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Six years after its iaunch. the Amiga continues to lead the way in opening new markets for home users. As the oniy machine offering affordebie top spécification graph ies software such as Scutpt-4D and Reai 3D. it has been responsible for an expiosionin the sort of high quality rendered graphics, which o few years ago wouldn't have been out of piace tn a Hoiiywood sci-fi production. Stevie Kennedy soups up his humble horsepower with a careering cardfui of mighty MIPS This year wii! see a rapid growth in fhe 24-bit graphics market, both in hardware and software, adding a new dimension to Amiga visuots. The advent of graphics boards such os the Hcriequin. covered in February's i;sue of AMIGA Computing, an j image Processing software like ASDG's Art Department Ptofessionoi — which we'H iook at ne t month — seem set to push Amiga graphics to new standards of excellence. However. this high-end usage has a downside. Power computing is the key phrase for most new Amiga apptteations. and in areas as diverse as astronomy and medi-cai science the basic Amiga is struggling to meet the demands piocèd Oh it. its 7.14MHz 68000 CPU can no longer keep up with the requirements of more complex modem software packages and number-crunching tasks. and is a failing which has ied many u: ers to seek faster processor chips. One way of doing this)s to seii your existing machine ond buy an Amiga 3000, but tt is an expensive solution and catts for a complete change of equipment. if you are comfortaMe with your trusty 500 or 2000 and have everything set out to your ükirtg atter the mega-hosste invoived in bmieing up your System, swttchtug ta a new machine might not be as appeat-ing as you first thought. The other way out for those who already own an Amiga is to gc for an occeierator board. and the iast couple of years have seen enajgh of these developed to offer a tea-sonabte choice.

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Document sans nom H 2.0 overhauled Amiga Repairs If something is wrong with your Amiga 500 or C64. Who better to turn to than the Commodore National Repair Centre.
For all repairs to your computer, one low payment covers diagnosis, reoair (including parts and labour) and delivery back to you.
And. As a special bonus, you can receive a free piece of software if you contact us before 14th April 1991.
The experience and expertise of our technicians ensures that your computer is repaired to a high standard at a low cost. And each repair will be carried out within 12 working days!
To schedule a repair and claim your free software, simply call Michelle or Matthew on 0733 391234.
Please be ready to give your name, address, computer type, serial number and the type of fault.
The cost is £49.95 for an Am ga 500 and £39.95 for a C64". Payment can be made by cheque, postal order or credit card.
R FREE SOFTWARE And remember, if you call before 14th April you can claim a FREE piece of software.
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WRITERS Paul Austin Stevie Kennedy PRODUCTION EDITtR Gtins
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- a complete working copy of SpectraColor in all Its HAM and
animated glory. Take a gander at our April special.
Bench 2.0, a wonderful piece of PO that will dromatlcdlly transform your Workbench screen. Especially for music buffs we have a first rate ripper - Hunter. A ripper is a magical piece of software that searches through the Amiga's memory and tears out the chunks containing musical samples. Hexlt will provide Intellectuals with hours of mathematical Blockbuster-type fun, while Yawnl swaps plastic for silicon in the classic sliding tiles game. Our find offerings. Size and Dda-2-Obj, are two delightful little programs for use with CU. Enjoyl CONTENTS REGULARS AMIGApeople AH tie news thot'S fit to
pnnt from the world of Arrvgo computing 7 CLI The second of Stevie Kennedy's beginner's guides to the world of CU .63 Public Domain Paul Austin casts his critical eyes over the very latest freeware offerings _86 Technical N fa% Help % Don t suffer in silence, our very c» owr computer chappies are a at your convenience to ease * your Amiga and sooth your fur- rowed brow with help on a verlta- bie mountain of techie
topics 107 External Input No t isn't something new. Just good old fashioned letters under a new guise ..127 GAMES Choos Strikes Bock. MiG-29 Fulcrum. Colditz and Hard Drlvn' 2 - Drive Harder Just some of the silicon highlights that are on offer In this month's Game Zone - one there's morel ....37 REVIEWS Workbench 2.0 at last Ifs here. It's here! Workbench v2.0 in such amazing detail you'll wonder how you ever did without it 57 DTP head*to*head Nick Veitch reviews ProPage and
Pog©stream in an Amiga Computing head-to-head special ...66 SpectraColor revealed Take all the hard work out your own animated sequence. Paul Austin tens you how ..75 Working on the move Train or plane commuter? Need some*hing to hitch up to your Amiga? Maybe a Z88 s the arswer 94 CODE CLINIC 117 The Wright stuff Paul Austin interviews an Amiga musical maestro residing In the depths of Beetle land ..96 Roland on Paul Austin takes a final peek at this incredible range of Amiga music kit .. 99 MUSIC 119 Counter
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Fast Eddie McKendrick directs your eoger digits 130 ALMANAC Something for everyone, every month, from the experts DTV .113 MACHINE CODE 115 COMMUNICATIONS I* Just keeps getting better! Who would believe that the pictures you send us are from amateurs?
For more amazing visuals from you budding Picassos turn to Page 104 GALLERY DESKTOP PUBLISHING 123 m
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BR and Uotropdrtan Lna SffldoruftheBeastl Shadow Warriors A MIG A|» people AMIGA people come in oil shapes and sizes, and one who has notched up o notable fast is 12-year-old Girl Guide Kerrie Stevens from Woodford Bridge In Essex.
Using her brother's Amiga, Kerrie has become the first Guide in the country to achieve a computer literacy badge.
The badge hod been on offer for more than a year when Kerrie s brother And noticed a report that it had beet won by Scouts but never a Guide.
He mentioned it to his sister and she decided to take up the challenge.
During weekend visits to his London flat Andy taught her the fundamentals of more serious computing and how to use the BASIC programming language.
From there. Kerrie graduated to writing her first simple program which converts centimetres to inches and metres to feet.
A member of 4th Woodford St Pauls Guides, and a pupil at Caterham High School, Kerrie first became Interested In computers when Andy bought himself an AMIGA.
'Kerrie was seven years old when Andrew bought the computer and she used to sit with him far hours', said her mother Lynn.
'She likes playing games, but her interest increased when she sent in for the badge. She had to write her own p'ogram then answer questions about it.
‘Now she has won the badge, the only problem is lhat she wants a computer of her own*.
NEW MAN AT ACCOLADE Accolade, the Amiga and other home computer gomes software house has appointed a new managing director for their European operation. Based In London. Tim Christian will be responsible for Accolode's day to day European business.
Since its inception in 1989, Accolade Europe Ltd has oeen represented by London-based The Sales Curve under the leadership of Jane Cavanogh.
'The Sales Cun e has done a remarkable job of expardlng Accolade's business in Europe and helping us establish a foothold In the European marketplace. ’ sold Peter Doctorow, vice president of international business development. ‘Their expertise has contributed much to the success of such game hits as The Duel: Test Drive II. Elvira and Jack Nlcklaus golf simulations. Our business has now grown to the point that we ?
WHAT’S new SPRING DEBUT FOR CHEAPER CDTV WHEN CDTV hits UK shops it could be £100 cheaper than originally planned. Commodore are currently trying io bring the initial £699 tag down tc below the £600 mark.
Commocore's Andrew Ban told AMIGA Computing-. 'We are looking at a price below £600. And the inference has been that this would make It £599. It could be lower, but we cannot confirm any figures at present'.
Also still unconfirmed is a launch date for the new home entertainment system. Following Its re-launch at the giant Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where it was well received with more than a dozen working applications on show, there was market confidence that CDTV would be ready to go on sale in March.
But Commodore ore still sticking to the official fine of a ’spring launch*.
When it does appear CDTV will be in 100 Dixons outlets throughout the country fofiowtng a deal between Commodore and the retail chain.
'We are also negotiating with other High Street electric stores who seem to be very keen on CDTV. Which is a new product category for them'. Added Ball 'The consumer electronics business needs a tonic at present ond CDTV can provide that'.
Trade sources say Commodore predict 50.000 UK sales of CDTV between its launch and the end of the yepr.
DON'T BANK ON A TRADE-IN IN last month's Amiga Compufng we told of the Commodore deal allowing A500 owners to trode in their machines for a new A1600 with a £200 discount.
Don't dash off to your local dealer to take odvantoge of the need to manage more closely the opportunities of an expanding market.'
BITMAPS PLAYING ANEW TUNE THOSE gurus of the games scene the Bitmap Brothers are at it again with their second release under the new Renegade label, which they have formed in partnership with Rythm Wng Records.
Building cn this tie-up between the worlds of music and leisure computing, their next offering called Gods will be available for the AMIGA in March and win feature music by Nation 12.
This i? The band which includes John Foxx. Formerly of Ultravox.
And Simon Rodgers, of The Fall and Ez-ee Possee. The track to be included in Gods wii be Into The Wonderful.
Based on the tasks of Hercules.
Gods Is on eight-way scrolling arcade adventure. As Hercules, the player takes on four tasks to gain his freedom from the control of Juno and Eurystheus and achieve eternal life.
A real challenge Gods poses four tasks In each of four levels.
Each level is designed so it can be completed In a number of different ways.
A claimed unique feature of Gods is a system of alien Intelligence which allows adversaries to interact and respond directly with the decisions made by the player.
This means that the player cannot simply learn action sequences and react to them.
Graphics are by Mark Co man, programming by Steve Tal and overall design by Eric Matthews and Steve Toll.
The Bitmap's tie-up with RK Records followed their request to use Bomb The Base's track Megablast for the game Xeron 2.
RK boss Martin Heath Is ar avid games player and seized on the idea of giving developers more of the credit for their products - more in line with the way music artists are treated and one with v hlch the Bitmaps readily ogreed.
'The Idea behind Renegode is to produce a publishing company which runs the way Rythm King Records does, giving artists the credit they deserve, paying their royalites on time and consulting them about packaging and promotion of their products', he said.
DOS WITH DASH FREES MEMORY AMIGA person Jonathan Small has come up with a new product for serious program developers through his recentty formed company Supa Nova Developments.
Supa specialise in development software and hardware and the new host-slave system CyberDos is aimed at both Amiga and Atari ST machines.
At the core of the system is a specially designed lead for connecting the computers and a collection of sophisticated controlling software utilities.
The lead Is a high-speed link which can be used for transferring files between the two machines and more importantty for transferring new versions of programs between them.
Any combination of the two computer types is possible and the system automatically converts ST ?
WHAT'S new offerl Commodore s publicity-, department have apologised for an error In communications. The deal is not a trade-in, but a straight price cut on A1500 machines.
If the latest story ts the right one.
Customers buying an A1500 will “ get it for £999.99 Inclusive of VAT rather than the previous price of £999.99 ex VAT - a saving of £149.99. A possible reason for the confusion is that Commodore have now announcec another trade-in deal.
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Primarily aimed at games desgn, the system contains two sets of utilities. First is a set of DOS utilities which allows the transfer of programs and data between machines and the execution programs which will run under the target machine's normal DOS envronment.
Second Is a complete replacement system which can be used to run games.
'Ihis includes a complete set of disk operations which will read, write and erase the standard files from the disk', said Jonathan.
'ft also includes music playing routines with Soundtracker, keyboard and joystick handling routines, memory handling routines, data transfer via the link routines anc more.
'The replacement DOS does not use any of the operating system for its operations- and because of this It Is much faster than the normal operating system.
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Two versions of CyberDos are included in each package - the development version which handles any transfers and automatically executes any new versions transferred over, and the run time version which can be included In any piece of software at no extra charge.
CHEAPER MEMORY MEMORY Expansion Systems (051-236 0480) have announced a series of prices reductions on their Cortex range of expansion cards for the Amiga A500 and A1000.
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‘Since the Cortex range was launched at CES, the price of memory chips has dropped and we are now able to pass this reduction In cost on to our customers'. Said David McGee.
'At the moment various factors. Including the Gulf crisis, are making prices a bit unstable, but we will be keeping to our new pricing for the forseeabte future'.
As Amiga Computing went to press Cybe'Dos was under beta test and should be due out in March. Provisional price. £89.95. Supa Nova Developments are at 186 Brunswick Street. Leamington Spa. Warwickshire. CV31 2ER.
EDUCATION MARKET EXPANDING BETTER known so far for their involvement with distributors HB Marketing. Keith Howell and Julian Swallow have decided to take a new look at educational software for the Amiga through their new company, Genisoft 0753 680363).
Six months after forming Genisoft. They have collected an Interesting array ol educational products which were due for official launch as Amiga Computing went to press.
'We felt that there was a need for the more esoteric products which have not previously been published for the Amiga, either because people felt they were not suitable for that market or because the volume of sales was not sufficient'. Soid Julian.
'Although It is six months since we formed Genisoft. We are only Just launching the majority of these packages because we know from experience that it is better -o get at least six packages ready before you start to talk about them. We waited until we had a good range.
'What we are aiming at is the better quality educational software which has not been avail- ?
WHAT'S new thwart Intruders. Called -Datastop.
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The Ministry of Defence. Foreign Office and City Institutions are already showing Interest In Datastop following tests at the Building Research Establishment.
An office was fitted with the special gloss and tests carried out by both the Electrical Research Association and Communications Audit. The office was found to be secure even with on aerial sited immediately outside the window.
AMIGA TAKES THE CLASS READING Writing Course, the popular educational package from LCL (0491 579345) Is now available on the Amiga. A 24 program, two book course which comes with voice tape is claimed to be the first Amiga product to teach reading and writing.
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Ftsr off the Genisoft production line is Kldstype. A wordprocessor for children which Keith and Julian see as a parallel to a first reading book. It teaches youngsters how to use a wordprocessor on the Amiga and costs £24.95. Weather Watcher originally appeared on the BBC Micro and was written by Colin Reynolds of Mavday Publications. It helps young users keep and compare daily. Weekly and monthly data on weather conditions, rainfall and temperatures, giving It wide appeal m education. Price. £24.95. Genisoft are also to launch what they believe to be the cheapest video titling pockoge for the
Amiga. Called Home Titler, it is repjblished from a French program and costs £39.95. Again from Mayday Publications. Game Set and Match is another former BBC product which has been completely re-written to take advantage of the Amiga’s capabilities. It teaches children to match colours, numbers, coins and a host of other objects and costs £19.95. BUT IN THE VERY BEST TASTE TWELVE Amiga people are about to ochieve an unusual amount of exposure on your favourite machine. The world's first computerised jigsaw with ’naughty bits* is now available for Amiga owners.
The Penthouse Electric Jigsaw for Adults has 12 puzzles featuring centrefold models from a year's issues of the famous Penthouse magazine.
Developed by Merit Software In America, it is exclusively distributed in the UK ond Europe by Data Liberation (0983 864674).
In odditicn to the adult version, there is also a standard version where the Penthouse Pets of the Month appear skimpily but taste- futty clad. The Jigsaw can include from six to 294 pieces with 16 different sizes to choose from - each DRAWN TO TELECOMS CENTAUR Software of Redondo Beach. California have launcned Maxi Sketch, a new graphic drawing tablet for all Amiga computers and MindUnk, a telecommunications package for the Amiga.
Offering 100 dpi. Maxi Sketch features direct reconfigure from the tablet setup area and has a buzzer on off setting which increases cursor button feeling and allows easy verification of tablet configuration setting.
Eprom memory allows storage of the user default configuration and there is also an auto configuring hardware interface. Maxi S eth emulates a total of 15 drawing tablets.
MindUnk features selectable data speeds from 300 baud to 31.25K baud; X Modem. V Modem and Z Modem file transfer protocols and an exclusive chat-modem mode which allows user to talk while transferring files.
There are 20 password protected function keys for password security. A programmable timer, integrated script language for designing your own modem utilities and MindUnk is futy multitasking.
For further detals on pricing and UK availability, ring Centaur ir the USA on 0101 213 542 2226.
Table. This allows the player to view them all at the same time, selecting one or assembling groups before placing them in the picture.
When using larger numbers of small pieces, each can be moved Into the main playing area then with the traditional jigsaw shape.
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An overview Window which appears at the bottom of the screen displays the pieces as if they had been spread across a WHAT’S for dyslexics and is also suitable for odult literacy classes. Price £24.
INTERFACE INITIATIVE A NEW graphical use Interface overlay system claimed to be better than the AMIGA's existing GUI has been launched by Dallas- based Innovatronlcs.
Called Cando, It includes a module which supports a database facity for indexing, sorting and high speed retrieval of data and also offers seamless links Into other utilities and software applications. Enhancing the Amiga WIMPS Interface. Cando also features true floating point maths with double precision operation! As well as maths ond trigonometric ones. Innovatronlcs can be contacted In the USA on 0101 214 3404991.
TWICE AS FAST DOUBLE the speed for less than £200 sounds ike a good deal for Amiga ovaiers and it's one which Silica Systems (081-309 1111) are poised 1o offer with their AdSpeed ooard.
The board was expected to be made available mid-February but as Amiga Computing went to press, delivery from American manufacturers ICD was being held up by the Guf crisis which has given many hauliers more pressing work.
At the surprisingly low price of £199, Adspeed is a replacement 68000 for the stondard one in the Amiga and as such is easily fitted without soldering.
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also a working window through which all the pieces not already assembled can be scrolled.
Other features Include a time clock stop wdtch to allow for MIDWINTER II COVERS MORE TERRITORY WITH 250.000 square miles of accurately mapped 3D terrain,
4. 000 characters. 24 modes of transport and 13 choices of
weapons. Flames of Freedom - Midwinter II promises hours of
absorbing strategic adventure for Amiga owners.
This Midwinter follow-up from ?ainblrd (0666 504326) sees Midwinter Isle under threat from the earth's changing climate.
Evacuees escape from rising waters to the friendly island of Agora but now face a further Threat from the evil Saharan Empire.
The player must take account of political, administrative and cultural perpectives and can use a sophisticated profite generator
* o choose looks, sex, psychology competition, a quit button to
save the work in progress, a view button to see the uncut
picture at any stage and a picture menu.
There Ij also a Roll of Honour facility where players' best times can be recorded. ‘What we have and physical characteristics.
Using Moelstrom s unique 3D light-sourced fractal landscapes, Flames of Freedom also Includes thousands of buildings to explore ond an aufo-route option allows players to plan and execute their travel within the 3D automatically.
Available for the Amiga in May. Flames of Freedom wfl cost £29.99. here Is a program that successfully combines the look and feel of traditional board Jigsaw puzzles', said Pdul Booth, head of Data Liberation.
‘Where It really scores is that you cannot ever lose any of the important bits'. Price. £34.95. EASY PATH TO BETTER SPELLING HOME micros ore being recruited In the fight agoinst bad spelling following Education Secretary Kenneth Clarke's Instruction that school examiners deduct up to five per cent of SCSE marks for bad spelling.
Now Database Publications have announced the release this month of an all-fo mats computer program to teach spelling to children from 5 to 15.
The program, which has a vocabulary of 5.000 words is designed to improve the spelling of children of all aoilrties and In aH subjects.
It contains all tie basic words they will need to be able to spell during their school career It they are not to be penalised In exams.
SPELLI has been devised by Peter Davidson, former head of computing at a Manchester comprehensive school ond now editor of the world's first computer comic. Let's ComputeI It has been programmed by a team of teachers headed by Chris Price, one of the authors of Britain's top-selling educational software.
Fun School.
SPELLI. Which costs £8.95. runs on the Amiga and most other popular home computers.
NEARLY MISSED OPPORTUNITY IN THE March Issue of Amiga Computing we published a rundown of mice and trackballs entitled ‘Alternative Input*. Due to time constrictions not all the devices we were hoping to review arrived on our desks before the print deadline.
One notable omission to the review was the Contriver range of equipment, which has now found Its way to the Amiga Computing staffs sticky Irttle fingers.
Watch these pages next month for a detailed look their products.
WHAT’S new packages, one Including both base unit and Cheetah skateboard and one with the base alone so the player can use his own board.
Aeroskate connects to the games sytem or computer then the player jumps aboard using balance, and leaning left or right to avoid being zapped by the game. A built-in hand control
• nodule lets you fire back or jump out of the way.
Aeroskate Is currently at the arototype stage and Cheetah are working with French software louse Titus to design games specifically for It Including skateboard. Surfing and driving simulators. Ski runs, ond shoot em-ups.
At present. Cheetah cannot say how soon Aeroskate will become available or how much It will cost but It's certainly worth looking out for if you like something a bl* different.
GRAPHICS ADD-ON DUE soon from G2 Systems (0252 737151) is the MosterBoard VB1, a full 24-blt resolution add-on graphics system for the Amiga 2000 and 3000.
The single plug-in card auto- conflgure to the host computer.
Has Its own high resolution inputs ond outputs and is fully genlock- able with a range of coders and decoders for YUV. YC and composite signals available.
Control software for Master- Board can interface with other graphics fib such as ScJpt and D- Paint and can be used for Image processing and ray facing.
It allows picture and mask manipulation, re-slzing, cut and paste plus tittering. The system can also be configured so that the frame grabs can be output in standard Amiga resolution and can read and write stondard IFF type disk format and act on AREXX script files. The VD2001 version has a real-time 24-blt frome grab and display facility and costs £1.750. The FB2001 is a video output only version of MosterBoard for use as a frame buffer to display 24 bit graphic material ond costs £ 350.
MosterBoard has a colour resolution of 24 bits pixel with 16.8 millon colour on screen simultaneously. Horizontal resolution Is 512 or 344 pixets per line with vertical resolution. 600 pixels per line. Onboard memory Is up to 1.5Mb of video RAM.
At present there is no ful paint system for MosterBoard but Greg Hollidge of G2 soys this is in hand.
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1. A5D0 A1000 8Mb Expansion (2, 4, or 8Mb). Fully implemented
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Cooper Feature The Amiga Is a powerful machine. No one can
deny that for £400 or less you can buy a beast on which you
can with confidence unleash a variety Df odvanced tasks.
From fractals to frame-grabbing.
It has made a name tor itself In almost every area of advanced home computer application.
Six years after its launch, the Amiga continues to lead the way in opening new markets for home users.
As the only machine offering affordcbte top specification graphics software such as SculpMD and Real 3D. It has been responsible for an explosion in the sort of high quality rendered graphics, which a few years ago wouldn’t have been out of place in a Hollywood scl-fl production.
Stevie Kennedy soups up his humble horsepower with a careering cardful of mighty MIPS This vear will see a rapid growth In the 24-bit graphics market, both In hardware and software, adding a new dimension to Amiga visuals.
The advent of graphics boards such as the Hcrlequin, covered in February's issue of Amiga Computing, and image processing software like ASDG's Art Department Professional - which we'B look at next month - seem set to push Amiga graphics to new standards of excellence.
However, this high-end usage has a downside. Power computing is the key phrase for most new Amiga applications, and In areas as diverse as astronomy and medical science the basic Amiga is struggling to meet the demahds placed on it.
Its 7.14MHz 68000 CPU can no longer keep up with the requirements of more complex modern software packages and number- crunching tasks, and is a failing which has led many users to seek faster processor chips.
One way of doing this Is to sell your existing machine and buy an Amiga 3000, but it is an expensive solution and calls for a complete change of equipment.
