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the Amiga community. Added to these concerns is the silence enforced on VIScorp executives until the sale is finalized. With VIScorp unable to discuss their plans (or even formulate them with other companies), many Amiga users are losing faith that anything will be done. Meanwhile, competition from the PC market is not only encroaching on the Amiga's business, but it is rapidly annihilating the Macintosh's position as well. If Apple cannot keep MSDOS at bay, many question how the Amiga can. Oh, wait! You thought I was going to say there is a window of hope. There must be an opportunity we have not yet realized or an option we have yet to explore. There are always hopes and there are always options. I am a constant optimist. However, we in the Amiga community would be less than honest with ourselves if we did not face these realities. Still, there are opportunities, Due to its versatile nature, the Amiga comes equipped with built-in options. The Amiga is a highly adaptable platform and it is high time we took advantage of that fact. Beat'em? Join'em! In this issue's Feedback on page 6, Robert Benjamin of Wysox, PA, suggests that the Amiga should be produced and distributed as an MSDOS compatible system. The Amiga has always had this opportunity (Commodore was one of the companies licensed to produce PCcompatible chips) but no one has ever offered an Amiga/MSDOS machine without the use of emulator software or cards. For some time, I have believed the best way to introduce the world to Amiga technology is to use Amigas to augment other computer networks. Place Amigas in offices with MSDOS and Macintosh machines. The Amiga could be used to do the tasks it does best, while the MSDOS and Mac machines could continue to perform the functions they were originally purchased to do.

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January editorials are almost always used for looking back over the events of the last year and attempting to put everything in a proper perspective. With the Amiga, it is a little more difficult.
This past year for Amiga users has not been as positive as any of us would have liked. The Escom bankruptcy and the continual delay to complete the sale to VIScorp has caused many anxious moments in the Amiga community. Added to these concerns is the silence enforced on VIScorp executives until the sale is finalized. With VIScorp unable to discuss their plans (or even formulate them with other companies), many Amiga users are losing faith that anything will be done.
Meanwhile, competition from the PC market is not only encroaching on the Amiga's business, but it is rapidly annihilating the Macintosh's position as well. If Apple cannot keep MSDOS at bay, many question how the Amiga can.
Oh, wait! You thought I was going to say there is a window of hope. There must be an opportunity we have not yet realized or an option we have yet to explore. There are always hopes and there are always options. I am a constant optimist. However, we in the Amiga community would be less than honest with ourselves if we did not face these realities.
Still, there are opportunities. Due to its versatile nature, the Amiga comes equipped with built-in options. The Amiga is a highly adaptable platform and it is high time we took advantage of that fact.
Beat’em? Join’em!
In this issue's Feedback on page 6, Robert Benjamin of Wvsox, PA, suggests that the Amiga should be produced and distributed as an MSDOS compatible system. The Amiga has always had this opportunity (Commodore was one of the companies licensed to produce PC- compatible chips) but no one has ever offered an Amiga MSDOS machine without the use of emulator software or cards.
For some time, I have believed the best way to introduce the world to Amiga technology is to use Amigas to augment other computer networks. Place Amigas in offices with MSDOS and Macintosh machines. The Amiga could be used to do the tasks it does best, while the MSDOS and Mac machines could continue to perform the functions they were originally purchased to do. After some time and with the right support, the Amiga could begin to take over functions and operations generally reserved for the other platforms.
Granted, this was a better idea when the price differential between Amiga computers and the other machines was heavily in the Amiga's favor, but there are still possibilities.
Advantages to the MSDOS and Mac networks would be the addition of a computer platform that truly multitasked and which could also emulate either system. The Amiga could do a variety of multimedia tasks better, faster, and less expensively than they could be done by the original computers. The Amiga could open a variety of opportunities to the PC and Mac market by trading on its natural video, audio, multitasking, memory conservative, graphics, and other features.
Advantages to the Amiga community are obvious. With more machines in circulation and with those machines in highly productive settings, the demand for Amiga software will increase. There would also be an increase in demand for more Mac and MSDOS software to be compatible with the Amiga. With the Amiga's multitasking and inherent graphic abilities still on a par or better than the other two systems, there could be a real demand for products such as PageMaker, Quark, AutoCad, Microsoft Word, and others to be cross-platform compatible. The Amiga would literally be reintroduced to mainstream
computing.
Other Areas Of course the Amiga still remains superior on its own in areas such as the settop market that VIScorp is building, or the 3D arena and small television market that NewTek has pioneered. Its versatility allows the Amiga to prosper in many areas.
I believe with this penetration, the Amiga can demonstrate its abilities on a one to one setting with its competition.
With the possibility of the A Box (see page 48) and the keen interests of companies such as QuikPak, it is evident that the Amiga has a future even with the delays from VIScorp. This does not even begin to suggest the advantages the Amiga still has in areas such as Internet hardware.
And as I said last month, the future of the Amiga has always been in the hands of its users. The Amiga can be used as a stand alone unit or in combination with its competitors. But the Amiga must be used and that depends on all of us.
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If the Amiga portable shown in the November issue of Amazing Computing is real, you can bet your last bit of hope, that the future of the Amiga is very dim.
This thing looks like a 19" television set from the late 70's. And as usual, if it's not IBM software compatible, then what good is it for non-Amiga users... Who in their right mind would shell out $ 3,000 or even $ 2,500 for a machine that you can only buy software for through mail order. This is nuts!! Of course it's only a prototype, so maybe the finished version will be more up to date looking, etc., but what does it matter if it's a machine you cannot buy software off the shelves, who will want it. Making a machine for Video, Toaster users, etc., is pointless, the faster IBMs are doing
everything with Toasters now.
For the prices above, 1 can buy an IBM compatible that runs at 100-130 MHZ, has full motion video, built-in modem, and has a sound card, monitor and other features. And the most important thing: there is software in almost every store; Kmart, Ames, book stores, etc. IBM is the name of computing in the USA, and the Amiga needs to be made compatible in the late 90s. To survive.
Most Amiga owners now have a second computer, an IBM or IBM done. You can buy software for IBM compatibles in stores all around my area, but mention the Amiga and you get blank stares, or a 'What's that!'
What you need is a low priced computer. That is stock Amiga IBM compatible (Power PC based), or a low priced computer that can easily be made IBM software compatible. If you have got the brains to make a low priced stock Amiga IBM compatible (Power PC based) computer, then you have got a chance.
The hope and future of the Amiga is so simple. What is wrong with designers!
Take the 1200 or a new Amiga similar in design, etc. of the 1200 (the price is too high), and give it another port, trap door, etc. Into this trap door, port, etc., you could plug a device, an IBM emulator.
When the device is inserted it's like having an IBM compatible machine. There have been IBM emulators around for quite awhile, so building this new Amiga should be very easy. Sell the machine in the same, or a lower price range of other computers in the USA. You could make a whole range of emulators to plug in 386, 486, and 586 (Pentium), etc. Then when you do this, start advertising it like the following: The Amiga is back! It's got the power, graphics, sound, and multitasking abilities others want, plus with a plug in module, it's totally IBM software compatible.
If you did this you would see the Amiga soar, like a new star being born.
Sincerely, Robert W. Benjamin Wysox, PA With the Amiga's abilities, it has always been a sound policy to introduce the Amiga as an addition to any PC or Mac network. Imagine the possibilities an Amiga brings to such a network with its additional graphics and sound capabilities. The Amiga could do a lot worse than fill such a void, and, with its introduction to more users, it could gain more credibility as a preferred system by Mac and PC users.
Dear AC, When I was around 12 years old, I begged my Mom to buy me a C64 at a garage sale. She gave in, and my computing career started. For the next few years I fought for Commodore rights as the
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But to get to the point, anyone who reads this knows the power we hold in our hands, but no one else does. I called AT&T recently to find out about their "free" Internet access. 1 was informed that my computer was "technology that has been laid to the side" and that in order to register for an internet account, I would have to use another computer that ran Windows software and then I could access it with my Amiga.
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I am convinced that the artist's real work, no matter the medium, is to find the beauty in mistakes. The difference between an artist's eye and that of a not-yet-artist (because we all have an art potential), is that what is passed over as inconsequential or even negative by some is seen by the artist as a possible creative medium. Because of this, every possible item in the world, and every action and activity, enriches the resources of the observant artist. There is an artifact in printing and publishing that stands as a good example of what I am talking about.
Printing Problems When you print to paper, each picture that contains either an even grayscale or that consists of color data has to first go through a step called "halftoning". Halftoning is a process that breaks up the analog picture data, the free flowing wash of tones, into a series of dots. In a grayscale picture, if you look closely, all of the gray tones are just a series of dots when transferred to the printed page (try it by locating a grayscale picture in this copy of Amazing and look at it through a magnifying glass).
When the picture is a color picture, the matter is a bit more complex. Color pictures have to first be separated into the four standard color component plates: CMYK, for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. Each of these plates is in turn broken up into halftone dots, and then each plate is turned a different number of degrees so that the dots don't print exactly on top of each other, but have a little offset. All of the colors of the rainbow can be made by the displacement of these four plates and the dots they contain. If you look closely at a printed color picture, you will see that the dots
form a pattern, sometimes called a "rosette" because of its flowerlike appearance.
Whether grayscale or color rosettes, it is the patterning of halftones that display anomalies which can drive printers and publishers crazy.
The problems with grayscale halftones, however, pale in comparison to color work.
Grayscale Grayscale halftoning is addressed by options that are centered upon the density of the halftone screens. The dots can be made smaller or larger.
Very small dots (spoken of as "lines per inch") produce very detailed grayscale pictures. A grayscale newspaper halftone is usually produced at about 65 lines per inch, because the paper is so course that its absorption rate precludes a higher line-per-inch ratio. A grayscale picture in a glossy magazine can be printed at 200 lines-per-inch or more, with the result that the naked eye cannot see any dot patterning.
You can get interesting effects if the dots are made very large, say twenty dots-per-inch and lower. The resulting image starts to lose its grays altogether, resulting in a stark posterized picture (which you will see used in new-age magazines and tabloids for effect).
Color Color complications start where grayscale complications leave off. Each of the four standard color plates used to reproduce a full color representation on paper (and there may be more than four for certain processes) introduces magnitudes of further anomalies into the process. There is the angling of the plates against each other to produce the proper rosette, and a little something called "registration". Registration means that each of the plates has to match exactly, and if the press slips and you get unregistered results, ugly little (or big) problems with the focus of images
result, making you think that you need an eye checkup. There are other printing issues, like color trapping, that also complicate the picture (literally), but they are too involved to describe in this article.
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Two. The appearance of moires are considered to be in extremely bad taste in printing, because the "realism" of the image is destroyed by an obvious patterned substitute. The appearance of moire patterns is considered to be ugly to the max by printers and publishers of paper media. Does the moire have any positive profile? It depends if we can see it with an artist's eye.
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can be created using patterned halftone screening.
Video Display and TV Resolution But what has any of this to do with video work? After all, the standard computer monitor and the TV screen have a resolution set to 72 dots an inch, so talking about halftoning processes for paper have no apparent relation to video transmission, right? The Amiga itself, a video tool, lacks support for the extreme page resolutions needed by print publishing applications, and also lacks the software that supports these resolutions. Why should we be concerned with print-to-paper problems and processes?
Well, here's where the answer depends upon whether or not you are looking at the situation with the "artist's eye" we referred to at the beginning of the article. If there is one word that describes the soul of the artistic process, it is "repurposing". To repurpose something means that you literally "see it in a new light". Ideas pop to mind for taking an object or a process designed for one thing, and expanding its usefulness into areas it wasn't made for. Such is the case with the halftone process, or at least a version of it.
