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Amiga requires ,1 little knowledge of the in tricacics of HTl'vl L AC Exclusive I a;-PAK DEPARTMENTS Editorial 4 FeedBack 6 Index of Advertisers 40 /\s discussed last issue in l'ctro Tyschtschenku's interview with /\C, Amiga Technologies has restructured their distribution channels in North America to provide a better platform to market the Amiga. The current North American manufacturer of the Amiga -WOO Tower. Quikl'ak, will now bL' responsible for the marketing and distribution of the Amiga. This tics the responsibility for performance of the Amiga onto the hack of the comp my that has the most to gain bv its success. Alter all. if QuikPak can increase the sales of Amiga -lOOO Towers, they will be able to clear current inventories and revamp production. The more Amigas they sell. the better their financial result. Now, with the future of the Amiga firmly in the hands of a North American company who has more to gain by the Amiga's return than just cl few dollars
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Em 11 r iiin" UALITY Q UIKPAK 1000 Forge Avenue, Norristown, Pennsylvania 19403 Phone 610-666-8080 FAX 610-666-8086 To: Amazing Computing Amiga Readers From: David A. Ziembicki CEO-QuikPak Corporation Re: Amiga Technologies products and service I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to QuikPak Corporation. QuikPak is currently providing distribution services and support tor all Amiga Technologies products in North America. Back in June 1995, QuikPak received the contract from Amiga Technologies to manufacture the A 4000 T computer in North America. In late October, we
completed the first production of the A4000 T and these units were introduced at several trade shows around the world. Worldwide acceptance of the A4000 T has been good although we have been told that availability in North America has been a problem. We at QuikPak were surprised by this. We have shipped thousands of board sets to Amiga in Germany for European sales and we have finished computers in stock here in the U.S. since December, waiting for end users like you.
Most of you probably have not heard of QuikPak. We are a relatively young company but our background and experience with the Amiga dates back to the first A1000’s produced in the mid 1980s. Many of our management and workforce came from GVP and prior to that, some worked for Commodore in engineering, manufacturing, or service. Our ability to manufacture and support both the A4000 Tower as well as any other Amiga products released in North America is unsurpassed.
Our goals are quite simple.
1. The end user is our top priority.
We will provide high quality products, backed by the best factory technical support and service.
2. Our distributors and dealers are our partners.
We will establish a strong distribution and dealer base, and then directly support our products at our factory, quickly and professionally.
3. Third party developers will make the new Amiga a success.
We will encourage and support the efforts of all third party hardware and software developers as well as user groups in their efforts to support and promote the Amiga.
The efforts of engineers, user groups, and third party developers, are what originally made the Amiga market a success. To this end, QuikPak is currently supporting the A4000 T and is now announcing repair services for all GVP products. We are encouraging all third party hardware and software developers to contact us so we can coordinate our tech support programs with theirs to be sure we best serve the A4000 T user community. Ail of us at QuikPak are dedicated to the continued rebuilding of the Amiga computer as an alternative to the “compatibles" in the applications where the Amiga is
superior. This market launched several successful peripheral companies in the past, and because the Amiga remains a technologically competitive computer today, we expect to see that history can repeat itself.
Our thanks to all of you-past, current, and future Amiga owners-for your support.
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For information on becoming a dealer of the Amiga, please contact the following distributors: Micro-Pace Champaign, IL 217 356 1884 Software Hut Philadelphia. PA 610-586-5704 Creative Equipment Miami, FL 305-266-2800 10 New Products & Other neat stuff Nova Design acquires Aladdin 4D, SofTalk Programmer kit available, 'Professional' 3D glasses, and much more.
12 Dpaint Tiled Backdrops by R. Shamms Mortter Creating 3D space in a 2D environment.
Among its specialized features, Dpaint has intuitive tools for created perspective tiles.
Learn how to utilize one of the hidden talents of the Amiga's well known paint program. The process is simple.
18 A Truly Brilliant Idea!
By R. Slunimis Mortier TrueBrilliance's capacity to address and incorporate ANIMbrushes gives it another plus as a tool for the creation of digital artwork on the Amiga.
26 On-Line by Rob Hm s Amiga multitasking advantages and three new Web programs: AmiTCP iP, Ibrovvse, and Aweb. Learn how to maximize the best feature of the Amiga while you are working on-line.
30 This Old WorkBench Episode One by Dmv MntheWi Tired of a lackluster performance from your current Amiga WorkBench? Try the techniques and programs in Dave's new series. From performance to beautification, Dave is ready to improve your “window" on the Amiga.
36 Web Typesetting Part 2: Basics by Rniuly Finch Creating a Home Page with your Amiga requires a little knowledge of the intricacies of HTML Improve your WorkBench, P.30 AC Exclusive a k 1 I 1 'UIKPAK | An Interview with QuikPak's David Ziembicki Amiga Technologies has selected a new sales organization for the Amiga in North America. Meet the person chiefly responsible for marketing the Amiga as well as developing future Amiga markets on these shores. page 48.
Start creating a Web page with the Amiga that everyone will be able to read. page 36.
DEPARTMENTS Editorial 4 FeedBack 6 Index of Advertisers 40 itorial Roben J. Hicks Nicholas H. Pacheco Doris Gamble Robert Gamble Ernest P. Viveiros Don Hicks Ernest P. Viveiros Brian Fox Merrill Callaway Shamms Mortier Randy Finch Rob Hays John Steiner Dan Weiss Jason D'Aprile As discussed Inst issue in Petro Tyschtschenko's interview with AC, Amiga Technologies has restructured their distribution channels in North America to provide a better platform to market the Amiga. The current North American manufacturer of the Amiga -iOtttl Tower, QuikPak, will now be responsible for the marketing and
distribution of the Amiga.
This ties the responsibility for performance of the Amiga onto the back of the company that lias the most to gain bv its success. After all, if QuikPak can increase the sales of Amiga 4000 Towers, they will be able to clear current inventories and revamp production.
The more Amigas they sell, the better their financial result.
Now, with the future of the Amiga firmly in the hands of a North American company who has more to gain by the Amiga's return than just a few dollars, it became imperative to discover who these people were and what they had in mind for our computer. During my first conversation with QuikPak, I suggested an interview for the magazine which they were receptive to and they discussed advertising. 1 told them that i stayed away from the advertising portion of our business and directed them to our advertising department. However, ad or not, we wanted to interview their President, David Ziembicki, for
Mr. Ziembicki and his staff were extremely helpful. While it was still too early to discuss all of their plans (.Mr. Ziembicki was talking to us even before lie had a complete agreement with Amiga Technologies), it is nice to know that the North American future of the Amiga is in the grasp of a group of people who not only know the machine and its capabilities,but believe in it.
QuikPak has a three page advertisement in the front of this issue and I would be less than candid if i said this did not make me feel a little uneasy. However, QuikPak's advertisement did not influence the publication of Mr. Ziembicki's interview for two important reasons.
First, we would have ran the interview if there had been no ad. Obviously this is true, we have run three interviews or speeches by Petro Tyschtschenko in the past and Amiga Technologies has never advertised.
Second, the interview is important to the Amiga community. For a long time, the North American Amiga market has been running on thin assurances that their Amiga will be supported and marketed. Since well before Commodore's liquidation, the Amiga community has had to take a back sent to the more powerful Amiga markets in the UK and Germany. While this may still be the same in most matters, the introduction of QuikPak to provide North America with Amigas and Amiga marketing, establishes a counter balance with some of the European- first opinions we have met with at Commodore and now, for some
part, at AT.
So, advertising is unimportant to AC, and there are no problems, right? Welt, not exactly.
Advertisers Let's be brutally honest, this magazine survives by its dependance on renders and advertising. In order to be on the newsstands as weil as to remain a forum for Amiga news, the Amiga user, and Amiga market enthusiasm in the North America, AC cannot exist without both. However, no magazine can allow its judgement and editorial content to be subjugated by advertising, if any magazine loses the confidence of the readers, then they will eventually lose the readers.
This means advertisers who successfully manipulate editorial content eventually lose the audience they wish to influence.
From time to time (more often than either the magazine or the advertiser would like), an advertiser will be late and the advertiser may need to send tile ad directly to the printer. Most often, a copy of the ad is checked for objectionable material. AC has always reserved the right to refuse advertising for any reason and this check insures that AC will not print ads that are obscene or otherwise offensive to our readers.
In the past, this system lias worked fairly well. However, a sequence of events occurred in last issue which permitted an advertisement to be published which I feel should have been changed. The advertisement was the effort of a long time advertiser to AC and I sincerely believe there was no malice or attempt to deceive in anyone's actions.
The advertiser was running iate and supplied the ad on disk directly to the printer. Being a longtime advertiser, no one asked for a copy of the ad. While over 95% of the ad was extremely tame or only mildly suggestive, the balance of the ad contained wording that was, in my opinion, a step- over-th e-line.
While we feel the advertiser had no intention to insult or harm anyone, this has resulted in a serious restructuring of our ad policies. We have asked our advertisers to self-police their ads and to provide their adult only customers with a telephone number for more information.
We hope that, in this way, we will be able to maintain your trust in this publication. While AC bears no responsibility for the contents of the ads (this is a legal phrase placed in every AC), we are genuinely concerned if anv of our readers are offended by anything they have found in the pages of AC.
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Nakakihara Managing Editor: Hardware Editor: Illustrator: Contributing Editor: Contributing Editor: AMAZING AUTHORS EDITORIAL It is always a danger doing the April issue. Many people wonder whether they are being tricked with an April fool joke or not. In our April issue of 1994, we ran an article about a proposed Amiga Pad with artificial intelligence, built in programming and video capabilities, as well as the futuristic marketing techniques to be used to introduce it.
I have always been proud of this article. Many of the things we discussed have actually occurred in one way or another. In one place we discussed the possibility of the voices of deceased actors being used to promote the product in voice overs. The ink wasn't dry on the issue when the Beatles announced that long forgotten demo tapes by John Tenon were going to be used with the voices of the three remaining Beatles to create new songs.
Torial ConletJ Since an April issue is ripe with the opportunity to do this type of mischief, it is always a danger when you need to present an actual, for real, honest-to-goodness story especially about the Amiga and Amiga Technologies.
Petro Tyschtschenko I am very proud that we were able to get the interview with Mr. Tyschtschenko into this issue. Mr. Tyschtschenko had been attempting to make the trip to the US for over a month, and when he finally had the opportunity, he was more than generous with his time.
We spent several hours with Mr. Tyschtschenko that Sunday afternoon. He was direct and extremely honest with us. 1 may not always agree with every decision he has made or lie is going to make, hut Petro does tell vou why lie has made the decision.
I was upset about the marketing (or lack of marketing) that we have seen in North America. Petro explained that adding any more marketing would be exceptionally difficult at this time with tire current concerns of the head company, HSCOM.
ESCOM's problems are real and they should concern us, but not overly so.
ESCOM does DM 2.3 billion per year. Their losses were DM 125 million, or less than
5. 5% of their sales. Last year they acquired Commodore and began
Amiga Technologies, they purchased a large chain of retail
stores in Great Britain, and they were faced with one of the
most difficult years in recent history for PC sales. Adding
all this together, it is no wonder that they showed this
Unfortunately, ESCOM has spoiled their investors. According to Petro, ESCOM has never reported a loss. What is ironic is, if all things are equal, ESCOM should be worth more this year than last. True they lost capital (cash), but did they gain equity.
