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They are developing hardware and software that will take advantage of the latest in Amiga hardware and peripherals. Even if the installed base of Amiga 1000 owners is extremely high, 6 AMAZING Co111PUTING these vendors must weigh their development costs against what they expect to generate in revenues. Since the A1000 cannot provide an increase in users, the Amiga developer questions what revenues the Amiga 1000 will generate in the future. However, Amiga vendors should not turn their backs on the A 1000. A 1000 owners are generally members of the original Amiga market. They comprise the nucleus of what the market needs to survive=individuals who believe strongly in what they arc doing with their Amigas. The solution is not to demand that we be told more, it is to demand that more be done. Although there are limits to the Amiga 1000 market, there may still be an opportunity for developers to do more with an Amiga 1000. The first thin!) any developer will want to know is how many of these machines are still in the Amiga marketplace. The solution is not to demand that we be told more,itistodemand that more be done. Every issue of AC contains two reader response cards to request more information on a product or service discussed or advertised in AC.

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Document sans nom Make Your Amiga Portable with the PC Viewer
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Connecting Your Amiga the Sharp Wizard pg. 2 The DM I Resolver™ graphics co-processor board offers a new dimension in Amiga display capability.
Shown above is an unretouched 8-bit display, illustrating the 1280x1024 resolution color work environment provided by the Resolver. The DMI Resolver boosts the display and graphics processing capabilities of all Amiga A2000 and A3000 series computers, under both AmigaDOS and UNIX operating systems. Not to be confused with a frame buffer or grabber, the Resolver is a lightning fast 60MHz graphics co-processor.
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Resolver is a trademark of Digital Micronics, Inc. Amiga. A2000. And A3000 are registered trademarks of Commodore-Amiga. Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark of AT&T _ If you're into video, IMPACT VISION-24 is truly a dream come true for your A3000 or A2000. It is the first multifunction peripheral specifically designed for the A3000’s video expansion slot.
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? Picture-hvPicture (pip) Display. Freeze, resize, rescale and or reposition live incoming RGB video just like any workbench window at the double click of a mouse or the pressing of a "hot key". With a multisync all this can even be in rock steady de-interlaced mode. Unique "reverse-PIP" feature, even allows you to place a fully functional Amiga workbench [or other application) screen as a SCALE-ABLE [shrunk down!) And re-postdonable window over full-screen live video, ? To make sure you can take full and immediate advantage of every feature of your new Impact Vision 24 video-station, we
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Tel. (215) 337-8770 • FAX (215) 337 9922 Amiga is a registered trademark of Commodore-Amiga. Inc. TENTS CON Hardware Connecting the Amiga to the Sharp Wizard is easy with the proper converter and Amiga software. Read more about this connection on page 22 in this issue.
Sharp Wizard .....22 by Miguel Mulet Now your Amiga can share MEMO information with the Sharp Wizard organizer.
Epson 300C Flat Bed Scanner 34 by Merrill Callaway if you’re an artist, a videographer, a desktop publisher, or anyone else needing to input images of actual objects into your Amiga, Epson's scanner may be the answer.
DMI Resolver Display Card 40 In This Issue by Merrill Callaway Does DMI's card put to rest the Macintosh's claim to superior color graphics capabilities?
(T** Superbase 3 vs. ¦ Superbase 4 .....26 by Rick Manasa You don’t need a spreadsheet to get the answer to what the differences are between these two database managers.
Why Should You Use the CLI? ......52 by Keith Cameron The author gives you three sound reasons to use the Command Line Interface.
Clean-up Time ...54 by Rob Hayes How to keep your Amiga in top working condition.
I Cover by Ernest P. Viveiros, Sr.
Impact Vision 24 48 by Frank McMahon A sneak preview of GVP’s 24-bit, hi-color board.
PC Viewer, Model 5000CX by Merrill Callaway Now an entire audience can view your dazzling work on a standard screen in real-time living color.
CSA Mega-Midget Racer ....65 by Mike Corbett To eliminate the dilemma faced by those who wish to cling to their “Old Faithful'’ A500’s, A1000’s, and A2000’s but want speed, CSA can provide the power.
New Products Volume 6 Number 11 November 1991 Columns Programming And Other Neat Stuff ...12 edited by Timothy Duarte Go on an Altered Destiny with P.J. Barnett; camp out with Barney Bear on CDTV; try the recipes of the celebrities; check out the new Wizardry role- playing game; and discover the new Toaster workstations from Newtek.
Jump Tables in Modula-2 ...87 by Michal Todorovic Using Jump Tables, produce executables that are much faster than the CASE statement.
Departments Roomers ......59 by The Bandito Will Commodore's flagging CDTV sales catch fire at Christmas time? How will CDTV do against its competitors?
PD Serendipity ..70 by Aimee B. Abren Designing your plant garden is easy with Landscape, a new program in ihe Fred Fish collection.
Medley ...73 by Phil Saunders Again departing from its usual fare, this month's column compares Bars&Pipes Professional with KCS 3.54. Bug Bytes ..... 77 by John Steiner Look for the latest Atonce upgrades from Vortex on your favorite BBS, but don't expect support for your CMI Processor Accelerator.
Diversions.
82 Get a 10-year budget from NASA to operate Moonbase; slow up game action with Amiga Action Replay II.
Editorial 6 Feedback ..... 8 List of Advertisers ....80 Public Domain Software .....93 And Furthermore... 96 This drawing of the Mezzanine in Madison Square Garden's sky lobby was designed on the Amiga.
Find out more about Lieu & Silks on page 96.
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Tel. (215) 337-8770 * FAX (215) 337-9922 Amiga is a registered trademark of Commoflore-Amiga, Inc. Dear AC For the third month in a row I found nothing of interest for a 1986 vintage A-1000 owner in your magazine. So, unfortunately, I rend "Roomers" by the Bamtito (again). I, a UNIX professional, was (again) insulted.
My definition of a "propeller-head" is someone who thinks that their toy computer's ability to play whiz-bang games makes it somehow superior to a professional software hardware system.
My advice is to get rid of "The Baudito."
Respectfully, Gregor Kizior I stole Mr. Kizior's letter from FeedBack for use in my editorial this month because he touched on two of my pet peeves vanished support for the A1000 and The Bandito.
Amiga 1000 Owners Unite!
Mr. Kizior's frustration with a lack of A1Q00 support in the Amiga market is well founded. While CB.VI and vendors consider the A1000 obsolete, what are current A1000 owners supposed to do?
I would not presume to speak for Commodore; however, I do know that CBM has provided several "trade-up" promotions to remove A1000 machines from the general Amiga population. Yet, some of these programs allowed A1000s to be resold into the Amiga community. While this helped to increase the population of newer generations of Amigas, it reduced by onlv a small percentage the number of AlOOOs in use .
I am convinced there are a number of A1000 owners still working with their machines. We have four AlOOOs at PiM. While they are not used for everything we do, we would not part with them. They not only provide a history of the Amiga but have features which are not incorporated in current Amigas (such as a place to put your keyboard). The A1000 remains a viable platform under Workbench 1.3. 1 disagree with Mr, Kizior in his implication that we are neglecting the A1000. Most of the software and basic instructional pieces published in AC are as important to the A1000 market as they are to
the A500, A2000, or A3000. We attempt to present products and sendees which will benefit the entire Amiga community .
Unfortunatelv, there is little being developed by Amiga vendors or supplied to us by individuals that is important only to the A1000 owner- Most manufacturers want to reach the main Amiga market. They are developing hardware and software that will take advantage of the latest in Amiga hardware and peripherals. Even if the installed base of A1000 owners is extremely high, these vendors must weigh their development costs against what they expect to generate in revenues. Since the A1000 cannot provide an increase in users, the Amiga developer questions what revenues the A1000 will
generate in the future.
However, Amiga vendors should not turn their backs on the A1000. A1000 owners are generally members of the original Amiga market. They comprise the nucleus of what the market needs to survive individuals who believe strongly in what they are doing with their Amigas.
The solution is not to demand that we be told more, it is to demand that more be done. Although there are limits to the A1Q00 market, there may still be an opportunity for developers to do more with an A1000. The first thing any developer will want to know is how many of these machines are still in the Amiga marketplace.
The solution is not to demand that we be told more, it is to demand that more be done.
Every issue of AC contains two reader response cards to request more information on a product or service discussed or advertised in AC. There is also a question that asks which Amiga you own. If you complete the enclosed reader response card for this issue, check off the A1000, and circle reader response number 262, we will forward your name and address to every Amiga vendor along with a statement that you want to see more development for your A1000. If you circle reader response number 263, we will include only thequantity received from these responses and let you remain anonymous.
However in order to maintain an accurate survey, we must have your name and address information. Your completed response will stop any charges of ballot stuffing and allow your response to be totaled with the others. Due to tire time necessary to tabulate and record the responses, we need these returned to us no later than December 1,1991.
This is thebest way we can gain support for the A1000 user. With the introduction of Workbench 2.0 and other products, it is increasingly important that you take this time to let the Amiga community know you exist.
I know I still want support for those four AlOOOs in our offices.
Don Hicks Managing Editor The Bandito Why Keep It?
1 have stated publicly that I am not a fan of The Bandito column. This is not to say that I am not supportive of The Bandito. Of all the truly great people who write for AC, The Bandito is one. The Bandito never misses a deadline, works hard to be as accurate as possible, and writes one of the longest running columns in AC. It is written by a third party journalist who is not a member of the staff of AC or any Amiga developer. Yet, this person has ferreted out stories and hustled to provide a different perspective of the Amiga marketplace each issue.
The Bandito has caused many problems for members of this staff. Each month we call the companies mentioned to attempt verification of the column's suggestions and statements. This is not an easy task and many times, after days of attempting to make the right contact, we have been given a terse "no comment." Yet, we believe we mustdo everything to maintain a fair and honest magazine for the Amiga community.
The disclaimer in the beginning of The Bandito article is real. The statements expressed by The Bandito are not necessari ly the sentiments of the AC staff. We do allow- The Bandito a little room for expression, but we have also allowed that room to our other contributing authors. AC means no offense by providing The Bandito’s columns, which remain one person's opinions. We maintain the right of everyone the opportunity of free speech, which is why we published Mr. Kizior's letter.
A Word Of Thanks I wish to thank Mr, Kizior for his candid thoughts and interest. His letter and concern for the Amiga market helps us all. Mr. Kizior may have started a movement for better support for all A1000 owners.
To tire rest of our readership, I ask that you keep writing AC. We read and evaluate all the letters we receive because you, our readers, a re a I ways our most important source of inspiration. You may see your letter in print.
If your letter is in good taste and of reasonable length, and has no request, either direct or indirect, that you do not want it to be published, we will do our best to print it. It has always been AC's purpose to provide a forum for Amiga ideas. Please write us. Serious discussion can only help the Amiga market.
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T. (41) 32-87-2429 • F. (41) 32-87-24-62 This month s writers
otter information on Portal. AMOS. Modula, and printer
devices; and give tips on clarifying computer terms,
safe-guarding hardware, and reading CD-ROM discs.
Portal Explains Thanks very much for mentioning Portal and the Amiga Zone in your September issue. Unfortunately, there were a couple errors in the article that could make the Amiga Zone seem less attractive;.. Currently, Amiga users of Portal will find over 500MB of downloadable software for their use.
This represents well over 5,000 programs, and the collection grows daily.
There were also some misunderstanding in the discussion of Portal's rates. All users pay the flat fee of $ 13.95 per month. Included in this subscription fee are unlimited downloads and uploads, unlimited international E-mail, and free access to all public special interest groups and to the Usenet conferencing system. Hourly charges pertain only to users who must call long-distance to access Portal. Instead of incurring the long distance telephone charge, they can opt to call over the Telenet system's local access numbers. The charges for the Telenet service are $ 2.50 per hour off-peak, from
6:00
p. m. to 7:00 a.m., user's local time.
During peak hours, Telenet charges either 55.50 or $ 10, depending on the size of the city in which the access node is located. We feel it is important for readers to know that all hourly charges are Telenet fees, not Portal fees.
Carol Johnson Director of Marketing Cupertino, CA AMOS Tips I like everything about your magazine I buy every issue), but!
Have a suggestion for you that I think would help your magazine tremendously. AMOS is by far the fastest-growing easiest most interesting programming language to come along. Since Amazing Computing is the most technical of the Amiga magazines on the market, with the exception, of course, of the TECH Journal, I think it would be a benefit to your publication to add an AMOS tips section. European magazines are doing so with great success, and I think with the growing market of AMOS in America, Amazing Computing could move ahead of competitors, joe Force Rockford, MI We'll take your
suggestion to our editorial staff, joe. Also, in the spirit of cooperation with the writer of the next letter, we should explain that AMOS is a language used in programming gatnes.
Ed.
Clarify Common Computer Cant The Cummer Gallery is currently purchasing an Amiga "computer bank" for students' use as one of the participatory activities in conjunction with our fine art tour program.
My minimal computer experience has been with the Macintosh II and I'm having trouble getting adequate information and training options in order to set up this educational program. My first issue of your magazine, September 1991, has provided more answers than anything else thus far. For a first timer, I would like to suggest a page devoted to clarification of what is apparently common computer terminology. In the middle of the editorial, I suddenly came upon such abbreviations as CBM and CDTV obviously referring to Commodore divisions or whatever. If your products are indeed becoming more
widely used in the States, then you'll have first-time readers with every issue, as I can find no reference to the Amiga in tire computer publications to which I currently subscribe.
Thanks for a helpful issue.
Anne Sattmarsh Educational Consultant Jacksonville, FL A MA ZING COMPUTIXG If you have an idea... SCALA YOUNEED A Professional Titling & Presentation Package for the Amiga NEW!
How you present your ideas is as important as the irM NOW idea itself. With a tool like SCALA your ideas will chipp*1 have the advantage they deserve. 0 SCALA provides all the tools you need for professional presentations: Backgrounds. Scala includes FIFTY- NINE professionally created backdrop images and textures, such as "Stone", "Marble", "Fabric", etc. THIRTY- NINE specially selected color palettes are included, allowing you to create unique and eye-catching background tapestries, adding character to your presentations. Backgrounds are stored in IFF picture format (HAM also supported),
allowing custom backgrounds to be easily created and added.
Symbols. Scala includes many useful presentation symbols such as, male, female, arrows, vehicles, etc. Symbols are stored as IFF brushes, allowing custom symbols (or other objects) to be easily created and added.
Typography. Scala includes seventeen fonts, each of which is available in many different sizes and weights.
Output. Transferring output to different media is no problem with a duo like Scala and the Amiga. Using well- known Amiga tools, presentations can be genlocked, recorded on video tape, printed on polarotds, etc, Scala includes ScalaPrint which can print out a complete presentation or just a cue for your speech. PostScript printers are supported. YoUT ideas deserve SCALA!
H. PostScript rted. A Yc Special effects such as tilting, under
line, drop shadow, 3D and color can be applied to any
individual letter, word or line. The video enthusiast will
find several typefaces especially suitable for video titling
purposes.
Transitions. Scala offers more than SEVENTY special effects transitions for control of transitions between pages of a presentation and how and when text, symbols or objects appear on a page. These transitions allow you to soften or accentuate changes and liven up your presentations. The speed of any transition and display times can be fully controlled.
Animations. Scala is able to load and play back animations at any point within a presentation. Text can be added and super-imposed on an animation while it is being played back.
Other Features. Page layout and attributes can be saved and re-used later to ensure a consistent appearance within a presentation. ASCII files can be loaded and formatted onto these pre-defined layouts. Any object or part of a screen can be defined as a "button", allowing "run-time" selectable flow of presentations by the simple click of a mouse button.
Mouse buttons act as a "remote control", allowing forward and backward control of the presentation or overriding display times.
SCALA, Sophisticated yet Easy-to-use Scala represents a new generation in Amiga software due to its excellent user-interface and smooth performance. All Scala’s features are accessible through three, clear and easy-to-use menus labeled in plain English. Scala is shipped with a comprehensive manual and EIGHT DISKS! MINIMUM CONFIGURATION. Scala requires Kickstart V1.3 (or later), at least IMB of memory and a hard disk. Separate versions for PAL and NTSC.
Video- Scala and the1 symbol are registered trademark of Digital Vision Ltd, Norway. Amiga is a trademark of Commodote- Amiga. Int. PostScript is a trademark of Adobe inc. GVP is a irademark of Greal Mey Products. Inc. GREAT VALLEY PRODUCTS INC 600 Clark Ave., King of Prussia, PA 19406 for your nearest GVP dealer, call today. Dealer inquiries welcome.
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Softfont Support for the LaserJet I just finished reading the letter from Martin Coats about software support for softfonts on the Hi’ LaserJet. I want to confirm that WordPerfect does in fact support softfonts for the LaserJet. However, their use is not necessarily trivial.
What you must do is look through the printer drivers from within the Printer Control menu to find a good match to the softfonts you want to use. If there isn't one, then you may be in for some work. If there is one, select it as one of the six drivers you want to use and make sure you choose it as the current one. Now, this is where Mr. Coats may have had a problem. Once the partidular driver has been selected, do not close the Printer control window. If you do, WordPerfect goes back to using the default LaserJet driver, which is probably the one for the built-in Courier font.
If there isn't a good match for the softfonts you want to use, then you need to create your own driver. This sounds horrible; however, WordPerfect has supplied a means to do this. You need to familiarize yourself with the Print program and the LaserJet manuals. The Print program allows you to copy an existing driver and then edit it.
Choose a driver as close as possible to the softfont you want to use, copy it to a new driver name, and edit it. The primary thing you will have to change is the control sequence that the LaserJet uses to select the font.
This information shouid have been included with the softfont package.
The control string is somewhat cryptic, but it has encoded into it information as to the font family, font size, portrait or landscape, proportional or fixed, etc. It is discussed in, I believe, the LaserJet Technical Reference Manual, which comes with the LaserJet.
I messed with all this about three or four years ago, and 1 am not a systems programmer type. It sounds difficult but as I recall the documentation from both HP and WordPerfect were quite good and sufficient for the job.
Jeffrey A. Proehl Dania, FL It's a Small World!
In your magazine's editorial content, August edition, your "World Knowledge" editorial prompted me to write this letter.
I live in Dartmouth, M A, a stone's throw away from the production point of vour magazine. I learned of your magazine at the 1990 World Of Amiga show in New York city two years after I had been bitten by the Amiga bug. Imagine: I traveled all that distance to learn about a magazine that covers my favorite computer only to learn that you existed a scant ten miles from my doorstep. I couldn't believe it!
I am now a firm believer in getting the Amiga word out, and, like you, like to hear about neat little success stories, such as the JBTV article in your August magazine.
A small idea our dub came up with that is highly recommended to all user groups is a database with hardware serial numbers kept on file in case of theft. A small idea that couid save many a person grief down the road.
Michael D. Patnode North Dartmouth, MA Thanks for the kind words, Mike. As to the hint, we’d suggest also that a backup be made of the data file and kept in a location different front all the hardware goodies. Ed. Modula User Group Runs AMOK in Germany I'm answering to Mr. Browne's search for a Modula users group in AC August. There is one in Stuttgart, Germany, named AMOK = Amiga Modula & Oberon Klub. There are already at least 53 AMOK PD Disks available, full of Modula and Oberon Code. A problem perhaps will be that nearly all of the code is for MlAmiga, the most used Modula Compiler, at
least in Germany.
Oberon, by the way, is a new programming language by Nicklaus Wirth smaller than Modula but nevertheless more powerful, with support for objects and inheritance.
An Oberon Compiler for the Amiga is already available.
I've been a supporter of Modula for many years, but 1 believe that every Modula fan should have a look at Oberon. It's definitly an improvement, Edgar Schwarz Schwaikheim, Germany Reading and Running CDTV Here is a tech tip for the fans of the Fred Fish disks. I recently bought the Fred Fish collection of CD-ROM from HvperMedia. The files on this CD-ROM are in the "Hight Sierra" standard, so they can be read with regular CD-ROM players. I read this disk and download Fred Fish disks 1- 480 using a SUN workstation. The exact details of reading a "High Sierra" CD-ROM and transferring the files
to an Amiga will depend on your setup. Of course, reading a CDTV disk is much different from running it.
Wesley Ebisuzaki Temple Hills, MD All lciicrs are subject to editing.
Questions or comments should be sent to: Amazing Computing
P. O. Box 869 Fall River. MA 02722-0869 Attn: Feedback Readers
whose letters are published will receive five public domain
disks free of charge.
• AC* ProWrite 3.2 Releases The Rawer Of PostScript Feature
ProWrite 3.2® excellence! 2.0™ Pen Pal 1.3™ Kind Words 2,0
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Now, the leading Amiga® word processor puts even more power at your fingertips, because ProWrite 3-2 now supports PostScript. That's right. Now, you get all the advantages of ProWrite and direct Postscript capabilities in the same reliable program.
And that’s not all. Significant enhancements made to the user interface make ProWrite 3.2 easier titan ever to use, and it has the ability to import and export Professional Page text files, Standard Features of ProWrite 3.2 include: snaking and side-by-side columns, ability to import graphics, manual text wrap, voice playback, acceptance of any Amiga font, and macros (when used with A RE XX). Of course, ProWrite 3.2 still has the features you expect of a high-quality word processor: 100,000-word spell check, thesaurus, cut, copy, paste, print merge, headers, and footers.
Release the power of ProWrite 3.2 for yourself. You’ll see why, when it comes to Amiga word processing. ProWrite still leads the way.
NEW HORIZONS First in Personal Productivity and Creativity New Horizons Software, Inc. 206 Wild Basin Road, Suite 109 Austin, Texas 78746
(512) 328-6650 FAX (512) 328-1925 “ProWrite" is a registered
trademark of New Horizons Software, Inc. Other product
names are trademarks of their respective manufacturers.
© 1991 New Horizons Software, Inc Altered Destiny New Products & Other Neat Stuff edited by Timothy Duarte
• Software ¦ Control the exploi ts of P.J. Barnett, a young
businessman whose plans to spend a quiet, intimate evening
watching television with his best girl are drastically changed.
As P.J. settles down in front of the set, he is literally
sucked through his television set, into a strange and trouble
world.
It isn't long before he reluctantly discovers that the future of this alien universe rests haphazardly on his shoulders.
In this other world, P.J. is confronted by the wise and mysterious JonQuah, who tells our hero that he must find Helmar, JonQuah's twin brother. During his journey, P.J. will visit the Wierd Woods, The Forest of Dreams, The Floating Island, Canyons of Fear, and The Caves of Death. The player must find Helmar, separarte him from the jewel, and return it to its rightful place or he cannot return to his own world.
Altered Destiny takes full advantage of the Amiga’s superior gameplay capabilities, including great sounds and music, and more than 60 screens of enhanced 32- color graphics. The official cluebook is now packaged with the game. Suggested retail price: $ 59.95, Accolade, 550 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose, CA 95128, (408) 935-1700, Inquiry 244 Animattes: Wedding Series Animanes is a collection of self-running graphic routines to use when producing a wedding video. It works on any Amiga genlock combination and is completely icon-driven for easy point-and-dick operation. Once the unimatte is
running, there is no worry about remembering which key to hit. Hitting any key other than the ESC key will cause the animation in progress to the next appropriate action.
Choose from eleven routines to mix and match when producing your videos. Each routine is ready to use and may be personalized and modified by the user with DeluxePaint Iff. Atuto- rial gives step-by-step instructions on modifying the Animattes. Suggested retail price: 889.95, Electric Crayon Studios, 3624 North 64thSt.. Milwaukee, H7 53216, (414) 444- 9981, Inquiry 200 ArtisticCLIPS This new volume of clip an in the Professional Draw clip format covers nine subject areas ranging from animals to transportation. The volume comes with a manual showing all the images and contains hints on
using them in various programs.
These images contain a high level of detail previously unavailable in structured clip an. In addition, the clips have realistic colors which have been chosen to produce optimum results when printed using black and white or color printers, many clips contain shadings and gradients and produce excellent results when color separated. These images can be printed using any program that imports Professional Draw clips. Suggested retail price: 844.95. Artistic Software, 55 Selwytl Place, Kanata, Ontario. K2K IPI. Canada, 1613) 591-6039, Inquiry 201 Audition 4 Audition 4 is the next generation
digital sound system that allows you to record and edit any sound in ways previously impossible. Written in 100Cc Assembly language. Audition 4 is fast and memory efficient. The program makes full use of the Amiga’s interface and represents sounds graphically. Use the mouse to zoom in to selected portions of the sound for editing. Audition 4 also includes cut. Copy, and paste functions, freehand edit, sequenced loops, zero search, echoes, high and low' pass fillers, bass and treble adjust, IFF storage format, and much more.
Suggested retail price: 899.95, Sun Rice Industries, 2959 S. Winchester Bled., Suite 204. Campbell.
CA 95008, (408) 374-4962. Inquiry 202 Background Bits 24 New from CV Designs is Background Bits 24, a collection of 24- bit graduated backdrops set up for those either titling with a Toaster or any 24-bit program tha t accepts 736 x 480 overscan ability'. Graduated shades in blue, gold, and greens, shaded boxes, grid work, and brushes to create your own backdrops are packed on two hands- disks. Suggested retail price: S28.00, CV Designs, 61 Clewtey Road, Medford, MA 02J55,
(617) 391-9224. Inquiry 203 Barney Bear Goes Camping CDTV Barney
Bear and his family have decided to go camping. You can
take a walk with Barney, and learn about die animals that
you see. Li sten to t he ranger talk about facts of nature
or take pictures fora slide show as you go for a walk.
Other acti vities such as connect-the-dots. Matching games,
simple mazes, and a coloring book are included. This
colorful, interactive game from Free Spirit Software will
teach children about nature as they play. The program is
geared toward children between the ages 2-
6. Suggested retail price: 839.95. Free Spirit Software, P.O. Box
128.
58 Noble St.. Kutztown. PA 19530.
(215) 683-5609, Inquiry 204 CanDo 1.5 CanDo. INOVAtronics’
powerful interactive audio-visual applications authoring
system, allows any Amiga user to create stand-alone
software applications that take advantage of virtually of
of the Amiga's outstanding capabilities. Candov. 1.5 is
AmigaDOS 2.0 and A3000 compatible. Contains database
functions, multiple screens and windows, floating point
math, and more. An upgrade is available to registered
users for S40.00 Suggested retail price:
8149. 95, INOVAtronics. 8499 Greenville Ave. 209B. Dallas, TX
75231, (214)340-4991, Inquiry 205 Celebrity Cookbook v 3.1
New from USA Media, The Celebrity Cookbook offers star
recipes at the touch of a but ton and the power of a
professional caterer in your Amiga computer. You can serve
the favorite recipes of stars like Frank Sinatra, Ronald
Reagan. Sophia Loren, Bub Hope, Shirley MacLaine, and more.
Additional features include diet secrets of the stars, wine directory, bartender's guide, Perle Mesta’s party lips, and a personal recipe filer. This new version also offers 100 celebrity and professional catering recipes.
Suggested retail price: 839.99, USA Media, 7810 Malcolm lid., Clinton, MD 20735. (301) 868-9060. Inquiry 206 Cosmostruction 1 n the near future, space colonies will require tremendous amounts of energy. Become a Constructor and construct a cosmic energy duct between space colonies and nearby, planetoids to drain them for power.
You and an opponent take turns constructing a piece of the energy duct, accumulating points as you play. You must avoid mine fields, use warp gates, and delay your opponent as you both race towards the planetoid.
Play against the computer ora friend.
Change the mode during mid-game action. Lead youropponent i nto traps, communicate with aliens for points, use warp gates for positional tactics, and more. Cosmostruction is hard drive installable and runs on all Amigas with 1 MB of memory. Suggested retail price: 829.95. Empire Graphics. P. O, Box 964, Union, NJ 07083,(908) 964-7864, Inquiry 207 The most revolutionary video product since the Toaster!
CenIrOF!
Digital Landscape 2.0 New from Digiscape Software is Digital Landscape 2.0. the 3-D terrain model i ng software. The program produces 3-D solid and wire frame surfaces, profiles, and color contour renderings. Other features include the loading of ASCII text files, latitude and longitude indicators, an increased grid size, visible controls Ibr easy rendering, and more. Three elevation disks, with over 400.01) elevations covering the U.S.. are packaged with the program. Suggested retail price: $ 124.95, Digiscape Software, P.O. B ox 11305$ , Carrollton. TX 75011-3058, (214) 241-9891,
Inquiry 208 Directory Opus A full-featured, multi functional directory utility. Opus provides all the standard dir util features, such as two directory windows for file copying and deleting, renaming, and so forth.