Fake Halftone Screening for Effect True halftoning does not exist for video images, on the Amiga or anywhere else, because the video medium is not a paper medium.
However, halftone faking or pseudohalftoning image processing effect does exist and it can be quite useful.
Here's a quiz question for you: What equates with a halftone in the video realm? The answer: the Alpha channel.
Alpha channel compositing can produce image results a lot like applying a halftone screen in the print realm. The Alpha channel is a 256 grayscale overlay for video. Typically, where the grays are lighter, they allow the image to be displayed. As the grays tend toward black, the image is progressively hidden. In many ways, this is like applying a halftone screen overlay. If you make the Alpha channel a two-color image of white dots against pure black (or the reverse), and composite it with the color or grayscale image, you achieve a very nice halftone look. To explore the following method, you
will need ImageFX from Nova Design:
1. Import an image, and "Copy to Swap" in the Buffer menu.
2. Import your grayscale or B&W "screen" image, prepared before
hand.
3. Select "Composite" from the toolbox, and set the parameters as
follows: Operation = hardlight, Blend = 50, Include = All,
Exclude = None, Alpha = Mask, Swap = Tile.
4. Select OK.
5. Look at the result. This might be called a video halftone.
6. For a purer halftone, take the colors down to two from the
composite render, and save to disk.
The World of Animated Moires Moires are a no-no to printmakers, but a godsend to animators. This is because moires produce very appealing line shifts when moved against one another. If you rotate one screen on top of another (making sure the black is the draw color and the white is transparent if it is a two color screen), every shift brings a new moire pattern into view.
Saving out the frames as you shift by selected degrees, and grabbing the frames as an animbrush (with Dpaint or Brilliance), gives you a pretty unique animation to set other images or text against. In a 3D application, you can write the single frames to different sides of an object. One trick is to use moire animations as a texture map for warping liquid surfaces, producing a linear fractal effect.
Treating a Video Image Though it would take a pretty comprehensive book to cover all of the choices open to the video animator and artist as far as halftone and Alpha- halftoning is involved, we should mention one more area that you might want to explore. Halftones as Alpha channels are an obvious choice for altering a video stream. If experimented with, they create a video that becomes broken up into a moving series of lines and swirls, without erasing image comprehension along the way.
Experiment and explore! That's what both your artist's eye and the Amiga is all about. Until next time,.. ENJOY! And I'm sure I'll see you in ROMulan space.
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USING LAYERS TO CREATE OUTLINE EFFECTS by Nick Cook Layering or Stacking is an easy method to create wider and cleaner outlines.
Adding an outline around letters adds interest, increases readability, and separates text from background art. Programs such as "Deluxe Paint" and "PageStream" include a built-in "outline" function. Simply type in the text, go to the appropriate requester, select "outline," and the let the program do the rest.
But is that the best way to do it? A program's outline effect is probably acceptable if a thin line is being used; for example, one point or one pixel width. Adding a fatter outline, say five points or five pixels, may give a smudged look to the text, as if from a typewriter with too much ink on the ribbon. The integrity of the original type's form is also usually destroyed (Figure 1).
A technique called "layering" or "stacking" is an easy method to create wider and cleaner outlines.
Simply make duplicates of the text, each one with a different width outline, then stack them on top of each other. Although "Art Expression" was used for the example shown here, this technique can be used in virtually any Amiga drawing program.
STEP ONE: Enter the text. To contrast the letters with the outline, use the "Line Fill" option to change the fill color of the characters (Figure 2).
STEP TWO: Duplicate the object (Figure 3).
STEP THREE: Select the second object and go to the "Line Fill" requester. Choose the solid line option and enter a width. Pick a different color for the line if desired (Figure 4).
STEP FOUR: Stack the original object on top of the second object. Programs such as "PageStream3" and "Art Expression" contain an "Align" function, a great time-saver and way to reduce "mouse-ing around" with the objects. Select both objects. Go to the "Align" requester (in the "Object" menu in "PageStream3" and "Art Expression") and select settings. The objects will be accurately layered. Remember to group the objects before saving (Figure 5).
The same strategy also works with bitmap graphics, such as those created with "Deluxe Paint." Just copy a piece of art as a brush, and use the "Outline" function (i.e., hit the "o" key) as many times as desired. Stamp the brush down, pick up the original art as a brush, and place that brush over the first.
Layering text and artwork creates a variety of effects beyond those included with a program. So enjoy yourself, and experiment!
Stack ’Em, Dan-0!
Multiple layers also create interesting and more complicated type effects. Using "Art Expression," stacked text and shapes make up a patch to honor Rocky and Bullwinkle's favorite seat of higher learning (possibly awarded to the varsity farkling squad).
The text consists of three layers. The bottom layer uses a stroke of eight points with a black outline. The second layer up has a stroke of four points with a yellow outline. The top layer has no stroke and a gold fill.
The "sewn" patch edge is composed of two layers. The bottom shape is five points wide, no outline, with a brown fill. The "thread" is a dashed
2. 5 point line using the "circle cap" feature in white.
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Tired of using the same boring lines in your layout?
Stacking generates useful and decorative lines.
These examples used "PageStream3," The dash number refers its position on the popup "Custom" dash menu in the "Line Fill" requester; "dash 2" means the second pattern down on the menu.
In the Filmstrip graphic above, the bottom layer is a 20 point wide black line and the sprocket holes are two 3 point wide dash 5 white lines.
In "Train Track" the roadbed ties are a solid black line at 22 points wide. Each rail is made up of two lines grouped together. The bottom is a 5 point black line, and the top is 2 point solid white.
In the graphic "Boxes" the bottom is a 10 point wide blue dash 3 line. The top line uses the dash 3 in white.
Stacking The Text.
Staak ’Em,9**+ Left from Top to Bottom: Figure 2: If “Art Expression” is used, be sure to convert the text into a graphic before outlining, then group the objects. Not doing so may cause an incomplete save.
Figure 3: Another of the same, please.
Figure 4: Outlining type is also referred to as “stroking.” Figure 5: Move the original object on top of the duplicate object.
Colo Use on he We by R. Shamms Mortier A Web designer has a global audience of potentially hundreds of millions of viewers every day. Awareness of the cultural differences in the perception of color is a must.
The "correct" use of color as an element of visual communication has always been a complex topic. The "right" way to use color is based in part on historical examinations of how color is perceived, not only by the eyes, but by the emotions as well.
The same hierarchy of importance as other cultures do. The designer in general, and the Web page designer in particular, has to know something about all of these color parameters and distinctions in order to communicate concepts and ideas.
Why the Web Page Designer in Particular?
A designer whose work is to appear on the World Wide Web has a potential audience far beyond the scope and extent of paper-based design mediums. How many paper- based designers can say with surety that their publication designs have Other rules of color use are connected to the actual physiological construction of the eyes, and how certain colors and color combinations trigger nerve responses that target the way the brain perceives, prioritizes, and organizes information.
To make things even more complex, different global communities do not necessarily "see" colors with Dark type on Light colors on a dark a light backdrop, backdrop.
Even when the This is true for colors are all mediums complementary, that transmit is harder Light, like to read than... Web pages & overheads.
Figure 1. Darker colors let less light through when used for backgrounds on Web pages and even overhead transparencies. Light type on a dark backdrop is easier to read in general, but especially worth considering when you are working on a non-paper display.
Reached the eyes and minds of hundreds of millions of people? Not many. Vet the most common Web page can potentially reach hundreds of millions of viewers every day.
True, many of the surfers that reach a site don't stay too long, which is another reason that a Web page designer has to use every visual lure in the book to entice the casual visitor.
This is true no matter what the site contains, but is especially important for commercial sites.
The Eyes have It There are a number of visual rules that matter when it comes to both general color design and Web page uses of color. Most are based upon long standing principles learned from visual media designers and from laboratory validation.
1. The eye tends to see light colors on a dark background as
larger than dark colors on a light background, so using light
text on a dark background makes smaller type sized text look
larger and more readable. A dark background also rests the
eyes, especially from the constant bombardment of light from a
monitor screen.
2. ROY G BIV (an acronym for Red- Orange-Y ellow-Green-Blue-
Indigo-Violet, known as the seven unit Color Circle), can be
appreciated with a more modern variant having only six
components: Red- Orange-Y ellow-Green-Blue- Purple.
Red-Yellow-Blue are called PRIMARY colors, because they are
tied to specific nerve endings in the eye. Orange-Green-
Purple are called SECONDARY colors because they are bridges,
or intermediates, between the primaries.
3. Each color pair, defined by any color directly opposite from
another color on the six-color circle, is called a
Complimentary Pair. The Red-Green pair is the least useful to
the graphic designer because it makes the nerves in the eye
increase their firing rate to the point of irritation, and
red-green art seems to shimmer without pause.
Of the two remaining pairs, the most pleasing Complementaries to the eye seems to be Yellow- Purple. In light projected publication design (whether exemplified by overhead transparencies or the perception of a Web page via a color monitor), Yellow is best chosen for the Text and Purple (or dark Blue will do) is selected as the background color (light on dark). As a two-color choice for displays that are text oriented (where 20% or more of the space is devoted to text elements), Light-on-Dark Yellow-on-Purple or Yellow-on-Dark Blue are the best choices when it comes to the readability of the
text.
Color, Culture, and Emotion The Web is an international gallery space when it comes to page design, so a Web page audience is potentially the best example of a multicultural audience. There are few (as yet) political or geographical barriers that block the transmission or reception of Web data. People who interact on the Web are the closest group to being de facto citizens of the world.
The in-depth topic of Color Perception as it is effected by cultures through history and as it in turn effects a viewer's emotions and awareness is in itself far too broad a topic for this article. All designers are advised to learn as much about color use in diverse cultures as possible, and a number of books on the topic are available from the public library. If you are a Web surfer, you can find an excellent page on color and culture at J.
L. Morton Graphics' Global Color Web Page:
http: www.lava.net colorcom Generalities A number of general
perceptions about color do seem to apply across time and
geography: Red- Excitement. Hot. Red makes the blood pressure
rise. Signals importance, "Stop and read me!"
Orange- Very Warm. Pleasantness, friendship, and human interests.
- Moderately warm.
Generally pleasant, though some world cultures seem to perceive Yellow as less than positive.
Green- Warm when yellow, and cool when Blue. Green evokes the Earth, healing, and growth.
Blue- Cool to cold, depending on light or dark. Blue actually lowers the blood pressure, and is used in hospitals for that reason.
Purple- Freezing when Blue tinted, and warmer when Red tinted.
If you want to maximize the effect of any single color for a design, give it a lot of breathing space (surround it with its complementary, muted colors, or grays). Primary colors as the dominant choices for a Web page achieve the most startling visual results. There are times when this is appropriate (blatant messages, children's pages, bright lively topics), and times when it is inappropriate (more conservative themes, commercial and business sites, "serious" topics, pages that are designed to evoke prestigious matters and events).
To mute a message for a specific audience, use the primary colors more sparingly, perhaps on a slightly gray backdrop. The careful application and the conscious understatement of color is the key to good design in any medium.
Color Palettes and Bit-Depth Figure 4. The same image as Figure 2 is represented here, but with a color palette reduced to 256 colors (just right tor positing on the Web). But notice the color artifacting.
Figure 3. This is a 24 bit image, displaying over 16,000,000 colors in the palette.
