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Their commitment comes as financially- troubled Commodore posted an $ 8.2 million toss for their second quarter - traditionally the year s most successful sales period.
But sales slumped to just $ 70.1 million from $ 237.7 million in the corresponding period a year ago and shares in the company sank from $ 3 to 37 cents each on the announcement.
The weak performance was blamed on financial constraints which hampered the firm’s ability to supply products and poor economic conditions in Europe - Commodore’s key market.
Although the cash shortfall has been cut back considerably, the company had predicted they would return to profitability in the quarter and now maintain negative equity.
They have warned that without financial help they could be thrown into reorganisation or liquidation proceedings, and are talking with creditors about proposed restructuring.
Power Computing boss Tony Laniri’s comments were typical of those from Amiga developers: "With so many Amigas in use around the world, there's at least three or four years' life left in the machine even if Commodore go down," he said.
And most industry figures believe that even if Commodore crash the Amiga name will continue, and at press time there was speculation of an imminent take over of the firm.
But Commodore’s managing director for finance and operations, Colin Proudfoot, is confident the company will continue trading: “Commodore have the survival instinct," he said.
“Market conditions will improve - our restructuring programme has already resulted in reduced losses - and demand for our product will continue to grow in 1994,' Free tickets Far Amiga show Hpproual stamp to aid buqing AMIGA dealer Gasteiner (081-345 6000) are offering 200 Amiga Computing readers free tickets to their Spotlight ‘94 computer show due to be held on May 28 and 29 The event will be at the Novotel Hotel in Hammersmith.
London and according to the organiser has a line up of exhibitors including HiSoft. Meridian. AlfaOata and Power Computing.
They are expected to show several new Amiga products including a 12-bit sound card for the A1200. New software from the United States and a range of CD32 add-ons.
A SCSI hard drive controller for the A4000 will be shown for the first time and Microvitec plan to display their latest multi sync monitor, the 1438.
From German peripheral manufacturer BSC there will be a A1200 ROM drive and Golden Image promise to offer discounts on their hardware.
The first 200 people to call 081-345 6573 and quote reference AMC1 will each receive free entrance.
A SEAL of approval aimed at making life easier for Amiga owners looking to buy software and hardware is soon to be launched by Commodore.
The manufacturer says the stamp will be issued only after third-party products have undergone “rigorous" tests in their US and UK offices.
Disk drives, scanners and memory expansions are expected to be among the first peripherals to be given the seal, and should be available within the next few weeks.
But already the scheme is facing difficulties, with several players within the market saying they are unwilling to pay hefty fees to Commodore for the use of the stamp.
“We want to give users reassurance when they invest in a machine," said Commodore's David Pieasance.
"The seal of approval will provide that reassurance - a guarantee of quality for the best peripherals and software.* But one industry figure, who didn't want to be named, said end users could find themselves picking up the costs of getting products approved Amiga Computing NEWS (D-Hd lihelM for H1BD0 I1EIU5 BRIEFS flminet goes ED A CD*ROM containing 3.800 Amiga pro* grams from the Aminet Internet archive is now available from Gasteiner (081* 345 6000).
Its 650Mb of software ranges from games to business applications and programming tools, and contains more than 100 demos of full price packages.
According to Gasteiner the Aminet disc is in ISO-9660 format and can be read from most CD systems. It cannot be booted from CDTV. Price, £49.99. IT is now likely that a CD-ROM drive for the A1200 will be launched by Commodore this autumn.
The device has been under development for around a year, but last Christmas the firm announced the project had been shelved because of technical difficulties.
Commodore are now considering the release of the CD1200 without compatibility for Mpeg full motion video.
When plugged into an A1200, such a drive would be able to load many CD32 games and audio compact discs, but unable to play video Cds or software containing video clips.
Release of the drive is likely to delight the many A1200 owners who have asked for CD compatibility, but CD32 players are worried that it will hold back FMV games.
They believe some games makers will hold back on developing titles containing video footage y because they will be able to sell discs to owners of both machines without extra work.
According to industry sources the drive has already gone into production for sale in Germany, and Commodore say they have not set a provisional price for the British market, Handy colour LondDn gets Idusic-H makes 1 dealt an UK music easu POWER Computing (0234 843388) will soon add an 18-bit colour hand scanner to their range of Amiga products.
The £149 device will come with the full version of Migraph's optical character recognition software and should be compatible with aH Amigas.
68D3D comes cheap VIPER will be the A1200’s cheapest 68030 accelerator when it is launched by Bedford-based Power Computing (0234 843388) in the next few weeks.
The board will feature a 28MHz version of the 68030 and be able to accept up to 128Mb of memory. A battery- backed clock will come as standard and SCSI-II as an option.
Prices remain to be finalised, but head of the company Tony Laniri expects the unpopulated board to cost in the region of £150.
Pegger spreads Jpeg A UTILITY which has been designed to enable programs that don't support Jpeg images to use them automatically has just found a British distributor.
By monitoring drawers. Pegger is able to convert Jpeg pictures into a format compatible with most Amiga packages, and its compression is claimed to offer great hard disk saving.
It sells for £99.95 from Meridian Software Distribution (081-543 3500).
Folour refills COLOUR inkjet printer owners can now refill empty cartridges using Tri-colour Refill. The pack includes 20ml each of magenta, yellow and cyan inks. It is sold by Ilford-based Jerome Russell (081* 478 7771) for £9.99. THE second Amiga Centre of Excellence (ACE) has just opened in central London.
The new centre is run by multimedia specialists Premier Vision and aims to provide a one-stop service for professional users looking for complete solutions.
It is hoped that ACE will spread nationwide and into Europe - with each centre combining advice and technical help with the ability to tailor a system to individual customer's needs.
“We’ll continue what we've always been doing - but much better in central London," said Premier Vision director Andy Gould. The concept of ACE is a very good thing for the Amiga."
Commodore's multimedia sales manager Kieron Sumner added; “More and more professional users are turning to the Amiga as a uniquely versatile and affordable platform.
“What ACE offers them is a dedicated, knowledgeable base to tailor a complete package to their particular needs."
Premier Vision are at The Foundry.
156 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8EN. Tel: 071-721 7050.
MIDI sequencing program MuSic-X has been improved with the addition of new modules aimed at making it easier for musicians to create songs.
Among the new features is a better Amiga Audio Player which gives more than a dozen extra Midi commands and recognises Attack Velocity when playing samples.
A DeFlam module has been added to allow grace notes and finger crushes which occur during recording to be removed without quantizing.
An improved Quantise module aims to allow more accurate selection of what to quantise and has support groups such as Triplets.
And sequences can be printed to a file or disk for editing using the new Print Event List feature.
Version two also comes with Notator-X, a Wysiwyg notation publishing program which allows both packages to be run together to transform scores without needing disk access.
The £149.99 software is expected to go on sale during July from The Software Business (0480 496497). Upgrades from earlier versions should be available within the next few weeks.
[D flmigas access PhotoCD PHOTOWORX is the first Kodak-licensed software to enable Amigas fitted with XA-compatible CD-ROM drives to access Photo
Images are loaded into the computer by the user double-clicking on the mouse and the program has support for all Amiga screen resolutions.
Owners Of OpalVision EGS. Picasso. Retina and Piccolo will see the benefit of their graphics boards and there is a range of image processing capabilities.
Pictures can be saved in Amiga IFF file format and output to mono or colour printers. It sells for £89.95 from Blittersoft (0908 220196).
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© m NEWS Speeding up ujith German boards (lideo spectacular heads to Europe TWO boards designed to boost the speed of the A1200 and A4Q00 are due for imminent release by Germany-based developer Advanced Systems and Software.
Blizzard 1230*11 Turbo Board comes with a 68ECQ30 processor running at 40MHz, a SCSI-II DMA controller, a battery-backed clock and can be expanded with up to 64Mb of memory.
A high-end version of the board fitted with a 50MHz processor and a memory managing unit will be available for the speed hungry, The MMU is used by the Amiga in applications such as virtual memory or remapping of the Kickstart operating system to fast RAM instead of using it from slower ROM.
ASS claim their second board will give owners of A4000 030S twice the operating performance of an unaccelerated machine by doubling the processor's speed.
THE first Amiga accelerator to use Motorola’s top-end 68060 processor is promised for release this summer from specialist Advanced Systems and Software.
Cyberstorm 060 50 will use a 50MHz version of the chip which the developer claims will boost the A4000’s operating speed from 18 million instructions per second to 70mips.
The £1,200 system will consist of a Cyberstorm Carrier Board fitted with a CPU module and a memory board that can accept up to 128Mb of fast RAM.
A4000 owners who do not need quite as much performance from their computer will be targeted for the £800 Cyberstorm 040 040.
Running a 68040 processor at 40MHz, the board is The 40MHz version is expected to cost £250 and the 50MHz model will be priced just under £300. Gordon Harwood are ASS’s British distributor and can be telephoned on 0773 836781.
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Dpaision promised to set neuj standards EUROPEANS are now able to use one of the Amiga's most spectacular peripherals - NewTek's Video Toaster.
The system, which manipulates graphics, animation and text with video, has already become popular with television production companies across the United States.
Now. By combining it with Prime Image's Passport 4000 converter, the Video Toaster can be used with Europe's PAL broadcasting system.
Although expensive for everyday Amiga enthusiasts, the device is a cheap alternative for traditional TV and film equipment needed to make top video effects.
The Video Toaster makes it possible for A4000s to perform a number of digital effects to progress from one video scene to the next.
They include video frames which fly out of the screen, poured water, shattered glass and tom page - in addition to the producer being able to create their own.
And animators will be targeted for its sophisticated Lightwave software, which can be used to render and sculpt images.
Commodore’s national multimedia sales manager Kieron Sumner said: "Every Amiga user realises the huge potential of the range. The Video Toaster changes potential into reality.
“I'm convinced its availability here will propel the Amiga towards domination of the TV special effects market."
Experts, however, say the conversion lowers the quality too much for it to be used professionally by the European television and film industry.
NewTek, who deny rumours that they are working on a PAL version of Video Toaster, can be telephoned in Kansas, USA on 010 1 013 228 8000 and Prime Image on 010 1 408 867 6519.
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The main board - which is already popular with Amiga owners - gives a true 24- bit display with a palette of 16.7 million colours, and comes with leading paint program OpalPaint.
Adding the OpalVision Video processor provides hundreds of pre-defined 3D digital video effects as well as an unlimited number which can be user- created.
It features a real-time 24-bit frame grabber - which does not need a time-based corrector - and a genlock with chroma, luma and transparency keying. Software is supplied for the creation and editing of digital video effects.
Completing the system, OpalVision Video Suit is an audio and video mixing, switching and transcoding device.
CD3B price tumbles in summer promotion CD32 will have its price cut by £50 within the next few weeks, as part of a summer promotion aimed at stimulating sales of the machine.
The move brings Commodore's new Spectacular Voyage pack down to £249 and according to the manufacturer makes the machine the best value games console in the world.
Inside the bundle, the CD32 is accompanied by two software titles. Psygnosis' Microcosm and Renegade's Chaos Engine - and, while stocks last, four games from the Dangerous Streets pack.
Commodore's David Pleasance said: "Amiga CD32 is not just the world's most sophisticated games console - it's also a genuine home entertainment platform.
“At this new price it just obliterates everything else on the market. If you want to buy a console there’s simply nothing else worth considering."
It is a rack-mountable video switcher featuring nine video inputs with Video In and Out available simultaneously in RGB or Y R-Y B-Y. Composite and S- Video.
A linear transparency key provides control between two video sources on a pixel- by-pixel basis, and the ten-input audio mixer is software sequenced.
“OpalVision sets new standards for the desktop video industry," claimed OpalVision project technical director Gary Rayner.
“The quality and variety of our digital video effects, the versatility of our switcher and the breadth of our functionality puts OpalVision way ahead of the pack."
The system self-configures for both PAL and NTSC modes and is available in Britain through Indi (0543 419999). The main board costs £349 and each module is priced £899.
G80ED heads for Amiga expected to increase the speed of applications by two and a half times compared to a standard A4000 040.
Both products will have extension capabilities. A cache module which connects to the CPU is promised to give “significant" performance increase.
And a communications module still under development will provide a SCSI-II interface, and Ethernet controller and high speed serial ports.
Looking to the future, ASS boss Wolf Dietrich says that Cyberstorm based on a 68060 running at 66MHz should run top-end Amigas at more than 90mips.
Advanced Systems & Software can be telephoned in Germany on 010 49 69 5488130, and their British distributor Gordon Harwood contacted on 0773 836781.
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A Hi M) EDITORIAL Hard times With the huge increase in hard driue sates, why is it so many ttmiga releases still don't install?
Paul Hustin puts some old encuses to the sword hanks to information supplied during recent surveys it's became obvious that floppy-based Amigas are in decline. According to our research at least 40 per cent of Amiga Computing's existing readership are already devoted hard disk users.
Add these existing converts to the battalions of floppy users who intend to upgrade as soon as the cash becomes available and you have a strong argument in favour of installation.
Given these facts, it would appear a strange marketing plan to exclude the hard disk from any imminent software release. Even so. A fairly extensive straw poll of games enthusiasts came up with an estimate that only about 40 per cent of games sold ship with an installation option.
This is even more annoying when you con* sider that almost every productivity package sold on the machine offers the option to install as standard.
Obviously in certain areas of the games market the situation is very similar, as most graphic adventures and simulations also ship with installers.
In most cases such games usually - and quite rightly - insist on some form of password protection, either in the form of a code-wheel or via the manual. Great. I've got no problem with spending a second or two deciphering the occasional code, so why not extend the procedure to all Amiga games?
In their defence, most software houses would claim that due to the sheer size of such games, installation is almost a prerequisite. In addition, software which fits into this genre usually sells to the more mature games enthusiast who is - in their opinion - less likely to pirate software.
Add to that the complexity of such games and the subsequent dependency on a manual and you have a much more secure platform for sales. All fairly logical argument perhaps, but in my experience a pirate isn't likely to hang up his or her Jolly Roger just because they've turned 25.
This argument is bolstered by the PC market. Which is becoming increasingly ravaged by the scourge of software seas, and yet almost every PC program sold offers installation as standard, and when they don't, sales often plummet.
Basically the problem appears be one of perception. Amiga users are obviously seen as potential criminals in the eyes of software It's high time that soltmare houses hah more mnfidence in developers. But if we're nothing more than computer-based kleptomaniacs, why is it that the Amiga still accounts for 50 per cent of total computer games sales in the UK?
This figure becomes even more impressive when you consider the Amiga is probably out* numbered by the PC by a factor of at least ten to one. I’m not trying to suggest that there isn’t a piracy problem on the Amiga - of course there is - but the same is equally true on the PC platform.
This bnngs us back to the question of protection. If it works for flight sims and so on. Why shouldn't the same be true for more conventional games like Desert Strike, and classic sports sims such as Goal or Sensible Soccer - all of which would have benefited immensely from hard drive installation?
The software houses would argue that once a game is installable it invariably becomes easier to pirate. In that case, why not pile on the protection with code wheels which can’t be photocopied or whatever it takes?
If it's a matter of people hacking into the code and actually cracking the game, there's little anyone can do except the programmers, and to be honest for such professional pirates installation isn't really a consideration. After all they've been doing the same to floppies for years so what difference will installation make to them?
OK. You may ask what all the fuss is about. If you can't wait a couple of minutes for a game to load, or simply aren’t willing to swap the occasional disk, tough! If you can’t handle a bit of inconvenience, who cares? Buy a different game or get something similar elsewhere.
It’s this last point which worries me more than anything else. If the buying public can’t get what they want from the Amiga, why shouldn't they look elsewhere? After all, everything installs on the PC. Doesn’t it... If you're not an existing hard drive user this may seem a rather extreme argument but believe me it's not a million miles from reality Until you've used a hard drive it’s hard to appreciate how dependent you become on them.
It’s a bit like owning a car - when you've never had one they're just another means of getting from A-to-B. But drag a passing motorist from their cosy little hatchback and swap it for a bus pass and you'll soon discover what a bit of inconvenience can do to people.
Basically it's high time that software houses had a little more confidence in the people who keep them in their company cars. If not, this paranoia with protection could seriously backfire. Although many would have you believe otherwise, the Amiga market is maturing all the time, and if the software houses don’t wake up to the fact that the expectations of the buying public are evolving too, we'll all suffer at the expense of lesser machines.
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- i on Proceed, at which point you will be told to insert a blank
disk ready for formatting.
Once you have clicked on Proceed, the installer will indicate that it is formatting the disk in DFO. When this has finished, click on Proceed again to start the de-archiving procedure. When the application has been de-archived you will be told where the dearchived files are. Click once again on Proceed to finish.
If at any time you are unsure as to whether you want to continue installing, you can click on the Abort Install button.
Occasionally, utilities may need to add instructions to your User-Startup file located in the S directory so that they will function correctly. If you want to add the instructions. Click on Proceed when prompted.
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DFO and either press y to continue or n to abort.
Provided you answer y, the disk you insert will be formatted and the application de-archived.
Installing utilities You should first run the MakeUtilitiesDisk_ 1.3 to format a blank disk called ACUtilities which will be used to store any utilities you eventually install.
This disk can be used with future CoverDisk utilities until it becomes full. The MakeUtilitiesDisk1.3 program will be a permanent feature of the CoverDisk.
To install any utilities, boot your machine with your CoverDisk inserted in DFO. Utilities can be installed by clicking on their install icon found in the appropriate drawer in the WB_1.3_Only drawer. You cannot specify their destination and any additions to the Startup- Sequence must be done manually.
When installed the utilities are copied to a drawer called ACUtils on the ACUtilities disk.
Always boot from your CoverDisk when dearchiving applications. The installer programs can be located via the install icon with the appropriate name in the W8_2&3_Only drawer.
The de-archiving procedure has been much improved and now combines the power of the official Commodore installer program with that of Workbench 2.0 and 3.0. The installer program is designed to be powerful yet simple for the beginner and features a user-friendly interface allowing you to de-archive programs with a minimum amount of fuss. The installer programs for Workbench 2 and 3 users can be located via the icons named: InitiUCprojria mad InitiUPF* To run. Simply double click on the icon which will load up the installer program.
Using the installer ignore the buttons that appear when the retailer program boots up and simply click on the Proceed button. The program will then copy the necessary files to RAM.
Once this has finished it will inform you that it is about to format a disk in DFQ. Click Always boot from your CoverDisk when de-archiving applications. The installer programs can be located via the install icon with the appropriate name in the WB_1.3_Only drawer.
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Simply click on tho Procood button M*Urn* to ikr UmI «*»!» • iMt 1 bMtallattM Mini F last at t lot 4..I J tf.t.od I* Instill WIT ImtlllCprogria naie3J.3 IntttltPFH 1.3 hatoti eg: When you load up the 1.3 installer the program will first prepare itself ready to de-archive the program to a Installing utilities The procedure for installing utilities is much the same as installing applications, except that you can boot from your hard drive or Workbench disk. As utilities don't need to be de-archived, you are asked to specify a directory on your hard drive or Workbench disk where you would like to
install them.
If you don't want to install to the default directory you can change it by clicking on Change Destination. The Show Drives button will allow you to select a new device and directory. You can create a new drawer for your utility to go in by clicking on the Make New Drawer button and typing in the name.
You can also make a utilities disk by running the MakeUtilitiesDisk1.3 program located in the WB_1.3_only drawer and installing your utilities to here. At times you may be asked if you want to install a utility's documentation. A tick box indicates that the documentation is selected for inclusion, but you can click on the box to ignore it or simply dick on the Skip This Part button.
The utility installer programs can be found in the appropriate program drawer in the WB_2&3_Only drawer.
Documonto and create now drawer thank§ to tho inotallor'a user-friendly interface We have now managed to fix tho problem with AmigaDOS displaying a "disk is write protected" requester when a write-enebled d«ek is inserted. Just make sure you insert a blank disk when the installer programs tell you - and not before or after.
Amiga Computing COVERDISK ¦Hi De-archiuing gour (ouErDish Workbench 2.0 and 3.0 Users of Workbench later than 1.3 can use the official Commodore installer program which we have especially adapted to de-archive the contents of the CoverDisks with the minimal amount of fuss.
The installer is simple to use: just follow the instructions and dick the buttons. Make sure you boot from your CoverDisk with the disk I write enabled when de-archiving Personal Fonts Maker and Epoch Master.
When installing Spooler and ?Tree boot from your Workbench disk or hard drive as the programs are installed onto these disks, although any auto-booting disk will do.
Workbench 1.3 Users with 1.3 machines should double click on the lnstallPFM_1.3 to de-archive the Personal Fonts Maker program. We will be working to adapt the Commodore installer so that it works on 1.3 machines in the future.
Take control oF iiour finances If your finances need a shake up look no further than- mSoft'5 fully working k-Spread 8 spreadsheet- and graph creator, says Steue Ulhite- Hard drive installation Hard drive owners should simply copy the de-archived programs across but will need to make an assign for Personal Fonts Maker to work properly.
Load up Ed then load the startup- sequence file located in the S directory. Just before the LoadWB command type in; Assign PM: Cpithnaae] Save the startup-sequence by pressing Esc - x and then Return.
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- Spread 2 is a fully functional spreadsheet that will allow you
to keep your finances in check without the hassle of dragging
out the calculator and folders crammed with documents.
The program is ready-to-use and all you need to do to load it up is to insert CoverDisk 1 into drive DFO: and reset your Amiga.
The advantages of a spreadsheet program such as K-Spread 2 are many.
Spreadsheets offer a clear and concise way of storing financial information without the need to keep hold of bills, statements and transaction papers.
Also, when you have created a spreadsheet you can use it over and over again as all the calculations are performed by your Amiga.
When K-Spread 2 has loaded, doubleclick on the disk icon. Inside the window you will find the main Kspread program and the graph generator KspreadQ.
Printer is a preferences program that will allow you to specify the type of printer you are using. We have already included EpsonQ, EpsonX, Star24Plus and StarSPIus as these are the most common printer setups. Double-click on the Kspread icon to load up the main program. You will be presented with K-Spread's main display window made up of the spreadsheet cells, the Edit window and the main menus. All spread- Amiga Computing 15 sheet applications are made up of cells as !hey make it far easier for the program to perform calculations. The cells are referenced by letters across the top and
numbers down the left-hand side. Therefore, every cell can be quickly referenced - B6, A3 for example.
You will also notice that there are two different cursors on the screen - an outline cursor and a solid cursor. The outlined cursor ndicates the cell presently being edited and the solid cursor indicates the copy and paste destination.
Take a look at the small window to the top-left of the screen behind K-Spread 2’s main window. This is called the Edit window and it is here that you type in your cell data.
There are four different types of data that can be stored in a cell and these are Value - ordinary numbers. Text - a description, Formula - a formula for calculating the contents of a cell or more, and Label which is used simply as a heading or inside a formula as a reference to a row or column.
You can change the data type in the Edit window by pressing the Tab key. The present data type is displayed in the window title oar. Before we go on to explain the more advanced options in K-Spread 2, let's find out how we can create a basic spreadsheet.
Position the spreadsheet cursor (outlined) on the cell BO by holding down the Shift key and clicking on it. The Shift key selects the spreadsheet cursor which you can also move with the cursor keys. Alter the data type in the Edit window to Text with the Tab key. Now type in January and press Return.
January will appear in cell BO Move the cursor to CO and this time enter February. Do the same for cell DO entering March instead Now we need to enter the Row Headers.
Hold down the Shift key and click in cell A2.
As the Edit window is still in Text mode simply type in Sales and press Return.
Click on A4 and enter Margin, Gross Profit in A6, Expense in A8 and Net Profit in A10.
You will notice that the text you have entered bleeds across the margin.
To change this click and hold the left mouse button on the right edge line of column A and move it across to the right slightly, so that the text fits into the cells. When you release the button click on This in the requester so that you affect only the A column.
Move to cell B2 and press Tab until you see Value appear in the Edit window. Type in 500 and move the cursor to the next cell to the right. Type in 550 and 570 in the next two cells.
Next select cell B4 and change the data type to Formula. Type in 0.22* then point with the mouse at cell B2 and press the LMB (left mouse button) with the Ctrl key held down. This will add the cell reference B2 to the formula. Press Return.
We wish to repeat this formula in each of the cells to which Margin refers, so move the solid cursor over B4 by clicking on it.
Release the LMB and then click and hold it down again to select and grab the cell. Drag it across to the row heading 4 edge line until all the cells in that row are highlighted.
When you release the LMB you will be presented with the Row Range requester.
Global will copy the selected cell formula across all the cells in the selected row.
Window is defined by the value specified in the Set Slider Range option in the Options Window menu and Cursor will set the limit to that defined by the cursor.
However, we wish to define the range ourselves so type in C:D in the line below the option buttons. This tells K-Spread 2 that we wish to copy the formula across cells C4 and Marg.r l , fiross Prof it ¦lira; *158 Expense mmammmm Het profit m&W'JmBHEL 438.58 I' Tho Edit window it whoro you enter cell Information much am formulaa, tmmt and valumm.
Thm Tab kmy mwltchmm bmlwaar* tho data typos Screen features D4. When the program asks Do you want formula amendment? Answer Yes and any changes to the formula will be made by the program automatically.
This is important because we want C4 to contain the formula 0.22*C2 rather than
0. 22*B2 and cell D4 to contain the formula
0. 22*D2. To complete the entry of data, move the outline cursor
to cell B6. This is Gross Profit for January which we define
0. 95*. Point to the cell B4 with the LMB and Ctrl held down so
that &4 appears in the formula. Press return to enter the
To copy the formula across the other cells in the row select cell B6 by clicking once and then drag the selected cell to the row header, making sure that the remainder of row 6 is highlighted before releasing the mouse button.
Specify the range as C:D as before and make sure that the answer to Do you want formula amendment is Yes.
Now enter a set of values into row 8.
Expense. Remember to select cell B8 and set the data type to Value.
Once the three items of data are entered, move the outline cursor to cell B10. We are now going to define Net Profit to be Gross Profit minus Expense.
Change the data type to Formula, move the mouse pointer to cell B6 and click the LMB and press Ctrl. This will copy B6 into the Edit window formula.
Type a minus sign, move the mouse pointer to the cell B8 and Ctrl click once. You should now have B6-B8 in the Edit window.
Press return to fix the cell formula.
Replicate the Net Profit line in the same way as the Gross Profit line by dragging it to the row header. Remember that the range should be C:D.
You have just designed your first spreadsheet using K-Spread 2. You can save this as Example using the Save .SPD Data File options from the Project menu. The .SPD is added by the program so that you know it is a spreadsheet file.
In order to use the graphs you will need to quit K-Spread 2 and load up KspreadG.
From the Project menu load up your Example spreadsheet and highlight the cells from B2 to D10. Do this by clicking on B2 and then, with the LMB held down drag the mouse to D10 and then release.
GRAPHS We have now selected an area for which we can draw a graph. Selecting text may cause an error to occur. From the Display menu select Graph and then Vertical Clustered Bar Chart.
The graph will open up its own window along with a new set of menus. The menus allow you to alter things such as text formatting. Which fonts are used for text and text entering.
If you wish to add text to your graph select Edit from the Text menu and type in the text you wish to add. When you click on Okay the text will be placed on the graph area and can be moved into position with the mouse button.
Once you have finished designing your graph you can then save it down using the Save option from the Project menu. All the graphs are saved as IFF so you can load them into documents and print them out.
Try experimenting with the other graph types. Click on the close window gadget to quit the graph display.
We will now take a look at K-Spread 2’s other features which will help you to create powerful spreadsheets.
K-Spread 2 manipulates data by moving, copying or using the cells on the sheet.
Before the cell can be moved or copied, the program must know which cell (or which btocfc of cells) is being used, or to what Uirus (hether uB.3t if you with to vm the graph facilities you must load up tha KspreadG program -¦ Author: John Veldthuis Virus Checker holds the title of the Amiga's premiere virus killer due to fli ability to eradicate all known virus programs without intervention from thi user.
Workbench 1.3 Workbench 1.3 users should install Virus Checker to their ACUtilities 6* before using it.
If you want Virus Checker to be loaded every time you switch on yoJ, Amiga you should type in the following command in your startup-sequence I run [patk niae} Vlruj_Checkr When you load Virus Checker you will be presented with the VC window bar!
If you insert a disk Virus Checker will report any found viruses and ask you fl you want to destroy it.
By clicking on the menu bar with the left mouse button you can select thj menus from the top of the screen by holding down the right mouse button. 1 These menus contain VC’s more intensive virus checks. Link File sea' Scan memory and Saddam damage scan are independent checks for th particular types of virus infection.
If you insert a disk with a non-AmigaDOS bootblock. Virus Checker will you that it cannot recognise the bootblock and that it could be a virus.
Range of cells the block is to be copied.
This is done by selecting the cell or block of cells. This means, for a single cell, a single click on the cell. The cell will be highlight-!
Ed to indicate selection.
To select a block (a rectangle), or a column or row. Position the mouse pointer on one corner, hold down the mouse button | and drag the corner diagonally opposite (for a row or column just drag in a straight line) Release the mouse button when the last cel is reached.
You will see an entire row or column, starting from the current first row or column You can copy and replicate cells by foF | lowing the procedure listed below:
1. Select the source cell by clicking once. It I laiw - 18° South
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Selecting Remove could damage the disk if it was not intended to be AMIGADOS compatible, such as most games software.
3 tO • Dm Pi is dis* n you ince Workbench 2 & 3 Workbench 2 & 3 users can run Virus Checker from the Files drawer on the CoverDisk or you can install it to your Workbench or ACUtilities disk.
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Scar those vill tei Selec Workbench 2 A 3 usore can tailor Virus Chockar to th*lr own neads with the menu options For a rundown on the basic operation of Virus Checker read the Workbench
1. 3 instructions. Note that you can install Virus Checker to the
WBStartup drawer so that it loads every time you boot your
By clicking on the re-size window gadget in the Virus Checker bar.
Workbench 2 & 3 users can bring up VC’s advanced options screen.
There are a multitude of options that you can set here but only a few are important at this moment.
Click the Use Window button off so that the tick disappears. This will stop the Virus Checker bar appearing every time you boot your Amiga. You can always bring the bar back again by using the Exchange Commodity on Workbench Take a look at the window on the far right. In this window you can add files for Virus Checker to automatically check when it loads. The most common virus victim is the startup-sequence.
Click on the Add button below the window and then type the following in the requester: s:stirtup-fCQu«nct At the bottom of the window you can select which drive you would like VC to check when disks are inserted. If you had a second drive you would dick on the DF1: button so that a tick appears.
Click on the Save button to store your settings and then on the close window gadget to close the Virus Checker bar.
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2. Position the mouse pointer on the cell and drag it to the
destination cell by holding down the LMB. Release the LMB when
the destination cell appears highlighted.
You can also copy cells to entire rows or columns. Before you perform any copying select the source cell - releasing the LMB once the cell has turned black.
Drag the cell to the column header, positioning the source cell image so that the entire row or column turns black. Release the LMB and a requester will appear giving Range options. The Range requester options are explained above.
To insert and delete complete rows or columns, press down the Shift key and click on either a row or column header. A requester will open (Column and Row Edit).
This requester asks for the number (Amount) of rows or columns to insert or delete and gives the options of Insert, Delete or Cancel. In Insert mode the rows or columns are inserted before the current row or column. In Delete mode the current row or column and rows or columns to the right or below are deleted.
As mentioned earlier, one of the data types allowed in the Edit window is Labels.
A label is text within a formula which is used to reference another cell.
LABELS Any cell can be designated to be a label by entering some text into it and choosing its data type to be Label (L). Any other cells below and to the right of this cell may then use this label to build up a cell reference.
Let's say we have some column headings of the months January, February etc., with January in cell BO and a row heading of Sales in cell A2.
To refer to cell B2, which would be Sales for January, in a formula or range, we can either:
1. Refer to the cell as B2 from the keyboard.
2. Click on the cell with the LMB and the Ctrl key.
3. Make the column and row header's data type Label and refer to
the cell as January.Sales. Note that a label is case sensitive
- the program will not recognise a reference to january or
If there is more than one label of the same name the label which is nearest to the subject cell will be used. When you copy a cell that uses a label, you will be asked if you want to amend the formula to refer to a new column or row label, or not.
If, at any point you delete a label any references to it will be replaced by the corresponding row or column title e.g. A. AE. 34 etc. However, you cannot use these titles as label names. Note also that you cannot refer to a label unless the cell you refer to is below and to the right of it.
Let's now take a look at some of the menu facilities in K-Spread 2. In the joystick left or right quickly releases a mine. For the full list of controls see fig 1.
The terrain icon to the top-right of the control icons allows you to select the terrain on which the ensuing battle will take place. The default is tanks over land. Clicking on the icon changes it to gunboats patrolling the river ways.
Those options that are crossed out are only available in the registered version of Tanx. Once you are happy with the set-up you should click on the Go icon to begin the game.
The screen is divided into four regions and each region scrolls in accordance with its associated tank or boat.
At the bottom of each region is the status information which displays the amount of flags collected, how many your tank or boat currently holds (only three can be collected at one time) the amount of mines you have remaining and the time left.
Your vehicle can only take three shots before it blows up and you are returned back to base. If you die when you are carrying flags they are released and can be collected by other players.
Ives n to led ieir »lay lost the ich ach md ec- and ec- ing Each player has four cannons protecting their base and flags. The cannons are controlled by the computer but can be permanently destroyed by enemy fire.
If you are in a battle near your own base with the cannons are firing and they hit you, no damage will be registered.
Your gun is capable of blasting through walls, hedgerows and buildings but keep an eye on the enemy vehicles to check they aren't sneaking up on you.
Keep in mind how many flags you have collected. Three and you should head back to base to store them. Nothing is worse then getting shot and losing your flags, only for them to be picked up by the enemy.
When the time limit has run down the winner will be announced in a celebration of violence. The losing players and their tanks (or boats) will be crushed under your tracks.
Directional Left ... .... advance left Directional Right . . Advance right Directional Up ...... ... advance up Direction Down .. advance down Direction Fire .. fire shell Rotational Left .... Rotational Right .. rotate right Rotational Up advance Rotational Down ..... ....reverse Rotational Fire ... fire shell A &' advance or reverse Z & reverse or advance down X & ....rotate left or advance left C &. Rotate right or advance right Left A & Space .. ....fire shell Left Alt &
Right A ...... Esc .. P ...... ...pause game Figura 1 Amiga Computing COVERDISK Ill OptionsA Vmdow menu the Set Slider Range allows you to make the windows sliders operate on any range of cells.
For example, if you set the range B56 BB80 then when you move the window sliders, the cells you can move to will lie within the range B56:BB80.
The Grid option allows the spreadsheet to be displayed with or without the horizontal and vertical lines. This affects the window that is currently active.
Find & Replace offers the facility to find and replace a value or text string. Click in the Find bar to select the contents you want to search for and then in the Repl bar to select what you want to change it to.
You can select which cell type you wish to search and the area in which they will be affected if found.
PRINTING When you are happy with your spreadsheet you can then print it out for future reference. To pnnt, select either Print Sheet or Print Listing from the Printer menu.
Print Sheet allows you to print the required range. Print Listing lists all the cells to the printer.
Below is a list of the printer options that appear when you select one of the above menu options: PRT: Translated codes sent to the Pnnter Device selected in Preferences PAR • Codes sent untranslated to the parallel port SER • Codes sent untranslated to the serial port File ¦ Send untranslated to a file, the name of which is entered by the user Sideways - Sent untranslated to a 100% compatible Epson FX80 or equivalent (which supports downloadable fonts).
Note the printer buffer inside the printer must be disabled. On an FX80 this means setting the DIP switches 1 -4 to Off.
Dogfight Author; Dan Rhodes DogFight is a classic aerial combat game that first appeared on the VCS in the form of Combat.
Up to four players can participate at one time but only one will survive to be called champion. The game is set during World War I when all that men could fly was a dumsy biplane.
However, these biplanes can turn on a sixpence and have immense speed capabilities. Climb into your cockpit and let's take a flight through DogFight... On loading up the game and pressing Space you will be presented with the pre-game options. By pressing the key F1 to F4 you can toggle the amount of players and which control methods they will be using.
There are five methods of control and they are Joystick One, Joystick Two, Cursor Keys, Z. X and Shift and Out To Lunch. To gain a better impression of the flight controls and in-game keys take a look at fig 1.