View IFF pics, brushes, and anims, play sound files, read text files, and launch executables. Simply doubleclick on the filename in the directory window. Opus is also configurable, with over 100 user-defineable buttons and menus. Opus includes online help for all features, as well as for AtnigaDOS error codes. It provides memory' and CPU usage meters and an Arexx port and is iconifiable.
Opus runs on any Amiga with 1 MB of memory using DOS 1.2 or higher.
Suggested retail price: S59.95. INOVAtrtmics, 8499Greenville Ave.
2098, Dallas. TX 75231. (214)340-
4991. Inquiry 209 Fighter Duel: Corsair vs. Zero Unmatched
flight simulation and combat action is now available for
your Amiga computer or CDTV.
Features include 24 frames per second, 28 frames per second with fast ram, complete aerodynamic modeling. Hi-res resolution, interlaced color graphics, detailed aircrafts, mouse- countrolled panorama, 2 player option via modem with full performance. Hard disk installation option, and AtnigaDOS 2 compatibility.
Suggested remit price: $ 49.95. Jaeger Software, 7800 White Cliff Terrace. Rockvillle. MD 20855. (301) 948-6862. Inquiry 0210 Flow 3.0 New Horizons' Flow, the popular idea organizer software has recently been upgraded. Coupled with ProWrite, their full-featured word processor, users can generate their ideas with Flow and then import the outline into ProWrite. Other new features found in Flow 3,0 include sophisticated outline auto-numbering, Arexx support, the ability to create macros, savable configurations. Screen options, headers and footers, spell checking. Workbench
2. 0 enhancements, and lots more. It requires 512K of memory and
Kickstart 1.2 or later. Current Flow owners shouldconlactNew:
Horizons for update inforniation.5»ggf,v eJ retail price: SI
10.00. New Horizons Software, P.O. Box 43167. Austin.
Fun School 3 CDTV TX 78745. (512) 328-6650, Inquiry 211 Fun School 3 for the under 5s consists of six stunning educational modules that will help your child develop many skills including number anti word skills at his or her own pace.
Beautifully-created pictures, stunning animation, and exciting sounds will keep your child coming back for more. A parent teacher guide on the disc will ensure that you gel the most out of the modules. Fun School 3 has been developed by a team of educationalists with proven experience in creating successful educational materials for children of all ages. Suggested retail price: $ 49,95. Europress Software, F.uropd House, Aldington Park. Macclesfield. SK10 4NP. England. (44)625-859333. Inquiry 214 GENP Multimedia A new product for family historians.
GENP Multimedia integrates with GENP v 1.5. Add any form of multimedia to your genealogical databases, with a maximum of 10 items per individual entry. From the selection window, the user can choose to display pictures or hear sounds from a variety of sources such as CR ROM or video. Included with the package is a genealogical database which demonstrates pictures, sound, and text. Suggested retail price: $ 30.00. GENP. 37 Charles St.. Cheltenham.
Victoria, 9192, Australia. (03) 584-
2765. Inquiry 212 Guerilla in Bolivia A strategic, simulation w
ith action sequences. Guerilla in Bolivia was inspired by
the diaries of Che Guevara, which were kept during the
campaign and start on November 7.
1966 in Camiri. Leading a guerilla troop is a dangerous and demanding challenge. You must take on government troops and manage the daily surv ival of your followers.
The simulation takes place across the w hole of Bolivia, you have six detailed maps used by Che himself.
Deal with ambushes, clashes w ith militia, sort out the food and provisions for your men. Train any new recruits, and run aGueriilacampaign.
You start with 15 lighting men the core of Che Guevara's operational unit. Guerilla in Bolivia is two games in one: a strategic simulation and an exciting adventure. Suggested retail price: S45.00. Cases Computer Simulations Ltd.. 642 Lea Bridge Road, London. England E10 6AP,
(011) 44-81-558-5274. Inquiry 213 Interface Design Kit The
Interface Design Kit contains four disks of icons and
button images. Ready to be incorporated into your soft
ware authoring projects and pro-level multimedia
presentations.
The images have been saved in 64(1 x 200 tned-res and 640 x 400 hi-res.
Guide screens show related groups of images.each with itsown ID number for easy location. All images are saved as brushes foreuse of use. Any paint program can be used to edit the images. A browser program also allows you to view all guide screens and brushes. Suggested retail price: S59.95, INOVAtronics. 8499 Greenville Are. 209B. Dallas, TX 75231,12141340-4991. Lnquiry 215 Personal Fonts Maker Personal Fonts Maker is tin excellent, comprehensive tool for designing and processing both printer and screen fonts. Standard Amiga fonts and fonts created with Personal Fonts Maker can be
transferred to a pri nter's memory and printed at maximum quality and speed. No other program offers complete control over printed fonts. PEM supports IFFgraphics for modifying typographical fonts from scanning devices, supports downloading to a variety of printers, and SAVE IT.
MOVE IT GET IT Valuable utility programs can save you time, money and, in the case of catastrophic errors like hard drive failure, possibly months of work.
Quarterback Tools - Recover Lost Files Fast and easy. Reformats all types of disks - either new or old filing systems - new or old Workbench versions. Also optimizes the speed and reliability of both hard and floppy disks. Eliminates file fragmentation. Consolidates disk space. Finds and fixes corrupted directories.
Quarterback - The Fastest Way To Back-Up Backing-up has never been easier. Or faster.
Back-up to, or restore Back-Up.. .Transfer.. .Retrieve Quickly And Easily With Central Coast’s Software For The Amiga from: floppy disks, streaming tape (AmigaDOS- compatible), Inner- Connection's Bernoulli drive, or ANY AmigaDOS- compatible device.
Mac-2-Dos & Dos-2-Dos - A Moving Experience It's easy. Transfer MS-DOS and ATARI ST text and data files to-and-from AmigaDOS using the Amiga's own disk drive with Dos-2-Dos; and Macintosh files to-and- from your Amiga with Mac-2-Dos. Conversion options for Mac- 2-Dos include ACSII, No Conversion, MacBinary, PostScript, and MacPaint to-and- from IFF file format.
Central Coast Software A Division Of New Horizons Software, Inc. 206 Wild Basin Road, Suite 109, Austin, Texas 78746
(512) 328-6650 * Fax (512) 328-1925 Quarterback Tools,
Quarterback. Dos-2-Dos ami Mac-2-Dos are all trademarks of
New Horizons Software, Inc. includes a special programming
language. A printer driver modifier, numerous fonts ami
support tools, and a 320-page manual. Suggested retail
price: $ 99.95, Centaur Software,
P. O. Box 4400. Redondo Beach. CA 90278, (213) 542-2226.,
Inquiry 2I6 Persona! Write tasking. A built-in print spooler,
file compression. PostScript output, automatic hard disk
installation, and more. Fonts created with Persoanl Font
Makerare supported. Suggested retail price: $ 49.95. Centaur
Software, P.O. Box 4400, Redondo Beach. CA 90278. (213)
542-2226.. Inquiry 217 Personal Write is an extremely fast
word processor which is packed with unique capabilities. It
features a rich set of powerful commands which let you read,
edit, store, convert, compress. Encrypt, and print text. The
user interface is friendly and flexible and 80 menus and
hundreds of gadgets let the user tailor the program to fit
every need, while the default settings let the inexperienced
user start working with the program right away.
Personal Write features full multiPixound Pixuund is a fascinating musical instrument which transforms Amiga graphics into unique new music, Load Animate the real world!
New! With Scenery Animator you can create incredibly realistic animations of real world or imaginary fractal landscapes, It’s easy to use and has many powerful features not found in other software.
See it at your local dealer today and take a test flight.
' Map shows overhead view ' Instant preview window ' Color and lighting control
* Requires 2 megabytes
* 3-D control of camera path
* All resolutions and IFF24 ¦ Unlimited landscape size
* includes animation editor Natural Graphics
P. O. Box 1963, Rocktin CA 95677
(916) 624-1435 any graphic image, or create one using Pixound's
built-in screen generators, then hear it translated into
a rich variety of harmonies and melo- diesusing the Amiga's
voices, aM IDS keyboard, or both, Invent new instruments
with every screen t hen play them back and explore the
relationship between art and music either automatically
or under your control with the mouse. Dozens of controls
lei you create shimmering bursts of notes or slow, lyrical
harmonies with just the touch of a key.
This new version loads and saves HAM images, saves performances as MIDI files, has an improved, faster interface on dialogue boxes, and is Workbench 2.0 and 68020 68030 compatible. Suggested retail price:
599. 00, Centaur Software, P.O. Box
4400. Redondo Beaclt. CA 90278,
(213) 542-2226., Inquiry 218 Police Quest 3: The Kindred
Continuing the Police Quest series, lake the roie of
homicide detective Sonny Bonds. Followatrailof insan- ity,
brutality, and bizarre ritual killings. Video-captured
live actors, combined with an original musical soundtrack
by Jan Hammer make Police Quest 3 frightfully real and
closer to an interactive movie than any Sierra product to
dale. Suggested retail price: $ 59.95, Sierra On-Line,
P. O. Box485, Coarsegotd, CA 93614, 12091 683-4468. Inquiry 44219
Resource V 5 The Puzzle factory introduced a powerful new
version of ReSource, the populardissainbler for the Amiga.
Resource runs on any Amiga, but can detect the presence of a
68020 or 68030CPU.
It also allows the user to output either traditional 68000 syntax, or the new Motorola M68000 family assembly language syntax. It is fully compatible with the MacrofiS assembler. An all-new, on-line help facility and over 900 menu functions allots’ yon lo create real assembler source code.
Base-relative addressing and user-defined structures are supported. Suggested retail price:
5150. 00, The Puzzle Factory, P.O. Box 986, Vencta, OR 97487,
(503) 935-3709. Inquiry 220 Stereo Master A new
full-featured stereo sampler is how available for the Amiga
and it offers more extras than an M series BMW. Features
include built-in programmable special effects, a twin
stereo spectrum analyzer, a sample sequencer for t8
samples, real time and step time entry of score on se
quencer. Jwin oscilloscopes, multiple filters,
multitasking, and more. Suggested retail price:
unavailable.
Microdeal, distributed by American Software Distributors, 502 E. Anthony Drive, Urbana,IL6l80I, (217) 384-2050. Inquiry If221 Stratego This computer version of the Milton Bradley classic retains the traditional game board, game pieces, and rules from the board game, including tournament rules. The computer version additionally leverages the ability of the computer by providing strategists with custom game boards and piece sets, a library of game set-ups, multiple levels of difficulty, and digitized sound effects.
In Stratego, one player competes with the computer. As in the traditional game, each opponent is provided with a 40-piece army made up of officers ranked in importance, according to their position in addition to one spy, six bombs, and one flag. Each opponen t secretly sets up one side of the game board or battlefield, planning a defense and an offense. The objective is simple.
Whichever side captures the opponent's flag first wins the game. Realistic battlefield sound effects and victorious music create a sense of real ism in the game as well.Suggested retail price: S49.95, Accolade, 550 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose, CA 95128, (408) 985-1700, Inquiry 222 Circle 132 on Reader Service card.
The Adventures of Willy Beamish New from Dynamix is an original comedy-advemure whicli may well become (he benchmark of computer animation. The Adventures of Willy Beamish boasts hilarious insight and light-hearted 3-D animation with a sen sat i nnai music soundtrack. Adults and kids will lobe Willy’s zany antics, his peculiar family, and the host of geeks, freaks, animals, and creeps.
Suggested retail price: $ 59.95. Dynamix, 99 W. 10th, Ste. 337, Eugene. OR 97401. (503) 343-0772.
Inquiry ft223 The Knights of the Crystallion The Knights of the Crystallion. A completely original game combining skill, concentration, and strategy. Takes players to Orodrid, a city hollowed nut from the skeletal remains of a gargantuan beast. In the beast’s massive skull waits the Crystallion. A mystical, crystal horse of uncommon beauty, strength and intelligence. Players who excel at the five separate quests are given the means to hatch the Crystallion from its crystal egg, harness its powers, and joins the ranks of the Knights of the Crystallion, whose honor it is to lead the great
city, Knights of the Crystallion is rendered with a combination of original ray traced graphic art in HAM mode color graphics. A symphonic music generator and digitized visual, voice, and sound effects are also included.
Suggested retail price: S59.95. U.S. Gold 550 S. Winchester Blvd., Stin Jose, C I 95128, (408) 246-6607.
Inquiry 224 V-LAN Driver Videomania. Inc. introduced a V- LAN driver for the NewTek Video Toaster. The new driver allows the V ideo Toaster's Switcher to he automatically controlled from any V- L AN compatible edit controller, such as the SuperMICRON. Both mixes and wipes are supported, with 10 wipes being selected directly from the controller and the other wipes set up on the Toaster. The V-LAN compatible machine controller connects directly to the serial port of the Amiga. A disk is included that contains the Arexx file for Toaster directory.
The V-LAN Toaster driver also provides frame-by-frame animation control performed from the Amiga serial port via a V-LAN compatible animation controller. When the SuperMICRON editor is used with the Toaster, the user has a very cost- effective system that doesevcrylhing from animation to frame accurate A B Roll editing. Suggested retail price: unavailable, Videoniania. Inc.. 211 Weddell Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089,
(408) 745-1700. Inquiry 225 Wizardry: Crusaders of the Dark
Savant Sir-tech has released Crusaders of the Dark Sav ant,
the sequel to Bane of the Cosmic Forge. Import a troop of
characters from Banc or create a party of your own. Choose
from eleven races, including the Elf.
Gnome, Ravvulf, and alien Mook.
Select your characters’ professions from any one of 14 different disci- piines, including the Valkyrie, Ninja, Monk, and Samurai. Each character is fully rounded with 8 essential statistics: strength, intelligence, piety, dexterity, speed, vital ity. Personal ity, and karma. Additionally, characters can learn skills from three areas: Weaponry', Physical, and Academia.
Spellcasters will delight in their selections from 6 different elemental realms, each with 7 power levels.
Take your party on a journey through this full-color world filled with castles, caves, forests, and waters.
Conic to know both friends and foes as you quest for a secret, hidden ages ago by a scientist with vision beyond h is time. The very time he was beyond is now, and the secret waits for someone with the vision, intel ligence, and will to uncover it. Suggested retail price: $ 69.95, Sir-Tech Software.
P. O. Box 245, Ogdensburg, NY 13669, (315) 393-6451, Inquiry 226
New, script-driven ray tracing software for the Amiga!
• True texture and bump wrapping for amazingly real surfaces
• Built in fractal objects: trees, hills, and 3d Mandelbrot
mountains
• Haze and soft shadows
• Virtual objects make possible scenes with millions of polygons!
• Tweening and shape morphing
• 24 bit output (IFF24 supported)
• Powerful, high-level, script language for precision scene
construction
• 1 meg min. Additional memory and math coprocessor recommended
Introductory price, only $ 99.95!
Demo version also available, Send $ 5.00 (including tax & shipping) to Radiance Software 2715 Klein Rd.. San Jose, CA 95148 Women in Motion CDTV On-Line is proud to present Women in Motion, an encyclopedia of movement. These historic photographs arc one of the great monuments of 19th century photography and have never been superceded, providing a unique insight into the moving form, you can examine each frame of animation, print it out, or load it into a graphics program. Women in Motion contains nudity and parental guidance is suggested. Suggested retail price: $ 49.95, On-Line
Entertainment Ltd., 642a Lea Bridge Rd.. London, E 0 6AP. UK. Inquiry 227
• Hardware • Air Mouse Remote Control With the Air Mouse Remote
Control responding to your commands, master your
presentation and make your point like never before. Without
being tethered to your equipment, the Air mouse puts the
presenter back in control of a presentation. With one hand, a
user can manage presentations from anywhere in the room. All
standard computer-mouse functions are supported. Pull down
menus, point and click, click and drag, open and close files,
and more. Suggested retail price: $ 595.00, Selectedt, Ltd., 30
Mountain View Drive, Colchester, VT 05446, (802)
655-9600,11tquiry 257 Alfa Data Cordless Mouse Find new freedom
with your mouse with the new cordless mouse from Alfa Data.
Features include infra-red signal transmission, user-friendly
from panel LED indicators, an ergonomical shape, and recharging
directly from the computer or from an external power connector.
Suggested retail price: $ 99.95. CHS Inc., 602 North Country
Pair Drive, Champaign, IL 61821, (217) 356- 1962, Inquiry 228
Alferlmage Genlock The Alterlmage Genlock, a compact and
affordably [triced video interface for the Amiga, has been
introduced hy The Disc Company. Simply connect the genlock
to the Amiga's RGB port and plug the camcorder, VCR. Or
videodisc player into the unit’s Video In Out port. An RGB
Through allows a Commodore monitor to be connected and two 6-
foot RCA-cotnpatible cables are included. A convenient toggle
switch til lows the user to view the video and the graphics
separately or in mixed form. This function is also software
controllable through The Disc Company’s Alterlmage Video F X.
Suggested retail price: $ 249.95. The Disc Company, 11040 Santa Monica Blvd., Las Angeles, CA 90025.1213) 478-6767. Inquiry 229 Bigfoot A500 Power Supply Micro R & D's popular power supply has been upgraded to 200 watts, without increasing the price. In addition, the voltage output on Bigfoot has been specifically adjusted to provide exceptional performance for today's high speed accelerator boards. Bigfoot comes with it one year warranty and will power any add-on device avai lable for the Amiga
500. Suggested retail price: $ 129.00, Micro K & D. 137 N. 7th,
Loup City.
ME 68853. (800)527-8797. Inquiry 230 lock SecureKey The SecureKey allows Amiga owners to protect their computer from unauthorized use. An access security board for the A2000 and A3000, enter one password that you select to gain access to your Amiga. The SecureKey takes control of your Amiga at power up and presents a security screen. Once the correct password is entered, the Amiga will continue to bool up normally. If the correct password is not entered correctly within three tries, then the Amiga needs to be powered down before the password can be entered again. Suggested retail price:
$ 124.95. DKB Software. 50240 IK Pontiac Trail. Wixom, Ml 48393.
(313) 960-8750. Inquiry 231 Slingshot Slingshot is a no-frills
device that attaches to the A500 expansion bus.
Providing the user with one A2000 compatible expansion slot. It works with any A2000 compatible card that does not require the A2000 video or CPU slots. A one year warranty is also included. Suggested retail price: $ 39.95. Micro R & D, 137 N. 7th.
Lmp City. NE 68853. (800) 527-
8797. Inquiry 232 SM-16X2-RGBS & RMT- 16X2 Network Technologies
Inc. announces theSM-16X2-RGBS,a lb- input 2-output video
matrix switch that allows 16 workstations to be connected
to 2 display devices. This switch is operated remotely, up
to 50(1 feet away with the RMT-16X2 control unit. The
RMT-16X2 has 32 backlit and touch-activated switches for
video source selection. Each RGBS source can be
independently connected to any or all of the two display
devices. A 25-foot cable is supplied, connecting the matrix
switch via a 9 pin D connector. Both units have a one year
warranty.
Suggested retail price: SM-16X2- RGBS S2425.00, RMT-16X2 $ 450.00, Network Technologies Inc.. 7322 Peltihone Rd„ Chagrin Falls.
OH 44022. (216)543-1646. Inquire 233 Tommy Gun Rapid Fire Device M icro R & D has introduced a device that lets Amiga owners a rapid fire capabilities to any mouse orjoystick.
Ideal for the game player, this device will automatically pulse the fire button. Besides convenience, the Tommy Gun will help increase scores. A one year warranty is also included- Suggested retail price: $ 14.95. Micro R & D. 137 N. 7th.
Continue the Winning Tradition With the SAS C Development System for AmigaDOS" Ever since the Amiga* was introduced, the Lattice’ C Compiler has been the compiler of choice, Now SAS C picks up where Lattice C left off. SAS Institute adds the experience and expertise of one of the world's largest independent software companies to the solid foundation built by Lattice, Inc. Lattice C's proven track record provides the compiler with the following features: ? SAS C Compiler ? Macro Assembler ? Global Optimizer ? LSE Screen Editor ? Blink Overlay Linker ? Code Profiler ? Extensive libraries ? Make
Utility ? Source Level Debugger ? Programmer Utilities.
SAS C surges ahead with a host of newr features for the SAS C Development System for AmigaDOS, Release 5,10: ? Workbench environment for all users ? Additional library functions ? Release 2.0 support for the ? Point-and-click program to set power programmer default options ? Improved code generation ? Automated utility to set up new projects.
Be the leader of the pack! Run with the SAS C Development System for AmigaDOS. For a free brochure or to order Release 5.10 of the product, call SAS Institute at 919-677-8000, extension 5042.
Circle t33 on Reader Service card.
Loup City, NE 68853. (800) 527- 8797, Inquiry 234 Video Crisper When you adjust the brightness and contrast controls, do your colors look washed-out? The Video Crisper will brighten and sharpen all of yourcolors and you will notice an incredible difference in your graphics programs, your workbench screen, entertainment programs, and everything else you do on your Amiga. The unit plugs into the Amiga RGB port and no soldering is required. Anenhanced version designed for use with external genlocks is also available. Suggested retail price: $ 49.00, enchanted: $ 149.00, The Mcmoiy Location.
396 Washington St., Wellesley. MA 02181. 1617) 237-
6846. Inquiry 253 Video Toaster Workstations NewTek announced
two new configurations of the popular Video Toaster. The
Video Toaster Workstation is an entire television studio
full of equipment, compacted into one easy-to-use tool.
This self-contained system requires no host computer,
hut is compatible with many graphic file formats from a
variety of personal computers. It comes ready to operate
with a video switcher, digital effects. 3-D animation,
broadcast paint, 35 ns character generator, frame
grabber, and more.
Network Tecnologies Inc.'s SM-16X2-RGBS & RMT-16X2 Tile Video Toaster Workstation 30 Itas all the functions of the standard Foaster, hut adds the power of Motorola’s 68030processor running at a speed of 5(1 MH . It also has a 68882 math coprocessor running at 50 Mhz to speed complex graphics calculations up to 20 times and can take on large 3-D rendering projects.
Suggested retail price: Workstation $ 3,995.00 , Workstation 30 $ 8,995.00, NewTek. 2I5S.E. Eighth St., Topeka. KS 66603, (913) 354-
1146. Inquiry 235
• Hooks• Amiga C Manual A complete disk-based C manual for the
Amiga, this product describes screens, windows, graphics,
gadgets, requesters, alerts, menus, and more.
The whole manual is stored on four disks and is composed of 15 chapters. More than 100 executable examples. And several utilities. Since you don't have to type in the examples, you can run the programs, or immediately start to experiment with the source code. Suggested retail price: $ 35.00, Amiga C Club.
Tulevagen 22, 181 41 Lindingo, Sweden. Inquiry 236 Fast Guide to Amiga CL!
Users looking for a quick reference to AmigaDOS will be interested in Vidia's Fast Guide to Amiga CLI.
The book covers AmigaDOS 2.0 as well as 1.3. and points out the differences between the two versions of AmigaDOS for those who me upgrading. The alphabetized descriptions cover every option of every command. The book supplies many examples so that users can use even unfamiliar commands quickly. Sections discussing scripts, devices, filenames, pattern matching, redirection, piping, and Shell commands are also included. Suggested retail price: S8.95, Vidia, P.O. Box 1180, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, (213) 379-7139. Inquiry 255 ArtisticCLIPS Introducing ArtisticCLIPS, color clip * art
in Professional Draw flsjL clip format. Volume J contains high quality, detailed images in nine
• subject areas which are y frequently needed for desktop
publishing.
To order, send a cheque or money order for S44.95 US ($ 54.95 Cdn. Itici. GST) to: Artistic Software Inc., 55 Sctwyn Place, Kanaia, Ontario, K2K I PI, Canada, For more info call (613) 591-6039, Onlario residents add S4.10PST. Dealer Inquiries Invited Railroad Tycoon Master Strategies for Empire Builders This book is written for anyone hooked on Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon. The complex railroad-building
• simulation game that lets players act as switchmen, investors,
and tycoons while building and expanding empires. Author Shay
Addams provides clear and precise strategies, which are
presented with a twisted sense of humor that wilt be
appreciated by stymied players. The book begins with an
overview of the game and follows with chapters on the basics of
becoming a railroad tycoon. Suggested retailprice: S14.95,
McGraw- Hill, 2600 Tenth St.. Berkeley. CA 94710,(415)
548-2805. Inquiry 23 7 Circle toi on Reader Service card.
The Official Guide to Railroad Tycoon Do you know you can embezz.le money in Railroad Tycoon al no risk to yourself? Do you know which tycoons are most likely to lake over your railroad? Aulhor Russell Sipe answers these questions and others in this new hook. It includes inside information direct from the designers of the game. Discover the best areas to build on each map. Manipulate the stock market to your advantage, learn the best way to survey your line, and more. Suggested retail price: $ 12.95. Compute Books, 324 We.it Wendnver Are., Suite 200, Greensboro, NC, 27408-8439. Lit quiry
238
• Other Neat StufT • ASDG offers JPEG ASDG Inc., a leading
provider or innovative color imaging solutions, have brought
the revolutionary image compression technology known as JPEG
(Joint Photographic Expert Group) to the Amiga. The ability to
load and save JPEG files will become a standard part of Art
Department Professional in its next release.
With JPEG, a true color or gray scale image can he compressed to a fraction of its original size without significant degradation. Also, ASDG’s implementation meets the JFII- standard. Allow ing exchanging JPEG tiles from an IBM or Macintosh with those created by Art Department Profes- Silicon Valiev Railroad _______ THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO Master Strategies rwii (RAILROAD!
Sional. For more information, contact: ASDG Inc., 925 Stewart St., Madison. Wl53713, f 60S) 275-6585.
Inquiry 239 Communication Systems Engineering
C. S.E.'s phone number in the September New Products section
(Prolmage) was incorrect. The correct number is (603)
883-0223.
Everything You Need To Know About Pro Video Gold This detailed tutorial video will help you get started on mastering Pm Video Plus and Pro Video Gold. The video is for the beginner to easily conquer the basics for variable page layouts, Learn how to manipulate color palettes, select variable fonts, italics, and develop a complete screen of text. This video will also show professional tricks that can save hours of lime. With this video, it's easy to master the skills necessary to tri- umph to amazingly clear and graphic texts. Suggested retail price: $ 59.95. Video Bookshelf, 2405 E. Ml. Hope.
Lansing, Ml 48910, hu airy 240 Fantastic Voyage Centaur Software signed a licensing agreement with 20th Century Fox Corporation, granting the right to develop and market a game for the Amiga based upon the 20th Century Fox film.
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r. dk Avpn rf MhW lit***, . IIm t*a |U;ua lip* aad bm n Two new
books for Railroad Tycoon fans selling word processor. Current
ProWriteownersshouldcontactNew Horizons for upgrade
information.
New Horizons Software, P.O. Box 43167. A ustin, TX 78745. (512) 328- 6650, Inquiry 256 SCAN Symposium The 1991 Small Computers in the Arts Network Symposium will be held November 15-17. 1991. At The University of the Arts, 320 S. Broad St.. Philadelphia, PA. For more information, contact: SCAN. 5132 HazelAve.. Philadelphia, PA 19143,
(215) 472-2392.
UBI Soft in U.S. UBI Soft, the well-known publisher of titles such as Pro Tennis Tour and Pick 'n Pile, has opened a U.S. office inSausalito.CA, Christine Quemard, Managing Director of UBI Soft International, will now be General Manager in the Sausalito office, Christine will oversee ali domestic operations, including sales and business development, and will continue to work closely with UBI Studios, the development team in France.
Contact: UBI Soft, 15 Atwood Ave., Sausalito, CA 94965, (415) 332-
8749. Inquiry 4243
• AC* ¥ $ 15 % B ¥ 5 f, 5 9 A IBM Compatibles and AMIGA
Originally released in 1966. Fantastic Voyage is a classic
science fiction movie which won an Academy Award for Best
Special Effects for its depiction of the voyage oT a
miniturized submarine through the interior of the human body.
Around ten years ago. Fox entered the home video game market,
releasing a Fantastic Voyage video game on cartridge for the
Atari 2600.
Centaur’s game challenges players to make their way through the human bloodstream in order to destroy a bloodclot in the brain, fighting antagonistic while blood cells, antibodies, and other hazards along the way. The game features “organic" graphics and sound effects unlike anything seen or heard before on the Amiga and will be available for Christmas, 1991. Suggested retail price: $ 49.95, Centaur Software,
P. O. Box 4400, Retloado Beach. CA 90278, (213)542-2226.
Inquiry 241 Integral Software moves Integral Software has
moved. The new address is: Integral Software, 9535 Wessex
Place, Louisville, AT 40222, (502)425-3948. Inquiry 424 2
ProWrite 3.2 includes PostScript New Horizons announced an
upgrade for ProWrite, their multi-font, color, graphics word
processor. In addition to PostScript support, ProWrite now has
the ability to import and export Professional Page text files.