If you are comfortat4e with your trusty 500 or 2000 and have everything set out to your liking after the mega-hassle Involved In bullclng up your system, switching to a new machine might not be as appealing as you first thought.
The other way out for those who already own an Amiga is to gc for an accelerator board, and the last couple of years have seen enojgh of these developed to offer a lea- sonable choice.
The boardwalk There are three or four main third party accelerator boards competing for the upgrader’s attention, ranging In price from less than £300 to over £1000.
We are not counting the offcial Commodore A2620 card, as its price puts it at a distinct power-for- the-pound disadvantage over third Feature 32-bit Foster processor chips have a 32-bit design as opposed to the 16-bit 68000. This simply means that they can handle more precise calculations, carrv out more instructions per clock cycle, and communicate along a data bus twice as wide as their earner counterparti.
However, it is only when allied to 32-bit memory chips thal these processors reach their best speeds.
It would be pointless to upg ade to a 68030 chip if its blistering access demands were being answered by slow memory chips, and all its instructions trying to squeeze into 16-bit memory addresses.
For this reason. 32-bH memory chips with access times of 80 nanoseconds or less are required for the expensive 68020 and 030 chips to be of much use.
For example, a 16.67MHz processor using 32-bit RAM can provide a data transfer rate of
18. 7Mb per second as opposed to only 3.2 Mb per second with
ordinary Amiga chip or fast RAM. Giving a possible six-fold
improvement In memory handling time.
You don't need me to point out ihe advantages of chucking memory oround at such speeds.
Party rivals. If you Insst on on official upgrade, by all rreans buy the Commodore card, but we d advise you to consider the unofficial atternatives carefully.
Before looking at an accelerator card, it is best to consider exactly what It will be used for. To buy one of these units without a specific application In mind is to Indulge In techno-junkie excess.
Graphics, CAD, DTP and scientific applications are all prime candidates for the go-faster treatment, but if the board is to be used simply to make Indianapolis 500 drive more smoothly than before, or make Xenon II just that little bit more manic, it’s a waste of equipment.
Remember that Ihe Amiga is served by many moie chips than Just the central processor. Agnus.
Paula. Denise and the rest will continue to run at the some speed as before regardless of the CPU replacement. Any software which mokes extensive use of these chips will enjoy a much reduced improvement in speed.
A machine with a 68030 chip running at 25MHz might still run an arcade game only 10 per cent faster than a basic machine. £300 A500 Mega Mi e1 Configuration 1Mb A 500 1 Mb A500 plus A5000 NO 32-bit RAM 1 Mb A500 plus A5000 with 1Mb 32-bit RAM 1 Mb A500 plus Midget Racer Best cose Improvement: A5000 Mega Midget Racer Feature is a high price to pay for this sort of performance, especially when games software is that most often plagued by incompatibility problems.
Great Valley Products 3001 range GVP cards were some of the first 030 cards available, and have become something of a standard by which to judge other cords.
They use the 68030 68882 combination with 32-bit RAM to achieve a tenfold increase in mathematical speed over a standard Amiga, and offer an on- boord A* hard drive interface.
Partly because of their high spec, and partly because they have eijoyed a head start on other boards, the GVP units are a bit more expensive than some of their competitors.
The 33MHz model with 4Mb RAM. For example, weighs in at £1,795. O price guaranteed to bring tears to the eyes of most users.
For the sort of power thus purchased it is still a reasonable price.
Racer benchmark results MIPS 68881 68882 Load Straight Speed Mandelbrol Mandelbrot Dtgi-Palnt HAM Comparison
0. 791 2 880 278s N A 23s
1. 00 233s 89s 17s N A
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5. 37 7 565 70s 28s 6s
8. 18 639% 556% 327% 228% 287% 537% 397% 318% 383% 818% but
expect to see it fall as competition for the acceleration
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Unfortunately, the GVP boards are only available to A2000 owners and there are as yet no signs of an A500 model being released. For 2000 owners, however, the GVP range is an existing and widely used answer to many of the power needs of today's applications.
CSA Mega Midget Racer The Computer System Associate cards have been available for a while now In a variety of configurations.
The range incudes boards for all models of Amiga save the 3000.
And comes in almost as many flavours as your choice of co-pro- Interpreting the tests At its best, when 32-bit memory is used and the 66661 is utilised to Its full, the A5000 can otter an improvement of atout 713 per cent over a standard 66000. This is the figure reached if you compare the 66661 mandefixot generation with the standard 66000 generation of a normally coded routine.
Of course, this figure would rarely If ever be ochieved In normal operation. The 287 per cent improvement in Oigi-Paint looting, and the 233 per cent m Prolext scrolling s more like an everyday improvement.
The Mega Midget Racer't results show how much faster a 68030 with twice as much 32-bit RAM can be. As a heod-to-head comparison, the results are of little importance, because the boards use different processors and retail in different price brockets. Taken as a power-for-the-pound comparison, however, the table should offer a guide to those considering the various options open to them.
We used a Midget Racer with 25MHz 68030.25MHz 66662. And a 2Mb Mega-Memory board os this, occordng to Bytes n Pieces, is the most popular configuration, The card was foster than a !6MHz 20MHz A5000, but as the CSA boards appeal more to the professional end of the market and the A5000 boards offer an easier entry point for the average user, the* relative merits are best seen from an applications rather than price point of view.
There would have been no point in a 'this one's the best so buy iff' approach, because there is a limitless variety of wallet sizes and end uses to consider What should be clear is that the choice of accelerator is dominated much more by the user's needs than by any relative superiority between cards.
Feature cessors and memory options demcnd.
All Midget Racers have a 25 or 33MHz 68030 chip at the heart of things, and an optional 68882 Floating Point Unit operating at anything between 20 and 50MHz.
In addition they use 32-blt RAM ond surface mounted components to macimlse speed and efficiency.
Memory is available as either 1Mb or 2Mb on-board if you use 256*4 DRAMs. Or 4Mb to 8Mb If using the more expensive 1024*4 chips.
These are fitted on the Mega- Memory board which must be purchased separately, and can only be added in the 1.2,4, or 8Mb chunks.
Some 512K of shadow RAM (SRAM) can be fitted to the Midget Racer board Itself, but this is used to store Kickstart and is not immediately available.
One of the board's biggest selling pohts Is that Its design aflows for a very grodual but uninterrupted upgrade path. The A5O0 user con buy a bare 63030 board and add SRAM. 32-bit RAM. And a maths coprocessor as their budget and system requirements dictate.
This is not unique to the CSA boards. The A5000. For instance, can be user-configured in much the same wcy and GVP boards can take new processors.
But the CSA cards differ in one important respect in that they are transportable between different models.
The same board used in an A500 can be fitted to a 2000 if the user upgrades, thus ensuring that money needn t be spent twice on expensive equpment.
And there's the rub. As Shakespeare once said. The CSA boards aren't cheap. The top end one with 8Mb memory, a 33MHz 68030. And 50MHz FPU will set you back wen over £1000.
If you have a tame bank manager or bulging wallet, the CSA boards are a good bet for performance and eose of expansion, but unless dedicated to raw power the The 68000 chips No matter what Amiga variant you own. Rt has at its heart a member of the Motorola lo-bit 68000 chip family. For owners of A 1000s. 500s, 1500s. And 2000s this is the standard 68000 running at 7.14MHz. A3000 machines use the 32-bit 68030 chip.
The differences between the various chips ore many and techrical.
But they all come down to basic speed. The higher the chip number, the greater Its speed, so a 68030 is faster than a 68020 which is faster than the 68000.
The 020 and 030 chips have a small on-board cache of memory set aside for machine code Instructions ranging from a tiny 256 bytes to 32K on 030 chips, and a similar amount set aside for data.
While neither of these is gargantuan, the caches allow for disproportionate speed Increases by running small program loops, or hotting common data within the chip itself.
In oddition. The 68030 chip has an built-in Memory Management Unit (MMU). Which operates to ensure memory is cleanly and legally' accessed. The new 68040 chip sports an integral Floating Point Unit (FPU) or maths coprocessor.
A dedicated moths chip, such as the 68881 68882 processors, will dramatically speed up any operation calling for a great many precise mathematical calculations, such as CAD and 3D graphics. No accelerator board or chip is complete without one.
Average user might want to go for something a little less ambitious.
Solid State Leisure A5000 B5000 The Solid State Leisure boards are the latest additions to the accelerator market, and are pitched at much the same users as the Midget Racers and G’ P series.
They are available in a similar array of configurations, but are more machine-specific than CSA boards m that the B5C00 will only ftt in an Amiga 2000. However, the cards still allow useis to choose from a range of 32-blt RAM and processor options.
Where the range extends beyond CSA and GVP is In Its appeal to the low-end user, with a 68020 card retailing at only £275.
The 020 processor isn't as fast as the 030. But for less than £300 you get a 16Mhz 68020. A 20MHz 68881 maths co-processor, and 1Mb of 32-bit RAM expandable to 4Mb.
As you can always replace the original chips with faster versions, the A5000 board represents one of the most inviting options for the average user contemplathg a move Into the power market.
Fitting the board Is carried out by the now traditional piggyback method. In other words, the user simply removes the original 68000. Fits It into the socket on top of the A5000 board, then slots the board itself into the vacant CPU socket on the Amiga's motherboard.
As long as care is taken to cvold MIPS MIPS is an anacronym for million Instructions per second, and is a commonly used and quoted measure of processor speed It represents the overage number of machine code Instructions earned out by a processor each second, and as such con be seen as a reasonable guide to the potential speed Increase offered by a particular accelerator board.
We stress the fact that the MIPS rating of a processor or board is not the final word on its performance.
A quick look at our comparison table shows that the percentage speed Increase for some applications can be half that for a straight MIPS count.
A MIPS rating measures the Internal speed of a processor, but from the user's standpoint it is always much more important to consider the practical benefits of an upgrode.
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Configuring the board is not quite as straightforward. A user expecting to simply plug in a board and find instantly accessible speed increases wil be disappointed.
Like any accelerator board, the A5000 demands a certain amount of tweaking before the system will run happily with Its new master of ceremonies.
Fortunately, most boards are supplied with software to enable this as simply as possible, and the A5000 is no exception.
The first task to be accomplished, if speed is to be maximised. Is the enabling of the user's 32-bit memory.
This Is very different from the chip and fast memory the A500 normally operates with, and is situated above the Amiga's usual memory map.
So if the computer is to realise the new memory is there, it has to be Informed of the memory's presence.
A p'ogram called ALLOCMEM does this with little trouble and depending on the parameters set, will also enable Kickstart ROM shadowing by loading It Into 32-bit memov.
This will automatically intercept MOVE.SR instructions - the most common source of 68020 software Incompatibility - and delay the boot sequence to allow slow hard drives to catch up with the processor.
The future There ere clearly scme excellent products on the market at the moment, but the good news is there’s more to come. Acceleration is set to become one of the biggest Amiga hardware markets in the next few years, and we should shortly be seeing new devices at both the upper and lower ends of the price and power ranges.
The latest chip to Join the Motorola 680x0 family is the 68040, and it promises to be to the 68030 what the 68030 was to the 68020.
From Motorola's own technical specifications and some preliminary tests, it is possible to look ahead to a truly impressive leap in Amiga computing power.
For the sake of comparison, try to imogine 300,000 transistors on a chip. This is the number pocked into a 68030. The 68040 has 1.2 million of them, which Motorola engineers claim helps the chip offer three times the 030‘s performance!
The 68030 came with its own on-board Memory Management Unit, but the 68040 goes one better with an In-bullt Floating Point Unit as well.
This unit is designed to be compatible with 68881 68882 code, but its design is optimised to reach performance levels 10 times greater than the older FPUs.
Preliminary tests of a 25MHz 68040 have clocked up 20 MIPS, which is four times as fast as the A5000 we look at In this feature, and certainly faster trian an Amiga 3000.
Bytes ’n Pieces, who presently import the CSA cards, Informed us that at least one third-party peripherals manufacturer is already developing a 68040 card for the existing range of Amigas.
Needless to say, we'll be on the look-out for 040 products over the next few months, and will bring you any news os it comes In.
The command can be Included in the user's system disk startup- sequence or used directty from CLI, and is a very flexible answer to some of the problems posed by an upgrade.
However, the bugbear of many an upgrading user is software incompatibility, and the problem is sometimes incurable no matter how much tweaking Is indulged in.
The only answer In such cases is a 68000 fallback switch, by which the user can return to standard operation.
Again, Oil cards will supply this option, and where the A5000's in common with the Midget Racer is a command which re-boots the Amiga while it resets the CPU.
The unfortuaate consequence of switching bock to 68000 mode is that the 32-bit memory is no longer available, so if the system doesn't have normal RAM expansion it will come down to earth with a mighty bump.
No 68020. No 32-bit RAM. No kudos. The 68000 couldn't make full use of 32-blt RAM In any case, but It would have been nice to have tried itl In operation we found the A5000 behaved quite well, with only a few glitches. Software was a bit of a problem in 68020 mode.
But all the main productivity titles we tried worked fine.
The speed at which they ran did not achieve the obviously blistering pace one might expect from examining the MIPS or Mandelbrot benchmarks In our comparison table, but this shouldn't be a surprise. A speed increase in real terms of about 30 per cent wot the lowest performance gain, rising to almost 300 per cent In some cases.
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As we go to press AdSpeed is currently undergoing final tests In the States after last minute technical problems delayed its release, so we're unable to bring you performances figures. • However, the finished product should be of a high build and technical quality if ICD's other adc-ons such as the AdRAM card are anything to go by.
It is unlikely that AdSpeec will begin to match the performance of 020 and 030 cards with their own FPUs and 32-blt RAM. But retoiling at only £199 it should be a tempting alternative to the average user, who is looking for a bit more power at less than the cost of a hard drive.
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3 ... Dekwe Vidto 3 | Philips CM8833 Mk.ll .ncluding cable C 239.00 | First of oil, you must moke a backup copy of the coverdlsk. To do this, boot-up with your copy of Workbench, then double cick on the Workbench disk Icon, followed by the Shell or CLI icon.
Now type: I1SKC0PY FtOB OfO: TO DFO: How to use The Disk or. If you have an extra disk drive, put a blank, formatted disk in Dfl: and type.
D1SKC0PT FIOII DFO: TO DF1: Follow the on-screen prompts until the copying procedure has ended, then put your originol disk away In a safe place. Now switch Startup stuff Eoch month from now on we'll be trying to bring you one or two handy little bits and pieces (or those who love to mess about with their stortup-sequences, and if you delve Into this month's, you'll see a couple of commands you might not be familiar with.
The first of these is WINSIZE. Which has been used on the disk for ages and which I'd recommend you pass over In favour of the much smaller SIZE mentioned later In these pages. Either Is very jseful If you want to load Workbench aut still leave a CLI window open from startup.
Normally you'd have to resize the CLI window manually so you could see the off the mochlne and wait for 30 seconds before re-bootlng with the copy. Walt until the CoverDiskl7 Icon appears, double click on It and away you go.
Thats aB you need do to make a straight copy of the entire disk.
However, yog may also want to to copy Individual programs from your copy of the coverdlsk to a separa’e disk. In this case ensure that you fully understand which related files need to go with It.
For example, all of the document ties on the disk require that Workbench screen, but with these you can have your Workbench open In much the some way as our coverdlsk.
The second is ONLYPAlt, a tiny routine which ensures your Amiga bools up wtth g full sized PAL screen - 256 pixels high Instecd of an annoying 200 pixels NTSC screen.
You've probably noticed by now that the Amiga will sometimes boot up In the NTSC screen size (or no apparent reason. ONLVPALI will fix this bug If it occurs.
Remember lo copy the files from the coverdlsk's C: directory. You can't add commands to your startup-sequence If they don’t exist on that disk I the text editor Ppmore Is in the current disks C: directory. Therefore. If you copy the docs to a new disk you will also have to copy Ppmore to the new C: dkec- tory before you can read them.
Some of the smaller docs will not have been crunched, so for these you need only change the tool types on the iccn's info screen to reflect whichever text editor you do hove on the new disk.
As a general rule, you should carefully read the documentation for any program you copy from cfck to disk This can save a great deal of messing about and can help you avoid all those Infuriating error messages!
Hextt is an arithmetic educational game aimed at children of between eight and ten years - although it ought to please a good many older users It is based around a Blockbusters style gameboafd made up of hexagons, which the player must cross one at a time by providing arithmetic solutions The player rolls a set of two dice to begin The resulting numbers can be added, multiplied, subtracted. DMded, or squared in on attempt to match the number on an adjacent hexogon.
Once the player finds a match, he or she clicks on the die with the first number on It. Next In the tox beside the operator required, Hexit Author: Martin Stevon and Noil Boffin Author Chris Bradburn then in the box to the right of the operator. This will bring up the result of the sum and If It matches a hex. The player can proceed by clicking on‘Move’ If the player cannot find a match the turn is passed over to player 2, and so on until one person reaches the other side This means that when In two- player mode the game can be played as a straight race. When playing alone, however, there is
unfortunately no time limit or high score option to encourage a child to progress.
Used as an educational game with a little supervision. Hexit is simple with a big enough hook to retain substantial interest.
If you use MED or Soundtracker. Or Just enjoy messing about with the Amiga’s capacity to make great noises, you will have a whale of a time with Hunter.
This is a sample ripper - a program designed to search through your AMIGA's memory and rip out chunks containing the music samples in which you are Interested.
As long as you are ripping out samples or sound effects and not ripping off someone etee's musical arrangements, there is no limit to what you can do with a decent ripper.
For example, you might want to build up your own librory of MED or Soundtracker samples from a collection of PD derros.
A self-contained auto-booting music demo is usually rather Inaccessible to the average user, but with Hunter It Is quite easy to track down and cdpture any sample that takes your fancy. The first PD music disk which came to hand was the Kefrens Jukebox demo on Seventeen-Bit disk number 685, so I booted up with that gnd waited until I heard a few samples I liked enough to try ripping them.
By the time this stage is reached, the samples are already in the Amiga's chip memory, so the next step was to warm re-boot with the coverdisk and Are up Hunter.
* Vou may also try a direct search through your target disk or
music module using the load file option, and the IFF Search.
Hunter, however. Has several control gadgets making It easier
to skip to any part of chip memory. They are located on the
left of the Hunt9r screen and are start, length, frequency, and
step size.
Start simply tells the program where In memory to begin the search, and con go up to 1024000, the top of most users' chip memory If you don't know this game and how to play It. You must be fresh in fron Mars. It's a version of the classic sliding tiles puzzle In which you have to unscramble ond put the tiles back in the correct order.
To move a tile when It's next to a gap. Just click on It and It moves automatically to the empty space. Nothing could be easier and the program win keep up wl*h you no matter how fast you clck.
It's possible for experts to race through a puzzle in Impressive style.
By holding down the right mouse button while the Yawnl window is active, you can change the size of board from 16 squares to 49. At which stage things become significantly more difficult.
A notable extra feature Is the ability to selec* Hindi or Arabic numerals for the tiles. There aren't many Amiga programs around that make allowances for a multilingual Amlga-using pubic!
We hod a quick bash at Hextt while testing the coverdisk. And ended up spending half an hour on It. Simple ideas are the best, so they say, and games of this kind have been played for centuries.
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except fo' 3000 owners. A500 owners needn't search any further than 512000, because you won't find any memory beyond that on unexpanded machines.
Length sets the size of memory chunk to be played or saved to disk and is again expressed In bytes. Hunter doesn't try to baffle with hex codes or any of the usual mochlne coder's bumff.
It Is designed to be used by musical lllherates like myself, and if I can ochieve satisfying results, anyone can. The frequency button sets the frequency at which memory. Including any samples found, is played.
To speed up the search crank up the frequencv to about 15 or 18000. Then slowly back down to between 10 and 12000 to hear them.
Use the IFF search options to chase down IFF samples, and the Load File requestor to examine a particular disk or music module. This saves you the bo'her of having to reboot.
The Kefrens samples were quite easy to capture ond save to disk, and for the sake of compatibility I saved them one at a time as both RAW and IFF format.
You will be able to use your samples with almost any Amiga music package using one or the other.
I loaded a RAW sample Into MED and was able to swap It with others used on various tracks of coverdisk songs until I'd completely destroyed the song's integrity.
Hunter doesn't supply mjsical os well as ripping ability!
It should be easy enough to build up a samples library using Hunter from either PD or commercial software. Simply play the music, re-boot Immediately with Hunter and trawl carefully through the Amiga s chip memory.
If the samples don't survive the warm re-boot, try a couple more times. If you still can't And them, try the IFF search options, Should you still fail to find them, then the samples are either not continually resident In chip memorv or the software clears memory as I plays them.
Whatever the reason, there's no point In bonglng your head against a brick wall, unless you Intend to sample the sound it mokes!
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If there are other types of program you would like to see on the coverdisk write to: Stevie Kennedy, Amiga Computing, Europa House, Adlington Park, Adlington, Macclesfield SK10 4NP Data-2-Obj AMIGA Author: John Chosey Bench 2.0 Is a superb PD program designed to transform your Workbench screen and radically alter Its visual impact. It Is guaranteed to make you sit up and fake notice! The program's function Is discernable Immediately upon opening, so there's no need for documentation here.
One thing to note is that if anything goes wrong, or the program does something unexpected. You can restore your original Workbench screen by moving the mouse pointer to the top of the screen, holding It down and drogging the Bench 2.0 screen down.
You should then be able to click on Bench's close gadget which win be situated in the top left-hand qudrter of the screen.
This program is of use mostty to C programmers and works only from CU. Its function is to convert raw data used by program code Into object code so that the two can be linked Into a single file, saving disk space and speeding program running.
Bench 2.0 Author: Olof Lapri The example John Chasey uses Is that of a program which plays samples as part of Its operation.
We all know how large samples can be. So the odvantages of converting these to object code, linking them to the program code, and pocking the whole executable file without having to mess about with sepo- rate loads and de-crunchers at runtime Is obvious.
The documentation on the disk includes a detailed exampte of the program's use and lists the hunk headers It won't recognise As John himself points out, the program can't as yet extract data from object files, but possible later versions may allow this and further operations.
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The most obvious improvement over SpectraColor's close cousin, Photon Paint 2. Is the Inclusion of animation. In much the same way as Dpaint III, SpectraColor offers brush animation which is so simple to use you can't go wrong.
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Size Earn up to a cool grand Author: Stephen White This tiny utlty - just 712 bytes - is more of a CLI command than anything else. It allows full control over the size of the CLI window opened by a script file In much the same way as WINSIZE opens the small window at the bottom of the screen every tlma you boot up a coverdlsk.
Size Is a worthy alternative because It Is so small. Written h machine code it is. Therefore, more suited for use on compilation disks or. Indeed, coverdlsks where spoce Is at a premium, t runs from CU, but is best used In a script file such as a startup- sequence.
Unlike most window commands on the Amiga. Size opens a window by specifying its absolute screen co-ordinates rather than expressing its relation to the top left-hand corner of the screen. In other words, to open a CU window the same size as the one opened for every coverdlsk.
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O feel ¦ncial ad as private Guiding the men around the fortress, you collect all the useful items you can lay your hands on.
