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Stateside company Btue Ribbon. makers of music and muttmedia hardware and software, have promised to continue their support for Amiga owners in response to Commodore s recent tiquidafion. Métissa Jordan Crey. Biue Ribbon s président stated; "t encourage [users] to get the most out of [their] Amiga investment. Our mutual support wit) ensure a bright future for fhe Amiga tong affer Commodore s issues have been resolved." Ribbon: Pledging tboir support fer Amiga owner* ta M** future Robocop; Amiga toebnoiogy ôt Mie cutting edge o toi*vi*ion production Uiden toaster and Enbotno join fortes The new tetevision sehes detailing the continuing adventures of meta) law enforcer Robocop has recentty finished its production cycle of 20 épisodes. Many of fhe visual effects within each show were created using a video toaster and an Amiga 4000. The graphics rendered and drawn tuctude the interactive computer readouts on the monitors in the Robocruiser. in the Métro South squad room. and in the tabo-ratories. among others. "We also create the imaging in Robocop s visor for targeting, computer (ceding and diagnostics." explains Lee Witson. visua! effects supervises for the production," as weti as the backgrounds for Diana's trip through Robocop's neuro-nets, and ihe origins! computer animation of the heticopter. "in a merging of the two Systems, the heticopter was buitt and animated in the computer using the Toaster and Lightwave 3D program and flown over Data City," Stephen Downing. executive producer of the sériés, explains how the Amiga 4000 ended up as part of the crew on the most expensive sériés produced in Canadian tetevision history: "Shortty into production Lee came to us and asked if we would buy this incredible piece of computer equipment. tt was not in our budget, but we tâtked it out and SKYVt-$ ton decided to support the department. hoping the added computer would pay for itself.

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Document sans nom Issue 77 September ¦ 1994 £3.99 Overseas price £4.25 Hfl 18.95 A mouth-watering look at Lightwave PAL the software responsible for Robocop th series - PLUS all its essential add-ons PageStream 3.0 Exclusive: The DTP package the Amiga world has been waiting for Product reviews MainActor • Vital software I 1 I owl for any Amiga animator Facts not fiction - the Retin i • The next guide to Amiga gaming generatiorrin Amiga graphics CJES Report ¦ The latest ¦ S games news from the States I ¦ g Home Studio ¦ Essential I i ft info for any musician I ! K Blitz Basic - The start of I IS our
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The best-value real-time video digitiser you can buy; VideoMaster gives you the ability to record real-time monochrome video with sound at 25 frames per second as well as quality full-screen stills from your camcorder or video recorder.
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Bi| Hdflfn PHILLIPS *: Dixons, owners of the electrical chain stores, have pulled out of the Amiga market indefinitely. With the uncertain future of Commodore, it would appear that the retail company is waiting to see the outcome of any potential buyouts before deciding to restock.
DiHons dissent "The situation is up for review as with any range, but the situation with Commodore is somewhat unusual", said Nicola Marsden. Corporate affairs officer for the retail company.
On questioning Dixons about their future plans for the Commodore home computer and console range. Marsden added: ‘I couldn’t give any commitment either way at this stage."
At Commodore’s UK headquarters. David Pleasance. Managing director, commented on Dixon’s move: ‘It’s very typical - Dixons have always been fine when they're friends with any manufacturer.
‘Unfortunately, they have a nervousness about what is going to happen to the Amiga, so they sell off what they have in their stores and hold their breath, waiting until something happens. When the [hangp5 at the top I _ Following the downturn in Commodore’s fortunes and its subsequent liquidation, it was revealed that Med hi Ali, president of Commodore International, has left. While other key figures have been relieved of their jobs by the administrators brought in after the bankcruptcy, many have been reemployed as advisors.
According to David Pleasance of Commodore UK. Medhi Ali has left the company “because his services were no longer required". The two individuals selected to replace him are Hock Tan and Ed Goss.
There is also some speculation at the moment suggesting that Commodore’s litigation against FMG and Steve Franklin, the former director of the UK division, are being dropped. This however was strongly denied by David Pleasance.
Hadhl All: Mow the lormar proaidant of Commodoro International situation is good again, they return to the scene."
While, in the immediate future, Dixons' move may not bode well for Commodore's image in the eyes of the consumer, David Pleasance is confident about the eventual outcome: ”1 can't say I'm happy about what they are going to do... but I think it's a shortterm situation".
[ommodorQ to saue Commodore?
After months of waiting for a buyer to step in and rescue Commodore. Computer Trade Weekly, an industry paper, has revealed that a surprise buyout package created by current and former Commodore management may well be the business' most likely future.
The buy-out is said to have been formulated by lead figures in management. R&D employees in the US and a component manufacturer. If they succeed in buying the company, it is unlikely that that Commodore's sub- sidaries will survive.
The end result of such a deal is that the once American business would operate and be registered in Britain from Commodore s UK offices in Maidenhead.
Hopes are that the management buy-out would see a more stable and small company structure emerging from the ashes of bankcrupcty.
Succb55 Far Sqlluest SyQuest Technology, suppliers of removable Winchester disk cartridges and associated drives, has settled its litigations with Iomega Corporation and Nomai S.A. Under a definitive settlement agreement. SyQuest will receive royalty payments from the two companies in exchange for a licence of certain intellectual property rights relating to SyQuest 44MB and 85 MB 5.25in cartridges.
Also, according to SyQuest, hardware produced by Iomega and Nomai is being passed off by certain resellers as genuine SyQuest cartridges- In some cases, Iomega and Nomai resellers have advertised what appear to be genuine SyQuest cartridges, sometimes with the logo or pictures of SyQuest cartridge packing.
However, when customers examine the cartridges sold, they turn out to be Iomega and Nomai cartridges instead.
To assist customers who have experienced damage to their SyQuest SQ555 and SQ5110 drives caused by the Iomega or Nomai cartridges, the company will honour its warranties on the drives if Iomega and Nomai pay for the cost of the repairs.
As a final sting in the tail. SyQuest will also sell its drives and cartridges to the two companies, who will be able, in turn, to offer dissatisfied customers suffering from damage by Iomega and Nomai cartridges genuine SyQuest products as replacements.
‘We’re pleased to settle these litigations on such a favourable basis," said David Everett, SyQuest's executive vice president of sales and marketing." Iomega and Nomai have clearly recognised the superiority of SyQuest's Winchester technology.mn ‘Our consistent legal position has been that manufacture and sale of cartridges by Iomega and Nomai illegally infringed SyQuest's intellectual property rights.
Our position has now been vindicated."
Amiga Computing SEPTEMBER 1994 1- IH1I5 BRIEFS |[PG membBrship The Independent Commodore Products Group is offering half year membership for six months up to the December 31 1994 for just £12 for potential UK members.
The 16-year-old group offers a wide range of services including a journal concerning Commodore and PC issues, free public domain software, regional groups, technical advice, bulletin boards and discounts.
For more information, contact John Bickerstaff at ICPG on 081-651 5436.
Sham stoppers The European Technology in Learning Show is appearing for the first time at the NEC and is targeted at both business and educational sectors. Running from the 16 to 18 November, the exhibition will cover a variety of subjects from the information superhighway to virtual reality classrooms.
For further details, call Julie Smith on 0254 676025.
Live ‘94. The consumer electronics show, is being held at Earls Court from 20 to 25 September. The exhibition looks at not only computer games but television, video, photography and music equipment and more.
Tickets cost between £4-7 and can be pre-booked on 0891 500103.
Sweet talk Dragonhead Press have announced the 1994 Poetry Competition whith the winning collection being published in an edition of the Internet-based journal Living Poets.
Budding technobards should write to Sean Woodward at 11 Menin Road.
Allestree, Derby, DE3 2NL for an entry form.
Big ba5h The BBC's Big Bash exhibition is coming to the NEC in Birmingham between the 6th - 9th October. Featuring a series of six distinctively themed “worlds" for the visitors to walk through that include fashion, sports and entertainment, the BBC are promising the event to be “the ultimate interactive show”.
Contact the ticket hotline on 021-767 4111 for entry prices and bookings.
Priuate prosecution for piraci] The Crime Unit recently created by ELSPA to combat software theft has had its first success, with a private prosecution brought against pirateer Philip Richards. A private investigator working for the association discovered that Richards was illegally copying and selling games software.
The prosecution was brought following a visit by the investigator to Richards’ home in December 1993. There, Richard copied and sold the ELSPA man four programs for the Amiga
1200. Police later raided the house and seized both computer
equipment and over 2000 computer disks.
The magistrates at Kettering Magistrates Court in Northumberland found Richards guilty of breaching section 107 of the Copyright. Designs and Patent Act 1988. He was fined £75 for each of the four copied programs he attempted to sell, and was charged £250 costs.
Other successes are three raids carried Out netting pirated CD software worth £10 million.
John Loader, chief investigator for the Crime Unit, said: "We warned that new low-cost CD-R copying equipment could potentially lead to huge losses for UK software producers and could lead to the distribution of high quality pornographic mate rial on CD.
“The retrieval of £10m worth of software on just 500 Cds perfectly illustrates the enormous threat posed to the commercial software industry."
Members of the public with information on illegal software should contact ELSPA on 0386 833810. All calls will be treated in confidence.
Blue ribbon pledge; Stateside company Blue Ribbon, makers of music and multmedia hardware and software, have promised to continue their support for Amiga owners in response to Commodore's recent liquidation.
Melissa Jordan Grey. Blue Ribbon's president stated: "I encourage [users] to get the most out of [their] Amiga investment.
Our mutual support will ensure a bright future for the Amiga long after Commodore's issues have been resolved.” Blue Ribbon: Pledging their %upport for Amiga owner* in the future Uideo toaster and Boborop join forces The new television series detailing the continuing adventures of metal law enforcer Robocop has recently finished its production cycle of 20 episodes.
Many of the visual effects within each show were created using a video toaster and an Amiga 4000. The graphics rendered and drawn include the interactive computer readouts on the monitors in the Robocruiser, in the Metro South squad room, and In the laboratories, among others.
“We also create the imaging in Robocop's visor for targeting, computer feeding and diagnostics." Explains Lee Wilson, visual effects supervisor for the production," as well as the backgrounds for Diana's trip through Robocop’s neuro-nets, and the original computer animation of the helicopter.
"In a merging of the two systems, the helicopter was built and animated in the computer using the Toaster and Lightwave 3D program and flown over Delta City."
Stephen Downing, executive producer of the series, explains how the Amiga 4000 ended up as part of the crew on the most expensive series produced in Canadian television history: "Shortly into production Lee came to us and asked if we would buy this incredible piece of computer equipment. It was not in our budget, but we talked it out and SKYVI- SION decided to support the department, hoping the added computer would pay for itself.
“A few days after the toaster arrived I came into work to find the entire visual effects crew still in the department after pulling an all- nighter. The outstanding work they delivered saved the production time and money, creating elements we didn't have to sub-contract to other companies."
The series itself has already been syndicated to 110 countries worldwide and, for British Robocop followers, the intention at the moment is to release the series straight on to video and then to sell it to television.
Amiga Computing SEPTEMBER 1994 T VIPER 680 3 0 TURBO I ...£159 ...£239 ...£309 ...£479 FPU running up to 50MHz Industry standard 72pin Simms RAM upgradable to 8MB 68882 Maths Co-processor On-board battery backed clock Faster than an Amiga 4000 030 Up to a440% speed improvement CO-PROCESSORS 20MHz FPU ,,,,,.,,£25 33MHz FPU .. 40MHz FPU ...£80 50MHz FPU ..£120 SCSI-II Adaptor £79 Power Drives ® XL I .76MB DRIVE The XL Drive can be used with any Amiga Computer, and allows you to store a massive
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XL Drive I.76MB External £89.95 XL Drive 1.76MB Internal £79.95 XL Drive 1,76MB Internal A4000 £89.95 INTERNAL DRIVES We use the same drive mechanisms as Commodore.
PC881A500 Internal drive ...£40 PC882 A2000 Internal drive .....£40 PC883 A600 1200 Internal drive......£50 RIVE The Power Drive is the most impressive drive of its kind on the market and now includes Blitz Amiga and Floppy Expander. Floppy Expander allows you to compress files only on floppy disks by up to 50%.
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Stanley Street, Bedford MK41 7RW T*l 0234 273000 Fcx 0234 352207 NEWS I [?mpu5erue seruices and membership are groining According to details released by the American-based on-line service CompuServe. Membership in Britain is growing at the rate of more than 1.000 per week and is currently in excess of 48.000. ‘More and more people are finding out what we early on-line members know - online services are key resources." Said Cheryl Currid, who monitors the on-line services market for Currid & Company.
“It doesn't surprise me to see the masses discover the benefits of on-line services. I just wonder why it took them so long."
After the announcement of further services specifically aimed at the UK market, the PA News wire is now available providing, up-to- the-minute news in several categories including general, financial, sports and parliamentary. Law and royal reports.
At election time PA On-line will include a special category for results of local and national contests.
Clive Marshall, sales director of PA News added: ‘Every national newspaper and broadcaster uses the PA service of news and sports information. Now CompuServe users can access that service directly and read stories that broke just a few seconds ago."
The on-line service has also introduced the Video Game Publishers Forum and Video Games Forum. Through these new services, CompuServe members can see previews of new games for the CD32, talk strategy and receive hints, tips and shortcuts on their favourite games.
The Video Games Publishers Forum provides an opportunity to interact with publishers such as Accolade, Spectrum Holobyte.
Konami and Data East.
Customer support representatives and game designers will be on-line to provide news, product announcements, game codes, screen samples, sound files and more.
The Video Games Forum is a special interest group of players using the CD32 and other consoles. Here, the players can discuss the merits of various hardware and exchange reviews, commentary and playing tips with their fellow enthusiasts.
There’s a lot of excitement in the gaming world about inter-console connectivity," said CompuServe product marketing associate Jim Pascua.
“By participating in our forums, players can get the latest news on this and other subjects. As well as make the most of the gaming technology they already have."
For further details, call CompuServe on 0800 289378.
A 17-year-old school pupil. Mark Holmes from Dundee, has won an Individual Award in a national competition organised by the NCET (National Council for Edudaional Technology) for his Amiga- based animation work. Holme's submission consisted of a hand-drawn animated title sequence, introducing the subject of surrealism.
The work was produced on a 1200 with the aid of Deluxe Paint 4. Holmes added; ‘Buying an Amiga is a good choice. It’s an excellent tool within the price range of a novice or amateur."
The reward for his artistic efforts is a Philips CD-i that will be given to the Kirton High School where he studies.
ProtEHt improuQments To celebrate Amor’s 10th birthday, the company is releasing Protext 6.5, an upgraded version of their successful word processing package. The highlights include a graphical print preview, improved spelling checker. Auto-Correct spelling and an automatic expansion of abbreviations among others.
The price of the Protext 6.5 has been reduced by over 50% to 299 and owners of the previous versions, can upgrade at a reduced rate. Contact Amor on 0733 68909 for more information.
Premier prices Premier Vision has announced the arrival of the Premier Nevada and Premier Nevada Plus Broadcast Systems. The former gives full non-lin- ear digital audio eight-track recording with broadcast quality video for £5,999 and features a 1,5Gb hard disk and 6Mb of RAM.
The Nevada Plus has the addition of Lightwave 3, the award winning Bars and Pipes Pro 2.5B, Multiframe and Art Department Professional. The package retails at £6.999 and includes one day of training.
Finally. Premier Vision has announced a reduction in price for the Sunrize AD516 non-linear hard disk audio recording board from £1299 to £999.
The AD516 board provides automated cross fading. Instant on-screen editing and full drag and crop cue list manipulation.
For further details, contact Andy Bishop or Andy Gould on 071-721 7050.
Networking for gour (D Weird Science is releasing a networking system that enables users to connect either a CD32 or CDTV to another Amiga. By setting up a Sernet link between the CD32 and an Amiga, or a Parnet link between a CDTV and another Amiga, the CD-ROM is configured to provide a Workbench environment allowing the transfer of data from it to a master machine.
Also included is a set of software to start the user off - PD Photo CD, the latest batch of Fred Fish and Purchasing promise Hmiga user luins multimedia priee Indi Direct Mail has launched a purchasing scheme to entice consumers and existing users into the Amiga market. Indi says that any customer who buys any product with a value of £100 or more can use it for six months and then pay the price without any interest charges.
The only criteria for this amazing scheme is that Our customer fills in a credit application form, selects a payment period and passes our normal credit checks."
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Indi Direct Mail can be contacted on 0543 419999.
Blittersoft deuelopments Blittersoft is now shipping the new Picasso Video Encoder. PABLO, with all cabling supplied, as well as a full version of the MainActor animation software. The package is retailing at £149.95. Also available is the Ariadne, a fast ethernet Zorro II board that offers two additional parallel ports. Costing £249.95. the system is compatible with SANA II and comes supplied with the Commodore licensed ENVOY software.
Two upgrade kits are available for owners of the Amiga who wish to upgrade to the official Commodore 3.1 ROM.
For the A500 1500 and 2000. Users can expect to pay £84.95 and for the A3000 4000 kit. £94.95. For further details, call Paul Lesurf at Blittersoft on 0908 220196.
Amos PD disks, 74 utility disks, over 500 images in 256 colours and more.
The Introductory price is £29.99 for both the Network CD and CD32 cable combined. The Parnet cable for CDTV owners costs £9.99. For further details, contact David Law on 0533 340682.
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Euolution of an image USA ot on the heels of ASDG’s major ADPro
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Although the program doesn't look that different on the
outside, the underlying engine has been souped up considerably.
It’S like putting a 5.0 litre Mustang engine under the hood of an Escort
- it doesn’t really look different, but it's likely to leave
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I've had the opportunity to play with a beta test version of the program and am quite impressed.
