the enjoyment GRAPHICS: •••00 H looks hne but not amazing.
SOUND: •••00 Just about the same as the first game ADDICTION: •••OO Not as nvetting as hoped PIAYABIUTY: ••OOO Can take some getting used to but worth petsevenng OVERALL VERDICT: It's good but not brilliant. It's lots of fun with two players and worth a look if you loved the first version.
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GAME: CRAZYGOLF AUTHOR: ADAM GORE LANGUAGE: BLITZ BASIC 2 It's a golf game - but on a wacky course.
And what a corker it is too! Readers with long memories will remember Adam's earlier game which featured in Reader Games (Zombies AFB5) and was described as 'Adam demonstrates that he's paid great attention to detail and has through mine fields of teleporters and make little taps along wooden walkways. It's great fun and extremely easy to pick up and play without being at all easy to get right. There's the right level of frustration here which makes it addictive too.
Ensured that the game has a high degree of playability'. The same can be said for CrazyGolf.
There are 10 wacky courses for you and a chum to play around on and controlling your ball is dead easy - move the crosshair by moving the joystick left and right and decide the strength of the shot by moving the joystick forwards and backwards. Easy as that.
What makes this so much fun though are the courses - you have to hit trampolines to get across stretches of water, you have to negotiate your ball This might upset some, but it's actually a better game than Sensi Golf. There's more that could have been added but Adam's (quite rightly) kept it all simple to start with and concentrated on making sure the features he has introduced add to the fun. Top drawer stuff or, as is the current office favo saying: 'lob's a good un © VERDICT VERY PROFESSIONAL AND VERY PLAYABLE. SIMPLE TO PICK UP AND PLAY AND CHALLENGING TOO. IF YOU COME ACROSS THIS YOU'D
GAME: ULTIMATE RISK AUTHOR: RICHARD BENWELL LANGUAGE: AMOS Despite the fact that this game could never be commercially released under its current title (without consulting Hasbro, anyway), here’s a rather splendid Risk game. Oh surely you know the board game? Conquering the world and all that? Anyway, what's so good about Richard's effort is the fact that the computer players aren't half bad (they're not superb, but they're not half bad). That and the fact that there's a lot of the game you can alter to suit. You don't want to play missions? Fine. You want to select your starting territories?
Possibly the only criticism that could be levelled at the game is the fact that the continents 'aren't coloured - it can get confusing when you can't remember if Greenland's part of Europe or North America. I can understand why Richard hasn't coloured them in (countries become filled with the colour of the army of whoever owns them) but surely there must have been a way round this?
Apart from this little niggle, Ultimate Risk is a most excellent game and easily worthy of this month's £50 prize. As it stands it's about as good as the versions of Risk that were released on the Amiga by Hasbro a few years back.
GAME: QUICKSILVA AUTHOR: MATTHEW COTTINGTON LANGUAGE: UNKNOWN It's Sonic, but on the Amiga. No, it really is. And with weapons too. There's a large variety of weapons as well and they're purchased from the armoury at the start of the game. The idea is to simply rush around the platforms collecting as many coins as you possibly can - get the required amount and you can then seek out a teleporter to take you to the next stage.
The levels are huge but the simple most impressive thing about Quicksilva is the sheer speed of the game. It's incredible! Your character goes flying round the screen like nothing seen before, collecting bits of fruit and coins, all the while shooting and blasting the hundreds of enemies that populate each level.
Quicksilva really is a marvel of a game, as a full-blown commercial release it would receive a very good review not only because it's so technically impressive but because it's such fun to play as well.
Nothing's too difficult but there’s so much of it you can't help just wanting to keep playing to explore some more. It's very easy to pick up and play and when you're doing that you can’t stop having fun as well. Really excellent stuff.
And because we’re such wonderful people we've included a demo of Quciksilva on this month's CD so you can have a go at this splendid game yourselves. Hurrah for us! '2?
GAME: BLASTED AUTHOR: BEN PARKER LANGUAGE: UNKNOWN Despite this being one of the more 'simple' games this month - by simple we mean the game mechanics - it's one of the more polished. You control this small catapult at the base of the screen which you move from left to right while firing at the pigeons that rush across the screen. If you manage to score enough hits you'll reach the percentage required to move onto the next wave. It's as simple as that really.
Well, it’s a little more complicated, because the pigeons fight back by dropping dollops of green goo at you. Should one hit you then you're unable to fire for a while. You're also prohibited from firing when you happen to hit some of the Red Cross pigeons (they're green for some reason best known to Ben). Hit pigeons do have a tendency to drop power-ups however so it's worth collecting them when you get the chance.
The screen at break-neck speed which inevitably means you simply stay in the middle of the screen and shoot. If there was more chance to actually aim at the targets the game would be more fun. The pigeons don't need to be slowed down a huge amount, but as it stands it's just too much of a lottery whether you actually hit anything or not. 'S5 Blasted is a very simple idea and although it looks great and has been very well implemented the biggest problem is the fact that it runs too fast. The pigeons race across VERDICT: VERY WELL PUT TOGETHER BUT UNFORTUNATELY JUST A TAD TOO FAST TO MAKE IT AS
MUCH FUN TO PLAY AS IT OBVIOUSLY COULD BE. PROOF POSITIVE THAT EVEN SIMPLE IDEAS NEED TO BE PROPERLY IMPLEMENTED IF THEY'RE GOING TO WORK AS THEY SHOULD Continued overleaf GAME: PLUNDER AUTHOR: NICK CHAPMAN LANGUAGE: UNKNOWN Not everything this month can be an absolute cracker and this one certainly isn't. It's a sideways scrolling hack-em-up in the Shadow ol the Beast mould. Or at least it would be if it was any good. At all.
To kick off, all your character can do is move left and right and chop with his axe.
I hero goes chop, chop, chop at some baddio types who, Ho hum.
Although it's not really a chop at all it's more a kind of rabbit punch, and you can only hit enemies that are about three pixels away.
Talking of enemies, well frankly, they're a bit of a joke. They look alright (hardly brilliant, but passable) but all they do is walk towards you. Then you rabbit punch 'em, sorry, wield your mighty axe and chop 'em asunder.
No, you rabbit punch 'em. Oh, but some of them fire arrows and things at you. Unless you walk towards them and hack 'em down first.
Apparently you have three lives. But contact with any of the baddies causes almost instant death. You can be chopping away quite merrily (standing on the spot because there are just too many of the baddies to risk moving right), and suddenly you’re down to one life. Two seconds later, the game's over and you have to do it all over again.
Everything is wrong with this game. Satisfying gameplay does not involve trying to move right one inch at a time while you continually keep pressing the fire button. Even with the autofire on and your finger held on the fire button you'd be hard pushed to find this entertaining.
Game: ROAD RAGE AUTHOR: BARNABY BYRNE LANGUAGE: AMOS PROFESSIONAL Overhead racing games, don cha just love 'em?
Course ya do. So do we. Normally. This one's for two or three players who get to race around a selection of tracks over a definable number of laps. But oh! There's weapons to boot! Each player's car is fitted with a front-firing gun which R prar P liJT I P*F PRE5ENTS 5 FT.
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If you're wondering about the numbers on the track, then Barnaby's had the curious idea that instead of arrows pointing your way round the track you're supposed to drive over the numbers. Strange but true. The orange blobs are a small amount of boost. You simply drive over 'em and your car speeds up for a short while - unless you bash into the sides or the tyres in which case you lose your boost. The orange blobs stay on the tracks for the duration of the race so you can keep going over 'em every time you go round.
It S terribly basic this game. The Drive over tho numbers in the right order and drivo over the red Ns graphics are less than stunning and lo, boo„ Thj, „ abou, as „lcjl|ng ,hj, ono ,.m a|raid the control of the cars is very simplistic - there's no inertia to speak of and control is basically limited to accelerate or not accelerate. That doesn't mean it's a bad thing, it just means it's a little dull. Alright, it's a lot dull. Even when you've got three players blasting around, shooting each other and generally trying hard to imagine you're playing Micro Machines the fun wears thin very
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And, once the game's been featured here in your favourite magazine we'll be passing them onto Epic Marketing who'll take a look at the really good ones with a view to publishing them. There's nothing guaranteed but you never know - you might just get a phone call in a couple of months time. Please make sure you put a contact number or address on your submission (which you'll need to do anyway, or we wouldn't know where to send the goodies now would we?).
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you to get more out of your games, of course... SIMON THE SORCEROR We get loads of letters every month asking for help with some of the older adventure games, and this classic keeps cropping up. Luke Sykes from Hull kindly sent us the whole solution so we decided the only thing to do is to print it. Enjoy, it's here for you... Once inside the cottage read Calypso's note. Examine everything.
On opening the drawer you will find a pair of scissors, take them. Look on the fridge and take the magnet.
Going outside, make towards the compost heap behind the cottage.
Go back towards the front of the cottage and head right. You'll find yourself at the Blacksmith's. Near the barrel you'll see a rope; take it.
Pick the clapper up off the table.
Now head right, you'll see a dodgy geezer but don't talk to him just yet.
Go left towards a cottage and pick up the ladder. Go into the cottage. At the top of the stairs collect a specimen jar.
On your way out of the cottage, pick up the cold remedy found near the door.
Once outside, head left towards the cottage with the bees outside. Remember to examine everything Now go back towards the dodgy geezer. Walk right to the shop and have a look inside.
Now go right to the drunken Druid and go inside. It is important to look at everything and talk to everyone. On looking at the fruit machine you will discover some matches which you'll need to take Speak to the wizards which can be found by walking right To find out your quest tell them: "You'll do anything to be a wizard". Walk left, talk to the barman and watch his actions when you ask for a drink. Now go outside and head left to go out of the village Walking left you will find three paths. Take the bottom right path to the fallen tree stump. Try to go down, the tree stump will talk to you,
try to go down again and you’ll find yourself talking to Woodworm Walk down and walk left to the witch's cottage.
Look at the well and move the handle Pick up the bucket of water. Go inside the cottage and take the broom. If the witch should throw you out, go back inside and she'll challenge you to a fight Walk right to go back towards the tree stump. Continue right until you reach the Troll. Ask him if you can cross the bridge. Talk to the goat and then go back left until you are at the three paths again.
Now take the middle path to the right You will find a Barbarian. Talk to him and ask "What's the problem’", and then help him. He will give you a whistle. Walking right you will come to four paths. Take the first right to find Bard playing music.
When you have talked, Simon will head back to the four paths Use the top right path to find a hole. Look at the sign and talk to the hole. Doctor Von Dones will answer. Walk right to the centre of the forest and head up your nearest stairs.
You will find some doors. On the floor is some paper. Pick it up and look at it.
Go back to the centre of the forest and try to go into the Dwarf Mine. To do so you will need a beard. Look at the rock and pick it up. Using the map, go back to the village. Go into the shop and give the shopkeeper the shopping list. Now go right to the pub and ask the barman for a drink, while he is busy use the scissors on the dwarf. Use the map to go back to the centre of the forest. Wear the beard outside the Dwarf Mine and use the password 'Beer' to go in. Talk to everyone and go down the cellar to find the drunken dwarves. Examine everything.
Clapper with the bell and move the bell.
Now use the hair to climb up the tower where you will meet the Repulser. Tell her you have come to rescue her and kiss her.
Pick up Repulser and again use hair to climb down. Walk left to the crossroads and take the top path. You will see some vines, climb down them. You will meet Golum who you can give the stew to.
After using the map to take you back to the village, go through the Arch. On the left you will see the dodgy geezer who will talk to you. You should look at what he has, but tell him you’re not interested.
Go through the arch and left, back to the cottage with the bees outside. Use the Repulser on the door. Go inside and look at everything. Pick up the hat and the smokebox. Outside again, make towards Ihe beehive where you should use the smokebox and then take the wax. Now go into the pub and ask the barman for a drink. While he is busy, put the wax into Continued overleaf • Go back outside and remember to remove your beard Walk right until you find the woodcutter. Talk to him and take the metal detector he offers you.
Walk right to the gorge, now go right, then left, lefl back to the centre of the forest. Go up the steps to the right and go into the cave entrance. Walk right until you see a door, open it.
Go inside and talk to the character, consume the first bowl of stew. Ask him for another bowlful. Use the specimen jar with the stew. Ask for another bowlful and consume the stew.
When he has gone look at everything.
Move the chest, open the trapdoor and go down the ladder. Walk right and go back up the ladder. Leave the house.
Walk right and use your metal detector.
Carry on right until you come across the giant, talk to him. Now use the map to get to the Troll bridge and tell the Troll that you'll get him some goat Pick up the placard and walk right to the three paths. Take the bottom right path and continue right until you meet a crossroads. Go right and use the bottom path. You will come across a bell, use the 1 T3j a-lot.
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He'll give you a voucher in a mo'. Walk outside and collect the beer, go to the centre ol the forest. Wear 1he beard to go into the Dwarf Mine. You will find a dwarf with a spear. Offer him a bribe or simply give him the beer.
Walk back up the stairs, go past the dwarf at the table and enter the mine. Go to the door and you will see a hook which you should pick up. Try the door and talk to the dwarves Leave the mine and remove your beard Keep walking left to the four paths. There you should take the top left path You will come to the stone table. Now walk right back to the four paths. Go left and left again, you will find a wise owl On talking to him he'll lose a feather which you can take.
Go the the Troll bridge. Going right you will see the three paths again. Take the middle path to the right. Continue over the bridge and you will meet an Oaf. Talk to him and ask him about beans. Simon will walk away after watering the beans. Go back and look at the beans, and pick them up. Go to the centre of the forest. Put on the beard and go into the Dwarf Mine. Go down to the drunken dwarves and use the feathers on the fat dwarf lying on his back. Get the key and head upstairs. Enter the mine. Use the key on the door, go in and say to the dwarf: "I've come to make you an offer" (and it's
in the inventory). Give him the beer voucher, saying: "Pah! Think nothing of it". He should reward you.
Go to the village and through the archway to the dodgy geezer.
Give him the gem, making sure he doesn't rip you off.
Now go to Calypso's cottage and use the beans in the compost. Pick up the watermelon. Go to the front of the cottage, go right and then straight up behind the Blacksmith’s cottage Go left and open the box Look at the empty boxes. Pick and look at the spell book. Take the rat bone, use the paper on the door and the rat bone in the lock. Pick up the paper and use the key in the lock. Walk out. Take the bucket and go down stairs.
Take the mints. Pick up the Flaming Brand and open the Iron Maiden, talk to the Druid, remove the ring and talk again. Use the bucket and Flaming Brand on the Druid Quickly get into the Iron Maiden.
Open the Iron Maiden, go to the frog and get the hacksaw which you should use on the bars. Go back to the village and to the shop and pick up the hammer. Going out of the shop, walk left, right, taking the middle path Walk right and go first right Use the watermelon on the sousaphone Go to the centre of the forest and up the steps to the right.
Walk into the cave entrance.
Go right, into the house. Walk to the ladder, use hammer on the plank.
Go to Scull island and take the Frogsbane Walk back to the ladder Continue right and use the sousaphone Enter the cave, remembering to read the sign. In the cave, give the cold remedy to the Dragon. Go back inside, pick up the fire extinguisher.
Go outside and look at the boulder, using the hook with the boulder (by clicking on the boulder). Simon will climb up Walk to the hole. By using the rope with the magnet and then using them with the hole you can collect gold pieces
- you need 48 of 'em. Walk behind the cave and look at the rock
Go to the village and walk through the middle archway. Use the
rock on the anvil. Go into the shop and pick up the white
spirit. Leaving the shop, walk back through the archway and
into the house. Give the Frogsbane to the frog. Go back through
arch to the hole.
Talk to the hole and give the fossil to the hole Enter the cave and go right until you see the hole Look at the dirt and take the Milrith Ore which you can use with the anvil on going back to the village. Go back to the centre of the forest, talk to the Woodcutter Enter his house and take the climbing pin. Use the fire extinguisher with the fireplace. Move the hook and pick up the mahogany. Walk back to the fireplace fo leave, go find the free stump. Talk to the stump and go to the crossroads.
Take the bottom right path and use the hair.
Look at the floorboards and use the woodworm with them. Use the ladder with the hole. Open the tomb and go inside. Open the tomb again, pick up the loose bandage and the staff. Go to the pub, into the back room, give the wizard's the staff and pay them. Now go fo the Dragon's cave. Behind it you will find icy ledges below the climbing pins. Go onto them, continue right and talk to the tree. Use white spirit on the pink splodge and talk to the tree again. Go to the witch's cottage. Inside you'll find the witch.
Challenge her to a fight. Keep trying the magic words on her until you win. She’ll turn into a dragon. Say "Abracadabra" luring her into a mouse. Click on the mouse hole and escape.
The end is near... Go into the Dragon's cave, walk behind it and use the climbing pin in the hole. Walk right and talk to the snowman. Consume the mints and walk up the steps. Now go to the Tower of Doom and walk to the door. Use the broom and consume the potion. Pick up the leaf, look al the bucket and pick up the stone. Go left and use the hair with the tap. Pick up the lily leaf and use a matchstick with it. Use the lily leaf with the matchstick to make a sail.
Sail to the seeds and take them. Use the stone with the seeds. Use the oil on the tap.
Move the hair and sail to the puddle centre. Talk to the frog and walk to him. Look at the edge of the water and pick up the tadpole. Talk to the frog. Consume the mushroom. Open the door and go inside. Pick up.Jhe branch and go back and use it on the chest. Pick up the shield and the spear. Go down the spiral staircase. Move the lever. Pick up the chest and use it on the block. Move the lever again and take the candles. Use the spear on the skull and pick it up. Go upstairs to the bedroom Take the magic wand and talk to the mirror. Look at the book.
Take the pouch and use the sock in it. Use the pouch with the hole.
Go upstairs, look at and take the book and the chemicals. Use the chemicals on the shield and the shield on the hook. Talk to the Demons, and talk again telling them you can send them back to Hell Ask their names and draw a square on the floor. Go down and talk to the mirror asking to see the lab. Go back to the Demons.
Talk and send them back to Hell. Go into the teleporter and go to Rondor. Talk to the attendant, look at the brochures. Use the elastic band with the sapling. Pick up the pebble. Use the catapult with the bell, walk to the pits and across the bridge. Pick up the floor wax Use the wand on Sordid Go back to the counter. Take the matches (found on the right). Go back to Sordid and use the matches on the pits. Use the wand in lava. Now go back to Sordid and use the floor wax with Sordid. Hurrah! You’ve just completed the game!
SYNDICATE I have discovered a brilliant cheat (or Bullfrog's superb game:
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2. When the main menu appears, click on Configure Company.
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6. Now you will be able to choose any territory. Then click on
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Patrick Harrison Doncaster SENSIBLE WORLD OF SOCCER 95 96 I believe I've found a top cheat for this game which enables you to score a goal whenever you want (well, almost anyway).
