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the Amiga, Which Amiga games to kepp - part 2, by Peter Olafson. New Life for Old Drawings, With creativity, rtad itional drawing practices and digital techniques can enhance each other, by R Sharnrns Mortier. This Old Workbench: Episode 8 Amiga Anti Virus Programs, Computer viruses are very contagious. When your Amiga gets sick, you wiU also become ill, by Dave Matthews. World of Amiga London-Another Amiga Success! Amiga vendors, Amiga users, and even the new Amiga owners gather in London to show new products and prepare for a new future. Gateway 2000 & Amiga International, Jim Taylor of Gateway2000 and Petro Tyschtschenko of Amiga International address the Amiga market together for the first time. DO IT NOW! AC's Guide form for Amiga Developers, Amiga Dealers, and Amiga User Groups. Volume 12 Number 8; August 1997 New Products & other neat stuff, SASG Gets 100,000 hits!, Imagine 6.0 special offer, CNET Professional Y4, New Sadeness Titles, and more' Not Just Another Amiga User Group Meeting, Amiga Atlanta, Inc.

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Document sans nom Vote For Jay Miner, Fatherof the Amiga.
Volume 12 No. 12 December 1997 US $ 3.95 Canada $ 3.95 COMPUTING ( Your Original AMIGA Monthly Resource Procedural Textures Aladdin 4D Tutorial Amiga LINUX IDEFix97 Atapi + w JH V J Update your IDE devices New Amiga Clones!
The Grammar of Ornament Design & Style PLUS!
Class Action, MCP 1.3, Visual Perfs, and BarNone AmiNet Browsing 'Lv«fsa..v and more.
Glowing Text Bizarre creations from your own basement!
Introducing The Newest Model From QuikPak The A4040L and A4060L represent the latest innovation from QuikPak. A fully functional Amiga in a portable case, complete with LCD, these computers offer full compatibility with all A4000 peripherals. Combined with the NewTek Toaster and Flyer, the A4040L and A4060L are the ultimate graphics and television broadcasting solution.
* 68040 25Mhz CPU
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Now Things are Happening with the Amiga Call QuikPak @ 1.888.784.5725 or by email: quikpak@ix.netcom.com QUALITY QUICKLY UIKPAK www.amigasupport.com quikpak An Open Letter to the Amiga Community To: The Amiga Community From: David A. Ziembicki CEO, QuikPak Corporation It has been a while since I wrote to the Amiga Community. As those reading this already know, we published a letter welcoming Gateway 2000 and reinforcing our desire to continue to support the Amiga as we have in the past. To this end we have met with Gateway 2000, proposed various new products including our advertised A4040L,
A4060L, and A1630. Gateway warned us early on that they are very meticulous in planning and that they would need time to review our product proposals and to see how they fit with their plans. By the time you read this, we will have met with Gateway 2000 to discuss these and other products.
Many have asked why we are not shipping the new products and have pointed out that we have been advertising them for months. The answer is that in order to utilize the Amiga chip set and OS, we need to be licensed by the owner of this technology, Gateway
2000. We are currently in negotiations for such a license and we
are hopeful that these negotiations will be completed
shortly and we can move forward quickly with an exciting
line of new Amiga products.
This transition hasn’t been without problems. We are aware of the difficulty some of you have had in reaching us lately, and of some delay in obtaining support. We have addressed the majority of these problems and anticipate that all of you will be satisfied with the results. We have changed our Web site and domain name. Our new site is QuikPak.com and we have added some new features to enhance customer service and make communicating with us easier. Please visit our site often as this along with our advertising here will be our primary means of keeping the Amiga community up to date.
Finally, my thanks to all of the loyal QuikPak Amiga customers. We truly appreciate your support.
P. S. Please excuse the WIN 95 screen shot on the A4040L, we’re
just kidding.
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12 IDEFix97 Atapi CDROM Device Update by Dave Matthews IDEFix not only supports Atapi CDROMs, but many other IDE devices, such as hard drives, IDE Zip drives, the LS-120 120MB floppy, IDE CDROM changers, as well as general enhancements for IDE devices.
14 Aladdin 4D: Tutorial 15 Procedural Textures by R. Shamms Mortier Aladdin 4D has a secret weapon to improve the look and size of textured drawings as well as the speed of animations. Try thirty-three Procedural Texture basic designs to improve your art in any magnification.
Amiga Forever Irom Cloanto, P.9 18 The Grammar of Ornament Aladdin 4D Procedural Textures, P. 14 42 Text a Glow Glow... hi Nick Ci ok Adding a little extra brightness to .i headline.
30 This Old WorkBench: Episode 12 Something Old, Something New... by Dave Matthews Class Action, MCP 1.3, Visual BarNone are just some of the programs available through AmiNet and on-line to help you gain total control over your Amiga's Workbench.
The Grammar of Ornament, P.16 48 Amiga LINUX by Nick (v Another way to tell Bill Gates to, urn, Buzz Off!
Iff c o 0 re Tutorials DEPARTMENTS Editorial 4 FeedBack 6 Index of Advertisers 40 34 Games on the Amiga by Peter Olafson The latest news, gossip, and just plain hopes for the Amiga game community.
N» *lai iq.mki rul | Mtr III M4 M This Old Work Bench, P.30 Vote for Jay Miner, Father of the Amiga Robert J. Hicks Nicholas H. Pacheco Doris Gamble Robert Gamble Ernest P. Viveiros Who defines the 20th century?
Don Hicks Managing Editor The editorial this month was going to focus on Microsoft and Attorney General Janet Reno, however, you have been spared all that by an email I received as I was writing this column. Jerry Smith (jws@cris.com) from Smith Disks fame, informed me of an on-line poll being conducted by TIME Magazine for the people who helped define the 20th century. Jerry had found the information on a site he said was from Istanbul Turkey at www.geocibes.com Vienna 6344 timelOO.htm. I visited both the Istanbul site as well as TIME magazine's page at www.time.com. The TIME page stated,
"The most important people of the 20th Century. Next March, TIME Magazine will publish the first of several special issues celebrating the 100 most important people of the 20th Century. As each issue is published, CBS News will broadcast a one-hour primehme special produced in partnership with TIME. We'd like to know your top choices for this very select group."
There are categories for Warriors and Statesmen, Entertainers and Arfists, Builders and Titans, Sciendsts and Healers, as well as Heroes and Adventurers. Most Amiga fans would want to see Jay Miner's name in the Builders and Titans category.
For those of you that do not know, Jay Miner was the man directly responsible for the creadon of the Amiga. It was his goal and his insight that created the team and the concept. Unfortunately, Jay passed away several years ago without the world really giving him the credit he deserved.
As the Istanbul site stated, "If we take
(a) look at the 'BUILDERS AND TITANS' section, we see that the
results are like (the) following:
1) Steve Jobs
2) Bill Gates
3) some other people We think that as the creator and the father
of Amiga, Jay Miner should be listed over those 'important'
people. So we invite every Amiga user with Internet access to
vote at http: www.time.com for the How to connect Jerry Smith
wrote, "Please note that Ibrowse and Aweb will NOT pull up the
full voting screen. I have been told that Aweb HI will, but
(I) can not verify that.
This means that voting will be difficult for some and impossible for anyone without internet access. The best would be for Amiga user groups to place votes for their less connected members as well as Amiga friends helping Amiga friends.
You can connect directly by calling up the TIME web site at www.time.com or you can link through Amazing Computing's web site at www.pimpub.com. We will keep the access open until the final winners are chosen.
Giving Credit This is important, not only for the recognition it will give Jay Miner, but for the experience and possibilities it gives the Amiga community. Jay deserves our thanks and what better memorial to his efforts than to show that the computer he created so many years ago still has a large and dedicated following.
As the Istanbul site said, "It may take some time to vote because of the popularity of the line, but we are sure it will not take more time than the time Jay Miner spent to design the Amiga. Together we will honor Jay Miner and show fiim our respect and loyalty."
I could not have said it better. Please vote.
Designer of the wonderful multitasking machine, that opened doors to the multimedia age and (is) still being used by its users since 1985 (sic)."
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Illustrator: Scott Brown Contributing Editor: Shamms Mortier AMAZING AUTHORS Randy Finch Rob Hays Marc Hoffman Dave Matthews A1YUG4 International, Inc. They're Back... AMIGA 1200s for North America One of the Amiga’s most popular editions is returning to North America. Amiga International is re-releasing the AMIGA 1200 in NTSC beginning December 1,1997. Don't miss this opportunity to purchase one of the most popular Amiga systems of all time.