Keep in mind that as this was written It was still over a month from release, some of these features might change, and other features could be added at the last minute.
Memory permitting, you can now work with multiple image buffers.
Thanks to ImageFX's virtual memory support, you should find it easy to work with multiple 24-bit images simultaneously.
Both common and esoteric graphics formats are now part of ImageFX's repertoire, including PICT (bitmap and vector!), PhotoCD, PIC. Sunraster, Silicon Graphics, X-windows, Wavefront. GL and DL animations, and even C64 Koala!
A Datatypes loader is also planned for AmigaDOS 3 users. Animators will be ecstatic to learn that ImageFX 2.0 will include an Mpeg digital video player, decoder, and encoder. (This is the format used by the CD32 FMV module.) Support is also planned for limited loading and saving of QuickTime animations.
The program's painting abilities have been greatly improved. Paper textures let you make it appear as if you're painting on canvas or a textured surface, similar to the effects available in Fractal Design Painter for the Macintosh.
This effect is heightened when using the new watercolour. Crayon, chalk, and colour-mixer draw modes.
The air brush is improved, with real-time response, increased size and the ability to control fading in and out. New gradient fills are also available, including brick tile, swirl, and wheel fills.
You can preview a number of effects, such as Convolve, Twirl, Rotate, and Apply Texture using the new thumbnail feature. Other effects, such as Relief Map and Transform, have been greatly improved, with better interfaces and more Arexx control.
New effects include Jiggle, Pebble, RampEdge, Lightning. Spherize. 3-D Rotate, and Straw.
Tnoppint Selecting portions of an image is now easier thanks to the addition of moving, “crawling-ant" outlines.
There's a fantastic new autocrop feature - just select the edge colour and the program will crop the edges of the image until no more of that colour remains.
Colour correction between NTSC and PAL systems i$ now provided, which will come in handy if you're creating professional output to be sent over seas.
Text capabilities are greatly improved. First and foremost, you can actually enter multiple lines of text news Denny Rtkin enplores the powerful potential of ImageFH
- w-Q ImageFX 2.0 support* tf xture effects ihat lot you simulate
Imago* on taxturad paper or canvas.
This P-40 tlghtar was originally a digitized photograph. ImageFX 2.0 was used to crop It, than the QllPfiint tlltar was appllad and a papar taxtura added to tha resulting Imago.
Instead of having to create text a line at a time. You can l justify text, and anti-aliasing will eliminate jaggy pixel I edges around fonts.
The update should be available about the time you I are reading this. Pricing wasn't available as this went to I press, but if you're currently an ImageFX user you'll find I this update worth whatever price Nova Design asks.
You may remember that ImageFX 1.0 and 1.5 were ft released by GVP. When the contract came up for 1 renewal. Nova Design, who created ImageFX. And |l GVP agreed to let the rights to the program revert back |j to Nova.
Nova will still support GVP buyers and offer I upgrades to those users. In fad. Nova's Kermit Woodall | promised that the company will endeavor to offer better I technical support for ImageFX, and that they have I some hot plans for the program’s future despite I Commodore's current situation.
IFX 2.0 should be available soon after you read this.
Nova hadn't firmed up UK distribution at press-time, so check with your local dealer, or corttad Nova via e-mail at kermit@cup.portal.com via Internet.
Sidewinders in Teiras One of the best ways to show off your Amiga to your non-computer friends is to play some MOD music files for them. But sometimes it's hard to get them to even come over to the computer to listen.
Thanks to one of America's premier Amiga MOD maniacs, you can now clandestinely impress them by popping some Amiga music into your CD player. Let them dance to a few tunes, then tell them they were created on your favorite computer. _Future Shock 2_ is the first CD from San Antonio. Texas-based Eric Gieseke. The 25-year-old musican is better know to Amigans who've heard his MOD music files as Sidewinder.
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Sidewinder's Future Shock compact disc features this AMIGA-gsnoratad cover by Zak Jarvis.
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EDITORIAL m- _ ver the years Amiga Computing has | always
tried to keep Commodore at Bach Rs [ommodore languish in
liuuidation Paul Rustin asks why am the people uihn made the
Rmiga being treated so poorlg Before reading too far into this
particular box fake a quick glance at the bottom of the page.
If you’ve never really taken much interest in what's
affectionately known as The flannel panel" it’s unlikely
you'll notice anything.
However there's one all important name missing among the motley crew that make up the Amiga Computing editorial team. Alas, after two yedrS of inspired leadership. Stevie Kennedy's name no longer gets a mention.
During a period spanning almost four years. Stevie has been the key player in the development and subsequent success of the magazine, transforming what was a struggling publication into the one by which all others are judged.
Unfortunately for us his talents haven’t gone unnoticed, and as a result he's been abducted and will now be editing one of our key PC titles. Obviously, it's always difficult to lose such an important member of any team, but with a little luck we hope to maintain the tradition of quality that's been the trademark of the “wee man" himself.
On behalf of myself and the rest of the team all that remains is to say bon voyage to a great editor, an inspired journalist and a true friend. All the best mate, and good luck - not that you'll need any... Paul Austin Editor rr arm's length as far as editorial content & concerned - unlike some of the opposition.
Admittedly, during the first 18 months of my r vement with the magazine this wasn’t par- tcuiarty difficult, thanks to Commodore's total eptitude in the PR department.
During this period we received a tiny hand- J of press releases, no product pictures or transparencies, and certainly no machines or tfoal Commodore add-ons.
Its true that with the arrival of Kelly Sumner and the ubiquitous Mr Pleasance. The tide did appear to be turning. However since the big Dang, Commodore seem happy to sit back as Doth users and third-party developers head for a watery grave.
As I write this particular piece Commodore nave already been officially out of business for «ght weeks. As you’re probably well aware, amng this period the rumours have been flying with Phillips. Samsung and Hewlett Packard all in the frame for a take-over.
However not a single word from IBHK o Commodore. Obviously negotiations can be tricky, so it’s not totally surprising the big C are keeping their cards close to their corporate chests.
But even so. What about the people who made the machine a success in the first place? Surely a bigger effort could be made to reassure the users and third-party developers who’ve carried the Amiga over the years.
After all. Who manufactures the machine isn't really the issue, it's the uncertainty that's destroying confidence. Since Commodore’s demise we've received just one faxed press release - and I can only assume the same is true for other magazines.
Obviously, for those sitting in the comfy chairs at Commodore’s head office this probably isn’t of any great concern - especially as Mr Pleasance has stated that there won’t be any redundancies.
Great news for the old boy network, but what about the people at the sharp end. Such as developers and retailers who quite rightly are terrified at the prospect of continuing Amiga development or investing in new stock.
Once these sort of people start to lose faith in a machine we're all in real trouble. Any machine is only as good as the people who support it, and if confidence goes, the machine goes with it - the ST being a prime example.
The really infuriating point is that the machine itself wasn’t even developed by Commodore. In truth, the basic technology was bought and subsequently marketed under the Commodore name.
In reality it is fair to say the Amiga made Commodore and not the other way around. As a result. I think it's high time that the company who’ve made millions with the Amiga return some of the customer loyalty which has paid for so many company cars and executive lunches.
Strange as it may seem I’m still optimistic about the future, and with an injection of cash and a fresh management approach I’m sure the future for the machine will be secure.
The basic technology is still way ahead of the opposition and according to Mr Pleasance.
Prior to big bang the AAA chipset was already on test.
Combine the existing technology with the most enthusiastic user base on any platform and you have all the main ingredients for continued success.
In fact, it's a testament to Commodore’s incompetence that they actually managed to go under. In the end I’m sure that the recent turmoil will be seen as a blessing.
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The de-archiving procedure has been uch 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 'eatwres 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: Don’t forgot Iff fn *rt a blank disk at the prompt and bo fora presting Proceed Any commands that need to bo oddod to your Usor- Startup can bo dono with tho pross of a
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Blank disk(s). You will then be asked to insert a disk to be formatted into DF0 and either press y to continue or n to abort.
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To install any utilities, boot your machine with your CoverDisk inserted in DF0. 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.
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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.
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L~ui.LjLUjl.ll The fimiga fnmputing TouerOisH is - designed to be as simple to use as possible. Folium these instructions and you‘II be up and running in nu time! De-archiuing applications - illorhbench 2.0 and aboue Using the installer Ignore the buttons that appear when the installer 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 DF0. Click The Files drawer contains all the utilities set up so that you can use them from the CoverDisk. A Games drawer is also provided so that you can play these immediately. If you want to install the games make sure you copy all the necessary files across as listed in the CoverDisk pages.
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To select any of the options in Scroller 2.
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When starting a new title F3 is usually the first option you will use. If you haven't done so already, press the F3 key now and 22 elcome to Scroller 2 from The Soft Alternative. You now have the ability to create stunningly attractive text displays which you can genlock onto your favourite video, whether it be a wedding. Birthday party or home movie (interesting).
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Once Scroller 2 has loaded you will be presented with the main options window. It is from here that you create scrolling text displays which you can genlock onto your videos.
ABILITY Every button also has a keyboard shortcut which is displayed on the button, if you would like to see what Scroller 2 is capable oft press the F1 key and Scroller 2 will run through the demo script which is always in memory when the program is first loaded.
When you have finished watching the demo press the Esc key to get back to the main menu. If you press F2 you will see the Scroller 2 logo scroll on from the left and split into two sections. This is because the demo script is not designed for use with the horizontal scroll option.
In this first tutorial we will produce a set of You are not required to de-archive Scroller 2 because we have supplied it to you in its original form. To load Scroller 2 simply insert the disk into DFO and then re-boot your Amiga.
The Scroller 2 disk is not an AmigaDOS therefore you will not be able to copy it or install it onto a hard drive.
The addition of Fast RAM will not make any difference to the program as Scroller 2 uses only Chip RAM. Obviously, the more Chip RAM you have the more fonts will be loaded when Scroller 2 loads.
You do not need to keep the Scroller 2 disk in DFO at all times as the program is loaded into memory.
Loading Stroller 2 COVERDISK That professional feeling Scroller 2 will display its Edit Text screen.
This should be a black screen with 00% displayed in the top left comer, with a thin line beneath it and the Scroller 2 logo in the middle of the screen.
Press the left Alt key if there is no status bar visible. You should also see a flashing cursor indicating text input.
The Scroller 2 logo you can see is part of the demo script which is always loaded on start up. So. Your first step whenever you begin a new project is to clear this Scripl from memory.
FUNCTIONS If you can't remember which key calls £ particular function, remember that the EdU Text screen has in-built help available. The Help screen will appear if you press the Help key.
Do this now and you will see, amongst al the other information listed, that you mus press Shift and Del together to Clear all th« text. However, before you can invoke the COVERDISK l- Entering text couldn't be elm- pier uelng Scroller 2, ae It emulatee all the functlono of a profeeelonal word proceeeor midnight clear command you must return to the Edit Text screen. So. As instructed at the bottom OI the Help screen, press the Esc key.
Incidentally, the Esc key is always used to exit from the current level of the program to the previous one. If you pressed Esc again you would move back one more level from the Edit Text screen to the Main Menu.
Clear the demo script by holding down Shift and Del together. Scroller 2 will double check that you really meant to do this by asking Delete all text Y N. In this case hit Y and you will be returned to an empty Edit Text screen ready to start receiving your text.
You will find that the Edit Text screen works similarly to a word processor - with a few added bells and whistles. Before we start to type in our titles we need to set up a couple of options.
JUSTIFY For this project we would like our titles to be centred. Scroller 2's default is to make all the text left justified - meaning that each line of text starts flush with the left margin, To make the text centre justified we must press the F9 key which you can find on the Help screen. Once you have pressed F9 you should see that the flashing cursor jumps to the centre of the screen, indicating the position where text will appear when we start typing.
We also want our text to have a drop shadow so that it will stand out from the background, so press the F5 key to turn the shadow on (Scroller 2’s default is shadow off).
Finally, select a big, bold font by holding down the left Shift key while pressing F10.
There are 19 other fonts that you can select using the Shift and function keys. They come in a variety of sizes and styles and you can also load extra fonts from additional fonts disks. We can now enter text.
Type the word Camera and yog will see it appear in the centre of the screen in large white text with a red drop shadow. If you make any mistakes you can delete them using the Backspace and Del keys in combination with the cursor keys which move the flashing cursor around the text.
To enter a new line press the Return key and the cursor will move onto the next line.
Learn how tn use the Scroller 2 with Amiga Computing Mrtctor Strli Adias For reasons that will become clearer later on make sure that you have four blank lines before the Director's credit. You can tell how far through your text you are by looking at the percentage figure on the Status Bar in the top left Corner of the screen. 00% means you are at the top, 50% in the middle and 100% at the bottom.
Now that we've entered our titles we can scroll them to see how they look. Press Esc to return to the Main Menu and then F4 to set the scroll parameters.
Scroller 2 has two scroll modes - Single and Continuous. When Scroller 2 scrolls in Single mode it stops and leaves a blank screen when your titles have finished.
In Continuous mode it will start again You are now ready to type a name, but first press the F2 key. Now type Joe Bloggs and you will see that it prints in yellow rather than white. By pressing F2 we instructed Scroller 2 to use Colour 2 (yellow) for subsequent text. Before we enter the next credit press Return twice to make some space beneath the first credit, and then F1 once to select Colour 1 (white). Now type in Sound to begin the next credit, followed by one press of the Return key. Next, press F2 to select colour 2 and type Dave Smith. Cany on in this fashion until you have a list
that reads: Clltfi Jet Blegjt (This four line space is intentional) Producer lioel Sretn Sound Dm Sa1tk Li|hts Sink Jones Author: Imagine Software Workbench 2 and above Midnight is an excellent screen blanker program that allows you to choose from ten different blankers.
On loading the program you will be presented with the tasteful Midnight interface. Everything you will need to run the screen blankers is present on this interface.
In order to test each blanker, select one from the list gadget and then click on the Test button just underneath. You can also edit the way in which each blanker works by selecting one and then clicking on the Editor button. Each editor screen is particular to the selected blanker.
If you want to have Midnight run every time you boot your Amiga you will need to copy the Bprefs program into your WBStartup drawer, the Midnight program into your Prefs drawer and the Blankers and manuals anywhere you like.
Of course, the program will not be able to locate the blankers until you specify the path using the requester below the Imagine Software logo.
This is a demo version of Midnight but if you register to the full version you will be able to define your own blanker modules using the random option, as well as select others not included in this version. It’s up to you.
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However, for this example we need to use Single mode, so press F1. You should see the arrow move from Continuous to Single.
Leave the other options as they are and press Esc to return to the main menu.
At last, we're ready to scroll. Press F1 to select Vertical Scroll. The text you have just typed in Should start scrolling very rapidly up the screen. To control the scrolling speed you can use the numeric keys or those on the numeric keypad. The higher numbers correspond to higher speeds, all the way down to zero which is stop.
SlUenu [Silicon menus) Speed five gives a nice, smooth scroll at a medium speed so select it by pressing the number 5 key. If all the titles have already scrolled past, press Esc to return to the Main Menu and then F1 to start the vertical scrolling again. Try pressing 0 when the Director’s credit is in the middle of the screen. Wait a few seconds and press 5 again. The Director's credit will pause in the middle of the screen for a moment and then continue on its way.
The extra space we put around the Director's credit allowed us to pause it in the middle of the screen on its own. Scroller 2’s scrolling speed can be controlled interactively like this with great ease.
We can now save this tutorial to disk by returning to the Main Menu and pressing F8 to select the Disk Menu.
DISK DRIVES Across the top of the Disk Menu you will see images of four disk drives labelled DFO, DF1. DF2 and DF3. The picture of drive DFO has a disk in it and its light is on. Indicating it is the currently selected drive.
We want to save our titles but first we must format a Data Disk to prepare it for use with Scroller 2. Press F4. At which point Scroller 2 will ask you to insert the disk to be formatted into drive DFO. Take the program disk out, insert your blank disk and then press F1. At which point Scroller will start to format the disk.
Your Scroller 2 Data Disk is now ready for use. Press Esc to return to the Disk Menu and then select F2 to save your text.
Scroller 2’s file requester will appear, allowing you to select the name of the file you want to save.
Seeing as we have only just formatted our data disk it currently has no files on it. Type in TutoriaM which will appear in the box labelled Filename. Press Return and the text Will be saved to the disk. This concludes our first tutorial with the Scroller 2.
Dashboard Author: Marat Fayzullln Workbench 2 and above DashBoard is an excellent little program that displays essential system information about your Amiga.
When run it will display the current time (if you have a dock), the amount of Chip, Fast and total memory and CPU activity. All of these are displayed using highly informative graphs and speedometers.
Also supplied is Dashboard Jr which is a cut-down version of the full program. Jr displays just the amount of Chip. Fast and total memory.
For a more detailed description of the display check out the annotated diagram.
Author: Greg Cunningham Workbench 2 and above The menus will totally changetha way you navigate around your Workbench Smenu is an excellent utility that will allow you access to the Workbench windows simply by pressing the right mouse button anywhere on the Workbench screen.
If you wish to use the Silicon menus option where you can specify how Smenu will run, you will need to alter the Smenu icon's default tool. You can do this by simply clicking on the icon once and then selecting Information from the Icons menu.
Change the line: M(M90M=0F F to: mown Save the changes and when you next dick on the icon you will see the ButtonFly menu where you can toggle certain attributes about Smenu.
What follows is a brief explanation of each button, starting from left to right, top to bottom.
