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This year, however, Tony Mees almost single-handedly took it upon himself to organise an entire hall just for Amigas, in addition to the normal PC stands. In theory, at least, Infomedia ’98 7 7 should have been one hell of a show. Two halls, both over three times the size of the World of .Amiga shows, one of them exclusively .Amiga. In practice, however, it was a little disappointing. Despite the vast size of the .Amiga hall, only half of it was used, and even then there were empty stalls. This was actually due to some of the user groups who had promised to attend the show failing to turn up. There were approximately 15 .Amiga retailers at the show, including Epic Marketing, the only UK retailer to make the trip. Most were selling the usual range of goods, with the emphasis on software rather than hardware. While there were a few A1200 memory expansions and accelerators on sale, the theme throughout the entire show hardware-wise was more towards generic peripherals. New software was almost non-existent and there were no companies demoing products - it was purely retail companies. Quite surprisingly there were no Amigas for sale at the show. Either the dealers in Belgium have managed to shift all of their stock or there is simply no demand for them. It certainly has the potential to be a great Amiga show, but I can't help feeling that Tony Mees was let down... In fact, there didn’t seem to be much demand for anything. Every J o dealer I spoke to said that although people were looking, very few were actually spending any money. Amiga International were in attendance, in spirit if not in body. Their stand, almost hidden away in the far corner of the hall, was little more than a sales booth for Annex Cds. Poor .Axel Kraemer was single- handedly meeting .Amiga users and trying to sell Annex Cds to any members of the public that looked interested. Due to the non-attendance by .Amiga Inc., there were very few working Amigas on the show floor. The majority of Amigas that were being used to demo stuff were running old megademos downloaded from the Internet or, in the case of the .Amiga International stand, two A1200s running Magic Pack software.
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Order: MINIOFFICE £17.99 BLITZ BASIC 2.1 (DISK) A next generation BASIC with features borrowed from PASCAL, C and others. Program any type of software with more power than ever before.
Complete with full manual. Jti | rri'?
(I y-: IV arcade games, such as Pacman.
Invaders, Tron, Galaxians, Frogger, Tempest. C64 conversions. Q-Bert. Trail Blazer, Scramble. Ping-Pong, Pengo, Missile command. Breakout, Bezerk. Donkey Kong and tons more great games.
All playable direct from CD! Order: CD589 £14.99 AMIGA CLASSIX This original CD contains over 300 games.
Many of which are full versions.
Take a look!
Amegas, DNA, Testament, Charlie
J. Cool, Full House Poker, PP Hammer, Starblade, TechnoCop, Zero
Gravity, Boondar, Project X, King Pin, Ruff'n’Tumble and more.
Also contained on the CD is around 100 all-time classic Mega-
Demo’s. Order: CD526 £14.99 (full garnes are induced wfih the
permission ot the authors) DELUXE PAINT 5 (DISK) Deluxe Paint
5 is without a doubt the fastest paint package available on
the Amiga. Deluxe Paint 5 includes the most powerful yet
simplest to use animation feature you could imagine.
Includes full manuals.
Updated) is an advanced music recording, editing , and replay pack- age. Can be used with MIDI or without. Includes many demo songs, i-- Send a SAE for a full information leaflet.
A bargain at just £39.99 AMI-PC LINKUP (DISK & CABLE) Network your Amiga up to a PC and make use of ALL it’s drives.
Including: CD-ROM, Zip, Hard drive High-Density Floppy etc, etc. (Hardware & Software) Order: AMI-PC LINKUP £17.99 TURBO PRINT 6.x (DISK) The ingenious printer driver system: TurboPrint prints the full colour spec- trum directly from your favourite soft- bA ware package. Print at the very best quality! (Supports all the latest printers) Order: TURBOPRINT: £39.99 . T-Fl CIVILIZATION ‘'Build an Empire to Stand the Test of Time”. Discover New Technologies - Build Wonders of the World - Determine the Fate of your People. No.2 Best game ever.
Order: CD454 £12.99 til , CONVERTERS SUITE GOLD Includes all you need to convert from files from one format to another. IFF, GIF, TIF, BMP. WAV, SND.
MOD. TXT etc etc... Order: CD624 £9.99 ii* BACK IN TIME 15 All time classic C64 tunes re-mixed onto Audio CD. Tracks by Rob Hubbard etc. Delta.
Saxion. Ocean Loader etc etc. Order: MUS64 £12.99 C64 TRAX : BACK IN TIME Hundreds of all time classic C64 tunes remixed onto Audio CD. Tracks by Rob Hubbard etc. Stored on the CD as MP3 Files. Order: CD690 £9.99 TRIDGES Part no: Price: jb973 £6.99 jb993 £13.99 jb983 £7.99 jbl123 £13.99 jb1113 £7.99 jb2983 £13.99 jb2893 £7.99 jb3183 £15.99 jb2903 £13.99 jb2973 £7.99 jb3173 £15.99 jb1093 £5.99 jb1103 £8.99 jb963 £3.99ea jb1083 £4.99 BC05 £21.99 BC02 £19.99 £9.99 each Any 3 for J£20 Only £2.99 ar issue BIG RED ADVENTURE After the success of the PC version, The BIG RED ADVENTURE is now
available on Amiga CD. Featuring great high-res graphics.
Order: CD477 £19.99 VIRTUAL KARTING 2 Virtual Karting2 is the fastest Karting Simulation available, i Suitable for any AGA Amiga but on I an 030 it really moves!!!
1 Order: CD597 £14.99 FOUNDATION A real-time strategy war game incorporating familiar strategy elements ! With interesting new concepts.
Order: CD581 £27.99 SHADOW OF THE 3rd MOON 3D flight-simulator featuring State of the Art graphics, sound and animation. .Highly Rated Worldwide!
Requires 6mb ram and at least 030 : processor. Order: CD562 £19.99 ZOMBIE MASSACRE Slight 3D “doom” clone with some seriously “bloody" graphics and gut wrenching sound effects. (18) Recommended: 6mb ram and 030 Order: CD705 £19.99 NEMAC IV The Ultimate 3D “doom” clone featuring stunningly fast 256colour - 3D graphics and awesome sound effects. Rated 90%+ Worldwide.
Order: CD477 £19.99 SUPER SKIDMARKS + Brand New Release! Features the best Top-Down Racing action ever...Over 40 tracks, 40 Unique vehicles: Ranging from Aircraft to Shopping Trollies. CD493x £12.99 THEME PARK Manage and build your own theme park, take on employees, even sack them, put up new roller coasters and childrens rides, the entertainment never ends. CD583 £12.99 SIMON THE SORCERER AGA Superb “point & click” adventure The voice of simon is Chris Barrie (Mr Brittas).
Suitable for Amiga CD CD32 Order: CD563 £14.99 B BLADE Atmospheric RPG Adverture - featuring original ingame graphics and sound. Rated 86% + Order: CD635 £12.99 STREET RACER The Amiga Version of the World Famous PlayStation Action game.
Wickedly fast graphics.. : CD Version requires 4mb ram Order: CD478 £12.99 PULSATOR AGA Hold on for the ride of your life in this action packed blast'em away.
Unreal AGA graphics and superb sound make this a serious shoot’em up. Order: CD670 £14.99 GENETIC SPECIES Furiously invigorating and thrilling 3D action with texture mapping speeds never before seen on any Amiga game.
Order. CD482 £27.99 JyW NAPALM: The Crimson Crisis Real-time strategic war-game in the Red Alert Command & Conquer mould. Stunning graphics, and almost real sound effects.
Order: CD627 £29.99 SIXTH SENSE Investigations Arcade adventure, featuring 32 locations, full character dialog. 3 different worlds, many interactive characters, puzzles and more, aga 4mb recommended. Order: CD430 £19.99 EAT THE WHISTLE Arcade and Role playing modes.
Full spoken commentry, 30 pitch conditions. All 32 World Cup team and more. AGA 4mb recommended.
Order: CD679 £14.99 100% COLOUR CLIPS 100% Colour Clips is a brand new original collection of thousands of high quality GIF and IFF clipart images. Includes cats, birds, office equipment, household items, trees and dozens more.
Order: CD621 £9.99 BUY BOTH CLIPART CD’S FOR JUST £15 100% MONO CLIPS 100% Mono Clips is a brand new original collection of over
10. 000 high quality GIF and IFF clipart images. Includes
Vehicles. Symbols, Xmas, Wedding art and more.
Order: CD622 £9.99 WINBENCH ‘98 The definitive collection of Workbench enhancement tools.
Drivers. Libraries, Patches, HD Installers, Icons, Backdrops. Menu systems, Tools etc. Order: CD680 Introductory Price: £9.99 BLITZ BASIC 2.1 A next generation BASIC with features borrowed from PASCAL. C and others. Complete with full manual. Contains the complete series of BUMs (Blitz User Manuals).
Order: CD500 £17.99 DELUXE PAINT 5 Deluxe Paint 5 includes the most powerful yet simplest to use animation feature you could imagine.
EXCLUSIVE! Supplied with a free bonus CD containing Colour Fonts, Clipart. Piccysetc. CD499 Only £17.99 SCREEN SAVERS Tons of screen savers - from flying toaster's to some rather odd colourful screen effects - Essential for all Workbench users... Order: CD677 £9.99 GET CONNECTED Contains a complete suite of fully professional Internet applications. Inc full versions of Miami, iBrowse & Yam.
CD701 £39.99 ELASTIC DREAMS Contains both PPC and 68k versions of the Amiga's answer to KAI's Power Goo. Powerful graphics manipu- « lation tool. Order: CD604 £44.99 H ART STUDIO PRO Image cataloguer, converter and processor. Supports IFF, ANIM. AVI, MPEG, MOV, FLC, GIF, TIF, PCX, and the rest. Order: CD603 £39.99 SCALA MM400 The full release of Scala MM400 plus a heap of extra backdrops, fonts and Scala plugins.... Order: CD607 £64.99 20,000 WEB GRAPHICS Includes over 7,000 animated GIFS, as well as 13,000 fast-loading gifs.
"A great resource for web masters!’’ Order: CD584 £9.99 MAGIC WORKBENCH Conatins Magic Workbench and around 10.000 Workbench Icons, sfx, Backdrops and tools.
Order: CD187x £14.99 WORDWORTH 7 The very latest release of the Amiga's most powerful word processing package.
Order: CD691 £ AMIGA DEVELOPERS CD v1.2 The latest release of the Developers CD.
Everything you need develop Amiga Software is included from CDXL to Hardware information. Order: CD702 £12.99 100% SOURCECODE GOLD v1 A huge archive of over 600mb of source code. All manner of languages are covered including: Amos. Assembler. Blitz, C. E and Pascal etc. Order. CD695 £14.99 DESKTOP VIDEO CD VOL:2 Amiga Desktop Video CD volume 2 contains hundreds of megabytes of Video related backdrops, fonts, samples, and clip images.
Order: CD404x £9.99 FONTAMANIA Over 2000 fonts. CD612 £8.99 SFX SENSATION Over 10.000 Samples. CD165 £14.99 ACCOUNTS PACKAGES Dozens of em CD678 £9.99 NET CONNECT 2 Full internet suite. CD692 £57.99 1500 WAV SFX 1500 Sound Effects CD616 £9.99 ADULT SENSATION VOL: 5 Volume 5 consists of dozens of Adult related games like: Strip Poker, Tetris Sex, Adult Fairy Tales, Friday Night Pool and more. Order: CD567 £19.99 ANIME BABES SPECIAL EDITION Thousands of high quality Manga style GIF Images. Contains scenes of nudity and sex.
Order: CD491 £19.99 PANTIE BRATS Thousands of high quality shots.
Contains scenes of nudity and sex.
Order: CD630 £15 BORED HOUSEWIVES 2 Just what do they get upto when they ain’t go anything else to do?
Order: CD697 £15 These "Adult' titles are strictly for purchase by Adults. We hold over 70 different Adult titles in stock. So please call for a catalogue.
THE GAMES ROOM The Games Room is an original compilation of Gambling games. It covers everything from Fruit Machines to Card Games, including Klondike. Poker, Solitaire, Rummy.
Blackjack, and Roulette, Darts, Bingo, Pool. Checkers, Chess, Backgammon, Dominoes, Various Board Games like Monopoly and Cluedo, Mastermind. Pub Quiz’s and a wealth of other Casino related games and far more... Order: CD451 £12.99 Printer.
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Only £2.99 each Marvins Marvellous Adventure - Guardian John Barnes Football - Last Ninja 3 Total Carnage - Oscar & Diggers International Karate + - Super League Manager Bubble & Squeak - Clockwiser CD580. Fields Of Glory £14.99 CD501 .Cannon Fodder £4.99 CD493.Super Skidmarks £12.99 CD563.Simon the Sorcerer £14.99 A flaa ENCOUNTERS Thousands of documents and images that you should not see.
Covers Rosswell, Abductions, UFO Sightings and much more.
Order: CD179 £14.99 EPIC ENCYCLOPEDIA 1997 The second edition of the Amiga’s answer to Encarta.
Order: CD262x £14.99 EPIC ENCYCLOPEDIA 1996 The first edition of the the Epic Encyclopedia. Okay on almost all Amiga's.
KIDS RULE OK 2 Includes three more children’s games : Bully’s Sporting Darts, Popeye’s Wrestling and Dinosaur Detective Agency. Rated 90% Order: QS16x £9 PLAYDAYS The Official Playdays as seen on BBC is available now and includes 13 different children’s activities. It covers : Numbers, Letters, Colours, Shapes, Sounds and more.
Order: QS15 £9 PLAYDAYS PAINT Create your own Birthday cards, Banners and Calendars, Draw your own pictures and colour them or simply colour in the pictures supplied.
Order: QS01x £9 THOMAS’ COLLECTION Three great little children’s games, each featuring Thomas the Tank Engine. Ages 3+ SPECCY CLASSIX ‘98 Play over 3000 Classic Spectrum Games on your Amiga, Includes the latest Spectrum Emulators and thousands of Games.
EPIC ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE PARANORMAL An exciting new multimedia Amiga based CD-ROM featuring high-res AGA graphics throughout. Covering subjects like: UFOs & Aliens, Strangelife (Bigfoot, Lochness monster etc), Mysticism, Mind over matter, Myths and Legends and more, This CD promises to give you an “experience”. Also for the first time on an Amiga multimedia CD, there are true “AVI” files (Au Video). Hundreds of colour images, masses of AVI’s, and animations, hundreds of voice-overs, over 40 minutes of presentations around 400 subject synopsis’, and hundreds of 'cross referenced’
articles. A Order: CD223x £14.99 Bo h for just £25 EPIC ENCYCLOPEDIA The Epic Interactive Encyclopedia is a completely updated product to the extent that it now includes around 20,000 subjectsA. It features a superb new updated multi- media interface with new colour scheme, online help, hundreds of film clips, images, sound samples and subject information text. It supports a multitude of new features including: Colour images, Full-screen filmclips in anim and AVI formatsA, National anthems and a unique Inter-ACT-' feature which allows you to interact with certain subjects like: Draughts,
etc. A superb reference and educational title for the whole family.
1996 Edition: CD222 £5.00 1997 Edition: CD262c £14.99 A1998 Edition: CD462 £19.99 1996 Edition - A500+ A600 A1200HD. 2mb+ C64 GAMES ARCHIVE The re-compiled C64 Games CD includes around 15,000 all- time classic Commodore 64 games. It’s very easy to use and the CD has a complete : index of every game.
Order: CD182 £29.99 COMPETITION PRO 'Competition Pro. 5000’
* Comp. Pro. 5000 MINI2
* Comp. Pro. Clear3
* Comp. Pro. Clear MINI1 Order: COMP1. 2. 3 or 4 MSX Nostagia
includes hundreds and hundreds of original MSX games all
ready to run through the latest MSX software emulator. Games
include originals like Mappy and the classic, Galaga and more.
Order: CD673 £9.99 QUICKJOY FOOT PEDALS A great novelty for any racing game addict. You simply plug the pedals into your joystick port, and plug your joystick into the back of the pedals. Order: PEDALS £9.99 Order: QS20x £9 SOOTY’S PAINT BOX Create your own Birthday cards, Banners and Calendars, Draw your own pictures and colour them or simply colour in the pictures supplied.
Order: QS19x £9 ANALOGUE JOYSTICK* High quality, silky smooth movement analogue joystick. Suitable for any “analogue” compatible game, like TFX etc. ’Requires Analogue Adaptor @ £10 Order: PCJOY1 £9.99 1997 Edition - AGA Amiga with HD, 4mb+ram 1998 Edition - AGA Amiga with HD, 4mb+ram. 030 or better recommended. (CD also includes special 2mb ¦NO HardDrive' Version) 3D SOUND BOX Gives your Amiga real 3D stereo sound. Complete with input cables, power-supply and demo disk. Works with any program. Order: Soundbox £19.99 THE LEARNING CURVE covers all aspects of education. From simple spelling to
maths, algebra to science. Rated over 90% in Amiga Format. Suitable for ALL ages.
Order: CD427 £19.99 PRIMAX MASTER TRACKBALL Ultimate 3 Button serial trackball for use on Workbench.
Silky smooth operation. Can sit in the palm of your hand.
• Includes MouselT Adaptor r j Order: PRIMAX £39.99 B SOFTWARE
EXPLOSION CD 600mb of top quality data, Images, over 300
textures, Objects, Samples, Modules. Games, 600 Letters, Demos
plus a great deal more. Order: FCD449 SOFTWARE EXPLOSION 2 CD
Brand New release includes tons of Midi Files, Images, Colour
Fonts, Tutorials, Virtual Computer Pets, and a whole host of
Order: FCD560 MOUSE PEN Eliminates the use of a mouse... simply use as if you were drawing with a pen or pencil.
Comes supplied with MouselT.
Order: MOUSEPEN2 £29.99 A1200 HARD DRIVE PREP & INSTALLER £7 A600 HARD DRIVE PREP & INSTALLER £7 WORKBENCH3.0 SET £9.99 WORKBENCH2.X SET £9.99 WORKBENCH1.3 SET £7.99 ZAPPO ARCHOS CD-ROM SOFTWARE £7 100 MISC PRINTER DRIVERS £3 CANON PRINT STUDIO £3 LATEST PRINTER DRIVERS £3 SQUIRREL CD-ROM SOFTWARE £5 IDEFIX’97 (SHAREWARE) £3 GVP HD8 SETUP SOFTWARE £5 ROCHARD RH800C INSTALLATION £5 GAME BOOTER £3 A1200 DEGRADER £2 WORKBENCH 3.0 Includes Workbench.
Storage, Extra's, Locale, Fonts and Install3.0. A bargain at just £9.99 EPIC COLLECTION 3 The Epic Collection Volume3 features well over 600mb of the very latest and only best Amiga games, tools, images and music. It also contains over 80 disks of educational software. J Order: CD405x £14.99 Both for just £20 17BIT LEVEL 6 f The very latest 17BIT disks specially compiled by Quartz.
All the best titles are here.
Through an easy to use interface you have access to around 1000 brand new Amiga disks all categorised into various themes.
AMIGA TOUCH PAD Eliminates the use of a mouse... Simply move your finger over the touch sensitive pad.
Comes supplied with MouselT.
Order: TOUCHPAD £39.99 AMIGA - 1084 MONITOR £12.99 AMIGA - PHILIPS MONITOR £12.99 AMIGA -SCART TV £12.99 Dual Joystick Mouse Extension £3.99 Amiga - Amiga Parnet £14.99 Amiga - Amiga or PC Twin £12.99 Amiga TV RF Cable £2.99 Joystick Splitter lead £3.99 Joystick Extension Cable (2metres) £3.99 Amiga A600 A1200 Joysick Mouse Port £9.99 CD32 Network Cables and Software £34.99 Amiga - PC Linkup (Parallel) £17.99 Amiga 4 Player Adaptor £9.99 Analogue Joystick Adaptor £9.99 PC Keyboard Extendion £3.99 Printer Cable £3.99 Squirrel SCSI Interface £49.99 A600 A1200 to 3.5” Harddrive £19.99 Mouse IT
(Adaptor & Software) £4.99
2. 5” Harddrive cable (5cm) £9.99
3. 5” Hard drive (standard pc styie)(40pin) £7.99 Female Jack to
2 Phono (Audio Adaptor) £3.99 Stereo Phono Cables £2.99 Amiga
- Amstrad CPC Monitor £9.99 The A-Z of Amiga Games is a
comprehensive database of information on over 2,000 Amiga
games. Information and details, such as screenshots, reviews,
game maps, cheats, box scans, compatability listing are
included. This CD is suitable for use on any Windows PC, Mac
or Amiga. (8mb ram recommended) Order: CD682 £19.99 Other
cables and leads available on request.
KEY TO DRIVING THEORY "KTDT" is an interactive test to aid revision of the Highway Code for learner drivers. It consists of all the latest questions. Based on a configurable testing method the user can customise the type and amount of questions asked.
Speech is used throughout on the CD version. As well as offering a test mode, “KTDT” offers an amount of information which is usually asked in the theory test or by a driving instructor.
Available on CD or DISK (HD Req.)
Order: CD672 £14.99 Free Game! Open Mon - Sat Download now from: 9:30am - www.epicmarketing.ltd.net af Epic Marketing: BSS House - Area50, Cheney Manor, Swindon. SN2 2PJ, UK Order Free on: 0500 131 486 ihcz r “ _ Fax: +44 0 1793 514187 Enquiries: 0 1793 514188 crcdit card ordcrs uj€LCom€--y POSTAGE: UK - £1 per item unless stated. Overseas: £5 for first item and £2 per additional item - Add £1.50 for insured delivery.
All items are sold subject to our normal terms and conditions and are subject to availability. ESOE All prices indude VAT.
’Free CD's are only offered on Software purchases. All titles have been tested on an A1200. Call for compatbiiity of A500 etc. When ordering please state product code, title and price. KS2 3 = Compatible with A500+ A60Q,A1200 etc Please send a SAE for a free up to date catalogue of new and second-hand Amiga titles. Cheques should be made payable to EPIC.
Cheques valued over £30 take around 7 days to dear- add £3 for speedy dearance. Credit card orders are normally dispatched within 48 hours.
AMIGA (CD - 8mb etc) AGA AMIGA (CD OR DISK) ANY AMIGA - (2mb+ ram) ANY AMIGA DISK OR CD Forest Dump Forever Fas: Paced ptatiormer!
Pulsator Styfch horizontal shoot'em up Dune II Strategic management simulation Virtual Karting 2 FAST 30 Karting Sim.
Cygnus-8 Space Pirate trading Doom Trilogy 3 CD-ROM Set Zombie Massacre is Alpha Software's nightmare vision of a world populated by flesh-eating zombies and the human race struggling for survival.
Featuring heart stopping 3D zombie action and pumping digital audio by the Award Winning Will Morton.
"It's a brilliant game and I suggest you get it pretty soon. 96%" Neil Bullock (World of Amiga Mag.)
Zombie Massacre features
- Over 40 levels of single and double player mayhem
- 11 new sprites each with 48 frames of animation
- 3 Fantastic CD digital audio tracks including a spoken plotline
- Over 100 Meg of full screen FMV with actors
- New enemy intelligence and realistic shadows AMIGA CLASSIX is
an original CD featuring over 300 Classic Amiga Games, Many of
which are full versions: Amegas, Testament, Better Dead than
Alien, Charlie J. Cool, Crash Test Dummies, Cyber Punks, Dark
Seed, Full House Poker, DNA, PP Hammer, Lex, Starblade,
TechnoCop, Zero Gravity, Boondar, Blaster, Boston Bomb Club,
Fruit Salad, Armalyte, Nemeses, Super Frog, Project Buzbar,
Turn IT, Vietnam and more... PLUS! 100 all-time classic Demo's.
Order: CD526 £14.99 (full games are inducted with me permission of the authors) "Sixth Sense Investigations” is a new graphics adventure for the Amiga, based on the classic LucasArts style games The base storyboard tells of a crazy young guy who has the ability to communicate with the spirit of a sarcastic man. A friend, who thinks of himself as a detective, profits from the psychic abilities of his friend (the psychic guy), by using his skills to solve the most bizarre problems of the rich.
Available on: AGA Amiga CD CD32 and Disk.
Requires 2mb ram, 4mb for speech.
Special Price: £19.99 AGA Amiga CD. Game requires 6mb ram. Recommended lOmb ram, 030 or better.
Due to the graphic nature of this game, Viewers discretion is strongly advised.
Order: CD705 RRP: £19.99 Special Price: Just £14.99 with any other game!
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4 A Download now from: Call our games line on: 0 1793 432 17u www.epicmatatingMnet af “THE BEST AMIGA GAME EVER" Three Worlds - With 30 huge locations.
Full spoken dialogue on the CD Version.
Superb 256 Colour Cartoon Graphics.
50 frame second animations throughout.
Full animated intro, sequence on CD.
Load and save at any point in the game.
Hundreds of items to pickup and use.
Massively complex enigmas.
Month’s of Gameplay. The biggest Graphics Adventure ever.
Available on CD-ROM or DISK Requires: A1200 or better - or Amiga with with gfxcard.
* All 32 World Cup Teams.
* Controls via Joystick, 2 Button Sticks or Joypads.
* Play the World CUP or set up your own custom leagues.
* 30 different field conditions to be played on
* Very intuitive control method with acceleration decelaration
* Spoken comment (CD Version only)
* Game Tactics and Tactical editor * Role playing mode
* Arcade mode similiar to Speedball II (Powerups. Bonuses) ’m
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Please add a total of £1 per title for P&P within the UK and £2 per title Overseas.
Trade enquiries welcome. All prices listed indude VAT. E&OE. Call for more information.
All titles are subject to availability. AGA = A1200 A4000 Only - CD32 titles also work on A1200CD-ROM CD Games genially only work on AGA Amiga's, (oem = unboxed). Send a SAE for a complete games list Civilization BuSd an empire to stand the test of time.
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Bomber man done - 2-6 players FLIGHT SIMULATIONS RACING GAMES Gunship 2000 £12.99 Super Skidmarks £8.99 Airbus A320 II £12.99 Ultimate Super Skidmarks CD £12.99 Approach Trainer £4.99 Power Drive £9.99 B17 Flying Fortress £12.99 Turbo Trax £9.99 Dogfight £12.99 X-Treme Racing AGA £9.99 Overlord £12.99 Road Rash £8.99 Shadow of the 3rd Moon CD £19.99 Street Racer AGA £12.99 F117A Stealth Fighter £8.99 Street Racer CD £12.99 F15 Strike Eagle 2 £12.99 Microprose Formula One £9.99 F19 Stealth £12.99 Roadkill AGA £4.99 TFX CD £5.99 Roadkill CD32 £9.99 SHOOT’EM UPS ACTION Virtual Karting 2 AGA
£14.99 Xenon 2 £4.99 Virtual Karting 2 CD £14.99 Fi rehawk £4.99 Flyin High CD £14.99 XP-8 £4.99 Flyin High Data £7.99 Classic Baby Arcadia £4.99 Flyin High Data 2 £7.99 Pulsator CD £14.99 Virtual GP (Alien F1) £19.99 Gunbee (Manga) £7.99 PUZZLE LOGICAL Banshee AGA £4.99 Marbleous £4.99 Bomber Bob £5.00 Blockhead £7.99 Ninja Warriors £4.99 Logical £4.99 Desert Strike £8.99 Blockhead 2 £7.99 Base Jumpers £4.99 Minskies £8.99 Arcade Action (5games) £12.99 Fools Errand £9.99 Mega Blast (Bomberman clone) £7.99 Lemmings £8.99 Badlands Pete £4.99 Worms Directors Cut £12.99 Damage (18) £9.99
Troddlers £9.99 Skeleton Krew AGA £2.99 Clockwiser CD32 £2.99 Total Carnage AGA £2.99 Last Ninja 3 CD32 £2.99 Total Carnage CD32 £2.99 Golem CD £ca!l Guardian CD32 £2.99 STRATEGIC MANAGMENT Thunder Blade £4.99 Theme Park £12.99 Rise Of The Robots £4.99 Theme Park AGA £12.99 Rise Of The Robots AGA £4.99 Ultimate Theme Park CD £12.99 Zeewolf £4.99 Cygnus 8 £14.99 Star Fighter CD £19.99 Dune li £12.99 Sci-fi Collection (3games) £4.99 A-Train £9.99 PLATFORMERS Cannon Fodder (oem) £8.99 Ruffian £4.99 Cannon Fodder CD32 £4.99 Forest Dump Forever £7.99 Cannon Fodder 2 £8.99 Marvin’s Marvellous
Adventure AGA £2.99 SimCity (oem) £2.99 Marvin’s Marvellous Adventure CD32 £2.99 Gnome Alone £2.99 Sword £14.99 Foundation CD £27.99 Impossible Mission AGA £8.99 Civilization £12.99 Captain Dynamo £4.99 Civilization CD £12.99 Steg The Slug £4.99 Colonization £12.99 OneEscapee CD £27.99 Fields Of Glory £12.99 Seymore goes to Hollywood £4.99 Fields Of Glory CD32 £12.99 CJ in the USA £4.99 Mobile Warfare £14.99 Myth £2.99 Uropa 2 CD £27.99 Suberban Commando £4.99 Final Odyssey CD £27.99 Rainbow Collection (3games - oem) £9.99 Operation Combat 2 £9.99 Gulp!
£4.99 Medievil Warriors £9.99 Robocod £4.99 Railroad Tycoon £12.99 Chuck Rock CD32 £2.99 Silent Service 2 £12.99 Putty Squad AGA £14.99 UFO : Enemy Unknown £12.99 Oscar & Diggers CD32 £2.99 Special Forces £8.99 Bubble & Squeek £2.99 Napalm CD £29.99 Bubble & Squeek CD32 £2.99 Z CD £29.99 Naughty Ones CD32 £9.99 Frontier: Elite II (can for availability) £10.00 ADVENTURES RPG 3D “DOOM”STYLE GAMES Simon The Sorcerer £14.99 Testament AGA £14.99 Simon The Sorcerer AGA £14.99 Death Mask £4.99 Simon The Sorcerer CD32 £14.99 Gloom Deluxe AGA £4.99 Monkey Island 1&2 (compilation) £24.99 Ultimate Gloom
(Gloom3) CD £12.99 Loom (lucas arts) £7.99 Ouake CD £29.99 Big Red Adventure CD £19.99 Doom Trilogy (3 cd’s) £17.99 Police Ouest £9.99 Genetic Species CD £27.99 Myst CD £29.99 Nemac IV CD £19.99 Heimdall 2 AGA £4.99 Zombie Massacre CD £19.99 Flight Of The Amazon Oueen £19.99 Fears AGA £4.99 Abduction £14.99 Fears CD32 £9.99 Legends £7.99 Breathless AGA £14.99 Lost on Parrot Island £9.99 SPORTS Sixth Sense Investigations AGA £19.99 PGA Tour Golf £8.99 Sixth Sense Investigations CD £19.99 PGA Tour Golf Plus £12.99 Wasted Dreams CD £27.99 FIFA Soccer £8.99 Blade Disk & CD £12.99 World Golf £9.99
Ishar Trilogy £24.99 Battle Of The Ashes £9.99 DIZZY COLLECTION Samba World Cup CD £19.99 Bubble Dizzy £4.99 Eat The Whistle ’ £14.99 Magicland Dizzy £4.99 Eat The Whistle CD £14.99 Fast Food Dizzy £4.99 Tennis Cup 2 £4.99 Crystal Kingdom Dizzy £4.99 KickOff2 Data Disks (All 4 titles) £7.99 Prince Of Yolk Folk £4.99 Speedball £4.99 Fantastic Dizzy £4.99 Nick Faldo’s Golf £4.99 Treasure Island Dizzy £4.99 Player Manager 2 AGA Now £9.99 Panic Dizzy £4.99 Sensible Golf £8.99 KWIK SNAX £4.99 SWOS: WorldCup Update £4.99 Spellbound Dizzy £4.99 SWOS: 97 98 Updater £4.99 Fantasy World Dizzy £4.99
Tracksuit Manager 2 £14.99 ADULT GAMES Tracksuit Manager 2 AGA £14.99 Strip Pot AGA £4.99 John Barnes Football CD32 £2.99 Deluxe Strip Poker £2.99 International Karate Plus CD32 £2.99 Centerfold Squares £4.99 Football Glory £4.99 Adult Sensation 5 CD (30+ games) £19.99 Club Football £4.99 Lula: The Sexy Empire CD £29.99 Super League Manager CD32 £2.99 GAME COMPILATIONS Sporting Spectacular (4games) £12.99 50 Games Compilation £6.99 PINBALL SIMULATIONS Amiga ClassiX CD £14.99 Pinball Brain Damage AGA £14.99 Arcade ClassiX MKII CD £14.99 Pinball Brain Damage CD £14.99 Games Room CD £12.99
Pinball Illusions AGA £7.99 Manyk:(Roadkill,Legends, Fears)AGA £12.99 Pinball Fantasies AGA £7.99 Acid Attack:(Gloom,Skidmarks)AGA £12.99 Pinball Dreams £7.99 Calssic Card & Board Games £9.99 Pinball Obsessions £7.99 Assassins Games 3 CD £14.99 Slam Tilt AGA £14.99 Assassins Games 4 CD £14.99 Thomas’ Pinball AGA £7.99 Nothing But Tetris CD £9.99 Pinball Mania AGA £7.99 WELCOME New Workbench, new games, new graphics cards gives you all the news from an exciting month... ffiQBsDs WoBGgGd This month there has been some good news and some bad news.
The bad news is- that the “November” boxes have been delayed and now look like being “February" boxes. The good news is that according to Amiga Inc.,this delay won’t effect the final release date of the new .Amiga, which is still planned for later next year.
Even more good news is that the reason for the delay is so a new version of Workbench can be released in the interim. I won’t give you all the details here as hopefully .Amiga Inc. will have got their act together enough to send us more details for our news pages which, as always, are right at the front of the mag.
It seems that yet again we have been quite timely with our main feature this month, which is about, er, Workbench 3.5. We just wanted to put the record straight on what the consensus of user opinion was, regarding just what would be included in this new version, and you can read all about our thoughts on page 18.
Not all the exciting things this issue are about .Amiga Inc. though. I was very surprised by the release of Carl Sassenrath's REBOL, which looks rather good. We will, of course, be following up on this, but you can get the main details from our news pages.
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in terms of reviews are two of the most eagerly- awaited
graphics derices of the moment, the Paloma for PicassoIV and
the Permedia 2-driven CvbervisionPPC. Both get the full workout
in the Seriously .Amiga section of the magazine.
Things are getting interesting on the games front too. Napalm is due to ship pretty much as soon as you get this mag, and our previews section has a load of games you’ll be aching to get your hands on soon. Oh, and don't forget to check out Tony Horgan's new tutorial... Nick Wttch ColozneshowPreview ¦PC* T.'-p WORKBENCH 3.5 PAGE 13 As a new version of Workbench looms, we take a look at what everyone reckons should be in it, and what should definitely be left out.
COLOGNE PREVIEW PAGE 24 This is the show of shows in the Amiga world, so we're looking at what will be awaiting you if you're going, or what you'll be missing if you're not.
CYBERVISION PPC PAGE 52 It's cunningly designed, fairly priced and promises to be fast. What can we possibly find wrong with the CybervisionPPC?
SOUND ADVICE TUTORIAL PAGE 76 If you're addicted to Amiga audio to the extent that you want to create your own sounds, Tony Horgan's new tutorial is just for you.
AMIGA FORMAT DECEMBER 1998 ISSUE 117 SERIOUSLY AMIGA DECEMBER 1998 FREE REBOL CODE 52 CYBERVISION PPC The Amiga version of Carl Sassenrath's REBOL language is now available on the net for free.
WipeOut 2097 is to be converted to the Amiga.
All the news from Belgium, Germany and the USA.
Dave Cusick peruses the Public Domain's finest.
KYIWALDA This impressive card is named after a children's TV wizard's assistant.
Simon Goodwin has all the details.
The cheapest, easiest and best way to get AF.
IriTiPMTHI The best Amiga store directory available.
83 TYPHOON Why are Power releasing an ‘030 accelerator? And will it impress Ben Vost?
74 76 78 STUDIO 2.2 Larry Hickmott wonders if the latest Studio software is better than TurboPrint 6.
Mmm... lots of options.
62 READER REVIEW Paul Wood gives us the lowdown on Canon's BJC250 printer.
SOUND ADVICE Tutorials Make beautiful music with Tony Horgan.
C FOR YOURSELF John Kennedy introduces you to some 3D objects.
An in-car MP3 player sounds good to Dave Cusick.
MAILBAG & GALLERY Be seen and heard throughout the Amiga world.
EELMIi Get netted with Neil Both wick.
Simon Goodwin recalls memory management.
Aunty John Kennedy solves your problems.
61 AFCD33 Another packed disc, featuring such goodies as Quake add-ons and speed ups, a new Napalm demo, HD installers...
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SKS a GUNBEEF-99 The latest version of this renamed and
revamped bee-based shoot-em-up.
COLOGNE PREVIEW We give you a quick preview of what the big names in the Amiga market are likely to be showing, selling and saying.
X ~rV WORK IN PROGRESS Stuart Walker introduces Space Station 3000, a new space-based combat trading game.
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The Amiga executable of Carl Sassenrath’s REBOL is now available for free download or purchase at the main REBOL website. It follows hot on the heels of the release of versions for the Macintosh, Windows Pcs and the various shades of Linux.
Page of HTML from the net and then emailing it to someone?
Because REBOL is available on a number of different platforms, exchanging data and information will be completely transparent, no matter who you send it to.
Of Carl’s work is Rick Snyder, former president of the PC manufacturer Gateway 2000.
Snyder’s new7 business, Avalon Investments, is a technology investor which is now backing REBOL Technologies. .As Snyder explains: “When I was the president of Gateway 2000,1 saw first hand how the complexity7 of building network-based applications seriously challenged both developers and corporations. That’s why we made REBOL Technologies one of Avalon’s first major venture capital investments. The REBOL language provides a revolutionary, simple way to model the exchange and flow of information in today’s multifaceted, distributed environments.
“REBOL truly speaks the language of the Internet, of developers, and of enterprise-wide communications.” REBOL v 1.0is now available for download from http: www.rebol.com and you can also order the printed manual and disk version online for only $ 29.95. We will be reviewing REBOL in a future issue.
4a The REBOL project was started by the long-time Amiga guru and author of much of the original AmigaOS, Carl Sassenrath, after he parted company with one-time .Amiga almost-owners, Viscorp. With a background that also includes work on the CDTV and a stint at Hewlett-Packard, Sassenrath has considerable experience in the computer industry.
REBOL was bom of Sassenrath’s vision of a way of using computers simply and easily, no matter what the actual hardware and operating system were, without haring to learn a complicated new language.
The executable REBOL core is pretty simple to understand and yet it's very powerful. Written for the Internet age, it is very adept at handling data in a variety of forms. A powerful set of DataType structures are already defined, making it easy to handle date, currency and even email messages.
However, instead of being complicated, like some other “high level” languages, REBOL seems very intuitive and easy to follow. It is probably most like a combination of the functionality of Arexx and Lisp, but easier to use than either. Consider the following example: data: read http: 1uu1111.ami9a.org send jli sfickq.ner data How’s that for downloading a live The REBOL language provides a revolutionary, simple way to model the exchange and flow of information... Although there may well be a lot of work still to be done on REBOL, it is easy to see from the current core release how7 powerful a
tool it is. One of the people quick to realise the potential The titchy Amiga executable is pretty powerful and is backed up by docs on the website.
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I should not expect to be able to play it.
At the moment, Digital Images are working on a version that will only work on Amigas with PPC and graphics cards, although they may try to cut it down to make it playable on a 68K machine too.
Digital Images, the people who are writing Space Station 3000 (and who have a WIP for it on page 42), have announced that they will be creating an official conversion of Psygnosis’ headline game, Wipeout 2097, for the Amiga.
In a deal signed with Psygnosis recently, they stated their intentions to convert the game for our platform, but users with a less than stellar Amiga Digital Images plan to have the game available by the end of January next year. You can get more information by going to the Digital Images website at: http www.digitalimages.demon.CQ.uk World of Amiga 1999 announced Although there have been no confirmed dates at the time of going to press, a new World of Amiga show has been announced for 1999, and it will probably be based at the usual venue, the Novotel in Hammersmith, London, in the spring.
Since it's still early days for the show, we have no details of who should be exhibiting at Britain's only Amiga event, but we'll let you know the news as soon as we have it. In the meantime, you can email the organisers at: or visit the website at Confusion reigns Apologies to Kickstart, who we got mixed up with SEAL last month, owing to a technical problem (Ben being dim - Ed).
They are, in fact, two completely separate organisations and you can contact them both. Here are the (now separated) details: Kickstart: Rob Gilbert (email@example.comM « 01932 562354.
SEAL: Mick Sutton (firstname.lastname@example.orgM ® 01268 761429.
Continued overleaf * What have the Amiga Format staff been doing this month?
Nick Veitch |f Editor I'm still reading Washing the I t Spears, I'm afraid, but I PlB might have to “r ---------take a break to read all the REBOL documentation, which looks like it will be just as informative and interesting.
WMUr BenVost lg Dep. Editor project has made | me realise how platform-specific HTML really is, and how rubbish Netscape and IE are, but other than that. I've been fine, thanks.
Mark Wheat; ey W _ _ M 7 I've been having fascinating discussions on the relative merits of
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giving up the guitar and whingeing about everything.
- m Cotin Nightingale My brain is at the meltdown as I'm writing
this piece, so I can console
- ----- myself with the fact that I'm going on holiday as soon as
I can fill up this last little gap... hmm, that's about it.
Those Yorkshire-based Amiga fans, Eyetech, have come up with some bundles to celebrate the launch of BT’s new HomeHighway service, offering ISDN connections at a fraction of the price they used to be at. They have four packages, as follows: Eyetech in one-off Internet deal Inetl package External 64 128 ISDN terminal adaptor by Zoom (the world's second largest modem manufacturer) and serial cable.
Internet access with: ¦ 25Mb web space ¦ 10 email addresses ¦ ISDN 128Kb access (+usual analogue dialup) ¦ 100% local 0845 number access ¦ Unlimited usage ¦ 24-hour technical (Internet) support ¦ No monthly access charges ever ¦ One-off price of £199.95 inc. VAT.
