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These functions should help you in your number crunching abilities on your Amiga. So what are you waing for??? Go ahead and turn your Amiga on and figure out the meaning of the universe Ill Amazing ComputingPage 23 ( J 2 Megabyte Ram Board For The Amiga PC Comspec Communlcatlons Inc. ls proud to announce an exciting new product. The MICROSHARE AX 2000 - a 2 megabyte ram board for the Commodore Amiga PC. The ablllty of the AX 2000 to Incorporate 2 megabytes of ram and allow the user growth potential by the cascading of addlttonal AX 2000s, now gives the Amiga PC vastly extended. computlng power. Mountlng on the right hand side of the Amiga PC the AX 2000 connects to the expansion port. Add!tlona! peripherals which would normally be connected. to the expansion port can then be connected on the expansion port of the AX. 2000. Standard expansion bus archltecture was used ln the deslgn of the AX 2000, thereby Insuring compattbllity with ail peripherals. The AX 2000 can be used to Increase ram memory 1 or as a fast ram drive. When used to Increase ram memory the AX 2000 wlll greatly enhance the multl-tasklng feature of the Amlga PC.

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GRABBiT takes WYSIWYG- to the limit.
With GRABBiT you capture exactly what you see on your screen in an instant, regardless of what other programs you're running.
GRABBiT works with all AMIGA video modes, including "Hold-and-Modify".It even lets you capture images from animated programs, like the bouncing ball in Boing!
What's more, GRABBiT runs completely in the background — transparent to your other software. GRABBiT is always ready for you to use, even while you’re in the middle of another program, As if thats not enough, GRABBiT requires only about 10K of your precious RAM to operate, and it supports dozens of printers, It's not a game, it's not a toy, GRABBiT is truly a productivity power tool for your AMIGA!
We believe powerful software shuuld be easy to use. GRABBiT is one of the EASIEST programs you'll ever use! Every GRABBiT operation is triggered by one of the "HolKcys", a set of casy-to-remember key sequences that only lake minutes to learn.
Each Hotkey is generated simply by holding down the "Control" and "Alt’ keys and pressing one of the designated letter keys.
What could be easier?
You won't grow old waiting for GRABBiT to finish printing, either. When we say multitasking, we mean it. GRABBiT has u unique TPM (Task Priority Monitor] module which makes sure your other software can still run even while GRABBiT is printing. The TPM module constantly tracks GRABBiT's printing priority, making sure it is neither too high nor too low, but always just right!
GRABBIT adds a new dimension lo the AMIGAs multi-tasking capability.
GRABBiT supports dozens of different printers because it uses the standard Amiga device drivers. Any printer you can choose in "Preferences" is automatically supported by GRABBiT. You'll get the most from color printers too. Because GRABBiT supports full- color printing. In fact, we have seen amazing color printouts produced by GRABBiT on the Oki-Mate 20, a color printer costing less than $ 200.00. Of course, GRABBiT's abilities are not limited merely to printing; GRABBiT is equally adept at saving screen images to disk -yes, even HAM screens! All GRABBiT disk files are saved in the popular IFF
format, the emerging graphics standard for AMIGA. You can capture any screen to disk for slide-show presentations or later enhancement with any popular AMIGA graphics editor like AEGIS Images or Deluxe Paint. We even include a specially modified PD utility called "SEE", which allows you to view IFF image files quickly and easily.
GRABBiT's disk operations arc lightning fast because GRABBiT is written in a hybrid of highly optimized C and 68000 Assembler.
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With all its features this would be a great package at any price. But we think you'll agree with us that GRABBiT's most outstanding feature is VALUE! You get all the power of this sizzling new software for an unbelievably low MetaScope gives you everything you've always wanted in an application program debugger:
• Memory Windows Move through memory, display data or
disassembled code, freeze to preserve display and allow
• Other Windows Status windows show register contents and program
state with freeze and restore; symbol, hunk, and breakpoint
windows list current definitions.
• Execution Control Breakpoints with repetition counts and
conditional expressions; trace for all instructions or
subroutine level, both single-step and continuous execution.
• Full Symbolic Capability Read symbols from files, define new
ones, use anywhere.
Metefibols I A comprehensive set of tools to aid your programming (full source included): « MeiaMake Program maintenance utility.
• Grep Sophisticated pattern matching utility
• Dill Source file compare.
Filter Text file fillet Comp Simple file compare,
• Dump File dump utility.
• MetaSend Amiga to PC file transfer.
• MetaRecy PC to Amiga file transfer.
Metadigm products are designed to fully utilize the capabilities of the Amiga v in helping you develop your programs. If you're programming the Amiga, you can't afford to be without them.
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• Powerful Expression Evaluation Use extended operator set
including relationals, all assembler number formats.
• Direct to Memory Assembler Enter instruction statements for
direct conversion to code in memory.
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modify search fill memory, etc. MetaScribe: The Editor
MetaScribe has the features you need in a program editor:
• Full Mouse Support Use for text selection, command menus,
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E Multiple Undo Undo all commands, one at a time, to level limited only by available memory.
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portions of the same file at one time.
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Rmazing Computing Table of Contents July 1986 Temple of Apshai Trilogy review ...9 Stephen Pietrowicz on the EPYX package The Hailey Project: A Mission In Our Solar System 11 Stephen Pietrowicz on this addition from Mindscape Flow: a review 13 Erv Bobo
looks at this first idea processorfor the Amiga Textcraft Plus a first look ...15 Joe Lowery inspects this first update still in beta version How To Start Your Own Amiga User Group......! .....17 William Simpson details the steps to a good usergroup.
Amiga User Groups ....21 A list of some of the active Amiga User Groups.
AmigaBASIC Tutorial ..23 Kelly Kauffman on Amiga Basic and math functions Mailing List ......25 Kelly Kauffman has created a simple mailing list program to enter and to learn by.
Pointer Image Editor ...29 Stephen Pietrowicz has produced a little pointer magic with C Forth! ......41 John Bryan starts the design for a forth application
Roomers ..45 The AMIGA looks inside Commodore at the next generation Amigas under development SCRIMPER, Screen Image Printer .49 Perry Kivolowitz completes his explanation of the Scrimper program.
The Amazing C Tutorial ......57 Busy Stephen Pietrowicz takes the podium temporarily for John Foust to explore structures and unions The AMICUS Network: Amicus .....67 John Foust offers his experience with telecommunications (which is considerable) Fun with the Amiga Disk Controllerby Dr. Thom
Sterling ..73 The AMICUS Public Domain Software Library: AMICUS Disks 1 to 10 are listed and detailed.75 Fred Fish Disks, 1 through 25: a special list of the current Fred Fish Library of Amiga Programs.....77 Departments: From the Editor.4 Letters ......6 Index of
Advertisers ..80 From the Editor: by Don Hicks User Groups We have all been there You decided you would make the plunge and buy the Amiga, but your spouse is less than pleased with your decision on another "toy". As you mount the reasons this purchase is so crucial, you know there is one more reference you should check.... It is Seven PM on Saturday and you just picked up your new prized Amiga and have put all the pieces where you think they should fit. Unfortunately, when you turn on the power, nothing
happens... The new software package, which looked so good at the dealers, came with a 200 page manual and a degree in technical documentation if you are able to read it. For Ihe third lime, you have entered data in your everyday spreadsheet, and it has completely ignored your efforts, the computer is completely "locked up". A silent blank screen sits and watches you...... These, or many other situations just as painfully familiar, almost always lead to onelhing, ask a friend.
It is not easy buying a computer for the first time and I am positive almost everyone out there searched for a compatriot to provide moral support through the purchase. This is the very heart of User Groups.
I belonged to a user group for about six months before I had any idea we were one. Back in the "old days", Ernest Viveiros and I car pooled 1o work. We talked about different things on the drive, untill one day he mentioned he had an Apple I! (not "plus"). From then on, things quickly changed.
I started asking questions such as why he got it, what good was it, what did he do with it. The questions slowly turned to, will it do this, what software will do this, how much are they.
Ernest was (and still is) a good friend, he put up with my questions and even went with me to purchase my first machine. He even took the time to help me set it up that afternoon, Superbowl Sunday.
This is a user group, ft can be as small as two dedicated friends finding their way through a maze of problems or as large as thousands of people sharing ideas. If it serves the needs of the members, it is a user group.
In no other facet of American technology is their a need for people to gather together and discuss the pros and cons of brands, or to help individuals understand how to use their machines, or even produce and distribute programs to make their machines work.
The computer is a highly technical piece of equipment that in most cases has been purchased with considerable thought and budget juggling. Support through dealers is one thing, but a friend who has experience or at least wants to learn with you, is invaluable.
I have been a member of several user groups, some national and some local. Some are better than others, a user group is only as good as the members can make it.
In a national user group, their is probably a "home chapter" in a large city with many members, where meetings are held.
However, they normally produce an extremely good newsletter and have a large volume of Public Domain software to distribute. This access may be especially welcomed by individuals in areas where there are no common interest groups. Often, it is worth the price of membership just to have access to this material.
In a local group, you must take a positive active part in the working of the club. Either as an officer or as a "working member" your contributions are needed.
In a local group, meetings are extremely important. There is always some new bit of news that is interesting. There is often a demo of a member's or developer's software. But, most important, it is a place to share ideas, develop new applications for your machine and make friends.
Because we believe strongly in the need of user groups to promote computing and especially the Amiga, we have dedicated this issue to these groups.
We have included an article on how to develope a user group, a listing of several groups around the country and articles written by members of user groups.
It is our hope that you already belong to a group or soon will.
After all, Amazing Computing is produced by a group of users dedicated to getting the word out on the Amiga.
We believe that a good user group is the best investment you can make for your Amiga.
Amiga C Compiler $ 14995 Everything you need to develop pro grams on the Amiga, including a full set of libraries, header files, an object module disassembler, and sample C programs.
New Amiga Products From The Developers of Amiga G. Unicalc $ 79.95 A complete spread sheet package for Amiga, with the powerful features made popular by programs such as VisiGilc, SuperCalc, and Lotus 1-2-3. Unicalc provides many display options and generates printed reports in a variety of formats and print image files. Supports 8192 rows of 256 columns, and includes complete on-line help.
Lattice MacLibrary $ 100.00 The Lattice MacLibrary is a collection of more than sixty C functions enabling you to rapidly convert your Macintosh programs to run on die Amiga, cills allows you to quickly and efficiently take advantage of die powerful capabilities of the Amiga Lattice Make Utility $ 125.00 Automated product generation utility for Amiga, similar to UNIX Make. LMK rebuilds complex programs with a single command. Specify die relationships of the pieces, and automadcally rebuild your system die same wav even- time.
Lattice Text Utilities $ 75.00 Eight software tools for managing text files. GREP searches for specified character strings; D EF compares files; EXTRACT creates a list of files to be extracted from die current directory; EU11D creates new files from a batch list; WC displays a character count and a checksum of a specified file; ED is a line editor which utilizes output from odier Text Utilities; SPLAT is a search and replace function; and FILES lists, copies, erases or removes files or entire directory structures.
Lattice Screen Editor (LSE) $ 100.(X) Fast, flexible and easy to learn editor designed specifically for programmers. LSE's multi-window environment provides die editor functions such as block moves, pattern searches, and “cut and paste” Plus programmer features such as an error tracking mode and diree assembly language input modes.
OTHER AMIGA PRODUCTS AVAILABLE FROM LATTICE: Panel: Screen Layout I hlities $ 195.00 Cross Compiler: MS-DOS to Amiga C $ 250.00 dBC III: library of data base functions $ 150.00 Cross Reference Generator $ 45.00 With Lattice products you get Lattice Ser- rice including telephone support, notice of new products and enhancements, and a money back guarantee. Corporate license agreements available.
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Recently, a document was circulated at work describing a (VERY) simple C prime number algorithm, and the results of using it to benchmark six computers including the Amiga. I have copied it below. As you can see, it doesn't make the Amiga look so good.
These results, of course, are misleading: what is actually benchmarked is the computer and its C compiler.
On the other hand, at least two of the other machines -
- the IBM PC and the HP 150 (an8086-basedsemi-PC- clone) — also
used Lattice C compilers.
Knowing that the Amiga couldn't be THAT bad, I disassembled the Amiga Lattice code for the algorithm.
This revealed a basic Lattice (3.03) weakness: data is constantly moved from registers to memory and back, and from register to register, for no good reason. In addition, however, the modulo operator ('%') makes use of a Lattice subroutine named ‘_CXD33 On a hunch, I replaced Lattice's routine with my own version:
* * import export d1 = divisor = result
* * do = that which is divided = remainder xdef _CXD33 tell the
linkerwe are here _CXD33 tst. l d1 divide by 0 (tsktsk)?
Beq LEEV leave with register values alone divs d1, d0 low word = result; high word = rmndr move.I d0, d1 copy results ext.I do make result 32 bits swap d1 put remainder in low word ext.I d1 make remainder 32 bits LEEV rts take us back... The hunch proved correct! As you can see, in the "revised'1 version, the Amiga comes in second and is actually catching up on the leader (the HP 150) in the later rounds.
Sincerely yours, Dr. Gerald Hull include "stdio. h” define MAX 4020 main () int i, n = 0; while (++n = MAX) 1 = 1; while (++i n) if (n % i == 0) break; if (i == n) prints ("%d n", n);}} System 1000 2000 3000 4000 1 HP 150 10 26 46 72 2 IBM PC 13 32 62 99 3 ATARI ST 14 35 75 175 4 AMIGA 29 92 188 313 5 ATARI 800 215 748 — 6 C-64 305 1039 „ Amiga times with my revisions: 7 AMIGA 12 28 48 73 Thank you Mr.Hull, it is nice to see what a little patience can prove.
Dear Amazing Computing: I'm very happy to see you, and hope to get to know you better, i also have a few problems which I'd appreciate your help in addressing.
I bought my Amiga because I needed something heftier than my Apple II for working on a book.
Correction:! Bought a new computer for that reason. I chose the Amiga because I was helpless to resist it. My first problem is that I have many textfiles on the Apple that I need to transfer to the Amiga, and have hardly a notion how to begin.! Think I can get them out of the Apple with a simple basic program to send a character at a time through my serial interface card, but how do I get them safely tucked away in a textfile in the Amiga? Any suggestions?
To the same end (of getting my book done), I'd be oh so grateful for a good look at available and soon to be released word processors. I had planned to get Enable Write, but as its release seems to get farther away instead of closer, I may have to settle for something else. Has anybody seen enough of it and other word processors to get a comprehensive review together yet?
Thanks for being there.
David C. Thomson Versailles, KY To answer your first problem, most terminal programs will handle the transfer of data from one machine to another through a "null modem cable" connected to the serial ports. You will need a program for each machine. You may require a stripping program to provide necessary carriage returns and line feeds.
In regards to word processing, We have included a review of Textcraft plus in this issue and are planning a review of scribble! Soon. As to Enablewrite, we have not seen the product so far.... I want Amazing Computing. My wife wants me to support industry in her hometown (Fall River). Please start my subscription.
James H. Wilson Madison, Wl Dear Sirs, You truely are producing an amazing publication, and performing a great service for Amiga owners and developers. I Have had my Amiga since late September, purchasing about the 4th bought in the city of Gainesville, Florida. I was initially somewhat frustrated, having no documnetation for such essentials as the CLI and ED.! Was THRILLED to get my hands on a copy of your magazine.
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New adventures that exploit the Amiga's graphics and sound capabiiites have appeared during the past few months.
Epyx Inc. recently released an old favorite into the Amiga graphic adventure market, the Temple of Apshai Trilogy.
This program combines three separate programs, "Temple of Apshai", "Upper Reaches of Apshai", and "Curse of Ra", All were available for almost four years on many different systems.
This fantasy adventure lets you explore the Apshai area and battle monsters to gain tame and fortune. If you've played Rogue or Hack on a mainframe or minicomputer, you'li be pleasantly surprised at the similarities and the differences.
Along with the program disk, the package includes an instruction manual with over 80 pages and a quick reference card. The manual includes the background of the adventure you’re about to take.
In "The One Minute Adventurer" section, you'li get a quick explanation on how to select your character, purchase armor and weapons, and start your adventure. I suggest that you follow the manual’s instructions in the "Rules of Apshai", and experiment with the programs puil-down menus. The manual isn't specifically written for the Amiga; it was written for the Apple 64 128 Atari versions.
It was a bit confusing when I clicked the mouse to clear the main title screen and the screen went blank with no explanation, i expected to get a selection menu as the manual stated.
The first pull-down menu has entries to create, enter, save, load, delete and obtain a summary of your characters. First time players should load the predefined character "Brian Nailfoot" from the game disk, especially if you haven't played any adventure-type games before.
Your character has 6 attributes — strength, constitution, dexterity, intelligence, intuition, and ego. Each attribute is rated from 3 to 18, 3 being the worst rating and 18 being the best. These physical and mental attributes all help to determine how you perform in different situations during your adventure.
A higher strength will help you carry more and do greater damage with your weapon against opponents. A low intuition might make you miss that trap in front of you after you've just checked to see if a trap was there. All of the attributes are clearly explained in the manual.
The "create" option will randomly select your attributes and the silver you start with. The "enter" option lets you select your own attribute values, silver, weapons, and armor. By making all your attribute values 18, filling your backpack with arrows, getting a magic sword and magic armor, you can be nearly invincible, but you'll lose the challenge of the game quickly.
When you randomly create your character, you’ll start with a limited amount of silver pieces. You'll use the silver to "outfit" your character for battle. The second menu lists the types of armor and weapons you can buy.
For example, the different types of armor you can buy are leather, ringmail, chainmail, partial plate, and full plate. The better the armor, the more expensive it is. Since you've always got to watch your silver pieces, you can even haggle with the innkeeper selling you his wares! If you make an offer that's too low he’ll complain that he has children to feed, or that he cant believe the price you want to buy that weapon for! You can also buy healing salves which help heal your wounds when you're adventuring.
The third pul! Down menu lets you choose which adventure, and which level in that adventure you wish to start. When you start adventuring, movement while inside the temple can be controlled by the mouse or the keyboard. Surprisingly, each is equally easy to use.
Your character moves through each room picking up treasure, searching for traps and secret doors, and battling monsters. Monsters vary in strength and type as you move lower into the dungeon. You have to be very careful to watch your fatigue and wound levels.
If your fatigue level drops to zero or below, you've got to rest; if your wound level drops to zero, you're dead. The more you're carrying, the more fatigued you'll be, so don't be too greedy! Monsters lurk around every corner, and if you collapse from fatigue, they'll show no mercy.
The variety of monsters is quite amusing, especially in the second adventure. You'll do battle with everything from giant rats to killer tomatoes! You can communicate with some monsters, such as drunken sailors. They will allow you to pass without bother.
Battle with monsters is not arcade style. You'll take turns with the monster to decide what to do. You have the options of attacking, thrusting, parrying, shooting your bow, or running away. The bow is quite handy when doing battle with really nasty monsters since you can shoot from a distance, and the monster can't hit you until it is near you.
1 really enjoyed the extra touches that were put into the game. When your adventurer moves down the hallway, you can watch him move his arms and legs as he walks. The information window shows a little monster peeking over the window's edge. The reference card will help you remember the game's commands.
The only things I'd like to change in the program are the room descriptions, and the room layouts. When entering a new room, you must either look up the room description in the instruction manual, or from a pull-down menu. It would be more enjoyable if the descriptions were added to the main screen, since you'll tend to go through the dungeon without constantly looking up the room descriptions.
It would also be nice if the rooms were drawn to frt the descriptions. The rooms are plain and empty, except for the treasure or monsters that might be inside each room.
The Temple of Apshai Trilogy requires a one disk, 512K Amiga system. The disk, unfortunately, is copy protected, so you'll have to be careful when you save games to the disk.
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Amazing Computing is available by subscription for 12 issues: $ 24.00 in the United States $ 30.00 in Canada and Mexico $ 35.00 Overseas First class rates available upon request Please allow four to six weeks for delivery Amazing Computing™ your resource to the Commodore Amiga The Hailey Project: A Mission In Our Solar System A Review By Stephen R. Pietrowicz Hailey Project is a simulation of solar system travel. You are asked to become a pilot for the Planetary and Lunar Aerospace Navigation and Exploration Team, P.L.A.N.E.T. The package includes a cassette tape with the briefing for your
mission. (Those without a cassette player can read the transcript of the tape, included in the Top Secret mission dossier).
Also included in the package are a small star chart to help you navigate, a quick reference guide, and a booklet with coupons for several astronomy related books, magazines and posters.
Unfortunately, the disk that is included with the package is copy-protecled. It would be nice to be able to make a backup copy of the program, especially since the disk must be left writable to let the program record your times for successful missions.
Many companies have hastily been porting software from other machines to the Amiga in hopes that software starved owners will buy it up as soon as it hits the shelves.
Unfortunately many of these ports don’t take advantage of the Amiga's powerful capabilities. Mindscape decided instead to rewrite "The Hailey Project" to use Amiga's sound and graphics with impressive results.
After a quick browse through the rest of the dossier, you are ready to begin your mission.
Make sure you have your sound turned up for the opening sequence. You’ll be impressed with She digitized music!
Once you have typed your name for the mission records you doni have to use the keyboard again. You use the mouse to control the functions of your ship.
You begin each mission by flying away from Bailey’s Comet.
Instructions for each of your missions are flashed up on the screen as you complete each leg of the flight. You attain new rankings each time you successfullycomplete a new mission.
In your first mission ranked as "Raven”, you must navigate to and land on Earth. As you rise in the ranks, you must navigate to a greater number of destinations to complete each mission.
Clues also become slightly more cryptic in some cases. Two screens are available to help you navigate from the comet to your mission objectives: the control panel, and the radar screen.
On the control panel screen, a small switch below the viewing screen allows viewing only in a horizontal plane. A control cluster allows you to choose which direction you fire your thrusters to put your ship into motion.
Another control lever sets the power level of the thrust adjustments. The high setting allows for quick acceleration when you are far away from the planet or moon you wish to land on, and the low setting is used to navigate when you are ready to land.
The astrological constellations along with the direction indicator give you a reference point to your mission objective after locating it using the radar screen.
The radar screen helps you orient your ship to locate your mission goals. The names of the constellations on your star chart circle the screen and are used as reference points.
The zoom in and zoom out gadgets let you adjust the radar to put the planet you wish to fly to on the outer border of the screen. The legend at the bottom of the screen adjusts as you zoom in and out, and gives the distance from your ship to the outer edge of the screen in millions of kilometers.
Once you have computed the distance to your goal, and have noted which constellation is close to it, you are ready to fly to your destination.
You use the viewing screen gadget to scroll to the constellation you noted on the radar screen. Since the distance you have to travel is veryl argo, your ship is equipped with "hyperspace" capabilites. Increasing your ship's speed to 300,000 KM second puts it into hyperspace mode.
While in hyperspace mode, the distance you are covering is shown on the screen. When you get close to how far you want to travel, pressing either mouse button will stop your ship.
Now use the radar screen to re-orient yourself again, and fly closer to ihe planet. When you get close enough to the planet, you will be able to see it on the viewing screen, and the distance to the planet will be shown.
When you get close to a planet or moon, you have to find a landing site.The landing site will be automatically locked in once you pass over it while you are in orbit. The ship must be less than 100,000 KM to land. The theme music begins playing to remind you that you are closer than 100,000 KM from the planet.
You will be able to find the landing site more easily if you use the viewing gadget to sweep back and forth on the planets surface. When the landing site is found, the locator will flash and beep. Clicking on the automatic landing system will land your ship.
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Now you will receive your instructions of where to fly next.
Each mission ends by flying back to Hailey's Comet.
(Hailey's Comet is always shown on the radar screen as a blinking dot so you can distinguish it from planets). If you accidently crash into the planet you are trying to land on, you receive a 5 minute penalty which is added to your score.
Planets and moons are shown as different colored circles on your viewing screen, and do not have any details on them to make the 3D transformations easier. For example, Earth is completely blue. After landing on any of the planets or moons, your viewing screen shows a scene you might see if you really did land there. Some are quite impressive!
1 do not particularly like the hyperspace mechanism that Hailey uses.! Found it a bit boring having to wait for my speed to increase back up to 300,000 KM everytime I dropped out of hyperspace. Other than that, flying the ship is quite easy since you control everything on the ship with the mouse.