Iris Menus - the menus appear on screen until you press the right mouse button a second time Open vilO Copy 1|C Renane... .¦-•~iR Information... ul Snapshot , TiS Window ' iMMi . R Tods r UnSnapshot zU U Leave Out zUL Delete Centred - centres menus vertically Sub arrows - arrows indicate sub-menus Qualifier - pops the menus up only when the qualifier has been pressed Kill pgm - exit Silicon Menus Use opts - run Silicon Menus with the selected options If you aren’t too keen on running the Button Fly every time you can set the options in the Tool Types. Here are descriptions of the Tool
Type commands: IIISRENUS-OV OFF Enable or disable Iris mode SttUIOWa OFF Enable or disable sub-item arrows CENTER-OlfOFF Display menus vertically centered 8UAL-0N 0FF Standard menus if ALT, SHIFT, AMIGA or CTRL are not pressed VII00M 0« 0FF See above MtttT-H Set the hot-key. Only A to Z is permitted OOMUMMMQi OFf Enable or disable doubled menu borders Amiga Computing SEPTEMBER 1994 if- ¦& m m FI Grand Prix Editor ' 1 1 iiii ii "" 1 IJTTinB* Mat only can you mat the mkill laval at the other driver* but also edit their car and helmet colour* Author: Steve Smith If anyone had to nominate the best
computer game on the Amiga there is no doubt that Ft Grand Prix from Geoff Crammond would receive serious consideration.
However, most players have shyed away from the higher performance levels of F1GP due to the fact that it's damn hard driving with gears. Most are content to race on the rookie levels with maybe the destructable function switched off.
The only drawback of racing on rookie level is that you eventually improve so much that F1GP fails to be a challenge anymore.
This is where the FI Grand Prlx Editor steps in. Mimicking the look of the game. F1GP-Ed allows you to alter all the attributes associated with the game and save them as either a seperate file or into the actual F1GP program. Everytime you load the game the defaults will be the same as you created in the editor.
You can improve the skill of opponent teams and drivers, turn players on or off, change helmet designs and best of all edit the colours of the cars using a simple but effective colour picker.
Using the F1GP-Editor is very simple - most of the buttons and windows are self-explanatory. Steve Smith has kindly included three example files which you can load into the editor and save to the F1GP executable.
BHSpectrum Author: Peter McGavIri The Amiga is a very powerful machine, so powerful in fact that it can quite easily emulate other computers, including the ZX Spectrum - that classic 8-bit computer that really set the computer industry moving.
There are two versions of ZXSpectrum on the CoverDisk - a 68000 version for the A500, A500+ and A600 and a 68020 version for A 1200s and above.
The good news is that if you own an accelerator ZXSpectrum will still function, taking advantage of any additional hardware.
As it stands, the 68000 version will be very slow unless you own an accelerator. Even the 020 version can't quite emulate the Spectrum speed, but with an 030 you’ll be looking for the rubber keyboard and reminiscing about the good old days.
So that you can step back into those funky 8-bit days we have also supplied you with a Spectrum game called Batman - an isometric 3D game in which Batman must collect parts of the Batmobile in order to save Robin.
When you first load ZXSpectrum you will be greeted with the familiar reset screen. By pressing down the right mouse button you can select a variety of options from the main menus.
Select Load and you will be able to load in the Batman snapshot file. You can even save any programs you have written with the Save snapshot facility.
There is a file missing from the ZXSpectrum pack and this is the help page. Unfortunately, there was just not enough room to get this on the disk.
When you press the Help key a picture is displayed showing the Spectrum keyboard. If you want this file write in and tell us and it will be included on a later CoverDisk.
A standard Amiga joystick can be used by plugging one into port 2 and selecting Kempston as the control method in any games you play.
The Settings menu allows you to load any Spectrum game through a sampler and store it as a snapshot file. You can load in games by connecting your data recorder to a sampler and playing the data through it and into the program.
ProSound and Rombo samplers are directly supported but almost all samplers that are capable of a least 20kHz and plug into the parallel port will work.
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Dowials, Merthyr CF48 2YY mill Author: Adam Dawes This is a intended to be a fun program which, when executed, displays the familiar MTV logo in the top-ieft comer of your Workbench. Over time the logo spins, flips and rotates, just like the real thing.
The MTV program does not have an icon so you will need to run it from the CLI or Shell. Use the CD command to change directory to the MTV drawer and then enter MTV.
The program does not interfere with other programs and can easily be switched off by holding down both mouse buttons for a few seconds.
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NUMUl Not 0727 894001 FAX! 0787 S34944 The second one of the best and most cost effective graphics packages available on any machine. Now it's available to vtdeographers in Bntain and Europe, and it's even better than before.
A host of improvements and tweaks have been incorporated at the request of users such as RoboCop's Lee Wilson and his team, the results of which give LightWave an impressive edge on the competition. Just about every menu and screen has seen some sort of change, small or large, but probably the most exciting for the future is Lightwave's r modular design.
Referred to by NewTek as "Plug-In Technology",] the modular approach means that third party devek ers can integrate their own products with version 3.1 Everything from display cards to new object fon can be catered for and. With the size of the US LightWave third party industry which has spawned entire range of add-ons. It won’t be long before are plugging in all sorts of new features, s one unfortunate Amiga magazine prematurely put It last year. “It's here!" Yes, Lightwave 3D, the software we've all been baying for has finally been unleashed by its NewTek masters in a PAL-friendly form
without the Video Toaster or the need for expensive and quality-reducing standards conversion.
For so long the exclusive property of those lucky North Americans, LightWave has quickly built itself a reputation in the US and Canadian visual media as scale, position and group the new bone - tedious task at the best of times, Light Wav now takes care of this automatically, makin it a lot easier to construct complex skeleton* Once built, these skeletons are now mac more flexible through the introduction of limited range option. Using this it is possib to set exactly which areas of an object cs the screenshots shown here an effective car model is quickly constructed from a very rough frame
using metaformed polygons.
The Bones feature is another which was never as good as it could have been, and a couple of important changes have addressed its shortfalls. When adding a Bone to an existing hierarchy it is no longer necessary to Lightwave 3.2 incorporates several important changes over 3.1. Some of them, such as the use of sliders to control numerical values like luminosity levels, are cosmetic and designed to improve the program's user friendliness, but others are far more solid.
Values assigned to surfaces and textures can now be between -399 and +400 per cent; camera field of view is now represented graphically in the layout screen; motion graphs have been improved; Bones have been given a great deal more flexibility, the list goes on. As most, if not all, changes have been made through prompting from professional users, they add increased flexibility and performance to many aspects of Lightwave 3.1. Modelling from scratch has never been easy with any 3D package, but Lightwave
3. 2 makes it easier to create smooth, realistic objects from
crude, faceted blocks through the metaform option. This is a
new method of subdividing existing polygons and is much more
effective than the old smooth option. In Amiga Computing
SEPTEMBER 1994 With the Phi standalone uersion of lightWaue 30
finally hitting our shores, Steuie hennedy looks at the
biggest hmiga 30 euent in years and the latest inaue of TO
magic to cross the Htlantic Vidro Toester and Hobocop - Just
one of tho many partnership springing up between tho Amiga
and production companies ion 3.2. formats the US be affected
by any one bone. Whereas before the range of influence of a
bone was r mte, now each can be told to restrict Itself to a
particular limb or area of the object, giv- ¦ng the animator
much more control over objects with skeletons.
Lights and their associated lens flares have also seen a couple of changes. Best of these the automatic fading of a lens flare with distance, which removes the need to use an envelope to give the impression of a light faring as it travels away from the camera.
Nominal distance (where the light is at its nor-
* nai intensity) can be set, and LightWave will increase or
decrease the lens flare effect as the light moves relative to
the camera.
GLOW In addition, there's a new setting to enable fcghts to glow behind other objects. This glow or halo around a light isn’t the same thing as a lens flare, which only occurs when a light is
* front of the camera and unobstructed by other objects, and will
add another touch of
• satism to those images in which it is used.
It is in the camera menu, however, that European users will find what they have been Poking for. The old preset NTSC resolutions are still available on a pop-up menu, but the Custom Size button enables the user to set any desired height and width for the finished bone - I ightWavf I, makin kelelons ow mad :tion of possible biect ca 1 FEATURE image. Sizes range from 16 to 16,000 pixels, so there should be a resolution in there to suit everyone, and PAL video settings (736 by 566 on maximum overscan) have jumped off the wish list and onto the screen.
To improve preview rendering times, there's a new limited region feature so that only a small part of a scene need be rendered. This is very useful if one surface out of twenty or so has been altered and the user doesn’t want to render every other object in the scene just to see how the changes affect the outcome.
The 5tom teller Pixel aspect ratios are fully configurable so that images rendered for print - rather than video - can use completely square pixels, and to speed up some animations the motion blur and depth of field effects will now work only with low anti-aliasing rather than 3.1’s insistence on the slower medium or high settings.
Effects haven't missed out on the fun either. Non-linear fog. One of the best tools for adding a touch of realism to a scene, is now much more configurable. Instead of a simple minimum and maximum fog distance, the user can now change fog density using an envelope so that it can be made to thin out during an animation, and the maximum amount of fog blending - previously set at 100 per cent so that objects eventually disappeared altogether at distance - can be set to any desired amount.
Proper use of the new fog features make it possible to create clouds of fog through which an object can fly during animations.
With a little practice, the new controls turn fog I Speed fmhp with deep poiki will no doubt welrome the all-n Screamorllet menu, a new set of options enable UghtUlaue to use faster add-on | protean.
1 into more of an animated design object t just the background aid it once was, an further enhance its use there's a graph representation of the fog settings shov how the effect works across the scene.
On the layout screen’s options pan handy new AutoKey feature tells UghtW that whenever an object is moved or rot at one of its previously created key frar European readers will know him best for his work with award-winning directc David Cronenberg. From being co-designer of computer effects on the cu movie Videodrome, he moved on to supervise effects on The Fly and mos recently was in charge of the more subtle, less visible trickery employed in Dea Ringers.
However, though his background is in optical effects. Lee insists that the stor is everything. Despite the use of Lightwave plus the Toaster’s paint and chara ter-generatwn software, and even the employment of Dpaint and Brilliance f backdrops, he has a healthy disregard for effects which hog the limelight.
“I don't want to watch a show where the story halts while you look at a coup of minutes of effects just for the sake of it. In Dead Ringers we used a lot ¦ effects which you never even notice. It’s not the effects, it’s the story.
The value of the work is in the animator or artist and you see some pretty b£ Stuff when this is forgotten. One of the most common mistakes and the easie thing to fix is bad use of lights and textures which people use just because th can. This breaks the realism, and the only way to get good results is to use re world measurements and real world images as much as possible."
So what advice does he have for aspiring animators?
The best thing you can do is watch TV and movies and ask yourself how ttv did that. I grew up with film and television and when I was 14 I got a Super camera and tried out the effects and techniques with no money or special trid4 Just look and see what's out there and really pay attention.
"You can use a 35mm camera to take pictures of a city street, have them p on Photo-CD in high quality resolution, then drive your 3D car down a real stre You have to take measurements and think about camera pitch, angle, the re tive scale of objects and if you work with real images and real dimensions eve thing will look a lot more realistic. If you've got the passion for it there’s res nothing to stop you," Visual effects supervisor Lee Wilson is the man behind the light fantastic on SkyVision's RoboCop series, and it was his long term interest in the Amiga and Video Toaster which resulted in
the show's use of Lightwave imagery for much of the 3D scenes we will see when the series opens in the UK.
It was an introduction made by Lee and destined to become very productive.
Initial use of Lightwave on the two-hour pilot movie was restricted to a shot of RoboCop’s helicopter flying over the city, but by the later episodes Amiga-generated graphics had become a major part of the production.
By the time SkyVision shot the "Heartbreakers” episode half way through the series, Lightwave was being used to put together over 20 shots per show, including a continuous 3 1 2 minute scene from inside RoboCop's cyberspace “neuro-net". “We get a lot of bang for the buck out of this department," explained Lee.
It is a department many Amiga enthusiasts would kill for, equipped with 14 Toasters, one of which runs the seventh Raptor accelerator to come off the production line. This new card utilises two R4400 Rise chips as found inside Silicon Graphics machines to give the Amiga a rendering speed to match the best available anywhere else.
"A frame which would have taken seven hours to produce would take only ten minutes with the Raptor." Claimed Lee. “It's like having forty toasters in a box. And we can buy ten Raptors (at about $ 14,000 a piece) for the cost of one big SGI machine."
Lee is no stranger to the use of top level effects in TV and movie productions. His first use of Lightwave for TV came in the Maniac Mansion show, but Amiga Computing 34 SEPTEMBER 1994 111 i" needn't hit the Create Key button, creation of new key frame settings the frustrating practice of continually Create Key and also the risk of forget- results in the loss of all edits when move to another frame.
When finally rendering an image, the menu shows the first use of fave’s modular design. A render dis- pop-up menu offers the user the choice Toaster framestore or Picasso II display for viewing the frame in full 24-bit as it renders. European users ot cards as OpalVision, Retina, ECS Spectrum, Harlequin surely haven't long to wait third party modules make it possible to r direct from LightWave to these t than ind to ih-like jwing el. A atec Speed freaks with deep pockets will no doubt welcome the all-new ScreamerNet menu, a new set of options to enable LightWave to use faster add-on
processors.
Primarily designed to use the R4400 processors of the Screamer and Raptor cards running on a Windows NT network, this menu will be the first pressed into use by professional animators.
PROCESSORS ScreamerNet software is sold separately with the Raptor card and is used across an ethemet LAN to enable LightWave to make use of remote processors offering many more millions of instructions per second (Mips) than the Amiga’s fastest CPU, the 68040.
Could ever manage.
Up to eight processors cap be called upon to cut rendenng times to a small fraction of the original and boost Lightwave's performance on an Amiga up to and above that of Softimage, Wavefront, and Alias packages running on a Silicon Graphics machine. With this sort of performance and such a price tag, LightWave only needs to break down the computer snobbery barrier to make the same impact here as it has in the States.
This has been a quick rundown of the most important new features found in LightWave
3. 2. but there are so many improvements that it hasn't been
possible to carry out our usual in-depth evaluation,
particularly of a package which arrived just before we went to
print.
Once we've managed to drag Mr Austin away from the program long enough to draw breath, have a meal and a bath, we'll bring you an update of how the new features shape up to intense use.
Amiga Computing resisted the temptation to drool over LightWave for a long time because unw last year there was no viable way of using the package on this side of the Atlantic. Buying the NTSC-only Video Toaster just to use Lightwave was akin to paying $ 2000 just for the hardware dongle, but when the third party LightRave dongle appeared and put the first cracks in Lightwave's NTSC armour, we knew it was only a matter of time before NewTek got the PAL message.
Tirector ie cult 1 most iDead e story :harac- xe for couple a lot of tty bad easiest se they se real We rave about this package because anyone who has seen it in action, enjoyed the delights of using it to create animations, or seen the output of which it is capable, can fully understand why it has been one of the Amiga's biggest selling points in the US for the past few years. Put simply, the only way to better LightWave as an animation tool for TV. Film, or video is to spend tens of thousands of pounds on a Silicon Graphics machine and another £10.000 or so on the accompanying software.
No desktop software on any other machine, whether Mac or PC, can hold a candle to LightWave. And when compared to Autodesk's powerful 3D Studio software - £2500 worth of excellent software hampered by a typically Windows-dominated front end - the Amiga’s £600 package comes up smelling of roses. So there.
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Animations are created and the final image produced. The reason LightWave is a “must have" is the extreme ease with which animations can quickly be built up and previewod in real time using a system so elegant and easy to use that making an aircraft go through a complex sequence of aerobatic maneouvres, something at which one would baulk using other packages, is a complete doddle. Coupled with the program's excellent photorealistic output and speed of rendering, this ease of animation puts LightWave ahead of any package in its price range, and many beyond it.
For years, LightWave has run only on machines equipped with the Video Toaster, a combination of chroma-keyer, switcher, and video mixer which, though superb, has never appeared in a PAL-compatible form. Years of staring at US images and animations with green eyes and a grim smile are about to end with the release of Lightwave 3.2, so if you haven't got the message yet, don't worry - you soon will.
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GOODS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. EAOE FEATURE m- ICESTER H Peripheral parade 4PM The collage industry which has built up around Lightwave in the US has seen every kind of Add-on under the sun. from disks full of objects and textures to programs designed to augment the package or provide features not found in the original. The Lightwave invasion is bound to he accompanied by many of these excellent and inexpensive add-ons. So we've taken the trouble to ship a few over for your perusal.
ING )BY, P SE AT CE SE M Files Load Scene I Load Work Save Work Global Scene Object Initi Conditions Charecteristits File I Copy Selected Object Ilane JisteJJoJU J Key Franed I Dynamic £3.00 £4.00 £5.00 £7.00 £8.00 £16.00 £10.00 Exit I Prefs I Dynamic Motion Module Of all the modern 3D features found in Lightwave, one is conspicuous by its absence: dynamics. This is the name given to a program's ability to take real world attributes and forces such §s mass, gravity, wind and elasticity into account when rendering a Scene. The Silicon Graphics machines can do it, and so can Real 3D v2. So
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scene created in Lightwave then add the magic ingredient.
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care of oollisions.
Bounces, gravity and so on to produce a very believable real world reaction to the effects of other objects and global forces like wind and gravity.
When the scene is completed to the user’s satisfaction it can be saved out again as a standard Lightwave scene for later use in the layout section. The resulting scene appears much more lifelike thanks to the invisible hands of those real-world forces we experience every day of our lives but take for granted.
Simulating the action of a cue ball hitting a triangle of reds on a snooker table would take an age using keyframe animation, but with DMM it is easy. Just set the mass and elasticity of the balls (you can do this once and copy the attributes to the other balls), and the initial velocity of the cue ball, then sit back while DMM does all the work.