Inet2 package As Inetl package, plus Portjnr 460Kb interface, one-off price of £229.95. Inet3 package As Inetl package, plus Ibrcrwse 1.22, Miami
3. x TCP stack, one-off price of £249.95. Inet4 package As Inetl
package, plus Ibrowse 1.22, Miami 3.x TCP stack, Portjnr 460Kb
interface, one-off price of £269.95. Give Eyetech a call on
01642 713185 to find out further details or to order these new
AFB report It seems that people out there are keen on our news service. Our AFB, the Amiga Format Bulletin, is growing daily, with over five hundred subscribers at the time of writing this report. In case you weren't here last issue. I'll explain again that AFB comes out every four weeks (or more often if there's a breaking story) and gives you details about what's in the upcoming issue, and any news stories or rumours that didn't get into the magazine.
There are competitions, surveys and feedback requests to integrate the users and readers of Amiga Format better into the magazine.
If you'd like to join up, simply send an email to: email@example.com with "subscribe af-bulletin" in the body of your message.
Cover feature: Colour revolution. A sneak peek at the Amiga's first 24-bit colour display device (in PAL at least), the Harlequin from Amiga Centre Scotland, and a review of the original Art Department. There was also a feature on the various historical re-enactment games available.
We look at what was going on in the Amiga market 100 issues of AF ago... ¦ On the disks: A demo of Ultimate Ride, a motorbike racing sim, a demo of Personal Finance Manager and RealThings Humans, along with a bunch of other stuff.
¦ News: A1500 to be launched - basically a reboxed A2000 with 1084S and two floppy drives, it cost £1,149.95 inc. VAT at launch. The Mk II Action Replay is to be launched and can be used in an A2000 with the addition of a £10 adaptor. There was also a voucher for 50p off entrance to the Computer Shopper Show '90.
¦ Prices: Digiview Gold, a slow-scan video digitiser, was on sale for £149.95, while the Harlequin board that was the subject of the cover feature came in at less than two grand for what was basically just a frame store - you couldn't work on a 24-bit screen except in specially-written software like TV Paint which wasn't y,et available.
¦ Games reviewed included: Betrayal by Rainbird (84%), Mean Streets by US Gold (88%), Super Off Road Racer by Virgin (80%), Indianapolis 500 by EA (92%), Cadaver by ImageWorks (83%), Killing Game Show by Psygnosis (92%).
¦ Serious products reviewed: hard drives (from various manufacturers, including GVP, IVS, ICD and Xetec. Oh yes, and Commodore with the A590), GST Gold Genlock, Title Page, a word pro comparison. Personal Finance Manager, Hyperchord and Pixound.
¦ Notes: Not very Christmassy for a December issue. Even though the A3000 was available, everyone was still using Workbench 1.3. .
Pages: 284 Cost: £2.95 'E’Net Corner New features include: New user interface What's-This help for all buttons Cut & Paste in string fields Dialogues can be left open permanently Simplified configuration Hierarchical FileType configuration Online block formatting while typing 1 Improved tab support (hard tabs) SAS C environment I 0S3 compliant colour management I Hierarchical project management STFax support: send text as fax Repeat count can be set for events Sequence compiler (faster playback) Sequences can be applied to files Improved installation and setup Roget's Thesaurus included I
Central setup for all add-ons Sequences can be saved as Rexx macros M Designed for use under UAE too.
As yet, GoldEd author Dietmar Eilert has no UK distribution for this product, but you can expect a review next issue, by which time he hopes to have a deal arranged.
You can contact Herr Eilert at Dietmar.Eiiert@post.rwth-aachen.d-i or read more We like to think of all you users keeping in touch with each other, so this month we are showing you a selection of some of the many user group websites from around the world.
Local user groups can be a good source of help and advice, as well as a place to discuss the Amiga, get good deals on software and arrange travel to shows.
POWER FLYER WINNERS The correct answer for our Power Flyer competition was that the Spirit of St. Louis was the name of the first plane to be flown single-handedly across the Atlantic. Loads of people entered and got it right, but only two people could win and they are: J Mr. D. Harris, Nuneaton, and Curt Nicol, Bideford.
The popular Shareware text editor Gold Ed has hit version 5 and it's gone commercial.
The new version, which comes on CD, has a lot of the previous add-ons built-in now, including support for the major programming languages, HTML and a spelling checker (for English and German) and a thesaurus.
The program has its own look and feel and although it isn't strictly Amiga style guide compliant, it works well enough and there's no denying the editor's power.
Competition The Coventry and Warwickshire Commodore Computer club probably have one of the longest Continued overleaf (SIMs tow®[MjQ®G brings you all the news from Belgium's premier Amiga show.
You can’t have escaped reading about the Infomedia ’98 show in Antwerp, Belgium, over the last few months. Press releases had been appearing almost daily on the Internet, detailing events, exhibitors, conferences and other activities all planned for the show weekend. Previous Infomedia shows have been almost exclusively PC.
This year, however, Tony Mees almost single-handedly took it upon himself to organise an entire hall just for Amigas, in addition to the normal PC stands.
In theory, at least, Infomedia ’98 7 7 should have been one hell of a show.
Two halls, both over three times the size of the World of .Amiga shows, one of them exclusively .Amiga. In practice, however, it was a little disappointing.
Despite the vast size of the .Amiga hall, only half of it was used, and even then there were empty stalls. This was actually due to some of the user groups who had promised to attend the show failing to turn up. There were approximately 15 .Amiga retailers at the show, including Epic Marketing, the only UK retailer to make the trip. Most were selling the usual range of goods, with the emphasis on software rather than hardware.
While there were a few A1200 memory expansions and accelerators on sale, the theme throughout the entire show hardware-wise was more towards generic peripherals. New software was almost non-existent and there were no companies demoing products - it was purely retail companies.
Quite surprisingly there were no Amigas for sale at the show. Either the dealers in Belgium have managed to shift all of their stock or there is simply no demand for them.
It certainly has the potential to be a great Amiga show, but I can't help feeling that Tony Mees was let down... In fact, there didn’t seem to be much demand for anything. Every J o dealer I spoke to said that although people were looking, very few were actually spending any money.
.Amiga International were in attendance, in spirit if not in body.
Their stand, almost hidden away in the far corner of the hall, was little more than a sales booth for Annex Cds.
Poor .Axel Kraemer was single- handedly meeting .Amiga users and trying to sell Annex Cds to any members of the public that looked interested.
Due to the non-attendance by .Amiga Inc., there were very few working Amigas on the show floor. The majority of Amigas that were being used to demo stuff were running old megademos downloaded from the Internet or, in the case of the .Amiga International stand, two A1200s running Magic Pack software.
Unsurprisingly, this doesn’t generate much excitement any more.
.As with most shows now, there was an IRC conference from the show floor.
A lecture theatre had been set up with about 30 seats and a large screen projector displaying the output of an .Amiga running the IRC conference.
However, most of the guest speakers on the IRC channel weren’t present at the show. Consequently, there was nothing for people in the lecture theatre to do except stare at an Amiga screen.
In fact, the most exciting event at the show was the world debut of the new Annex single, “Keep the Momentum Going”. They made four appearances over the course of the show to a small but loyal Amiga crowd and some very bemused PC owners.
At the end of it all I left with very mixed feelings about Infomedia ’98.
When you consider that without one person's single-handed effort there would be absolutely no .Amiga presence at this annual computer show, you have to consider it a success. It certainly has the potential to be a great .Amiga show, but I can’t help feel that Tony Mees was let down by a number of people, not least Amiga International, whose apparent lack of effort and interest was very disheartening.
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The second Pianeta .Amiga, the Italian .Amiga fair organised by Jasa Communications, took place in Empoli (Italy) on September 26th and 27th.
Of the many celebrities of the .Amiga _ . World, Petro ( y( y AmigaWriter looks quite nice, with a modern interface, but at this stage it lacks a spelling checker and other features... ( H ( President of p-i .Amiga International), Michele Iurillo lacking only the presence of Petro Tvschtschenko, who didn’t make a speech, which disappointed the audience.
Pianeta .Amiga ’98 was used to introduce the Italian Amiga community to new products like AmigaWbiter, Attendance was up on last year and Eat the Whistle (below) proved to be a bit of a draw.
Aage 8c Partner’s new word processor, and the 10th volume of the extremely Enigma Amiga Run, an Italian Magazine) and all of Haage 8c Partner were there.
Maurizio Bonomi, Michele Iurillo, Sergio Ruocco, Paolo Canali and other Italian and world-wide .Amiga personalities took part in a very interesting conference, J successful Amy Resource CD.
AmigaWriter looks quite nice, with a modern interface, but at this stage it lacks a spelling checker and other features readily found in the likes of Wordworth. However, early purchasers of this version are entitled to a free upgrade to the next version when it appears, and which should have all the extras that this version is missing.
ClassX were showing version 3 of FontMachine, compatible with CyberGraphX and Draco. This software allows you to save your projects as Amiga ColorFont, Animo and AnimGif.
Hurricane Studios were showing Eat The Whistle, a new football game distributed by Epic Marketing. It works with graphics boards, can use AHI- compatible sound cards and will multitask on any .Amiga, including emulators running on a PC.
Overall, the attendance was very- good, particularly on the Saturday, and it was up on last year's figure, probably because the show is now more well known. The number of user groups involved was also very heartening.
This year, Pianeta .Amiga represented a good chance to bring together the Italian .Amiga community, and everyone seemed to be verv satisfied bv J J the quality of the organisation I and of the f exhibitors.
A novel approach to in-car entertainment (above and left).
The show is better known now and was well supported by user groups.
Continued overleaf MAE 98 by our man on the floor, Ms ynp® raoomG, Executive Director for the User Group Network.
Delays but they had found a new partner who was “much, much better”. Unfortunately, this will cause the release of the development machine to be pushed back by another 90 to 120 days from the original November release. However, importantly, he went on to state that the release of the final machine is still perfectly on track, “for the fourth quarter of 1999”. Also coming soon is a new Mr McEwen made specific statements to say that they were reorganising the way they handled press releases... would give exclusives and advanced knowledge to magazines like Amiga Format. This is being done to help
stop the decline of .Amiga print magazines that has been so unfortunate as of late.
There will be more information on OS3.5, as well as a look at the development machine to be revealed at Computer ’98 in Cologne next month.
It was a great show in a great location.
Several vendors had new press releases and products out, including a display of NewTek’s new “10X” product, a new release of Weblord, an HTML processing utility, and the User Group Network themselves announced not only a new website but a new focus and partnership too.
You could hear developers and attendees alike discussing Carl Sassenrath’s newly released REBOL programming language and the possibilities it opens up to .Amiga online designers. During the developer meeting with the ICOA Representative, Kermit Woodall alerted us to a few surprises as they announced a new refocusing of effort, a new upcoming website (http: www.amiaa.net), and a much more streamlined management committee organisation.
“We’re no longer going to operate where things might sit in a committee with no progress,” reported Mr. Woodall. “We will absolutely have to institute a way for things to get done efficiently and if there’s no progress being made on a project or team, we’ll have to find a way to make it happen.” He also went into depth on a new exciting project to help developers protect against software piracy.
Amiga Inc. web page regarding the OS3.5 and 5.0 progress and upgrades.
Mr. McEwen made specific statements to say that they were J J reorganising the way they handled press releases and in the future i ?J k M I I
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been one of the two largest yearly shows in North America. All
I can say is that my utmost compliments go out to show
organisers Ronn Black, Dave Pearce and the rest of the AmiCON
crew. The show officially didn’t start J until Saturday morning
but that didn’t stop people from showing up early on Friday
morning for the seminars available during the day. Set up time
for exhibitors started at roughly 5.00pm on the Friday and
wrapped up while the vendor party was just getting underway.
On Saturday, since R. J. Mical never made it to the show for one reason or another, Amiga Inc.’s own Bill McEwen gave the keynote speech. In it, he gave us news of the upcoming release of
053. 5, but stated that he couldn’t give pinpoint details because
OS3.5 is under heavy XDA and is a joint co-operative effort
between approximately 20 authors, with .Amiga Inc.’s Fleecy
Moss leading the project.
A few highlights of his speech and the OS3.5 information included: retargetable audio (RTA) support; retargetable graphics (RTG); support for a CD-Filing System (CDFS); support for PPC co-processors built-in; Internet- ready; a newly updated and refined interface; plus bug fixes and updates to several areas of the OS. It is due for release in the first half of next year.
J One of the more interesting aspects of OS3.5 was that "OS 5.0 will be backwards compatible with
3. 5,” and that “All of the programs you have that currently run
under 3.1 ‘should' work under 3.5...” From a development
standpoint, this is incredible, but curious.
Of the release dates, Bill stated that complications with their initial partner caused Bringing you the latest Amiga News from Eyetech ?
Tlje EZPC-Tcneer syste n slxming the A1200 and the PC mot jerboard (in shde-oat frame) EyeNet 2 package ¦ One-off cost just £229.95 As EyeNet 1 plus ? Portjunior High-Speed A1200 serial port EyeNet 3 package - One-off cost just £249.95 As EyeNet 1 plus ? IBROWSE 1.22 Web Browser ? Miami 3 TCP IP Stack Dialler EyeNet 4 package - One-off cost just £269.95 As EyeNet 1 plus ? IBROWSE 1.22 Web Browser ? Miami 3 TCP IP Stack Dialler ? Portjunior High-Speed A1200 serial port
3. 1 Kickstart RoxMs ?
3. 1 Workbench (6 disks) ?
Wordworth 4.5 SE ?
Turbocalc 3-5 ?
Datastore 1.1 ?
Latest News in Brief Prograb 24-bit Digitizer now back in stock Evetech has obtained new - but limited - stocks of Prograb 24RT, the high performance Amiga video digitizer. The digitizer connects via the Amiga’s parallel port, has composite and SVHS inputs and comes complete with its own pow-er supply. It can digitise incoming video at low?
Frame rates and is compatible with ProDad's ‘Cocktel’ Amiga-to-Amiga videoconferencing software (currently on offer from Eyetech at £39.95) The ProGrab 24RT is priced at just £119.95. Eyetech EZWriter A1200 CD burner conies out top in latest comparative review The concluding remark in the review of a rival CD writing system in the October edition of Cu Amiga is “For my money I would opt for the Eyetech (EZWriter) system Need we say more?
The EZWriter-SE is available complete with software and 100W PSU for £269*95.
The rewritable version - the EZReWriter-SE is also available for just £299-95.
New Eyetech Professional Pack 3 options introduced If you buy an Eyetech Professional Pack 3 you now- have a time-of-purchase option to buy: ? An upgrade to a 160MHz PPC with 040 25 and 64Mb memory - for just £129.95. ? A 14” monitor and internal scandoubler for just £99-95.
See page 2 of this advertising feature for further details.
New Amiga Motherboards now in stock We have obtained a limited quantity of new Amiga International 1200 motherboards (excluding ROMs), complete with metal shield and 12 month warranty.The boards are priced at just £129.95. A replacement motherboard is usually the best long term solution if you have a damaged or unreliable A1200.
Elbox IDE Flyer ‘spacers’ available for early A1200’s Some A1200 motherboards were shipped with an “over- populated’ clock port connector, requiring the IDE-Flver to be raised by around 4mm to avoid short circuits. These spacers, if needed, are available to Eyetech IDE-Flyer customers for £4.50 (normally £8.95). The Elbox IDE Flyer - w-hich improves hard disk transfer rates by up to 600% and gives large (over 4.3GB) hard drive support - is priced at just £59 95 from Eyetech.
Amiga Format rated The Elbox IDE Flyer at 98% in a recent review.
EZGen Low-Cost composite video Genlock introduced Eyetech!s EZGen allows Amiga Graphics from, say, Scala MM300, to be overlaid on live composite video from a camcorder and the resultant signal re-recorded to videotape.
The EZGen is priced at just £99-95- Scanner Promotion extended due to high demand Buy an award-winning UMAX Scanner and Photoscope Software bundle from Eyetech and get a fully registered copy of ArtEffect-SE 1.5 (normally £59.95) completely FREE OF CHARGE (until stocks are exhausted)- Amiga Magic Upgrade Packs available in limited quantities The ideal way to update your Commodore A1200: Photogenics 1.2SE Personal Paint 6.4 Organiser 1.1 Pinball Mania & Whizz Games Workbench 3.1 manuals Magic Pack application software manuals..... all for just £49.951!
? 14’' Digital Monitor with on-site warranty (upgrades to 15” and 17” are also available) ? 30 bit A4 flatbed scanner with up to 9600 dpi resolution (by interpolation).
? 300MHz - capable jumperless PC motherboard with 233MHz MMX CPU and 64MB memory fitted ? Voucher for 75% off the price of the Cinema 4D PC ray-tracing & modelling engine from HiSoft Systems - exclusively for EZPC Tower purchasers.
I feel an urge to expand coming on ... So what’s all this PC stuff got to do with an A1200? Well, quite simply, PC peripherals are much less expensive than their Amiga counterparts, and, by using the PC as a slave to the Amiga, you can save up to 40% of the cost of expanding your A1200. You do not have to use the PC side at all - it really acts just like a low cost Amiga expansion board - in other words a Zorro alternative.
Expanding your A1200 via the EZPC route effectively adds the following facilities to your Amiga: EZ-Tower Plus with keyboard EZKey adapter & 250W PSU 30-bit A4 single pass flatbed scanner with up to 9600 dpi resolution (by interpolation).
TV tuner with frame grabbing and cut-«fe-paste teletext facilities.
14” digital SVGA monitor with on-site warranty.
16-bit, 32 voice wavetable sound card with midi interface & recording software 2 additional high speed serial and one additional bidirectional parallel ports Amiga accessible high density floppy drive. 32-speed CDROM & 3.2GB hard drive High resolution 24-bit Amiga graphics display via the Siamese RTG2.5 ethernet system.
Full colour still & moving video capture card. Full screen, full motion MPEG playback.
Full PC with 64MB memory for use as a ray-tracing engine for your A1200 etc. How do they do that (with an EZPC)?
As well as using the PC’s peripherals you can of course use some of the PC board’s processing power to help with your serious Amiga work. Here’s how.
Render 3D raytraced scenes using the PC’s CPU When you buy an EZPC-Tower we will give you a special voucher which entitles you to buy the full PC Version of Cinema 4D v4SE from HiSoft for just £129 - a saving of £400 on its normal price of £529. With this installed you will be able to: ? Model your 3D objects and scenes on the Amiga in Imagine, Cinema 4D etc. ? Save the models to the PC drives directly from your Amiga application ? Import the Amiga file models into Cinema 4D on the PC side ? Render the files on the PC side (at anything up to 100 times the speed of the Amiga side) ? Save the
rendered images for viewing on your Amiga.
Write a CD the easy way If you have the optional CD writer upgrade fitted to the EZPC-Tower, it installs on the PC side complete with the UDF file system.
This means that you can literally drag and drop Amiga (or PC) files onto the CD disk icon, create or delete directories and files - just as you would with a hard disk - without worrying about ISO image building, buffer overruns, or any Amiga-side CD writing software.
And yes, you can also write and copy Cds the conventional way as well, if you wish, with the software provided.
Access a company interAntranet via a local area network.
You can use your Amiga to access net-based facilities available on a local area network connected to the PC side of the EZPC system, including intranets, internet gateways and other HTML files, and send and receive emails locally and globally.
Join the BT Home Highway with these very special packages from Eyetech BT’s new Home Highway - giving phone and ISDN access over your existing phone line - is now available and set to revolutionise digital communications. Internet access is nearly 2.5 times as fast as the fastest 56K modem. Just ring T 50’ for BT Customer Services to obtain details of installation, rental and call charges or to arrange an installation.
In addition to the line you will also need an ISDN terminal adapter (the ISDN equivalent of a modem), an account with an Internet Service Provider who has 128K bps-capable ISDN connectivity Amiga browser and TCP IP software, and - ideally
- a high-speed serial port on your Amiga.
Does this sound like it is starting to become expensive? Well, think again! Just look at these packages which Eyetech has arranged on behalf of Amiga users: EZPC TOWER UPGRADED AGAIN This new EZPC-Tower setup makes the ideal 3D rendering system for your A1200 Eyetech’s unique EZ-PC Tower System - which integrates a highly specified PC and your A1200 in the same EZ-Tower via the Siamese RTG 2.5 Ethernet system - has been upgraded - again! And the good news is that the cost remains the same at just £999.95 inc VAT.
Eyetechs EZPC-Tower uses the best aspects of PC technology - low cost, high performance peripherals, retargetable graphics, number crunching speed and networking capability - to add to the Amiga's intrinsic strengths - user-friendly, stable operating system, true multitasking, real-time response, low system overheads and ease of setup - all areas where Pcs struggle severely (and usually fail!).
So, what’s new?
The EZ-PC Tower now comes with the following new features: EyeNet 1 package - One-off cost just £199.95 ? 64 128K bps ISDN terminal adapter and RS232 Cable from the World’s no. 2 modem manufacturer ? Internet access with a major UK-based provider giving: ? 25Mb of your own web space ? 10 different e-mail addresses of your choosing ? Full Newsgroup access ? 90 days free internet technical support ? 100% local call access (0845) within the UK ? ISDN and modem (56 33 28 Kbaud) dial up access ? NO ONGOING INTERNET ACCESS CHARGES
This has to be the internet offer of a lifetime. For about the same price as a 56K modem and a few months internet subscription you can get a 128KB ISDN external terminal adapter and unlimited internet access - with no further monthly charges - ever!
NEW PRODUCTS & SPECIAL PRICES FOR THIS ISSUE DIY EZ-Tower+PC kbd+kbd i f - £99.95; EZCD-SE buffered interface & s w £19.95: 170MB Hard Drive A1200 Magic Pack £226.95; 14” monitor+ecandoubler £143.95; EZWriter-SE external CDROM burner+MakeCD £269.95; ISDN T A & lifetime net access £199.95; Scandoubler with full flickerfixer (int or ext) £69.95; Elbox IDE-Flyer Highspeed 4 dev buffered i f £59.95; CamControl digicam s w £29.95; Award winning Umax SCSI scanner w PhotoScope and FREE ArtEffect-SE v 1.5 £179.95; 32MS mem £29.95 Award-winning UMAX SCSI Flatbed Scanner ? 600x300 dpi optical
resolution, single-pass 24-bit A4 flatbed scanner ? Comes with Photoscope (Amiga) and Mac software. Compatible with all modern SCSI interfaces - including PPC. Blizzard & Classic Squirrel (but not Surf-Squirrel) ? PCW 'Best Scanner of 1998' Award - July 1998; PCW ‘Best Scanner' September 1998 ? Highly-acclaimed ArtEffect-SE v1.5 ( normally £59.95) free with this bundle whilst stocks last.
Amiga UMAX Scanner & PhotoScope Bundle now with FREE ArtEffect-SE ul.5 - still just £179.95 Eyefech EZTower System • from just £79.95 Join the Digital Imaging Revolution with Eyetech Amiga Digital Imaging Software from Andreas Gunther SCANQUIX4 & PHOTOSCOPE SOFTWARE - just £59.95 ? 24 bit scanning with full range of editing options ?‘Scan-to-disk’ option in Jpeg or IFF ? Stand-alone use or integrates with your Art package (AdPro, ArtEffect. Ppaint.
Photogenics, ImageFX, XLPaint, Pagestream 3. Dpaint5) via AREXX ? SQ4 - for Epson, HP SCSI & Epson parallel scanners.
Photoscope for UMAX 61 OS 121 OS CAMCONTROL AMIGA DIGITAL CAMERA SOFTWARE - now just £29.95 ? Serial connection versions available for most popular models of Kodak, Minolta. Olympus, Casio & Fuji digital cameras ? Picture transfer, camera control & sideshow options (camera dependant) ? Stand-alone use or integrates with your Art package (AdPro, ArtEffect, Ppaint, Photogenics. ImageFX, XL Paint, Pagestream 3. Dpaint 5) via AREXX ? Selectable serial device for use with high-speed interfaces like the PortJnr TURBOPRINT 6 - The essential partner for your digital imaging work ? The most
comprehensive, fastest replacement printing system for all WB2.X+ Amigas ? Supports the latest Epson, Canon, HP printers - including the Award-winning Epson Stylus Photo ? Integrates seamlessly with ScanQuix Photoscope scanning software and CamControl digital camera software ? Poster printing, image tiling, colour correction, print spooling, photo optimisation etc, all included as standard ? Selectable parallel device for use with high-speed interfaces such as the PortPlus (see below) PortPlus 2 x 46bKbd serial + 1 x 800KB S Parallel £79.95 or just £70 if bought with Turboprint 6 PortJnr 1 x
460Kbd serial port (for attachment to the A1200’s unused ‘clock’port) £39.95 - or just £30 if bought with CamControl software A1200 EZWriter and EZReWriter CDROM burners ? Both are IDE ATAPI reader writer units with MakeCD Amiga writing software.
? EZWriter units cut‘Gold’ CD blanks at 2x speed & read CDROM's at 8 speed.
? EZReWriter units cut EZKey2 1 200 Magic Packs Direct to Eyetech from Amiga International Inc. £99.95 £127.95 £157.95 £187.95 £287.95 £337.95 ? Full UK specification with Kickstart
3. 1 Workbench 3.1 disks and manuals.
UK PSU, mousemat, TV lead and 2mb graphics memory (in addition to any memory expansion included in the packs below).
? Fantastic software bundle including Wordworth 4SE, Turbocalc 3.5, Datastore 1.1, Photogenics
1. 2SE. Personal Paint 6.4, Organiser 1.1, Pinball Mania and
? Hard drive versions come with Scala MM300 pre-installed.
? Other options available, eg EZ-Tower Magic Pack bundles from £338.95 - ring for details.
? Time-of-purchase upgrade packages available at very special prices - see asterisked' items in the ‘Pack’ boxes below.
Eyetech Starter Pack & Starter Pack-Plus Diskette based system as above Just £184.95 170MB HD-based system as above Just £228.95 Add an '030 33EC accelerator with 3M3 for just £59.95’ Eyetech Productivity Pack 3 170MB HD,030 33MHz MMU FPU 8MB Just £328.95 U g to an ‘04O 25MHz MMU FPU w 16MB &100W PSU for just £99.95’ Sjor upgrade to an EZTower-Plus with EZKey & PC k b for just £110.00’ Eyetech MiniTower Pack 3
2. 5GB HD'040 25MHz MMU FPU 16MB, 20-speed CDROM, EZ-CD-Mk4
4-device buffered i f & cables, EZIDE s w, MiniTower case with
230W PSU Just £598.95 Upgrade to an ‘040 40MHz MMU FPU with
52MB for just £69.95’ Eyetech Professional Pack 3
4. 3GB HD, '040 33MHZ MMU FPU 32MB, 24-speed CDROM, EZCD-Mk4
4-device buffered i f & cables, EZIDE s w, EZTower-Plus case
with 250W PSU Just £798.95 U g to a 160MHz PPC &
‘04O 25MHzJMMUIFPU w 64MB for £129.95’ Sjor add a 14"
Monitor Sc Scandoubler for just £129.95’ Thinking of towering
up your A1200? Then you should certainly be considering the
unique Eyetech EZTower System Backplate DIY* Full kit EZTower
EZTower DFO: face plate & ribbon cable Yes Yes Yes Custom
backpanel w SCSI, audio Kos Yes Yes Yes A1200 power & LED
adptrs Yes Yes Yes CE-approved metal PC case n a Yes Yes No of
bays PSU capacity n a I0 250W I0 250W Directly accessible
PCMCIA slot Yes Yes Yes DIY assembly instructions Yes Yes n a
Installation instructions Yes Yes Yes PC board Siamese
compatibility Yes Yes Yes Assembled &AI 200-ready No No Yes
Eyetech installation option No No Yes Cost with options as
specified £39.95 £79.95 £99.95 With EZKey2 & PC k b n a £99.95
£l 19.95 ’'With the DIY EZ-Tower you have to remove the PC
tower back plate and some internal shelving and fix the new
backpanel in place ? Autodetects and remaps Amiga & PC
keyboards ? Plugs directly into the ribbon cable slot on the
A1200 AMIGA EZKey2 alone - just £28.95 EZKey2 and Windows
keyboard £38.95 EZKey2, A4000 k b & 6-to-5 pin adapter £58.95
AMIGA SVGA MONITORS For use with Amiga Zorro & the new PPC
graphics cards, scandoublers & the EZPC-Tower system ? All
monitors come with a 3-year warranty and at least I year
on-site maintenance - call for details.
? Special pricing on scandoublers flickerfixers bought with monitors from just £45 extra ? Monitor specifications are quoted as the highest vertical refresh rate at the maximum resolution. Higher refresh rates ( =72Hz) at lower resolutions are available and give a more visually relaxing display.
? Scandoubler flickerfixers have resolutions governed by the Amiga’s AA AGA chipset and are restricted to a maximum vertical refresh of 73Hz and a maximum usable resolution of 724Hx566V.The PPC Bvision supports 1600x 1280@72Hz.
14” SVGA 0.28DP, 1024Hx768V @ 60Hz £98.95 15” SVGA 0.28DP, 1024Hx768V @ 60Hz £ 128.95 17” SVGA 0.28DP, 1280Hx 1024V @ 60Hz £248.95 17” SVGA 0.26DP, 1600Hxl280V @ 75Hz £399.95 The Top-Rated Eyetech CD-Plus Range for the A1200 "Eyetech have come up with a real winner with this new CDROM drive ” - Ben Vost, Amiga Format 20-speed CDPtus-SE now just £85.95 24-speed just £88.95; 32-speed just £98.95!
? Whisper quiet 20,24 or 30-speed CDROM mechanism ? EZCD-SE 4-device buffered interface, 3-connector 40-way and 2-connector 44-way cables included ? CDPIus driver software specially written for Eyetech by the author of IDE- ix ? Optional Amiga and CDDA audio mixer with Gold phono audio jacks - just £ 19.95 each ? 20-watt CE-approved PSU complete with 13A plug.
? Optional upgrade to MiniTower or Desktop case with 230W PSU (which can also hold extra drives and power your Amiga) just £20 extra!
Phase5 Powerllp PPC + ‘040 ’060 Accelerators Without SCSI (not upgradable) A1200 160 Mhz 603e PPC with ‘040 25 MMU.FPU Only £238.95 A1200 160 Mhz 603e PPC with ‘060 50 MMU FPU Only £448.95 A1200 240 Mhz 603e PPC with ‘040 25 MMU FPU Only £348.95 A1200 240 Mhz 603e PPC with ‘060 50 MMU FPU Only £568.95 Add £50 to the above prices for factory fitted on-board Fast SCSI II Interface Expand .
Your CD32 - irw send for details!
SK32 Mk2 £149.95 5X32 Fvo50 £269.95 5X32 Pro40EC £199.95 The easiest way to re-house your A1200 by far Expand your system with EZPC or Zorro slots 250 W PSU with PC and Amiga power connectors Available in 4 models to suit different skills and budgets The only tower allowing both PC & A1200 in one case “This is definitely one of the easiest solutions to building your own Tower” - Amiga Format “The Eyetech Tower offers clever solutions with a Velcro easy fit mentality'' - CU Amiga APOLLO ACCELERATORS Turbo 1230LC ‘030EC 25MHz (5 MIPS) - max 8MB
- ONLY £44.95 OPTIONS: 25 33 Mhz FPU + £5.00, MMU, (non-EC)
version+ £5.00, 33MHz version (7 MIPS) + £5.00 A600
i030 33MHz MMU FPU(7 MIPS) to 32MB £69.95 A600
l030 33MHz MMU FPU(7 MIPS) W 32MB A1200 ‘040 25MHZ MMU FPU* (19
MIPS) A1200 ‘040 33MHZ MMU FPU* (25 MIPS) A1200
‘040 40MHZ MMU FPU* (30 MIPS) A1200 ‘060 50MHZ MMU FPU* (39
MIPS) A1200 ‘060 66MHZ MMU FPU* (51 MIPS)
* To 32MB. Optional 2nd simm socket (tower only) offers 64MB
total 4MB-£9.95 8MB-£14.95 16MB-£24.95 32MB - £29.95 Tip: Buy
your memory with the accelerator to ensure full compatibility
EZWriter EZReWriter Options EZWriter Internal - for A4000
orA1200Tower £249.95 EZWriter-5£ - External A1200 unit with
separate lOOw PSU £269.95 EZ X riter Gold - Ext A1200 unit
w int 40w PSU. Gold Audio skts £299.95 EZWriter-.kfT -
Mini-Tower ased unit with 230w PSU’ which can house an
additional LS120 Zip CDROM and power your A1200 £299.95
EZReWnter-SE - Ext A1200 CD rewriter w separatc 1 Oow PSU
£299.95 With EZCD-SE i f, 44-way & 40-way cables & CDROM s w -
odd £20 With EZCD-Mk4 i f, 44-way & 40-way cables & EZ-IDE s w
- odd £30 With IDE-Flyer or IDE-Express interface, cables &
software - odd £50 ‘Gold’ CD blanks and CD rewritable disks at
2x speed and read conventional CD's at 6 speed.
? Gold 6S0MB CD blanks (for use with either model) are available at 10 for £ 10 at time of purchase.
? CD rewritable disks are just £5 each when bought with the EZReWriter.
EZVGA Scandoublers & Flickerfixers (internal & external) from just £54.95 Blizzard Vision Permedia 2 PPC graphics card now available! Unbelievable quality and speed - 1600x1280@72Hz! No Zorro slots needed!
4mb card - £168.95 or just £148.95 with a PPC A1200 HARD DRIVES - LS120, ZIPs Thinking of buying a BIG drive? Don't waste your money on ANY DRIVE OVER 4.3GB as the Amiga O S doesn't support it! (2A32-1 bytes actually).
They appear to work but overwrite the RDB after 4.3GB into the drive.
Complete A1200 IDE solutions | PRICES DOWN on i fs & s w I The Eyetech Abridged Guide to Buffered Interfaces The EZCD-SE & EZCD Mk4 4-device buffered interfaces EZCD-SEyMk4 4-device buffered i f and CDROM software £18.95 £28.95 EZCD-SE4Vlk4 CDROM s w, 3x40 way & 2x44-way cables £28.95£38.95 EZCD-SEyMk4 EZ-IDE s w, 3x40 way & 2x44-way cables £38.95 548.95 EZ-IDE Amiga IDE, ATAPl, CDROM and removable media driver s w £34.95 If bought with any EZCD i f Zip or LS120 drive £9.95 Upgrade from Eyetech CDPIus lDEfix Software tnowiimdioiiuitiastmtQ £14.95 interlace . ia Aier MiitaDiiit EZCD-SE 2MB s
030 40 Accelerator (or slower none) EZCD-Mk2' 3MB s 030 50,040 xx, 060 xx IDE-E.xpress 5Mb s 040 xx, 060 xx. UDMA HD & 24speed- CDROM IDE-Flyer 8MB, s 040 xx. 060 xx. UDMA HD & 24speed- CDROM Elbox IDE Flyer interface & CDROM file system ( 4.3GB HD support) £59.95 IDE Express interface & IDE-fix Express software £59.95 ? All drives come ready to use with WB3.0 preinstalled & WB2.x install script ? All drives over 200 MB come with over 45 top quality utilities (not shovelware) and Mme multimedia authoring s w preinstalled, configured & ready-to-run Tower Drives (3.5" drives, 25 mm high):
1. 7GB-£89.95 2.1GB-£94.95 3.2GB - £109.95 4.3GB - £129.95 LS120
& Zip Drives (ATAPl i f - EZIDE needed): LS120 (HD
Floppy 120MB Cart) - £79.95 3 x 120MB carts - £29.95 Zip Drive
(Mac emul’n compat) - £79.95 3 x 100 MB carts -£29.95
2. 5" Instant Drives for the A600 A1200 SX32 20MB An entry-level
drive for the SX32 A600 £29.95 170MB An entry-level drive for
the SX32Pro A1200 £59.95 720MB A drive for serious A1200 SX32
Pro users £99.95
1. 4GB A high performance drive for power users £129.95
1. 8GB Top-class drive for the A1200 SX32Pro £149.95 MOD-EXT-14
MOU-WHI TKB-AM PSU-100 PSU-200 PSU-230 PSU-A1200 SPK-16W
SPK-60W-INT VID-CKT BNCT-piece 2xM + 1xF Ethernet BNC coax
terminator 50R PCMCIA ethernet card, with Amiga PC drivers
Hydra PCMCIA ethernet card with Amiga drvrs Ethernet
coax BNC-F 60cm for Siamese Crossed twisted pair RJ45 for
Sisys 60cm Classic Squirrel PCMCIA SCSI i f 50pCM l F &
Adapters: Flickerfixers, Genlocks, Video Digitisers VGA
Adapters, Monitor Leads ADPT-GLK-COMP ADPT-VGA-BV4M
ADPT-VGA-BMON ADPT-VGA-M2SD ADPT-VGA-PLFF ADPT-VGA-SDUG
ADPT-VGA-INSD ADPT-VGA-INFF ADPT-VGA-SESD ADPT-VGA-SEFF
ADPT-VGA-15M23M ADPT-VGA-15M9F ADPT-VGA-9M15F ADPT-VGA-UNBF
ADPT-VGA-BUF ADPT-PGB-24RT INT-IDE-FLYR INT-IDE-XPRS
ADPT-FLR-SPC ADPT-FLR-SPC-SP INT-12I-EZCD4 INT-12I-EZCD4 C
INT-12I-EZCD4 CE INT-12I-EZCDSE INT-12I-EZCDSE C
INT-12I-EZCDSE CE INT-4KI-CD4 INT-FDD-DFO INT-SER-PTJR C64 3D
graphics card w out f fixer (limited stock) Auto Amiga CV643D
m sync monitor switch CAB-AUD-CD CAB-AUD-MIX CAB-AUD-2M2M
CAB-AUD-MJ PH ADPT-AUD-RCA ADPT-AUD-RCA-G CAB-IEC-1.5M
CAB-IEC-4X13 PLUG-IEC CAB-SER-EX2M CAB-SER-EX50C CAB-SER-NUL2M
ADPT-SER-25F9M ADPT-SER-25M9F ADPT-SCS-50C2F1M
ADPT-SCS-50 50CF CAB-BT-EX10 CAB-BT-MOD CAB-SCS-25D 50C
CAB-SCS-25D 25D CAB-SCS-50C 50C CAB-SCS-50H 50C
CAB-SCS-50H 25D CAB-PAR-FULL Bidirectional printer cable all
pins connected Cables & Cable Adapters: VGA, Keyboard,
Switchboxes & Cables, Scart Cables ADPT-SW-S K Dual monitor &
k b switchbox ADPT-SW-S ’K M Dual monitor, k b & mouse
switchbox CAB-KBD-MM 5p DIN M - 5p DIN M k b cable 1.2m
CAB-VGA-MF 15p DM-HD -15p DF-HD VGA ext cable 2m CAB-VGA-MM
15p DM-HD -15p DM-HD VGA cable 2m ADPT-SCAR-CMP Amiga comp
video (RCA)+2xAudio to SCART ADPT-SCAR-RGB Amiga 23p+2xRCA to
RGB TV SCART + audio Cables: HD, CDROM, Floppy, Clock Port
Data & A1200 HD Power CAB-PD-40F44F 2.5' (44F) to 3.5' (40F)
data cab adapt for A1200 CAB-PD-2F Power splitter floppy drive
to hard drive + floppy CAB-PD-30C 44- 40way 3.5' HD data & pwr
cabs -A1200 CAB-HD-KIT A1200 full 3.5* hard drive fitting kit
CAB22-2W-9C 22way-Fx2 A1200 clock port cable 9cm o a
CAB34-2W-50C 34way-F x2 FDD ribbon cable for tower
CAB40-2W-20C 40 way IDE cable 2 connector 20cm CAB40-3W-1M
40Way IDE HD CD cable 3 connector 1 m o a len CAB40-3W-60C
40w-F x3 HD CD IDE cable 20+40=60cm o a CAB40-CUST Custom
cable 3x40way IDE up to 1.5m CAB44-2W-13C 44way (2.5' HD)
cable 2 cntr, 13cm o a CAB44-2W-60C 44way (2.5' HD) cable
2cntr, 60cm o a CAB44-3W-12C 44way (2.5' HD) cable 3 cntr,
12cm o a CAB44-3W-24C 44way (2.5' HD) 7+17cm,3 cntr,24cm o a
CAB50-CUST Custom cable 3x50way IDC SCSI + 1xCent50-F 60cm
Cables: HD, CDROM, Floppy Power Splitters • Tower Systems
Power converter cab HD-M - FD-F HD FD pwr splitter
HD-M- 1xHD-F 1xFD-F FDD power splitter 4pM- 2xFD-F HD CD pwr
splitter 4p-M - 2x 4p-F 15cm HD FD pwr splitter HD-M- 2xHD-F 1
xFD-F CABPW-1W-1F CABPW-2W-1H1F CABPW-2W-2F CABPW-2W-2H
CABPW-3W-2H1F rr Ljl ADPT-EZK2 Mk 2 Amiga PC k b - A1200 kbd
direct connect ADPT-EZK2-A4K A1200 EZKey MK2 6p - 5p
adptr A4000 kbd bdle ADPT-EZK2-W95 Mk2 Amiga PC k b- A1200 rib
cab+Win95 kbd ADPT-HD-2 3 2.5744way - 3.5740w+4w & mtg
bracket ADPT-HD-3 5 3.5” Zip SyQuest FDD HD brkt p! - 5” bay
ADPT-KBD-5P6P Amiga PC k b adapter 5p din-F - 6p m d-M
ADPT-KBD-6P5P Amiga PC kbd adapter 6p mindin-F - 5pd-M
CAB-KBD-MF 5p DIN M - 5p DIN F k b ex cable 1.2m ADPT-DFO-FP
Tower faceplate adapter for A1200 int FD ADPT-DFO-TWR 34-34
way cable and faceplate for DFO Interfaces and Adapters: A1200
Ethernet, SCSI ADPT-ETH-BNCT ADPT-ETH-TERM ADPT-PCM-ETH-C
ADPT-PCM-ETH-H CAB-ETH-60C CAB-UPT-X60C ADPT-SCS-CSQR EZ-Gen
composite video Genlock for A1200 Bvision 4MB cfx card for
A1200 (needs PPC) Auto Amiga BVision m sync monitor switch
EZ-VGA-Mk2 external s doubler PLL u gradable EZ-VGA-Plus
external flickerfixer 23F-15F PLL SDBL2 to SD-flickerfixer u g
EZ-VGA internal A1200 s doubler non-upgrad'le EZ-VGA- internal
A1200 flickerfixer EZ-VGA-SE s doubler 23F-15M Xtal not u g
EZ-VGA-SE flickerfixer 23F-15M Xtal VGA 15pHD-M - 23pD-M
Amiga RGB adapter Adapter from 15p HD-M VGA to 9pD-F Monitor
adapter 9p D-F to 15p HD-M Amiga 23 pin(f)-15 pin HD(f) VGA
adapter Amiga 23pin-F to 15pinHD-F buffered adapter ProGrab
24-RT Amiga parallel port video digitiser DB25-M - DB25-F
RS232 extn cab 2m DB25-M - DB25-F RS232 extn cab 0.5m Null
modem cable w D9F & D25F at each end 25p-F to 9pM serial
RS232 adapter 25p-M to 9pF serial RS232 adapter 50pin
Centronics T 2x F to 1 x M SCSI adapter Centronics 50p-F to
Centronics 50p-F (for Squirrel) 10m BT extn cable + 2 way
phone adapter FCC684 6 to BT4 modem phone lead 1m SCSI cable
DB25-M - Cent50-M1m SCSI cable DB25M-DB25M mac type SCSI
cable Centr50M- Centr50M 1m SCSI-2 cable 50h pDM- Centr50M 1m
for PPC SCSI-2 cable 50h pDM- 25D-M 1m for PPC Elbox 4-dev
high performance buf’d A1200 IDE i f IDE-Express 4-dev high
performance bufd A1200 i f ROM spacers for Elbox IDE-Flyer ROM
spacers for Elbox IDE-Flyer pur with IDE-Flyer Mk4 4-dev buf
IDE i f w AIPU W A1200 CD s w Mk4 4-dev buf IDE i f
w 3x40,2x44 13cm cabs Mk4 4-dev buf IDE i f w 3x40, 2x44cabs,
EZIDE Economy 4-dev buf IDE i f W A1200 CD s w Econ 4-dev buf
IDE i f w 3x40.2x44 13cm cabs Econ 4-dev buf IDE i f w 3x40.
