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Making movies Amiga style Turning on Amiga into the uüi-mate movie making machine is the aim of Kqüqsh Ambwani. prési dent of Toronto-based software developers Goid Disk, with the akj of their multimedia sequencer MediaShow. Aimed spectficaiiy at Amiga 500 owners bent on creating présenta tions and desktop video produc tions. MediaShow aiiows them to combine animations, graphies. music and sound effects. it also runs on 1000. 2000 or 3000 mochines and needs at least 1 Mb of ram. 'Thé éasy-to-use timeline inter face and our patented muititask-ing engine makes creating iong-running présentations and movies a reality for every ievei of Amiga user.* said Ambwani. Needing no additiono) hard ware. MediaShow supports fiies from most point. 3-D rendering. animation and music programs and sound digitisers. it is Workbench 2.0 comoatibie. As Amiga Computing went to press UK distributors HB Marketing (0753 686000) said delivery was imminent but the price had not been fixed Goid Disk have announced o iounch price of $ 129.95. Lament iament THOSE of you who managed to wrench yourselves away from important things like working and playing on you* Amiga to itsten to the Budget news on Morch 19 wiii know that the dreaded VAT has been increasec from 15 to 17.5 per cent from AprB 1. As you oppreci-ate. this is entirely due to circumstances beyond our control. Unfortunateiy, it was too iate for either advertisers or ourselves to take occount of the change in this issue of Amfga Computing. Gaiiery takes a break THOSE looking for striking ortistic créations tron the Amiga wiii undoubtedly notice that our Gaiiery feature ts missing from this issue of Amiga Computing.

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Powerful enough for the professional, vet simple enough for the novice, The Animation Studio gives you the,..- ability to creaic or enhance full- length animated sequences.
The Animation Studio is the only full-featured animation and % paint program to utilise state-of- the-art cell animation techniques that are characteristic of Disney-style animation Includes:
• Sample Disney animations fcr you to study and mddify.
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• A fully coloured aftimaiion prcpa red with The Animation
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The Graphics Ripper: Ever wishea you could draw?
Gone green with envy at someone else's super sprites? Now you too can grab some graphics glory with The Graphics Ripper.
Landscape: A unique CAD-style program for all the budding gardeners. Abows you to design your garden in 3D without having to go neor a spadel PSIOnUnk: Make your Amiga talk to a Psion Organiser with this first ever Amiga-to-Psion communications program, Exclusive to Amiga Computing!
PPType: Easy to use printing program which 'Aril print normal fBes end those crunched with PowerPacker! Essential for those who want c hard copy of coverdisk documents.
AutoScript: Example program from our CLI beginners' series. This neat little script file will create a bootable disk in your extra drive! C WHO'S WHO MANAGING EDITOft Derek MeNun PUIUSHER ftchard Wiliams FEATURES EDITOR ECO* McKendnck DEJUTY FEATURES EDITOR Paul Austin TECHNICAL EDITOR Stevie Kenned ART EDITOR Mike Raley C0KTRI8UT0RS Jason rtotom. Don Lews, Mqprtf Sanger, Peter ttckman ADVERTISEMENT MANAGER Tracy Carroll ADVERTISING SALES Simon lees PUBJSHED BY MndM PuKahnj ltd Eutcw Hcuk Wfflto Park ktecfcltM SK10 W CHAPMAN mum MAMGIKG DIRECTOR H Gdbtr COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR DW! Mrs GROUP
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Desktop Video news TENTS REGULARS FEATURES What's new If it's happening, it's here Four pages packed with the veiy latest Amiga news ...... 14 Beginner's Guide: CLI Modem operandi Stevie Kenredy's beginner's guide to the A A Eddie McKendrick s look at four modems Amiga's operating system continues .*rO p'oves price Is no guide to performance.
30 Getting the message 85 65 69 101 70 119 Words on one drive Word processing is now within easy reach of even the most modest Amiga.
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Get your Amiga animated with the help of Amiga Computing's comprehensive guide starting onyi -j Page 4 The section of Amiga Computing that takes having fun seriously is bursting at the seams with many new features The official Amiga chart, percentage scores and the ultimate accolade-The ACJ award.Get vour joystick ready A to do battle! A Technical Help Don't suffer in silence! Our very own confjfljter chappies are at your convenience to ease ur Amiga and sooth your furrowed brow with help on a veritable mountain of techie topics f External Input Make Ezra's day and 'say it with
Another batch of your letters get opened. .. Public Domain Paul Austin's monthly free for all. The best Public Domain and shareware showcased THE GAMES ZONE Artist's Impression Paul Austin looks at Art Department Professional. The ultimate graphics tool? Expand & deliver!
You can odd a lot more to your Amiga than just more ram. Ask Jason Holborn ... Thrifty titler Paul Austin looks at possibly the best value hgh qualify titling software available .... Tower of Babel Linking a Psion Organiser to your Amiga is easy with our CoverDlsk giveaway ..... If you have ever cursed the Amiga Workbench, this is an offer you just can't miss Scala isnt a titter, nor is It a slide show. It's both, as Eddie McKendrick reveals .... The Workstation .in right Tune in din's yrical page ....115 Code Clinic.
Stuck with C? The Code Clinic may have the cure Five yeors to the month after Protext version 1 was launched Arnor are pleased to present version 5, an enormous leap forward in both ease of use and performance.
Protext 5.0 introduces a completely integrated system of pall down menus and dialogie boxes. The menus are among the many operations that may now be carried out with either the mouse or the keyboard. Protext really does give you the best of both worlds.
Protext 5.0 handles printer fonts flexibly and accurately. You can make full use of any number of proportional printer fonts, mix them freely within any line, centre them in heoders, use automatically formatted footnotes. And Protext correctly formats your text as you type it, no matter how m«ny font changes you use, showing you line and page breaks exactly as they will be printed.
Protext 5.0 is still the fastest word processor around. Even though we have made all these major improvements we have taken great care to ensure that text editing is as fast as ever. The menus work smoothly and quickly even with high resolution displays. But of course, you can use Protext's efficient set of commands and keys just as before and 5.0 remains compatible with all earlier versions from 1.0 onwards.
Protext 5.0 is a worthy successor to version 4, which was described as "the best word processor at any price", "the best text processor on the Amiga" and "the most powerful word processor on the Atari ST" (AUI, ST Amiga Format, ST User).
Protext 5.0 heralds a new era of multi-lingual European software, in time for 1992 and the opening up of Eastern Europe. Protext may be used in at least 27 different languages and has 10 different national keyboard layouts built in (plus the capability to define V your own symbols and keyboard layouts).
The Features Protext 5.0 moy be purchased from any good computer shop or dir ¦kit ' from Arnor. Upgrades from earlier versions ore only ovoiloble from Arnor ond the original discs should be returned with your order.
ST TT £149.95 £60 £75 £99.95 £79.95 Archimedes £149.95 N A N A N A due 1991 01 PC £149.95 £60 £75 £99.95 £79.95 Amiga £149.95 £60 £75 £99.95 £79.95 Protext 5.0 Upgrode from v4.2 om earlier versions Protexl 4.2 Prodata 11 New fast & easy 1o use pull down menu system with dialogue boxes and alerts; file selector; mouse dragging to set blocks. Menus complement existing commonds and keyboard shortcuts, do not reploce them. Menus may be used with mouse or keyboard. Amiga version follows Intuition guidelines.
,Y Enhanced printing capabilities supports multiple proportional fonts; mixing of different font sizes on the same line; proportional formatting whilst editing; side margin, heoders ond 'ooters independent of main text font. Tobs, decimal tabs and centre tobs. Extensive ronge of printer drivers supplied.
- V Multiple file editing - up to 36 files may be open; split
screen editing.
,Y Graphics mode support on PC allows use in virtually any text or graphics mode including 132 column or 75 line VGA modes; user defined characters and on screen bold, Holies and undedining now on oil versions; use of 13 different occents on ony choroder.
,Y Language support includes Albanian, Bosque, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Flemish, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latin, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Rumanian, Serbocrootion, Slovak, Spanish, Slovene, Swedish, Welsh. (Note: some printers do not support all longuoges).
,Y Index and contents generation. Indexer tokes marked words or phrases; contents entries automatically taken from titles wrapped in control codes; many options fir style of contents output.
,Y Spelling checker features completely new 110,000+ word Collins dictionary with very fast phonetic lookup. Anagrams and find word pattern. Foreign language dictionaries (German, Swedish available now, others to follow).
,Y Many other enhancements including multi line footnotes ond endnotes; automatic timed save; add column or row of figures; indent tobs; find word at cursor; 40 column mode support; sentence operations; inter- paragraph spoce; much improved expression evaluator; self incrementing variables; Romon numerals; newspaper-style column printing; file sorting utility with special options for names and addresses; revised manual plus new tutorial guide.
,Y And don't forget Protext still includes background printing; box manipulation; macro recording; exec files; headers and footers; find ond reploce; mail merging: undelete; file conversion utility; configuration program; auto reformatting; on screen help; time and date; typewriter mode; line drawing; disc utilities.
Arnor Ltd (amc), 611 Lincoln Road, Peterborough, PEI 3HA. Tel: 0733 68909 (24 hr), Fax: 0733 67299 Amiga - Computer of the year?
WHAT’S nixing of ig; side I labs and TOP computer publications in both Greece and Itaty have named the Amiga 500 as their choice for Home Computer of the Year in the European Computer Leisure Awards 1991. They have also chosen Amiga Vision as Muhmedia Package of the Year.
Iomode on-screen 4s on any iglish.
Lofton, Latin, fok, Spanish,
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S; contents tions for style ory with very Iktionories ; automatic 40 column expression olumn ivised manual ipulation; »ging; onscreen Now In their second year, the awards are being run In conjunction with the European Computer Trade Show to be held at London's Business Design Centre from April 14 to 16.
This year. Amiga Computing is one of the official UK sponsors of the awards and we have now made our nominations in the Amga categories. Nominated for Best Art Package is Disney Software's Animation Studio; Best Music Package. Gajtt's Sequencer One. Best Home Education Pockoge. Fun School 3; Best Home Productivity Package. Protext 5 Amiga helps Gulf effort?
STAFF Sergeant Waugh, of 58 Battery. 12 AD Regiment. Royal ArtWery. Is a happy man.
Rsions nedes 15 He's written to us from the Gulf where, among other things of course, he's apparently managed to continue a relationship with his trusty Amiga.
In o letter dated March 12.
Written in Kuwait, he expresses his thanks to Page One Public Domain who recently sent some cia art disks to him in the Gulf at his request, ‘after reading the review in your mag".
91 Q1 Sounds like Amiga Computing hos been getting through to the Gulf, tool All this, and a successful confrom Arnor; and Most Innovative Peripheral. Newtek's Video Toaster.
Our nominations will Join those from top magazines in nine European countries to go forward for the final Judging at the European Computer Trode Show with a gittering presentation night at London s top night spot The Hippodrome on April 14.
Budget trio launched THREE titles are to receive the budget treatment on Digital Integration's Action Sixteen label.
Previously issued at full price.
Sherman M4, Kult and North & South wil ecch sell for £7.99. Shermar M4 Is Lorlciel's tank simulation featuring World War II battles, authentic tanks and weaponry and Kult Is Infogrames clusion to the war for the Allies.
Ssgt Waugh (we haven't discovered his Trst name yet - we d like him to get In touch with more informotlon about the Amiga's precise role In the Gulf) adds: ‘The disks are very good and great value for money, and I would recommend them to anyone who requires cip art."
Take o bow. Public Domain.
Icon-driven adventure which challenges piayers to solve puzzles In The Five Ordeals.
Also a former Infogrames hit.
North & South is set In the American Civil War featuring battles on a variety of different levels end scenarios. Action Sixteen are on 0276 684959.
Perfectly satisfied WHILE 1990 sow the recession start to bite for many companies.
WordPerfect report that their total UK sales lost year were 73 per cent upon 1989.
The WordPerfect Corporation achieved sales of $ 452 million for 1990 - an Increase of 61 per cent on 1989. Since 1979, sales have now passed the one billion dollar mark.
’Alio ’Alio - French buy Palace PALACE Software has gone continental. Paris-based Leisure Holding, which owns French games publisher Titus, has bought the entire entertainment software division of the Palace film and video organisation for an undisclosed sum.
No Immediate changes are planned at Palace Software, which publishes titles sucn os Dragon's Breath and Inter not ooal 3D Tennis.
There are no plans for a merger with Titus, best known in Brttoh for games like Crazy Cars.
Paloce Group managing elector Chris Croib says the software division needed more specific direction than could be given by Paloce. Which Is concentrating on the expansion of the movie and TV production areas.
CDTV set to break the sound barrier AMIGA Computing hos hod confirmation from Commodore UK that their long awaited multimedia system. CDTV. Will be officially launched at the end of April.
CDTV has been victim of numerous prelaunch delays and .
- industry speculation. It would now appear that Commodore are
ready to bring their fledgling multimedia product to the
The price point has been a matter of Intense speculation over the last six months. All CBM's tight- lipped public relations company were prepared to concede was that the unit would weigh in with a sub-£500 tag. Other industry sources have hinted at £399 as a probaole price.
Commodore spokesman Andrew Ball also confirmed that a CDTV external drive for the A500 will be available soon. The unit, referred to internally at CBM as the A690. S expected to be available at the end of May.
The most recent demonstration of the CDTV's capability was on the BBC's Tomorrow's World science programme last month.
A new sound encoding technique developed by Roland, called RSS (Roland Sound Stage) was used during the mix-down of the Xenon II ‘Megablast* soundtrack. Performed by Bomb the Bass.
Both Roland and Commodore daim that RSS gives the impression of aural three dimensionality. RSS places Individual tracks of sound around the listener, making sounds appear wider.
The major strength of the system is that t does not require any additional hardware to be purchased.
Two standard Hi-Fi speakers are sufficient.
Making movies Amiga style TURNING an Amiga into the ultimate movie making machine Is the aim of Kglosh Ambwani. President of Toronto-based software developers Gold Disk, wtth the aid of their multimedia sequencer MediaShow.
Aimed specifically at Amiga 500 owners bent on creating presentations and desktop video productions. MediaShow allows them to combine animations, graphics.
Music and sound effects. It also runs on 1000, 2000 or 3000 machines and needs at least 1 Mb of ram.
'The easy-to-use timeline Interface and our patented multitasking engine makes creating long- running presentations and movies a reality for every level of Amiga user." Said Ambwani.
WHAT’S Needing no additional hardware. MediaShow supports files from most paint, 3-D rendering, animation and music programs and sound digitisers. It Is Workbench 2.0 conroatlble.
As Amiga Computing went to press UK distributors HB Marketing (0753 686000) said delivery was imminent but the price had not been fixed. Gold Disk have announced o launch price of SI 29.95. Lamont lament THOSE of you who managed to wrench yourselves away from Important things like working and playing on you- Amiga to listen to the Budget news on March 19 will know that the dreaded VAT has been increasec from 15 to 17.5 per cent from April 1. As you'l appreciate. This is entirely due to circumstances beyond our control.
Unfortunately, It was too late for either advertisers or ourselves to take account of the change in this issue of Amiga Computing.
Gallery takes a break THOSE looking for striking artistic creations fron the Amiga will undoubtedly notice that our Gallery feature is missing from this issue of Amiga Computing.
The good news for AC’S art appreciation society is that Gallery is taking a one-month break only. It will return in the June Issue in all Its colourful, bit-mapped glory.
A tablet for the mice GRAPHICS input specialists TDS- Numonlcs (0254 676921) have launched a new low-budget addition to their GrophlcMaster series of digitiser tablets aimed at Amiga users.
Claimed to be far better than a mouse. It offers lOOOppi resolution, absolute accuracy to 0.025 cm and an outpu* rate of 160 pps making it Ideal for DTP, CAD CAM.
3-D modelling and paint software.
GraphicMoster costs £185 for a 12* x 12* active surface and £290 for 12* x 18*.
It has a choice of four button puck or pen stylus wtth two switches for £75 but comes with Amiga softwore driver and cabing free.
With very low power consumption, it is run through the RS232 Interface.
Beastly good news WHEN the people of Portsmouth go for a dip in the town's new Pyramid Leisure Pool they can now enjoy live and recorded broadcasts. Advertisements and public announcements on a huge video .
Operational features include user definable origin, metric imperial units, non-vokrlle memory. Tablet surfoce menu for set-up and automatic pen tilt correction.
Adolfo plays for laughs CURRENTLY doing his bit to brighten up the often serious Image of computing Is Adolfo Slannini.
Managing director of Contriver (Europe).
'Serious computing does not mean that computing has to be boring*, he claims.
’At Contriver we have recently re-designed our packaging in q way which emphasises the fun aspect of computing, using a mouse of the furry four-legged kind pushing a computer mouse round a desk.
‘We are also carrying this Image of fun computing through to our advertisements'.
And Amiga people v.tio fancy walking round with Plug In, Switch On and Boot Up emblazoned on their chests can take advantage of another new move from Contriver (0273 602622).
The company are offering a free Tee shirt printed with this logo to customers who buy their Rve in One or Multi DPI mice.
Incidentally. Contrivers' Five In One Mouse missed the deadline to take Its place with the rest in the rodent roundup In the March Issue, but nevertheless it’s well worth a look.
The buttons of some other rodents you'll know what a pain trying to avoid occidental clicks can be.
The resolution Is easily on a par with the best of the rest. The general feel is impressive with the only real moan concerning the rather bulky multiple connection which might be useful if you're mad enough to own an ST. but If you don't. It Just gets In the way.
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running UmeLlte software from Future Software Systems (0628
The Picbloc wall was installed by Electrosonic and is controlled either by direct Input from the Amiga's keyboard or by an opera- to- generated scheckjle.
WHAT’S How may tractors for your Amiga?
Through Limelite staff can decide the time, the frequency and length and even the date when messages or announcements will appear, then leave thngs to the Amiga fitted with a hord disk drive.
Beating up the opposition CLAIMING to have produced the ul'lmote compilation. Virgin Games (071- 727 8070) say their new offering Fists of Fury includes the cream of the beat- em-ups.
Fcr £24.99, customers get Ninja Warriors. Double Dragon II - The Revenge, Shinobi and Dynamite Dux.
X-clusive new games weekly INTERACTIVE Publishing, the people behind some of Britain’s biggest computer magazines including Amiga Computing, are on the verge of launching a new weekly tttte designed to cater exclusively for games enthusiasts.
Games-X Is set to be the biggest ever computer entertainment publication launch In the UK. Over a quarter of a million copies of the preview issue are being distributed. The news-stand launch is backed up with a massive promotional campaign which includes extensive TV advertising and wide cfctribution of the preview Issue.
The publishers claim Games-X is a new concept in computer magazines. Combining 'lifestyles* features with the most in-depth games coverage available.
Take a look at the preview issue COMMCDORE are making inroads Into the growing market of Eastern Europe, and playing a leading role in this drive Is American Gregory Koler. The product marketing manager of Commodore Electronics.
His efforts are recognised as one of the the main reasons for the company's sales increase of 26 per cent lost year.
Outlining his successful brand of marketing expertise directly related to good customer service. Koler gave an insight Into Eastern Ejrope at the Computer Arena conference held In Marbella.
The going is not always easy, with lack of cash hampering the developing Eastern bloc and leading 1o such bizarre suggestions as bartering tractors for computers, but Koler's experience is wnning through.
He’s a high flier, or so part of his career would suggest, since he bundled with Amiga Computing and make up your own mind. The first Games-X proper hits the streets on 26 April 1991.
Screen Gems gets 1 meg boost COMMODORE UK are heading off the recession by adding yet more value to their top selling Amiga ‘Screen Gems' bundle.
For the ftst time, the company is selling the A500 with one megabyte of memory whilst retaining the attractive £399 price point.
The extra half meg is supplied In spent 10 years leading the marketing and cabin services programmes for Qantas Airways in Australia.
Based at the Sv.tss headquarters of Commodore International, he is now responsible for International marketing programs in all the form of Commodore's A501 trap-door ram expansion which normally retails at £99 The offer commenced on May 1st and runs untl the end of June.
When asked aboul the prospect of a 1 meg Amiga becoming the standard entry level machine.
Commodore spokesman Andrew Ball was reserved, pointing out that the unexpanded A500 would still be on sale through the life of the promotion.
The Screen Gems package comprises an A50D. Modulator.
Shadow of the Beast II, Days of Thunder. Nlghtbreed. Back to the Future II and Deluxe Paint li.
The countries not coverec by marketing subsidiaries - Finland.
Turkey, Greece. Malta. Eastern Europe. Middle East. The Gulf.
Africa. Pakistan and India.
'We work ctosety with our marketing partners to ensure that not only is the most up-to-date product always available, but that there Is an infrastructure of ancl- lary services such as servicing, education and software support’, he said.
'The continued success of Commodore In Its worldwide locations is due to the dose lela- tionship of both companies ensuring that market needs are understood and met by both ourselves and our distributors".
Waving a 24-pin lure IN a move aimed at luring nine pin printer users onto 24 pin machines.
Citizen (0896 72621) have cut the price of their entry level 124D 24 pin printer by 11 per cent. An 80 column model offering speeds of 120 cps In draft and 40 cps in letter quality. It now costs £249.
Mice and Scanners PANDAAL Marketing (0234 855666) are now offering Amiga owners a new mouse and handheld scanner.
The DAATAscan Pro Is a Mitsubishi scanner runnirg on DAATAscan software offering 105mm scanning width, 10C, 200, 300 and 400 dpi resolution and choice of either black and white or three dither patterns representing 64 grey scales.
Other features include contrast cental, real-time scanning dsptay, zoom and pixel perfect editing, crop, resize, rotate, flip and Invert imoges and full printer support.
A clipboard facility ollows selectable cut. Copy and oaste and the scanner also supports the IFF file format. Price. £189.99. The DAATAmouse can be used with both the Amiga and A’ari ST. being converted between the two WHAT’S new macnlnes by a slider switch beneath the mouse. Offering 280 dpi, I* features two mlcroswftched buttons with a claimed Bfetime of one million cycles and an anti-static lightweight ball which can be removed for cleaning. Price.
£39.99. High quality from portable printer THE new MT730 735 portable printer from Mannesmann-Tally uses thermal technology to print what Is claimed to be high quality text Mannesman Tatty - portable printing and graphics at a resolution of 300 x 300 dpi.
It hos 1MB RAM os standard and features H-P Laserjet and Deskjet.
IBM Proprinter X24 and Epson LQ 850 emulations. Fonts are Corpora.
Maths. Swiss and Timor.
Prlnclng may vary, but as an examole. Action Computer Supplies of Wembley are retailng It at £684.
Pricey Prestel BRITISH Telecom hos dramatically restructured charges for its viewdata information service. Prestel.
The first Increase In tariffs since 1988 is a significant one. In a letter to all Prestel subscribers BT point out that Inflation has risen 20 per cent since the lost Prestel price increase.
Residential off-peak time charges are being Increased some 10 times higher than Inflation wtth d 200 pet Cent increase from Ip a minute to 3p a minute. BT claim this Increase Is to bring charges more in Sne wtth costs.
The standing charge for Prestel also Increases, to £20 a quarter.
The revamped pricing is significantly better news for members of the Micronet closed user group.
The quarterly charge Increases to £30 a quarter but off-peak time charges are scrapped.
In effect BT have provided two different pricing packages for their viewdata service.
Subscribers can opt to pay £20 a quarter and £1.80 an hour In off- peak time charges for access to Prestel only. Alternatively a Micronet subscription at £30 a quarter wi provide greater access to the system, with the added benefit of no off-peak charges.
Kevin Smith, Micronet marketing manager commented 'Our more canny users will notice how favourably the costs compare against rival services, once usage goes past one hour a month* The message Is simple. If you are a Prestel subscriber who currently pays more than £10 a month In time charges, upgrade to Micronet and avoid being caught by a rather expensive British Telecom April fool's Joke.