Since PostScript printer owners are increasing at a fast
rate within the Amiga community. New Horizons is maintaining a
competitive edge and plans to continue enhancing the besi-
MERLIN ... an apprenticeship. $ 29,95.
I CHING .,. ancient Chinese wisdom and prophecy. $ 29,95.
Blue Vatley, 29 Shepard St., Walton, NY 13856 l*;
A. srCAA.tSCA gg£ THE MAGIC MIRROR... a toolbox lor your mind.
E. Kinnie.
PhD., Clinical Psychologist, $ 39.95, THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN ... a journey into another reality.
Not for children. Specify male or female version. $ 29.95 each.
Both, $ 39.95. “Powerful programs of growth and adventure" Circle 104 on Reader Service card.
Let’s See iheGuyin iheredSuit ere's a holiday offer for educators that even. Santa will find hard to top.
Its called the Amiga Power Up" Program. And if you’re an educator, it can save you hundreds on an Amiga' 500 computer. Just bring your school ID or business card to an authorized dealer. And save $ 143 on an Amiga 500P (off the MSRP of $ 642). Or $ 200 on an Amiga 500S (off the MSRP of $ 599).
The Amiga 500S hooks up to a TV* It has incredible graphics
- with more than 4,000 colors, built-in sound, word processing,
and three exciting games.
The Amiga 500P includes one MB of RAM, a word processor, a clock calendar, paint and music programs and a challenging graphics-oriented game.
The multimedia Amiga has video and animation capabilities, too. With available hardware and software you can create original an, add music and sound effects, and run striking 2-D and 3-D animation.
And behind ever)7 Amiga is a 24-hour, toll-free hotline. Plus a limited one-vear warranty J i with pick-up and deliver)7 for warranty repairs.
See your authorized Commodore dealer before January
19. Or call 1-800-66-AMIGA.
(In Canada call 1-800-661- AM1GA.) And take advantage of the holiday offer for educators that’s in a class by itself.
The Amiga power Up Program subject to dealer participation. See authorized dealer for details. Net valid with any other offer or special pricing program. Offer may vary in Canada. Offer ends January 19.1992. Commodore, the Commodore logo, VIC 20, 64, 128. Plus 4 and Pet are trademarks of Commodore Electronics Ltd. Amiga is a trademark of Conmodore-Amiga. Inc "With optional A52P RF modulator.
Connecting the Amiga to the Sharp Wizard by Miguel Millet Unfortunately, numbers often dictate why products are designed for certain compu ters. If you 're a Mac or PC user, you have a wide variety of choices of hand scanners, trackballs, and other accessories. The same is true for the hand-held organizers. If you own a Mac or PC, you can get an interface to hook up a Wizard to either one of these machines. There was no way to exchange information between the Amiga and the Wizard that is, until now. If you own a Wizard 8000 8200 and an Amiga, and are interested in how you can exchange
information between the two, read on.
The DB-25 connector at the end of the Level Converter is female. An Amiga 1000 requi res a n adapter w i th two ma I e ends, while an Amiga 500 2000 2500 3000 would not require an adapter. The other end of the level converter is connected to the COMPUTER LINK port of the Wizard, located a t the left side of the uni t. Lastly, connect the transformer included with the converter into the converter itself, and then plug this into the wall.
You will need terminal software for the Amiga. Any software that can communicate with a modem and transfer ASCII text files should work fine. The Wizard doesn't need any special software, as it is already built in, Once you have connected the hardware, you can turn on both your Amiga and the Wizard. Remember: never connect or disconnect accessories from your Wizard or Amiga while the power is on! You'll have to change somesettings on both machines, so we'll start with the Wizard first. Don't be taken aback First things first. This technique will work only with the latest Wizards (8000 8200),
as the termina I sof tw a re is built into these units but not the earlier units (7000 7200). Besides the Wizard, you will also need a special adapter available from Sharp known as the Model CE-132T RS-232 Level Converter, available for S89.99 from Pygmy Computer Systems, 1-800-44PYGMY.
This adapter will allow you to link the Amiga and the Wizard. The last caveat is that you can exchange information only via the MEMO function on the Wizard. In other words, you can't upload download the schedule or telephone information stored in the Wizard.
Connecting the units together is rather easy. Once you have purchased the Level Converter, you connect it to the SERIAL (RS-232) port of the Amiga.
This may require the use of an adapter, in order to connect the two DB-25 connectors together. These adapters are available at most Radio Shack stores.
By the length of these instructions; they're long because they walk you through the process step by step. It really is quite easy!
First, turn on your Wizard by pressing the ON key. If you are using the password protection, enter your password and hit the ENTER key. If not,goon. Next,hit thcblueS! HFTkey, followed by the OPTION key (the E key). You will get a menu like this: OPTtON 1 PRINTER 2 UNIT TO UNIT 3 CASSETTE TAPE 4 PC LINK 5 TERMINAL Press the 5 key. You will now see a screen similar to this: TERMINAL 1 CONNECT 2 DIALING DIRECTORY 3 MODEM SETTING TO SELECT: Press number CANCEL:[C.CE] Press the 2 key next. The following screen will appear: cDIALING DIRECTORY 1 1200-8N1 2 1200-8N1 3 1200-8N1 4 1200-8N1 5
1200-8N1 6 1200-8N1 TO SELECT;Press number C A NCEL:[C.CE] If you have previously entered any information here, the name of the terminals you have already set up will appear next to a number.
For our example, we'll setup the Amiga under 2, but you can use any blank space. If you choose a number wi th something written next to i t, i t will erase that information. So, press the number 2 key, or the number key corresponding to where you want this setup stored. The next screen will look like this: NAME: NUMBER: SPEED bps: 300 1200 2400 4800 9600 PARITY: NONE ODD EVEN DATA BITS: S 7 STOP BITS: 1 2 XON XOFF: ON OFF (DOWN ARROW) The cursor will appear nex t to the name, so type a name for this setup, then press EiNTER. The cursor will now appear at NUMBER, but since you are connect
ing the Amiga directly with the Wizard, you do not need to enter a telephone number. Thus, just hit ENTER again.
To select the SPEED, move the cursor with the left and right arrow keys on the Wizard until the speed you desire is highlighted, and then hit ENTER. You can choose any speed shown on the screen; just make sure you set your Amiga for the same speed. For the following requests, I'll give you the parameters I used, which seemed to work well. You may have to adjust them depending on what your settings are. As long as the Amiga and Wizard are using the same settings, you shouldn't have any problems. For PARITY, choose NONE. For DATA BITS, choose 8. For STOP BITS, choose There was no way to
exchange information between the Amiga and the Sharp Wizard organizer that is, until now.
1. For XON XOFF, choose OFF. After you make the selection for
XON XOFF, the screen on the Wizard will scroll up, offering
you more choices. Answer them in the following manner. SHIFT
IN OUT; OFF. 7F CODE CONVERSION: OFF. SEND LF AFTERCR: ON.
RECEIVE LF AFTER CR: ON. LOCAL ECHO: ON. DELAY TIME: 0.
After setting the DELAY TIME, a blank screen will appear with the following message: SEARCH STRINGS: [S] REPLY STRING:[R] WAIT: [W] ("Wl" = WAIT FOR 0.1 SECOND) Just hit the ENTER key one last time, as you don't need to set anything here.
After this, the TERMINAL screen will appear once again. For now, w'e're going to stop and setup the Amiga end of things, so press the C.CE key, and it will return the Wizard to the startup screen.
The Amiga terminal program must be set to the same settings as the Wizard,ie, 9600baud, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, and NO parity. (Settings of 7 data bits, 1 stop bit, and EVEN parity also w'ork well). You should set the machine for HALF duplex, and turn the ECHO feature ON so that you can see what you're typing). For file transfers (both uploads and downloads), it is best to useplain ASCII files. The Wizard DOES NOT support any other transfer protocols, so you can't use XMODEM, YMODEM,'ZMODEM, etc. OK, now that you have connected both machines and have equivalent settings for both terminal
programs, you're ready to start transferring information between the two. Put your Amiga terminal program into terminal mode as you normally would. On the Wizard, you hit the BLUE SHIFT key, and then the OPTION (E) key. You'll see a menu giving five choices: OPT!ON 1 PRINTER 2 UNIT TO UNIT 3 CASSETTE TAPE 4 PC LINK 3 TERMINAL You want to press 5 for TERMINAL.
After pressing this key, you'll be presented with another menu. This menu features three choices: TFRMINAL ' 1 CONNECT 2 DIALING DIRECTORY 3 MODEM SETTING TO SELECT: Press number CANCEL:[C.CE] You'll want to press 1 for CONNECT.
Now' you'll see a screen displaying various configurations already stored in the Wizard. You'll w'ant to use the one for the AMIGA, w'hich we made previously. So, press the key corresponding to this entry in the list. In our example, it is key 2.
1. CompuServe 1200E71
2. Amiga 9600E71 Now you'11 have an empty screen, with a blinking
cursor in the upper left hand corner. Go ahead and type on
both keyboards. What you type should now appear on both the
Wizard's and the Amiga's screen. You're in business!
The Wizard's screen is limited to displaying 40 characters at a time, and so if w'hat you type on the Amiga is longer, it disappears off the screen to the right of the Wizard. To see the rest, you have two choices. You can either scroll to the right by hitting the cursor key to the right, or you can set the Wizard to scroll the information in a 40 column format. To do this, get into terminal mode and connect with the Amiga. Now, hit the regular (up arrow) shift key at the low'er left corner of the Wizard keyboard, and then hit the MENU key (green letters, the R.CM key). Now a NEW menu
appears: cTERMINAL MENU 1 UPLOAD 2 DOWNLOAD 3 SEND BREAK-CODE 4 SET DISPLAY WIDTH TO 40 CHARACTERS 5 CONFIGURATION TO SELECT: Press number CANCEL:[C.CE] Press the 4 key. The Wizard will now return to terminal mode, but will now scroll lines of greater than 40 characters to the next line.
The TERMINAL MENU, reached by hitting the up arrow Shift key followed by the MENU key is also from where you will upload and download files. Pressing the 1 key will allow vou to upload files, and the2key downloads files. To upload a file, first set your Connecting the units together is rather easy.
Amiga to accept an upload. Make sure you set the Amiga terminal software to accept an ASCII text file. Now, access the TERMINAL MENU and press the 1 key. A screen will appear which will show you all the MEMO files that are currently stored in the organizer. Just choose the number of the file you wish to send, and press the corresponding number key. The file will be quickly uploaded to the Amiga. Once the file has been uploaded the characters will stop coming up on the Amiga screen close the file on the Amiga. The Wizard goes back to the terminal mode after the upload, so if you start typing
and forget to tell the Amiga to close the file, whatever you type will be added to the file you just uploaded.
Downloading files is also quite easy. Assuming you're still in terminal mode, access the TERMINAL MENU on the Wizard. From there, choose 2 DOWNLOAD. From now on, whatever is received from the host machine is stored to a MEMO file. The title of the MEMO file will be the first line transmitted by the Amiga. Don't forget to turn off the download once a file is sent.
To do this, access the TERMINAL MENU. Notice that entry 2 haschanged to 2 STOP DOWNLOAD. Just press the 2 key, and the file is closed and downloading is halted.
To stop the connection between machines, press the ON key on the Wizard. This will return you to the TERMINAL screen. From there, either you can press the C.CE key returning you to the Main Menu, or you can access any of the other features of the Wizard. To stop things on the Amiga side of things, jus t choose the d isconnect comma nd from your terminal program.
MEMO files on the Wizard are limited to 2048 characters (2K), so the fileyou download to the Wizard should not be larger. If it is, the Wizard will accept only the first 2048 characters, and then display a MEMORY FULL error. Also, if you wish to format the Amiga text file so it looks good on the Wizard, you can use the Amiga TAB key to simulate a carriage return; that is, to start a new line, hit the TAB key rather than the RETURN key. If yon have trouble connecting the two, look at the "TROUBLESHOOTING" sidebar.
Although not the most elegant solution, this link allows you to easily share information between your Amiga and the Wizard. It would be convenient if in the future, software was written for the Amiga in order to exchange nil the information between both machines. MEMO files are great for reminders, shopping and parts lists, as well as any other miscellaneous information. Interestingly enough, the new Wizards have powerful seek functions at your disposal, so you can download you address book (in separate parts, if it exceeds the 2048K memory cap) into a MEMO file, and then use the SEEK
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By Rick Manasa This article is for those already familiar with Superbase Professional 3.xx on the Amiga. On my way to getting a handle on this beast, I've researched the essential differences between the two versions, focusing on the database and text editor for this review. If you're already comfortable with SBPro3, this list of highlights should tell you all you need to know about the new stuff in this mother of all databases for the Amiga.
Right off the bat, you'll notice a new image to SBPro4. The two manuals have been reworked and are bound in two vinyl three-ring binders. Everything from the embossed look of the buttons to the 2.0 style requesters shows that Precision kept up on developments in the Amiga field while making it big in the MS-DOS world. In fact, SBPro4 derives from SBPro4 Windows in MS- DOS, not from the earlier version of SuperbaseontheAmiga. Weshouldn't grumble too much about Precision's foray into the lucrative MS-DOS market. Many a developer saw the greener pastures that over 60 million PC's worldwide
represent and never looked back. Three cheers for Precision for remembering their roots and for bringing all their fine work back home.
Compatibility between earlier versions of Superbase is maintained for the most part, although it is a one-way street. Database, text, forms and related files (function keys, query files, etc.) should be upwardly compatible, while DML commands differ slightly in some instances. The README.txt file describes these differences. A file created inSBPro3 that is used inSBPro4 can still be read inSBPro3. Compatibility also extends into the Windows world. Files can go both ways without a hitch, while DML programs may need some tweaking. Forms, unfortunately, ¦won't translate across platforms.
As mentioned earlier, SBPro4 has a new file requester files on left, devices on right. String gadget defaults to the appropriate file type "*.sbf" if a database file, "*.sbv" if a form, etc. Superbase creates so many sets of files perdatabase that this greatly eases the recovery and storage of files and forms. Only the relevant files are displayed at any given time.
There are lots of changes to the File Definition Requester. You have five text attributes instead of three, including Capitalize Words (great for a Cities field where you can have entries like St. Louis and Los Angeles automatically capitalized), and Logical, which only allows Y, N, T or F as valid entries. The othernew selection, Allow Returns, lets you include returns in a field, so you can formata text field with paragraphs and blank lines.
Three different ways to store numbers have been added to the Numeric Field Requester. "Real" numeric fields can hold any numeric value, but they take up the most disk space and they take the longest to perform calculations. This choice is best suited for arithmetic calculations, determining percentages and currency values.
"Long" numeric fields hold only integers from -2,147,483,648 to +2,147,483,647 and use a moderate amount of disk space and time to perform calculations. Use this method for determining large values, such as votes cast, inventories and the like. "Integer" fields can only hold integers from - 32,768 to +32,767, use the least disk space, and are quickest in operation.
Obviously, you'd like to use this method whenever possible.
Create Virtual Fields You can now create Virtual fields in Superbase. These fields do not need a constant or calculation formula at - tached. They hold oniv one byte per record, to tell Superb ase that a calculation must be performed. Virtual fields hold information in memory, and thus are great disk space savers, but you may pay for the savings in time.
Superbase calculates the formulas every time you display or edit a field or when another file specifies the Virtual field in a LOOKUP formula. People with large hard drives but the standard 68000 processor might do better without employing Virtual fields in their databases, especially if they use a lot of complex formulas. On the other hand, if you have a 68030 zipping along and find disk space at a premium, working with Virtual fields may save you enough time and aggravation to justify the speed trade-off.
Superbase now allows Composite indices. This involves defining a Virtual field which will concatenate the fields you wish to index. You define a Virtual field, for instance, CCSort.MyBase, and attach a calculation formula to it, adding together, for example, a Country and a City field (Country. My Base + City. My Base). This would index your file at two levels, performing a City-within-Country sort.
This could list all your cities alphabetically within their respective countries. You can also use a Virtual field to create a multi-field index to use as the basis for sorting in Query Order.
There are many new DML commands, too many to list in this article.
Suffice it to say that there are enough new System, File and Index, Reporting, Form Handling, Operator, Math and String functions, and Variable commands to be the basis for another article.
New Sets of DML Commands There are two completely new sets of DML commands that warrant comment. One deals with commands for transmitting and receiving files via modem (Comms commands). Theother is aset of Financial Functions, fordeter- m ining interest rates, depreciation and other investment-related considerations. SBProl does some serious blurring of the line between databases and spreadsheets with these functions.
One of the major new features of SBPro4 is the ability to convert and edit dBase files. You can import the dBase file, convert it into a SBPro4 file and do all the editing you want, as though you had originally created the application in SBPro4. When you're through, you can export it to a dBase file. If you need only to display a dBase file, you can load it directly into SBPro4 for scanning and browsing.
Switching between an open form and the files it uses is a snap in SBPro4.
Just select one of the View commands in the Set menu, and you'll see the current file in the selected format. This is helpful in designing forms. It allows you to use the Page view as a design scratch pad or template to help you visualize your form's layout as you design your form.
You have much more control over how data and forms are printed in SBPro4. In SBPro3, the only option you had was to print records that matched a filter in Table View format. SBPro4 has its own drivers and driver creation menu item, called Printer Setup. Here you can define margins, font, single sheet, or formfeed, etc., for your printer and save it to a file. There is now a Print Options requester that pops up when you have a Form open. This lets you choose whether to print a single page or the whole document, in draft or graphics mode, and which class of graphic objects should be printed.
You can include stylesheet tags as text items in a query. This allows you to pre-format query output into something a desktop publishing package could use.
Reorganize a File Using the Same Name SBPro4 now lets you Reorganize a file using the same name. It makes a temporary backup of your file called DBXREORG before processing. This allows you to recover your data if the Reorganization is interrupted for any reason.
You can divide a file into two files with the Process Split command and merge two files into one with the Merge option. This could be especially useful for mailing list management and similar applications.
One of the main features that separates Superbase from your garden variety database is its ability to create and handle more than one file at the same time. The chapter in the manual on multi-file applications describes the concept in detail. The chapter also covers how files should be created, introducing the novice to the ideas of tombstone, transactional and table data, and how they relate to one another in a sophisticated database system.
The manual describes ways to optimize SBPro4's performance.
SBPro4 reads only the parts of the file that it must to perform whatever function it is trying to execute. If you structure your query filters properly and put operators in optimum order, you can minimize the time SBPro4 needs to do its thing.
Remove Record is now called "Cut" and is part of the more standardized Cut-Copy-Paste set of functions we're used to from other Amiga programs. All of these functions use the Clipboard and have the standard Amiga hotkeys attached to them as well (Amiga-X for Cut, Amiga-C for Copy and Amiga-V for Paste).
SBPro4 allows you to import and export a wide variety of file types. In addition to ASCII fixed length and delimited files, SBPro4 will convert dBase !!, Ill and 111+ files as well as files created in Enable, Lotus 1-2-3, Microsoft Excel, Grafox Logistix, Visicalc, and Superplan. SBPro3 could import and export only ASCII files, dBase U and III, Lotus, Logistix, and DIF files.
TheText editor in SBPro4 has more similarities with its predecessor than differences. It does allow you to Save As, which SBPro3 didn't. SBPro4 allows you to reformat text manually with the Edit Reformat menu item.
There is now a Margins command to supported by SBPro3. There is a pinout diagram to help you be sure that you are wired correctly. This will minimize the riskof frying your system when hooking it up to another while attempting a data transfer over RS-232 lines.
Supports PCX and GIF Image Types SBPro4 now supports PCX (PC Paintbrush) and GIF CompuServe Graphics Interchange Format) image types in addition to the Amiga IFF files.
You can also scale the image and force the aspect ratio to be preserved, as well as mapping the colors of the image to a form's default palette, mapping the form's colors to the image's palette and new version of Superbase. For those with sophisticated sound, graphics, and data applications, SBPro4 can serve as a multimedia presentation package not bad for a program that started life in the less glitzy arenas of number crunching and data management.
The function keys have been reworked to match more closely the setup in the MS-DOS version. There are now 40 possible locations for applications instead of the 21 locations in SBPro3.
These correspond to the ten function keys with one of four qualifiers: No qualifier, Shift, Control and Shift Control. I for one will miss the Help key location available in SBPro3. It seems an ideal location from which to pull up a set of help screens. The manual says you can list all the assignments you've made to the function keys by selecting Function Keys List from the Set menu.
I've had no luck with this as of yet.
1 get a "Incomplete field or value missing" requester whenever I try to list the function key assignments.
The Utilities remain the same, but there is now a Print selection in the Project menu. Selecting this command allows you to printout the Directory List, Status File, Status System, and supplement the Ruler in the Text Editor. This gives you extra and specific controls over document format and the formatting of imported ASCII text files.
Finally, the editor now provides a Search and Replace facility, similar to what you might find in a dedicated word processor or text editor.
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This screen now lets you place the fields on a layout grid that will give you a graphic representation of how your labels will look no more guessing how the output will appear. You can save your layout to disk for future use.
Loading a saved Label format will automatically open the associated files as well.
The Communications module now supports 19200 baud rate in addition to the 9600,4800,2400,1200 and 300 rates mapping the image to a gray scale. If the image is smaller that a full screen, SBPro4 now allows you to specify whether the image should be centered, placed in the upper left corner or in the lower right corner. As you can tell, there is a lot more image control in this There are now five text attributes to choose from in the File Definition Requester.
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You can set SBPro4 to see fixed-length separators instead of delimiters for fixed-length ASCII files. You can do some things that aren't explained in the manual, like selecting Num Lock or changing the Unit number. You can even change what SBPro4 sees as the Serial device! This may be useful for telecommunications systems that transfer data over special serial cards or in some other way bypass the standard serial device.
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If you select Num Lock from the System Options, you can use the numeric pad to position the cursor at the beginning of a field (HOME) or end of a field (END) as well as switch between Insert and Typeover modes (INS), You can now choose between ascending (default) and descending order for vour indices.
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List "V" Paste "D" Duplicate Record " " Next External
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Editor "G" Run DML K" Edit Function Keys '}" Open Form Close
File ’M" Modify File Q Quit °py ut There are a lot of little
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convenient category, but that help make the designing and use
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• Can now store global file updates.
Ltisnow possible to create anempty copy of a file. This would be useful for reorganizing a database, or settingup a duplicate database to import a different set of data into.
Open fie I ds a re now called Selected fields and Edit Fields is now called Modify File and has a hotkey (AM) attached to it.
Speaking ofhotkeys, thorearca lot more of them in SBPro4.
Each hotkey is assigned to both the Right Amiga and the Left Amiga, or Commodore key. This makes shifting between screens and windows tough There are many new features for customizing SBPro4 in the System Options, including changing the serial device.
Unit: W | J Cbiktl I ] spent a lot of time defining my own hotkeys for SBPro3 with Machlll.
1 won't have to do as much of that with SBPro4.
So how do we improve such a comprehensive package? Well, we can start by making it easier to get a handle on it. Providing a tutorial at the end of the manual is better than no tutorial at all, but you have to wonder at this decision. Is the new user supposed to read the whole manual before he tries anything? It would be better to put the tutorial at the beginning of the manual, or have a tutorial wind up each chapter.
There was a tentative attempt at a newsletter for Superbase, designed to provide ongoing support and input from the company, and with good reason. The original Superbase Professional wasn't exactly a lightweight database. With SBPro4 the need is even greater. One hopes that once the dust settles at Precision, they will reinstitute this sendee.
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I'll ha veto be more careful with SBPro4.
You get one entry after every Record Save. This gets very annoying with a lot of data to enter at one time.
Here's a case where the extra step doesn't enhance security. I'll have to read the manual more thoroughly in hopes of finding a way around this.
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impressed now that I have had a chance to use it myself, and perform some in- depth testing.
Need Sdmesort of digitizing equipment.
There are two ways to do this: via a video camera, or by way of a scanner. A "video digitizer" receives the light through a video camera, which does the scanning, while a "scanner" makes its own light and mechanically moves it across the image area or "bed," much as a copy machine does. In both cases the image ends up "scanned" as well as "digitized," but the convention has sprung up that video systems are "digitizers" and flatbed mechanical scanners are "scanners." I use that convention here, even though it isn't strictly accurate. Both approaches require software and perhaps a special
cable or hardware that plugs into the parallel port. Some Amigans opt for a Digi- View video digitizer package because of its relatively low price compared to a good flatbed scanner; the Epson ES- 300C cos ts abou t S1500 including ASDG driversoftware and special cable. Video digitizers have a unique place in digitizing 3-D objects, or capturing output from a video source, but the quality of the image produced just cannot compare to the outstanding image quality of an excellent flatbed scanner, such as this Epson product. The image quality of so-called "hand scanners" also falls far short
of what this Epson will produce. If your material is flat or nearly flat anything you could photocopy then the best option is to go with this Epson. Even if it's three times the price of a video digitizer package, the image quality is much more than three times better. I also recommend the Epson specifically over the competition, not only for its high quality and ease of use, but also because of the superior software by ASDG, and the fact that it merges seamlessly with Art Department Professional (ADPro), also by ASDG. Together, they make an unbeatable combination. Let's take a look
at this system, and you will see why I've put my conclusions and highest recommendation up front instead of at the end.
Smai! Foot Print and Light Weight The Scanner itself is 12.5"W x 20"L x 5"D and weighs about 15 pounds, so it's easy to use on a desktop and put away after you've finished. On its own, the Epson has the capability to scan directly into your printer via a serial port. To set it up with an Amiga, all you do is plug the ASDG special cable into the ES-300C's parallel port and theother end in to the pa rail el port of you r A m i ga, connect the power cord, and turn it on.
There are a few initial set-up procedures for a brand new machine covered in the ES-300C manual, but these are done only once. A green ready light comes on in a few seconds. This is all you'll ever do on the ES-300C except load images to scan. The ASDG driver software fully emulates all settings and controls on your computer screen.
The installation of the software is simplicity itself: click on the install icon for which version you want. There is a stand-alone module for those who do not have ADPro, and an ES-300C loader for those who do. They work almost identically, except that the stand-alone version saves your image data to a file instead of loading it into ADPro. This is a handy option even for those of us who own ADPro, because by saving directiy to disk,you can sa ve files much larger than you can manipulate in ADPro, and believe me, tire files get huge very quickly. You will not be able to do anything to them
without the necessary RAM, however. 1 can think of times, though, when you are simply going to export to another platform, that you could use this advantage. 1 cannot imagine anyone not having ADPro to take advantage of the power of this equipment. If you do not have ADPro installed, you must also copy a requester library to your Libs: directory.
That's it! Now we will use the interface and see how it works. 1 will discuss the features as if you have ADPro, as 1 feel this is the way the majority of users will access the ES-300C. If you use the stand-alone module, you just run the stand-alone program whenever 1 mention using the ES-300C loader.
There are no problems at all with operating the hardware or the software.
After vou get into the loader module, in general there are two requesters to deal with, a Preview Requester and a Fine Scan requester. The preview allows vou to quickly locate the area vou want by scanning in 16-color dithered gray scale. When the image area is to your liking, you click on the Accept button and are taken to the Fine Scan requester, which allows you to make the final scan in the resolution you want and in color or gray scale. You can go from one requester to the other without losing any settings. The image area itself is controlled by means of an image area box (called
the Select Box in the manual) that you can size and locate over any part of the image you want to scan in preview mode. Once you enter FineScan mode, the image area is locked in until you go back to preview mode.
Saved by the “Oops” Factor From ADPro you click on the bar for loaders in the upper right of the main screen until you see the Epson ES- 300C loader appear. Then you click on "load" in the upper right section of the ADPro screen and you'll see the preview screen which lookssomethinglikc the picture on page 36, without the scan ned image of the ec I ipse, of cou rse.
A likeness of the bed of the scanner comes up bordered bv rulers oriented as if you were inside the scanner looking up at the image to be scanned. The maximum scan area is 8.5" x 11.7". The maximum scan area will be outlined with a white image area box with eight small drag gadgets on it, one in each corner and one at the center of each side. By clicking and holding the left mouse button with the pointer over one of these small drag gadgets, you can size the image box. By clicking and dragging with the pointer inside the image area Select Box instead of over a drag gadget, you can drag the
whole image area box around in the image area. An 8 x 10 picture of the solar eclipse had been loaded into the ES- 300C, and after the first preview scan, 1 changed the size of the image box with the drag gadgets before I made this screen shot. The next time you click on the scan button in the preview requester, only the area inside the image box will be scanned, so you will zoom in on the smaller area outlined by the Select Box.