Bv purchasing the British retail chain, thev needed to spend money to realign the stores to ESCOM's business. They probably had to dear out older merchandise, dean up and redecorate the stores. All of this requires cash.
Wc are well aware of the capital expenditures required to reconstruct the Amiga. They had to create two production procedures one for the A120Q and one for the A4l)l)l) Towers. They were forced to dig through old material to see what they could reconstruct of the previous development and production work. These and more were all front end, dead expenses, Certainly they will get their money back, but it will take time.
As far as the PC business taking a noise dive, it seems the acquisition of the Amiga technology was a good way to hedge against the same problem occurring again. ESCOM's ownership of the Amiga means that they have the exclusive rights to a proprietary system. The fact that the Amiga remains to be the system that most other manufacturers are trying to put on a PC is a clear indication that ESCOM's ownership is wortli a great deal.
Unfortunately, this means that the Amiga is still fairly far down the food chain and Petro will need to continue to fight for any portion of marketing and development funds. This is why I believe it is important to hear the plans of AT directly from their president.
Other Matters With Petro's article, we were forced to postpone our Amiga in Business column for this month. This is only temporary, we have already received several letters of praise for the new feature.
Take a look at the Hot Web Sites on page 48, If you are not currently in touch with the web, you should be as soon as possible. Not all of the growth on the web is with the PC. Amiga users have utilized the Web lo get their story out too.
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3. 1, particularly since as I understand it, 3.1 is necessary for
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At $ 144.95 a pop however, not only can I not afford it, but I
cannot even justify it, particularly in the case of the A1000;
the upgrade cost exceeds the total value of the system!
It would seem to me that if the cost of the kit were reduced, more of them would sell. As it stands now, 1 am forced to wait for the next version of the OS, and hope that it is cheaper. This is a shame; instead of selling me four upgrades (two for 3.1 and two for the next upgrade), the manufacturer's will only sell two (the next upgrade), or possibly only one, if that upgrade is as expensive as this one. Were the price reduced even to $ 99,1 would be more apt to purchase, and a price around $ 69 seems more appropriate. Is there a valid manufacturing reason for the high cost? If it is volume,
lowering the price should increase the volume. At least that's what they taught me in microeconomics.
On an unrelated topic, could you run an article on available upgrades for the A1000? There are still some of us "pioneers" out there with A1000 systems. Some of the items which are made for the A500 A2000 which install inside the case might work in the A1000 as well, but it is hard to get information these days. One interesting candidate would be the Mtec 68Q20i Turbo A500, which would allow an A1000 to be accelerated for around $ 100... if it will fit inside the case. The article could explore options, such as installing a shuffleboard to move the internal floppy outside the case, making more
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6 Amazing Computing Dear AC, I've gotten it into my head that I want to convert 3-D animation files into something that resembles 2-D cartoon animation. I'm not the only one, Xaos Tools makes a Lightwave 3D plug-in called 'Cel Look' which accomplishes this task. Unfortunately this plug-in is for Lightwave running on Windows NT.
Do you know of any programs or filter plug-ins for the Amiga that will create this cell animation look from popular 3-D animation files? Any suggestions or ideas will be most helpful.
Thank You, Kurt Fillmore Petaluma CA Nothing conies to mind, However I have included your letter in hopes that our readers may offer a suggestion.
Dear AC, As a relatively new Amiga user, I would like to see an article on tool types, what are they and how to use them.
Specifically, right now 1 would like to know if they can be used by a script to tell the computer to use a particular baud rate to send an initializing string to a modem (auto-answer with no DIP switches) after the startup-sequence passes control to WBStartup programs, or if I have to do something else to accomplish this. With the recent resurrection of Amiga, I'm hoping to get my own soon, (I'm using Dad's now). Keep up the good work.
Sincerely, Elliott Olson Roosevelt MN Dear AC, Sorry for the lateness on renewing AC. I was heartened to see that Amiga Technologies has at least made an announcement regarding some new products, specifically the WEB box in the last issue I read. I'm renewing for better or worse, even though most of my work (home or office) is usually done on Pcs of a different sort, as you can imagine.
We still have 3 working Amigas, and 2 of those have Cross- Dos loaded to route output to Word Perfect or other PC Dos style utilities.
My wife darn near lives on the web lately, and although home work and work work come first and even though we have another phone line installed, there are constant arguments as to when someone gets to go on for e- mail, chat, or general goofing off. So if this announcement ever becomes a marketable product on this side of the big ditch, t will give it a good look see.
Thank you for sticking it out and keeping all that Amazing info coming. Who knows maybe someday a version of the Amiga OS might sit on a Power PC platform, but before that happens 1 would like to see the hardware up and running, that is what convinced me to get my 1st A1000 back in '85.
Sincerely, Tim Colby Madison W1 Dear AC, I enjoy vour magazine! I have a question. I have several 51 4" floppy disks that have radio amateur programs. I would like to transfer them, using my A1200, onto 31 2" floppy or HD. I don't have a 5 1 4" drive. Is it too much trouble to ask you how 1 can hook it up to my A1200?
Sincerely, Tony Bodo Lake Station IN Since the Amiga never used 5 1 4 inch drives, 1 assume the material you have is on IBM disks. In that case, your best option is to transfer the files on an older IBM that has both 5 1 4 and 3 1 2 inch drives. Then use CrossDOS or DOS2DOS to transfer them to the Amiga. If the 51 4 disks are from a C64,1 have no immediate answer. In any case, are you sure the programs will run on the Amiga?
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"Like ImageFX, Aladdin is an incredibly powerful product with features unique to the Amiga 3D market."
Some of Aladdin 4D's more advanced features include Procedural Textures, Real World Gasses, Particle Systems, and Path-based Animation.
Greg Gorby, owner of Adspec Programming and creator of Aladdin 4D, explained his selection of Nova Design: "We had many other offers, but Nova's commitment to the Amiga, and the high-quality-at-a-reasonable- price attitude that they've shown with ImageFX, convinced me that they were the right company for Aladdin."
Before the release of Aladdin 4D, Nova announced they will modernize and enhance the interface, re-write the manual, and add a few new surprises.
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Shamms Mortier Creating 3D space in a 2D environment.
The world of digital painting has moved along since Electronic Arts marketed its last Deluxe Paint version (number five). Amiga users should realize however that Dpaint is still an awesome electronic painting tool, with some utilities of which other paint programs are still envious Among its specialized features, Dpaint has intuitive tools for created perspective tiles. These tools, if indeed even a part of other paint programs on the Amiga or other platforms, are nowhere as easy to use as they are in Dpaint. The process is simple: Building 3D from 2D The basic shape (above) was drawn in
Dpaint 5 in HAMf. Simple elements were used with the freeshape tool and gradient fills.
More complex shapes would have made the tiling too busy.
Using the stenciling sption (right), the background was turned into the painting surface. A number of gradient filled circular shapes were added to contrast wi th the foreground image.
1. Create a graphic in Dpnint or import it.
2. Pick up the graphic, or any part of it, as a Brush and save it
(saving is just a precautionary measure).
3. Go to the menu and select Effects perspective Do while the
selected Brush is attached to your cursor.
4. A perspective box is now attached to the graphic Brush. Alter
its XYZ angles in 3D space with the numeric keypad keys (the
exact process is explained in detail in the Dpaint manual).
5. Once you think you have an interesting angle, move the brush
around the screen without clicking the image down (this allows
you to see how the brush will look at different 3D distances).
6. Select either "fill screen" or click paste versions of the
brush down on the screen.
As an aside, it is well known that Electronic Arts ported their Dpaint software to both the PC and the Mac, but the results were less than encouraging. Dpaint, as much an animation program as a raster painting program, could never do what it did (and still does) on the Amiga in a non-Amiga environment.
For one tiring, Dpaint was ported as a 256 color paint program, though it really shines on the Amiga when used as a HAM8 (AGA) piece of software.
There is no such thing as HAM8 except on the Amiga.
Dpaint's animation features, a central ingredient in its success on the Amiga, are mostly absent from non- Amiga versions. Other machines still fall far short of the Amiga's animation capabilities.
So, Amiga users, even though you may think you are "stuck" with a version of Dpaint that may not be upgraded for awhile, think about the positive side as well. Dpaint has features that are as important for doing digital art work today as they were when the software was first marketed.
Tiled Reality Why bother with perspective tiling? What does it provide that is so Again remaking the stencil, the background was filled with another color gradient (top). A frame was added (bottom) around an area of the graphic in order to set it off from its neighbors when filed.
Whether your tiles are pictures or simulated bricks, the effect is the same. You can even use perspective graphics as an inexpensive background for animations, all created in Dpaint.
The framed area was cut out and saved as a brush (right). A number of smaller clones were generated just to see how the image would hold up when reduced.
To achieve this effect (right), the separate perspective brushes were painted with the mouse instead of doing a screen fill. High antialiasing was selected to produce cleaner images.
Amazing Computing In Dpainf, perspective mode was turned on and “Do” selected (left).
This allows you to use the numeric keys to adjust the perspective In 3D space. When a suitable angle was found, the screen was filled with the perspective brushes.
You don’t have to stop exploring when the perspective paint is down. We have flipped a section of the perspective painting (left) horizontally and married it back to the image.
Notice that we now have a perspective "corner" to look at.
Adding more anomalies (right) provides a more interesting backdrop.
To the left is the same figure on the bottom of page 14, but we have added a window at the focal point where the perspective lines meet, giving a surrealistic complexity to the image.
Using your favorite 24-bit paint program with a Dpaint image as a backdrop (left) can produce interesting results not possible without the Dpaint tiling routines.
Important? Perspective tiling allows us to set up a 3D world without ever having to use real 3D software.
A perspective, as has been known for hundreds of years, is one of the visual cues the eye looks for when it encounters a believable 3D environment. Parallel lines perpendicular to the eye seem to come together at the horizon line when we perceive 3D space. This point is called the "vanishing point" of those lines.
Dpaint's perspective operator allows us to create a simulation of that effect, an enforced vanishing point. If you use 3D software, you can texture a "floor" plane with tiles and appreciate the same effect. With Dpaint's perspective routines, you never have to leave the 2D environment (which saves time and money) to achieve the same effect.
Whether your tiles are pictures or simulated bricks, the effect is the same.
You can even use perspective graphics as an inexpensive background for animations, ail created in Dpaint.
A ball, for instance, could be placed where the parallel lines seem to meet, which the eye will define as "far away". A larger version of the ball could then be cloned in a step-by-step fashion to points that show the same lines as farther apart. You will wind up with an animation of a ball that flies at you from a distance, without ever using a 3D program. Change the ball to your favorite logo graphic, and you have the potential of creating a 3D logo flyup while in a 2D environment.
Look at the graphics that accompany this article to see examples of what is possible. Take these ideas and alter them as you explore your own discoveries in the world of pseudo-3D creativity.
