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Amiga 2000 only Power Computing Ltd Unit 8 Railton Road Woburn Road Industrial Estate Kempston Bedford MK42 7PN. Tel 0234 843388 Fax 0234 840234 All prices VAT. Delivery »n3 are subject lo cnnge. Specifications are subject to change without notice. Meet day delivery f4 50IIK mainline only) Dealer e- junes wecome All trademarks acknowledged INCOMPATIBILITY problems have surfaced with Commodore's latest Amiga just weeks after the computer started early shipping, but UK software houses have pledged to cure difficulties.
Claims that about half of the existing Amiga leisure software base will not run on the A500 Plus have been backed by tests carried out by Amiga Computing which have found many games, old and new, incompatible.
Cure promised for A500P problems Serious applications are less troublesome but it is too early to list which packages will not load.
One shock is that shareware programs not written to Commodore guidelines seem to largely escape the problem.
But Commodore are reluctant to admit that the difficulties exist.
Spokesman Andrew Ball says that developers were sent details of the firm's plans more than a year ago and have had sufficient time to write software to guidelines. H e says that while there could be problems with public domain software that is not written to Commodore's rule book, commercial packages should be 99 per cent trouble-free.
Carnes houses are holding their hands up and taking the blame, saying that as soon as they receive models of the computer all Amiga products will be made compatible.
Domark's latest flight shoot-'em-up Super MiG-29 Fulcrum is just one program unable to run on the machine.
WHAT A spokesman confirmed that Commodore had sent notes advising of new programming rules but said they were unable to implement them because a machine was not available for testing software.
However, the firm said that they were unaware of the problem and added that it would not take long to revise. Domark say Commodore are better th n most manufacturers in giving details of planned changes.
Gremlin Graphics said the reason for the problems with their latest programs was that while new guidelines were sent from Amiga Already firms ore labelling their products as compatible with the computer ASDG's Art Department Professional Is one such package Commodore they were unaware of the Kickstart ROM being replaced.
Gremlin's production manager told us: "Everybody will sort it out
- it won't be a big problem."
Some software is already selling with A500P-compatible stickers on its packaging. Ocean's latest hit, Terminator 2 - Judgement Day, is just one and other products are labelled with green diamonds to indicate AmigaDOS 2 compatibility.
The only external difference between the A500P and the normal A500 is a badge on the keyboard casing naming the computer as a Commodore A500 Plus, and a small Commodore logo. The packaging also lists the new machine by name.
John Butters is told that games will be rewritten for the machine Inside it has one megabyte of memory on its motherboar and the enhanced chip set, and is supplied with a copy of the latest operating system, Workbench 2. Kickstart v2.04 is included on ROM. Along with the Super Agnes chip this is believed to be the cause of the problems. Above-forecast sales of the Cartoon Classics pack led to standard A500 shortages and a surprise early release for the Plus, say Commodore. The official on-sale date remains as "after Christmas", for the computer, which sells in the United States as the A500
Professional.
One industry expert commented: "It's inevitable that this type of thing happens when a machine is updated. Commodore have to make changes to keep the Amiga up to date in this fast-moving market."
Super A3000 to have CD A COMMODORE insider has revealed that the giant plan to include a CD-ROM drive in their new A3000 being developed in the States.
The firm have already confirmed exclusive AMIGA Computing reports that the computer is to have the faster 68040 processor chip by the end of next year It will make the computer up to five times faster than the existing machine and the information received this month adds to growing speculation that the top-end Amiga could be renamed, possibly as the A4000 The company are about to release an add-on CD-ROM drive for their A500 but it will not fit to other computers in Ihe range. Since an increasing amount of software Is being released on CD. The A3000 will soon need a CD-ROM option.
The new specifications rumoured for the machine match those planned by Atari for their TT computer - the nearest competitor for the AiOOO Atari's Falcon will also have a 68040 chip and a CD-ROM drive.
In the USA. The A3000 is outselling the A2000. With 15 per cent of machines being employed for presentation creation. Commodore are claiming more than two-thirds share of the professional video computer market.
A Commodore spokesman said he was unaware of a CD-ROM plan for the WHAT’S WO Dealers threaten LU Building the power AN OPTICAL drive giving 128 megabytes of storage capacity heads a line-up of new Amiga products due from Power Computing (0234 843388) during the next few months.
Developed for the A2000, it comes as an internal or external drive and enables data to be stored on fully rewriteable 3.5in optical cartridges. Manufactured by computer giant IBM it has a seek rate of 60 milliseconds.
The internal version which fits into the 5.25 drive bay costs £999 and the external model with its own power supply is £1199. Each cartridge costs £36. GVP SCSI interfaces can also be bought for £199.
The second product from the Bedfordshire firm will be the first hand scanner to be priced at under £100. With an auto-setting resolution of up to 400 dots per inch, Power Scanner will support true greyscale and will be built to enable a printer to also be connected to the Amiga. With software, it will cost £99 and goes on sale shortly.
Developers have just started work on a "really cheap" eight megabyte external RAM board with a thru port The Power RAM Board should be on sale at the beginning of November and while its price still needs to be fixed, indications are that it will sell for £249. A two megabyte version is expected to cost £99.
By january the company's 1.44 megabyte floppy disk drive should be ready for launch. The external device will be switchable between 880K and 1 44 megabytes and its price still needs to be finalised.
And with the release of AmigaDOS 2, Power plan to develop a piece of equipment to enable Amiga users to swap between its operating systems. Owners of Amigas fitted with Kickstart 1.2 and 1.3 will be able to switch to v2 and talks are still being held on whether Workbench 2 will be included on disk.
The product remains untitled although it is pencilled in for an end of November release. "We are working hard at developing new Amiga products," said head of Power Computing Tony laniri, "and we've got many more ideas for next year."
Multimedia made easier AMIGA multimedia users are to get the quality care they need to make multimedia decisions, say Commodore. It's all due to a new deal making the UK's largest Independent computer supplier the exclusive top-end Amiga distributor.
As Commodore try to grab the growing multimedia market the link with P k P will be backed with an advertising campaign and a training programme for qualifying dealers.
"I am absolutely delighted at this major opportunity for our two companies to pool our experience and work together to ensure that multimedia becomes the reality it deserves to be," said P & P's general manager Patricia Way.
The Commodore Amiga 3000 with AmigaVision and the CDTV are a cost-effective combination that can make major contributions to any company's effectiveness and productivity."
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Porn crackdown A 24-year-old man is expected to appear in court soon accused of contravening the Obscene Publications Act at the start of a police blitz on the use of computers for displaying pornographic material.
Greater Manchester Police discovered material at the centre of the case by responding to advertisments in the computer press and once an offending disk was received, joined forces with Wiltshire Police to swoop on a house in Swindon. Disks and an Amiga setup were seized.
"The pictures on the disks are exactly the same as the pictures in magazines - still pictures of a pornographic nature said a Greater Manchester Police spokesman.
"It's lack of continuity that we're trying to address, making people aware that if you have the stuff on your bulletin board or whatever else you are doing with it, the minute you show it somebody else or sell it you are committing an offence."
THE CHAIRMAN of the independent dealers' body NASCR (National Association of Specialist Computer Retailers) has hit out at Commodore and predicts it could be "Commodore's last Christmas of any know."
Clive Bishop claims the incompatibility snag with the firm's A500P (see main story, page 9) is another reason for dealers to drop the Amiga range from their shelves. He has sent a letter to members advising them not to deal with firms that don't give a satisfactory service.
However, Commodore's spokesman Andrew Ball claimed that the incompatibility was greatly exagger ated and said that developers were supplied with full details of the Japan has CDTV plans A consortium formed in Japan aims to promote and plan new titles, including motion pictures, for the CDTV.
Leading companies linking with Commodore include Mitsui and printing giant Dai-Nippon.
Other firms interested in joining the multimedia industry are expected to join the consortium soon, including ASCII.
Commodore's Andrew Ball says the move will establish a Japanese market and strengthen the CDTV's position worldwide.
Changes IB to 24 months ago and had been provided with complete versions of Workbench 2 on disk three months ago.
But Bishop complained: "I think it's going to be a frightening, daunt ing task this Christmas. From a retailer's point of view selling hardware and software, it's heads I win tails you lose. There's no way we can get through this one without major hassle."
But alleged incompatibility is only part of the upset and the situation over the warranty will have the biggest affect on sales he says.
"'What can we do with a situation that's already happened? We are totally reliant on our manufacture's support - we haven't had that from Amiga Commodore since the end of )une.
We just get hassles - they've taken an Amstrad approach and we all know where that got Amstrad.
"We are destocking Commodore as fast as is possible and I know other NASCR members are doing very similar. Commodore - this could be their last Christmas of any know. We cannot afford to stock Commodore."
Commodore maintain they are operating a fair dead on arrival policy.
Andrew Ball said: "We have gone a long way to revise the DOA policy.
"Since we decided to change our policy we have spent a lot of time with NASCR revising it. At several points NASCR indicated satisfaction."
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A Both Protext 5.5 and Prodata require 1 Mb of memory Amor Ltd (ac), 611 Lincoln Road, Peterborough PEI 3HA. Tel: (0733) 68909 Fax (0733) 67299 x itM I I.HIt - WHAT'S NEW **C Rmtf Iatest Letters Key 71 LEISURE KlUirW WHAT’S m Star price cuts Measure with video A MULTI-PURPOSE program has been launched which uses an Amiga and genlock to enable measurements to be taken from most video pictures.
Using a genlock to superimpose the computer's graphics on to a video picture, MicroMeasure takes measurements directly from the screen without the need for digitisers and image analysis software.
Using the mouse to move a pointer over the video picture, the Amiga records the mouse's movement and the measurement is made. These include distances, angles, path lengths, areas and tally counting. Movement can also be studied.
Onscreen calibration gives data in any unit, which can be saved to disk and printed. Time calibration enables time-lapse or slow motion video tapes to be used as the source.
Its uses include studies of animal behaviour, microscopy and cell biology, leaf areas and root lengths in plant sciences and measurements from maps, plans and satellite photographs.
The price is £581.16 but education discounts reduce the cost to as little as £99. Demonstration disks are available from Dr Mike Copland, Department of Biochemistry and Biological Sciences, Wye College, University of London.
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5 But notnSch else: StarF light 2 11 1' SJOFT-TECH UPDATES 6 Archive: Pascal PLUS BASIC 21 15 1' BT axe Micronet CONFIDENCE in the economy has led to immediate price falls for printer giant Star's range of 24-pin models.
The LC24 line sees prices drop by up to £20 and the company have also slashed the cost of their four page per minute laser printers.
"We are now seeing a significant increase in sales following the summer lull as businesses become more confident in the economy,' explained Star's Roger Bayley. "The improvements in the price performance ratios will only help increase demand for these models in preference."
LACK of profit is being given as the reason for recent closure of British Telecom's online Micronet computer magazine.
Before the announcement, BT had stopped signing up new subscribers and sent recommendations that members transfer to the giant CompuServe system, for which they receive free registration.
The service never met expected membership levels despite charges being Cut this April in an attempt to keep it afloat. It closed with little more than 11,000 subscribers - well below viable targets.
One of the main features in Micronet was an Amiga section which was updated daily with news, views and reviews from all over the world. Letters could be sent via telephone lines enabling users to debate topics and get help from fellow users. Former Micronet editor-in-chief Paul Needs simply offered: 'It's the end of a dream."
Beginners get help of computer terms, questions and answers and software training.
BEGINNERS interested in learning more about the Amiga are set to benefit from a new training scheme announced by a new High Wycombe-based firm.
)JC (0494 883347) with more than 12 years, experience in the market are to launch a series of 12 disks containing information about the computer.
The one disk per month course will take subscribers from the basics through software, hardware and design, and give hints and tips. Regular features will include a glossary ‘There are hundreds and hundreds of companies offering PC and Macintosh training but none for the Amiga,' said JJC boss John Thompson. "We have been in the Commodore market for some time and we feel that Amiga users often just play games without realising the machine's full potential."
Individual disks can be bought for £5. A one-year rolling course costs £50.
Landscapes to view GENESIS The Third Day is a new Amiga package which can be used to generate landscapes using authentic government data or create imaginary scenery via an easy to use interface.
Described as the most advanced fractal landscape generator, the user has control over every aspect of the tool and it supports most 3D modelling and animation programs.
Landscapes can have up to 118,000 points, 236,000 triangles, 1,200 permanent springs and 2,500 lakes. Once created, the fractal world can be viewed from any position or "flown through' with built-in animation features.
Features include control over the fractal dimension, placement of the observer viewpoint anywhere in the 3D space around the landscape, customising of the heights of individual points, five draw modes and adjustable colours.
Pictures are stored as .IFF, lo-res, hires and HAM images. Hard disk drives are supported and 24-bil images are soon to be added. Price: £49.95 from the Software Business (0480 496497).
Features added to RocGen Capital link for Shopper VISITORS to the Christmas Computer Shopper Show will have the chance of winning one of four flights in Capital FM s Flying Eye plane during its traffic monitoring duties.
The London radio station have linked with show organiser Blenheim Pel (081 868 4466) to support Us Share a Capital Christmas Appeal, which will provide toys and food during the festive season for underprivileged families Capital FM will ask people to take along gifts for the appeal, and in return they will receive a raffle ticket for the daily draw Top Amiga firms promising to attend the event include HiSoft, Evesham Micros. Roland, Power Computing and Silica Systems.
People will also have the chance to try their hand at being a D| in a special studio being built within the show to be manned by Capital FM personalities.
While there will be no live broadcasts, people who have a go will be able to take away a tape of their attempt.
"This is an ideal opportunity for us to help make it a brighter Christmas for youngsters who are supported by Capitals annual appeal , said Blenheim s Stephen Bozdan Flying over London s skyline will be a tremendous experi ence for the four winners."
The Show will be held at Wembley Exhibition Halls from Thursday December S to Sunday December 8 THE successor to the best selling RocGen genlock is due for imminent release from Silica Systems (081-309
1111) .
In addition to the earlier product, RocGen Plus supports RGB and video through, keying, optional Chroma key, keyhole effects, improved styling and far better genlocking quality.
It supports higher image mixing quality than its predecessor, with internal circuits modified to give higher tolerance levels. Better quality components have also been used to improve performance The ability to key a colour and specify it means chosen colours can be replaced with the genlock signal - similar to the facilities used by television production teams producing weather forecast bulletins, where the presenter's clothing is "invisible'.
'RocGen Plus now matches genlocks costing several times more in terms of quality and image stability," says Silica's Andy Leaning.
Price £149.95. I CDTV learns more ¦ 5 ANOTHER version of the best-selling home education package Fun School 3 has just been released on compact disc for CDTV users by Eumpress Software (0625 859333).
Children aged between five and seven years old can now use the software, which has become the top education program for the CDTV in the USA and UK. Six games feature in this version, each with several difficulty levels to develop a child's number and word skills.
Spokesman Paul Shrimpling explained: "With CDTV establishing the first foothold in the interactive multi- media market, Fun School is staying hot on its tail with the launch of the 5 to 7s package." Price: £24.99. Christmas Critters CHRISTMAS is coming and so are some unusual computer products. Critters are cuddly toy-type creatures that attach to computers and monitors.
There are four different species: Teddy Bear, Dragon, Bunny Rabbit complete with carrot, and the British Bulldog. Price: £26.99 each from Crittercal Computers, PQ Box 300A, Surbiton, Surrey.
AMIGA artists can have their work printed onto T-Shirts by expanding Studio 101 (0827 280884), a company which recently started supporting the computer by offering a laser printing service.
Company boss Robin Sanders says that the new line of work started as a result of the Silicon Picture Company pulling out of the Amiga market to concentrate on IBM PC and Apple Macintosh files.
WHAT’S Art files go on T-shirts They charge £17.49 for the printing and accept up to A3-sized files in portrait mode from most Amiga paint packs. Another avenue being explored at Studio 101 is the transfer of files to transparencies for overhead projection. This service costs £6.
Sales take off Animal magic DUE for release soon are two RealThings Animation packages containing game reserve animals and a collection of ocean creatures.
Developers RGB Studios sought help from two relevant authorities when designing the packages, which can be run in Deluxe Paint III or IV and other programs supporting animbrushes.
For Safari, wildlife film makers Survival Anglia gave assistance, and permission was granted to use reference sources covered by Survival's copyright. The directors and staff of the London Zoological Society and their Whipsnade Animal Park also worked closely with RGB.
Sea Life Centres, whose ocean display centres are found in many coastal resorts around Britain, gave support for , the second title, Sea Life. Each " costs £29.84 from HB Marketing (0753 685000).
FIGURES just released prove Amiga Computing is one of the fastest growing Amiga magazines. For yeif-on- year sales of your favourite monthly have jumped by nearly 90 per cent and the rise continues.
Its sister titles have also increased their circulations and group chairman Derek Meakin said the new circulation figures reflect the buoyant state of today's computer market, both among games players and serious users.
"Sales since June have shown even more dramatic increases, and we confidently expect to post record figures at the end of the current six month period," he said.
So we thank all our 150,000 readers for coming back to Amiga Computing month after month and say welcome to the thousands of those reading the magazine for the first time this month.
New sounds for Amiga STEREO MASTER is a new stereo sampling package for the Amiga which includes AMAS-style software and "more extras than an M series BMW' Special sound effects which can be emulated from the FX menu indude echo, revert), ramp, pitch up and down and stereo bounce.
Other features are fast fourier 3D display, twin stereo spectrum analyzer and a sample sequencer for up to 18 samples.
It also has twin oscilloscopes, full editor, new style stereo cartridge, multiple filters, real time record and play maker and full multi-tasking. Price: 09.95 from Microdeal (0726 6969Z).
Stop that thief RESEARCH shows UK crime rising and with that comes a warning to secure valuable items such as Amiga setups from thieves.
A small firm in the Midlands has just launched what they describe as a compact, practical and inexpensive way to reduce the risk of theft in the workshop, office or home.
Securit is a do-it-yourself locking device which can be fitted to a wide range of products including computers and monitors to enable them to be locked to a surface.
Made of two metal locking bars and plates, it is supplied with a fixing kit which covers most fitting applications. Prices start at £47.50 from L.R.M. Consultants (0676 34095).
DIARY DATES 15 to 17 November, 1991 World of Commodore Organiser. ITP Exhibitions Venue; Earl's Court 2 The 15th Commodore event.
1 December, 1991 All Formats Computer Fair Organiser: Bruce Everiss (Q22S $ 68100) Venue: GtyHall, Candleriggs, Glasgow 14 December, 1991 Venue: Royol Horticultural Hall, London 15 December, 1991 Venue: University of Leeds Sports Centre, Leeds Plenty of bargains and heaps of public domain software.
5 to 8 December, 1991 Computer Shopper Show Organiser: Blenheim Pel (081-8684466) Venue: Wembley Exhibition Halls An opportunity to buy some bargains before Christmas.
7 to 9 February, 1992 Sth International 16-bit Computer Show Orgoniser: Westminster Exhibitions (081-549 3444) Venue: Novotel Hotel, Hammersmith The first post-Chnstmas Amiga show.
Expect plenty of bargains.
OVERSEAS EVENTS 1 to 3 November, 1991 Amiga '91 Koln Organiser. Ami Shorn Europe GmbH (010 49 809224086) Venue: Fairground[ Cologne, Germany The second major German show of the year expects to attract more than 200 exhibitors.
• If your company is organising a show relevant to the Amiga
and it's not listed, let us know so we can include the
information in the diary.
Racers put foot down AIMED at games players is a new Spectravideo (081-900 0024) foot pedal designed to make leisure titles which involve pushing the joystick upwards to move forward or accelerate easier.
Foot Pedal Controller works as an enhancement to a conventional joystick for car racing games. It is supplied with three pedals which can be pressed by the foot in much the same way as a car's clutch, brake and accelerator.
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EXP DATE PLEASE MBIT MY ACCESS VISA CARD BY WHILE visitors didn't show up in droves to the recent Fall AmiExpo at Oakland Convention Center in downtown Oakland, there was no shortage of exhibitors. More than 40 companies hawked their newest products at the show.
As is typical with recent Amiga shows, one booth that was always crowded was NewTek's. The company showed version 2.0 of their Video Toaster software, which adds a number of new wipes, and an improved version of the Lightwave 3D software.
The company still didn’t have news on PAL or A3000 versions of their Toaster.
C 1 Video usa AmiExpo definitely had a video emphasis. Digital Creations' new DCTV 1.1 software upgrade generated quite a bit of excitement, as did their new Kitchen Sync time-base corrector.
Digital Micronics impressed people with the DMI Resolver add-in video board, a high-speed graphics enhancer for the A2000 and A3000.
Reigns at Animation Unlike true 24-bit video cards, this card's 256 colours - from a palette of 16 million - allow for high speed animation. The onboard 60MHz TMS34010 video processor gives great animation power. DMI was wowing the crowd with a real time, 3D flight simulator running in 1280 x 1024 resolution.
AmiExpo After looking at all the 24-bit graphics cards on display, the Amiga's standard graphics modes started to look more on more like the display of a VIC
20. CVP showed their Impact Vision 24 card which features a built
in deinterlacer, frame grabber, and genlock.
Progressive Peripherals and Software displayed their RAMbrandt graphics and video card, which uses two slots but combines the best features of the CVP and DMI cards. While Impulse wasn't exhibiting at the show, their Firecracker 24 video card was on show at Virtual Reality Labs’ booth, displaying dazzlingly realistic 3D landscapes created by VistaPro One truly bizarre card which was announced, but not shown, was Expansion Systems' Van Gogh video enhancer card, which adds IBM-style SuperVGA modes to the Amiga.
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It's not compatible with standard Amiga video modes, though, so you'll either need two monitors - one Amiga- style and one VGA - or a multiscan to WHAT’S new use it. A nice bonus feature of the Van Gogh card is the ability to add the 2Mb Agnes chip and a second megabyte of chip RAM to your A500 or A2000.
A number of new accelerator boards were shown at AmiExpo. Video pros anxious to speed up their 3D renderings were all agog at the new 68040 boards on display, while those of us on hobbyist budgets were checking out the new crop of low-cost 68000 and 68030 accelerators, Speed | CSA had their popular Mega-Midget Racer, which provides 68030 power 3 starting at less than 5300 street price. If you feel the need for speed check out CSA’s new Magnum 40 4, a blazingly fast card for A2000 users who aren't g afraid to plunk down a large chunk of change on an accelerator. N For S3995, you get a 68040,1
Mb of I zero-wait-state 32-bit static RAM, up to 64Mb of 32-bit DRAM, a high speed J" SCSI controller, a parallel port, and two serial ports (one of which supports ? 1 AppleTalk networks). CSA's demos of this board, using ASDC's new Art Department Professional 2.0, showed it to be three to five times faster than an A3000.
Progressive Peripherals and Software also showed off their 68040 boards for the A2000 and A3000, and PCS Management had their Fusion Forty board. It was hard to tell which board was best - they were all blazingly fast. While many visitors were impressed with the high speed 68040 boards, most folks walking out with accelerators had chosen ICD's AdSpeed board, the 14MHz cached 68000 that was selling for about S200 at the show.
LO While it seemed there was a neat new hardware product ever corner you turned, new software was a bit more scarce. New Horizons was shipping ProWrite 3.2, an upgrade that probably deserved to be bumped up to version
3. 5 or 4.0. More features This improved wordprocessor now sports
4096-colour printing, built in PostScript support, a new high
quality print mode, a better file requester and a new 3D user
interface. AmigaDOS
2. 0 users will also find support in the program for scalable
outline fonts and public screens.
The best selling software at the show was Electronic Art's DeluxePaint IV, which Finally shipped. EA also publicly premiered Populous II, which should be shipping early in '92. It has more disasters, more characters and a better user interface.
Other games were scarce.
MicroProse showed their new Amiga products, and Centaur Software unveiled their Fantastic Voyage game, a computer adaptation of the science fiction classic that shrunk Raquel Welch down to the size of a red blood cell.
Amiga desktop publishers were treated to upgrades of both major page layout programs. Cold Disk's Professional Page 2.1 adds few new features, but it's much faster than previous versions and fixes the numerous bugs in v2.0. Softlogik's PageStream 2.2 sports a 3D, AmigaDOS 2.0-style user interface and adds a hotlinks interface for direct communication with Softlogik's new PageStream add-ons, such as the 8ME bitmap editor and PageLiner text processor. Both the Ppage 2.1 and PageStream 2.2 upgrades are free to registered users in the U.S. Oxxi showed off SpectraColor for the HAM-E board, its
Novell Netware client software, AudioMaster IV sample editor, and Visionary adventure game development language. They also premiered Presentation Manager, a profesI The San Francisco Bay area is usually a hotbed of Amiga activity.
It’s where the original Amiga Corp. created the computer, where many Amiga developers are based, and it’s home to organizations like the First Amiga User Group (FAUG), where you can often find 200-400 die-hard Amiga fans at the monthly meetings, viewing demos of the latest and greatest Amiga hardware.
ProWrtte 3.2 now has 4096 cotour printing PostScript support ond a host of other new features sional quality program that creates Charts and slides for live presentation or output to film or a colour printer.
, Opus pocus Ope software product that garnered a lot of attention was Inovatronics' Opus Directory utility. Incredibly configurable, with full Arexx support and built in animation, picture, and sound players, Opus was making a lot of CU- haters very happy. Progressive Peripherals & Software's DiskMaster II provided opus with some stiff competition, though, with its multi-window interface.
The product that excited me the most, though, was Voyager, the Dynamic Sky Simulator from Visionary Software. Like VRU's Distant Suns, Voyager lets you plot the sky from any point on the earth's surface.
The program also includes a complete database of NASA and ESA space probes, so you can plot the paths of historic missions like Voyager 2 and Magellan. If you have any interest in astronomy or space exploration, this program is a must.
Probably the only disappointment at AmiExpo was that AmigaDOS 2.0 enhancer kits weren't available for sale.
The continuing saga of The Operating System that Wouldn't Ship may be drawing to a close, though. A few dealers in Pennsylvania now have 2.0 Enhancer kits. Commodore still haven't told dealers their retail price, so they can't be sold.
One notable absence from the show who were schedule to debut the new
5. 0 for the Amiga, and give the keynote speech opening the show.
However, the booth was empty, and Commodore Applications and
Technical Support's (CATS) Jeff Scherb stepped in to do the
keynote address.
A company spokesman claimed that there were problems with the program
- it's still in Alpha test - that made it unsuitable for showing
at AmiExpo.
Industry scuttlebutt had it that is waiting for Commodore to commit funds for development assistance before they'll commit themselves to finishing the new version.
Improved setting Business spreadsheet arrives AN ENHANCED version of Cold Disk's (010 1 213 320 5080) entry-level page layout software, Pagesetter, has just been announced.
Pagesetter III is designed to provide a complete text and graphics creation and layout system. It includes a full page layout program, wordprocessor and spelling checker and colour paint program. A selection of hi-res structured clip art is also available.
It is now PostScript-compatible and can print colour bitmaps and clip art. Price: $ 129,95.
BUSINESS users are being targeted for a new high-end spreadsheet and graphing package from California- based Cold Disk (010 1 213 320 S080).
Professional Calc's interface has a graphical control panel for fast access to common functions. Multiple fonts and colours are supported and user-definable style tags control attributes such as font, type style, point size, alignment, colour and numeric font.
An outlining feature means rows or columns can be collapsed and hidden and collapsed outlines can be expanded and displayed when needed. Full colour 2D and 3D bar graphs, pie charts, line, column x-y scatter and area graphs can be generated and multiple fonts including special text effects are available. Files from leading business packages such as Lotus 1-2-3, Maxiplan and dBase can be imported in to Professional Calc and graphs xsaved as IFF bitmaps, Professional Draw clips, Aegis Draw Plus or Encapsulated PostScript files.
More than 125 statistical, trigonometric, financial and user-definable functions are provided and Arexx support includes 75 functions, which can be called during spreadsheet recalculation.
Requiring at least one megabyte of memory it has a US price tag of S395. In the UK call Silica Systems (081-3091111).
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obviously a pretty essential piece of kit for your more serious Amiga owner.
Therefore, it's a pity that out of all the pieces of hardware you'll ever buy, printers are guaranteed to be the bane of your life. Feed jams, faulty drivers, indecipherable manuals, wrong page sizes, the list is endless. Luckily, not all printers are the Lucifers of the computer world, in fact, some are pretty good. Before we sort the wheat from the Chaff though, let's just clarify a few Cd Cl.
9-pin A 9-pin printer is the most basic design.
It works on a similar principle to a typewriter, in that it prints by striking the paper through the ribbon. Characters are created by a system of nine pins which make dots on the paper in the shape of the character, hence, believe it or not, the name 9-pin, In draft mode the print head only makes one pass over the paper. This means that the you can see the dots making up each character. In near letter quality mode (NLQ) the print head makes two passes over the paper filling in the spaces between the dots and giving better quality printouts.
Unfortunately this means that 9-pin printers are very noisy, but they are also cheap.
24-pin A 24-pin printer is, strangely enough, like a 9-pin printer but with more pins on the printhead. This means that the printout is generally of much better quality. A 24-pin draft printout is usually of the same quality as a 9-pin NLQ printout as the greater number of pins gives the printouts much better resolution.
24-pin printers are also suitable for graphics printing, although colour is really necessary for decent results.
The posh ones If you've got some extra pennies knocking about then you may want to splash out on a more up-market printer.
Currently rather trendy are bubblejet printers. They produce printouts by squirting tiny globules of ink onto the paper, rather then striking the paper, and so are practically silent.
The downside to this is that, not only are they out of reach of most home owners' pockets, but they are also useless for batch printing of invoices and bills as they cannot use continuous fanfold paper, or carbon paper. This is by the by though, if you want professional quality printouts and are willing to fork out the extra.
Drivers Before you can "dump' your documents onto paper you have to make sure that both your Amiga and printer can communicate properly. This is where a printer driver comes in. A printer driver is simply a small piece of software that allows Amiga and printer to understand each other, like an electronic Babel fish.
Most printers will work with an Epson driver, which will Come in some form or another with most software packages, or if not then a printer driver will be supplied with the printer. Better results can be gleaned if you use a driver specific to your printer, so be prepared to either scour the PD libraries or if you're very brave you could try and customise your own.
To help sum up each brief review of the printers, we now present an all- new ratings system. Each printer will be marked out of ten on four categories and also given an overall percentage. Please note though that the marks given to 9-pin printer aren't really comparable to 24-pin, otherwise it would be a tad unfair to the poor 9-pins. The categories are thus: EASE OF USE ..How easy Is It to get the thing up and printing? Does the manual make it obvious? Does the paper get chewed up all the time?
NOISE ......The lower the better. How noisy is it in comparison with others of It's type?
OPTIONS.,„„„Doe} It have built in fonts? How many knobs and menus are there? Are they easy to select?
RESULTS ..At the end of the day, what does the actual printout look like? Is the text clear, are the graphics indistinct? And if you can't figure that out then you're reading the wrong magazine.
Citizen Kane Citizen produce a well known and well respected range of both 9-and 24-pin printers. Under scrutiny here are the 9- pin Swift 9, the popular 120D+, the 24- pin 124D and the rather odd PN48 Notebook printer. The Citizens were supplied by Silica Shop (081 309 1111).
Swift 9 (£222.08 Inc. VAT) A very efficient 9-pin, which gives surprisingly good results. The rather novel menu system gives each button about three different functions. This gives the Swift a lot more options and choice than its rivals, but can * -o 73 The Seikosha Posse Seikosha produce a good range of both 9- and 24-pin printers, so we've chosen the best of both categories to cast our gaze over - the Seikosha SP-2000 9-pin and the Seikosha SL-92 and SL-210 24-pin .
All Seikosha printers were supplied by Silica Shop (081 309 1111).
70 on SP-2000 (£151.58 inc. VAT) The first great advantage of the SP-2000 is its compact size. It should fit pretty snugly on to even the most crowded desk. It doesn't even sacrifice quality for size. The ribbon supplied is sturdy and should last for a good long while, and the manual is great. Plenty of clear line drawings guide the beginner through the initial stages of setting up, while the more technical minded among you can find solace among the tables and lists of hex at the back.
Once set up the printer works fine in both draft and NLQ mode, with no smudges or hiccups. The only problems that were encountered were when using continuous fanfold paper The paper feeds seemed to have trouble lining up the paper automatically, and when first wound through the paper tended to tangle against the paper bail lever. The problem isn't seriously crippling, although it does hint at a poor design.
If you want a relatively cheap 9-pin simply for pnnting out letters, though, then the SP-2000 is a pretty safe bet.
Ease of use SL-92 (£322 inc. VAT) If possible, this 24-pin is even smaller than its 9-pin counterpart. Predictably, its results are much more desirable than the 9-pin, and it doesn't share the SP-2000's problems with fanfold paper A plus is the wide vanety of fonts available from the printer itself. Each font is easily selected and the variety between them is enough to make each one worthwhile. It'S nice and speedy when dealing with text, and graphics are fast too. The quality of graphics depends on what sort of picture you're dumping. Hi-res artwork Overall 89% SL 210 (£433 inc. VAT) A
much larger printer than the other two Seikosha offspring and as such a tad more powerful. Still a 24-pin, but with a distinctly more professional look and feel The printers selection panel, in particular, is very smart.
Each option is selected by a little wheel that cycles through the options in a window. This cuts down the need for unresponsive touch sensitive pads and those annoying LED lights.
When it comes to results, they are pretty much the same as the SL-92. The printing is a bit faster and quieter and the whole thing just "feels'' that bit more trustworthy than the other Seikoshas, but that's just a gut reaction, as only long term use will tell As it stands though, this is the best of the Seikosha crop and well worth a look.
Tends to be indistinct, as black and white can't really do justice to the Amiga palette, but clip art for documents is fine As with the SP-2000 the manual is very helpful with a fine balance of basics and in- depth techy stuff. All in all a very efficient and user friendly machine.
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to unnecessary confusion, Despite that, the Swift 9 is great
printer, especially for a 9-pin. It's not quite as noisy as
Other 9-pins and gives a good clear pnntout in all of its three
built in fonts. It also avoids the problems that the Seikosha
9-pm suffered with fanfold paper by using flat tractor feeds
rather than round ones which have a habit of making paper loop
over and tangle up in the printer, The manual is very well
thought out and contains a comprehensive index and glossary to
help you through the jargon. The printer also features a
"quiet" mode, a feature common on Citizen printers. It's a nice
idea, especially for those who are sick of the horrific
screeching that dot matrix printers make. Unfortunately, it
doesn't really make that much of a difference to the noise
level, but the thought was there.
A great printer, and doubly good for a 9-pin.
Overall 85% 120D+ (£151.58 inc. VAT) A "plus" version of one of the cheapest and most popular 9-pin printers around. Predictably, at the price it is not without its problems but as a budget printer for the home user it's a pretty safe bet.
Overall 0% As far as printing goes, it's pretty fast and also surprisingly quiet. For a 9-pin the graphics printing is also a bit of a twist, as it's not at all bad for piccies. As a downside, the printer is a devil to get working as the printer head and ribbon guide are extremely dose together. This means that inserting the ribbon takes a lot of patience and lots of inky fingers.
This rather cramped arrangement also means that care must be taken when loading paper, as it can tend to bo caught by the nbbon guide and tom. It's not the worst printer in the world, nor is it the best, but for a cheap and reasonably efficient 9-pin you can't go far wrong.
Overall 70% 124D (£198.58 Inc. VAT) Basically the 124D is a 24-pin version of the 120D+ It's a cheap and cheerful 24- pin printer for those who want 24-pin quality printing for a lower price.
Actually, to compare it to the 120D+ is a little unfair as it doesn't suffer from half the problems that its 9-pin chum does.
The paper feed and control is easy and without hassle, and unlike the 120D+ it doesn't have any feed jams. It's fast with text and comes with only two built in fonts to choose from. The quality of the printout is good, as would be expected from a 24-pin.
The only real problem with this printer is that it's very noisy, and the quiet mode makes little difference, again. Not really the sort of problem that makes it a terrible printer, but it could cause problems if you want to use it in an office environment.
As with the other Citizen printers the manual is excellent and should make the hardware accessible to everybody. An average printer for an average price, and you can't say fairer than that.
Ease of use PN48 Notebook (£229.58 inc. VAT) A very odd pnnter this. It’s smaller than your average disk box! Whether or not this is an advantage really depends on what computer you have. After all, a portable printer's a bit useless if you haven't got a portable computer Obviously, it won't work with fanfold paper, as there's barely enough room for the printhead inside, let alone tractor feeds.
Looking beyond its gimmicky appearance, it is actually a pretty good printer.
It's practically silent due to the fact that it's not a dot matrix printer. Instead it prints using non-impact thermal transfer with a 48-pin head. Apart from the reduction in noise this doesn’t really give any drastic improvements in print quality, but it does sound impressive.
The main problem with a printer of this size is that many features have been removed to keep it small. There's no paper feeder for instance, so great care has to be taken to make sure that the paper is inserted straight or your printout comes out all wonky. It's probably a good choice for printing out letters and such like, but its usefulness for Amiga owners at the price is reduced because of its size.
Options Results Overall 75% Fujitsu DL900 (£229) It really has to be said - this printer looks hauntingly like a knitting machine.
It's the most unprinter like printer I've ever seen, except for the Citizen Notebook printer that is. But, believe it or not, it's a really good printer.
There are absolutely no compatibility problems with any software, as you can just wire it up and print to your heart's content on any generic driver.
There is a Fujitsu driver supplied with the printer, but the machine we received came with a driver on a PC format 5K inch disk. Whether or not this applies to all the machines or whether we were the victims of some sort of mail order slip-up we'll never know. It needs bearing in mind though.
The printed result is of a high quality and there are no problems with either cut sheet or fanfold paper. The only slight hassle is that whenever you enter "set up" mode to select a font - of Which there are seven resident, as well as extra height lettering - the printer prints out a status report, which can be a real pain, especially if you've just gone to great lengths to get your paper lined up properly. It's also a bit of a waste of paper in these ecologically sound times.
Ease of use As far as niggles go, that's about it. A sturdy, if ugly, printer that shouldn't give you any trouble whatsoever. Call Fujitsu on 081-573 4444 for more details.
Canon BJ-lOe “ (£345) Lli The Canon BJ-1 Oe Bubblejet printer is by far the poshest printer we've got It's pos- ¦y siWy the best looking as well. Its appear- ance is more like that of a laptop PC than a printer. It's very compact and closes up rs to form an inconspicuous grey box.
It works, as described before, by squirting ink onto the paper rather than using a ribbon. This has many advantages, and they show. For a start, there's no ribbon to wear out so all the characters are of the same bold quality. Quality? Tell me about it! The printouts look as though they just came from one of those ultraposh laser printers.
Q- It's fast with text but very slow with graphics and the pictures tend to be very dark. The noise level is next to nothina, in fact you may find yourself checking that it is actually printing.
It does have some disadvantages. The price for instance, may be just a little too much for your average home user, but for someone setting up a small business it could fit the bill. As with the Citizen Notebook it doesn't have any tractor feeds, and hence no option for fanfold paper. It also lacks a decent paper feeder to keep the paper straight, so careful insertion is required to prevent lopsided printouts.