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According to the Geneva Convention prisoners of war must be given a fair share of the creature comforts of home. Naturalty. This often leads to
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Your team comprises a-British captain, a French sergeant, an American lieutenant and a Polish Publisher: Digital Magic Price: £24.95 the right keys, which can be found dotted around the rooms.
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The guards, you may be able ’o slip into areas usually out of bounds If you are daring enough you may even contemplate collecting a German uniform, passes and papers, and try walking out of the front gate However, beware, if you are caught the guords take great delight In gunning you down Based on the best-selling Gibsons-Games board game.
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ORDERING OVER 10PD DISKS • MiG-29 Fulcrum is the only flight
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The world's most deadly fighter was first put on public display at the Fainbrough air show in 1988.
Constructed by the Mlkoyan and Guryevich Design Bureau, MiG fighters have become the backbone o' the Soviet oirforce.
As with all Russian aircraft, the MiG-29 adheres to a common Ideology - simplicity of design, ease of maintenance, toughness and the obility to land end take off from the shortest possible runway. The MIG- 29 can operate from a 240 metre strip, whereas Its US counterpart the F-16 needs twice that length.
MiG pilots ere the elite of the Soviet air force. However, critics of the system claim that despite first- class weapons, the Russian pilots are too rigid and inflexible during combat.
This sentiment is displayed in a comical sayirg brought about after the defection of a MiG-25 pilot - show a Soviet pilot initiative and the next thing you know he's landing In Japan.
Publisher: Domark Price: £34.99 Now you have the chance to prove the critics wrong and show the world what a MiG-29 can really SCEtfASXOS 1 tjia:i:hxho a Bmt 5 EiXOm V hk:i:te 5 AED g s:i:mai i p:i:iot?
Do when pushed to its limits.
As a newcomer to Soviet tech* nology you'll be called upon to attend the pilot's school at Orzusk Aerodrome.
Having been chosen as an elite cadet you must perform well In order to be osslgned to one of the many MiG squadrons around the squadrons around the Soviet Unton.
Your training schedule win encompass all aspects of aerial combat and only when you have become adept at handling the MIG should you really attempt a live mission.
There are five real-life scenarios to attempt. Having passed your training missions, you'll be assigned a number of tasks.
Each new scenario win test your skills in a particular field to extreme limits.
If you succeed in all you sories you may be called upon to face a full-blown international incident.
Only when you have proven you- self and your skills will you be Recerveyour briefing before faking ¦R :---- Line yourself up with the runway Take out the enemy's oil supply and cut off their most valuable asset
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Graphics Graphical update is very quick and the on-screen representation is well drawn.
Sound The sounds didn't really impress me. The low drone of the engine is the mainstay of the effects.
Gameplay Despite the smart presentation, the game came with meagre instructions. MiG-29 doesn't live up to it's promise of being one of the best flight slms available.
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Our- b© prove your air supremacy. MiG-29 Fulcrum can be controlled by either the mouse or the joystick, with additional keyboard controls.
The game is lavishly packaged in an oversized box complete with a full-colour, 128 page book featuring superb nshots of the Fulcrum.
The game includes all the regular features found In flight slms - out of the cockpit shots, misslle-eye views and the ability to look at the aircraft from a number of different angles. All In all. MiG-29 provides the best Insight you're ever likely to experience.
Registered In the elite cadre of MiG- 29 veterans.
Your first real mission, code- named Blue SeaSprite, sees you on a reconnoisance mission above a wintrv sea. Flylna below enemy radar, you must try to locate a nuclear sub and Identify it before returning to base.
YeBow Dragon sees you flying a mission of revenge against the Operation Blue SeoSprlte - detect the stranded vtb and return to base ASAP1 9FULCRUM Chinese. Out to avenge the destruction of a MIG, you must teach the Chinese pilots a satutory lesson.
Mission three. Whte Pegasus, sees you taking part In a covert mission to destroy enemy oilfields and refineries.
Red Witch is a matter of national security. The KGB have Infiltrated a terrorist group operating within the Soviet Union. Your task Is to Intercept the gang s convoy and aid your ground troops.
The final mission. Desert Strike, sees you attempting to halt the growth of the military power of an obscure Middle Eastern state.
Flying alone, you must secure further strategic positions before destroying the country's nuclear capabilities.
The missions will test your flying skills, and completion of all five will Anuq t Computing 45 Seventeen Bit Software THAT BIT BETTER THAN THE REST PO Box 97 Wakefield West Yorkshire WF1 1XX Tel: (0924) 366982 Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm Fri & Sat 9am-5.30pm Question: Why are we the best?
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Feudal Lords Is a strategy-based game which sees you assuming the role of a warmongering king. It is reminiscent of a couple of other software titles on offer.
Having played US Gold's Joan of Arc and Clnemaware's De'ender of the Crown. Jacek Bochenski. A Polish programmer, decided he wanted to create a game that featured a little more strategic depth. Aided by Impressions. Feudal Lords is the result of his efforts.
There are four participants, any combination of which can be either human or computer controlled. And the action takes place over the mystical land of Euthrania.
The basic Idea Is to defeat your opponents and gain control of the land, winning the hand of the beautiful princess Marla in the process.
ed ) ne i to At the start you merely occupy you home territory, but by transferring men from your castle into your army you will be able to invade adjacent areas.
I Depending on the strength of you army you should be able to conquer the territory.
Capturing land and defeating the other lords Isn't aH you have to do. Your subjects will have to be taxed in order to fund your campaigns Popularity counts for a lot. And In order to maintain or Increase the population of your land you'l have to supply markets, craft centres, chu’ches and castles.
Trading in Iron - essential in the creation of weapons - wine and tby rom Publisher: Impressions Price: £24.99 enemy territory. For ihose with a little more In their coffers, a quick glance at the othe* lords will tell which has the fewest bodyguards.
If you've enough cash you can hire an assassin to do your dirty work.
Grain also helps maintain a comfortable economic level.
Shrewd lords will forge alliances with stronger or threatening armies.
If your army looks a little weak It is possible to plot an uprising in an The game Is played In rounds, the computer randomly deciding the order of play.
Control te mostly by the mouse, but when two large armies confront each other the Involved parties take part in an arcade-style battle.
The action continues until one lord remains as the clear ruler of Euthrania.
Graphics Crisp dean graphics provide the perfect setting for this wonderful strategy game.
Sound Sparse spot effects make up the mainstay of the sound.
Nothing really noteworthy.
Gameplay Feudal Lords provides strategy fans with a new challenge.
Diehard strategists will And it somewhat shallow, but newcomers and those looking for a release from run-of- the-mill games will revel in the task.
He was resting when I entered the large, win- dowless room. Oil canisters littered the grimy floor and spiders hung from cobwebs In the fcrthest corners.
As I took out my notebook. I sensed that I was in the presence of a hero.
Amie was a special character - unique. Bright red with a smiling face, he was in fact a cartoon car.
Just in case you're not an expert on cars who are Toons, they're Intelligent, independent, and incredibly cute.
I questioned Arnie about the task ahead and he explained in his soft, gentle voice: "I've got to defeat Captain Grim. He's gone too far this time. I'm gonna get him! I'm gonna demote himl I’m gonna ki...' I could tell he was keen to get at Grim I Maybe. Let me explain more clearty.
Grim has spread his evil'throughout the land and captured a number of Arnie s friends. Arnie has to drive over the ground Grim has CAR-VUP Publisher: Core Design Price: £24.99 desecrated. By jumping from platform to platform, the levels can eventually be cleared of Grlm’s evil.
From completing your mission. They roam the mony platforms, trying to kill you.
Fortunately you can collect various means of defence by running into icons. These include oil slicks.
However, a number of Loony Toons are ntent on preventing you Graphics Vast amounts of colour are used effectively and the animation of the various characters is pleasing to watch, despite being a little stiff and unimaginative at times.
Sound A catchy and spurring tune enhances the gameplay and creates a really fun atmosphere.
Gameplay Car-Vup is refreshing. The action is a little slow at first, but as you progress it certainly becomes challenging.
While initially, Car-Vup excels in being exciting and enjoyable, after a while it tends to become repetitive.
Smoke screens, a gun. Mortar bombs, smart bombs and nore.
By collecting a specific series of icons you will be rewarded n other ways. B.O.N.U.S. signl'icantly improves your score, while E.X.T.R.A. gives you more lives.
After travelling specific clstances you will have a chance to rescue one of your friends before continuing on to the next scenario.
Here the Loony Toons become more frequent, and their level of deviousness increases frighteningly.
With 48 levels and eight different areas to drive through, there are difficult times ahead. Only a Toon of Immense skill and stamina will survive to cleanse the world of evil.
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Faultless steering Is needed on the loop otherwise this happens) Publisher: Domark Price: £24.95 Gameplay A great improvement on the original, Hard Drlvlr' II is an excellent racing game. The stunt track offers the greatest challenge, and making your own courses can provide hours of entertainment.
HARDER December 1990 heralded the arrival of Domarks conversion of the coin-op smash. Hard Drivln'. The game's programmer was German student, Jurgen Friedrich.
Why the South London software house chose to employ the talents of an unknown was something of a mystery.
However, when it was revealed that Jurgen had programmed Domark s smash-hit Star Wars from memory, the games-hungry public knew that Hard DrMn' was going to be something special.
Ever since it sped up the software charts Iasi Christmas. Domark have been promising a set of data disks.
Hard DrMn" I - Drive Harder has finally arrived, but instead of the expected data disk. It is a complete game featuring a host of extra features.
The basic aim is to drive your Ferarri Testarossa as quickly and skilfully as possible. Control Is either by mouse or Joystick and the player can choose between automatic or manual transmission.
Hard Drivin' II features six new tracks, each containing a speed track and a stunt course.
Down the track, avoidirg any vehicles that may be in the way. En route you'll pass a sign inviting you to turn on to the stunt track.
The speed circuit Is just a race against the clock. However, if you opt for the stunt track you'll find yourself facing a series of Jumps and loops.
Drivers must reach a checkpoint In order to continue. Doing so will ensure a time bonus and continuation of the roce.
Should you prove yourself, you may be called upon to race against the Phantom Photon.
Object of the wheei-to-wheei challenge Is to beat the Phantom to the finish line so that your driving pattern will replace his in any future encounter. • New features Include a two- player challenge, with two computers connected via a serial link-up. The controls have also been improved, and th$ Cor fe now much more responsive.
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Hard Drivin' II is a first rate racing game well worth getting your hands on.
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Fusing It together with tho Ftrostaff. They had a wecpon with which to destroy Chaos.
Ascending to tho Oark Lord's chamber, the champlonsconfront- ed the Evil Ono. Using Ihe ffrostalf to full offect, they put paid to Chaos and his evil schemes onco and for all.
A banquet of honour wos hold In gratitude for the heroes' great deeds. Tho meek townsfolk of Vlborg called for a holiday of rejoicing - all was well with Iho world.
However, as Iho ago of Chaos drew to an end mysterious rumblings were heard deep wllhln Iho bowels of Mount Analog It seemed that Lord Chaos hod foreseen his defeat and faked Ns death. Now Iho unroosonfng mind of Iho Oark Lord had started to plan a hideous revengo against thoso who had defeated him.
If Iho world would not yield to Ns mighty powers, ho would destroy it.
Thfrtoon moons oftor their victory feost Iho champions attended Iho Grey Lord's costle. Met at Iho goto by Iholr master's apprentice, Theron, tho party were told Iho devastating nows. Chaos had appeared In a vision and revealed his plans.
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built a Ful Ya pit from which he mred Corbum.
T e Dark Lord had placed the ore in a death square surrounded by pits and traps. The champions needed no help in being reminded of the ore's mana-sapping qualities.
It was obvious that Chaos's Intentions were to break free of the Grey Lord and rule under a veil of death and despair. The world's only hope lay with the champions.
Could they penetrate Into Chaos's lair and dispose of the Corbum before the Grey Lord and Chaos became separated for good?
After months of speculation.
Chaos Strikes Back has finally arrived. Unfortunately. As is the case with Dungeon Master, Amiga 5 0 0 owners lisher: FTL Mirrorsoft : £29.95 Sound won't be able to participate as the game will only operate in one meg or more.
It comes on a game disk with a second providing a brief storyline, a charoctei editor and a hint oracle. * Players can use either a party transferred from Dungeon Master or venture into Chaos's prison and free an alternative four heroes.
Once a full party has been assembled trey are ready to enter the Dark Lord's chambers.
Chaos Strikes Eack features some of the monsters found In Dungeon Master plus a whole range of new meanies.
Graphics The heroes start with no weapons - the first skirmishes have to be survived with the use of magic alone.
Gameplay If you liked Dungeon Master, you'll love this. It’s generally more of the same, only harder. If you're after value for money Chaos Strikes Back offers flours of frantic gameplay.
Seasoned explorers wll soon find an area known as ‘supplies for the quick'. It is here that you'll be able to equip your teanr for the terrors that lie ahead.
There are four distinct routes to the Death Pillar and the Corbum ore. Each designed to test your heroes' skis. These are Ku. The way of the fighter; Daln, the way of the wizard; Ros, the way of the ninja; ond Neta, the way of the priest.
You think that's all there is to It. Be warned!
Chaos Isn't about to mcke the same mistake twice, ond this time has fortified his lair with some of the meanest nasties going.
It will take cm experienced and determined adventurer to dispose of the Corbum and foil Chaos's plans.
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FAX 0782 744292 TECHNICAL CUSTOMER SERVICE 0782 744324 SYNC III Feature plunge and you're now the proud owner of a 2.0-based Amiga No sooner do you switch on your machine, than the changes will become immediately apparent.
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Workbench 2.0 now boasts an animated display of a floppy disk being inserted into a disk drive However the major changes don’t become apparent until you boot up you machine. Insteod of the rather flat Workbench of old.
Version 2.0 has oeen totally redesigned and has a far more professional look and feel The default colours have changed. Instead of the familiar blue, white, black and orange, the Amiga now defaults to a less eye- straining grey, black, blue and white This looks particularly good on a multisync, although it does seem to blur into an unreodcble mess on a TV Rumour has It that Commodore drafted in an artist's services to redes»gn Workbench, and this certainly seems the case The new Workbench features a sort of metallic embossed look, with all godgets raised to give the whole affair a sort of 3D
look Even icons are now displayed within their own raised box. Which can make selecting them somewhat easier.
The Workbench disk icons are now held within a window that can be dragged about, resized and depth arranged like any other window.
This is a far better approach, as Jason Holborn takes an indepth look at the new Amiga OS Operating system upgrades ore nothing new to the Amiga community but never has one been greeted with the excitement and anticipation surrounding the launch of Workbench 2.0. And well It might, for virtually ever aspect of the Amiga's operating system has been vastly enhanced, to such an extent that a 2.0-based Amiga has become almost unrecognisable from Its 1.3- based predecessor.
Indeed, when compared to the increased power and flexibility that Workbench 2.0 delivers, previous OS upgrades were really nothing more than bug fixes!
Up until now the only people lucky enough to be able to run Workbench 2.0 were A3000 users.
But Commodore has announced it intends to make the upgrade available to both 2000 and 1500 users.
Unfortunately, the news doesn’t seem so good for A500 owners.
Afhough there is no doubt that Workbench 2.0 would run on an A50C - I’ve seen quite a few doing so - Commodore seem to believe that A500 owners don’t want Workbench 2.0. Why? An ulterior motive is rumcured According to Stateside sources. Commodore US recentty launched a successor to the current A500 in the shape of the A500- Professional It s basically a one meg A500 with ooth ECS and Workbench 2.0 and it seems almost certain that the A500-P will also be made available In this country, although Commodore UK still refuse to acknowledge its existence.
Until it does arrive it seems that A500 owners may well be left in the lurch If you feel strongly opposed to this, then why not write to Commodore asking for Workbench
2. 0 and ECS to be made available for A500 owners?
Nc details of the upgrade procedure were available when Amiga Computing went to press, but os with 1,3. It will olmost certainly require you to take your machine to a Commodore approved service centre, who will carryout aH the necessary work.
This will Involve the fitting of the new 512K klcksfart ROM and. If you want to go oil the way. It will also be possible to have the new Enhanced Chip Set fitted.
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And it is sent to the back. Next there is a new zoom gadget which, when pressed shrinks a window to its minimum size. Click again and it restores its original dimensions.
The zoom gadget allows you to tidy up your Workbench window by shrinking those windows that you do not immediqtely need. When required they re just a click away.
Double click on a disk icon and you’l see onother major change - Workbench 2.0 windows now display the total amount of disk The window gadgets themselves have also changed quite a bit.
Insteod of the two depth arranging gadgets on previous versions of Workbench 2.0, windows now have a single depth one. Which carries out the same job.
When a window is obscured by other* a single click on this gadget will bring it to the front. Cbck again Tools for programmers The enhancements offered by Workbench 2.0 are so numerous that it would be Impossible to document them ol without taking up considerably more space than we have avertable. Here's a quick run down of a few other features.
ERROR HANDLING The Infamous Guru has been laid to rest.
Workbench 2.0 now has on Improved error handler that traps software failures before they can do serious damage. If a task does go haywire you can now choose to kill It and then start working ogoin.
FAST FILE SYSTEM: Previously restricted to Just hard drives, the Fast File System has now been moved across to floppies.
Reoding and writing to floppies is now noticeably faster.
AREXX: WllHam Havre's acclaimed Interprocess communications language greatly enhances the Amiga's multitasking facilities to allow applications to communicate with each other. Data can be shared ond applications can even control other applications currently running.
UTILITIES: Quite a few changes have been made within the Workbench Utilities drower. For starters, the NotePod hos finally been killed off In its place are two new utilities
- Display, an IFF picture viewer and Commodities Exchange, a
space used, available both as a percentage and os bytes, along
the top of each disk window.
The clucky old fuel gauge hos been removed, thereby giving you a much better idea of a disk s In order to encourage programmers to produce applications that share a common user Interface, Commodore have developed a number of auitt-ln toote.
These Include o gadget toolbox that provides programmers with a simple way of using the standard system gadgets within their own applications.
Commodore have built in sevmouse ond keyboard event controller.
In addition, there are a number of tools that take advantage of Commodities Excharge Including AutoPoint, which automatically activates windows os the mouse pointer passes over them, and Blanker - a screen bianker Extras: The Amiga Extras disk has also changed o bit. One of the most Important additlors Is an all-new Icon editor. IconEdlt which is a vast Improvement ever Commodore’s lost effort.
The new editor has been completely rewritten and includes many DpainMike drawer tools or the easy creation of good looking icons.
You can also load and save Icons os IFF brush files, so you're not just limited to the tools that IconEdit provides.
One very nice feature of IconEdit is that you can lead existing icons simpty by dragging them over the IconEdlt window.
U?lr g a new self-notffteatlon facility. IconEdit will then load the icon In ready for editing.
Rumour has It that Commodore may well upgrade AmigaBasic. No specific deloils were available, but It seems almost certain that it will at least upgrade AmigaBasic s file operations to take advantage of the standard system file requestor.
State. The Workbench menus have undergone a massive amount of change as well and now ccntaln genuinely useful options. Many have been Included to reduce the need for the Amiga's CU. It Is now eral new types of gadget which can be seen in use in many of the programs distributed within Workbench 2.0. There's also a new ASL.Iibrary which provides standard file and font requestors. Commodore hope that these tools wll encourage programmers to develop applications that feature a more consistent user interface.
Feature Compatibility Is very high.
Inevitably though, some programs don't like the new OS.
These are generally older ones wrlten back In the days of 1.2. although quite a few PD pro- grcms have also bitten the dust under 2.0. Software compatibility On the whole, programs thgt foltow Commodore's guidelines will work.
Developers have a habit of blcming Commodore for such Incompatibility problems, but they have only themselves to blame for not following programming guidelines.
The A3000 has a 1.3 fan back mode, which Is a very good idea indeed. I’m rot sure whether this will be a permanent feature, but it would make an awful lot of sense to leave it in because of the amount of incompatibility between the new OS and older software.
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F**i r» down into the CU you'll notice that the Amiga's NEWCON device has been moved into ROM. So there’s no need to mount It first.
Even If you drop down into the CU when a disk starts to boot you'l always have both command line history and editing.
There are a couple of new commands. Although neither ore major.
Most of the existing ones have been rewritten for speed and compactness. Some have extra arguments.
You’ll also notice that some commands have gone - CD for exomple. The reason for this Is that a limited number of CU commands have been moved Into ROM. So you can carry out rudimentary CU operations without having to reinsert Workbench eoci time.
The aged StartUp-Sequence is ECS info Along with the release of Workbench 2.0. you'll soon also be able to upgrade your machine's graphics capacities with the much talked about Enhanced Chip Set (ECS).
Once again. A3000 users already have this, but the rest of us will also be able to join In the fun very soon. The ECS upgrade offers a number of enhancements including new screen modes, a more capable bitter and an increase m the amount of memory that can be set aside as chip RAM.
Among the new screen modes are several new high resolution - up to 1280x400 pixels - non-interlace modes. Unfortunately, these can t be displayed on a standard Arriga monitor, so you'll need to Invest in a high quality muttl-sync If you wish to take odvantage of them.
Once again, upgrading to ECS will require you to return your machine to a Commodore approved service centre. Cost of the upgrade b unknown, but it seems almost certain that it wil be.£100+. - However. If your machine is falrty recent, chances are you already have the ECS Agnus chip fitted, so the cost of upgrqding may be reduced a Bttle. AU revision 6.2 B2000s have them, os dp all 1500s and a large number of A500s.
If your machine was bought new within the last nine months you almost certainly have the ECS Agnus already.
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Ish edge, id, letic ional om your 1d your :hure ed) y s* still there, but you no longer have to touch tt It you wish a program to be executed during start-up.
Instead. Workbench 2.0 has an a*-new WBStartUp drawer that is a little like the Auto folder on an ST. If a program Is dropped Into this drawer it will be executed automatically during start-up.
One of the main problems of the old Workbench was that you could only see these files and directories tha- had their own Icons - .Info files The same is true to a certain extent, but it’s now possible to reveal all those hidden files. By selecting Show Al Files from the puH down menus, the Amiga will create icors for on file? That don’t already have them.
Ir this way it’s even possible to view the contents of the C directory from Workbench.
Ir true Mac-fashlon. You’re not Just restricted to viewing icons from Workbench. You can now see the consents of a directory as a list of fles. Uke their icon-based counterparts. You select them by clicking ext the appropriate filename.
Quite a few features have been imported from the Mac. In particular. The multiple selection of icons.
You can now drag a rectangle around a group of Icons to select them oil.
They con then by moved about en mass by holding down the shift key.
Most programs within Workbench 2.0 have been upgraded, but none so much as the Amiga Preferences. Instead of just o single Preference program, there are now 14 different programs There are the usual Pre'f programs to carry out standard operations such as changing the screen colours, editing the mouse pointer shape and installing a printer. Also a tew programs take odvantage of the new Workbench facilities.- You can now change the sys* tem font to any of your choice, including proportional fonts, and ever drop a pattern behind the Workbench and directory windows.