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The harddisk version of the A1200HD also comes with Multimedia Authoring System Scala MM300 See your local Amiga Dealer Dear AC, I don't know if I have asked you this question before...I may have. However, it is a very important question, and I still haven't been able to find anything out one way or the other on it, so here goes. Is the Amiga year 2000 (Y2K) compliant?
I have surfed the net, and read all sorts of interesting information, including projected release estimates for Amiga OS
3. 5 and 4.0. However, I have not seen, heard, or read about this
issue being addressed. Is the Amiga Year 2000 compliant?
The time is drawing neigh. Is the Amiga ready? Is the hardware compliant at the chip level? Is the OS compliant? Are the ROMs compliant? How about the Gigabytes of commercial and PD software that we all use? What is going to happen to us when the magic moment arrives?
It is going to be real interesting to see what the rest of the world does when the numbers click over. The shear volume of confusion and finger pointing should provide us with unlimited amusement.
However, it won't be very amusing if our own platform keels over as well. Is there a standard for Amiga Y2K compliance? As 1 understand it, the rest of the world has three competing standards, that are incompatible with each other. I don't think we want to go there... ULTRA HIGH RESOLUTION 4x5 COLOR TRANSPARENCIES 35mm COLOR SLIDES from ALL Amiga Computer & Video Toaster Graphics
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from the beginning. Perhaps this is so.
Perhaps. But then again, I can't get anyone to tell me for sure one way or the other. The WINTEL world can afford to dither. Individual companies may live or die on this issue, but the WINTEL platform will not disappear tomorrow over Y2K problems. On the other hand, this one issue could seriously hurt our fledgling comeback if not properly addressed.
While Gateway has offered no official statements, interviews with Gateway employees have shown interest in using the Amiga technology in other applications besides the usual video applications and the home computer market, such as in consumer electronics applications. The reason stated was the small, efficient, highly stable operating system. A small, efficient, highly stable, guaranteed Y2K compliant system would be a good marketing angle in an age beset with uncertainty over this issue.
Is the Amiga Y2K compliant? I don't know, but I would surely like to know.
Can you help me find the answer? Does anybody know? Does anybody care? Is anybody out there... Sincerely,-' John D Turner San Antonio TX We contacted Petro Tyschtschenko of Amiga International who informed us that yon have asked a very good question. Petro then directed our search to an Amiga Guru, Heinz Wrobel. Mr. Wrobel enthusiastically responded that both the hardware and the software of the Amiga is Year 2000 compliant.
According to Mr. Wrobel, the on-board clock is designed to register the entire year (not just the last two digits) and the software takes its cue from UNIX which calculates time based on seconds from a specific date. Both portions of the Amiga system should take users well past the year 2000 and on into the next millennium. ED Dear AC, I want to congratulate you on publishing a wonderful October issue. I just received mine yesterday and have already read it cover-to-cover. The variety of articles covering many aspects of the Amiga was enjoyable to see. There have been times when I felt the
coverage was devoted primarily to graphic artists and not the average home computer user.
Thank you for a more balanced coverage.
Is the Amiga Year 2000 compliant?
Due to the amount of A1200 .
Expansion opportunities available today, have you considered a feature article regarding this issue? As an A1200 owner I know I would appreciate your thoughts on the multitude of expansion possibilities available to A1200 owners, depending if you're a general professional user.
One item that concerns me is the wait that Amiga owners are having while Amiga Inc. International develop their plans. First I want to thank Gateway for bringing professionalism and dedication to a market that has sought it for years. I realize Amiga Inc. International require time to develop a successful business strategy and to implement it.
However, with companies like Phase 5 selling power PC boards for Amigas without direction from Amiga Inc. that Power PC is the future for the Amiga, why would Amiga users or software companies spend money on a technology that might not be the future direction of our favorite computer? I do not believe Amiga Inc. International should disclose any plans until they are ready and committed, however, an excessive wait might hurt the company as it strives to, "leverage the existing Amiga technology".
Finally, I would like to see Amiga International advertise in other computer video electronic magazines. The Amiga faithful are kept aware of the developments in the Amiga realm through their support of AC. It's the rest of the world that needs to know that we still exist and are staging a comeback.
Continue the great work AC and thank you Gateway for recognizing an unpolished gem. I look forward to continuing my support of the Amiga and its future possibilities.
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The package, code-named "AMIGA FOREVER" and scheduled for release in mid-November, will carry the "powered by Amiga" logo.
The product is to incorporate a number of features which will be announced shortly before the release. The package will be presented to the public on November 14,1997 at the Computer '97 Show in Koln (Cologne), Germany. Clonato execs have promised the release will include more than an "Amiga emulator".
Cloanto acquired from the group of owners of Amiga technology (Gateway 2000, Inc., Amiga International, Inc. and Amiga, Inc.) a license covering all Amiga operating systems from version 1.0 to version 3.0, to be published by Cloanto as Amiga Forever. (A few minor files will be missing or changed as agreed in this license, without affecting Amiga compatibility. Certain Asian territories are excluded by the license.)
The license also covers Amiga ROMs, Amiga patents, the "Amiga" name, the official "Powered by Amiga" The press releases and news announcements in New Products are from Amiga vendors and others. While Amazing Computing maintains the right to edit these articles, the statements, etc. made in these reports are those of the vendors and not Amazing Computing.
Cloanto’s Amiga Forever is a software based Amiga emuiatior for the PC.
Logo, and other intellectual property and every permission required to legally publish an Amiga emulator. (It must be considered that, without a proper license, emulation as well as other Amiga compatibility solutions may infringe not only on Amiga copyrights, but also on Amiga patents and trademarks.) This license to Cloanto is exclusive until a period in 1998.
Amiga Forever includes "Amiga Explorer", a new Amiga-to-PC networking software developed by Cloanto. The Amiga Explorer user interface is an object-oriented extension to the Windows Desktop, where the Amiga appears as a networked computer. The Amiga and the PC can be connected via a serial (null modem) or parallel (Windows LapLink InterLink Norton standard) cable. A future upgrade, expected to be available later this year, at no cost to Amiga Forever users on the Cloanto web site, will extend the networking capabilities to support TCP IP.
Amiga Forever will also include a variety of famous old Amiga games, demos and other material of historical interest (with an exclusive, never before released, interview with the late Jay Miner, "Father of the Amiga"), plus Personal Paint and other up-to-date productivity software by Cloanto and other companies.
The Amiga operating systems, ROMs, and Amiga emulation software will be preinstalled on Amiga Forever to enhance ease of installation. The user just needs to insert the CD-ROM in a PC, and with one mouse click a fully working Amiga will appear on the screen. The Amiga emulation software includes for the first time drivers for Picasso 96 screen modes (up to 256 colors, as well as 16 24-bit true color modes).
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As a special holiday offer from Nova Design, Aladdin 4D 5.0 is available in special bundled pricing from the following distributors and dealers.
Special pricing for Aladdin 4D is available when bought with ImageFX or other products.
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Aladdin 4D 5.0 is no longer dongle copy protected, a relief to most graphic artists who can never remember where they put those things. Other features include a new AmigaDOS 2.1 3.1 style interface which is completely configurable interface and has been designed to make using Aladdin 4D's modeling, rendering and animation tools easier to use than ever before! Support for all Amiga display modes, CyberGraphX displays, Toaster, DCTV and more. Full support for the MAGIC image buffer system to allow integration with ImageFX for amazing postprocessing and special effects.
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Aminet21 Aminet 21, October 97 has been released. This CD ROM title features Ppaint 6.4. The CD contains nearly 1 gigabyte (uncompressed) of software in thousands of archives. More than 500 MB of new software has been added since the release of Aminet 20.
Stefan Ossou skis Schatztruhe, Gessellschaft fur Software mbH, Veronikastrasse 33, 45131 Essen Germany, Tel: 011 201 78 8778, Fax: 011 201 79 8447, Email: stefano@schatztruhe.de or see their website at www.schatztruhe.de Schatztruhe Monthly Contest Schatztruhe, the people who just love to distribute CD-ROM collections and software have created a new game on their web site. Each month there will be a new contest so visit often. The deadline for the first competition is November 30,1997 with a prize of a Phase5 PowerPC board for your Amiga (A1200, A2000, A3000, or A4000).
Schatztruhe: http: www.schatztruhe.de Two New Releases from Sadeness Software Due for a November 1997 release, is the CDROM game onEscapee from Sadeness Software. This title combines the best elements from classic games such as Prince of Persia, Another World and Flashback along with some totally original ideas and features. The feature list includes: 100% multi-tasking, digital music score, control choice of keyboard, joystick or joypad, thousands of hand- drawn animation frames, logical puzzles, full use of AGA chipset, AGA required and CyberGFX support planned, 5 minute long, atmospheric
9meg intro, Cave, City, Underwater, space levels and much more. System requirements include: AGA Amiga, 4 Meg RAM minimum, double speed CDROM or better, graphics card support planned.