There is even a mission description gadget that will tell you what your mission is in case you did not make note of it when you landed. (This has come in handy a few times already!)
Trying to go completely out of the solar system results in termination of your mission, and you are sent back to the comet. I discovered this after 1 completed the last leg of the Falcon mission. It seemed a bit harsh at the time, but I'll never try it again!
The Hailey Project claims to be a real-time simulation, and also claims to have accurate model gravity. Neither of these claims is true.
A timer on the viewing screen keeps track of how long you take to complete each mission, but reducing your speed to zero stops the clock and lets you orient yourself without any time penalties.
As a test of gravity, I tried to fly as close as I could to the sun. 1 stopped about 1000 KM above the sun, and waited to see if it's gravity would pull my ship in. It didn't. As a further test, I set the speed control on low and moved in closer. I was able to stop at 0 KM away from the sun and nothing happened!
Despite these inconsistencies, Hailey Project is definitely worth buying, especially for children. It is entertaining while at the same time educational. It should provide hours of entertainment for you and your whole family.
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• AC* Reviewed by Erv Bobo Subtitled an idea processor for the
Amiga, FLOW is just a little more than that, having
capabilities of creating outlines, keeping an appointment
schedule, even serving as a filing system.
Although the on-screen action resembles ThinkTank, a similar program for IBM and Macintosh, FLOW seems easier and faster to use because of the implementation of the Intuition interface — mouse and pull-down menus. And, because it resides on a Workbench disk, there should be no problems in making a working copy or in installing it on a hard disk.
To show you exactly what FLOW can do, several examples are included in the drawer labelled Examples. Click it open and you will see a file labelled "Amiga Magazines". In opening this file, you’ll see Iwo entries "AmigaWorld" and "Amazing Computing”. Guess which one we're going to try.
With the mouse, you put the I-beam- shaped cursor next to the AMAZING listing, then go to the SubMenu, puli it down and click on Expand. Now the tile opens to show you a listing of every issue of AMAZING — all two of them, as of the time FLOW came to market.
Clicking on either of these entries and clicking Expand will open that file further to show you the contents of that issue.
Had we, at the outset, chosen Expand All, every entry in the AMAZING file would have been opened with one mouseclick. Going in reverse, we can close all or part of the file in much the same way: with the cursor at a subheading, click on Collapse and the entries under that heading close up. Click on the main heading and choose Collapse and the entire file closes to show just the one entry — "Amazing Computing" So what? You have both issues right here and you can open either one and see the table of contents.
As for outlines, you learned how to do that in school and, even though today you simply jot things down on scraps of paper, it's easier than turning on the computer, booting this and that, making entries and saving them and.... In the first place, FLOW gives you a Find feature. If you want to quickly locate, say, the Super Spheres listing, select Find and when the requester box appears type in a keyword from the title. Quicker than you can open issue one, FLOW highlights the entry for you providing it is a heading or subheading.
In the second instance, your school outlines were done on notebook paper and, if you did them well, much erasing and rewriting was involved. With the Cut, Paste and Copy features of FLOW, it is rather like having each line of your outline on a separate strip of paper, to be moved, arranged and rearranged until you have it right.
To create such a file, type in your title. For the next entry, a subheading, tab once. As soon as you tab, FLOW recognizes your first entry as a heading and converts it 1o bold type. Enter your subheading and on the next line, for the body of your outline, tab twice.
Again, the tabbing operation tells FLOW the last entry was a subheading and it changes to bold type. The result is a neat, clean form, suitably indented and with all headings in bold, making the later reading or scanning quick and easy.
With other options from the pulldown menus, you can change headings; cut, copy and paste; replace or erase headings and subheadings; and alphabetically sort entries in either ascending or descending order.
Although the term "what-if" is usually reserved for the multiple models that can be created with a spreadsheet, it is just as descriptive of what you can do with FLOW. Jot down your ideas as they come to you and later experiment by changing the order of events or entries until you have the one sequence that is exactly right for your project.
And speaking of projects, though FLOW uses text rather than text and symbols and though it uses a vertical list form instead of horizontal, there is probably no reason why it could not be used effectively to set a sequence of the timing of events usually called Critical Path Analysis.
Documentation for FLOW is sparse, about forty-eight pages, but you should be up-and-running after following the initial walkthrough in the first chapter. After that, the possibilities of the program will only be limited by your imagination.
ThinkTank was a successful program because it filled a need and FLOW should emulate that success because it fills a similar need for the Amiga. Although, as I did, you may not see that until you've worked with the program. Once you do, you'll find it to be indispensable.
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Dont know what is. Imagine a company whose product is often
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comfortable spot, right? No reason to put yourself out. Just
sit back and rake it in. What you'd expect, right?
Welt, take a look at TextCraft Plus. The folks at Arktronics (TextCraft Plus programmers Mike Rivera, Ralph Stefan, and Eric Thomassian) have taken an acceptable product, cut the cuteness and gimmickry by about 85%, doubled the productivity possible and broken new ground as well! Plus, they have maintained the only decent connotation of an "entry-level word-processor", and that's ease-oi-use.
TextCraft Plus now operates as a task on the Amiga. It appears in a sizeable window, using your Preferences color (either the Workbench or intuition variety). You can open multiple windows of TextCraft Plus and cut and paste between them. TextCraft Plus can even print from one window while you edit the same document in another (although this slows printing considerably).
The other major shift in TexlCraft Plus is in its handling. A menu item entitled "Select” has been added which allows you to quickly highlight everything from a single character to the entire document. Then you can act upon what you have selected — and do anything TextCraft Plus can do: cut, copy, erase, make bold, underline, single or double space, flush left, flush right, justify — the whole gamut. This concept is referred to as the "noun verb user interface." As in "Sentence — Italicize" or "Page — Erase."
Also, you no longer need to change gears before you select.
Previously you had to switch to the style brush, choosing an option such as underline, and highlighting your text with the style brush and then return to the editing mode. Now, with TextCraft Plus, highlight text by dragging the mouse (or choosing an option from the drop-down Select menu, or use one of the first five function keys) and choose your "verb."
You return to editing with one click of the mouse.
The original TextCraft's main appeal for me was its WYSIWYG capability ("What You See Is What You Get" — I love to pronouce it "Wizzywig"). The "Print Previews" common to many other word processor's make it difficult, if not impossible, to do certain tasks such as charts and number tables.
TextCraft Plus has taken this one step further and will allow you to toggle the headers and or footers into view.
(Incidentally, both open their own window so that you can have more than one line of text in each.)
TextCraft Plus is claiming support for IFF text files now, and in a future release will be able to intermix your Images or DeluxePaint pictures with your text. Now that's wizzywig I Other notable improvements include vastly improved directory handling, form saving and loading, better cursor movement through the document, auto-saving of back-up, merging of text files, and page breaks.
A major enhancement is the inclusion of a mailmerge feature for the printing of form letters and the like. TextCraft Plus uses a very simple procedure for producing the merge list and the main document. At the top of the merge list type the key words, like this: "First Name, Last Name, Address."
Then skip a line and start your list: "Joe, Schmo,322 Kokomo."
Save this as a "Merge List" and then draft your main document. To use the information in your Merge List, you use double brackets around your key words: "Dear«Last Name», Can I call you «First Name»? As a happy homeowner at «Address»..." FIRE YOUR EDITOR.
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To print the final documents select "Print Merge" and follow the prompts.
Very simple, very impressive.
Help Is available on three levels.
"Quick Reminder" brings up a screen, similar to the original TextCraft, explaining the symbols residing in the ruler (which you can now hide).
"Keyboard Help" is a scrollable listing of the keyboard equivalents for all the TextCraft Plus commands, including a wide range of cursor movement and text scrolling. One such handy combination is "Control + nun" where "non" is any number on the numeric pad and which will whisk you to the top of that page. I have dreamed of such a feature.
The final help resource is the set of tutorials which now reside as a separate file on the disk. These have been streamlined and "de-cute-ified” while maintaining the key animation sequences. Blessedly, these routines have been speeded up; watching the cursor crawl across the screen never was my idea of a fun way to spend the afternoon.
I mentioned above Arktronics' plans to intermix IFF graphic files and text.
They also speak of supporting multiple fonts much as the new Notepad on Workbench 1.2 will. I admire and respect this committment to one's product and strongly feel that this attitude will go a long way toward convincing the public of the Amiga's staying power.
Release date and up-grade policy of TextCraft Plus have not as yet been set by Commodore-Amiga. However, the most hopeful (ASAP and free, respectively) have not been ruled out. Commodore-Amiga would do well to go by following through with this exciting enhancement. TexlCraft Plus is one steep up-grade.
P. S. I have to confess. I kind of miss the flapping cursor.
Maybe a "bird toggle?"
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Thora you sit, night after night... 14 hours on Saturday and
Sunday; adjusting the color preferences on your Workbench,
thinking, "Is this FUN or WHAT?". Yes, its fun playing with
your Amiga. But after awhile, no matter how you use your
computer, it's more fun when you can share your ideas and
experiences with someone else who can APPRECIATE all the
astounding things your Amiga can do.
The Solution? Have plenty of Amiga buddies. Ah, but there's the real problem; how do you find lots (or a feast a few) people who have the same earnest belief that if a computer cant address 8 megabytes of ram it should only be discussed when the conversation turns to ancient history?
The Answer? Form an Amiga user group. At a minimum, you will find lots of people 1o appreciate your latest version of the start-up sequence; and probably someone to show you how to improve it!
Beyond socializing, opportunities to exchange information and problem solving without making a long distance call to Commodore; user groups give you quick and free access to the latest public domain software and easier access to manufacturers and distributors of Amiga hardware and software.
Especially when a computer is new on the market, like our Amiga; the need for joining or forming a user group is even greater. Right now, we are all still trying to learn how to enter the CLI; let alone learning the intricacies of our Operating System. At this moment we are creating the common knowledge of Amiga users two years hence; and rather than each of us reinventing the wheel; a user group allows us to jointly become aware of the latest methods and mutually evolve them for the benefit of us all.
There are still more benefits of user grouping including the gratification of seeing that article you wrote printed in your group newsletter, and the advantage of DISCOUNTS on purchasing that 2 megabyte memory expansion you've been dreaming about.
So, now that we've decided that it's worthwhile to form or join an Amiga user group; what is the next step? Gather together a core of people who will help.
You probably already know some other Amiga users; call them up and start making plans. If you're using a modem, get on line with folks in the vicinity. Put an ad in your local newspaper, "Amiga Users Unite!".
If all else fails try hanging around your local Amiga dealer.
When you see someone browsing the Amiga software — start talking. This is a good opportunity to mention one of your greatest assesls in creating a user group — your Amiga dealer. If you create a good relation with the dealer, it will benefit both the group and dealer on a continuing basis.
Start now! Get to know the manager of the store; perhaps a specific person has already been designated to work with user groups.
Don't let the fact that the dealer sells more than one kind of computer deter you. He wants to sell Amigas or he wouldn't have them in stock. If a group of Amiga users identify with his store, he will sell software, more peripherals and more computers. Very frequently, if a dealer can tell a prospective Amiga customer that there is an energetic user group in the area, the customer will feel more secure in making the purchase. Make your relationship with your dealer symbiotic. Each should benefit and enhance the other.
The first way the dealer can help is by displaying a sign up sheet for people interested in belonging to your user group, if that sheet is kept near the demonstration computer, you WILL get signatures. When you are preparing the sign up sheet, take the time to make it look good. The dealer has been given lots of pages of Amiga clip-art to use in preparing his own advertisements. Perhaps he will allow you to photocopy something appropriate as a heading for your sign up sheet.
After you get names and phone numbers of interested Amiga owners, try to determine the best time to have a meeting.
Initially, you may want to meet in someone’s home. This keeps the cost down and maintians an informal atmosphere for friends to gather and have some laughs.
Because of the popularity of the Amiga, you may find that even initially there are quite a tew people interested in joining your group. In that case, again, talk to your Amiga dealer.
He likes people to come into his store. Perhaps he has a meeting room already set aside for just such a purpose.
Otherwise, he might be willing to keep his store open late on a particular night so that you can hold your meeting. If you really have a supportive dealer, he may be willing to list your meeting date and time in his advertisements in the newspaper. In our local group in Los Angeles (the Los Angeles Amiga Users Group), our supporting dealer, S.O.S. Computers, actually SUGGESTED the idea of including advertising for our group in their ads. All of the ideas in this article have been tried, and work. Give them a try!
If your membership becomes too large for the dealer to accomodate, or if the dealer is not willing to provide free space; start contacting service organizations. Banks, Savings and Loan associations, churches, the Y.M.C.A.; all of these organizations have community meeting rooms which they will allow you to use for free, or on a low rental basis. There is a room out there. Make the calls and it will appear.
After the location is determined, the next step is notifying the universe that you are having a meeting. Again, there are several methods for getting the word out. Start a phone campaign. This will work to notify the folks who signed your TX£ OXATOX ST££Q 'FX Cess yR- for tfvc AMIQA Take advantage of your AMIGA'S speaking powers with THE ORATOR. THE ORATOR allows you to compose text m either regular English. Or using the Phoneme method (or a combination of both) A complete text editor permits you to change the spelling o! Words in order lo get just the right sound. You have complete
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However, there are probably a sizeable number of Amiga owners out there that would like to attend your meeting but haven’t heard about your group yet. Put an ad in your local paper. If there is a computer section in the paper, so much the better. Again, put the word out on every bulletin board (electronic and otherwise) that you can find.
I know you've read enough of this article to remember the Amiga dealer. Post notices of your first meeting. Not just in one dealer's store. Go to every Amiga dealer within 25 miles of your meeting location. And don't forget Non-Amiga dealers. If someone sells disks, or software (maybe your local bookstore), or printers; people owning Amigas will wander in from time to time.
When preparing your notice of the first meeting, be sure to mention that everyone should bring a blank disk for FREE SOFTWARE, and a checkbook for membership dues.
(Please don't let them forget their checkbooks!)
So, the meeting date is set, everyone knows to bring money; are we ready? Not quite yet. Several actions should be taken to prepare for the meeting. If the first meeting goes well, everyone will be back again and again. Take the time to organize every aspect of that meeting before it begins.
First, prepare a questionnaire. It should request the Name, Address, Telephone Number and Interests of each person attending (whether or not they intend to join the group — MORE PHONE NUMBERS!). You should also find oul it the prospective member has owned other computers and the type (will old Atari users outnumber the C-64 abusers?), and a self-rating on computer sophistication — from Beginner to Programmer or Developer. With this information you will be able to create Special Interest Groups (S.I.G.s) that will accomodate the needs of everyone.
Secondly, in order to come through on your promise of FREE SOFTWARE, you’ve got to obtain some public domain software, tf you've been reading this magazine, you know that Amazing Computing is a good source for buying Public Domain sofiware.
Other sources include other Amiga user groups (see the listings in various computer magazines and newspapers).
Most user groups are more than willing to share their library of software, usually for the price of one membership in their group. In addition, there are regular advertisements for public domain software for the Amiga in this and several other magazines.
After you've purchased some software; it must be copied.
When we copied our first disk of software for our first meeting, most of us didn't have a second drive. After 40 copies, one can easily sing a few bars of the "switchin’ the floppies blues". Share the load of copying software, and try to use people that have two drives! How many copies can you make? Enough to trade to everyone who shows up with a blank disk, plus an additional number for those folks who didn't know to bring a blank disk but are willing to pay for your disk or software. There’s no doubt that you'll have to guess, but it's probably better to over-estimate than not to have enough
disks lor the people who came to the meeting to gel software.
At our first meeting we had approximately 15 people attend.
At our second meeting, about 35, and at our third over 60.
As l said before, the Amiga is a popular computer. To put these numbers in perspective, we didn't do any advertising, other than phone calls, until the third meeting.
If you end up with extra copies of your disks, they can always be used later for people who missed your first meeting; or you can copy over the disks with the progrmas you intend to distribute at your next meeting.
It is especially important in the first few meetings to maintain some sense of stability. The users attending the meetings want to be sure that you are dependable and that the group is viable. To that end, try to verify that your meeting location will be available on the same day and lime for at least the first 3 months. By the end of that time your group will probably have out grown the location anyway. Always be on the lookout for a larger room with better facilities.
As you will be collecting money for dues and possibly software disks, it is important to open a bank account. The best option is to try to open an account at the same bank where your personal account is placed. Frequently a bank may be unwilling to open an account for an organization until you provide by-laws and a list of officers.
If you determine that by-laws are necessary prior to opening the account, prepare tentative by-laws to hand out at the first meeting. Your prospective members won't want to take the time to read or discuss the issue of by-laws, but it can't be avoided. By explaining the necessity and having them printed up previously, there can be discussion and a vote without too much wasted time.
If you are able to promise the attendees that there will be a demonstration of some new software; they will be more willing to sit through the by-laws process. Talk to that beneficent dealer about the software demonstration, and remind him to bring along some extra copies to sell after the meeting.
Where do you get the by-laws? The best place to find them is through other user groups. In this case, it makes little difference that the other group is for Macs, PC’s or C-64's.
With a little modification, their by-laws will be fine as your bylaws. In future columns I will address the problem of the content of by-laws, in more detail.
As I mentioned previously, it is important to have some kind of entertainment at the first meeting. Whether software is demonstrated by the dealer, or whether a developer shows off his work in progress, or whether you schedule a hoola- hoop contest; you should have something special to conclude the evening. Also, refreshments never hurt!
After you have pinned down some special demonstration, you're ready for your first meeting. The process I've described is not the only way to begin a user group. There are many variations on this theme. Some groups do not collect dues. Some do not have by-laws. The newsletter and even refreshments are not mandatory. Some user groups sell their public domain disk rather than trade for a blank disk. The only minimum requirement is to have semiregular meetings.
After all this work, the lingering question in your mind may be; "Hey, is it still FUN?" The answer is yes. Each time you plan a meeting it gets easier. You will find at least a few members as dedicated as yourself, and they will be willing to help carry the responsibilities of moving the group forward.
Then, just sit back and enjoy the interchange.
The best way to find volunteers is to waft for someone to comment to you "Why didut you have a...". Your response should be, "That's a great idea, why don't you have that ready for the next meeting." If someone has the energy to complain, redirect their energy to action. If the members want something done, they will provide the manpower to do it. If they don't provide the workers they don't really want the thing done. I think this explains in part the great differences between user groups; each is a manifestation of the attitudes of its members.
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©r a Aimm C®aM©im o n©nn; By David Lipshutz Treasurer, Amuse, New York Amiga User's Group David Lipshutz has his own ideas as to where an Amiga User Group should go. He expresses his belief in the need for a collective effort in supporting the Amiga. We offer this space to express his ideas and to raise our readers awareness of the support the Amiga should receive. We ask for your response and or alternative suggestions.
The Amiga is a grassroots computer. The success of the Amiga is dependent on those of us who own and support the machine. Word of mouth is Amiga's most effective marketing tool, and the Amiga community is an invaluable ally in helping to develop new software capabilities. Amiga owners are motivated and dedicated, some might even say fanatical. Many of us have sacrificed time, energy, and money in support of the machine, often without hope of personal gain. It seems natural now to seriously consider forming a broad coalition of Amiga owners, user groups, developers, dealers, and distributors. A
national organization would provide focus, structure, and resources, for the purposes of (1) increasing the Amiga's visibility utility, (2) for encouraging the development of third- party products, and (3) education, training and dissemination of information.
Consider, for example, the press. Unfortunately, many publications have chosen to ignore the Amiga, unless they have something negative to say. This is due to an absence of information, the close-knit relationships that some publications maintain with their advertisers, and the self- perpetuating myth that the Amiga is a toy (and that Commodore is a manufacturer of toys). Despite its efforts, Commodore has not been able to fill 1he information vacuum and dispel these myths. A national organization could develop and nurture press contacts, provide demonstrations to reporters, distribute press
releases and promotional material about new products and capabilities, and sponsor "media events". Some examples of possible media events could include: an all-Amiga conference or fair; demonstrations to institutions and professional associations; and the production and distribution to cable companies of videotapes created exclusively by the Amiga.
A national organization would provide the Amiga community with a platform, and the credentials necessary to promote the Amiga effectively. In fact, the formation of a national organization could, in itself, attract media attenlion.
The Amiga community must begin to focus and leverage its technical capabilities. An umbrella organization is the only way to maximize this effort. It would enable the sponsorship of seminars for the purpose of attracting and educating software developers. It would allow us to assist developers by creating and providing new development 1ools. The organization would be in a unique position to expand the base of public domain software by providing funds for development and an outlet for distribution. Projects could be funded, aimed at improving the operating system. In essence, a national
organization would become a definitive clearing-house for technical support, documentation, bug reports and fixes, and training. We would be able 1o "grease the wheels of progress", so to speak.
Fred Fish and John Foust (on behalf of the Amicus Network) have both done a magnificent job of collecting, cataloging, and distributing public domain software. Their efforts have provided an enormous amount of useful and entertaining software. Imagine how much more productive they might become if they had the backing of a high-profile organization capable of supplying appreciable resources.
How will it be possible to fund and provide support for a national coalition? First, through the public support of well- known and respected individuals in the Amiga community (and Commodore itself, if possible). Endorsements will provide legitimacy to the organization. Second, advertisements and articles such as this one will be sent to Amiga-dedicated and general magazines. Simultaneously, public domain disks will be commissioned and distributed that contain the same appeals for participation. Software publisher's mailing lists and dealers' lists could be the next step. In this way, a
broad-based and effective drive can be mounted at a relatively modest cost. If we can induce participation by 50% of all Amiga owners at a membership fee of $ 20.00, we can generate an annual budget of $ 1 million or more. Other activities could increase the amount endowing a budget that would allow the organization to hire a full-time technical and marketing staff that would help carry out the organization’s objectives.
Ours is a mutually interdependent community, each interest group generates strength from drawing on the resources of the others. Currently, the most important thing we can do is to strengthen our own ties, and reach out en masse to attract the entire computer establishment. A national nonprofit organization is the ideal means to accomplish these ends, and in so doing, help to secure a bright future for the Amiga and ourselves.
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• AC* AmigaBASIC Tutorial By Kelly Kaufman CIS [70206,640] In
this installment, we'l! Go a bit deeper into variables and some
of the different numerical functions you can perform on them.
The next 6 functions are the "easy" stuff, following these 6,
we'll go into the trigonometric functions of Mbasic.
And first up is.... ABS: The "ABS" function returns the absolute value of an argument given in parenthesis. Example: X=ABS(-38) In this example, X would equal 38. Note that this feature DOES retain the decimal point and any places behind it.
CINT: CINT rounds off an expression to the nearest integer. Example: X=CINT(12.8323) X now would equal 13... rounding 12.8323 off.
INT: INT drops off the decimal point and keeps the integer value. It DOES NOT round numbers off. For rounding, use CINT. Example: X=INT(12.8323) X is now 12, dropping the.8323. RND: You'll probably be using RND a lot if you are going to be doing any game programming in Mbasic. This function will generate a random number between 0 and 1. Here are a few examples: X=INT(RND*100) Generates a random number between 0 and 100.
X=RND*100 Generates a random number between 0 and 100, but will not be an integer. It is advisable before your program does it’s random number generation, to include the statement "RANDOMIZE TIMER." This will "SEED" the random number generator, thereby giving you more authentic random numbers.
SGN: SGN returns the value of a number as it relates to 0.
For instance, if an argument is less than 0, a -I will be returned. If the argument is equal to 0 then a 0 will be returned. And if the value of the argument is greater than 0, a I will be returned. Examples: X=SGN(3) X will be 1 X=SGN(-3) X will be-1 X=SGN(0) X will be 0 SQR: SQR returns the square root of a number. Example: X=SGR(9) X will be 3, the square root of 9.
Well so much for the easy stuff. Now here's the list of the trigonometric functions of Mbasic, just like I promised.
ATN: ATN returns the arc tangent of the argument.
Example: X=ATN(2} X will be 1.107149 the arctangent of 2.
COS: COS returns the cosine of an argument in radians.
Example: X=COS(100) X will be.8623189-the cosine of 100.
EXP: EXP returns the base of natural logarithms to the power of the argument. Example: X=EXP(3) X will be 20.08554-The natural base.
LOG: LOG returns the logarithm of the argument. Example: X=LOG[1.6) X will be.4700037, the logarithm of 1.6. SIN: The SIN function will return the sine of the following argument. Example; X=SIN(100) X will be -.5063657, the sine of 100.