DARING The basic idea of the game is to shoot down the other players while remaining intact and safely out of harms way. This involves pulling some fairly daring stunts and using the clouds as cover.
Each player begins at his or her airfield ready to take off. You begin with ten lives indicated below each hanger and these deplete as you are hit.
Press the fire button or fire key to start the engines and begin take off. When the biplane has enough speed use the left or right control direction to take off. Don't try and pull up too early otherwise the plane will blow up on the runway.
When off the runway, climb gradually to 10 0 q 1 gain some height and then dive straight down, pulling up at the last moment to gain speed.
If you pull up too steeply the plane will stall (known to DogFight aces as Floating Death) and you will find yourself hurtling back to earth. If this occurs push the nose straight down, wait for the engine to cut back in and quickly push either nght or left to recover the stall.
As you improve you will find that you can easily pop off other players while falling - hence the name Floating Death.
Once you're comfortable controlling your Si]5lnfo Author; Nic Wilson If you ever wondered how fast your Amiga really is Syslnfo is the program for you. You can load the program from the Files drawer or install it.
When you load Syslnfo it will inform you that it is evaluating your machine after which it will display the main panel.
If you look in the internal Hardware Modes window you will see the hardware information about your Amiga. Syslnfo will tell you what CPU you have on board, whether or not an MMU or FPU is present, the speed and a humorous comment about the results from the author.
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Click on the Expand or Shrink button to enlarge or reduce the oar chart display. As well as the speed of your computer you can also find out information about memory, boards such as RAM expansions and drives. You can even print the result as a permanent record. Just don't start a “my computer's faster than yours" »ar with the neighbour, mm 1 :• -rr.c: ii!
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Syalnfo you Can mee Jumi how ami or mlow your Amiga really ia [ DOGFIGHT SIMULATOR F1:*FIRST JoySTICK F2:*CURS0R KeyS F3: KGyS (SHIFT.Z.X) 'fH:*OUT TO LuflCH PROGRRf) ROD GRAPHICS By Dfln RHODES L rm b 10 OR 10 00 Up to tour player* con participate in Dogfight Pi ahy
- w*l Figure 2 Joystick One Left - rotate left or right (depends
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right (depends on selected plane) Fire - fire cannons Cursor
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(depends on selected plane) Shift - fire cannons Out To Lunch
select this for any non-players P- Pause orVoff Q- Quit to
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m Vlfut CTMCMf VS 94 Hi Sytlnfo t i w-~i i-i plane you can start to create you own attack manoeuvres. The clouds provide excellent coverage and a well executed rack from them can prove devastating to re enemy.
ANNOYING Strafing planes that are taking off can tip He Dalance in your favour but it does prove irnoymg to the other players and you may hnd yourself under attack from everyone etee playing.
Avoid spinning dogfights because you are more likely to crash into your opponent than shoot him down. If you do get into such a fight dive away at the best moment and try and entice your opponent into the ground.
Beware of wrapping bullets, If you fire across the screen and then turn and reenter on the other side you may find yourself being shot down by your own bullet - a waste of a life and very embarrassing, The last player remaining is considered the victor. If there are two players and they shoot each other at the same time (it can happen) then the game will be declared a draw.
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CITIZEN DEALER PIUS LF E A T U R E uring a misspent youth among
other aspiring musicians, a conversation broke out revolving
around the future of the music business. In a fit of exuberance
I immediately adopted the technological banner, only to find
myself mstantty in a minority of one.
* 0 Undaunted, I stated my case: “In ten years time everything
will be run by Midi, and what's left over will be nothing more
than a series of ones and zeros on a giant hard drive."
Believe me. This wasn’t a popular theory in a roomful of musical die-hards deter* mined to “keep music live" no matter what the cost. At the time hard drives were still very much a rarity, while Midi was nothing more than a blasphemous four-letter word more often used as an insult than an option.
Gigging musicians are notohous technophobes and on the whole wouldn't - at the time - touch a computer with a Stylophone.
As a result things soon got fairly heated as the enemy circled the wagons around the analogue flag.
Fortunately the conversation eventually turned to the usual obsessions of young men and my seemingly hysterical opinions were soon put down to a dodgy pint.
As it turned out my estimate was conservative to say the least. Now just five years latter the digital age is definitely upon us.
And in almost every walk of life analogue is in terminal decline.
Albums have been crushed underfoot by CD, cassettes are at the mercy of DAT and even video is evolving into a digital medium with FMV Cds and direct-to-disk digital video recording.
All fairly predictable; after all, you can't stop progress. However the really interesting point isn't the change in format, it's the fact that all these elements are no longer The optical option In ten gears time Hcnithing null be nr hilt and what's left oner mi lie nothing rare than a series of ones and eeros on a giant hard driue the islands they once were.
Audio is becoming ever more synonymous with video, and information in general is inexorably making the difference between the haves and the have-nots in science, industry, economics and education.
If information is indeed power, what part can the Amiga play as worlds collide? After all. What can a jumped-up games machine offer that the Pcs and Macs can't match?
In my opinion the clue lies in the Amiga’s humble beginnings. Unlike the opposition it has evolved over the years while the others have, for the most part, rested on their corporate laurels.
Take the PC - although it's been the staple diet of the business community for over 20 years, its basic architecture has never changed. It's true that power Pcs in the 486 and Pentium bracket have become much faster, but essentially they're still dinosaurs in disguise.
No matter how quick they become, Pcs will never multitask, and certainly won’t suddenly develop the natural affinity with video that the Amiga has enjoyed since day one.
DORMANT It’s true that more than one program can be loaded into a PC, but only one can ever running. The others simply sit dormant in the background - not exactly the perfect multimedia approach.
The same is true for Macintoshes; just like Pcs they can load multiple packages, but again only one is ever active. Obviously the Mac is a more worthy challenger courtesy of its idiot-proof point and click interface and existing kudos in the media - extensively in publishing.
However, no matter how glossy the brochure, a Mac simply isn't a multimedia machine. That particular mantle is exclusively the property of the Amiga.
At this point you're probably resigning yourself to a few pages of biased, and probably unsubstantiated twaddle from a self- confessed Amiga fan. As little as a year ago I’d probably would have agreed wholeheart- Paul Austin charts the - Amiga's position in - the nem order as the - media worlds collide - The Without doubt one of the biggest stumbling blocks for computing in general has been the incompatibility between the various machines and their operating systems.
It's true that things have improved over the last couple of years with Commodore finally embracing PC disks as a transfer option.
As a result the two machines can now enjoy fairly uninhibited communication - as indeed can the Mac - courtesy of its ability to read both double and high-density PC disks.
Unfortunately although a big improvement. Floppies are becoming ever more inadequate due to the pure volume of data which needs to be transferred. A classic example is ray-traced animation, which has been saved out n a 24-bit format before to single frame recording.
In such circumstances, floppies are almost use- ess a§ a result some form of mass media transfer is essential, in the past the SyQuest removable hard disk was the orty answer, although this has been challenged recently with the arrival of various optical drives - the most successful being the 128Mb 3.5in variety, Unfortunately both these systems rely on an identical drive mechanism and more importantly an OS-compatible machine at the destination.
Fortunately these barriers are finally coming down with the arrival of the Mo-Miga optical disk drive - see separate review. Not only The excellent Mo-Uig* drive breaking down the barrier* In OS communication* does it provide double the normal storage of a 5 25in optical by delivering a staggering 1.2 gigabytes per disk, but it also offers totally transparent transfer between Mac. Amiga PC and even Unix.
Obviously any transfers require the actual drive unit, but the disks themselves simply appear as normal DOS volume regardless of the machine using them.
Not surprisingly, the actual file format has to be supported by the source and destination machines, but that's about it. As a result you can transfer data to just about any system so it's even possible to communicate with Silicon Graphics Indigos when necessary.
As you've probably guessed, Mo-Miga uses its own proprietary file system to achieve compatibility between platforms. With this in mind you'd expect the actual transfer time to be fairly slow, but surprisingly they're pretty quick and can sustain 2Mb per second stretching up to 5Mb in burst mode.
Unfortunately 2Mb per second is still too slow for existing digital video systems, the PAR included, However it's more than adequate for most applications - including the AD516 and other direct-to-disk samplers.
Amiga Computing any serious corporate interest.
After all, no matter how good the machine, nothing sells into the corporate market without the proper exposure, and in that particular department the Amiga has always been disastrous.
However over recent months the machine has finally begun to received the serious attention it deserves. As you may recall from the last issue, Commodore - along with a number of third-party developers - have established the ACE initiative.
Admittedly it’s still early days with only one Amiga Centre of Excellence established. However with another five set to spread the Amiga’s corporate message across the UK, the potential is there.
Add ACE to the sterling efforts of independents such as Premier Vision - a com* pany responsible for hosting regular seminars which introduce the best in Amiga technology to professional markets - and the future looks brighter than ever.
Although the basic Amiga has obvious benefits as a potential multimedia workstation, the machine itself is only the beginning. It’s really the third-party peripherals that lead the charge, and if sold correctly they could make the machine the crossroads at which all the digital highways converge.
Before moving on to the tools of the trade, it’s probably worth clarifying what makes up this almost mythical digital ether.
The most obvious example is email. As you're probably well aware this can take many forms, with perhaps the most egalitarian example being the Internet.
Unlike many comms systems, the Internet isn't a BBS. In fact it’s much more akin to a peer-to-peer local area network which you may already use at work.
However in the case of the Internet the network is on a truly massive scale.
Aside from offering direct connections to thousands of research facilities, universities and companies, it also offers links to 110 ?
FEATURE Above all else, the miga is best known as a videographic tool, mainly due 10 its natural affinity with video and its ability to generate a sync - a factor which has made it the ideal choice for genlocking. Titling and computer-generated animation destined for tape.
Thanks to’these basic skills and the artistic nature of the machine, some of the best animation and jay-tracing software available on any platform has emerged on the Amiga. However although capable of generating astonishing graphics it has always suffered when it came to recording.
In the past the only option was to invest in an SP edit recorder capable of recording frames individually. Unfortunately this had two major drawbacks.
’ Firstly such i machine retails at around £5.500 and worse still a punishing schedule of single frame recording invariably means hundreds of pounds a year simply to maintain the tape heads.
Fortunately the dark ages are at last coming to an end with the arrival of dedicated digital video recording. At present there are at least three systems in the final stages of development, two of which will be on sale by the time you read this article. At the forefront of the clamour to capture this massively lucrative market is the much publicised Personal Animation Recorder - alias PAR - from Digital Processing Systems.
Although initially designed as a simple replacement for single frame recording the PAR - like the Amiga - has evolved into something of a monster. • In addition to simply compiling single frames into 24-bit Jpeg animation the system can also digitise live video - again in real-time - using the AD3000 TBC digitising card. As if that wasn t impressive enough, 16-W audio has also been added via the AD516 direct-to-disk sampling system.
As a result, the PAR. AD3000 and AD516 combo builds into the first truly broadcast quality audio video system to appear on any desktop platform, Although it's hard to believe that such power can emanate from a single machine. I can confirm it works perfectly - see the Personal Asimation Recorder review for more information.
Although at this point In the issue I can't confirm further expansion pos- .
Sibiiities (again, seethe Personal Animation Recorder review) the AD516S natural affinity with Bars & Pipes Pro 2 could well allow additional hardware and software such as Scala to become yet another element in a PAR audio video setup.
As you may already be aware. B&PPro2 can be much more than a Straightforward Midi sequencer In fact, courtesy of its Media Madness module, any Midi sequence can be used to trigger both external hardware and additional software.
Thanks to the SMPTE timecode generated by the AD516. It's theoretically possible for all the element to share a common timing reference and sequence their efforts accordingly, making the Amiga the heart of the most powerful multimedia system on any platform.
Mm Digital uideo countries and an estimated user base of over ten million.
In terms of data transfer the figures are quite literally mind-boggling, with an average of ten terabytes of information being shunted around the world every month. Add to that 4,600 news groups and over 130 gigabytes of PD and you’re looking at a real monster.
Initiated in 1969. And still subsidised, by the US Federal government, it’s rapidly realising vice-president Al Gore’s dream of a “data super-highway".
Obviously the Internet isn't the only comms option, and in fact there's a whole host of networks such as CompuServe and CIX which offer similar global access, sometimes in combination with the Internet, but all from the comfort of an intuitive menu-driven front end.
As you can imagine the global village - alias big brother - has big advantages, not least of which is the ability to side-step compatibility problems between various operating systems.
TRANSFORMATION Assuming you can read a particular file format - not usually a problem on the Amiga - literally anything can be transferred, regardless of size and all in a matter of minutes.
Another imminent link in the evolutionary chain is the arrival of optical fibre as the standard in telecommunications. Once in place, video conferencing could well supersede or at very least transform email as we know it.
Again, the Amiga has a headstart in such an environment courtesy of its affinity with video and the profusion of cards such as the IV24 and FrameMachine which already support PIP - picture in picture
- displays.
Add a camera and some additional connections to this existing tech nology and the Amiga is in the perfect position to jump on the fibre-optic bandwagon. Although still a few years away from general use, BT are already shipping videophones and video conferencing equipment - the times they are a changing... Although much of the above has dealt with the potential of the Amiga, the future is already at hand courtesy of products such as GVP's PhonePak.
As the name suggests, this is a dedicated telecommunications card which provides message redirection: “Press 1 for customer services, press 2 for sales and distribution”, and so on.
You can also use a similar pre-recorded approach to specify what kind of communication you wish to make: “Press 3 to leave voice mail, press 4 to send a fax...’. It's also possible to add time date stamps to incoming messages and set up scheduled transmissions for your own faxes, thereby avoiding the expense of peak rate calls.
When employed as a network server you can also set up private mail areas, it's even possible to specify that the number of an incoming fax I 00000 I I OotlOCI I I I ? I I I p&wnjsL PjP&S'jj&a Simpla but officiant.
Tha PAR 1 l x. Ifrtrwwl 4 1 1 pnr Sjy intartaoa In action Amiga Computin JUNE 1994 I De interrogated and if necessary thereby avoiding junk faxes - which i$ already a serious prob- rr r, me States.
No *«ver, PhonePak is by no means the telecommunication option on the Like video cards, the variety of fax is growing almost by the day with like Supra leading the field with sraned fax modems that ship with propri- lory software L*e GVP's PhonePak, they can sched- jt* transmissions as well as automatics t detect incoming fax information - and r course they can still operate just like a
• »crmal modem when you feel the urge to yet on-line- fne only
obvious limitation of fax
- ms is the lack of voice mail and can i-d'rection - but to be
honest if you s-eady have an answer phone and don’t .cerate as
part of a network it’s not really a problem.
FEATURE Combine the potential of comms and the Vniga’s existing multimedia skill and yet
- ¦ore promise is revealed. Existing Amiga . I rware such as
InfoChannel can already .: date satellite information centres
and :otnt-of-sale sites from a central control
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Because the flmiga offers true multitasking, changes run be made ¦a rdless of urhether a presentation is aradu running As a result a single operator can update an infinite number of machines simply by r ailing direct into the satellites to automati- :alty replace or update existing presenta- »ns. Add new ones, alter display times or download new pages.
And of course, because the Amiga offers true multitasking, changes can be made egardless of whether a presentation is already running.
As you'll discover in the digital video sec- lon. The possibilities offered by recent inno- .ations are finally providing the pro hardware platform that the Amiga has been : jilding towards for the last few years.
Although excellent software has been around for some time, use of the Amiga in a broadcast environment has always suffered ?rom the limitations of mass data transfer - single frame recording being a classic example - combined with communication difficulties between other machines (see The optical options).
Fortunately even these sticky problems are now resolved, and all that remains is the perennial problem of speed. Although the Amiga is just as fast as a 486 PC or Mac Quadra, it’s still pretty slow in comparison to dedicated graphics workstations.
However, this stumbling block could soon be removed with the imminent arrival of at east four 4000 040 accelerators, the Warp transputer, and a planned 060 from Advanced Software Systems, which if claims are correct will easily provide workstation performance on the only true multi- media machine.
Amiga Computing JUNE 1 994 Fast fibres The unsung hero of the information explosion is the fibre-optic cable. These cables ere capable of carrying 565 megabits (70Mb) of information every second in the form of laser pulses, and it is this huge increase in transmission speeds which will make most new digital services possible.
British Telecom have already laid 1.5m km of fibre optic cable, almost all of it to businesses. There is little impetus for the company to use the cables on domestic lines because apart from the cost of the operation; BT are forbidden from providing home entertainment services until the year 2001, although they are already looking at a video- on-demand service.
By that time, the plan is to have fibre-optic supplied to every business using more than five phone lines. As the next generation of cables should transmit two gigabits per second, the possibilities for teleworking and home entertainment are almost endless.
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takes a look at the technology. Types and uses of video
digitisers, and offers a few hints and tips on getting the
best from them, as wei: as a mini round-up of some top
digitiser buys.
Broadly speaking, a digitiser is a piece of hardware which attaches to a computer to enable external data to be first sampled and then converted into information which the computer can understand and utilise.
Video Source GRABBERS Sound samplers are also digitisers, but in this article we re going to concentrate on video digitisers - sometimes known s frame grabbers.
Unlike flatbed or hand scanners, which are used to capture images from paper or thin films (such a transparencies), video i a typical capture and conversion path that a gnal will take during the digitising process Video digitisers have many uses, including grabbing stills for use in animations, graphics or titles, or to incorporate into desktop publishing projects.
With the right kind of digitiser entire sequences can be grabbed and subsequently animated to provide video clips which could be used in games. CD-ROMS, interactive presentations or desktop video presentations.
Digitised images can be used as the basis for morphing sequences.
Video clips can even be used as a basis for hand-drawn animations through a process called rotoscoping. Where each frame of a sequence is redrawn from Ihe original grab to give a new style or dimension to a character while still retaining its natural movement.
Even traditional cel animators can make use of digitising, grabbing each individual frame under a rostrum camera and then using the Amiga to play the sequence back This is especially useful when ‘line-testing' - that is checking that the line drawings which will be used to produce the finished, coloured, cels all animate smoothly together.
And of course there’s the digitised pom that today's school-kids are reputed to be swapping m the playground. How do you think that gets on to disk? Yes, that’s right - it's digitised!
Digitiser uses Connecting a digitiser end video source to your Amiga is actually quite straightforward or almost as long as the Amiga family of computers has been in existence, video digitisers have been available for them. The trailblazer was NewTek's compact, direct-to-your-Amiga DigiView - reputedly designed and built in a garage by Tim Jenison, the man who later led his own desktop video revolution with the famous Video Toaster.
But every dog has its day and increasingly powerful digitisers incorporating more and more features have since supplanted DigiView to help Amiga owners exploit their artistic and creative talents and make capturing images from video a piece of cake.
Today there are over a dozen different Amiga digitisers on the market, including those which are integrated into other hardware, such as NewTek's Video Toaster or Digital Creation's DCTV. This month's Cam idhiteleg looks at what is needed to get real pictures Amiga Computing digitisers need to be fed a video signal - usually composite or YC - to do their magic. But. As with scanners, the quality of the output reflects the quality of the input; the old maxim of garbage in. Garbage out applies to digitising as much anything else.
SPLIT The video signal may be a still from a camera or VCR or a live, moving image, depending whether the digitiser used is a slow or fast scan model. This analogue signal is then electronically split into its three colour components - red. Green and blue (RGB) - before being converted into digital data which can be sent to the Amiga.
Almost all external digitisers transfer this data to the Amiga via the parallel port.
Internal digitisers communicate directly to the computer hardware. Once transferred, the digitising software can then instruct the Amiga to recombine the digital RGB data into an image which can be viewed on screen, either in a native Amiga format such as IFF or - if a suitable display card is fitted - it may be possible to see a full- colour, 24-bit version (though this largely depends on the digitiser's software as well as the display card). There are a couple of Hints and tips There are several simple measures which you can take to improve the quality of your digitised images. The first
three apply only when grabbing from a video camera.
T Ensure that the digitising subject is evenly and adequately lit by using portable lighting, such as Anglepoise lamps or fluorescent strips or by reflecting daylight onto the subject using sheets of white paper or polystyrene sheeting. Obviously there's little you can do if your subject is outdoors but wait for the natural light to improve - unless you have suitable lighting, of course.
• Don't forget to White Balance your camera to get the truest
colour representation. This is particularly important when
using artificial. Or mixed natural and artificial, light
• Use a stable camera mounting, particularly when the digitiser
is a slow scan model. A tripod, copy stand or simply placing
the camera on a solid base will help enormously in removing any
unwanted motion blurring which might otherwise mar the
digitised image.
• When digitising from videotape with a slow scan digitiser it is
essential to use a VCR which has a perfect freeze-frame
facility, otherwise the resulting image will almost certainly
exhibit teanng or other artefacts caused by any slight
movement which might happen when the tape is paused at the
required point.
• Use good quality tapes and keep your video deck in top working
order, taking particular care to keep its heads clean. Where
possible (ie if your VCR and digitiser can handle it) use YC
signals instead of regular composite ones, as these will give
significantly increased digitising quality.
Digitising variations which need explaining.
I've already mentioned slow and fast scan digitisers, but what exactly are they? Well, there's certainly a clue in the names!
Slow scan digitisers grab and convert the incoming video signal (let's think of it as a single, full-screen image) in small chunks and the whole process can take from several seconds to over a minute, depending on the Amiga, the digitiser, and the grabbing resolution.
STATIC Since the grabbing takes time, it is essential that the image remains absolutely static during the entire operation, otherwise blurring or image break-up could easily happen.
This can easily be achieved with a well- mounted camera, but digitising from video- ?
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Tape requires that the source VCR has a rock-solid freeze-frame facility.
Fast scan digitisers contain a frame buffer - a dedicated memory area - which is used to continually sample the incoming video. Frame by frame.
When the digitising process is triggered the video frame currently stored in the frame buffer is frozen and held as long as required Consequently, the captured frame can be digitised very quickly because the video picture is already stored in the frame buffer.
However, even these real-time digitisers cannot capture continuous sequences of video frames in real-time because of the data transfer rates required, so I prefer the term “fast scan" to “real-time".
SLOWER Also, it still takes time to convert the grabbed image into a format which can be viewed or stored by the Amiga, especially where the Amiga has a slower processor, such as a standard 68000 chip.
The greatest advantage of fast scan digitisers is that they can easily grab images from moving video without suffering the blurring or break-up associated with slow scan models.
Occasionally though, some motion jitter may be evident in a displayed image because of marked differences between the two interlaced fields which make up the complete video frame and it may thus be necessary to de-interlace the image to remove the jitter (and. As a consequence, lose some of the contained picture information). But this is a small price to pay for the ultimate convenience of fast scan grabbing.
There are two main considerations herd - first cost, and then the type of Amiga which you own. A top-notch fast scan digitiser such as Vlab YC or Vidi Amiga 24RT will set you back upwards of £250, but will provide great grabs in up to 24-bit quality, along with other benefits, depending upon the digitiser model.
Slow scan digitisers are much cheaper, but lack the finesse of the fast scan models.
Nevertheless, perfectly acceptable images can be grabbed with such hardware, provided that you have video equipment capable of rock-solid freeze frames.
The type of Amiga dictates whether the digitising hardware can be externally or internally connected. Amigas without Zorro slots (the A500, A600 and A1200) can only accept external digitisers but other models can use either external units or internally-mounted cards.
The advantage of internal cards is both speed and tidiness; data transfer is improved by utilising the Amiga's data bus and there are no extra boxes to squeeze onto your desk.
If you're in the market for a digitiser then here are three which provide both good value and totality grabbing into the bargain.
Vidi Amiga 12 • Rombo Productions A slow scan digitiser priced at well under £100, the Vidi 12 is an external model which connects to the Amiga's parallel port and draws its power from the disk drive port. Grab quality is very impressive at the price and the unit is easy to set up and use.
With both Y C and composite inputs Vidi 12 should satisfy the needs of most hobbyists - and even some professional applications. AGA Amigas are fully supported and there's a black and white preview screen to let you see the images you want to capture.
Requires at least 1Mb of memory and works with all Amigas (some models may need a gender changer or extension cable).
Vidi-Amiga 24RT • Rombo Productions Rombo's newest digitiser is a real-time, fast scan model capable of grabbing from either composite or Y C video and saving an image in impressive 24-bit hi-res overscan (as well as other formats, including ILBM, AGA and TIFF).
The 24RT attaches externally to the Amiga's parallel port and takes its power from an external 9V supply. Grab quality is nothing short of stunning, though you really need a hard drive to store the 24- bit digitised images that can be produced, as they tend to be rather large.
The software even includes a range of image processing functions which could well come in handy when you need a special effect or two.
Vidi-Amiga 24RT works with any Amiga (may need extension cable gender changer) and requires at least 2Mb of RAM. RRP £299, though should be available for less.
There is also a cut-down version of the 24RT - the Vidi-Amiga 12RT. The only difference is that it cannot grab interlaced images (maximum size 720 x 368 pixels) but it does cost around half the price of the 24RT!
The only major drawback I could see with the RT models was that the preview screen worked rather slowly, though Rombo have just released a new version of the software so perhaps this has now been cured.
Vlab YC • MacroSystem Vlab YC is a fast scan digitiser which accepts either composite or Y C video. Unlike the Vidi models, this one installs internally into an Amiga Zorro slot, which gives it the edge for speed over the Vidi-Amiga 24RT. It also performs a few clever tricks, the best of which is to grab continuous sequences direct to hard dnve.
Vlab grabs at extremely high quality (up to 24 bit) but, like Vidi-Amiga 24RT, it cannot capture images in full video overscan - only up to a maximum of 720 x 625 pixels.
Vlab requires at least 1Mb of RAM and AmigaDOS 2.0. A hard disk is almost indispensible - and a definite requirement when grabbing sequences.
Vlab Y C costs a little more than Vidi-Amiga 24RT but it does provide the convenience of internal mounting and sequence grabbing, among other benefits. On quality though, there's little to separate the two.
There are, of course, a number of other digitisers on the market - some which are standalone, others which are pari of another device (DCTV for example).
Those mentioned above are my personal recommendations but of course you should do some research of your own to find out what best suits your needs and budget.
Amiga Computing KU233||- To computer The video digitiser The video digitiser or frame grabber captures an image which is in the form of an analogue video signal and converts it into digital signals which can be used and manipulated by the computer.
At the simplest level the digitiser samples the video signal waveform and describes the high and low points of the wave in'numerical data.
This produces a black and white image on the computer. To get a better image with more grey levels the video signal waveform is sampled at faster speeds and at more levels in between the darkest and lightest points.
Colour signals are split into their red. Green and blue components and each of these individual signals are sampled as if they were monochrome. Once in digital form the red. Green and blue data is reconstructed by the computer to give a full colour image on screen.
Composite versus component Video signals come in two main types. Composite and component signals. Composite video is most widely used of the two but component video provides better quality.
Composite video comprises a luminance signal (brightness), a chrominance signal (Red, green and blue) and a synchonisation signal all sent along the same cable.
Component video sends red. Green and blue signals along different cables.
Before a composite colour signal can be digitised it has to be split into its component parts so that each part can be sampled.
Digitiser samples individual colour signals ME me rv Sampling more levels and faster speed produces more tonal levels in image Digitiser samples signal for high and low points producing black and white image =7- colour filters ......Red, green and blue filters used with mono cameras to enable colour grabs to be made. Older digitisers such as DigiView used such filters.
Hardware used to capture and digitally convert a video image into a format which can be used by a computer. Two varieties exist - slow scan and fast scan. Fast scan digitisers use frame buffers to enable rapid grabbing from video.
..Dedicated memory built in to a fast scan digitiser. Used to dynAMIGAlly capture a full frame of video on demand.
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.Hardware for capturing images as video. Available in two flavours - chip (CCD) and tube, according to the type of image sensor used.
Modern cameras are usually chip cameras and offer more reliability, flexibility and sensitivity in a smaller package, Older or cheaper cameras may be mono only and require the use of colour filters.
..In a similar way to which light can be split into three primary colours (red. Yellow and blue), a video image can be electronically split into three separate RGB components. This RGB data can then be used for storage, conversion and high-quality display on a suitable monitor.
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history, not being able to touch, manipulate or participate
with the exhibits, is fast becoming an historic event in
Fortunately for British culture and heritage as we know it. Enterprising individuals and teams have started to change this perception of museums, and now, after nine months of redevelopment, the London Transport Museum has opened its doors with an exhibition that tells the story of the past in a refreshing and modern fashion.
Situated in Covent Garden, the museum underwent a complete facelift for nine months during 1993. Four million pounds later, and the building that houses the array of different transport machinery has changed into a plush, up-to-date interactive learning experience.
Interesting New floors have been built and a multitude of displays, video walls and simulators installed to make the visitor’s tour as interesting and informative as possible.
In the impressive-lookmg building with its high walkway and spiral staircases, the exhibition is broken into several sections on different elements of travel - from 1930s buses and horse-drawn trams to the latest minibuses and underground system.
Ujith £* million and 6516585. The re-launched london transport museum has entered the technological era. giuing uisitors the chance to smell, see. Touch, hear and taste london s oast. 6dam Phillips reports Each is a story in itself that builds up like a jigsaw puzzle into a full-blown picture of how Londoners travelled in the past and present.
This may sound similar to other museums but very soon you begin to sense a difference. Walking through the display of horse-drawn trams, you start to smell that distinctive odour of horses and hear their hooves as they hit cobbled streets in full quadraphonic sound.
As you pass the first tram, a screen placed on a stand looks back at you. On closer inspection, it reveals a picture with a set of options at the bottom of it. Pressing on one of these flicks the next image on, revealing another part of the story. Indeed.
Continue walking and you’ll see. Hear, smell, touch and taste your way around all of the exhibits, making the experience all the more interesting and - more importantly
- involving.
Because of this attention to detail, there always has to be a high performance, multi- media machine driving it. With 65 CD32s With this influx of technology, there are bound to be people out there who are a little nervous of touching a screen, simply because it's new to most visitors.
In fact. Rob Lansdown believes that there are quite definable age groups who will use the screens, or won't unless prompted. For three to 16-year-okJs it's no problem. They know their Somes and Marios so why should touching a screen bother them?
Sixteen to 25-year-olds are embarrassed a little to touch the screen, wtule the middle-aged are reluctant at first, stand back and watch and then step in to have a go. The elderly won’t touch without plenty of encouragement Fortunately, any misgivings about people shying away from technology
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figures show- ng an increase in popularity since the museum's
Installed on racks out of sight, with expa- » sion units, three high-powered Amigas an* further plans to expand the range, the LT1 has more than its fair share.
The two principal men behind the deve- opment of the museum's new technolo - cal look are Mick Tinker, of Indea Information, and Rob Lansdown. Head y communications and displays for the museum.
It all began four years ago when Indea an Amiga-specific multimedia company were brought in to help with two simulator to be included within the existing exhibits These were so successful (arc reviewed by this very magazine in 1990 the that when LTM began to hunt round for ideas and people to carry them out, Indea I Information were the obvious choice.
Mick Tinker, technical director for the company, was asked to make a presentation. With the likes of the Philips CD-i biting at his heels, Tinker realised that Commodore's CDTV. While having the ab*- ity to provide the graphics required, couei I not deliver the clarity of text needed.
Having heard about the CD32 and its highly useful expansion port, he drew up a rough design for a module that wou c expand on the machine's basic facilities and suit all the museum's needs.
After successfully outshining rival machines, the CD32 was selected as the tool for the job. And plans for its installation ' began Rob Lansdown came on board to wort out how the CD unit would be usee throughout every aspect of the museum Each human sense was to be given fut attention - what people would hear as the-. ; moved from exhibit to exhibit, what they would smell and how they would interact Amiga Computing MULTIMEDIA
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After attaching these to each of the CD32s and putting them in a rack system, 680 cables were fed from the room to various points all over the museum and 572 hours were spent soldering and crimping the leads.
The end result is that all sounds and visuals, other than the video walls, are controlled by the CD32s and Amigas.
The software used in the exhibits ranges from simple touch-screen information bases to three underground simulators. There are over 40 monitors around the building, each displaying information about a particular exhibit and its history.
Photographs from the past are shown and text can be viewed in either French, German or English; more languages will be included when the system is finished.
Reading through the text, you'll see a particular word highlighted by a box. Press on this and you'll enter a sub-section giving further details on the particular subject selected.
The disc accessing time is around two seconds and the usual number of sheets to look through ranges from 15 to 20 per vehicle. Lansdown hopes to increase this to 50 in the future.
Continuing around the museum, one of the most impressive and interesting exhibits is the computer-displayed Underground hypermap. It shows the Underground's development from its early beginnings in 1603 with the opening of the Metropolitan Line, to the 1990s.
3000 screens Pressing on the date counter at the bottom, the CD32 adds the train lines at the time they were built. Touch one of these lines on the screen and you'll be shown a close-up of that particular segment.
Press on an underground station and information about its history will be displayed depending upon which year was chosen. Any photographic images will also be flashed up for your perusal.
This system runs from a 550Mb data file that includes 3,000 screens and a program to run it all. This is all put on three disks and played via the CD32.
To add to the Underground experience even more there are three simulators to lay your hands on. The first is of a 1938 train that is housed in an authentic train cab with fully operational controls.
The front window has been replaced by a computer screen that displays real time 3D graphics provided by the highly powerful Amiga 4000. The player must accelerate down the tunnel and then come to a stop at the station so passengers may get on and off.
Sounds like simple stuff when compared to the likes of TFX but given the realistic setting and the highly attractive graphics, this is an well executed idea. The other two The museum is open from ten in the morning until six in the evening and charges an admission fee.
There are concessions for senior citizens, UB40s, students and the registered disabled.
For further information. Ring 071-836 8557 for recorded information. And for more details on the Cdx expansion unit, phone Mick Tinker on 0256 703426 at Index Information.
Simulators, run by A2000s, show the 1890 and 1992 models of underground train with the latest being fully computerised, even down to the speed the vehicle travels in the tunnels.
The aural side of the museum is well catered for too - stepping on to a old train and sitting down, you'll begin to hear the sounds of wheels on rails as they clank their way towards a non-existent destination. Speakers under the seat add to the experience to give the visitor a feeling of motion without ever leaving the platform Go over to the country display which catalogue the vehicles once used by the commuting public, and birds can be heard chirping away in the background in clear digital recordings.
Move upstairs to the minibus sound simulator and the user is able to sit in the driver’s seat, go up through the gears, flash indicators and open and close doors, all accompanied by the relevant sound effects.
The wave of progress has not stopped here, though. There are plans to enlarge the amount of information to the visitor, to increase the number of screens and include full motion video displays as well to maximise user involvement.
Coming away from the new look London Transport Museum leaves you with the feeling that at least one part of our British heritage will remain in years to come because the owners and curators decided to move with the times.
And if you're wondering what taste can be sampled at the museum, then try their caf6 after you've finished your visit. Aj?
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Courtesy of the assorted buttons you join various anims to create fini movies, split existing files into s scenes, export frames as individual ranges, fields or frames as either Targa or PAR files.
FRAMES You can also rename anims as duplicate them. Like all the other procaJ ing tools, duplication will work on both frames and ranges as well as offering added bonus of optional ping-ponging anim reversal.
Not surprisingly the copy and move i mand permits anims to be shared 4 other projects while the append ena new live footage to be joined directly III! 5l|5t!Hl Udfhed peMii fit from tlie off Get ready to - be amaaed as Paul Gustin eHplores the most emiting digital deuelopment euer to hit the Rmiga .1 ith the possible exception of the Video Toaster, nothing has generated so much excitement as the imminent arrival of the PAR - alias Personnel Animation Recorder - from Digital Processing Systems.
As the name suggests, the PAR card was initially designed to bridge the gap between rendering and actually recording Amiga graphics. In the past the only means to achieve full-frame 24-bit video was to record each frame individually onto tape with an SP edit recorder.
Unfortunately this Kind of hardware costs around £5,500 and if used heavily demands another £800 a year in maintenance. In addition the recording process is slow and you're never guaranteed that the end result won't suffer from drop-out or other imperfections.
S0ULUTI0N As a result every serious Amiga artist has been praying for a solution to this irritating - not to mention expensive - problem. As a result. DPS set to work developing a digital video recording system which would provide superior quality, security and speed at a much more affordable price.
Fortunately they didn't stop there, and what was initially a single frame recording system has now become a complete digital audio video system capable of grabbing, editing and playing CD quality audio and 24-bit live video as well as compiling 24-bit animation from the Amiga.