The program's only real limit is that collisions are only detected where a point collides with a polygon which often means that objects have fo be given extra points in the area of the expected collision, but this is a small price to pay for DMM's performance.
Again, previews can be very slow to generate. As can the final scene data from the inprogress work file, but the results are worth the wait.
FtWMt As angular velocity (rotation), drag factor and elasticity can be set for each object at the beginning of a scene, it should theoretically be possible to set up any kind of real- world collision you like before saving the scene to LightWave. Any senous animator will want to get his or her hands on this software as soon as possible.
Wave Writer Despite Lightwave's excellent use Qf PostScript Type 1 fonts to produce smooth spline-based, rendered text, the use of fonts in the program is a little limited. In response to this, DBA Unli Graphics have produced Wave Writer, a program dedicated to the sole task of producing three dimensional text for use in LightWave scenes.
The program has an easy-to-use interface and a simple approach to its task, but there are plenty of options lurking below the surface. Users can add text by default as the usual horizontal lines, but they can also fit the text to an arc of a user-defined degree, pin text to a sine wave, write it vertically. Rotate the letters at varying angles, and all this in any one or more of the three axes.
Carrying out this sort of operation in LightWave would of course be possible, but much more time consuming.
Wave Writer takes the time and the tedium out of the process, and is therefore ideal for those who create a lot of flying logo-style amms.
In addition to creating the text objects, Wave Writer can be use to add bevel effects and set the basic attributes of the various surfaces on each letter, so by the time a piece of text is loaded into LightWave it can be ready to use straight off the bat.
Fairly close control is offered over scene settings such as the number of lights used, their type, position, colour and intensity, and the same with backdrop colour. When saving from Wave Writer, the user saves all these settings in a scene file which can be loaded for instant rendering in LightWave.
Wave Writer is a fairly specialised package and perhaps not for all LightWave users, but those who make extensive use of text, whether for corporate logo or general animation work, would be well advised to give it a whirl.
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This is one of those packages which, like Essence for Imagine
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Surface Pro is a collection of pre-defined surfaces mostly
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various scene and object files to demonstrate their use.
OK. So what? You can create your own surfaces after all. So what's different about this I6t? Well, anyone who has experimented with creating a new surface from scratch in Lightwave will know just how tedious the process can be and how much time and effort is required to get something looking just right.
Surface Pro takes all the work out of this by offering GO surfaces, ail high quality, and all using seamless images so that when tiled the edges don't show. To use them you just load them up and slap them on an object.
Particularly impressive are the worK-a-day surfaces such as wood and brick, flagstones and so on. But there are also enough spaceship textures to keep Trek fans happy.
Apart from a bit of editing here and there to set scale and orientation to the proper levels for each object. Surface Pro surfaces work well and they work instantly. However, they can be even more useful with just a bit of messing around.
As most surfaces use seamless images to create their effects, the use of texture velocity settings can give animated fire or water without daft gaps appearing, and mixing some of the high quality image maps supplied with the package can have interesting results.
Whether used as a bank of stock surfaces or as the starting point for experimentation. Surface Pro can add new life to animators’ work.
Contacts Surface Pro LightWave 3D: NewTek Inc 1200 SW Executive Drive Topeka KS 66615 Tel: (0101) 913 271 3000 Fax: (0101) 913 271 3001 Dynamic Motion Module: Positron Publishing 1915 N.121st Street. Ste. D Omaha NE 68154 Tel: (0101) 402 493 6280 Fax: (0101) 402493 6254 Wave Writer Unili Graphics 143 Lorraine Avenue Pittsburg CA 94565 Tel: (0101) 510 439 1560 Shareware bonanza Where do I start? The existence of a vibrant Lightwave community in the USA also ensures the existence of a huge base of freeware and shareware objects, images, surfaces, scenes and just about everything else the new
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One collection which stands out for closer examination is that put together by Thomas Dawson and currently doing the BBS rounds under the name TDTXTR.Iha. This compilation of four reflection maps, two bump maps, and 19 surfaces has obviously had time and loving attention lavished on it by its creator and the quality shines through.
IMPRESSIVE From the new reflection maps, which add a much needed air of variety to the fractal reflections image supplied with LightWave. To the complete surfaces.
Tom's textures are well worth a download or a phone call to a shareware library.
[onclusion Most impressive of all is the fire texture which uses simple techniques not unlike i Tom Dmwxon'• fUtmo, organic armour and marble aurlmcee in action those employed in Surface Pro to create a believable flame effect. A fair amount of editing is required to get the most from some of the surfaces, but they are inventive enough to provide food for new ideas as well as being ready for instant use.
Skyvision: Robocop Productions Limited Partnership 49 Ontario Street 3rd Floor Toronto Ontario Canada M5A 2V1 Tel: (0101) 416 364 4368 Surface Pro: Visual Inspirations 809 West Hollywood Tampa FLA 33604 Tel: (0101) 813 935 6410 Tom’s Textures: Thomas Dawson 1268-B Auto Park Way Suite 508 Escondido CA 92029 Commodore's future shape may still be in flux, but one thing is certain. NewTek are going from strength to strength. With the opening of another huge market in the form of Britain and Europe. LightWave is sure to confirm its place as the premier desktop rendering and animation system.
PC snobs can waffle all they like about the charms of the over-priced, over-dinky 3D Studio, but for functionality, ease of use. Features and price point LightWave simply has no match. RoboCop, Star Trek TNG The Movie. Star Trek VI. SeaQueSt DSV. And Babylon 5 are just the beginning, and as the ultra expensive world of videography and special effects wakes up to the potential of a LightWave system used either as a modeller or as a rendering system with the Raptor card, you can expect to see Amiga outfits vie with the mighty Industrial Light and Magic for a slice of the big screen pie.
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their 24-bit glory. I still wutdn't get them to move.
But now there is a shareware program =a»ed MainActor, a sort of ADPro for animators. But a lot cheaper.
MainActor follows ADPro's principles of Loaders and Savers quite closely, with direc- tones for Anim_Loaders _Savers and Pc Loaders _Savers.
Also, like ADPro, MainActor has Universal loaders for automatically sensing the type of animation or picture to be loaded.
One important point to note about MainActOr's Universal loaders is that they come in several flavours to support the best- nown graphics boards.
Thus there is a UniversaLRetina loader, a UmversaLPicassoll loader and one for the Merlin card. An EGS loader has yet to be created. But it is on the author's To-Do-List.
The reason for separate loaders for these boards is that, unlike the Amiga graphics chipset, these cards use the same sort of graphics chips that are used in high-end VGA cards, and are thus more suited to chunky pael animations (see boxout).
In fact, trying to play a normal ANIM-5 animation that took ten seconds to play back on the Amiga took nearly 13 minutes to play back on the Picasso!
MainActor supports several different ANIM formats from ANIM5 to ANIM8, as well as older variants such as ANIM3 and ANIMJ. In common with glariSSA, animation palettes can change from frame to frame which certainly will help animators on a limited colour budget.
Other animation formats MainActor llo shareware!
The author of MainActor has decided to make it a shareware package rather than a commercial offering, although It is good enough to be one.
As it comes from your local PD library, MainActor is not crippled in any way. You can still create, convert and play back animations In various formats, but as you save an anim you will get a requester appearing every five frames asking you to register your copy.
This, to my mind, is the fairest way of ensuring registration of a shareware package, because although you might think that having a requester pop up every five frames Is no big deal, if you have a 350-frame animation to save it will be popping up often enough to get you really frustrated.
I know a lot of people complain about registering shareware, especially when it Is of foreign origin, but it really isn't that hard. And in MainActor's case it Is definitely worth it.
Antics supports consist mainly of types best-known on the PC, including DL. FLI, FLC and AVI.
DL is a pretty old format, but there are thousands of FLI and FLC format anims available in the Public Domain. AVI is a much newer format developed by Microsoft, mainly to enable movies to be played in a window on the screen.
The AVI format has several different flavours, but as yet MainActor can only load 8-bit AVIs and can’t cope with the soundtrack.
SAMPLES Talking Of sound, Main Actor has the ability to attach an IFF sample to each individual frame of your animation. Nothing could be Simpler. You just tell MainActor which frame to attach the sample to. Which channel to play it through and that's it MainActor then creates a file called ANIM* NAME.snd where ANIMNAME is the name of your animation, and then whenever you use MainActor or MainView - the standalone anim viewer - to show your animation, it automatically plays the sample for you.
The one slight difficulty is that only the path and name of the sample is kept with the anim, which means that you might have Still animations am a i thing nf the past. fllainhctor brings life and meaning to gour screen, Frank Ford ahpI a ins how - problems if you move your samples drawer.
Creating an animation in MainActor from single frames is a very easy process. Just get all your frames generated by, say. Imagine or Lightwave, set your loader type to Picture and IFF, hit the load button and get the entire picture list. Then choose Select All from the menu and choose your animation saver type.
If you are creating an anim to be played back on the Amiga select one of the ANIM formats, and if you want to give your work to a friend with a PC or graphics card, choose FLI or FLC. Then just hit Save.
MainActor will ask whether you want a Palette-per-frame animation or one with a locked palette and then it will start saving.
And just as you can save single frames into an animation, you can also save an animation back out as single frames, in case you want to do some post-processing or just get that one frame to keep as a still.
Converting one sort of anim into another follows the same sort of rules and is just as easy.
There is one additional animation format that hasn’t yet been discussed. Because of the Author's close association with Village Tronic, the creators of the Picassoll graphics card. MainActor will also create Picasso format animations which can be in either 8-bit, 16-bit or 24-bit.
MainActor will automatically dither 24-bit SEPTEMBER 1994 1- flfB nour animations chunhq enough?
256-colour screen format. Now, as we all know, 256 colours can be represented by eight bitplanes. But it’s fairly slow, as anyone with an AGA machine who has tried to run their Workbench in that many colours has found out.
If 256 colours is eight bitplanes. Then each pixel on the screen could just as easily be represented by a single byte (or eight bits), rather than representing the whole screen as eight rather unwieldy bitplanes.
This has advantages and disadvantages. Firstly, it means that a two-colour chunky pixel screen is as slow as a 256-CQlour one, and that it’s a lot harder to do things like parallax effects or scrolling. But by the same count it is a lot easier to do stuff like scaling and rotating.
The advent of the CD32, with its Akiko chip responsible for converting chunky pixel information to bitplanes, should mean that sometime in the future we should see Amigas capable of dealing with both sorts of graphics easily.
I When the Amiga was first dreamt up. Its designers saw fit to use a bitplane method of screen representation. That's to say. Your four-colour Workbench screen is made up of two bitplanes and the combinations of the two bitplanes give four different colours.
This is an extremely cost-effective way of doing things when the colour count is low. Say up to 32 colours (which is five bitplanes). Any more than that and things really start to slow down, which is obviously not acceptable for animation (or a decent operating system, for that matter), The originators of the VGA standard on the PC decided to go another route and head straight for a ability to do more with the framelist & la ctariSSA.
I would also like to see the ability to load AVIs completely, including soundtrack, and more importantly, to be able to save them back out, All in all. This is an admirable effort by a superb programmer who deserves to have great success. TW svsicm ESSEmiflis RED = Essential BLACK = Recommended lurk in the time taken to decode each frame of the animation.
Any black bars in this graph show that those frames are taking too long to decode and need to have changes made.
In conclusion. I would say that MainActor is probably the best piece of software to go on my hard drive this year. It has improved immeasurably since I first started using it when it was version 1.2 back in November last year, and I look forward to the same amount of improvement when I get version 2.
One man on his own has put together a package that beats various commercial packages hands down, and has released it as a shareware product whose registration fee is less than most commercial pieces of software, and is worth a lot more.
In the future I would like lo see the developments that the author talks about, such as Mpeg loaders and savers, along with improvement to the Arexx interface and the Workbench Workbench Hard drive + 0 Clone 68040 68030 Teet The bottom line Supplier: Marcus Moenig - Shareware, Price: $ 50 for registration with a full printed manual, $ 25 for registration with electronic docs.
Chooee Frame || Frame 238 Choose Sound Module ||IFF-8qmple Chooee Sound Object | |MoinActor:Ex Ok | Comol images down to 16-bit if you want it to. But 8- bit anims have to have their 24-bit frames rendered down to 256 colours using some other package, such as ADPro.
Playback speeds using this Picasso format are very impressive and the quality is outstanding. The file size isn't actually as enormous as you think it will be either.
A 350-frame anim I created as a 256 colour FLC is about 3MB in size, while its 16- bit Picasso counterpart is only 5.5MB. Not bad for all those extra colours!
One of the bugbears with animation is normally having to either draw or render heaps more frames if you want your animation to pause for a while on a particular frame.
With MainActor this isn’t necessary. You can set the timecode for each frame Individually. Showing the first frame for three seconds. For example, and the last for two seconds.
This isn't possible with the PC anim formats as they don't have a provision for time- coding. But it works just fine with all the ANIM variants and the Picasso format.
PLAYBACK Once you have made all these amazing 256-colour anims. You might look at the file sizes and notice that you don’t actually have enough RAM to load them back into MainActor and play them back. You can't even play them back through MainView.
What next?
Well. MainActor has a facility to play anims back from hard disk. It might not be a perfect solution but how else are you going to play a 40MB animation?
And as a matter of fact. MainActor is no slouch when it comes to playback from hard disk. With most of the animations I have created, playing back from hard disk still gives me about 10 frames per second on average.
MainActor has a host of other little features that you might not notice at first because of its amazing ability to make all these anims from your stills, but the fact that you can have up to five animation projects open at any time is a boon, as is MainActor's Arexx interface.
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Golf simulations are nothing new. So when asked what the big deal about this one was, Ocean were only too pleased to point out its features.
Foremost, the game offers five world class courses; Wentworth (England). Crans-sur-Sierre (Switzerland).
Le Golf Nationale (France), Vaiderrama (Spain) and Forest of Arden (England).
Should you not feel confident, even in the privacy of your own home, about the daunting challenge posed by the world’s top courses, there is the option to practice strokes on either the driving range or putting green.
The excuse of rain stopped play cuts no ice here - it is possible to change the weather conditions to suit your tastes via the game’s many options.
The social trend of computer games is carried a little further in this incidence, for not only can you compete against the computer (with varying skill levels), but also up to three other players can play with you.
From the sundrenched, football feuered city of fhicago, fflatthew Phillips reports on the entertainment show of the near - Jose of radiation (within government safety limits of course) and the non-human cast of Alien I, II and III combined: Mutant League Hockey.
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This isometric 3D game features goal xrats that turn into monsters in time to :*vour any opposing player that gets too close. Not only are your opponents
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and other anatomically detrimental devices too.
If you're tired of those tediously tame sames where fouling is frowned upon and penalised accordingly, this Is for you. To win the player has to play dirty, be mean and if possible, mutate a little too.
You can choose from a team of robots, aliens or trolls. Before you choose the team, I would suggest going for the one with the best weapons as opposed to the 5uperior hockey skills. The game features a hard rock Intro sequence and plenty of lively animation sequences.
[REHIIUIIV The CES event was an open arena for all involved in the gaming industry to show their creative muscle. Aside from the games software houses, there were plenty of other companies trawling the show for business. Their products tend lo be a little more generalised in so far as they are targeted at mu'tiple platforms.
They say image is everything and when it comes to gaming software, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the graphics have become such a critical part of the game design process that there are companies out there who either sell purpose-built equipment or provide a service that caters for the game player's thirst for graphic perfection.
Two such companies include Alias Research Limited and Wavefront. Not only were they represented by a phalanx of designers and PR people, the companies had set up shop on the floor and were giving slick demonstrations to spellbound audiences, with the aid of their Unix-based Silicon Graphics Indy workstations. Within seconds the overhead screen was filled with skeletal images being rotated, flipped, squashed and blown up, all at the flick of the wrist and press of a button.
This graphics manipulation technology has been around a while, but now with the addition of ray tracing, surface textur- ing and surface texture interaction, new dimensions in graphics' development are now being realised.
Note of interest: Wavefront's software was used in the making of such films like In the Line of Fire, Lawnmower Man, and Aliens III.
Lucas Film's Industrial Light and Magic, the movie special-effects gurus, enlisted the help of Alias Research software in the production of The Flintstones - keep an eye out for Dino.
Ever wondered what it would really feel like to be on the receiving end of a 10.000 watt laser discharge. Now you can buy devices that not only help you beat up your on-screen opponent, but will happily beat you up too. Aura Systems Inc. taking the virtual reality concept to the extreme, have come up with virtual pain (although not quite so virtual).
A device that wears like a ruck sack enables the player to feel every kick, punch and laser beam of their favourite game via a large speaker pressed against their back. It Will work with any machine that puts out sound and this masochist’s fun factory is scheduled for release around Europe in September.
First the designer will create the skeleton Of the object they have visualised.
Once deemed gameworthy, the skeleton will be given the digital equivalent of tendons.
These are very similar to human design, in which the middle of one bone' is joined to the other via a line (tendon).
This technique is important, for it dictates how the skin7texture covering a join will flex and move.
With the tendons now in place, next comes the skin. Several more quick clicks and button presses instantly cover the entity with a fresh coat of new, lifelike skin.
For those of you wondering whether your machine will do justice to the many graphic masterpieces now possible, fret From loti to right elookwlao - Skitehin a skateboard racing gamo, Jungle Strike, the classic Mega Drive a hoot 'em up, NHL Hockey 94 and PGA European Tour, both superior sports titles, are all games making their debut on your machine in the future 2* _Itufeea j R 2H: u rn riemir* ®ttl I HA 1. - - a X, V i i not. The software employed in the creation of these pseudo-lifeforms is aware Of possible target platform limitations and will effectively optimize the graphics produced
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Despite being a US show and not wishing to appear overtly nationalist (just a little proud), it was good to witness a strong British presence.
