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AMIGA owners witt soon be able to create and edit digits! video footage on their machines using an aggressivety-priced Zorro expansion board duc from Sitica Systems (081-309 1! 11). The €530 Peggy video card uses standard Mpeg encoder chips to compress sequences and play them back at 25 frames per second, maktug it idea! for muttimedia, présentation and games. At! opérations compiv with industry standards, and animations created should beacceptedby any other machine, including CD32 and PCs fitted with their own Mpeg cards. A buitt-in gentock gives users abüity to overlay graphies on their Mpeg video animations, making complex mixes of Amiga and video footage possible in rea! time without a video recorder. Animations created as Mpeg fites, can be played back from any hard drive capable of transferring data at t50k per second or faster. Two other display cards are also due for imminent launch. Rainbow tt! is a high-end 32-bit card with buitt in ItOMHz video controtter and resotutions up to 1,600 x t,280 pixels. And Piccoto is a tow cost 24-bit board with its own btitter to speed up screen opérations Both fit into the Zorro stot on top Amigas and wiü be supptied with a copy of TV Paint Junior. Rainbow ü! wiü cost €!,526 and Piccoto €399. Mate for video editors VtDEO enthusiasts can now edi! film and add soundtracks lo home videos using Edi! Mate, one of the iates! Amiga products to be distubuted by Meridian Software Distribution (081-543 3500). The €199.95 package comes with software, cables and a stereo audio mixer and enables up to 99 scenes can be selected and stored in any order. A hap tine is available Sampier on card A 16-B)T sound sampler wi!) be launched on PCMCIA card tor Amigas before Christmas. according American peripheral manufacturer Great Vattey Products's British distnbutor.

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Document sans nom The best DTP patkages on the market PIXEL Hewlett Packard printer driver* II (9 midi-sequencer i Hook up a Midi kit to your Amiga j and turn that tune in ] head into real musicI Essence 2 Picasso Scanner round-up Zoom Theatre Genlocks Edit Mate rnreg survival guiae to kajyi 9 770959 963077 THE JAKKI BRAMBLES COLUMN Well OK then you Mums and Dads, it’s that time of the year again when letters to Santa are coming your way Wc get a lot of phone calls at this time of year from you gltys because it really isn't that easy to decide which of the mega bundles to buy. So thi*; month we have an easy
guide to help you make that really important choice.
Amiga MW Single Drive - The ONLY home computer for less than £200. Suitable Ibr the child fed up with paying out £4(1 for software for their Mcgadrive (software available from £9.99) or for the first time buyer. Their are hundreds of software titles avail¬ able including games, education, word processing, home accounts etc. Games available include strategy / role play ing, titles where imagination is more important than aggression, leant to create animations not zap aliens aimlessly Age (.roup 8-13 A600 Hard Drive - A more serious version Of the above. Ihc hard drive saves repeatedly loading
and swapping floppy disks.
Suitable for serious games players and applications such as database management for a student or home office environment The Epic Pack is particularly useful for a foreign language orientated student. Age (.roup 12 + Amiga 1200 ( hart busters - Only the really lucky child w ill receive this as their first computer, lb State of the art latest Amiga tech¬ nology made it the computer that most kids aspire 10. IlS fast 32 - hit technology makes it the choice of Amiga enthusiasts who want not only the ultimate in games playing hut also serious applications. You can expand this computer through the
addition of hard dri¬ ves, extra menuvrv. Accelerator hoards whatever the option most suitable for producing any number of serious applications. Want to be a graphic artist, video producer, film director, cartoon animator, musician, mathematician, designer Ihc only limitation to the machine is your imagination Age Group IP - 100 Amiga 1200 Desktop Dynamite - As above but but with some serious applications included in the package. The pcrfecl solution for live student. You want him or her to have a computer lo produce school work using quality Desktop Publishing software, he 1 she wants a
dynamic games play ing machine I his gives huh of you whai you are looking for. The software alone is worth over £300.
Age (iroup 141 Amiga ( I>32 - The choice for existing Amiga owners looking for the latest product in the range or for the dedicated console owner Knocks the Sega for six with its State - of - the - Art graphics. (Colours on screen Sega - 64/ CD32 = 256 or 262.000) and process¬ ing speed (Sega - 16-bit / CD32 = 32-hil) To you or me this means that people who write the games can now display more colours on screen and the action can he even faster. Also be aware this is also a Compact disc play er with full four voice stereo sound so you cart play your favourite CD’s when the kids are at school.
Connects to standard Tvs and most hi - ft's. Age (iroup 10+ I hope this info assists. With Commodores help I'm certain that there will he thousands ofhappv^xmiling faces on Christmas Day. Bul if you're still not sure give Indi a call they will he delighted to help.
Christmas is a very expensive time of year so here’s an offer that really liclps you buy in time for Christmas and spreads the cost over next vear. Choose any Indi product (or mix oi E200. Pay tain works, choose i on 054.’ We w ill you a few questions, explain to you what you w ill pav and when and then complete OUT* credit check Within 24 hours we will be abk to clear your order and subject to status deliver your products to you.
To save" time it is important that when you ea us you have your Bank details handy and thd you satisfy the three main questions:
1) Arc you over 18 years.
2) Have you lived in the t'K for the past 3 vears
3) Are you in full time employment.
If you cannot answer yes lo all of these ques¬ tions perhaps the credit agreement would be m someone ekes name if so then they should telephone us. Once you are accepted we w ill ask for a 10% denosit. If you pay by credit card we will be able to release the products straight away. If you send us a cheque, it will take a few extra days. The only other dectsioi that you will have (o make is do you wish to spreiidthcnaymentsover6. 12.18.24.or36 months? Tnt* choice is yours!
Products) valued at over £2' 10°/udeposit and start paying again in 3 months rime. Here's now it works, civ your products and telephone Indi on 0543 419W9 .iikI ask for Credit Sales ' We’ve said if before and no appologies for repeal¬ ing it. Adding an Indi Microbotics MI230XA card to your Amiga 120(1 turns it into^ACHlNE!
Performance Comparison AMIGA 400/040 AMIGA 1200 with MI230XA VMIGA 400/030 VMK DON'T SEND ANY MONEY Until you are 100% certain that any advertiser has the product that you want in stock and w deliver it t<> you immediately.
Far too often Jakki Brambles receives letters from customers who arc finding it difficult to obtain a refund from an advertiser that has promised to supply but hasn't.
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Redi titles The exterior may be sleek but lurking inside the Amiga CD32 is a technological wonder.
Al it's heart is the mightily powerful 68EC020 processor from Motorola, this con¬ tains the 32 - bit technology which has made the Amiga 1200 a runaway success through¬ out Europe Alongside il is Commodore's unique custom A<«A (Advanced Graphics Architecture) chipset - comprising three chips nicknamed Paula. I.isa and Alice.
Together they make Amiga CD32 and awe¬ some powerhouse* of high speed graphics and stunning sound capabilities In fad. The machine can display 256.000 colours on screen (compared lo Scga’s Mega CD which can only display 64) and has a total colour palette of 16.8 million colours.
Amiga CD32 also comes with a chunky 2 Meg of RAM (that's 15 times more than Mega
CD) and a double speed drive ITS AN OFFER YOU CANT REFUSE 6
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for only 10% the balance over 6 months Interest INDI PRICE
PROMISE If you find an identical product advertised in this
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and available for immedrate delivery then we will match that
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SPECIFICATIONS:
* 14 MHZ 681X020 processor
* 2 Megs 32 - hit chip RAM
* 2 Joystick ports controller ports
* S- video jack
* Composite video jack
* RE output Jack
* Stereo audio jacks
* Keyboard connector auxiliary connector
* Full expansion bus
* Headphone jack
* Headphone volume control
* External brick power supply
* Internal MPEG FMV expansion capability
- a- Multiple session disc capability
* PAY 10% NOW AND NOTHING MORE FOR 3 MONTHS
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A1200 STANDARD FEATURES
* 68020 Processor * PCMCIA Sloe * 2MB Chip RAM 41 3.5* Internal
Dr* 41 AA Chipset 4c Built in TV modulator 41 Alpha numoric
keypad.
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Before you buy mail order you must first be confident that you will receive the product you've ordered and that the supplier still be there in the future, should you need them.
A mail order purchase from INDI is a safe and secure decision, and here's why.
INDI Is a wholly owned subsidiary of a public company now in it's tenth year of trading and specialising in the supply of computer prod¬ ucts.
With a turnover approaching £30 million per annum, we have the resources and the pur¬ chasing power to offer you the best deals, deliver them next day nationwide and always be around when you need us.
The INDI sales team have been trained to AMIGA 1200 CHARTBUSTER PACK AMIGA 1200 SD 41 Nigel Mansells World Championship Racing it Trolls
* Amiga Challenge Pack PACK INCLUDES; 41 International Sports
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500 £289.99 or from £1 1.04* per month
• (Credit price based on 36 monthly payments APR 29.8%. Total
repayment £397 92 and 90 day deferred payments SALES AND
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Deposit...........£35.49 £347.99 4 Monthly payments of £53.25 =
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A1200 80 MEG HD INDI PRICE ADD £200.00 AI200 120 MEG HD INDI
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supplied by Indi Direct Mail now includes the official (legal)
Commodore installation disk and hard drive utility manual. Indi
are proud to be an official supplier of Amiga 1200 Hard Drive
systems, that include the official software, documentation and
on - site warranty.
80 Mb and 120 Mb Hard Disk upgrades available on any A1200. Upgrade does not invalidate your Wang or I CL warranty on A1200 and Hard Disk*. Phone for a qui AMIGA A600 PRICE CRASH A600 - SD A single drive Amiga for those of you requiring a basic A600 at a very com¬ petitive price.
PACK INCLUDES: A600 single drive, built in TV modulator. I Mb memory 12 Months at home service [Indi 13000071 £169.99 A600 EPIC PACK (40 Mb HD) PACK INCLU~CT: A600 Hard Disks (40Mb) I Mb Memory * Epi< * Rome Myth * Trivial Pursuit * Amiga Text * Deluxe Paint III 4* 12 Months at home service.
5»*C £279.99 nTT»n knnhnil INDI A600 ACCESSORY PACK
* Microswitched joystick * Lockable Disk Box * Disk Wallet * 10
Blank Disks 4* Kick Off 2 ? Pipemanu * Space Ace ? Populous +
Zapsac A600 Carry Case ? Zappo T - Shirt.
The Amigas PACK CONTAINS: + A600 Single Drive Tv I :< Built in TV Modulator
• I Mb Memory + Pushover: Grandprix Silly Putty: Deluxe Paint I
and Manuals £26.99 mim £19^99 * + Mouse AMOUNT" o* cat DU 111
MONTH* 1 14 MONTH* 1 | 14 MONTH* 1 ?omit riWTJ TOTAL mwaf
HCNTU.V TOTAL fMMU H3MTHV hvr*u TOTAL rrrtm 100 toe 1000 £22.04
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status and applicants must be over the age of 18.
If you WOUld like a quote simply call our our sales line where acceptance can normally be notified within the hour. We are also able to offer Credit Insurance to cover repayments in the event of sickness or unemployment.
Take your order with the utmost care and effi- tieney. All stock offered for sale Is held In stock, centrally at our group ware house corn* plex and it available for next day delivery, direct to your home or business. If at any time wo are out of stock your money will not be banked until the product is available (a point worth checking should you be tempted to pur¬ chase elsewhere) All products are guaranteed for 12 months.
Some products carry a 12 months at home ser¬ vice and repair guarantee (where indicated). In the unlikely event chat any product purchased from INDI arrives at your home faulty, we will collect from your home and replace the prod¬ uct completely free of charge.
As part of our policy of continual product development and refinement, we reserve the right to change specifications of products advertised. Please confirm currant specifica¬ tions at the time of ordering.
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General information regarding product is available from our sales team, however tech¬ nical support is always on hand should you need assistance.
AFTER SALES AND SPECIALIST SERVICE CREDIT FACILITIES Prices are valid for month of pubfeaoon only.
All prices quoted are Inclusive of VAT.
It’s here - The new Amiga 4000/030 The NEW Anvga 400Qi030 features a EC6B030 processor running at an incredible 25Mhir. And upgradable at a later date to a fatter processor The 4000/030 has a powerful 2 Mb of 32 - bit RAM expandable to 18 Mb using industry standard 32 - bit Simms module. In line with the Amiga Flagship 4000/040 the 4000/030 features the new AGA graphics chipset, giving you a massivo pa Set of 168 million colours A range of hard drive options are available from 80
- 240 Mb and ndudes a SCSI option.
4000/030 80 Mb HD INDI PRICE £899.99 Other Drive Options 4000030120Mb HD tdfPMCE £959.99 4000*030 240 Mb HD p.oa A full range of approved igagrades are available for the 4000/030, inducing addxional memory modules, hard dri¬ ves, PC bridge boards, FPU’s (68881 &68882)and the 24 • bit opal Vnion graphics and video system Mdf GRAPHK3 PACK (FREE WITH ALL A40005 PD C-tjpcGrapNcUatoes. Ray Tmdng and RendonTg package I on to your Hard Drive.
NEW MONITOR RANGE THE NEW DUAL SYNC 1942 Monitors have been specially designed for the New Amiga 1200 and 4000 computers.
Both monitors feature built - in stereo speakers.
AMIGA A4000 1940 Monitor £269*99 ZAPSAC AND T - SHIRT INDI PRICE £17.99 1942 Monitor £369*99 14 inch screen size - 0.28 mm dot matrix 14 inch screen size - 0.39 mm dot matrix EEHm nrm Parnet Adaptor for CD TV Connect a CDTV player to any Amiga, and access the wo# of CD - ROM software The Rirnet interface and toftwa will allow the Amiga CDTV tp be used M I CD - RO drive withe any Amiga and wii give any Amiga owner acce to the vast range of CDTV software currently avutabie.
The COTV ptoyor offers cxcefient value for money whs compared with a standard CO - ROM drive and mcerfac Most CD - ROM drives w<• set you back over £400 whl CDTV will cost you less than £300 and will play audio CC m addition to CD - ROM I CDTV disks your Amiga, cue face cable and PD disk wtth driver software for your CDT player (The Parnet adapter can be used c link any Amigas together) Unttia 3090031 £39.99 CDTV MULTI MEDIA ? PARNET.
INDI PRICE £289.99 TEL: 0543 419 999 FAX: 0543 418 079 CREDIT AVAILABLE ON 6,12,18,24,36 MONTHS.
WHY NOT RING NOW FOR A QUOTE SAME DAY RESPONSE AMIGA PERIPHERALS & ACCESSORIES NEW FROM MICROBOTICS!!!.
M1230XA ACCELERATOR LAUNCH!!
Microbotics beats the competition in price/ performance/ features and config¬ urations INDI is very pleased to announce the availability of the new 68030 accelerator product for the A1200: the microbotics Ml 230 XA (call it the "XA" for short). 50 Mhz as standard! Huge 128 MB memory design is stan¬ dard (the biggest memory space in any A1200 peripheral) just look at these specifications and prices!
MI230XA W/40 MHZ EC 030 OMB INDI PRICE £239.99 M1230 XA W/40 MHZ EC 030 4MB INDI PRICE £369.99 M1230 XA W/40 MHZ EC 030 8MB INDI PRICE £599.99 M1230XA W/50 MHZ MMU 030OMB INDI PRICE £349.99 M1230 XA W/50 MHZ MMU 030 4MB INDI PRICE £479.99 M1230 XA W/50 MHZ MMU 030 8MB INDI PRICE £711.99 AUDIO VISUAL MEGAMIX. Low cost, ht spec digital effects cartridge plugs into the printer port of the Amiga.
Allows stereo sampling from almost any musical source.
INDI |INDI 350000 TAKE 2. Animation package is a must foe comput¬ er artists and enthusiasts of all ages. As used in Rolf Harris Cartoon Club.
350050 INDI PRICE £129.99 ROCTEC ROCKEY.
The ultimate accessory for Amiga / Video fens. Separate RGB con* trols to chroma key on any colour __ INDI PRIC |INDI 350051 INDI PRICE £37.99 ROMBO V1DI AMIGA 12 (RT> Based on the best selling VkII Amiga 11 This all new version offers real time colour capture from any video source. FiA AGA chipset support as standard for all A12001 4000 users INDI PRICE £129.99 INDI PRICE £74.99 jjHifOOO?
ZAPPO 601 Trapdoor upgrade for the A600. I Mb with RTC INDI PRICE £49.99 ZAPPO 601 INC As above only 512K.
No dock INDI PRICE £29.99 INDI PRICE£299.99 i resoluJ NEW FOR OCTOBER RELEASE!
The already acclaimed Opalvision Board takes three further leaps into the future with the official launch of the Opalvision modules. With truly awesome capabilities the Amiga can now become the most professional 24 - bit video graphics power station ever!
Twnv] The NEW OPAL VISION system(Rev.2) The amazing Opatvmon 24 • bft graphics hoard ana software suite has been updated and is now oven better value for money.
The software suite now includes: Opal Paint Y2.0 Now Includes frill magic wand implementation and Alpha Channel doit allows photo compositing with selectable leveb on a pixel by pixel basisjhe nevy.Oirominance effect allows absolute, real time control of. Mage contrast balance and re • mapping of colours.
Opal AnimMATE V2.0 - ofenqg real time play back of animations creat¬ ed by ray tracers, landscape generators, morpher* and al other 24 - Bit software Opal Hotkey V2.0 - Dtsphy QpalVision graph** anytime with key combinations Opal Presents - Comprehensive, icon - driven presentation package Imagine V2.0 Imagine 3D is the most popular 3D rendering software, that now supports OpalVision.This is a frill version that would cost £300 if purchaed separately.
“Quite wnpV- 0 spectacular product ¦ Amgo Computing Undoubted^ (he finest most professional pant program to amve on the Amigo' Amigo Forma Tnfcssond quaty a tfw Phce cant be turned qyvqy" - Amiga User International The verdfct was unarxmous - baSanr" - Amigo Shopp* MBXI200.
The original 3nd best floating point unit and memory upgrade for the Amiga A1200. Available with 0.4 or 8 MB of 32 bit Fast RAM and a choice of floating point uniu.Now complete with real time clock (RTC) MBXI200Z 68881 14 MHZ OMB INDI PRICE £109.99 MBXI200Z 68881 14 MHZ 4MB INDI PRICE £249.99 MBXI200Z 68881 14 MHZ 8MB INDI PRICE £449.99 MBXI200Z 68882 25 MHZ OMB INDI PRICE £169.99 MBXI200Z 68882 25 MHZ 4MB INDI PRICE £309.99 MBXI200Z 68882 25 MHZ 8MB INDI PRICE £519.99 MBXI200Z 68882 50 MHZ 0 MB INDI PRICE £249.99 MBXI200Z 68882 50 MHZ 4MB INDI PRICE £379.99 MBXI200Z 68882 50 MHZ 8MB INDI
PRICE £579.99 68882 FPU UPGRADE 50 MHZ INDI PRICE £169.99 DISK DRIYES ZAPPO EXTERNAL FLOPPY You’ve seen all the reviews on this popular and affordable second Amiga drive.
Compatible with all Amigas.
INDI PRICE £59.99 ptional value for money.
AMIGA COMPUTING JAN 93 I084S MONITOR.
Commodores original and best selling colour stereo monitor.
Does not include stand.
£189.99 (£ 179.99 if purchased with A600 / A1200 / AIS00) £499.99 350014 PACK INCLUDES IMAGINE V2.0 Combines powerful tools with an intuitive interface so both profes¬ sionals and beginners alike can get superb results quickly. New enhancements to the software include the ability to paint and animate in 4696 colours in the Amiga's HAM (Hold and Modlfy)mode New animation features also include metamorphosis allowing you to change one image into another You determine the number of frames and Opalnt IV docs the rest.
INDI PRICE £63.99 The ultimate in image processing providing many key benefits to Amiga users working with picturcs.With ADPro you can read, wntc and con¬ vert between most common image file formats with unmatched flexi¬ bility. Full support for JPEG image makes it possible to maintain an image library in full 24 - bit colour without nccdlng ma»|vc hard drive storage. Typically a 600 Kb image can be compressed down to 40 Kb!'
INDI PRICE £139.99 Is a full featured 3D animation, modelling amd rendering program.
With Real 3D V2 you can produce high quality images and animations of three dimensional models with an astonding level of realism. Imagine creating an animation that shows a handful! Of balls bounce down a flight of stairs to the bottom. Gravity, collision, deflection and the elas¬ ticity of the balls arc all automatically calculated by the program!
With Video Director, anyone with an Amiga, a camcorder and a VCR can quickly and easily catalogue and edit the best moments from their video tapes. Video Director is extremely easy to use. You can actually control your camcorder and VCR from your Amiga screen . Video Director comes with everything you need to get started. The hard¬ ware to control yoyr camcorder and VCR is included SCALA Multimedia 200 (MM200) If the ultimate on professional video tiding. The eminent design (' typefaces, the unlimited choice of typographical details, the high i non and the more than 80 exciting wipes result in
video captioning of exquisite quality No wonder that Scala is used by leading television stations around the world.
You’ve seen Micheal Jackson's video, you've seen the television adverts using the latest techniques in morphing, now now you can create the same result* but at a fraction of the cost. Morph Plus is the latest and the ultimate In this technology. Whether you are a professional artist or |ust want to experiment at home Morph Plus is a must INDI PRICE £119.99
• Camcorder must have a LANC or Control I compatible port
Professional software is imported and sometimes subject to I
delay. Confirm delivery at time of order. A ART DEPARTMENT
PROFESSIONAL INDI PRICE £139.99 also available SCALA HOME
TITLER INDI PRICE £84.99 VIDEO DIRECTOR MORPH PLUS INDI PRICE
£129.99 REAL 3D V2 imTT IMH'H HTTTT1 TEL: 0543 419 999 FAX:
0543 418 079 TERMS AVAILABLE OVER 6, 12, 24, & 36 MONTHS
SUBJECT TO STATUS.
WHY NOT RING FOR A QUOTE. SAMEDAY RESPONSE. (SEE EXAMPLE) I rts e Panasonic Quiet Colour Printing We researched the colour printer market at great depth to find a colour printer good enough to cope with Amiga's powerful output yet at an affordable price.
Wtr found the perfect printer in the KX - P2I8Q and KX - P2I23 quiet printers We then considered that if you were going to buy a Panasonic printer you would probably need a quality word processing package to use with it- We found that WO. With ‘Wordworth' yet at a retail price of £129 99 we thought that might be a little too expensive on top of your printer purchase! So together with Panasonic we decided to give a copy of 'Wordworth' free with every Panasonic printer How's that for added value?
Panasonic KX - P2180 Panasonic KX - P2123
* WORDWORTH AGA COMPLETELY FREE!
WITH PANASONIC QUIET PRINTERS.The writers choice. The ultimate word processor for AMIGA computers. Wordworth is undoubtedly the ultimate word / docu¬ ment processor for the full range of AMIGA computers. The graphical nature of WORDWORTH makes producing documents faster and easier, with the enhanced printing fonts (including full Panasonic KX • P2I80 and KX ¦ P2I23 colour printing sup¬ port). Collins spell checker and thesaurus, no other wprd processor comes cfose.
“Without doubt this is ooe of the best document processors for the AMIGA. Today" (Amiga Format) NORMAL RRP £ 129.99 inc. VAT IHT^T] £219.99 The new Panasonic KX - P2180 9 -pin quiet printer Produces crisp dear text in mono or in 7 glorious colours with new quiet technology. The new KX • P2I80 is typically 15dBa quieter in operation, than the competition.
* Fast Printing Speeds 192 CPS NLQ
* Colour Printing 7 colour palette (blue. Red. Green, yellow,
violet, magenta,black)
* Quiet printing Super quiet 45 - 48 dBa sourfd level (most
matrix printers are cypi cally in excess of 60 dBa)
* 6 Resident Fonts Over 6.100 type styles using Courier Prestige.
Bold PS. Roman, Script and Sans Serif Fonts.
* 3 Paper Paths Paper handling from bottom, top and rear for
total flexibility
* I Year Warranty for total peace of mind The new high
performance Panasonic KX • PJ123 24 pm. Quiet colour printer
offers leading edge quiet printing technology at an affordable
price £169.99 ate f inge 0 L ,miga Panasonic LASER PRINTER #
Fast Printing Speeds 192 CPS draft, 64 CPS LQ and 32 SLQ.
* Colour Printing 7 colour palette (blue, red, green, yellow,
violet, magenta, black) H* Quiet Printing Super quiet 43.5 - 46
dBa sound level (most matrix printers are typically in excess
of 60 dBa) Hi 7 Resident Fonts Over 152.000 type styles using
Super LQ. Courier Prestige. Bold PS. Roman. Script and Sans
Serif Fonts ? 24PIN Diamond Printhead High performance and high
quality output I Year Warranty for total peace of mind.
Irivo Kb!!
J] KX - P44I0 LASER PRINTER KX - P4430 LASER PRINTER ©OS agine a i elii- range offers you the power to meet your requirements KXP-4410
* 5 pages per minute
* 28 resident fonts
* Optional 2nd input bin(tocal printer capacity 2 x 200 sheets)
He Low running costs He Parallel interface ^ Optional memory
expansion to 4.5 Mb
(0. 5 as standard) Hi HP laserjet II Emulation KXP- 4430
* Satinprint (opumum revolution technology)*
* 5 Pages per minute ¦ HP Laserjet III Emulation, PCL 5
* 8 Scalable fonts & 28 bitmap functions
* Optional 2nd input bin (total print er capacity 2 x 200 sheets
* Optional memory expansion to
5. 0 Mb (I Mb as standard) 320003 £699,f?
Imminent price Increase.
This pnee while stocks last ’(Satmprnum, to produce trv voftwarc tech |UMd (dill on iurvMl <h viiyni ih* pnnnd dot id* WORDWORTH AGA COMPLETELY HtH: WTTH LASER PWNTBtS £549.99 me. VAT price increase.
This price while stocks fast ?franc WARRANTY WTTH LASER fWTBC Panasonic PRINTER ACCESSORIES ?> esolu- igof an 3
1) PANASONIC AUTOMATIC SHEET FEEDER A .
Automatic sheet feeder for KXP 2180/ KXP 2123 holds 80 sheets INDI PRICE £89.99
2) PRINT DUST COVER Specially tailored quality dust cover for
Panasonic KXP 2180' KXP 2123 pnnttr IIM0I PRICE £8,99
3) PRINTER STAND 2 piece printer sand INDI PRICE £9.99
4) PAPER PACK SCO sheets quality A4 paper INDI PRICE £9.99
5) CONTINUOUS PAPER MOOshctc I pan listing paper INDI PRICE
£19.99
6) PARALLEL PRINTER CABLE To be used wrien connecting Amte» to
Panasorvc printers.
INDI PRICE £8.99 |£S?9 7purh£d with a pr*i«r)
7) PANASONIC COLOUR RIBBON Colour ribbon for KXP 2l«V KXP 2123
INDI PRICE£I8.99
8) PANASONIC BLACK RIBBON Bbck ribbon for KXP2I80/ KXP2123 INDI
PRICE £9.99 SAVE££££SONTHEFOLLCWf^G ACCESSOR/ RftCKS PACK I
PANASONIC COLOUR RIBBON PACK Contains 6 colour ribbons for the
KXP 2123 RRP £11999 INDI PRICE £89.99 SAVE £30!!!
PACK 2 PANASONIC RIBBON PACK Contains 2 black and 4 colour ribbons for KXP 2180/ KXP 2123.RRP £99 99.
INDI PRICE£49.99 SAVE £30!!!
PACK 3 PANASONIC DELUXE ACCESSORY PACK Contain* automatic sheet feeder. 2 black ribbons. 2 colour ribbons. I dust cover. 2 piece printer stand.
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WE ALSO ACCEPT B.F.P.O. ORDERS (DUTY FREE) CARRIAGE CHARGE AT UK POSTAL RATI5 £59.99 £99.99 £189.99 £179.99 £39.99 £14.99 BLACK 1084S MONITOR At last the CDTV Monitor you have been waiting for. The original and best selling colour/ storoo monitor from Commodore is now available in black to complement your CDTV. IT, 30010 HOW TO ORDEF INDI PRICE £189.99 (£179.99 when purchased with CDTV Multi Media pack) £152.99 £69.99 If you are thinking of buying CDTV or already own one you'll be pleased to know that INDI stock all CDTV accessories and software that are available from manufactures. We believe
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* CDTV Welcome Disk
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CDTV EXTERNAL HARD DISK DRIVE A209I CONTROLLER CARD The 2091A a
an autobootmg SCSI comroier card with the facility to mount the
SCSI Hard Drive directly onto the controller card The 2091A
also has the facility to uke opt© 2Mb RAM (1/2 Mb Rapt) The
A209IA con- (roller it torro II compatible and is therefore
suitable for the Amiga 2000 although it does offer an ideal
solu¬ tion for the Amiga 4000/030. Where leading edge per¬
formance is not require The A209IA n suH the most reliable
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easiest way to instal.
INDI PRICE £79.99 AMIGA 1500 FEATURES INCLUDE: ? I Mb expanbable using A2058 RAM board ^Includes 2 X 3.5“ disk as standard with 5.25 “ Disk Bay ^Integral memory card and card expansion capabilities (most cost effective expansion route) ^Workbench 2.00 and kickstart 2.04 CONTENTS:
* Keyboard, mouse, reference manual. Puizmc. Toki. Elf (Games). D
Paint III. Home Accounts. The Works(Platlnum edition: Wordpro,
Spreadsheet. Database) Joystick.
MONITOR AND PRINTER NOT INCLUDED * Commodore MPS 1230 Printer A high quality 9 - pin printerwith paper and tractor feed and is fully compatible with Epsom FX80 and IBM Industry standards. High speed 120 CPS draft mode Srtd 4h NLQ modi of 24 CPS.
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NOW £99.99 miMn A2630 -2Mb ACCELERATOR BOARD The 1630 is a 68030 accelerator board running at 25Mhz complete with a 68882 FPU and 2Mb or 32 compi Bit fast RAM suitable for the A2000. The 2630 board brings the performance of the Amiga 2000 upto near¬ ly that of tne A3000. Ideal when running professional applications. An additional 2Mb of 32 - Bit fast RAM can be added to the 2630 board, giving a total of 4 Mb of fast RAM.
INDI PRICE £369.99 A2286 AT EMULATOR The A2286 AT emulate* kit offers IBM AT compatibility on the Amiga 2000 and 3000 systems, rwining at lOMhi with I Mb RAM and CGA graphics. The A2 296 emulator also includes a
5. 25* 1 .2Mb (loppy drive and MS DOS operating software.
INDI PRICE £159.99 A2088 XT EMULATOR KIT The A2088 XT emulator kit offers IBM compitlM'tyon the Am*ga 2000 and 3000 systems, running at 4 77Mhz wrth S12Kb RAM and CGA graph**.
The A2088 emulator alto includes a
5. 25' 360K floppy dnve and MS DOS operating software.
INDI PRICE £79.99 A2058 RAM BOARD An 8 Mb 16 - Bit RAM board, supplied with 2Mb RAM and upgradable two steps. The 2058 Is a lorro II compati¬ ble and they are compauble with tho A2000 INDI PRICE £99.99 A2300 GENLOCK A con effective home quality entry level internal genlock, suitable for the Amiga 2000/3066. The 2300 genlock it an ideal solution for anyone wishing to put titles or graphics onto home INDI PRICE £39.99 BY POST. Simply fill in the coupon below.
| AMIGA CDTV SOFTWARE | ARTS AND LEISURE LTV - Frqpth as a 2nd Language £34.99 Classic Board Games £34.99 MUSIC Mind Run £29.99 Dinosaurs for Hire £14.99 Advanced Mdreary Systems £29.94 Mud Riddle £34.99 Hound* of the Bsikevdles £29.99 Karaoke Hits 1 £14.99 Women «i Mooon £29.91 My Paint £29.99 Psycho Kfkr £29.99 Guinness Disc of Records £34.99 Paper Bag Princess £34.99 Sen City £29.99 Musx Maker £34.99 Animals in Motion £29.99 Scary Poems for Rotten Kids £39.99 Tnvial Pursuit (PAL) £49.99 Rwrvx £29.99 Comsoiueur Fine Are £34.99 Tite of Bmpnvn Bunny £3?.??
Wrath of the Demon £29.99 Voiccmastcr ? Mkrcphone £39.99 Fruits & Vegetables £34.99 Tale of Peter Rabbit £39.99 Raffles £34.99 Blues Brothers (Ando CD only) £10.99 Tree* h Shrubs £34.99 Thomas s Snowsuit £34.99 PrehtstorA £34.99 Musk Colour £39.99 Indoor Wants £34.99 Moving Gives me Stomach Aeh# £34.99 Snoopy £34.99 REFERENCE Barney Bear Goes Camping £29.99 Town wtth No Name £29.99 EDUCATION Asterix French for English 1 £34.99 European Space Smiticor £34.99 American Hentage Dictionary £49.99 Japan Wodd (PAL) £49.99 Global Chaos £29.99 Fun School - Under S's £24.99 Fractal Universe £34.9?
Timcanll £29.99 Complete Works of Shakespeare £29.99 A long Hard Day at the Ranch A Bun for Barney £34.99 Read with Astenx £19.99 Guy Spy £29.99 Illustrated Holy Bible £29.99 £29.99 Curse of Ra £24.99 New Bask Bettrcnk Cookbook £39.99 Cmdofetli £39.99 ENTERTAINMENT Space Wart £29.99 Timetable of Business £39.99 Fun School for 5 to 7 £24.9?
Defender of the Crown £29.99 Dr Wellman £54.99 Fun School for Over 7'j £24.99 Batdcchcts £39.99 Case of the Cautious Condor £34.99 Heather Hits her First Home Run £34.99 Al Clop Go To HeavenBectnc Cnyon £34.99 Ticbrake Tonne £19.99 | AMIGA ACCESSORIES PRICE CRASH!!!
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I enclose cheque/ PO for £ or charge my AccessI Visa No Expiry ..I I. Signature Name Address Deliver to if different Daytime Tel Postcode TEL: 0543 419 999 FAX: 0543 418 079 Your Instant Amina Office Whether you run a small business or just want to organize your life more efficiently, you’ll find the new Home Office Kit Deluxe has all the answers.
Designed for the Amiga, it offers three powerful programmes working together as one.
Without cutting back on any features...only the price!
In Perfect Order With InfoFile, the Amiga database manager, you can keep your business and personal life in perfect order.
The on-screen address book is indispensable. Expenses and inventory upkeep is easier than ever before. You can even organize sound and graphics for stunning slide presentations!
Figures Can Be Fun Stumped by spreadsheets?
MaxiPlan 4 offers sophisti¬ cated spreadsheet and data¬ base functions that arc easy to handle. Create charts and graphs that make sound financial sense.
It’s all here - from macro com¬ mands which cut out repetitive work, to file linking and import/export capabilities.
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Yes, 1 want lo tum my Amiga into a fully-fcaturcd, desktop office. To receive the Home Office Kit Deluxe for only £39.99,1 am returning my original disk or manual cover from Home Office Kit, KindWords, MaxiPlan, InfoFile or any other word processor, spreadsheet program with a cheque or credit card payment.
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For additional information, demonMratiun disks, or brochures, visit your Amiga dealer or phone 0295 252524. Fa* 0295 252621 Minimum requirements: 1.5 MB of memory and two disk drives; Amiga KickStan and Amiga A Way with Words For starters, this deluxe kit contains KindWords 3 - the latest and greatest Amiga word processor. Fast and friendly, it makes putting your ideas on paper sheer pleasure.
There’s everything you need at hand - page layout, automatic text wraparound, mail merge and much more besides.
Put it all together and the Home Office Kit transforms your Amiga into an instant office, equipped with a super secretary! And at only £69.99 for the complete pack, you get three powerful programs for the price of two, Working as one highly efficient unit.
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CONTENTS Nine pages for enquiring minds The most authoritative monthly columns in the business, covering all areas of specialised Amiga activity ?ar exx Ik the second pari of bis discussion of dynamic code, Alex Gain looks at the way Arexx bandies the symbols which represent lls variables.
Video ffQ The beginning of a six purl Adam Phillips feature on Ibe process of video-making for Ibe eager enthusiast.
Programming Colin Yamall continues bis lutorUd on life Pascal language by introducing the conceftt of logic in the form of an explanation of SOT, AMD, anti OR Music Paid Austin turns bis attentions to DCMS vJ. A notation package that first appeared overjflt-e years ago.
Nutlting printing scores easier.
Comms A new off-line reader for the CJX Conferencing system, which aims to samyou expensive on-line lime.
Phil South lakes a look.
Amos Using Amos. There's no need to settle for dull lottking prttgrams. Pbd South has some Ideas to brighten up your efforts using eye-adcbing patterns Publishing Why waste your time repeating operations u-ben one touch of a key could bat* your Amiga doing it for you?
FEATURES DTP roun-dup Publishing pugilists square off for the big fight Zoom Theatre Highlanders put the Amiga on stage in a complete multimedia play Hackers and phreakers The murky world of the computer hacker explored Survival guide SIMMs, ZIPs, and DRAMs explained Scanner round-up\ Whether they drag in grey or skim in colour, they can all be found here REVIEWS Essence 2 A world of new 3D textures and effects for Imagine 2.0 Picasso 2 The latest low price Amiga graphics card is a bit of an eyeful MiniGen Pro Can you really get S-VHS and a fader for under £300?
Hama 292 Another low cost S-VHS contender for your genlocking wallet GAMER Motor on doivn to gamesvillefbr the hottest new releases, including Team 17’$ OverDrive and. Er, lots more Gamer Globe The news from Pixel City as it happens Cheap Seats Golden oldies return in their budget guise Drawing Board 1 ikf:l Empire's Dream web draws closer to release Drawing Board 2 Catch Wonderdog's first laibwag Cheat Mode f£^jj Zool's secrets laid bare for all to see GAME REVIEWS Quak m Turrican 3 rra Blastar m OverDrive Ena Diggers A1200 00 European Champions m Uridium II EES CD32 games fffl Amiga Market
The monthly round-up of the latest hardware and software around, buying tips, locator, and more Shop Window
• Anislnd NC2D0
• Video backdrops
• Soccer Ex/rert tTiirbotcch A1200 RAM Hard Times Product locator
tA AM N£XT ' 18th COVER STORY Quarterback Tools The COVERDISKS
Two disks packed with commercial and j shareware software to
suit every taste Superb commercial disk repair and retrieval
system suitable for floppies or hard drives Harmoni Full-priced
Midi sequencer pack¬ age with powerful features, REGULARS Disk
offers “ Unmissable upgrades and bargains for the CoverDisk
giveaways News 11 Subscriptions IWI/il A motherboard
replacement to turn the A500 into an A1200 Save money and pick
up A few pressies with our subscriber offers USA News 16 ESP
551 The American market begins to pick up again The pen Ls
mightier than the sword, and our readers can prove it Comment
18 AmigaDOS 59 Has the games industry lost its originality, or
is it playing safe?
The last in our six part beginner's series Beginner's Disk 27 ACAS 81 Getting the most from the AC CoverDisks RDPrep Essential utility for prepping those A1200 hard drives Embedder The latest utility to force the A1200 to act as an A500 Plus Fakement Make your A1200 think it has fast RAM! Improves your compatibility and works with the AC Caligari CoverDisk Gammon Not the food, but a very palatable version of the classic backgammon board game all the same!
HP500 printer drivers A full set of improved drivers for the popular Hewlett Packard deskjets Shortcut Latest version of this useful menu utility Great home video titling program for those holiday and wedding movies Tki rn to page 22 Everything you ever wanted to know about the world of Amiga publishing but were afraid to look silly by asking. Dive into some hot metal on page 32
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• HI f] la £23.50 £44.65 £4.00 £5.00 £8.00 £4.00 £5.00 £7.00 Star
Star LC100 Colour £165.00 Star LC20 £124.00 Star LC24/100 Mono
£179.00 Starjet SJ48 Bubblejet £210.00 SJ48 Sheet Feeder £55.00
SJ48 Ink Cartridge £19.00 SJ144 Thermal Transfer Colour Printer
£569.99
• 144 Element Print Head
• Compressed Data Mode
• 8 resident fonts
• 360dpi resolution
• Emulate Epson LQ860, IBM Pro Printer and NEC Graphics.
Citizen Citizen Swift 90 Colour £175.00 Citizen Swift 240 Colour £270.00 Citizen 124D Special Offer £149.99 Hewlett Packard HP Deskjet 510 £299.99 HP Deskjet 550 Colour £599.99 Lasers Ricoh LP1200 £789.00 Add £3 for Centronics cable and £7 for next working day courier delivery.
33 Ormskirk Rd, Preston, Lancs, PR12QP Ladbroke Computing International are one ol the longest established home computer dealers in the U.K. We have developed an extensivo customer service policy which involves testing of all hardware pnor to despatch to ensure that goods arrive in working order. 0»*flng IfW advice and support over tho phone and keeping customers informed. Although our prices are not always the cheapest we do endeavour to offer consistently good service and backup.
All prices are correct at copy date 1/10/93 (whllo stocks loall. And nro subject to change without prior notico. All prices include VAT but exdude delivery.
How to Pay You can order by mail Cheques/Postal Orders made payable to Lad broke Computing. Or give your credit ofird details over the phone, Delivery Postal delivery is available on smsll items under £40 (Normally £3. Phone for details).
Add £7 tor courier delivery. Next working day delivery on mainland UK subject to stock (£20 for Saturday delivery) Open Mon-Sat 9 30am to 5 00pm Udbrok* Computing Ltd trading as Ladbroke Compulrrg International Fax: (0772) 561071 Tel: 9am-5.30pm (5 Lines) (0772) 203166 Amfainter* Our Service department can repair Amiga's in minimum time at competitive rates. We can arrange for courier pickup and return delivery of your machine to ensure it's safety. We even have a same day service which will ensure your machine is given priority and subject to fault, completed the same day. We can fit memory
upgrades, ROM upgrades.
We offer a Quotation service for £15 for which we will examine your machine and report back with an exact price for repair. If you do not wish to go ahead with the repairs then just pay the £15.
However if you do go ahead then the charge is included in the minimum Charge- Please note: The minimum charge covers labour, parts are extra.
Moppy
• 880K formatted capacity
• Double sided. Double density
• Through port
• Enable & Disable Switch
• Anti Click
• Anti Virus Mode Rocllte external drive £64.99 Amiga 500
internal drive £49.99 Cumana CAX 354 £54.99 speed M°ute
• 290dpi resolution
• 2 Microswitched buttons
• Opto/Mechanical mechanism 9 Switchable between Amiga/ST
• Direct Mouse Replacement Speed Mouse £11.99 42Mb No RAM £199.00
80Mb No RAM £299.00 120Mb No RAM £399.00 213Mb No RAM £564.00
2Mb SIMM Upgrade £89.99 4Mb SIMM Upgrade £179.99 8Mb SIMM
Upgrade £300.00 Quotation service £15.00 Min repair charge
£35.25 Courier Pickup £11.00 Courier Return £7.00 Same day
service £15.00
• Quantum SCSI Hard drive
• Ultra fast 11 ms access
• Up to 8Mb RAM on board
• 2 year warranty eVpUHerdPrife> Soft"*'* Mini Office £45.00
Wordprocessor, Database. Spreadsheet.
Disc Utilities and Graphics Pen Pal £45.00 Powerful wordprocessor with text wrap around graphics. Forms manager. Database manager, calculated fields etc. 100,000 word spelling dictionary. Mail Merge Final Copy II £79.99 Amiga wordprocessor. 110.000 word spell checker. 826,000 word thesaurus.
Automatic hyphenation, multiple columns. HAM & 24 bit graphic support.
Built in Postscnpt support Deluxe Paint IV AGA £69.99 Paint and animate in 262,000 colours.
Developed specifically for the Commodore A1200 and A4000, takes full advantage of the new AGA chip set. Metamorphosis, instantly transform the shape and image of one brush into any other brush, HAM support, Paint stencil mode, Translucency and tinting features for special effects. Requires 2Mb RAM, kickstart 2.04 or greater
• 16MHz 32 bit 68030 Central Processor, 16MHz Blitter, 32MHz
56001 Digital Signal Processor
• 1.44Mb 3,5* Floppy, up to 14Mb RAM. Displays 65536 colours from
262144 palette at 768 x 480 resolution
• 8 Channel, 16 bit, Stereo sound sampling FALCON 4Mb 120Mb HD
£999.00 FALCON 4Mb No HD £779.00 FALCON 1 Mb No HD £589.00 And#
Amiga 600 Wild, Weird and Wicked Pack £199.99 Includes A600
with Pushover, Microprose Grand Prix, Putty and Deluxe Paint
III Amiga CD32 £289.99 Includes Digger & Oscar games Amiga 1200
Race & Chase Pack £289.99 Includes A1200 with 2Mb RAM.