As you may have guessed the PAR card is by no means the only element in this seemingly impossible equation. In fact to build the complete system you require two couple of clicks r~r 1 iTf"Jrnrr Jinnr- l-:rv - U 1ML!
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If « 1 H r 1 M'jr'A., r i - ..... The heart and soul of the system. Gomplile anims or capture live video with a The entire system worked perfectly right from the off, but I did find one aspect of the system difficult to master. As you already know the PAR can work in concert with the AD516 sampler However the manual only managers to lavish a couple of paragraphs on _ subject of combining the two. As a result I was forced to figure out the best way to sync the it cards together.
Thanks to the SMPTE option on the PAR control software you can tell the PAR to pause particular SMPTE number is read internally from the SunRize board.
Initially I tried in vain to dive between the two programs in a desperate attempt to trigger the simultaneously. Unfortunately the end results were invariably disastrous.
Fortunately in a rare spark of genius I remembered that v3.0 of the Studio 16 offers in out facility. As a result I simply matched the SMPTE trigger and recording duration in the software to the punch in out time within Studio16 then hit record.
The SMPTE count started, the punch-in began and the pause record on the PAR transport trol was releasedsimultaneously, providing totally accurate sync between both audio and video addition cards. For sound you'll need the SunRize direct to disk recorder and for live video recording the DPS AD3000 capture card.
If you flip to the System Essentials box you'll see this adds up to quite a sizable investment. However the system is completely modular. If you don’t need sound or live video capture the PAR will function perfectly without them.
After adding the appropriate hardware, the first port of call is the PAR control software. From left to right you have the list of projects, a selection of animations within the current project and a list of available AmigaDOS volumes that you can download frames to or compile animations from.
At the bottom of the project window you're provided with vanous options to initiate and control them as well as a format the dedicated IDE hard disk s.
In the central files window await the HARDWARE!
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R editing recorde: b the cut you can ‘inisheo smaller jal stills ier IFF well as Drocess- 30th stil ring th€ ling anc ve corned with ?nables tly ontc As a result it's possible to completely automate anim generation. Simply tell the software to render direct to the DDR volume and PAR will automatically compile the animation as it progresses, saving you time and better still massive amounts of disk space.
And because the PAR hard drive can be I must admit on first unpacking the complete system it does look rather daunting with three cards, the essential IDE hard disk plus connecting cables.
However after connecting the IDE and capture card to the Par and sliding in both adjacent Zorro slots along with AD516, things soon looked more friendly.
After replacing the lid and connect up the necessary audio and Video Ins and Outs I sat down to install the software fully expecting countless teething troubles.
However much to my surprise the system was completely glitch- free right from the off - and remained so throughout the entire review.
Not once did the system let me down, not a single frame was dropped or sample misplaced. OK. You might expect nothing less from such expensive hardware, but believe me total reliability is a rare thing and stands as a testament to the excellent build quality and software development that’s gone into the system, For the technophiles in the audience the combination of the cap* ture card and PAR provide composite, S-VHS and component video ms and outs respectively, while the AD516 sampler provides eight track recording and playback via twin stereo ins and outs.. : add a new scene you simply
repeat the process on the next track and when all your edits are you just drag the sound samples onto the same track, butt them up against each other and
• re various anims together in the PAR software.
• • a result you can build an entire movie from countless video
sequences and still retain perfect lip put the system to the
ultimate test I then loaded Bars&Pipes Pro 2 and added Studio16
as an t:?;sory. Again the AD516’s SMPTE timecode was used as a
common reference to link the programs
• :: jtput with the sampled sounds.
~en recorded a matching CD quality stereo audio and video sequence on PAR and SunRi2e loaded in a Midi composition and sat back in disbelief as the amm played with perfect lip sync re Midi instruments added the backing music.
Taenty-four bit, full frame, full motion video, a CD quality stereo sound track and live : accompaniment all from a single machine and without a single glitch, Impressive almost sounds like rtsuft.., tr existing file.
.ast but not least comes the delete command which again can be applied to ranges r entire animations. Like its counterparts, AmigaDOS window bristles with buttons rich enable you to navigate the Amiga's rectory structure, add stills from disk, build mation from pre-renderod sequences yQ even load individual images for viewing.
A particularly pleasant touch is the inclu- fcon of a colour filter which will automatically fit down hot colours - making them com- aafitte with the colour limitations of video -
• *xh if exceeded can cause real problems ¦nen recording to tape.
While on the subject of anim compilation, me of the most important aspects of PAR’S lUWlty with AmigaDOS is its ability to com- : e animation direct from rendering software.
When the PAR software boots it automati- creates a virtual volume entitled DDR:.
Addressed as a normal AmigaDOS volume, it can also be backed-up using software such as Ami-Back or Quarterback.
Although direct render-recording is easily the most efficient approach it doesn't mean you can't compile from existing files; in fact as long as the files are saved as 24-bit IFFs anything goes, with an average conversion time being one to 12 seconds for each frame.
At the bottom of the scene we come to the heart of PAR control system with an array of tape-deck-style transport controls.
All the old favourites are available including play, pause, single frame advance, first and last frame, slow motion and of course record. However buttons aren't the only ?
HARDWARE Ill means of control. A slider has also been added enabling the mouse to become a graphical jog shuttle. Simply click a button and drag the bar to the frame of your choice
- all in real-time of course.
Above the transport control sit arguably the most important elements in the entire interface On the left you have the frame count in the PAR format, while the right shows its equivalent in SMPTE timecode.
By referencing the two you can cut and paste frame accurately and mirror the edits in the SunRize sampling software to maintain lip sync with the audio track.
Below the transport controls await a further eight buttons plus the FPS - or frames per second control. When the transport is in slow motion mode, the FPS window allows any slow-motion speed to be applied First up in the button bank comes the grab option which allows you to take a single real-time grab from the incoming video.
Alongside is the curiously titled E E button which enables a live preview of the video source - this automatically activates prior to recording.
CONTROLS Next comes the frame or field selector; basically this toggles the PAR between full interlaced video and individual video fields, which is very useful when running in slow- motion as interlace flicker can often be a real problem.
Alongside field and frame control comes the GPI button which apparently stands for general purpose interface. Basically this allows limited remote control from either a second mouse or edit controller.
Unfortunately the GPI demands some basic cable construction to make the necessary connections but once established pause and play can be toggled directly from the edit controller - unfortunately that's as far as it goes.
On the second row lurks the mono button which surprise, surprise toggles between colour and mono. Alongside this awaits a film video button which enables playback of your creation at 24 FPS - alias movie speed... Following this comes the field selector for As you've probably gathered I’m impressed if not amazed by the power, flexibility and reliability of the system. However nothing is ever completely perfect and PAR is no exception.
First of all the manual could do with some attention. At the moment it’s slightly vague in some key areas - with the connection between the PAR and SunRize board being the most notable example.
In fact the audio link could be made a little simpler m general. Fortunately SunRize are aware of the problem and have promised a virtual PAR track in the next software update.
Hopefully this will completely automate the audio video connection, but until then you'll be forced to note SMPTE times and cut and paste the audio and video separately.
Another omission is the lack of an RS244 control port on the PAR card.
Without such remote transport control it's impossible to totally integrate the PAR with an edit controller or A-B roll system.
However, leaving these two curable problems aside, it must be stressed that the PAR system is nothing short of the next step up the evolutionary ladder for the Amiga and videography in general.
The field or frame button directly above.
Lastly comes the all-important SMPTE button which produces a requester into which you add the SMPTE trigger time for simultaneous control of playback and recording when running in conjunction with the SunRize software.
In the bottom right await another four controls which combine to fine tune the incoming video and aid colour correction. First up is the prefs requester which allows alteration of screen colours and adjustment of the sync between the PAR and an external genlock sync - if selected. Next up comes Proc Amp control.
Basically this only applies to systems running the AD3000 frame grabber. In addition to being a capture card it doubles up as a TBC which can colour correct the incoming video.
In addition, it's from here you select the video source whether it be Composite. Y C, or S- VHS Hi8 and CAV - otherwise known as component. It's also possible to freeze the incoming video and define a range of ten colour correction presets which can be recalled to improve the colour balance or generate colourising effects which are then passed Onto the PAR during recording.
With the exception of the Quit button all that remains is quality control. In the case of the PAR this is split into two elements. First comes the Q- Factor, which as you've probably guessed refers to image quality. The higher the Q-Factor the higher the image quality in the subsequent animation.
However to achieve higher image quality you must increase the number of blocks used to store each frame. Obviously the bigger the block setting the more space will be required for the subsequent animation.
In addition the speed of the target drive also affects the maximum possible Q- Factor. Basically the whole process is a balance between image quality, disk space and hardware speed.
BALANCING Fortunately you're aided in the balancing act by a requester which pops-up at the end of each recording telling you what the maximum block size was in that particular sequence.
As a result you can adjust the block size accordingly and re-record to attain the maximum storage space in relation to the required Q-Factor. The maximum possible Q-Factor is 23 which is akin to Mil. In other words as close as you can get to D1 - alias true digital video - without a digital camera.
To give you a better idea. Composite video is roughly Q-Factor 10 while S-VHS lies between 12 to 14. And to achieve SP Although PAR is a spectacular development, it’s worth remembering that it is the first of its kind. In fact there are already two systems - from Macro Systems and Helfrich - which are in the final stages of development and promise a similar blend of 24-bit video and 16-bit audio.
Better still, both plan to retail at a significantly lower pnce, and unlike PAR claim not to require a dedicated hard disk. However, I find it very difficult to see how they can out perform the PAR when it comes to overall quality and. Perhaps equally importantly, reliability.
Quality you’d need a Q-Factor of maybe 15 to 17. When grabbing, live video time is of the essence and the maximum reliable G- Factor I could manage was 18 with a m mum block limit. As mentioned, th e translates to image quality above tha* of a Betacam SP player - however due the block sizes this would only all about 5 6 minutes of footage on a one gigabyte drive.
However when you’re compili animation from rendered images the 0- Factor could be pushed even closer to the maximum - as the system has mud» longer to process the data and compile anim.
If you're willing to set your sights a lower, at lets say S-VHS Betacam SP ity, I’d say you'd squeeze between and ten minutes from the same one gigabyte drive.
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As you can see. Styling has been taken very seriously with obvious results combining good looks with logical design. Controls are pretty basic with a simple off on switch, and volume control controlling both speakers.
The only minor annoyance concerns connecting them to the Amiga. Unlike most add-on speakers these rely on a stereo mini-jack for input rather than the usual phono configuration.
As a result you'll probably be forced to buy additional cable from your local Tandy to make necessary connections However in my opinion they're well worth the additional effort and expense. It's fairly obvious that the speakers are basically a port-across f rom the PC which often uses such connections for the various PC sound cards.
As for sound quality there's no complaints whatsoever - especially considering the price.
Two classic signs of dodgy construction are speaker rattle and signal distortion at higher volumes. But in this case there was no sign of either, even when they were cranked up to full volume.
However before you rush to the phone it must be stressed that the Multimedia range are dedicated computer speakers and aren’t really much use for anything else. The impedance is very high and as a result they do need to be driven fairly hard.
In addition they are slightly lacking in bass department and have a marked tenancy to buzz slightly when used with anything other than computer output.
Basically they look great, sound good and retail at a very affordable £29.95. If you want to add a little glamour and improve your audio at the same time they're a big improvement on the opposition.
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- tiating the OCR. Each is processed in sequence and compiled
into the out- out file in the correct order.
When the OCR is initiated it relies on mathematical definitions to identify each letter in combination with an optional interactive learning. In the past OCR software relied on raster-based processing which demanded a huge database to which scanned data could be cross-referenced: fortunately this sn't the case with the Migraph software.
Thanks to Omnifont mathematical definitions, the database isn't required i-q as a result much less space is needed, while accuracy and flexibility have
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Of course, interactive learning hasn’t been abandoned and after every OCR :ass you're presented with a screen which scrolls through the text picking up any dodgy characters, symbols and grammatical marks that the software doesn't recognise.
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All in all I'm pretty impressed. It did fall down on serif fonts more often, although on sans serif typefaces it was often near-perfect. Basically if you've got a lot of text to convert and suffer from particularly poor typing speed, it’s just what the doctor ordered.
Add together a decent scanner, a reasonable amount of RAM. The Migraph software and a good word processor, and plagiarism couldn't be simpler.
Personally I found by far the fastest working method was to process the scan, run the automatic recognition sequence and then load the text straight into a word processor - preferably employing the Collins Linguibase proximity spell checking system.
Once safely installed into the word processor, a quick spelling check usually corrects any remaining errors. Finish off with a quick read through, and Robert's a close relative - so to speak... Supplier: GoldenlMAGE Price: £49.95 Tel: 081-365 1102 Amiga Computing JUNE 1 994 1- COMPETITION Get the power... The PowerPlay video, presented by Dominic Diamond, reveals the wealth of crucial skills and techniques which led to Danny Curley becoming the former CJK and European games playing champion.
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NanxBi| I'm writing to say that I think the debate over pornography has unfairly left the other areas of concern in the shade. Yes. We need to know about the dangers. And yes. Our police should have better ways to stop this going on. And I agree that the tacky pictures you pnnted were necessary to raise awareness (though only just), but what about violence?
Buckets of blood Your raised the issue a long time ago in an article called Seditious Sprites, but it has been a dead area ever since then. I for one
- ¦ave a 15-year-old son who has seen some of the softer computer
porn and it’s not something I’m over-concerned about.
The images he has on disk are no worse than those in the tabloids, but some of the games he plays are much more worrying.
There are some in which the blood flows by the bucketful, and characters scream very convincingly (I think it must be samples from actors), and these are his favourite.
It seems that the more violence the better as far as he is concerned, and the look of concentrated glee on his face when he p ays some of these games is reminiscent of a sci-fi film noir.
Some of the language he is prompted to jse when he “kills" his opponents has caused blazing rows, particularly when he’s Imagine that shouting something like “die. You b !" At me screen This area of computer software might in tn past have been less worrying, but now ne wants a CD32 and one of those .-¦deo cartndges so he can play CD movie games.
I worry that the games will be more violent than most films, and I don't want my son killing real people and enjoying it. Even f they are only on-screen.
Shouldn't there be more said about computer violence? Parents such as myself would welcome more debate and some sort c* guidance.
Mrs Gilly Weston, Cardiff The question of excessive violence in computer games has never been taken very seriously because up until recently very few games contained anything other than cartoon violence. Any attempt to address the Issue was met by comparisons to Tom and Jerry, and to be honest the comparison is a valid one.
However, as Video CD takes off, and CD-ROM titles come to contain more and more animation - much of it digitised from real life - the industry will have to look long and hard at its policy in this area.
Check the magazine reviews and, If possible, take a look at the software In the shop before buying it.
CDTU left out Being a CDTV owner I am getting sick and tired over all the hype about CD32. Yes it is a great machine but what about its predecessor?
CDTV owners, like myself, have been left high and dry by Commodore. Whatever happened to the rumoured trade-in offers where existing CDTV owners could possibly upgrade to the A1200 or CD32?
All we are left with is a bloody expensive A500 with a CD drive shoved in a black box, and a rapidly diminishing software selection, I have written to Commodore on several occasions regarding upgrades and trade- ins. And I am still awaiting a reply, so on behalf of all CDTV owners I would like to ask you: James Ferman of the British Board of Film Classification told us two years ago that as soon as CD-ROM games contained real-life images, they would come under the remit of the censors and would be age rated.
With the current problems at the BBFC, however, and the pressures of classification on thousands of videos, never mind a whole new medium, it is difficult to see how the present system will cope.
Titles such as Voyeur on the CD! And Demolition Man should, by Mr Ferman's criteria, be subject to classification, but as the TV, movie, and computer industries gradually merge, the dividing lines will be blurred beyond belief.
We will be looking at this subject again in the near future, examining the extent of computerised violence and how parents and others can be assured that games are safe for their children, but for the moment the only guide you have is Elspa's new system and good old common sense.
1 Are there going to be any trade-in offers?
If so. How much and when?
2 Are there any upgrades available to bring When in doubt over a game's content, products which are still good value for money, but we neglected to point out just how difficult the book Is to come by these days.
Sorry folks, but ss Imagine 3.0 Is on ths way, Steve le working hard at tha naxt edition of the book to incorporate the new features, and aa soon as Undemanding Imagine 3 la available, we’ll let you know.
Ths previous tdltlon has been discontinued for the moment, and we can only suggsst that you look for e US advertiser In a copy of Amlge World, which can be found at some larger branches of WH Smiths.
While reading your March issue, I came across your advert for a book called Understanding Imagine 2 by the author Steve Worley (page 157).
However, on making enquiries at my local bookshop I was told that this book is not on record, but if I could give them the name of the publisher, they might be able to order it for me.
Could you therefore please let me have this information or who I should get in touch with so that I can get hold of it?
Peter Sheldon, Bradford The advert you refer to was In fact a minl-review designed to remind new and old ueers of pest Amiga Computing JUNE 1994 1- • a rapidly dating machine up to the current spec?
The PC with its myriad Bios systems), and has retained a better record of downward compatibility than many PC fans would believe.
Ash a PC owner how many Windows programs were usable on the 286AT if you think Amiga owners are hard done by.
3. Is it worth ditching my CDTV and saving up to buy a PC which
won’t date as fast as my Amiga?
Finally. I would like to thanks Commodore for showing CDTV owners the kind of support we showed them when we bought the machine - not.
@§Sinf ' Amiga layouts Firstly, I'd like to thank voi Mr O Pollard, London Firstly, I'd like to thank you all for being Amiga enthusiasts - it’s nice to know that a leading Amiga magazine isn't run by a load of businessmen. However, if you are Amiga enthusiasts, prove it by switching to the Amiga to produce Amiga Computing when PageStream 3.0 is released.
Having received an information pack from Soft-Logik, PageStream 3.0 has about 60 new features which aren't present in Quark Xpress. With the superior multitasking Workbench 3.0 operating system, which far out-performs System 7, and the blinding speed of the A4000. I suggest switching to the Amiga.
I respect the fact that the manager of AC may not want to dump his beloved Macs, even though PageStream 3,0 is the best DTP package available, but get the message across nicely, and beg if necessary to use the superior Amiga
- I’m sure you'll get your way in the end.
Imagine a network of Amiga 4000s all linked to each other, all running the premier DTP package. OK, I realise the Mac’s childish operating system and one button mouse have a certain charm, but seeing as Amiga Computing is always ahead of the rest, wouldn’t using A4000s and PageStream 3.0 give you that extra boost over your competitors?
Nathan White. Walsall We asked Commodore on your behalf, and the answer was that no such upgrade was in the pipeline. To be fair to Commodore, the rumours you refer to would have been just that, and no Commodore statement has ever actually promised an upgrade, even though they should really have done so.
Software support, as you point out, is dwindling, but there are still a lot of available titles, even if the vast majority of CD developers have moved lock, stock and barrel to the new 32-bit wunderkind.
Something to say through the pages of AC?
Bira Surf Is our mailman, dedicated to reading your letters and selecting the most interesting for publication. Drop him a Unsat: Eira Surf 's Postbag. Amiga Computing Adllngton Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP You will find that as the year drags on the CDTV will be more and more a forgotten relic of the past, if it hasn't acquired that status already.
Please don't enclose sees hasn't got enough paper to reply[ personally. Ho might also have to Mshorten your letters, so donIM be offended If you end up getting the chop.
The idea in the first place was over-ambitious, and the attempt to kick start the CDTV market by releasing the A570 was an ignominious failure, mainly because it was expensive and most users saw It as old technology.
As for existing upgrades, the only one I know of in the UK is offered by ZCL (0543 414817) who will fit a 2Mb chip RAM upgrade, but it’s not cheap.
Your final comment about Pcs not becoming obsolete is a bit naive, considering the move the PC market has made from 8086 through 80286, 80386 (with the various SX options) to 80486, never mind the huge variety of conflicting sound, video, and interface standards, all of which will be obsolete when the Pentium machines arrive in force.
You aren't the first reader to suggest that we use Amigas to produce the magazine, and you won’t be the last, but to suggest we switch from a program (Quark Xpress) with thousands of hours in a professional environment under its belt for a new and as yet untried pack- Dish feedback X n The Amiga has used only four CPUs and three chip sets in eight years (unlike r Your Comment article, “A disk too far" in April's issue may well have been a valid point of view, but I felt it came across as an unnecessary apology.
Bit on the top quality software and maybe go for more shareware stuff, and remember the old adage: you can please all of the people some of the time... Vic Storey, Dereham I think I should point out to the rest of the readers that we didn't pay you to write this letter. Yes, we will carry on with CovarDiaka, and use commercial software if we can find suitable packages, but though you are correct in pointing out that a single software house will benefit from a disk giveaway (they wouldn't do it otherwise), the point made in our comment article was that the market as a whole might be suffering.
One manufacturer of, say, graphics packages might make a tidy profit out of a disk promotion, but the number of such packages sold in the six months after such a promotion must surely be minimal, and this can't help retailers or other software houses.
The policy of other magazine publishers is out of our hands, and the expectations of Amiga users likewise, but there isn't a single Amiga journalist (especially those who have to put these disks together) who wouldn't welcome the chance to drop free packeges altogether.
Without doubt you have given away some quality software on CoverDisks over the years that I have been reading you mag, and even though some of rt has been of no interest to me whatsoever, I still think that I get value for money.
As for the free distribution of programs on CoverDisks causing damage to the software industry, is this strictly true? It could be said that many of these programs are in fact past their sell-by dates.
For example, you said that Kindwords and The Publisher are worth £40, yet they are both advertised in your mag at £29.99. It's always possible that these freebie CoverDisks may even help the software houses. I mean you usually give away early versions of programs, so when readers use them they may well decide to upgrade.
What about the offers of manuals that go with most disks? As most of them are around the £10 mark I would imagine this would generate a fair bit of income.
Anyway, please carry on with CoverDisks even if you have to cut back a age is nothing short of madness.
Even if PageStream 3.0 were available on the Mac, it is highly unlikely that our art editors would be switched from a package they know to one which they don't until it had undergone at least six months of intensive testing by our systems manager. One bug in the wrong place could cost us tens of thousands of pounds.
In addition, Europress is a large group publishing over a dozen titles, all of which are laid out on the Mac, and we need the great degree of flexibility this offers us.
We need to know that if we have an art editor off sick or on holiday, we can switch one from an Acorn, ST, PC or Nintendo magazine to an Amiga magazine with ease. Are you suggesting that all these highly trained and highly skilled layout specialists are retrained in the use of a new program?
If PageStream 3.0 lives up to its press releases, we will have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone setting up a DTP or magazine business for the first time, but the program is a latecomer and can’t hope to break into Quark’s existing user base.
Sorry if you think this is in some way unpatriotic, but it makes more commercial sense than Amiga tunnel vision.
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:= nt problems from iLter space _ nave an Amiga A1200 with a 4Mb J upgrade, maths co-processor and a 185Mb hard drive. I have tried to ostall Star Trek and Deluxe Paint IV «*i' - ame tree with my Amiga.
" •ever, neither of them contain an «K»! S’ogram so I have dragged all the ¦rs :nto a partition of my hard drive.
Eferturtatoly, neither of the programs mi I get an error message “unable to :c-e- your tool Deluxe Paint IV Star tove added to my stadup-sequenqe the Assign Dcluic Pilot lV Stir Trek me on checking them with SnoopDos. The to-:«ing have failed - Ram Disk, Z dies, Rexxc, System, S. Prefs,
• S&artup. Tools and Tools Commodities.
Toc on earth can I do to get these to run?
A Bemascone. West Sussex I find it very strange that neither . Of the programs you describe ' have installer programs for them. I know for a fact that Deluxe
• i nt IV uses the official Commodore mailer. Ah. Well!
What I would do is to create two drawls on a partition of your hard drive :-ji*ed DpaintIV and Star Trek. I would ~en copy the contents of these pro- ; into their respective drawers . Fc.ng the window menu and selecting s'ow all files.
These programs use their own fonts to you will have to copy any fonts in
- e drawer to your hard drive s Fonts s rectory. The programs
should en work successfully (famous last
• ords).
Rt they do work you can then delete any unwanted directories from each rawer. Directories such as S» C. Libs, Devs and L can be deleted as files from
- •ese drawers are called from the hard :*ive system. I find the
SnoopDos reports a little suspicious. If the programs fail to
work after trying out the above procedure I would suggest you
reformat you hard drive and re-install the system software
(Workbench 3.0). If all this fails I would advise you to send
the products back to Electronic Arts and ask for copies that
include the installer program.
H toothM grin I wish to produce professional j clip art, on teeth and related subjects. This comes in IBM and Macintosh formats. Will I be able to use either of these formats directly or failing that, what other hardware would I require?
I have an Amiga 500 Pius with extra floppy drive. GVP 42Mb hard drive and 5Mb RAM expansion. I also own an HP printer which I use to print graphics. I hope you can give me some advice.
R Parlitt, N Ireland C Let’s clear up one point first. I Cj presume you want to use clip art Jr rather than produce it, in which case your best bet for clip art material is to check out the many PD (public domain) advertisers in Amiga Computing.
They normally contain a vast amount of clip art although if you want to find IBM and Macintosh artwork you will need ?
Hauing problems with gour Hmiga? Looh no further than MRS for solutions to all gour Rmiga-related problems AMIGA COMPUTING ADVICE SERVICE The price of compatibilitq
• 1 ¦¦¦ I currently own an A1200HD and desper- 2 ately wish to
add CD32 capability. I seem "to have two choices - wait for the
much- delayed CD32 add-on for the A1200 or buy a standalone
CD32 console and a suitable interface I :etween the two
I would be grateful if you could tell me what the
• *ely release date for the CD32 add-on or console nterface is to
be and the cost.
I am fed up with waiting for the add-on, but am nervous that if I buy a standalone console I won't be able to buy an interface at a reasonable pnee - and
• nat the add-on might subsequently have proved a cheaper choice.
Any advice?
F Fitch, Ipswich r There are two possible options for CD32 L . And A1200 compatibility and at the ' moment only one of these has been realised. Commodore considered building some kind of interface connector that would allow the A1200 to plug in to the CD32 but apparently came across problems with the FMV and decided to drop the project. However, other hardware manufacturers have taken an interest.
The second option was taken up by Microbotics and consisted of building a specialised keyboard, external floppy drive, printer option and memory expansion unit that could be manufactured to fit around the CD32.
The keyboard fits to the CD32 via an external expansion device that connects to the CD32 SXI port. It may seem a bit extreme but you could sell your A1200, buy the Microbotics expansion module and start from there.
You can find out more information about the Microbotics expansion module by calling Indi Direct on 0543 419999. The keyboard will cost you £45.99, the external Zappo drive £49.99 and the SXI Expansion Module £139.99. Uhraftmt C Noma I j High j Super j Ban r Grey 1 j Colour j Grey 2 window described on page 22 (Printer Setup). Please tell me if I have overlooked something or if my assumptions are correct that the CoverDisk is not as complete as implied. I await your response with interest.
A Skipper, Lincoln f* There have been quite a few let- ters of complaint about the missing Printer Setup, but I am afraid you are all wrong. My first piece of advice Moke mure ybu ere running the correct version of the Diskfont library If Fountain it to load correctly You act problems too?
Then drop a line to Rmiga Computing Rduue Seruke. Europe House.
Hdiington Park, matdesfield SK10 4I1P and well moue heauen and earth to help in these columns. But SoffH. Uie cannot replq personally so saue those 5Rfs Amiga Computing JUNE 1994 All AmigaDOS disks such as Workbench and most com- j mercial packages have the same structure. That is to say that certain directories and files need to be present on a disk for the programs to work.
When copying programs onto a hard drive it is not always enough to simply copy the main program across. Any other files that the program needs, which are invisible from Workbench may also need to be copied. In your case, explode.library v4.
Libraries are stored in the LIBS directory of your hard drive.
The explode.library is in the LIBS drawer on your Maxiplan disk so you need to copy it across to the LIBS drawer on your hard drive.
Insert your Maxiplan disk into the internal drive - DFO, open up the CLI or Shell and type in the following: drive but I cannot get past the “I need explode library v4" requester.
I remember this was mentioned in an earlier copy of Amiga Computing but I have extracted all the pages I wanted to keep from past magazines and destroyed what remains due to lack of space.
Unfortunately, I did not keep the solution to the Explode library problem.
Could you kindly point me in the right direction either with instructions or with the date of the magazine in which the correction was given?
J Woodcock, Devon to purchase magazines specific to these computers.
Scouring the Amiga PD libraries, I was unable to find any clip art on the subject of dentistry (I presume this is why you're after Clip art On teeth).
If you manage to get hold of clip art in IFF form, which is the image file standard for the Amiga, you should be able to load it into any reasonable word processor.
IBM and Macintosh-related clip art may need to be converted to IFF if you want to use it so you will need some kind of image manipulation program such as AdPro 2 or MorphPlus.
Remember, most clip art is two colour only - black and white. Colour clip art is available but is normally only AGA-com- patible so you would need to own an A1200 or A4000.
If anyone has any knowledge of clip art related to teeth, write in to ACAS and I'll pass the Information on.
Missing set-up J Having just purchased the April issue of Amiga Computing, I am somewhat disappointed to find that the copy of KindWords 3 on the CoverDisks does not perform as suggested in the magazine.
True, you offer a very good word processor but there appears to be no way to print graphics from it as ybu cannot access the
- • I use an Amiga 500 with two floppy drives and a recently 2
added hard drive. I have installed Maxiplan onto my hard cjpy
df0:l1bs txplode.libriry to lib): This should solve your
IHplode goes HUJDL This will copy the Diskfont library v37 over to your Workbench disk. The reason that v37 is not on the Workbench disk is simply because there was not enough space for that and the lesser version Diskfont library.
To enable the fonts directory on the Fonts disk you will need to add the following command 1 to your User-Startup in the S directory of your Workbench disk: I wonder if you could help a novice with the fdlow- r 2 ing problem? I use an Amiga A500 Plus with an extra floppy drive and a Star LC20 printer. I boot with Workbench 2.04 and am trying to get the Fountain program to run off the Extras disk.
When I click its icon all I get is the message “Cannot open diskfont.library 3T. I have tried using the Diskfont library from off the supplied Fonts disk but it is the same.
What am I doing wrong? I know my way around the keyboard but as I say I am a learner so could you explain how to cure this problem in a simple way?
S Flynn, Newcastle the information that you need in the Workbench manual page C-2 entitled Installing ¦ Fountain. However there is a mistake.
Boot up your Amiga with Workbench 2.04 and with the AmigaFonts2.0 disk in DF1. Open the Shell and type in the following; The Defer option tells Assign not to request the Amig?Fonts2.Q disk until the system needs it Your system will then access the disk every time it needs to access a font file.
Now when you run Fountain from the Extras disk it should load without any problems.
Is to read the CoverDisk instructions fully. Take a look at the annotated diagrams on page 22. Look at the top picture and locate the button labelled Next. When you click on this] button, the Printer Setup requester v appear.
Likewise, clicking on the button labelled Prev in the Printer Setup' requester takes you back to the Prir* Document requester. Nuff said!
According to Commodore's technical support chaps and chapesses you will find Um the Prev and No*l button* to twitch batwoon tho printer aetup and print document requeatera R Fountain of wurnj copy Hill: df 1 :l1bs diskfont.library to libs: assign FORTS: AaigaFonts2.0:fonts DEFER C Positive j Negative Shade: Epson Scanners TW GT-6500 and CT-8000 24-bit colour
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On the other side of the coin, individuals have a right under the Act - a nght which the Registrar will enforce by law if necessary - to know of all data held on computer concerning his or her personal details, the so-called subject access right.
If the information is inaccurate, you can have it corrected or deleted, and claim compensation for any damage or distress caused in such cases or by the unauthorised disclosure of information.
To find out what information, say. You bank holds on you. Simply get in touch witr, the Registrar and find out the name of tte person who the company has designated as their Data Protection Officer. Next, write to that person using words similar to these: "I wish to make an application under my right of subject access as covered by section 21 of the Data Protection Act (1934). Please supply me with any and all information which you hold on me and to which I am entitled, or confirm that none is held."
The letter should be sent by registered post so that in the event of non-compliance you can prove that the company failed to respond within the statutory time limit of 40 days. A fee of up to £10 can be charged by the data holder, so it is always best to check before writing and to include the correct pay- Gps warned over computer thefts Numerous lost cases have resulted in success lor data protection he Data Protection Registrar, Eric Howe CBE, is the man who watches Big Brother, and were it not for the efforts of his busy offices in Wilmslow. Cheshire. Orwell's nightmare figure could be
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Schools. Gps and hospitals have also come under the Registrar's microscope and been instructed to tighten up their procedures. With the general aim that we treat personal data with the respect which is due to it rather than as just another commodity.
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The most numerous, perhaps, but there has been a gradual spreading of the Act into new areas.
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This was greatly improved by an advertising campaign in the early part of 1993, and by the increasing suspicion of people that someone somewhere knows too much about them, but there’s still a long way to go. It is estimated that about a quarter of companies who are required to register still have not.
And without an enlarged staff it is difficult to STIFF FINES The Registrar can’t arrest or imprison .'der the Act, but stiff fines can be levied, or me company can be deregistered, which stops them processing personal data and e*ectivefy puts them out of business.
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Cases involving direct marketing firms are The European angle An EC directive issued in 1990, and revised in October 1992 has laid down the basis for a Europe-wide data protection consensus by which the laws in force in the member countries can be harmonised and better provisions be made for cross-border data transfer.
Footing, if not better, with those of big business can only be good news.
Arguments are going on at European level over several sticking points, for example over how exempt the press should be and the power of the EC Commission in this area, but we should see agreement some time next year and a new Data Protection Act in 1997.
Let’s hope they get it right, and the balance between privacy, personal rights, and the interests of a free press is struck at a sensible level.
In particular, though, all have agreed that personal privacy is the most important concern. This will be balanced against the need for freedom of expression and a free press, and matters of public interest such as criminal investigations, but the drift back towards putting ordinary people's interests on a level Eight golden rules Every registered organisation must abide by the principles, laid out in the Data Protection Act, which govern the way in which information can be collected, stored, and used.
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See how the Registrar can quickly turn this round.
A surprising number of people don’t fully appreciate just how much extraneous, inaccurate. Or downright damaging data can be held on them and how quickly this can be sent from one organisation to another with sometimes disastrous results.
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Manufacturers’ claims aside, it is no faster than xe would expect of a CD-ROM drive, manag- "g around 140 to 150k per second on large and under 100k per second with smaller ies. But this is the norm for the medium.
Access times of over 200ms (as opposed to
- «-d drives with under 20ms) mean that CD-
* OM discs drag their heels when used with a r'kbench, but again
this is no worse than IC’V With its four times oversampling,
audio i-a ty won’t impress hi-fi buffs, but for most ::nputer
uses it is perfectly adequate.
Two audio player programs included on
- •i setup disc are PlayCDDA, a cranky CLI irty. And the
excellent Workbench-driven . -acBox player.
ayCDDA uses the Amiga’s audio channels : -d plays music via the monitor speakers,
• nch is not a great listening expenence. While . JceBox uses
only the headphone Socket
o. -d on the front of the drive from where xxrd can be passed to
an amplifier There’s (D-H01U storage could transform the man
me use the Fmiga.
Steuie hennedn looks at an offering from First fhoire tomputers also a CD ripper program to grab samples from CD at up to 44kHz quality, but the second disk will be of most use to non-musical users. It contains a variety of utilities to enable the unpacking of ZIP and ARJ archives (both very common on PC CD-ROM discs) and the viewing of GIF graphic files, among other formats.
FORMATS Most ISO 9660 standard Cds currently available include images in GIF or one of the other formats popular outside the Amiga world, and viewers for these types are most welcome.
The file system will read Mac HFS and Rock Ridge International Protocol as well, so there should be plenty of material to choose from.
Users aren’t stuck with data files, however, and it is possible to play a great many CDTV titles from the dnve. You can't auto-boot from CD0: (the device name the drive works under), but running CDTV programs from Workbench is as easy as running them from floppies, and often a matter of clicking on an icon. Some CD32 games will also run from the dnve, but in most cases only if it is plugged into an AGA machine.