Coming in December 1997 is a second CDROM game titled Foundation, a real-time strategy war conquest game.
Combining the best elements of The Settlers 2, Warcraft 2, Command and Conquer, Megalomania, along with original features this will set a new standard for the genre. With features such as a random level generator, the ability to create your own levels with the built-in level editor or by using an IFF ILBM image and the 8-player internet tcp ip games and serial links there will be months and months of gameplay.
Features include: 1 player versus 1, 2 or 3 computer controlled players, full control over every friendly unit, random level generator for infinite levels, advanced enemy Artificial Intelligence, "Kids Mode" to turn off gruesome graphics, 2 player split-screen mode, Map Mission editor, Winter snow levels with appropriate graphics and much more.
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Nova Sector Engineering, Inc. licensed to manufacture AMIGA based computers Nova Sector Engineering, Inc. has announced that AMIGA International, Inc. licensed Nova Sector Engineering, Inc., USA, to manufacture A4000T workstations in Nova cases with A4000T motherboards and the original Amiga OS
3. 1. Nova will produce three styles of Amiga products, Alpha,
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Unfortunately, no information is currently available for delivery dates at press time.
For further information: Nova. Sector Engineering, Inc.,1936 OakcliffDr., Grand Rapids, Ml 49525, Tel: (616) 361-0806, FAX
(616) 365- 9596, email: NovaSector@aol.com Lotus Pacific Inc.
announces Wonder TV Broadcast System Lotus Pacific Inc. has
announced the Wonder TV Broadcast System developed by the
company's subsidiary, Regent Electronics Corporation. This
newly developed system which includes Wonder TV A 6060 will
be shown at the International Broadcast Television
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28 to 31,1997. This coming product introduction is to be
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This broadcast system was designed to provide product and services to the subscribers of the cable TV companies.
Useful information selectively collected from Internet and local information sources is sequentially transmitted 24 hours a day through a cable channel. A user can select the desired information by setting attributes or references.
Wonder TV A 6060 serves as a terminal set top box for receiving and down loading the required information transmitted via cable by CCTV and any local cable broadcast company. Besides the cable broadcast function of this newly developed Wonder TV A 6060, it also retains other existing functions of the previous model Wonder TV A 6000, such as audio CD, video CD, Karaoke, Internet access, and all other general PC functions.
Lotus Pacific, Inc's subsidiary, Regent Electronics Corporation has stated that they have the rights to build and distribute Amiga products for the Chinese market. In an earlier release, Lotus announced the purchase of Regent Electronics as well as the purchase of the Chinese market rights to the Amiga technology through a company named Righ timing.
This was matched by a response from Gateway 2000 which stated that, "Rightiming purports to hold a license to manufacture Amigas and has apparently attempted to sell this purported license to Lotus Pacific. We dispute their license, their right to sell any license, and we dispute any claims they have made with respect to Amiga patents, copyrights, or trademarks. Gateway 2000 owns all Amiga patents, copyrights and trademarks worldwide and will continue to license Amiga technology to qualified companies.
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Atapi CDROM device Update IDEFix not only supports Atapi
CDROMs, but many other IDE devices, such as hard drives, IDE
Zip drives, the LS-120 120MB floppy, IDE CDROM changers, as
well as enhancements in general for IDE devices on the Amiga.
Bij Dave Matthews In the December 1996 issue of Amazing Computing Amiga, I reviewed Oliver Kastl's Atapi device, a set of programs and drivers to use Atapi IDE CDROMs on the Amiga 1200 and 4000. At the time of publication, I was unable to get in touch with Oliver Kastl, Elaborate Bytes, or the American distributor, and it seemed as though Atapi device had been abandoned.
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I was able to use IDEFix with my IDE Mitsumi4X FX410A and my old 40MB Conner CP2044PK 2.5" HD, as well as a Seagate ST9096A 2.5" drive.
As with earlier tests with the Conner, a special boot program is required to get the HD to coexist with the CDROM.
The Seagate however, experienced no difficulties, and worked without a hitch.
As always, to use a second IDE device with the Amigal200, you will need a special cable, which converts the 2.5" 44 pin header into a 3.5" 40 pin connector. Many Amiga dealers carry these now as Amiga1200 owners seek to add the more affordable IDE CDROMs and 3.5" hard drives to their systems.
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This program scans for devices and it picked up my Mitsumi without a single complaint. See Figure 1 for the FindDevice program.
I indURvicn Exec Deutce ¦itap i , dev ut* In addition to the actual Atapi device, IDEFix includes a CDROM filesystem, which supports Rockridge, ISO-9660, and even MacHFS CDROMs. Other features include Amiga Protection bits supported, advanced LRU caching algorithm, built-in MultiSession support, Trax support, and MultiVolume support (more than one ISO image on a CD).
See Figure 2 for the Prefs program.
Figures 3 and 4 show the PC and Mac sections of the Star Trek: Borg™ game CD being read on the Amiga.
Figure 5 shows an old friend, Groovy Player, an audio CD player, working with IDEFix. While IDEFix includes a functional Audio CD player, it is somewhat basic. Groovy Player includes a database of many CD titles, and of course, you can add your own and Groovy Player is prettier too! If your CDROM supports it, IDEFix also includes the ability to read audio tracks off an Audio CD, though you will need separate software to use the data. Since my Mitsumi is incapable of this, I was unable to test this function.
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By R. Shamms Mortier As I remember, we left off over a year ago with our Aladdin 4D tutorials at number 14.1 was debating whether to call this one 15 or I, since Aladdin 4D is now reinvigorated with new life after its purchase and retooling by Nova Design. I decided that 15 was appropriate, since it also pays respect to Aladdin 4D's history.
I would hope that we can continue these tutorials every two or three Amazing Computing Amiga issues. I have about the first six or so in mind, but I will always listen to you, the Amazing readers, if you have some suggestions on where the tutorials should lead or what they should cover.
At the moment, I am planning the first group of tutorials so that they deal with global A4D themes, like mapping and other essentials.
Palace of Procedural Textures We're going to begin by gliding through Aladdin's palace of procedural textures. One of Aladdin's strongest features is the ease with which you can apply textures to objects, and the variety and options involved. You will find that Figure 2 is a graphic that all Aladdin 4D users will want to remove from the magazine and post next to the Amiga, since it visually details (in color) all of the thirty-three Procedural Texture basic designs. (Please visit our website at pimpub.com and save a copy of this graphic.)
They have been mapped to a sphere with Planar mapping using the default color palette. If you are an A4D user and are interested in using this figure as a reference graphic for your 3D work, take note that the default palette shows you exactly how the color positions relate to positions in the Procedural design, so that as you alter the palette, you can pretty well intuit what the results in the design will be.
Assigning Procedural Textures in A4D It is assumed that, as an Aladdin 4D user, you have already immersed yourself in the A4D documentation, and have a thorough understanding of the basics. We will allude to various techniques at times that will take your familiarity with the basic A4D icons and tools for granted. If you run into a phrase in these tutorials that is new to you, please re-read the A4D documentation.
Aladdin 4D allows two basic options when it comes to texture mapping: procedurals and bitmaps.
Each has its uses (and we will do an A4D bitmap-specific texture article in the future).
Aladdin 4D Procedural Texture Types A graphic representation of all of the thirty-three Aladdin 40 Procedural Texture basic designs. Place this next to your Amiga or copy this image from Amazing Computing's website at www.pimpub.com. Row Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 A 2D Bands 2D Blocks 3D Blocks B 2D Cubes 3D Cubes Helix C Helix(M) Open Noise Closed Noise D Bounded Noise 2D Scallops Burst Tiles E Burst Tiles (H) Circle Tiles Circle Tiles (H) F Closed Noise Closed Noise (H) Polygon Tiles G Polygon Tiles (H) Polygon Tiles(M) Polygon Tiles(H, M) H Rectangle Tiles Rectangle Tiles(H) 2D Waves I 2D
Zig-Zag Burst Tiles (Sine) Fireworks J Spiral Tiles Spiral Tiles (sawtooth)Radial Tiles K Ripple Tiles Ripple 2 Tiles Circle 2 Tiles Use the following Procedurals textures to emulate various natural materials and F X:
1. For Woods, use a brown color palette with ProceduraJs Al, A2,
Bl, B2, Dl, H3, and II.