Masterly touch in chess programming Share a printer A NEW device from Micro Control Systems (0602 391201) allows four computers to share the same printer. The Simple-4-Swttch is available In both serial and paraBel versions and can be used either automatically or manualy.
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Billiards AD 3,000 PLAYING normal billiards can be hard enough but Imagine the complexity of futuristic billiards on an eight-sided 'able. Amiga owners won t have to use their Imagination tor long thanks to French games house Irfogrames (071-738
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Due soon Is Biliards 3D. A simulation which Includes American pool. French pool and Fantasy Billiards on an octagonal table.
If that Isn't enough, there are two different sets of rules for each gome and they ail come In either 2D or 3D. For one or two players.
Billiards 3D re-creates the atmosphere of a billiard hall in which one player can vie wtth any of five computer opponents wiling to bet thousands of dollars on one game.
Games can be saved and resumed and the mouse-controlled program allows a ful range of wed-simulated trick snots. Written for Infogrames by Spirtt Bonanza, Billiards 3D will be available for Amiga 500. 1000 and 2000 and will cost £24.99. Mighty Mo joins Motormouth RENEGADE have now taken to the small screen. Magic Pockets, the Bitmap Brothers' offering due to be launched this summer, is being used for the phone-in game section of popular Saturday morning TV programme Motormouth.
With The Bitmap Kid. Quickly rechristened Mighty Mo for the WHEN you have ranked as an International Master h the competitive world of chess and you also have an interest in computing. An obvious outlet Is to write chess programs.
Chris Whittington has both these attributes and has put them to good use through his company CP Software and Its publishing subsidiary Oxford Softworks (099382 3462).
With 20 chess programs under his belt. Chris achieved his greatest success to date wnen his latest offering recently tcok the title World Personal Computer Blitz Chess Champion.
Running on an enhanced Amiga, the program Chess Champion 2175X claimed Its impressive victory at the World Microcomputer Chess Championship held in Lyon.
Running alongside the World Championships for human chess players featuring top Russian stars, the computer programs played off against each other, the only human Involvement being to transmit ecch move between the different machines.
Blitz chess Is played In the usual way except thgt all the moves have to be completed in 10 minutes, so allowing many games to be played In a short spoce of time.
'Blitz chess Is particularly chalprogramme, the game has been simplified for television and is voice- activated by young viewers who ring In. First players of the TV version were presenters Andy Crane and Steve Johnson and the series will last for nine weeks.
When Magic Pockets Is launched by Renegade (071-481
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One more round ACCOLADE (071-738 1376) hcve released their latest Jack Nicklaus accessory disc. Called Great Courses of the US Open It Includes the challenges of Pebble Beach.
Oakmont Country Club and Boftusrol Golf Club.
Compatible with both Jack Nicklaus' Greatest 18 Holes of Major Championship Golf aid Jack Nickkms' UnSmlted Golf and Course Design. Price £11.99. lenging as moves have to be mode very quickly Indeed*. Said Chris. ‘Accuracy of calciJattoa chess knowledge and speed are all of prime Importance and this result is a great measure of the program's performance.* In his years of competitive chess Chris reached a level only surpassed by the International Grand Master grading, but gave up competitions 20 years ago.
'If you want to be really gooc at chess you have to play It al the time.* he said. ‘I stopped playing because it was taking up too much time when I hod other things to do*.
He started CP Software eight years ago and has progressively enhanced his programs.
* 1 used to be able to beat them, but It doesn't work Hke that
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Through the program. It carries out relatively simple evaluations many hundreds of thousands of times and quite complex concepts emerge.* Chess Champion 2175 for the Amiga costs £29.95. in real-time ... and in Our VIDEO DIGITISERS are REAL-TIME and COLOUR. They GRAB a FRAME as fast as a TV camera can provide it, PLUS - they include a live framestore output for connecting to a second picture monitor or even a TV set to simplify focusing and setup.
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I 1 Te Main : Y what comes though the senal port is what you get in your tile. X- Modem and PsionLink. However, ore a bit trickie-.
The X-Modem protocol works by splitting the file to be sent into o series of 128 byte blocks. It numbers these consecutively and transmits them along with a checksum (a special number derived from adding all the bytes together), which the It doesn’t take long, when using a Psion Organiser, to realise just how quickly the DatcPacks con fil up. Leaving one desperate for more storage space.
In the early days pleas for help brought the Psion Comms-link package to connect the pocket maestro to a PC. But there has previously been no easy way out for the Amiga owner.
Look no further for the answer.
You will And a program on this month's Amiga Computing coverdisk called PsionLink which will enable you to transfer files to and from the AMIGA and Organiser with ease Unfortunately, the Psion Comms- Llnk is still required to provide the hardware connection and the Psion communications software as well as the conversion of Psion’s non-standard serial output to Standard RS232 signals This shouldn't be too much of a problem, because if you’re serious about connecting your Organiser to the outside world, the Comms- link is an essential buy In any case.
Parlez-vous Amiga?
Why use a special program? You might think that with a Comms-Link pock it would be easy to transfer files to the Amiga with the help of a standard comms program, but you’d oe wrong The high occurrence of spurious characters you get as a result of a straight transfer mokes this exercise barely worthwhile, so a program to iron out the bugs soon becomes more than welcome If such a program is to be worth the effort put into coding it. However. It must do more than just allow for file transfer and conversion. For this reason. PsionLink will perform several extra functions.
It wil. For Instance, directty read qnd edit files, and automatically conver a Psion Data File into what is known as an ASCII-delimited file on the Amiga. These are perfect for drect importation Into SuperBase or any other Amiga database The najor problem with PsionLink was the inclusion of protocols, most notably Psion's own protocol for which here is no available documentation. I decided to pursue this and to include the same three protocols used in the Comms-Link’s own so'tware - none. X-Modem.
And Psion The 'none’ bit is easy - 1 4 Amiga Computing Dave Westwood finds his Amiga can speek in tongues to a Psion Organiser, and with a straight face, too Tower of Babel receiving mochine uses to check whether the data has arrived intact. If it has been corupted. The transmitting machine is Informed and fresh attempts are made to successfully transmit the data until it arrives in an uncorrupted state The Psion protocol was the real toughie. As mentioned, there is no published data on its structure, and Psion were Initially reluctant to furnish the relevant detoils. This is a nost impor
tant aspect of the proReview gram. However, and I persevered until they were kind enough to give me what I needed. After all. With a third party already producing the equivalent ST program, there’s no reason why the same facility shouldn't be available on the Amiga The Psion protocol allows for several extremely useful extra features.
You can, for example, transfer accidentally deleted files from the Organiser’s DatoPacks to a rew host, and can transfer password protected Notepads without first hoving to de-protect them.
More usefulty. Rt allows the transfer of OPL object code to and from the Amiga, so that Organiser programs can be developed In -he much larger and friendlier environment of the Amiga For programmers looking to develop software for the Organiser, the advantages offered by not having to ruin one’s eyesight end patience squinting at the diminutive Psion screen cannot be uncer- estimated. The chance to use a decent Amiga text editor when coding is atso o great boon.
For those not Interested in programming. The link allows for the saving of invaluable data to floppy disk for future use, and relieves tne burden on over-populated DataPocks Shareware Unfortunately. I spent so much time trying to scrounge the protocol details out of Psion and sweated so long and hard when actually programming PsionLink. The program on your May coverdisk is a demo version only.
The full version, including Psion pro* focol and my own Re editor. Is available if you get in touch at the address included in the disk readme .comms Ale On a final note. I am currently working on a developer program which should moke it possible for users to write, test, debug, and compile OF1 programs on the Amiga, then bundle then as a complete Data Pack thct will auto-boot itself into the Organiser's top level menu.
Look out tor more about this in future issues of Amiga Computing.
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Animation is now beginning to hit the micro market with a vengecnce, so It Is fortunate for those ot us with a love of moving pictures that the Amiga is eminently well qualified as a machine on which to produce home-grown cartoons.
The Amy's abilities in this department seem at last to be on the verge of professional recognition, with a variety of commercial animation studios either exploring the P0SSibili*ies offered by the Amiga, or alreody using it in the production chain.
Of these, the name Cosgrove Hall Productions stands head and shoulders above the rest.
Cosgrove Hg|| have been making cartoons since 1976. When Mark Hal and Brian Cosgrove set up shop with six staff In a converted warehouse. Since then, animations Such as Wind In The Willows and The BFG have helped them win four BAFTA awards and an EMMY, and the company has grown to 130 people, filling out a plush custom studio building just south of Manchester Meanwhile. Cosgrove Hall's bread and butter productions.
Dongermouse and Count Duckula have been delighting children and GBKs for the best part of a decade. Agains* a background of almost total U.S. domination.
Cosgrove Hall and a handful of other studios have produced cartoons of a distinctly British flavour, offering a refreshing riposte to the sort of one-way transatlantic traffic which has seen ’Masters Of The Mega-Blasters* clones come to dominate our teMes.
Cost-efficient Enough of the banner waving, what about the Amiga?
Cosgrove Hall are one of the first British studios to look seriously at the use of computers not only for the control of cameras but for the production of graphics and the development of characters as well.
In their seorch for a cost-efficient system offering quality animation at a decent price they alighted, not surprisingly, on the Amiga, and It was this decision which sent us scurrying up the M6 to see how they were using our favourite machine.
We spoke to Phi Atock. The man with the Job ol assessing the Amiga's potential, and asked him what he thought "We re looking into using the Amiga for line testing.* he told us, hurriedly pushing F29 Retollator under a pile of papers, ’but we're having difficulty with the image resolution.* Line testing is the animator's jargon for rough sketch, and Is the frst step In the process of bringing characters Amiga Computing's big kiddies, Stevie Kennedy and Paul Austin, take a look at animated Agnuses.
To life. Normally, a line test would Involve a series of drawings done manually then filmed one at a time until the animators had a simple Animation pencil-sketched cartoon on video.
This Is a time-consuming procedure. And difficult to experiment with.
Sequence showed Hugo smoothly animated for a fragment of speech, and amply demonstrated the advantage of the pencil over the mouse. ‘Using a mouse is a bit of a nightmare." We were told, 'especially if you hove to do dozens of cells.'
Drawing on-screen, however, needn't be carried out with with a cheese-chaser, and Phil odmltted to never having tried a graphics tablet for sketching. The addition of a tablet could quite easily dispense altogether with the video camera at the line testing stage, leaving the line tester to sketch straight onto the Amiga.
Disney does it We asked Phil for his opinions on the newly released Walt Disney Animation Studio (TAS) and his eyes lit up. The general reaction wos that although not up to the )ob of creating professional cartoons. TAS is a much cheaper tool, ideal for the animator experimenting ct home or for training begnners. 'We need the four level animation and digitiser options from Chroma- Colour" he affirmed, ‘but the There can surely be no belter illustration of the art of character development OxncuA - ) Se2, aivt Xu cur IT ajr T 2 va jt w No* r*1 r-r «eeQ6Aes.dbu M cK t.»
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essential to a good cartoon At this stage the Amiga falls short
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the resolution we get with ink and ocetate’. Said Phi. This
isn't a slight on the Amiga, however, as no other mcro fits the
bill either.
At the moment. Phil is using an Amiga 2000 with hard drive and 8Mb memory, dong with Chroma- Colour software and a digitiser linked to a high quality still frame video camera. The set-up isn't cheap, and would burn a large hole In £10,000. But it is far more attractively priced thdn anything previously available to the profes- sionol Armed with this array of desirable ¦ equipment, i Phil was hard A | at work on Cosgrove ¦ Hall s newest cartoon.
Victor and M Hugo, when we arrived.
‘It's something I knocked up the other day to test the software a bit.* he said The Lining them up Using an Amiga, however, line testers such as Phil can produce a full line test without recourse to video, changing as many aspects of It as they please before passing it on to the animators for the paint The only magazine for the serious Amiga game player. With features such as the amazing Super- League scoring system, definitive games reviews, informative news and mega coverdisk you can't go wrong! If you want the top coverage for your Amiga then buy the best, Amiga Action.
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We were more than a little reluctant to terminate our day out at Cosgrove Hall, and refused to leave without an armful of souvenir and a posed photo wtth Igor and Duckula himself. After all, the Amiga Is at heart a fun machine, and to see It put to good use by the company which has brought so much enjoyment through Its cartoons was a most welcome treat.
If our Amy is capable of service at the professional level and with such an illustrious crew of animators. Then there's surety some hope for those of us at the mere amateur level who'll be diving with glee into The Animation Studio.
Walt Disney Isn't the first company to attempt a dedicated low-end Amiga animation pockage - It's just the latest and most successful. There have been several previous offerings, including Antic Software's Zoetrope package.
This suffered originally from being low-res NTSC only, and utiSsing Its own picture format, but was a hint of what we might expect from the Amiga.
Since we reviewed Zoetrope in the April 1989 issue, there has been a dearth of animation packages wtth the notable exception of Dpaint III.
Programs such as Anlmagic and Fontavision have tried to raise an eyebrow, but none have been sufficiently feature-packed to become a mainstream rival for the ot-conquering Dpaint in.
What has been missing from nearly all previous animation programs has been an approach which Paper to pixel In the world of computer animation there are two distinct routes employed to create the moving pictures we an know and love. Your appiooch to the subject Is usually determined by your background, whether it lies either In the hand draw approach of the Hustrator or the digital trickery of the artistic tectvx -junkle.
The average Amiga enthusiast will no doubt be more at home wtth the conventional AMIGA environment of the paint package, with imagery being provided from the somewhat less than subtle touch of the various processing tools employed, not least of which is the rather clunky Amiga mouse.
The second approach Is a more traditional one combining the har *earned skills of the conventional Illustrator along wtth the pro- cessing power of the computer, tt's this approach which Chroma- Colour's Softoons Is designed to exploit, combining the two talents wtth the aid o' video digitising.
The biggest complaint from free hand artists when confronted with computerisation Is the prospect of using a mouse. This Is a definite non starter with most animators. As a result an alternative method is required and It's here 'hat the digitiser comes into Its own. Importing hand drawn cels direct from the paper to the llne-tester for editing, composition and of course playback.
It's fair to say Softoons is the answer to an animator's needs rather than that of the Amiga enthusiast hoping to dabble in a touch of the Disneys. As a result of the specialised approached and the consequent limit for potential sales the Softoons system is no! For the financially faint hearted with a starting price of £630 for the software alone.
If you were to go the whole hog and invest In the complete system of cameras, rostrum stands and monitors It would add up to just under £3,000. As I said. It's not aimed at the amateur.
The system comes In two distinct formats, either an A500 version which is designed to suit the needs of an animator working from heme, or the more advanced and expensive Amiga 2000-based syslem designed specifically for studio use.
The principle deference between the two systems is the number of available levels of animation. The A500 version only manages one level similar to that of IAS. Whereas the studio version is capable of up to four level combinations.
This basically means that al the elements of the onlmatlon produced on the A500 system mus* be drawn and shot onto a single cel, the studio alternative being ccpa- ble of combining four individual drawings onto the same exposure sheet to form the finished cel. Eoch element joins with the rest but still retains Its individuality for edilng purposes To be realistic, the price of the follows along similar lines to that taken by the professional animator. Zoetrope was stuffed with special effects, such as fades, wipes and shatters. WNch you could apply to your graphics, but none of these were
of any particular use.
Clever though they may be. Such effects are really only useful IT your animation ts designed for a professional presentation rather than a cartoon.
Zcetrope was too crude for the former and unsuitable for the latter.
Zoetrope was and remains an excellent program In a technical sense, espectalty when you remember its age. However. It is also the best example of an early Amiga package which, while being dreamily put together, was dismaBy deficient In Its appreciation of Just which market It was supposed to be aimed at.
Early attempts Deflnnlng the Frisket before Importing the background is g simple matter at cMckhg on the colours to be masked oft. Here, the dog's body cokxn along with the back o Its outline have been included commercial market, but if you re a real enthusiast who needs to digitise his handy work It s the only dedicated equipment around.
Cheap alternative If like me your bottom lip wiB sti be trembling at the prospect of spending all your hard earned cash on Softoons. Dry your eyes.
There is an alternative method to get your freehand skills into the Amiga, and as a result your anims - look out for our review of graphics tablets soon.
Walt Disney Animation Studio We tried ond we tried and we tried, but we found nothing that comes close to The Animation Studfo in the home animation market. Chroma-Colour is on expensive afternative for the professional market. But for cortoon-loving Joseph Pubic harbouring a secret desire to bring Tom & Jerry to life on the Amiga, there’s no real choice.
Disney, as you might expect, has written tas entirety from the vew- polnt of an animator. From stari to finish, emphasis is ploced soiety on producing cartoons, such that although not of professional standards. TAS engenders a professional feel which carries beginner HT a* £ The flral animation, complete with background, shows how the whole can be greater than the sum o'the ports using the system don't worry, Those thoughtful folks at Ctroma-Coiour will lend a helping hand of a daily training rate of only £250 per day.
It's obvious from the frightening price list that both Chroma-Colour systems are aimed firmly at the ©d as the animation runs a helpful feature when composing a sequence. When you're happy with your creations they can be saved to disk or copied direct to video.
If you're slightly nervous about The Dpaint contribution Don Silva's Dpaint program, especially in its third incarnation, has been one of the prime movers in the world of Amiga animation for several years, and there are many who owe It o debt of gratitude.
Dpaint lit established the now accepted ANIM format and spread the gospel of Amiga movies to the wider audience through myriad PD demos and, in a very Important way. Boosted the success of the Amiga as a whole.
Its animated brushes were a revolution in Amiga graphics techniques which ore only now being incotporated into other packages such as Spectracolor.
Animations thus created could be saved In IFF or ANIM format and played back using Electronic Arts’ Play routine.
Since then, the proliferation of stand alone PD ANIM player programs has allowed amateur animators to pass their pro- grcms around freely, and although sound isn’t catered for. Progroms such as Movie will put anlms through their paces at a very respectable frame rate.
The major drawback when animating with Dpant Is that It was designed primarily as a paint program.
Animation is possible, but It Is obviously an added extra rather than the program’s raison d’etre. For this reason. Dpaint loses out bodty when compared to The Animation Studio, but that’s not surprising.
For those who want a paint package first, and a dabble In animation as a bit of fun on the side.
Dpoint is still a very attractive buy, and should continue to provide animations for the ever expanding public domain demo libraries studto version complete with all The harcware is strictly for the pros. As a result I'll be concentrating on the slightty more affordable A500 version which might still be within the reoch of the affluent enthusiast.
The do's and don'ts Perhaps a more accurate heodtng might read what you can do. And what you can't. With the Softoons system you can import black and white line tests, compile sequences and adjust. Improve, and generally test out your creations prior to spending heaps of cash on the phenomenally expensive process of creating full colour animations.
Softoons in effect is an animation utility rather than a stand* alone package like TAS.
The Idea is to speed up the process for a pro. As a result there’s no pain* package available, no Internal editing and no colours.
Softcons talents are devoted purely to digitising and running hand drav n images, and this as you might expect it does well, but certainty not cheaply.
Flip through The standard set-up will support up to 200 individual drawings within the machine. Considering the frame rate on certain animations this is not exoctty Impressive, but with the addition of some extra memory things would become a little more acceptable.
The number of drawings shouldn’t be confused with the number of frames used. It's quite common for an animation to use the same drawing on several frames depending on the effects requl'ed.
Once you’ve captured a drawing with the digitiser It can be played instantly or cycled with the other frames in the sequence. This can be done at any rate between 1 and 99 frames per second.
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Representing one of the few commercial attempts to spread the arVma- tion word. RGB Studios' Real Things series Is aimed at providing the beginner with the tools he or she needs to begin producing original work The series consists of three packages. Birds. Horses, and Humans, al of which contain a cfiskfuf of Dpaint anlms and a manual. The laner sets out to dispense advice on all aspects of anlm brustes. Including their creation, development. And editing, and goes on to give hints on backgrounds and so forth.
Each disk contains a targe number of good quality animation sequences which the beginner con use In animations or as a guide to the techniques of.
For example, making a horse run wtthouf making tt look like a table having a fit.
None of this Is particulorty radical Of new; the Dpaint manual provides a similar guide to using antm brushes, and the animations themselves ore relatively simple.
What is unique about the Real Things series Is that It is the only sustained attempt to attract beginners to Amiga animation we've seen since Dpalnt's remarkable potential was first realised.
If you're desperate to the point of financial profligacy.
Real Things at £20 a throw is one way to buid up an instant animation Ibrary. If. On the other hand, you don't fist setting fire to tenners among your hobbies, try the public domain when looking for animated inspiration. Real Things is good... but not that good.
Along with it rather than leaving them stranded.
The main dfck contains two programs. Pencl Test and Ink & Paint.
The flist of these Is the line tester and it is here that any animation begins Its fife.
The user progresses from rough sketch to finished line-art animation. Then loads the whole thing Into Ink & Paint for the application of colour. The overwhelming Impression dulng all this is TAS'S extreme ease of use.
Let's face it - how many of us can draw? Not us. Disney, however, doesn't simply leave the beginner to get on with it.
To take as much of the pain as possible out of cartoon production, there is a library of sample animations on the program disk and a second disk packed to the gunnels with clips from actual Disney animations.
The library animations can be used m the user's own productions and loaded Into Ink & Paint for colouring. The Morgue disk containing the Disney clps. HowevReal Things er. Is protected by copyright and the animations cannot be tampered with.
If you want to create Britain's answer to Mickey Mouse you're going to have to put In a certain amount of work!
The Pencil Test part of the package will be famitar to anyone who has used Dpaint. As it sports very similar menus and all the usual drawing gadgets.
Circles, boxes and elpses. FiBed or unfified. Are all there as are the more odvanced brush and airbrush facilities. This Isn't just an ordinary drawing program, however, and It has several tea Knows his onions There is a variable zoom option, and a group of cel manipulation devices for copying cels to and from a buffer, cutting them out or Inserting them anywhere In tne sequence.
By far the most specific options, however, and those which set Pencil Test opart, are the three at the bottom of the toolbox godget bar.
The two arrow godgets are used to flip back and forth through the sequence of cels at the click of a mouse button. They are use'ul when the user wants to travel through a relatively small number of cels, but they really come Into their own when they make It possible to see the 'onion sldn' effect at Its best.
Onion skin' Is a term and an effect dating from the earliest days of animation when cels were drawn on a series of semi-transparent layers of paper.
By looking through' these layers, the animator could discern the dm outlines of the previous three cels or so. And thus achieve a much better appreciation of how the movement was developing.
The Animation Studio simulates this effect so Animation that the beginner can flip forward wtthoul losing sight of the preceding three cels, all of which are visible as progressively fainter grey outlines. The effect is simple but invaluable, and alone is facility enough to place The Animation Studio high on my shopping list.
The bottom left hand gadget is a simple player which flips through the existing sequence cel by cel in a loop to make testing the animation as easy as possible.
It simply doubles up for an option available via a pull-down menu, but its Inclusion on the toolbox bar is an Indication of the thought which has been put into this package s design.
Decent exposure The last gadget, on the bottom right hand corner, takes the user to what the pros call the exposure sheet".
This section of the program simulates the real life exposure sheet you wil find at the heart of all cartoon productions.
It Is used to keep track of timings, frame rates and events such as music, speech, and special effects, The exposure sheet is not an optional extra - If you're serious about putting decent cartoons together you must use this technique.
Disney's exposure sheet is one of the trickier parts of the program. To us© it properly, the user has to master a dozen or so commands and their syntax. These allow .SMUS (Sonlx) format music scores to be played, paused, faded out. And generally mucked about with.