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PRIORITY ORDER FORM PLEASE SUPPLY ITEMS NAME_ ADDRESS MACHINE_ PAYMENT METHOD_ CREDIT CARD DETAILS TOTAL GOODS VALUE POSTAGE & PACKING AMOUNT ENCLOSED EXP DATE The latest version of MUI, an excellent art package for kids and a disk telling you everything that you ever wanted to know about colds and flu!
So how does this benefit the user? Well, the interfaces are fully font sensitive and, once you register, you can configure practically any aspect of them, from the window backgrounds to how the buttons look. You could even create an interface that matches the looks of Windows 95 (if you really wanted to!).
There is an excellent editor allowing you to change the way the interface looks. This has more options than I can list here, but unless you register only the basic ones can be used. There are presets included for use with MagicWB and one for people who use a large screenmode.
There are various demo programs and scripts, and a comprehensive AmigaGuide document. Also included are snapshots of the program running, some material for programmers, Arexx scripts and even a selection of adverts for other SASG products (The Standardised Amiga Shareware Group).
MUI 3.6 I'lilitv By .....Stefan Stuntz Ware ...Shareware PD Library ..Online PD No of disks .....Two Price .75 » per disk + 75p p&p Loads of utilities these days require MUI and It's getting a cult-like following in the Amiga community due to it's flexibility and ease of use.
If you haven't heard of MUI then you're probably wondering what it does. The author describes it as "an object oriented system to create and maintain graphical user interfaces". Basically that means it's a quick and easy way for programmers to add interfaces to their software.
MU! 3.6: Easy-to-use and very flexible. MUI is becoming increasingly popular with Amiga users.
I can't recommend this more, it is an exceptional package that deserves to be on every Amiga.
ART EFFEX Kids Art Parkavr By ...Asa MargeHs Ware .Licenceware PD Library ..Arrow PD No of disks .....One Price £3.99 This licenceware offering is an art package for kids. It has a bright, colourful and easy-to-use interface yet doesn't fall down on features.
The program is controlled through either the mouse or keyboard (or both), and operates in much the same way as any other bitmap drawing package. There is a large panel of buttons at the bottom of the screen allowing you to access many sub-menus. There are features like sound, stamps (Inbuilt brushes) and the disk menu. The stamps are of particular use to children who are unable to draw complete pictures, and they provide colourful cartoons to spruce up those masterpieces.
It's hard to fault this - it's exceptionally fast and even has online help as you move the pointer over the icons. It is quite simplistic, but then this is good in a children's package.
I recommend this to anyone who has kids who don't have a similar package. For £3.99 you can't go wrong and if you still aren't convinced then there is a demo version available for just 75p.
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Achoool Winter is here again and with If you are suffering from a cold it the inevitable rush of colds and flu. And need some help then this could If. Like me, the damn things seem to make you feel better. Oh yeah - the attract to you like magnets then The game is wicked!
Classic Guide to avoiding Colds and Flu may be of interest. BIRTHDATE HISTORY The disk contains an AmigaGuide V2.24 document which attempts to clue you Utility up on everything you wanted to know By ..John L Devoy about the little bugs. There's a Ware ...Shareware scientific exploration of colds and flu PD Library ..Online PD explaining why there is no cure but No of disks .....One the most interesting and useful Price ....75p + 75p p&fp section concerns prevention. Learn People have
always been fascinated how living a healthy life stops the by birth dates, particularly in the field fiend (is he implying I'm unhealthy of astrology. But people with a hatred then?). Treatment follows and then for Russell Grant need not fear as this finally a section concerning possible is much more than a simple astrology future developments. Predictor.
The most novel part of the guide On loading you are presented for me was the button named "Suffer with a requester asking for your name In Silence - The Greatest Healer". It and date of birth. You can then takes you into the classic Amoeba choose to print the information or Invaders game for getting rid of those view it on screen, sniffling blues. This package is pretty The program then tells you what useless after you've read everything, happened on your birthday, events, but it is nice to see something original even what your star sign means, and not just another clone. Discover what was
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As always it's very broad and could apply to just about anyone. Also included with the program is an executable called Bmaster.exe, an editor for the package allowing you to add your own information and extra news events or birthdates.
The package is Shareware, and can be used for 30 days before registration. Looking at the amount of data contained here a lot of work has been put into this. If you have a conscience - register.
MARRYAMPIC By MaVaTi Ware .....Freeware PD Library..Classic Amiga Software B «• 4 I
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Price £1.00 Klondike AGA (a
PD patience clone) has created a massive following for itself,
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spark up your interest.
This is a variant on the all time classic card game Snap - we've all played it so I need not explain the rules. The biggest difference between this and playing with cards is that there are Animals under the cards, and in order to clear a pair you must select the two cards as the appropriate animal sound is played.
Most of the sounds are clear and easy to recognise, but I found fhe lion sounded a bit like a pig. The graphics are excellent, especially if you have AGA or a graphics board as it uses 256 colours. The game moves along quickly enough, and comes complete with cocky messages that appear at the bottom when you go wrong.
CONTENTS nr DISK TtnO: FONTS Ch96, TRITON FONT FROSTY rwo«STmAS atfidCQLO ¦ _ :v¦; i s fvrs " IUORV FONT •••• •••• RlPTILiRN EiiLBoini mm This is a simple, no thrills, tun product, especially good fun it played with a group of people, It might even improve your memory.
BLUE ROSE GRAPHICS By .....Eddie Barry Ware Licence PD Librai-y .....Author (direct) No of disks ...Three Price .£4.00 One of the major falling points ol the Colourtonls Collection (reviewed in issue 91 and also by Blue Rose Graphics) was that it only contained a limited number of fonts. This pack is a much more useful with plenty on otter. I The disk contains a selection of colour [ fonts, festive clipart BLUE ROSE GRAPHICS: Get all festive with this I collection of
Christmas I clipart I BLUE ROSE GRAPHICS: Themed fonts make I this collection very I useful for titling. | and even a couple of music modules.
There are Ihree disks in the collection, the first is a demo disk, and the next two contain all the files. The preview is a slideshow of example pictures created using the images and fonts from the pack. There is an installer on each disk which uses the quick and painless Amiga Technologies Installer program. The images and fonts are of superb quality and are all extremely detailed. Experts and beginners alike can find a use in this package, especially during Christmas, so phone and place your order now!
This is a great little package, far superior to the previous fonts disk. If you use your computer for anything that requires clipart and fonts I'd certainly recommend you get this. O CONTENTS OE DISK TUIO: I RAB... Freezes Frames;f*!
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It's interesting to see that Shareware authors who form the backbone of the current Amiga industry are going all commercial with Graham and Andy Dean's DrawStudio, a follow-up to their enormous success with ImageStudio.
The same criteria apply to Angela Schmidt and Patrick Ohly. Authors of MakeCD, also reviewed this issue.
Angela is probably best- known for her sterling work in compiling the Meeting Ben Vost ar s Cds.
Of course there isn't just loads of Shareware. There's bunches of new hardware just waiting to be covered in our hallowed pages, we just don't have the room for all of it. In the coming months look out for the new SX-32 Pro module for CD32 owners from Eyetech, Golden Image's superb eight-speed ATAPI CD-ROM drive and ACL's A1200xl accelerator card. On the software front we will have a mammoth CD round-up (we haven't done one for a while).
Personal Paint 7, Lightwave 5, TurboPrint 5 and more, more, more... AMIGA FORMAT'S REVIEW POLICY is very simple. Amiga Format is staffed by some of the most experienced Amiga users in the world and what we say goes. OK?
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DRAWSTUDIO The brand new structured drawing package. John Kennedy delves deep and comes up grinning.
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Possibly the greatest structured art package the Amiga has ever seen, but what does John Kennedy think? Read on... I Tlie very name "ProDrau" is slill enough to send shivers down my spine. It may have been one of the (1 rst structured art programs on the Amiga, but it was also frighteningly unstable and never made the vital transition to Workbench 3 and AGA safely. I have a horrible feeling it may have put many users oil the concept of a structured art program for life, so it's therefore well overdue that this void has at last been filled by DrawStudio-a new drawing program which is bang tip
to date and solid as the rock of Gibraltar.
The programmers, Graham and .Andy Dean, have the success of programs such as ImogtStudio behind them, and so it's fair to say DrawStudio is going to be a polished piece of software. But exactly how good is their first foray into the world of structured an?
Using DrawStudio is very different from using a more traditional paint program such as say, Personal Paint or Photogrnics.
In DrawStudio you can draw a line by selecting the line tool and clicking twice with the mouse, but that's only the start.
After it has appeared on screen you can then decide to alter its colour. Or make it thicker or thinner. Or maybe add some arrowheads. Or maybe move it around, stretch it, and change die start and end locations. In fact there is never a time when you are totally finished with it: at any point you can click on the line to select it, and then change it some more. Each time you fiddle with it, the page is redrawn to reflect the changes.
You're not limited to lines of course: rectangles (with and without rounded edges), ellipses and any other outlined shape can be created with a few clicks of the mouse. You arc then free lo experiment with the various attributes each of these objects arc given - for example, you may want die object outline lo be a thin black line, and yet the interior to be a light blue colour. No problem, that's only one menu opuon away.
As well as filling the object with solid colours, you can fill it with a pattern or a smoothly graduated shade: a fade from black to blue to white for example. You can either pick a fill texture from a menu of predefined patterns, or create a new one by selecting Edit. You can now drag and drop colours lo decide on your ideal shade and pattern. Fill can even be translucent, which means objects Defining a backdrop is easy. Not only can you select the colours, but also the direction and method of graduation.
¦ 41 |IKI I in Black |»« Black ¦ 7*1 Black jiW Black 47* Black HI Black hidden behind show through. This is a great way to give a sense of depth to an object, by placing some objects behind a semi-opaque backdrop.
Soon of course your page will contain lots of objects, and it's a simple task to move them around the page, align them, bring them to the front or send them to the back. DrawStudio has also borrowed the concept of layers from Photoshof , which means you can have multiple pages overlaid on top of one another - perfect for keeping track of complicated images.
When positioning objects, the powerful "snap" feature soon becomes essential. Unlike a conventional paint program, you aren't limited to an imaginary grid for your objects to lock WHAT IS STRUCTURED ART?
Structured art programs are as different as you can get from the more traditional “bitmap" orientated paint programs, such as Deluxe Paint or Art Effect. These programs are great for daubing colour over the screen and using image processing tools on digitised or scanned photographs. DrawStudio is not designed to be used like this at all. Rather than dealing with pixels of colour, DrawStudio deals with "objects". Everything you draw is an object which can be manipulated.
Similarly, the text you enter isn't stored permanently at that location and can be changed on a whim. In many ways you can think of DrawStudio as a program with an infinite "undo" button.
Although a structured art program can lack the instant gee-whizz approach of a paint program, in many ways it can actually be more useful. If, like me.
You lack the artistic ability to draw an object or scene in a paint program, a structured art program is a dream come true. You can spend as much time as you like creating the shapes, defining their colour and positioning them precisely.
At any time you can go back and alter a shape, change its colour or re-scale the entire image with no loss in quality. For creating graphs or diagrams it cannot be beaten, and at it's still possible to save the final image as a bitmap - the best of both worlds.
Imagine trying to draw and label a diagram in a paint program. Lining up all the boxes and text is possible, but not particularly easy. With DrawStudio the individual elements are stored as descriptions rather than bitmaps: the arrow you draw is stored internally as a line from point A to point
B. Once you've drawn it, you can still re-size and more it at any
To. Although a grid is very useful for creating charts and graphs, you can also control die way in which objects snap to other objects. This allows a line to snap to a point 011 a curve for example, without any overlap. The cursor changes shape depending 011 whether you arc snapping to a mid-way point, or an apex. Clever stuff.
Text is treated like any other object, which not only makes it very easy to place and manipulate, but also to change the colour. Like any other object, text can appear in any colour, or rendered with a texture or graduated fill. It's surprisingly easy 10 use DrawStudio to create exactly the text you want: whether that means selecting a typeface (DrawStudio reads Adobe Type I fonts), selecting a colour or warping the text to follow a curve or line in a particular way 0 EASY FOR BOTH OF YOU... A lot of time has been spent making DrawStudio easy to use. The tool bar may look pretty tame but
that's misleading. There are hundreds of options but instead of being bombard with them all at once, you only need to change what is relevant at the time.
Your Amiga will appreciate the control over the way in which the display is created. For top speed you can view a black and white representation, but you can also make use of 256-colour. 25! grayscale or 24- bit colour. Which mode you use is a matter ofjuggling your Amiga resources with what you need to see: if Continued overleaf 4 «¦ you want to see the transparency effects you will need to select 256- grayscale or 24-bit colour. DrawStudio will work oil most graphics cards too: certainly on my Picasso II CyberGraphX system the screen display was relatively speedy and very colourful.
The quality of the rest of DrawStudio's output depends almost solely on what you want to do with it.
All objects arc stored internally using 24-bits, so there are over 16 million colours to choose from. This keeps graduated fills smooth, for example.
Remember also that objects are stored as descriptions, this means if you draw a line or a curve you get the smoothest possible output. If you have a good printer, the final output will be superb.
DrawSludio is very clever in the way it can convert either an entire page or an individual object from structured format into bitmapped format. (There isn't the option to convert a bitmap object into a structured object but this shortcoming is due to be included in an update.) This means you can take your carefully designed and lovingly filled text, save it to disk as an IFF file (using anti-alias to remove any jaggies) and then use it in a desktop video program or import it into your DTP package.
The extra features of DrmuStudio mean that outputting drawings in structured format for inclusion into other programs is a bit of a non-starter at the moment. DrawStudio's own format is therefore only of use to DrawStudio. However, being able to print directly from within DrawStudio and also create and save bitmaps at any resolution is a suitable workaround.
Structured art can be converted to bitmap format. Take this image of sphere for example, created with graduated fills.
When converted... When it comes to file formats, you're totally spoilt for choice. As well as IFF, DrawStudio will save bitmapped graphics in BMP, GIF, JPEG, PCX or TIFF formats. As well as being an excellent drawing program, it will convert files for you. Structured art can be saved in PostScript format for professional quality printing and inclusion in other programs - even those running on other platforms.
It's also great to see an Arexx port present, which means it's possible to automate tasks: several example scripts jtre included which will create drop shadows and draw objects such as bursts, stars and pentagons.
'U, CONCLUSION There may be those who complain that DrawStudio runs using MUI. Stuff'em, 1 say. As far as I’m concerned it's irrelevant, and using MUI (a full version of which is included) results in a powerful and easy to use user- interface. Anyone who uses MUI as an excuse not to buy this software is simply stubborn to the point of stupidity.
Structured art programs should be considered a basic necessity for all DTP fans, but they also have plenty to offer any Amiga user with an interest in graphics. Everything from Web sites to desktop video work and presentations will benefit from DrawStudio's graphical expertise. The authors arc even talking about including an integral slide-show program in future versions, and there's no doubt that DrawStudio is capable of some very professional results.
This is another excellent productivity tool. It's powerful, well supported and an absolute bargain for the asking price. Trying to discover flaws isn't easy. Perhaps the Warp tools could have been applied to bitmaps as well as structured objects, and maybe there should Ik- more control on saving final images in structured format for existing Amiga software. However, it's possible to work round these shortcomings, and they shouldn't betaken as serious omissions.
DrawSludio is another superb way to make sure your .Amiga remains a useful computer. Team up with a bitmap graphics program and you'll have all the tools you need to create excellent illustrations, charts, technical drawings, web graphics and just about anything you can display or print.
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Full Program... Demo Version.. New Wordworth Wordworth® the World's most popular Amiga word processor, is now even better with the release of Wordworth® 6.
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includes a new version of the almighty word pro - Word worth.
Great minds think alike. Back in AFSS, when 1 reviewed Final Writn 5, 1 suggested bundling a whole set of software together as a suite something which has proven to he very popular on the I’d. It appears that Digita have also decided this sounds like a good idea, for the first time.
Digita have gathered together their stable of Amiga programs on one CD- ROM to give everyone a complete office solution. Wi ml worth has always been their biggest puller so wisely, they have- headed the bundle with a new version.
The CD-ROM only contains 22Mbs but that includes both English and German versions of the software and over 6Mbs of clipart in varying colour depths and divided into appropriate sub-directories. The quality of the art differs and it's not an exhaustive selection hut it's a decent resource il you don't have hundreds of clipart Cds.
FONTASTIC There's also nearly 50 fonts. I.ike the clipart, these aren't installed automatically when you install Wordniorlh 6 so you need to copy them manually onto your drive and then use the Install Fonts option to add them into the list available within the program. Digita should perhaps have checked the fonts more thoroughly before putting them on. Taking a look at the binary, there is a mildly sexist joke built in. You'll have the feminist's The new polygon tool lets you draw shapes of any type
- however irregular. You can also have text wrap, although still
only on one side.
On your backs for that, lads (and lasses).
And clipart called Bimbo probably won’t help your defence either!
SMALL CHANGE As far as the new version of Wontwortk goes, few changes have been made to the actual program. In all honesty, there are little more than tweaks and that hardly justifies a whole new version label. The biggest change is the addition of the fonts and clipart. Still, one definite improvement is the inclusion of what Digita call the Watermark. This allows you to make use pictures as backdrops with text typed over the top.
Unfortunately it doesn't seem to actually "knock hack" the picture, only making it a backdrop, so you may need The bezier curve is created in an unusual, but effective way, using a triangle. It can then be edited in a more normal manner.
To make il faded within an image manipulator before using it.
There are also a few new drawing tools. The polygon tool lets you draw any type of object that von want with as many sides as you like. You can adjust the thickness of the lines and colour as well as the fill colour. On polygons with diagonal lines (such as the scrawl in the picture we've printed) the fill seems unsure of how to fill correctly and you end up with something that looks a hit like a child has coloured it in.
Although you'll probably never want to create an object that looks like that, it can happen accidentally if your hand slips.
I'lte points of the polygon art- marked by pressing the Ctrl button, hut you have to keep the left mouse button held down all the lime while you're drawing. Releasing it will join the last point up with the first. Also you only have the option of a single colour fill. I still hanker for the ability to draw an object and fill it with a bitmap. This could then be moved around inside to the right position. That would be a really useful and powerful feature.
Close to the polygon is the new freehand drawing tool. This helps you The regular polygon doesn't look quite right. Are those sides supposed to be the same length?
To make parts of your document more stylish. You could use it to ring a word to make it stand out for example.
Freehand drawing still creates an object which appears on the page, rather than becoming part of anything, so you can pick it up and rc-size it later.
WORDS ON A CURVE There's also a bezier curve tool, which allows you to draw a smooth curve bv defining the triangle that contains it.
This feature allows you to create text on a curse in a similar, although bv no means identical wav, to DrawStudio Of course, Wordworth has text effects, so there are already plenty of ways to create spirals and the like, but this is fast and quite useful. It would have been even better it you could create a bezier curve with more than three points. You would then be able to create an "S" shaped curve - something New Arexx commands have been introduced and a full list is available In the documentation.
You have to do using two curves at the moment.