In all, this is a tidy package and a well thought out CD-ROM bundle. Despite the potential for chaos when attaching an internal SCSI device, the on-disk documentation and the Toshiba manual should see the average user through, and once set up the device becomes a steady and reliable AmigaDOS drive.
I would have liked a more exhaustive Amiga- based manual, and a help section for those new to SCSI and CD-ROM, but the friendly installer removes much of the need for these.
Given the right audience - multimedia. DTP.
And music - this solution to the CD-ROM problem should do well.
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Comprehensive Conversely, sixteenth magnitue* objects can only be seen by moderat powered telescopes and are two or times beyond the range of human eyesight.
Found within the protective packaprg that accompanies Distant Suns is a cor- prehensive manual that has as much r Name Constellation Magnitude Sirius Canis Major
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0. 0 Rigel Orion
0. 1 Capella Auriga
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0. 8 Betelgeux Orion vanable Antares Scorpio
0. 9 Spica Virgo
1. 0 Fomalhaut Piscis Australis
1. 1 Pollux Gemini
1. 2 Deneb Cygnus
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1. 3 Amiga Computing he stars, the planets and even the moon have
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More importantly, studying the night sky no longer affects the gravity of your pocket to astronomical proportions. A cheap refracting telescope costs very little, and computer power has meant the home enthusiast can calculate movements and distances using something humble - like a 68000 processor.
HEAVENLY With all this computational power available it comes as some surprise that there’s very little software available, short of shareware and PD. That covers this area.
However, back in 1989 Virtual Reality Laboratories unveiled Distant Suns. Since its inception, programmer Dave Schreiber - himself a keen astronomer - has sought to combine accurate data with colour graphics in a bid to recreate the heavens inside the confines of a monitor.
The latest modification. V5.0, allows the user to view the heavens in glorious 256 colour for the first time. Before any of this can take place however, you’re going to have to install Distant Suns on to your machine.
Anything lower than an A1200 carrying a Stars in i|our eges (amputees are used constantly in modern enploration of space, and distant Suns uS.O claims to be the perfect companion for a starry night. Simon (lays stares through the uieuifinder 68030 will take in the region of 40 minutes to install to, so you'll have plenty of time to brush up on your constellations.
Once the program has completed its installation, re-booting displays whatever you've set up as the default. It’s probably as well to configure Distant Suns in Planetarium mode, which displays the whole of the northern hemisphere, and by this virtue is an excellent base to begin any work.
Displaywise. Distant Suns contains all stellar activity down to a magnitude (brightness) of 5.8 in its Core Star database.
However, in addition to these 4,000-odd stars. Distant Suns contains a second database composed of small files.
These allow you to access more accurate. Compressed regions of the sky. And make more detail available, while preserving both RAM and hard disk space.
But by far the most impressive feature is 1 mm --
• *«¦¦¦¦¦ - Distant Sunt uses a combination of menus and
icomcontrolled toolboxes FEATURE
• h- aoout the science of astronomy as it iaout menus and icons,
manual s layout serves as an intuitive way of developing both
ind knowledge of the program, the different aspects of stellar
ition into various projects. Distant jses a dever tutorial
system to edu- he user.
Minimi limiimil 1 The proper motion option allowe you to track the movement of the etare d because of this depth, even an lished astronomer will feel more using the tutorials as a guide for a a few very basic operations underling the fundamentals of astral menu mechanics, the user is left to the rest of the galaxy at the flick of
i. erything within Distant Suns is mouse menu driven, although in
v5.0 an icon- tOQl palette has been introduced to it extra
speed to the options more y*y used.
Time travel Accessing your favourite objects, or. Find- ¦g new features, can be achieved in a vari- tr» of ways. Because Distant Suns has Mr 14.000 years of galactic activity stored
• mm its core (dipping as deep into the mate of history as 4,500
BC. And soaring m 'Orward into the tenth millennium), you sar
witness any given event.
The most accurate and concise method Ending objects at a given time is by using environment feature. This not only i«ws you to type in the exact date and me that you'd like to witness, but also the ascension and declination of the object (the
• stem astronomers use to pinpoint xiects, which is analogous to
latitude and crgitude).
Taking matters one step further, you can
• so change your local co-ordinates using re azimuth and altitude
settings. But. What »es it mean in layman's terms?
Basically if, for example, you wanted to wit- rss Orion as its two red giant stars lumbered into the Giza sky above the pyramids
2. 500BC, or witness the planetary alignment of the eighties
(which was incidentally
- eant to have caused the destruction of Earth), you can, by
simply entering the xrrect information into the environment
Once you've accessed a particular zone y space you can zoom or pan out of any given area. Again this is accomplished by using the depth of field option from the menu, or using the newly-implemented icon bar.
There are also a full range of other facilities which will fascinate enthusiasts and novices alike. Distant Suns allows you to plot the motions of the stars, and track their movements using the star trails gadget.
While performing such a task, the user can display the constellations as they would appear in the night sky. Add lines to aid their recognition and print every star's name on-screen.
Stars can also be centred on the monitor and all relevant information, such as size, distance, luminosity and in some cases a picture obtained.
Taking matters one step further, the program includes a facility which allows you to replicate dawn, dusk, and even lets you distort your view with a city glare effect.
As an added treat, and the author encourages turning out the lights, you can ask the computer to simulate the twinkling of the stars.
Deep space Distant Suns also encompasses facilities to view deep space objects like star clusters. Nebulae and galaxies. Included on the menu bar is an option to turn on the NGC (New General Catalogue) and Messier objects.
Again, once centred using the mouse, information pertaining to them can be dragged from the menu bar.
Closer to home. Distant Suns has plenty of features to satisfy observation of the solar system. The user can observe sunspots, lunar eclipses and a whole host of planetary motions in action.
The key to this device is through the use of a clock, which is situated within the menu. This allows you to speed time up. Or slow it down, depending on what you are viewing.
As you can imagine, some of the images that can be simulated, like the orbit of Pluto, take hundreds of years to complete their course. Whereas, a solar flare during an eclipse will last only seconds, and needs to be slowed down.
Distant Suns also incorporates comets and asteroid bodies, and allows the user to do everything, and view everything in the same manner as the other aforementioned objects. But, one of the most enterprising features of the program is its ability to create your own real-time animations. The process involves using tools from the menu, and, or. Arexx commands.
For the most part animations can be completed with ease using the programs own devices, for more complicated animations Arexx scripting is required. £& SVSIEfTl ESSEnilHLS RED BLACK = Recommended 4 Mb RAM Hard drive The bottom line Product: Distant Suns v5.0 Supplier: Virtual Reality Laboratories Phone:081-5433500 Price; C59.95 ! Ease of use: 6 Implementation: 8 Value for money: 8 Overall: 9 In candu5ian In terms of features. Virtual Reality Laboratories have included just about every object that lights up the night sky, It's also impressive that every facet within the structure of the
program is accurate and faultless to a tee.
The images, if a little scarce (considering it's an AGA version), are concise, and the rendering of the stars particularly impressive. The same can be said of the animation creator and the planetary orbit and motion animator.
Since v4.0, Distant Suns does feel as though it has matured somewhat. And the inclusion of an icon bar, for the more regularly used options, seems like a natural progression.
Distant Suns is involved enough to keep even the keenest of amateurs at the technological sharp-end of astronomy for quite a while. As a tool for the keen observer. Distant Suns can't be faulted, in fact its even been adopted by leading space writer and expert Arthur C Clarke.
But, aside from enthusiasts and schools I see little mileage in Distant Suns for any other user. By the virtue of its subject matter, Distant Suns has to tackle complicated astrophysics, and can in no way be deemed as a package with which to learn.
The bottom line is that Distant Suns is a first-rate astronomical aid to the amateur, the lecturer or the determined novice with a fascination but no practical experience, and is probably a waste of money to those who just fancy a slide show.
While v5.0 for the Amiga is still a disk-driven affair. CD32 owners may read with some interest that a CD-ROM version for the Apple Macintosh range of machines has just been released.
Intrinsically, the program is the same, but the number of images fhaf a CD can store has meant that a much more diverse range of images are available to the user.
As well as different views of major objects within the solar system, the CD version boasts photographs of deep space images, like the Crab Nebulae.
As an added bonus this version of Distant Suns features movie sequences of all the planets in our system. While there's no news from VR Laboratories about a CD32 version, watch this “space" for updates.
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F050 »C.G. Font 11-71 F07TJ •Pdaestream font 0-61 ©oftWood's Final Writer word processor was launched last year to the acclaim of most reviewers and was held by many to be the best word processor around.
However, perfection is hard to come by, and the program had a few failings. With the release of Digita's Wordworth 3, SoftWood couldn't have picked a better time to hit back.
If these two competing packages could be pigeonholed. Final Writer has always been the better DTP and layout specialist of the pair, and Wordworlh more of a word cruncher for long documents.
Poor graphics performance from the Digita program and flaws in Final Writer’s text handling reinforced the distinction, but since the initial launch of both word processors, the line has become a hazy one.
Last month's review of Wordworth 3 showed that, though the first release was badly bugged. Digita had taken a leaf from Softwood's book and converted to the school of glitzy design.
With new layout features such as flexible text frames and templates, Wordworth threatened to pull the rug out from under Softwood's feet when the bug-fixed version was dispatched to users.
To be fair, Final Writer v2 is not a new version of the program but a relatively minor upgrade which deals mainly with improving the user interface. The only new feature is a revamped Undo Redo which now works with both text and graphics- Imported graphics can sutler from the program's lack of a proportional scaling option In time-honoured fashion, the Undo option will reverse any text editing action, but it will now work in a similar fashion with the pro- instead of using the usual button to flick frc one bank to the next, the user can resize t floating toolbox so that all tods are availac
from one window.
Some users will never need to make use floating toolboxes such as this, and there a those who detest the things, but it is at better to offer the option.
By hiding boxes behind documents so rM only the depth gadgets can be seen it is pod sible to keep them out of the way but instantly accessible, so there's no reason to make use of them.
N rm d P rM troi With the tool strip out of the way on its toolbox, the space it occupied in the top can be used to display the new drop menus for paragraph style and font control gram’s built-in drawing tools, However, no Undo is allowed for actions carried out on imported images, and as Wordworth's facility to retain the original image's proportions when scaling on-screen removes much of the need for a graphic Undo, Final Writer doesn't have an edge in this department, Where the SoftWood offering has always been in front is in its approach to style tags and user-defined button bars. Unlike
Wordworth, Final Writer can utilise up to eight fully-customised banks of buttons, though it would be a rare user who needed more than two.
A new touch for this release is that the button bars can be detached from the ruler bar and placed anywhere on-screen in a floating toolbox. The main advantage of this is that TRADITIONAL In almost exactly the same way Wordworth 3, fonts, font size, and text stji can now be selected from quick and ead drop downs rather than the traditional mend used in Final Writer v1.
However, the way in which the font sd drop-down is presented makes it a par n use. Rather than present the four or five nd common font sizes, the huge menu wnd appears shows every point size you cd imagine, forcing the user to scroll thread them.
To test how far this ridiculous feature wad go I tned scrolling up the sizes to the lara available, but gave up at about 230. There I Final Writer Word Processor for the Amiga"’ Poio.j - j ii-i i1 lEnr.nnpirinnr nnkJpsnnpnHBPii I ti5g*sawi.ie»3 | »|u | r1toiroa| r11 New look, new (jOI I) ¦ approach, AWARD K new scoring system from SoftWood, Inc. SOFTWARE
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Y as style eas enus : size lin to mosr vhich i can ough vouk: irges- are is On a brighter note, Final Writer's style ags. For which Wordworth still has no equiva- ent. Can now be placed in a floating toolbox :* their own for easy use during document rrmatting.
The style tag approach is by far the best rsr users who use a package for DTP-like cbs. As any style the user likes for headlines, footers, endnotes, and so on can be assigned to a style tag which can then be sphed to any piece of text with the dick of a Dutton.
As v2 retains the ability to define function keystrokes for each style tag. Final Writer jsers now have three different methods to Toose from.
Keyboard jockeys with good memories can sxk to F-keys. Traditionalists can use the old MMJ8, and bright young things can fiddle
• th toolboxes.
Another new toolbox is provided for the which normally sit on the ruler bar, but most users will want to replace with the
* ew paragraph formatting controls. Once :-jsted from their old
position, they can be : aced in a resizable tool box or just
left in the
* demess as the user sees fit.
Containing the rotation, master page. Cut.
Daste, and other useful tools as they do, ~ese are too-often-used features to relegate to the old menus, and it is a nice touch that re designers allowed for a toolbox option so ireuenge [an Final Writer S make up the ground it has Inst to Wordwnrth 3? Steuie hennedg finds out missed opportunity Final Writer 1 had few damaging faults, but those which it had have not been changed or improved with this release, and it has to go down as a missed opportunity.
Of most note is the fact that there is still no Show Codes option to enable the user to view carnage returns, spaces and tabs. In day-to-day use this is a feature which would be rarefy used, but when it is required, such as when text is imported from another package or from another machine, it is an essential basic feature for any word processor.
Reformatting an alien document and having to guess where the double spaces, tabs, and carnage returns are can be a nightmare to make Michael Portillo as prime minister seem almost that we can have our cake and eat it.
Configurability, already a great strength of the package, has been further enhanced, and the program's modern feel is now even stronger. In addition, Final Writer’s huge advantage in graphics handling speed has not been reduced so far by Digita's efforts.
However, given that no new power features have been added and that Wordworth 3 (once the bugs are fixed) now has many layout advantages over its rival, it looks as though Softwood's thunder has been well and truly stolen.
Final Writer, with its fast graphics, style dream-like. Another annoying feature is the auto-save, which simply reminds the user when a certain amount of time has passed rather than automatically save the document as it should.
Wordworth 3's equivalent can be set for either true auto-save or just a reminder, making it much more useful.
Graphics scaling on-screen, though much faster than any other package, has always suffered from the lack of a proportion option, and it still does.
Few imported images come in at just the nght size, and usually have to be scaled to fit the document. When this happens, though, the Final Wnter user is forced to mess around until the image is back in its original shape.
As the disk we received from distributors Gordon Harwood is a Beta test version, it is possible that these tweaks will still be carried out, but there’s nothing to suggest that they will. Fingers crossed, folks.
Tags and master pages is still better equipped for DTP on AGA machines than Wordworth 3, but the latter's new features ensure that the decision to buy one or the other will be based more on simple user preference than on any definite lead one package has over the other.
Jargon buster drop down menus: Presented on-screen as 3D buttons, making them easier and quicker to access with the left mouse button than the old menus we've always used with the right mouse button.
Floating toolboxes: A way of presenting the program’s various features as icons within windows which can be placed anywhere on-screen, making them quicker to use and more fnendly towards the user's configuration preferences.
Proportion fixing: A method whereby when an image is re-sized it retains its original height to width ratio so that the picture within doesn’t become distorted.
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Oicensing is big money. From sports and arcade games to films and comics, software companies are regularly vying to lay their «nds on the next blockbuster title - Mortal Kombat
* om Acclaim and Jurassic Park from Ocean have been gaggenngly
successful worldwide, the names them- ¦»os selling the product
by the trucker: to eager fans, r theory at least, the idea of
licensing s a sound one - programmers, graphic iftsts and game
designers have access t: a wealth of characters, storylines and
Other potential reas. Offering the opportunity to exploit the
material for
* rat it's worth and give the punter an addictive and payable
title in return.
Iscecni More often than not though, the reality seems to be customers walking away from their computers after a five-minute play on many of these tie-ins feeling more than a little ripped off.
Any potential has been swiftly replaced by a haggard and ancient game design, flaccid graphics and lasting appeal of the type usually associated with a funeral.
The end result is a product that looks as if it has been thrown together in a week, and is sold purely on its name to the unsuspecting games-player.
Ocean have a long history of (mainly film) licensing, from the low standards of Darkman, Dennis and Terminator 2 to the highly playable likes of Robocop 3, Addams Family and the Untouchables.
The Manchester-based company have achieved a financially successful senes of products, but have they been fair to their customers?
H licence too far?
• Why have Ocean involved themselves to much with licensing, and
do you rtend to continue investing in this area?
B We will continue to involve ourselves
• th film licences in the future but to a
- uCh lesser extent than we have done p the past. The simple
reason is the length jf time it now takes to develop a quality
• Has that been a problem in the past?
Bit has been a problem in the more »cent past, but in the future, with :10rtainly the CD platforms coming
• rough, the length of development is a minimum of two years.
Now. You Xfl’t pick up a film licence sometimes until
• ¦thin a year of the intended release of the 9m.
You desperately try to coincide the
• eiease of the game with the film. That's recome an
Ihe computer game has become big business, a money-spinning and accepted part of merchandising, but is the customer getting ualue for money? Odam Phillips interuieuis Ocean's marketing manager Simon fUty about their past track record and uihat the future holds W Is using licences simply a safe route to financial gain?
It isn’t a safe route, nothing in computer games is a safe route... ® Is it safer?
0 it is safer in terms of marketing but we pay a substantial amount of money for a licence because it quite simply provides a massive pre-awareness of a product before we've even started. I say Jurassic Park to you, you don’t need to know anything about the computer game except what the content of the title is.
If I say to you. For example, Jelly Boy, which is game that we've got to sell this year, it’s an excellent critically-acclaimed game but I have to start at square one which means - again - we have to spend more money on the physical marketing of the product.
36 Do you think, then, that there is a better chance of people buying a game if it is a licence?
0 Yes certainly, especially in the peak Christmas periods when a parental purchase becomes paramount - a parent pops along to the local store and wants to get a game for their son or daughter.
They usually have no knowledge of computer games. If they’re lucky, they've hopefully managed to suss out which games machines they have to buy for. They then look around.
They've heard about this nasty Mortal Kombat thingy. So, for example, (they’ll say): “Oh, there’s Jurassic Park, now that was a great family film," or whatever: “Home Alone, that was another great family film. I'll pick that up."
There are certain values that people attach to films, for example Jurassic Park - quality, entertainment - that are then sub- liminally associated with our product.
S On a more personal note, they go into the shop and buy the game. The kids get it and it's a poor game. Does that bother you or Is It a case of "this is business and that's the way it is"?
0 That could be very crass to say “this is business, pal. That's the way it is" because the proof of that pudding is that this market is now completely driven.
It has changed, it is completely driven by market... err. By school and playground buzz. We might receive great day one sales for a poor product, but it will then fall apart Kids ate so sophisticated noui that mou haue to get the product right first so that m licence you pith up is just an aid to thel marketing Amiga Computing Il ?
INTERVIEW very quickly. What we managed to achieve with Jurassic Park was great day one sales because of parental purchase, because of the ’must-have" buy. Because of the reviews that were already established in the press.
Then word gets around that it is a good game Kids see their mates playing it and want to get it themselves and so you continue on a line.
You can draw exactly the same analogy these days with films themselves having massive first weekend sales before dying because the public don't like them.
You can’t kid the public, and kids are so sophisticated now that you have to get the product right first so that any licence you pick up is just an aid to the marketing.
That sounds quite pompous from where you're sat, coming from Ocean who have produced both good and bad games over the last few years in relation to film licences, but our attitude has completely changed.
A If companies do continue to produce poor licensed games, do you feel that they will do the software industry more harm than good, with customers becoming wary and less eager to part with their cash?
0 | think that those companies would be fools to themselves. I don’t believe that it ...hut with Dennis, an abysmal plat former released al around the same time. Is It a case ot one step forward and two steps back? Time will tell... will damage the industry because the kids have plenty of other choice from original product coming through to vote for with their pocket money.
So. You'll continue to get vast amounts of money paid out on film licences, but then they’ll get dumped somewhere along the line.
K Are there any promises you'd like to make about the standard of licensing m the future?
0 We will pick up a licence where we fee* that we already have a project in development that can be associated with that licence.
For example, let’s say we’ve been working on a space game for a year and then a space movie comes along the lines of Star Wars. We would pick up on that and coukc easily adjust the graphics having got the gameplay right first in association with the film.
You cannot release a film licence prod- j uct these days which isn't going to get a 901 per cent review. We do work on such smat margins that we have to see a return.
38 How has Jurassic Park been selling?
0 Due to it being a good game and receiv ing 90 per cent reviews, it has been oixl best selling game of all time, and that was I a combination of the ability to market a high profile licence, and having a good game working together in the toughest Christmas market we've ever had.
S Thank you for your time.
• If you have any comments or questions about this month's I
interview then send them to us at the J usual address. It you
know of any area in the computer industry that you feel would
benefit from a visit by the Devil's Advocate, then drop Amiga
Computing a line at the usual address.
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WILTS, SN15AR ANIMATION Flying Lessons We receive many ani
mations. These are usually 3D ray-traced wonders which regu
larly take your breath away with swishing angles and plush
shading, but sometimes lack any real character or life that
makes animation such a interesting and vital medium. These
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M » V » j 1 w 2 i Passenger On Tit an i c ? EXIT In Lifeboat No.B His Brown orginised the uiomen to ioui and took lifeboat Nu.16 in tow, ending up in command of (he two. Nftet the disaster she was nicknamed the ‘The unsinkable Mollg Blown'.
Amiga [[imputing searches the libraries of the mrld to bring gnu the latest reuieuis from the public domain, fldam Phillips eHamines the talent o Fast reflexes are I don't remember any game ever attracting quite the attention that this title received - people crowded round the monitor to witness two games-reviewing gunfighters struggling to be the quickest on the draw.
Might sound like nothing special; in fact it's based on an ancient arcade game. The main differences between the old version and this update are the digitised graphics of each cowboy as they face each other, waiting for the digitised voice to cut in saying
* draw!‘.
On hearing the command, the quickest player to pull out their gun and fire wins the round. The opposition collapses in a pool of blood and it's time to move on to the next go There are five shoot-outs in all and the person who wins the most is the overall
f. nner There are variations on the theme - isten - pick up the
phone, dial the number of the program of your choice and order
it. You won't be disappointed with the few pounds you spend.
The Amiga public domain is alive and kicking... Cunfightpr
Programmed by: Overdose Software it's possible to choose a
short cowboy from the library of two characters; when shot for
the first time, his hat will simply fly off and another volley
from your apparently semiautomatic machine gun is required
to finally put him to rest.
This is hugely simple stuff but with the attention to detail and individuality on offer, with the Plasticine cowboys and their humorous look, this is a great two-player title that deserves a look in.
Available from: 17 bit PD Titanic Produced by: Paul Thompson Disasters, and especially the human variety. Have on regular occasions spawned thousands of articles, television programmes, books and, in some cases, films.
Most exploit, but some highlight the human strength and courage that it took to overcome the tragedies, It's good to see - as ever - the public domain showing its metal in dealing with a horrific incident in a responsible and professional manner.
Titanic is a comprehensive and extensive telling of the ship's birth and subsequent death. As well as this, there entries on other aspects of the now legendary ship that its makers said could never be sunk - the media reaction, the people on board and even the list of the food used in the galleys. This is all supported with music, digitised stills and diagrams.
Produced on the Scala multimedia package. The proceedings have a very professional and polished look, with many useful options and help keys. There is also a wealth of text to plough through which is well written and, to be honest, gripping and horrific in places. The package s main Watch Bob learning to fly in this two-and-hall-mlnute animation seconds where, refreshingly, Flying Lessons boasts approximately a two- minute 30-second, humour-filled, soulful animation that shows real talent.
The main character is called Bob. Who looks like a blob. One day, while settling Titanic la an extensive educational package - on this screen, it’s possible to click on a person and be given a brief history of the role that they played on the ill-fated ship drums, cymbals, triangles, claps and voice samples among many others.
Sown for a sunbathe, he sees a bird and reams of flying himself. On waking up.
Has an idea and sets out about making fantasy a reality.
What follows is the story of his three
• Mmpts to fly. Shown in Rhubarb and Costard style with
flickering, constantly sniffing line drawings and a basic
colour scheme.
There's a real feel of comic timing
• nrough out most of the piece and the style in which it is drawn
is ideal and full of character. Bob's movement's are Sub- re
and well-planned and shows its creator's talents in a very
good light.
Flying Lessons is an imaginative, simple breath of fresh air and deserves to be part of any senous animation collector's selection. Highly recommended.
Available from: $ Atieweii Simply click on the sound you want and place it in one of tracks graphically represented in the order needed. Then, hit the play button and off the computer goes, thumping out your beat at any speed you should desire.
Strength is the accessibility - with its good ooks and an involving operating system, this is simply more interesting, especially for a younger participant, than a book, and shows off how a computer can be used as serious teaching tools.
Of all the educational titles I've had the fortune to review over the last few months.
Titanic is the best I have come across.
Available from: Educational Software Disk No CLE 54B Available from: M Lavery fllanilifG & SpendwisG Programmed by: Marc Fontein Thanks to some healthy, right-on thinking New Zealand programmer, we now have the pleasure of two positive thinking, forward planning, burying-the-past utilities that are actually rather useful.
Maxilife may sound like a coffee brand but is in fact a future financial planner. By entering your monetary details such as your salary, rate interest and any debts that you might have (shame on you!), the program is capable of working out your money and how much you'll have after certain period of time (five years and so on).
Sonic Drum Programmed by: Malcolm Lavery One of the most exciting developments of the computer age is the opportunity for everyday people to flex their creative muscles. Through the use of technology, subjects are demystified and in many cases, made more simple to us. Because a computer is ideal medium for laying ideas out in a clear and thorough way.
Sonic Drum is one such facility for venting your artistic yearnings in to a constructive and satisfying end result, Presented in simple and easy-to-use icons and symbols, the user has four tracks to fill to the brim with sampled Each option has a useful help feature that explains exactly what you need to do in that particular section. There's only one real problem - instead of entenng balance per year like you're supposed to, yOu can't - the program actually asks for any debts you might have which is a little confusing.
Once all details have been entered, hit the _sunt mb mi yy_
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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, M documentation and everything dearty labelled? I
promise 111 at least look at your work.
Adam Phillips, PD submissions, Amiga Computing, Europa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP ART of the MONTH ' Scan is Lame Produced by: Syntex Tenebres Available from: Jorvik Public Domain Disk No SS0282 Coming on two disks.
I Scan is Lame is presumably a tribute to the artist's handle drawn talents rather than relying on a piece of equipment with no artistic merit whatsoever to do all the work.
Syntex Tenebres's attempt at making a point is backed up with some excellent 256-colour AGA pictures that are of a very high standard. If you're expecting Francis Bacon or Monet then don't look here, but if you’re after some commercially-oriented pictures then this package is worth its weight in gold.
There are seven images that can be chosen from the main screen. Each is named and is on a part of a jigsaw - simply press on the one you want and sit back and enjoy the view.
Names include Woman, Top Model, Future, Jurassic, Easy Rider, The Car and Spirit of Ecstasy. A few of these images are a little risque but no worse than anything you might find on the walls of some hip restaurant in Camden Town. Highly recommended.
PD and SHAREWARE Hi lime Runners Heading for Home. The actual anim is very short indeec
- about ten seconds in all - and shows a spaceship coming in to
dock at a space station. The work is certainly accomplished
but the length of the piece (understandable really given the
power and memory needed to run it) is a bit of a let-down,
especially after his latest piece Don't Go into the Cellar.
Having said this, if you’re after a show that boasts the usual high standard that the Amiga can achieve in al things Disney and if you have a machine with at leas; 3Mb of RAM and KickStart 2 or higher, then indulge in this luxury.
Programmed by: Simulmondo There I was, quietly sitting at my desk, going through this month’s offerings from the libraries and individuals and coming across this disk. On loading up, I was presented with addresses for Italy, which instantly generated a strong feeling of curiosity; I rarely receive anything from Italy, and after viewing this game, I hope I'll be receiving a lot more.
On loading, a menu pops up asking if you'd like to see the video story or plough straight in to the game. Choosing the game, a series of reasonably drawn pictures appear telling the story of the hero and how he and his various friends travel through time until one of them, Jessica, is held hostage by the Blue Skunks.
The basic premise is to find your lost time-travelling scooter, fill it up with petrol and get her in the right time period. After this interesting plot. I was eager to press on with the game itself!
Once loaded in. The player is presented with a large central sprite in the vein of Conrad out of Flashback, the platforming classic from last year.
The man can be made to jump, leap, run, walk and crouch - albeit not as smoothly as Delphine’s creation but for PD.
It’s impressive stuff. As far as I could tell, the object is to run around hitting the enemy, that come in the shape of robots when inside the complex at the beginning, and caveman when outside in the jungle and caves.
Chasms need to be leaped, and on discovery of the scooter, a logic puzzle game pops up where you have to work out how to get the wretched thing started.
Dinosaurs are another common occurrence, with tyrannosaurus rex and tricer- atops making appearances in a couple of cut-away scenes encountered during your travels.
The graphics are of a high standard, and although no way as smooth as Flashback, are still pleasing to the eye. The main criticism for most of the game is that there is really not that much to do other than hit, leap and run along. Having said that, there is enough here to warrant a purchase to see a large title with some excellent touches. Keep it coming, Italy.
Available from: Jorvik Public Domain Disk No GAO 158 Heading for Home Produced by: M Bareham You may recall a couple of months back when I awarded the Animation of the Month to a title called Don't Go in the Cellar that I referred to the maker as a American.
Imagine my horror and humble apologies when I received a phone call from Basildon that in fact the author is an Essex man called M Bareham. So now you know. Fortunately, here’s another opportunity to witness some more of his ray-traced, 3D work in the form of stats key and you'll get a full run-down of your glittering financial future. Also included on the disk, is Spendwise, a program that helps analysis everyday expenses and suggests items that you can cut down on to save money.
The utility is presented as a series of lists with the names of expenses such groceries, petrol and so on. These are all fully changeable and you simply enter via the keyboard how much you spend each week on each item. You then prioritise it by entering a number from 0 up to 10, which indicates an essential expenditure such as having to catch the bus in to work in the morning.
Once all this has been inputted, the user can call up a stats list with a breakdown of what money is being spent and suggestions for where money can be cut.
These are both interesting and useful planning tools which in the words of the author, help you live life to the fullest. Hmm... Available from: Scribble PD Disk No U298 Blaster Programmed by: J R Evans Whatever people's tastes are in games, whether it be arcade, strategy or adventuring, there always seems to be space for a good, hardcore shoot-'em-up that boasts addictive and exciting gameplay.
Take Blaster - it looks from the screenshots as being a pretty average looking title but put the disk in the drive, pick up the joystick and you won't put it down for quite a Shoot everything that movos and just try and stay alive In Blaster, a treniied shoot-'em-up "ir-
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There are apparently 140 different types 3 enemy to take pot-shots at and this alon* guarantees that there’s always something t little different to see on each planet - even I they are difficult to see sometimes agairsr the background.
The action is fast and furious and nei lets up for a second. Throw in a pile power-ups that descend from the top of on screen increasing firepower, lives and mar other features, and you've got a game thj you must buy - so why are you still reading7 Available from: Scribble PD Disk No U296 laij qour hands an me f Malcolm Lavery 20 Shakospeare Av. Orglll Egromont CA22 2HF Make cheque out for £5 payable to Malcolm Lavery Scribble PD 2 Hillside Cottages, Burstall IP83DY Tel: 0473 652588 17 Bit Software PD 1st Floor Oftlcos, 2 8 Market Street Wakefield WF1 1DH Tel: 0924 366982 Steve Attewell 28
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? U202*12 Kids Games... Geography, maths.
Soence. Word games ? U203*12 Amiga Beginner... tul tutonal ? U204*12 MATKSAOV... simple maths problems to solve REFLEXTEST tests ? U205*12 Japanese...word-aday & vocab.
? U206*12 Child quiz...simple quiz game wth colourful graphoai pcti es Irom ages S and upwards. Excellent game ? U207*12 Gelignite fonts (2) if you want some colourful Dpaint lores U U208*12 Football League Edltor...Update your teams league position as the results come in ? U209+12 IboM Emulatro V1.5...CGA IBM pc emulalor written to run on any Amiga shareware version n U210+12 Account master...Excelenl Amos written program ? U211*12 Directory Utils...Highly recommended programs, designed lo maka CU & Shell tasks virtually obsolete ? U212*12 Grinder...complete graphc conversion package thai
supports GIF, I PEG, AtanST. (Noochromo.
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And TIFF formal pics ? W1?*12 Inscripf vl.l...produce video titles, me. Fully ediable text entries 11 U214.12 Repair4t 2...BewZap V3.3. a mulb soctor lilo witting syslom FIXDisfc vl 2. Recover as much as possible Irom a defective *sk. CxskSalve vl 42. Creates a new tile structure on a different device, with as much data salvaged trom the ongtnal disk ? U215+12 Mandel Explorer (2)...This is the best dctochon ol Fractal Generating software on the Amiga ? U216.12 3d Helper...helps you start out wrth 3d graphc*.
? U217*12 Icon tool klt...eveiy tool possible U U218*12 Space...helps you study space. «a the stars and celesbal ob«c*.s ? U219*12 Troni CAD v1.0...lho best CAD program avafable lor the Amiga ? U221+12 System Test v4.t...checks and report] on the health ol you computer ? U222*12 F1M v2.2...lntroMakor IFF imports C U223*12 Compugraphlc fonls...wtll work with Dpant V4.1. ProPage 3.
PageStream. Page Setter, WorkBench v2 64., About 30 fonts(3) ? U224*12 Letters ft boHerplele .Standard format letters lo cut and paste into your word processor.
? U22S+12 Lyapunovia VI .5...colour1ul program making pictures from a mathematical formula ? U226*12 Protection...Utilities coledton 16 prp your rt-iLi ? U227*12 Club League...to holp you keep track ot stats and tads ? U228*12 NCOMM V3.0...communicaDon3 program ? U229*12 VMORPH v2.21...create smooth morphs between two images U U230*12 Workbench 3...u1ility. ? U231*12 Octamod v2.0...music eddtor ? U232+12 WB 3 Screens ..enhance your Workbench *sk backgrounds with those colour pcs.
? 0233*12 Utile Traveller vl.l...Zoom in on any country on a world map to obtain useful information ? U234*12 Printing dlsk...conlains Banner, Graph Paper vl 2 and Disk Print V3-S9.
? U23S* 12 Udrsw v1.0..provides a mechanism lor ihe rapid drawing ol bitmap diagrams n U236* 12 XI Rave samples...Garren Watts 808 Sbilo sample* (IFF).
? U237*12 EasyCalc v1,0„.Spread sheet ? U238* 12 Par8ench...!he software to hookup two Amigas or COTVs ? U239*12 Developer...the official Commodore's developers kit ? U240*12 EDPIayer . It looks, acts and sounds ike a CD player' ? U24W12 3d graphics...several 3d modeling and ray tracking progs ? U242.12 Graphic*...Stunning graphic images creator... roses, rayshadee elc.
N U243*12 AGA UTILS 2...2 56 colour .con editor, Plamsa2S6 and QuickGrab Vl.l ? U244.12 Winblender V39.28...stunmng AGA fractals, 6e03b'040i'FPU versions inc. ? U245*12 Geneaologist V3.04... specialised database lor taepng track o» your family tree n U246*12 Stock analyst...technical analysis
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1)247*12 Astronomy v2.0...ca'culates nro about the sun.moon,
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? U248.12 Ming Shu Chinese Astrology., .craatss a horoscope in seconds n U249* 12 Titanic Chests v1.4...950k ot raw ? U2»*12 TEK ATAK moduiW...musc ? U2S1+12 Colourful Icons ? U252«12 View Tools...contains convert. View Troo. Tamily iron - easy lo uso IJ U253*12 Major League...keep up to date with your ekib'9 fortunes C U254*12 Sttr View...graphic ilkisirabon ot Ihe stars C U255.12 Forca*tar...racing predetor 11 U256*12 Antl-flictwr,..stops lltcker on rs res ? U257*l2 Football League Editor ? U256«12 OrawMAp v4,1„.wortd map ift2mb ? U259*12 Race Rater V1.6...horso racing predictor ? U260.12
DtakPrtnt v3.5l...prims labels ? U261*12 Software Uster vl,6...keeps hack of your software cotection ? U262.12 Onltna v1.4...8hcrteuis and cheats for games C U263*12 Screen Blanker ...one of tho best' includes the Tweghi Zone ? U264*12 Tr*x...brilliant dish lor people trying lo gel started on tho music sido ? U265*12 HO Click v2.53...an easy to use HO menu and Woihbench tour Also enclosed is a prog to create Requestors of all kinds from a shell script ? U266* 12 Pools Tools 2...Debugged version ot tho pools forecaster ? U267*l2 Football Forecast...demo version : U266»i2 Text Engine
v4.(L,debugged version of tho best pd wordprocessor ? U269*12 AGA utite...Great cortocoon for all A1200 owners ? U270.12 Golf Scorerev 1.84...new golf scoring program - unafyso your game ? U271*12 SupefYfeww*l2...contams detailed instructions on how 10 create your ? U272*12 F574...HD cache speed up prog ? U273*12 Solo Samples...five disks with drums, synths. Break beats and modules.