Unfortunately, flexibility is Imlted by the insistence on Sontx generated music scores, but this Is partly offset by the acceptance of any JFF sample as a special effect € Penfokl conwi to Wo on pop* In this •arty artist's character sheet Product Information Walt Disney's Animation Studio is a product of the Walt Disney Company Avoilable; Now Supplier: Entertainment International (0268) 541126 Price: £99.95 Softoons Personal Une-Tester and Chroma-Colour Animation Une- Tester are products of the Chroma-Colour company.
Available: Now Supplier: Chromo-Colour Animation Supplies & Eculpment Ltd (081) 675 8422 Price: From £630 for software atone to £4,000 to" software. A2000.
Camera, lights, and rostrum equipment.
(!SFX). Musical scores and samples, once decided upon, can be tweaked in a number of ways. The syntax of the ISFX command allows the user to choose sample playback speeds, which channel it wi play through, whether or not It will be In stereo, and the number of times it w! Loop.
The ISCORE command can be used to fade a tune out and set Its tempo, and peripheral commands such as ITEMPO. (VOLUME, and INOTE offer occasional control of any sounds or scores presently being played. Altogether, the exposure sheet is an indespensable part of the animation process, and The Animation Studio would have been incomplete without It.
Ink blots Once the pencil animation is complete and the user is satisfied that the exposure sheet is arranged correctly. The data is stored on c*sk for later importation to the second part of the main program, Ink & Paint, for the final touches.
This is the weakest chink In Disney's armour, becajse it's not really a paint program at afi. There are up to 32 colours available, more with dithering, bjt the only painting facilities available are a couple of fill and line-drawing options for touching up any leaks’ which threaten to let a colour spill out of Its allotted area.
The Idea is that the animation is already complete and merely requires colouring, but It would have been nice to have hod a few more options even at this late stoge.
That grumble aside, the Ink & Paint program does everything required of it with little *uss. Its best feature is the a bitty to use a 'frisket' so that backgrounds can be slotted in behind the animation without overwriting any o' your hard sweat and tears.
Frlskets work by spec,tying which colours cannot be overwritten, jo all you need do Is pull down the frisket option, click on the colours you've used in your animation, then import your IFF backgrourd behind the relevant cels.
You can load different backgrounds for different cels, so there's no reason for bland backdrops.
The major problem with the backgrounds is that they can only be static - there's no multi-level animation such as that found on the more expensive Chroma-Colour configurations.
This reinforces the apparent Disney ethos that demands all animation details be finalised before Ink & Paint is used, but there's no great difficulty in this.
If the user plans ahead using a storyboard and organises the animation before starting, the finished product will be better thought cut and more efficiently reached.
Disney's emphasis on their own methods and the Insistence on a structured opprooch are in the last analysis a help rather than ahn- drance to the beginner.
Conclusion Amiga animation is on the up and up - there's no doubt about that.
With the wide availabiSty of Dpdnt animations, and the appearance of a new low-end dedicated pock- oge in the shape of Walt Disney's Animation Studio, the home market could be said to be buoyant, In the professional sector, too, the Amiga is establishing Itself as an excellent machine tor llne-testers and animators alike.
The Chroma-Colour softwa e. though expensive, has proved its ability to meet the demands of an expanding user base, and should continue to bring the Amiga much deserved credit In this new sector.
With success apparent In both areas, the Amiga can only continue to improve Its standing as the only home micro which Is both great fun and a truly serious buy.
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communications race. For that sort of money most comms freaks would have been defcghted to pick up an acoustic coupler type modem with very low speeds and even lower reliability.
These days though your money goes a lot further both in terms of modem speed and features.
Which modem you need depends very much on what you wan- to achieve. The occasional call to a local BBS service won't warrant a super speedy modem.
On the other hand the cost saving offered by high data transfer rates will be welcome if you ore a frequent caller to the US.
EuroLink The EuroLink modem is a perfect Illustration of how comms hardware has become more affordable of late. Your hard earned £264 delivers a unit which allows com- murication at a respectable 2400 baud.
Like each of the modems featured in this overview it is entirely software controlled. This means that rather than pressing buttons on the front panel to configure the unit, all tweaking is done over the keyboard via a software command set Tne EuroLink is fully Hayes com- patbte. This is a real boon for anyone wanting to dabble in comms without learning the detoiled ins and outs of modem control before going online.
Popular public domain packages for the Amiga including Ncomm. JRComm and Supertext come pre-configured for use with Hayes compatible decks.
Plug in and go is the order of the day. The modem also includes EuroLink Modem Price: £263.35 Manufacturer: EuroLink Telephone: 0625 878888 For: Very good value Hayes Compatible Against: No power switch verdict: The Eurolink ts an ideal modem for anyone wanting to dabble with comms without having to re-mortgage their Amiga.
Going online is getting cheaper. Eddie McKendrick gets up to speed with a range of modems for all pockets pler to use over the years. At first glance the EuroLink is nothing more than o simline plastic brick with six lights on the front ond no switches to play with. At second glance it Is much the same. Gone ore the days of twiddling diols. Setting DIP switches and pressing buttons to get online.
The function of each light on the EuroLlnk Is clearly Indicated by diagonal labels on the front panel This commonsense approach to labelling is most unusual. The bulk of modem manufacturers usually insist on using confusing two letter abbreviations rather than plain English.
The Eurolink has Indicators for power, connecting, responding.
Some useful * elp screens for those not content io go with a standard package.
In an effort to provide an all round package. EuroLink have bundled a free subscription to CompuServe Into the price. This is a truty massive information system of American origin. On it you will find messages, news and over
30. 000 public domain programs.
Having said all that.
CompuServe is not the most user friendly of places and although your membership is free, the usoge charges soon mount up.
CompuServe is far too extensive to do Justice to in this article and we will be covering the service In Its own right at a later date.
As well as getting cheaper, modems hare got smaller and simtransmitting, receiving and auto answer mode Rear panel ports are provided for power, telephone and serial connections.
The only notable omission Is that of a power switch. Removing the power leod Is the only way to give Comms your EuroUnk a good night s sleep after many hard hours of conversing ove- the wires.
Id auto orts ore me and t is that log the to give Hi-Tec EC2400 if the Ev oLink modem can be considered ideal for the beginner, the Hi-Tec EC2400 deluxe is well suited to people wonting to upgrade from aged manual modems.
Like the EuroLink, It is a 2400 baud Hayes compatible unit. The HhTec normally weighs in at £399 but it is currently on offer to Amiga Computing readers of £299.
What ou get for your extra outlay is a slightly more robust case, more ights and the MNP error correction and data compression systems.
Let's tackle eoch of these areas in turn, The chassis is a very robust plastic design which is only let down by a fimsy front panel ond two inexcusably tacky go-faster stripes down the side. The unit sports a posit vely psychedelic collection of 11 lights giving information on everything from the current connection status to active speed Hi-Tec EC2400 Deluxe Price: £399 (£299 on special offer) Manufacturer Hi-Tec Modems Ltd Telephone: 0733897333 For; MNP protocols From mounted power switch Against: Unattractive styling Verdict: The Hi-Tec EC 2400 deluxe should be a serious contender for
your attention if you are looking to upgrade from an existing slower modem. The provision of MNP is a reel bonus, but only If the services you want to use support it.
Cosmetics aside, the most important additional feature of the EC 2400 is the provision of the two MNP systems. MNP is a three letter ocronym for Microcom Networking Protocol. The Hi-Tec comes with two different tvpes of MNP.
MNP Level 4 is an error correction protocol designed to ensure safe transport of data even If phonelines are bad. MNP Level 5 on the other hand is a data compression protocol. This is used to speed up data transmission from point to point.
With MNP 5 It is possible to achieve a data transfer rate Increase of almost 100 per cent, meaning that the EC 2400 has a maximum throughput of 4800 baud. MNP is only of any relevance to you if the services you call support it. Prestel for example does not although most other commercial services do.
One major plus, where the EC wins hands down over the other modems on test, is the provision of a power switch on the front panel It is reassuring to have a means of hard reset within easy reach, ideal for situotlons where the modem is semi enclosed and the bock panel is trcky to get to. The Hi-Tec doesn't crash, but sometimes a power-orf Is the easiest way to reset a line otter a failed connection.
The EC 2400 does not look as mass-produced as the other decks reviewed within these pages. The user guide in particular, although extremely Informative, lacks the level of presentation offered by the other three contenders. Don't get me wrong, the EC 2400 is a positive Volkswagen build-quality wise. Hi- Tec’s design boys Just need to apply a little more in the way of cosmetic surgery before it will look as sexy as the others in its class.
Hayes 9600 -t-Quad Just as Hoover have made a name for themselves In vacuum cleaners.
Hayes have been at the leading edge with modems since the emergence of the techroiogy.
With that sort of introcuction you would be justified in thinking that the Hayes Smartmodem 9600+ Quad might be something special.
Depending on what you want to do with comms. You coud be right.
As the name suggests the Hayes is a 9600 baud modem. Wei it Is, os long os you are talking to another compatible 9600 baud modem.
Otherwise the +Quad tagged on to the end of the name is of more significance to you.
Quad relates to the ability to transmit and receive data using four universally recognised CCIT modulation standards You will be less than surprised to know that the highest speed available with these is 2400 baud (V 22 bis). The others are 300 (V 21). 1200 (V 22) end 1275 (V 23) respectively.
Hayes are a key player in the corporate comms sector. In practice. Finding another 9600 baud modem at the end of a resident oily run bulletin board could prove to be a little on the tricky side This means that to ail intent aid purpose yog nave to assume that the bulk of your calls will achieve 2400 baud connections. With the provision of MNP the data throughput is Increased to a respectable 4800 boud.
The story doesn't stop there. By use of special protocols it is possible to achieve a nippy da’a transfer rate of 19.200 baud. This relies on another Hayes modem being at the other end of the link.
All of these additional features invariably mean increased complexity m configuration. The Hayes goes some way to resolving potential setup heartache by incorporating intelligent feature negotiation software.
Theoretically the Smartmodem will automatically establish the highest speed of connection possible. The practice is not entirely silkv smooth, but configuration is signift* con tty easier than It would be without the artificial intelligence.
The most striking attribute of the Hayes is its construction. In complete contrast to the other plastic units, it lives In a smart robust meta box. The usual compliment of status lights is provided, os Is a power switch on the back panel, There Is no question that if build quality is Important to you. This is your ideal modem.
In line with Its distlnctty corporate price tog of £1.149. the Hayes 9600 provides a wide range of facilities geared to the more serious comms buff. The most notable of these is X25 FAD. The letters PAD stand for Pocket Assembler Disassembler.
Comms Ushg PAD it is possible to have virtual rather than physical connections. This means that with a single modem you can be linked to more than one online service.
M simple terms a PAD link works by taking the Information from each virtual connection established (the packets) and assembling them into a single data stream for transmission. This stream is disassembled at each end of the link.
Miracom Courier HST Price: £1.144.25 Manufacturer: Miracom Technology Ltd Telephone: 0473233888 For: HST protocol Dual Standard User friendly Against: No telephone through-port Verdict: If you intend to take comms seriously and money is no object, this Is the modem for you. B8S Sysops should leap ot the chance to pick up one of these units at 50% discount. It will be a very long time before a better price performance package comes alcng PAD has very specific applications and most residential users have difficulty finding a justification for connecting to one online service never mind
several simultaneously.
Hcyes modems are not cheap. I don't think It Is 100 per cent fair to say that all you are paying for is the name, nor is It fair to say you get what you pay for in terms of features genuinely useful to the home user.
The V-Series Smartmodem $ 600 ?Quod has a very specific appeal to corporate communicators.
Hayes 9600 +Quad £1.148.85 Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. 081 848 1858 9600 baud PAD ExceBent build quality Expensive Requires some configuration The Hayes 9600 +Quad Is an excellent modem for serious comms users. I would be inclined to say that it was overkill for domestic users and the Mlrocom HST DS modem reviewed next is a more reaKstic proposition for Sysops. If PAD and reliability are important to you then Hayes is the natural choice.
Price: Manufacturer: Telephone: For: Against: Verdict: There Isn't a great deal to sen it to home hackers though.
The other large market for high end modems is bulletin board sysops. Hayes are now promoting their entire range to this Influential bunch by offering a more than generous 50 per cent discount.
To qualify for this saving, the bulletin board concerned must carry a promotiond message for Hayes modems. The sysop scheme should go some way to getting more units online. Any sysops interested should contact the company at the number below.
Miracom Courier We wrap up our look at modems with the Miracom Courier HST DS.
This deck combines most of the features found in the Hayes with one very important additional feature, HST - an acronym for High Speed Technology. Using the Miracom it is possible to achieve a data transfer rate of 14.4k. There are quite a few HSTs doing sterling service at the front erd of numerous bulletin boards up and down the country.
HST Is a proprietary protocol designed by Miracorr's American parent company US Robotics.
Each of the other modems we have looked at use the elderly CCITT V standards for cata transfer.
Talking of the V standards brings me to the other acronym in the Miracom's wordy title. DS Indicates that the Courier is a dual standard modem.
This represents a best of both worlds scenario where the HST protocol is supported side by side with the widely occepted slower V standards.
If first impressions last. I have been sold on the Courier. Despite the unit's immense sophistication, getting online was just a simple matter of plugging in a couple of cables and clicking on my JRComm icon.
Miracom must be commended for the user friendliness of the entire Courier package. The manual is clear, concise and easy to follow.
The built-in help screens and command summaries are convenient to access, The level of user support even extends os far as printing a complete command summary on the base of the A4 sized unit. There Is no excuse for not having the Information you need close to hand If you are the proud owner of a Courier.
On the face of It the Miracom does everything that the Hayes does and more for around the same price. The only feature the Hayes can boast over the Miracom Is PAD. This won't be a great loss for most users.
This Is an ideal modem for bulletin board sysops. The automatic support of both widely used communications standards (V and HST) means that the Courier is happy to answer the phone and talk to a wider range of modems than any other in Its class.
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Musical creations from readers ol all ages have been flooding through our letter box since last December's cover disk hit the newstands. And at such a rate that we've been hard pressed to give them all a hearing.
With such a reaction to MED. We ddn't really have much choice when the latest version appeared - we hod to bring it to you as quickly as possible.
Indeed this is the first magazine coverdfck to include MED 3.00. and It's all thanks to author Teijo Kinnunen and Ray from the Amlganuts United PD library.
If you're unfamiliar with MED In its previous versions, you might be confused at first by its rather daunt- Irg front end. The disk, however, contains full documentation covering the program's main features In detail, and a bit of perseverance should help you through the rough patches.
Version 3 brings three major new features to the program:
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• SampleED allows you to edit an already existing sample.
• SampleList is a new way for MED to organise samples.
Sample List This feature is a boon for people with huge sample libraries. The Sample List is a text file in which you set out the drives an directories in whlcht samples are to found one lists the samples in each of these directories When loading MED 3.C examines the filel MED_paths for this information so that when you want to load a sample into MED all you have to do is click on the SMPLIST gadget to go to a screen with the directories and samples immediately available for selection.
There’s no more messing about In MED's tiny file window for one sample in a list of hundreds!
Synthsound This feature allows you to design and create waveforms for use within your own tunes, then save them to disk. The waveforms can use the whole five octave range and can be made up of 64 Individual sections, each with its own type of wave.
To access this function go Into the INSTR panel end Click Oh the SYNTH gadget You should now be faced with a screen mostly taken up by two panels on which the synthsounds are created.
Between the two are controls for adding end mixing waveforms together, and below you will see controls to select wavetype and drawing methods, along with more editing controls.
The pre-set wavetypes are handy for standard sounds and as a starting point for the editing process.
Users can choose from sine, saw. And triangle wavetypes. Then go Into the panels and edt them by hand using the freehand or line drawing tools.
Cut. Paste, copy, and other editing features are also available, along with the more advanced TRANSFORM, which will smooth one wavetype into another.
With practice; Sythsounds should allow you to odd your own sounds to a song. The main advantage of sythsounds, however, is that the sounds themselves IMED V3.00 AMIGA 1 superb Muse Editor in its latest l greatest incamason. Now Fantastic » ntxiilt samping arcade game Itwar e. sample ed tor and with fiendsNy 1 faddy to des on your addictive gameplay and graptncsdgitised fou can’t afford to sound that’ll blow your t out on the mind. Ray the very best t ever COMPLETE game on any inxisic ccverdsk. Don't be fobbed off ten minute wonder playable demos bund on interior covenjtsks1 Amiga-Tanx )0 How
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Sample Editor With the Inclusion of this feature MED has become something more than Just one of the better Soundtracker clones. The sample editor transforms MED into a program rivalling commercial products like the Audiomast er englneer packages - and all for a couple of quid.
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Practice, luld allow you vn sounds to a in advantage , however, is Is themselves TnEvyTTr,TTryTnrT r T'T'Z V,T'-rTT~’R,Tr~5rFv?TrTTvI3vv To moko It ooslor (or boginnore. MED con now display songs In a format closely resembling traditional musical scoring, and can swap between formats at a click first of an. You must make a backup copy of the coverdisk. To do tils, boot-up with your copy of Workbench, then double c«ck on the Workbench disk Icon, followed by the Shell or CLI Icon.
Now type: IISKCOFT FiOF PFO: TO DFO: or. If you have an extra disk drive, put a blank, formatted disk In DF1: and type: HSKOPY FION PFO: TO DF1: Follow the on-screen prompts until the copying procedure has ended, then put your original disk away in a safe place. Now switch off the machine and wait for 30 seconds before re-bootlng with the copy. Wait until the CoverDtskl7 Icon appears, double click on It and away you go.
That's all you need do to make 0 straight copy of the entire disk.
However, you may also want to to copy individual programs from your copy of the coverdisk to a separate dsk. In this case ensure that you fully understand which related fitei need to go with It.
For example, all of the document files on the disk require that 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 Ppmcre to the new C: directory 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 Icon's Info screen to reflect whichever text editor you do have on the new dtsk.
As a general rule, you should carefully read the documentation for ary program you copy from disk to disk.
This can save a great deal of messing about and can help you avoid all those Infuriating error messages!
Last month's coverdisk brought you Hunter for ripping samples out of memory. Now we offer The Graphics Ripper tc do the same Job on your favourite piccies.
Demos, or games backdrops.
Although not as easy to use as Hunter, TGR is not too difficult to get to grips with. It works on a similar basis as Hinter in that it relies on the Amiga not to wipe memory after a worm restart.
Although some commercial games will do this to prevent hocking and precisely the sort of graphics grabbing TGR is designed for, most leave enough around in memory to rip out.
You're not doing anything Illegal if you rip graphics from PD demos, and if you grab screens from commercial games simply to look at and mess about with on your own, there's no harm done. Just don't try to make money out of itl To begin ripping, boot up with your favourite demo or game and wait till you're sure the best graphics are In memory, then reboot. It would be best to transfer TGR to a bare bootable disk - you can make one of these with Auto-Script - for this purpose as you ensure that memory is disturbed as Sttte as possible by the re-boot.
Once TGR Is up and running, you wil find a selection of search controls relating to memory position. Bitpkane manipulation, and colour control.
The Ins and outs of these can be found in the comprehensive on-disk documentation, but for fast results. Just dick on the FIND button at the bottom of the screen and move the mouse to scroll through graphics memoty.
If all is weB you should at least be able to spot some Workbench graphics. Including icons and scroll bars. You should come across the graphics you're interested In If you persevere - remember that the PL1 to PL6 controls relate to the six txtplanes and are expressed in hexadecimal.
For owners of 512K AMIGAs, this means the area of concern is up to memory location $ 80000. For owners of machines with 1Mb chip RAM. Such as A2000s and converted A500s. This Is locarion $ 100000. Don't bother to secrch beyond these locations - graphics memory won't be found In the areas not directly accessed by the custom chips.
When you find the graphics you want TGR win save them to disk as IFF files - but beware of screen freezes. If the mojse seems to freeze while saving, the program has run into a probem such as a write-protected or full disk.
To release the mouse pointer press the left Amiga key and B at the same time. This is one of the program's quirks, but one you'll have to live wtth It if you want to rip graphics without resorting to the expense of a commercial cartridge gadget.
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editor and the two Important functions MONITOR and DIGI-' TEE.
With d sampler up and running MONITOR will display the real-time signal In the editor”!
Main panel. To begin sampling, click on DIGITIZE men on me mouse button. The sample buffer win now start to fill up.
To stop sampling, click on me right mouse button or If yoj like Just wait until the 131017 byte sample buffer Is full.
Once the sample Is In memory it will be displayed on the sample editor screen reody to be messed about with, and MED now offers several editing options for mat very purpose. You can zoom and out. Change me volume, odd echo, define loops, ond alter sample rates.
In oddltlon, the sample can be moved up and down an octave at a click, or transposed to another rate, and thrown in and out of buffers with ease. When satisfied with your now mangled sample It can be saved in either RAW or IFF mmr cafcwott tlDUfculh Wboo» • ajaritatt • [?W3 CvflD(k fcjjMftl * RtSDuQmL 2ttcr»iDQj) • We guarantee this gome will hOOk you faster than Jack Chariton wtth a trawl netl Amiga-Tanx is a two player tank shoot-tt-out which we Just couldn't stop playing. Its excellent sound and graphics provide Instant appeal, while the deceptively simple gameplay is sue to keep you
playing for hours.
Amiga-Tanx Author; Gory Roberts The game Is so cotourful It takes up about 400k of chip RAM. So If you own a standard A500 be sue to run It wtth as few windows open as possible.
If you have problems, and the game runs out of memory, the best solution is to Interrupt your startup-sequence using CTRL-D and then type: cd gue-of-the-ionth return tin ritufi The game will now run. The only problem wtth this approach is that once you quit out you wlfl have to LOADWB or type EXECUTE S:START- UP-SEQUENCE to access the rest of the dfek in the usual way.
When looding has stopped you will see an options screen from which you control the game's complexity and thus its difficulty level. The cptions open to you control wind, gravity, landscape type, and shot affectors.
The relevance to your shot of wind and gavity are obvious - I defy you to hit the target with bom on random! - and different landscape types such as mountains make It easier to hide from Incoming shells.
The truly difflcutt options, however. Are me shot affectors - pushers. Pullers, and blowers.
Pushers and pullers are trampoline-type objects sporting bouncing arrows and they litter the landscape when the option Is turned on.
Depending on the direction of me arrow, they will ether pull me shot down towards them or push it higher in me air. Making ranging on g tqnk which has one of these close by a bit of a nlgttmare.
They can cause Infuriating last minute deflections which win turn a certain hit Into a clear miss.
Blowers ore almost as difflcutt to cope with. They look like little windmills and cause late*al deflections by applying a puff of wind to any shot which strays too dose.
When all the affectors ore selected achieving a hit on target can be extremely difficult, and when random wind and gravity are selected things become even more uncertain.
As Amlga-Tanx Is a two-player game - there's no one-player option - it soon develops intc a highly entertaining battleships style shoot-out. With bom players desperately attempting to hit the other first.
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STOCKEO 8SVX format for later use. Everything In this section
smacks’ of Audiomaster on which it was opparentty modelled.
Indeed, MED ks now so good that you reed never leave the program. You can sample In MED. Edit the samples, and finally compose your masterpiece.
If you're a gardener as well as an Amiga user you will find this highly original utility very useful. Even If you don't have a gcrden. And the mere thought of using a rake brings you out in cold sweats, you can t fan to appreciate the rare nature of this particular program.
Landscape Is a garden generator which allows a prospective shovel-wielder to plan the layout of his or her corner of beautiful Britain before cutting a single sod.
This Is one of the most novel uses we've seen an Aniga put to for some time, and It’s a neat and interesting utility for even non-gardeners.
The program loads to a black screen with Just a menu bar at the top. By accessing the first 4 4 ta i iyk' n ' , j 1 KV.r I HUES ruse E E = E tWSTR BLOCK ENT VOL MIDI TRRMS RRHOE SMPEO SLIST ? -1 i' IMS* KL INJ4 MOD l(M LUST KNG CUT COTY TMTI CL« ML KCV 4 ?
