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the Amiga can still provide an exciting arcade experience, by Jason D'Aprile. Rise of the Robots, A review of the hyped CD32 release, by Jason D' Aprile. Fred Fish Disks 1041-1060, An Amiga specific E compiler, DiskSpare 3.0, SuperDuper 3.13, a great Chess game, and more from the Fred Fish Library. The Commodore Auction, A race to discover the outcome of one of the mostwatched auctions in the computer community, as AC rushes to provide you with the best information available. Volume 10, Number 6 June 1995 New Products and other neat stuff, Help Wanted Service for Graphic Artists and Animators, Accelerators for the A4000/40 and the A2000, and more! Creating Nebulas With lightWave 30, Unlock some of the greatness of LightWave by recreating those awe-inspiring background nebulas often seen surrounding Babylon 5, by William Frawley. DPnint V, ls this much awaited upgrade to Electronic Arts' major contribution to the Amiga for everyone? By R. Shamms Mortier. Connect with ENLAN-DFS 2.0, Network your Amigas for maximum performance

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Volume 10 No. 9 Scpteml er 1995 US $ 3.95 Canada $ **.95 IRE...HARDWARE...S0FTWARE...HARDWJK..CDR0M...GLR01...GDR0M...CDR0M..JMI MoCalc V2.0 Aminet 7 TurboCak V2.0 is the unique software solution that defines a new standard for spread sheet applications on the Commodore Amiga. Experience its nearly unlimited capabilities in all relevant categories: MacrQs ARexx
- macro language with more than 120 instructions including
conditional branching, loop constructions, user requests and
embedding of external routines
- Arexx; port with mutual Arexx and macro instructions
- automatic macro recording and tracing mode for easier routine
debugging
- free menu definition Aminet Set 1 Design
- extensive formatting options
- all supported font formats allowed, including new vector fonts
¦ no color restrictions
- various Cell frames, including 3D-opfion
- freely adjustable row width and column height
• more than 40 different number, time, and dote formots Functions
- more than 100 functions covering mafhemetica! And financial
needs
- intuitive input via mouse Diagrams ¦ all common chart types
supported (bar, histogram, line, pie)
- footer and header in any admitted character set
- various filling patterns and colors
- optional display of legend and axis labeling
- output as IFF file or graphic printout Database
• integrated database with numerous data definition and retrieval
options seorch, copy and delete operations according to user
defined criteria Control Options
- full mouse or keyboard control
- toolbar with icon shortcuts ¦ completely english version
including 200 page manual Technical Characteristics
• sheet size limited only by available memory
• no restrictions in sheet or window quantity ¦ import of foreign
formots supported (MS Excel, Professional Calc. CSV ASCII
format] ¦ OS2.0 user interface look and feet
- freely adjustable screen mode and font selection
- all new screen modes of OS2.Q supported
• fast, due to being written 100% in assembler code Required
Hardware ¦ Commodore Amiga
• Kickstart 1.2 1.3, 2.0, 2 1, 3.0,31 ¦ 512Kb main memory (1 Mb
or more recommended]
• supports all common printers Aminet CD 7, doted August 1995,
contains more than 1 gigobyte (uncompressed) of software m
thousands of archives. Since the release of Aminet 6 CD more
than 500 MB new software has appeared. The current edition has
a special focus on images, 10.000 images for DTP and multimedia
were included.
25 MB Businoss software 30 MB Communications 50 MB Graphics & sound demos 10 MB Development software 1 MB Disk HD tools 15 MB Documents 55 MB Games 40 MB Graphics software 1 MB Hardware related 40 MB Miscellaneous 110 MB Music modules 10 MB Music software 15 MB Text software 20 MB Utilities GURU-ROM VG Years of experience, technical know-how, and competence from the world's best Amiga software and hardware engineers are condensed in this penultimate product. It makes it possible for the user to productively and comfortably use SCSI, without sacrificing performance, risk of incompatibility, or
waste of resources.
Considerably extended in if* code and feature set, replaces all previously distributed driver ROMs Fast: unparalleled transfer rales of up lo 3,5 MB s raw (Zorro-ll limit), 3,1 MB s measured with »SC5lSpeed«,
2. 4 MB s measured with *DiskSpeed - even on a stock 7-MHz
68000-based Amigal AH the while, the CPU typically retains 80%
free processing time. Always moximum performance through the
automatic selection of the currently optimal transfer mode
(DMA, buffered DMA, PJO).
Multifaceted: supports all device types defined in the SCSI standard, such as hard disks, CD-ROM drives, streamers, scanners, ond magnetooptical devices, Compatible: complete support for the RDB standard resulting in trouble-free autobool, oufomount, and the exchange of devices and media between two computers from Amiga OS 1.3 through 3.1. Flexible: disconned reselect, synchronous transfers, and parity checking can be enabled separately for each device (even For devices without an RDB). Also complete writeproleclion (useful for kiosk applications and for virus protection) is possible.
Stefan Ossowskis Schatztruho and Ralph Babel, author of the well-known *Amiga Guru Boaki and long-standing former system software developer lor GVP, the American company known lor its high-quality hardware products, present; Guru-RQM Version 6 The final update for all GVP SC5I host adopters!
Together with exhaustive documentation, the »Guru- ROM« enhances each Series-ll host adapter in many decisive end for the serious user essential features; Universal: o SCSI driver without compromise for all Series-H host odapters and all »Combo* and *G-Force« accelerator cords for the Amiga 4000, 3000, 2000, 1200, and 500. This ROM module, which has been Intelligent: maximum compatibility with nearly oil hardware and software through special handling of all known Firmware bugs of the most popular SCSI devices and DMA hardware bugs in the A30QQ and A4000, workarounds for internal errors in the
WD SCSI chip, os well as special modifications to accountfor defective application software.
Upward-compatible: completely compatible both lo the SCSI-2 os well as to the SCSI-1 standard, thereby providing the broadest support for all devices on the market including those still to come.
Aminet is the world's largest collection of freely 141MB Development software distributable AMIGA software. Up to 10,000 users 103MB Utilities access the vast archives every day and countless 134MB Graphics software programmers publish directly via Aminet A wide variety 337MB Pictures & animations of programs is included; applications, games, demos, 87MB Text software pictures, mods, animations, developer material.
39MB Documents networking software, programming languages, and 336MB Graphics & sound demos more. Until recently, access lo Aminet was restricted to 160MB Games international network users. Only 3 years after its 86MB Communications inception, Aminet now holds the equivalent of more 6MB Hardware related than 4,500 floppy disks of software. User friendly 63MB Business software access software makes the aminet CD's a pleasure to 12MB Disk HD tools use.
109MB Miscellaneous Aminet Set 1. The first "complete’ Aminet archive on CD, 356MB Music modules consists of approximately 4 gigabytes of software in 29MB Music software 12,500 archives.
One year subscriptions to the Aminet series are available. There ore expected to be six releases per year, so the subscription is actually for 6 CD's, regardless of when they end up shipping, Aminet -1 yecr subscription: $ 89.95 11 Hf ,«,u MOM.
World Info '95 Your virtual guide around the world. Travel to places, you have never seen before, gel informed about your foxi Holiday destination be forehand, spend some hm* in (he sun' Are you preparing for a geography fen? Then yon can find the info htfel On this CD ore information obou* all the 194 countries and about mare than 700 cities, covering all MXH of subjects Here is a short selection of information areas Geography, Mops, Climate, Tlme- ranes, People, Language, Religion, food. Politics, Flag. Notional anthem (see & hear). Economy data. Environmental issues, Holidays, Cities,
City Maps, Mono Maps These areas are explained thou roughly Difficult definitions ore explained (what is eg the tundra climate]. In addition to this there is a mass rue amount of pictures from all aver the world available A Me dictionary covering the most important languages is also there as a Me bonus.
Everything is available m English and in German. It is easy ond ntuilrv to use. You can enter and exit at any time There ore extensive possibilities far seorebng A printout of ell Information is no problem or oil Minimum system requirements A computer with Mosaic or NetScape [e.g. Amiga, Mac. OS 2, Una, Windows]!
Recommended system requirements One of (he above computers with o screen resolution of 640x480 nth 256 colours end sound.
World Info 95: S5V.' 5 Gamers' Delight The Light Works Raytrocing n ? Fascisalmg area of computer grcph.cs. Pictures from (he computer, perfectly rendered, fascinate people cB aver the world The Amiga was the fust computer to be used for rcytraeing, and today it is slit! O leader, wrth many high qualify programs. A real artist of rayirocing is Tobias J Richier from Cologne Gsrmany, whose detailed objects stun people, especially his space ships of famous science fiction films which oio used to demonstrate the capabilities of roytracmg programs Now available on CD-ROM forth* first time os a
complete collection, his objects ore highly detailed and extremely leoTnlic do* la the application of complex surface textures of the models Until now it was difficult to acquire these objects m order to create your own scenes or animations The Light Works: M.Vj This CD bungs a new interesting form cf entertainment to your screen
- 3D StareogramsI Without special aids a colorful fantastic,
three dimensional object appears suddenly on a two dimensionol
jrron- gely patterned picture Via boob, die illusion of depth
has already stunned millions of people around the world. Now
you con view the stereograms at home on your screen! Everything
you need Is on this
CD. Besides 200 stereograms with varying difficulty, there is
software included whici enables you to create your own 3D
pictures Magic Illusions: 319.9;, e eOe • -0 • eOe ic* eOe
fireshFonts II FreihFonls volume 2 contain 632 megabytes of
fonts for almost cny computer system Most of the fonts are
freely distributable, except for fh* Ihienen fonts, which are
exclusive on this CD. Each cf these fonts Is included in four
different formats: Dmf. Agfa Inleliifonl. Adobe and TrueType.