Nigel Mansell (1200 version) and Trolls (1200 version) Golden Image Hand Scanner
• 100, 200, 300, 400dpi resolutions
• 1 letter mode. 3 photo modes
• Includes two of the most respected graphics packages, MIGRAPH'S
TOUCH UP and DELUXE PAINT III £89.99 While stocks last „aM
upgr*1** A500 512K upgrade £14.99 A500+ 1Mb upgrade £19.99 A600
1Mb with clock £44.99 Plugs straight into A600 trap door,
compatible with A600. A600HD ii Accessories 50 3.5" Disks 100
3.5" Disks
3. 5" Disk head cleaner 50 Disk Box 100 Disk Box A500 Dustcover
Mouse/Joystick extension PRO 500 Joystick Monit°rS Philips
8833 MKII £199.99 Includes 12 Months on site warranty
(Mainland UK) and free Lotus Turbo Challenge 2 game Commodore
1084S Colour £189.99 Amiga Colour, stereo monitor including
cable Microvitech 1440 £399.99 14" Colour SVGA Monitor, .28
dot pitch.
Phone for Commodore Adaptor Colour SVGA Monitor £239.99 High quality Colour SVGA Monitor, .28 dot pitch. Includes Falcon Adaptor Falcon VGA Adaptor £9.99 Philips SCART to Amiga £9.99 8833 MKII to Amiga £9.99 NEWSI by John Butters Low-cost upgrade to A1200 power OWNERS of A500s looking to move on to 32-bit Amiga technology can now upgrade their existing machines to the latest standard for around half the cost of an A1200.
The low-cost option comes from US firm Copperhead Technologies <010 1 518 346 3894), a company that specialises in buying, selling and trading second-hand Amiga hardware.
Their AGA Upgrade Kit comes with everything needed to transform an A500 into a PAL-compatible A1200, including a replacement motherboard with a 68020 ' processor, Kickstart 3, 2Mb of RAM and IDE hard drive controller.
An adaptor supplied in the pack enables the A500's keyboard to be con¬ nected on to the board, while the machine's existing internal disk drive and power supply can also be used.
Tire maker claims that even users with¬ out any electronics experience should be able to complete the project within an hour, although they warn that a minor case modification is needed.
This involves cutting away the plastic columns that separate the ports on the back of the A500 case and a small part of the plastic lip that sticks up on the inside.
Once the board has been fitted the machine is claimed to operate exactly the same as other A1200s and has the PCM¬ CIA slot and trap-door found on that model.
Copperhead Technologies do not have a British distributor, but they can supply by post. The kit costs 5 (about £149) plus postage.
Enquiries should be sent to the firm at 104 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY 12305, United States of America.
Bundle alternative from specialists Playing safe with games fact sheet AN alternative to Commodore's Desktop Dynamite bundle will be available to Amiga buyers this autumn - but only from specialist computer dealers.
Race n' Chase was put together by the manufacturer and has been given an attractive sleeve designed by distributor SDL. It contains an A1200 and two of the year's big games - Domark’s Nigel Mansell’s World Championship and Trolls, a platformer from Flair.
A spokesman for dealer Silica Systems said: ‘This new pack is ideal for customers who simply want the A1200 for Its entertainment value. "At £299 it is the lowest priced pack available and as such is ideal for games oriented buyers."
A CHARITY funded by the Government to develop and promote the best technology for learning has drawn up a fact sheet aimed at parents of children who play computer and video games.
The National Council for Educational Technology report on recent research carried out in the US on the effects of playing computer games.
It comes after media reports earlier this year alleging some games could cause epilepsy and anti-social behaviour, and includes advice from the British Epileptic Association.
According to the NCET, games offer several benefits to help children learn, and providing they are not played too much and are only one of the child's activities the dangers are limited.
Advice is given to combat the possi¬ bility of any health hazards while fur¬ ther research is carried out and a checklist is provided to test whether children are addicted to games.
The report says that children should sit at least two feet from the screen in a well lit room and avoid playing while tired.
Other recommendations are that parents should help their children choose programs with an educational value, ensure games do not contain violence and encourage playing in groups.
They should talk to children about what happens in the software and use games as a starting point for other activities such as painting, drawing, acting or storytelling.
"There has been a lot of controversy around specific cases pointing to the addictive effect these games can have on young peo¬ ple," said NCET spokeswoman Ann Logan.
"Parents ought to be informed of the dangers and the possible benefits to children."
• To receive a free copy of the fact sheet send an sae to the
National Council for Educational Technology, Milburn Road,
Science Park, Coventry CV4 Ijf.
Clarityl6 is our premier, professional sound sampler allowing rales up lo 32KHz in 16 bit slereo and up lo 48KHz in 16 bit mono on a standard Amiga; accelerated machines can handle faster sampling rales.
The software provides extensive features including full edit control, a MIDI keyboard emulator, a sample sequencer, many special effects, FFT analysis and much more.
New Version 1.5 has an up-to-date Workbench 3 look, in its own window and includes many enhancements allowing full compatibility with faster Amigas.
Megalosound VideoMaster AGA VideoMaster combines the beauty of a video digitiser, the fun of a sound sampler and some superb sequencing software to provide a true Multimedia system that is a joy to use. This is the one package that you need for producing high quality stills & 25 frames/second movies with sound!
Our brand-new, 8-bit stereo, dircct-to-disk budget sampler is now shipping.
The Megalosound software is packed full of easy-to-use editing features, special effects and extras such as the ability to print waveforms and sample information.
The package allows sampling up to 84KHz mono and 56KHz stereo to memory and up to 21 Khz stereo to hard disk on an A1200. Supplied with a hardware volume control and an extensive 144-page manual, Megalosound is impressive value at only £34.95. Pro-MIDI Interface This interface allows you to connect a MIDI system to any Amiga computer via the serial port of your machine using a single multi-core cable. The interface sits conveniently next to your computer and provides MIDI In, Thru and two Out connections. Pro-MIDI is compatible with all leading Amiga MIDI software and comes complete with a
miscellany of MIDI PD utilities on disk.
New A1200 / A600 version Previously, only A500 owners have been able to take advantage of VideoMaster; now A1200 and A600 users can work with this amazing package and enjoy brand-new features such as superb HAM 8 (A1200 only) and 640x512 digitised stills and 160x100 25 framed per second monochrome video with sound.
VideoMaster AGA plugs into the PCMCIA slot thus leaving your Amiga free for further expansion.
ColourMaster To complement the VideoMaster system, we have developed a high quality RGB colour splitter which allows you to automatically digitise full colour movies/stills, directly from the VideoMaster software. The splitter is packaged with VideoMaster RGB.
Tlit picture above is an un-retouched shot taken outside MicrodeaTs offices with a Panasonic camcorder and digitised with ColourMaster and VideoMaster AGA, all within a few seconds!
Prices - | Clarity 16 £149.95 Megalosound £34.95 Pro-MIDI Interface £24.95 VideoMaster AGA £79.95 VideoMaster RGB £139.95 ColourMaster £69.95 I ¦ '>''t • microded Alt Micmdml products should he imiitable from uour hx-al Aniga computer shop. In case of difficulty, you can order directly from Microdeal using your credit/debit card mrr Ihc phone or by sending us a cheyue/posiat order, for more information on any of our products which includes HiSoft software (tg. Devpac Amiga 3. Highspeed Pascal, SAS/C 6 etc.I, plane call Micndeal on *44 (01525 713671, or fax u$ on +44 <0) 525 713716 or write to
us at: The Old School, Greenfield, Bedford MK455DE UK.
¦ NEWS News Briefs Video tricks in Silica trio Mate for video editors VIDEO enthusiasts can now edit film and add soundtracks to home videos using Edit Mate, one of the latest Amiga products to be distributed by Meridian Software Distribution (081-543 3500).
The El99.95 package comes with software, cables and a stereo audio mixer and enables up to 99 scenes can be selected and stored in any order. A help line is available.
AMIGA owners will soon be able to create and edit digital video footage on their machines using an aggressively-priced Zorro expansion board due from Silica Systems (081-309 1111).
The £530 Peggy video card uses standard Mpeg encoder chips to compress sequences and play them back at 25 frames per second, making it ideal for multimedia, presen¬ tation and games.
All operations comply with industry standards, and animations created should be accepted by any other machine, including CD32 and Pcs fit¬ ted with their own Mpeg cards.
A built-in genlock gives users ability to overlay graphics on their Mpeg video animations, making complex mixes of Peggr- Mpeg video for Zorro Amiga and video footage possible in real time without a video recorder.
Animations created as Mpeg files, can be played back from any hard drive capable of transferring data at 150k per second or faster. Two other display cards are also due for imminent launch. Rainbow III is a high-end 32-bit card with built in 110MHz video controller and resolutions up to 1,600 x 1,280 pixels.
And Piccolo is a low cost 24-bit board with its own blitter to speed up screen operations. Both fit into the Zorro slot on top Amigas and will be supplied with a copy of TV Paint Junior.
Rainbow III will cost £1,526 and Piccolo bated Amiga* £399.
Sampler on card Better graphics at the top PICASSO II is a new graphics accelerator which increases the Amiga’s screen resolution to up to 1,280 x 1,024 pixels and gives a range of colour depths including 24,16,15 and 8-bit.
There are two versions of the card, one with 1 Mb of memory and the other with 2Mb for better resolutions.
Both display screens using their own RAM, have the ability to be configured for indi¬ vidual monitors in order to cut flicker and can move pixels quickly.
Micro-Pace (0753 551888) supply each with Workbench emulation software to make older software compatible with the board, a selection of utilities and a copy of Personal Paint Lite.
A 16-BIT sound sampler will be launched on PCMCIA card for Amigas before Christmas, according American peripheral manufacturer Great Valley Products’s British distributor.
It will be aimed at serious enthusi¬ asts and musicians and come with "powerful" software on disk. Silica Systems were unable to give further specifications or price details.
There are also utilities for display¬ ing pictures on the Workbench and drivers for ADPro and ImageFX.
They work with A1500, A2000, A3000 and A4000s running Workbench
2. 04 or higher and using a multiscan monitor. Prices are £299.95
for the 1Mb model and £329.95 for 2Mb.
• A full review of Picasso II and details of how it can improve
Macintosh emulation with Emplant appears on page 42.
Citizen meet colour demand THE Swift 200C is the latest 24-pin colour dot matrix from Citizen which has been launched by the firm to meet customer demand for low cost, high quality colour printing.
The £327 machine runs at 180 char¬ acters per second in draft mode and 72cps in its six letter quality fonts. It provides Epson LQ500/850 emulation.
Graphics boost through A HIGH performance graphics card which fits into the Zorro slots of top-end Amigas has just been released by Great Valley Products.
E. G.S. Spectrum increases the com¬ puter's resolution up to
1.600 x 1.280 pixels in 256 colours, providing the monitor
used is capable of such displays.
Its British distributor Silica Systems (081 -309 1111) say the 24-bit board will be supplied with powerful paint soft¬ ware and is expected to cost around £600.
Big Blue comes cheap AMIGA users wanting to run DOS-based software on their computer are targeted for a low cost program being sold in Britain by Meridian Software Distribution (081-543 3500).
The firm claim that PC Task enables files to be transferred between Amigas and Pcs, contains support for high density floppy drives and up to two floppy and hard drives.
It has support for MDA, CGA, EGA and VGA emulation and can display up to 256 colours on screen. Speed is related to that of Amiga running the program.
Experts warn, however, that although the £49.95 software will allow some PC products to be used with any Amiga, Windows applications are unlikely to be compatible.
Cames tips from Euro champion GAMES players will soon be able to pick up hints and tips on how to improve their scores from a new video presented by Dominik Diamond, former presenter of Channel 4’s Gamesmaster.
Power Play shows many of the techniques used by UK and European Games Champion Danny Curley, a product evaluator in the games soft¬ ware industry. The tips contained in the video work across all formats of home computers and consoles and include strategic skills, joystick con¬ trol, screen positioning and weapon techniques. Cost: £10.99. Spanish course aids GCSE learning THE first course to take Amiga users up to GCSE level Spanish has just been added to education specialist LCL’s (0491 579345) range of language tuition programs.
Micro Spanish teaches both written and spoken Spanish and a business letter generator helps people communicate in the single European market.
Students are taught by real speech contained on disk, music, animated pic¬ tures and a book. It is made fun with a graphic adventure game, pictures arid puzzles.
These alternate with serious programs teaching verbs and grammar and are aimed at motivating the user while ensur¬ ing they really learn.
The £24.99 course covers pronuncia¬ tion, conversation, listening comprehen¬ sion, plurals, adjectives, future and immediate future tenses, imperfect tense and opposites.
¦ NEWS DIARY DATES 17 October 1993 Spotlight Amiga Gastehier Technologies (081-885 5098) Venue: Novotel Hotel, Hammersmith A mini-show aimed at giving Amiga enthusiasts the chance to view and buy Amigas and products.
11 to 14 November 1993 Future Entertainment Show (0225 442244) Venue: Olympia, London A multi-format computer and con¬ sole show. Tickets must be bought in advance on 051-356 5085.
13 November 1993 All Micro Show 7 Organiser: Sharward Service 10473 272002) Venue: Bingley Hall, Staffs Last year's event saw' 60 stands, some with Amiga products.
19 to 21 November 1993 International Computer Show Organiser: Westminster Exhibitions (0222 512128) Venue: Wembley, London Discounted software and hard¬ ware plus product releases.
12 to 15 January 1994 BETT'94 Organiser: EMAl1 International (071-4044844) Venue: Olympia, London Britain's leading IT exhibition for the education market.
Overseas 23 to 25 October 1994 Amiga '93 Atacom Organiser: Atacom (01033164 340342) Venue: Paris, France A range of Amiga exhibitors and developers including Commodore
• If your company is organising a shotv relevant to the Amiga and
it's not listed, let us hum so we can include the informa¬ tion
in the diary.
HMV open world's largest games store play latest games in a challenge area where up to four teams - eight players in all - can compete against each other simultane¬ ously.
It is expected that around 200 major contests will be held every year, with each lasting between two and four hours.
Anyone can play and there are T-shirt prizes for winners.
"Level One offers the greatest choice in the most fantastic retail environment," says David Terrill, the company's marketing director. "It underlines HMV's commitment to this expanding market and clearly signals our intent to become the UK's premier games retailer."
The company plan to have games departments in more than 40 stores - nearly half their chain - by the end of the year.
HMV have just opened the world's biggest computer and video games store and claim it offers games players the largest range of leisure software anywhere.
It has been named Level One and can be found on the first floor of the firm's flagship store at 150 Oxford Street, London.
Customers enter through a futuristic tunnel which opens into a huge floor featuring surround sound, a video games challenge area and mood-altering lights.
The atmosphere of the store changes depending on the time and day of the week.
During mid-week lunch times, for example, the mood is soft and relaxing but on Saturday's when younger buyers visit the environment is "fast, brash and hypnotic." Customers are able to Thermal transfer for Amiga AN AGGRESSIVELY-priced thermal transfer printer can now be used with the Amiga to produce colour output on paper, transparency film or T-shirt transfer paper.
The Primera Colour Printer has a resolution of 203 dots per inch and although it is intended for use with graphics applications. Ascii text can also be printed.
The 5 machine needs at least 2Mb of memory and a free driver is available from its American makers, Fargo Electronics (010 1 612 941 9470).
"The introduction of an Amiga driver is part of our continuing efforts to bring high quality low-cost thermal colour printing to a much wider user base," said a Fargo spokesman.
“We are excited to make this advanced colour printing technology available to such a highly graphics-intensive market.” Fargo are trying to set up British distribution through at least one dealer.
Direct sell to cut printer costs PRINTER paces could soon fall follow¬ ing a decision by manufacturing giant Citizen to set up a division within the company to sell directly to the public.
Citizen Direct will kick off by selling the firm’s first laser machine, the six- page per minute ProLaser 6000.
It has a resolution of 600 dots per inch and will be sold by Citizen for £559, instead of its usual recom¬ mended retail price of £996.
According to spokesman Tony Byng, savings on distributor and dealer margins will enable the com¬ pany to sell products at highly com¬ petitive prices.
Machines sold by Citizen Direct will be different from those distributed through third-party dealers and there are no plans to stock dot matrix models.
“Our decision to offer the Citizen ProLaser 6000 via the direct selling route is a first for the industry," explained Citizen's marketing director Edward Huggins.
"No other printer manufacturer in our sector has taken the initiative to manage the complete sales operation.
'We believe this is the only way to meet the high expectations of cus¬ tomers who have already learned to buy their computers and software from direct suppliers * Speedy storage from Siren FAST internal hard drives are nowr available for A600 and A1200 computers from Manchester- based Siren Software (061-724 7572).
The 2.5in Quantum Rocket is claimed by the company to have a transfer rate of up to 4Mb per second, a track seek time of 5ms, a 32k look ahead DisCache and 32k WriteCache.
It is available with either 85,127, 170 or 256Mb of storage space and come with all the extras needed to fit the drive into the Amiga.
Prices start at £193.49 for the 85Mb model and range up to £383.49 for 256Mb. The firm can also supply A12Q0s with drives installed for an extra £289.99. You can't use Software this Powerful, and produce Documents this Good... Unless, you buy an expensive PC or Macintosh™ a high priced Colour PostScript™ Laser Printer, and a complex, costly Desk Top Publishing Package.. I uKrp.ili Autumn s*>ii^nn fCUIUXtlfCH ' ^ universitv a Actual uretn Jupfav '^national °9. Combnoge Econom/cs • / If you're looking for a quality Word Processor/Publisher that performs as well as this, you may well start by
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that's capable of all this... 0 Proposed Measures 'Future
Pr°spects Conclusions The show must go T What's new Denny Atkin
brings the latest news on Commodore's changing fortunes in
America When is a toaster not a toaster?
When it's a product from Warm and Fuzzy Logic called Lightrave. This is a small box that plugs into the Amiga's parallel port and allows it to run the Video Toaster software - including Lightwave 3D, the rendering software that’s so good that it’s been used to create special effects for Babylon 5 and Steven Spielberg's SeaQuest DSV.
Normally the software won't work without a Toaster installed, but Lightrave emulates all the Toaster functions that Lightwave looks for.
Not only does this mean that North American users can buy extra Amigas to use as rendering workstations, but. More signifi¬ cantly for this audience, it means you can run Lightwave 3D on a PAL Amiga! Europe is no longer shut out from using the Amiga's premier rendering software Lightrave is more than a dongle, though. Tho software also supports rendering directly to 24-bit cards such as Retina, Opalvision, DCTV, Firecracker. EGS, Piccolo, Picasso, and Rainbow 3. As well as to standard Amiga and AGA screens. You can also render directly to GVP's ImageFX software’s buffer for further processing.
Lightrave requires an Amiga with Workbench 2.04 or later and at least 512k of chip RAM and 512k of fast RAM. You’ll also need Lightwave 2.0 or 3.0, which means you'll either need to purchase a Video Toaster board to get the software, or purchase the Toaster 3.0 software upgrade kit from NewTek, which costs about 9.
There’s no telling if NewTek will make purchasing the Toaster
3. 0 software more difficult due to the existence of Lightrave:
it's currently sold through mail-order dealers in the US and
is readily available For more information, contact Warm and
Fu2zy Logic, 2302 Marriot Road. Richmond, VA 23229 USA.
He latest World of Commodore Amiga show in Pasadena, California helped boost the spirits of a depressed American Amiga market.
After news that a number of well- known Commodore engineers had defected to companies such as 3DO and Silicon Graphics following the lay-offs of many of their compatriots, many of the attendees wondered what Commodore would have left to talk about in their keynote speech.
What Commodore talked about was a stripped down, "streamlined" organisa¬ tion that would be able to make a profit in the current competitive market.
Commodore US President Jim Dionne wryly joked that Commodore had "led the way" by announcing huge losses and company restructuring before Apple and IBM.
Some projects would be offered to other developers for licensing in the hopes that they'd be brought to market by other companies. This includes the DSP board for the A41XX), which is one of many projects that Commodore cur¬ rently have nobody working on, and the AGA de-interlacer board.
Commodore's already complete net¬ working software, Ethernet adaptor, and multiport serial board are also available for licensing. They also talked of releas¬ ing CD32 in the US at the Spring CES next year - it won't be competing with the Jaguar or 3DO this Christmas here in the States.
Lew Eggebrecht, always a font of information, did have some good news.
The next*generation AAA chip set is in first-silicon for testing, and should be available as planned in mid-1994.
Engineers have the test chip set display¬ ing true-colour 24-bit screens and blit¬ ting objects with its new high-speed blitter.
An interesting - and unconfirmed - rumour was that the first AAA machine would use the same case, processor card, and slot riser as the A4000, meaning that you could upgrade the A4000 to AAA by simply replacing the motherboard.
When 1 asked a Commodore engineer about this, he said it was a possibility.
All in all, the news wasn't great - many projects people were excited about are on the back burner - but it was reassuring. Commodore were very straightforward about their current situ¬ ation, and Dionne’s outlining of the company's game plan showed that the company knows that it's going to take massive sales of CD32 to get back on its feet in the US.
TION RESICNA- What showgoers didn't know, though, was that as Dionne was outlin¬ ing the company's future, he was plan¬ ning his own future away from Commodore. Soon after the show ended it was confirmed that Jim Dionne had announced his resignation at the dealer meeting held at the WOCA show.
Jeff Stilley will move in as the new General Manager of Commodore US, and the position of president won't be filled.
Soft-Logik's PageStream 3.0 was a big crowd-pleascr. Although it was still a couple of months from shipping, the program was coming together nicely by the show. It now sports a user-interface that's a perfect model of the Amiga Style Guide, has full AGA support, and finally shows bitmapped pictures in full colour.
It exports formats as well as import¬ ing them. Even more impressive is the typography support, which easily rivals that of PC and Macintosh programs such as PageMaker 5 and Quark Xpress.
Everything from long-document pub¬ lishing features to smart quotes and automatic ligatures is there.
Creating Arexx macros to automate your publishing couldn't be easier - just turn on Record, perform a series of macros, and turn Record back off.
You've now got an Arexx macro that's ready to be run or added to. Company reps said they were hoping to ship the program in mid-November. Jim Drew was there representing Utilities Unlimited, and the software support for his Emplant board has seen significant improvements since 1 reviewed it in these pages.
Emplant 3.15 now supports 24-bit video cards (Retina and Picasso at the moment, with EGS and other boards coming soon) and stereo sound under System 7.x, as well as a host of minor improvements.
Coming in the next version is "32-bit clean" support, which will let it work on systems with no MMU and allow you to devote more of your Amiga's memory to Emplant.
Drew says the next module for Emplant will be the IBM 486 emulator, although that wasn’t shown. Strangely, an Apple II emulator was!
ACCELERATOR GVP introduced the Turbo+ Performance Series II, an upgraded ver¬ sion of their accelerator board for the A1200 that now sports a full 68030 (as opposed to an EC030) running at 50MHz, It also has an option connector for further expansion, and the first thing provided for that will be the A1291 SCSI module.
Other products on display included the first US showing of CD32, a number of graphics boards that I won't bother describing since they all originated on your side of the Pond, a 128Mb RAM card for Zorro III machines from DKB software, and many products for Video Toaster users, who now make up a large portion of the US Amiga mar¬ ket.
In retrospect, the Pasadena show was a sign of a shrinking, changing US Amiga market. But happily, it didn't seem to be the last hurrah.
Amiga Computing December 1993 16 Put Your Finger on the Buttons of the Ultimate Amiga Word Processor Final W riter is not just a one-off product... SoftWood arc acknowledged as the World’s leading software company publishing for the Amiga and no other system. So. If Final Writer exceeds your current require¬ ments - whatever your Document Processing needs, whatever your Amiga - SoftWood will still have the Perfect Package for you... Pen Pal or Final Copy 11 and Proper Grammar D...a Complete Range.
Once you become a registered SoftWood user, you'll gain access to unlimited free UK technical support (others often charge you or don't provide support at all) and preferential upgrades to future versions of these and other exciting new products being developed right now.
SoftWood If you've oulgrown your existing package ask about our 'trade up' options from your current Word Processor (other • publishers' WP*s are ^x eligible too). ^ Quality software for your Amiga From the publisher of the acclaimed Final Copy U comes its new companion, Final Writer - for the author who needs even more! If you already use an Amiga Word Processor, it won't include the complete and comprehensive array of fea¬ tures found in this latest addition to the SoftWood family.
Can your Word Processor.. Output crisp PostScript™ font outlines on any graphic printer (not just expensive lasers), and was it supplied with over 110 typefaces? Import, scale, crop, view on screen and output structured EPS clip-art images (Final Writer is supplied with a hundred), again, on any printer? Also create structured graphics and rotate them along with text to any angle, giving you DTP quality presentation? Provide a huge range of printing options (eg. Thumbnails, scaling, crop marks etc. on PostScript™ printers) and fulfil other advanced Word Processing functions easily such as
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Mrcs that just goes on an(j on we know that you'll be impressed by this revolution in Amiga Word Processing, but don't be put off by it's advanced capabilities. With its complement of user definable Command Buttons and Superb Manual. Final Writer is simply one of the easiest programs to leant and use.
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¦ COMMENT The recent European Computer Trade Show was as full of bright new ^ ideas as your average tin of beans.
Where has all the originality gone?
Dull as dishwater In the dozen or so years of the computer games industry's short history, we have seen thousands of games from hundreds of software houses covering scores of machine formats.
Bright young things working from back bedrooms have, over the years, vied with large companies to pro¬ duce that elusive best selling game, and the results have often been spectacular.
The proportion of competently coded but dull and uninspiring games has always been high, but every year we have been treated to new game ideas or at least fresh exciting approaches to old favourites. Even the seemingly played-out areas of flight simulation and sports games have taken a new turn from time to time.
This year, however, the progress gravy train seems to have come off the rails, and the complete lack of real excitement at this autumn's biggest European games trade show became increasingly worrying as the Amiga Computing staff searched in vain for something which hadn't been done 100 times before. Platform games, yet more flight sims, and some 3D Dungeon Master looka- likes were just about the onlv items on the menu.
Unlike previous years, when games like Populous and Lemmings have introduced completely new genres to the industry and spawned offshoots such as Syndicate and Diggers, there was nothing to stop the browsing crowds in their tracks.
Plenty of business deals were made and a lot of very well programmed games were on show, but the only stand sporting an excited little crowd of admirers was the one showing a new CD-ROM version of The Lovers' Guide, complete with digitised video footage. Sad, but true.
Part of the problem could be that there's nothing new under the sun, particularly when all the best ideas have been used up, but this is a pessimistic view and I am con¬ vinced that there's plenty of life left in the computer game.
More likely reason is that the recession has forced com¬ panies to play safe and that the development of the indus¬ try as a whole makes the creation of risky new game types more difficult.
PC games are a good case in point. If someone can name a ground-breaking PC game - and we're talking about ideas rather than graphical advances -* then it must be one I’ve missed.
With Pcs gaining more and more ground in the games world, the danger is that big intros, lots of colours, and visually attractive games with little or no gameplay could become the norm - if they haven't already. Some PC products are very good, of course - and Alone in the Dark 2 springs to mind - but there are so many dull rehashes of tired old ideas in the PC world that the gems are usually hidden under a mountain of dross.
It is so often the case that the screen shots look stun¬ ning but the game, when played, is unutterably drab, so that players must surely become disillusioned with them.
No amount of skimming across a 256-colour fully shaded landscape can make up for the fact that the latest flight sim, though nice to look at, is no more challenging or complex in gameplay terms than F18 Interceptor, one of the first flight released on the Amiga.
For £40,1 could pop down the local Starving Artists gallery and snap up a visual treat on canvas whose appeal would last a lot longer than the sinking feeling I'd get when realising that SuperLibido StealthChopper VI was nothing more than a 10-year-old helicopter game with improved graphics. The fact that many more gamers don't is one of the great consumer mysteries.
LARGE COMPANIES A second factor which may stifle creativity is the encroachment of large international firms. Huge Japanese and American companies, attracted by the CD-ROM boom and the possibility of combining the music, film, and games industries into one huge leisure market, are jump¬ ing in with both feet, and if Hollywood is the middle ground of movie making, these guys will certainly be the same in our industry.
Big money means big games with lots of graphic artists working on them, musicians, programmers, and marketing bods, and they all have to be paid.
The result is that as development costs for games begin to soar there will be a strong tendency to play safe rather than wing it with a new game concept.
Companies will, of course, launch a new game no mat¬ ter what idea it is based on if they think it will make money, but grey-faced, grey-suited marketing executives don't make the same value judgements as the T-shirted brigades who run many of today's smaller games houses.
While someone at, say, Bullfrog might think that a God game would be a good idea, Mr Suit might not, and pre¬ fer to allocate his development budget to Ninja Vixens 3.
Pessimism, though, should only be allowed to go so far. We might see the industry shaping up in a way that makes it difficult for small independent software houses to compete, but that doesn't mean we won't see good games.
Electronic Arts, to take an example, have often been the medium by which small groups of coders or new companies have reached the public. Populous, which was dev eloped by the then fledgling Bullfrog, was taken on board by EA despite the fact that it was like nothing they'd ever seen, and it sold in bucket-loads.
If this process carries on, with the large companies sucking in the best of the back bedroom coders' ideas and marketing them, then all is not lost.
If, on the other hand, games houses continue to be fas¬ cinated by huge 3D intro animations and oodles of graph¬ ics to the exclusion of gameplay, we might as well all take up needlepoint, because there will be nothing to get those glands going in the computer games market.
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availability uarterback Tools is a program which corrects all
kinds of prob¬ lems on hard and floppy disks. If you have ever
seen this message (and who hasn’t); Q Quarterback Tools Error
vilidating disk is unreidible Voluat Workbench kas a read/write
error then you need Quarterback Tools!
If you've used your Amiga for any length of time, you will have already faced the problems that can occur with floppy and hard disks. Quarterback Tools solves disk and file problems caused by unpleasant visits from the guru, unex¬ pected power failures, accidental file dele¬ tions, disk formatting mistakes, mechanical problems, ageing and physical disk damage.
There are really only three steps to run¬ ning Quarterback Tools: Start the pro¬ gram, select a disk drive (volume) tp process, and select the function that is to be performed on the chosen drive.
Steps one and two shouldn't be too dif¬ ficult - double click on the icon then select one of the available volumes by clicking on its name.
Only the volumes that are currently known to the system are displayed, so if you intend to use Quarterback Tools on a floppy you should insert it in a drive before trying to select a volume. You may do this while the program is running as it is clever enough to recognise disk changes.
There will be occasions when the disk name does not automatically appear because the disk has failed the AmigaDOS validation checks. If you find yourself in this situation, select Display Drives from the menu bar.
After you have selected the volume or disk drive that you want Quarterback Tools to work on, it will display a menu of If you’ve ever lost any data due to hard or floppy disk failure, you’ll fully appreciate the usefulness of a program designed to help you extract something from the wreckage... functions that it can perform. If you've selected a validated volume you will be able to display volume statistics, go to the Volume Reorganisation menu, restore deleted/lost files and drawers, format the volume, unformat the volume, or select a different volume.
Otherwise you’ll be presented with the Bad Volume menu which lets you display volume statistics, attempt to repair bad volumes, restore files to a different vol¬ ume or select a different drive.
If your disk is so badly corrupted that the Amiga crashes every time you insert the floppy, you can direct Quarterback Tools to disable AmigaDOS by selecting the appropriate option from the menu bar.
It may then be possible to repair the entire disk or to restore some of its files to another volume. The worst case scenario is that no data can be recovered in which case the disk can still be used once it has been formatted.
Anyone who has owned their Amiga for some time will probably have noticed that it takes longer and longer for files to be loaded from or written to disk. This is true whether you use a hard or floppy drive and will become worse as the disk becomes full.
The problem of decreased performance is caused by file fragmentation. Files are l/ie DISKS lem, but when a disk starts to fill up, files may be split into more fragments in order to fit them on the disk. Because they are more widely scattered, access times can become tediously slow.
Quarterback Tools solves fragmenta¬ tion problems in two ways. First, it col¬ lects all the fragments of each file together into a single contiguous area of the disk.
Next, it rearranges the files on the disk so that there are no holes in the disk Space- One way to visualise this step is to imagine that the files are all pushed to one end of the disk leaving the empty space at the other end. That way, when new flies broken up into many pieces and stored in different places on the disk.
AmigaDOS keeps track of this and puts all the pieces back together when you load a file. This technique allows the Amiga to use every bit of a disk but has an unfortu¬ nate side effect on access times.
Usually this is not too much of a prob¬ lEiOl liols VI.
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Before attempting to reorganise a vol¬ ume, make a backup. Although a small risk, it is possible for a power failure or other unwanted event to interfere with the process resulting in permanent data loss.
Neither Central Coast Software nor Amiga Computing can be held responsible for such loss so it is in your own interest to back up your disk before using Quarterback Tools.
An equally useful function is the ability of this program to restore deleted files.
When files are deleted they are not com¬ pletely erased. For each file there is an entry in a special table which tells the Amiga where the file is actually located.
All that happens when a file is deleted is that the table entry is removed. The file itself still exists but the system no longer cares about it and is free to allocate the space that it occupies for other files.
Quarterback Tools is able to scan an entire volume looking for deleted files that have not been overwritten with other data. Should you discover that you have accidentally deleted a file, don't write any files to the disk you are using until you have used Quarterback Tools.
RDPrep Author: Microbotics Requires: Workbench 2or 3 RDPrep is a utility to create the settings and values which describe your hard disks to AmigaDOS, and to write those values to a standard place on your hard disk known as the Rigid Disk Block (RDB).
Auto-booting disk interfaces use the information in the RDB to mount and access the drive. RDPrep was originally created to support MicroBotics Hard Frame SCSI interface, the first inter¬ face to use Rigid Disk Blocks (and indeed, MicroBotics helped formulate and create the RDB standard).
RDPrep can, however, be used to parti¬ tion any hard disk on any interface pro¬ viding its driver conforms to the RDB ?
BattleCars 2 Author: David Jameson Requires: Workbench 1.3 or higher At first sight, this game may not appeal to everyone because of its blocky vector graphics. However it is extremely playable particularly against a human opponent.
The object is simply to track down your rival in the 3D world and blow them to pieces. Each car is armed with a machine gun (Fire button) and a missile launcher (spacebar) with infinite bullets but just three missiles!
Harmoni Author: The Disc Company Requires: Midi equipment and interface If you have access to Midi hardware and a suitable interface, Harmoni could well become an Invaluable tool for any Midi musician - especially for those of you who’ve spent your formative years learning how to write and record at the controls of the Amiga's countless soundtracker clones.
Once safely extracted and installed on a separate floppy. Harmony should boot, revealing a rather complex and somewhat daunting interlace. However don't be put off by the program's harsh screen layout.
Although far from pretty. Harmoni is in fact a very friendly package that's simple to use and can often out-gun many full price commercial packages when it comes to pure sequencing power.
On initial boot-up you'll be taken directly into sequence mode. As the name suggests, it’s from here where the basic building blocks of any composition start out, Unlike most sequencers. Harmoni doesn't employ a linear approach to song construc¬ tion. In fact, each track is divided into as many or as few sections or individual sequences as your song requires.
For example, to create a track within a song which went verse, chorus, verse, chorus you'd only need two separate sequences which could then be appended in the correct order within the program's song mode - thereby generating the illusion of a linear pro¬ gression with each section following on seamlessly through the entire song.
Although a little confusing at first, the basic principle is very simple; You simply decide how many sections your song will require, record each unique section in a separate sequence and then string them together in song mode.
When you first load the program, the sequence letter in the top nght-hand comer of the screen win be A and should be Untitled. Change this to Intro.
If you use the arrow gadgets either side of the letter you can scroll through the 52 sequences available for each song. If you now move the mouse pointer to the very top of the screen and press the right mouse button the various pull-down menus will be revealed.
Along the right-hand side you'll find all the major track editing commands while the bot¬ tom provides access to the assorted recording options, time signature, metronome and environmental controls.
Assuming you've already connected a suitable interface and instrument - and checked all connections thoroughly - we can embark on a whistle stop tour of the recording process.
First click on the Midi Thru button - a pinky orange background should become active.
Now move to the numerical gadget alongside the button, press down and hold the left mouse button, moving up and down to adjust the Midi channel selection. Once the chan¬ nel is defined, simply select the instrument voice or preset of your choice and play a few notes. At this point you should hear your chosen voice - if not. Check all connections and ensure you've followed the set up procedure properly.
If all is well, click on track 1 in the main window. Now move to the bottom of the screen and dick on the Count In button with the left mouse button - again this should change colour.
Once active, Count In will provide a four-bar intro prior to recording. If this isn’t enough dick on the right mouse button and a requester will appear allowing you to adjust the number of bars to your taste.
In fact, many of Harmoni's buttons will produce a set-up requester when clicked on by the right mouse button. A perfect example is the Metro button which when clicked upon by the right button reveals a special requester that allows a Midi channel and instrument to be assigned as a replacement for the program’s internal metronome.
In addition you can also adjust the metronome interval, and of course the tempo can also be defined via a small slider alongside the Metro button on the main sequencer screen.
Assuming you're adjusted both the count in and metronome according - both of which should now be highlighted - it’s time to record. First, simply practice a short melody and then when you’re ready dick on run - or press the spacebar.
At this point the recording process will begin, so simply wait for the oount-in to end and play your melody. When you’ve finished press the spacebar or hit the Run button once more.
Now the Keep button will be highlighted in red. If you wish to re-record, simply rewind ?
Standard in all respects. To use RDPrep on a non-MicroBotics interface, simply change the tool type in the icon to indicate the name of the device driver you are using. For example, the Commodore device driver name is scsi.device. R9Pr#p xijifl Disr wc* prep utility s to ntcronttcs, inc Screen 1 DISK SETUP Screen 2 PARTITIONING Select a disk to be configured fron the list below
o tint file | Saoe Hountfilel RDB I Write III | Note that RDPrep
is not a formatting utility. By deliberate design, MicroBotics
have separated both low and high-level formatting from the
creation of RDBs. It is their feeling that the possibility of
making a catastrophic mistake is unacceptably increased by
blending these different func¬ tions into one program.
Rdprep starts up in its least complex mode, called Standard mode. Most instal¬ lations can be made from this mode which requires less data entry on your part. If Jrf up your partitions with RDPrcp you have a peculiar drive or setup requirement, you can go to Complex mode by clicking on the Complex button in the upper right-hand comer of Screen 1, but we recommend that you don’t use it.
Screen 1 starts up in Standard mode and shows the drives that are connected to your disk interface. If you have more than one drive connected, RDPrep will start by showing you the default settings for the first drive in the list. To show the defaults of any other drives you might have con¬ nected, just click on that drives line in the list.
Once the values on screens 1 and 2 have been set up along with the partitions you want, return to screen 1 and save the disk information as a MOUNTFILE. This is a standard text file which describes the settings you've created in RDPrep for a given disk unit. The purpose of a mount- file is to back up vour disk settings so that you can easily restore them if an error IjKBPrep ^sionl Quit] So to Coup lex Hode | Helpj TO SET UP A m DISK:
1) Go to Screen 2 to set up the partitions (these are
sebdivisions of the total space on the disk),
2) Return to Screen I to urite the Rigid Disk Block (RDB) to the
disk,
3) Save a backup doontfile, ) Then ftuit.
Occurs. A mountfile can be saved (as a named file) on floppy disk then later recalled and written to the RigidDiskBlocks of the disk. It is impor¬ tant that you take the time to create a mountfile. Having created the settings and partitions for a disk in RDPrep, the final step is to write the RDB to the drive.
A Drivelnit is a piece of program code that is embedded in the Rigid Disk Block and which loads and runs automatically each time a drive is booted. For example, a Drivelnit could be a patch to the driver code on your interface.
A Drivelnit is made available for selec¬ tion by clicking the Set Drivelnit button and selecting the file name from the requester box. The chosen file name will then be added to the list of available ones.
Be sure that you establish at least one partition on your drive, and write its information to the Rigid Disk Block by selecting the WRITE RDB button on printer drivers Getting the most out of a printer requires installation of the right driver. You can get by with a substi¬ tute but obviously it won't be as good if it wasn't created with your particular model in mind.
As Hewlett Packard printers don't tend to come with a suitable driver for the Amiga we have put a selec¬ tion on the Quarterback Tools disk.
Screen 1 of RDPrep. Every drive must have at least one partition in order to be recognised by the system. If you fail to do this, you will get an error message "Drive Not Found” when you reboot to do a soft format.
After creating a valid RDB you must reboot your Amiga using an already bootable hard disk partition (not the one you just worked on) or a bootable disk.
You must do this to mount the parti¬ tions you just created with RDPrep in order to do a high level (soft) Amiga DOS format of the disk. Click on the Shell icon and issue a format command to the drive of the form: FORM! DRIVE <De»keVl«> RARE <VoluMRlM> FfS This command will soft format a partition for the Fast File System. A typical format command would look like: FMMT DRIVE DHO: VUE lyMirdDiik FfS With a hard disk you can use the Quick Harmoni continued Track 2 Lead Channel 12 with the arrow gadget alongside the Run button and repeat the process. However if you want to retain your recording,
just dick on the Keep button, a! Which point the track high¬ lighted in the main window will update with the newly-stored Midi data.
You can now move along this new track adding a name or perhaps changing the chan¬ nel, editing the start and end times, transposing or even muting the track when necessary.
To hear your creation again simply rewind using the arrow gadgets and click on Run once more - you should now hear your recording playback just like the original.
If you now click on an empty track you can repeat the process, but first select a different channel for the new track by repeating the Midi Thru procedure deschbed above.
If you then select a different voice on your instrument we can perhaps add a lead instrument to the intro sequence, but first rewind the sequencer and play along with the existing track until you're comfortable.
When rehearsals are over rewind once again, but this time after playing along click on the Keep button to store the new track permanently. Now rewind and listen to both tracks playing in concert.
At this point it's probably wise to save your creation by moving to the top of the screen, clicking the right mouse button and selecting Save from the Sequence menu. At this point a requester will appear allowing you to define the file name and its destination - after which you'll be returned to the main screen. From now on you'll be able to use Harmoni's Q'Save option on the bottom left of I Evt Tine Ch Note Dur Pit h Vet 1 1-4-189 14 Note 1- 89 C4 72 78 2 1-4-189 14 Note 1- 78 E4= 76 66 3 1-4-189 14 Note 1- 98 83= 69 76 4 1-4-191 14 Note 1-121 82= 57 85 S 2-2-166 14 Note 1- 79 83= 71 85 6
2-2-167 14 Note 1-113 82= 55 85 7 2-2-174 14 Note 1- 66 D4= 74 85 2-2-176 14 Note 1- 74 63= 67 71 9 2-4-164 14 Note 3- 48 F3= 65 67 10 2-4-166 14 Note 3- 46 C4= 72 62 11 2-4-167 14 Note 3- 49 83= 69 67 12 2-4-168 14 Note 3-183 F2= 53 81 14 3-4-177 14 Note 1-100 E4= 76 68 15 3-4-177 14 Note 1-158 82= 57 85 16 3-4-178 14 Note 1-186 C4= 72 71 i 11 4-2-179 14 Note 1- 98 63= 67 74 1 18 4-2-181 14 Note 1- 88 B3= 71 78 1 19 4-2-182 14 Note 1- 79 M= 74 85 I 28 4-2-183 14 Note 1-154 62= 55 85 The tratherlike features of Harmoni the screen which allows a save to occur without the need for the requester
by simply overwriting your original file.
OK. We should now have a basic intro or whatever you'd like to call it. However, one small section or sequence is far from being a song, so it's time to click on the arrow gad- _ coverdisksb keyword the first time you format it.
However it is best not to use this option SO that the system can detect bad sectors and incorrect cylinder settings.
If you have created more than one parti¬ tion, you will have to soft format each one.
At this point you should take a com¬ plete, standard Workbench disk and copy it to the System Partition on your hard disk. Use the following syntax: (OPT DfO: TO OHO: ILL copying a Workbench disk.
In order be usable, each hard disk must have at least one partition. If your drive is 30Mb or less, you may wish to set it up as one big partition. However with bigger drives you'll find it convenient to set up two or more partitions.
By dividing up your drive in this way, you will improve your file access lime and directory read speeds. It will also be useful from a organisational point of view and make your dusk easier to back up.