Every time you re-scan, the software includes an "oops" factor by including a bit more of the image than the exact size of the image box, though the image box remains exactly the same. This is to allow you to back up or zoom outa little if you should make a mistake, because there is no "zoom out" feature. If you go into the image too far, you must either click on the full bed button and start over or use the "oops" factor several times by expanding the image Select box and re-scanning.
Mouse and Keyboard Control Now let's look at the Preview Requester itself, from top to bottom. At the top is a drag bar; a "shrink" or iconify gadget; and a front to back gadget as in any typical Amiga window. You can click-drag on the bar and move the requester out of the way or reduce it to just the top bar without losing any settings. Below this bar are four string gadgets with numbers in them. They show the dimensions in inches ofthe imagearea outlined by the Select Box as well as its X and Y offsets from the origin, where the rulers meet.
These numbers change dynAMIGAlly as you drag or size the image Select Box.
The scan mode button toggles between 8-bit gray and 24-bit color.
By clicking inside the string itself and entering numbers, you may also insert numbers from the keyboard, and the imagearea box will snap to match your new numbers. Below these string gadgets is a units button with "English" on it. This is a toggle between English Preview requester and screen displaying a scanned photo o a recent eclipse.
Measurements and metric. If you toggle into metric, all rulers and string gadgets will change to cen ti meters. The ES- 300C itself doesn't even have dual scales! Below the actual measurements are two string gadgets with the image area in pixels, which also change dynAMIGAlly as you re-size the Select Box.
The pixels behave in a little more complex way than the measurements, because they are dependent upon a number of other buttons, discussed below.
Under the right conditions you can set these pixels from the keyboard as well.
Below the pixel information we get two more buttons, a Reference Resolution button and a toggle button for "Keep Size" shown), and "Keep Pixels." The Reference Resolution button shows you how much RAM ADPro will take to scan the image in either 24- bit color, or 8-bit gray scale at any particular resolution. You can also control the image area indirectly with this button, as we will see. This button operates like others in ADPro, in that it is a button requester. You click on the right side of the button and it cycles up through the 19 levels of resolutions, ranging from 50 to 60(1 dpi;
and clicking on the left cycles down through the possibilities. Tire next button is a toggle to determine whether to keep the size constant or the pixels constant. When you select Keep Pixels, then the values you enter into the pixel width and height gadgets mentioned above will become locked. Then if you click on the re fer- ence resolution, the imagearea Select Box will change dynAMIGAlly and so will the various measurement string gadgets, but the number of pixels will remain constant. Thus, if you want to scan something using no more than 640by400 pixels, you can choose keep
pixels, set the pixel strings to 640 width and 400 height, and then cycle through the Reference Resolution button and watch what image size you get at various resolutions.
I noticed that if the resolution is set to a value that causes the pixel gadgets to display numbers lower than the values you want to enter, the gadgets will not accept a higher number of pixels. You must set the resolution to a value that makes the pixel gadge ts display a number of pixels higher than vou want to set and only then can you set them to a lower value. In other words, you can't force the scan to use more pixels than it needs. Using this feature, and the Keep Aspect feature discussed below, you can scan a very clean, magnified view of something that will fit exactly the
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The Keep Size choice is the opposite, It maintains the image si e constant (in inches, for instance), but the width and height in pixels change dynAMIGAlly with your choices in the Reference Resolution button. This is the choice to make when you want a superbitmap larger than your screen, or a large area to scan in higher resolutions.
You must be careful as this choice directly affects your RAM and system requirements. The manual contains advice about memory considerations such as performing a MergeMem in your startup, installing as much RAM as you can the best choice and other recommendations. Whether you keep pixels or keep size, if you change the image area Select Box by dragging any of the drag gadgets, the number of pixels and the size will change. The locked pixel count stays constant only if you do not re-si e the Select Box directly.
Also, moving it by click-dragging inside it does not change the pixel count.
The next button down toggles between Keep and Ignore Image Aspect.
Above the button is a display which shows the current aspect ratio. When you ignore image aspect, the image Select Box over your image can be made any proportion at all; whereas if you keep the aspect, the proportions inyour Select Box slay constant. Keeping the image aspect is particularly useful if you intend to make an image that fills the screen in some particular screen resolution, say for instance in a 640 x 400 high resolution screen. The manual doesn’t go into detail about this, but in my experience, the easiest way to determine a scanned image aspect that matches a particular screen
aspect is to turn this button to "Ignore," drag the image area Select Box over against the rulers, when the screen is in full bed display, and position its edges so that you can actually measure the aspect directlv. In the above 640 x 400 screen, you have an aspect of 1.6 (640 divided by 400 = 1.6). So with the width of the box set at 8.0 inches, the height should be set at 5.0 inches, as 8 divided by 5 =
1. 6 as well. This will take care of the high resolution (640 x
400) and low resolution (320 x 200) Amiga screens well,
almost. Because you are going from square pixels in the
ES-300C, to "tall" pixels in the Amiga display, you will need
to re-scale (inside ADPro) your image's vertical height to
about 86% of the height it came in at, to be perfect. You will
notice this "too tall" phenomenon if you scan a circle, and i
t ends up looking like an egg standing on end. Meanwhile, go
back and toggle Keep Image Aspect and you will always have
your screen's aspect ratio to move around on the image area. I
f you plan to render in medium resolution (320 x 400 low-res
interlace, for AHAM, etc.), you will need to do a bit more in
ADPro. You must re-scale the data to make an image rendered in
medium resolution come out not looking really "squashed." This
is so because interlaced screen displays and square pixel
devices (the ES-300C ) don't mix very well. There is a real
need for a button on the ES-300C loader toselecta medium- res
mode of transforming (scaling) and loading the data, because
you get the best color on the Amiga in low-res, interlaced
format. That's where all the HAM, and AHAM 4096 color palette
displays reside! The way it stands, you must do Some
re-scaling on the ADPro side to get satisfactory results. That
is properly on the A Dpro side, so 1 won't discuss it much
here, but the whole problem of pixel aspects, interlace, and
image aspects is discussed a little later.
This is where there is opportunity for improvement. Things could definitely be made easier regarding the standard Amiga screens. Back in the ES-300C loader, I would like to see an additional display that shows the result of the division as wel! As the "35:36" type ofaspectdisplav. This would make life easier. A button requester like the Reference Resolution button that cycled through variousstandard Amiga screen aspect ratios (by name: hi-res 640x400; low-res 320x200; med-res 320x400) would be even better. Choosing one would automatically set and lock the image aspect ratio, and set the
program to transform the data into Amiga display with no further work on the user's part. The scaling transformer program could also reside in ADPro for those who don't use the ES-300C. I feel the majority of images scanned will be for screen output, so this feature would be most welcome.
Below the Reference Resolution and the Keep Ignore Image Aspect buttons is a display of the amount of RAM necessary for the proposed scan currently set. This of course is necessary to prevent crashes. If the numbers are white, you are OK to scan; if they turn black, you have to back off on resolution, image size, or both.
Settings Are Sticky Logic The lower part of the requester has a Full Bed button, which serves as a cancel and go-home function as it will put everything back hi the full bed size as when you first entered the loader.
Below this is a bright slider to adjust how bright the preview scan is on a scale ofO to 1(10. You adjust with aclick and drag action, or by entering a value from the keyboard in the string gadget.
You must re-scan to see the results.
Below the bright adjust are four buttons to (preview) scan; accept (go to the final scan requester); Abort (stop a preview scan in progress); and cancel (exit the loader to ADPro or just plain exit in the stand alone module). All settings a re sticky logic, so if you cancel you will find your settings preserved. The abort button is handy forwhen yourmaterial to be scanned or area of interest is smaller than the scanner bed. When you notice that the image area you want has been scanned, you may abort. Your image is not lost, and you do not have to scan the entire bed each time. That
completes the preview requester. Now we'll look in on the FineScan Requester.
The Fine Scan Requester is much like the preview scan requester. It lias a drag bar and gadgets at the top that function exactly like the ones mentioned before. Below the drag bar the pixel displays show the same numbers as in the preview gadgets, but here you cannot change them directly: they are only displays. The resolution button This is intuitive and user-friendly software even though it does complex things.
Behaves as before and you use this one to select the fina I resolution of you r fine scan. The resolution comes up the first time with the numbers previously shown in the preview display. You can change the resolution and the pixel displays above it will reflect your selection. The scan mode button toggles between 8-bit gray and 24-bit color.
The zoom gadget reduces or enlarges the final scan in the ES-300C hardware.
Because it uses a crude duplicate-or- skip pixels algorithm to zoom in or out, it doesn't work nearly as well as the sophisticated ADPro scaling software, so do not use this unless you are using the ES-300C without ADPro, and have no other options. A memory display shows the memory you'll need to do the scan. If the numbers are black, you have to go to a lower resolution. The brightness control button goes from -3 to 3 in steps of 1, but otherwise works just like its companion before, except that it affects the final scan. The gamma button is supposed to be left set to In case you missed the
first paragraph, I give the Epson 300C my highest recommendation.
"CRT A" for all normal Amiga displays. The same goes for tire color correction button: leave it set to CRT Display. The other functions of these buttons are described in the Epson ES- 300C manual, which 1 didn't get a chance to study. The ASDG manual points out that these are rarely needed on an Amiga and were included onlv for completeness in driving the hardware entirely from the software. This is the attention to details that I so admire in ASDG software. The preview button returns you to the preview requester; the accept button starts the fine scan; and the quit button puts you
back to ADPro or your system, if you use the stand-alone module.
Finally there is the manual. Perfect software requires no manual at all, but since this is an imperfect world, a manual is required here, but not much of one. This is in t u i ti ve and user- fri end 1 y software even though it does complex things. The manual is adequate to learn to use the features and controls, but in something as complex as image processing, with the myriad of formats and aspect ratios, and other complicated matters, a little more meat in the overall theory or some hands-on examples would be welcome. For example, try scanning in an image and then try to render it
first in high-res 16 color, then in AHAM. You will find you need to adjust its scale to render il in AHAM. If you are already familiar with ADPro, the reason you need to do this is understandable. Beginners will perhaps find itdifficulttodeal with. At any rate, the manual for the ES-300C loader operation is adequate, but the user is responsible for knowing how to use what he ot she gets.
An Area of Irritation My only area of irritation centers around pixel aspects and image aspects in both ADPro and the ES-300C loader.
A short discussion of this problem in their manuals is not really enough. If you've made computer graphics for very long, you'll have faced down this tedious bugaboo many times: the Amiga's pixels are taller than they are wide, so communication to or from a "square pixel" device requires some image manipulation going both ways before the image is true to the original. Rendering images in low-res interlace mode further compounds the possibilities and the problems. I mentioned above that if ASDG added an image aspect requester button to automatically snap the Select Box to match standard
Amiga screen formats, users would welcome it. 1 also recommend that in the ADPro program, too, whenever possible, the software should have the capability to set defaults and perform a coordinated set of operations keyed to specific devices or formats by name, as it does for Amiga screen formats inside the Set_Pixel_ Aspect operator. Unfortunately the Set_Pixel_Aspect operator does not affect the displayed image: I have yet to discover what it really does, and the only mention of it is a few cryptic and opaque lines in the upgrade software Late News read-me file. Things should tend to
the automatic rather than making the user do any arithmetic, at least for the named formats. Any aspect ratio should display the result of the division as a single number, too, not just as two numbers separated by a colon.
There ought to be a way to enter a single ratio number into a string gadget, say 1.6, and make the software and all related boxes and gadgets set themselves accordingly. As far as scaling is concerned, even though the arithmetic is trivial, who wants to repeatedly rescale and "squash" their images to 86% of their Amiga display height before the Amiga image is true to the image coming in from this scanning device with square pixels? Why not have the option of letting the software do this inside the loader, and the ability for the user to save defaults and tweak the parameters if necessary
to match their monitor? Why not have savers to sq uare pixel devices make the output 1.16 times as tall? This problem is easily surmountable by writing an Arexx macro to process the image exactly to your requirements, but, again, few have the inclination or take the time to write such a macro. Perhaps the best way would be to have a configurable key so that users could make and save several custom scaling operator configurations and name them to match the devices they use. At the very least, a generic "to a square pixel device" and "from a square pixel device" scaling button would be most
welcome in the scaling operator window. These are properly recommendations about ADPro, but since it is so intimately related to the ES-300Cloader,Ihavementioned them here. Do not conclude that any of these annoyances will go untended for long.
I know that the folks at ASDG care about improvements and suggestions, or I wouldn't have spent the time to think my suggestions through. They are hard at work on an improved version even as you read this.
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Resolver High Resolution Graphics Display Card by Merrill
Cnlhnrny FOR QUITE A WHILE NOW, some people have criticized
the Amiga for its lack of resolution and number of displayable
colors compared to the Macintosh computer's color graphics
capabilities. Thanks to a company called Digital Micronics,
Inc. (DMI), those days are now over, and good riddance. If
truth were told, the real reason behind the criticism was that
resolution and displayable colors were the only area of
superiority remaining to the Mac. Then 24-bit color display
cards came out for the Amiga and the color issue died. Now DMI
has killed the resolution issue as well. 1 buried the last of
any residual inferiority I felt about my Amiga the day 1
received the DMI Resolver card. Are you ready for this? The
Resolver is fully programmable to display up to 1280 by 1024
pixels with 256 displayable colors (S-bit color) out of a
palette of 16.7 million colors! The DMI Resolver uses the
industry standard, and state-of-the- art, Texas Instruments 60
Mhz T.I.G. A. T1 TMS34010 graphics processor.
T. I.G.A. stands for Texas Instruments Graphics Architecture.
This is the same chip used in TARGA boards and other high-end
work station equipment.
Memory and More All DMI Resolvers come standard with 2 MB of programmable memory DRAM and can be upgraded to 8 MB in 2 MB increments. This is memory used by programs displaying their output via the board. As a graphics co-proces- Digital Micronics, Inc.'s New Resolver Graphics Co-Processor.
. 1280x1024 Resolution ? 8-bit Color Graphics s 16-million Color Palette 60MHz Processor Programmable Resolution sor the Resolver allows your application software to run independently of the rest of your Amiga. This is not merely multitasking, it is multiprocessing! The displayable resolution depends upon the amount of Video RAM (VRAM) you have aboard, which can also be upgraded, and what kind of monitor you use. All DMI Resolvers provide specially dedicated VRAM for 16 color overlay planes such as pulldown menus. What this means is that your menu action will be virtually in
stantaneous in application software that supports the card. It is not necessary to refresh the whole screen, because the menus use dedicated memory. This is good news for people using displayintensive application software such as CAD programs. The operative words here are "work station display quality." The DMI advanced models offer double buffering so that one i mage can be loading while another is being displayed. Real-time animation at up to 60 frames per second is possible with double buffering enabled. There are three models: A, 13, and C which differ only in the amount of VRAM
aboard.
Sure it will work even then without springing some chassis sheet metal not what I call a class A fitl I lay the entire responsibility for the fit problem on Commodore, however. They could easily have better thought out the expansion part of their chassis. These unnecessary space problems in the A-3000 are well known, for instance, the Toaster. I wasn't using the top slot, so I managed to put the card there. It was a little tight but 1 got a good fit. There will, of course, be no problem on an A- 2000 as there is plenty of room in its chassis and the cards mount edgewise rather than
horizontally.
The business end of the card has one VGA type DB-15 connector and three BNC video connectors forseparate RGB outputs to a monitor with inputs for each color. DMI sells a line of monitors to go with their card. Yes, Martha,you need two monitors because not every kind of software drives this card, not yet. You won't see your WorkBench through this card until the day the system software itself supports the card. What if you don't have, or can't afford, two monitors? One solution for those with only one monitor is to buy a fairly inexpensive DB-15 cable switch box, so you can switch from one
display outlet to the other and send it to buffered 1024x768 or a non-double- buffered 1280x1024 display, and finally, Model C will do a 1280x1024 doublebuffered display. Isn't it time you traded in your old Model T?
The card is a standard full size card that fits into an Amiga slot. I installed it with a minimum of fuss in an Amiga 3000. The top slot is recommended, a I though any onecan be used.
There is not room to put the BNC connectors through a lower slot and also engage the retainer slot on the front of the machine. I can't really recommend using a shoehorn or bending the card.
If you must install the DMI in a lower slot, expect to do some serious disassembly of your A-3000, and I'm not The operative words here are "workstation display quality."
Model A will display up to 1024x768, not double buffered, which is the maximum of most multi-sync monitors anyway. Model B will display a double- one monitor. They sell these for people who have two computers and only one monitor. First, make sure your moni tor will be able to accept the increased resolution offered by the card (see below). One feature DMI includes on their line of monitors is a built-in switch to allow you to go from Workbench to the hi-res display and back again, so if you haven't a hi-res monitor yet, seriously consider getting theirs. The ultimate solution is to get a
DMI 1280x1024 monitor for around two grand. That should help to resolve your solvency, too. As long as we are talking money, the list price for the Model A Resolver is S1295; the Model B sells for $ 1749; and the Model C goes for $ 2195. A DMT-supplied monitor suitable for Models A or B is S899; and a monitor suitable for Models B or C is $ 1995.
How Does it Look?
How does the high resolution display look? Well, 1 was frustrated at first, because my Seiko CM-1440 multisync monitor is interlaced and the early development d ri ve r sof twa re I received was not set up for interlaced displays.
Also, my Seiko does not sync on the green signal, and the color balance was wrong, again a function of software, not the card. A call to DMI resolved these questions but unfortunately didn't get me a display on my Seiko before the article deadline. Since the card is fully programmable, it can be made to work with any monitor because sync, resolution, and all other parameters of your monitor's display can be programmed in: This hardware can handle anything! By the time you read this, the software will have caught up and you will not have my problem. The DMI engineers assured me that not only
will the production software handle all resolutions, but also interlaced as well as non-interlaced monitors, too. They told me also that they have in the works, on the hardware side, a similar hi- res card using the new Texas Instruments T.I.G.A. TT TMS34020,24-b it color chip, a long with their 34082 m a th co-processor on board.
Since the card is fully programmable, it can be made to work with any monitor.
We're talking big-time work station display powe r here, folks, rivaling some very advanced equipment costing in the mega-dollar range! Imagine the 3D real-time animations in 1280x1024 and 24-bit color! DMI is really putting the Amiga into the vanguard of what personal computers can do. No more second best!
Meanwhile, I switched to a Commodore 1950 monitor, the stock A-3000 monitor, and presto! I saw a good color display the 1950 syncs on green. But I still could not geta display of an image at any but 640 resolution, which is the standard Amiga high resolution. I checked the specifications and found that the Commodore 1950 goes up only to 800X600 resolution, so it obviously could not display ata 1024 setting. The driver software I used was really only for DMI in-house development and tests, and used a simple Cll-based command with arguments for programming the resolution in discreet DMI is
putting the Amiga into the vanguard of what personal computers can do. No more second best!
Jumps (320, 640, 1024, and 1280), file name, and board number. The production software, again, will take full ad- vantageofyour monitor's highest resolution. For example, the Commodore 1950 will display at full 800x600 capacity. But for the moment I had to use
640. The file must be in 8-bit IFF format before it will display.
You can convert your pictures to 256 colors in Art De
partment Professional (ADPro) easily enough. Maybe DM! Will
build in a conversion program in their finished software as
well. 1 could not obtain a 1280x 1024 monitor, a nd I
couldn' t drive my 1024x768 Seiko, so therefore I was using
one of the "minimum" resolutions, but the results were
nevertheless very tasty due to the extra displayable colors.
The Amiga will display onlvl6 colors by itself in highest
resolution; the card added an extra 240 colors to the
display. Because of the more numerous colors, shading is
such that you cannot see pixels until you get pretty close
to the screen. Meanwhile, I had to settle on 640x400
resolution and 256 colors. In the near future, I hope to
show you some pictures in 1024x768 resolution once DMI
tweaks my driver to work with my Seiko. I will also trv out
the new paint program DMI is developing for their card, as
soon as that's ready no release date as yet.
The Software Now we come to software. You need software to "dri ve" any hard ware device, and the DMI Resolver is no exception. 1 used a version of DMI's developer software to drive the DMI Resolver for tests but I won't discuss that further here, because by the time you read this there will be some commercial drivers to choose from. As with every piece of hard ware, it takes a whi 1 e for the software to catch up. When users find out how cool this card is and how lightning fast it is they will be jumping on the DMI bandwagon. This card is a breakthrough. When you consider the cost of a
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Displays After I looked at the test image DMI sent along with their card, 1 remembered with a sinking feeling that most of my paint programs save images in low or medium resolution or too few colors to give any kind of real workout to this card. You cannot create information that isn't there, of course. Just for fun, though, I loaded a DeluxePaintlll image into the DMI Resolver. It loaded just fine, but took up only one quarter of the screen, because it just didn't have enough pixels to fill out the display. It was a miniature replica, faithful to the original, however.
It looked as if I were looking at it from across the room, but the image maintained all the original information on color and pixels. 1 tried out these images just from curiosity. While I was thus I can imagine the kinds of pictures I could create with a package like this.
Engaged, however, it did occur to me that if you wanted to display four DeluxePaintlll images at once like in a comic strip layout, you could make a background in ADPro and composite these images on the background, and display all four of them at once with the DMI card in 640x400 resolution. Just think of what you could do at full 1280x1024 resolution: a comic strip of four lo-res pictures across and five down on one screen without losing any information! The 256 color palette would insure that you could display eight pictures with completely different palettes and preserve all the colors. I
once madea four-part image, four low- res pictures composited in ADPro and saved as a 24-bit file, and now 1 tried it out by re-loading its 24-bit data file into ADPro and changing the display to 256 colors and saving it as a 256-color image. Thus loaded into the DMI Resolver, the large composite looked very good.
I compared it to the same image loaded into ADPro and displayed in a regular high-res Amiga format 16 colors and the comparison between my side- by-side monitors strongly favored the DMI card. Not only did the resolver display the entire image on screen, but of course 256 colors beat 16 as a Smith & Wesson beats four aces. This technique would be useful formulti-media displays and shows, or maybe in presentations on CD-ROM. I am sure that once the ADPro driver is finished, ADPro and the DMI Resolver will make a great pair: one to process and composite, and one to display. Contrary to
what I first thought, I discovered that low- res images, plus ADPro and the DMI Resolver can indeed prove useful.
Imagine all the creative things to do, once more software is available! 1 suddenly thought of the sample image that came with my ADPro package: you know, old Ben Franklin in the Earths- hine in a fractal landscape, so 1 sent him through the same conversion and compared him head to head, so to spea k, with himself, displayed in ADPro with the best stock Amiga display format vs. the DMI display. Ben came out better in
DMI. His skin was more real-looking, and the Earth looked like
the photograph it came from instead of like a drawing of
the photograph it came from. Again, the improvement came
mostly from the increased number of displayable colors, but
I did notice a better brightness and contrast coming from
the DMI. Next, I tried displaying some DCTV images.
This came about for lack of any other image files to test, and because I couldn't use my high resolution monitor, rather than from any scientific series of experiments. The only other images from my collection 1 could test color output on were DCTV 24-bit images. They can be converted, downward, in ADPro to a 256-color format but they remain large enough, in pixel dimensions, to fill out the screen when displayed by the card. I was curious as to how 256 colors perceptually compared to 16 million. We would expect, all other things being equal, that 16 million colors would be better
than 256, but all other things aren't equal, especially resolution. All resolution is directly related to something called bandwidth. The higher the number representing bandwidth, the higher the resolution. An NTSC signal has a bandwidth of about 6 Mhz at best, and a regular VGA monitor has a bandwidth of about 60 Mhz, so a monitor looks sharper than a TV screen, as anyone knows who has tried to read an Amiga Workbench in NTSC mode. So my experiment was one of looking at a display with vastly many more colors, bu t a grea tly inferior resol u tion (DCTV) against a display with many fewer
colors but 10 times the bandwidth (the DM! Resolver), 1 have my NTSC video monitor set up right next to the Commodore 1950 monitor, so E cou I d a rrange to see the same image displayed in two different formats. Which looked better?
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Resolver card, and after 1 converted it in ADPro into DCTV-readable format, displayed it on DCTV. It looked much better on the card! So the results were inconclusive. Figuratively speaking, I w'as mixing apples with oranges. But there was something else, too. What did become dearer to me are the complex perceptual relationships between color and resolution by that I mean the impression you get, as opposed to comparing engineering specifications.
As far as work environment is concerned, there's no contest: the DMI Resoiver will make your computer a beautiful place to work with your application software.
What I found out was that sometimes color is so important that having more colors makes a better image in spite of lower resolution, and sometimes higher resolution means more than number of colors. Also the software of origin has a lot to do with the appearance of an image, just as the medium used to make a work of art has much to do with its appearance.
If you want to display the maximum of graphic information accurately, then a high resolution card such as the DMI Resolver is most assuredly the way to go. If fooling the eye into believing it is seeing more than is really there, then something in 24-bit color like DCTV is a good choice. The specifications would suggest that the f utu re DMI card with 24-bit color will give us the best of both resolution and color. In the meantime, there is a valid trade-off between 24-bit color and limited resolution; and maximum resolution limited to 8-bit color, that forces one to make a choice
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As far as a work environment is concerned, there is no contest at all. The DMI Resolver will make your computer a beautiful place to work with your application software.
AUDIO _GALLERY Users Who will use the DMI Resolver?
The DMI card will be great for graphics designers and publishers using programs that need higher resolution and more displayable information rather than a myriad of colors. (Remember, the DMI works in 240 colors more than the 16 the Amiga is used to displaying in high-res, so you do get a major improvement in color!) Those making structured drawings, ray traced logos, CAD drawings (especially CAD), DTP, and any thing with clean crisp lines, lots of detail, and shadings that don't call for scads of different colors will love the DMI. Get a DMI Resolver for displaying these applications
the best way possible. But for rendering images that look like watercolor or transparent oil glazes, or other artist's techniques, or for displaying scenes from nature that are very color dependent and subtle, a 24-bit capability such as DCTV (or the future DMI 24-bit card!) May be a better way to go. There's nothing wrong with having both.
Video What about video and the DMI Resolver? To do a DMI highest-res to video thing, you must use a scan converter. The only trouble with that is a scan converter costs $ 10,000. A lower resolution may be output to video with an encoder which is not expensive, but then your Amiga can output this resolution very well already. I'd suggest y ou d on't consi der the Resolver as your first video handy-dandy. That's not really what it's best for. The Resolver's use in video will be limited to high-end specialized work where there is a cost- justifiable reason to take very high resolution to video
tape, but these professionals will already have a scan converter or not flinch at having to buy one. Maybe they'll be making ultra high- res 3-D animations for movie special effects, or something of that caliber in their Resol ver. Just a s the existing high- end engineering work stations do not operate using a natural video environment, neither does the Resolver.
Speaking loosely, the Resolver takes an image from a natural video environment (the Amiga) and translates it into a signal much like what one encounters on a Mac or a CAD work station. So if y ou wa n t to go from here back to vid eo, you'll have the same problems those platforms have, mainly expensive problems, in taking the signal back to video, because you'll need to revamp the signal (scan timing and such) by using a scan converter. Since color is so much more effective in video than resolution, because of NTSC's insurmountably low resolution, other ways to do video graphics usual! Y
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I'm excited to try the 8-bit paint package soon to be released by DMI. It wasn't ready at this writing. It seems the trend now is for every new card to come out with its very own paint program! It's almost as if you had to have a different player for each five of your music albums. I am certainly glad to be a multi-media artist. 1 don'tmind using different tools for genuinely different effects, but I like standardization when things are similar. Since a hi-res card displaying 256 colors is thus far unique to the Amiga, I would like to see software support for it, and one more paint program
would be welcome for this unique ability to display in high resolution. I can imagine the kinds of pictures I could create with a package like this. They would have a flavor and a feel all their own, in much the same way tha t ea ch Am i ga form a t and DCTV have their unique appeals. If we are going to have so many standards, however, won't more of you developers make conversions between files and devices easier? Then I could create a pictu re directly in its " na tu ra 1 med i um" and be sure I could take it somewhere else for details or finishing, or maybe just for fun. ADPro is a
lifesaver here. A high resolution picture would necessarily appear in another paint program as a magnified close-up of the original, but that would be OK as long as one could scroll the picture.
What about this high resolution and 24-bitcolor together on the Amiga?
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What does the future hold for the DMI Resolver? If software developers get behind DMI, it will take off in a big way. Its quality of workmanship is first rate. The Lowell card by Commodore (the specs of which, by the way, are not nearly as good as the Resolver's, which are awesome) is aimed solely at UNIX users, and so far, the DMI card is the only one aimed a t the Amiga DOS environment, too. Speaking of environments, I come to the last idea: Make the : Easy to install - no soldering.