2x44cabs, EZIDE 4-device EIDE i f for A4000 w CDROM s w
Interface for std Sony FDD for DFO 880KB PortJunior - 460KB
serial i f for A1200 CDROM invt’d T audio cab .6m + 2xRCA pig
RCA(phono)-M - RCA-M+RCA-F mix lead 1.8m RCA(phono)-2xM -
RCA2xM stereo lead 1.8m
3. 5mm st minijack- 2xphono-M plugs 1.2m RCA(phono)-M - 2xRCA-F
adapter RCA(phono)-M - 2xRCA-F gold plated adapt AC power
cable 13A plug - IEC skt 1.5m AC powerstrip 1xlEC-M -
4x13A-F mains skt Rewirable IEC monitor pig for PSUs MT DT l F
& Adapters • IDE ATAPI, Serial, Parallel & Floppy Drive Cables
& Cable Adapters: Serial, Modem, SCSI, Printer Cables & Cable
Adapters: Audio & Mains Zorro 2 3 Boards and Adapters
GFX-Z2-CV643D ADPT-VGA-AMON CABPW-3W-3H HD power splitter HD-M
- 3xHD-F 8.95
28. 95 CAB-HD-PWXTN 4p-M - 4p-F HD CD power cab ext 0.9m 9.95
58. 95 CAB-HD-FD 4 23p-M-floppy- 4p-F HD CD pwr 0.9m 9.95
38. 95 New • ISDN Terminal adapters & Internet Access Bundles
11. 95 NET-EYE-1 128Kbps ISDN T A + unlimited, no subs i n access
5. 95 NET-EYE-2 128K ISDN T A. U l no subs i n access. PortJnr
i f 229.95
5. 95 NET-EYE-3 128K ISDN T A,u l no subs i n acc, Ibrowse. Miami
5. 95 NET-EYE-4 128K ISDN T A.u I no subs i n acc, Ibrs, Miam.
7. 95 CDROM Systems including EZ-Tower & MT DT Bundles
6. 95 CD-SE-20X CDPIus-SE system 20 speed with CDROM s w 85.95
12. 95 CD-SE-24X CDPIus-SE system 24 speed with CDROM s w 88.95
CD-SE-32X CDPIus-SE system 32 speed with CDROM s w 98.95
4. 95 CD-DT MT-20X CDPIus Desktop Minitower 20 x with CDROM s w
4. 95 CD-DT MT-24X CDPIus Desktop Minitower 20 x with CDROM s w
79. 95 CD-DT MT-32X CDPIus Desktop Minitower 20 x with CDROM s w
129. 95 ADPT-AUD-CDSE CDPIus-SE A1200 CD audio mixr adapter 19.95
9. 95 CAB44-CD-13C 44way (2.5‘ HD) cable purch with CD HD 13cm
6. 95 CAB40-DDC A1200 IDE skt adptr 40F-40M with mtgs 15cm 9.95
59. 95 CDWriter ReWriter Systems inc. EZ-Tower & MT DT Bundles
CDR-IN-2x8 EZWriter 2 8x w MakeCD for A4k,Twr 249.95
CDR-PL-2x8 EZWriter-Gold external 2 8x w MakeCD 299.95
99. 95 CDR-SE-2x8 EZWriter-SE external 2 8x w MakeCD 269.95
169. 95 CDR-DT MT-2x8 EZWriter Desktop Minitower 2 8 speed
w MakeCD 299.95
39. 95 CDRW-IN-226 EZReWriter 2x2x6 w MakeCD for A4k,Twr 279.95
69. 95 CDRW-PL-226 EZReWriter-Gold external 2x2x6 w MakeCD 339.95
99. 95 CDRW-SE-226 EZReWriter-SE external 2x2x6 w MakeCD 299.95
50. 00 CDR-CDSE-UG EZCD-SE+40+44way cabs + CDROMs w w CDR 20.00
54. 95 CDR-CDM4-UG EZCDMk4+40+44way cabs + EZIDE s w w CDR 30.00
89. 95 CDR-CDFL-UG IDE-Flyer high-speed IDE i f. S w. Cabs purch
w CDR 50.00
54. 95 CDR-CDXP-UG IDE-Express high-speed IDE i f. S w. Cabs pur
w CDR 50.00
89. 95 CDR-DSK-10 Recordable CD media (WORM) 650MB x10 19.95
14. 95 CDR-DSK-10-SP Recordable CD media 650MBx10 pur w EZWriter
9. 95 CDRW-DSK Single Cdrewritable disk 650MB 9.95
9. 95 CDRW-DSK-SP Single Cdrewritable disk 650MB pur w EZReWriter
12. 95 DVR-MCD-TAO-P MakeCD TA0 (P) Amiga CD rec s w w ATAPI
16. 95 EZ-Tower Systems, MiniTower Desktop Cases & Accessories
119. 95 CASE-FT-SLE DIY EZTower. 250W PSU. EZKey. PC kbd lim.
Stock 99.95 CASE-FT-1200 Full A1200 Tower 250WPSU,LED
adpt.FD cab 99.95
59. 95 CASE-F-EXKT EZ-Tower conversion kit - No PC Tower 39.95
59. 95 CASE-FT-KIT EZ-Tower kit w bkpnl for self conversion
8. 95 CASE-FT-PLUS Full A1200 EZTWR. EZKEY i f, PC kbd 138.95
4. 50 CASE-DT Desktop case with 200W+ psu for HD CDR0M 29.95
28. 95 CASE-MT MiniTower case wth 200W+ psu for CD HD 29.95
38. 95 ADPT-AUD-EZTW EZTwr audio mixer adapter for A1200 CDROM
48. 95 ADPT-SCSI-EZTW EZTwr SCSI adpt 30cm 2xCent50F, 1xlDC50F
18. 95 CAB-SER-SSQ 9pDM- 9pDF SurfSq EZTwr ser extn cab 50cm 9.95
28. 95 SVGA Monitors - require Scandoubler and or Flickerfix
38. 95 to use all Amiga modes
18. 95 MON-14-.28 14' dig SVGA 0.28DP 1024x768§60Hz - 3yrO.S.
9. 95 M0N-15-.28 15’ dig SVGA 0.28DP 1024x768@60Hz - 3yrO.S.
39. 95 MON-17-.28 17' dia SVGA 0.28DP 1280x1024@60Hz - 3yrO.S.
248.95 M0N-17-.26 17* mon 135MHz, 0.26DP 1600x1280@75Hz
139. 95 ADPT-MON-SESD EZVGA-SE ext s dblr non-u g'able pur
w mon'r 45.00
39. 95 ADPT-MON-SEFF EZVGA-SE ext flickerfixer purch w monitor
80.00 ADPT-MON-M2SD EZVGA-Mk2 ext s dblr u g'able purch w
monitor 60.00 9-95 ADPT-MON-PLFF EZVGA-Plus ext flickerfixer
purch w monitor 99.95
6. 95 ADPT-MON-INSD EZ-VGA internal s doubier purch w monitor
4. 95 ADPT-MON-INFF EZ-VGA internal f fixer purch w monitor
5. 95 Digital Cameras and Amiga Digital Camera Software
2. 50 CAM-FUJ-DS7 Fuji DS9 cam. Psu. LCD disp, mem crd w s w
3. 50 DVR-CAM-CAS CamControl s w for Casio QV10 100 300 29.95
2. 95 DVR-CAM-FUJ CamControl s w for Fuji DS5 DS7 29.95
19. 95 DVR-CAM-KOD CamControl s w for Kodak DC20 DC25 29.95
4. 95 DVR-CAM-MIN CamControl s w for Minolta Dimage V 29.95
DVR-CAM-0LY CamControl s w for Olympus 420L 820L 1000L 29.95
7. 95 INT-12I-PTJR-SP PortJnr hi-speed ser i f pur with
CamControl s w 30.00
6. 95 Amiga CDROM, CDWriter, IDE ATAPI, Printer,
9. 95 Scanner & Video Software
4. 95 DVR-EZIDE EIDE ATAPIHD CDR0M ZIP LS120 SyQst drvr 34.95
4. 95 DVR-EZIDE-CU P x upgrade to EZIDE from compet product 14.95
14. 95 DVR-EZIDE-SP EIDE ATAPI enhancer CDROM s w bundle pri 9.95
14. 95 DVR-MKCDP MakeCD(P.TAO) Amiga CD writing s w 38.95
9. 95 DVR-SQ4 ScanQuix4 w 1 Amiga driver (Epson or HP SCSI) 59.95
5. 95 DVR-PHS PhotoScope UMAX-SCSI Amiga scanner driver 59.95
9. 95 DVR-ENPR EnPrint. Amiga printer driver for pre-03 97 Epsons
9. 95 DVR-TBPR6 TurboPrint 6.x Amiga printer driver English 38.95
9. 95 ADPT-SQ3-PAR SQ3 adapter Epson scanner- par prt cable 9.95
19. 95 CAB-PAR-FULL Bidirectional printer cable all pins
19. 95 SCN-FBA4-BDL3 UMAX award-winning SCSI A4FB scanner with
s w 179.95
9. 95 Free ArtEffect-SE v1.5 with above whilst stocks last
ADPT-SCS-CSQR-SP Classic Squirrel PCMCIA SCSI i f 50pCM pur
w scnr 49.95 Hard & Floppy Drive, CDROM, LS120 & Zip Mech. &
19. 95 CD24-BARE Bare 20 speed CDROM mechanism for twr A4k 39.95
24. 95 CD32-BARE Bare 32 speed ATAPI CDROM mechanism 48.95
7. 95 FDD-ITL-1200 Replacement A1200 600 int FDD 880KB 24.95
9. 95 FDD-ITL-BARE Bare 1.44 880 FDD for tower (needs i f) 19.95
9. 95 FDD-ITL-D C I Tv r int 880Kb FDD(Sony EZDF0 cab bundle)
12. 95 FDD-ITL-D I Tv r inti 880Kb FDD (Sony EZDFO) No cable
12. 95 HD2-21 21MB 2.5' hard drive 90 davs warranty 29.95 HD2-170
170MB 2.5' hard drive 59.95 HD2-720 720MB 2.5' hard drive
9. 95 HD2-1.4 1.4GB 2.5' hard drive for Amiga 129.95
9. 95 HD2-1.8 1.8GB 2.5'Hard Drive 149.95
14. 95 HD3-2.1 2.11GB 1'x3.5‘non-lnstantDrive for twr 94.95
24. 95 HD3-3.2 3.2GB 1'x3.5‘IDE drive for tower 109.95
5. 00 HD3-4.3 4.3GB 1!x3.5‘IDE drive for tower 129.95
9. 95 HD3-LS120 Panasonic LS120 floppy optical 1.4 120MB 79.95
5. 00 HD3-LS120-CT1 Single 120 MB cartridge for LS120 drive 14.95
9. 95 HD3-LS120-CT3 3-pack of 120MB (nominal) LS120 carts 29.95
9. 95 HD3-ZIP-CT1 Single 100MB (nominal) Zip cartridge 14.95
19. 95 HD3-ZIP-CT3 3-Pack of 100MB (nominal) Zip cartridges 29.95
9. 95 HD3-ZIP-1DE Bare ATAPI IDE Zip drive internal 79.95
19. 95 CAB44-CD-13C 44way (2.5* HD) cable sold with CD HD 13cm
12. 95 CASE-ZIP Metal slim case-FDD IDE2ip SyQuest LS120 9.95
14. 95 CASE-HD-ECON External 3.5'HD case no psu 19.95
19. 95 CASE-HD-REM Removable drive case for 3.5' HD (metal) 24.95
Keyboards, Mice, Trackballs, PSU’s, misc h w & s w
4. 95 FAN-60MM Cooling fan for A1200 60x60x25mm 5 12v 14.95
6. 95 KBD-A1000 A1000 keyboard with 6-pin mini-Din cntr* 39.95
6. 95 KBD-A1200 Replacement A1200 k b w ribbon cable* 24.95
6. 95 KBD-A4000 A4000 keyboard with 6-pin mini-DIN plug’ 34.95
8. 95 KBD-WIN95 Windows 95 keyboard with 5-pin AT DIN plug* 19.95
(* NB items subject to mechanical wear&tear are limited to 90
days warranty on those components) Accelerators: PowerPC with
680x0 Co-processor ADPT-VGA-BV4M-SP Bvision 4MB A1200 gfx card
pur w PPC acc 149.95 ADPT-VGA-BMON Auto Amiaa BVision m sync
monitor switch 39.95 ACC-PPC-16-4025 Bliz'd
PPC603 160MHZ+040 25 FPU no SCSI 238.95 ACC-PPC-16-6050
Bliz'd PPC603 160MHZ+060 50 FPU no SCSI 448.95 ACC-PPC-24-4025
Bliz'd PPC603 240MHZ+040 25 FPU no SCSI 348.95 ACC-PPC-24-6050
Bliz'd PPC603 24CMHz+060 50 FPU no SCSI 568.95
ACC-PPC-16S-4025 Bliz'd PPC603 160MHz+040 25 FPU SCSI-2 288.95
ACC-PPC-16S-5050 Bliz'd PPC603 160MHz+060 50 FPU SCSI-2 498.95
ACC-PPC-24S-4025 Bliz'd PPC603 240MHz+040 25 FPU SCSi-2 398.95
ACC-PPC-24S-6050 Bliz'rd PPC603 240MHZ+060 50 FPU SCSI-2
618.95 Accelerators: Apollo 680xx ACC-060-66 Apollo ‘060
MMU FPU 66MHz A1200 acc (lim avail) 337.95 ACC-060-50 Apollo
‘060 MMU FPU 50MHz A1200 acc (lim avail) 287.95 ACC-040-40
Apollo '040 MMU FPU 40MHz A1200 accel 187.95 ACC-040-33 Apollo
'040 MMU FPU 33MHz A1200 accel 157.95 ACC-040-25 Apollo'040
MMU FPU 25MHz A1200 accel 127.95 ACC-30EC-25 Apollo '030 25MHz
no MMU FPU (8MBmax-lim avail) 44.95 ACC-30EM-25 Apollo
'030 25MHZ MMU no FPU (8MBmax) 54.95 ACC-30LC-25 Apollo
‘030 25MHz MMU FPU (8MBmax) 64.95 ACC-30EC-33 Apollo
‘030EC 33MHZ no MMU FPU (8MBmax) 49.95 ACC-30EM-33 Apollo
‘030 33MHz MMU no FPU (8MBmax) 59.95 ACC-30LC-33 Apollo
‘030 33MHz 'MMU FPU (8MBmax) 69.95 FPU-EC M-33 33Mhz PLCC FPU
pur'd with Apollo 30EC 30EM 10.00 ACC-630-33 Apollo ‘030
MMU FPU 33MHz A600 acc to 32M 69.95 ACC-630-33+32 A600 accel
030 33MHz MMU FPU 32MB (max) 99.95 Memory: Simms, Zip RAM &
FPU’s MEM-32MB-72P 72 pin 32 MB 32 bit simm for Amiga 29.95
MEM-16MB-72P 72 pin 16MB 32 bit simm for Amiga 24.95
MEM-4MB-72P 72 pin 4MB 32 bit simm 70 ns 9.95 MEM-8MB-72P 72
pin 8MB 32 bit simm for Amiga 14.95 MEM-ZIP-20P 1MB(2chip)60ns
Zip RAM HMS514400-6 Pgmd 9.95 FPU-PGA-40 MC68882 PGA FPU 40MHz
OK for 50MHZ 29.95 ACC-4 60-SSKT Apollo 1240 60 2nd simm
socket & fitting 20.00 WB Disks, k s ROMS, Manuals etc
SYS-WB30-DSK Amiga WB3.0 disksx5 + Eyetech HD install 9.95
SYS-WB31-DSK Amiga Workbench 3.1 disks x6 ( w HD inst) 14.95
SYS-KS31 -ROM A1200 Kickstart 3.1 ROM chips (2 chips) 29.95
SYS-KS31-SET A1200 K s 3.1 ROMs & WB3.1 dskx6 (no books) 36.95
SYS-KS31-MPUG A1200 Mag Pk u g 3.1 R0MS.WB3.1 .appln s w,
manls 49.95 EZPC-Tower & Siamese Systems & Components
CDR-BARE-2 8-SP Internal ATAPI CD-R 2xw 8x u g with EZPC pkg
199.95 EZPC-SIA-CF4 EZPC
SiSys Enet 3.2 64 32x 32v 14"mon A4scnr 999.95 EZPC-SIA-CF4-UG
EZTower EZKey kbd u g to EZPC-SIA-CF3 879.95 PSW-W95 SS97
Windows 95 & Lotus Smartsuite 97 Bundle 99.95 SCAN-SCEX-6KSP
Mustek ScanExpress 6000SP w PC SCSI card 99.95 SYS-SIA-ETH
Siamese sys2.5 w PC,Amiga ethernet 189.95 SYS-SIA-R25 Siamese
system software RTG v2.5 99.95 SYS-SIA-R21 Siamese serial s w
RTG v2.1 (ref'ble agnst v2.5) 24.95 SYS-TCP-SIA Miami TCP IP
stack for Amiga (Siamese only) 19.95 SYS-TCP-MIA Miami TCP IP
stack for Amiga (reg'n fee paid) 24.95 CD32, SX32 &
Accessories ADPT-KBD-SX32P SX32 Pro PC k b adapter cable 10cm
9.95 CD32-J0Y CD32 SX32 joypad 9.95 CD32-PAL CD32 console with
18Wpsu joypad RF lead 149.95 SX32-MK2 SX32 Mk2 Ram Clock FPU
expander for CD32 149.95 SX32-P40EC SX32 Pro 030EC 40MHZ
Acc Ram Clk FPU to 64MB 199.95 SX32-P50 SX32 Pro 030 50MHz
Acc Ram Clk FPU to 64MB 249.95 A1200 Magic Packs, Accessories
and Upgrade Bundles AMP-STR-FDD A1200 Starter Magic pack FDD
vers w s w 184.95 AMP-STR-HD1 A1200 Starter Magic pack w 170
HD & s w 228.95 AMP-MCD-PK3 Amiga M P
20xCD 1,7GB ’040-25 16MB MT 598.95 AMP-PDV-PK3 A1200 Mgk pk
170MB ’030-33 8MB 328.95 AMP-PDV-EZT A1200 Mgk pk
170MB ’030-33 8MB & EZTW+ 448.95 AMP-PR0-PK3 A12 EZTwr Pro2
‘040-33 32MB 4.3 PCkb 20xCD 798.95 AMU-MCD-4040 32
040 40 MMU FPU 32MB u g W MCD-PK3 69.95 AMU-PDV-4025 16
040 25 MMU FPU 16MB +100w u g W PDV-PK3 99.95 AMU-PRO-HAB'64
160PPC.040 40 MMU FPU 64MB ug W PR0-PK3 129.95 AMU-PRO-MONSD
Internal scandoubler +14" Digital monitor ug W PR0-PK3 99.95
AMU-PRO-LS120 LS120 120 1.44 0.72MB drive ug W PRO-PK3 74.95
AMU-STR-30 33 8 030 33 FPU 8MB u g w STR-xxx (no MMU) 59.95
Tools, Test Equipment, Motherboards & Workshop Services
ACC-4 60-SSKT Apollo 1240 60 2nd simm socket & fitting 20.00
PT-MBD-1200 Replacement A1200 motherboard (no ROMs) 129.95
PT-EXT-PLCC PLCC extractor tool for 33Mhz FPU 9.95 PT-ATM-9
9-range analogue test meter V, I, R, battery tests 9.95
PT-DTM-14 14-range digital test meter V, I, R, battery, diode
tests 12.95 FIT-EZ-MAIN A1200 to EZ-Tower fitting - A1200 +1
drive 30.00 FIT-EZ-XTRA Fitting per customer-supplied periph
into Eztwr 7.50 REP-AM-2B 1D4 A1200 motherboard rev 2B or 1D4
fix 30.00 EYETECH GROUP LTD The Old Bank, 12 West Green,
Stokesley, North Yorkshire TS9 5BB, UK Tel: 07000 4 AMIGA
07000 4 26442 -+44(0)1642 713 185 Fax: 07000 FAX AMI
+44(0)1642 713 634 Net: sales, info @eyetech.co.uk.
www.eyetech.co.uk. UK Bank BS Cheques, Visa*, Mastercard*,
Switch, Delta, Connect. Solo. Electron.
Postal Money orders accepted. (*A 3% charge applies to all credit card orders). Due to space limitations some of the specs given are indicative only - please ring write for further details. Please check prices, specification and availability before ordering. If ordering by post, please provide a daytime telephone number. Goods are not supplied on a trial basis. A1200 items are tested with a Rev 1.D.1 motherboard - other boards may need modification. E.&O.E. All prices include VAT at 17.5%. Non- EC orders are VAT-free.
UK Next Day Insured Delivery Charges: Software Cables, EZCD l F = £3.00,
2. 5” Drives, Accelerators, Manuals = £7.00, 3.5” Drives, FDDs,
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EZPC = £15.00. Worldwide in 2-7 days from receipt of faxed
order & payment details.
Voted AUI Amiga Company of the Year Modem AT 14.4dai 14.4 fax+EU psu tel cab 19.95 Amiga mouse - white cream -with mousemat* 6.95 Amiga trackball 3-button replaces std mouse’ 14.95 100w PSU for Amiga (fit your old lead - inc cntrs) 29.95 200w PSU for Amiga (fit your old lead - incl cntrs) 39.95 230 250w replacement PSU for MT DT FT 29.95 A1200 23W PSU (original) 90 days warranty 19.95 16W PMPO speakers w PSU 3.5mm jack 10.95 Internal mounting 60W PMPO speakers amp 24.95 Cocktel Amiga videoconferenc'g s w by ProDad 39.95 EYETEC rkbench The big news is that Workbench 3.5 has been given the
go-ahead from the big bosses at Gateway, but is it needed or wanted?
A good number of years have passed since Workbench for the Amiga was last updated. The final release of the software as a third party product licensed from Commodore, produced by Village Tronic, came in 1993, just in time for the Cologne show that year. With Windows being updated three times since then, and the Mac receiving umpteen improvements in that time, you’d think that the .Amiga would have been left far behind.
Of course, you’d be forgiven for thinking that was true considering the lack of life from the various owners since that time, but the real movement in the .Amiga’s OS hasn’t come from its owners in the last five years, it’s come from the people best placed to make improvements - its users. In the five years that have passed, Workbench has been patched and hacked more than any other bit of software available for the .Amiga (and probably for any other platform, with the possible exception of the Unix variants).
What was once considered impossible is now routine on our platform, thanks to its superior flexibility and ease of programming and use. True-colour displays, multi-colour icons and 16-bit audio were all beyond Workbench 3.1 in 1993, but they are no longer. In fact, people with a bog- standard WB3.1 machine, an unexpanded A1200 for example, might be surprised at just what is possible with an Amiga, given a small amount of tweaking and money.
Although a few7 newer utilities like SetPatch and the 040.1ibrarv have come from the .Amiga warehouse, there hasn’t been any other development - its all been left to third parties.
The problem is that Workbench is now no longer a standard, as is the Mac’s OS or Windows95.
People just waited for new' features with those Oses.
The .Amiga is slighdy different. Everyone has applied their favourite patches to their own systems in such a way that there can be few Amigas that are identical, except those that have never been upgraded.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can make life harder for the user and the software writer, making sure that it isn’t a bad hack that’s causing the problem with their new software rather than the new software itself being at fault. The situation becomes even w'orse w'hen complete Workbench replacements like Director-)' Opus or Scalos are being run as standard - keyboard shortcuts do the w'rong tiling and the humble director}7 window has been updated out of all recognition.
The upshot of the w'hole situation is that third part}- upgrades now have as much “right’- to Workbench than any other part of the official OS. People certainly w'ouldn’t w'ant to do without MCX, MCP, Directory Opus or their many other add-ons. It’s not even as if they are all cosmetic additions to the OS, like Newlcons or VisualPrefs.
Things like MCP add vital missing components to an old-fashioned operating svstem in order to make it as up- to-date as possible.
PATCHES But this begs the question of w'hat Workbench
3. 5 will actually consist of. If it’s just patches to the OS,
like those provided by MCX, CycleToMenu and the rest, what
will be the benefit of upgrading to it?
Patched and hacked more than any other bit of software available for the Amiga... Workbench 3.5 will need to provide a lot more than these add-ons in a more integrated way if it is to sell in the numbers that Amiga Inc. need to see from it.
The opposition: Mac OS 7 and Windows95 form the main competition for Workbench 3.5. There have been plenty of suggestions from concerned users about what needs to go into a new revision of the OS and we’ll take a look at some of the ideas over the next few pages. It’s also important to bear in mind some of the more hidden details that people talk about but which aren't commonly understood, like memory protection or processor independence.
We’ll cover these too, along with the opinions of famous Amigans and those that frequent the Amiga Format Bulletin. See? There’s another good reason to be on the net! You can subscribe simply by sending mail to af-bglietinTgqug?t f«tyrgngtcQ,»k with “subscribe af-bulletin” in the body of your mail.
And if there’s no update to Kickstart, as mooted, then the amount of expansion that Workbench will receive will be limited. There’ll be no access to hard drives larger than 4.3Gb, no colourful icons as standard, no built- in retargeting of graphics, sound or ports. There's still plenty to do though, simply with regard to replacing the commodities and patches that are weighing down your system, and adding to the functionality of Workbench.
And yet, instead, a lot of that work is being done by outside agencies operating completely independently from Amiga Inc. INDEPENDENT SOFTWARE Take Martin Berndt as an example. Not onlv has he created one of the best- known CD-ROM FS packages doing the rounds in AmiCDFS, he’s also designed MultiCX and has added new features to it as users requested them over the past few years. Most recently, he has announced a commercial package for the Amiga to allow memory protection, called BodyGuard, which should be available by the time you read this.
Singlehandedly, he’s probably “upgraded” Workbench more effectively than any .Amiga company employee over the past five years.
Then there’s Stefan Stuntz’s MUI. A lot of people really dislike this GUI .API, but without it a lot of .Amiga software would never have appeared because Gadtools just isn’t up to the job.
There are problems idr'iTlT . For example, thej*ser interface only has the, same priority as the prograjnj, running, whichjn£a« fTfenvou those am*crt*mg pauses ContiiMi€frdverleaf Stefan Stuntz's MUI forms the GUI for a lot of modern Amiga software.
Know if anything’s happened. However, it adds things that were never possible in the original Workbench and, what’s more, it’s extensible. Sure, it’s awkward to configure, but then that’s because Although there are lots of issues to do with memory protection, virtual memory and the like, we don't really have the space to go into them here. However, as luck would have it, our very own Simon Goodwin has been busy writing about such things and you can read up on the pros and cons of memory protection and other topics in his Under The Bonnet tutorial on page 80.
MEMORY STUFF you can configure so much of MUI to your own taste that it makes it hard to make it simpler, if you see what I mean v- provide a lot more than these add-ons in a more integrated s~ - way if it is to sell... C )( Okay, so they are just two of the people who are making it harder for Workbench 3.5 to have a proper impact the way that Windows95 did when it was released, but there' are two points to remember. Firstly, without these developments there may have been no- one around to upgrade to Workbench
3. 5. Secondly, as all these third party add-ons aren’t included
with the system, there’s no guarantee that people will be
This means that they’ll benefit from some of their functionality- being added to the system (those with these programs will also benefit because that’ll be one less patch or commodity' to run and keep updated).
The upshot is that Workbench 3.5 is a valid endeavour, but only under conditions that don’t preclude the operation of existing software and actual enhancements to the w'ay people can work.
Let’s cover some of the things that a lot of people have said are necessary' for a new Workbench to be popular: Just a mock-up of how Preferences could look. Note that the Extra submenu is full of third party preference programs.
¦ BETTER PREFS The various preferences programs are looking a bit tatty' these days and they don’t really offer the options that are needed now. The dire printer preferences programs and the fact that Screenmode prefs Vi doesn’t handle screenmodes IV with more than 256 colours with good grace are good examples of this.
These need to be overhauled, and perhaps even brought into a single editor, more like the MUI preferences where new preference programs can simply be added to the list of §|fij| settings, rather than having a new program visible (it would also help with the visual consistency of the various prefs).
The printer may work but the printer.device is very dated now.
Another topic which should be addressed is the lack of a central MIME prefs-type of program. At the moment, Amiga users have to set up different default tools for every' project they create. It would make more sense if there was one default tool (perhaps even getting rid of the default tool part of the icon info) like AFCDPrefs, that used whatever viewers you had set up.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OLDER WB: High. As long as programs use preference settings rather than hitting the hardware directly.
LIKELIHOOD OF APPEARING IN WB3.5: High. There should be some sort of MIME prefs, and possibly a universal addressbook application. It remains to be seen whether the other preference programs get an overhaul.
¦ NEW PRINTER.DEVICE Printing on the Amiga is much like the built-in sound, two things which haven’t really changed since the Amiga was invented back in 1985.
Although the sound side of the Amiga is quite well catered for with AHI, getting rid of the current printer.device is trickier than a Rubik’s Cube with all the sides painted black.
The two main patches we have for it right now, Studio and TurboPrint, are both hacks that bypass printer.device, but they’re hardly implemented in a system-friendly way (through no fault of their own). We really need a new one that gets rid of the 4096-colour limit, allows for spooling and can address ports other than the built-in parallel (or serial) port. Realistically, we also need support for things like EPP and USB built-in to allow hardware manufacturers to create cards (like the Ioblix) with these kind of ports to allow access to the very latest peripherals.
COMPATffiUJTY WITH OLDER WB: It’s likely that programs would need an update to cope with the new printer.device, unless the name is kept and redirected by Workbench itself.
LIKELIHOOD OF APPEARING IN WB3.5: Slim. Not because it needs a Kickstart modification, but because it’s a lot of work.
¦ BETTER ICONS Newlcons is now an overwhelmingly popular icon scheme for the Amiga COMPATIBILITY WITH OLDER WB: Should be fine, unless there’s a severe modification of FFS.
LIKELIHOOD OF APPEARING IN WB3.5: Slim, since you can already apply patches to FFS, but you have to boot from a standard partition first. For this to be achievable there would need to be a new version of Kickstart.
¦ PPC SUPPORT OR NATIVE PPC WB Although .Amiga Inc. have denied any link with the PPC now, there is such a strong grass-roots movement towards this processor that it’s hard to imagine they can ignore it for this Workbench upgrade. The question is, how will it be implemented?
There are two routes to take. The first is to offer a 68K emulator so that the best part of Workbench 3.5 will run on the PPC. This will cut down on the number of awkward context switches between the PPC and Of AFCP33, (OKfreey642.7M8nuse, 10096friP
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the PPC now... it's hard to imagine they can ignore it... 68K
processors which slow- down the current crop of PPC accelerator
cards dramatically. This is what Apple did and only recently
have they made a specific, native version of the operating
Although the Amiga's 30 character limit for filenames has always been a boon in the past, it's starting to look shabby against Windows95's 254 characters. It also causes problems when moving files between systems, notably with Pcs and the Unix boxes that are often used as FTP servers on the net.
The fact that putting spaces in filenames can also cause problems is somewhat old-fashioned these days too, as is the poor handling of foreign characters. While we're on the topic of what sucks under the current FFS, it's also poor that it's slow and has problems when the machine reboots for whatever reason while writing to the hard drive.
Validation wouldn't even be a problem if there was some warning it was going on, such as a requestor to tell you to go and make a cup of tea.
Realistically, FFS should be updated to handle, and boot from, CD-ROM drives, removable drives and other such modern niceties.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OLDER WB: Should be good, but programs like Ami Back Tools or DiskSalv will probably cease to work, leaving the Amiga without a hard drive repair program.
LIKELIHOOD OF APPEARING IN WB3.5: Slim. Once again, it will probably need a modification to Kickstart in order for it to be available on all drives as standard.
(our polls indicate a rauo of nearly 2:1 in favour of NI these days), but it’s still a hack and its authors recognise this fact.
Above all, they wish that there wfas 7 j no need for Nezulcons, and how- right they are. A new icon system for Workbench 3.5 needs to offer all that Newlcons does - palette mapping, the ability to mess with borders, filenames and more - but as a standard system add-on rather than a hack.
It needs to share the same easy way of creating and updating icons, which means that we also need an updated icon informadon window (something more like Swazlnfo, say) that can create icons and manipulate them more easily.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OLDER WB: It really needs to be 100% compatible.
After all, there’s not much point in having a GUI operating system if you can’t see anything in it, is there?
LIKELIHOOD OF APPEARING IN WB3.5: Slim. It will require reconfiguration of the icon.library which is in ROM.
¦ BIG HARD DRIVES When we talk about big hard drives, I mean the ones larger than the 4.3Gb limit currendy imposed on .Amiga hard drives. This might seem somewhat difficult to justify’ since there are very few- users who actually need this kind of space on the Amiga, but then why should we be limited in any way?
BETTER FILE HANDLING However, thanks to the increased amount of knowledge about the two processors that we have today, and the increased amount of optimisation that can be carried out, there’s no reason for an Amiga 68K emulation to be as slow as the Mac’s originally was.
Unfortunately, moving significant portions of the OS across to the new processor is a much harder task given the time constraints that applied to WB3.5, and even machine to boot without a processor is going to be COMPATIBILITY WITH Hmm, tricky. It should have no problem since the only easily foreseeable difficulty is going to be trying to run a 68K emulation on a 68K processor. Whether or not the emulation offered by Haage 8c Partner is complete is another matter.
LIKELIHOOD OF APPEARING IN WB3.5: I think we’re likely to see some sort of 68K emulation. This needs to happen so that the next generation of PPC cards can come out - G3 accelerators with no 68K chip on them will not only still be fast with 68K emulation, but they’ll be blindingly fast native and shouldn’t be more expensive than current solutions.
¦ RETARGETABLE GRAPHICS, AUDIO AND PORTS .Although we have CyberGraphX, Picasso96, AHIand various redirection schemes for the ports on the .Amiga, we really need a standard to work to that allows the Amiga to become completely device independent transparently.
If I have a multi-parallel card on my .Amiga then I don’t want to have to run some sort of patch program to redirect output to my printer from the built-in parallel port to my extra one. I’d like to be able to set that up in preferences and the same goes for serial ports, sound cards, graphics cards and the like.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OLDER WB: To be truly transparent, these schemes need a clear .API that programmers can work to, rather than hitting the hardware.
It’s therefore doubtful that older software will take advantage of the features that they offer.
.As an example, look at older music software that assumes a MIDI port is going to be connected to the built-in serial port, or older versions of Dpaint which assume what the screenmodes will be called, rather than offering a menu of possible modes.
Will the PPC feature highly in WB 3.5?
Continued overleaf LIKELIHOOD OF APPEARING IN WB3.5: Slim. There’s a lot of work to be done here and I’m not sure, that it wouldn’t mean a Kickstart overhaul.
¦ BETTER FONT SUPPORT MISCELLANEOUS STUFF There are loads of little tweaks that Workbench could do with - just have a look at the features list for MCX, MCP and others to see what could be added. There should also be a more friendly (or useful) guru. Instead of having cryptic numbers, it would be nice if we could be told exactly what crashed the machine and why.
Cycle gadgets could be binned in favour of pop-up menus and other gadgets should automatically have a 2:1 or 1:1 aspect ratio border so that they look right on all screenmodes.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OLDER W Should be full as we've got all these things already.
LIKELIHOOD OF APPEARING IN WB3.5: High. Most of these patches are already on a lot of people's machines so it shouldn't prove too difficult to implement them into Workbench, even without a Kickstart upgrade.
Fonts are a mess on the Amiga right now. Workbench only understands bitmapped and Compugraphic fonts, Scala needs bitmaps, PageStream wants to work in Postscript and Final Writer uses its own format called NimbusQl If you want those nice fonts you use in Scala to be available in PageStream, you can use them but they’ll come out horribly when printed, and you won’t be able to use Final Writers fonts in Workbench. Ppaint can get on with the Compugraphic fonts you have, but it’s harder to get others and why would you want to when you already have fonts coming out of your ears?
A nice solution would be system- wide PostScript or TrueType fonts with bitmaps for speed. The computer would give you a bitmap font if one existed in the size you wanted to use, otherwise it would create one on the fly from the scalable fonts you had.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OLDER WB: It depends on how' well the font system in older applications has been done.
Hopefully it should be transparent to the user, but I can see problems with certain ty pes of program, like Amos.
LIKELIHOOD OF APPEARING IN WB3.5: Middling. It wouldn’t necessarily require an update to Kickstart (although one would make it faster).
¦ NETWORKING We’re not talking about bunging some TCP stack into the mix and saying that Workbench now has networking. We need the ability to print over a network, connect two machines together simply and efficiently and view other drives as though they were mounted on our machines. With this in mind, we will also need added security' functions, such as allowing for password boot protection that can’t be circumvented by booting with no startup.
Not only does Amiga networking need to be transparent to .Amiga users, it should also enable talking to other platforms as though they were much better machines.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OLDER WB: Should be no problems, although the current TCP stacks will probably be unnecessary then.
LIKELIHOOD OF APPEARING IN WB3.5: Because this topic is tightly bound into other topics, such as a a bitmap font if one existed in the size you wanted to use, otherwise it would create one.
Better printer device, better file handling and so on, it’s unlikely to appear as I’ve suggested. There may be some movement towards what is needed and we might have to be content with that for w'hat is, after all, an interim upgrade of Workbench.
¦ IN CONCLUSION W’hat we have outlined here is an ideal scenario for WT33.5, tempered with realism. How'ever, as we go to press we hear that OS3.5 has been partially announced by Bill McEwren at the Midw'est Amiga Expo.
The keynote address he gave contained small hints of what will be in this version of the OS (see the news pages for more details), but he also stated that the new OS would not need a new' ROM. This makes a lot of the improvements we’ve detailed here impossible in some cases and very difficult in others. Sadly, this section is also the most important as it contains the most needed upgrades, such as support for larger hard drives and better compatibility with removables and CD-ROMs. Oh well.
Bill also said that this upgrade would contain PPC compatibility; which is a good sign for those of you with new Blizzards or CvberStormPPCs, and that the development of Workbench 3.5 would not slow7 the w'ork on OS5. This is good news since .Amiga Inc. still plan on releasing the new' .Amiga in the fourth quarter of next year - yes, next year!
I guess the real question is w'hether or not you feel an upgrade is worth it.
We don’t know exactly what is going to be in OS3.5 as wre write this, so we can’t directly say whether an upgrade is going to be w'orth the cash. However, we do know that .Amiga Inc. are relying on sales of this upgrade to justify continued development of the classic Amiga range, rather than simply sinking all the development cash into the new' machine.
Since there has been no further news on exactly what the new machine will consist of, or what software will be available when it finally gets released, we can only assure you that getting Workbench 3.5 will be essential to the furtherment of the machines we currentlv use.
¦ A LOOK TO THE FUTURE This feature has been about the next version of the OS, Workbench 3.5, but we w'ould be remiss if we didn’t give our opinion on the future of the Amiga.
You’ve seen w'hat Fleecy Moss had to say on the subject of digital convergence in last month’s feature and we’ll no doubt be learning more and more about w'hat OS5 holds for us over the next year, but as a wild bit of speculation, imagine a computer that’s as easv to use as vour house is.
J J You see, the ideal is that a computer is easy to use, while it is also the single most complicated thing that each of us possesses. This makes it hard to make it simple, but the way the .Amiga works is getting there, although it’s currently stuck in computer-y terms.
In two years you’ll be able to tell people that you remember when computers wrere hard to use, while AF w'on’t need a Workbench section.
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High speed serial cards ® internet informer issue 3 miscellaneous software Cologne show Preview With the world's biggest and best Amiga show almost here, we bring you a sneak look at who's going to be displaying what... One of the most important American developers will be at the show, demonstrating ImageFX and Aladdin 4D. ImageFX has gone through a few updates since it was last reviewed in Amiga Format, and all of the problems raised in that review have been addressed.