Partitions can be named almost any¬ thing but the conventional ones are DHO:, DHL, DH2:... Each partition is treated by AmigaDOS as if it were a separate hard disk even though all the partitions may be on only one physical hard disk.
The long horizontal rectangle at the top of Screen 2 represents the total parti- tionable space of your hard disk.
Displayed directly over this rectangle is the unit number and manufacturer's name of the drive that this partition diagram represents.
ATS Author: Jacob Garsted Requires: Workbench2 or 3 ATS is a simple after titles scroller which doesn‘t have any scnpting language to worry about. It works by scrolling a large IFF picture up the screen. This allows you to use your favourite paint package to produce credits rather than being limited to straight text.
The single digit number in each parti¬ tion of this rectangle is an arbitrary identi¬ fier used only while working from within RDPrep. If you are creating only one parti¬ tion, all you need do is name the partition.
Unless you want to use the default name that RDPrep gives the partition, enter the logical device name in the black edit-spaoe under the scrollable partition list.
To create a second partition, click on the Add Partition button. A bar will appear, dividing the previous one in half.
Click and drag on the bar with the mouse pointer to resize the partition. You may also edit its size by typing in the number of cylinders directly. The partition list will translate cylinders into megabytes for you in the Size column of the list.
As you move the divider back and forth, note that if you veer off the partition rectangle, the bar snaps back to its previ¬ ous setting. This acts as a cancel or undo operation if you decide you don't like the parameters you set up.
If you want to move the partition divider in one-cylinder jumps, just use the mouse to select the partition you want to "shrink" and click repeatedly in it - the divider nearest the pointer will move towards it in one cylinder decrements.
Once you have two or more partitions set up, clicking on the partition space will illuminate it in orange and make it the current partition for editing. To delete a partition, just click on the Del Partition button, and the currently selected partition will merge with the one to its left.
One of your partitions on one of your hard disks should be your Boot partition.
CoverDisk Hotline Amiga Computing operate a CoverDisk hotline on 0625 859766 to help anyone experiencing problems.
It is ONLY available on Thursdays between 2-5pm so please do not try to call us at any other time as you won't get an answer.
Faulty CoverDisk?
If you subscribe to Amiga Computing and your disk does not work, please return it to: Amiga CoverDisk Europress Direct FREEPOST Ellesmere Port L65 3ED If you bought your ropy from a newsagent and find that your CoverDisk is faulty, please return it to: Pro-Soft 5 River Cardens, Business Centre, Spur Road, l eltham TW14 OSN This is determined by the BOOTPRI parameter on screen 2. Designate your boot partition with a BOOTPRI of 3 or 4 and give all other partitions a BOOTPRI of
0. All partitions should have a priority in the range of -127 to
4. Remember that gets in the top right-hand corner and select
a new sequence to record. Now simply repeat the recording
process using the same tracks and voices as in the previous
sequence, but this time record a verse or chorus to follow on
from your existing intro sequence At this point you should
have two tracks in each sequence which hopefully will be
enough to demonstrate the program’s song construction
capabilities.
However, before moving into song mode rename the second sequence and save it - be careful to use a different title to that of the intro sequence.
When everything is safely renamed and stored click on the Song button, at which point the screen will update showing the song construction screen with its 72 separate sequence positions.
In order to construct your first mini-masterpiece, simply click on the first sequence loca¬ tion to activate it and then dick again to reveal a small window selector in the centre ot the line.
Keep the mouse button pressed and move upwards; all the available sequences will scroti through the window. At this point simply select the first sequence and release the button.
If you now repeat the process on the next line but this time select the melody sequence, your first song is complete. Now click on the Run button and you should hear your tune play back in its entirety.
In order to repeat a particular sequence or lengthen your tune simply click on another Ime and add the sequence of your choice - it s literally that simple.
As promised this has been something of a whistle stop tour but hopefully it’s provided at least a taste of the potential lurking within Harmoni. Due to the perennial problem of space, this rather brief tour is about as far as we can go within the confines of the magazine, but if you want to get the very best from Harmoni it's well worth considering the £8.95 investment in a manual - seo the end of the Disk pages for more details.
FakeMEIXI Requires: Workbench2 or 3 When we put Caligari on the October CoverOisk we could not find a way to make it run on anything other than machines with Workbench 1.3. It seems that part of the problem lies in the fact that Caligan needs half a megabyte of chip RAM followed immediately by fast RAM. Hence it will not work on more recent models because they have at least 1Mb of chip RAM.
The two types of memory are physically the same and the distinction is made because the custom chips are only allowed to access part of the total memory which has become known as chip RAM.
FakeMem is a neat little utility which makes use of this fact and redefines the area that the custom chips can use as being the same as on a standard Kickstart/Workbench
1. 3 machine, On an A1200 this is all that is needed to make
Caligari run so you might like to copy it across to the
de-archived disk and use it from there, Unfortunately we don't
have a fix for Workbench 2 users so if anyone finds one please
let us know.
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Pit your wits ogalmt a venatHe computer opponent Backgammon is an ancient game that is still as addictive as the day it was invented. Computerised versions all have years to come.
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Want to be famous? We are always on the look-out for quality Amiga programs for the CoverDisk. If vou think you have written something good enough for others to share and enjoy, please send it in and we’ll have a look.
The Amiga Computing CoverDisk is used by thousands of Amiga owners every month in places all over the world from New Zealand to the USA, so if your submission finds its way onto the disk, you could be famous.
Please make sure that you list ALL library and other files necessary for the program to work. Feel free to design your own icons for programs that run from Workbench, but please don't make them too big.
If you ensure your program is as compatible as possible with a wide variety of Amigas, it will also stand a better chance of publication. We are especially interested in small programs whether they be games, utilities or whatever We are prepared to pay our current rates for original work which has not been distributed in any other way and which has not been put in the public domain.
If you wish your program to be released as shareware or freeware we will be happy to pub¬ lish it, but would, of course, be happier if we had been given it first!
Your submission MUST be accompanied by the submissions form, a copy of it, or a signed declaration to the same effect. Please supply your full name, address and phone number.
Unfortunately we cannot undertake to return disks sent to us as the volume of submissions makes this an impractical exercise.
Post your submissions WITH A COPY OF THIS FORM to: Colin Yamall, Amiga Computing, CoverDisk Submissions, Europa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP.
You must sign this declaration: The material on this disk is mine. I didn't steal it from someone else. It hasn't been pub¬ lished before and I haven't submitted it elsewhere because I want Amiga Computing to publish it. I understand that by submitting my work to Amiga Computing, and signing the declaration, I am giving full copyright control to Europress Enterprise Ltd.
I understand that if my submission is bought by Amiga Computing I will be paid the cur¬ rent applicable rate. I know what copyright means and I will be responsible for any possible litigation arising by breach of it by Europress Publications Ltd as a result of using my submis¬ sion.
Signed Date after setting up your partition information in RDPrep, you must go to Screen 1 and write that information to the Rigid Disk Block area of the currently selected disk (you should also back up that information into a MountFile on a floppy disk before exiting RDPrep).
It is not necessary to add any file sys¬ tems because RDPrep creates FastFileSystem partitions on your hard disk by default. The FastFileSystem is pre¬ sumed to be found in the L: directory of your Installation disk.
RDPrep will assign a DOSType to file systems added to the list on Screen 3.
These consist of a hexadecimal represe ntation of the Ascii DOSTYpe name
- see page 3-3 of your AmigaDOS 1.3 Enhancer manual for
additional information.
Note that this designation cannot be edited for the old or the fast file system; only for variant file systems you may choose to add to the list.
The GlobVec value should always be -1 and priority should always be set at ten. If the later is any higher it may interfere with other important system tasks. It can be set lower than ten but the SCSI interface response will suffer accordingly.
Gammon Author: Marc Fischlin Requires: Workbench
1. 3 or higher the advantage that the loser doesn't have to set
up the board or put it away, but what makes this version
particularly enjoyable is the fact that it has a number of
built-in levels of computer competence.
It is suitable for the absolute novice and will continue to be challenging for Embedder is degrader program which might be of interest to anyone trying to run 1.3 only software on more modem Amigas. To use it. Click once on the Embedder icon, hold down the Shift key. Double-click on the program you want to use then release the Shift key.
Further information can be found in the accompanying on-disk documentation.
Every month we use Shortcut to set up a menu that you can use without hav¬ ing to open up the CoverOisk window.
For anyone who has ever wondered how it is done, or tried customising Shortcut for their own disks, we have put the instructions on the Quarterback Tools disk together with a new version.
Have fun!
Embedder Author: Bigmama of Trash Requires: Workbench 2or 3 Shortcut Author: Michael Bradley Requires: Workbench
1. 3 or higher 1 Amiga Computing December 1993 The Amiga
Computing CoverDisk is designed to be as simple to use as
possible. Follow these instructions and you'll be up and
running in no time!
New readers may have difficulties using our CoverDisk, so we have included this page to help you out.
Of the first things you must do when get your CoverDisk is make a backup copy, then put the original CoverDisk away for safe keeping.
As a rule you should also do this with the majority of your software collection.
Below we explain how to copy files from one disk to another, how to copy the entire CoverDisk and how to de-archive programs. None How to make a backup To copy the entire CoverDisk, load up your Workbench disk, then either click once on the CoverDisk icon and select Duplicate, or select Copy from the Workbench menu, or open C Ll/Shell and type: D1SKC0PT non IFO: TO DFO: When prompted, put your CoverDisk (the source disk) in dfO: and be ready to replace it with your blank disk (the destination disk). Follow the Amiga’s on-screen prompts until the disk copy is completed.
Now put the original away in a safe place and use your backup.
Copying individual files You might at some point want to copy a single program from a CoverDisk to your compilation, Workbench disk or even your hard drive.
To do this you'll need the COPY command. As most CoverDisk programs are stashed away in their own direc¬ tories, the quickest way to copy a program is to copy the whole directory at once. Use the command: COPT (directory) TO (newdisk) AIL where {directory} is the full pathname of the directory you wish to copy, and (newdisk) is the name of the disk and directory into which it will be copied.
For example, if you wanted to copy a utility called FRED from CoverDisk 27's Utilities drawer to a directory called FRED on your Workbench disk, you'd type: So if you have copied a program from the CoverDisk to your Work disk or hard drive make sure you also copy any other files the program requires, ie fonts, libraries, device drivers and Ccommands.
COPT (OVttOlSK??:UTILITIES/FREP TO V0RKBENCH1.3/FREP ALL Alternatively, you can click once on the FRED directory icon and drag it across to the new disk's window. This has the advantage of creating a new directory for you and copying the icon as well.
Once you have moved a particular program to where you require it you could experience some problems run¬ ning the program. This is sometimes caused by the pro¬ gram not being able to find files which it needs to run.
A good example is the text files on the CoverDisk.
These have been crunched using PowerPacker, so when you try to copy them to another disk and then try to read them you can't unless you have also copied the Powerpacker library into your UBS drawer. * De-archiving Occasionally we have so many programs to fit onto the CoverDisk that we have to archive them. Archiving is where we take the entire contents of a disk and com¬ press them into one file which is much smaller, giving us space to fit more programs onto the disk.
Dearchiving programs which are on the CoverDisk is a very simple task. If a program has been archived then you will need a blank disk to dearchive it onto.
Say we have archived a program called FRED. You simply double dick on FRED’s icon, and will be asked if you have a blank disk ready to dearchive to. Type “y" or "if accordingly.
Your computer will then copy the archived file into its memory and ask you to insert your blank disk. It will proceed to format the disk, and will then de-crunch the archived file onto your blank disk.
Once this has been done you can simply reboot your machine with the disk which contains the dearchived program on it and then use the program as instructed in the CoverDisk pages.
Note that if you have a Workbench 2 or upward machine you must boot with the CoverDisk write- enabled to perform the dearchiving process.
Workbench 3 If you have a Workbench 3 machine, don't worry - most if not all of the programs on the CoverDisk will work on your machines.
If the program is specifically designed to work with Workbench 3 then you may have to copy the program to your hard drive or Workbench disk using the process described earlier on this page.
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more powerful layout and illustration packages, the Amiga can
now rightly challenge the Apple Macintosh in the field of
publishing. Ben Pointer investigates the new generation of
cheap and powerful publishing set-ups There is nothing that
cannot be published using Amigas.
Even this magazine could be published using Amigas.
We use Macs, not because they are better but because the publishing industry has adopted Macs as its standard.
Macs were there first, and Mac publishing software is currently more powerful than Amiga publish* ing software because it has had First launched last year by Saxon Industries at £250 under the name Saxon Publisher, The Publisher is now in The Disc Company stable and is essen¬ tially a slightly cut down version of that program at a very cut down price.
Saxon Publisher never really caught on; it lacked a number of basic tjS desktop publishing require-
* ments, and The Publisher suffers from exactly the same
problems.
Contrary to the "publishing made easy" claims on the packaging, the user interface is confusing and difficult to get used to, especially for beginners to pub¬ lishing, at whom the package Ls aimed.
All text must be tagged, a system whereby every different style of text you use in your document must be completely described, from point size to texture, before you can type a single letter. While style tags have an important role to play in professional desktop publishing, burdening the begin¬ ner with such a technical concept is not sensible.
Beginners want to load-and-go, any¬ thing more scares them away. And if you buy The Publisher and decide that desktop pub¬ lishing is not for you, it would be a shame because no other publishing software is as complicated as this.
The Publisher has a number of power¬ ful features that even Professional Page DTP ¦ more time to develop, because it costs more, and because there are more pro* fessionals using it. But, if they wanted to. They could do it on Amigas.
Two of the Amiga publishing pack¬ ages. Professional Page and PageStream. Are very powerful sys¬ tems. Both require lots of memory (8Mb or more) and a fast hard drive if they are to put to proper use.
Using these publishers on a system crippled by low memory and floppy ory. It just means they can't do as much as the more expensive software.
Memory is a publishing program's life blood - without memory it will die.
A comfortable minimum is 6Mb: an absolute minimum, despite what it may say on the box, is 4Mb. Sc when con¬ sidering what publisher is best for you and how much you can afford, keep in mind that the price of more memory may have to be added to the total cost.
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M US a Probably the best thing about the Publisher Is that you get all these classic typefaces with ft Jnd PageStream lack. Bounding boxes for text and graphics need not be rectangular.
No other Amiga publishing software has this feature. The Publisher comes with a software PostScript interpreter which enables you to print PostScript files to non-PostScript printers, and to preview them on the screen. No other Amiga pub¬ lishing software can do this.
The Publisher comes with more than Features 4 Speeds Value for money 1 Supplier; TrUogic Phone: 0274 691115 Price; £37.99 the street drives would be unproductive. That's why a third package. PageSetter 3, was developed, for people wanted to dip their toes into the publishing pond without having to spend a fortune. But even PageSetter 3 can produce leaflets, magazines, newsletters, adverts, you name it. And in full colour.
But all publishing software, even the budget titles, are notoriously hun¬ gry for memory. The fact that they cost less doesn't mean they use less mem¬ 30 classic typefaces, the ones found in most PostScript laser printers. No other Amiga publishing software provides so many. And there's more.
But at the end of the day this software is so awkward to use and so unstable that it cannot be recommended at any price, unless perhaps you are a professional user who has a use for a cheap PostScript interpreter.
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f au I t IT"! Na a -Honan' TypeSmith Typefaces are to a desktop
publisher what money is to normal people. They can t live
without typefaces, and the more they have, the more options
will be open to them.
There are plenty of PD and commercial typefaces available in both Compugraphic and PostScript Type 1 format, but for that extra special job there’s nothing better than an original typeface, one that no one has ever seen before. For that you need a type¬ face design package, and that's what TypeSmith is.
Alas, most people are using TypeSmith for nothing more than converting typefaces between Compugraphic and PostScript for¬ mat. Which is a bit of a shame because it is a very good typeface designer. Of course typefaces need to be designed on paper really, then transferred to the computer either by hand or by scanning and auto¬ tracing.
Auto-tracing is one of those inexact sci¬ ences. And no matter how powerful the soft¬ ware or hardware you use. At the end of the day you are going to have to get in there and clean up the characters.
There is no software, not even pn the Mac. That can auto-trace a bitmap and pro¬ vide you with a beautifully clean outline, wobbly lines and too many points around curves is what you always get So designing typefaces is not easy, but TypeSmith makes it as easy as is possible at this price.
TypeSmith produces typefaces that can be used in PageStream. Professional Page.
PageSetter 3. The Publisher. Professional Draw, Art Expression, and any other pro¬ gram that uses either PostScript Type 1 or Compugraphic typefaces.
Altering existing typefaces is probably the best way to get started, and TypeSmith pro¬ vides you with simple to operate tools for scaling, slanting, rotating, and adding and removing points and lines. Version 2 of TypeSmith is imminent, which will provide even more power No Amiga desktop pub¬ lisher is fully dressed without it.
Features 6 Speed 7 Value for money 7 Supplier: First Computer Centre Phone: 0532 319444 Price: £99.99 ¦ DTP A publishing program alone is not enough for even a beginner to DTP you also need an illustration package. Professional Draw is the perfect companion to Professional Page.
Like the article and graphics editors that come with Professional Page, Professional Draw Is hotlinked to the publishing package, enabling you to pass structured graphics between the two pro¬ grams at a single keystroke. Because Professional Draw looks and feels so much like Professional Page, you sometimes forget that you are using two programs Designing structured drawings, like designing typefaces, is a skill that must be learned. It is nowhere near as easy as painting in something like DeluxePaint. But the benefits of drawings being r©scalable, which means they always print at any size
with smooth curves and diagonals, makes it a skill we* worth learning.
From a career point of view, good graphics artists are few and far between, and are consequently among the higher paid workers m the publishing trade. We writers get peanuts in comparison.
Like Professional Page. Professional Draw has a small number of bugs in it that cause professional and hobbyist users alike to tear their hair out.
Even so, if you are using Professional Page it would be better to Features 8 Speed 8 Value for money 8 Supplier: Silica Systems Phone:081-3091111 Price: CPOA PageSetter 3 Essentially a cut-down version of Professional Page, PageSetter 3 is the perfect choice for any¬ one who wants to get into desktop publishing but can't afford its more powerful big brother !
Or doesn't want the immediate headache of learning a professional system.
PageSetter 3 supports the AGA chipset. I enabling you to view your documents in 256 colours if you like, and it comes with text and | graphics editors that are "hotlinked" to the main publishing program.
This means, provided you have enough memory, you can send text and graphics back and forth between the various editors without having to worry about saving and importing files.
Hotlinking from floppy is possible, but a bit awkward, so a hard drive is recommended i!
You plan to use PageSetter 3 in this way. And you need at least 4Mb of memory, 2Mb o* which should be graphics memory.
Like Professional Page, PageSetter 3 sup¬ ports PostScript Type 1 typefaces indirectly by providing you with a program that converts PageStream There are many people who will tell you that PageStream is better than Professional Page, professionals among them. But its current knock-down price and the fact that Soft-Logik are doing a complete re-write of the program for v3 suggests that it isn't as good as those people think it is.
PageStream has more built-in features than any other Amiga publishing program, and this is why people say it is better. But from a professional point of view, many of the more powerful features are either not quite powerful enough, or don't work property.
Ons of PageStream's strong suits is its typeface support. It is the only Amiga pub¬ lishing program that directly supports PostScript Type 1 typefaces without forcing you to put files through a conversion utility.
PageStream also supports Compugraphic typefaces and Soft-Logik's own outline typeface format. Typeface sup¬ port alone makes PageStream a must-have for any Amiga desktop publisher. Version 3 of PageStream will flaunt even better type¬ face support.
Colour support in PageStream is poor. It doesn't yet support the AGA chip set (v3 will), so 16 colours on-screen is the best you can do. It runs quite slowly in 16-colour mode, and most PageStream users I know use it in two-colour mode. Apart from run- ning much, much faster, it crashes less in two-colour.
It handles bitmaps quite poorly.
Although there is support for bitmaps up to 24-bit, PageStream insists on loading every bitmap entirely into memory. Load the same bitmap twice and PageStream will have two copies of it in memory.
So PageStream consumes a lot of mem¬ ory when working with bitmaps, and even 8Mb of memory is not always enough to escape the dreaded "not enough memory" requester when working with 24-bit files.
Costing £70 or less, though, it is difficult to criticise PageStream. It means the profes¬ sional user can buy both of the professional packages at a combined cost of less than £200, and while they are not compatible with one another, it does mean you can use FedfDres 7 Speed 6 Value for money 9 Supplier: Trilogic Phone: 0274691115 Price: £69.99 buy Professional Draw than another illustration package because of the hotlmk capability, which is so convenient.
Apart from the ageing Aegis Draw format, Professional Draw supports only its own structured drawing format. But because Professional Page can import many other struc¬ tured drawing formats, including Adobe Illustrator, and because these can be sent to Professional Draw via the hotlink. It is possible m a roundabout way to import and save alien formats into and from Professional Draw.
In its way. Professional Draw is every bit as good as the hallowed Adobe Illustrator (which isn’t available for the Amiga), and there are even a few things Professional Draw can do that Adobe Illustrator can’t. As I said, if you’ve got Professional Page, get Professional Draw too.
Art Expression Art Expression is to PageStream what Professional Draw is to Professional Page. Bui unlike Professional Draw. Art Expression employs the industry standard Encapsulated PostScnpt format, which means that illustrations exported from Art Expression are com¬ patible with many different publishing programs on the PC and Mac as well as the Httle requester whichever of them does the job in hand best. And for newcomers to DTP, PageStream is definitely a lot easier to get to grips with than Professional Page.
Professional Draw PU,
* ! • J ' •* '/• Ik the job. Leaflets, newsletters, adverts,
manuals, books... all these and much mom are perfectly pub¬
lishable in PageSetter 3, in colour or mono. Colour PostScript
output is supported, but not colour separations or mechanicals.
And if you didn't understand those List two terms, then that's possibly the best rea¬ son for buying PageSetter 3 rather than Professional Page or PageStream.
Features 6 Speed 6 Value for money 9 Supplier; Silica Systems Phone: 081-3091111 Price £49.95 sa x IS 9 * i tuiiag tod pttrstbof te fHh>nd
• *) Features 7 Speed 7 Value for money 6 Supplier: First
Computer Centre Phone: 0532 319444 Price: £109.99 mm Z^.:.
Features 8 Spud 7 Value for money 8 Supplier: Hobbyte Computing
Phone: 0727 856005 Price: £134.90 Outtlne typeface support In
Professional Page 4.11s exclusively CompugraphU, but a utility
it provided to ronvrrt from hntkrfpt type I Amiga. Soft-Logik
haven't given Art Expression the look and feel of PageStream.
But it isn't yet hotlinked to PageStream. There are plans to
build this facility into a later ver¬ sion Ol Art Expression in
order for it to work with the next version ol PageStream Now.
While it is dangerous to base opinions on software that doesn’t
exist. I can't Stop mySeH watenng at the mouth over the
prospect ol Art Expression combined with PageStream 3. On paper
this combination would appear to beat the pants of any other
publishing system on any other computer.
Even the mighty Macintosh publisher. Quark Xpress (used to publish this magazine) looks weak when compared to the combined Art Expression and PageStream 3 fea¬ tures list.
For this reason, if you are planning to get into professional publishing with your Amiga I must advise you to strongly consider buying Art Expression and PageStream now. Even though the current versions combined are not quite as powerful as the Professional Page/Draw combination. Soft-Logik are providing low-cost upgrade paths that are available even to Professional Page users.
I hate making statements like this because they often sound soppy, but I really do believe that if Soft-Logik gets PageStream 3 right - if it is fast enough and stable enough I mean - it could propel the Amiga 4000 into the professional publishing market and make those sanctimonious Mac users in the DTP bureaux who talk down to Amiga users eat their words.
Them to Compugraphic, the format sup¬ ported by PageSetter 3.
Most of the more powerful publishing features of Professional Page are missing from PageSetter 3, things like rotation of bounding boxes, the formatting genies, fac¬ ing page layouts.
But if all you want to do is get a feel for publishing, or if most of what you want to publish is fairly straightforward, requiring nothing more than importing a bit of text into a few boxes, setting them in various typefaces and plonking the odd graphic here and there, PageSetter 3 is well up to Pd Fill Colour f •» < mending one Lots of memory and a fast Amiga is also a requirement unless you want to crash a lot or spend all day layng out a couple of pages.
This is not a criticism of Professional Page. I just want to make it dear that to use profes¬ sional software productively you require a professional setup. Putting fat tyres on a car won't make it go faster only a better engine will do that.
Professional Page's biggest assets are its formatting genies, which are essentially inter¬ active Arexx scripts More than 50 are provided, and these extend the program's capabili¬ ties by enabling complex operations that would normally take several menu items, mouse clicks and key presses to be performed in just one or two mouse dicks or key presses Leam how to wnte Arexx scripts and you can build your own personal features into Professional Page. There are a tew dozen powerful genies on PD disks, some of which are so good that Gold Disk has now Included them with Professional Page.
Speed is important when Oesignng pages, and Professional Page is no slouch. Screen refresh is the fastest of any Amiga publisher. Graphics are imported quickly, even large 24- bit ones. In black-and-white mode Professional Page fairly whizzes along.
Working in two colours doesn't prevent you from pnnting in more colours, of course, and you can always flip quickly mto colour mode (16 or 256) if you fed the need to see what your pages look like in colour.
Many Professional Page users waste hours by insisting in working in 256-odour mode.
While this looks pretty, everythng happens much more slowly.
Professional Page s the only Amiga publishing package that supports facing page lay¬ outs where both left and right pages can __ Until the release of v4, Professional Page was king of the Amiga DTP pack¬ ages. Then Gold Disk did something stupid. They released a half-baked upgrade that had more bugs in it than a rotting corpse. It took another couple of months to get a 4.1 bug-fixing version written and released Now the corpse has more bugs than Professional Page does, but only in a photo finish Bugs apart (you can always work around them) Professional Page is a powerful publishing package, a
fact clearly demonstrated by it requiring a hard drive rather than merely recom- be worked on at the same time So you have complete freedom to run anything right across the gutter of the spread, and at print time the left and right pages get output separately, to dot matrix or PostScript Despite the bugs, at the moment Professional Page is probably still the top Amiga publishing package. But when PageStream 3 is released (due in November), it looks likely to lose its throne.
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Surreal The addition of even a common or gar¬ den hump map can give a mediocre object s special something, but add a couple of the more surreal textures and a dreary lit¬ tle spaceship can be made to jump out of the screen at you.
Essence Volume II is the second batch or mathematical textures from Apex Software designed solely for use with Imagine 2.0/3.0, and the two disk set holds 44 new ways to brighten up those ured old scenes. Unlike the first volume, though, this one is designed for some very specific uses.
Essence Volume 1 was a collection of fractal noise and turbulence, altitude, gen¬ eral utility, and a few miscellaneous tex¬ tures which gave Imagine users a huge boost in the rendering stakes.
Volume 11 improves on this by offering more textures, targeting them more specifically, and supplying a huge number of pre-defined attributes files which the user can assign to an object to save the bother of setting a large number of vari¬ ables. The only let down with Essence I was that the textures, being mathematical by nature, were complicated beasts and required a deal of faffing around with seemingly random numbers to create effects other than the default.
An easy to digest manual made life a little easier, as it does with Essence II, but in the main the user was expected to experiment.
This time-consuming, if ultimately rewarding, task is still the mainstay of Essence II, but a staggering 156 pre¬ defined attribute files make life immeasur¬ ably easier. Simply select an object, press F7, and load the attribute list of your choice from a selection which includes everything from Beaten Brass to Pink Vomit anil Alien Chocolate Apart from the sometimes unhelpfully bizarre names given these attributes, there is a lot to be said for such an easy short¬ cut. For example, a satellite's solar panels are the ideal object for the hull plate texture, but it would take a lot of preview
renders to attain the results achievable by just loading the Cool Plate attribute.
Steve Worley and his coding crew must have been inundated with requests for space textures if the profusion of useful textures designed with space¬ ships and planets in mind is anything to goby.
Well-designed In particular, the Hull Plate, Machinery, and Gas Planet textures are quick and easy to apply, and the results can be seen in the Battlestar Galactica image shown here.
Starting with a well-designed PD object whose creator had no choice but to use the old Camo and Checks textures to simulate surface detail, it was an easy matter to slap the Essence II Machinery texture on ?
Stevie Kennedy explores the world of wondrous variety available through Imagines new Essence II textures r* 1 1 ft \ kpT T • ] 1 / sri x \-J Hppkr A top to give an 84k object the appearance of something much more detailed.
Put some Gas Planet with a touch of Cyclone on a big sphere in the back¬ ground, and we have a neat looking ship orbiting a Jupiter lookalike after about 30 minutes' work. Of course, the original model was borrowed, but the temple scene also shown here was constructed entirely in-house here at AC Towers using the AintMarble and Smooth Pink attributes, and the Cyclone and Crumpled textures, among others. The candle flames are created using the old Fractal Colour texture from Essence I and it was a disappoint¬ ment not to see some sort of easy load-and-go flame texture or attribute list.
In fact, this and a standard space engine gas flume texture are just about the only omissions from Essence II. They're inclusion would have been a bonus for space fans, but the rest of us will be especially delighted with the new organic and water textures.
Three types each of Crust, Fleck, and Vein can be used in conjunction with the BumpyThings (altitude to you and me) textures to create incredible - and often totally weird - results.
For example, the marble arch in our Capable of results which would be impossible any other way temple image relies on a single organic tex¬ ture, CfUSt3, to produce the complex pat¬ terns of colour and depth which relieve a fairly simple object of its plain appearance.
One major drawback with mathematical textures is that some of them have a dra¬ matic effect on rendering times, slowing Imagine down to a crawl on even an A4tXK)/040.
This is an inevitable trade-off for the sort of quality results Essence II can pro¬ duce, but users should be wary of some pre-defined attributes as several of them use two, three, or even four textures at once to produce their effects.
Others, such as the Gas Planet and Cyclone textures, are slow by nature of the calculations they force the computer to carry out, but this is partly offset by the I surprising speed with which some of the I altitude maps render. Many of these, such I as Flagstone and Crumpled, seem to have I almost no effect on rendering speeds.
In all. Essence II is an essential buy for I any Imagine 2.0 user who has always I yearned to create the perfect crazy-pathed I garden path or a spaceship of Star Wars I realism on his or her Amiga.
Its combination of flexible textures and I easy attributes lists make it a big improve- m ment over Essence I, and as it is capable of ¦ results which would be impossible any I other way it is bound to be a huge hit.
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II, say, the user tries to load PageSetter 3 for the first time since installing Picasso, ChangeScreen will pop up on Workbench and offer a choice of whether or not to change screen mode to a high resolution Picasso display, and whether this should be done permanently or never.
If the user wants to swap modes, a list of possible resolutions appears and a simple mouse dick effects the change, which is saved in a prefs file so that the question need never be answered again.
Pressing a hot key combination pops ChangeScrcen’s main window up on Workbench, offering a number of choices for screen resolutions and the way in which Picasso displays programs. Every time a mind (DTP or CAD, for example) remains to be seen. Such users would be unlikely to want to switch between DynaCAD and Zool, so although the home user will find Picasso a lot less hassle than Retina, the real test comes in long term use with the sort of software which would benefit from Picasso displays.
At first sight, Picasso is a rather simplis¬ tic board with little in the way of configura¬ tion software, However, it isn't long before one discovers this impression is created only by virtue of the board's extreme smoothness of operation. Several Picasso programs do in fact control the way the board works, but because the plug-and-go installation requires almost no tweaking to begin with, the first time user can be for¬ given for thinking that nothing is going on.
When the installer is run, Picasso pro¬ grams are sent to three different locations on hard disk. First, the Village.library is copied to the Sys:Expansion drawer, and two important files are copied to VVBStartup These are ChangeScreen and a pleasing work environment.
The rear end of the cord sports two 15- pin RGB connectors, one which feeds sig¬ nals in from the Amiga, the other passing Amiga and Picasso video signal?to the monitor. Once installed, which is a simple matter of slotting the card in a vacant slot, the user can route the Amiga’s RGB output lo Picasso using the lead supplied with the board, then plug a VGA or multisync moni¬ tor to the other 15-pin connector.
As a result of this setup and the two RGB ports, Picasso can be used cither as the main display device or as a pass-through for Amiga signals, thus negating the need for two monitors or a switcher box.
PASS-THROUGH In addition, the board defaults to acting as a pass-through until Iprefs or the user selects a Picasso screen mode, which means games and other self-booting disks will con¬ tinue to work as normal.
Using the Retina card is more hassle in this respect, as it has only one input and will not display any picture whatsoever until the RetinaEmu program kicks in through the WBStartup drawer.
As Retina, will not display 15.5kHz PAL signals, the user is forced to switch from Retina to Amiga displays when using such software, and this involves physically mov¬ ing the monitor lead or using a switch box.
Picasso's advantages in this area are obvious, though how important they would be lo the user with a single application in N dling its own board's best graphics mode. Ppaint Lite is a register mode paint package, which means it can han¬ dle no more than 256-colour graphics and doesn't have any truck with 24-bit images.
For a lot ot artwork. 256 colours is fine, as anyone who has seen Jim Sachs's Brilliance examples will agree. Unfortunately. Ihe Lite version, which Picasso is stuck with, seems incapable of utilising more than 64 colours in higher resolutions than 320 by 200, so is about as useful as an erotic dancer at a wedding reception.
Like most other display cards, Picasso is supplied with a bundled paint package so that users can create art¬ work using their new graphics modes. The quality of these packages varies from the high of DC TV Painl to the extreme low of the first MacroPaint release.
Personal Paint Lite, the program found in every Picasso box. Hovers an appreciable distance below the average mark.
Quite apart from anything else, this is the first bun¬ dled paint program I’ve seen which is incapable ol han¬ Ot so long ago, a flicker fixer on its own would have cost £250 or more, and the cheapest 24-bit card would have been around £500 - a costly combination which ensured that only the professional or rich and very enthusias¬ tic Amiga liser reached this plateau of dis¬ play excellence These days, however, the price of up¬ market boards is tumbling, and Village Tronic's Picasso is the latest low cost add¬ on, offering 24-bit and a de-interlacer for a penny less than £300.
The board is designed to utilise retar- getable graphics (RTG) so that Workbench and many other Workbench-friendly pro grams run on the 24-bit high resolution dis¬ play rather than the usual Amiga screen modes. By intercepting the Amiga's display database during boot*up, Picasso inserts itself in the system and tries to go as unno¬ ticed as possible.
Picasso is a Zorro-based card which will fit in any spare Zorro II or 111 slot, leaving the video slot free. Slightly larger than its direct competition, the Retina card from Makro System, Picasso consists in the main of a bank of fast 45ns VRAM chips and the flicker fixer circuitry.
These VRAM chips ensure that Picasso is capable of fast screen refreshes and that many programs, particularly screen-inten¬ sive utilities such as DTP and CAD, run smoother and quicker than on a standard Amiga display. With a solid flicker fixer display into the bargain, Picasso makes for program is run and the user chooses either the Forever or Never change screens but-
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all screens opened by the main program use re same screen mode,
saving a lot of trou¬ ble with ADPro and Scala. If this is
inappro¬ priate for one or other of those screens, it is j
smple matter to change them individu¬ ally.
It is also possible to create a general rode promotion group by shuffling screen modes across to a central window then choosing a new resolution for each one.
Many packages will want to start in either rj-res (640 x 256) or hi-res interlace (640 x 5121, and to ensure that these will automati¬ cally try to open as, say, Picasso 800 x 600 screens, the user need only list them as pro¬ moted screens.
Programs which are coded Hadly and go straighl past Hk* normal Amiga system func¬ tions to directly access chip RAM would normally refuse to open on a Picasso screen because the board wouldn't be able to inter¬ cept them at system level As a compromise, though, the ChangeScreen program has a Copy Continuously facility.
If tlus is duxsen for a particular program, it will be opened in chip RAM as a back¬ ground screen then copied to Picasso as many times per second as the user requires.
Having said that, well over 95 per cent of the packages tried on our test board worked perfectly.
Some screen corruption is evident on a few, and Dpaint still has problems, but oth¬ erwise there have been few insurmountable problems. My only real concern is with those programs which are copied into chip RAM, as these gobble up some of that pre¬ cious resource which Picasso normally saves.
When a screen opens on Picasso, it uses Massive monitors The mouth-watering Picasso screen modes are all well and good, but some very spe¬ cial monitors are needed if many of them are to be usable. None of the higher resolu¬ tions will display on a standard SVGA monitor, and a decent multisync is the minimum display device for Picasso to be more than a 24-bit frame buffer for static image dis¬ play.
For instance, the most popular PC screen mode is 800 x 600, a high resolution dis play used by most Windows packages to give a clean, steady signal which is readable on 14m monitors. These monitors can usually scan up to about 38kHz vertical fre¬ quency, and the 800 x 600 screen mode would produce: 600 lines x 60hi * 36kHz This is comfortably inside the 38kHz frequency limit and would therefore be accept¬ able. Many cheaper VGA monitors, however, stop short of this vertical frequency, and none of them would stretch to the higher resolutions starting at 1.024 by 768.
Only the board's built-in VRAM, leaving chip RAM for other uses, so it is a double blow if a program is forced to use the Copy Continuously compromise.
Install and use. Its through-port enables easy switching from Amiga to Picasso dis¬ play, and there should be no need for a sec¬ ond monitor or switcher box as required by Retina.
As a low cost, no-hassle display device, then, Picasso has an edge and should sell on this strength if not on its higher end quality.
All this talk of screens, modes, and reso¬ lutions can sound like gobbledygook, but in practice sitting in front of an Amiga, Picasso is very easv to use. In the majority- of cases, where users might have one main job for the Amiga, it is conceivable that once a screen nuxle was chosen, it would be easy to forget that the card was in place at all.
SYSTEM ESSENTIALS kmi i - ,i YELLOW - Rnommrruled Users of the Emplant Macintosh emula¬ tor can use Picasso as their primary display board to make use of higher resolutions and more colours thanks to a Picasso driver now available with the Emplant software.
Soon to be upgraded to enable true 32-bit Mac emulation, the Emplant and Picasso combination works much faster than using the Amiga display and alone and is sup¬ plied by Blittensoft, who can be contacted on 09082201%.
The bottom line Product: Picasso II Supplier: Micro-PACE UK Price: £299 (1Mb) or £340 (2Mb) Tel: 0753 551888 Ease of use; 8 Implementation: 8 Value for money: 8 Overall: 8 The comparison between this card and Retina is a difficult one to avoid, so let's make it. Retina is a better quality' display card, and has a maximum resolution of 2,400 by 1,200 - far in excess of Picasso's 1,280 by 1,024. In addition it has a better paint package in VDPaint and seems to have a steadier signal.
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Gremlin have two Amiga CD32 games due for release any time now and we’re going to give the seven winners one set each.
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performance, it might raise a few eyebrows. Take a trip north to see Zoom Theatre at work and that's exactly what will happen.
Zoom are a small Scottish company based in lnvergordun, far to the north of the theatrical heartland that is Edinburgh, yet in this unlikely setting a quiet revolution in multimedia theatre is taking place.
¦ MULTIMEDIA Grease pa Would you put your Amiga on the stage? Stevie Kennedy sits back and takes in a show with highland multimedia thespians, Zoom Theatre With only their Amigas and a range of video and Midi equipment, Zoom have cre¬ ated, and toured with, what is possibly the world's first live multimedia play, and cer¬ tainly the first produced on the Amiga.
The company was formed in 1991 as a sister of the long established and popular ?own jewels, who have been touring with a variety of children's shows since 1985.
When John McGeoch and a few others in the group became intrigued in the possibil¬ ity of using video, computer graphics, and animation during shows, they came together as Zoom Theatre and were soon on the road with tlieir first production. The Present.
Using only limited cartoon computer graphics with little interaction between these, the actors, and the audience, The Present was a precursor to the group’s next and much more ambitious project. Exhibit A, which was shown recently at the Edinburgh Fringe and billed as a "multi¬ media show".
Containing over 20 solid minutes of computer animation displayed on a huge video projector screen, the production was a major exercise in the practical application Musical lynchpin The Amiga 500 Plus, if you can still find one, costs less than £250. A Korg M1 syn¬ thesizer costs upwards of £800, yet with the help of KCS sequencer. Zoom Theatre's Ml. Allied to an expensive EPS sampler, slavishly obeys the Amiga's commands to produce the music soundtrack and special effects needed throughout the show.
"We will get a professional musician to come in to lay down the music itself/' John said, "but whereas before we had to take it as it was finished on tape, we can now mess about with it after he's gone.
Everything's on Midi files, so we can experiment, and using the Amiga in the first place means we pay less. These guys charge by the hour, you know."
And what sort of samples do you use?
"Mostly 16-bit, as they tend to be instruments like clarinets and so on. But we re looking at using one of the better 8-bit samplers for special effects. These don’t really have to be 16-bit quality, unlike the music."
Don't you find 16-bit samples a little unwieldy?
"With our present setup wc can only have eight in memory at once, which is a bit limiting when you use so many in a show. If we could use more 8-bit samples or find a 16-bit sampler with better facilities, it would make life a lot easier.'
Of Amigas to live entertainment.
At the company's base in Invergordon, an A4000 with 20Mb RAM and an OpalVision board produces most of the graphics with the help of Imagine, Scenery Animator and ADPro, while a more modest A500 Plus deals with the Korg Ml synthe¬ sizer and EPS sampler responsible for the soundtrack and special sound effects.
BIG SCREEN Once scripted, story -boarded and ren¬ dered, the animations are laid onto Hi-8 video using a G2+ genlock, and an S-VHS working tape made for use with a large LCD video projector which sends every¬ thing lo the big screen live on stage. The end result is a mixture of digitised images, ren¬ dered animations, hand-drawn graphics, Thh Is a Vlob pkturr from a HIB video The spaceship background It a Dclust Paint creation, with animated stars and shower. It s recorded over a live figure with a 02* genlock, and projected during the show as a mock video coversatlon and a show of a unique
nature.
When the live action starts, an A1500 with genlock, Vlab, and a concealed video camera (more of which later) takes care of the various real-time Amiga functions, and the actors do their best to act in conjunction with a lively, but very stupid, video screen.
This is not as easy as it sounds, and leaves very little room for fluffed lines.
"You have to time yourself exactly with a video over which you have no control," John McGeoch told me, "And lighting is a big problem too."
As it would be impossible to see the images on the video projector screen if light were to fall on it, the company has to work in completely blacked-out venues using cunningly placed lighting for the human actors and any other stage elements, but this is only one of many problems John and friends had to overcome to get Exhibit A on the stage.
Using animations with over 10,000 frames, digitised video grabs, and hundreds of megabytes of raw graphics is all very well, but John was often faced with prob¬ lems the solutions to which were tedious, time-consuming, and unproductive. What many Amiga owners might find surprising is that it was mainly the A4000's fault.
"We had big hopes for the A4000, and we bought one of the first released,” said John, "but it's useless."
The A4000, flagship of the Amiga range and multimedia maestro, useless for exactly the job it was designed to do? What did he mean?
"Well, OpalVision won't work at the same time as our genlock, so we use the A4000 with OpalVision to do most of the graphics, then transfer them to the A1500 to be put on tape.
"With no SCSI interface we couldn't drive our optical disk, so we were forced to transfer 10,000 frames of animation plus all the other graphics using floppies. If we I didn't have the Splitz 'n' Joinz program that comes with ADPro, we wouldn't have been able to do it.
"We've only just managed to get our I hands on Commodore's SCSI interface, so I things should improve, though it's been a I long wait," he said.
"How they can release a machine for I professional use, especially one that's I aimed at graphics, without a SCSI interface, I is beyond me " Another problem, John claimed, was that of memory fragmentation on the A4000: MULTIMEDIA aphics ildn't red to lus all If we n that
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t. me," john told me, confirming the \miga's huge advantage in
multitasking environments.
So how long, I wanted lo know, had Zoom been using Amigas, and how long id it Lake to produce the graphics for the iwws?
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• jif years, but this is the first show we’ve really used them
on. I suppose it must have been about two or three months with
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show."
And what software did they use?
"Imagine 2.0 was used for a lot of the graphics, and Scenery Animator for land¬ scape fly-throughs because it's a lot easier than Vista Pro. Dpaint Ls handy for adding touches later, and for finishing the anima¬ tions by adding backdrops.” Producing a show like Exhibit A then touring with it is a labur of love and not a career designed to make fortunes for the actors involved.
Zoom Theatre, like so many of its land, relies for its production money on the Scottish Arts Council, with additional help from the Highlands and Islands Enterprise Council.
If a project is judged suitable for funding, a grant is made and the company can go ahead with the lengthy process of putting the show together, stretching the funds as far as they will go, then it’s off on the road where touring can be anything but easy.