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This will be a reality when DM I comes out with their next card after this one no release date, yet. Meditate on these, in the meantime: cost, memory and storage! You will be handling gigantic files (and piles of cash) if you go high- res and 24-bit. Particularly as memory and storagecapacitiesincreaseand their prices decrease, will the time-efficient and cost-effective handling of colossal files be feasible for most of us. Software, compression and decompression hardware chips, virtual (disk-based) memory, and many other things need to be integrated and systematized before we get to
graphic nirvana. I am grateful to see DM I, and other innovative companies, take such a strong lead in moving the Amiga out front, really out front. We need more companies to join them, and we need to have software devel opers and Com m odore to support them and each other.
Final Resolution What's the bottom line? The DMI Resolver is a handsome piece of work and does what they say it will do. You have one problem if you own an A- 3000 and want to use your video slot and the Resolver at the same time. Be prepared to get a second monitor, a big, expensive one, if you plan to use the full resolution power of this card. Even Amiga 500 Detachable Keyboard?
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That's what it would take to make the DMI display card work transparently in the system software. I wonder whether or not Commodore would be willing to do this, given their involvement with the Lowell card. Not likely.
The system software route is the most elegant solution to the main problem faci ng this very elegant hardware. Now if someone would just have the intuition to recognize this golden opportunity, it would start a revolution! We could have our cake and see it too!
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Through extensive testing with a board supplied to me by GVP, I can give you a taste of the next wave of Amiga video peripherals the caveat being that although the unit is pretty final, the software I have been using is a mixture of final version and beta level. I'll refrain from reviewing the software until version 1.0 is released, centering instead on what the board is capable of and what the package can do.
Impact Vision 24’s preferences control software.
A MAZING COMPUTING Main interface screen from Impact Vision 24's 3-D modeling engine Caligari.
What Does It Do?
The board is a 24-bit frame buffer.
The frame buffer supports full video overscan and is software-switchable between PAL and NTSC modes. The addition ofbeing able to run video into the board, and out, allows for such green, blue, and sync signals. The quality advantage is as clear as your Amiga "RG B " display, which works on exactl v the same principle, for sharp images and none of the distortion caused by combining the color signals, as with composite. The incoming video also you to overlay images onto an incoming RGB video source while an analog genlock allows overlay onto composite video. The 24-bit frame grabber can
freeze video or grab a single frame from an external video sourceand save it to disk.
Professional Video Adapter for the AMIGA features as genlocking and framegrabbing. It's important to note that as it stands now the incoming video must be in RGB form; future adapters will allow just about any variation of video source. RGB output is used by high-end broadcast stations and production houses, separating the red, allows a "Picture in Picture" mode, which features a scalable Workbenchlike window of live video on your Amiga screen for re-sizing and grabbing RGB 24-bit frames. Applications include special video effects, remote monitoring and interactive presentations. The
digital RGB genlock allows A TBC is not required for external video sources. I needed only to switch a jumper on the board for Tape input rather than time-base steady camera mode. There is also an option to accept an external keying source for chroma or luminance keying.
Support Software Modest preference software is included which allows control of the board's scanning rate, digitizer, and genlock mode. There is a basic IFF viewer which can show 24-bit files on the frame buffer. But the main support comes through 24-bit versions of Macro Paini and Caligari. Caligari is an excellent 3-D modeling system which is a scaled-down version of Octree Software's professional packages. It lacks animation options, and has limited object construction tools, but still packs a lot of 3-D power. It is not a ray- tracer but features phong shading for fast results. The
program has the option to render directly to the Impact Vision 24-bit frame buffer for hi-res, flicker-free, 24-bit results, it also requires a 68881 68882 floating math coprocessor to boot up. The program requires that the coprocessor be part of the processor bus and not a separate add-on device card.
Also included isa version of Macro Paint. Your drawing interface and controls appear right on the 24-bit framebuffer screen allowing drawing in 16 million colors. It sports numerous features, many keyboard equivalents, and every command has an Arexx counterpart. It's too soon to comment Composite screen highlighting some of the numerous commands available in the included paint system Macro Paint 24.
Picture-in-Picture Mode allows live video input to a sizable box on your Amiga screen.
On the paint side of Impact Vision, but it is worth noting that the painting is not exactly 100% real-time. When you draw a line, or anything else, for that matter, your line is represented as either red, green, or blue. When you lift up the mouse, completing the operation, the program "chugs" for a second or two, similar to Toaster Paint's "send to buffer," and the true color appears.
Its feedback response falls somewhere in the middle of the Firecracker 24's fast true real-time paint and Toaster Paint's slow buffer-rendering non real-time.
[ "Scala," Impact Vision's included titling and character generator pragma, was not available in a released version for this preview. Ed. I SolTiT Grad t Brush 1 Spare t Invert I __OK_J Installation The board requires an Amiga 2000 2500 3000 with 2MB of memory (SMB is ideal) and uses a zorro slot and the video slot. Since the 3000 has the two slots side by side, the board just presses in. On the 2000 an optional ribbon cable with card runs over to the video slot from the Impact Visionboard.
Video cards such as the Video Toaster cannot be used on the same Amiga with Impact Vision since there is only one video slot. External genlocks tend to create timing problems and cannot be used as well; however, external encoders will work. The back of the board contains an RGB (VGA) 15-pin monitor out and a 26-pin input output connector. The board contains no BNC or Y C video outputs; however the 26- pin connector connects to an external box that can have composite input and output, an Amiga analog pass-through, and other modes. It is unclear whether or not this box will be included with
the final board. The box was not supplied with this unit since it is still in production, but an adapter cable was substituted for testing purposes. GVP plans a series of expansion units that will hook to the back of the board, allowing RGB color splitting and composite keying among other uses. While this set-up FILL NODES Region Re ilr & t 'roject MACRO PAINT 24 Cyan iM asen t a imirrmM [Conp 1 enen t TOR GVF'S IMPACT VISION Z4 does allow for unlimited future expansion, it docs mean that the actual Impact Vision unit does not "do it all" without extra hardware.
Out of the box, the board provides a composite adapter and 15 31 kHz analog Rgli outputs. A standard VGA or multi-svnc monitor plugs right into the board; most Amiga monitors will require an optional adapter cable. In order to take advantage of Impact Vision's high-scan multi-sync flicker- free modes, a compatible monitor is needed, Commodore's 1950, for example. The back of the board contains a three-position toggle switch which can also be controlled via software. The positions include: Genlock mode (external sync pulse), Master mode (standard mode-internalsync),and bypass.
Conclusions The potential uses for Impact 24's "Picture-in-Picture" are limited only by your imagination. The flicker-free 24- bit output is exceptional. The software to be bundled with this board will provide fora well-rounded library of easy- to-use, powerful programs for creating presentation packages, animations, whatever! The ability to use the board in the 2000, 2500 and 3000 allows for a broader base of users, availability of more power, and gives 3000 owners access to a powerful video board.
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WHY Should You Use the CLI?
By Keith C i k r o n r_L'o click, or not to click that is the question. One of the benefits of being an Amiga owner is having this choice. With some computers, you are forced to either click away with the mouse or learn some version of DOS. Most users new to the Amiga, especially those with limited computer experience, welcome those colorful icons and the two-button mouse. With such an intuitive design, it is, in fact, quite tempting to spend the rest of your Amiga-life clicking away. However, beneath the icon surface is another Amiga world, called the CLI, and a working knowledge of it
certainly has its advantages. If you've never given any serious consideration to this aspect of the Amiga, you're missing out on the full power of your computer.
First of all, CLI means "Command Line Interface." Basically, it is a way of communicating directly with the Amiga using a specialized language called AmigaDOS. In essence, you use the CLI to type in specific AmigaDOS commands rather than pulling those commands down from a menu bar.
For example, if you wanted to copy a file from one disk to another, you would use the COPY command. To delete a program or file, you would use the DELETE command. The vast majority of such commands as these reside in the 'c' directory on your Workbench disk. Even if you wanted to run a program which had an icon, you could do so from the CLI simply by typing the name of that program. Thus, anything done from the Workbench can also done from the CLI. The reverse is not true, though, for there are many programs on your disk that cannot be run from the Workbench.
One great advantage in using the CLI, especially for A500 owners, is that it uses less memory than the Workbench.
Since the CLI allows the user to communicate directly with the computer by using DOS commands, icons are not necessary. This considerably saves memory because each icon uses a set amount of memory. For example, a standard drawer icon uses 894 bytes while a standard trashcan icon uses 1166 bytes. For machines with large amounts of RAM, these amounts are negligible, but with only 512K RAM, every byte counts. Watch the memory count in the menu bar and notice how much memory is used to simply open up icon-filled windows.
Another reason to consider using the CLI is to gain access to more software. There are many excellent public domain and shareware programs on the market today at very low prices. However, many of these programs require a working knowledge of AmigaDOS; in fact, some can be run from only the CLI. On a few occasions 1 have purchased public domain disks which do not contain a single icon. Accessing such disks requires at least some knowledge of AmigaDOS. By ignoring the CLI, you are neglecting a valuable source of worthwhile programs.
Likewise, it is through the CLI that many utilities can be added to improve the overall operation of your Amiga. Such programs can speed up load time, add commands,and speed up your mouse movement. For example, if you want to install a program which will blank your screen after a given period of inactivity, you would probably need to do so using AmigaDOS. Likewise, if you wish to have a virus checker 3 reasons why:
• communicate directly with the Amiga via commands
• uses less memory than the Workbench
• gain access to more public domain software automatically load
and constantly run in the background, scanning each disk you
insert in a drive, then you need to be familiar with AmigaDOS.
A working knowledge of the CL1 also makes it possible to personalize various disks. For example, 1 have taken my favorite quick word processing program and have reconfigured the startup-sequence so the program loads upon booting instead of the Workbench screen. Not only does this save time and effort, it also saves a little memory by not forcing me to open up the disk and expose those bvte- hungry icons.
Furthermore, some familiarity with the CLI is essential in order to upload and download files on computer bulletin boards, thus opening up another source for free software.
Since most files on bulletin boards are compressed using ZOO, ARC, or other similar programs, one must know how to use the CLI in order to compress and de-compress these ou are missing out on some real power by not using Amiga DOS commands.
Files. Once again, these programs must be installed via the CLI, and most must be operated from the CLI as well.
As 1 mentioned earlier, I suppose it is possible for someone to use an Amiga and yet never access the CLI. Doing so, however, ignores the full power of the Amiga. Likewise, there is so much available beneath the surface that is useful.
Take your Workbench disk, for example. If you click open the various icons, you will see many drawers ("directories" in AmigaDOS language) and tools ("files” in AmigaDOS).
However, you cannot see everything that is on your Workbench disk simply by using Workbench. There are, for example, numerous fonts, clipboard devices, printer devices, and other files that can be fully manipulated only by using AmigaDOS. Sure, you can go to Preferences and select the printer you wish to use, or you can use Notepad to access the fonts. But what if you want to add a printer to the list available, or you want to add another font or two?
You are also missing out on some real power by not using AmigaDOS commands. The RUN command, for example, allows for true multitasking. Some programs loaded from the Workbench are not capable of multitasking, but they are when loaded using the RUN command. Additionally, commands like INFO and LIST provide you with useful information. INFO tells you exactly how full your disk is useful if you are moving things while LIST tells you the exact size of various files also useful when moving things. Have you ever had a damaged disk with certain programs that wouldn't load? A pure Workbench user
might be tempted to simply discard the disk and write it off as a loss. However, by using DISKDOCTOR in AmigaDOS, you probably would be able to save the disk and much, if not all, of its contents. It certainly has come to my rescue many times.
The CLI basically allows you to begin using your Amiga fully. It is through the CLI that much of the maintenance of your computer is done. If you've avoided it so far because it seems confusing, read through the pertinent section in your manual again and begin using the basic commands. Before long, you'll probably wonder how you ever got along by just clicking that mouse. *AC* Please Write to; Keith Cameron c o Amazing Computing
P. O. Box S69 Fall River, MA 02722-0869 Unless you use your Amiga
in a sterile environment, one of the problems you must
eventually face is the accumulation of foreign matter
interfering with the operations. And if you share your living
area with furry, four-legged animals as 1 do, this process
will be accelerated. The only routine maintenance needed is
very simple to perform. This article will take you
step-by-step through all of the procedures that are needed to
keep your Amiga in top-notch condition. With a little care
and effort, you may never need to visit a repair shop.
Cleanup Time by Rob Hays Keeping Your Amiga in Top Working Condition The simplest and probably most obvious place to start is the monitor. If you think that the screen seems to attract dust, you're right.
Tire static electricity generated by the monitor actually does a ttract dust particles 1 ike a magnet, which makes the screen the piece of equipment that needs the most frequent cleaning. With the power off, moisten a cloth with a glass cleaner such as Windex. Gently wipe themonitor screen from edge to edge, being sure to get the corners. Turn the cloth and repeat, making sure the screen is thoroughly dry. Now look at the cloth. See how' much gunk you were looking through?
Besides the monitor screen, the only other routine cleaning and maintenance needed is cleaning the diskdrive(s). For this you will have to buy a head cleaning kit, available at any computer store and most discount stores. These are quite inexpensive, usually around $ 10. Make sure the one you buy is marked non-abrasive. Cleaning the drives is very simple, arid should be done every couple of months or so for the average user.
Just place a few drops of cleaning fluid onto the surface of the special cleaning disk, and pop the disk into the drive.
The .Amiga will spin a disk for only about three seconds when it is inserted into the drive, which isn't enough time to do a good job. You really should have the disk spinning for about twenty or thirty seconds to clean the read write heads thoroughly. The easy solution to this dilemma is to remove and re-insert the disk six or eight times in succession. A much better solution is to obtain a program similar to Klean from your local user group or computer bulletin board. Klean is also available on Fred Fish disk 297. Used as a command fro m theC LI, these p rograms allow you to spin a disk
for as long as you want, Over time, problems can develop as lint, dirt, and hair accumulate. The most frequent problem is with the mouse rollers. These are the small wheels inside the mouse that translate the rolling action of the bail into vertical and horizontal signals the computer can use. Have you noticed that the pointer on the screen doesn't move as smoothly as it once did?
Perhaps it sometimes acts as if it is stuck. Turn your mouse over and twist the retaining plate with your fingers so that the arrow turns from the "C" to the "O." Turn back upright and let the ball and plate drop into your hand. Now look inside the mouse.
All you'll need for this job is a cotton swab, some isopropyl alcohol, and a pair of tweezers. Using the tweezers, pull any accumulation of lint or threads away from the roller axles. Next, dip the swab in the alcohol and gently wipe back and forth along the length of the roller. As this section comes clean, push the roller around to the next section, continuing the process until the entire surface is clean. While you have the mouse ball out, wipe it off with a damp towel and dry it thoroughly. The next time you use your Amiga, I bet you'll notice a big difference in response.
The above procedures will solve or prevent most of the common problems that crop up from time to time. However, if vou find yourself repeatedly pressing certain keys before they register, then read on.
The standard Amiga keyboard has 94 keys, and each key has several components. The part you see and actually press is the keycap. This is fitted to a white plastic frame that covers a small coiled spring. As you press against the keycap, the white plastic frame moves down, compressing the spring. A piece of the frame separates two electrical contacts. As the frame moves down, the contacts touch and a keypress is registered by the computer.
The keycaps are held onto the frames with friction, so to remove them, carefully lift straight up. Depending on the location of the key, you can probably use your finger nails or a couple of small screwdrivers. Remember you are working with plastic parts. They won't take a tot of stress before breaking. Don't try to remove the space bar. It's held on differently, and can be nearly impossible to put back together.
If enough lint and fuzz build up around the white frame, it won't compress enough toallow thecontacts to close. Ifvou have only one or two keys with this problem, you can pop off the keycap for the afflicted key.
Using your tweezers, carefully remove the blockage. After removing the b lockage, m a ke sure the keycap is facing the right direction, and press itback onto the frame. When you hear it click, it's seated properly.
If you remove the keycap and the white plastic frame comes off with it, don't panic.
First, be sure the coil spring is still in place. Next, separate the frame from the keycap. Make sure the frame is oriented properly, so that the bar of plastic will separate the contacts when it's replaced. Carefully spread the contacts and gently press down on the frame until it clicks into place.
If you have several keys that are causing problems, you'll have to remove the plastic case from your Amiga to gain access to the keyboard. You will need to buy a 10 Torx screwdriver. Most automotive and hardware stores carry these for about three or four dollars. The instructions given are for the Amiga 500, but the procedures should be similar for other models.
Remember: the following procedure will void any remaining warranty on your Amiga. Neither P.i.M. Publications, Inc. nor the author can be held responsible for any damages incurred by anyone attempting this procedure.
First, with the power off, disconnect everything from the back of your computer and the expansion port. Turn your Amiga face down on a suitable surface, and using the Torx screwdriver, remove the five Torx screws, three on the front edge of the case and two in the rear. Don't remove any other screws.
Holding the case together with your hands, turn the computer right side up. The top of the case will now lift off.
The keyboard unit is connected with a braided metal strap and a ribbon cable to the motherboard. These are long enough to allow some freedom of movement. If you find that you need to disconnect them, be sure to mark the keyboard connector so that you won't reverse the connection when reassembling.
A handy item at this point is a can of compressed gas to blow a way the lint under the keys. These are availableat most electronic supply shops and photo shops under various names. Please do everyone a favor and make sure that the can you buy contains no chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which destroy the ozone layer.
Following the directions on the can, direct the stream of gas under the keycaps. This should be done from a couple of different angles to ensure removal of all the lint.
Reverse the disassembly procedures to put everything back together, and reconnect all of the cables.
Power up your system and check that everything functions properly. If you still have problems with a particular key, you mayneed to use a small amountof a con- tactcleaningsolutionon the electrical contacts themselves.
To prevent a rapid return of the problem, some preventive steps should be taken. The easiest thing to do is vacuum the top of the computer case occasionally to remove the dirt, lint, and hair before they can accumulate. Covering up the computer when it's not in use will help also. Several types of covers are available for purchase, although a simple piece of doth or plastic will do.
With these simple steps and a small investment of time and money, you can keep your Amiga operating at peak efficiency. »AC* Please Write to: Rob Hays c o Amazing Computing
P. O. Box 869 Fall River, MA 02722-0869 The PC Viewer by In
FocusSystems is such a peripheral. The idea is simple: a very
small and light, color liquid crystal display module,
plugging into any standard DB-9 or DB-15 monitor output,
replaces the monitor. The PC Viewer, placed on an ordinary
overhead projector, projects your real-time monitor outputon
toastandard screen or a white wall. An audience can now view
the computer screen in living color.
REVIEW In Focus Systems, Inc, PC Viewer, Model 5000CX By Merrill Callaivay I'VE NOTICED THAT MOST of my Amiga friends stay out of shops that cater to the PC and Mac crowd. I suppose they're annoyed at the lack of recognition our favorite machine suffers at the mercy of the herd mentality. Even so, I think we often do well to keep abreast of developments in the PC world, because every once in a while some peripheral comes along that is truly worthwhile for the Amiga environment, and your local Amiga dealer may not be aware of it.
In Focus Systems' logic is brilliant almost every office that needs this tvpe of presentation already has an overhead projector and a screen. So the PC Viewer and a small computer, such as the A30Q0, make a lightweight, travelworthy, presentation package. There is, of course, absolutely no software dependence, so any Amiga 500, 2000, or 3000 with a flicker fixer or a flicker- free video device will work just fine.
All you need on any computer is a DB- 9 or DB-15 output connection. The onl v bad news is that you cannot use this device with an RGB port. I may as well tell the other bad news here as there is only good news later on. The list price is $ 4995. LCD technology this good doesn't come cheap. In Focus Systems calls their patented technology Triple Super Twist Nematic or TSTN. The palette range of the model 5000CX which I tested is 4913 colors, according to the IFS brochure. They also claim that the 5000CX produces saturated colors, depth, clarity, and subtle gradation of tone. They're not
kidding. I agree with their claims. While the output was not quite as tasty as that of my Seiko CM-1440's Trinitron tube, it was truly impressive. I tested it with an interlaced screen of text in Workbench
2. 0 standard colors of blue, black, and gray. The text was sharp
and clear. A room full of people would have no trouble reading
text from a distance. In case you are unfamiliar with LCDs,
they are the same low power consumption, imaging devices
used in digital watches. However, PC Viewer's are in color,
and much more sophisticated.
Look at the display of a digital watch.
Observe how the numbers change. It's quick enough, but slow compared to the scanning speed of a computer screen. The PC Viewer suffers the same drawback it's slow. If you move the mouse pointer across the screen in any but the most leisurely pace, it will "ghost" as its images catch up. Just for fun, I tried "Half-Brite Hill," an animation included with DeluxePaint III.
The already ghostly images were even more ethereal. Ac tually, the look wasn't too bad. As long as the animation stops somewhere for a half second or so, the image will clear up. Actually, for blurred motion, the PC Viewer contributes some interesting effects. While working in the windows and clicking and moving the mouse, I began to feel downright leisurely. The catch-up images make everything seem to go in slow motion. The PC Viewer excels at doing slide shows, however, because catch-up is not a problem. It is also OK for slower type animations such as animated business charts.
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So far, we've found that the PC Viewer is sharp, clear, and lightweight at 6.7 pounds. It's rather slow, expensive, and incompatible with an RGB port. How about the color? It's not only saturated, butfairly accurate, too. There is even a button for reversing the palette. Speakingof controls, the PC Viewer has a remote control device about the size of a TV controller. It also has corresponding buttons on the box itself.
There are three rocker switches that have arrows on the ends for adjusting in one direction or the other. There are th ree Other control bu ttons, an d a [shift] button that makes the six other keys perform additional functions, for a total of twelve controls. In unshifted mode, the three rocker keys adjust the positions of the image up and down; side to side; and contrast up down.
The unshifted buttons serve to clear the choose an 8-color, 64-color, or 4913- color display, the fewer-color choices being useful to increase saturation and brightness of text on a background or for charts with only a few colors; and sync-, which does what sync+ does, only backwards.
The kit comes in a beautiful, fitted- foam carrying case and includes the PC Viewer; two cables, a DB-15 to DB-15, and a DB-9 to DB-15; a remote control; a 12-volt power supply; and a very well-written and illustrated spiral- bound manual, printed on expensive coated stock. The overall look and feel is very professional. 1 had no trouble setting up the PC Viewer or operating any of its features.
IFS also markets a compact overhead projector that I used to test the equipment, and it is a paragon of ingenious design. It is rugged, small, com- ticularly if it offers computing or has multi-media presentations on a computer. Anyone in business who makes frequent presentations outside of the office is an obvious candidate. It occurred to me that large Amiga-user groups in metropolitan areas could afford to purchase one for meetings and demosof software. Amiga dealers could use it for their training sessions on the Amiga for customers or staff. If you train people with Amiga Vision
or other software, the PC Viewer is a natural, as long as you consider my caveats about animation and the speed of the LCD display.
1 probably wouldn't buy a LiteShowII unless I needed to travel by air regularly, and size and weight were paramount. Even then, I'd consider an Amiga 500 decked out with an ICD Flicker Free Video and their new inter- The PC Viewer, placed on an ordinary overhead projector, projects your real-time monitor output on to a standard screen or a white wall, screen of unwanted patterns that sometimes occur, though I never saw any; reverse the palette to put light letters on dark or dark letters on light backgrounds; and svnc+ to cycle forward through sixteen synchronization modes in order to
automatically lock on to various graphic output signals.
Shifted, the three rocker keys become mode, which steps through some nonstandard graphics modes used in the PC environment: Hercules Compressed, Hercules Truncated, AT&T 6300 series, Mitsubishi Maxi Compressed, a space for future use, and the standard PC Viewer mode for VGA; tracking, which fine tunes the PC Viewer's internal dock in 64 steps to match your graphics output; and level, which adjusts the color mapping in 64 steps to a broader or a narrower range of tone for a given color. The remaining control buttons, when shifted, become reset, a return to all factory default settings;
palette, which allows you to pact, and light. With both these products by In Focus Systems, not only will theattention to detail project your computer output, but also the equipment itself will project your image as a winner. Another interesting accessory' from IFS is a product called LiteShowII, a 3.7 pound system so small you can carry it in the space of half a briefcase. It records images and files from your computer on its own 3.5" 1.44 Mb (HD floppy) drive. Like the PC Viewer, it takes the monitor output, so there is no software compatibility question at all. After you record, the
device has a hard-wired hyper-media capability with which to do programmed or real-time sequenc- ingand 13 types of dissolves. It lists for S1995.
Who should buy a PC Viewer? The price will decide for you in most cases.
Most of us would expect there to be a pressing need before we could justify the expense. A school or university could well justify the purchase, par- nal hard drive. This system, with AmigaVision, Elan Performer, or other media control software, would have a hundred times the power of the LiteShowII at about half the cost, with only a little more bulk and weight. An A500 without a monitor to lug along is a small and compact bundle in its own right. All in all, I recommend the PC Viewer to anyone who can justify its cost by the need. The overall quality is superb, both in the workmanship and in
performance. »AO In Focus Systems Price: $ 1995.00 7770 Southwest Mohawk St. Tualatin, OR 97062
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P. O. Box 869 Fall River, MA 02722-0869 [The statements and
projections presented in "Roomers" are rumors in the purest
sense. The bits of information are gathered by a third-party
source from whispers inside the industry. At press time, these
rumors remain unconfirmed and are printed for entertainment
value only. Accordingly, the staff and associates of Amazing
Computing cannot be held responsible for the reports made in
this column.I R O O W E R S by The Bandito Commodore Doesn’t
Tell Viewers The Bandito keeps hearing all sorts of fun things
about other companies developing CDTV-like machines.
Apparently, Apple's CDTV clone has been revived and killed
more times than a comic book villain. The latest word is that
it's heading for a Christmas 1992 debut.
In between, Apiple is courting entertainment software developers, including some CDTV developers, hoping to get some CD-ROM-type product ready. As if that isn't enough competition, an Intel chip-based CDTV look-alike is being readied by not one but three different big electronics firms, again hoping for a late 1992 release. And of course, CD-I should be rolling by the end of this year. So the CD-ROM competition is becoming red-hot for 1992. Oh, yeah, don't forget there's a bunch of videogames with CD-ROMs coming our way, too.
But CDTV is fighting back strongly. The Bandito hears that Commodore has signed a deal to put analog display circuitry in every CDTV, This gives you the capabilities of DCTV output, that is, millions of colors for TV-quality pictures. Of course, you won't be able to digitize pictures, but you can always buy something else to do that. Tlie most amazing part of the deal is that Commodore won't increase the price of CDTV at all. In fact, the price will probably drop by a couple of hundred dollars after Christmas.
Increased manufacturing efficiency is part of the reason, but the demands of the marketplace are an even more compelling justification. CDTV isn't selling as fast as they'd hoped; the Bandito hears mixed reports about CDTV sales so far. Commodore is hoping for big things to happen during the Christmas season, but we'll just have to wait and see.
Commodore is trying to help CDTV sales along. For one thing, a big advertising campaign is planned for Christmas. For the long term, the Bandito hears that Commodore is considering funding the development of CDTV titles by outside developers.
(Commodore is already producing a football game for CDTV, with some very nice audio.) Apparently, they want to ensure that there are some good CDTV titles available in kev product areas, without having to wait on third-party developers. This situation may change in the future if more CDTV titles get produced.
However, since CDTV titles aren't selling in vast numbers yet, developers aren't exactly rushing to create new CDTV software. Slow and cautious is their watchphrase. Most of the initial rush of titles came from already existing CD-ROM or computer software that companies ported to CDTV in case they could make a killing by being the first title out for a new hardware platform. Now, as CDTV works to build up a sizable market, we'll see the pace of new software releases slow somewhat.
In the eyes of some developers, it's CDTV's turn to prove itself. It's up to Commodore to get out there and sell a bunch of CDTV units in
1992. The Bandito's advice? Get the price point down to under
$ 500 on the street as fast as you possibly can, certainly
bv Christmas 1992. Do some innovative promotions,
advertising, and marketing to make people aware of CDTV and
what it can do. Invest in some key CDTV software that
offers a compelling reason to buy the hardware. Donate some
CDTV units to schools, hospitals, and the like; it'll be
great publicity and more people will get to use the
hardware. You've got to spend heavily now to get this
hardware rolling before the competition comes on strong.
And there's much competition coming in 1992. Some very heavy hitters are planning CD-ROM type stuff: Sony, Nintendo, Philips. These guvs can spend billions on production and marketing. Commodore's big advantage is being out there first and having a large initial software LightWave 3D and the Video Toaster ARE BEING USED TO GENERATE SOME GRAPHICS FOR STAR TREK VI base. But that advantage won't mean much bv 1993. So 1992 is really the make-or-break year for CDTV, If it's not firmly established and selling strongly in the 1992 Christmas season, the Bandito predicts that it's a lost cause. Oh,
CDTV might well meander on for a few more years, but it won't be a sizable part of the market if it hasn't already grabbed a chunk of the market by the end of
1992.