I Jtsth in the new drawing tools section is the regular polvgon. This lets you draw a polygon with a number of regular sides (like a 50p piece). Bv default the number of sides is 5. But you can change this to anything between 3 and 20. Again, another useful tweak.
RICH TEXT The support for RTF format has been improved so that it now includes the following: text, lout name, size and style, justification, line spacing, paragraph indents, tab marker positions and paragraph space helm e alter You can also set which font the text will be mapped to when opened on a machine without the font used. RTF is a sort of expansion of ASCII, the format everyone uses so that text files can be read on any computer.
RTF takes this one step as an accepted formal that supports the above features, where ASCII would lose all file information, including fonts and anything but carriage returns.
There are more Arexx commands included to cover the new features, and a password protection facility allows you to ensure your documents are secure from prying eyes. If you have sensitive documents, like your (A’ for instance, volt can make sure it doesn’t gel tampered with.
All in all. Wordworth 6 can hardly be considered a major upgrade. The tweaks are very nice, but there are some serious tools still missing. Improved HTMI. Support (more than Final Writrr managed) would have been very useful.
In conclusion, few users with Wordworth 5 will want to upgrade just for these small additions - unless thcv also want the additional software. This is more an exercise in bundling than a new release but that doesn’t stop it being a fantastic program. O Bundled with Wordworth 6 come three other products to complete the Office suite.
Organiser 2 The excellent personal organiser complete with 96 Diary themes - they really should be 97 by now!
Datastore 2 The database program.
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A good group of products and certainly the way to add value to the CD-ROM.
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Until now, the IK market hasn't had much by way of CD-ROM writing software. Apart from MaslrrlSO (AWf5). The only tools available have been the ones from the Cnmmndorr Dnvlu im kit, which although functional, don't support many modern CD writers, and are a little, er, eccentric.
As Cds and CD writers become an increasingly large sector of the Amiga market, Imick Veitch checks out some new CD authoring software.
MakeCD Fortunately, we are about to be saved. A number of German teams are producing more up to date and easier to use software, an example of which we recently picked up at the Cologne show, MakeCD has been written by Patrick Ohly and Angela Schmidt (known for the Meeting Pearls Cds).
BASICS There are basically two parts to making a CD. Firstly, you have to build an image ol the CD - a big file containing all the data you wish to write on the CD. Stored together in blocks just as it should appear on the final disc. Secondly, this file needs to be written (with the aid of a CD writer) to a recordable disc.
The actual ISO image is an almost exact image of the final CD. Block try block. It includes all the file formal information, directors paths and so on. Since Amiga Cds are fairlv specialised, it is important to be able to fiddle around with these parameters.
ROCKY ROAD One w-ay of including extra support is to have a Rock Ridge extension. This is an adjunct to the ISO standard which was developed primarilv for Macintosh use. However, the .Amiga can hijack this iat ility, as most modern filing systems for the Amiga (sadly not including the Commodore one) can support this feature. Thanks to the MukeCJ) software, this feature can be used to include all the standard Amiga protection bits (instead ol just RWED supported by ISO9660).
So you can set archive, pure, script and hidden bits. Although it is a requirement that the users CD-file system must specifically support this feature, it is something which will be appearing in the next version of AsimCDI'X and we assume in later versions ol ArniCDI'S as well.
IN OPERATION Of course, one ol the most important things is how the software performs. Is it easy to use? Are tin- features uselul?
Does it actually work? I'm happy .to say that the answers to these questions are the same single word - Yes' MakeCD uses a series of well designed windows (which open on the Public Screen) to perform it's various tasks. You can read source data either from a filesystem device (such as a hard drive) or direct from a CD (although for audio functions, the source CD drive must support CDDA). A preferences menu will virtually set up the hardware configuration for you. And then you're all set to start cutting.
As well as standard ISO9660 Cds.
Makr(J) supports various other functions. You can automatically rename all ".info" files to be lower case (which solves conflicts under YVBI.3), opt for standard “PC" lilenaming. And a variety of Rock Ridge options. There are plenty of different image formats to choose from too. But most people will only be concerned with the “Amiga JSO9660" option. There are a set of preset options, corresponding to various Meeting Pearls Cds, but although you can save your preferences as defaults, there is no wav of adding your own selection of presets to the menu.
MakeCD also supports multi-session CD writing - this means that you can record 011 part of a CD. Then write other tracks to it at a later date (this is how PhotoCD discs work). It is also possible to delay "fixing up" the disc until later, something not possible with the likes of MasterlSO, and something which could l e useful if vou are dealing with a tight amount of disc space.
Although there is no manual as such with this version of the software, the on-line help (in the form of bubble lielpl and die text file 011 disk will give most CD-literate users the information they need. People new to CD-ROMs and CD writers may need to look elsewhere Ill's! Though.
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In Mtikri J) is ihe ability to create Cds asvnchronouslv. I bis means that the actual ( 1) is ( ut at the same time as the ISO image *s generated. Although this feature is still really in the “experimental" stage (you will have to test it 011 your specific equipment first, as it is more demanding on your SdSI interface, buffer memory and drives) it does mean you have the potential to master (IDs without having a huge amount of free disk space for the intermediate ISO image file.
On the whole this software pushes forward the boundaries of Amiga (ID writing. The interface is flexible and simple, (although I do advise running in a largish screenmode, as there can be a lot of windows to navigate between) the software appears to l»e very stable and it docs it's job vers well. O Distributor Angela Schmidt Patrick Ohly. Klosterweg 28 1501. 76131 Karlsruhe. Germany.
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Simon Goodwin reveals how you can connect up to seven SCSI 2 fast drives to your Cyber-Amiga.
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53 ' m ill Mm m CkitfMi eft] x ciioi nmui 1(1.1 TioHft rltMHIon Timeout No lun Hetvleoilon Hall the si e. Much simpler and with built-in 'flash' ROM - the Mark 2 CyberSCSI adaptor differs greatly from its predecessor. You can’t mix and match parts but the Mark 2 is much simpler because it no longer hits a built-in software driver. Instead of memorv on the S(’.SI board, the driver slots into a 'flash' ROM 011 die Cyberstorm itself.
The term 'flash' refers to the fact that the ROM contents are not truly permanent - they ran Ire updated with special software. It means users can upgrade armed with nothing more than a cheap update disk.
In practice it's still necessary to open the computer to move the jumper and the update only works from the shell 011 an unconfigured computer, so installation remains a hit of a bind.
I found the computer would not start up at all with the jumper set! I had to boot with it open, then close the link and run the update software. This went without a hitch and the St -SI interface was recognised thereafter. The manual warns of problems if the update fails or is interrupted part-way through.
SOFTWARE The SCSI Tools disk contains 5(H)K of files, including the vital MK2L'pDate utility. SCSKUtnfig is an alternative to Commodore's HDToolbox. It doesn't really do anything new, and Phase 5 warn that it may have trouble recognising disks formatted with other controllers.
UnitControl provides some extra SCSI-specific options. The other PERFORMANCE I hc CyberSCSI adaptor uses impressively simple hardware - one custom chip, a timing crystal, and the
K. AS21 6 SCSI 2 FAST controller.
I tested the board with hard drives taken straight oil other Amigas and they worked straight away although I took the precaution of making copies first. If you ignore the advice in the manual and lose a drive or partition, you've only yourself to blame.
Tlie SCSI interface is t|uite transparent in operation - the drop in CPU performance ranges from around 15 per cent 011 a very busy machine to under 5 per cent when Cl’l' and SCSI activities are essentially independent. It helps to move data in large blocks, as the interface interrupts the processor briefly after each transfer.
Unlike the Warp Engine and 41)91.
CylierSCSI doesn't delay interrupts from other cards when busy. Resulting in good performance even when networking or sampling data at high speeds.
The board comes with two rabies and the controller's SCSI ID is fixed at seven, so vou can't put two Cyberboards 011 one S( !SI bus. Sharing drives, as you could with most Zorro controllers.
Options control die protocol used to communicate with each drive, and are best left alone unless von know exactly what you're doing.
Other programs include Cdrii** CD-ROM handler.
And IhufimiCjifhf.
There’s no socket 011 the board for a drive activity light! You need to wire up a light for every drive yourself, which might look pretty on a fully loaded Amiga but seems inelegant.
VERDICT If you’ve already got a Cyberstorm Mark 2. This is the SCSI controller for you. It directly accesses tin- fast memory 011 the main Cyberstorm hoard, making it faster and more transparent than anv
Z. orro-bascd controller.
The Cyberstomi-tSCSI comlxi brings Phase 5 in line with all-in-one accelerators like the GVP 060 and Warp Engine, hut at a lower price. The combined unit is bigger and you get internal and external 50 way SCSI connectors at no extra cost.
The combination price of £670 reflects Motorola's new more realistic pricing for the 68060 chip. Now that Phase 5 have sorted out their SCSI problems, the performance of current 68060 hoards is much of a muchness and availability should now be a major consideration. O SPEED: ••••• Only limited by your drives.
MANUAL: •••00 Fine on hardware, scant on software.
ACCESSIBILITY: ••••0 Much better than Mark 1.
FEATURES: ••••0 A pity it's fixed at ID 7.
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Amiga 3000 4000(T) Zorro cards are often used to add memory, graphics accelerators and fast drive adapters. But they're jusl as well suited for more mundane interfaces like serial and parallel ports. That’s where the Multilace 3 and It) Kxpandcr come in.
F'.acli adds another two serial ports and one parallel poll to the standard Amiga.
PARALLEL PORTS how to add extra serial and parallel ports to his Amiga.
This screen shows some of the GVP tools in action.
It may be necessary to run the patch program for best results.
Parallel ports were devised in the 1970s to connect computers and printers. They're mainly used for output, but they can read data, given appropriate software. The Amiga paiallel port is commonly used to read 8-bit audio samples and digitised images from scanners.
Kiev can connect printers and plotters but are more often used with modems.
This becomes a demanding application as modem speeds increase.
Serial ports can also send and receive notes and control information for synths. Sound processors and keyboards. The standard for musical signalling is called MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface).
MIDI adapters for the 25 pin Amiga serial port ate cheap and widely available, but existing MIDI programs often talk directly to the hardware, with no support lot extra ports.
TESTING Both tin- products are Zorro 2 cards, which work on any Amiga with internal Zorro slots. Thev come with software drivers which must be installed into a Workbench 2 or 3 system to bring the board to life. Both suppliers use the quick and friendly Commodore installer.
Once the software has Ireen loaded bv the BindDrivers command in vour startup-sequence.
Programs can select the interface’s In name. Rather than Commodore's parallel.device and serial.device, the interfaces are known as gvppar.device and gvpser.device. or pit.device and duart.device for the BSC board.
I tilities let you tweak the serial configuration and intercept attempts to open a device, substituting a new name and unit number. This is a neat wav to make programs which call for a Commodore interface use a Zorro one.
But it handles every request the same way. Limiting its usefulness.
The back panel of each board has room for a 25-pin parallel connector.
Like the standard Amina one. And a cut- down nine pin serial connector, which carries the essential signals but lacks some embellishments ol the original RS-232 and Amiga implementation.
The nine pin socket is a cost-c tilting measure from the PC. Market. Modern mice, tablets and modems often come with the required t able, but standard serial devices will need a 25 lo nine pin adapter. There's no room lor a second serial port on the back panel, so it is routed to a connectoi on the Zorro card inside the Amiga.
BSC MULTIFACE 3 The Multifare 5 card was designed by IkSC in Cermanv, since taken over l A14-1 nion. And manufactured in Taiwan In AllaDala. It's a small cart I with a simple, rather old-fashioned design, using socketed Motorola interface t hips and a handful of glue' logic parts to convert them to the Zorro 2 standard.
BS ! Supplv tile best parallel port software. This includes I'lhul. A version ol ParNet re-coded for the Multiface port. And a driver for F.pson parallel port scanners. The serial ports are adequate but not exceptional, running at a top speed ol I 15200 bits per second. The second port uses a proper 25-pin connector on a living lead, unlortunateh clogging another Zorro card edge out e installed The Mitltiface documentation is a neat, well-printed paperback book, with about 00 pages ol Knglish text and diagrams.
It's clear and well written, onlv lacking in two respects it does not explain the hardware port mapping, for people who might wish to use the board from other environments like I nix.
Net BSD or Amiga Qdos, and there is very little information alrout MIDI, although MIDI support is claimed on the box.
The book savs that a timing crystal soldered onto the board must be changed before the Multilace 5 can work at the peculiar MIDI speed ol 31250 bits per second. I followed the instructions, but could not select the MIDI rale. Phone calls and email messages to AB-l’nion in Germany went unanswered. I cannot recommend this hoard for MIDI applications.
GVP IO EXTENDER (•VP's Input Output Extender is slightly higger and more complicated, assembled in the L'SA with modern sui face-mount techniques. It's a good looking board, although some features, such as a ROM socket and RS122 ‘feature connector', have not been implemented.
GVP let you re-direct port requests from the Workbench. BSC require shell commands, hut they do not support parallel port networking or scanners.
This parallel port is strictly for printing.
Power Computing's PowcrScan only works with the motherboard port, even though it comes from the same firm as the IO Extender! At top speed the GVP serial ports can rival Pa met, when used with PD Pronet software, but it's not included and you’ll require an IO Extender at each end foi full speed.
MIDI is supported bv the CA P Ixurd - you just select the required rate in the serial preferences - but I've never seen an Amiga MIDI interface with a nine-pin connector. Power Computing offers nine or twenty five pin sockets for the second serial port, as an optional extra.
The GVP hardware is impressive hut the documentation is not: a stapled bundle of uneven photocopied pages, vague and poorly printed. The key information for anyone hoping to write alternative hardware drivers is provided in a disk file, hut that's your lot. You’d also need a copy of the manual for the StarTech interface chip which handles all three ports, which I found, albeit in Amiga-unfriendly PDF format, on the StarTech web page.
The StarTech s top speed is an impressive ( 14400 hits per second. It has 16 bytes of buffering on each channel, reducing the risk of data loss and the load on the main processor.
Some other Zorro Ixiards cause problems bv blocking interrupts during drive access - these include the Cybersiorm 1. Warp Engine. 4091 and some of CAT's own boards. In this case you may need to run 'dVPpalrh’. Which is supplied, to reduce the si e of SGSI data transfers during last serial activity.
L. ’nlike BSC!, who provide full pinout details. GVP do not
document the 'standard' nine pin serial port. This is
generally useful information, even if you do not own an Amiga
expansion card, so Formal romps to the rescue with two
diagrams that show the 25-pin and nine pin connectors.
The DTE one is the original RS-232 standard, used on Amigas. Atari Sts and older PC Is. The nine pin one is used on later Pcs, laptops and SAM micros.
Each diagram is a 'jigsaw' piece so you GVP IO Extender Distributor Power Computing 01234 273000 PRICE: £69.95 (2nd serial connector £10) REQUIREMENTS: Any Amiga with internal Zorro slots SERIAL ••••• Fast, buffered, MIDI.
PARALLEL •••OO Just for printers.
MANUAL ••000 Power's Achilles' heel.
VALUE: ••••0 Cheap by Zorro standards.
OVERALL VERDICT: Serious Serial ports at last!
Can lit two together - whether the same 01 different
- to find out how to make a cable to connect a pair of ports. The
diagrams come from Mark Swift's documentation for Amiga Qd »
3.20. CONCLUSION There’s nothing to stop you filling up your
machine with these cards if you run a bulletin board or simple
network, and need lots of serial ports - but there's anothei
option which requires less Zorro spac e. The new Spider
interface provides e ight serial ports on one card, with its
own RISC, processor.
We'll Ik- bringing you a review of the Spider vcrv soon.
Most people will be happv with just a printer and one or two extra serial ports, and in that case, either the Multiface 3 01 I O Extender will serve you well. HS ! Have the edge in parallel port handling, thanks to the extra software the supply, while the GVP board has superior serial interfaces and is cheaper il you can get by with a lone nine-pin serial port. Thev're compatible if you want both at once.
Support for other operating systems is lacking, and both firms need to sharpen up their tec luiical support but both products are reasonably priced and till a real need. O BSC Multiface 3 Distributor Golden Image 0181 900 9291 PRICE: £79.95 REQUIREMENTS: Any Amiga with internal Zorro slots SERIAL
• ••00 OK but unexceptional.
• •••0 Useful input drivers.
• •••0 It's almost all there.
• ••OO Reasonably priced.
OVERALL VERDICT: Works fine, but no MIDI.
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A600 EXPANSION I've been a subscriber and great fan of your excellent magazine for a good few years now and I could do with some buying advice 1 have an Amiga A600 with an internal hard drive fitted by myself, a I Mb trapdoor expansion and an external floppy drive. I would like a new Amiga but have instead decided to upgrade my current model and wait to see what Viscorp.
Phase 5 or whoever have to offer.
I enjoy 31) modelling with your excellent Imagine 2.0 and Real 3 K'.overdisk programs and have decided I need more power. I am interested in buying the Turbo 620 from Power Computing. I plan to get the board first and then possible add 8Mb 72-pin SJMM at a later dale, however before I buy the board I have some questions.
1. I already have a 2.5 inch internal hard drive, trapdoor
expansion and an extra floppy drive all drawing power from my
Amiga's standard 60VV power supply. Would I be able to run the
accelerator and extra RAM without having to buy a new power
supply such as the Goliath or could my current power supply be
capable of running both the extra processor and extra RAM? (I
don't mind removing the external drive as 1 don't use it
2. If I do purchase the 62(1 and fit it with an 8Mb SIMM will it
disable the PCMCIA interface? I've heard some older A1200
accelerator cards do and I would like to have the option of
buying the Surf Squirrel some time in the future.
3. As the 68000 in the A600 is surface mounted to the
motherboard. I've heard that the A620 has to be installed
"piggy-back" on top of the processor. If this is true can I
still use my internal hard drive? The hard drive in my machine
covers up the 68000 and installing the accelerator would
surely mean relocating the hard drive.
4. As the Turbo A620 has a "standard 72-pin" SIMM socket does
this mean I can use SIMM advertised for P( )'s such 72-pin,
non-parity, 32- bit SIMM? If so what speed should I buy?
6. I have an old IBM PCCC VGA monitor. Can I use my Amiga with
this monitor if I buy an adaptor or do I need a multisync PC
monitor that will sync down to 15KHz? I don't mind if I still
have to use a TV to play games.
Richard Guest Retford, Notts
1. It's very probable that the existingpmcer supply would
suffice. The 68020 used in the accelerator you want isn 7
renowned for being greedy with power.
2. Ft slwuldn 7, as the extra memory is mnfrfteil into the
68020's address space and shouldii 7 overlap any of the space
taken up by the PCMCIA port.
J. Yes. The accelerator card clips on top of the 68000.
If your hard drive is covering the 68000. You will need to move the hard dnve somewhere else. Where. I don 7 know.