"We do about five shows a week when we tour, and it takes four hours or so to set up each show, so most of our time is pretty much taken up," John told me.
How long do the tours last? "Six weeks, normally, so by the time the)1 finish we're all ready for a break."
Do you make much from the shows?
"The aim is to break even, so we have to attract decent crowds and that's only possi¬ ble with children's shows."
Using the Amiga live backstage gave John and Zoom Theatre the ideal opportunity to give inter¬ activity a whole new meaning. By placing a video camera in a hidden location at the side of the stage, then hooking it up to an A1500 with Vlab video digitiser, John's team were able to select a member of the audience at random and include them in the play. "We’d raise the house lights enough to get a grab, then snap someone with Vlab.
The Amiga operator just sucks the image into ADPro and TVPaint, and the result goes into Scala,” said John.
And what happens to the unsuspecting victim then?
"Well, we put their face on a Fashion Police wanted poster which appears on screen at a certain point in the play, and the Fashion Police go and arrest the person for having bad dress sense.
"Then we run the Scala screen through the video projector and re-dress them by swapping brushes of clothes from the vear
2020. "
You mean like the old game where you swap cardboard legs, bodies and heads until you get a whole character?
"A bit like that, yes, but this way we involve the audience directly in the show."
Sounds like a lot of fun, but I hope it never happens to me!
Finally, I wanted to know where the future lay for this sort of show: "When we get re-writeable CD-ROM storage we can bring a really huge show to the audience, but for the moment we're working at making it even more interactive.
"The next show will be based on a restau¬ rant idea where the audience choose from an on-stage menu of show elements. If they go.
For a song, we do a song, and so on. It's a bit like an adventure game on stage, with every¬ thing coming together in a broadly set out plot."
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I am writing to find Out if users of high density (HD) floppy drives are being ripped off. I was recently in desperate need of some blank disks, and visited my local computer shop where I saw normal 880k double density (DD) disks at £6.95 for ten and HD disks at £12.95 for ten.
Not having my brain in high gear at the time I asked the assistant what the difference was. And explained that I had an A4000/030.
He replied that unless I had an HD drive the disks would be useless, so I bought 20 DD dsks for £13.80. When I got home I realised what an idiot I had been and what an idiot the assistant had been. The A4000/030 comes complete with an HD drive in it (er... yes, we know - Ed)!
Then I recalled reading a letter to a magazine about putting a hole in the top left-hand comer of a normal disk, thus converting it to an HD disk, so I tried it. Lo and behold it worked. Not only could I get two disks' worth of data on one disk, I could buy the cheaper DD disks and, armed with a 3/8ths drill, convert them to HD.
I looked very closely at the two different disks, and they both have 135 tracks per inch on 80 tracks, so why are we being asked to pay an extra £6 for a hole? Is this a rip-off or s this a rip-off?
S F Matoon, Hove The practice of drilling holes in DD disks has been around in the PC world for years now, and there are many who will insist that there is no difference between HD disks and their cheaper cousins apart from the extra hole. However, it's not a$ simple as that, Inside each floppy, there is a disk coated with a layer of magnetic material, and this coating is completely different on the more expensive HD disks.
While it is possible to “convert’ a DP disk to act like an HD disk, the conversion is a crude one and the magnetic material of the disk will have problems with the bit depth of the information being stored on it and the way in which that information is read and wntten.
High density dnves work faster than ordinary dnves and use different magnetic flux rates to lay down and retrieve data, and all this places a great strain on the DD fifth columnists, The result is that data soon becomes corrupted, and may disappear alto¬ gether after about a week, Using converted DD disks is not recommended, but could be an economical method of short term storage, and if you're going to do it at all you should ensure that you use only good quality branded disks.
Stop the PD pirates I am writing this letter as a plea to all your readers to help in the fight against pirated software.
Remember most software, either PD or commercial, will have some sort of copyright or distribution notices, per¬ haps as a read.me doc file somewhere on the disk.
P Topping, Your Choice OK, folks, you heard the man. Just because a piece of software appears to be PD doesn't mean its author isn't being ripped off.
This covers both commercial software and shareware, which is often sold as free or public domain rather than under the try-before-you'buy intentions of its author.
The simple message is that you may unwittingly be a party, innocent or otherwise, to theft, so keep your eyes peeled for dodgy disks.
As a PD library with around 4,000 disks we are con¬ stantly being sent new PD software for inclusion In the library, and from time to time we receive commercial software from enthusiasts who have been given a copy from a friend and who genuinely believe it to be public domain.
This happens quite frequently with new clip art which, being ready to use, and cut straight from the page, is eas¬ ily doctored to remove copyright notices and credits.
If someone offers you software that you haven't seen before, please inquire as to its origins before re-distribut¬ ing it to other users. If you have any doubts you can always contact us and we ll be glad to help you out.
Drat those dongles Having read your review of Brilliance in the October issue, I had planned to buy the product, but my decision changed slightly when I heard it had a hardware don gle fitting in the joystick port To be quite honest, I don't want to have to swap dongles ever)' time I load a serious package and had hoped that after X-CAD we had seen the last of the things.
I mean, it's really quite ridiculous and the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages. What happens if you want to multitask two such programs?
I enjoy playing the odd game, but as the dongle plugs into the joystick port, you can imagine the headache it's going to be swapping between one dongle to another on top of swapping the stupid things with the joystick. I presume my port's going to be in for a tough time too.
IX) software manufacturers really think they are going to gain
from including these useless plastic things? What hap¬ pened
when Ocean released Robocop 3 with a dongle? The game got
pirated to death, that's what!
The dongle may stop a few pirates, but the game would probably sell less than usual because, I presume, many people - me included - don't want the stupid things clutter¬ ing up their rooms. Is this situa¬ tion going to change? It better, because if it doesn't software compa¬ nies are going to waste time and resources and the consumers are going to end up with collections of worthless lumps of plastic.
Nathan White, Walsall Sofiuwe houses uvuld defend their dongles by saying that they stop casual pirates and com¬ mercial concerns who, rather than buying a Tutorial vote I am writing in support of Francesce Shearcrofts letter in the October issue regarding your tutorials. I too think that tutorials are tops and would like to see some on games programming using Amos and Dpaint III.
As I'm writing. I might as well ask about Amos. I received a copy free with a magazine and so don't have the manual. Is there any way to break from the program once it is running?
Many's the time I have spent hours on part of a program and am eager to get it going, but once it is running I can’t get back to the editor to make changes or even save it.
Mark Lamb. Co. Antrim Amiga Computing has the longest run-1 ning Amos tutorial in the world in the shape of our Amos Insight column.
You can find towards the back of every issue, and earlier this year we distributed a collection of these columns on the CoverDisk in the form of a complete guide to programming your own Pacman game. That should be tutorial enough for most folk.
Your Amos problem is a simple matter of pressing the Control and C keys at the same time. This combina¬ tion will break any Amos program run¬ ning under the interpreter, returning the user at once to the editor, and will often work to exit from complete com¬ piled programs as well.
Copy for each machine in a building, will $ im¬ ply/ install the same copy on every Amiga they have.
As Brilliance costs almost C200 a chuck, a comfwny using it to produce graphics ivould therefore save the best part of £1,000 quite quickly, and Digital Creations would lose the same in sales.
Your point about the hassle and irritation caused by this method of copy protection is valid, though, and il is probably only this reac¬ tion from customers which has stopped games companies from making more extensive use of them. That and the fact that they use up a port that the game might need for two-player involvement, of course- Productivity trackages never use controllers plugged into the joystick port, and it is there¬ fore a simple commercial calculation as to whether the dongle will result in more sales, Digital Creations seem to think so, but there's an amusing rumour alrout the
decision to use a dongle.
Traditional disks In response to Nick Burton's letter in the August issue and vour request for more views, I agree entirely with him in his request for old style CoverDisks Gof and would not mind paying a something to say little extra for a second disk with an excellent pro¬ gram like Infofile on it.
Apparently, there was no dongle planned until late in the day when the expected price was announced to a small press briefing, At this, one of those present declared he'd just copy someone eise's - jokingly of course - and the decision to use a dongle was made on the spot.
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Having returned home with issue 65 in my hot little hands, I carefully removed the two disks, made a cup of coffee, and sat in my favourite chair to read my favourite magazine. Until, that is, I reached page 24, the prize survey.
Getting the chop Unfortunately, I didn't get to the line that said "turn to page 31 for details", and without further ado booted up my trusty steed, made a copy of the disk, and com* (§m This month’s club mention goes to the West Midlands Amiga Club, a non-profit making group run by enthusiasts which meets at the Telford Snooker and Pool Centre in Canongate. Telford. The club contact address is: Kevin Genner, 16 Cornbrook.
Stirchley, Telford Meat and drink for the group includes problem solving, advice sessions, and (I suspect, though their leaflet doesn’t say) lots of games playing, so why not drag your weary carcass along there and reviv¬ ify your flagging Amiga sapirits with a communally beneficial, sharing evening? (That’s enough of the hip¬ pie stuff - Ed) pleted the survey. I found a brand new ^ Jiffy bag, which I duly addressed with the address from the disk itself and managed to cajole a member of the family into posting my post free package.
Ezra Surf* Postbag Great, 1 thought, 1 could do with a fiver off my year's sub¬ scription, then it was back to the chair and coffee for a good read until I came across page 31. "Use this address as the address on the disk is incorrect". ARGHH! Too late, my Jiffy bag was already in the hands of the Post Office!
If I promise to read all relevant info first in future, can I claim a £5 discount on a subscription?
Alan Martin, London No, but nice try. Don't worry about your survey entry, as the incorrect address is wrong only by a couple of letters in the post code, and all entries, regard¬ less of which address they used, have reached us safely. Look out for the results in an issue near you soon.
Caligari fix Who says Caligari doesn’t work with the A1200? It does! Just use a PD program called FakeMem to fool the Amiga into thinking it has 512k less chip RAM, con¬ verting this into 512k fast RAM instead of 1Mb chip RAM. Caligari looks for this sort of configuration, so with this simple little PD utility all is well.
The only problem is that the Workbench cursor shows up on the Caligari screen, but I've redesigned it to be a four dot square and it doesn't cause problems. To change Caligari screen colours, you can change the Workbench colours, as Caligari uses these for the screen and icon strips.
As I own an A1200, 1 don’t know if using the FakeMem program before run¬ ning Caligari will work on an A600, but if you've got 2Mb of RAM it might.
£ Field. Nuneaton Thanks for your letter. We apologise for not finding out about the FakeMem fix before the disk went out to you. Just shows how expert many A1200 users have become at fiddling with software to make it work.
Read the mag!
I was looking for some help with hard disks as I have just bought an A1200 with 85Mb hard drive and have been buying your magazine for the last few months. I notice that you have many useful utilities on your disks, but I have had trouble copy¬ ing them to my hard drive. Not all the util¬ ities work when I drag the icons across, ? And they seem to be missing several other files I can't see. Can you help by either printing in your magazine how to do it, or possibly give me the name of a book whichexplains how it's done?
John Vetuibles, Edinburgh What has disap¬ pointed me most is the fact that there have been no music samples on the CovcrDisk since February 1993, and this was one of my main rea- Check out the Survival Guide to Hard Drives in the September issue. It unis designed to help those with Hds who found the move from floppies a bit problematic.
Sons for buying your excel¬ lent magazine.
Maurice Scorey, Hampshire Your vote has been registered and logged in our running tally. Incidentally, did you complete last month's prize survey? This included ques¬ tions on CoverDisk content and the results will greatly influence our future planning.
As for music samples and tunes, we stopped including tunes on the disk because the majority of submissions were very large eight-track efforts with lots of samples, and they timid have left precious liltle room for anything else.
Music samples are likewise very space-hun¬ gry and can only be included if they relate to another program on the disk such as a tracker or sequencer package.
Miraculous service I would like to tell everybody about the recent service which I got from Mindscape International, when I returned a Miracle keyboard to them because three of the keys were not pressure sensitive. The key¬ board had been bought for me second¬ hand so I had no idea of its age or if it was covered by the warranty. When I explained this to Mindscape, however, they just said not to worry and asked me to return the unit for investigation.
I returned the keyboard by courier to arrive on a Monday before close of busi¬ ness, and two days later I received a replacement free of charge which had been dispatched the same day they got the original! All I can say is that either the engineers at Mindscape work miracles in finding faults to determine whether a replacement is required, or that Mindscape's after sales service is second to none.
Well done Mind-scape, and thank you.
A G Hinchliffe, Norwich Hittm... you don't happen to haiv Mindscape shares or a relative at the company, do you?
Seriously, though, examples like this show just how good a company's after sales supf>orl can be if the company concerned decides, as Mindscape no doubt have, that customers don't stop being customers when they hand the money over. With quality products and qual¬ ity service, how am you go wrong ?
Long live budget!
Well done to the likes of Team 17 and Bloodhouse for not only bringing us excellent quality software, but also getting the message about prices.
Alien Breed Special Edition is only £11. And Stardust is only £13.
Being a mere student I can usually only afford a game every two months or so. But with prices this low I can indulge myself every month, Add to this the excellent gameplay of these games (can t wait for Skidmarks) and many of the other big software houses are put to shame. Long live high quality budget!
On another point, why have you started doing phone*in competitions such as the 0891 numbers? At least with a postal competition the entrant has the choice of spending only 30p to enter, and can enter more than once for less. Besides, it gives you the opportunity to colour your post¬ cards in bright colours, so why the sudden change?
Daryl Booth. Ramsgate Budget software has become one of the most important sectors of the games industry over the past few years, and hardly a top ten chart goes by without one or more budget releases riding high.
Perhaps this is a message to the software houses that many more users - even impoverished students
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Something got me started ED should open and load the file we cre¬ ated earlier - if not, exit the editor iEsc/Q), check your line and try again.
Position the cursor above the first ASSIGN command and enter the follow¬ ing lines above it: If a script passes this test (warnings from the IPREFS daemon are normal) with the normal failure level of 10, then you This creates two directories in the RAM disk and assigns the symbolic names - CLIPS: and T: to them respectively. The real names do not have to be T and Clips rut it is best to leave them that way just in case some software assumes this to be the case.
The symbolic names T: and CLIPS: and jsed by the system software and must be 'pelt correctly.
Exit the editor and save the file with Esc*X. Now wait a few moments and boot your machine from your bootable disk. If everything goes according to plan, the machine should start normally. You
• ill be able to see the new direc¬ tories in the RAM disk by
opening it from Workbench and using Window... Show... All
files.
Writing startup-sequences (boot scripts) is a complex subject and testing rm can be a bind: a simple typing error :an stop the script part way through, leav- ng the machine dangling. Usually, this means you have to re-boot Workbench and start again. You may have already ¦ud to do this during your work so far so and is barely sufficient lo get the most rasic Workbench up and running - AmigaDOS and Workbench need even more to work efficiently.
Have your Working AmigaDOS disk and your current bootable disk to hand.
We will now create two extra directories m the RAM disk during startup: One for temporary files and another for "clip¬ boards1'. Neither of these are required by every application, but most will assume they are present.
Boot your working AmigaDOS disk and open the Shell. Now enter the following: Without doubt, the most important part of any AmigaDOS boot disk is the automated startup program - "startup- sequence". This performs all the necessary
• unctions to prepare the machine for everyday tasks including
configuring the Workbench, and AmigaDOS too. The
startup-sequence on our bootable disk looks something like
this: Copy ENVARC: RAN:Env ALL QUIET Assign ENV: RAH:Env Assign
PUNTERS: »EVStPrinters PATH Assign HETNAPS: DEVS:Keyiaps PATH
Assign LIBS: STS:Cl»sses ASD Iprefs LoadWb EndCLl >HH: 1>Eb
Bootbisk:J/Startup-s«quence If a startup script contains a bug
(some¬ thing is wrong) the script will usually stop harmlessly.
However, in some circum¬ stances it is necessary to execute the
script regardless of previous errors: by ignoring them. There
are four possible error "lev¬ els” returned after every'
command and only fatal errors will stop a script. The errors
are: 0 Success.
5 Special AmigaDOS message: non- fatal.
10 Non-serious error was encountered: fatal.
20 Serious error was encountered: fatal.
A fatal error is one where the error code returned by the L command is equal to or higher than the current "failure level" that is displayed ' here is a solution.
Two AmigaDOS commands control the execution of scripts. EXECUTE runs a named script and FAILAT sets the Shell’s sensitivity to errors. Therefore you can run the boot disk's startup script like this: EIECUTE Bfi9tBisk:S/Stirtu*-it4ucAce or altered by FAILAT. The default level set by AmigaDOS is 10, so the following command will allow all non-serious errors to pass: Similarly, you can raise the failure level even higher to force the script to continue after any error like this: WMUT 11 can try booting the machine. In dire cir¬ cumstances, this command may be added to the head of the
"startup-sequence" just like any other command, for instance: PA1UT 21 Copy EiVAKC: IAR:En» ALL QUIET Assign EHY; MR;Env etc... but it should be removed once the script has been fully tested and debugged.
Commodore leaves this command in place, although that is to ?
The final part of Mark Smiddy’s introduction to AmigaDOS explains the ins and outs of automated startups ¦ TUTORIAL provide compatibility with a wide range of machine variations.
Three of the possible returns have sym¬ bolic names that you will see referred to from time to time. These are: NsacRet urn code IINS ERI0R10 MI 120 Every time you enter a command AmigaDOS looks for it in one of many directories. Most commands live in G, of course, but a large number do not. FOR¬ MAT and DISKCOPY usually live in the System drawer (an ancient compatibility issue) and other commands in SYS:Tools, SY$:Utilities and so on. AmigaDOS searches something called the "path" that is actually a list of directories to be searched.
The default "path" looks in the Shell's current directory and the C; assignment: nowhere else. If AmigaDOS fails to find the command them it returns with an error.
However, you can tell AmigaDOS to look in other places by specifying addi¬ tional paths. For instance, the following: 1>MVR S: *»D adds the S: assignment to the current path list. In other words, AmigaDOS will look in the S: assignment if it cannot find the requested command (verb) in either the current directory or the C assignment.
PATH is usually only executed once from the Startup-sequence and multiple directories can be added at once. It is important to note, however, whenever this command is called, the ADD switch must be used (as above) to prevent the existing path settings from being overwritten.
Boot your Working AmigaDOS disk and call ED to edit your Bootdisk's Startup- sequence as described earlier. Add the fol¬ lowing immediately after IPREFS: Siiple 2.0A startup c:ictpatch >Nll; ; split soie buss... c:version >NIl: ; dctcrainc the version nuabar... ciddbuffert >111: d<0: 15 Fit lac 21 ; I‘a indestructible.
Resident >NIl: cAtsign pure add c:nkedir ran:T rn:Clipbo#rds Cltopy >NJl; ENVARC: raajenv all quiet noreq Assign >N1L: ENV: rae:env Assign >N1L: T: ria:t Assign >lll: (LIPS: raatClipboards Assign >111: REH: s: Assign >1111; PRINTERS; WsiPHnttrs ; don't ‘need* this for 2.04 Assign >MIl: KETNAPS: OEVS:Keyaaps ; ditto... setenv Horkbench Workbench setenv Kickstirt Ikickstart c:IPrefs ; The scrttn cooes 'on* no* echo “Ny BootHsk. Kickstirt Skickstart, Uorbeech Workbench' path raa: c: s: SVS:VBStartup $Y$:Syst»i add ; a very siiple pith!
Sys:Systai/setiip gb ; Vorkbeneh LH dots (bt« in * Locale Prcfs * c:Hount PIPE: ; lount other devices like (Rif one to ¦ line.
C:Hount AUX: ; you oust have a aonntlist' though... resident >NIl: assign reaove
• XSCSSSSSSSSSS2S83BSZSI 9 ; Insert your coaaand(s) Rare I LoadWB
endcli >I1L: Staple 2.1/3.0 stirtup.
CSetPatch >111:; fit soae bugs cliriion >111:; get the version nuabers SiAddBafftU >Ml; PFQ: 15 ; (edd DM: too, if you hive one) FailAt 21 ; I'a invincible... c:Hikelir RAH:T RAR:Clipboards c:Copy >Kll: ENVARC: RAN:!NV ALL NOREQ ; yo! Copy It quick... Resident >I1L: C:Assign PURE ; force load Assign Assign >Nll: ENV; RAR:£HV Assign >MIL: T: IAN:T Assign >111: CLIPS: RAN:Clipboards Assign >N!L: REKX: S: Assign >«L: PRINTERS: DEVS:Printers pith Assign >NU: KETNAPS; DEVSiKeynps pith Assign >N1L: LIBS: SYS:Clatset ADP Assign >NIl: HELP: lOCALE'.Help REFER c:Rount >IIL: DEV$:00$hrivers/‘(l?.info) ;
aount ee all!
SetEnv Workbench Workbench ; global war Workbench SetEnv Kickstirt Skickstirt ; global war Kickatart c:IPr«fi ; wkgy, ualey!
Path >N1L: raa: c: s: SYS:WBStartup SYS:$ystea add ; staple... echo 'Hy BootDisk. Kickstirt Skickstirt, Workbench Workbench11 Resident Assign REMOVE ; free up soae aeiory i ; Insert your coaaind(s) here 9
• s:::sss:sss:sssis C:LoadWB ; activate Horkbenci EndCLl >N1L;
Pith raa: c: t: STS:H8$tartup SfS:$ystea add ; staple... This
means the search directories for that disk are RAM, SYS:C,
SYS:S.
SYS:WBStartup and SYS:System.
You may have noticed that one of the directories in that specification has not yet been created. That's because this directory is usually only used from Workbench, and therefore, should have an icon associated with it.
What is the best method to create these "iconified" directories - drawers in the Workbench sense? Well, that depends on how you are going to access them. If a directory is created from Workbench, it automatically receives an icon, but if one is made from AmigaDOS it does not: saving time and disk space.
The fastest and most convenient way to make the WBStartup drawer is to use the Workbench "New Drawer" function. You cannot do this for directories you have made from AmigaDOS though, because Workbench will think there is a naming clash - try it with System.
This problem is an easy one to solve: there are two methods. You can either cre¬ ate a new drawer icon for the directory in question using IconEdit or (more simply) copy an existing drawer icon into the vacant space, Icons aa* suffixed "info", so you could copy the System drawer icon from your current Workbench disk like this: t 1>(dPv filS:Sys««i.info TO BootDisk: When the disk's window is closed and re¬ opened the drawer icon appears - although you may need to select "Clean up" to see it.
If you want to use a different existing image, you must ensure it is of type DRAWER: IconEdit will set the correct type for you.
Workbench 2.04 has a nagging hangover from the earlier versions: keyboard layouts.
From Workbench 2.1, keyboard selection is completely automatic - it's handled by the Iprefs daemon, up until then it is the responsibility of the Startup-sequence to select the correct one. Workbenches of 2.1 and higher have a compatible facility but this is left for programmers only.
Activating the correct keyboard layout on Workbench 2-04 startup disks is accom¬ plished thus by adding the following line to the startup sequence anywhere between IPREFS and LOADWB: $YS:Systea/SetHap SB * The CB keymap is correct for UK machines
- you may have to change it for your coun¬ try. You should also
copy the command into the System directory (after booting from
Workbench) like this: 1>C0PT SYS:Systea/Setnap TO
BootRisk:Systea Now is the time to get a program to boot. We'll
start with something small - since there's not much room left
on our self-booting disk!
Before going any further, you might want to make a copy of your BootDisk and keep it handy for occasions where you want a quick bootable disk.
Decide for yourself what program you want to boot. Look through your Workbench disk set - or even some recent Amiga Computing CoverDisks - and find something that runs from a Workbench icon.
Drag copy the icon from its existing disk onto your bootable disk. Let's say you chose a fictional program: SupcrDuperClock.
Edit the Startup-sequence as described above and insert the name of the program just before the "LoadWB" command, for instance: pith ria: c: t: add ; Just in exaaple!
SuperDuperCloCk; (h( AtU (Mlind.
IoidVB ; itart the Workbench... Save that, and boot the machine with the new disk. If everything went according ts plan, you should shortly see your chosa program light up on the screen.
But where's Workbench? Mos* Workbench programs assume they has* been started from Workbench (almost every¬ thing can be started from AmigalX)S) m they do not return control straight away.
In most cases you will have to quit the program, whatever it is before you can us Workbench. This is not acceptable but AmigaDOS provides a solution: A com mand which actually multi-tasks your pn> gram in total harmony with Workbench called RUN.
First of all we need to copy the command onto our Bootable disk like so: 1X0PT C:RIM to Bootlisk:C Now make it available to the command m the startup-sequence script: RUN <NIL; >111: SuperDyperClock LoidWB ; stirt the Workbencfe— Thai's all there is to it! The two extra bit* <NIL: and >NIL: are some I/O re-dircction - it's rather too advanced to explain here, bat is required SO that the initial Shell proem can close its window when ENDCLI * encountered. You can use this method m| complete safety vvith over 98 per cent of aE Workbench-based programs Well-written programs will complain i
something is missing and tell you what ther need - all you have to do is supply it. B cases where things get really tricky, yoJ might find a utility like SnoopDOS (avai.L able from good PD libraries) is a good debugging aid.
To conclude this series, two complrti ready-to-run startup sequences are provided which highlight the differences between thr two systems. A disk designed to boot on a version 2 machine (such as an A50(H) wi work fine on a later model such as an A12B
- but not the other way around.
Lire scripts are modified versions of those supplied by Commodore - so if you want compatibility with all other models yew should study the unmolested versions.
The special string >NIL: has been added to some commands - this prevents tire com mand generating output in the event ct some error - that has the side effect of open¬ ing a Workbench screen with a console win¬ dow and clashing with Iprefs.
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H0M RB0UT R NICE GAME OF CHESS’ 1 Could this be a wanting lor hackers f CHESS PoxER FIGHTER COMBAT GUERRILLA ENGAGEMENT DESERT mm AIR-TO-GROUND ACTIONS THEATERHIDE TACTICAL WARFARE THEATERHIDE BIOTOXIC AND CHEMICAL WARFARE GLOBAL THERMONUCLEAR WAR acking has a simple definition: The act of gaining unauthorised access to information held on a computer or computer-based system, whether that computer is connected to a modem, or similar communications device, or physically located in the same place as the hacker.
Computer hacking has moved on since the phrase first came into common com¬ puter industry usage in the early 70s.
Then, the phrase was commonly applied to a computer nerd who spent most of his spare time playing around with electron¬ ics to produce a VHF radio from (seem¬ ingly) an empty com flakes packet, a tube of glue and some wire.
It took the arrival of modems on to the computing scene in the late 1970s to change the image of the hacker from benign to slightly malevolent, with the nerd turning into a computer buff gaining unauthorised access to an online system, as seen in films such as War Games and, more recently, Sneakers.
Computer hacking has its origins in phone phreak- ing, a hobby that also star¬ ted in the US, when electron¬ ics enthusiasts of the 60s and 70s discovered they could use special control tones over the phone net¬ work to switch calls all over the world - as operators do • without paying.
The first phone phreaker who shot to prominence in the 70s was John Draper, who became known as Captain Crunch after the breakfast cereal in which he found a free penny whistle that generated the 2,600 cycles per second (hertz) signal that AT&T used to control its phone net¬ work at the time.
Using the whistle, which effectively did the same job as an electronic boy of tricks costing thousands of dollars in the early 1970s, Draper was able to call around the world free of charge. His much-publicised activities (he got caught several times) prompted other electronics enthusiasts to built the electronic equivalent of a penny whistle and phreak calls around the world free of charge.
AT&T and other telecoms companies, BT included, gradually upgraded their networks to the point where any audio activity on the local loop (the name for the link between the phone exchange and the subscriber's phone) was carefully moni¬ tored for "unusual" tones, so putting the phone phreakers out of business.
It was natural then, that when comput¬ ers and modems arrived on the scene, that the phreakers should migrate to the online world and start applying their knowledge
* of the phone networks to the modem world.
Pretty soon, electronic bulletin board Whether it's done by smart schoolkids or professional cartels, one thing's for sure about hacking - it can cause untold damage. Steve Gold introduces the subject and presents a brief history systems (BBSs) sprang up around the world, and one of the first topics of discus¬ sion was (you guessed) phone phreaking and related activities.
It was equally natural that information on phone numbers, Ids and passwords should be exchanged on these early BBSs.
Back in 1984, this writer, having played with phones since the 60s, decided to invest in a modem for my computer. I joined Micronet, a computing information provider for Prestel. The BT online view¬ data network.
Password Micronet has several thousand pages of information online on Prestel. Prestel, which still operates as a business informa* tion service today, had around a quarter of million of teletext-style pages held on its databases, for which users needed a computer, modem, ID and password to access.
Unfortunately, because Prestel was then a trunk call away from my parent's house, the phone bills that arrived at the end of the quarter stretched into the hun¬ dreds of pounds. Yours truly was forced to improvise and start writing about com¬ puters - on Micronet.
By the end of 1984,1 had full editing rights on Prestel. Along with other editors, in the course of our electronic meander- ings, we came across some pages that gave us some vital information about] other, non-public Prestel access numbers. I By dialling these other numbers, I dis- j covered one new Prestel computer that I had an ID and password on its welcome I page. After keying in these details, I was welcomed as a system manager - in short] I have top level access to Prestel.
Along with a fellow computer enthusi-] ast/contributor to Micronet, Robert Schifreen, 1 spent several days looking around Prestel, exploring the nooks and crannies that I had never before had access to.
Then, being (reasonably) honest, if stupid, citizens, we told Micronet of our findings. Micronet told Prestel who, per¬ haps surprisingly, merely closed the loop¬ holes we had found, thanking us into the bargain.
Six months later, in March 1985, after a lot of anti-hacker publicity in the national press, we were arrested, by Scotland Yard's then fledgling computer crime squad, and charged with offences under the Forgery Act. It wasn't difficult to see why - we didn't dispute that we had obtained unauthorised access, but we did dispute that it was illegal. That's why Schifreen and I pleaded not guilty.)
Looking back, we had nothing to lose - we both lost out jobs, so what the hey? It took several court appearances spanning more than three years before we cleared our names once and for all. The courts then ruled that the application of the Forgery Act was a misapplication of the law.
Of course, had we been prosecuted!
Under the Theft Act, charged with the tu|>| pence-worth of electricity we had stolen i using Prestel illicitly, we would have found guilty - and probably fined £100 so.
Len in ] been 00 (f But BT insisted on testing the law. A» well as costing BT an estimated £1.8 mil¬ lion, the case of The Crown vs Cold and Another went into the statute books and presented The Crown with a need to change the law to take account of com¬ puter hacking - specifically, the gaining of unauthorised access to computer systems I The result was The Computer Misuw Act, which passed in law in 1990. ThJ was then, this is now.
While the British Government passed the Computer Misuse Act in the late Sum mer of 1990, it took the first real prosecu tion under the legislation almost thr« years to percolate through th Magistrate's Court and up to th Crown Court. In 1991, Paul Bedworth, a
* <lf-confessed computer hacker, was arrested at his mother's
home in llkley, Vjcth Yorkshire, and charged with gain- r»g
unauthorised access to European Commission (EC) office
computers
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of this ¦ var, when the case came up before a jury rad at
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offices at the EC in Luxembourg and even the experts ¦ere
worried.
'He caused havoc at universities all around the world so that the computer systems were inaccessible to anyone but km," Richardson told the Court.
According to Richardson, Bedworth
• urted to become obsessed with comput¬ er at the age of 14 after
he was given a computer. After associating with other network
hackers, he called himself Hiaiu, the Roman name for his home
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• jjOf case under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.
In court, Bedworth admitted that he
• is scared when the police raided his Bother's house and
pinioned him to the Sed late one evening in 1991. The result of
tv scare, he said, was that he realised that
- icking was illegal and, by his own emission, stupid.
Alistair Kelman, his barrister, claimed rat his client was addicted to computer bucking and, as such, could not have had intent - the legal term is mens rea - to c mmit a crime under the Computer Misuse Act. The defence seemed to per¬ suade the jury to acquit Bedworth, although most now agree that the unnec¬ essary violence displayed against Bedworth at the time of his arrest was the Police's undoing in this case, as it set the jury against the Police from the earliest stages in the case.
According to Peter Sommer, a com¬ puter security consultant and the author of the Hacker's Handbook, written under his pen name of Hugo Cornwall, said he was surprised at the not-guilty verdict, given the nature of the defence.
"1 think it was successful because the jury is looking to let the guy off, due tv their heavy-handed behaviour when they arrested him," he said.
According to Sommer, although the defence of computer addiction was an unusual one, it was able to beat the charges involved.
"In law, to make a prosecution of this type work, you have to ensure that there .is the men> rca, the reason of intent. To convince the jury otherwise, you have to demonstrate that the compulsion is suffi¬ ciently strong to overcome the intent, as has clearly happened in this case," Sommer said. Despite the publicity sur¬ rounding the case, Sommer said that there are very few real hackers, such as those portrayed in War Games and Sneakers.
"These cases are always very interest¬ ing but a distraction from the more mun¬ dane," he said, adding that the bottom line for many companies was a massive build-up of defences against the perceived threat of computer hackers.
Barrister Kelman, meanwhile, said that the significance of the case was nothing to do with the wrongful acts its sought to punish, "but the realisation that maybe what is required is a little more under¬ standing and a little less condemnation."
Kelman admitted that Bedworth was a second generation "anorak", but pointed out there are now large numbers of third generation anoraks at large, all of whom are well versed in computers.
"The child, whose best friend is a com¬ puter rather than a person, is not going to function normally in society. We need to be able to predict how- he will behave and what treatments will restore him to nor¬ mal health. Parents must demand that proper research is done into this impor¬ tant problem." He said.
It took until three months later, in May of this year, for two other computer hack¬ A hacking chronology Sept 1970 John Drapor. Aka Captain Cninch discovers tha» the penny whstle ottered in boxes ot Cap'n Crunch oeroal pertocHy duplicates ihe 2660 Iroqwmcy contrcding itie AT&T phono network He start* to make lioo cata Aug 1974 Kovtn Milnck. A legend among hackers. Ntgwu tvs care or ol hacking Into a vanety ot computer sys¬ tems incluting entering banking no|»o*s and destroying data, altering credit reports ol h» enwws and disconnecting the phone Imes ol cetebnbe* Ha most tamou* exploit -
hacking into 0>o North Amencan Oetonce Command in Colorado Springs inspired War Games, ttie 1980 movie Jut 1901 Ian Murphy, a 23-year-old known as Capton Zap on the networks, gams instant notonoly wtwn ho hacks *tlo the White House. Hie Pentagon. Beflsouths computer network end Ihe TRW credit reter «nc« agency He gets caught when he team ta resume behind Sop 1987 German Chao* Computet Club hack* NASA network Oct 1907 US hackers invade nation® Aids hotlne system Dec 1987 Hill Lindteth super hacker puiod again (boat known lor hacking exploits m 1984) Fred Donptte lit iwcrWs third most wanted
hacker) lared lot three years HIM mtemational network parntywrd by hacker's Chnslmas message Feb 1988 US Secunty Association reports phone fraud topping 0 m£on a year mark 'Hgty Hade' invades blocks Ptaytwy Channe*.
Mar 1988 Steve Wemery. German Chaos Compute! Club member, arrested at French Socuncom codemnco deported May 1988 Kevin Anderson convicted of setting hacking mkxmatwn to Ihe Russans Am 1968 NASA network hacked again Third time m a year Jut i960 Union Bank ol SwK/tetand atmoc* to se* C3? Milkon to hacker-cnminsls Nicholas Whitoly arrested in connection wvth virus propagalon Oct 1968 Belgian Pnme Mmler announces Baler government computer hacked Nov 1968 FtoOert Morns Jimior paralyses US Arpanot network with virus Dec 1988 Star Wars computer m US hacked cost 0,000 Jan 1989 Chaos Computer club
releases DCS encryption system lor Pcs - NSA and CIA "very worned" Feb 1989 Kevn Mtruck US superhacker, arrested tor hacking Leods Unrversity Plea bargains gets a year «i Jun t989 West German Chaos Computer Club member. Kart Koch 'commits suede' alter admitting sale ol secrets to me Russians Aug 1989 Throo West Germans charged with selling hacking secret* to the KGB Kart Koch nvotvod Sep 1989 West German phone voting system hacked Oct 1989 15-year old hacker cracks US Oetonce computer Jan 1990 US Govt report revaaled multiple NASA hacks Feb 1990 US hacker obtams credit card by hacking Mar 1990
First US-Australian hacker* anesled down imder Apr 1990 Two doren hackers rounded up « US Twe*ve-y»ar-oid hacker cracks cr«M Net Jun 1990 Lagmn ot Doom hackers plead guilty m US Aug 1990 Baker s Oo/en hackers arrested in US Sep 1990 First satellite hacking case in US Nov 1990 Hong Kong mpo* anti haclang legislation pflb 1991 Scorpion hacker arrested in New York Mar 1991 Operation Sun Deri nets do/ons ol US hackee Jun 1991 West Germany fal* rucking attempt on President Marcos computer banking files Aug 1991 teraeto arrest 18 year old on hacking foreign bankdg and endt card network* Juf 1992 In
New York, five teenage hackers are charged with breaking into computer systems at sovoral regional phone companies large lirms such n M.utn Manacta. Unvwsiltus and ewM-repomng con¬ cerns such as TRW. When reportodly had 176 consumer credit reports stolon Tho cas«i n*|iks the US government s first investigahvo use of court-authorised wiretaps to obtan conversation and data trans misifoit of hacker*.
Dec 1992 Kevn Pouteen on inUmous hacker known as Dork DaiSe on Ihe networks, is charged with stealing tasking orders relating to an Air Force mtttary exercise He m accused of theft ol US national secrets and faces up to ten year* in yail No country seemed safe from Woods and Stricklands' exploits. Systems in France, Germany, Italy, and Sweden were hacked in Europe, along with systems in the US and Canada, not forgetting Russia, India, Singapore and Australia. The prosecution said in court that the list read like an atlas, rather than a list of offences.
Woods and Strickland were charged with conspiring to obtain telephone ser¬ vices dishonestly over a two-year period, as well as publishing that information on BBSs for other like-minded individuals to read.
Presiding over the case, judge Michael Harris said that, while he accepted their activities were not designed to cause dam¬ age, it was absolutely essential that com¬ puter systems, which he described as ers - arrested in parallel with Bedworth - to come to court. Their case was different as, unlike Bedworth, they had pleaded guilty to offence under the Computer Misuse Act.
Neil Woods, aged 24, a computer sci¬ ence graduate and later computer sales¬ man, as well as university researcher Karl Strickland, aged 22, had pleaded guilty to the charges and so became the first hack¬ ers to be jailed under the Computer Misuse Act, 1990, in the UK.
During the brief trial, the court heard how the pair caused an estimated £123,000-worth of chaos while breaking into an estimated 10,000 on-line systems around the world. The list of hacked sys¬ tem reads like a who's who in the on-line world, ranging from NASA through to a European cancer research organisation.
¦¦¦¦ playing an essential role in 20th Century life, be protected.
"If your passion had been cars rather than computers we would have called your conduct delinquent, and I don't shrink from the analogy of describing what you were doing as intellectual joyriding," he said.
"Computers now form a central role in our lives, containing personal details, financial details, confidential matters of companies and government departments and many business organisations. Some, providing emergency services, depend on their computers to deliver those services," he added.
Woods and Strickland are known to be members of a gang of four computer hackers known as the "eight-legged groove machine" During this writer's investigation, I have discovered that two other people were in the Bedworth- Woods-Strickland team. Scotland Yard are said to have known of their existence for some time but have not pursued them for a reason best known to themselves.
Widespread In the US, modems have been in widespread use since the early 80s. In 1982, a typical US modem cost less than a quarter of the cost of its UK equivalent, thanks to a more liberal telecommunica¬ tions policy across the Atlantic- The result was that the US experienced its first widespread hacking problems in 1982, while UK computer users were more con¬ cerned with playing Manic Miner on the then-new Sinclair Spectrum.
The US legislature is far more complex than in the UK, however, with petty inter¬ state squabbles resulting in criminals being able to drive over the state line and escape in true James Cagney style.
In the late 80s, several state legisla¬ tures, notably those of California and Texas, passed specific anti-hacking laws.
It took the case of Robert Morris in 1988 to bring the US powers that be round to the fact that specific anti-computer crime legislation simply does not work on its own, just as anti-drug legislation does not work on its own. Merely making some¬ thing illegal does not eradicate the prob¬ lem. In many cases it can actually make the problem worse.
Robert Morris junior (his lather was a retired figure in the US National Security Agency) created a worm program that masqueraded as a message file that whizzed from user to user on the Arpanet educational network.
The Arpanet is a world-wide network of computer systems. The idea behind the network is that users can communicate with each other with simple notes and programs. The Arpanet is really a free¬ form noticeboard.
As Morris' worm program was read by its recipients, so it duplicated itself and posted copies to other users. In addition, the program sat on the computer it was read on, running program loops, effec¬ tively paralysing the computer system.
The Morris worm paralysed more than 8,000 Arpanet-linked mainframes around the world. Faced with the million-dollar clean-up operation, and with red faces all round, the US government acted swiftly to form CERT - the Computer Emergency Resource Team - to act as a SWAT-style team to move in, analyse and, hopefully, solve computer crimes as they occurred.
CERT was set up in December of 1988.
The group, assembled from more than 100 experts in several fields of computer expertise, is available around the clock, and operates under the control of the Pentagon and the Software Engineering Institute at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University, where a six-member core team of CERT staff are based.
Today, CERT's operations are shrouded in secrecy. Ultimate control of the team is, presumably, the task of the US President. CERT staff reportedly have no legal powers.
CERT’s original brief was to amass a central resource of information, based around an expert computer system pro¬ gram, that any citizen in the US can call upon. The concept is that of a Thunderbirds-style international rescue team, able to answer questions on com¬ puter crime and able to respond lo seri¬ ous events at the drop of a hat.
Serious hack Today, CERT is called into action whenever a serious hack occurs. Its actions are never reported. CERT is thought to have been involved in the banking industry's first full scale ATM fraud a few months ago.
Shoppers visiting the Buckland Hills shopping mall in Connetticut one week¬ end in mid-May of this year were not sur¬ prised to discover one of the mall's two ATMs out of action. They were pleasantly surprised, however, to find that the bank had spotted the problem and thought¬ fully installed a temporary machine - on castors - to help them withdraw cash.
Sadly, after they inserted their cards and tapped in their PINs, they discovered that it had run out cash. The machine dis¬ appeared shortly afterwards. Within days, cardholders found that their cards had been used to withdraw ,000 worth of cash from across the US.
According to the police, the whole affair was a scam. After stealing a second¬ hand ATM, fraudsters reprogrammed the machine to accept cards and PINs, but not give any money out.
But while bank ATMs can be compro¬ mised, there is little evidence to suggest j that hackers are posing a major threat to civilisation as we know it.
The Computer Misuse Act The Computer Misuse Act came into force on August 29. 1990 The legislation, intro¬ duced m a private member s Bill by Michael Colvin, the Conservative MP lor Romsey and Waterside, introduced three offences to Ihe statute books The first level offence of obtaining unauthorised access to programs or data hold on a computer is tryable only summarily by magistrates and carries a maximum penalty of six months' impnsonment or a £2.000 tine, or both.
An offender is only be guilty of this first level offence if he intended to gain access and knew at the time that such access was unauthorised, or whore an insider know¬ ingly exceeds the level of authorisation to which s/he is entitled Hackers face prosecution for a more serious, second level, offence if they obtain unauthonsed access with intent to commit or to facilitate the commission of further offences, such as theft, fraud or blackmail This offence is triable either by magistrates or in Crown Courts, where it is punishable with up lo five years' jail or an unlimited fine The third level
otlence involves Ihe unauthorised modification of computer data.
This offence is/was aimed at virus program creators and/or propagators This offence is tnable by magistrates and in the Crown Court, where it carnes a maximum penalty ot five years' jail and an unlimited fine.
When asked about the problem of com¬ puter hacking. Barrister Kelman said that i hacking - as portrayed in the film I Sneakers - is wildly overplayed.
"The hacker has been the whipping boy for problems in companies since the cur-1 rent recession started. It's vital that people I realise that teenage hackers are notj responsible for all the ills of the computer j society," he said.
Peter Sommer (Hugo Cornwall) agrees] with Kelman. He said that he monitors all hacking activity through the media (as his] job as a computer consultant entails). He ] told me that the incidence of hackers caus-l ing problems for the authorities is remain-1 ing static in terms of numbers.