New Hardware The A SCO's weakness has been the relative difficulty of expansion.
Sure, you can add a hard drive and more RAM without too much problem, but what about other hardware? "You shoulda bought a 2000" isn't a good answer. So California Access developed the Bodega Bay expansion box. Now another company has come up with their own version of A500 expansion.
Inovatronics has announced an expansion chassis for the A500 is in the works. The Bandito thinks that this is a Good Thing; we need ways to give A500 owners more power.
Ideally, you should be able to bring an A50C up to the power and capability of an A3000. ’t his means that third-party developers should make an effort to work with the A500. Are you listening, NewTek?
How about an A500 version of the Toaster? You know, Commodore should really be the ones to produce an expansion chassis for the A500. Or perhaps a new version of the A500 that's a hit easier to expand. Heck, you really ought to re-engineer the thing anyway just to reduce the manufacturing costs. Shrink the number of chips, get rid of the awkward daughterboard, and put 1MB RAM on the motherboard. Make a new case that's more totnble, ideally with a detachable keyboard. If you make the keyboard a separate item, perhaps the rest of the A500 would be a very small box that would be quite
portable maybe even one where you could attach an LCD screen for true portability.
CSA, known as makers of low cost accelerators for the Amiga, have announced their 40 4 Magnum 68040 accelerator board for the A2000 As expected, the 68040 makes for a blazingly fast Amiga, but there's a heftv price tag to be on the cutting edge: $ 3995. Although it's a departure from their standard low-cost strategy, this product should do well among those who need every last ounce of horsepower for 3-D rendering and animation. The 40 4 Magnum puts out 20 MIPS or 3.75 Mflops, which makes it a darn sight faster than 33 Mfiz 80486 chip. The 40 4 Magnum comes with two serial ports and a
parallel port, a super fast SCSI controller, 1MB of static RAM, and 4MB of DRAM, Of course, you can drop more RAM into as needed.
Of course, CSA isn't the only manufacturer with a 68040 board. GVP has one, and so do others including Progressive Peripherals and Supra Corporation. It's taken longer than expected because Motorola has been slower than expected in getting the 68040 chips out the door. Next up: a 33MHz version of the '040. Next year we'll see a 50 Mhz version, too. And then there's the 68050... There's only one catch: not alt Amiga software is compatible with the 68040 chip. You can expect that software that can really use the extra power, like 3-D packages, will be among the first to revise their programs
to work with the 68040. But you'll need to make sure that your software works before you leap into the next generation of CPU's.
The Ubiquitous Amiga The Amiga is in so many places these days that it's hardly worth mentioning it, but the Bandito just can't pass up this one. The Bandito has heard (would you believe through inherent Betazoid powers?)
That LightWave 3D and the Video Toaster are being used to generate some graphics for Star Trek VI; look closely at some of the pictures you see on Enterprise computer screens when the movie comes out. We may even see LightWave graphics show up in the television series, too.
"Amiga: The Next Generation" wouldn't be a bad slogan, now would it?
The newest version of LightWave (2.0) may even be out by the time you read this. The new version has ray tracing and higher resolution mode options, along with some new anti-aliasing features. The rest of the Toaster software is also getting new features, but for a whole new interface, you'll have to wait for Video Toaster software, version 3.0. And when might that be? Not soon.
While we're talking about strange places for the Amiga to be found, how about at the MacWorld show the prime Macintosh exposition? You have to feel sorry for Mac owners; they so desperately want to use their machines for video, and it just isn't cut out for it. Here's an example of state-of-the-art in Macintosh video products: an $ 800 video titling software package that can't even scroll text. Of course, the Video Toaster was the big Amiga attraction at the show. NewTek showed over 70 new Toaster digital effects as part of the new version of the software. [See New Products & Other Neat
Stuff, October 1991. Ed] An unusual twist is that NewTek is working on integrating the Toaster with the Macintosh. The Toaster control panel was displayed on the HIM Memory Management, Inc. Amiga Service Specialists Over four years experience!
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Toaster controls were handled from a Mac. So NewTek is
creating a Toaster interface for the Macintosh and the IBM
which will control an Amiga-based Toaster. Seems appro
priate to the Bandito; you always use lower-powered
computers to handle I O, right?
SIGGRAPH News Though Commodore didn't show up, there was some Amiga news. NewTek announced the Video Toaster Workstation, which is an A2000 with a Toaster, 50 Mhz GVP board, 9MB of RAM, 105 MB hard FOR NEW AMIGA USERS Ages4to7 Learn the Alphabet and Have Fun Animation, Pictures, Letters, and Song S30.00 Check or COD Dealer Inquiries Welcome PARTH GALEN BOX 482 COLD SPRING,
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Drive, for $ 8995. Basically, another version of the bundled Toaster Amiga with the Amiga name filed off. This annoys some Amiga fans, who say NewTek isn't doing enough to promote the computer. Well, the Bandito feels that promoting the computer is really Commodore's job.
You can't expect a company the size of NewTek, which is itty-bitty compared to Commodore, to do Commodore's marketing job. Well, you can, but that's really a sad reflection on Commodore's marketing ability, or lack thereof.
Anyway, before the Bandito Fast Guide to Amiga CLI Imagine the perfect guide to AmigaDOS. It would cover both 1.3 and 2.0. It would describe every oplion of every command, and show examples of commands you need to use everyday.
It would describe how to use scripts, shell commands, and wildcards, Like the Fast Cuirte to Amiga CIA. It would be designed for speed, be slim, concisely written, and easy to travel with.
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COMPUTER SYSTEMS ASOCIATES1 Mega-Midget Racer by Mike C. Corbett CSA provides the answer to the Amiga owner's need for speed WHEN THE AMIGA 1000 was first released it was considered to be state of the art. At its heart was a Motorola 68000 CPU chip running at 7.14 Mhz. In 1985 that was powerful. As the years have passed there have been many improvements in computer technology. Since then Motorola has released the 68020, the 68030, and just recently, the 68040. The latest version of the Amiga is the A3000, powered by a 25 Mhz 68030 CPU, with roughly eight times the computing power of the
original Amiga 1000.
The Mega- Midget Racer is a 68030- based accelerator available In either 25 or 33MHz speeds.
Software has also become more demanding over the intervening years.
Many of us have found the "stock" Amiga 1000 to be just too slow for some of the software available today. Rendering programs such as Turbo Silver and desktoppublishing programs need all the horsepower they can get. It's true that the speed of the newer Amiga models is quite attractive, but many people would like to keep their "Old Faithful" model 1000.
To help with this dilemma, Computer Systems Associates has developed the Mega-Midget Racer. The Mega-Midget Racer is a 68030-based accelerator available in either 25 or 33 Mhz speeds for the Amiga 500,1000 and 2000. There is also a new budget model available for the most cost-conscious among us.
This economy version is identical to the original except that it lacks an MMU, or memory management unit, a piece of hardware inside the CPU chip that is not used by the AmigaDOS operating system. Also, the performance of the economy model is also identical to the original version, so unless you will be running UNIX or the AMAX Macintosh emulator, the MMU is redundant.
For this review the 25 Mhz budget version was chosen, with a 2MB memory expansion, 68882 math coprocessor, and 512K static RAM.
Initial Considerations Before deciding to purchase a Mega-Midget Racer, one should be aware of several tilings. First, theMega- Midget Racer must be installed in a system that has Kickstart 1.3 in ROM, or Read Only Memory. All models of the Amiga made after the 1000 have this (i.e. 500,2000,3000). However, si nee the Kickstart had not been finalized at the time the 1000 was first scheduled for release, it was decided to have the computer read the operating system from disk, allowing easy distribution of updates to Amiga owners. Because of internal timing considerations, the Mega-Midget Racer
requires this be loaded in ROM instead of from disk.
Another consideration is FAST I?AM speed. Random access memory chips are manufactured in a variety of speed ratings, with the most common speed-rated chips found in Amiga systems being 120 nanoseconds. This means that they can be accessed at a minimum time interval of 120 nanoseconds, or ten-millionths of a second.
While this may seem incredibly fast to you and me, i t is not adequate for the Mega-Midget Racer. The slowest rated chips that it can reliably use is 100 ns RAM.
The only way to tell what speed RAM chips are being used is to open up the Amiga and look at the chips themselves. On all RAM chips manufactured there is a code number indicating their size and speed rating, usually something like "41256-12." The number 41 indicates a dynamic RAM chip, the 256 means a capacity of 256K bits, and the 12 means tha t the chip is rated at 120 ns.
The numbers on other chips will vary accordingly.
CSA's 40 4 Magnum by Mike C. Corbett CSA has recently announced the coming availability of their newest accelerator product, called the 40 4 Magnum. At the heart of the 40 4 Magnum is a 68040 CPU, the newest in the Motorola line, clocked at 25 Mhz, The Magnum will be available only for the Amiga 2000, plugging into the processor slot.
The 40 4 Magnum has some impressive specifications: Please note that RAM speed is only important on expansion memory beyond the normal 512K on the Amiga
1000. CHIP RAM (as opposed to FAST RAM) speed is generally
irrelevant to the Mega-Midget Racer.
There is also the problem of space.
In order for the Mega-Midget Racer to fit inside the case of the 1000, the original internal floppy disk drive must be replaced with a special, low profile drive, and a large notch must be cut in the internal metal shield. The notch is needed because the Mega-Midget Racer actually sits on top of this shield and a connection runs to the motherboard underneath.
The relative difficulty of performing these modifications makes this a job that is best be left to trained teclmi- ciansor those whoaretechnicallyadept.
Fortunately, CSA offers the service of installing the 1.3 ROMs and the replacement floppy drive along with the Mega-Midget Racer itselt.
This service is highly recommended to ensure proper installation of the system and as protection against
• High-speed serial and parallel ports
• Eight layer PC board construction Surface mount technology As
of this writing, the first units are scheduled to go on sale in
mid- October, so they should be available by the time you read
this. Performance is expected to be a minimum of two times that
of a si mila rlv-clocked Mega-Mi d get Racer, but current
expectations are for much better. The expected list price is
$ 3395.00. This board will include 1MB S-RAM, 4MB D-RAM, SCSI
and other ports.
Any unforeseen problems. When the test system was sent in, it was discovered by CSA that it had an unusually old motherboard. Because of this, CSA had to perform some extra work to allow their accelerator to work. A special adapter board had to be used for the 1.3 Kickstart ROMs and several of the pins on the motherboard had to be shortened to allow the ROM adapter board to fit under the internal shield.
Having CSA perform the installation also guarantees compatibility with your other expansion devices. There are many differences between similar devices from different manufacturers, and it would be verv disappointing to find that your memory expansion or hard drive refuses to work after the Mega-Midget Racer is installed.
Be prepared for a wait, though.
CSA averages two weeks for install time, to which the shipping time to and from San Diego, CA, must be added.
This can add up to being without your computer for up to four weeks.
Documentation The user's manual supplied with the Mega-Midget Racer is 21 pages long and covers most things the new user will want to know. The most obvious omission is in the installation instructions. The manual details procedures for only the Amiga 500 and 2000 models, with nothing specifically directed to the A1000 model owners. While this lack is understandable, owing to the complexity of the task and the likelihood that CSA will perform that work, it would be instructive to at least see a reference to A1000 installation procedures.
Otherwise the manual is well written, i f not excessively thorough, giving insight to the internal workings of the unit. It is, though, somewhat of an annoyance that several things are mentioned without any explanation as to their purpose. One example is the description of the software which toggles the 68030 processor's instruction cache on and off. Being able to do this is nice but no hint is given as to why one would want to do it.
Supplied Software The Mega-Midget Racer package contains a floppy disk with Workbench
1. 3and varioussupport software. Along with the expected
benchmarking programs is software to configure 32-bit RAM
and static RAM, to switch processor caching on or off, and
to reboot the system in 68000 processor mode.
Speed!
Once the Mega-Midget Racer is installed and everything is working properly, the big question is "Just how fastis it?" The answer is "roughly eight times faster." With the 23 Mhz Mega- Midget Racer installed, the Amiga 1000 attains computing power on par with a 25 M Hz Amiga 3000. Testing shows the Mega-Midget Racer to perform within 10% of the A3000 on all benchmarks run. In many cases tire difference is in the Mega-Midget Racer's favor!
The general feel of the system is quite good. Windows snap open more briskly, programs load in less ti me, and multitasking becomes comfortable.
Formatting disks in background no longer slows down your database application, and screen redraws in PageStream are blindingly fast.
One factor in system performance is RAM. Although memory on the A1000 is normally accessed 16 bits at a time, the 68030 CPU chip reads data in 32-bit segments. Unless the computer Testing shows the Mega-Midget Racer to perform within 10% of the A3000.
Has 32-bit RAM, the CPU is often forced to read data in two 16-bit segments, reducing the effective speed of the accelerator by up to 50%. Because of this, the 32-bit RAM is the most recommended addition to the basic Mega- Midget Racer package. CSA has a line of expansion RAM available for the Mega-Midget Racer that lias a "data path" that is 32 bits wide to the CPU.
Another possible add-on to consider is a 68882 floating point unit, or math co-processor. The math co-pro- cessor is a special purpose chip that performs floating point math calculations much faster than the 68030 CPU.
If the software being used is written to use it, the speed improvement can be amazing. Speed-ups of 30 to 60 times can be seen in special versions of programs written to use the math chip.
This is an important point. If the software you are planning to use has not been written to use the floating point math co-processor, no additional speed-up will be realized from having it installed.
Yet another possible enhancement to be considered is 512K of static RAM.
Having this affords a two-fold system improvement. The primary purpose of the static RAM is to allow the Kickstart to be moved from the 16-bit system memory into a special area of highspeed 32-bit memory, allowing any direct calls to the operating system by a program to execute much morequickly.
The other benefit from this static RAM is that once Kickstart has been moved into this area, the512K region of RAM it was previous!)' in becomes available for use as normal system memory. However, the nature of the Mega-Midget Racer is such that having that Kickstart in static RAM shows only a minor speed-up of normal operations of about 10%. So, unless you are doing a great deal of number crunching, the money is most likely better spent elsewhere.
Compatibility One of the major problems computer owners find when upgrading their hardware is finding out that some piece of software or other no longer works. In particular, many games for the Amiga have been written such that they will work perfectly on machines with the68000processor, but wili cause the more advanced 68020- and 68030- based machines to crash. This fact has been the most significant problem facing owners of the Amiga 3000.
The Mega-Midget Racer avoids this problem by retaining the 68000 processor. By simply clicking on the appropriate icon on the supplied software disk the system will reboot in 68000 mode. There is also the possibility of wiring a switch to a pair of jumper points on the Mega-Midget Racer, allowing the system to boot using either CPU.
This feature gives the Mega- Midget Racer a 100% software compatibility rating, an important consideration for those who like to play and work on their computer.
Compared to Compared to Normal A1000 A3000 25 Mhz Test Name A3000 25 MMR A1000 MMR WritePixel 337% 307% 30% 92% Dhrystone 560% 615% 18% T10% Sort 720% 738% 14% 102% Sieve 817% 830% 12% 101% Savage 610% 650% 16% 106% Matrix 766% 772% 13% 101% Mandelbrot N A 5500% N A N A The above chart shews performance as o percentage relative to an unaccelerated Amiga 1000 and to a 25 Mhz Amiga 3000 and. Except for the Mandelbrot, were performed with 'AIBB2,' the Amiga Intuition-Based Benchmarks, written by LaMonte Koop. The AIBB2 program was not written to use the 6S882 math co-processor and so demonstrates
the improvements made by only the 68030 CPU.
The Mondelbrot program does use the floating point unit, as evidenced by the dramatic improvement over the normal AMIGA 1000. And is In the software supplied by CSA with the Mega-Midget Racer WritePixel measures the time It takes to drow o box on 1he screen one pixel at a time using the AmrgaDOS system function WriiepixeiO. And then erases It. Also one pixel at a time.
Sieve performs a search for prime numbers from a set of 8191 numbers.
Sort sorts a jumbled list of 12,000 integers.
Savage tests floating point execution speed but not the floating point chip) by performing a series of operations on a number _ Dhrystone is a test that simulates in a very precise way the operation of a "typical program.
Matrix limes the addition and multiplication of three 40 x 40 integer matrices.
From examining the test results, one might easily conclude that the Mega-Midget Racer is foster than a 25 Mhz Amiga
3000. Thouqhsuch is not the case. Overall the A3000 is a faster
machine, a benefit of ils more advanced technology With its
internal SCSI hard drive. 32-bit internal architecture, and
more developed co-processor set. In everyday use it is
still the one to beat. A4C Running in 68000 mode is not
without its limitations, however. With the main 68030 CPU
disabled, the entire Mega-Midget Racer is disabled,
taking the 32-bit RAM and the math chip with it. This is
inevitable because those things are accessed only through
the 68030 CPU.
Support Support is provided via toll phone call to CSA in San Diego, CA. The staff was found to be knowledgeable and able to quickly answer all technical questions. For a warranty, service (90 days) is provided attheCSA headquarters, with return shipping covered by CSA.
Conclusions CSA has come up with another winner in their product line. Once the admittedly complex installation has been completed, the venerable Amiga 1000 becomes a computing powerhouse, comparing favorably with the latest models. The extra money spent to have CSA perform the installation is money well spent. While the manual could stand some improvement, the Mega-Midget Racer unit is a well-engineered piece of hardware that retains compatibility with all software.
CSA also offers discounts from their list prices, bri nging the real cost of a system down to mail-order house levels, greatly enhancing the value of going directly to the manufacturer, if you call them, be sure to ask about the discounts.
If you find yourself in need of more computing power, and still want to keep your old "pizza box," the Mega- Midget Racer is worthy of your consideration.
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Once loaded, Landscape will present you with a blank screen. Before you start laying down footpaths and planting big shady trees, you must determine a boundary for your garden. To prevent you from trying to do anything before this step, all options are ghosted except the Boundary option. Select boundary from the Edit menu and type in the correct area of your garden. You are determining how many pixels represent a certain number of centimeters. Once this is set, you are ready to map out your garden boundary. The cursor will now be a crosshair that allows vou to point and click on the screen
to outline your garden. A white line will be drawn from one point to the next to show the garden outline you are creating. This allows you to make a garden of any shape.
By Aimee B. Abren Once your boundary is defined (displayed with white lines) the next logical step is to lay down area objects earth, lawn, and footpaths. However, Landscape allows you to plant flowers before putting down any area objects; it just makes more sense to put down the earth and then flowers and trees. Area objects are drawn in the same fashion as boundaries,and each object is cleverly color- coded to distinguish among them lawns are green lines.
Selecting plants, flowers, and trees is even easier.
Select the type of plant tree, flowering plant, or nonflowering plant and when the cursor turns into a symbol representing your selection, you can start planting.
Flowering plants gives you the option of choosing color, and all plants can have different sizes. Once a plant is selected, you can keep planting without having to re-select each time. You can place something outside the boundary, but it is not suggested. Don't forget to add some footpaths or leave earth showing to have flower beds. The documentation gives some helpful tips on how to create a flower bed in the center of your garden and how to create circular areas of plants. Also there is a complete list of available plants in the documentation.
You have now completed the Design module of Landscape. Once this is completed, you should save your work. The documentation recommends everv 15 minutes.
Also, once you have selected Draw to see your garden in 3D, you cannot save the garden plan, so make sure you do a save before viewing your masterpiece. One convenient feature of the save option is the ability to save the garden in both IFF and data format. The IFF format is neat because then you can load your garden into your favorite IFF paint program for further enhancement. Be Careful: if you do choose to save as an IFF, you will not be able to open your file again as a Landscape file. To open your file again in the future, save your garden as a data file.
The Drawing module lets you view your garden from different view points. Landscape uses 3-D rotation when viewing your garden. This concept is explained well in the documentation. After experimenting with the angle and zoom options, select Quit, and Landscape will attempt to draw your garden.
The documentation file is one of the few actually 1 can't remember any that do that include a tutorial throughout the file. This is a great way to get comfortable with the program while you're still reading about all the available features.
I have few complaints about Landscape. There is no Undo command, so that once you delete a plant, you can't get it back. To delete an object, you first must select "Selelct" from the menu, then point and click on the object, and then go back to the menu and select Delete. After that you are presented with a requester asking you if you are sure you want to delete the selected object. I think selecting an object and then hitting the delete key would be much easier. One helpful feature is that the coordinates of the cursor are displayed in the top right corner of the screen.
This is helpful when placing your plants.
Future enhancements may include more objects to work with such as stones, walls, fences and ponds, and, of course, more plants, as well as icons for IFF-saved files and on-line help.
So if you're looking for something different, Landscape is it. Ft's easy to learn with the help of the tutorial so that you'll be creating gardens in no time. Who knows, maybe your friends will want you to design their gardens.
Landscape vl.O can be found on Fred Fish Disk 521 and can be run from the Workbench or CLI. It is multitasking and needs the arp.library to run. The documentation claims uncertainty as to whether Landscape runs under 2.0.1 could not get it to run. Author: Steve Goddard LITTLE EXTRAS T3E T3E is a great little program that allows you to save a text file as an executable file based on the program 1 xt2Exe, except that there is no limited size for the file.
Creating the executable file is accomplished by typing the following at the CLI prompt: T3E filename newexecutablefilename Top: Demonstrating a garden layout in Landscape s Edit module. Bottom: Demonstrating a garden in LandScdpe's Draw module.
That's it. To execute your new file, simply type the name at the CLI prompt.
T3E can be found on Fred Fish Disk 521 and is run from the CLI. Author: Cary Glendown (continued on page 92) Snap vl .61 Another neat little program i found this month is Snap. Snap is a program that will allow you to select a piece of text anywhere on the screen, and then paste it somewhere like at the CLI prompt. This text could be part of a program's documentation, or the name of an icon.
To activate Snap just double-click on the icon. Then when you see a piece of text you want, place the pointer over the first letter and hit the left Amiga key, and then the left mouse button. If you want more the the letter, drag the pointer across. When your selection is complete, release the left mouse button first, and then the left Amiga key. To place your text, place the pointer over the spot where you want the text placed, hold down the left Amiga key and then hit the right mouse button. That's it. Your text is now placed. You can also store the text in a window for later use.
Snap remembers bold, inverted, and underlined characters. Snap also can grab graphics and save them to the clipboard. Check it out.
Snap i’1.61 can be found on Fred Fish Disk 524 and can be run from the CLI or Workbench. Author: Mikael Karlsson AC V5.6 and V5.7 10 12 AC Disks Source code and executable programs included for all articles printed in Amazing Computing.
Convergence: Pan five of the Fractal series.
Author: Paul Castonguay Amiga Turtle Graphics; Computer graphics and programming with a LOGO-like graphics system.
Author: Dylan MnNamee C Notes: Doing linked list and doubly linked lists in C. Author: Stephen Kemp Tree Traversal & Tree Search: Two common methods lbr traversing trees. Author; Forest W. Arnold Exceptional Conduct: A quick response to user requests, achieved through efficient program logic.
13 Author: Mark Cashman.
Getting to the Point: Custom Intuition pointers in AmigaBASIC. Author: Robert D'Asto Crunchy Frog II: Adding windows and other odds anti ends.
Author: Jim Fiore Synchronicity: Right and left brain lateralization.
Author: John Tovine C Notes From the C Group: Doubly linked lists revisited.
Author: Stephen Kemp Poor Man’s Spreadsheet: A simple spreadsheet program that demonstrates manipulating arrays.
14 Author: Gerry L. Penrose.
AC V'5-8, V5-9 and AC V5.10 11 Fully Utilizing the 68881 Math Coprocessor Part HI: Timings and Turbo_Pixel Function. Author: Read Predmore.
C Notes From the C Group 5-8 & 5-10: Functions supporting doubly linked lists, and a program that will examine an archive file and remove any files that have been extracted.
15 Author: Stephen Kemp Time Out!: Accessing the Amiga's system timer device via Modula-2. Author: Mark Cashman Stock-Portfolio: A program to organize and track investments, music libraries, mailing lists, etc, in AmigaBASIC.
Author: G. L. Penrose.
CygCC: An Arexx programming tutorial.
Author: Duncan Thomson.
Programming in C on a Floppy System: Begin to develop programs in C with just one megabyte of RAM.
Author: Paul Miller.
Koch Flakes: Using the preprocessor to organize your programming. Author: Paul Castonguay Audio Illusion: Experience an amazing audio illusion generated on the Amiga in Benchmark Modula-2.
Author: Craig Zupke AC V5.ll, V5.12&V6.1 Keyboard Input In Assembly: Fourth in a series of Assembly 68000 programming tutorials. Author; Jeff Glatt.
A Shared Library for Matrix Manipulations: Creating a shared library can be easy. Author; Randy Finch.
C Notes From The C Group: A discussion on cryptography.
Author: Stephen Kemp ZoomBox: Attaches a zoom box to an Intuition window and allows the user to toggle the window's size and its position. Author: John Leonard AC V6.2 & V6.3 C Notes 6.2: .A reminder program to display messages.
Author: Stephen Kemp More Ports For Your Amiga: Files to accompany article.
Author: Jeff Lavin Ultra Sonic Ranging System: BASIC Somr Ranging program.
Author: John lovine Writing Faster Assembly: Continuing the discussion of speeding up programs. Author: Martin F, Combs C Notes 6.3: Working with functions. Author: Stephen Kemp AC V6.4 and V6.5 Blitz Basic: Here are some examples created wtih M.A.S.T.'s integrated BASIC environment. Author: Paul Castonguay Creative And Time-Saving Techniques: Knchanring and fine- tuning images through definition. Part of the Fractal series. Author: Paul Castonguay.
Practal Modula-2 Buffered Disk I O: Buffer file input and output to improve disk accessing speed. Author: Michal Todorovic.
AC V6.6, V6.7, V6.8. & V6.9 Practicalities: Practical uses of Finch's previously documented Matrix.library. Author: Randy Finch Selecting and Setting Gadgets in C: The third and final installment in the "Crunchy Frog" approach to programming.
Author: Jim Fiore C Notes6.6: A new skeletal program to "jump start" utility programs. Author Stephen Kemp Fancy Numbers: This helps you save overhead by skipping the translator library. Author: Lynwood Cowan C Notes6.7: Adding functions to handle file pattern processing.
Author: Stephen Kemp Message Logger: A time log that keeps track of when programs are run. Author Brian Zupke Power Basic: Use a pre-processor to achieve definition replacement. Author Jonathan Home Puzzled Over Arexx: For the intermediate programmer. Merrill offers a solution to the puzzle of Arexx. Author: Merrill Callaway LET'S START WITH the bottom line: I don't think you can go wrong with either Bars&Pipes Professional or KC53.54. Both have a variety of editing features and synchronization options, and can be used to create professional quality music. Nevertheless, the programs have
some significant differences, and one may meet your needs better than the other. I reviewed the programs separately in the past two issues; this article will concentrate on the differences between them.
While I have included a short feature comparison chart, subjective opinions about design choices and ease of use are an essential part of this kind of a comparative review.
One question is which program makes the most use of the Amiga's special features? KCS was ported from the Atari ST version, while Bars&Pipes Professional was developedSpecifically for the Amiga. KCS does make innovative use of special Amiga features, such as multitasking for each MPE module, and multiple screens. It is quite good about sharing the serial port with other programs. Support for Amiga internal sounds is included. KCS uses Amiga standard pull-down menus and file requesters, and also supportschanging the screen colors, Interlace is supported only in the Quickscore module.
Bars&Pipes Professional is much more Amiga-oriented. This is evidentboth in the program's appearance and operation. Bars&Pipes Professional makes full use of color, interlace mode, windows, menus, and other Amiga features. The Amiga orientation is also evident at a deeper level: Many of the com ponen ts of Bars& Pi pes Professiona 1 run as separate Amiga tasks that communicate with each other. This multitasking, modular design makes it possible to easily upgrade the program to support new features. While Bars& Pipes Professional does not come with support for internal Amiga sounds,
this can be added via the AmigaPhone module, which comes with a variety of sounds. A Bars&Pipes Professional player program and support for SMUS files are available in the Multi-Media kit. Arexx support isalso available as an add-on. On the whole, Bars&Pipes Professional is more "Amiga tized."
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Professionals colorful main screen.
Synchronization is an important consideration for a professional sequencer. KCS supports MIDIsync, Song Position Pointer, and SMPTE via their Phantom SMPTE interface. Bars&Pipes Professional supports all these methods as well as MIDI Time Code, which foreward or backward in time. This approach allows non-destructive editing and quantization as well as numerous effects like echo and randomization that can be different each time you play a sequence. You can adjust the settings for the tools in real-time, but you can't edit the underlying notes as the music plays, If you want to make
permanent changes to a sequence, you can place a tool or tools in the toolpad and apply them to the sequence.