Nova Design will also be demonstrating some new add-ons for the software, allowing easy connectivity between it and the Wildfire Effects package. Also, the ImageFX demo videos will hopefully have made it to PAL in time for the show.
As ever, Kermit Woodall will be on hand, demoing the software i - - ¦ ,-.-i ="d .
- J L-v.; W IQ c which will jJ tl leave S passers-by unable to.
Olofight, the first full-on beat-em-up for the Amiga for a long time, will be on display at the show. Hopefully it will have found a distribution deal for the UK by then too.
Giant fighters battling it out in a futuristic setting -1 hope it's not like RotRl ImageFX will really be shown off to its full potential in Cologne.
PotH» v*-»n Mps im. 174(mx) f * uxnMACnx) n « r i Oj WpeOutaOt7.cnt.jft KiO*MOx2d Sunday 4-Ottim 23*7 The German CD specialists will be attending the show with their complete range of products (Aminet, PF5 2, Studio Professional, Amiga Forever 2.0, Developer CD and more), available for presentation as well as for sale.
There will also be several new releases at the show, including Aminet27, the Aminet Set 7, Dopus Magellan II, Dopus Plus and CyberGrapX v4.
One of the most interesting new packages they will be demonstrating is Amiga BodyGuard. This is a complete memory protection system for the Amiga which promises to significantly reduce the problems you may have with naughty software, not to mention preventing many potentially disastrous system crashes.
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IMAGE C6 3 BAI This club has turned into a noteworthy group of developers and they'll be taking a stand at the show to display their latest wares, including:
• DEKUBI CD-ROM
• Amiga Times CD-ROM
• The Best of Scene Archives 1 CD-ROM
• The Games Attack CD-ROM
• Pulsator (CD-ROM version) Ml
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• Marblelous 2 Titan have these new software titles planed for
the Cologne show:
• Art Studio 4.0 (picture cataloguer)
• Burn IT 2.5 (CD recording)
• Candy Factory Pro (image processing)
• Fantastic Dreams (real-time morphing, the follow-up to Elastic
• Motion Power Effects (PPC effects for MovieShop) Their new
games will include:
• Evil's Doom SE (RPG)
• Claws of the Devil (Tomb Raider-style adventuring)
• Settlers II may also be making an appearance.
All their products have full PPC, graphics card or Cyber BVision support, as well as support for AGA for those with lower-end systems.
We liked GunBee a lot this month, so let's hope they've got more to show!
You'll also be able to see a demo version of Phoenix, and they should have a beta version of their upcoming title. The Adventure Shop, for you to play around with.
If it looks as good as this. Claws of the Devil may well be the game of 1999.
Oberland Computer will be demonstrating their new raytracing package, Monzoom, for standard and PPC Amigas. The new version of Wildfire (version 7) will also be on display, as will the products of Nova Design, which will be shown at the Amiga International booth. They will also be selling a complete range of hardware and software.
Coolbits will be displaying and selling software from Vulcan Software on their stand.
Eagle aren't attending this year's show but their products will be displayed by Oberland Computer and Vesalia Computer.
Their latest software includes the Amiga eagleLINUX M68K, a brand new OS for the Amiga, the Amiga eagleLINUX M68K Update and the Amiga P- OS Pre-release, another new Amiga OS.
The hardware which they'll have on display will include the Amiga A4000TE Barebone designer tower, which has an A4000T mainboard, 16Mb RAM 2Mb chip, 1.76 Mb high density drive, 3.1 Kick ROM and handbooks. The M68K Linux P-OS Pre-release is also included with the package.
The main new products on the Irseesoft stand will be Turboprint 7 (distributed by Wizard in the UK) and Picture Manager 5.5 (distributed by Blittersoft in the UK).
The main new features in Turboprint 7 are: Postscript-lnterpreter:
• You can print any Postscript or PDF document.
• Higher printing speed from FinalWriter, Wordworth and
• 24-bit printing from PageStream.
• No more wrong margins on printouts.
There will be a text mode for printers that can only print graphics, for example, the Epson Stylus Color 300 and the Canon BJC 7000. This means you can have a text mode with scalable CG Fonts from Workbench for any printer.
Improvements in the Graphics Publisher:
• Zoom mode.
• Correct margins (you don't have to enter them manually any
There will be a much higher printing speed, especially from DrawStudio software.
Improvements to the Spooler
• Can print copies now so the application doesn't have to send
the same page several times any more.
New printers (this list is not final - some printers may be missing, some may be added)
• Epson Stylus Color 440,640,740,850.
• Epson Stylus Photo 700, EX.
• HP DeskJet 1100,1120,2000.
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hoping to unveil their brand new Zorro sound board.
It's a small Zorro II PCB, offering four connectors which are the same as the clock-port connector inside the A1200.
You'll be able to plug and mount the Melody1200 or their new Highspeed Serialboard, which offers 460,800 bps, onto these. You'll even be able to use Hypercom, via a patch.
It will be possible to mount more Melody boards, allowing you to obtain multichannel playback with the Melody 1200 when you've got one set up as a master and the others set up as slaves.
There will be increased bandwidth for all boards plugged onto it and a special bridge chip will offer twice the bus throughput of actual soundboards (up to 3.55Mb s). Hopefully it'll be the first sound board giving more bus performance and therefore lower load to the machine. The OctaMED Soundstudio 2.0 package will also be on display.
D44 E45 F44 G45 B42 D43 BEN'S STUFF As you can see from the exhibitor list to the right of this box. Computer '98 looks like it'll be a great show, phase 5 are notable by their absence (they're attending a Mac show), but there'll be plenty of movement on the PPC front anyway from the likes of Haage & Partner (and we expect some shock news concerning PPC accelerators at the show).
More to the point, this year's show looks like it'll be one of the most exciting yet, with loads of new products being announced or presented for the first time. This includes the BoXeR, Inside Out, Napalm and more. We also expect Amiga Inc. to make an announcement concerning Workbench 3.5, the so-called 'November Box' OS5 Prod developer's machine and further details on the partners that Amiga Inc. are dealing with for the new Amiga.
Now, more than ever, you'd be foolish to miss the world's best Amiga show, and there's still time to get involved. You can book a flight for about £120, you can get accommodation in Cologne from only £15 per night and you can ring the organisers on 0049 234 946 880.
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Till PREVIEWS Hello! I haven't really done anything at all in the games section again, but I think Nick is trying to get his money's worth out of all the frankly embarrassing pictures he's had taken of me. This one is particularly unfair... However, what is fair is the amount of game news and reviews we have for you again * this month. We're building up to Christmas, which promises to be just as big in terms of games for the Amiga as it has been for some years.
Check out the contenders in Previews, but also take the time to check out our manga- tastic Gunbee review and, of course, those little bundles of joy that we all know as Reader Games.
RPGs, Elite Wing Commander clones and a Tomb Raider-lookalike ahoy!
F'louie rtf nowii Ben Vost certainly gets most of it, so it's no wonder he's reviewing it.
This disgruntled alien from Phoenix (above) looks like he may have experienced the Claws of the Devil (left).
Manga-style shoot-em-up antics Platforms and shooting in this new conversion Andy Smith Catch the bell! No! Dodge the bullet! Doh!
AMIGA FORMAT'S REVIEW POLICY Your insoluble problems, er, solved From wizards and ninjas to ores and ghosts, there's a whole host of baddies waiting to meet you in this month's selection.
Every month we scour the world's software houses for the latest and greatest Amiga games, we try to ensure we keep you as up to date as possible and we'll stop at nothing to bring you the best, definitive, no-nonsense reviews of the games that matter.
90+% The creme de la creme. Only the very best, most playable and original games are awarded an AF Gold - the most highly prized rating there is.
These games are very good, but due to minor flaws are not the finest examples of their genre.
Wizards of Odd Andrew Crane They certainly are, believe me.
Dungeons . ..... Richard Phipps Gauntlet-sty e action and adventure Sir Losealot .....Bob Hindle Platform-based ghost-bashing.
Mortal Kombash Jonathan Sutton A four-player beating frenzy.
Lost in space? We have the answers for you Good games which are worth buying, especially if you have a special interest in a game type.
Space Station 3000 should be ready before then Average releases with somewhat limited gameplay and appeal. Games in this category tend to be flawed.
Below average games which are unlikely to impress your mates or your wallet.
40-49% Under 40% Overwhelmingly poor quality games with major flaws and appalling gameplay.
The absolute pits.
A graphically rich game nears completion AMIGA FORMAT DECEMBER 1998 ???????????????????????????????????????????
With driving, devils and death in his games you're going to be playing soon... Max Rally ......£19.00 Release Date ....Soon!
Publisher .....rmfn&s Requires .2r.fi i A variety of terrain types and multiplayer modes should make Max Rally worth investigating.
Car racing games have always been a favourite on the Amiga, especially top-down racers where you can take on your mates.
Max Rally hopes to build on the playability and graphic appeal of previous classics such as Skidmarks and Micro Machines™ and bring the whole genre up to date.
As well as being able to play against up to four human players, various other racing modes are available, including racing against computer cars, racing against the clock or participating in a Championship or Max Challenge.
Racing through the cosmos can be tricky, especially if Carl Sagan gets in the way... There are twenty different tracks and four different types of terrain (Woodland, Cosmic, Alpine and Dunes) to be negotiated. Max Challenge requires a further element of skill - to successfully complete a lap you must drive over all of the "switch pads" on the way round.
Link up games are also possible, so you can play two player splitscreen, two player link up or four player split-screen link up. If you don't have two Amigas to stick together you can play in a battle mode where the slowest cars are eliminated as they fall off the screen.
It certainly looks like fun from these screenshots. Hopefully we'll have a copy in time to review it for our next issue. Check out the fortress website for up to the minute info: http: www.allcom.co.uk ~fortress Claws of the Devil and all the enemies are going to be heavily animated to make them smooth. All the items in the game will be rendered as complex polygonal objects with up to 800 shaded polygons each.
The camera will be taking the now de rigeur free following position, allowing you to see the heroine and her surroundings as she fights her way through the promised 13 large levels.
We can't wait to see more of this game so look out for more details in a future issue!
Claws of the Devil ETBfi Release Dale ......THf Publisher Tiffin Computer Requires ... GrephfCE nanf, 'fififi 32r.fi. nnrc After a quick glance at the screenshots, it should quickly become apparent what genre of game this is, and doesn't it look great? The engine will demand a pretty high spec to run, which is only to be expected. You'll need a fast processor (preferably PPC, although an '060 will do), a hefty 32Mb of RAM and a graphics card (although an AGA version may be released later). At the moment the coders are working on implementing the power of the Permedia 2 3D routines to
make the display even faster.
Whatever hardware you have though, the game will feature many lighting transparency and fog features to make it realistically creepy. There are no pictures of the "heroine" model yet, although she PREVIEWS Future Tales haven't previously released any Amiga games, but their first effort looks like it's going to be something special.
Combine the best strategy elements of Elite with the storytelling and action of Wing Commander and you'll have an idea about what these people are trying to create.
Like Elite, Phoenix puts you in charge of a spaceship and allows you to wander where you will. You'll have to use your skill at trading, your financial acumen and your trigger finger to progress in this game.
However, that's not all there is to Phoenix because there is an extra level to the plot.
You're playing the part of a special agent, deep undercover. The story will unfold as you meet various characters on your travels.
As you can see from the images on this page, the game looks like it will be simply stunning. Many of the stills and action sequences will be raytraced and, of course, a solid 3D engine will take care of the combat sequences. The whole game will run in 256 colour so you'll need an AGA machine or a graphics card, but it certainly looks worthwhile.
There's no indication yet of how soon this title might be released but, as ever, we'll keep you up to date with any developments.
Millennia Dark Millennia ....810*1 Release Date Uscem'jar 00 Publisher Gc sial Software Requires ..;H‘: e've looked at some of Crystal Software's upcoming games before in the Previews section, but we haven't really mentioned an awful lot about their real-time strategy adventure game, The Dark Millennia.
The game is organised into a series of chapters. The choices and decisions the player makes in the game affects the outcome of that chapter, and alters where he or she starts in the next on.
As a result, there should be an almost endless number of permutations and routes through the game. The player can even choose to play on the side of good, or, usually much more fun, on the side of evil.
The Dark Millennia involves the player creating armies and towns with a changing economy, constantly adjusting forces and sending them out to perform various quests.
It certainly sounds very interesting and we're looking forward to its release in November.
This is really just a quick note to give us an excuse to print some more terrific Napalm graphics, and to let you know that the game is very nearly finished and will probably be available by the time you read this. So stop playing the wonderful demo on our cover CD this month and go and buy it! 0 Napalm 229.00 Release Date HuuemiJa iji Publisher ...cliuliiiuajji Requires ... '020. JSALu JiAfiJ, 00 When the going gets tough, the tough start Abusing, as Bom fflisQ discovers... Sometimes you aren't sure whether to keep your weapon pointed at the floor or covering the ceiling
Saving (below) gives you a nice thumbnail so you can see where you have got to.
Although Abuse is a good game, it would have probably sunk without a trace. Electronic Arts brought it out for the PC just after Doom hit the streets in a big way and although it had user-customisable weapons and levels (and even comes with a level editor), nobody today would probably know about it, least of all on the Amiga.
However, at the start of this year, along with loads of other software companies, Crack Dot Com (sounds like a pirate organisation, I know) decided to put Abuse out to pasture and give away the source code.
Although Doom got all the press, then Descent, and then Quake, it would be a mistake to ignore this quirky little platformer which not only has plenty to offer in its own right as a game, but is also more suited to the leisurely pace at which most Amiga processors amble.
For those of us with a machine on which Quake can be played enjoyably, there are bells and whistles that can be turned on, like the lighting effects, but it will quite happily run on an '030, even though it slows down somewhat when the action really hots up. Installing it is a Techie stuff Abuse is based around Lisp, the same language that was used for Commodore's Installer program.
It's not nice to use, but it can be pretty powerful if you spend some time on it. Even if you comment it heavily, it can be a pain to try to unravel someone else's script so you'll have your work cut out for you.
Having said that we fully expect to see your extra Abuse levels and weapons on upcoming AFCDs, so get a move on and learn how to program!
Simple matter of copying all the files to your hard disk and then you're ready to rock.
We had no trouble with it whatsoever on any of the machines we tried it on, ranging from an '030 with 8Mb RAM to an '060-equipped A4000. The game takes advantage of the hardware you have available, using AHI and RTGMaster for sound and graphics cards respectively, although it does offer native AGA screenmodes too.
(Above) invisible aliens (no, really!) Are much harder to deal with than the normal ones.
For those who can't determine what sort of game Abuse is from the screenshots, I'll tell you that it's like Turrican set in Aliens, but played with ...there are a number of other baddies, like gun turrets, big robots and scenery-based nastiness the keyboard and the mouse. Got it?
You have a variety of weapons at your disposal, from the fairly standard pulse laser and grenade launcher to the more esoteric guided rocket launcher, flamethrower and others. Shooting the Alien lookalikes sometimes results in them dropping useful ammo packs.
You see, unlike the aliens in Aliens, these little blighters have guns like you do, but fortunately they're a lot easier to kill and don't appear to have acid for blood. In addition to the Aliens (sorry, aliens), there are a number of other baddies, It's a platform-based shoot-em- up stealing liberally from James Cameron's meisterwork, but unlike Turrican, it allows you to shoot in any direction. You see, you control your little blokey (Nick Vrennaby by name, shooty monster by nature), using the keyboard to get his little legs to make him run left and right, jump and call lifts, switch
switches, press buttons and the like. Meanwhile, your mouse hand controls the direction in which he aims, his shooting and speeding up.
BSM 'j - The different weapons have different ranges, power and effects, as you’d expect.
Like gun turrets, big robots and scenery-based nastiness (long drops, lava, one-way corridors and the like).
The gameplay doesn't alter much over the course of the game, but neither does the gameplay in Doom.
The only other problem that I can see is that you're only allowed five saves to do the whole game, although you do get a nice thumbnail picture showing you where you've saved.
All in all, Abuse isn't a great game, but it is a very good one. It isn't first person perspective, it doesn't have polygon-based bad guys and it doesn't have an eerie CD soundtrack, but it's still a corker with the bad guys waiting for you around every corner.
What's more, it's still very cheap thanks to the fact that the main executable is Freeware, and you can even try it out on AFCD30.
DEVELOPED BY: Crack Dot Com SUPPLIED BY: Alive MediaSoft PRICE: £14.99 RELEASE DATE: Out now REQUIRES: AHI, CD-ROM drive Pros and Cons Great sound effects.
Neat control method.
Lisp isn’t the easiest of languages.
0VERA11 VERDICT: Abuse really is great fun to play but it’s a bit repetitive.
Ack in the days when manga had never been heard of outside the land of the rising sun, and when cartoons were for kids, not spotty adolescents or grown-ups who hadn't quite, this game would have been a revelation - "Look at their big eyes and hear their squeaky voices!"
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Not that we're immune to cute characterisation, but it's just not as innovative these days. However, the The usual big-eyed heroine leads the charge towards the enemy... ... to power up your ship you can’t just shoot all the enemies in a single wave - you’ve got to shoot clouds... fact that GunBee F99 is thoroughly steeped in anime doesn't mean that it's not a fun ride.
As a game it's a bog-standard, vertically scrolling shoot-em-up, with the usual array of power-ups and end- of-level bosses, but cute, y'know.
It's not that brilliant though. The Xevious-style bombing aspect of it seems superfluous since you can avoid the slow-moving bullets that the ground-based forces chuck at you, and those without an auto-fire joystick will curse at the number of times they unleash a Firebeam instead of just a bullet. However, it is fun in that kind of addictive, "one more go" way.
Its "tweak" is that to power up your ship you can't just shoot all the enemies in a single wave - you've got to shoot clouds which will produce bells. You can catch the bells as they are and they'll give you 500 points,
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But to get power-ups you have to shoot them several times, bouncing them up the screen, at which point they'll turn a different colour and you can then catch them for the power-up.
There's a complex idea in story mode where if you can bounce bells into waiting baskets you get extra A factory, making nothing but misery for our valiant GunBee pilot.
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OH THIS AFCD33:-CoueiDisks- 117b S CD MONTH lives, but this is pretty tricky and only works in story mode, which is much harder. And that's pretty much it.
There's the usual end of level bosses which flash in the places you can hit them, and you even get a "shoot here!" Sign if you haven't managed to hit them after a while.
It also gets very tricky in that you tend to get more black bells (bad ones) if you're using an auto-fire joystick, but other than that it's not much different to any other shoot- em-up. It's nicer (and cheaper) than Ultra Violent Worlds and it'll certainly while away a rainy afternoon.
However, be warned that it's not very stable on an '060.
Supplied by: Epic Marketing (0500) 161486 Price: £7.99 Versions: Floppy only Requirements: AGA. 4Mb fast (can be installed to hard drive) Pros and Cons Addictive.
Getting killed behind the clouds.
E3 Attractive but simple graphics.
Bombing seems to be a waste of time.
OVER All VERDICT: Cheap and very cheerful, this is a great value game, but it's not the most innovative.
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And Having enjoyed myself so much last month, I felt compelled to return for another Reader Games spot. I was really impressed by the quality of some of your submissions last month, and I have been again this hope you accept all the sadistic sarcasm and vicious vitriol in the spirit it was intended - to help you create better games.
They’re something and they’re spooky, they're dum de dum kooky - they're the Reader Games. Or month. Some of these games are more fun than titles people pay a lot of money for. Any of them are better than some of the commercial games we've had through these doors (no names, you know the guilty ones).
R WIZARDS OF This rather aptly named game is based on an old A500 game called The Teller, which I don't actually remember, but I'll take Andrew's word for it.
It's a sort of action puzzle game. Each of up to three competitors play the part of a wizard.
At the beginning of a round, a pattern is displayed above each wizard's house, and from that moment they participate in a fairly ridiculous competition to collect all the blocks required to build the pattern.
Bouncing on each other's heads and some vicious pushing are the means of combat, as each wizard runs, jumps and bounces in order to try to catch one of the gently drifting blocks on their head. Then they race back to their V. respective homes and try to place the block in the right position.
As well as being a game of speed, luck and co-ordination, this is also a test of memory. You have to remember the pattern, which could theoretically be made up of sixteen completely different blocks. You can define your own patterns too, if you want to make things especially easy (or tricky) for you and your pals.
Although it may lack depth, it is quite compulsive and is certainly quite slickly presented. One note of warning though Andrew, I think people might get a bit tired of spending five minutes waiting for all the credits to finish every time they run the game.. V-: V j,™ -’ ' i v * f .•' tt : • ' 03* WhmHHHH
* ' Odd by name and odd by nature, tbis game may be related to
tbe old A500 game Tbe Teller’, but we don't care since we've
never heard ot it.
READER WARRANT When you're sending in your submissions make sure you also give us:
1. An address where you can be contacted.
2. Details of the language used to create the game.
3. A recent photo of yourself.
The address to send your stuff into is: Reader Games • Amiga Format • 30 Monmouth Street • Bath • BA1 2BW Everything included on the AFQD must have a reader warrant with it. Just cut it out off this page, sign it and send it in to us with your game and a recent photograph of yourself. A last reminder: if you don't include this warrant we simply won't be able to put your game on the CD - that means you won't be able to have it judged by other readers.
• V arl jf JT In respect of all material which forms my reader
contribution to Future Publishing's Amiga Format, I hereby
1. The material is original and does not infringe any other
material or rights;
2. The material does not contain any material which is
defamatory, obscene or indecent and Player 3 is awarded the
bousepouit for gening aO his Mocks in the correct place.
AUTHOR: Andrew Crane LANGUAGE: Arnos VERDICT: By.ceJJerri: rnuJiipJeiyer fun, which can ba a bit duJJ on your own (although je isn't finished yet). Ji's stiJJ well worth this is exempt from classification under the Video Recordings Act 1984;
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¦ Dungeons continues last month's theme of taking elements from successful games and fusing them together into a whole new experience. Essentially, think the old classic Zombies meets Gauntlet. I suppose you could say that Gauntlet was a Zombies derivative in the first place, so I might have to concede the point there, but in that case I suppose Dungeons is the missing link.
Rather like Gauntlet, the object is to run around various, er, dungeons, and steal treasure, avoiding the nasty beasts. The beasts are spontaneously generated from the piles of skulls, which it would obviously be advantageous to destroy because otherwise the dungeons become filled up with monsters pretty quickly.
At first it seems completely impossible (and I still haven't made it to level three), but V “Ready or not. Here we come!" Shouted the bad guys in their funny fittte costumes, yesterday.
This is one of those games where you have to learn decent tactics. There's no point in just setting off, grabbing as much as you can and blasting everything in your way as you'll soon find yourself outnumbered by evil ghouls, goblins and those strange-looking blue things with the poor dental hygiene.
Cunningly, Richard has designed the levels so that there are advantages to doing certain things first, before some of the larger areas become absolutely swamped.
Gems, coins, first aid boxes, locked doors, keys and the like block the monsters, so they can't get in or out of some areas until you pick something up.
Although the action is somewhat jerky on occasion (and with upwards of 50 monsters on screen at once, this isn't really surprising), it doesn't seem too bad when you're actually playing the game.
However, sometimes the monsters do have a nasty habit of rushing forward at 10 times their normal speed, which I'm not sure is actually intentional.
AUTHOR: Zihcha d Phipps LANGUAGE: j-nnats Pro VERDIQ Addidlva, rJiih a da Jar duncjaon Ja jduL The speed sou Id be worth looking a± though. This Jarj nearlj jjon this month's prize, jusi for sheer addisov-uess.
SD LOSEALOT ell, what can I say here? It's a platform game. You have to avoid the various spooks in the castle, or eliminate them by the time honoured method of jumping on their heads, and collect all the treasure lying about. Oh, and be careful of the spiked bear- traps that the workmen seem to have installed all over the place.
111 i 11 i 111 It is fairly competent, although some of the animated characters need a bit of work - I don't think I could ever be scared of that skeleton... BCNDISOF I This game came at iosttbe right time to help Mck with his joystick skffls, fnan, man. Ahem.
It s all rather too reminiscent of AticAtac for my liking, and indeed, this game has even less depth. I suppose there are some people ’gjfo who enjoy this sort of mindless platform game, but this one doesn't have much to recommend it. Like all games Written with some game creator software, the trouble is that ail the games you create end up being the same, and this is one which we've all seen hundreds of times before.
Although there are some nice touches to it like the hidden blocks and the scenery which you can walk behind, there isn't actually anything new here. Perhaps more tellingly, even the same tired, old stuff has been done better before.
In your defence. Bob, you do mention that it was written for your three-year old daughter to teach her how to use a joystick, and I'm sure she is now able to run and jump with the best of them. It isn't too exciting though, is it?
We expected more from you after King of the Castle (the Reader Game winner in AF114).
AUTHOR: Bob H s LANGUAGE: Aspire2's Game Engine VERDICT: Very suitable for teaching people how to use a joystick, otherwise it really is best avoided.
The system requirements for this one might be a bit high for some of you. You'll need an AGA machine, 2Mb of RAM, two CD32 control pads (it uses the extra buttons) and two friends to play with.
RlfX It isn't, as you might expect, a beat-em-up, but more of a cross between Pengo and, er, something else, Select your warrior from a cast-including
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aNinja ac spnjfcj other strange creatures. TheiVwe're
arena where you will do battleagatnsti*2Mp other in a randomly
Parts or the maze can be pushed around to bump into your opponents, which rsrather similar to Pengo if you ask me. If youjfj&jfefe- ¦ three times, you're out for the count.
If you run out of blocks to push you can always create some, although this may take gHarjew vital seconds, giving someonejefse the opportunity to finish you off. You can also just Euod bash into people to hurt them too, which is less elegant but flL&CK effective. I 'm Each of the characters has a usually comicalpoyver, from a IjJ ray to almost total invisibility. The special powers have to build up in effect. .
At the end of the day, the gararam simple and it's only charm is in being able beat up your mates. Rather like Worms, fighting against real people that makes it Come on Jonathan, even a rudimentary CP player would be better than none.
AUTHOR: Jona'ihars LANGUAGE: Sjris Sasic 2 .
VERDICT: J--S. AsjifamaXj simple and p jjhbh Yi’z being plajazl azja'.r.z-’: zsz.a?
Pacjpla, but -then, so are almos'l a.I snal-tiplaj=: parnas AMIGA FORMAT It’s over 10 years old now, so If you still haven’t managed to finish it, PanO Bombs has the solution for you... The first thing you need to do is look at your watch. Press C to see the message and then you'd better hurry. Walk to the red, circular I I I fk-' m m & ¦ Yell at the hunter twice and when he conies near, throw the spore. This will knock him out so get the key and open the cell... pad and you'll be whisked away to the airlock chamber. Get the suit, open the locker, get everything inside it and you're now ready
to go where no man has mopped the floor... The graphics aren’t important, it’s ? Go through the door and get a the gameplay that counts. Severe warning from the boss. Talk to the other men on the computers if you want to, go onto the platform and get inside the little tube-shuttle.
Enter the big ship where you'll get beaten up and taken to Volhaul.
? The ship will crash land on the way to the mine, giving you the chance to search the two unlucky guards and get the keycard.
? Push the button inside the ship, walk up and then right and free the poor little critter in the trap. He'll remember you later.
? Go left and up to the top level of the screen. Walk to the postbox and mail the application form. Get the whistle, fall off the edge and pick up the spore. Now go up to the big jellyfish and save your game here.
? Put the game on slow mode and navigate your way through the maze The food was crap but ahhh... the ambience... of tentacles. Get the berries, go back through the maze and go down, right and then diagonally up and right to the swamp. Rub the berries on your body and then walk right.
Keep going until you get to a deep bit, then hold your breath. Swim down, right and up to get the crystal.
T Now hold your breath again and swim back out the way you came.
Walk right, climb the tree and then walk right until you get captured.
Evening meal Yell at the hunter twice and when he comes near, throw the spore. This will knock him out so get the key and open the cell door.
? Take the rope and go up, left and left again. Crawl onto the log and tie the rope to it. Climb down a bit and then save your game again.
? Climb down the rope, almost to the bottom, then swing on it. The Three men in a boat. Yesterday.
You must be joking! That thing'll never fly!
Monster will try to grab you but will narrowly miss, so jump off at the other side. You should make it easily.
? Enter the cave and use the crystal.
Go down the slide and pick the crystal up again. Go down and say the word to the little critter, the one you saved earlier. Climb down the ladder and then put the crystal in your mouth.
? Navigate through the maze until you come to the lake, then swim through and go in the right entrance (the left one is a waterfall).
? When you reach the bottom, go right, blow the whistle, go left, go right again, go through the hole and save your game again.
? The next part is tricky. Hide behind the fence and when the man goes Ticket to freedom Get in the shuttle craft. I'll give you the pleasure of working out the controls for yourself. Fly up and out, then fly forward through space.
? When you get to Volhaul's asteroid you'll need to take the lifts to the various levels to get the five items you need. They're all found in the storage closets, apart from the toilet paper, which is found in the toilet.
T You need the plunger, lighter, waste basket, glass cutter and toilet paper. Avoid the floor polisher and female alien at all costs, no matter how desperate you are for a snog.
? Go back to where you came in and then go forward. Let the barriers push the button. Climb out again, walk left and pull the switch. Type in Enlarge, go back to the jar and you'll return to your original size.
T Search the body and find the password SHSR. Look at the screen and type in the password. Go up the stairs, open the box and wear the mask. Now go through the pipes and out to the main corridor. Go left, left and left again.
T Push the button and walk quickly right as the robot is after you. Get out into the big room, left of where you started, then go left until you come back to the robot's screen.
? Quickly get into the escape pod and type 'Look at ship'. You'll see the sleep chamber and, as you only have behind a pillar so he can't see you, move up to the next one. When he goes behind it again, move under the tower, yell and use the lift.
They have much squarer toilets in the future come up and the floor roll back. At the last minute, stick the plunger to the barrier and hold on.
? Let go when the floor goes back and put the paper in the basket. Put the basket on the floor and light it.
Go right to the command room where Volhaul shrinks you.
Little problems Use the glass cutter on the jar, climb through the vents at the side and S Let the barriers come up and the floor roll back. At the last minute, stick the plunger to the r* hairier and hold on. S 7 a few minutes of oxygen left, type 'Use sleep chamber'. You then get in and drift off to an eternal sleep (until The Pirates of M Pestulon, anyway!).
? Well done, you've 1,11 j 8 completed the game, j Ji Of course, this is the
- jMA r - - £ long way of doing it.
Jf t To complete it straight away, just type CHEAT while you're playing... leave that to me,” said Obi wan Sorry, wrong film.
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- -jbssj ¦ • Hi AF, I've just found a briiiiant game at a car
boot sale called Stunt Car Racer. It's even more fun when my
brother and I link our machines together with a null-modern
cable. Anyway, have you got any hints or cheats for it?
Clive and Colin Ford Dunstable It is a cracking game, even now, although it's not very keen on more modern machines and you may have to use Degrader, TUDE or something similar to get it to run. Anyway, here's a quick guide to the tracks: The Stepping Stones: Easy enough without our help.
The High Jump: You need top speed to get past the pillar in the middle of the jump. If you aren't going fast enough you can skim over it but your car will take some damage each time you do.
The Roller Coaster: It's not always beneficial to just put your foot down and this track is a case in point. You shouldn't be doing more than about 150, otherwise you'll miss that first corner.
However, you can use the up and down section that this track is named after to get your speed up to top whack.
The Little Ramp: Make sure you hit the jump at around 150.
The Draw Bridge: Wait until the bridge is lowering before you attempt the jump.
The Sid Jump: This course is like the Roller Coaster at the start so don't go too mad. After that you can drive like a joyrider... The Big Ramp; Go reasonably fast for the two smaller jumps; about 170-180 should do it, but the big ramp itself needs about 210.
The Hump Back: The trick with this one is not to go too fast. If you find yourself falling back then use a boost, but only at bits where it's flatter (like the start point).
In general: Don't try bumping people off on corners as you're quite likely to fall off yourself. You should try to just nudge them as you go past on the straighter parts of the course.
Dear Amiga Format, I've tried and tried and tried with the demo of Napalm that was on your CD, but this UFO always comes over my base and blows up the nuclear power plants and I can't do anything else. Are you supposed to be able to beat the baddies at all?
Frustrated of London Hi Frustrated. The answer is that it's always going to be difficult to win the demo, although you can make it a lot easier on yourself by preregistering the game (which will possibly be out by the time you read this) and getting the keyfile from
* Worms Dear AF, I have a nice little tip for the original Worms
game from Team 17 which will give you access to all the special
weapons. To use this cheat, simply type "total wormage" on the
M. Horner, Barrow-in-Furness Thanks for that one, but I think
that most people who've played Worms for a while will already
Your mission, should you choose to accept it. Is very, very hard. Best of luck!
ClickBOOM. This will give you an extra ten minutes and more cash to spend. However, this might not be so easy to do if you don't have email.
Anyway, regardless of these features, the idea of the demo is that you have to destroy the enemy's base which is in the upper left-hand corner of the map, if you didn't already know. The problem is that he attacks you from two directions - straight from the base and also from the tunnel down in the bottom-right of the map. Ignore the tunnel and send your nitro truck into his base.
You're going to have to protect it very carefully because if it blows up before you get to his base you've got no hope.
Build yourself a light factory and then a medium factory and start churning out tanks (use the g key to make them all appear on the edge of your base). Once you have a fair number, send them and the nitro truck up towards his base.
You need to put the truck alongside his main building and get it to blow.
This doesn't always work as there seems to be a random element in the nitro truck's blast radius. If you fail, you'll just have to start again.
JP: W- AMIGA FO m m ¦¦(¦ip I'm stuffed right at the start of The Immortallevel four. You see, there's this troll there and it keeps killing me. What do I do?
R. HowardMendlesham You need to avoid the troll's swings until a
man throws a dagger into it. Then talk to the man to get a
magic carpet Leave the room via the northern door and use the
magic carpet to fly along while avoiding the flame spouts
(you'll need to watch the dot of shadow under your rug to
judge your distance).
Dear Amiga Format, I'm completely stuck'on Valhalla
2. I have the planets Earth, Mercury and Saturn, a jug of cider,
an amplifier and a Book of Icarus. I've given Grumbleweed the
cider but he just drinks it and belches. I've completed the
other three levels, but can you please help with this one?
L. Conway, Middlesborough Dear AF, Some time back, I'm sure you
printed a set of codes which allowed you to start on any level
in the brilliant Beneath a Steel Sky. I've lost my saves and
don't | want to have to play the whole game again to get to
the place I was at. Can you print them again then?
HR Agaver Portugal Okay, don't worry about Grumbleweed burping - you should find out that it's what he likes to do best. Basically, you're going to need to burp louder than him to progress further, and you have the thing in your possession that will allow you to do that - the amplifier.
Get yourself some ale from Herman's room, then give the cider to Grumbleweed, which he'll drink.
Now you should put the amplifier on the square beside him, stand on it, drink your ale and then beeeellllch!
You should win the competition hands down... "It was this big,” said the wizard in appreciation of the old, old fishing tale.
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HELPING HANDS • Amiga Format 30 Monmouth Street • Bath • BA1 2BW You'll need to use the staff with the chock you should also have to free the counterweight. Then use the staff again on the statue's mouth to start the elevator working. After that, you're on your own again... Dear Helping Hands, Please can you help my daughter and myself progress with Indiana Jones and the Search for Atlantis'?
Indy and Sophia are stuck in the caves where Professor Sternhart's skeleton has been found.
We appear to need a Worldstone (which we cannot find) to place on a spindle, along with a Sunstone and a Moonstone (which we have).
We have taken Indy and Sophia to a large cave with three doors and that is as far as we can go. I will be eternally grateful if you can help.
Debbie and Rebecca Robertson, Swinton Wow! Eternal gratitude, eh? I could do with some of that. Your depiction of where you are in the game seems a bit confused. You say that you've got to Sternhart, but that's where the Worldstone is, along with a staff. To get further, you'll need to examine the waterfall that should be in the same room and use the chain hidden behind it. Then you'll need to find the room with the shelf and put the three stone heads you should have on it to open the other door leading out of the room.
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis WORK IN PROGRESS C6 station 30QQ A new space-based, combat trading, adventure-type game?
Digital Images’ SUM Hi is your host in space.
Ship boarding actions are new to us... Doughnuts in spaaaaace!
These missions will consist of destroying pirate fleets, ending wars, exploring planets, assassinating people and so on.
At Digital Images, we wanted our first game to be something new, not another Doom clone or anything like that, and so we thought of a strategy game that would also include action and space combat.
Designing a game isn't as easy as it may sound at first. We had to plan how all the screens would work and all the possible outcomes of different events. We wanted to combine the trading idea from Elite with some ideas from UFO, Sim City and Theme Park, as well as including some of our own innovations. We also wanted to add a bit of space flight combat, just to get the excitement going a bit.
First of all, we wanted to generate some interest amongst Amiga users, so we got some early screenshots, as well as lots of information, and sent it off to the Amiga Flame and Amiga Nutta websites. As expected, this generated a lot of interest and even got some publishers contacting us.
As we got the support of the Amiga community, a couple of people were brought onto the project to help with development in various areas.
First of all, we put a basic game together that linked all the various possibilities.
This took several months, but when this was done we added the space combat side of the game.
This took a while but it now looks good, is fun to play and also gets the tension and excitement levels up.
We've also added an extra element of control to the soldiers so that you can board the enemy ships once you've disabled them.
When the Al was in the early stages, the enemy soldiers didn't do anything until your soldiers came near them, at which point they would check for a line of fire. If they could find one then they would fire.
The Al will be finished by the time you read this, but it is still being polished up at the time of writing.
Various communication options have been added to enable you to talk to other people over the radio.
We've recently added the concept of missions. As time goes on, you'll be given missions from the Federal HQ.
These missions will consist of destroying pirate fleets, ending wars, exploring planets, assassinating people and so on.
One of the main missions is to destroy a massive pirate organisation.
If you don't complete this mission then piracy will get worse every day.
Around a month ago, when all the main pieces of the game had fallen into place, we completely overhauled 14 Oops! It’s not a doughnut - it’s actually Space Station 3000.
The game's graphics. A CDDA sound system was also added so that Space Station 3000 will play music directly from the CD. Because we're using CDDA, we know that the sound will be of the highest quality and it won't have that 8-bit feel to it.
We're also adding foreign language options to the game. One major problem is that most of the new games are only released in English, so anyone who can't speak English can't play a game that they would really like to. We hope that the foreign Amiga users will approve of this move.
Playtesting has been carried out in all of the game's areas to make sure that it's as enjoyable as it can possibly be. We're very happy of the way Space Station 3000 has developed and all that's really left is to finish off the Al, playtest it a bit more and, finally, get it released.
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ACI Sept Oct 98 Mag BY: Various WARE: Restricted freeware (permission required to redistribute) PD LIBRARY: Roberta Smith DTP NUMBER OF DISKS: 2 PRICE: 9Gp each to ACI non-members, plus 50p P&P oberta Smith DTP have been the official distributor for Amiga Club International’s disk magazines and club disks for some while now. Club membership costs a tenner, which buys a regularly posted members list, a club magazine and club software disk every other month, as well as a discount on PD disks from the Roberta Smith DTP library (members pay 50p plus P&P rather than the usual 90p). If you’re
interested in joining or in finding out more, give Roberta a ring on the usual number.
ACI’s magazine disk for September and October 1998 contains a typically eclectic mix of articles. Browsing through an issue of the ACI mag is rather like rummaging through some Battlescape, as the name suggests, is a tactical war game which owes something of a debt to strategy classics like Megalomania. The action takes place in a randomly generated world and pits two teams against one another in an ongoing arms race.
Each team begins with a single builder, but must build an entire civilisation. Builders can construct factories and research laboratories in which technological breakthroughs can be made. From humble beginnings, each team must endeavour to fashion powerful weapons, such as bazookas, howitzers and even battleships, with which to dispense death and destruction. Battlescape features complete agricultural and economic systems, but the emphasis is clearly on the tactical warfare element of the game.
It employs a turn-based system, with mobile units being able to move a certain number of times and perform limited actions during a single turn. If units attempt to move into positions on the landscape which are already occupied by enemy units, combat sequences occur. Because these sequences are resolved using a formula which takes into account the number of moves each unit has left in a turn, the best strategy is to attack at the start of a turn, rather than marching a unit a long way and then attempting to strike at the enemy as an afterthought.
RESEARCH IHFORMHTIOr BAZOOKAS EramEEfiftG BOMBERS WJCLEflft VEHPOHS ROAD BULDMG MILITIA TkflMHG SOT6HTS KM6HT TRMMWG DETONATORS ADVANCED SWRBWLWHG 3MP6Vfi-D*1& PKOJECTCE WEAPONS E-snortflCE CHEMICAL WEAPONS WTERtttL COMBUSTION EXPL0STVE3 HKH EXPLOSIVES RWLX HflfWTftCTURC TELEPOPTATION HOMTZERS TfiMKS If rtELAYWS TrftH3PO«T£P3 EflTTLESHPS 3PEEDBOAT3 SHIELD TECJflOLOGY AUTOMATED REPAB SOEI1CE ADVANCED SCIENCE NUCLEAR HOWITZERS ADVAfflCED tfTERHAL COMBUSTION AOVWCED TECHM6PJE3 BWLOme UPSRfiBE-3 i to i uni i Quite an impressive arsenal to play around with for a knight in shining armour.
Some units aren't mobile, and these include things like production bases, farms and shipyards. These units can be used to manufacture various mobile units and weapons of war, or to produce vital supplies for your empire. As the old saying goes, armies march on their stomachs, so it's really important to make sure your farms and fisheries can feed your forces.
Battlescape is an absorbing strategic simulation which will certainly appeal to fans of the genre. With a control system which is easily grasped and deep enough to keep even the most proficient warmonger happy for some time, this is definitely recommended.
My builder (blue), about to come off much the worse for wear in a scrap with the enemy.
BY: Chris Usher WARE: Licence BUILDER COLIH 1i urn i Go forth and create a warmongering civilisation - that's the aim of this turn-based strategy game.
PD LIBRARY: F1 Software NUMBER OF DISKS: 2 PRICE: £4.99 This new address book program has been developing at a very rapid rate. It was designed to be fast and powerful, and as successive updates have appeared over the last few weeks, it has become _ increasingly evident that this Weqcfiookvd~1“ * design objective has been well and truly fulfilled.