2. Por Marble, use a palette colored to suit with Procedurals C2,
FI, F2, H3, and 12.
3. For water, use suitably colored palettes with Procedurals B3,
Cl, Dl, FI, F2, Jl, and J2. Layer the Procedurals with
transparencies at different depths.
4. For wallpaper and holiday wrapping, use your choice of
palettes and any Procedural.
5. To give an interesting alternate look to bitmap textures, use
a Procedural Bumpmap channel added to the texture mix that has
no color but full strength.
6. For rock, use appropriate colors in the palette, and mix
together two Procedurals explore mixing C2 C3, F1 F2, H3 I1,
A3 C3). Mix them with different transparency levels, so that
either one pattern dominates or they both are equal (50
percent each).
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In general, bitmap textures are great for applying targeted real-world looks to an object. Bitmap textures can be either paintings or photos, and like procedurals, can be mapped to the object in Aladdin 4D in a number of ways. But bitmaps have two drawbacks.
The first is that they take up a good amount of room on your hard drive. The larger and more detailed the bitmap file, the larger the file size.
The second drawback that sometimes comes into play (especially in an animation), is that bitmaps don't look so good when you do a radical zoom in on them. At very close distances, you begin to see the individual pixels that make up the image, and so become disenchanted.
Procedurals, on the other hand, have nothing to do with pixels. A procedural texture is not an image at all, but like a vector line drawing, is simply a series of mathematical descriptions.
The formula that makes up a procedural texture is called an algorithm. The algorithm describes the direction, color, and "velocity" of segments of the design. Because of this, procedural textures take up just about no room on your hard drive.
Although Aladdin 4D has a limited library of thirty-three procedural textures, it is also an unbounded library of texture possibilities for the following reasons:
1. You can customize the eight color Procedural palette to your
liking, and even use a different palette for alternate
keyframes in an animation, making the procedural texture
shift and move in countless ways.
2. A4D allows you to layer textures one on another, so there are
limitless final texture looks possible.
3. You can alter the way that textures are mapped to an object,
and even layer different textures with different mapping
methods in one texture sandwich.
4. You can layer procedurals and bitmaps on any object (using
procedurals, for instance, as a bump channel, and bitmaps as a
standard image channel... or vice versa).
5. You have the ability to save and load any textures you design.
Basic Procedural types from the listed library, then, are just the doorway to a bottomless and rich reservoir of texturing possibilities.
Steps in Assigning Procedurals These steps assume you have a basic knowledge concerning applying Attributes and Shading parameters to A4D objects. If not, re-read the appropriate sections of the A4D documentation. Once you understand these preparatory steps, you can apply procedural textures to an object by doing the following: 0
1. Select the object (left mouse click).
2. Go to the "Textures" item in the Object menu, which will bring
up the texture List Selection requester. Click on New, which
brings up the Edit Texture List.
3. Under the Resource tab, make sure the selection next to Re
source Type reads "Procedural".
Click on the disk icon next to the Resource Name item to bring up the Select Procedural Resource list.
4. Select the Procedural Type from the list that you want, and
click on Okay.
5. Go to the Settings tab, and set the Color and Strength
parameters for the beginning and ending frames. Click on OK,
and the Procedural texture will be targeted to your selected
object in the scene.
Developing Procedural Texture Movie Files This is one of the most interesting ways to develop a library of animated images for use as A4D texture maps.
Here's how to do it:
1. Create a rectangular plane as seen from the Y axis in A4D that
is as large as the rendering screen. You will be rendering a
30 frame animation.
2. Target your favorite procedural texture to the plane, and
alter the Figure 3. Here are three groups of shark models. The
top three are mapped with a banded Noise Procedural texture in
the Color channel only (spherical on the Y axis, cylindrical
on the X axis, and shingles on the Y axis). The second three
sharks have an added Bump channel mapping of the same
Procedural at 100 percent Color strength. Notice how the color
is accentuated. The third group of shark models shows the same
Procedural mapped as an Intensity mapping type. Notice how the
color flattens out, giving the models a 2D look.
Settings as you prefer over the length of the sequences. Render the file as an animation of single frames (as of yet, there is no way that A4D can apply an ANIM sequence to an object, though this would be a worthwhile challenge for the folks at Nova). You can use one or more of the following alteration methods to create an animation: change the palette, alter the sizes of elements in the procedural, change the way that the procedural is positioned on a frame, force a totally different procedural to supplant the initial one as the animation progresses.
There are more alternatives, but this gives you a good basic starting point.
3. Name the file, and render the frames to disk (use a numbered
file extension, like MyAnim.001, MyAnim.002, MyAnim.003,
etc.). Do this as many times as needed to collect various
animations that can be applied to images or
backgrounds foregrounds.
Use these sequenced animations as needed to spice up your A4D animations. This allows you to use procedurals to design bitmap textures, giving you the best of both worlds.
Take care and enjoy! See you in ROMulan space with the next Amazing A4D tutorial.
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December 1997 17 The Grammar of Ornament A CD that offers design, style, history, and m the nineteenth a When many non-digital artists think of the computer, and even of computer graphics and animation, the words "concise" or "photographic" often come to mind. Less frequently is computer generated art spoken of as "beautiful" or "awe inspiring" by the digitally challenged.
Sometimes, the original artwork that is created with the aid of computer graphics is indeed beautiful, and adjudged so by computer artists and the public alike. This is becoming all the more recognized because of the uses that both Hollywood and Madison Avenue put the computer graphics medium to, surrounding us with the "ooo's" and "ahaaa's" of our contemporaries and friends.
Computer graphics, beautiful computer graphics, can arise from another source however, a source that has little to do with originality, and more to do with a respect for history and tradition. This is the capability of computer graphics to represent artwork from the past in a digitized form, cleaning up and restoring any of the artifacts that time bestows upon all things in the world.
Art Restoration Like the art restoration crews that save paintings savaged by time and pollution in the temples and chapels throughout the world, or perhaps more like the Ted Turner Classic Movies that present the history of film with digital technology added, historical art can also be presented to Figure 1. This is a page from the electronic PDF documentation.
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Unfortunately, most of these collections are developed to make quick bucks, paying little attention to the eye's requirements for appreciating beauty. When done with quality in mind however, a library of traditional art can not only please, but teach as well.
The Grammar of Ornament One of the most beautiful and awe inspiring works available to computer artists and animators, a CD-ROM library of images and corresponding historical text, has to be The Grammar of Ornament from the company Direct Imagination. This is a CD-ROM dedicated to the work of Owen Jones from the mid-nineteenth century.
The Grammar of Ornament comes ready for Mac and PC use, but that need not daunt or frustrate the Amiga user. The Amiga is quite capable of reading any of the associated PC files, that come in EPSF for ornament details, and in JPEG for scans of the original pencil drawings.
It is Mr. Owen's idea that the included ornaments from diverse worldwide cultures be used primarily by architects in the development of new buildings that pay respect to various ornamental and cultural traditions. Architecture and ornament have always danced together, because symbolic ornament has much to do with the spiritual nature of a culture, and this is expressed strongly in the architecture of a period.
From the nineteenth century onward, democratic cultures have become the crossroads for an infinite number of cultural and spiritual traditions, so the architecture of Western democracies has always demonstrated an obsession with representing (and paying a mysterious respect for) the ornamental symbols of historical traditions. This can be seen in the resplendent theaters in Chicago influenced by the architect Sullivan, and even in the stark work of Frank Lloyd Wright in his genuflection to the natural world. Ornament and architecture have always gone hand in hand.
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Owen Jones’ Grammar Not only is the Grammar of Ornament a journey in visual grammar, but it is also an exercise in verbal grammar. Owen Jones lists a total of 37 Figure 3. The EPSF art is the most useful tor design applications.
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Propositions for the uses to which the included ornamentation may be put to, ways that architects should and should not use the designs. Some of these may seem a bit archaic now, but they are nevertheless interesting historical reading.
Every designer should avail themselves of a wider education in the traditions of design, and the text (taken from the original manuscript) that is folded into the documentation on this CD-ROM is an excellent learning vehicle. Here is an excerpt of some of the "Propositions" for using the included designs:
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Ornaments of any color may be separated from grounds of any other color by edgings of white, gold, or black.
Ornaments in any color, or in gold, may be used on white or black grounds, without outline or edging.
In "self-tints," tones, or shades of the same color, a light tint on a dark ground may be used without outline; but a dark ornament on a light ground requires to be outlined with a still darker tint.
Imitations, such as the graining of woods, and of the various colored marbles, allowable only, when they employment of the thing imitated would not have been inconsistent.