Bars&Pipes Professional tools add a great deal of flexibility and expandability to the sequencer. You can program tools to perform MIDI splits or other MIDI effects automatically. In addition 031 " E 1ST IPUHI Dr, T's KCS - Version 3.54 tki HflME : : Tkl iiflHE 1ST [PUH Tkl HfiHE 1ST 1 2 Acoustic 3 Acoustic 4 Electric 5 Fantasy 6 Synth Br 7 Warn Bel 8________ 9 10 11 12 1 3 . 14 Recorded 15 HidHest 16 Setup fo 1 7________ 18 Sysex 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 CLOSER HEA CUE If 1 3 i S i 41 1 H TO!
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On I RECORD r-F® STOP :L*: PAUSE EH hue' SET copv MESSAGES: is often used to synchronize tape recorders using SMPTE. Both programs support the Phantom SMPTE interface.
Bars&Pipes Professional really shines when it comes to working with SMPTE and synchronizing to video. It includes a special time-line scoring window which allows you to start andstop songs at specific SMPTE times and also has tools to automatically change tempo to "fit" specific startandend points. KCS's only special support is a program to display SMPTE times. While KCS supports tempo changes and has commands to speed up or slow down the tempo, Bars&Pipes Professional lias a special window to create and edit tempo maps and offers a variety of tempo transitions.
Bars&Pipes Professional also supports locking sequences or events to SMPTE times, allowing the use of multiple, independent tempos.
Overall, Bars&Pipes Professional has an advantage over KCS in terms of synchronization and tempo op- tions.Manyofits advanced features are extremely useful for video scoring applications.
Editing is the biggest difference between the two programs. Bars&Pipes Professional uses "tools" as the main means of editing. Tools can process MIDI notes as they are recorded or played back, or can be used to edit a sequence that's already recorded. As Bars&Pipes Professional plays, it creates the next measure that will be played and puts it into the play pipeline. Since the pipeline is created each time a sequence is played, tools can process the underlying MIDI notes and move them une question is which program makes the most use of the Amiga's special features?
Below: KCS 3.54 custom main screen.
I already gave away the bottom line: both programs are capable, professional MIDI sequencers.
HlftlSK METRO Ht«! Bt I Step ll 11001 to tool-based editing, Bars&Pipes Professional has a sequence editor that lets you edit notes using a piano roll, a hybrid staff, or true music notation.
While the standard notation display has a number of small bugs, Bars&Pipes Professional is the only Amiga MIDI sequencer to allow true notation editing.
Personally, 1 feel notation is the most natural way to edit note data, and Bars&Pipes Professional lets me do it.
It also allows somewhat limited event- list editing. While there are some nice editing features, there are also some rough edges.
KCS has always offered tremendous power in its event-list editing.
Event-list editing allows detailed editing of each note's timing, velocity, start time, and other features. While it allows total control, event-list editing in KCS requires dealing with numeric values for every note. The Level II Master Editor also allows precise editing of notes based on algorithmic principles. In addition, KCS includes the Programmable Variations Generator, which can generate alternate versions of a sequence under complete user control. Tiger adds real- time graphic editing features to KCS's event editing. The biggest advantage to Tiger is that almost all editing
can take place in real-time as the music plays. This lets you hear,and see, mistakes and correct them quickly. KCS lacks the MIDI effects and some of the programmable tools found in Bars&Pipes Professional, but has a solid, effective interface. Its event-list editing is more powerful than Bars&Pipes Professional. If standard notation is important to you, then Bars&Pipes Professional is your only choice. In other respects, I find KCS to have more powerful and consistent editing, even though it lacks Bars&Pipes Professional MIDI effects capability.
Expandability is another important consideration. KCS can be expanded by adding the Copyist, a Dr. T patch editor librarian, or XOR (Dr. T's generic synthesizer editor librarian).
Any of these programs can be run with KCS using the multi-program environment. KCS currently has no provisions for using a multi-port serial board in order to address more than 16 MIDI channels ata time. Other changes to the program will require updates by Dr. T's. Bars&Pipes Professional, on the other hand, already has a number of expansion modules. Most of these are in the form of tools or accessories that link into the main program. Current add-ons include Music Box A and B (tools and accessories), the Internal Sounds Kit (adds support for Amiga sounds),and the Multi-Media Kit (adds
Arexx, MIDI Player, and SMUS support). More add-on kits are currently in the works. The Blue Ribbon SoundWorks is planning to add support for CD-quality hard disk recording using a 16-bit audio digitizer card.
They also plan to release a universal patch librarian. The add-on kits currently released include support for Synchronization is an important consideration fora professional sequencer.
Multi-port interfaces, in addition to the macro capability found in the "Create- a-tool" function, you can also use "Rules for Tools ' which has instructions for writing your own Bars&Pipes Professional tools using "C."
Ease of use is another important consideration. Both programs require a fair amount of effort on the part of the user. If you have worked with another MIDI sequencer,! Think you will find KCS's Track Mode to be easy to use immediately. With Bars&Pipes Professional, things are set up differently, and it takes a little bit longer to get going. Both programs require a significant investment of time to learn to use them to their full potential. Both companies offer good support for their products. The Blue Ribbon SoundWorks maintains a very active presence in the CompuServe MIDI forum,
while Dr. T's has recently moved on-line support toGEnie. In my experience, The Bine Ribbon SoundWorks seems to offer more frequent updates, FEATURE KCS B&P Pro Comments Amiga Customization Supports Multitasking ?
Yes Yes Interlace Mode No* Yes Qulekscore only Windows Mouse support Yes Yes Multi-channel interface No Yes* With Add-on kit Amiga sound support Yes Yes" With Add-on kit Sequencing Environment Track Mode Yes Yes Looping Yes Yes Song Construction Mode Yes Yes Quantitization Variable Resolution Yes Yes Real Time No Yes Percentage (swing) Yes Yes To Reference Sequence Yes No Editing Graphic Editing Yes Yes In real time?
Yes No Standard Notation Display Yes Yes Standard Notation Editing No Yes Notation Printing Yes Yes Pitch Mapping Yes Yes* With Add-on kit Generate Variations Yes Yes Synchronization Midi Sync Yes Yes Song Position Pointer Yes Yes MIDI Time Code No Yes SMPTE support Yes Yes Phantom support Yes Yes Sequencer Resolution (Beats per minute) 384 192 The BCD 2000A is an Amiga plug in card solution for any video animator control application. Choose any interface; serial or parallel. Choose any industrial recorder or videodisc with the 2000A. BCD builds in all the extras at no additional cost. Even
a SMPTE EBU time code generator and reader are standard.
And changing recorders is as simple as changing a cable. With BCD there's no need to send your controller back to the factory for expensive and time consuming modifications.
You can easily communicate with the BCD 2000A using standard 4 character commands like PLAY, STOP. STIL. And EDIT. The BCD 2000A comes with our famous Free- disk, featuring BCD's VCS Video Control System program. So now that you have a graphics animation computer, why not have the best video controller.
To find out how, just CALL BCD at... 1-405-843-4574 Video Control Solutions 7510 North Broadway Ext.
Suite 205 Oklahoma City, OK 73116 often with additional features, while Dr.T's waits] onger between upgra d es.
On the other hand, KCS has a good reputation as a Very stabie product.
Both programs do have their share of minor bugs.
Both programs have a number of common features. Bars&Pipes Professional uses a graphic song ed itor screen to assemble songs, while Dr. T's song editor uses a text-oriented approach.
Both programs can record Sysex data, including multi-partsysexdumps. Both programs have good manuals, with a slight edge to KCS because of the manual's completeness and superior index. KCS's open mode has a number of special characteristics for live use.
You can also use open mode's loopback recording to create special mixes of MIDI sequences- KCS uses a limited form of remote controlbased on the use of MIDI pedals, while Bars&Pipes Professional can assign six commands to user-specified MIDI notes.
Bars&Pipes Professional tools allow more sophisticated MIDI processing of incoming notes, includingchanging one event type to another. It wouldn't be too difficult for The Blue Ribbon SoundWorks to expand Bars&Pipes Professional to include "Band-in-a- Box" auto-accompaniment features.
Rudimentary accompaniment features are already available, and add-on kits expand on this capability.
The BCD 2000A animation controller and the Amiga: the perfect combination.
I already gave away the bottom line: both programs are capable, professional MIDI sequencers. Nevertheless, I can make some general recommendations. If you are interested in scoring for video, Bars&Pipes Professional'sextra video, multimedia, and SMPTE features make it the way to go. If notation editing is important, you'll want to choose Bars&Pipes Professional. If you have experience with another sequencer, you will likely find it easier to get started with KCS. I feel KCS has better editing features, especially with the addition of Tiger's realtime graphic editing. If you are
interested in programming or sophisticated MIDI manipulation, Bars&Pipes Professional has the commands you need to perform these functions. The tools and pipeline encourage experimentation and building up songs from scratch using MIDI effects. On the other hand, the KCS programmable variations generator can create unique variations on an input sequence. A final consideration is price. While both programs have similar price tags, KCS comes complete, while Bars&Pipes Professional has four separate expansion kits which cost $ 59 each. To get some features included with KCS, like
internal sounds, you have to buy Bars&Pipes Professional expansion kits. The ideal solution is to buy both programs; their strengths complement each other. I find myself using KCS most often, though I will often import a song into Bars&Pipes Professional to use notation editing or a particular tool that doesn't have a KCS counterpart. Competition has improved both programs.
No matter which you choose, you can create great music. *AO Keyboard Controlled Sequencer 3.54 Price: $ 400.00 Dr. T's Music Software 100 Crescent Rd. Needham, MA 02194
(617) 455-1454 Inquiry 246 Bars&Pipes Professional Price:
$ 379.00 The Blue Ribbon Soundworks Ltd.
1293 Briar Dell Lane NE Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 377-1514 Inquiry 247 Please Write to: Phi! Saunders c o
Amazing Computing
P. O. Box S69 Fall River, MA 02722-0869 Circle 144 on Reader
Service card.
Product: CMI Processor Accelerator re: Accelerator bug source: Reader mail In the electronic mailbag this month, I received Email from Phil Combs regarding his CM!
Processor Accelerator. He writes "I own a CMI Processor Accelerator for the A2000. It does not work correctly everything's okay in regular speed, but kicking the A2000 into turbo mode reboots the computer.
"From what I understand, CMI has gone belly- up. Do you know who, if anyone, is still supporting the Processor Accelerator, or providing repairs? I would appreciate any help you could give me."
In a follow-up letter, he writes that he discovered DIGIFEX in Oregon City, OR, bought the rights to most of CMI's products, but they were not supporting bv John Sleiner the Processor Accelerators.
Phil has traced the problem to the three custom PAL chips on the board.
DIGIFEX, he said, does not have either the PAL chips or their equations. He is looking for someone who can make copies of the three PAL chips to return his accelerator to working order. If you have any information about this process, let me know, I'll pass the information along.
Product: Atonce board re: Product update source: Reader mail In the U.S. mail, 1 received a letter from Joe Shaughnessy regarding Atonce updates. He comments that the only IBM mouse driver he has been able to make work is the one found on the Genius mouse.
The Genius mouse is an inexpensive clone mouse for IBM compatibles that costs about $ 20 to $ 30. He also reports the poor performance of his Atonce board was improved greatly when he had his local dealer install a Fatter Agnus, the one megabyte chip RAM upgrade. Mr. Shaughnessy has also received permission to upload Atonce upgrades as they become available from Vortex. As a result, you can took for the latest Atonce upgrades on your favorite information service or BBS.
Product: Proper Grammer re: Product update source: Electronic mail In electronic mail, 1 received a letter from Kevin Davidson who writes that he received a letter from Softwood Corporation. They are offering to send the latest Proper Grammer Update (vl.4) for $ 2 or for $ 1 plus the original program disk. For more details, contact Softwood directly.
Softwood, Inc.
P. O. Box 50178 Phoenix, AR 85076
(800) 247-8314 product: AmigaBASIC re: Workaround for A3000 &
AmigaBASIC source: Reader mail The latest in tips,
workarounds and upgrades Since getting my Amiga 3000, the
A2000 I've had for some years has been idle. Its major use
has been to run AmigaBASIC on the rare occasion I've wanted
to write some code. Tire only traditional computer language
I'm really comfortable with is BASIC.
AmigaBASIC is not included on the A3000. When 1 tried to run it on the A3000, it would not work. I realize that 1 could have purchased several BASIC interpreters, but! Don't do enough work in BASIC to justify' the expense. I do own AC BASIC which appears to run fine on the A3000, and 1 have used it to compile BASIC output I've already written. I like the interactivity of running an interpreted BASIC, however, and 1 like to run AmigaBASIC while I'm debugging and developing a program. When I have finished the program, 1 run it through AC BASIC to compile it.
The reason I am bringing this up is that ] have found an apparent workaround that does allow AmigaBASIC to run on the A3000. Simply run NoFastMem on the A3000 before you start AmigaBASIC A friend made this suggestion. He saw the item on a BBS he checks into somewhere. I have only had the chance to experiment with this workaround a little; however, it appears to allow AmigaBASIC to function properly. AmigaBASIC starts, loads, and runs several previously developed applications. It also is a little faster when running on the A3000. Surprisingly, however, it doesn't run nearly as fast as I
thought it might. If anyone knows of problems when running AmigaBASIC on the A3000 that could cause problems, please let me know.
Product: A-Sound 2.0 re: A-Sound Elite feature A notice was sent to registered users of A-Sound
2. 0 about the availability of A-Sound Elite. The newly
remodelled software features Arexx support, sequence loop
editing and playback, an UNDO command, stereo operation in all
modes, 16-bit editing, and freehand editing support. Tlie
upgrade is available for registered users only, and is priced
at
544. 95 U.S. + S3 U.S. shipping and handling. For more
information, contact them at Delta ware Products 3148
Kingston Road, Suite 202 Box 395 Toronto, Canada M1M 1P4
(416) 431-2047 product: DeluxePaint IV re: Product upgrade The
word has been out for some time that DeluxePaint IV would
be released soon. Registered users have been notified by
mail that they can purchase an upgrade which should be
shipping by the time you read this. A partial list of new
features includes support for HAM mode in both Paint and
Animation modes. A light table option allows you to "see
through" the current frame to view the previous three
frames and the spare page. A metamorphosis function
transposes the shape and image of one brush into any other
brush. A translucency effect can be added to images. An
animation control panel provides VCR- like controls when
working with animation functions.
Enhanced gradients, improved stencil function and a new color mixing feature are also included. To order the upgrade, you must send the title page from your DeluxePaint III manual and $ 67 to: DeluxePaint IV Upgrade
P. O. Box 7530 San Mateo, CA 94403 product: Nag Plus, Cal, FRED,
Floorplan Consfrucion Set re: Software upgrades source: Gramma
Software spokesperson A spokesperson for Gramma Software told
me that several programs they produce have been upgraded.
Nag Plus, a reminder scheduler utility; Cal, an electronic
calendar that also uses Arexx to interface with Nag Plus;
FRED, the speed dialer, and the Floorplan Construction Set all
have been upgraded to work under Workbench 2.0, New features
and bug fixes are part of the upgrade. If you are a registered
user, von will have already received a notice of specific
upgrade instructions by the time you read this. The cost for
all Gramma Software upgrades is $ 14.95. Customers who have
recently purchased earlier versions from dealer stock can
apply for a free upgrade. Details on proof of purchase
requirements and other upgrade information is available
directly from Gramma Software.
Gramma Software 1773015th AveNE 223 Seattle, WA 98155-3804
(206) 363-6417 Fax (206) 361-6417 product: DynaCADD 2.0 re:
Product upgrade source: Press release According to a press
release, Ditek International is shipping DynaCADD 2.0. This
powerful computer- aided design program has been improved
by the addition of 3D object output, DXF import and export
capabilities, hidden line removal and color Postscript
support. Users may upgrade at no charge by returning their
original disks.
Ditek International 2651 John Street Markham, Ontario Canada L3R 2W5 product: Workbench 2.04 re: Product upgrade The release version of Workbench 2.04 for Amiga 3000 systems has been shipped to Amiga dealers.
The five-disk set contains an automatic installation procedure that searches your System2.G: partition, and deletes any obsolete 2.0 files before it begins installing the new software.
The finished version also includes outline font support with two fonts, CGTimes, and Triumverate in several sizes. These fonts build themselves automatically when you choose a specific size from the menu.
The letter that comes with the disks promises that A2000 and A500 users would be receiving information on. A ROM enhancer kit soon. The A30G0 upgrade instructions are somewhat vague, and could cause problems if you fail to complete one step. You must first boot with the new Super Kickstart floppy disk before inserting the Install floppy. If you then click on the Update WB icon which is visible, all goes well with the installation process, and when finished, it tells you to reboot to begin using the new Workbench. If you then shut the CPU off to cold boot, the computer will continuously crash
with a system requester when powered up again. Before you reboot the system, you must run the program that updates the Kickstart. The program icon isn't visible in the root directory on the update disk and the instructions don't mention this fact. You will find the Update Kickstart 2.x file in your tools drawer on the System2.0: partition. If you didn't complete this step, you must first load the new Kickstart from floppy, boot on the new Workbench and run the Update Kickstart 2.x program before you can boot from the hard disk again.
With regard to compatibility with earlier applications, 1 noticed enhanced performance from the latest
2. 0 versions. Several programs which previously didn't run under
2.0 appear to work correctly under the release version.
Product: Audition 4 re: Workaround source: Reader mail While I am on the topic of Workbench 2.0 compatibility, a letter I received this month reports a problem that can be fixed by getting the release v2.0. Anthony Wood of SunRize Industries writes to report that they have discovered a problem when using Audition 4 and certain versions of Workbench 2.0. While testing Audition 4, they used Kickstart version 36.303. Many 3000's are running version 36.207 Kickstart.
With this earlier version Audition 4 crashes quite frequently. The release version 2.0 Kickstart is
37. 175, and Workbench is in revision 37.67. That's all for this
month. If you have any workarounds or bugs to report, or if
you know of any upgrades to commercial software, you may
notify me by writing to: John Steiner c o Amazing Computing
Box 869 Fall River, MA 02722 ...or leave Email to 73075,1735
on CompuServe
• AC* Correction During our constant effort to bring you the
latest information from the Amiga Community, occasionally zee
make an error or inadvertently leave out a detail. In our
October 1991 issue, we ran a review of ShowMaker, by Gold Disk.
There are a few points in the article which need clarifying. We
apologize for any confusion the inaccuracies may have caused.
The Panasonic Selectra AG-1960 RS is not a newer Panasonic model of the 1960. Selectra is a third party manufacturer who purchases AG-1960's from Panasonic, adds a RS232 serial port and control card and resells the decks as the Panasonic Selectra AG-1960 RS.
Selectra also produces a product called VuPort.
ShowMaker currently supports both the AG-1960 RS and VuPort.
To avoid locking up when ShowMaker is used to control an internal Video Toaster when setting up a series of toaster commands, the final command must be "Pop up Workbench."
ShowMaker currently interfaces with Panasonic 5- pin edit jacks via the VuPort controller. Showmaker will control Sony Control-L hardware via the Sony Vbox, a serial port computer VCR interface.
Showmaker drivers for Future Video and V-Lan are currently under development and should be released soon.
Also, in the review of Spectracolor, in the September 1991 issue, the caption under the screenshot on page 35 is incorrect.
The caption reads: "All three toolkits can be on-screen at once. From top to bottom: Amin, Fast Menu, and Fast Menu with color manager."
Only one of the toolkits can be active at once. The screenshot was actually a composite image created to display the features available on each of the three separate configurations of Spectracolor's fast menu.
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This Month: Bandits of Ancient China Death Knights of Krynn Moonbase Set in the land of Krynn, Death Knights takes your intrepid band of heroes on a dangerous quest to halt the ominous intentions of Lord Soth and his evil undead army. Death Knights allows players to transfer their characters from Champions to undertake the challenge, or a new party can be created from scratch.
Death Knights is based upon the playing interface pioneered inSSl's Pool of Radiance a few years back, used by nearly a half- dozen of SSI's games since then. Similar to Bard's Tale and Might and Magic, Death Knights shows that this playing interface is beginning to grow rather long in the tooth. My complaints may be falling upon the deaf ears of die-hard fantasy gamers, but I still think that SSI could add some much-needed improvements to the system.
Death Knights of Krynn ejj j nines Another product resulting from the collaboration of SSI and TSR, manufacturers of the popular Advanced Dungeons & Dragons pen and paper game, Denlh Knights of Knjnn (Death Knights) picks up where its predecessor, the Champions of Krynn (Champions), left off.
Perhaps in answer to some of my whining, Death Knights does feature a few welcome embellishments u pon that time-worn gaming system. Created in- house by the SS! Special projects team, as was Champions of Krynn, the graphics and animation in Death Knights seem to be a bit better than what I've seen in other Ssi offerings, providing full 32-color support. Death Knights aiso features a small collection of professionally drawn character icons for players to choose from. Gamers familiar with SSI's previous AD&D of- firings will be pleased to hear of other modest improvements, such as a
character's name changing color if he of she has enough experience to advance to a new level. Spellcasters now will automatically remember the last spells you had them memorize when resting, bypassing the often tedious practice of manually having to tell each character what spells to retain.
The plot of Death Knights is another one of those hackneyed "save the world from the bad guv” themes, and the game's mouse support exhibits a somewhat quirky personality: some functions can be accessed by the mouse, some by keyboard, some by both. I'd love to see even one pull-down menu.
Death Knights does work fine on all Amigas with at least 1MB of RAM, is fully hard disk installable, with an included icon-driven hard disk installation script, has off-disk copy protection, and even works on the new A3000 running AmigaDOS 2.0. Brother Lin Chong, ue have taken 1 hero prisoner.
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Overall, Death Knights is one of the better sequels I've played in quite a while, and ail the extra little enhancements are in its favor. If you loved Champions of Krynn, Death Knights is sure to please. SSI's gold box series might not earn my vote as the best Amiga role-playing system, but Death Knights definitely nudges it a step further in the right direction.
Bandit Kings of Ancient China by Jeff James A new wargame from Koei, Bandit Kings of Ancient China (Bandit Kings) serves up a unique mix of Chinese history, military conquest, and eco-po- litical simulation to create a richly-tex- tured gaining experience.
Upon receiving my copy of Bandit Kings, my first impression was of the attention to detail that Koei lavished upon their product. The game is shipped in a sturdy plastic case which endoses a thick ga me manual, an Amiga addendum sheet, a warranty registration card, and two non-copy-protected game diskettes. Bandit Kings requires 1MB of RAM, and operates fine on all Amigas, including an Amiga 30U0 running AmigaDOS 2.0. The game is fully hard-disk installable, with installation as simple as dragging the game drawers and icons from the original diskettes to the hard disk.
In Bandit Kings, you and up to six other human players play the role of an exiled "good fellow" something like a cross between Robin Hood and Genghis Khan- in one of four scenarios set in early 12th-century China. Your goal is to marshal enough men and material to challenge the evil Gao Qui, a Chinese Sheriff of Nottingham who has unlawfully seized control of this fragmented Asian kingdom and is thwarting the wishes of the rightful emperor. While the plot is nothing unique, Koei's execution is definitely a cut above the norm.
Starting the game as an exile, you must quickly begin settling territories, recruiting heroes, training soldiers, and feeding your constituents. The game operates on monthly turns in which you can choose from dozens of political, economic, and military options to expand your kingdom. From waging war against the evil Gao Qiu and his henchmen to hunting for your next meal, Bandit Kings gives the plaver an impressive list of options to control his budding kingdom. You can interact with 255 individual computer characters, each with his own statistics, personality, and portrait. The combat
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Bandit K i ngs Iras sonre rough spots, including an annoying tendency to redraw each one of the several dozen sound, and animation are nothing exceptional although entirely acceptable.
The documentation is excellent, including strategy hints and a discussion of the novel upon which the game is based: the Shui Hu Zhuan, an epic 70- ctotiiTi OjruriTi.n ruo.lijk CorV 1 500 MOONBASE, by Merit Software, is similar to the game SimCity where you con spend hours trying to reach your goal. In this case you are building a Moonbase.
Territories several times every few minutes. Also, If you haven't managed to bring that nasty Gao Qiu to justice by 1127 AD, China is abruptly invaded by the northern barbarians and the game promptly ends. Regardless of how many troops, territories, heroes, or resources you have at your disposal, the game simply tells you that the kingdom is being invaded by barbarians, who rudely begin to conquer all of the territories on the map. Givingplayers a fighting chance to blunt the advance of the barbarians and continue the game would have been a much betterplaying option. In this instance,
Koei's slogan "We supply the past, you make the history" rings a little hollow. Bandit Kings is also a tad on the expensive side, selling fora hefty $ 59.95. Nevertheless, Koei has a long track record of producing detailed, extreme! V playable wargames, and Bandit Kings doesn't disappoint. If you're looking for a richly presented, solidly constructed wargame to while away those long winter hours, Bandit Kings is just about as good as it gets.
FREE-HAND DRAWING NATURALLY WITH... MOONBASE by Miguel Mulct Government cutbacks have effected almost every government agency, especially NASA. Unfortunately, those cutbacks are particularly harmful to your operation. After all, its hard to make a living on a piece of rock over 200,000 miles from Earth. If fusion ever becomes a viable energy source, you could always sell Helium 3 back home, as well as any other minerals you could mine on the moon, it'll be hard, though, to turn a profit when you have to constantly build and maintain new solar cells, thermal conduction units, and living
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MOONBASE is brought to you by Wesson International, and KDT, a A MA ZI: G Com PUTIN g company which has actually worked with NASA on plans for a real moonbase. As commander of the moonbase, you start out as its first and only inhabitant. NASA provides you with a starting budget for 10 years, after which you have to make it on your own. Your goal is to design a self-sustaining operation. How you accomplish this is left completely up to you.
The game starts by generating a lunar terrain. If you don't like the first one, you can start a new game which will generate a new landscape. After this, you must decide where to build living quarters, scientific laboratories, power generating equipment, and thermal conduction equipment. Cash- generating industries must also be started from scratch, and are based primarily on the mining of vital elements, at least on the moon: oxygen, water, and Helium 3. Once you have more capital and materials, you can also begin manufacturing products which can be produced only in the reduced gravity
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Placement of each object must be carefully planned, as the connections for thermal and electrical couplers are found only in a certain area for each structure. I f you build things to closely together, you may not be able to supply either of these two essential commodities. Placement also becomes a problem if you are dealing with nuclear power.
A meteor strike on the nuclear power plant could take a large section of your moonbase with it!
The game is controlled via the mouse and or the keyboard. Pull-down menus at the top of the screen allow you to change game speed, load and save games, and view vital statistics of your colony. The goods you manufacture can be sold automatically, or if you are a wise investor, you can follow the supply and demand of these goods and sell them only when they'll bring in top dollar. The other parameters you must follow include habitation space, as well as your yearly budget.
Game graphics and sound are fairly well done, with the use of digitized voices alerting you to problems on the base as they occur. The factories, power plants, and miners all have moving parts, and you can get an occasional glance of a lunar lander as it takes off or lands.
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all the techniques available. However, in real life, such ideals are difficult to achieve. Usually, to obtain one of the three goals of speed, size, or readability, the programmer may have to compromise at least one of the other two.
Branching How to branch to another part of a program quickly and efficiently is a universal problem of program ming. One of the ways to accomplish this is with the IF statement: IF condition THEN Dol'his I) ELSE DoThac(I END; If there are only two places the program can branch to, in this case to either DoThis() or DoThatQ, then the IF statement is probably the most effective solution. However, there are times when more than two branches are needed. The resulting code from using the IF statement then might look like this: IF condition = first THEN DoFirstO ELSIF condition - second THEN
DoSecond() ELSIF condition = twentieth THEN DoTwentiethO END; This algorithm is a very sloppy solution to the problem.
It may require lip to 20 comparisons to do a branch, which can slow down a program dramatically. It is also very fat; the IF and ELSIF statements consume a great deal of space. It is also one of the most unreadable pieces of code a programmer could write.
The CASE Statement A better solution is to use the CASE statement.
CASE condition OF first : DoFirstO ) second ; DoSecondO I twentieth : Do.Twentieth U I END; Depending on the efficiency of the compiler, thatis,how it generates code for a CASE statement, then using theCASE statement is faster, and produces smaller code than our previous IF, ELSIF algorithm. It is also more readable.
However, there is a better way.