Pursuant to many conversations. It was clear that these companies rated the Amiga as strongly as Sega. Nintendo or equivalent, and had every intention of its continued support and development, regardless of its popularity in the States.
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drastic and time consuming nctakel Gasteiner also provide an
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This includes necessary devices so that (ontroller (D1SDD warehouses. Performance wise, the PCMCIA adapter is fairly slow, mainly due to the 16-bit architecture, but it is adequate for most users.
As for software, there is a wealth of PD disks that offer a wide selection of programs and utilities on a single CD. Unfortunately, most of these disks are poorly put together and in tests carried out, many of the programs crashed when run, CD32 also offers a great deal of software, although any that rely on the internal hardware specific to CD32 will not work. There is no auto boot option for disks, so running games can prove a problem.
Users will need to study startup-sequence?
As it is necessary to run the contents of game cksks via Workbench. This could cause problems for those A1200 owners not totally proficient with AmigaDOS.
The fact that the disks do not auto boot means that the contents of game disks can be easily accessed and copied to a hard drive. To test this we managed to install Body Blows CD32 onto a hard drive.
It did take up 14Mb but it ran successfully without the need for the CD. Obviously, we deleted it immediately. ZlsP four Amiga can understand the CD drive device and the excellent JukeBox program which allows you to control music Cds with great ease.
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The main program is called FindCD and automatically searches for a suitable CD drive. The user has to do very little as the program performs all the difficult setting up procedures itself.
So what is the major advantage of having a CD drive connected to an A12QQ? Certainty the most important advantage is the ability to access large amounts of data without the restrictions of a hard drive or more importantly a floppy disk. Files that take up large amounts of storage space such as compu- graphic fonts, clipart, Jpeg images, textures and 3D objects can all be accessed in great numbers from CD.
Musicians also benefit considerably from the storage capacity of CD as sound samples, one of the most storage-hungry file types around, can easily be fitted onto CD in vast amounts and of a high quality.
However, if you want to power the drive you will need to purchase a standard power supply- These can be found in most hard drive kits although they can be bought separately from most reputable electrical The bottom line here is whether or not it is worth forking out £69 for the Controller and an extra £150-2250 for a compatible CD drive. There really isn’t enough Amiga application software on CD and the material that is available isn't of a great quality.
The fact that you can now buy a CD32 with software for only £299.99 really doesn't make the purchase of an A1200 CD drive set-up a financially sound investment - not at the moment anyway.
If an A1200 CD drive is something you definitely want, it would probably be wiser to wait for the Zappo Smart Drive from ZCL as it promises the compatibility of the CD1200 Controller plus an external power supply, all for the price of £199.99. The Zappo also uses software to emulate the Planar chip which should give A1200 owners total access to all CD32 software, something the CD 1200 Controller doesn’t offer.
The bottom lino Product: CD1200 Controller Supplier: Gasteiner Price: £69 Tel: 081-345 6000 Ease of use Implementation Value for money- Overall- Amiga Computing SEPTEMBER 1994 j muxs , I’d like to utter a few words concerning Commodore and their future. Let's start with the basics, will there be one?
Dorn Suiede i Looking abruptly away from Commodore's corporate capers
- which are worrying indeed - what are they doing to keep the
Amiga afloat?
Their move of discontinuing their PC manufacturing was just a smoke screen wasn't it?
After all, they don't really need it when they’ve got the Amiga department - which can be set to making PowerPCs running WindowsNT - do they? At the very least.
Apple kept System 7 as the main OS of their PowerMACs and left Windows as a software option.
"We’re developing a chip of our own" Mr, Pleasance blurted - ha! I'll bet you whatever you've got. CBM's thrown a few nickels into Intel's and IBM's joint PowerPC project. That would certainly fit in with the “other well known companies'’ he spoke of.
I So. When the new Power Amiga arrives next spring, it looks like Commodore's about to loose at least one user.
I don't want a PC and I never wanted one. Tell you what, if CBM's dropping the Amiga OS and all the other things that make the Amiga unique and the greatest - if overpriced in the higher range - all-round computer ever built, why not let me take care of the bits they abandoned. I'll do it, no charge.
As far as the Amiga's future is concerned there’s still no fresh news at this stage - check the news pages for late breaking info.
But essentially the ball is in the buy* ers court. In my opinion the best possible outcome would be for the new own* ers to licence manufacture of the Amiga to anyone willing to subscribe to a franchise deal.
That way development could continue courtesy of the revenue generated, the word would be spread far and wide, third-party developers would be inspired, and the machine would finally be given the opportunity that the PC has enjoyed since day one.
The ability for anyone with the means to build Pcs is the only reason that this particular technological dinosaur has attained and maintained its position as the most widespread computer platform on the planet.
As for your concerns about Windows NT, I think you’re slightly confused.
According to our P sources, Windows NT is going to be an option and not a com- E" plete replacement for the Amiga's own OS.
As for your hatred of IwiSi other platforms, frankly I think you're being a little naive. As Britain may discover at its cost, European uninaturalism isn't a viable option in a rapidly shrinking world - and the same is true in the microcosm Of the computer industry.
The one thing that's kept the Amiga in the minor leagues in a corporate sense has been it's inability to assimilate easily into big business. If adding support for additional operating systems can remove this particular obstacle it can only be a good thing.
A readers opinion Concerning the new layout; so you've replaced the coloured boxes with coloured frames and added a few connecting lines (would you believe. I first thought that you'd included an electronics CAD package on the disk?) Fine with me. But why have you ditched a timeless logo for i definitely mid-80s one?
As for the masthead I’m afraid it's classic case of taste, you don't like i most people do, that's lifel Democra in action.
However it's worth putting the qufl tlon of design into context. The entin redesign of Amiga Computing wai] achieved in less than a month.
Something which in my opinion was a] near miracle.
Personally I think the man response I ble, namely Tym Lecky - our resident I art editor - can't be praised highly!
Enough. I suggest you glance around the magazine and count the number of unique design elements - the ESP logo being a classic example - then ask yourself was this petty criticism | really justified.
Hnnoqing aduertg I know that advertising makes a major] component of the stuff that flows through a magazine s veins, but do you really want any part with people whose ads say things like: “Women should stay in the kitchen" - and here's a manual on how to get 'em back in there. "How to get a one night stand." “Better get some muscles kid" or “Hey. Get hold of our totally opaque shades, with flashing lights on the inside - recommended by the Playboy magazine."
These dubious messages are obviously created by people who have stereotyped Amiga users as pimpled teenagers who say a prayer to plumber Mario every evening before hanging up their anoraks. I for one don’t feel worthy of Also, are there going to be any books on Blitz Basic 2?
K. Winspear. Hartlepool Your prayers are answered. In this very
issue we embark on the first of a six-part tutorial hosted by
Mike Milne and dedicated to Blitz Basic 2. But perhaps more
importantly, the new series is geared exclusively to the
development of applications.
As for your Amos comments. It's true the language Isn't particularly au fait with intuition. However, if you check out last month's Amos Insight you'll discover an add-on for Amos designed specifically to incorporate elements from Intuition into Amos programs.
As for a third-party reference manual for Blitz Basic, I'm afraid the news isn't quite so good- As far as I'm aware there aren’t any plans, however the program does have an official UK distributor who may be able to help. Contact Guildhall Leisure Services on: 0302 890000.
Amiga Computing 50 SEPTEMBER 1994
- I 3 for a living such propaganda aimed towards me, Basically I
couldn't agree more. But to M honest there's little that can be
done from the editorial standpoint.
Moratorium on commercial software.
Needless to say the response wasn't exactly enthusiastic - the reason being the masonry attitude of people like yourself.
The cause of occasional crap CoverDisks across all the Amiga magazines is punter pressure, and an almost complete lack of reader loyalty from the majority of the buying public.
If we dropped our commercial software I can guarantee Amiga Computing would be transformed from one of the best-selling Amiga magazines to the worst almost overnight.
OK, so you like getting something for nothing - who doesn't - but if this madness continues you'll get more and more golden oldies to run on a machine that nobody can be bothered developing for - after all what's the point the markets flooded right!
I hope you like this months Scroller II CoverDisk - it should completely scupper the market for video titlers for quite some time.. * During my time with the magazine the | editorial content has always been guarded fiercely and has never sue* eumbed to pressure from advertisers.
As a result the magazine has lost a tot of revenue in the form of ads and Promotions. With this In mind, It’s hardly fair or correct for editorial to suddenly start dictating to the advertising department.
Censorship Isn't something to approach lightly, regardless of the moral or intellectual arguments. A possible answer would be to abandon our principles and adopt an advertorial approach to fill the pages.
But that ain’t going to happen. So I'm afraid you'll have to suffer the Arthur Daley's until they realise not all Amiga users are pre-pubescent sexists.
(ode loading Freebie or not . Freebie.
About the "full price packages" you nclude. I can see two options: either leave them out completely, or do so for a couple Of months at a time and save up.
You- see. We don’t really need crappy, second, or even third-rate software like Fusion paint or Cinemorph. It's clear to all of us - or so I hope - that CoverDisk “freebies" are just a way to squeeze the last drops of juice out of an obsolete or vastly inferior piece of software.
I can but imagine how many sales GVP tost to ASDG in the morphing combat, their effort was truly pathetic and rather comparable with Vmorph - written in Amos.
Admittedly there have been many gems; Maxiplan4, Sbase, Protext and Bars&Pipes2Jr spring to mind.
This is what we want. Even if these two are old versions (no I don't include B&P there) and the upgrade offers usually available make less than a difference from full price, it's too' bad the save-up option is unrealistic.
Truly, the publishers aren't likely to let go of their premium software, no matter what you offer them, but it would certainly have been a jolly one.
This leaves us with dropping the Iree- bies". Or carrying on like you’ve done so far - most likely, since you’ve got a reader's survey to lean back on. But at least do me one favour. Stop lavishing lousy software with astounding superlatives, praising them and rising them, to the skies, stop printing what they sold 13 years ago and please, once you've had say a word processor on the disk, don't come later with another one which is of the same, or even lower standard.
Jonny Johansson. Sweden In reference to your CoverDisk queries. I'd tend to agree. In an ideal world we'd always bring you the latest and best software, But alas fierce competition and the availability of suitable software doesn't always make possible.
However your opinion does raise an interesting point. Firstly commercial CoverDisks are killing the Amiga - there's no argument there. Ideally we'd abandon the practise entirely and return to strictly PD and Shareware.
In an attempt to do exactly that, our ex-editor Stevie Kennedy sent an open letter to all our competitors asking for a I am trying to follow the tutorial for assembler by Mark Jackson, but I am not quite sure what it is I am supposed to do.
Good and bad news. The good news is that you shouTdn't have any more problems with Mark Jackson s tutorial - and now for the bad news - as it's being discontinued.
The reason for this rather drastic step has been the unreliability of Mr Jackson.
Although we would love to continue the series Mark has already missed one issue entirely and has proved Impossible to contact ever since.
However, now for the really good news. As a replacement for the assembler column, Paul Overaa kicks off a six part Devpac tutorial.
Unlike Mr Jackson, Paul is a professional journalist and programmer who's already published a variety of programming reference manuals through Bruce Smith Books.
As a result you couldn’t be In safer hands. And better still, Peul hes agreed to supply additional info boxes which should enable the tutorial and source code to be used on e variety of assemblers qnd not just Devpac, As for the unique design concept of your particular copy, I'm afraid that's something of a mystery.
If anyone else ha9 suffered the same problem please get In touch - It could be time to Jiave a word with the printers.
Firstly, do I print the source code from the cover disk then type it in to the assembler that I managed to get hold of at the start of this tutorial, or can I load the source code from the coverdisk directly into my assembler? I have tried this but I just get a lot of jumbled letters.
Secondly, where is the source code located on the CoverDisk of June 94 issue?
And for something completely different, the new look mag. My May issue came with pages 99 to 130 upside down and back to front. Now that's what I call a new look!
Mr G Wood, Cheshire As for you source code problems there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to load the code into the assembler direct from disk - that’s why It's there.
However, if you're printing the code first there could be problems. Like any programming language Syntax is everything, and if the code is being reformatted prior to printing there's a good chance the Syntax is being altered and the subsequent program corrupted. Now for a mixture of Amiga Computing SEPTEMBER 1994 WE MUST BE MAD!!!
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the screen goes blank and I get a guru message: J0G0M03
00280df0 Incidentally, I have checked with Directory Opus and
the file in question has been installed, A Bemascone. West
Sussex To test this problem I installed Heimdall 2 AGA on my
own A1200 and although it crashed my Amiga after installation
the game played okay. The problem you describe I'm glad you are
enjoying working with your Amiga and you needn't worry too much
about the problem you have described as it Is not permanent -
provided you have the right software to correct It.
The program you really want is Quarterback Tools Deluxe from Central Coast Software. The is an incredible piece of software and has all the functions you will ever need in order to keep your hard drive healthy and functioning.
If you want more information on QTD you can call Meridian Distribution on 081- 543 3500 who will only be too happy to help you. To avoid further problems such as validation errors, make sure when you are copying stuff to and from your hard drive that copying has finished before you eject the disk - the F.Disk light will go out when this has happened I am fairly new to computing and only recently bought myself an A1200 with a 11 64Mb hard drive. I am extremely pleased with the machine and am feverishly lapping up your AmigaDOS tutorial.
My hard drive is partitioned into two drives - Work: and DHO:. I have successfully installed Workbench 3 onto the Work: partition and am now busily installing games to DHO: Everything was working beautifully up until two days ago when my Workbench tacked up an error requester displaying the following: The hard drive continues to whir for about another two minutes before stopping. I really don't know what has happened but fear I may have broken the hard drive. Is there anything I can do?
P White. Cambridge Install incidents I have an Amiga 1200 with a 4Mb
t) RAM expansion, maths co-proces- V2 ‘ sor and 185Mb hard drive.
I have successfully installed Heimdall 2 AGA onto a partition
named DH2.
The game loads onto the first screen but when I move through to the next room I get the following message: UaibU 16 load tkt file »H2: «eiid»tl2 »orld aid1.dit. Workbench marries Kaap your hatd drivm and floppy dlak healthy with Quarterback toola Deluxe Error vitiditlnj Workbench Block H1«J md twice ere as AMIGA COMPUTING ADVICE SERVICE Vet another mined bag at computer marries comes under the surgeons Me in time for a speedg recouerg could be a clash with your maths co* processor and it may be wise removing this and trying the game again.
However, I find the AmigaDOS error report a little strange. Try checking the size of the mid1.dat file which should be 225056 bytes.
If all else fails your best bet is to send Blite blitees out!
I noticed in the CoverDisk pages of a pre- yjf ) v'ous Issue Of Amiga Computing you vt were asking people if they could send in their votes as to whether a Blitz Basic 2 tutorial would be welcome. I have already sent my vote - yes!
I have had quite a few problems with Blitz and constantly find myself coming up against problems I can't seem to get round. The most frustrating problem at the moment is when combining old gadgets with the new GadTools. They seem to work fine at first but crash soon after.
The manual says you can combine the two together, so I can't be sure if this is an error in Blitz or a mistake being made by myself. If there's anyone who can help it would be greatly appreciated.
D Lavans. Cornwall Do you want the good news or the bad news first? The good news is that the problem you have described is not a fault of your programming skills. The bad news is that it is a bug in Blitz Basic 2.
This language seems fraught with problems, a sad fact considering it is certainly the best Basic programming language available on the Amiga.
Acid Software are apparently having major prob- lems with the differences between OS 2 and OS 3 and look likely to support only OS 3.0 AGA users in the near future. I'm not entirely convinced of these problems or that they would cause the kind of bugs Blitz users have had to endure.
The GadTools stuff was a major cock-up and there are quite a few bugs in this library as well as in other areas of Blitz. The only answer to your immediate problem is to avoid combining old gadgets and the GadTools in the same window. This means you won't be able to use ShapeGadgets either.
Sorry I can’t be more helpful, but only Acid Software can clear up the bugs which doesn't seem very likely at present.
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have just finished writing a small pro- 9ram thal allows users
of Workbench 2 and above to select a find option in the Tools
menu.
Frustration The user selects the find menu option and a requester appears asking for a file to locate. The user types in the file name, selects the device and clicks okay, at which point the program searches for a file with the same name as the one entered.
The program works perfectly and I want to release it into PO with an option to register for a newer version.
The program and necessary files are now on an auto-booting disk but I am considering a hard drive installer program so that hard drive users can copy the program with the minimal amount of fuss.
I would really like to use the official Commodore installer but don't know where I can get it and how I should use it. Please could you shed some light on this program.
J Dorin. Berks The Commodore installer is a wonderful program but Is fairly difficult to learn how to use. The actual program is called Installer and you can find it easily enough in the C directory of our CoverDisks.
However, before you can use the program you must write a script file using the dedicated Installer language. This language is not easy to learn and Is certainly not easy to debug, as it relies heavily on the use of parenthesis ().
Before you use the Installer you are requested to register with Commodore who Will license you to use the product. We had to do this at Amiga Computing although we never received a reply. With the problems Commodore are having at the moment I would Imagine no one would pick you up for using it without a license.
The best way to learn the language, if you haven’t got a manual, is to hack through other developer's Installer script files. You iistallation utility.
InstallatiM MiMS fa Install for Real J Pretend to Install Lif all actions ti: J Printer J lo* File F Hone Rbort Install Proceed Help, Brian the Lion though. Only a few days ago a Mr Tim Hart sent me a disk on which he and his unemployed programmer friend (maybe he should be writing the games) had written a patch for the missing Brian sprite.