If STMT DO SfCCD n_r .v&r VOL t CIS* ALL «3 i DCL KM last sin ¦¦ St rrTnPW*TXT*yTTrT7PTTvT,7FTrTyTTrT,,RTryTySlT,T,T,'u,'v; vlry song ru*r BLOCK D ;- 'corv £5FV* 4- f XCMG -D ?-MIX 4-«00 ?-cw? Nrvei UNDO ftftNGC DLL ftftNGC STMT i »ee MH«( CND eee Conclusion MED 3.00 Is the best music program available In PO for the Amiga - It’s as simple as that. The new features are excellen-. And substantially odd to the prcgram’s appeal, Unfortuna*ely constraints of space meant we could not bring you all the MED 3.00 files. We hod to leave out the programmer's notes, demos, and most of the
samples on the new disk, so If you want these and the all Important source code get In touch with Ray at Amlganuts United PD on (0703 785680).
Don't forget that although the author. Teljo Kinnunen. Has refrained from making MED shareware or going commercial, he Is sti not averse tc receiving the odd fiver in the post. You'll find his address in the documentation on the disk.
R»H»»mra tcIbonImmuncm menu and selecting NEW. The second menu s garden building options become avoilable.
From here you simply point and cick with the mouse until the garden boundary, lawn, path, and areas of earth ore set out.
Then go on to add plants.
The list of plants available Isn’t huge and merely offers genercl types, but as the program alms to give Just a guide to how the garden wfll appear this Isn't really a drawback.
It Is important at this stage to bear m mind the garden s dimensions as chosen at the start of the procedure. If you try putting a medium sized fir in a small garden there won't be much room left for a washing line missus!
When the design process is finished the garden Is drown from whatever viewpoint you select.
This can take quite some time, as everything Is mathematically calculated to look as close to reol life as possible.
However, if you're prepared to go away and have a quick cuppa, the results on screen when you get back can be extremely pleasing. The drawing algorithms have obviously been carefully worked out.
The finished garden can now be saved to disk as an IFF file and touched up in Dpaint if you like.
There are only two omissloni which damage the program • water and stone, We would have liked to have seen a pond cos- code design feature and a way of Incorporating walls Into the garden, but these are the only major moans.
Try Landscape and see if you could be the next Capability Brown!
Landscape Author: Steve Goddard r DISCOUNT SOFTWARE For The Commodore Amiga add £30.00 add £60.00 NEW. The t» t yil ng 3te.
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We are sure that music fans wIB forgive us when hey get their hands on MED. Bu- just to make sure we'll be putting a great tune on next month's cover disk.
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Of pubScatton We are especially Interested In programs designod to work with the A3000. Although It they work only with the new machine they'll have to be quite small We are prepared to pav our current rates for original work which hasn't beon distributed In any other way end which has not been put In the public domain If you wish your program to bo released as shareware or freeware we wH be happy to publish It. But would, of coarse, be happier If we'd been given It flrstl Your submission MUST be accompanied with the submissions form, a capy of It. Or a signed declaration to the some
Pioase supply yoj full name oddress and phone number We cannot undertake tc return disks sent to us as the volume of submissions makes this an Impractical execso PPType Author: Nlco Francois Age Diry date vMCb yodel 4NP.
This isn't exactly a new program, ond anyone with a recent release of Nlco's excellent Powerpacker utility will already have PPType. However, for the majority of readers we suspect that PPType. Being a realtlvely new odditlon to the PP range, will be Invaluable.
It is a compact and easy to usQ printing program with which you can print out any ASCII text file. Including those already crunched with Powerpacker.
The main prompt for Its Inclusion on this month's disk is the IncrecSble length of MED's documentation, the reading of which from a monitor or TV screen wculd surely lead to major eye damage!
PPType uses Workbench preferences settings when printing, and requires the presence of either the porallel.device or serial.device handlers in the DEVS: directories.
Vou won't be able to use it directly from the coverdisk as there was no room for these files.
However, this should present little When we first promised to bring you o method by which AMIGAs ond Psion Organisers could talk 1o one another we didn't expect loo mony people to wave flags and cheer loudty.
So it was with some surprise that we read the steady stream of letters from Amiga users desperate to download files from their pocket pal.
A couple of months later than planned, we can at last bring you Dave's article and software on the process so many of you apparently put second only to continued respiration on your day- to-day list of priorities.
Now the Comms.LInk pogrom allows you to set the peferences for problem - Just copy the PPType drawer to your Workbench disk and use it from there.
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The most flexible way of using PPType is sffl firough CU or She*.
You'll find Nlco's documentation brief but concise and useful, any file transfer through the Psion.prefs lie which you'll find in the PsionLink drawer.
This con*alns default settings for stop bits, data length, baud rate and so on and must be present In the same directory as CommsJJnk or it won't work.
Another restriction Is that the directory In which Comms.Link resides MUST be called 'Psion;'. In other words, you must assign It as a logical device name.
For the purposes of the coverdisk. We've Included an ASSIGN statement In the startup-sequence which says; ASSKN Psion: STS:UTILIT1ES PSI0NLIIVK Apart from this, the only restriction for the use of the program Is that you must own a Psion Organiser with the PC Unk pack which fits on top.
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The startup-sequence, which we dissected last mpnth, is the first Fancy text effects You II notice from using Auto-Script that it uses text effects other than the standard type and colour. These special effects are accessible through commends within ECHO statements In the form *e(nm where n is one of the following numbers: 0 - cancels all effects 3 ¦ Italicised text 7 = hverted text 31 = text colour 1 (white) 33 ¦ text colour 3 (orange) 41 o background colour 1 (white) 43 = background colour 3 (orange) For example, if you type ECHO '*e[lm*e[3m*e[4m*e[32mAmiga Conputlng'elOm" you will get
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Script file most users encounter, and if you mastered the knack of playing around wi*h and editing it by following last month's column, you should find little difficulty here.
Startup-sequences are typically simple scripts executed one command at a time from start to finish, so they usually don't contain any of the more advanced options open to script file writers.
We’ll now take a more in depth look at the sod of trickery one can 1 = bold text 4 = underline turned on 30 ¦ text colour 0 (blue) 32 - text colour 2 (black) 40 = background colour 0 (blue) 42 = background colour 2 (black) Indulge in when using script files and examine some of the more complex tasks they can perform.
Pointer power The script file we'll use as an example. Auto-Script, is listed here and Is present on your coverdisk complete with Its own Icon. If you click once on this icon and use the Workbench INFO option, you will see that Its default tod type Is set to ICONX.
This is the routine which. If called as a default tool type, opens a CU window and runs the script file, thus turning It Into a crude program executable from Workbench.
If you choose to write a script file of your own. It shoulc be simple enough to copy and rename the icon for use with your new script.
The AmigaDOS commands highlighted this month are t-»e IF ... ELSE ... ENDIF group. ASK. LAB. And SKIP.
By examining Auto-Script and following what it does, yoj should be able to use these commands in your own script files with little hassle.
The IF ... ENDIF command is one of the most important commonds you might use In a scrip* file. It b the most common way of testing for conditions, variables, and progiam parameters, and as such is one of the essential bunding blocks of any script. It has the syntax: If [Condition] (Actionl) ELSE (Action?)
EKDlf This construction will be familiar to BASIC programmers, but may confuse beginners. When encountered in a script file, the IF command looks to see if the condition Is satisfied. If so. The Actionl series of commands is carried out. Then execution skips to ENDIF.
If the condition is NOT satisfed.
The ELSE command forces execution of the Action2 sequence instead. The ELSE part Is optional, but Its use renders the whole c lot more flexible. With no ELSE statement. The execution of the script file would slmpty jump to the first command after ENDIF.
The first line of the script concerns variables and or command parameters. The .key varl line simply tells the Amiga that there is one program parameter called varl which will be passed to It. Normally.
If this isn't done in the EXECUTE command using the form EXECUTE scrptname parameter , the command In question assumes a null entry.
Auto-Script doesn't utilise true variables - we'll cover those next monlh - but It does require certain values to be passed to it In answer to ASK commands. This command has the syntax ASK “ strln9 " It halts operation of a script file, prints the string, and polls the keyboard until a key Is pressed. If ASK detects the Y key. It returns a WARN
- retumcode value 5 - and carries on. Any other key results in a
zero retumcode and the resumption of the script file.
Please note that though It makes no difference to the operation of Auto-Script when you EXECUTE It from CLI. When you try to run a script from Workbench using ICONX you must have the .key line at the start of the script or It goes bancnas when It reaches the first ASK command.
Try removing the line and running the script from Its icon to see what I mean. With the line in place.
Auto-Script will halt obediently at the ASK command and await a keyboard entry.
Used this way In conjunction with tne IF ... endif sequence and Listing of Auto-Script . Key virl HAKEDIR I COPT SIZE TO df1:e PATH SYS:SYSTEB AD) HAKEDIR libs COPT run TO df1:c FAILAT 21 HAKEDIR systea ECHO " * CD I: COPT raa-handler TO cf1:l ASK N *eI33iDo you wish to continue?
CD dfl:devs COPT disk-validator TO df1:l IT *) ’ HAKEDII printers COPT Shell-Seg TO df1:l IF HAIR HAKEDIX keyaips COPT Newcon-Handler TO df1:l ECHO 1 “ LAB COPYfiles ASK * Do you want to foraat i disk ECHO • " CD libs: COPT icon.library TO df1:libs in dfl; ?• ECHO" Copying files across ... COPT info.library TO dfl:libs IF VAIN please wait" ECHO ' * CD s: COPT shell-startup TO df1:s FORITAT HIVE Dfl: NAME bootable CD C: COPT SiapleStart TO df1:s ENDIF COPT shell.info TO dfl: RENAHE dfl:s siaplestart ECHO ’ ¦ COPT brun TO df1:c df 1: s startup-sequence ECHO ’ *et*3i*eC32i*ou creating COPT COPT
TO df1:e bootable systea disk!•etOa" ECHO " * COPT cd TO df1:c CD devs: COPT aountlist TO dfl:devs ECHO * ' COPT dir TO dfl:: COPT systea-configuration TO dfl:devs ELSE COPT endeli TO d!1:c COPT printers generic TO ECHO a *et32aO.K. Bye Bye!*eI0a" COPT forait TO d!1:c dfl :devs printers ECHO • • COPT diskCOPT TO df1:c COPT keyaaps gb TO dfhdevs keyaaps SKIP end COPT ECHO TO df1:e CD STS:systea EHDIF COPT eiecute TO df1:c COPT cli TO dfhsystea COPT icons TO df 1 :c COPT setaap TO df1:systea CD dfl: COPT kdviii TO d‘1:t INSTALL drive dfl: LAB aikedrauers COPT loadwb TO d'1:e ECHO “ " ECHO 1
Creating directories" COPT aount TO df*:c ECHO "*eCJJa*et1a V011A! *eI32aOn» HAKED1X C COPT proipt TO d’1:e bootable Systen disk!*etOa" NAKED]* s COPT resident TO dflrc ECHO ’ " HAKEDII devs COPT setpatch TO df1:c LAB end PART 3 What does it do?
Auto-Script wf give you the option to format a dtek In df 1: t)en will create an autobootlng system disk In that drive complete with She* and KDVIII runnirg from the startup-sequence. It wil only work If you have an extemol drive as It's not worthwhile, given the limitations Imposed by a single drive system, to write a script to do the same Job for cfO: You must run Auto-Script from a system disk containing aH the files expected to be copied across. Specifically, you must ansure that SmpleStort is in your S: directory, and KDVIII and SIZE m your C: directory.
The conditions WARN and NOT WARN, the ASK command can carry out simple question and answer opeiations and redirect program operation accordingly.
Auto-Script's main sequence contains an ASK command leading into an IF ... ELSE ... ENDIF Conditions for the IF... ENDIF command Condition Description EXISTS fHename Satisfied If the file exists FAIL Satisfied if the retuned error code s 20 ERROR Satisfied if the retuned error code s 10 WARN Satisfied if the returned error code s 5 NOT Satisfied if condition not satisfied (think about It) x EQ y Satisfied If x = y Plus the fdewing operators available only under Workbench 1 3 and above: VAL Forces testing of condition as a number rather than a string x GT y Satisfied If x is greater
than y x GE y Satisfied If x is greater than or equa to y x LT y Satisfied if x is less than y x LE y Satisfied If x is less than or equal to y sequence which itself contqins q nested ASK command with Its own IF WARN... ENDIF test.
Nesting, for those unfamiliar with the term. Is the practice of using loops within loops or routines wthin routines, and Is often essential if more complex tasks are to be corned out.
This can make it more difficult to follow a program's operation when you have to match an IF to the correct ENDIF, but If you want to use AmigaDOS script fites you'll Just have to live with it.
Initial confusion would be an understandable reaction for the first timers faced with such commands and techniques. They are.
After all. More akin to programming than to the basic use of an operating system.
However, if you carefully trace the operation of Auto-Script as the questions are asked and answered, and folow the way the script branches in response, vou should quickly become familiar with their possible uses.
The box-out contains a list of the conditions you can test using the IF command.
The LAB and skip commands are used in a GOTO type way. In Auto-Script the last line Is LAB end.
End tf you answer no to the question *Do you want to continue?'
The script will print a quit message then carry out the line SKIP end.
The effect Is Just to skip all *he lines up to the one containing tie label end, denoted by the LAB command.
If you are using Workbench 1.3 or later, you can also SKIP backwards using the optional BACK command. This gives scripters the opportunity to write much more flexible script files by allowing for simple loops.
It would be relatively easy to alter Auto-Script so that it asked you how many system disks you wished to create, then loop round until this number had been created before quitting out. Primitive, perhaps. But effective enough.
Next month We ll go on to look at variable;.
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ARACHNOPHOBIA - Disney Ahhl I HATE spiders. If. Like me. You tortured yourself by sitting through the recent Steven Speflberg blockbuster movie Arcchnophobio then you'I probably not be too happy to hear that Disney Software have managed to pick up the rights to convert it to the Aniga.
As head of the McCintock Infestation Management Company your job is to rid Canaima of those vicious little eight-legged arachnoids befcre they manage to sink their little fangs into every towns-person withh a 5-mile racfius.
Ycu must search through hundreds of buildings, wiping out any soldier spiders you find in your path. Do you feel up to *he job? No? Well, you've got until the beginning of May to get prepared. Personally. I'm staying well away.
MicroProse have some good news for all you armchair Top Guns - they're hard at work or an Amiga version of their classic PC combat flight simulator, F15 Strike Eagle II.
According to MicroProse. The Amiga version features great enhancements over the original PC version which was launched way back In 1989. As a result, MicroProse reckon they've come up with a combat simulator that looks all set to give Mlrrorsoh's Falcon a damned good run for its money.
Programmed by the team responsible for F19 Stealth Fighter, they've upgraded the 3D system used within that game to make FI 5 faster and more realistic.
It's out in May for a very reasonable £29.95 (which isn’t bad when you consider that the real thing costs 20 million!).
CRUISE FOR A CORPSE - US Gold From the successful team that brought you Future Wars and Operation Stealth comes Cruise For a Corpse, a murder investigation set onboard a yacht during the roaring 20s.
You've been Invited onboard a luxury 3-masted yacht belonging to Greek Ship magnate Niklos Karaboudjan. But no sooner does the cruise begin when old Niklos kicks the bucket. It's now up to you to put on your s*y Poi ot moustache and go in search of the killer.
In true Agatha Christie style, you can piece together clues by interviewing anyone you encounter. You can have conversations with characters and even overhear dialogue between other characters.
Cruise for a Corpse wtu be available soon at a saflwore stockist near you. Stay tuned for a review.
COUGAR FORCE - Tomahawk Some nasty international terrorist group have taken over an archipelago that is rich n minerals.
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~~~~ ¦*- Escape from executive stress witn ihe classic space nvader £14.95 FINAL ACCOUNTS HOWTi £.£3551 CREDIT Posl: of thought. Once you've completed a level. It's onto the next • and there are 26 of them in totdl Gem'X has a very cute Japanese-llke presentation, which extends to both Its graphics, music and even its sound effects. Your companion throughout the game Is a sweet little Japanese girl with an even sweeter voice.
When you make a right move she will congratulate you with a cheery comment, but if you mess things up she's been known to weep!
Gem'X may seem rather dull at first, but some great graphics and sound raise it above the usual run of the mill puzzle game. It's highly playable, looks great and even sounds great - what more could you possibly wont?
Victoria H. Bailey Sound Gameplay Slone me! It's a real gem FINAL JUDGEMENT Publisher: Digital Distribution Price: £24.
Gem'X Is o puzzle game that will take minutes to learn, but literally months to master.
In 'rue Tetris style, first impressions are not good - but once you've got the hang of It, you'll be hooted for months.
The screen is split into two halves
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the left so that they match the stones on the right.
Changing the colours of gems is simple enough - just touch one and t changes - but it's important to note the order In which the gemj change.
They change colour In a fixed order - Red is a virgin stone, but It can then drop down to green, blue, pink and finally gold. If you dick on a gold gem. It disappears altogether, causing any stones above it to drop down to fill in the space left by the stone's absence Sounds simple so far. But things aren't quite that easy. For starters, when you click on a stone. It actually skips one colour (if it was red. It would skip green to become blue). Also, any stones that are directly above, below or to the side of the stone will be changed by cne colour (red becomes green etc). Sapphire so good?
Thhgs are complicated still further by the fact that you've only got a certain amount of time to figure out each screen. Most can be solved with little more than a couple of strategically placed mouse clicks, but some require lots Diggers ¦ before next, If agoin.
If, on hand, that thl going large r Lemmlr examp end It i every that is le The c lows st doing, t then w A fairly simple level this. Note the blocker in other Nature has come up with some pretty strange ways of keeping population levels stable, but none are so strange os that of the Lemming, a small vole-llke rodent which Inhabits sub-arctic regions of Scandinavia and North America When the population level of Lemmings become too great, these cute little critters make the ultimate sacrifice for their race - they throw themselves off the nearest cSffl Taking a tip or two from nature.
Psygnosls have adapted the obscure life story of the Lemming and turned It Into a multi-screen epic which sees you trying to halt the mass genocide of a race of dungaree- clad, green-haired creatures. Your brief Is simple - using your trusty mouse, you must guide the Lemmings to safety with a minimal number of fgtQiities en route.
Each level starts with a trapdoor creaking open and a cry of Let's Go!' The Lemmings then pour forth to their eventual doom. Our heroes file along the ground until they encounter an obstacle On which case they turn around and walk back In the opposite direction) or die horribly.
Every Lemming starts Its life as a walker but
- with your divine Intervention - they can be assigned various
skills which will allow them to collectively construct a safe
passage to the exit ot each level.
By selecting one of the skills from a strip of icons which run along the base of the screen ana then clicking on a Lemming, you can endow It with the skills of a climber, a floater, a digger, a blockei and even a suicidal bomber.
Each level you tc save a minimum number of Lemmingi CLIMBER - As lha name suggests, the Climber Icon endows a lemming with the skills ol a climbef. He con now climb over just about any pbstpcle BOMBER - This sufcidql Lemming it no coward - he can be uselul for blowing away sections of the scenery BUILDER - This constructive fellow will build bridges over any holes which stand in his way BASHER - The basher is a destructive fellow. His role h We Is lo bash a tunnel tirough an obstocie.
PAWS - A programmer s joke. This. Pauses the game (Paws. Pause - geddit?)
• ' button Arrrgh! It's over the cliff we go!
V con- exit of is from i along Bn ond on a i can h the floater, locker Jlcidal 'Oh No!', they explode In a shower OlfifcSli_ The majority of the time you'll be trying to save the Lemmings on your own, but Psygnosls have built In a 2 player option which adds an exciting new twist to the game.
This time, the object Is to save more Lemmings than your opponent, by guiding them away from your opponent's exit point. This before you can proceed to the next. If you fall you'll hove to try again.
If. On ihe other hand, you find that things aren't going too well - large numbers of Lemmings are trapped, tor example - then you con end it a I by ‘nuking’ every .emming that Is left alive.
The poor little fellows stop what they are doing, hold their heads In poln and then witn a last desperate cry of usuaBy Involves a large number of Lemming deaths, but It can be great fun.
Lemmings Is absolutely brilliant.
Psygnosls have managed to produce a game tha* is not only totally original, but also features the kind of oddictive game- play that will keep you coming back for more time and time again.
If you only ever intend buying one game for your Amiga, then It's got to be Lemmings. Pu* simply, Lemmings Is an absolute Amiga classic.
Jason Holborn Gameplay Totally original and totally addictive, you're unlikely to tire of Lemmings for a very long time. Each screen has Its own password which can be entered to allow you to skip the levels you've already completed.
Sound The decidedly silly tunes that accompany each level are brilliantly matched to the overall humour of the game.
Sound effects are also great, especially the sampled speech.
I Graphics Small but detailed, Lemmings' graphics are very cute and definitely up to the usual Psygnosls standards. In particular, animation is top notch.
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Unfortunately, things didn't go too well. Indeed, only one brother survived the confrontation - Jack.
Licking his wounds, he vowed to return to defeat Beelzebut.
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You must guide Jack through 16 levels of platform action, coiecting bombs and bonuses as you go.
Whilst avoiding the baddies that hove been sent out to get yog.
Ok. We've seen It ol before, but Mighty Bombjack still manages to deliver the same addictive qualities that made the original such a hit.
Peter Bircher Graphics Little hat changed since the original Bombjack was released all those years age.
The graphics are still tiny and the background's rather dull, but they still work well.
About time old Pamera was put In his place, so he decided to plot against the khg to bring about his downfall.
Upon heorlng of his wicked plans, the brcthers Mighty set forth Sound Apart from a fairly decent theme tune, Mighty Bombjack possesses little in the way of sound effects. There arc the occasional spot effects, but even these are far from awe-inspiring.
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ES FINAL PGEMENT MIGHTY BOMBJACK Back in the days when the Amiga was a mere twinkle In Commodore's eye.
Elite released a conversion of o foMy run of the mill arcade game called Bombjack.
No one expected It to do partic- utafly well, but we were all proved wrorg when It positively soared up through the charts, earning Elite a fa* f&w pounds in the process.
WH. The good news is that Elite have wheeled ol' Bombjock out of the deep freeze, set him on thaw and the result Is Mighty Bombjack. A multi-screen platform affair that Is as fresh as ever. Ok. It does nothing to promote originality, but who cores anyway!
The plot goes something like this.
Once upon a time (I love an original intro) there was a goodly king caned Pamera who was a just sort of fellow. He had managed to moin-om peace within he kingdom for many years, so it was Inevitable that someone would eventually try ond muck it all up. That someone was Beelzebut. A wicked demon if ever tiere was one.
Beelzebut decided that It was Gameplay There’s nothing like a damned good platform ganre now and then, and Mighty Bombjack fits the bill nice y thank you. Just like its predecessor, It’s very addictive - once you pick up your joystick, you won’t want to put it down again.
All on your Jack Jones against a wicked demon Publisher: Elite Price: £24.9 Whot a load of BALLS!
No. I'm not referring to the game itself, but Its he'o - yet another flippin' ball! I ask you. Why are game programmers so preoccupied with balls?
Ncpe. Don't answer that... Pop Up is a fun little cross between Bombjack and Audiogenic's Helter Skelter. And. Like those great games, it’s guaranteed to literally BOWL you overl in this wildly addictive arcade puzzler, you must guide a little bouncing ball through screen after screen of arcade action.
You'll be taken through five time zones, starting at the very beginning of time itself and then on through to the present day and the future.
Each screen consists of a number of platforms which you must bounce around, collecting artifacts as you go.