MegaBook does everything k that the million and one other [gap.
Amiga address book managers can do, and a great deal more - besides. You can load and edit multiple databases using the simple interface and floating icon toolbar, but what really sets = MegaBook apart is its use of Arexx to provide some really useful extras.
MegaBook can use your modem to dial your friends and & j acquaintances up for you, allowing you to simply pick up your telephone when your call is answered. The software can g* launch YAM so you can month compose an email with the minimum of hassle, saving you the trouble of having to store duplicate contact details within YAM's address book. You can also have MegaBook dial up a Nan, ; Pi- Jekh 1_ Address |Two Face Hospital [Snakepit Road Town |The Pits friend's BBS for you, or fax someone (although for the moment you'll have to be prepared to create your own fax script).
In fact, you can create scripts to launch and control pretty much any other Arexx-enabled program from within MegaBook. You don't even have to know much about scripting because you can record and save sequences simply by selecting the appropriate option from the MegaBook Extras menu.
MegaBook also supports external loaders and savers (which are referred to as MBIOs), which increase the file formats which MegaBook can read and write.
15:50 While computerised address TP* book programs aren't always as handy as pocket-sized actual address H books, they're certainly a lot easier to keep in order.
You don't have to stumble ¦ through page after page of scribbled out entries to find a rarely used contact number because you can simply key in a couple of letters and 0 have the software find it for you instead. As address books for the .
?¦HISI Amiga go, MegaBook is about the li best there is.
A highly recommended address organiser for your Workbench.
BY: Tom Bampton WARE: Free registration AVAILABLE FROM: Aminet (biz dbase AAA_MegaBook.lha) Twiddler's Disk 7 BY: Various WARE: Various PD LIBRARY: Classic Amiga Software NUMBER OF DISKS: 1 PRICE: £1.00 + 75p P&P A-mlgsElui International Seotemter Octets?* 18S8
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Glorious record shop in which conventional alphabetical organisation is frowned upon and you never know what you might turn up next. That the titles given to articles on the main index rarely give much away about the topics that are covered only adds to the sense of adventure which the reader feels.
Amongst the cryptically named outpourings this issue are a selection of Various tools and programs, including these VW Beetle icons.
This is the latest in a series of offbeat collections from Classic Amiga Software. Unfortunately, it doesn't really offer much in the way of quality. There are four folders containing software, which varies considerably in usefulness, and a fifth folder containing a fancy computerised version of noughts and crosses.
HTML Creator is designed to proride assistance to people putting together online image collections or CD-ROMs with a fancy front-end, and it’s basically a 7 J series of little tools which cobble together an HTML index of images in a directory.
It might be worth a look for those of you without die time or inclination to hand-code HTML, but don’t expect anything too spectacular.
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Including details of how to patch CD DA output from V - ¦ no ( I) di : c ii ¦! JL&t&aW vour Amiga's audio iiMAA? ’Wv’.•- output: how to unr np,m jTrjBlHSBjHBBr* c-laboiau- turbo mouse: a few news snippets and press releases from the .Amiga world; an introductory guide to printers and driver software; a couple of game reviews and tip files; and the obligatory smattering of jokes and Windows- bashing articles.
ACI magazines also tend to feature a few articles contributed by other Amiga diskmag producers, and this issue contains some material from AIO producer Chris Seward and a piece from The Point.
The latest ACI club disk, appropriately called The Disk Disk, features a selection of disk-related tools, including a formatting utility for drives greater than 4Gb in size, a selection of programs for users of Iomega Zip drives called Z100, and a few other interesting little offerings. It's nice to see a disk utility compilation aimed at users of more powerful, expanded systems, and it's also extremely heartening to see that user groups such as ACI continue to enjoy considerable success.
I look forward to seeing the next club magazine and disk, which will be available by the time you read this.
Tune Up is a car diagnostic program.
Written in AMOS, it’s a very simplistic affair, the idea being that you select a symptom from a list on the left of the screen and are presented with a series of possible causes. The suggestions are very brief - “Incorrect muffler”, “Carbon build-up”, that sort of thing - and unfortunately there is no attempt made to elaborate on solutions. At the end of the day, just checking your Haynes manual is going to be a lot quicker than loading Tune Up.
Vwicons is a folder containing a selection of Beetle-themed Newlcons.
There are eight classic Beetles and eight new 1998 models, and I suppose they might be of interest to fans of the cars.
Wodsoft’s Noughts and Crosses Deluxe, meanwhile, didn't seem to want to work on my machine, despite my having diligently copied the appropriate font onto my system partition. Why anyone would actually want to play a computerised version of this most mindnumbingly tedious of pen-and-paper games anyway is totally beyond me.
Finally, we’ve already met Z100 once this month, on the ACI club disk. It’s a handy set of tools for users of Iomega Zip drives, and it's easily the most polished of the inclusions on this disk.
If you use a Zip drive, you would be better off getting hold of Z100 by buying ONLINE UPDATE Although by the time you read this the evenings will have well and truly drawn in and winter will be practically upon us, as I write the greyish light of an early September evening is streaming in through my window. It may still even be warm enough to sit outside the pub to sup a post-PD pint when I've finished this column.
Unfortunately, the summer lull on Aminet continues, and precious few updates have appeared recently in the world's largest file collection. Still, a couple of noteworthy programs have undergone changes of late, so those of you without a net connection might want to ask your PD library if they could download some of them for you.
HippoPlayer, the wonderful multi-format music module player which will run on just about every Amiga ever to have seen the light of day, has now reached version 2.44. HippoPlayer supports AH I, meaning it will work with a variety of sound the ACI club disk - at least that way you would be getting a couple of reasonably useful extras into the bargain.
AIO Compilation 1 BY: Various WARE: Free PD LIBRARY: Chris Seward NUMBER OF DISKS: 2 PRICE: £1.50 systems too. Probably the most notable improvement in this latest release is the addition of MP1, MP2 and MP3 support using Mpega.library. HippoPlayer can be found in the mus play directory of Aminet.
On the subject of MP3s, a new MPEG encoder by the name of Pegase is now available. At the moment the software is still at a relatively early stage of development, but it is functional and the list of promised features looks impressive. To download a beta version of the program or to find out more about it, check out the Pegase homepage at http: perso.pacwan.fr kakace peqase . The latest version of Holger Kruse's Shareware TCP IP stack, Miami, has also hit Aminet. Version
3. 0d, which is distributed as a number of archives, several of
which are required for its use, can be downloaded from the
comm tcp directory or from the Miami homepage at
http: www.nordicqlobal.com . This is a collection of seven
back issues of AIO (Amiga Information Online), a monthly
AmigaGuide- format magazine which is distributed via bulletin
boards, Aminet and the AIO web page, which can be found at:
(http: www.amiga1 .demon.co.uk aioT For users without access
to a modem, this two disk package offers a chance to take a
look at what is an interesting magazine.
Dds On Favourite, or OOF as its author affectionately calls it, is a horse racing betting game for one to four players. Each player starts the game with £100 and the aim is to try to accumulate as much dough as possible in the course of a six- or nine-race meeting.
0 I have friends who regularly attend racing meetings and come back with their fifty pounds of betting money handily multiplied by a factor of five or six.
However, I have always turned down offers of accompanying these friends, because I fear that my uncanny ability to pick a loser - tried and tested over the years on events such as the Grand National and various key footballing fixtures - will end up costing me dearly. I'm normally a pretty shrewd judge of class, and if you asked me to pick a winner, particularly in a football match.
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All of which could be why I didn't especially enjoy OOF. On the other hand, it could instead be because I remember typing in a lengthy program listing for a practically identical horse race betting game about fifteen The action is reminiscent of those ancient mechanical racing games found in seaside arcades... years ago, as a youngster with an Acorn Electron. OOF offers nothing more than Electron Epsom, except rather better graphics, and the music is considerably worse too.
The horses move in bursts, rather than all advancing together, and the action isn't so much gripping as, well, a trifle boring. A nice scrolling score sheet isn't really enough to redeem the game either.
Still, if you're as unfortunate a gambler as I am, at least buying OOF rather than toddling down to the racetrack or the bookmaker is likely to save you quite a bit of money.
Just don't expect anything like the same excitement.
Just when your horse is romping home, he stalls and waits patiently while another horse canters past the line. Doh!
BY: Eric Park WARE: Licence PD LIBRARY: F1 Software NUMBER OF DISKS: 1 PRICE: £3.99 SUPER IT Although it's now over a year old, Super It hasn't featured in these pages before, and this being something of a quiet month for games, I thought it deserved a mention.
M a mmiff j s Basically, Super It is a computerised version of It or Tig, as we used to call it in these parts.
Four players can compete, and the person who is It can Tig any of the others at any time, whereupon they become It. The game is played against the clock, and the person who is It when the time runs out is the loser.
The three AMIGAs obviously never played by Cheshire rules. Whereas when I was at school it was a well known law that "You can't Tiggy butcher" - a person who was It couldn't Tig back the person who Tigged them - it's perfectly acceptable to do so in Super It. Still, it seems that the rest of the world plays a different set of pub pool Play with up to three friends or against a computer opponent.
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Super It was written in AMOS, so it's not the smoothest or most polished game you're ever likely to play. What it is, though, is excellent fun, and with three inebriated chums you're bound to enjoy it a great deal.
Incidentally, the tunes used in Super It are apparently demo scene tunes from 1996, which could explain why they're toe-tappingly good.
It's so refreshing to be able to listen to some decent in-game music, especially when there isn't a single one of those ghastly soft synth samples involved.
If you're after a fun multi-player game that won't tax too many brain cells, Super It comes highly recommended. Networked Quake it might not be, but it's certainly entertaining enough.
Avoid most of the icons that pop up as they generally slow you down and remember to keep an eye out for the timer ticking down.
BY: 3 AMIGAs WARE: Licence P PD LIBRARY: Classic Amiga Software NUMBER OF DISKS: 1 PRICE: £1.00 + 75p P&P Since its inception in early 1997, AIO has been steadily growing in size, scope and quality. Beginning with issue 9, this compilation illustrates how AIO has evolved and improved as each month has gone by, right up to the latest issue, number 15.
Another on-screen magazine, which incidentally features on the Amiga International Club magazine, also in this month's PD Select.
A selection of quality fonts for use in videotitling work.
Moon Rock Font h-'V ' sppsrsia IMCA SttME Tubelsand Font Font Including news and views on the closure of CUAmiga magazine, an article on the sorry state of the Amiga games market, a transcript of an IRC conference with Miami creator Holger Kruse and much more besides, issue 15 is thoroughly absorbing reading. There are also plenty of reviews of games and utilities, and the results of competitions at a couple of recent coding parties.
¥ AIO appears much more frequently (and reliably) than many diskmags, and on the whole it is well written and produced, even if a few spelling mistakes can slip in from time to time.
Those of you who haven’t had a chance to read it before will find this compilation of recent issues makes fascinating reading.
Blue Rose Colour Fonts BY: Eddie Barry WARE: Free PD LIBRARY: Eddie Barry NUMBER OF DISKS: 6 PRICE: £5 As a reviewer of PD and Shareware for several years, both for .ATand for another (now long since departed) .Amiga magazine before that, I’ve received bundles of disks from Eddie Barn- on three or four occasions.
These disks contain fonts and images intended for use in video work. Without exception, they’ve been packed with high quality- material.
This latest six-disk pack comprises 26 colour fonts in 16- and 32-colour format, the majority incorporating both upper and lower case characters.
The fonts are squeezed onto five of the disks, with the sixth containing a slideshow which prorides examples of the fonts while playing a suitably bouncy tracker module in the background. The fonts are ideal for users of video titling packages and multimedia production software, such as Scala, although anyone who dabbles in .Amiga video production will find them extremely useful.
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of hardware and software that you can trust ¦ EH CYBERVISION PPC W phase 5's Permedia 2 card finally hits the streets and E Nick Veitch puts it to the test.
A cunning design means that it will fit into any machine that ' the CyberStorm III (or PPC) will.
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CyberVision DfflBcsDs VmteGo risks life and, er, fingers, to bring you his personal view of You need a graphics card in the modern world. There are very few areas of computer activity which don’t benefit from a supercharged, dedicated video chip chucking pixels at your screen. Even word processing, music making and just general Workbench use will benefit from faster screen updates, better screenmodes and more colours.
In recent times, the choice has been limited to either the hardware coming out of phase 5, or their Teutonic neighbours, Villagetronic.
Since phase 5 are no longer manufacturing the previous incarnations of the CyberVision, and Villagetronic have only the PicassoIV, there are really only two choices. Has the CyberVisionPPC got what it takes?
Let’s plug it in and find out.
The cunning edge connectors mean that this card is as at home in an A3000 as it is in an A4000.
Between the two, in case of difficulty.
Rather unsatisfactorily, the flylead to the backplate, containing the monitor and 3D socket, has to pass over the top of the Zorro daughterboard, but the lid still goes v . . On. I wonder whether it might have lid is that the card, like everything else these days, apart from the weather, tends to get astoundingly hot. I actually burnt my finger on it and still have a blister, which makes typing up this review an even more painful experience than usual.
FEATURES The Permedia 2 chip on board should be able to handle 80 million pixels a second, or a claimed one million polygons a second. This is pretty fast and well suited to 3D games and rendering software. Resolutions Kin 24-bit can r an even al 1600x1200 hough you will iecent, large or which can : at the speeds quired. 8Mb of iuper fast RAM on the card provides it with ) ( ) Although it appears faster w than the Picasso in terms of raw pixel-moving speed, such thmgs can be deceiving... f )E INSTALLATION Thanks to two cunning connectors, the odd-shaped board can be used in any variety of
desktop machines equipped with a CyberStormPPC. In the standard desktop A4000 which we tested the card with, it sat vertically, parallel and been ' nice to ' provide a backplate for ¦ 'J. - .e;;: the blanked off "-E '.'V'V-*. “Expansion" hole in the rear of the case, as this would at least mean % V you didn’t lose a potential Zorro slot.
The software more or less installs itself, although the manual didn’t appear to be completely correct about the method of copying the perilously close to the Zorro daughterboard. In a moment of nervousness, we inserted a bit of plastic WHAT IS A GRAPHICS CARD?
Any graphics card is simply an alternative display device to the custom chips on your Amiga. They usually have an output for a monitor and they provide extra screenmodes not available on the Amiga (otherwise there would be no point in having them).
Modern Amiga graphics cards all provide true- colour 24-bit displays and can drive much higher screen resolutions. They are also many times faster than the native chipset at many operations, notably software sprite operation, because of the way their screens are organised in memory (chunky, rather than planar).
Libraries across. I’m sure most of you would be able to manage it anyway. The only thing to be said before we close the Depending on the card, you can also get any number of scandoubler and flicker fixer features.
The Picasso IV features a built-in flicker fixer which will effectively de-interlace the standard high vertical resolution displays so you can actually see them without going blind.
The cards are mainly dependent for features on the particular display chip they use. For instance, the CV3D has a Virge, which can support various OpenGL functions (handy for rendering software like Tornado) and overlays. The Picasso, as you will see this month with the Paloma, can also overlay 24- bit screens for Picture in Picture applications.
It needs and it enables you to double buffer at higher resolutions too.
Phase 5 have taken the unusual step of including a special connector for those 3D LCD shutter glasses, capable of helping you see a realistic and colourful, if slightly flickery, 3D image.
Now let’s take a look at some of the things you just can’t do. For a start, there are no draggable screens. It’s not a major deal, and cards that use Picasso96 don’t support it, but it’s an unfortunate flaw for those who are used to being able to see what’s happening on several screens at once. It’s also rather unfortunate if you use software which makes use of this, though the only notable programs that spring to mind are ImageFX2.0, CanDo and a few video utilities. Quite simply, they.won’t work properly on this card (although they don’t work on the Picasso card either).
Rather confusingly, the last minute notes also say that, at present, the CyberVisionPPC is unable to support streaming video. However, it seemed perfectly capable of playing back Mpegs through Isis, so it isn’t entirely apparent what this problem might be. Phase 5 claim they will be working on a 3D emulation for this feature: BENCHMARKS All figures are in iterations per second. The index value is just an easy way to compare the CyberVision PPC to the PicassoIV. It's essentially the CVPPC value divided by the PIV one. As such, an index value of 4 indicates the CVPPC is four times as fast, while
one of .05 means it runs at a twentieth of the speed.
TEST SYSTEM CVPPC CV3D PICASSOIV REL. INDEX RectFillO .. 9721 3784 5949
1. 63 RectFillO Pattern . 139 1354 4604
0. 03 WritePixelO 184135 179838 99809
18. 45 WriteChunkyPixelsO 24347 25535 612
39. 78 WritePixelArray8() . 933 505 582
1. 60 WritePixelLine8() .. 14716 12679 13908
10. 59 DrawEllipseO ...... 16845 9998 10772
15. 64 DrawCirdeQ 18378 10648 11683
15. 74 DrawO .. 20496 17130 7408
2. 77 ScroliRasterO X ... 237 249 395
0. 60 ScrollRasterQ Y ... 220 249 377
0. 58 PutTextQ ... 6625 8368 9972
0. 66 BlitBitMapO 403 1042 8417
0. 05 BlitBitMapRastPortO...... 391 971 6997
0. 06 BitMapScaleO ...... 64 44 84
0. 76 INTUITION OpenWindowO 49 44 149
0. 33 MoveWindowO 481 425 653
0. 74 SizeWindowO 110 101 218
0. 51 CON-Output .. 250 219 522
0. 48 ScreenToFrontO .... 49 6 100
0. 49 All tests using P96Speed 0.17 - ©'97 '98 by Jens Langner.
All run on A4000, CPU: 68060 50 Mhz + PPC (200MHz), j
OS WB Setpatch: V39.106 V40.42 - ¦ V43.6, chip fast:
2.0Mb 75.5Mb. All tests run on equivalent 8-Bit 640x480
Another deficiency is the lack of software which can actually take advantage of the chip, phase 5 have always been very good at hardware but unfortunately that’s there they draw the line. Without any software which can take advantage of the special 3D capabilities of the display chip, what’s the point of having it? It could be likened to having an amphibious car in the middle of the Sahara.
COMPARISONS So how does the CybervisionPPC compare to the other contenders available? You probably know how we feel about benchmarks here at AF they’re probably second only to government statistics in conveying erroneous and misleading data.
However, a nice column of numbers is better than nothing... The problem is slightly compounded by the fact that the only real benchmarking software we could use to compare the cards is the P96Speed, which was obviously written from the Picasso perspective and could be said by some to be a little partisan.
The flylead for the monitor port.
Funnily enough, it seems to have an extra hole in it.
Wonder what that's used for?
In some areas it does appear to be faster than the PicassoIV, while in others it seems to be slower than the CV3D, which is not too unusual as it uses a completely different chip.
The idea that because the card is connected directly to the processor card and doesn’t have to compete for attention on the Zorro bus is a good one, but the speed of the card is obviously dependent on the speed of the display chips, as well as the need for them to have a clear route to the processor.
In real use, the card seemed to play Mpegs fine, had little trouble with Intuition (apart from a small bug which sometimes repositions the pointer if it reaches the top line of the screen, but it’ll be fixed so don’t fret). It seemed to be a little bit faster with Quake too, despite the fact that the special CGFX display routines don't work with it.
CONCLUSIONS The CvbervisionPPC is undoubtedly a J J very well designed piece of hardware, as everything from phase 5 seems to be. The cunning use of two different connectors which enable it to be attached to a PPC card in a variety of machines is, well, cunning.
Although it appears faster than the Picasso in terms of raw pixel-moving speed, such things can be deceiving, and the poor comparison to the latter hardware in terms of Intuition usage would seem to make them fairly even on average.
The CVPPC does lack what many would consider essentials, even those which were present in the Cybervision 3D. Not just a flicker fixer, which these days is of arguable use, but the lack of a pass-through, and consequently a scandoubler, is quite an omission. It’s basically telling you that phase 5 feel that the Amiga’s custom graphics chips are completely redundant.
However, at £185, it’s significandy cheaper than the £250 Picasso. It might be tempting to go for the CyberVision 3D, though it would appear that very little software is now going to be developed for the Yirge chip which resides on it. There isn’t any software for the Permedia 2 either, but at least * there is some potential for it, and it is perhaps a more modern and attractive chip to develop for. Also, as it will be on the Bvision (for the BlizzardPPC), it’s likely to be popular amongst the masses of A1200 owners, where the price difference between it and the Picasso is even steeper.
& MANUFACTURER: phase 5 SUPPLIERS: White Knight (01920) 822321 PRICE: £185 Pros and Cons Pretty fast.
¦¦ No flicker fixer scandoubler.
No pass through.
OVERALL VERDICT: This quality of the card depends on what software is developed for it.
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Oh yeah. Sorry, sorry, sorry, completely lost concentration. Where was I? Oh yeah, I have to say that having a TV set on your Workbench can be really distracting. It’s also really cool if you already have a Picasso IV. Although it's probably a bit overpriced considering what you don’t get, it’s still a useful enough tool that it repays its value over and over again, and you can, like, totally watch TV on it, man.
You can find the latest version of the PalomaTV software on our CD in the
- ln_the_Mag- Paloma directory.
For those of you not overly familiar with the modularity of Village Tronic’s most excellent product to date, the Picasso TV is not only a mere graphics card, it’s one that has its output with very little fuss. If you wanted a fully-fledged card for 16-bit audio, for CD mastering, say, then the Prelude is much better.
The next add-on available, the Pablo, was a video output module that own PCI bus which allows for addon modules that fit directly on the card, saving Zorro slots and space inside your machine. The first add-on available was the 16-bit sound card, Concierto. It wasn’t brilliant, but you got 16-bit sound allowed you to record 24-bit animations to video tape.
Although it looks huge in this grab, it's probably no bigger than your first two fingers put together side by side.
Now we come to the Paloma. This plugs in next to the Concierto card on the board and comes with an adaptor in order to be able to plug a TV aerial lead into the back of the Picasso TV. After the very simple fitting of the Paloma to the wr.0 rousts Gran Turismo on your Amiga? Yes, thanks to Paloma AUDIO MATTERS If you're lucky enough to own a Concierto in addition to the Paloma then you're in for a treat. You may remember that Concierto Recorder offers the ability to record from any of the inputs into the Picasso IV. Well, the Paloma module counts as one of these inputs (AV) so it means that
not only can you grab pictures from video signals, you can grab audio too. Obviously, copyright details need to be mentioned and you shouldn't just use the Concierto to pirate TV programs, but it can be very handy to be able to grab from video or audio as and when you like.
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FclF.If s?!s!E.t!;rfeta*LS5ssE2*!ss0?i!: f tsstf Shi tsi' Picasso board (an easier fit than the Concierto, I found), you’re pretty7 much ready to go. If you’ve been keeping your Picasso’s FlashROM up-to-date you’ll have no problem when you boot, but if the add-on module isn't recognised then all you need to do is boot from the disk that comes with it. It will then automatically install the latest version of the Picasso FlashROM that will enable the early boot menu for the Picasso. From here, you can input the settings for the card and the add-ons.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
When you open your box you’ll see the Paloma, the aerial adaptor, an SATIS adaptor to allow you to input CATS .. .you can carry on working, or at least try to, while the TV carries on - you can't do that if you have to switch channels... (composite) and Picasso TV’s default Y-C connectors, along with the usual manual and floppy for installation. You also get a tuner that's suitable for the UK market only, which can seemingly have an unlimited number of channels.
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What you don't get is support for other video encodings - PAL B G, NTSC, SECAM and so on; stereo support - no NICAM or similar; teletext support - no Ceefax or Oracle; or the latest version of the PalomaTVsoftware.
This might seem like a pretty7 .'.•damning indictment of the card, but it depends on your need for the Paloma.
If you want something to watch TA7 on, or a CATS or Y C video feed, then all will be fine. If your needs are more stringent, you may be disappointed.
Part of the reason that the card seems underspecified is because of the fact that the space restrictions of the Picasso IV mean that whatever tuner was chosen had to be tiny enough to fit.
Unfortunately, the one that fit this bill wasn’t a universal tuner, and this has caused the long delay between the Paloma originally being announced and the final surfacing of the UK version.
It has to be said that a lot of people will be using their A1200s on a TV set and will be unimpressed with the Paloma’s ability to show you TV on your Workbench, but that’s missing the point somewhat. The fact is that the Paloma is only suitable for people with a Picasso IV and they certainly won’t be displaying their screen on an TV set.
WHAT'S THE POINT?
Even so, what’s the benefit of being able to display a TV picture on your Workbench screen, bearing this in mind? Well, other than the obvious benefits of being able to “sample” the screen and audio, there’s the fact that you can carry on working, or at least try7 to, while the TV carries on - you can’t 7 J do that if you have to switch channels on your A1200’s TV.
There are other benefits too.
Because there’s an input feed for the Paloma that supports composite and S- VHS, there's no reason why it can’t be used for video surveillance cameras to look over your front or back garden, while you sit safe and sound in your Blofeld-style computer room. It may be obvious, but you can also hook up your PlayStation, Nintendo or other console and play that on your .Amiga. WINDOWS The overlay function of the Picasso IV means that you don't need to be on a 24-bit screen to get good quality7 TV.
Even so, the overlay function of the Picasso IV means that you can be on an 8-bit screen, only with a 24-bit PIP TV window. However, this window needs to be at the top of the stack in order to look good. If it’s overlaid with another window, even a little bit, then the image in the window gets seriously degraded.
Fortunately, the PalomaTV software allows you to not only view TV on its own screen (no chance of having windows overlap there), but also to put the window at half- or even quarter-size.
The window is also freely resizable so you can scale it to whatever size you like, but it’s disappointing that it’s not aspect ratio fixed as this means that your TV picture can be very squashed.
Also, your grabs are only at the size of the picture, despite the fact that the whole signal has to come into the Paloma, which is slightly disappointing.
Overall, this is an excellent gizmo that really means the only time you'll have to leave your computer now is to eat, drink and, if you do it, sleep.
FTn SUPPLIED BY: Blittersoft (01908) 261466 PRICE: £99.95 REQUIREMENTS: Picasso IV Pros and Cons ? Great for showing off.
C3 Good for grabs or samples.
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Not highly specified.
Recaps floppy history and tests a Kylwalda is a kind of missing link for Amiga floppies, combining the- advantage of cheap drives. WfjSHSf higher densities and transfer rates with total Amiga W"'* compatibility - auto-booting, custom formats, disk change recognition and simultaneous operations on several drives. It’s attractive to anyone building or expanding a modern Amiga system.
Kylwalda can do two jobs. In the J simplest case it works as an adaptor, allowing a cheap HD-compatible £|| drive to be connected to the Amiga’s DD (double density) disk controller. You don’t get full HD (high density) operation as that’s beyond the power of Commodore’s Paula chip, but the combination removes the need for a special, Amiga- only drive.
Diddy-looking and dead easy to use, the Kylwalda really sorts out the Amiga's floppy problems.
Secondly, Kylwalda can integrate Catweasel and the Amiga floppy port. It allows both disk controllers to share access to a standard high density drive, permitting double-speed HD access through Catweasel, yet preserving access to protected disks through Paula.
This option removes the need to keep a redundant drive on an expanded or towered-up Amiga.
PAULA'S STORY In the beginning there was Paula, the Amiga’s hard-working Peripheral Logic Array, orchestrating sound, serial and floppy transfers. Paula was a masterpiece but in this decade it shows its age.
Paula was the only part of the original Amiga chip set to survive unmodified into AGA systems. This was because of the difficulty of redesigning such a closely-coupled, finely-timed derice, and because programmers are so familiar with the original that changes would almost guarantee incompatibility’.
Paula is still strong, allowing format, while the .Amiga’s own 880K format remained mysterious to simpler conventional systems, constrained to 720K on the same DD media.
The big limitation is that Paula is a single-speed derice. Data burbles out at a rate of 500 kilobits per second, ideal for "double density’ drives with capacities of up to about 1Mb per disk.
This is too slow to take full advantage of modern HD and ED floppies though, which spin at the same rate but pack bits two or four times more densely.
)( ) Kylwalda is cheap, neat and useful, merging old and new Amiga technology for the s~ best of both worlds. C K formats, HD and ED buffered adaptors from Power Computing and Catweasel controllers for cheap PC drives. .All of these work, though speed and compatibility vary. The Commodore and Power solutions allow more data per disk but run at DD rates, slowing the data flow to mimic older drives.
Some favour another port over the standard controller. LS-120s use IDE while Catweasel hangs off Zorro, IDE or the A1200 clock port, trading compatibility for increased speed but draining more processor time.
Hybrids like Power’s adapted models are read-compatible but need software patches to write to disk.
You can combine the benefits of .Amiga flexibility and extra disk capacity, arbitrary track layouts, sector sizes and synchronisation. It uses far less CPU time than conventional controllers, can write to up to four drives at a time, rather than one or two, automatically senses and signals disk changes and supports vintage FM and GCR formats, as well as the now’-ubiquitous MFM.
Like a floppy photocopier, in its heyday Paula gobbled up virtually any DUAL CONTROL It might seem hard to see the need for Kylwalda when every .Amiga comes with an authentic standard drive (apart from A1200s hastily cobbled together by .Amiga Technologies). There are also plenty of higher-density options, including Commodore’s own twin-speed A3000 and A4000 HD drives, LS-120s with support for PC and Mac 1.44Mb but without Kylwalda you end up with a mixture of drives and special rules for each. Genuine .Amiga drives are bootable and support protected software but they’re limited to DD formats
and transfer rates. LS-120 and Catweasel drives need extra software so they onlv j work with programs that take the long route through the operating system, ruling out auto-booting and most games.
VAGARIES TEST DRIVE Drive and disk controller ‘standards’ vary between Ami gas and Pcs. .Ami gas support up to four drives, switching their motors individually with a two-bit drive number and motor selection pulse. PC drives use simpler circuits with direct signals to select either . Motor. .Amiga drives report disk changes automatically, whereas Pcs typically ignore such events.
You can’t plug a cheap PC drive into an .Amiga without adding circuitry which will latch the drive and motor selection signals, report the drive type and monitor disk changes.
Enter Kylwalda, Jens Schoenfeld’s solution, idiosyncratically named after the small, green, frog-assistant of children’s TV wizard. Catweazle.
Kylwalda merges signals from old and new controllers, restoring bits that IBM left out, giving full Amiga compatibility and fast HD options.
One limitation of Kylwalda is that it won't work with standard Amiga drives, either the original Commodore 880K variety or the twin speed Chinon HD variants. It requires a 'standard' PC drive and while these are cheap and widely available, they vary in detail, as you should expect in the PC jungle.
Most PC drives have a 34-way, IDC pin-field at the back, with a locating slot to identify pin 1 and a four-pin power connector, just like Amiga ones.
However, I've encountered 'PC standard' drives from Compaq and Amstrad with a 26-way IDC and no power connector, Sony ones with the locating slot on the wrong side, requiring plastic surgery on the socket or the Kylwalda lead, and even one with 5.25" drive connectors - a big power socket and a card edge - rendering it incompatible with Kylwalda's supplied leads (Compaq again).
The Sony works a treat in Catweasel's EXO: ultra-high density format, but the Compaq rejects the last fifth of the disk, negating the extra Kylwalda Connections Catweasei on Zorro, IDE or Clock Port High Density Drive 0 High Density To Amiga internal Floppy Port (Paula) Pros and Cons Versatile and expandable.
Mm Well made, yet low priced.
A tight fit in some drive bays HARDWARE The 63mm-square board comes with two short cables, each with appropriate plugs at each end, carrying power and data to the drive. Signal timings require that you put the adaptor near the back of the drive with longer cables from the controllers, rather than next to Paula or the Catweasei. It’s a tight squeeze in the space between the A4000 floppy drive bay and the power supply air vent. .An insulation panel under the adaptor guards against short-circuits.
If it didn't exist you'd have to invent it. Luckily Jens did!
Capacity. Some Amigans squeeze 1.5Mb onto HD floppies with Aminet's HiDensity hack, Paula and an adapted HD drive, like the Panasonic model in late-production Amiga Technology A1200s.
This is compatible with Kylwalda after a small tweak. The GCRDISK.DEVICE hack bottled out after successfully formatting just one track on my Catweasel-free A3000, but this pushes Paula way beyond her specification. The same drive did work, in standard HD formats, after the addition of Catweasei.
Most PC drives have a fixed unit number, resorting to cable tricks to distinguish between two drives. Kylwalda expects it to be jumpered or hard-wired as 'drive 1', so drives from other computers may need tweaks for correct selection.
These aren't criticisms of Kylwalda, which does the best it can with the drive provided and proved resilient, despite all my experimental cable twists and jumper fumblings - they're just reminders that PC compatibility is a moveable feast.
Or DF3. Kylwalda can also integrate ISA Catweasels with PC controllers.
No software is supplied but none is needed as Kylwalda switches between controllers automatically, depending on which recognises the format.
A selection tool is on the web page, useful for comparative testing when you’ve configured more than one controller to recognise a given format.
Normally you’d only mount a given file system on one controller, say, DFO: (880K), DSO: (984K) SPO: (800K) and HFO: (1520K, with luck) for Paula, with PHO: (1440K), THO: (1760K) and EXO: (2380, ditto) for Catweasei.
This way you always get the best controller for a given format, although the more you mount, the longer you await recognition after a disk change.
Kylwalda is cheap, neat and useful, merging old and new' .Amiga technolog}' for the best of both worlds. It’s a good buy, especially if you still exchange floppies regularly.
The active electronics are quite basic: two generic TTL logic chips, an octal buffer, a multiplexer and one preprogrammed chip, a 16L8 GAL, about as simple as custom chips can get but still capable of emulating half a dozen dedicated devices. Three SIL resistor terminator packs, capacitive decoupling for each chip and a bank of three configuration jumpers on an eight-pin bed complete the hardware.
The review model came with two A4 pages of German documentation, swiftly followed by an emailed English translation. This explains drive variations and jumper options for usage with and without Catweasei, as drive DFO: and DF1; the .Amiga’s internal floppy connector does not support DF2: SUPPLIER: Golden Image (0181) 900 9291 Power Computing (01234) 851500 PRICE: £15 MAKERS: Elaborate Bytes, liU;) : ww w. jschoe n fe ld.com Drivel (T, J i SpeedMouse Mini is a tiny, two- button mouse that plugs into the serial port, rather than an Amiga controller port. It comes with a cable adaptor and with
Amiga and PC drivers on DD and HD disks. It’s an interesting alternative to conventional Amiga mice, as well as being reasonably priced, well integrated and nicely packaged.
Amigas and mice got along from the start, haring two dedicated input ports that counted pulses directly and all necessary system software built-in, from Workbench and Intuition to Input and Pointer preferences. Pcs start from scratch, requiring a dedicated RS-232 serial port, mouse driver software and a complete GUI, be that Windoze, OS 2 or Linux with added X. PC mouse counters report at a leisurely 1200 baud.
This is likely to be the smallest rodent you'll ever attach to your Amiga.
Alternative drivers for Logitech mice are provided, boasting even more options, such as Shell diagnostics... Despite complications and inefficiency, the gargantuan PC market attracts many more styles of mouse, tablet and trackball for Pcs than can be plugged straight into Amigas. Mass production for a fashion market brings cheapness and variety. Epic have neatly diverted this profusion to the Amiga by compiling Mouse-It, a disk of the best Amiga serial mouse drivers for Workbench 2 and later, with an adaptor to convert the full Amiga RS-232 serial port to the cut-down PC variety.
Epic bundle Mouse-It with serial pointing devices, picked to fill gaps in |con ToolTypes ease the Amiga range, though it’s also SerMouse available on its own. The new' Mouse-It reconfiguration.
Combo accompanies Logic3’s SpeedMouse, which is the smallest, lightest mouse I’ve ever used, featuring two nice, positive microsvvitches.
The box claims a ‘dynamic resolution’ of 6,000 DPI and Epic’s advert asserts a yet more implausible 8,000 DPI, some 30 times the pulse rate of a standard rodent. However, this is typical PC extrapolation, best filed in the round wicker cabinet with ‘interpolated scan resolution’ and ‘PMPO’ speaker ratings, phrases which would make even Tandy blush.
PUDDING PROVEN The pointer scoots around impressively quickly, traversing an 800x600 pixel Picasso Workbench within a quarter of an AT mouse mat. System Input Preferences determine speed; I use 2, the middle setting. It’s not quite as smooth as a real Amiga mouse because serial position updates come at about half the rate, but it’s far more responsive than PC UAE.
You’ll still need a standard Amiga mouse attached to be able to click in system alert boxes (Gurus) or to access the early boot menu, and for any other software that decides to avoid the OS.
This includes vintage games like Populous, Settlers and Lemmings, which ‘hit the metal’, ignoring pointer messages from the serial port.
A few programs like ProTracker are system-ambivalent. They use the system for movements but read the left button directly. This is very tempting when it takes just one line of assembler as opposed to a slew of OS calls, so an optional hack in SerMouse221 emulates Amiga mouse button whacking.
SerMouse is under 3K long and runs from an icon with ToolType configuration for any serial unit. It supports two common protocols: Mouse Systems three button (five-byte) messages and the cruder two button, three-byte Microsoft serial standard.
Alternative drivers for Logitech mice are provided, boasting even more options, such as Shell diagnostics and versions for 68000, ’020 and '040 processors. I hardly investigated this, despite hackerish potential, as Patrick van Beem’s SeiMouse221 suits me fine.
The Mouse-ITsoftware is freely available elsewhere but it’s still good value at under a fiver, with the 9- to 25- way adaptor and the prettiest colour package yet for a PD compilation.
You get half a page of printed instructions and much more on floppy, plus the latest drivers with added icons on a bootable Amiga system disk, still only half full. Compare this with a ‘modern’ Wintelimouse installation, soaking up 1.6Mb of hard disk space... CONCLUSION SpeedMouse suits small hands and a delicate touch. It tracks well, despite its low mass, and worked first time with Zorro serial ports and the Amiga port adaptor. If the idea of a lighter, faster mouse appeals, and you can live with system-friendly software, it may merit an impulse purchase. Even if the thrill of the tiny puck
wears off, the bundled adaptor and software leaves you with easy access to a whole panoply of PC pointing peripherals.
SUPPLIER: Epic Marketing, 0500 131486 hivp: ivvvvt iq2Lcm:u'LGUue.lul.UGi: PRICE: SpeedMouse plus £10.00 MOUSE-IT package £4.99 Delivery £1.00 REQUIREMENTS: Kickstart 2+, free serial port Pros and Cons n Excellent Amiga system integration.
N Smooth and very precise operation.
? It requires a dedicated serial port.
? Incompatible with hardware- bangers.
OVERALL VERDICT: A nifty stocking-filler.
Does the name “Ron Hubbard” mean anything to you? If not then you’re probably too young to appreciate this audio CD.
Way back in 1982, Commodore launched the C64, creating one of the .. .Chris Abbott has used modern instruments to totally re-create the songs in high- quality, crystal clear format.
Most popular computers of the day.
Although I was a committed Spectrum CPC person at the time, I would often visit my mate Nick (I wonder what ever happened to him?)
Who had a C64 and who seemed to play every game going.
Pardon me for that piece of nostalgia, but that is exacdy what Back in Time is all about. The music which accompanied the various C64 games was basically in a class all of its own.
This wasn’t merely due to the advanced SID music chip, but also to the great talent of people like Ron Hubbard and Martin Galway.
Rather than take the easy way out and simply record the game soundtracks, Chris Abbott has used modern instruments to totally re-create the songs in high quality, crystal clear format. With some remixing help from Hubbarb himself, this is one professional CD.
OK, so at heart the tracks are still the theme tunes to games such as Monty Mole, Arkanoid, Wizball and Rambo, but that’s the entire point. Not only do you get a chance to relive those days spent sitting around a giant, old, colour TV, frantically waggling joysticks, but you get music which is as well produced as anything you’ll hear on the radio.
It’s clear that this was a personal project of Abbott’s, and he’s spent a great deal of time getting everything perfect. 15 tracks of memoryjogging, classic C64 anthems. Lovely.
DISTRIBUTOR: High Technology Publishing, PO Box 260, Bromley BR2 OZG. Fax: 0181 402 0926, email: v H'?5s:i4ni k !i o._cn rn PRICE: £12.99 (plus p&p) olid and dependable - that’s what the Aminet Cds are. They come out every two months and you can always rely on them to a) be full and b) work. The trend for the Aminet Cds to offer full-price software continues on this CD with XiPaint v4, a program that never found much popularity in the UK because of its cryptic interface and its slight bugginess.
Version 4 is fine though, if a little slow. This CD claims to hold more than 950Mb of material, 30Mb of which is devoted to XiPaint. There are no new additions to the way the CD works (don’t fix what ain’t broke) and the software covers the time between CD25 being made and July 1st.
The only thing you could say was bad about Aminet Cds now would be that the windows seem to be snapshot all over the place. The icons inside them are fine, but the actual windows themselves seem to pop up anywhere on your screen. As you can determine for yourself, this is being really picky.
There isn’t really that much more to say about the Aminet Cds. You may have nouced increasingly desperate attempts to say something interesting and new about them every time we get new ones in, but since they’re consistently good we may as well simply repeat the copy from the previous review and change the name of the commercial software.
Then we can add a Format Gold logo and a score in the nineties somewhere and that’s all there is to it
- hey presto, an Aminet review kit has been invented.
The only differences between the scores tend to be because of the commercial software offered and the quality of the submissions to Aminet for that CD. As such, it isn’t really the fault of the CD if we don’t give the current Aminet CD as good a score as the previous one. Having said that, this one is pretty good... SUPPLIER: Weird Science (0116) 246 3800 PRICE: £10.99 REQUIRES: Any Amiga with a CD- ROM drive and WB2.X i __ An '030 accelerator Power are bringing a new one out.
Seem like old hat, but finds out why.
Although it may seem that the only market these days is for accelerators with '040s, '060s or Pow-erPCs, the fact of the matter is that that you don’t even have to open up your machine and start dismantling in order to fit the card.
If you have your AI200 in a tower range 50MHz, offering only 80% of its speed. Power have stated that this is because of reliability problems they’ve had with 50MHz '030s, and for someone there are a lot of Amiga users with only a bog-standard '020-based A1200 because they haven’t got the money for anything faster.