Probably the best quality printer we've seen so it may be too expensive, but if you're willing to spend that sort of money then you won't be disappointed.
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XB24-200 (£399.95) As the name suggests, this printer is very similar to the XB24-250. They ?v?n share the same manual.
Therefore the only real difference is the price.
Nine fonts reside in the printer, each capable of being printed in three different sizes. It's very fast on draft text, and still remarkably fast on NLQ. AH the things that applied to the XB24- 250 apply to this, including its hefty size. Try them both and see which one suits you best before buying.
XB24-250 (£449.95) A real giant of a printer this one, and that's its only real disadvantage, it's a colour printer and so best suited to graphics, although it's great with text too. The graphics are printed out quit? Fast, as it prints them in blocks rather than line by line and the results are sometimes a little bkxky, but are of a good enough quality to grace your average fanzine or newsletter.
As colour ribbons can wear through alarmingly qu'cWy, the quality tends to vary throughout a picture and light spots can occur when the ribbon becomes very worn. It prints Another "WultiPont" printer with 15 varieties, plus extra height characters.
It'S a 24-pin and the printed results text extremely quickly, and with little fuss. The printer often takes care of itself, requiring little more from you than for you to stick some paper in the back. Also as an added bonus, it's pretty quiet considering all the printhead shifting that goes on during araphic dumping.
As I said, its only real problem is its mammoth size which may mean that some people may have trouble finding somewhere to pvt K if you've got die room, then this one is state of the art.
Ease of use ‘Overall 90% LC-20 (£159.95) The LC-20 is the baby of the Star range. Not for nothing is its subtitle "MufoTonf printer. Ther? Are no less than four fonts residing within its tiny frame, and each of those can be printed in several other styles all at the press of a button.
We experienced no problems concerning compatibility or oaoer loading and all the printouts were of a quality to put other 9-pins to shame.
All the options are extremely easy to select, and the layout of the selection pane? Makes it simple.
The only problem with the LC-20 is that it is very noisy. It Is also fairly slow, although the final results are well worth the wait. Probably the pick of the 9-pins, and well worth shelling out for.
Ease of use Overall 87% LC24-10 (£214.95) are as good as any other 24-pin printout The print speed is fastest in draft mode, obviously, with 150 characters per second. !t goes down to 50 cps when using NLQ.
It's pretty noisy, and there is of course the quiet mode. It's smatl and tidy looking and has a selection panel that looks complicated but is really quite easy to get die hang of.
The manual is slim, but contains all the necessary blurb to allow you to get the best from die printer, it also contains a handy troubleshooting section that lists some of the problems that you may experience. It's not really a marvellous printer, merely a good one. Pleasant.
Overall 75% LC-200
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9-pin printers aren't really very well suited to graphics
printing,so a colour option may well have been a futile
gesture. Thankfully, this is not the case.
The graphics printing is no! Up to the quality of the 24-pin. Things look a little chunkier than usual, but that’s the only real difference. The graphics printing is slow and noisy.
Text printing is fine as we!!, with a choice of six fonts. There were no problems when setting it up, and it works fine without any fiddling around. The paper feed is smooth, so die paper rarely catches and gets all tangled up.
As a 9-pin it probably won't appeal to those who want professional screen dumps, but for a home user who just wants to print out their Dpaint doodles it's perfect.
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iiiiiiiiiiiiini iiiiiiiniiiiiii If you have never used a hard drive with an Amiga, but have struggled on with just a solitary floppy, then upgrading is akin to a ripping out the engine in a Lada and wiring in a Porsche. Or a Gti or a Testarossa. All hard drives improve the performance of the Amiga considerably, but some more considerably than others. Read on we as road test the leading contenders computing power Expensive? Certainly, the original A590 from Commodore is now overpriced for a modest 20Mb drive, but then it does have three things going for it. It's from Commodore, so if it goes
wrong you know there's going to be some backup support, though whether that's any good is an entirely different story. It looks nice, with the design and styling fitting in with the host machine. And thirdly, it has a RAM board which simply takes plug-in chips enabling you to add another 2Mb quite painlessly.
Originally the drive mechanism in the box was an XT drive, which explains why certain manufacturers bought them from Commodore, took out the old drive to stick in their PC range, and put a new and bigger SCSI drive inside. Everyone was a winner in those circumstances, but Commodore has effectively ended this practice by putting SCSI drives in as standard.
I The difference for you and me is that the SCSI drives are faster, so if you decide to plump for the reliable supplier angle check on the underside of the drive which it is. It will say XT or SCSI - Seagate, incidentally - so make sure it's the latter. Then again, if you see an XT version going dirt cheap at a computer show, from a reasonably reputable dealer and you are on a limited budget, then go for it. I have had an XT AS90 since it was first released and it has given me no trouble at all. I just make a cuppa while waiting for it to boot.
An A590 package consists of a very light external power supply box, in traditional Commodore shape, your drive, manuals and two disks. One is to test any RAM chips you install in the drive, the other is to set the drive up for use. And if you want to start again, these utilities will let you completely reformat the drive.
The manual is nice and helpful, taking you through the various stages. The drive should already have been formatted, so all you have to do is check that it hasn't been damaged in transit. |ust run the requisite program and then if everything's OK, your drive is ready to use.
If you want to customise the drive at all then you need to run the HDToolbox program. Partitioning and That's what you get when you invest in a hard drive for your A500, but with numerous machines now flooding on to the market, which is the best for you?
Duncan Evans investigates Commodore A590 editing dnve definitions are possible - though the latter should only be attempted by the knowledgeable.
Generally the software is straightforward to use, and isn't prone to crashing.
The drive itself looks the part and extends your Amiga setup sideways in an unobtrusive fashion. At the rear are the power socket, the DIP switches and an external SCSI port for adding extra Value cally a mail order and retail supply company, the software is already installed and the drive is checked prior to it either being dispatched or sold.
This variety of the AS90 also offers the internal RAM board that can be so handy for adding memory, just go along to the next Computer Shopper Show, for example, and pick up a meg of RAM for £40.
As far as speed goes this is fast - faster than the Xetec FastTrak which also uses a Quantum drive. To judge the relative speeds of the drives I kettles and the like, but unfortunately the cable supplied does not terminate in a usable plug, so you'll have to find a spare power lead yourself.
The SCSI port on the back takes the lead from the FastRAM box, and there is a slot in the case for adding extra drives. There isn't a socket in this slot so you'll have to pay for one to be fitted if you want to add extra drives.
This system works just as well on the so-called A1500, so if you have your Amiga inside one of those bomb-proof shelters then the FastTrak is undoubtably more aesthetically suited to your system than most hard drives.
I I SCSI drives. Unless you are adding extra drives, only DIP switch one needs to be checked - it should be in the *on" position so that the Amiga will boot from it rather than the internal dnve The older A590s used slow Epson drives, with the newer ones using faster Seagates. Neither are top quality, but with the Seagate you are getting a reasonable performance Still, it's only 20 meg, and if you intend to do any graphics work, that space wHi soon disappear. However, for home or personal use it's probably enough You can install your favourite wordprocessor, art package and serious
software, along with quite a few games, especially the American ones like Eye of the Beholder If peace of mind is more important than speed or size - and thus value for money - then the ASM should still be considered.
Price ...£350 Size ...20Mb RAM Board Yes Supplier: Numerous Speed attractive alternatives.
Hobbyte of St.Albans and Luton has taken out that stodgy old Seagate 20 meg drive, and replaced it with a fast action 52 meg Quantum drive. The price? An extra £50 for an extra 32Mb of storage. That sounds like a good deal to me, but then the original A590 is overpriced anyway. Still this is good value especially considering that Quantum drives are better quality.
Physically it is an A590, with the same stylish design, power and activity lights, rear mounted DIP switches and SCSI interface. Even the software is exactly the same, right down to Amiga Basic and the head park icon. Actually that's something you should be aware of. Quite a few hard drives don't supply the official Commodore programs and accessories.
It doesn't matter if you still have the Extras disk that came with your Amiga in the first place, but it might if you've lost it.
With this device coming from basiThe alternative place to keep your hard drive is underneath the monitor, and this is what the Xetec FastTrak system provides. A small unit it is not, but what is surprising is the sizable, murky brown box that slots on to the side of your A500. It isn't as big as a hard drive, but neither is it inconspicuous. This actually provides a SCSI interface to the hard drive itself, and contains a RAM board.
Unlike the A59Q and its variants, this RAM board takes SIMMs - as opposed to DRAMs - allowing you to install up to 8 meg of RAM.
Why the RAM SCSI box is this murky colour I don't know. It doesn't match the Amiga, and it doesn't even match the FastTrak drive itself.
The FastTrak case itself thankfully contains the power supply and has its on off switch on the back, which is better than having it on an external power supply, unless you can't get around the back of the monitor once you've set your system up. The power socket takes a standard Euro connector, as found on But of course, if you want the A590 with a bit more punch, better value for money, but not from Commodore and all that implies, then this one of the Hobbyte A590 For the rest of us it isn't the most pleasant looking device, but it sits under the monitor quite happily and looks busi
nesslike.
The drive inside is an auto-parking Quantum, but having said that there is still a head park program installed, and you are recommended to use it before moving the drive around. On the speed front it might park the heads quickly enough and have a fast access time, but the actual data transfer rate - which is the important thing - isn't as fast as I thought it would be. Quicker than the standard A590, but noticeably slower than the ASM from Hobbyte. The drive ?
Price ...£399 Size ...52Mb RAM Board ......Yes Supplier: Hobbyte, 10 Market Place, ST. Albans, Herts AL1 3DC.
Tel: 0727 56005 loaded and ran various pieces of software and timed them.
A fast drive, a stylish case, decent amount of storage and a Ram board, all for under £400 - just If you can stretch to the extra cash, this is a good buy.
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Price ..£424.68 Size 50Mb RAM Board ......Yes Supplier: Cortex, Britannia Buildings, 46 Fenwick Street, Liverpool L2 7NB Tel; 0727 56005 thep the Simple partition program will let you make your choices and then automatically do everything else for you. The complex partition program let's you play around with the system more.
Archiving is otherwise more where hard drives are concerned, and Xetec Supply a professional backup system. If you can't get hold of it, or it's too expensive, then the X-chive utility will painlessly let you back up all that valu- aole data on to floppy drives.
Aside from a couple of aesthetic gripes, the FastTrak worked well and quickly, and gave the added advantage of letting you install loads of memory in the form of SIMMs in to the PaStRAM box, rather than having to take the hard drive itself apart. Throw in the excellent utilities, and if you prefer having your dnve underneath the monitor then tne FastTrak is a very good choice.
Supradrive 500XP Ful marks go to the Supra Corporation for creating maximum coruusxxi The tirst two chapters ot tne Operators Manual are completely wrcog. «c*cr. A why there is a slim and unassuming supplementary manual a.sc. -dcd which has the right informooor. C a. a. nardly helps matters when :•'* or** a snipped with such dire warnings as: Tnis drive left Supra as ar. Unfancshed kit and we accept no responsoecy ;or il“ Very reassuring.
The situation is that Sup.ra sn.ps tnem to dealers in mis half-baked state .
And they have to assemble them oefore selling the finished version to you. Your warranty is therefore with whoever sells you the drive.
The Supra isn't the most sophisticated looking dnve, coming in a slab like case that stupidly sticks out at the back, it also has an external power socket like the one on the A590. Ana, you immediately think, where's the power supply?
Fortunately there isn't supposed to be one, unless you are worried about the drive and its RAM board draining too much power from the Amiga's power supply. Then you can add one, otherwise you don't have to. Personally if 1 had 8 meg of DRAM chips installed - the maximum - I’d make sure that there was an external power supply connected.
There's a SCSI port on the back for daisy-chaining extra drives, two iights indicate power and activity, and there's an Amiga through-bus on the left side.
Tnere are also some DIP switches to change the dnve setup, but these are unhelpfully placed on the side of the drive that slots against the Amiga.
Very handily, there is a game switch on the back of the dnve. This cuts Out the hard dnve and frees up the Amiga, and also maintains the power to any extra RAM you have installed. Usually when you cut out the drive you lose the RAM too.
Internally it's anotner of those damn fine 52 meg Quantum drives that are starting to proliferate. This means that it runs at speeds similar to the Hobbyte A590, since it's exactly the same dnve.
However, because of the construction it's also quite noisy. There's a distinct thunking noise that makes you think Commodore has had a hand in its manufacture.
Tne software supplied is quite comprehensive, though the manual veers towards heavy detail rather than clarity.
Tnere is a copy of Express Copy plus manual, which is very nice, as it performs oackups and archiving. It wasn't written for the beginner, mind you. It does however let you back up files which are larger than the capacity of a floppy disk, by splitting them.
The full list of bundled utilities includes a manual update file, head park, Climate, partitioning, Supraformat and Edit, Supraicons (lets you install icons), SupraAutoinstall (installs system software), and a number of drivers and device utilities.
One of tne more powerful utilities is Cllmate which performs various disk and drive functions such as formatting.
Renaming, showing pictures, and general file management. All without resorting to Cll or plodding along with Workbench.
The S2Mb SupraDiive 500XT is quite impressive from a performance and software point of view, and with its higher price of almost £100 it takes the drive into the professional or veiy serious user category. 8ut for the average Amiga owner it doesn't offer enough of an advantage over some of its rivals to warrant that extra cash.
Price ...£499 Size ...52Mb RAM Board ,„„Yes Supplier Cortex, Britannia Buildings, 46 Fenwick Street, Liverpool L2 7NB Tel: 0727 56005 GVP Series I O Ixl CC Q Cx os I A drive in the park There are three other possible options for the A500 owner seeking a good quality hard drive, but unfortunately two of them hadn't even got into the country as we went to press. From Evesham Micros comes the Reference 40, a plain looking 40Mb drive for only £299. Apparently quite a few orders have been taken for this drive, which had been advertised for a month before I got in
touch with Evesham. Unfortunately at the time of writing there was still no sight of it in this country - it's coming from Germany - so we'll have to wait and see. When it arrives Amiga Computing will let you know.
The other non-appearance was by the Protar A500 HD, from Protar (0923 54133), naturally enough. Mark Dowling of Protar was wringing his hands when he realised that the drive would still be under test in Germany as our deadline expired. Protar are very much touting their drive as a GVP beater, which are bold claims indeed.
Superficially it looks very like the GVP with a long, sleek and correctly styled case. Capacities range from 20Mb up to 160Mb, with a cache facility on 40Mb drives upwards, giving a significant increase in speed. There's a RAM board of course, taking up to 8 meg, and the usual SCSI interface on the back is joined by a drive disabling - but not RAM - games switch. It should be here by now so look out for a review as soon as we get our hands on it.
A third option is available now is from Third Coast (0257 472444), and is the IVS Trumpcard. This takes up to 4Mb of fast RAM, claims to be two to three times faster than the A590, has auto-boot ROM as standard (we should hope so !), slots on to the Side Of the A5Q0 and is available in sizes of 32Mb (£349.99), 50Mb (£399.99), 80Mb (£529.99) and 106Mb (£599.99). Check that it's in stock before ordering since our review copy failed to materialise - though we did get a SupraDrive on time from Third Coast Well I alluded to sports cars at the start of this article, and now we come to the top of the
range, the luxury hard drive
- the CVP Impact Series II. Tnere's a range of sizes and prices
on these hard drives, starting at £4S0 for the 40Mb version and
going right up to £750 for die 100Mb version.
While the function of this article is to deal with the lower price range models.
I'm pausing to mention the 100Mb version merely to point out that if you're going to spend quite a bit of money on a hard drive - over £600 - then spend it on this one.
For those with less than bulging piggy banks, the 40Mb version is the one under scrutiny at a slightly pricey £450.
For looks you can't fault the CVP. It fits the styling of the A500 almost perfectly, both in design and colour and size. Power comes from a lightweight external source, that takes a detachable Euro plug in, and then leads out to the drive itself.
At the rear is a SCSI port for extra drives, and on the top there's the obligatory drive lights, and the not so obligatory game switch. I liked this, because it isn't an unlabelled switch stuck round the back.
It's a nicer sliding switch with the words "auto-boot" and "game switch" dearly displayed. As with the SupraDrive, the switch cuts out the hard drive and lets games boot, while maintaining power to the RAM board inside.
This RAM board also takes up to eight meg of SIMM chips. Price wise there's very little difference between chip prices so don't worry about it affecting your choice of hard drive, for example I've seen 2Mb of DRAM at £95 with 2Mb of SIMM costing £90. Also, as I've said. I'd be happier with an external power source if you're installing plenty of RAM, and there the Conclusion The GVP Impact Series ll drive was the Ferrari of the collection, but didn't have a great deal OJ utility software. The Storage capacity was less Wan its rivals,too. The variation on the A590 from Hoobyte was surprisingly
good, containing a 52Mb Quantum drive. If you need more capacity than the GVP, and aren't looking for more than 2Mb or RAM expansion, this is great value. If you need that extra capacity and have cash to spare, then why not look at the next size of CVP drive up ?
The other alternative I'd definitely recommend is the ungainly Xetec PastTrak. Unlike the others it sits beneath your monitor, has decent speed, a great set of utilities, and the Ram board is in a box _ away from the drive removing the risk of any unfortunate accidents. FiS CVP wins over the SupraDrive which does not come supplied with one, although it can take one. If you can get hold of an A590 power supply, that is.
Under the bonnet of this sleek and stylish looking beast is a 40Mb Quantum drive. Yes, only 40Mb, as opposed to the 50-52MP size that seems so prevalent now.
The reason for this, incidentally, is that Quantum have slopped making the 40Mb versions. However, the drive in the CVP is fast. Faster than every other drive I looked at For sheer speed the CVP was the winner, although two of the other Quantum-based drives weren't far behind. It also booted up quicker when turned on - considerably taster than the AS90 and the FastTrack. The utilities supplied on the drive amount to little more than the contents of the extras disk like the A590 and its variant.
There are a couple of other programs supplied on a disk, and these include a formatting and partitioning program, a memory tester, and some bridgeboard software for those A2000 owners.
Still, we shouldn't complain - it means you get your system up and flying with the minimum of fuss and concern. A combination of the CVP and the FastTrak's software would be quite mouth-watering though.
Generally the CVP Series II is slightly more expensive than its rivals, and offers 10Mb or so less storage. To be honest I expea it won't be long before the 40Mb version is phased out in favour of a 52Mb drive.
If you want speed, style and a large capacity RAM board, then this is your drive. If only 1 could afford the 100 meg version.
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This month at Amiga Computing we donned our Dick Turpin outfits |ust long enough to hold up two of the hottest new boards on the highway tors in our April issue, the fastest of which were based on the 33MHz 68030 chip, and the slowest of which were 16MHz 68020 or even up-clocked 68000 solutions to the speed problem.
Cheap alternative With the release of the 040 boards as the new Standard for ultimate acceWa- tion, it was inevitable that the pnce of 68030 boards should start to fall The new Microbotics range H the cheapest yet and promises to provide an entry point for users who might not otherwise have considered speed mg up their Amigas.
Those on a tight budget. To make best use of the VXL-30, a Ram-32 board is required to allow the processor access to fast 32-bit memory. As we were testing the entry level board for ray tracing, we used the version with 25MHz 68882, but no fast RAM.
The VXL-30 is a product of MicroBotics Inc, 1251 American Parkway, Richardson, TX 75081.
Supplier ZCL Ltd Prices: (25MHz 68EC030 with 25MHz 68882): £409 Ram-32 (2Mb): £199 Phone: Helen Boot on 0543 251275 for local dealer information The VXL-30, in its most bas* form, is a 25MHz 68EC030 chip. With space for a maths co-processor and an edge connector for the addition of up to 8Mb of 32-bit RAM via the MicroOotxs Ram-32 board. If you buy the bas«c board, you can then upgrade at your leisure by adding an FPU and extra RAM when your pocket aflwvj shadowing, but fairly useless in any other situation, so the cheaper chip is not a second class offering.
Commodore themselves have asked developers not to produce software which utilises an MMU, and the latest Workbench 2.04 will ignore this feature of the 030 chip. The EC version of the 030 is therefore an excellent chip to use on low cost accelerators, and the VXL-30 is a recommended buy for Ease of use The VXL-30 fits into your 68000 sSot and holds the original chip in piggyback fashion, comes with friendly installation software, and is more or less completely transparent once fitted Why the EC? The 68EC030 is a cheaper version of the 68030 which doesn't have a Memory Management Unit (MMU).
These are great if you're going to do a lot of kickstart ROM n n m r" m TV H o TV Ln and give them a thorough examination.
The Motorola 68040 chip is the new Rolls Royce of the Amiga world, and the eagerly awaited release of 040-based slot-in upgrade cards for the A2000 has lifted the machine's power to heights from which it can sneer in a decidedly down-the-nose manner at the fastest Pcs around. If you thought the 68030 was good, you ain't, as the saying goes, seen nothing yet.
We examined a selection of accelera- The 68040 is twice as fast as the fastest 030 available and would knock spots off an 020.1 shudder to think what it'd do to a 68000 if it ever slowed down enough to take a swipe at one.
Three manufacturers have so far released 68040 cards, and we tested those built by Progressive Peripherals & Software and RCS Management Inc. The CSA Magnum 040 wasn't supplied, so I can only guess how well it will run.
Unfortunately, neither PPS nor RCS included 68040-specific test software with their boards, and I couldn't find benchmarks coded to make full use of the new chip. It therefore follows that the speed ratings, though lower than the 68040's capacities, are an accurate measure of how the new chip operates with existing software, which is more important to the end user than a bunch of techie-head specifications.
Chips twice, please | Motorola's 68040 is more than an extra n number on top of the existing 68030 chip - it is a radical jump forward in 2 terms of both large scale integration and speed. The 68040 is so densely £ populated, you couldn't cram any more J* components into it if you stuck a "free “ mortgage for first time transistors" sign on it. *§ The 68030 chip contains about £ 300,000 transistors (it could be 300,001 10 but I lost count), which some might think a fairly generous number. The 040, ?
? However, contains 1.2 million transistors, so it quickly gets a little hot in there.
To deal with the problem of heat build up, RCS have bolted an ugly-look- ing heat Jink on top of their 040, giving the chip the appearance of a Sticklebrick. PPS have adopted an altogether cuter approach by strapping a dinky little fan on the chip which draws its power directly from the edge connector via two soldered links.
? OL o I- oc The tests As the perfect test conditions are rarely met though, don't be surprised to find that the boards on offer will not achieve the peak figure.
The Real 3D rendering test is a far better measure of speed as it is the sort of application most users of 68040 boards will want to accelerate. Qur image, from the 3D-obsessed Paul Austin, is a chrome ball trapped in a V-shaped box of mirrors onto whose sides we texture-mapped a couple of fractal images. With recursion set to 10 (the light reflects 10 times before it is no longer calculated), two light sources, and antialiasing set to level six, the image represents a test stiff enough to pass for ferro-concrete.
As you'll see, the 040s worked out almost three times as fast as an A3000 running at 25Mta, and over twice as fast as a 33MHz GVP 3001 with 50MHz 68882. We didn't bother running the Real 3D test on a standard Amiga as we would have had to use a different version of Real 3D.
The 030 and 040 boards were tested on the Turbo version, which is specially coded for the faster chips. In any case, we didn't fancy the approximately ten hour wait for an A500 to finish the rendering!
Both solutions work well, though the RCS unit cooked up significantly warmer than the PPS board. Either way, the construction standards for both boards are well in line with their impressive price tags.
V u Each has support for anything up to 32Mb of 32-bit fast RAM in banks of SIMM modules, and can be configured through jumpers and software settings.
The bottom end board from both companies is populated to 4Mb, which is enough to run a CAD or ray tracing package. Though both could be purchased with no fast RAM, to buy an 040 with no 32-bit RAM is a bit like buying a Porsche with no wheels.
For an illustration of the importance of fast RAM to these boards, have a look at the test results for Microbotics' VXL-30 board. This excellent new entry- level accelerator has a 25MHz 68EC030 and 25MHz 68882, but no 32-bit RAM without the addition of the RAM-32 board. Despite sporting a mips count to rival an A3000, the VXL-30 slowed down on the Real 3D test as it was forced to use normal Amiga memory chips to render the image.
Installation Sometimes the most problematic area when installing high end kit is the new board's system friendliness. Some slot- in units will happily coexist with your existing setup, but others will require either a lot of tweaking or a change of equipment.
For new owners of 68040 boards, the most common problem will be that their hard drives aren't fast enough to keep up with the new processor. Any hard drive with an access time in excess of about 11ms will experience problems, and disk accesses can then cause the system to lock up.
The Progressive board scores highly in this department, as it works well with every hard drive I've so far tested it on, including a Quantum ProDrive and an Impulse Plus. Both of these are fairly speedy drives, but are common enough nonetheless. The Fusion Forty fell down badly in terms of its stability and its friendliness.
I t E o u a Jl E The board seems to be quite fussy about which equipment it will talk to, and it was only really communicative when used with the Quantum ProDrive.
Once installed, the problems disappeared and the board worked very smoothly, but the software included with our board was less user friendly Conclusion Overall, though both units offer blistering improvements in speed over any existing accelerator, the Progressive Peripherals board struck me as being both faster and more user and system-fnendly. As it is now being shipped in a completely WB1.3 Compatible guise, it is at the moment the best choice for the high end user with the mule-choking wallet.
This is a tricky one. When it comes right down to it, all you can say about 68040 boards is that they're fast Everything else is a purely subjective comparison of how well the boards run when pitted against cheaper and slower boards.
Gobbledegook You'll often come across huge lists of test figures for accelerator boards, most of which are of interest only to system programmers and engineers. The vast majority of tests will be about as meaningful to Amiga owners as the chemical formula of monosodium glutamate. As a measure of speed, therefore, we decided to carry out standard mips tests and set up an extremely complex Real 3D image for the boards to chew over.
Mips (millions of instructions per second) are a purely internal measure of a chip's speed, as they do not measure how fast it communicates across its data bus or how well it manages its available memory. The mips count is, therefore, just a benchmark to indicate a board's potential performance.
One final warning about mips. The Motorola 68040 chip, as tested by Motorola's own engineers, is capable of a peak of 19.2 mips, and can't physically be made to run any faster.
System Mips Test RealD Render A2000
0. 827 - A2000 + PPS6840 + 4Mb fast RAM
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7. 575 1 hr 2Qmins than the Progressive's and harder to install.
The 2000 040 Is a product of Progressive Peripherals and Software Inc, 464 Kalamath Street, Denver, CO 80204 Phone: 0101 303 825 4144 Supplier: Marcam, phone 081-941 6117 Price: US $ 2,430 (with ' 4Mb RAM) UK £1,937 (with 4Mb RAM) Ease of use The Fusion Forty's installation demands that your startup sequence be altered so that you are given the choice of whether or not to start in 040 mode.
The board will not just kick up like the PPS unit, and as a pain in the backside, the whole installation process came a close second to sitting on a broken milk bottle.
The Progressive Peripherals board, on the other hand, was easy to install and worked well with most kit. There's no need to mess about with startup sequences - the board will kick up in 040 mode as long as the software has been installed.
The Fusion Forty board is a product of RCS Management Inc Supplier Power Computing, Wobum Road Industrial Estate, Kempton, Bedford. MK42 7PN.
Phone: 0234 843388 Price: £1,999 (with 4Mb RAM) Early boards were shipped as WB2- compatible only, so early users might have had to install the early version Kickstart 2.0 ROM included as part of the package. The board also requires that the Commodore 68040.library is installed in your LIBS: drawer, but as both the Kickstart rom and the library are officially licensed from Commodore, their inclusion speaks highly of the board's "legal" design.
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T r M L- f a Viruses, disk swapping, clicking drives, disks which won't back up, Is there no end to the whingeing of the Amiga user?
At Power, we want to tell you just where you can stick your disks and worries. In fact we will show you. The slot in this picture belongs to our PC880B, the first intelligent disk drive. Insert a disk.
Now you can back up at lightning speeds using the inbuilt Blitz Amiga hardware*, with free software, (even if the disk is Atari or PC) and if your computer has a virus the PC880B will stop it being written to the bootblock of any of your drives, though you can still save files as normal.
When you do not want these features, switch them off and the PC880B will sit quietly, w t out clicking, pretending to be simply an extra drive.
The PC880B, the only drive to introduce Blitz Amiga, the Power anti-click device and to combat viruses, is only available direct from Power, priced at just £69 95 We have noticed how pricey unintelligent drives are. Perhaps, it’s your turn to tell people where to stick it.
Our latest dual drive uses the slimline, ultra low power NEC drive mechanism. This drive takes less then half the power of a normal floppy drive, so no bulky power supply is needed! The new dual drive includes all the features you would expect from a Power Computing drive.
T The NEC drive mechanism is able to access high density 1 44MB disks. While this may not be of use to you at the moment (the Amiga can only access 880K), watch this space for our new "high density" Interface, on the market soon!
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The classic whodunnit game comes to the Amiga with Greg Pryor's Cluedo™ clone WO Q G* LU O u around the "house", making suggestions as to how the crime was commit* ted until you can deduce which three cards are in the bag. For example, you might suggest Colonel Mustard with the knife in the library. I always said the old ex-Indian Army man had a maniacal glint In his monocled eye!
Cards out!
If one of the other players has a card relating to one of the elements in your suggestion, they must show you the card, thus eliminating it from your enquiries as you can now be sure it isn't one of the cards in the little black bag.
You go on in this way until you feel sure enough to make an accusation, at which point you either win the game, by being correct, or lose and have to sit out the remainder of the game if you get it wrong.
A second important element is to Observe which suggestions your opponents make and who shows them a card. You are allowed to know what the suggestion is, but can only know that Hands up all those who don't know how to play Ouedo.
There can't be too many people who've never played one of the most popular board games of all time, but there will be plenty who are unsure or who haven't played it in donkey's years, so I'll recap on the rules. If you're a Ouedo connoisseur, skip these instructions and get on with the investigation.
Clue is played »n exactly the same way as the board game Ouedo. A murder has been committed and there are anything from two to six suspects, depending on how many people play the game. Your job is to find out who did it, what weapon they used, and in which room they Wiled the victim.
At the start of a game, you are dealt a number of cards from three packs.
One pack contains the weapons, one the rooms, and a third the suspects.
Before the cards are dealt, however, one card is removed from each pack and stashed in a little black bag. These cards now describe who did it, where, and with what The object of the game is to move so-and-so showed a card in response to it. This means you have to guess which cards your opponents hold before they guess yours.
The only sure way to win at Oue or Ouedo is to oot-gu«s your opponents, because rf you wait until you've been shown all the cards they hold, it'll be too late. Taking risks early on in the game can lead to false accusations and an early bath, but there soon comes a times when even one is getting dose to the answer and you have to make a finely balanced judgment about when to point the finger.
This is the essence of the game's appeal, and has ensured it massive worldwide sales as a board game.
Thanks to the AMIGA Computing CoverDisk, you can now take on your n o m 73 u OO 7; nnnnnnn have a modem, you won't have any use for 0LR2.
0LR2's most useful feature is that it can be used to collate your replies to E- mail offline, sort out where you want them to go, and upload them with the Minimum of online time and expense.
Please note that OLR2 will only work property with Dialogue bulletin boards.
There's a manual on the CoverDisk for OLR2, so if you plan to use it there's no excuse for not knowing how it works. If you get stuck with anything - and BBS users should be familiar with most of the basic principles in any case - refer to the manual. You can print it out if you like, but be warned you'll have a long wait Shareware OLR2 is a shareware release, and you should register with Calibre Systems if you plan to use it more than once or twice. To register, send £10 to: Calibre Systems, 24 Sixth Cross Road, Twickenham, Middlesex TW2SPB You will then be entitled to free program upgrades
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Tune of the Month Author: Chris Pettd This month's tune is very silly. It's called OldMac and is a rendition of the classic Old MacDonald's Farm, complete with a variety of farmyard animal samples and a lively bass line.
If it makes you laugh half as much as it made us, you'll be in tears.
How to use the Disk 3 e ft n o = 9 e Shareware Composer is a shareware release, so if you get some mileage out 0* it, send a fiver to: Michael Pettet, 26 Norlands Crescent, Chislehurs Kent 5R7 5RN.
In return, Michael will send you a whole heap of extra modules to expand the Composer system. He claims to have almost 3Mb of them, so you'll be getting your money's worth!
Computer in the hunt for the -v' swine who bashed poor Miss Scarier's head h with a candlestick, and m the kitchen, too, of all places!
To begin the game, click on tfw names of the characters you want to take an active part You can onV play one person against the computet but if Help!
* you find yourself lost in a sea of staves vd flat minors.
Composer has a ccr"- pcebensive help function or its owr menu.
Topics available range from placing notes on the screen, to a
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Wy around with it to your hearf s c r- placing and moving notes whe- ever you like. As it also supports tf four Amiga voices, it is at least as f-evJSe *5 cs sequencer cousins.
You like you can tell the computer to play all the other characters.
Just click on the character you want to play and on those the computer will play. By clicking on OK, you will be asked to confirm your choice of playing piece. Now the game begins in earnest The centre of the board contains the icons for rolling the die, making a suggestion or accusation, or ending your turn. The right hand third of the screen contains the reports panel, which will show who has made which suggestion and the responses of the other characters. If a suggestion is made which contains one or mom of the cards in your possession, you will be given a choice of which one to show
the person making the suggestion.
The bottom right-hand comer of the screen contains the lists of cards in your possession and a number of small icons.
Each item in each list has a square outlined in white beside it which will be filled in depending on what clues you have deduced.
AH cards in your possession at the start of the game have a red exclamation mark in the box, and those shown to you by the various characters as the game progresses are filled out by the colour of the person involved. For example, if Colonel Mustard showed you the Ball Room card, then the Ball Room, in the Rooms list, would have a first of a8. You must make a backup copy Of -he CowOisk. To do this, boot up with your copy of Workbench, then double c5ck on the Workbench disk icon, followed by the Shell or ai icon. Now type: DISKCOPY FROM DFO: TO DFO: or, if you have an extra disk drive, put
a Wank, formatted disk «n DF1: and type: DISKCOPY FROM DFO: TO DF1: Follow the onscreen prompts until the copying procedure has ended, then put your original Ssk away in a safe place. Now switch off the machine and wait for 30 seconds before rebooting with the copy- Wait until the CoverDisk icon appears, double eft* on it and away you go.
That's all you need do to make a 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 disk. In the case emu* that you fully understand which related files need to 00 with it.
For example, all of the document files on the disk require that the text editor ppmore is in the current disk's C: directory.
Therefore, if you copy the docs to a new fisk you wffl *0 have to copy Prmore to the new C directory before you can read them.
Some of the smaller docs wiU not have been crunched, so for these you need only change the too? Types on the icon's info screen to reflect whichever text e Stor you do have on the new disk.
AS a general rule, you should careful read the documentation for any program you copy from disk to disk.
This can save a great deat of messing about and can help you avoid all those infuriating error messages!
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We are prepared to pay our current rates far original work which hasn't been distributed in any other way and which has not been put in the public domain.
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.Age.. only adventure in which you play the part of Cyrano de Bergertwr, a young Wade recently arrived in Paris to seek his fortune. Cyrano has a burning ambition to join the King's Musketeers like his idols Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan. To win, you have to become a Musketeer.
Orders can be in the form of simple two word commands (GET SWORD), although you can happily use a -ties and conjunctions and even adjectives in some cases (for example, Gr.'F v* TRAVELLING CLOTHES TO COLOUR SELASTIQUE). Orders can also be strung together (TAKE THE LAMP, GO NORTH, GET THE BAG OP MONEY) or applied to multiple objects (TAKE THE KEY AND THE FOOD or EXAMINE EVERYTHING).
A feature I hate about text adventures is the "how do I get through the first door?" Syndrome. Zut Afors* has more than one solution. You cr wander around Paris to your hearfs content. There are no puzzles of the illogical "put the red gem in the elf's left sock to make the blue key aooear in the bath" variety, although some events are dependent upon oth?f5 Ksv- pening first You have been warned?
The vocabulary The following is a fist of the aceepcaWe verbs used in the game. Them am one or two others not fisted here, but they are there merely as alternatives to those listed, and are not vital to came- play. I'll leave you to find them V yourselves.
LOOK (L), STATUS, QUIT (Q), TAKE.
WEAR, SCORE, DROP. EXAMINE. CO.
MOVE, GET, INVENTORY (I), G'YE.
PUT, REMOVE, MOUNT, DISMOUNT, TETHER, BUY, LIGHT, READ, EAT, SLEEP, EXTINGUISH, HAVE, DRAW, SHEATHE, CRAB, FIGHT. ATTACK.
DRESS, UNDRESS, HELP. WAKE, KNOCK, ENTER, INTERVIEW, MAKE, TURN, THROW, TIE, KILL, *00*, CHARGE In addition, there are some soeoai commands meriting a bit of exclamation; BRIEF - Turns off long location descriptions.
Location of an object or person, e.g WHERE IS ATHOS? Don't rely on it, though.
Watt - Advances game time by about eight hours. Useful if you want to enter locations which are open only at cer- ta*n times of day.
SAVE LOAD - Saves the present game position, or loads a saved game.
The compass At the top of your 2ut Aiorsi screen is the compass. This is a feature unique to Hatrack II games, which allows you to execute a number of common commands using the mouse instead of having to type them directly.
The compass rose has pointers for all eight standard compass directions (N, S, E, W, NE ,NW, SE, SW). Simply dick on the appropriate sector of the rosette to move in the direction you want To the right of the rosette are four arrow gadgets, again for movement in given directions. The top two are for moving up or down, the bottom two for moving in and out of buildings.
Finally, to the left of the rosette are five box gadgets. Clicking on these executes the command word in the box; INVENTORY will fist the items you are carrying and also tell you what you are wearing and how much cash you have.
STATUS tells you how long you have been playing, how far you have progressed in the game ,and how strong your character is.
LOOK describes youf Current location.
Y and N are YES NO gadgets for answering YES NO questions within the game.
Shareware Zut Aloes! Is a shareware release, so if it makes you laugh send a fiver to: Brian Asbyry, S Rectory Gardens, Armitage, Nr Rugelev, Staffs WS15 AAL In return, he'll send you a mini- adventure and the Hatrack II Zut Ajors! Source code for you to mess about with - as long as you've got the Hatrack II program, that is.
Author: Martin Frost Typist is a utility designed to help budding keyboard pilots improve their touch typing Speed. That's the kind where you don't look at the keyboard and, needless to say, it is a skill totally lacking in the Amiga Computing offices.
Start Typist by double clicking on its icon in Workbench, or selecting it from our Shortcut menu system. When it kicks up you'll find a small panel with three sections.
The top section contains the typing window, the speed selector, and a button for "speedup" during the typing exercise. When you dick on Start, o random selection of letters will scroll from right to left in the typing 'window. If they reach the left-hand side the exerdse is Over, so it's your job to correctly type the leftmost character, thus removing it from the screen. You will be expected to type not only lower case letters, but also upper case and the odd space or punctuation mark, so stay on your toes.