TAN: TAN returns the tangent of the argument. Example: X=TAN 1.777) X will now equal -4.780646, the tangent of
1. 777. If your trigonometric needs exceed the commands given in
Mbasic, there is a table on page A-17 of your Mbasic manual
that describes formulas for 21 other trigonometric functions.
Another function that you will be using as you start making larger programs, is the FRE function. This function informs you as to how much memory is left in your Amiga. There are three areas we can look into. The entire system, the Stack, and Basic programming area. We won't concern ourselves with the Stack for now.,.that will be in a later installment of this tutorial. Here is the method for checking your remaining memory.
X=FRE(-1) Returns the total number of bytes left in the ENTIRE system.
X=FRE(1) Returns the number of bytes left in Mbasic’s List window. That is, the total number of characters left to program in. For example if it returned 5000, then you would have space left for 5000 more characters worth of programming.
These functions should help you in your number crunching abilities on your Amiga. So what are you waiting for??? Go ahead and turn your Amiga on and figure out the meaning of the universe!]!
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Mounting on the right hand side of the Amiga PC the AX 2000 connects to the expansion port.
Additional peripherals which would normally be connected to the expansion port can then be connected on the expansion port of the AX 2000. Standard expansion bus architecture was used In the design of the AX 2000, thereby Insuring compatibility with all peripherals.
The AX 2000 can be used to Increase ram memory, or as a fast ram drive. When used to Increase ram memory the AX 2000 will greatly enhance the multl-tasking feature of the Amiga PC. With more memory available to the system It Is possible to have more tasks running simultaneously or a greater amount of memory available to each of the tasks. Software developers will find the AX 2000 a must, allowing a great reduction In compile assembly time, thus leading to a real savings In terms of development costs.
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Business Machines Mailing List In AmigaRASIC By Kelly
Kaufman One of the best uses of a computer is to track
This mailing list program will hold a list of peoples names, addresses, phone numbers (both work and home), city, state and zip codes. After information has been keyed in, it can then be printed out on mailing labels for use on letters, packages, or whatever use you may have. This program requires AmigaBASIC. For single drive users, this program will work best with AmigaBASIC and this program on your workbench diskette, Type the program listing into the LIST window and SAVE IT BEFORE YOU RUN IT!!! If any section of the program doesn't perform properly, compare your listing to the one listed
below. Good luck!
Hailing List Prog: Mailing List by Kelly Kauffman 1 May 31, 1986 WINDOW 1,"Mailing List VI.0",16 PRINT PRINT "Enter the Filename of your Mailing List" PRINT "or Press [RETURN] to create a new List. " Print PRINT INPUT fil$ IF fil$ =”" THEN GOTO mnu OPEN fils FOR INPUT AS 1 INPUT 1, maxrec dimsize=maxrec+100 'allows for 100 more records to be entered 1 in one session than was originally in the A lower number 'file. Change as needed, 'will not eat up as much memory.
DIM F$ (dimsize), ln$ (dimsize), as(dimsize), c$ [dims ize) DIM s$ (dimsize), z$ (dimsize), hp$ (dimsize), wp$ (dim size) CLS LOCATE 15,30 PRINT "Total Records;maxrec FOR rec=l TO maxrec LOCATE 17,29 PRINT "Reading Record:";rec LINE INPUT 1, ln$ (rec) LINE INPUT 1, F$ (rec) LINE INPUT 1, a$ (rec) LINE INPUT 1, c$ (rec) LINE INPUT 1, s$ (rec) LINE INPUT 1, z$ (rec) LINE INPUT 1, hpS (rec) LINE INPUT 1, wp$ (rec) NEXT rec rec=maxrec CLOSE 1 mnu: CLS COLOR 0,1 LOCATE 1,34 PRINT " " '11 spaces LOCATE 2,34 PRINT ” COLOR 1,0 PRINT "Mail List”; COLOR 0,1 PRINT " " LOCATE 3,34 PRINT " " '11 spaces COLOR 1,0
PRINT SPC(14);"Choose an option by pressing the appropriate key:" PRINT PRINT ”E)dit a record," PRINT PRINT SPC (4);"D)isplay a record."
PRINT PRINT SPC (8);"P)riot a record," PRINT PRINT SPC (12);"M)ailing label print."
PRINT PRINT SPC(16);"L)eave Mail List."
PRINT PRINT SPC (20);"S)tore records to disk."
PRINT PRINT SPC(24);"+)Add a record."
PRINT PRINT SPC(28);"-)Delete a record."
PRINT Print "Press a key (E D P M L S A + -) "; menuchoose: r$ =INKEY$ IF r$ ="" THEN GOTO menuchoose r$ =UCASE$ (r$) IF r$ =" + " THEN GOTO add IF r$ ="M" THEN GOTO mail IF r$ ="S" THEN GOTO store IF rS="L" THEN GOTO leave IF r$ ="E" THEN GOTO ed IF rS="D" THEN GOTO display IF rS="P" THEN GOTO prt IF rS=" — " THEN GOTO del ‘only getE through here if they didn't press 'one of the options.
BEEP GOTO menuchoose add: GOSUB displayform rec=rec+l LOCATE 4,14 LINE INPUT ", F$ (rec) ", ln$ (rec) LOCATE 6,14 LINE INPUT LOCATE 8,14 LINE INPUT " ", a$ (roc) LOCATE 10,14 LINE INPUT " ", c$ (rec) ", s$ (rec) ", z$ (rec) ", hp$ (rec) ", wpS (rec) LOCATE 12,14 LINE INPUT " LOCATE 14,14 LINE INPUT " LOCATE 16,14 LINE INPUT " LOCATE 18,14 LINE INPUT " LOCATE 21,1 mesa$ ="Is everything Okay" GOSUB yn IF yn$ ="N" THEN rec=rec-l GOTO add END IF mesa$ ="Add Another Record" GOSUB yn IF yn$ ="N" THEN GOTO mnu GOTO add disDlayform: CLS COLOR 0, 1 PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT II First Name: " PRINT PRINT II Last
MOUSE WASH $ 7.95-SAVIT $ 14.95 $ 2.00 SHIPPING $ 3.00 FOR C.O.D. T&L PRODUCTS, 2645 Wilson Street Carlsbad, CA 92008 (619)729-4020 CLS PRINT "What name do you want to display?"
PRINT PRINT "Choose name by entering a search pattern for the last name. If" PRINT "I find a match within the name I will display it for you."
PRINT PRINT INPUT "Search Key = ", srch$ srch$ =UCASE$ (srch$) End if FOR i=l TO rec IF x$ ="A" THEN place=l IF x$ ="L" THEN place=INSTR(UCASE$ (InS(i)), srch$) IF x$ ="F" THEN place=INSTR(UCASES (FS (i)), srch$) IF place 0 THEN dsp=i IF ln$ (i)="DELETED" THEN 9 GOSUB dispiayform GOSUB displayrec mesa$ ="Okay to Continue" GOSUB yn IF yn$ ="N" THEN GOTO mnu END IF 9 NEXT i CLS LOCATE 15,35 COLOR 0,1 PRINT " No more matches. " COLOR 1,0 FOR rest=l TO 3000 NEXT rest GOTO mnu ed: CLS PRINT "Do you want to search for the name to edit on the F)irst or" PRINT "L)ast name field?"
3 xS=INKEY$ IF x$ ="" THEN 3 x$ =UCASE$ (x$) IF x$ "F" AND x$ "L" THEN 3 PRINT PRINT "What name do you want to edit?"
PRINT PRINT "Choose a set of letters which will be searched on in the name" PRINT "field. If a match is found, I will present it to you and you can" PRINT "decide if it Is the record you want to edit."
PRINT PRINT INPUT "What letters to search on?
", srch$ srch$ =UCASE$ (srchS) FOR i=l TO rec IF x$ ="F" THEN x=INSTR (UCASES (FS (i)), srchS) IF x$ ="L" THEN x=INSTR (UCASES (ln$ (i)), srchS) IF X 0 THEN GOSUB dispiayform dsp=i GOSUB displayrec mesas="Edit THIS record" GOSUB yn IF yn$ ="N" THEN mesas="Continue Search" GOSUB yn IF ynS="N" THEN GOTO mnu IF ynS“"Y" THEN GOTO 4 ELSE GOTO edt END IF END IF 4 NEXT i edt: CLS PRINT "When editing, the cursor will appear just under the line that" PRINT "is ready to be edited. If you wish to keep the line the same," PRINT "don’t type it again, just press return and I'll keep it the same," PRINT PRINT
"Press a key to continue."
5 x$ =INKSY$ IF x$ ="" THEN GOTO 5 GOSUB dispiayform GOSUB displayrec LOCATE 5,14 LINE INPUT " ", chgS IF obg$ "" THEN F? (dsp)=chg$ LOCATE 7,14 LINE INPUT " ", chg$ IF chg$ "" THEN ln$ (dsp)=chg$ LOCATE 9,14 LINE INPUT " ", chgfi IF chg$ "" THEN a$ (dsp)=chg$ LOCATE 11,14 LINE INPUT " ", chgS IF obg$ "" THEN c$ (dsp)=chg$ LOCATE 13,14 LINE INPUT " ", chgS IF chg$ "" THEN s$ (dsp)=chg$ LOCATE 15,14 LINE INPUT " ", chgS IF chg$ "" THEN z$ (dsp)=chg$ LOCATE 17,14 LINE INPUT " ", chg$ IF chg$ "" THEN hp$ (dsp)=chg$ LOCATE 19,14 LINE INPUT " ", chg$ IF chg$ "" THEN wp$ (dsp)=chgS GOSUB displayform GOSUB
dieplayrec mesa$ ="All edits correct" GOSUB yn IF yn$ ="Y" THEN mu IF yn$ ="N" THEN edt mall: CLS PRINT "Which records do you want to print?"
PRINT PRINT "Do you want to:" PRINT PRINT "1. Print all records."
PRINT PRINT "2. Print some based on a search in the last name field."
PRINT PRINT "3. Print some based on a search in the first name field."
PRINT PRINT ”4. Go through all records and choose each one to be printed."
PRINT PRINT INPUT "Choice:", chc IF chc 4 OR chc l THEN GOTO mnu prtsome: CLS PRINT INPUT "How many lines between labels?
", spaces PRINT PRINT IF chc=2 THEN INPUT "What letters to search on in the last name field? ", srch$ IF chc-3 THEN INPUT "What letters to search on in the first name field?
", srch$ srch$ =UCASE$ (srch$) FOR i=l TO rec IF chc=2 THEN place=INSTR(UCASE$ (ln$ (i)), srch$) IF chc=3 THEN place=INSTR(UCASE$ (F$ (i)), srch$) IF chc=4 OR chc=l THEN place=l IF place 0 THEN IF chc=4 THEN IF ln$ (i)="DELETED" THEN GOTO 6 GOSUB displayform dsp=i GOSUB displayrec rnesg$ ="Print this one" GOSUB yn IF yn$ ="N" THEN 6 END IF LPRINT F$ (i); I? F$ (i) "" THEN LPRINT " LPRINT lnS(i) LPRINT as (i) LPRINT cS (i); ";s$ (i); " ";z$ (i) FOR g=l TO spaces LPRINT NEXT g END IF 6 NEXT i GOTO mnu PRINT PRINT "Print what record? (Note: Search ADFO AMIGA DISK FILE ORGANIZER Having trouble finding
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name.)"; INPUT srchS srch$ =UCASE$ (srch$) EOR i=l TO rec
x=INSTR(UCASE$ (ln$ (i)), srch$) IF x 0 THEN GOSUB displayform
dsp=i GOSUB dieplayrec mesa$ ="Print THIS record" GOSUB yn
First Name: ";F$ (i) Last Name: "; ln$ (i) Address: ";a$ (i
City: ";c$ (i State: sS(i) Zip: Home Phone: ";hpS(i) Work
Phone: ";wp$ (i) LOCATE 15,35 COLOR 0,1 PRINT " No more
matches. " COLOR 1,0 FOR rest=l TO 3000 NEXT rest GOTO mnu
del: CLS PRINT "Delete what name? (Note: Search based on
last name.)"; INPUT srch$ srchS=UCASES(srch$) FOR i=l TO
rec x=INSTR(UCASES (ln$ (i)), srch$) IF x 0 THEN GOSUB
diEplayform dsp=i GOSUB displayrec mesa$ ="Delete THIS
record" GOSUB yn IF yn$ ="N" THEN CLS: GOTO 8 IF yn$ =”Y"
NEXT i CLS LOCATE 15,35 COLOR 0,1 PRINT " No more matches.
" COLOR 1,0 FOR rest=l TO 3000 NEXT rest GOTO mmi store:
CLS irtesg$ ="Ready to store this mailing list" GOSUB yn IF
yn$ ="N" THEN GOTO mu CLS PRINT PRINT "What Filename INPUT
F$ IF UCASE$ F$)=UCASE$ (fil$) THEN PRINT tnesg$ ="Save
over the old file" GOSUB yn IF yn$ ="N" THEN GOTO mnu END IF
1 PRINT PRINT "Writing Total of Records..." FOR i=l TO
rec IF In? (i) "DELETED" THEN rets=rets+l NEXT i PRINT
"There are";rets;"to save."
PRINT 1, rets rets=0 FOR i=l TO rec IF ln$ (i)="DELETED" THEN 10 rets=rets+l LOCATE 10,15 PRINT "Saving record ";rets PRINT 1, ln$ (i) PRINT l, F$ i) PRINT l, as i) PRINT fl.csii) PRINT 1, s$ (i) PRINT 1, z? (i) PRINT 1, hp$ (i) PRINT l, wp$ (i) 10 NEXT i PRINT PRINT "Closing File up...” CLOSE 1 PRINT PRINT PRINT "Done."
FOR rest=l TO 3000 NEXT rest GOTO mnu leave: CLS mesa$ ="Are you sure you want to leave now" GOSUB yn IF ynS="N" THEN GOTO mnu CLS PRINT mesa$ ="Do you want to Store this mailing list off before leaving" GOSUB yn IF yn$ ="N" THEN SYSTEM GOTO store ¦AC- (It’s a lot of fun, a brain teaser and a programming guide too!)
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P. O. Box 4313 Garden Grove, CA 92642 Pointer Image Editor By
Stephen R. Pietrowicz CIS: 73047,2313 People Link: DRRITZ
Usenet:.. lihnp4 ipur-ee Igould Ihouligaulsrp Many programs
for the Amiga change the default pointer sprite from the
familiar arrow to another image while you use that program.
Changing your default pointer is a relatively simple task in
C, but what if you are not familiar with C or don't own a C
By including some of the Amiga libraries into your AmigaBasic programs, you can access the subroutines So create your own mouse pointer images! The same system calls that C uses to change pointer images can be accessed through AmigaBasic. Including the exec and intuition libraries in your program with the LIBRARY statement allows you to access the necessary routines to change your pointer.
Creating a pointer is simple. First, you have to allocate enough memory for your pointer using the AllocMem () function. Then, you have 1o load that memory with the sprite image of the pointer you want to create. After loading the image data, call the intuition SetPointer) function, and voila!
Your own pointer!
Creating the pointer image data can be a bit difficult to do.
The AmigaBasic program listed at the end of this article takes away the drudgery of creating that data. It allows you to change the default colors used by your default pointer sprite, create pointer sprites that are up to 16 pixels wide and 156 pixels long, and load save the pointer images you create.
There are several areas on the screen that you will use to design your pointer image. The large box to the left side of Ihe screen is used as your palette. The four boxes below are the colors you can use to draw with. The box at the right side of the screen is labeled "RGB Settings". After selecting the color you want to change, adjust the RGB settings to the color you want. (It works similarly 1o drawing programs that are available). The gadget in the middle of the screen lets you scroll to the part of the image you want to work with.
There are also two menu lists with 7 functions to use.
The first menu list has options 1o load a pointer image from a file, save the current pointer image to a file, clear Ihe current pointer palette, and quit the program.
When loading or saving a pointer image, a requestor box will appear to type the file's name. Type any alphanumeric name. — ¦- | -, wMWm h if ¦ CvX- in the requestor box. (Hit the ESC key if you want to exit this mode). The pointer image is stored in the following format: the first three lines contain the RGB values used to create the 17th, 18th, and 19th hardware color register entries.
Simply load these values by using the AmigaBasic PALETTE statement. The next statement holds the height of the pointer image.
The next entries in the file are with values used to make up the image. There are two values line, and one ime for every pixel in height. These are the values that are stored into memory. The last line contains the program's representation of the X and V offsets of the "hot spot" of the pointer. (The "hot spot" is the point within the pointer image used to determine where the pointer is when a mouse key is pressed, and is denoted as a yellow square on the pointer palette).
The second menu list has options to test the pointer image you've created, reset the test pointer to the default program pointer, and reset the hot spot to a different part of the sprite. A word of warning when setting the "hot spot".
Because of the way that the Amiga handles the mouse pointer, setting the "hot spot” near the bottom of the sprite image will make it disappear when the pointer moves near the top of the screen. It's generally a good idea to only set the "hot spot" within the first 15 pixels from the top of the image.
The two system calls that deal with the pointer are SetPointer and ClearPointer. The format of the SetPointer function is: CALL SetPointer (window, image, height, width, HotX, HotY) where 'window' is the address of a window structure. You get that address by the WINDOW(7) function from AmigaBasic.
Window 7) returns a pointer to Ihe intuition window, ’image' is the address of the mouse pointer image. The address you pass to SetPointer is the address of the first byte of the memory return from the AilocMem function, ’height' is the height of the mouse pointer image, 'width' is the width of the mouse pointer image. 'HotX' is the X-Offset of your mouse pointer image from the "hot spot". 'HotY is the Y-Offset of your mouse pointer image from the "hoi spot".
The "hot spot" offsets are normally negative values. The upper-left hand corner of the sprite has HotX and HotY values of 0,0. The upper-right hand corner of the sprite has values -15,0. A "hot spot" placed 7 pixels over and 9 pixels down has a value of -7, — 9. For an example of how to use SetPointer, examine the DefaultPointer section in the program listing.
The ClearPointer system call will return the pointer that you've changed on the screen back to the original system default mouse pointer image. The call in AmigaBasic is simple: CALL ClearPointerfwindow) where 'window' is the same address of the window structure as used in the SetPointer system call. Here are some ideas for you to try in your own programs: By keeping track of which direction the mouse is moving, you can change the pointer image to point in that direction. You don’t have to be limited to arrows. For example, you can have a pointer that looks like a pointing finger, one image
for each direction.
You can create animated pointers in your own programs by continually changing images. You can create a flying bird, a bouncing ball, even a rainbow that changes colors!
SPECIAL NOTE: ft you do not have the.BMAP files for the exec and intuition libraries, type in the following files using the ED editor.
These short files will make a.BMAP file that will ONLY work with this program. Please get an official, complete.BMAP file from your local user group or from AMICUS disk 8, if you plan to explore.BMAPs, or use other programs that need.BMAP files.
Exec.fd: base_SysBase bias 198 public AIIocMem (byteSize, requirements)(D0 D1) bias 210 FreeMem (memoryBtock, byteSize)(A1, D0) en d intuition.fd: base JntuitionBase bias 60 public ClearPointer (Window}(AO) bias 270 SetPointer (Window, Pointer, Height, Width, Xoffset, Yoffset)(A 0 A 1, DO D 1 D2 D3) end Use the ConvertFD program located in the BasicDemos directory of the Extras disk to convert 'exec. fd' to 'exec. bmap' and 'intuition. fd' to 'intuition. bmap'. The file 'graphics. bmap' is already located on the Extras disk in the BasicDemos directory.
Note: the resulting.BMAP files should be put in the libs directory of the Workbench disk with the Amiga libraries.
You should move the.bmap files onto the same disk as the pointer editor, so the program can access the libraries.
P fogram 11 st ing: Pointer Image Editor 1 Copyright 1986 By Stephen R. Pietrowicz ¦ The author places this software in the 1 public domain. Please refer to the ’ Amazing Computing V. l 6 article 1 for more information.
' Please do not remove this copyright notice.
DECLARE FUNCTION AllocMemfi () LIBRARY DECLARE FUNCTION FreeMemi) LIBRARY DECLARE FUNCTION ReadPixelS () LIBRARY LIBRARY "exec. Library'' LIBRARY "intuition. library" LIBRARY "graphics. library" SCREEN 3,320,200,5,1 WINDOW 3,"Pointer Image Editor by SR Pietrowicz", (0, 0) -(309,186),0,3 GOSUB Setup I 1 Main loop: Wait until the mouse is clicked 1 to do anything.
I Top: WHILE MOUSE(0) = 0: WEND xl = MOUSE (3): yl = MOUSE (4) IF (xl 143) THEN CheckDial IF (yl 143) THEN CheckColor xl = INT (xl 9): yl = INT (yl 9) x2 ¦= xl*9+l: y2 = yl*9+l IF cn = 0 THEN Ncn = 0 ELSE Ncn = cn+5 END IF I 1 Set points in both windows, and make sure 1 that the "hot spot” stays visible I LINE(x2, y2)-(x2+8, y2+8), Ncn, bf PSET(180+xl, Dial+yl), Ncn IF (PFlag = 1) AND (xl = Psx) AND (yl = Psy) THEN LINE (x2+l, y2+l)-(x2+7, y2+7), ll, bf END IF I ’ Set the color that was just set in the ’ bitmap IF xl = 0 THEN Bit% = SH8000 ELSE Bit% = (2A(15-xl)) END IF Sety = Dial-2+yl IF (en 2 =
INT(cn 2)) THEN Sa% (Sety, 0) = Sa%(Sety,0) AND NOT Bit% ELSE Sa% (Sety, 0) = Sa% (Sety, 0) OR Bit% END IF IF (cn 2) THEN Sa% (Sety, 1) = Sa%(Sety, l) AND NOT Bit% ELSE Sa% (Sety, 1) = Sa%(Sety, l) OR Bit% END IF WHILE MOUSE(0) 0: WEND GOTO Top 1 Move the dial, and redraw the pointer ¦ window I CheckDial: IF (xl 152) THEN Top IF (xl 163) THEN CheckRGB MENU OFF Dbox = Dial DialTop: WHILE MOUSE (0) 0 Dy = MOUSE (6) IF (Dy 2) OR (Dy 141) THEN DialTop IF (Dy = Dial) THEN DialTop LINE (152, Dial) — (163, Dial+2),0, bf LINE (203, Dial) — (203, Dial+15),0 Dial = Dy LINE (152, Dial) — (163,
Dial+2), 1, bf LINE (203, Dial) — (203, Dial+15),1 WEND IF (Dbox = Dial) THEN MENU ON GOTO Top END IF Redraw the pointer window PointRedraw: FOR r = 0 TO 15 By = r* 9+1 Dly = Dial+r FOR s = 0 TO 15 Bx = 6*9+1 LINE (Bx, By) — (Bx+8, By+8), 1, bf LINE (Bx, By) — (Bx+8, By+8), POINT(180+a, Dly), bf NEXT B NEXT r I ’ Check to see if the "Hot Spot" goes in this window I IF Lflag = 1 THEN RETURN END IF IF (Psx = 0) THEN IF (ABS (Dial — Psd) = 0) AND (ABS(Dial — Psd) = 15) THEN Psy = Psy-(Dial-Psd) Pad = Dial IF (Psy = 0) AND (Psy = 15) THEN Npsx = Psx*9+2 Npsy = Psy*9+2 LINE (NPsx, Npey) —
(NPsx+6, Npsy+6), ll, bf Pflag = 1 ELSE Pflag = 0 END IF END IF END IF MENU ON GOTO Top 1 Change the color that is being used CheckColor: IF (yl 150) OR (yl 170) THEN Top cn = lNT(xl 36) LINE (225, Rl) — (240, Rl), 0 LINE (255, Gl)-(270, Gl),0 LINE (2B5, B1)-(300, B1),0 IF cn = 0 THEN LINE (1,176)-(143,184), 0, bf Rl = 110: Gl = 110: B1 = 110 ELSE LINE (1,176) -(143, 184), cn+5, bf Rl = 110 — (RGB! (cn, l)*100) Gl = 110 (RGB! (cn,2)*100) B1 = 110 — (RGB! (cn, 3) *100) END IF LINE (225, Rl) — (240, Rl), 11 LINE (255, G1)-(270, G1),11 LINE (285, Bl) — (300, Bl), 11 WHILE MOUSE(0) 0: WEND GOTO Top '
Change the Red, Green, Blue values of the 1 current color I CheckRGB: IF (cn = 0) THEN Top IF (xl 225) OR (xl 300) THEN Top MENU OFF IF (xl = 225) AND (xl = 240) THEN Red IF (xl = 255) AND (xl = 270) THEN Green IF (xl = 285) AND (xl = 300) THEN Blue MENU OFF GOTO Top Red: WHILE MOUSE (0) 0 Ry = MOUSE (6) IF (Ry 10) OR (Ry 110) THEN Red IF (Ry = Rl) THEN Red LINE (225, Rl) — (240, Rl), 0 Rl = Ry LINE (225, R1)-(240, R1),11 RGB! (cn,1) = (110-R1) 100 PALETTE 5+cn, RG3! (cn,1), RGB! (cn,2), RGB! (cn,3) WEND GOTO EndRGB Green: WHILE MOUSE (0) 0 Gy = MOUSE (6) A-TALK" Advanced
Communication and Terminal Program for the AMIGA
* • . KERMIT — XMODEM — ASCII TRANSFER — Xmodem binary files
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• Ml LINE (283, 9)-(302, 111), l, b LINE (225,110)-(240,110),11
LINE (255, 110)-(270, 110,11 LINE (285,110)-(300,110),11 R1 =
110: G1 = 110: B1 = 110 LINE (223,113)-(242,123),12, bf Sa% (i, 0)
= 0 Sa% (i, 1) = 0 NEXT i 1 Set Up Menus MENU 1,0,1,"Editor"
MENU 1,1,1,"Load " MENU 1,2,1, "Save " MENU 1,3,1,"Clear " MENU
1, 4, 1, "Quit " MENU 2,0,1,"Pointer " MENU 2,1,1, "Test MENU
2,2,1, "Reset " MENU 2, 3,1, "Hot Spot" MENU 3,0,1,"" MENU
4,0,1,"" PALETTE 30,1,0,0 Psx = 0: Psy = 0: Psd = 2: PFlag = 1
LINE (2, 2) — (8, 8), 11, bf ON MENU GOSUB CheckMenu MENU ON
Pointer drawing box and gadget LINE (0, 0)-(145,145), l, b LINE
(150,0)-(165,145), l, b Dial = 2 LINE (152, Dial) — (163, Dial+2),
l, bf 1 Palette that shows how "real" pointer
• looks t LINE (175,0)-(201,158), l, b LINE
(203, Dial) — (203, Dial+15),1 t Draw RGB Settings I PALETTE
12,1,0,0 PALETTE 13,0,1,0 PALETTE 14,0,0,1 LINE
(220,0)-(305,158), l, b LINE (223, 9) — (242, 111), 1, b LINE
(253,9)-(272, lll), l, b LINE 253,113)-(272,123),13, bf LINE
(283,113)-(302,123),14, bf LOCATE 18,32 PRINT "RGB" LOCATE 19,30
PRINT "Settings" 1 Color Box PALETTE 6, 1,0,0 PALETTE 7,0,1,0
PALETTE 8, 0,0,1 RGB! (1, 1) = 1: RGB! (1, 2) = 0: RGB!