Tim states that the problem is due to Fast Ram which proves that Psygnosis simply couldn't be bothered to test this product.
If you send a disk to ACAS marked Brian Fix, with Tim’s permission I will send you a copy. My advice is, be wary of Psygnosis products as well as Virgin.
Arm qnurself!
There are still a lot of ancient disks floating around and these may contain viruses. You have been warned - arm yourself!
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virus database am desperate for someone to help with a problem
- bugged Amiga games.
I eagerly awaited the release of Beneath a Steel Sky from Virgin and as soon as it hit the store shelves I rushed out and bought it.
Imagine my horror when I realised it crashes every five minutes. This game is rendered totally useless to me due to the constant crashing.
I know I can save the game, but by the time I have switched my A1200HD off and then on again, booted the hard drive, located the BASK drawer and loaded the program my enthusiasm is severely dented, especially as I know it will crash in another five minutes.
I also have Brian the Lion AGA which I have installed on my hard drive after much frustration, but when I load it there is no Brian graphic - he’s gone.
I have hardly touched this game and feel very cheated by gangster software houses.
I am desperate for a solution to these problems. The software houses fobbed me off with a load of pre-written crap so I am writing to you to see if you have any ideas.
K Leemer. Cardiff your disks back to Core Design who will send you a new set. You can then re-install Heimdall 2 and see if the problem you describe re-occurs. If it does happen again write in and I will call Core Design to see if they can shed any light on the problem.
Surf dufuttur I know this letter should really have been addressed to Ezra Surf but I I'm sorry you have had such a poor response from Virgin and Psygnosis but I'm not really surprised. It surprises me that SO little was A friend of mine recently lost a lot of software ;f j ; due to a virus that infected his disks and v damaged them. He managed to get hold of Virus Checker on your CoverDisk and subsequently destroyed all the viruses he could at the expense of many commercial games.
He can’t understand how the virus infected his disks because he always keeps them write protected. Can a virus infect a write protected disk?
M McCauley. Glasgow j* There are only a few viruses I know that will write themselves to a copy protected disk. However, there are no viruses that can attach to a write protected disk, therefore your friend can t have protected all his disks.
I can’t stress how important it is for Amiga owners to arm themselves with a suitable Virus Checker - John Veldthuis' being the most up-to- date checker there is.
There are fewer viruses being written these days due to the excellent virus killer programs, but mentioned about the bugs in Beneath a Steel Sky because on an A1200 the game is a total waste of time and money. The problem you described is the same problem I had with my copy and indeed the System copy.
I’m afraid there isn’t a solution, but in my opinion I would be more wary of Virgin products in the future.
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That's a lofty goal for a small. Amiga-only company to set for itself. But if the beta versions of PageStream 3.0 I've been working with for the past few months are any indication, the full-blown program will give Amiga users a tool that will make their Mac- and Windows-using publishing friends green with envy.
PageStream 3.0 has been delayed quite a bit from its initial release - I first heard talk of the program at the World of Commodore Show in 1992.
As this was written in early July, Soft- Logik promised they would ship the program in early August, so it should be available by the time you read this.
The initial release will be feature packed for sure, but the company isn’t going to stop there. As if a completely revamped interface and hundreds of new features wasn't enough. Soft-Logik has some more ideas Help and more PageStream 3.0.0 includes a comprehensive help system that uses Commodore's AmigaCuide to provide context-sensitive hypertext explanations of various commands.
Everything's there, from basic operation to full Arcxx command documentation. There's also an introductory tour sequence, and a window that pops up when you load the program and offers various tips on using PageStreams features.
There are a number of other features in this totally rewritten program that arc new to PageStream and unique to any Amiga esktop publishing program.
These include revision control numbering, timed saves that don’t interrupt your work, automatic backups, undo and redo limited only by available memory (another feature that by itself is worth the price of admission), dot leaders, object nudging, and full support of the Amiga's clipboard.
On how to improve the program and promi seS a free update with even more features a few months after the initial release, At first glance, long-time PageStream users might not recognize the new version.
The familiar floating toolbar is still there, as is the page layout window.
But there's also a Quark Xpress-like context-sensitive edit palette at the bottom of the screen, a row of control gadgets at the top of each editing window, and optional colour, font, style, macro, and page selection palettes.
GADGETS Three-dimensional effects on the page outline and surrounding moveable rulers help set them off on the screen, and Amiga User-lnterface Style Guide-compliant gadgets and windows make the program easier for new users to pick up.
The edit palette should help make you much more productive. It’s context-sensitive and its functions change to fit the tool you've currently selected.
For instance, if you select the oval drawing tool, the palette displays the X and Y coordinates of the centre of the oval, as well as the width and height of the object.
Shift to the text tool and the palette presents you with gadgets for altering the current font, style tag. Text attributes, size, width percentage, tracking and leading.
In addition, a toolbar at the top of each editing window lets you perform document- onented commands such as Go To Page, Change Magnification. Undo, Redo, and clipboard operations.
No more hunting through the menus for commonly used functions - now they're usually only a mouse-click away.
One of PageStream s best features has ?] Two (olunn Hnttr , 3131 -A*1*** J *dtt nnnm 9 I 10 11 II12 13 14 000 17 000000 0 View your page layout in thumbnaila to see hew they lit together always been the ability to have multiple documents open simultaneously, each in their own window. In release 3.0, you can also open multiple windows on a single document.
This comes in handy in a number of ways: If you need to move an article from page three to page 50, for example; or if you want to view a thumbnail of the current page at 33 percent magnification while you edit details at 200 percent zoom.
When you're not working on a window but you plan to use it later, just hold down the Alt key and Click the close gadget - it automatically iconifies into a title-bar sized window that won't get in your way.
The view inside those windows looks a lot better, too. PageStream now displays bitmap graphics in full colour, instead of as a muddy black-and-white outline. Graphics display in up to 256 colours if you have an AGA Amiga or a graphics card.
You can open PageStream in any screen mode supported by your Amiga, including resolutions added by graphics cards such as the Picasso II or EGS Spectrum; the boards just have to add their resolutions to the standard AmigaDOS ScreenModes i rarjtaissfcst
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Srp'y requester list. (You can also run PageStream on the
Workbench or any other Public screen.) The program looks
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monitor.
In addition to supporting higher resolutions, PageStream 3.0 also supports opening screens larger than the current display, so you can work on large pages using the Amiga’s ultra-speedy screen scrolling to move around quickly.
VEIWING If your page is larger than the Current window, holding down the right Amiga key and pressing the left mouse button turns the pointer into a hand that you can use to drag the window around until you're viewing the part you want to work on. (If you have a three-button mouse, you can use the middle mouse button to do this.)
In earlier versions of PageStream (and all the other Amiga publishing programs), you treated your entire document as a series of pages.
This was fine for short publications that shared similar formats, but made long documents that varied in format a pain to create - you spent much of your time just redesigning various pages.
PageStream 3.0 lets you divide your documents into chapters, and those chapters Into subchapters. You can have different format defaults at the document, chapter, and subchapter levels.
PageStream 3.0’s master pages feature lets you create basic page layouts - with objects like page numbers, headers, and repeating graphics - and have those layouts automatically repeat for an pages that use that particular master page.
Automatic table of contents and index generation macros further bring PageStream into the realm of professional publishing.
Even little details like page numbering are surprisingly powerful now. You can set the page numbering system at the document level, as well as whenever you insert a new page.
Chapters can be numbered, you can define chapter lengths, whether you want chapters to begin on odd or even pages and can insert the actual page count as well
- which isn’t always the same as the page number.
PageStream 3.1 ran supports display of both bitmap end strutted graphirs in up to 25E ota If you’re creating a magazine or newslet* ter, you'll appreciate the ability to view page spreads. Just drag two pages together In the page palette window.
You can not only view the facing pages but also bleed objects across the pages.
Both horizontal and vertical spreads are supported.
As I mentioned earlier, PageStream
3. 0now supports display of both bitmap and structured graphics
in up to 256 colours.
Like earlier versions, PageStream 3.0 imports a wide variety of graphic formats, including BMP, EPS, GIF, IFF, MacPaint.
PCX, Professional Draw, and TIFF.
New to this version is the ability to export graphics as well. You could import a GIF picture into your document and save it out in PCX format.
When placing bitmapped graphics on the page, you can tell PageStream to ignore the background, allowing you to automatically flow text around irregularly shaped bitmapped pictures.
Some Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) images have preview images encoded in • Amiga Computing SEPTEMBER 1994 1- SOFTWARE B»» IPBNTOME Ejjjjjj TO Ivpe PI Prices* | Q| Knockout Bode I ? PantoneQ Coated | Tint [Iff* [ Process Yellou (V Process Hayenta C Process Cym CVC Process Black CVC Orange 121 CVC Red 032 CVC Blue 072 CVC 100 CVC 101 CVC 102 CVC Yellou CVC His Tha PANTONE procntt It fully supported In tha package Iijping with 5t I Under construction This preview was based on a late beta-test version of the program, so there's always the chance that some features could change at the last minute
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The manual was in the final editing stages when we went to press; Soft-Logik promises it’ll be the best manual they’ve done yet.
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We'll take a hands-on look at the manual and the other features included in the shipping version of PageStream 3.0 in an upcoming issue of Amiga Computing.
Them in TIFF (PC) or PICT (Mac) formats - PageStream can display both of these preview formats.
Unlike most programs. PageStream not only lets you display, resize, and crop graphics, but edit them as well.
Outline graphics formats can be altered using the built-in drawing tools; bitmaps are sent using the built-in HotLinks protocol to the bundled BME graphics editor.
BME is greatly improved over the initial release which was part of the now-included HotLinks Editions package. The new version supports colour display, has sophisticated Arexx capabilities, and does a great job automatically tracing bitmapped images and saving them in outline formats.
The beta version I tested didn't indicate aBBrwsJ Papa two I HdmHt_I Jttn « prtlw lUtrUllir I t*v« I WPP lwf~1 t • I any plans to add support for JPEG graphic import and export, which is the only serious omission in PageStream's graphic support.
If you’re going to be creating professional colour output, you'll appreciate PageStream's support for PANTONE process and solid colours.
SUPPORT You can specify the angle and frequency for individual pictures and for each plate.
PageStream supports user-definable trapping (spreads and chokes) for objects, and you can choose whether to overprint or knockout a particular ink.
PageStream supports Preferences printers, but includes custom drivers for Hewlett- Packard, Epson, Canon, and PostScript printers for better resuKs.
Dozens of PostScript Printer Description (PPD) files are included, so PageStream can take full advantage of your printer or PANTONE PANTONE PANTONE PANTONE PANTONE PANTONE PANTONE PANTONE PANTONE PANTONE imagesetter's capabilities.
Industry-standard PPD files are used, so if you purchase a new model printer you can use the PPD file included for use on a PC or Macintosh. You can also output your pages as EPS files or bitmap graphics.
Along with the ability to load and convert PageStream 1 and 2 documents.
PageStream 3.0 also supports loading documents in Professional Page 3 and 4 formats.
Gold Disk has suspended development of Amiga products, so Soft-Logik wanted to offer ProPage users the option to upgrade to a still-supported program, without losing access to all their old documents. To aid in the transition, PageStream 3.0 includes an AmigaGuide help document that lists Professional Page commands and their PageStream equivalents.
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|20.78x Green [£ Blue PageStream 3.0 supports the original custom PageStream font format, as well as Compugraphic and PostScript Type 1 font formats.
Unlike Professional Page, there’s no practical limit to the size of fonts you can use in your documents. (PageStream's size limit for Compugraphic fonts is 50,000 points - that's 57 feet tall!)
Along with the usual text styles such as bold, underline, and italic, PageStream also supports generation of small caps and reversed text.
A particuiarty neat addition to version 3.0 is configurable styles. You can change the colour, thickness, and style of an underline, for instance.
Text characteristics are configurable as well. If you want to create a garish headline font with a three-point-thick outline and an orange-red gradient fill, PageStream will let you do it.
PageStream 3.0 should ship with approximately 50 fonts.
Widow and orphan control lets you keep paragraphs from being split across columns, or make sure that a certain number of lines at the beginning or end of a paragraph are kept together.
Conditional breaks protect a section of text from being broken across two columns. This is useful for keeping headlines from being separated from their articles.
Various character-level improvements can make your text look a lot better. You can enable automatic ligatures, which can merge characters to create smoother-looking combinations.
PageStream 3.0 can convert dashes and inch- mark quotes into en- and em-dashes and smart quotes automatically when you import text.
PageStream supports placing text in defined frames on the screen, but it also lets yOu type freeform on the page. Frames can now contain more than one column of text. This makes changing page layouts much easier if you discover you need to increase or decrease the number of columns on a page Just select the frame and change the columns setting - this is a lot easier than redrawing column guides on the screen and relinking and reflowing text boxes.
Also, if you resize a frame, the columns contained within are resized as well. Frames don't have to be boxes, either - PageStream lets you draw any shape using its drawing tools and flow text into it.
When you're editing large amounts of text you'll appreciate the fact that Soft-Logik is now bundling the PageLiner text editor with PageStream. It won't replace your word processor, but it beats trying to edit on the page layout screen.
The initial release of PageStream 3.0 will import text from most popular Amiga word processors, including Final Writer, WordWorth, WordPerfect, and ProWrite.
Although the formats may not be included at initial release, Soft-Logik hopes to add support for popular PC word processor formats such as WordPerfect 6.0 and Word for Windows.
This will make life easier for newsletter editors whose authors send in their work on PC disks. The word processor filters now support both reading and writing, so you'll be able to use PageStream.
For example, to convert text from WordPerfect to Final Writer format.
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Would receive having sacrificed that sacred cow. The personal opinions of every body who has bought an instrument or piece of equipment for their home studio.
Either way here it is and no matter what I suggest, you should of course use the musicians best friend - ears.
This particular studio setup is based around the Amiga 4000-30 in conjunction with Bars & Pipes pro 2.5 and the Sunrise Studio 16 hard disc recording system.
However, most of the advice included is applicable for smaller Amiga setups, right down to the now humble A500.
The choice of B&P pro as opposed to KCS 3.5 or Music X is based on my experience in using all three systems.
Of all the systems I have used, and this includes Atari and Mac-based systems.
B&P pro is the most powerful by far.
If I had the space I would tell you why.
But I don't so I won't - here comes the first mailbag.
I have put together four systems, in most cases a progression on the previous s e t up and each based on the ability to be expanded in a logical man- ner. Without the need to discard previous purchases.
So many mistakes are made by compromising and buying a cheaper alternative that ends up getting sold later. It is better to wait a few months until you can buy the item you need, that is of course if you can resist the temptation to buy there and then.
Another common problem area is monitoring. Do not buy cheap speakers and a cheap amp - it gives you a false representation of the music and subsequently results in a poor mix.
SPEAKERS A big studio will have very large speakers and a small cheaper pair as a reference, but all the main mixing will be run through the large speakers.
This does not mean you have to buy a big pair of speakers capable of rear* ranging the furniture, but allow a decent amount of the overall budget for good monitoring.
If you can t afford the speakers you would like, buy a good set of headphones for around £100 to £150 to cover you for the short term. These Will still be extremely useful in the future for recording at night and checking the mix.
My personal choice are Sennheiser headphones, such as the closed back HD 250 linear 2 or the HD 560 Ovation
2. Though once again you should use your ears.
I would also recommend buying a separate keyboard controller rather than a keyboard with a sound source built in. Initially it may seem more expensive, but normally the big keyboard synths are not the greatest controllers and if something should ever go wrong with the keyboard, you have lost both.
There are loads of Keyboard controllers available but at the lower end I would recommend the Roland PC200 as a reliable controller for about £200 a 68040.
3. When you buy a mixer you may only envisage needing six inputs
(three stereo inputs) plus two band EQ and maybe two effects
sends for that R7 or SPX 990. However most people, when
setting up a studio, end up having between three and four
instruments and at least two effects units.
Korg XM, on* ol many howoror do net found In theory the six input mixer seems okay. However, if you have a good drum machine you will want to EQ each sound individually, i.e. cymbols snare, bass drum etc. so you will use the individual outs of the drum machine, which will have up to eight outputs - the same applies to the synths. An example is listed below: R8 drum machine - eight outputs; TG500 - six outputs; Korg 05W - two outputs Total inputs needed = 16 So once again we have to plan ahead.
This will, at times, make things seem impossible, but if you go in blindfolded you will simply have to sell some of your equipment at a large loss, making the overall plan all the more difficult to achieve.
This is the really heavy bit - lots of cash needed here. You should choose one of the mixers highlighted below, along with one of the effect units listed.
I have also put down a few suggestions on second synth modules. You could of course pick an instrument from the list in stage one. However, try to buy a different make of instrument than the one purchased in the earlier stage.
Individual makes tend to have their own sound, i.e. most musicians can tell an EMU Proteus sound or a Roland sound.
You may wonder why I recommend only one low -cost microphone. Well its simply because it stands out as particularly good value against the rest, though Others, such as the Shuro SM57 SM58. Might suit you better for stage work.
Mackie 1202 & Mackie 1604: these mixers are extremely good value and Will fit most peoples needs. They are true studio quality and in the case of the 1604 it offers 16 line inputs, three band EQ. Six studio quality balanced XLR microphone inputs and a great multi-functional aux effects system.
The Mackie 1604 has a good EQ but no mid sweeps - however. I would still highly recommend it.
Price: Around £500 for the 1202 end £899 for the 1604.
Mackie 8 bus series: this mixer would be the mixer of choice - however, its cost may be too prohibitive for most home studios. That said, its specification is astounding in a mixer of this price.