¦I. Yes, it's a standard SIMM socket which means almost any SIMM should suffice, but don 7 touch EDO ones. For this speed of accelerator, I'm sure even a 80ns one would do.
5. No, the monitor won 7 work with the A600.
Now for the severe buying advice. Forget the A600.
It s too limited. The A600 accelerator card is difficult lo fit. And certainly the one I used in my A600 simply didn 7 work. We were told they were going to be redesigned, but really don 7 see how it can get much better: a socket which clips onto another surface mounted 68000 is nei’er going to be reliable. Also, if you don 7 get any RAM for it, you won 7 notice much of an inipim'ement at all.
My advice would be to sell the A600 if possible, and buy a second hand A1200 instead. Take the hard drive from the A600 and stick it into the A1200. Use any spare money to gel a 4Mb trapdoor memory upgrade for the A1200 (you ran 7' use the A600 memory expansion in the A1200). You 'II be much better off in the long run.
MEMORY SHORTAGE My computer set-up is as follows: A1200, 64Mb GVP hard disk and a Power Computing CD- ROM drive via PCMCIA. As you can see the next item required desperately is extra CD MEANS PC?
I am thinking of buying a CD-ROM drive for my Amiga 1200. Please tell me if I could use Microsoft software such as Windows or any PC software with an Amiga with a CD-ROM.
Can you use personal CD players instead of CD-ROM drives if you get the correct leads?
I also have a half Gb hard drive, would this help in the running of a CD-ROM?
David Turpie Darlington, Co. Durham Simply buying a CD-ROM drive for an Amiga, does not make it PC compatible. In fact it's got absolutely nothing do with it Instead you need a PC emulator for the Amiga, which makes it act like a PC.
Currently there is only one (and I don't mean Highlander) software emulator I'd recommend, called PC Task. It can just about run early versions of Windows and other basic PC software.
No. Irs not just a matter of leads. Most personal CD players are not SCSI compatible: they simply don't contain the hardware necessary to connect to a computer. Having a hard drive is commendable, but makes no difference to using a CD-ROM drive.
Memory. I purchased an Apollo 120(1 with 4Mb RAM installed and tried to install it but it just didn't fit very well and I couldn't put the cover back on. Worse still, when I switched on my Amiga the hard disk spun up but that was as far as it would go.
I tried the jumpers to see if it was the extra RAM and with the CD-ROM drive removed, it made no difference. I sent it back and received Continued overleaf • «e a replacement bv leliirn wiill the same problems. I returned ibis and requested a refund as they could oiler no useful advice. My questions are: YOUR PROBLEMS SOLVED
I. Is there anything wrong with my Amiga? If so. Any ideas?
'2. Is the Apollo incompatible with my Amiga? II so. Why?
3. Is there anywhere near me where I could purchase an
accelerator memory expansion and have it installed?
I. As I have gone off the idea of an Apollo 12(10 (especially as
the component layout on the one I received did not look like
the picture in Siren's advertisement) any suggestions as to an
alternative perhaps with Smh RAM which does not clash with
5. Is there any real advantage of having an MMU?
I hope vou will be able to give some constructive advice as I am concerned about being able to use some of the more recent applications which require memory, such as Epic's Interactive Encyclopedia.
Colin Clifford-Smith Southampton, Hampshire
1. It 's unlikely there is anything wrong with the Amiga itself.
If there were, yon definitely would lime seen other symptoms
before now. It's possible you didn V fit the memory card
properly: it should fit home snugly, and he possible to
refilace the trapdoor without problems. I've seen some AMIGAs
which seem to require the expansion cards to be fitted
"up-side down ~ in order lo work - don 7 weary, there is a
sfieetnl key which makes sure the raid is llir right way up
for your Amiga - as they seem lo have a diffeient IH'.ll.
suppose il' possible that the memory card doesn ’I fit in your
Amiga for this reason, although I have my doubts.
2. It's not very likely that the memory expansion is incompatible
I'd guess al sevrralpossibilities: your power supply isn V up
to Ihe job Idid you try using the Amiga with the ('J)-ROM
drive removed I Dies ihe CD-ROM dine have it 's own power
supply ?i or the hard drive doesn 7 like Ihe memory expansion.
I've seen this happen before with older hard drives: the
aildition of the memory expansion speeds up the A 120(1 to
such an extent llial Ihe older drive can 7 boot up plof erly.
Sometimes a warm leset gels it cunning. Did you try using the
memory expansion without the hard drive connected!
To get the most out of Epic's Interactive Encyclopedia you really need to get your hands on some extra memory.
A. If there are no Amiga dealers mound, a competent IX or elri
Ironies repair shop should be able lo fit the card for yon.
Mail order is still the best way to gel A mi go hardware at
the moment.
¦I. The card in the advertisement's photograph could he an earlier revision of I'CII layout, or could use a diffeient colour of fibrrglass hoard: I wouldn 7 let that put you off. If you want to try a different make there are plenty about from suppliers such as Rower Computing till234 2730110) and Cordon Hardwoods 101773 H367RI).
AMIGA, PC AND APPLE I would like to partition the PC486 partition of my hard disk to IBM format and install Windows and PC software and run it all via an emulator. I am doing an Open University degree and need access to a PC to complete some of the modules which are supplied with software as part of the course.
I would also like to format a Macintosh partition for Mac use and run Mac applications. Is this at all possible? I was thinking of buying the Dataflyer SCSI interface and connecting a CD-ROM drive so that I could use PC and Mac Cds as well Amiga ones. I cannot use the PCMCIA Squirrel interface as the RAM board is 8Mb and disables this port.
James Bryce Stirling For the popular PC and Mac emulation packages, you don't strictly need to re-format a partition. All systems will allow a "hard file" to be created on an existing AmigaDOS partition. This is a huge file (the size of the hard drive you require - for example, 50Mb) which acts as a hard drive to the emulator. It's the simplest solution, but not as fast as a dedicated native partition.
If you are using a PC emulator such as PC Task, its possible to reformat a partition in PC format. Full details are given in the PC Task manual, and it does make a heck of a difference to performance. It makes it possible to install and run early versions of Windows, but its still not fast. In fact if you don't have a 68030 or better processor, its possible you may finish your degree before Windows finishes booting.
As with all software-based PC emulation, its best if you stick to running older MSDOS style software and not Windows software. Windows takes up too much memory and processor power at the best of times: through an emulator its almost unbearable.
1 Mac emulation is much better on the Amiga, as both machines share a common processor. Using the Emplant MacLite emulator or ShapeShifter. You can create a Mac format partition, and again this speeds up data access quite a lot. With 8Mb of RAM you will be able to run a lot of Apple software such as Word and Photoshop, although again a 68030 accelerator or better will help.
Both the PC and Mac emulation systems include device drivers for Mac and PC CD-ROMs, so if you get a CD-ROM drive they'll work with your emulated systems as well as the Amiga.
5. Yes. An MAH' is useful if you want to run virtual memory
programs, use debugging tools such as Enforcer or experiment
with Kukstart remapping. If none oj those thinly menu anything
to yon. Then their is no real advantage to you having an MAIL
1. 1 want to connect an AlitlOanil A12(H) together. Can I use a
null modem cable' The problem is the two computers are on
different rooms, on different floors of mv house. Is it
possible to run the cable outside the house, as one room is
above the other. I estimate the distance from port is about Ml
to lit feet. Will there be any data loss over this distance? I
have basic knowledge ol networking, so will I have to treat
this like a l_W. And use the A121MI as a filcscrvcr? I idcallv
want to access the hard drive on the A1200 from the AtitK).
2. I am also wondering il I should bin a CD- ROM drive. I want to
spend around £200. Hut I do not want something that takes
around a year to access disks. Also. St iSI would he an
advantage, because in the long term. I want to buy a Zip
drive, or something similar.
:s. If I buy a Zip drive, can I use I’t! Formatted Zip disks, that I saw advei tised in the Viking Direct catalogue (business supplies company, for the unknowing)?
4. I also own a Phillips CI i 220 with KMV cartridge. What
hardware would I need to bin to let me view video (4) movies
such as The Hunt for Red October, on the Amiga? Is it possible
on the Amiga? I read about the Super Squirrel MPEG pack from
Hisoft, but it is only a 2 speed drive. Will it he possible
to run this system on my memory situation?
I am also interested in writing to penpals all over the world. I product- a monthlv cat divk of nn I’D software, and I am willing to sw-ap anything!
Stephen Graham I’O Box S35J. Laras Ayrshire. Scotland KA308HG
1. Let. A null modem (aide i wind you need. .1 ftmil i uaUlx
shielded able should In1 able to strrh h for -III feet,
although you mux pud that xoti nerd to drop the baud rale pom
I' .21 Itt to 'llitlll or less.
2. Lev. C.lIROM drives me one.
I il gel one i I were you. I sr n Surf or ordinary St aiml and n SCSI CD-ROM drive. Yon should be able to get a i iuul speed drive for under £2t)(l.
I. liirmatling a ' drive is not n problem, so ilon V worry
about buying prr pnmattrd ones. Just get them as ilieuplx as
you ran.
4 lliso l I III 52’ 7ISISI have a box which will ConnerI to a SCSI CD-ROM drive and piny video Cds. ISMI) IIKI.MVI 12%.) I’lhs n as close as it gets jut a hardware solution taltlniugh I think SCAIA pmiliue nn MRRG replay Zorin mol for big box Amigas i I'herr are su twatr only solutions using various I'll Mi'll. Irplnx sijlwnre. Lull prrpirmann is pom so I wouliln 7 take them seriously.
COLOUR PRINTOUT I am mlcicsted iii taking single frames from mv video « aim order using Pro Cirab and then loading llicsc into liehixe Paint . To improve pit lure |tialii or lo make changes and finally pi int out a pit lure via Clcxidtimp .
I am looking lor a printer that will give near photographic |ualitv. A laser is the answci hut lather expensive, please advise on Epson (ioloui Stylus ’ 00 or Us and would mv E exidump he compatible. Also should I In- looking loi more RAM or a hard drive' Mr A. J. f iner Stone Staffs " rat Chotngraphii i iiahtx ~ is a very fuzzy term. suggest ou visit a computer dealer anti see an exam file ilumfi fiom some printers before sfientling an mane . I hot said, the Epson Stxlus is one of the best printeis aiounit, and you should be able to use it with Mexidump. Contact Eyetech lie : (II6J2
711IS5tas thrx have a dedicated driver fm the Stxlus.
Also, Deluxe Paint A is ven obi hat these da .
Tim Phnlogcim s - it s considerably better. The fust version nf this fun huge is available free fiom the Almathria Web site, and the second version is available pom most miga software drains. O IF YOU HAVE A QUERY... At Amiga Format we aim to answer as many questions as possible. Unlike some magazines, we don't just concentrate on our areas of expertise - we take on all your problems (as long as an Amiga is involved).
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After several years on and off. Of floundering around in the rec.motorcydes newsgroup, trying to wade through the garbage, trying to make sense of the things Americans say, I finally sobered up long enough to notice that there is a UK specific equivalent, called appropriately enough uk.rec.motorcydes. If you’re a biker with access to the net then you should check out this site, for no other reason than it's pretty funny reading at times. Additionally, if you're one of the few Northern Ireland Amiga users who ride bikes that I don't know of (i.e. someone other than John Kennedy) drop into
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CRANK This is a site that you really should check out.
I’m not usually a big fan of Zines but Crank really is something special. It's actually the online version of an underground magazine produced byJeffKoyen. Originally in Philadelphia and now in New York. Quite simply, it has some of the funniest articles and features that I've seen anywhere on the Net.
The feature in Crank number four on converting roadkill to explosive devices is particularly hilarious. Mind you, be warned, the subject matter is fairly adult-oriented, so I'd advise you to steer well clear of it if you're bothered by a bit of blasphemy and profanity (personally these are exactly the things that I like about the site).
As well as having hugely funny content, the site is well put together and visually attractive.
The only thing I can think of to complain about Crank is that some of the articles from the print version have been omitted from the web site. If you think your sides are up to a serious laugh, then Crank can be located at: http: www.btf.com crank TOKYO GHETTO PUSSY If you like techno then you'll probably have heard of Tokyo Ghetto Pussy. The Japanese girls behind TCP lend their particular viewpoint to pop orientated techno, and even if you're not a fan of this music you should check out this site to take the TGP Ego Test. Check it out at: http: www.
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isn't exactly a friend of mine, more someone who's eccentric
orbit YOUR AMIGA ON-LINE The Return of Usenet Loser of the
Month M t- - evert more | I u » owe ol Cwtt c. Cake Magazine
is another good read on the web. With a few downloadable fonts
to add to the appeal.
It's been a few months now since I’ve singled out someone from the vast herd of lunatics inhabiting Usenet for my own particular brand of abuse. There have been a number of reasons for this, not least the threat of Formats lovely Andrea that I had better "stop insulting people or else". So. I had resolved to be a better person, nicer in every way. Every day, towards everyone that I met. This lasted about forty five minutes until John Kennedy phoned up asking to borrow my A1200 again, but I have managed to restrain myself in print for a few months now.
However, once in a while, even amongst the denizens of Usenet's alt hierarchy, an individual comes along who deserves a special mention.
This month, this dubious award goes to a nasty little specimen going by the name of Tim Sutter.
Mr. Sutter (tsutterOerols.com) in his infinite lack of wisdom has taken it upon himself recently to attempt to instigate a cross-posting flame war between three of alt's already pretty bizarre newsgroups: alt.slack, alt.life.sucks, and my own stamping ground alt.drunken.bastards. As well as setting up dozens of pointless crossposts, little Timmy thought it would be a good idea to send multiple copies of the same abusive, foul-languaged messages to the above groups - at the last count some five Hundred meaningless messages. Latest news is that Erols (a US ISP) have finally pulled his account,
but if he raises his ugly head again. I'll be calling on you loyal Format readers for a bit of support to drive him off the net permanently.
Occasionally intersects mine. In fact, E.S. isn't the sort of person you would like to call your friend at all. Since it doesn't do to get too close to someone for whom life is likely to end splashed across the front covers of the National Enquirer.
Mr Intei galactic's world is one of insanity and perdition, with a serious dollop of the surreal thrown in - just in case you thought things might Ik1 too normal. The opening page recommends that the site is best viewed with a "Psychic browser and astral galoshes", and believe me he means it.
If you like what you see on this site, you can catch more of E.S.’s alternative universe babbling on my favourite newsgroup (I'm not going to name it again, in case I land Our Esteemed and Illustrious Leader Mr. Veitch. Sir in trouble with the obscene publications squad
- I’ve mentioned it at least once elsewhere in this Amiga.Net).
For the descent into madness, set your browser for the heart of
fishness at: http: www.telepath.com path index.html
ALT.DRUNKEN.BASTARDS HOMEPAGE What can 1 say about this pager
It's the official homepage of the Usenet newsgroup of the same
name, and it is run by my friend Rob "Gon .o" Machado. It has
all the information and links you'll ever need 10 do with drink
and drinking on the Net. I beseech you to check it out (and
remember to tell Gonzo that I sent you) at:
http: www.primenet.com --aiachado dninkJttml XXXJOELS HOMEPAGE
XXXJoel is one of the most psychoticallv deranged people it has
ever been niv pleasure to meet. He is someone I can call a true
kindred spirit on the net. II you are not of a squeamish
disposition (and can stand a bit of abuse) check out is
homepage at: http: www.bway.net ~xxxjoel DARSY’S HOMEPAGE
Yes, it's the one you've been waiting for - my own homepage.
Far be it from me to be modest, hut this page is simply
outstanding. You will burn in the fires of hell for eternity if
you don't check out this site (yes. I’m desperate for visitors)
at: http:, www.geodties.com SoHo 1352 mainJitml You’ve
probably been reading through this article and fuming to
yourself about the self- indulgence of it all - af ter all who
am 1 to judge your tastes. But mv recommendation would be to
check out the sites before getting annoyed - thev rcallv are
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n. UvMnmlrti Welcome to the House Of Discount Madn where the
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Mul-X TUTORIAL fifTN ®msic-X Find out how to really get the most out of Music X in the first part of our brand new tutorial. Darren Irvine is the man who knows his melodies.
CONTENTS Chapter 1: Introduction and basic sequence recording Chapter 2: Basic sequence editing and creating a song Chapter 3: Effects - cross fading & the swing processor Chapter 4: construction techniques Chapter 5: playback & NoUtor-X Before you start recording tracks, it’s probably a good idea to make sure the metronome is operating correctly.
You can choose between the metronome placing an internal Amiga sample, playing a specific note on a specific MIDI channel, or not playing at all. Do this by clicking 011 the screen line where "Metronome Sequence" is displayed, on the bit that says INT. EXT or OFF.
SEQUENCER DELETE Henory: 275438 Events 11 4t 1 PREUIEH |_ & Seq hen Bars Channels CST Tine Sequence Nane 001 112 1 10 C Rel Metronone Sequence Tlu if arc other sequencing software packages available lot the Amiga but you'd be hard- pushed to beat Music-X for sheer enjoyment of use. The current version is 2.0, but older versions (and Music-X Jr) share many features. These tutorials will look at getting suited with Music-X.
Progressing on to more complex sequencing, and also covering some of the little tricks that can be achieved.
We'll start this month by looking at the most basic aspects of operating Music-X: Recording and Editing a single Play Sequence.
Bars of MIDI notes. The cunning part of the song construction technique is that a Play Sequence can contain any form of MIDI data, including other Plav Sequences. This makes Music-Xverv easy to use il you like lo be able to knock out a few different sequences and quickly paste them together into a song. It also lends itself remarkably well to doing different arrangements, or remixes of songs that you have written.
Music X s screen doesn't look like much to start with, but if you're serious about Amiga music making, you'll come to love it.
GETTING STARTED Although Music-X does support playback of the Amiga's internal samples, as with any other sequencing package, you really need some sort of external MIDI sound module or synthesizer, to make it worth your while.
The basic unit of a Music-X song is the Play Sequence, and you can have up to 255 (although this is probably far more than you will ever need). In ay Sequence is a group of inoie uiau oi a Pla1 T ine Sequence Nane Out a - Rel Metronone Sequenc e Ex1 0 0 08 Re I Unt it led a* at Ex1 0 0 0 00 » of 'Untitled*... RECORDING A PLAY SEQUENCE Click 011 the BEGIN button to make sure that you start recording from the beginning of a sequence. Click on the REG and then GO and the metronome will count you in for two bars, then record everything you play to the work buffer. Play a simple kick and snare
rhythm just to get started, and when you have finished, click 011 STOP.
Now click 011 the line that represents the Play Sequence location that you want to store your track in.
When it's highlighted click 011 STORE.
Give it a meaningful name by clicking in the description area (underneath where it says "Metronome Sequence"I and type in the name you want.
EDITING A PLAY SEQUENCE When you have recorded and stored a Plav Sequence, tile next step is to move T U T.O RIAL lo the Music-X editing screen - even if your timing is perfect, sou'll still need to tidy up the end ol bar marker.