'This means that, as a percentage, such] cases are actually falling, when oncel realises that the numbers of viruses and] other similar incidents is rising. There is ] absolutely sign of growth at all," he] said.
On the increase One thing that Kelman and Sommer I are in agreement on, however, is that com- f puter-related fraud is on the increase, as witnessed by the ATM scam in the US.
This problem is bound to grow as the | teenage hackers of the 1980s group up to I become technically aware computer userv I The US ATM scam has caused constemaJ tion among banking officials, who arel now scrambling to create new technology I card protection systems, ranging from thrl use of etched photocards (as seen on thrl N&P Visa and Royal Bank of Scotland!
Plastic cards in the UK) through biometrJ scanning technology.
Biometrics involves the use of elec-i tronic images of the cardholder, his/haf fingerprints and even retinal scans, uf ensure that the card user is the cardhol Sources in the hacking community su| gest that the banks' actions are being ca: fully observed by technology hack' generally.
This use of technology by hackers track the anti-hacking technologists something that the authorities can stop. It requires them to continually out new anti-hacking technology, in ordd to stay one step ahead.
The ironic thing is that, as technoloj generally progresses, so the anti-hackinj technologists will have to work eve harder to beat the hackers, whose arsend of technology to attack electronic systei^ is improving all the time.
Where the film War Games portra teenage hacker (Matthew Brodcric Sneakers a decade later shows a group grown-up hackers strutting their st Although Sneakers was less than tec cally correct in its approach to portray hackers, it shows where the ¦ future lies.
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2000..........................................£89.00 X<Qd3000.......................................1229.00 Vidi Amiga Colour Solution .£99.00 Pro Draw 3..........................................£89.00 UP/DTP Comic Setter............................... 139.00 Pagestream........................................£144.00 Saxon..................................................X99.00 Mini Office.... ......................09.00 Kindwords 3........................................£34.00 Pen Pal.................................................£44.00 Wordsworth ......................£79.00 Pro Page
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14,400 v32 Bb..............................£259 Pace Ultralink v32 Bis ..................£235 VIDEO Adorage AGA version 2.0.......................POA Deluxe Video III..................................POA Scala 500 Tiller......................................POA Scala Video Studio..................................POA Scala Professional ........ £150.00 Pro Video Plus .....................1137.00 Opal Vision POA Rocgen Plus Pal ...........................£139.00 Sirius Genlock ..............................POA Y/C. Genlock...........................................POA
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COMPLETE PACKAGE...................£99.00 Version 3 software upgrade....................£20 Pandaal Interface/software upgrade £40 BEAT STUDIO Record and mix sounds from a Walkman, CD player, or extract samples from games, t True stereo sound sampling cartridge.
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Affordable Videography has always played a major role in the Amiga market but since the camcorder explosion « the last few years the floodgates have ¦ally opened on countless videographic
• iJ-ons, from simple titlers to high-end sating systems.
However no matter what new gadgetry icpears, the heart of any DTV setup will ..ways be a genlock. Over the last year the i-rnlock market has been pretty quiet.
However, this month all that's set to change ¦ «h two brand new units in the same issue.
In this review the spotlight falls on a big "other for the MiniGen genlock which Jopeared in last month's Shop Window,
• -titled MiniGen Professional, this latest
• ndeavour from Lola Electronics is vsigned to offer a challenge
in the iw/mid range - an area currently dominated by the RocGen
Plus.
To help stake its claim, MiniGen
• o is set to retail for just £10 more
• *an its RocGen counterpart. For additional investment you get
quite a few
• -rinements, the most notable being a built
- fader, as opposed to the knob control r-rnployed by the RocGen.
In fact it's fairly obvious after a brief tour '! MiniGen Pro that the designers have had j dose look at the expensive end of the mar- Paul Austin oversees the refit as Lola’s MiniGen turns professional and have attempted to emulate at least
- ••me of the more desirable features.
On the rear of the unit awaits a familiar array of composite and RGB D-ring ports.
As you'd expect - considering the price - S- . HS isn't on the agenda. However for a .omposite VMS source the MiniGen Pro is ideal, with both in and out signals connect¬ ing up via pro-style composite video BNC sockets.
Alongside these sit the 23-pin RGB com¬ puter Video In and its associated RGB pass¬ through - an option which allows the .'riginal computer output to be passed to your monitor untouched, while the outgo¬ ing video signal displays the chosen combi¬ nation of computer graphics and video.
Thanks to the pass-through option - also available on the RocGen - you're free to continue setting-up and adjusting even dur¬ ing mix-down as the Amiga display remains constant.
Unfortunately however, the MiniGen Pro isn't'without its faults - especially in relation to AGA machines. Although the RGB computer output can be fed into the genlock via a supplied 23-pin connection, the pass-through signal cannot be used in conjunction with a hi-res VGA/multisync monitor.
While a physical connection between the 23-pin pass-through and 15-pin monitor cable can be made via Commodores' moni¬ tor adaptor, the signal simply will not sync regardless of the screen mode.
MONITOR As a result, pass-through monitoring on AGA machines will require a medium res monitor such as the Philips CM8833-II or perhaps a Commodore 1084S. If neither of the above are available the only option left is to invest in another Lola product, namely their PAL TV adaptor, with the assistance of which even a humble TV could be pressed into service as a pseudo-monitor.
With the exception of the various I/O ports and of course the solitary fader, the only other notable elements are the three buttons on the front of the control panel - each of which toggle the output of the MiniGen Pro between one of three keying states.
Following in the classic genlocking tradi¬ tion, the three basic modes start with a fader-controlled dissolve from video to computer graphics, or visa versa. Next comes the most famous effect of them all, with colour zero being replaced entirely by the inarming video creating the illusion of computer graphics floating above incoming video.
Last and no doubt least comes a basic pass-through option which simply sends a clean video signal direct to the tar¬ get recorder.
Aside from the various connec¬ tions and controls, the only other thing worth mentioning is the rather strange orientation of the D-ring con¬ nections, each of which is upside-down - something which could cause no end of fun in a dimly-lit editing suite.
As for the actual keying quality, the MiniGen Pro is probably best described as average. Both Ihe fader control and the transition between keying states have been well implemented with the output leaping between modes and sliding between mix levels very smoothly.
Alas the actual keying quality isn't quite as impressive. Although much improved in relation to the MiniGen, the overall output is certainly no better than that of the RocGen. As a consequence, the choice between the two units is a rather tricky one.
On one hand you have the extra keying mode offered by the RocGen, while the MiniGen Pro counters with a built-in fader.
Given the choice I’d probably opt for the MiniGen simply because the better fading control would, for me at least, outweigh the need for an invert option.
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The door slams open on its hinges as two wide-eyed and expectant children rush in. Still half isteep, you realise that this is no night¬ mare - it's Christmas morning and all hell ha* broken loose.
"I wanna see the computer!"
Depressing than having to wade through a particularly unfriendly manual explain¬ ing how to use the hardware in computer jargon which has little meaning to the average punter.
For the time being, forget about all the extras and let's start with the important stuff: How to get it up and running.
First of all find a surface and put your television on it. Remove the TV aerial and open the Amiga box.
It contains the computer (really?), mouse, power cable and aerial lead. Take out the machine and lay it on the desk in front of the telly. Take a good, long look at it... The keyboard has the standard type¬ writer layout, Qwerty, as well as a numer¬ ical keypad. Running along the top are a series of keys which read FI up to F1Q; these are called function keys, They are used in many programs ranging from business to games titles.
By pressing on them, they will perform a particular function denoted by the soft¬ ware that is loaded in to the computer at the time, Looking at the right-hand side of the “Now mummy, now!"
"Computer! Computer! Computer!"
The calls follow you into the bathroom is you bang the door shut, trying to block out the harsh after-effects of last night's merriment. Darling hubby is still crashed out in bed, oblivious to the noise raging round him from his manic son and daughter.
The computer... last year it had been a faulty raring set, the year before that two second-hand bicycles which had soon become third-hand after a catalogue of punctures and worn brake pads.
This vear the joint family decision was to buy a computer lo help father with his work, mum with her degree and the kids with their education.
They had bought the Amiga 12(H) Desktop Dynamite pack which included a word processor, Print Manager and Deluxe Paint 4 AGA (apparently, but then again it could be SAS or PLO for all you care).
GLOSSY BOX Fortunately, for the kids' sake, Dennis the Menace and Oscar, two games, were in on the £349 Commodore deal as well.
Compared to other machines on the mar¬ ket, it was money very well spent.
The delicately wrapped paper was tom mto shreds in a matter,of seconds, reveal¬ ing the glossy new box bf the latest family addition.
"What do we do now? We wanna play!" Came the voice from the youngest.
Both you and your partner look at each other, hoping that one of you will take the courageous initiative. Nothing happens.
Your eye-line drops onto the coffee table. A magazine nearly forgotten in all the excitement and confusion looks back up at you with. You remembered why you bought it. One of the articles is badged: Tutorial: A Christmas tale’. You take a deep breath, pick it up and begin to read: There's nothing more exciting than buying a new computer and nothing more machine reveals the disk drive entry slot. This where you're going to be putting the one of the many disks provided with the hardware.
On turning the computer round to look at the back, don't panic - it's not as bad as it looks. To start with you only need three of the ports present: The mouse socket situ¬ ated on the far left; the aerial hole, labelled RF Modulator; and finally, the power socket itself - the furthest to the right- Take out the plugged power adaptor and look at the end with the five-pin plug which refers to the num¬ ber of pins that it has (like a normal household three-pin plug).
You'll see the word TOP marked on it which is the way up the lead should be when slotted into the computer. Slip it into the appropriate socket and stick the three-pin plug into a power point, but don't turn the adaptor on yet.
Fetch the aerial lead and slide that into the RF modu¬ lator and the other end into the telly.
Finally, get the mouse out and fit it into the mouse port. Turn on the power adaptor and flick the televi* sion on. Select a channel that you don't need and tune it in to the computer's fre¬ quency.
After a while, the com¬ puter's screen should appear on the telly. It shows a disk con¬ stantly going in and out of a disk drive.
This is the Amiga's subtle way of telling you to put a floppy disk in the drive before it can do anything.
From here, a game can be loaded auto¬ matically but make sure that you have a joystick (it plugs in next to the mouse).
For people who want to learn as much as possible about the basic use of the machine, I recommend grabbing Workbench 3.0 from the selection of utili¬ ties disks included and slipping that into the drive, labelled side up and with the metal protective cover facing toward the Amiga.
The computer will automatically load or ' boot'' the program. Once loaded, you will be presented with the Workbench screen.
This is where the mouse comes into play. Try moving it about and you'll see a red arrow moving around as the mouse is tale Adam Phillips begins his monthly step-by-step guide to how to get a grip on that technological jungle of a machine sitting on the living room table manipulated. This is the pointer used for selecting the various options that software will offer the user.
Finally, take out the relevant manual and start to read. If none of it makes sense then don't worry, I'll be back next month with the full low-down on Workbench
3. 0 and its sometimes unwieldy features. Until then, keep your
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There's Rombo's acclaimed Take 2 ani¬ mation package for all those budding Walt Disneys, backed up by Fusion Paint, a commercial HAM paint package. Supporting cast will include the very best shareware releases of the month, so don't you dare miss this double-barrelled bonanza!
There's a 16-page buyer's guide: Eveything you ever wanted to know about spend¬ ing those Christmas pennies, including hard drives, extra floppies, RAM expansions, and the software you won't want to mis out on.
Our features list includes thousands of words of advice on the bes floppies, RAM expansions, and wordprocessors in existence, an: reviews of the hottest new products, including Peggy - make digital video movies on your Amiga!
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TECHNICAL HELP!
Brazil nut?
This month sees the return of Fountain fonts and Bernouilli drives along with fixes and fudges for Workbench 3, printers, PC emulation and more!
Can 1 use my A500 (with half IW meg upgrade) in Brazil, and do 1
* need an adaptor? Can 1 take my software with me? Will X-rav
machines at airports damage my data?
What is the best to buy for graphics - Imagine 2.0 and Vista Pro, more memory, a hard drive, or what?
My cousin likes my Amiga's graphics - can I use a null modem cable to transfer my graphics to his 1*0?
I thank you for your time and trouble.
Mr A Dali, London rWe have no idea whether the power supply in Brazil is 50 or 60Hz which would be your stum¬ bling block. Try contacting the British Consulate or Commodore who should be able to help you out. You might find that you are better off selling your hardware and buying another Amiga in Brazil.
ACAS You should be able to take your software but there may be import duty to pay. So osJt the British Consulate.
The data on your disks would be wiped out by airport X-ray machines. Carry them as hand luggage and show them to the customs officials zho will make sure they by pass X-ray tests.
If you plan to use graphics programs you will need a hard drive and as much memory as you can afford. It's not really a case of buying t package, memory or a hard dmv - you will need them all.
You could indeed copy your files between tn Amiga and PC via a cable with modem rrograms running on each machine. However using a PD utility such os Messy Sid II, Messy DOS or Multi DOS will allow you to ¦opy your files onto a PC disk.
IBM use the PCX file format as standard while the Amiga uses IFF so you will have to avert your pictures, This may be done on the Amiga using a commercial utility like AdPro or a PD one, such as The Image Converter (TIC).
Disabling caches Can you tell me if there is any way to dis¬ able the CPU caches from the startup- Workbench 3 backdrops I thought I'd have a write as Iw I'm at my wit's end. I've tried W to use a backdrop on my A1200. Problem is, whenever I try to load it in I get the message “Not IFF chunk" or something similar. I've fol¬ lowed the instructions in the Workbench 3 users' guide but to no avail. Can you help?
5 O'Shea. Bradford rThe picture that you are trying to use is not an IFF file and can¬ not be used by the WBPattcrn editor. You should use picture files created in Deluxe Paint or any other art package that saves IFF files, sequence, ns a lot of my software will not run properly with them. Do you know of any TV tuners that will work with a Commodore 1940 multisync monitor?
I used to have my video recorder linked to a Philips 883311 via the compos¬ ite video input on the back of the monitor, but this does not look possible with the
1940.
I have just upgraded to an Amiga 4000/030 which I think is the best Amiga yet.
Maurice W Scorey, Hampshire Using a text editor such as Manacs, add the following AmigaDOS command to the startup-sequence: CPU nocache The Commodore 1940 (and every multi¬ sync that uv know oft uses an RGB signal and does nob have a socket for Composite In. To use a monitor as a TV screen you uvuld need a medium resolution monitor such as the one you used before buying the 1940. If you no longer have it, you uvuld be better off buying a colour portable TV.
Boddgy prunter I own an A500 with an A500 upfrade bought in March 1990. It is connected to a Hewlett Packard Paintjet bought at the same time Vhen trying to print letters typed on Pen Pal & Quickwnte. Althnugh displayed nn the screen conrectlx, tome of the letters are pnnted incorrectly.
I have found and eliminated the Revenge and Saddam virus on a number of disks but the pmblem still exists.
The battery-backed clock has also tone down.
Colin Glazebrook, Kent Hmm. See what you mean about the printer! As text is displayed correctly on the screen but not on hard copy, this suggests that the pnntor driver you are ABB using has been corrupted. You should replace it with an original copy of the driver. Ideally, you should take fresh copies of your program d>$k$ and use these as there is no telling what et$e has been affected by the virus attack.
To find out what has happened to your clock, try using a fresh copy of Workbench and setting it If you find that it fails to keep the correct time between sessions it could be one of two things - either the clock unit has a loose connection or it has tost charge. To !
Recharge it just leave the computer on overnight and all should be well again, PC games As increasingly new games Iv (especially adventure and RPG) W an* released only on the PC, can 1 buy an emulator that will allow me to play these games?
I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
N O'Brien. Herts rPC Task by Chris Homes is capable of running any PC software that dot's not require an 80286,80386 or higher processor. It is available from Meridian Software Distribution (081-543 3500) and ms reviewed in las! Month's Shop Window.
A demo version is available so Hull users can Irv before they buy. This is freely dis- Iribulable and can be obtained from most PD libraries.
Fix for A1200 hard times IB* I am a novice A1200/80Mb HD tW user and 1 have two puzzles I ^ cannot solve. Please give your most lucid step by step instructions and assume I know nothing.
After much struggling I had given up getting my Protext CoverDisk onto my hard drive in a usable state; I can run the config files but when I launch Protext 1 get the message “Cannot open window".
Then comes AC's September ESI* with a Protext fix - great except that I cannot find the screen mode option spoken of that lets me set it to new screen/standard display. I am also frustrated by what I hope is a simple problem, I have several programs that do not like my Power Computing fast RAM expansion (4Mb plus clock).
If I could place Workbench's NoFastMEM tool in the earlv startup win¬ dow, that would be a great fix. Can it be done? If so, how? Please again assume that I know nothing and lead me through step by step. I have Directory Opus installed on hard disk - that should make it easier, shouldn't it?
Can you also tell me how to get back issues, namely March and April '93?
Shame on me, I missed them.
Trrvor Cook, Welwyn Garden City rThe Idler in September's ESP im prmled as il ms rtceived and owing to time const rainls the fig was not checked before to publication. Having now lot)ked into the mailer, we have come up with a very simple fix for A1200 hard drive owners.
Having set up Protect, run the ScrmMode Preference editor. Click on Hie default box for Width so Ihal Ihere is no lick and enter a wiJth value of 1920.
Ensure Ihal Autoscroll has a lick by it then select Save or Use. Having made these changes, you should find that Protexl runs perfectly.
Re your Workbench's NoFastMEM tool query, in this instance you will find Workbench can do the job just as easily as Directory Opus. AH Hut you need to do is drag the NoFaslMem icon inlo Hie WBSlarlup drawer. When you reboot, il will be executed along with any other programs in Ihis drntvr.
Finally, back issues of Amiga Computing are amiable from Europress direct on 051-357 1275 - see Hie Reader Offers section for more details.
Bernouilli and RKRMs F Please find enclosed part of a catalogue which should solve Des Price's Bernouilli cartridge problem (issue 63). The cartridges are available from Global who can be con¬ tacted free on 0800 252252. My query is TECHNICAL HELP this: Having just upgraded to Devpac3 with the new v3 includes, could you tell me if the ROM Kernel Reference Manuals, third edition, take the A1200 into account?
If not, when will the RKRMs be updated?
Chris Cannon, Essex rMnny thanks Jor the information regarding the Bernoullii cartridges!
The third edition of the RKRMs does not com Workbench 3 specific program¬ ming but does explain how to program 1.3 and 2.0 machines.
Unfortunately there is no sign of the fourth edition from Addison WcS ley: its release in not imminent.
Relokick de-arcing Fthis letter 1 hope will assist Mr K Clarke of Doncaster and oth¬ ers having problems de-archiv¬ ing some of your CoverDisk programs, Rightly or wrongly you blame Commodore. If there is a bug attributed to Commodore why don't you tell us about it, or if you have any clout, as we say up here in the North, why not drop them a line yourselves?
In your Getting Started page the instructions you give for de-archiving do not always work as a lot of we readers have found out.
The solution to the above problem is not mine but is with a PD disk I pur¬ chased some while ago when I found that some of my old but precious soft¬ ware would not run on my new A1200.
The PD disk is Relokick 1.3 from 17 Bit. Using this marvellous piece of soft¬ ware has enabled me to run all my A500 games and so on.
It is also a great help in de-archiving You got problems too? Then drop a line to Amiga Computing Advice Service, Europa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP and we'll move heaven and earth to help in these columns. But sorry, we cannot reply personally, so save those SAEs.
Patient - in a while the title screen will appear again. When this happens remove the Relokick disk from the disk drive and then warm boot (Ctrl/Amiga/Amiga). You should now be looking at a Workbench 1.3 screen.
3. Put the disk to be de-archived into external drive and proceed
as normal.
4. When the de-archiving is done remove the disks and switch off
your machine to get rid of Workbench 13
5. You should now be able to load your de-archived disk from your
normal Workbench.
Some of your 3.1-shy CoverDisks.
According to the documentation, Relokick 1,3 will also work with the A500 Plus and A600 though I don't know if this is so.
What it does bring is backwards compati¬ bility to the A1200.
I had the de-archiving problem with your Caligari CoverDisk, so did a boot with Relokick, put in Caligari and success¬ fully de-archived from there.
If you are still with me, please allow me to state that Relokick is slightly awkward for the first time user. When I first used it 1 thought I had a bugged disk, so do the following: I hope the above is of help to those hav¬ ing problems. I stress that I have not tried it on any other computer but my own but I don't see why it should not work for all of your readers having de-archiving prob¬ lems and unlike myself going bald in the process.
1. Boot your machine with the Relokick disk.
2. The title screen will appear. After a short time the screen
will go blank. Be Mr P Jacksonian, Lmfc rPhew, what a lot of
effort you arr j going to in order to de-archive ot
CoverDisks. It may well work but j we don’t advise this method
as it is longu'i tided.
As we have said in Ihe past, there is a bug in v2 and v3 Kickslart chips. To remove an I shadow of doubt that the write-protect bug i not caused by the way in which the Amiga I Computing CoverDisk is put together, fnrf this little ex/H’riment: Write protect your Workbench disk and use I it to boot vot/r Amiga. Open a shell uwftfarl and enter th< coynnand: forsat drive dtO: niae Fred and s<v what happens when you insert a blank disk!
All that is required to de-archive our CoverDisk on a machine running!
Workbench/Kickslart 2 or higher is to ensure that the CoverDisk is write enabled before using it to boot your machine.
That is whyt on the Getting Started page we tell readers who have Workbench 2 or upward machines to boot with them CoverDisks write-enabled.
From what you have told us, you are hoof¬ ing your machine with the Workbench diskj then using the CoverDisk.
You should always use our CoverDisk tc boot your machine in order to use the programs on it, unless of course the instruc¬ tions in the CoverDisk pages tell you other-\ wise.
Relokick is indeed a great program fir mak¬ ing some older programs work on more motj ern Amigas but there is no need to ux it to de-archive Amiga Computing CoverDisks.
TUT We thoroughly test our disks on a standardj A500. A500 Plus and A1200 and boot the later two machines with the disks write- enabled - there are no de-archiving problems.
Dipping into fountain fonts PS9 Many thanks for an excellent magazine and Lw some equally excellent CoverDisk programs -
* the reason I started buying AO.
Some comments follow that other readers might be interested m. plus an enquiry to boot (hah hah). Reading your September issue, your ACAS pages commented that some readers have had problems with limited capacity using the Infofile program.
I suffered equally: Even after changing the memory set¬ tings I could only produce a 50-record database Don’t ask me how I remedied this, but somehow the situation righted itself on rebooting - my 250+ album collection with associated inlo (its easily onto the unarchived disk alongside the program.
I did have dearchiving problems initially - the machine refusing lo accept my blank disk as being write-enabled, until I bunged the disk-validator and replaced it with another one. Congratulations, though, on the choice of two ace programs on one disk. Could you perhaps help with the following? I read with sympathy the letter from V Horton who seemed to be having problems running Fountain on his A600. I have an identical problem, but your solution does not help.
The actual bugbear lies in the fact that for some reason the diskfont.lib supplied is v36.66 (testing with c/version).
Why? - everything else seems to be v37 (except Workbench!).
It doesn't matter how much I assign or cd. It’s still only v36.66 - will I have to buy a PD Workbench
2. x or 3.x to upgrade? Is there an easier path to scalable
fonts?
Thanks, by the way. For Bars & Pipes. Triktrak and Poing. Keep up the good work. Hows about Wordworth
1. 1 complete, or a non-saving demo of Wordworth2, Final Copy 2,
Pro Page 4. PageStream or Pagesetter? With fol¬ low on support
in subsequent issues to keep me buying.
Please, grovel, etc. Ian Southwood. Salisbury rAs you have no doubt realised, we made a mis¬ take in our reply to V Horton's letter in the September issue for which we apologise pro¬ fusely On the Fonts disk there is a directory called libs which contains a version of the diskfont library.
Although this appears to be v36.66 it is sufficiently recent to get Fountain up and running.
Copy it to the Workbench disk using the AmigaDOS command: copy JU1giFonts2.d:libs/f? To llbi: To make this library resident, reboot your Amiga ther open a shell window and enter the following: assign fonts: liigiFonts?.0;fonts add Now when you try use the Fountain program it will run, t you plan to use it regularly, you might like to add the above assign command to your user-startup which is stored in the s directory.
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up about when the)’ start really get¬ ting into their computer
are hard disks, faster processors and of course mem¬ ory. The
lack of any of these items is a sort of notional wall you slap
into when you start pushing the boundaries of what your machine
can do.
Ray-tracing, 24-bit graphics, direct-to- disk recording... all very nice ideas, but in order to attain these dizzy heights you must lay some cash on the table and improve your machine, and that's for definite.
But once you take that bold step, you realise it's not quite as simple as slapping your dosh on the counter and saying "I'd like a yard and a half of memory, mate" like you would in any other shop.
Buying memory is not so much like buy¬ ing cloth as buying a stereo. How much do you need? How reliable is the circuitry?
How much can 1 get for my money?
And before you know it, it's another one of those minefields with you in the middle of it, and damn it if you didn't leave that pocket mine-sweeper at homo in your other pants.
Buying brain for your Amiga is actually very simple, but you have to peer through the marketing speak to get to the basic things you need to know. People are always talking about the speed of the memory chips, SIMMs, ZIPs, PCMCIA cards, and nobody ever explains what it’s all about. To cover the real basics, memory is like workspace in your computer. The more you have, the more stuff you can load and run in your machine. In the Amiga it's a tiny piece more complex, in that you have essentially two types of memory: fast and chip.
Chip memory is usually the amount of memory you get in your Amiga when you buy it. Originally the Amiga only had 256k, but of course modem Amigas ship with up to 2Mb of chip.
The significance of chip RAM is that it is the area of memory by the main processor and Amiga's custom chips, or graphics co¬ processors.
On newer Amigas with Workbench 2 or 3, this is also called graphics memory and AmHamX the size of this is shown at the top of your sawn in bytes.
This RAM is shared which means some¬ times the main 68000 (or better) is using it, and other times the custom chips like Agnes, Denise or Paula are using it. Most of the time this sharing is not apparent to the naked eye (or anything else) until you get a real graphics payload into your memory.
Then, because the custom chips are hog¬ ging the graphics memory, the main proces¬ sor can't get at much memory. So everything starts to slow down at this point, as the 68000 waits for the odd slice of contin¬ uous RAM to work with.
If chip memory is all you have in your machine then you problems are double because all your programs and sound and everything else is crowded into memory too.
The only solution is to buy more fast mem¬ ory, as this is usable only by the main pro¬ cessor, and so it doesn't have to compete for cycles with the custom chips.
You can expand chip memory with something like DKB's excellent MegaChip 2000/500, although for the most part this is an expensive luxury for real graphics heads only. Expansion memory, or fast memory, is any additional RAM you boll onto your sys¬ tem other than the base memory the machine came with.
This is useful as not only does it provide the graphics chips with more legroom in their precious chip RAM area of memory, but it also allows you to load bigger programs, and not only that but more memory hungry pro¬ grams too.
Getting more RAM into your computer is easy once you made the choice. There are a fairly limited number of ways you can physi¬ cally attach RAM to the system and have it work. Chief among these for your A500 or 500 Plus user is the trapdoor underneath your machine or the expansion slot under the cover at the left cheekplate of the machine Both these orifices have covers you remove to engage the board with the new memory on it.
EXPANSION In the trapdoor you can simply up the level of your memory using the A501 mem¬ ory expander, or you can even insert a full 8Mb. The expansion slot enables you to either slap on a full 8Mb or add it through the use of expansion devices such as the A590 or A57D drives.
Both these devices allow 2Mb of fast mem¬ ory to be added to the system as well as the hard or CD-ROM drive. The key question here is: When you buy any device for the expansion slot, is there a through port? This means: Is there another port on the side of the RAM expansion it to allow you to fit more devices? Some devices terminate the link and don't allow more expansion.
Phil South reveals the uses for - and routes to - a larger quotient of RAM chips for your Amiga For 1500/2000/3000/4000 there is the good old Zorro slot. This is the standard expansion slot in all big box Amigas, and usually these are attached to the motherboard inside the machine, although on the 3000 and 4000 they arc on a daughter board sticking up at right angles.
A RAM card can be stuck in any available slot, although you may have to alter a jumper on the board to tell the computer how much RAM you have installed.
Some hard drives and accelerators have RAM on them, although like as no) this is 32- bit rather than the standard 16-bit RAM. For most normal Amigas the regular 16-bit RAM is easily fast enough for your needs.
Once you up the speed of the processor |« Amiga Computing December 1993 T MEMORY r memory SIMM Modules
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contains a number ol RAM chips, usually eight or nino, linked
together to lorm wtiat is essentiaJy one large chip The
principal advantage ot those modules is ihe ease iS*h which
memory can be upgraded.
Storing data In RAM ip 1 The computer lirst sends a pulse ol electricity along an etched conducive strip within the chip called an address lino. This identifies where the data is to be stored.
2 Ths pulse lurns on transistors connected to data hnes allowing data to be stored at those locations.
Reading the data stored in RAM 1 The computer sends another pulse along ihe particular addross line where the data to be read Is stored which turns on the transistors along the line 2 At every position along the line where a capacitor is hofcing a charge it will discharge through th* switched on transistor and send a pulse dowi tno dal* me These pUses are interpreted by the computer ns a binary one and the data lines not sending pulses as binary zeros.
You would do better to have some 32-bit RAM as well, simply because the faster pro cessor would be held back by not being able to access memory as fast as it could. Devices like this fit in the processor slot, so if you already have some fast RAM fitted in a memory card you can keep that in there.
Having a faster processor also means the upper limit of how much RAM you can have is expanded. On a normal system you're looking at 8Mb being the upper limit, whereas a 68030 can address up to 64Mb.
On all machines you can boost the amount of chip RAM with a device like the MegaChip 2000/500. This inserts into the socket occupied by the Agnes chip. You have to take it out first of course and it's not a game for the faint hearted, believe me.
A new avenue of expansion has emerged recently with the advent of the PCMCIA or card slot in the A600/A1200. PCMCIA stands for Personal Computer Memory Card International Association, and this is the name of the body which developed and supports this standard.
It was originally made for use with lap¬ tops and electronic musical instruments, but since the Amigas were fitted with a PCM¬ CIA interface, it now becomes possible to use PCMCIA memory cards.
This 68-pin slot isn't just a RAM card slot, as it is a fully functioning interface to the computer, capable of supporting a number of peripherals. But it's primary use will be to expand the RAM of your machine, or as a bonus you can even format the card as a disk. A sort of removable RAM drive with HOW MEMORY CHIPS WORK ADO SOI its own batter)1 backup! Obviously the best advice is to just buy as much RAM as you can afford and leave it at that. Beyond that, you aw actually fairly limited in the kinds of
* things you can buy for each machine.
Memory cards for the A500 are all much alike, and really you can just go out and get the first one which matches your price range. Obviously the best configuration is 8Mb of memory and a hard drive, but who am I to stretch you budget?
The A590 is still a good deal, but there are a number of expansion port options from GVP which break the memory barrier with¬ out breaking the bank. In the trapdoor YOU can get options from Power Computing, Silica Shop and Ashcom which are all reli¬ able, cheap and easy to fit, There are also some wackier options like the Blizzard Board from Micro-PACE which \ adds 8Mb of memory along with a faster 68000 style chip. This is installed into the actual 68001) chip socket by first pulling your 68000 out and inserting this board. These units are for people with a few more quid to bum and no fear of
trashing their Amiga R-—*- •
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On the A2000 your options are also mani¬ fold. You could simply poke a Microbotics 8Up board in and rack up 8Mb of 16-bit memory. You could use a combo card of some kind to add a SCSI hard drive con¬ troller which also has a sack of memory on it. Or you amid go the whole hog, and get something like the GVP G-Force 030 card with 32-bit memory and an 68030 chip all for a meagre £399.
The A3000 is a little more accommodat¬ ing, as you can actually insert your memory chips right there onto the motherboard, up to 16Mb using 4megabit SIMMs.
You can of course add more if you stick a memory card into one of the Zorro slots, but you have far fewer to play with in an A3000, so this isn't perhaps the best option.
The A1200 and A600 obviously have their PCMCIA cards, but for the A600 there are variations on the trapdoor units for the A500 specially made for the machine. These are made by the same firms - Power, Silica and Ashcom - who make the A500 units, and run out at similar prices of £20 to £30.
The A1200 has a lot more exciting options, with of course accelerator boards and 32-bit memory being top of the wish list.
Contacts Ashcom 0530411485 Micro-PACE 0753 551088 Power Computing 0234 843388 Silica Systems 081-3091111 i Jargon buster capacity The capacity of memory chips is measured in megabits, and not bytes. A megabit is a million bits, so tl you are buy¬ ing one megabit chips you would need eight chips to make one megabyte of memory. SIMMs have all the chips on one board, so you get 1Mb or 4Mb in one go depending on the size of the individual chips.
Card slot The PCMCIA slot on the end of a 600/1200 for expansion of memory space or addition of peripherals.
DIPs Dual In-line Package The classic computer chip, looking like a little rectangu¬ lar beetle with lots of little silver legs.
Fast memory, expansion memory Legroom for the main processor chip and anything other than graphics.
Kilobytes 1024 bytes (see megabytes).
Megabyte supposedly 1,000 kilobytes, in fact due to the fundamentally Base 8 nature of computers this is actually the closest number you can get to 1.000 in base 8.
Which is 1.024 kilobytes. So 8Mb is in fact 8,192k.
PCMCIA Memory cards which can also function as disks, just to confuse the issue.
The name stands for Personal Computer Memory Card International Association, and not Ptease Call Me Colin, I’m Alien.
RAM Random Access Memory Unlike a record album or cassette tape, which can only access the information in a linear way, random access memory can be dipped into at any point, like a trashy novel or a heated swimming pool, SIMM Single In-line Memory Module. A row of chips surface mounted onto a tiny piece of printed circuit board, speed The speed of memory chips is mea¬ sured in nanoseconds, Don't pay more for fast 70ns chips if you have a standard Amiga, as any old 120ns ones will do. You wont make you Amiga faster, as you won’t be using the top speed of the chips.
Obviously if you have a fast Amiga then only fast chips will do.
Trapdoor A little hatch underneath the A500/A600/A1200 which enables you to add memory, battery-backed clocks and so on.
ZIP Zigzag single In-line Package A tiny upright rectangular chip with slightly bent legs coming out of one edge rather than both edges.
Zorro slot Internal expansion slot on larger Amigas. Named after the old proto¬ type Amiga (not a lot of people know that ) We also stack: FRED-FISH 1-090 T-BAGS 1-57
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railtmrn woeUmJe Amiga Computing December 1993 V- VIDEO ¦ For
regular AC readers, Ihe name Hama may already be a familiar
one, especially if your primary computing pastime involves
video. Hama have a long and illustrious history when it comes
to videography involving the Amiga which they no doubt hope to
maintain with their latest release.
Like many German companies, Hama are synonymous with quality.
Unfortunately the aforesaid attribute is invariably reflected in the price, which in the past has made Hama hardware almost exclusively the domain of pro and semi-pro videographers.
However, in something of a break from tradition the company have now launched the new 292 genlock which offers a combi¬ nation of compromise and quality which targeted squarely at the videographic mid¬ dle ground.
Even at £299 the 292 still hovers danger¬ ously close to - if not above - the upper limit of the average home budget.
However for this you do get both compos¬ ite and S-VHS, Amiga colour control, hard¬ ware fading and four keying formats. As signal. A truly excellent feature which all serious genlocks should offer... The black Completely in control Along the front of the unit are the four Key control buttons. Working from left to right, the collection opens with a basic Amiga pass-through mode which simply sends the Amiga sig¬ nal untouched to the output video.
Next up comes the Video button which serves exactly the same purpose but sends a dean video signal to the output recorder/monitor as opposed to the Amiga signal.
Next up comes the key or invert button which as the name suggests makes colour zero solid while the rest of the palette becomes transparent - thereby producing a keyhole effect with the video appearing through gasps in a colour zero foreground.
Last but not least comes the mix option - otherwise known as overlay. This is by far the most famous and useful mode of them all with the Amiga display appearing above the incoming video as colour zero is removed from the equation.
With the glamorous styling, S-VHS support, hardware fading and four keying modes, success seems assured for the 292.
Unfortunately however, although impres¬ sive on paper in reality the new Hama isn't all it could be.
Starting from the rear the most damn¬ ing omission is the lack of an RGB pass¬ through. Apart from bargain basement genlocks the aforementioned feature has become widely regarded as an essential element of any self-respecting genlock.
NIGHTMARE Without a pass-through it's impossible to set up new Amiga elements during pro¬ duction. As a result using different pro¬ grams would be a nightmare while even simple page transitions using programs like Scala would be hit and miss at best.
Even worse than the lack of a pass¬ through is the very limited fader control.
.Unlike the vast majority of genlocks, the fader simply transforms the output from black to the desired effect.
In other words, there's no way to fade between the video and Amiga signal. So it's impossible to slowly fade up the over¬ laid Amiga graphics over a live video sig- nal - arguably the most usable and attractive genlocking effect of them all.
In short, flexibility is a real problem, but if you simply want to use a single mode throughout your production or alterna¬ tively don’t mind being forced to fade too and from a solid black there’s no problem
- personally I'd find it far too restricting.
Lastly comes the 292's Scart connections.
Unfortunately the unit doesn't come with any connectors apart from the aforemen¬ tioned 23-pin RGB cable. As a result you're forced into further expenditure on addi¬ tional non-standard connectors, not to mention a Scart-compatible VCR.
In short, the Hama is by no means as big a bargain as it may first appear, although to be fair the actual keying and image qual¬ ity is excellent in both composite and S-VHS.
If you need high quality S-VHS output but don't necessarily require flexible con¬ trol it's a good investment. However if you don't fit perfectly into this particular niche in the market it's well worth shopping around or saving up for the higher spec Hama unit.
You can see, the new 292 is quite a looker.
On Ihe back of the unit awaits a single RGB 23 pin-video-in which is taken directly from the Amiga via a supplied cable.
Moving from back to front the control panel is dominated by twin Scart ports which handle all the Hama's video input and output. Between these sits the Composite/S-VHS switcher while to the right awaits another switch which toggles between an A3000 and Amiga's that don't provide a built-in flicker fixer.
Aside from the aforementioned I/Os and mode switches, the only other ele¬ ments are a pop-up fuse alongside a rocker switch for the optional power supply.
'V/Ki Composite.
St'iish clastsn =incl even a tar for under £ Paul Aus THROTTLE Towards the front of the unit a single throttle-style fader is the most striking feature, offering a smooth and well dampened method of moving between black and the chosen keying mode.
Alongside three RGB colour control knobs are used to control the incoming Amiga graphics. Colour saturation can be a real problem with excessive levels caus¬ ing serious blending as the Amiga colour appears to seep into the surrounding video.
To avoid this you can always ensure that the colours within the Amiga ele¬ ment of the image are at or below 12 or 192 in the Amiga's colour register.
However, thanks to the Hama's built- m colour control no such precautions are required as the knobs provide complete control over each component in the RGB investi Product: Hama 292 Supplier: Hama PVAC Ltd Price: £299.99 Tel: 0256 708110 Ease of use: 8 Implementation: 5 Value for money: 6 Overall: 6 Public Domain Software EMOUITORS ED0Cf?TI0MfiL UTILITIES GAMES ! ' B997 IMH EMULATOR FOR A50O* ? C465 2SPECTRUM EMULATOR ? C5M PC TASK V2.031 AGA).
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QCI23 ? C36I ? CM2 Epic Marketing, First Floor Offices, 31a Faringdon Rd„ Swindon, Wiltshire, SN15AR. England nd - From dinosaurs to dance music, the public domain is the freshest, most up- to-date source of curiosities you could hope to stumble across... and all for PUB LIC next to nothing.
Phil Morse is your guide From the useful to the ridicu¬ lous. The most productive to the leisurely, this month's selection of free and very cheap soft¬ ware re-confirms my personal belief, which is that where people are writ¬ ing software (or doing anything, for that matter) for the love of it, for the sake of it evon, the collective end product is always a glorious reflec¬ tion of the diversity of those who've produced it.
Which of course, explains why. In all the variety here, there's nothing remotely "normal”. Because as is said up here in the North, there's now ! As queer as folk... Its well presented and quite exciting Fossils Found Notable CoeIap>* OioUgw torn) was « slip, agile carnivore with a long narrow skull armed with serrated teeth. Its* neck was flexible and the long tail uas held aloft tor balancing the forepart of the bodg.
The 'hollow for*' refers to Coelophysis* hollow bones. Though it walked on its rear legs, it frequently dropped down on all fours as it scurried about for food.
Dinosaurs 3 Vally PD Created by Total Concepts, who are mak¬ ing something of a name for themselves in the multimedia world thanks to their information and imagination, and Gold Disk's Hyperbook multimedia generator, Dinosaurs 3 is cashing in on the Jurassic Park bit - as is everyone else, mind - in a big way. This version contains less dinosaurs than the licenceware release, but enough to be interesting, and to per¬ suade the interested to buy the full version.
As well as nice and colourful drawing of our jurassic pals, the program con¬ tains nicely written and presented infor¬ mation covering most bases - should you wish to know where fossils have been discovered for any of the species cov¬ ered, for instance, it's just a simple mouse click away. As this is a demo of the real thing, the compilers have seen fit to include information on other related releases, including hobbyist and educa¬ tional titles, all sharing the Hyperbook connection. All should do well in schools
- or just with those who still have a pas¬ sion for learning!
JlVOor A Various art clip Vally PD Most Amiga clip art is really pretty dire Appearing on the top of envelopes, wed¬ ding invitations, letters or wherever the bold Amiga and printer owner tries to place some of the stuff on offer, it does anything but lend an air of class to the TOTAL CONCEPTS Presents Dinns.3- Click here for PA6E TURN INFORHRTION ( Click here for introduction to Click here for N0SUHR IN01X Click here for TC! Licenseaare Total Concept s friendly Dinosaurs Intro page Oooh, I love it. No. I really do. What do you mean, what? I'll tell you. You go out clubbing oh a Saturday
night, and afterwards find yourself whistling a song which you have absolutely no idea about all the next week, only to bump into half a dozen other people whistling exactly the same melody and saying ^ things like: "Yeah, that's a top ^ record, what is it?"
) In the end someone finds r out what it's called, you all simultaneously rush down to your local dance record empo rium, end up waiting tense weeks while they order it from some tiny Italian label you've never heard of.
Until finally... yes! Your own copy!
Y'see, this is how tunes, or “choons" as those on the inside like to call them, are made in clubland No massive sales, no appearances on kiddies' TV - in fact, in the case of the aforementioned Italian num¬ ber. The originator probably isn't even fully aware of the "buzz" sur¬ rounding his/her creation.
It's this pure, non-commercial Calling all PD libraries... ...and individuals with anything remotely worth my while having a peek at. If you want something released as PD. Or you're a library with stacks of hot new stuff that you haven't seen reviewed in these pages yet. Why not drop me a line with a copy, lull docu¬ mentation and everything clearty labelled. I promise I'll at least look at your work.
From music to education, business to utilities - anything you left deserved your shov¬ ing onto a floppy disk, lemme at it and I'll do the rest. Address?
Phil Morse. PD submissions. Amiga Computing Europa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK1Q 4NP 'tationery. This set, however, is different.
Having been ported across from the PC, these images - black and white line drawings on the whole, and so infinitely
• lexible - immediately got me thinking "I sould make some money
out of using this
- tuff!", which is not bad going from an id weary hack such as
moi.
Sometimes have to scroll around to look at the whole thing!
Used in the correct art /DTP package, you could quite easily achieve highly spectacular results with very little effort Covering subjects as diverse as wed¬ dings (cakes and couples!), all sorts of animals (although there is a special disk dedicated to dogs) and kids, these images are so detailed that they won't even fit onto an Amiga screen; you mi '"I lire ed- the ft to Hoes the e Classics Vol 6 Andrew McEniry's Dance Classics Vol 6.
Containing Americans Reel 2 Real's hard-edged, funky Go On Move; Anasthasia. A classic oldie from the nosebleed Belgian crew T99: and Push the Feeling On by the highly credible Nightcrawlers, this disk is - as usual - extremely well put together, puts the empha¬ sis firmly on the music, and has been made for all the right reasons.
So, if you're a dance fan and you don't know any of the above.
I'd get a copy of this rather fast, as one of the three featured songs will quite likely be a tune you and your friends don't know the name of and have been looking for for months! Oh. And rave on... top reliance on the music alone which is the lynchpin of the dance scene and nds simultaneously almost completely all absent from the Jurassic, big names i to world of corporate rock music, ipo- Combine this purists' love of the »eks music with the fact that computers, tiny sequencers, electronics, Midi and I of. Digital recording all have their part awn to play in the making of virtually all
dance music, and I think we can , or finally explain why so many like so-called "rave’’ demos come my and. Way.