Specification: between 16 and 32 mic line inputs, four band EQ with two mid sweeps, six effects sends and 12 returns, optional full meter bridge, stunning noise specification, up to 32 tape returns and a mix B option which doubles the number if inputs on mix down.
The desk also features full in-place solo and individual channel mutes, along with really smooth faders and of course an eight channel recording bus - stunning.
Prlco: 16 - 8 - 2 = £1600 approx; 24 - 8 - 2 = £2400 approx; 32 - 8 ¦ 2 = £3500 approx. As mixes get bigger EQ is needed more and more to make different bits stand out against other bits. I recommend a minimum of three band EQ ideally, with mid sweeps (what the hell is a mid sweep I here you cry, well believe me if I had the space I would explain it.
However all I can say is you need it - trust me).
4. It is very important to decide what your musical aims are. If
you are building the studio around songs, you will have to
choose a mixer capable of handling tape returns to go to the
Sunrise board or at least calculate the inputs needed
including the Sunrise option.
A typical mixer of this type would be a Mackie 8 bus mixer, which range from 16 inputs to 32 inputs, and have eight record sends. These mixers are expensive for the home studio, going up to £3999 for the 32 input desk.
However, if you want to produce music that does not need live recording, then perhaps something like the Yamaha 01 Promix would be more applicable, giving 16 inputs with three band parametric EQ. Two dedicated effects units, three compressor limiters and full midi controlled automation (£1899 inc VAT).
These prices may seem expensive.
But if your synths are costing up to and around £1000 and are of excellent sound quality, doesn't it make sense not to degrade them with inferior mixers that may add noise.
That said. Mackie do make a superb 16 input mixer for £899 called the 1604 and it has an automation upgrade supported by Bars & Pipes pro 2.5b. but on the down Side the automation does add a lot of noise. Anyway back to the plan.
Below is the basic plan in five stages.
Each of these five stages is subgrouped with suggested instruments, effect units, speaker options etc:
1. Your Amiga. B&P pro. Sunrise Board and leads etc.
2. Synth 1, headphones, controller keyboard.
3. Synth 2 and 3. Mixer, effect unit 1.
Microphone (optional).
4. Good speakers and amp maybe another synth, DAT recorder
(optional).
5. Effect unit 2 maybe 3. Single-ended noise reduction, graphic
EQ In turn this should be accompanied by a diagrematic of the
current section, with the inclusion of the previous stages and
a financial plan and budget of each section.
It is important to read as many reviews as possible to give you a general idea of what to look for. However, reviewers do not always get it right, so at the end of the day trust your ears.
Instrument gets ahead on multi-timbral- ity and the six outputs and the sounds are still very good.
Proteus FX Specification: 32 note polyphony; 16 part multi-timbral; two outputs; two multi effects units built in.
Price: E5QQ Comment: Wow the proteus - still here, still cool. This new version, updated with inbuilt special effects and sounds from the Proteus 2. Has about the best sound samples around - ideal for real instrument sounds, though it includes synth type sounds as well.
In a big multi-timbral setup it is a fantastic asset, offering a certain realism to the mix. However, the proteus has a unique sound and may be a little easier to recognise when its stand alone.
This said, I have a Proteus 1 & 2 as part of my set up and would highly recommend it. They are also the easiest synth modules to program I have ever used.
• amaha TG500 Specification; 64 note polyphony; 16 part
multi-timbral; six outputs; two multi effects units built in.
Price: RRP £1099. Can be purchased for as low as £799.
Comment: Great as a first instrument and as part of a bigger set up. As with
• nost instruments it will take a while to ¦ earn how to use. But
with 64 note polyphony it should enable you to put together
multi-timbral pieces without funning out of notes.
Overall stage one comment: This system is very basic, but gives you a good base on which to build your studio.
There are. Of course, other instruments worth considering such as the Roland Sound Canvas and Yamaha TG300.
(Also included in this set up is the Roland PC200 and Sennheiser HD 560 Ovation 2 headphones).
Stage one budget (excluding Amiga B&P pro and Sunrise Studio 16 & MIDI port & midi leads) includes one sound module, a controller keyboard and headphones, totalling around £1110, Korg 05W Specification: 32 note polyphony: 16 part multi-timbral: two outputs; two multi effects units built in.
Price: RRP £599.
Comment: Excellent sounding half rack unit with really big sounds. However, the 05w has only two outputs which could be a bit limiting in the long-term, though as part of a bigger system would not cause too many problems.
The 32 note polyphony may be a little limiting for those bigger pieces. In some ways I prefer the sound of this unit to the TG500. But the Yamaha Yamaha Promix 01: for the musician who does not need the live recording flexability of the Mackie. This mixer represents absolute state-of-the-art mixing at an incredibly low price.
I would go as far as to say this is a revolutionary mixer that is going to change the face of home studios for ever.
An absolute must for anybody who wants total midi Control over all mixing parameters on mix down.
Specification: 16 ***, Channel inputs with six balanced micro- I phone full digital internal pro- cessing and 105db 24-9-2. «t« pwfMt choice of headroom to torwho work in. 36-bit three band parametric EQ.
Four effects sends built in. Two of which are hard wired to two SPX 990 quality effects units all working in full 24-bit. Three dynamics processors built in. Full motorised faders on each channel.
A digital output for mastering to DAT. All inputs use 20-bit A to D converters with 64 times over sampling and 20-bit eight times over sampling on the way out - in a word gobsmacking.
Price: £1899.
Sony R7 reverb unit: opinions on reverbs vary dramatically but the Sony R7 really is an excellent unit. This reverb is incredibly smooth and powerful and is my first recommendation for a major reverb.
The Sony R7 has been overlooked by many people in preference for more established manufacturers in special effects, such as Yamaha and Lexicon. However, having used it fairly extensively in the last year, I would say that it is quieter and more flexible than other similar-priced units.
Price: £900 approx. Lexicon LXP15: a classic reverb sound at a reasonable price. Also included in this range is the LXP1. The predecessor to the LXP15. Either of these would be a good choice, though they are both noisier than the Sony.
Price: Approx £799 for the LXP15; approx £399 for the LXP1.
Cheaper alternatives could include the Boss SE70 or perhaps the Alesis range of reverbs, including the classic Quadraverb.
Microphones: well actually microphone, because I will only recommend one, the AKG C1000s. While there are many microphones that are better, such as the Beyer MC740. The AKG C1000 has the most accurate sound of any microphone under £600 and subsequently has to be the overall microphone of choice. It is great for vocals, speech, and even acoustic instruments.
Price: £229 RRP.
Other instruments worthy of recommendation are the Alesis Quadrasynth, Korg X3R, Roland R8 drum machine and the Ultra Proteus, all of which I do not have space to write about.
Price: Wavestation SR approx £990; Roland R8 approx £499.
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Yamaha TG500 Sound Module £800 Korg Wavestation SR Sound Module £990 Roland R8 Drum Module £499 Proteus FX Sound Module £500 Mackie 8 bus mixer £2400 Sony R7 Reverb unit £900 Lexicon LXP 1 Reverb unit £399 Sennheiser HD 560 ovation headphones £110 Audiolab 8000A Amplifier £450 Alesis Monitor One Speakers £399 Symetnx 511A Noise reduction £350 Alesis MEQ 230 dual 30 band EQ £230 Sony TCD D3 DAT player £450 Roland PC200 Controller Keyboard £200 AKG C1000s Microphone £230 Total £8907 The Alternative Studio (based around the Yamaha Pro Mix 01 and my personal choice) Studio Three Yamaha TG500 Sound
Module £800 Korg Wavestation SR Sound Module £990 Alesis Quadrasynth £1499 Roland R8 Drum Module £499 Proteus FX Sound Module £500 Yamaha Pro Mix 01 £1899 Sony R7Reverb unit £900 Sennheiser HD 560 ovation headphones £110 Audiolab 8000A Amplifier £450 Acoustic Energy AE1 Speakers + stands £1200 Symetrix 511A Noise reduction £350 Alesis MEQ 230 dual 30 band EQ £230 Sony TCD D3 DAT player £450 Roland PC200 Controller Keyboard £200 AKG C1000s Microphone £230 Total £10307 Choosing an amp and speakers is always a difficult thing - should I buy a Quad, or should it be a Yamaha or perhaps a Carver.
Well here goes another sacred cow.
My choice of amp is based around two factors. Firstly, the amp does not need to be extraordinarily powerful for the home studio and secondly, it does need to be flexible and accurate in sound.
For this reason I have chosen the Audiolab 8000 A amplifier. It of course can be used as part of a HiFi set up.
But more importantly it gives a superb sonic performance in the home studio set up - incredibly accurate.
For the speakers I would choose the Alesis Monitor One. A great sound at a good price point and they are very well made.
While these would be my choice for a home studio, the more ambitious studio might look towards the Acoustic Energy AE1. Or the low end Genelec speakers.
I would not on the other hand recommend Yamaha NS10s. They might be alright as secondary speakers, but they are unsuitable for main monitor- ing.
Amplifiers and speakers AlMl* Monitor One - price: approx £399 a pair.
Audiolab 8000 A amplifier - price approx £450 As for any further instruments. I would recommend any of the sound modules I have mentioned earlier. DAT players or the other hand fall into two categories - those with SCMS (Seriel Copy Management System), these are general ly designed for the home market, and those without SCMS. That are primarily designed for the pro market.
If you read a lot of HiFi magazines your opinion might be that DAT is not that great - these magazines even sug gest that it is not as good as CD - wrong DAT is used for mastering most of the Cds you hear today, so that scuppers that argument. The only thing wrong with DAT is that it will show up any hiss in the audio chain, as it is inherently silent.
My choice would be to go for a Sony portable DAT like the TCD D3 or D7. It MUSIC || s h v: may have SCMS. But it makes no difference to the mastering quality whatsoever and sounds fantastic.
Sony TCD D3 - price: £499 As for part five of the plan, this really is the luxury department. Once again I would choose one of the effects mentioned earlier, but for critical equipment still needed. I would have to recommend the following items - Symetrix 511A or Drawmer DF320 Noise Reduction Units Both of these units are absolutely essential finishing touches to the home studio. They are both single-ended noise reduction systems and subsequently do not need any decoding, unlike Dolby A.B.C and S noise reduction systems.
Both are fairly easy to use and make a massive difference to the finished mix.
Price; between £300 and £450 Aleals MEQ 230 dual 30 band EQ.
Often, even with the best of equipment and control rooms. EQ is still needed and can be great for adding that extra bit of punch and sparkle. As with the noise reduction units, I would highly recommend one of these units to be used at the end of the recording chain, just before the DAT player.
Well that's it then - my recommendation for the perfect home studio (if there is such a thing). As with all these items, personal preferences will play a part in your buying decisions, but hopefully this article will serve as a guideline and, if nothing else, get you thinking.
No one person s view should be treated as gospel, so try out these suggestions and don't listen too much to the salesmen.
Finally, whatever you do. Remember to have fun, because at the end of the day.
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'Never mind, just a setback, sales are mellent, we’ve achieved record figures this year."
While viewing sales figures publicly mrough rose-tinted spectacles is exceptionally important for the PR success of any ndustry, there's always one group of peo- pie who are left behind in the aftermath of a failed company, licking their wounds and wondering what can be learnt from the expensive experience.
Biting the bullet This group, a sometimes overlooked and underestimated clan of different genders, colours and creeds, are the buying public.
Bought a CD32 recently? Feeling a little worried that your hard earned cash might have been more useful flushed down the toilet?
When any company sinks into financial obscurity, it has a knock-on effect throughout the industry - customers lose faith and decide that the original nagging doubts about buying a pricy piece of hardware were well placed after all. Subsequently, they don't want to invest any more and everyone loses out.
But in Commodore's case, what if you're a potential buyer of a 1200 end a CD drive - is it really a wise move to buy one of the company's machine?
What about existing owners? Have they really wasted their money on a computer with no future? The Devil s Advocate winged its way down to the company's headquarters to talk to the UK's managing director, David Pleasance.
Ujith [ommodore filing for bankrupts, euergone is wondering what will happen to the once great rompang. Hdam Phillips talks to Dauid Pleasance about the past, present and future 0 After the recent collapse of Commodore, can 1200 and CD32 owners feel confident In buying future Amiga equipment and receiving full support from the manufacturers?
A I don't think support is an issue because we do have very good arrangements, particularly with the likes of ICL who are doing a tremendous job of supporting our products.
As we stand at the moment, it is our belief that Commodore will be purchased to launihmg of products like the 1* end EDO uirtuillij on toe ot each oth» ucrc not good deiisians' as a going concern. Therefore, if anything, the prospects for Commodore will be infinitely better than they have been for quite some time.
Q What do you feel brought about the downfall of Commodore?
A I believe we should never have gone into the DOS market and the decision to get out of it came after we had had two years of really losing money. I think we needed to have a more logical and coherent product development strategy than we had.
By that I mean the launching of products like the 500+ and 600 virtually on top of each other were not good decisions. I think it was the general direction of the company and also the investment made in trying to enter markets that were not ideal for Commodore - these have all contributed to the position where Commodore lost a lot of money.
Q Do you feel that Commodore UK played a part in the company’s financial demise?
A The UK market for Commodore has been a profitable operation for several years now - in fact, one of the most buoyant markets for Commodore. During periods of last year and six months ot the year before, the UK branch was the biggest contributor to Commodore world-wide.
So, in terms of us playing a part, I'd say definitely not.
Q What are your plans now for Commodore UK?
A As far as I am concerned, it’s business as usual. I’ve had the fortune of being with Commodore for virtually 11 years now and I’ve been through some bad times as well as good times. I see this as a small hiatus - it’s not a major setback. I genuinely believe Amiga Computing SEPTEMBER 1994 INTERVIEW that If Commodore is purchased it will be the best thing fpr the company, because there is no doubt that we are now significantly leaner and meaner than ever before.
If the right partners are involved in Commodore and are prepared to listen to the people in the subsidiaries that have survived, then I think our opportunities and future prospects are particularly bright.
My personal belief is that the UK company is currently in the best shape it’s been in for many years. I think we are poised for a tremendous Christmas period and it really all depends on getting a company to buy Commodore as a going concern and to enhance the manufacturing facility.
Once that happens, I will be very confident. As far as the personal situation is concerned, at this moment in time - foolishly or otherwise - I'm not looking for other work.
Q Who are the potential buyers for Commodore?
A There are three or four serious contenders. My belief is that one of those is a clear favourite and ft could even be in the next 48 hours or so. I can’t possibly comment on who it might be - it's very unfair to any potential purchaser to speculate because it can definitely have an adverse effect on any negotiations.
Stint support lias n mu ! Abated anil I don't see it abating fur The last thing I want to do is upset any opportunity for this company to be bought which will therefore secure the jobs for the people who work here.
Q Who would you like to see buying Commodore ideally?
Tine get A Me. I can’t afford it. But I would love to be able to run it though, Ideally, I’d like to see a company that is in the consumer electronics business but not in our market.
One that has good manufacturing facilities, good R&D and that has some channels to market.
I think the benefits that any company would get from the purchase of Commodore are (a) adding a whole new range of products to their portfolio and (b) taking advantage of what is probably the best distribution channel in Europe.
Take the UK alone. If you walk down Slough High Street - that's ten minutes from here - you'll find Commodore products in 30 shops. That's the kind of marriage I would be looking for in terms of a buyer of the company.
However, that’s the ideal position and we may not always get our ideal situation.
I really believe the Amiga technology is far too good and far too well supported to be lost over the next few weeks because of a company that's got itself into financial trouble.
Q If there is a buyer in the pipeline, how long before 1200s and 4000s are back in production?
A They would get back into production very quickly. I would envisage us getting supplies in time for the September season.
There is a pool of products available to the subsidiaries at the moment - you've got Commodore UK, Germany, Italy and Scandinavia. Between all of us, we’re looking after all the European countnes.
We also have a pool of products available and are selling as and when we need them. My belief is that we can last until September when new product supplies arrive and, at present, we re taking advantage of the fact that this is the quiet period.
I think we'll be okay... O How do you feel about the new 1200 CD Drive? There have been rumours that you're not entirely happy with the lack of FMV.
A While I'm still not happy about the lack of FMV. It's something which is technically not possible to do. The PCB on the 1200 doesn't have the gate array that's on the CD32 PCB. So there is no way of running full motion video. My concern has always been that while, at present, most 1200 owners will say “it doesn’t matter about full motion video", I believe that as soon as the first fully-interac- tive game is released that uses FMV. The owners of the CD1200 will then say “hey.
This doesn't work, we're not happ .
Q Do you feel that FMV-specific game development will be hampered because of the CD1200? Why develop for FMV which is a relatively small market at the moment when you can develop for both the CD32 and CD1200?
A | agree with what you’re saying except we already know what is under development. T'm certain some companies are already starting to port their PC development on to CD32 because, unlike I most Amigas, the machine was designed to be able to take the graphics from I a PC and display it in the chunky planar mode.
These products under development will become more and more available, but I guess, in some ways, it could be perceived a drawback to the developers that the CD1200 doesn’t support full motion j video.
I think they will realise that the CD32 is a big market in its own right and FMV, even without the interactive games content. Is going to be a huge market, It's going to be a bigger market than the games market anyway - we believe very strongly that music video Cds will be an enormous success, Q Finally, are there any promises you’d like to make to existing Commodore machine owners?
A The only thing we can say to them is that we are totally aware of the development schedule that the software publishers are currently undertaking. It’s pretty extensive - between now and September, there will be 60 more titles absolutely guaranteed.
This is not just hear-say like when we first launched the CD32. We've actually seen work in progress and there are definitely 60 titles coming out plus an additional 40-odd FMV titles.
From these products which have been developed specifically for the CD, there are some super 1200 products coming as a direct derivative. I guess the only promise I can make is that the software support has in no way abated and I don't see it abating for quite some time yet Thank you for your time.