Highlight (he sequence that you have just recorded (single click on il). And hit EDIT In addition to the piano keys down the left hand side of the purple screen, you will .see a number of coloured dots (the actual colour ol which is determined by the MIDI channel on which von recorded the sequence) and blueish ptn pic hats, flit- position of the dots represent the note played and the height of the bars represents the key velocity with which the note was played (i.e. note volume).
GRID CONTROL Before you go any lurther, it's a good idea to familiarise yourself with the Grid tool. This changes the si e of notes that are affected by processes such as quantise, and il also changes die resolution to which von can move existing notes or add new ones.
When you click on Grid, you will see a requester that allows you to separately pick the resolution of note placement, and ol note duration.
Probably semiquavers are about rigln for most sequences, so click on the Semiquaver icons (a value of 48). And then on OK. If vou have recorded a lot of little tiddly nourishes you may well need to set a liner note resolution.
You can playback your sequence by clicking on the lape-rccorder like play control. If you lind that one or two notes are incorrect, vou can simply move them bv first clicking on Move from the list on the right hand side ol the screen, and then drag and drop any note that vou wish to move. Non could "If you're a ham-fisted keyboard player like myself, the Note Quantisation tool will be your saviour."
Lid up the timing ol all your notes in this wav. Hut it would just a little hit tedious, and ol course as with all sequencers, there is an automatic way ol doing it. Which brings us to... QUANTISATION If you're a ham-listed keyboard player such as myself, the Note Quantisation tool will Ix- your saviour. Bring up the Qu.tntis.uion requester In using the quantisation option Irom the Modules pull-down menu. You are given various i hoices relating to which conditions to quantise, hut for the most part, use "Start w duration" to quantise the position and lengths ol your notes.
Select "Entire Sequence" In quantise all your notes, and then click on OK. With a hit of hick (and some reasonable timing in the first place) your sequence will now Ik- perfectly timed.
II volt only wish to quantise part of your sequence, then you can do this too: click on "Select" from the options 011 the right hand side, and drawing a box around the desired notes. Do this in much the same way that you would select multiple items on the Workbench, by clicking in one corner ol an imaginary box surrounding the notes and dragging to the opposite corner. The selected notes will appear lo beeome hollow. II vou make a mistake in selection, use I nM.u k and start again. Then, w hen vou use the quantisation option from the menu, click on Selected Notes Ix-forc clicking on OK.
With a bit of luck you will now have a perfectly recorded and timed Play Sequence. Next month we’ll take a look at some of the other options available within the Editing Window, and we'll also be covering how to go about linking together your Play Sequences into a meaningful song. *5 "*¦ ;1 CHAPTER j'r Think you've got some artistic talent?
Jason Jordache has some advice on getting started in the computer graphics industry.
Sketches might only be brief, or detailed and coloured to a point of quality where straight scans can be made (though alwavs touch them up
- at the yen least remove the ring ol el tin- ideas of vour work
in . Perspective - try l focus on a oal. Before you start
creation some graphics work for tilt- names industry it's
important to look through the computet mags in the newsagents,
and votti own collection of games software to think about the
variety ol gaming genres on oiler, Non should soon gel an idea
ol the styles ol graphics you may lind vourscll creating. It's
very important to lind something you enjoy whether that be
cutie plalioriners or characters ol a more twisted nature.
While it's ideal to have as large a collet lion ol drawing methods and styles as possible, if you're trying to create something that bores then you could be setting yourself up for months of tedium.
DRAWING TIP Beautiful 16 million colour oil paintings look groat on screen, but their use in the majority ol games is dubious, (though a couple of static well drawn images are perfect for your demo dole). You could well be passed up for the guy who drew animation frames of a 32 colour sprite waiting around
- ;5 '•‘.Vi pixels from around a scanned sprite).
I chose side view sprites and screens because they came naturally, lilted perfectly with certain gaming genres and perhaps most ol all were easier than three- quarter perspectives and 111 I. Those on this page, made in Dl'iiinl . Are samples from a cutie platformer and a different style for a scene with rocky walls with platforms for the mouse character I was working on to walk over.
I seem to remember the skv in the mouse platformer being a llukc. I don't normally use the smears, blends and other colour modes as I find them largely useless, but one of the lew exceptions is the Shade function in the Mode menu I used lot the sky Vim'll need some basic knoyvledge of Dl'iiinl 3 for this example. I'sing the dolor Palette requestor I created a range of several colours via the Spread function, say from yellow to dark red.
Click on the yellow, click the Range button, then click on the dark red to mark off the gradient. When Shade (F5) is used from the Mode menu this range of colours will be used. To try it out.
Just splash a blob using one of the colours just created on screen, using normal colour mode , Sa(I-1 then switch to Shade. Using a large tip press either mouse button, while painting over the colour to cycle up and doyyn from vclloyv to dark red. I made my own tip, looking like the Iront-slasli symbol on the keyboard and picked it up as a brush. This made an effective pointer for designing clouds.
Waterfalls, platforms and characters were designed on the spare screen in Dl'iiinl and pasted over the background.
To spice up the background, little, repetitive, moving details help add life.
After a small looping anim of the background was saved, the mouse anim- brush could be added over the top and saved as a different file in case you rvanlcd to change the layout.
Dl’iiinl tries to keep down file sizes, so an area of screen that doesn't change from frame to frame isn't re-saved each time. Only those details, like a moving character, add significantly to file sizes, A large anim with only a tiny fraction of the screen changing, would save into a relatively small file on a bard drive.
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• ill ¦w f I GET CARRIED AWAY I was lured by the excitement of
games play ing, somewhat mistakenly projecting that image onto
actually creating games. On reading an article covering a gin
who was into graphics and thinking. I could draw that. I gave
him a call.
Nice guy. He sent me a bag load ol his work and I promised in return to send him some of mine in a week or so w hen "I'd finished a couple of projects I was working on." Meaning I hadn't anything to send at the time.
('¦tabbing an Ali pad I began to sketch, litis is an organisationally wise move, because from there you can pluck out the best bits, transferring them to screen - i.e. yottt niir I '."V
- is $ Looking back these examples look flawed, but this flat
little fellow came about through an experiment in fluid
animation, created via pixel pushing during flicking back and
forth through the Dpaint frames. The finished anim (just his
eight framed walk, other frames were kept separate) could then
be picked up as an anim-brush and pasted upon a suitable
background. The onion skin technique available in some graphics
packages makes this process easier, where a progressively faint
image of the frames surrounding the one you're actively working
on are visible.
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Real 3D Version 2 Graeme Sandiford discovers how to make his
spacecraft fly using Real 3D2's powerful animation tools.
Following on from Iasi month's installment, we'll be using the model ol the antigravity t rail th.it we built and texture-mapped. This month we'll c reate a track for it to race along and take our first look at Real 31 s phenomenal animation tools.
As with most good programs there are many ways of achieving the same end result.
We’ll be living our ag craft down a track and then getting it to turn around and head back.
First we'll use a faith basic method, velocity, which will speed an object in a certain direction - the longer the* line tlu- greatei the velocity. As this method onlv works in one direction we'll use a path-based method that will make the craft follow a urved line. Then we’ll use a third method dial will make sure that the craft is pointing in the i ight direction.
WIPEOUT 2 Load up the scene from last month’s tutorial, go to the top-view and zoom out by pressing Right-Amiga o and drawing a small square - the smaller the square, the greater the magnification. Repeat as needed.
If you have a slow machine take note of the size of the ship and delete it. Select the menu Create Freeform Mesh, enter a resolution of 64 and 8 and draw a rectangle, like in the image above, with two clicks.
Save the project and, especially if you are running low on memory, quit out of Real 3D. Load up your favourite paint package or image processor and set about drawing an image to serve as the surface for our track.
As usual you can do want you what you like without it being "wrong". I did have a nice Essence Forgegenerated Tarmac texture, but lost it. So you could try experimenting with textures like Fibre and Burnish.
If you don’t have this package, try to keep the image you paint random. This is best achieved with an airbrush - start with a large nozzle and dark colour and make them smaller and lighter with each pass.
This is used for the main part of the track, but we will also create an embankment which will need a different image. I've gone for diched black and yellow stripes.
Create and save a brush that intersects the pattern so it tiles seamlessly.
Re load Real 3D and your project. Go to the side-view and zoom out so that you can see the full width of the track. Select the points on the left and right edges, by shift-dragging and selecting the menu Create Structure Group.
Select the new group and move it upwards. This will create a concave shape that is slightly rounded at the bottom. If necessary resize the track so that the bottom of the trough is about twice the width of the ship.
Create a new level called track - cut and paste the mesh under this level. Bring up the Material Editor, create a material called Road and load in the first texture you created and apply it as a colour map with Y tiling on.
Create another material for the embankment and load it in. Turn tiling on the Y axis on and click on the material types in the grab. Set the Y-freq to about 20 - to stretch the texture decrease this or to increase it squash it.
Zoom out so that you can see the whole track, select the menu Create Mapping Parallel, select the Road material and draw a rectangle that covers the track.
Zoom in and make sure that the mapping fits properly.
Zoom back out again and create a mapping with the embankment material. When drawing it make it narrow so that it only covers the edge of the track.
Zoom in. Adjust as needed, duplicate and mirror it.
Create a new level and cut and paste the level with the craft under it. Go to the menu Modify PropertiesA elocity.
Draw a line down the track, select Create Structure Method PROCESSOR and then Animate Control Play forward.
The craft will move in the direction of the line you’ve drawn. Press right-amigaxu until things are as they were before step 13. Go to the menu Create Structure Method and select PATH from the animation methods.
M !i4l Enter the new level and select the menu Create' Controls b-spline knot. Define a curve, starting from the craft by setting knot points, that goes part way down the track and then doubles back up to the start.
TUTORIAL Recursive Tree Sorts Part 2 Last month's tutorial revealed how sort trees work, but how useful are they for programmers?
Recursive binary tree sorts, factorial functions - it all looks very complicated but it really isn't as difficult to grasp as it sounds.
Last month we looked at ways of sorting information using these tree sorts and discovered that their structure was very similar to that of a family tree.
Now before we continue, try and draw a sort tree for the following list of seven words... ENGLAND. AMERICA, FRANCE, RUSSIA, SPAIN, GERMANY and CANADA. Use exactly the same rules as last month but this time apply them alphabetically, rather than numerically. You should end up with the following tree... There arc a few points worth making about the 'mechanics’ of this tree construction process: Firstly, it was purely an arbitrary decision to make the “less than or equal to” decision correspond to the "left descendants" in the tree. We could equally well have used the reverse convention. Secondly
the decision pan of our rule could have been spill into “less than" and “equal to or greater than". Again the choice was arbitrary. What was imponant however was that we were classifying incoming items into just one of two types - so there was never any doubt about the exact position that an incoming item would occupy 011 an existing tree!
Haring worked through the creation of some binary trees chances are that you appreciate the type of questions that one asks as a tree is built.
You're probably also wondering what possible use such a structure can be!
Well, if you think about how the trees were created you'll realise that no matter where you are in the tree, once you've reached a node with a particular value then, by following the left descendant branch, all items found will be less than (or equal to) the value of the node you started from. So by starting at the root, and continually moving to the left (until we run out of left descendants), we can find the node with the lowest value. Suppose we do this - where would we find the node containing the next highest value? The secret here is to realise that any subtree formed using the right
descendant of a particular node will only contain values greater than the value of that node. So, if that lowest node has a right descendant, then all we'd need to do is move to that 'sub-tree' - and find the lowest node present in that sub-tree (again using the 'only go left' approach). If there isn't a right descendant then we have to move up to the parent of the node we were looking at because that'll be the node with the next highest value.
This type of tree searching 'jiggery- pokery' incidentally is a lot easier to understand if you have a few diagrams to refer 10 and the reason I’ve used a rather 'pictorial' approach in the tree building explanations is to let you see first hand the types of decisions that a tree-based sort routine has to make.
Sort macros used with word-processor programs like Final Copy could add useful new facilities.
AN EXAMPLE AREXX RECURSIVE SORT PROGRAM With some basic ground-niles for uee creation and searching under our belt it's time to look at some example code.
Let's suppose we've got a block of text, held in a variable called text (clever eh?), that we want to convert to an alphabetically ordered list of words.
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Sophisticated string handling, coupled with high speed sort routines, make two powerful allies for serious Arexx users!
You can see how this indexing arrangement is used by looking at the BuildTreeO tree building routine of the example sort program given in Listing 1. The first step is to compare word.i, the new word being added to the tree, with the node word (initially ihe root). If the new word is less that or equal lo the node word, two tilings can happen: Either there is no left descendant of that node, so the new word gets specified as that left descendant using... if treeamdeJeft=0 then tree.node.left=i or there is a descendant present (as indicated by a non-zero tree.node.left value). In this latter
case we make a recursive call to the same routine - only this time we're calling the BuildTreeO function like this... Buildl ree (i. Tree. Node, left) In other words we now starting the building process one node down - at the left descendant of the original node! Sneaky, and it does take a little thinking about, but basically this code is doing exacdy the same thing that we were whilst drawing trees by hand.
Even the humble text editor ED, could be endowed with indexing facilities courtesy of an Arexx sort macro!
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Rx edsort.rexx * Pretty inurli the same thing happens in the other half ol the routine (when the 'less than or equal test' fails) only in this case we're then looking for the presence (or absence) of right descendants.
Once the tree lias been built extracting the items in order is easy. • Imagine that vou start at the root of the tree. To print the whole tree in order you'd need to print the left subtree, then print the root, and then print the right subtree, l low would you print the left subtree (which after all could contain any number of items)? Well you'd start at that first left descendant, print the subtree on the lef t of that node, then print the node itself (which constitutes the root of that subtree), and then print the subtree on the right of the node. This definition goes on and on... in other
words it is recursive and if you look at the PrintTree() routine in the example listing you'll see that it minors this recursive definition exactly- basically within a loop consisting of just THREE lines of code.
AND FINALLY... For simplicity the RX t unable trce_sort.rexx st rip! Shown in listing I is just sorting a statically defined list of words. ( n last month's Covcrdisk and this month's Cl) you'll find lioth this and an alternative version, called file_lrcc_sort.rcxx iliat reads words from a selected text file and writes the sorted output to a separate file. The sort routines used are. Of course, identical in both programs and although Arexx is an interpreted language (and therefore slow compared to languages like C) the speed of these routines should be quite impressive.
You should also find a file sorting version of the bubble sort method and on an A4000 040 a piece of text containing 327 words took 143 seconds to sort. The tree sort did it in under 20 seconds - these differences in timings increase dramatically as the number of items being sorted gets larger.
Of course with the tree sort things are helped by the fact that the sorting is achieved without physically rearranging any of the data but the real key. The thing that makes this magic work, is the recursive techniques used to create and search in ascending order a binary tree that holds indexes to the original list of words. So. Needless to say. The next time someone asks you what possible use recursion is to the Arexx programmer, you know what lo say. Better still - come up with ways of using these routines in your own scripts and macros. Who knows? You just might start some SORT of trend!
I2 LISTING 1: A COMPLETE RECURSIVE TREE SORT PROGRAM * tree sort.rexx - recursive binary sort tree example • ROOT-1; treeaxO; word.*'; text=‘just a small piece of example text' count=Words(text); tree.ROOT do i 1 to count word.i=Word(texti) end do iz2 to count call BuikfTree(i,ROOT) end call PrintTree(ROOT) exit • • BuMdRee; Procetfcae expose tree, wont pane arg i, node H UpperiwordJWJpperiwordnode) then do fteenodafcfcOtantoenodeMN else call BuRdneefttree.node.left) end else do fneenxhik feOtanneenodui fcx else caN ButkfTreeft tree.node .right) end return * . PrintTree: Procedure
expose tree. Word, parse arg node If node -=0 then do call PrintTree(tree.node.left) say word.node call PrintTree(tree.nodejTght) end return • • It's Bath Time Digital effects can make all the difference to the appearance of your presentation. Ben Vost finds out just how these effective FX can be achieved.
Intro. First steps and sorting out the graphics Graphical glory - More on the visual aspects chapter 5: SFX - Sprucing up with digital video effects I have included these two titles in the list because they can be very effective. If somewhat difficult-to-use, DVE generators. The add-on effects that Morph Plus gives to ADPro. In particular, are of very good quality. Effects such as ripples, and spherising your images, can look very nice when used correctly. Beware though, creating them really does require some knowledge of Arexx and or a batch processing program like Batch Factory. No price or
contact number is given because ASDG no longer produce software for the Amiga but you may be able to pick up a copy second-hand.
SOFTWARE ADPRO 2.5 MORPH PLUS Chapter 7: Finale - The finishing touches ADPro 2.5 is still Incredibly useful when you need to batch process images - as long as you know Arexx or have ProControl or Batch Factory.
ANIMAGE 169DM (about £67.60) ProDAD 0049 746 291 134 This isn't really a DVE program, but it does allow the user to layer, fade and wipe animations over a static or moving background and as such, deserves a place in this line up. Again, it is only available through ProDAD directly since they have no English distributor.
We're nearin)’ llie end of this preliminary phase of our multimedia tutorial. The hist element to consider is the final added touches for vour transitions. While Ski la offers lots of nice wipes it isn't able to give the viewer the kind of eyeball delights that a dedicated DVE package like Adorage or X-DVE is capable of.
The only problem with the two aforementioned titles is that they usually use their own proprietary animation format, in order to get the best possible playback speed for the necessarily complex motions involved in digital video effects. It is possible to save out sequences from these packages as frames, or even as ANIM format files, but obviously this won't give you the silkv smooth animation you require.
Unfortunately, unless you arc going to be able to use an external replayer in your package (this isn't a problem in CauDo, although control isn't quite so easy), this is your only solution.
KEEP IT SHORT As a general guide, you should lie careful about making your DVE's overlong or too complicated since the user is going to have to wait for them to load and some of the DVEs generated can take up to as much as 10Mb of disk space. At that rate it would lie worse than having to wait for the web!
Instead, try to make sure that they last no more than about a second and check playback speed on a test sample before you commit to using a particular level of resolution. By resolution here I mean that you can usually choose how many subdiv isions your picture is cut into. The more you have, the slower (and larger) your animation will be in HANDY HARDWARE VLAB MOTION £999 FROM White Knight Technology 01920 822321 Vlab Motion - capable of some really incredible effects.
Oh yes, one last thing. Make sure you know what your target machine is going to be capable of. It's going to do your patience no good whatsoever if you spend the next two days creating a high movement. Ham8 animation that won't run on a standard A500+. If it's relevant and at all possible, try the animation on a low spec machine (you could take die accelerator out of your AI200, for instance). If nothing else, it will help to prevent nasty timing problems from occurring.
Next month sees us going through the actual process required to put all the stuff we've been doing for the past five months together. Although we don't have the wherewithal to devote a tutorial to each of the packages you can use we will have a table comparing the main offerings against each other, just so you can be sure that you will be using the right package for your needs. 'If ANIM5 formal because there will be more happening on screen al any given moment.