The middle pond contains a breakdown of how 'well you have scored in the exerdse.
It will give you an cccurate v ord rate per minute and a record of how many mistakes you made in the total number of keypresses, and as you raise the speed at which the exerdses are scrolled, these figures can become frighteningly embarrassing.
The bottom panel controls the selection of letters you will be expected to type. From here you can select which keyboard rows to include and v hich - if any - to exdude, whether or not to use numbers and symbols, and whether the selection con include Upper case fetters. The panel gives you more or less complete control over the sort of exerdse you set yourself.
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All the answers Up unoi a matter or wcos ago mere was only one cnotce a you wattes to put mouse to canvas in me 24-t* an world. As you're proouwy aware me nartequin frameoutfer pko Tvpant was tne only way tor Amigans to paint wen anytning approacnmg an infinite palette Now tnis you not only receive me essential naro- ware out a whole range of additional software wnicn ouiids up into a com- piece 24-oit workstation.
Montn witn tne definitive guide to the ooaros tnemsdves and of course all the extra goodies mat come witn mem.
Just in case you can't wait and of course to maxe sure you tune in next moncn, nere's a onef list of just wnac's oeen included witn oom oundles to sweeten me pot tor you, tne eager consumer. -v CVP open tne oetting oy including not only Macro pamt-iV24 out also Caligari-lV24, Scala-IV24. All cnese famous names are special 24-oit versions designed specifically for tne ooafd, out as yet I've not looked at writ's oeen excluded or added in relation to the original Amiga versions, so I'm afraid you'll nave to wait until next month for all me juicy details. Tne U make a marketing man of me
yet... Not to oe outdone G2 nave added Tne An Department Professional to their ooard plus me mandatory paint package entitled Imagic out unlike the Gvi package the imagic pamt program isn't inclusive in me price of me ooard.
In G2*s defence ADPro is a near essential if you're working wirn any senous Amiga art so it's a very pleasant addition and a must for any Amiga based grapmc artist.
Live grabbing As I mentioned earlier neither of these new ooards can compete with me resolution of Harlequin out tne one thing oom can do mat Harlequin can't is grao direct to me ooard via a live video source or alternatively genlock or key frame video images direct onto Amiga imageiy.
Bom packages grao at 1 SOtn and l 60tn of a second wnicn translates to me Broadcast standard of l 25th for Amiga Computing December 1991 24 BIT ART Capturing the moment Image prorating in qokui A hir fv&Qad paste wdti the aid ofkaogk'i torture mapping catena unaccelerated Dpaint4 look positively speedy.
On the plus side is the qualify or the images from the hardware software combination. Because both the board and paint package are capable of higher resolution than that of G2's the .mages are that little bit snarper and a touch smoother when blown up as a brush, it's obvious from using Macro Paint tnat there's huge potential within ? European or 1 30th for NTSC. This reduction in speed is down to our old friend interlace which requires two signals to produce its imagery. Interlace is employed on every TV and video system both here and over the pond, so both boards match up perfectly. A
dream come true for D7V fans.
Because each board can match broadcast rates a new age in digitising has arrived allowing the Amiga to capture imagery direct from the studio or video without any degradation. Only months ago frame grabbing in Ham with its 4,096 colours seemed impressive enough but now we have the resolution and quality that only 24-bit with its 16,000,000 plus colours can provide.
Because of these grabbing abilities both systems have a lead on Harlequin, which at present doesn't support frame grabbing internally.
If you want to employ such trickery with the Harlequin you'll have to invest in an external frame grabber and import the results from disk. A slower and a good deal more expensive undertaking.
Macro paint At long last we reach the first of the two contenders. As 1 mentioned earlier, Macro paint is the CVP package which like the other programs in the GVP bundle is a 24-bit revision of an existing Amiga program, if the name doesn't seem familiar don't be surprised as it was never particularly popular in its original form.
Now before we go any further, an explanation is in order. Because the 24- bit version of the package is very new indeed it was only possible to examine the Gamma test of the software.
If such terminology is ail Greek to you, a little explanation may be useful.
Gamma means it's definitely not a finished product, in fact magazines and developers usually only ever receive Beta tests of unfinished software. So if you can tell a donna from a shish, you may have guessed that Gamma means a very early version indeed.
, Having said that the framework for
* the package is already there thanks to its Ham-based
predecessor. As a result, This option to grab direct to the
boards is sure to win many friends in TV and video but before
we go on to the paint packages themselves it's perhaps best to
clarify how each board handles the process of importation in
relation to their own paint packages and exactly what is
involved if you're trying to add these images onto you canvas.
G2's grabbing talents With both boards grabbing isn't quite as simple as just plugging your VCR or camcorder directly into the back of the board, as both systems need a little assistance converting the output from the source into a format which the framebuffer can understand.
In C2's case this process is slightly simpler than that of CVP which can takes both composite and RCB signals. G2 on the other hand works only with RGB and as a result it needs a RGB signal converter which will translate the composite source from either a camera or VCR into an RGB signal which is then fed into the board.
Once connected up it's all plain sailing as the paint package itself has options built in which allow you to grab from a video source whenever necessary, something which GVP's Macro paint cannot yet manage. All that's required is a quick trip to the Special Effects controls which give you three options as to what can be done with tne incoming signal.
Before you try to import the images it's wise to select the external sync option which transfers the synchronisation to the external video source. If the sync is left on the internal setting things soon become a little confused, especially the operator.
OK, after the selection is complete the next choice is either to simply View the incoming video onscreen, which has obvious advantages, not least of whicn c to allow adjustments on the camera or VCR.
The next option is to capture the image, which simply pastes the enure screen onto the canvas. Initially this works exactly as the View option until the mouse button is hiL This freezes the present image and returns the software controls to the it's only the code that should require attention.
At the moment the software is painfully slow, with fills taking on almost ray tracing proportions. The same is true tor any major cut and paste operations which maxe even an screen, ready for editing or perhaps a second attempt at the grab.
The last of the trilogy is the keying option which allows you to genlock over a five video source into a predefined colour within your creation. This keying option works in conjunction with the stencil controls which we'll look at a little later.
This masking or stencil process can also be applied with the grab option, so only a selected area of your canvas is overwritten by the incoming video signal.
GVP's capture controls Unlike G2's Imagic, Macro Paint cannot import external video direct from the framebuffer. It uses a different approach which employs the board's own control software, which will allow the display of composite video in a key frame format Similar to that of the G2 board or alternatively as a grabbed image which is captured and imported via the board's RGB inputs.
Because Macro Paint in its present form doesn't support direct importation any grabbed images must first be saved and then loaded from disk into the program.
As you've probably guessed the GVP board positively bristles with inputs all of which flow to a single port on the rear of the board. In short if you want to genlock live video either over or under Amiga output you must employ the composite option but this does not support frame grabbing.
In order to frame grab you either require a source with an RGB output or alternatively a com- posite-tO-RCB splitter which will provide the image in its component parts ready for the board to digest.
With both systems the expenditure doesn't stop with just the board and its software, so keep that in mind if you're thinking about balancing the budget The massive advantage that CVP has over the G2 board is its own built in genlock wnich means that genlocking can be done over or under any Amiga output In other words it's not just limited to the paint package, so the genlock could be employed on any application via the control software.
It's fair to say that Macro paint is a strange package. For example the brush controls feature some of the best options I've yet seen, with various boolean operations, transparency controls, colour filters and numerous image processing options, and yet there is no texture mapping which, as you can see from the Imagic images. Can produce stunning results.
Another example of Macro's individual approach is the region option which again is a feature peculiar to this package. It allows you to define an area of the screen which can then be processed in a similar way to a brush.
So for example component colours Strange the board which Macro Paint is doing a good job to suppress, thanks to a combination of slow processing and limited painting tools.
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If you already own a word processor, for a limited period only, you can trade-up for just £?9.99 by returning your original disks to Digita with your order.
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Can be filtered or removed comjxriefy to produce a monochrome area, or perhaps the entire region hipped in tfte direction of your choice, lightened, darkened, sharpened or tinted - me choice is impressive.
All the old paint package favourites are on hand with the usual array of nil shapes and drawing tools, induing a spray can which unfortunately in': very impressive, but at least it's there, unlike its opponent in the G2 comer.
Tools Like all the major packages most out* tons have a bi-modular format, one dick to activate, two dicks to ormg up a control requester. All toob ire activated from the mobile control panel but there's also a series or pu2 downs which allow access to spec~. Luncbons which control everything from project controls and region effects to spare screen access.
The last trick in Macro pa-''* repertoire is perhaps given away by c due.
Yes folks it's our old friend Arexx. Me all-singing all-dancing communicator, language which Macro Paint happens to speak fluently.
Four definable Arexx commancs .uric behind a selection of buttons on tne Same stunning examples of Mocro points excellent brush controls, font a hod texture mopping.- control panel, ready to launch the script of your choice at the click of a rodent If that's not enough, the pull downs also have their own Arexx option which produces a requester ready to run any script direct from the Rexx directory.
The manual has a whole section devoted to the art of Arexx, so even novices should soon be able to bring its formidable weight behind their art A less than pleasing feature is the scale of the screen controls which seem to have fallen head first into the resolution trap. This is a similar situation to that of miniaturisation within consumer electronics.
For example who wants to watch a television the size of an atom? Nobodyl But that won't stop some plonker building one. Unfortunately the same miniaturising mentality has befallen Macro paint. After all if you have ultra hi-res why not use it and make all the controls microscopic? I'll tell you why, because you can't bloody see em, that's why... Anyone more than a couple of feet from the screen is totally lost and even if you're so close your hair drops out with the radiation it's still a bit of a struggle.
Now i know size isn't everything but tnere's one more thing before 1 dis- I mount my lofty steed, and I that's the standard brushes.
§ They're piddling little things I which even at their largest aren't anything like big enough, and to rub salt in the wound they're not definable so you're stuck with what's on offer.
. To Ot diiritOhie bI the invaluable extra res Another infuriating oversight is the lack of a blend or smooth tool. Not something to lose much sleep over you might think but if you're trying to create a convincing transition between a brush and a background both of which contain hundreds of thousands of individually coloured pixels it's enough to keep you up ail night and probably most of the following day.
As a result a smooth tool in the form of a standard brush is sadly missed. To be fair there is a smooth option available via the region controls which is fine for large areas but ajmost useless on finer detail.
Another mild irritation is the way in which the package actually applies the paint.
Rather than showing the strokes as they're applied it waits until you're finished and then adds the colour you used, and as a result all painting is applied in the rather nauseating hospital green of the interface.
To be honest Macro Paint does seem a slightly strange choice as the opening paint package on a brand new board but I suppose GVP know best and to be honest I doubt it will be alone for long as there are strong rumours that an American company more famous for its kitchen appliances is already developing a paint program to run with the board.
All in all, Macro Paint has some excellent features mixed with some very mediocre ones but considering it's induded with the price of the board it's hard to complain, especially when it's compared with the £395 asking price for levei one of Imagic.
Imagic Unlike Macro paint, imagic doesn't claim to be a complete package, in fact the version reviewed is only part one of a two-part package which G2 claim builds into a complete, all-encompassing system that will cater for everyone's artistic needs.
At present module two of the duet is still in development so 1 can't comment on what exactly will be on offer but if it's on a par with its predecessor I doubt they'll be many people left wanting.
G2 explain their decision to split the system by mentioning that not all users require all the talents of the complete system and as a result users will only need to pay for what they need rather than leaving half the package idle but still having to pay the full price, which for both modules comes to a frightening £750.
Even without the extra module you'll be looking at £395 for the basic system so as you can see there is a price to be paid for the extra speed and convenience of Imagic.
The second drawback with the G2 system is the board itself, which is in technological terms rather dated in comparison with its CVP opponent.
As well as the age difference there is the subject of flexibility. Here again the CVP scores high with a good deal more onboard features than the VD2001 but to be fair if it's pure painting skills that interest you this aspect of the two packages won't be a big issue.
Friendly front end Imagic couldn't be further removed from its opponent. First the board is well established and has been on the market around two years. This has obviously made a difference during the development of the paint package - it's fast, smooth and simplidty itself to use with a large and friendly command window opening whenever the rodent is pushed to the top of the screen.
61 Once the command window is acu- vated you are confronted by the draw commands which again comprise of all the old Dpaint favourites complete with bi-modular icons which either activate or adjust the selected command.
The first choice is whether to access one of the four as yet unseen command windows which hold the defaults for brush, colour, special effects and disk access. Clicking on any of the above immediately replaces the present control panel with that of the selected function.
Oc I CO fNl In the centre of the screen rest the paint controls themselves which divulge their talents after a tap on the right mouse button. Again this produces a replacement requester filled with the relevant controls.
Surprises As well as the usual array of fills, curves and zooms there are a few hidden surprises such as a brush cutter with its five separate cutting options. Clicking on any of the shapes either filled or outlined produces its own requester complete with options to either fill with either solid, gradient, filter or texture.
Clicking on any of these adds even more variety to the lively rodent's little world. The reason for all this extra choice within the icon of a humble polygon or sphere is that these shapes are used to employ the various filters, gradients and of course silly textures to areas on your creation.
Of course this isn't the only method of adding effects - in fact most functions can be added directly with the trusty fill bucket but for many of the effects, such as smoothing and filtering, an area defined by a standard shape is much easier to apply. As well as the The final round-up Now this is going to be tricky. Firstly for those purely interested in painting Imagic has to be the best bet, especially if you need a package that will produce the goods in a commercial environment with a novice at the controls sooner rather than later.
It's quite simply a doddle to use and does an excellent job even without the resolution that GVP can offer. Another scoring point for the board and its soft* ware is the imminent release of the Sally effects board which will work in conjunction with both the VD2001 and its soon to be release 32-bit big brother.
Studio standard animated 24-bit video effects, tune in next month for more details... On the other hand if you're looking for an investment the GVP package is almost impossible to beat with not only a paint package but an entire workstation included in the price of the board.
Another scoring point for GVP has to be its obvious attraction to developers thanks to all the powerful built in features such as genlocking, flicker fixing, picture in picture (PIP) display and so 00.
Flexibility is the key to Gyp's IV24, and if the developers follow it up as I'm certain they will, the company could be holding the industry standard as they did with their massively popular 030 board, which until recently was at the heart of almost every serious Amiga.
I 0 w 1 I above there's a reasonable choice of default brushes. Once again they're not resizeable, but unlike its opponent Imagic will allow you to cut a brush and paint with it without too much hassle.
The only exception is when anti-aliasing is applied, as it does tend to slow the package slightly.
Anti-aliasing, as you've probably guessed, is another option available from the draw controls. It can be turned on or off as required.
Sharing the same icon with the anti- alias control are the remaining mode tools which can either add or subtract the selected painting colour from the image, so a blue could become brighter or perhaps erased completely.
It's almost like having a selective undo, but you have to be careful as any combination of colours can be completely changed..For example if you strip the red from a pink the stroke will Still remain but now it will appear blue.
The last of the mode tools is contrast. This can be particularly impressive on gradients as it selectively lightens or darkens the affected area in relation to the currently selected colour. Some of the transparent effects in the Imagic Grads image are a prime example of contrast in action.
As well as the assorted paint icons come the usual selection of swap screens and undo's among which lurks the status requester. This constantly displays the state of the system in a similar way to that of Dpaint, which is handy if you're not sure whether you're about to apply a gradient or paste a brush.
Colours The last section of the opening window has been saved for the all important colours, which are displayed on eight 64-pot palettes, each of which is selected by clicking on a miniature representation beneath the present palette.
The next control panel after the all- important draw controls comes the brush commands. Old favourites like rotate, flip and resize are almost mandatory for any self-respecting paint package, but along with these standard skills come the ability to adjust or retain the aspect of the brush, plus a useful transparency option which operates like a stencil by only allowing selected colours to be pasted onto the canvas.
After brush control comes colour control, complete with RGB sliders which allow manual generation of 4 f's almost like having a selective undo, but you have to be careful... colour plus 4 grab option so you can pick colours direct from the screen. As you might expect, a full compliment of copy and range controls are available so literally any colour is possible- All of which can be placed in any one of the eight available palettes.
Special effects are next on the list and the options open with the digitising controls which were mentioned way back at the beginning of the article.
The second bit of trickery takes the form of stencil control which simply defines which parts of the image can be overwritten whether that be by paint, incoming live video or imported brushes.
Other controls The Prefs control gives access to a number of predefined control panel colours but perhaps more importantly an option to hold the spare screen either in memory or on disk - very handy if you're working with rather limited memory.
Last but not least we have the disk controls which cover all the usual Load and Save combinations including palettes, brushes and of course pictures, not forgetting the useful sleep option which allows you to make quick trips to workbench to do those essential bits of tinkering with ADPro.
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RaceTrace has the power to km the Z to the X and Y thanks to j .*r. *k: and powerful point and vector proem which maps out all or selected ines and points within an image, reac. 'y cdf- ing and extrusion.
Once the extra definable is added, the object can be nod saved in any of the following formats from Sculpt, RaceTrace PostScript, Digiworks-3D, Pro Draw or as either Real polygons or palyfe* drons.
When extrusion is complete .our creation can be sucked into the package of your choice just like any nomui object, complete with aO or just a se*c tion of its original colours.
Once installed all the usual texhm bumpmaps, and matenal chaneMflB can be added in exactly the same as any prim or combination shape Now a few anoraks may vwl be d» ing for a Biro just itching to ddr.er a fc- erai slap in the face by inform- me that Imagine and others already support ext usion. Well don't bother, bauc extrusion is only the tip o! The eberg.
So save you ink for the cheque It's not RaeeTrace's dimension- stretching abilities that make it special but rather it's power over Ipw r*s images and perhaps more importantly fonts.
In the past if you wanted to indude designer text or perhaps a corporate logo into a Real 3D image it usually meant more work than the rest of the creation put together.
Now thanks to RaceTrace a simple signature can be produced in Dpaint, «J«ted and extruded in RaceTrace and finally rendered in Real in under 30 minutes.
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Before you reach for the salt and the prayer book, take a look at GB Route Plus from Complex Computers. It appeared in its first version earlier this year and is still the only serious Amiga route-finder program. Priced at £39.95, GB Route was an attractive buy, but suffered from a few major drawbacks.
There was no support for B- roads, no villages were included on the map, and the list of towns and cities supported was more limited than many users would have liked. GB Route Plus has addressed most of the ear- er problems with the esult that, even at its new price of £79.95, it is a much more valuable aid to journey planning.
Beautiful The addition of B- roads itself would have greatly enhanced the program's appeal. It is now possible to plan a route east to west across the country without having to use A-roads, and when a local journey is planned you can elect to use mostly B-roads thus picking up on the sort of obvious short-cuts ignored by the original program.
As an accompaniment to B- roads, GB Route Plus has a fairly generous scattering of larger villages, and you A glitch In the map - the A89I If actually the Enkine bridge but donnt register at a tell bridge will usually find one at an A- or B-road junction through which access to another route is easier or quicker. For example, a journey from Macclesfield to Didsbury will usually go through Prestbury and Wilmslow, but if you've experienced rush hour traffic in Wilmslow, you'd dismiss this route in an instant.
With GB Route Plus, you can not only decide to stick to the B-roads, but can now decide how biased the pro- GB Route Edit Set for release in the near future, GB Route Edit will enable users to add as many new roads and locations as they please. The new roads can be of any of the six types recognised by the program and can be added at any place on the map.
As the map will zoom in on a one square mile area, users in large cities will be able to map out their local main roads through town, add depots, customer delivery points, or even their favourite pubs. The end result is that GB Route Plus will be capable of expanding to suit your changing needs.
Gram will be in favour of certain types of road, and can instruct it to take a much more complex route than previously. The new options, centred mostly on the preferences screen and the new route screen, are easily the program's most striking improvements.
Motorway phobia If you suffer from a fear of motorways or have a deep-seated hatred for any route on which you might meet a herd of cows, it is now possible to set GB Route's preferences for six categories of road. As a default, all roads are equally good in the program's eyes, but you can tell it to weigh its decisions against a liking for a particular type of road from standard to six times its normal attractiveness.
In this way, A-Roads can be set to six and motorways to one, and GB Route Plus will find you a route to avoid motorways completely and stick to the fastest A-roads. If you prefer the scenic route, any or all settings can be fiddled with until the program's feelings about the various types of road more or less match your own prejudices.
GB Route's original New Route requester allowed the driver to specify three "way points" via which the route should be planned. The New Route requester now allows up to five way points, and will accept a time during which the journey will halt say, at a motorway service station.
In addition, it is possible to instruct the program to avoid up to three locations or even an entire road - "avoid M25" will probably be the most popular use of this function! By utilising the new options, you can map out a complex route far more likely to meet your requirements than the original program's routes could have.
Limitations GB Route still suffers, of course, from the same problems most route-finder programs encounter. If you live in a very small village, for example, you probably won't find it on the map and will have to settle on starting your route from the nearest marked place. This shouldn't present a major obstacle, because most of us know the fastest road to the nearest sizeable town or village in any case.
You will also find the program offers a few weird suggestions if you don't specify places to avoid and roads you'd prefer to take. It is easy to end up with a route going through London's city centre if you're looking to go from north of the City to the south and you've told the program you hate motorways. Any amount of free parking on the M25 is preferable to a drive through London, so users will have to tweak the program to get the most from it.
One small irritation when scrolling around the map was the lack of a fast "go to area" option, but with the map in wire frame mode it scrolls fast enough to overcome this.
Conclusion GB Route Plus is an excellent product which overshadows the original. The improvements it offers are always practical, never cosmetic, and as it stands the program would be good enough for many business uses. With the editor, due for release soon, GB Route will be about as good as it can get, GB Route Plus is a product of Complex Computers, 2 The Arcade, Waterfoot, Rossendale, Lancs BB4 9AF Phone: 0706 224531 Price: £79.95 nn Implementation 3MT1 Lm Value for mom SELECTED PERIPHERALS & SOFTWARE FOR THE AMIGA FROM SILICA SYSTEMS ALL PRICES INCLUDE VAT & FREE DELIVERY Atonce+ PC
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By Post ; Write down the goods you require and post in to us along with your personal cheques building society bankers draft etc. to Classic Computer Ltd. 44 Maplefield.Park Street. Herts. AL2 2BG Soiryl Mai) Order Only 22 N~ ot enough memory tor requested number of colours." Argh! How many times has your copy of Dpamt reported your A500's woeful inadequacies in this way? Too many for tne user w»m an eye on chip memory-intensive applications, mat's for sure.
Jn common with most A50G users, you may nave invested in a 0.5 meg
- pgrade card and imagined yOur memory problems were over, only
to discover that they had just begun. P your ohginal worries
were over the sort of graphics and animations you could run on
your machine, you might even have found that the addition of
more fast Ram has nad little effect in the art oepartmer.t.
Painting, DTP. CAD, even many games these days all require at
least one megabyte of memory, but the real pinch comes when you
realise some of them require a full meg of cnip memory.
Started tearing out your hair yet?
Whither one meg?
Tne question becomes one of what software packages you intend to run on your system. If tnese are mostly of a non-graphical nature, such as wordpro- cessors and spreadsheets, there is no real need to go through the risky busi- Stevie Kennedy examines ways of ramming your A500's memory to
1. 5Mb or more ness o: converting the A500 to utilise a full meg
or chip RAM.
Expansion should you go for? Tnere are several clear choices these days, out the two most obvious categories are those options which require the Amiga to be opened, thus invalidating your warranty, and those which fit externally and are no more than a simple bolt-on addition.
Tne latter are usually much more expensive, but as compensation are a great deal easier to fit and usually accept anything up to 8Mb of extra memory. The former are almost all On the otner hand, if you wish to use a paint package to its fullest, or intend to spend a lot of time on DTP, you will almost certainly come up against the half-meg chip RAM barrier at an early stage in the proceedings.
When this happens the only option is to reach for your soldering iron and start cooking.
OK, let's say you don't need a full meg Of chip memory. Which RAM boards to fit in me machine's trap door, and range from 1.5Mb to 6.5Mb in see. The procedure which invalidates your warranty with these cards is the connection to the Cary cnip so that the Amiga will recognise the extra memory.
This entails opening your machine and levering out the Cary chip, fitting it in a small PCS, then reinserting the whole shooting match where the Cary chip originally rested. As opening the Amiga's casing, let alone bodily evicting poor old Cazza, sends your warranty skyward in a putt of smoke, the option is recommended only to those whose A500's are over a year old.
Sturdy boxes December 1991 Amiga Computing In external units, the choice isJimited to a nandful of tin boxes which attach to your expansion port on the left-hand side of the 500. Tne few that exist are mostly of fairly sturdy construction, will perform reliably for years, and have the ability to expand with your system up to a memory limit most usually Ol 8Mb.
Expensive and bulky, perhaps, but likely to be the last purchase you ever make in the area of memory expansion.
Tne Cortex memory box and the new $ upraRam SOORX are particularly natty little devices in this respect, either of which would be a recommended buy for the user obsessed with memory.
Though the Cortex certainly loses out in terms of looks and age, being a few years old and styied like an encyclopaedia weanng a flak jacket, it still does the job, and has the advantage of using more readily available SIMM chips.
These can be purchased at bargain prices if you rummage around at user shows or in the small ads.
Like the SOORX, Cortex have taken the responsible step of including a full expansion bus through port, so fitting the Cortex unit will not restrict your Other peripherals or future expansion options. It also makes use of a separate power suppiy to cut Out the risk of your Amiga going Guru crazy because of power supply difficulties.
With its auto-configuring memory, through port, separate power supply, and even »ts friendly disposition towards A1000 owners, the Cortex umi is a very stable, efficient, and durable penpheral.
SupraRam 500RX Tne SOORX is a new, sleekly styled unit utilising the latest chips for a low power drain, and therefore doesn't have its own power supply as standard. The DRAMs are of the ZIP type, so all the pins are on one edge of the RAM chips and they stand up on the mother board like dominoes. Norma! DIP drams are the familiar chips with pins on either side and, as they sit flat on the board, they take up much more space than ZIPs.
The unit can be populated to various memoiy sizes, all of which auto-config- ure, but the most sensible option is to purchase it with 2Mb of 1Mb x 4 chips. This way, if you later decide to upgrade to the full 8Mb, you don't have to replace your existing chips.
With the lower capacity 256K x 4 chips, you can have a maximum of only 2Md fitted ir. The SOORX. If Product information The Cortex memory expansion is a The Zydec 1.5Mb board is a product product of Cortex Technology and of Zydec Ltd Design Ltd, Phone: 051-236 0480 Supplied by many of our advertisers, Price: from £269 with 2Mb fitted, to but we got ours from Evesham £519 with 8Mp Micros Phone: 0386 765500 Price: £79 SupraRam SOORX is a product of the Supra Corporation, 7101 Supra The Power 1.5Mb board is a product Drive S.W, Albany, OR 97321 of Power Computing Ltd Phone: 0101 503 967 9075
Supplier: Power Computing Phone: Pnce: from £195 with 2Mb fined, to 0234 843388 £420 with 8Mb Price: £79 attached to everything not nailed down, and when Commodore took up the design and released the A500, they couldn't have forseen the sort of equipment now being forced into and onto the humblest Amiga.
What all this adds up to is a machine with a wimpy power supply trying to feed an ever increasing number of peripherals and, more often than not, giving up and settling for a Guru meditation. When you slap a 1.5Mb board into your A500, therefore, the safest course of action is to buy a more powerful PSU at the same time.
You wanted to take the full upgrade path, these would have to be replaced with the 1Mb x 4 chips so there would be little point in buying the SOORX to fit it with only 0.5, 1, or 2Mb of 256K x 4 chips.
Additional features of the unit include an optional external power supply, which I'd recommend you purchase if going for the four or eight meganyte configurations, the same through port facility as Cortex's unit, and an enable disable switch. Sleek in looks and sleek in action, the 500RX is an ideal answer to the RAM question.
Cheap but risky The boards So what do you do it you don't fancy Again, we can separate the contenders shelling Out two or three hundred into two camps - those which offer a pounds just so Dpaint or Pen Pal will conversion to one meg of chip RAM, work better? You are faced with two and those which simply plug in and important decisions. Tne first, as men- add an extra 1.5Mb of fast RAM. Tnere Uoned above, is whether or not to go are only a few i ,5Mb boards in any for 1Mb of chip RAM and risk damag- case, but even fewer which offer the ing your Amiga with a chip RAM conversion, so we've stuck
to Shoddy solder job. One board from each camp.
BsfSSk The second is a ' ,. .. .°f Zydec 1.5Mb board "**' '* When jay Tne Zydec expansion consists of surface
- "j Miner and his mounted 256K x 4 chips and a Gary "' team
designed chip connector. Don't confuse this with jj£r the
Amiga, they the sort of board which offers a chip didn't forsee
its being memory upgrade - the Gary chip con- nector is
essential for the extra memory to properly configure upon
booting the Amiga. To fit the board, the user takes the top off
the A50G, prises the Cary chip out with a screwdriver, fits the
Gary chip to the Zydec's separate PCB, then slots the main
board into the trap door.
A final connection is made to plug the Cary board to the main board, then the Amiga is stitched back up again and sent off to post-op.
Tnere is an on off switch and some test software, but the latter won't usually be needed, as the board is reliable and kicks up the full 1.5Mb with no trouble. That's really all there is to it.
I'm afraid. It does what it does.
Power Computing Everything I've just said about the Zydec board can be said about Power's
1. 5Mb board. It works well, uses standard chips, and is
reliable. It's only failing is that it has no on off switch,
though this is little more than a nuisance.
There are games which will work oniy with the original 0.5Mb of Amiga RAM, but they are few and far between.
The Power board's most useful extra feature has to be its 1 Mb chip RAM option. This entails cutting a ''trace* inside the Amiga and making a single solder link, but once it's done it's permanent and shouldn't bother you again.
The manual supplied with the board has clear and concise instructions on how to accomplish this minor feat of engineering, and I was pleased to see a spattering of strident warnings on the dangers of damaging the Amiga or invalidating your warranty. The disk supplied is also a nice surprise, as it contains several useful PD programs on top of the test software, SiD being the most useful of the lot.
Conclusion Internal drive Trapdoor Itin h the takkt tab you '1! He ioced wilt.j it you decide to upgrade We SOO to one meg ot chip tam Altogether, now! "You pays your money and you takes your choice!*.
Phew, now that I've got that old reviewer's cliche off my chest, all I can really say is that you should carefully consider your requirements before going near a memory upgrade. You won't need the extra chip memory if you're only going to do some wordpro- cessing and play games, and you won't need four or even eight megabytes unless you plan on running two ray tracers at once!
Try not to get over-excited at the prospect of four megabytes - if you never use more than two, you'll never know the difference.
Ail the units covered in these pages are reliable and commendable options.
Where they differ is in terms of price and their appeal to users with differing requirements, so it's down to you to make your choice.
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Plus... Spritz Paint, a versatile, easy to use paint package
that will allow you to explore the powerful graphics of your
Amiga only £289.99 or £314.99 with 1 Mb of RAM Amiga 1500 Base
Pack The Base Pack comes complete with 2 floppy drives.
Workbench 1.3. mouse, manuals, and a separate keyboard only
£579.99 Amiga 1500 Base Pack with Commodore I084SD Same as the
base pack but with the Commodore I084SD monitor only £819.99
Amiga 1500 Business & Classic Software pack Same as the base
pack but with Deluxe Paint 3. Platinum Works (the best
integrated pack available for the Amiga). Their Finest Hour.
Sim City+Terrain Editor. Populous + Promised Lands. Battle
Chess, and Amiga Format Tips Book only £679.99 or £869.99 with
1084SD colour monitor CDTV Commodore Dynamic 7otal Vision
Complete with Hutchinsons Encyclopedia. Lemmings and Welcome
CD disk. CDTV is a powerful media for both entertainment and
education.
Capable of handling up to 540 Mb of data, whole encyclopedias can be stored on just one compact disc. The CDTVis also a high quality audio CD player We also stock a large range of CDTV software all at discount prices only £559.99 New CDTV keyboard by Phoenix Effectively transforms your CDTVinto an Amiga so you can get eycn more out of CDTV. With the aid of a standard
3. 5" disc drive the CD TV will take most of the normal Amiga
software from word processing to entertainment only £79.99 The
New Star LC20 Our best selling budget 9 pin mono printer is
now even better value for money from First Choice. We've
dropped our price by another £10.001.' Replacing the famous
LCI0. The LC20 is faster at ISOcps draft and 45 cps NLQ and
quieter.
The front panel now has push button operation replacing the LC10 membrane panel. Other spec is similar to the LC 10 now only £139.99 CITIZEN PR 'I All Citizen printers inc. free printer cable and come with a full 2 year warranty Citizen I24D (Micro Decision Best Buy) The 124D brings quality 24 pin output to you at the price of a 9 pm.The I24D shares the same high quality print head as the 5wift 24 pin. I44cps draft. 48 cps LQ. 8k buffer expandable to 40k only £189.99 Star LC200 Colour 9 pin printer with 8 resident fonts and a high speed of 225cps draft and 45 cps in NLQ. A4 Landscape
printing now only £199.99 Star LC24-200 Mono and colour. 222 cps draft and 67 cps LQ 10 resident fonts. A4 Landscape prinong only £229.99 mono or £289.99 colour The Citizen Swift 9 and 9x Colour Unbeatable value colour printer. 4 resident fonts, 192 Cps draft and 48 cps in NLQ- Highly recommended. This printer is also available in a wide carriage (136 column) version only £189.99(80 col) or £279.99 (136 col) Star XB24-I0 Professional Series Colour All Star printers inc free std printer cable and 12 month guarantee The choice of many professional organisations, this printer comes with one year
on-site maintenance. 240 cps draft. 80 cps NLQ. 27k buffer exp to 187k. 4 super LQ fonts and 25 LQ fonts now only £339.99 Star LC24-I0 24 pin quality at the price of many 9 pins. 180 cps draft. 60 cps n NLQ, 8k buffer expandable to 37k now only £189.99 The New Citizen Swift 24e and 24x (What Micro Best Buy) The best budget 24 pin printer has just got better!
This must be the best 24 pin colour printer for less than £300- 8k buffer expandable to 40k, 216 cps draft, 72 cps LQ and multilingual only £279.99(80 col) or £389.99(136 col) THE NEW STAR SJ48 BUBBLE JET With Epson LQ and IBM Proprinter emulation. The SJ48 is a revolution m printer technology. The quality is almost as good as an expensive laser printer yet costs less chan many 24 pin printers. Portable in size, very quiet and faster than most dot matrix printers at 100 cps in LQ. Printer cable included only £229.99 Auto sheetfeeder £52.99 THE NEW EPSON 4100 With 1.5 Mb of RAM as standard
from First Choice expandable to 6 meg. 6 pages per minute, HP2. FX.
LQ. GQ compatible, 150 autosheet feeder, 12 months on-site maintenance and printer cable only £849.99 Toner cartridge £59.99 hiiL ui: This very popular inkjet printer allows you to create laser jet quality without the cost. Include 100 page auto sheet feeder. 3 page I minute speed and 3 year UK warranty only £359.99 The Complete IV ID I All'll A 1 Colour Solution Frame grabber.
High quality digitizing Inc Vidi by 1 0 llfi 150 As official dealers for Rombo. Wc are chrome colouring software only £84.99 now abte W offer this excellent pack lUGBsmniai 1 Colour Solution comes with RGB Splitter. Vidi Amiga. Vidi Chrome .
Power supply plus Photon Paint 2 now onfy£ 134.99 Enables you to Cokw Digitize fi a second Rcpoces rtd green blur filter art Can be used with Dfi view or Rombo products only £64.99 The YXL is an advanced 68030 accelerator for the Amiga 500 1500 2000 with space for an optional co-processor (CP) YXL30 25Mhz EC only £299.99 VXL 30 40Mhz EC only £499.99 VXL 30 25Mhz EC+CP...only £479.99 The VXL 30 25Mhz EC*FPU differs from the others in having Fast Page Mode. This allows it to accept an optional superfast 32 bit 2 to 8 meg RAM board running at 60ns 2 Mb of 32 Bit RAM (60ns).only £214.99 8 Mb of 32
Bit RAM (60ns .only £419.99 ICD Adspeed running at 14.7Mhz.£ 189.99 We are now able to offer you high quality scanning at a fraction of the normal cost with the new Zydec scanner. Complete with the high quality Daata-scan software this scanner is able to pick out text and graphics at up to 400 d p.i in real time. Daata-scan enables you to easily manipulate the image Ideal for desk top publishing and _ presentation £ | | 9.99 COME IN FOR A DEMO c«l¥m!k« SSSnSI I THE NEW ZYDEC 1 HAND SCANNER DISCOUNT voi;dvyoi;ik The latest highly acclaimed WYSlWlG word processor. Comes with multiple fonts,
powerful theasurus, large spellchecker, speech synthesis only £79.99 3D Text Animate ......£ 19.99 Aegis Sonix .£39.99 Amos Compiler ..£ 24.99 Amos 3D __________________£27.99 Audio Engineer L169.99 Calligrapher font creator£75.99 CrdiiDot ....£22.99 Deluxe Paint 3..... now only £29.99 Digi Yiew Gold 4...., .£99,99 Flcxidump printer utility.£3 1.99 GB Route Planner £34.99 Gold Disk Office ..£104.99 Pagesetter 2 DTP .£45.99 Pro Page professional DTP...ZI34 99 Pro Video Plus ......£149.99
Sequencer One ...,...£74 99 Sup«rPlan Spreadsheet.,,.£29.99 Vista ..£29.99 Vista Pro (2 Mb required)...£69.99 Walt Disney Animator £68.99 Xcopy Pro Utilities ....£33.99 1 Mb by 9 SIMMS boards as used in GYP and Cortex boards as well as most IBM compatibles only £37.99 I Mb by 4 ZIPS as used in Supra boards.
2 I Mb by 4 ZIPS equal I Mb only £22.99 only £114.99 H=LNI=A,Ll lU-Aniieuu'i Vilenas This best selling word processor incorporates many features found only in a desk top publisher. Abo includes an easy to use database Highly recommended now only £54.99 We brim the to be the best all roi id rtefTttd busress package on the Amyz r ccmes with Platinum Scrctx Mcp. Sort checker, thesaurus.
Anpp* ( a "Lotus 123" compatible sorwhneet 3D yaphics). A database. Sritways pnnong unity and corx'VKJDons software.
Only £59.99 IMAGINE Imagine, the ultimate 3D animation rendering system now only £148.99.' A powerful DTP package for professoral use.
Only £129.99 mms mle the market however it does Their Finest Hour, Sim City + Terrain Editor. Populous ? Promised Lands and Battle Chess only £29.99 !
Simply the best graphics package ava'lab on Amiga Now with Hold & Modify (HAM) DP4 gives you a pihttt of 4096 colours.