There or* 231 font families on this CD (each containing of
up la 8 different styles). They ore classified in seven
categories Deco (63 lomihes), Non-LoHn (33 families),
Pictures (16 families), Sans Serif (29 families), Script
(36 families). Seal (36 fomllios], and Thionen (19 families)
freshfonts Vol2: $ 29.95 Gateway' offers Net&SD 1.0, a full
featured UNIX-Uo operating system with both sources and
binaries for the AMIGA, 1386, Sun 3, and other architectures.
Go ftttjucfing with th« large selection of supplied
networking tools. Other supplied packages include O binory
release of th* X window system (X1TR6) for the Amiga, with
many additional clients, and packages such as peri, emocs,
games, moil programs, and many megabytes of important text
files such as RFCl and FAQs A complete instolbfcon guide is
available on the CD.
There are alio lome AmigaDOS internet utilrtiel, such as clients for AneTCP and Envoy.
Gateway!: 522.95 Meeting Pearls Meeting Pearls volume 1 contains about 150 high quality and high resolution (roads, a ready so run version of PasTeX which includes fonts for FAX and 600 dpt port err, a ready to mstafi version ol the Amiga Net&SD part, and many other ready to run applications including UM5, DoggeX, a fat of utilities, games, etc Meeting Pearls volume 2 contains 650 Mb of the fmesl freely dutn bulable software and has a special user interface which has been created to oitow you to find the program of your choice with ease, The contents include 35 Mb of selected HTML pages; 50
Mb graphics programs and data; 15 Mb games; 10 Mb From ’The Forty ‘94’; 13 Mb disk, hard disk, CD-ROM and SCSI tools, 19 Mb various other tods; 11 Mb educational software; 25 Mb terminal programs, 25 Mb animalions. Mainly from Eric Schwaru 40 Mb developer tods (e.g. preinssallttd DICE, Oberon. & Modula compilers. Commodore Indudes. GUI- Tools). 9 Mb mus*c programs, 10 Mb midi programs. 27 Mb pictures; 60 Mb texts. FAG s. CD contents fifes, etc 40 Mb linux for Amiga; 100 Mb TeX installation IpaiTeX mcl 600 dpi and fax forts], 38 Mb movie data base; 50 Mb archives for Ftuon, 18 Mb modules;
50 Mb Nets ED for Amiga.
Because the version of Net&SD Included on Meeting Pearls CD's includes encryption code that is restricted For U.S. export off imported CD's wi( only be available for resole w*btn the U S Meeting Pearls VoL 1: $ )3.95 Meeting Pearls VoL 2: $ (3.95
• •oeeoeeoeeoeeoe Ail products are available in your local Amiga
shop or through national mail-order companies Gamers' Delight
contains more toan 40 gomes in various categories, including
Acton. Jump A Rem. Cord Gomes. Ptzztos and Strategy. A whole
range of computer entertainment pwj rjl Gamers' Dengfe will
hold you copiivoted for hours and guarantees long biting
pleasure.
All gomes ore Ml commercial versions, no publicdomom & no demos. This CD eon be run on any AMIGA with a CD ROM drive, rhe CDTV, or an on Amiga CD 32 console with I MB free memory and Joystick } oypad Gamers' Delight: , t) ? 5
• •'aeeOexOeeOeeO'e The Beauty Of Chaos Dive into the fantastic
world of fractal geometry and make a safe iOumey through rhe
depths of the moisdeibtat ter This CD indudes 507 monddbrot
pictures m GIF formal (256 rotors) in various resource rrs
(1140x890, 1024x763, 640x4801, 20 selected true coksr pictures
m TlF format and graphic viewers for PC. Amiga and Moc- ntosh
Beauty af Chaos: CD-Write O • CD-Write is based on o simple but
ingenious technique. Because you Cannot write on ordinary CD's
using ordinary CD-ROM drives, CD Write extends the AMIGA OS In
a fully OS compliant and completely transparent manner to
redirect modifications to CD’s to o special area of yout
hordDRIVE or other writable media From now on you
w. U be able to treoi CD ROMs like any other medio, writing or
deleimg filet, moving ond snopshatmg windows and bant,
changing the icon tooItyfix fields, replacing icons with your
favorite ones, rearranging directories changing rhe default
configurations af pro grams run directly from rhe CD ROM.
Savsrsg game high scores, etc Minimum system requirements
Amiga 500, A63Q A1000, A)200 A1500, A2QO0, A2500. A3000, or
A4000 with at toast 1 MB of RAM. OS 2 04 or higher. CDROM dm*,
ho'd disk recommended CDWrite: 557.95 CDBoot 1.0 North
American distributor: CDBoot is o fantastic new product (hot
enables you to use almost any CD 32 game an an A1200 or A4000
with CD-ROM drive ond any filesystem Yog can create a
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th* Joypad emulation. You can alto save the bghscore ol each
CD3? Game. Use and installation of CDBoot n very easy, even
for beginners, due to the exceHert manual. Since the
compatibility n rtry hnjh you can use 98% of CD32 games cur
rently available. CDBoot is on excellent software solution for
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Case for the A1200, tools for Lightwave 3D, hundreds of
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“Bearable” Fur. Page 14 14 Fun with Fiber Factory by R. Shamms Mortier Fiber Factory will quickly become an essential part of your creative options Hundreds of royalty-free images, page 10 while also being ridiculously easy to use.
18 Impact! 1.0 by R. Shamms Mortier Finally, a real Lightwave Physics engine.
Impact gives LightWave3D users the ability to design objects, apply attributes, and let the laws of physics do the rest.
26 Advanced Amiga Analyzer Fuzzy Graphics, page 14 by Ernest P. Viveiros Sooner or later it is going to happen, Diversions something is going to go wrong with some part of your Amiga system. Start here to discover the source of the malfunction.
30 WaveMaker 2.0 by R. Shamms Mortier WaveMaker’s prefab choreographies and utilities may be just the tool an Amiga animator needs in order to meet crunching deadlines and leave the studio before midnight.
Newton supplies the action, page 18 Overlord by Rob Hays Join the RAF in WWII as they switch from defense to offense and battle the Germans over Europe.
42 On-Line by Rob Hays Take the first step in the long journey through the Internet jungle as AC’s premiere wired authority explains where the Internet came from and where you can travel.
48 Editorial 4 List of Advertisers 40 Logomotion" with the Amiga, Page 30 50 Mhz 68040 Speed Available Now for the Amiga A4000 The Sonnet Doubler™ 4000 accelerator unleashes the Amiga 4000 40 to run at an unprecedented 50MHz 68040 processing speed. Experience across-the-board performance increases for all applications and system functions.
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emiobui (onr Amiga Technologies In The United Kingdom As part of their efforts to bring the Amiga back as a "world power" computer, Amiga Technologies held a major event in London.
On August 16th, Amiga Technologies held a press conference for the English Amiga magazines as well as that nation's general press. This effort was followed on the morning of August 17th with a UK dealer’s meeting and in the afternoon of the same day with a developer's meeting.
The meetings, held at the Sheraton Heathrow Hotel, were also a launching pad for the introduction of the Virtual I-Glnsses bv Denis Pemiski of Virtual Products, as well as a platform for the new Commodore brand multimedia Pcs. Although we were not contacted in time to attend (actually we were informed that there would not be anything of interest for a North American magazine because this was strictly geared for the UK distribution), vvc were fortunate enough to leave a press kit sent to us via e-mail.
Petro Tyschtschenko In Mr. Tyschtschenko'sprepared speech, he began, "Some of you sureiy know how Song and difficult the takeover of Commodore was and how much this one year of latency hurt the Amiga market.
Building up everything again was also a difficult task for us. Especially the financial and logistic situation. Without the support from our mother company ESCOM AG, nothing would have been possible. We actually revived the Amiga in two important steps: First by acquiring the assets of the former Commodore for more than 10 million dollars, and secondly by starting it up again, which requested again several times the initial investment. Other main difficulties we encountered were to get specific parts and components for production. D-RAMs are on allocation, Amiga keyboards, floppies and SCSI
hard drives have long lead times. Tailor made parts are difficult to get and they cost more than in the old Commodore times."
"Our first objective was to get Amiga products back on the market as fast as possible. To achieve this goal in an acceptable time, we decided to build the A1200 and A4000T without modifications. We have however included the new version 3.1 of the Operating System for the A1200.” Mr. Tyschtschenko went on to state that the Amiga 4000 Tower should be considered a new product. According to Mr. Tyschtschenko, there were only 200 of the units originally produced by Commodore.
He warned that the design changes and enhancements were not performed so that the computer would be available for this year. "This decision does not mean in any way that we arc going to stop research and development. Enhancements will be made on current machines for sure," Mr. Tyschtschenko also announced that the ESCOM shops in the UK will carry Amiga Computers. "The employees in these shops used to sell Amigas and we want to use their store traffic again. This will be an excellent additional sales tool to spread Amigas in the UK."
Mr. Tyschtschenko again noted the problems in North America, "We already have installed a dealer network but are still looking fora potential distributor. Somebody who is willing to support and invest in out product. We are actually looking for a partner more than just a distributor."
There was good news in production.
The Amiga is still on schedule for delivery at the latter part of September. The A4000T in the US and the A1200 which will be produced in Bordeaux, France. On the A1200, Mr. Tyschtschenko stated, "Our successful negotiations with Solectron, one of the world leaders of sub-contract manufacturing, guarantees a European high quality standard. Quality is very important for us, we want to reduce defective returns to a minimum. That's why we focused on Europe rather than Far-East."
While the Amiga 4000T motherboards will be produced in the United States, near Philadelphia, the units for Europe will be assembled in the ESCOM facilities in Germany. In addition, Amiga Technologies has also made an agreement with a European monitor manufacturer to provide a monitor especially adapted for the Amiga.
According to Mr. Tyschtschenko, the monitor is a high-quality multisync unit that can scan horizontal frequencies from 15 to 38 KiloHertz. Tire plug of that monitor is also adapted to the video output connector of the A1200 and A4000T.