(1,3) = 0 RGB! (2, 1) = 0: RGB! (2, 2) = 1: RGB!
(2,3) = 0 RGB! (3, 1) = 0: RGB! (3,2) = 0: RGB! (3,3) = 1 LINE (0,150)-(36,170), l, b FOR i = 1 TO 3 LINE (i*36,150) — ((i+1) *36, 170), 5+i, bf NEXT i LINE (0,175)-(144, 185), l, b Change the system pointer to the default program pointer DefaultPointer: RESTORE I Default program pointer data DATA 14 DATA -1024,0,30720, — 32768,12288, — 16384 DATA 6144, — 8192,3072, — 4096,1536, — 10240 DATA 768, — 29696,384,1536,192,768 DATA 96,384,48,192,24,96 DATA 12,48,4,24,0,8 rp£ = WINDOW (7) READ Ap% POKEW sis,0 POKEW si£+2,0 Padd = 4 FOR i = 1 TO (Ap%+1) *2 READ pl% POKEW si£+Padd, pl% Padd = Padd + 2 NEXT i
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STEP -1 Bit% = (2A j) Bit0% = (Sa%(Scan,0) AND Bit%) Bit% Bitl% = (Sa% (Scan, 1) AND Bit%) Bit% cn = (Bitl%*2) OR Bit0% IF cn = 0 THEN Ncn = 0 ELSE Ncn = cn+5 END IF PSET(195-j, Scan+2),1 PSET(195-j, Scan+2), Ncn NEXT j NEXT Scan 1 and reset the intuition pointer I Lflag = 1 GOSUB PointRedraw IF (PFlag = I) THEN LINE (Psx*9+2, Psy*9+2) — (Psx* 9+8, Psy*9+8), 11, bf END IF Lflag = 0 LoadDone: MENU ON RETURN END IF I Save current pointer to a file I IF Item = 2 THEN I Make sure there is a pointer to save... Ap% “ 156 PSFlag = 1 WHILE (PSFlag = 1) IF (Ap% 0) THEN PSFlag = 0 ELSEIF (Sa%(Ap%,0)
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I am delighted to announce that Amiga music is a reality!
The AmigaNotes Award for First Musical Software goes to ActiVision for their Music Studio, which began appearing on store shelves in mid May; the hardware nod goes to Golden Hawk Technologies for their MIDI Gold interface. I will be doing an in-depth comparative review on MIDI Gold at a later date; suffice for now to sayjhat it is nicely constructed and functions well.
This month's column is devoted to an in-depth review of Music Studio. Before I delve into that subject, however, I should explain my reviewing style. When looking at a new product i tend to be very critical, and decide on personal purchases based on which item has the least number of features I don’t like. Even the rare gushingly enthusiastic review will contain a few points of contention. The idea here is not to pan the product, but to present a fair appraisal so that YOU can decide which package best suits your needs.
And you always have the rebuttal: if you think I’ve been too harsh in any of my comments, drop me some Email and let's discuss it.
REVIEW: ACTIVISION MUSIC STUDIO ActiVision bills Music Studio as "(a program) so complete it... otter (s) every option and audio function anyone could possibly want". As is typical of systems which attempt to do everything, Music Studio is a jack of all trades and master of none. The designers (Audio Light) did a good job of balancing capabilities with limitations, though; She result is a reasonably well thought out package which many will find useful in one capacity or another.
First let’s take a look at what Music Studio isn't, ft is not a MIDI sequencer recorder, though it does provide very limited MIDI support. It is not a professional scorewriting package, yet it gives you the capability to print sheet music. And it is not the ultimate demonstration of the Amiga's sound producing capability, although its "synthesizer" does provide four simultaneous voices and quite a bit of control over the sounds produced.
Retailing at $ 59.95, Music Studio comes in a colorful little box containing the program diskette, 78 page instruction booklet, icon reference card, and an ActiVision product flyer. The manual covers both Amiga and Atari ST versions of the program. This provides an interesting opportunity to contrast the capabilities of the two versions and, to a small extent, the relative power of the two machines.
The disk is copy protected, but the scheme is fairly straightforward: a bad sector header which causes DISKCOPY to fail with a source error. Since COPY moves individual files, COPY DFO: TO DF1: ALL will copy the disk (albeit slowly). You won't be able to boot from this backup, however: the program includes a programmed check which looks for the bad sector, and you'll enjoy a visit from 1he Guru if it isn’t found.
The backup is still useful if you treat it like a key disk protection scheme: boot from the master copy, then put it away and run from the backup. In fact, you can load your backup copy into drive zero and the master in drive one for booting: when the program checks for the disk protection, it will try all drives in sequence until it finds it. This allows you to copy Music Studio to a hard disk and insert the master only for booting. Marauder will successfully create a bootable copy, and this is probably the best solution for floppy based systems.
Music Studio will run on a 512K single drive system, although a second drive makes life considerably more pleasant. With the exception of the bad sector header, the program disk is standard AmigaDos format and boots directly from 1.1 KickStart. It comes up with a cute introductory screen and (bypassable) theme music which will immediately give you an idea of what the package is capable of. Do yourself a favor: run the audio lines to a good stereo! Your monitor speakers just won't cut it when sound is of primary importance.
Included on the disk are many demo songs, some for Amiga voices, others for an external Casio CZ1Q1 synthesizer.
Interestingly enough, some of the best songs are hidden from view unless you change the default directory match pattern. Be sure lo listen to anything with a.song or, sug extension anywhere on the disk, or you'll miss some good material. (One of my favorites among the hidden is Chris French's "AhWishAHadAModem".} COMPOSITION AND PLAYBACK The composing section of Music Studio supports two approaches to creating music. For the traditionalists among us, the main composing screen allows placement of notes on a standard musical staff. For avant-garde composers or nonmusicians, a "musical
paintbox" mode is available. The standard notation screen provides treble and bass staffs on which to place 32nd to whole notes and 32nd to whole rests.
In addition, any note may be dotted (extending its duration by 50%) or tied to other note (s), and triplets are supported.
All major keys are available, and any note may be placed with an accidental to depart from the selected keg's scale.
Eight time signatures ranging from 2 2 to 6 8 are available for your compositions.
Several block oriented editing functions are provided which simplify score entry and modification. These functions include making space between already placed notes to make additions, moving or copying a block of music, changing instruments, shortening or lengthening note and rest durations, transposing up or down a step at a time, and adding repeat bars. These functions operate on the entire GETTING YOUR MONEY'S WORTH?
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"marked", in operation this is very similar to editors
supporting the "cut and paste" mode. Moving about in a
composition longer than the screen is accomplished either
by repeatedly clicking left and right arrows or by moving a
slider bar near the bottom of the screen. You can insert up
lo three verses of lyrics in addition to the music, but be
advised that this uses memory normally reserved for notes.
Without lyrics the storage limit is approximately 8000
notes and rests.
The "Music Paintbox” offers an interesting alternative to standard notation. Instead of note symbols, musical tones are represented by rectangles, the lengths of which correspond to note durations. Your composition may be started on either screen and you can flip between them with a single mouse click.
Both composing modes support a feature which allows you to assign various instruments to each of four virtual tracks.
By turning the individual tracks on and off, you can hear any portion of your composition in isolation. For example, you can work on a horn part by turning off the bass guitar and piano parts. This is also useful when scoring for MIDI, where you might have more sound sources than the Amiga alone: you could compose up to four parts at once using only the computer's output, then turn on all the tracks for the actual performance.
Playback functions include a tempo control which extends from 57 to 200 beats per minute in 30 steps, and a volume slider which covers the musical range from pianissimo to fortissimo. Two playback modes let you select whether the musical score scrolls in lime with the music or remains fixed.
During the construction of a score you might want a hardcopy on which to jot notes or ideas. Music Studio has a function to print a song, but unfortunately it only supports Epson compatible printers and does not appear to vector through Preferences. Considering the Epson's market penetration and pricing schedule, though, they couldn't have picked a much more universal machine.
INSTRUMENT CREATION An instrument is Audio Light's name for a sound used in a composition. You may define up to fifteen instruments in a bank, and all of them may be used in a single composition if you wish, although only four may sound simultaneously.
Each instrument is identified by one of fifteen unique colors, and notes or paintbox rectangles are displayed in the color of the instrument which will play them. This is a cute idea, since each instrument would be a different timbre, which is often referred to as "tone color".
An instrument is built up from component parts called harmonics, and you have complete control of how they vary over time. (For those not familiar with the concept of harmonics and envelopes, Amazing Computing will be running a tutorial on sound synthesis in the future. Watch this space for details, and in the meantime, experimentation is the best teacher!)
Music Studio provides you with 32 sound sources: the first 31 harmonics of a tone plus what Audio Light calls "noise".
This is not noise in the traditional sense, but a harsh, raspy tone at the fundamental frequency. Up lo seven of these 32 sound sources may be selected for creating any instrument.
Each of the seven selected harmonics has an associated envelope describing its changes over time. The manual indicates that the maximum non-paused envelope time is three seconds, but in reality it is just shy of six. Up to seven points may be marked within this time period with a resolution of 20 milliseconds. These marked points are then used as end points for the segments of the harmonic envelopes. In this manner it is possible to create relatively complex sounds with up to six envelope segments per harmonic.
Normally, the program cycles through the envelope and ends the tone in the specified time regardless of actual note duration. By flagging any of the marked points as a sustain point, the tone can be made to pause at that location until the note expires, at which time the remainder of the envelope is used. The former mode is typical of piano, guitar, and percussive instruments, while the latter is good for simulating organ, violins, and wind instruments.
Other instrument parameters include tremolo (amplitude modulation) and vibrato (frequency modulation). There are no provisions for introducing a delay or changing the modulating frequency. It is also possible to assign an instrument lo the left channel, the right channel, both channels (center), or "none of the above".
The last mode is interesting in that an instrument is assigned to whatever DAC channel is currently available, resulting in voices jumping from side to side during a composition. This can add a wonderful liveliness to a piece. As an aside, you should understand that assigning an instrument to the center of the stereo field by using two channels cuts the maximum number of simultaneous notes to three. If your piece calls for a center-stage trumpet, you can only add a bass and piano on left and right sides. By assigning the trumpet to one side instead you can add a fourth instrument such as a
Once you are satisfied with the instrument sounds in the current bank, you may save the bank of instruments in a sound file for use by several songs. Or, you can forget about the instruments and get on with writing your composition: when the song is saved the bank of instruments for that song are automatically saved as well.
This means that you can load a song and play it immediately without having to fumble about looking for the correct bank of instruments to go with it.
When loading a song or instrument bank, or creating a new sound, the Amiga will pause while it recalculates the sound data. Depending on how many instruments need to be updated, this can take upwards of 20 seconds. I had no problem with this short delay, but some people I have talked to find it a minor irritation.
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MIDI SUPPORT With an optional MIDI converter Music Studio can control external devices. Several interfaces, ranging in price from fifty to several hundred dollars, will be available within a few months; Music Studio supports any interface which connects to the serial port, (For those of you unfamiliar with MIDI, Amazing Computing will also be running a MIDI tutorial in the months ahead.)
Music Studio views external MIDI devices as additional sound sources only. You cannot "compose at the keyboard", use Music Studio to record a song in real time, or remotely change parameters on the synthesizer. Using the MIDI output simply increases the maximum number of simultaneous notes, with roughly the same amount of control inherent in the internal voices.
Upon first glance at the manual, you may be disappointed to find that the Atari version allows you to compose a song from a MIDI keyboard while the Amiga version does not. But read on; we're not missing much! The MIDI keyboard selects ONLY the note itself; you must still use the mouse to select the note durations and starting location. (Personally, this mode hardly seems worth the effort it must have taken to implement on the Atari.)
The MIDI screen allows you to name each of the fifteen instruments and assign a MIDI channel, preset, and key window to each. By selecting different channels for the instruments you can drive several synthesizers and perhaps a drum machine, with each unit playing independently of the others. Or, if you have a multitimbral instrument such as those in Casio's CZ series, you can play several different instrument sounds simultaneously with one synthesizer. The VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, Check
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For synthesizers with multiple stored sounds, the preset column allows Music Studio to automatically select the correct timbre. Thus you can set two different instruments, used in different parts of the song, to the same MIDI channel with different preset values, and the synthesizer responding to that channel will change from strings to horns to piano and back without any user intervention. There is a limitation to this mode, however: for some reason it will not operate in conjunction with the Amiga's internal voices. If you play your song from the MIDI function screen (which disables the
internal voices), or use the options menu to turn the Amiga sound off, Music Studio will properly select the desired programs on the external devices. With the Amiga voices enabled, however, the synthesizer is never sent a program change.
The key window defines a five octave range over which each instrument will be played. This feature allows you to scale synthesizer voices to properly match each other and the voices from the Amiga. For example, if you have a cello sound which you manually play around the middle of your synthesizer keyboard, it may be too low when Music Studio drives it with notes on the bass clef. Key windowing allows you to transpose the sound up an octave or so without having to rewrite the score or reprogram the sound.
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same notes as a string ensemble.
With careful setup you can gain even more control, individual instruments can be muted in the Amiga by defining "null" voices which make no sound; these instruments can be assigned to an external synthesizer to be played.
Conversely, interns! Amiga instruments can be assigned to unused MIDI channels to silence the external devices. By combining this technique with layering, some very impressive arrangements can be developed.
As with the instruments, the MIDI parameters are stored along with the song, simplifying later playback. You will have to turn the MIDI mode on manually from the options menu, however. (A quick plug for MIDI: The Amiga has a great dea!
Of audio potential, but if you are serious about making music it should be but one tool in your arsenal. Synthesizers don’t have to be expensive; as an example, the Music Studio manual and demo songs are geared towards the Casio CZ101. This is an 8 voice multitimbral MIDI synthesizer which has been sold for less than $ 250.)
PEEVES Now comes the point at which I start railing about all the little things which irritated me while reviewing Music Studio.
Manufacturers, can’t we please give up on copy protection?
The only ones who truly benefit from CP are the writers and marketers of copy busier programs.
Second, please, PLEASE, PLEASE write protect your disks before you ship them! Like almost all software i receive, the Music Studio diskette is shipped with the write protect tab in the enabled position. This is dangerous under normal circumstances, but potentially fatal with CP’d software.
Mouse Driven People, save yourself some grief: flip that tab to the inhibit position before you insert it in the drive for the first time.
Better yet, use a pair of needle-nose pliers lo REMOVE the tab from all your master diskettes. (If you do happen to munge your only copy of Music Studio, Activision will replace it free during the first 90 days, and for $ 7.50 thereafter.)
There is no index in the owner's manual. A detailed table of contents is nice, but when I'm actually trying to USE a package I live by the index. Think I'm exaggerating the problem? Try to find the section on using repeats. Really.
While on the subject of the manual, I should mention that 1 spotted very few errors; ActiVision seems to have fairly good proofreaders. The only irritating mistake was related to deleting ties. The manual indicates this is dons by clicking once over the tie with a new tie. In reality, you must place a new tie over the old one; in other words it takes two clicks: one on the first note of the tie, the other on the last note.
Took a while to figure that one out!
For some reason Audio Light chose to depart from the Amiga mouse interface standard: both mouse buttons do exactly the same thing! Rather than pulling up the menu bar, the right button duplicates the "pick" function of the left button.
This is strange, especially when one learns that the Atari version assigns different functions to each button.
Fortunately the "one button mouse" is not too difficult to get used to, but it is an unnecessary departure from the norm.
Also relating to the user interface, Audio Light could have handled the file requesters a bit better. When you need to deal with a song or sound file, Music Studio puts up a list of the current file names along with a manual entry area; you can either use the mouse to pick your file from the list or enter it directly. Trouble is, you always have to wait for the list to be posted even if you don't want or need it. When saving a new file the list does you absolutely no good, but you’ll still cool your heels for a minute or so while the drive gronks its little heart out. The ability to click in
the manual entry field and enter a file name immediately would have really been nice; others have done it, so we know it's possible.
I wish the programmers had picked a different color palette.
The staffs are black on a brilliant white background. This tends to make the screen extremely bright, and renders the yellow instrument almost unusable because the notes blend into the background. Turn the brightness and contrast down to a more comfortable level and the black, gray, brown, and dark green notes all start to look the same. I think a black or dark gray background would have avoided this problem.
Since there is no way to exit the program, there is no way to officially change Preferences. This is unfortunate, at least for me; i prefer a peppier mouse than the setting they provided. In fact, 1 require it: Music Studio's default setting requires about half afoot more table space than I can devote to my mouse. While reviewing this program 1 was constantly picking the little critter up and moving him to the other side of his workspace to continue a cursor action. Or at least until I got tired enough of the situation to do something about it.
On the Amiga, Preferences settings are always stored in a file called 'system-configuration' in the 'devs' directory. By copying this file to another disk, you immediately set up your environment without going through Preferences. If you make a backup copy of Music Studio as described earlier, drop it in drive one while your system disk is in drive zero, and type COPY DFO: DEVS SYSTEM-CONF1GURATION TO DF1: DEVS SYSTEM-CONFIGURATION you will replace Music Studio’s Preference settings with your own. If you then boot from the backup with the master in drive one, Music Studio will use your
settings. (Of course, if you're really gutsy you could try to replace the file on the master disk, but! Do NOT recommend this, ideally you should never write to ANY master disk.) This little trick will not change the palette Music Studio uses (they set up their own inside the program), but it will let you center the screen, change the sensitivity of your mouse, and even use your customized pointer.
This is a multi-tasking machine by nature, but Music Studio doesn't acknowledge that fact. Once you begin playback of a piece, you can do exactly nothing. You can’t change volume, you can't change tempo, you can't change instruments. Well... to be perfectly fair you CAN do one thing: you can stop playback. But that’s all! The system is obviously capable of more: eject and reinsert a disk while a composition is playing, and you will hear the disk being validated while the score plays on, never missing a beat. It would have been nice to be able to change the tempo, at least.
If you intend to do professional quality recording, you should plan to rely on external synthesizers driven by Music Studio's MIDI, as the internal voices are hardly in the DX7 class. Audio Light seems to have used fairly large amplitude steps in their program, and the result is a sort of "roughness" during slow attacks and releases. Also, when a fifth sound is needed the program "yanks" a DAC away from a currently sounding note, with no concern for providing a smooth decay. The result can be random clicks and pops as Dags are reassigned.
I have lots of problems with the musical notation used. Minor nits include the fact that measure bars must be placed manually and may be placed incorrectly, and printed staffs are split wherever convenient instead of at the end of a measure.
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Music Studio printout to two musicians, one a
semi-professional organist and the other a local rock
artist. Both said that they would have to do a lot of
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reference or to make notes on, these limitations probably
won't bother you. But don't expect to be able to easily
read a composition printed by Music Studio unless it is
very simple.
An important omission on the composing screen is control over dynamics: there is no way to make notes louder or softer within the piece. Music Studio supposedly supports an accent, and you can indeed place accented notes. But they don't get accented! The manual says any accented notes are played fortissimo, but there is no change in volume for either the internal voices or the MIDI channels.
In composing or transcribing music, you will quickly discover a frustrating fact: the score is based on "columns", not notes, and some durations can be misinterpreted if this is not taken into account. As an example, write a measure containing four quarter notes, then place an eighth note above the first and third quarter notes. The first quarter and eighth note will sound simultaneously. When the eighth note expires, Music Studio will immediately move to the next "column", cutting the first quarter note to one half of its intended duration and destroying the timing of the measure.
The same thing will happen to the third quarter note.
The workaround is to place a rest in the column after each eighth note, but according to the rules of traditional notation this should not be necessary. The upshot of this is that transcribing a piece of sheet music for Music Studio is more difficult than it should be: if you enter an exact copy of the printed score, odds are it will not play correctly and will require numerous rests scattered throughout the piece. In fact, several of the demo songs included with Music Studio contain a continuous string of rests running along the top edge of the score; 1 cant help but wonder if they are there
to patch around this problem.
Remember that I've picked nits here in some cases. There is much good about Music Studio, and overall I like the program. I can't say it will become my most used composition program, but neither can I point to something better. ActiVision has a very big pius in their favor: they were FIRST with a real music program for the Amiga. For the price, you can afford to be wrong.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I'd like to thank Charlotte Taylor at Activision for getting my copy of Music Studio into one of the first shipments so!
Could do a timely review. Thanks also to Jeff Arnold at Golden Hawk Technologies for rushing me one of his MIDI interfaces (to use in a review of somebody else's product!).
A tip of the hat to the Hermitage Road ComputerLand in Richmond, Virginia, for the loan of an Epson printer (they don't sell Amigas, but they are very accommodating folks.)
And 1 owe a debt of gratitude to Chuck and Don at Don Warner Music, also in Richmond, for the loan of a CZ101. (I don't have one of those in my keyboard stack).
That’s all for now. Til next month... Nybbles, Rick SUMMARY: ACTIVISION MUSIC STUDIO My overall impression of Music Studio is favorable. There are some serious limitations and a few rough edges, but we need to keep in mind that this is the first musically oriented package ever released for the Amiga, if you are interested in experimenting with music and don’t need professional quality scoring or sound, Music Studio is definitely worth considering.