Adding a grouping of lens flares (fop) in your 24-bit paint program gives drama and more depth to the Dpaint tried image. Even a simple perspective tiled plane (middle) may be the perfect foundation for a complex painting, like that shown here with the two metallic heads rendered in Lightwave and integrated into the final piece.
Users of Utilities Unlimited's Emplant board may even use an Amiga Dpaint backdrop with non-Amiga created elements (bottom), as the Fractal Design '‘Poser” figure shows here.
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By R. Sham ms Mortier The Amiga is as good an animation engine as you can get in its price range. Oilier than higher level machines like Silicon Graphics workstations and up, the Amiga still kicks the pants off every other platform in its neighborhood.
The Amiga, however, is not thought of first when it comes to digital painting. That cup usually goes to the MAC for two reasons. One is that painting software has had a longer history, and therefore a longer time to develop and mature on the MAC.
Because the MAC has a wider community of users (maybe twenty times that of the Amiga, thanks to Commodore's bungling), the developers of the MAC paint programs were reticent about marketing an Amiga specific version.
There are ways to do things on the Amiga that allow us to squeeze every bit of creative juice out of the hardware.
The second reason that MAC paint wares are ahead of their Amiga counterparts is because Amiga 24-bit boards have been, and still are, too expensive. The Amiga has always opted to support video resolutions anyway, and these screen sizes (752 x 480 etc.) are not near as useful to a digital painter as they are to a video artist and animator.
You could probably add a third reason at this point, that of raw processing power. A PowerMAC at 100MHz makes it hard to wait while the effect paints down in a 68040 realm. So, what is this, an advertisement for a MAC? No, just the introduction to a pure Amiga tutorial.
Doing More There are ways to do things on the Amiga that allow us to squeeze every bit of creative juice out of the hardware. You see, on the positive side of this MAC Amiga discussion is the fact that the Amiga is capable of so much without the RAM overhead required by other systems, sometimes as much as 16MB. In comparison the Amiga requires a pittance for operating system overhead, about 512k. If you can be shown ways of doing things with your present Amiga system that fit your creative needs, perhaps you will hold onto your Amiga a while, or even keep it forever as a platform that serves
your special needs.
At the top is a collection of egg shapes textured with a series of procedural applications in Aladdin4D. Since I was planning to use only a sampling of them, I blindly applied the textures without too much deliberation. A4D has a great list of procedural choices, each of which can be varied almost infinitely.
For variety, the middle picture is the same scene as the top picture, except that we are looking down on the egg shaped objects. Since they are wrapped with textures in specific viewplanes, changing the rendering viewplane provides altered texture elements. Seen from the top, the egg shapes become spheres.
In the bottom picture, 1 have imported the A4D screens into TrueBrilliance and selected the elements I will use when 1 create my first painting ANIMbrush tool.
The top ANIMbrush painting shows the A4D shapes sprayed effectively on the digital canvass, forming a pebble-like foreground for a scene.
A tangled matt of grass (bottom) weaves a frame for a misty seascape while two rock columns [serenade the sky. The matted underbrush and the rocks are the results of this same ANIMbrush technique. The grass was created by simply drawing a line of color at different angles on each frame of a sequence, Ihen grabbed as an ANIMbrush. The rocks were originally part of a Cinema 4D rendering, translated to an ANIMbrush.
Third program on my short tist, TrueBrilliance from Play, Incorporated.
I am not listing Dpaint because it is too slow, even on an AG A '040 system, for higher end digital painting. As for Toaster Paint, it too is geared to video in its approaches, and besides, you have to purchase a Toaster to take advantage of it.
Although TrueBrilliance is quite capable of helping you create animated output for video, it has several There are, in my opinion, three paint programs on the Amiga that are capable of high end professional output. There is Alpha Paint, a Toaster specific video paint program. There is TVPaint, which can address some of the best Amiga 24-bit boards around, and as long as your monitor supports it, allows you to work in larger graphics output related screen sizes, though I still feel it is far more geared to its name ("TV") than to painting print output. And then there is the features that
also give it potential as a fairly high end paint program. They are...
1. Its ability to read in and write out 24-bit graphics, as long
as you are working on an Amiga that addresses AGA HAM8. True
Brilliance displays 24-bit graphics in HAM 8 when you import
them. This means that you can work in 24-bit color even though
you may not have a resident 24-bit board.
2. Its price is very reasonable, somewhere around $ 50.00 at this
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3. It has painting effects that rival many of the tools found in
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4. Painting sizes. As long as you have the RAM to support larger
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print of your work for display, larger screen sizes are
TrueBrilliance, however, does not have the capacity to allow for changes in the DPI (Dots Per inch) of the output, so that any requirement you might have for excessive DPI in order to achieve a clearer picture at even a small physical size has to be accomplished outside of this software.
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ANIMbrushes are created by choosing an area of the screen in an animation, and "capturing" whatever appears in that area through each and every frame of the animation (or any contiguous selection of frames that vou select). These ANIMbrush grabs can then he painted down on a new series of frames, so that they are essentially painting with a time as well as a shape brush, I believe this initial concept is an evolutionary one as far as visual work and thinking is concerned, and it never was fully appreciated when it first appeared. Now to take you further in this painting tutorial will require
that we digress one more brief time.
Circle 120 on Reader Service card, I Digress One of the best digital paint programs in existence, and probably the best, is Fractal Design Corporation's Painter, or Fractal Paint as it is sometimes called. It runs on the MAC PowerMAC and on Windows.
When ESCOM releases a PowerPC based Amiga, it is quite possible that we will be able to run Fractal Paint on it.
One of the tools Fractal Paint boasts is called the "Image Hose", an airbrush-like affair that sprays shapes instead of color. You can create digital artwork of awesome beauty by spraying shapes on your digital canvass without accessing any other Painter tool.
Spraying shapes? Does that have a familiar ring? Spraying shapes is exactly what the ANIMbrush routine does on the Amiga, and ANIMbrushes were in existence long before Fractal Paint ever incorporated the Image Hose. Not much has ever been made of ANIMbrushes in this fashion simply because we think of animation more times than not when we think of Amiga graphics. There is absolutely no reason not to use this high end technique on Amiga paintings, so let's walk through the process.
Method 1 Create a series of cloned shapes (spheres are a good place to begin) in your favorite 3D software. Texture them each with either a different texture, or a different application of the same texture. Save the scene out as a 24-bit graphic. Import the picture into TrueBrilliance. Grab selected elements from the imported graphic, and paste them on top of each other in consecutive frames (study the manual if all of this sounds new or confusing to you).
Grab the area as an ANIMbrush that defines the place where the graphic elements were pasted down.
Name and save the ANIMbrush for PS * Our leaf ANIMbrush (top) is ready to branch out (sorry). In the middle is a finished painting incorporating the leaf ANIMbrush. The leaves (bottom) are the same as above, but resized by half. The “grass" is also an application of an ANIMbrush.
The purpose of art is discovery through controlled and remembered risk.
Painting use. Go to a separate screen in TrueBrilliance, and importing the ANIMbrush just saved, start to paint with it (left mouse button held down).
Don't be afraid to experiment. The purpose of art is discovery through controlled and remembered risk.
Method 2 Use the Line Tool in TrueBrilliance to create a series of lines at different angles, with each line being on a separate frame of a sequence but in the same place. Grab the lines as an ANIMbrush, save it, and load it in again to paint with. You can use the "cycle" effects choice to give the line multiple colors if you like.
Paint with it. You should be able to create matted grass, perfect for a myriad of nature paintings. You can vary this process infinitely, saving out a whole library of ANIMbrush natural media with which to paint.
Method 3 Paint a detailed leaf, or scan one in from hard copy (or even from a real sample in the yard). Take the leaf and turn it at different angles, painting each one down in the same area on a sequence of animation frames. Grab and save as an ANIMbrush, and save to your library. Now you have the perfect elements to populate your digital trees, or to indicate where leaves have fallen on the Autumn ground.
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Amiga multitasking advantages and three new Web programs
AmiTCP IP, Ibrowse, and Aweb If asked to name the single best
feature of the operating system of our favorite computer, most
of us would unhesitatingly choose multitasking.
The ability to do more than one thing at a time is not a feature that one gives up lightly once you have become accustomed to it. With AmiTCP IP installed, we can now extend multitasking to our telecommunications practices as well.
Like multitasking other processes, the number of tasks that can be handled depend on the resources available on your Amiga. And like the multitasking you do everyday, running simultaneous modem connections takes advantage of the fact that not all tasks are equal.
Even a casual Web surfer has found sites that are slower than average, either because of usage loads, or hardware restrictions at the site.
With TCP iP, you can leave the slow task to finish while you start another task at a different site. The total number of bits per second going through your modem is limited by its rating, but there is no reason those bits all have to go to the same destination.
For example, while you wait for Amosaic to load and display a page of graphics, you could be reading email with napsaterm (included with AmiTCP IP), and using a program such as GUI-FTP to transfer a file from a third server. Look closely at Figure 1 and you will see just such a multiple session. The top left image is Amosaic
2. 0 connected to its home page, the top right is GUI-FTP
transferring files from an amateur radio site, and in the
lower image I'm browsing the comp.sys.amiga.games newsgroup.
There are many different programs available that work with lElt&l Parent The AMIGA WWW-Browser Figure 1: A multitask session utilizing AmiTCP IP on the Amiga.
26 A MA ZING COMPUTING Transfer complete 83833 bytes In 88.S 3ec inmap303.2ip 13S643 bytes (100*) Transfer complete 131643 bvtes in 65 a se lnnapso4.zip: 233472 bytes (693) E*| Binary | Transfer It Must Be Spring!
Maybe it's the season, but new Web browsers are popping up all over, The next generation AMIGA WWW-Browser RcJum S (96-03-20, *081)1* •.
o I [I) tSrqwae: MUI32orU«i ZGIF. Datatype 39.16 or later (for
transparent gifs) AmiTcp3.0b2 or later. (MLmk might also woritt
Hardware 4MB fast memory recomended.
Figure 2: Ibrowse is a new commercial Web Browser nearing release from some of the same programmers that did Amosaic.
Note: Due to the fact that mlink has trouble handli connection at the nine. Failure to do so will leave i select 'Disconnect clients' in relink ;e to use cnly 1 vse before you igedecoder Due to If you experienced problems with the RSIBrowse a bug inSASWC, tht old imagedecoder didn’t work ox " ~ so I2K of 7SK reed at 677 byte It is also available for ftp here Trouble converting your Amosaic or Netscape hotlists?
Try HLConvcrrl.' Wntten by KflsMef_Kv.UfMi» Kadfti AmiTCP IP to handle tasks such as FTP, mail, newsgroups, and more. In coming months we will take a look at some of these, but in the meantime, be sure to check out the comm tcp subdirectory on Aminet.
Ibrowse Speaking of multitasking connections, there is a new Web Browser nearing release. Being developed as a commercial product by some of the same programmers that did Amosaic, Ibrowse (Figure 2) is currently in open beta testing. This means you can download the current beta version to try. These test times are lime-limited to about three weeks, bv which time the next release is usually available.
Many users have long disliked MUI for various reasons ranging from program size, to a reluctance to add to the standard operating system.