Ices Trouble is, most are pap. It's no case good taking the chart fodder of 2 ium- Unlimited and Culture Beat and just isn't slapping it onto a disk. You have to sur- select the right choons first! And this is why I'm awarding this rcial month's Music of the Month to with the help of this lot. Recommended for all budding publishers «ind printers.
Spectrum Emulator vl.7 Vally PD Not as the title might suggest simply one version of this program, but a number, all configured to run correctly on any Amiga from a bog-standard 1.2 A500 to an A4000 68040.
This is the kind of PD I really like. I mean, who would release a Spectrum emu¬ lator commercially? No-one. But who'd pay a couple of quid to re-live their old times on their Amiga? Lots of people, me included.
On selecting and loading the correct ver¬ sion for your Amiga, all that's left is to sit back and watch the black border turn white and then display, in that much cherished calculator-style font, the "© 1982 Sinclair Research Ltd" message.
It’s all there and all the same: The flash¬ ing K for keyword, the one-touch com¬ mands (although these are almost impossible to use on an Amiga keyboard - maybe the inclusion of a file to print out showing where all the words are would help?) - even the error messages are identical.
Which isn't too surprising really, as the writer, who's written the whole thing in assembly language, has duplicated the complete Spectrum ROM inside the Amiga’s memory' to simulate the 48k ver¬ sion to perfection.
The most interesting and potentially useful thing about this emulator is that, if you have a sound sampler plugged into your parallel port which can sample at 20kHz or above, it is quite possible to attach a tape recorder to it and load Spectrum games in from cassette.
Yes, that's right, all the oldies can be loaded and run (well, most of them any¬ way). Looks like it's up into the loft to dig out that old portable cassette player and bag of dusty games for a bit of a reunion, don't you think?
Assassins A1200 fix Scorpion PD For those of you new to all of this (and you'd have to be to not know this, believe me), Assassins have released, at last count, 130 disk of PD and shareware games.
Generally coming three to a disk, the ?
Join the CLUBBS It s not often that an original concept falls onto my desk in a brown envelope, but that's what happened this month, in the form of some information, a convincing statistics sheet and a disk entitled CLUBBS.
Ever wondered what it must be like to be a comms user? To have your computer linked in to the outside world, and to be able to “speak* by receiving and sending electronic data to anyone with similar equipment and ideas?
Comms makes alt of this possible - comms freaks spend hours (and pounds) dialling bulletin boards, leaving messages in topic areas, receiving any messages meant for them, and generally keeping in touch with debates and information on things as diverse as world politics and dreams (a quick look through the list of conferences available on possibly Britain's biggest bulletin board. CIX. Confirms the diversity of interest covered).
However, good, fast modems are not cheap, and it is very, very likely that you'll end up running up a pretty horrendous phone bill, which can take the glamour out of the whole thing rather quickly.
CLUBBS aims to change alt of this. A system designed to duplicate the above scenario for those without modems or sec¬ ond mortgages, it is described as a “simu¬ lated computer network of varying ideas, opinions and specialised information’, updated and despatched monthly to subscribers.
It works like this. You receive, each month, a disk containing the latest mes¬ sages from all of the other subscribers, which will include answers to your last contributions alongside other messages, questions and statements, all divided into folders, just like real BBSs with their con¬ ference areas indeed, as the leer of a bulletin board is governed more by the software you choose to use on your machine than any individual board, this system feels some¬ what like you're simply using a proprietary piece of comms software on a real BBS!
You send in your replies in the form of text messages, which are then included on the following disk. And as the system is open to PC users too. You can be guaran¬ teed a large and varied selection of sub¬ scribers from all over the country and.
Hopefully, the world.
This is a refreshing idea, and judging by the response CLUBBS have had already, looks set to become a storming success. What I want to know is: What will they do when it expands to such a point where they'll be mailing you dozens of disks each month? I suspect we'll soon see!
• Send £1 to CLUBBS at 7 Fallowfield Close. Norwich NR1 4NW for a
sample disk.
Lemmingsbench P124, NBS the side of the window, through the roof, along the click bar and safely into the home icon.
This has all the graphics and style of the real thing, except all you do is sit back and watch our normally clue¬ less friends having a good go at the whole she-bang themselves.
Now what would be good would be a game whereby the lemmings do their own thing... until you interfere. Then you could spend you time deliberately hindering a set of creatures determined to make their way to safety. Anyone feel up to it?
This is by far the most original animation this month, which is not to say it's outstanding in any way. Just that what it does it does well, and it doesn't include polygons bouncing off the side of the screen while doing 17 more incredible things, all to the tune of some sexed-up teenager’s ramblings across the bottom of the screen.
Of course. I could be being more than a trifle cynical, but when you see Lemmingsbench and chuckle at the gentle humour of it all. Vector madness seems all but a distant, fading bad dream... The screen is a typical Workbench jobby, except it has an icon on the desktop, which just happens to look remarkably similar to the one which the Lemmings jump out of in the game of the same name, and an open win¬ dow containing another icon - home.
Our little chums appear from the first icon, only to splat themselves in their fall. However. Mr Pilot Lemming is already building a bridge to save them, and this is a start of a journey which will take our pack of intrepid and fear¬ less explorers to the bottom left of the “Workbench", up to ?
Assassins series has carried on where others have failed not least because of the excellent presentations of their products On loading, you are invariably faced with a slick, function key-activated menu, and arc almost guaranteed that at least one of the games will be well worth your time and effort.
However, A1200 owners who've upgraded from a Workbench 2.0 or ear¬ lier machine may well have been disap¬ pointed to find that - along with many commercial releases - the Assassins games do not work on their machines, or at least some of them.
This is where A1200 Fix comes in.
Containing not one but a plethora of pro¬ grams designed to get (nearly) all of the Assassins releases working, this is essen¬ tial for anybody with more that a few of their disks and an A1200.
It comes with comprehensive on*disk documentation, a very colourful (as we've come to expect) Workbench, and can only be praised for doing what many Line: 3 Coliwi: 17 I (Untitled) This is a test of the anazifis an incredible powers of Pouertext, One :an hardly belive the speed of its features, the ease of use and the clarity of the display, It's Mhost like tying a terrible death only to fire yourslef at the Pearly gates, of hM in one hand and the keys in the other.
An extremely comprehemlve wordproreuor - lutklly with a ipell mercial offerings carrying some but not all of the functions available for a little more of your hard-earned cash.
However, I feel that this new wordpro¬ cessor deserves a mention, if only because it is a CLR program, which means even though it costs a little more than usual PD, you can be sure of something special, and that it is just that - something special.
Should you wish to get yourhand on a wordprocessor which duplicates nearly all of the functions you're most likely to find on a commercial offering, then this is definitely the one for you.
You can load, save and merge (nice) Ascii and the program's proprietary for¬ mat, and delete files on disk (good for try¬ ing to save to a full floppy); there's full Find and Replace, including the ability to count the number of occurrences of a word; the Cursor Co To not only lets you go to the start or end or a page, but also to a percentage - if you know the passage you're after is about two-thirds of the way through your text, 67% should do the trick here, for instance.
There are aids to help you with your actual text creation, too. Want to insert the current date or time? The program will add it for you. Want to put ten of your commercial houses seem highly slow in doing - supporting their product's users after the point of purchase.
PD -1, Full Price-0.
Powertext 2 CLR CLU14 It's a while since I've reviewed a PD wordprocessor, basically because, with a few exceptions, if you've seen one, you've seen them all - cut-down versions of com¬ Go to til* 6o to percentate Up one Screen Dour one Screen Top of fit* T Ed if file I Insert/Overurite I Suap characters Al Style character Y Insert date Insert til* of Povertext. One can of use and the clarity of th only to find yourslef at he keys in the other.
Ins is a test of the arming lardly belive the speed of it :he display. It’s alnost like :ht Pearly sates, a vial of N!
More menus than you ran ihake a ttkk at most-used phrases (the cheque's in the post being a fave) somewhere where they are easily accessible? The function keys can be assigned to handle the lot of them.
As well as the program you get a guide, a summary, a tutorial, a hard disk install - in short, practically everything you could pay £30-£50 or much more for.
It can even use the Amiga's speech facili¬ ties to read your text to you - although this option is not recommended.
All in all, this is one of the best PD (well, nearly PD) wordprocessors on the market, and would be ideal if you have a printer with self-assignable fonts (font handling is not Powertext's strong point).
Overall, a great value program.
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Colwyn, Clwyd LL29 9NP SCANNERS From page Getting real life
photographs and drawings from paper onto your computer screen
need not be difficult or expensive.
Colin Yarnall opens up the scanning market Migraph ColorBurst This hand scanner has four modes of operation; Text/Line Art. Dithered Colour, Greyscale, Colour and Super Colour. All of these modes can scan up to a resolution of 400dpi with the exception of the later two which have a maximum resolution of 200dpi.
There is also a switch to set the resolu¬ tion of the scanner to between a quarter and one times the maximum possible for the current mode.
As an optional extra the Migraph OCR Jr software that is bundled with the Migraph OCR mono scanner is available The standard scanning software is very basic and allows you to do no more than digitise in colour, select the display mode and save your pictures. In order to get the most out of this scanner an image manipu¬ lation program will also be required.
Price: £299 The most obvious use for a scanner is to digitise pictures for use in desktop publishing. However, scanned images can also be employed as texture wraps and backdrops in ray-traced pictures and animations They can even be used as the basis for sprites in home brew computer games, but a growing use takes the form of pictorial databases.
Most Amiga databases are now able 10 store Images as well as text which is an ideal way of cataloguing your photos so that you can easily find a negative Any factual information that you require can be associated with Four different packages are available in the AlphaScan range of mono scanners. Each one contains the same 400dpi hardware but is bundled with a different selection of software.
The basic AlphaScan crests £89 and is sup¬ plied with Scan & Save software; AlphaScan Plus is £129.95 and comes with Touch-Up; AlphaScan OCR costs £139 and is supplied with Scan & Save and OCR, and AlphaScan OCR Plus, at £169, is supplied with Touch- Up and OCR. All models have Merge-lt soft¬ ware as standard.
Merge-lt is included in each package and allows two partial scans of a large image to be joined together. The program displays an edge strip of each image, allowing them to be moved around and overlaid, saving the resulting image directly to disk.
While it is certainly a useful utility, it is possible to produce an image that is so large that it would require more memory than you have to display it. This is particularly annoying because there is no warning that an attempt to generate an oversized image is being made.
Both Scan & Save and Touch*Up contain the scanning routines and are essentially the same program. The key difference is that the integral paint package and most of the image manipulation tools have been disabled in Scan k Save. However, this should be no great loss to users with access to a standard paint package.
The other differ¬ ence is that Touch- Up is Workbench 3 compatible while Scan & Save is not.
Clearly, if you own an A1200 or are thinking of getting one you should make sure that you buy a package that includes Touch-Up.
A picture whether it is a family history database, pop star portfolio Or Top Trumps-style card index There are two types of scanner: mono and colour As with tele¬ visions, colour is more expensive than black and white because of more complex hardware Apart from the cost of a scanner, bear in mind thal you may also need some extra RAM in order to use the hardware to its full capability Desktop publishing wilt need a total of seven or eight megabytes for colour work and four or five for mono It is possible to digitise images with less memory but it will become liustrating and uncomfortable.
The scanning routine performs ib job well but is let down by the!
Image size gadget which does not work properly. This usually I causes the software to produce images of the wrong size whkfel wastes a lot of time.
The scanner has a setting for text scanning which produces *1 closer facsimile of documents than the other image settings. Th.,1 images can then be processed by the special OCR software whuftf has two modes of operation.
In manual mode, the program makes a best guess at unrecognsJ able characters and display's them together with the origi¬ nal portion of the scan. The user may then enter the cor¬ rect characters or confirm that the program's best guess was right.
In automatic mode, the opportunity to correct the program's interpretation is left until the whole docu¬ ment has been processed and stored as an Ascii file.
It may then be loaded into a wordprocessor and further scanned using a spelling checker, SCANNERS!
Sharp JXIOO As with the other mono scan¬ ners in this article, the Pyramid model can scan at resolutions of 100, 200, 300 and 400dpi. It also has the Usual three modes for pho¬ tographs and one for text.
The sofjware performs the basic function of scanning and saving and that's about all it has been designed to do. However it is easy to use and appears to be well written.
As with the Pandaal scanner there is no software support for Optical character recognition. Apart from the obvious use of the text mode for digitising the written word, it can also be used for digitis¬ ing line art so it is not as useless as it might first appear.
What really stands out about the hardware is that the scanner interface has an integral switch that allows a printer to be connected »o your system at the same time as the scanner. This saves on both the ally lich ?s J tese lich At200, which are incompatible with the Power scanner, the interface unit fits into a Zorro slot on other machines The supplied software is more comprehensive than that of its rival and can save in resolutions of up to 24-bit.
Supplier: Power Computing Price: £239 Supplier: Cordon Harwood Price: £549.95 | Package Price dono/colour Hand-held Art facility Image manipulation OCR A600 A1200 AlphaScan £89 mono yes no no no yes no AlphaScan Plus £129.95 mono yes yes yes no yes yes AlphaScan OCR £139 mono yes no no yes yes no AlphaScan OCR Plus £169 mono yes yes yes yes yes yes Pandaal £99 mono yes yes yes no yes yes Power Mono £99 mono yes yes yes • yes yes Pyramtd £89.99 mono yes no no no yes yes Migraph ColorBurst £299 colour yes no no • yes yes Power Colour £239 colour yes yes yes no no no Sharp JX100 £549.95 colour no
no yes no yes yes Epson GT-6500 £799 colour no yes yes no yes yes optional to pixels If this product looks vaguely familiar it's probably because it consists of the same scanning hardware as the Migraph ColorBurst but is badged differently and in another colour. However, unlike its rival, the Power model does not plug into the parallel (printer) interlace.
Instead A500 and A500 Plus users have to plug the interface unit into the side of their machine. Hard drive owners and users of other A500 side expansions will be pleased to hear that there is a pass¬ through interface so that they can use their existing peripherals concurrently.
With the exception of the A600 and Power Colour Scanner The Sharp JX100 is a flatbed colour scan¬ ner which is capable of digitising images up to a maximum of 100 by 160mm. All that is required is to place it on top of a picture and align it with the viewing window.
Three passes of the scanning window are made - one for each of the primary colours that define each pixel. The passes and are automatic once the process has been started.
Because the scanning is automated it leads to more accurate digitising by elimi¬ nating the possibility of the head wobble which can occur with hand held scanners.
Apart from being able to digitise in its highest resolution of 18-bit colour it can also be used in three-bit. Six*bit and mono.
The results are far superior to those achievable with hand scanner, yet the price does not put it out of reach of the home computer market.
Photographs are just the right size for the scanning window but there are times when a smaller area is to be digitised. The software permits the size of image to be defined but does not appear to handle pic¬ tures that are larger than the scan window.
Brightness is controlled by the program, rather than via hardware, as is the colour balance. Once the artwork has been set up. A single pass mono preview scan can be made which will save time when the final colour scan must be aligned accurately.
Not only can the software handle both portrait or landscape and images with user-defined size reduction, but it also has no less than five types of dither to further enhance the final output rr ' ~ ¦ SCAN NE RS Power Mono Scanner Epson GT-6500 Computing Price: £99 Did we say that the AlphaScan and Pandaal scan¬ ners were twins? Well it seems there are tnplets!
The mono Power Scanner is exactly the same in every respect as the last two except that it has been badged with a different name - someone in Taiwan must be raking it in.
Of course the software side of things is com¬ pletely different to that supplied with the other models. Apart from being able to scan, the pro¬ gram includes an integral art package with the obligatory Undo function.
Images may be rotated and resized with program options available from the menu strip, as keyboard short-cuts and icons. Of the three packages containing this model of scanner, this one is the easiest to use and has the most comprehensive manual OCR software is not provided as standard but is available as an optional extra Without a doubt the Epson GT-6500 leaves the other scanners in this article way behind. In terms of hard¬ ware it is the largest and most robust - resembling a desktop photocopier, a use to which it can be put if it is connected directly to a pnnter.
It is capable of scanning single sheets of up to A4 size at 600dpi in 24-bit colour with just a single pass of the scanning head! Obviously a device like this win eat its way through all the memory you can throw at it.
Power Computing supply their own software called PowerScan 3 which has support for AGA machines. Images may be rotated, flipped skewed, inverted and cropped as well as being touched up using the integral art facilities. Scans can take quite a while to produce because ol the amount of detail involved so the Inclusion of a quick scan preview option is particularly welcome. In order to accommodate limited RAM. Images may be reduced by up to 50 percent. OCR is not catered for which is a pity as the scanner is the only one in this article capable ol handling full A4 sheets without the need to join
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Simple tips for quality scanns Hand scanners suffer from an inherent problem of wobble which shows up in finished images as skewed lines. The problem is exacerbated by the original artwork slipping and sliding as you try to pass the scanner over it.
The simplest solution is to break out the masking tape and mount the work on a plain background.
Stick this to a firm work surface then use the Yellow Rages and a phone book as edge guides to prevent wobble.
Rather than risk damaging the original work by using tape, a sheet of thick clear plastic may be laid over it and the phone books held down with Blu-Tac.
If you can't get hold of and sheet plastic you could spend a few minutes carefully dismantling a framed picture and borrowing the glass for a while.
Of course It pays to treat sheet glass with respect (and a pair of gloves) so don't attempt this if you are at all accident prone. Amiga Computing will not be held responsible for any accidents - if you attempt this you do so entirely at your own risk!
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If makes all other forms of fighting oction look like kiss chose! Whot is it? Virgin's Mortal Kombat is the correct onswer and the hype mochine is just about reody to go into overdrive.
You may have noticed the adverts currently run¬ ning on the television for the SNES, Mega Drive and Gomeboy versions, but it is definitely coming to the Amiga in November.
Seven contestants are assembled to take part in a competition organised for the post 500 yews by the Shang Tsung, a guy who resorts to stealing loser competitors' souls to keep himself looking younger. Once the number of fighters has dwindled down to one, the person left standing takes on Coro, Shong Tsung's 2000 year-old, four-ormed, mutont warrior champion.
Eoch character hg> a repertoire of two dozen or so different moves. The fost, effective combinations Team 17 ore red-hot al the moment, having loads of releases planned for ihe coming months. Rather 7S 71 fk thon a true sequel, Body Blows Goloctic places for the two of the first four heroes into the race intergoloctic crown, fought ogainst the best of seven planetary races.
Junior and Dan from the original get oil spoced up ond head for destinations far ond wide taking on all forms of weird ond wonderful entities.
Players include the bo»-heoded Flgme, ihe mysti col Discette, the ghoulish Phantom ond even a jockeyed-dinosouH BB Goloctic features the same fost oction os ire enhanced version of Body Blows, oil new moves, better sound and enhanced backdrops (especially on 32-bit versions). Team 17 have promised that Body Blows Goloctic will deliver a mortal blow to the competition and have fans of the original bay¬ ing for more!
. / Team 17 are also deoring up in the budget ronge market. It's been about 44 weeks since Team 17 released their first new style budget gome ond ever since then a Team 17 game hos Body Blows Galactic Renegade releases looking "elfy"!
Of possible punches and kicks is supplemented by secret special moves including Death Blows.
Mortal Kombat's distinctive and realistic visual approach is the result of athletic octors being filmed in the roles of the characters with the exception of Goro, a 12in high model whose movements were shot frame by frame (four armed mutants are hwd to find these days!).
The footage was then converted to o computer and touched up before appearing as it does in the orcodc machine. The team behind Mortal Kombat is Probe Software and they are using speciolly written programs to convert the original orcode data.
The Gamer news crew found out an interesting bit of information that concerns tough and contro¬ versial rapper, ke-T. Ke was apparently so moved by the fast and furious orcode oction that he went out and bought o very expensive Mortal Kombat orcode mochine.
'"BOOO Corner took o sneaky peek ot Elfmania ot the ECTS and il is looki astoundingly good. You'll mm ¦ m L i # Etfmaau est software offering enrided Elfmania. The game is o beot-'em-up and is bang heralded os the finest example of Amiga programming ever seen.
It's been in development since August 1992 ond hos been produced by o team of seven. Etfmonia indudes fuBy animated parallax backgrounds and fore¬ grounds, huge character sprites, high quolily graphics and sound samples - and it oil runs at a quite exquisite 50 frames a second!
For Terramarque, Stavros Fosoulas commented: “We have taken the best aspects of the genre, poured some new staff in, mixed it all together and the result is something totally new.
'Furthermore, Elfmania presents things never seen before, aspects that totally refresh the concept of beat-'em-ups. Obviously we are still keeping liese things to ourselves and you will just have to wait and see what we hcrve managed to do.'
Oped in Australia by new developers Binary llusions In Flight of be Amazon Qjeen, you play Joe King, a 1940s pilot lor hire, os you fly Hollywood film star Faye Russell deep into te jungles of South America Surviving a plane crash is the first of the many challenges you must face, os you lead Faye to safety and attempt to save the world from a dark horror lurk¬ ing within the jungle. The game hasn't got a definite release date yet, but it will arrive in Spring 1994.
Another Spring release is Ruff & Tumble from Wunderkind. This odion gome hos been exdling o huge amount of interest since be eody glimpses seen cX the fast EOS.
The game theme is based on the odivihes of a precocious twelve-year-old colled Ruff Rogers who is transported into o fantasy world while playing around
o mysterious, ahem, rabbit women Needess to say, the fantasy
world is being cruelly suppressed by the evil Dr Destiny ond
his Tinheod Army. Ruff, in o sudden fit of heroism, decides
that I :es he | * :ec no j es sh- aspects tweaked and messed
about with.
Apache is a previously unreieosed budget blaster which will be released around Christmas os o stocking filer for £7.99 It's a straightforward chopper based rescue-'em-up com¬ bining toe best ospeds from Choplita and Defender Other future budget releases include some big name titles and Teom 17 post releases (under the Classic label) including Superfrog. Team 17 are roaring into action ond ore stilT in my humble opinion one of the best ever software compa¬ nies.
• .¦Htfl number one. To xcompany Alien Breed ;I Project X and FI7
I-orienge, toe teamies are c -dease Qwak (reviewed to s month),
Assassin
• -Mix, Cardiaxx and Jcoche.
Despite excellent reviews,
- ;«ssm never really did the business, x* now the lads and lasses
from Wakefield
• o* hod the opportunity to sit down and analyse Sierra go Cold
- 1 jod have just signed a two-year deal with Sierra to publish
their bock catalogue of games at bud¬ s' ^ces Oer the two years
US Gold will bring out o massive 28 titles ond toe good news
for gamers . Fxt mony of them will oe available for your
mochine.
First batch of products will start arriving in October. Gamers wiH be able to get their hands on
- c*b 1, Kings Quest 1 and the ever popular and always dirty
Leisure Suit tony 1, ^Trenture fans will also be able to play
Police Quest 1 and Spoce Quest 1 when they arc released aeon
Christmos. The prices of the budgets ore yet to be confirmed,
but they ore expected to be between v £1 2 ond Cld price range.
Something must be done.
Wunderkind
• os formed by .ason Perkins and 3obin levy, wbo have both
contribuled to some of the best gomes developed in toe last
eight cr
- •me years. The music ond sound effects will be provided by
Richard josaph, who is probably the industry's leading creator
of sound and music.
Ruff & Tumble features detailed and complex puzzles, fast gameploy, and a ijge variety of opponenls, weapons ond levels Amiga owners will be able to die up toe chalenge when it arrives in April next year Are you a disco king? Well let's jive, groove and get down to... REVIEWS • REVIEWS • REVIEWS Qwak 110 What's this hiding in the bulrushes? It's Team 17's latest budget platform romp and by golly it's quite fun-tastic!
Turrican 3 112 Yes, it's back. Three times the excitement, three times the fun and three times better than the original platform blast-'em-up. Cor!
Blaster 114 Tell me do you like to shoot things in o totolly psychotic and destructive kinda way? Well take a look at Core Design's latest offering and get those guns loaded... Overdrive 116 There is just no stopping Team 17 is there. They've conquered the platformer, the shooter and now here comes the racer. Blimey missus!
Diggers A1200 118 It's mine, all mine. Millennium's, err dig-'em-up hits the A1200 and Simon gives it a thorough going over with his pick!
European Champions 120 Our little tribute to Ocean's, ahem footy-'efrvup and the delightful and always chinny, Jimmy Hill.
Uridium 2 123 I don't remember the C64 original because I was such a poor and lowly Spectrum owner, but the sequel looks very fine indeed CD32 Update 125 Simon "Seedy" Clays rounds up the latest CD32 offerings of Cover Girl Strip Poker, Robocod and Pinball Fantasies Cheap Seats 126 Broke? Starving and hungry for games? Well why not take a look at these delightful budgets. They make the goods in Netto look expensive!
Drawing Board 1: Dreamweb 128 An mysterious adventure from Empire that contains I oads of sex and violence. One for the kids I think!
Drawing Board 2: Wonder Dog 129 Core Design jump into the platform game market once more with a dog that is for more wonderful ond cute than Lassie ever was... Cheat Mode: Zool 130 Are you a At 200 and CD32 owner and having trouble with Gremlin's clas¬ sic platformer? Well do not fear because an excellent Gamer guide is here!
REGULARS • REGULARS • REGULARS Who! Con you Sdy about Team 17?
Well from such smdl beginnings, the lads and lasses from Wakefield hove risen to become one of our leading gomes publishers.
You only have to look at their bock catalogue to realise how important they've become lo the Amigo market Alien Breed, Project X, Assassin, Body Blows, Superfrog ond FI7 Challenge could all quite happily go on my list of desert island disks.
Each contained state of-the ari graphics ond sound and most importantly displayed a wealth of playability, The sheer doss of these products have yet to be rivalled in my opinion.
It might sound like I'm indulging in a bit of butt-kissing, but when you hove to ploy ond review os many gomes as I do it's always nice to see o piece of softwore from Team 17 You know os soon as you lood it up that you're getting a high-quality product, if only other bigger softwore houses could take note of what Team 17 ore actually ochieving then the Amigo games mor- ket might be o safer and better place, Just recently, Team 17 have moved into the budget market with immense success The recent re-releases of Alien Breed and Project X hove shot up to the top of the budget charts ond hove
honfy moved for ten months. Both gomes ha^e not strictly been re releases, out instead have been enhanced ond improved.
Team 17’s next move was to release on original game at o budget price of £12.99. FI 7 Challenge was by no means o sub-standard product simply becouse it was cheap, in fod it received o much coveted Gamer Gold.
BUDGET The Teomies sow how well FT 7 did ond debd- ed to release another original at a budget price So now we hove for your deliberation ond enter¬ tainment Qwok, and it is o ma|or departure for Martyn Brown and his boys.
Just os in Superfrog, Teom 17 have taken the idea of a 'classic style' arcade platform game and enhanced it for ihe ’90s. Qwak takes its inspiration Team 17 return with something a little different. Jonathan Maddock the ducks goes to feed grab bonuses galore os you race to snatch the keys that open the enchanted doors which ore the gates to the next level.
I'm afraid there is no story to Qwok, simply because the game's creators felt that a game tho good rarely needs one ano would rather let the from Bubble Bobble, Roinbow blonds ond other such gomes ol (bat ilk.
As you might have judged from the title, the gome features ducks, Ihe idea •* very simple; all you hove to do is fake yOur duck through eight mogicol worlds ond 80 wonderful levels. You can \ Spike Key Pendant 10 «r ¦ i ¦ ¦ Lockpick eggs I Gate
L. .IL Dll ID $ Skull oil 0 glue 0 Mushroom Owak getting too
similor ond boring, the gome's creators hove introduced
special challenge scenes On this screens the object is to
complete the level and collect os much as possible before the
time runs out.
Have to contend around becouse away1 At the end of eoch world, you'll face a guardian screen which hos lorger, tougher nasties and big bonuses. You con complete it as usual by collecting dl the keys and opening the door, but some keys won't appear unless special baddies have been disposed of.
I met Team 17 supremo Martyn Brown recently and he told me that he thought Qwok was one of the best ond mos» playable gomes they hod overdone.
Noi unusual you might hear someone from their own company plugging their game, but never before hove Team 17 said anything about their games - they’d much rather we found out how good they are by playing them ourselves.
LITTLE GEM So when Martyn said it was good I was a little wory, but os per usual Team 17 astounded, pro¬ ducing a little gem of a budget game.
Owak might not amaze you on your first go, but on your second play you'll be totally engrossed os thot dangerous addictive factor kicks in. Indeed this is perhaps one of the most addictive gomes I hove played in my life, over the last few weeks I’ve played nothing else!
It is very similar to Bubble Bobble and you could almost occuso Team 17 of ripping it off, but then again most good ideas come from other influ¬ ences. It may rip Bubble Bobble off, but it's done to perfection.
The graphics ore cutesy ond keep in true tradi¬ tion to this type of game The sound is brilliant with a happy-go-lucky Kmc that literally bounces along while you're ploying. The playability is spot on with an easy control method ond on excellently graded level of difficulty.
Gcmeplay speak for itself. Which is loir enough I suppose!
Grabbing keys ond bonuses sounds o foirfy eosy game to ploy, but fear not becouse Owak is quite possibly one of the most fiendish games I hove ever had the pleasure df grappling with.
There are a number of weird creatures out to Owak is, most of ofl, o fun game, and one that you can pick up time after lime and play at any stoge of the day. It doesn't stress you out arid it doesn't require on immense amount of thinking. If you miss out on it then I pity you becouse it's truly great!
JONATHAN MADDOCK VISION AUDIO DIFFICULTY ©©©©©©000 000000©©©# ©©©©©©©©## LASTABILITY ©©©©©©©©©# Qwok hos got the graphics, sound, ployability and addiction. You'd have to be o complete mug not to buy it because (or only {I J you won't get better value for money anywhere else.
Publisher ? Team 17 Developer ? Team 17 Disks > I Price ? £12.99 HD Install > N/A Size ? 1 meg Turrican 3 Other games just pop up from nowhere, released without ony fuss or hype. Turrican 3 is, thankfully, in the latter category. Fm supposed to know everything about Amigo games, but there was no-one more surprised than me when I saw it altheECTS.
Turricans 1 and 2, alter all this time, stil make toe top of my favourite games list. Each was a clas¬ sic, containing some of the best platform/shoot- 'em-up action I've ever played The gameplay was basic, but incredibly addic¬ tive and highly playable. Your mission was to get through the manv levels while blasting away every¬ thing in your pain.
Some of me weapons you could get were just outrageous For real gun-loving psychopaths, Turrican was toe perfect product Renegade hove now got the rights to publish Turrican 3 and nobody is more pleased than me You might think that the third game in toe series would now hcrve amazing sound and astounding ia. Well, yes it has got both those features, »they were pretty damn hot in the first two Turrican odvenlures Turrican 3 carries on where the other games left off and stil monoges to retain toot high standard of gameplay coupled wito fancy graphics and sound There are few differences between T3
and its predecessors. Gone is the ever so useful, err extended loser toingy that you could swing around your body (yes, you just try ond explain it in words) to be replaced by a rope.
TURRICAN 3 Join Renegade for a bout of plntform fun. Deafh, aliens, destruction and big guns. You know it makes sense!
This new handy rope helps you reoch higher platforms with me minimum of fuss ond also lets you swing across large chasms. If you’re really clever you can swina up to the roof to avoid particuwry nosty baddies and toen shoot at them from above The weapons and power-ups are still included and so is the function to turn into a spinny, spikey chainsow-type thin (again, you try an it explain it!). The spin- ,’i tbing - for those who didn't ploy the previous incarnations of Turncon - lets you romp around the screen wito- os/ fear of getting destroyed, but vnfpriunotely only lasts for a limited
amount of time.
The story, it has »o be said, is o bit of a literary masterpiece An evil machine from toe for reaches of toe galaxy has reored its ugly heod and assem¬ bled many dork forces together.
The dork forces rampaged throughout the uni¬ verse causing massive destruction and enslaving anyone who was unfortunate enough to gel in their way.
This next bit is the best bit The sloves screamed as they were captured, ond in particular one woman, who must own the world record for the loudest scream.
This scream corried from one side of the uni¬ verse to toe other where the hero of the game hap- GfiEfR pened to be standing, 'Why that sounded like a domsel in distress and if I don't rescue her I have tois funny feeling that the world will be taken aver by toe evil mochine ond its dork forces!' Exclaimed our hero, Bren McGuire.
Bren quickly strapped on his assault suit and looded his weapons. Now a lean, mean fighting machine with a uncanny sense of direction, Ben flew off in his spoceship to where toe trouble lay.
This, of course, is where you come in. You take con¬ trol of Bren ond his assault suit and guide him torough 15 levels of hot platform odion and there you have it.
Turrican 3 is a very uncomplicated platformer and is one where you Cart blast alien beasties to bits as soon as you load it up. The graphics are similor to those seen in the previous Turricans, but perhaps ore slightly more detoiled ond contoin better enemies r VISION 000000000 AUDIO The sound is not toe most fantastic you've ever heard, but as pier usual you con always reoch for the volume switch if you don't like what you hear The best thing about Renegade's plotform/shoot-'em-up is the foct that it is so playable. It's one of the very few gomes that has captivated toe whole office and when
a game does tool you know if s gal to be good For gamers wanting a bloody good platform romparound wito toe opportunity to blast away to your heart's content toen you need look no further than Turrican 3.
JONATHAN MADDOCK DIFFICULTY ’gTgTgTgTgTg! I I ] LASTABILITY 00000000 Turrican 3 captures r.T.Y|fi the spirit and ptaya- I • 11 rIF bility of the original f( tews ol gomes if you wont a gome that not only ptays well out looks ond sounds good then Renegade's blaster is ideal.
Publisher ? Fienegode Developer ? Factor 5 Disks > 1 Price ? S25.W HD Install ? No Size ? Meg "Oh what luck!" Shouted Giles. "Yes a of power-ups. Let's celebrate with a of bread and Jam!" Exclaimed Jack ml1'.1.. I*—IS* n Network q RALLY CHECK OUT THE LATEST Is it Isvsl after level of alien zapping blood letting? Or Is it the romantic tale of three domestic pets on a voyage across the wilderness? With a name like Blastar it's a straightforward enough choice, sorely?
Just recently, here of our squat just outside Amiga Computing Towers, we've been • . ^ inundoted with shooKerm-ups. I m not too \* V 1 sure as to the reason behind this. *m jQf the hero It'd be a very silly gome if you were one of tee boddies).
If ever there was a bod time to be a hero, teis is it. A moss invasion of very alien-type beings have appeared out of a vortex just off the planet.
Their sole intention is to do what every molevo lent alien roce wishes to do - totally destroy the folk of the nice planet. Unfortunately, being a nice planet, you're the only one with a mean enough streak to buckle his belt one notch tighter ond tolce on the might of the aliens.
To all intents and purposes Blostor is a very stroightforword, na-messing shoot-'em-up. Yoi Is it becouse every software house hos suddenly "N become infested with dongerously deranged psy S&A * cholic menaces for programmers? Or is it that - j we're nowonlberunintothejolly Christmos fes- - livities?
If this is the case, then they all want to unleash I on orgy of destruction and mayhem on a blood hungry generol public at this time of peace and wBt good wl.
Blastar could be described as one such product. 4 However, when it first reared its shooting frenzy- JjKd type foce in our wigwam at the , back of the car park, we 4* *V . TARGET thought we'd been ococWal- - "< V —— : —| ly sent a moil order product by mistake. . \ \ £ V.. I Meet Blostor, (put on a L xXL/
- ^ poor American accent! SMB.
With its unique 24-blode system, Blastar is the perfect Christmas gift. Tktags get te be a reel blast in Blastar Blostor it the ideal companion wherever you world. Having problems with your sewoge? Blostor vaster, milking machine and wife quietener.
Comes complete with 40 metres of high tensile steel Blaster is nothing of the sort, but any inquiries coble to flush out those awkward pieces thot got from interested rcoders should be directed towards pi *** 9°^- y°°con weed, mow, plant, sink a pond and landscape it al with Blaster's interchangeable heads. In the home, Blaster's your best buddy.
Maybe it's o simple loft conversion you're after? Or maybe you've always wonted to alter the roof of your humble abode into something more elaborate?
Blostor comes equipped with a pioneering sys¬ tem that olows you te turn ypur two up, two down into the Toj Mahal or any other wonder of the stuck. Dog need de-worming? Blastar comes with Ronco. In Blostor you take on the unenviable role of 40 metres of high tensfle steel cable.
CAT OMINE TAILS ' The Gamer Guide to an outer Old Skip willfwwl out wite joy when feeling tee difference. K you're pushed for time and tee kids ore playing up, Blastar comes with its very own cot I /
o nine toils - teey'l never give you lip ogoin! I <K Al this con
be yours for .99, or for a further I /jf 55 Blostor comes
with its very own combine har- I have to plough your way
through five galaxies, eoch one comprising of two sub-levels.
To make matters worse, in true shoot-'em-up style there's a rather huge ncsty at the end of each sub-level.
On each stage there are a set of targets to seorth out and destroy in order to complete the level. These vary between such things os strange alien organic defence systems, weird lavk genera¬ tors and extra-terrestrial asteroids.
As you progress through the levels at various stages you will be reworded with the option of docking. Ir’s at these docking bays where you can I ixwv»». ... - •“ * I Moo • 'AX'dllll ' • ,• -L « ' • The options screen reveals those r space-type"Game for a Laugh" The audience roars with laughter as Rock initiates the defence system - little dots ha know we*ve switched his plasma bolts for instant custard.
Enhance your ormouty 16 give you a greater chance in the ensuing levels.
Blaster features some nice grophics, espe- <ig#y some of the backdrop* of the ofien envi¬ ronments which stretch and warp producing a vety surreal effect. The mulh-direclionol # porallaxing is olso handled very efftc My.
The play in Blastar is fast, Mai furious ond full to the brim of different nasties. However, this i is where it runs into its first problem.
The control system just isn't up to the job. Your ship seems to struggle to W turn in time, the net result being that you end up careering into enemy craft.
/ As the joystick doctor, I also diagnose that the controls seem to suffer from a deep rooted sensitivity psychow .
On by o prolonged trauma, in what Freud termed as the programming stage. Or, in lay¬ man's terms the controls ore crop ond you can't destroy that amount of okens in lime.
On the plus side however, it features o thump¬ ing techno choon for you to blast away to.
Blastar's not a bod shoot-'em-up at d. It has T every feature that all the classics have, but somehow it just misses the marie, It's a shame that the controls couldn't have been tweaked a little before release because this is where the main criticism lies.
I think most gamers wfl lie the look of Blastar ond immediately wont to take to it, but I reckon just like myself you'll end up throwing your joystick down in frustration at the difficulty induced by slock control.
SIMON CLAYS VISION 00000000^# r AUDIO 00000000## DIFFICULTY 000000000 LASTABILITY 000000 Blasters got a lot of great qualities to It.
Smart graphics, cool sounds but unfortu- nately poor control. This, at the end ol the day, atlects the overall ploy, how¬ ever pretty things might look.
I Publisher Cote Design ’ Developer In-house Pltks 3 Price S25.99 1 HD Install No Size 1 meg Seeing what little effect the custard has had on the aliens, Reck sprints te the last Hue of defence - Blastar The audience screams with laughter as Rock exits the spaceship. But Rock has the last laugh. As he blasts off an alien missile hits the spaceship and destroys the audience.
Jeremy Beadle rips off Ms false wig to reveal a pulsating insectoid-type bead. I should call him by his full title though, B-dei High Emperor of Boodle, second only to the mighty N-ftee Kelly... After going through the hardship of a stage, the end of level baddies bring little relief.
For example fighting this 300 metre spider is no stroll around the pond I Keep on tracking 1MM vs 2 X 100 . .
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TOTAL i 179900 .BOHdS. 1ST PLACE , , 03500 PLACE ____ BEST LAP . . . , t 2000 .RAMil tie.
8MS Daf I'Cfl GAUL COMPLETED Hitting the turbo speeds your car up and sends it hurtling around at ridiculous speeds, it's essential you hit them H you want to win!
The completion you a rating. At the it shown when you win a race. It also gives moment I'm at the high-class end of Bus Driver GP Circuit These ore fost, smooth trocks where speed is optimum. GP circuits are best raced via the best 'racing line'. You'll find few bumps and obstacles in your way, but expect a fast paced race from start to finish.
4x4 Arena A soft cfust 4x4 indoor areno full of bumps ond twists, ideal for pocey buggies and 4x4 monsters. Don't expect to find a GP or Sportscor in here though, City Circuit Another fast, twisting track with good surfaces and few obslades The racing line isn't quite as important as with the GP circuits and there¬ fore iY s a littie easier.
Desert Track This bumpy, dusty road is ideal stompinc ground for the buggies ond 4x4s. Expect ol manner of obstacles in the way, Icy Circuit The road is fast, but very icy, making turning very hazardous. Speed freaks beware on these circuits. Watch out for rocks in the road!
F I '¦'Hi / HI £ * I Team 17 have created a shoot'emup, a plotformer and a beat-'em-up, but most surprisingly of all have never produced a racing game Well, to put wrongs to rights, the Teamies have brought out for your deliberation a racer that calls itself Overdrive.
I don't know anybody who dislikes this type of game. Is it because everybody feels the need for speed and fantasises about becoming g top racing driver? Maybe, but I'll never know unless someone conducts a worldwide games survey!
The first racer I ever ployed was Pole Position ond by jingo what a aocker it was. OK, looking bock now it looks amateurish and very bosic, but if was easy, fun to ploy and highly oddktive.
Since those days, racers nave steadily pro¬ gressed from being incredibly basic to being inhri-
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you start to race you are presented with a screen with
information on besl laps, entry fees, prize money and your
current rating Before you start the race you are given
important information on the trade cote, lechnicol ond
reolistic. The work that went into MicroProse's Formula One
Grand Prix was just mind-blowing, Team 17 seem to have
conquered every genre m the Amigo world and now they've turned
their hand to the racing gome, but how will they fare this
time? Well, as per usuol they've hove produced a damn fine
piece of Amigo soft¬ ware, 111 sum the rest up loter, but first
some hondy information Overdrive feotures four different style
vehi¬ cles, five terrains, 20 tracks and eight differ¬ ent
characters each with their own unique style. There ore four
different game modes to choose from: Arcade, proctice, trails
and two- player.
Ihe single player arcade mode is fho main one ond the one that the gome is based around. It offers you a selection of roce scenarios to choose from as you progress through the ranks. In order to nave the final "race-off' against the demon driver (the find objective), you must achieve the game's top-ronk You ore given an amount of cash to start with because it costs money to enter each race, but the border the roce, the belter the prize.
Before you start the race you have the chance to qualify and aim far a better grid position in three timed laps. This also ads as an aid to learn¬ ing the circuit or if you've think you're good enough you can jump straight into the race, start¬ ing at iie bock of the grid.
Improvements can be mode to your vehide by picking up various parts which have been liberoHy spreod out dl over the trock.
Items like wheels, sponners ond fuel increase your car's handling and performance in subse¬ quent races. Other pick-ups come in the form of extra cosh and turbo pads ond these too are lit¬ tered an the tracks You continue rocing until your cosh runs or if you finish last in three different races. To make Overdrive even harder, in some races you must finish in first ploce to continue and others, notably the easier tracks, you have to ovoid finishing last.
When you finally enter the 'Overdrive Race-Off' against the demon driver, it can be on any one of o number of specially configured "demon tracks*, so this ensures that there a number of different endings to the gome, The other modes that you can roce in are fairly self-explanotory. Practise allows you to proclise on any of die tracks and two-player mode config ures the use of o serial link where you roce Race around corners, skid on oil patches, jump over jumps and collect loads of dosh in Team 17's first ever drive/race-'em-up Overdrive Would sir like to take it for a spin £ & £ 1 What a
stupid place to put an oil slkk!
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Amiga. The last mode is the triols This is a form of prodice
game that puts you up against the clock. You can select one of
20 configured trials with the aim of beating the best lop/race
time, This meqns thql you con practice your driving skills and
still retain that competitive human spirit that remain within
us all.
When I first looded and played Overdrive I was slightly disappointed because it didn't play as well os I thought it should have done.
It seemed incredibly difficult ond the awkword control system just frustrated me.