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A Tutorial By Jon Bryan This month we begin the process of designing a real application for the Amiga. "Begin" is the best way to describe it. As I will be writing it as we go along. I will be learning the machine right along with the rest of you, and perhaps I can communicate some of my problems and hopefully solutions) as the program evolves.
What 1 have in mind is a three-dimensional simulation of a bouncing ball, complete with gravity, friction, and sound. it may reinforce the Amiga's image as a game machine, but it will be a lot more fun than writing a terminal program or an extension to AmigaDOS. Some aspects of the program will no doubt be primitive, and others less than optimum, but it should serve as a jumping-off point for other, more elaborate applications.
IT’S ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE The program won't be written completely from scratch, since i have already written a version for the Commodore 64. Most of the work will involve translating the graphics and sound specifics from one machine to the other. I wrote the version for the 64 using Parsec Research’s SUPER FORTH 64, and judging from the level of performance which I was able to obtain, we should be able to achieve some very impressive results on the Amiga.
I expect to use a mixture of top-down design and bottom-up coding on this application. We'll start the design phase this month, and throw in some code as the project progresses just to keep everyone interested and to give you something to play with. My rough estimate at this point is that the project will require about four installments, but that could change depending on your feedback and the level of sophistication of the final product. There will have to be some design trade-offs involved. I don’t expect to produce the be-all and end-all of Forth programs for the Amiga. The primary
constraint is one of time: I have a "real" job to which I have to devote myself. Writing this column is something I do on the side. The other constraint is space.
PROCEEDING TOWARD A DESIGN The basic idea behind the program is simple. I want to create a reasonably realistic simulation of a rubber ball bouncing inside a closed space. The screen of the monitor will provide a window into the space through which the action may be observed. It will probably look something like the view of a handball or racquetball court — as if we were spectators viewing the action through the glass back wall.
The calculations involved can be reduced to a few simple equations. For the sake of realism, our primary concern will be to generate a convincing perspective view. Figure 1 illustrates the problem. If you look at the picture, and remember some simple geometry, the rule of similar triangles requires that the following relationship be true: x D=X (D+Z) Solving for x we arrive at x=X’D (D+Z) This equation gives us the means to project the ball's position in one axis) onto the "window" of the CRT. This basic equation will also be used to determine the proper size for the ball at varying
distances. I'll be going into greater detail as we progress toward the solution.
Moving along rather quickly, the other aspect of the problem involves calculating the ball’s motion. We can't project the bail onto the screen if we can't predict where it's going to be.
In this simple simulation the forces influencing the motion of the ball will be limited to gravity and friction.
The effect of gravity on a failing object can be described by two simple equations (refer to any high school physics text): D=(V0*T)+((A 2)‘TA2) where D is the distance traveled, VO is the initial velocity, T is the eiapsed time, and A is the acceleration of gravity, and VI =V0+(A*T) where VI is the final velocity.
We can arbitrarily, and conveniently, say that one unit of time will pass each time we move the ball, since we'll be doing it in a loop. Then, when we make T=1 (and cancel units), the equations simplify to: D=V0+(A 2) and VI =V0+A Since the value for acceleration can be considered a constant, A 2 is a constant as well, thereby reducing the calculations required to handle the acceleration due to gravity to two additions.
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be a variable (and easy to change).
There is another small problem involving friction to be solved. The ball also loses energy to friction when it's rolling. If we don’t factor in this source of friction the ball will only stop when it ’sticks" to one of the walls, since it will only lose energy on a bounce. Once the ball has struck a surface it’s a simple matter to change the sign of the velocity component perpendicular to that surface, causing the ball to "bounce." Detecting contact with a surface is straightforward as well. There are a couple of other problems which aren't so simple, but I'm going to leave you to ponder the
implications, and cover them in a later installment.
The Forth program to simulate a 3-D bouncing ball could be expressed like this:: Bounce-the-ball (--) initialize-the-odds-and-ends BEGIN Move-the-ball Bounce-if-it's-necessary Has-it-stopped?
UNTIL; which is very wordy, but would be perfectly acceptable. I actually plan something a bit more complex, perhaps like this:: Bounce-it (--) Initialize BEGIN New-veloerties BEGIN Move Bounce Stopped? UNTIL AGAIN; which would bounce the ball endlessly, giving it a new set of velocities each time it came to rest.
I’m going to quickly define a few of the words contained in "Bounce-it", then sign off for this installment. Please remember that everything you see here is subject to radical change.
: Move (X positionVY position — New X New Y) New-Z New-X New-Y Clip Move-ball; I've departed from standard practice by labeling the horizontal and vertical axes as X and V respectively. A physics textbook would probably label the vertical axis Z, but I've chosen to use it to represent depth. My reasoning is that everyone is already used to calling the screen axes X and Y. You're probably thinking to yourself that "New-Z" came out of nowhere. I'm hiding the details until later, since in the earlier version of this program I used a variable for the Z-axts position to avoid what 1 thought was an
excessive amount of stack manipulation.
: Bounce (X position V position) Front back Sides Top bottom; "Bounce" checks to see if a collision has occurred and handles it accordingly. For instance,: Top bottom (Y position) DUP Ymin= OVER Ymax= OR IF Yvel Enough?
IF Blip THEN Yvel Reflect THEN; I know there are a number of things left implied here, but I want you to have something to think about. I’ll only include one more word.
: Stopped? (Y position — V position Flag) DUP Ymax — Xvel @ OR Yvel @ OR Zve! @ OR NOT; That should give you some food for thought. Keep in mind that the ball has to be ON THE FLOOR to be "stopped," and that on the screen the V axis numbering starts from the upper left comer.
OTHER ARBITRARY DECISIONS I will be writing the program using Multi-Forth from Creative Solutions. One immediate result of that decision will probably be that the Z-axis position value will be kept on the stack. Multi-Forth has "local" variables, so the stack manipulation problem will go away. There will be some tips on porting it to other implementations of Forth for the Amiga, but my main concern is to make something work and communicate the details to you. I think excessive generality would confuse more than enlighten, so those of you who have other implementations of Forth will have to
bear with me, and do some translation on your own. I will try to help ease some of the burden.
There are two ways to approach the solution to this problem, One way is to get the job done with the least amount of fuss.
The other way is to include such things as a shaded ball, a shadow and a dynamically sizeable room. While we are at it we could include sliders to vary the ball's elasticity, the force of gravity, and the friction coefficients. There could be multiple balls (and collisions between them). The possibilities are endless, and i expect to come down somewhere in the middle. I'd at least like to have a shaded ball which looks like a sphere, and S’d also like to throw in a shadow to improve the illusion. However the final version turns out, it should provide a broad-based introduction to the many
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isn’t Ranger... remember what I said about the Ranger being an
ideology... open ended, expandable, etc. Instead, the newly
designed Amiga could be called 'the business Amiga.’ According
to the prototypes displayed, it will be your basic Amiga
inside, except the 68000 CPU will be replaced by a 68010,
giving it about a 10% general increase in speed. The machine is
commonly referred to as the A2000, but I have also heard from
reliable sources that it is going to be called the A2500.
The reason I call it 'the business Amiga' is the Sidecar (see last month's Amazing Computing for more info on the Sidecar) will be built in. That means native AmigaDOS and MS-DOS both built-in. Each side (68010 and 8088) will run at full speed, simultaneously, and can share resources, just as the Amiga A1000 and the Sidecar currently do. The new machine may have two built-in drives: a 3-1 2 inch drive and a 5-1 4 inch drive. The new machine's case is metal, instead of the AlOOQ's plastic case, and the keyboard has a new layout — among other things, the function keys come down the left side of
the keyboard rather than across the top.
Lastly, there may be up to six (I keep getting differing reports, six seems to be the most consistent number) Zorro expansion slots in the machine.
Also coming from Amiga A new chip set that can address 2 MB of memory, instead of the 512K that they address now. If you look at the Amiga’s memory map, you'll see a space of 1.5 MB that's "reserved for future use." Well, now you know what that future use is.
It's expanded chip memory. That means (for example) that many images can be stored in chip memory and quickly cycled through for animation effects, or sound tables and song data can be long enough to store data for a half an hour of music. Lastly, Amiga has shown some of its reps a DMA SCSI disk drive, with the warning that "we are not committed to this as a product." So we may see it, we may not.
Little known (until know): Current Amigas are shipping with a new keyboard. This keyboard does not have the "parallelogram problem" that the old keyboard has. Try this test: Hold down the A, Z and X keys at the same time. If you also get an 'S', you have an old keyboard (join the club).
Some trivia: Irving Gould, head honcho at Commodore (and holder of 6 million shares of stock) looked at the Emulator and didn't like what he saw. So he hired some crack engineers from Germany to develop the Sidecar.
In applications, CBM is trying to convince the "big three" auto makers in Detroit that they should standardize on the Amiga for inventory and parts ordering. Not only would that mean on the factory floor, but all the companies' distributors and dealers would have Amigas too. If it goes through and some swift software people realize what’s good for them, they stand to make a ton of money from special applications like this. Well? What are you waiting for?
Apparently Commodore wasn't too sure what it should do about prices of the Amiga, so it quietly extended it’s 'buy an Amiga and get a monitor' deal for another month. The latest deal, starting July 1, is that the price of the Amiga is dropped to $ 1095 (from $ 1295) and the monitor drops from $ 495 to $ 395. Now if you buy either by itself, you get a better deal, but buying both will really cost you $ 1490, which is $ 195 more than the old 'package' deal. The reason for this is that CBM was losing its shirt with the package deal, and this should even things out a bit. But if you take a look at the
CBM warehouses, you'll see a huge stockpile of 5-1 4" drives and A1080 monitors... they just can't seem to get rid of them.
Speaking of deals... a dealer up in New England tells me that they've started what he calls a 'bird-dog’ program. If you buy your machine at his place and then drag in a friend to buy an Amiga, you get 50 bucks. Some dealers are giving cash, some are giving merchandise credit. This dealer was under the impression that it was a New England only program, but not every dealer was going for it. If you're in that area, ask around.
Many people have been yanking out their 68000 CPU and replacing it with a 68010 CPU. This is an inexpensive, operation (although it voids your warranty) and provides a performance boost of about 5%. You can get up to 20% improvement in math-intensive applications, too.
Instructions on how to do this are on Fred Fish disk 18 (available from PiM Publications). Now that Motorola has announced a 50% price cut in their 68020 and 68881, we may start to see more people opting to build "Turbo Amigas", which will dramatically boost performance.
The hardware types at Amiga looked at the 'final' prototype of the Genlock, and after much scrutiny, decided the resulting picture quality wasn't good enough, so they’ve redesigned it. Now Commodore is talking about October as a release date. Meanwhile, those folks at A-squared have their LIVE! Board jumping through hoops. They are generating 10 HAM images EVERY second! That's almost LIVE! No word on whether the software that accomplishes this will be available with the machine; let's hope so!
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Latest word on release 1.2 of the system software is that it will be available sometime in August. I doubt it; look for September as a release dale. However, when it does come out, you won't be disappointed. Faster directories, faster icons, less crashing, CLI search paths, RAM-resident commands that you can enable, Preferences support for the Serial device, new printer support, faster RAM disk, RAM: icon from the workbench, new disk tools, new graphics functions, auto configuration & expansion architecture support, PAL support, an expanded notepad utility and more make this an exciting
release. Another feature of VI.2 is that the DOS supports partitioned disks; you could have OS- 9 on part of your hard disk, AmigaDOS on another part, and MS-DOS on yet another pari! Whew!
The toolbox disk that will be forthcoming from Amiga will be helpful too. The FontEditor looks great! I still don't know what we’ll see for delivery date or price, though.
Speaking of fonts, be on the lookout for new fonts! A small company is about to release over 100 fonts for the Amiga that can be used in notepad, paint programs or your own custom programs! Last I heard, the individuals responsible were still deciding on a marketing strategy.
There's a new version of Scribble! Out. It is available as a free update, does mail merge, spelling check and some other goodies. Also, a new version of Analyze! Is out; it's an update that costs you money. Features include color, among other things. A new product, called Organize! Is out.
It is a database package. Look for a database package from a company called The Other Guys. Strange but true.
Are you looking for a color dot-matrix printer? Back in May at the NCAA (National Computer Graphics Association) show, Epson demonstrated a new printer that will sell for around $ 500. People who saw the unit said the quality was great. I guess this is the printer that will take the place of the discontinued JX-80. Canon is also reported to have a new low cost ($ 400) printer out soon.
If you are wondering why you can't get 300 dots per inch out of your HP Laserjet, it's because the driver was compiled at 100 dpi in draft mode and 150 dpi in letter quality mode. To remedy this, change the number stored at location $ 0F2E (draft mode) and the number stored at location $ 0F3C (draft mode) in the driverfile to one of these values: 0100: 75 dpi 0200:100 dpi 0300:150 dpi 0400:300 dpi Speaking of laser printers, word is that the Tex text formatting package is done. Look for it soon.
If you haven't seen InfoMinder from Byte By Byte, go see it!
It's gotta have the fastest disk drive access I've ever seen on the Amiga. A real classy product. $ 90.
Look for ABSOFT (publishers of Fortran for the Amiga) to come out with a Basic compiler this month; price under $ 300.
The new version of Manx’ Aztec C is out, which is compatible with release 1,2 of the Amiga system software, fixes some bugs, improves on its debugger, provides 68881 math coprocessor support, can generate output amenable to the Amiga assembler and supports scatter loading of code.
Roger Powell, formerly of now-defunct Cherry Lane Software, has emerged as Magnetic Music. So we will see Texture after all. However, Texture will only work with the Roland MPU-401 MIDI interface unit, and the MPU-401 doesn't work on the Amiga. Magnetic Music has the answer, however: an interface that allows you to hook the MPU-401 to your Amiga. Look for both products in August.
Look for MicroSmiths to announce their Mean 18 golf game for the Amiga. Also in the works: a package tentatively called Deluxe TxEd that will compete with such feature- packed packages as Microsoft Word. Hooray for MicroSmiths!
Mimetics said they will not be pushing sales of their MIDI interface; they simply built it because nobody else had one on the market. Now that other vendors are appearing with more capable devices, we may see the Mimetics interface just wither away slowly... Golden Hawk Technology reportedly has developed a MIDI interface that has all the parts inside the connectors; however it is not as versatile as MIDI Gold, and no word if it will become a product.
You may have heard of Hippopotamus, who announced support of the Amiga. Recently they announced that their Amiga products have been put on hold "indefinitely," so don’t hold your breath for them!
Metacomco has a toolbox disk coming out. Included will be support to use the serial device as a terminal, an enhanced CLI, pipes, and more. No word on release date or cost.
Also from Metacomco: APL for your Amiga! Really, they are simply doing the marketing: they did not develop it.
Yet Another Terminal Package: this one's called TeleCraft, and it's Amiga's entry. Its two claims to fame are that it supports 132-columns and the screen updates are fast; 9600 baud feels like 9600 baud, not 1200. I have not seen it, so I can't verify the throughput claim.
A company in Connecticut has developed a Commodore-64 Emulator. It was in beta test in June, so this thing is for real.
It uses the 1541 or 1571 drive and runs full speed (I know, that doesn't say much for us speed demons). It is a hardware software hybrid... now your Amiga is three machines... look for it soon!
Look for Alegra, a memory expansion unit from Access Associates. The board has 512K on it for $ 379. But wait. If you want to buy higher density memory chips and install them yourself, you can buy their controller chips for $ 10.
With the denser RAM chips, you'll then have 2MB for about $ 700. The expansion board does not pass the Amiga's expansion bus through.
MicroBotics has announced their StarBoard II and its multifunction module. The StarBoard II is a 512K to 2MB RAM box. The module allows you to write protect memory, so if you get a GURU during development, you can flip the switch and write protect the RAM disk, then do your warm reboot, without losing the contents of the RAM disk. It passes the Amiga bus, and should be available early August. Also in the works from MicroBotics: a hard disk that plugs into the parallel port and has an SCSI port, and a DMA SCSI interface in the fall.
Word around is that AST has an Amiga and is excited about its potential; it looks good that we'll see some add-on boards from them sometime soon.
Another small company has an interface that lets you control 8mm VCRs and some standard VCRs through software. The main applications are video and digital sound; you could store over 24 hours of audio on a tape. It is VCR-specific; I’ll let you know more as I know more.. _
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screens lo be printed by interfacing with the printer device, we've seen how menus can be constructed at run time and were introduced to a number of programming techniques and pointers.
This month, we'll discuss the interface between menus and Intuition as well as discuss a code saving technique in C, pointers to functions.
To wrap up some loose ends from last month let's look at how the list of screens in generated and turned into a menu.
Turn to the routine, build menu. This routine will call another routine "get_screens" to assemble a list of screens then for each screen in the list plug its name into a menu structure.
The first thing of note is that one of two parameters to buildjnenu is not used. The parameter "scrn" was left over from a previous version of scrimper. Leaving scrn in as a parameter is particularly wasteful in this case. Passing unneeded parameters is always a waste because code must be generated to place the parameter on the stack. In this case however, I had made scrn in to a register variable which means that each time I invoke build_menu I waste a whole
c. p.u. register which might otherwise be used. The lesson here
is two fold: First, don’t pass parameters that won't be used.
Second, register variables are to be chosen with careful
consideration as to frequency and complexity of use.
The next statement lo be executed, a call to ailoc_menuJtem, assumes that there will be at least one screen found by get_screens. This is a reasonable assumption since scrimper itself must be running from something, probably the workbench screen.
If allot_menu_item fails it will return false and we'll in turn return false from build__menu. Next I initialize p, a pointer to Menultems', to point to first item in the menu which the first time through the coming loop will be the item created to represent the first screen currently known to the system.
I go into a loop now, notice that the first value of the loop counter is one (not 0). This is because the zeroth iteration of the loop is "hard-coded" outside the loop. This is an example of a lime honored programming technique which in this case wasn't really needed.
The technique is to "prime the pump" before entering a loop then "pumping away" by entering the loop. This is usually used when the first iteration of a loop is substantially different than the following iterations. Usually this construct is used for reading data as in: Set up first read which might need special code.
Do first read.
Do (Processing; Attempt Next Read;} While (Read Went OK); In bmid_menu, first call to allot_menu_item and the succeeding "if" statement could be done away with by noticing that the needs of the first iteration are really the same as every other iteration. Notice that First Item, a field in a Menu structure is of the same type (a Menultem) as the linkage field Nextltem contained in each Menultem structure.
Thus instead of: register struct Menultem *p; if (get_screens ()) allot_menu_item (&menu- Firstltem, 0, stifles[0]); if (imenu- Firstltem) return ((int) FALSE); p = menu- Firstltem; for (i = 1; i screenjcount; i++) (allot_menu_item (&p- Next[tem, i, stifles[i]); if (ip- Nextltem) return ((in!) FALSE); p = p- Nextltem;} return ((int)TRUE);} return (FALSE); I could have written: register struct Menultem **p; if (get_screens ()) (p = &menu- Firstltem; for (i = 0; i screen_count; i++) allot_menu_item (p, i, stifles[i]); if (! *p) return ((int) FALSE); p = &(*p)- Nextltem;} return ((int) TRUE);
} return ((int) FALSE); The AMIGA learning curve is steep! Choose a porting house that’s well advanced along the curve!
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For each screen, call allot_menu_item which will place into the address specified by p, the address of an Menultem (thus is p a pointer to a pointer). If the address stuffed into p (that is, *p) is NULL then something went wrong in allot_menu_item.
If nothing went wrong update to point to the space reserved for the pointer to the next Menultem in the Menultem just declared. Making this modification not only produces cleaner code but reduces the code size by a whopping 24 bytes (is Aztec 3.20A)!
Let's turn our attention now to the function get_screens which is called by build_menu to assemble a list of screen titles for use in the screen selection menu. Get_screens takes no parameters but leaves the global variable screen_count containing an accurate count of the number of screens. Or is that really so?
Can anyone guess at this point where the major (well not really so major) flaw is in the routine get_screens? I'll give you a hint. The second line of code establishes Scrimper's idea of what the first screen is. Notice that screen zero is taken from Scrimper's own window screen pointer. This seems safe right?
After all the Amiga EXEC stores the list of screens as a linked list of screens sorted by depth. The first screen on the list in the frontmost screen. The last screen in the list is the rearmost. Since Scrimper is responding to a user initiated event when it goes to build the screen list, Scrimper’s window must be available to the user. Scrimper's screen must be the front most?
Right! But only some of the time.
If in fact the workbench screen is the front most screen when get screens is called, Scrimper, as coded in the example code will accurately locate each currently defined screen.
But, take for instance the possibility that another screen is really the front most but has been partially dragged down to reveal the Workbench screen where the Scrimper window can be diddled. In this case, Scrimper will not catch the screens in front of the Workbench screen since they will precede the Workbench screen in the (depth) ordered list of screens.
How to correct this deficiency is left to Ihe reader however, one hint might be "look at the first header file included by third header file included by Scrimper."
A part from this deficiency (which by the way *was* an oversight on my part where other "flaws" mentioned in this article were included for Ihe purposes of discussion) get_screens is pretty uninteresting save only for the use of Forbid and Permit.
These two routines enable and disable multitasking on the Amiga. They are to be used extremely cautiously as misusing them will lead your machine down a dark and lonely path. I Forbid upon entering get_screens because the list of screens is a data structure which is shared by all processes using Intuition to access the Amiga display device.
As such I have to take steps to ensure that the data structure will not be modified while I am looking at it. To do this I shut down mult-tasking which means that while I am in the Forbidden state, my process will not be removed from the
c. p.u. unless I explicitly volunteer to do so by calling a
routine such as Wait.
It is critical that a routine which Forbids the processor must also perform a Permit to allow other tasks to run again. Thus it can truthfully be said that failing to call Permit is Forbidden!
Notice, in get_screens there are two possible exits from the routine and each has a Permit immediately before it.
Now let's dive into the getmenu function. The neat thing about the getmenu function is that it manages two distinctly different menu structures performing completely different tasks yet does so with one set of code.
If we were to draw a picture of how an alternative means tor accomplishing this it might look like so: screen selection menu code handler -...... screen selection menu v function selection menu code handler function selection menu That is, we have a section of code which manages the screen selection menu which for any selection executes the appropriate subroutines. One of the subroutines executed would be a routine to manage the function selection menu.
There would be two routines in which the program would loop handling menu oriented messages.
The approach taken in scrimper would look like the following: generalized menu code handler A v v screen selection menu function selection menu The way we do this is to abstract function calls which are menu dependent into a data structure which can be passed as a parameter to recursive calls to the generalized menu handling code.
The structure I defined is called "jmptbi" for "jump fable". A copy of the structure definition follows: struct jmptbi struct Menu ‘menu; int (‘init)(); int (*cleanup)(); int (*pick)();} This contains what may be a new construct for many readers. That is, pointers to functions. Pointers to functions are perhaps one of the most powerful constructs in the C programming language because they permit the design of algorithms with a very high degree of abstraction, individual cases need not be coded if general purpose code can be written once and reused.
Let's look at pointers to functions are declared by comparing the declaration to others.
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To integer is NOT reserved. B is taken to be the contents of a memory location which should contain the address of an integer variable. “B is taken to be the contents of the integer variable.
C is a declaration of an integer function. C by itseff is a pointer to an integer function but the pointer is fixed pointing to the first instruction of the "C" subroutine and cannot be reassigned. The value that the C function returns is a directly usuabie integer.
D is a declaration of a function returning a pointer to an integer D by itself is a fixed non-changable pointer to a function returning a pointer to an integer. D points to the first instruction of some subroutine somewhere.
E is declaration of a pointer to a function which returns an integer. E does NOT declare a subroutine, it declares only a pointer to a routine which must be defined elsewhere. E by itself is the value of the pointer in the same by that B by itself is the valus of a pointer. In the same way that *B is the thing pointed to be B, (*E)() is a CALL to the function pointed to be E. Note that E is different from D or C in that E it is okay to change the value of E while the value of D and C are fixed.
The following statement assigns makes E point to the same place as C and in effect calls the C subroutine twice.
E-C; C(); (*E)();_ Why would we want such a contstruct? Well, it allows us to compose abstract algorithms without consideration of specific cases. For example, we were writing a sorting algorithm, the sorting algorithm is exactly the same if what we sort are integers or strings, right? In some ordering some integers come before others. Similarly in some ordering some strings come before others. The sorting algorithm itself remains the same.