Look closely at the lower right corner and you will see four little squares. The demo versions of Ibrowse allow four simultaneous network connections, with the full version to allow eight. Among some of the other features promised for the full release is multiple windows, allowing simultaneous connection to multiple sites. The latest version of Ibrowse is available at: http: ww.omnipresence . Com ibrowse Requirements include Amiga OS
3. 0 or above, and MUI 3.2 or above. Be sure to read the warnings
before downloading, and remember that this is a beta version,
and still has some bugs to work out, but it looks very
impressive at this point.
It Must Be Spring Maybe it's the season, but new Web browsers are popping up all over.
Just released is Aweb (Figure 3) from Yvon Rozijn. Aweb is different from the previous Web browsers available for the Amiga in that it does not require MUI.
Many users have long disliked MUI for various reasons ranging from program size, to a reluctance to add to the standard operating system. This has also prevented them from using Web browsers until now.
Programmed using the same types of gadgets included with OS 3.0 in addition to some customized ones, Aweb promises lower memory usage and generally quicker performance.
Flexible configuration options, and the ability to utilize your existing hot lists from Amosaic are strong pluses.
® System leyaremeacs ® IiLSi.allanijii ® Tips tiji 2MB Amiga users ® Starting AV.'Yh ® Operation7 ? Rh&GUI a ? The irov.'ser window ? The network status window ¦® User author to don % Compatibility mode Currently at version 1.0a, Aweb is freeware, although you are encouraged to register with a suggested donation of $ 35. Registration gets you a personalized keyfile, and some enhancements. The author anticipates future versions will be shareware or possibly commercial, with the keyfile remaining valid for future shareware versions.
Aweb can be found on AmiNet, or at the authors home page: http: www.xs4all.nlZ-yrozijn aweb Updates You will recall the mention of the new rates at Genie last month, and how the action had upset a lot of users.
The new owners have taken a second look at the rate debate, and changed die structure again. As of March 15 there are now four subscription plans to choose from. While there are too many details to go into here, they range from $ 7.95 to $ 29.00 per month, with various privileges and amounts of connect time included. For more information, call Genie Client Services at 1-800-638-9636.
Who Ya Gonna Call?
Here are some more Amiga BBS's you might want to call.
NAME: Boreal Visions PHONE: 403-282-5238 SPEEDS: Up to 28,800bps HOME PAGE: http: www.cuug.ab.ca:8001 ~lindenbl amuc.html CONTACT: Ron Sibbald NAME: MECCA BBS PHONE: 602-545-6162 SPEEDS: Up to 14,400 bps CONTACT: Rob Pigford NAME: The Nostromo PHONE: 407-220-4075 SPEEDS: Up to 28,800 bps CONTACT: Damocles@nostromo.gate.net Where To Find Me email@example.com.
R. Hays5 on Genie RHAYS on Delphi 72764,2066 on CompuServe Rob
Hays on Portal 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 1 will include the information 1 receive in this column from time to time.
If you come across any World Wide Web sites you feel would be of interest to the Amiga community, pass them along for inclusion in the Hotlist of the Month. Send the info to any of my addresses above.
That's all for now. See you on line!
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Fob Old Workbench Episode One b 1 Dave Matthews After a long and trying past two years, it appears She Amiga is finally on the move again. While the Amiga's OS and Workbench is one of the most sophisticated and user friendly OS packages available, it is good to know that we can look forward to enhancements and upgrades again. While we are waiting, nowr is a good time to look at just what Workbench offers today, and what is available now to enhance it.
Luckily, the Amiga has a talented and motivated crew of users and developers, many of whom have released excellent software to add to the functionality of the Amiga's OS, the appearance of Workbench, or both. In this series of articles, 1 will present some of the most popular additions to the Amiga's bag of tricks. Most of these programs are either free or shareware, and should be obtainable on Aminet, CDROM, or your favorite BBS. Part one will focus on enhancing the actual operation of the Amiga, while part two will focus on improving the look and feel of Workbench. Before we get started,
I want to note a few cautions.
First, almost everything covered here requires at least OS2.04, and some items require or appreciate 3.0+. If you are still using 1.3, now is the time to upgrade to
3. 1. While it may seem price)’, 3.1 is a huge step from 1.3, and
is well worth it.
Second, every program, patch, utility, commodity etc., uses some RAM, and some CPU time. It is entirely possible that, upon completion of the Workbench of your dreams, you are left with no system resources to run applications. Be especially careful with chip RAM! While fast RAM can be expanded to 128MB (or more) drip RAM is (at most) a measly 2MB.
Aiso, be aware of conflicts and buggy programs. Even programs that work perfectly alone can conflict with each other. In general it is best to start slowly, adding one program at a time, and checking for crashes, conflicts with other programs, or other odd behavior.
Finally, if you find yourself annoying friends and family with slideshows of your Workbench, if talk at a party turns to current events and vou begin to discuss the merits of Newlcons vs. MagicWB, if you are at a museum and you can only judge the artwork by whether it would look nice on your Workbench or not, or if you are ready to engage in fisticuffs when anyone mentions the word MUI, perhaps it is time to take a break from Workbench renovation. Neither Amazing Computing nor the author can accept responsibility for GUI addiction.
Next month's article will cover the opportunities for art and beauty in the GUI aspects of Workbench renovation, but, for now, I will cover the more practical side of things, utilities which make using the Amiga easier and more productive.
Filenames Downloaders Beware A word about filenames of some of the utilities. I specified the filenames as I found them on-line. Unfortunately, sometimes during distribution someone will change the filename. For instance, I have seen KingCON listed as KingCON_t.3.11m (Aminet) and as kingconl3.1ha on The Techno Mages Guild BBS where I downloaded my copy.
Many BBS's must cater to both Amiga and Pcs and some, unfortunately, subject even Amiga programs to the MSDOS filename limitation of 8.3 (eight main letters, a dot, and a three letter extension). One such board had KingCON
1. 3 listed as simply kingcon.lha. So if you can't find a program
as I have listed it, try looking for the file under slightly
If you have not looked in your Tools Commodities drawer, you are missing out on a few handy programs.
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Must when you have a number of windows open on the workbench. Fkey is a handy commodity which lets you create hotkeys to manipulate windows, run programs and scripts, and perform other actions with the stroke of a key.
AutoActivate may also interest you. This activates any window automatically when the mouse pointer is over it.
LHA and LZX The files on most B13Ses or Aminet are compressed using Stefan Boberg's LHA program. LHA was shareware, but apparently Stefan Boberg no longer intends to support LHA, and has suggested he might release a final freeware version. LHA can generally be found either simply as LHA138, or as LHA138.run (a self extracting archive). A new contender has recently appeared, called LZX. LZX (LZX120.LHA, shareware), by Data Compression Technologies, is similar to LHA in operation, but in many cases produces smaller archives. The registered version of LZX and it also handles LHA files, though the
evaluation version cannot.
If you find using LHA or LZX from the shell tedious, one of your first acquisitions should be a utility to unarchive files using a GUI. There are quite a few of these, or you could also use a directory utility like Directory Opus.
Unpacker (UNPACKER180.LHA, freeware), by Erik Sagalara, is a simple yet effective utility for this purpose. Once installed, it displays an icon on the Workbench. To unarchive a file, you simply drag and drop the file onto the icon, and Unpacker docs the dirty work for you. Unpacker comes pre configured for LHA, ZIP, and a variety of other formats, though if you want to use LZX, you will have to add this tooltype to the icon (using the Workbench ICONS Information menu item): LZX=C:lzx -m x. Before 1 go any further, we absolutely have to STOP THAT INFERNAL FLOPPY CLICKING! ARGGGH! On this
point, I have to wonder what the Amiga's creator's were thinking. Luckily, there are many utilities to address this "feature."
One such program is Norbert PoscheTs DOSPrefs (DOSPREFS22 .LHA, freeware), which not only can shush tire clicking, but also offers MSDOS style star wildcards, and UNIX style directory functions, (for current dir) and (to 'backup' one directory level.)
Start Me Up After you have filled your hard drive with programs, you may find it tedious to point and click your way through numerous disk, drawer, and program icons to run them. Ironically, i have spent hours customizing and creating icons and backdrops to perfect the aesthetics of my Workbench, only to spend more hours installing and configuring utilities which allow me to run programs without ever opening any windows cir looking at any icons at all.
Perhaps the easiest solution is to use the "leave out" function in the Workbench Icon Menu. This works well for Workbench programs, and has the advantage of no additional software being required.
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Improving AppMenultems You may have noticed that WB has a menu item called tools. You may also have noticed that some programs added items (these are known as AppMenultems) to this menu when they were run. Wouldn't it be useful if you could add your favorite programs as AppMenultems? Well, the good news is, you can. While the Workbench itself offers no provision for mere users to add items to the Tools menu, there are a variety of programs that will handle this for you with a number of different approaches. AddTools, ToolsDeamon, and ToolManager (I use all three) can all be used to extend
the Workbench Tools menu.
AddTools (ADDTOOLSJ .20.LHA, freeware), by Alessandro Sala, was one of the first programs to let ordinary non- programmer type mortals add items to the tools menu. AddTools is somewhat less extensive than some of the olher programs, but has features that makes it quite useful. Addtools allows you to run both workbench and shell programs, and it can accept multiple arguments. It can run programs using either synchronous or asynchronous mode.
Synchronous mode works like this: you select a bunch of icons, select the desired program from the tools menu, and Addtools runs the program, passing the first icon as an argument. When tiiat operation is complete, the program is run again, with the second icon, and so on.
Asynchronous mode, on the other hand, starts simultaneous copies of the program, one for each icon selected. Synchronous mode is desirable when you want to perform the same operation on multiple files. For instance, see the script examples GIFtoPNC and Imngelcon later in the article for examples that take advantage of Addtools synchronous mode.
Nico Francois (well known for his many excellent Amiga programs) offers ToolsDaemon (TOOLSDAEMON21 A.LHA, freeware), a more advanced approach. With this program, you can create new menus for Workbench, including submenus, separator bars and keyboard shortcuts.
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Specify the stack and arguments for each program.
Stefan Becker's popular Toolmanager (TOOLMANAGER2JB1N.LHA + TOOLMANAGER21 A.LHA, freeware) offers the ability to add items to the tools menu, to create Applcons, and both text and image based "Docks," Docks were a notable feature of Steve Job's NeXT computers. While the NeXT computers never became a big hit, Docks have become popular on many platforms, including, of course, the Amiga. A dock is a group of items that can perform actions, launch programs, and open other docks.
With a dock, rather than opening window after window to run a program, one mouse click can do the trick.
Toolmanager's Docks are very flexible. These can be either image based (including icons, IFF brushes, and even animbrushes) or text based. They can be always visible, or hidden, and pop up at a keystroke. In addition to the program menus, docks, and icons, ToolManager has network support.
Finally, Frank Workner's WBAIias (WBALIA51.0.LHA, freeware) is another interesting way to run your programs, based on an idea familiar to Mac users.
Instead of opening window after window in search of programs scattered over your hard drive, why not create aliases for those programs, and have these aliases for your favorite programs in one drawer? You can open that one drawer, and run these programs by clicking on their aliases' icons, no matter where on your hard drive the programs actually are.