After playing around with it I began to become more accustomed to the track and found I could at least give the computer players a goad tun for their money Overdrive is one of those games where you have to spend a certain amount of time promising before you even attempt to try and win a 'proper' roce, If you use the practice or trials modes you'll find that your ability to control the cor will improve dramatically and soon you'll be’whizzing around like Damon Hill on doss As The graphics are small, but are very detailed and dis¬ played in 32 colours. Overdrive is incredibfy fast and runs at o
super smooth 50Hz. The gome also contains five excellent pieces of music to roce to and there is a fair smattering of sound effects and samples Team IT's rocer is one of those products thot steadily grows on you. At first it seems very complicated, but os you progress you get really engrossed and find yourself totally addicted. It is also perhaps one of #*e toughest race oames I've ployed ond tests your driving skills to the obsoiute limit.
For boy or girl racers wanting a tough yet exciting arcode rocer, you need look no Further than Overdrive. Team 17 hove produced another gem of a gome and to be honest I can't see any¬ one beating them to the award for Software House of the Yeor.
JONATHAN MAO DOCK GP Car This ground-huggmg roce mochine loves the track and hates the rest of the ground! You'll find the speed amazing and the acceleration incredible. GP cars ore terrible on dirt and sand, they skid and spin uncontrollably ond sometimes slow to a complete stop The GP cars are available on the GP, city and icy circuits. It's more at home on a GP circuit than anything else.
Supercar This hybrid super sports car is not unlike the GP in performance, but it does tend to slide on fast corners. It doesn't mind the dirt quite os much, but try and stidc to the rood if you con! It is quite vev sotile on the GP, city ond icy circuits.
4x4 This powerful vehicle is able to bump 'n' bounce its way over most terrains. It has a slower top speed, but it's more agile over rougher ground If s most at home on its own 4x4 arena although it han¬ dles well on the desert city and icy tracks. It’s suspen¬ sion system makes it ideal for handling the jumps found on the desert ond arena tracks This nippy little with it's turn of speed and versatility. It’s right at home on the desert tracks, but you'll also find it handles the 4x4 arena os well as the city circuits.
Overdrive is a lough gome, but It's one that slowly grows on you. Learn 17 once again display their talent in the graphics, sound and playability departments ] Publisher ? Team 17 I Developer ? In House Disks > 2 Price ? M5.W HD Install ? No Size ? 1 meg Bugay i buaqy will sur surprise everyone CBL1'—.JL117 Diggers A1EOO A lot hot already been said about Diggers, it being the first CD32 release to reach the computing moga zines and one of the first to feature in
o package for the bunch of Commodore's new console.
Many things were said of Digpers by the com¬ puter press, not oil of them very fair. For be it for me to be too opinionated on the subject of others feelings on this product, but having reod some of the reviews I con't escope a certain feeling of wariness.
It seems to me that many reviewers either didn't have the time to examine its merits proper ly or were too busy looking for relatively superfi¬ cial tricks that the CD32 mochine is capable of.
Normally I wouldn't brooch o subject like this during a review, but in this cose I feel it relevant, tt makes you wonder what type of morks Diggers would hove generated if it hodn't been the scape¬ goat for people who wanted to see fantastic sics on the CD 32. It olso makes vou think what type of response it would have been greeted with had it come out on disk prior to compact disc.
Having played Diggers extensively, I wonder exactly what some people ore looking for in a title, How many times have all ond sundry duped and suckered into falling for great grophics ond little or absolutely no gameplay?
How many do we have lo mention to moke the point? Spoce Ace ond Drogon's loir ore two fine examples and there are dozens more of them which lie redundant at the back of a dusty wardrobe - money down the drain.
The point of all this is that Diggers is bloody brilliant ond while some magazine shots don't make it look like the proverbial bee’s knees, let me tell you that it is.
The Other thing thot needs oddressing is the number of comparisons that hove been made between lemmings ond Diggers. Anyone who comes to this conclusion has probobfy not even played the game at oil and has looked at it ond soid something olong the lines of comparing the relative sizes of sprites Fair enough, both sets of characters ore simi¬ lar in height, but that's where the comparison ends. In lemmings one is presented with a prob¬ lem and a set of characters which can be assigned a duly, with the gool being to discover the way through various obstacles, Once the level has been worked out
there's little or no point in returning to it ever ogain.
Diggers is so very different to this idea thot it leaves Lemmings tunnelling in the dark For one, in Diggers there are no strict guidelines for achieving success; you con go obout your busi¬ ness in o combination of ways More important though is the foci that you can GameR continually return to the same level and investi gate different areas to achieve your gool.
Conversely you can visit the some location and employ a different strategy. This gives the game on everlasting durability ond on untold quantity of possibilities.
The whole point of this exercise is to soy that Diggers is a very high quality product ond hasn't deserved some of the comments mode obout it More importantfy for you, don't be put off by superficial comment on graphics (which ore pret¬ ty good anyway), os Diggers is brilliant. It's a masterpiece of programming and going to go down as on absolute classic.
Anyway, I’m off my soopbox - I've vented my frustration ond con now tell you something about this new A1200 version Stories of the planet Zarg's mineral wealth wespreod for and wide throughout the known galaxy - a planet so vastly rich in mineral resources and ores that it had become o miners' haven.
However, due to enormous volcanic octivity ond subsidence caused by blatant overmining of vast areas, the plonet's surface hod become increasingly unstable. Huge chosms started to appeor ond many lives were lost.
Subsidence and volconic activity weren't the only problems encountered by the Zargon gov¬ ernment. Lawlessness ond greed hod resulted in fighting ond killing between rival factions of miners.
The planet's authorities decided to od to con¬ tain these problems. In so doing, they decreed to allow just one single month's digging o year, leaving the remaining 17 months of the year free from me hustle and bustle of miners and freight ships.
During this period - the glorious 412th - of mining, on attempt was mode to formalise mining procedure on the plonet, so rules were drawn up making diggers register at the Zargon Mineral Centre. Surprisingly enough, Diggers is set dur- | The Gamer Ordinance Survey map of the Planet Zarg We dig-dig, dig-dig, dig-dig, dig, we work the whole day through..,, or so a dwarf once told me. It sounded fun so I joined him for a bash at Diggers, A1200 style ing the glorious 412th [o good job really. Your first task is to choose a particular bond of because if it wos set during the close season it'd mmers
to do the difty work down the mineshofts hove to be called 'Not Digging*). Of Zarg.
A\ heod honcho of vour minina cor Deration. It's a hord task os each particular bunch of
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Unfortunately, there are quite a few things which stond to complicate matters for you. For one, natural geographical features con slow work down on a mining operation.
Other hindrances include opposing mining factions kicking up o rumpus with your chops and a whole host of nasty creatures which lurk on both the planet surface and the depths of subterranean caverns.
The only thing to help your little moles is o very slick control system and o whole host of digging toys to speed your operation up.
The control system is driven by your mousey and very helpful he is to. The method employed is really friendly ond lends itself noturalfy to play. In fact, since Diggers has been released on the CD32, (he control method has been tweaked slightly and improved for the AI200.
On the equipment front, after a visit to the Zargon bonk where you cosh your sweaty jewels in for cosh, it's well worth a visit to the comer shop. Here a rather ugly Jimmy Hill-type alien will be only too happy to sell you a whole range of drills ond parophemolio With 30 levels (plus a hidden one) and six different types of terrain to pit your wits against, diggers is going lo be enough to keep you^ hoppy for months ond months In the graphics department, the 256 colour palette hos been splashed thoroughly throughout and the sound is an atmospheric ambient experi¬ ence throughout which really
odds to the feel of Diggers I can’t really say a bod thing about this game
- it's got everything. It’s o puzzler, it's o strate¬ gy, it even
has aspects of plotforming about it.
Overall it's a totally addictive, superbly playable gome It's a gem, a diamond, a nugget, in fod it’s every precious stone-type superlative I con think of.
What more con I say, other ihon miss it ot your peril2 SIMON CLAYS nolly happy. The bone o<m of Diggers is to collect precious jewels from within the planet's surface.
So, after you've selected which five miners you ore going to operate, you must then select a zone to beg in work In. After this is done you con leave the controller's office fully stomped up ond ready to heod Qul to the zone of your choice Really after this it's totally up to you how you handle the operation.
There ore literally hundreds of choices you can make which could alter the destiny of your little chops. You see it sounds easy enough jusf merry men possess qualities unique to themselves, For example, the habbish are a mystical order who ore very impatient and lose interest in dig-
g. ng, whereas the Grablins love a good dig.
Indeed, if they have o beer in one hand and their p»ck (that wgs pick) in the other, they're are eter- Typical Nat West cashier.
Can you decide which one gees bowling and which one's the YTS who uses his cash card at the end of the advert?
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Diggers shouldn't 6e compared to ony- thing else currently avoilooie because it will pol« into insignificance. It's ufuqu« and inlet- eslmg - a far cry trom the rwmoi plop most gomes turn out to be.
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Examine Hems in detail I Publisher ? Millennium Developer ? In-house Di»k*> 4 Price > (29 99 HD Install V Yes Size ? 2 meg STRR7 MATCH Football is not a funny old gome - in fod there's nothing funny about it at all, although it has to be said it's far more humorous on a computer than in reol life, All soccer die-hards will be looking at the page now with their faces a mixture of outrage and amazement. So, to validate such an out¬ landish statement, I'll have to justify it.
How many of you out there in the reol world hove in your dim ond distant, or indeed current life, been involved in what is termed as amateur football?
Sunday League, as it's better known, is where most of us finaly realise we’re not going to make the England squod and resign ourselves to the fact thot we don't possess o Morcdonalike touch.
Subsequently we lapse into some poor foot* boiling habits and start working out in o different way. Training starts at 7pm sharp in the Stud and Whistle where you meet up with Gazxo, Bozzo, Sniffa, Froggg, Psycho, Big Dave and the rest of the squad.
By nine o'clock training's well under way, Sniffa, the team's excrement expert, hos already filled a pint pot and his jeans, to jubilant cries from the rest of the squad.
The team's sex symbol Big Dave hos tried his tactics screen decisions are Big Gamer Sing along to the Option? Menu - mind-blowing decisions hond at every female in the pub and despite a miserable response from the fairer sex, will not desist with his winning technique - the old head up the dress approach.
At 9:45pm, Spud O'Reilly, manager of the team, stumbles into the bar. Eleven pints of Guinness have not stood him in good stead and within five minutes he has caused a brawl by vomiting at the Solvation Army's Worcry representative.
As the dust settles the last of the squod are ejected and lie prostrate on the pavement.
However, being the keen hardened pros they are, the lads vow to train on ond the Dog ond Lomp Post is only around the corner.
As dosing time looms the teom push them¬ selves to the limit with a range of interesting exercises. These range from Last One to the Bar is a Girlie Puff, through to Fizz-Buzz and Two Fingers.
Finally, it's time to reword themselves with the vindaloo all over Spud's shell suit.
Time marches ropidly towards kick-off, the opposition hove orrived, changed, complained to the ref and still half the squod ore AWOL.
Two minutes before kick-off Bozzo screeches into the car park in his sporty XR3 clone. Out climb the missing players oil looking the worse for wear from a night on the wrong side of 0 police cell.
There follows a frenetic exchange of apolo¬ gies, kit and bowels os ponic sets in to beat the referee's fine for late kick-off. On the stroke of eleven, The Butcher's Offal 1st XI stride forth into sheets of rain and the smell of Ralgex ond curry.
There then follow 90 minutes of bone-crunch¬ ing braying, as 22 mules wobble around in a Can you kick it? Yes you can! Well you can waggle your joystick, with Ocean's new on yer 'ead-tastic footy frolic EUROPEAN O' Good evening everybody and welcome to my very own self-opinionated frame by frame account of "Jimmy's Goal of the Season".
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Here it is, in the game between Aston Villa and my mate George "boring style of one-dimensional play" Grahame's Arsenal.
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Aren't you glad ft's me doing this, er than Terry Venables?
The move starts here while Arsenal are on the attack. I remember when I was in Saudi I invented this move, come to think of it didn't I invent football?
Saunders meets the ball dearly... and dearly out-jumps the stranded back four. I should let Alan Hansen talk you through this bit but I'm not going to cos' I like the sound of my voice Now watch this very closely... there. Villa ...making it better for the game as a start their break deep in their own half. The whole! Wanting to make ft Jimmy's bafl is passed to Dean Saunders, skips past special goal, Saunders dearly passes f the sledgehammer subtlety of Adams... the Arsenal six yard line... Desmond?
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the bit where Saunders gets mobbed by His team mates.
Fool of mud, swearing, fouling ond sweating last night's training session out of them.
Fortunately, (his form of soccer is a Wembley's-length away from European Champions. Ocean's latest foray into footy simu¬ lation puts you right in the studmarks of (as the name suggests) European football.
The first thing to say about Euro Champs is that although it's basically a football title to play ogainst your Amiga or a few males, there's more to it than that.
And overlapping full-backs (like tho Mon City always do).
Within the main mouse-controlled icon menu there are more options than Kevin Keegon has curly ringlets. The choice is yours to decide from every top flight club from the main leogues within Europe.
You con olter the pitch, introduce wind, give 2-ser the ref a tolerance for showing funny coloured cordboard, play in leogue or cup, and that's just the beginning.
Once you've selected another screen you con alter your players, attributes, opt for equol skill within your squod or set individual levels of skil for eoch player. This is very hondy for the custom teams option, so you con put yourself up front For one, EC gives you the opportunity to make tactical decisions about your players before the match. Employing a very simple system, you can decide how your players will move on such things as corners and goal kicks.
You can implement a heavily defensive system |d h YiHa) or thrill the crowd with wing play (HAMMONS irnmrp - European Champions m INDIVIDUAL r 1 SKILLS F3 LENIENT ElO referee jam aE COMPUTER [71 PINO LJ PASSING n r POINT TO |tv| PASS HATCH MODE Fi CROSSHAIR E2 KICKING MANUAL
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Ond con give yourself loads of skill.
After you've pondered over the plethora of choices on offer you might actually get to the touchline.
The ploy itself is very reminiscent of Emlyn Hughes' International Soccer - this is because it too was programmed by Audiogenic.
MORE DETAILED European Champions differs from rivals like Goal and Sensible Soccer in its graphics ond pre¬ sentation. For one, in EC the sprites of the char octers ore a lot lorger and detailed than those in either of its rivals.
Donkey Quinn convert a David White hoof, with you've guessed it hh head The characters being larger means that unlike Semi you only get 0 portion of the pikh on your screen at one particular time. However, a radar gives you on overview of the positions of the players and the player in posses¬ sion. This is the kind of tool I could done with on a cold Sunday morning when a 17-stone abattoir worker is beoring down on me.
The other thing to mention is that to all intents and purposes EC is two games, because you can view play from an overhead view or the contemporary horizontal left-right view.
The ploy itself tokei 0 litHe com¬ ing to terms with. Euro Champ uses a slightly dif¬ ferent system to other footy titles you might hove come into contort with previously.
For one it contains an automatic corner, throw-in and shoot system, which takes you 0 little by surprise at first. This may sound 0 little odd, especially shooting, but it does produce some spectacular finishing. It's also worth point¬ ing out that auto-shoot con be overridden.
Wilh on auto-throw and comer system it also means that while a computer player is taking the throw, you con control a player the thfOW will be directed at.
Passing also hos some rather fresh approach¬ es to it. For example “ping-possing'* enables you to pick out a player, on or off screen, for a preci¬ sion pass. When you do finally manage to con¬ vert the ball into the bock of the net, you also have a full video replay a* your disposal to view your triumphs and analyse your mistakes on.
Once you've mastered the control system, which ot first renders the ploy a little alien and gives a slight feeling of being out of your control.
EC is really very playable.
The grophics are smart and when you're accustomed to the control system European Champions is 0 really enjoyable joystick jape against mates or the computer.
It's always going to be tough lo compore EC with such legends os Sensible Soccer and moe stros like Goal, but it hos to be said that while Euro chomp has only just turned pro, if s straight in the first team and quite capable of holding its place.
With the variety of options and different com¬ petitions available at your fingertips, European Champions will keep you on the attack well into injury time.
SIMON CLAYS VISION ©©©©•••••• AUDIO 000000DDDD DIFFICULTY LASTABILITY ©©©©©©•••D 91% Iff not Sensl and it's not Goal, but It is dif¬ ferent. This mokes It wen worth the money because it hasn't tried to clone other titles ond can stand up on its own merit.
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ONE PIECE DUST COVER ALSO AVAILABLE - PLEASE CALL What do you get, asks Simon Clays, if you cross a stripper with ' a fish and a pinball fable? A goldfish that flashes at you until you lose your balls perhaps? No, it's actually three new titles for ^ the CD32 James Pond 2 Robocod Overall: 88% It's cheap, it's get seats in it. What is it? No, it's net a Lada, it's the mest poverty-stricken zone in the whole mag SIMON'S SELECTION Before you jump to any unnecessary conclusions, Til put you right. Secret of Monkey Island hos nothing to do with monkeys. Wher this title was first released at full
price though, there were many of us who thought it wos about those cheeky cbopptes who have fun in the zoo.
The Secret of Monkey Island KixxXL ¦ £16.99 Well, thot's if you think being bored stupid behind bars is fun. In fact, you're that bored that the only fun you can derive is through urinating on fellow simians or f It’s a good job because it sounds a terrible idea or cona, is on excellent idea. But, due to the initial popularity of Monkey, most of you . R______________w______,o____________fiddling around while the punters look on.
It’s a good job because it sounds o terrible idea or concept for o game Con versely. Monkey Island ' /III already know this.
Play Guybrush lere m the just to refresh your memory, I shall remind you of a few things. In Monkey vou play ‘ ' “ 1 J 1 ' “ '* Island, somewh Threepwood, a young man who hos just rolled up on the shores of Mete Coribbeon.
Good old Guybrush in his norvety hos fumed up on this island with the express wish of becoming a pirate. This, I remind you, was the proud work of one Ebinezah Scratchtesty, careers officer ond guid¬ ing stor to Guybrush (this is o lie, but why the hell would anyone wont to be a pirate?), Anyway, as you guide the unwitting Guybrush around the islands, you will soon become aware that dl is not what it seems. As you explore, you uncover strange happenings ond normally bloodthirsty pirates turning to jelly over the mysterious Monkey Island Using your movse to guide Guybrush, you must reveal the
secrets of Monkey Island ond fulfil your destiny Monkey Island is simply brilliant Its graphics aren't stunning, but do have a certain charm of their own This is probably due to the wit of ihe whole adventure. The Secret of Monkey Island is just full of stupid gogs, both visual ond text.
It's olso on absolute doddle to operate ond employs o very user friendy system to interod with your environment.
With its cryptic puzzles and silly humour, Monkey is an absolute ckmic ond worth every piece of eight from Davey Jones' locker.
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blown a fuse?
Well, they’re ot it again in Kixx Xl’s latest purchase, Cybercon 3. It’s o sod tole thot starts with the invention of the Cybercon, a defence system which covkJ be responsible for the safety of Democratic Union of Slates (West).
The evolution of the second stage of the Cybercon happened when it was no longer keep their enemies - the Alliance - in
o peoceful stalemote So Cyber scientists devel¬ oped higher
levels of intelligence for their artifi¬ cial general and so
came Cybercon 2.
Over a period of six years the Alliance's defences were eroded away ond defeat was imminent. However, during this period Cybercon developed into its third stage of devel¬ opment ond the veil of secrecy fell deeper over the location of the Cybercon.
Using its artificial intelligence, Cybercon 3 come to the conclusion that the logicol way to keep the Union protected wos to destroy its own people., so it did. This is where you come in. I don't know how you monoged to be so stupid as to have got the job of entering the Cybercon system, but vou hove.
In a makeshift workshop, technicians work frantically to prepore your suit. Very odd yOu might think ot a rime of national disaster, having the fines* haute covivres come in ond fit you out top to toe in Armani. Well it's not quite like that because the suit's about 12 foot tall ond titanium plated.
Cybercon 3 KixxXL ¦ £12.99 The rest is fairly straightforward; you go into the Cybercon's hidden base and try to shut the system down. This is easier said thon done os it's protected by a wide range of defence droids the entire Confederate and robots. Also there are lots of tasks to complete before you con proceed further mto the system These include things like the collection of pass keys in the right order, felt that the Union could It definitely o case of a dirty job but someone's got to do it, because this is a mossive title to play, The world of the Cybercon is a vast 3D polygon
environment, with bogs to do. It's fast, it's tough, ond it'll take vou a good while to com¬ plete... but watch out for the metal suit rubbing on your inside leg. Nypp!
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Before you |vmp ta any lory, lie-in-on- o-Monday morning type conclusions, Dreatnweb has nothing to do with the somnambulistic desires of those who prefer to laze around all day - like myself.
Set in the future, Dream web is set to concen¬ trate its efforts on the ethereol subconscious of sleep. Cities and governments no longer have autonomous control over the mosses; instead, the force that drives the people is the influence of the Dreomweb.
The Dreamweb is on endless dwelling of thought Isounds a trifle like us at Gamer - notj.
Its centrol core is occupied by seven powers whose influence dictates the sway of the£ Dreamweb.
If the web is dominated by evil, then ike dreams of us mere mortols become twisted nightmares. Under normal circumstances the web is set in o state of equilibrium; howev¬ er, oil is not well.
Good ond evil hove been locked in their nor¬ mal battle far supremacy, except just recently evil Has been getting the edge and is starting to affect the stability of the web.
It's always the way with evil; it has to stamp its authority otherwise there's no way for good to triumph. Take Cilia Block for example. Now here is evil ot its purest. Even her name is a deliberate attempt ot profanity in the foce of goodness, All through her meteoric career of catchy, cliched ditties ond pulp tele¬ vision shows, she has used dark forces to Hiding behind that ginger ''huur" ond "zany* Scouse wit, Cilia - short for CiHo, Demon of Bod Lyrics ond Noffness - has dwelt in a sub¬ terfuge ol audio-visual schmolti.
Beneath that "help the old or infirm reunite" persona lies o heart of donk, dork evil. I myself cannot wait for the doy when the avenging ongel, Michael Parkinson, takes vengeance and slobs Cilo right in the ratings In Dreamweb, bottles like these take ploce between mortals ond their keeper hosts from the web. To moke uniters worse, whenever one of the seven eorpfy dreamers dies, so does the cor- respondiiplSttTolling power.
In Dddfnweb you will take on the role of the unwilling Ryan. Unfortunately for Ryan, he has been selected to restore the balonce that hos been overran by evil.
You hove the rother unenviable task of destroying the seven hosts before they reach entropy (a state of disorganisation ond degro dation of the universe, which sounds fairly Dream, dream, dream... Well that's what the Everly Brothers said, Simon Clays believes that what Empire have up their sleeves could radically alter your opinion Mfc "vVATKf. - ' .cttij ,c*» h it a psychedelic skipping rope? Or has our futuristic hero just Wasted someone with a very naughty plasma belt?
Trip off to Sparkey’i for a pint of be*t and maybe a brief encounter with a lady of the night odd to the whole feel of the scenario.
Heavy), As Ryon you will have to journey around Ihe city finding the seven mortals. Eoch lime you assassinate on evil soul you ore sent reeling into the eerie world of the Dreamweb.
Here, in this world ol dreams, you ore prepored far your next target by the keepers.
In fact the whole of Dreamweb hos a very strong film theme rawing through it. Depicted in on overhead view, it's proboWy one of the most odult titles I've yet to see. H features sex, extreme violence ond bod language, so beware kids - don't do it, you'll go blind!
HUNTED DOWN Another feature is a unique Pick Up Object option. This will render every single item usable, and all will carry a description, There will be hundreds involved and eoch con be observed down to the most minute detail. The other clever thing obout this option is (hot when you come to examine objects, other smaller items will be revealed.
It's no easy ride though; unarmed ond unpre pored, the plot thickens os the struggle to restore the web to neutrality ensues. More murders meons police involvement ond been hunted down by farmer friends.
Having seen on eorly version, it has to be said that things look good. It throws together a mixture of science-fiction and adventure in 0 very dork and moody manner.
Development team Creotive Reality odmit they've been heavily influenced by cult movies such os Bhderunncr ond Monga classic Akira, While you can spot these influences, they only With more than 200 rooms to explore in aver 30 locations, Dreamweb wiD hove a lot of depth to it. It's extremely moody and atmospheric and I for one am looking forward lo foiling into its mysterious, ethereol world.
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Two stars of Reservoir Dogs battle it out with the Human Torch Ghre that man a hand. Or someone call the long arm of the law As Ryan you'll have to get all technical and access your computer It's a dog's life here in the Gamer asylum. So when Simon Clays heard that a game about a pooch was immi- nent, the big mongrel was barking mad to cock his metaphorical leg over it bone?) And his army to free his people This is easier said fan done though, as there are going to be over 60 bonus rooms to find and two secret leveb to sniff out. Add that to a multitude of baddies to defeat, involving over 400
different types of alien, and you're gomg to have o hell of a lime playing the wild rover From what's been seen of the early levels, Wonderdog looks like it could deserve a good boy normal early morning slug- gishness, your faithful female friend launches into sorting fa next problem on the ogendo.
Within on hour Lassie is removing her latex sur¬ gical paw gloves and inserting a carefully ploced incisor into fa umbilical cord, following a successful Caesarean section.
Taking the keys to the car, Lassie screoms over towords aunty's house On the way she Ms a sub post-office raid, raises thousands for o local charily reciting Shakespeare soliloquies and rescues three different cats from trees in three different neighbourhoods Following a six-hour operation, ounty’s condition is described as stable and her heart is as good as new.
Without so much as a growl, Lassie guns the engine ol tfte cor and cocks the firing action on her AK47 assault rifle. Within a moment she is screech¬ ing towards the kidnappers' hideout It's ten on one but following a half-hour gun bat¬ tle the two surviving baddies surrender, arms dosped, pleading mercy Soon the kids are reunited with wifey and you. Lassie gobbles a quick bowl of Chum down, showers and goes out for a hd dole with the littiest Hobo (another wonderdog, or so lassie assures us).
Another such Wonderdog is featured in Core Design's up and cantina release. Being a plat- former, to all intents and purposes it features the normal silly dog-eared plot.
In a far-off galaxy, General Von Ruffbone and his vicious pock ol loyal dog troopers sweep from planet to planet causing devastation, in an attempt to achieve golocHc dominotion As his troops approach the serene planet ol K9.
O young pup is hastily injected wih a secret ¦’won¬ der" serum and launched into space in the optty The subject of Core Design's Wonderdog sets you to thinking about the canine species or>d why they ore man's best friend. Any dog fat can do who* Lassie can do can be my friend any day of fa week.
Imagine it You can't be bothered to get out ol bed and the kids hare been kidnapped, your wife's <n labour giving birth to your fourth child and your aunty neods o quadruple heart byposs operation by No worries, all you've got to do is purse your chopped lips together ond blow air out of yw stale brd cage-breathed mouth.
The moment the weary half note breaks the lazy ulence, lassie bounces into action.
Two minutes later the bedroom door opens.
Lassie’s carrying o full fried breakfast, a pot ol cof¬ fee, a morning newspaper, fresh flowers and she's BOWL OF CHUM described bone capsule But fare's a cock-up and a light year later fa pup crashes to Earth. Ploying the part ol Wonderdog you will have to develop your fighting skills by going wolkies through seven nasty, infested levels.
The oction wil start in the oddy named Bunny Meadow, where fa dog who is wondrous will have to begin to leom combat skills In normal platform fashion Wonderdog will hove to collect bone-uses and power-ups. During his trends he wifl have to ftod such things os jewel* fat give extra points, whirlwinds that give short term invincibility, and fa strangely named smilies which will reveol hidden platforms leoding to secret levels.
You will also have to coiled bones (what else!)
For an extra life and find wings to give you extra energy.
As you progress, you con expect to discover slides and jumps fat will enable you to travel to fa moon, planet Weird, plonet Foggia ond finally home to his kennel on K9.
Once here you will have to lock jaws with Ruffbone (I wonder what's sc rough about his treat The graphics and sorites are highly stylised and look very smart indeed.
The scroflmg too, is very smooth and features an eight-way multi layer paralax which looks very n«.
With oil these platformy-type features and the amount ol levels to contend with, Wonderdog looks set to give gome pundits a dogs life for some lime.
But remember this, every pooch hos his day... err and his lamp-post.
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otlock con /> destroy some lol ft lipops lo gain extra bonuses.
/ \ The first wall to the right ol the second .
Restart point con 0 • be punched y through to gam a super bonus. Just above the second restart point there is also a vertically moving platform
- |ump on this to gam occess to an extra life Try to complete
this level os easily as passible, if you pick up a shield move
os last OS you can towards the exit Watch out for large (tops
os they normally have spied bottoms.
You will encounter a series of boxes with *hif written on them Hit the first and third boxes to gain bonuses There ore two possible ways to defeat this level You may take on the end Boss in which case the best tactic in dealing with him is to stand ct the left ol the screen, leapmg up to avoid his bombs while shooting him as fast os you con The second way to defeat the level is to let your timer run down to 50 at which point the first right hand wdatthestartof^elcvclcan be punched through, this allows yOu into a secret room containing bonuses, extra time, two extro lives and an exit to
complete the world.
THE GAMER GUIDE TO mm Yes it's been on the bog-standard Amiga for ages, but A1200 and CD32 owners are just getting used to the ninja from the Nth dimen¬ sion. Here is a complete set of tips on how to complete Gremlin's -— classic platform romp \ Watch out for the bananas that oc! Os restart points You con gain extra bonuses by croudv ing down and pulling rodishes from the ground and also by cutting the lops off some carrots Stand still and keep destroying foiling grapes to replenish health Try ond work yOw way along the top of the level because near the end you will find an extra life, if you
find the exit but do not have enough bowses to com plete the level work your way bock ond look for a slightly different route.
Punch through the first right-hand wall to go* lots of bonus points Remember to bounce on the con lids to get to extro bonuses and goin an extra life You will come ocross a .
Hole filled with bonuses in o V-shaped punch through the left-hand ^ to gom extra bonuses Punch through the first low right hand wall to gom bonuses. At the next big left-hand wall (by
* I. V 1 tools as diey are the restart pants for the music world
Use Zool's fly¬ ing sword attack to destroy the speakers and
gain extra bonuses.
| Music MmfeKW T World
2. 1 m m l Look out for the small remote Jump up into the bd and
you can use it os o shield to get past a lot of baddies, just
press fire while inside to break out. Directy above die first
restart point (about a screen obove) ts an invisile entrance
to the first shool-'em-up bonus level. The first piano you
encounter doesn't appear to-der anything, however if you plav
the Close Encounters tune you will enter the second
shoot-'em-up level. For those who are not too sure whgl the
tune is, jump on the coloured notes in the following sequence,
grey, white, block, red ond green.
The ninja from tho Nth dimension gets down to some funky grooves! Notice the controversial vinyl versus CD debate going on in the background
2. 2 It is very important on its level to bo able to use the
pianos, so take your time getting used to hitting the right
notes if you make a mistake, jump off die piano and move away
a little then start again On die first piano you come across
use the brown, yellow, red, n orange and green notes to create
a large note over ihe piano, jump ewta this to enter a hidden
room which contotns bonuses and a new set of notes.
Enter these notes on the some piano, brown, orange, green and dark blue to gain an extra life. When you reoch die next piano (which is located at the end of the level) enter these notes: Red, yel¬ low, light blue and dark blue. Another large note will appear, jump on dw to be carried to die exit.
2. 3 Try to keep going as fast as passible on this level os vou
don't have much time. On long runs use Zool’s sliding attack
to full baddes, To kill die boss monster you must shoot die
guitar while its eye is open.
You must stay near the left edge of die screen dodging die lightning bolts and destroying the fruit that is fired at you.
Toy World The restart points for this level ore nice recognisable "hit* signs Watch out for law, fast-moving clouds and the tanks which will fire at you. Remember also that you can only stand on the red ond green blocks, not the blue or orange Travel right frgm the start of th® level until you come to the giant bonus pando Jump onto the left-hand blue column and jump left; you should hit the hidden entrance to occess the fourth and finol shoot-'em-up level Be very careful about dropping down any gaps os they could well be ^ Spiked, At one point you will orriv® Qt gn greo containing severol
vevy similar looking boles.
\ Drop down the sixth hole to progress j To kill the robot boss shoot at his heod, / '****' but wotch out for when he opens his
* chest because then the robot will shoot back at you.
Woich oof (or blocks of wood with noils in. These ore tfie restart points. The dorker shodes of wood invoriobly lead to lots of bonus points. Go right from the start of the level until you come to the first wooden pfatfon take Zool to the top and jump left from the far left i /a h hand edge of the wood to enter the third shoot- (1 I ft ‘em-uD level Y H «? Tl 422 L104 Quite possibly one of the hordes! Levels in the gome The best bet is to search the beginning part of the level for as many bonuses as possible as they get much more scorce the further you progress.
When you finglly m®®t th® bw mgn*t®r go for his eyes os quickly as possible.
Speed is very important here os the drill
* Tl 481 LI04 Zool takes a ride courtesy of If you come to a deod
end on this level then hang around for a while ond you may well
see a bal¬ loon come into sight which will carry Zool onwards.
If you can’t see where to jump next take the biggest jump you
can becouse there may well be a platform some way away in on
extra three lives. To destroy the final ss (the ev»l down),
stand on the first platform, oppeors, walk onto the white
button to jump over duck down and iben shoot him in his large
cen it, then revert back to jumping on the red button. Trot
eye.
Balloon is around to lift you up. To complete the When you have completed the mochme you will Zool arcode machine, storl it up and keep fump- ing on the red button,. When on obstacle "Fair" comment I thought! Do you geddH?
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views on the latest applications Arexx In the second part of
his discussion of dynamic ante. Alex Gain looks at the way
Arexx handles tbe symbols which represent Its variables la-.
Flexibl Video Tbe beginning ofa six-part Adam Phillips feot ure on tbr proem of i idea making. This month's Tbe birth of a script™ i., Programming Colin Yarnall continues bis tutorial on Pascal by introducing logic in the form of an explanation of Btndean variables Music Paul Austin tarns bis attentions lo DCMS t e, a notation package, and ttints lo moke printing scores easier than eier wmmm 1141 Comms I lieu off-line trader for tbe (IX conferencing system, which aims to sat e you expensitr on-line lime.
Phil South lakes a look mm Amos I sing Amos, there's no need lo settle for duliltniltlng programs. Phil Soul It has some Ideas i bal'd help you to brigbten up you efforts || ^ Publishing W 'by repeat operations when your Amiga could be doing them for you?
Ben Pointer inresltgules the lime-sat iHg u orid of macros e have already seen that the key to Arexx’s dynamic potential is its ability to create new variables on-the-fly, or under user control, thus effectively blurring the distinction between what is ‘¦program" and what is “data*.
This feature sets it apart from more traditional lan¬ guages like Basic, C and Pascal, where the distinction is pretty dear.
We have seen how variables can Ix* created in mid¬ program with compound symbols and second level sub¬ stitution, and also how they can be created by INTERPRKTing a character string of valid Arexx code.
Pot those of you familiar with Basic, this is like hav¬ ing the so-called “direct mode" available at all times.
For instance in Basic direct mode you can do something like: a * 3 : PKIMT 1 * i and you should get a result of 21 printed out. However, you cannot enter the same string in mid-program and expect a result. In Akexx, any input data passed to the INTERPRET in.siruc.iion is immediately interpreted, and. In a sense, added to the program - like in the mini-interpreter routine: /**/ OPTION! Mm ?
PC FOREVER UNTIL PARSE PULL data INTERPRET diti END we can enter the following string as data, and we will get the expected result: ? I s J ; SAT 1 * i In this way Arexx can provide a mini-ARexx calculator at any time. Note that any existing variable called *a" in the program will now Ix* mcxlifted. So while this tech¬ nique is very powerful, it Is also potentially dangerous!
Of course, as well as lx*ing able to create variables at any time, Arexx can also reset them to their unini- Power LOGO For some time now I have been watching, and occasional¬ ly using, an interesting freeware Amiga language called PowerLOGO II «S written by American author Gary Teachout. And has been consistently improving; now, in version 1.3,1 was pleased to see that Arexx support has been added.
LOGO should not be dismissed as a language. Its fea¬ tures for list processing, recursive programming, and turtle graphics can teach prospective programmers a lot.
PowerLOGO has gone far in addressing many of the weaknesses of the original language, and adding many powerful new ideas.
Languages tike LOGO and its parent. LISP, have a con¬ cept called a ’daemon", which is basically a fast loop that runs invisibly and monitors events which may happen at any time, ie a high-level interrupt. This is useful for getting input from things like moused icks, hot-keys, and foe like You can now also Imk your favounte Arexx-compatible text editor with LOGO So that you can run programs directly, without having to go through the saveload cycle.
If you have a little LOGO programming experience, and some suitable documentation, such as Commodore's Amiga ROM Kernel manuals, you can even see how to implement a message receiving loop in LOGO This is a tialised state by using the instruction DROP.
This time, we will have an in-depth look to see just how Arexx handles the symlx>ls that represent its variables. We will also look at some of the functions provided which anr helpful for dynamic programming, as well as some functions for analysing daw.
A dear understanding of these ideas will help you avoid many of the common pitfalls of Arexx programming, and is extremely useful for the practical application of Arexx.
Now, we all know that Arexx is a “typeless’ language - that is, you do not have to declare beforehand whether your variables will eontain single character;, strings, lloating point decimals or whatever. The language, takes care of this auto matically. We also know that all Arexx data are handled as strings of characters.
How' does this affect die symbols that represent variables?
After all, we Itave just seen that data can be used as pan of new variable names, and that the supposed gap between data and program variables is easily bridged.
Does this mean that any string an Ix* the name of a vari¬ able? Well actually no... there a re some rules to be followed, which we will see in a moment.
Intuitively then, once you have used Arexx for a while, you might guess that there are four different “types" of sym¬ bols. As well as quoted strings (which are enclosed in either single or double quotation marks), there appear to be: 1.
Uninitialised variables, 2. Variables with assigned values, 3.
Numeric variables, (a special case of 2) which allows arith¬ metic operations, and 4. Compound symbols, such as those used for arrays, tables, and so on. In actual fan, the classifica- standard technique for the Amiga, no matter what lan¬ guage you use.
PowerLOGO is a very capable language, drawing on many USP-like features, and far superior to foe "school¬ room" LOGOS usually available. It supports Amiga sound and graphics, and would be very useful for prototyping or experimenting with software. The author also recom¬ mends some excellent books on the subject While using PowerLOGO to wnte an application might be disadvantageous because of the interpreter size and (lack of) speed, there are some definite advantages, par¬ ticularly the simplicity and integration of the system.
Many of the Intuition features (such as windows and menus) are available without having to resort to foe com¬ plexities of system programming, so it is a good way to cut one's teeth on some of foe main Amiga principles with minimum bother.
PowerLOGO should be available from the better PD libraries AREXX and: Four main Along with the INTERPRET instruction, the ValueO function is one of the more powerful tools for dynamic programming - in a way they are complementary to each other. Whereas the former allows new variables to lx* created while a program is running, the latter allows tlx1 value of the variables to he accessed in mid-program. This is again similar to having a “direct mode' avail- symbols T h e the value of the given sym- Simple symbols are those we most usually think of as names of variables, although there is no
particular reason to do so. Other than convention. They can l» nude up of any combination of let¬ ters (upper or lower case), digits and the four characters ! ? _ and
S. Tliey may not start with a numerical digit or contain a full
stop.
Arexx is not case sensitive, so any mixture of upper and lower case characters may lie used. In fact, Arexx promotes any lower case characters that make up the symbols to uppercase, so that "MyVar" is the same as “MYYAR". There are two different possi- lion system llial Arexx uses is quite similar to this, types of symbols are recognised: Simple symbols Fixed symbols Stem symbols Compound symbols IjoI. The following should illustrate (or con¬ bilities here. If the symbol represents a variable tliat lias already been initialised (for instance varl = ‘abc’) then its value is obvi¬ ously the one
given to it. However, if it has not yet been ini¬ tialised, then its value is its name in uppercase.
Fixed symbols may begin with a digit or a full stop, They are mainly used by Arexx for representing numbers. Note that they are not restricted to digits only, and may contain letters, as for example in engineering notation, .5e3 or 200E-1.
Trying to assign a value to fixed symbols is useless and will have no effect on Arexx. Even though it will he accepted. So a statement like “labc ¦ 45; say labc" will merely give you “I ABC".
Finally we have stems and compound symbols which we will not look at in detail, since we already did so in the last issue.
The only things I will stress once again, are that if you DROP a stem you DROP all its associated compound symbols, and that - unlike simple symbols - the node parts of a compound symbol are case sensitive, and may even be composed of strings tliat are not legal symbol names (see November issue)!
When an expression Is evaluated in Arexx, all the symbols are first evaluated or ‘expanded4 in a strict left-to-right order. You can see this in detail bv using Arexx’s excellent tracing facility, with the I (intermediates) option.
Add the line TRACE I to your program, and as it runs, it will pause at each line, waiting for you to press Enter liefore it contin¬ ues, Arexx supplies three functions to keep track of symbols and variables - SymboK), Value() and Datatype).
Suppose we want to find out whether a particular symbol has been initialised as a variable, The SymbolO function will return one of three values depending on the status of the supplied sym* bol. If tlx* symlxil has already been initialised as a variable, the function returns the string “VAR".
If die symbol has not been initialised, or is a fixed symbol (that is, it is meant to be taken literally), the function returns “LIT". If the supplied value is not even a legal symlxil in Arexx then tlx* value “BAD" is returned, The following lines (typed at the CLI) illustrate this: fuse you totally!; /* viluedeao.ren/* a * 111 b=V SAT i d VilurlV) V»lue(b) The result is 111 a a 111.
Ihe first and second printed values, “ill” and "a" arc obvious, since they are merely die values of variables. Tlx* tfiird one, *a\ is the value of the string "b" which is the variable in "b‘, fust like the second one.
Finally, the last one is the value of the variable in *b*. In other words the string ‘a . Whose value is “IIP since it exists as an ini¬ tialised variable. Phew!
Don’t worry if you don’t understand this at once, it is more diffi¬ cult to describe than to grasp. With a little practice you will soon get the hang of iL Here is another, simpler example: ri “¦= • cap1*tals’; SAY a Yjlut(i) Cip1t«li CAPITALS Here. Value!a) gets promoted to capitals, since it is an uninitialised variable. Note that ValueCa’) means exactly tlx* same thing as a. Finally, Arexx provides the Datatype!) Function, predictably enough for analysing data. When used with one argument, this function returns One of the two values “NUM“ or ‘CHAR*, depend¬ ing on whether the data is a
number or not.
However, the function can also be used with a second argu¬ ment. Which is a keyword to determine whether the data belongs to a certain group. The function then returns either T(True) or “Of False).
The following keywords arc recognised, and may Ix* abbreviated: Alphanumeric - mixed letters and numbers, any case; Binary - Os and Is only: Lowercase* Uppercase: Mixed - i.e. upper and lower case; Numeric - valid numbers (any notation); Symbol - valid Arexx symbol; Whole - whole numbers only; X - hex digits <0-F), For instance: In this, the second part of our discussion of dynamic code, we look at the way Arexx handles the symbols which represent its variables rx 'SAY varl SytboKwU VAI1 LIT i * 1.02»3 batatypa(a,'Alpha') )itatypt(a,'Mh') False (dtciial point) True (1020) whereas: While these
data types or groups are meaningless to Arexx. Since it is typeless, they can be very useful to the programmer.
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smiling, crying and wetting himself all the time.
VIDEO grab a pen and paper and draw a series of boxes one underneath antxlier.
By filling in these boxes with individual scene suggestions, it's possible to end up with a very rough structure of the script which has a beginning, middle and end.
Try, even at this eady stage, to make sure that each scene contains a plot advancement to move the narrative along and keep it as simple as possible. Anything that is just padding weakens the impact of the story and tlie audi¬ ence will switch off, If. By the end of the session, you're happy with the scenes hut not with the structure, write each of them out on a piece of card, stick them up in order on a wall and try moving them round until you find a layout you're satis¬ fied with.
From there, it's on to the treatment which is basically a script without any dialogue and a chance for you to see how well the storv You've always felt a slight touch of paranoia when friends and ¦datives have been asked to watch the four-hour uncut footage.
Did tltcy really enjoy it or were tliey just pretending;" Perliaps if you did sometliing with the camera like a Jeremy Beadle video where someone steps on die cat's util with spiked boots" No... how about that film you've always wanted to make which hasn't even got a story yet!" To write a script, call die sliots and use die A1200 up in the attic for writing, editing and tiding.