Progress to the next screen. As ever, there are obstacles to dodge and traps to avoid, but our little rubber friend is not without help.
No slreee, for tools are dotted around the screen which will These Increase your score, but the object you're really after is the exit key - once collected, an exit will aopear which will allow you to progress to the next screen As Guaranteed to bowl you over!
POPUP Publisher: Infogrames Price: £19.
Help him overcome hs little problems.
These Include water drops which douse burning platforms.
Keys which allow passoge through certain walls ond hammers that do the same Job as the keys, but In a slightly more direct way (who needs a skeleton key when you’ve got a 25lb sledgehammer!)
Sounds easy doejn't It? But.
Take It from me. Things get harder... much harder. Later In the game you'll encounter bouncy platforms, sticky platforms, angled platforms - in fact, just about any type of platform you can think of, aB of which are designed exclusively to hinder your progress.
The more you play this game.
The more you will become determined to beat it.
The controls ore great and.
Apart from a deathly dull menu screen, Pop Up is an addictive Ittte number. Definitely one for your software collection.
David Johnson FINAL JUDGEMENT wk i You're In the prehistoric oge and some particularly nasty looking prehistoric goldfish appear... arggghhhl & i_0_ & ICC
* "S Graphics 0003120 06 09: Clean, well defined and colourful,
but not too adventurous. Nevertheless, Pop Up's graphics work
Sound Boing. Boing. Bolng. What else do you expect from a bouncy ball game? Apart from a few appropriate spot effects, there's very little worth mentioning - there Isn't even a tunel Gameplay Great. The controls are easy to master and work well. The puzzles arc enough to make you bawl but you arc sure to have a ball.
This screen could prove to be hot stuff if you don t avoid those firebolls!
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Feathers fly as duck battles against duck! But it's quacking good fun | Graphics You'd be right to expect something pretty special from Disney, and this latest release certainly isn't going to disappoint. All the graphics are big end well defined, making them almost indistinguishable from their big screen counterparts. Animation is a little bit on the slow side.
DUCK TALES Publisher: Disney Software Price: £24.9 They say money doesn't buy happiness, but perhaps someone should tell that tc Scrooge McDuck and his cousin, Flintheart Glomgold.
They're the stars of a quacking (sorry) new game from those masters of animation. Disney.
To dd Scrooge and his equally tight cousin Flintheart. Money is everything, Put simply, they're the kind of characters who would sell their grandmothers if they thought on easy profit could be made.
And to prove how financially astute they realty are. A chalenge has been set - whoever collects the most money in under 30 days wins the coveted title of ‘Duck Of The Year' In that illustrious publication. Dime Magazine So the scene is set. Duck against Duck in a battle where everything goes (for the right price, that Is). You play the part of old Scrooge McDuck - a bad egg on the outside, but chap on the inside.
With the aid of his nephews Huey. Dewey and Louie, old McDuck must grab his Indiana Jones hat ana whip and go In search of treasure. He'll find himself lost in a network of caves, swinging from vines In the Amazon jungle and climbing mountains In search of treasure, Each of these little excursions takes the form of a separate sub game which has to be completed If McDuck Is to add to his already bulging coffers.
Unfortunately, these are continuously repeated throughout the game, so the attraction soon pales. Things are made even wo se by the number of dtek accesses that are necessary to play the game - you can often more time waiting for a section to load than actually playing III Although Duck Tales i undoubtedly aimed at a fairty young audience, It has the makings of a great gome. Unfortunately. It's just far too repetitive to be worth more than a passing glance. It's a shame thot the programmers didn't spend as much time on the gameplay as they did on the graphicsl If they had, then Duck
Tales would have been a stunning piece o‘ software.
Bill Richards Sound Some pretty decent tunes accompany play, but what really makes the game shine arc the numerous speech samples and effects that really give it that fun Disney feel.
Gameplay DuckTalcs reminds me of some of the very early Cincmaware games - they had great graphics, superb sound, but gameplay was practically nonexistent.
Unfortunately, Duck Talcs shares this problem. Sure, it looks good, but the gameplay is simply too repetitive to make it the kind of game you'll come back to.
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Talcs ire, It jame- rtltive game Enid Blyton's much loved characters come alive in this faithful version of the best selling book. Using the "Worldscape" adventure system you can play any of the children as they solve the mystery of the Treasure Island. Featuring a powerful text parser and many graphical locations, this is a game for the young and the young-at-heart AVAILABLE SOON FOR AMIGA, ATARI ST, C64, AMSTRAD CPC (+), SPECTRUM AND SAM COUPE ! 6 DARRELL WATERS ENIGMA VARIATIONS LTD 1991 Stand by all you would be Captain Kirks, there's Klingons on the starbcard bow. Do not fret, it Isn't
another Star Trek game - which is good because 'I dunna think I could take any more captain.’ No. This is Star Control - the continuing struggle against goOB and evil in a futuristic battle where all is at stake and only you with your army of various space vehicles can save the known universe Irom a cruel, evil empire. Wait a minute . . . Haven't I heard that story somewhere before?
© Reiche ond Ford Never mind. Strap your plasma bolt shooter to your waist, put your genuine imitation leather hover boots on and tilt your space helmets cos this is gonna be one helluva duel.
Star Control is the latest offering Fancy yourself as a Saviour of the Universe... ?
STAR CONTROL Publisher: Accolade Price: £24.99 UR-QUfiN hierarchy biiqs jLLIfiMCE OF FREE StfiRS ChoDse your ship and then it's off to battiel | Graphics Although the graphics arc generally small, they zip around the screen without a judder in sight. On the whole, presentation is good.
I Gameplay Great. The controls are well laid out and easy to master.
The gameplay it far from original, but who cares when it’s so addictive?
Sound Nothing worth writing home about, but It's functional enough. However, each ship has its own victory tunc, which is quite a nice touch.
From those old reliable Accolade boys and it's good . . . Very good.
It's also big so it's for one meg Amigas only I'm afraid.
It's set in the distant future with two legions of seven space ships locked in deadly combat. The Alliance - fighters for truth, justice and liberty for all - and the evil Hierarchy, the scourge of the universe. Boo ... Hiss ... Gameplay-wise, Star Control reminds me of an old arcade game i used to play in my wild and reckless youth, called Space Battle. In that game, two space ships flew around the screen blasting each other and avoiding a planet slap bang ifi the centre.
Sounds pretty simple I know but Accolade s ottering goes a lot further than this archaic game - there's a certain amount of strategy in there too.
The game offers a few different scenarios just to stop it getting boring. For starters, you can practice at a one-to-one level with any of the ships Sn offer. This is highly recommended as each ship has different characteristics including speed, weaponry and shields plus
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trick your opposing fleet as you fight to ore nine different
scenarios in all, them as they go. Movement is llm- up its
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Sound If you’re into popular music, then you'll love The Power's theme tune which is a very well done adaptation of Snap's chart storming single, ’The Power’. Unfortunately, sound effects aren't quite up to the same standard.
An everyday slory of lovesick blobs... THE POWER Gameplay The Power's simplicity is perhaps its downfall • there's just not enough variety in there to keep you interested. Personally, I’d rather watch paint dry.
Publisher: Digital Distribution Price: £24.
Mini (who.
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Originally written by Demon- ware In Germany. The Power Is a puzzls game with a difference - put smply. You'll be puzzled why you ever bought itl Only kidding, it isn't THAT bad.
You control Max. a lovesick, but smiling blob with a few wisps of hair and some feet poking out of his bottom.
The aim of the game seems sim- pie enough - you must guide Max through fifty levels of puzzling arcade acticn until he is finally reunited with the love of his life.
Completed by collecting love hearts that are scattered around the ploy area. Once you’ve collected them all, a quick peck on Mini's cheek will send you on to the next level.
Unfortunately, the floors of each level are rather slippery, so once Max starts to move, he can only stop by colliding with another object (a bit like my car. ReaRy).
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Date Card No.| 1 1 (0 XI C 5 Review Over the lost few months
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ScaWs presentation manager is a Joy to use It would be easy to pigeon-hole Scala Into the same basket as packages like Broadcast Tltler and The Big Alternative Scroller, both reviewed in our January 91 issue.
'6 dventure Scala will function quite happily os a ’11109 program but the degree of sophistication offered makes it clear that this package Is destined for much more.
Nons is Scala Isn't just an inexpensive character generator - If one of those Is what you are after see our look at Home Titler on Page 69 of this issue.
Scold has the rather grand remit of being a presentation system.
Before diving into the mechanics of the packoge it makes sense to look at practical applications for It.
You are more likely to see the output of Scala in a board room or shopping centre than an edit suite.
Presentation systems merge graphics with text to produce pleasant lookirvg information displays. These systems convey anything from flight amvofc at airports to the latest profit and loss statistics for a multi-national company.
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Complete display sequences ore built up by using Scala's beau- trfuiy simple presentation monager to wipe between these pages.
What the presentation manager front end actually does is create a script ffle conlolning events written In Scala's proprietary display language. Snappily titled ‘Visual*. In Visual, everything is broken down Into ‘©vents'. An event can for Instance be a picture, an animation qt an IFF background, Within each event it Is possible to apply text, objects, colours and interactive "buttons'. Events are totally independent of each other.
It is possible to jump to a defined event directty from any point in a Visual script. *hls flexibility is necessary to make interactive applications practical Installing the system is a doddle, although it should be pointed out that the more modestly endowed Amigas could run into trouble. In order to use the package to its full potential a hard disk is required.
The manucl cites this as recommended rather than essential but bearing in rnnd the entire package comes oh no fewer than nine floppies it should be taken as a very strong recommendation.
Scala extensively utilises the Amiga s High-Res graphics mode, so stacks of memory is also prerequisite. Two megabytes of ram Is enough to keep Scala happy, although It wouldn't complain if more was thrown at It.
Scala's backgrounds are high resolution IFF files. The package is supplied with a varied collection of exceient qualty images.
Everything Yom artistic abstracts to cloud and seascapes are provided on five disks cram packed with art-iibrary material.
If even aftsr browsing through the supplied images you can't find something that fits your application It is possible to generate your own backgrounds. The standard range Welcome to the home of Britain's most dynamic magazines Amiga Computing 1) er base interactive publishing Getting the message across Got something to say? Eddie McKendrick gets persuasive with Scala supplied with Scala can also be tweaked, dropping In bar charts and graphs where required for example.
Families are bundled with the system. A wide range of authentic adaptations of popular display faces are provided including Futura, Gill. Garamond and Helvetica If you are particularly desperate to utilise a font that doesn't cramp Scala uses standard Amiga fonts, although those supplied are significantly better than the by now Immortal Topaz. Seventeen font Review H MUL
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These are graphic symbols rather than characters. Standard symbols supplied with the art-library Include arrows, disabled logos, toilet and utility symbols. This gives some clue to the typical applications of the package I could not argue if you insisted that a pictogram of a gents toilet symbol is not a great deal of use for the averoge wedding video. It is however useful in public places like shopping and leisure centres.
The next time you are directed to a convenience by a monitor. It could well be Scala at the heart of the machine.
Again, if you can't find a pictogram that takes your fancy It Is a straightforward job to create your own. Providing you have the time and a decent art pockoge.
External input Scalo has no built in provision for creating pictograms or backgrounds. Insteod it relies on Importing IF- format files.
Backgrounds can be any standard IFF screen and pictograms usualy start their life off os Deluxe Pain- brushes. As well as static backgrounds. Scala will also cope happity with Dpaint III animations A -equirement for Deluxe Paint III popped up time and time again durirg a cursory test drive of the package, it would be fair to say that n order to take full advantage of Scala. Dpaint is a vtrtuol necessity.
It's not only the graphic element of ycur presentations that can be imported Into Scalo.
It is possible to input text using any word processor capable of saving In the generic ASCII format.
When Scab Imports text It will flow it onto as many pages as the current font sue dictates. The word wrap and margin options ensure that Imported text is handled sensibly rather than just splatted ad-hoc onto the screen.
Pulling it together When constructing o presentation with Scala. The system associates specific text end backgrounds with each page ol the script.
Text can e her be simply superimposed over the background or wiped on using a wide range of predefined e*fects. These include fades mixes moves and wipes.
The wipes work on a line by ine basis rather than on the entire page of text. This approach offers a great deal of flexibility but be warned, if a complex wipe Is chosen for each line, even the fastest transition speed will produce a snail-paced presentation.
As previously discussed, backgrounds cdn either be IFF files or ANIM format animations. As text always s STIIM* B Stnoncn I lumrs .
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After a page has been completely displayed. Scab Is ready to move on to the next In the sequence. There is a wide variety of options ovallable for page changes. Transitions can either be immediate or after a delay defined In seconds. They con be straightforward cuts or one of a range of wipes.
By and large Scala handles page changes with a stunning degree of proficiency Even In an Amiga strapped for memory, the system links complex animation sequences together wth ease. The There ere more ways to wipe between page* than some broadcast vision - mixers sport A-: s ft II W ft 10 ft « ft H io i :: io & more memory you have, the faster page changes will be executed.
So far I have described how Scala copes with presenting information os a rolling demo. Another interesting aspect of the system is It's ability to construct totally interactive presentations.
On the button Instead of producing a simple | script file containing details of j delays and page transitions in a set sequence, it is possible to allow multiple-choice selections within a Scala page. This Is achieved by defining ‘buttons' on the screen.
When the system detects a mojse click over a button It will proceed to display the event which has been associated wtth it.
The interactive aspects of Scala make It ideal for point of sale applications where customers are searching for a specific product within a range. Other obvious uses Include education and training packages. Potential applications for Scala are endless, yet at the same time they are quite specific.
If you have something to say and presentation Is Important.
Scalo is what you have been waiting for.
Titling videos of granny on the beach would be a waste of this superb program, and your money.
Scala costs a not insubstantial S249 but It could be worth much more than that In the right hands.
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As the nome suggests. Home fitter faBs into the second brocket, but only just. HT, as it will now be known, is quite simply the best budget ItHng system I’ve seen to date, boasting all of the essentials plus some added extras that put the Icing on the cake.
The software has two main strengths: firstly It's incredibly easy to use. And to prove it the manual is orly four pages long - yes. That’s right, four pages - and to be honest vou won't need any of them; the second striking feature is HT's smooooooth scrolling at any speed and with any font, either vertically or horizontally.
HT is the best budget titler to date.
Paul Austin puts the facts in the frame Framing the features The range and diversity of stondard Amiga fonts Is huge and taking odvantoge of them is a real bonus, something which HT is more than happy to do. Many of Its competitors are limited to a set of internal Bbrory fonts which soon becomes a restriction If you're a regular user.
Ip to eight separate fonts can be used on each sequence, but each font must be on a separate line They can't be mixed, which is one of the few faults within the System.
Each line of text appears to be treated almost as a separate screen. Because of this approach It's possible lo mix ad of the available fonts on separate lines, changing the colour combination as well as the depth of shadow and direction for each line of text on the screen.
Page setting The actual appearance of a page Is sometimes far more Important than what It says. Impoct In many cases Is what's required rather than Info. Fonts are the starting point but page setting can odd the finishing touch.
HT is well supported In the page setting department. Background margins can be set for both vertical and honzontal scrolls, with the vertical scroll position itself also being adjustable.
When this Is combined with definable letter and ne spacing the appearance of an Initially boring page can be transformed into a stytsh. Attention-grabbing masterpiece . . . Well, almost.
The final aid to page styling comes from a left, right, or central justification feature which instantly shifts the text to the required screen position - a simple but useful feature to vary the format of your creations.
If you wont to make an impoct.
Colour Is one of the best ways to do It. HT has four availabe colours. This no doubt seems limited but it's not quite thqt simple. Like some of Its competitors HT has a RGB colour mixing system which can create a colour range from 4396 available tones.
This process can be applied to each of the four available screen colours allowing some very subtle combinations.
If you combine *he range of colour with the potential a Genlock could add to your videos.
HT starts to look like possibly the best specialist buy of the year.
Movement It's all well and gooc having pretty fonts and stylish pages but if it doesn't scroll quickly and smoothly It's useless. Some titters suffer from rather dodgy scrolling which seriously detracts from potentially excellent systems.
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The display options allow lot some ot the most colourful letters you're ever likely to send and both are 'oind wanting when faced with beginners on a budget.
Protext is rrore expensive than you might find comfortable, and isn't the idecl easy-learner program.
Kindwords, on the other hand, is abysmally slow ond only just about works on a machine with less than the full megabyte. Indeed, the only way to use the latter and remain sane is to fit your Amiga with 2Mb RAM and an t30 card!
For quite a while, then, there has existed a potentially lucrative gap in the Wordprocessing market which only Arnor. By releasing Protext 5 and creating the conditions for price cuts on Protext 4.3. has come close to exploiting.
Companies in the U.S. however, appear to have grown wise to this and QuickWrite is the first quality low-end wordprocessing package to hit our shores as a result Pedigree, chum!
The program has an obvious parentage, coming as it does from the same New Horizons stable as the worthy ProWrite package, and If you've ever used Excellence, which we reviewed a couple of BEZEEX months ago. An even more apparent role model.
The program Is an attempt to fit a fully specified wo'dprocesor complete with spell-checker not only into 512K but onto a single floppy as well. The happy child of such o wedding of compoctness and usability, if It worked, would be a program with immense appeal to the A500 owner. So does it work?
On loading. QuickWrite has the immediate visual apoeai ot the American wordprocessors already mentioned, and certainly looks more professional than the rather chunky KindWords. The screen opens as a hl-res wirdow which can be pushed to the background Word pow
* * * * QuickWrite brings slick word crunching to the unexpanded
Stevie Kennedy So you've got on Amiga 500 and you want to use
it for wordprocessing? That's hardly a revolutionary concept In
electronic applications, is It?
It's not as if you're into 3D ray tracing or some other memory- hungry application. Nothing simpler. Right?
Er - wrong. I'm afraid. If you are the proud owner of an unexpended Amiga 500, or even if you have a full meg of RAM. You've probably noticed the scarcity of decent packages for the wordsmith looking to knock out purple prose in the less than £100 price bracket.
The only widely available options are Protext and Kindwords.
6 A welcome addition to the low end of the wordprocessor market diTClT i .*« a~ I- T •== QuickWrite often easy control of page dimension and printing options
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In this way multiple document editing is possible, but as the program is designed for systems with limited memory this otherwise desirable function has a limited use in QuickWrite.
If you're one of those people who is drawn to the 1st of features' normally found on the back of the packaging, you'll initially be impressed by QuickWrite. However, there's not a great deal there that you can't find in most other WP's.
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simple pull-down menus Spell it out The speling checker Is the
package's most impressive feature. Not only is It octually on
the same disk as the main program, but it contains a usable
50.000 words and can be added to as the user's requirements
KindWords scores over QuIckWrte by recognising 90.000 words, but to use It on lengthy documents you need more than 512K.
And to describe It as sluggish would be an understatement.
The QjickWrtte dictionary, while smaller, is considerably faster, and can be speeded up even more If loaded Into RAM. Using it thus will take up a full 120K. So there may not be enough space If your document is lengthy or your Amiga Is unexpanded.
The disk, however, contains a RAMStart program which will open the RAM disk if It hasn't appeored during start-up, and transferring the dtefionary to It Is a simple matter of dragging its Icon to the RAM disk window.
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easy to use The Spell-checker searches through the text from
start to finish rather than utilising the more intelligent
approoch token by Protext's Collins Proximity Linguibase This
scans and then sorts the whole text Into alphabetical order
before checking It through, and can be very smooth in
QuickWrite's start-to-finish method is less complex, but seems to be slower in checking, and certainly takas longer when changing or looking up a word.
Another minor point Is that the relatively smaS size of the main dictionary means its suggestions for misspelt words fall far short of Thesaurus standcrds. In fact, it will often fa* to find an alternative for words you could be forgiven for thinking ore falrty common.
On the whole though, it is fast and simple enough to do the job In time, the user dictionary would no doubt fill up to the point where the main dictionary's shortfalllngs would be mostly offset, and only those with large vocabularies or specialised needs will find it very limiting to start with.
For those not In the know, macro Is the term for a keypress (such as a function key) or combination of keypresses which has been predefined to stand lor a sequence of other commands and actions.
The facility to use macros has hitherto been available only to more up-market packoges. But with the addition of the AREXX multi-task communications language. Quick Write can cefine ten macros.
This addition should not be understated - macros are more than just a gimmick and can cut out a great deal of tedious typing.
For instance. Macro 1 might be defined to reformat an entire paragraph, indent it. And fu*y justify it at the stroke of a key. Many users will find similarly routine operations which can be rendered less painful in this way. Lending QuickWrite a much more professional tcuch.
Unfortunately, It 1$ only the more ambitious user who will take odvantoge of the mocroj. As their use requires a bit of thought. In contrast with some low-end programs. Where defining a macro is simply a case of staring the recorder' and carrying out the sequence of keystrokes you desire to be defined. QuickWrite uses its own macro languoge'.
This Is more powerful and flexible than the simple recorder method.
The usual options are avoiasie in their usual form - nothing to write home aboull but is much more difficult to use and. Even though we* documented by the manual, is likely to scare off more than a few beginners.
No Wordprocessor can be judged solely by Its on-screen abilities. They are. After all. Intended to produce hard copy at the end of the day. And QuickWrite manages It with mercifully little fuss end bother. Unlike KindWords. Which can rapidly run short of memory, and frequently crashes If a problem occurs during printing. QuickWrite copes well with large printing tasks.
The mall merge facility is controlled by only four simple rules to define how a merge list should look.
It allows the user to choose which records (such as Individual addresses) are merged, so that letters may be sent to one portion o' a long list, rather than the whole lo* as demanded by KindWords's mai merge.
Files with a smile File handfcng ts carried out by way of a Moc-ish rile requestor, which most Amiga users will find palnfuty slow.
To jump from one drive to the next when searching for a file, one has to click on a drives' gadget tc go through them one at a time.
On a hard drive-based Mac with Its uncluttered desk top. This fe fine, but on an Amiga sporting only floppies It can cause unnecessary rises in blood pressure. I woulc have welcomed an ARP file requestor or even a stondarc AmigaDOS one. Which shows you how bod QuickWrite's can get.
The saving grace in this department is the option to save directty In Professional Poge as well as standard QuickWrite and ASCII format.
For users of Gold Disk's DTP package, the ability to Import text files with no extraneous control codes or annoying carriage returns is a positive boon, and will greatly enhance QuickWrite's appeal to that particular market.
Conclusion On the whole. QuickWrite is a welcome addition to the cheaper end of the Wordprocessor market. At first glance. It Is more expensive than KindWords and is missing a thesaurus and the ability to import graphics files.
On further investigation, however, one can quickly decern a powerful, tightly coded, and memory-conscious package which should be ideal for those with limited memory or working with only one drive.
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Review The Amiga has long been the ugty sister In the eyes of serious DTP people, the Mac being their choice. Recently, however, the credibility gap between the two machines has been closed considerably by Pro Page, Page Stream. Page Setter and now ADPro.
The Amiga boasts a whole range of under exploited publishing assets such as Its incredible value for money and the omazlng- ly efficient file formats. Not to mention some of the best graphic abilities in the bjsiness, regardless of price.
The reason for the Amiga's lack of publishing success falls firmly at the feet of image processing, or perhaps more accurately image conversion. And this is where ADPro comes Into Its own.
If you've ever tried to convert Amiga graphics to the Mac you'll be familiar with the problems Involved. But now there is an alternative - to produce the entire publication on the Amiga. This has already been done wth the AMIGA Times, and is still empoyed by former AC editor Jeff Walker to turn out the monochrome Amiga mag JAM.
Cost effective With the addition of ADPro to the Amiga's DTP stable, the field of semi-professional anc indeed professional publishing is wide open for the infinitely more cost effective and flexible Amiga. OK It sounds good, but whgt exoctty can It do?