"a itunning innovation and probably tne best software package for this market" Steve FfiiMdm MD for CBM bULUKU IVUICVT SSBBZEm require 2 Mb of RAM only £169.99 only £59.99 GYP Series 2 Hard Disk Controller Card with 8 MEG of unpopulated RAM (uses SIMM 1*8 9 cards) For the 1500 2000. Ideal for use with Quantum drives now only £ 169.99 Quantum Hard Drives (requires hard frame) 52 meg....£ 199.99 105 meg....£369.99 GVP Hard Drives for the A500 Recognised as being probably the best large hard drives for the AMIGA, GVP drives come fitted with fast access Quantum drives and 8 Mb of unpopulated
RAM. GVP drives use inexpensive I Mb by 9 SIMM modules at only £37.99 per Mb 52 meg £459.99 105 meg 1669.99 Amiga A590 20 Meg for the A500 inc 2 meg of unpopulated RAM only 6284.99 or populated to 2 meg of RAM nOW Only £338.99 RAM CHIPS 256 * 4idealforA590& I Meg by I chips suitable for 8 up boards and others: QTY 4+ (52 IK) ......£4.99 8+ (I Mb) ......£4.79 16+ (2 Mb) .....£4.49 HARD DRIVES AND RAM Zydec 3.5" I meg external drive, high quality low noise and high reliability only £54.99 Cumana 3.5" I meg externaf drive. The best name in disc
drives now at a super low price only £59.99 NAKSHA MOUSE This famous Hi-res mouse now comes with Operation Stealth, mouse mat, holder and 2 year warranty only £24.99 [1 very similar to the Naksha but without the extras only £18.99 Commodore 1084SDI Colour stereo monitor. 640*256 line reso- luoon. Green screen facility, cable for Amiga ~ only £239.99 Philips CM8833 MK2 Co*oor stereo monitor. 640*200 line resolution, green screen facility, one years on site maintenance, cable for Amiga included now only £229.99 or £239.99 with FI9 Flight Simulator CF7 SuperVGA Colour monitor The CF7 monitor is a
high quality VGA morwtor ideal for making your AMIGA mto a professional system only £369.99 with Flicker Free Video card for the Al S00 b2000 or £499.99 Free video card for the A500 DISKS All our disks 3.5" disks are GUARANTEED FOR A LIFETIME and are CERTIFIED 100% ERROR FREE. Both Verbatim and KAO double sided, double density disks are recognised as being of the highest quality in magnetic media L= U L_L' UAO OR EiiAfliaa}
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1000. £279 Disk Labels... Disk Labels... .500 now only £6.99 1000
now only £9.99 EMULATORS KCS Power board PC XT emulator
comes with Dos 4.01 nowonly £199.99 AT Once emulator turns
your Amiga into an IBM AT compatible only £169.99 , B DISK
DRIVES! MONITORS RAM fxP The ultimate Amiga A500
cxpansion.Takc your A500 up to 9 Mb Fits onto the side
expansion port Auto configured. QQ software patching 8 Mb
pop to I Mb......£109.99 8 Mb pop to 2 Mb......£136.99 8 Mb
pop to 4 Mb......£239.99 8 Mb pop to 8 Mb......£389.99
1. 5 MEG RAM EXPANSIONS
1. 5 MEG POPULATED,..£84.99
* Gary board supplied with all expansions boards. If you have a
Kickstart 1.2 Amiga the board will be incompatible when
populated to 1.5 Mb Zydec Megaboard populated to I Mb this
board can be used with your existing 4 chip 512K upgrade to
take your Amiga up to 2 Mb in total.... only £57.99 512K RAM
EXPANSIONS Top quality Phot’llL RAM expansions for the A500
complete with battery backed clock and on off switch. This RAM
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EXCLUSIVE Preview of all the new Fish disks • Video titling on the cheap • Tools to crunch calculate and copy disks Six sound trackers tested ' Sre othingi It's never been done before - the most COMPLETE guide to the wealth of shareware and PD programs from all round the world Shareware Directory the World's See your newsagent - or phone 051-357 1375 and order the next six monthly issues for just £9 Yet another success story from 0WVPRESS y? V P LI C ATI O N S AMIGA PACKS OUR TELESALES LINES ARE PERSONALLY MANNED AND OPEN FROM 10.00AM TILL 12 MIDNIGHT - 7 DAYS A WEEK ALL AMIGA PKICKS INCLUDE
VAI AND UK DEUVLKY ALL PWOPUCTS ARE UK STOCK AND CARRY A fULL 12 MONTH COMMODORE WARRANTY, PLEASE RING I BfcJOHL ORDERING TO CHECK STOCKS AND CURRENT PRICES AMIGA A300 BASE A500 computer, mouse, tv modiiator. Manuala Workbench software, al connectng leads etc. The A500 Base Packs are suppled hare' with no games software.
£290.00 AMIGA A800 BASE 1MB A50O computer atppfed with 5I2K ram e modiiator. Manuala Workbench software, etc scppfed bare' with no games software battery backed clock, mouse, tv £325.00 AMIGA A500 ASTRA A5QQ 512K computer, mouae tY modulator. Manuala Workbench, etc aujpied with 10 great software titles (aee A5001MB ASTRA pack below for detaia) AMIGA A300 1MB ASTRA Aroga A500 computer. Aippicd with 512K ram expansion with battery backed clock, mouse, tv mocWator. Manuals. Workbench etc ctaks, plus the ASTRA 10 games pack refuting the fotowng games Datastorm. Dungeon Quest E Motion. Grand
Monster Slam. Kid Gtovea Poweiptey, RVF Honda. Shuffle Puck Cate. Soccer and Tower of Babel AMIGA A300 1MB CARTOON CLASSICS Amiga A500 computer, suppled with 512K ram expanaon with battery backed dock, mouse, tv modulator manuala Workbench etc dska plus the blowing top 9ding software totes Lemminga The Smpaona Captain Planet and Detoxe Pant 3 AMIGA A1300 BASE A1500 computer wth MB ram detachable keyboard 2 x 35* 880k dsk drives butt in. Mouse and all manuals The Amiga A1500 accepts A2000 peripherals The A1500 base pack is suppled with no software Please note that the A1500 does NOT have a
modulator AMIGA A1300 PACK A conastaof A1500 baae pack and the folowing software Platinum Works Deluxe Paint Version
3. Populous Simm Qty. Bottle Chess Ther Finest Hour (Battle of
Britain) and 2 books £325.00 £350.00 £359.00 £599.00 £549.00
AMIGA A1800 PACK B consate of A1500 baae pack and the
foMowing ftwarc Platinum Works, Dekwe Paint Version .
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OPENING MON IO HM IOAM IO 6PM SA! 9JOAM K3 530PM HNANCE CREDIT FACILITIES (SHOP ONLY) PART EXCHANGE CONSOERED (SHOP ONCO NEW AND USH3 ST. AMIGA & PC EOUIPMEN! ON DISPLAY AU TYPES OP SOFTWARE (BUSINESS LEHJIBE HXJCATONAl) REPAIRS UNDERTAKEN TRAINING IN51AILATON ON-SITE WARRANTIES J ¦21 For the Amga A500 ran* we are now stocking the folowing GVP Series 11 hard duk dives.
GVP 52mb Hard Oak ittom) £54000 GVP 105mb Hard Diak (ttna) £74900 The above two hard drives can be expanded ntematy with upto 8MB RAM The plug in ram moddea can be either bought with the hard drive or added later 2MB Ram Expansion £8900 4MB Ram Expansion £15900 8MB Ram Expansion £29900 PHOHE TODAY FOR THE REST FriCES 01 THE QVP RAIQE Of HARO OHIEI A RAI BOARDS FOR THE AMA A1SOO I AIOOO.
Perfect fitting to the A500 5 times faster than the A590 1MB, 2MB, 4MB or 8MB internal ram Profar 20Mb Hard ftsk Protar 30Mb Hard Disk Protar 50Mb Hard Disk Protar 50Mb with Cache Protar 60Mb Hard Disk Protar 80Mb Hard Diak Protar Hard Drives Sub 24 mflhsecond access time Hard disk management software GVP Hard Drives expansion fadlitv 1 year REP LAC EM Auto parking & auto booting Ultra low power from A500’s own PSU come9 with a colour ribbon. Normally retaiAng at around P40XXX we are offering while stocks last the chance to buy this colour kit for onfy£B9S
9. CITIZEN tHEKT FEEDER This semi'automatic sheet feeder wd fit
the Citizen t20Q Swift 9 or Swift 24 Put an end to having to
feed each single sheet in by hand simply put a ream of single
sheets in this feeder pul a lever and away you go I Special
offer price of only £ PL99 Citizen 1200 ? (9-pin 144 cps draft
30 pps N.Q) £139.00 Citizen Swift 9 (9-pin 192 cps draft 48
cpa NLQ) £199.00 Gtizen t24D (24-pin 144 cps draft 48 cps LQ)
£199.00 Gtizen Swift 24 (24-pin 192 cps draft 64 cpa LQ)
£289.00 Qtizen Swift 24X (24-pin. 15* carriage £399.00 Star
LC20 Mono (9-pin 180 cps draft 44 cps NLQ) £159.00 Star LC200
Colour (9-pin IW cps draft 45 cps NLQ) £22000 Star LC24 200
Mono (24-pin 200 cps draft 67 cps LQ) £260.00 Star LC24-200
Cokxr (24-pin 200 cpa draft 67 cpa LQ) £29500 Canon BJ10E
Btijbte Jet Qnk jet portable and compact) Hewlett Packard
DeskJet 50o Qnk jet PRINTERS AH of our printers come with a
para lei cable to suit Atari Sts.
Amiaas and standard PC etc. All printers carry a ful 12 months warranty. We only sel genuine UK slock we do not offer inferior 'grey imports*. Phone for prices on ribbons and accessories for the printers Isted below ATTENTION ALL CITIZEN PRINTER BUYERS We are offering, to all buyers of Citizen printers 3 different special offers:
1. CITIZEN printer STARTER PACK. The pack cocrpriaea of 05* disk
fut of printer drivers for the ST Amiga & PC. 200 sheets of
fanfold tractor feed paper 200 fanfold tractor feed address
labels 5 tractor feed envelopes aU for only £12.99.
2. CITIZEN COLOUR PRINTING KIT This kit enables you to upgrade
either the Swift 9 or Swift 24 to a hJI colour printer The kit
£28900 Hewlett Packard DeskJet 500 Gnk jet 3 pages per minute)
£39900 Hewlett Packard PaintJet (colour inkjet 180DP1
printing) £78500 PROTAR VISTO C14M
* Cokxr 14 inch monitor
* Stereo speakers
* 600 x 285 pixel resolution
* Improved verson of 8833 Mk2
* Green screen switch
* Free with STE. STFM or AmgB lead
* t2 months REPLACEMENT warranty only £ 239.99 We have Irrited
stocka of the software peck vrtxch comes with the A500 Cartoon
Classes We are offering this excetent pack at the very low
price of only £40.09 Thisisvfflfltyouget
* Daliua Paint 3 *
* The Simpson* *
* Captain Planet A
* Lemmlnoe A PHILIPS 8833 MK2 Phips 8833 Mk 2 also stocked
complete with STE STFM or Amiga cable and t2 months free on-ate
irranty.
Only £249.99 Cartoon Classics software pack Colour Monitors All prices indude I75X VM and freo UK delivery unless sialod othorwlse Al prices specifications spedal often subiect to change wtthoul n of ice USON WORIX) BEATING PRICE AND.PERFORMANCE ‘Quality built, State Vithe Art tecuaologiesfor your Amiga' GOLEM HARD PRIDES j GOLEM MASTERPIECE TURBOCARD m KEYBOARD GLOUE
• Custom made for your Amiga
• Seals keyboard against liquid spills, dust, ash. Food particles
• Soft, flexible shield
• Fits like a glove, without interfering with keyboard operation
• Antistatic Puncture, tear & abrasion resistant.
Buy 1 £28.15 Buy 3-5 Save £5.88 per Glove Buy 6 or more Save £7.05 per Glove SUPRA A500RX RAM EXPANSION
• World Record Golem SCSI II Controller
• Highest Measured Data Transfer Rate (Up to 1.44Mb sec.)
• 4 Mb RAM Interlace
• Autobooting
• Installation & Backup Software Included
• Disk Already Formatted
• On Off Switch 9 Throughport to Six SCSI devices
• Highest Quality Quantum LPS Drives 52Mb £549 105Mb £699 68030
Processor (16Mhz) 68882 Co-processor (16 33Mhz) External for
A5Q0, Slot for A2000 2Mb FastRAM, expandable to 16Mb
Autoconfiguring Fallback Mode via Switch £599 GOLEM A2000
FILECARD
• World Record SCSI Controller
• Autobooting
• Installation & Backup Software Included
• Disk Already Formatted
• On Off Switch
• SCSI Tfiroughport
• Highest Quality Quantum LPS Drives .£429
105Mb .£529 52Mb.
GUP SERIES 2 HARD CARD
• High Speed "FAASTROM” Controller GUP SERIES 2 HARD DRIUES
• Up to 8Mb SIMMs On Board
• Autobooting
• Supports External SCSI Devices
• FASTPREP Installation Software 52Mb £415 105Mb £539 Bare
Hard RAM Card £199 GUP ’Combo* Boards
• 68030 Pro«Msor ? 68882 Maths co processor
• 22Mhz come Wh 1Mb RAM (SIMMs) exp to 13Mb
• 33Mhz comes with 4MB RAM (SIMMs) exp to 16Mb
• SOMhz comes with 4Mb RAM (SIMMs) exp to 32Mb
• SCSI 2 Interlace connects to 68030 £775 £1450 £1899 22Mhz 33Mhz
50Mhz • RAM Card expandable to 8Mb e Autoconfiguring • Oa'Off
Switch e Zero Wait States • Made in Germany 2Mb installed •
8Mb installed ALL PRICES INCLUDE VAT, P&P Prices subject to
change without notice. E&OE
• High Speed "FAASTROM" Controller Amiga Computing December 1991
• Up to 8Mb SIMMs FastRAM On Board
• Autobooting 6 Throughport to Six SCSI devices
• "FASTPREP" Installation Software 52Mb * £495 105Mb £669
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THAN VIC... THREE ¦ DECEMBER 1991 [JfeccALimiJi (swonpi Amiga
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The build up to Christinas starts here VISION Thunder
Jaws-------------------------------------------------------------s
Secret agents, robots and scantily clad women.
What more could a games player want?
Boston Bomb Club .....10 A timely reminder of how not to use the Firework Code Lotus 2------------------------------------------------ is Driving in an Englishman s ego machine Terminator 2 ....76 I’ve seen some god awful games in my time, but... udson Hawk ...ta No one saw the film, so no one knows what's going on Rolling Ronny----------------------------- 20 Errand-running on skates in the big city.
Choke on the fumes if you dare SUPERPLEX .23 Hi-tech Bolderdash? Drat, I promised I wouldn't mention it Pit-Fighter .....24 Flex your muscles for some illegal violence that ____ ...... .. to do A translated press releases because we are tee lazy to do any real research Pegasus .26 Don't flap missus, it's only a flying horse Mapdog Williams - 28 Grrr, grrrr, grrrraphic adventure in olden times As if to prove the last statement wrong, a close look at Heimdall and an exclusive peek at
Wolfchild, both from Core Design EOULARS onword 4 The Gallup Top 40 in all its smiling glory You send 'em, we print 'em Following on from the critical acclaim of Gods and Magic Pockets.
Renegade s (alias the Bitmap Brothers j previous two releases. The Chaos Engine is billed as the game that will cc to use 'advanced Al principles' in the control of the NPCs and the aliens |there always three good guys, but now they can be played by the computer or % humansj.
The aim is to provide an action game that utilises the principles of role playing.!
That players may experience character development and select computer to take on certain roles and duties as they explore the Victorian fantasy world.
Readers of William Gibson s The Difference Engine will probably know more ¦ the plot than I do but look out for more previews before its release in spring year.
ANOTHER world - US Gold » eo2-tZllT M *“rs ** 9*™ feigner Enc Char has been hard at work on Oelphine's nett project. Dm game will feature polygon-fcised graphics, veiy complex ones mind you. As opposed to the traditional bitmapped stuff that Del- pfee has favoured in previous releases. D* game follows the a entures of young nuclear scienfist tester Knight Chaykm as he £ Way from Ie Wmous other world that he to been catapulted into following a freak accident in his research laboratory.
The game begins on rocky terram where Lester meets up with vanous creatures He ends up in prison and from there he must engineer not only his escape from prison but hrs escape from the world.
This interactive adventure will be released in December, price to be announced.
»Tin“K &Mnuke ,e November MYTH - System canon NIGEL MANSELL GRAND PRIX Gremlin Graphics Straight from the satellite success of Hulk Hogan. The Bushwackers. The Ultimate Warnor and Sergeant Slaughter, Ocean are preparing to release the 16-bit conversion of the all-action sweat and canvas frenzy that is currently gracing BskyB.
It is apparently so accurate that if you look carefully you can see the player conferring as to what move they are scripted to make next. Possibly. Around some time in early December.
WWF - Ocean As we go to press Nigel is still two races away from finding out if he has won the World Championship. However, like the optimistic chaps that they are, Sheffield- based Gremlin have signed young Nige to put his name to their forthcoming Grand Prix title due for release some time in
1992.
Gremlin have built up a major pedigree as far as race games go, so even without the Nigel Mansell licence it was sure to be a hit. This one looks set to be a winner no matter what Nigel does in the last two races!
What's hot and what's not. Gamer spills the beans on the latest from the Amiga games scene THE CHAOS ENGINE - Renegade DOUBLE DRAGON II - Storm Double Dragon III finds the brothers. Billy and let "ngTa new quest a quest to Rosetta Stones Drese stones wl» form a ransom hr mUnce more captured Manon imeper damsel m distress of the first game|. IW PW wSlfind drem embarking on trips through the US.
Japan. Italy. China and finally Egypt Each of the five levels will consist of ?
Fighting stages where vanquish the alien force behind W*»KP lems and defeat the mighty enemy that awaits at the end of the game Ankiefiic i New moves, such as the Handstand Wk p* one Amted Headbutt |l think someone sW the mickey here), and new , weapons shop where players can buy all sorts neadachfrinduong weaponry that will cause a bruises and some senouS chaffing, give the g greater depth than previous tanWWlim Double Dragon III will be released mic ber at £25.99. SMASH TV - Ocean The hit two-joystick Williams coirvop that bearing more than passing resemblance to Robotron (or anything
else ending in Tron for that matter) will crash onto the Amiga within weeks of this article being read.
Based around a futuristic game shop the player has to blast everything in sight whilst trying to pick up as many bonus items as possible
- VCRs, sleek 1990 roadsters and so on. Unusually, the two
joystick combination, one for direction and one for aim, has
been converted using Joystick and keyboard. If you really want
to try and handle the complexity of it an, man, Look out for
it late November The sheer pace of the game, end to end action
and tactical game play is the core of TIP OFF, a basketball
simulation - A SIMUUTION WHICH 15 GREAT FUN TO PlAY Players'
skills, attributes and fitness together with the astute
substitution of players and change of tactics banks by the
coach, holds the key to success in basket ball. TIP OFF,
therefore includes some managerial aspects of the game. The
main features are:- ntinue re are or by | ng. So racters about
g next
* Multi directional scrolling screen
* Five skill levels. Sk i level of both teams can be set
indecendenfly.
Earn up with another
* 1 to 4 players option Option to play against the computer or
another player' player against the computer or another player
or two players.
* Facility to practice si s and tactics.
* Facility to create a team at all skill levels and design
tactics.
AMIGA ATARI ST ¦ IBM PC & COMPATIBLES PRICE-£25.99
* Instinctive Joystick controls to dribble, pass, shoot or do a
dummy.
There are two running speeds, two types of dribbling and passing and five types of shots at the basket (Jump shot, Hook shot,
i. ti J Skyhook, Running Jump shot and Slam Dunk).
Each player on the court is an individual with a unique mixture of attributes (Age, Height, Flair, Pace, Stamina and Composure) and skills (Passing, Dabbling, Stealing, Shooting and Jumping).
TrJ Two types of leag-es Action Replay at 3 speeds.
December 19*91 Amiga Computing Extra moves ore available using two independent button joysticks using the EXORLENCE System.
EASY TO PLAY - HARD TO MASTER Millsidf fodujtriol Enote, Lawson Rood. Dortford. Kent, DAI 5BH Tel: 0322 292513 8 Fax: 0322 293422 wr~' You missed the pony-tails but managed to slice her head open. Never mind, nobody liked her anyway Game designer Jer Ocarroll woke up one night in a cold sweat having just had a nightmare about how bonng and static r6le-playing adventures looked on computer. Then he went out and bought Eye of the Beholder, and his nightmare came true!
Strung up by the other girts in class tor having too many pony-tails, you ihUit release her from the stocks by slicing them off with Art Axt. Oh the irony He had no choice, it was up to him.
Great Hairy One Of That Green Bit West Of Wales, to put his absurdly brilliant graphical and creative talents to good use. Meld them with the programming skills of his good mate Jed Keveney and sit about for weeks moaning about how there was never enough memory. The happy life of a programmer, eh?
Several months later we come to the present day. The game is nearly complete. Jer and Jed are still moaning about why they can t put 18 disks in a box and still charge less than thirty quid, and I went to Derby to have a look.
The story goes thus, the Viking pea pie were created by the Gods of Valhalla and Asgard many centuries prior to the time of the game The Gods were pretty enamoured with their creations in much the same way that little girls love those dolls that urinate all over them in a realistic manner, but just like those little girls the novelty wore off pretty quickly and contact between the two soon became less and less frequent.
But one of the oldest Gods. Frey, patron of corned beef and tinned meat pies, realised that these Viking chappies may come in useful and left them a Entering a village usually Involves pap*' prophecy. 'One day a child will be bor to you who is neither human nor god.' He told them. "a great warn who will lead his people on a mission great importance and represent the jr pie in the great battle of Ragnarok ' * one took any notice at the time bee* they were all drunk.
Aeons passed and the age of I narok came, the time when Loki. Lean of the evil gods, would challenge * decent Viking gods to a battle, a bf that would end the eternal struggle I good.
But Loki pulled a fast one. As e* gods are wont to do. And scattered r three sacred weapons of the good gor across the three planes of existence The Gods couldn't retrieve tl*r* either, because if any of them wr down to earth, they would beco* mortal and never enjoy the perks of t- being a god again.
The time was now right for the Goto fulfil the prophecy of sending dow warrior to earth. Only he could retrr.
The weapons for them, only he co* walk the fine line between courage an bravery, only he could eat blue Smart* without adverse psychological effects That night Thor raised a storm ffs ravaged Norway, and in a Viking v*» at the northern tip of that striking lane young virgin gave birth. Until th moment she had not eflen realised s was preggers (sex education was a a of "on the job" training m those day That child was Heimdall.
Heimdall is the central character this game, a game which attempt move the boundaries of RPG into a i* more accessible arena by making it Ipc and play in a much more interestr Cor[e) blimey guv'nor, Scrke me dahn if it ain't
- ools with a preview of Core Design's Imorse epic Heimdall, and
further in, an exclusive sneak preview of Wotfcniid, their
great-looking post-Christmas beat-'enHip.
The map 9f the first VWW, If you take a navigator it will aiio tell you the saikng tunes between the islands _ merr i wen: ecomc ; of the bridge behind you wasn't mere wx* yau ast a tpdl but winch spdf?
E Goff JOWna retrieve : COUlC geanc ,marne ects.
• m that I village j I andc til mi* scd she i a case ? Days] The
game is spilt tfflO two nxzz tag ten axes at ner in the hope
* c first win show Heimodii growng up. you will Dc aoie to
sever all cignt
- pie&ng three lighthearted aa- pyytdfc and free ner from me
stocks, r-gree of success nas a Girecr be v.c acur«aiy tne
major danger is severing
- •- me number of men available to nec. Re? Aom one side of ner
nead with tne
- **. On his quest. Fie nas access to ffiny xic. .* 2 i mo
happens it could cause
- n m toy but depending on tne scc.'r ic problems, u-n the three
tasks he may be rrfuicd Tne next pan will involve chasing a
css to tne men witn more adwc*xcC cuic an arena unol a deft
move ,-ji ee?x of ?ne joystick causes you to dwe ifnai will
these mree tasks be? Tne cr. Rcr and get her to sit or. Your
lap.
- t involves a girl tied by her ogr.: say no more.
Ony-caiJs into the stocks outside some 7r final part nas you seated in one
- -trn. Cr mose giant Norse longboats fighting si an extremay
drunken manner you ccrer njngooar to me Gurgle. Tms is ¦
aplenty me sound these boats make .'.rcr. :r.cy sink, nence the
name tne A* mcse mree sections will be done ij. Some oniiiant
Dragon's Lair style aiwr-aaons. Cut mere is actually some
gamepiay mere as well. Tne quality of :r.csc sections will be
quite amazing, oor. ;jaaty animations mat burst
• uarunottf.
Tne res: of the game will take the form of a 3D isometric R?G. Out with mega-oniiianc backgrounds, and the
- phces aramaad m me same cartoon sr ic as tne tnree sub-games
but a bit The window showing your attacker animates to show
both your moves, from a first person perspective, and the
opponents me sacred weapon mat will be cun- between me islands.
Tne mree in play ningiy hidden. Won't be seen on screen at
once, just rieimdaii is tne leader of tne party of the current
leader of the party, in a sym- six selected from tne trwry
original men. Bofic kind of way. One of tne major bur only
tnree at any one time will be improvements on the genre are tne
allowed off the ship that journeys fight sequences. Instead of
pressing me Trss part of me game wti be played ewer mree
levels: Aadgard. Utgara and Asgard. Wtfn me am in eacn of me
iev- ess to sa* around me islands, solve puzzles, beat up
vanous creatures and find Fire button a lot in front of a
picture of the chap you are trying to heck to &to.
You will be fighting an animated bad guy, and the timing of youf Now during the animation wiii be crucial to the success of the hit. During a fight one or all of the parties win be involved but initially it will just be the selected leader.
The screen layout will be similar to Dungeon Master during the fights, with the animation going on in a quarter screen window. As well as the enemy being animated, each attack you make win have its own animation, and a different one for each different weapon.
The info displayed will included blood meters to indicate the health of both you and your opponent and an icon panel showing which weapons and spells are available to you during the fight.
As a man It Is quite dear he doesn't use gel. Just look at the way his hair Mows In the wW WOLFCHILD However, most of the game uses the isometric viewpoint sharing more with Cadaver and Dragon's lair than with Dungeon Master and Eye of the Beholder. And this is where the amazing graphics come in and some inspired puzzlmg and exploration.
The still backgrounds are outrageously good, but the sad thing is that the sound is going to suffer because there just isn't the room m the average memory, once all the graphics are in there, for a wide range of sound effects.
This aside it is going to be something of a stonker when it hits town in December.
While having a look at Heimdall, I also managed to get an exclusive preview of Coro's post-Christmas beat-’em-uo Woffchifd. And it looks pretty tasty as well.
What the game designer and programmer. Simon Phipps and John Kirkland respectively, have tried to do is combine the playaWity that has always been there in good beat-em-ups with a graphical quality and attention to detail previously unhoard of outside of the very best console games.
The game revolves around a young man's quest to rescue his scientist father from the clutches of the evil organisation Chimera. The young man’s father.
KaJ Morrow, was the leading innovator in the world of genetic hybridisatio" the science of melding species to ere?*- superhumans with advanced inte’ gence. Immunity to pain and capable: feats of immense physical strength.
The only other person who fU* understands Kars work is his son Sac the young man with a mission He res rects his fathers projects and become Lycanthrope, a man with the power ~ become a powerful werewolf at will.
He also builds a massive craft vr* which to infiltrate the heavily guard?
Base of Chimera. The objective is simp
- beat everybody up. Destroy the ba and rescue Kal Morrow. Nay
problem The game will be divided into five IP els. The first is
a smaller introductory lei*- T?te enemy g»ng up and ch*se oar
hero Into the Indoors section Where's J.R. Hartley when you
need him?
Ha; a rum oW place the sea is. It's big, it's wet and ft's fufl of sfimy creatures that bite and sting you. And it’s cold. And it's infested with cyborg sharks, lizard women and murderous frogmen. Is it? Well, it is if you happen to be swimming near Madame Q's underwater hideout And what's Thunder Jaws about7 Swimming into Madame Q's underwater hide-out, that’s what Yikes.
Amiga Computing December 1991 we've heard the story a motion times before, but that never stopped them making six Pofice Academy films did it? Thankfully though. Thunder Jaws is nowhere near as biz as Police Academy. Thank Hovis for that eh. Pop pickers?
What we have here, for those who haven’t guessed, is a scrolling shoot- 'em-up. What a fabulous Surprise! We haven't had one of these in the office since, ooh, yesterday.
But lo and behold, it’s a bit of a 'spanker'. Lei's put on our dayglo' So who is Madame 07 Wed, not only is she a heartless and pesky super villai- ness, but she's also the first person in the '0* section of the phone book.
Someone, somewhere has got mighty annoyed with Ms. 0 - possibly the people who compile the ohone book - and they've sent a crack commando squad to get her. Guess who controls said commando team? Yus. 'tis you. So beach shorts and wade in deeper... The game is split into two main sections. An underwater swimmy bit and a nice dry indoors shooty bit. As you make your way towards Madame O's base, it alternates between the two.
So at the end of each underwater bit yO' N an indoc section to shoot your w jn to. And at the end: each indoors section you ¥ find, wait for it, a big end-oMe*
* nasty guarding the hatchway to?
Next underwater bit It's a nice concept and it makes ?
Gameplay a little less repetitive. Perso ally I found the underwater bto a 2 easier, but that doesn't mean th they’re merely there to fill spa between the indoors bits. On both s?
Dons the difficulty level is set so that jc when you think You've got the hang iv* takes place onboard this aircraft as it . Bombarded by various mutants that 3anera have created using Kars exper- under duress naturally.
The level will gives the player his or
* *er first opportunity to gasp in wonder- tm at the silly amount
of animation
• «nes and the clever way that the mam afe's hair always blows
the right way ‘c matter which way he is facmg.
Drvereh?
The srlly number of animation frames caused by the fact that the game- Jay demands that the mam character
- ns horizontally and up or down two afferent gradients.
Naturally, his speed I tfected by the gradient.
Th« first level begins with the player ontrollmg Saul s human incarnation.
* jC once Saul builds up his energy by
- rung the pick-ups to over half(ish) he will become the
Werewolf. This has two advantages Firstly the Werewolf is
Stronger and secondly he has several weapons at his disposal as
opposed to just the tots The weapons he can use will vary
depending on what he picked up but they are a shapes that are
constructed as if by magic from hghtmng As they twvl towards
the enemy, little charged particles fly off meaning that some
of the animations of the weapon sprites take over ten frames.
It doesn't sound like a lot but when you consider that most
weapon animations usually take no more than two or three it is
pretty damn impressive.
The game itself will consist of five levels, the first already described. The remaining four will be approximately 80 OfKf (he energy level hasreached over halfway|ish), meladdo here rums Into a Werewolf screens in size and having the odd secret room hidden here and there.
I've been given a little peek of the second and third level as well as the first and they are different in style to then usual beat-'em-up fayre. The second level takes place in what can only be descnbed as a fantasy style forest, with the vegetation being mutated into hideous creatures sent to sap the life from you Thankfully none of them resemble the Tnffids.
The third level promises to be exceptionally gross. It will involve the main character fighting his way through a cavern with some interesting walls, These walls will be made entirely of animated creepy crawlies that promise to rock even the least squeamish of you to the very core. I know what you are all 1~~ thinking, it is all but liLd* i another beat- em- Because he had to walk on the different inclinations the total number Of frames in the main character soars into the hundreds Yes it is. But it promises to include the best graphics ever seen in the genre, more colours on screen at
any one time, more frames of animation, and some pretty stonkmg action-packed gameplay to boot Look out for it in early 1992.
* he Artt level it a bit on intro as you work jrour way along ft*
tedc of yout floating battleshiptypt contraption (Jam GameR
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sharks since the Batman TV series... methmg bigger and meaner
comes
• :ng and stomps on your head It
- *es for some pretty addictive game- xy. I can tell you.
Here's the essential two player “wfe. Which makes things easier, and course you get the collectable . pons which are pretty good, actu-
• v AH the usual features from a shooty ivne but with enough
nibbly btts to “dke it fun. Basically.
The graphics are average, but some ‘ the animation on the sharks is verg- r*3 on the ‘very dodgy indeed' side i the indoors section things look up wr* some much bigger graphics, and
* kjch more varied opponents. Unfortu- the pace of the game
doesn't to have left our heroes any time J change out of their
wetsuits. So they through the section looking like from
Rainbow.
Isund is well catered for, with an spheric Jaws-type tune playing the opening animation - which l Jetty good, if totally irrelevant - and No put shakes, but enough to worry Danni Mlnoguc.
PLA.VABII.ITy OOOM Just as good as any odw shooter on tht nnfk*t some thumpBig tunes and FX to spice up the actual game. Nothing spectacular, but nothing too distressing either.
Brawl So there you have it, Thunder Jaws, a pretty good shoot-'ennip with a little bit of variety. And lots of fish Daniel Whitehead Big Weapons What big weapons these Thunder Jaws fellas have! Here's what they are and what they do The Uzi 9mm doesn't just inspire countless Amie impersonations, it also gives you a rapid stream of bullets The rocket launcher allows you to fire massively destructive torpe- does. Yum yum.
fa™ thrower is the best weapon. It releases a huge jet of flame which toasts the enemy. Waheyl No shoot- em-up would be complete without three-way bullets SO.
Er, here they are.
L ; ~ ] The heat seekers will hunt down the enemy even if they're above LJH you. Isn't that gorgeous7 December T991 Amiga Computing ftrikes again Bl.r- Oh, what a bomber!
A gentleman's club of late 19th century Boston ts the setting for this derivative but enjoyable puzzle game, that claims to be the first to have a sense of humour. It is the kind of gentleman's club that is decorated in a very austere style, apart from the numerous good- time gals who wander around in basques and suspenders like the ones in Twin Peak's One Eyed Jack s. The Bomb Club's favourite pastime, apart from paying large amounts of cash to these basque-clad women, is lighting the fuse to one of those round bombs that Peter Sellers so loved, and guiding it around a course laid Out on a
table so that it reaches the safety of a bucket of water before it explodes.
The tabletop is constructed from various pieces, each one Jbvi 'square* big. These pieces can be manipulated so that a path for the bomb is constructed across the table. Typically, not all Of the available spaces on the table will be used and nor bL will all of the pteces be flex- UA ible. The general pieces you will come across are as follows: the static ones which cannot be adjusted in any way, shape or form; the junctions which make use of a movable gate which allows you to guide the bomb to where you want it to go by placing the barrier on one of the four edges of the 'square’; the
rotatable L-bend; the collapsible bndge which can only be used once; the trampoline which will launch the bomb a set number of squares a dictated by the number upon it; and the fixed' gate.
The fixed gate can give you real problems. You have no direct control Amiga Computing December 1991 PALACE ¦ £25.
Mouse ¦ Out November over which of the four positions it is set in. The only way rt can be changed is by guiding the bomb through it - this hits the switch which flicks the gate onto the next position clockwise from it The combination of the pieces and hazards, and the correct manipulation thereof, make for as real challenge as you try and stay ahead of the constantly moving bomb.
It all ends up being a bit like Pipe Mania, the frantic nature of the game- play is there but not to the same hair- vv ¦ a meg greying extent, and the addiction is there, but it won't cause the same sleepless nights.
The more advanced levels can cause some pretty serious nightmares, but the game often provides opportunities to hang around, by parking a bomb between two closed gates, giving you the chance to think carefully about the problem as opposed to forcing you to make off the cuff decisions - one of the factors that made Pipe Mania such a nightmare.
To add to the troubles, each bomb represents a life and to complete a level all you have to do is get an your remaining bombs through the course. This means that you will be able to whistle through about five levels in quick succession if you are down to one life, because getting one bomb through is no problem on most levels. The better system would have given you a fixed number of bombs to get through the level - then if you felled you would lose a life and have to try again.
The small number of levels. 30, means that the pnee is a little high for a game that can be completed in a cack- handed way. One bomb through 25 levels. Very easily. On the good side though, the levels that are there are really good fun. And sometimes take a few attempts to work out.
While you do try to work them out it is great fun. And sometimes very frustrating as the spectators at the side reach across and interfere with your hard work, a clever feature that hasn't txef seen before.
In all though it is a little too simple great fun for a while, but not goo enough to warrant a place in softwai history.
GdDOW Great Intermediate icretns, good teokhg ln-gam« ttuff.
AUDIO OCOPB limited to the odd cfck and bang p I. v a LITV boo High chrfcnge factor hit ultimitclY repetitive nothing to am for ADVANTAGE TENNIS A I V A N I A «» I TENNI rl (day, 3rd of November 1991 THE NEWSPAPER OF CHAMPION GAMES. * 1 st year N 000001 crushing victory for ADVANTAGE TENNIS its rivals. Its indisputable technical superiority proved last season on all surfaces. Like us, World is wondering if this year, there will be a who is well trained enough to succeed in ADVANTAGE TENNIS’ title and becoming 1.
A CHAMPION’S PORTRAIT ? 1 or 2 simultaneous players.
? Numerous spectacular shots: Backhand smash, Dive... ? Slow motion replay of the last rally.
? 3 game types: training, season or exhibition.
? ATP point and ranking management by program.
? Different view angles.
WIN YOUR BADGE “N 1 IN THE WORLD” Fine! You have not given up. Your technical and mental qualities have made you Number 1 in the world ranking. Every winner deserves a medal. So if you’re among the first 200 to Send us a screen shot representing the first page of your press book proving that you have defeated ADVANTAGE TENNIS, you will get the badge ADVANTAGE TENNIS PLAYER NUMBER 1.
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Team 17 s Full Contact is still hanging around like a bad penny, beating new entry Silent Service II from Microprose by one place. PGA Tour Golf won t go away etther. No doubt helped by the Ryder Cup last month, I doubt if anything bar a game of Russian Roulette can help Bernard Gallagher though.
Some disappointments though for major games that I expected to make a better showing. Flames of Freedom, at 36, and Rodland at 27.
The problem with those is that they were released too late in the month to make any major impression on this particular chart, but I fully expect them to climb several places in next month's chart.
No move from Lemmings this month but Gods has finally slipped from grace out of the Top 40. It Should be more than adequately replaced by Magic Pockets, from the same stable Renegade, next month.