Once again, very Mac-llke.
Urllke- previous Workbench releases, you can also change the Workbench screen mode, including tfe number of colours, wtthout having to reboot each time.
Yoj can switch between high res and high res interlaced screen modes, plus a number of ECS-spe- cific productivity modes if ECS Is installed. Not only this, but you can even have an overscanned Workbench screen.
Workbench 2.0 is quite simply the most revolutionary thing to happen to the Amiga since the launch of the machine itself. The amount of extra power and ease of use that t provides Is so great that the Amiga is totally transformed.
Workbench is now o powerful tool In Itself that virtually removes the need to leorn the complexities of the Amiga’s command line Interface. If you are able to upgrade your machine, then stop at nothing to get 2.0 as soon as possible. • Even with the release of such a major upgrade, already there’s folk of further upgrades In the pipeline Workbench 3.0 perhaps?
Developers are talking about what these upgroces wil include.
Here's a quick rundown of what to expect.
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Chops and changes executable files such as utilities and drawers. It Is possible to Iconise documents if you set the tool types to your chosen text editor or viewing program, but It's less hatsle to type MORE THINGY.DOC. tor example. Than to mess about putting icons on everything.
Just make sure you've got them for everything that should run from Workbench.
Startups for starters One of the great AmigaDOS mysteries for beginners is the startup- sequence. You will find this mythical beast in your S: directory, and you can bring it up on screen using ED S:STARTUP-SEQUENCE while in CU.
Look at it carefully, wonder at its strange and exotic terms, then delete It.
Yes. I did say delete It. There's no Customise Workbench and make it your own.
Stevie Kennedy adds some furry dice and a nodding dog The great thing about Workbench is that It gives every Amiga user the choice of an individual working environment. The degree to which It is user-configurable is really only fcmlted by your programming skills, but even a beginner can ring the changes without resorting to C or machine code.
The Workbench disk you receved with your Amiga is packed with as many utilities and system files as possible. But very few owners will need to use them all.
And a surprisingly small number are necessary to get a Workbench up and running.
If you know which these are. And can mess about with startup- sequences, you're well on your way to a fully customised system disk.
Demolition job First. *ake a copy of your original Workbench disk and prepare to hock It down to size. You will need to retain the essential system files as detaled in the table on the next page, but the rest are a matter of preference.
The table also contains some files I'd recommend you to keep on the disk and gives brief reasons why. But do as you please with them.
You’l have noticed by now that If you FORMAT a disk all you get is an empty shell with a trashcan bearing an Icon. This is all very well for data disks, but won't do if you want a bootable system disk.
Just because you've made It Into an AmigaDOS format disk doesn't mean it contains-any AmigaDOS I If you started from here you will hove to MAKEDIR as many directories as required and then copy from the table the necessary files Into them from a Workbench disk.
But starting from a full copy of Workbench you'll have to delete piles of stuff and one or two drawers Inlo the bargain - remember, you can’t DELETE a directory until It is empty.
The main advantage of the latter method is that you can retain the Icons you need, whereas building from scratch requires you to moke new icons or copy them across from another disk.
If you haven't got IconMaster you can use Huge from last month's Amiga Computing coverdlsk to c eote a few Icons.
I recommend This to all but the least adventurous. The process can be long and tortuous at first, but there is great satisfaction to be hod from clicking on your own designer Icons. Both methods are time consuming. But have the advantage of b ing thorough and methodical.
If you'd rather save time, just take a copy of the cover disk and use extended selection - hold down the shift key whle clicking on all the Icons - to discord all the drawers at once.
You will now have a bootable disk with some basic AmigaDOS flies already present, and you can All It up with the missing ones as you go along.
Whatever your chosen route, you should now have arrived at the point where you hove a system disk that will bo'ot-up and load a Workbench. Its contents, and whether or not they show up as Icons on the Workbench screen.
W*l depend on how you have put It together.
In general only Include Icons for A basic startup- sequence C:$ ETPATCH ECHO" ECHO "This is Myiyst m dbk‘ ECHO" ECHO ‘And this b MY startup-sequeoc®’ ADDBUFFERS DFO: 10 RESIDENT CU LSM-Scg SYSTEM PURE ADD MOUNT NEWCON SYS SYSTEM SETMAPgb PATH RAM: C: SYS SYSTEM ADD LOADWB ENDCtl NL (rtiI BEGINNERS ou.de PART 2 point in going through It command by command, so we'll make one of our own. Just press ESC and D until the whole lot is gone, then type in the startup-sequence shown in the panel on the previous page.
Cnee that's done, press ESC and SA to save the text, then sit back and take a close look at whet we've constructed.
Every time you boot up a disk, the first thing your Amiga looks for is a boot-block. If it is a standard AmigaDOS bdOt-blQCk, the computer goes straight to the S: directory If it exists and executes the startup-sequence.
S:startup-sequence is therefore the first essential file on any bootable AmigaDOS disk.
A startup-sequence is a so- called script file. This means it is a text file made up of AmigaDOS commands, which the Amiga interprets one line at a time in much the same way os a simple BASIC program.
The original Workbench startup- sequence is quite long, but contains many commands that are there merely for convenience or to configure the Workbench to a particular need.
You needn't worry about anything which falls outside your AmgaDOS knowledge for the moment. Just add your own lines to the startup as you become more familiar with the system.
What does it mean?
The first command I've used is SET- PATCH. This isn't really essential, but as t cures the known bugs in Workbench it should always be In you' startup-sequence.
For simplicity- I've just typed In the command, but you can after It by adding NIL: to the line. This redrects any output resulting from AmgaDOS operations to the null device and saves messing up the CLI window with spurious messages.
The next four lines are ECHO commands, which are Amiga- DOS's primitive PRINT statement.
Bank ECHO statements result in blank lines being printed to separate your startup messages from eoch other. You can add asterisks, hyphens and other characters to construct boxes, or highlight your message to create reasonable point. A total of 10 buffers - about 5K - have been allocated to the Internal floppy.
Effects. The ADDBUFFERS command puts aside 512 byte chunks of memory, which the system uses os a cache to speed up disk operations.
It works in much the same way as a printer buffer and will Increase your floppy's efficiency up to a This Is about the right figure. Any more would be pointless as you'd get little extra efficiency for the memory used.
The next two lines are optional Essential directories and files Directory Name File Name(s) Explanation C; All You don't realty need ol the files in this directory, but it is best to keep al the AmigaDOS commands it contains DEVS: * System- conflguration This contons your preferences settings Parallel and serial .device handlers You'l need these r you want to use a printer or any other device attached to one of these ports mountlist Contains details ot any device you need to MOUNT, such os the NEWCON: device for the Shell Keymops sub-directory with gb keymop file Enables the British chorocter
set on your keyboard Printers sub-directory with appropriate driver Choose ONE printer driver for your particular mochine L Alt Control various devices and system functions LIBS: Icon.library and Info.Kxary These Kyary routines ore essential it Workbench is to read icon fltes ond provide information on them PREFS Preferences Allows control over screen colours, the pointer, and printers.
A large-ish file which is not essential but nice *o have around S: stortup-sequence.
CU-startup Shell-startup You can't boot-up without the first one. And the latter two govern how CL) and Shel are started up SYSTEM: CU and SETMAP.
FORMAT and DISKCOPY CU is o must, and SETMAP has been used in the startup. The others ore optional UTILITIES: Ditch this completely unless you're incredibly fond of one of the utilities. The orty one you might be advised to hold onto is MORE, and this con go in the C: directory.
©BSD depending on whether you want to use the Shell instead of a standard CU. The differences between the two will be covered later In the series, but for the moment you might as well activate and MOUNT the Shell using these two commands - everything in the series works equally wefl from Shell or CU.
The first line makes the Shell-seg control routine resident on tie system part of the resident commands Sst under the name CU. The second mounts the NEWCON: device handler.
The remaining lines up to LOAD- WB complete fairly straightforward tasks. SETMAP will fie the keyboard down to whatever map you prefer.
For our purposes this is the gb or British map.
The PATH command, as discussed last month, sets out the path through which AmigaDOS will search for a command before giving up. I've restricted this to the three main areas, but you may need to add more once the disk fills out.
Finally. LOADWB will bring up the Workbench screen, and ENDCU wil close the CU window In whch the startup-sequence was running.
You don't need to clos9 it, of course, and our coverdisk leaves one open for you, but It's neater if It closes automatically.
Now the moment of truth If your disk has all the files from the table, and the startup-sequence has been saved to your S: directory, you should be able to boot-up from the disk you've Just constructed.
If It works, congratulations on clearing one of the biggest obstacles facing the CU beginner.
If It doesn't, don't despair.
Check that the disk has a standard boot-block using INSTALL DFO: CHECK, then make sure you have all the table flies and an S: directory with startup-sequence. You will find the problem In one of those areas.
You can now go aheod and fill up the disk with utilities or program files. For example, if you're one of those people who compile disks of their favourite PD stuff, you wHI find that the sort of disk we've constructed is ideal for your purposes.
There should be about 360K free disk space now, and there's a lot more available if you decide to 2p on some of the C: drectory 0S. ENDCU.
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It you ore trunking seriously coout fuy-fledgec puoiisning power on on AMIGA there ore really cniy two contenders at the moment, oom trom me omer siae of the Atlantic.
They are Professional Poge 2.0 from Gola Disk, who publish o wide range of professional Amiga software. Ana Pcgestream 2.1 from Soft-Logik wno are perhaps more notaole for meir work in me ST field.
Gola Disk's low-end DTP package. Pagesetter. Nos oeen on the market tor years ana a continual policy of updates nos left it ana its eng brother in a fairly usaoie state.
Tne original version of Page- stream was ktrte more than a runoff type application ramer than a fully fc Tured DTP system out a few dramatic updates nave Drought it into me professional range.
Pagestream 2.1 3efore you start Pagestream you hove to oe sure of a few Things, riow mucn memory do you have?
How Pig is your document gang to oe? Are you likely to need lots of on-screen colours?
Tne reason you have to make mese decisions now is oeccuse it ss not possible to change screen modes once me program is running - slightly annoying to say tne least.
Durmg me layout of a aocu- menT you may wsn to change to a oetter 'esoiution or more colours for a quc peek before geTTing pack to some serious column crunching.
Inis isn't possible wim Pagestream.
Mind you. It does offer a wiae range of screen modes, including an excellent workoencn mode where me document screen and menu oar overlay the Workbench - very nonOy for mulTi-tosking.
Then again, mese DTP packages use so mucn memory ana processor time mat you wouia oe very lucky to get ony omer substantial package running. Nio 3D rendering cs o oackgrouna task. I'm ofraia.
Memory moncgement is very important if you are running on o umiTed system and it is something wnicn Pagestream doesn't handle awfully well.
If you are gening near tne ena of o session and run out of memory just before placing tne final graphic you are in trouble. Tnere is no question of snuning down a few Ditpiones or cnything - you just nove to save, quit me program ana run it again in a less demanding mode.
AnoTher piece of annoyance is mat to run Pcgestream in anyming but defauiT mode - four colour interlace - you musT nitiote The program from tne CU.
Once up and running me pain begins to ease. Poge creation is nicely fondled wim o host of gaa- geted standard sees like A4. Manual. Business cord and. Of course, a custom size selector.
Viewing Tne page reveals another wealth of op'ions. Being ooie to view even me oaaesT shaped page at full screen size is o great advantage, os is the user definable 200m - excellent for cneckmg mot those irry-oiTTy iTfie nairiines do acTucily motcn up.
Tnere is no doubt mat rnts c o jot more useful man me four set levels of magnification offered by Pro Page, it seems a little slower trough.
Templates ond grids are well handled. I particularly like The way mat user-defined guidelines con oe supenmposea on me poge imply by clicking on one of The edge rulers.
It is only siigntiy spoiled Py the fact mat it e seemingly impossible 70 specify at exactly wncrr distance down or across the page these lines will appear other than by means of me mouse.
This is o sname. Because mese are exociy me lines mar you went to oe as accurate cs possiole. If you are going to judge them by eye wim me mouse men you rmglt os wen lay down me wrx*? Document by eye ana forget about mem.
Around 60 per cent of tne cver- age puDlisned page is covered with Text. Fonts must oe important men. Pagestream is oaa in mat it uses Three types of fonts - bitmapped, Compugrapnic and its own proprietary system.
These are quite cunning in that tney are oom outline ana dTmap fonts simultaneously.
At low resolution me PiTmop is used for speed - no more agonising refreshes - while on ouTiine is used oefare the jcggies starT to bite.
Tne outlines are siigntiy foster oecause they contoin no hints.
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Output Driver :PoftScript v2.1.8 Send To ? PAP 3 SEP: “ Device: Hardware wear Efttsk rile Pp»i*i fif't in Order tie. I...3) CU Descending Order ie. 5...I) ? Collate Multiple Copies Parer Size B.283333 j x II.715 in Special: Po oifroamj printer requestor. Drivers must be looded from the Pogestream disk l 9a page sizes below 14 point. The pure vector approach of Soft Loglk's fonts gives a speed increase but slightly reduced quality in printing.
Printing times are also greatly increased, since the Soft logik fonts must be downloaded when postscripting, whereas most of the Compugraphic range will already be onboard any PS printer.
Unfortunately when It comes to dealing with text on screen the font mem. Is a bit of a let down. When Fonts points is selected from the menu the selectors default to whatever font happens to be at the top of the list.
Fair enough you might say.
Normally yes, but the menu always defaults to tnls font, even when you have highlighted text in a completely dfferent style, size and typeface.
Basically this means you hove to have a good memory - there's no other way of knowing which font Is which.
The font management system is very effective as it can draw from fonts from many different drawers and devices simultaneously.
It was while setting up a convoluted system of font paths that I noticed the rather odd file requestors.
They work well enough, but you can’t help thinking their design owes more to someone studying Mac software rather than Amiga products. I contlnualy got mixed up between the ‘Device* and ‘Drive' gadgets An example of the v alth of features offered the Pogestream user is found in the styles menu.
Twelve different styles can be selected for use on the text, either individually or In combinations.
Another area handled extremely wel Is Importing text and graphics. The Amiga is really the only professional mochine in the wortd that has a universal fll9 format that people actualy use.
Pogestream handles different file formdts using driver modules.
There is one module for each type of file supported and ones that you do not need can be removed from the drectory to save memory.
Usually the import modules will recognise the type of file you are trying to Import automatically, reducing the entire operation to a few mouse clicks.
I noticed some difficulty while trying to import structured drawings from ProDraw. Simple groups of lines seemed to transfer all right, but anything tricky with muitHayer shading went a bit odd.
Pogestream altov,* for the editing of Individual elements of structured art. Which can oe handy for a bit of touching up.
With all the import modules and the editing facilities for structured There is a minimum requirement of 1 Mb to run either of these two packages. In fact c solitary meg is scarcely enough If you wish to use graphics and the Compugraphic fonts.
Unfortunately this means that even if you do get a couple of megs slotted into the expansion port you will still be limited by the supplies of chip RAM available.
Perhaps It is time to make that “fatter’’ Agnus conversion. This Is not so much a problem If you have a nice A3000 cf course... Pro Page used to be criticised strongly for erratic behaviour when confronted by diminishing memory.
This is now mostly cured thank goodness, and although not completely trustworthy It Is at least as clips It seems as though Pogestream is trying to do away wtth the need for a preprocessing art packages such as Pixmcte or The Art Department. I can't realty see It happening, but the obi tty to load in TIFFs directly Is a bonus I think a typical aspect of Pogestream to sum up on is the measurement system. You may choose between nine different types of unit for all measurements, rulers and grids.
This might sound great, but some of the systems like didot points have been more or less extinct since Caxton. Think about it.
Professional Page 2.0 There is no doubt that for a long time Professional Page has been considered the only serious DTP package on the market, but while other software houses have been continually updating their software have Gold Disk been resting on their laurels a bit?
The release of Version 2.C was supposed to be o major update, so what exactly has changed?
There are four major additions.
The one which win make the most Impact on the resulting layout, rather than in the way the pages are laid out. Is the ability to rotate any box.
Rotating a graphics box dcesn't make all that much difference - if you wanted the graphics at c particular angle this could have been reliable as Pogestream which has also been known to freeze up on occasions.
Both systems will run off a single floppy system, although Pogestream, which comes on four disks, required notably more disk swapping during operation than ProPoge. It can be done but it's not worth it If you value your sanity- Show me anyone who runs one of these packoges regularly 'rom floppy and I’ll show you a 40 a day man with no hair. It stunts your growth.
A hard disk will not only sa e a lot of wrist action but will also enable you to make full use of Pro Page's disk cacheing and Pogestream s font management system.
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Colour really counts But text at an angle Is a great boon, enabling the designer to break out of the sterile arithmetically angular designs of horizontals and verticals. The most Important difference this makes Is the shape of the boxes on the page, permitting angular runarounds.
Also of great Importance is the ability to handle 24-blt graphics.
This is not so much an extra as an absolute necessity. While packages such as Diglvlew 4.0. Sculpt 4D, Real 3D and various scanners are churning out 24-blt Images, the publishing world is going to be a bit upset If It can't use them.
Scanned Images are particularly important since this could easily be the major source of artwork for an Amiga based publication.
Style-tagging is realty a necessity. This is the ability to define and redefine the various text attributes of particular Items of text.
Subheads, for Instance, can be defined once in a particular style and size. Thereafter instead of tracking down each subhead and changing It to a particular style such changes can be made globally.
A similar system is set up for paragraphs - very handy when their styles are mixed in the text.
The final big oddltion is the inclusion of the Pantone Matching System, the sort of feature that people in the snobbish end of the publishing industry demand even If they don't use It that much.
Apart from the PMS. All these features are also In Pogestream. So It's not so much a question of great leaps forward os just keeping up wtth the times.
A version of the TronsWrlte pack- While text, line drawings, structured art and even scanned or digitised photographs can be fairly well reproduced in shades of grey, one of the most important areas of publishing is colour.
There are really two types - spot and separable colours. The first is a single Specific colour used only as a solid block, usually to highlight a particular region.
Spot colours are quite uncomplicated. When printed two plates are used, one for the black and one lor the spot colour and the paper is inked twice. Produced in this way It is known as a mechanical colour.
Separable colours are slightly more tricky but they’re worth It.
What happens in this case is that whatever colour you define is broken down into the Ink primaries - cyan, yellow and magenta. The paper is then Inked three or four times, one for each plate.
Why four? Inks aren't perfect. A full 100 per cent mixture of the primaries wouldn't give a good black but rather a sort of dark mess It b also rather difficult to get this dark mess to match any other dark mess you may have produced on the page. For this reason on extra black plate Is often used.
The advantage of separable age. Which appears in the Gold Disk Office bundle, has been altered and included. It can be run on Its own or more usefully called up from within ProPage to edit sections of text.
It is very handy for editing seccolours is that you can have as many shades as you tike and still only need a couple of plates.
Colour photographs or scans are only possible to reproduce in colour by this method.
Both Pogestream and ProPage can handle colour exceptionally well. Colours Can be defined either as RGB values or CMYK, for ease of translation with the more traditional sections of the publishing community.
Pogestream also offers another few sets of variants but most of them are obsolete.
A further method of defining colours is using the Pantone Matching System, which was devised to facilitate maximum accuracy during colour reproduction.
If it is really important that you must have excctly the right shade of mauvy-russet for something then this Is the way to do it.
The idea is that the ink you specify will appear exactly the same no matter which printers you use.
ProPoge Is fully licensed to use PMS whereas Pogestream sort of simulates It unofficially.
All this Is very well, but you obviously don't get to see all of these wonderful colours onscreen. How do the programs cope? Well, when it comes to tions of text quickly - screen refreshes take an age when using Compugraphic fonts and even with the amazing interruptable refresh option t's nice to be able to see what you are typing.
One of the best features of imported bitmaps they don't.
Neither program even attempts to show a colour representation, Just black and white, although ProPage does sometimes have a go at the greys using a grey colour rather than just a stipple.
Other colours are different. For text and graphic objects both programs try to simulate some sort of representation when running In the right mode.
Pogestream does this by just assigning a particular screen colour to a whole range of shades. Users can alter this choice if they wish and can even redefine the palette to make it easier, but a large area of subfle tones Is going to disappear. It's like trying to do the Mona Lisa as a paint by numbers with only four pots of pant.
ProPage attempts to get around this lack of screen colour by shading the colours themselves. This is quite effective and though large areas of tones will be lost It gives some indication of what is going on.
You can even choose from three dlferrent dither modes for tt e best results. It is a bit slower though.
Both packages now support 24-bit IFF Images like trose produced by some scanners, digitisers and ray-tracing software.
ProPage. The font cache, has hod a bit of a spring clean, ,4s before, a requestor allows you to define the size of caches in chip and fast RAM ond on any available dsk.
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A really great example of ProPage's performance in this field Is adjusting the leading.
Instead of using a pull down menu, the leading and tracking of a block of text can be altered simply by highlighting the text and using the cursor keys.
This no’ only saves the time of going to the menu once, but of around 10K can dramatically speed font access.
You now have the option whether to turn the cache task on or off. When not operating, all CG font characters are displayed as small squares proportional to their octual size.
At larger point sizes a standard font character Is Included in the box. So at least you can still read the words.
The viewing modes of 33,50.100 and 200 per cent, hove been extended to include the ability to view multiple pages. This Is almost essential when working on a double poge spread, but unfortunately you can only view the pages in this mode and not actually work Oh them. It's not too much of a disadvantage. As it Is quite difficult to work accurately at that scale.
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The same key frame animation process employed In Dpalnt is used by SpectraColor. And with It a simple animation con be put together in a few minutes.
Define a brush by either cutting out a section of the canvas or loading a brush image from disk.
Click on the animation icon of the control bar. Select a start and finsh position and SpectraColor will do al the hard work by calculating the position of each frame in between the two. Once the calculations are over the resultant sequence can be looped, ping- ponged. Speeded up or slowed, frozen on the last frame, or made to vanish. The finished animation can even be toggled between a linear or free-hand animation path on ptay back.
When animating an obect or brush one of the most Important elements in the creating the ilusion of movement has to be the brush cr object Itself.
SpectraColor has an impressive complement of brush tools which can be combined to create very Impressive effects which wouldn't be out of place In a ray tracing package.
Compulir.q 7 5 The Increased palette control allows for transparency, high reflections, fog. Dithering and lighting effects which oan combine to produce some amazing effects. A brief glance at screen shots will make SpectraColor seem very familiar to Photon fans, and indeed in many respects It is.
Most of the options and pull downs are Identical to the Photon layout.
Feature Closer Inspection will reveal a few new wrinkles, not least of which has to be the new tape reeorder-styte animation Icons.
The controls are very similar to Dpaint's - and in fact those of most paint packages. After you've reod the tutorial you should be flying around the menus Ike an old master.
Artistic assistance It's time to load up the coverdisk and create your first HAM animaton. Thanks to our fully functional demo of SpectraColor.
The only restriction in the demo version is the crippled save option.
UnfortLnately, your creatlons-wlll only Iivb as long as the power to you Amiga remains switched on.