Mr. Tyschtschenko also stated, "As announced at our previous press conference, our plan is still to build 100,000 A1200’sand 20,000 A4000T's until the end of this year.
These figures are based on existing orders and on customer based forecasts. I'm quite sure that this gives us the assurance that the whole production will actually be sold. A large percentage of our A1200 production will be sold alone in the UK."
Repair and spare servicing (for the European market) will be centralized in their service-centre in Braunschweig, Germany, in coordination with the representation points in each country. The technical dealer support will also be handled here, as well as the distribution for computers and monitors in Germany. The service centers will not repair the units, but make components exchanges only.
Future Amiga Plans Mr. Tvschtschenko discussed the future of the Amiga by saying, "First, we plan to enhance current models. We are thinking of faster processors and chip integration for the beginning. We are going to integrate the 68060 chip for the A4000T this year. For the entry-level model, we are looking at an external CD ROM addition and more RAM onboard the bare units." Unfortunately no decision has vet been made on which RISC platform will be used as a basis for a future Amiga.
Mr. Tyschtschenko continued to stress Amiga Technologies' desire to use the CD 32 platform for the development of set-top-box systems for cable-TV, satellite-TV and for telephone line communication as well as home-shopping and home-banking. "I'm convinced that this market is tremendous and will push the Amiga technology into millions of households. Software publishers should be interested in writing software for such a widely spread platform. The Amiga architecture is optimally suited for set-top- systems because of its low demand for resources like RAM or processor power and because of its
multitasking and real-time abilities, in summary', the Amiga is the most cost effective platform for set-top-boxes."
International Funkausstellung (IFA) Berlin From August 26th to September 3rd, ESCOM will be present at the IFA, one of the biggest consumer fairs in Germany for TV, communications, and multimedia. With 500,000 attendees expected, they will use the show for an Amiga comeback in Europe.
Conclusions From the above information, it is apparent that Amiga Technologies stilt wants to move the Amiga technology forward, although a little slower than any of us would like. The idea that distribution is still not complete in the US and that the numbers on the A4000 tower have been altered down by 5,000 units causes some concern, but I am willing to be patient. As Margaret Thatcher said, "1 am extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the 6 Amazing Computing Image Effects IFF-ILBM Ham, Ham-8 IFF-24 Windows BMP GIF 3PEG TIFF PCX Targa Retina Amiga Screen Grabs IFF DEEP
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Suggested Retail Price $ 49.95 Info NEXUS InfoNEXUS 2 is a sophisticated file management system with integrated multimedia and network support. An ideal replacement for both Workbench and CLI users, it features:
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DataNEXUS is a very powerful and configurable, yet easy to use, flat file database. Integral multimedia support for images, samples, text, music, animation, and video make it ideal for any data storage and retrieval projects, full visual print layout and mail merge makes DataNEXUS a must for your data.
InfoNEXUS Suggested Retail Price 999.95 Circle 108 on Reader Service card.
The ultimate 24-bit graphic and manipulation package for the Amiga A1200 A4000 series. Suggested Retail Price SI 79.95 Call for the name of your local Photogenies dealer at 800-233-1679.
Manufactured in the UK by Almathera. Distributed Exclusively in the United States by BMD-US A powerful image manipulation package with the ease of use and creative freedom of a traditional paint program for the Amiga This 10 CD pact indudes Almathera Com ms 8 Networking CD, CDPD1 & 2, Worid Vista, IllustratedWfe of Shakespeare, Pandora's CD, Team Yankee, Photo Library CD, and Fonts & Clip Art CD.
Suggested Retail Price $ 69.95 Warper Tool Load & Edit Multiple Pages Spray-Ons Undo Compose Full Visual Alpha Channels Realtime Ham-8 Display Preferences Printer Support Save Non-AGA Files Paint Tools ¦H 30 Arena CD 38 flrsna | k Call for dealer nearest you to get your free demo copy 3MD H 800-233-1679 OR FAX YOUR REQUEST TO 412-962-11B6 BMD-US P.O.Box 16 SharpsvilLe, PA 16150 From the original demise of Commodore to the final sale to ESCOM, AC has been there! During this crisis, Amazing Computing has gone to great lengths to be the first with news and information for its readers. From
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• Serial or Parallel transfer.
• Perform file conversion as you transfer! Imagine selecting
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• Extensive AREXX™ interface - evens allows you to send commands
to the remote computer.
• Easy, one-terminal operation.
• Both Amiga and Windows™ versions included!
• Conversion and file display programs are completely extermd and
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landscape to another as well as change the colors, trees,
lakes, rivers and clouds with VistaPro 3.0. ONE AND ONLY MEDIA
One and Only Media has announced the upcoming release of
MacroForm™ Powerful Modeling Macros for Lightwave 3D™. The
product was released at the end of June, and it is made up of
twenty modeling tools utilities designed to enhance creativity
while boosting productivity. It features the innovative
RailToolz Environment which includes tools such as RailMoid,
RailBend, RailRout, and RailScale to name a few, which allow
you to bend, bevel, stretch, and scale data based on curve
profiles. For more information, you can contact One and Only
Media by writing P.O. Box 218, Vauxhall, NJ 07088-0218. You can
also call One and Only Media at 908- m GeoMorph Chaocity
announced the release of their new and first product, GeoMorph.
GeoMorph is a landscape morphing program which works with
VistaPro and MakePath to create surrealistic fly-by animations.
GeoMorph allows you to morph from one landscape to another as well as change the colors, trees, lakes, rivers and clouds. GeoMorph requires VistaPro 3.0 and a system with a hard disk. An accelerated Amiga is highly recommended. 4 MB of memory is a 964-4546. MacroForm sells for a list price of 225 U.S. dollars plus shipping and handling.
H Two New Products from Optonica Ltd.
Optonica continued to demonstrate their support of the Amiga with the launch of two new applications, M.M. Experience and InfoNexus 2. Optonica also announced a price drop on Simpatica and INSIGHT:Technologv.
M. M. Experience and M.M. Experience Pro
M. M. Experience will be available on September 1st 1995. It is
arriving in two versions, one for the home user and the other
for the professional multimedia developer. M.M Experience
has a SRP of £39.95. It allows you to quickly and easily
combine your own graphics, animations, music modules, text,
sound samples and even CDXL video into professional looking
stand-alone presentations or productions. You can create
menus, The press releases and news announcements in New
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vendors and not Amazing Computing.
Minimum for using Small landscapes, 6 MB for Large and 20 MB or more for Huge landscapes. AmigaDOS 2.04 or later is required. GeoMorph carries a suggested retail price of $ 69.95. slideshows, program launches and much more from hard drive or floppy disk. M.M.E. is supplied with a free distribution player so that productions can be circulated among friends, family, and Amigaphiles.
M. M. Experience Pro is especially suited to the professional
developer to produce CD- ROM based projects, point of
information and point of sale projects and Interactive TV
interface systems. It has all the facilities of the standard
version but includes advanced functions such as animated
menus, optimization for CD, project management functions,
CD32 controller support, ISO prep and ISO build functions,
project chaining, CDDA & MPEG support, hypertext linker plus
much more. M.M.E. Pro carries an SRP of £249.95. InfoNEXUS 2
Also new from Optonica is a file management system which has
been upgraded to include some as yet unseen new functions such
as drag and drop file copying, iconic representation of files,
and visual image catalog. It also includes the previously
separate product DataNEXUS which is a fully featured flat file
database with built in multimedia support for images, samples,
music files and CDXL video. This entire package has an SRP of
£29.95. lNSIGHT:Technology Price Drop To bring Insight
Technology in line with INSIGHT:Dinosaurs, this multimedia CD
has been reduced from £39.95 to £19.95. INSIGHT:Technology
explores hundreds of subjects from the ball point pen to the
space shuttle, explaining how things work using animation,
video, voice-overs, pictures, sound effects and text.
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liu J It ill I I 1 I I Hi ¦ IsnQsaur MtiHT TECHNOLOGY SC RE DIPS: Optonica Ltd Optonica continues their Amiga support with two new applications and price reductions. From Top to Bottom: DataNexus, a flat file database, is now included in InfoNEXUS 2, a newly improved file management system:
M. M. Experience and M.M. Experience Pro are tools for the
hobbyist or professional multimedia developer: Simpatica 2 +
VTL (now at a lower price) controls professional video decks
to put your animations onto video tape. INSIGHT:Technology
(above right) has been reduced to more closely match
INSIGHT:Dinosaurs.
Skunk Clownlith - Truk Lagoon ; Hermit Crib - Coiumal. Manlco ficnch Ang«i1ish - Turks Olvera ft Heel Sharks - Nassau Scat mil Cial.i[)jgor. Ir.landf. Cleaner Shrimp - Truk Lagoon Banded Coral Shrimp Caym Octopus in Cora) Palau Spoiled Snake Lei - Corumd ; Ocean SurwH - Cayman Drac Whip Anemone - Bonoira Arrow Crab - Cayman Otac i Chi Caral Real Vlsle - Coruitwl Mania Rays Vap Soil Ccral TrukUgoon FantaSeas from Amiga Library Services is a CD of almost 300 high quality underwater photographs (in five different resolutions each) by scuba divers and U W photography instructors.
Simpatica 2 + VTL Price Drop Reduced in price from £350 to £199.95, Simpatica 2 + VTL from Optonica Ltd.
Allows rendering of 24-bit and Amiga graphics to video tape. Using the supplied hardware to control professional video decks, this package achieves results at a fraction of the cost of other systems. Full 25 frames per second playback is now available.
Optonica Ltd., 1 The Terrace, High Street, Luttertworth, Leics, England LE17 4BA, Tel 44-1455-558282, Fax 44- 1455-559386.