Jools Compiled exclusively for I § 1 tt NE Jimmy White s Whirlwind Si 2 1 Thunderhawk 3 tt NE Cruise for a Corpse 4 3 Full Contact 5 tt NE Silent Service II 6 1 4 TV Sports Football 7 t 9 PGA Tour Golf 8 4 8 New Zealand Story 9 t 14 Supercars 10 1 5 Monkey Island 11 tt NE Bubble Bobble 12 t 16 Lombard RAC Rally 13 * 7 North and South 14 1 6 Fantasy World Dizzy 15 1 2 Manchester United Europe 16 1 12 Rainbow Collection 17 4 17 Xenon 2 18 * 15 Ninja Rabbits 19 t 23 Cabal 20 1 10 Eye of the Beholder 21 X 19 Pro Boxing 22 X 11 FI 5 Strike Eagle II 23 t 36 Shinobi 24 tt NE Conqueror 25 tt NE
Shadow of the Beast 26 t 18 Little Puff 27 tt NE Rodland 28 1 13 Defender of the Crown 29 tt NE Dragon Ninja 30 tt NE Elf 31 tt NE Indy and Last Crusade 32 4 32 Lemmings 33 X 20 The Games - Summer Editic 34 X 24 Blood Money 35 tt NE Sinbad 36 tt NE Flames of Freedom 37 1 25 Treasure Island Dizzy 38 1 33 Waterloo 39 1 26 Impossamole 40 1 21 Beach Volley A Virgin Core Design US Gold Team! 7 Microprose Mirror Image Electronic Arts Hit Squad GBH US Gold Hit Squad Hit Squad Digital Integration Code Masters Krisalis cean jpor Image
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ie coolest action puzzle game around... play 'Murphy', bug
hunter extraordinaire, in his teasing amazingly addictive
computer world, imaginative and challenging levels to master!
December 1991 In cose difficulty 0276 664959 Brmmm. Brmmm, rew rew.
Phwooaaargh, the birds are gonna luv me in this, I can tell ya. A brand new Lotus Elan, and some new roads for me to race the Esprit that I got last year on. Eh by eck.
My pulling power's gone through the roof since I bought this big red throbbing machine. The wimmen I've ‘ad chasing me you would not believe. You know that Fiona Fullerton piece off the telly? Well she's been after me, an' sos that lass off Coronation Street. Sally Webster.
Sorry lads, Trev ere, The reason I'm so excited is that Gremlin have finally got around to chuckin out the sequel to last year’s stonker Lotus Espnt Turbo Challenge. That racing game was the business as far as I'm concerned and Gremlin have at least done the sound deal by not chuckin' out the same game with a few more tracks, like with Ard Drivth" II or summat What they ve done is change the gameplay considerably to make it a separate package, like, and there ore worth the dosh. Or is it? 'Ere's the low down, lads.
This time around we get eight levels, starting off dead simple then endin' up pretty nasty, like. Instead of 'avin' a race as such this one takes its cue from Rad Mobile, Sega's ace coin-op, and has a series of checkpoints that have to be reached before your time runs out.
You start of wT summat like 30 seconds to reach the next checkpoint, or whatever, then when you reach the next one you are given the seconds to reach the next checkpoint plus whatever seconds you ad left from the one you ve just done, like. Clever innit? Each of the eight levels as upwards of five checkpoints with the final level avin' ten long ones. All this track adds up to over an hour Of solid dnvin', if you're ard enough to get all the way through like I am An' when me an’ Shaz are in the front seat with the furry dice an' the sun- strip with our names on there just am t no stoppin'
us mate, I can tell ya.
The eight levels take the driver through a variety of landscapes, each of them presenting their own little problems. Like. For example the m (level seven) has some track between certain checkpoints surrounded by desc water.
You go off the track pal, then you re in deep. Mate. Ha ha ha! Geddit? Or the snowbound level gives a near pufe white background (where's the tracj man?) And some mean patches of ice!
That throw you off course in a wicked skid.
The fifth level with the fog is the ?I ly smart one - the way theyve got the!
Effect of the grey blanket just out of I VISION Smoother man a babys bottom.
AUDIO aaacm Thumpin' tunn mttl ooooo More piiyabic then Cynthu Rkx that joystick to 1 in the distance is well sorted f ey.
That poetic or what? All the birds believe me|. The same effect In a different way on the night time of level six. Black in the distance out one of the neat touches is that if you go through a tunnel everythin becomes fully illuminated, like, by the tunnel lights It's well ace - both these levels realty get across the uncertainty of drrvin hke a maniac in poor visibility, an' I should know. You're slightly on edge all the time because you know that the road could disappear around a corner, leavin' you behind at any minute.
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' V'1-" | v pi -. I I S of 1C- I '.ViCk I The two-player option is where the game starts to come into its own. The split screen - only in two-player mode this time around, fact fansl - means that you get some really sound action as you by and chase down your human opponent and if you're really clever you can keep art an eye on is screen an' try and move around so that you get in is way when he tries to get past like. Really smart.
What is even more smart is that you can now link up two Amigas to get four player actionl Wowl With two players on each machine using the old null modem link fwhat?| you can get some well ace races gom' between the four of ya. Well smart. Even three players is pretty damn groovy. In short I reckon it's well sorted Cheers! Trev.
Thanks Trev. Jools is back for the techie bits.
It is different enough to warrant a purchase from those who have completed the original. In other words it is a standalone game in its own nght not half a sequel like some I could name.
The graphics are up to the same smoothly animated standards that knocked your socks off in the first one.
Each track-side object uses 17 spntes as it moves nearer then past your point of view to get that really smooth impression of speed.
The handling is superbly observed, just Wee the real thing. Lifting your finger briefly off the power on a hairy corner will pull you in enough to get around and this can be used to your advantage to get past some tricky opponents on the inside line. Sound is excellent - the high standard in-race effects are complemented by high class tunes, a separate one for each level, but the CD player of the first one, which I loved, is missing |bawl).
One big improvement is the way that the one-player game gives a full screen display, as opposed to the cropped one of the original version.
I have to say I preferred the original because there was more to it - the pit- Stops and the levels of difficulty - and I personally preferred the challenge of racing 18 or 19 opponents rather than the clock. But racing against the clock means continual pressure, and therefore continual entertainment, and it is only my preference.
There are very strong ments for the checkpoint approach, one being that you never get to first place and never stand the chance of getting bored. Taking a whole different approach was brave but it means that this is a worthy purchase whether you have the original or not. So. A highly addictive standalone product, and not a rehash cash-m seguel.
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Amie Is on the left 4 If you haven't seen the film or you are
not fully aware of the basic plot then I'm not going to bother
wasting space here. One of your mates will be more than willing
to fill you in on the ins and outs of the film, and you will
therefore have a suitable grasp of the plot of the game. If you
have already bought the game, then my condolences.
This is the really dodgy bit that Is extremely easy and ruins about ten minutes of your life every time that you play The dlgitited scenes from the film liven up the loading sequences I To save pain I'll get straight down to it. The game is divided into three levels, each of which represents a particular le hadn't bothered comi part of the film, but the three of them are basically duplicate? Of each other, and one of them is so unbelievably awful that it is barely worth talking about.
The first, fourth and eighth final level all feature the T800 fighting the TI000.
It starts off with a bit of gunfiring then the two of them move in a for a bit of mindless hand to hand violence. Now don't get me wrong - it is well implemented, but it appears three dmes and it eventually gets repetitive.
The second level features Arnie and John on a Harley Davison trying to escape from the chuffing juggernaut bearing down on the two blokes. This part takes the form of a vertically scrolling thingy where the bike has to jump over ramps, avoid rocks and trying to puck up the odd is the best level of the game _T , Out now meg ¦ Joystick bonus here and there. If the bike hits anything then Amie loses some energy, if the truck hits the bike from behind then John loses energy. In the words of the esteemed Gamer ace reviewer. Bifife, it looks like something out of shoot-'em- up Construction Kit*.
Level three is the first of the two puzzle sections that involves you rearranging square pieces to reconstruct Amie s damaged arm. This section is reasonably easy as all you have to do is pick up the piece and move it to exactly where you want. If you complete it within the given time then Arnies energy is fully restored for the next level. Complete half and he only gets half his energy back.
Level four is another dodgy'fight scene, while Level five is a slightly more complex puzzle section that takes the form of one of those infuriating sliding puzzle games that annoyed me when I was a kid as you try to reconstruct Arntes face. The same bonuses apply as in Level three.
Level six b a painfully slow and truly yawn-inducing horizontal shoot-'em-up as you fight your way past the unintelligent security guys outside the Cyberdine Systems HQ. This bit is just so mind- numbingly grim that it doesn't bear thinking about. The sooner I find the level skip cheat the better, Level seven sees you m control of the kidnapped swat van as Sarah tries to shoot down the pursuing helicopter While you keep the thing straight enough for her to get a decent aim. This bit is reasonably entertaining but like the whole damn game it is just too short The final bit is another boring]
scene.
The game is well coded, at some nice graphics and cor sound. The problem is that it is pletely lacking in any decent conct thought and It is far too short -1 pleted it within an hour and a ha j opening the package and each takes approximately 20 minutes to I If I had forked out £26 for two entertainment, including about minutes of naff bits. I annoyed. Not even the free would stop me from tar revolution. M DcccRbcr mi OH NO!
ORE LEMMINGS!
THE DOTH DISK r- LEMMING AlfOYj rif oooow o Theft for theft's sake BWCflWtKJthC Hi OCEAN ¦ £24.99 * 'A meg Joystick ¦ Out now y all accounts Bruce Willis's whole career has been based around the premise of saving up enough money to be able to make the above film. When he started off in his acting career he handled his own promotion. Calling it Hudson Hawk Promotions, he had a dream of producing a film based around this Hudson chappie that he dreamed up when he was at school. I haven’t seen it but by all accounts, he shouldn't have bothered.
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quickly If you hope to beat the clock It is only the first
level and this part is where It gets really difficult Well
maybe he should have. Because if or Bruoe babes hadn't produced
and starred in said piece of cinematography, software industry
history may not have been made. What am I talking about?
I'm talking about an Ocean film licence that is actually damn good, playable and worth the 25 quid.
The game takes the form of a platform style adventure, the kind of thing that features simple puzzles for opening doors and requires pixel perfect leaps and bounds to ensure that an untimely death is not met.
You control Hudson whose only real weapons are his big boxing glove and some baseballs if you hold the Fire button down long enough, These baseball are crucial for throwing some of the switches to open doors and the like.
Divided into three levels, reflecting the three major crimes of the film - the Auction House, the Vatican and the Leonardo da Vina Museum - the game has a total of 18 big stages. Each of these must be learned off by heart before they stand any chance of being completed frequently enough for the player to Stand any Chance of finishing the whole game.
Cracking the safe gives a break from the frantic baseball throwing of before The Auction House sees Hudson begin the game on the roof, trying to find his way in, then inside as he dodges the security cameras, dogs, and tourist kids who will try to slow him 5 Oi l 0 0 It may not look like It but Oils Is a due to what you have to do down by dazzling him with a flash. The style of this first level, while increasing in difficulty with the later stages, encourages the player to keep moving and try and make decisions on the run. Rather than slow down and get bogged down in trying to wprk out what
to do. He who hesitates is lost. He who dares wins. He who buys me a pint is a good lad.
The Vatican has a lot in common as far as the idea behind the gameplay goes but is completely different in execution, the behaviour of the enemies, the styles of its puzzles and its graphical style.
Leonardo's Museum, though, becomes almost like Lemmings at some times with switches having to be activated at one end of the room while 1 door opens at the other for later use I all starts gening very complex but yol have to keep moving, because - being | thief-bme is of the essence.
Controls are the usual jump and rut style thing, but there is a certain amc* of inertia built in which means that Hu* son takes a while to get going, and W has to skid to a stop or to turn around, This adds another little dimension to tw gameplay as you have to be ever si careful of where of Hudson is going, j It all ends up as a very good lootonj platform game with heaps of actioa acres of game area, a pile of puzzles and mountains of gameplay. Rick Dangeral had better watch out.
JooU AviilaOic lor Am.Qa A Ann ST i(n*5Wrtu c ii ccpyficnt Aflfllu TeJewsio* ana Bro afcwora Television Game copyr h: :991 Miflflscspd imerratioruJ Limitea Cip' -c Copyrigm *990 199' Mmcscape totefftatiOAal Lifflitec. Ii .'KJ tls reservea Wrran oy Tooy C rowther December 1991 Amiga Computing ANGLIA fclcviMon Limited local dealer, contact: Mindscape internauooai lid. The Coach House. Hookiands Estate. Scaynes nail. West Sussex RH17 7MG Tel: 0444 831 761 One whiff of this dodgy coagulated and aromatic French cheese is enough to freeze everything for 10 seconds. I should think so too, ' If you
can't reach some of the higher up goodies then using the Mag- netofluct will faithfully bring it to you Just like Bonnie, the Blue Peter Imagine, if you will, a mutant creature. A horrendous genetic hybrid. A blemish on the face of Mother Nature A terrible cross between Ronald McDonald and Richard Soigoe Pretty scary isn't it? Well, boys and girls, pull your duvet tighter around you because that just about sums up what Rolling Ronny's ail about, Ronny's a clown you see. He's got a cheery red fright wig and a 'humorous* nose, plus all the other violently amusing features that Ronald McDonald,
that friendly face of international consumer conglomerates, possesses Ronny’s also taken to wearing roller- skates all the time, like that sad oId git Richard Stilgoe In his 'highly acclaimed" musical. Starlight Express. Crikey. Hardly VIRGIN • £24.99 ¦ ' meg ¦ Joystick ¦ Out now
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] And of course, selecting a bicycle horn makes you invincible for a limited amount of time Obvious really.
• hamburger, so we've been given Rolling Ronny instead. Phew.
Ronny, our hero. Lives In Fieldington.
An unnecessarily zany and wacky fictional cartoon type town. Everything in FiekJington is cheerful and twee. It's the sort of place were people burst into song in the middle of the street, and all the buildings bounce from side to side in time to the music. It s that sort of place - not the sort where you want to wake up with a hangover.
Dr. Ronny's Patented Pick-me-ups Spotty Teenager: Tell me Dr. Spotty Teenager: Gee thanks. I ll Ronny, how do you keep your skin never use ordinary soap again... SO... young looking? Dr. Ronny: Good, now sod off Dr. Ronny: With my hypo-aller- Spotty, I've got some icon explain- genic icons, that's how. Ing to do... Nor is it the sort of place to steal the Crown Jewels from, but that's what some highly stupid FiekJington thieves have done. Even more stupidly, rather than flog the jewels on the Black Market and move to Rio, the thieves have left the jewels in flashing boxes all over town.
Criminal masterminds, eh?
Rather than getting the plods to earn their keep and gather all the jewels back together, they decide to do a spot of delegation and lumber our Ron with the job. I don't know, you pay your taxes, you're a responsible citizen and you end up doing the police force's dirty work for them. Fascist state or what?
Amiga Computing December 1991 Anyway, what it all boils down to is nine levels of scrolling platform action with Ronny risking life and wig to collect these fiamm' jewellery boxes. It won't be easy though. Fieldington is a strange, and not entirely safe, place. All manner of spooksome objects float towards you.
Intent on wearing down some Of yoq health.
Cartoon cars, looking like the Ansi Mob's Chugabug from Wacky Races!
And what a spanking cartoon that was!
Chunder towards you ready to kno4 you for six, For protection Ronny ca leap on to higher platforms, or defe*« himself by throwing salami at his aggni sors. Why salami? No idea, and I’ve got a feeling tnat it might be best if we don't prooe any further.
Also along me way Ronny can coflea some bonus items to aid mm in ms quest. Some affect Ronny and give nim super powers when selectee, omers will affect ms adversaries to give Ronny some son of sneaky advantage. Ronny can carry four icons at a time, and me re activated py n©ng me relevant funcbon key. In case you were wondering.
. Ps - mbs - . Nocx ¦r.: As well as looking out for icons and jewellery, you must collect coins wmcr.
Can be used to pay for icons in me snop and to pay for your bus fare to me new level. Coins can be found lying along me way, picked up oy snooting me bad guys, or earned py running errands for me good cozens of nekongm You see. Every now and men. You'll come across some dopey looking citizen rruijing around m a rather useless fashion. Walk up to mem and me ll offer you an errand. The errands usually mvoive raking an objea to another person or location on mat levei. Aimougn sometimes you may nave to retrace your steps to find it.
How much you earn for an errand Wul depend on how mucn me person is willing to give, but you can bargain wxh mem at me risk of losing the job.
This adds a much-needed human element to tne tired platform genre, and may just oe me trang mat saves Rolung Ronny from total Obscurity.
Sound is reasonable, although the sound efr'eas are. Well, non existent if tne trutn oe told. Tne tune's great mougn. It's a ooppy sort of arcus rune mat keeps you humming mroughout the game, and a*so nas that wonderful quality of annoying me neii out of everyone around you- The grapracs are very colourful, and they've squeezed in a fair wodge of derail too. Tne sprites are well varied, and suitably weird, with everything from flying paperback books to incontinent birds out to marfc your card. The cars in particular are fun to water,, as are me oouncing umcycies in me sewers. Yep.
Tolling tonny is presy damn surreal wnen you trunk about it. It's also wnat me Ancient Greeks might nave called 'a fiippin'good game”.
If I've got one criticism of Rolling tonny, it's tnat it's just a Die too similar to ail me other scroiiy platform games mat have mysteriously started to appear since me console market took off. It's very, very similar, for instance, to Ocean's Simpsons game, or Sonic tne Hedgehog on tne Sega MegaDnve. Toe little errand running bits go some way to make it special, but the essential gamestyle has been done a tnousand times.
That aside Rolling Ronny is a pretry groovy iiffle game, it's easy to get used to and it's challenging. Out not impossible. Not quite tne coolest dude in town, but certainly cool enough to chill our and do rus rnang with me "Cool Posse'.
Whatever mat means.
Daniel VISION GOVCf* loads at variety, piemy of colour and soox ratner oarnavs ftdcxgrrv'H'w AUDIO GCOPP Anaoo«**»9cajKC« tends to sen «3»«gfcfiL PLAYABILITy o©oo I The ntoacaon w» oow ciuractcts makes the same more appeakn man ocher ptattomers.
December 1991 Amiga Computing December 1991 GameR* M00t)9t01)G ft i mu naqs Koioivt bo mucr, ran . .
- qoaxc oie! • W Moonstone - a remarkable combination of fast,
aggressive combat action and subtle role-play set in a fantasy
world, that uniquely challenges your brain and your reflexes -
while covering you in gore.
Oh, by the way, if the sight of so much blood upsets you, don't worry. The blood is an option!
Moonstone features nearly 1,000 frames of incredible animation in 2 Megabytes of monsters and creatures, over 60 beautifully painted backdrops and detailed scenery. Sound effects are high quality digital samples and includes a full musical score and stunning full screen animated introductory and game complete sequences.
For your local dealer, contact: Mlndscape International Ltd, The Coach House, Hooklands Eslate, Scoynes Hill, West Sussex RHI7 7NC. Tel: 0444 831 761 We've got a bit of a problem with this one.
We've been sent the game, but without any instructions or packaging or anything. So we don't really know what's going on.
For instance, we don’t know why ou must control Harvey through 111 levels of mazes collecting little round ring-type things. We don't know what he is, although all the computer chips clotted around suggest that maybe he's tome kmd of microscopic troubleshooter who goes inside computers to collect little round ring-type things. Maybe Or maybe he's a really clever thief who's decided to steal loads of little round ring-type things and sell them to little round ring-type thing colors. Maybe. As you can see. We don’t really know what Supaplex is about- What we do know, being the highly
evolved games reviewer sorts that we are, is that Supaplex is a puzzler firmly in the mould of that crusty fave, BouWer- dash. This involves manoeuvring 'Harvey' around each level chomping through the ground to reach the little round ring type things.
Its a puzzle game and, er, its called SWPAPIk DREAM FACTORY ¦ £25.99 ¦ 'h meg ¦ Joystick ¦ Out now To make life more difficult, each level is littered with metal balls which will fall if the ground beneath them is eaten away. This can be to your advantage, if you want to dear a path, but more often than not they’ll drop right on your head and squash you.
Also there to Irven things up are such wondrous items as gateways to other sections of the level, disks which explode taking out bothersome * walls and gravity which stops you moving around the level at win. Fore ing you to build steps. Very clever.
It's a pretty ancient game style, but the Dream Factory have tried to inject some new life into it with some nifty features. You no longer have a limited number of lives. Now you can have as many goes at as many of the levels as you want, with the emphasis on finishing all 111 levels in record time, rather than just trying to struggle on to the next level. You can also have several players playing after each other so you can battle against your chums and chumettes to get the fastest times.
Hmm. Well, despite not knowing anything about the plot I managed to do pretty well. Partly because of the handy tutorial at the start which tells you what to do and what not to do. And secondly because of the 'skip lever feature which allows you to jump over troublesome levels to the one after. What do you mean, cheat? You can’t just jump to level III you know, ’cos you can only skip a level if the one before it is completed.
It's a fairly good fun game to play, although that much is pretty obvious to those wbo've played the original 'Boulderdash'. But I can’t help but wonder how well a game i*e this stands up in today's market. The presentation is a bt- tle rough around the edges. _ as are the graphics, with 1 9'*m only the sound saving it from total 'eightbitibs".
All things considered. Supaplex is a fairly average game. The new additions go some way to give it some wefly, but its dated gameplay ultimately leaves you thinking that it might be better as a budget game.
Dtniel YISION Hardly the most ground breaking ever seen, but sufficient.
AUDIO A bearable tune, w*h a nice ‘oompah* bit when you flnWt a level PLAYABILITY 000 December 1991 Amiga Computing A tried and tested formula work* wd, but leaves it feeling a lad ancient.
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Owfcfa $ 1100 Ty: A kickDoxef, agile, sly and good with rice (so
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and me Roundhouse.
Kato. Tne higes! Black Belt ever. Amen. He's quick wnen he uses the Combo Punch, cne flip Kick and the Backhand.
Buzz: A protester who's never heard of Hutk Hogan would tremble with fear if he ever saw Buzz when he was using his Belly flop, nead Dun or pile driver.
T A swift toe to the right spot gets you out of any tricky situation jS3540 Amiga Computing December 1991 Every two matches there is a grudge match between the human opponents 82 There is currently a debate raging in our office as to tne moral and etmcaJ aspect* of violent games such as Pina; Fight ana tnis one. Pidignter. On tne one hand it could Be argued, with no.evidence oar supposed ‘common sense', that it encourages violence and tnar ‘tne kins will be influenced by the extreme scenes they see and try to emulate mem.
Soon after tne release of such a game the streets would Be awash with the blood of OAPs. Dogs and other household pets trur nad seen in tne way a: tne time. The only evidence to support mis is :nat soon after tne previews and early reviews of US Golds Final fight appeared in the computer press, a game which includes a scene where the players must destroy a car with iron oars for poinrs, the riots in Cardiff. Oxforo, Birmingh.im and Newcastle took place. Damage caused to property was extremely high especially to private vehicles. Hmmm.
On tne other Ivmd there is the argument that seeing and taking part in Such Silicon violence is a form or rnera- py, a release for ‘me kids' who would otherwise be toiced to vent then frus- iMuons eisewhere. Wan society being forced to take tne burden.
Recent studies have shown that 90 per cent of those- who took'.
Part m the recent riots have a home computer but only 3* ii of .
Those could afford a copy of Final fight, so in fact social deprivation is what s truly behind tne troubles frankly I tmnk c is all a load or pretentious twaddle and you sncuid all sit down. Play the games and enjoy the Dioodfesr. Revel in tne mindless violence and smack anyone who vm to interrupt.
Well, enough of me polemic and on with the review' Based on me hugely successful and well ace JB Atari com-op. Pitfighter comes from what is apparently tne world’s favourite illegal a« sport. Frankly I tnought a
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Ingi-Socidf Con- jflT v* science Ed.J. What pit lighting involves is lots of people who are addicted to blood and gambling but cun t afford 10 pay to see someone s Dram smashed in _ the Albert Hail. What they do instead is watch someone s oram get smashed in some abandoned dockyard while they ail stand around and cheer and lose tnar money with some greasy-haired bookmaker who nas a pel rat which feeds from tne same Chinese food car- ' ton as mm.
You take control of one or the three pit tighten; - Ty. Kato or
8027. And you try and guide them to victory over a series of
rn'ijd opponents, wno get mad- der by the round, who will
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The reason Behind these extremes of violence is nothing so
complex as a dispute over football or even an out of hand 'did
you spiu my pint?' Style ruckus Nope notrung more than the
greatest evil of all. Money.
Should you win a fight you will be awarded a Fight Purse, a Knockout Bonus for now many knockouts you make in the round, and a Brutalit) Bonus lor how. Orm. Brut.il you were r- the round You know the kind of ming did you call his Dad a wimp, ms momo a whore .tnd rus gntndmouser an alco noiic? If not me bonus may not be qu* so big. This money translates into - score. You canT actually spend it on anj trnng But it gives you some indic.won whether you are hard or just a wimp.
Each fighter has seven moves at nt disposal, all accessed by hoKing dcwr.
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M- ’ fife fiL , li W i n - B * H *; ¦ %V it t* & |i 93 I Ij 1; w One or tfte ouier ports or tnc competition is dropping tnc tatty Utcn flexing your muscles us a gesture ot victory S i?K * £25.99 - ' 4 meg - Joystick - Out time, we computer selecting wnicn ts tne most appropriate tor tne moment As you progress tnrougn we rounds tne pwiyTieid wiii he littered wstn more and more things that you can piC up.
Ranging from Snunxens to motorbikes ' These Cents can he used Dy yourself or by your computer cor.trolied opponents to cause even mote damage n .in atfe.sdy violent world section mat summons we move you
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st.trut v .t initially it use’s digitised pictures of fighters
in van ous positions for the sprites they can loos Pjocky
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game gives tne impression of joomng in and out in by scaiwg UV?
Sprites and backgrounds in see to make sure they are always on
screen at any one time.
Tnis can occasionally maxe me anima Lon kook a tad stilted as it 200ms and pans Put surprisingly tne speed suffers very littie PlayatsWy is superb especxiify in two player mode vvnere you get tne cnance to Pe.it up each otner as well as the P.»d guys, and tne variety of moves from me vicious opponents *s enough to keep you guessing mrougn tne many levels Even if you do get some of them sussed there is aiw.iys we cnafienge of :r,.K Oil Ouii cr khov tnem down .is eacn houi is timed Get a knockout in less ifun SO seconds and you get a special Ponus for a record KhOCkOuL in short it is mgniy
addictive violence, great for expending some hormones in a norvsexuai way. And it certainly heats chucking petrol PomPS .wound a CouVtil estate .absolutely - social Conscience td,J Joois oeoem ScytohJMUoonwimsoeK new ideas.
AUDIO OOOTP toddsofaeatysbpsand OOOOO December 1991 Amiga Computing loads of violence and blood and guts and- N*gotUtlrvj the deadly fklet of necropotii left by Satan's ramp grttuitoiu Those Ancient Greeks knew a thing or two about mythology didn't they? All those monsters and mutants leaping about Chopping each other into little pieces.
Brilliant Amiga Computing December 1991 And of course, ruling over all the monsters and mutants was Satan.
Except he wasn't, cos the Greeks didn't believe in Satan. They had enough trouble from all the grouchy gods up on Olympus, never mind having to put up with Ol' Nick, Still, whether they believed in him or not. For the purposes of this game Satan does exist. And what’s more, he’s taken over the world. Gasp. Yes, Satan has taken over the four planes of existence and posted tons of his smeggy minions in them to keep it that way.
Looks like a job for one of those lone hero types.
Luckily. Greek mythology is bursting at the seams with lone hero types so it's pretty hard to moan about how only one bloke has been sent to do an army's job. That's the way the Ancient Greeks did things you see. Something to do with honour I suppose.
Personally. I’d rather just 'send in the boys' than hack and slash my way through coundess demons and spooks, but then I'm a bit useless at things like that. Perseus on the other hand, is great at the old hacking and slashing, so it's him that you control. The game is similar to Thunder Jaws, also reviewed in this issue, in that the levels alternate between a traditional scrolling shoot- efTHip and a ground-based horizontal bash-'ennjp. Also like Thunder Jaws, It s not half bad. It's not amazing by any means, but it's a fun little blast. And here's why.,, Under Satah i rule, even the Andrei
puppy Is dangerous Muffin's back... and this time he ain't no puppet PEGASUS As you fly through the first level, astnde Pegasus, the enemy zoom in to attack in fairly predictable patterns but their sheer volume prevents it becoming too easy. You fight back with fireballs from your sword, which can of course be upgraded by collecting enough cash, Cash comes in the form of diamonds, which are left behind when a wave of baddies are destroyed The graphics are very scrumptious indeed, with plenty of colour, lightning flashes, bucket loads of parallax scrolling and some truly incredible ani
mation on Peggy himself. As the levels progress, the background graphics become more and more dazzling, right up to the swirling flames of Hell.
The sound is well suited to the game, as thunder punctuates the explosions and ‘zap' effects. It all adds up to a pretty impressive introduction to the game.
Once you've flown around for a bit, Pegasus dumps you on the ground and bogs off for a bit This leads into what we in the business call the 'walking around levels'. The ‘walking around levels' are just as impressive as the flying bits.
Perseus leaps and chops away at all manner of bogus beasties, ranging from scorpions to killer turkeys, with all the enthusiasm of an NME reader with a hammer in a room full of MC Hammer records.
Every now and then you'll come across something bigger, like a massive, drooling, blood encrusted hell hound As you can probably understand, these fellas lake a right pasting before the* sod off. Along the way you'll also d cover secret levels full of lovely di monds, and paths under and over tt* various hazards that face you.
So. It's a scrolling shoot-'envup. E; pretty good, and, er. That's it. On b*- ance I d say that Pegasus has the edor over Thunder Jaws for two reasont One. It's a lot nicer to look at and the graphics have obviously had a lot cf work put into them and two, it s that kt tie bit faster and smoother which n turn makes it a smidgeon more playable.
If you’re thinking of buying a shooc em-up this week, then you could do worse than to splash out on a copy of Pegasus. Very pleasant indeed.
Daniel VISION ooooa Some great animation, plenty of neat touche mdtniy beautiful backdrops.
AUDIO CXOPP N«lbetihme,*ndJome effective FX P LAVA, a I L I TV Everything is smooth and it piays Bccadrcam.
As addictive e any shoot-' up can ever be.
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Guess who it is this time? Yup, it's Maddog Williams. So it s up to you to guide Maddog through his quest to rid the land of evil, save the damsel, make friends and influence people and so on, Your mighty quest begins at home, with very little notion of what awaits you. Just like Monday morning in the Gamer office.
You basically when Maddog is being Rung about lently by some tentacle thingies m underground cave. I tried to CUT TACIiS. To which Maddog replied rather not*, or when Maddog is stairs in his antique shop, and refus take any of the weapons from the on his quest. A choice of maces, bows, battieaxes, and he takes hrS sword. A few 1 Op s short of a box or what?
This sort of moralistic restriction cm make the more mischievous game pt - er feel a bit held back, since you cart search other people's houses or nictj things. Still. I suppose it's good for tne soul or something. Mind you, for the really evil players, you can always cally go about your business, inventing useless things and getting thrown out Qf pubs, until you pick up some clues and take it from there. Quite a nice change from the strict linear plots of other games of this ilk. I think youll find. Oh yes indeed.
The more astute of you will have already seen the screenshots and decided that Maddog Williams looks more than a bit like the Sierra games, Well, you'd be right: it is a hell of a lot like them. The graphics, in particular, are a dead ringer for the Kings Quest series, with their chunky sprites and colourful fairy tale backgrounds.
The humour is there too.
Although some of the jokes in Maddog fall flat on their faces. It would appear that most of the humour in Maddog is unintentional, or at least all the bits that I laughed at were.
Would you believe that just down the road from Maddog s house is a satanic temple where they sacrifice virgins with alarming regularity?
Don't think that I don’t like the game, because I do, it’s just that Maddog's sickeningly twee attitude i$ a real pain in the backside at times.
For instance.
Ome people can be so spiteful can t they? Take, for example, the parents of the hero of this game. Picture the scene Mrs Williams has just given birth to a lovely, bouncing baby boy. Complete with ginger hair and Douglas Fairbanks goatee beard.
He's a swashbuckling adventurer through and through. And what do they decide to call him? Bob? Jim?
Montgomery? No, they decide to call him Maddog. What a pair of gits Imagine the childhood that poor old Maddog must have had. Teased all the time by the kids at school, all the teachers sniggering when they took the register and as he got older he found that no one would cash his cheques It's no wonder that he threw aside all thoughts of becoming an adventurer and decided to stay at home and invent things instead.
So the years passed and Maddog went about his inventing. He never thought to Invent something that would benefit mankind though, like a computer that could figure out why people watch things in which Jimmy Tarbuck appears. Oh no. He invented such useful items as an alarm dock that tips water over you in the morning, and a beer server that catapults glasses off bar. Which is probably why nobody ever heard and the Temple of Doom?
This cheery place Is Just down the road from Ms house We on for hours about fishing trips. The characters could have done with a little more personality as well. In a game as involving as this, it really adds atmosphere if you can build up some sort of relationship with others in the game.
Who could ever forget the infuriating used ship salesman in Monkey Island, or the embarrassing storekeeper In Leisure Suit Lany? Still, it's a minor point, as the characters really only exist to give you clues and ideas on how to progress, and this they do very well.
The sound is pretty drre. The music is distressingly Weepy and the PX are not what you would call inspiring. It s not bad enough to spoil the game, but it’s a pity that more couldn't be done.
On the sunny side, the graphics are nice and clear, if not very well drawn, and sum up the pleasant feeling of the game. The animation is a tad on the sticky side though, with Maddog's walk looking like that cheery childhood hero.
Bod. But this doesn't really matter because the gameplay is geared more to chin-stroking pondering, rather than frantic running around.
All in all then, a wonderfully creamy little Poniefract-cake of a game. The puzzles are tricky, but always blindingly obvious in the end. And the graphics set off the atmosphere perfectly.
It s the sort of story that always seems to crop up in cheesy French cartoons on Maddog wakes up, stretches and heads off downstairs to watch Wacaday. Sad, sad man GOO Chunky Ittto stickmen, ftnrty in the Siern mould, but some duction and the remaining four disks holding the game.
Each game disk is divided into two chapters - where a chapter is basically a section of the map - and although you can walk from one 'chapter' to the next, you can only progress properly if you complete a special task in each.
M chapter one you must rescue a fair maiden from the satamc temple, in chapter two you must find your way across some quicksand. Each time you complete a task, or appear to be following the correct route, a burst of music lets you know that you're on the right track.
The feeling of an epic adventure is very cleverly captured. I've been playing the game for days now, and haven't reached the third disk yet!
The way that you can just wander at first, and chat away to the locals about life m general is great although a Lucas- film-style conversation wouldn't go amiss. As it is. You have no control over speech, and end up just listening as some of the more senile inhabitants ram- 00009 If you cm put up wtoi sadda s morabtk poncing *bout then It s a truly great game.
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2. 04, but I'll attempt to cover some of the major points.
The screen display is now a cool and serious mix of blue, black, grey and white, and all icons and screen gadgets have been given a 3D look not unlike the Windows 3.0 system currently being used on Pcs. Programs can now be viewed by icon, name, size or the date the file was last altered, thus offering the user faster Workbench screen updates and tidier windows without icons.
Xvoid tboif messy Icons by using the "view by name' option Compatibility The new machine contains the Enhanced Chip Set. And so w4l suffer in its early months from a number of compatibility problems Though Commodore made Workbench 2 ROM code available on disk some time ago. Some software houses have so far failed to code their products with the new Amiga in mmd It is Still too eariy to tell exactly how many programs and games w* not run on the A500 Plus, but a preliminary run through about two dozen games found a few which would not work, though on the bright side. Terminator 2 (the number one
game at time of going to press) and Dpaint 4 worked perfectly.
Look out for our full report next month.
I 1 Hot off the production line, the A500 Plus offers Workbench
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A500 owners, much to their despair, have always faced certain limitations. For one thing, the machine comes with only “aif a meg of chip RAM which cannot be expanded without a solder job. For another, there's no
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From the beginning of next year, say Commodore, the A500 Plus will com- pietely replace the existing machine, though it is already available in certain Cartoon Classics bundles. We scrounged ours from Cordon Harwood, and it was applied complete with software, manual. And games.
Quite why the launch of the new
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Commodore UK Suffice to say that the new Amiga has had the most
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Indeed, many recent A500 buyers nave discovered to their surprise that rreir Cartoon Classic bundles conceal a tot more than they bargained for.
Chips of delight What's new? Ooh ... where do I Start?
The machine comes equipped with a 2Mb 8375 Agnus chip, the same as that ‘'tied in the A3000, and a full 1 Mb of hip RAM on the motherboard. In addition, the expansion slot hidden away in ‘-he trapdoor will now treat the first 1 Mb RAM expansion as chip memory.
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To utilise the souped-up trapdoor.
Commodore will be releasing an A501 Plus expansion board for it. Designed to bring the machine's memory up to a full 2Mb of chip RAM, the board will probably be sold in roughly the same price bracket as the existing A501, though at the moment it is unclear whether there w£ be any way of choosing what sort of memory the expansion board will add.
As an added bonus on the memory front, the A500 Plus's upper RAM limit wrtl now be 10Mb as opposed to the 9Mb possible with the original 500.
With Workbench 2.0 and the Enhanced Chip Set (ECS) come several new screen modes. Possibly the most useful of these is the new "Productivity" Stunning With interlace, the highest screen modes now available are a stunning 1280x512 in SuperHires Interlaced, 640x960 in Productivity Interfaced, and 1008x1024 in A2024 mode. The latter is available with only four grey scales and only when using Commodore's A2024 hi-res mono monitor, but it is perfect for CAD and boosts the Amiga's serious potential enormously.
The A500 Plus is supplied complete with the very latest Kickstart 2.04 ROM and Workbench 2.04 on disk, so owners of the new machine will have the drop even on A3000 users. There's not enough room here to go through the all improvements offered by Workbench mode, which can produce excellent effects when used with a multisync monitor.
Unlike Interlace mode, which requires a display enhancer to eliminate screen flicker. Productivity mode will output a 640x480 screen direct to a multisync with no extra hardware.
The mode is not available without a multisync monitor, but it brings CAD and DTP closer to the A500 by partially doing away with the need for expensive flicker fixers.
And there's more... New Workbench preferences enable the user to choose the style and size of font used for icon names, screen text, and the system default text. There is also an option to give the Workbench screen and windows their own "filled" background. The user can choose from one of eight default patterns or design his or her own, personalising their own Workbench to a much greater degree.
You can format floppies using the hitherto hard drive-only fast file system, thus increasing their effectiveness, issue commands direct from Workbench by choosing the Execute Command option on the Workbench menu, or select entire groups of icons by dragging a box round them, then move them all at once holding the Shift key down.
You can also select your own Intuition preferences such as the background foreground key presses (presently Left- Amiga-N and Left-Amiga-M), and even design your own icons with the excellent icon design program on the Extras disk.
Conclusion The Amiga 500 Plus and Workbench
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V rx- rscrtrt. Although disturbing, book on general security issues is Martin Smth Cemmonme Computer Security published by McGraw-Hill (ISBN 0-07- 7071 t2 x Tv Ajthor has a military, rather than computing, background and his o?as a refreshing change. The points he makes will probably make you :?jib Tappraee your approaches to a number of fundamental security issues.
As ‘m as viruses are concerned there are quite a few general books available.