Other than this minor inconvenience the program functfons perfectly, providing a rare opportunity to try before you buy.
The Href thing to do Is create or load a brush. Hero of this animation Is a ghoul, which we'll send gliding across a patterned floor.
Fortunately for the lazy ones among us the lood functions work perfectly, so if you want a really quick demo you can lood all the elements of the animation from the coverdisk.
However, It's much better if you foflow the tutorial and create your own little flick from scratch. The various skills employed will help to ilus- trate the abilities of the software as well as Improve you brush work.
Right, the first job fe to lood an existing brush from the coverdisk.
This will be the floor of the room, and It must be loaded through the brush menu. Select the menu and its load option to produce the file requestor.
Csck on the drawer gadget and select the art directory. Now select Stripes. Brush and cHck cn load.
After a couple of seconds your pointer should appeal with a red and white striped brush attached.
This will become the floor of the room which will appear to stretch out into the distance.
Go back Into the brush menu and select Double Horte. Which will do exactly what It suggests. Next pull down the brush menu again and select special. When a sub menu appears select the TWST option.
Now move the brush to the right hand side of the screen and click on the left mouse button. The out- Ine of the brush will appear, and as you move the pointer *owards the centre of the screen the outline should start to distort.
Once you have the shape of a trapzold - or upside-down floor section If you prefer - release the button and you'll be well on the way to your first masterpiece.
Next comes the simple matter of flipping the brush to create the floor for our apparition to float ever.
Once again go back to the brush menu and select Flip and Vert from the submenu. Hey presto. Instant floor!
Floor B the i the ter of Pthe over.
Feature Now move the floor section into postion and hit the left mouse button to paste It In place. It's also possible to ender a brush In true perspective, but for our quick tutorial this little trick should be quite acceptable Blending Ratio BAK Dither ¦ m CRV AVG mil J m 41 I 4- IGNORE ¦oh mum Add the finishing touch to the see-through scene When ycu're happy with the floor you ccn clear the used brush by pressing (Alt) and (Del) simultaneously.
Ghostly goings on The floor complete, all that remains is the flying phantom. If you're really lazy you could load the ghoul from the disk, but I know you wouldn't consider such a cheap trick. So we will build the beastie from scratch To create a convincing ghoul we'll have to do a little bit of blending to give our spectre his shadowy appearance. When the program loads the default screen colours shodd be white on black.
If you've altered this while experimenting, change it back to the original before continuing.
The next step is to pun down the foreground menu, shown as FGMode on the icon bar. Select Blend-set to bring up the blend control wtncow.
Using the left mouse button draw a freenand curve in the horizontal blerd gadget, but make sure the curve doesn't quite reach the top.
Click the up-arrow on the right to copy the the curve into the vertical blend pattern gadget, and move the cither bor at the top of the screen to two.
Hit the gadget marked AVG to average oil the differences in the blend, and once more on OK.
The blend pattern has now been defined, so any images produced will all have the same tex- tured appearance. To create the ghoul use the freehand polygon tool from the icon bar. This is your chance to demonstrate real artistic flare.
Draw your ghost on the left hand side of the screen using the left mouse button sd that it will be drawn with the foreground colour and the new blend you've just created.
Once you've drawn the little monster press the spacebar to fill him In with the blend colour. All he needs now is a few facial features.
To make sure his eyes are in the right spot, select the dotted line Amig.i Computing *7 drawing tool from the Icon bar.
Click once on the magnify tool and again over the head of the ghostie- A zoom window will appear on the canvas. Now use the right button to add a few pixels in the background colour, which will oppear as our ghoul's eyes. Close the magnify window and there he is in all his splendour.
Moving pictures Now the bit you've been waiting for. It's time to breathe life Into our dead friend. First he has to be turned into a brush, and to do this needs to be extracted from the canvcs using the cut tool. Go back into the brush menu and select trots.
The next steo is to draw a saucre using *he righ* mouse but*on to enclose the ghost. When it’s completely surrounded retecse the mouse button end ft win be cut free 'rom *he ccnvos and should be 'looting around c**cched to the cross-heir pointer.
3eccuse the right button was used rc'her then the left, the background cotour reotaced the ghost on the ccnvos. If the right bu**on hod been used *he original image of *he ghost would have remained in piece on screen.
The find *csk before we cdma*e is to add more realism. Ghos's irthafcx* the etherial plain so tend to be on the translucent side, so we must odd fnfe feature.
It's of* to the Dull downs 'or *he fast tfme. Cpen the PGVocte menu and 8lend-set.
Iar window appear, ot point click in *he die of did. This should crect straight line.
Next click on the ignore gedge* for the horizontal blend, then on the AVG box and move the dither back to zero. Hit return and your new oarame*ers will be se That's abou* it for us humans as the Amiga *ckes over to do the hard dot*. Click on the animation too* on the icon bor to bring up a
* coe deck Style icon bar.
Press the button marked with cn F and move the pointer to *he lower left of the screen. Directly underneath The gt-ost brush shoud be the tetter P. When you're bappy with the storting point of the animation press the left mouse bu*ton, at which point the P(fkst frame) shoud tum to a Locst frame).
Now move the ghost to the right of the screen end hit the button cgain. Once that's done, click on the record button to reveal the record requestor.
The beginning and end frames ere now defined leaving the ‘tween frames for SpectraCotor to render. The re- auesfor contains cl! The Informc- relc- t?ve to the You wish to experiment Ider but for now Just selec* render.
SpectrcCoior will proceed to create oil the ‘tween frames for the seauence giving c percentage as
* he process is executed. When it's over, Mt the picv icon end
revel in you crhstic genius. To s oo the cni- mc oo cSck on the
left mouse bu*-
* on. Ft moy take c 'ew c*temp*s but ft win s*op eventually.
To alter the seauence click on the Dlay icon with the cuestion mark attached. This wilt bring up the record roaues*or agctn. Alter
* he delay to seven then highlight
* he ping oong gadget and too on OK.
Click on picy and gasp in amazement a* Ghos* n. the sequel
- well perhaps not. But it does open up interesting
It is possible to do much more by cdding extrc features to *he individual frames of *he seauence by advancing the frcmes ore page at a time, working on eccn in turn by using the frame odvorce icon on *he icon bar.
That about sums it up for our brie', but hopefully useful tutorial investigating the talents of Spec+raCo*or.
A lot o' 'eatures hcve not been explored, but most of the other options are easy to use end orobabfv fomiliar to most people who hcve used c point Dockage.
I'll leave vou to drew your own conclusions on the package's vclue for money. Personciy I think the o*her programs ere in for some sriffcompeVion.
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New improved file reaues*or. That spits out your prose at a bfls*er5ng rate o' knots which is eauai. And in some coses faster, than many a commercial compe*f*or.
The biggest surprise has *o be the Impressive range o' features hidden In *he purt-downs. here's block edi*ing. Find and replace, backup, save. Goto. Justlflca*lon ondcen*r1ng.
Page and sVe con*rois. Margins and page lengths are *here. Plus the usual options for normal, underlined. Bo«d and f*oJfc text.
Af*er a bnef look at the print oo*lons i cane to the conclusion that this Is oirnos* certainly a commercial project that inadvertentty wandered into *he PD a**er a heavy night on the T©ex. To com- plemen* TP, Amiganuts have also added Aspefi. A very 'ast and elective soel check ng utility. The pair make a powerful processing
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Anyone who wonts to move Into the world of word crunching, would be wert advised to *ry ou* TP ou*. Be'ore paying 'or a commer- doici*ema*Tve.
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Words work If vou ore suffering 'rom a bit of writer's block, a rtttle llgh* relie' may be in order, perhaps a crock at a crossword or on o*tempt ot an anagram. If so Amiganuts have *he solu*ion *o a word fiend's d*'OCm$ .
Disk 899 contains art the answers to *he endless suooly o' wore puzzles suppSed by the pooukr press.
A match word program win help solve a par*lcuiarty tricky crossv.
While the anagram program should flnarty give you *he oopor*unf*Y *o bea* *he smug n*tie seven-yeor-okJ on Countdown.
Then *here's Wakeword. Which will cons*ruc* the maximum number o' available words 'rom any given !o**or comync'lon.
Con*lnuing on our ar*ts*1c *rove s.
'he next disk is yet another Amiganuts of'ering. Amos °aln which 'unnily enough was writ*en Paul Austin surveys his domain and brings PD to paper to recount his adventures Miga Conwting Eurcpa uouse Mlir ton Park Macclesfield Cheshire SKIS 4N?
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H'ould vou he interested in a wdprocessor for less than a fiver? Iext Plus could he the answer to a restricts bust's Srean.
Just eerier to nalce the shareware donation if you use it*I TP-o thoroughly pcotessionql word processor Before I delve Info this month's domoln. I think o smart aootogy Is in order.
Not for any errors, but rather for the domina*lon of this sec*ion of Amiga Computing by Amiganuts IW*ed. This Is no* my 'oult. And cer- talnlv not that o* *he Amiganuts
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The fault tarts 'irmly a* the feet of the comoe*Won, or to be orecbe.
* he lock of it, offered bv *he PD llbrcrtes In *his month's disk
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* he urge to write *he d9*inl*lve novel, or oerhops c beginner's
guide to potted plants? If so. You'll be in the marke* for a
word processor.
The *roub*e Is. It's amazing how fas* you lose the urge *o pu* pen *o OCPer. Or even 'Inger to processor, wher you're 'oced with buying a commercial produc*. *hc* can eas- tv rur ln*o triple figures.
A cheap a!*ema*tve is desper- a*ely needed and as usual the °ub!ic Domain comes to your rescue.
¦The PD market Isn't shor* o' aiter- no*ives In the word processing deportment, but this month the spo*rtgh* forts on the excellent Text °fus V2.2E, which 'rom now on wW be re*erred *o as TP.
Previous versions had a 'ew rough edges, which fortunately seem to hove been smoothed down considerably in *he fates* one. It now boas user friendly'eo- tures very remlnlscen* of some o' the commercial competition.
Pogrom control revolves mos*ty orourd *he roden*. With the famrtlar burt-COwns giving access *o pro- grom 'unc*lons. Art *he essen*ia’s are ***ere. And anyone ocquoin*ed wl*h me world Of word processing wfrt fe?l oui*9 c* home. The old pros wrti aoorecia*e the kevboardshor*- cuts.
One func*lon not to be found on mos* Of the opposfflon Is the oWrt*Y to Iccnlfy. This wrtl dose down the orogrom window and open a small Icon on the menu bar - Ideal for the memory hungry muft!*asker. It gives lns*on* access *o *he rest of your Workbench environment os wen os freeing 42K of .valuable memory.
Ge**lng back to your t©xt is sfm- o*e. Crtck on *he icon and tp leaps bock into ac*ion jus* as you left it.
Vou con save In el*her ASCII or Ie*ter ‘cyma*. Both o' which can be appended, loaded, saved or deie*ed from the menu bar.
Art *he load and save 'unctions ere now cccesseb *hrough the If.
D If your artistic talents lean more towards music, the MOD.
Processor could be the answer to mcny a muso's prayer.
Manipulating modules Most Amigan musicians want at tome point to Incorporate their musical masterpieces Into a demo, or perhaps a title screen.
Bu‘ don't have a clue how to code o play routine. The MOD_processor could well be the answer.
The software will convert the mcdules of almost any Sound- tracker clone Into an executable file which can be then run from the CU. Or as part of a script file.
As if that wasn't enough, it can also include any IFF or HAM picture into the file, which as a resutt will pop up as your masterpiece plays. When you’ve had enough a separate CU or script tile commend will stop the music In its tracks.
The program is another licensed to the Amiganuts by its creator Steve Marshall. This isn't with Amos, a programming format that seems to dominate much of their software.
Anos Paint ts a fine example of the best of Amos. However, having said tils, It certainly Isn't the most original piece of work I've ever seen But If mimicry Is indeed the lyOU SmlL-i'jir eniH 1 itvSHfilricVir
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To the beginner the prospect sincerest form of flattery, Dpaint and friends should be blushing like the proverbial newly wed. The package boasts all the options found on most non-HAM paint packages. Animation, of course, isn’t one of them, but there are attractions not to be of creating executable sound modules with IFF graphic support may appear a little dountlng, but thanks to the excellent front end the process Is fast and painless.
It's a simple matter of a few lood and saves via a standard file requestor, combined with odd pull down selection from the menu bar. The end result Is an instant combination of sound and vision that can be sipped Into any startup.
The term licensed PD may seem strange, but It's not os confusing as It sounds. MOD.
Processor, like many ethers in the Amiganuts collection. Is licensed only to them.
This doesn't mean II Isn't public domain - you could still give the program away tree - but It does mean that Amiganuts are the only people who should be selling It, found among the opposition. The patterned fill feature came as a very pleasant surprise, and for some reason is a rare addition to most paint packages.
The program works In either high or low res, and can import a wide variety of fonts from disk. In high res the program can use 16 colours, all of which can be altered to your taste with the now familiar RGB colour controls.
If you're a paint person this has to be well worth the oathetic sum you'll have to hand over. If you do become addicted please, make a contribution to the author's coffers. It could mean the difference between another release or none at an.
To an Amiga artisan, the pattern fill feature could well make the purchase worthwhile In Itself.
Disk 911 is highly recommended.
OK C NCEL I think It's sofe to say that at least 50 per cent of Amiga owners were once dyed In the wool 64 fanatics - absolutely certain that was the ultimate machine and that nothing would ever come between them and their true love.
Nowadays It's likely the C64 spends its twilight years gathering dust alongside a pile of long forgotten peripherals.
It’s bad enough that hardware is going to waste, but more Importantly what about all the hard earned cash tied up in stuff?
Disk drives for the 64 may have been slow, but they were by no means cheap. Now the resale value of ageing add-ons is not high, so there hos to be on alternative, and Indeed there Is - Fish disk 379.
The A64Package Is a 64 emulator that will give the Amiga access to all the old 64 peripherals, disk drives, printers and so on. It will also turn the Amiga Into an exact replica of the 64 itself.
Anyone familiar with the silhr DIN plug connections on th© 64 will have already guessed that there is a price to pay. But as usual in the PD It's only a small matter of a subscription to the author of the software.
Once he has his cosh you get your interface which slips into your latest love, allowing access to the 64's array of add-ons.
Forward to the past I know it sounds o bit like turning a Lotus Into a Loda. But there was a lot of good work done on the 64.
And this gives you a wonderful opportunity to walk down memory lane.
Think of It. The chance to write Games Galore As promised in last month's column III conclude the rundown of Seventeen Bit's Games Galore duet. The second in the collection carries on in the same vein as the first, with a varied collection of eight simple but oddlctlve games.
Ner. Tetris, you'll love this one.
There's also an old favourite that turns up every couple of years under a seemingly endless stream of alternative titles. Yes it's Breakout yet again, this time working under the pseudonym of Bounce.
Not a bad version but there's better about, and Amiganuts 904 would be a good place to look If you're a real addict. But be warned, that s the only thing on It.
Those in the mood for a bit of an adventure could have a go at Jackland or If role playing is more your goblet of poison you might try Lam VI 2.0b. If you don t have the patience for such things BlueMoon could be the game for single handed cardsharks.
Gomes Galore Is an excellent collection of computer classics, well worth a ook. Not to mention the asking price.
Along with the almost Inevitable version of Othello there's the odd arcade thrown In for good measure. Sky Flight Is the firs*, and definitely the simplest, beng a modem version of an old Atorl console classic In which two opoasing pilot? Chase each other around the skies in a couple of acrobatic biplanes.
WeBtrlx is the second arcade on offer, and a much more recent release. In fact It's so new thct certain commercial offerings are sttH hot from the presses with price tags equaly as warm to the tocch.
If you are a fan of Its forerunthe Immortal ’Hello Mum* scroll routine, just like you did m the local shops. Yes l saw you - aahhh... memories.... able to interoct with It. In the case of AMIGAnut; 287 I'I make a sight exception with a HAM slide show The 64 emulator is by no means alone on Valfy PD’s latest utilities dfek. Along with It comes four more useful utils and an excellent Workbench toy.
It’s a collection well worth a couple of quid of anyone's cash.
Available from VaBy PD disk 600.
Created by Kerry Lancaster. It’s based around the NASA space missions, and offers stunning shots of space exploration's formative years.
If you want to Imoress a friend by showing off the best of the Amiga’s graphic abilities It could be worth a look. An oldie but a goodie.
Still in the couch ootato mode and demand some effortless entertainment from your Amiga?
Perhaps a ittle music might help to soothe the soul. If that is what you are after Amiganuts 901 is just the thing. The four tunes are straight out of an episode of Starsky and Hutch, and with handfuls of 70s sounds blaring out you'll soon be diggin' out your platforms.
Yes. I do know It s the 90s now.
But like me many of you are no doubt thoroughly sick of the predictable techno pop on offer In most available demos. As a result It wins hands down in this month's musical PD parade.
Amiga Mayhem If you want a little more glamour in your game play, you might try another Amiganuts offering.
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If you're Into an occasional blast-em-up. Amiganuts 868 could wen be a worthwhile, not to mention cheap, alternative to the almost universal £24.99 asked for commercial offerings.
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Amiganuts have unleashed another release from their lleenceware
1 Across 2 Down is a very Impressive example of Amos and its now familiar ability to produce a very slick front end, as you con see from the screen shot.
The initial release comes on two separate disks, one with the program tself. And the second a data disk with eight puzzles Mo'e puzzles will be regularly released onto data disks to feed the addiction of the masses, and as a result even out the cashflow for Mr Amiganuts Ray Bert-Frost.
Art and Lit, or entertainment fms msrm on geography.
• t eh r, further imrlh - Ur'.Mrii, Gsl* er Stoekkeln'* MSWER:
Helsinki VfRMT; Cor rec ... Well, did you know the answer
Qlyjj?j le|SJUE|Rj iiggp T Ard the red car creeps into the
lead QUIT ACROSS aw a “ and of course the authors Stuart Porker
and Keith Grant.
Clues can appear slightty Inadequate to the uninitiated. For example. Amiga Computing would appear simply as 14 letters, rather than 5.9. A smal point but a sfightty annoying one.
In general 1 Across 2 Down is excellent and as a result physical If your interests are more general than literal, the next ofering Is for you. General knowledge quiz games are by no means new.
But they're still as popular as ever.
Whether It be the immortal "Can I have a P please Bob* from Blockbusters or the eternal struggle for another wedge In Trivial Pursuits, people can't get enough of the quiz gcme.
As a result Keith Grant and Stuart Parker turned their attentions from the crossword and came up with Quizmaster, yet another lleenceware release from the Amiganuts. Yes. It's an Amos creation.
The gome can support up to four players, each of whom try to take on the opposition in a do or die high speed struggle - OK so I'm exaggerating a bil.
Each player takes control of a less than sporty looking sports car In which he attempts to move up the track by correctly answering questions in one of the four randomly picked categories.
Apart from the rather silly race track element, everything works well, if perhaps slightly slowly.
Having said that, it's the questions that matter, and In this department Quizmaster scores well.
R force was required to remove my greyhaired mother from the keyboard.
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I started with a whine, and I'll end with one. Why do people climb mountains, swim seas and buy Sts? I'll tell you why. They're barking mad!
As a resutt you can forgive them.
People who code without any regard to the operating system of the Amiga are just lazy, and consequently make life a real pain In the Agnus for the rest of us.
The Amiga is meant to multitask. So why not let it?
OK. A few super bits that don't get on too well with Workbench might have to meet their end but believe me It would be well worth it. So please, please code with care.
Next month I hope we'll ha e a few worthy opponents for the Amiganuts to contend with. If there's anything you want to see in the column, or perhaps out of It.
Drop me a line.
That’s about It for this month If you have any axes to grind or opinions obout the world of PD, write in and I’ll try to incorporate any ideas into the column.
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Wait no longer, Nick Vietch examines an available alternative Slim, black and lovely mover rw'l rw* fciVt th It is to be hoped iT doesn't catch on even more or BriTish Rail will start charging office 'enfs * though they are not tar off thaT now.
One contender for a piece in your briefcase, tank bag or napsack is the Cambridge Computers 288. Developed by IdT- ter day genius and mentor for bespectacled youth. Sir Clive Sinclair.
ThaT *he 288 was developed by Sinclair s pretty obvious when you first behold one. Weil, for a start it has the letter 'T in it and The number eight. Secondly iT is biack.
Always black The men who said of The ZXSi's screen aspicy ‘Any colour so long as it is black and white' obviously stepped up one from plagiarism To mimicry. All of Sinclair's computer products nave been black since the second series of ZX80 RAM Pocks.
Thirdly, ond most importantly from the user's point of view, if has a sfrange keyboard. IT's noT touch sensitive like The ecrty ZX models, out The principle is much The some
- a rubber bath maT whicn can sometimes be coerced into accepting
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c Security Council resolution.
Ruboer goods aside. The Z88 is a remarkable piece of equipment.
For a start it is Terribly lighT and slim enough to sbp inTo a briefcase ana still leave room for some briefs. Tnis is certainly a mojor advantage over oTner models, and again, is partly due to The slim but slippery keyboard.
If you want a portable ana the prime requisite is mat it IS portable.
The 288 is the only real contender.
Can you use it seriously? This article was written on various forms of public transport.
WnaT few people consider is me software That comes with o porraole.
It's all very well being slim and lightweight but if you actually bought The kit for more than The pose value men obviously me software i§ very important.
Aside from me extensive range of pop-up calendars, clocks end calculators there are two main packages on-board The 288. Tne first is me PipeDream word processor, which is more fully-featured than much commercial software you might run on the likes of The PC.
Features include all me standard search and replace, block functions and even dyouT deTciis. Since you can only see six lines of fexr at once it is c Brfle difficult to visualise me shape or size of your magnus opus, so c miniature overview of The page is created at dot-per-characfer resolution down The rignr hand side.
All me functions nave not keys, and moughTfully. A display informs you whoT keys you have pressed, as n would be easy to get lost on rnree-key combinations witn only me tactile response of the rubber mar to go by.
One of The most impressive features is The way tnaT when you recoil a document you start up in exactly me same place you left oft
- not only on the seme ine but the same place in a word.
Tnis, working in conjunction wim me task-freezing ability of me 288.
Make multiple documents as easy to nandle as if you had two machines - ever, easier maybe.
Tne omission of a spei-checker is a bif of a pain, but I suspect it would have taken up too much valuable RAM. PipeDream is mere man just a good word-pro - it actually doubles up as a spreadsneet.
Perhaps not up to 1-2-3 standards (it doesn't draw silly pie cherts) Put cenainly nandies numbers fairly rumiessiy.
In fact. If you get me special PC- Link you can Translate PipeDrecm calculations into 1-2-3 format.
The powerful searenng and sorting facilities moke it very handy as a dataoase too.
The real power of fnis packcge isn't me fact That it can do all mese Things, Put mat iT can mem at me same time and in the same document, it is a tine exem- ple of c fully integrated package.
Tne second piece of software provided ts an interpretation of ESC 3ASIC. Although not really a standard to judge 3ASlCs Dy. It's certainly more tun man AmigcBasic.