Electronic painters and designers have a number of limitations that effect their color choices. The most important of these is the color palette's "Bit Depth". Depending upon a computer's hardware, a screen display can allow for color to be displayed in a number of palette arrangements. The colors in a palette can number 2, 4, 8,16, 32,64, 128,256,.. and, using the same doubling formula, up to sixteen million- plus colors.
There is a defined relationship between bit-depth on a computer, and the number of colors contained in a digital palette. This relationship is based upon a "power of two" formula (2x1=2, 2x2 = 4,2x2x2 = 8,2x2x 2x2 = 16,.. etc.). 256 is equal to 2 to the 8th power, so a palette that has 256 colors is said to have an "8-Bit Palette" in computer jargon.
A 24-Bit Palette (which is 2 multiplying itself 24 times) has sixteen million plus colors. 24-Bit Palettes are the most common palettes for displaying photographic information on computers. On the Web, however, many viewers do not have the necessary hardware to display a 24-Bit Palette, so a display of 256 colors (an 8- Bit display) is often substituted so that everyone who visits a page sees the same basic graphical information. As the technology matures, there is little doubt that this present trade-off will disappear.
The following table illustrates the connection between colors in a palette and the connected Bit-Depth: Bit Depth of Colors in Palette 1 2 2 4 3 8 4 16 5 32 6 64 7 128 8 256 9 512 10 1,024 11 2,048 12 4,096 13 8,192 14 16,384 15 32,768 16 65,536 17 131,072 18 262,144 19 524,288 20 1,048,576 21 2,097,152 22 4,194,304 23 8,388,608 24 16,777,216
99. 9% of the animations on the Web contain 256 colors or less.
Though newer display file compression formats like MPEG do
allow for the playback of 24-bit animations, the
affordability and widespread use of 24-bit animations on the
Web is rare at this juncture. 256 color animations also make
better use of the current available bandwidth, the
electronic channel and transmission lines that run from your
Web page to the viewer's monitor.
Figure 6. The palette being used here is the 216 color Netscape palette. The image has been dithered, so the losses as compared to the original image are minimized.
Figure 5. This is another sample of the same image, also with only 256 colors, but dithered so that the colors blend more evenly. Notice how much closer it looks compared to the original (Figure 2) than to the non-dithered 256 color example (Figure 3).
Browser Palette Considerations Web Browser considerations are a vital part of Web page color design.
The Browser is your literal window to the Web universe. Browsers have distinct color palette requirements.
Take the popular NetScape Navigator (there is a rampant rumor, by the way, that NetScape will be available for the Amiga sometime in 1997).
NetScape's palette holds 216 Colors. To get a little technical, NetScape offers users a 256 color palette styled from a 6 x 6 x 6 "color cube" formula, so that the resulting colors can be seen equally on both Pcs and Macs.
40 of the possible 256 colors are "reserved" for the benefit of Windows users, due to a color limitation built into the Window's Pcs. It seems that Windows systems demand a certain number of colors for internal system use, so this limited palette allows NetScape to run in both Windows and Mac environments.
The other 216 colors are called "non-dithering", meaning NetScape will try to match their appearance as closely as possible in the graphic. The NetScape Browser tries its best to emulate the rest of the potential colors in a 24-bit palette by dithering between separate members of the 216 "pure" colors. Dithering is a process of compromise, allowing the mixing of two or more colors as separate pixels on screen, allowing the eye to "blend" them from a distance.
Most people using NetScape have only 8-bit (or less) color graphics adapters, which limit the viewable colors to 256 at best. If and when NetScape comes to the Amiga, this will remain true in most cases.
Surfers with real 24-bit boards installed need not worry, because those systems can display the full range of 16,000,000+ non-dithered colors. 24-bit surfers can tap into NetScape's deeper theoretical color scheme, in which each RGB PRIMARY color is represented by a 256 color range, and 256 x 256 x 256 = 16,777,216 colors. This is the same color scheme used by 24-bit color graphics systems on broadcast TV, where each of the three PRIMARY RGB colors is represented by an 8-bit value which ranges from 0 to 255, and 8 x 3 = 24, so if you are using a 24-bit display you'll be able to see each of
the possible 16,777,216 colors as non-dithered colors.
Web page designers have to keep all of this in mind when incorporating color text and graphics on the Internet.
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55. 95 Ft Licenseware
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AmiCrawler If you point your browser at: http: www.amicrawler.com you will find a site that can fulfill almost any Amiga-related need. The opening page (Figure 1) can take you to every AmiNet software site, help find Amiga Web users worldwide, and much more.
This first page contains the first Amiga Web Site search engine. By typing in key words to search for in the box, you initiate the search. If you prefer, you can go to the amiCrawler Directory, which provides access to Web sites that have been grouped by content. This is a real time saver when you are looking for information on a particular subject.
Have you ever tried to get a file from a busy AmiNet site, and wished you knew the URL of another site to try? The AmiNet Global File Server is a great place to begin those AmiNet sessions. From here you can access any file from any AmiNet site, without straining those memory cells remembering URL's. Choose an AmiNet directory, pick a site, and grab the file you want.
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The Amiga Online Reference Manual (Figure 2) provides specific technical information based on the search parameters you provide. While it may not contain information in depth on every subject, it can often provide the missing bit of info you need.
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contents Common problems and their solutions Contact If you have questions, remarks, etc. Acknowledgements The people who helped make Aweb the best browser available If you Bee this demo, then purchase the full product I If you have a product or service you are using the Web to promote, you will want to check out the Amiga Web Network Cooperative.
If you have a product or service you are using the Web to promote, you will want to check out the Amiga Web Network Cooperative. This is a free service that allows your Web page to be featured on other Amiga Web pages, with your page performing the same service for others.
The amiCrawler White Pages provides an alphabetical listing of users who have submitted Web site URL's. This is a great way to let other Amiga users know about your Web page.
While it sounds kind of creepy, the AmiSpider (Figure 3) is a Web page search engine that indexes every word of every page in its database.
The Kingfisher provides an online search tool for the Fred Fish Collection.
Now you can check to see if you already have a program on a Fish disk before spending the time to download it.
As you can see, with this one URL, you can be well on your way to a compete Amiga Web resource.
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This CD contains virtually all the tools you need to get started programming on the Amiga, including advanced C, C++, Fortran, and ADA compilers, assembler, linker, EMACS editor, "make", source code control systems (res & cvs), text and file utilities, GNU debugger, text formatters (groff & TeX), and more. Geek Gadgets is the perfect companion to the AT Developers CD, which contains mostly documentation and utilities.
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Shareware Most of us either use, or have access to, other computer systems besides our Amigas. With the availability of emulators, many of us use more that one operating system on our Amigas. This next site is another allpurpose one. The URL: http: www.shareware.com connects you to a source for shareware for all systems (Figure 4).
For systems from Amiga to Unix, and a dozen other categories, you can find all sorts of programs here. Links to other sites provide even more variety.
Updates The demo version of Ibrowse has been updated to version 1.02, and the time limit has been removed. The internal image decoder has been changed, and now handles some image types better than previous versions. You can download it from the Ibrowse homepage at: http: www.omnipresence.com ibrowse Also updated is the demo version of Aweb. Now known as Aweb-II, the demo is version 2.1 (Figure 5). New on line documentation, and configuration options top the list of changes. Check the biz demo subdirectory of AmiNet, or the authors homepage for the current version:
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• AC* This is the tenth and last column in this series about Web
Typesetting.
Where have we been? Well, we discussed what the Web is, how to connect to it, and how to prepare for creating your own Web pages. We covered most of the basics of HTML, including both standard HTML and Netscape extensions. We went over how to create tables. We looked at how to produce forms, read data entered on a form, manipulate the data with a CGI program, and Email the data back to ourselves. We talked about image maps and how to handle them from both the client and the server side.
Web typesetting Part 10: Today and Tomorrow by Randy Finch Randy Finch completes his series on Web Publishing by looking at the future of the Web and the questions we must consider today.
Finally, last time, we got framed.
Basically, we have covered just about everything that can be done with current Amiga browsers and more (frames). In this final episode, I will be discussing the current state of HTML standards and the future of the World Wide Web.
HTML 3.2 The current standard for HTML is the HTML 3.2 draft released on May 7, 1996 (most recent draft published on September 9,1996, see http: www.w3.org pub WWW for list of documents by the World Wide Web Conference). HTML 3.2 brings together features of HTML 2.0, HTML Welwunie to my hunt page, cranled uiiia a vtntrabli Ad000 Tlur* me (liman here for everyone, not juxt tbelinrd Atman uven You will find infonnnlion for bfl nmrs wuhina to learn about HTML, link* to a variety of location* and a few JTKG picture* Look around 1 hope you enjoy yourielf Under con* taut com (ruction.
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browsers are just beginning to add them.
Some of the Netscape extensions and other features that were included in HTML 3.2 are: 1.
Align text around images.
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Change the border size around images.
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Font sizing and coloring.
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With HTML 3.2 in draft form waiting to be finalized, HTML 3.3 is already in the planning stages. Some of the new features slated for the future are frames, style sheets, math, Figure 1. Dave’s Flome Page at http: www.dimensional.com ~dcaron . banners, figures, and notes. In addition, Netscape, Microsoft, and others are still about the business of adding non-standard extensions to their browsers. Let's take a look at where the Web is headed currently.
The Future of the Web Some of the current trends for the Web include Java, JavaScript, Visual Basic Script, ActiveX, and add-ins.
Java is Sun Microsystems' creation. It is a programming language based on C++ that has features designed specifically for creating applications that can be run over a network securely. Java has been catching on quickly and there are already a ton of books on the market about it. Basically, an APPLET tag is added to a page of HTML code. An attribute of this tag points to an application file that is executed by any browser supporting Java.
Java has certain limitations that prevent criminal Web sites from mucking up your computer system.
Also, Java is not a compiled language in the same sense as C++. Java is compiled to a byte-code format that is then read by a byte-code interpreter built into or added to a browser. The interpreter is responsible for executing the program on whatever computer platform it is running on. This allows Java to be very portable, which is necessary when executing programs on a network where many different computers are being used. There are at least a couple of Java interpreters in the works for the Amiga. Keep an eye out for them.
JavaScript is a scaled down version of Java. The code for JavaScript can be included directly in the HTML code after a SCRIPT tag.
This alleviates having to have a bytecode compiler to create an applet and then referencing this separate file within the HTML code. Rather, the code comes right along with the HTML code. Remember that JavaScript cannot do everything that Java can. However, if it can be done, it is much more convenient.
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Based. However, Microsoft has a lot of clout. They may be able to change this in the future. Just to hedge their bets, Microsoft's browser supports both JavaScript and VBScript.
Some tasks but not at others. The main concern with VBScript is that it may not be as widely supported as JavaScript. This is because Java and JavaScript have a reputation of being platform independent, whereas Visual Basic has a reputation of being PC ActiveX is another Microsoft invention. It is basically the next Tom Law - Computer Arts M1JSIC - ROWDY music. Improbable music. Dancing Music. [Wave samples, Cds, cassettes ]
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Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) objects. ActiveX has the
potential to add much new functionality to the Web, but again
it is currently PC based. To become widely accepted, it must
become multiplatform.
Add-ins hold a lot of potential for adding new capabilities to browsers without having to upgrade the browser itself. Netscape and Microsoft support add-ins with their browsers.
If Amiga browsers started supporting add-ins, then software vendors could write their own add-in (to be distributed free) that would allow users to view custom files created by their software directly in the browser.
Think about being able to view graphics, animations, CAD drawings, videos, and desktop publishing output with one program. Or listen to music and sound files directly from the Web.