Demng's Computers Under Attack, published by Prentice Hall (ISBN 0-201- 3 30674) a, as tar as many general issues are concerned, one of the better ones.
The ordy Amiga-specific book I know of, though admittedly containing little r armjbon on hard disks, is called Amiga Disk Drives Inside And Out. It should be «v«litk from Computer Manuals Ltd, on 021-706 6000 Damage 2 Z Cl limitation From a purely physical viewpoint, adding a hard disk to your Amiga is easy. Since most suppliers will have already formatted | and possibly even partitioned - the NrJ disk, it is often a simple matter oI Plugging it into the expansion port on the side of your A500, or slotting it into fDur A2000.
Unfortunately, however, physical connection is not the end of the story rm very careful with my hard disk data
- not because I've ever had a ma|or cMastrophe but because I've
met people who have. Over the years I've
• earned from their mistakes and know that, as far as issues like
hard disk backup are concerned, total pesstfm'r a the only safe
policy. For this reason I wsually use a three generation backup
approach, which means there are always two backup copies of all
ess j bal files.
Hard disks come In a variety of tfupes and sizes. Most, however a*?
Feed in place - that is, they cannot oe removed. The humble floppy, desp-t?
61 its capacity or speed limitaiom. Car ahvays be placed under lock a o »r- - and access can therefore be stncth cor.
Trotted.
The trouble with fixed disks n that, because they reside permanent?, r the ¦uchine. They and their data are vsi- nerable to everything from cayjk but authorised, peeping to more re**** problems such as flood or fire dam e «rus attack and even direct physical sabotage by disgruntled employees.
Nosy parkers As far as the more common problem o* casual browsing is concerned, encryp* bon of sensitive files provides one easy answer to the problem. Even simple tncryption schemes, based on e*du- ifce-ORing, can prove Surprisingly effec- be The same encryption scheme, or syv passwording utilities, could also be used to prevent dangerous system commands or programs from being used even though, of necessity, such Assume that whatever can go wrong will go wrong items might need to be kept permanently on the hard disk.
Floppies spin at relatively low speeds (500 rev min) and, because it doesn't take too long for a spinning disk to reach its correct read write speed, the motor on a normal floppy drive comes on Just prior to the read write operation. Hard disks rotate at much higher speeds (3600 rev min) so it is not feasible to switch the motors on and off between disk operations.
The higher speed, plus the fact that the disk is continually rotating, means that hard disk machines can be more susceptible to physical damage.
Additionally, mains transients and more senous power interruptions may occur as might any number of other mishaps.'
Steady power a set of backups will cure the problem of single files being corrupted. The problems caused by mains transients and 'brown outs" - reduced voltage - can be solved by surge protectors and line voltage regulators and these devices may even be built into the drive itself.
Many companies go one step further and opt for UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supplies) units which automatically switch to battery power if a mains failure occurs. Thus there is a chance to save files and shut the system down normally. The only disadvantage of this latter approach is the costl These days the possibility of normal Paul Overaa looks at the issues of hard drive security, backups and sensible management hardware malfunction is not the only issue to be considered. Malicious computer viruses have the potential to cause serious system damage and, unfortunately, these types of
programs are appearing with ever-increasing regularity.
The virus situation is bad enough with floppy drives. For hard disk users the prospect of being the recipient of a virus is a potential nightmare. The best policy is simply not to use, or let others use, unauthorised (unvetted) software, and never download and test public domain software with the hard disk connected!
Backup or pack up The unwritten rule of data safety is simple; assume that whatever can go wrong will go wrong. In many cases this just means backing up files as frequently as they change and the implication here, which can save more than a little time in practice, is that if a file doesn't change from day to day, you do not need to back it up every day.
Which of your files do not change from day to day? Perhaps the customer mailing lists for your particular business are only updated once a month - in such cases you would only need to back up those files once a month.
Data files Programs are another example of files which do not need to be routinely backed up. The hard disk copies will have come from their master release disks and hard disk copies are therefore easily regenerated if the need arises.
The main problem of course, as far as backup is concerned, is not programs or fairly static data files, it is the data files which change daily. As hard disk storage capacity has increased over the years, so the problems of file management have become more difficult.
A number of companies now offer utility programs which can not only simplify backup operations, but can provide menu-driven facilities for fast copying, compressing and archiving and even rearranging fragmented files to improve effective disk access times.
Central Coast Software’s Quarterback 4 b a fine example of such programs.
Little people boxes If many users are using the saife machine it is usually best to give each user their own personal workspace for putting things which they might otherwise have been tempted to throw into the root directory.
Within this space they can of course create their own directory structures but this philosophy should not be overdone because creating extended directory structures will slow down the file operations - after all, at the end of the day the operating system has to search directory structures in much the same way as a human would!
It is incidentally worth pointing out that for many business and other important uses, it is wise not to store all your backups at one location. You may have an excellent multiple-generation floppy-based or tape-streamed data backup scheme in operation, but if all your backups are kept in the same place then they will all be vulnerable to fire, theft and so on.
Backup of my hard disk book manuscript files, for instance, is based on an additional three generation floppy disk scheme, but as chapters are finished they are passed to the publisher who both keeps and prepares further copies which are then subsequently given to a third party for safekeeping, A few hours spent planning for the worst is a small price to pay when you consider what could be lost if the worst happens and you have not made adequate preparations!
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The re everywhere! The re in ygyr disks, in your machine, in memory - aaargh! Viruses have ?- vays been a danger on the Amiga, developments since we last covered the topic in our March issue have doused the risk to the average owner, in particular, the rapid proliferation of fUe r-'d link viruses has left many machines ?oen to infection without the owner being aware of it until it is tOO late.
?S 5oot block viruses are an overstated banger, They are easy to spot with any ~njs checker you care to name, a- d post as easy to dispose of by simply stalling a standard boot block on the ected disk or, in some cases, c’ear-g ail vectors to flush the beastic fro memory, File viruses are an altogether more alarming prospect Missing link?
A year ago, link viruses were few rd fir between, and Steve Tibett's Vtf*aX - «as as good as any other cbec*~
• ecognising the small handful o' *mg* ri? Viruses. Since then,
VirusX h*s become obsolete and virus-k ¦’ -c authors are
struggling to keeo up w*tf* the latest threats.
The Xeno virus, which made _ r~- aopearance towards the end of ’990.
Was a foretaste of what was to err “Teviously, many viruses had sough*, merely to replicate themse'ver scroll the odd message across vw rcreen which, though pote * ?"; ¦ houser-filling, caused little damage.
There have always been those damage or destroy disks, such as jr*r and Cadaffi, but they were in the Virus Checker Requester: Please [nfer drive nane to be Checked for Xeno, IRQ, Centurions, and Butonic Viruses in the String Gadget
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• Or+r- *r king of the file virus killers disk as the
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alters the bitmap so that unless Saddam is running, the disk
will appear to be unvali- dated.
This causes the disk-validator (a.k.a. Saddam) to be invoked, thus running the virus, which then alters a selection crty recently. The new viruses,
r. -re more and more designed chaos and irreparable floppy 0*
hard tir-j? Heartache.
Xe- o wilt infect every executable rogra gn the target disk, given the chance, and will actually alter the pro- 7-ar-s so that they still run. As soon as j d-'ectory is Fisted or DIR-ed, every esrcu ble file in the director will be ~frc*.ed. which means Xeno can spread wi'-dfrre through a hard drive.
S&n: VV-r.iC* ."•[ -£ VC? T «:r* rr_ nnim «• ¦ Second wave No sooner had Xeno hit the scene than news arrived of file viruses such as Traveling Jack and Centurions, then the Saddam virus - the worst of the lot to date.
Sjassgj £25 i&SSS Uke the Lamer Return file virus, Saddam hides himself on an infected of data blocks so that AmigaDOS won't recognise them without Saddam. When the virus finally goes pop, so does your entire disk, wiped out with a cheery message to the effect that our Middle Eastern friend has done his job. The conditions under which Saddam will wipe a disk have not as yet been determined.
Roman ruin c oo m The Centurions yirus is a little less destructive than Saddam. It will hide in memory until it spots a disk access then, if the disk is write-enabled, will copy itself onto the first command in the startup sequence - most commonly the SETPATCH command - adding 2,916 bytes to its size.
When activated, after copying itself ten times. Centurions changes the mouse pointer to a smily face with a scrolling message. In common with all other viruses which attack the startup sequence. Centurions will have no effect on commercial disks which don't use die AmigaDOS system, nor on data disks which have no startup sequence.
Jack the lad Travelling Jack came onto the scene at about the same time as the Centurions virus, but seems to be more damaging.
Initial reports are that it will copy itself to every file your machine reads until activated, at which point it is unclear what it wifi do. As a link virus, of Course, it is automatically dangerous when it appends itself to files.
All infected files run the risk of being corrupted rather than simply altered Epidemic Stevie Kennedy views with alarm the increasing number of viral threats to your software ? And, if a virus links to a large number of files, it can mess up your disks in no uncertain fashion. In addition, files altered or corrupted by a link virus are difficult to repair, and there are only a few of the more intelligent virus killers which will attempt to remedy the damage.
Protection methods oo LU wn Z oc: VirusX: Checking twice DPI: Danger: The disk in Dfll is infected with the ‘Laner II' VIRUS?
We've said it before, and we'll say it again - if you've any hope of staying virus free, you must apply your common sense, and an advanced virus checker. The only way viruses will ever become less of a threat is if the average Amiga owner takes the proper precautions.
Your first move should be to write- protect every disk to which you do not want to write data. This will include commercial games software, the program disks from wordprocessors and so on. Next, ensure that all of the disks King killers |usl about the most useful all-round virus killer we could find was |ohn Veldthuis's Virus Checker v5.26 which, by an amazing coincidence, was included on last month's coverdisk. It will detect all the file viruses mentioned in this article and a few more besides, and has been constantly upgraded to keep in line with as many new boot viruses as possible.
It is the only killer we know of which will detect and remove the Saddam virus, and comes with a new program, called FixSaddam, which will attempt to repair any data blocks altered by the virus. In use, it will multitask without complaint and checks all newly inserted floppies for both boot block and file viruses, Another very useful checker, by virtue of its thirty second vector check, is Mike Hansel's KillDaViruslll. A freebie on our March disk, this program recognises a relatively small number of viruses, but it has the indispenstble ability to scan memory every thirty seconds, detect
any vector shinnanegins, and alert the user to suspicious activity.
It was through KDV'S vector check that we were first alerted to the Saddam virus, passed on to us innocently enough by a contnbutor who had contracted the virus from a PD library. When KDV went bananas, we made a thorough inspection of the disk and the memory address referred to by KDV’s alert, and found the first signs of what we realised was an entirely new virus.
A vector alert will more often than not include an address in memory where it has detected the suspect program. If you have a memory monitor, you can examine the contents of memory at and around that address. In Saddam's case this will reveal a screen full of hex gobbledigook with the word SADDAM in Ascii text somewhere near the end.
When text such as this appears in your memory, you know you've got problems. A combination of KDV, or another constant memory checking program, and Virus Checker which, if you're reading this mag you should by now own, should be defence enough against the majority of viruses.
I 126 Once the best killer ot oil, VirusX hat been left behind by newer viruses you have permission to back up are kept safe in a disk box somewhere, and the copies used for all day-to-day tasks.
With these simple precautions, you can proceed in the knowledge that even if your collection is infected, no monetary damage will result, and the most distress caused will be the hassle involved in removing the virus from all your disks.
Always remember that every single new disk, no matter where it comes from, is a potential virus carrier, even those bought direct from PD libraries or magazines, some of whom have had problems with viruses on their coverdisks.
Most importantly of all, arm yoursetf with an up to date virus killer as soon as possible. Don't rely on the few commercial killers around and don't stick by VirusX. The former are hopelessly out of date, and the latter has been superceded by the recent wave of file viruses.
A very useful tool when faced with a program you think may be a virus is a hex editor viewer such as the shareware program NewZap. Using one of these, you can scan the machine code contents of a file in search of any Ascii text, and can often find incriminating evidence of a program's intentions.
Many viruses are written by people whose chief desire is to be noticed, and they will usually contain Ascii text denoting the fact that you have a vims in your machine. The SCA boot block virus, for example, contains the Ascii text; “Something wonderful has happened - your Amiga is alive! And even better - some of your disks are infected with a vims!" This text is present in the boot block as simple Ascii, and can be spotted with ease.
File vetting Decent virus killers will include an option to view boot block code, but there are none which will do the same with file viruses. Again, they will usually have no facility for viewing sections of memory thought to be infected with a virus, though they will usually indicate the memory address in question.
In conjunction with your hex viewer, then, it would be a good idea to find a memory monitor such as Eye, from the March CoverDisk, When the vims killer warns you of suspicious behaviour at a certain memory address, run your monitor, skip to the address, and have a snoop at the contents.
When Saddam first paid us a visit, KDVlll and ZeroVirus 3 prompted alerts 4 The number of viruses on the Amiga is doubling each month and we found the words SADDAM VIRUS among a chunk of code at memory address $ dbe1a8. It was only then that we realised that we had a new virus on our hands, and took the appropriate defensive measures.
The use of hex editors and memory monitors in conjunction with virus killers in the detection of Saddam shows the usefulness of keeping a close eye on what your machine is doing,!
And of not ignoring any symptoms of!
Infection.
Erik the Guru Erik Lovendahl Sqrensen has been run* I ning a vims bank and global anti-virus campaign since the first Amiga viruses reared their ugly file headers. Without his help, and the efforts of others like him, we would know a great deal less about viruses and their disposal Without the self-financed work ofl people like Erik - a.k.a. Speedy] Gonzales - articles such as this c never be written and the Amig Computing CoverDisk would stand I chance of remaining as completely fi of viruses as it now is. We asked him f his opinion on the virus menace as it I currently stands: 'It's getting
a lot worse,' he tokf usJ "and the number of viruses on the] Amiga is doubling every twelve months. I At this rate there will be 10,000 different I Amiga viruses by 1995!"
What can be done about the spread!
Of viruses?
"I am working with representatives!
Of the European Community, who con-1 suited me on the virus question. There!
Should be EC regulations concerning!
Viruses pretty soon."
So writing viruses will be treated as i| crime?
"Yes, most definitely. It is already a] crime in some countries, but we hope to create European consistency on the!
Way viruses are treated."
The sooner virus authors are made tol realise that their activities are criminM and destructive, and that they will bn punished when caught, the better tfl you know anyone who's written or] deliberately spread a vims with intent] to cause damage, shop the so-and-sa] There's a man at New Scotland Yard's] computer crime unit waiting to hear from you.
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After a short break the old PD purveyor returns with pockets fit to burst thanks to a mountain of sensational software. Read on as Paul Austin reveals all... Well I'm back, after convalescing from a nasty PD mountaineering accident.
This dreadful experience was caused by being buried alive under a landslide of scrolly demos.
Dedicated utilities I was forced to chew my own toenails to survive but before all hope was lost a rescue team of 13 year olds accidentally dug me out while searching for a rich seam of vector graphics and bouncy chrome balls.
I'm telling you it was touch and go for a while but thankfully I'm OK. Now it's all over we can get straight down to the serious side of the PD with a look at this month's extra special utility selection.
Spec rapaint Good old Amos is responsible for many great things within the public domain but perhaps one of its best attributes is its ability to bestow excellent graphics to its creations. If it can produce software with excellent graphics, it's logical that the software itself should be able to do the same.
As a result there's a whole range of Dpaint dones, all created with Amos, and Spectrapaint is arguable the best of them. It's true that non of the clones match up to the original in all artistic departments but some and especially Spectrapaint do have the old master licked on occasions.
As a result the combination of Spectrapaint and Dpaint makes a powerful team that can swap and change images adding their own artistic flair to the creation as it's handed back and forth.
Spectrapaint doesn't boast some of the subtleties of Dpaint but it does offer things like pattern fills and fan line effects, along with a few other handy options which make it Dpaint's perfect pattern. All images are saved in either hi- or lo-res with the usual array of available palette sizes - perfect for transferring between packages.
All the painting essentials are included and considering its power and price it puts many a commercial package to shame.
The disk is available from Public Dominator, disk number pdom 500. Tel 0279 757692 between office hours.
The perfect pattern for Dpaint and aH yam lor juU a couple olpoundi. Spectropoint. Yet another Amm moiterpiece Because the Amiga PD scene is becoming more polarised by the moment I feel an extra category in the utilities section is in order, and as a result this is it.
Imiif Ntrklrick rtlfisr, One of the themes presently in vogue is that of the "superdisk". These disks are designed to replace the workbench with either an all-new, all-glam- our front end or alternatively with a mega-crunched utility-packed extravaganza.
Eel- |Q m m SI Romm* Tuls-Niii m m 1 Ifftei iMls-Pllettlsk If you're looking for a bit of glamour and a touch or originality this all new front end could be Ideal Our very own Workstation disk is a good example of the latter but if it's glamour you're after Mike Doodson's Windowsbench is perfect for all you Workbench 2 wanna-bes.
Windowsbench Windowsbench as the name suggests is a combination of the original Workbench interface with a touch of the PC's Windows 3 and Commodore's Workbench 2 all mixed together.
Sound's great doesn't it? But before you fill in the cheque, remember it's only a look-alike and in fact the interface itself does no more than the original Workbench.
True it is much more attractive, with patterned backdrops and Workbench 2 style icons but there's certainly nothing new in the pull downs, no group selection tool, and certainly no extra display modes, in fact none of the Workbench 2 extras 1.3 users would kill for. If you want Workbench with a facelift it's ideal and to sweeten the pot a few Workstation style goodies have been thrown in for good measure such as SID, Fixdisk, Iconmaster and so on.
It's obvious a lot of work has gone into the graphics with animated pointers and designer window gadgets, so the choice is yours, the power of the Workstation or the pretty pictures of Windowsbench.
Both the program and documentation disks are available from N.B.S., Tel 0983 529594.
PD for DTV If you're one of the growing band of camcorder-crazy Amiga owners, you'll love the TV Graphics disk from A.B.P.D. This original concept in the PD world provides a whole range of high quality lo-res backdrops plus assorted shapes which are perfect for anyone employing a genlock.
The disk contains 20 separate images and for the pitiful price of S10 George Bailey will send you another 40 screens full of excellent graphics.
Clip art is nothing new to the Amiga but TV Graphics has a specific aim with most of the images either being icon style cut-outs or backdrops complete with black window areas ready to accept genlocked images. Another pos- 0£ O I- U LU un JmuKm J; w -W'M m ¦wnk The answer to those DTV dreams thanks to a compilation ot genlock friendly Images GO 3 Cl.
? Sible use for high quality images has appeared via RaceTraee which you'll find elsewhere in this issue.
Thanks to RaceTraee, lo-res 2D can be swept into the third dimension in seconds so TV Graphics would be perfect for all manner of ray tracing applications. TV Graphics is available from
A. B.P.D. on disk U218. Tel 0727 833363.
Utility mix After the run-down of the designer disks it's time to search through the compilations for those little gems that will change your life, the universe, and everything, or at least solve that niggling problem that's been bugging you for months.
All the software mentioned in this section is only part of an entire disk full of extra goodies which there simply isn't enough space to mention. So you can usually expect a fistful of extras when you do invest in any of the software mentioned.
First on the list are two very handy utilities hidden away on Fred Fish disk
378. The first of the two is a useful device renamer, namely
DevRen which works on any mounted device and could for
example rename the external drive on a 2000 from df2; to dfl
The second spotlight falls on Machlll which is a mouse
accelerator with a difference, including hot-keys, sun
mouse features, click to front, popcli, title bar and clock
complete with its own BBS online charge accumulator. All
that plus Arexx support. What more could a rodent need?
The next disk on the list has to be number 1183 from 17Bit which for a company usually associated with games and scrolly demos is excellent. Five impressive utilities and a card game are included but the star of the show has to be InputLock which is a dream come true for any Amiga-owning parents out there.
InputLock as the name suggests is a method of locking up the machine via a key combination which ignores all keystrokes and mouse commands. Ideal if a possessed toddler tries to interfere with the love of your life.
Public Dominator could have the answer to perhaps the most popular of Amiga problems, namely printing.
Printstudio is an intuition based general purpose pnnt utility that can print text with a variety of options.
Several graphic formats are supported plus an option to print whole or part of a picture. Full screens and windows can also be captured and saved as IFF files if required, Palettes can be adjusted and the usual array of printing parameters defined.
The disk is available from Public Dominator or any of the larger libraries which stock the Fred Fish collection.
Disk number FF 402.
Amiga in business Amiga Computing Oecember 1991 and scrolled ITTMTIiit'HT'ii"Mti'ii'lf'l'i'i'i'lTITll'f'lTiTi'!T!'!'iT!TM through as and when required. A whole list of entry types are available and any extra notes can be inserted thanks to the Amend option.
Just like AmiBase, the interface is bliss to use and the pleasant graphics go a long way to easing the played JSEI AniBase Version 3,76 Release 3,0 - Personal Aniga Database - 07-17-1330 record mm : 11 FILE : books Title of book : 1HE GREAT AND SECRET SHQM Author : BARKER, CLIVE Type : HORROR Price : 8.35 Tht simple front end of perhaps the most powerful database In PD Considering that the storage and sorting of data is perhaps the primary use for a computer, the Amiga is sadly lacking in cheap databases and credit control programs. In the commercial market yOu have the choice of a few
programs such as Prodata and personal finance manager but both of these will cost.
Fortunately for the PD community Keith Grant has come to the rescue with two truly excellent packages that more than match up to the costly commercial alternatives.
The first of the two is AmiBase which is far from new but has recently undergone an excellent revision. Version 3.76 is the latest in the line and is by any standard a classic piece of PD. The old version took the form of a huge lump of code which sat in memory gobbling up valuable space and seriously restricting storage capacity.
This ail new update is completely recoded and as a result all the necessary data manipulation is done via modules which load up on demand complete with their own interface, which asks simple questions and produces powerful results, such as sorting, amending, renaming in fact anything and everything you'd expect or need.
The interface is on a par with anything on the Amiga and makes the drudgery of database management a pleasure, well almost. All the usual options are available, plus a whole range of power features which even some commercial packages can't contend with.
All the records are held in memory so there's no waiting around as files are loaded and saved. All in all it's a masterpiece and if you want a database this is the one to buy or attempt to beat.
The second of Keith's creations is the equally impressive AMIGAsh. Now we all know that balancing the budget is about as interesting as reading the other Amiga mags but Unde Keith even manages to breath a little life into this painfully dull subject.
AMIGAsh started life as a method of keeping Keith's fluctuating finances under control and from those humble beginnings AMIGAsh has become a complete cash control system which automatically tallies up all your incomings and outgoings whilst detailing the individual transactions by both date, amount and description.
Once the initial figure and date is entered new transactions are added by simply clicking on the appropriate icon in the main menu. This automatically assigns the correct description to the transaction. All that's needed is the date and amount and it's all over.
After each addition the running total is calculated and the entire list of up to 300 records can be dis- agony of a dwindling balance. My only complaint is the lack of predefined debits and credits which would activate a predefined transaction on the appropriate date.
With this addition the mortgage could be deducted automatically and the wages added on pay-day. Even without this option AMIGAsh is still an excellent utility and perhaps I'm asking just a little to much considering the ridiculously low cost of the software.
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Send order requirements and your name and address to: The games that PD play O I- Lll WO U j CQ D CL Phas£ II ¦fe- exclusive-ware remain a mystery but I'd say that Phase II should be treated as a kind of licence-ware so distribution should be left to VF if you enjoy your freedom.
On the gameplay side, Phase II is impressive with three levels of increasingly tricky parallax scrolling and hoards of baddies launching their armoury from all manner of enemy ships and ground based guns, some of which wave their turrets threateningly as random shots rain into the already crowded slues. Other features included death-dealing bubbles which expand when shot at and can soon engulf your tiny craft On the downside Phase II isn't the slickest game in the graphic department and the pedestrian speed can be a bit frustrating, but nevertheless the game is easily worth the
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Yes folks, this month it's the attack of the golden oldies and yet another member of the Arcade Pensioners' Association has hobbled in under the guise of Phase II.
The author probably won't take to kindly to this particular description but whether intended or not he has created yet another scramble clone with the odd bit of R-Type thrown in for good measure.
Even though Phase II is less than original It's still a strong contender for the PD Came of the Month with the familiar scramble horizontal scrolling and R-Types weaponry blasting from every orifice. Extra weaponry is amassed by the collection various power-ups which do their best to fill you lull of holes before handing over the goods.
Like many cheap and cheerful games, Phase II is falling into the all too familiar trap of licence-ware agreements. In this particular case VF are marketing Phase as ’exclusive-ware' which in real terms translates to three quid or forget it.
140 Virus Free PD are well established in what is best described as "adult entertainment". Fortunately the boys at VF have taken to playing games as well, which is quite an achievement considering their failing eyesight.
Luckily enough this latest hobby is proving not only to be a cure for premature hair loss but a sound business venture, thanks to a formidable stable of software which is sure to be making even the gameplay giants like 17 Bit sit up and take notice.
Battle Pong The first on the list has to be Battle Pong which, if you still hold a place in your heart for an ancient Atari console, will come as manna from heaven. Like almost everything it's a revamp of an old classic, in fact the oldest of them all.
Pong is the grandfather of all arcade games but the original structure of two bats and a ball are all that link this particular version to its elderly predecessor.
This new version has all the necessary whistles and bells of a modern Amiga classic and would go unnoticed as PD amongst any selection of commercial software.
The basic aim of the game is identical to the original, namely to leave your opponent stranded and screaming as the ball disappears Out of his or her end of the court. To add a little spice to the challenge all manner of special features appear sporadically which produce the usual array of Breakout- style sticky bats, speedy balls and mobile barriers.
The scoring system is based on tennis with games divided into numerous sets all of which can be played in either one or two player mode. As a two player it's hilarious but on your own it's just a tedious as the original.
All in all it's very impressive with commercial quality graphics and coding all adding Hollywood trivia With the explosion of Trivia games, no pub is without its own team and any self respecting coffee-table always has a huddle of irate pseudo-intellectuals arguing over the cost of Durex in the mid sixties. After all, the outcome of such heated argument could mean an extra cheese and let's face it what's a little bloodshed between friends?
After this particular virus had to the excitement. If you're looking for a»high quality, cheap two player, then it's a must.
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Infected the coffee-tables of the UK it wasn't long before the computers fell to the trivia disease. Endless board game conversions appeared and now the infection has reached the PD, with Hollywood trivia is a prime example.
As the name suggests the subject matter is of straight from the Barry Norman school of useless information.
There's a choice of categories varying from Star Trek old and new, M*A*S*H, Star Wars, Television, Music, Indiana Jones and the Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy.
Each of the above have a list of fifty questions which when answered correctly reveal a mystery celebrity, thanks to a shrunken mono screen shot which is revealed bit by bit as the questions are answered.
If you're a complete wimp you can ask for a hint and if that still leaves you stumped you can sell out completely and ask for the answer.
The game uses the usual multiple- choice format with a selection of four possible answers for each category. The only real problem is the lack of available questions which appear to be limited to fifty.
This makes life just a predictable when you've played each category more than once, as you're asked the same selection over and over again.
All in all Hollywood trivia is a good buy and becomes even more attractive thanks to the inclusion of some excellent games such as Connex which as the name suggests is a Connect Four variant The next extra, namely Klondike, is possibly the most popular game ever to be given away on our CoverDisk (Incidentally we also gave away Connex, so check your disk box before you invest)- The last of the fab four is another coffee-table classic, namely Yatz which has had more spellings than Mississippi but nevertheless still remains a must for board game fanatics.
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None of the games are particularly new but all are nevertheless the cream that the Amiga has to offer.
AH eight games are crammed on to one disk along with an excellent point and dick selection screen.
The games include Gravity Wars, Amoeba Invaders, Asteroids, Missile Command, SpaceWars, Trektrivia, Star Fleet and GiH Actions which in case you're wondering fs a "Galaxians" done. The disk is available from A.B.P.D. disk number G06?; Tel 0727 833363.
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A classic creation ? To you the phrase 'modem pop cul- ture'Ss a contradiction in terms, the next musical masterpiece might be just what you're looking for.
To commemorate 1991 being the bicentenary of the death of Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart, High Gammon has oroduced a double disk collection of Mozart's four horn concertos which contain all the movements for each piece, which can be played either as individual movements or as a who!?.
Because such a mammoth task couldn't easily be achieved using the usual sound sample method, all the instruments are produced using the much more memory efficient synthesis method. This does mean a sacrifice in sound quality but benefits from a huge increase in potential sounds.
If you're a fan of the classics and are willing to sacrifice a little fidelity for musical quality, Hugh's creations will come as a breath of fresh air in the smoky atmosphere of Amiga dance music. Anyone who appreciates accuracy and a loving attention to the works of a master will love the commendable efforts of Mr Gammon.
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From doisk oorm to dasskol music, wtrot more could o PD (on need7 Tm :Z' -731." ~ 71 Second notfenent:- F4 Third nowteot:- HORN CONCERTO X495 FI The three novenents F2 First novenent:- "2 Second novenent:- F4 Third novenent:- HORN CONCERTO X412 1 Ihe tw novenents First novenent:- ‘7 Second novewn?:- HORN CONCERTO X417 7j The three wvenents FC First rovenent:- F7 Second novenenti- F? Third novenent:- Demo corner first up this month is a mixture of graphics and some quite strange music, called Bruno's Box 3. The demo begins with a superb animation of Dr Snuggles (remember him?) Along with the
theme music to that great cartoon.
The second part of the demo con- s«sts of a clock, whose hands can be controlled by moving the joystick. By doing so you can access a whole plethora of brilliant tunes and even a "heavy breather" tune (less said about that one the better!). The demo comes on two disks and is worth every penny just for the theme music.
The next demo is an animation of a certain Mr Potato Head, who just so happens to have a head shaped like a potato (well blows me down, Olive!).
The animation is very well done and even has a nice funky tune to go with it After searching through millions or vectors and scroHy messages I found a truly original demo, ED- 209 Tne Revenge. Not just an ego trip for the author but an interactive psycho blast-'em-up in the true spirit of Robocop.
The demo starts with a thumping beat to get your toes a-tapping and then lo and behold ED-209 appears - not an ordinary ED-209 but an ED-209 with an attitude - a very bad attitude. You promptly grab your joystick to set the demo in £ v-14: ? Motion. You move ED slowly aaoss the screen left to right, whilst reading the rear wall full of graffiti greets. OK, noth*
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle appears and you let rip with the
Fire button decimating the turtle into tiny bloodstained bits.
Add another three Turtles, Batman, a robot and one of those annoying bat* tery operated yapping dogs and you're well on your way into a laughter-filled psychotic spectacular.
After you pass the Turtles and Batman you get to a shady looking character who asks you for a password which is hidden in the graffiti that you've passed on the way. Cet it wrong and you're in trouble, as the shady dude pulls out a huge weapon and blasts you and Eddie back to the beginning. A sicky's essential and it comes with a whole host of extra demos, too.
We certainly noticed the next show to granny or the kids. The last disks this month are companions to the Red Sector demo-maker. There are three in all - the RSI Font Editor, the RSI Bob Editor and the RSI Vector Editor.
These are ideal disks to add to your demo-maker collection.
If you are a bit of a wiz at using the demo-maker, why not send your disks to us at Amiga Computing? Who knows, maybe we'll even send out a couple of prizes to the best. That's all for this month demo fans - I'll see you when I see you.
Lonathan Maddock tures of the infamous Roy "Chubby* Brown with some of his blue jokes dotted around the screen, and several more equally dubious demos. If you are broad-minded then this is certainly for you - we had a good chuckle at it in the office - but definitely not one to The first of this month's music disks features a bnlliant remix of the Shamen's Move any Mountain by Zeff of top pop combo Four Small Custards(l). The music is very well put together and I wouldn’t be surprised if Zeff used the samples that the Shamen provided with their latest album.
Whilst we are on the subject of hardcore techno music disks, another couple have fallen into my lap this month. The first disk is aptly name Hardcore Techno Disk 3 and features three great remixes - Chatty by Prodigy, T99 by Anasthasia and Cubic 22 by Night in Motion.
The disk has a fairly good intro - it looks as though it was done on the Red Sector demo-maker, but nevertheless it is still fairly good.
The second disk is called Techno Attack I by Zee which also features Charly and also contains another two ravetastic tunes - £ for Everybody (poptastic) and Prone 1 (double pop- tastic). The disk loads up and transforms your workbench colours into a dazzling array of bright greens and pinks - very tasteful, I don’t think.
If you can get over the shock of the colours then this disk is well worth adding to your collection. It is not PD but licenceware and costs £1.50, so that means you can buy it, but you can't copy it.
Stop the presses, these next disks are as new as new can be. The first is yet another Shamen Move any Mountain remix, which comes on two disks and needs two drives.
Although the tune is not as long as the remix mentioned Disk information Disk NO.
Bruno's Box 3 1376 & 1377 Mr Potato Head Animation 1312 Mint Condition .1267 & 1268 RSI Font Editor ..1390 RSI Bob Editor .....1391 RSI Vector Editor .1392 All the above are from 17 Bit Software on 0924 366982.
ED209 & other demos ....N.B.S. D-702.
You can contact N.B.S. on 0983 529594 821983.
Once again that's all that space allows for this month but if you've got any news, views, moans or ideas drop me a line at the usual address.
Until next month, bye for now... above, it contains some very high quality samples (could it be that they have also taken them from the album?). The second demo is definitely the better of the two, but if you are a big Shamen fan, get them both.
However, this month's Top Tune goes without a doubt to Tony Horgan with his superb rendition of the Utah Saint's dance dassic "What Can You Do for Me?". The tune was done on MED and contains some funktastic samples including the "do da da" sample which the Saints borrowed from the Eurythmics.
The actual song is very well put together and contains some abosolutely ravetastic stereo panning which has to be heard to be believed. One of the best tunes I've heard for a long time -11 out of 10 for this one, Tony.
Jonathan Maddock Disk information Disk No Shamen Remix by Zeff .1380 Hardcore Techno Disk 3 ......1371 Techno Attack 1 5510 Shamen Remix by Two Toms ..1399 & 1400 Utah Saints remix ..1293 All the above disks are obtainable from 17 Bit Software on 0924 366982.
Graphic kind of demo - it's graphic in more ways than one!. It is called Mint Condition and is rather risqu*. Containing various cartoony animations. In fact some of them are quite un-risqu6, like one which looks identical to Kick Off (which is very funny indeed) and some other childlike jokes transformed into animations.
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O December 1991 ' Amiga Computing Stevie Kennedy tries his hand at software authoring, and finds it can be made easy Software authoring packages won't write your program for you, but the difference is hardly worth arguing about. With the aid of an authoring system, you can tell the Amiga what to create, then go away and lounge around the pool while the machine does all the hard work.
Spotted the white lie yet? OK, 'fess up time, not many of us have swimming pods to lounge around, but the point is still the same. The purpose of any software authoring package (SAP.
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Ten minutes As long as the graphics and sound effects already exist, you can just pull them into the program, design buttons or windows for them, and hack the whole lot together ten minutes. As you delve deeper into the program, however, you start to run into Foundation's FAST-talk scripting language, and at this point it's time to take a look at the program's structure.
The prefix "hyper* has been added to just about every word in the dictionary over the last couple of years. Since Apple's Macintosh started the ball rolligg with HyperCard, there have been HyperStack, HyperText, and even HyperMedia (just in case you didn't find MultiMedia confusing enough). A lot of hyper, eh?
Foundation is designed to offer the user-fnendliness of a HyperCard system by building its applications, called stacks, out of frames and backdrop objects. The user opens a stack, then adds as many frames as required for the application being designed. For example, a tourist information stack coded using Foundation might contain an initial frame acting as a guide to the contents of the information frames, then a series of other frames containing information on the local area. You could use scanned photographs of local landmarks, fragments of sampled speech to Create your own
applkationi with little ftm Iconify Flexibility Unlike CanDo, which sacrifices speed to extreme friendliness (let's face it - CanDo will do everything except marry your sister), Foundation strays a little more on the side of design flexibility.
There are two modes of operation, Browse and Modify, but no vast array of subsections as in CanDo. With Foundation, everything can be accomplished from a single screen.
In modify mode, the full screen is visible, with all options on three pull down menus. Rather than relegate screens, windows, scripting, and button definition to their own little panels.
Foundation enables the user to start with a generic object and decide what it's going to be afterwards.
For example, if you created what you decided was to be a clickable button, then later decided you'd rather it was a text input field, it would be a matter of a couple of menu choices to enact the change. If you like the colour, font, and panel type used for the original button, the change would be even easier, and if you want to change the object's size, all you need do is drag it out to its new dimension.
In CanDo, you'd have to delete the button, then create a text input highlight the local accent and language, and even sound effects of, for instance, a steam train if your area con* tains a railway museum. By adding frames one at a time, the user can build up an extensive application without breaking into a sweat.
You might be thinking this sounds suspiciously like a description of CanDo, and you'd be right. Although Foundation is based on the exotic sounding HyperCard, its stacks and frames are very similar in principle to CanDo's decks and cards. Where Foundation differs mainly is in its flexibility and its support for HyperText.
Foundation'j control panel (s a launch pod for your itock, rather than an editing area J Open Other Stack Sucks Ipwwty (GET stitenent only) Z cc O x - 3 Returns two iten value (e.s- 201,52) ufiich is x,y ALL.PROPERTIES CENTER CONTENTS. WLOR CONTENTS.FONT CONTENTS.LINE.COUNT CONTENTS.LOCK CONTENTS.SHAOOU CONTENTS.SHADOW.COLOR CONTENTS,SHARED field from scratch. Likewise all CanDo operations, slowed down by the use of separate panels for all functions, are more time-consuming to design and edit. Foundation's menus are long and stuffed full of options, but once you figure out where
everything is and learn the keyboard short cuts, your speed of operation is dramatically faster than in CanDo.
Not so easy The downside is that the program isn't as easy to use as CanDo. To begin a session, quite a bit of manual work is required, and if it remains unchanged and is anywhere near as badly designed as the manual we recieved, this will be a major headache.
Can leave you guessing for long periods of time.
The Inclusion of a decent user's guide would see most of these problems solved, and with the feedback Impulse should be getting from early users, there's no excuse for not producing one. There is extensive online help in the shape of stacks containing detailed information on the program's various scripting commands, but these are little more than extensions of the manual.
Perhaps the best feature in the help stack is the option to copy out of it any example script you think will be useful.
If, therefore, you're stuck on the animation commands, you can load up the help stack, jump to the command whose syntax or usage you're having difficulties with, then cut and paste the example you find into your own script.
This isn't a substitute for a "how to Foundation doesn't carry the object- oriented approach through its own structure, unlike CanDo, which won't do anything without first being told its eventual objective. For instance, if you were halfway through a session and you suddenly realised you'd like to put in a scrolling text window with a button-launched file requester, you'd be consigned, as I was, to searching through the manual in search of the FAST-talk commands to enable the new object.