KEEP IT SIMPLE Remember also that a DVE doesn't have to be flashy twirling pixels floating flaglike in space before twisting in on themselves to reveal your picture. Ii can be something as simple and effective as a lade or wipe. You'll say that Scala can do a very nice, very smooth fade and yes it can. But what if. Because of other aspects of your production, you end up needing to use CanDo as your primary compilation tool. Even if you arc using Scala. A cross fade can be even more impressive since .Scala only allows for a limited number of colours in text to Itc faded between, whereas an
animation frees you from that sort of limitation.
Another point to remember is that you don't have to restrict yourself to the dedicated DVE packages. Why not take a plane in tjghtwave, map your image onto it and then explode il or use a clip map to eat away at it over time. You could also use ImageF iX or ADPro to reduce the number of colours in your picture over time to two.
And then use a morphing package to turn that two colour image into another that you colour reduced.
DVE’s don’t have to be limited to the ones you are given, you can make them up for yourself.
ADORAGE 169DM (about £67.60) ProDAD 0049 746 291 134 Adorage was the first DVE package to surface for the Amiga and very good it was too. The current version supports even more different effects, but has no English distributor, much like ProDAD's other packages. By default Adorage saves its effects in the SSA format shared by ProDAD's other packages but can be forced to save as frames or as an ANIM5 file.
X-DVE (X-DVE 1 was on issue 88's coverdisk) X-DVE 2.5 £39.99 (through AF) This Italian program really lit our Dave Taylor's fires. He enthused over its splendid features and waxed lyrical at the smoothness of the playback achievable with the program.
Unfortunately, that smoothness relies on the XFA animation format which has to be foregone in order to comply with Scala's file format requirements.
X-DVE. Easy effects, but they take a long time to render, even on an '040.
If you're aiming at really high-end multimedia production, then this board will certainly help you in your endeavours.
Able to capture full-frame video at 25fps, the Vlab Motion is ideally suited for converting your 3D animations into video, or your video footage into animation. I know we covered video capture in a previous chapter of this tutorial, but the reason Vlab Motion deserves another mention is its splendid timeline method of adding effects to footage, some of which are incredible to look at.
This tool comes with no savers for animation formats like CDXL. But does have a full Arexx port so converting frames into the correct format should pose no obstacle.
The only problem with Vlab Motion is that MacroSystem, its creators, are no longer making it preferring instead to concentrate on their Draco and Casablanca systems... SOFTWARE EQUIPMENT UPDATE Since we started this tutorial series there have been a few changes in the line up of tools that can be used for your production. One of the main changes comes in the video capture section where two new products based around the same main bit of hardware have entered the market.
Omnilink are busy working on an adaptor to enable Amiga users to use the extremely popular Connectix Quick Cam to capture Lo-Res video and audio in 16 or 64 greyscales and output it as ANIM and CDXL with sound.
The camera itself is a little ball that sits in a cradle and you need no other cables since it Just plugs straight into your parallel port. You don't even need a power cable because the Quick Cam only draws 350 milliwatts - a power requirement the Amiga's parallel port can easily fulfil. We hope to have a definitive review of the systems as soon as possible.
AQCVid from Omnilink Corp. Price (not including QuickCam 0
594. 99) $ 59.99 Tel: 001 718 805 2801 Fax: 001 718 805 2601
email: sales0oink.com Cocktel takes the basic idea of using
one of the cheap video conferencing cameras like AQCVid, but
builds on the idea by giving the user the opportunity for
video-phone-like performance through a modem link.
You will still be able to save out your sessions, but it remains to be seen in what format it will be in.
Additionally, Cocktel is designed to work with colour cameras and can be used with proper video cameras as well as the little video conferencing jobbies.
Cocktel from ProOAO.
Price about £300 for camera, digitiser card and software, less if you only require individual parts.
0049 746 291 134 Blitz Tutorial A program isn't completely dressed without buttons says John Kennedy.
We’ve put some pictures in and tidied up a bit - now it’s time for some buttons. The buttons we’ll use for our Blit Browser are based on images, and unsurprisingly that requires some images to work with. So get out your favourite paint package and start drawing. We need a button for scrolling up. A button for scrolling down and a button for switching images on and off.
Blit lets us use two separate images for each button, and this allows us to create a little 3D effect by using shading around the button edges. The first image is shown as a default, and when the button is clicked, the second image is shown.
The best place to pinch potential gadget graphics is the Workbench. Use your paint package's ability to grab other open screens.
Perhaps the easiest way to start is to pinch some buttons from the Workbench, like these taken from a standard window: After a bit of work, yon should end up with images better than these.
Notice how the pairs are exactly the same, except for the swapping of the white and black shades which make up the outline. You can use different colours if you wish to make them stand out a bit more, but don’t go overboard.
Jj [X r* [X Remember, the point of the gadget is to make things easier for the user not to make the screen display look more technical and important.
Blit requires that the images used with the gadgets are dealt with as Shapes, and this makes it quite straightforward to load them into your program. In lad, all you need lo do is carefullv cut out each button as a brush in vour paint program, and then save them to the same directory as your Blit program, in normal IFF format, lix to use the same palette for each brush to avoid strange colour changes when you load them into the program.
Here is how you can include the Shapes into your Blit program: LoadShape 0, "upl .iff" LoadShape 1,"up2.iff" LoadShape 2,"downl.iff" LoadShape 3, "down2 -iff" LoadShape 4,"imagel.iff" LoadShape 5,"image2.iff" As we are now using Shapes II to " . We need to change the reference in the picture drawing routine to use Shape ( instead ol Shape II. II you don't remember to do this, weird things will happen when you click on the IT button after loading a page with a graphic image. To create gadgets I loin the shapes, use the following code: aapaaxfest 0,614,221,0,2,0,1 ; Scroll n : Ty.O«iyc
0,614,232,0,3,2,3 ; 93011 too 0,614,210,1,4,4,5 ; Urn** cn cff You can see that the Image gadget is slightly different in that it has an extra I where the other gadgets have a (I. This is the Hag which stands for “toggle on nil”. When you click on the Image gadget it’s going to lock to an on position or lo an oil position, rather than simply lick in for an instant like the up and down buttons.
As we specified die same gadget list as tbe existing proportional gadget, the buttons will automatically be attached to the same window. Make sure you remember to shorten the scroll bar and its border a little to make room for the three new buttons. Each ol these gadgets was 11 pixels high.
DETECTION To detect which gadgets .lie clicked, we need to add some code to the main loop in our program. So far we have used this loop to watch out lor menu usage, and also clicks on die scrolling gadget. Now we need to expand it to react to tbe other gadgets lieing pressed.
To start with, we’ll need to filter the messages a little more finch. I p until now there was only one gadget, and so we didn’t need lo work out which one had been pressed. That’s changed, and so we need lo include a Select Gadgetl lit command, in the same way in which we detect individual menus with a Select Menu! Lit command. Here is tbe changed listing: Case $ 40 Select GadgetHit Case 1 ; Scroll bar clicked
y. w=VPropPot(0,1)‘height PositionSuperBitMap 0,y.w Case 2 ;
Click on up button Case 3 j Click on down button Case 4 i
Click on Image button End Select As you can see it’s merely
.mother Select End Select statement and some Gases to check
for each gadget. We can use the existing code for the Scroll
Because il works in the same way il alway s did.
Now it’s time to make the buttons do something. Eel's start with die Images button. It this is switched on (which is the delaull I then any graphics arc displayed. II it's switched oil then they won’t lie displayed. First ol all. Let’s create a global variable at the start of the program which remembers tbe state On or Off. I sing Blitz's built in On and Off’values helps us avoid having to use numbers which can get confusing.
; Global variable images-On Now here's the code you place after the C-asc statement which detects the Image button being pressed. As you can see. It toggles the value between On and Off.
If imoBvOi Then ijxagnpdCf irmprn rn Finally, we should alter the Picture drawing code to take note of the state of the "images" variable. I'm going to tie this in with the code for a broken image, that is, an image which cannot be loaded. You might want to create a new section which draws an outline of the correct si e instead. Here's the changed section of the program: If n$ -"broken" OR images“Off y-WCursY x-WCursX Wbox x,y,x+16,y+16,2 Wline x,y,x+16,y+16,1 Wline x,y+16,x+16,y,1 Else ; T wf in imupw as a "shape" LoadShape 6,n$ ; Place shape in main bitmap y=wcursY x-WCuraX Wblit 6,x,y CALL
ME BUTTONS... Of course, you should feel free to add more buttons to the program - as long as they make it easier to use. For example, you might want to create some buttons which move immediately to the top and bottom of the document or that can return you to the previously loaded HTML page. Design and save the buttons as before. Here is the source code for loading and making them into gadgets. Again, you’ll find that the scroll bar needs to be shrunk to accommodate them.
LoadShape 0,"upl.iff" LoadShape 1,"up2.iff" LoadShape 2,"downl.iff" LoadShape 3, "down2.iff" LoadShape 4, "imagel.iff" LoadShape 5,"image2.iff" LoadShape 6,"topi.iff" LoadShape 7,"top2.iff" LoadShape 8. "bottcml .iff" LoadShape 9, "bottcin2 .iff” LoadShape 10,"backl.iff" LoadShape 11,"back2.iff" As for the “move to previous document" button, well that’s slightly more tricky.
Technically you should create a linked list of pages, and add a new link every time a new page is loaded. I'll leave that for you to do yourself. Here I’m only going to store the previous page, that's all. So it you load page 1. Move to page
2. Then clic king on the previous page button brings back page 1.
Clicking on it again brings hack page 2. And so on.
One change I’ve made is to include a search for a default page called "home.hlmr. If this document exists, it's loaded hv the Browser when it first starts. I’his makes it easy to create an index of often used pages. OK. So here are a few more global variables: j Global variable images-On previous $ ¦ "NULL" current $ ¦ " hccne. Html" Now here is the altered lines in the Load11 function: You can see that this section also changes the LoadShape from 0 to ti. As mentioned previously.
MOVE IT Now it's time to deal with the up and down gadgets. We need to make the window scroll up and down depending on which button is pressed. This shouldn't be vers hard - we've already been using the scroll bat to do much the same thing.
Here's how it's down. First of all we get the current value from the scroll bar's proportional gadget. This is always in the range 0 to I (don't get confused with the 0 and 1 in the r=VPropPot(0.1) command though here the 0 and I refer to the gadget list and gadget number respectively).
Wc then alter the value returned by a smidgen, and re-adjust the scroll gadget so it's knob moves to the right location. Then we scale up the value and use it to adjust the SuperBiunap.
Which effectively scrolls the display for us. We must remember to use Redraw to update the appearance of the gadget.
Here’s the listing for the l’p button. This is placed after the relevant Case statement in the main loop.
P-VPropPot(0,1) If p 0.02 Then p-p-0.02
y. w=p*height SetVProp 0,1,p,(10 height) Redraw 0,1
PositionSuperBitMap 0,y.w Here's what the program looks like
so far: : 0,04,199,0,2,0,1; Saril v* agaaftst
0,04,210,0,3,2,3 ; Stroll dsn 9n«)lbt 0,04,177,1,4,4,5 ; taps
cn cff 0,614,188,0,5,6,7 ; Ttp cf p*p :tn»Qyt?T
0,04,221,0,6,8,9 ; Bnmrfpff 9ipO br 0,614,232,0,7,10,11 ;
ttmrinm The code for moving to the beginning and end of the
document is quite easy.
Here it is, including the extra Case statements you need to include in the main loop: Case 5 ; Top of document SetVProp 0,1,0, (10 height) Redraw 0,1 PositionSuperBitMap 0,0 Case 6 ; Bottom of document SHARED previous$ SHARED currents previoua$ -current$ current$ =p$ Nothing too clever here: the variables are SHARED (if not. The load | function would make lip it s own variables of the same name) and then the previous page address updated.
Finally here is the GadgctHit code which occurs when you click on the Back button.
Case 7 j Previous document If load(previous?)=True Then Gosub process Here’s what the new Browser looks like, complete with half a dozen buttons: That’s probably enough buttons to be going on with! By next month we should have the brand new Blitz Support Suite in. And we might even be able to start taking advantage of its many features. For the complete source code developed this month, check the Goverdisc. • S Send your letters to: Letters To The Editor, Amiga Format 30 Monmouth Street • Bath • Avon • BA1 2BW.
Ft THE GAMES THEY PLAY The lark of new Amiga games is obvious, apart from such stunning masterpieces as AB3I) II, but you do still find what's available and review them until it hurts and then some.
Plus, with all these independent software houses springing up, the Screenplay section is a bit chunkier and healthier.
I have read Amiga Formal ever since the loss of I hr Onr Amiga'. Al:'has filled the gap with its range of topics on everything .Amiga. Yes. I've seen the light and what a bounty I behold when I part with my £4.50 at WHSmiths.
Basically, it's a smashing read.
I always look at the readers' offers you have in case I can pick up a bargain. Recently I got Super Tennis Champs - You could expand this a bit and be on to a bit of an earner? A few oldies perhaps like Cauntlet 2?
Did you have any luck with your TTX Ocean bit in your readers' survey?
I think that Ocean would be surprised at the number of copies sold, for the little effort of releasing a finished game.
Maybe they think that not enough people have accelerator cards, but apparently accelerator cards still sell very well! Hopefully your readers' survey will show this. Go on Oc ean, release it as a Ghrissy present!! Please?
Book at Team 17 who released two versions of AB3DII in one box.
They covered themselves b because you didn't have to have an accelerator to play it but it was a great incentive to upgrade.
One more thing. I have a Speccy emulator, but because of iny '060 accelerator, things run at ZZZZZZoooooomtnmm speed! The only games I can play properly are things like Hrhrl Star because my reactions are only hitman.
Are there any speccy emulators out there, for the Amiga, that allow you to change the speed they run at? I have seen a PG speccy em which does this.
The only thing I can do is disable my '060. This does the extreme opposite and things run SSI-I.LLI -U.U XJOOOWWWW!
Phil 'you'll never catch me alive with a PC' Bennett Aylesbury Thanks for your comments. I'm sure you'll find AF much better value. We haven 7 yet c ompiled the results of the reader survey Iwe're still receiving them) hut a cursory glance through shows that lots of people have the ability and the will to play TKX.
have passed on your comments about Spectrum emulators. Off the top of my head, dan 7 have a solution for you, hut I’m sure it will he covered in our emulator series.
FASCISM DOESN'T RULE I have recently discovered the infiltration of Combat 18 propaganda via downloading an apparently innocent Amiga related document (Dcv asm agagiode.lha) to Aminct.
What concerns me most is their openness of being a white racist International terrorism Organisation.
Aminct has always been a clean, politic free international Amiga fraternity and therefore we must not allow any evil elements as such to get into the system.
Please raise the awareness and do something about it.
7! Frogman Coventry Well, it all comes denim to freedom of sfieerh doesn't it. Which is after all what the Internet is supposedly campaigning for - freedom of speech is for everyone, not just polite liberals.
WARP RACE by Mark Sheeky Crewe Created using Imagine 4, this took Mark SO minutes to render on an 030- powered A1200 with 32Mb RAM.
SHARE YOUR VIEWS TERMIGHT Let me start by saying, I have every copy of Amiga Format and this is the first time I have felt the urge to write in. Six months ago I opened an Internet account. I downloaded the necessary software from a BBS. And then proceeded to spend three or four months trying to get AmiTCP working. I asked local Amiga groups. BBS SysOps and anyone who would listen for help. I also went through my back issues of AF and read your Internet tutorials.
To take into account that it can get a non-computer genius like myself on the net. Something I could not do before at any price.
Brendan Murray (bmurray@indigo.ie) Many people have found out all they ever needed to know from the sources you have mentioned, but of course we accept that a piece of software like Miami or Termite, that does a lot of the hard work for you, is a better solution. At the time of the AF Internet tutorials, this software didn't exist.
Nobody I asked either could or would help and then I saw an advertisement in Amiga Format for Termite TCP. It claimed it could get you on the net within minutes, I sent off for it and it did.
In the November issue you gave Termite TCP 70%. Mostly because of its price - failing However il i disturbing llinl obviously offensive fiolitirul propaganda is being eovritly spread inil seemingly innocent ties.
IIMi lliis the illllhol 's intention ? Or was his work hijnrkrtl by ollieis I FAULTY CONSTRUCTION I have a gripe in do with the Reader (lames section in ,1 KH and the game I'ln rct Sliiebl reviewed therein. There are two things here that I don't' like agree with, a I the "language: unknown" line, and l»l the reviewers opinion that the game is technically something special.
OK. I'm willing to believe that it's a great game, and undoubtedly a lot of work has gonc inio it. II the author had written the Itl) engine I would wholeheartedly agree with the reviewer, tiling is. I'm 99'i sure that lie she hasn't. I mean, - come on - guys, is there no-one there that recognises a ill Construction Kit (henceforth 3DC.K) game when they see one? .1 - reviewed il in two versions'.
The crosshair in the centre of the screen combined with the liinny mouse pointer (with the double vertical bats) is a dead giveaway. I'm willing to bet that it also "shoots" with the lines from each corner ol the viewing area to the mouse pointer.
Ol course I've nothing against 3IICK. Though I haven't really played with il much. I.ugelv because I consider it too slow. And like I said above. I acknowledge that it still takes a lot of work to put together a game, especially a good one. But “technically tremendous"? I don’t think so.
Also I'm only 99% sure about this, which means there's a 1% chance that I'm wrong (it's been known to happen), in which case 1 will apologise profuselv to both the reviewer and the author.
Rtlp()3@uow.edu.au MUSICAL TRUTH I went along to Live '96 last week, and on the Yamaha stand saw a demonstration of their new DBXGSO (or something like that). Anyway, it’s the daughterboard that most of the PC mags, and Future Music have been raving about. I was just considering how much it would cost to buy a PC to run the card on, when the guy said that if you had a 'dead' machine like an Atari or an Amiga then you could still do the same thing using this. He then pulled out a box about the size of a US Robotics modem.
I now discover that it is the Yamaha MU10, and nobody seems to have reviewed it. The guy on the stand claimed that it came with everything to connect it with anything, and software for an Amiga. Basically I'm turning to you as the major Amiga magazine to see how truthful he was being.
Richard Peat Camberley We are on the phone to Yamaha now. If anyone else knows of Amiga hardware or software that we haven't covered, either let us know or get the manufacturers to get in touch.
created itsing 3DCK The thing about this game was that it was actually very playable, that lime and care had gone into the construction of the objects and indeed the construction of the game.
I can sent of see your point, but where would il all end f Should we only accept games that have been written in purr assembler? I think not. And isn V it more important that Ihe game is playable f THE VOICE OF REASON?
Dear Long Hair Bloke, I have a few things to say:
1. Get your hair cut.
PMA I've seen people moaning and commenting on the newsgroups and in magazines that their machine is dead, hut they're wrong.