When we try to translate the sorting algorithm into a programming language we find that we'll have to have one routine which sorts integers and another that sorts strings.
But wait! Why not abstract from the sorting code the statements which do the comparison of one item to another?
In this way, the bulk of the code and in essence the spirit of the algorithm will not need duplication for each variable type we wish to sort.
Instead of having a sorting routine for integers and another for strings we can have exactly one sorting routine and pass it a pointer to a routine coded to compare two variables of a specif ic type, For example the following routines might be used for comparing variables to integer and floating types: compare_integer (a, b) (if (a b) return (1); else if (a b) return (-1): return (O);) compare_floating (a, b) float a, b; if (a b) return (1); else if (a b) return (-l); return (O);} In scrimper I use the jmptbl structure to point to routines which will perform menu strip initialization, the
execution of menu selection specific code, and menu strip clean up for varying menus (in this case, the screen selection menu and the function selection menu).
The general flow will be: while (no errors and no close gadget) call getmenu with screen selection menu handle menu selection call getmenu with function selection handle menu selection return from getmenu return from getmenu} Notice the recursive call to getmenu. This strategy may not be a bigwinner (in terms of code size) for just two menus, but suppose there had been a dozen inter-related menus and sub-menus? This sort of recursive design would save considerable amounts of code as well as provide a clearer impression of what the inter-relationships are.
We call getmenu with a pointer to a jmptbl structure. The first thing getmenu does is invoke the menu strip initialization routine pointed to by the field "init" in the jmptbl structure.
In the case of a screen selection menu, the init field point to the routine, screenjnit. Screenjnit builds a fresh list of what screens are currently defined to the system by calling build_menu which has been described previously.
If build_menu returns an error then screenjnit will return an error. If there is no error the newly constructed menu is prettied up a bit by calling massagejeft_edges which centers each menu item in the space occupied by the widest item in the menu.
Next we call SetMenuStrip, an Intuition routine which takes a pointer to a window as well as a pointer to a Menu structure.
SetMenuStrip tells Intuition that it should prepare to render menus according to the specification contained in the pointed to Menu structure.
Recall that a Menu structure defines where across the menu strip the heading of the menu will appear and how wide this particular menu’s header selection box will be.
It is definately not possible to activate a menu for a given window until SetMenuStrip is called. However, calling SetMenuStrip in and of itself does not complete the steps required in enabling the proper handling of a menu.
Other steps include having the IDCMP message MENUPICK enabled. Notice I set this flag when defining the contents of the NewWindow structure. This means that whenever menu events occur while scrimper's window is active, notification of these events will be sent to scrimper via IDCMP messages.
Let's continue on a bit. After calling the menu initialization routine we enter a loop which will terminate only by exiting getmenu as a result of receiving and IDCMP message.
We attempt to get a message from the IDCMP (w- UserPort) by calling GetMsg. Recall from an earlier Miga-Mania, GetMsg will return a NULL pointer if no message is available.
Hence the test on the following line.
If no messages are queued for scrimper I remove scrimper from c.p.u. contention by calling Wait. This has the effect of placing the scrimper process in a sort of suspended animation. While in such a state scrimper will not consume any c.p.u. time allowing the full computational resources of the Amiga to be used for other concurrently executing programs.
The ROM kernel will awaken scrimper if there is any activity on scrimper’s IDCMP (a clear case of "don't call us, we'll call you").
If we get past the if statement it means that message points to a valid IntuiMessage structure. Notice that the very first things I do is to store away certain key fields of the IntuiMessage. Can you recall from the Miga-Mania in issue 3 of Amazing Computing why this is done?
It is because the space occupied by the IntuiMessage structure is being loaned to us by Intuition. As soon as we signal to intuition that we are through borrowing the IntuiMessage (which should be as soon as possible) Intuition will reuse the location for some other purpose. That is, we cannot be assured of sole access to the borrowed memory starting at the point at which we call ReplyMsg.
M So, our choices are either to not call ReplyMsg untill we're done with the message or to save the parts of ihe message we'll need and ReplyMsg right away. Which way should we go?
Well, whenever you borrow somebody's prize possesion (and main memory can be argued to be the most sought after possesion in the Amiga) you should try to return it as soon as possible so we'll go the second route of saving ihe parts of the IntuiMessage we need and ReplyMsg'ing right away.
For scrimper's purposes we need only to save Class and Code. Class will tell me what kind of IntuiMessage I just received (this is the way I tell a CLOSEWINDOW strike from a MENUPICK). Code will tell me exactly which menu item was selected IF the Class was MENUPICK (the interpretation of Code is dependent upon the value of Class).
Ef Code and Class are saved and then the message is replied to immediately. Now all we have to do is act upon the received message. To do this we switch upon the saved value of Class.
[f the message was due to a CLOSEWINDOW message it means that the user has detonated the close gadget in scrimper's title bar. If this is so, we’ll have getmenu return FALSE. Returning FALSE from getmenu means either that there was some error somewhere or the user wants to exit. In either case the FALSE value will be percolated up through any nested calls to getmenu finally causing the top level "while" loop in main to terminate.
If the message was due to the user selecting another screen or window Intuition will send scrimper an INACTIVEWINDOW message. This is needed to handle that gizmological "screen-to-front" feature of scrimper's.
If the user had depressed the LMB (left mouse button) while over scrimper's own window an ACTIVEWINDOW message would be received. Between ACTIVEWINDOW, INACTIVEWINDOW and CLOSEWINDOW we've provided a way of intercepting any left mouse button depression which might occur.
As a side, how might I saved a few lines of source code from this switch statement? Like so: case CLOSEWINDOW: case ACTIVEWINDOW: case INACTIVEWINDOW: (*jmptbl- cleanup)(); AMIGA 2S6K CARD Only $ 99.00 1 YEAR WARRANTY AMIGA GIVES YOU A CREATIVE EDGE.
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The first thing to observe is that the previous sentence should read "exactly which menu ITEMS had been selected."
That is, Intuition allows multiple menu items 1o be selected by depressing both mouse buttons while over one or more menu items.
When more than one menu item is selected during a single menu event intuition defines a linked list of selected menu items within the Menultem field, "NextSelect." Actually this isn't exactly so, NextSelect does not contain an absolute memory address specifying the next Menultem structure to be examined but rather it contains a compound value representing menu number, item number and sub-item number if appropriate.
Menu number starts from 0 and counts upwards from left to right. Item number starts from 0 and counts upwards from top to bottom. Similarly for sub-item numbers where appropriate.
Macros exist for converting these compound symbols for Menultems into a more useful form. For example, given a pointer to the head of a menu data structure and a code from a MENUPICK message, ItemAddress will return a pointer to the Menultem specified by the code or a NULL pointer if no corresponding item exists._ I I CARDINAL ANNOUNCES ITS x2 EXPANSION DISK DRIVE GIVE YOUR AMIGA
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Once I'm satisfied that code contains the compound symbol for the last Menultem selected I pass it to the routine pointed to by the "pick" routine followed by a call to the "cleanup" routine.
Notice I pass back the value returned by the pick routine as the value of this instantiation of getmenu (this is how the percolation mentioned before is accomplished).
If we had just made a screen selection the pick routine which would be called is screen_pick. The first thing we do in screen_pick is record whichscreen was selected by saving the item number extracted from "code." Tf the first Menultem had been chosen the value of ITEMNUM(code) would be 0. If it had been the second Menultem the valud of ITEMNUM(code) would be 1 and so on.
Having recorded the user's screen selection let's find out what the user wants to do with the selected screen. To do this we call getmenu again! This time, we pass it the function selection jmptbl rather than the screen selection jmplbl.
This causes the menu strip containing the screen selection menu to be replaced with one containing a function selection menu. Screen_pick returns the value returned to it by its own call to getmenu.
Calling getmenu with the function selection jmptbl will probably lead to calling tunc_pick (should the user make any valid menu selection). Func_pick attempts to verify that the selected screen is still valid (since time may pass between generating the list of screens, displaying it, and having the user select it plus a function to perform) by rescanning the list of screens looking forthe one we're hoping for.
If the hoped for screen is found in the system's list of current screens (even if it had moved) verify_screen_pointer will return a pointer to the screen structure representing the screen selected. If the screen selected became undefined (the list of screens no longer refers to the hoped for screen) since its selection, verify_screenjoointer returns a NULL.
If the screen is a valid one we look at the saved value of Code to determine which function should be performed upon the screen. Menultem 2 (the third menu item in the function selection menu) simply causes scrimper to return to the screen selection menu.
If the user has chosen to print the selected screen we remove the function selection menu strip right away so as to eliminate a host of MENUPICK messages which might be caused by the user banging on the mouse while waiting for the printout to finish.
Finally, if the user has selected the "screen-to-front" command we bring the selected screen 1o front. Then we wait for ANY message coming in over the IDCMP. If the message is an INACTIVEWINDOW the user elected to make the new front screen the active screen by clicking the left mouse button.
Any other message will cause scrimper to bring its own screen (usuallythe workbench) back to the front thus implementing the quick screen toggling mechanism.
Notice that even at this point we check for the CLOSEW1NDOW message and pass back a FALSE value if it should take place. This way, no matter what state scrimper is in (besides printing) it will respond correctly to close gadget strikes.
Phewieili This has been a long adventure in C programming on the Amiga. In this three part tutorial we've covered the in's and out's of many advanced features in programming this exceptional machine. We covered C programming techniques and discussed why things might be done in one way over another.
And lastly, we've discussed some of the gestalt of programming. That is, you've been taken on a tour of algorithms, data structures as well as been given a glimpse of what goes on inside the head of a person whose been using C exclusively for seven years.
Maybe this code wasn’t the best choice for a brain dump considering that when it was written (fully eight months ago) it was intended as a quickie exercise never to be seen by other humans. In my opinion, one of the most useful attributes of the scrimper articles was precisely the fact that the code was not all that hot.
That is, for a change readers got to see a discussion of real world code rather than finely crafted mistake free code which does not lend itself to a discussion of alternative approaches.
All in all, I hope that this has been a worthwhile contribution to your ramping up upon the Amiga learning curve.
In the future, I am considering changing the format of Miga- Mania to be the discussion of a different short and useful program every month rather than its current grab-bag style.
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Why use structures? Structures are used to consolidate information about a given "object". That "object" can be a page in an address book, an entry in an inventory list, a car in a parking lot... any object that has different pieces of information that you want to keep together in a single entity.
In Pascal, this is called a 'record'. In BASIC, you would use FIELD statements to define the layout of the data to be stored on disk.
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Declaring your own structures Imagine that you have a mailing list. Each person on that mailing list has his own information: contact name, company name, address, city, state, zip code, age, and the number of mail items that have been sent to that person.
In a language such as Basic, each of these items would have to be kept in a separate array. Each element the array corresponds to a certain person's information. In C, this information can be kept together in a single structure: struct Entry char‘Contact; char‘Company; char ‘Address; char‘City; char‘State; char‘Zip; int Mailings;}; The tag of this structure declaration is Entry. For those of you who program in Pascal, this should look familiar. The Pascal equivalent to a structure is called a 'record'.
Declaring MailEntry structure variables is simple; struct Entry Personl, Person2, DataBase[500j; 'Person!1 and 'Person2' each have enough room reserved in them to hold information about one entry in the mailing list.
Tutorial 'DataBase' is an array that can hold up to 500 different entries.
[Editor's note: Please note that the 'DataBase' array elements only hold pointers to character strings. The 'DataBase' array does not hold the string values themselves! Each array element is a structure of type 'Entry'. Each 'Entry' struct holds only pointers to character strings.
Look at the example below, at the line 'Personl. Contact = "Amiga". In this example, the pointer-to-character element 'Contact' is initialized to point at the string "Amiga".
In other words, the pointer is set to the address of the string "Amiga", which is a constant string compiled into the program. You can print this value, using the prints ()’ function. However, if you want to store this database to disk, saving only the structures in 'DataBase' itself would make little sense, since each array element oniy contains pointers to the data, not the data strings themselves. In this sense, this is not a practical example of declaring an array for a simple database program in C. There are a lot of complications with using strings in C. It is not as easy as in BASIC or
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It isn't necessary for the structures to appear in this order.
If the BankEntry structure was declared before the Account structure, the compiler will assume that the Account was going to be defined later in the program. When you use a structure in a C declaration that hasn't been defined yet, but is defined later in the declarations, it is called a 'forward reference'.
Assigning values to fields of structures inside of structures is simple too: Accounts[0]. Savings. Balance = 1872.45; Accounts[0]. Checking. Balance = 340.23; One of the advantages of using structures is that they can be acted upon as one unit. For example, instead of copying each individual field from one structure to another, you can copy all the fields simultaneously with one assignment; Person2 = Person 1; Automatic Initialization C allows you to automaticaliy initialize variables when you declare them. For instance, if you declared an integer and want to initialize it to 500, you declare it
like this: int Number = 500; The same thing can be done with a structure. Suppose you have declared an Entry structure variable as described above, and you want to initialize each of the fields to a certain value. You can do that using a simple C assignment statement: struct Entry Personl; Personl. Contact ="Mary McGregor"; Personl. Company = "ABC Computers"; Personl. Address ="1234 Main Street"; Personl.City = "Hometown"; Personl.State ="IN"; Personl.Zip ="47906"; Personl. Mailings = 2; However, using automatic initialization, the variable could have been declared like this and achieved the same
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2); Automatic initialization can also be done for arrays of
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"One", "One", "One", "One", -1}, ("Two", Two”, "Two", Two",
"Two", "Two", -1}; This initializes the first three array
elements of DataBase.
Any array elements that are not assigned values are automatically assigned the value zero.
When using automatic initialization on structures that contain structures, the statement must contain the curly braces around each structure.
Static struct BankEntry Person3 = "Mr. Megabucks", "12345", 245056.20}, “67890", 16548.34),}; This statement is equivalent to: struct BankEulry Person3; Person3.Name = "Mr. Megabucks"; Person3. Savings. AccNumber = "12345"; Person3. Savings. Balance = 245056.20; Person3. Checking. AccNumber = "67890"; Person3. Checking. Balance = 16548.34; Allocating Memory for Structures Declaring pointers to structures is done in a similar way to declaring pointers to characters, or integers: struct Entry *Ptr; In order to assign values to individual fields when using structure pointers, the memory needed to
store the structure must first be requested from the system. The system call to request memory from the system is called 'AllocMemQ’. One way to request memory using this function is: Ptr = (struct Entry *) AllocMem (sizeof (struct Entry), MEMF_PUBLIC); Now, the first lime I saw the equivalent UNIX system call, I was pretty confused. Does the function call have two parameter lists? No, the first part of the assignment, "(struct Entry *)’, casts the AllocMem function call into a pointer of type struct Entry. In other words, the return value from AllocMem is temporarily changed into an Entry
pointer value so the compiler doesn't complain that you are trying to assign values to variables with conflicting types.
The ’sizeof operator in the first argument to AllocMem calculates the size of the Entry structure in bytes. Sizeof can be used with any declared type as it's argument, and is an easy way to calculate the size of those types. It's especially helpful when used with very large structures.
Size of is also helpful if you are writing portable C code. The size of data types may vary from machine to machine. By using the 'sizeof operator, you can eliminate the machine dependency.
Of course, you can decide just to substitute that entire expression with 'sizeofs value, but you'll lose the portability. And if you decide to add another field to the structure you are using you will have to change that number in all of the AllocMem's you use in your program.
AilocMem’s second argument is MEMF_PUBLIC, and is one of four possible attributes that describe traits associated with allocated memory: MEMF_PUBUC: Memory that must not be made non- addressable. Memory that is referenced by other tasks must public, this includes code and data, MEMF_CHIP: Memory that can be used by the DMA circuitry, (ie. Disk I O, graphics operations using the Blitter) MEMF_CHIP memory is taken from the first 512K of RAM.
MEMF_FAST: Memory that is not in the first 512K of RAM. This type of memory should be used in non-DMA critical applications.
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Structure assignments using pointers are similar to regular structure assignments: Ptr- Contact = "Amiga"; Note the use of instead ofas in the previous example.
How structures are stored When structures are stored in memory, their fields are stored in consecutive memory locations. When the memory is allocated for a structure as listed above, it is returned in a single memory block. When you reference a field in that structure, C automatically indexes into that memory block to retrieve the location that you wish to use. It works similarly to indexing in an array. Ptr is the address of the beginning of the block, and by adding the correct offset, you can index to the correct variable in the structure.
For example, when the expression "Ptr- Contact" is encountered, C converts this to "Ptr+0", the address of Ptr plus an offset of zero. In the same way, "Ptr- City" is converted to "Ptr+12”, or the address of Ptr plus plus an offset of 12.
Fields of structures are 'word aligned'. Instead of packing fields in structures to reduce the size if possible, C leaves left over space in some fields. If the size of a variable is smaller than a word, the rest of the word is wasted space.
For example: The structure: struct a char a, b: into; chard;} sample; Is stored like this: Offset: Field: 0 | used | wasted | 2 | used | wasted 4 | fully used | 6 | used | wasted Unions Unions are similar to structures, but only one field can be present at any given time. In other words, the union: union int A; charr;} temp; can only hold one variable at a time, either the integer A, or the character B. (Accessing individual fields within the unions is the same as if you were using structures).
This might not sound particularly useful. Why not just declare a structure and have one field for A and one field for B?
When C encounters a union construct, it scans the fields within the union for the largest field in that union, and reserves that amount of space. Normally unions are used when you know that you're only going to need to store one type of variable in your data structure at a time, and you need (or want) to save space. In Pascal, the equivalent of unions are 'variant records'.
For example, in an inventory for a store some items are measured in pounds, (flour, sugar, etc), others are measured by the quantity in the store, (fruit, vegetables, etc). A structure can be set up to describe this: struct Item char "Name; float pounds; int quantity;}; and depending on what the value of the Name field is, the program can pick either pounds or quantity. Alternatively, the structure could have been set up this way: struct Item char ‘Name; union float pounds; int quantity;} num;}; Note that you are stilt able to determine which field in the union to pick by scanning the
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"Amiga is a ifatJema** of Cornmoefoie Amiga Inc. Optimize Your AmigaBasic Programs For Speed By Stephen R. Pietrowicz People Link: Dr: Ritz CIS [73047,2313] Usenet:... lihnp41pur-eeigouldihouliganisrp You've just written an AmigaBasic program, and you're not satisfied with it's speed. What is the best way to go about making the program run more quickly?
By following some techniques used by compilers to optimize programs for speed, and by using a little bit of common sense, you'll be able to squeeze a few extra seconds out of that program!
First we'll cover a few different techniques, and then apply these optimizations lo some examples at the end of this article.
Compilers for C, Fortran, Pascal, and other languages use a variety of techniques to optimize code for speed. After generating machine language code, some compilers scan the object code and decide where to optimize.
Some compilers do a flow analysis of where the program spends most of it's time, and how variables are updated within loops in the program. The compiler can then make "intelligent" decisions about what to change in your program to optimize it.
The optimization techniques discussed below can be applied to almost any language at the source level. Most compilers preform optimizations after creating the machine language equivalent of a program.
Probably the simplest optimization method is know as "constant folding". The compiler scans the code for constants that it can combine during compilation, and thus eliminates the calculations during execution. Consider the following statement: x = 11 + 2 * (x * 9 6 + y) * 8.6 + 4 * 5 A compiler performing constant folding would change the statement to this equivalent statement: x = 17.2* (x* 1.5+ y)+ 31 It eliminated two multiplication, one division, and one addition operation. While most programmers would not leave constants like those above uncombined, we will see in the examples later that
we can do the above to reduce the number of mathematical operations in some time critical loops.
Another common optimizing technique is "code motion”. The compiler scans for expressions that never vary within loops, and moves the code outside of the loop. For example: FOR 1 = 1 TO 360 STEP 10 FORJ = 0 TO 360 STEP R = 20 + W K = SIN (I) * SIN(J) + COS(I) * COS(J) Z = Z + J + R NEXT J NEXT I The obvious statement to move is "R = 20 + W" in the inner most loop, because nothing in either of the loops changes the value of R or W. The compiler would then move the statement completely outside both loops.
A less obvious "code motion" optimization can also be done, and will eliminate many more calculations. Since the variable T remains constant within the inner loop, so do the values of SIN(I) and QOS(I).
It is therefore possible to move those two calculations to the body of the outside loop. The result of the code motion optimizations is below: R = 20 + W FOR 1 = 1 TO 360 STEP 10 X1 = SIN(t) X2 = COS(f) FORJ = 1 TO 360 K = X1 * SIN(J) + X2 * COS(J) Z=Z+J+R NEXT J NEXT I Moving two SIN and COS function calculations out of the inner loop will significantly increase the speed of the inner loop's execution by reducing number of calcuations made.
When the compiler changes the first assignment in the inner loop, it generates it's own internal variables, X1 and X2, and replaces the SIN(I) and COS(I) those variables. You should note the trade-off involved — this optimization uses more memory.
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1) Avoid using variables when you can use constants.
Whenever AmigaBasic scans a variable in a program, it has to look it up in it's table of variables for it's value. Look ups don't take very much time, but if your program does many calculations, the time adds up quickly.
2) Do not put comments in the main loops of programs.
Scanning past comments doesn't take AmigaBasic very long, but putting them in loops adds to the time required to execute the loop. This doesn't mean never comment your programs! You should ALWAYS comment your programs!
Commenting your code will make it easier for you to go back to later, especially if you've done something partically tricky, it also makes it easier for others that will see your program and will try to understand it.
3) Know all the functions in AmigaBasic. This may sound simple,
but it is very easy to over look some of the functions that
AmigaBasic has to offer. Why reinvent the wheel?
4) Avoid calling subroutines too often. If you have a program
that constantly loops and calls the same subroutines
repeatedly, move the code for the subroutines inside the loop.
If the subroutines are large, consider combining all the
subroutines into one. Each time you call a subroutine,
AmigaBasic keeps track of where to return to when it is
finished executing the subroutine. Doing this over and over
slows down your program.
Let's take a look at an AmigaBasic program to see how to go about doing an optimization.
Listing 1 contains 1hree different subroutines to plot a simple mathematical function 5 times using different values for each of the plots. Our goal is to get the plots to the screen as quickly as possible.
The original subroutine is called SlowPlot, and takes a little over twominutes to run. Applying the guidelines listed above, we see we can immediately eliminate three "slow spots" in the subroutine;
1) Take out the comments, or move them out of the inner loops.
2) Take out the FN a functions, and combine the constants.
3) Merge the duplicate calculations into one calculation and use
By watching the plot, we see that the left side of the plot is the same as the right side of the plot. We can take advantage of this symmetry, combine the inner loops, and plot both sides of the function at the same time. By combining the two inner loops, we've just eliminated half of the calculations needed to draw the plots.
The changes made to SlowPlot result in the second function, QuickPlot. QuickPlot takes about 45 seconds to run. Quite an improvement! Let's take a look at what we can do to QuickPlot to improve it's speed.
Notice that the only variable that changes in the inner loop is the variable "j". The calculations done with "x" repeat each time. By exchanging the inner and outer loops calculations done with "x" are doneonly once for each point, instead of five times for each point.
The last subroutine, QuickerPlot, makes this improvement, and takes about 35 seconds to run. The subroutines are arranged in listing one so you can run them and observe the execution times for yourself.
The last optimization technique I'll explain is absolutely the best, but it is also the most difficult to do. Once you’ve done absolutely everything to improve the algorithm that you've been working on, "step back’ mentally, and look at your program with a very critical eye. Is the routine you've written REALLY the best one that you can come up with? This is extremely difficult to decide, especially for beginning programmers.
Flere's a little test for yourself: right now, think how of you would design a routine that shuffles a deck of cards.
Assume that an array is already initialized with the names of the cards, and that you can use any additional variables that you want to use. Don't take too long, just use the first idea that comes to you. When you're done, continue reading.
Most programmers would come up with something similar to the routine ShuffleA shown in listing 2. The idea is this: Create two more arrays, one to put the cards into after you've picked them, and another to mark each card after you've used it. (Remember, you dent want to have duplicates!)
First clear the "marked" array. Set up a loop to fill each space in the "shuffled" array. Now, use the random number generator to pick a random card, and check the "marked" array to see if that card has already been chosen. If it hasn't, put the card in the next place the array. If it has, pick another random number, and repeat until you're filled the entire array.