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Paul Oueraa guides gnu through tho must popular programming pa (hages for Basic, [ [**. And BBOhO assembler will suit your purpose. You also need to choose a language that you are likely to be technically comfortable with, otherwise you may get disheartened with your lack of progress.
If, for example, you are new to programming and want to find some way of making a start then Basic is a very good choice; 66000 Assembly language is not.
If on the other hand you are an already competent coder who has moved to the Amiga from some other machine, you may be unworried by the prospect of learning C or Assembler and may even decide to dismiss the use of Basic altogether. One other practical point that everyone should consider before investing in a new language is whether the product is likely to be well supported or not. How can you tell? Well, one way is to read round-ups like this!
Microprocessors, such as the 680x0 chips used in the Amiga, work by executing instructions built out of binary numbers. Although it is possible to program the 680x0 at this numerical machine code level most programmers use something called Assembly language that allows 680x0 instructions to be wntten in terms of meaningful names.
For instance, to move a number from a processor register to a particular memory location you would use a Move instruction. Assembler programming is Still closely related to the underlying processor chip and for this reason it’s called a low-level language.
On the Amiga this type of coding requires not only knowledge of the Motorola 680x0 chip but an indepth understanding of the Amiga's operating system as well.
Make no mistake, it is a big challenge simply because there is so much to understand but, having said that, Assembler programming is addictive.
Among the more dedicated Amiga programmers, 680x0 coding is very popular indeed!
ERROR PRONE This type of programming is, however, time consuming and error prone, which is one of the reasons why a variety of so-called high-level, easier to use languages have been developed.
Basic is a high-level language that was originally designed specifically for teaching programming to beginners - the initials actually stand for Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code. At one time almost every available version of Basic was different. So it got a bad name for portability.
Nowadays the situation is much better at least as far as the core Basic commands are concerned. In recent years the language itself has also improved immensely (it’s become far more powerful) but it is Still an easy language to learn and use, and that is its main claim to fame.
The C language gets a lot of coverage in the Amiga world - namely because it is the most important of all Amiga languages (much of the Amiga's system software was written in it).
C is a compiled high-level language that is flexible enough to allow programmers to do things that were previously only possible with Assembler.
This, plus some portability advantages, is the reason that C is popular as a systems programming language.
As many people are now discovering, learning to [ [?? Packages SAS C C++ V6.50 HiSott Price: £329 Students': £250 v6.xx upgrade: £59.95 v5.xx upgrade: £149 v4.xx upgrade: £209 Hanoi*Invakad ulth Bafara using anv Black (aw f, IM black mill ba flPtl Black* p» v ba narko* allbar wllb tha ba«m black) and Ctrl-1 (and black) comtnli ar kv MldlM doun Ilia I*ft noo»* buttan and dragging Ilia following labia datcrlba* lb function available In tha Bloch Haa*. And It al*o llatk iMMcut* whara thav aklkt.
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The compiler can also generate code to allocate a new stack to be created if the old stack runs out (good news for coders who wnte a lot of recursive code) and do a lot of other clever things besides.
All of the important compiler options concerning compiler operation, error message generation, file listing, code optimising, linking and so on, are done through an Intuition-based (gadget and menu-driven) interface called Scoptions.
The debugger, called CodeProbe, has been given a number of additional enhancements in the latest release but the main one is that it can now be used to debug C++ files.
The compiler s front end (called sc) which previously accepted C source code.
Assembly language files, object files and libraries, now accepts C++ files as well.
Although the C compiler parts of the pae« age can be used with a floppy-based system, you need a hard disk in order to us« the C++ translator.
If you are contemplating moving to SAS C C++ then you ought to assume that * hard disk and a couple of megabytes y RAM are essential - the package will the?
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In ihfl impo Amiga’s is flex- gs tha he re* mmirv; ningto 2RILLIANT Once you’re over the initial problems, though, every- ¦s says the same thing... it's a brilliant language but .. do have to be fairly disciplined as far as your fccroach to program design and coding goes.
Z ncidentally. Has changed in recent years and the 7-90*1 form is called K&R C after a couple of chaps i*ed Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie, the lan- P-jge s creators. There is now an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard for the C language and this improved form is called ANSI C. Given the choice it is ANSI C that you should learn to use.
C++ (pronounced C plus plus) is an object-orient* ed programming language developed dunng the early 80s by Bjame Stroustrup's language team.
Throughout its development there has been a strong commitment to keeping C++ compatible with the C language. C++ supports a construct known as a class that allows programmers to define objects which have their own data characteristics and procedures.
The end result is that the programmer can work at a much higher level of abstraction and so avoid the nitty-gritty details that make the programming of larger projects difficult in other languages. You should not attempt to learn C++ until you are happy with C itself.
[nmpilers uersus interpreters pack- d sys- 0 use SAS [hat a tes of 1 then » with ages id an ere is KL I ¦ EX1 Macro 68 la a powerful Assembler but it lacka the Devpac easy-to-uee front end tates e UK nen- tetec mpe- that j like iram- gger ctipn Hssemblgr packages Devpac 3 msoft Price: £69.95 '-ere’s no doubt that the current Devpac package provides the ultimate Assembler envi- :iment available to the Amiga user at the present time. The editor offers multiple-file edit- rg with full mouse-controlled cut-and-paste and the ability to open individually scrollable
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options. As well as the editor, Assembler and debugger, the
Devpac 3 package includes Blink, the Amiga's linker, =
Commodore FD file converter and other utilities.
You also get the Assembly language include files, the standard run-time and link craries plus extra maths and iff parse libraries), startup-code etc. and some example programs to get you started.
Macro 68 Helios Software Price: £130 Macro 68 is a fully featured, customisable, macro assembler for the 680x0 family of processors- Some of its more unusual features include support for Copper list programming, Arexx controllability, and recognition of both old and new style Motorola 680x0 syntax. Unlike Devpac it doesn't have an easy-to-use front end but most coders tend in fact to use Macro 68 in conjunction with an Arexx-based editor anyway.
An awful lot of work has gone into Macro 68 and in practice the Assembler does admittedly provide facilities that advanced coders could find very useful.
Having said that, it is not a particularly user-friendly package and in particular the manual lacks the soft, tutorial-style sections that make life easier for the newcomer to 680x0 coding.
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approaches in the jargon buster. To elaborate: If you've got a
loop which contains instructions that are executed 500 times
then the interpreter will translate the instructions within
the loop 500 times as well as executing them 500 times. A
compiler-based equivalent does the translation once and
generates the necessary machine code.
When the program runs, all the translation stuff has been done already - so compilers produce programs which in general will run faster.
The disadvantage of using a compiler is that the process of creating a program is more complicated. You have to write the program (the source code) using a text editor, then compile it.
EXTRA CODE After that you may also have to link extra code (start up code, code for library functions and so on) to your program and only then can it be run.
If there is a bug then it's back to the editor, make the necessary changes, recompile and so on.
There are quite a few tools around which help automate the process but it is still fairly long-winded.
Most interpreted languages are quite the opposite - you can stop a program, make changes, and then immediately run the new version.
Interpreted languages are good for the development stages. Compilers are good for speed.
Some languages, most notably Basic, come in both forms and often the compiling facilities are so well integrated into the system that you barely realise that a compiler is being used.
Amiga Computing Basic packages T ZL 0000*0009* «1. MciMI'e i1 (Sm !*lw • CM ''L.iiun «aun*t iUKiM-j I fm ':«un.uuMi MM m L’lw uMre' n I ini M Imlli'I.W Amos users csn quickly build graphical interlaces... I 1 0 0 I tiu*( two of tho many good quality games which tho speedy Bliti Basic 2 lo responsible tor GFA Basic v3.52 Data Media Interpreter: £50 Compiler £30 extra II O GFA Basic has been around for some time and although it still has its han core followers, interest from new users seems to be on the decline. Part of !*• * reason for this would seem to be due to a general lack of support
from Dau Media. The package runs OK on older machines, and on the A1200, but since the release of GFA Basic v3.5 (the last major release) problems have appearec on some machines.
...but tho language remains as simple as Basic GFA Basic doesn't work properly on the A3000 or A4000 machines arc users of various non-standard Amigas also seem to have had a variety of problems. Since it seems that there are no planned GFA upgrades or official fixes tc eliminate these problems at the moment, we can only suggest, until were hear something positive from Data Media, that you do not jump on this particular bandwagon.
4 i • HiSoft Power Basic HiSoft Price: £29.95 This is a perfectly respectable Basic which has been around a while and * aimed primary at Workbench 1.3 users who want a cheap entry point into Base on the Amiga.
Amos Europress Software Easy Amos: £34.99 Amos Professional: £49,99 Amos Professional Compiler: £34.99 Amos is a games-oriented Basic-style language which was designed to be easy-to-learn. Powerful, and to take full advantage of the Amiga's graphics capabilities, it succeeded on almost all counts and. As a result, has become very popular indeed. Easy Amos, which is a sort of cut-down core version of the language, is a good package for the total beginner.
If you are already familiar with another Basic, or just wish to have access to some of the more advanced facilities right from the word go, then opt for the Professional version because it offers far more powerful features. Amos Pro, incidentally, provides some very powerful Amiga-specific graphics sound extensions.
The long-awaited Pro Amos compiler arrived during the latter part of last year and, depending on the code being compiled, it can offer anything from slight to substantial speed increases.
The compiler is compatible with both the Easy Amos and Amos Professional packages but users of Easy Amos ought really to consider upgrading to Amos Pro before getting the compiler.
Blitz 2 easy - you just select compile run from tho menu. Bocause Ol its speed, Blitz is great for games programming and this is where its main applications lie Blitz 2 provides some language extensions called NowTypes and built-in list processing support A lot of the Blitz 2 facilities seem to be aimed at tire more advanced programmer and this coupled to the rather unusual language extensions means that it doesn't seem to bo particularly suitable for those approaching Basic for tho first lime Hobbyte Price: £48.90 Blitz Basic is getting quite a name for itself because, as a compiled
Basic, it is extremely fast. Programs are normally created using Blitz Basic's integrated editor compiler environment (called TED) and an interactive rumtime debugger is provided which allows you to examine the high-level source code as a program runs. Compiling itself is HiSoft Basic 2 HiSoft Price: £79 (expected) Unlike the Amos and Blitz offerings. HiSoft Basic has not been specifically aimed at the Amiga games programming fraternity. It has simply been a very good, and very well supported, compiled Basic whose core facilities are broadly compatible With Microsoft-style Basics found on
many other machines.
As we are going to press, a new version - called HiSoft Basic 2 - is being released, which offers a host of new Workbench 2 3 oriented goodies.
One major effect of the changes will be to make using the Amiga's Intuition and other operating system functions much easier. We also know that a new editor (actually the one that is now provided with Devpac) and a debugger are being provided.
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Charlie Gibbs deserves a mention here because he produced what is now a firmly established and respected. Freely distributable Amiga Assembler package, called A68k. It forms the basis of a lot of PD Assembler packages and you'll also find it present on almost all public domain C compiler disks.
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The Amiga press have given EMC and it's products rave reviews. Now the video press are following suit. EMC's products received tho coveted Camcorder User Gold Award _May 1994 edition_ THE EMC INF0HMATI0N PACK The HARD COPY EMC information pack includes full details of ALL the fonts EMC has on offer, inc. Computer Safari Fonts, along with full font printouts, details of our PNM and scanning services, details of our ECS 16 colour and AGA 256 colour image collections, details of our PCX, GEM, monochrome, EPS, multiformat and colour cliparl, a font and clipan compatability guide and many example
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To get your copy, please send us your name and address, along with.,, £1.00 It 25p PofTJlfiF (Payment can be made with either stamps, postal orders or cheque) COMPUTER SAFARI Desktop Publishing Typefaces £. W.C am the exclusive UK and European distributors tor the HIGHL Y ACCLAIMED commercial Computer Safari range of DTP Typefaces. Safari fonts are ot exceptional quality, contain FULL character sets and have been highly praised in the UK Amiga press For those of you that have already purchased, or have m ormation on the Safari fonts, we wOuld like to inform you that Satan compilation packs are
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Basic v3.52 Data Media Interpreter: £50 Compiler £30 extra GFA
Basic has been around for some time and although it still has
its hardcore followers, interest from new users seems to be
on the decline. Pari of the reason for this would seem to be
due to a general lack of support from Data Media. The package
runs OK on older machines, and on the A1200. But since the
release of GFA Basic v3.5 (the last major release) problems
have appeared on some machines.
GFA Basic doesn't work properly on the A3000 or A4000 machines anc users of various non-standard Amigas also seem to have had a vanety of problems. Since it seems that there are no planned GFA upgrades or official fixes to eliminate these problems at the moment, we can only suggest, until were hear something positive from Data Media, that you do not jump on this particular bandwagon.
4 i 4 HiSoft Power Basic HiSoft Price: £29.95 This is a perfectly respectable Basic which has been around a while and s aimed primary at Workbench 1.3 users who want a cheap entry point into Base on the Amiga.
Amos Europress Software Easy Amos: £34.99 Amos Professional: C49.99 Amos Professional Compiler: £34.
Amos is a games-onented Basic-style language which was designed to be easy-to-leam. Powerful, and to take full advantage of the Amiga s graphics capabilities. It succeeded on almost all counts and, as a result, has become very popular indeed. Easy Amos, which is a sort of cut-down core version of the language, is a good package for the total beginner.
If you are already familiar with another Basic, or just wish to have access to some of the more advanced facilities right from the word go, then opt for the Professional version because it offers far more powerful features. Amos Pro, incidentally, provides some very powerful Amiga-specific graphics sound extensions.
The long-awaited Pro Amos compiler arrived during the latter part of last year and, depending on the code being compiled, it can offer anything from slight to substantial speed increases.
The compiler is compatible with both the Easy Amos and Amos Professional packages but users of Easy Amos ought really to consider upgrading to Amos Pro before getting the compiler.
Blitz 2 Hobbyte easy - you just select compile run from the menu Because of its speed, Blitz is great for games programming and this is whero its main applications lie. Blitz 2 provides some language extensions called NowTypes and built-in list processing support A lot of the Blitz 2 facilities seem to be aimed at the more advanced programmer and this coupled to tho rather unusual language extensions means that it doesn't seem to be particularly suitable for those approaching Basic for the first time Price: £48.90 Blitz Basic Is gotting quite a name for itself because, as a compiled Basic,
il is exlromely fast. Programs are normally created using Blitz Basic's integrated editor compiler environment (Called TED) and an interactive run-time debugger is provided which allows you lo examine the high-level source code as a program runs Compiling itself is HiSoft Basic 2 HiSoft Price: £79 (expected) Unlike the Amos and Blitz offerings, HiSoft Basic has not been specitcaM aimed at the Amiga games programming fraternity, It has simply been a ver» good, and vety well supported, compiled Basic whose core facilities are compatible with Microsoft-style Basics found on many other machines.
As we are going to press, a new version - called HiSoH Basic 2 - is released, which offers a host of new Workbench 2 3 oriented goodies.
One major effect of the changes will be to make using the Amiga's li and other operating system functions much easier. We also know that a 1 editor (actually the one that is now provided with Devpac) and a debugger- being provided.
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language you'll write a program and as it runs the interpreter takes each statement in turn, translates it (ie works out what it has to do), and then executes the equivalent machine code.
Optimiser: A program that can automatically rearrange, ie optimise, the code you've written to make it either run faster or occupy less space.
Portable programs: A program is portable if its source code can be transferred from one type of computer to another and made to run with little or no change. The more work needed to get the program running on a new machine, the less portable the code is considered to be.
PD pachagB5 As well as commercial products you'll find many languages available as public domain offerings. Cursor is a three-pass Basic compiler for programs written in Amiga Basic. NorthC* PDC, and Dice are popular C compiler packages. There's even Gnu C + + available for the more ambitious among you.
Charlie Gibbs deserves a mention here because he produced what is now a firmly established and respected. Freely distributable Amiga Assembler package, called A68k. It forms the basis of a lot of PD Assembler packages and you'll also find it present on almost all public domain C compiler disks.
Nove.i dll,.Intuit IonBase beg EXIT ; now let’s Hake an intuition call to flash Move.1 N8.eB CALLSYS ; all done so ut can now close the library as novr.l .IntuittonBase,el EXIT Best C compiler SAS C C++ - there is absolutely nothing to touch this package.
Needless to say it also provides the best C++ translator as well.
Best Amiga Assembler Devpac 3 - again this package is in a Class of its own.
Best Basic We're going for Amos because it has proven support, good Amiga-oriented facilities, and a large established, and relatively content, user base. But the improved HiSoft Basic 2 (which we've not yet seen) is also certain to be very good indeed.
Since this could provide some surprises it might well be safest to wait until the HiSoft offering arrives before making any commitment.
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Mo-Miga 1.2 te drive the format looks set to make a in
professional circles.
The Mo-Miga unit is a 5.25in disc offering i n* per side for a total of 1 2Gb driven, ide- | by an A4000 equipped with the A4091 5CSWI hard drive interface.
As such, it is a professional user's device and
* which is aimed primanly at those with huge aca requirements
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or externally, re drive works faster than SCSI-1 hard drives,
rc n its final form with on-board 1Mb RAM zxre. Should be even
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of the unit.
What was surprising, though, was the speed .-T the drive running under standard AmigaDOS 1 ng systems. Just under 1.4Mb per second ransfer rates (DiskSpeed 4.2 with 512k buffer) md an access time of under 40ms gives the jwe a huge advantage over all previous optical aewces (though SCSI-II no doubt has a lot to do «rih this). Mo-Miga will of course work with older SCSI-1 interfaces, but performance is reduced.
Much of the unit's speed is gained through re Mo-Miga device driver. This important piece at coding sits between AmigaDOS and the drive md communicates directly using SCSI com-
- ands. So that when Mo-Miga's own filing system is used a
faster synchronous burst mode can be utilised for streaming
data to disc very quickly. Under the more usual desktop working
conditions, Mo-Miga handles small files well considering the
disadvantages of the optical medium. A new filing system
developed by 4th Level, which will be shipping with the
finished drives, will handle small files much more effi
ciently and faster than at the moment.
From its performance on our pre-production unit, the new system seems set to make Mo- Miga a very useable general purpose drive.
Other software supplied with the device makes it possible to set up a cartridge to work like a bulletin board. The Audit program is designed to enable the system operator to track all user of the machine, and can be a valuable aid to secunty.
Passwords can be set, and various levels of user access set so that some may perform all function whereas others can only read data, and so on. Security can be varied from partition to partition and disc to disc, so for example it is possible to allow full use of general software while locking people out of sensitive data areas.
Other software includes Mo-Miga Exchange to allow users to swap discs without worrying about unauthorised or untimely use of their data, and a vanety of utilities for controlling the discs themselves, such as a blanker to stop the disc spinning after a period of inactivity, thus saving wear and tear In all. This is a well thought out and fairty complete system rather than simpty an optical drive, and one which should render sterling service in any professional environment.
Home users might never see a Mo-Miga, but BBS sysops, videographers. And musicians would be advised to give the unit a try.
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Mo-Miga's capacity and speed makes it an ideal drive for mulitple partitions holding a variety of programs. The problem with using removable media in such a way. However, is that the Amiga can become confused when what it thought was a fixed hard drive is no longer there. Swap cartridges and you can quickly run into problems. To body-swerve Ihe danger. Mo-Miga's software uses a startup script for each partition which contains the assigns and other commands relating to any software held on that partition. In addition, the partitions are automatically dismounted.
This approach requires that the user moves any assigns from the user- startup script to the relevant partition startup script, but once done the advantage of not panicking the Amiga every time a disc is ejected makes up for the initial hassle.
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(24) RT I I VIDI (12) RT VIDI AMIGA 12 The ultimate towcost
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£12995 9977 This superb package enables the Amiga user to back up their discs efficiently and effectively.
Features mckxJc:
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holder Learn how to wnte programs with smooth flowing 3D
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Amiga learn about Amiga assembly language painlessly and enjoyably. (listings disk also available to avoid the effort of typing them all outj.
MAVIS BEACON TEACHES TYPING VIDEOMASTER OPTICAL PEN MOUSE A stylish Pen Mouse with quality construction and smooth fast movement. It has Micro-Switch buttons which is ideal foe DTP. Artwork etc. It comes with its own Optical Pad imply the finest typing program m the world. Tha award winning software takes you step by step through the keyboard. Coachng you at your own speed and sKiV level, mcmtonng your progress, the stunning graphs, the help faoK« and complete typng textbook makes learning to type interesting and fun The Utwute ktfli Media Syitem tor your computer Wdeomasier .5 3 revdutonary
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In addition, if the PAR is used in combination with the optional AD3000 TBC real-time digitiser, you have perfect audio video sync which could even enjoy simultaneous Midi and multimedia support from B&PProS.
As you've probably gathered, the combination of the SunRize hardware and the new software is in my opinion the only credible option for anyone involved in professional Amiga audio.
Although the opposition both offer excellent sound quality, they simply can't match up when it comes to usability. Neither offer SMPTE or Midi support at the moment, and certainly can't compete when it comes to joining forces with other products.
Unfortunately there’s a pnce to pay for near perfection and in the case of the Studio 16 it comes to a heart stopping £200 for the software upgrade alone.
Obviously if you’re happy with the existing software stick with it, but if you’re a heavy user who’s looking for improved productivity and unbelievable ease of use you’d bo insane not to invest in this excellent - if rather expensive - upgrade.
Die softujare is in mg opinion tlio onlii credible option for anyone inuoW in professional flmiga audio Dreg end drop technology al its beet in Ihe ell new Cue list SunRize software upgrades are available from: Premier Vision Tel: 071-274 4407 1 TL JEJI: _____TMlgri.* !»J Lifg ±4 iH :£dl= JLI U33I ¦H yaaaalBM ¦ i i Ml* •imply the best direct to disk tempting sottwere in the business enabling graphic representations of each sam- ; e to be shunted between tracks and along
• he time-line with a simple mouse click.
Perhaps even more important is the arrival of a range of tools which allow samples on the same track to fade, crossfade or butt up with adjacent samples - again no typing required.
Thanks to this feature, hours - if not days - of painstaking editing can be avoided, and more importantly any alterations are completely non-destructive. If you don't like a mix or crossfade, simply grab the sample and slide it closer or further away; it's literally that simple.
As you'd expect the software offers a variety of linear and non-linear fade styles - all user definable of course - which when added lo the unbelievable simplicity of simply sliding the samples back and forth makes Studio 16 easily the best pro audio solution on the machine.
In addition to sample mixing you're also provided with punch-in punch-out recording direct into the Cuelist, which again is a dream for professional musicians and vkleographers.
Add to that the finishing touch of totally automated ping-ponging - again within the Cuelist - and you have the makings of a masterpiece. For those unfamiliar with musical terminology ping-ponging is simply a means of unRize Industries have held the top spot in the serious sampling business for years with a combination of nt sound quality, unrivalled flexibility.
M a natural affinity to other third-party hard-
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The face of new competition from both
* *«etools and the Toccata direct-to-disk sys- SunRize have
decided to consolidate position with release of version 3 of
their 9uao 16 control software.
Aihoogh the actual hardware remains iden- a the new tront-end certainly shouldn't be idered as a simple facelift. The most
- cortant element of the new package has to
* *ne introduction of drag-and-drop technolo- as part of Cuelist
For those unfamiliar with the software, the !-eiist is basically the program's internal sequencer. After recording and editing your samples, it enables you to arrange them over eight tracks of the AD516 or the four of the
• 01012.
N a brilliant piece of design, the Cuelist has completely overhauled and now pro- . Ses a graphical rather than numerical uproach to the problem of sequencing samples.
Better still, everything is now totally mouse- anven with a new drag-and-drop approach combining existing tracks into a mono or stereo pre-mix - thereby freeing the component tracks for fresh recording.
Combine the power of the Cuelist with the program's existing ability to record and adjust fader and pan positions in real time and you have arguably the best truly non-lin- ear direct-to-disk recording and editing system on any platform However in the case of SunRize, internal talents are only the beginning.
As you may already know, Studio 16 has a natural affinity with the Amiga's premier sequencing package Bars &Pipes Pro 2.
Thanks to the ability of both SunRize boards to generate SMPTE timecode which can be passed internally to software.
MULTIMEDIA Better still, the SunRize controls can even appear within the B&PPro2 interface. As a result you’re free to combine the Midi and multimedia talents of the standard sequencer with the sampling exploits of Studio 16, As you'd expect, the primary use for the SunRize within B&PPro2 is to provide live virtual tracks which sync precisely with the Midi output of the sequencer, thereby brings vocals, guitar and other formerly analogue elements into a truly digital environment.
It’s also possible to append individual samples to specific Midi notes, thereby enabling drum tracks and vocal hooks to be built-up from the profusion of CD-based sample libranes on the market.
In addition to software, Studio 16 also provides a direct link to digital video via the same SMPTE generation used by B&PPro2.
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The 1994 World Cup is coming this Summer and along with it are about a billion football games. The one which looks like becoming the firm favourite for the top spot is Kick Off 3 from Anco.
It's the follow up to the legendary Kick Off 2 which shattered sales records and soared to the top of the charts. Kick Off 3 promises to be packed full of dynamic and totally unique new features.
Unlike its predecessors, the third game in the series will be viewed from the side rather from above. New features include special moves such as flick ups and diving headers and 30 different set plays for corners and free kicks giving the most realistic dead ball situations ever.
Over 2,000 frames of animation have been used to create smooth, fast flowing action which the creators say make Kick Off 3 the most realistic soccer game ever.
We shall see if what they say is true when it arrives later this year, but by an accounts Kick Off 3 is going to be absolutely massive.
O D ¦ D he Return of Dark Seed Software publisher Cyberdreams has announced that Dark Seed will soon be available for the Amiga CD32. Dark Seed, winner of the highly coveted Software Publisher's Association Award for Best Fantasy Role Playing Adventure Program, has sold over 135,000 units worldwide, and continues to be a bestselling product among science-fiction enthusiasts.
Cyberdreams collaborated with Surrealist HR Giger to produce the gothic horror adventure. Giger is world renown for his work on feature films such as Alien, Poltergeist and Alien 3.
Giger revolutionised the look of science- fiction with his unique biomechanical style, which depicts the synthesis of biology and technology as they would have evolved without the influence of man.
In Dark Seed you play Mike Dawson, a science-fiction writer who has just moved into a Victorian mansion. As you explore your new home, you discover a gateway to a parallel universe inhabited by sinister and horrific beings whose sole intent is to destroy all o* humanity.
Mike has only three days to solve the mystery or he will undergo an evil and bi2arre transformation.
The CD version of Dark Seed is expecte: to have an enhanced soundtrack including digitised speech and even more spectacuir Giger-inspired graphics, Although it’s not scheduled for an Amiga release, Dark Seed 2 will be released latr this year on the PC, Macintosh and Sega C systems. It will pick up from where the Dark Seed left off and will involve e* more diabolical machinations by the a' of the Dark World.
Dark Seed 2 will take advantat of the latest computer technol* and feature more digitised sounds and mations, plus more importantly expanded story and improved pu« structures.
Hopefully Cyberdreams will eventi release it on the Amiga because I kr there are adventure gamers out there dying to get their hands on the sequel Jin IM aasunoaiu Empire take off Valhalla from Vulcan Not a company to rest on their laurels, Empire have got a huge bundle of releases planned from now and until the end of the year. We've already previewed Oreamweb and Cyberspace, both of which are due for a Summer release, but Empire have got some more delightful nuggets of software tucked up their sleeves.
Due for release in June is the creatively-titled Empire Soccer which apparently captures all the excitement and fast paced action of the World Cup competition. Empire Soccer will feature an extraordinary depth of gameplay coupled with some dazzling high resolution 256-colour graphics.
On the pitch you'll be able to perform moves such as diving headers, banana kicks, overhead kicks, back passes and power shots. Empire are trying to put emphasis on the games smooth scrolling and it’s highly reactive ball and players.
Empire’s second release, The Dawn of Aerial Combat, is a return to the skies with a state-of-the-art World War I flight simulation. Each event is played out in superb 3D with full control of 15 aircraft. The game takes a detailed look at dozens of actual situations from WW1 and provides background information on real-life aces and planes.
Scheduled for a September release, The Dawn of Aerial Combat is looking very good indeed and you can expect a in-depth System preview in the near future.
Sega has announced that work has ceased on t!
Cartridge machine and is being switched to a sir tined initially for the US and European markets.
Mars is different from the Jupiter in that it is 16-bit hardware and is designed to fit into the like the Master System Power Base converter.
3DO’s UK launch has now been given the pros looks as though the UK price will be a lot lowei is due to the price being cut in the States. The s States which is around £300.
3DO software is steadily increasing and the I titles that should be out between March and M« Sewer Shark. Out Of This World and the Psygnos Sega Japan have just launched a new hand-hi tied the Megajet at a cost of around £90. The rr screen is currently being used on first class Japa SvSTEf!)
Lechnologij The section where we shine a spotlight on the major players in the computer industry and their latest and forthcoming hardware and software Vulcan Software are a brand new software house who are hoping to make a name for themselves in the Amiga marketplace.
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which has been in production for almost a year and is sched
uled for a June release Billed as a speech adventure, Vulcan
claim that Valhalla is the very first game of its type on the
Amiga. The finished version will have a handful of disks
entirely dedicated to the aural side of the product.
The game is viewed from a top- down perspective of the main character, Valhalla, an innocent elfish kind of creature.
The finished product will be a collection of logical problems which get gradually more and more complex as you progress through the levels.
Programmed by two graduates, Lisa Tunnah and Paul Hale Carrington, Valhalla is looking very impressive and Vulcan's first entry into the cut-throat world of Amiga games could well become a big success.
Ocean get Mighty Mighty Max is an inch-high adventurer who is currently a top-selling toy across Europe and the US. Not only does he appear in a range of toys, but he has his own television series and range of videos.
It thus comes as no surprise that Mighty Max, via the software talents of Ocean, is going to appear in his very own computer game.
True to the futuristic theme of the cartoon, the game features an innovative split screen two player mode. During the fast-paced action, Mighty Max must recover as many as 400 components of the world's most powerful weapon before his arch-enemy, SkullMaster, uses it to destroy the Earth. In two-player mode, each player will have separate components to assemble, and each is able to sabotage the others attempts. With five scenes, each with five levels, of frantic head-to-head action, Mighty Max is, allegedly, set to make a mighty mark on the Amiga at the end of the year.
Other Ocean news involves their Hit Squad budget label. Recent negotiations have lead to Ocean acquiring the rights to republish 12 of Virgin Interactive's software titles.
Paul Millar, the Hit Squad Sales Manager, commented: "The Hit Squad is synonymous with value for money and quality and the Virgin titles will certainly strengthen our position as the best budget label around.
"All of the 12 titles are outstanding in their own right and I am proud to have them in the Hit Squad portfolio."
The Virgin deal will add to the label's already impressive line-up of titles such as Lure of the Temptress, Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker, Dune, Archer Maclean's Pool, Realms, Supremacy, KGB, Reach for the Skies, Shuttle, Dune 2. Legend of Kyrandia and Cannon Fodder.
All of these signings are due for release within the next year Jill 1IM 131 Svsitm ?glBctmn5 £ Skidmarks Acid Software's racer has got gorgeous graphics, superb sound, is highly playable and unbelievably addictive. It's a very polished racer that totally destroys all of its competitors. I could go on for hours praising this game, but I really only need say two words - buy it.
SBfc"' f T&g I r% Bum Simon the Sorcerer Adventure Soft's game is cram-packed with puzzles, funny quips and silly asides. While it's a title that you're not meant to take too seriously, it will give you plenty to think about if you're to complete it. Simon the Sorcerer is a very large, well thought-out graphical adventure that'll keep you happy and out of harm's way in the land of giants, fairies and dwarves The scores on the doors Our rigorous scoring system explained In tfiis section we tell you which pieces of software have shined over the last few months and why they should have a place in
your games collection As part of the new look and feel of the software section we have taken a fresh look at the way we score our reviews. In our opinion, review scores have lost their context as percentages; some products have been receiving scores which were only a few percentage points short of perfection, when in truth the products were only marginally above average.
OK, so the scores might seem unnaturally low at first but that’s only because other scoring systems tend to be on the high side and perhaps not as comprehensive or honest as they could be.
In the long run you'll receive a more concise and reader-oriented review that's geared towards the consumer.
0-20 This is given to the lowest of the low 21-30 An all-round poor game that may have a single saving grace 31-40 Just below the average, perhaps let down by a few indiscretions.
41-55 Games of this score are roughly average with 50 being a perfectly average score.
Man Utd Premier league Champions I've thrown away my copies of Sensible Soccer and Goal because Krisalis have created an ultimately more satisfying football game that will appeal to the true football fan.
The graphics are nicely presented and highly realistic.
Couple this with its level of playability and addiction and you've got a hell of a game on your hands. Goal and Sensible Soccer fans will want to have this game's babies. Buy it and float to football heaven.
56-66 This is an above average game and is worth buying. For this reason it would be awarded the BRONZE award.
Labyrinth of Time The bottom line is that Labyrinth is a superb addition to the adventure genre. It has amazing stylised graphics and a level of depth and playability seldom found in computer games these days It's great news for punters who've put faith in Commodore and the CD32 because this is a title which starts to truly show a little of the machine's capability.
67-77 A game of high quality that we have no reservation in recommending. Anything of this ilk would be given the SILVER award.
Hero Quest 2: legacy of Sorasil Legacy is very easy to pick up, using a point-and-dick system in conjunction with the mouse. This is typical of every aspect of Sorasil - generally it's easy to use and even easier to find your self absorbed within.
This combination of D&D style rules blended in with the visual aspects of combat and spell-casting will make Hero Quest 2 an instant success with RPG lovers.
K240 OK, SO it might not have spectacular graphics or sound, but it has it where it counts and that is in the gameplay and addiction departments. I'm finding it really hard to fault K240, but I suppose if you play enough it will eventually get a bit unvaried, but the later aliens are incredibly tough and will take a lot of experienced K240 playing to beat.
Gremlin's space strategy is a truly engrossing game that will keep you awake until the early hours and I heartily recommend it as this month's game to get your mitts on.
78-89 A brilliant title. Definitely worth buying and almost the definitive of its kind. This standard of game would receive the GOLD award.
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HoNMrooodi nonritfy w«nattMd»Wn2dM _ _ Ptesfi iErni hr ¦ iNtowhfchequei (NMAAOCjm .Postcode. Tel MX PORT OftDNAi WELCOME The rain doesn't depress you in Manchester. You get that much of it that after a while that it becomes just a mild irritation. In this instant it's doing me no favours. I'm late, lost and having trouble finding my intended destination, It can't be that tough though, this is Chorltomcum- Hardy. The Chorlton, of Chorlton and the Wheelies fame. The home of the most famous animation studio's in the United Kingdom, Cosgrove Hall.
The company that bought you Danger Mouse, Duckula, Wind in the Willows, and, perhaps to their eventual cost the full-length animated film The Big Friendly Giant.
Back in the middle 80s, Cosgrove Hall was undoubtedly the largest employer of Manchester's creative population, and churning out hour after hour of television quality animation.
That is, until the recession began to bite harder than one of Baron Greenback's monster creations, and Cosgrove Hall began to collapse.
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Q. and cartoons, the TV compa- nies saw them as old hat, and
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Suddenly, the streets of Manchester were littered with animators and background artists. Fortunately Art l attack include complicated animated introductions.
Simon Clays visits a Manchester animation studio to meet animator extraordinaire Vincent James . I.I 6 I CO38 ------*1 JAMES POND f jfe R0B0C0D though, as one medium began to dry up, another one emerged.
In this case it was due to the advent of CD technology, and the software industry's desire to improve the quality of its product with introductions and link animations.
As this research information runs through my head once more. I suddenly notice the rain distorted sign I'm after, the key to my destination and home to Fat City Films.