Look at the new software developers and publishers who have been bringing us games, Look at .Andy
2. Get bcardv bloke to shave his beard off.
3. Tell Sven Harvey not to slag AP off.
No I'll do it myself: Hello Sven Harvey, How can you slag off All In reviews you must say what makes the game bad so that we know why we shouldn't get it. So let's see what reasons you have...
(a) It's shit (by the way AT if you-'rc to truly copy AP then the
abbreviation must be in italics).
(b) That's it.
Well, a good argument there.
Let’s see how well I can slag off AT
(a) It agrees with Peter Hull that Graphics aren't everything,
yet it gave AB3DII a good review.
(what’s that? The gameplay's good? Ahaha. I
(b) It's not funny and the 'jokes' are ones that were made by AP,
(c) It's shit.
However I'm still getting your mag through a subscription until my AP one runs out. Mainly for the Coverdisks. WHICH DON'T WORK ON .AN A500.
So. Piss off AP haters and in fact Ah' itself (you certainly won't be missed by me). You useless cretinous morons.
Geoff Pearce JOI652.266@compusenc.com THE REAL THING I just have a few words to say. The first thing is that you said you awarded the Reality Games Engine (which my brother and I wish to purchase) 66% in the pages of your most recent issue hut looking back at the review, you only reviewed the games and not the actual software application. Do you intend to publish a separate review or is that it?
On the subject of games, although it is very advanced, 1 find AB3D II very frustrating to play as it is very slow, even on my '030 enhanced 1200 - and it is too hard. I played it many times and I can't get past the second level. I'm going to try the Editor you have on the latest Coverdisk to see if that makes the game easier. Where can 1 get the patch for the editor?
Cormac McCartney Dublin The review in question was not of Ihe Reality system itself, but of a set of games that had been produced with it. The Reality system is currently going through some updates and possibly a change of distribution, and we will Davidson "ho brought us Worms, liis game is known by game users all over the world for being the most original.
He's now bringing us Worms: The Directors Cut and Worms 2. Then take a look at Breathless which brought us a new look at games with I * I pixel. This game could have started a revolution in the Amiga games industry, it showed us that there was a lot more to be discovered about our machine. This revolution has continued on with AB3D II and will continue further with Burnout from Vulcan Software.
Last year there were no CD-ROM games for the Amiga now you'll lind they're on there way with the release of Demislar. Kong Fu and maybe even Mysl.
Looking through AF, you can see a new generation of games developers.
Some might say that their games aren't all that good but just imagine what they'll be able to achieve in a few years time.
Vulcan Software have proved this to us. Many magazines didn't like Valhalla .
But now Vulcan plan to bring us six new titles of a brilliant standard. These are the type of people and companies that we should cherish. They are keeping the Amiga alive and they are the future.
If we brush them aside then we have no chance.
I've had enough of people saying my machine is dead. Dead means without life but I can tell you without hesitation that there is life in our Amigas. But we must not sit back, we should be telling software and hardware companies what we want. We should not be saying I'll let everyone else do it and I've got no time. Make time. I personally emailed a games developer and gave him my support and he emailed me back thanking me.
You can make a difference so don't become a part of the problem by moaning that your machine is dead.
Look at all the positive things that have happened and are still to come.
Author unhnowu I'm sure lots of our readers do remain optimistic ahoul Ihe future and of course we will be reviewing all the games you mentioned when they are released.
When I want a break from my work. I understand it's to avoid piracy but Team 17 could use a system so you only need codes when installing the game.
I just wish somebod) could do something about these do ) idiots that think it is good to rip the artists olT for the games that they create and make the people who do pa for the software suffer. A note to Team 17 - could you please print the codes, il you are going to use them, in clearer writing or write a registration into the game so that you may be able to trace the pirates. Lets hope that in the future there will be some better methods for controlling piracy.
Graham Clark dolph i n 8gra marye. U-net. Com PIRATE PAIN Ever since I got ihe demo ol Alien Hired I) III have been looking out for a copy and I managed lo gel one the olhei dav. When I got home I was really cheesed oil lo find dial in order to play the game I have to enter the code from a book wliic h is printed blai k on black. I am sure that I am not the onh one with this problem hul I cannot read the numbers so I had to go and pay £20 for somebody to ty pe it all out lor me.
I lad I realised that you needed a code book in the first place I would not have bothered buving the game even though it is excellent - the code will keep getting lost in m paperwork thus putting me oil pla ing Pirates always have Iteni and always will he a major problem in all software markets.
While we at AF can well understand the paranoia of games companies who have invested greatly in terms of time and effort, some protection methods become a severe detmmt to playing the game. In the case of AB.il) II. Ilie miles me printed in glossy black ink on a moll block background, presumably lo prevent photocopying, which is a severe deterrent lo anyone wanting lo play Ihr game whether lliey pool fur il or not.
A' you say, il is a simple mallei to type out the codes, so why bother ? All that happens is people with floor eyesight or people coming home from Ihe pub after a few Guinnesses can 'I play Ihe game they paid good money for. RZe Letter of the Month WELSH RAREBIT Since purchasing my Amiga, about four years ago, I have met many people who are only too keen to mock and insult my choice of computer. I put this down to the fact that most people neither know nor care about anything that can't run Quake - or other similarly dubious delights. People will always insult things they know nothing about
and that, as far as the Amiga is concerned, is most of the population of this country.
Commodore messed up, that we all know.
Escom didn't do very much to improve things, and so for Viscorp still haven't removed their fingers from their rear ends. So the ignorance will continue within the non-Amiga owning community. This harms the future of the Amiga. However, and at last the point of this letter, another thing that harms the future of the Amiga is the ignorance of the people that do own one. I haven't met many other owners, but those I have met have not really cheered me up very much.
One of them had a large collection of software. Unfortunately almost all of it was pirated games. He had over a thousand, which struck me as quite a lot. He also had an original version, which he probably pinched, of Pen Pal which he freely criticised as being badly written - all the output from it was filled up with odd characters that he hadn't put there. I tried to explain the concept of printer drivers to him. But if it involved more than turning the power on and sticking a disk in the drive, he didn't want to know.
Another was amazed that I was on the Internet. " I thought you had to have a PC to do that" he said. He was equally wowed by the fact that I had a printer other than a dot matrix attached. Again he thought that was beyond the reach of anything other than a PC.
He thought a hard drive was a chip you fitted somewhere, and when I said I had just bought a RAM board he responded "What's that then?"
The final person I'll mention thought the only thing you could do with an Amiga was play games, and could offer no satisfactory reason for the presence of a keyboard, other than text adventures (he was a bit thick mind).
I am not. By any means, saying that I am an Amiga wonder. I still get the shivers thinking about writing an Arexx script I still haven't worked out Intellifont to my satisfaction. I can't work out what half of the output from SnoopDos means and I must confess I haven't paid all my Shareware fees yet. I have however taken the trouble to find out as much as I can cope with about my Amiga, do what I can with it and pay for things as soon as I am able (never believe that teachers are rolling in it).
I hope I haven't come across as patronising to any other user. The point I am trying to get across is that if the people I have mentioned above are fairly typical of the 'established userbase' of the Amiga, who are supposedly supporting the machine then we might be in trouble. You must get to know your little silicon friend before you consign it to the scrap heap, and join the multitude already making regular, sizable contributions to the Bill Gates retirement fund. It can do considerably more than you think.
I have finished. Goodbye, and keep up the good work on the mag. Could you include my email address, and the fact that I would love to correspond with any other Amiga owners who find themselves living in a virtually Amiga interest free zone, or anyone else for that matter! (especially in the Cardiff area) Matthew Allen mallen@thenet.co.uk Well, we are entering another age of a form of computer illiteracy. When home computers first became popular, there was a generation who grew up with them. They were new and exciting and people wanted to learn everything they could about them. These days
computers are fust another fact of life. People may want to know how to turn them on and play games or run applications, but that's as far as it goes. It is sad, because these people never realise the power, flexibility and creative ability a computer like the Amiga can offer them. Hopefully every issue of Amiga Format helps to educate even experienced users in some new aspect of their machine.
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Your guide to the Amiga Format CD.
Ben Vost was determined you wouldn't miss out on any of the great programs and utilities.
This should be your first port of call when you put the CD in your chive The start me script doesn't need to be run if you boot up from the CD.
But otherwise will come in handy.
Make sure you read the Submissions advice if you're tempted to send us some of your work and have a look at some of the stuff we have here: Handy Tools As detailed last month, this drawer contains the software we use to put together your CO every month.
Try out PowarSnap. Mu riCX and ReKeylt to get your machine running really well.
AF on the web The Amiga Format website, the Nova Design website, more of John Shepard's acerbic wit and Mike Smith's HTML tutorial - what more could you want?
Animation More amazing Mand2000-generated animations this month, along with a demo of the current version of the OctaMED 6 and Bograts Both of these programs are detailed in full on our floppy disk pages.
Cologne show interviews Owing to the usual manic time constraints involved in a four week schedule, we have only been able to get these interviews onto our CD in the rather non-Amiga specific Quidrtime format.
Now this isn't all bad. You may have noticed while trawling through the contents of the CD that we have a program called Of on the disc You can use this to play back all the footage of Jason Compton and (Wolf Dietrich but be warned that it does need to load it all into RAM first so you will need a large amount of free RAM to see these Interviews. Oh yes. You'll also need a reasonably fast processor and either AGA or a CyberGraphx compatible graphics card too.
COVERDISKS Get to grips with this month's free complete software package OctaMED 6. Fully detailed on the floppy disk pages starting on page 108 and our extensive tutorial feature which begins on page 18.
PDSELECT We have eight demos in our selection this month. We were going to have more only a couple of them had naughty bits in and we felt that they weren’t suitable for the youngest of our readers no matter what they might say themselves.
READERSTUFF We have a bumper crop of more than 130Mb of material from our readers this month, mainly thanks to the winner of this month’s prize for serious software: 2uru Mmiy An example of some of Femi's sterling work for the AFCO.
Video Backdrops AFCD9:ReaderStuff Femi Hasani Yes, Femi has been sending us his great backdrops and digitised pictures for a few months now and we felt it was about time we recognised his hard work by giving him our reader award for this issue.
Even if you aren't into video on your Amiga take a look at the extraordinary quality Femi has achieved with Vlab and his video camera.
Quicksilva AFCD9:ReaderS»uff Maff CottingtorV Well done Maff, you win the prize for the best reader submitted game this month. Maff's Quicksilva is a no- nonsense platform game with hints of Sonic. Cods and a rather tasteless storyline. For that you win £30.
AFCD9:Seriously Amiga Shareware Comms Non-lnternet Thor24 I know it isn’t in the Internet drawer, but there are a lot of Thor users who are using it for QWK or Fido mail. Anyway, because Thor is such a pain to set up for everyone, the archives have been placed in this drawer for you to install just what you require from the program.
There’s an update for X-DVE owners to V2.60. AFCD9:Seriously Amiga Commercial DrawStudioDemo Our last surprise this month comes in the form of DrawStudio which we have a demo for on this month's CD. It comes in both normal and FPU versions, so choose the best one for your Amiga. Do take a look at this program, I personally haven't seen a better bit of software all year.
SHAREWARE With nearly 40Mbs of new serious shareware on the CD this month, it will be hard to pick out the best titles, but here is the Amiga Format choice - miss these at your peril: AFCD9:Seriously Amiga Shareware Graphics 3D DS9 There is a very nice Imagine model of said spacestation to be found here.
AFCD9:Seriously Amiga Shareware Misc Want some Thai? This drawer contains a Thai bitmap font and a keymap suitable for use with it.
AFCD9:Seriously Amiga Shareware Misc Constitution No not anything to do with stomachs, but an interesting, if as yet incomplete, AmigaGuide to the way the North American Constitution was formed and ratified. See, it's not just Amiga stuff that we give you... AFCD9:Seriously Amiga Shareware Program patches AFCD9:Seriously Amiga Shareware CD- ROM GroovyPlayer This great looking audio CD player will have your PC and Mac owning friends groaning in envy. It even has all the functions you'd expect from a top-of-the- range Kenwood Hi-fi. Molto impressivo!
This drawer contains quite a few add-ons to programs like MUI and BGUI and new import export modules for the programs ImageFX. Photogenics and XiPaint AFCD9:Seriously Amiga Shareware Comms lntemet Mail-related YAM For those of you with a POP3 mail account here's the very latest version of the world's best POP3 mail program - YAM.
AFCD9:Seriously Amiga Shareware Workbench Ordering This is a cracking little Freeware file manager. It gets directory listings incredibly quickly and while it doesn't have the polish of Dopus or DiskMagic. It's more than capable enough for everyday use. Everyone should definitely try this one out.
SCREENPLAY COMMERCIAL In addition to the headlining Bograts we also have the following commercial demos on our CD this month: Virtual Karting Deluxe Demo AFCD9:ScreenPlay Comme«cial VKDeluxe demoI Fabio Bizetti's top-scoring 30 race-em-up gets iqidated.
New features indude an easy mode and a cheat mode that lets you upgrade your Go-kart's engine power, transmission ratio and grip. The only downside to this demo is that it exits after five minutes of play.
.disc mnei Jet Pilot AFCD9: ScreenPlay Commercial JP-1 tie leap into unknown gaming territory for tn with this entertaining flight sim that ¦ as complex as you want it to be. Pilot the werful F-104 fighter bomber in umpteen ussions deep into enemy-held territory.
SHAREWARE AFCD9 is another treasure trove of brand new and updated games from ail sorts of sources. One game you should make a point of trying out though is: Aerial bon AFCD9:ScreenPlay Shareware Aerial Racerv Ever played Skidmarks? Of course you have, and now you can play this shareware version of it called Aerial Racers.
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Tuesday Tel 01225 442244. Fax: 01225 732341 Email. AmformattHuturenet.co.uk tput "Coverdisk" in the subject line of your message to ensure it is processed swiftly) Please note that the helpline staff provide assistance with technical problems directly related to our cover CD and cannot provide training on the software or hardware in general AGA T25 We want you to really enjoy all the stuff on this special second CD so John Kennedy has produced a comprehensive guide to the AGA Experience.
(AGA SLIDESHOWS) More graphics than it’s possible to imagine - there are hundreds of images ready to pop up on your Amiga screen, including some exclusive images from some top feature films. Cor, it’s better than getting it out on uirianl LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT (AGA DEMOS) The Amiga's demo scene is where you'll find staggering graphics, look in the AGA_DEMO drawer, and you'll find the "Entertainment" director) is crammed with ama .ing graphics and sound programs. All you have to do is load AGA_Experl.l and you'll know what colour is all about. Run SCX-Alien to see some wicked solid !U)
USEFUL UTILITIES (AGA UTILITIES) The jewel of this CD is the vast collection of utility programs hidden away. You're going to be beside yourself when you discover the vast range of hard disk repair programs, CD file systems, terminal emulators, icon editors and dozens of Workbench commodities. There are even versions of MagicWB and MUI to update your icons and replacements for the Amiga Shell.
Ordinary audio ( Dr You can find out lor yourself bv checking out the large number of music modules. They range from Funk to Techno and Rave and will aulo-plav when you click on them. Just hook up your Amiga and start listening.
y are you m lor a treat!
This month we've managed to I secure one ol the most popular (!D-ROMs ever produced for the Amiga - just for you. This disk is rammed with games, utilities and Ldrmo programs designed to help you I gel the most from your Amiga Al200 or A4000. It will take you months lo find everything which is hidden on it.
And we think you'll agree you've got a bargain.
If you can hold yourself back, pause lor a few seconds. Although this CD was designed from the outset to be as instantly accessible as possible, many of the programs on the CD requite a few “assigns" to be set up. These are special settings which tell your Amiga where to look for particular files: for example, the Animations need to know where the animation player program is.
All you have to do is click on the icon marked "Clickme!” and this will be taken care of. There are a few more changes you might like to make (see “Ready Strut lv CO!"). These settings are onlv temporary and no changes will be written to your floppy or hard drives.
Now stand bv for some awesome AGA anion!
Want to be impressed right now? Easy - open the directory called "AGA Animations" and open the "Ready to Run" drawer. Now double-click on the file called "SpaceDock32". Neat huh? You’ll find other animations in this directory, including a very impressive MPEG film.
INSTANT GRATIFICATION PROGRAMMERS' PARADISE (AGA PROGRAMMERS) Information on making the most of the AGA chipset is hard to come by. What information there is has been collected and stored in this directory. You’ll find C and Assembler source code explaining the joys of AGA programming and chunks to-planar routines, as well as vital coding articles and example programs.
(MUSIC MODULES) I lere’s something which is almost impossible: could there really be more minutes of great tunes stored on this ( I) than there is on an DMS DYNAMITE Although there are hundreds of utilities and programs which can be run directh from the CD-R( ) f. There are many more programs stored in DMS format. DMS is .1 method of compacting an entire floppy disk and storing it in one file. In order lo use the programs stored in this wav. You’ll need ,1 blank disk to unpac k the software onto. Unpacking is easy: simply click on the icon of the packed program and you’ll be asked to insert a
blank disk. Wait a few moments, and you'll have a disk full of sof tware to use as normal. If vou want more control over the DMS process, there is a utility on the GD- ROM called "Easy IMS' which provides a graphical front end.
RENDERED SPEECHLESS We haven't forgotten vou 3D fans either. Not onlv will vou find dozens of 3D models for most rendering packages, but articles and utilities as well. There are plenty of files of interest to users of Imagine, l.iglilwave and Real 31). As if there weren’t enough on this .D.alreadv!
GRAPHICAL WONDERS (AGA PICTURES) The AGA chipset is renowned for its graphical abilities, and that's why you will find some stunning examples of artwork on this special AGA CD-ROM. Pictures are stored in HAM8 and 256-colour modes, ready to display when you click on them. You can also load them into your favourite paint program. You're bound to find plenty of images which will take your breath away!
Not had enough u-l- Don't worn, there's heaps more. Fora start in the “AGA_lexts~ directon vou'll discover hints and tips loi all AGA- owning Amigans.
In the "Diskmags " drawer there's enough material to keep you reading until next month.
AGA PASTIMES (AGA GAMES) Ready to test yourself? You'll find dozens of action arcade games and brain teasers.
Shoot-em-up fans will love Deluxe Galaga.
And cerebral sorts will enjoy a game of Uchess. Retro fans should look out for Deluxe PacMan and Poweroids. And if all these aren’t enough, there's an entire drawer full of Doom clones to test your hardware to the limits.
256-colour pics will look truly impressive.
Test your chess skills against the computer in this colourful version of Uchess.
Articles, reviews and gossip from the Amiga's best non-paper magazines have been stuffed in this drawer. And it's not all computer related news: watch out lor the latest Alien and t’FO stories... Well that’s all we’ve got room for unfortunatelv hut ihere's plenty more so have fun exploring. 'Zz READY STEADY GO!
To get the most from your AGA Experience CD-ROM. You should perform the following simple steps.
I you are using an Amiga with 1 2.04. If you have an i Workbench 3.0 (such as an
0) or 3.1 you will be able to make f many more of the programs
and the name suggests, an AGA t essential!