The Jump Table Assembly language programmers for years have been using what are known as "jump tables." For every condition, they provide a number. This number is then used as an offset Please allow four to six weeks for processing.
Into a jump table, which contains the address of the subroutine to jump to. The time necessary to do any of the branches are constant; all they require is an addition operation, then a JSR (jump to subroutine) command. The resulting executable is very compact. The jump tables can also be modified during run-time; this is one of the proper ways to write self-madifving code.
It is possible to write jump tables in Modula-2 as well. An array is substituted for the jump table, procedure types are substituted for the jump table values, and a variable is substituted for the offset. Right now, some of you may be saying wondering, so I'll explain the key concepts.
Procedure Types In Modula-2 there area couple of ways todoa procedure call. The way all of you are familiar with is todo the procedure call directly. However, Modula-2 also allows the programmer to assign a procedure to a variable. Let's create a TYPE that can store a PROCEDURE call: TYPE Pro-Type = PROCEDURE 11; VAR VarDoFirst : ProcType; ProcTvpe is known as a Procedure Type (in C-speak, a pointer to a function); ProcTvpe is a TYPE that holds a procedure call. VarDoFirst isa variable declared as ProcTvpe.
Let's declare a PROCEDURE: PROCEDURE DoFlrst(); BEGIN DoThis()j DoThat() END DoFirst; We have defined the PROCEDURE DoFirst. Now, at some point in the program, we can write this: VarDoFirst := DoFirst; VarDoFirst (.); These two lines will accomplish the same thing as: DoFirst0; The programmer can specify that parameters need to be passed to the procedure type: TYPE ParamFun = PROCEDURE[CARDINAL); Any variable of TYPE ParamFun could only accept a PROCEDURE that has a CARDINAL passed to it as a parameter.
One can specify that the procedure type requires different parameters passed to it: TYPE XuiPsra.-r.Fun - PROCEDURE!CARDINAL, ADDRESS, INTEGER): One can also specify that the procedure type returns something: TYPE secParamFun = PROCEDUREICARDINM 1 : ADDRESS; As you can see, the PROCEDURE type can be shaped into pretty much an arbitrary form.
Jump Tables in M2 We now can now implement jump tables in Modula-2.
Let's redo our example of the CASE statement using jump tables. First of all, we would need an ARRAY of ProcTvpe: VAR DoCondition : ARRAY[CARDINAL(firsLI..CARDINAL[twentieth!] OF ProcType; Next, we have to initialize the ARRAY DoCondition, PROCEDURE InicCondiL Lon(I; 3EGIN DoCondition[CARDINAL[first)] := DoFirst; DoCcmdition(CARDINAL(second)] r- DoSecond; DoCondition[CARDINAL(twentiethl] : = DoTwenciech; END; We can now replace the CASE statements with the following line: DoCondi t i on [CARDINAL(condi t ion)] () ; One might also add some error checking here: IF (condition = first) AND
(condition = twentieth) THEN DoCondition[CARDINAL(condition))() ELSE (* Error condition *) END; Without error checking, if condition is not between first and twentieth (the only conditions we defined in InitCondition()), we will get quite a spectacular crash as the program attempts to branch to a non-existent subroutine.
The Pay Off What do we gain by using jump tables? First of all, with enough elements, this method produces executables that are much faster than the CASE statement. The CASE statement will take progressively longer to execute as the number of elements within it increases. Jump tables always take a con- stantamount of time to execute, no matter how many elements they contain. With enough elements, jump tables produce smaller executables. The code isalsomore readable thanabig long CASE statement.
What's the down side? It isn't always profitable to use the jump table. In the previous example, we knew that condition would be between first and twentieth (CARDINAL value of 0 and 19). So our ARRAY would only be a few bytes long. However, in many cases the variable might vary between, say, 0 and 65000. This would require an array of hundreds of kilobytes to handle. In the latter situation, a CASE statement might be better if many differing conditions produce the same result. One could get around this problem by having a routine that comes up with the offset, thus requiring a smallerjump
table. Although this would slow the jump table down a bit, it would still probably be much faster than the CASE statement.
What Do I Da with It?
Now we know how to create jump tables. What is one to do with them? I'll give a couple of examples.
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I can save you money, time, and frustration this year. Why not call me before you obligate yourself with another dealer. I want to be your personal source for Amiga products. I have access to all Amiga products. I even have some deals on used equipment, like printers, Bridgeboards, and SCSI cards. (I sell on commision for people.)
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THANKS... MONDA Y - FRIDA Y 10:00 am - 6:00 PM Orders and inquiries: 1-704-683-4093 Circle 128 on Reader Service card, done is convert keywords like IF, WHILE, REPEAT, etc. into a number (the token) in the source. This token is then used as an offset into their jump table. The programmer then only has to write a processing routine for every keyword, and then call the jump table again recursively if necessary.
Jump tables would provide an effective solution for a program that processed command key strokes. The programmer would have to write a processing routine for each key stroke, and set up the jump table values.
Run time libraries on the Amiga are implemented as jump tables. If anyone has ever written, or looked at, stub routines for an Amiga library, then they know all they need is the offset from the library base, and they can JSR to any of the routines in the library.
Procedure Types are a tool that can help a programmer achieve the "best" solution to a problem. In the case of the jump table, Procedure Types gave us the means to arrive at a solution that was extremely fast, produced a small executable, and had the most readable source code ofany of the available solutions. *AO Please write to Michal Todorovic c o Amazing Computing
P. O. Box S69 Fall River, MA 02722-0869 ¥ Vol. 1 No. 1 Premiere,
1986 Highlights include: "Super Spheres", An Abasic Graphics
Program, bv Kelly Kauffman "Dale Virus", by J. Foust
"E2-Term", by Kelly Kauffman "Inside CLI". By G. Musser « Vol.
1 No. 2 1986 Highlights include: 'inside CLI: Part Two", by G.
Musser "Online and the CTS Fabite 2424 ADH Modem", by J. Foust
* Vol. 1 No. 3 1986 Highlights include: "Forth!", A tutorial
"Deluxe Draw!!", An Amiga BASIC art program, by R. Wirch
"AmigaBASIC", A beginner's tutorial 'inside CLI: Pari 3 by
George Musser « Vol. 1 No. 4 1986 Highlights include: "Build
Your Own 5 1 4" Drive Connector", bv E. Viveiros "AmigaBASIC
Tips", by Rich Wirch "Scrimper Part One", by P. Kivolowitz «
Vol. 1 No. 5 1986 Highlights include: "The HSI to RGB
Conversion Tool", by S. Pietrowicz "Scrimper Part Two" by Perry
Kivolowitz "Building Tools", by Daniel Kary
* Vol. I No. 6 1986 Highlights include: "Mailing List", by Kelly
Kauffman "Pointer Image Editor", by Stephen Pietrowicz
"Scrimper Part Three", bv Perrv Kivolowitz ¥ Vol. 1 No. 7 1986
Highlights include: “Try 3-D", by Jim Meadows "Window
Requesters in Amiga Basic", by Steve Michel "I C What I Think",
by IT Peterson "Linking C Programs with Assembler Routines”, by
C. Hull 1' Vol. 1 No. 8 1986 Highlights include: “Using Fonts
from AmigaBASIC", bv Tim Joiu* "A Tale of Three EMACS”, by
Steve Poling ",bmap File Reader in AmigaBASIC", by T. Jones
* Vol. I No. 9 1986 Highlights include: "Starting Your Own
Amiga-Related Business",by W. Simpson "Keep Track of Your
Business Usage forTaxes". By I Kummer "Using Fonts from
AmigaBASIC: Part Two", by Tim Jones "6SOOO Macros On The
Amiga", by G. Hull ¥ Vol. 2 No. I, January 1987 Highlights
include: "AmigaBASIC Titles", by Bryan Catlev "A Public Domain
Modula-2 System", by Warren Block "One Drive Compile", by
Douglas Lovell » Vol. 2 No. 2, February 1987 Highlights
include: "Tnt* Modem", by Joseph I., Rothman "The ACO
Project....Graphic Teleconferencing on the Amiga", by S R.
Pielrovvicz "A Disk Librarian In AmigaBASIC", by John Kennan
"Creating And Using Amiga Workbench Icons", by C. Hansel Back
Issue Index ¥ Vol. 2 No. 3, March 1987 Highlights include:
"Subscripts and Superscripts in AmigaBASIC", bv 1. Smith
"AmigaTrix”, Amiga shortcuts, by W Block "Intuition Gadgets",
by Flarriet Maybeck Tollv "Forth!”, by Jon Brvan 9 Vol. 2 No.
4, April 19S7 Highlights include: "Jim Sachs Interview”, by 5.
Hull "The Mouse That Got Restored”, bv Jerry 1 lull and Bob
Rhode "Secrets of Screen Dumps", by Nalkun Okun "Amigatrix IP',
by Warren Block 9 Vol. 2 No. 5, May 1987 Highlights include:
"Programming in 68000 Assembly Language". BvC. Martin "Using
FutureSound with AmigaBASIC", bv J. Meadows "Waveform Workshop
In AmigaBASIC". By J. Shields "Intuition Gadgets: Part II", by
H. MavbeckTolly m Vol. 2 No. 6. June 1987 Highlights include:
"Modula-2 AmigaDOS Utilities", by S. Faiwiszewski "Amiga
Expansion Peripherals", by J. Foust "W'hat You Should Know
Before Choosing an Amiga 1000 Expansion Device", by S. Grant
* Vol. 2 No. 7, July 1987 Highlights include: "Video and Your
Amiga", by Oran Sands "Quality Video from a Quality Computer",
bvO Sands "All About Printer Drivers", by Richard Biclak "68000
Assembly Language", by Chris Martin
* Vol. 2 No. 8, August 1987 Highlights include: "Modula-2
Programming" "Assembly Language" "Disk-2-Disk", by Matthew
Leeds "Skinny C Programs”, by Robert RjemersmaJr.
* Vol. 2 No. 9, September 1987 Highlights include: "Modula-2
Programming", bv S Faiwiszewski "AmigaBASIC Patterns", by Brian
Catlev "Programming with Soundscape", by I Fay r Vol. 2 No. 10,
October 1987 Highlights include: "Max Fleadroom and the Amiga”,
by John Foust "Amiga Artist: Brian Williams”, by John Foust
"All About On-line Conferencing", by Richard Rne "Fast File I O
with Modula-2", by Steve Faiwiszewski 9 Vol. 2 No. 11, November
1987 Highlights include: "Modula-2 Programming" S. Faiwiszewski
"6SG0Q Assembly Language", by Chris Martin "The AMICUS
Network”,by Juhn Foust "C Animation: Part II". By Mike Swinger
9 Vol. 2 No, 12, December 1987 Highlights include: "CLI
Arguments in C", by Paul Castonguay "MIDI Interface Adaptor",
by Barry Massoni "Modula-2", by S. Faiwiszewski "Animation forC
Rookies: Part III", by M.Swinger
* ¦ Vol. 3 No. 1, January 1988 Highlights include: ”C Animation:
Part IV", by Michael Swinger "Forth", by John Bryan "The Big
Picture”, by Warren Ring "Modula-2 Programming", by S.
Faiwiszewski
* Vol. 3 No. 2, February 1988 Highlights include: "Laser Light
Shows with the Amiga", by Patrick Murphv "Photo Quality
Reproduction with the Amiga and Digi- Vicw", by Stephen Lebans
"68000 Assembler Language Programming", bv Chris Martin "AiRT",
Icon-based program language, by S. Faiwiszewski
* Vol. 3 No, 3, March 1988 Highlights include: "The Hidden Power
of CLI Batch File Processing", by J. Rothman "Perry Kivolowitz
Interviewed", by Ed Bercovitz "PAL Help", A1000 expansion
reliability, by Perry Kivolowitz "Amiga Serial Port and MIDI
Compatibility for Your A1000".
By L. Ritter and G. Kentz
* Vol. 3 No 4, April 1988 Highlights include: "Writing A
SoundScape Patch Librarian”, bv 1 l ov "Upgrade Your A1Q0Q to
A500 2GQQ Audio Power", bv H. Bassen "The Big Picture, Part II:
Unified Field Theory", by W. Ring
* Vol. 3 No. 5, May 1988 Highlights include: "Interactive Startup
Sequence", by Udo Pemi "The Companion", bv P-Gosselin "The
Big Picture, Unified Field Theory: Part III", by W. King
"Modula-2”, Termination modules for Benchmark and TDI
compilers, by Steve Faiwiszewski ¥ Vol. 3 No. 6, June 1988
Highlights include: "Reassigning Workbench Disks", by John
Kennan "An IFF Reader in Multi-Forth", by Warren Block "Basic
Directory Service Program", Programming alternative lo the
GimmeeZeruZero. By Bryan Catlev
* Vol. 3 No. 7, July 1988 Highlights include: "Roll Those
Presses!", The dandy, demanding world of desktop publishing, by
Barney Schwartz "Linked Lists in C". By W. E, Gammiil "C Notes
from the C Group”, bv Stephen Kemp 9 Vol. 3 No. 8, August 1988
Highlights include: "The Developing Amiga". A gaggle of great
programming tools, by Stephen R. Pietrowicz "Modula-2
Programming", Libraries and the FFP and IEE math routines, by
Steve Faiwiszewski "Amiga Interface fur Blind Users", by Cart
VV. Mann "Tu mb I in' Tots", Assembly language program, by D.
Ashley
* Vol. 3 No. 9, September 1988 Highlights include: "Speeding Up
Your System", Floppy disk caching, by Tony Preston
"Computer-Aided Instruction”, Authoring system in AmigaBASIC,
by Taul Castonguay "Gels in Multi-Forth. Part II: Screenplay”,
by John Bushakra
* Vol. 3 No. 10, October 1988 Highlights include: "The Command
Line;NEWCLI: A painless way to create a new console window", by
Rich Falconburg "Bob and Ray Meet Frankenstein”, Create,
animate, and metamorphose graphics objects in AmigaBASIC, by R.
D’Asto "HAM & AmigaBASIC", by Bryan Catlev ¥ Vol. 3 No. II,
November 1988 Highlights include: "Structures in C”, by Paul
Castonguay "On The Crafting of Programs", Speed up your progs,
by If.
Hankins "BASIC Linker", Combine individual routines from your program library to create an executable program, by B. Zupke ¥ Vol. 3 No. 12. December 1988 Highlights include: "Converting Patch Librarian Files", by Phil Saunders "Easy Menus in J Forth", by Phil Burk "C Notes From The C Group: Program or function control coding", by Stephen Kemp
* Vol. 4 No 1, January 198V Highlights include: "Scrolling
Through SupcrBitMap Windows", by Read Fred more "Sync Tips: Dot
crawl, the Amiga and composite video devices1, by Oran J. Sands
"Pointers, Function Pointers, and Pointer Declarations in C",
by Forest W. Arnold « Vol. 4 No. 2, February 19ft1 Highlights
include: "Sync Tips: Getting inside the genlock",by Oran Sands
"On the Crafting of Programs: A common standard for C
programming?", by DJ. Hankins "An Introduction to Arexx
programming", by Steve Faiwizewski Vol. 4 No. 3, March 1989
Highlights include: "Fractal Fundamentals", by Paul Castonguay
"Image Processing With Photosynthesis", by Gerald Hull
"Benchmark 1: Fully Utilizing The MC68881", Part I:
Turboeharging the savage benchmark, by Read Predmore "Breaking
the Bmap Barrier", by Robert D'Asto
* Vol. 4 No, 4, April 19S9 Highlights include: "Adding the
ol-So-Hard Disk", bv J P. Twardy "The Max Hard Drive Kit", A
hard drive installation project, using Palomax's Max kit, by
Donald VV. Morgan "Sync Tips: A clearer picture of video and
computer resolutions", by Oran J. Sands tf Vol. 4 No. 5, May
1989 Highlights include: "Building Your Own Stereo Digitizer",
by Andre Theberge "MIDI Out Interface*, by Br Seraphim Winslow
"Digitized Sounds in Modula-2", by I.en A. White "Sync Tips:
The secrets hidden beneath the flicker mode", by Oran J. Sands
¥ Vol. 4 No. 6, June 1989 Highlights include: "At Your Request:
Design your own requesters in AMIGAB ASIC", by John F.
Weiderhim "Exploring Amiga Disk Structures", by David Martin
"Diskless Compile in C", by Chuck Raudonis ¥ Vol. 4 No. 7. July
1989 Highlights include: "Adapting Analog Joysticks to the
Amiga", by David Kinzer "Using Coordinate Systems: Part II of
the Fractals series addresses the basis of computer graphics",
by P.Castonguay ¥ Vol. 4 No. 8. August 1989 Highlights include:
"Getting Started in Video", by Richard Starr "Executing Batch
Files in AmigaBASIC", by Mark Aydellottv "Building a Better
String Gadget", by John Bushakra ¥ Vol. 4 No. 9, September 1989
Highlights include: "Digitizing Color Slides And Negatives on
the Amiga", by Ron Gull "Improving Your Graphics Programming",
by R. Martin "Cell Animation In Modula-2", by Nicholas
Cirasella ¥ Vol. 4 No- 10, October 1989 Highlights include:
"Belter TrackMouse", by Robert Katz "APL & The Amiga", by Henry
Lippert "More requesters in AmigaBASIC", by John Wlederhim
"Glatt's Gadgets", by Jeff C.latt ¥ Vol. 4 No. 11, November
1989 Highlights Include: "The Amiga Hardware Interface", by
John lovine "APL & The Amiga, Part II". By Henry Lippert "64
Colors In AmigaBASIC", by Bryan Catley "Fast Fractals ", by
Hugo M.H. i.vppens ¥ Vol. 4 No. 12, December 1989 Highlights
Include: "The MIDI Must Go Thru", by Br, Seraphim Winslow "View
From the Inside: Bars&Pipes", by Melissa Jordan Grey "ARexx
Part II", by Steve Gillmor "A CLI Beginner's Questions
Answered", bv Mike Morrison ¥ Vol. 5 No. 2, February 1990
Highlights include: "A Beginner's Guide to Desktop Publishing
On The Amiga", bv John Steiner "Resizing the shell CLl Window",
by William A. Jones "Call Assembly Language from BASIC*,by
Martin F. Combs ¥ VoL 5 No, X March 1990 Highlights include:
"Screen Aid", A quick remedy to prolong the life of your
monitor, by Bryan Catley "The Other Guys' Synthia
Professional", review by David Duberman "Passport's Master
Tracks Pro vs. Blue Ribbon Bakery's Bars&Pipes". By Ben Means ¥
VoL 5 No. 4, April 1990 Highlights include: "Bridging the 3.5"
Chasm", Making Amiga 3.5" drives compatible with IBM 3.5"
drives, bv Karl D. Belsom "Bridgeboard Q & A", by Marion Deland
"Handling Gadget & Mouse IntuiEvents", More gadgets in
Assembly, by Jeff Glatt "Ham Bones", by Robert D'Asto ¥ Vol. 5
No. 5 May 1990 Highlights include: "Commodore’s Amiga 3000",
preview "Newtek's Video Toaster", preview "Do It By Remote", by
Andre Theberge "Rounding Off Your Numbers", by Sedge wick
Simons Jr.
• VoL 5 No. 6, June 1990 Highlights include: "Convergence", Part
5 of the Fractal scries, by P. Castonguay "C++: An introduction
to object-oriented Amiga programming", by Scott B. Steinman
"APL and The Amiga: Primitive Functions and Their Execution",
by I lenry T. Lippert ¥ Vol. 5 No. 7, July 1990 Highlights
include: “Apples, Oranges, and MIPS: 68030-based Accelerators
For The Amiga 2000", by Ernest P. Viveiros, Jr.
"Poor Man's Spreadsheet", A simple spreadsheet program that demonstrates manipulating arrays, by Gerry L Penrose "Crunchy Frog II". By Jim Fiore "Getting to the Point: Custom Intuition Pointers In AmigaBASIC", by Robert D'Asto
* Vol. 5 No. 8, August 1990 Highlights include: "Mimetics' Frame
Buffer", review by Lonnie Watson "Desktop Video in a University
Setting", by John Steiner "Title Screens That Shine: Adding
light sources with DeluxePaint III", by Frank McMahon ¥ VoL 5
No. 9, September 199i) Highlights include: "Programming In C on
a Floppy System", by Paul Miller "Voice-Controlled Joystick",
by John lovine "Gradient Color Dithering on the Amiga Made
Easy", by Francis Gardino ¥ Vol. 5 No. 10, October 1990
Highlights include: "Notes on PostScript Printing with Dr. T's
Copyist", by Hal Bolden "CAD Overview: X-CAD Designer, X-CAD
Professional, IntroCAD Plus, Aegis Draw 2000, UltraDesign". By
Douglas Bullard "Sound Tools for the Amiga", b M. Kevelson
"Audio Illusion", by Craig Zupke ’¥ VoL 5 No, 11, November 1990
Highlights include: "Getting A Lot For A little'*, A comparison
of the available Amiga archive programs, by Greg Epley "High
Density Media Comes to the Amiga", by John Steiner 'The KCS
Power PC Board", by Ernest P. Viveiros, Jr.
« Vol. 5 No. 12. December 1990 Highlights include: “Information X-Change", by Rick Broida "Feeding The Memory Monster", the ICD AdRAM 540 and AdRAM 560D, rev iew by Ernest P. Viveiros, Jr.
"Making A Name For Yourself*, Creating logos on the Amiga, by Frank McMahon ¥ Vol. 6 No. 1, January 1991 Highlights include: "Electronic Color Splitter", an inexpensive way to grab images off video sources, by Greg Epley "The Animation Studio". Disney's classic approach in a character animation program, by Frank McMahon "Forensic Animation", the Amiga helps out in the courtroom, by Andrew Lkhtman WvoL 6 No. 2, February 1991 Highlights include: "Xetec's Cdx-650", CD-ROM technology, by Lonnie Watson "More Ports For Your Amiga", by Jeff Lav in "Medley", A look at different types of music software
available, by Phil Saunders ¥ Vol. 6 No. X March 1991 Highlights include: "NewTek's Video Toaster A New Era In Amiga Video", a complete tour of the Video Toaster, by Frank McMahon “Ultrasonic Ranging System", the sonar system project continues by John lovine "Writing Faster Assembly Language", by Martin F. Combs ¥ Vol. 6 No. 4, April 199] Highlights Include: "DCTV", manipulate millions of colors, by Frank McMahon "Lauren in Disguise", workaround to DeluxePaint I Ips lack of HAM support, by Merrill Callaway "Medley", by Phil Saunders Plus, a special feature on Graphic Word Processors ¥ VoL 6
No. 5, May 1991 Highlights include: ‘The Big Three in DTP," A desktop publishing overview by Richard Mataka "The Amiga Desktop Publisher's Guide to Service Bureaus," by John Steiner "M.A.S.T.'f Parallel Port SCSI Adapter" An inexpensive way to attach a hard disk to your A500 by Dan Michaelson "All in One," programs for the beginner by Kim Schaffer iVol 6, No.6, June 1991 Highlights include: "MaxiPlan Plus,' a review by Chuck Raudonis "CDTV," a comprehensive look at Comodore's hottest item "HAM-E," a 24-bit color video board, by David Johnson "Pixel 3D," review by John Steiner "Professional
Page 2.0," DTP review by Kick Broida ¥ Vol. 6 No. 7, July 1991 Highlights include: "Firecracker 24", the 24-bit video board, by Frank McMahon "Proper Grammar'’, a review of a comprehensive spell and grammar checker by Paul Larivee "PageStream”, another entry in the word processing desktop publishing software line, by John Steiner Also, extensive Summer CES coverage!
¥ VoL 6 No. 8, August, 1991 Highlights include: "Alterlmage”, create titling and special effects for your home videos and desktop publishing, by Frank McMahon ’The Jerry Bryant Show", AC interviews Jerry Bryant whose secret weapons for producing four hours of television a week are the Amiga and the Video Toaster "Understanding Genlocks", What is a genlock? Which one is besl? The answers and more, by Matt Drabick "Super 8 Meets the Amiga", easy film-to-video transfer with the addition of Amiga graphics, by Patrik Beck "Looking Good with B.A.D.", a review by RickManasa More extensive coverage of
the Summer CES in Chicago!
¥ Vol. 6 No. 9, September 1991 Highlights include: "Bars&Pipes Professional," a review by Phil Saunders "Frame Buffer Face-Off," by Frank McMahon "DynaCADD," a review by Doug Bullard "Puzzled Over Arexx," part one, by Merrill Callaway Plus: Special reports on Multimedia applications AND Super show coverage from Australia and Orlando ¥ Vol. 6 No. 10, October 1991 Highlights include: "Art Department Professional," a review of ASDG s powerful program, by Merrill Callaway "ShowMaker," bevond desktop video, by Frank McMahon "APL and the Amiga," by Henry Lippert "File Decompression Using Arexx," by
Randy Finch "Puzzled Over Arexx," part two, by Merrill Callaway Plus: Education back to school reviews and articles PD SERENDIPITY (continuedfrom p. 71) Updates from Fred Fish disks 521 - 530 A68K v2.71, a 68000 assembler, can be found on Fred Fish Disk 521 and is an update to version 2.61 on Fred Fish Disk 314. Author: Charlie Gibb K1 v5.1, an editor for the Kawai Kl-II synthesiser, can be found on Fred Fish Disk 521 and is an update to version
4. 8 on Fred Fisk Disk 481. Author: Andreas Jung Conquest vl.5,
a war game similar to Risk, can be found on Fred Fish Disk
523 and is an update to version 1.3 on Fred Fish Disk 459.
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Author: Michael Bryant Snap vl.62, a text and graphics clipping tool, can be found on Fred Fish Disk 524 and is an update to version 1.4 on Fred Fish Disk 326. Author: Mikael Karlsson DataEasy vl.3, a database program, can be found on Fred Fish Disk 526 and is an update to version 1.1 on Fred Fish Disk 417. Author: J. Dale Holt Lister vl.01, a CLI program to display file information for archives, can be found on Fred Fish Disk 527 and is an update to version 1.0 on Fred Fish Disk 518.
Authors: Kerry Cianos and Geojfrey Faivre-Malloy ToolManager vl.4, a program to add programs to the Tools menu (Workbench 2.0), can he found on Fred Fish Disk 527 and is an update to version 1.3 on Fred Fish Disk 476. Author: Stefan Backer Zoo v2.10, a file archive program, can be found on Fred Fish Disk 527 and is an update to version 2.00 on Fred Fish Disk 164.
Author: Rahul Dhesi, Amiga port by Brian Waters AmiOmega vl.5, a game similar to Hack or Rogue, can be found on Fred Fish Disk 528 and is an update to version
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A n iga Designing with the Amiga by Timothy Duarte Jill MmoR.
Once again, the Amiga computer is playing an important role in another business. Randy Lieu & Jim Silks, an i I lustration design team in New York, regard the Amiga as a valuable and effective tool which helps the creation process of their work.
A number of Lieu & Silk's architectural views and perspective ax- onometric maps of some prominent locations have appeared inbrochuresand visitor's guides. In a recent interview with AC, Jim Silks talked about the Amiga and their project for The Motorola Museum of Electronics, in Schaumburg, 1L. His 3-D modeling and drawing program of choice was Gold Disk's Professional Draw. The views were first created with Oxxi Aegis' Modeler 3D and Videoscape 3D. After the best view was chosen, Professional Draw was used to trace the view. Lieu & Silks have also completed projects of the Madison Square
Garden Club, Central Park, The South Street Seaport, and the Sarah Lawrence College Campus. Jim stated that the Central Park and Sarah Lawrence College projects were created before the Amiga was available.
These projects convinced Lieu & Silks to implement computer modeling programs in their future work. Over the last few years, all of their Work has been produced on their three Amigas.
When asked about other computer programs, Jim said he prefers Professional Draw over the other illustration programs on the market because the white silhouettes of deselected curve controls permit more skillful use of bezier curves. They a 1 so u se Professioiin I Page and Mirror Image Productions' MIFonf for their desktop publishing needs.
It wasn't too surprising to discover this talented team's work in other avenues beyond architecture. Their illustrations were used for The IBM Ergonomics Handbook and Reader's Digest New Do-It-Yourself Manual. They've also created art for a number of logos, including the logo for the American Express Optima credit card.
Lieu and Silks have been working together since 1976. The addition of the Amiga computers has not only made their work easier, but has helped them "map" the route to success. For wore information, contact: Lieu & Silks, 250 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10025,
(212) 222-2329.
Above: The interior of the Motorola Museum. This perspective map, drawn with Professional Draw, appears in the museum's visitor s guide.
Left: An axonomefric map of The South Street Seaport, drawn with Professional Draw.
Below: The mezzanine in Madison Square Garden's Sky Lobby, drawn with Professional Draw.
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