This accelerator board will not only help them with their speed and memory problems, but also with the addition of a ' vital CD-ROM drive. . 3 The Typhoon is a very cheap card at under a hundred pounds, and it’s also very well specified. Remember the old days when we told you that to buy a processor card without buying some memory was foolish?
Well, we’ll have to eat those words now because this card comes with 8Mb soldered on. Of course, having more RAM is useful, so the single SIMM socket on the underside of the board will mean that you can have another 32Mb.
.Another bonus is the fact that the board has a built-in SCSI controller, an NCR model which is pretty good quality. Also, the optional external port simply slides in from the back of your machine into that underused expansion port. This means EXTRA! EXTRA!
The best optional extra for this board is the external SCSI adaptor. Those of you with towered-up A1200s need not apply, but for those desktop-bound, this is a card that simply slides into the back of your machine where the expansion port is located (if you're looking at the back of the A1200 it's on the far left).
You don't need to open up your machine and pry up the floppy drive as you simply push it into place.
The other extra is the cable you'll need to drive your external peripherals. The reason for this is that the external SCSI add-on has a high density micro-D connector for SCSI II.
The SCSI add-on is £19.95 and the cable is between £15 and £20, depending on which one you need.
Case, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a 50-pin internal SCSI header on the card too, ensuring that the SCSI it. Side of the Typhoon can be 111 ¦yi i i.. used internally as well.
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safe to add SCSI to your A1200.
Jhr because of its length (mainly due to the SCSI connector), but once it’s in place it’s a real plug ’n’ play operation because the '030 doesn’t )( } Another bonus is the fact that J A- the board has a built-in SCSI controller, an NCR model which is pretty good quality. UL need special libraries and die like to work, unlike ’060s and PPC cards.
The one bad point is the fact that this card only has a 40MHz 68030, a bit of a come down from the top of the with a standard A1200, the speed increase will be sufficient enough to make your computer feel like a new machine, so it’s not too big a problem.
The Typhoon comes with two disks of software, mainly relating to the operation of the SCSI port.
Diev'iv almost ( om])K trl a waste "1 time it nu’ i- alic.tdv Br got SCSI peripherals since all you need to do is move wr them from your Squirrel (or whatever) onto the back of die Typhoon’s SCSI adaptor and Robert is your father’s brother.
To do this, though, you will need to get an appropriate SCSI II cable that Power are only too happy to supply (it’s a 50-pin micro-D connector).
SUPPLIER: Power Computing (01234) 851500, blip: wmw. owerx-.com PRICE: £99.95 REQUIREMENTS: A1200 Very cheap Built-in SCSI for towers Built-in memory A very tight fit in the trapdoor.
OVERALL VERDICT: Accelerators for the A1200 just get better all the time.
Taryy ffloGGaijo®® helps you to enhance the quality of your printing with a review of Studio 2.2 on CD.
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Let’s face it, Workbench and its printing system have stood still for many years now, while printers have become very advanced, enabling you to produce superb photo quality prints. To do this from an Amiga you’ll need two things: one is a print enhancement program that supports these latest printers, and the other is a set of printing preferences that helps you get the best from your printer.
Studio 2 Professional is one such package, with the other being TurboPrint 6 (reviewed in AF109). It was with great interest that I had a copy of the latest Studio, version 2.2, arrive on my desk in the form of a CD-ROM.
It contains the latest version of Studio, as well as things like a universal graphic import filter for PageStream 3 and some high resolution “happy snaps” taken by Studio author Wolf Faust. It also comes with AMICDFS2 and some Freeware, such as drivers and preferences software for Canon, Star, Panasonic and Seikosha printers.
INSTALLATION When installing Studio 2.21 noticed I was unable to choose more than one printer emulation to install. Many Amiga owners have more than one printer, perhaps because of an upgrade from a Pin printer, DeskJet or Stylus, and to install drivers for multiple printers in the one operation would have been useful. However, you can go back later and choose to install just a printer driver.
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The manual for the program is now on CD and can be viewed on-screen or printed at the click of an icon.
Installation was Studio’s support for the latest printers. This is always of great importance with new printers arriving on the market all the time, and the difficulty for .Amiga owners is knowing which ones * are actually supported on the .Amiga. PRINTER SUPPORT With Studio supporting hundreds of printers, it’s impossible to list them all, but some of the popular printers include the Stylus Photo 700; Stylus 600; Stylus 1520; Canon BJC-620; BJC-4000; BJC 4100; BJC-4200; BJG4300; BJC-4550; BJC-4650 and the Canon BJC-5500. Of the Hewlett-Packard printers, those supported include the Desljet
690, DeskJet 850, DeskJet 855, DeskJet 870 and many of the latest Laseijets as well.
Controlling the colour adjustment of output from your Amiga with Studio is too technical for software these days.
This needs to be simplified or at least have an option added for those who prefer things a bit more user-friendly.
THE PACKAGE The most important thing to understand about the Studio package is that it is made up of two types of software: preferences (DeskPrefs, CanonPrefs and so on) that you use to control the print quality from other applications, as well as a picture printing application called Studio.
This latter software is like the Graphics Publisher that comes with TurboPrint. As far as I can see, Studio doesn’t allow for the printing of multiple images or the addition of text, both of which you can do in TurboPrint'.s Graphics Publisher.
This is the picture printing application that is called Studio.
A preview of images would be useful but it's not essential.
Profiles for certain types of printers, but not the Stylus Photo, are included to help you get the best quality quickly.
You don’t get a preview- of the image in the picture printing application either. That said, the quality’ of pictures printed from this utility is very good. .Although it’s perhaps not quite as intuitive to use as TurboPrints Graphics Publisher, Studio (the picture printing application) is still relatively simple to use.
A lot of your printing will be from applications like Wordworth, Final Writer, PageStream and so on. The output from these applications goes through the Studio preferences applications. For this to work, you have to use one of the 7 J Studio drivers that will be installed for your printer.
These preferences utilities are more powerful than those found in TurboPrint, but to get at that power, especially for the control of colour, you need to be quite technically minded. In light of this, thankfully, I’ve found for most uses that the defaults and presets available to you will suffice for most of the popular printers and applications.
MANUAL The most significant change with the package is that the manual is now on
CD. Unlike a number of other applications which use AmigaGuide or
HTML for this, Studio has the printed pages on the CD. You
can have them printed for you at the click of an icon or you
can view the manual on-screen.
Finallv, Studio v2.2 also comes with 7 output modules for two other applications, the PageStream 3 and ImageFX packages. These applications only let you print in 24-bit.
DISTRIBUTOR: Weird Science (0116) 246 3800 PRICE: £29.95 REQUIREMENTS: Workbench 2, hard drive and extra memory recommended Pros and Cons n Printing speed the same, but more data is being processed.
N Improves the print quality and supports the latest printers.
? More technical to use than its main rival.
? Poor quality on-screen online manual.
OVERALL VERDICT: Not much change. Superb quality output but quite technical to use.
READER REVIEWS BJC250 tT©mO W&&3I takes a look at Canon's full colour, budget, bubblejet printer.
After going down to PC World (yak!) Last November, I set my heart on purchasing the Canon BJC250 printer. I finally got it for Christmas and as soon as I’d torn off the wrapping paper, I hooked it up to my A1200 (10Mb RAM 68882 FPU, 85Mb HD), only to find that the only software that came with the printer was for Windows.
I read the manual carefully and found out that there were drivers available for DOS, so I gave those nice people at Canon a call and told them what the problem was. The lady on the other end of the phone was very polite, and I knew that she knew what she was talking about as soon as I heard her say “Do you have Workbench 2.05 or better?” She then sent me a copy of Canondisk V3.98, which had the drivers for all of the Canon BJ BJC range.
Software printer BEN'S VERDICT Any modern printer is going to be let down by the Amiga's outdated printing system and the only way to get the best out of it is to either use Studio II or TurboPrint 6. There is no other alternative, so figuring out the cost of a printer has to include getting one of these packages, as well as the inks and paper you're going to need. They're both easily available from Amiga dealers so you have no excuse!
As soon as the drivers arrived, I installed the driver for the BJC240 (a driver for the BJC250 was still in production for the .Amiga), only to discover that the text and graphics output wasn't smooth at all. Even with all of the smoothing options switched on. I managed to get it to print half smooth text, which was still a bit blocky, but apart from that it is a good printer.
The ink cartridges for the printer (BC02, BC05 and a hooked it up to my A1200, only to find that the only that came with the was for Windoze.
Special Photo cartridge) cost an arm and a leg (£20 for the black cartridge which comes with ink tank and a new- print head, £30 for the colour and photo cartridges which come with cyan, magenta and yellow inks and a new print head). They only last for about a month if you’re using the printer day in, day out, but there are cheaper “compatible” cartridges which can be purchased for almost half the price of the Canon cartridges.
% I haven't tried this printer with any of the special drivers that are on the market, such as TurboPrint 6 (AF109, YOUR REVIEWS Have you got any software or hardware you couldn't live without?
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95%), and so I’m stuck with the Workbench drivers. But hey, Workbench is still considerably better than using a Windoze screen, and some of the Workbench printer drivers are much better than some of those nasty PC printer drivers that I've seen.
.Although the printer has a photo option, I haven't actually got round to paving the extra £30 for the photo kit itself yet - standard colour is alright for me at the moment.
However, I’ve been told by other local .Amiga users that it is excellent, especially when you purchase special driver programs such as TurboPrint 6 to go with the photo kit.
As this printer is the first inkjet printer I!ve ever owned, I found it a good bargain at £130 when I bought it, but now it will only set you back £100 if you decide to buy it.
Be warned though, if you don't have the right software then printing will take forever. On the other hand, if you do have the correct software, and a fast processor (68020 and above), this small printer will cam- on knocking out printed pages at about 2ppm mono and .25ppm in colour until your ink cartridge has run out.
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AMIGA RETAILERS Our ShopWatch section is growing every month. Wherever you live, you can be sure that there’ll be an Amiga store near to you, and this is the best place to find out where.
We rely on you to provide us with up to date information, so please keep telling us about your local shop. We’ll even occasionally pick one of your contributions at random and send you a mixed bag of great Amiga goodies, so send your entries in now!
+61 AUSTRALIA Comfix Computer Maintenance, 111 Cambridge Street, West Leederville, WA, 6007.
* 08 9388 1665.
Provides Amiga software and hardware support.
Unitech Electronics, 8b Tummul Place, St. Andrews, Sydney, NSW.
© 02 9820 3555.
All hardware and software and also make own cables. Very professional and helpful.
G. Soft Pty Ltd, Shop 4 2 Anderson Walk, Smithfield, South
Australia, 5114. Also at 33 Adelaide Road, Gawler, South
© 08 8284 1266, email gsoftQcobweb.com.au New and used hardware and software, repairs, tech support and advice.
Family run, helpful, will custom-make tower systems and will give any hardware a custom colour scheme of your choice.
Computer Magic, 44 Pascoe Vale Road, Moonee Ponds, Victoria.
©03 9326 0133.
Desktop Utilities, Shop 13, Manuka Court, Manuka, Canberra. ACT.
* 02 6239 6658.
MVB Computer Supplies, 506 Dorset Road, Croydon, Victoria.
© 03 9725 6255.
Synapse Computers, 190 Riding Road, Hawthorne, Queensland.
© 07 3899 0980.
M. A.R. EDV Systeme, Karlsplatz 1, A-1010 Wien.
© 1505 7444. Sells hardware and software and offers an Amiga repair service.
+32 Amiga Service. Rue Du Nord, 93, 6180 Courcelles. © 71 458244.
PD disks, CD-ROMs, software, hardware and services like scanning, hard drive recover)' and laser printing.
AFI (Applications & Formations Informatiques), Clos Del 'Me 21, 4431 Loncin (Liege).
© 4239 0093.
Can proride help on most serious subjects. Full Amiga range with a good selection of second hand hardware. Aminet Cds are available, as well as the most common applications.
Click!, Boomsesteen Weg 468, B-2610, Wilrijk.
© 3828 1815.
Generation Amiga, Rue de 1’ Eglise, 22, 1060 Brussels. © 2538 9360.
Amiga City, Avenue du Prince, Heritier, 176, 1200 Brussels.
Digital Precision, Chaussee de Jette, 330, 1090 Brussels.
© 2426 0504.
+45 Betafon ApS, Gylden Lovesgade 2, 1369 Kobenhan K. © 3314 1233. Email infoQbetafon.dk or visit httpy wwwibetafon.dk Sells hardware and software and has been an Amiga dealer since 1980.
Kiwi Multemedia, Lerager 60, 3600 Frederiksund. © 4738 0639.
Stocks almost all .Amiga products, makes the Millennium Amiga.
HKHS LA +358 AIC Systems, © 09 8775 1100, email vmpQdlc.fi Amigator, © 02 234 5333, email ahoQsip.fi Broadline Oy, © 09 8747 900, email brolineQdlc.fi Broadware Oy, © 09 7001 8580, visit http iwn,f i broad.html Sells a good range of accelerators and other items of hardware.
Gende Eye Ky, © 03 363 0048, email geQvip.fi The staff are very skilled and the shop stocks most new products.
Harcom Oy, © 09 409 373, visit http: perconal.eunet.fi PD har Hat Data Huolto Oy, © 09 769 314.
Offers a repair service.
Karelia Computer Ky, © 013 897 088.
Most older hardware and software.
Tsunami Trading, © 02 438 9870, email tsunamiQdlc.fi Video Spotronics Ky, © 09 8735 435.
Offers a repair service.
+49 ADX Datentechnik, Haldesdorfer Str. 119, 22179 Hamburg.
© 040 642 02656. Hardware and software reseller.
Softwarevertrieb Kanzmeier, Senator-Balcke-Str.
85, 28279 Bremen, © fax 04 218 31682, email Q1461«2277Qcpmpusefye,com z +98 Ganjineh Afzar Pooya, 30, Alley 4th, Abouzar Str., Seved-Khandan, 16616 Tehran. © 021 866755, email GanjinehQapadana.com Most hardware and software.
+39 ITALY Robymax, Via Varvariana, 14, 00133, Rome, Italy.
© 06 2042 7234, email robymaxQmdink.it CD-ROMs, games and hardware.
Non Solo Soft, Casella Postale 63, 10023, Chieri, Italy. © 011 9415237, email solo3Qchierinet.it Full range of software and hardware.
+31 NETHERLANDS Barlage-Denhaag. Rabarberstraat 142a, 2563 RP Den Haag, Holland.
© 070 448 0282, email bariageQmailbox.hol.nl Hardware and software supplier.
Computer City, Zebrastraat 7-9, NL 3064 LR, Rotterdam.
® 31 10 4517722, email firstname.lastname@example.org Sells most Amiga products and helpful staff.
Courbois Software, Fazandaan 61-63, 6641 XW, Beuningen. ® 024 6772546. All hardware and software, with many second-hand products at very low prices.
Amigis, Spanjaardstraat 53, 4331 Ep, Middelburg. ® 0110 625632, email infQ@amigin,nl Amiga hardware and software.
NEW ZEALAND +64 * Comp Karori, Karori Shopping Mall, Karori, Wellington, ® 0447 69088, email email@example.com or visit ¦http.7 vvww.(;ompkarori.cofnz Sells most Amiga products.
PORTUGAL +351 Audiovisual, Rua Maria Matos, 6 - C V Dta, 2675 Ramada, Portugal. ® 351 1943264, email firstname.lastname@example.org Dealer distributor, promises best prices for hardware and software.
RUSSIAN FED. +7095 _ AmigaLine, Moscow, Zorge 6.
* 943 3941 or 943 3871, email email@example.com,ora An
Amiga-oriented computer shop located in Moscow.
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Amiga Service, Office 309, Bumazhnaya Str 3, Sankt-Peterburg, 198020.
* 812 1868842.
+44 Cavendish Computers, 144 Charles Street, Leicester. ® 0116 2510066. Hardware (old), games and utilides.
Classic, 11 Deansgate, Radcliffe, Manchester, « 0161 7231638.
PD, commercial games, CD32, CD-ROMs, hard drives, CD-ROM drives, A1200s, floppy drives, disks, modems. Free fitting service on hard drives.
Level 7, 113 Victoria Road West, Cleveleys.
* 01253 859004.
Electronics Boutique, Unit 19, St.John’s Centre, Perth, PHI 5UX, Scotland.
® 01738 637807. Software and peripherals and will order any Amiga games you require.
Mays, 57 Church Gate, Leicester city centre.
® 0116 2516789. Hardware, games and utilities.
Computer Solutions, Unit 2, Mill Lane Mews, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1HP.
® 01530 412983. New and used software, hardware, stocks full range. Helpful staff.
Tech-Exchange, 3 Forest Road East, Nottingham, NG1 4HJ. « 0115 9100077. All Amiga products and a helpful and knowledgeable staff.
Computer Cavern (Capri CD Distribution), 9 Dean Street, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 3AA.
Chips, 8 Watchbell Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight.
® 01983 821983. Lots of classic games and older Amiga hardware.
Electronics Boutique, Gallowtree Gate, Leicester city centre.
Stocks games, although it tends to be a bit slow on new games.
Vortex Services, 13-15 St. Michael’s Square, Ashton Under Lyne, Lancs, OL6 6LF.
Allsorts, 51 Park Road, Wosbrough Bridge, Barnsley. ® 0589 272940. Games, PD, disk drives, monitors (all used).
Planet Games, 3 Royal Oak Buildings, Waterloo Road, Blackpool.
» 01253 348738.
Game, Sheffield Town Centre.
* 0114 2729300.
Sells various Amiga games and utility disks, and it’s also possible for customers to reserve games in advance.
Swops, Corner of Bold Street, Fleetwood.
» 01253 776977.
Electronics Boutique, 30 The Mall, Golden Square, Warrington, Cheshire.
® 01925 240731. A good selection of Amiga software and peripherals.
I SPAIN +34 Club Byte, C D. Juan de Mena, 21 bajo Izq, 46008 Valencia.
® fax (96) 3921567.
SWITZERLAND +41 Shop Name Manager .. Address... Country ... Telephone Number.
Amiga Products ... Applimatic SA, Rte-de-Montreux 49, CH-1618 Chatel-St-Denis, Switzerland.
« 41 21 931431.
Digitronic, Chr Merian - Ring 7, 4153 Reinach.
® 6176565. Http: www.digitronic.ch Full range of Amigas.
Amiga Shop 2000, Wallisellenstr.318, CH-8050, Zurich. 'S' 411 3221414.
Hardware, software and skilled staff.
Amigaland, Butzenstr.l, CH-8038, Zurich. » 411 482 4750. Http: www.amigaland.ch Sells a full range of Amigas (please note that the shop is closed on Tuesdays).
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4: Original Design And Code: Daniel Silva 5 Cancel AMSTRAD ACTION I seem to have a few problems connecting a new 32x CD-ROM to my system. It came with a PCMCIA cable to attach to my PCMCIA slot, which I did, but it didn’t work. I installed it 20 times and it still didn’t work. I returned it to my dealer and when I got it back and tried it again, it still didn’t work.
Out of desperation I thought about the problem and tried putting the original Workbench 3.0 chips back in, and guess what? It worked.
I checked everything out and found out that on the Workbench 3.0 boot startup screen there is a CCO carddisk driver and on the Workbench 3.1 version there is no such thing. Could you please tell me: 11s there another way of using an external 32x CD-ROM drive without the PCMCIA slot?
2 Is it possible to transfer Amstrad CPC464 cassette games onto disk using a magtape?
3 Can you tell me what a magtape is and whether it can be connected to the Amiga?
4What is an emulator and would it be possible to use the 464 cassette games transferred onto disk with an Amstrad emulator on my A1200?
Raffi Khan, Birmingham I Ifyou have an 8Mb memory expansion, £ that could be to blame - try removing it. If your system works, you can be sure that the second 4Mb chunk of memory is clashing with the PCMCIA port. To get around this, you either need a new memory cared or a new CD-ROM interface. Exactly what sort of interface depends on whether your CD-ROM drive is SCSI or ATAPI LDE.
In essence, you need an interface which connects your Amiga to your CD-ROM drive, and if your CD-ROM drive is SCSI, you need a SCSI interface. If your CD-ROM drive is ATARI IDE, you need an IDE interface.
The Amiga has an IDE interface built- in, and although primarily designed for use with hard drives, it can also be used with CD- ROM drives, as long as suitable CD-ROM Filing System software is used. An IDE buffer card is also a good idea.
If you need a SCSI interface, it s possible to buy interfaces which connect internally.
2I'm not sure, to be honest. I know there are instructions on using an audio sampler to do just that for a ZX81 Spectrum, but I'm not sure it that includes s upport for the Amstrad CPC. It’s worth asking in the appropriate Usenet groups.
3 Oh dea r, I thought you knew what magtape was. I
- was assu ming you meant the cassette tape used to store
programs in the You can get Amstrad emulators (and probably ,,
the games too) from these sites: olden days when
httpV andercheran.aiind.upv.es ~amstrad disk drives were
ftp.ibp.fr pub amstrad prohibitively ftp.nvg.unit.no pub cpc
Back in the 1980s, old codgers like me used to use old audio cassette tapes to store progra ms for o u r Spectrum, BBC Model Bs and Amstrad CPC464s. In fact, the CPC had a cassette deck built in.
FAn emulator is a program which causes the system it is run on to upretend ” to be another computer. So, an Amiga running an Amstrad CPC emulator would act like a real Amstrad CPC. Yes, that means it would run any software you managed to install on it.
GRAPHICS GRIEF Ilf I load a HAM8 picture when using Dpaint IV, the toolbar and menu bar go completely black. Sometimes the requestors cut a piece out of the picture as they disappear, especially when freeing a brush.
The cursor is also very sluggish going down the menu items, with or without the RAM board and external FDD connected. As I have a fair amount of fast RAM, I presume this could be a shortage of chip RAM.
2 As I do a lot of ideo work, I prefer to use overscan and interlaced modes (one of the reasons for choosing the Amiga) but this makes it difficult to use the requestors. Is a proper monitor the only answer?
3 The manual, and articles I’ve read in your magazine, boldly state that it is possible to use PC files utilising CrossDOS, but details on exacdy how you do this are sketchy to say the least.
I know you have to use MS-DOS formatted 72Kb disks and I have managed to import an Amiga bitmap onto a PC, but only after converting it to BMP in Image Studio. However, even then it was squashed.
I’ve tried importing PC bitmaps, clipart and fonts but my Amiga refuses to recognise them. I’ve even tried importing bitmaps into Image Studio and Photogenics, which are supposed to automatically recognise FileTvpes, but it simply says “unknown FileTvpe”.
I’ve converted TrueType PC fonts to .Amiga Outline fonts using TypeSmith and I’ve successfully loaded them into my j j fonts director)' using Intellifont. However, when I try to actually use them in an application, they aren't recognised.
What am I doing wrong?
I have a SCSI 2x CD-ROM from HiSoft.
It’s pretty slow and I would like to know if I can upgrade it by replacing the CD- ROM unit which is housed in its own external PSU bay. I’d like to get a 4x unit like the internal SCSI CD-ROM sold by Power Computing, or an alternative drive from HiSoft.
Ross Whiteford, Perth MEMORY SHORTAGE With regard to Personal Paint 7.1,1 have been told that Wordworth fonts will work with the Circle and Whirlpool text Arexx in Ppaint 7.
However, when I try to use the Circle or Whirlpool text, all I get is a pop up message “Not enough memory”. I have the 2Mb of my A1200, plus 8Mb in the trapdoor. What on earth is happening?
A. Sheldon, Nottingham DUFF DATATYPE I recently tried installing
the program Homer on my Amiga but it refuses to load because
of an image error. The doc file tells me that I need a GIF
I know that I need to put a suitable Datatype in the devs datatypes drawer on my system partition, but where do I find this Datatype? I haven't got one. Help!
Mark Weldon, Wigston GIF Datatypes are a thorny problem. The essence of it is that anyone creating one has to pay a license fee to Unisys - the owners of the algorithm that they rely on. Unfortunately this tends to mean that GIF datatypes aren't freely available. Try the Ppaint 7.1 CD- it may be on there.
As long as the new drive you buy is SCSI compatible, rather than an ATARI IDE mechanism, you won’t have any problems at all. Simply remove the existing drive and replace it with the new one, checking the jumpers for SCSI ID and termination setting.
As SCSI drives tend to be more expensive than their IDE counterparts, and as you will be unlikely to find a new SCSI CD-ROM drive less than 20x, you might want to consider scouring our free Reader Ads pages for a suitable replacement.
F Vm afraid that either Dpaint IV isn’t totally HAM8 compatible, or as you suggest, your system is running out of chip RAM. HAM8 mode places a tremendous strain on the Amiga and really pushes the custom chips to their limits. A processor board would certainly speed up the entire Amiga, which would be a start, but you might find that using 256-colour mode with dithering achieves similar results with less effort, at least on the behalf of the Amiga.
Also, ensure that all other resources which are likely to consume chip memory are minimised. Don't use a recoverable RAM disk, and make sure you either switch off the Workbench screen or keep its size and colour depth to a minimum.
2 A proper monitor, whatever that is, is unlikely to help you. The entire point of Overscan is that the display goes right to the edge of the screen and beyond so that there's no border. With a monitor, and even with a TV, you should find it possible to adjust the horizontal and vertical size and positioning to see your requestors.
5 As you have discovered, accessing a PC format floppy disk (more accurately, an MS-DOS format disk) and making use of the data on it are two very different things indeed. In fact, allowing the Amiga to read from and write to an MS-DOS disk is as far as CrossDOS can go. After that, it's up to you to sort your data out, and this means taking into account the different file formats and screen resolutions.
This isn ’t a trivial task, as you are finding out. Rather than using the PC BMP bitmap format, try using GIF and JPEG as you'll probably find fewer problems.
BMP has several variants, which is why your experiments so far may have failed.
Fonts are a source of much grief too, as there are plenty of standards but also plenty of ways of interpreting them.
Manipulating fonts seems to require chip memory and it is this memory which could be running out. Try using a two-colour, Low Res screen to create your circular fonts as this will use up the least possible amount of chip RAM.
If that makes no difference, it could just be an incompatibility with the fonts and the program, causing the program to fail with the pseudo-random error about memory.
You might find a faster SCSI CD-ROM drive in our Reader Ads section.
I recently purchased a Quantum 2.1Gb IDE Ultra DMA hard drive from Power Computing that is difficult to start up.
Having fitted it according to the instructions, it takes anything from up to five minutes before it actually gets going.
When I switch on from cold, the HD makes all the noises as though it was loading, then, some time later.
I'm presented with the reset screen.
After pressing reset, it attempts to load but doesn't. If I then insert a S D (or Dopus) disk and fire that up, it tells me there is no hard drive available (no path found). If I then insert and play a game for a few minutes and then reset the HD kicks in and everything gets up and running.
Once this happens, it works brilliantly and I have no complaints whatsoever - it's just the long delay in getting there. I was told that maybe I need a better power source, which I tried with no improvement. It was then suggested that I remove the 8Mb card from the trapdoor, but again there was no difference. It's almost as if something has to warm up first before it will work. Power just said I had a power problem and left it at that, but once I get over the initial wait it works so well it can't possibly be that. Any Ideas?
R. L. Nettleton, Glemsford If you've tried a more powerful PSU
then we can rule out power. Some hard drives are more equal
than others, and a common problem is the refusal to boot from
cold. On IBM hard drives, breaking the Pin 1 connection in the
IDE cable sometimes solves the problem. Some Conner drives
have jumpers which force the drive to work in slightly
different ways: experimenting with CAM ISA settings sometimes
makes all the difference. Finally, the good old MaxTYansfer
setting has been known to work wonders. All these things could
be to blame, but I'm surprised Power didn't try to sell you
their Flyer interface as that could also solve the problem. At
the very least it would make sure you're using the speed of
your new drive to the best of its abilities. At the end of the
day, some hard drives just don't seem to like booting from
Continued overleaf ¦ - EIGHT MEG MYSTERY STWgaggsgBi I have an Amiga 1200 with two external drives (one with its own power supply), a Sanyo 2x 250S connected by a Squirrel (winch incidentally runs AFCD25 with no problems), a 200Mb HD, Commodore 1084s monitor, Star LC24 200-colour printer and an 8Mb RAM upgrade. All this is powered by a modified PC power supply.
My problem is that since changing from 4Mb to 8Mb fast RAM, I find I can no longer use backdrop pictures as the machine crashes as soon as I test, use or save them. Some Guru numbers I’ve noted are 8000 0006, 8000 0004, 8000
0003. Also, some games crash on loading from hard drive or disk,
one of which is UFO. If I use NoFastMem then the problem is
To seriou internet, using your Amiga to design their world wide web pages.
Use a MIDI sequencer and audio hardware to record a top dance tune.
Use your favourite word processor to write interesting articles about the Amiga and then send them to us.
Create a show reel of spectacular 3D rendering done with imagine, Lightwave or Cinema 4D and send it to the big game companies to get a top job in graphics.
Install a Unix clone on your Amiga and then learn everything there is to know about web servers, Peri and TCP IP. Then you can get yourself a top job running an Internet site.
My friend also has this problem and we were wondering if there is a cure or fix of some kind. The machines do not seem to suffer in any other way so we can live with the problem.
J. Wicks, Dagenham I would guess that the answer lies in the 8Mb
expansion. Either the memory is faulty or the second bank of
4Mb clashes with the PCMCIA port. Why would this happen only
with a backdrop ? It could be that with a large backdrop,
another application is forced into the fast mem ory, reaching
the second 4Mb bank which clashes and crashes.
NoFastMem proves little as the memory could be faulty or clashing. Try swapping SIMMs or trying a new memory card which is certified PCMCIA friendly.
MARK OF ZORRO My problem is with my network board.
When I turn the computer on, Workbench 3.0 loads up as normal but BLAST FROM THE PAST Use a 24-bit paint program to create a new logo for your local cable TV company, and then use Scala to create a flashy animation to send to them on video tape.
With a DTP program, design your own local newsletter, distribute it in your neighbourhood and get sponsorship from a local firm to pay for the costs.
Use a CD-R drive to record local bands and make demo discs.
Remember to design their album covers as well!
Earn C and C++ programming using the Amiga and get a job as a programmer.
Approach a local business and explain to them how you can put them onto the while. To get around it, all I have to do is reset my .Amiga. Could you tell me if there is any way of getting the boards to function on the first boot up of Workbench instead of haring to reset every time?
Besides this problem, everything else seems to be fine. I'm just waiting for clickBOOM to release the PPC version of Quake now... Simon Hawley using PAL mode instead of the Picasso modes. I used sysinfo3.15 to check the autoconfig boards, but it can't detect the graphics or network boards. This problem only occurs when I've turned the computer off for a Are SIMMs really the root of all evil?
I have an A500 (please don't laugh), 0.5Mb chip,
1. 5Mb internal RAM (gary conversion), A590 20Mb hard drive and
2Mb RAM, Workbench 2 and a Panasonic KX-P1081.
I've had the old girl for approximately 10 years and I have some problems. Firstly, software. Some programs say they need Workbench 2+, for example Poing 6 (disk 112b).
First of all I tried to install it on my hard drive and assigned the hi-score directory as instructed.
It loaded fine and displayed Poing 6, but when I tried to start it by pressing "s" it locked up. After resetting, it showed me the infamous Gum meditation with "80000003 Dead end".
I thought it must be the way I'd installed it, so I then read that you could play it straight from the disk. I reset it and booted it up with exactly the same problem. Assimilation on disk 104b was the same. Is this because I've only got
0. 5Mb chip RAM?
Now for hardware. Is there any way I could fit a larger drive than 20Mb as it is so easy to fill my hard drive up, even after going through it with Dopus and putting non-essential software onto the floppies? Using Sysinfo, it says my drive uses XT.Device, if that's any help. I asked at my local Amiga shop (in Barking, Essex) and the guy there said that I could have a SCSI drive or an IDE and that I would have to open it up to have a look. How can I tell what is what?
I explained that I still have the original A590 prep disks but he said that they were only designed to prep 20Mb only.
At the back of my drive there is a connector.
What's that for? Can I connect an external SCSI piece of hardware, like a Zip drive, another hard drive or even a CD-ROM? If so, can you tell me what to do?
Printer problems. I have trouble printing graphics on my printer (yes, I know it's ancient). I have the Panasonic 8-pin driver and "pana prefs" programs, but I still get complete garbage when printing and I'm getting fed up.
Also, my iron has stopped ironing properly.
Matthew Neaves, Ilford I reckon your software failures are down to the fact your A500 is still only packing a 68000 processor. The errors you see often happen when software compiled for 32-bit processors (and those with FPUs) is executed on a 16-bit processor. In the old days, 68020 and '030 cards for the A500 were very popular, so keep an eye open at car boot sales.
When it comes to the A590, my mind is a little hazy; it was a long time ago when I last used one. I seem to remember that it didn't use a SCSI hard drive, but an older drive format which probably isn't made any more. However, the port at the back is a SCSI-1 interface which means that yes, if you got a SCSI hard drive, stuck it in a box with a PSU and connected it up, it should work fine. And that should go for a Zip drive too, although I'd like to hear from someone who has got it working first.
Throw the printer away and buy a new one.
Oops, can't say that. If I did then I would also say throw the A500 away and get a secondhand A1200. Check the cable: it could be worn out and causing rubbish to arrive at the printer.
Then try the simplest possible printer driver (Epson) and DIP settings on the printer and work from there.
Sorry, I have no idea what an iron is. You would have to ask my wife!
A good accelerator will cost you between £50 and £150 (that’s for an '030- to '040-based card), a standalone CD-ROM another £100 and a cased hard drive another £100.
You 're correct in that if you splash out on a tower, you can generally save money by using standard PC CD and hard drive components. £150 spent on a tower means you can fit a hard drive and a CD-ROM for another £100.
It's all confusing and it really depends on if you want your Amiga in a neiu box or if you want to keep it in its original casing. The tower approach will provide you with a neater, all-in- one solution so check back through AT for the reviews. In the meantime, start with the accelerator and 8Mb of memory and you 11 have what seems like a brand new computer.
I can assure you that Mr. Kennedy no longer works for EMAlP.
In fact, there are a lot of Mr. Kennedys about. There's another one at PC Format, for- example.
You don’t need a hard drive in order- to use a CD-ROM drive. Yes, you can fit an internal hard drive into standard A1200 casing, and yes, this will still leave space for an accelerator and memory. As for which drives to buy, well, that's why we have reviews in the magazine, so read a few back issues.
Yes, you can send your game in to us if you don't have a CD-ROM drive.
The best way to write assembly language prog-ams is to buy an assembler (say, DevPac 3 from HiSoft) and the Hardware Reference Manual. Writing games is something else: there is no definitive book, but you could find a lot of information on the web and by asking on Usenet.
When it comes to demos, we're always looking for good prog-ams to put on the coverdisc. An inch makes all the difference. £55 ROOM FOR EXPANSION I’ve been with the Amiga platform for four years, but up until very recently I used my unexpanded A1200 solely for games software. However, I have colossal amounts of coverdisks which aren’t compatible with my ageing system and I really want to use them, and so I’ve decided that the only option is to (gasp!) Upgrade.
I have a very tight budget, but could stretch to about £350 if I’m very lucky. I know' I need a hard disk, a CD-ROM, an accelerator and preferably a tower for any other expansions, but which should I get? The Ateo tower seems cheap at only one hundred and thirty pounds, but I would appreciate some expert advice on how to expand.
Please print this as I’ve just switched from CUAmiga, due to the extended games coverage in your magazine and the fact that you lot talk English, rather than “hardcore-techno-freak-crap”.
And isn’t it a bit strange that Mr. Kennedy works for both EMAP and Future Publishing?
Zzz, Somewhere Out There as when the computer powered up, it would configure each in turn. I’m not quite sure how the A miga knows which card to talk to first, but it must be worth a try. As you have an A1200 and Zorro card adaptor, it would appear that this is a feature of the Zorro expansion system you are using.
Short of complaining to whoever you bought it from, you could also write a program which looks for the cards and resets if it doesn't find them. Adding it to your user-startup would ensure your system always booted ready for action.
Thinking of buying a hard drive and a CD drive so I can buy the CD version of your magazine.
What CD drive and hard drive should I buy? Do you need a hard drive to use the CD drive? Can you use an internal hard drive if you don’t have a tower? If that is possible, will there still be enough room for a faster CPU and extra RAM?
I bought the computer from a friend but he’s lost all his manuals so I don’t know much about how to use Hds or CD drives. I’ve been writing games and programs in Blitz Basic 2 for about a year now. Can I send my games to Reader Games if I don’t have a CD drive or do I have to send a Reader Warrant file from the CD too? What’s the best way of writing Assembler programs for the Aniga? Where can I learn how to wiite games in Assembler and how to program the 680x0 processors? Do you know about anv books? If someone writes J a good game, can you put a demo of it on your coverdisks?
ThomasJonsson, Sweden I've just finished reading July's Amiga Format and have looked through the information on hard drives on AFCD28.
Some of this information describes how to attach two 3.5" hard drives to the IDE interface of an A1200.
I'm thinking about putting my A1200 into a tower case as my 2.5" hard drive can only store 520Mb of data and a
3. 5" hard drive doesn't fit into a standard A1200 very easily.
Is there any way in which I can use a 3.5" hard drive and still be able to use my old 2.5" hard drive as I don't really want to throw the old one away?
S. Smith Bognor Regis You cannot link a 2.5" drive and a 3.5"
drive together in the usual master slave relationship. Most
2.5" drives are designed to be the only drive in a notebook
computer, and therefore don't have the necessary jumpers.
However, you can buy an IDE buffer board which effectively gives two separate masterlslave channels, so you could use the existing 2.5" drive on one and the new 3.5” drive on the other, with a CD-ROM drive too if you wanted.
HARD LUCK At Amiga Format we aim to answer as many questions as possible. Unlike some magazines, we don't just . I concentrate on our ¦ , I areas of expertise AT L | 11 we take on all f I your problems (as long as an Amiga is involved).
I Here are a few tips 1 on sending in John Kennedy. Questions:
• Be concise.
• Detail the problem as best as you
• Describe the events that caused the problem.
• Give full details of your equipment.
• Make sure your question is relevant and wouldn't be more easily
solved by contacting the dealer from whom you bought the goods.
QUERY... YOUR AMIGA ONLINE I can be reached with comments, suggestions and feedback at Ddaw© (SqdsogDs sings praises of MP3.
Dave@dcus.demon.co.ulo or via my website at http: www.dcus.demon.co.uk . At long last, the appalling buzzword "multimedia" seems to have been condemned to the great marketing office in the sky. It seems that the world has finally woken up to the vagueness of this ghastly piece of nineties terminology.
O The MP3 on the Amiga site contains links to all sorts of MP3-related resources online.
Http: ww .terravrata .pt guincho 1139 amt9a_mp3 Jitml Y»hoo song can be encoded into an MP3 file that is barely 4Mb in size, and decoded on the fly.. The players Multimedia, which simply means "more than one media", has been used to describe everything under the sun over the last few years. Its most common use has been to describe home computers capable of presenting SongPlaver The BEST MP3 player for the AMIGA, just go and get it! It plays several audio formats, has a MUI GUI (also works without MUI with CLI), has karaoke support, and it’s fast. Don’t think twice, just get it!:) MPEG
API?ye~ (for DeHTr acker v2 27) This is was my old setup be foie SorePavcr appeared, it's fast e&sy to install and has a nice GUI (Graphical User Interface).
I have an A126CV50 Mhz 18 RAM, so my config is like MPEGA’s default, I just and enabled Force mono, because multitasking gets smoother and because I have my AMIGA connected to my Seymour Duncan guitar amplifier:) (yes! I play guitar... check my Home Pa.ee!:) Don’t forget that MPEGAPlavsr requires DeIiTrad.er!
MPEGA (no GUI) From the same author of ?-.l?EGAPIavci (Stephane Tavenard). This is the Cll-based version of his MPEG audio player , it allows, amongst other things, the saving of MP3 dies into AIFF tiles , for you to play later handy for yon slow Gpifusers :). Fiavlo vl 7 plays very well AIFF and other sound files and does 14-bit output.
c.caa aoao IS-I U Receiving document (tet»16173 byte*) Even if you've written your own killer tune, the chances are it will sound less funky once it has been mangled by the general MIDI sample set.
For several years, the hunt was on for a sound file format that wouldn't eat bandwidth, enabling the transfer of CD- quality sound between computer users over the net. Then, several months ago, the .mpg layer 3 (MP3) file was born.
A typical four-minute pop song can be encoded into an MP3 file that is barely 4Mb in size, and decoded on the fly by a suitably powerful machine running the appropriate software for CD-quality playback.
A 166MHz Pentium CPU is about the least powerful system on which the real-time decoding required for MP3 playback can be achieved on a PC, but the .Amiga can get aw?ay with an '030 50 running something like Alpega (from the mus play director)' of Aminet).
Within a few months of MP3 catching on, the web wras full of sites offering huge collections of commercially available songs for free download in MP3 format.
Text, graphics and sound at the same time something the Amiga has been able to do very effectively since the days when 286 Pcs were just catching on.
The term has been used to refer to the web recently, but most of the web isn’t a multimedia experience. Until Netscape's Navigator 1.0 caught on in mid 1995, the number of websites using graphics was still quite small, while sites using sound still aren’t common.
BANDWIDTH There is a good reason why the web is still a predominantly silent world: bandwidth. High quality audio takes up an lot more bandwidth than a few high quality images. As a result, web page authors might supply a few Wav sound samples or include a MIDI file or Pro7racfer-compatible module on pages which a web browser plugin can play back, because these can be kept down to some sort of reasonable size.
But, as Gmplay users will be aware, the vast majority of MIDI files that are freely available tend to be very cheesy renditions of pop tunes.
YOUR AMIGA ONLINE The new MP3car site looks as though it could grow into a shrine for mobile MP3 fans from all over the world.