I are using a screen mode t least 8 colours. You can change i mode from the Workbench program 'ScreenMode” or dick on the icon called s" (this will change to I display which may flicker r using MagicWB, the r jumbled. Click on
* using a screenmode with 16 r more, the colours may appear . If
they are, click on the ' icon.
I like to change to the e, click on "Change ! Icon marked ""ClickMe!"
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Total amount enclosed Create musical masterpieces in minutes with this month's fantastic giveaway - the Amiga's favourite - OctaMED 6.
David Taylor introduces the new game demo from Vulcan. Brain-burstingly addictive but hair-tearingly hard!
Bograts is .1 game of* skill and Iasi thinking. You're a parent Bograt whose two offspring have bunked off on their own little adventure. They're easily pleased though, simply walking backwards and forwards Ismming style, until something blocks their path - even if that's a lire!
Your job is to save them by ensuring the path is safe.
Thai's right - it's a pu lc platformer and we've got a four level demo for you to explore. To plav the game, simph boot the (loverdisk and let it load.
There's also another game demo so you will Ik- asked if'vou want to plav Bogrtih. Answer Yes bv pressing ~Y" and then prevs Return .
W hen the first screen comes up. Hit fire to continue. When the first level has loaded, you’ll see the large green, emi. Bograt. In order to complete the level, the objective is not for you to find the exit but for vou to get your kids to it. This doesn’t matter in the first level, which is fairly straightforward, but it does later on when vou can't actually get through to places that your small children can. That is an essential thing to remember - just because there isn't a way through for yourself doesn't mean that they cannot complete the level.
You need to make use of the levers and objects on the screen to help your kids on their way. For instance, to release them from the first prison, you need to sutnd over a lever and press fire. The wall will he raised and the children will walk out. They will walk until they hit an object and then turn and walk the other way ad infinitum, unless they run into something that kills them. If they do get killed, they will be reincarnated but it will cost you some of your hearts.
These red hearts indicate how much energy you have and they can be found around the screen.
You've got your free software and your exciting new game demos.
Now find out how to get the most out of them.
Planet you need to make sure that your shot has enough power to get over it but not so much that it just shoots off the screen. The planets all have gravitational pull - the bigger the planet the greater its attraction. This means that your missiles don't fly straight and you'll have to judge the best way of compensating.
Align your shot using the arrow keys on the left.
»__ When you have finished your shot you can swear loudly as it flies past its destination - it will take a bit more practice to get used to the effects
- IIMl I -T- -.l- of gravity.
LjmtE After the shot you can move your ship around to a
* better position using the U ' arrow keys you can see in the
GRAVITY FIGHT p If you don't have an A1200, then don't despair.
There's also a demo of this two- player Scorched Tanks space
age game. It requires just a 1Mb Amiga and the demo has you
playing against the computer. To get started, just boot the
Coverdisk, answer "N" and press retum - then you won't load
Bograts. You can't load this directly f) from Workbench as it’s
been archived in to fit it on the disk. If you want to install
it onto a separate disk or your hard drive, then do the
following: Open a Shell and type: af93b:c unlzx x af93b:gf.lzx
ram: return .
The program will be unarchived to RAM and you can copy the directory out of there yourself. This is also necessary if you want to read the documents.
The game gives you control of a set of space ships. The first thing you have to do is decide the angle of the shot (using the rotation icons in the top left). You must remember to aim around the planets. When you have done this and set the power level of the shot (which decides how far the shot will travel), you can click on the fire button in the top right. If you need to shoot over the top of a V *¦ control bar. In the firing stage these can be used to scroll
* around the screen. You have a set amount of fuel you can a, v,
expend, but note that putting yourself in a better firing
position may also put you in a ‘ m better place to be shot at!
%) , JBjK +, If you like this, you can I r register for the full version, ' which comes with loads of
• 1 different levels and a two player competition mode which
allows you to play against your friends.
You need to send 12DM (about £5) to the author, Thomsten Grosch. The address is: Habichtweg 11, 63322 Roedermark, Germany.
The game itself can be run on a standard A500, but unfortunately the disk had to be made using the A500+ FFS system which allows an extra 50K to be stored. If you have a friend with a WB2 machine you can de-archive it on that as described above and put it on a OFS WB 1.3 disk for use on your machine. Then boot Workbench and load it up from there.
Your kids are anti what obstacles they need to overcome. To return to the action screen press fire.
You need to collect as many as possible - they also enable you to save the game. -As well as these red hearts there are three other things that you can either collect or utilise:
1. BOMBS Bombs are useful for destroying certain blocks. To use a
bomb, press fire and then run away. You have about two seconds
before it goes oil'and if either you or your children are over
it then you lose a life.
2. MAP ICONS If you go to one of these and press fire, you will
enter map mode and be able lo scroll around the screen to see
3. KEYS Make sure your wee ones collect the keys before moving
them along. If you do realise you've messed it up, restart by
pressing the Space bar and then move lo the R icon and press
If you want to install the game to hard drive, copy the game, and the -S- and -V- directories, into a directory. The game itself costs i 12.99 from Vulcan Software Limited, Vulcan House, 72 Queens Road. Buckland.
Portsmouth P02 7NA 01705 670269. Credit cards are also accepted. ® Copying your Coverdisk is really very simple. Just follow the stages below... 0 |EU juJ 1 Shell remat 1 rxxHast ell ifeat Boot up with your Workbench disk and find the Shell icon, in your system drawer.
Double-click on this to go into the Shell.
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All of the info on this disk will then be copied from the disk into memory.
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See our detailed feature on PAGE The OctaMED screen has the three main windows open by default: the Main Control, the Block and the Information windows.
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Playing Si V| | 3 Rudio-Inasing tSS3 Mention music on the Amiga
and there is only one word that immediately springs to mind -
Oct iMEI). H has always been one of ihe Amiga’s most popular
programs not least because it manages to combine powerful music
creation features with an easy to understand interface.
To install the software you'll need to unpack the disks from the Coverdisk.
This will be done automatically by booting the disk. Make sure you have two spare disks ready - these will be automatically formatted and the software installed onto them. Next you need to boot Workbench, open Disk I and double click on the Install icon.
This will give you three choices -you can install to a bootable (loppy, a noil- bootable floppy or a hard drive. Vou can also install the two disks directly to a hard drive, bin vou will then have lo copv die files manuallv to the correct destination as the Install script won't work here. Id help you do this, you'll lind a log in the directors' vou install to, which gives you details of where all the liles are copied lo.
WINDOWS When you have the program installed, simply load it up and you’ll see the three windows used in the main editing part of Ot(aMEL). In order to start creating a song, you need to understand the methods behind modules. OilnMlillsongs are made up ol a set ol blocks. These blocks are. By default, divided into li-l lines, each line contaiuingjnformation about the sound to be played. There are. Again only by default, four channels on each line, which means that vou can have four different sounds playing at the same time. Vou can actually have up to 8 channels playing at once and can change
the setting for the song bv choosing Set Options from the Song menu (Keyboard shortcut: R-Amiga H).
On each one of the cells that this grid creates, you can enter a sound, which will most often lie a sound sample.
Sound samples are the most common type of instrument used and you can see a few in the sample songs provided.
If you need more, then search through Cds. The Internet or contact a IT) library. Of course, if you have a sampler, you can create your own - read on.
To load a sample, you need to click on the File requester icon in the top middle of the top window (it's the only icon on the screen without letters in it) or you can select I.oad Instrument from the Instrument menu. With a sample loaded, you can start making music. Try playing with the keys on the keyboard and the sample will be played as different notes. The keys for the lower octave are: S, 1), C, H.J. X. ('.,
V. B. N. M. The middle octave is: 'I. 3, 5.
IS. 7.Q. VV. F. R, T.V. L . 1..; .The upper half octave is: 9. 0. +. . I. O. P. (, ]. When you want to place a note into a cell, you need to switch to editing mode, by clicking the Edit button.
Then select the cell in the Block window and press the key you need.
Remember that a sample will play for longer than a single cell - it will often play through ten or more. To see how long it plays for. Click on Play Block.
Hooray! Your first note is entered.
There are lots of options that can be associated with notes, and effects that can be entered into the player.
00 Arpeggio 01 Slide pitch up 02 Slide pitch down 03 Portamento 04 Vibrato 05 Slide pitch and fade 06 Vibrato and fade 07 Tremolo 08 Hold and decay 09 TPL slider 0A Volume slide 0B Playing sequence position jump 0C Set volume 0D Volume slide using the Player Command type. You'll see that when you enter a note, a letter and number combination appeals. This shows the note name and the octave number. Next to ibis is a set ol live digits, which will appear as zeros by default. The first shows the instrument number and the following four digits can contain a hexadecimal code which will set a user
effect. To see a guide to ihe hexadecimal codes, read the Player Command Type Codes box. Typically a code will look something like "10(30".
You should note that above each ol the channels the number of the channel is shown and that it is actually a button. These will normally be highlighted as active. In order to hear how individual channels sound, simply deactivate the channels you don't need.
SING SONG At the bottom of the screen, you'll see the Information window, as a thin strip.
This window contains all the important controls for the song. On the very left is the song listing button. Click on this and it will show the songs loaded into memory - if you have enough RAM. You can have more than one. To add a new song, you click on the Sg icon and the song selector requester will appear. II you click on Add New. A second song will be entered into the list - if you want you can then load a song into this slot.
Next along is the Section list (icon Sc) which can Ik* used in a similar way to the Song requester to add new sections to songs.
On the far right is the B icon which will open the Block Cist icon. This requester allows you to add new blocks to the song. Selecting the different blocks will change the block shown for viewing or editing in the Block window.
Each block can be named and sequences of blocks can be kept together so that you know which blocks are Synth or Organ ones for example.
This list does not refer to the playing, order of the blocks within the song.
This is decided in the Playing Sequence window which is loaded from the icon 0E synth jump OF Primary tempo 11 Slide pitch up once 12 Slide pitch down once 14 Protracker style vibrato 15 Setfinetune 16 Repeat lines (loop) 18 Cut note 1A Slide volume up once 1B Slide volume down once 1D jump to next playing sequence entry IE Replay line 1F Note delay and retrigger on the left of the Block icon, named Sq. In this sequence you can insert or delete blocks and you choose the block to be placed in the space using the arrow keys in the window on the top left under the placing sequence list.
Separating all of these icons are small cells which display information about the currently selected song, section, placing block and which block that is. I'ndemeath is a memory meter to show how much memory your song is using. The rest shows information about the placing state, the editing slate and the time through the current song.
In the Main Control window, where you loaded the sample instrument, you will see more controls. These allow you to make changes to the instruments used. There's an Instrument Type for adjusting the setting and also Parameters for doing things like fine tuning the instruments and adjusting the names. You can move through the instruments using the arrow keys in the window.
Perhaps the most important window for instruments is the editing window.
This brings up the sample editor w hich is an integral part of OrlaMED 6. This window has its own set of menus including things like a set ol effects. You can change the volume and pilch ol samples, filter them, add echoes and much more. Samples can be cropped and parts can be cut and pasted. For close in editing, zoom in to see more detail ol the samples waveform.
SAMPLING Should you want to sample your own instrument, you ran do so using the Digitise button so long as you have a compatible sound sampler. In the settings for the sample is the option to show the sample in hertz, which some people might be more accustomed to.
There are a couple of sample songs included, which is a good place to make a start at seeing how the whole thing comes together. II you do get stuck, you can load in the OctnMFJ) help file, but some machines may have font problems Sixre* l»»l 1 DkI. LmI 1 totmia 1 1 K |i» lo Chord Creation |Q«a Mjor | Omar b Invert i on 5 (Cot moor lion mint 7 taic £ Hvxr So. 4th nojor ' third U Itmtl moor 7 Foorth B - off - Notes _jr.ii »im Elly QxrdlHitel PLAYER COMMAND TYPE CODES The first two digits denote the player effect and the second two the intensity.
The following is a list of the hexadecimal codes for the effects.
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Properties and settings are available for all the different types, like blocks and songs, so you can set different numbers of channels and the like.
Loading it. II this is the case, then simple load it into a word processor instead. II yon want to see what the keyboard shortcuts are lor operations, then select the Keyboard Short-cuts item from the Settings menu and you’ll see where thcv are assigned and make any changes you want.
Obviously there are many more feature’s, like Arexx, which there simply isn't room to cover here, so you’ll have to experiment a bit and read the documentation. 1-istlv. This is not the latest version of OctaSlED. The whole new OctaMEl) Sounds! Iidin is now available at a special AF price - see page 23 for details. • O CAN'T GET YOUR COVER- DISK SOFTWARE WORKING?
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Your Coverdisk should be working fine, but if it's not, these hints, tips and corrections should sort out the problem quickly and easily.
FINAL WRITER 4 LITE (AF82) If f inal Writer's pull-down menus won't pull down it is probably because you are running a menu enhancement commodity (i.e. MagicMmu). Such programs don't work correctly with Final W'rilct and should be disabled. In order lo print documents it is vital you have the correct printer driver installed in the devs printers drawer of your Workbench disk and that the driver is selected and configured using the printer prefs utilities. Your Workbench manual describes how to do this.
To print larger documents Final Writer requires more memory. If you're using the program on a 2Mb machine, try to maximise the amount of memory available by removing any utilities or commodities running in the background - if you still experience problems, use Workbench's prefs utilities to alter the screen to a lower resolution si recnmodc.
Lastly, it was inadvertently staled that Final Writer works on all 2Mb* Amigas. Sorry, but it's incompatible with old Kickslart 1.2 1.3 machines.
BREED 96 (AF86) If when double clicking the lmtall_ISired96 icon you get an error message telling you that the command IronX cannot be found don't panic.
This doesn't mean that your Coverdisk is faulty, it's just that some earlier versions of the Workbench disk don't contain the IronX command. To get around the problem: from Workbench open up a Shell window and type the following lines (pressing return after each):- copy c:execute RAM: cd RAM: execute AF86b:Install_Breed96 Have your blank formatted disk and your Himl 96 disk ready and insert the appropriate disk when prompted. Please note that even though the label for the Breed 96 disk says "A Hha" it is.
In reality, disk number T Rfib.
Guide document then try changing its icon's default tool from “Amigaguide" to "MultiView".
If vou are unsure of how to do this don't worry it’s not too difficult, (llick once on the icon called OrtVS_Tut.Guidr. pull down the “Icons" menu from the menubar at the top of the Workbench screen and select the “Information" menu item. This will bring up a window, in which halfway down you will see the words "Default Tool:" followed by a small box containing the word "Amigaguide". Clicking in this box will give you a text cursor, now using the backspace and del key erase completely the word "Amigaguide" and type in the word “MultiView", press return then click on the Save gadget (bottom
left corner).
It’s worth remembering that the same solution should work for other Coverdisk document files that trv to load tools (e.g. Muchmorr) that you don't have.
TYPESMITH (AF87) We apologise to any readers with older machines who have had problems with this disk.
We failed to state clearly, that unfortunately i teSmilli is incompatible with old Kickslart 1.2 1.3 machines.
A common problem is that not everyone's Workbench disk has a copy of the Amiga Installer tool on it. Once unpacked, some Coverdisk software needs "installing" before it can be properly used. The authors often include a script that will ropy the required libraries, fonts etc. to the correct place on your system. The icon for the script is usuallv a picture of a lloppy disk with a wire and plug coming out of it. If you get an error message Unable la often y our tool installer-'when you double-click such icons there is a solution. You need to find and then copy the Installer tool from another
disk to your Workbench lloppy disk or Workbench hard disk partition. If you are using floppies then use a copy of the Workbench disk and not the original, also you may need to make some space on your copy of Workbench by deleting some non-essential tools such as the clock, calculator etc. The Amina FormatCoverdisk 79a, Digila Organiser 2 demo and the AF (low-rdi.sk H8a, X-DYE. Both have the Installer tool on them. If sou don't have either of these Coverdisks then try searching for Installer on disks belonging to other applications that you own. Especially paint programs and word processors
etc. Installer doesn't usually have ait icon and is often in a drawer such as the (1 drawer which itself lately has an icon. So when looking for it make sure that you switch on Show:AII Files from the Workbench Window menu for every disk and drawer vou look through. When you find Installer simply copy it b dragging its icon into the L'tililies or (1 drawer of your Workbench.
GENERAL PROBLEMS The most common problems are Read Write or Checksum errors which occur during the decompression process. It is important to note which disk is in the drive when such errors occur - is it the Coverdisk or one ol your own disks- If it's one of your own disks then that's the disk with the problem. Ditl you format your blank disks correctly? Tty re-fot matting them and do a full format not just a quirk format, use the verify option and make sure you formal from your Workbench, not from utilities like X- Cofty. Disable Dimlory Carliing. Hasliran and International Mode. Don't
decmnch to HD (High Density) disks as these can be unreliable.
Always write protect and back up your Coverdisk before you use it. 'Z?
Please remember that the technical helpline above is purely for difficulties you have getting the programs to work properly. II your disk is physically damaged, bent, broken with a loose or missing shutter, it should be returned lo the duplicators lor a replacement at the following address: AF DISK NUMBER XX TIB PLC This includes any system messages you mav get saving. “Read write error". "Disk invalidated" and "Checksum Frror In this case, the disk has been damaged and needs to be replaced.
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Jet Pilot: Take to the OH skies in our incredible demo of one of Vulcan's most ambitious games yet. Jet Pilot promises to be as realistic as you want to get... PLUS: Don't miss our massive CD roundup, reviews of Ppaint7 TurboCalc4, Golden Image 8x CD drive and reports on the Amiga Technologies situation... February Issue On Sale Thursday 23rd January RESERVE YOUR COPY OF You ran rnmr am mur of Amiga Formal al mam urMfrMs, iitrlmliiiu bvanchn of WII Smith and John Mrn icv ADVERTISERS INDEX 1 st Computer Centre 15 0113 231 9444 Intermediates 45 01279 600204 Active Software 78 01325 352260 Marpet
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759498 Silent Paw Productions 79 01908 261466 Epic Marketing
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play AMIGA COMPUTING: OVERALL 95% CU AMIGA: "It has the best
sound effects ups. Stunning lighting effects and backgrounds.
Some rl ‘he best the Amiga has ev "Capital Punishment could
take fighting games ” Final word: you will never ever need to
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Play a part which is just how things should be in y . ._,oT p ular genre." AMIGA GAMES AWARD CU AMIGA: "Amazing animation speed. Spee Street Fighter 7." Technical requirements: AGA Amiga (1200 4000 CD32 with h About 1 5Mb of free space needed. FAST RAM is not necessary (but recommended). AM els are graphically outstanding, with either fog, mist, or thunder and lighting effects. The ics is certainly committed, and this is partly what makes Capital Punishment a great gam who are greatly devoted to the Amiga. A GA COMP AMIGA COMP AMIGA FORMAT GolI AMIGA FORMAT: PLAYABILITY V V rewarded ar
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