FantaSeas Amiga Library Services has announced their latest release, "FantaSeas." This product is a portfolio CD consisting of almost 300 high quality underwater photographs. Reef shots with brilliantly colored fish, macro shots of anemones, and World War II wrecks are a few of the scenes on this CD.
This CD has been developed and produced by scuba divers and U W photography instructors. Each photograph is represented in five different resolutions. There is also portfolio photoCD software for the Mac and PC user. To find out more about "FantaSeas," you can contact Amiga Library Services at 610 N. Alma School Rd. Ste. 18, Chandler, AZ 85224. You can also call (602)491-0442 or 1-800-804-0833. The suggested retail price for "FantaSeas" is $ 49.95. ProPics on CD Legendary Design Technologies proudly announced the shipping of their latest product, ProPics on CD.
ProPics is a six (6) volume series of photographs, in 2*-bit color digital format that is perfect for use in video and desktop publishing work. "When we released ProPics on floppy last year, everyone liked the quality of the photographs but wanted the benefits of CD-ROM, so here it is!" Stated Syd Bolton, President of Legendary Design Technologies. All pictures are stored in IFF, BMP, TIFF, JPEG, and Video Toaster Framestore format. A thumbnail directory is also included so that the user can look at all of the pictures quickly, and there is a color insert inside the CD that shows a miniature
of all pictures. There are picture viewer and image processing programs included for both Amiga and PC owners. You can learn more by contacting Legendary Design Technologies Inc., 25 Fronteac Avenue, Brantford, Ontario, CANADA N3R 3B7. Telephone (519) 753-6120. Fax:
(519) 753-5052. Internet: tegend@io.org. In the United States,
you may write to: Legendary Design Technologies Inc., P.O.
Box 1147, Lewiston, NY 14092-8147. ProPics on CD boasts a
suggested retail price of $ 49.95 U.S. ($ 59.95 Canadian) for
all 120 pictures.
Tower Power for A1200 ProPics on CD is a Legendary Design Technologies compilation of their six volume series of photographs in 24-bit color IFF, BMP, TIFF, JPEG, and Video Toaster Framestore formats.
CeV Design has announced the release of the Xpander Chassis Model 4B which will expand your A1200 with 5 Zorro III slots, 2 Zorro II slots, power, and drive bays. There is an additional keyboard interface for an external keyboard.
The Xpander Vslot connects to RGB Parallel ports and displays video on an external card with a special adapter. All cases are built to order, and you should allow 2-6 weeks for delivery. The Vslot only with adapter is $ 99.95, and the Vslot power case with four bays is $ 209. CeV Design can be reached at 11 Spring Street, Reading, MA 01867. They can also be telephoned at 617-942-0209.
New Horizons gets new owners.
Quasar Distribution, an Australian software and distribution company, announced its purchase of Quarterback and Quarterback Tools Deluxe.
These packages were purchased for an undisclosed sum and with an exclusive North American distribution agreement with Wonder Computers, Inc. of Ottawa Canada. Also, Wonder Computers, Inc. announced their successful bid for the second lot of assets of New Horizons software.
Packages in this second lot included Quarterback, Quarterback Tools Deluxe, Quick Write, Design Works, Flow, Mac-2-DOS, DOS-2-DOS, Disk- 2-Disk, ProFonts, Word Maker, and the New Horizons name. Wonder Computers, Inc. can be reached at
(613) 596-2542.
TERMITE 1.10 Oregon Research has announced a major upgrade to Termite, a modern Telecommunications package for the Amiga. Some new features in version
1. 10 include a built-in ZMODEM protocol hand-optimized in
assembly language for speed, improved internal emulation, jump
scrolling, a multitasking review buffer, an enhanced chat
window, predefined palettes, and new Arexx macro capabilities.
Among other features.
Termite works on all Amiga systems with 1 Mb or more of memory and WorkBench 2.0 or higher. For more information or a copy of detailed product literature contact: Oregon Research, 16200 S.W. Pacific Hwy., Suite 162, Tigard, OR 97224. Phone:
(503) 620-4919. Fax: (503) 624-2940.
On the internet, contact orres@teleport.com. Termite 1.10 retails for S49.95 and is available now.
New Product?
Industry Announcement?
Send it to: New Products Editor Amazing Computing
P. O. Box 2140 Fall River, MA 02722-2140
(508) 678-4200 FAX (508) 675-6002 I have a seditious thought that
first appeared when the Amiga was introduced, and it hasn't
disappeared since. It concerns both the lack of Amiga
"business" software as well as Lhe success of such Amiga
based software as all of the graphics and animation
packages. The thought is simply this... Amiga users (no
matter how they tout their "professional" applications)
just want to have fun.
Fun with Fiber Factory by R. Sham ms Mortier Playing with virtual reality software is fun, and all 3D art and Fiber Factory is one of those rare pieces of software that quickiy becomes an essential part of your creative options while at the same time being ridiculously easy to use.
Animation software is really virtual reality based. When you dip your mind into a digital 3D environment, you are messing around in a virtual reality world, and most likely (at least it's my sincere hope) you are also having fun. Very few Amiga artists and animators want to admit they are having fun. They are afraid that their clients (if they are professionals) will severely reprimand them (pay them less for the work they do) if the word "fun" is even hinted at. But everyone experienced with this late twentieth century anomaly called computer graphics knows, without fun the frustration and
anxiety take over quickly and the end of a career is in sight. So fun (called the "pursuit of happiness" in the U.S. constitution) is a necessary ingredient of all serious work, and it is a downright absolute necessity when engaging in the long and sometimes tediously threatening creative sessions that come as a given in computer graphics work.
More Fun than a Barrel of Digital Monkeys There is something mesmerizing about working in a pseudo-3D world on a computer like the Amiga.
Providing you have great software and the necessary RAM to have your creations rendered in less than a day so that you can appreciate your efforts, you begin to feel like a god of a universe yet unexplored. 3D objects start to take on personalities. These personalities are based upon four general principles: their shape, movements, visual textures, kinematic movements (how they do or don't respond to the same laws we are chained to in the universe as they travel on animated paths), and their tactility.
Tactility? How can an object in digital 3D space give us a sense of tactility7 or "touchableness"? Well in some sense their visual texture maps do that when we recognize the "material" an object seems to be made of. A wooden object, which by that I mean one wrapped with a supposedly wooden texture, reminds us of all of the times that we have seen and then reached out to feel "wood". Our memory of those events is triggered, and we give the object a suitable personality referenced by our memory of wood. This is a tactility, touch response, based purely on associative memory.
To up the stakes a bit, we may apply a colored bump map of the same ¦texture. If there are enough light dark variations in the striations of the wood, the bump map will even allow shadows to play across the surface as if it had uneven thicknesses. Bam board for instance is a personality of wood that depends much on its uneven and random depths as well as it does on the visual appreciation that we are looking at wood.
Other materials however, like grassy textures, stones, and other What more natural display of hair is there than a modeled Teddy Bear?
"lumpy" tactilities require more than a bump map to give the impression that they are carrying their personalities in an honest fashion. When it comes time for a computer artist to model these surfaces it can either be a thorough headache (non-fun), a great challenge (sort of fun, depending how old you are and when the "deadline" is), or gobs of fun (as when you are a LightWave artist-animator who also owns Metro-Grafx Fiber Factory).
Joyous Factory Work in the New World Order Fiber Factory is one of those rare pieces of software that quickly becomes an essential part of your creative options while at the same time being ridiculously easy to use (a seasoned adult animators idea of "fun"). What it does is easy to describe: It gives 3D objects in virtual reality space appreciable surface lumpiness so that the believability factor, when appreciating 3D LightWave renderings, is immeasurably enhanced (depending upon the surface of course).
A Guided Tour What Fiber Factory does is to replace the polygons of any selected object with a series of "hairs" or user defined single or multiple point polygons that are grouped around the original polygon's "normal". A normal is a line that is perpendicular to the A new area for exploration... hairy logos!
What Fiber Factory does is to replace the polygons of any selected object with a series of "hairs" or user defined single or multiple point polygons that are grouped around the original polygon's "normal".
Polygon's centerpoint, so that as the normals vary according to the polygon's position in space, so any additional polygons are created in reference to the normals, so too will they vary in direction. This is very important to understand, because it is at the root (no pun intended) of what makes Fiber Factory's "hairs" look and act so organic to the object.
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object to the original in order to appreciate the newly'
created lumpy 3D surface. This is done in LightWave byr
parenting the hairy object to the original one so that they
can be manipulated in unison (otherwise, you'll be in the
embarrassing situation of having the bear move without its
furl). Speaking of bears, I think that the original idea for
this utility either came about or was at least influenced by
the Coke commercial that uses the computer generated polar
bears (if you haven't seen it, you should search it out).
The Fiber factory interface tells the tale straightforwardly. Load Make Save advises you to load a 3D object from storage, "Make" does the job of hairy translation, and Save prompts you to save the results. I created a separate drawer in mv LightWave 3D Objects drawer called "hairy" where I stored all of my Fibrous creations.
Other input areas are just as simple to understand: Quantity stands for the number of hairs, length is the size in meters, and Segments sets the sub-divisions on each fiber. Following this is a group of input areas that are somewhat less intuitive to understand, until you read the documentation once.
Figure 3. The Fiber Factory interface is a snap to master.
16 Amazing Computing With Fiber Factory and LightWave, you can grow realistic hair on any model.
"Sides” is set to one by default, and tells the system to create two-point polygons. These cannot have specularity' or cast shadows, so it is best to set this number higher. Any number of sides larger than one can have a set "Radius" (meters) and a "Taper" percentage.
Following that there is an indicator that you cannot control because it's meant to give you feedback on the total number of polys being created.
Aim for less than 65,000 for LightVVave's sake.