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Amiga: http: www.terravista.pt guincho 1139 amiQa mp3.html
Pigeons.net: http: piaeons.net MP3.html MP3.com's Hardware
guide: http: www.mp3.com hardware index.html Casey Halverson's
AmiMP3Car: http: home1.ate.net floqqer mp3car Hugo Altman's
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FOUGHT THE LAW... This was highly illegal, of course, and the
response from record companies and trade associations like the
British Phonographic Industry was to come down fiercely on
high-profile sites, assert the copyright in their music and
demand that MP3 file collections were closed. Several months
on, there are still a fair few musical pirates trading their
wares on the net, but it's certainly not taking place on
anything like as large a scale as it was earlier this vear.
J The big MP3 sites take care to only earn' legal files, although it’s not hard to find sites (such as Pigeons.net) which provide links to other servers where dodgy MP3 files are still held.
These sites simply include a message in a disclaimer, advising visitors to buy legitimate copies of songs which they like. Of course, the reason record companies have worked hard to stamp out illegal MP3 trading on the net is not because they object in principle to the idea of electronically transferring music, it's because they want to make sure they still get paid for the music. As such, they'd like to sell MP3s to music fans,
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jjjj r The MP3Car.com Team rather than having them trade
copyright material for free amongst themselves.
Even the marketing men in the ivory towers of multinational record companies can see that, in the MP3 format, there is at last a highly efficient format in which music can be stored.
...AND THE LAW WON For the time being, you won’t find many record company sites from which you can purchase and download the new album by your favourite band, but that's not to say such sites won't become more common soon. Meanwhile, MP3 files present music-loving computer fans with other opportunities.
Firstly, unsigned bands can set up a web page and make samples of their tunes available in the format. Through the cunning use of meta tags describing the type of sound the band has, such a web site could get a lot of hits once indexed by a couple of search engines.
Secondly, and much more importantly for non-musical computer fans, MP3 could well become an important musical storage medium in a wider context.
Companies are already developing portable MP3 players so that people who own CD-R drives can suck dozens of their favourite tracks onto a single disk and then listen to them anywhere.
Just as excitingly, a handful of techies around the world have cobbled together in-car MP3 systems based around ordinary home computers.
DRIVING IN MY CAR One person to develop such an in-car player was Casey Halverson, who decided to base his system around the A1200, with MP3 files stored on the hard drive. On his website, Casey details exactly how he has gone about powering the machine from his car batter)', and describes the software he has written to provide a front-end to the system.
Casey can change tracks and control his in-car Amiga using a device connected to his joystick port. He uses an LCD TV screen to give visual feedback in his car. With a little tinkering, technically savvy Amigans could probably use the smaller and cheaper fruit machine-style digital text displays. This is something which has been tried by Hugo Altman, whose website details his attempts at developing an in-car MP3 system based on a PC running Linux.
Many of the technical details Hugo supplies are very relevant to Amiga users contemplating beefing up their own in- car entertainment set-up, not least because many of the problems encountered with creating a "tethered" MP3 player are the same, irrespective of the hardware at the centre of the system.
Of course, continuing the theme I've been developing in Amiga.net of late, that of wiring all manner of technologies together, it might be possible to set up an in-car Amiga to perform other helpful functions.
For instance, a system using an LCD screen could provide maps to aid your navigation, via some simple, custom- written software multitasking with your MP3 control software. If the computer could be connected to something like a mobile phone then the possibilities would effectively be limitless.
For those who now have a couple of Amigas, perhaps because of a move to a big box Amiga or a tower, the idea of giving a new lease of life to the older, less powerful machine as the ultimate in- car entertainment system and computer is an attractive one. With its compact build, efficiency and reliability, there's surely no machine better suited to the task than the Amiga.
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Put your city, yourself or anything you like on the net.
The dust had hardly settled on his P45 before the irrepressible Tony Horgan was hard at work preparing our first new tutorial for you this month. There's no keeping him away from his "choons", and the good news for you is that every month M he will be sharing all the knowledge he has gained from years of torturing other people's eardrums. I just hope he isn't too loud to start with... Another name J you might recall from a different place is also starting a new tutorial this month. Neil Bothwick will be introducing you all to HTML.
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Get almost magical memory power Most Internet Service Providers give free web space with accounts, yet only around 20% of subscribers use this space for any kind of website.
There are a lot of reasons why people don’t use their web space, but the one that doesn’t count is that creating web pages is difficult - it isn’t.
Thing in the page, it tells the dv browser and web server that it is a web page... tag, with a “ ” before the keyword, like the B bold text B example earlier.
Tags can be written in lower case or capitals. The browser doesn’t care which you use, although many people use capitals to distinguish the tags from the text when editing their pages.
There are four tags that are required in all web pages: HTML , HEAD , TITLE and BODY , together with their closing tags.
You may hear people talking about “HTML coding”, or even “programming” web pages, but it’s nowhere near as complicated as that.
Web pages are created using HTML (HyperText Markup Language), which is just a mixture of plain text and markup “tags”.
For example B Here is some text B would appear as bold text, because it is surrounded by the B and B tags to show where the bold type should start and end, and it really can be as simple as that. More complex websites can involve a lot more, but the basics are very straightforward.
Rather than taking each aspect of HTML in isolation, we’ll start with a basic home page and add features each month as we cover a different part of Our first web page, in all its glory.
Please send any comments on this site to the webmaster.
Another page or site, or mark a place in the page.
Many tags are referred to as “containers” as they have a start tag and an end tag which affect whatever is contained within them.
The end tag is the same as the start HTML should be the first thing in the page. It tells the browser and web server that it is a web page and not some other type of file, and the document should end with HTML .
Next you need a section contained in HEAD ... HEAD . This information Welcome to Penketh Penketh is a small village on the outskirts of Warrington, approximately midway between Manchester and Liverpool.
Penketh is about 3 miles to west of Warrington, with easy access to the M6, M62 and M56 motorways. Manchester, Liverpool and Chester are all within a short motorway drive.
More text THE HTML FOR OUR FIRST WEB PAGE HTML HEAD TITLE Penketh Home Page TITLE HEAD BODY H2 Welcome to Penketh H2 Penketh is on the outskirts of Warrington... P More text P IMG SRC="map.grf" ALT="Road map" W1DTH="450" HEIGHT="237" P Please send any comments on this site to A HREF="mailto:email@example.com" the webmaster A .
BODY HTML KMO [iMIiEAvfeDs, head of Amiga L--- ISP Wirenet, starts a new tutorial for people interested in HTML.
Chapter 2: Text styles and fonts ,Chapter 3: Using images Chapter 4: Lrsts“Hjgggg 'Chapter 5: Tables _ Chapter 6: More to come... HTML. Before we do that, let’s look at the basic types of HTML tags we need to know about.
TAGS An HTML tag is a keyword enclosed in “ ” symbols. There is a large range of tags available but most of them either change the way text is displayed, include another file in the page, such as an image or a sound, provide a link to Make sure you don't miss a tutorial in this series. Call our subscription hotline on 01458 271102.
Contents I Chapter 1: introduction Listing 1 WEB PAGE CREATION SOFTWARE There are several web page creation programs available, some of which claim to give WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editing. This isn't possible because HTML is a markup language. It's not WYSIWYG like a word processor or PostScript.
It tells the browser how you want each item rendered, relative to the rest of the document, but it doesn't specify an explicit size or position.
HTML is an ordinary text file and all the markup tags are plain text, so a text editor is all you need. In fact, starting HTML with a text editor gives you a much better understanding of what's going on and makes it easier to cope when things don't work out quite as you expected.
There are some programs that make the writing of HTML more convenient, such as WebPlug, or there are HTML extensions for text editors that have much the same effect. Aweb comes with HTML Heaven, an add-on for many text editors, which handles much of the donkey work of inserting tags into the text. I prefer to use the GoldED text editor with its own HTML add on.
Because HTML is not WYSIWYG, it's important to check how your page appears in as many bowser configurations as possible. Even resizing the browser window or opening it on a different depth screen can significantly alter the appearance of your page. Compare Figure 1 with Figure 2. Both show the same page, viewed in the same browser, but with different screenmode and font settings.
Is not displayed in the browser window but it can be used to hold a variety of information about the page.
TITLE ... TITLE needs to go in the HEAD section as this is the title of the page, as displayed in the title bar of the browser window. Finally, BODY ... BODY contains the text to be displayed, together with its markup tags.
A bare bones HTML page would be HTML HEAD ' TITLE My home page TITLE HEAD BODY Some boring stuff about me, blah, blah... BODY HTML .
It’s hardly the world’s most exciting website, but it works.
Look in the fonts section of vour J browser preferences and you’ll see settings for six headline fonts. These are represented by the tags H1 to H6 , with H1 being the largest.
Normally H5 and H6 are smaller than your normal text font and are used for footnotes and suchlike.
.After the closing H2 tag, the text reverts to the default font.
A wTeb brow'ser will format text to fit in the display window, taking no notice of line breaks, tabs or multiple spaces in the original HTML. .All of these are displayed as a single white space. It doesn’t matter whether your HTML contains: A line of text or: A line of text.
They both appear the same.
That’s why the P tag appears in the example - it tells the browser to start a new' paragraph, leaving a blank line after the previous one. BR does a similar thing, but without the blank line.
ADDING PICTURES A page containing nothing but text is going to look a bit boring, so let’s add a editor gives you a much better understanding of what's going on... A REAL WORLD EXAMPLE A more useful website would be one that prorides information about your local town, and that’s what we’re going to work with throughout this series of tutorials. We’ll set up a basic page this month and expand it as we cover the various features available with HTML.
Each page on a website is saved as a separate file, with a .html extension. The usual name for the first page is index.html, although some systems use home.html or main.html; check with your ISP.
Listing 1 show the HTML of the first page and Figure 1 shows a possible representation of it in a browser.
The first five lines use tags we’ve already covered and line six introduces H2 . Most text on a page is displayed in the default font, as set in your brow'ser preferences, but it is normal to display headings and sub headings in a larger or bolder font.
The same page in the same browser, but with different settings in the browser preferences.
Picture with the IMG tag. The tags we have looked at so far each consist of a single word. IMG show's that a tag can also have attributes.
These contain further information to be used in displaying the tag. They appear after the tag name, separate from it and each other by spaces. Many tag attributes take a value, w'hich should usually be enclosed in quotes, like: IMG SRC=”map.gif’ ALT=’"Road map” WIDTH=”450” HEIGHT=”237” .
IMG displays an image at the current position in the text. On this page it has P tags before and after to make sure it appears on a line by itself.
Try removing these to see the difference they make.
The most important attribute is SRC because it specifies the image file to be displayed here. In this case it shows only the file name, since the file is in the same directory as the HTML file.
ALT contains text to be shown by the brow'ser if you have image loading turned off, or wrhile you are waiting for the image to load. The WIDTH and HEIGHT values tell the brow'ser how- much space to allocate for the image.
If you don’t give this, the browser will have to redraw' the entire page once the images starts loading, and it gets the size from the image file. This is w'hy some w'eb pages redraw' several times in quick succession w'hen loading images.
LINKING The last tag we’ll look at this month is A , used to define a link. In this case it’s a mailto link so people can contact the page author by email. As with IMG , A has an attribute, HREF, that specifies the destination of the link (your email address). It’s also used to link other pages on your site, other sites or other sections of the same document.
Finally, we close the BODY and HTML tags at the end of the document and save it as index.html. That’s all there is to creating a basic page, a foundation for a full website. O Welcome to Penketh Penketh is a small village on the outskirts of Warrington, approximately midway between Manchester and Liverpool.
Advice Our brand new audio series begins with raDoypm taking a look at the exciting new developments in hard disk recording.
Most Amiga users have been able to record CD quality audio direct to hard disk for some years now, but until recently there didn’t seem to be much point.
Chapter 1: Hard Disk Recording Chapter 2: Digital Tracirfeouncing Chapter 3: Noise Reduction Techniques Chapter 4: Original Sample Manipulation Chapter 5: Best Value MIDI Equipment I -r JC . At ¦.&*. V Chapter 6: Music Production & Mixdown .After all, what’s so good about filling your drives with giant sound samples? If you wanted to pass them on to anyone else you still had to record them to cassette tape or buy a DAT recorder. Besides, there was little you could do with your hard disk recordings once they were there anyway, short of a bit of basic cutting and pasting.
Make sure you don't miss a tutorial in this series. Call our subscription hotline on 01458 271102 That was before the arrival of affordable CD writers. Put a CD-R drive into the equation and suddenly hard disk recording becomes the lynchpin in turning your .Amiga into a professional audio editing and mastering system.
Smoothly, but just how smoothly depends on the load you put on the CPU.
GO ON, LARGE IT First of all, let’s just confirm what it is we’re talking about here. Hard disk recording is basically sampling direct to a hard disk or any other available drive. It’s just like normal sampling (to RAM) except that the sound is written straight to the disk instead. When the sound is played back, the sound sample is spooled from die disk and out through your chosen sound card or die internal audio outputs.
The main and obvious advantage of having die sound on your hard drive instead of in RAM is diat you can work on much larger recordings than you would otherwise have room for. Just like editing samples in RAM, with die right software you can now edit hard disk recordings using all die latest processes and effects.
At the moment there's no software available that will allow you to record audio direct to a CD-R. If only for diat reason alone, hard disk recording is an essential stage if you want to record your own audio Cds - first you record a sample to your hard disk and then you cut a CD from the sample file.
Once you’ve got that sussed you can start to get adventurous with your editing, adding effects that would otherwise be out of your reach.
At this point you might be wondering how you are going to record your music to your hard disk if you are already using your .Amiga to play it in the first place. If so. Have a bonus point for thinking ahead.
The answer depends on how you are making your music. Your .Amiga can multitask very7 smoothly, but just how smoothly depends on the load you put on the CPU. If your music is completely MIDI based then you should have no problem running your sequencer and hard disk recording software simultaneously. If it isn’t, you’ll probably find there’s a conflict of some kind somewhere along the way, whether it’s the player and the recorder both wanting to use the same sound card, badly behaved tracker software dumping the operating system or just a lack of CPU horsepower to keep everything going in time
If this is the case then vou’ve got J o two main options: either you get yourself a second .Amiga so that one can play while the other records, or you get a high quality digital recorder such as DAT, DCC or MiniDisc (from which you can then record to hard disk without any notable loss of quality7).
If you happen to make your music using OctaMED SouhdStudio (without MIDI extras) or a tracker which supports AHI output then you’re laughing. In either case, you can record direct to hard disk from your tracker in 16-bit stereo, even if you don't have a sound card. You can also edit in 16-bit stereo and write a CD with it, all without a sound card.
Of course, it may be that the sound or music you're recording isn't generated by an .Amiga at all (it may be a previously recorded live band performance or a DJ mix), in which case EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST This is what you'll need to get started with the most basic hard disk recording and editing setup. This really is the absolute minimum: editing will be very slow and writing Cds without hiccups could be hit and miss.
IDE hard drive.
¦ 50MHz '030 CPU.
M Extra RAM.
Aura or Clarity 16 sampler.
¦ Squirrel CD-R.
1 SoundProbe or Samplitude, plus CD-R software. __ This is a far more suitable system which would offer bearable editing times and would easily write Cds at double speed or faster (especially when using the SCSI on the CPU card).
1- Zorro Amiga.
1 Removable media SCSI drive (eg. Jaz).
M 16-Bit Zorro sound card (eg. Prelude).
¦ SCSI CD-R drive.
SoundProbe or Samplitude, plus CD-R software.
H«f 1«|«:i|sU»Hafgii«LLi ?1 r T* Iis.K'TPk' • :- : Things you could really use: (1) A Zorro buspiane if you have an A1200, but it's better to get a big box machine from the start. (2) A Jaz drive (Jaz2 actually). (3) The mighty CyberStorm ‘060 Mk3. (4) The Prelude 16-bit sound card. (5) MasteriSO v2, to go with a CD-ROM writer. (6) The Mitsumi from Eyetech. (7) Samplitude Opus from ACT in Germany, tire finest 16-bit sampling software around.
There’s no problem. You can simply record to hard drive ‘live’ from your DJ mixer or from the tape you already have.
JUST HOW BIG?
There will inevitably come a time when RAM is so cheap that we can all afford to have a couple of gigabytes of it under the bonnet, but until then hard disk recording is the only way we can work on the enormous files that big audio projects generate.
At full CD rate, a single minute of audio consumes 9Mb of hard disk space.
Unless you want to edit by the seat of your pants, you’ll need an undo buffer too, which will use yet more space.
Depending on how your editing software is configured, you might actually need double the amount of space on your drive if it wants to have a ‘working version’ of the recording as well as a ‘project file’ copy of what is basically the same thing. If that seems to be the case, you can often cut a CD from the working version without haring to actually save out the file as a project first (do this behind your editing software's back while it's still up and running).
Due to the sheer size of the files you’ll be working with, you can spend quite a while twiddling your thumbs as you wait for the sound to be processed and the changes to be written.
Samplitude does well to reduce these to a minimum with its Virtual Project features, so be sure to check those out.
.Another problem is that you'll find your hard disk filling up very quickly. If you intend to do a great deal of hard disk recording then it’s best to use a removable media drive, such as a Jaz.
This will allow you to keep copies of your productions on cartridges, rather than having to delete each one to make room for the next.
You could, of course, just keep CD copies of your productions, but that way you can only work on one project at a dine and can’t go back to alter previous projects without a lot of hassle.
THE LAST BIT Once you’ve got the hang of the basics you’ll feel more at ease experimenting with the limitless possibilities that arise once your music is resident on your hard disk. Samplitude, for example, offers features such as multi-track bouncing and cross-fading, CD track numbering of a single continuous audio mix and professional quality resampling.
SoundProbe s strengths lie in its array of effects that can be applied to your productions, including simultaneous or independent time and pitch shifting and bending, a vocoder, resonant filtering, noise reduction, reverb and all kinds of distortion effects. Now' off you go and annoy those neighbours.
Tony's Tips ¦ Always record at 44.1 Khz in 16-bit stereo for CD mastering.
¦ Set the block size of your hard disk (or chosen recording drive) to at least 16K and set the editing software's buffers to a number divisible by that (eg. 16, 32 or 128K).
¦ Rudely interrupting your Amiga while it is writing a file will invalidate the drive and mess the whole thing up (make sure you only use the Cancel or Stop functions from your software).
E Try working on smaller files to begin with and tweak settings to get maximum speed when editing.
If your CD writer keeps failing, quit all other applications, adjust buffer sizes and set write speed to single speed.
You can cut a CD from the 'main.buffer' file of SoundProbe without having to save out duplicate 'actual file' first (don't quit SoundProbe first).
¦ If in doubt, record your sound too quietly rather than risk clipping.
¦ However, if you record via Aura, the input volume level is critical as the initial sampling is only performed with 12-bit resolution (then it's scaled up in software).
Make sure you save your audio projects in a format readable by your CD-R software.
C PROGRAMMING CHAPTER NINE for Yourself The Amiga has always been the favourite platform for 3D graphics, and now you know enough C to create your own, as Contents Chapter 5 Chapter 6.
Siiyiple (OS legal) graphics More graphics Menus AW it I Chapter 9. Simple 3D graphics Chapter 10. A game!
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Before we start running, let’s walk a little more and think about what 3D graphics actually consist of.
The problem is that we need to represent on a flat, 2D computer screen an object which has three dimensions, breadth as well as width and height.
It turns out that this is quite an easy thing to do as we can fake perspective quite simply by scaling objects down the further they are away from us. So, if we were drawing a box, the face furthest away from us is going to look smaller than the face closest to us.
Our brains then do the rest of the work and decide that we’re looking at something solid.
There are many ways to draw 3D graphics, but we’re going to deal with the easiest - simple wireframes. Imagine a cube. It needs eight points and twelve lines to describe it. With those twelve lines we can create a very convincing image on the screen, and it hardly takes the very latest in 3D hardware accelerators to draw7 twelve lines.
A step up from wireframes is "hidden line removal”, which only displays those lines you can actually see. Another step up is to draw solid panels of colour, and from there wre can move to textures, light and shadow shading, transparency and other physical attributes. You can see why we’re sticking with wireframes!
Three dimensional computer graphics is such an immense subject that it could (and does) fill entire books, never mind magazine articles. That said, if you’ve been following this series of tutorials you now know enough general C and .Amiga programming to write some programs which can display 3D graphics. In fact, enough to write a game.
Solid panels of colour, and from there we can move to textures, light and shadow... To store our cube in memory, we can store a list of the eight points.
We need to store the points in three dimensions - that is, we keep a record of the X, Y and Z co-ordinates of each point. Drawing the cube is then a matter of reading the points, mapping them from 3D (the virtual space) to 2D (the monitor screen) and deciding how7 to draw the lines.
Moving the object is easy as all we do is update the X, Y and Z coordinates and the object’s position in the virtual space will alter. Rather than alter each co-ordinate, it’s easier to store a single position for the object as a whole and then add this to the co-ordinates when it comes to drawing them.
Where the maths starts to get a little tricky is when we want to rotate the 3D object. We need to rotate the object for two reasons. Firstly, the object itself might spin. If the object was an alien tank instead of a cube, we would want it to change direction.
An object is said to “spin on its own axis” when it rotates like this.
Secondly, when we move our viewpoint, it appears than the objects not only rotate around us but they also spin around their own axis in order to keep the same face towards us. In the example picture (above right), looking straight down, as we turn to the left the object moves into view. It rotates around its own axis as it does so, otherwise the purple face wouldn’t be towards us.
Rotating objects requires a little magic mathematical formula. Using Sin and Cos functions, it’s not too hard to spin an object around its own axis.
To spin an object around another axis we can first centre it on that new axis, spin it, and then move it back.
Yes, it all sounds complicated and like something you would fall asleep listening to in school, but once you see it in action, you'll understand it better and be able to use it yourself without thinking twice about it.
Enough maths, then. Let’s write a program which describes a cube, draws it and rotates on the screen in front of us, in a window on the Workbench desktop. First of all, we need some data structures to define the locations of those points. In fact, let’s make things even easier by defining the points as pairs of points, each with a line between them. This will mean there is some duplication, but it makes the drawing routine much easier to understand.
We’ll create a Cstructure for the points and then define them as though the cube was sitting right in the centre CHAPTER NINE C PROGRAMMING X- of an X, Y, Z grid - the corners will all have co-ordinates either at .1 or -1. Later on you can sketch out your own shapes (pyramids, spaceships, tanks and so on) on graph paper and use them instead.
Here’s the data structure that will hold the co-ordinates, and the structure that defines the cube: sTmcr conl_hjpe ww.
}: stud ate_lp sfTEfwOpepM stTKfC8rt_fiiep2: jMpefiajc fMpesi«Lt fteaf pos&iafl_z: } cute; We now have a variable called “cube” which contains the two sets of points (for Moving to, and then Drawing to) and the overall position of the cube.
We can then create another array- storing the initial positions of all these points, and create a function which initialises the cube structure: struct ranlJpcitejsesO ILU.HU}. HIU.H-IU. -1-1.U.U.-IU. l-l.U. UU. fl.l-U.Hl-U. Hl-UH-l-U.
H-l-U.fl.-l-U. fl-l-U.fl.l-U. fl.l.U.fl.l.-U. -UU.HL-U. H-1.U.H-L-U. fl.-lU.fl.-l-U. }: uaM itfJrip MfW.n TOTKiW__CWU m m*.
Mm) cteejl[i] cufieJitesD 1; cutejaiQcuteJaesOl; }: atejetteul; afcjusHte.zS; } That’s the cube defined. Actually- drawing it is quite straightforward. We use the Z co-ordinate (the depth) to scale the X and Y co-ordinates and this provides the perspective effect.
For more details on this, consult any of the computer graphics books listed in the box on this page. Here’s the function for drawing the cube: nil drauLCBte [strict testtet ’rastpT] how71 included them in a short program which opens a window7 (200x200), initialises the cube and then keeps drawing it until the user closes the window. Only the core of this main function has been listed (see the Listing 1 box below7).
When you get the program running you should see a lovely little cube whizzing around in the window on your desktop. Clicking in the close gadget will shut the program dowrn.
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Rastpart =win- EFart; define_cube(); drav_cube(rastpart); while (flag) spin_cube(1.0); draw_cube(rastpart); while (*sg - (strurt IntuiKsssage »)GstMsg(win- UserFbrt)) switch (*sg- Class) fwDHfci] IDQfP.aXSEUINDCW: flag-FALEE; break; xlcutejlJOtejusiteLX; |1 cfte.plp]4CBte4Bstion_i zlC8tejl[i].zcstejss9iBi_z; x2cte8 [i]jatej9s9iM_x; «2 cate catejaamu z2atej2[Q.zafej£iiii_z: lyMsg( (struct Kessage *)*sg); CloseSindcw(win); if Qzl 1] K [z21U ctedficisecuteis'teite'is piann zUteiariii zif px2anx2 z2]n22flrH2 l21; fAmsvsmmsm m mmm ¦flmi Nm rastpft.raflpil.rte]tell: mirastisrtM M: } }
Finally, the function that causes the cube to spin on its owTn axis. This is the one that features the Sine and Cosine functions, and that magic formula.
Again, any good text book will explain it in depth.
R9ispa_ate[fMB|i8] Bp* rate f axis fWzzjx tec ffeafslat tesKteHrttet cdcK[a e*ra : firOtliy) GRAPHICS BOOKS The best-known book for 3D graphics is Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice», by Foley, van Dam, Feiner and Hughes. It's the classic work and if you're looking for it, I recommend the version which uses C for listing the example programs. The ISBN is 0-201-84840-6. Runners up include Fundamentals of Three-Dimensional Computer Graphics by Alan Watt, ISBN 0-201-15442-0, and Interactive Computer Graphics by Burger and Gillies, ISBN 0-201-17439-1. All are published by
N [cteejl[QjrcSHcute jlQLf s l: n [ote|lQlJ*sB] [ctes jlOJTci]: cutejlOfzzztteeilOlJxx; n[c* Ortel- ate|%irtel: s [otej UjTsi] (ctes te); cteM$ Lzzzxtetp2Dlixc } } We can now drop these modules into one of the standard listings wrhich we’ve used many times before. Here’s OK, so our first attempt at 3D graphics might not look very state-of-the- art, but even- 3D game uses the same basic techniques of perspective mapping and the sin cos rotations. That’s every7 game, from the simplest 3D maze program to the most sophisticated 3D, solid, texture mapped Quake clone. Next month w7e’ll look at
expanding this little 3D engine into something a little more like a game. Don’t miss it! & CHAPTER nuniE USER GUIDE §[feo®m uncovers the might of memory management.
AFCD33:-ln the Mag- Under the Bonnet Chapter 7. Multitasking - keeping it all going at once Chapter 8. Metnory Mapping - what it's for I Chapter 9. Memory Management - dynamic mapping Chapter 10. Retargeting - the test of system friendliness ‘Chapter fi. Redirection - networks and file systems Chapter 12. Exceptions - getting along with Gurus if you've missed chapters 1-8, call our backissue hotline on 01458 271102 EC chips, and are essential components of PPC accelerators. AJ1 the 68040 and 68060 systems on the market now include MMU hardware.
You can fit an 68EC040 chip in a Commodore A4000 40 processor socket, but Commodore never shipped machines in that configuration.
VMM. BGUI Program failed (error 87000004) Wait for disk activity
Suspend Reboot Alas, Virtual Memory isn't always conducive to a stable system.
Amiga Workbench 1983752 graphics mem ! 1S64944 other rnern CPU Usage Monitor I ED IQ . . S .. t li- ? I Enforcer Hit If your Amiga has an MMU (Memory Management Unit) you gain impressive, almost magical, powers, and enough rope to hang yourself many times over.
However, don’t expect the Amiga OS to tame the MMU for you. Amigas are designed to run well without an MMU, and while this boosts speed it can also introduce traps.
RAA1 can become ROM, or vice versa. Virtual memorv can fool the j system into using hard disk space as if it was real RAM. Memory addresses can be shuffled around and changes automatically monitored, so programs know exactly which parts of an image need to be redrawn and naughty routines admit their faults rather than clobbering mild-mannered neighbours.
Memory can be write-protected, add-on hardware can be hidden or simulated, and all in a ‘transparent' way so the system carries on blithely unaware, just like a traditional Amiga.
access made by the processor, translating the 'logical address' specified by the program... L K Last month we looked at the hardware side of memory - widths, speeds, sizes and sockets Now we focus on logical, rather than physical, memory, and the magic of memory management which means that RAM on a modern xAmiga is no longer constrained by its sockets.
68EC030s are more common, found in A4000 ’030s and budget accelerators running at up to 40MHz.
Top-speed 68030s always have an MMU, so an official 50MHz rating is a sure sign of an accelerator with memory management. 68020s require the external 68851 MMU, versatile but slow, as featured in Commodore’s A2500 and A2620 expander. ' Stock 68EC020 A1200s lack memory management, although they can be usurped by an MMU-equipped chip, via trapdoor expansion.
Hardware variations mean MMU programs are often 68040 or 68060 specific, or may only work on older '020 ’030 systems. Thomas Richter’s new MMULib, on Aminet and our CD, ? | Output Window | e 68038 CPU found.
FastRon MMU already in operation!
MMU VARIANTS Mike Sinz's Enforcer detects dodgy code in Skick and Lens.
MMUs feature in most 32-bit processors in the 68K family, apart from cut-down adds a sorelv-needed interface layer, so applications can use memory management without worrying about the particular CPU in use.
However, for the time being we’re stuck with programs that roll their own MMU code for each system, with a consequent risk of incompatibility.
Cyber Guard 31-Aug-98G1:17:04 BYTE-WRITE to 00000000 PC: 08739F54 USP: 08949A24 SR: 0004 FLSW: 00A10200 TCB: 087467F0 Data: 00000000 00000001 0872F884 00000000 00000004 021CBDCD 021CA131 08739E3C Addr: 0872F9D3 0872F9D4 0872F884 00000000 08949A28 00F959E6 08000830 08949A24 $ 08739f54: MOVE.B DO,(A3) Name: "Shell Process” CL I: ”poke” Hunk 0000 Offset 00000114 ? | KingCQN New Shell process 13 13 poke 0 0 Guard HOW MMUs WORK MMUs intercept every memory access made by the processor, translating the 'logical address’ specified by the 13 Don’t try this at home kids (without Enforcer or CyberGuard)
phase 5's CyberGuard traps some deliberate RAM vandalism!
CHAPTER MINE USER GUIDE i Jz VIRTUAL MEMORY Virtual memory systems stash pages on a fast drive so thev can claim more RAM J space than is physically available: up to 2Gb more on a 32-bit Amiga. Amiga virtual memory developments stalled at about the time memory prices crashed and 68060 systems arrived. The commercial GigaMem and Shareware VMM focused on 68020 to 68040 systems, as well as greedy applications like AdPro, Maple and Imagine.
You need a big, fast drive to store pages which have been ‘swapped out’ to disk. Dedicate a partition to this swap space or expect a long wait when the machine crashes and has to revalidate a partition which mixes normal files and your swap file. Some programs insist on real memory and you get into a knot if device code or MMU hacks are themselves swapped out, so careful configuration is essential.
MMU GOODIES One popular use for the MMU is remapping Kickstart to faster memory, although this can also be done with special hardware on A3000, 3640 and some phase 5 systems. Associated utilities include CyberMap, FastROM, MapROM, SoftBoot, QuickROM and WarpKick. Some support a choice of Kickstarts loaded from disk, though you must reset to swap between them.
Other tricks require real memory management. Fusion uses the MMU to provide the virtual memory some Mac applications expect, or to emulate 24-bit addressing required by older programs.
Shapeshifters ‘MMU refresh’ options use ATU table bits to detect screen changes for efficient updating. Quake and VoxelSpace 3D code benefits in a similar fashion.
_ V Y N N N N program into a 'physical address’. They do this using ‘mapping tables’ and Address Translation Units (ATUs), which have small caches to keep track of recendy accessed locations.
It’s wasteful to store separate translations for every possible address - on a 32-bit system, that would require four times as much memory for tables as there is memory accessible.
As a result, MMUs divide memory 7 j into ‘pages’, usually 4K or 8K in size, though early MMUs, like the 68030 one and the add-on 68851 for 68020s, support more possibilities.
TRANSLATIONS Translation tables contain a long word for each page, specifying a replacement value for the most significant bits of each logical address. They use the bits left over to fine-tune access; for instance, to write-protect memory, for monitor usage, or to bypass the data cache when accessing chip RAM or Zorro cards.
Instruction, data, user and system supervisor accesses can be sifted, although Amigas normally use one set of tables for all purposes. To avoid the need to set up translation for every possible page, requiring 4Mb just for tables, a million 4K pages on a 32-bit address bus, MMU tables are arranged hierarchically. They have a ‘top level table' managing 128 32-Mb areas, pointing to lower level tables for each 256K section actually used, further divided into the actual pages.
This economy brings the overhead down to a few hundred K, although it may be more if you’re using lots of virtual memory. Allow a bit over IK per logical megabyte for tables, and at least another megabyte of real memory’ to keep the most recently accessed pages close at hand.
The ATU stores recendy used table entries, reducing the need for table look-ups which could otherwise reduce access speed by three-quarters.
Programs that use memory randomly, like ray tracers, list scanners and my own rather contrived CHURX (on the CD), are a severe test of ATU efficiency. They run faster if you forgo the powers of the MMU, normally set up by Enforcer or SetPatch, with help from the 68040 or 68060.library. i VMM VMM V3.3 Memory Tasks Programs A Cygrius ?
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has a MUI- based front-end for fine tuning.
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Tasks Programs ) Memory ] Miscellaneous Cache Zorro II RAM %£] Statistics yf Show VM in WB title Memory tracking FastROM _J Titlebar only v j i Position in normal stale Min. VM allocation 200 Left | Q Top | 01 ¦ Position as titlebar Enable VM hotkey rait rshift y Left | 01 Top | 01 Disable VM hotkey ralt rshift n Save Lise | Cancel More configuration options in the Shareware VMM.
Miscellaneous Add Dir | up 1 Add Iask | Down | Add Bottom | Delete Sort | Memory management can fake J O memory in special places, like the SC00000 Ranger expansion required by some old demos. It can also merge Zorro 2 and Zorro 3 fast memory into one chunk, and I’m currently developing emulator engines which simulate memory bank-switching efficiently within an eight-bit processor address space.
PROTECTION MMUs are handy for users but invaluable for programmers, to die point where it’s hard to be confident that any program is ‘safe’ until you’ve tried it on a system with memory protection.
MMUs can manage access to special regions like ROM or hardware registers to track custom chip updates. MonAm doesn’t let you put breakpoints in ROM, but COP (dev debug) lets you mirror ROM to RAM so you can modify and pause inside 'ROM’, by the miracle of memory management.
Enforcer and its clone, CyberGuard, are the power tools of MMU programming.
They report erroneous memory accesses, giving die task name, code offset and even the instruction at fault, pin-pointing errors and making sure the rest of the system is protected.
Cavalier design in the C programming language means that programs often fail by jamming values into sensitive low addresses, using structure offsets direcdy, rather than proper addresses therein. This yields weird bugs, often in apparently unrelated programs, which can be very hard to fix.
It can happen in assembler too, but such errors are generally more obvious to the programmer. Secure languages eliminate pointers, and hence this problem, but at a great cost in efficiency.
You might detect bad pointer arithmetic on systems widiout an MMU with MungWaUy which builds a safety zone around each allocation. This can still be useful if you have an MMU, especially if your program tends to stray just beyond the prescribed limits. However, Enforcer and CyberGuard catch most pointer bugs reliably and efficiendy, including wayward reads which might otherwise go unnoticed. Amiga systems don’t insist on memorv management but few O professionals, programmers or power users would like to live widiout it.
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I went to hospital recently for some x- rays and while I was waiting I noticed some magazines. They had some old Amiga Format and CU Amiga copies there from 1991 to 1993, so I thought I’d have a quick browse through them to see what had changed over the years.
In a CU Amiga issue, I found a pull- out section on video editing and titling that looked quite interesting so I proceeded to read it.
I noticed that most of the pictures were of some old, bearded bloke set against various backdrops. After taking a closer look, I noticed that he looked remarkably like an older version of a certain Nick Veitch!
Lo and behold, the piece was written bv “Old Nick’ himself! What happened, Nick? Where are you keeping your time machine hidden, or is it that miracle rejuvenating cream that does it?
Neil Corbett via email Ah, the old days. That will have been the Chnstmas special where I spent most of my Christmas on a rather cold Ballyholme beach being filmed for some amazing chromakey effects. I think the real secret of my amazing youthful appearance is the cleansing, purify ing radiation beaming out of my 1960 monitor day after day... NET NONSENSE I have been a loyal follower of the Amiga for a number of years, first with an A600, followed by an A1200. With only minor and relatively inexpensive upgrades (hard disk, Blizzard 1220 accelerator with 4Mb RAM, extra floppy disk drive, etc) I
have found it more than capable of meeting my needs.
These are primarily DTP, word processing and spreadsheets, with some game playing thrown in.
However, for the first time I am experiencing the creaking limitations and age of my system and, even though it pains me to say it, the advantages of the PC. I am referring to my futile and now abortive attempt at getting access to the Internet.
Questions about Workbench 3.5 Technical questions (which should go to Workbench) Heartfelt expressions of how really great CU Amiga was Letters about Andy Smith being wrong Questions about the Millennium Bug Illegible nonsense I started by buying a fast 56K modem (V.90 compatible, no less), with good quality net and browser software. I then subscribed to the UK’s largest provider, Demon, and was ready to go.
Or so I thought. Initially, I had problems configuring my software, so I turned to Demon’s 24-hour technical advice line for assistance. Sorry, they replied, we don’t give advice for the Amiga, only Pcs.
I then turned to the software company, who were very helpful and eventually sorted out my problem. This is it, I thought. Wrong. My first successful logon took approximately 20 minutes, and this was just to the Altavista search page.
Any attempt to go further took just as long and ended up in my running out of patience and terminating the link. I did manage to log on to other sites in around 10 minutes, but if I used it regularly my phone bill would bankrupt me.
It was then suggested that to speed matters up I should buy a Whippet interface, upgrade my processor and add extra RAM, all of which I did (a Your ideas for Workbench 3.5 Letters about the Amiga market, the mag or your experiences Your sensible suggestions on how we can improve AF Your own game reviews Suggestions for the Millennium Dome Legible sense Blizzard 50MHz 68030 with 16Mb, to be precise). And the result? No noticeable difference whatsoever.
I still want to get on the Internet so I’m now looking at basic Pcs for this purpose, while still using my Amiga for DTP and so on. The warning to other Amiga users wishing to get on the Internet is simple, and one which I dearly wish someone had given me - don’t waste vour monev.
J J George Drever Orkney There are several things to say here. Firstly, it is true that Demon, like some other ISPs, do not provide technical help for the A miga.
There are also a number of companies that do, as you will have seen from our recent feature on the subject.
Secondly, if you have a Whippet and a fast modem, I don’t think that you are going to get faster access from a PC. The problems causing the poor speed of your link are more likely to be due to traffic at the ISPs local node, traffic at the sites in question or a poor quality phone connection between you and your ISP We use A m igas and Macs in our office for accessing the Internet and, if anything, the Amiga’s are faster, especially since Ibrowse is a lot more efficient than the common Mac web browsers. I don’t think your problem lies with your A miga.
I’m sony you ve had this problem, but I’m even imresony that you think all your problems will be magically solved by buying a PC.
HAPPY CUSTOMER I’ve bought several bits and pieces for my Am igas from several different companies over the past eight years. In May this year I bought a 3.2Gb Maxtor hard drive from Golden Image and, Continued overleaf m • • BEWITCHED f sort of jinx?
What’s gomg on. - a Commodore 64 operating system) • those many years hich was taken UP . (which sounds like give or take the - a dQt fflatnx pnnte t (lhat then started adding wMe printing) market died, someone getting an el wham. Th d u wasn t fe„M« » » “»teve . 68040 a J„„„ CU “n -“* ” .
Amiga print their las nderful magazine. I don t car think it’s me printing your « UnoW youi don Please, please, pie Vlttle to get abettC P Afon the shelves.
If vou have to put the pav a little extra to keep giving some Amiga users will coma my address in theW dm hQpe thal I m not .hat .he ' all alone here in or any of your re from the back) i i for? Is it a secret biscui 25 miteside Road Hay dock St. Helens - " Merseyside WAU OXN don't wnte to us again.
unfortunately, the drive developed a problem that I couldn’t overcome.
I phoned Golden Image and explained everything to them and was told to send the drive back for them to have a look at. I did this on Tuesday, September 8th, and I received a brand new drive by return of post. It was back in my A1200 by the Saturday.
Golden Image were extremely polite and I even had a chat to their engineer about Amigas. They gave me a few decent tips about putting the whole of my Amiga into a tower, instead of just using a tower as a home for all my drives.
I'm hoping you'll give Golden Image a mention in the magazine as I think their prices are realistic and their after sales sendee is second to none. They’ll definitely get all my orders in the future.
R. G. Butler Norwich WEIRD NEWS I recently read a copy of Weird
Science’s new mail shot and I was interested to read about a
new “Amiga” from Weird Science and Blittersoft. As I read, I
was surprised to see that this new .Amiga was really a nasty
PC and Macintrash hybrid. The back stabbing traitors at Weird
Science have unveiled what they seem to think is an .Amiga
owner’s dream machine.
What a bunch of idiots!
I think that this “.Amiga” is a stupid idea.
For a start, they have only unveiled the EZPC Tower (sorry Eyetech) with a different name and optional Macintosh system and a few extras (modem, etc).
Please encourage your readers not to buy this new “Amiga” (which advertises its main processor as an Intel Pentium II). It even has an inferior graphics capability7 to the proposed Amiga (400 million pixels to one million pixels).
It obviously has an inferior main operating system.
I know 18 months is a long time to wait, but as they say in the Guinness adverts, the best things come to those who wait. If we wait, we'll have a very fast computer with very slick graphics and a true .Amiga OS, rather than second-rate rubbish with a stupid name (CERB-what?).
Of course, if you think 18 months is too long, perhaps you would have preferred Gateway to have announced that they were abandoning the .Amiga. Ross Whiteford Abemethy I’m sure that quite a lot of you are happy with the service you have received from the major mail order companies serving the Amiga market.
...AND ANOTHER I would be grateful if you could send something nice to Mr. Ian Jenkins of Effigy Software, or at least say something nice about him.