While this isn't really a bad algorithm, it does have the potential for taking a long time to execute. This is what could happen in the worst case: Randomly place the first card into the "shuffled" array. The next card, and each card thereafter, could be a repeat of one of the previously picked cards.
You might have to continue picking random cards for quite a while to come up with one you haven't used. What should you do? It's possible to build in some kind of "artifical intelligence" into the algorithm, but this is really more trouble than it is worth.
ShuffleB, also listed in listing 2, is a better solution. It doesn't use any additional memory beyond the array that has already been initialized, and it always runs as the same speed.
The idea is actually quite simple. For each of the cards in the array, randomize a number between 1 and 52, and swap the current card with the card you've just randomly selected.
The routine only has to pick 52 random numbers.
To show the difference in speeds, I set up both routines to shuffle an initialized "deck" 10 times each. ShuffleA takes between 15 and 18 seconds to run. ShuffleB consistantly takes 6 seconds to run.
I told you to use the first algorithm that came to mind for good reason. Too many programmers use the first idea that comes to mind, and don't even try and think of another way to solve a problem. I can't over-emphasize the importance of getting a good algorithm. Always try to think of different ways to program a problem; you might just stumble onto a better, and quicker, solution!
Listing 1 Optimize Your AmigaBasic Programs For Speed I By Stephen R. Pietrowicz Listing one — Plotting example DEF Fha(t) = (100 360*t) 3 1 Draw each of the plots one at a time 1 and report all times when done CLS GOSUB SlowPlot FOR i = 1 TO 10000;NEXT i CLS GOSUB QuickPlot FOR i = 1 TO 10000: NEXT i CLS GOSUB QuickerPlot LOCATE 1,1 AMIGA CUSTOM PRINTER DRIVER:$ 35+S H Create your own printer driver for virtually any printer.
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Listing 2: Optimizing Your AmigaBaeic Programs for Speed 1
Stephen R. Pietrowicz I ’ Listing 2 — Card Shuffling example I
DIM cards(52), Shuffled? (52), Check (52) DIM Spot? (4) SpotS(0) =
" of clubs" SpotS(1) = " of spades" SpotS(2) = " of diamonds"
Spot? (3) = " of hearts" DATA "ace", two", "three", "four",
"five", "six", "eev en" DATA
"eight","nine","ten","jack","queen","king" Main: RANDOMIZE
TIMER ShuffleA I PRINT "Shuffling...." al$ = TIMES FOR S = 1
TO 10 RESTORE GOSUB Init FOR I = 1 TO 52 Check (I) = 0 NEXT I
FOR I = 1 TO 52 Again: X = INT (RND*52+1) IF (Check (X) = 1)
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As with many things, there is an easy way to do things, and a hard way. Unfortunately, the hard way to transmit files is Xmodem, and it is the defacto standard. It works well with IBM PC computers, so few people are willing to change it, It has several limitations, and one of these collides head-on with the Amiga.
If you visit a local bulletin board, or subscribe So a national network, visit the public domain file area. If you don't have telecommunications experience, you might have trouble getting a copy of the files you seelhere.
There are several pitfalls in transferring files with your modem. The first is learning the proper commands to access the public domain files on the computer you visit. It may be best to leave a message there, if you have any questions, to get proper assistance for that system. Most systems have menus for accessing different parts of the computer. After you are in the Amiga area, make menu choices that have the word Tile" or "Library" in them, and you get to the file library soon enough. With a little background, this process of getting public domain files is made easy.
There are problems inherent to the medium. It is difficult to transfer data reliably across phone lines. In a voice phone call, you are not hampered by occasional static on the line.
Static means lost bytes. For a computer, a little static means some transmitted data will be garbled. If you are reading text messages from other visitors to the network, this won't make a big difference. If one or two characters are garbled, you can still read the message. If you are transferring a program file, a scrambled bit or two means the program will not work when it gets to your computer.
File transfer protocols exist to allow error-free file transfers across phone lines. Since people often want to send binary and text files without errors, file transfer protocols are used for all file transfers, whether across the room, or across the country. Perhaps you’ve heard the name of one of these protocols.
The most common, by far, is 'Xmodem', developed back in the days when CP M was the predominant operating system.
Another is 'Kermit', more popular in the educational computer world. There are many more. The CompuServe network has its own file transfer protocol, ’CIS-B’. Each has its own advantages and shortcomings. In essence, each protocol breaks a file into pieces, and transmits each piece separately.
The protocol defines extra information that tags along with each packet. For example, it might include the packet number, so the receiving computer can put the file back together in the correct order. It also carries information to detect if the packet was garbled by noise on the phone line.
When the receiving computer gets a new packet, it checks the extra information. If it was expecting packet number 15, and it got packet number 16, it tells the sending computer that it missed a packet. If it detects a packet was garbled, it asks the sending computer to re-send the packet. When the correct-numbered packet arrives intact, the receiving computer tells the sending computer, and the sending computer sends the next packet.
Handshaking across America This system of handshaking is common to all protocols, in some form. It is similar to the process two people use when giving an address over the phone. As each part of the address is given, the other person acknowledges it was received correctly, or asks the person to say it again. In order to properly synchronize this transfer process, both sides must start the transfer at the same time. One side will wait for a 'go' signal, and then it will send the first packet.
Again, check with the computer's authorities to get the detail of this process. As with all tasks performed by computer, this process of checking each packet takes time, and this affects the time it takes to send a file without errors. Even though your 1200 baud modem can send 120 characters a second, or about 7 K a minute, a file-transmission protocol will reduce your effective transmission rate by about two- thirds, at best, or about 70 to 90 characters a second.
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national network computers are multitasking, just like the Amiga, and they may be bogged down with other users. This severely affects the effective transmission rate.
If the lights on your modem are staying off for as long as they are staying on, you know that these delays are slowing your transmission. When you are paying between $ 4 and $ 24 an hour to visit a national computer network, this sort of delay is unacceptable, If the transfer is taking too long, you should abort the transfer and try again later at night, when there is less of a load on the computer. For a local bulletin board, you shouldn't have this sort of problem. There will be little or no delay between acknowledgements or packet transmissions, so either the RD or TD light will stay on
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How long should a file take to transmit? With the Xmodem protocol found in almost every commercial and public domain terminal program, the file is broken into packets of 128 bytes each, or eight packets to a kilobyte. With the CompuServe B protocol, each packet is 512 bytes, most often. It's easy to calculate the number of packets it will take to transmit the file. If the host computer says the file is 11834 bytes long, and you are using Xmodem, count eight blocks for each thousand bytes, since a kilobyte is roughly 1000 bytes. For every four K in the file, add another packet. So this file
will take about 88 + 3 packets, or 91 packets. Ideally, at 1200 baud, each packet will take a little more than a second to transmit, since each Xmodem packet contains about 130 characters, counting the extra information with the 128 bytes of data from the file. Remember that a transfer on a network will take slightly longer than this.
An easy way to speed file transfers is to use the RAM: disk.
The floppy drives will slow the reception or transmission of data. If you are sending a file, first copy the file to the RAM: disk. If you are receiving a file, enter the filename prefaced with 'RAM:', to send it to the RAM: disk instead of the floppy. With the Online! Terminal program, this can save a lot of lime, since it doesn't buffer the packets in memory.
Some public domain terminal programs are smarter about this, and store the packets in RAM before sending them out the modem, or copying them to disk.
'chop' and 'arc' Xmodem transmits files in 128 byte pieces. Unfortunately, Xmodem has no method of transmitting the true length of the file, it always rounds up the file size to 128 byte boundaries.
If the file is 90 bytes long, then Xmodem adds padding characters to fill out the file to 128 bytes. Since Xmodem is such an old protocol, it has become very popular.
On a computer that runs the CP M operating system, file size doesn't really matter for executable programs, since the whole program is loaded into memory, and execution begins at a fixed spot in the file. Since IBM PC-DOS is just warmed- over CP M, it doesn't care about rounding file sizes to 128 increments. So, for almost all applications on an IBM-PC, Xmodem is a fine file transfer protocol. The Amiga is more finicky than the PC.
Not an object module?
On the Amiga, file size does matter. An executable program can be loaded into any section of memory. An Amiga program file contains extra information about the memory it needs. When Xmodem adds the extra padding characters to the file, it confuses the operating system, and it can't load this file as a program. In the CLI, this gives the well-known "Unable to load XXXXX: file is not an object module" error message. Here's where the 'chop' program steps in.
When you enter the file library area of the computer, you can ask for a description of the files in the database. With each file, you should find a description of the file. Part of the description of the file should state the proper file size. When you download the file, record this number. Instead of a file size, the description could say something about 'arc', such as 'This is an ARC file.' The 'arc' program will be discussed later. If the program has been 'arc'hived, you won't need the 'chop' program, but you shouldn't skip this discussion, 'arc' files do not need to be chopped, 'chop' will
remove the extra padding characters from a program file, but you need to give it the proper file size. That is why you should record the number from the description. The 'chop' program will make a new copy of the program, minus the padding characters. If you have downloaded an IFF picture file, there is no need to 'chop' the file. IFF files have the true file size stored within them, so the program you use to view or edit the picture will be able to load it correctly, regardless of the extra padding characters.
There could be a question of bootstrapping here, too. For example, what do you do if you want to download the 'chop' or 'arc' program — you have no way to chop that file, so this has become a chicken-and-egg situation. Fortunately, there is a program called 'hunkpad', which can treat a program file so that it will always load and run, regardless of file size. It adds the right kind of padding characters, instead of the garbage padding characters Xmodem uses. Smart networks and bulletin boards have 'hunkpad'ded the 'chop' and 'arc' programs, so there is no need to 'chop' them before using them.
If your BBS hasn't done this, tell them about it.
As an alternative, there are 'chop' programs written in BASIC. BASIC files don't care about Ihe Xmodem padding, either, so you can always get this file, and use it to 'chop' the 'chop' program. There is also an automatic 'chop'-type program, called 'fixobj'. This program doesn't need to know the proper file size, it is smart enough to look at the end of the file, and remove the garbage characters. Please note that the 'fixobj' program only chops program files. It won't work on binary data files, such as spreadsheet templates.
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On text files, 'arc' can reduce the size of the file by forty to fifty percent. Program files are less regular and more dense, so they can be compressed only ten to twenty percent. The advantages of file compression are obvious. If you are anxious to minimize the time you are spending on an expensive computer network or long-distance phone call, a file compression program can reduce your online transmission time by as much as halt. You can store more files on a disk. This makes the most sense for archive disks. If you keep a transcript of your lelecomunications sessions, you can squeeze them,
and unsqueeze them when you are looking for a particular message. (In case you are wondering, this compression can't go on forever. Re- 'arc'ing an 'arc' file doesn't make it smaller, since 'arc' already did the best job it could on that data.
Imagine any file as a very large binary number. Under a given translation scheme, it is possible that there exists a smaller binary number with the same information content, and this is the way 'arc' works.) Perhaps you've heard of the 'sq' and 'usq' programs, pronounced 'squeeze' and 'unsqueeze'. These are one type of file-compression program, commonly found on CP M-based bulletin board systems. These use a type of compression called Huffman coding.
There is another less-well-known program called 'lar', which can store a number of files together into a single file, and burst Ihem later. Some people will use 'sq' to squeeze a set of files, and then use 'lar' to put them all together. You might find a file like this, left over from the days before 'arc' was ported to the Amiga. However, 'arc' will compress files better than 'sq'. The 'arc' program has an advantage over 'sq' and 'usq'. Beyond compressing a single file into a file called an 'arc' file, it can store more than one file in an 'arc' file. You can use this to store a number of
files together into a single file, to better organize your disks, or to minimize the hassle of downloading a dozen related files, such as programs and their icon files.
Best of all, 'arc' can keep track of the true length of a file stored in the 'arc' file, so the 'chop' program isn't needed.
When the 'arc' file is burst of its constituent files, they are all the proper size, 'arc' will always choose the best method of file compression it has. When you add files to an 'arc' file, the program will first analyze the content of the file, in order to choose the best compression scheme, out of the eight methods it knows. The only disadvantage to 'arc' is that it takes time and computer power to’arc' and un-'arc' files. Of course, it is better to take a few minutes off-line, than to spend extra money downloading a non-'are'ed file from an expensive network.
If you have another CLI running while you are online, be warned that running 'arc' in the background will rob computer power to the extent that you may lose characters coming in over the modem, ’arc' is a compute-bound process. This kind of program can bring a multitasking computer to its knees, since it will always use most of its time-slice when it has control of the computer.
The 'arc' program is self-documenting. That is, once you have a copy of 'arc', just type 'arc' at a CLI prompt, and it will show you its options, and the form of its command lines.
Most commonly, you will use 'arc' to reconstitute a file, after you have downloaded it. If you are downloading an 'arc' file, be sure to name it as such, by including a '.arc' suffix on the name you supply to your terminal program.
For example, if you have downloaded an 'arc' file you called 'mylib.arc', then you would type ARC E MYLIB.ARC to burst the files from the 'arc' file. If you downloaded the file to the RAM; disk, as recommended above, and want to put the files on a disk in drive 'DF1: type CD DF1;ARC E RAM:MYLIB.ARC and the files in the 'arc' file will be saved to the external disk drive, even though the 'arc' file itself is currently stored in the RAM: drive.
All 'arc' commands are similar to this — first the 'arc' program name, then a single letter, then the name of the 'arc' file to manipulate, and an optional list of files lo manipulate. To see a list of the files in an 'arc' file, type ARC L RAM:MYL1B.ARC or use ARC V RAM:MYLIB.ARC for a verbose listing of the files inside, including a chart of the amount of space saved in the compression, To make a new 'arc' file, composed of one or more files on your disks, use the 'A' option. To add files 'MARTHA' and 'MARY' to an ’arc' file, type ARC A NAMES.ARC MARTHA MARY at a CLI prompt. The 'NAMES.ARC'
file will be created in the current directory. If you use the ARC program a lot, then you should copy it to your Workbench disk, in the C directory.
RAM: disk bug MODULA-2 the successor to Pascal assembly Please note that there is a known bug in the RAM: disk driver program, in the SeekQ function. Do not do extensive manipulations of ’arc’ files in the RAM: disk. I have had no troubles creating new 'arc' files in the RAM: disk, and only adding files to it. If you do anything more extensive, such as the ’D' delete file option in 'arc', move the 'arc' file to disk instead. Presumably, this bug will be fixed in AmigaDOS 1.2. The 'arc' program is maintained as shareware, as the product of a company in the IBM PC world. It was ported to the
Amiga. When you invoke the 'arc' program, the author's name will appear, 'arc' files made on the Amiga can be read by the IBM PC version of the 'arc' program, and vice versa.
Of course, executable programs from the PC will not work on the Amiga, and IBM PC text files are formatted somewhat differently than Amiga text files.
PC text file lines are terminated with a carriage-return linefeed sequence, and the Amiga uses only a line-feed character at the end of each line. There are several Amiga programs in the public domain to filter IBM PC text files for use on the Amiga.
C1S-B and Kermit The CompuServe B protocol doesn't add the padding characters to files, it uses 512 byte blocks, which makes it more efficient for transmitting files over national networks.
There, the chance of noisy connections are small, and the time for sending characters between computers is large, so the two computers spend more time sending characters, instead of waiting for confirmation of receipt of a packet.
However, using CiS-B doesn't free you from the 'chop' dilemma.
Since the person who posted the program could have used Xmodem to upload the file, the file stored on the CompuServe computer has the padded characters, and the CompuServe computer will send them to you. However, if the description of the file says "uploaded with CompuServe B protocol, "you don't have to worry about 'chop.'
The Kermit protocol was named after the famous frog, if you were wondering, 'kermit' also means freedom' in Celtic. (In Swahili, freedom’ is 'uhuru', so in some strange way, Kermit the Frog and Star Terk's Lt. Uhuru are related.) Kermit will send a file correctly, with no padding characters. Few national networks have the Kermit protocol. Compuserve's Executive service has it, but the public network does not.
The Source has the Kermit protocol, and there is an Amiga area there, or will be one soon. (Did I just let out a secret?)
All Fido Net local bulletin boards have it, and the newest RBBS-PC bulletin board software can optionally support Kermit.
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I did have backups, but it destroyed several hours of work, organizing the new files.
Beyond the examples of using the AmigaDOS libraries, disk 13 now contains examples of making your own libraries. I wrote these for the FutureSound sound digitizer from Applied Visions. They allow you to load and play IFF sampled sounds from Amiga Basic. This library interfaces C routines to an assembly language core.
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Fun With the Amiga Disk Controller By Dr. Thom Sterling The Amiga disk controller is interesting because it provides only the minimum hardware control over the disk drive. The disk controller hardware reads and writes the raw data directly to and from the disk, leaving it up to the programmer to interpret its meaning. Commodore, of course, has provided routines to handle the disks but any dedicated hacker will want to know how to do it themselves.
This article will discuss how the hardware reads from and writes to the disk and how a programmer can write "abnormal" information on a disk, including how to write a total of 1120K bytes of data on a standard Amiga diskette.
In order to write on a diskette the disk controller is given an address in chip memory and a word count. The words pointed to by this address are then sent to the disk drive in a serial fashion with the most significant bit first. The disk drive responds to the data by doing nothing for a "0" bit and by reversing the magnetic field on the write heads for a "1" bit. The controller can be set to send the data at a rate of 1 bit every 2 microseconds or every 4 microseconds. I will only considerthe 2 microsecond case.
The diskettes spin at the rate of 300 revolutions per minute, or 5 revolutions per second, which means 200 milliseconds per revolution. Therefore with 2 microseconds per bit, we will have 100,000 bits per revolution and we write: 100,000 bits per track * 160 tracks per disk •* 16,000,000 bits per disk = 2,000,000 bytes per disk. Unfortunately we cannot write just any pattern we choose on the diskette. There are two restrictions: One, there cannot be two flux reversals in a row (so we cannot write two "1"s in a row); two, there cannot be more than 4 "0"'s in a row.
The first restriction is because the magnetic field cannot be changed rapidly enough to recognize two reversals close together. The second restriction is because the drive uses the flux transitions to measure the speed at which Ihe drive is rotating and adjusts the clock to compensate (or speed variations. The standard method tor adapting to these restrictions is called MFM encoding. MFM encoding converts each bit of real data into 2 bits of storage data. A 1 becomes 01 and a 0 becomes 10 or 00 depending on the previous bit: if the previous bit is a 1 Ihen 00 is used, if it is a 0 then 10 is
used. So: AB — XACB 00 ~ 7010 01 — 7001 10- 0100 11 — 0101.
Logically, between each two bits A and B we insert a bit C, such that: C = ~(A | B) = NOT (A OR B) Notice the second bit is always the same as the data bit.
Restriction one is satisfied because 01 is followed by 01 or 00, and 11 is not allowed, and 10 must be preceded by 00 or
10. Restriction two is satisfied because the most zeroes we can
get in a row is 3. (In the pattern 101 — 010001).
On the Amiga, the conversion of the real data to the stored data is done by software. On many computers, e.g. the IBM PC, this conversion is done by hardware. Luckily, the Amiga has the blitter. Using 1he blitter, the data can be converted to the MFM form very quickly. Since the stored data has two bits for every real bit, the MFM can be formed more easily if we split the real data into two sets, the even bits and the odd bits. The odd bits are every other bit starting with the first.
The evens are all the others. The even and odd bits are stored separately on the disk. This simplifies the conversion because the bit leaves holes in the data in which we can insert the extra bits required by MFM. For example, the data: 01100101 — evens x1x0x1x1 and oddsx0x1x0x0
- — evens x1000101 and odds xO010010 The encoding for each block
can be done in three passes of the blitter. Step one is to find
the new bits that will be inserted in between the real data
bits. This is done for both even and odd bits at once. The
minterm is a blitter technicality: Blitter input A — real data
shifted right two bits B — real data C- none Blitter output D ~(A | B)minterm = $ 11 Step two merges the even real data with
the results from step one: Blitter input A -¦ step one D
shifted left one bit B — real data C-$ 5555 = 0101010101010101
Blitter output D — (B & C) | (A &~C)minterm = $ CA Step three
merges the odd real data with the results from step one:
Blitter input A — real data shifted right one bit B — step one
D C- $ 5555 = 0101010101010101 Blitter output D (A & C) | (B &
~C) minterm = $ AC Some bits on the ends will still need to be
adjusted. The blitter time to do the encoding can be estimated
by the number of memory references needed: 11 memory cycles per
word, or about 20 milliseconds track. Since it takes at least
200 milliseconds, plus head seek time, to write to the disk,
this is not a big overhead. When the disk is read the data must
be decoded. Decoding is easier than encoding and can be done in
one blitter operation.
Blitter input A — stored data shifted left one B — stored data C» $ 5555 = 0101010101010101 Blitter output D — (A & ~C) | (B & C) minterm= $ CA This will take about 4 memory references per word, which is about 8 milliseconds pertrack.
The AmigaDOS format encodes the data by sectors, as described in the ROM Kemal Manual Vol 2. I do not know if Commodore actually uses the blitter the way I described, but I have not found a faster way. By using MFM we store 50,000 bits track which works out to 1,000,000 bytes per disk. Alas, we cannot even get that much on the disk because we must allow for the possibility that the disk spins a little too fast. If the disk spins too fast and we try to write all 50,000 bits, the last bits will be written over the first bits and we will lose that data. A 1 percent increase in speed will overlap
500 bits. Commodore actually stores 47,888 bits on each track, of which 45,056 are user data. While MFM encoding satisfies the restrictions, there are other encoding schemes which store more data per track, and still satisfy the restrictions.
First, we will note that arbitrarily long allowable bit patterns can be formed by arranging the bit strings 01, 001, 0001 and 00001 in arbitrary orders. We can calculate the number of patterns of a given length that can be made this way recursively. For 2 and 3 there is one pattern, for 4 there are two, 0001 and 0101; for 5 there are three, 00001, 01001, and 00101. In general we can calculate the number of patterns, Xn, for n bits by the formula: Xn = Xn-2 + Xn-3 + Xn-4 + Xn-5 The Xn-2 term is from 01 followed by all patterns of length n- 2, the Xn-3 term is from 001 followed by all patterns
n-3 in length, etc. nXn 21 3 1 5 3 64 77 8 10 9 16 10 24 11 37 12 57 13 87 14 134 15 205 These patterns are too restrictive because they all start with 0 and end with 1. We can get acceptable patterns by allowing trailing zeroes. For reasons that will become clear we will allow up to 3 trailing zeroes only. We now define Pn to be: Pn = Xn + Xn-1 + Xn-2 + Xn-3 = Xn+2 which is the number of patterns with no trailing zeroes plus the number with a single trailing zero plus the number with two and three trailing zeroes. We now have bit strings with from 1 to 4 leading zeroes and from 0 to 3
trailing zeroes.
These strings can be put together into acceptable strings if we adopt the rule that the first bit in each pattern becomes a 1 if both of its neighbors are zeroes. This is the same as MFM for n=2, P2 = X4 = 2. The two patterns are 01 and 00.
There are two other n's of particular interest. For n-7, P7 = X9 » 16, and so we can encode every 4 bits of real data into 7 bits of stored data (as compared 1o 8 bits of stored data with MFM). The patterns are: 7001000700010070101007010010 7001010701000170101017001001 7000101010100001001000100010 0101010010000101010010100101 A "7" will be 1 if the preceding 7 bits end with a 0. These can be assigned to the sixteen 4 bit patterns arbitrarily. The second interesting case is n=12, P12 X14 =* 134, and we can encode 7 bits of real data into 12 bits of store d data (as opposed to 14 bits with MFM).
Performing the encoding for this method is more difficult than the MFM encoding. The 7 12 would be encoded by using the blitter to separate the real data into 7 bit pieces, then using a table to find the corresponding 12 bit code, and finally using the blitter again to merge the 12 bit codes into a continuous block. This process will take about 70-80 milliseconds per track. Decoding will be just as hard.
The blitter must be used to split the stored data into 12 bit pieces, then a table is used the find the corresponding 7 bits, and the 7 bit pieces must be merged together again to recover the real data. Decoding will also take 70-80 milliseconds per track. Using the 7 12 code we could nominally store 7 12 * 100,000 — 58,333 bits per track.