All of the fibers can than be Kinked, Contoured, Curled, and Jittered for unique results. The last control effects the fibers reaction to "Tropism", external physics forces such as light or gravity. The percentage of tropism can be set as well as its direction. Selected arrows set the direction the fibers will tend to be "pulled" in.
And then,., and then,.. Well, that's about it. The rest is exploration and giggling, not to mention creating some strange hairy beasts. I'll let the accompanying figures sing for themselves.
Fiber Factory MSLP: $ 129.00 MetroGrafx 625 Newton Drive Lake Orion, Ml 48362
(810) 693-5134 Hair on a smiley face almost makes the image
likeable.
Impact! 1.0 Finally... a real Lightwave Physics Engine by R. Shamms Mortier Material objects in the so called "real" world have subtle personalities shaped by their forms, textures, and the way that they respond to physical forces. These interactions are governed by the steely laws of physics, so that the inertia and response of an iron ball is observed and appreciated as qualitatively different from that of a rubber ball, and each of these objects is again different from the way an object made of water acts and reacts.
As far as emulating an object's texture and path motion is concerned, it has become commonplace to perform digital magic and make our 3D models identifiable, even adding variable acceleration components to the movements. However, when it comes to those object attributes that obey the finer laws of physics, the animator's job becomes geometrically complicated, and sometimes near impossible. For this reason, many of multiple software packages about two years ago. The result was a product that never reached the marketplace and a company that was brought to legal task for taking users' money
without giving them a product. The original developer folded shop midway during the process, promising to release a much hyped product called "Newton's Law'", an event that has yet to materialize.
The developer in charge of what is now Dynamic Realities was actually a central creative force behind that original attempt, and so took over the project and brought it to completion as what is now a tangible product: "Impact!" There is one other competing package in existence, "Dynamic Motion Module" from Positron Publishing. 1 have no hands- on experience with Dynamic Motion, but from the advertising blurbs it seems that Impact is far more full- featured. 3D animation physics engines are extremely computation the high end animation packages are beginning to incorporate their own "physics
engines", collections of complex algorithms, so that attributes like density and gravity can be applied to objects just as easily asyou might apply a texture.
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LightWave scenes that are imported into Impact become qualitatively different from the scenes imported into LightWave itself. Impact adds a whole list of attributes to the objects in a scene that LightWave does not cannot address, so rendering an Impact LightWave scene has to be engendered from Impact.
The Impact manipulated scene will behave very differently from the same scene with the same objects as rendered in LightWave. This is because specific physics attributes are applied to targeted Impact objects in a scene.
A standard procedure for Impact users is to design a scene with the required objects and gross motion paths in LightWave, import the scene into Impact, and export it back into LightWave for rendering. An alternate method of using Impact is to replace the default objects in an Impact simulation with LightWave 3D objects from your LightWave library, run and fine tune the simulation, and save tine scene back to the LightWave format for preview and rendering.
The Interface There was a time when NewTek refused to allow any utility to sport a Light Wave-like interface, but that attitude has seemingly long since evaporated. Impact, like the other utility programs that address LightWave, has the familiar LightWave look and feel. There are some differences in the way that the text based commands are laid out on the screen, Impact users should feel they are in familiar territory. In Impact, the difference is in the application of the physics engines, and this is wide enough to require some attentive study.
There is a $ 20.00 fee request included with the software in order to purchase the incorporated "MUI" interface tool. MUI (pronounced "Mooey") is a necessary part of Impact, but the included version will not save any interface changes you make in order to personalize Impact for the next time you run it. I'd rather pay the $ 20.00 up front in the purchase price and have everything in place at the start.
Manipulating Objects in Impact Similar to LightWave itself, all of the elements in a scene can be manipulated in Impact within the real-time interactive 3D environment. The camera can be zoomed in and out, rotated, and moved, while lights and objects can be moved, resized, stretched and rotated.
Impact allows an unlimited number of 3D viewing windows. Each view window can have its own camera, so that adjustments and object interactions can be appreciated from as many different angles and positions as necessary, so you can choose tire one right for the job after previewing the results of a physics engine application.
A special 3D View Preferences requester allows control of the view window's wireframe colors for objects, ground grid, lights, camera, active (selected) items, axis markers, pivot points, and any "parent" object in grouped object hierarchy chains. The spacing of the ground grid can be altered, and the visibility or invisibility of any of the scene's elements can be toggled on or off. These are Impact 1 V ss I w I SN I s rr ' I Impact! Gives Lightwave3D users the ability lo design objects, apply attributes, and let the laws of physics do the rest.
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There are twenty-eight sample project simulations in Impact and, by loading them in and tweaking the tools, your learning curve is made much more gentle. Activating the "Simulate" button renders the wireframe animations based upon all of the selected physics engines involved. This allows you to preview all of the possible effects. If you like any one of these preset simulations, you might want to replace the simple default objects with a 3D object from your own LightWave library.
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The physics of an object is also related to the material it is made of, and Impact includes a library of material presets that can be assigned to any object. These are not mere texture maps, but true "physics maps".
Remember that unlike the "real" world, the laws of physics can be altered to suit your purposes when applying an Impact physics engine, resulting in bizarre animations as well as expected Earth based reality.
Conclusions Impact works and it is on the market, and that is the necessary bottom line. Its physics engines can be applied to any LightWave 3D models in a scene. You have to preview tire results frequently in order to achieve results that are suitable for your projects due to the complexity' and variability' of the potential interactions.
Another twenty or so sample simulations would help smooth the learning curve. Additional and esoteric engines (which I understand are already on the way) will definitely add creative options.
There is probably a market here for a separate disk or two of expanded simulations, i would prefer an even more icon based visual interface, though, with some study, the present one can be mastered. This software is worthy of your investment if LightWave is where you live.
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0 Copynght 1995 liqAtfMiccii |Fx AJI Rights Reserved Advanced Amiga Analyzer by Ernest Viveiros Sooner or later it is going to happen, something is going to go wrong with some part of your Amiga system. It may be your printer not working, your mouse not functioning properly or some other problem, You will now be faced with finding the cause of the malfunction and this may or may not be an easy task. Where do you start?
Advanced Amiga Analyzer The Advanced Amiga Analyzer from Paxtron Corporation is a combination hardware and software diagnostic utility compatible with the entire Amiga product line. It is designed to identify specific I O problems and aid the user in tracking a problem to its source by suggesting possible component failures.
The analyzer hardware consists of a box with 8 L.E.D.s which indicate the voltages which should be present on the tested I O ports. Connected to the analyzer are a mouse pass-through connector for evaluating mouse operation and four cables with attached dongles, one each for the following functions: mouse joystick, serial, parallel, and video operations. All of the dongles must be plugged in for the software to run properly. Please, turn the computer off before attaching the analyzer.
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The first indication of operation provided by the analyzer are tire L.E.D.s on the top of the analyzer. With the computer power turned on, all the L.E.D.s should be on.
This indicates the ports have the required voltages present.
Note: the analyzer does not measure the voltage but rather indicates its existence. If any L.E.D. is out, either the dongle is not plugged in or there is a problem with that port and the problem must be tracked down. All other testing performed by the analyzer is performed under software control.
All tests with the Advanced Amiga Analyzer are performed using a standard graphic interface screen. At the bottom of the screen there is a row of buttons for each of the specific tests performed as well as Run Test and End Test buttons. The Run Test and End Test buttons are great for over-night testing which is useful in detecting intermittent problems that are generally heat related. There is also a help button available which provides information on the test being performed.
During any port test, an animated diagram of the port being tested is displayed and indicates its proper function or active and inactive states. If any malfunction is detected, the software will indicate the failure in most instances and present a list of probable causes. In addition, clicking on any of the pins in the diagram will give specific information on that pin's function and circuitry connections.
All of the testing performed by the analyzer is functional except for the video test which only indicates voltages present on the port. While you can get information on any pin on the video port, no software testing is actually being done.
Additionally, the Advanced Amiga Analyzer's software has provisions for memory I O, floppy disk drive read write and audio tests. There is also a Configuration Screen which provides some information on the ROM and custom chip revision installed in the system being tested.
Screen Sense: The game port test (top left) displays mouse position as well as pin usage. The parallel screen (top right) and the serial screen (middle) show pin usage and test for possible failures, The memory tester (bottom) also displays the configuration of the system's RAM.
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It can't do that. You still need to trouble shoot the problem yourself. This will require additional equipment, schematics, etc. and more specifically a knowledge of electronics.
Additionally, all of the trouble shooting information provided by the analyzer is based on an A2000 schematic and, although similar, there are many differences in component layout and types between the different Amiga models.
I must admit there is no solution to this latter problem though. Since, no analyzer is capable of determining total system information, revision, etc., there are too many variables involved. The Advanced Amiga Analyzer, simply put, provides a starting point from which to begin.
Are there any problems with the Advanced Amiga Analyzer? Not many. The hardware and software work exactly as stated in the manual. Everything is straight forward and simple. You are even supplied with a trouble shooting chart for the A500 and A2000 which covers some failures not handled by the analyzer and software combination.
The cables could be a little longer, but I must admit they are adequate. The connectors should be labeled, in particular the parallel dongle, which could be inadvertently plugged into the SCSI port on an A3000,1 would also like to see the analyzer wiring manufactured on a printed wiring board instead of just being soldered and hot melted into place inside the analyzer box. This would provide a more reliable unit.
Going back to my first question, is the Advanced Amiga Analyzer a useful tool? Is it worth its price? The Advanced Amiga Analyzer, though somewhat limited in its test capabilities, is worth every penny. In particular, I like the mouse point and click information provided to the trouble shooter. It saves time.
The PAWS 600 and 1200 - The Portable Amiga Workslalion. The PAWS kit includes case, basic LCD driver Card, Active color LCD, power unit that car mount up to two batteries, one battery, power supply, and trackball. No soldering.
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Some screens on pin use (bottom) are available by selecting the pin on the screen.