In short. ADPro is a collection of image processing tools which join forces to create and manipulate high quality images. The vaiious elements are combined under a very smooth and stylish front end which mokes complex image conversions as simple as clicking o- an Icon.
Perhaps the most common use for ADPro's assets will be its format conversion facilities. In order to swap an image from one format to the another ADPro uses external programs to load and save images As a result ADPro can be extended to read or write new or alternative formats by simply adding additional modules.
If you are an artistic soul ADPro rendering abilities might be more to your taste, The program can load up any image data and then render the results In any Amiga video format.
ASDG's rendering techniques have already mode many a fan In the animation world and if you are after high quality quickly It's q godsend.
While we’re on the subject of rendering and ray tracing. ADPro's abilities also stretch to rendering and enhancing Images created with ray tracing software.
Why render images with ADPro rather than the software on which It was created? Quite simply, ADPro will render 24 bit planes better and faster than the parent programs themselves!
Perhaps the hottest property in Amiga graphics has to be the imminent release of 24-bit colour.
The Amlgan art world is waiting with sweaty palms for the release of the Harlequin frame buffer from Commands Save I IFF Load j IFF P or t Palette Control Load Color Controls Nonna1 Colors (Total) Colors (Used) Offset Color Zero Unlocked Bal anc i n» ReDi spl ay Dither: Off Separate Pale t te Exi t About In ago Operators Screen Controls Negative Hi Res Std Size Execute Op Seal e Inaffp Size Cance1 Execute W: e 1!: 0 The opening screen ol ADPro and Ihe key lo the Alodin'i cave of features ADPro can put the colour bock Into anyone's artwork r Review IFF IMPULSE Save Color Separation Type | CMYK
Plane j CMYK Depth 1 Eight CMAP I Co 1 or UC GC Ink Compensation Magenta P Yel loir Defaults ( Execute Inage Size II me Amiga Centre Scotland and Its rival, me Mastertooard VB1 from G2 Systems.
Both these products seem destined for success, and as a result the need for external software support whether It be rendering or conversion w! Soon become big business. ADPro has no problems hancfling 24 bit planes or me power It will unleash onto me printed page, not to mention the world ofDTV.
If you've ever had dea6ngs with commercial publishing you'll be familiar with me need for colour separations, which as the name suggests is the process by which the various colour elements of an Image are divided ready for a colour print run.
ADPro can be used as the source o' such separations in bom 12 or 24 bit planes. The subsequent print qualty of Images processed in this way are excellent, and easily on a par wtth the Moc equivalent.
If your print requirements are slightly rrore unusual the software can still cater for your needs. Say you needed to render Images for heat transfer on to materials such as cotton, ADPro can provide a suitable rencil.
If your dress sense Is slightly more extravagant you could use the pockage's separation skills to produce films for three or four colour silk screening.
TAD or ADPro The Art Department, or TAD as It's more commonly known, Is me predecessor to ADPro and Is still readily available from most suppliers. Bom products are targeted at roughly the same area of the market, with each varying in abitties and price.
TAD Is described as ASDG's entry level processing system, while Would be Maxwell * will love Ihe *elecllon ADPro is considered to be the professionals' or power alternative. If your needs and finances are fairly Imlted it might wel be worth looking at TAD which retails at around £70 as opposed to £199.95 for ADPro.
Perhaps one ol the most impressive new features has to be runtime loadable Saver modules. This slightly mind-boggling mouthful basically means that ADPro can be used for generalised format conversion.
This new ability also allows you to use It as a general purpose front end for all manner of input and output, as well as a display tool for the output of scanners, frame buffers and so on.
Many of the Image processing functions biilt into TAD have been re-worked, and ore now run-time loadable. These modules are known as operators, and due to the run-time design ASDG can release addrttonal operators as the need appears. Thfc should hopefully negate the need for future expensive upgrades.
Another asset which TAD did not offer is true colour composition. This allows you to actually edit 24 bit plane images even if you don't have a 24 bit display board or of separation controls pant program.
Arexx is very well supported by ADPro, so If you're into batch, bulk, or network applications your dreams may well be answered by ADPro s skills in automated image processing.
Last but not least In the list of added attractions is the option to choose between standard Amiga palette or the enhanced palette mode which yields higher quality images If you want to display your wares on IBM compatible VGA and Super-VGA cftsplays cs well as the Commodore Hi-Res Graphics Adapter.
ADPro Is. In effect, an umbrella under which several elements combine to perform there various skills. The external components of the system fall under three main headings Loaders. Savers and Operators.
Loader is a generic term for programs which read and Interpret source image data from a wide variety of file formats accessed from disk. But their talent* do not stop there. They can read or generate data from various sources other than disk.
If. For example, you were using a digitiser a loader could be written which would allow ADPro to load data direct from the digitiser Itself.
Savers as the name suggests, do exactly that, and are used os o destination for Image data. They’re generally used to encode raw or rendered images into the file format you require.
Like Loaders. Savers also have their hidden talents, for example If you're working with a frame buffer Re turn Execute Loaders Savers As you may have guessed, there is a price to be paid for all The power of ADPro - Its memory requirements ore frightening.
A good example is the Image printed with this article. On screen It measures 640 by 640 pixels and is 24 bits deep. In order to load this Image from disk you would need ot least four megabytes of contiguous fast memory.
The image was composed within ADPro Itself. Five separate images were used to create the finished product. The stars are a 1 bit-plane Image made In Deluxe Paint.
The earth is a 24 bit scan with the landscape being a 24 bit image created with Vista. Ben Franklin is another 24 bit Image scanned with a Sharp JX-300 The company name is made up of a three bit-plane Deluxe Paint creation using Kara Fonts.
Almost every format conversion is possible. GIF. IFF. PCX.
Sculpt. Postscript, the list goes on and on. As well as the excellent Internal features, a great job has been done on the front end and as a result the software is a dream to use. Even for a novice.
Lastly we have Operators, the workhorses of the system which are used for all kinds of general processing functions, flexibility is their real strength, as they can input and output both raw and rendered image data as well as manipulate data within the program.
ADPro Is firmly In the software for the specialist bracket, as the name and price tog suggests, but If you have problems with pictures this pockoge wii almost certainly solve them. It's a must for all would be press borons.
ADPro £199.95 Available from. Silica Shop 1 -4 The Mews. Hatheriey Rd Sidcup. Kent. DA14 4DX Tel 081 303 0688 you could write a Saver which would save the raw or renderec Image data direct to the frame buffer. As a result the transferrea data could be displayed direct from the buffer Itself.
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Trace on the cheap Anyone wanting to try their hand at ra tracing will soon find it often requtes the loss of an arm, a leg.
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This complete ray tracer supports arbitrary quadric surfaces, which when translated means spheres, ellipsoids, cones, cylinders, planes and so on. Various shading models are also available, plus reflection, refraction, marble, wood, and many other familiar ray tracing favourites.
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Paul Austin lends a helping hand to pick the best PD from the rest Version 2.0 Includes the source code written In C. The whole thing has being buncfled together on to one disk by the author. David K. Buck, If vou're the lucky owner of a 68020 or 68030 system wtth a 68881 or 68882 math co-processor, you'll find a completely separate version of the software on the disk designed just 'or you and your muscular machine, As well as the program Itself a whole range of utilities added to the package perform various weird and wonderful tricks of the froce.
Dump to IF: will convert the raw 24 bit data from the ray tracer Wes into W-res HAM Images. The colour palette used for the first Image can then be used with the others.
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2. 0. As you can see from the screen shots, excellent results are
They're not perhaps the quality of some commercial creations, but considering the price difference this Is c very Impressive package indeed A beginner would be well advised to give the Instructions a good read, as ray tracing Is not the simotest of subjects and takes a little tme to master.
In order to squash all the goodies on to one disk most of the elements have been archived and as a result need to be un-archlved on to a separate disk. I'd recommend at least 1 meg or more If you're really interested In serious production.
MVK V2.0 Is your machine sneezing, shivering. And chewing up disks like Strepsils? If so It's sure to be suffering form the curse of modern computing, viral infection.
Fortunately for every Idiot with a sick sense of humour there seems to be a knight In shinning armour waiting to leap to our defence and combat the bacterial beast- tes.
Stefan Ossowskl is a fine example of a later day Lancelot, with his computing equivalent of a condom. Master virus Killer V2.0. MVK k capable of spotting up to 105 viruses, an Impressive figure and considerably more than many of Its counterparts. It will detect both the file and boot block varieties and happily put them to the sword, whether they be on a floppy or hard drive.
The software does have one drawback, or advantage depending on you point of view. It will not run os o background task like Kill Da Virus or Zerovirus its competitors. Both of these sit on the menu bar and automatically check memory and disks as they are Inserted.
The advantage of background checking k that nothing should slip through the net. As both KDVIII and Zerovirus can be run from the startup-sequence and remain active constantly.
The disadvantages arise if you Wondersound revisited According to the docs Wonder- Sound is an addictive harmonic instrument design tool which allows you to create new sounds by manipulating envelopes, harmonic strengths and phase angles. These can then be save for use with other music utilities.
I wasn't convinced with claims of Instant addction. Trial and error with a large helping of patient experimentation would be a more accurate description.
The main revision to earlier releases Is that all processed sound is passed through a low- pass filter, which lessens the high pitch distortion or aliasing which plagued Wondersound In the past.
The sounds created are rather basic ond reminiscent of those produced with processing software on the Commodore 64. But If you're a patient soul with an urge to create new sounds WonderSound could be for you.
Regularly use disks with custom boot blocks or softwae which alters vectors. If you do, you'll soon become thoroughly sick of cancelling the alert warnings which are activated every lime you insert a non-standard cisk, even though you know It to be harmless.
In their defence both KDVIII and Zerovirus both can be taught to recognise new boot blocks, so It k possible to subdue their enthusiasm when checking regdarty used disks which you know to be safe.
With MVK It's best to check any incoming disks and then immediately write protect them. That way you can be sure they're safe, and once protected they won t require any further attention. If you need to leave disks writable o background virus killer might be a better choice.
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PD playtime The award for best disk for this month has to go to number 903 in the Amlganuts United collection It’s a compilation of four excelent games bundled on to one disk.
Compilations are something cf a rarity In recent Amlganuts releases with much of their latest Bcenceware firmly of the one dkk.
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PIPELINE: If you're more of an arcade fan, the graphics and game play of HpeSne will be more to your taste, being not too dissimilar to Pipe Mania. Even so the undercurrent of logic still flows through to Pipeine. And If you are addicted to Tltrts and Wettrls you'll certainly love Pipeline.
The idea Is to create a route by which the oil can flow from A to B. On the left of the screen are five pieces of a pipeline. You can control the cursor position with a Joystick. And as vou press the fire this 3 In Ion.
Lent I of basest ftsk.
J demos or perhaps dsk introductions. ASOG's TAD or Art Dept Pro are perfect for converting virtuaF ly any picture Into a low-res one bitplane two color image which can then be fed to IFF2ANSI for conversion.
One game format. However. 903 comes os a refreshing change and is excefent value for money.
JEOPARD: First of the fab four Involves a favourite subject with many a game designer - world domination. The action takes ploce on a large map of the world spread ocross the screen in gloriously flickering Hi- res.
Jeopard is the name, and domination's the game, with two to eight players taking part. Each battles against the next to conquer each others territories and finally rule the world. The outcome is determined by a combination of clever planning and an element of luck provided by the roll of the dice.
This is very similar to the well established board game Risk, which has long been available in the High Street, and more recentty as a commercial release on the Amiga, amongst others.
Gameplay is in generally very Impressive. The only real problem lies with the screen format. If you don't Dwnf a flicker fixture the infamous Hi-res flicker can be a real strain on the eyes.
MIGA MIND; this is the Amiga version of another smash hit, Mastemind. It Is a popular subject in the PD and as a result several versions are available. This is perhaps not the prettiest one. Nevertheless it plays perfectly and Is useful as a Workbench toy.
Mlga Mind is basically a logic game In which you pit your wits against the computer and Its hidden code.
You must attempt to decipher This is one of the utils, and as the name suggests will turn any two colour low-res IFF picture Into ANS text which can then be deployed on any ANSI compatible terminal.
This could be very handy for IFF2ANSI button the piece on the bottom of the pie of ftve is placed In the current cursor-position. The four remaining pieces fall one position and a new (random) piece will appear at the top.
After a while black gdd starts to flow, so you've got to get the pipe in place pretty quickly even on the early levels. Bonus points are awarded for complex connections which all add points towards the ultimate goal of entering the high score table in which you ccn be immortalised forever, as your name is written to disk.
SOKOSKY: This Is perhaps my favourite offering on the disk.
Sokosky is an ingenious puzzle game which Involves a logical challenge combined with very attractive graphics.
The Idea is to move numerous rubies around the playing area until they cover predetermined points on the board. This may trictly
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If you want to know more there’s a fractal-mad American just waiting to lend a helping hand. Mr Cade Roux b a fractal fanatic and as a result of his obsession he has been and still is compiling a multi-disk series dealing with all aspects of fractals and their creation.
Finally fractals The disks contain the finest examples of fractal Images complied from Cade's huge collection, There's also practical help frcm various utilities thrown in together with advice and reviews of products used in the fractal field.
The Amiga fractal exchange is the title of Code's obsession. The disks are produced in magazine format, three disks being bundled for each issue.
The first two Issues are available now and the third should be available soon. If you're interested in anything to do wtth fractals I'd say Cade's disks are a must.
The collection Is available from Aniganuts United at the usual acdress.
Sound simple but believe me It s not. Ycu'll soon find it's easy to end up In c very tricky position.
Amiga C Club IF you're an old C dog or just a land lover thinking of taking the plunge, a helping hand could be Just what you need when the C turns rough. And the Amiga C Club can come to the aid of those lost overboard.
A none profit making organisation devoted to helping and promoting the language worldwide.
ACC has only been in existence for aboul a year but nevertheless boasts members In 35 countries.
Once you're a registered member it wi try to help solve any problems you have concerning C. As well as practical help, software is also available to speed your development.
The main learning tool of the club is the Amiga C Manual, which is widely available in the public domah. It consists of four disks full of hints, tips and routines.
There are chapters concerning almost every aspect of the language. And all the examples are If you are In the market for more straightforward arcade action Seventeen Bit has the answer with one of the ictest additions to the Games Galore series.
Games Galore V5 The next generation If you're o mocern day Trekie you'll probably be more familiar with Captain Pickard than Captain Kirk. If so there's a‘new tilvla release for fans of the next genera-
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An initial two-disk set is the-starting point for a planned series which can be found* on Fish Disks 404 and 405. They contain'over 500 questions baseq on;the first series with nore than 50 audio video clues. ' ' contain the game njodule’and.port 1 of
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Player program, fat, the quiz. Disks available frdrn446S • "and others. • ' • • Volume 5, like the rest in the series, is bulgng with software. In this case nine separate programs are squeezed on to the disk, some old favourites like Pac-man and Monopoly as well as an excellent Star Trek trtvlc quiz. A must for any Trekle who knows his Tribbles.
As usual tnere's an excellent selection on offer and if you're lucky Volume 6 should be available by the time you read this article. So it mlgit be worth inquiring with Seventeen Bit when you order.
Already compiled, so you can start experimenting mmedtately.
The manud Is kept up to date by the members themselves, with the constant oddltion of new elements and revisions of the old.
Registered owners automatically receive new versions at cost, plus access to video and sound sampling by simply sending in disks and tapes which are then processed and returned free of charge.
If you are seriously into C It might be money very we* spent. The registration fee is £20 which should be included with your detdls to; Amiga C Club (ACC) Anders Bjerin Tulevagen 22 181 41 Ucingo Sweden Well that's it for this month. As usual, if there s anylhlng you want to see, moan or rave about, drop me a line: Paul Austin Amiga Computing Europa House Adlington Park Macclesfield Cheshire. SK104NP WE WILL BEAT THAT PRICE UNTIL IT HURTS D I A WE WILL BEAT THAT PRICE UNTIL IT SCREAMS O N D COMPUTER SYSTEMS LTD On all OKI, Commodore & Philips computer products and peripherals, we will match
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SA A There's mounting alarm about the appalling standards of spelling among Britain's schoolchildren. Mps, teachers, parents and employers are all stressing the vital importance of being able to spell correctly.
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Home computer technology has advanced In leaps and Pounds
since gooc old Uncle Clive Sinclair unleashed his ZX80 onto the
UK computer scene back in 1979.
In Ihe space of Ittte more than twelve years, home computers have developed to such an extent mat the computers we have today bear only a passing resemblance to the computers of yesteryear.
Just thinking about It brings the memories flooding back. Back then. 16k was thought to be a heck of a lot of memory - Indeed. I can remember a time when people used to doubt if you actually needed that much memory on a home computerl Then of course there was colour - If your computer could display more than the standard green on black, then It was looked upon as a pretty advarced piece of kit! As for sound, the odd cSgltal bleep was about as sophlitlcated as things got.
Thankfully, those days are long gone Now we re playing wtth a computer that has thousands of colours and the kind of sound, capabilities that would have put a synthesiser to shame Just a few years bock. Even on the base nochine, it offers almost ten times the amount of RAM avoilable on the most famous 8-blt of them all. The evergreen Commodore C64.
Despite all this extra power, the Amiga Is stHI held back In Its basic incarnation. Fact is. A single floppy disk ord 512k of memory Just Isn't enough unless you're happy to play the odd game (you'll even find that some games won't work under this very basic spec).
Radical changes The key to getting the most from your AMIGA Is to expand It - that is.
To add extra bits and pieces that will increase your machine's capabilities. You’re probably already aware of such things as RAM expansions, external floppy drives and hard drives, but there's so much more to expansion than these fairly limited pieces of equipment. There's a vast range of more obscure devices that you can plug Into your Amiga to push its power further than you'd previously ever thought possible - how does networking grab you?
Expand and deliver Then of course there's such things as touch sensitive screens, 24-blt graphics cards, light pens, tape streamer, video processors and a whole host of other wondrous devices Never has a single computer offered such a wide variety of exponsion possibilities!
You'l be surprised what a difference a Ittle bit of expansion hardware can make to your system.
Even if you add just a half meg RAM expansion and a second floppy, you'll find your Amiga to be a much faster and smoother computer to work with.
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If so, then let Jason Holborn detail the options available When you start adding things like hard drives and processor accelerators, the difference Is astounding! Even a fairty meagre amount of expans on will totafy transform ycur Amiga - Just ask anyone who has already taken the plungel In this and next month s Issue of Amiga Computing we are providing you wtth what we think is the most comprehensive guide to expanding your Amiga ever written. This isn't o buyer's guide, so don’t expect to find details of every hard drive and every RAM expansion available for the Amiga.
Instead, we ll be highlighting the kind of option* available to you (and perhaps we'I point you in the right direction when it comes to making the right buying decision).
It's then up to you to find the appropriate eaulpment - a quick scan through the ads within Amiga Computing wi» usualty be all that Is needed.
Flexible friend Choosing what hardware to buy is entirely up to you, but there are a couple of extra bits and pieces that a basic Amiga 500 Is crying out for.
So these are a good place to start.
If you play atot of games, then an external floppy disk drive should be your first purchase - culte a few more recent games come on two.
Sometimes even three diskettes, so you can save yourself a lot of the hassles associated wltn constant diskswapping wtth an outlay of little more than £50.
If you use your Amiga seriously, then an extTa drive will prove to be an absolute must, especially If you're a CU hacker. AmlgoDOS Is totally transformed by the addition of an extra drive - Indeed, it's almost frlendlyl (OK. Perhaps I shouldn't go quite that far).
Once you've strapped on an external drive, your next purchase should undoubtedly De a ram expansion.
Most A500 users go for a half meg u pgr ode. But It’s worth going for a larger board Just for the extra room It creates - you may think a megabyte sounds like a lot of memory, but you'd be surprised how quickly the Amlgc will use It upl A half meg ram cord can oe picked up for as little as £35 these days, so there's no excuse for not taking the plunge.
The vast majority of games don't really need the extra ram. Tut more and more developers ere producing games that do take advantage of expansion memory.
This usually takes the form of a few extra sampled effects, beher music and perhaps even a few extra game options. Some games actually require at least a megabyte to run (Dungeon Master, for example), and It seems certain that many more w* be released in the future.
Screen scene Once you've got these two basic add-ons. You Amiga win be a far more useable system, but that's no reason to stop there. A worthwhle upgrade for anyone who uses their Amiga for anything other than games Is a colour monitor.
Commodore's own 1084 provides a pretty decent display, but it Is rather expensive for what It has lo offer. The Amiga boasts both analog and digital RGB output, so there's a very gogd chance just about any colour monitor can be wired up (although It's best to get a qualified electrician to do the neccessary work).
Expansion Mousey matters The Amiga Is very heavily mouse- based. But that doesn’t mean that you hove to stick with the mouse supplied wtth your computer, There are a lair number of alternatives available that will do exactly the same job without the problems associated with Commodore's rodent (clogging rollers etc), Indeed, some are actually a much better bet than a mouse because they have been specifically designed with a particular application In mind.
One such application that has earned more than Its fair share of attention is that of Amiga graphics. As a result. Amiga artists are positively spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing an alternative input device. By far the most popular is the touch tablet, which 1$ basically a flat, pressure sensitive pad.
Most ’ouch tablets also come complete with sorY»e kind of pen or stylus, which is used to draw onto the pad. What's so great about these tablets Is that you can place a piece of paper on top of the pad and literally trace artwork directly Into your Amiga.
Another alternative is the light pen. Which is a device which allows you to draw by pressing the pen drectty against your monitor screen.
This has the advantage of being closer to the conventional pen and paper than any other device, but they tend to be rather low resolution. Whilst they're great for the kids, they're far from ideal If you're after high precision equipment.
Another disadvantage of the mouse Is the amount of free space that it requires on your desktop. A better bet is perhaps the trackball, which is basically and upside-down mouse. Like the mouse, the trocker- bail ujes a roHerbatl but. Unlike the mouse, you move the bail dlrectty with your fingers. Apart from the obvious benefits for gaming (Marble Madness Is great with a trackerballl), these are Ideal for musicians use their Amigas live.
Visual delights Whether you’re into DTP, animation or just art for ort's soke, a video digitiser is a worth white Investment. A video digitiser Is a great way of obtaining qualrty artwork without having to mess around wtth Dpaint.
Even for the more talented users amongst you. A video digitiser will allow you to get the artwork you need in a fraction of fhe time it would take If you tried knocking it up yourself.
Amiga video digitisers basically come in two flavours - realtime colour ond not so realtime colour (sorry). With a realtime colour digitiser. You can grab colour images dlrectty from a composite video source. These ore undoubtedly the Ideal choice, but you can expect to pay through the nose for such a device.
A more affordable solution is a digitiser like Rombo's VIDI Amiga.
Although it will grab imoges in realtime, they are mono only. If you wish to grab in colour from a pre-recorded video source. You'B need to Invest in a RGB split-er. A clever little device that splits a composite video signal into its red. Green and blue components. Unfortunately, the source tape has to be paused during digitising, which can cause problems if your pause facility produces anything short of a rock steady cSspiay.
For grabbing in cotour from a live' video source, cheaper digitisers use a system of red, green and blue coloured perspex filters that must be held Infront of your video camera. DigiView made this rather quirky method of digitising famous, but It can be a real pain in the butt unless you've got a top quality mono video camera and good lighting.
Scanners are also a great way of obtaining artwork. Until quite recently, they tended to be mono only, but It s now possible to pick up a full colour scanner for just £600 (the Sharp JX-100). This very clever device is used extensively on Amiga Computing to grab many of the imoges within these pages, so there's no greater recommendation thon mat!
Moving still further away from the mouse is the Touch Screen, a device which Is stID very much In Its Infancy on the Amiga. You've probably seen them used on ‘point of sales systems - Instead of having to click on gadgets with the mouse, you simply press your finger against the screen to select the gadget your require.