Of course if is not possible to use most of the display modes. Put you could still knock out a Game-boy PeoTer if you get stuck on the Northern Line.
Talk to me One problem usually cssocicted wim portables is The hassle of getting me data back. But hot here - the 288 has inbuilt software for sending and receiving tiles Through its joystick style serial port.
Leads are available for connection to The PC ond me Mac. Arc IT really isn't mar much of a strain on me old grey matter to hook it up to an Amiga Tne 283 can also drive a printer direct should you want to produce hardcopy on The move.
Anotner solution is to use me ranger disk device wnicn will alow you to wriTe files directly to PC format disks, which you can then Transfer Deck to the Amiga via CrossDos or similar program.
So if commuting computing is wnot you're otter go for the slim dock Pox.
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case of queries Paul Austin finds out how a professional makes
music on the Amiga Almost every musician dreams of the day his
creation will appear as part of the latest software smash.
Unfortunately for most of us the chances of our dreams turning
to reaBty are less than likely.
To improve my odds for musical immortality I asked one of the pros to provide some guide-lines on what it takes to make the break into the serious side of Amiga music.
Tim Wright is probably best known for his work with Psygnosis, having produced a variety of tunes and effects for many of their recent releases.
Most notable is Beast II. His biggest project to date, and one of the best musical arrangements Tim’s choice Tim initialy used a Trilogic sompler which he recommends as an excellent first step. If however you're a real enthusiast the Audio Engineer is his choice, and yet produced for ciai product.
So with Beast still ringing in my ears. It was otf to Liverpool to meet the man and face the music.
How it aH happens The process of getting a commis- sion"starts with a phone call, at which point Tim picks a time and a place, and heads off to find out what's required.
After the outline has been drawn It's time for the bad news as far as the customer is concerned - the cost.
This can vary from as little as £50 to as much £1.500 depending on In his opinion the best In the business, But be wcmed. The Impressive performance Is reflected In the hefty price.
' the size of the project. I was surprised when Tim mentioned that although graphic artists and programmers receive royalties for their efforts, musicians don't.
They only receive a flat pay- no matter how well the product sells - In my opinion a totally unreasonable state of affairs.
Needless to say a little wrangling Is required, and after the hand- shokes and signatures It's down to hard graft and headaches slaving over a hot synth.
The projects can vary considerably. Some may only be SFX while others may be a slrgle piece of music. On occasions a monster project appears requiring everything.
These may can for os many as 14 separate tunes, each of which must be In the customer's desired style.
Tim works wtth Noisetracker, but says that's Just his personal preference. Almost all Soundtracker clones can either be converted or used direct by the software houses, so there's no need tc change your allegiances just yef.
When the music and sound effects are complete it's over to Tim's partner in crime, his younger brother Lee, who has re-written the Noisetracker play routine and does all the coding for Tim's creations.
As a result of his brother's work the tunes take up the absolute minimum of disk space - another very attractive feature in the eyes of software houses.
Squeezing a quart Into c pint pot is the order of the day. Music is an afterthought on most projects.
Space on the disk is often limited to as little as 35 to 40K. Not much when you've got to squeeze In four tunes and the samples and sound effects.
The maximum amount of space Tim has ever had to fill was only around 11 OK. People with extravagant tastes in the sample department might wet have to get used to cutting the odd comer!
If Tim doesn't use other peoples samples or library sounds, v here does he get the tools of the trade?
Obviously there's a bit of borrowing from Cds. Records and tapes, but most of material comes from another member of the behind the scenes team.
Shaun Morris.
This only goes A foot in the door to prove that behind every great musician there's a lot of mates, not to mention a huge pile ot MIDI equipment Shaun's admirable collection of keyboards regutarty fan vic'im to Tim's insatiable desire for samples and sound effects.
If you are a beginner a few tech tips might help make your first steps less painful and more professional. One of Tim s favourite effects Is modulation. Most Soundtrackers support it in one way or another and Tim uses it regularly to produce some weird noises ay varying the effect on a particuar voice.
Using a long looping sample you could Intermittently switch the volume from maximum to zero, one step after the next. This produces a phasing effect. ExceSent for guitar sounds and creating a moody feel.
If. For example, you have a sound you want to run from a low octave to a high one. Take two samples, one at a high end of the scale and the other at the low.
This is because most sounds especially, high ones can distort badly, producing all kinds of strang© aliasing, whistling and phasing effects when played too far out of their own register. That's sam- keyboards often have a separate sample at each octave.
Making two scmples of the same sound will obviously take up valuable spoce. Bii this sacrifice is easily outweighed by the improved quality.
Try to make as much use as possible of the Amga's stereo obikties.
Perhaps place a lead voice on one side, with a slightly staggered dying echo fokowing on the other - simple b«.it effective.
Progression After our brief rundown of do’s and don'ts I asked Tim what the future held for Amiga music.
'CD-ROM - CD-ROM that's what's next. It's going to be great, it's going to be massive. You can't imagine what It's going to do for the business.
"Just think. 450 meg to fill. No Getting your first break is the most difficult step in any area of the arts. Tim's big chance came through a brief career in demos.
The release of the Puggsy demo led him into the commercial market and the start of his success.
Demos are a tried and tested approach to fame and fortune. If you get your name and number on the occasional wobbly scroll routine It shouldn't be long before you'll catch someone's ear.
A more obvious approach is to send your work to the software houses themselves. It might be a good Idea to keeo a tab on recent trends, but don't duplicate a specific s’yle - they already have someone who can do what'5 been done before.
Originality Is an obvious requirement, but if you want to sustain your success you must be versatile. Lets say you were writing a piece for "Psycho nutter mutant ninja space scum" a thrash metal tune would be fine. If the ttfte was more like "Bambl meets the Wombles' the same wouldn't be as suitable.
Send in a variety of styles, and If you can put your masterpieces Into a compact play routine all the better. If not. Include the Sound- tracker you used on the disk, along with your work.
The software houses receive a lot of material each week, so If they have to mess about to hear more Soundtracker clones. Just pure digital sound recorded direct on to digital audio tape and transferred straight on to CD. It's going to be wonderful.'
If he is right, who knows, the sky's the limit, imagine CD quality music and sound effects with every new release - not to mention all the money to be mode producing It.
A number ot software houses your work they probably won't bother.
Buy yourself a sampler end don't just rip sounds out of other people's work. There are two main reasons why ripping is a bad idea. Firstly If you particularly Uke something everyone else will, and consequently the people you're sending It to will have heard it a hundred times before.
Secondly using other people's sounds does nothing for your Individual style, and In this business standing out from the crowd Is everything.
This grow-your-own approach applies to library samples as well as those ripped from games or demos. The samples on library disks have usually been played to death, and as a result will mcke your material appear dated.
Last but not least, think about sound effects, and how they re made. If you get a commission from a software house they may well want you to provide bcth music and effects. Think about this when yx u ' i e writing - a whole troirk might have to be devoted to SFX.
If possible try not to use long looped samples, such as drum pct- terns. BuHd your own drum patterns, they’’e Infinitely more versatile.
There's nothing worse thon hearing the same sample droning on and on. If you do loop samples, add other sounds cn occasion to break them up a It- tte.
Are busy right now working out what best to transfer over to CD Tim's setup Is very similar to tnat of most Amiga owners. The musical gaps are filled with a little help from friends and famity.
If he con do it. Maybe you can.
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Roland's answer to amplification, the ultimate add-on to the
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Ycu may be on the way to building your own state of the art digital studio in the back bedroom, but If you can't hear your creotlons all that expensive hardware could be going to waste.
With this in mind Roland have coma up wtth the MA-12C or Micro Monitor, a com poet and powerful monitoring system for any a would- be naestro needing portability and nstant sound.
Many a flying beer bottle The sound produced Is really quite Impressive ond would win hands down if compared with most home hi-fi units. However, when the volume is wound up there is a noticeable amount of hiss.
The bass end of the range is Impressive When playing the lowest bass notes there was no sign of the vibration effecting the sound produced or the speaker itself.
So if you want to avoid the expense of toying an amp. Speaker and mayoe even a mixer, the MA-12 could be the solution And If you ever have the urge to head the boards, and want a portable and reliable amplifying system the Micro Is ideal Hlghlv recommended.
The CM-32P Is the final element of the DTMS hardwere line-up and me ultimate add-on to the CM-32L.
Many of you will wonder if there is any point buying yet another unit when you already have eight synthesisers a rhythm module and a bank of special effects However, the situation Is not dissimilar to that of an Amiga owner buying a hard drive or large RAM expansion The increase in abilities which they bring to the Amiga is very similar to the Increas9d potential which the CM-32P brings lo the Roland Desktop Music System.
The 32P is far less flexible than the 32L and Initially contains fewer voices, with no dedicated drum section or special effects However, the voice quality of the 32P is stunning and easily on a par with any other module or syth I've heard, regardless of price.
Those who read the review of the CM-32 may think my comments contradictory, when I refer to the higher quality of the 32P voices as opposed to those of the
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me voice of yojr choice ? 32P Is a much more dedicated
creature with only 64 voices designed to complement the 321
by adding a new dimension in quality to the DTMS.
It has a built-in digital reverb, and offers the option to accept PCM cards, each of which contain 64 additional voices. All of this can benefit from the onboard reverb and snare in the unit's ability to play 31 voices or partials at any one time.
Added to the multl-ttmbral efforts of the six synths lurking under the 323's tasteful grey beige exterior. Your financial future might start to turn a little more rosey.
If you don’t want both units, or want to marry the 32P with an existing MDI system, it will work Just as well with any arrangement of equipment, but a partnership with the 32L or MT-32 seems to be where It’s most at home. It is perhaps something of a luxury, but if you have cash in the bank and you want It to stay there, I strongly suggest you avoid hearing the 32P In action - It's more than a mere mortal muso can bear A little help One of the most striking features of the CM range has to be the controls. Or to be more accurate the lack of them. All you get to twiddle with is one volume
knob and an off on switch.
Gone are the days of faders ond buttons. All the soldering ot old has been replaced by a single blip as the MIDI info flies from your Amiga.
Thank goodness for that, but It does leave the usei somewhat alienated from his latest toy, and the prospect of alterhg anything within the impregnable plastic box looks very slim indeed.
What’s required Is an electronic tool kit. Which can be put to work 1 Load | | Save | [Fetch | Duty | Tinb ) j Ifll'.M * v nine: Slap Bassl' b 5 I M!~niT1!T1 Ttijfl tT| 12 1
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through your Amiga. The Cmpanion is exactly that and makes
the process of patch eciting as simple as clicking an icon in
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Beautiful music By far the most difficult task involved with sound synthesis is the creation of the voices themselves.
In the dark ages this would involve extremely tricky editing procedures. Which were certainly not advisable for beginners, and invariably ended In awful results.
A friendly alternative was desperately required, and as a result the Cmpanion and other such computer-based patch editors were bom.
These new software pack- ag©s revolutionised voice editing and produc- tlon, bringing the sounds to life and providing a graphic and numeric picture of all the elements of the sounds themselves.
Changing tones Let's say you have a particular voice in the 32L you like, but it needs a little more reverb and perhaps a touch more sustain.
To change it. All you have to do is load up the Cmpanion software and Import the voice. Add a little more reverb by either altering the type of reverb used or perhaps changing the parameters of the present one.
To alter the sustain, enter the tone editor and select the partial or partials of the sound you wish to change. These are shown as simple graphs which can be drag gee Into a new shape with the mouse. A click on the right mouse button and the new sound will be played instantly, so keeping track of events is very easy.
If you're happy with your creation it can be saved straight bock into the module in any positlor you want, to become o permanent feature every time you turn on the unit.
All sounds from the modules can be saved on to disk, so a potentially huge library of voices can be created In this way.
The process doesn't have to stop with altering current sounds, you can also create new ones Feature
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You can tweak these new creations and save them to disk or add them to the module s permanent repertoire.
Vou can also combine your favourite aspects of existing sounds by mixing their component partiats to create new sounds, and while we are on the subject of new sounds, a completely new set has been incorporated on the disk to get you started.
The program also happily multitasks with other applications. So given sufficient memory you could edit sounds as you work and Instarrty hear them in the context of the piece.
Once you've created a bank of sounds they can be loaded straight Into the module with the auto-hjector program accompanying me Cmpanion software.
It's an easy way to make fast alterations without having to load the entire program for every change you make to the module s memory.
Difficult decisions By far the most difficult decision Involving the extras in the CM range is not the usual dilemma of whether to buy. But rather one of which to buy first. Should it be the stunning ready made sounds of the 32P with its ability to accept PCM cards, or perhaps you'd prefer the added flexibility the Cmpanion software brings to the vocal ability of the 32L.
The Cmpanion can also be put Instant access to all your creations in either memory, disk or module freetones default.32L tvs lasks.RND libs 1 Cello vox Ring Rise Late Night Harpsi-Vox Slide Bass John Bass Heaven Distortion Warn Pad 2 BellSvnth2 Warn Brass Load File to work on the 32P and PCM cards, but the changes made are not permanent.
If you wanted to add more reverb to a voice the parameters can be applied to it on a PCM card. But they don't become permanent and as a resUt need to be »ANION aland OUND DEVELOPMENT jjseridoo jpMBB Idrtgs Lo‘ad | 1 Save 1 |Fetch | Duty |‘ I Show!
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Given sufficient liquid assets I’d be tempted to plump for the 32P as my first choice. However, if your cash pool is low. The Cmpanion can do amazing things tc the already Impressive 32L, as well as squeeze more superb sounds from the other elements in the range.
Well that's about It for Roland's DTMS. Not perhaps the cheapest range of Amiga add-ons, but nevertheless a big step In the right direction for Amiga music.
I hope to be covering some of the alternatives In the MIDI market in forthaoming issues, so watch this space and all will be revealed... TamnimTory ) Hodule Confi Edit Drawer [CMpanion: File Idefaul t.32L~ LA RhythM Edit Quit Library dial |['dh: "H dhe: OK Cancel ¦ M7 uaji is i;a n.wp Here s your chance to get your hand on those lovely new voices.
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Crowlhome Poiphin*: Michael Jerome, London Seng: Bjame Melsom Mormon: Biame Melsom You'd be surprised to learn how much correspondence we receive from Amiga users In Scandinavian countries, especially Norway and Denmark. The Amiga community Is obviously thriving In those countries, and we hope the1 continue to buy our mog ond find It useful!
If Bjarne Meteom s contributions to this month s Gallery are an Indication of the standard we con expect from our recders In that part of t-he world, then the Amiga is obviously being put to excellent use in foreign ports.
An expert system "DOOR TO DOOR” Routefinder Planner for £19.95. Unlike any other it will take you from your home or business through the streets of your town, city or village to anywhere you choose. Use for business (delivering, pick-ups, selling) or pleasure touring.
"DOOR TO DOOR” can give you the inner city street directions including One-way systems. It can then take you onto any "A" Roads, "B" Roads and Motorways including junctions, turnings and street names all the way to your destination.
"DOOR TO DOOR" has a database of mainland Great Britain that is more than three times the size of some route guides now on the market. It also has the on-screen "Tourist Information Guide to Cities, Towns and Villages".
New or special routes are easy to add yourself with the on-screen help.
"DOOR TO DOOR" will run on all Amiga's and PC's with 512K or more. For a limited period we will include the digitized street maps of Greater London, all for just £19.95. WHY?
We hope that you will be tempted to purchase our other add-on disks that we intend to introduce each month, such as new databases of European countries, digitized street maps of cities.
With full colour graphics, animation and sound... the world atlas, a history of Great Britain and Mysteries of the World. A huge quest. These are not necessary to the running of "DOOR TO DOOR" but at just £10 each we think you may just buy.
Send Cheques P.O's for £19.95 to: GEOGRAPHIC Dept Transport Studies, 3 5 Cranford Place, Wilsden BD15 OAD Tel: 0535 274228 What's up DOC?
Re the letter in February's issue about error code 205 on DOC files. I too experienced this problem when running the coverdlsk from a Workbench disk.
My solution is to select the DOC files, click ’INFO" under the WORKBENCH menu and alter the default tool from C:PPMORE to :C PPMORE so that the current disk is searched for Ppmore and not the Workbench disk.
Perhaps you could have a word in your disk compiler's shell-like and get him to do the same so that I don't have to do it every month I P Borton, Peterborough Your solution works splendidly if you boot with your own system disk, then run the coverdisk from 'here. Anyone who's doing this should take heed!
However, we get many more letters from people who've copied individual programs over to another disk which are then run on their own.
It seems there are a great many home compilation fans out there, and these people will stll have to make sure they copy relevant programs such as Ppmore over to the new disk.
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Cracking up?
Are here to help!
Write to Amiga Computing, Europa House. Adlington Park. Macclesfield SK10 4NP You should find the tool types on this month s Amiga Computing coverdisk more to your I king.
Doctor or dumper?
Could someone tell me after putting a disk into CiskDoctor for repair, how to copy it back on to a new disk. When the task is done it tells you to copy to a new disk. This is what's driving m9 insane. What next?
Please shed some light on this. Being new to this computer lark it Is something I've got to get used to. I've looked through all your letters pages for the answer hoping someone else has written in.
Raymond Madden. Glasgow To copy from one disk to another, either follow the irstructions at the beginning of The Disk pages in this issue or. If you want to copy individual files, use the COPY command. This should be used in the form COPT fU«Mie TO target directory See page 2-6 of your Enhancer Software manual for full details of the syntax. For example if you wanted to save the SETMAP routine from the SYSTEM directory of your Workbench disk and copy it to a disk called ‘Backup’, you’d type COPY SYSTER SETRAP TO Backup: The best advice is to use a friendlier disk salvation program,
such as FixDisk 1.2 from last month’s coverdisk. Or DiskSalv. Both are public domain, available from most PD libraries, and both make it easier to copy files to a new disk.
Easier still would be Central Coast Software's Quarterback Tools, which is designed for ease of use. This is a commercial program, however, and costs around £40. If you think the money is well spent, phone Softmachine on 091 510 2666.
And on the same subject... As a B20Q0 owner I realise I'm perhaps in a ninority. But why oh why aren't there more hard disk utilities about? Ail I want is something Ike Norton Utilities for the PC that'll heal a fragmented disk. Or how about a virus checker?
Ajso. Is it possible to output the Amiga's sound to tape? It’s all very well sampling ond creating masterpieces, but I don't fancy the prospect of sticking a mike next to my inadequate monitor speaker John Silver, Derby There are plenty of B2000 owners around, and you wouldn't be the first to find a dearth of decent utilities for hard drives.
I would refer you to FixDisk 1.2 and Quarterback Tools as mentioned above. Both can salvage lost or damaged tiles from hard drives.
Virus killers have taken a while to catch up with hard drive owners, but ZeroVirus 3. Master Virus Killer, and Vscan are three good choices, oil of which are free or shareware.
They will all check a hard drive for file viruses and were examined In last month's virus orticle.
Your music problem is easy enough to solve.
Instead of plugging your Amiga's phono outputs into your monitor, just plug them Into your tape deck. The two outputs, audio left and audio right, eoch carry two of the Amiga's four voices, so If you want all four on the tape, they will have to be brought together. This is easily accomplished.
You can buy a Y-junction phono plug which takes the two outputs and combines them before input to the usual sort of tape machine microphone single jack socket, or you can do it with a cheap Tandy mic mixing box for £22.95. Either wgy, you should be able to record a basic tape of your Amiga music with little outlay.
You'll have to ensure you set the levels and so forth before committing something to tape, but you will already have MED from our coverdisk, so that should be no problem.
You won't gel professional results, but your music will sound a great deal better than it would if recorded via microphone from a hissing monitor speaker.
Speed not power?
I've a friend who owns an Archimedes A3000 ond she Is always raving on about MIPS ond ARM chips. Now I don't have anything to do with "My computer Is better than your computer* arguments, but I must odmit to feeling a bit pedestrian from time to time My A2000 serves me very well, but is it now too slow for today 's software?
I'm thinking about upgrading to a faster machine by way of a processor add-on. But this some friend fells me they're almost useless on the Amiga as they can't speed up the memory hondling. Not sure how much of tiis Is computer snobbery on her port, but I thought I'd better check before spending hundreds of pounds on an upgrade which might not solve my problems Jayne Fellows. Leeds Share and share alike You soy she's a friend? An Archimedes owner who slags off AMIGAs? With friends like that, who needs ST owners?
The problem is. She has a point. The Amiga Is stuffed with custom chips designed to lighten the lood ot the central processor.
The Enhanced Chip Set. As it is called, is what to a large extent sets the Amiga apart from other machines. It controls animation, graphics, and sound, and allows the CPU to get on wth the number-crunching.
Great, but these chips still toddle along ot the same speed they always hove. While CPUs have advanced to 33MHz and beyond, the ECS chips are still puffing away at about 8MHz, and this places certain limits on the effectiveness of on accelerator card.
If you are going to use the machine for maths-imensive applications such as CAD. 3D graphics ray-tracing, and fractal plotting, the ECS chips will be used proportionally less and the card will hove its best effect.
It. However, you use your Amiga mostly for games, or applications which use. Say. The blitter a great deal, you will find there’s not quite the same speed increase.
I'm assuming, however, that if you're going to spend lots of money on an accelerator card, you will be using it mainly for serious purposes. And for these I would thoroughly recommend Such 0 purchase.
As for memory handling, your friend might be referring to the need for more chip memory for foster operations involving the ECS.
Your A2000 has the full 1Mb of chip RAM. But you might be able to upgrade this in future if Commodore or a third party manufacturer were to offer a Super Agnus (2Mb of chip RAM) upgrade She may also be pointing out the need for 32-bit memory which takes full advantage of the fastei processors.
You'll find that those boards in need of 32-bit memory, such as the A5000 reviewed this month, usually have a certain amount on-' board.
Business matters My frienc and I want to set up a PD library, but are not 100 per cent sure of the legal situation Perhaps ou could answer a few of our questions.
• Do we need a licence of any kind?
• Are we allowed to modif any of the games we sen tc improve them
far our customers? For example altering documents, making pro
grams nn from Workbench which previously ran only trom CU.
Editing icons and so on
• Are we ollowed to distribute progroms which specify “no money
to change hands' on disks with normal PD programs on them if we
lower the price accordingly?
• What i freeware?
• We want to make oil our disks auto- l always read my copy of
Amiga Computing with interest, especially the help section, and
the response to D B Park ho use's letter on pnnter sharing got
to me (see the February issue).
If I read it correctly, he wants to connect two different printers to his Amiga and switch between them without having to remove the leads all the time.
If that is so. I am amazed at your reply, as I have been doing Just that for a long time now and the answer i$ simple - a data switch box.
They cost around £13 to £22 and are available from Media Direct or Overseas Media (you'll find their ads in vanous issues of the mog - Ed). I would recommend a 4- way to give some spare capocity -1 use a 4- way to connect two printers and a New-Tek vdeo digitiser, and simply select which one I want to use.
Boctabie. But neither of us has any idea of how to write or install a boot-block or startup- sequence Can you recommend a book, or better still, print instructions In the pages of your magazine?