Subtracting some to prevent overlap we might store 56,192 bits per track which is 7K bytes per track or 1120 Kbytes per disk, if the disk is sectored in a way similar to Commodore, we could fit 13 sectors per track and have 1040 Kbytes per disk of user data. This is an increase of 18 percent over the 880 Kbytes per disk with MFM encoding.
Thom Sterling works for the University of Michigan Physics department, and Errex, Inc., Ap.
The AMICUS Public Domain Software Library This software is collected from user groups and electronic bulletin boards around the nation. Each disk is nearly full, and is fully accessible from the Workbench. If source code is provided for any program, then the executable version is also present. This means that you don't need the C compiler to run these programs. An exception is granted for those programs only of use to people who own a C compiler.
Note: Each description line below may include something like ’S-O-E-D’, which stands for 'source, object file, executable and documentation'. Any combination of these letters indicates what forms of the program are present. Basic programs are presented entirely in source code format.
AMICUS Disk 1 iBM2Amlga fast parallel cable transfers between an John Draper AmigaTutorlsle: IBM and an Amiga Animals describes animation algorithms Abasic programs: Graphics Mandel Mandebrot set program, S-E Gadgets tutorial on gadgets 3DSofids 3d solids modeling prog am w sample moire patterned graphic demo. S-E Menus learn about Intuition menus data riles objtix makes Lattice C object tile symbols Stocks draws blocks visible to Wack, S-E Cubes draws cubes quick quick sort strings routine AMCUS Disk 3 Durer draws pictures in the style of Durer raw ex ample sample window I O Fscape draws
fractal landscapes set lace turns on interface mode, S-E C programs: Hidden 3D drawing program, w hidden line removal sparks qix-type graphic demo, S-E Xret a C cross-reference gen., S-E Bbitcolor extra-halt-brtght chip gfx demo, S-E Jpad simple paint program Other executable programs: Chop truncate (chop) tiles down to size, S-E Optical draw several optical illusions SpeechToy speech demonslraibn Cleanup removed strange characters tromtext Pain! Bo* simple paint program WhichFonl displays all available fonts files Shuttle draws the Shuttle in 3d wirelrame CR2LF converts carriage returns to
line feeds in SpacaArl graphics demo Texts: Amiga files, S-E Speaker speech utility 63020 describes 68020 speedup board Irom Error adds compile errors to a C file, S Sphere draws spheres CSA Hello window ex. Irom the RKM, S Spiral draws color spirals Aliases explains uses of the ASSIGN command Kermit generic Kermit implementation, flakey, ThreeDee 3d fund ion pfols Bugs known bug list in Lattice C 3.02 no terminal mode, S E Topography artificial topography CL Card retetence card lor AmigaDCS CLI Scales sound demo plays scales, S-E Wheels draws circle graphics CLCommands guide to using the CU
SkewB Hubikeube demo in hi-ros colors, S-E Xenoe draws fractal planet landscapes Commands shorter guide to AmlgaDOS CLI commands AmlgaBaaicProgs (dir) Abasic programs: Toots EdCommands guide to the ED editor Automata cellular automata simulation AddressBook simple database program tor addresses Filenames AmjgaOOS flier a me wildcard CrazyEighls card game CardFile simple card tile database program conventions Graph (unction graphing programs Demo mu It twin dow demo Half Bright explains rare graphics chips that can do WitchingHour a game Key Codes shows keycodes tor a key you press Menu run many
Abasic programs Horn a more colors AbsstC programs: menu Modemflns description or the serial port pinout Casino games 01 poker, blackjack, dice, MoreColors way to get more colors on the screen at RAMdtsks tips on setting up your RAM: disk and craps shapes once, using aliasing ROM Wack tips on using ROMWack Gomoku also known as 'Othello' simple color shape designer Speakit speech and narrator dBmo Sounds explanation of the Instrument demo sound file formal Sabotage sort of an adventure game Speed refutation of the Amiga's CPU and Executable programs: Abasic programs: Games custom chip speed
Disassem a 63000 disassembler, E-D BnekOU Othello Saucer classic computer brick wall game also known as 'go' slmpe shoot-em-up game WackCmds tips on using Wack DpSlide shows a given set of IFF pictures, E-D Arrange a text formatting program, E-D Spelling simple talking spelling game AMCUS Disk 2 ToyBo* selectable graphics Cemo C programs: Assembler programs: AmigaDOS object library manager Argoterm a terminal program with speech and Abbsjc programs: Sounds alb Xmodem, S-E Entertainer plays that tune. S-E HAL9000 pretends ifs a real computer as text file archive program, S-E Pdice simple
police Siren sound lixobj aulo-chops executable tiles AMCUS Disk 4 Files from the original Amiga Sugarplum plays ‘The Dance of the Sugarplum shell simple CLI shat!, S-E Technical BBS Fairies" sq usq file compression programs, S-E YachtC a familiar game, S-E.
Note that some of these fi ies are old, and roter to oldBr C programs: Make a simple 'make' programming utility, S-E versions or the operating system These files came from Aterm simple terminal program. S-E Emacs an early version of the Amiga text ed Itor, the Sun system that served as Amiga technical support cc aid to compiling wtih Lattice C S-E-D HQ tor most of 1905, These files do not carry a warranty, decynt opposite of CONVERT lor cteks and are for educational purposes only. Of course, Ihars developers Assembler programs: not to say they don't work.
Dotty source code to the 'dotty window dorm bsea;ch.a£m binary search code echo* unix-style filename expansion, partial qsortasm Unix conpstble qsotlO function, source Complete and nearly up-to-date C source to 'image. ed',
S. O-D and C test program an early version of the Icon Editor,
This is a little flaky, but fastertp explains use of
fast-lloating point math setjmp.asm seljmpO c°de lor Lattice
3.02 compiles and runs.
FixDaie fixes future dates on all tiles an a Svprintt Unix system V compatible prints () disk, S-E trees. o Unix corrpatble tree () function, O-D An Intuition demo, In full C source, Including files: Ireedraw simple Workbench drawing ptogram, S-E demomenu. c, demomenu2. c. demoreq. c, getasciix, GfxMem graphic memory usage indicator, S-E This diskfomrerty had IFF specification tiles and idemox, Idemo.gulde, kJemo.make, kJemoall. h. nodos. c. Grep searches (or a given string in a file, with examples. Since this spec is constantly updated, the IFF and txwritex documentation spec tiles have been moved
to their own disk In the ham shows o*T the hokt-and-modify method AM ious collection, They are not here.)
Addmemx aid external memory to the system of color generation boolost. c example o (BOB use consolelO. c console 10 example creaport. c create and delete ports creastdi. c create standard VO requests aeatask. c creating task examples diskio. c example of track read and write dotty. c source to the 'dotty window demo duaiplay. c dual playfield example flood. c ttood fill example treemap. c old ywsion of ‘freemap’ goltools. c toots lor Vsprites and Bobs gfxmem. c graphic memory usage indicator hello. c window example from RKM inputdev. c add ing an input handler to the input stream joystik-c reading the
joystick keybd. c direct keyboard reading layertes. c layers examples mousport. c test mouse port ownlib. c, ownlib.asm example of making your own library with Lattice paratesLc tests parallel port commands seritesLc tests serial port commands serisamp. c example of serial port use prinintr. c sample printer interface code prtbase. h printer device definitions regintes. c region test program seflace. c source to interlace orVoft program setparallel. c &et the afirbutes of the parallel port SetSerial. c set the attributes (parity, data bits) of the serial port singplay. c single playfield example
speechtoy. c source to narrator and phonetics demo timedely. c simple timer demo timer. c exec support timer functions timrstuf. c more exec support timer functions WhichFont. c loads and displays ail available system loots process.! And prtbase. i assmebler indude files: autorqstr.txt warnings of deadlocks with autorequesters consotel0.txt copy of the RKM console I O chapter diskfont.txt warning of disk font loading bug lullfunc.txt list of defines. Macros, functions inputdev.txt preliminary copy of the input device chapter License information on Workbench distribution license printer pre-release
copy of the chapter on printer drivers, Irom RKM 1.1 v1 lfd.txt ’diff of. fd ftle changes from vers ion 1.0 to 1.1 v28v 1.diff ‘diff of Indude file changes from version 28 to 1.0 AMICUS Disk 5 File from the Amiga Link Amiga Information Network Note that some of these fite6 are okJ, and refer to older versions of the operating system These files are from ArrtgaLink. For a time. Commodore supported Amiga Link, aka AIN, lor online developer technical support. It was only up and running for several weeks. These files do not carry a warranty, and are lor educational purposes only. Of course,
that's nof to say they don't work.
A demo of Intuition menu called ‘monudomo’, In C source wrierots. c find a file searching all subdirectories bobteslc BOB programming example sweep. c sound synthesis example Assembler filet: mydevasm sample device driver rrrylb.asm sample Ibrary example mylb. i my dev. I asmsupp. l macros. i assembler indude tiles: Text*: amigalricks tips on CL I commands extdisk external disk specification gameport game port spec parallel parallel port spec serial serial port spec v1.1 update list of new features in version 1.1 v1.1 h.txt ’diff of indude tile changes Irom version
1. 0 ton Files for building your ewn printer drivers, including
dospecial. c. epsondata. c, initasm, prinler. c, printer.link,
printertag.asm. render. c, and wait.asm. This disk does contain
a number of files describing the IFF spedficalion.
These are not the latest and greatest tiles, but remain here for historical purposes. They indude text files and C source examples. The latest IFF spec is elsewhere in this library.
AMICUS Diak 5 IFF Picture.
Ignores errors, E-D lists hunks in an object tile E-D saves any screen as an IFF picture E-D??
Shareware screen dump program, E only version 2.0, term program, Xmodem E-D LlbOir SavellBM Scree nDump StarTerm Texts: LatticeMain GdiskDrive GuruMed Lat3.03bugs MforgeRev Print Spooler tips on fixing _main. c in Lattice make your own 5 1 4 drive explains the Guru numbers bug list of Lattice C version 3.03 user's view of the MicroForge hard drive EXECUTE-based print spooling program This disk indudes Ihe DPSIide program, which can view a given series of IFF pictures, and the 'showpic1 program, which can view each tile at the dick of an icon, and the 'saveilDm' program, to turn any screen into
an IFF picture.
The pictures indude a screen from Artiefox, a Degas dancer, the guys at Electronic Arts, a gorilla, horses, King Tut, a lighthouse, a screen from Marble Madness, the Bugs Bunny Martian, a still Irom an old movie, the Dire Straits moving company, a screen Irom Pinball Conduction Set, a TV newcaster, the PaintCan, a world map. A Porsche, a shuttle mission patch, a tyrannosaurus rex. A planet view, a VISA card, and a ten-speed.
.BMAP file: These are the necessary links between Amiga Basic and the system Ibra ies. To take advantage of the Amiga's capabilities In Basic, you need these tiles. BMAPs are inducted lor 'disf. 'console1, 'diskfont', 'exec1, 'icon', 'intuition', 'layers', 'mathffp', malhieeedoubas', 'mathieeesingbas', 'mathtrans', ‘potgo’, 'timer' and ’translator'.
AMICUS Disk 9 Amiga Basic Program*: FlightSim simple flight simulator program HuePalette explains Hue, Saturation, and Intensity Requester ex. Ol doing req nesters from Amiga Basic ScrollDerro demonstrates scrolling capabilities Synthesizer sound program WoridMap draws a map of the world DiglVlew HAM demo picture disk AMICUS. DiaK.7. The disk has pictures from the DigiView hdd-and-modily video digitizer. It indudes the ladies with pencils and lollypops, the young girl, the bulldozer, the horse and buggy, the Byte cover, the dictionary page, the robot and Robert This includes a program to view
each picture separately, and all together as separate, slidable screens.
AMICUS DISKS C programs: Boingl latest Boing! Demo, with selectable Browse view text files on a disk, using menus speed, E S-E-D Brush2C converts an IFF brush to C data Crunch removes comments and white space instructions. Initialization code, E Irom C files. S-E Brush21oon converts IFF brush to an icon, E IconExec E XECUTE a series at commands Irom Dazzle graphics demo, tracks to mouse, E Workbench S-E OeeGEL assenblerprogramtor stopping S8010 PDScreen errors, S-E-D Dump dumps Rastport d highest screen to Klock menu-bar dock and date display, E printer tile Ihe game oNite, E Sot Alternate sets
a second Image lor an con, when clicked once S-E HmeSet tntuition-based way lo set the time and date, E Set Window makee windows lor a CLI program lo run under Workbench S-E Memacs another Emacs, moreorlenled to word processing, S-E-D SmaiCtock a small digital dock that sits in awindow menubar MyCLI a CLI shell, works without the Workbench. S-E-D Scrimper the screen printer In the tou rth Amazing Computing, S-E Text*: FnctnKeys explains how to read function keys Irom Amiga Basic Programs: Amiga Basic (Note: Many of these programs are present on AMICUS HackerSIn explains how lo win the game
'hacker Disk 1. Several of These were converted lo Amiga B3Sic, istseoio guide to installing a 68010 in your Amiga and are included hero.)
Printer Tip tips on sending escape sequences to your printer Address Book a simple address book database StartupTip tips on setting up your startup- Bail draws a ball sequence Hie Clead program to convert CompuServe hex tiles XfrmrReview list of programs that work with the to binary. S-D Transformer Clue the game, Intuition driven Colorant art drawing program Printer Driver*: DeiuaeDraw the drawing program In the 3rd Issue of Printer drivers tor the Canon PJ-1C80A, the C ttoh Amazing Computing, S-D Prowriter, an improved Epson driver that eliminates Elea conversational computer psychologist
streaking, the Epson LQ-BOO, the Gemini Star-10, the Othello the game, as known as 'go1 NEC 8C25A, the Okidata M L-92, the Panasonic KX-P 10xx FtalMaZB 3D ratmaze game family, and the Smith-Corona D300, with a document ROB boggling graphics demo describing me Installation process.
Shuttle draws 3D pictures or Ihe space shuttle Spelling simple spelling program YOYO wierd zero-gravity yo-yo demo, tracks yo- AMICUS Disk 10 Instrument antiurl demo* yo to the mouse Executable programs: This is an Icon-driven demo, circulated Jo many dealers.
It Includes Ihe sounds of an acoustic guitar, an alarm, a tsucuDe AH Icon AmlgaSpell arc Bertrand M odu ia-2 demo of a rotating cube sets a second Icon image, displayed when Ihe Icon is dickBd a a low but simple spelling checker, E-D the ARC tile compression program, must-have for telecom, E-D graphics demo banjo, a bass guitar, a bolnk. A calliope, a car horn, claves, waler drip, Blectric g utlar, a flute, a harp arpeglo. A kickdrum, a marimba, a organ minor chord, people talking, pigs, apipeergan, a Rhodes piano, a saxophone, a sitar, a snare drum, a steel drum, bells, a vbrophone, a violin, a
wailing gu'rtar, a horse whinny, and awhislle.
Disks atvage a program lo rescue trashed disks, E-D KwikCopy a Quick bul nasty disk copy program: Fred Fish disks, 1 through 25 Fred. Fi.?h_Bi&l; amigademo Graphical benchmark for conparing amigas.
Amigaterm simple communications program with Xmodem balls simulation of the “kinetic thing " wth baits on strings colorful Shows off use of hoid-and-modrfy mode, dhrystone Dhrystone benchmark program, dotty Source to the “dotty window* demo on Ihe Workbench disk.
Ireedraw A small “painl’type program with lines, boxes, etc. gad John Draper's Gadget tutorial program gfxmem Graphical memory usage display program halfbrste demonstrates “Extra-Haff-Brife“ mode, if you have it hello simple window demo lalffp accessing the Motorola Fasl Floating Point I bra y from C palette Sample program for designing color palettes.
Trackdisk Demonstrates use of the trackdisk driver, requesters John Draper's requester tutorial and example program, speech Sample speech demo program. Stripped down “speechtoy*.
Speechloy Another speech demo program.
Fred Rah Plat: 2: alb Object module librarian, cc Unix-like frortieod for Lattice C compiler, dbug Macro based C debugging package.
Machine independent, make Subset of Unix make command.
Make2 Another make subset command, microemacs Small version of emacs editor, with macros, no extensions portar Portable tile archiver, xrl DECUS C cross reference utility.
Ftefl-Hsb CM 3; gothic Gothic font banner printer, raff A *roff* type text formatter, tf A very taft text formatter eforth A highly portable forth implementation. Lois of goodies.
Xusp Xltsp 1.4, not working correctly.
Fred Fish Disk 4: banner Prints horizontal banner bgrep A Bayer-M core g rep- like utility bison CNU Unix replacement *yacc. Not working, bm Another Boyer-Moore grep-like utility grep DECUS grep hermit simpe portable Kerrrit with no connect mode.
MyCLI Replacement CLI for the Amiga. Version 1.0 mandel A Mandelbrot set program, by Robert French and RJ Mica!
F[sd. E3, tLRial£ cons Console device demo program with supporting macro routines, freemap Creates a visual diagram of tree memory input.dev sample input handler, traps key or mouse events joystick Shows how to set up the gameport device as a joystick.
Keyboard demonstrates direct communications with the keyboard, layers Shows use of the layers library mandebrot IFF Mandebrc* program mouse hooks up mouse to rig hi joystick port lalor. With ASCII Xmodem.
Dialer, more.
FrffdFish Disk 19; Blackjack text-oriented blackjack game Fred Fish Disk 13: JayMinerSudes A Bundle of Basic programs, including: Slides by Jay Miner, Amiga graphics chip Jpad toybox ezspeak man diet) rot designer, showing flowchart of the Amiga xmodem 3d sol ids addbook algebra internals, in 640 x 400.
Ror amgseqi arriga-copy band KeymapJTest bounce box brickout canvas test program to test the keymapping routines cardli cirde cdordrdes Copy LockMon Find unclosed We locks, lor programs that cubes 1 cut paste date dogstar don’t dean up.
One. window console window demo parallel Demonstrates access lo the parallel port, printer opening and using the printer, does a screen dump, not wtrking prinLsupport Printer support routines, nol working, prodest sample process creation code, not working region demos spilt drawing regions samptefont sample toot with info on creating your own se~iai_Demos the serial port_ singtePlaylield Creates 320 x 200 playfield speechtoy latest version of cute speech demo speech, demo simplified version of speechtoy, with 10 requests text.demo displays available fonts timer demos timer.dervice use trackdisk
demos trakedisk driver FredHsh Disk 6: compress like Unix compress. A file squeezer dado analog dock impersonator microemacs upgraded version of microemacs from disk 2 mull removes multiple occuring lines in files scales demos using sound and audio functions set parallel Allows changing parallel port parameters set serial Allows changing serial port parameters, sortc quicksort based sort program, in C stripe Stripe comments and extra whitespace from C source Fred Fish Disk 7: This disk contains the executables of the game Hack, version 1.0.1. Frrt Fjgh. PitisA This disk contains Ihe C sou ce
to Hack on disk 7.
Fred Rah DitK 9: moire Draws moire patterns In black and white MVP-FORTH Mountain View Press Forth, versor
t. 00.D3A. A shareware version o! FORTH from Fantasia Systems,
prott a more powerful text formatting program setlace Program
to toggle interlace mode on and oft.
Skewb a molds cube type ds mo sparks moving snake Graphics demo conquest An interstellar adventure simulation game dehex convert a hex file to binary (ilezap Patch program for any typo of file.
Tixobj Strip garbage oft Xmodem transferred tiles.
Iff Routines to read and write ift lormat tiles.
Id simple directory program fe Minimal UNIX Is, writ Unix-styfe wildcarding, inC sq.usq file squeeze and unsqueeze trek73 Star Trek game yachtc Dee game.
Fred Fish Disk 11: dpslide slide show program tot displaying IFF images with rrisceilaneous pictures FiedJijhPlek 12: amiga3d Shows a rotating 3 dimensional sotid 'Amiga sign'.
ArgoTetm a terminal emulator program, written In assembler arrowed Shows a rotating 3 dimensional wire frame arrow.
M directory listing program tconExec SetWindow two programs lot launching programs from Workbench that presently only work under
SetAtternaie Makes an icon shew a second Image when clicked once StarTerm terminal emu dragon draw dynamictriang'e Eliza ezterm filibuster fractal fscape gomoku dart haiku ha)9000 halley haunted M hidden join toz mandel menu minipaint mouse Ortheto patch pens pinwtveel gbox random-drdes Readme rgb rgbtest Rord sabotage sales talk shades shapes shuttle sketchpad spaceart speak spoach speech easy spell sphere spiral striper superpad suprshr talk terminal termtest tom topography triangle wheels xenos xmoslriper (note: seme programe a e Abase, most are AMIGAbasic.
And some programs are presented in both languages) Fred Fish Disk 14: amiga3d updateo (*t2, IncludesCsourca1oatuil hidden surface removal and 30 graphics beep Source tor a (unction that generates a beep sound dev extracts text from within C source files dimensions Oemonstrates N dimensional graphics lileaap nodaloot disk 10, a tile patch utility gfxmom updaieot disk 1, graphic memotyusage indicat o' gl converts IFF brush tiles lo Image struct, in C text, pdterm simple ANSI VT100 termrnat emulator.
In 80 x 25 screen shah simple Unix 'csh' style shell termcap mostly Unix compatble termcap" implementation.
Fred Fish Disk 15: Blobs graphics demo, like Unix ‘worms' Clock simple Digital dock program tor Ihe title bar Dazzle An eight fold symmetry dazzler program.
Really prettyl Fish double buffered sequence cycle animation of alish Monopoly A really nice monopoly game written in AbasiC.
OkidataDump Okjdata ML92 driver and Workbench screen dump program.
Potydraw A drawing program written in AbasiC.
Pofylractate A frada program written in Abase.
Complete copy of Ihe latest developer IFF disk Fred Fish Disk 17: The NewTek Dig j-'View video digitizer HAM demo disk FrialBiti. C'jiiLlli AmigaDisplay dumbterminalprogramwithbell.
Selectable fonts Ash Prerelease C ShelHtke shell program, history, loops, etc. Browser wanders a tile tree, displays tiles, all with the mouse MC69010 docs on upgrading your Amiga to use a 68010 Muttidim rotate an N dimensional cube with a joystick PigLalin SAY command that talks in Pig Latin Scrimper Screen image printer Xlfepl.6 source, docs, and executable tor a Lisp interpreter.
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1 IF item = 3 THEN PickSet: WHILE MOUSE(0) = OrWEND Xl = MOUSE (3): yl = MOUSE (4) IF xl 143 OR yl 143 THEN PickSet xl = INT(xl 9): yl = INT(yl 9) x2 = xl*9+2: y2 = yl*9+2 IF (PFlag = 1) THEN Npsx = Psx*9+2 Npsy = Psy*9+2 PC = POINT(NPsx-l, NPsy-l) IF (Pc 0) THEN LINE (NPsx, Npsy) — (NPex+6, NPBy+6), Pc, bf ELSE LINE (NPsx, Npsy) — (NPsx+6, NPsy+6), 0, bf END IF END IF LINE (x2, y2) — (x2+6, y2+6), ll, bf Psx = xl Psy — yl Psd = Dial Pflag = 1 WHILE MOUSE(0) 0: WEND ON MENU GOSUB CheckMenu MENU ON RETURN END IF END IF RETURN END Subroutine to return FileNameS FileName$ is limited to 17
characters Hitting the escape key exits with a NULL value GetFileName: LOCATE 21,20 PRINT "Input file Name:" LINE(ISO,173)-(300,185), l, b Key$ = INKEY$ WHILE Key$ "": Key$ = INKEY$: WEND Box = 152 LINE (Box, 175) — (Box+7,183),30, bf Cursor = 20 LOCATE 23, Cursor NameTop: KeyS = INKEYS: IF Key$ = ", f THEN NameTop NameLen = LEN (FileNameS) IF (ASC(KeyS) = 27) THEN FileNameS = "" GOTO NameDone END IF IF (ASC(KevS) = 13) AND (NameLen 0) THEN NameDone IF (ASC(KeyS) = 8) AND (NameLen 0) THEN FileNameS = LEFTS(FileNameS, HameLen-1) LINE (Box,175)-(Box+7,183),0, bf Box = Box-8 LINE (Box, 175) -
(Box+7,183),30, bf GOTO NameTop END IF IF (NameLen = 17) THEN NameTop IF ((Key$ = "0") AND (KeyS = "9")) THEN

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