I also give a thumbs up to its ease of use and standard graphic interface. The software has gone through several revisions and continued support and improvements are promised from the developer.
Not the hardware type? Well 1 can't do anything about that, but, you may just want to use the Advanced Amiga Analyzer on your Amiga system anyway, just to make sure everything is working right and set your mind at ease. And if something is wrong? Let someone else do the work.
Advanced Amiga Analyzer Paxtron Corporation 28 Grove Street Sping Valley, NY 10977 914-578-6522 FAX 914 624 3239 Software Huf Folcroft East Business Park 313 Henderson Dr. Sharon Hill, PA 19079 800-932-6442 FAX 610-586-5706 Standard logo animations (including the freeze frame at the end) appear on screen for no more than an average of five to eight seconds in the professional broadcast arena. Flying logos, no matter what fancy graphics or video they are accompanied by, can spin to the screen in only a limited number of ways irrevocably constrained by the three spacial dimensions (the XYZ
axis) that we perceive as normative 3D space. The backgrounds can vary and the logo may go through a myriad of contortions on its way to or from a resting place, but the actual movements in 3D are confined to the XYZ axis of rotation.
Since animating logos is a repetitive and standardized task in a computer animator's life, sets of prefab choreographies that can script a targeted logo element or "actor" are in high demand. A way of incorporating and even altering these prefab choreographies may be just the tool an Amiga animator needs in order to meet crunching deadlines and leave the studio before midnight. If you find this to be the case, you will definitely want to investigate WaveMaker.
WaveMaker's prefab choreographies are displayed on the videotape included with the software. There are sixteen examples listed in WaveMaker
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High Tech, and Inversion. Each of these selections can be
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time the logo is to remain on-screen in a frozen state at
either or both the start and end WaveMaker's prefab
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animator needs in order to meet crunching deadlines and leave
the studio before midnight.
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Of the animated sequence. You can even choose to record these animations without a logo plugged in, just in case you want to composite the finished art or perform some video effects later in the edit.
Unique Animations For those that require a never- before-seen logo animation, WaveMaker responds with a utility that allows you to build a more unique animation from scratch using the included tools. First you load in your 3D logo and assign a targeted motion from one of four general choices (Fly On, Fly Out, Fly On-Hold-Fly Off, Stay in Place). Ail motions have "eases", allowing for smooth and realistic movement. Next you apply the durations involved. You add either a background picture or a solid color or a gradient. Backgrounds, by the way, can include a sequence of images as well as one
picture. Since the sequenced images could include previously saved WaveMaker frames, you could render a fully composited animation on an animation.
Next you may want to add what WaveMaker calls "Elements", animated artifacts that render behind the logo. Elements can be added in up to eight "layers", so that a very complex 3D scheme can be created with ease.
Elements consist of three banks of choices with 24 variables in each bank for a total of seventy-two. Some of the Elements are streaks, flying polys, sphere lines, and stars. All Elements can have assigned rotations, speeds, and "thickness" sizes.
“Smart ANIM” This is the easiest way to utilize WaveMaker. Using the Smart ANIM feature, your only task is to select a logo to process and where to store the animation. From there, WaveMaker makes all the decisions and creates an animation. This is the ultimate lazy producer's module, and it may suffice in some situations when you are under exceeding time pressure.
Rendering If LightWave is running at the same time as WaveMaker, you can access several additional options. The first is the ability to render any single frame from a WaveMaker file. You can also generate a storyboard that pictures any number of frames you select from a beginning and end count.
The storyboard feature allows you to select the color, resolution, full screen or underscan. The third option is running a batch sequencer that allows you to set up a rendering queue of up to 15 separate animations. All will be rendered automatically once the process starts, leaving you open for a day at the beach. If LightWave is running, you can also use WaveMaker as a front end and call up and render any selected scene file.
An added feature of WaveMaker is the ability to create a storyboard with either nine or sixteen panels.
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The faster your processor, the faster you can render LightWave animations put together in WaveMaker. Most frames take no more than a few minutes to render, but using higher resolution choices or motion blurs and other options can increase that time just as if you were working in LightWave alone. Where the time is saved is in not having to manually move objects around the screen in order to achieve desired select choreographies.
Rendering can be in low, medium, or broadcast quality. You can also tap into the "expert option" commands in LightWave. As an expert, you are allowed to target the antialiasing options, aspect ratios (Toaster, Abekas recorders, or Square), field rendering, and motion blur. You may also choose to render a single frame for preview, and save it to disk. Frames may be saved as FrameStores or RGB's.
An added feature of WaveMaker is the ability to create a storyboard with either nine or sixteen panels, You can choose the resolution of the storyboard frames and have them render as either a FrameStore or RGB.
Once completed, this finished storyboard can be sent out to a color printer so that the client can view the suggested script.
After you save your scene scripts, you can use WaveMaker to render whole batches of files. These can be rendered as either FrameStores or RGBs and, if you prefer, they can be targeted immediately to the PAR board that is connected to your recorder.
WaveMaker animations can be saved and loaded as full script files so that you can plug in new logos or render the same scene again.
WaveMaker allows you as much freedom as possibte in the creative process.
Conclusions All of my WaveMaker tests were performed on an Amiga 4000 '040 with 32 MB of RAVI and a large hard drive.
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Something never before seen on the planet, something that makes the audience ask "how did they do that?". Even though you can create some absolutely stunning logo looks in WaveVlaker, it would obviously be nice to have more Element libraries and Prefab scripts (thousands?).
I would like to see Radiosity develop a CD-ROM that was packed with these and other additional libraries. 1 find this LightWave utility to be extremely useful in those impossible deadline situations, and I know more than a few LightWave animators who are using it to fatten their sample portfolios. WaveMaker is an essential tool for the LightWave professional, and more fun than a barrel of digital monkeys for the hobbyist.
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Keep Up With the Latest in AC!
Volume 9., Number 10 October 1994 Bars & Pipes Professional 2.5 Upgrade, Many new and improved features of the popular MTDT sequencer are covered, by Rick Manasa.
AC Exclusive! Alex Armor, An interview with the Creative Equipment International's President about his plans for purchasing the Amiga, VideoStage Pro, A review of Ox.xi's new multimedia authoring system for creating interactive and non-intcractive presentations, by Douglas J. Nakakiharn.
IMAGINE 3.0, Exciting changes that have taken place since the product's first release two years ago, by Marc Hoffman.
Fractal Gallery, Great Fractal pictures plus an overview of Fractal Pro by MegageM and Cygnus Software's Mand2000 software packages, by D.L, Richardson.
DesktopMAGIC: The Kitchen Sink Screensaver, The ability to trigger audio clips places this program a step up from the rest, by Douglas J. Nakakihara.
MaxonMAGIC, A review covering both the pros and the cons of this latest Amiga screen saving utility, by Henning Vahlenkamp.
Aladdin-4D Tutorial 10, Lens flair creation and use are covered in depth, by Shamms Mortier.
Video Transitions using Arexx, Combine the power of Arexx scripting with Art Department Professional to create video transitions, by Jason R. Hardy.
Two for the Fun of it, BoomBox and Mand2000 are two programs that will give you hours of enjoyment, by Shamms Mortier.
Show Reports: Digital World, InfoComm, and ShowBiz Expos, The Amiga still had presence at two of the shows, bv Douglas J. Nakakihara.
Online, A look at some of the software available on services we've covered so far, by Rob Hays.
Digital Image Special FIX, Custom textures, backgrounds and texture maps with image processing and 3D animation software, by William Frawley, New Products &. Other Neat Sluff, New releases from Replica Technology, Play-field, and a look at Play Inc. Bug Bytes, Audiomaster IV and the A4000, 1960 Monitor driver revisited, and more, by John Steiner.
Inside Arexx, Programming Error Traps and interrupting Arexx Programs, by Merrill Callaway.
Cli Directory, Readers react to past columns and a Script file that will search a Disk for a given topic or word, by Keith Cameron.
Roomers, Alternative platforms, and other things Amiga users should avoid, by The Band i to.
Diversions, Mortal Kombat, the ultra-violent arcade legend, finally makes its way onto the Amiga.
Volume 9, Number 11 November 1994 Create an Animated Five-Day Weather Forecast with DeluxePaint IV, By Randy Finch, who shares his experiences producing the weather forecast at an NBC affiliated local station.
Weathering the Situation, An interview with Tim Drawbridge, a meteorologist who discusses novel animations he creates with the Amiga, by R. Shamms Mortier.
On The Ball 1.24, A review ot Pure Logic Software's On The Ball personal information manager, by Henning Vahlenkamp.
1994 Readers' Choice Awards, The results are in and the winners arc!
TrapFax, A review of TrapFax, an integrated fax management utility' from TrapDoor Development, by Mark Rickan.
Two from Spectronics: Adorage and ClariSS A, A review of the two software packages by' Spectronics, by R. Shamms Mortier.
Pixel3D-Pro Version 2, A review of what is considered a very significant upgrade to Pixel3D-Pro, by R. Shamms Mortier.
Distant Suns v5.0, A review covering many new features added in the newly released version of Distant Suns, by Rob Hays.
A Tale of Two DOS's, Comparing AmigaDOS and MS-DOS, by Keith Cameron.
Front Ending C, Create an interface for your C programs with an easy-to-use authoring tool, by Randy Finch.
PD Update, A close look at utilities to edit your Amiga's memory or clean your floppy drives, by Henning Vahlenkamp, Online, Featured subjects include a ray tracing software package and accessories, as well as a security program for your disks, by Rob Hays.
New Products & Other Neat Stuff, Moving Textures TOO, Making Music with Bertie Bunny, Really Real Texture Images, International Flow Chart, and more!
Inside Arexx, A look at arguably the most powerful single instruction in Arexx, the interpret instruction, by Merrill Callaway.