These are perhaps rather too specialist at the moment, but they'll prove to be an all- important weapon In the Amiga's multi- media arsenal.
Finally. A company In the States have just released a bar code reading system for the Amiga which allows you to assign different AmigaDOS commands to barcodes.
You can create your own barcodes using the bundled software and then dump them out onto pap©-. It s tar from being an alternative to the mouse, but just think what a pose it would be to operate your Amiga in this fashion!
Sound advice If you're Interested in all things musical, then there's a healthy selection of associated gadgets ond widgets that will fuel your Interest. First among these Is the sound sampler, whlcn will allow you to 'digitise' a sound from just about any audio source (CD players, walkmans etc) and then edit It on your Amiga.
At the moment, an Amiga sound samplers are 8-bit devices, but several companies have announced their intention to produce studio quality 16-bit samplers which will make the Amiga a viable alternative to dedicated samplers such as those produced by industry heavyweights Akal and Roland.
Samplers can be alot of fun. But they also have a serious use. If you enjoy tinkering with music packages such as Soind Tracker, Deluxe Music or even Muslc-X. You can use a sampler to grab instrument samples from your favourite records.
If you're lucky enougi to own a synthesiser, then your next purchase should undoubtedly be a MIDI Interfoce. MO interfaces are very cheap little devices, but they can totally transform vour music setup. With the right software, a MIDI Interface will allow you to dlrectty control a network of MO- compatlbte musical Instruments Speed freak The AMIGA is far from being a slouch where raw processing speed Is concerned, but there are still times when things slow down to an almost unbearable rate.
You'll notice this especially if you use your Amiga for heavfy processor intensive applications such as CAD, DTP and ray tracirg, but most applications would aso benefit from an extra spurt of speed.
The solution lies in a processor accelerator card, which basically replaces the central processor inside your Amiga with a much faster unit. To make things recfly burn, most processor accelerators also provide space for a maths coprocessor. A dedicated numben crunching chip that can outrun even the fastest processor.
Most processor accelerators ore based around either the Motorola 68020 or the '030 processors wth either the 68881 or 68882 maths coprocessors. Although some cheeper processor accelerators use a foster version of the standard 68000 (AdSpeed, for example).
Installing a processor accelerator is only half the equation, however. If you want to make the most of your new acquisition then It’s worthwhile fitting your Amiga Wth high speed 32-bit ram.
32-blt ram chips allow both he '020 and 030 processors to run at full speed (both os true 32-blt po- cessors). Once again, you'll find that the vast majority of '020 end '030 cards provide space for at least 2 Mbytes of 32-bit RAM.
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Can you help?
M Arthur, Leighton Buzzard Tty booting with the switch in both positions, and if you still don’t get the extra memory, give the board a good shove.
It’s often the case that a new Amiga's trapdoor interface can be extremely stiff, and many people are nervous of applying too much brute force to their expansion boards.
Make sure the board is pushed In as much as possible.
If the Amiga persists in thinking It's a halt meg machine, return the board to the retailer or manufacturer for replacement.
Tony revisited Vbur response to Tony Williams, a Confused Lpgrader’ in the March Interactive Rescue column, stated that gn Amiga 2000 hard disk clways requwes a small AmigaDOS partition to mount the Fast File System(FFS).
Printer out of puff?
Computer cracking up?
We are here to help!
Write to Amiga Computing, Europa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP This Is just not the cose I suggest you run Fxdlsk 1.2 as supplied on your own coverdisk on a A2091-40 and you will see the following Info cfcplayed :»H0: handler = SCSl.device [FFS] The confusion perhaps arises from the fact that Commodore's original A2090 hard drive controller didn’t auto-boot, requiring a floppy to start the boot and then mount it.
The Improved A2090 A. However. WILL auto-boot under Kickstart 1.3. As both the A2090 and A2090 A were available before the Introduction of FFS. They required the Amiga to boot into a standard AmigaDOS file system partition before mounting a FFS partition.
In response to the FFS. Third party manufacturers began to Introduce SCSI controllers which would duto-boot and auto-mount drectty into a FFS partition These controllers did not require a standard AtVgaDOS partition to be mounted first, and a lowed aH disk spoce to be formatted under FFS.
The A2091 does not require any mountllst entry or any details in the expansion drawer, as under Kickstart 1.3 on Automount flag is stDred on the first two cylinders of the hord disk.
Gordon MocKinnon, Belfast It’s a fair copl Yes. Our reply to Tony's letter wasn't what it should've been You know how It is - Friday afternoon, dog's just died, gos bill pending, five or six black coffees too many.
As for FixDisk, it has the annoying habit of identifying all hard drives with the (FFS) label. I have a hard drive which is entirely formatted in the standard AmigaDOS filing system, and FixDisk insists on calling it a FFS device. Bit of a bug there, methinks.
Oh. And by the way - the problem with the recoverable RAM drive and RAD: on machines with a Fatter Agnus and 1Mb of RAM is cured when you use the 1Mb RAM patch option.
Change the SETPATCH in your startup- sequence to SETPATCH-r ond RRD: should w yk as well as before. I’m just off to clean the WC with this toothbrush the Ed just gave me,.
Not an A590 fan?
I would like to know of any hardware project which I could use to disable my A590 hard drive so that any long sessions of gome playing the drive Isn't active Naturally it would be handy if the extra RAM was still accessible.
With the drive connected the Amiga won't power up if the drive transformer is switched off. So the only option is to unplug the drive- from the computer, thus adding wear and tear to the edge connector.
The drive can be stopped tfom outo-boot- ing by use of the rear DIP switch, but I would like to hgve total s*ience.
T N Wells, Ipswich One way of silencing your A590 is to run it wttn the cover off, thus allowing you to disconnect the fan while keeping the drive cool.
With the cover off, you could also completely disable the drive by disconnecting the ribbon cable between it and the motherboard.
This might sound dangerous, but we’ve hod it recommended as an option by someone whose A590 has seldom been used fully cased. As you say elsewhere in the letter that your warranty has expired, you wouldn't be risking financial ruin by giving it a try You might like to try putting a plastic guard over the top of the open drive, leaving enough airway to cool it while stopping hands straying into it I had a quick look at garden-style wire mesh with thick plastic coating, which bends easily into a strong 'fireguard'.
With this firmly glued to the A590, or hooked under the base, your drive is if anything safer than In its original plastic case - except for the dreoded coffee menace, of course.
Another method of stopping an auto-boot while retaining all the extra RAM is to buy a switchoble Kickstart 1.2 1.3 from AmigaDirect on 081-891 6704.
With this you could start up in Kickstart from which your drive won't auto-boot, and still have access to the extra 2Mb. You con always MOUNT the drive afterwards il you want it or re-boot with the Kickstart switched to 1.3 A3000 inquiries Please give me some answers on the A3C00 as extracting technical help from Commodore seems to be all but impossible. Here goes..
• Is It true that the Fast Flie System can be used on floppies
under Workbench 2.0?
• What do all the parameters for the CPU command do?
• Kickstqrt 2,0 Is currently loaded into Fast RAM.
Occupying0.5Mb. but will apparently be available on ROM at a
later dote. With tricks like fast 32-blt RAM and ROM shadowing.
Would tne ROM upgrade be faster or more efficient?
• If Fast RAM is expanded to 4Mb. Can the existing 1Mb shipped
with the machine be moved across to Chip RAM?
Loan Ranger v Desperate Dan
• WhcTs the difference between DIP and ZIP chips, end what is
Static Column Memory?
• Can bridgeboards such as the A2088 designed for the B2000 be
fitted to the A3000?
Robin Harley. Shoreham-by-Sea In answer to your questions ...
• Yes, Ihe Fast File System WILL work with floppies under
Workbench 2.0. Yum. Yum.
• The CPU command has parameters to control the management of
the 68030's on-board data and memory caches, the enabling of
burst mode, the copying of ROM based Klckstarts Into Fast RAM,
and a check on the Rooting Point Unit used.
To lis? Them all here would toke up too much space, so all I can do Is recommend Mastering Amiga DOS 2, by Bruce Smith and Mark Smlddy, which contains the best guide to Workbench
2. 0 I've seen so far. The publisher, Bruce Smith Books, can be
reached at (0727) 41243.
• The best performance is gained by copying Kickstart into 32-bit
memory, so you might as well stick to hard drive-based
Kickstart. Which also has the advantage of being easier to
• Yes, you can move that 1Mb over.
• ZIP stands for ZigZag Inline Packet. DIP stands 'or Dual Inline
Packet. DIP chips are the traditional style RAM chips with pins
on either side. ZIP chips have all their pins on one edge ond
stand up vertically, thus saving space on the motherboard.
If you closely examine our piccies of the CSA Mega Midget Rocer In last month's cover story you'll see that the Mega Memory board on the right contains a row of ZIP chips looking rather like a raw at dominoes (except they don't have white spots and a row of dominoes couldnt store 2Mb RAM).
• As to the bridgeboards. Theoretically yes.
Although the 5.25" drive would have to be mounted externally or replaced with an Internal 3.5" drive.
The A3000 has two AT-compatible bus slots and should be OK with a bridgeboard. Though we haven't tried It ourselves.
Drive glutton I have an A500 with A590 and extra 2Mb. A few months ago I bought a Fujitsu 86Mb hard drive from Althamera Systems and have had It installed In my A590 casing. It's a nice fast drive and hcs given me no problems.
However, my old A590 mechanism is now not in use. Is it possible to connect this internal- ly exte'naly to my A500? I am a glutton for disk space.
Peter Colls. Walsall Gluttor’s not the wordl You mean you've filled up the 86Mb already?
Seriously, though, you don't have too many options open. As far as I know, there are no third party A590 cases available, so you might I bought my Amiga In mid December and have been delighted with It. Unfortunately. I have been operating with g portable television until recently I was loaned a monitor. This is where my dilemma started.
The monitor is a Commodore Ranger 15. Serial number 716470, port number 8800-15. It hos two Inputs, a 9-pin D-type connector labelled RGB TTL. And a 15-pin labelled RGB Analog.
I wish to use the analog input, but have been unable to find anyone who can supply me with a ready made lead or give me the wiring details for one. I'm desperately In need of some help.
Daniel Bums. Thundersley The monitor In question Is a 15" multisync designed for use with a flicker fixer or A2320 display enhancer card, and as such is not normally connected to a standard Amiga video connector.
A2320 cards cost about £287 these days and can be had at this price from several of our advertisers. Try Calco Software on 081-546
7256. You should find little trouble in finding a have to beg
Commodore for one. The power supply is part number
312639-02 (250V 74W), and you'd hove to use a similarly
rated unit if you didn't buy the CBM offering. With a power
supply you might try rigging up a casing of your own, but I
wouldn’t recommend it.
The best third-party option is perhaps the A1500 unit. With the A590 mounting kit and DUC board you con re-box your A500 and then mount your A590 Internally.
If you think the extra storage would be worth the prohibitive expense contact A1500 Ltd on 071-637 2281.
Transplanting graphics I would like to put the Amiga's brilliant graphics on an Archimedes (A whot? - Ed) to utilise laser and inkjet printers at school.
Have been told by my fT teacher that al I need do Is change a disk to PC format and output the IFF files to that. The Archimedes, using a PC emulator, will then be able to display them.
However, according to the PC Format docs on the Extras 1.2 disk, I need a 5.25' floppy drive which I do not have. Is there a 3.5" disk PC formatter available anywhere?
Andrew Skerry, Salisbury If you don’t have a Commodore A1020 5.25" floppy, you can use a PDPC program such as MessyDos, or go for something like CrossDos, which is a commercial product.
Either will write to the Amiga's own 3.5" drives as if they were PC drives, and will format
3. 5" disks to PC format, which should be use- able with an
Archimedes running Its own PC disk reoding software.
CrossDos Is available from several of our advertisers, including ARK on 0983 79496, and MessyDos is available from all decent Pdtibraries Just make sure your IT teacher has suitable off-the-shelf lead for this connection.
If you Insist on using the Ranger without a flicker fixer - ond this I? A waste of o multisync monitor - you’ll have to make one of your own.
Fortunately the Ranger 15". Unlike Its 21" big brother, will sync all the way down to the I5.6KHZ video output frequency obtained from Ihe Amiga 23-pin video connector. Some multi-sync monitors will only output at frequencies above 30KHz.
You'll find the pin-outs (or the Ranger's 15-pin socket on page 15 of the monitor s manual, and the pin-outs for the Amiga video socket on page A-6 of the user's manual.
As far as we can see the pin connections from Amiga to monitor are 3 to 1. 4 to 3, 5 to 5.
II to 13 AND 14. 12 to 15. Then 16 up to and including 20 should be joined and go to 2.4, 6, and 7 on the Ranger.
Before you attempt this, ask yourself whether t's worth wasting a multisync monitor on a non- ntertaced standard Amiga output.
If there's any hope of keeping the thing on a ong term basis, run out immediately and buy a ticker fixer!
A utility which allows the Archimedes to read and convert Amiga IFF files to a format It can display.
Breakdown I am using on A500 with extra 512Kb memory and a Poce Linnet Intellllgent Modem. I am using Access software with the baud rate set at 300. Parity at 0. Data length 8 bits, stop bits
1. And all other settings I have left at default (although I have
experimented with different settings).
I am trying to access various bulletin boards whose numbers I have obtained from your mag over the months. About 60% of the time I get NO CARRIER, but the other 40% I manage to get a connection. However, all I seem to get on screen Is garbage ond seemingly random! generated characters.
It would be a great help If you could 1st the settings I will need on Access.
Ken Wooffindin, Leeds.
You are using 8-N-l defaults - the most common - so sounds to me as If you're trying to access at the wrong speed. If you connect to a BB at 1200 baud, and It tries to talk to you at 2400 baud, you’ll get what appears to be a mixture of Greek and Cyrillic characters on the screen.
Try a bulletin board which supports the most settings, then play around with your baud rate until you get a clean connection. You might also keep an eye on our comms column - Eddie will be toking a close look at the first few difficult steps into comms.
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Although the article discussed most of the options for getting into desktop video, quite a few of you still seemed unsure about the kind of software and hardware to go for.
To help you sort It all out. Here's a quick run down of what I consider to be the minimum requirements.
THE GENLOCK With so many now available choosing a genlock is probably the most difficult buying decision you're likely to encounter.
Which you pick depends entirely upon the video formats you have at your disposal. If you have nothing more than a couple of standard VHS decks there's little point In paying out for a S-VHS compatible genlock unless you Intend upgrcdlng your decks at a future dote.
Similarly, if you have access to higher resolution video devices, a standard composite genlock will not take advantage of the higher picture quality these decks deliver.
The cheapest genlock available is MlniGen from ASAP, but I woulcn't really recommend it to anyone unless they are completely povery stricken. If you can afford It. It's well worth spending a few pounds more on q unit which will almost certainly produce higher quality results. Worth checking out is the Rendale 8802 which offers near broadcast quality for around £263, also fully which is work.
THE SOFTWARE: Once again, the software you choose depends entirely upon your particular needs.
If you just wan* to add titles to your home videos of granny at the beach, all you need Is a titling package.
A good one Is the Big Alternative Scalier, which Is available from Alternative Imoge on 0533 440041. For just £50 you get 20 high resolution fonts which can be smoothly sc’olled about the screen. It's not In the some league as the likes of Eroadcost Titier 2. But then It is consicerably cheaper!
If I had to choose just two packages for my desktop video work they would undoubtedly have to be EA's Deluxe Paint 3 and Zuma's TV Text Professional.
TV Text allows you to produce stunning titles from standard Amiga bitmapped fcnts. While Dpaint Is great for producing logos and other ortwork.
Not only that, but Its powerful animation facilties allow you to produce all manner of flash effects including spinning logos and the like. Dpaint % « jpports overscanning Important for vldt ACTing up again!
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A built-in Composite ? Y C to RGB Converter allows you to obtain the maximum performance from high resolution video formats without having to fork out for a S- compatible TV set simply by channeling the output Into any RGB-compatible TV set. According to ACT. Most modern TV sets now offer this feature.
SIGNAL PROCESSING The AVP- MK3 boasts comprehensive RGB colour correction facilities which allow you to adjust the red.
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To help you achieve the optimum settings, the AVP has a video level Indicator which changes colour when these settings ore ochieved Obviously you're not restricted to these settings, but they provide a useful method of achieving -he best possible results with a minimal amount of knob-twiddling.
Extra controls Include Luminance and Chrominance Inversion switches wnicn produce a sort of photographic negative image effect. Alternatively, these settings could be used to alow real phcto- graphtc negatives to be recorced to video tape In their true colours.
Just like their VE-1 enhancer, me AVP features sync pulse rest or at on hardware which helps to reduce the loss of quality associated wtth video signals.
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Tel: 081 877 3738, 081 870 0469 or 0860 763576 a Open Mon-Sat from 10am-7pm H The story so far: Lucky C programmers use the Amiga include' files to interpret the system data structures. It may not be generally known that these goodies are also available to Assembler programmers after only a very little extra hassle.
With a little effort, Assembler programmers can benefit from useful files used by the C Brigade - Margaret Stanger tells you how Z1 - ' & -tit; Now read on..... Window on the world Before a Window is opened a parameter block - or structure - named New P500 vr-• C4 nv nriwi *» Window is created for It and stashed away In memory.
T h e variables In a structure are always in a stardard order, the offset of the BlockPen (say) from the base Window address Is always the same: STRUCTURE(T) NtuVindOM,0 VCRD nw_LettEdge WCRD nvJopEdge VCRD nwjidth VCRD nw Height BYTE nJitiUPn BYTE nwJIlockPen UlONfi n»_IDCPPFligs LCN6 nvjligj APTR nw_First6»dget APTR nw ChcckHark APTR Mjitlf APTR nw_Screen APTR nw Bit Pap WORD nvJHnVidth VORD nw HinHtigfct VORD nw PaiVidtb VORD nvJaiHiigkt VORD nw Type LABEL nm_SIZE The structure member nw_3lockPen gives Its offset from the base address of the NewWindow structure. The colour of the BlockPen
- I hate capital letters In the middle of a wordl - could be changed to 3 (say) using Assembler's relative addressing; TheN wVindow,aO In icve.b A3,nw_BlockPen(aO) theory disc file available with details of all the Intuition structures, together with the numerical value of any flags used.
This file. Intultlon intultion.l. can be included in the source code by a statement at the beginning of the code. There Is a smal tile called exec types.l lhat Is Included first to interpret the structures in the other Include files. It tells us that a BYTE Increases the offset by one byte, and a WORD by two bytes and so on.
INCLUDE "citc typcs.i* INCLUDE "intuition intuition.i* That would have been too easy.
In practice Unfortunately my assembler used on an A500 dd not have enough- workspace for the necessary Include intuition file, so I picked out the structures and flags I needed and added them to the source code.
I included ‘exec exec.l* so that the computer could make sense of the reference to MP_SIGBIT in the Window's Use-Port.
INCLUDE -exec.’types.1* INCLUDE "txtc.'exec.r I did not need the details of the Screen or NewScreen strucfutH B I was not referring to any of the structure r mbers. I did need the data Itself, with the correct values to open the screen.
dc. v 0 ;LcftEdge
dc. u 0 ;TopEdge
dc. M 320 ;Vidtk
dc. w 2CQ ;Height
dc. * 3 ;Deptk
dc. b 1 ;DetiilPen
dc. b 2 ;BlockPcn
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dc. * C.STONSCIEEH screen type
dc. l 0 pointer to custoe font structure
dc. l scrtentitle pointer to screen title
dc. l 0 pointer to screen gadgets
dc. l 0 pointer to cuitoi bitaap I needed the data for the
NewWindow. And the data structures for Window and NewWindow
For the computer to interpret these I had to explain the
flogs to It . 8- IDCHP flag used CLOSEVINDOV equ $ 000002)0
;B8- ilindow flags used V1ND0VSIZ1NC equ $ 0001 VIND0VIRA6 equ
$ 0002 VuiDOVkEPTN equ $ 0001 VIND0VCL0SE equ $ 0008 SIZEBII6HT
equ $ 0010 ;88-$ creen flag used CUST0HSCREEN equ $ OOOF Any
structures or flogs could be defined In the source code or in
header files as long a space permits. There is room for
creatMtyl The include flies directory was assign INCLUDE:
Litt1ce_£J.0.5:Ass*ibl«rJead«r» and the option T was used
during the assembly.
Asa -iAsstablcrJIcaders deao blink dtao.o to dtao library “Ub aaiga.lib" Up and running The easiest way to open a screen Is to use the Intuition Library routine OpenScreen. With a pointer to o NewScreen structure (short!) W’Uch contains some of the values and pointers for the screen.
¦ove.l intuitionbiJf,*6 jsr _LY00pcnScrcen(a6) aovta.l dO,custoascreen brq abort I used the some New Window structure for each of the three windows.and changed the de*alls slightly once I had the oddress of each Wmdowstructure.
Lea TkcNewVindow,aO aove.l dO,ne_$ creen(aO) jsr _LV00penUindow(a6) aove.l dO tkisaindow beg abort The system flogs are set for most of the system gadgets, and htu- ition takes care of their actMttes.
The IDCMP CLOSEW1NDOW flog Is deactivated on the second imaginatively named window, the title Is changed and the window Is slowly moved down.
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The program uses a few of the routines from the Intuition library, but many more are available.
In the CODECUNIC director of the March Amiga Comuting sup* port disc I have Included a list of Intuition library routines. For each one I have listed the Input. Irput registers, output (where applicable) and a short description.
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In the space of little more than a year and a half the Amiga sequencer market has vtrtualy exploded, with no fewer than 16 diffeient systems now generally available.
Looking at prockjet? Hke Music-X and Master Tracks, it seems almost Inconceivable that the Amiga was once considered as something of a musical dodo.
Joining the ranks of such fine products as Music-X is Studio 24. A MIDI sequencing system from Frencn music software publishing company Dlglgram.
They have been In the biz for a number of years now. But their wares have been previously unavailable to we UK musos. But now. In the spirit of 1992 and all that jazz. UK distribution has been picked up by GFA Data Media, a company probably better known to Aniga users for Its superb programming system GFA BASIC.
As *eported previously In AC.
GFA have taken on the distribution of a number of Diglgrom music products. These include Track 246 and Studio 24 - both of which are sequencers - Big Bond and a powerful music scoring pockoge called ProScore.
Big Band and ProScore were unava table at the time of going to press, but you can expect a full review very soon.
As tne name suggests. Studio 24 is a 24 track sequencer. It arrives In a vacumn-moulded plastic case with a single program disk, manual and a selection of quick reference cards.
These unique cqrds alow you to look up man of the program's major features without the hassle of flicking through a manual, which Is certainty a good idea.
Key disk protection Unlike most sequencers these days.
Studio 24 is copy protected. In true Dr.T fashion, this takes the form of a key disk system which requires the original program disk to be inserted every time the program Is loaded, even If you Instal it on a hard disk! I think such a system Is a real pain, but there you have it.
Once looded, you'l be greeted by the first of Studio 24’s two screens. It contains the now familiar tape transport controls that run as a strip of gadgets along the bottom of the screen.
These are pretty bog standard - Play. Record. Fast Forward. Rewind and so on. Bur surprisingly there Is no Pause button, which Is a strange omission.
Above are the track controls that stret side of t Each tr gadgets mute, s mutes an for recor vou can pick any one of the tir 22 tracks ftr normal recording, t tracks 2 i and 24 have their Own special functions. Studio 24 calls track 23 ijj Chord Track which, as the name suggests, ii set aside specifically for chords.
When ypu record chords on to this track. Studio 24 wil recogn se and display them complete witn their correct name - C Sharp Major or whatever. If you're not too hot with chords, the chore track also allows you to enter them with a single mouse cick.