There's no "how to do such-and- such’ structure to the manual, and no equivalent In the program. CanDo's slow panels come into their own in this respect as they contain all the options you need for each object. Foundation's Structure, though more streamlined, do" guide, but it comes in handy when you know which command you want but not how to use it.
Amiga Computing August 1991 150 The FAST-talk language, apart from its comprehensive list of commands for the usual programming needs, has a number of commands to enable control Of a CDTV disc, making Foundation the first SAP to generate applications for Commodore's laser machine. For example, to play a certain number of audio tracks on a CDTV disc, the Foundation user need only send the command: n
(I. Nil.TRACK 3,6 to tell the CDTV to play tracks three to six.
If you need to find out exactly what a disc contains, the command CD.VTOC will return a multi-line file containing the disc's track information in standard MSF (minute-second-frame) notation. Using this information, the user could then build a complete program of what to play and when.
Jhis sort of support is not restricted solely to the CDTV, however, as Foundation is also capable of driving Laserdisc players and controlling other peripherals via the parallel and serial ports, not to mention its Arexx port. The
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Easy recorder Foundation's macro recording function can only be described as excellent.
Rather than opt just for the Arexx macros utilised in CanDo, Foundation has the ability to record a macro in real time. All the user has to do is press F9 to start recording, carry out whatever sequence of actions he or she wants in a macro, then turn off the recorder by pressing F9 again.
In this way it is simplicity itself to automate the production of buttons, screens, or just about any object you please inside the memory limits of your system. When recording is over, you save the macro under a sensible name, such as "ButtonMacro" and it is available at any time by pressing F10 to bring up a list of user-defined macros.
HyperText HyperText is system whereby individual words in a document can be treated as 'active*, such that clicking on them produces a second text panel with more information on your choice of subject. Foundation's implementation of HyperText, which CanDo doesn't support, is a very powerful tool once mastered.
An object containing text can have its own HyperText script attached to any word set to the HyperText identifier. The identifier is either bold, plain, underlined, italicised, or text of a user- selectable colour. In other words, if a text box has a line of text about local industries, each of which is printed in bold text, the viewer can click on one of the industries, say Pottery manufacture for Stoke-on-Trent, and the HyperText script will detect the click and flick to a screen containing information on the potteries- The potential for the HyperText system is pretty much limitless,
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It would be quite possible to produce an entire program or presentation from HyperText panels without bothering with buttons or menus. In some situations, such an interactive encyclopaedia, it is easily the most appropriate way to go about building your application. Its inclusion is a major plus point in Foundation's favour, and sets it aside as the best choice for the serious presentation designer.
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Learning a low-level language, such as 68K assembler, is not, however, a task to be taken lightly, but having said that, it is possible to minimise many of the difficulties which assembly language programming presents. How? Simply by tackling the design logic problems separately.
That way you don't start writing the low- level code until you're sure of exactly what it is you are trying to do.
Logical difficulties aside, the other mam problem with learning 68K assembler on the Amiga stems from the need to understand the Amiga's operating system and its documentation. This provides a major pitfall to many would-be assembler pro- 00 m n ? n c Concluding his series on languages, Paul Overaa reveals the benefits and pitfalls of moving into assembler programming Speedy solutions grammer5 and I think it's worth mentioning once again that some basic understanding of C is necessaiy in order to cope with the Amiga's documentation - this applies even if you intend working mainly in
assembler.
There's another reason why C gets a mention this month. In many areas - setting up Intuition screens, windows and menus for instance - there is little to be gained by working in assembler and many programmers will do all this initialisation stuff in C and then patch in the assembler code where it really makes a difference (assembler scroll routines and the like).
Save money The reason I'm telling you this is to save you money because if you accept that some understanding of C is not going to go amiss, and if you follow this path to its logical conclusion, then the chances are you will get a C compiler, whether it be a commercial version or a public domain style offering.
What has this got to do with assembler? It's simply that all C compiler packages provide their own assembler program.
Do In other words you will only ever need to buy an assembler if you are 100 per cent certain that you are never going to get involved with Cl As far as specifics are concerned there are quite a few assemblers floating around and I've limited my list to those that are reasonably well known.
What does need to be pointed out is that when you buy a commercial assembler, like DevPac, you will get the official Commodore-Amiga header include files.
When you travel down the public domain anything-ware trail you won't, so at some stage you will need to buy the appropriate files from Commodore.
Anyway, enough of these ramblings - here are some of the products that you should know about.. HiSoft DevPac: I've used DevPac for a number of yean and I must admit I do like it The edit assemble link facilities are easy to use, fast, and reasonably well integrated into the Amiga's WIMP environment. DevPac has a large, and suitably content, user base and the product has been well supported over the years.
K-Seka Assembler: Another package that has been around for quite a while. It is well thought of and has built up quite a substantial user base.
Lattice SAS C: I'm not going to say too much about this C compiler package because I gave a brief outline last month.
It comes complete with an excellent mac o assembler program. What's more, the Lattice SAS CodeProbe symbolic debugger - which has to be seen to be believed - provides support for both the C and the assembly language programmer.
Manx Aztec C: Another commercial C compiler package which provides a good assembler.
A68K: This public domain assembler was written by Charlie Gibbs and is based on Brian Anderson's 68000 cross assembler (published in Dr Dobb’s journal in 1986).
A68K is an excellent piece of software which is in fact provided as an integral part of most Amiga public domain-type C compiler systems.
ACC; Amiganuts United supply this assembler environment. It's based on the public domain A68K assembler and Blink linker, but it also offers an editor, and provides a number of include files and examples. In buying this disk you'll get rather more help documentation-wise than you would do if you just picked up the A68K and Blink programs separately.
The benefits At this point you might be expecting lists of benchmark timings for various routines with notes to the effect that these show... compiler X is the best for Basic, compiler Y will produce the best C code and so on.
The fact is, as I've mentioned before, that any benchmark will target a very specific area of the compilers performance. Trying to obtain a "generally useful" value by averaging half a dozen benchmark routines is nigh-on impossible and the result is that many such comparisons tend to give narrow, and invariably misguided, views.
More to the point, a great many potentially important benchmark traits - such as math function execution time and graphics redrawing operations - are, on the Amiga, done using standard Amiga libraries and Amiga specific hardware calls (moving images with blitter calls etc) so in practice the main "execution time cost" comes from the system routines and not the compiler generated code anyway!
Improvements It is however certainly useful to illustrate the types of performance improvements that can be obtained as you move from Basic interpreters to Basic and C compilers and 68000 assembly language, so some speed details are going to be given.
Equally important however is an understanding of of why some languages are "faster" than others so I'm also going to spend some time explaining why this is the case.
With an assembler the final code, at the end of the day, will be directly related to the instructions you've written. Any speed performance differences between the code generated by different assem- 1 3 (A bra l5 SECTION NUNf,»m Object Interpreter Compiler Code Line byte
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This may seem strange, so it is worth looking at the underlying reasons. A compiler
- and an interpreter come to that - will look at your program and
try to generate some suitable low-level instructions.
Speed, or the lack of it, in the final program is due to one thing - the efficiency of the resulting code. There is a common misconception here that needs clearing up - compilers are rarely either "efficient" or "inefficient". The truth of the matter is that they usually tend to be a bit of both.
One particular compiler may, for instance, be able to produce very efficient fragments for structured loops but may fall down by producing inefficient switch structure code when dealing with large numbers of switch cases.
Compilers can also alter some of the fundamental characteristics of the code that you write. You might write a loop like this: biers will be minimal and due to assembler-specific items that may have been added on to the translated code, for instance differences in the startup code which is tagged on by the linker.
You may, incidentally, see adverts which claim that assembler X can generate code twice as fast as assembler Y. Sure, this speed is useful but to my mind the actual speed of the translation process
- the time taken for the assembler to actually convert an
assembly language program into runable instructions - is no
longer a factor of any great importance.
With the memory available on the Amiga the assembly linking process can usually be done completely in RAM so assembly times are easy to keep short.
In general the same applies to high- level language compilers but, since the conversion of a high-level language is a much more complicated process, compile times are correspondingly longer. Even so, they are rarely more than a few minutes when the compilation proceeds in RAM.
For (i=0; i 10; i*+) ( b=b* ; ) Creation but the compiler, may recognise that the b=b+c expression does not need to be inside the loop and so it might generate code corresponding to: b=b*c; for (1=0; 1 10; In) ( imlyst(i); Another compiler might be less impressive in the above area but it might however be able to produce cleverly optimised case code. As a specific example the Lattice SAS C compiler system includes an How does this compare with alternative offerings? Firstly let's get things into perspective. Interpreted Microsoft Basic needed four minutes for a simple loop like this.
The GFA Basic interpreter cut the time of an identical loop to 40 seconds, and a default compilation reduced that to around 13 seconds.
As far as speed of arithmetic maths Operations are concerned, much depends on the types of objects being dealt with.
Table 1 shows some GFA loop corrected speed comparison figures obtained with GFA Basic using a loop that performed the addition of two similar objects 5000 times.
I'm not going to quibble about GFA timings because I didn't check all of them.
What is useful however is the relative relationships between the interpreted and compiled versions, because it shows that without any additional coding effort the compiler can make your Basic code run significantly faster (of course similar gains opbmiser that can eliminate unused variables, move invariant loop calculations outside of the loop, rearrange flow control schemes and even re-order the operations you've written. Sozobon C incidentally - and its associated variants ZC, NorthC and so on - provides little or no help in these areas.
C compilers can also choose, or be directed by the user, to store data in locations which can be rapidly accessed (primarily processor registers). Here are two C examples which use a global and a register variable respectively to count down from one million to zero. Using the default compiler options with Lattice SAS (without the opbmiser) the resulting code for the first routine - running on an Amiga 2000 - took 12 seconds to execute. The second register version on the same machine needed just six seconds!
» (E6ISTER VARIABLE VERSION » finclude stdio.h void couniir(vold); * prototype * ¦lint) t countirO; ) void counttr(void) i register long int 1-1000000; whiled ); ) I* Uui MIIAtlE VekSlON * lieclude stdio.h void touBter(void); I* prototype * long int I; ¦ain() ( counttM); ) void ount«r(void) ( 1:1000000; whiled ) ) are to had with the Hisoft and other Basic compilers). In short then a Basic compiler will, in many cases, make significant differences to the speed with which Bask programs will run.
In general however you will never - except in the case of a few deliberately engineered examples - approach the speed that can be achieved by using C as the language.
Back to C for a moment and to those Lattice SAS timings for the loops mentioned earlier. Using K&ft style equivalent programs NorthC gave figures of 12 seconds for the global variable version and seven seconds for the register variable form - by no means a bad performance!
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register variable version of the counting loop shown earlier.
Benefits Last words Over the last three months I've mentioned a number of compiler and assembler packages discussing some points which I hope have been of interest. At the end of the day the bottom line is really that all compilers, irrespective of the language they are working with, have to make compromises so their generated code will rarely be perfect. A program written in C however will invariably outstrip a similar program written in compiled Basic by a considerable margin.
Despite C's impressive run-time performance it is doubtful whether a C program has ever been written whose performance could not be improved in terms of the final instructions created by the compiler.
This however is the price to be paid for using a high-level language.
68K assembler, once mastered, will allow you to write extremely efficient or extremely compact programs. Such programs will unfortunately always take far longer to develop than their high-level counterparts but that is the price paid for taking the low-level path.
Despite the potential pitfalls, assembly language programming appears to be as popular as ever and most programmers eventually decide to learn something about it, even if most of their coding is done using high-level languages. You can of course mix Basic and C code with assembler patches and get the best of both worlds - although that is a story for another time!
The benefit? This reasonably trivial alteration to the NorthC generated assembler code reduced the run-time to under four seconds!
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down menus are a welcome addition to this version - if you use menus, that is. Personally I find switching between mouse and keyboard rather distracting. But they are a useful way of obtaining an overview of available commands. For users accustomed to menus on other applications they are a real boon and infinitely simpler than pop up onscreen lists.
This version's ability to merge databases is extremely useful as very often two databases contain similar information which is better dealt with in a combined form. In this version duplicate records with different index fields are stored automatically while records found with matching index fields offer the option to display both then store or ignore. Several other new functions are to be found in 1.2 which make editing and other operations smoother and more efficient. Thus using automatic record numbering a field set up as the record number field is automatically set to the next number for a
new record. This feature can be turned on and off at will and record numbers can be changed manually.
A refined reputation Pat Winstanley finds out why upgrades for Protext and Prodata are so eagerly awaited Now it is possible to print labels two across the page by setting up attributes in the layout menu, but careful positioning is required to print the right hand label correctly on the page.
Instantaneous filtering and editing fields in any order are also included in this upgrade.
€ 50 C ¦O U H Wordprocessors (that is, fancy typewriters) come in all shapes and sizes.
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Protext Version 5.5 Budding writers must evaluate their needs before choosing a program since the journalist churning out several thousand words of plain text each day, the person who simply wants to write a few letters, the club newsletter editor and the ad agency writer who needs to incorporate photographs and graphs require quite different tools for their work.
Unlike many fancier programs, Protext is one of the professional journalist's main choices when plain text crunching is the main requirement. And why? Because Protext, once mastered, provides all the facilities needed for serious writing from Ascii text. Due to its specification as a text cruncher, Protext eschews the fancy fonts, Wysiwyg and graphic capabilities of its rivals with the bonus of sheer speed and ease of use as a trade off.
Thesaurus This new version has several enhancements. Perhaps the most useful is a pop-up thesaurus with 43,000 main entries and 827,000 responses. For writers concerned with style the thesaurus can be used in conjunction with the new word count facility which offers not only simple word and character counts but also words per sentence and an analysis of individual word frequency either alphabetically or numerically - useful for checking gobbledegook. The spell checker now boasts a couple of extra handy features.
There is the facility to spot repeated words such as "the the" and also an automatic check on sentences to see that they begin with a capital letter.
During the spell check either of these occurrences are flagged with the option to change them. To avoid intentional occurrences of these being thrown up, a spell ignore marker can be placed during typing.
Another handy feature, especially when fairly narrow columns of text are right-justified (like newspaper columns) is Automatic Hyphenation. With narrow columns, lots of white space occurs on lines containing only two or three long words, giving a raggedy appearance.
While it is possible to hyphenate manually to improve the layout of the text, problems occur if changes are made to either the text itself or the column width. Any changes and it must be performed again.
Now Automatic Hyphenation can be turned on so the process is continuous during editing. The amount of white f Hhk Jim** m. The comprehensive Heip menu space allowed is set from either configuration or stored commands, allowing control of the number of spaces allowed between words before hyphenation takes place. Be warned - a national newspaper recently had the word "arse-nal" hyphenated as shown at the end of several lines of text which occasioned great hilarity on the letters page!
There's nothing more annoying than printing a multi-page document only to find the last line of a paragraph is at the top of a new page or the first at the bottom. These “widows and orphans" can now be eliminated by Protext. The page break is adjusted to push the last two lines to a new page or a whole paragraph pushed to start a new page.
Many writers don't bother indenting the first paragraph line but instead leave a blank line between paragraphs.
This can lead to a blank line being unnecessarily printed at the start of a new page. Now blank lines in this situation are suppressed automatically if required. A new file conversion format has been added of interest to anyone wanting to pass files to Microsoft Word on the PC or Mac. Rich Text Format (RTF) files can be generated which retain styles such as italic, centred text bold, but enlarged text and Elite don't cany over - at least to the Mac.
Dates Several miscellaneous features are now provided to speed things up. Date calculations now take both the |ulian and Gregorian calendars into account, a two digit year such as "91" is assumed to be the twentieth century. Help opens a window which can be scrolled through, and clicking on keywords brings up further help.
F2 now calls the file selector directly and files can be viewed in different orders (date, size, disk order and so on). Files can also be hidden and batches marked for deleting or copying. Files from Prodata can be read directly for mail-merging, obviating the need to export data.
December 1991 Amiga Computing Overall the changes made are very much in the useful rather than cosmetic category and make Protext even more of a joy to use.
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Spectrum. C64 & CPC available early November Amiga ST & PC available end of October Virus checker As yet, (touch wood), I have not encountered any computer viruses. Like a good little computer user, I have made backups of all my important disks.
However, as I am unable to make copies of protected games, what happens if these become infected? Are the software houses obliged to replace the disks or would this be at their discretion?
S A Cort, Harpenden Replacement of disks affected by a third party virus is at the discretion of software houses. It is best to switch off your computer for at least JO seconds before loading a commercial game. It's also worthwhile checking that commercial disks are wrlte-pro- tected wherever possible.
Band blues I recently joined a band, intending to use my Amiga 2000, first as a drum machine, then as backing, using other instruments. I already have a moderate library of instruments but there are a few problems regarding copyright laws when the band puts on a paid public performance.
Is it OK to use PD instruments? Is it OK to use sampled sound effects or words from films, songs, etc. Is it OK to use a PD utility such as Med?
During the interval would it be OK to run a PD demp?
I am currently looking for more instruments in PD libraries. The success of the band rests upon your shoulders (not wanting to pressurise you, of course!).
C Fernandez, Hereford You are free to use any public domain Instruments and players. Samples are best steered clear of if you are considering public performances.
There Is no problem at all with running a demo during the Interval, as long as it doesn't upstage you!
High flying On Saturday September 7, Royal Air Force Wattisham held an open day for disabled people, during which adults and children with mental and physical disabilities were invited to take part in activities laid on by the various clubs at Wattisham.
The RAF Wattisham Computer Club was kindly given permission to put on an interactive display for our guests, and as secretary of the computer club, I Starting with a tune I wish to include a MED v3.00 tune in the startup sequence of my Workbench disk, but haven't a clue how it's done. Is it also possible to include a picture from Photon Paint?
Matthew Smith, Combe To run a MED tune from your startup sequence, include the following line at whatever point you'd like the tune to start: tun Ml: Mls Rtdpltytr (tun*) where (tune) is the directory path and name of the tune you'd like to play. The reason for all the run nil; business is that if you launch a program from CLI, you have to make sure It "detaches" itself from the CLI and runs on its own.
If you didn't use the command Run nil: nil: your startup sequence would stop dead at the was given the task of writing to various companies to ask for assistance. I chose ten public domain houses, nine commercial software companies and Amiga Computing as my point of contact Although I did not receive a reply from all the companies I wrote to, I would like to publicly thank the companies that helped us in our venture. The are: Goldstar Computers (EC) Ltd, Valley PD, Amiganuts, Senlac software, California PD, Activision, US Gold, Ocean and Amiga Computing. I would also like to give thanks to
Bits and Bytes of Ipswich for the help they gave us.
Because of the excellent services of those men* tioned above, the day was a great success, and I now know who the Computer Club, and I personally, will purchase from in the future.
Thanks to everyone concerned.
Dave Wallace, Ipswich Glad that the computer industry could be of help and I hope that you seize the Initiative to organise another event next year!
Educational emulation I have a twelve year old dyslexic nephew with a reading and writing age of nine years old. His doctor has recommended us a list of computer educational programs. However, all these programs are for the BBC B home computer.
Most of the programs that seem to help dyslexic people are good spelling programs games. I would appreciate it very much if you could recommend any suitable educational programs - whether commercial Co imip Medplayer line. Be warned, how- 4** ever, that Medplayer when launched entirely into the background is unstoppable. Your best bet would be to run it from a CLI once the disk has loaded, as you could then stop it by holding down Ctri-C.
Photon Paint picdes, or any other IFF for that matter, can be displayed using a variety of PD viewer programs, among which the best are Vilbm and PPShow. Find one of these on a PD disk, then include the line: Vilba (or PPShou) (IFF) in your startup sequence, where (IFF) is the name and path of the picture to be displayed. You will have to dick a mouse button or press the spacebar to carry on once a picture is displayed In this way.
Mono sounds Co Can you help with a sampler problem? I have been using a the Sound Master sampler for a few weeks and I'm having problems with many of the PD samples I've bought on compilation disks.
Loads of them seem to play from only one speaker on my CM8833 monitor, even though the sampler Is ful! Stereo- Is there something wrong with my sampler, or is it the Audio Master 3 software?
M Fltt, Colchester The problem seems to be with your samples. A great many samples taken for use In games or MED tunes, and which appear on PD sample coh lections, are digitised in mono to save memory.
When you load these Into AM3, you should be given a choice of whether or not to convert them to stereo.
When the requester pops up, dick on "Yes".
The result won't be as good as If the sample had been originally intended as a stereo sample, but you can then at least save it out as stereo to play through both speakers.
Or public domain - for the Amiga 500 which is the computer we have at home.
Patricia Earie, Northampton Education Is at last being taken seriously on the Amiga thanks to Commodore's "First Steps" Initiative. Take a look at "Henrietta's Book of Spells" from Scetlander on 041-3571659 Alternatively, you can run the software your doctor recommends by means of Genlsoft's BBC Emulator for the Amiga, For more details on that contact HB Marketing on 0753 686000.
Random sample One reader (ESP, October issue) wrote airing his views on sample copyright. Unfortunately he was a little misguided - the sample entitled "Funky Drummer" should be credited not to Sinead O'Connor but to james Brown as it was originally performed on his track.
Alex Harvey, Soberton Heath Oh well, live and learn... Smutty slip After reading the comments on sexism in the PD scene (issue 40) I thought that you may want to know about an incident that happened to me not long ago.
It was when I was ordering a set of disks from a cer* tain PD group that a mistake must have been made. I was sent a copy of Utopia 3, a pornographic disk (my terrible handwriting was probably at fault) but I had not sent any declaration and I am only 16.
Please print my full address because I am starting up my own PD group called Mania PD and I do not distribute any pornographic disks.
If anyone is interested then write to me at 158 Marlborough Ave, Hull, Humberside, HU5 3JX with a cheque or postal order for £1 to get a catalogue disk with free PD software.
Howard Wlckenden, Humberside Consider yourself mentioned. Your experience just goes to show that pom In the PD will never be governed properly, no matter how hard people try.
If you are looking to start a PD library, It might be worth digging up the first Issue of a magazine called Shareware Shopper where Sandra Sharkey, founder of the AMOS library, reveals her secrets.
Hakpaking I would first of all like to congratulate you on a great magazine (a bit of a hefty price tag though) and secondly on the "Gamer Hakpak" as I can keep all of the cards together instead of wading through the magazine every time I need to look up a game cheat. I also like the idea of having the type of game down the edge of the cards, but I think they would be even better if they were spelt correctly like "Sports" and not “Sprats".
Liam Webster, Sheffield Bahl There's no pleasing some people! You think "Sprots" Is bad? My name was Eric Surf until the art editors got a hold of it More more more!
Could you please make your letters section much bigger? Also could you make the all-important Almanac section at least twice as big, with a lot more AMOS and Comms? Maybe you could Cut out some games pages to make extra space... Guido Ballara, New Zealand Well Guido, I agree with you on the size of the letMemory for words 4 I quite recently treated myself to an Amiga 500 and expanded it to 1Mb straight away. I could then play all the 1Mb games and I was pleased I had bought it Now, however, I find myself in a dilemma.
While using Dpaint III and Disney's Animation Studio, I don't have enough memory for the more advanced features. I was wondering if, because I don't have the four chip expansion and therefore can't fit one of those little megaboards, could I swap some or all of the 16 small capacity chips for some larger chips? Is this possible, and where can I buy the chips?
My second problem is that I have done some work in KindWords 2 and wanted to import it into ProPage
vl. l. I tried this with all of the text formats on ProPage's
list, but it still doesn't recognise the files.
How can I make it understand, or should I just buy the copy of Pen Pal I was looking at the other day?
Matthew, W. Midlands Try saving your KindWords documents as Ascii files. A normal KindWords document uses a file Ezra online Ezra Surf can be contacted on a whole host of bulletin boards and conferencing systems. If you have anything to say, get it off your chest online!
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PD plea As a relative newcomer to the Amiga, I was very interested to read your article on PD software in the June issue of your excellent magazine.
I have since bought several disks from the advertisers in your magazine and found them all interesting and certainly good value for money.
I have been told about some PD disks by Mikon Hakker which are supposed to be excellent. I have scoured the ads but have been unable to find any reference to this source. I wonder if you could point me in the right direction?
Colin Mercer, Bolton I imagine around 20 PD libraries have just started frantically clambering through their catalogues to find some of the software you are after. I will let format supported only by Digita's Wordworth wordprocessor, but ProPage should have no problem with an Ascii file.
As for buying PenPal, don't bother. You've already got ProPage, so there's no point in buying a wordprocessor whose chief virtues are its DTP- like features. You'd be better off with Wordworth, as you could then load up all your old KindWords files using Wordworth's load format options.
Whatever you do, ditch KindWords. Its enough to drive a saint to drink. When I had a copy, I was so frustrated with it I resorted to my old Spectrum and a copy of Tasword.
Your memory expansion should be left as it is.
Don’t try to just swap your 256K drams for 1Mb chips - It won't work. If you need more memory, the best course of action would be to sell the old board and buy a 1.5Mb trapdoor board or a bolt- on expansion bus box. As it happens, we're doing a mini round-up of just such equipment In this issue.
PD print Please help -1 have a number of C PD game disks and wish to put the instructions Into print. However, I keep getting "Can't open printer.device" when I try to use PPMore's "Print File" option.
As I am new to computing, could you please make the reply easy to understand.
V S Mills, Bloxwkh The problem with the disks you refer to Is that they have been compiled without the Workbench files needed to print documents, namely the printer.device and parallel.device files from the DEVS directory, and a printer driver In the DEVS Prlnters drawer.
To print your documents with the least hassle, delete some stuff from a copy of your Workbench disk - the utilities directory Is a good place to start - then copy the documents across by dragging their icons to the new disk.
The Workbench disk will now have the doc files and the proper printing files, but will be lacking two important files - Ppmore itself and PowerPacker.library. To copy these to your Workbench disk, use the two following CU commands: COPT PD-afik:c PPoore TO Vorkbench:c COPY PO-aisk:libs PoMtrPicker.Library TO Workbench:libs where "PD-Disk" is the name of the disk you're trying to copy the docs from An alternative to this procedure would be to buy PowerPacker Professional from Softvllle PD (0705 266509) and de-crunch the doc files. As they would then be standard Ascii text files, you could
print them using a wordprocessor or by using the command TYPE (docfllt) TO PIT: where (docfllej is the name and path of the file to be output you know whkh library gets In touch first and pass on the details.
Game over?
I am hoping that you or one of your readers may be able to help me with a problem that I have in trying to locate a game that I like and want to purchase. I detest pirate copies which seem to be the only available sources.
The game is question is Galaxy 89 from Kingsoft and it is a clone of Galaxian. Although the game is no longer available in Australia, I'm hoping that it is available in Europe still as K was written over there.
Jeff Wilson, Australia Over to you lot... can you put Jeff out of his misery?
Write In and I will pass any information on.
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The Marketing Manager, Amiga Computing, Annual Reader Survey, Europa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SKIO 4NP ? 30 The Sun ? 31 ?» The Daily Mirror ? 33 ? 34 The Daily Star ? 35 ? 36 Today ? 37 ? 38 The Daily Mail ? 39 ? 40 The Daily Express ? 4, ? 42 Amiga Computing ? 44 Amiga Fun ? 6 Zero ? 48 Ace ? 50 Amiga User International ? 52 CU Amiga ? 54 Games-X ? 56
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’91 - Flight simulations June '91 - Piggy bank On average, how
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one month ? Please ring below.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 or more. » About how long do you spend reading an issue of Amiga Computing?
Up to 'a hour ? 14 Va hours up to 2 hours ? Is 'A hour up to 1 hour ? I* 2 hours up to 3 hours ? V 1 hour up to 1 !* hours Du 3 hours or more ? 19 How much of Amiga Computing do you regularly read ?
Everything ?» Roughly half ? 21 Half or more Dn Very little Dzj How many people, apart from you, read or look at your copy of Amiga Computing ?
None ? 24 One D2s Two D2« Three 22 Four Four or more 29 What do you like most about Amiga Computing 1 SECTION ONE: About the magazine
1. 1 Where do you obtain your copy of Amiga Computing ?
Newsagent Dt Home delivery from a newsagent dz Supermarket Cb Subscription ?
1. 2 Do you ever experience any difficulties in obtaining your
copy of Amiga Computing ?
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1. 3 Which, if any, of the last six issues of Amiga Computing
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1. 9 What do you dislike about AMIGA COMPUTING ?
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1. 10 Which has been your favourite issue to date ?
Why? .
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regularly ?
(This means at least two editions a week) The Times The Daily Telegraph The Guardian The Independant The Financial Times None Other (please specify)
1. 12 Which, if any, of the following magazines do you read
regularly ?
(This means at least three out of four issues) Amiga Action ? 43 Amiga Power ? 45 The One Amiga ? V Computer & Video Games ? 49 Amiga Format ? 51 Amiga Shopper ? 53 Computer Shopper ? 55 Other (please specify) ? 57
1. 13 To what extent do the following elements influence your
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money ?
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Do you purchase Amiga Computing for: The coverdisk only ? 69 Mostly for the coverdisk, but also for the magazine ? 70 For both the coverdisk and the magazine equally ? 71 Mostly for the magazine, but also for the coverdisk ? 72 The magazine only ? N Do you believe that a magazine with two cover disks offers greater value for money than a similar magazine with one cover disk ?
Yes, even if a double disk magazine is up to £1 more expensive ? 74 Yes, even if a double disk magazine is up to 75p more expensive D 75 Yes, even if a double disk magazine is up to 50p more expensive ? 76 Only if the price remains the same ? V No n 78 Please rate the following editorial items from Almanac in order of interest, one to eight - one - least interest, eight - most interest.
Multimedia DTV jw Machine codeD bi Music ? 82 Comms ? 83 AMOS ? 84 Code Clinic DTP Db6 I am not interested in any of the above ? 87 magazine • sb Front cover 59 Coveriines m Cover illustration 61 Single cover disk 62 Double cover disk 63 Free supplement m Other cover gift 6S Gamer HakPak
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Action ? 26 Puzzle ? V Adventure ? A Other ? 29 War strategy ?» None Dji Role playing ? 32 How far is your choice of software and peripherals influenced by AMIGA Computing ?
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2. 9 Do you intend to buy a new computer in the next 12 months ?
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4. 1 How much influence did the Amiga Gamer supplement have on
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Downs that the real difference starts to show. Many of the the added display functions are definable from the pull downs or hot keys. As a result a huge array of combinations are selectable and of course Save-able.
These off on defaults cover the following commands: OK requesters, Low- pass filter. Line position, Oscilloscope, Level display and Cursor control, The optional OK requester is aimed primarily at expert users who soon become totally sick with the necessity to confirm every request.
The lo-pass filter simply locks a predefined low level signal filter on to both the samples in memory and indeed those which are played from disk.
The line position simply displays the present time position within the sample as it plays. This can be essential if you're looking for a specific point within larger samples. The oscilloscope is a more Up until now none of them have really come close* but at last AudioMaster has been bettered by what is a shameless wanna-be entitled Audition 4. It has not only emulated the original but has also managed to incorporate a whole range of new and very impressive improvements.
The interface Anyone who's used AudioMaster will feel right at home with Audition 4 as it opens with an almost identical front end. It's only when you open a few pull obvious feature as it displays the sample in real time in both mono and stereo modes.
[ P-P-Passing the . Audition lust like the oscilloscope, the level display shows the Sample in real time using tape deck style LED meters which show the sample's volume as pulses.
This is ideal if you're trying to avoid clipping and has the added bonus of being a good deal smaller than the oscilloscope, if perhaps a little less accurate.
The final option is to remove or display the cursor which shows your present cursor position within the sample window. Why you’d want to is another question but the option ‘is there if you need it.
Along with these designer screen controls comes the usual array of AudioMaster functions such as hi-fi play, stereo to mono, screen colours and of course a number of sampler options whkh surprise surprise include both of the Perfect Sound samplers.
Aegis's SoundMaster and an option to use unlisted generic samplers.
The rather limited choice is perhaps the software's only real failing when compared with AudioMaster, but having said that the actual sample quality appears to be identical when tested with SoundMaster and the generic option does seem to do a good job with unlisted units.
The remaining options allow you to listen whilst sampling and also close the Workbench screen in order to save some valuable chip memory.
The next pull down reveals the sample adjustment controls which consist ot Smooth, Centralise, Maximise, Lift Bass and Lift Treble.
£ c Oh n Uh O Most of the above the probably don't need lengthy explanations but a brief rundown could be handy so Here we go. All of the above act on ranged sample data which is selected by a simple clicking and dragging of the trusty rodent.
Smooth and Maximise do exactly what they suggest, softening and expanding the signal to the full whilst still avoiding distortion. Centralise simply moves the sample to the optimum position on the default frequency. Lift Bass and Lift Treble add a little sparkle or punch to the signal by pre-defined amounts.
73 All change After the selectable effects come the blanket edit commands which apply their powers to the entire signal whether it be mono or stereo. The first and perhaps strangest of these is Invert.
This command allows you to turn a sample on its x-axis thereby turning a peak into a depression.
Apart from making some very silly noises it can have a serious use Occasionally inverting a sample may remove clicks if, for example, you're trying to join two pulse or sine-like sounds together. This is done by flipping one sample in order to make a better and smoother join with the next.
Reversing the sample is its next talent and a must for anyone who fancies a 70s progressive rock revival. The pro- s-s-sampling Riding the range All of the editing commands on the following page deal with effects and their application, the next selection is where all the serious hack and slash happens.
All these commands relate to the ranged areas within the Edit window. A ranged area is simply a marked section of the sample which is selected with a simple dkk and drag or alternatively from the Range All command on the main console.
Once a range is specified it can have all manner of edits applied varying from simple deletion to being saved direct to disk. Cutting, pasting, copying - the choice is endless.
Four of the most interesting range commands are as follows. 2ero range will delete all data within that range and replace it with a zero signal or silence - a useful trick if you want to clean up a little between sample events.
Next is the Overwrite option which copies the buffer sound into the range at any point within the Edit window erasing the previous data but without lengthening the entire sample. Cut to buffer does exactly as the name suggest and lifts a partkular section and stores it safely in the buffer or direct to disk.
Insert adds the contents of the buffer at a set point without erasing the data either side of the insert. Finally there's the indispensable add workspace which can be added in either one, five, or ten second sections- An absolute must if you want to add effects like echo or delay.
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definable tuning tone has been added plus the ability to adjust
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Edit window or buffer samples. The final command allows you to
exchange the buffer and edit samples completely, Most of the
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ready and waiting, so the experts will soon feel at home.
Project options After an almost endless sea of commands we're at last into the final pull down. Like many packages Audition can't miss the opportunity for a shameless plug tor the auttv* followed by an even more blatant bit of marketing for the Perfect Sound sampler which just I happens to be from the same stable.
Aftef the advertising comes the serious stufr, which starts with the tri-format Load function. This allows you to either load to the Edit window, Buffer, or alternatively scan chip or fast memory for samples which may have been left by your favourite software after the last warm reboot.
Predictably enough, Save is the next option and can store samples from the either the Buffer, Edit window or ranged areas within the window. On top of the location option comes the format controls which allow you save your creation as Raw, Compressed or Executable files.
The final standard Save command allows you to store the software configuration itself, so you'll always be greeted with your favourite colours and controls on boot up.
Soundtracker and Med fans also have their day thanks to the opportunity of saving in either Sonix or IFF instrument formats in anything from one to five octaves.
The next treat is the excellent play file option which allows you to hear any file direct from disk without the need to load the sample into the software, A must if you tend to forget what's lurking within a filename.
Delete, Print and Quit are all that remains and as you might expect Delete can be applied to either the Edit window, Buffer or range.
And finally... As you've noticed I'm impressed, and anyone who's into serious sampling can't fail to feel the same, so if you're in the market for an upgrade, Audition is the only serious choice for AudioMaster fans.
After hours of ardent twiddling I can only think of one moan, the lack of an undo last edit command, which if available would add the only missing .
Talent to a near perfect package. * Apart from the ability to import samples, perhaps Audition's main talent is editing. It does this with an unsurpassed selection of pop-up edit screens which all follow a standard format that allows you not only to perform the required edit but also preview the result before it is applied to the sample.
The Mix screen gives you the option to adjust the balance ?
Between the buffer sample and the edit sample using standard sliders or alternatively via the excellent dick and drag mix box which splits the volume diagonal allowing you to mix the two sounds by simply placing the dot in a suitable spot.
Echo allows you to define either echo or delay, both of which can be allocated definable depth and repeat times.
All the signal processing options such as Echo, Delay, and Flange can also be applied to live input such as a microphone for instant karaoke - what a horrifying prospect... Perhaps the most powerful attribute of the original AudioMaster is its ability to sequence the playing of samples themselves. With this talent entire songs can be sampled in as various sections, joined and then played in sequence when and as often as required - the product being a complete song from just a few simple components. Not to be outdone, Audition has its very own sequencer which like most of the software
is almost identical to AudioMaster with the odd whistle and bell thrown in for good measure.
AH the sequencing essentials are on hand with the usual array or marker selection, add and delete, and of course du-du-duplicate. Usually a section is selected with the mouse but more accuracy is possible by employing the optional markers.
When all the edits are complete the sequence can be scrolled with the excellent sequence slider which automatically leaps from section to section as you stroll through your creation in search for that elusive element that isn't quite right.
Once the dodgy edit is found it can be can be expanded or contracted using the Zero buttons which automatically search both the beginning and end of the section for the optimum point to make the edit.
Sampler control is an obvious essential for any sampling software and as a result Audition is well versed in all the essentials plus having the ability to mix incoming source with pre-sampled sounds. Also, each channel of the stereo signal can be sampled individually and mixed live.
All edits can be applied to either the mono or stereo samples with each channel being edited independently if necessary. A definable sample trigger is also on hand plus the option to adjust input and start volumes to suit the idiosyncrasies of your sampler. The ever present monitor option is also available along with the ability to record to disk and of course define the sample rate, which can go right up to the lofty heights of 56,000 samples per second.
Fade again can be applied in variable degrees and when combined with the backwards option can produce perfect graduated intros or fades in both or separate channels.
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Q Is it possible for me to incorporate sound effects and musk into my video productions?
A If you're not interested in syncronising sound and vision perfectly, then adding music and sound effects to your video productions is very easy indeed. All you need is an audio mixer like the one sold by Omega Projects (0925 762885).
Jason Holborn answers some of the more commonly asked questions about desktop video on the Amiga KGIN DO Oil M2 M3 M STT nwust « iui h Sica® [ ] ciwi oooi .01.000 :: stm 00:00:00.00 [Dll 1 f 1 1 _4; nant w»i: r««ts 4 ravin Simply by connecting the audio output from your source video to the mixer, you can then add in and dynAMIGAlly control the levels of up to three sound sources. Most audio mixers have independent controls for all the sound inputs plus a master control for the mixed signal. This mixed signal is then fed into the back of your destination video deck.
For more professional uses, you'll need to invest in a SMPTE time code generator and a video deck that accepts SMPTE time code. Designed specifically for mixing video and audio, SMPTE allows you to lock both video and audio sources together at single frame accuracy.