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32 Amazing Computing Odds and Sods A very handy menu related utility is Michael Barsoom's Rekey it (REKEY1T2_4-LHA, shareware, requires MU1 for preferences program). Rckeyit allows you to change the Workbench Menu keyboard shortcuts and add new ones. For instance, 1 have added shortcuts to use the SI IOW ONLY ICONS, SI IOW ALL, VIEW BY ICON, VIEW BY TEXT and SNAPSHOT ALL menu items. This way, I can quickly switch between viewing modes when copying or moving files on the Workbench.
David Swasbrook's Swazlnfo (SWAZINFOISB.LHA, shareware) is an enhancement for the Amiga's INFO menu command. SwazINFO has a number of nifty improvements, including the ability to drag an icon into the window to replace the current image. Other features make tooltype editing easier.
One of my favorites is the ability to toggle tooltypcs between active and inactive with a single click.
CyclctoMenu (CYCLETOMENU-21.LHA, cardwarc) by Federico Giannici, is a real productivity booster. Instead of clicking through the innumerable items In a cycle gadget, using CycletoMenu provides a pop-up menu, with ali the cycle gadget's items instantly available. See Figure 2 for a screen shot showing Swazlnfo and CycletoMenu in action.
NewEdit (Originally bv Uwe Rohm, version 1.8b, NEWED1T18B.LHA, by Paul Huxham) is a utility which rectifies a surprising omission on the part of the Amiga's requesters. With NewEdit, you can cut and paste the contents of text gadgets. This is very handy, For instance, when you need to enter a long path and filename.
Finally, Nico Francois serves up yet another handy utility, in the form of PowerSnap (POWERSNAP22A.LHA, freely distributable.) This program lets you cut text clips out of just about any screen, and works well with NewEdit.
Shelling out One of the things I really like about the Amiga (unlike the Mac or Windows) is the seamless and integrated availability of both GUI and shell. You can move between the GUI, with its icons, drag and drop, etc, and the shell, with powerful and flexible DOS commands with ease. The Amiga lets you decide which is appropriate. That is my idea of what an OS should be like.
If you do use the shell at all, you should take a look at David Larsson's KingCON (KINGCON J.3.LHA, freeware.) This program enhances the Amiga's shell (it replaces the Amiga's CON: console-handier) in many ways. KingCON provides name completion, a review buffer, intuition menus for many of KingCON's features, and an iconify option.
The name completion is very handy when typing long complicated pathnames or command sequences. For instance type in SYS:ut and hit the TAB key, and KingCON will complete the path with SYS:Utilities. If more than one directory matches the letters you typed, KingCON will present a filerequester, with all the appropriate choices.
The review buffer is a major plus as well. Often, when using the shell, the output might scroll off the screen before you can read it. With KingCON, any text that appears on the screen is placed into a buffer, and you are armed with a scroll bar, so you can browse through this buffer, rather like a text reader.
I appreciate the iconify feature, which leaves the shell always available (and preserves the review buffer and command history), but takes up little screen space.
Hey, it’s in the Script!
So far, 1 have focused on additional software available to enhance the Amiga's operation. However, there is a lot of productivity hidden away in Amiga DOS itself. Learning die Amiga's script language can provide you with a wealth of custom tools, without anv addition software. Note, this isn't intended as a DOS script tutorial, since that is beyond the scope of this article.
These should give you some idea of what you can do with scripts, however.
Before diving into Amiga DOS scripts, let's have a look at AmigaGuide. While most will be familiar with AmigaGuide by way of AmigaGuide based documentation included with most programs, it can also be handy for other uses. One such use is a universal data index. While not a tutorial on AmigaGuide, the following bit could serve as a starting point for your own project: DATABASE @NQDE main "Documentation Contents’* Click on document to read: @(" Anime " link HELP:English Anime. Guide main"} ? " HTML 3.0 “ link "HELP:English HTML, 3.0.guide main") £ " KingCON " link
"HELP:English KingCQN.guide main") ?(" Aminet9 Index * system *C:More CAT: Ami net 9") ? " Zen Internet * system "CsHore HELP:English zenlO.txt") 0 " AR 320 * link "XSubvault:HediaZine ar32Q.guide main") @ " NeonEgypt Pic " system *C:Multiview PIX:NeonEgypt,png"} eSNDNODE Note that you can use this typo of index for AmigaGuide files, text files, even pictures or sounds. Also note you can get a good bit more sophisticated than what I have shown, but the above will suffice as a starting point. Many of the following scripts are meant to be used in conjunction with AddTools (using the
synchronous mode), or possibly via a Hotkey set up in Fkey.
The first script is very simple. All it does is copy an icon to the selected file. Using AddTools synchronous mode, you can copy icons to as many files as you desire. You can modify it to copy any type of icon, image, text, AmigaGuide etc. ;Image Icon ;Copy def ILBM icon to a picture file, .key NAME a .bra .ket } C:Copy ENV:Sys de£, ILBM. Info " (NAME).info" ;END Imagelcon The next script is a bit more tricky, and supplies an icon for a drawer. Some twisty little tricks were pulled to make this work, since working with directories is somewhat more complicated than files. If you tried to use
the above Image Icon script (with defJLBM changed to def_Drnwer) along with AddTools, to copy a drawer icon to say, RAM:Clipboards, you would end up with a .info file inside the Clipboards drawer. To get around this, the dir icon script uses the echo command, along with redirection, to create a new script file, which then properly copies the drawer icon: ;Dir Icon ,-Copy def_Drawer icon to a drawer.
.key NAME A .bra .ket ) echo T:0ldDir “CD " NOLINE cd T;OldDir Cd NIL: "(NAME)" echo T:xblah "Sec blah " NOLINE cd T:xblah execute NIL: T:xblah C:Copy HIL: EHV:Sys def.Drawer.info "$ blah.info" Execute NIL: TiOldDir delete N1L: Tixblah T:01dDir quiet unset KZL: blah ;END Dir Icon This next script will open a shell window on the selected directory. It could be used in a menu or assigned a hot key. Note that the newshell command is customized here for KingCON. A simple newshell with no arguments could also be used as a starting point: fOpen a shell and CD to selected directory
;BEGIN DirShell .key NAME . a .bra .ket } cd NIL: " NAME}" Newshell WINDOW CON:0 150 568 200 Shell. N CLOSE ;2ND DirShell Click once on the desired drawer, then execute this script.
The path of the drawer will be passed to this script, the CD command will change the current directory to the supplied path, and the NewShell will open a shell.
You can also use scripts to enhance the ease of use and operation of CLI programs. For instance, to add batch capability to GIF2PNG (a CLI program which converts pictures in GIF format to PNG format), I use the following: : eeoin cimsc .key NAME a . Bra .ket } C:Gif2PNG -d " NAME}” ;END GIF2PNG Again, the synchronous mode of AddTools comes in very handy. You can select a group of GIFS, run this script from the AddTools menu, and AddTools will execute the script once for every file.
The final script relies on several AmigaDOS 3 commands, RequestChoice and RequestFile, as well as use of environmental variables. RequestChoice puts up a standard requester, allowing selection from gadgets. RequestFile puts up a standard ASL filerequester, and allows the user to select a file or directory.
This script serves as a graphical front end for the program Dred (DRED2310.LHA.) Dred, short for Disk REDncer, by Bob Rye & Marcus Mroczkowski is a "best-fit" type of program, which analyzes a group of files, and then copies them to floppy disk, filling the disk as much as possible. This script is a good example of how you can make working with shell programs easier. Note that the Requestfile command (including the drawersonly switch) should all he on one line, likewise the RequestChoice command.
;Begin Dred Front End RequeetFiie ENV:src drawer HD1: title “Select Source:" drawersonly RequeetChoice ENV;desc "Dred Menu" "Select Destination:" "DFQIDF1ICancel" If Schoice eq "0" Quit Endlf If Schoice eq "1" Set DriveName DFO: Endlf If Schoice eq "2“ Set DriveHame DF1: Endlf RequestChoice ENV:Choice "Dred Menu" "Select FileSystem:" "SFSIFFSI Cancel" If Schoice eq "0" Quit Endlf If Schoice eq "1" Set FileSystem SFS Endlf If Schoice eq "2" Set FileSyBtem FFS Endlf Dred -v -c $ DredSource $ Drivename $ FileSystem ;end Dred Front End Well, there you have it. While I can't cover every available
utility for the Amiga, I hope this gives you some idea of wealth of "plug in" power available to enhance your Amiga.
I would like to take a few moments here to acknowledge Ray Ward for supplying the basics of many of the scripts 1 use, Ray also is primarily responsible for introducing me to the joy of wasting hours keeping my Workbench neat and tidy, and infecting me with his obsession for keeping all icons nicely aligned and snapshot into place. Gee, thanks Ray!
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HTML files are in ASCII format which makes them portable across computer platforms. An HTML file contains the text that will appear on the Web page along with special tags for formatting the text, referencing graphic files, and creating hypertext links to other documents. While this is exactly the way AmigaGuide help files work, AmigaGuide uses tags that are different from HTML tags.
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State of HTML HTML is based on SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language), a large document processing system.
SGML is used to describe the general structure of documents, not their actual layout as does a word processing file or a Postscript file. SGML and HTML focus on the content of the document rather than its appearance.
They assume that there are common elements in all documents such as titles, headings, paragraphs, etc. The codes embedded within an HTML document identify these elements, but leave it up to the reader software (such as a Web browser) to decide how these elements should be displayed on the computer monitor.
Thus, different Web browsers may display the same HTML document differently. It is always a good idea to look at your HTML files with several different browsers to make sure they look acceptable.
The HTML specification is now at version 2.0. A much more robust Version 3,0 is being discussed, but is not yet finalized. Some of the more advanced browsers already support features from this version, however. If you want to be sure that most browsers can read your documents, only use the features of HTML 2.0. Some browsers support features that are not in any version of the HTML specifications (although they could be added at a iater time).
Netscape Navigator is the most notorious for this. Its additional features are know as Netscape extensions. Microsoft's Internet Explorer has upped the ante by adding its own custom extensions. Other browsers might support their own extensions. However, it takes a very popular browser for the extensions to ever be used.
State of Web Browsers Netscape is by far the most popular browser and should be used for testing your HTML files.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer is becoming popular since it is very powerful, yet free. NCSA Mosaic is the father of Web browsers and is a good one for testing. It is also free, Amosaic is the Amiga incarnation of NCSA Mosaic.
There arc also non-graphical browsers such as Lynx. You can usually find Lynx on the Internet Service Provider's (ISP) computer if it is Unix based. If you want to make sure your HTML page also looks good without any graphics, try Lynx or turn off graphics in your graphical browser if it supports this feature.
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There are many other Web browsers on the market and most of the on-line services such as America Online, CompuServe, and Prodigy have brow'sers with their connect software. Many of these other browsers are variations of NCSA Mosaic.
There is no way to test your pages on each of these because there are simply too many. Just pick two or three that you specifically want your Web pages to look good on and use them. It is a good idea to test your HTML files on a local drive before uploading them to your ISP's server.
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Finally, Figure 3 is my home page displayed by Lynx on my ISP's Unix server.
Browsers are designed to ignore any coding that they cannot understand. This is nice because you can include features for the more advanced browsers without worrying that you will crash feature-challenged browsers.