Even while being unable to trade through problems with distributors and exporting, as well as various legal difficulties, Mr. Jenkins has found the time to respond to my Pinball Prelude problems, even though I wasn’t entitled to any help at all - the game was bought ages ago and I couldn't produce a receipt. Mr. Jenkins sent me a set of replacement disks, enabling me to diagnose a problem with my hard disk.
I think that professional and quick support are what make .Amiga It is you• Please companies stand apart from the proponents of other platforms, especially when it’s provided free and on a goodwill gesture basis.
Examples like this need to be held up for other, larger companies to see.
T. A. Kelsall Northallerton See, told you... SdbrltlA Online by
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saying if I REALLY loved her, I’d go into debt for the rest of
Inow sir, you want your relationshp to be a long and lasting one, riq| t rng Jo less expens ve, but its a much lower quality item ' Yes, I m looking for a ring _ for my grlfriend.
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Then woddn’t you prefer t to start that relationship with a ring of REAL quality?
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2000AF it again four or five months after that. In the past, whenever a new machine has been launched, Future have more or less simultaneously launched a new magazine to support it, even before a sizeable market had been established for it.
Anyway, the best of luck to evervone at Affor J J7 J the future, and who knows? In two vear's time, .AF 7 J might be thicker, cheaper and have some competitors again, and will have bridged the gap between the old Amiga and the new Amiga.
Finally, any chance of you giving away some Amiga stickers like CU A miga did?
Andrew Marshall Liverpool As we have said since the closure of CU, there are no plans to close A miga Format any time soon. It remains a profitable title and we all sincerely hope that it will remain so, certainly long enough to see the anival of the new A miga.
Finally, I doubt it. We never liked those stickers.
Cloanto 5 Boing slickers were much better, and perhaps in the future we may be able to do something like that.
As a reader of Afsince the early nineties and a current subscriber, I would like to congratulate you for consistently producing the best Amiga magazine over the years.
Now that, sadly, the old enemy is no more, it is left to AF to follow in the footsteps of Your Sinclair, Commodore Format, Amstrad Action and ST Format as sole defender of the machine you cover.
However, unlike the above magazines, Amiga Format is covering a machine that still has a future, backed by multi-billion dollar Gateway, who are committed to launching a superchip Amiga in 12- 18 months, backed up by a multi-million dollar marketing and advertising campaign (or so they say, at least).
I now give a plea to the powers that be at Future to think about the future, to keep AF going, at least until the new super .Amiga arrives, even if by that time AF is reduced to 96 pages, two thirds glossy, one third the type at the back of CU Amiga and priced at £4.75 £6.25. Surely it would be pointless for Future to close Afin, say, 10 month’s time, only to relaunch successful with the right strategies and even Microsoft can go the way of the Roman Empire, the Japanese economy and Bill Clinton, with or without the help of cigars.
So come on AI, don’t keep us waiting too long for developments as each one of us who changes formats in these lean times is a potential customer lost to the new .Amiga. Steve Hopkirk Sunderland Well, as you probably realise by now, we print what we know and what we don V know we try to find out. Apart from the details already released, Amiga Inc. have been very tight- lipped about what’s going on. Because they work very closely and in such a small team, it is also veiy difficult to get hold of any leaked information. I do think that they ’re doing the right thing in many ways, though - there's
no point announcing things until you’re certain about them.
Own desire to be able to use the shelves of software that are available in your average high street software shop for the other format.
Gateway admitted they didn’t realise the support the .Amiga had when they bought the company, but they must realise the benefits in keeping us optimistic about its future.
As well as the actual machine, they should also be looking at an early stage about how they’re going to market it.
Thev also need some J groundbreaking software at the launch to demonstrate its capabilities if it is to attract the attention of the punters and these are things they should be doing now. .Are they?
Thev must be the first to admit that J launching a new computer against the huge monopoly of the WinTel alliance will be tough and they’re going to need as many of us old guard as possible as a jump start. However, it’s possible to be I haven’t seen any details on this new tower from Weird Science, so I can V really comment about that yet, but we will obviously be looking in to it.
I do agree with your other comments though - it is certainly better to wait a bit longer and get something worth waiting for.
A WAITING GAME Like most Amiga enthusiasts, I was over the moon to finally hear some interest by Amiga International in the future of the machine which goes beyond mere rhetoric. Apparently.
After spending megabucks on the company and doing nothing more publicly than a few licensing agreements and leading phase 5 up the garden path with perceived support for PowerPC, here was what we’d all been waiting for since the demise of Commodore. However, this euphoria quickly turned to frustration at the time we would have to wait Come on guys, what have you been doing with the company for the last 15 months?
Leaving aside the technical specs of the machine, which must be subject to variance given the technological advances to be made in this time, AI still have a full-time job keeping the remaining Amiga community on board.
They must not become aloof from us, as Commodore did, but instead must make regular progress reports public.
The first page I turn to after Format drops through my letter box is the news page. Okay, it’s unreasonable to expect huge news releases every month, but since the original announcement things have been a bit sparse in this department. This allows my paranoia about the machine to rise to the surface. Matters aren’t helped by my two sons who are pressing for access to certain reference CD-ROMs and my » fj _ ;; r f sfS f fy Fax. 01162463801 firstname.lastname@example.org Weird Science Ltd., Q House, Troon Way Business Centre, Humberstone Lane, Leicester. LE4 2SE WWW.WGirdSCiGllC6.C0.Ilk OONDfiTION
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SHARE YOUR TALENTS [fJz AFCD33:-ReaderStuff- -Gallery This month Ehti WesG presides over a truly bumper selection of your finest work.
CD COMPILATION, SUPERSONIK DJ by DJ Nick Nick's entries to the picture element of the Gallery might not seem that impressive, particularly compared with John James' Speeder bike.
However, it's his huge Mpeg animation that clinches it for him.
He originally sent us a CD with a 331Mb AVI file that was created on the Amiga and put together on a PC with a special video card. We've made it into an MPEG in order to have it fit on our CD, but it's still hard to see it effectively on an Amiga.
Petdh I jiil m ''Club Mummy" Leaves by Daniel Pimley Daniel's mono scan of leaves has been beautifully treated in Ppaint to give it that slightly ethereal look. Lovely.
Biplane 2 by Chris Edwards Chris has some nice renders on the CD but he needs to learn some things. One is how to map images correctly, using cylindrical and spherical mapping, and the other is how to model! Let's see some pictures from you that include models you've made, Chris.
Send your Gallery artwork to AFCD Submissions, Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2BW, or email them to email@example.com. Please don't send any files over 1Mb in size. Also see the submissions advice file on the CD for further options.
C3P0, R2, Speedbike by John James Beautifully modelled and rendered images done in Lightwave. They would certainly have won the Gallery prize this month if it wasn't for DJ Nick and his animation.
Night Of Tranquillity by Mikael Drugge Mikael has supplied us with several rendered images and we liked this one best. His use of lighting in Imagine has left this with a great atmosphere and we look forward to seeing more of his work.
P. C.C.V by Nuno Gordinho TripieStar by Kevin Cullen More
glorious hand-drawn artwork by Kevin Cullen. Kevin draws in
pencil, scans and then colours his work on computer, making it
feel very rich.
PCCV stands for Police Chaos Control Vehicle according to Nuno and boy, do we love images this big. You may not have the chip RAM necessary to view this on your screen so halve it in size.
HighGuard by Ron Sherrington Another great rendered image of spaceships. It's unusual to hear a reference to Traveller these days, too. It's pretty dark but other than that, it's also very nice.
This fantastic database is back and it's better than ever.
Investigates the powerful relational capabilities of this Amiga classic.
Fiasco The second is going to be an inventory database that pulls the names of the products and their values in and calculates the value of the stock. Much of the second database will actually be pulling data from the first one so that minimum upkeep is required.
DESIGN TIME Before you can get involved in all the nifty and cool things, you need to design your own database. Fiasco makes this easy. Simply start the program and you’ll find a new database with no fields or entries waiting for you; a blank sheet waiting for your masterpiece.
Since we last included Fiasco on a coverdisk, things have changed substantially. The author has .
Developed the feature set significantly and it now includes the ability to pull data from another database on the fly.
This doesn't mean importing data from another form of database, but actually having two databases that interact during runtime. Fiasco also now supports programming for functions so that you can have “virtual” fields, as you can in a spreadsheet, that don't have data input by the user.
Instead, the programs works out the fields from a formula based on other “real” fields.
Let’s see how you can use these features to build a powerful, integrated database. We are actually going to create two databases so they can interact with each other. The first is going to be a database of produces that our new company, “AF Enterprises”, make.
Will actually be pulling data from the first one so that minimum upkeep is required.
Go to the Control menu and swap to Mask mode, or press Ctrl-F2 on the keyboard. This is the design mode where we layout the fields of the database. You’ll see that the floating toolbar changes from the one used to add records to the database to a design one, allowing you to add fields. You can also acid fields from the Fields menu.
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minutes you can follow our tutorial and design and build two
databases which interact. The second database actually only has
two live fields. All the rest are relations and calculations.
The first entry we need to make, strangely, is not a real field; it’s a label.
Change the field type to text and click on Add. A small requestor will appear which asks for you to type the text you want to appear.
Enter “Product” and change the style to Bold. Then press cretumx The text appears and you can click on it and drag it around the database form to be placed where you want it. We want it at the top left, so it’s fine.
Now add a new field of the String type. A String field is one that will accept text entries when you add a record.
When you click on Add, a more complex requestor will appear. All the defaults are fine for this purpose, though it is worth noting now that you can enter default entries that will appear when a new record is added. This is also where you can define virtual fields and add formulae in the Programming section.
The only thing you do need to enter is a unique field name. This is the name that the database uses to identify the field when that field is requested by a different field - the name is not displayed at runtime. Enter “Product” and then OK the requestor.
Make sure the field is positioned next to its caption and then add a new Text field to be called “Product ID”. Now add an Integer field. Integer fields accept numbers and, in this case, the product ID is going to the key identifier that will be used in the The Edit Relations requestor requires you to pick a database to refer to, and then you need to match up the Key identifiers for a field and the data field you want from the remote record. You can even have different fields pulling data from different databases.
OTHER UTILITIES POOLMEM Also on this disk is a set of utilities for correcting the RAM display and adding in a few new features to Workbench.
VIEW FONTS 2 This is a simple utility designed to make it easier for you to see all the fonts you have installed and what they look like. You can then move the ones you don't need to a different folder. The program can copy the fonts from the folder or delete the font for you.
Make it easy on yourself. View Fonts 2 can show ail your fonts and make it easy for you to select ones to move or delete by batch.
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AstaTirefi ¦ I AvanKJarde I BafccnC I SMS 1 Beaverfed® A A} Becter1te*jj*fedJii V V 30 fori a &TCS FONTS: IS fet SftQffire Now the database will match up these two keys and pull across the data from the Product field in the Products database and put it in the Prod field in this database whenever required, according to the Product ID number.
Now edit the relation for Price.
Choose the Products database as the Related file. Again, match the ProdID to the IDNumber, choose salesprice for the Remote Real Data and this is the database finished. Go to the Record mode and add a record. All you need to add is the product ID number and the stock level. The rest of the data will be pulled across, based on the Product ID and the value of the stock calculated, based on that information.
This just scratches the surface of the power of Fiasco and doesn’t take in many of the fields and features available, but it does show how a powerful database set can be built quickly. Thankfully, there’s a huge AmigaGuide in the documentation directory which details all the features in great depth.
Don’t forget that this program is Shareware, so register it if you use it so that the author continues development.
Details are in the documentation and on the reminder that appears when you start the program.
“ProdID” (Integer), “Product” (Text), “Prod” (String), “Sales Price” (Text), “Price” (Integer), “Stock” (Text), “Stocklevel” (Integer), “Stock Value” (Text) and finally “Value” (Integer).
The last field, “Value”, again needs to be a virtual field with a formula. The formula you need to enter is: Price*Stocklevel. Save the database in the same director)7 as the first one and call it Stock.
Now it’s time to get some relationships going. Click once on the ProdID field and then choose Edit Relation from the Field menu (Right Amiga-Shift-8). A new requestor will appear. At the bottom is a button to open a new requestor to choose the database the data is to be pulled from.
Select the Products database we’ve just created. When it is chosen, you’ll see all the fields appear in parts of the requestor.
What you need to select in the top Local Key part is the ProdID field.
This is the field in the database you are editing that will be matched to the field in the remote database (Products) in order to bring across the other data. In Remote Key below7, you need to choose IDNumber. In the Remote Real Data the only choice should be Product.
The formula editor allows you to type in directly or select the elements of the formula from the individual lists.
Included are all the fields in the database so you can use the contents of a field to work with.
Pasco product' Product Product Delete AM g| Text Products.fcb ID 1 profit Max Chars fi Aboard Shortcut | | Ixrtrfcatan Ueft j ftsadOrty J Seted &tt 3 tfddsr. J_ JhrtfcjWn el left I a _J lype Cl Useowivdue | Fortala iWewt-ScrW ... __JS QmrAK |o III B-edefinrfWfcw.. | Edtscnpt- “J Caned When you add a new field to the design of your database, you'll see a requestor like this one. It is adding in the Key identifier, an Integer field that will be identical in both databases, and it's used to match up records.
Fuictionj: strten(strir g) strcat(sti1ng,...) strrtcKstrisg, start, I strstr(stnng, j strcflrfstringt. Strrigsj Operators: second database to pull in data from here. In order to create any relational database you will always need at least two fields on a database form, one of which needs to be an identifier field. On the requestor for the Integer, enter the name “IDNumber”.
FORMULAIC RESPONSE Now7 add a Text field called “Cost”, with an Integer field called “Costprice”, then a Text field called “RRP” and an Integer field called “Salesprice”. Now7 enter a Text field called “Profit Margin” and an Integer field called “Profit”.
This is going to be our first virtual field and it will calculate how7 much we make on the cost price when we sell an item. In the requestor, tick the Virtual Field check box. In the Programming section of the requestor you’ll see a button with an arrow on it to denote that a further requestor is available.
Click this and the formula editor will open. If the requestors you’ve been opening have opened on different screens, you’ll have to do some swapping of screens at this point.
Incidentally, a solution to this is to go to the Setting menu and change the Display type to a custom screen and let everything appear on the same screen.
Now you can either type in your formula or make life easy on yourself j j and click on the functions you need.
Our formula is simple: (salesprice- costprice) costprice* 100. The maths is easy. The part in the brackets is executed first - calculate the profit made by subtracting the number in the costprice field from the number in the salesprice field.
That number is then divided by the costprice to see what fraction of the original price is profit. This is multiplied by 100 to create a percentage.
Click on OK in the formula editor, and then OK in the field requestor. Save the database under the name “Products”. Change back to the Record mode (press Ctrl-Fl) and we need to enter our sample data. Just make it up.
RELATIONSHIPS Now we need to create a new database.
Again, we need to do the design first.
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Constants: m costprice ¦ Iwkmfaer I product 1 A profit A V uteaprtce V J amiga FO&MT It's almost a year ago since we featured an up and coming shoot-em-up. One name change and masses of work later, ©aw® is very pleased to be blasting his way through a full new level.
GunBee Maybe it’s the ridiculous ’number of hours spent on Xenon and its sequel, or maybe it’s premature senility, but I can’t resist a good shoot-em-up. None of this new' fangled, 3D, first person perspective rubbish. I want to strap myself into a battered fighter and set out to save the w'orld by blasting away wave after wave of alien scum.
Some eleven months ago it looked as if my dream wras going to come true, w’hen I came across a game called AmiBee w-hich had a full demo of level one. Things then w'ent quiet until this brand new' demo arrived.
Featuring level two, the game has undergone some major changes with new enemies and graphics and even a new' name.
GunBee remains the same tight, high action blaster as before, and manages to pack the high quality' graphics and gameplay of this demo onto this single disk. You need an AGA machine to play the game and ideally a fast processor and some extra RAM. As the coverdisk boots the game though it should be easy enough to play on anything from a bog standard A1200 upwards.
Stray shot when you're tied up trying to collect a bell, so be very careful.
GETTING STARTED When the game starts loading you’ll come to a selection screen for the game. This is not the Start screen, it’s the one that determines the game’s preferences. Using the joystick or keyboard arrow keys to move up and down through the menu, use left and right to choose the screenmode and the input mode. If you’re in the UK you’ll probably need to change the screenmode to PAL.
You can also change the input to keyboard and you can even change the language. Wtien you’re ready, press fire or the Alt button.
The game will continue to load and will do a quick picture show of intro screenshots and game pictures before going to a quick overview. You can press Fire or Alt again at any point to skip to the Start screen.
From the Start screen you can begin the game or go to the Options menu. In the Options menu you can turn the music off and change the gameplay mode from Honey mode to Story- mode. Honey mode is the easier of the two and is intended as a trainer, though to be honest, it’s still quite difficult. Story mode is the full monty and you’d better be ready for it.
The Honey mode gives you five lives and five power beam shots, which are accessed by holding down the fire button. These powered up shots will devastate any enemies in their path, but with such a limited number you need to be frugal using them. Large enemies in this mode are slower and attack less.
The normal enemies aren’t as smart and don’t have unpredictable shots, as they do in the real game. The down side is that a major part of the gameplav is also not available in this mode.
To complete the game properly you have to collect a set of magic crystals and these aren’t available in the trainer mode. To collect the crystals you need to keep them up in the air by shooting them, and by shooting them you need to manoeuvre them into one of the flying baskets that appear from time to time. This is a verv difficult task and j you’ll need lots of practice to manage it.
The bonus is that some special weapon power ups are available to help you play in the full game mode.
BELLS AND WHISTLES Happy clouds are the key to the game as a happy cloud may contain a bell when you shoot it. When a bell comes out, it will bounce out of the cloud and then start falling to the bottom of the screen.
By default, when they come out they will be golden bells. These bells can be collected by moving over them and they will give you extra points. How?ever, if you UahI, HOP K USJT~ iLmSL eh m Shell Fornat m jE RexxNast 2 The story behind this ace shoot- em-up can be found in the introduction.
In the documents for the game, the Fire and Bomb buttons for the keyboard mode are incorrectly mixed up. These are the correct keys.
CURSOR KEYS - Directional controls for keyboard mode.
- Fire (keyboard mode).
LEFT-AMIGA - Throw bomb (keyboard mode).
SPACE BAI - Throw bomb (joystick mode - also fire button 2).
Gold bells - Points.
Blue bells - Speed up.
Green bells - Power up.
Red bells - Extra firebeam.
White bells - Temporary shield.
Black bells - Damage to arms; removes ability to throw bombs.
Keep shooting them they’ll change to a different colour. There’s no guarantee what colour they’ll change to, but different colours offer different rewards.
If you can manage it with all the waves of enemies coming down then you can keep on firing at bells to keep changing their colour. Every time you hit one, it’ll be knocked back up the screen and will start to fall back down after it reaches its zenith. It’s easy to get caught by a stray shot when you’re tied up trying to collect a bell, so be very careful.
When you shoot a bell you also knock it to one side, so if you hit it left of centre it goes right and up, and if you hit it on the right side it goes left and up. To keep the bell from firing off the side of the screen you need to hit the KEYS AND BELLS bell on one side and then the other.
The closer you get to the side of the screen, the more difficult it is to bring it back to the centre.
BOMBING FRUIT You can also keep knocking bells until you come across one of the flying baskets. If you knock 10 bells of one colour into a basket you’ll get an extra life (but not in the trainer mode). A flying basket appears when a single enemy wave is shot down while a smiling cloud is still on the screen.
As well as the flying basket, there is also a flying ambulance which appears from time to time and can give you back your arms for throwing bombs if you’ve lost them. The bombs that you throw don’t damage the flying enemy waves.
Instead, they explode on the floor below, a little way ahead of you.
From time to time you’ll see some animated little fellows on the floor, sometimes fruit, sometimes small rodents. As enemies of the people, they deserve to be bombed, and if you hit them you’ll be rewarded with many extra points and a collectable piece of fruit that will also give you points.
These pests are secondary and you can fly safely over the top of them so concentrate on the flying enemies who can harm you. If you do get the chance though, bomb the fruit and veg.
The documentation for this new demo says that the full game will be published soon, and the review appears in this issue. In the meantime, get in training with our coverdisk. *1?
BACKING UP YOUR COVERDISK Copying your Coverdisk is really very simple. Just follow the stages below... 3 When asked for the Source disk, insert your write-protected Coverdisk and press Return. All of the info on this disk will then be copied from the disk into memory, a i HorKbencn Type in the following line (with a zero, not the letter 0), taking care to put the spaces in the correct places: lew Shell process 4 }.HB3.0: diskcopy fron df8: to dff: Insert disk to copy fron (SOURCE disk) in device DF8 Press RETURN to begin copying or CTRL-C to abort: Iboot 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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* ress RETURN to continue or CTRL-C to abort: 4 Once your Amiga
has read the info, it will ask for the Destination disk.
Insert it and press Return. All information on this disk will be destroyed.
WORKBENCH ARCANOID This game requires unpacking to be played and can only be played through Workbench. To load it, boot the Serious coverdisk - while the archive for the game is stored on the games disk, the serious disk has the script to unpack it. The disk can do everything automatically for you. All you need is a spare floppy or the name of the hard drive directory you want to install to. When the game is unpacked, you need to load it from Workbench.
Workbench Arcanoid is simple enough. You control the panel through the mouse and need to knock through all the bricks with the ball, without letting it drop off the bottom of the screen. Some bricks drop special letters which will help you complete the level. The letters are: E - Extra life.
B - Bonus 50 points.
N - Jump to next level.
S - Slow ball.
G - Glue ball to bat when it touches.
H - Hardball, which smashes through balls rather than bouncing off when it destroys one.
Different coloured bricks are worth different points and you get an extra life for every 2,000 points. The documentation provides details of all the options and the many features.
The bricks of doom are back. Knock your way to freedom with this Workbench version of the popular Breakout clone. ' i RnigaShell ew_SheU process 4 .HB3.8: diskcopy fron df8: to df8: nseri disk to copy fron (SOURCE disk) in device DF8 ress RETURN to begin copying or CTRL-C to abort: eading cylinder 79, 8 to go nsert disk to copy to (DESTINATION disk) in device DF ress RETURN to continue or CTRL-C to abort: erifying cylinder 79, 8 to go .MB3.8: endcli 5 On an unexpanded machine, the Amiga may ask for the source disk again, because it copies in chunks.
Finally, type endcli to close down the Shell.
DISK NOT WORKING?
We take every care to test the Coverdisk software, but Future Publishing cannot accept any responsibility for any damage occurring during its use. If your disk is faulty, send it back, with 2x26p stamps and an SAE to: Amiga Format (insert name of disk) TIB PLC • TIB House 11 Edward Street Bradford *BD4 7BH If there is a manufacturing error then the stamps will be returned with a replacement disk.
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all-time low of less than 7.5%, we’ve also got one of the
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We’ve got lots of other goodies for you too. So we'll start slowly and build up the pace later on... JUMP AMD RUM FUM
- ScreenPlay- Shareware FaYoh2 Let's start lightheartedly with
It's a jump and run game, one of many to grace our dear platform (so to speak), but it’s so nicely executed that it blows its many competitors away.
Make these programs a little less prone to falling over on the more powerful machines that we all have these days.
This is only a demo of the second FaYoh game, so you can only go through the doors without a padlock (by pulling down on the joystick).
Unfortunately, it’s written in Amos, but fortunately we now have a new amos.library on our CD that should What indeed? The main difference is that we've got rid of even more of the non-essential stuff.
Our System drawer now weighs in at less that 50Mb, meaning that we have more room than ever for stuff you want on our CD, without compromising the tools you use on it.
If you've been suffering with problems with AFCDView since AFCD30, they should be cleared up now. No-one told us about them, but apparently at least one of you informed Oliver Roberts (the author of AFCDView, Prefs and Find) that they were having problems and he found and fixed the bug that caused them. Nice work Oliver!
This CD should be produced by TIB, the same people who duplicate our floppy disks every issue.
Hopefully this will resolve the problems which a very small minority of users have been getting with recent AFCDs.
It has also been found that getting a faster (newer) CD-ROM drive fixes the problems with those discs, so that might be worth considering.
We'll be keeping a close eye on what goes on with our new CD duplicators, so please get in touch if you still have any problems.
- Seriously j*miga- -Coniniereiai- fiE2_DC20 If you have Art
Effect and the Kodak DC20 digicam, you’ll be pleased to find
this plug-in which allows you to simply download your pictures
inside AE. Just ADD-ONS FOR QUAKE
- ScreenPlay- OtherSiuff QuakeStuff We've had some feedback from
you over the last couple of months about our Quake add-ons, and
the overriding concern is that you aren't sure of how to set
We get people asking what Zip files are and what they should do with them and the like. Right. This is where you start learning... 1AII the Quake add-ons we have on the CD are ready to run (pretty much). They're already unpacked, so you won't need to use a Zip program in order to unpack them any further.
2 To get them to work, all you need to do is copy the whole directory into your Quake directory by dragging it from the CD into the place where you keep Quake on your hard drive.
3 The next step is possibly the hardest. You may need to run Quake from the Shell with the name of the dir as an argument. If the dir you've copied from the CD is called "extra", this is what you have to type: Quake -game extra.
Alternatively, you might have to create a script file that allows you to run this command by double clicking on an icon.
We've run tutorials on this before, but here's the low-down again.
Start by running your favourite text editor or word processor. Copy the statement I've given above into it and save the file. If you're using a word processor, make sure you save the file as plain text or ASCII, otherwise it won't be usable as a script.
Then you need to give this file an icon if it doesn't already have one.
This icon should be a project icon (if you've got an icon that you like, but it isn't a project icon, use Swazlnfo from the +System+ tools drawer) and you have to give it a default tool of "IconX". Now when you double click on this icon, it's the same as using the Shell, cd'ing to the dir the IconX script is in and typing the commands in the script.
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Minion converts your copy of Quake into something closely
Extra levels for total conversions like Team Fortress or Special Forces. Make sure you read the readme file in these directories as it will tell you where to put the files contained therein. That's it! There are several total or partial conversions in the QuakeStuff drawer for you this month, including the aforementioned Special Forces and Team Fortress multiplayer game. Have fun!
Special Forces is a Goldeneye-style game.
Bung the program in this drawer into your plug-ins drawer in the Art Effect directory and away you go.
MPEG GIVES YOU WINGS
- Seriously_ftmiga- Sound Pegase_10 MP3 is all the rage these
days, but there are people who think that encoding audio tracks
is only feasible with big Pcs and expensive software. Nothing
could be further from the truth.
Didier Levet’s Pegose program is not only a good .mpg encoder, but it’s dead easy to use too. Just double click on the Continued overleaf Tli F T 1 1 03:54 setsun.mp3 MPEG2-111 24kbps 11025Hz 16b Mono http: ww.geocities.com SunsetStrip Studio 7950 setsun.mp3 r- 01:27 44 I »l .9) ill
- ScreenP!ay- HDJnstalIers We've got a huge collection of the
latest HD installers on this issue's CD for you, with nearly
200 of the WHD hard drive installers for all sorts of games.
C1WEMA4P. FIX :_
- ln_tfte_Mag- CU_G4D On their very last CD, CU Amiga offered
their readers Cinema 4D v4. Unfortunately, they got the
installer script wrong and they didn't print the serial numbers
in their mag (doh!).
We've got an updated installer on our CD, but you'll still need to call HiSoft (01525 718181) in order to get the registration number.
- S6rlously_flmiga- firohfvers We've got quite a few archivers
(or de-archivers) that take advantage of the PPC's enhanced
speed in order to help with crunching operations. Along with
the more common LZX, DMS and TGZ, there are also a few that
probably won't get used much, like ACE, ARJ and ZOO.
- Seriousfy_Amiga- Gomnis Otlier &niinetldM If you use the Aminet
Index file we have on our CD every month, you'll know that it
can be a bit of a pain to search through. This little MUI
program gives you a much better front end for searching and
will give you an ASCII text file with your selections for
icon that suits your processor, point it at an appropriate 16-bit sound sample (it automatically recognises and processes AIFF, MAUD, CDDA and even WAV files) and leave it to it.
At the moment, Pegase can only ? | SongPlqyer 1.3 7TUo» encode Layer 2 files, not the more famous Layer 3 variant, but these are pretty good quality anyway and can be played by all the .Amiga MP3 players like AMP, Mpega and Sound Player.
Not only that, but it reduces the storage requirements from about 40Mb for a four minute track to approximately 4Mb, at a quality level almost indistinguishable from the CD original.
It’s not a real-time procedure, but on a 50MHz '060 you can encode that track in about twelve and a half minutes.
Best of all, it doesn’t ue up your processor completely, allowing you to multitask as you go.
New websites on the CD this month include Digital Images, the makers of Space Station 3000, and the website for the Amiga Games Database. This is a collecdon of game reviews from .Amiga users all over the world, including a few celebrity reviews from David Braben, Paul Burkey and more. There are also updates of the pages from HiSoft, Amiga Flame, GoiGoi and others.
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NEIGHBOURS 2 DISK ? 1705 A12AER RACERS ? 116 STAR TREK 2 DISK
? 951 FLAMMING ? 1894 TIME RUNNER ENGINES STRATEGY GAMES ? 469
THE ROAD TO HELL ? 1182 A12 NIGHTMARE SIMULATORS ? 1170 A12
LOROS 2 DISK ? 2247 CAR DRIVER SIM ? 876 GLOBAL NUKE WAR ?
2138 A12 AARDVARK ? 1547 SOLO STAR TREK ? 1273 A12 TRAIN
DRIVER ? 1431 UFO UNCLOTHED ? 333 BATTLE CARS V2 PUZZLER GAMES
? 2147 CYBER-PET ? 859 10 PUZZLERS ? 926 HELICOPTER ? 1765
BRAIN BALLS ? 332 SEALANCE-SUB ? 2127 CQIN-MANIA SPORT GAMES ?
1546 EXPERT BALLS ? 1317 A12 GON FISHING ? 2220 LAZER BLAST ?
1014 CRAZY GOLF ? 1550 PUZZLER PITS ? 1373 ICE HOCKEY ? 1633
THE W00GL1ES ? 1630 INTER CRICKET MANAGER GAMES ? 1700 GOLF 9
HOLES ? 321 AIRPORT ? 630 TEN PIN BOWLING ? 817 BLOOD BALL ?
1251 TENNIS TOUR ? 1771 MICRO MART 3 HINTS & CHEATS ? 1699
PREMIER PICS ? 418 1000 CHEATS ? 876 SCOTTISH LEAGUE ? 931
BACKDOOR V3 ? 443 SLAM BALL ? 1358 GAME SOLUTIONS ? 1429 ULTI
MANAGER ? 813 GAME TAMER V4.5 QUIZ GAMES ? 820 MEGA CHEATS ?
1670 A12 DEATH ROW ? 821 PASSWORD MANIA ? 2119 CATCH PHRASE ?
2216 PLAYSTATION ? 1683 HOLLYWOOD TRIV ? 681 SIERRA SOLUTIONS
? 716 POP MUSIC QUIZ ? 1653 SOLUTIONS V3 ? 462 WHEEL OF
FORTUNE OVER 18 GAMES LOGIC GAMES J1654 ADULT BREAKOUT ? 2266
IMPERIAL MAJONG ? 1248 STRIP POKER ? 1687 TILE MANIA ? 101
T-LiNER V0L1 ? 1037 MARBLES ? 1517 ADULT BOMBER ? 1477 BOMB
MANIACS ? 1335 ADULT DROIDS ? 119 DRAGON'S TITLES ? 1081 ADULT
TETRIS ? 112 DRAGON'S CAVE ? 1533 DRAGONS BALL ? 1476
MARBEL-L0US AMIGA LEISURE AMIGA EMULATION ? 1249 CROSS STITCH
? 423 2 DISK SPECTRUM ? 752 KNITTING ? 327 ACTION REPLAY ? 865
TARR0T 2 DISK ? 955 DOWN TO A50Q ? 1438 A-GENE V5 ? 889 PC EM
2 DISK ? 205 AMIGA PUNTER ? 313 UP TO A50Q PLUS ? 1210 LOTTO
LUNATIC ? 414 UP TO A1200 ? 1594 LOTTERY SYSTEM DISK COPIERS ?
1682 THE PHYSICIAN ? 2022 COPY & CRACK V4 A1200 MEGADEMOS ?
2130 DISKCL0NER ? 1685 2 DISK JADE ? 325 LOCK PICKER V2 ? 1220
AMIGA JAMMIN ? 727 MULTI TASK (MT) ? 1270 DOOM RAVE ? 158 X
COPY (PRO) ? 1725 CREAM WITH ME HARD DRIVERS ? 2185 GENESIS
SYNTEX ? 2246 3 DISK MUI 3.8 ? 2083 0 SPICE 2 DISK ? 2197 GAME
INSTALL 14 ? 2053 TERMINATOR DISK ? 1770 2 DISK ERROR TALK ?
1165 VENTILATOR ? 2202 IDE CD FIXER AMIGA MEGAOEMOS ? 779 W B
3 INSTALL ? 1104 20SK 0XYGENE ? 780 WB 2 INSTALL ? 1015
2DSKTAZ QUEEN PRINTING ? 1816 BATMAN 2 DISK ? 2282 BUSINESS
CARDS ? 2053 SHED TEARS 2DSK ? 1520 TEXT ENGINE V5 ? 1785
TECHNO TRACKS ? 1172 CANON DRIVERS ? 460 TEKN0 RAVE ? 1173
H. P DRIVERS A1200 SLIDESHOWS ? 1174 EPSON DRIVERS ? 2280 IRON
MAIDEN ? 065 AMIGA FONT 7 DISK ? 740 4 DISK MANGA ? 243 AWARD
MAKER 4 DISK ? 1193 LEMMINGT0NS ? 1658 CARD AND LABEL ? 1271
PIXEL STORMS ? 749 FORM PRINTER ? 1646 MISS MANGA ? 394
INVOICE PRINTER AMIGA SLIDE SHOWS ? 1842 PRINTMASTER ? 239
SLIDESHOW MAKER ? 100 PRINTER DRIVERS ? 1975 ? 1805 CORN
CIRCLES SCULLY V0L-2 ? 048 ? 057 PRINTING STUDIO TEXT ENGINE
V4 ? 2064
A. 12 PATHFINDER AMIGA BUSINESS ? 936 AVIATION HISTORY ? 092
ACCOUNT MASTER ? 1493 NIGEL MANSELLS ? 1368 AM I BASE V4 ? 061
PAT NAGEL'S GIRLS ? 832 DATABASES 2 DISK ? 704 REVELATIONS ?
1464 DIARY 2000 ? 1472 YABA DABA DO ? 2030 H MANAGER 2DSK
ARTWORK PACKAGE ? 1301 SLATTERPAINT ? 1460 A-Z PAINT PAD ?
1565 CARTOON STUDIO ? 470 ? 1976 ? 244 ? 535 LITTLE OFFICE
NOTEBOOK SPREADSHEET UK S.T.D CODES ? 1932 DOODLE PAINT COLOUR
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PAINT ? 1453 GIFT LABELS ? 1707 PERFECT PAINT ? 642 CARTOON
CLIPS ? 349 SPECTRAC0L0UR ? 633 7 DISK CLIP ART ? 053
ULTRAPAINT MONO CLIP ART ARTWORK PROGRAMS ? 615 BUSINESS CLIP
? 1915 A12GFX 24 LAB ? 1013 ORNATE BORDERS ? 1263 DRAW MAPS ?
1598 4TH OF JULY ? 2159 A12 TRANSITION ? 558 7 DISK CLIPART ?
2056 ASCI ART PRO AMIGA MODEM ? 1299 A12 MAGNI-CAD ? 2067
A-EMAIL V1.4 ? 133 FRAC LAND BUILT ? 702 C0MMS TUTORIAL ? 071
GRAPHICS CON KIT ? 1032 MAX BBS PROG ? 070 GRAPHIC UTILS ? 413
N. C0MMS V3 ? 1026 PICTURE LAB PROGRAMMERS ANIMATIONS ? 1969
NORTH C EXAMPLE ? 187 ANIMATION STUDIO ? 1479 CAN DO EURO ?
463 MR POTATO HEAD ? 288 A-BASIC TUTOR ? 347 NEWTEK V3 2 DISK
? 1067 AGA DATATYPES ? 034 PUGGS IN SPACE ? 1691 NORTH C ? 831
RED DWARF ? 306 UNDERSTAND AMIGA VIDEO AMOS ? 148 S-M00VIE DO
IT YOURSELF ? 329 VIDEO INSCRIPT ? 2232 DISK MAKER V0L.1 ? 790
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EDPLAYER V1 VIRUS CONTROL ? 981 AUDIO ENGINEER ? 2097 VIRUS
ZV1.39 ? 729 DRUM MACHINE ? 506 A1200 VIRUS ? 220 FUNK
KEYBOARDS ? 160
M. V.K PLUS ? 1791 OCTATUTOR V5 AMIGA UTILITIES ? 1681 PROTRACKER
3.5 ? 2261 ORDERING V1.05 ? 431 RAVE KEYBOARDS ? 612 4 DISK
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the year PC high density floppy drives_£20 Buddha Flash for all Zorro bus Amigas, Zorro IDE controller, up to 4 IDE ATAPI devices, support LS120, Zip and Syquest and any removable media, includes special version of IDEfix97, A1200 clock port improved IDEfix 97 for fast serial port or Catweasel_£49.95 PowerPort Junior Fast Serial port up to 460,800 bits per second, 32 char, buffer_£35.95 power flyer epson products miscellaneous .£49.95 .£99.95 £49.95 PHONE ORDERS We accept most major credit cards and are happy to help you with any queries. CHEQUES POSTAL ORDERS Ordering by cheque PO please
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Epson 440_£139.95 Epson 640_£179.95 Epson 740_£239.95 Epson Stylus Photo 700 _£215.95 TurboPrint LE (if bought with printer) £19.95 TurboPrint 6_£39.95 flatbed scanners Epson GT5500 SCSI (requires SCSI interface)_£199.95 Image FX scanner driver software_£149.95 Mustek Scanner_£POA Non-commercial licence_£34.95 Business licence_£TBA The Golem (game on 2 CD's) _£TBA Power Graphic Tablet_£159.95 Breathless 3D game (new low price) £9.95 Big Red Adventure CD_£9.95 Official Amiga mouse and mat_£9.95 CD32 Joypad (for any Amiga)_£9.95 gvp products A1200 SCSI Interface suitable for GVP A1230acc._
FIC4008 SCSI controller and RAM expansion (up to 8MB) GURU ROM_ Diamond Supra Express 56.6 Kbps V.90 flash upgradable with cables Net and Web Internet software iBrowser web browser_£115.95 Power bundle 2 as above plus Power Port Junior fast serial interface £135.95 Economy bundle 1
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£99.95 Power bundle 1 Excludes Amiga 1084s monitor power
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internal external 6 speed Internal ATAPI CD-ROM (bare unit)_
32 speed Internal ATAPI CD-ROM (bare unit, tray loading).
36 speed Internal ATAPI CD-ROM (bare unit, tray loading).
32 speed Internal ATAPI CD-ROM (bare unit, slot loading).
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6 speed External ATAPI CD-ROM_ 32 speed External ATAPI CD-ROM (tray loading)_ 32 speed External ATAPI CD-ROM (slot loading)_ 36 speed External ATAPI CD-ROM (slot loading)_ cd-recordable and rewritable 2xW, 8xR Internal ATAPI CD-Recordable (bare unit)_£229.95 2xW, 8xR External ATAPI CD-Recordable _£279.95 2xW, 8xR TwinBox ATAPI CD-Recordable with 2.5GB IDE Hard Drive_£429.95 2xW, 8xR TwinBox ATAPI CD-Recordable with 32 speed ATAPI CD-ROM _£379.95 (All the above external bundles include: case, cables. 4-way IDE interface with IDEfix 97 fully registered, MakeCD and 10 blank recordable Cds) For
any external removable device we offer the PowerFlyer instead of the 4-way buffered interface for £49.95 (new) storage freel 0 blank cd's £49.95 £54.95 £69.95 £85.95 £94.95 £89.95 £99.95 (includes external case, cables, 4-way buffered interface with IDEfix 97 fully registered software and 2 CD titles) 32 speed Internal SCSI CD-ROM (bare unit, tray loading)_£89.95 32 speed Internal SCSI CD-ROM (bare unit, slot loading)_£94.95 2 speed External SCSI CD-ROM_£75.95 32 speed External SCSI CD-ROM (tray loading)_£149.95 32 speed External SCSI CD-ROM (slot loading)_£154.95 (includes external case,
cables, Squirrel SCSI interface with software and 2 CD titles)
2. 5" 260MB IDE including IDE cable and install disk_£39.95
2. 5" 1.3GB IDE including IDE cable and install disk_£109.95
3. 5" 2.5GB IDE including IDE cable and install disk_£99.95
3. 5" 3.2GB IDE including IDE cable and install disk_£129.95
3. 5" 5.1GB IDE including IDE cable and install disk_£159.95
3. 5" 6.4GB IDE including IDE cable and install disk_£174.95
(5. 1 and 6.4GB HD are supported automatically by the PowerFlyer
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cartridge_£139.95 LS120 cartridge_£9.95 iomega zip Zip 100MB
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cartridge (requires Squirrel or any SCSI interface)_£139.95
Zip 100MB internal ATAPI including 4 w. buffered i f,
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100MB internal ATAPI (bare unit only)_£75.95 Zip
cartridge_£12.95 A500 A600 A1200 Internal Drive_£34.95 A2000
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£19.95 Ultra WIDE SCSI cable made on request £POA Standard 2
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Amiga accelerators cards accelerator boards for a600 Viper 630, full 68030 33MHz with MMU, including FPU, Up to 32MB of Fast RAM, PCMCIA friendly £65.95 All Phase 5 products available on request (allow 28 days for delivery) accelerator boards for a500 Viper 520CD, 68020EC 33MHz, without MMU, optional 33MHZ PGA FPU, space for one 2.5"HD, support for up to four IDE ATAPI devices, 8MB of Fast RAM on board and 3.0 Kickstart Rom including full 3.0 Workbench disk set FAT Agnus slot to fit Mini Mega Chip _£99.95 Mini Mega chip (2MB Agnus chip and 1MB extra Chip RAM)_£79.95 accelerator boards for
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