Fat City, along with a couple of other Manchestr based animators, have managed to break into a fie-: that could have never become a reality if technology hadn't intervened, The man who initiated this slight swagger awai from TV animation into the world of computer gam* is Fat City company director, Vincent James.
Sitting back in the comfort of Fat City's pape' strewn offices, I sip coffee and wait for Vincent, ft feels homely, and I can't work out whether u s How it's done... Ofat City receive the script, some ideas generated by meetings and a storyboard ©A first draft of the moving animations is drawn and then sharpened into a blue- line animation, This is then transferred onto video, and shown to Millennium, ©Following an approval by Millennium, the animation is tidied through a process called clean-up. In this procedure the blue-lines are inked over and tidied up.
lUk Then the line drawings are photo- Vdfcr copied onto transparent cells using heat imaging. Then the background artists, Aileen Raistrick and Michelle Graney, paint the background cells on the reverse of the cell using water-based paints.
The different layers having gone through the same processes are all put together. To avoid mistakes all the action is tied up using a field size. Basically, this is a square which aligns each layer, and allows the animators to know exactly where something is taking place.
©From here, the finished cells are taken to film. Animation is generally filmed on 16mm, 35mm and Hi-band video. From here, the film is sent to be processed.
If the rush print meets the required standard, then it goes to editing and splicing. Then, the rush print is sent back to the processors and the answer print comes through.
Then, if Millennium are satisfied with the answer print, the film goes to dubbing for sound to be added.
The only exception to this whole procedure is if lip-synching is required; then, this needs to be added at a much earlier stage.
Oecause everywhere I look I'm seeing wall-mounted televisual icons from my youth like Danger Mouse, enfold and Duckula, or whether it is just plain comfortable.
Vincent appears, and after a short bout of cursing ousy schedules we get down to the business of the morning. After a few words about some of the Earned shots on the wall, I eventually managed to ask Vincent how he got started in animation.
“I left school with no formal kind of art qualification. In fact, I had a job at Aerospace. But, I hated it that much I left for a job in a design studio.
"They were knocking out rag-mags and that kind of thing, and ever so often there'd be some form of spot cartoon, which I got into doing."
"This went on for about five years, until Cosgrove Hall approached me. Having seen some of my strips they asked me to join."
Vincent explains that Cosgrove Hall were just on the verge of massive expansion: "When I started there, there were about 60 of us, six months later and there were 120 - it was crazy."
On this note, the conversation swings around to Vincent's work at Cosgrove Hall. "While the majority of the animation staff were involved on BFG, five of us were busily creating Duckula in collaboration with the American cable channel Nickelodeon."
“I was frustrated and decided to freelance. After ?
That I went to Leeds and worked on a project called Fiddly Foodleburg. It was a totally spaced-out cartoon series. I mean totally drug-oriented and created by this burnt out old hippy.
“But, some good did come of it, as I learned all the other techniques of animation like camera and sound, things that at Cosgrove Hall you'd never have been allowed to learn. Oh. And I met Aileen, who does all the painting of the backgrounds in Pond."
And this moved us very neatly onto the subject of James Pond, and Fat City's association with Millennium Interactive- Pond Three features an animated introduction which some of you may well have seen extracts from on the CD32 version of Pond 2.
Vincent explained how the two companies came together: "I met Millennium because of a mate I had from my freelance days- He said he'd got some design work from this computer place."
“They turned out to be Millennium, and needed someone to design their animation sequence for them. Anyway. I met them and got the job."
"We were going to do the backgrounds, but we soon found out that it wouldn't be that sensible a thing to do. The.main reason being that it's just too technical for us."
PROBLEMS “They had a lot of trouble with our drawings. You see, computer artists repeat things and loop different backdrops. It was killing usl “We were just drawing backgrounds, and they thought they were lovely, but they ended up in the bin because they would have soaked up that much memory."
With this in mind I asked Vincent what kind of problems they encountered during production.
"Problems, problems, yes. There were plenty We produced a test piece that didn't work [laughs]. We did watercolour wash backgrounds, and of course they have a watery look to them. And, because the girls mix paints randomly, the colours are impossible to match."
Having visited Millennium Interactive on several occasions. I’ve always found them to be quite a progressive go-ahead team. The products they release are quite innovative, so I'm interested to find out what the relationship is like.
“They're not awful [laughs louder], they're a good bunch of guys. But in terms of animation they don't really know what they’re on about. They tend to be really finnicky about little things."
"Basically there's a clash between art-based cre- atives and computer creatives. They both want to achieve roughly the same thing but go about them in completely different ways."
As the tempo and volume of the conversation shifts up a gear, we slip into computer games in general: i "What happens at the moment is that the nonartists, in the shape of programmers, make the games, and use us to fill in missing bits."
"But these guys aren't trained animators. In fact, they don't know the first thing about techniques of character movement, they just guess."
"Most of the games lack invention. The games houses think they create stylised characters, but they have no idea how to bring something to life.
'Most of them are still in the mid-80s using bloody air-brushes on muscle-bound blokes or marine-boy clones. They haven't got a clue."
Following this line of enquiry further, I’m curious to establish if Fat City have designed any computer game characters of there own.
"Yes, we’ve done a couple of things. We did some work on a game Millennium have got coming out soon called Pinkie. For Pinkie we did some of the ingame animation, and the title sequence."
Vincent went on to explain how he came to be working on Pinkie: “I first saw Pinkie When it first arrived at Millennium. I was down there by chance, and these guys started hawking this thing they'd got."
"It was one of the nicest things I'd seen. I loved the colours and the palette they’d used on the backgrounds - quite psychedelic."
"We're also doing some of the character move- f ' 1 * ec »v A A ments for James Pond Four. They fax down sc rough outlines, and we give them back three dr ent versions of actions, like thrusting or jumping."
Order to move During my visit to Fat City Films I met up with Paul Johnson who was given the arduous task of explaining the techniques employed in manufacturing animation for the Pond and Pinkie sequences.
While in conversation Paul, a 25-year-old graduate in animation, told me that before he'd worked for Fa: City and done a stint at Catalyst, the company that animated the introduction to Soccer Kid.
Paul described the method through which Millennium get animated game movements off Fat City.
"Millennium send down a set of storyboards and rough character designs. Trial and error has already told us that there are certain things you can't do on a computer.* “For example, characters can't walk up or down slopes any steeper than 22 degrees, if the hill is steep*' then the character just doesn't look right."
"Anyway, being well aware of the pitfalls, we then draw rough pencil animation cycles. Obviously, we'l.
Redesign anything we think's a little flawed."
“Then, the pencil animations are cleaned up and turned into what we call blue-line animations (which speak for themselves). These are then transferred from film onto video, and we send them off to Millennium to be transferred into Dpaint"
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"More importantly, we're actually doing a g called Mega-Mite. It's kind of reversing the prc that we've worked under before."
As it's a project that's been kept pretty tigl under wraps. Vincent takes me down another av and begins to enthuse about the future: "Not long ago, you couldn't have this type of mation in computer games. Now, we have inserts between levels and all sorts."
COMPUTER GAMES "I remember the early attempts to convert ar tion to CD. It was all jerky because it missed fra Now technology has shifted a little further and put it straight onto a CD."
"I'm not too up on computers, but I hear raving about full motion video. The potential interactive animation is huge."
Drawing to a dose, I ask whether computer are proving to be a lucrative new avenue for ar tors: "On the whole computer games have been healthy for animators. At the end of the day it's1 I mean you want to make a Tom 'n‘ Jerry, but got to pay the bills."
Glancing down I notice my empty coffee Vincent follows my stare, offers to re-fill my mug i politely informs me that he's got to fly off to Having one of final query, I push my luck and ask who his favourite cartoon characters is.
The answer comes immediately, and wit* authority that is without question: "Felix the Cat without a doubt, He i$ the designed character of all time. Simplicity in essence, and 50 years ahead of its time."
With this, the meeting comes to a close, Vir on his way to Leeds and I'm back on the anir streets of Chorlton.
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.129J J Iltt MiMPMMSKriiMniinrei i Sierra World Cup Soccer 1 and distance, 4,000 frames of player animation, and a 3D view for fast and smooth graphics.
Other features will include a replay option with fast forward, rewind and freeze frame; animated sequences of referees and injuries to players; and digitised sound and speech effects.
W H Sierra Soccer liven up the game with animated sequences such as this red card incident I 1 » 1 ILSA 0 0 Br«l!
Ith the forthcoming World Cup this June, many software houses have seen a great opportunity for a swift marketing ploy - namely bring out as many football titles as possible to cash in on World Cup fever which is bound to hit the country. But never before are we going to be so spoiled for choice, as the reviews on these three pages show.
Introduction Sierra are making their way onto the football simulation scene with Sierra Soccer. From what we've seen the game will have a whole host of options and features.
It can boast built-in intelligence for accurate computer simulation, a new free kick and corner directional system allowing you to choose height World Cup USA '94 US Got: This major World Cup tie-in will contain many variables you can alter, like being able to change the glue factor, whether you prefer to play the ball sticking to your foot or whether you like it to bounce away from you.
Many features from other football games have been added to World Ga USA and so it promises to be one & the most comprehensive release&| around.
The game is set for release arw*tf June - just in time for the start of vm World Cup.
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Thirty-two top international teams, each with their own distinct playing styles, compete for the World Cup. The main change is to be the game's view, from overhead to side-on.
Steve Screech, one of the original programmers of Kick Off 2, is overseeing the development, while Enigma Variation will be dealing with the coding.
The SNES version is nearing completion and it's already looking impressive, but the Amiga version promises to be a lot faster as well. The game can boast 2,000 frames of animation and state-of-the-art sound effects.
New options will include practice, arcade and simulation modes. At any point in the game you will be able to access match reports or give team pep talks to give your players specific instructions.
Graphically the game contains a lot of detail Sensible World of Soccer Sensible Software Renegade Renegade and Sensible Software are looking to release The Sensible World of Soccer sometime in August of this year. The game promises to be different in that it will combine all aspects of a good management game, while retaining its original playability.
As team manager, the player can choose from 1,500 world club sides from any one of the world's main leagues. Try your hand at either manager, player or a combination of the two. Thus the game should appeal to both the management strategy buffs and the arcade player.
Sponsorship A common trend in sports games, football games in particular, is to get a big name to endorse your product. What bigger name than Manchester United?
We talked to Tim James, Krisalis's PR man, about their Manchester United Trilogy. Tim James is far from being boastful when he says that the trilogy has been the most successful product that Krisalis have released.
The original idea of managing director Tony Kavanagh, it was obviously a good move, but how much of it do they believe was down to the product, rather than the name behind it?
Tim is quick to point out that no matter what a product is called, the actual game is what counts, and it’s all down to how successful the programmers have been.
However in the early days, with Krisalis still establishing themselves, Tim believes that having such a licence behind their first United release did a great deal to increase their credibility.
Having such a club behind their game could have its drawbacks, namely that fans from rival clubs will avoid their game on principle. But Tim has no doubts that having Manchester United behind them does not have disadvantages.
He believes that as one of the most successful clubs in Europe they have gained great respect from football fans even those from rival clubs. As opposed to choosing other big clubs such as Liverpool, Arsenal and Leeds, Manchester United have earned much admiration for what they stand for.
However. Manchester United didn't have a great deal of say in the development of the game, unlike some of Krisalis's other releases such as their Graham Taylor licence where Taylor played a large part in helping create the right statistics and features for the game. Manchester United simply placed their trust in the experts and left them to it.
As for the future, there are no United releases on the horizon but Krisalis have just renewed their contract with the team. So, who knows, perhaps Manchester United - Premiere League and FA Cup champions?
»tba Taking a peek into the distant future, Rage plan to release a sequel to Striker sometime near Christmas. Efforts have been made to make the game as realistic as possible, using animation from real footage.
A lot of work has gone into the computer intelligence aspect of the game, as a common complaint about Striker was that it became too easy to beat.
?SYSTEM* Empire Soccer Empire software This game will involve special team powers as well as the usual moves, such as Super Barge enabling you to knock down an opponent for up to ten seconds.
Other features include a full statistical game analysis at half time and Comical Cameo sequences for goals, bookings and the like. The game uses 256-colour graphics and 400 frames of arcade-style play.
Choose from one of the 24 national teams in this year's World Cup, each one having been studied to match the playing style and ability of the real squad, and guide them to World Cup success.
Five skill settings will ensure that the game will appeal to all, from the novice to the expert. Expect this one to hit our shelves around June.
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new players to buy If all this football arcade madness is
already becoming too much, there are alternatives.
Management games are becoming increasingly popular with those who prefer a game that requires a bit of thought and strategy with their football. The Premier Manager duo and Championship Manager are among the most popular of this particular genre.
The idea behind them is to take on the role of team manager and lead your squad to success.
Things such as keeping your ground, squad, and money under control become part of your job. In short, all the responsibilities of a manager become yours.
Even a platformer has taken up the football theme, in Krisalis's Soccer Kid, with a football-kicking sprite. The game was acclaimed for its brilliant graphics and unusual playability.
Alternatively, if you'd like a football game but don't want to bother with all the rules then try the sequel to Brutal Sports Football, called Brutal Sports Soccer - soon to be released.
While Brutal Sports Football was based on American Football, this release will centre loosely around British football, with the same idea behind It; of beating the living daylights out of your opponent.
The management Sensible Soccer Renegade This is a basic port-over from the original but the sound effects seem to have been enhancec to really create the all-important matc- atmosphere.
Playability remains as smooth and addiaivt as ever. The sprites do seem a little inferior t: more recent games and lack the animatior but when gameplay is this good it perhaps isn't that essential and there are plenty c* options to tailor the game to your needs.
John Barnes European Football Buzz Another basic port-over for the CD is Joh* Barnes European Football, released o- Krisalis's budget label, Buzz. It is set around the European Football Championships a-: contains advanced features such as intellige- defensive walls, aftertouch and action replays The game runs at arcade speed and makes of a stereo soundtrack.
To the future With all the leaps in graphics and sound appearing across the gaming genres, the question on most footy fans' lips is - what's the next generation of Sensible Soccers going to look like?
The Sega Saturn, to be released at the end of this year, could give a solid hint as to the direction the genre is moving in. Saturn Soccer is from the makers of the much-touted Virtua series (racing, fighters) and from the early preview shots glimpsed at the recent CE5 show, it looks like quite a stormer.
Featuring multiple imaginative views of the action and full polygon graphics, this is shaping up to be quite a title on the visuals side. Whether it can match the playability of the likes of Sensible Soccer is another question altogether.
Likewise, FIFA Soccer on the 3D0 features panning, zooming and digitised players, producing breathtaking results, but as Steve Dunn, the programmer of Sierra Soccer, says: "The playability [of the next generation] could be fractionally better, but not desperately better."
Tim James of Krisalis is very much adamant about putting playability before graphical enhancements. He sees the next step as heading towards more individuality for the players - how well they run, kick and handle. These are techniques which they have already used in their Manchester United Premier League I Champions, and he hopes that bringing more managerial skills to the game wt? I produce a more rounded and varied experience.
If you shout at a player, you'll be able to see the results in the next match - 1 may well be better on pitch and move faster or, alternatively, sulk and not pla, the best of his abilities.
Virtual reality is regarded by some as being the ultimate way forward, and vr I viable option for the future - could it be possible that a few years down the i «• I we'll be able to slip a VR head unit on and take part in the ultimate football «* • I rience as we race around Wembley stadium with the roar of fans echoing in o-rl ears?
The one important factor that has been present in many of the classics is playability - this must be one of the most consistently addictive genres, prov -• the player with hours of fun and frustration.
Hopefully, the introduction of CD technology, faster processors and fancy m bilities won't detract from the previous quality of gameplay which has made * genre what it is today.
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Whole bundle of games lined up. Jonathan Maddock talks to the people behind Universe, just one release coming your way soon c H ing his eccentric Uncle George who is an inventor.
Boris, being the naive chap he is, sits in a strange pod machine and get transported to another dimension. That's where the adventure begins. System ore Design are one of those companies who strive for quality and not quantity. A bad game from Core is a very rare occurrence. Over the next few months, you are going to be constantly bombarded by their products and I'm happy to report that, true to form, there isn't a bad game in their latest batch of releases.
One such game planned for a July 94 release is Universe. This graphic text adventure has been created by the same development team who were responsible for the critically acclaimed Curse of Enchantia.
It's all about a journey into a futuristic parallel universe which contains a dimension of cosmic rivalry and warring alien races. The story begins as an ordinary lad called Boris Verne is visitpopped down to Derby to talk to Gary, Jim, Stu and Rolf, the team who developed Universe; this is what they had to say about life, the universe and the game that could become the one of best graphic adventures on the Amiga; Q: What did you do before you started work at Core Design?
Gaz; I worked for another software company and did such games as Scooby & Scrappy Doo, Yogi Bear and numerous others Ibudget titles] that I can't be arsed to remember.
Jim; I spent three years in oblivion at university supposedly studying computer systems engineering.
Stu; I got up in the mornings, pretended to go to college but didn't, hung around outside in minus 90 degree temperatures and hung out with my girlfriend.
Rolf: Before Core Design, I had done several illustrations for book covers, worked for Games Workshop etc, all after doing an architecture degree.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for Universe?
Nally had for a film script. That never went anywhere so I decided to turn it into a game.
Q: What makes Universe different from every other adventure? Are there any unique features?
Gaz: Yes there are some unique features; SPAC (Super Pre-Adjusted Colours) mode for one. SPAC mode allows the display of up to 2S6 colours on a normal Amiga 500.
Jim: Also, the music system is similar to LucasArts' Imuse in that it changes depending on the current mood of the game. We've never see that before on the Amiga.
Stu: The main character, Boris, a s. scales, which is pretty unusual on th» Amiga. Boris was rotoscoped to get re* istic basic moves (eight-directional wah cycles, pick up etc). Any other moves an hand-drawn and animated by us.
Q: Universe will appear on th* Amiga CD32. What additional ft* tures can we expect to see?
Rolf: Due to the fact that the A500 vision is already in 2S6 colours, ther* shouldn't be that much of a difference graphically. We will be using mor* shades though, as the A500 only has .
Shades per colour whereas the CD32 ha
Jim: We're also looking into speech r the CD32 version, but we're not too s about that at the moment.
Gaz; Of course there will be ttv expected CD music rather than the fotf 1 channel Amiga stuff.
Q: What do you think of the new dr based technology ?
Stu: Which CD technology? The CD1 doesn't in our opinion live up to tv hype.
Jim: Yes, it's just a A1200 with a CD drive bolted on as an afterthought.
Caz: It's the only CD drive I know of which can't actually fade music!
Rolf: But it does have the Planar chip n there... somewhere!
Gaz: It's just a pity it's not any use.
All: Yeah... It's really great.
Q: Explain the processes involved in designing a game (from simple sketches to finished product): Rolf: We'll tell you when we find out.
Stu: There's not really a definitive way of designing a game. Everyone does it differently.
Jim: We start by having a meeting where everyone in the team sits around, drinks coffee and talks over ideas that they'd like to see in the game. We then work out which bits of the initial design are feasible.
Gaz: And then we do the business... Stu: Rolf will start by roughly sketching out the general layout of the scenes before he starts to paint them. Once they're painted, they are scanned in using a flat-bed scanner and a PC and touched up if necessary, Rolf: We then subject the nice picture to SPAC mode which converts the original Scanned image so that the Amiga can display it in 256 colours.
Jim: This usually needs considerable touching up, but it's worth it in the end Stu: We (Jim and myself) then do the background animations and sprites in the palette dictated to us by SPAC mode.
Gaz: Generally the process is a long one which would take up far too much space here to really go into any depth.
* Q: Your previous adventure, Curse of Enchantia, used a icon
control system. Universe will use a text system. What
benefits do you get from this new system of control and how
easyldifficult was it to implement?
Rolf: Conversations between characters in Universe is one benefit.
Jim: Yeah, it's not really possible to have a conversation using icons, is it?
Gaz: Benefits? It worksl Stu: I no longer have to draw stupid things like "pay respect to the dead" in a 24 by 24 pixel icon.
Q: Universe will incorporate some arcade sequences. This has been done before unsuccessfully in games like Operation Stealth and Indiana Jones. What will these sequences be like in Universe?
Jim: We are aware that previous adventures have suffered considerably due to the inclusion of arcade sequences so we've kept this in mind.
Generally, adventure players don't want arcade pieces in their games so we've not dwelled upon them in Universe.
Gaz: The ones that are there are short and simple and should make an interesting break in the game, Rolf: You won’t be spending hours try* ing to get past them in other words.
Q: Finally, in not more than 20 words, tell our readers why they should run out to their local shopping emporium to buy Universe... All: At this point, we'd like to sing a song: J "Universe.
Universe, it's better than bad, it's good!'.
Whoops, that's 21 words!
INTRODUCTION Beneath You take on the role of Robert Foster, who as a youngster crash-landed in a desolate place known only as the Cap. With his parents dead, Robert was taken in and fostered by Tribesmen.
Treated as one of the tribe, Robert learned to survive by hunting and scavenging. As years passed he started to discover new talents such as building robots and one of them, Joey, became his constant companion.
Then one day the eldest tribesman had a premonition of the evil that was coming to the Gap.
That evil was the security helicopter. After the Commander had threatened the old tribesman with death, Robert came out of hiding and was promptly abducted by brutal security forces and brought to a place called Union City.
His fate is in your hands as he talks to people and explores the area around him, in an attempt to discover why he was brought to the city.
Right at the start of the adventure you find that Foster has escaped from the wreck of the helicopter in which he was kidnapped. You must ensure that he eludes security in order to discover his past and his destiny.
Entering Reich's room you have a swift look around, hut the only place worth investigating is under his pillow where he keeps his magazines. Ahem I h h art of Dave Gibbons and it quite literally m W took my breath away- If you've never read Watchmen then right after this review I urge you to go out and buy it and if you haven't got the cash, beg or steal yourself a copy.
Dave, who previously worked on popular weekly 2000AD, tried and failed to make a Watchmen game, but he still had the computer bug and has now joined up forces with Revolution Software, whose previous software credits include the highly acclaimed Lure of the Temptress, to work on Beneath a Steel Sky.
Two years in the making. Revolution Software have significantly enhanced their unique Virtual Theatre system and created a game that is six times bigger than Lure of the Temptress.
The Virtual Theatre system allows all the characters to realistically move about independently in their world. For instance, if you find a character in a certain room, don't expect them to be there when you return.
As with most games of this genre, the adventure is all controlled via the mouse and clicking on objects or characters will cause the hero of the game to interact with them.
Entitled Watchmen, which featured the A few years ago I bought a graphic novel Dave Gibbons began his comics career in
1973. A frequent contributor to the magazine 2000AD, he
illustrated such renowned strips as Harlem Heroes, Dan Dare
and Rogue Trooper for that publication.
Gibbons has also worked on the popular Doctor Who strip, and in 1982 he began his association with DC Comics, drawing the Green Lantern series.
His work with Alan Moore on Watchmen helped win him a Best Writer Artist combination award at the 1987 Jack Kirby Comics Industry Awards ceremony.
Monthly magazine, Q, said Watchmen was “The most advanced comic yet, one which elevates the medium from the mere childish diversion to the level of an artform".
Jonathan Maddock grabs his trusty mouse and clicks his way into a state of adventuring bliss, courtesy of Virgin and Revolution Software There isn't a lot to shout about on the sound front and is infact quite weak.
The atmospheric introduction music is adequate enough, but you've heard it several times before. Actual in-game sound effects are few and far between. This is about the only disappointing thing about Beneath a Steel Sky, A nice touch of gentle music playing throughout wouldn't have gone a miss.
I know there are people out there who don't like their adventur* ing thought-processes disturbed by meddlesome tunes, but for those kind of people there is always the volume switch.
Some of the in-game sound effects are really bad. Especially the alarm at the beginning of the story which sounds like a bad case of flatulence, and although it does cause much hilarity it isn't really an excuse for bad sound WJTjM effects.
Visually. Beneath a Steel Sky is just about as sexy as Amiga graphics get. I guess a lot of it is down to the amazing talents of Dave Gibbons who not only is responsible for designing part of the actual game and creating the back* ground graphics, but also kindly provided Beneath a Steel Sky with a brilliant scene-setting 8-page comic book.
The game starts with a brief, but well-animated introduction of the security helicopter crashing with the hero escaping amidst a hail of bullets, but then you are plunged straight into the actual adventure.
Revolution's adventure features some exceptional character sprites and some jaw- droppingly good backgrounds and when compared to previous games of this genre it literally outshines them all.
The animation is smooth and fluid and you really get a sense that each sprite has its own character and personality. Even just small sections of Beneath a Steel Sky are worth mentioning.
For instance, if I told you there's a bit where a cat jumps off a bed, you wouldn't be that impressed, but it is so well animated that you actually feel like telling everyone about it.
I have tried, but failed to knock the graphics in the game simply because they are so damn perfect. I doff my cap to Dave Gibbons and the graphic artists that have obviously worked so hard on Beneath a Steel Sky.
When entering Burke's Bio Surgery you are faced with a hologram receptionist who won't let you In. But perhaps talking to your robot chum might solve a few problems There are loads of previous adventures I could compare Beneath a Steel Sky to, in fact far too many to name here, but classics like The Secret of Monkey Island 2 spring to mind.
There are certain points in Revolution's graphic adventure where humour pops up and this is very reminiscent of the witticisms found in US Gold’s swash-buckling Monkey Island 2.
One of the better adventures that you could compare it to is • previous release of Revolution Software. Lure of the Temptress.
Lure featured some luscious graphics, some good atmosphe sound effects and incorporated the then revolutionary Virtual Theatre system.
The story is all about a chap called Diermont and his mission to free the Turnvale Village from the evil clutches of Selena. » apprentice sorceress.
At the time the game received a walloping 92% and a Gamr Gold award. The reviewer at the time summed Lure up by saying "If you're the more patient type of gamer who wants a challenge that will give you months of enjoyment, look no further than lore of the Temptress".
Beneath a Steel Sky is just about one of the best graphic adventures I have played to date on the Amiga. Everything about it just oozes quality and over the last couple of weeks it's been a real pleasure to play.
Before I praise it anymore I should point out its few unfortunate faults. Firstly, it comes on 15 (count 'em!) Disks and you will .without a shadow of a doubt, need a hard drive. The actual installation process takes well over an hour, but why it should take this long is completely beyond me.
I played Beneath a Steel Sky on the A1200 and it kept crashing about every 15 minutes. It's not just me either because another member of the AC team, who was as deeply engrossed in Virgin's adventure as me, experienced the same problems.
Rutting these faults, which do take the edge off the actual brilliance of the game, aside, I would heartily recommend Beneath a Steel Sky to any adventure fan. Why do I recommend it though?
Well, the graphics are good enough to marry and have children with, the gameplay and actual storyline are first-rate, it's easy to play and you just couldn't wish for a better adventure.
The actual puzzles contained within the game do vary from the obvious to the baffling, but you have a lot of fun trying to work them out and when you do a sense of achievement washes over you.
Beneath a Steel Sky is not aimed at the very young market though, because it does have a small amount of swearing and innuendo contained within it. Nothing that shocking, but I'd just thought I'd let you know.
Beneath a Steel Sky was just a whisker away fro - getting a Platinum award, but due to the amour r bugs I suffered I'm now a little bitter and I've consequently knocked the score down. No matter vvh* software comes out, there is little excuse for lett -g bugs get into a game.
Revolution Software have surpassed the amaz. g Lure of the Temptress with their latest adven'.j-* and I congratulate them on making such a fwt adventure game. If it doesn't go to the top of software charts then I think there is simply no jur.*a in this world.
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gamer's favourite gaming period, and there have been a few mostly ill-fated attempts to bring the sweep of this continental struggle to the small screen over the years.
Impressions, whose games have in the past covered just about every other area of conflict, have entered the fray with a game aimed at those who enjoy marshalling lead figures around a tabletop. And those who prefer a more behind-the-lines strategic involvement.
Creating a playable computer game which mimics the movement of thousands of troops on a battlefield is notoriously difficult, and when this is paired with a strategic overview of a four-year war, the task becomes a little daunting.
Can Impressions pull it off? INTRODUCTION When the South began the bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston, in April 1861. They were talcing the first armed steps in a war which was to last four years and cost the lives of 617,000 Americans, two-thirds of whom were destined to die in the charnel houses that were the hospitals of the time.
Despite the initial successes of the Confederate forces, their early military superiority, dashing tactics (particularly in the Shenandoah valley under Jackson and Longstreet), and fanatical commitment could only delay the day when northern industrial and numerical superiority ground them into the dust.
Bull Run, where Stonewall Jackson earned his nickname, was to be followed by a succession of victories and defeats until the turning point of the war at Gettysburg.
There the Confederate invasion of Pennsylvania died, along with Stevie Kennedy dons his uniform as the war gamer’s favourite slaughter subject makes an appearance on the Amiga 23,000 Union troops and 28,000 Confederates, and Robert E Lee had suffered his first defeat.
The psychological effect of the battle on both sides was immense, and the North gradually pushed the Rebs back until, on April 9, 1865, Lee signed the terms of his surrender to his old rival Ulysses 5 Grant in the courthouse of a tiny town called Appomattox.
Ihere c nothing left for ra to do but 90 end General Grant and I mould rather die a thousand deaths Genera Robert E Lee just before his surrender to Grant It had been the bloodiest war in US history, more costly even than World War 2 was to prove.
game's graphics vary in quality and consistency depending upon which screen is
* mg viewed, so while the static information screens and the
strategic maps are quite well drawn, the representation of
battles is poor and based entirely on the existing Impressions
battle system which hasn't changed much for a couple of years.
To the tabletop fanatic used to pushing immaculately modelled and painted figures across intricately detailed fake countryside, the battle scenes will be a particular disappointment. Soldiers are drawn in blocky lo-res and move jerkily across the screen, and the battlefields themselves are about as basic as one can get.
On the other hand, information screens showing historical events from the war itself are easy on the eye, and the map of North America is up to the task.
Graphics during the manoeuvre and strategic phases of the game don't impress m an artistic sense, but they are good enough and the various control options are presented clearly and neatly.
More realistic battle scenes would have given The Blue and the Gray a much better visual appeal, but as this is a more cerebral game than most, it is not as damaging a weakness as it might otherwise have been.
More infuriating by the difficult mouse control when scrolling across the battlefield.
After a few practice battles, though (in one of which my three division Union army was routed by a single understrength Rebel infantry division) the pieces start to fall into place and the depth of the battle system starts to show.
Fighting out a huge affair, such as the first battle of Bull Run, can take a very long time, because when there are 30,000 soldiers on each side you have to knock speed right down and scroll back and forward like a mad thing to keep track of what's going on.
Add the fog of war option and unit re-supply and things become even trickier and time-consuming.
On the whole, though, the war gaming fan will find enough in this game to warrant buying it. Particularly as the tabletop variety takes even longer to organise and play.
Other gamers will scratch their chins in a thoughtful manner and give it a wide berth, but that's only to be expected.
50% 5D° d Split into strategic and tactical sections. The game's simulation of the Civil War is by no means perfect, but it is good enough given the limitations of a two-disk package and a four-year continental war.
Strategy is probably the weakest section, and players are limited in what they can do to affect the outcome of the war. Using train and ship transports properly, destroying railway lines, and judging where and when to commit reserves or raise new divisions are the only real strategic decisions.
As the north's victory was SO dependent upon its numerical and economic strength aided by a naval blockade, some sort of economic dimension to the game would have helped. However, as the war itself consisted mostly of attempts to locate and destroy as many enemy troops as possible, the lack of more subtle elements is acceptable.
In battle mode, poor graphics don't help much, but the battle sysWithout becoming too gruesome, the game does make an attempt at battle noises, with musket volleys, neighing horses, and booming cannons at the appropriate moment, but there's a distinct lack of other touches.
I would have liked a Rebel Yell when the Confederates charge (which, true to life, they often do in this game), and some sort of general battle hubbub, but overall the sound isn't too bad. Music is OK as far as it goes, which isn't far, and there are a couple of attempts at the battle hymns of the time.
Tem itself is well worked out. Troops can be grouped into large formations or used as individual units, and they can be told to form lines two deep, assume skirmishing formation, or even squares.
Each unit has its own firepower, attack, and defence ratings as well as troop quality and morale, all of which have a direct result on game play, and different weapons can have an effect too.
Union troops, for example, have the Sharps and Enfield carbines whereas Confederates use mostly older muskets, and cavalry can be told to use either sabres for maximum effect in charges, or carbines for more static manoeuvres.
In play, moving troops around can be a real pain, and the control system during battles is rather clunky at times. However, so long as the battle speed is kept down (there are ten settings), tabletop players should feel at home with most elements.
If you can see past the graphics and have the patience to play a full battle, then there is a good war gaming system trying to break free of the game design, and fans of the genre should find enough dept- to keep them going.
Ion rm Sixty per cent might seem a generous score for a game which falls over in the graphics side and has a few simulation flaws, but as Impressions are aiming at the war gaming fan and as the battle system is basically sound, The Blue and the Grey comes over as a reasonable attempt at an extensive and unwieldy subject. * The superb manuals help a great deal, and as there are good campaign and battle tutorials the game should be approachable by non-war gamers as well as the experienced weekend general.
To aid the beginner, there's also an excellent 180-page history of the Civil War which covers the material in some depth and in a very readable style.
It takes some time and a lot of patience to get to grips with this game, particularly as the early battles are made 65% sygnosis are not largely regarded for their ¦ efforts in the adventure interest for lovers of this genre.
Now, with the help of Morbid Visions, Psygnosis are re-entering the RPG market with the highly stylised Perihelion.
BRONZI AWARD Perihelion Another foray into doom, gloom and the ultimate demise of the human race?
As ungodly beings emanate from the void, Simon Clays casts a glance at the world of Perihelion Both the introduction and in-game music have obviously been given some thought. How many times in the software world has a game had a I graphical style that didn't quite match the feel c I the music? Countless.
But not so in Perihelion. The curious graphic*' I images complement perfectly the whistle of wine rushing through a building and the deep nas« | reverb of the synthesizer.
Perihelion is an extremely interesting departure from the normal RPG St.* Dungeons & Dragons title. While it's still largely a first-person 3D title, the desigfr ers have attempted to tread a different path on many other aspects of the game For instance, many titles of this genre have a very similar style for represent spells and spellcasting. They are either awarded on graduating your character- rank, found lying around in corners of arcane buildings, or bought from dooj magicians.
In Perihelion the designers have opted for a similar technique as Dungeor Master, with the acolyte in question having to construct the spell from runic syi* As the name suggests, Perihelion is a solar-centric culture, leftovers from an ancient, technocratic society which all but vanished in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust.
The principle relic, as a reminder of that era, is a ruined metropolis named MidUght Our tale begins on this strange futuristic world of Perihelion, where the society is constructed of mutants and surgical and genetically enhanced groups of humanoids.
One such character is Finian, a Bionocron, and student of psionics. It's during his pilgrimage to the Psionic Training Institute that the plot unfolds.
As part of his mental separation of mind and body, he must approach the school through the desert. After a hazardous passage, Finian finds himself in his simple room enduring a preparatory state of meditation before he faces the time of the Mannis.
As he meditates deeper, putting aside the physical pain he has faced through the desert. Finian has a vision. He is out in the desert again, only this time he’s not alone- Finian feels a force, an entity so powerful it totally engulfs his soul. He can only gaze in horror as this great evil moves about him, eventually yanking him high into the air.
Suddenly, the entity relinquishes its grip on and he spirals towards the yellow sand below him. As the dusty void immerses him, he hears a voice, a foreboding, malevolent boom that tells him that the time has come.
The story is relayed back to the head of the institute, who having called a meeting of the Council, informs them that he senses danger, and that their leader Rex Helion must know of these events.
As a response to Finian's prophecy, Rex Helion orders that Project Awakening must be initiated, the premise of which is to safeguard against this unborn evil, thus ensuring the future of Perihelion.
So, there they stood. Six unborn souls ready to do battle with a malignant force that has itself yet to be born. To Rex Helion, Emperor of Perihelion it sounded pure folly, but how many times have the psionics been right before?
The style of Perihelion lends itself to a very traditional sci-fi feel. Many of the themes of cyberpunk societies with neural networking and genetically manufactured humanoids are central to the core of the title. These images have been very well implemented, especially the head-shots of the six genetic warriors you control during play.