Track 24 Is a Melody Trock which can contain only monophonic sequences. I con't see any real point in having It when any one ot the first 22 could do the job equally well.
Most of Studio 24's operations are pretty standard, but one feature that is worth mentioning is sequence editing. Studio 24 uses a score-based editor which displays your sequences In the traditional form of minims, crotchets and quavers.
You can edit existing sequences by moving back and forth through the sequence using the cursor keys.
You con odd notes, delete them, chonge the pitch and duration of
o selected note ond even tie notes.
Sounds great so far. But for one major problem - Studio 24 will only allow you to edit a monophcnic line of notes, not chords. If your sequence contains chords, the extra notes that make them up are split into their own individual sub- trocks. Or voices as Studio 24 calls them. Far from perfect. I'm sure you'l agree Song editing is even worse. Most sequencers now use some form of graphical orrangement system, out you'll find no such luxuries within Studio 24. No siree. Instead it uses a rather naff non-grophlcal syst9m which is not only difficult to use. Out also rather Inflexible. As a
result, you may well want to stick to tie conventional linear method of song composition.
Notably missing from Studio 24 is support for internal Amiga sampes.
As we all know, the Amiga can produce some pretty stonking sounds Itself, so it's not exactly unreasonable to expect your sequencer to support them. As It Is, you're restricted In your music making to those sounds that can be produced by your MIDI setup.
Sound investment?
Studio 24 definitely shows promise, but it unfortunately fails to deliver the kind of sequencing power and ease of use you'd expect from a product at this price.
It’s got a few nice features - editing and Its unique chord track spring to mind - but in the end It cannot hope to compete against such industry hard hitters as Music-X and Master Tracks Pro.
If Digigram sold Studio 24 at something like £50 I could see It doing well. Unfortunately, there ere just too many other sequencing systems around that are both cheaper and far more powerful. As It Is. Studio 24 Is overpriced and underpowered.
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They are right about the expense, but there is a certain addictive attraction to the comms habit.
Most people's first encounter with communications tends to be withdrawing money from the local cash cbpenser I guess we have al stood In the rain, waiting for the bank's head office computer to finish calculating the IQ of 1.000 PE teachers, before gleefully advising us that we can't have any money because of a ‘Technical Fault* Do not despair! You could well find that directly connecting your Amiga to the telephone network Is a much more efficient way to empty your bank account Message bases So what is on offer? By and large, the most common services around the world are bulletin boards.
These are computers set up specifically for other computers to call and exchange Information.
Common topics to be found online are comms, programming, scl-fi. Television, motoring, religion and 'adult material’. I can t elaborate on the latter, otherwise AC would be on the top shelf next to Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy, but you can use your Imagination.
The Information online is generally split Into two categories - message bases and file areas.
A message base is. In simple terms, a series of comments input by users of the board related to a particular topic. For example a base called Red Dwarf would be the ideal place to muse over how much you preferred Ho y when she was a man. Or how bodly treated poor old Kryten Is.
Depending on how advanced the Bbs software is. Message bases can be anything from a simple series of sequential messages to a complex web of sub-threads which can be raod or skipped at will.
It is possible to browse message bases by following menu options on screen. Input of messages is usually via a simple text editor bunt into the board.
There ore two different types of message bases on larger boards: local ones and the net variety. The trendy term for a messoge base is echo, so If you read someone taking about an Amiga echo they mean a messcge area, not some acoustic phenomenon or a local newspaper serving the elderly inhabitants of quoint seaside town AMIGA-on-Seamoss.
Local messoges are exclusive to the board you are logged on to.
Whereas net echoes go all over the world. So If you proclaim you love for Lister in a net echo, the comms global village wll be asking ‘What the heck is Red Dwarf ?* In no time.
Net echoes are transmitted An Amiga 3000 it |vst a phone call away worldwide via an elaborate series of telephone cate. Each night whie the world sleeps, automatic ‘netware* Is busy collecting and forwarding messages to each board in the network. Irdeed some of the Inter-net handshaking is positively masonic at times Netmail Is an exciting concept, allowing communication with people all over the world for the cost of a local col. It's not In real time, but Is still much faster than writing, referred to as srail mail by those with a passion for jargon.
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When the board receives the packet 'rom you It unarchives all your prepared messages and posts them to the relevant people and echoes Thb type of message reed ing is known as blinking. It makes a great deal of sense, saving you phone time and allowing other calersto get on to the board.
File Areas are libraries of con puter programs stored on the Bbs for Its callers to download and run Again, these programs can be about anything and everything.
Files are downloaded jsing protocols These are universal transfer standards designed to allow reliable exchange of data between two points.
A wide choice of protocols are available. By far the most common these days are Xmodem and Zmodem, The newer the protocol, the faster you data transfer will be.
The main thing to remember about protocols is that they have to match at eoch end of the link. It is no good attempting to Initiate a file transfer If your comms software, or the board, doesn't support the protocol ycu are trying to use. The motto with Bbs Is most certainly ‘give and take*.
It's all very well to phone a few bulletin boards, read the messages and download any files you fancy, but sooner or later you will be expected to contribute. Not financially. But with a little time and effort.
Message bases aren't really much good without messages, so it Is up to the board's callers to fill them up. Similarly. File areas are pretty pointless If they are devcld of files. For this reason most boards Insist that you upload a file for every few you downiood.
After sampling a few boards, h is more than likely that you wll consider Starting one yourself. I have Io be honest and odmlt that I am by and large unimpressed with the standard of most non-commercial Bbs running In the UK.
The file areas tend to consist of a selection of dog-eared PD and Shdreware programs, while the message bases are more often than not just a total waste of time.
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flipping BOBs last month, Peter Hickman gives SPRITES the same
treatment and looks at interlaced mode Th« latest in
• xcollent Fun School series saw last month, only we will tion
the BOB off the screen.
Posi- Paste Bob 500,500,Vrevfi: Sprite 1,200,150,1 Simple, Isn't it? And now we have a reversed Image which we can move around if we wanted to.
And there Is no need to touch the Paste Bob command ever again (well, not unless you wanted to flip It once again).
Anyway, that's the SPRfTEs over and done with.
Now how about *aklng a look at the very latest version of AMOS
T. 23 specifically Interloced mode For those of you who don't
know too many technical details about the Amiga, interlacing
is a method of doubling the amocnt of informa tion which can
be displayed verti- cafiy on the screen.
There is a limit to the amount of Information which can be shown on a normal monitor because they are octualy too slow!
So to double the amount of stuff that can be shown the Amiga takes a single screen and posses the information to the monitor In two sweeps, each encompassing every other line.
So for the first sweep lines 1,3,5.
7. 9. 10. 11. 13 etc. are shown, followed by lines 2,4. 6.8.
10. 12. This is the reason you get a flicker when In
Interlaced mode - incidentally the flicker is almost
non-existent on The the CDTV version of Fun School 3 (Under 5s
only) Is now complete and should be available by the time you
read this.
I wrote it In AMOS, so if any of you are lucky enough to pick up one of the little beastles you can see Ust how versatile this language really is.
After all. If people are using It to write multi-media applications now whet will they be doing in another six months?
While on the subject of educational software. Gary Symons, who wrote the AMOS assembler, is cur- renty working on a secret project for Mandarin.
I don't know exactly what It wtl turn out like, but the ST version is pretty good and could re-define th© standards for learning tools on al micros.
I would have loved to bring you a preview of the compiler this month, unfortunately Francois Uoret is adding some extra features so you will have to wait until next time.
I have been speaking to Francois and he says that when programs are compiled they will retdn all of the mjtl-tasking capabilities of AMOS. Sounds great, huh?
Lastly on the news front. TOME (the Total Mop Editor) is now complete. The final package will be available from mid-March, and the manual has been written by me. So it must be good!
Seriously tnough. It Is an excellent product and deserves the support of all programmers, not just AMOS ones. You can find out more about TOME by writing to the AMOS club (the address came with AMOS).
Now on with the programming In the last issue we looked at flipping BOBs. I tope you all saw and understood what I was going on about cos I’m gonna start off this column with examples of flipping SPRITES.
First we must load a SPRITE bank from the AMOS extras disk, so stick It In the drive and press escape to go to direct mode.
Load: '•AllOSjniiAS:SPtITL600 SPACE 3IIP1.«r OK. Now let's clear the screen and do some SPRITES. Flash off: Curs Off : Cl* 0 Get Sprite Palette Sprite 1,200,150,1 There are two ways to flip this image. The first is quite complicated and involves using BOBs, so I think we will skip that for the time being.
The second method is to flip the Image inside the bank using the Paste Bob command.
To do this we must use the Hrev Vrev In the same way as we You wtl see that I have charged the last parameter to Laced+Lowres. Which fells AMOS that we want a lowres Interlaced screen. You will also notice that the same number of vertical lines as the first screen are being displayed in half the space. Also check the flicker.
Now one problem with this mode is that when you set up a single interlaced screen all other screens which you may be displaying are automatically ‘switched* Into interlaced mode. These are not true interlaced screens - they just flicker for the heil of it!
You can display some excellent quality pictures In this mode, so do make use of it. But don't even think about doing a game in interlaced.
It’s Just too slow, Something which you might like to dwell on Is that perhaps In the future Francois Lionet will include a facility to use some of the new screen modes thought up by companies such as Newtek, the people who moke the fabo digitisers.
• Anyway that's It for this time.
Next month It's the compiler -1 promise!
NTSC machines cos they work faster. That is simplifying things a little. But the principle is sound, If you are lucky enough to own a Flicker Fixer or an A3000 the Amiga could de-interlace the screens and pass them to the monitor in one go.
Unfortunately you need a very expensive multi-sync monitor to cope with those sorts of speeds, so you can see that interlacing is a bit of a compromise between resolution and quality (and migraines).
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take a viewport into C which Is t mand Ini first vlewp® Each
default v eters are Each Raslnfo s taining a bitmap plane in
the view fields the a pointer wport needs a e corv tbe the bt-
rmatlon. If has dual play- Raslnfo contains the next Raslnfo.
Which hassa pointer to the second bi*- ap I 'he pi rge' *h| ring v owp .v!
Ti e has pe by how many video lines 320 pixels in low res, 640 in high res pointer to the next Viewport DUALPF for two separately controlled playfields PFBA the second playfield takes precedence HIRES more precise horizontally (640 pi els) LACE interfaced display mode HAM held and modrfy colours SPRITES hardware sprites VP-HIDE obscures the viewport CotorMgp has a pointer to the colour table of up to 32 colours. Three bitplanes would use colour registers 0-7, five bitplanes registers 0-31. Dual playfields of three bitplanes each would use registers 0-7 for the first playfield and 8-15 for
the second.
Raslnfo pointer to the Raslnfo structure.
T_Si Lost month Code Cfinlc contained software to produce Intuition windows and screens, but It Is possible to create a display using some routines from the graphics library known as graphics primitives, This system gives you more freedom, more control, and a little more hassle.lt wculd be possible to write whole books on the subject of how the display system works, so I have tried to summarise It as best I can. You will find all the bits I missed out in the ROM Kernat Manual- Libraries and Deuces.
’he Amiga coprocessor - or cooper - produces Its video displays on TV screens or monitors using raster display techniques. The picture consists of a series of horizontal lines stacked on top of eoch other.
Changes can be made to the display when the beam is going from left to right as It is turned off on the flyback. When the beam reaches the bottom right hand corner of the screen it files back to the top left hand cornet In a multitasking environment each program can have direct control over the copper and ther- fore over the whole display or View.
'he View can be divided Into one or more viewports, each of which Is the equivalent of an Intuition screen. Eoch viewport has Its own display resolutions, colours and special features. Unlike Intuition screens they can all be displayed at once.
Because of hardware limitations, segments of differing display mcdes are confined to horizontal stripes that extend across the complete width of the screen.Each viewport completes a horizontal segment, and they are separated from each other by at least one blank line.
Images are created by drawing into a computer memory area so that the system can retrieve the data for the display.The system software allows you to define linear memory as rectangular regions called bltpicnes.
It Is necessary to tell the system the dimensions and location of these bltplanes.
This Is a pain but there is the advantage of keeping several displays in memory at the same time.
The colour of each pixel Is related to the value of onB or more data bits in memory. To create multicoloured Images, the system must be told how many bit are required per pixel.
In my first Viewport(blue), I hqve used eight colours and three bit- planes. And the system retrieves one data bH from eoch bltplone.
For each pixel data bits in the same horizontal and vertical position are combined by the system to create a binary value which determines the display color for that pixel.
The system uses a structure called a bitmop which contains the height, width and depth of the bitplanes and where they are in memory.
The display Is created from a set of Instructions in the view structure.
Height Wkflh Next Modes: e in memory can the screen image bitmap larger than he The Raslnfo strut offsets for the relative position of the display to the com piete picture, In this example he bitplanes are the same size as the viewports, and the offsets are zero Left to nietf the system will use default colours. There is a com mand GetColorMop which will allocate space for a colourmap and return a pointer to it.
The colourmap has a pointer to the colourmap'* colourtable, and the desired colours con be copied oto this data structure.
Each bitmap Is Initallsed using InltBltMap with the required width,height and depth as Inputs. The command Alloc - Roster is used to allocate each bitplane and the returned pointers are linked to the bitmap.
Now that all the data structures are complete the command MakeVPort asks the system to make a set of display instructions - or copper list - from the structures in the Viewport. This has to be done for each VlewPort.
The command MrgCop merges these copper lists into a single instruction list. LoadView turns on direct memory access (DMA) and the display will be shown on the screen. Any ficker can be reduced by waiting for the beam to reach the top of the frame.
Each area can have Its own set of drawing Instructions, or RastPort structure. InitRastPort puts In default values and when the RastPort has been linked to Its bitmap it is oossi- ble to use the Graphics Library drawing commands.
The listed program first saves the address of the old view using the gb-ActiView offset from the graph- icsbase. The view Is Inltallsec and three viewports produced.
The first viewport is 48 lines high with eight blue colours and three bitplanes. The second is 100 lines high with dual red and grey ptay- flelds. The third viewport is 48 lines high with 32 green colours and 5 bitplanes.
The drawing routines have been used to produce a series of rectangles on the screen. In the second viewport the grey playfield Is dominant except for transparent areas of colour zero.
There is a short delay before the first eight colours of each viewport are cycled, and another delay before the program releases the allocated memory, replaces the old View, and exits.
The support disc Includes the source and object code for this program and a list of documented routines from the graphics library.
• NEXT MONTH: Scroll routines made routine.
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Hew. If you ore not allowed to se* PO disks, do the various PD companies survive? How can they afford to advertise In your magazine and send people glossy catalogues?
Are all these things accounted for In the ‘expenses' area, like the wages for staff etc.?
Con anyone start a PD service or is there some kind of Icence?
Rnaly why hove you stopped putting in the marks for games that you review?
eep up the good work, your magazine is 97 per cent.
Paul, Cumbria PD Libraries should not exist to make a profit, but it is reasonable to expect a small surcharge for any disks ordered, to cover postoge. Duplication time, administration and the like.
As libraries get bigger they can make economies, buying disks, envelopes and even postoge In bulk. This sometimes leads to a little slush fund, which can be blown on extravagances like woges and even the odd advert or twc.
You don't need a licence to set up a PD library, just a lot of time and energy to do It properly.
We told our games reviewers that they could have their joysticks back If they started putlng scores on again - seems to do the trick.
Free for all I think that free software should be free.
Everyone talks about wonderful PD software saying that it's free, but everywhere you look someone is selling it for around £3 a disk.
I think this Is very wrong. To change this, myself and a few friends have decided to run a public domain club which will supply PD for nothing.
J Dtncan. Kent It's a very nice Idea, something for nothing.
However, you will have significant expenses to consider. Where, for example are you going to find money for disks and postage?
PD software should be free, that doesn't mean that the media and handling is. £3 a disk is a tad on the pricey side though, so shop around.
Better still, can a bulletin board and the only cost Involved could be a local phone call. If you are serious about being a PD supplier, maybe you should consider starting a board.
Limited edition I was torn between upgrading my Amiga 500 into an A1500 exponsion box with a hard disk or exchanging my Amiga 500 for a Commodore Amiga 1500.
After talking at some length to a Commodore representative. I was told that the A1500 was a brand new machine, idealy suited for games and business use.
On arriving home and unpacking the system, I find on the bock an A2000 label. It would appear that all Commodore hove done is rebodge an Amiga 2000 and put in a second cfck drive.
They have caSed It almost the same as on expansion unit developed by a third party to ensure confusion. Have they done this Decause they could not think of casing an A500 In such a professional way?
I have since returned my Amiga 1500 2000.
Ond purchased an A1500 limited expansion system, with which I am very happy.
Lorraine Ferrer, Middlesex You are correct in asserting that the Amiga 1500 Is a rebadged dual floppy 2000.
Commodore have never realy claimed otherwise.
The 1500 package Is ideally suited for games and business use. At £999 including colour monitor. It is the bargain of the decode to far.
The third party A1500 allows you to separate the Amiga keyboard and main processor box.
But you don't have the advantage of several expansion slots and an up-rated power supply unit.
Most people are actually pleased to find that they have bought g 2000 in disguise. You though obviously feel you have been conned by Commodore.
The A1500 was a logical name for CBM to choose for the package, It is after all In- between the 500 and the 2000. And the A1000 has been and gone. A1500 sounds more like a Commodore name to me than a third party one.
I hope you and your A1500 limited expansion have many happy hours together - it. Too.
Is a worthwhile product In Its own right.
Arresting reading I've just been into the shop which sells your mogcclne. As I wds glancing through It I decided I wonted it. I searched through my pockets and realised I didn't have enough money to buy it. So I stole It.
When I got home I put the disk Into my paid for computer and gaspedl Tremendous!
The mag and disk are excellent value for money. The trouble b my family won't let me on the computer. Now I'm wondering where I can get £2.95 for the next Issue.
I shall have to stop the kids' spending money for my next issue. Keep up the good work. And for obvious reasons please don't print my real name.
Bill Sykes. Bradford.
I assume you realise that if the barcode on the front cover isn't scanned by your newsagent, a rather curious virus is let loose on your system?
It systematically causes you to form an oddiction to the magazine which is so powerful that you can't help but subscribe.
Seriously though, Amiga Computing is not public domainl If you did steal us, please don't try It again.
It Is only a matter of time before you get caught and then It will be more than finding £2.95 you will have to worry about.
Play the game I read wtth anger the letter by Chris Webb In Issue 29 of Amiga Computing concerning his views on the software industry.
Although everyone Is entitled to their own opinion I think Mr Webb was totally unfair In his assessment that 99.9 per cent of Amiga games are trash.
True, there is and always will be some rubbish on the market, but he has obviously not experienced the delights of the classics like Dungeon Master, Gettysburg and Power Monger.
If he has played 99.9 per cent of all games on the market he is either very rich or a software pirate. Therefore. I can only assume he is commenting on games he has never seen before, let alone played, and thus has no clear Ictea of what he is talking about.
Stuart Hardy. Sheffield You don't have to play a game to get an Idea of whether you will like It or not.
Some people simply detest games. For these demented creatures, even the most technically stunning release will fall to raise the sligntest tingle of emotion in their trigger finger.
Of course not all Amiga games are trash. If they were people wouldn't be able to tell the Amiga apart from that ST thlngy.
Excellent review I enjoyed your review of the wonderful Excellence I wordprocessing program in the March ssue. Your praise of it was well earned, but one part of the review was misleading.
You criticise the lack of an overtype faculty, which you say is missing from the program. In fact this Is not the cose as by simply highlighting the text that you wish to overtype and then entering the new text, the program replaces the old with the new.
It must be Just about the best wordproces- sor available on the Amiga and readers shouldn't be put off by the price: there are some very good mall order deals available.
The ony trouble that I have with It is that I spend time exploring its capabilities that I should be using for writing.
D M Fie id house, Liverpool The process of highlighting a text block with the mojse and then replacing It by typing In new text isn't strictly speaking an overtype mode. For example, anyone who uses a wordpracessor for long periods of time and who requires speed above all else, the use of the mouse Is a no-no.
When using Protext, for Instance, I configure It to Overwrite mode Instead of Insert. That way If I make a mistake In typing, which I often Co and which I usually notice as It's Snail mail mouse I om writing to you to tell my woeful story about a Naksha mouse.
It all began when I ordered the little chap from a mail order company called Microsmart. This was In about November.
By January this year I had not received the product, nor any message from the company, so I wrote to them expressing my annoyance, and asking them what had happened.
I tried to contoct them by telephone, but al I got was their ansa phone. Finally. I wrote them another letter. The result? Nothing.
What can I do apart from fume wtth the poor quality of the mouse that I got wtth my Amiga 500 which I bought a year ago.
Yours feeing peeved, to put It mildly.
Lain Chambers, Peterborough.
Yours Is just one of many mail order gripes I receive in the postbag every month.
Although we do our best to ensure that each of our advertisers is honest, legal and decent, we cannot really check out the service offered on an Individual basis.
I gave Microsmart a quick ring to see what the problem was with your order. They told me that your rodent started scurrying Its way to Peterborough the day before you called.
Your original order from November last year apparently got a little lost in the pre- Christmas stampede, for which they are sorry.
You have every right to be a bit peeved, but hopefully similar things won’t happen ogaln. Hope you think the mouse was worth the wait.
Done, I can type straight over the top of It without haying to delete or resort to the mouse.
I'm glad you Hked the review, and we dkJ.
As you say. Conclude that Excellence 2.0 Is one of the best on the market. As for the price, we quote the RRP as It would be unfair to a product to quote the cheapest price we could find. Hope you continue to enjoy exploring you wofdprocessor's power (and buying our mag • Ed).
Fair shares all round I know you regularly print such statements, but I'd Ike to make a point about shareware.
Always pay for any shareware you end up keeping and using. If you don't, the people who write It wi have to find some other way to make a living and won't be able to update their programs, or create new ones.
Vou may save a bit In the short term, but you'll lose in the end and end up paying for sof*ware you may never use because there are no good shareware alternatives availoble.
The UK has a poor reputation for this. Come on fellow Brits, let’s show the Yonks that we re just as honest as they are.
Finally. I know that you manage to pock as much quality Into your slimmer mog as your biggest rival, but my latest copy has pages 67 through 101 missing. Can you help?
Bill Dawson. Southampton.
I can't agree more on what you are saying about shareware.
Yes we do print letters like yours regularly, but it is always worth reminding people to put their money where their mouse is.
I am sure most people Intend to cough up for the software, but never quite get around to It. There Is no excuse for not going to the bank and sorting out a money order tomorrow, so do It people!
As for the mystery of the missing pages, I wonder If Bill Sykes uses the same newsagent as you?
Stealing an entire magazine Is utterly pedestrian compared to the style and nerve required to make off with Just the pages of interest, Consider the missing pages In the post, i might even send a complete magazine.
Trojan Trauma?
I recently purchased a copy of Amigc Computing issue 34. On the CoverDisk was o program called 'Kill Da Virus'. I Installed this program on a* my bootable disks.
Since doing this I have had nothing bu' trouble with a virus called 'Smiley Cancer' which turns the mouse pointer into a foce and has corrupted much of my public domain.
It seems to me that the only place this virus could have come from is your CoverDisk as I have had no trouble of this kind before. I would Bke to know If you have received any other complaints of this nature.
I will not be buying your magazine again until this matter is sorted out. If I do not hecr from you I wil hove to write to another magazine.
Ian Simllan, Sheffield.
The Amiga Computing CoverDisk was not the source of the virus you are afflicted with.
Our erstwhile disk editor. Stevie Kennedy assures me that the AC disks are so clean you could eat your dinner off them.
We are not a virus carrier. Any allegation that our magazine distributes these anti-socid beasties will, quite rightly, be taken very seriously by our readers.
It Is Important to be sure of your focts before initiating such grave rumours.
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