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Browsers, you could be misled. It might display your page just fine, guessing correctly what you intended, whereas another stricter browser may balk. Let's look at the HTML file that generated Figures 1-3.
HTML’s Basic Tags Listing 1 shows the complete code for m v home page (it may have changed by the time you read this), it contains many of the features that you will use extensively when producing your Web pages. After perusing the listing, you will see that most, but not all, HTML tags have both a beginning and an end.
Opening tags look like this: TAG . Closing tags look like this: TAG . An opening tag indicates that a particular element of the HTML file follows. The closing tag indicates that a particular element of the HTML code has ended. Opening tags can also have options, or attributes, associated with them such as TAG attributes...:?. Within any given opening and closing tags, only certain other tags are allowed, All HTML files need to have an opening HTML tag and a closing HTML tag. These tags simply identify the entire enclosed text to be an HTML document. Some browsers nth Iiq ''*
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An HTML document contains two major sections: the header, enclosed by HEAD and HEAD tags, and the body, enclosed by BODY and BODY tags, The header allows several tags to reside inside. The most common is the title ( TITLE ... TITLE ). The text between the title tags is the official title of the document. Browsers typically display the title text in the title bar of the browser's window and use it in a menu when you add the document to your list of favorites. Other tags allowed in the header are less common and will be discussed as needed in future columns.
The body of an HTML document can contain many different tags for indicating the various elements of the text. Some of these are discussed below. The BODY tag also allows several different attributes. The one used in my home page specifies a background image (BACKGROUND="backgrounds PaperRelief.gif") for the document.
This is a proposed HTML 3.0 attribute and is not supported by some browsers. My home page uses a GIF image named PaperRelief.gif in a subdirectory (backgrounds) of the directory in which my home page document (home.html) resides. (Please note that Unix's file system is case- sensitive.)
Figure 3. Randy Finch’s Home Page as viewed with Lynx under Unix.
The image will appear as a tiled watermark in the document area of the browser and the document will be displayed over it. Be careful when using the background attribute.
Certain color combinations can render the document unreadable. Other allowable attributes of the BODY tag are Netscape extensions and will only be usable by Netscape and other browsers that have implemented these non-standard extensions. All of these extensions deal with setting the color of tire text, background, and hypertext links, within the document.
Text and Headings Any free-floating text (text not surrounded by tags) within the body of an HTML document will appear in a font and size specific to each individual browser. Most browsers allow users to specify which font and size they want to use.
Some text needs to be emphasized in some way within the document.
One common method is to use larger and or bolder text for headings.
HTML supports six level of headings.
Heading text is enclosed in the tags Hn and Hn where n=l, 2, 3,4,5, or 6. H1 indicates a first level heading which is typically the largest and boldest. H6 is the smallest heading text with H2 through H5 falling in between H1 and H6 .
The exact way each of these headings appear is browser, or user, specific. I use H1 , H3 , and H5 near the beginning of the body section of my home page document.
Breaks and Paragraphs All formatting of text in an HTML document is accomplished using tags.
Embedded carriage returns or line feeds in the HTML file are ignored (except in some special cases). By ignoring these control characters in the file, a browser can expand or contract the margins of the document based on the user-adjusted size of the document window.
When you need to insert a line break in a document, the BR tag can be used. This causes the text after the tag to appear on a new line. My home page does not use this tag, but it can come in useful in many cases. The BR tag has one HTML 3.0 attribute, CLEAR="...", that directs the browser to move below any images next to the text before continuing. When text is a heading as described in the previous section, it is automatically separated from the surrounding text. No BR tag is needed.
You could use the BR tag to separate paragraphs, but there is a paragraph tag, P , available for this specific purpose. Most browsers will separate paragraphs with a blank line, but this is not guaranteed. If you look through my home page, you will notice that I use the paragraph tag in several places. HTML 3.0 adds an optional P for blocking off paragraph text in the standard HTML way. If the P is not used, a P produces an implied P since a new paragraph cannot be created without ending the previous one. The P tag has one HTML 3.0 attribute, ALIGN-CENTER, that directs the
browser to center all the paragraph text.
Horizontal Rules It you have done any Web browsing at all, you have probably seen pages that separate sections of text with a horizontal line. 1 use this feature in my home page. The HR tag is used for this purpose. Since the horizontal rule line resides on a line by itself, there is no need to insert a BR or P before or after it. The browser will automatically break the text at the Listing 1. Randy Finch’s Home Page at http: fly.hiwaay.net ~rcfinch home.html HTML HEAD TITLE Randy Pinch's Home Pagec TITLE HEAD BODY BACKGROUND "backgrounds PaperRelief.gif" IKG
SRC="amazcomp jun95fl.gif" VSPACE*5 HSPACE=1Q ALIGH=”LBET" Hl Randy Finch's Home Page Hl H3 Welcome to my humble world Wide Web abode. H3 H5 Email your comments to: A HRE?="mailto:rc£inch?HiWAAY.net" rcfinch@HiW&AY.net Ax H5 You are visitor number IMG SRC=" cgi-bin inage counter?£t=51 frgb=128;12B; 1281 tr»OI trgb=0; 0; 01 wxb=15;20 lnd=6 idd Bldf=rcfinch.dat" ALIGN=absmiddle since February 5, 1996 HR Yes, that is a picture of STRONG yours truly STF.ONG to the left. It is the only picture of me that has actually appeared on the cover of a magazine. No, not TIME or NEWSWEEK
or PEOPLE. Rather, EMxSTRONG AMAZING COMPUTING FOR THE COMMODORE AMIGA STRONGx EM . I have written many articles for this magazine over the last several years, A recent one was about the STRONG XSpecs 3D STR0NG glasses (which is what I am wearing in the picture). This article was in the June 1995 issue. There is more information below about my articles. Check it out!
HR I intend to provide several interesting topics on this cyberspace page.
I have many interests including: computers, writing, photography, videography, philosophy, science, and science fiction. As new items are added, more links will be added to thiB page. Check back from time to time.
P EM STR0NG N0TE: STR0NG This page is also available in A HREP="rc£home.html"xSTRONG table format STR0NGx A .) £M HR CENTERxH3 LINKS TO MY OTHER PAGES H3x CENTER* DL LIxA HREP="ama2compl .html" font SIZE=+l Amazing Artie lea F0NTx A The archives of my articles that have appeared in EM STRONG AMAZING COMPUTING FOR THE COMMODORE AMIGA STRONGx EM .
LIxA HREFs"programs! .html" F0NT SIZE=+l Programs FONTx A Original computer programs I have written.
LIxA HREF=*'eduvideol ,html" F0NT SIZE=+l Educational Video F0NTx A Information about a I MATH ANXIETY I educational video my wife and I produced.
LIxA HREF="fictionl.html" F0NT SIZE=+l Fiction FONTx A Original fictional short stories for your reading enjoyment.
LI A HREF="poetryl .html" F0NT SIZE= + l Poetryc FONTx A Original poems. Sometimes I get inspired, LIxA HREF="medial.html" F0NT 5IZE=+l*Media F0NTx A Original photographs, computer pictures, AVIs, etc. UL P HR I Last modified cn 2 4 96 I ADDRESS Randy Finch at refineh HiWAAY.net ADDRESS B0DY HTML HR tag. There are several Netscape attributes for the HR tag. They allow the thickness, width, alignment, and shading of the horizontal line to be specified.
Miscellaneous Tags There are a couple of other tags I use in my home page that I would like to discuss before ending this month's column. These are the text centering, address, and font size tags. You will find the CENTER ... CENTER tags near the middle of Listing 1. The line looks like this: C£NTERxH3 I.INKS TO MY OTHER PAGBS B3 CENTER This takes the enclosed heading text and centers it on the page. Without the centering tags, the heading would be left-aligned. These tags are Netscape extensions and will not work in many browsers. Note how it looks in Amosaic Figure 2B) versus
Netscape (Figure 1).
The ADDRESS ... ADDRESS tags enclose text that represents the address (usually E-mail) of someone.
This is usually used for a signature by the Web page designer at the end of a page (see the end of Listing 1). At this time, browsers only format the text differently, usually by italicizing, but it could be used for other purposes in the future.
The FONT SIZE=... ... FONT tags can be used to either set the actual size of the font or the relative size of the font. 1 use these tags in several places in the last half of Listing 1.
In these cases, I increase the size of the font by one size step relative to the current font size by using the FONT SIZE=+1 ... FONT tags. A minus sign can be used instead of the plus sign to decrease the size of the font. If no plus or minus sign is used as in FONT SIZE=3 ... FONT , then the absolute size of the font is set. These tags are Netscape extensions and will be ignored by most browsers.
Closing Comments Well, let's call it a month. Too much of this stuff will suck the brain out of your head faster than the Riddler's brain wave manipulation machine.
Next month, I'll finish discussing my home page and the basics of HTML.
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Sf with A with th computer graphics and has built a company on creative animation services, by Belinda Jones.
Super Stardust, You arc a lone fighter who must destroy an asteroid onslaught as well as out maneuver menacing aliens, rev iewed by Jason D'Aprile.
Zcewolf, A helicopter arcade shoot-em-up, reviewed by Rob Hays.
Volume 10, Number 9 September 1995 NEW PRODUCTS and other Neat Stuff, A Tower Case for the A120C1, tools for LightWave 3D, hundreds of royalty-free photo images on CD-ROM, and more.
Fun with Fiber Factory, Fiber Factory will quickly become an essential part of your creative options while also being easy to use, reviewed by R. Shamms Mortier, Impact! 1.0, Finally, a real LightWave physics engine, giving LightWave 3D users the ability to design objects, apply attributes, and let the taws of physics do the rest, reviewed by R. Shamms Mortier.
Advanced Amiga Analyzer, Sooner or later, something is going to go wrong with some part of your Amiga system. Start here to discover the source of the malfunction, reviewed by Ernest P. Viveiros.
WaveMaker 2.0, WaveMaker's prefab choreographies and utilities may be just thy tool an AMIGA animator needs in order to meet crunching deadlines and leave the studio before midnight, reviewed by R.Shamms Mortier.
On-Line, 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, by Rob Hays.
Overlord, Join the RAF in WWII as they switch from defense to offense and battle the Germans over Europe, reviewed by Rob Flays.
Volume 10, Number 10;October 1995 New Products and Other Neal Stuff, Aminet CD-7, World-Info '95, Guru-ROM V6, and CD-Write round out this issue's New Products section.
Finai Writer 4.0, The quest for a better word processor in a post-Commodore World, by R. Shamms Mortier.
StereoLithography, This new technology opens the doors for an inexpensive way to make movie props, prototype parts for molds.
Volume 10, Number 7 July 1995 New Products and other neat stuff, The Amiga 9000 Toaster Oven Tower from Anti Gravity, Photogenics2.0, make your own hidden 3D images, and more.
ESCOM creates Amiga Technologies, ESCOM ends speculation 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 anv 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 I lays.
DirWork 2, Use this point and dick 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.
Volume 10, Numbers August 1995 New Products and other neat stuff, Genealogy Tools, an Expansion for the Toaster 4000, Northwest Public Domain joins Zipper-ware, and more.