...and so on. Studying Owen's design propositions, while looking at the visuals, gives you a good idea of what Western design was like in the nineteenth century, and might also serve to give you some creative ways to utilize the ornamental designs on the CD-ROM.
Using these Ornaments in your creative work There are a number of ways that you can utilize these ornamental designs in your videographic and DTP projects. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Use them as ornaments in your DTP work. Many create very
interesting frames around text blocks.
2. Use them as backdrops for Web page designs, or to surround URL
3. Use them as texture maps in your favorite 3D art and animation
Depending upon how they are mapped, you can achieve very sharp texturing looks.
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B Copyright 1997, tewyiUtaaaKcle (Fx. M RigMs Rasarwd by Rob C'- Hays amiga telecommunications Stay current with the latest shareware using AmiNet Browsing and email.
Or, use AminetRtc or AminetFTP and automate the process.
Keeping current with the latest Amiga shareware can be a full time job, because, on a typical day, something like 40-60 new files are added to the AmiNet archives. Thanks to the ingenuity of Amiga programmers, there are some easy ways to wade through this mass of data looking for that new gem for your system.
Browsing One of the easiest ways to keep up with the new AmiNet additions is built right into the AmiNet web sites. From the AmiNet homepage, follow the "Recent Uploads" link, and your browser window should look like this (Figure 1).
From here you can follow links to display the new files sorted by age or directory. But if you follow the third link on this page, AmiNet will, in effect, create a personalized web page for you, and you alone. On this personal page, you can see the file listings for all of the files uploaded since your last visit (Figure 2). Add this new page to the hotlist of your browser, and in the future you can go directly to this list. No more sorting through directory trees, or seemingly endless lists of files, trying to locate the newest ones.
Email Did you know you can get the same new files lists via email from Figure 2: All of the new files in one place.
AmiNet? You can choose to have either daily or weekly updates emailed directly to you. Send an email to: listproc@mail.wustl.edu And for the message of the email, put either: SUBSCRIBE aminet-daily YourName or SUBSCRIBE aminet-weekly YourName You will get an acknowledgment email back shortly with information about how the service works, how to get help, and how to un-subscribe.
After you get the email showing the list of new files, and choose the ones you want, you can also have the files emailed to you.
There are a couple of things to remember if you do this. The list of files has only a very short description of what the file is. If you can't tell from this if you want the file or not, get the readme associated with the file first.
This way you are not tying up resources getting the wrong files, or files you can't use.
The other thing to remember is most Internet Service Providers have a limit on the size of files accepted via email. Since some of the AmiNet files can be quite large, be sure you are not requesting a file larger than your Provider will allow.
Assuming that your want to use the main AmiNet site in the U.S., once you have decided on a file send email to: ftpmail@publ.bryant.vix.com the body of the email should contain the following: connect ftp.wustl.edu uuencode get pub aminet pa th to your file filename quit Once again, you will receive an acknowledgment shortly, and usually within about a day, the files you requested, as uuencoded files.
To get them back into a normal file, use a program like Uuxt from Asher Feldman. Then uncompress them with the appropriate program, such as LhA.
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Hard war Kniciij.-ir*1 AminetRtc This is all well and good, but surely there is an easier way to go about this isn't there? If you use YAM from Marcel Beck to get your email, then thanks to the efforts of Charles Patterson there is a way to automate this process.
AminetRtc is an Arexx script and some support files that will display the list of new files that AmiNet emails to you. You choose the files you want, and the script takes care of the rest.
After using the Installer script to copy the files to the right places, follow the readme directions. You need to alter the script placed in your YAM:Rexx directory to reflect how many files you want displayed in the files window, and add one line to the YAM configuration file.
Now, when YAM is running, select AminetRtc from the Arexx menu. You will be able to choose which file listings you wish to see (Figure 3). The program will then open a window showing the file names, the AmiNet subdirectory, file size, and a short description (Figure 4). Use the buttons to move forward or back through the list you've chosen. Enter the line number of the file you are interested in into the string gadget at the bottom of the window, and click the "Finished" box.
Fljjga News AJ the Amiga Neve ve can find to report ends i*) here AminetRtc will ask if you want the readme for the fiie(s) you have selected, and construct the appropriate mail message to send (Figure 5). Once again, a day or so later you will find the file(s) you selected in your email box.
AminetFTP I can hear you now. "OK, this is easy enough, but when I find a file I want, I want it now, not tomorrow".
Well, this being the age of instant gratification, Mr. Patterson also has the solution for us impatient types.
AminetFTP follows the same basic format as AminetRtc as far as displaying and choosing files to retrieve.
Rather than using email however, it makes use of AmFTP from Mathias Mischler.
Now after deciding on the files you want, the script starts AmFTP, Figure 8: If you are a developer, check this out.
Connects to the site you chose during installation, changes to the proper subdirectory, downloads the files, then closes the connection (Figure 6).
Installation is again handled by an Installer script, and you will have to ' use an editor such as Ed to change three well marked lines at the start of the script. These are the directory paths for AmFTP, the directory where you want files to be downloaded to, and the AmiNet ftp site you wish to use.
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Both programs require a TCP stack, such as AmiTCP, Miami, or TermiteTCP, YAM, and the rexxreqtools.library, by Rafael D'Halleweyn. AminetFTP also requires AmFTP.
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If you run an Amiga specific BBS, send me the information callers will need to access your system. Phone number(s), modem speeds, software settings, etc. As a service to the Amiga community I will include the information I receive in this column from time to time.
If you come across any World Wide Web sites you feel would be of interest to the Amiga community, pass them along for inclusion in the Hotlist of the Month. Send the info to any of my addresses above.
That's all for now. Happy Holidays to everyone, and see you on line!
• AC* This Old Workbench: Episode 12 Something Old, Something
New... Class Action, MCP 1.3, Visual Prefs, and BarNone are
just some of the programs available through AmiNet and on-line
to help you gain total control over your Amiga’s Workbench.
By Dave Matthews Well, our twelfth episode! Who knew there was so much material to cover?
Luckily, there are still plenty of dedicated programmers out there keeping the Amiga alive and kicking.
It would be nice for this twelfth episode to announce that a new official version of our trusty OS was shipping, but since I can't do that, we'll have to be happy with the latest downloads from Aminet.
Class Action 3.5 Short: ClassAction 3.5 (MUI && GT) Author: salim@gasmi.net (Salim Gasmi) Aminet: util wb ca35.1ha Status: Shareware (free) URL: http: www.gasmi.net Class Action is a "recognizer" program, you give it a file, and (once properly configured) it will perform the appropriate action(s) on that file.
You can configure Class Action to recognize and act on just about any type of file you can think of, pictures, sounds, archives, you name it. And you can configure Class Action with multiple actions for a given file type, for instance, viewing, testing, and unpacking an archive. You can even use Class Action as a mini- filemanager, to copy, rename, and move files. See Figure 1 for the main Class Action program.
Class Action features:
- ClassAction is now MailWare and you can register for FREE !!!
- All advantages of a MUI application (font sensitive,
- Built-in File manager
- Multi selection
- Directories handled
- Arexx Port
- Commodity
- Applcon
- Localized (English and French)
- XFD support
- Easy to configure with ClassActionPrefs
- Analyzer making ClassAction able to auto-learn new file formats
- Interactive commands
- Use few memory
- ReqTools Support
- AppWindow support for your comfort
- You can have up to 50 path buttons As with any such program,
the bad news is you must configure it to meet your needs.
Sometimes I feel like I spend so much of my time configuring
programs to act the way I want them to, I never get to actually
use the programs! Class Action includes a very nice feature
that can make this process less painful.
Class Action's Learn mode (see Figure 2) is very handy for automatically configuring new filetypes. As an example, if you wanted to add PNG pictures to Class Action's list of known filetypes, all you would have to do is use the learn mode, select several PNG pictures from a file requester, and Class Action scans these pictures, finds the "ID bits" in them and configures itself to recognize them.
"ID bits" are letters or numbers embedded in a file to identify the fi le.
A PNG picture will have the letters "PNG" in the first few bytes of the file.
A JPEG picture will have "JF1F." Class Action finds these bits and can use them to properly recognize a filetype.
Not all files have these, for instance plain text files generally don't, and Class Action can't automatically learn these, but for the majority of files, Learn Mode is an incredible time saver.
Figure 6: BarNone Example Object All of Class Action's abilities are accessible via an Arexx port, for those who need the extra control and flexibility.
MCP 1.3 Short: THE Ultimate WB-Enhancer!