Just one question might be burning in the forefront of your mind: Where the Itell do 1 start" Well, each month, we'll lie bringing you a step liy step guide to the video-making process from pre to |xist-pixxluction work and how your Amiga can cut costs and add a professional touch to the end result.
Everything begins with an idea; whether it lie God tw iddling his thumlis one day and creating the earth or a few decades ago when j farmer looked out over his heavily cropped fields ready to wield Calling the shots a heavy scytlie and ilmught: 'Otxuthh. This is taking ages. I think I II invent the comlnne harvester."
Amiga Computing presents a six-part Adam Phillips feature on the process of video-making for the eager enthusiast. This month's episode: The birth of a script... Tlx* same pnnciple applies to v ideo making. Before any cameras begin to roll, the idea and how it is told through scenes is the sin¬ gle most important element to the script (unless you’re in Hollywood where showing Sharon Stone crossing her legs will suf¬ fice), It's not easy coming up with a lirilliant idea for anything on the spot so looking round for inspiration is the next liest thing. Flicking through magazines, newspapers,
plxdograpliy and other inlonna- tkmal material is an ideal way to trigger off the imagination even if, at the end of tlx* day, it just gives you a tlx-me to work with.
A gtxxl time to come up with ideas is first tiling in the morning or last thing at night when your mind is usually in its most relaxed state. From tlrere. Sit down aixl write possible ideas or even lietter, get a friend to liraiastomi with. As ideas for scenes are* thought of.
Stands up by itself without the spoken word.
Also, if you're so convinced that your idea is world seller, pro¬ ducers would rather kxik at a treatment to get a solid understand¬ ing of the story than plough through a 120-page script.
By now you're probably wondering why you need to go through all tills just to get to tlx* script-writing stage. You don’t if you’re eitlier very experienced or have a very clear idea of exactly what you want to say.
In a lot of cases, writing a script from scratch produces dialogue driven, long-winded and badly structured work. The more research put in. The lietter it will turn out.
Anotlxt point to reiixanlier when writing drama Is tliat film and video is driven liy the main characters' actions and not by what they talk about: Try to show, not tell.
In a gtxxl script, dialogue is the idrtg on tile cakt*; in tile old silent classics, the story was told through the visuals and not through the characters yablxrring at each other. That style is more suited to traditional theatre.
.As far as tlx* actual physical layout of the script goes, keep it dear and simple, Make it easy to follow w ith a practical font Use Preitext or Wordwonh 2 for best results.
One of the first signs of a script writer w lio's wet behind ears is lieing over descriptive with the location setting and the characters' actions. As with dialogue and structuring keep it lean and punchy. To achieve tills, you'll prolxtNy need to do two or three drafts to hone tlx* story dow n into its most dynamic form (tliank God for word processing packages).
It's always useful to get someone who you trust to read it to give their first impressions. It'll help you get a perspective on the work which sometimes can be lost when working on a script so closely.
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For the present let’s take a look at computer logic so tliat we may build on it and use it in decision-making and program k*ips You may already lie familiar with the concept of Boolean logic, in which case this tutorial should not be too alien. If not, hear with us, as understanding computer logic is an essential xspect of the programming process.
W Boolean variables can only hold two values, Tree and False.
The operations tliat may lie applied are NOT, AND, OR and the result of one of these will be a boolean value. Traditionally, these
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OR A B A OR B False False False Fake True Tree Tree False Tree Tree True Tree The result of A OR B is True when the value of either A or B is True, otherwise False.
In a program, the most common way that a Boolean variable
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tlian or equal to o not equal to Imagine a stock control
system whereby an item of stock is re¬ ordered if tlx* number
of items currently in stock is less than a PROGRAMMING
threshold value. A Boolean variable can lx* set according to
the amount of items currently in stock and used to indicate
whether more goods should be ordered.
We will also assume tliat the stock nxmi has a maximum storage space for KK) items and that if there are more than this in stock it's time for a sale!
Look at Listing I, Apart from showing how Boolean values may be used, we have also introduced a few more statements to our pro¬ gram w hich need some explanation.
Tlx* first of these introduces tlx* concept of constants. As the name suggests, a constant is a static value which will not change throughout the execution of a program. The keyword const is used to indicate that what follows is a list of constant definitions.
In our program we have defined two of these (MIN and MAX) whose rallies we will refer to but never change. We Could have just used the literal values IS anti 100 throughout Truth test the program. However tlx* benefit of using constants is tliat all refer¬ ences to these values can lx* changed in one go by altering tlx* con¬ stant definitions. This is easier than tracking down each occurence of the numbers 15 and 100 if the minimum and maximum stock levels are changed at a later date.
Colin Yarnell continues his Pascal tutorial by introducing a bit of logic in the form of Boolean variables Imagine the chaos that would result if we used literal values in a large program and had to figure out whether a number really did refer to stock levels or whether it represented some other value used for another purpose.
As a general rule of thumb use constants wllerteVer possible. It will make maintainancc of your programs much easier. Going back to Boolean operators again, we have used two statements to deter¬ mine the values of the Boolean variables reorder and sale. Tlx* way that these work is that tlx* expression in brackets Is evaluated, with the result of either True or False being assigned to the variables.
These statements can look quite daunting to a first time program* mer but all tliat is required Is to interpret the assignments in the cor¬ rect way. The first of these is: reorder :* (stockltttl <= HIM); if the stock level is less tlian or equal to MIN the result is Tree, otherwise False. The result is then stored in the Boolean variable reorder. Of course the actual result will depend upon the value of tlx* stock evel which Is entered at the start of tlx* program.
Finally, we have intnxluced a simple form of tlx* if statement - which will lx tlx* subject of next month's tutorial.
Progran tianplt; (• Eiaaplt to illuitritt uit Of booltah vifilbUt *) (Hit nin * 15; <• mmMUM stock level *) RAX = 100; (* RAI1RUH STOCK LEVEL ») ilf ttotklml : Integer; (• THE CURRENT STOCK LEVEL •) reorder, tale : boolean; (* BOOLEAN VARIABLES TO INMCATE NIAT ACTION •) (' IS TO BE TAKEN ») leg in <* F1N9 OUT THE CURRENT STOCK LEVEL *) «ritr(1Hou nany iteas art in stock 1 '); rtadln(itocUml); (* WORK OUT WHETHER HE SHOULD RE-ORIER 01 HAVE A SALE *) rtorder :* (stocklevel <’ HIN); salt := (stockltvtl > NAD; (* TELL THE USER WHAT ACTION IS TO BE TAKEN *) if (reorder) the" Nrittlol'Pleiit order
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sublet to change without n«ee E&OE n A n n I though massively
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die high ground dur¬ ing its absence?
.although the new version Ixklms some major improvements, the husk concept is pretty much identical to that of its predecessor. As older musos may recall DMCS was - and indeed .still is - strictly dedicated to notation.
A MUSIC Unlike tire I rig names in such as Bars&Pipes Pro and KCS, DMCS does not double up as a sequencer. As a result, all notes within a score need lo Ire added via the mouse, or alternatively loaded in as a SMI'S file - assuming your sequencer or tracker supports SNIUS output.
Thankfully Electronic Aits have ilirown in a third option in the fomi of limited Midi support. Unfortunately the program won’t accept Midi files directly but it will take irote infonnation from a Midi kcylxrard, As a result you tan hook up a Midi keylxrard via a standard interface and play notes directly into tlie score. A particu¬ larly pleasant aspect of this approach Is the ability of the software to analyse tlie duration of key depressions - thereby varying the note length as they enters the stave.
Tlie program's audio feedback can also take adv antage of the Midi connection by assigning tlx* output of either single or multiple staves to the Midi channels and presets of your choice.
The old timer Ihe only restriction is tliat each stave must remain on its original channel (altlxxigh tlx* presets - or voices - can lx* altered at any point within die piece), at which point die program change will appear in tlx* score as a user-delinaMe voice name.
Obviously like any self-respecting Amiga package, internal
* Kinds can also play a pan when called upon. In fact to make the
best of the machine’s internal talents a fairly impressive
collection of vimples come as pan of the program's support
software.
MACRO GENERATION Obviously improved Midi support and a facelift for the interlace aren't (lie only clianges. In fact one of the must notable improve- nx*nts Is dx* addition of a new macro pull-dow n menu.
As the name suggests, macro generation and playback are the primary concern, which in practice allow you to first initiate a recording process, apply as many edit functions as you wish and then halt die recording. This new macro can then lx* appended to a function key and executed whenever necessary.
Aldxxigh not exactly earth-shattering, macros - like a Midi key¬ board - can save hours of tedious repetition, and of course they cun lx* saved and recalled on demand, while yet another innovation brings Arexx into the DMCS equation.
\Vlx*n it comes to editing, most time is spent pointing and click¬ ing on the accompanying tool window which provides instant access to just aliout every combination of note and rest imaginable.
Better still, (lie window' will evolve dejx-nding upon which edit mode is active, allowing resolution up to dx* 64th note and a full range of dynamics, which can lx* applied eitlxT indiv idually or to entire gf0U|>s of notes. Lyrics can also be added where necessary while existing notes and rests can be moved or erased at will wheditr tlx*y lx* double dots. 64th notes, septupled or wliatevcr eLse.
As for tlx* interface itself, tilings appear pretty similar to dx* origi¬ nal with the main score window dominating die vast majority of the screen accompanied by a miniature mouse-driven keyboard for on* screen note addition.
PostScript problems Unlike some of the combination sequencer/notation packages, DMCS offers a constant Wysiwyg display of tlx* printed page- Like any printing job this requires a oettain amount of setting up to co¬ ordinate both printer and screen but once defined you’re guaran¬ teed perfect output every time.
In general DMCS is fairly impressive with easy editing and impressive printouts apparently all you could want from a notation package. However five years is a long time, during which the Amiga music scene hits really blossomed.
The main hurdle the program lias to fact* isn't its own faults but rather the power and flexibility of the opposition. At the forefront come KCS and Itors&hpes Pro - both of which offer incredibly powerful sequencing alongside impressive notation printing.
However if you're quite happy with your existing sequencer DMCS could prove an invaluable add-on for those who feel the need to get their creations in print, although it could be worth investigating Hie Copyist and The Copyist s Apprentice - PostScript and non-PostScript respectively - from Zone Distribution on 071-924 0950 before you make your final decision.
If you're sokl on die new DMCS it will set you hack W.99 as a first tinx* user or less as an upgrade from the original package For more information contact Electronic Arts on: 0753 549442.
Returns DMCS s working environment Unfortunately for pro users, PostScript isn't quite all it could be. Although possible, It's only via Preferences, which means you'll require Workbench 2.04 or above, with Workbench 3 offering the very best in PostScript output.
Aside from a possible Kickstart/Workbench upgrade problem, the biggest drawback of not providing PostScript output from within the software itself is the inability to print to a file.
Paul Austin explores DMCS v2, a notation package that first appeared over five years ago and aims to make printing musical scores easier than ever Obviously PostScript output is by no means essential, and in fact non-PostScript prints are generally very impressive especially on 24-pln printers and above.
However this probably won't be much con¬ solation If you need to transport your cre¬ ations to a print bureau. Ot course you could always take camera-ready prints and have the printer generate the plates from these - but this does defeat the object a little.
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Off-line readers nuke life on BBS much more fun, as they cut the amount of lime you're on tin.* system down to art inhuman min¬ imum. By the use of carefully designed scripts they allow you to Ix.* on, do what you need to do and get off in the smallest time possi¬ ble.
COMMS All the composition of messages and replying to email, down¬ loading of files and file lists is automated. So if you want to leave a message for someone you don't need to come up with something witty there and tlk*n. You can take an I tour or so to think it up, which would of course be silly and expensive on-line.
So for iIk* price of tire shareware fee you can save money on your phone bill, make tea while you’re online, and make all your conference and email messages sound like drey were written by Bertrand Russel!
The Nicola off-line reader, or OLR as they are commonly called, is dte latest in a long line of good, bad and indifferent Amiga OLRs for CIX. Some have lieen pretty had, I can promise you. But even though Nicola is far from perfect, it s functional and is constantly being upgraded.
It even Iras its own conference on CIX, which makes you won¬ der what would happen if your OLR wasn’t working and you want¬ ed to leave a message on the BBS to complain?!
UlllS «: Nicola s off-line conference facilities Anyway, the system is really simple to own and use. First you are a CIX user, so you download tire* file from the nicola confer¬ ence. Tliis is tlte program you need and everything is complete.
This isn't a crippled version of the program... Ixit (and as you will notice, diLs is a big Ixit) in order to run the program you need a soit of software dongle called a "licence".
This Ls a file you get from the author of the program (tricky&cix) who sends you a time, limited file which lias checksums and so on to ensure that once the file expires you can't use die Nicola pro¬ gram before you pay him for the it.
Sort of Twist-your-ann-ware (I'm kidding, tricky) The fee is something like £35 or similar, and for that you get a non-time-limit¬ ed licence.
The program allows you to do all the things you would do with BBS watch Those of you with fast modems and sick minds might like to check out Private Idaho BBS in the US. It’s full of bad taste humour (mostly about religion it has to be said) and although there's nothing actionable there, it is strictly for people with a healthy disrespect for other people s beliefs Apart from that, it does have some absolutely kick-ass features, off-the-wall programs I’ve never seen elsewhere and one of the best chat with the sysop modes ever made.
The Reverend Idaho is the funniest auto-sysops, called the Psycho-Op, and has to be seen to be believed.
To get Private Idaho call 010 1 (208) 338-0227. The BBS was billed in hep-cat cyberzine Mondo 2000 (sorry? -ed)a$ "the dumpster diver’s BBS". I think you should make up your own mind.
CIX, but based on what the program calls a "local datalia.se", that is to say a small limit¬ ed version of CIX on your own hard disk or floppy.
If a message doesn't exist it'll get it next time, and this is tlte only real drawback to the system. Everything is deferred until the next time, and this means tluit if you've got a lot of lack and forth work to do you w ill need to log on two or three times to get it all sorted out.
But you will only need to do this very infrequently. To lie honest, such wasteful on again, oft' again activities are die product of old-think. Your habits will change when using Nicola and so any stuff vou need to CIX on the cheap do will change t(x>. For example there'll Ik* no random schlepping around new conferences. You'll have to join diem and wait for the messages to come in. And Usenet? Well you can forget about that my lad. Although I'm sure with a bit of collusion between CIX and tricks' Nicola could be made to parse and store Usenet messages too . Or is that all too much?
Phil South tries a new off-line reader for the CIX conferencing service which should save you time and money Perhaps. There are specialist newsreaders for Usenet, perhaps it would Ik* better to use one of tlkwe. Anyone got a [dan fix an OLR for Usenet on CIX or wherever?
Nicola revolutionises your CIX usage, not just simply changing the way you use tire system but making it easier to enjoy yourself Messages are no longer a chore to do. Binmails no longer fraught w ith tricky problems, If you binmail someone they automatically get the fik* and a message saying it's lk*en sent. None of the ‘"upload it. And forget to bin it" syndrome which I for one suffer from all tlk* time. In fact it's the reverse, sometimes it's all so automatic you occasionally forget you uploaded everything. No problem. If there's no work to do. Nicola won't let you go on-line. If you can't
get on-line to send it, you've sent it already, I think despite the aid niggles (which I'm talking through with tricky as we speak) Nicola is the best and most reliable OLR for CIX ever Ixiilt. And 1 shall certainly stump up the dosh when the licence runs out, as it's undoulMedly saving me a small fortune in phone calls.
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What’s needed is a bit more texture. Well fortunately for all of us there arc some Iniilt-in patterns in Amos, which can enhance your programs and Jwnji universal harmony to the planus, a bit like Bill and Ted’s music.
AMOS Tills month's program helps you to try out the various pattern types, and display them in all manner of different colour combinations.
We stan in a familiar fashion: Screen Open 2,J5Q,}5ll,J2,lourei Colour 0,10 ; Colour 1,ffff ; Colour 2,*f Pen 0 : Piper 1 Curt Off ; Filth Off ‘the usual stuff to lx*gin with. Set up a screen, although unusually this particular screen Is square. Cursor Is out and flash is off, so no distractions from the main event.
START: Cl* 1 The subroutine Ix-gins with a clear screen command, This time its CLS 1 which clears the screen with colour 1.
Locate 2,2 : Print tpacel(JO) Locit* 2,2 : Input "Select Pittern 0 to St *;Pf The locate command puts the cursor on column 2 line 2 and prints a row of spaces - 30 of them in fact, litis Is called a Wank in the trade, and it ensures tliat tlx* line containing tlx* text is free of text to start with.
P:Vil(PS) Now this is where it gets interesting. VAL converts a string to a number. The reason for using this rather than a simple INPIT P Is tliat if tlx* user inputs a numlx-r or letter then this filters it out and returns a 0, whereas you’ll spoil the effect if you keep get¬ ting ‘redo from start" type messages.
Udtt 27,1 : Print 'Pattern ’;P locate 2,2 : Print SpieeJUO) Locate 2,2 : Input ''Enter colour 0 to SI ";CI C*Val(CS) Sime deal again, this lime selecting the colour instead of tlx* pattern.
Locate 27,5 : Print "Colour ";C Ink C : Boi 50,50 To 200,200 Make a box to put it all in. And then «>f course the next stage is to fill it with sonx*thing. But first you have to choose the INK and PAPER and BORDKR values.
Rnntpr 7 Pattern 3 Colour 4 Ink 5 Paper 6 Border 7 Press Return to Continue or E to Exit.
The program in use locate 2,1 ; Priet Ji- locate 1,2 : law: "in ";If Wfiltlf) lecate 27,7 : Mot "let *;!
Tocete 2,2 : Mot SposeltJO) locate 2,2 ; mHpr *;M Osfal(H) locot* 27,1 : Mot Ooper *;0 Loeite 2,1 : »rtot Sp*:e*(J0) LOCOte 2,2 : Irwt "Border *;BI MiKIL Locate 27,11 : Mot "Border *;B Vm vsju ve set all the values, you cun show the results. The INK command Is used here in its extended form where you can set mure than one value for the pattern.
Iok 1,4,5 Sot Pattern P : Set Paint 1 Bar 50,50 To 200,200 The pattern is displayed and you can quit out rtf it by either pressing the E key or con¬ tinuing using the Enter key.
Crisper displays Phil South looks at livening up your programs with the use of eye-catching patterns Locite 2,28 : Input ‘Press Return to Continue or E to Eilt‘;A4 If *Si‘E* Then Els 0 : Edit If 4I*V Then Cls 0 ; Edit The two IF THEN lines check for either a upper or lower case E and tlien send you back to tlx* editor You could simply end tlx* program.
Coto .START .And finally if no E is detected you go back to the start. This doesn't have lo be a simple ‘press a key to go on' kind of thing.
You could test only for the F or the Enter key (look up SCAN- CODE in your manual) and any other keys will do nothing.
Write stuff if you have an Amos pro¬ gramming problem or neat Amos trick you want to share with the world, then please write to Phil South, Amos Column. Amiga Computing, Europa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield, SK10 4NP.
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You could make this wliole program more sophisticated by using mouse control to specify the area you wanted to draw a box around, and using colour palette selection windows for the Ixtck and foreground colours. This is all done with mouse zones, I nit then you know all that. If you don't I’ll be delving into build¬ ing your own requesters in a near future Issue ol' this column.
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Now however the need to invest an additional £40 on Lapcat has been largely superseded thanks to the addition of a built-in slimline floppy. As you might expect the machine has adopted the PC as its chosen format and can read, write and format stan¬ dard 720k disks.
As luck would have it the new Amstrad isn't alone In its PC compatibility, as all Amigas' running Workbench 2.1 or above have been shipped with CrossDos as standard. As older Alternatively you could even throw financial caution to the wind and buy the commercial version of CrossDos - which incidentally is the same program licensed by Commodore for use within Workbench.
Once set up with a suitable PC disk utility, the Amstrad and Amiga combination couldn't be more harmonious, with text files, address books and spreadsheets flying between the two machines at will - however be warned all conversions are best done as A$cii text which of course means that Ascii must be supported by any software you plan to use in conjunction with the Amstrad.
Amstrad With the NC200 retailing at £150 more than the NCI00 the addition of a floppy doesn’t really justify the extra expense. However much to the credit of Amstrad the new machine has an impressive collection of additional software alongside much improved design.
POP-UP SCREEN
• As you've no doubt spotted, one of the biggest design changes -
aside from the floppy - is the very swish pop-up screen which
boasts a 16-line display as opposed to the eight lines of its
flat screen predecessor.
However, bigger and better screen positioning isn't the only benefit of the new screen. In fact. Amstrad have addressed perhaps the biggest drawback of the NCI00, namely the lack of a back-lit display.
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- 4SOFQHJKL: « 1 a 3 : - • ^ Thanks to this omission its often
difficult, if not impossible, to use the NCI00 during the
twilight hours without the assis¬ tance of a standard lamp or
some other form of additional lighting.
Z X C V Aside from the floppy and screen the only other notable hardware change has been a much needed addition to the machines basic memory which now provides 128k prior to expansion - PCMCIA RAM cards can add an extra 1.028k to the machine if required.
A With a bigger back-lit screen and a floppy on-board, bat- tery life was one of my biggest worries, especially considering the amazing performance of the NCI00 which easily managed between 35 and 40 hours on just one set * S'ysten Message Not enough nenory for requested It of colors.
Proceed ” . . 1 MegaChip 2 Thankful the new machine matches its predecessor with almost identical longevity in the power department - how¬ ever it has been forced up a battery sue to do it.
With the tilt screen, floppy drive and bigger batteries, the overall weight and thickness of the machine is roughly twice that of the original NC. However this still makes the new Amstrad one of the lightest portables on the market - and to be honest the added glamour and usability of its new features more than make up for the extra muscle power required.
Along with hardware improvements, software has also seen a few changes with two completely new programs plus the odd enhancement on the basic NCI00 software.
At the forefront of the software compendium comes the aforementioned Protext clone, boasting a 48.000 word spell checker which can be added to via a user dictionary plus on¬ screen bold, italic and underlined and a fully featured search and replace facility.
Power users will also enjoy macros, the option for both headers and footers, multiple rulers, and wysiwyg print-outs
- both on-screen and direct to the printer via a selection of
built-in drivers.
With a display accuracy to 15 significant figures.
Like the wordprocessor, all files can be ported out as Ascii so there shouldn't be too many problems with compati¬ bility. Better still the spreadsheet can also share the printing power of the wordprocessor with output either on-screen or direct to the printer - an added bonus being that the soft* Hot on heels of the wordprocessor comes a new element, namely a spreadsheet capable of 255 lines and 52 columns Super Agnus and 2Mb chip RAM upgrade for A500/500 Plus/600/1500/2000 Supplier: Power Computing Phone: 0234 3433Q3 Price: £159 Only the second device of its kind to hit the market Power
Computing's MegaChip 2 is designed to replace the Agnu? Chip of jpy older Amiga with the 8375 version of the chip, enabling the use of 2Mb of precious chip memory.
Those with graphics requirements, such as DTP users, those who use Dpaint a great deal, and anyone looking to buy Scala MM200 will appreciate just how important this extra megabyte of chip RAM can be.
Graphics and sound data can only be stored actively in chip RAM, the area of memory which the Amiga's custom chips directly access. This means that a machine with only I Mb wiH often run out of chip memory if. Say. Dpaint is used at the same time as another program, or a DTP pack¬ age gets too heavy on the Imported IFFs ware will generate basic charts and graphs from the available data, which an be printed just like numerical information.
Arguably the most useful element of the original Notepad was the built-in address and telephone book. In practice, the new NC200 version is almost identical, although it does take ?
The Dpaint error message "not enough memory for requested number of colours ', among many others, is caused by bck of chip RAM. And any user who wants to break through this barrier has a simple choice. Buy an AGA Amiga or MegaChip 1 Consisting of a small PCB which holds the Super Agnus and four RAM chips, MegaChip ousts the original Agnus from its socket and connects via four dutch leads to various pins on the Gary memory con¬ troller chip. Installation is rather tricky, especially in an A2000 where space becomes very tight between MegaChip and the drive housing, but ten minutes and a steady
hand should see the job done. No soldering is required, so most of us should manage well enough.
Once installed and the with machine reassembled, a quick memory test should confirm MegaChip's presence and that of the extra chip RAM. Users can deode to mi two copies of Dpaint simultaneously if they wish, but it is really only when using Scala. DTP packages, and ADPro that the major advantages of 2Mb chip RAM become obvious.
Any user with serious designs on graphics work would be mad to carry on with only I Mb. And if the asking price isn't outside your budget, MegaChip 2 is a must Those who own the Power Computing 1,5Mb A$QQ trapdoor RAM board and have used it to upgrade from 512k to I Mb chip RAM will find that MegaChip 2 doesn't agree with their sys¬ tem. Power Computing will, however, modify these Amigas for a fee of £15 to render them compatible with the new board. Software compatibility in tests was 100 per cent with the exception of Scab MM200. Whose new transitions require 2Mb cNp RAM. The new wipes and SO
on do not work with MegaChip. But this is a fault which lies with Scala rather than MegaChip 2. The only other 2Mb chip RAM expansion available. MegaChip 2000.
Is equally reluctant to deal with the new effects.
Outline fonts Adobe Type 1 PostScript and CompuGraphic scalable fonts Supplier. PD Soft Phone: 0702 466933 Price: £3 per disk Despite the Amiga s lack of success in the professional DTP market and the attendant lack of official font support from the likes of Agfa, fonts have been avail¬ able in abundance for some time now, and several Amiga companies now concentrate almost exclusively on compilation disks of the best typefaces.
PD Soft are one such company, and their extensive collection includes Compugraphjc fonts, suitable for use with Wordworth, ProPage and RageSettor, and Adobe Type I PostScript fonts for users of PageStream and Final Copy II. In all, 26 disks are available, offering a wide variety of styles. Since the fonts world expanded, most typefaces have become available in one way or another, and PD Soft is the lat¬ est in a growing list of companies willing to convert the vast array of PC shareware fonts to Amiga format and still sell them at shareware prices.
The result is that there are few typefaces under the sun which haven't seen the light of day before in one guise or another, but with greater variety comes greater choice.
Slight differences in design quality from one font to another are inevitable with a collection such as this which includes the work of many shareware authors, but overall the standard of the typefaces on offer is very high.
Output, both on screen and on paper, is smooth and slick, and as both major formats are available, the majority of modern Amiga DTP and word processing packages should be catered for. Users should, ryfr 1*3 Botinus Ihht.
Bairns Light Alex Antiqud omeak' cwj cwx JcjL Agate: Normal Benguial Bold Conorth Bo;x\cious Bot>CAM*S Th* fonts in use on o Wordworth screen of course, check to ensure that they can use either Adobe Type I or Gompugraphic fonts before splashing out, but Final Copy II, ProWrite, Wordworth 2, and reasonable DTP packages should be fine.
High resolution backdrop images for video and multimedia uses Supplier: Videoworld Multimedia Phone; 041-641 1142 Price: £29.99 per set High quality backdrop images for videographers and multimedia users should, one would think, be m plentiful supply. After all. A decent scanner, or video grabber, a bit of hard drive space, and hey presto, a collection of backdrops.
Such backdrop images, however, are few and far between, so connector, so a fair amount of manoeuvring is required to slot a RAM board safely home.
Five minutes of careful fiddling and the trapdoor fits neatly back on to leave a much enhanced A1200 with no warranty prob¬ lems. The extra 4Mb of fast RAM means that many memory-intensive programs such as Wordworth 2 and Dpaint 4 will work smoothly as they no longer run short of chip RAM, so users should notice the benefits immediately.
As mentioned, this is a no-frills piece of equipment at a good price, and if you have no plans to add a 68882 at a later date, the Turbotech board, with its 70ns RAM chips, is a perfectly good expansion option.
32-bit trapdoor memory expansion lor A1200 Supplier Siren Software Phone: 061-724 7572 Price: £169.99 (introductory oiler) Memory expansions for the A1200 are coming thick and fast these days, and the latest card on the market is Siren Software's Turbotech A4I200, a no-nonsense trapdoor board populated with 4Mb fast RAM.
Consisting of eight ZIP chips and a battery backed-up clock serviced by a nickel cadmium battery. Siren's RAM board has few frills and no socket for a 68802 maths co-processor.
This latter feet might put of those with designs on future expansion, but the omission of the FPU option is partly respon¬ sible for the unit's low cost, so you pays your money... Fitting is. As usual with the A1200. A bit of a pain. All Al 200 boards must fit in a trapdoor which is narrower than the edge ?
Advantage of the 16 line display by adding home phone, mobile phone and memo lines to the address information.
Like the original all the info is stored in Sram - as indeed is all the NC's data - prior to back-up on a floppy or via Lapcat. As a result, data retrieval is impressive whether you're loading a document or searching for an address.
Not to be outdone by the Psions and Casios. A 100-year calendar/diary also comes as standard providing appoint¬ ment reminder functions with audio alert and on-screen pop-up memos.
With the ever-increasing pace of life the NC adds its pennyworth to the yuppie art of time management. In this glorious quest Amstrad's diminutive machine provides mul¬ tiple alarms with messages and optional repeats cither daily, weekly or monthly all aligned to any one of six time zones.
CALCULATOR An obvious element of any personal organiser/laptop is a built-in calculator. In the case of the NC200 this means a display of 12 decimal points via an embarrassingly large screen display which is almost identical to the NCI00 - with the exception being a new running total display which provides a small till-roll history of you calculations.
All very nice, if perhaps a little silly to look at However the calculator does have one major fault which means the keyboard has both the calculator functions alongside the usual Qwerty keys.
As a result the calculator can be pretty difficult to use and fairly reminiscent of struggling with the bizarre key combinations of a ZX Spectrum.
Finally comes the executive toy element in the collection with three variations on the familiar Tetris theme, all pro¬ viding a little light relief on a tedious train journey.
Why Amtrad didn't offer three separate games is any¬ body's guess, but to be fair the versions are OK - and do offer some light relief between the tedium of typing whether it be in the wordprocessor or spreadsheet As far a$ an overall opinion is concerned, the new Amstrad is pretty impressive. However when it's put up against the new Commodore bundle of a 2Mb A1200.
Oscar. Dennis the Menace, Wordwonh2 and Dpaint AGA all for the same asking price as a bog standard NC200. Ini¬ tial approval Soon gets put Into perspective.
However this isn't exactly a fair comparison, as the aver¬ age A1200 is about as portable as err... something that isn't very portable!
Basically the question is need. If you do a lot of writing on the move and need easy communication with other machines, the extra expense associated with the NC200 is well worth the money.
However if you'll never need a spreadsheet and don't mine a flat screen for the occasional bit of copy generation the NCI00 is still an attractive investment - even though using Lapcat transfer can be mildly annoying if you're mov¬ ing information on a daily basis.
The video enthusiasts among us will no doubt look with inter¬ est on this latest collection from Glasgow company Videoworld Multimedia.
Presented in a number of thematic sets, the collection of images covers such diverse areas as the ubiquitous wedding, fabrics, outdoor, and travel backdrops, all available as either Hamfl. 256-colour, or good old-fashioned HAM.
Captured to disk using either Vlab or a scanner, the pictures are almost all sharp and colourful, and many have been retouched or combined with others to improve the overall impression. In particular, the wedding graphics are a combina- Nexus Pro video backdrops Pools prediction program for all Amigas Supplier. Viothia Software Address: 32 High Street. Welshpool. Powys Price: £16.95 nter- jany m of ding.
Ither ures I »een erall ana- tion of dtgiosed shots from the exchanging of rings, cutting the cake, and so on. Against pastel backgrounds, the whole ensemble faded down to give a hazy, romantic look ideal for wedding videos.
Other images, particularly those in the travel set can be fairly spectacular - the pyramid picture springs to mind - and should serve well for most holiday videos.
The fabric and material backdrop collections are of more gen¬ eral use. And would suit multimedia presentation as well as video titling purposes, so the collection has plenty for everyone.
Those of us without access to a good colour scanner or video digitiser, and who have a need for something to add a special touch to home or semi-professional video productions would be well advised to give YideoworW a ring and ask for a demo disk.
Prediction programs have always been a favourite with gamblers and sports fans who have access to a micro, and the number of horse racing and football tipster programs released over the years is a testa¬ ment to man's undying sense of optimism. What else could drive us to give money over on the basis that someone we've never met will do what we want them to?
Soccer Expert is the latest in a line of Amiga pre¬ diction programs, but is the first football pools pro¬ gram we've seen for a while. It is basic enough in its Structure and doesn't promise a magic formula for success, but by using common sense and applying what is public knowledge in a controlled way, it can aid pools fanatics to make a considered choice about next week's results.
Through a system of weightings which takes into account home advantage, league position and the handicap ratings used by Coral, Ladbrokes, and William Hill bookmakers, the prediction part of the program presents a list of probabilities for a certain result on a one to five basis.
One is the least probable, five the most, and every possible result from home win to score draw is listed. By sifting through the results predicted for the Selecting the fixture! You're intercrted In Is easy weekend ahead, users should at least have a system¬ atic guide to their pools coupon if not a guaranteed win.
A database of league fixtures for 1993-94 has been included, and covers every English and Scottish senior division, and the authors have even recorded the results for the first eight matches of the season.
By keeping the results database up to date, an easy task from within the program, accuracy or at least reasonable mathematic probability can be main¬ tained and even improved as the database grows.
The only drawback with this sort of program is the unpredictable nature of sport. Who, for instance, could have predicted Stoke’s 2-1 victory over the Reds in the cup? Only the Oracle of legend, methinks, and a few tens of thousands of fanatical Potters.
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"NEW EMC Volume 130 5 Disks - £14.00 - 256 Bikinis Again, the volume title says it all ..Lots of Beautiful Women, of all shapes and ^zes, m Bikinis
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Lingerie The volume title says it all!...Lots of Beautiful
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EMC Volume 104 6 Disks - £16.50 • 256 Animals 1 Pandas. Deers, Bears (all types). Teddy Bears. Zebras and lots more!
EMC Volume 105-6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 Animals 2 Elephants. Gorillas Chimps. Monkeys. Bison, iquanas. Cute Seals. Koalas and lots more!
EMC Volume 106-6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 Animals 3 Wolves. Moose. Mountain Goats. Buffalo, Spider. Cougar. Kangaroo. Fox Pups and lots morel EMC Volume 107 - 6 Disks - £16.50 256 Animals 4 , Walrus, Kittens. Horse and lots of Other Animals.
Lume 118-5 Disks - £14.00 - 256 Birds 3 Swans. Falcons and lots and lots of other birds that we can't identify! (at least we are honest!)
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EMC Volume 94 Lots of Beautiful Wo EMC Volume 95 5 Disks - £14.00 - 256 Wildcats Lions. Lion Cubs. Tigers. Cougars. Leopards and lots of other WikfCats!
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EMC Volume 97 - 6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 Horses 2 Foals. White Horses. Galloping Horses, Horses in the snow, Horses on the beach and more!
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Can even use theso pictures as Workbench backdrops on AIZOO/AAOOO's. Bo you want to snow oil the capabilities of your AGA Amiga? Do you want to impress your friends? Believ us...you will even be impressed yourself?These images are worth upgrading your Amiga f EMC Volume 88 - 6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 Cars 1 Ferrari F-40’s. Testarossa, BMW's. Corvette. Mercedes, Formula 1. Sports Cars and more!
EMC Volume 89 • 6 Disks • £16.50 256 Cars 2 Porches. Lamborghini, Classic Cars. T-Type Jag. Camaro. Pontiac. Vette. Ford and more!
Lizard, Squirrels, EMC Volume 108 6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 Panorama 1 Autumn Forests. Mountain Rivers. Mountain Lakes, Waterfalls, EMC Volume 99 5 Disks - £14.00 - 256 Dogs 2 Spaniels. GunDog. Labradors. Setters, Cute Dogs with Cats.
256 Planes 1 s, F-14's. USThunderbirds, Tomcats and more!
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And even more Beautiful Women!
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\(i ('ofotu ¦>mjiiir.i ji t and24 dir/-dmiyrtp SPECIALISING IN THE PROMOTION OF DTP ON THE AMIGA H H and m WINNERS OF THE 1992 AMIGA SHOPPER TOP TYPEFACE AWARD POOOSSIONA. StANDATOS ona&Tneu'KiN enoorsco nr commooorc ua AWARD CONSTRUCTION KIT is excellent.Amiga Computing - August 1993 ICK received an 85% rating in CU Amiga - August 1993 the aMfty to easily create customised awards and certificates ACK comes headline fonts. 8 body text fonts. 5 seals and 11 borders along nvrfi 50 predefined award Ack also offers itw ability to save EMC Volume 5 EMC Volume 6 EMC Volume 7 EMC Volume 16 EMC Volume
17 Volume 27 EMC Volume 29 £29.99 /ision and Dpalnt 4.1 etc. EMC Volume 8 - 5 Disks - £16.50 - 61 CG Scalable Fonts ¦ 5 Disks - £16.50 - 64 CG Scalable Fonts ¦ 5 Disks - £16.50 - 57 CG Scalable Fonts
• 5 Disks • £16.50 • 58 CG Scalable Fonts ¦ 5 Disks - £16.50 • 64
CG Scalable Fonts
- 5 Disks • £16.50 - 66 CG Scalable Fonts
- 5 Disks - £16.50 71 CG Scalable Fonts £16.50 - 59 CG Scalable
Fonts £16.50 - 60 CG Scalable Fonts Desktop Publishing
Typefaces EMC Volume 9 EMC Volume 10 EMC Volume 23 EMC Volume
24 EMC Volume 25 EMC Volume 26 EMC Volume 30 -5 Disks EMC
Volume 31 - 5 Disks . Iirvr Wcafafh' Sotth These fonts
originated as MAC Format Truetype Fonts, and have been
converted from our ¦ ~ " compatible with WordWorth. Op These
volumes aro now supplied (due to popular demand) with
Postscript downloadable fonts!
EMC Volume 82 ¦ 5 Disks - £16.50 - 53 CG Scalable Fonts EMC Volume 83 - 5 Disks - £16.50 - 48 CG Scalable Fonts EMC Volume 84 - 5 Disks - £16.50 - 46 CG Scalable Fonts EMC Volume 85 - 5 Disks - £16.50 - 46 CG Scalable Fonts EMC Volume 86 ¦ 5 Disks - £16.50 - 34 CG Scalable Fonts EMC Volume 87 • 5 Disks • £16.50 ¦ 38 CG Scalable Fonts
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- 5 Disks ¦ £14.00 - 63 Type 1 Fonts
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Publisher and Final Copy2 release 2 EMC Volume 77 • 5 Disks -
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- 5 Disks - £16.50 - 106 Typel Fonts £caftdufafer/ •Poddcrifit
This clipart is suitable for use with Pagestream. Ppage 4 0 EMC
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World, Music. BiPlanes. Males/Females and morel NEW PICK N’ MIX
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The first of these is a Pick W Mix Font Service We are the first to admit that fjcaloftfo .'if Compatible with all versions ot Ppage. Psetler2/3. Wworth, WB2/3 Scala Opatvisi Amiga Computing in issue 52 said "E.M.C. are the FIRST and FOREMOST Font distributors in the UK" they then placed us at...No.1 in the TOR 10 of the Amiga hardware/software chart!
Ian Wrigley from Amiga Shopper in issue 16 said... ".../ must say that I’m quite impressed..." Amiga Format in issue 36 said... "...E.M.C. have an enormous amount of expertise in the tricky area of fonts and can provide professional help and advice to customersu Amiga Format Special Edition said... "...the best value rescalable fonts available anywhere...there's no cheaper way of getting quality fonts ” CU Amiga in the issue of September 92 said... “...you couldn't do much better than taking a look through the sets offered by EMC* Amiga Shopper January 1992 gave Safah Fonts and EMC... "The Top
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Font, Clipart and Software suppliers to over 4.500 happy customers!
Including • MICROPACE UK. MERIDIAN DITRlBUTtON. CENTRAL TELEVISION, MERIDIAN SOFTWARE. FIRST COMPUTERS BUTTERSOFT OMEGA PROJECTS. THE INSTITUTE OF MATERIALS THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON ALPHABET PUBLISHING. DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA SERVICES UK, THE IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM AND MAJORVISlON INTERNATIONAL WE ASK YOU...CANALL THESE CUSTOMERS BE WRONG?
EMC HAS RECEIVED MORE EDITORIALS. REVIEWS ANO PROMOTION IN THE UK AMIGA PRESS THAN ALL IT'S COMPETITORS PUT TOGETHER. HAVE THEY EVER HAD ANY?
DON’T THESE FACTS TELL YOU SOMETHING?
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modular programme, which gives users the abMy to add new fonts
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available soon ACK is available exclusively from E M.C. and Nr
A special introductory penod the program is available tor ¦
Including VAT and UK postage/packing European - please add
£4.50 for reg. Airman postage Rest of World- please add £6.50
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offer you any sort of font guarantees THE MAGAZINES HAVE SAID.
E. M.COMPUTERGRAPHIC .OUR FONTS WORK!
Our competitors claim to have ihe largest font collections in the UK... ... YEAH RIGHT! (Mtybe they etwitd check their facte before making auch claime!)
AND...BELIEVE IT OR NOT, WE DON’T HAVE TO WAIT FOR EMC TO RELEASE MORE VOLUMES BEFORE WE CAN EXPAND OUR LIBRARY!
Fonts(if required} FREE informal® information packs for full details.
The second of our new services is a Clipart Pick TV' Mix service We believe this lo be the first senrice of its type on ANY computer ptattorm. To date we have field rested this service with 50 or so of our customers and it has already proved to be extremely popular.
So what is It? Weir, basically if you are ever in need of HIGH QUALITY clipart or) a particular subject this service could be for you So. For example il you are in need ol a disk lull of flowers, business people, medical equipment or even teddy bears just contact us and we will create a disk (or disks) tailor made to meet your requirements.
E. M.C. are the exclusive UK and European distributors for the
HIGHLY ACCLAIMED commercial Computer Safari range of DTP
Typefaces.
Safari fonts are of exceptional quality, contain FULL character sets and have been highly praised in the UK Amiaa press.
For those of you that have already purchased, or have information on the Safari fonts, we would like to inform you that Safari compilation packs are now available.
Full details of the Safari DTP Typeface collection are included in the EMC information pack.___ Typesmith Demo Disk £3.50 Pagestream2 Demo Disks £6.99 OPALVISION UPDATE DISKS £6.99- These disks contain a/l the v*ry latest OpaMsion programs (Areel for Centaur Developments USA The disks are updated constantly so you can be assured of receiving all tne latest Opatvision Software1 _ The FREE EMC information pack includes full information on our PD and Shareware font and clipart library, Computer Safari Fonts and the Award Construction Kit... TO GET YOUR COPY... JUST SEND US A LARGE SAE WITH 36P
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For those with an occasional need for hard copy, a dot matrix is the ideal choice. However, if at all financially possible try to avoid the temptation of taking in the cheapest route pos¬ sible - namely a 9-pin. Although 9-pin printers have come a long way, it must be said that with the relative price difference being so small a 24-pin is a definitely a more attractive proposition. • For your extra investment you'll receive much higher quality output especially on graphic files, and with many 24-pins offer¬ ing colour upgrade kits the difference between the two can really pay off later on - if
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Mice Although I must admit the Commodore mouse has come on leaps and bounds of late - thanks to the A600, A1200 and A4000 - there's still room for improvement, especially if you plan to use your machine primarily in an artistic vein.
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Rodite drive Price: £59 Supplier. Silica system Tel:081-309 Mil Cumana drive Prke: £49.95 Supplier: Cumana Ltd Tel: 0483 503121 Modems If you've caught the comms bug that the media has bttr screaming about for months, a modem may well be on the shopping list If so. Here are a few points that the novice might well bear in mind prior to investing.
Like most computer-related investments, it's not wise to skimp from the offset Although it's tempting to save some cash initially you’ll end up paying for this apparent saving tenfold later on as ridiculously expensive phone bills come pouring in.
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If you're working on an older machine which doesn't boast the ability to employ productivity or perhaps your primary interest isn't games my personal choice would definitely be the Commodore I084S. At around £199 it's easily the best value - and in my opinion the best med-res monitor regardless of cost Commodore 1942 Bisync Price: £399 Supplier: Silica Systems Tel:081-309 INI Vr our at-a-glance guide to shopping through the pages of AC. All our advertisers, all their products, and all in an easy to find format. Your Amiga Market Locator makes finding that bargain infinitely easier.
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The vohjmo contains 35 music modules.
This volume contains 39 music modute*.
This volume contains 34 music modules.
This volume contains 41 music modules This volume contains 42 music modules This volume conlams 36 music modtdes.
This volume contains 37 music modules.
Ttvs volume contains 35 music modules.
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