Bug Bytes, Using a standard serial cable on the AU100, Interleave questions and intermittent errors on an SCSI System, and more, by John Steiner.
Beginning Assembly, The first in a series of articles covering the major machine language programming techniques for the Amiga, by Bill Nee.
Roomers, Commodore UK & CE1 in, Samsung out, and NewTek retains Amiga loyalty while selling to other platforms, by The Bandito.
Volume 10, Number 2 February 1995 New Products & Other Neat Stuff, Personal Paint v6.1, Studio Printer Version 2,0, Gage CS220 Driver, Fossil AGA, and more!
Aiaddin-4D Tutorial 11, Creating arrays with Genie Tools, by R. Shamms Mortier.
HiSoft BASIC 2, A review of Oregon Research's new BASIC Development System for the Amiga, by Henning Vahlenkamp.
Bug Bytes, Using a PC mouse on the Amiga, Reason Install solutions, CRC errors, Modem compatibility and GPFnx, and more, by John Steiner.
Digital Image Special FX PART XIII, Creating quick and easy, seamless Texture maps suitable for tiling onto 3D objects, by William Frawley.
Roomers, From emulations to exclamations, the Amiga (and the world) continues.
Deathbed Vigil and Other Tales of Digital Angst, A review of Ihe video Deathbed Vigil and Other Tales of Digital Angst by Dave Haynie, written by Merrill Callaway.
Digital Sound Track, A review of Visual Inspiration's Digital Sound Track software package, by R. Shamms Mortier.
Beginning Assembly Part 2-Power Play, Create an Assembly Program and understand how it works, by Bill Nee.
Use HELM to create an Animated Five- Day Weather Forecast Fart II, Randy Finch shows you how to make a tedious task easier through the use of HELM in this continuation of his article.
Using Arexx Time and Date Functions, Programs that make it easy to figure out all sorts of problems involving day of the week, time or dates, by Merrill Callaway.
Diversions, Shaq-Fu, Mortal Kombat II, Subwar 2050, Rise of the Robots, Disney's The Lion King, Superfrog, and more in CD32and Amiga titles.
On Line, SCSI utilities that will make your life much easier, Scrammer an A3000 A4000 System information utility and information on local Amiga BBS systems, by Rob Hays.
Front Ending: Deluxe Music, This article discusses a GmDo 2.51 program which makes use of CanDo's ability to open ill Volume 10, Number 4 March April 1995 windows on Public Screens, by Randy Finch.
And furthermore.... The Computer Cafe team creates an underwater world for Oceanic.
New Products and other neat stuff. The DraCo Amiga Clone, Video Toaster Secrets, and over 30 other Amiga announcements in this article.
Genie Tools, Add on functionality for Aladdin-4D, by R. Shamms Mortier.
AlphaPaint, A review of Innovision Technology's 24-bit plus Alpha Channel painting program for the Video Toaster user, by R. Shamms Mortier.
An Interview with Nova Design, An interview with Bob Fisher, the Marketing Director and spokesperson, by R. Shamms Mortier.
ImageFX 2.0, A look at the most significant upgrade that any Amiga image processing program lias gone through in years, by R. Shamms Mortier.
Fred Fish, The new Fred Fish Disks-Beyond 1000, and a quick look at the next 40 disks.
Using 'Moving Textures' in Aiaddin-4D, "Of all the CD collections of textures that i've seen thus far, this one from Precision Computer Grnhpics is the absolute cat's pajamas hottest...", by R. Shamms Mortier.
Accelerate Vour A4000 or A3000, The top- end of the WarpEngine line features '040 CPUs running at 40MHz which improves 3000's performance by a factor of nearly eight, by Douglas Nakakihara.
On Line, A look at several different utilities available for downloading from your favorite communications service, by Rob Hays.
PD Update, A table of 1994 software updates plus a look at FileX 2.0, ImageStudio
1. 2.0, Klondike Deluxe AGAII, and Tetris Duel, by Henning
Vahlenkamp.
FinalData, A review of the database manager program by Softwood, Inc., by Merrill Callaway.
The Commodore Game, Three companies race toward the final resolution of a multinational corporation with a dark horse contender in the lead.
SUBWAR 2050 & UFO, MICROPROSE goes to war with two great titles.
Volume 10, Number 5 May 1995 New Products and other neat stuff, Use a VCR to Back-up your hard drive, check out a new series of CD-ROMS and more.
NAB '95, The DraCo Amiga emulator, NewTek's Toaster for Windows NT, Trinity from PLAY Inc., and several new tower cases for 4000 owners at the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas.
Digital Image Special FX, Color correction
1. 02: Advanced 1-To-l pixel transformations, by William
Frawley.
Trnnsporter 2,0, Move single frame or compressed animation files to video with a single frame controller, by R. Shamms Mortier.
Bit Movie '94, See the Amiga used in winning entries and art displayed here is some of the best in each category.
Two Genie Too! Tutorials, A Plnstance tutorial example and an FFDeform and Bones example, by R. Shamms Mortier.
Using Postscript fonts with Professional Page, A tutorial on the use of Postscript Fonts in Professional Page without the use of the CG-conversion program, by Douglas Nakakihara.
On Line, A look at some programs on the nets that should help keep your Amiga hopping, database programs, and more, by Rob Hays.
Inside Arexx, A handy and ingenious Arexx macro for Directory Opus that allows you to view the contents of LHA or LZH compressed archives, by Merrill Callaway.
Alien Breed Tower Assault, The third and final game in this series is one of the easiest, but also proof that the Amiga can still provide an exciting arcade experience, bv Jason D'Aprile.
Rise of the Robots, A review of the hyped CD32 release, by Jason D'Aprile.
Fred Fish Disks 1041-1060, An Amiga specific E compiler, DiskSpare 3.0, SuperDuper 3.13, a great Chess game, and more from the Fred Fish Library.
The Commodore Auction, A race to discover the outcome of one of tire most- watched auctions in the computer community, as AC rushes to provide you with the best information available.
Volume 10, Number 6 June 1995 New Products and other neat stuff, Help Wanted Service for Graphic Artists and Animators, Accelerators for the A4000 40 and the A2000, and more!
Creating Nebulas With LightWave 3D, Unlock some of the greatness of LightWave by recreating those awe-inspiring background nebulas often seen surrounding Babylon 5, by William Frawley.
D Paint V, Is this much awaited upgrade to Electronic Arts' major contribution to the Amiga for everyone? By R. Shamms Mortier.
Connect with ENLAN-DFS 2.0, Network your Arnigas for maximum performance and full Amiga productivity, reviewed by Shamms Mortier.
Vlab Motion: Tips and Tricks, Use Vlab Motion's editing software package, MovieShop, and Arexx to ease your animation tasks and more, by Douglas J. Nakakihara.
Revitalizing the X-Specs 3D Stereoscopic Glasses, Program your software to use the Xspecs.library and create 3D viewing on your Amiga, by Randy Finch.
ESCOM Interview, Manfred Schmitt of ESCOM AG speaks directly on the future of the Amiga, ESCOM's plans and more.
BeoodNet, Journey through the streets of Manhattan and Cyberspace in 2094, by Rob Hays.
ATR: All Terrain Racing, Team 17's AIR is an overhead, smail sprite racer with a sci-fi bent, by jason D'Aprile.
I EESSSSBEO Volume 10, Number 7 July 1995 New Products and other neat stuff, The Amiga 4000 Toaster Oven Tower from Anti Gravity, Photogenics 2.0, make your own hidden 3D images, and more.
ESCOM creates Amiga Technologies, ESCOM ends specualtion on their plans for the Amiga as they hold a press conference for journalists.
Brilliance Tutorial, Use the power of this program to create realistic still masterpieces fit to hang in any gallery, by Marc Hoffman.
Basically Bone, Our authors use the Amiga to train young doctors and keep the files where they belong, by Michael Tobin MD.
On-Line, Keep your electronic messages safe, discover a way to retain your clipboard information, and more, by Rob Hays.
DirWork 2, Use this point and click interface to speed your way through the Amiga's disk functions and file handling, by George Evans.
Beginning Assembly, In his third installment, Bill Nee demonstrates the Amiga's libraries and how to utilize them.
Amazing Artist, Marc Hoffman demonstrates his abilities at creating other-world scenes on the Amiga.
Litil Divil, Try your luck in the lower labyrinths of this dungeon folly filled with puzzles and twisted routes, by Jason D'Aprile.
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42 Amazisg Computing causing offense, but those who do offend can find themselves non- violently mail-bombed. You can find Archie and Veronica there, but not Jughead. While this may sound like Zen philosophy, or Churchill's description of Russia, what we are talking about is the Internet. Starting this month, On Line wili try to demystify that "riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma " that may or may not be the information superhighway.
In the Beginning The Internet as we know it today, has its roots in the Cold War of the 1950's and 196Q's. As computers became common in research facilities, people began using them to communicate by e-mail. Message systems were an easy way for people to share results and assistance. This was fine as long as the person who could solve your problem was a member of the same organization. Unfortunately, if you were at Berkeley, and the only person in the country who knew the answer to your questions worked at MIT, you could be out of luck.
Tlie Department of Defense, through its Advanced Research and Projects Agency, set up the ARPANET, The idea was to develop methods whereby different computer systems, possibly even using different operating systems, could transfer data. The first two systems were linked in September of 1969, and by 1971 there were twenty different sites connected. Recent estimates place the current number of sites at more than 40,000, growing at rate of 10 percent per month.
Of prime importance to ARP A was the survivability of the network. It would do no good to have a wide-area network if breaking the communications link at one point would bring the entire network down. Tie system devised was TCP IP, which stands for Transmission Control Protocol Internet Protocol, This breaks data transmissions into discreet packets, each with complete address information. This allows specialized routing computers to send each packet by the best route currently available to the system. This allows messages to get through despite broken or intermittent links, creating a
self-healing network.