I have already tried using Install from ZeroVirus and copying the C: and S: directories from Workbench I found I needed a lot of other commands ond programs from elsewhere on the disk to make it run properly I gave up pretty quickly!
• Are we allowed to include shareware in the librcry?
• Is there anything else we should know?
Chris Johns. Derby To take your questions one ot a time:
• You don’t need a licence, but you'll still have to keep books,
have an audit done, and maybe .eventually register os a
business If you've got o bank manager, ask him to arrange an
appointment with the bank's small businesses advisor - they've
all got one these days. If that's too daunting, check to see if
there's a local business advice centre, and have your queries
answered by a professional.
• You should never alter ANY original matenal without prior
consent from the author, especially when it comes to .DOC
files and the way the program runs. Icons may be more freely
altered, but if the program has a highly individual icon
with, for example, a copyright mes- sage on it. You should
leave it alone
• Check with the author regarding charges Such stipulations can
sometimes mean absolutely NO money should be involved, but
they can also refer only to actual profits. If in doubt, assume
the former.
• Freeware is free software. You can't charge for it and the
author expects no money for it.
• There's an article in this very magazine on constructing a
bootable disk. There are two particularly good books - Dabs
Press' A point to note is to get a serial switch Dox as this
will have 25-pin D connectors
• hroughout. So the only coble requirement Is a 25 D male to 25 D
male between the Amiga and the box The existing printer eods
should fit.
The box-to-Amiga lead is easy enough to make with a length of 26 cote ribbon cable and two cllp-on D connectors totalling about £6. Happy switching!
M B Tankard. Worsley, Manchester consider myself duly chastised. Anyone considering a connection between more tian one printer and an Amiga should now have enough information to be going on with.
My original reply did point out that a simple two way switch would be easy enough to knock up. But I admit I should have men- ioned data switching boxes.
AMIGADOS A Dabhand Guide, and Abacus's AmigaDOS Inside and Out. If you can't get them at you local dealer, phone the Computer Bookshop on 021 706 1250.
• You can include shareware as long as you leave the author's
shareware message in the program and the docs.
• The tone of your letter implies that you expect to make money
from your PD Library and that you will be treating it as u
It is against the spirit of PD to make megabucks from it and also illegal, especially it ycu mess around with someone else's program and sell freeware for a profit.
So be warned.
What's in a name?
As my February coverdisk had a damaged metal cover. I had to remove It in order to load the disk. I then made a copy so that I could bn the original.
However, when the copy is loaded, the Amiga asks for the original in any drive before it will open the copy, so I still need the original disk! Is there ony way round this? I don’t like the idea of using a disk that is minus its protective covering Alan Thorburn, West Kilbride You con use a disk, even if it has lost Its protective metal slide, for as long as it survives without harming your drive. However, as you rightly say. The disk would quickly succumb to dust or toast crumbs, so It s best to copy it straight away.
Your problem lies in the fact that the coverdisk* stortup-sequence includes a line which tries to run the Lovehearts program from CD016 - in other words, from itself.
If your copy is not called CD016 the Amiga will ask for it to be inserted. To cure the fau».
Delete or change this line, or take the simplest route and rename the copy as CD016.
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MACHINE CODE 115 Code Clinic doyen, Margaret Stanger, digs deep into her collective experience to provide the first of what promises to be an exciting series.
CODE CLINIC 117 Mags does it again, this time with Boolean gadgets, timer events and missing links. If C is your language this is the page to read.
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California- based Aegis have been producing products for the
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to the world back in 1985.
They were one of the very first compcnies to devote themselves entirely to the uncertain task of producing products for the Amiga.
One o' their first packages was Aegis VldeoTitler, a video titling pockage that laid the foundations for much of the quality titling software we have today.
Jason Holborn brings you more news and reviews from the ever widening world of Amiga desktop video Sadly Aegis are no more, but many of their products and ongoing developments were picked up and nurtured by Oxxi Incorporated, who are probably better known for their MaxIPIan spreadsheet.
Now, under the new name of OvviAeats. The programmers of the original VideoTltler have come up with a successor that looks set to raise a lew eyebrows VideoTltler 3D - Aegis have never been particularly original where naming products Is concerned - claims to bring the power of a professional titling workstation to the Amiga.
OK, we've heard It all before, but the Aegis claims certainty seem genuine considering VideoTltler's impressive 3D text handling routines.
With them it can spin, stretch, rotate, tilt and put titles Into ]ust about any perspective you care to mention. Add this powerful facility to Its Impressive 3D extrusion tools and you have what could possibly be the ultimate video titling and effects package.
With VldeoTtlor comes a large selection of fonts. Including cotour ones from the wen respected Kara and Zuma collections.
But for the utimate m high resolution fonts Aegis hove expanded their innovative PolyFont technology to allow fonts to be manipulated without loss of quality.
Animated titler The product doesn't just create static displays Ike most packages of this genre. Now you can have complex animoted displays using VldeoTitler's powerful fweening facilties.
Put simply, ol you have to do is define the start and ending position for your titles and VideoTltler generates the frames inbetween.
These can be saved out to disk In standard IFF ANIM format for further editing within packages such as Dpgint 3 and ANIMagic.
In a similar vein to Zuma's TV*Text. VldeoTlter also allows you to apply rendering styles to any title. These Include such effects os star. Neon. Glow, embossed and balloon Expect a full review as soon as VideoTltler 3D reaches these shores. In the meantime you can OxxiAegi Marketing Having that woul all very w part of system is signals.
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The deck includes a built-in flying erase head that allows for clean insert editing and the controls were designed tc moke the process that bit simpler. They oper ate in several modes including Quick Edit, which provides precise editing when dubbing video material.
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£19.95 Margaret Stanger stuns us with her versatility as she presents the first in a series for assembler freaks Assembler programmers are able to tap in to me Amiga software support mat enhances me capabilities of its powerful hardware. They can use the library routines, which are spec id Amiga resource files bound to me program dynAMIGAlly at run time.
Tnese routines range over several leves from primitive device management or grapnics drawing routines to intuition, wrucn nandies overtopping wmaow displays arid severa input and output devices.
Available to assemblers Severoi libraries are available for use in your applications, each containing a number of routines.
AssocoTed wiTh eacn library is a specici .fd file tnaT describes me parameters mat me rouTine Takes and me registers used in assembly iangucge.
To access such a routine you must first open me library containing that routine to give you The library base.
This caii in uself uses a library routine from The exec library, but the exec library bcse is always stored in rne same place - location 4 - or the external reference _AosExecBase can oe used.
In Assembler, wnen a librdry is opened me pointer is stored by me program. If a library rouTine is deciarea os an externol reference (XR£F).the linker can calculate its offseT from mis pomier: exec library address always stored in saie location Her _Abs£xcc3ase exec library Xscr _LV00ptOkibrary ...etc ;oos library XREf _LV0Delay ..etc Once the library is open rts routines can oe called as if they were sub-pro- grams or your .cngocge rout vies.
For assembly language, me rec: ..orcry oase must oe in r 06 Trying to use a library r wim rne wrong library oadress
w. ii resu.* in a software error, still find tn .O'very eos
mstq aro make.
Any Other Inputs to me routine registers specified in tne After me lorary routine has been used any returned vabe will be m register aO, out other registers may nave oeeri overwritten. Especially aO, -dpi and c ‘ Several libraries a are inter- V,' nai - tor ex a m p i e intuition. Dos.
Exec. Graph.Ci
- and mey may airier slightry w*m the operating sys- go in the
.fa files.
Program highlights The complete program source code listing is avci- ooleon me coveraek. Out I nave included a couple of extracts nere.
When run. Me program opens the dos. Iorary ana intuition libraries and waits for a few seconas.
If me libraries foil to open, me program exits via a cleanup routine, it attempts to aitocate a memory buffer ana if insufficient merpory is available exits m tne same way. Tne program looks for me source code text file to read m. bur if me file ts nor fauna in me current directory me program will exit.
Any text file could be used, provided The filename is mciuoea correctly in me source code, if oil is well me first 1024 characters of the file will oe displayed on the screen.
Hletcconsoie: ¦owe.I dosbase,ab ;oos library address jsr J.VMutput a6) ;osuir. A fileaanaie tor output to tee console aove.l cC-,3t aove.l buffer,d2 pointer to aeaory buffer aove.l J!02i,d3 ;ajaber of bytes to be read jsr _LWyrite(ad) write to tae console rts The program men attempts to open me atskfonr library, wrucn is ask-basea ratner man «ntemci.
It snould be present in tne libs directory of The Doot-disk. Otherwise this library will not open ana me program will exit without going through tre second delay.
Openaiscfoatlibrary: aove.l Jlbs£xec3ese,a6 exec library address in a6 lea discfcntsace,** put tte library naae in a1 dr.I dO open toe Horary jsr _lV00penlibrary(ab) store tae pointer aovea.l dO discfontoase set flag if library fails to open tst.l oO beq seterrorflag dr.I cQ rts The program finishes with me cleanup routine freeing allocated memory ana closing Jioraries openea during me program.
Freeing memory mat was nor allocated or Trying to close a diskfonr library mat failed to open causes a programmer same grief.
InsTeaa of tne usual discrete error message AMIGA programmers are treated to d son of fireworks display mat lets the whole world know when, the program has fallen over.
Mg system. Orner libraries, like diskfonr. Are disk-oased and are expected to oe m me libs directory of me system disk.
A complete lisT of the library routines can be found in me .fd files directory, wnicn ts usually on the workask.
Some 1 did earlier... The coveratsk program uses a few of me routines from the dos ana exec libraries, out many more are available. In February's CODE CLINIC I included on The cove-disk a list of all the 1. I library dos and exec rouTines mat were documented.
For eacn one I have listed tne input, input registers. OutpuT. Wnere appuccoie. And a snon description of the routine's effect.
Moving with the times The assembly source code file originally named mTro.osm wcs assembled ana linked using the aging Metacomco assembler version
10. 178 and linked using AUNK.
I decided to move wim the Times ana use a more up-To-date assembler, so The program - now mtro.a - wcs cssemoied using the assembler from Lattice C version
5. 0.2 and naked using BUNK.
Hcs any one else noTiced *haT whenever dn assemder or compiler is upgraoed it Decones more picky about The source code?
Wnen I run o piece of old code through o new product I find new warnings. Ana the previous warnings upgraded to errors.
Trvs assembler even pedantically sTaTed that it hoa assumed an END directive aimough none was given. Old fashioned assemblers just grind to a holt wnen They run our of code.
I suppose me ultimate cssemder will optimise my code ana then nag me to include more documentation!
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Boolean gadgets, timer events, border structures and more.
Margaret Stanger tells it like it is... Ho"); return; APTI)tSub]teo2) "5abIteo2 n"); return; APTI)tSublteo3)
* SubIteo3 n‘); return; source code c with the and gadgr with
data structures re compiled as nor to each up code using the
Message received and understood If there Is a message in the
userport one of the chosen events has occurred and the program
extracts the class or type of event, the address, and the
message code.
The program replies to the message to free up memory for more messages and processes the message data.
Void Handle IDCNPO ( APTR object; • NEEDED FOR EVENT HANDIER » for (quitjleg = FALSE;!quit_flag;) if (1 NainNindov- llserPort- »p SigBit) ( while !(aessege=(struct IntuiMessage *)GetHsg(Rainilindov- llserPort))) ( if (tiaecount 900) QuitO; ) class - aessage-Xlass; code * ae$ sage- Code; * Get.event info * object=aessage- IAddress; ReplyflsgC(struct Message •) itssage ); switch ( class ) ( case HENUPICK: *aenu itea selected* HandleNenuEvent(object); break; case GADGETUP: 'gadget selected* HandleEvent(object); break; ease INTUITICKS: 'about 3 tiaes a second* tiaecount *«1; break;
case RAKET: *key pressed* HandltKey(code); break; ) I* end switch • * end forloop * ) ) When an Intuition window Is active Input handling facilities are avallcble. Each IDCMP flag represents an event that a program could choose to be Informed abou' by a message in the window's userport. The message Includes the class, code and address for the program to interpret.
The demo program on this month's cover disk has chosen to be Interned of menu events, gadget selection. Key presses and intuition timer events. The new window structure Is filled in with the following IDCMP flags set GlDGETDOHIHGADGETUPellENUPICKt RMEYeHENUVERlFYtlNTUITICKS Time is ticking away Intuition has Its own timer which is Ideal f you want to be Informed that the program has been running for approximately five minutes. But It's not accurate enough to time game cycles, although very easy to use.
An INTUITICKS event occurs about three times a second, and this program counts them up to give a simple timeout after 900 events, ensuring a graceful exit If necessary.
The key to it all For a VANILLAKEY event the code is the ASCII of the key pressed. If applicable. For a RAWKEY event the internal key code is given. The progrcm scons for codes 0x50 (FI).
0x51 (F2). 0x52 (F3) and 0x45 (ESC) ond Ignores any other keypresses.
• Hindlr keys for window,looks for code or Ft,F2,F3 md ESCAPE*
81 = void
• ndlcKcy(code) ong code; ode-codet2S5; f (eod»"0i50) printf•"you
have pressed key F1Vn" ; ode=0;return; f (cod»«0i51)
printf''you have pressed key F2 n‘); ode=0;return;) f
Ccode==0x*5) Quit().code=0;return;) f (cod«~0i52) (readdiscO;
ode=0;return; On the menu Each menu structure normally forms
port of a linked list of menus, and each contains a pointer to
a linked list of menu items. These In turn moy contain pointers
to a linked list of sub items.
Riling In the details of these can be very tedious unless a utility such as Power Windows is used. In the demo program are one menu and three menu Items.
The second menu Item has three subitems. The menus are attoched to the window with a SetMenuStrlp command.
The MENUPCK event needs further unscrcmbling. The first menu address and the code are input Into the ItemAdress command to generate the address needed for the event hancfler.
•handle* aenu events* void HandleNenuEventO ( struct Menultea 'object; whileUofeUPENUhUll) objec:=(struct Henultea *) IteaAldress(jNenu1,code); HandUEvent(object); code=»bject- Neit$ elect; ) ) All the latest gadgets Each gadget s part of a linked Bst and also contains pointers to the IntulText and Border structures.
These are all smple Boolean gadgets with the release verify activation flag set.
The address of the gadget can be taken from the intuiMessage structure directly and used in the event handter.
Void HandleEvent(object) APTR object; if (object«(APTR)l6adget1) print1("6acget1 n'');return;} if (object«(APTR)iGadget2) (printfCGacget2 n');return;) if objectss(APTR)tGadget3) (readdiscO;return;) if (objectss(APTR)iGadgetA) (Quit();retsrn;} if (object « (APTR)MenoIteiD printfCNenuIteaHn"); return; ) if (object := (APTR)lRenuItei3) ( printf(*NenuItea3 n'); return; ) gram. Ink Y the command.
I $ ok with uindovprogroo.ln ind the Arrlga ilbrar batch file wlndowp Something for the techies When it is necessary to display a system error message, an application is given more credibility if it appears in front of the application window instead of the CU or Shell window.
This can be done by finding the current task and altering the window pointer in the Process s*ruc- ture. The original pointer Is saved and put back before the program exits. Lee and Kevin of Dtglgrcphlc showed me how to divert the less drastic error messoges in this way.
In the current program the error message can be demonstrated by removing the disk from the drive and pressing F3 or selecting the readdlsc gadget. The program continues when the disc Is replaced. I have not yet found a way to divert the disk read write error, or software error messoges.
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those special effects IDI in itself is a fairty simple beast,
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associated problems that everyone using it must face.
One of the areas providing the greatest number of headaches Is undoubtedly that of connecting up musical equipment via those mysterious little 5-pin DIN leads.
OK. The theory behind MIDI networks looks pretty simple, but putting theory into practice can prove to be somewhat more involved.
As you probably already know, there ore basically three different types of MIDI connector - In, Out and Thru.
Before you can start designing your own MIDI networks. It's Important to understand what each type of connector is capable of transmitting.
MIDI In Receives Information from any MIDI device connected to it. This can be received from just abou* any device capable of generating MIDI information - synths.
Sequencers and suchlflce. - MIDI Out Allows a MIDI instrument to talk to other like-minded devices. Contrary to what you may think, this connector only transmits MIDI information generated by the device ft is buit into.
Even If that device is also receiving information via its MIDI In connector, MIDI Out will not transmit Information generated by other devices.
MIDI Thru: In complete contrast to the MIDI Out connector, this provides an almost direct link with the MIDI In connector. As a result, it cannot transmit MIDI information generated by the device it Is built into.
The connector is best used with devices that cannot be played live
- a sound generating device that does not hav9 a built-in
MIDI synth ond sampling modules are good examples.
In this way It Is possible to connect several such devices together In serial and control all of them from a single MIDI Out source, usually a sequencer.
Below are a few examples of different types of MIDI network.
Obviously It would be Impossible to document every variation on these themes, but it should be possible for you to bUld up your own network by using these three examples as a basic fromework.
Here's a quick run-down of each.
MIDI setups In the first example we have what is undoubtedly the simplest MIDI network you’'e likely to encounter
- a single keyboard connected to a computer-based sequencer via a
MIDI interfoce.
Tns is probably the kind of setup most home users will have, so It serves as a good place to start.
Hooking up the network is child's play. As long as you remember that MIDI data must flow from the MIDfOut on "he first device to the MIDI In on the second, you're unlikely to go far wrong.
It is Important, however, that the network does run in both directions. If it doesn't, the flow of MIDI information win be one way only - jfflL ter id modules have n Is quite c will extend the type ds available have a MIDI should always be e you should sound modules are a St do they take up less h is an all-important n within a modern recording studio, but they often tend to be cheaper tnan their key board-based counteoarts.
Instrument manufacturers often produce synths and samplers in both keyboard and module form Once again, hooking up this network is fairly straightforward One thing to note, however, is that the modiies make use of the MIDI Thru connector.
This is necessary because the devices themselves ore not capa ble of generating their own MIDI Information - ignorng SysEx. Of course. As a result, all you want them to do is to read the MIDI information that is meant for them and then pass it on to the next device in the network.
Because the keyboard is connected directly to the computer. It Is not possible to talk to the modules unless the software you are running has a MIDI Thru option.
This basically allows the MIDI Out connector an your Amiga MIDI interfoce to transmit not only tie MIDI Information generated by the Amiga, but also that which Is being the co talks to but can't pa motion the com C S » vww is a sllgh_ complex the samrlbasic keyboarj and compute' are stiB there, bi I some received from the MIDI In connector, As a result, the sound modules can be played live from your MIDI keyboard.
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It is possible to connect up the second keyboard as you would a sound module, but this then renders the keyboard incapable of transmitting its own MIDI Information.
In effect, the Amiga will only be able to receive information from a single keyboard, although It can transmit to both.
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The Initial port of call for most people venturing Into the wide world of comms is a local bulletin board. These services are typically housed on home computers and contain text messages and a Hbrary of files.
The messages can be about any subject that the person running the board, referred to as the sysop, sees fit. Similarty, the online flies library can span as many categories as he has space for.
Some boards devote themselves entirely to special Interest groups, for example religious organisations or charities.
Others may provide special closed user groups (CUGs) to cater for these minority interests.
Sysop and setup Bufleth boards are a labour of love for their operators and it is rare for a chcrge to be made for providing the service.
Understandably perhaps, some peope find It difficult to comprehend why sysops tie up their computer and modem, not to mention hard disks and the like, just to provide a system for other people to call.
There is no easy answer to that question, but more and more people are setting up boards, so there is a definite attraction.
Most bulletin boards conform to a uniform serial communications format, making It easy to switch between the many services available.
The usual serial communications setting required to take advantage of BB3 services is 8-N-l. We will explain these settings in a more detailed look at the nuts and bolts of comms coming over the next few months. For the moment it is enough to set your communications software's serial parameter settings to eight data bits, no parity. One stop bit. You should also find out the maximum speed of your modem! And set the baud rate accordingly.
Most BBS h the UK cope with speeds from 300 baud up to 2400.
There are some that will cope with much hlghe- speeds, but most sysops cannot stretch their budgets to mega fast modems to receive your call.
It is worth remembering that no matter how fast your modem, the board can only respond as fast as the maximum speed of its modem.
After getting the settings side of things organised, it b time to make that coll. Mos* good comms packages for the Amiga include a Phonebook utility, allowing numbers to be stored for simple autodial access.
It is well worth Inputting board detalb into a directory if your software has one. Rather than just using the ATD command.
If you are using a Phonebook for example, the dialler software will cope with numbers that are engaged by pausing for a defined period of time and then automatically redialllng for you.
It's a lot less tedious than having to issue dial commands manually to the modem eoch time until the Sne b free.
Affer sending the dial instruction via the comms software there should be immediate activity In your modem lights. Most modern modems also have a built-in speak er. Which allows you to track the progress of your call audibly Hopefully, within a few seconds you should be online. If you're not then something simple has probably gone wrong.
If It doesn't work straight awoy don't get frustrated, just check the following... If your modem falls to respond to the dial Instruction, check to ensure that the serial cable between the computer and the modem is connected.
If the modem lights fficker but you cannot hear a dialling tone, check that the modem b connect ed to the tetephone socket.
If your modem doesn't have a speaker simply plug a telephone Into it and pick up the handset. No dial tone means your modem Is not connected to the line.
Should you get a dial tone and can hear the modem sending a series of beeps down the line, but no dialling b taking place, it means that you are on an cid pulse dial exchange.
Locate the dial p'efix section within your software's modem setup screen and set this to ATDP.
Then try ogaln.
If you can dial out but not get a connection and simply hear the other modem making noises at different frequencies - called carrier tones - you have probably set your speed wrongly.
Each frequency relates to a different baud rate. The modem at the BBS end will first try its lowest speed - usually 300 baud - and then work its way up to its maximum. Youf modem wfl wait until it recognbes the tone ‘or the baud rate it b set for.
If your mocem fails to latch on to the host modem's carrier thb means that it did not hear the tone it was waiting for Thb b usually because the speed setting at your end b too high, deduce your baud rate setting and try again.
After coaxing you' modem to talk In a civifised manner to the BBS, things become a lot more straightforward. And funl Your initial connection to any new BBS will invariably involve some sort of registration procedure.
The BBS software will ask you a series of questions and your answers let the sysop know who you are and where you are calling from You will also be asked to select a secret password. Thb will be used by you to gain access on all your subsequent calls, so it is Important that you pay attention to the on-screen Instructions.
There are a few simple tips to bear In mind when registering on any BBS. First ond foremost always be honest! If you give false ctetalb everything may seem OK. But clever BBS packages have a habit of randomly asking you to velfy a particular detail before you are granted access. What was that false birth date you gave again?
Don’t be personal The next unwritten rule, until now. Is never give away mosses of personal information. Some sysops ore Just plain nosey. A name and oddress is fine, as b a phone number or your date of birth.
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Most people get into the bad habit of using the same password for all boards they call. Make sure you don’t. In the unlikely event that a sysop is less than honesl. He could start to use your accounts on Other boards. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen.
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I FORGET who it was who complained about people who dreamt of immortality and yet could never find anything to dc on a Sunday afternoon. I know what he was on about.