Many of you have probably heard of Intranets, where companies add an internal Web site that can only be viewed by employees. Add-ins are great for Intranets. Since the company can install whatever software they want on their employees' computers, they can standardize their documents in some format other than HTML.
With every employee having the appropriate add-in, they can view these custom documents with their browser and never realize the difference.
With video, sound, and other bandwidth intensive media beginning to appear on the Internet, what is desperately needed now is faster connections for the average user. The current standard is now 28.8 Kbaud modems. However, even with a modem of this speed, it is rare that you actually communicate at that speed.
Bad connections from your house to the local phone company, traffic by other users, and broken connections requiring rerouting can cause the actual speed of communications to be very slow. Telecommunication companies are adding bandwidth like crazy but they are having a hard time keeping up with the increased demand.
New technologies are coming along such as ISDN, ADSL, and cable modems. These promise to provide Web surfers with much bigger and faster waves to ride. However, most of these are slow in coming and can be quite expensive.
Attention Exhibitors Developers More Reader Sites I have only received two Emails about reader Web sites since last month. Also, Terry Cooksey (featured in part 8 of this series) wants you to know that his new site is now at http: ns.insolwwb.net ~terry . Here are the latest sites.
Dave’s Home Page This site (Figure 1) was created by Dave (better known as Walt) Caron. It is a nice site containing information about creating Web pages (you trying to steal my thunder, Walt?), links to Amiga thingies and other thingies, some pictures, and information about Dave-Walt himself. You can find this site at http: www.dimensional.com
- dcaron .
Assets Manufacturing, “More sales in one day than we’d ever had before.” Bob Luneski-Oregon Research “Count us in.” For exhibitor information on the best AMIGA show call Bob at 314-739-5181 or e-mail “bscharp@icon-stl.net”. For tickets call 1-800-829-8608 (new number). Visit our web page at “http: www.icon-stl.net ~barlog GAC show.html”. Circle 125 on Reader Service card.
Tom Law - Computer Arts This site (Figure 2) was created by, you guessed it, Tom Law. This is a cool site containing information about Cds and cassettes that Tom has produced along with 15 second WAV files for you to sample his music. He also has information about a 15 Amiga computer video wall that he has created. You can find all this and more at http: www.cris.com ~Tomlaw . WEB TYPESETTING I hope you have enjoyed this series of articles on Web typesetting.
Based on the voluminous comments I have received via Email, I believe that you did. As I said in the last installment, I still plan to write an occasional standalone article, so you can't get rid of me forever. Let's just hope that the Amiga can keep up given that Microsoft, Netscape, and Sun Microsystems, none of which support the Amiga, will be driving the future of the World Wide Web. »AC» FLOPPY TITLES NOMAGA Aegis Animator
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Amiga PGP retty Good Privacy can protect your medical records and a whole lot more!
The Zimmerman Saga Your medical records are confidential.
Typically, they stay with your doctor or hospital until you need it. There are, however, occasions when medical information including x-rays must be rapidly transferred to a physician treating you somewhere other than where you live.
The Internet is ideally suited for such transfers but it lacks the security necessary to ensure confidentiality. A program called PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), which encrypts messages, may provide an answer.
Philip Zimmerman developed a two key method of encryption. Using his program, PGP, a user generates a related set of keys, one public and one private. The public key can be widely distributed, as for example, part of an e-mail signature, or listed on special servers that store public keys. Anyone can then send the user an encrypted message provided that he she knows the user's public key. However, only the user can decrypt the message because only he has the private or secret key.
When PGP became widely disseminated throughout the world, Zimmerman ¦A JB |ht t p : uuu . Ul.uto. no 9P The International PGP Home Page W elcome to the IntemationoJ POP Home Page! This page is provided as a service to die growing number of PGP users around the globe, and contains updated information FAQs and relevant iniks regarding die latest international PGP versions, if you have any comments on this page, please mail them to staleiSPlirpnorech com.
The latest international version of PGP (commonly referred to as PGPi), is version 2.6.3i This version is only intended for users outside the US. If you live in the USA, you should use PGP 2 o 3orTGP 2.6.2 from MIT instead.
0 What’s new’ Figure 1: Follow the links in The International PGP Home Page for information about privacy and encryption.
Became the subject of a legal investigation.
He was suspected of exporting encryption software which, under current U.S. law, is classified as a "munition." After three years, the case against Zimmerman was dropped without indictment.
Those interested in more information about Philip Zimmerman and the issue of privacy can visit http: www.ifi.uio.no pgp The International PGP Home Page (Figure 1) and http: world.std.com ~franl pgp pgp.html Home Page of Francis Littero and follow the links given there.
The Present Confused State of Affairs Subsequent development of patents, licenses etc. has lead to multiple versions of PGP, all of which, fortunately, communicate with each other, at least for the time being.
First of all, there is an international version of PGP and U.S. Canadian version(s). The U.S. version may not be exported. Actually, there is no need for export as the international and U.S. versions are essentially identical and completely compatible.
Both the U.S. and international versions of PGP have been compiled for all major computer systems including the Amiga. An encrypted message created on one computer can easily be decoded on another.
Non-Amiga U.S. versions of PGP intended for personal, non-commercial use can be obtained from M.I.T. (http: web.mit.edu network pgp.html). For An (Net An (Net Bn (Net RniNet: An (Net RniNet An(Net RniNet AniNet RniNet AniNet RniNet An Inet AniNet AniNet RniNet RniNet Rn iNel RniNet Inet RniNet RniNet RniNet RniNet RniNet RniNet n Ike-tv VooOoo P9P pgp-en Profile Nana! |pgp-aniga~ Host Nane: |ftp.ccoTca(tecK.edu ROT Server: | Rnon login: y 1 Login Nane: Password: Retries: Renote Dir: ( pub Vknop pgp-an iga~7~ Local Dir: (ran: amftp AMIGA!
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1 would note that I have also used ncftp and AmiFTP (Figure 5) with equally good success. You can also find Amiga PGP files at Michael Paul Johnson's ftp site ftp: ftp.csn.net mpj) where you read README.MPJ for the identity of the "hidden" directory. Once there, you select "pgp" to enter that directory and then "amiga" to find the actual Amiga PGP files.
Although the files here are also those of Robert Knop, the versions were slightly older when 1 visited. Therefore, I recommend you use Kxtop's own site to get the latest PGP revision.
Commercial applications, U.S. residents are required to purchase PGP from ViaCrypt (http: www.viacrypt.com ). How to get Amiga PGP Although neither M.l.T. nor Viacrypt has an Amiga version of PGP, all is not lost.
Non-U.S Amiga users can simply use their browsers to go to http: www.ifi.uio.no pgp download.shtml and download the latest international version of Amiga PGP.
For U.S. Amiga users, the situation is more complicated. A U.S. version of PGP
2. 6.3 has been compiled by Robert A. Knop, a Ph.D. candidate in
Astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology. He
maintains this program at ftp:
ftp.cco.caltech.edu pub rknop pgp-amiga The Amiga PGP programs
are in a hidden directory whose identity' periodically
changes. The current name of this directory can be found at
the end of the README file, which you must, of course, read
first. The README file outlines the conditions under which you
may download and use the U.S. version of PGP.
Because it is obviously not possible to use a "point-and-click interface'' to enter a directory that is invisible, you must either disconnect and then reconnect to the new (longer) ftp site or else add the additional subdirectories to ftp.cco.caltech.edu pub rknop pgp-amiga and hit return to change to the hidden directory where the Amiga programs are stored.
Specific Instructions Because getting the U.S. version of Amiga PGP 2.6.3 may be confusing, I have decided to use AmFTP to illustrate how to obtain this program. An evaluation copy of AmFTP can be found in Aminet archives.
While the PGP file itself is for U.S. and Canadian citizens only, the description of how to do an ftp download may be of interest to readers everywhere.
After launching the AmFTP program via its workbench icon, select the "Connect" button to add a new ftp site. Enter values as shown in Figure 2 and then select "Connect to FTP Server" to do just that. After you are successfully connected and logged in, you will see several entries including one called README (Figure 3). Select it and use the "Show" button to read the license agreement . Near the end of the README file, is a complete URL where the Amiga PGP can be found. It has the general appearance ftp: ftp.cco.caltech.edu pub rknop pgp- amiga I_will_not_export abcdefg where abedefg is a
directory whose (case sensitive) name randomly' changes.
At this point either disconnect and then restart AmFTP using the new URL as a "new" ftp site or, as I would recommend, simply click in the "Remote" box at the top right and add I_will_not_export abcdefg at the end of the current directory listing.
Hit return to change to the new directory.
Just remember, abedefg is going to be different for you than it was for me, and probably will be different each time you visit.
If all goes well, you should be inside the hidden directory, and see a list of Amiga files. Select the version of Amiga PGP appropriate for your processor and use the "Receive" button to download your selection to the "Local" directory, which, in our example is RAM: (Figure 4). Once you Figure 2: AmFTP makes it easy to connect to ttp sites. Here we have set it up to go to where AmigaPGP v2.63 is kept.
Figure 3: Once you connect to R. Knop’s pgp-amiga directory, use AmFTP’s "Show” button to view the README file. Toward the end of that file is the name of the hidden directory.
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Figure 4: Once you know the name of the hidden directory,
add it to the end of the current directory in the “Remote”
box at the top right of the screen and then hit return. For
reasons of security, the name of the hidden directory
changes periodically.
Figure 5: AmiFTP is also a solid performer for ftp transfers. Ncftp (not shown), which is included in the commercidl AmiTCP IP distribution, is olso reliable.
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It’s All Down Hill From Here After you extract the PGPAmiga archive, f recommend that you create a directory called PGP on your Work: partition and copy everything into it. You will next need to set the environmental Uibras , Amigans, fK Get Connected! '' "see A f World Wide Web variable PGPPATH to correspond to the location of your PGP directory: setenv PGPPATH work:PGP copy ENV:PGPPATH ENVARC: Although the documentation that comes with PGPAmiga v2.6.3 is quite adequate, you can download from my ftp site (ftp: ftp.portal.com pub mikety) documentation in AmigaGuide™ format including
excellent step-by-step instructions contained in PGPNutshell.guide written by Jeremiah S. Junken. This documentation was originally part of the PGPAmi26ui.lha archive that I found on Portal.
Later, you will need to make a few changes in the config.txt file in your Work:PGP directory. You can download and, with slight modification such as changing my name to yours, use my config.txt file as your own. Perhaps you will only want to look at my configuration as an example for your own. In any case, I have placed this file on my ftp site, calling it mtPGPconfig.txt so that you will not confuse it with what you already have.
Naturally, you can have only one config.txt for AmigaPGP so you will have to do some renaming if you do decide to use my config file.
GUI Interfaces for AmigaPGP While there are GUI interfaces for AmigaPGP on Aminet such as PGPtoGUIV2.0e.lha and KnackllOa.lha, I do not think you will need them if you have any facility at all with the Amiga shell. In addition, you will still have to read the PGP documentation in order to understand what the options mean.
PGPtoGUI is "cardware" you send a picture of your hometown to the author if you like his program. Tire only confusing point I initially had was that the encryption button has "crypt" written on it instead of the "encrypt" I expected. Otherwise, the program seemed fine.
Knack is a shareware program that provides GUI interfaces for several programs, PGP being only one of them. I have tested Knack much less thoroughly but it did appear to work. The documentation, e.g. the Installation and the AmigaGuide instructions, are in German.