Author: knoke@cs.tu-berlin.de & zerocom@cs.tu-berlin.de Aminet: util cdity MCP130 Requires: util libs mui38usr.lha && OS =2.04 (3.0+ for some features) Status: Freeware Wow, another "ultimate!" I covered MCP in an earlier episode, and now it's back in a brand new version. MCP is a multipurpose commodity with a seemingly endless list of features for enhancing the utility and the look and feel of your Amiga.
Take a look at Figure 3 for the MCP preferences.
Some of MCP features:
- PropHack
- Force Hires Pointer
- Wait Validate
- NewEdit
- Assign-Manager
- WBTitle-Clock
- ReqTooJsPatch
- moving solid windows (fully systemconform)
- sizing of solid windows (fully systemconform)
- PackerPatch (every program can load crunched files)
- 16 color Mouse-Pointer
- new Workbench-Titlebar
- complex ScreenManager
- Format Protection
- ToolAlias (changing the Default Tool in the icons)
- CacheFont
- New ToolTypes (additional ToolTypes for Games etc.)
- Mouse Accelerator
- Drive NoClick
- setting DRI-Pens
- AssignWedge
- automatic Screen Activation
- Requester Time-out
- exchange Applcons
- exchange TopazFont
- Blanker (supports SwazBlanker and GarshneBlanker)
- Dimmer
- Mouse Pointer-Blanker
- Guru-History (saving of all Gurus)
- NoGuru
- PatchRGB32
- Screensmenu (for comfortable selection of screens)
- patch for memory management (e.g. turning off the ChipMem)
- DOS star (* instead of ?)
- Force NewLook-Menus
- Hotkeys
- MUI-Preference-Program
- programmed in 100% Assembler Well, MCP won't mow your lawn, do
your taxes, or walk the dog, but as you can see, it certainly
does do a lot.
In addition to the always popular floppy no-click, screen blanker and mouse accelerator options, MCP offers enhanced editing for string gadgets (cut and paste etc.), as well as an AssignWedge to replace the unhelpful "please insert volume..." requester with options to make an assign, mount a device, or completely deny the volume. MCP can also keep a list of all gurus, which could be helpful if you are having a lot of crashes.
Tired of your dull old 4 color mouse? Well, if you are using ECS AGA, you can now have a 16 color pointer. If you have a DPMS capable monitor, MCP offers power management. Newer monitors can be turned to standby or suspend modes during periods of user inactivity, to save on electricity.
MCP also offers many options for controlling your CPU, such as turning caches on and off, enabling the '060's advanced features and so on. This can be handy for running older programs or games which often dislike the more advanced features of the Motorola CPUs.
As always, a program this complex can cause conflicts with other software, so be sure and watch for odd behavior. You might want to enable the options of MCP one at a time, until you can be sure they work on your system.
VisualPrefs 1.0a Short: Configure the look of the Amiga GUI!
Author: tanti@intercom.it (Massimo Tantignone) Version: 1.0a Aminet: util wb Requires: AmigaOS 3.0+ Status: Shareware Visual Prefs, by Massimo Tantignone, is a new program which gives you a whole slew of options for controlling the look of the Amiga's GUI. There have been many similar patches that change bits and pieces of the GUI, such as the Window gadgets etc., but Visual Prefs is by far the most comprehensive and easy to use.
Some of Visual Prefs features include the control of:
- different light dark colors for active or inactive windows
- the thickness of all four window borders (also with system gad
- the height of window screen titlebars regardless of the font
height used
- the system gadgets style (also for MUI KingCON ClassAct
titlebar gadgets)
- the exact look of the BOOPSI and GadTools 3D frames
- the look of GadTools proportional gadgets
- the position of window titles (centered in dragbar or in
whole titlebar)
- the fill color of inactive window borders All of Visual Prefs'
options are available via a nicely done prefs program. One
drawback is the inability to use your own custom gadget images,
ala Tinic Urou's Urouhack. Perhaps the author will add this
functionality in a later release. If you are looking for a
little more control over the Amiga's GUI, you should definitely
have a look at Visual Prefs. See Figure 4 for a screen shot of
the preferences program, showing off some of the customizations
Bar None Short: The ultimate controller for your Ami (MUI) Author: srk@frii.com Version: 1.3 Aminet: util wb BarNone.lha Requires: util libs mui38usr.lha &&OS =3.0 Status: Shareware URL: http: www.frii.com ~srk ShadowWorks BarNone is billed as the "ultimate system controller." What BarNone gives you is a centralized and organized way to add a lot of functionality to your Amiga. Think of it as a toolbar on steroids. You can create docks with your favorite programs, but you can also incorporate system monitors, such as memory, tasks, etc. One of the really cool things BarNone offers is a
visual display of available screens, with thumbnails.
You can open, close, and even have the screen pop to front or back. If you have many screens open, this is very convenient. See Figure 5 for the Bar None Editor, and Figure 6 for a small example.
Some of BarNone's features:
- Over 20 imbeddable object classes that can be used to create
your own custom system controller applications, with more on
the way
- Innovative features such as antialiased, palette-remapped
thumbnail views of other screens
- An extremely powerful layout mechanism
- Runtime object binding allows full extensibility by 3rd parties
(development kit to be available)
- Multithreaded objects
- Powerful template system for macro object creation
- Construct interfaces by dragging and dropping objects I
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A word of warning, though, there is a pretty steep learning curve here.
BarNone is so customizable, and has so many options, it is rather daunting to get started. The documentation includes a number of tutorials, as well as the reference section, so this should help.
Like a growing number of Amiga programs, BarNone's documentation is in HTML, rather than AmigaGuide or text, so you will need a browser to view them. You can get demo versions of Ibrowse, Voyager, or Aweb to view the docs; all should work well. Figure 4 shows the Opening tutorial page.
If you understood any of that, and you are willing to put some effort forth, BarNone could make your Amiga a nicer and more productive place to be.
That's about it for this episode. As ever, you can contact me via email: dm05438@navix.net.
• AC* By Veter Olafson Caught in the Net The latest news, gossip,
and just plain hopes for the Amiga game community.
Countdown to Extinction and Traitor Alastair Murray The fellow behind Hangar 18 (see last issue) didn't simply spring fully- formed from the mind of Zeus.
Murray's been practicing this charming craft 2D action adventures crude in appearance but artful in design for years, and only recently gained access to the net to share the good news. (Check out his web page at http: freespace.virgin.net malcolm.murray for details on his works-in-progress.)
These two mission-based precursors Countdown goes all the way back to 1993 are similar in style, but a bit more crude and a bit less artful. The detail that makes Hangar 18 such a rich experience and that takes the edge off its graphical simplicity isn't in place.
But the games are essentially fun, and you can tell that, even then, Murray was onto something. I can't wait for his next step.
B Engine by John Seick and D Engine by Peter Annuss With Quake on the way to the Amiga, can Apogee's Duke Nukem 3D and Id's Doom line be far behind? These new 3D engines, which interpret level data for the IBM originals, show it's well within the realm of technical feasibility.
B Engine v 0.1 does for 3D Realms' trash-talking hero what BSP did for the original Doom a couple of years ago.
And it does it pretty well especially considering this is a very early and largely unoptimized version. On my 060 50-based A1200,1 was getting 8 frames per second in hi-res and about twice that in the default low-res.
Similarly, D Engine allows you to tour levels for Id's Doom, Doom II and user-built add-ons, and at a nice clip on that same 060 albeit with a display window the size of a big postage stamp.
(Things bog down quickly with a larger display.) Happily, you can jump between levels in the wad files (not included) from within the program by just tapping a couple of numbers.
OK, granted: these programs are processing only the most basic data. No enemies, no sound, none of Duke's special effects like mirrors and bloody or soppy footprints. (No collision detection, for that matter.) But I'm encouraged by what I've seen (especially by B Engine) and I'd encourage the authors to carry on.
WolfPac Gunter Erhart The concept's intriguing: a first- person, free-scrolling version of PacMan in a Wolfenstein 3-D-like environment.
The reality is... well, somewhat less interesting. The textures look dandy when you're at rest, but the tops and bottoms of the wall panels appear to move at different rates when you're turning and the shuddering effect is anything but smooth, (http: www.onlineloop.com wolfpac ) Invasion Force Team Iforce The computer enemies in Interstel's Empire may have had the brains of an Irish setter, but simplicity and configurability count for a lot, and Amiga gamers took to it with a relentless passion. But the setter never produced a puppy. Empire Deluxe (a similar game with German Shepherd
brains) wasn't ported over, and by the time Empire II rolled around in 1995, the Amiga wasn't even at the table.