Most professional video and music products do support SMPTE (Music-X and ShowMaker, for example), but SMPTE has one major disadvantage
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A better bet is to use a program like Music-X to sequence together Midi-generated music and sampled effects and then set up a Music-X keymap to trigger the musk and samples as and when they are needed. This requires you to take full control over when the samples and music are triggered.
Unfortunately, this can often result in timing problems.
El Ii it possible to use my Amiga to actually manipulate the video images themselves? For example, I'd like to be able to re-colour certain sections of the screen.
Yes, it is possible but it's going to cost you a lot of money. What you need is a piece of equipment called a Video Effects Processor. Currently there are very few VEP systems available for the Amiga, especially the A500. However, if you can wait for the arrival of a PAL version of NewTek's Video Toaster, then you'll have access to probably one of the most capable video processor units available. Built in to the Video Toaster is a ChromaFX system that allows you to adjust the brightness, contrast and colour of live video footage.
The Video Toaster's ChromaFX system allows you to carry out a wide range of video effects such as posterisation, image inversion and colour vignettes. You can process your video to look like old film with sepia toning or high contrast black and white.
Other effects include the ability to mix black and white and colour images together and more subtle effects such as dark sky filters, nuke, chrome, snow lights, snow cycle and a lot more besides. What's more, the Video Toaster allows you to create your own video effects with an almost limitless combination of built in and user- defined effects.
DTV Questions, pie If you can't quite stretch to the cost of a Video Toaster (expect it to retail for around £1500 in the UK), then a more cost effective way of achieving the same ends is to use a video digitiser-based effects system like Elan Design's Invision Plus (expect a full review next month!).
This powerful effects system on a card allows you to carry out many of the effects offered by the Video Toaster at a considerably lower price. Even better, unlike the Video Toaster, invision Plus is available now from HB Marketing (0763 686000).
Invision won't allow you to manipulate the actual video signal, however - all it does is grab the signal as an Amiga image and carry out effects on it.
Even a fairly basic colour video digitiser can be used, although you'll have to create the effects offline and then pull together the individual frames in something like Dpaint to create an animation file. Most video software does support time coded animations (ShowMaker is about the best), so actually incorporating these animations is a fairly simple task. Unfortunately, like Invision, you don't get full video resolution.
I own 0 genlock and two VHS video decks, but the quality I get on the final videotope is inferior to the quality that I see on my Amiga monitor. What am I doing wrong?
FI Because of the nature of the analogue composite video signal, it's inevitable that you'll lose Something in image quality. Unless you invest in a pair of decent SuperVHS decks and a SuperVHS genlock, there's little you can do to obtain truly professional results.
However, one thing that you can do is to invest in a PAL Encoder like the one sold by Third Coast Technologies (0257 472444). Selling for just £130, Third Coast's PAL Encoder really does make a difference. If you use a pair of decent video decks and first generation videotape, you can often get results almost identical to the image you see on your Amiga monitor.
I use a PAL encoder myself and I must admit that, having used it for over six months now, I just couldn't live without it Try it for yourself - I'm sure you too will eventually feel the same.
Scams iqyn Proyjri Ckmgrs C” tel tas'&r* £ Jfl C- tel 9* r c - tel Strinj Hc4iw MuUc-X is about the best program you can buy for adding both musk and lampfed sound effects to your video production}. What's more, It also supports SMPTl, so it's OS useful to the pros os It Is to the greenest of beginners |0 Although my genlock allows me to overlay Amiga graphics on top of a composite video source, I want to be able to put the Amiga's graphics behind the video source. Is this possible1 Q Absolutely. What you need is a peice of equipment called a Chromakey. Up until quite recently, no Chromakeys
were available for the Amiga, but several US manufacturers have since come up with the goods. One of the best is the Video Blender from Progressive Peripherals and Software. This powerful device not only includes a Chromakey option, but it also boasts full fading and mixing controls, keyed picture-in-picture, a broadcast quality genlock, custom wipes and a lot more besides.
4 w « ¦ m ¦ Despite the fact that a PAL version has been available for a few months now, it still hasn't been released in this country. However, it is believed that Marcam Ltd - the people who market the Rendale range of genlocks - intend to distribute it in this country so give them a bell on 081-941 6117 to find out more.
El already own a video titling package, but I want to be able to create the kind of spinning logos you see on programs like Top of the Pops and Wogan, Con I do this on my Amiga?
|Q There are a number of 3D video titling packages available, but to be honest, you won't really go far wrong with a copy of Deluxe Paint 3. With its powerful animation facilities and 3D perspective tools, Dpaint is the bees knees when it comes to creating the kind of effects you refer to.
I use Dpaint extensively for just this kind of thing. It's not perfect, however. For starters, Dpaint is primarily a 2D paint package, so there's no way you can create extruded 3D titles. If yOU want to be able to create "true" 3D titles, then your best bet is to get your hands on a package like Sculpt 3D or VideoScape 3D and create the titles within that Unfortunately, both these packages require a lot of patience, so don’t think you're going to get instant results.
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Unless you have the right utility.
The trouble is finding one for the right money.
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The various custom chip registers occupy 512 bytes. All registers are two bytes wide and on even addresses. The base address of the register area is at JDFFOO, the effective address of a register is SDFFOOO ? Register address. The external reference, XREF custom, will allow you to use the base address of the register area without any hard coding.
To use all the register addresses without typing them in, I use the statement: HCLUDE -MAIBWAIE CUSTOR.I* This file from the assembler headers gives all the register addresses as offsets from the custom structure.
Most of the registers are write only, those that can be read as well as written usually have two addresses, one for reading from (ending in "R") and one for writing to (ending in "W"). A strobe register is like a trigger, if one of these is accessed, a one time action can occur in the chip.
The Copper The Copper, or co-processor, can change the contents of some registers at certain screen positions. The Copper has a program called a Copper fist that is stored in memory and executed command by command, at the same time as the main processor. The Copper can divide the screen into different regions with different colour lists or different resolutions.
Up to now we have done this by defining a View and its Viewports, but Viewports consist mainly of sets of instructions for the Copper.
Screens and Windows are easier to use than Graphics Primitives, but give you less freedom. In the same way setting up yOuf own Copper lists is more difficult than using a ViewPort structure and loading a View, but allows more versatility.
For example, a ViewPort has one colour list throughout, but a Copper list allows the list of colours to change with the screen position. I have also seen Copper lists used to create a very impressive parallax scroll!
List building The Copper has only three different commands.
1. The MOVE command writes an immediate value into a custom chip
register. This command always has a zero in bit 0 of the first
command word, because the register addresses are always even.
2. The WAIT command waits until the electron beam has reached a
certain screen position. It is indicated by a one in bit 0 of
the first command word, and an zero in bit 0 of the second. If
the electron beam has already passed the specified position,
there is no waiting.
3. The SKIP command skips the next command if the beam has
already reached a certain position, making conditional
branching possible. It is identical to the WAIT command
except that bit 0 of the second command word is set instead of
clear.
There is a bit in the interrupt registers for the Copper interrupt.
This interrupt can tell the processor that a certain screen position has been reached. The last command on a Copper list WAITs for an impossible beam position, ending the Copper list processing until a new list is started.
Here is a simple copper list to change the background colour from black to dark blue after the first 16 lines: ClistStirt:
dc. u color,$ 0000 ;put black into background colour dt.u
S100f,Sfffe ;«i1t until ben reaches line 16 dt.u color,$ 0001
;put dirk blue into background colour
dc. M $ ffff,$ ffft ;beaa never gets to this position Getting
started The copper has its own DMA channel, and takes
precedence over the blitter and 68000. If the COPEN bit (bit
seven) in the DMACON register is cleared, the copper does not
execute any more commands. If the bit is set, the Copper
starts its program execution at the address in its program
counter.
The DMA register bits can only be set or cleared. If bit 15 is set, all the other set bib in in the data word are also to be set. If bit 15 is clear all the set bib in the data word are to be cleared.
Other bib in the DMA register used in the program are: BPLEN - bit 8 - bit plane MU - bit I BLTEN - bit 6 • blitter DM • bit 6 SPIM - bit 5 - sprit* Iti - bit 5 MAM - bit 9 - DMA enable for bits 0 to 8 The Copper uses an internal program counter to point to the current command. The COP1LC registers contain the address of the copper list. The strobe COPJMP1 register is used to trigger the Copper to start at this address.
Lei cu*to«,i5 ¦ove.u IS03t0,daicon «5) disable copper,sprite and bit plane DM aove.l CliitAddr, op1U(l5) put topper list address In register clr.M copjip1(i5) trigger cooper activity
• ove.v f$ 8280,daacon(a5) enable copper MA For the Amiga to
access the Copper list, the list has to be in chip memory in
the same way as rasters and sound wave data. For my program to
run on an Amiga with extended memory, I have to make sure that
the data is in the right place.
This is done by allocating chip memory for the copper let, and copying the data into this memory.
Margaret Stanger gets serious with registers Do not disturb When a program is accessing the registers directly, it is expected to take over the Amiga for the duration. I do not want the Amiga switching tasks during the this part of the program so I use the Exec Library routine, Forbid(), before I start writing to the registers. After that part of the program is over I use the Exec Library routine, PermitO, to permit the Amiga to start multi-tasking again.
Tidying up In earlier programs the old view address was saved, and loaded again when the program ended. This time most of the view was left alone, but with the sprites and bitplanes disabled. The old display can be replaced by enabling the Sprites and bitplanes, and putting the old Copper list in place.
The old Copper list address is stored in the member gb_copinit on the GfxBase structure.
¦ove.l jripb1csbm.it ¦ove.l gb_copini t(a4),cop1lc(iS) put old copper list in register wve.v IJ8JeO,d»»con(iS enable ill DM Blue stripes again The file, copper.a, on the support disk is the one and only source code file for the program, copper. I have not used the underscore option for assembly as I am not linking to a C source code file this time. The program starts by opening the graphics library and allocates some chip memory.
A Copper list that gradually changes the background colour from black to light blue is copied into this chip memory. The copper DMA is disabled, then enabled again after the new copper list is put in place and triggered. The display of tasteful horizontal blue stripes remains on the screen until a joystick fire button is pressed. (My old faithful joystick routine, playsig, makes yet another appearance.) The old Copper list is brought back, the memory freed, and the program exits.
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There are PD music utilities which also fall into this category. Most notable among these is Teijo Kinnunen's MED, a quite excellent SoundTracker done which could teach many commercial programs a thing or two, and which has quickly become the de facto standard in Amiga music composition. You'll find MED being used extensively by professional programmers and musicians alike for game Soundtrack composition, sample sequencing and a lot more.
Commercial composer Realising there is money to be made from MED, Teijo set to work in an attempt to produce a commercial release of the program. Little more than a few months later. OctaMED was born.
Combining the best features of MED with a few tricks of its own, OctaMED sold like hot cakes.
Now, a few months after the release of the original, QctaMED version 2 is here. Selling for just £20, not only is OctaMED 2 the best Amiga sound chip composer available, it's also the cheapest.
For those of you who haven't had the good fortune to use OetaMED, it's a powerful Sound Tracker clone with one distinct advantage over the competition, Instead of being restricted to the usual four channels of sound, OctaMED can play a maximum of eight channels simultaneously. In reality, the Amiga hardware only supports four channels, but Teijo has got around this with a combination of some clever programming and devious thinking.
Grid and bear it One the whole, eight channel sound works well, but there is an inevitable degradation in sound quality. Octalyzer, the only other eight channel Amiga sequencer, was particularly bad for this, but Teijo seems to have reduced the problem to a bare minimum within OctaMED 2, allowing you to create eight channel compositions which sound almost as good as four channel tunes.
What loss in sound quality does appear is more than made up for by those extra four channels of sound.
Like all Sound Tracker clones, OctaMED uses the now familiar grid-like editing system pioneered by the original Sound Tracker. It's probably the most unmusical editing system you're likely to find within a music package, but it does the job. By simply entering values into a vertical event list, you can make OctaMED trigger samples at a predetermined time. In reality, it's a little like programming a drum machine, where each set of eight events represents a bar. Obviously this depends heavily on the time signature of the piece, but you'll find yourself knocking out tunes in no time at
all.
Sounds complicated? Well, it isn't really, but things are made slightly worse by the fact that OctaMED is pattern-based. Instead of being able to compose your tunes from beginning to end within a single set of events, you're forced to plan your music into discrete patterns which must be pulled together to form the final tune. Pattern- based composition takes some getting used to but- if used correctly - can be easier than the kind of linear sequencing you'll find in Midi sequencers like Music-X.
Score option One feature new to OetaMED 2 is score editing, which allows you to produce patterns using the aged old system of placing notes on a stave. If you've ever used a program like Electronic Arts' Deluxe Music or Aegis' Sonix, then you'll feel instantly at home. Not only that, but the inclusion of a score editor makes the task of entering music from a printed score far easier for the beginner.
Although OetaMED supports Midi, it was primarily designed as a sound chip sequencer. It can use two types of Amiga-generated instruments - raw samples and "synthesised" sounds created using OctaMED's synthesiser module. Obviously sampled instruments will sound the best, but they have one major disadvantage - they gobble large amounts of RAM. Synthesised instruments take up only a few byes of RAM, so it's often worth trying to create a synthesised version of a sampled instrument before you devote yourself to one or the other.
Version 2 of Teijo Kinnunen's acclaimed OctaMed has just been released, jason Holborn took it for a spin That’s not to say synthesised sounds are a poor substitute. If you're into those lovely squeichy analogue sounds made famous by such classic synths as the Moog and the OSCar, you'll love the sounds this powerful module can create.
With the popularity of such styles of music as Acid House, I can see this module being particular popular.
Even sample-based instruments can be manipulated within OctaMED thanks to its built in sample editor. In true AudioMaster fashion, the instrument's waveform is displayed graphically allowing you to cut, copy and paste sections of sample to your heart’s delight You can also carry out some quite advanced editing operations such as adding echo to a sample, reversing it. Mixing two samples together and a lot more besides. If you own your own sampler, you can even grab samples directly into the program!
Having already used several commercial sound chip sequencers, I must admit I was very impressed by OctaMED. It doesn't quite offer the level of control over compositions that something like Demonware's TFMX can offer, but what it does offer should be more than enough for most people's needs. Author Teijo Kinnunen has managed to produce a music composition system comprehensive enough for the hardened music pro but easy enough to use for even the greenest of users.
For the price, OctaMED represents one of the few real bargains available for the Amiga.
Whether you're producing Amiga music for profit or for fun, OctaMED is the tool that you should be using. Forget Sound Tracker, forget TFMX and Quartet - buy yourself a copy of OctaMED now.
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Peter Hickman guides you through the twists and turns of adding a maze to last month's game tin mi lumsws; isr Oiti “45526B1ZZ222238526B4" liti MMJ81 mmr liti "48123852222226812384" : at a ";B; 4888S88&8&84 18A" lata M524I122H22J852681M titi “1888881 1868681“ »iti “8222226 6222226“ screen and clear it ready for drawing: Screen Open 0,320,200,16,loures Flask Off Curt Off Cll 0 Get Icon Palette The game Last month we saw how to get the good guy under joystick control and how to make the bad guy follow him, This month we will take a look at how to put a maze up on the screen.
OK, if you look at the screenshot on this page you should spot a nice picture of some maze blocks, In fact there are eight in total, four comers, two straight pieces, a small blob thing and a collectable pill (was Pacman a junkie?).
Why use blocks to build up a maze? The answer is simple - flexibility. By using blocks we can generate lots of different mazes using up only a fraction of the memory that a picture would take up.
If you take another look at the picture of the blocks you will notice they have numbers underneath. These will be used to build up our mazes.
For example to build up a simple border we would use the following data: 6ATA
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left-hand corner and the number six represents the bottom-
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To display this onscreen requires a little more work. The first thing to do is to dimension an array to hold the maze data. As each block is 16x16 pixels our maze can only be made up of 20 blocks across and 12 blocks down.
I t t I I I I t t Because we are going to hold the block numbers in a string array we only need to dimension it to eleven elements: » ¦ HAZES(11) ACTUAL KA2E The next step is to open up a lowres I have already prepared an icon bank for you on the CoverDisk which must be loaded into this listing before it will work: Load "AAZEJCOIS.ABr Things start to get a little more complex now. First we must read in a line of our maze data: for IOP«0 To 11 ttid miEJ(LOP) Next we have to look at each part of that string to find out what maze block we would like to position on the screen at the next
point: for L0P2=0 To 19 eiOC("lfal(flfdl l1AZEmQP),l9P2*1,1» I always like to be careful when writing something like this. It is very easy to mistype a character so it is always worth putting a check in for strange values. Using this method we can automatically generate spaces in the maze if we want them whilst avoiding any error messages which AMOS would throw up if we tried to display an icon that did not exist; If 816CK 0 and BL0CK 9 Piste Icoa IOP2*16,IOP*16,BIOC( End If Next L0P2 Kit LOP The maze!!
(it* “12222222222222222223“ tati "18888888888688888811“ tati "18123812381223812381“ Data “181 185268522681 181“ 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 IIMIiniiHIIHH 4112 311 2)1 1 2 2 3 1 1 2 3 484 4652685226*4 4 4 v 4 4 111 6 8 I I i I I 4 4 48526812222223*526 4HHH 4 i i 6 6 481238522222268123 484 488888888884 4 465266122222236526 4 6 8 8 6 6 4 4 8 8 8 8 5 2 2 2 2 5 2 2 2 2 2 6 rvCI m The maie with Its orroy data overlaid Emmm... What next? Well, it's a bit of a surprise actually. The method I have just showed you to draw the maze screens is OK, but we need a quick way to look at the maze shape
to find out where the blocks are.
This way we can control the movement of any creatures we decide to put into the maze without resorting to slow and complex collision detection commands.
So we will now put all of the data needed to create a maze into an AMOS memory bank which will be 240 bytes long (20 blocks wide x 12 blocks tall): Reserve li Work 10,210 We now have to set up that funky screen and toad those icons again: Screen Open 0,320,200,16,loere* Flash Off Curt Off CIS 0 fiet Icon Palette load "MZE.ICODS.m" This time we will read the data into memory bank 10 which we reserved earlier , for l0P*0 To 11 Raid RAZES for L0P2*0 To 20 BlOCKVal(RfdS KZES,lOP2*1,D) Take note of the formula that is used to calculate the position of each block - we will use a slightly adapted
version of this for collision detection: P0SlTI0K$ tirtl10)+ l0P»20 *l0P2 Pole POSITIOMLOCK Kit 10P2 Kit LOP Once that is stored we can draw the screen by reading the data.
Simple formula time! N?xt month when we start to move our pacman around the maze, and will need a routine to make sure it does not career into any walls. We can find this out by constantly keeping a track of the position of our pacman and then using the following formulae to see if any walls block its path: UM((1-1)*20)*I BMKCCWWOM IEH»(T»20WM) IiilT«(T»M)t(K1) If that seems a little bit confusing don't worry, everything will become as clear as mud (sorry crystal) the next time I am here!
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items for the fonts and sub items for all their sizes. The program exits with a message if the diskfont library fails to open, this usually happens if the file dfO:libs diskfontlibrary is absent. The program exits with a message if the directory dfOTonts is missing. An empty fonts directory will not cause the program to exit or fall over.
A main window is opened with one gadget, so that you can quit when you get bored with the program. The text window for the text display is fairly small, but could be made any size. There is a menu offering three mutually exclusive text styles, a text string is re-displayed each time the style or font is changed. The second menu has an item for each font in the fonts directory on the boot disc.
The subitems are the sizes available in the chosen font. When a font and size are chosen, the menuitems and subitems are marked.and the text string is displayed in the chosen font if it is still there. If the font is not available, a message will be on the calling screen, and the text will not change.
There should be the executable code, and source for the main program and for the gadgets, all in the code clinic directory. The diskfont library should be in the libs directory, and the garnet and sapphire fonts in the fonts directory, but there wasn't enough space available on the support disk.
Miga Computing's Code Clinic brings you a dynamic menu which uses the Menu structure as a font requester. It is possible to read all the available fonts from the fonts directory and put the font names into its menuitems and heights into its subitems. This means that a font can be chosen from the menu without its name or size being hard coded in the program.
Loads of memory I set up a menu called "LOAD FONT" after the Style Menu. This was the last menu on the menu bar, and I set the first menu item to NULL, in case there were no fonts in the directory.
Assuming a maximum of 70 different size and font name combinations, I set up my arrays: Twenty Menuitems, one for each font name An array of 20 strings of 30 characters for the font names Fifty Subitems, one for each font size or number An array of 50 strings of 4 characters for the font numbers Seventy IntulTexts, one for each Menultem or Subitem I allocated memory of 2,000 bytes for the AvailFontsHeader structure. The amount of memory needed was hard coded, but could be adjusted if more or fewer fonts were expected.
Availability With the availfontsO routine in menugad.c I used the Diskfont Library AvailFonts command to read in the data from the available disk fonts on the boot disk. If there were more than the maximum number of items, I set the number of items to the maximum.
For each item I derived the Ascii character string for the height of the font, and stored it in the availfontnumber array with the number of the Menultem. An IntuiText structure was set up for this Subitem, with the Itext pointing to the correct place in the availfontnumber array. I filled in a Subitem structure for each item, increasing the vertical start position each time, and linking each Subitem to the next one.
Is the name the same?
If the name of the font differed from the previous name, I stored the name of the new font in the ayailfontname array, but without the file extension ".font" as it was not needed for the menu text. I set up an IntuiText structure pointing to the name in the array, and a Menultem structure with increasing vertical offset, and a link to the next Menultem.
The name of the font was stored, for comparison next time, and there were a couple of adjustments to be made to the latest two Subitems.
The previous Subitem was now the last one for the previous font name, and had to have its Nextltem made NULL. The current Subitem would be the first one for the new Menultem and have a vertical offset of -1.
Last of the line For the very last item, the Subitem and the Menultem needed their Nextltem pointers set to NULL. The font Menu (Menu2) could then be linked to the first Menultem, all in place for when the MenuStrip was set. The current default font name was saved, and the memory for the AvailFontsHeader structure freed.
The display was set up with a second window to display the text in, this window has its own BitMap and RastPort, separate from the main screen. This enabled me to keep the Menu display in the default topaz font, independent of the fancy font text display. A Menu can look very untidy if its text is in Gothic script.
Retrieval If a Menultem or Subitem was chosen from the LOADFONTS Menu, I used the findfonls(object) routine in menugad.c to extract the name and size of the font. First I checked for Subitem selection - if none were selected the routine would end. Otherwise the height of the font was found from its place in the availfontnumber array.
The number of the Menultem was also found from the availfontnumber array, this could be used to find the font name from the availfont- name array. I added the ".font" extension to the name. This data was used as input to the changefontsO routine where the TextAttr structure would need the name and height of the Disk Font before it could attempt to load the font, (or nearest available font) from disk.
The changefonts routine attached the font to the Text Window RastPort, and re-displayed the text string in the chosen font. All that was necessary then was for the font name to be stored for comparison next time, and for the check marks to be adjusted for the selected items. It would be possible to insert a requester here to make sure that the user really wants to change the font - if he decides to stay with the current fonts the check marks can be left as they are.
As long as the diskfont library and the fonts directory are in their place on your Workbench disk, this month's support program will display any available fonts on the menu and enable you to select one Of them. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough space on the disk this month for these files, so you'll have to transfer the program to a disk which has them.
For a really massive font, more than 30 pixels high, the text window would need to be bigger.
The routines for putting the data in the menu structures, and selecting a font could be added to most programs. I have only allowed for up to 20 different font names, and up to 50 sizes, but the array sizes could be adjusted to fit the expected font data.
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Ben Pointer tells you how to produce better resolution bitmaps First we need to understand what ''bitmapped" clip art is. Usually it is artwork created by scanning a picture or drawing, although it can also be something you have drawn using a paint package. It is saved in the standard IFF ILBM format, and no matter how big or small the picture is, its resolution will be 75 dots per inch.
This number is important. Remember it.
Now you don't need me to tell you that 75 dpi is not a very high resolution, Anything output at 75 dpi will have jagged lines all over the place and look extremely amateur. But by using DTP software there is a way of increasing the bitmap's resolution so that it gets printed at the best resolution your printer can manage. I'm talking about scaling.
Scaling not only changes the size of the bitmap, it changes its resolution. I'll run through a simple example using round figures to show you what I mean, let's say we're using a black and white bitmap gleaned from a clip art disk. It's a normal 640 by 512 hi-res screen. We want to output this picture to our Deskjet printer at its maximum resolution of 300 dpi.
So we know that the bitmap has a resolution of 75 dots per inch and the picture is 640 dots (or pixels) wide. Converting the dots to inches (640 75) gives us a measurement of just over 8.5 inches. That's how wide the picture would be if we printed it at its original resolution. If we scale the picture down by half, changing its width to about 4.25 inches, we've doubled its resolution to 150 dpi because we have the same number of dots in half the width. Scale it by half again, making the bitmap only 25 per cent as big as the original, and we've increased its resolution to 300 dpi, The price
we've paid is size. To output the bitmap at 300 dots per inch we've had to scale it so that it is only about two inches wide. We can't have it four inches wide and 300 dpi, nor three inches, nor anything else - it has to be two inches if we want to output it at 300 dpi.
Scanners OK, those were approximate measurements, In practice the numbers are slightly different. The way to get larger high resolution bitmaps into your documents is to use a scanner. Hand scanners are typically about four inches wide and scan pictures in at a maximum of 400 dots per inch - so a maximum width scan would be about 4 x 400 or 1600 pixels wide.
It gets a bit confusing now. Despite being scanned in at 400 dpi, the graphics are Still saved as IFF bitmaps, which have a constant resolution of 75 dpi. So if we imported our scan into a DTP package, at its bitmap resolution it would be 1600175 = 21.3 inches wide. Scale it down by a quarter (21.3 divided by four) and we get a 300 dpi picture that is just over five inches wide.
But what if our printer can't do 300 dpi? What if it's 360 dpi, as most 24-pin dot matrix printers are these days? The answer is that we have to scale the bitmap down a bit more. To arrive at 300 dpi we scaled by 25 per cent.
Mathematically we arrived at that figure by multiplying 75 by 4 to get 300. The four is the important bit because it is this number we divide into 100 to get our scaling percentage -100 divided by 4 = 25. OK?
So to get the scaling percentage for 360 dpi we first have to work out what to multiply 75 by to arrive at 360. This we do by dividing 360 by 75, which gives us a figure of 4.8. Dividing 100 by 4.8 gives us a scaling percentage of 20.8 to one decimal place.
Now I've only been talking about width SO far, but everything is the same for height provided the bitmap is at least 640 by 512 pixels, or an interlaced hi-res screen in other words. If it's not interlaced (256 pixels high), then either double the height (or Y) scaling to compensate, or use a utility to alter the bitmap's resolution. Dpaint will do it nicely; simply choose the Picture Screen Format menu option and select the bottom button, 640 x
512. When it asks you if you want the image stretched to fill the
page, say Yes - otherwise you'll end up with a squashed
looking picture.
These scaling techniques apply to all Amiga bitmapped IFF ILBMs, by the way, not just black and white clip art. The thing to remember is that when scaling to the maximum resolution of your printer you are not losing any dots from the graphic - each dot is merely getting smaller and smaller. It may begin to look a bit "sketchy" onscreen, but the printout will be fine.
Scaled down However, if you scale to above the maximum resolution of your printer, reduce to 15 per cent say, then the printer has to start removing dots from the picture to be able to print it that small. Which dots it removes is in the lap of the Gods - well, actually it's in the lap of whoever built the printer, but Sod's Law says it will be exactly those dots you don't want it to remove. So if you've got a 300 dpi printer treat 25 per cent as a maximum scaling figure, and 20.8 per cent for a 360 dpi printer.
If your printer has an uneven resolution - most nine pins are 240 by 144 dpi, for example - then you have to take the lowest of those figures as your maximum resolution. That's your homework for this month. The answer is below, upside down. No cheating!
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PHONE ORDERS: 0S2S 978888. FAX ORDERS: 0625 879966 MULTIMEDIA Words and Pictures Commodore's A69Q CDTV drive for the Amiga 500 has been delayed again, and now will not be available in quantity until after Christmas. It was hoped that it would be ready for launch by the World of Commodore show, but now it looks more likely that the launch will be at the CE5 show in Las Vegas at the beginning of January.
Jolyon Ralph cross examines history and messes with Madonna... What has now been confirmed is that the A690 will have a through port, allowing you to connect an A590 or similar hard disk to your Amiga at the same time as the CD ROM.
However, a lot of CDTV software will not work unless your Amiga has been modified to use 1 Mb of chip memory.
There are now well over fifty CDTV titles available, and here is a round-up of some which I have used recently.
Knowledge American company Xiphias have already produced four CDTV titles - I looked at the Timetable of History - Science and Innovation.
This tries to cover the history of science and technology, from the beginning of time to the beginning of 1991, and that is no small task, not even with 600Mb of storage to play with.
There are over 6,200 entries, and although there is the odd inevitable mistake - it claims that the Amiga was launched in 1987, it was launched in 1985. The user interface is lovely, it really shows how good a user interface can be made if a little effort is put in, and is in a completely different league to the awful Hutchinson's Encyclopedia reviewed last month.
Every word is hot-linked, for example pick the erroneous Amiga entry I referred to earlier and it says "Commodore introduces the Amiga". Click on Commodore and a list of all entries that contain the word are shown. They include obvious entries, like the launch of the Commodore PET in 1977, the VIC-20 in 1981 and the Commodore 64 in 1982.
The first entry however is entitled “1952: Miss America X Travels". Clicking on this entry gives us more information, "Commodore Garwood breaks the speed record on water by travelling at two miles a minute in his four-engined boat, Miss America X." Bet you never knew that.
The Xiphias Timetable titles can rightfully claim a first- Whereas quite a few CDTV titles are converted from previously published books, the Timetable series will be published in paper form in 1992, after the CDTV versions.
Art & leisure?
On the "art and leisure" side of CDTV this month we have "Advanced Military Systems", by Dominion Software and Design, USA. Quite what these modern military machines have to do with either art or leisure is not explained. This title gives us a brief audio description and lots of pretty pictures of several of the worlds favourite killing machines, Each of them has its own music too, there is some Top Gun style rock music to go along with the US F-15 Eagle fighter, and plenty of sinister music to go along with the Soviet tanks and aircraft. The picture quality is excellent, the HAM interlace
images have to be some of the best on the Amiga, they were digitised with the Video Toaster, and are as good as any HAM-E or Colourburst picture I have seen.
Although the user interface is not quite up to the Xiphias standard, it is quite usable, except that some of the menus judder when connected to a television or composite monitor for no apparent reason. It appears to be a fault with the modulator design rather than with this title.
Jellybean The last of this month's CDTV titles is CD-Remix by Microdeal, the only UK disk reviewed this month.
CD Remix, in the words from the back of the box, lets you “take your favourite Music CD and resequence pieces of it to make your own extended dance tracks or personal remixes." It's a great idea, but unfortunately it doesn't work very well.
Firstly the user control is awful, filenames for samples have to be entered a letter at a time in the same way as names are entered in game high-score tables. Why a file requester couldn’t have been used is beyond me. The other faults are mainly due to the seek time on Cds. You just cannot jump from one part of a song to another without a noticeable gap.
This is not Microdeal's fault, and considering the problems they have done quite well in trying to get around this. What is Microdeal's fault is the stupid design of the product You cannot start a CD track and play a sample in the middle of it.
You can play the first half, stop the CD, play the sample and then start the CD again. You get a horrible glitch and it sounds awful.
Just to make sure it wasn't me, I borrowed the Madonna CD used for the demonstration files on the disk. These sounded awful. If this was the best the people who wrote the program could do, then I don't hold up much hope for it. Don't waste your money on CD-Remix.
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The pick of Sky's Movie channels in November Those of you with access to the satellite movie channels have probably fallen out of the habit of actually buying movies on video. $ 0 to keep you happy, here’s a quick guide to some of the entertainment high spots on Sky Movies Plus and The Movie Channel in November.
Look out for Chances Are, a romantic comedy starring Cybill Shepherd and Robert Downey Jnr. In which Downey plays Cybill s ex-husband who dies and is reincarnated.
Steven Seagal is Hard To Kill on the 10th and 19th of this month, providing fast action, spectacular stunts and great effects along the way. Lambada The Forbidden Dance, or whatever it’s called (!) Is shown on the 2nd, 111h and 27th, and should go down well with any youthful types out there. Even if you're not into dancing this is worth a view.
Baby Mikey hits the small screen In Look Who's Talking, the classic baby talk movie that spawned a flop of a spin-off and a sit com based around the idea. (Watch out for "Baby Talk" on Sky One.) A Stockbroker sells her soul to the devil for the promise of success In Limit Up this month, and David Puttnam’S movie Memphis Belle gets an airing on the 30th.
Worth watching if only to sec how it was the Americans who won the war and no one else. Hmm. * * Monkey Shines is a charming little hor- ror movie that comes your way on the 4th, 16th, 21st and 30th. It's the tale of a disabled man who is given a capuchin monkey to assist him with his daily tasks. It's not long before it all turns rather sinister and the monkey becomes responsible for a number of deaths. Good Stuff.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen appears on the 1st, 9th, 24th and 28th, and those Fabulous Baker Boys pops up on November 6. Brothers Beau and |eff Bridges star. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Uzi Nine Millimetre!) Appears in The Running Man on November i7 - an essential one to watch there.
"Wierd" Al Yankovic, he of the many Michael lackson spoof records such as "Eat It" and "Fat", appears in UHF on November 7th, 14th and 25th. Wierd Al plays George, given an American UHF TV Station by his uncle. New programming such as "Chandi II - The Punisher" and “Conan The Librarian" soon ensues. Patchy humour in places but not a bad film.
Honourable mention this month goes to Harlem Nights, on the 16th, 19th and 27th. Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor star in a tale of 1918 speak easies and gangsters. My opinion is that you won't like this (Hello readers, I feel I know you well already..). Watch out for the 116 uses of the f*“ word, too.
Hearty congratulations to a major computer retailer after the recent opening of their Tottenham Court Road shop in London The shop warming party went with a bang (literally) and the AC team was subjected to a truly unique presentation featuring breathtaking special effects and a cast of thousands.
Not surprisingly it has given us an idea for a competition. What we want you to do is guess who the retailer is and what their new corporate song is. To give you a little help we have published part of the original presentation script.
We have left the spelling mistakes intact to preserve an authentic sense of occasion.
'As you would have heard at the begming of this presentation we have o new corporate jingle, but as you would expea from a company pushing itself to a position of high profile like we are, this Is no normal jingle. After overcoming the initial problems with copywrite on the original Shirley Bassey version an absolute fortune was spent bringing in a top record producer to re-create this James Bond theme in to an updated dance version.
The producer was Paul Witze who has worked with many top acts in the post including ttonnanaramo, Spandau Ballet, Block Box and Alison Moyet amongst others, and is now writing ond producing his own material, and has already hod a lop three single lost year called4Touch Me'.
'This November our own single of the jingle is to be released by Virgin Records with enough hype promised to guarantee o top twenty position by Christmas, I don't see many computer firms doing that very often."
Send your entries to: Rough Cut!, Rock Lobster 43, Amiga Computing, Europa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield, SK10 4NP.
- * * ADVERTISERS’ INDEX Crystal Dist,„„ ......
6. 7 Inpholink .....
...152 CVS 1Q4 intraset ..
Datagem ..... 170
JCL ...... .44 Delta
Pi 188 John Burton
PD ... ...192 Dial a
Disk .. 122
Kliiersouno .. ...167
124 Kosmos . Diamond
Computers.... 50-55
KYECO .38
72-73 42
LCL. .....
Dwitz .... Load Crest
PD ...194
DJW .... 167 Manor
Court ...156
...180 Eagle Sw ....
120 MD Office ...
.60 Edlib .....
157 Media Direct 26-29.151.190, 196
..166 ...166 EMPDL
Merlin.....,, ... .22
Europress SW 172 Merlin
Computer .... 200
Microdeal .. ...64 ,,.118-119
...157 MJC Supplies . First
Choice 43. 78-79 New
Dimensions .... ...168 ......36.
37 New Image Videos ...164
...157 GJS ......
...168 Omega Projects ..... Global......
188 Pazaz ...
...198 PDOMPD .
...142 Gordon Harwood ... ..116.127-133
Postal PD .... GSF Services .
192 Potteries PD ...
...148 ...192 Power
Computing .. .8.41.63. 77 .32 Precision
Sw ... .15 11 Raw PD ,,
... Homebased Business.. 167
Reality .. ...167
Cheap talk We have been flooded with entries to our 76p
competition from last month. Don't panic if you haven't sent
your entry yet, the competition hasn't closed. We have just
chosen some winners already - if you see what we mean!
Anyway here is what Simon Bradwell from Buxton would do with his 76p... 1 Drill a hole in a 1 Op piece and wear it as a trendy medallion (IOp) 2 Buy a piece of bubblegum and chew it to look tough (2p) 3 Put some n the bank and wait for the interest to turn it into a million (14p) 4 Change some into Rubles and go for a holiday in Russia (5p) 5 Drop 5p down the back of the chair then while away many fun-filled hours searching for it (5p) 6 Balance six one pence pieces edge on edge to get into the record books (6p) 7 Put 20p into binoculars at the end of Blackpool pier to get a magnificent view
of the pdutiOfl floating on the sea (20p) 8 Melt down 2p and turn it into a scale model of an Amiga 500 (2p) 9 Buy a glass of milk from Derbyshire County Counci school meals service (6p) 10 Purchase a high quafcty pencil from ‘Partners" stationers (6p)
1066. .... 17 B:t
... ...159 3
AMIGAs ...180 AJPD
Alternative Image......
...196 Armgabandits (A.B.P.D)..... ...139
Anxganyte .... ...148 Anglia
PD ...
Aopiflbys .. .....16 Applied
Research Kernal... ..163 Astrocalc......
....194 Atlantis ......
...146 Atlas Computer Supplies... ....186
Audition Computer serv.....
Bankhouse ...... ....182
....156 BCS ... Best
Prices .... .....81 ...211
...184 .....70
C. O M puters ... ...198 ....196
Checkmate ..... City
Beat .. .....25 Classic
Computers ..... .....74
Computech ...... ....168 Computer
Bookshops .. ......19 Computer Partners ..
...184 Conned International . .170
Cottage ..... ...157 Team talk
You will probably have noticed thot this is the December issue
of AC UK readers wiH start flicking through these pages during
November, hence the lock of snow, sktgh befh Ond tinsel round
the headlines.
11 you are reoding this in Australia, Poland or New Zealand it wifi very deli- nUely be Christmas by now. The AC ond Comer terns would to convey seo- one of our overseas readers We would also like to know where the Christmas cords are!
To put everyone in a good mood we hove a quaint party scene hr Our toption competition Computing, futopo House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield, 5KI0 4NP tions to 41 Amy, Rombo .....OBC School ..164 Sidmoulh Software .....152 Silica Systems
45. 69. 71.115.123.153.179
SMG ....175
Softmachine ....66 Software
Expressions ..171 Solid State