But it is "easy" German and I was able to guess at the words I didn't know. The menus are in English. I did have a problem installing the program which I then completed manually. There really wasn't much to the installation but you will have to configure Knack so that it knows to find PGP in the Work:PGP directory.
The choice is yours, but I think you will not have any problem with using the Amiga shell.
First Steps An Overview Tire first time I used PGP, I followed the instructions exactly as I found them in PGPNutshell.guide. I recommend you do the same. Basically, here is what you are going to do:
(1) You will first generate a personal set of keys, one public
and one private, (pgp - kg). You will be prompted for such
things as your ID line and the size of the key you want to
generate. The larger the key, the more difficult for a hacker
to decode but the more time it takes to use. Not a major
issue. I think 1024 bits should do nicely. Your typing
pattern will generate the keys. You will also need a pass
phrase. Make sure that it is something you will remember and
is short enough so that you won't mind typing it! There are
online instructions to help you out.
(2) The next step is to extract an ASCII version of your public
key which you can then distribute to whomever you like. If
you would like to call this file mykey.asc, you would type
pgp -kxa your_ID mykey.asc pubring.pgp I think it is worth
pointing out that you do not have to use your entire ID for
PGP commands; only a distinguishing part of it. If you used
your e-mail address as part of your ID line as recommended in
the PGPNutshell.guide, then your user name may be unique
enough.
(3) This would probably be a good time to edit your config.txt to
reflect your ID, the location of your pubring.pgp,
secring.pgp, etc. I also recommend you turn Armor = on and
set ArmorLines =
0. Setting EncryptToSelf = on is also useful. As I mentioned
above, you can use my config.txt as an example for your own.
(4) You will naturally want to add the public keys of your
friends to your public key ring. So if someone sends you a
file that has a public key in it, you can easily add it to
your collection by pgp
- ka Path:keyfile
(4) To sign and encrypt a message to a friend, you simply pgp
-aes Path:Your_message ID_of_friend Remember, the entire
ID does not have to be used; only a distinguishing part of
it.
(5) It is easy to decode the message your friend sends back pgp
Path:Friend_message Remember, your friend must have your
public key in order to encode a message that only you can
read.
(6) Perhaps it is worthwhile to point out that while PGP
encrypts, decrypts, and signs messages, it has no e-mail
facility to send and receive them for you. For this, you will
need an Amiga e-mail program like VooDoo or AirMail and an
Internet connection. Having purchased and used both of these
shareware products, I can recommend them to you.
Zmime is another possibility. There are other Amiga e-mail programs available such as Amiga Elm and Amiga Pine, but I have not used them. You can find evaluation copies of these on Aminet (http: ftp.wustl.edu aminetbin find).
(7) Your friend will also need to be able to send and receive
e-mail. If either of you is not connected to the Internet,
you will still be able to use PGP provided you are willing to
exchange encrypted messages on floppy disks sent by snail
mail.
PGP and Healthcare This project came about as a possible solution to an actual problem facing the Radiology Department where I was working. In medicine, it is important not only to perform tests accurately, but also to get the results back as quickly as possible to the physician who requested the examinations. Because none of the current methods of reporting is entirely successful, it was suggested that results also be posted on the Internet for referring clinicians to read.
When the question of patient confidentiality was raised, I suggested that we use Pretty Good Privacy (PGP).
Encrypting patient information including medical images so that they can be sent via the Internet is, I believe, a very legitimate use of PGP and one whose use will only increase with time. As a physician, I have received telephone calls from people who claimed to be physicians requesting patient information who turned out to be either relatives of the patient or people "checking up" on the patient. PGP would clearly handle situations like these.
Just as important as data encryption is the signature that PGP allows the user to send. Because signing a message can only be done with a private key, a valid signature authenticates the signer as the only possible individual who could have created the message. Thus, barring such cloak-and-dagger stuff as stolen keys, false public keys with false signatures, etc., if you receive encrypted patient data containing my signature, you can be reasonably sure it came from me.
Because of PGP, and programs evolving from it, 1 foresee the day when all medical data will be stored on giant servers on the Internet. Health care providers will be able to access such data, with billing related to the number of megabytes of information downloaded in addition to a basic fee.
Such a system could be cost effective especially were it to reduce the number of hospital admissions and repeat studies that occur only because prior studies cannot be located. It could also lead to earlier and more effective treatment.
PGP and You I have no doubt that you, too, will find many legitimate uses for AmigaPGP.
Although we all start by sending messages to ourselves, it is far more fun to exchange encrypted messages with others. As with all computer applications, the more you use AmigaPGP the easier it gets and the more uses you will find for it. I think you will COMPUQUICK MEDIA CENTER 3758 Town & Country Rd Columbus OH 43213 TEL FAX: 614-235-1180 FOR AMIGA 4000Ts, A1200s Used Amigas. All Amiga software, peripherals, Repairs.
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Agree that obtaining the program is actually more difficult than learning how to use it.
Indeed, you may become so fascinated by the issues of privacy, encryption, etc., that you, too, will want to read more about these subjects. The International PGP Home Page (http: www.ifi.uio.no pgp ) is a great place to start. There are many links to follow and 1 can assure you that you will not be bored. You may even be inspired to visit your local library (remember them?)
And borrow a book on the role of encryption in World War II. You may also find some interesting reading on industrial espionage.
The Future As long as there are devoted and talented Amiga developers who are willing to write new programs for the Amiga and port over others, the future of the Amiga is bright. When I asked for help on the Internet with AmigaPGP, I was deluged with offers of assistance. Not only did I exchange messages with many users from around the world, but I also asked many questions, all of which were answered.
Never have I seen such a pulling together of individuals, none of whom knowing each other, but all dedicated to seeing the Amiga survive and its users be productive.
In this regard, it is lamentable that ViaCrypt has chosen, at present, not to support the Amiga. Many new programs are being developed including one, for example, that permits a computer to be used as a secure telephone. The Amiga needs to be part of this development, and with the help of the dedicated Amiga community, it will.
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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 features 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, New Productivity Cds, Specialized Speech Utilities, A New Amiga Game Company, and more.
Amiga Atlanta Inc., Amiga Atlanta Inc. celebrated its 10th anniversary w'ith 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 and afternoon with AT's top exec.
Hot Amiga Web Sites, From Eric Shwartz's animations and graphics to web information guides, check out what other Amiga users are doing on the internet.
Volume 11, Number 5; May 1996 New Products & Other neat stuff. Nova Design acquires Aladdin 4D, SofTalk Programmer kit available, 'Professional' 3D glasses, and much more.
Dpaint Tiled Backdrops, Creating 3D space in a 2D environment. Among its specialized features, Dpaint has intuitive tools for creating perspective tiles. Learn how to utilize one of the hidden talents of the Amiga's well known paint program, by R. Shamms Mortier.
A Truly Brilliant Idea! TrueBrilliance's capacity to address and incorporate ANIMbrushes gives it another plus as a tool for the creation of digital artwork on the Amiga, by R. Shamms Mortier.
On-Line, Amiga multitasking advantages and three new Web programs: AmiTCP IP, Ibrowse, and Aweb. Learn how to maximize the best feature of the Amiga while you are working on-line, by Rob Hays.
This Old Workbench Episode One, Tired of a lackluster performance from your current Amiga WorkBench? Try the techniques and programs in Dave's new series, by Dave Matthews.
Web Typesetting Part 2: Basics, Creating a Home Page with your Amiga requires a little knowledge of the intricacies of HTML, by Randy Finch.
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 in this AC Exclusive.
Web Warning! The same Home Page can yield decidedly different results. Start creating a Web page with the Amiga that everyone will be able to read.
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NAB '96, The National Association of Broadcasters held their annual event in Las Vegas, but the Amiga is slowly disappearing from the show floor, by Don Hicks.
Travel Through the Digital Universe, Learn about people, astronomy, spacecraft, astronomical terms, constellations and stars through this CAL (Computer Assisted Learning) program from SYZYGY Research and Technology, Ltd., by R. Shamms Mortier.
Dpaint Morphing, Although not as advanced or controllable as the high-priced morphing programs, Dpaint offers Amiga users unique and exciting alternatives in their morphs, by R. Shamms Mortier.
On-Line, Use client programs to bypass obstructions and ease your way on the Internet, as two shareware programs, Gui-FTP and WebMaker, are discussed, by Rob Hays.
This Old Workbench Episode Two, The Workbench as art: personalize your work area with backdrops, icons, and menus. In this episode is covered the GUI aspects of Workbench renovation, by Dave Matthews.
VIScorp Buys Amiga Technologies, VIScorp is purchasing Amiga Technologies and will be working with Amiga interests all over the world. Read what the executives of this Chicago firm have had to say so far to the Amiga community.
Web Typesetting Part 3: More Basics, Your home page is only a few keystrokes away with these HTML code samples in your documents, by Randy Finch.
jyazwg MiGA Volume 11, Number 7; July 1996 New Products & Other neat stuff, GVP has a new home, Amicom. Introduces a new web installer, Blitz Basic is back, Paxtron has Amiga parts, Shamms Mortier introduces Grafx Tidbits, and more.
Non-linear Video on a Budget: V-Lab Motion & Movieshop 3.2, Can't afford the high priced video systems for non-linear editing? The answer may be tire V-Lab Motion and its new Movieshop 3.2 software, by John P. Jackman.
Fun with Lyapunovs, Create 3D environmental terrain models from the chaotic graphics of Lyapunov space. They are a class of fractal associated algorithms used to visualize a specific condition of fractal space, by R. Shamms Mortier.
Amazing Symmetry, Textured tiles are extremely easy to create and offer the digital artist a few very interesting opportunities.
This tool, embedded in Dpaint, will help in your obsession to find newer and unique textures, by R. Shamms Mortier.
On Line, Travel the internet with the newest Amiga browser, Voyager 1.0, and discover more excellent Amiga web sites, by Rob Hays.
JAZZ.BIT 96, Why is a major computer art competition held in Finland? An interview with Martin Keitel, the arts manager of JAZZ.BIT 96, interviewed by Marc R. Hoffman, Amiga Wars, There is a battle for the Amiga user raging on the internet between old and new Amiga firms and a few others. For a system many have tried to write off, the Amiga is attracting a lot of interest.
Web Typesetting Part 4: Publishing & Tables, How to get your beautiful Home Page on the Web for the world to see. Also, delve into one of the most popular additions to the HTML 3.0 standard known as tables which allow data on a Web page to be structured in a row and column format.
Volume 11, Number 8; August 1996 New Products & Other neat stuff, VIScorp reaches Amiga Technologies agreement, Cronus distributes new Cds for Developers and more, Sony Electronics releases DKC-1D1 Digital Camera, World Construction Set Version 2, and more!
ImageFX 2.6, The Amiga's premiere graphics manipulation tool has just taken a quantum leap in abilities, reviewed by R. Shamms Mortier.
An Interview with the Nova Team, Amazing's Graphics reporter and admitted ImageFX and Aladdin 4D addict discussed Nova's current plans with the Nova team, by
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Amiga Handshaking, The Amiga's IFF standard allows users to utilize the best of several different programs to create a unique image or animation, by R. Shamms Mortier.
On Line, There is a mountain of powerful software in the Aminet collection. Protection for your SCSI and IDE hard drives as well as a better CD-ROM OS utility which includes unique audio CD ROM capabilities are just a few, by Rob Hays.
POV Ray Tracer 3.0 Sneak Peak, Persistence Of Vision 3.0 is now in beta testing. Discover the new tools and features as well as learn where you can try it out for yourself, by Dave Matthews.