Happily, a quartet of designers and coders is effectively creating its own Empire Deluxe, and what they've achieved through v. 0.18 is pleasant indeed. Invasion Force is affectionately faithful to Empire's look and feel suddenly, it was 1987 again and I spent hours playing the built-in scenario and trying out new additions to the Empire canon. (Air cavalry! Bombers!)
Of course, one reason it took hours is that the game in this early state is oppressively slow (even on my '060 and with just a dozen units in play) and a number of those features remain to be implemented. So keep watching. If you've ever mourned for the loss of a old dog of a game, you'll welcome this puppy home, (http: users.mainlink.net -esnyder if.html) Albion Blue Byte No, it's not a mental glitch or an extended typo. Back in 1994, Blue Byte considered bringing Erik Simon's RPG Albion (a stylistic sequel to his Ambermoon) to the Amiga. Ultimately, it didn't happen gee, what could
have happened in 1994? and Albion (published last year) wound up IBM- only. But this curiosity survives: Some good soul recently had the presence of mind to upload the Amiga version of Albion's dungeon-testing engine to AmiNet.
These days, with attention turned to Quake and its variations, this small sample dungeon, explored via joystick, will seem flat, angular and unadorned.
But it's also very pretty my utterly uneducated guess would be around 128 colors and history-minded Amigamers will enjoy this stroll through what might have been.
Xpedition Gobi Software The in-game text is in Polish and the game doesn't have any docs at all, but this slick taster level for an indevelopment action strategy game just screams "Potential!" This demo made me think of a simpler, real-time version of Breach, and I like that idea.
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does need some evening out; as it is, some elements (stone
walls) are sharper than others (bluff tops). I'd like to see
the ability to control all four troopers at once. (At present,
they operate separately.) And speech would give the guys a
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fine. Here's hoping this Xpedition bears fruit.
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1997) , this AGA-only tunnel game challenges the player to beat
the clock to the end of five tubes without smashing into
the occasional barrier. (If you like this type of action,
check out Speed and Boulderdash 3D.)
Technically, it's well-done written in speedy assembly, with a punchy chunky-to-planar routine that makes the Amiga look good doing something that doesn't come naturally.
But it lacks a game designer's appreciation for his audience's patience, and the difficulty of the task, which HydroZone took in stride, quickly becomes oppressive.
Divumex Claudio Mazzuco Divumex or Xevious by any other name. The strong suit of Namco's classic '70s vertical shooter which literally took food from my mouth in college was a balance between air and land targets, and the second demo of this Italian production captures that mix to a "T," along with the familiar simple graphics and plentiful enemies.
If the sound effects are up to this level (there aren't any now), this game will become a nuisance all over again and in the best conceivable way.
SuperBallz David Reed Here's a pleasant freeware variation on Marble Madness from the author of the delightful Blobz. (See the review in AC November, 1997. Have a thing for "Zs," do you Dave?) Once again, you're guiding a ball through a lively, gravity-equipped environment to a distant exit, with the added trick that you have to hit switches along the way to open the final door. (The two-player game allows you to cooperate with a pal in this venture, or race without the switches.)
Mind, SuperBallz doesn't have the physical presence of Marble Madness (the ball is pea-sized), but Reed seems to know intuitively what's fun and the Blobz philosophy of allowing players to make their own levels regardless of how sophisticated the game finds expression here as well. Good show.
FaYoh NC.Gamez I've never been able to resist a good Super Mario Brothers-style game, and the shareware FaYoh is an excellent one.
It has the usual hidden levels and bonus games, but coupled to an in-your-sleep playability, spiffy musical themes and a gorgeous burnished quality to the sprites that, frankly, outdoes the full- price competition. Required playing.
FreeCiv ported by Troels Walsted Hansen This is as good a time as any to rediscover Sid Meier's Civilization. For one thing, the OCS ECS and AG A versions of that classic MicroProse strategy game have recently been reissued on CD by England's Guildhall Leisure. (I hope to have a review next issue.)
And the freeware Civ clone FreeCiv, which surfaced over the summer, brings to the Amiga functions that, to date, have been reserved to owners of CivNet for the IBM the ability to play multi-player games with up to 13 other people over the net.
Suffice to say that, while the game's very like the original in flavor, the single-player game pales beside this experience. (Human opponents are ’'much* nastier than computer ones.) It's almost worth the trouble you may have getting set up among other things, FreeCiv requires MUI 3.8, a couple of libraries and datatypes and finding a game.
MiniArcanoid Piotr Pawlow Union I typically don't give much attention to snake clones, minefield clones, Tetris clones and breakout clones. This soil has been plowed, planted and harvested so many times that there's simply not much more it can produce. So you can imagine my surprise when I found myself coming back to this Workbench version of Arkanoid once, twice, three times, 'sold* ... to the man who's still up playing the umpteenth Amiga breakout game at 2 am.
The obvious reasons: High configurability, ease of use, a general sense of structural integrity. A not-so- obvious one: a very solid set of sound effects including a round of applause if you make the high-score table.
Briefs: C&C Clone Central We have mixed news mostly good in the wake of last month's takeout on Command & Conquer variants for the Amiga. The bad news came in first:, the team that was working on The Game seems to be hanging it up a broken A1200 and some basic life issues loom high in the mix and the team is looking for a new coder to take over development.
The game currently a buggy, privately-circulated beta that works only with graphics cards and with the AI disabled is said to be system- friendly, written almost entirely in C and in need of more units, mining rigs, research "and whatever else you might want," according to a UseNet post by co-developer Espen Berntsen. Send Email to nameless@mo.himolde.no for details.
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Adding a Little Extra Brightness to a Headline by Nick Cook Want to give a little charge to a headline? Add a glow! Image Club's catalog and the book "Professional Studio Techniques: Design Essentials" (Adobe Press, 1992) provide instructions for Adobe software users. The procedures are just variations of soft shadows (see Amazing Computing Amiga, June, 1997). There are two basic methods to make glowing text. The first is to just blur the "glow" text, or two, stack layers of darker to lighter "glow" text.
Basic Blur Method STEP ONE: Set the text in your word processor, structured drawing or desktop publishing program (Figure 1, top). You'll need two copies of the text.
Fill one with whatever color you want.
The second copy should be filled with the glow color and have a stroke (outline) of 4 points, also in the glow color (Figure 1, middle).
You've got a choice to make now.
You can just "print" the glow text as an IFF, perform Step Two in an image processing program, and complete the effect back in the word processing, desktop publishing or structured draw program. In that case, set the dpi to 75 (in PageStream 3, for instance, do this in the Print Setup Requester). Saving the glow text at a higher dpi will increase image quality, but it also makes the resulting text image larger.
That'll cause Step Three to be a difficult and frustrating task. Be sure to save the original document before you quit!
If you want to create the effect using only an image processing program, save both the original text and the glow text as separate IFF files.
STEP TWO: Load the glow text graphic in your image processing program and apply the blur filter.
Make it a hefty blur, too; for Figure 1 (bottom) the blur factor in ImageMaster R T was 7. Save the result under a different file name in case something goes wrong or you don't like the result.
If you plan to import the blurred glow text back into the original program to finish up, don't fiddle with the glow text in the image processing program any more; for example, don't crop it. If you do, the glow text saved may become a different size than the original text, and Step Three will be a pain.
If you plan to place the glow over artwork, double check the palette. A "transparent" text object in PageStream 3 will be saved with a "white" opaque background color, which may or may not be the transparent color 0 in other programs.
STEP THREE: Reload the blurred, glow text into your desktop publishing or word processing program. Place the glow text, then stack the original text on top. Or do the same with the original and glow text in an image processing or paint program (Figure
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Figure 1: The three faces of glow: the original text (top), the filled and stroked version (middle), and after returning from ImageMaster R T (bottom).
W Glow.
Can You Say “Stack It”?
Stacking progressively lighter layers of the glow text also works.
Using PageStream 3, for instance: STEP ONE: Enter the text. Click on the arrow icon, then on the text object.
STEP TWO: Duplicate the object.
STEP THREE: Click on the text icon, then highlight the duplicated text.
STEP FOUR: Go to the "Line & Fill" requester in the "Type" menu. Set the Line Stroke (width) to 1 point, and the Fill to 60% of your glow color (white, in this case). Set the Fill for the character to the same value as the Line Stroke fili. Accept the changes.
STEP FIVE: Repeat Steps Two, Three and Four, except increase the Line Stroke by 1 point and decrease the Fiil percentage by 10 in Step Four.
Keep duplicating and changing the line width and fill each time until the latter stands at 10%, or you get bored, whichever comes first.
STEP SIX: Stack the text objects.