By the earty 1980's the military functions were split from the civilian side of the Net, which was taken over by the National Science Foundation.
More and more sites were added, links between sites were upgraded, and the Internet was born. Improvements made to the main transmission lines used by the Net, called the "backbone," have increased data rates to 45 million bits per second. Plans are underway to increase this to two billion bits per second in the near future. How fast is a 2-gigabit rate?
Fast enough to transfer the Encyclopedia Britannica in one or two seconds.
Achieving this speed will become critical as huge graphic and sound files come to make up more of the information that is transferred between sites.
Okay, So What Can I Do There?
Because of the complexity of the Net, it may help to think of it in terms of being several different functions.
Some of these are the Usenet also known as the newsgroups), Telnet, which allows you to use remote systems, File Transfer Protocol, or FTP, which lets you transfer files from another system to your home computer, and e-mail. In coming months, we will focus on each of these, and more.
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Because the computers that control the Net use the Unix operating system, or one of its close relatives, the information displayed and the commands needed to navigate the systems can look like so much gibberish. Like any language, once you become familiar with its conventions, it starts to make sense. With one notable exception, the Vvorld Wide Web, the Internet is text- based, and all commands are by keyboard.
Io end user or repair shop 28 Grove Street. Spring Valley, NY 10977 ml 9I4-57W522 ¦ ORDER LINE ONLY MM1S-3241 • FAX 914-6M-3239 Moun:W5 pa EST« Add t&OQ UPS ChargH * MC VISA * nbjtttloelung fc'ttt E-mail Just as the post office puts a postmark on every piece of mail, the e- mail system places a header on every message. This header contains information such as the sender's address, the routing for this message, often the date and time it was sent and received. Careful examination of a person's e-mail address can reveal not only their name, but often the company they work for, and what
country they are sending from.
Circle 101 on Reader Service card, E-mail addresses are composed of two main sections; the user's name and location. Using mine as an example, you can see that my Internet provider knows me as "rhays." The separates my name from the location, or domain name. The domain section of the address is "ansel.intersource.com.'' The last three letters indicate this is a commercial site. Other common endings you will see are ".edu," for a site operated by an educational institute, ".org" for a nonprofit organization, "-gov" for a government site, and ".net" if the site is part of a large company
network.
Licensed by Wilctxn Australia Paxlron ©1993 (an Perry CORPORATION Sites located in other countries usually add a two-letter suffix to designate the country of origin. While most of these are obvious, such as ".uk" for the United Kingdom, and ".ca" for Canada, some require a bit of thought. Unless you knew that "Germany" in German is "Deutschland," you probably wouldn't realize that e-mail address ending in ".de" were from there. Some, such as ".za" for South Africa, or ".ch" for Switzerland, seem to escape rational explanation.
E-mail on the Internet is more versatile than its counterparts on the more familiar commercial BBS services. In addition to sending messages, you can subscribe to mailing lists that will automatically send to you, as e-mail, the latest postings in selected newsgroups. Depending on the level of service provided by your Internet provider, you can even transfer files via e-mail.
How Do I get Connected?
I have good news and better news for you. The good news is, vou may already have, or qualify for, an Internet account. If you are a student or a member of the faculty of almost any college or university, you probably have at least an e-mail account. If you already have an account on a major commercial on- line service, such as CompuServe, or Genie, you also have Internet access. Both of these services have recently been enhancing their Internet offerings, in this, they are playing catch-up to Portal, Delphi, and Bix, which have all offered what amounts to full Internet access for several years
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Currently offering. If you have been putting off joining a major BBS, there has never been a better time than now in terms of price and services offered.
Here are the voice numbers for the systems: BIX 617-354-4137 CompuServe 800-848-8199 Delphi 800-695-4005 Genie 800-638-9636 Portal 800-433-6444 You may also have a local provider that offers a better service package. Try checking with any local user groups, or computer or software stores. You might also wish to contact a nationwide provider such as Netcom, at 800-353-6600, or MCI at 800-955-5210. When shopping around, some things to consider are type of connection offered, storage allotments, and modem speed. Currently the best choice for a connection is called PPP, with SLIP a close second
choice. If a shell account is all that is available, make sure that the provider will let you run a piece of software on their end called The Internet Adaptor. The reason for this is to allow you to run Amosaic, which gives a graphical, hypertext access to the World Wide Web. Be sure that the provider ATTENTION: AMIGA User Groups Register your organization by October 1, 1995 for the new AC’s GUIDE Winter edition.
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Who Ya Gonna Call?
Here are some more Amiga BBS's you may want to check out.
NAME: ImageNet PHONE: (401)822-3060, (401)821-4320 SPEEDS SUPPORTED: 300-19,600 SYSOP: Steve Medeiros NAME: Community On-Line and Public Safety Support BBS (COPS) PHONE: (207)985-1140, (207) 985-1141 SPEEDS SUPPORTED: up to 14.4kbps CONTACT: Michael LeBlanc NOTES: Operated on an Amiga, specializing in Public Safety aspects.
NAME: Amiga Exchange PHONE: (310)325-1796 SPEEDS SUPPORTED: up to 16.8kbps CONTACT: Robert Takahashi Where To Find Me
R. HavsS on Genie RHAYS on Delphi 72764,2066 on CompuServe Rob
Hays on Portal Internet users, I now have a new e- mail
address: rhays@ansel.intersource.com. For U.S.Mail: Rob Hays
P. O.Box 194 Bloomington, IN 47402 Please include a SASE if you
need a personal reply.
If you run an Amiga specific BBS, send me the information callers will need to access your system. Phone number(s), modem speeds, software settings, etc. As a service to the Amiga community I will include the information I receive in this column from time to time. Send the info to any of my addresses above.
That's all for now. See you On Line!
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(continued from page 48) There are three types of aircraft for you to choose from; British Spitfires and Typhoons, and American Mustangs. Everyone knows the Spitfires and Mustangs were great fighter planes, but the Typhoon may be a bit of a mysteryc Designed as a fighter also, it was a miserable failure.
However, it was a superb ground attack aircraft, and that is the role it was playing in the invasion struggle.
The version of the Mustang modeled here is not the more familiar P-51D that American pilots flew, but the earlier 'B' model that had been supplied to the British.
When you are not actually flying a mission, the main screen consists of an aerial view of Tangmere Station, with different activities represented by various buildings on the base. Most often, you will be visiting Ops, the Dispersal Hut or your bedroom. You could also be summoned to the Commanding Officer's office, perhaps for a promotion, or a reprimand if you have done something frowned upon, such as shooting down one of your squadron mates.
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approximately into thirds, the first section contains
historical background on both the Allied and Axis plans
concerning the invasion. The middle third concerns the
aircraft in the simulation, including the three you fly and
the others that you either fly with or fight against. This
section includes some basic flight maneuvers to help hone
your skills. The final third is about the game itself and
the descriptions of the keyboard controls.
Flight control is your choice of keyboard, mouse, digital joystick, Gravis Mouse Stick, or analog joystick.
I was unable to test Overlord with a Gravis, and unfortunately the analog routines exhibited the usual conversion problems. For some reason, and Rowan Software is far from alone in this, nearly every flight simulator that says it supports analog joysticks is in fact unflyable with one. It is not impossible to write analog routines.
Jaeger Software's Fighter Duel Pro simulators handle beautifully. The Circle 123 on Reader Service card.
QVORE c people who make the IDD Smartport analog adaptors have written patches for several flight simulators to fix the analog sections of the programs, and hopefully they will make one available for Overlord.
Overlord runs on any Amiga with at least 1 megabyte of memory. Extra memory and floppy drives are supported, and it can be installed on a hard disk. Owners with 68040 processors will probably need to make the usual changes to their cache settings, but 1 had no troubles with OS3.0 on an A1200. While the game is no speed demon when played on a stock A500, by setting the graphics options at their minimums, it is certainly playable.
If you want a taste of WW1I English air action, pick up Overlord.
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Taking off from your home base of Tangmere Station, you will be flying above some of the most heavily defended real estate in Europe. As your flight crosses the coast of France, German fighters fill the skies, and tracers stream upward from gun emplacements. As you twist and turn, trying to avoid the unseen bullets between the tracer rounds, you watch for familiar landmarks that will guide you to today's target. Later, if you are still alive, you head back across tire Channel toward home. Probably nursing a damaged engine that is not producing full power, and fighting the sluggish controls
that are the result of enemy fire, you line up with the runway and ease your plane back to Earth. Later, you'll review your score to date, painted on an old aircraft rudder in the Dispersal Hut, and bring your diary up to date before turning in for the night. You will do the same tomorrow, and the next day, and so on, until the invasion, or until they get you.
Missions begin with a briefing session, which will lay out your flight plan and pass along details of enemy activity in the area. If you are lucky, there will be some reconnaissance films of tine target to give you the lay of the land. Then it's off to the flight line.
Overlord reviewed by Rob Hays It is April 1944, and the RAFs mission has shifted from defense fo offense. Preparations are underway for the Allied invasion of Europe, and it is your job to help smooth the way.
Welcome to Overlord, the new flight simulator from Virgin Software.
If the invasion is to be a success, specific targets must be destroyed.
Missions will include radar installations, rail lines, factories, vehicle convoys, and more. Targets gratify- ingly explode when sufficiently hit, and aircraft will trail smoke and crash.
If you are lucky enough to find a train to attack, you will find it will stop, and release steam and smoke when the engine is hit, and box cars will explode. Graphically, Overlord looks very much like two other Rowan conversions done for the Amiga, Falcon from Spectrum Holohyte, and Red Baron from Dynamix. Thankfully, this one suffers none of the sluggishness of Red Baron.
From your cockpit (top), you will be flying above some of the most heavily defended real estate in Europe.
Missions begin with a briefing session (bottom), which will lay out your flight plan and pass along details of enemy activity in the area.
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