Amiga Wars Part 2, Amiga Technologies is sold to VIScorp as pios and phase5 continue to jockey each other for market and negotiating positions.
Olafson's Guide to Amiga Baseball, Tired of the nation's pastime passing you by? Peter has composed al list of some of Ami's times at the plate that you can find from dealers, Amiga swap meets, and maybe in your own library.
Web Typesetting Part 5: Forms, Creating forms on your web page is incredibly easy and the information gained can help you build a better page, by Randy Finch.
Volume 11, Number 9; September 1996 New Products & Other neat stuff, New Amiga business software, a new Aminet collection, and the Amiga is seen working at the Olympics!
The Not At All Complete Graphics CD-ROM Compilation Digest, There is a world of possibilities in every graphic CD-ROM, by R. Shamms Mortier.
Cinema4D Animation Tutorial: Part 1, Although AC will stick to the basics, don't think that Cinema4D is capable of anything less than a professional application.
Cinema4D is capable of Keyframe, path, hierachial, inverse kinematic, and special FX (explosions, melts, and more), by R. Shamms Mortier.
On Line, Frustrated with your attempt to connect to the Web? Try a trip to Miami, by Rob Hays.
Web Typesetting, Part 6: Reading Form Data, Catching user information from your web site, by Randy Finch.
This Old Workbench, Part 3 Compression on the Amiga, Create needed space on your Amiga on-the-fly, by Dave Matthews.
Make Do With What You Got, In art or in life, it is not always how much you have, but what you do with it, by R. Shamms Mortier.
ESCOM Dies The Amiga Lives! Hear the behind the scene story from the two main characters, Petro Tyschtschenko of Amiga Technologies and Bill Buck of VIScorp.
Gold From 1990? What does this array of equipment from 1990 have to do with current events? The Amiga's influence is continually being felt.
Volume 11.10; October 1996 New Products & Other neat stuff, New Game collections, printing solutions, Amiga software repair, backup software, designer software, and more.
The Gothic Church: Part 1 A Tutorial in Aladdin 4D, Tired of the prominence of futuristic themes in 3D design, then take a look at this first part in a series of tutorials explaining the process of modeling in a 3D setting that evokes the past, by Charles F. Cavanaugh.
FinalWriter 5, Each release of FinalWriter has added new tools and techniques to its abundant reservoir of options, and release 5 is a very major upgrade that adds a whole list of enhancements, by R. Shamms Mortier.
On Line, Join Team Amiga, fix old games to play again on your upgraded Amiga, find old friends or classmates, and more, by Rob Hays.
This Old Workbench, Episode 4: Just when you thought it was safe! Our intrepid adventurer has discovered even more ways to improve (or at least confuse) your WorkBench screen, by Dave Matthews.
Web Typesetting, Part 7: Using Form Data, Getting your data from your web site. Plus, a look at several reader's sites from the web, by Randy Finch.
Amiga Convention '96 Montreal, Canada was home to the Amiga once again as Dealers and Developers met with hundreds of Amiga users.
ASIMware has released PhotoCD Manager for the Amiga, See what our resident artist has to say about this and other applications to help Amiga work with Mac & Win resources.
Volume 11 Number 11; November 1996 New Products & Other Neat Stuff, SoftLogik announces both PageStream 3.1 and 3.2, Amiga Fest '96 planned for Toronto, Checkbook Amiga, and more.
Cinema 4D: Tutorial 3 Basic Keyframe Editing, Shamms uses some of Cinema 4D's object design and texturing tools to begin a dedicated look at its animation options.
The Gothic Church: Part 2 A Tutorial in Aladdin 4D, In this installment, Mr. Cavanaugh shows the Amiga user how to produce stained glass windows to rival the masters.
Real Chaos and the Computer Artist, Musings on a Muse, In computer art, a pinch of chaos in the recipe is the spice of a creative and worthwhile adventure.
On Line, A quick comparison of some of the Web authoring tools available through shareware.
Web Typesetting, Part 8: Image Maps, Create images that, with a few dicks of a visitor's mouse, make your home page truly interactive.
PC2Amiga: Connect Your Amiga and PC, Finally a way to use those clunky old MS DOS machines. PC2Amiga allows you to mount your PC as an Amiga device.
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By Robert K. Sharp The Midwest Amiga Exposition opened to a good crowd. Amiga fans flocked to this Saturday - Sunday Amiga show in Columbus Ohio (October 19-20).
Some attendees had traveled from as far away as Texas. The Amiga Central Ohio Network did a nice job organizing the event with lots of Amiga clubs represented and several dealers and Amiga companies in attendance.
Keynote: Kermit Woodall Mr. Kermit Woodall V.P. Nova Design gave a keynote address on Saturday expressing his views and opinions of the current Amiga situation.
He noted the Amiga public should understand that VIScorp is a publicly traded company, so it is responsible to it's stockholders and cannot start projects or make commitments that are not in the best interest of their stockholders.
Kermit explained we must wait for VIScorp to act because they do not have all the paper work done on acquiring the Amiga. VIScorp is working hard on it, but it is taking longer than they expected.
Kermit suggested that they would not spend all this time on it if they weren't serious. We should also understand that news from VIScorp will be slower than we are used to, because they are a public company. They must report things to their stockholders.
Kermit talked about where the Amiga needs improvements. The Amiga's last update of SAS C was with the introduction of the 040. The Amiga needs a good C compiler, an up to date one. Storm C may fill the bill for 060 support. He also stated that we need support for developers and better accelerators.
Kermit suggested another need is for better press coverage. Magazine companies, specifically in the U.K., need to follow up on press releases. Kermit praised Amazing but stated that other magazines are not completely forthright on the state of Kermit Woodall, Vice President of Nova Design, gave the keynote address on Saturday.
The Amiga. They tend to focus on the bad news, and don't cover the good things that are happening. For example, they have not covered in depth what VIScorp has done with the Emerson deal. That certainly should be of interest. "We need our products covered in the press. Reviews, press releases, coverage of all kinds needs improvement."
Kermit went on to say, "For those of you worrying about new products being brought out on the Mac PC market from Amiga companies, don't fret. A4000 computers are being produced by QuikPak in PA, and A1200's are now available in the
U. S. Draco has their machine, a non linear editor which runs
Amiga DOS. Eagle Computer in Germany is producing the 4000TE
as well. PIOS in the U.S. and Germany is working on a Power PC
with the ability to run Amiga DOS when it gets ported. Things
are looking much better than they have for some time."
Kermit suggested that companies trying to break into the PC market will find it very hard. It can take 1 4 million dollars to launch a mass market product in the PC market. More than one Amiga company going all PC has gone out of business. If you wonder how Escom went out of business, it was one of only four companies in Germany that went under that followed a similar business plan. That plan required a company to own its own retail outlets. As you know, Escom bought a large number of stores in England, just before they went under. The collapse of the PC business in Europe really hurt them as
well. The Amiga part did not drag them under.
Encouragingly, sales in the Amiga market are higher than ever for Nova.
Kermit said that New Tek's Tim Jennison mentioned they were doing very well in the Amiga market. QuikPak can't make machines fast enough. There are design inefficiencies in the PC for multitasking.
Amiga still has an advantage, even though the graphic chips aren't the latest, but they are made for Video, and that's one of its strengths.
What can we do? Kermit believes Amiga fans should do a couple of things.
Get a modem and software, and get on-line with 256 colors and get Amiga Report online. Amiga is a major force on the net.
Aminet is simply the largest collection of information for any platform. This can have a good influence on how others view the Amiga. Support the shows, dealers and vendors. Of course it goes without saying, buy ImageFX. Aladdin 4D will be out this winter.
The Show Floor Afterwards I visited the vendors and clubs. Patrick Green and John Well represented Gold City U.G. They were selling software and advertising their bbs, "South of the Border" at 502- 877-6490. It has a Supra Fax Modem 33.6 with 7 CD- Roms on-line and over 1 gig of hard drive space.
Silent Paw Productions was showing off their Paws 1200 final production prototype. Bill Bosari and Shawn Randolph, the President of Silent Paw Productions are shown holding the Paws 1200, a portable Amiga workstation. It is designed to allow Amiga users who posses an A1200 model computer to turn their desktop systems into a video laptop. This laptop kit is 95% pre-assembled. No soldering is required. It has the feel of a real laptop, and provides the ability to utilize battery power or 110 220V external power.
Shawn also had the Gecko Converter, an external video converter on display. It allows a user to utilize any standard VGA or SVGA monitor in most Amiga modes.
Modes supported include NTSC, PAL, DBL NTSC, DBL PAL, Productivity, and the Video Toaster.
They also displayed a PAWS 4000 Case Prototype, which allows users to transform their Amiga 4000 desktop systems into portable studios. The PAWS 4000 allows the use of any internal Amiga 4000 card to include New Tek's Video Toaster. I picked up a PAWSTRAC trackball. It is a palm sized, high precision From Top to Bottom Bill Bosari and Shawn Randolph, the President of Silent Paw Productions are shown holding the Paws 1200, a portable Amiga workstation Tim Pinnow & President Mike W Kramer of Neather Realm Software.
Amiga Tech User Group members (left to right) Ron Schwartz, Phil Longo, and renowned Amiga Artist, Eric Schwartz.
Pointing device. They had them on sale at the show, and this mini trackball is just what I need for my limited desk space.
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Next I stopped by the North Coast Amiga U.G. table. Kyle, Danny, Dan and Diane Greathouse, plus Jeff Covelli were representing their club. They were showing off ham radio TV, Cable 60, 439.25 Mhz with an outside UHF antenna. It will send graphics of genlocked screens of Ham Radio on TV with the Amiga. They also had various Amiga titles and software for sale. Their bbs is 216- 954-9333. For information call Doug at 216-352-2192.
Compuquick Media Center, Columbus's own Amiga dealer & Kaam Consulting were sharing a table. Prett Jesrani, Randhir Jesrani the President, and his wife Sarla Jesrani were selling lots of items. They had a good variety of software and hardware items for the Amiga and were quite busy each time I walked by.
They are located at 3758 Town & Country' Rd., Columbus, OH 43213. You may reach them at 614-235-1180 or e-mail them at Comquick@infinet.com. Their home page is: http: www.infinet.com ~comquick. The Cleveland Area Amiga Users Group were selling copies of their "The Amiga Guru" newsletter. This is quite a nicely done club newsletter that is published quarterly. It is available for $ 1.50 each. It had twenty pages of reviews and information. Reviews included: Ami File Safe, Final Calc, Turbo Calc, and a look back at MaxiPlan. There was also a page of Amiga vendors and their e-mail addresses, bbs
terms you might like to know, with explanations and of course a membership form.
Mike Rozack was also previewing Shellsongs...Audible Shadows which is on public access in Cleveland every month. It is produced by Mike and Eric Muss-Bames.
You can write for information to Shellsongs Audible Shadows, P.O. Box 99954, Cleveland, OH 44199-9954. The Cleveland Area Amiga Users Group can be contacted by writing Carl Skala, Treasurer, 18813 Harlan Dr., Maple Hts, OH 44137-2239.
Their bbs is 214-642-7865. Mike, who is V.P. can be e-mailed at mrozack@infinet.com. Neather Realm Software (NRS), a Cleveland Amiga dealer, was present. They are located at 2930 8th St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221. Tim Pinnow and the President, Mike W. Kramer displayed NRS Publisher Fonts, volumes 1 and 2, International Flow Charter and NRS Developers Book for Blitz Basic. If you are interested in programming in Blitz Basic, this is a good book. They can be reached at 330-928-1738 or contact http: www.amigamall.com nrs. My wife, Diana Scharp, and I manned the Gateway Amiga Club's table. We
were selling bumper stickers and Amiga porcelain cups as we talked about the upcoming "Gateway Computer Show - Amiga 97", on March 15 & 16, in St. Louis.