Start with the lightest glow on the bottom and end up with the original text on top. Select all the objects (in "Edit" menu) and group. A black background was used in this example to accent the spooky effect (Figure 3).
Different colors give different impressions. A red glow may suggest a neon sign or fire, yellow or white hints at electricity, and blue or green is good for all purpose "eerie." Vary the size of the character stroke to get effects ranging from a glimmer to a supernova. Glowing text is another tool for creative desktop or web page layouts.
Don't overlook the glow ijffixls Luiilt into your image pm cessing program! Tlw magic word Billy Batson repeated to transform into Captain Marvel was Mrs!
Created in IxiuxePnint V, then loaded into ImageMaster lt 7 Thu "Shine" effect (located under "Process," in the "Special F X" panel) was applied, i he original graphic was reloaded as a secondary buffer, and placed on top of the "shined" text using the "Color Keyed" (keyed to the background color) "Keyed Sec Max Rub Thru" command from the "Compose" panel.
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Computer Graphics and Zen Denting, The perfect reality often relies on imperfect objects.
Give your renderings a feeling of history, and a sense of unpredictability by doing what every human does best, being imperfect, by R Shamms Mortier.
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New Logo Backdrop Ideas: (or "Brilliance Lives!"), When a computer program is a classic, it isn't old, just under utilized, by R Shamms Mortier.
Visual FX for Image FX, Making a great program even better! By R Shamms Mortier Off We Go! Offset Type Creates Depth, By offsetting your type you can give some shady characters a rest, by Nick Cook.
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Real 3D version 3.5 A Very Different Animal, Although Real 3D Version 3.5 has been ported to Windows, RealSoft has not forgotten its Amiga users, by R. Shamms Mortier.
2D 3D: Producing 3D Art with 2D Tools, The Amiga was not designed to be a desktop publishing monster. It was designed to address video, by R. Shamms Mortier.
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This Old Workbench: Episode 9 Tool Time: Beneath the Hood, A tool of beauty is a joy forever, by Dave Matthews.
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On Line, Try newsreading with Voyager NG, Autopilot is freeware, CompuServe could be sold to AOL, how to find a local ISP, and more, by Rob Hays.
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Network PC & The Siamese System, With the right tools, your Amiga can utilize the better parts of any PC, by Dave S. Matthews.
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Aladdin 4D version 5.0, Nova Design has revamped a prestigious 3D program and released it to the public. Is the new version worthy of the title? By R. Shamms Mortier.
Memory Power UP! DKB's 3128 and 2632 Memory Boards Let Amiga Owners Take Advantage of Lower RAM Prices, by Nick Cook.
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This Old Workbench: Episode 10 Hodgepodge and Miscellanea, The Tooling of the Shells, by Dave Matthews.
PC-Task 4 and Pcx: Emulating the PC, Can the Amiga truly find happiness in a world dominated by MS-DOS based software? By Marc Hoffman.
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48) Installation Installation is the next step, once you pass the
hardware muster. The Walnut Creek CD set includes a 34-page
booklet detailing how to install Linux for the PC. That
doesn't do the Amiga or Atari owner any good. Ron Flory has
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lawrencc linux install.htm The 25 pages document the
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topics as how to download the files (not needed if you have
the CD) and handling the various archivers you will need.
Read it a couple of times before you do anything on the
You should have a moderate knowledge of AmigaDOS, since you will need to write a script to boot Linux. Also, you should be comfortable using the HD Toolbox program (in the System: Tools drawer). One false move with that program can wipe all the data off your hard drive, certainly not a happy possibility.
It is also helpful to have a basic knowledge of the idiosyncrasies of UNIX LINUX (for example, case sensitivity). While Disk 3 of the CD set includes over 100 megabytes of Linux documentation, having a book on the subject makes life easier, and you will certainly want one as you configure the OS. O'Reilly & Associates publish my favorites: LINUX in a Nutshell and Running LINUX. There are many other Linux books on the market, but they tend to be PC-centric and somewhat less useful. If you can't get a Linux specific book, any one on UNIX should be "close enough."
The whole installation process isn't a walk in the park, but it went far easier than I expected, and was much less complicated than the NetBSD manual install. Linux was up and running on my A3000 on the first try. The Amiga file system is supported, so your data is available when running Linux (there is a beta program to make the reverse true).
I am now in the process of configuring the system. Linux has been very stable so far, although occasionally it locks during the boot and, once in a while, it gets into a snit over the CD drive. I have run into some expected problems, such as needing to set permissions to various files, and some not so expected ones. For example, the "more" and "less" text readers complain about missing libraries which exist. The hardware link to my printer works fine, but the software print system is balky.
Despite that, things have gone so well that I'm seriously considering expunging Windows from my laptop and using Linux instead.
Does Linux give workstation power on a desktop computer? Maybe not completely, but it is as close as most people will ever need. If you don't mind rolling up your sleeves and diving into a new operating system, installing Linux has the potential of extending your Amiga's usefulness.
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Amiga LINUX: Another Way to tell Bill Gates to, um, Buzz Off by Nick Cook jrJV-lirlTs4 r'll-V.I One of the most popular "alternative" operating systems (OS) out there is Linux. Like UNIX, it is a multiuser, multitasking "industrial strength" OS which runs on Motorola and Intel processors. Unlike UNIX, it is free for the download (or the cost of a CD). Linux isn't just a computer enthusiasts' OS anymore. Some businesses use it to run their networks (for example, my Internet sendee provider). Like AmigaDOS, Linux boasts a supportive and enthusiastic base of users.
Walnut Creek's June 1997 six CDROM set Linux Toolkit includes five different distributions, including ones for the Amiga and Atari platforms. Three of the Cds are full of free applications. Like what, you ask? How about: spreadsheets, checking account balancers, scanner drivers, electronics design stuff, databases, TeX, editors, an optical character reader, GNU development programs and even tools for working with the Chinese language. Typical of such compilations, though, there is some redundancy.
The FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on the Walnut Creek CD notes that Linux supports the following hardware: A3000 SCSI, A4000 IDE, A1200 IDE, serial port, parallel port, mouse, keyboard, built-in graphics (OCS, ECS and AGA), timer, floppy disk drive (DD FTD, Amiga and PC formatted disks), sound, and realtime clock of A2000, A3000 and A4000.
A4000T SCSI support is in beta testing.
All accelerator cards with compatible CPUs are supported (this does not mean that all features of the CPU card, like SCSI, Remember "Linux” and "user friendly" are oxymorons. As the Preface to Running LINUX puts it: "Linux itself is somewhat of a rebellion against the world of commercial software; the world of Linux is not a planned or organized one. You must expect the unexpected...you must hack."
Even though many commands and concepts in Linux are familiar to Amiga owners, it still is a different world with a possible steep learning curve.
Linux requires certain hardware.
Specifically, you will need: a 68000 with a programmable memory management unit (MMU). This includes the 68030, 68040 and 68060 accelerators, or Amiga models A3000, A3000T, A4000 040, A4000 040T, or A4000 060. The 68EC030, which was shipped in A1200s and A4000s, does not have an MMU. If you're not sure if your Amiga is equipped with a MMU, run the Show Config program in the System:Tools drawer, or the "lawbreaker" portion of tire Enforcer package.
Got What It Takes?
Will be available, but the CPU itself works).
All RAM expansions are supported except the 16 bit GVP RAM expansions.
Supported SCSI cards: A2091, A590, GVP Series 11 (including HC+8 and A4008), Phase5 Cyberstorm and Cyberstorm II SCSI options. Phases Blizzard 1230TV 1260 SCSI options, PhaseS Blizzard 2060 68060+SCS1 card, and PhaseS Fastlane Z3 SCSI card.
Commodore DKB A4091 and WarpEngine SCSI controllers are in testing. (There is an A3649 Zorro II bug which crashes early A4000 040s.)
You will also need at Least 4MB fast RAM, or 8MB of fast RAM if you plan to run the Xwindows graphic user interface. It is possible, but difficult, to run Linux in 2MB. As you might guess, the more RAM, the better. With a larger RAM pool, you can reduce the size of the virtual memory "swap" hard drive partition.
As always there is the necessary hard drive space requirements. Linux requires at least 60MB free on your hard drive for the basic installation and 80MB to add Xwindows. You will also need to have a supported hard drive controller.
An additional 16MB may be needed for swap space; this can be reduced if you have more memory. For example, my A3000 has 80MB of fast RAM, so my swap space is only 8MB.
Finally, you will need AmigaDOS
2. 0 or better if you want to run the Amiboot program, which
allows you to go into Linux from the Workbench.
(continued on page 46) Supported Ethernet cards: Ariadne, Hydra, A2065.
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