Aladdin 4D 4.0, "At a price that belies its exhaustive power, Aladdin-4D 4,0 remains an Amiga artist's and animator's miracle package," by ti. Shamms Mortier.
Pro Vector 3.0, The drawing program that works in vector instead of pixel formats while supporting tracing, AGA, Arexx, and mure, reviewed by R. Shamms Mortier.
Photogenics 1.2, Learn to create and manipulate images with the same program as Photogenics takes on the market with features unlike any other package of its kind, by R, Shamms Mortier.
On-Line, The Device Masher System or What is the best way to compress a disk full of data and more, bv Rob Llays.
AndFurthcrMore..., Paradigm Productions, of Memphis, Tennessee has taken 3D design and Volume 10, Number 11; November 1995 ShapeShifter 3.1, Find out whether or not the Macintosh and the Amiga can find peace at S40, as the powerful shareware product permits the Amiga to run Mac software, by Marc Hoffman.
TrueBrilliance, Discover the secrets and fun of creating your own universe with Brilliance, and learn how to creatively produce a star background and populate it with your own heavenly bodies, hv R. Shamms Mortier.
CheslNet, Can the Amiga be programmed to recognize disease and more from X-rays?
Listen to the Amiga’s favorite radiologist as he describes his specialized program, bv Michael Tobin, M.D. Online, A continued exploration of the Amiga on the Internet by discussing newsgroups and the advantage of telnet, by Rob Hays.
FinalCalc, Looking for a spreadsheet program for the Amiga? See if FinalCalc offers you a few new opportunities, by Merrill Callaway.
Family Connections, Turn those family stories and ancestral history into a genealogical database of your family. This specialized database should lead you on a merry climb through your family tree, reviewed by Shamms Mortier.
And Furthermore..., Ever wish you could design the Amiga of your dreams? Amiga artist, Dave Matthews has already created his.
1 akc a look at his renderings and then apply your own artistic talents to the challenge.
Labyrinth, With outstanding graphics, and exceptional soundtrack, as well as a good story, sonic may think Labyrinth should be praised higher than its moist cousin, reviewed by Jason D'Aprile.
And countless Other projects, by Mike Danger.
AsimCDFS 3.0, Enlighten your CD-ROM with a AsimCDFS, a compilation of useful modules that allow your Amiga to speak to your CD- ROM, by tt. Shamms Mortier.
Bit Movie '95,Take a look at the winners of this year's biggest European computer art show, plus information on how you can submit your art for next year's contest.
Aladdin -ID: Tutorial 15, Eden City: the first block, by R. Shamms Mortier.
Exploring LightWave 3D 4,0: The Book, A review of a must-have book for LightWave 3D
4. 0 users, bv R. Shamms Mortier.
Hop and Hop 'N Bop, A comparative review of several Amiga and CD32 games in the Hop 'N Bop platformer style, by Jason D'Aprile.
Online, Travel to the new Hot FTP sites, by Rob Hays.
And Furthermore..., Hot web sites visits the hot Amiga web. Sites now as close as your modem.
Amazing Amiga llll Volume 10, Number 12; December 1995 New Products & Other neat stuff, Amiga Technologies announces a new monitor, a modular screensaver called Aurora, XiPaint v3.2 and TurboCalc V2.1 from GT1 C.mbl 1, Nova Design’s imageFX 2.1 a upgrade, and much more!
Mnnd 2000: The Fires of Chaos, Mand 2000 is a newly released CD-ROM version of Cygnus Software's Mandlebrot-based fractal picture generating software, by Sham ms Mortier.
Persistence of Vision Hay Tracer, Persistence of Vision Ray Tracer (POV) is a powerful 3D artist's tool capable of creating stunning imagery, and it's free! By Dave Matthews.
Directory OPUS V5.ll, What possible improvements could have been put into this already best of all directory utilities? Find out who should and should not use this latest version, reviewed by Merrill Callaway.
Altering Photos in PhotoGenics, Tour some of the special effects of this image manipulation package and discover if you should add it to your other Amiga graphics tools, by Shamms Mortier.
Online, Explore how telnet can be used to augment the services available from your internet provider, by Rob Hays.
And Furthermore...,On Thursday, November 2,1995, PetroTyschtschenko, of Amiga Technologies, gave a speech in L.A., to a group of Amiga enthusiasts and journalists.
Here's what he had to say.
3 Sei-fi 3D Animated Adventures, If you are a sdence-fiction fan, check out the following game titles: DarkSeed by Cyberdreams, Beneath a Steel Sky by Virgin, and Universe by Core Design, reviewed by jason D'Aprile.
Volume 11, Number 1; January 1996 New Products & other neat stuff, Catch the latest CD collections with games, utilities, demos, samples, and other shareware items, a new video magazine on video, a new staTt-up Amiga developer and more.
MacroForm: Power Modeling in LightWave 3D, MacroForm makes your modeling life easier, because, with just a tap of one key, you can access modeling tools that are either new to LightWave nr expand upon its creative options.
ImageFX Magic, Apply a little "White Magic" to some of vour graphics and enjoy a world of difference, by Shamms Mortier, Online, Travel the Internet with MUCK, MTJD, and MUSEs while learning what to expect from main service providers, by Rob I lays.
Physics Lab in Mechanics, The Amiga has an educational reference on Physics that is a must for programmers, videographers, and students, by Shamms Mortier.
Welcome to My Studio: A Personal Studio Overview, Can four Amigasof various vintages find hope, happiness, and enrichment with a Pentium and a Power Mac? By Shamms Mortier.
Amiga Dealer Yellow Pages, Where have all the dealers gone? Check out this latest list of approved Amiga dealers from SMG, the new Amiga distributor for North America.
Simple Stat Graph, Statistics on the Amiga do not need to be hard or uninspiring with this detailed package by a one-man Amiga developer. By Shamms Mortier.
Volume 11, Number 2; February 1996 New Products & Other neat stuff, Amiga Technologies readies the release of the AMIGA Surfer for internet users, AT opens a new know-all web site, Tangent Music releases a Special CD in honor of the Amiga, Persistence of Vision Ray Tracer is about to be released in version 3.0, and more.
Cinema 4D, Cinema 4D has landed on the American shores with a very deep and full- featured art and animation environment, reviewed by Shamms Mortier.
New FX in PageStream 3, Add new functions to PageStream with an array of new plug-in effects, reviewed bv Shamms Mortier.
SnapMaps, Save time and effort as well as improve your images with plug-ins for your favorite graphics programs, reviewed by Shamms Mortier.
Moving from C to C++, Upgrade some of your bestC programs to C++ with ease, reviewed by Randy Finch.
On-Line, Amosaicl.2, MUI, AmiTCP lP, Mlink, ppp.device, and iNTERiNSTALL arc ali important Internet tools discover what they are and where to find them, by Rob Hays.
New Amiga Web Site from Amiga Technologies, Connect directly with the Amiga team in Germany through AT's retv internet address.
azing AXQGA CtTKftrllrrri * VlL* on your« , f • , ' ¦ :*••• OH -MB Volume 11, Number 3; March 1996 New Products & Other neat stuff, TelevEyes Plus from CeV Design, a new Amiga SX, a CDROM just for A120Q A4000 owners, a CD- ROM of commercial titles, ail Kara Fonts on one CD ROM, plus a new Web site from MegageM.
PC-TASK, A software utility to run PC software on an Amiga. The Amiga OS is still superior in numerous ways but we are still required to deal with the MSDOS computing community, reviewed by Marc Hoffman.
ScapeMaker 4.0, Combine the power of Digital Elevation Models from Vista Pro with the abilities of other programs to create your own 3D virtual worlds, reviewed by Shamms Mortier.
On-Line, Putting Amosaic to work on the World Wide Web, learning protocols, searching the hot new web sites, hints and tips, and more in this month's column, by Rob Hays.
Creating Candle Flames with Imagemaster and Aladdin 4D, Imagemaster is a program that has a durable history of innovative image processing techniques.
Amiga in Business; Easy Ledgers, The debut of this new column fea tures a review of an accounting package that would make any bean counter look twice.
North American Amiga Dealer List, Check the current list of Amiga specialists and dealers in this issue.
Personal Commentary: What Trees do they Plant? Shamms Mortier asks us to do more than use our computers make a difference.
Volume 11, Number 4; April 1996 New* Products & Other neat stuff, Nerv Productivity Cds, Specialized Speech Utilities, a new Amiga game company, and more.
Amiga Atlanta Inc., Amiga Atlanta Inc. celebrated its 10th anniversary with a celebrity banquet. Discover how this Amiga users group attracted attention from Amiga notables, television celebrities, and the Governor.
Creating Artwork with ImageFX, Alter your photographic images so they appear as if they Were created by the hand of a master artist and not the camera, reviewed by Shamms Mortier, Cinema 4D Object Sculpting Techniques, Explore object sculpting and creation options, how they work, and the unique objects that they can provide, reviewed by Shamms Mortier.
Web Typesetting Part 1: Introduction, Discover the tools available on other platforms and what you can do with your Amiga to begin creating Web pages on the Internet, by Randy Finch.
Termite 1.1, Has Oregon Research created the ultimate Amiga telecommunications program or have they just come close? By Rob Hays.
On-Line, Comparative shopping for the best on-line services with cautions, by Rob Hays.
Petro Tyschtschenko, ESCOM announces record losses. Amiga Technologies changes distribution structure. One man is in the center of all this activity to keep Amiga strong, spend an afternoon with AT's top exec.
Hot Amiga Web Sites, From Erie Shwartz's animations and graphics to web information guides, check out what other Amiga users are doing nn the internet.
(continued from page 48) America. The reason Amiga Technologies had the A4000 produced here is because they knew that North America was where the high end products were being sold. They have been disappointed that there are not more Amigas coming into this channel.
What we are trying to do is to let Amiga Technologies know we think it is more of a promotional, advertising, and bundling issue than it is anything else.
The word has to get out to the public that Amigas are going to be here and they are going to be supported. That is what QuikPak is going to do for Amiga Technologies.
AC: That's fine for the high end market but do you think there is a market for the 1200s in the US?
Ziembicki: We think there is. We have been asked the question, are we going to bring any 1200s into the US marketplace and what we have told people is that there has to be a significant quantity of orders in order for it to make sense to produce an NTSC machine. So we are out looking for people to give us input as far as how' many machines can go into the channel. If the quantity is there, we are ready to build them.
The Amiga user groups are the ones that made the Amiga what it was.
AC: Last month, we did an interview with Petro Tyschtschenko at Amiga Technologies and he volunteered you to bring PAL machines into the North American market, where they would be converted to NTSC. Is that a viable option?
Ziembicki: It is a viable option. It would not take, a lot of time, it just takes time to get the components lined up. But once again we have had people tell us they could move a lot of 1200s in this market but they are not definitive about the quantity. A lot to some people is 10 units, whereas a lot to Amiga Technologies is 5U,000 units. Anything over 2,000 to 3,000 would be enough to get started. So we are just looking for our distributors to get back to us with their perception of the real demand so that we can plan it. It could go two ways, bring in PAL machines and convert or build NTSC
machines from scratch which would take roughly the same amount of time.
AC: You don't see a conversion process happening on just a few hundred machines, you arc going to need 2,000 machines to do that?