The intro sequence too has been well handled. It blends moody futuristic city landscapes with some excellent snippets of animation, and works to great effect.
Though play is a montage of styles, it's comprised mainly of 3D first person perspective. This again, is highly stylised, and reminded me of a downtown Mega City 1 from Judge Dredd.
Its only let down is the repetition of locations. As you wander around the deserted ruins of cities, turning one corner or looking at a building entrance soon leaves you feeling as though you've inherited some of the aforementioned psionic powers of precognition.
Still, on the whole Perihelion looks the part. One can tell that some trouble has gone into the design, arting and feel of every screen that the user interacts with.
To the designers credit much of the effort and polish that have gone into this aspect rubs off on the user's enthusiasm and make it i just a touch more pleasant to use.
Bols. The computer network that your mutated characters can log on to and access, is also a nice extension of concurrent themes.
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The only aspect of Perihelion that let it down slightly was the combat. It's a completely understandable notion to take the user to a separate screen to commence battle; it grants the opportunity to make tactical decisions, aim and effect repairs. But it's where, if a computer game can ever manage it. The fantasy of being real is lost.
However, while it's a little samey in places, Perihelion is a very competent adventure, and I look forward to the next offering from this development team.
Th equipment inventory displays all your hi-tech hit that's available Many of the characters in the game have undergone cybernetic surgery. The term cybernetic is derived from the Greek kuber- nan, "to steer".
It's the science concerned with how systems organise, regulate, and reproduce themselves, and also how they evolve and learn.
In the laboratory, inanimate objects are created that behave like living systems Applications range from the creation of electronic artificial limbs to the running of a fully automated factory where decision-making machines operate up to management level.
Cybernetics was founded and named in 1947 by US mathematician Norbert Wiener, originally the study of control systems using feedback to produce automatic processes.
Us* th* runic symbols fo create psi spells The idea of cybernetics became that popular that TV series were spawned, the most popular being that irrepressible man in the red tracksuit Steve Austin, none Other than the Six Million Dollar Man.
Through the eighties ideas were expanded, and with special effects technology vastly improved, films like James Cameron s Terminator were born.
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INTRODUCTION Darkmere is the first in a line of RPG-style titles from Derby-based Core Design. Due to the time it took to complete. Darkstone (the sequel) will follow very shortly after its older brother.
Little things like swinging signposts and flickering lamps give Darkmere an atmospheric edge SOUND During play, Darkmere concen* trates its efforts on effects, and uses mood music during loading sequences. The sounds effects within each level are crisp and amplify the mood of the play to great effect.
Whether it be the grunt of an angry ore, or the howl of wind through the trees in the forest, they're all extremely well executed.
Classic isometric action. Darkmere is best compared with titles like Cadaver (if anyone remembers it), and very recently Gremlin's Legacy of Sorasil (Amiga Computing No 73, Silver Award winner).
Consisting of three different levels, Darkmere uses a richly stylised technique i is brimming with detail. For example, as you approach the tavern the signpost door is swinging in the wind and the lights that illuminate the paths flicker - r* light as a breeze passes.
The landscape is also extremely detailed with masses of graphical objects to examine, search and interact with.
The animation of your muscle-bound Ebryn, and indeed all of the characters within Darkmere. Is extremely well executed. The character sprites are fairly large and move and fight extremely smoothly.
As you journey around the many varied locations you'll encounter many little extra animations that, although unrelated to the plot, add that extra dimension of realism.
For instance, as you make your way around the town you'll encounter rats, and during a forage through the forest rabbits hop by.
Darkmere is probably the most detailed, isometric title ever to emerge for this genre. The graphics are extremely well suited and are cleverly crafted to give a very atmospheric ‘£raJhic*iprommm feel. Of Darkmere GRAPHICS EOT Set in times of olde, Darkmere is a sad tale of unrequited love. Its plot follows the fortunes of King Gildorn and his son Ebryn. As a young man, Gildorn killed an evil dragon, but was ousted from his homeland for interfering in human destiny Back in his own land, Gildorn was proclaimed King and a time of great prosperity and order began. Sometime later a young female
elf was found wandering the outskirts of the surrounding forest.
Remembering nothing but her name. Berengaria was given shelter by the King. Over the following months. King Gildorn grew closer to Berengaria, eventually falling in love with her.
The romance blossomed and a wedding soon followed.
Glad tidings continued with the news that Berengaria was pregnant, and following tradition, Berengaria disappeared into the forest to give birth.
Time passed, and when the queen did not reappear, Gildorn became anxious and decided to go searching for her.
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GOLD AWARD V J*. ? * x" - „ . ¦ Questing for good has been a talent the Anglo Saxons have relished in for many centuries. Perhaps our most famous religious liberator is Richard I (the Lion-heart). King of England from 1189, he spent all but six months of his reign abroad fighting for Christianity in the Middle East.
Richard and his knights believed that Saladin and his Muslim followers were in dire need of religious instruction through force. This is regardless of the fact that the Muslims tolerated gentiles, and lived side by side until the Christian invasion.
In the third crusade of 1191-92, Richard won victories at Cyprus, Acre, and Arsuf, but failed to recover Jerusalem from Saladin.
Saladin was sultan of Egypt, and born of Kurdish blood. He was renown for his knightly courtesy, and made peace with Richard in 1192.
Following this, Richard returned home to claim his throne from his brother John. Unhappy with peace, Richard looked closer to home and duly went to war with the French. In 1199 he died fighting in France.
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Years passed and the son grew stronger, but the queen never returned. The King grew more and more melancholy as still she didn't return. Instead he took to gazing into his crystal, staring for hours and hours upon time in a vain search for his beloved Berengaria.
The more he gazed, the more the land became a magnet for evil. The ores returned, thieves and cut-throats every one of them. They ravaged the land and went undetected by the King as he withdrew further into the crystal.
Greater evils were rumoured to be spreading around the surrounding lands and forest. Eventually Ebryn approached his distressed father and told him he was going to restore the kingdom to its former glory.
Agreeing that his sorrow has caused neglect, Gildorn tells Ebryn to find his old friend. Malthar the Mage. To aid Ebryn, Gildorn gives him his Elven Blade that is bestowed with Elven power, and a crystal that will allow Ebryn to call for help from him.
With that Ebryn leaves the castle and sets off to uncover the malodorous evil that curses the land.
Mere Fit to die for a caose? Ready to take on an army of darkness? Sharpen ynur blade and enter the domain of the Darkmere OPINION This must Surely rate as one of the best 3D isometric adventures ever to appear on the Amiga. It possesses a haunting style that is completely unique, and seldom achieved in many computer titles.
Character interaction is extremely simple to grasp, and the menu system which helps you negotiate your character through a seemingly endless environment is the essence of simplicity to use.
However, by far the most impressive facet of Darkmere is the graphics. They pay such attention to detail and create such a mood that it gives the adventure an immediate head-start over everything else it competes against.
If I had a criticism - and it's only a minor one - it's that the majority of battles that you engage in are exactly the same and don't require any particular skill to win. For example, whenever you fight against one of the abundant supply of ores, you just hold your Fire button down, point the joystick into one of the attack positions, and the stupid ore just keeps walking into you until it spontaneously combusts.
Nevertheless, Darkmere is a pretty classy title, it’s contained in a huge playing area (be prepared to map), has interesting and very moody graphics, and contains objectives and puzzles that will hold your attention for a good while.
Overhead shoot-'em-ups have quite ||j| l]l|l|h| | [ ! B 1 a heritage in computer games his- UulBIHl I tory. Starting with the fiendishly wWM addictive Robotron. A genre was created and continued down the years with the likes of Gauntlet Commando and Smash TV.
The latter title received some press coverage over the amount of blood spilled with each killing and now, with Total Carnage, this tradition continues.
Violence has always sold games. From the early days of IK+, Barbarian and Moonstone, to the recent Mortal Kombat featuring spinal columns being ripped out of opponents, it's clear that blood-letting is a money spinner.
Total Carnage comes from the makers of Smash TV, a game which included multiple bloody deaths in a glamorised scenario. While the argument rages between software companies and parental teaching groups to find out what kind of effect this all has on the younger generation, plans have already been mobilised by ELSPA (European Leisure Software Publishers' Association) to introduce a voluntary ratings system to guide the parent on the most suitable purchase for their youngster.
Total Carnage is not a title to be that concerned about - while the enemy may explode in a shower of blood, there are no screams of pain-or burning corpses as found in such titles as Syndicate or Mortal Kombat and the gore is very much in the comical sense, especially with the cartoonised and rough- looking graphics.
First came Robotron, then Smash TV, its vioient sequel. Now, from Ice, comes a game with blood and bikinis - Total Carnage, a conversion of the Williams coin-op.
Adam Phillips reviews Out of nowhere came the power-mad General Akhboob who is as mentally balanced as Jack Nicholson in The Shining. While the latter was restricted to a single hotel and a fire axe, unfortunately the former has access to an arsenal of missiles and the entire world.
He has managed to create an army of mutants from radioactive waste produced at his nuclear generator. With his endless supply of disposable creatures and hostages, the General is ready to take on the globe and claim it as his own... Only two men are brave, strong and simple-minded enough to even consider taking on the General at his own game - Captain Carnage and Major Mayhem, the Doomsday Squad.
The simple directive is to enter the complex, rescue hostages, disable Akhboob's forces, get inside his stronghold and go after the big man himself.
If you're a shoot-'em-up and are after two-playe' games that pump the adrenaline and pack a che lenge, then side-step Tou Carnage and go for Chac-s 1 Engine, Alien Breed 2 :• I Llamatron, a PD title by Je” Minter. The latter feature excellent sampled soun: crude early 80s style grapr ~ but superior gameplay anc 1 with power-ups and hea” I pumping addictiveness, : j one of the best, cheapest arc most absorbing overhear blast fests available for yoj- machine.
The overhead viewing angle is, in most cases, an effective one and Total Carnage is no different. The largest problem with the presentation is that the graphics of the sprites and the backdrops simply look worn and crude compared to the likes of Chaos Engine and Alien Breed 2 which were released a few months ago.
The characters' legs have a remarkable per spective where it seems they shrink from the pelvis down into feet that take size 0 shoes. While it is appreciated that the graphic artist was simply trying to achieve a realistic look for the overhead angle, it simply doesn't work.
The animation is fair on the whole with the relatively bloody deaths of mutant soldiers as they explode on meeting a bullet The scrolling is slow and fixed - when the game wants you to move, you move and if it doesn't, you stay where you are or risk walking face first into a homicidal axe-wielding maniac.
Another regular difficulty is moving your way to the top of the screen and having to wait for the slow scrolling to catch up. And like much enhanced software, it's hard to see why this is specifically an A1200 version.
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Total Carnage is a typical example of a reasonable conversion of an average coin-op that will sell simply With this kind of licence, the sound is usually a clash of music, screams and other high pitched, audience-grabbing aural effects.
Surprisingly, Total Carnage is a little restrained in this department - there is no music over the intro and option screens and during the game itself, gunfire and the impact of bullets make up the main bulk of the sound. Tnese admittedly are solid effects and add impact to the gameplay.
Speech is also a welcome inclusion with a voice crying out "total carnage" as a wealth of mutants waddle on to the screen towards you. Other samples include the hostages who cry for your help, and when retrieved thank you for your time and effort.
Sadly enough, the only women to appear in the game are wearing bikinis with a ball and chain who flatter your ego every time you rescue one of them by proclaiming that you are a hero in a bimbo voice. Equal rights have yet to enter the gaming arena... All malm hostages are fully dressed
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The action, while constant, is never really adrenalin pumping and has more in common with a hard slog with the Fire button than exciting and spontaneous play.
The graphics also detract appeal from the overall package, leaving Total Carnage with averageness as its main quality, and consumers with a dry and tepid emptiness in their wallets because of the name and hype attached to it. If you enjoyed the original then you’ll glean a certain amount of satisfaction from this.
Indeed, the proceedings can be relatively involving, especially in two-player mode, and with 20 battle zones to wage war through, there is certainly a hefty challenge to be met.
The numerous power-ups for weaponry and air strikes also add incentive to see how much damage you can cause in the shortest amount of time.
At the end of a wage-earning day, though, and ot content with the success of their recent war-'em-up Cannpn Fodder, Virgin seem to be continuing on the warmongering path with this, their latest offering, Apocalypse Borrowing many of its ideas and looks from the film Apocalypse Now, the game suggests the scenario of the Vietnam war Political correctness is abandoned as you take control of your helicopter, massacre enemy soldiers with a vast array of weapons and destroy their bases and artillery.
The game was the original idea of development team Strangeways, who disbanded the project leaving it in the capable hands of Miracle Games.
Their aim was to create a product for the Amiga that was worthy of an arcade machine, And now after what seems like an eternity the title is finally here. But was it worth the wait?
A great deal of the atmosphere has been conjured through the excellent sonics resulting in an almost chilling realism. From small details like the background jungle effects to the many different weapon noises, they all combine to portray an authentic war zone atmosphere. A vital factor in a successful shoot-'em-up is how accurate the weaponry sounds.
Apocalypse creates this well.
Mission Apocalypse. Rebel forces have invaded the insignificant island of Majipoor taking hundreds of prisoners. Chosen from one of the Elite, it is your mission to destroy the enemy forces and rescue as many prisoners of war as possible.
Find the five key enemy bases situated in the dense jungle, attempt to blow up the battleship docked somewhere on the island and rescue your best buddy being held in a ruined temple in the heart of the jungle.
Above all, rescue captured scientists and military experts. A medical team is at your disposal. Use your piloting skills and the multitude of weapons available to you to get through this arduous task.
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The routes of the conflict can be traced back to 19S4, to the Geneva Convention when Vietnam was split into the Communist North and the Pro-Western South, right up until 1975. It was later known as "America's longest and most unpopular war”.
For the first time the full horrors of war came under the scrutiny of the general public via the new medium of television.
Anti-war protests broke out. Some resulting in Outbreaks of violence.
One such protest took place on October 15. 1969. This was the Vietnam Moratorium, and was the biggest anti-war demonstration ever organised in America The war resulted in the loss of 200,000 South Vietnamese soldiers, one million North Vietnamese soldiers and 500,000 civilians. Losses were also high on the American side with 56,555 US soldiers killed between 1961-75, a fifth by their own men.
For instance, in August 1966 20 US soldiers died when US planes accidentally napalmed their own troops. Neutral Cambodia also suffered, estimating one million killed or wounded by US bombings.
As far as being a highly realistic war game goes, Apocalypse looks and sounds the business, evoking a powerful image of war. But it does verge on the excessively difficult side, and although this provides Apocalypse is a multi-direc- tional parallax scroller which makes for a technically stunning game. The backgrounds update at the same rate as the helicopter flies giving a convincing feeling of flying over the terrain.
A Jungle settings have been cleverly used to recreate the terrain almost to the extent of looking like a scene from the aforementioned Apocalypse Now. The immense amount of foreground and background detail make Apocalypse astoundingly authentic.
However, the multi-layered backdrops and different levels of platforms used causes problems, especially when gameplay becomes hectic.
One moment's lack in concentration and you find yourself exploding into the ground as it is sometimes difficult to make out which is merely foreground detail and which is a landing platform.
Sprites are well-animated and despite their size show a great amount of detail, displaying all the gory effects of explosions.
Longevity, the game becomes exceedingly frustrating.
It is also let down by the fiddly control system, and although the helicopter is easy to fly, the Fire button serves the same function for both weapons and changing direction resulting in firing accidentally - sometimes at your own men.
[oj C* - - j-t Jtw Z'tJ ’ W ' IH More depth in the gameplay, rather than just an advanced shoot-'em-up, would have benefited the game, and a save game option would have removed some of the frustration.
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Alk outside and collect the beer. Go to the centre of the forest. Wear the beard to go into the dwarf mine. You will find a dwarf with a spear; offer him a bribe or simply give him the beer.
Walk back up the stairs, go past the dwarf at the table and enter the mine. Go to the door and you will see a hook which you should pick up. Try the door and talk to the dwarves. Leave the mine and remove your beard.
Keep walking left to the four paths. There you should take the top left path. You will come to the stone table. Now walk right back to the four paths. Go left and left again; you will find a wise owl. On talking to him, he will lose a feather which you can take.
Go to the troll bridge. Going right you will tee the three paths again. Take the middle path to the right.
Continue over the bridge and you will meet an Oaf.
Talk to him and ask him about beans. Simon will walk away after watering the beans. Go back and look at the beans, and pick them up.
Go to the centre of the forest. Put on the beard and go into the Dwarf mine. Go down to the drunken dwarves and use the feather on the fat dwarf lying on Go to the village and through the archway to Dodgy Geezer. Give him the gem, making sure he doesn't rip you off. Now go to Calypso's cottage and use the beans in the compost. Pick up the watermelon.
Go to the front of the cottage, go right and then Straight up behind Blacksmith's cottage. Go left and open the box. Look at the empty boxes. Pick and look at the spell book.
Take the rat bone, use the paper on the door and the rat bone in lock, pick up the paper and use the key in lock. Walk out, take the bucket and go down stairs.
Take the mints, pick up the Flaming Brand and open the Iron Maiden, talk to the Druid, remove ring, and talk again. Use the bucket and Flaming Brand on the Druid. Quickly get into the Iron Maiden. Open Iron Maiden, go to the frog and get the hacksaw which you should use on the bars. Go back to the village and to the shop and pick up the hammer. Going out of the Go into the shop and pick up the white spirit. Leaving the shop, walk back through the archway and into the house. Give the Frogsbane to the frog and leave to gc back through the archway to the hole.
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Jse the broom and consume the potion. Pick up the eaf, look at the bucket and pick up the stone. Go left and use the hair with the tap. Pick up the lily leaf and use the match stick with it.
Sail to the seeds and take them. Use the stone with the seeds. Use the oil on the tap, move the hair and sail to the puddle centre. Talk to the frog and walk to him.
Look at the edge of the water and pick up the Tadpole.
Talk to the frog. Consume the mushroom. Open the door and go inside. Pick up the branch, and go back and use it on the chest. Pick up the Shield and the spear, Go down the spiral staircase. Move the lever. Pick up the chest and use it on the block. Move lever again and take candles. Use the spear on the skull and pick the skull up. Go upstairs to the bedroom. Take the magic wand and talk to the mirror. Look at the book.
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Go back to the Demons, talk and send them back to Hell. Go into the Teleporter and go to Rondor.
Talk to the attendant; look at the brochures. Use the Elastic band with the sapling. Pick up the pebble.
Use the catapult with the bell, walk to the pits and across the bridge.
Pick up the floor wax. Use the wand on Sordid.
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I C032 Brutal Sports Football, and ducks into Team 17’s budget CD32 compilation ot Qwak and Alien Breed Special Edition Appearing across many formats, Brutal Sports has proved highly popular, and now it's here to grace the CD32. If you're not familiar with this title, the idea behind it is based loosely around American Football, The main variation is that this version is based in the future, has no rules and the primary object, other than scoring goals, is to beat the pulp out of your opponents!
This is all depicted through gory graphics of decapitations, knifings and all other forms of physical violence imaginable. All this could encourage a high moral tone, but in this case it is more than necessary and what's more, it's fun!
As a mixture between a beat-'em-up and a futuristic sports sim, you get to guide a team of mutated creatures to League success. Winning is achieved by the obvious method of scoring the most goals or by slaughtering six of the opposition.
Pick-ups are also a major factor in deciding your victory or failure. These take several forms and can be found scattered around the pitch. Rabbits speed up your players whereas tortoises do the opposite.
Devices such as lightning or ice-cubes strike down your unfortunate opponents. But of course they can make use of these pick-ups too.
All this makes for a hugely enjoyable mixture of frantic American Football and hilarious beat-'em-up action. The two-player mode provides an opportunity for competing against a friend, and even more excitement.
Extra additions to this CD version include graphical details showing a crowd of aliens, enhanced sound effects and a rock sound track.
For those thinking of investing in some quality software for their CD32, this comes highly recommended.
Brutal Sports Football II I Although fairly old, Alien Breed is still an excellent arcade blast-'em-up and an undoubted classic, Compared to its sequel it perhaps isn't as sophisticated but despite this it doesn't appear as dated as you might think.
Viewed from a top down perspective, you take on an alien army who have infested a Federation research station. Based in the future, you are positioned in a galaxy on the brink of war, and with the aid of various weapons it becomes your role to blast the aliens and complete the missions.
Alien Breed is a highly atmospheric game and the tension created works well as the action becomes more and more frantic, with aliens appearing out of nowhere which you need to destroy.
Good graphics contribute to the atmosphere considerably, with settings such as dingy corridors and space terminals. The added small details make highly realistic backgrounds and create a futuristic feeling.
The eerie music also conjures up a great deal of the atmosphere. Other sound effects, such as gunshots and aliens yelping when hit, work well, and sampled speech has been used to generate realism.
Extra features have been added to this new edition, such as new missions and bigger levels, so newcomers to the game and Alien Breed veterans alike will find the game a challenge. The two-player mode also adds an extra dimension to the gameplay.
This is blasting mayhem at its best, and it's well worth a look if you didn't catch this excellent title first time round.
Classic arcade platform action completes this double act in the form of Qwak, a Alien Breed Special Edition & Qwak highly playable title whose sprite is a duck. The game could be accused of being a Bubble Bobble clone but this does not detract in any way from its quality.
And although platformers these days hardly have a reputation fpr originality, this one stands out for its totally absorbing gameplay.
The aim is relatively simple. Clear the screen of baddies, collect bonuses and grab the keys to open the doors to the next level.
Life is made more difficult with the inclusion of dissolving platforms, time limits and all manner of strange enemies to hinder you.
Firing eggs at the enemies will eliminate them; points are awarded for successfully doing so, and after each of the eight worlds you'll face one of the tough end- of-level guardians.
The game contains a two-player feature which works well in providing variety, and the puzzle angle also adds another element guaranteeing longevity.
Graphics are colourful and complement the overall fun feeling of the game.
This is also picked up in the accompanying tune which is in keeping with the lively gameplay. The controls are well designed and make the game instantly playable Qwak, although not exactly intellectually demanding, will provide hours of fun gameplay and a good laugh along the way as well.
Alien Breed 66% Qwak 60% jiii mi _mM_ game software entitled Epic.
This was going to be the space adventure to rival the classic Elite, but dogged by the time scale they were working to, DID found that the product had speed problems and was plagued by bugs.
Svstem tj 4 Inferno is the sequel to Epic, but Amiga technology has progressed in leaps and bounds in the 19 or so months since Epic was released. DID's sequel will have far superior graphics and sound, plus it will contain a world several times larger than the one seen in its predecessor.
It has been in development for well over a year now which translates into ten man years of hard work.
Inferno is set 90 years after Epic left off. You are invited to do battle anywhere through an entire solar system consisting of seven planets. Three moons, alien and human installations and interplanetary space zones.
Rollowing hot on the heels of tfx (previewed in last month's System) is Digital Image Design's Inferno, which is currently being tipped by those in the know as the ultimate space game.
Inferno utilises the same 3D graphics engine that DID used for TFX, but they have updated and included some improvements into the graphics system.
Way back in September 1992, Ocean released a DID It's basically a typical story about humans vs aliens fighting a space war. You are taken on an impressive 3D graphic journey around beautifully scrolling landscapes.
In between the intense action of space combat you can sit back and watch the Inferno story unfold with incredible animations and characters that can actually talk. Now that CD technology has been introduced via Commodore's CD32. There are limitless options avail-1 able to a software house when the time comes to dc the music and sound.
Although it does cost a lot more money, professional musicians can be drafted in to produce some startling and exciting pieces of music for today's games. The Manchester-based company initially pursued big-nam* artists such as the KLF or The Orb to provide the musical j compositions.
After much thought, Ocean appointed Nick and Fiend from the band Alien Sex Fiend to write the mus* I that would hopefully bring that important bit of atmosphere into Inferno.
Alien Sex Fiend might seem a unusual choice to dc the sounds for a computer game. They can be best DID have one of the best 3D engines around and it's been modified and developed over the last five years. Five or six graphic artists have been handling the 3D work for Inferno for well over eight months.
Sean Hollywood, art and design director at DID. Is the man most responsible for the superb visuals found in the game.
The third dimension "In terms of Inferno, development was first started to see if we could logis- tically do what we wanted to. We thought of some new design and graphical techniques that we would all like to incorporate into the whole package as well as 3D techniques for the ingame stuff.
"We develop on a number of multiple fronts. The design will go on in tandem with the technology as well as the artwork."
Inferno features a comic which introduces the player to the characters within the game. The man responsible for the art found inside it is Sean Phillips, renowned 2000AD artist famous for, among other projects, his superb sketches of Judge Dredd and Devlin Waugh. "The comic is part of the instruction manual - a kind of introduction to the characters and the world they inhabit. We sat down and decided that we wanted to concentrate on the interaction between the humans and aliens which isn't part of the game, but is something we were able to do extremely well in the comic."
Sean continues, "The characters are science-fiction cliches. You've got a human, blonde-haired hero and you've got your ugly, evil aliens. The characters can’t die at the end. We've got to make sure they finish in the comic as they start in the game."
Tfiona’ artling is. The |-name nusical arno described as a Goth band and are heavily guitar-based, but they're also highly talented and can be incredibly diverse. They have over the last decade released 11 albums and gradually built up a large and faithful following. Once Alien Sex Fiend had discussed exactly what Ocean wanted from them they set about writing the soundtrack, along with guy called Barry Leitch. Barry is one of Ocean's top in-house musician who has been responsible for the music found in over 80 games including the forthcoming TFX.
Nick Fiend found it a considerable change writing the music for Inferno. He compares the process with that of creating an album: "You get the same result - five weeks of differing moods. Although I’m not that musical I do know what I like, so it's relatively the same process except I haven't been able to mix it or put a guitar on it. All I could really do was direct which is very frustrating."
The music has a very ambient feel to it. It’S highly atmospheric and changes in conjunction with what's happening in the game. Alien Sex Fiend are hoping to give the soundtrack a more techno feel to it and then release it as a record independent from the game.
CD32 owners have been going through what I can only call a software rough patch.
Microcosm raised a few eyebrows but although it had some pretty amazing graphics it was desperately lacking on the playability front.
Inferno has superb graphics and sound, but more importantly DID have spent a lot of time developing the gameplay, so CD32 owners start saving your money Inferno © will become the game to buy for your machine.
I personally think that DID's space game will become one of those titles that will delight every single gamesplayer. TFX and Inferno are groundbreaking as far as technological achievement is concerned and herald a new era in computer gaming. From now on things are only going to get better... and better.
The introduction sequence to Inferno will amaze you.
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life, as Ben Pointer found out Hssembler 172 Beginners' guidance from Mark Jackson on the most powerful programming language [lassifieds 184: Snap up a second hand bargain in our readers' own advertising spot i u i ? R i n i @ome people love to use BBSs, and spend aJI their time (and of course money) playing with conferencing systems, sending huge wads of cash every month to a big building in Cleveland. Ohio.
? | Bbs |Q|C » m m na i I usernaint sysop m IRU M bbsl boards userinit = 1 MM lif I opensysop sysnai Docs MU m nenus vot ing ? l l ~2i Tho baaic-codod BBS aotlwaro can at loaat bo ro-jiggod by tho uaor While paying the bosses of CompuServe to drive expensive cars is fun for a while, it soon palls and you realise that what you want most is to start your own system, and so not have to worry about paying for your on-line time Once you get past that initial leap, you are into a very deep muddy puddle indeed, because while setting up a BBS is physically quite easy, technically it is fraught with
difficulties the larger your system gets. The trick is to start with a plan, and being the kind soul I am. I thought now would be a good time to tell you how it's all done The Three Point Plan goes like this: there is a simple method, a medium method and really devilishly complex method. You can start at one end and work you way up to the most complex configuration, or jump right in at medium or complex, it's up to you Seruing But I would advise that you hone your sysop skills on a smaller system before you start laying out dosh hand over fist for a full- size ten line BBS and conferencing
system for the masses.
It's one thing to make an error on a small system where you only have yourself to blame, but try cocking up when you have 100 angry subscribers out for your blood, and you'll Wish you'd listened to my advice SimPlESI The simplest sort of BBS can be set up in an afternoon, as you already have most of what you need in your machine, if you're into comms in any way that is. All you need is a computer (One Amiga check!) A modem, and a bit of host software.
There is a natty little one which comes with Ncomm which will do the job. All you have to do is set your modem to answer, set up the software and wait for people to can Oh, and it would be a good idea to tell people you have set up a BBS or nobody will can you!
You don't need to have another phoneline dedicated to the BBS, as you just have to limit the amount of hours the BBS is active. Jay between 9pm in the evening and 8am the next morning, or even just evenings at weekends, and such. Most BBS freaks will stay up late to catch a BBS.
As far as the hardware is concerned, the Amiga needs to have a hard disk to store the BBS software and make the system run reasonably fast. The modem should really handle speeds up to 14.400 baud, although
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The following hints really go for all types of BBS Before you
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Secondly you have to set up the software.
This can be easy or hard depending on the software, and usually just involves writing all the text for the menus and messages which The Elite BBS v.3Hojyrijft 1991 Elite BBS Utilities fou have the following options: I - Parameters change
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- Expand the Board.Keys and Board.f
- Exit program Choose (1 - 8); Enter Nwber: the user will see on
the system. This obviously involves a little bit of planning,
sc design What you'd like the system to include before you
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board is active and let people know what t Is they can expect
if they call it. Is it a machine specific board, full of Amiga
Is it about gardening or conjuring? Is it a full-colour, all-singing, all-dancing board designed for entertainment, or just a simp* text-dnven information resource?
Forward planning is everything m tho world, and if you want a system that people will come back to. It has to be clearly laid out and easy to use.
The drawbacks of this simple System are that only one person can access your B8C s AmQUK II is a I Select Packet Registered To:
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BBS it is. So slipping the word Amiga in there might help.
If it features a lot of file and chat areas then the word Exchange is popular.
Organise the menus is a logical way. And minimise the amount of input you demand from the punter Oh yes. And if your BBS software permits, why not use ANSI colour graphics?
These enhance the look of your board and make it look professional - unless you're not so clever with ANSI graphics of course, in which case it looks like disorganised crap Once you have experienced running your own BBS on a single line, and you've built up a user base of enthusiastic followers (or perhaps notj, the time has come to expand to the next level of being a sysop - the dedicated line.
This involves getting a new BT line running into your home so the BBS can run 24 hours a day. OK. So people can only access the system one at a time, but at least they have a wider choices of times of day to call, especially with the new cheap daytime phone rates If you are running a 24-hour BBS. Then the trick is to expand your hard disk, get better software which handles more features, and thereby increase the usefulness of your system As you are starting to lay out money for your system, it may be as well have a subscription too. Meaning that sooner or later you can make your money back on
the stuff that you ve paid out for.
Subscnptions are best paid by cheque, and when the cheque has been validated.
You can upgrade the user to a higher access level This could mean they have access to areas closed to the general norv paying public, or they could have unlimited time, as opposed to a non-paying guest limit of 30 minutes or so.
To boost the amount of uploads you get.
You can also get the software to specify upload download ratios of 2:1. So to download one file the user has to upload two, or something like that, or perhaps if you think that's a bit harsh, how about 1:5.
Where they have to upload one item for every five they download Now you're really cooking, and the system is starting to look and feel like a real system.
After that the sky’s the limit. If you BBS is commercial enough to pull in the users, you can add all sorts of stuff with the money you'll make: Internet and Fidonet feeds.
Usenet news, on-line games, and most important of all multiple lines.
MULTIPlEH And in this day and age an ISDN line wouldn't go amiss. ISDN is a really fast multiplexed system which allows not only
64. 000 bits per second but also two lines simultaneously.
So you can transfer files and talk to your bookie at the same time! It only cost the same as two lines too. So if you are thinking of this it might be a good idea to call BT for more details Multiple lines in the conventional sense means one line for every serial port and modem on your host machine. This means you either have to get a lot of machines all running the same software (not a good idea) or you have to get a multiple serial port card for your Amiga.
The ones which spring to mind for this purpose are the GVP IO Extender board |$ I99), the Dual Serial Board from ASDG ($ 299). And the Comports 8 ($ 479) and Amiga PCMCIA Senal Comms Adaptor ($ 249) both from AMIGA Business Computers in the USA. Tbe latter unit means you can add multiple ports to an A600 or A1200 via the PCMCIA slot!
If you earn a lot of money out of your Up and Running a time, and you'll only have limited room on your hard disk for files, and limited amounts ot files to download.
You could expand this a lot if you have a CD-ROM with the Fred Fish or Ammet software on it. But by and large you II be limited to whatever software you already have lying about.
[flUHV HUE A few points: Think of a catchy title.
Calling yourself the Greasy Sausage BBS is unlikely to win you many fans, except perhaps among greasy sausage eaters.
Try something with a science-fiction or fantasy flavour, like Crazy Robot. Grey Planet Wizard's Demesne, or Warriors Tomb. The title of your BBS should reflect the kind of ng. So 3- our
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Ta fd impie us are IBS at ¦i BBS you can even quit your job and become a full time sysop, which has happened in a wide variety of cases. It is a big job. And you'll soon have to hire some help if your system gets really big.
You will also quite early on have to declare your earnings from the system for tax purposes This is simple, as dll you have to do is hire an accountant (free until they do your accounts) and they will sort out ail this nasty paperwork for you.
All you have to do is keep a record of how much you earn and how much you spend on the system, and you’ll be laughing. Not only that, you'll never have to talk to the tax man or answer any Status Pane : TH6-BBS : Shareware Version 1.B2 XQXQX Version 1.82 51986, Patrick E. Hughes Send Your $ 25.00 Contributions and (onntnts to: Terninal Znoden Seed Men Receive Men Reed Men Receive Graphically uninapiring, but trinity la atlll ono ot tho boat Sends jnd tie.
Ittn! Pit rick E. Hughes 419 H. Lirchnont, Suite 4128 Los Hngeles, Of 98884 Checks Payable to : Patrick Hughes Calculator Though now tailing bohlnd, TAG BBS la a vary amooth ayatam Amiga Computing TUTORIAL Jargon buster ANSI: Stands for American National Standards Institute. Generally refers to the ANSI Character set the standard character set for computers, which although has certain inconsistencies Detween platforms l*e Amiga and PC is the set used by BBS software. It also refers to the coloured I graphics you see on BBSs bandwidth: The amount of information that can flow between two points
at a grven time. Also used to denote the amount of information a person can absorb before their brain swells up and squirts out of their ears.
Baud rate: Pronounced 'bored'.
Commonly descnbed as the rate at which your modem can send and receive information Not the same as BPS. As baud rate is the amount of modulation changes per second on a given channel. Three hundred bits per second is 600 baud, if you want to be ptcky - see bits per second Of BPS.
BPS: Bits per second. The number of actual bits (rather than modulation changes) that a modem sends per second
- see also baud rate Hayes: The Hayes command set is a set of
codes understood by almost all modems in use today, based on a
simple set of codes prefixed by the letters AT. So ATZ is
ATH is hang up and ATS0=4 is auto answer in four rings.
ISDN: Stands for Integrated Service Digital Network, and is the only fully digital multiplexed comms system we have When I say 'we'. I mean anyone with the money to have it installed It replaces the old analogue way of doing things with a full digital network over normal BT lines. It iS expensive though RS232: One of the existing standards f x serial pom. Which just so happens to be the one adopted by the Anvga This identifies not only the type of port but the cables you need to use that port shareware: Freely distributed software which you get to use for nothing for a specified time, but
after that time you have !
To pay the author. Its a very cosmic way for software to change hands, and does wonders for your karma, except if you don't pay up and use the software for free, m which case you're damned for all time.
Terminal: terminals used to be dumb devices Who's only job was to communicate with another computer, They consist of a screen, a keyboard and an RS232 socket plus a bit of simple software m ROM. You can emulate one of these old- , fashioned devices with a terminal emulator 1 program, like Ncomm, letters form the Inland Revenue because your accountant will get all the letters too and deal with that for you as well Another slightly negative aspect of being a sysop is that you might unwittingly fall foul of the law. If your BBS is discovered to contain any copyright software or porn.
Piracy and porn are the scourge of the BBS business and every day you read in the trade press about a BBS being raided and all the disks in the building being impounded as evidence This means not only any disks used by the BBS but also any disk belonging to BBBBS I Fred Fish 7971 Arexx host script for use with the outmoded Baud Bandit which as BB is not widely available any more, and a bit of a washout.