The cups are porcelain four finger mugs.
That's a large mug with a large handle.
They have five colors with magic ink.
Magic ink, when heated, becomes invisible, allowing the colors underneath to show.
That's how the check mark changes from black to red, blue and yellow. The rim is 24 karat gold and is microwave safe. Like the saying says on the cup, "AMIGA, It's Magical". Cups are $ 13 each plus $ 5 shipping. You can order "I love (red heart) My Amiga" from the club by sending $ 2.00 and a self addressed stamped envelope to:
G. A.C., P.O. Box 811, Bridgeton, MO 63044, attention Bumper
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Gateway Computer Show ticket prices are $ 10.00 per day, or $ 15.00 for two days, if you order in advance. Write the same address, but mark it to the attention of "Amiga 97". You may also contact the show's home page http: www.icon- stl.net ~jwwilson GAC show.htmi. Special pricing on airfares is available at 800-325-4942 and special hotel rates at the Harley Hotel where it is being hosted by calling 800-325-4942. Be certain to mention the Gateway Computer Show to get the special rate.
The Midwest Amiga Expo table had a multitude of things they were showing.
Several computers were running, demonstrating various aspects of the Amiga.
Prizes were handed out several times including an Amiga 1200, which was provided the East Tennessee Computer Club. The A1200 was won by Ron Black.
Congratulations, Ron.
In the center of the room, the Pittsburgh Commodore Group's table was manned by Richard A. Bilonick, their Program Director. He was selling used books, programs, monitors and various other items. 1 bought a copy of SAS C off of him and an Arexx book. Write PCG,
P. O. Box 16126, Pittsburgh, PA 15242, or call Rick at 831-4509.
Wonder Computers' Joshua Dinakaran and President Mark Habinski came down from Ontario, Canada. They sold a variety of software including Quarterback Tools Deluxe, Digital Quill, Quick Write and hardware such as the Wizard mouse as welt as the Apollo Accelerator boards for the 600,1200, 2000, 3000 and 4000.
Wonder Computers is having their own show, World of Amiga 96, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December 13 -15 at the International Centre. You can contact Christine Vetzal at 905-665-9135 or Ken McDavitt at 613-721-1800 for more information and hotel accommodations. Or visit their web site at www.wonder.ca. For software and hardware you can call Wonder at 613-721-1993 or fax them at 613- 721-1994.
Kermit Woodall, V.P. of Nova Design, and Corinnn Cohn were busily showing off ImageFX version 2.6 at their booth. The 2.6 version adds several new features. It has Video Toaster Support, and supports the Flyer format. Image processing and special effects such as Gaussian Blur and Fire (burning candles, fireplaces etc.) professional wire removal tools and the multiple lightning bolt generator has been updated.
It also makes ripples and waves. A color balancing operator has been added as well.
Nova's table was always busy with people asking lots of questions. Kermit and Corinna handled the questions and demonstrated the ImageFX program with ease.
AmiTech Amiga User Group of Dayton, Ohio, shared a booth with Weingarten Galleries and E.S. Productions.
They had their tables loaded down with t- shirts, buttons, video tapes, software, and more. The dub's address is AmiTech Amiga User Group, P.O. Box 292684 Kettering, OH 45429-0684. The club's bbs, Living City, is 513-256-3655 or 3638. The club put out a very nice special edition newsletter for the Midwest Amiga Expo.
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U.S.A. Around the comer was the East Tennessee Computer Club.
Their address is 4709 Maplehill Rd. Knoxville, TN 37914.
You can reach them at 423-689-3414. Their bbs is 423-694-0791. What can I say but kudos. This club gave away the Amiga 1200 mentioned above for the purpose of collecting names to show support for the Amiga to VIScorp. Now that's an energized and ambitious group.
The EsCameo (Amiga Club) was also present. They were showing web pages, their bbs, and various Amigas running a variety of programs. Members present were: Jonathan Gapen, President, Rocky Wenz, Roy Bragg, Jason Hosier, Richard Pope, Pam Hosier and Jeremy Hosier.
Their web page is www.com ~innuendo amiga cameo and their bbs is the Dailey Planet at 608-845-3813.
Jason Compton of VIScorp On Sunday, Jason Compton, Communications Manager for the Amiga side of VIScorp, gave a talk. Jason brought with him an "Ed" to show off. This was an earlier model, and was not functional. It did give us a chance to look it over, however. Bill Buck, their C.E.O. is still in Germany taking care of business. NO, they don't have the Amiga as yet (Oct. 20), but they are working hard on it.
According to Jason, VIScorp wants to build present and future desktop systems.
They have not chosen a future chip yet. It seems that the chip companies don't want to talk until VIScorp owns the technology.
Development will start as soon as ownership arrives. VIScorp believes they can do existing technology better make it more attractive, better software, faster, etc. They will make it value added. Rise - Power PC - is not what it used to be, so that chip choice is not decided yet. Jason says he would like to see the Amiga become the number three platform of choice again.
Selectron has made about 35,000 Amiga 1200's and QuikPak is producing an A4000 with an 060, so machines are available.
I also ran into Joe Archibold and Greg Scott, President of National Amiga, a dealer down from Ontario, Canada. He came to see what was happening in Columbus. Greg would be happy to take any orders at 905-845-1949, or e-mail him at gscott@interlog.com. Round Table Also on Sunday there was a round table discussion with panelists Randhir Jesrani of Compuquick Media Center, Kermit Woodal of Nova Design, Mark B. R. Habinski of Wonder Computers, Jason Compton of VIScorp, Shawn Randolf of Silent Paw Production, Don Hicks of Amazing Computing and Eric Schwartz of
E. S. Productions. Mark stated that business has really picked up
in the last three months. Walt Disney has recommitted to the
Amiga, buying Amigas for all over.
Kermit said that with the cloning of Amigas, the future of the platform is no longer tied to the fortunes of just one company. Business is booming. NewTek is doing great too. And Nova is now selling bulk site licenses of their ImageFX.
Randhir said the Amiga needs to fill the need of the people. A young man was in his store who had been ready to sell his A1200 and buy a Pentium to web browse.
He asked him to wait three weeks for Termite TCP and Ibrowse. Tire customer did, and now he is very happy and only spent $ 100 instead of $ 1,500 or more. We must fill the needs of our customers.
The audience was encouraged to ask questions. Some of the questions from the audience were as follows.
Will there be AAA chipset? Jason said it is probably out of the question. It is expensive, power hungry, and does not have a lot of advantages.
What is the next step after AGA?
Jason said the problem is that we can't find out until VIScorp owns the Amiga. It could come off the shelf. It might be custom hardware. Then again, it might be a partnership with a chip company.
Will VIScorp make chips for the older machines? For example, the Ramsey chip is out of production and is needed. Jason said VIScorp would probably not make a few dozen chips, but a third party might if the demand were there.
Is the internet a good force? Kermit said, Yes. Clearly a communication medium and resource of force. Mark said it is important for sourcing products. You find people much easier. Important for sales, they're great. It is also a great way to find prices. It is an important tool for strategic planning. Much broader proof of information.
Jason said, It got me a job! He got involved with Amiga Report, now it's his and the result is a job with VIScorp. There are people out there on the web who will help you with Amiga problems and talk to you about them. Internet is good stuff.
Mark likes the accessibility of reaching people and their reaching us.
Don stated that like Santa Claus, no one says anything bad about it. The internet provides lots of access, a really good tool. We have a lot of work to do to keep the PC market from overtaking it.
What support will VIScorp give developers? Jason stated that no support is given yet, because they don't own the Amiga. He expects support using a server, with protected RPM. He knows on-line service will be a big help. CATS was very good and they will try and provide as good a service, but perhaps in a different way.
Winning back old developers is important.
It is harder than winning over a new person. As an aside, Jason said that the fake demo of Myst has peaked interest in the Amiga, and e-mails to the developer about it have really been what interested them in the Amiga.
What can VIScorp do to improve Video support, and provide genlocks?
They can make RGB materials, but can't make individual products. Owning the Amiga will help.
What about emulation on the Amiga of other platforms? Any fears of creating a problem similar to the C-128? Tire ability of the C-128 to run C-64 software prevented companies from coming out with improved software specifically for the C-128.
The reasoning was that since the C-64 market was so large, and the C-128 still small, let's wait until it grows. The lack of software using the enhanced capabilities of the C-128 prevented it from taking off as Commodore had hoped. Kermit said that the Amiga has a large software base now, as it is not a new computer, whereas the C- 128 was a new machine and had no software while the C-64 market was large.
It's a chance, but less so than the C-128 was.
What should the Amiga community do to support the Amiga? Jason and others said it's OK to be frustrated, but don't be mad about the situation. Don't put so much energy into what is wrong that you forget what is right. Consider buying a newer machine! Keep the enjoyment up and use the Amiga to its potential. Use it because it is fun, and find new applications for it.
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(continued from page 48) copying, and linking memory locations or images, and which can assume practically any outlines and not merely the rectangular forms vve know from classical blitters (block image transferrers).
At the same time a parallel DSP-R1SC type processing unit is also integrated into this functional unit. With a very compact set of commands this allows fully programmable image and signal processing and matrix operations. This means that FAME supports special multimedia and 3D applications which can make optimum use of this supportive processing capacity which is available parallel to that of the CPU.
Because it is a programmable DSP-RISC processing unit, however, FAME is not limited to today's standards. Its features are also available for future standards such as new 3D or video-compression algorithms.
Audio output via CAIPIRINHA physically occurs via 2 channels in 16-bit CD quality. Internally the number of virtual audio tracks is limited only by the memory space available. FAME is able to engineer real-time generation and mixing of various audio tracks in any random format (e.g. also 24-bit audio) without making demands on the processor.
It is also possible to generate various sound effects, a feature which is optimally supported by functions similar to DSP. In general digital samples, FM-synthesized sounds and envelope-VCO generated tones can be generated, modified, mixed and output via these freely programmable audio- DMA.
CAIPIRINHA offers a full range of additional controlling functions: an integrated Pcl-bus controller controls the PCI expansion bus which is available for low-cost standard expansions in the lower performance range or for I O applications with medium band width (e.g. Ultra- SCSI or ATM). A local 16-bit DMA bus is available for further I O applications, and an interesting and easy-to-implement interface is specially available for hardware manufacturers who do not want to work with standard PCI components.
Another important feature in future multimedia applications is the integrated IEEE 1394 firewire bus. A large number of electronic enhancements for computer and consumer can be connected via this highspeed serial bus.
System Design The A BOX system will be implemented as a personal workstation based on PowerPC processors 603e and 604e.
Theoretically these can be operated with clock frequencies of up to 500 Mhz. At present, with the first A BOX design, a maximum of two processors can be connected on the CAIPIRINHA processor bus; a corresponding expansion option for the second processor will be available in the A BOX design.
Eight slots will be available so memory can be expanded to a maximum capacity of 1 gig using inexpensive standard SDRAM modules with a width of 64 bits (168- pin JEDEC DIMMS). The slots can be expanded in pairs (due to the 128-bit mode).
There are two video outputs, one of w'hich has a maximum pixel rate of 220 Mhz and the second of which can be operated at 135 Mhz. In addition to this, the second video output can be synchronized externally and is thus suitable for compatible analog video applications.