Ziembicki: It could happen with less, but then it would depend on tire price. We have people telling us that they could move a lot of 1200s but they want the pricing that the old CBM stock is being blown out at.
AC: Do you have a window of opportunity that you could share with us?
Ziembicki: Not yet. We are still in discussions with Amiga Technologies to find out what the cost of the 1200 would be coming over. We already know what the conversion cost would be, but we just haven't formalized a plan.
AC: Cost is a big problem with these machines. The 4000T is coming out at tremendous cost, are we going to see any relief, in your opinion, on this?
Ziembicki: Our gameplan all along has been that we know we can't compete with the low end Pcs in the marketplace, which are the price points that we have heard. We would rather add features to the Amiga and give the machine other value which justifies the price.
AC: How soon until we see this kind of transformation?
Ziembicki: I would say within 4-6 weeks, you will see some changes, AC: What can we expect to see?
Ziembicki: We don't have anything definitive yet. That is why we are talking to third parties, software companies, etc. We are looking at component costs, drive configuration, and we are trying to determine the best way to get the machines into the marketplace, We have had people tell us that having a CD-ROM drive would be very valuable, so we are exploring the possibility of adding that without affecting the price too much.
AC: There have been a lot of rumors that Amiga Technologies may be shut down by Escom and that Escom may live on Amiga licensing. If this was to occur.
Does QuikPak have a game plan to continue with the Amiga?
Ziembicki: We believe that, because we produce the machines and all of the A4000 boards and because we believe in the market here, we would use all efforts to keep the production going in North America. We believe that we can do as good a job as anyone in this marketplace for Amiga Technologies. They get the best value for licensing from us.
AC: So you would want to continue but in that, and this is all conjecture, you would no longer servicing machines for Amiga Technologies, you would be on your own.
Ziembicki: Correct, and that is how we pitched our plan to them in the first place. We told them that they really don't have a presence in North America and that is what the market wants to see.
Commodore abandoned their own organization here and left people hanging. With Amiga Technologies just saying that there are machines out there if you want to buv them, is not convincing people that this is real. We told Amiga Technologies that we want to he Amiga in the US and Canada.
AC: That comes back to the point of marketing. If you have gotten money for the machines and vou have some room to market, what is your marketing plans for North America?
Ziembicki: The marketing plan is basically to begin advertising in publications like Amazing Computing. There are a couple of other magazines where we will place some strategic ads for niche markets. We are also looking to support user groups, going to the trade shows, and looking to get Amigas back into the channels where they were before.
AC: Are you planning on attending the National Association of Broadcasters this month?
Ziembicki: We will be there, but we won't be displaying anything. We did not get our agreements in place in time for that, but we will be at NAB and we will be meeting people there.
AC: Will you be doing any shows beyond NAB?
Ziembicki: We haven't planned any yet.
What we are trying to do is look at the configuration of the Amiga and see what makes the most sense, but we will be attending as soon as we can get this (continued on page 46) A Computer Music Lover's Dream!
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(continued from poge 44) together. All of these things happened very q uickly.
AC: If users want to give you their two cents, do you have an address that you would like them to send it to?
Ziembicki: They can send it to QuikPak, 1000 Forge Ave., Norristown PA 19403, or FAX at 610-666-8086. We are going to be setting up a web site and we will also be looking at e-mail as well as the bulletin boards. We will be following very closely what the Amiga community has to sav.
AC: From the way you talk, and from yoitr experience, you know that there is a strong Amiga community. Do you plan on tapping them for your marketing campaign?
Ziembicki: Absolutely. The Amiga user groups are the ones that made the Amiga what it was. They applied the technology before it was commercialized. They're the ones that are going to bring it back.
AC: About future development, are you involved in any way in the future development of Amiga products?
Ziembicki: Not directly with Amiga Technologies in Germany. They have taken the approach that they want to invent the things there. We have some ideas that we are working on on our own and our arrangement with AT is that, if we have a development that makes sense, we will license it to them.
AC: Going back to the rumor about Amiga Technologies, if there has to be development when there is no Amiga Technologies and just a licensing program, would you be prepared to continue development in that case?
Ziembicki: Yes, we have already been in touch with a lot of the original developers who worked on these products both at CBM and away from Commodore.
AC: What would like to say to the Amiga community?
Ziembicki: Basically, we are hoping that we are not wrong in our assessment and that the market is still there. We have received a lot of phone calls from people over the last few months, many of which said they did not believe we were actually building 4001) Towers. Every time I get a call like that, I invite them to the warehouse where we have plenty-.
Amiga Technologies has made a major commitment to inventory and the product has been in process for quite awhile. Amiga Technologies had some very aggressive plans for the 4th quarter of last year, and unfortunately the sales in the North American market did not materialize the way any of us wanted.
Going into the 1st quarter of ’96, we have begun shipping to more distributors and that has helped quite a bit. What we want to do is to offer value to the end user. We want to actually pull the end user in to buy Ihe Amiga which will help the distribution channels quite a bit.
AC: You are pretty well set on your ideas about the higher end machine? You are requesting information from users on what they need, or what they would like, or what they are willing to do for low end machines?
Ziembicki: That is correct AC: Sounds like you have everything in order.
Ziembicki: Well, not everything. We are solidifying our plan. Everyone's goal at Amiga Technologies is to find an outlet for those machines in the US and Canada. What we are looking for is just some commitment from the distribution base here as to what kind of quantities they want and then we can get rolling with it.
This is not a long term process. It is not going to take another year like it did to get the Amiga launched in the first place, it's probably a matter of weeks.
AC: Now you are the master distributor for North America at this point, which means you distribute to SN-1G and Micro Pace and other major distributors who distribute to dealers correct?
Ziembicki: We are the sales point right now. Our master distribution contract is in the final stages of review in Germany.
AC: So this is ongoing even as we speak?
Ziembicki: I have verbal approvals from everybody I can get verbal approvals from, but as far as the signed document, it is forthcoming I'm told.
AC: Do you see the Amiga attaining its previous level of acceptance, getting better, or not quite making it?
Ziembicki: As far as the North American market goes, the historic quantities that CBM was shipping of A2000s, we are not sure if we will get back to those quantities. Nobody is really sure how many that was. We have had estimates telling us it was as low as 40% of the numbers that were published. We have had people tell us it was as much as double. What we do expect to see is, with the emergence of the graphics boards that are coming through and some of the workstation tvpe applications which can be done on the Amiga, we may not move into the same niches at the same volume but we will get
into some other niches.
AC: You have got a marketing campaign and pricing and so forth, do you feel you have a real good handle on where this is going to go?
Ziembicki: We are looking at that very closely. The initial quantities of machines that were built, the material was basically ordered and delivered during the 4th quarter of '95. There have been significant shifts in pricing on some of the components, so we aTe hoping that benefits the A4000 users in the new term.
AC: The Amiga internet bundle, is both a software package and an A1200 machine, have you done anything concerning getting that into the US as the software or the hardware.
Ziembicki: We have looked at it and our feedback to Amiga Technologies is that the unit is being offered with a 14.4 modem in Europe and it is being offered with software that we feel needs to upgraded for the US market. The modem needs to be upgraded to 28.8 minimum and we are reviewing that now and looking at the licensing possibilities on some higher end software. The telecommunications side in the European market is not up to where the US telecommunications is right now.
AC: Wouldn't you also need to get some national supplier of internet access.
Ziembicki: Yes, and we have talked to two so far. We are beginning those discussions. But as I said earlier, all this is happening quickly forQuikPak. What we see is that, if the market had continued the way it was, the Amiga would have faded away. Europe would just have lost interest in it.
In order to get the Amiga going in North America, we have to look at what users want to see in the high end systems as well as the low end systems. We have to evaluate what is coming into the marketplace there are product announcements almost daily. And we need to see how we can apply the technology that Germany has to this marketplace cost effectively.
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AC Exclusive QuikPak’s David Ziembicki Amiga Technologies has selected a new sales organization for the Amiga in North America, Meet the person chiefly responsible for marketing the Amiga as well as developing future Amiga markets on these shores.
Last issue, we published an interview with Amiga Technologies' President, Petro Tyschtschenko, on the current state of the Amiga. In that interview, Mr. Tyschtschenko informed us that Amiga Technologies was restructuring distribution and marketing in North America. The new main distribution and sales force for this continent would be QuikPak of Norristown, PA. On the morning of April 5, 1996, we were fortunate enough to get QuikPak's President, David Zienibicki, to answer a few questions for our readers We told Amiga Technologies that we want to be Amiga in the US and Canada.
On what QuikPak intends for North American Amiga users as well as how and when it will happen.
AC: What exactly does QuikPak do?
Ziembicki: Right now we are building the A4000T computers for Amiga Technologies of Germany. We have been doing that since July of 1995 when they placed the order for the initial units.
Prior to that, QuikPak manufactured integrated circuit packaging. We do quick-turn i.C. packaging. We are vertically integrated from the wafer level all the way up to final products and distribution.
AC: You do contract work for other manufacturers?
Ziembicki: Yes, AC: Do you have any other products of your own?
Ziembicki: No, we don't do products of our own at all. This will be the first one we are distributing, and it is actually an Amiga product. We will be handling distribution in the US.
AC: We have heard that GVP and CBM ex-employees populate QuikPak, is that true?
Ziembicki: That is correct. I was one of the founders of GVP, and most of my technical people were at GVP, and many were at CBM before that.
AC: How long has QuikPak been in business?
Ziembicki: QuikPak was founded in April of '92.
AC: That was before GVP made its transition to PC.
AC: Were you doing product for GVP at the time?
Ziembicki: No, 1 was V.P. of operations at GVP until I left. 1 came on board at QuickPak in March of '93.1 lefl GVP and came here to QuikPak. QuikPak and GVP were totally unrelated.
AC: You are the president but not the owner?
Ziembicki: f am the owner too.
AC: What plans do you have for the Amiga in North America at this point?
Ziembicki: Well, the basic goal is to get the word out to the Amiga end-user that the machines are here and available.
There has been discussion we have heard that nobody believes Amiga Technology is committed to this market, but the reality' is that they have had over S4 million dollars invested in this market since July of '95. The commitment on their part to support the market is there, however, tire marketing isn’t there, and the promotion isn’t there.
That is what we want to put back into place. The way to promote the Amiga is by supporting the third party developers, and to get the peripherals for the Amiga that make it more useful.
AC: Can you go into some of your game plan on how you intend to do that?
Ziembicki: Well, we are going to approach the third parties that are out there. People like NewTek, people like GVP's successor GVPM and some of the other developers and try to coordinate our efforts to make sure we support them with Amigas and technical information so that they can put out the products to move Amigas.
Obviously, technology on the PC side of the world is moving along, and we see the same the same thing happening on the Amiga side with faster processors, larger memory, bigger drives, and those kinds of things. We are looking at those types of advances. We are also looking at some of the video boards which are going to be available for the Amiga and we are promoting anything that can go in the units that is useful, We want to make sure we support it.
AC: How does QuikPak view the Amiga market in North America?
Ziembicki: We think that most of the high end Amigas that CBM was producing up until their end were sold in North (continued on page 44)CO USED
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