There are those who bemoaned the lack of a rotation tool In Amiga DTP pockages that now.
Once they have them, will never use them or worse - use them too often.
Nick Veitch gets in a spin over rotation tools and runarounds There ore obvious uses, perhaps the most notable of which Is the tease. This Is a strip of text usually found on the cover of the publication. Which attempts to entice the reader inside.
Traditionally these are white on red end set at 45 degrees to the edge of the cover, bleeding off the edge. You know the sort of thing.
Look at any cover of TV Times - "Win a Car*. ‘Free Money'. "101 Winning Ways With Mince' The rule with these is: Keep them short. I’m sure there is an unfortunate section of the population who always have their head at such an angle, but for most people It is quite uncomfortable.
For the same reason it's better to use a sans-serif font like Triumvirate and bung the whole thing in large caps.
Another good excuse is background bleeds. A large tinted font set In the background can give some pages a more pleasing aspect.
For some reason it is always a lot bette- if the text runs diagonolly up from left to right. I'm sure there is some psychologist or ergonomics expert working even as we speak on why this should be so.
The other amazing ability that rotation gives you is an angled runaround. The examples here show ways of creating on angular and a cuvea runaround using just two boxes. This is how It is done.
For the windmill picture, create a text column which runs from the centre of the sails to the far right.
Import the text and you will see that it becomes Indistinguishable ogainst the background.
Create another box with no line but a solid white fill. Rotate the box to the desired angle - 53 degrees m this case - and place. Luckily the sails are almost at right angles so this is enough to give us our background. Alternatively you could have masked out the graphic beforehand.
Now create two more boxes.
Make them both impermeable and rotate them to fit over the sails.
Amazingly enough all the text now runs In the right ploce.
A similar technique was used with the pool boll graphic - which was IncldentcBy created entirety in ProPage - except the boxes were used to approximate the angle of the curve.
Of course Doth of these examples could have been achieved without rotation but It would have taken on awlul let more time and boxes, Some people may be wondering why It Isn't possible just to use hard spaces to push the text out around an object.
Well. Yes. Vou can do that. As long as you have some time to kill and you never want to edit the text again.
When you start dcing that your text stops being a sort of fluid that you can pour into columns and starts being static and unco-opera five. DTP is supposed to be about labour-saving page layout not fid- cfling around bunging in spaces Remember that runarounds dre dlso d bit hard on the eye so use them sparingly.
What with all these boxes rotated, runarounds dnd suchlike people may find It difficult to know which way up the page Is supposed to be.
So let us soy 'Hurrah* thct we now have rotation and then go bock to our consituencles and use it wisely.
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Computing should be available from your local wholesaler. If not contact Carolyn Wood on 0625 878888 Welcome to our monthly delve into the most versatile language for the Amiga - AMOS. In this exciting Instalment I will take a long look at the new commands offered by the AMOS 1.21 update.
If you haven't got It yet phone Sandra Sharkey at the AMOS PD library on 0942 495261.
Peter Hickman's at it again with tips on filling your screen with a veritable extravaganza of colour Before we investigate the mysteries of the update I thought a new product, previewed at the Computer Shopper Show in December, warrants a quick look.
Have you ever wondered how programmers write games like Ghouls & Ghosts and Rainbow Islands with massive levels that seem to stretch on for many screens?
They employ a mapping system similar to the one that comes wtth AMOS. TAME - Total Amiga Map Editor - although It has suffered a bit due to Its slowness. Now from the author of TAME comes the Total Map Editor, or TOME.
This excellent new extension adds 27 new commands to AMOS, which allows you to manipulate giant maps. You can now generate a screen map in about 1 50th of a second, or 1 VBL to all you machine level wizards, which is pretty good for interpreted BASIC.
To top off the whole thing It comes with a multi-screen map editor that puts Deluxe Paint to shame, and a free game written using TOME.
If you are interested in TOME a demo disk is available from the AMOS PD library. Although the product Is finished at the time of writing a release date has yet to be set - In fact It still hasn't been decided who will market It.
Swap banks Now to the AMOS update.
Probably the most advanced feature of vl.21 Is that it offers the user more control when manipulating bobs (Blitter OBJects) and Icons.
You can olso swap memory banks around, and because sprite bob banks are stored in the same way as Icon banks, you can swap them to your heart's content.
In the best Blue Peter tradition I have already prepared two small procedures which will let you turn a sprite bob bank Into an Icon bank or vice verse. Type this into the AMOS editor: Proetdure I(0«_T0.$ WITE Bank Swap 1,2 AS:"$ prit*s " for L0P=S To 1 Step -1 Poke Start(1MDP,Asc(Rid$ (AJ, MOP,!)) ¦ext LOP End Prot Procedure SPRtTEJOJCM Bank Swap 1,2 AS="Icons * for LOP:! To 1 Step -1 Poke Start(2H0P,Ast(Rid$ (A$ , M0P,1) leit LOP End Prot To test them just sort out your AMOS Extras disk and add these lines to the beginning of the program: * Load "AIIOS jmAS:SPRITE.6O0 SPACE SHIP1. ABA"
SPIITEJOJCOk Now go to direct mode and you Win see that ctthough we loaded in a sprite bob bank It has now become an Icon bank. Amazing huh? I hod bstter warn you about the names of the above procedures. SPRlTE_TOJCON and and ICONjfO_SPRfTE.
You will notice the nurrtapi in the procedure names. They ore there because AMOS already her, commands called SPRITE and ICON, if you tried to use the go words AMOS would quite correc- .
Report an error.
- upping is on essential feature fc- any language which prides
itself on being comprehensive, so it is quite surprising to
find that AMOS is oior -.e in having this unique ability.
Jump to direct mode and type this: ? " All ISA COBPUTIHG" You will see (guess what?) Appear at the top left hand comer of the screen. Now we must store these words as a block, so use: Get Block 1,0,0,120,10,1 This wil store the words "AMIGA COMPUTING* as block number one. To make sure we have grabbed the correct Image we must paste the block back on to the screen.
You will notice that for the block commands you are required to enter the BLOCK NUMBER, X- COORDINATE. Y-COORDINATE: Put Block 1,10), 100 and surprise, surprise our block is stuck in the centre of the screen. To change the characteristics of this block we must use two new commands. HREV which performs horizontal flipping and VREV for vertical flipping.
The key thing to remember is that AMOS is not reversing the image when it is displayed, but changes it fOUhd In memory permanently.
Now let's clear the screen and reverse the block horizontally: CU Hrtv Block 1 Put block 1,10(,100 Wow. What can I say? Is Rangois Lionet brilliant or what? Anyway, that is how the system works for blocks.
Sprites and bobs are different, let's see how by grabbing the You win immediately see the clffer- ence between the PASTE BOB and PUT BOB commands, with the bob routines requiring you to specif the X co-ordinate. Y co-ordinate and then the bob number.
Now things start to get slightly complicated. Because of the way the sprite bob system works when they are flipped, the reversed Imoges are only temporary.
So to flip an image horizontally you add a simple number to the bob number that you would normally enter. To moke It clearer.
Frangois Lionet has invented some new predefined functions called HREVO. VREVO and REVO- To reverse a bob horizontal you type: CU Paste Bob 100,100,HREV(1) and to reverse one vertically type: CU Paste Bob 100,100,YREV 1) Finally, to reverse a bob horizontally and vertically type: Cls Paste Bob 100,100,IEV(1) I know it sounds quite complicated, but after a little bit of prcctice things become clearer. To prove that the reversed bobs are only temporary try this: ;i« Paste Bob 100,100,1 Result, a normal bob!
This image flipping system is totally integrated with AMAL, so next time we will take a quick look at using It to improve animation techniques and save memory.
Oops, hang on. AMOS 1.23 has Just popped through my letter box.
Imaginative name huh? It now supports more multi-tasking control. FuB NTSC compatibility and finally Interlaced screens.
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Rorke's flicker I own a 1 Mb A500 and hove recently pur- Chasgd Rorke's Drift by Impressions. I am generally quite pleased with the game despite it being a little slow.
The problem, however. Is an annoying bug which causes the screen to glitch and flicker when progressing further Into the game.
Gradually, the interference increases and finally results in the computer crashing with a blank screen.
I a sume this bug Is caused by the processor trying to cope with moving too many characters around as the Zulus begin to move.
Obviously, this makes It impossible to progress further.
Please could you tell me If you have experienced any similar problems during the reviewing? Perhaps some readers out there have also come OcrOss this bug or know how to ovoid It?
I would be most grateful for any advice.
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Nope works just fine on our machines. If anyone else has suffered the ‘bug’ and corrected It, let us know and we'll pass on the glad tidings.
First time moaners I’m sorry I have to write thb letter to you but it had to come one day. As you might have guessed. I'm here to moan, and I want to defend myself as you (well, Eddie McKendrick) called my girlfriend a piece of computer history In the article First Time Buyers (issue 33). You put mv beloved Amiga 1000 right down, and I think you are not being fair.
Just think. If we 1000 owners had not been first time buyers where would the Amiga be now? Exactly nowhere!
The Amiga would not have been sold - It woulc have been a' total flop and Commodore would not even have thought about making superior machines such as the A500 and A2000.
So you all have to thank us really, don't you?
And now to a different point. In the article you say that most copy protected software would not work and nor would hardware odd- ons.
Come on. Get It right. I have not had one sngle program that did not work on my machine which would work on another. And believe me, I have run a hell of a lot of programs in my four year Amiga 1000 career.
As far as the hardware add-ons go. You're right. Most of them do not work, but you do get specially developed hardware just for the A1000.
Now I do agree that it b difficult in the UK to find the hardware you want, but that is because there are only a few A1000 owners oser here.
If you look at the market In Germany or France where the number of A 1000s sold is much greater, the situation is completely different!
Abo I must say that a lot of my friends with A500s are jealous of the A1000 design because you must admit that until the A3000 was released the A1000 design was the best.
I would love to hear the views of other A1000 owners on thb.
Oliver Prill, Ookham, Leicestershire.
Yeah, a little harsh, but nowadays It's probably not a good idea to buy an Amiga 1000 - although I appreciate that for those of you al'eady lumber...er. owning one, the future isn't all doom and gloom.
You may have noticed, of course, that we've featured the Amiga 1000 on the cover a few times over the last months. The machine in question belongs to popular Amiga Computing columnist Jason 'Kid' Hoi bom and he swears by It (at least that’s what I thln he said...) Any other A1000 owners with an opinion to express are welcome to to send them for publication.
I reod with interest the Sexism or Salesmanship?
Article In the February 1991 issue of Amiga Computing and would like to add my own views to this debate.
Steve Kennedy highlighted many forms of sexual stereotyping In hb essay, but one he didn’t mention was the use of advertisements in selling games of this kind.
Many companies are guilty of showing scantily-clad females on the packaging and while they’re aH very well as q selling point. It often disgusts the average computer user.
Perhaps the most notorious advertbements to appear in the last few years were Gome Over and Psycho Pig UXB by Ocean ana US Gold respectively.
The former caused an outcry because it depicted the entire chest of a beautiful young woman wearing a transparent bra. Needess to say. Ocean changed this due to popular opinion, but some believed the damage hod already been done.
With Psycho Pigs, the advertisers went one step further by employing a model to pose for them, This brought bock memories of Palace's two best selling Barbarian titles, which relied on the charms of top model Marla Whittaker splashed all over the cover to arouse public interest.
In the sequel It did not seem as bad, since both the male and female characters could be playBd if desired and at least the picture went well with the game, If anyone hod doubts about her clothes - or lack of them - these were quashed at the sight of the barbarian standing nearby.
However, this does raise an interesting question. Is It all right to show a semi-nude female if on the same artwork there is a muscle-man In the same state of undress?
Another company worthy of mention is Hewson. Creator of Astaroth. The official artwork of the Angel of Death showed her entirely naked, yet with enough changes to convince any buyer that the being was in fact an qller* ond not a woman. Few people complained This fcrings me to my second question. How can companies evade the Issue by designing nude aliens when they still hold the female form?
Hewson accomplished this feat again with Storm Lord, a game which Involved rescuing naked fairies. There was little complaint to this, and indeed all the male reviewers enjoyed themselves Immensely.
I have yet to see a woman review one of these games. I'm sure she would rote it differently to her male counterports!
To a lesser extent, the Clnemaware games sometimes use pornographic material. The end screens In Defender of the Crown, rescuing of toe Emperor's daughter In Lords of the Rising Sun and the zombie slaves (as well as Jane BarnstafD In Rocket Ranger could be occused of going too far.
I will not mention the cheer leaders In TV Sports Football because they dress up like that anyway, so the game Is highly realistic. The same can be said, I am sure, for most games In the Cinemaware stable anyway.
Coming up to date. It seems the industry has learned little from Its previous mistakes, and is still as greedy now as It was then, Titles such as Escape trom Singe s Castle by SulBvon Bluth show that programmers are willing to Invent new scenarios. Al too often they just release yet another title with the boring storyline of 'save the girt from the villain".
I'm becoming very tired with this, especially as many of the games I design would do os well. If not better.
To sum up, I suggest companies cut down on their advertisements with pornographic stereotypes as it will be for their own good In the long run.
The young may think this stuff is a laugh now. But what will they think after getting married and having children?
Will they want to see their sons buying Barbarian. Gome Over and Vixen type gomes In the 'uture Just because they have a sexy woman on the cover? I think not.
Such stereotyping is just the gloss on a dul game anyway which has been proved In the past.
If the trend continues I only hope that flexl- Upwardly mobile As you are the magazine that good pro- g ommers read. I would Hke to make a plea through your pages. Please consider that some people do not have an A500 with half a megabyte and one dtsk drive.
I do not ask that you spend extra time coding for more well endowed mochlnes.
But please try to make your programs lowardly compatible.
It Is a shame when things do not work on a A3000. Or RAM expansions need to be removed from an A500. If some of Commodore's more reasonable programming guidelines are adhered to your programs should be usable by all.
Enough of the begging, but while I am cn the subject of A3000s, It is odd that they are only just becoming available, when they were first mentioned In the first Amiga Computing that I ever bought in November
One last thing, the SAS institute wffl never get people to call Lattice C by its name SAS C.
Dave Pettttt, Summertown, Oxford.
Fair enough, our resident C expert Margaret Stanger, is straining at the bit to get into the heavy stuff. Stick wtth her. She'll get there in the end.
Bi ity will be introduced to allow us to play ehher the male or female character.
Personally, I'll stay away from the pornographic material, buying instead classics such as Kick Off 2 and F-19 Stealth Fighter.
S N Hardy, Wales, Sheffield.
Yep, women are degraded In all forms of advertising, used as glossy adornments to sell everything from golf balls to aeroplanes This will continue as long as social conditioning, which starts at an early age - pink clothes, blue clothes, girls cry, boys don’t and so on - continues to present women in a passive role.
You’ve made a convincing argument ¦against’, and there’s little to add except on three minor points with which I disagree.
Software houses, and anyone else with products to sell, ore merely the product of their own social conditioning. As a consequence, they probably won’t stop using women In advertising.
The prospective consumer is also bound by the same conditioning and the advertising is therefore extremely effective. Remember that the largest part of this consumer audience is pre-conditioned In the manner mentioned above, and therefore male - “Girls don’t play with computers’ (sic).
Programmers are unwilling to invest time and energy In new scenarios because at the rroment there’s no need, the old ones sell just fine.
I once read an analogy that likened the software industry to movie making when the letter was In Its Infancy. Traditional plots were the order of the day, and it was a long time before the Industry matured and explored more complex themes.
The software industry Is at almost the same stage of development. Tired B movie plcts involving aliens, stranded girlies and so on.
And male stars dripping machismo, wiping out the aliens and rescuing their raggedly clad counterparts.
Finally, games such as F-19 Stealth Fighter could also be described as being porno- grophic In that the object of the gameplay - killing - Is certainly obscene.
The solution lies with parents, teachers, the media and so on and how they present the world to young children.
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After reading the Head Start review of the ST emulator It has come to my attention that there is a Spectrum emulator. As I have never heard of It, I would be grateful for any information regarding where I could get it, wf-at happens about tape software and how mush it would cost.
Richard Brook. Mid Glamorgan.
Well, there is a Spectrum emulator out there, but that's all we know! Whether It’s commercial or public domain and how tapes are used we don’t know. Anyone using one?
I read with interest your comments In your section regarding Agene. I first heard of this program in last month's edition of another Amiga magazine. Like you. They made the point that this program Is difficult to get to grips wtth.
I have been looking for a program like 1hls but I was somewhat put off by the apparent difficulty, as a great deal of computing, especially the terminology. Is a complete mystery tome.
I decided to try my luck and much to my surprise I have found the program very easy to work with and an absolute delight In the detail that It explains. If I can use It, then so con anyone else.
Following your review of GB Route. I decided to invest in the program and totally agree with all your comments. I am looking forward to the update when this is available.
D W Joslin, Bridgewater. Somerset.
In the opinion of our software evaluators Agene was just a little tricky to use especially for beginners. You, however, have proved us wrong and we’re happy to admit It In the light of your success.
GB Route Is a hummer and the update sounds pretty funky too.
MiGA. READER OFFERS Mail Order offers Offers subject to avalabHity Back Issues Oct 1990 £3.10 9728 Nov 1990 £3.10 9729 December 1990 £3.10 9730 January 1991 £3.10 9731 February 1991 £3.10 9732 March 1991 £3.10 9733 All these back issues include cover disk.
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Feature Flick through the pages of this, or any recent issue of AMIGA Computing and you won't fal to notice dozens of mail order companies tempting you with their wares Buying by post has come a long way since the early days. Many mall order firms now give the high street a convincing run for your money.
Mail order first gathered steam when small electronics companies began developing and producing specialist peripherals. For one reason or another, they couldn't get their boxes into shops, so had to start selling them directly, by post.
A multi-million pound Industry has developed from these early ventures, ond now rt is possible to purchase almost anything up to an Amiga 3000 by post Counter attractions Eager to your spend hard-earned readies on Amiga kit?
Eddie McKendrick points at the pitfalls... For smaO peripherals, mail order wins haids down against over-the- countei shopping if you Just want to pick up an Amiga 500 down at the shops you won t have any trouble whatsoever.
The average high-street ‘kom- pooter’ sales operative knows what the difference between the Amiga, the ST and the Cash register is - the ST is grey.
Beyond buying Commodore s gift wrapped bargain bundles, you could nave a problem Remember the assistant is not there to know about computers, only to sell them If he doesn't get training, you can't blame him for not knowing.
Specialist dealers fair betfer in this respect, they know their stuff, but generally don’t carry the range of stock that mail order con It's on the cards I will bet you all the bugs in AmigaBasic that you won't be able to pick up a Teletext adaptor card for the Amiga 500 down your local high street. Nor. At the ether end of the price scale, will you be able fo find an accelerator card for the Amiga resting between the mice ond joysticks Anv good local deoter wl offer to order either of the above for you. Bear In mind though that you can do that yourself and cut out the delay, and perhaps some
of the expense It's not just the go-faster bolt-on bits you can get through the letterbox. Any commercially published software title can be obtained through the post When on the bok-out for o particular piece of software check these pages first, as more likely than not. Just what you're looking for will be advertised in AMIGA Computing.
You could visi* the town centre, but be warned, department stores and high street shops don't carry much software What they do oftef tends to be games chart material Again, smalle' local dealers fare a bit better, but they tend to specialise in pricey applications packages which have a long shelf life So much new software is published for the Amiga these days it would be impcssible for shops to stock it all. And be sure of shitting enough of it to make a profit Mail order firms avoid this worry by selling from one ojtteV Apart from the diversity of goods available, there are two other
reasons for considering the mail order route - price and support. You can't fall to have noticed that most software is significantly cheaper when ordered by post.
If you're looking for a catch, there isn't reaty one to speak of it all comes back to this high turnover thing again. Mail order companies order the latest hits in toe-curflng quantities and the software houses are only too happy to pass on a discount for such good custom.
Also remember that mall order operations don't have to pay salesmen or heat and light posh showrooms Their only expense really is advertising, which compared to running a chair of shops, is insignificant Discounts In hardware are achieved by slightly different means. Again, for popuicr lines, the maif order company can buy huge quantities of a particular RAM expansion and be sure of selling them all before they become obsolete For more specialist, expensive items, they typically don't hold stock Instead, they have a means of getting such peripherals quickly, usuaity the next day Generally,
high stree* shopping is a WYSIWYG experience. If you can see and touch the item you want, fine, you can take it away If you have the money If on the other hand a shop Is sold Out Of what you want, it could take a while to get more supplies. It Is also fair to say that most shops that don't stock what you are interested in won't be Interested In ordering it for you There is also the choice factor to consider with mail order, if is possible to scan advertisements without having to traipse into town, unless of course you haven't bought this magazine and are reoding it m me newsagents If
that is the case, perhaps you should consider a subscription. You see. Even Amiga Computing is avoilobie mail order It Is far easier to mcke your mind up, deciding what you want, and more Importantly, how much you can afford, without a salesman hovering over you The only teeny drawback with distance shopping is you can't usually see a demonstration of the goods you are interested in.
For software that's not really a problem Good games will probably have been reviewed.
If on the other hand your Interest lies in expensive applications software. A demo disk might be available Falling that, call the softwcre house and ask for information.
Useful reviews If it's hardware you want to blow your wad on. Again, check for reviews If you can t find any. Hassle the relevant company 'or details. Remember its your morey and you should be 100 per cent happy before parting with it.
Support tends to vory from company to company. When you are deciding who to buy from, especially in the case of hardware, ask some difficult questions over 'he phone and see if the answers are polite, and moke sense There are numerous good nail order companies, staffed by people who know what they are talking about There are of course, the other type. Just as you get bad shops, you get bad mail order outfits. As long as you are careful things should be fine.
Before parting with your money make a few common sense checks Does the company's advert look tidy? Have you seen their name before? Do tney occept credit cards?
The tidy ad means they Of© professional. Recognising their name means they are established and the credit card acceptance shows that major banks have checked them out financially. Easy really Having said that, some smaller companies may not accept cards.
Tnis is not because they are flv-by night or aisreputoble. But because they don’t sell enough stuff to make having credit clearing facilities viable.
This is especially true on the software side, where the charges made by credit cords would seriously dent the very narrow mall order profit margin Next time you are lookirg at buying something for your Amiga flick through the adverts before you dash off to the shops You could save yourself a little cash - and quite possibly a lot of shoe leather THE AMIGA 500 PC XT IS HERE “Screen handling is faster than many 2S6 Ats.. ”
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Well - they said it could never happen - but it's here at last!
You! In your own home can transform your Amiga 500 into a real IBM compatible with Amiga memory expansion up to one and a half megabytes.
It's simple - no screwdriver, no soldering iron and no technical knowledge required. Just turn your Aniga over, open the cover, slide the Power PC Board into the connector, close the cover and your Amiga PC XT is ready. (In other words, no loss of guarantee) You are now ready to use a wealth of professional MS DOS software at speeds faster than a PC XT (ind. Review), and in colour, with compatibility thanks to Phoenix-Bios.
You can also rely on the correct date and time at any moment in Amiga and MS DOS mode.
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