There will be an integrated Fast SCSI-II controller with an external port and an integrated ISDN connection. Via standard video inputs two analog video inputs can be simultaneously digitalized in Y C quality and then processed in real time.
With the audio inputs and outputs also offered by CAIPIRINHA, it will be possible to synchronize with the video ports. These ports are available in the form of Cinch jacks for processing high-quality audio data.
Keyboard, mouse and other operating devices are connected via a serial desktop bus. There are external connections for the IEEE 1394 firewire port, the serial interface and the parallel interface.
Phase 5 believes A BOX offers itself as an ideal platform for unusual applications for third-party developers working both in the field of software and in the field of hardware.
Any I O expansions which may be required, such as ATM boards, Ultra SCSI or RAID controllers or others can be adapted via the PCI bus. Enhancements can be developed for the A BOX via both the PCI and the 16-bit DMA bus.
Amiga Operating System Software A large number of options will be available for the operating system software.
In general the A BOX project aims to implement an Amiga-OS-compatible operating system of a state-of-the-art technical standard and to provide it as a basic operating system for the AXBOX.
Modern functions such as multiprocessing support are to be transparently integrated. The basis for this development has been created by the Amiga-OS 3.1 compatible operating core currently being tested in the software labs of phase 5 digital products.
In the near future, phase 5 will work with software partners, for example on an updated GUI or other high-level components.
An important aspect of this development work will be efforts to make the operating system provide complete support for the possibilities offered by the hardware. They also plan to implement a NetBSD and a Linux version for the A BOX in cooperating with other partners.
The current concepts provide for a close integration of these OS adaptations into the basic operating system of the AXBOX so that parallel operation of the two operating systems and of software applications based on these operating systems will proceed transparently. AXBOX will also be open for other operating systems including the ones that are already suitable for the PowerPC. In the future phase 5 might use attractive standard operating systems by way of licence agreements and emulation.
Reprints Reprints TO ORDER CUSTOM REPRINTS OF ARTICLES IN: AmazingAmiga M Jt comptjting'CT CALL JILL HUGHES AT: (800) 259-0470 Reprints Reprints Open Concepts The technology used in the CAIPIRINHA custom chip is upgradeable on the silicon level. It will be possible to implement compatible systems enhancing the functions with wider memory or wider processor buses and to realize faster versions of this custom design with higher internal clock rates. It is conceivable that a downgraded 64-bit version will be implemented.
This means that systems of average capacity (e.g. 24-bit screen resolution with a maximum of 1280 x 1024 pixels) but which possess the full functional power of the concept above can be implemented at a price range considerably below DM 1500 or $ 1000 (US).
In order to implement such a low-price version of the CAIPIRINHA Custom Chip, phase 5 digital products will seek interested partners who offer large-scale manufacture and distribution of such a product. But phase 5 will also be open for OEM partnerships with regard to the mass-produced AXBOX mainboards or the CAIPIRINHA system controller.
Worldwide Availability AXBOX systems will be sold in a price range starting from DM 3,000 (USD 2,000 or GBP 1,300) net (in the 150 Mhz class with the basic features, i.e. a 16 M-byte memory, a hard disk in the 1 GB range and a CD-ROM disk drive) phase 5 digital products will be setting up an active international distribution system during the course of 1997. The expansion of phase 5 Internet activities in the fields of sales, support, product support and marketing will contribute towards distributing the system around the globe.
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mail@phase5.de aproject@phase5.de Introduced on the Web 'A leap
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1997. Phase 5 stated that they are, "...realising (sic) a
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of today's standards."
The following disclaimer was attached by phase 5, "All rights reserved. All specifications are preliminary and subject to change without notice. AMIGA is a registered trademark of tine respective owners. PowerPC is a registered trademark of the IBM Corporation." Under those circumstances, AC is providing the following information as edited from their announcement. AC maintains no accuracy of content or figures other than this information was carefully edited from the material presented by phase 5.
While the announcement did carry some very interesting information, it was also long on hyperbole. For example, phase 5 promised the A BOX will be an extremely powerful personal workstation which, "will appeal to all users who wish to work actively and creatively with the most modern technology and who have no desire to put up with the limitations imposed by mass hardware products that have fallen victim to a cost-cutting spree nor by the restraining software corsets of systems that are intended purely for passive consumers and users."
Promising enormous power and integrated functions, phase 5 stated, "the AXBOX project can claim to be implementing a computer design that is as innovative, as outstanding and as exceptionally cool as the Amiga 1000 was 12 years ago - a computer design that all Amiga enthusiasts can welcome as the reincarnation of their favorite computer system on a state- of-the-art technical level.
The Hardware of the A BOX phase 5 digital products believes that "a new innovative computer must also offer innovative hardware to match in order to stand out among the current PC designs and overcome the limitations they impose."
Phase 5 will maintain "standards that are useful and meaningful for the user of the system (such as a PCI bus for simple expansions, the use of standardized RAM modules, standard interfaces etc.)." The central component of the AXBOX is a Custom Chip (still under development at phase 5 digital) which will be responsible for many important functions in the system including complete memory administration and processor linkup, all DMA-like functions including video and audio DMA, blitter-type functions, I O and control functions. The heart of the AXBOX is the system controller, CA1PIR1NHA.
CA1PIRINHA is a VLSI Custom Chip design in 0.35 um CMOS ASIC technology using a modern, probably 575- pole BGA housing. "With a bus width of 128 bits to the memory' bus, extensive dual-port buffers and FIFO's in the data lines, and clock rates of initially 100 Mhz externally and 200 Mhz internally, CAIP1R1NHA can provide an intense data throughput and powerful additional functions which do not rely on the processor, such as support for 3D and multimedia applications."
CAIPIRINHA Design:
• 128-bit high performance UMA (Unified Memory Architecture)
controller, using fast SDRAMs with a clock frequency of 100 Mhz
and a maximum band width of up to
1. 6 G-bytes second
• 64-bit processor bus with a maximum clock rate of 100 Mhz
• two 24-bit video DMA units with freely addressable access, with
integrated 24-bit video DAC's
• four 16-bit audio outputs, 44.1 Khz with any number of virtual
tracks, sample output, FM and AM synthesis
• video-in ports for 2 independent video inputs in Y UV 4:2:2
quality
• audio inputs in 16-bit stereo CD quality
• LCD (TFT) controller according to the VESA standard
• a PCI-bus interface for medium-perfor- mance I O applications
• a local 16-bit DMA bus with 66.7 Mhz and a maximum band width
of 132 M-bytes second for universal low-cost applications
• an integrated IEEE 1394 firewire controller for digital I O
applications
• a desktop bus interface.
CAIPIRINHA Theory CAIPIRINHA is designed as a complex system and memory controller Ln the form of a SOMA Engine (Sole Memory Access). At the same time CAIPIRINHA manages all access to the AXBOX memory which takes the form of a highly powerful Unified Memory Architecture (UMA). All external memory access, including that of the processor, only occurs virtually and is administered and implemented by CAIPIRINHA. Unified Memory Architecture means that the entire system memory is made available as a unified memory which stores all types of data, such as programs and their data, display data,
3D-textures or Z-buffer data, audio data, incoming flows of video data, etc. and which can be addressed by all functional units in the system.
For the user, UMA means that the entire memory in the system is available for all applications at all times. When the memory is expanded with inexpensive SDRAM modules, the additional memory capacity is then always available for all applications and functions in the system.
Unlike the Amiga Chip RAM, the memory subsystem of the AXBOX will be 128 bits databus wide and, by use of synchronous DRAM's will have a speed of 100 Mhz which will allow a band width of 1.6 G-bytes second. A special method of controlling the SDRAM modules also considerably reduces latency times when accessing the memory.
Due to the integration of the video DMA into CAIPIRINHA the UMA memory can simultaneously be used as a display memory.
CAIPIRINHA provides two video DMA engines: one 220 Mhz high- performance video output for resolutions of up to 1600 x 1280 pixels with 24 bits and a refresh frequency of 75 Hz and a Genlock-capable 135 Mhz video output for a second monitor or image output in video resolutions such as PAL NTSC or S-VHS. The video output of the 135-MHz output can be superimposed as a window on the 220 Mhz display while both video DMA's are in parallel operation.
Unlike conventional raster scan displays, CalPIRlNHA's video DMA engines function on the basis of a random memory access (Random Access Display), which makes it possible to display any data in visual form at any random screen positions. With this method, windows, as hardware windows for example, can be superimposed and moved around anywhere with their full content, without any delay or jerkiness, even with moving animation or video sequences.
Special pipelines and FIFO buffers within CAIPIRINHA's video DMA ensure a stable data throughput. The complex display possibilities are controlled by an integrated display-list RISC processor (DLRP). As the video DMA engines always have an output in 24-bit display mode, it is possible to mix any depth of shade at will, ln this way on a memory-saving background with a color depth of 8 bits it is possible to display 16-bit and 24-bit windows m any position.
CAIPIRINHA will open and display virtual screens of any size and make use of the entire RAM. For example an image-processing application can open a virtual screen of 4000 x 4000 pixels in 24 bits in a system expanded to 72 M-bytes and scroll it in a display that can be represented on the monitor in 1280 x 1024 pixels without delay or jerkiness. Windows need no longer be merely rectangular, but they can assume practically any outlines. Last, but not least, video data in the RAM which are intended for output can be stored in various formats such as RGB, YUV or CMYK and displayed
simultaneously.
CAIPIRINHA will have a highly complex functional unit, FAME (Flexible Area Movement Engine), for rapidly writing into, (continued on page 47) Save Over 50%* and receive the best Amiga Coverage
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new A1200 motherboards, both NTSC and PAL. They come with 3.0
O S. Ail chips, 30 day warranty. Specify NTSC or PAL. Very
limited quanlily, very rare
find ....
$ 289.95 (Oplional - 3,1 O S and diskettes, installed add
$ 56.95.)
• SUPERGEN (Internal Genlock) lor A2000 - By Progressive image
Tech Digital Creations. Most flexible Genlock and video overlay
device for ail Amigas. Supergen provides a flexible broadcast
quality Genlock at a very, very affordable price. Comes with
external control box and cable.
Includes a 90 day warranly instruction book. This is a lactory refirb unit selling for a fantastic low price of ... S179.95 (internal Supergen sold initially for $ 650,)
• A2000 MOTHERBOARD: Newly manufacturer, latest revision with
2,04 ROM, 1 meg Agnus, 16 Mhz CPU, 90 day
warranty .S399.95
We are taking LOTS of orders for Ihese boards. To assure yours,
get your order in quickly!
WE’RE ON THE WEB www.paxtron.com Our web page is continually updated with latest products and price changes. Visit us and check it out. Enter your order there or by E-mailing us at paxtroncorp® rcknet.com. „ Pnces are in US Dollars ATTENTION DEALERS: If you would like to receive our dealer catalog fax us your letterhead.
28 Grove Street, Spring Valley, NY 10977 914-578-6522 • 800-815-3241 800-595-5534 • 888 PAXTRON • FAX 914-578-6550 Paxtron CORPORATION Hours: 9-5 pm ET Mon.-Fri. • Add S6.00 UPS Charges • MC VISA • Prices subject to change E-Mail for orders & correspondence: paxtroncorp@rcknet.com WE SHIP WORLDWIDE!
NOVA DESIGN, INC. r 1910 Byrd Avenue, Suite 214 - Richmond, VA 2323IJ Phone: (804) 282-5868 - Fax: (804) 282-3768 - Customer Support") (804) 282-652 Circle 106 011 Render Service card.

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