BBS (Fred Fish 30) A cheap Basic-coded BBS system, which could be reeoded into something smart if anyone could spare the time Cflet Amiga (Perspeitiue Software $ 129,951 Fully featured BBS system, with scope fa up to 24 lines, with feeds for Fidonet and Usenet Needs a hard disk and I Mb of RAM, plus 100k for each additional line.
From your local dealer or direct from Perspective Software. PO Box 40191, Redford Ml 48240, USA Tel 010 I (313) 537-6168.
DIG Professional llelepro Technologies $ 229) A full professional BBS. Comes bundled with Trapdoor and DIGMaii and is the best ready to serve Fidonet package around, It s not a single program but an integrated suite which run together to form a very you. Your friends and also any hardware you own. Like modems and computers etc. This can be a very expensive mistake, and it would be wise to avoid any possible problems by being very strict about what you allow people to upload.
SHOT OFF Post warning messages state that anyone putting your BBS at risk by uploading suspect material will be shot off the system and not have their subscription refunded, to cover the administrative costs of sorting the mess out Also you have to ensure that the What software?
Complex BBS operating system All it needs is 512k and a hard disk. Get it from your dealer or direct from TelePro Technologies, 7898A Gaetz Ave., Red Deer.
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BBSUNK links BBSs together, Fidonet. Usenet and Internet mail, pnvate mailboxes. QWK off-line reader, and Arexx interface.
A demo version is available. From your local dealer or contact Syscom Design.
PO Box 452. Clair Shores. Ml 48080 [Kornm (Fred Fish G2ll Shareware. Industry-standard comms program with bonus Host mode IHGBBS (Fred Fish 8B3) Shareware. Used to be a really good system, but has since been overtaken by other freeware and shareware systems like TnnityBBS.
System is virus free, by routinely checking everything which is uploaded to the system.
Being a sysop is fun. But you also take on a great responsibility.
The bonuses are that you are involved in something really good. You are getting people together and all your on-line exploits can be free. All the people you meet are dialling you. So you don't pay a bean And it could end up being your job.
Earning you fame and fortune, putting the planets in alignment - generally a Good Thing for all concerned.
So that's it. You too can be the best sysop in the world, and all for the price of a bit of shareware and a modem.
TrinitgBBS (shareware) A really good system which is free to download from any BBS which has it. This is pretty much the best of the bunch, shareware wise, and deserves a look, if you can trace it.
EliteBBS (Fred Fish It1!)
A tnmmed down on-line message and file handNng system, which includes a message base, private mail, file Wxary, and support for Xmodem. Ymodem and Zmodem Not bad Henolink IIHO Global [omputer [enter $ 165) Multi line BBS with Fidonet support, with extensive menu configuration to allow the system to look like any popular system or even to invent your own.
Capacity for over 6.500 message and file bases, and compatible with Xenolmk.
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.. K34AC J I U I ? R I H I On last months issue we created the necessary drawers and a basic startup-sequence needed for an AmigaDOS disk to autoboot Now we will be adding the necessary files to make the disk load with a minimum system environment.
Step ping into I if you take a look at the startup-sequence we created last month you * find that it is made up of the following C commands - Echo. Assign, LoadWB and EndCU.
Any commands in the startup-sequence must be present in the C directory so you will need to copy the necessary files across from your Workbench disk.
Type in the following Copy c:ecko to RyDi*k:c Copy c:istign to HyDisk:c copy c:lo*dvb to HyDisk:c (Opy c:endcIi to Hyli sk: c As we add more commands to the startup- sequence so you will need to copy them into the C directory Certain applications require their own fonts. Fortunately. AmigaDOS compensates for this by storing fonts in the Fonts drawer and assigning the label FONTS to it From the Shell type in the following ¦akedir PyDisk:Fonts application is run it will look for its fonts in the FONTS assign directory.
In order to give the disk MyOisk some default preference values we need to copy across the file systerrxonfiguration that resides in the Devs directory of your Workbench disk.
System-configuration is a small file that contains simple preference information such as the default printer (Genenc). Screen resolution and colours Obviously, if you want more control over your preferences you will need to copy across the Prefs drawer and associated files.
Don't worry about this for now as we will be explaining this in greater depth in a future issue For the moment simply copy the systenKonfiguration using the command below: copy dcvs:systea-configuration to HyDi*k:devi Mere you cmn m the baalc Shell command* that need to be entered In order to cromte tho correct directorlen and copy Ihe nocoaaary filea acresa to MyDiak Get Mour floppM dishs to auto-boot in this setond instalment of Steue lUhite's Bhtlusiue AmigaDOS 3.0 tutorial Jorkbench: Workbench:
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5. Workbench: Workbench copy dec ho to flyDisklc copy clsssign
to HyDisk:c copy c:loadwb to HyDisktc copy c:endcIi to
HyDisklc itakedir HyDisklFonts Edit the startup-sequence again
and underneath Assign ENV. Ram: type in: Assign FONTS:
NyDisk:Fonti To save the startup-sequence press Esc. X and
then Return.
Now, whenever you copy an application over to MyOisk you can copy any necessary fonts into the Fonts drawer. When the ¦ Ctrl+Y Deletes all characters from the i to the end of the line the enure line I*.q Esc, x OuitEd Save file Ed, the text editor used to edit the startup-sequence features a wealth of word processor abittoes. Below is a list of some of the Ed editing keys and their effects.
Top of the file At this point we may as well copy over the device driver files as well. Device drivers are required if you want your Workbench to be able to communicate with external hardware such as a printer or modem.
The files we need are clipboard, device (controls writing and reading clips to CUPS); paraiief.device (controls access to the parallel port); printer, device (controls access to the punter device, and serial, device Editing in Ed In a later instalment of this tutorial we will be showing you how you can get a printer up and running from your auto-booting disk The devices above will then come into use.
We now need to add a single file to the L directory The file we need is called port- handier and basically provides the AmigaDOS interface for the SER:, PAR. And PRT. Devices. These devices basically allow output to printers and modems.
Don’t worry too much about them as once they are copied onto the disk the user need never worry about them again, To copy the file across use the following command: last but by no means least we need to copy a couple of libraries across to the libs directory The two files are called asl. Library and diskfont.library. Asl.library provides the file, font and screen requesters that AmigaDOS uses and Diskfont.library contains information that allows Workbench 3.0 to interpret fonts and read them.
Diskfonfs major advantage is that it allows two or more programs to multitask |be loaded and running simultaneously) and use the same font. Copy these files across with the following commands which controls access to the serial port) in order to copy these across type in the following in the Shell.
Copy dev*:cl»pboird.device to HyDi»k:dev» copy devsiparallel.device to HyDiskldevs copy devs:printer.device to HyDisk:devs copy devs:serial.device to HyDiskldevs copy libi;isl.library to Ryliskilibs copy Ub»:diskfont.library to RylUkslibi copy l:port-hmdler to HyDiskrl Now the basic files have been copied across you can test your disk by inserting it into DFO and rebooting your Amiga The disk should load with no problems Open up MyQisk by doubleclicking on the disk icon and take a look at the top wmdo* bar.
This bar should inform you that MyOisk a 14% full, 718k free and 119k in use. Use Show All Files from the Window menu on Workbench to see the drawers and the* contents.
If everything is as it should be you have successfully completed the first section of the tutorial. If not, we would advise you restart the tutorial from the beginning, We can now create the preferences Wes and assigns MyDisk needs so that we can eventually use a pnnter. In order for us to use the preferences programs we need to create an area for any preference files to d?
Stored, These files are loaded when any preferences program are run.
The preferences files reside in Command syntax loidVB l-DEBUU] [DELAY] [CLEANUP] [«•- PATH3 Copy CFROX] Cpith | Pattern] [TO] [Pit* I Pittcrn] [Ull [QUIET] Ed CflOH] [Pith | Pittcrn] [SIZE n ] MTU Pith | Pattern] Mmv] [TABS n ] MbTH n ] MIC*' n ] Version C 1ibriry | device | filc ] [ veriion l ] C revision l j [ uoit !
Amiga Computing I U T D H I R I ofJmigaOOS j MyDisk M fuUf 718K fpeeM in use | i 10 |im| (2J i c Fonts libs Iwy iwy II deus I S A V By using the Show All command from tho Workbench menus you eon check the content• of MyDisk Jargon buster DEVS:Clipboard.device: Controls writing and reading dips to CUPS DEV5:Parallel.device: Controls access to the parallel port.
DEVSrPrinter.device: Controls access to the pnnter device DEVS.Scriai.device: Controls access to the serial port OEVS;System-configuration: Contain basic default preferences such as printer, colours and resolution.
Lport-handler: The AmigaDOS interface handler for the SER:, PAR: and PRT. Devices U6S:Diskfont.library: Library modules for finding and loading font files UBS:Asi.iibrary: rile, font and screen mode requester modules.
FONTS; Stores fonts and their descriptions.
ENVARC: Stands for environment variables arch ve and points to the location where all the preferences default files are stored.
Ia= AmigaDOS 3.0 Part 2 acroc nto ems i the indovi Sk« Ise on ar ave of j Ues in to to ibe 0|C m It may be checking each drawer to make sure the correct tiles assign echo enddi (oadub i 5 have been copied to the correct places (11*1 (111*1 tt mlit fisaif sMtfitj. Lip* (Tll-C tt oit.
Prat ss n»t fax filnw Mtte.
:iiidl Hhntm (8 Utrktnrti: (8 Hirkfcfffli;ltilitits lwis 8tr*cttri4ptis liiv (8 hrttmkilttlitits hpis i* mi: m kit M llffttorvlpis nil )10 tViv 8ft* limtmfpis.(fi 18 toy ojn 8.1 )n' (:*fl li'K!ir 0ii! sit (U Ipw ill Fii Im Wi:JwRNrtX.I-( no; ft* llPKt* Itrtcto IM*. •*- ItfKWfM irKtjrptPis irKtorvtpis ifKlorws tm What we have effectively done here is created an area where the preferences default files can reside - MyDisk:Prefs Env- Archive Sys. We nave also created mdrvidual drawers for ENV. T and CUPS stops RAM from becoming cluttered.
You will notice that we have not assigned ENVARC which points to the preferences defaults This is because ENVARC is built into the ROM Read Only Memory) and therefore doesn't need to be manually assigned in the startup-sequence.
The reason we copy the ENVARC preferences defaults into ENV in RAM is because they are quicker to load and also you can use your preferences without Sys:Prefs Env-Archrve 5ys which is pointed to by the assign ENVARC At this point we also need to edit our startup-sequence Load up Ed and the startup-sequence from MyDisk and delete the following line: Bakedir laa:T Rakedir AaarClipboards lakedir Raa:ENV Assign CLIPS: ( a:Clipboards Assign I: R«i:T Cop; Hll: ENVARC: laaitNV ALL HOREO Save the startup-sequence and then open up the Shell and type in the following commands; Now. Below the Echo
command type in the following: Rilttdir S;s:Pr»fs Riktdir Sys:Prefs Env-Archive Riktdir Sys;Prefs Env-Archiv( Sys Assign I; tia; Assign CUV; In; effecting the Originals Obviously, when you actually come to save the preferences the originals are written over Before we go on to improve our auto- booting disk let's take a look at some of the most common problems when dealing with AmigaDOS and how to get around them.
Let's take a look at the Shell in closer detail. Although it lookj fairly basic it features a very useful facility that is not immediately apparent If a mistake is made when typing in an AmigaDOS command, most users will simply re-type the command. However, this is not necessary as the Shell has the ability to SnoopDOS is an excellent utility lor finding out II m program Is missing a particular flla retrieve previously entered commands with the cursor up and cursor down arrow keys.
Another common problem is a failure to copy libraries when copying utilities or installing applications on a hard drive.
Remember, all AmigaDOS disks have the same structure Itisimportant when copying programs to make sure that any relevant libraries are copied also.
If you have ever seen a requester pop up telling you that you need a library version something or other then you can be sure that you haven't copied all the necessary files across.
Sometimes the requester will appear informing you that you haven't got a certain library in the Ubs directory when in fact you have The deciding factor here is the library version number Almost an library files contain version information which you can use to find out how old or new a library is. You can then Now that version is installed you Should have no problems installing the correct libraries for applications This month's CoverDisk includes a superb utility called SnoopDOS which is ideal for finding out if programs are calling any libraries or other such files.
SnoopDOS opens a window and reports any calls made by applications Anything that is missing is registered as a fail. You can then copy the missing files across.
In next month s issue we will be finding out how to get a printer up and running as well as copying the preferences programs. This will return the statement ‘diskfont library 39.3*. As version is fairly useful it should rea«y be copied onto MyOisk, It is only 4k in size so it won t take up much space on the disk Type in the following command copy or keep the latest version To find out the version number of the diskfont library, for example, type following in the Shell: version HyDisk:libs diskfont.library cop; aversion to Ry*isk:c Amiga Computing IUIOR I HL ©re you ready for another tnp Into
the wonderful world of 68000 machine-code?
Following on from last month, when we took over the system and set up a 32-colour screen. We ll now add the main character of the game, that little yellow blob that answers to the name of Pacman.
PacHing i What we want is Pacman moving around the screen under joystick control.
SO we ll need a routine to read the joystick, and another to draw the spnte onto the screen.
Of course we want the sprite to be animated too. As it would be a bit bonng if he wasn't. That's really no problem though; we just need to change the graphics part in the spnte-structure every frame. What? Trust met First of all we need to decide whether to have Pacman as a software or hardware Sprite. Perhaps I'd better explain what the difference is. A software sprite is one physically drawn onto the screen bitmaps with the blitter; this takes time but there are no restrictions to the number of bobs IBIitter ObjectS). Their size or the number of colours they have.
On the other hand we could use hardware sprites, which are much easier to use and don't take any processor time at all to draw, There are drawbacks though (aren't there always?) - in their basic form there are eight hardware sprites which are a fixed 16 pixels wide and can have only four colours, though two sprites can be ‘attached’, giving one with 16 colours.
DC. W $ 0000. Soooo (END OF SPRITE) XX = X-coordinate of sprite YY
= r-coordinate of spnte NN = line after the last line of
sprite BB = other Oits Fig. 1 Layout ol mprlto •tructurm
collision There is another advantage to using sprites of the
hardware variety in that we can use the hardware collision
detection registers to find out what sprites have run into
other sprites, or a background colour.
It is much better to use the hardware collision registers if you can as they are pixe perfect in their collision detection and of course take no processor time to calculate!
Don't you just hate those games where the programmer has taken it upon himself to code his own collision detection routines, but hasn't done a very good job of it. And you are left fuming when your ship explodes even though you know the other ship didn't touch you?
Talk about rennventing the wheel. All right. I know that there are times when you Can't use the hardware collision detection registers, but they could at least do as good a job at coding their own routines!
There are other ways the hardware helps you if you re coding your own collision detection routines, eg the blitter has a function where you blit two areas together and you are told whether the two areas touched, even With a single pixel. SO there really is no excuse for not coding a decent collision detection system To keep things simple I've decided to use hardware sprites for Pacman and the ghosts. As four colours are a little lir for Pacman I II attach two hardware spnc to form a 16-colour one. The ghosts ah need to be four-colour sprites though, giving us up to six ghosts.
All right, now we've got that sortw s I'll go into how we go about actually setting up our sprites. The first thing to i is to set up the sprite structures, whxh in the form as shown in Fig I. The first two words in the structure *• the control words which contain the sprite s x and y co-ordinates, the scank* after the last line of the sprite (N) and another bit defining if the spnte is attached or not.
Following this is the actual graphics data of the sprite, le what you will aouMt see on the screen. At the end of all the the control words for the next sprite - j you can produce more than one spnte pr DMA channel, providing there is at leas one scanlme between them vertically Reading the keyboard couldn't be easier, because the hardware does all the tricky stuff like handshaking the keyboard for you - all you have to do ll read the byte held in C1AA5DR (SBFECOI J, decode it (see the source code on the CoverDisk) and there is the key code of the key being pressed, If you have a copy of the
Amiga coders bible.
More commonly known as the Amiga Hardware Reference Manual, then look up page 249 to see what codes apply to which keys.
Reading the joystick mouse isn't quite as simple, but iin t difficult either, You read JOYODAT ($ OFF 00A] for port t or JOY1 DAT (JDFFOOC) for port 2. The joystkk has four switches fleft right up down), so when the Joystick is pressed diagonally, two switches are closed (eg left and up).
So you ve got the word you ve read from JOYODAT or JOY 1 DAT. If bit one is one then the right switch is being pressed. If It's zero then K * not. Similarly if bit nine Is one then the left switch Reading the ports is being pressed.
You can test these bits with the BTST instruction (short for Bit TeST), eg btst 9,d0. To test if the joystick has been pressed forward or back isn't as straightforward. You will need to XOR bit zero to bit one to find the State of the back switch, and XOR bit eight to bit nine to find the state of the forward switch.
Again, if you can t get your head round what rm saying here then look at this month s source code to see how it’s actually done In practice. We want to test for the Fire button being pressed too
- the state of the Fire button is stored in bit six of C1AAPRA
(SBFEOOf) for port one and bit seven for port two; a zero means
the Fire button is being pressed while a one means it isn't.
For example, the piece of code below would wait for the Fire button of the joystick plugged into port two (the normal joystkk port) to be pressed, you would call it with a bsr wait fire: While we re on the subject I II explain briefly how you read the mouse. Just like with the joystkk, you read JOYODAT or JOY1 DAT depends; on whkh port the mouse is plugged into (usually port onc|.
First of all. The word Is spilt into two bytes, the high byte being the vertical state of the mouse ana the low byte the horizontal state. Now, what you have to do every frame is subtract the new x and y values from the old values from the last frame.
So what you are left with is the difference from the last frame to the present one for the horizons and vertical directions. If you want a mouse potnte on the screen like the one on the Workbench screen then you just have to add these values to your x and y coordinates, check that dOCSh t put the pointer off the screen, then call your routine that sets the sprite s control words.
Amiga Computing i u i ? N i n i Adding the Patman character to our game is the subject of the second part of fTlarh Jachson's Assembler series fa 17 Transparent Colour 1 Colour2 Colour 3 Spntes 0& 1 Col 16 Col 17 Col 18 Col 19 Spntes 263 Col 20 Col 21 Col 22 Col 23 Spntes 46.5 Col 24 Col 25 Col 26 Col 27 Spntes 56.6 Col 28 Col 29 Col 30 Col 31 Fig. 3 Allocation of colouri for hardware sprites
* »«*’ ? S si B "SP Assembler Now as I've said before, the main
Pacman sprite is going to be a 16-colour attached one It is
very easy to attach two spntes once you've done all of the
tricky stuff of setting the control words on the first sprite -
all you have to do is copy the control words from the first
spnte to the second one so they both appear at exactly the same
position on the screen, then just set the attach bit of the
second spnte s second control word (bit seven) Simple as thatl
The spntes you attach must be sprite pairs though, ie you can
attach sprite one Bit number 15 14 13 12 II 09 08 07 06 05 04
03 02 01 00 Word 1 Y7 Y6 Y5 Y4 Y3 Y2 VI Y0 X8 X7 X6 X5 X4 X3 X2
XI Word 2 N7 N6 N5 N4 N3 N2 Nl NO A - - - - Y8 N8 xo A =
Attachment bit Fig. 2 Format ol control word* However, if you
don't want any more spntes you put two zero words in to mark
the end.
This all sounds pretty easy so far. But nothing in life is as easy as you first thinkl To make life more difficult. Commodore decided to split up the bits that make up the
* . Y & n coordinates, so the layout of the control words ends up
looking like Fig II. To g ve a horizontal range of 0 to 447 and
a vertical range of 0 to about 300 requires nine bits of data
(eight bits only give a range from Q to 255|.
SiGfiiFimni The most significant bits of the y coordinate and the line after the last line of the sprite coordinate and the least significant bit of the x coordinate are stored in the last three bits of control word two, while the other eight bits of each of them are grouped together as bytes and stored as shown in Fig II.
Some coders don't bother using Y8. N8 6.
X0 for ease of use (or because they're too lazy to code a proper routine); this means that the spnte can only be posmoned on an even x coordinate and can t enter the bottom 56 lines of the screen!
Of course, we ll use a proper routine. To see how the bits are set in the control words look at the source code on this month's CoverDisk. The way I do it is to work on the coordinates as separate words and then every frame, set the control words from them.
To spnte zero, sprite three to sprite two.
Sprite five to sprite four and sprite seven to sprite six. You couldn't, for example, attach spnte two to sprite six.
The spnte pairs are used for other things too. Like hardware collision detection; you can only test for collisions between sprite pairs, eg if sprite zero or one has hit spnte four or five, or sprite six or seven Some thought therefore needs to be given to which sprites you use for which things; if you were writing a Breakout- style game with the bat and ball as hardware sprites, you wouldn't want to make the bat spnte 0 and the ball sprite I as you couldn't use the hardware method to detect a collision between them The spnte pairs come up again when you come to set the sprite's colours. Each
sprite pair can have a separate set of colours, the hardware spntes using colours 17-31 The colour allocation is shown in Fig III The video priority between hardware sprites is fixed; sprite zero appears above sprite one, which appears above spnte two. And so on. However you can set the order in which they appear in relation to the playfield (the normal screen), or playfields if you've set up a dual-playfield screen, with BPLCQN2. We want all sprites to appear above the playfield. So we ll set BPLCON2 to $ 20.
BlIIIEH You may nonce in this month's source code that I've used the blitter to copy the ‘are you ready?’, ‘paused" and ‘game over' graphics onto the screen (after copying what was already on the screen into a buffer of course, so we can restore it after).
Well, I haven't got time this month to go into the inner workings of the Amiga s infamous blitter chip, but you can look forward to that in a future article I'll be back next month with more tales from machine code land about setting up our screen with all those little dots and paths and things, while not forgetting the hardware collision detection.
Amiga Computing I ontmuing our saga on interfacing I with Arexx. This month we are I looking at function hosts. In contrast to a command host, which allows specific commands to he sent to it, a function host allows new functions to be added to Arexx. As if the host was a library.
The functions added are global, and they will be available to any calling Arexx program; the program does not even need to know that the host is running, as this is taken care of by the resident process.
There are advantages and disadvantages to using function hosts. On the minus side, the global naming convention used by function hosts could cause a name clash.
It may also be better for a user to know that he is sending his messages to a specific package
- this way he has a dearer idea Of what is going on.
On the plus side, function hosts handle results in a neater manner than command hosts, since you do not have to use the; Functi OPTIONS UNITS; ; tOOtESS ‘hostid- dress* 'hostcotaand'; tsIINLT;... kludge. With a function host all you need is an expression like; lsflOJtl«ncti9D(irjuients) to achieve the same end. Ultimately, the choice of which interface to use depends on the programmer and the specific program requirements.
Broadly speaking, there are two cases where you are likely to need an Arexx interface. Their distinction is by no means clear cut. And there can be a great deal of overlap. They are when the program needs to be controlled externally, perhaps remotely, and when it needs to provide a batch language for its users Back to Arexx basics In the first case, a command host is probably a better idea, while in the second case a function host may do a better job. Especially if a lot Of results are involved.
Since - for the purposes of Arexx - a function host behaves pretty much like a library, it could be used to prototype a library of useful functions.
Sunnary Trace Conso By now. You should be quite familiar with the Arexx hierarchy of function resolution. »e I. program defined functions. 2 built-in Arexx functions, 3. Libraries and function hosts, and 4.
External Arexx macro programs fin REXX; or the current directory).
DirSize CD- here Whatls?
Open Close TS TE version narkers » icons » HALT Arexx The RXL1B command |without any arguments) will show you all the libraries and hosts available to the Arexx system at any time.
This command is also used to attach new libraries, but function hosts are responsible for attaching themselves to the system This is described below.
We have already said that despite their apparent differences, funcoon hosts and command hosts are quite similar in their underlying structure The main differences are in the way that the message gets to the host, and the way that the arguments and results are handled However, both hosts are quite similar in their basics. Once it gets a valid message, the host must decode the RexxArgs fsee previous issue) so that it knows what the command function is and what the arguments are From then on. It is entirely up to the programmer to decide what action to take.
When it is time to reply to the message (preferably as soon as possible) the appropriate RexxArgs are created, stuffed into the message slots, and the message is then replied to.
In order for the function host to register itself with Arexx. So that Arexx can check if any undefined functions belong to it it must send a special command |rm_Action) to the resident process.
This is known as the RXADDFH command and is defined as the four-byte value 07000000'x. It is the first command that must be sent by the host After this, the function host will be checked for all calls which are not program-defined or built-in.
When the RXADDFH command is sent, its first argument is the name of the host s port.
I have devoted most of the space in the last four issues to fairly technical subjects, so here, out of consideration to newer users, we ll look at certain neat tricks that will enable you to streamline the use of your system, and also get a feel of how best to use Arexx All of you will have noticed the Workbench menu called Tools which normally has only Ualng a tool manmgor (9 ftdd custom Arokm support to tho Workbonch Workbench Window leans Tools MB-Extra SH Workbench_ Ran Disk a Hilbert a WorkBench and its second argument is the port s priority Likewise there is a RXREMFH command for when
the function hosts wants to disconnect from the Arexx system.
Since just about every element of the Amiga s OS kernel has a priority, ports are no exception and this can be used to give a small increase m speed by giving the port a slightly higher priority than other Arexx pons running at the same time This means that this port will be the first one encountered when the system list are searched. Incidentally, you may have noticed that this is the same technique employed by the RexxView utility which was included in the last issue By creating a port called REXX and giving it a slightly higher priority than the regular REXX port, it allows it to intercept
any messages going to REXX so that we can monitor them before they are passed them on to their one item - Reset WB Some (probably most) of you will also know that there are several utilities available (eg Tool Manager.
ToolsDeamon and so on) that allow you to launch programs of your choice from these menus Most of these utilities are freely distributable, so it is really worth your while getting copies Whereas these tool manager- n Open+Start Amiga Computing _ egitimate owner. This may not be the most egal of Arexx programming techniques, but it s certainty handy for our purposes at this stage!
Kt rw as idoa iein he Here is a code fragment showing how a function host would add itself to the system.
We use the same system that we have used in our examples so far. Ie an Arexx program which combines rexxsupport.library calls, along with a number of exec, library calls where rexxsuppon is not flexible enough. We use rxgen. Library to access the Exec functions directly from Arexx. |See listing IJ.
For the sake of clarity we do not include any checks here. But. Of course, they are essential if the program is to have any semblance of robustness. The host must also release the system at some stage using RXREMFH
• We will look at a complete version of this program next time.
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Li*ting I hosts type programs allow you to launch applications
without having to open up drawers, their main strength is that
they allow Workbench mouse selections to be used as parameters
This means that you can select a Workbench icon and pass it to
an Arexx scnpt as an argument.
I have found several excellent uses for this.
Here is one I use all the time. Do you sometimes use the Workbench to examine files that are deeply nested on a hard disk drive or even a CD-ROM. And then need to do some more elaborate work, which requires a Shell?
You have to open a Shell window and type in the directory you need, which may be a very long name indeed, eg: Vork:subdir1 subdir2 ... subdirll. If you have to do this a lot, it can get irritating.
The following little script can be attached to your tool manager utility and will automatically open a Shell window with the current directory set to the icon you have clicked on, no matter • CDMrt.rtxi * RAISE ARG 'II'i her. *22*i * httriinc if our selection is i directory, * ' i siaple file, or in icon (.info) vithout i file V PARSE VALUE 5tlt«F(herf HITH type .
SELECT VMEM type * 'FILE' THEN CALL CctlirllNtO WHEN type : 'Dll' THEN CALL CmereO OTHEIHISE 00 kcre * here || '.info' IF Eiists(htrt) THEN CALL GetHrNneO ELSE »0 * Tou should NfvEt get here ‘ SAY ‘String* Error selection: 1 her* 'Oi'i 'is not a file or Dir!'
How deeply nested it isl I have called the scnpt Cdhere.rexx. (see listing IIJ and I use it with N Francois's excellent ToolsDeamon.
Note that the first line in the GetDirNamel) function assumes that you have added RegExp.library to your system I desenbed this library, and the regular expression syntax, back in the January issue. If you do not have it, you must use an alternate way to extract the directory name only from the full path name.
There are several ways to do this. Here is a macro based on using the position of the last or T encountered. Note that it assumes that the argument is of the form Dev:dirl dir2 dir3. .. etc and does not check this: •OirNaie.reii : get the directory niae1 fulln»ee=»rg(i) col«li»tpoif:' futlnaat) sla±ltitp6i(' ',fullniM) iirk:iix(eol,sli) PARSE VAR futlnaic dirnait tairk filemae RETURN dirnut Ell EXIT 0 GetlirNaae: lere = RESubitrlhere,*.?[: ]') CALL CDNereO RETURN CbHere: Prigaal'd'fhere) AD9RESS CORNAND 'neushtll ail:' RETURN EIIT 5 Ell ENR If you use the above method, then you should
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They can be used to replace much of the work of bulky directory managers Some of the commoner uses I have found include handling the Arexx tracing console, creating a friendlier interface to archivers like zoo and lha. Getting directory sizes and information about files, as well as several specialised and individual uses.
Some of these uses could be handled by AmigaDOS scripts, but most would be too awkward, especially if they had nontrivial parsing or mathematical requirements.
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For instance, mark sections of a song for repeats then have the notes of the song flashed as the section is played When you are learning to read music suclj facilities are quite useful TEEIHinC One piece of bad news that hasn't received the attention that it should is that Deluxe Music seems to be having more than its fair share of teething troubles I've even been able to crash the program at times by just attempting to load a Midi file (some load OK, some don't). To their credit Electronic Arts are rapidly sorting out the problems, so if you've already bought a copy and are having
difficulties then get onto EA's technical support team (0753 549442) for the latest update disk.
• Deluxe Music 2 costs £67 90 and is available from Hobbyte
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There are however plenty of users who are finding that some sort of notation facilities are a useful extra to have around and at the more affordable end of the market there are two Amiga music programs that, to some extent, fit the bill.
One of these is Deluxe Music 2. The new version of Electronic Arts' Deluxe Music Construction Set program which made a relatively quiet entry into the marketplace during the latter part of last year, Because of its price, integral score handling facilities, the ability to operate with both Midi and internal Amiga sounds, and the fact that it is primarily aimed at home users, the program superficially bears comparison to the other affordable notation-oriented contender - Dr T's Tiger Cub. I say superficially because while these two packages have all the above goals in common, they are actually
aimed at very different markets as far as usage is concerned.
Deluxe Music 2 is not a sequencer as such - it's more an interactive musical notation program. Composition revolves around Deluxe Music's Score Window which appears on the screen, together with the Tool Window and Piano Keyboard, when the program first loads You enter music into this window in one of four ways: By loading a song from disk: by selecting notes from a Tool window and dropping them onto the staff; by playing them on the on-screen piano keyboard; or by entering them via a Midi keyboard connected to your Amiga with a Midi interface.
Deluxe Music 2 is easy to use and the latest version has many new features. Up to 48 staves can be used, you can have multiple song projects open at the same time, and there is improved note resolution |64th notes and rests and septuplets are available).
A stand-alone player module, keystroke macros and an Arexx interface have been added and the Midi options now include some long awaited Midi file support.
The key element as far Deluxe Music is concerned however is that the score display facilities are interactive. Once entered into a importance of dots Dr rs Tiger Cub goes in rather a different direction to Deluxe Mus»c. Basically Tiger Cub is a 12-track Midi sequencer with rock solid timing that also offers good internal sound facilities. In addition to this the package includes a QuickScore module which is able to convert Tiger Cub sequence data into conventional musical scores.
Unlike Deluxe Music, though, the score handling facilities are view print only (although some notation display adjustments are provided). To edit notes you must leave QuickScore and return to Tiger Cub's sequencer- style editing.
These edit facilities revolve around a notation scheme whereby notes are displayed as horizontal bars with the horizontal length of a bar indicating the duration of the note.
The height of a particular note stem represents the note on velocity; it measures how hard notes are struck (both of these aspects can be edited individually using the mouse).
The graphic editor works on a single track at a time using a track window which provides gadgets for inserting, copying and moving notes, changing the edit screen display magnification and so on. There’s also a controller window available for editing controllers, pitch bend data, aftertouch and so on.
Tiger Cub can be used without any Midi equipment at all but in all honesty it functions best as an entry-level Midi sequencer. In this guise it does a very good job indeed.
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First I would humbly suggest you go and buy the New Hacker's Dictionary |MIT Press) edited by Enc Raymond This book is a hardcopy version of the famous Usenet Jargon File, which was collected together as a son of frequently asked questions file on the kind of language used on the nets and in computer circles.
It grew and grew, and indeed even after this book was published it still continued to grow and is available on-line in many forms This book is a son of document of where the jargon file was at in 1991. And although it’s a big thick book, it's meant to be dipped into at random and cross referenced. It contains entries like the following; fritterware n An excess of capability that serves no productive end. The canonical example is the font-diddling software on the Mac (see macdink), the term describes anything that eats huge amounts of time for quite marginal gains in function but seduces people
into using it anyway.
Like kicking dead whales down the beach adj. Describes a slow, difficult, and disgusting process. First popularized by a famous quote about the difficulty of getting work done under one of IBM's mainframe Oses. 'Well, you could write a C compiler in COBOL, but it would be like kicking dead whales down the beach * See also fear and loathing.
Hack I. n. Originally, a quick job that produces what is needed, but not well. 2. N. An incredibly good, and perhaps very time consuming piece of work that produces exactly what is needed. 3. Vt. To bear emotionally or physically. 'I can't hack this head* 4. Vt. To work on something (typically a program). In an immediate sense; *What are you doing?* Tm hacking TECO." In a general (time extended) sense; ‘What do you do around here?* *1 hack TECO’ More generally. ‘I hack foo* is roughly equivalent to "foo is my major interest (or project)' 'I hack solid state physics." 5. Vt. To Game, net and
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'Oh. Just hacking." 7. N. short for hacker. 8. See nethack
anything about computers It would save us all a lot of grief.
The second item of reading matter is Wired magazine. It s the hackers' magazine of choice, and regularly features new areas Of the net to go and explore, plus a number of really good related topics.
You can get it from Counter Productions, PO Box 556. London. SE5 ORL. Send for a free catalogue of other great and weird books and magazines.
As you can see a comprehensive and very readable tome for the light-hearted hacker, it also has the best definition of the word hacker I've ever seen! Any stupid tabloid journalist should check this book out before writing running for just under a year now, and has attracted over 350 regular users. Well worth a look IMHO.* More of you sysops are sending me letters and email about your BBSs, and although I can't guarantee I'll visit them and review them, I will always give them a mention. Send your details to the usual address.
First up is Robert Dale who writes BBS Watch J K L M 1 ” 1 Pm 0 In case you didn't know. IMHO is net-speak for In My Humble Opinion. Also you might like to try this suggestion from Paul Sherlock: "I am writing to tell you about a BBS system called Wacky Carrot. It is based in West Mailing in Kent on 0732 871878.1 started downloading files but could not run them, so I left a message for the sysop and he was extremely helpful, talking me through all the compacting and archiving utils.'
* 1 enjoyed your recent article... and you asked for details of
other bulletin boards (a follow up to Lee Sander s letter).
Well, you're more than welcome to give mine a bell on 081-683
3536! It s called Darkside, is on-line 24 hours using a 16k8
HST modem, has over 200 echoes from Fido, Amiganet and
Mercurynet and runs on the Xenolink Pro BBS software.
File buffs are catered for with 1.2 gigs of hard drive file space (about X full at the moment) and a CD-ROM on-line (currently the AmiNet CD, but with several others available ) The BBS has been What a nice chap. It's worthwhile learning about compaction and archive utilities, just in case you happen across some wacky ones on the Net. I'll perhaps do a run-down of some of the weirder ones next time.
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One of the best routines I've seen this month is a urtque method of sending text onto the screen, created by Malcolm Lavery. Mai has contributed a number of routines on disk and we'll be visiting his source code periodically over the next few months.
Winter in July various positions in the line using the following routine HhtlHHHBIItlttttlMB TES*RidS(TEXS,P0S,37) fir Hritins 0 Ink 1,0 Teit 10,10,TEI This routine sends text snowing in from the top of the screen. The effect is quite hypnotic, and very cleverly done " Inovirtj Tilt
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