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0 Bliteing on th Thankfully there is a new competitor on the scene and although the developers behind it are not widely known, this new contender has caused such a stir to the extent of being accepted world-wide by Amiga users with outlets in America, Europe and Australia.
Because of this, and your response to last issue's insert, we are going to bring you as much support for Blitz Basic 2 as we can muster, and at the same time spread a little light on the rather incoherent yet necessary manuals.
BASICS Throughout this tutorial I will be working on the assumption that you know how to load up Blitz, load and save programs written in Blitz and compile them. If you are unsure about any of these or have problems following this tutorial then please write in.
In this first tutorial I will go through the basics of programming the Workbench screen, addressing the subject of screens, windows, gadgets, menus and events.
The principal behind the Workbench system is a complex system of libraries, messages, ports, packets and devices. Nearly everything you program that makes use of screens, windows, menus or gadgets will in some way interact with this system.
Thankfully Blitz handles all but the simple things for you, thus allowing you to concentrate on making your program professional and worthwhile. Lets open a window in our first program (please refer to the Ref Manual if you are unsure to the syntax or use of any of the commands): VBStirtup Important if running on Workbench: Cloitfd Saves us a bit of memory: Rod I We want our program to be displayed on the Workbench screen: tv.1*0 [reate your own user-interface in this first instalment of the new Blita Basic B Hmiga Cuide Pull the Workbench screen to the front (Oooh a library call!!):
UorkbencliToSereen 0 Assign the Workbench screen a number: Use Screen 0 Lets make use of the Workbench screen: Window O,12Q,7Q,2QO,40f11QQO|H,‘Ar tMn4W,1,2 The window: repeat et=0 Houi do I get help?
Just to make sure there is no confusion: cv-Viltfvcnt If you have any questions that you need addressing from reading this column, you can write to me.
Michael Milne at; Blitzing on the Amiga co Amiga Compuling Europress Publications Ltd Europa House Adlingion Park Macclesfield SK104NP (NB Please state what machine you are using and any peripherals that you have) Get an event: until ev=S20C Keep looping until our window is closed: CleseUindov 0 System friendly method of closing the window: End Terminate program.
After you have typed this in. Save it and then choose the Compile Run option from the compiler.
Hey presto! Your window will appear on the Workbench screen and will stay there until you click the left mouse button on the close gadget!
The first seven commands set up our program to work in the Workbench screen without any interference. It does this by pulling the Workbench screen to the front of the display and assigns it with a screen object number (see Chapter 7 of your User Guide about objects).
After this we make sure that our window will appear on the Workbench screen by telling our program to use it (note how we address the relevant screen with its object number we gave it earlier!).We are now ready to open our window (See your Re* Manual P.25-1 for the Syntax!).
Notice that in the flags parameter we have put: S1000IS8. The T operator is known as the logical 'AND' operator and basically acts in the same way as adding the two values together, i.e.. $ 1000l$ 8 = $ 1008. All the flags are listed in your Ref Manual on P.25-2 and you can ‘AND’ as many as you like.
After the opening of our window, we then needed to know when the user used the close gadget so that we could close the window and terminate the program.
We can determine whether or not the user has closed our window by the use of events.
EVENTS Events are basically messages sent from Workbench when a user does something to interact with a program. The 'WaitEvent' command allows us to wait until Workbench has something to report to us (NB: it is important to remember that the value returned from Workbench through WaitEvent' is a 'long' value which is why we have to declare ‘ev’ as ‘ev.1'!). From looking at the event codes table in the Ref Manual (P.25-5), we can see that $ 200 is returned when the user has closed a window. Therefore we continue looping until $ 200 is returned, after which we can close our window and terminate our
program!
Now that we can open and close a window let’s add some interaction to our program - lets do an adding program.
Again we will first need to set-up our program to run in Workbench and we will also want a window. So let’s use the above code and add the extra code below to handle all our input and output: VSStirtwp Startup for Workbench: CuseEd Hofli VORKBENCH-nchToFront.
UorkbcnchToScrctn 0 Use Screen 0 Window 0,120,70,240,«0,$ 1000,’lly adding prejfii VI-,1,2 VindovOutput 0 Directs text output to our window: Uindoulnput 0 Directs text input to our window: Repeat InnerClt Amiga Computing 76 SEPTEMBER 1994 our close gadget. That's why we also didn’t need to put a close gadget on our window (represented by S8).
As you probably know, the above program is a simple adding program which continuously picks up two values from the user and then prints out the sum until the user enters a 'q'.
IS«Ed1tH5) Obtain 5 chars from user: If (als'q* Or ais‘8‘) Then 6oto quit If it is a ‘q’ then jump to 'quit': The first two commands simply clear the window and replaces our cursor to the top left of our window. Then we print a simple Print 'Enter value 2:’ Repeat as above for second value: My Rdding Progran VI M«Mlt»(5 If (bS*‘q‘ Or bJs’i*) Then Soto quit itlal(iS) Ipress 'q’ to quit Enter value 1:10 Convert string values to numbers: Enter value 2:20 b'¥»Ub* ¦Print " 10+20=30 Print an empty line: jPress return to continue!
NOW things art starting to look good ¦Print message to the user and wait for the user to put in the first value.
If you are unsure as to the difference of the ‘NPrint' end ‘Print’ commands, the Nprint’ does the same as a 'Print' but returns the cursor to the beginning of the next line after printing.
Notice that in the Ref Manual there are two ‘Edit’ commands, and that the normal 'Edit' command is ideal for only accepting numbers. We haven’t used this because we still need to check whether the user wishes to quit.
It is easy to do this by obtaining their input in a string format (‘EditS’). Check whether the user wishes to quit - exit if the user does - and then, if it is a value, convert it to a number and continue with the sum. This is why we have two sets of variables to hold both the strings and the numbers.
The Forever’ in the loop does just as it says - repeats the loop forever!
It's time to wrap up this first tutorial. But remember, the only way you are ever going to be a competent programmer is to practice, so try playing around with the window - even try opening two or three windows (don't forget to close them all!).
Look out for the next issue where I will explain opening your own screen and menu programming to add that professional feel to your programs.
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Copy brief description Print sum: ¦Print Another empty line: drlnt ‘Press return to continue!* iHdltld) Wait for return: Forever quit: This is where we jump to if the user enters a'q': CloseVlndov 0 Close our window: End and terminate program.
This time we cannot accurately find out if the user has used the close gadget on our window or not. This is because the command Edit$ ’ holds up your program, while we are getting an input from the user.
During this time all we can do is wait until the user has hit return, therefore we have no way of testing whether the user has hit The screen - the screen is the very foundation of the Workbench display. It acts like the drawing board for all your visible operations which the user will see. The screen is used to display all your windows and gadgets, without which there would be no display.
Unfortunately screens are not very flexible. They can only be pushed to the back of the display, but are nonetheless very important.
Blitz allows you to make one of three choices when pro* gramming screens - use the Workbench screen, open your own screen or grab someone else's.
Once you have done one of these you will have a screen number assigned to that screen which can then be used to reference it for your various operations.
The window - although you can use a screen to do all your input and output on, the window is the much preferred friend of the system programmer. This is because it allows for a more stylish and easy-to-use display, allowing for the use of gadgets and menus.
The window, as the name suggests, is like an opening, giving the user a view. Of what? Well, whatever the programmer wishes the user to see! But unlike the screen, the window is completely flexible and with the right programming it can be re-sized, moved around, pulled to the front and pushed to the back. They can now even display pictures inside themselves (As long as you have OS 2.00 or higher!).
Just like screens, each window has their own unique number and because of this you are allowed to open more than one window on any one screen, addressing each one by its identifying number.
The gadget- gadgets are the next simplest input output from basic text input. They can display messages, hold text strings or numbers, be used as scroll bars, even cycle through a list of different options!
But there is a limitation of using gadgets - they can only be displayed from within windows. This is because the operating system was designed to handle them this way. So you can have multiple windows open and find out which gadget was hit in which window, thus allowing for more flexible and open programming.
Gadgets also have their own unique identifying numbers so that you can determine at any time whether or not a specific gadget was used.
The menu - menus are another way of obtaining interaction with the user. They can sometimes be preferred to gadgets due to their simple orderly composure, but can also be used in conjunction with gadgets to produce flexible applications.
When programming menus there is generally one purpose for which to use them, and that is to offer the user a selection of options. Thankfully the system will handle most of the interaction, allowing us to pick up the users choice and crack on with the request.
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Computing SEPTEMBER 1994 Seeing H 31-bit graphics card-
compatible with all applications?- Franh hoed grasps his
specs ¦ and peers into Fetina III- A t was with great
delight that I B Opened the parcel containing my review
Retina BLT Z3. I thought “Great! Zorrolll performance. 4MB
Display RAM and Workbench emulation."
Belieuing Now, I already know a bit about Workbench emulation courtesy of my Picassoll card, where setting a screenmode s an absolute breeze Picasso creates new standard Intuition screenmodes that can oe set in any Screenmode requester, so, is you can see. I was hoping that Retina's would be as transparent and easy to set up.
I Opened the box that Retina came in and already I was frowning. MacroSystems have a deserved good reputation for creal- ng solid hardware, vis Vlab. And I had
• Xjped that this was going to be no exception. I have to say I
was disappointed.
First off. The Retina isn't a full length card
- it's just as long as it has to be to plug into the Zorro slot.
I would much rather have seen a full-length card that was
easier to plug in. Because it was guided in at both the front
and back of my machine instead of wobbling around as I pushed
it in.
MONITOR Next, I knew that the original Retina only had one monitor output port on it, so if you wanted to see Amiga screens you had to run two monitors side-by-side, but I had heard that the Retina Z3 was going to be equipped with two instead of the single port I found (most of the other RTG graphics cards on the market have a monitor input port to provide a pass*through of the standard Amiga video signal when the card is not being used).
I had also heard that video output was to be included as standard, and looking at the board it seemed that my suspicions were confirmed as there were two video ports, one composite and one Y C. On the back of board.
R1=iJJJ E But it turns out that to use them you are
• squired to buy an extra PAL encoder card which fits onto the
Retina board. So why bother going to the expense of putting
ports onto the card that potentially few people are going to
make use of?
My third initial complaint concerns the rather skimpy manual that is provided.
MacroSystems are welhknown for writing dense, hard-to-understand manuals, but they usually have some depth to them.
The Retina manual is only 43 pages long.
1 doesn't go into enough detail on a lot of topics, and leaves out any details whatsoever about the rather dire paint package included called VDPaint. There are no warnings in the manual about the Retina Z3 Only working in machines equipped with Zorrolll slots (the 3000 and 4000 series) and as I haven't got a machine with Zorroll slots to check it In. I couldn’t find out if it automatically detected the difference between Zorroll and Zorrolll slots and changed its method of working accordingly.
Spot tho cryptic interlace!
Retina's method of retargetting Workbench is not exactly friendly. Firstly, there is a program called Retina- ScreenMode which opens a window showing a whole load of different monitors. I would say you are fairly likely to find your monitor, or at least one very like It, men* tioned in the list.
Once you have selected the monitor you own, a list of screen “groups’ appears on the right-hand side of the window.
These groups can be expanded to show all the various screen modes contained therein Thanks to the execrable manual. I am still not overly sure what relevance these different screen modes actually have in the running of the Workbench emulation, as Jji lllhat uias RTG again?
RTG is an acronym for ReTargettable Graphics, a mythic Commodore standard for incorporating other people's graphics cards into the Amiga system.
The idea is that a user can plug a graphics card into the machine and then use all the software on that card as though it were normal Amiga graphics.
To be able to do this several things need to happen first. One is that software designers have to obey the rules when it comes to creating the interfaces for their programs.
Requesters and windows should be font* sensitive and programs should offer the user a screenmode requester to choose the mode most suitable for his or her needs.
The other is that Commodore needs to define an RTG standard so that the software and hardware developers have something to aim for instead of all the conflicting systems that are currently in use.
They are all also listed in the program called RetinaEmu which you run next.
RetinaEmu is really the heart and soul Qf Retina's RTG effort. When you run a program you haven't run since you got the Retina, it makes a note of it in its list. You can then pick that program's name from the list and choose a Retina screen mode to run it under.
Few programs seem to mind this rather cavalier attitude to their screens, but programs like VistaPro and DeluxePaint, that have custom interfaces rather than sticking to using proper intuition screens (naughty!), don't really like promotion at all.
Once you are satisfied that all the normal Amiga Computing SEPTEMBER 1994 1- software you tend to run works OK under Retina's aegis, you start to want to play about a bit with the programs that come with Retina.
There's a whole bundle of stuff to look at.
First up is the rather cryptic MakeRACE program. It has a massive Six and a half pages of manual devoted to it and is an animation creation tool.
It can create anims in 8-, 16- or 24-bit and will automatically dither your frames down to the required number of colours using the Floyd-Steinberg technique.
METHODS Personally, I would rather have seen it use the Random method as used in ADPro, which stays in the same place every frame giving you less deltas than Floyd-Steinberg.
As with the rest of Retina's software, MakeRACE seems over-complex, but its complexity ensures that you will be able to create the best possible animations with it.
Anims that are created with MakeRACE can also have a soundtrack applied to them which can be in 8SVX format or MacroSystem's own Toccata or MaestroPro formats for 16-bit sound quality.
Lllhat else is out there?
Once the animation has been created (a rather drawn-out process even on a 4000) you will need to load one of RACE'S ancillary programs, PiayRACE or CopyRACE.
PlayRACE plays back the animation from There is a wide range of graphics cards available for the Amiga, from Avideo and DCTV through to Harlequin and G2's Imagica system, but probably of most interest are the so* called RTG cards.
There are three main offerings: the Retina in Zorroll and Zorrolll versions, Picasso and the wide variety of EGS boards. I have played with them all in my time and I currently own a Picassoll card.
The reasons for my purchase were that Retina's system for RTG was unwieldy and (unnecessarily) complex and I didn’t like the fact that EGS seemed to be happier replacing Intuition rather than complementing it.
Certainly there are boards that give the extra speed that Zorrolll confers, and some have 4MB of display RAM to allow you higher resolutions, but none is as easy to configure as Picasso and none is as transparent as Picasso when in everyday use.
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Next up is AnCoS Jr. Which is a sort-of
• Retina version of FRED the frame editor that comes with ADPro.
No graphics card worth its salt is without some sort of picture viewer and Retina is no exception. If you own a copy of ImageMaster or ADPro the installer will load viewers for those programs onto your hard disk.
However, there is also a standalone file viewer that, thanks to Retina's multipic.- library (a sort of Universal loader used by all the Retina software), will show files in a wide range of formats including all the IFF variants, Vlab (obviously!), BMP and JPEG amongst others.
It has an Appwindow interface allowing you to just drag and drop picture icons onto its window to show them. It can also be run from the Shell and thus is suitable for integration into file managers like Directory Opus or DiskMaster2.
TWEAKING In case you weren't confused enough by RetinaScreenMode and RetinaEmu, we now come to a little utility called DefineMonitor that allows you to tweak the screenmodes so that they fit nicely on your monitor.
Once you have messed around with them all, you can then append your newty- tweaked list to the onginal list, resulting in twice as many screenmodes to choose from!
To finish off the complement of programs, there is a Retina screen blanker that doesn't do anything interesting like putting all 16.7 million colours on the screen oni after the other, it just shows a black scree* which is obviously the best way to keep] your monitor from burning out - but it is t bit boring.
Retina's Workbench emulation is actual outstandingly fast once you get past th« hassle of setting it all up. Even running • 256-colour Workbench at 1024 x 768 wi zippier than a four colour Hl-R Workbench.
Windows snap open and fill with lists of files scroll smoother than a bal bottom and moving from screen to is nigh on instantaneous.
Best of ail. MacroSystem have g around the old CHIP RAM-copying pri lems that plagued the original Retina by doing pretty much everything using Retina Z3's built-in blitter, which leaves your CHIP RAM free for more important things.
CONCERN I think it's a shame that a product with such potential should receive such a poor overall review. If MacroSystem had bucked their ideas up a bit and given the Retina Z3 two monitor ports, a decent manual, readme's in English as well as German (especially worrying when I recognise words like Achtung! In them), included the video encoder in the price and most importantly, completely revised their system of RTG, I would have been a lot happier.
I first saw the original Retina card as a prototype in Germany in 1992 and was amazed at what MacroSystem were trying to do: a 24-bit graphics card that could be used with ell applications, not just paint packages.
However, it seems that they have not realty looked at all the competition that has | sprung up around them in the shape Of EGS and Picasso which offer better usability with comparable facilities.
SVSTEm ESSEflTlflLS RED = Essential BLACK = Recommenced 1 Mb 2 Mb CHIP RAM FAST RAM Hard drive A3000 or A4000 4 Mb FAST RAM The bottom line Product: Retina BLTZ3 Supplier: ACE Tel: 0896 870 563 Price: 1 MEG £412 4 MEG £540 Ease of use Implementation- Value- Overall ¦n Deupac "I- delight ver the next six issues I'll be using Devpac to build an Intuition program that is able to display text files. This may not sound like an earth-shattering goal, but you will be learning about a whole range of useful things like using the ASL file requester, detecting menu events and so on and it'll all be
done using Release 2 (and upwards) compatible code.
If you are keen to join the euer-increasing number of Hmiga BBOhO coders then this new series from Paul Oueraa is sure to set gou on the right track I’ll be spending quite a bit of time explaining the underlying ideas and first on the agenda are some details about how you actually create an assembly language program.
Source file, is to let Devpac produce an executable (runable) program directly. This is what we shall be using during the early instalments.
The Amiga's multitasking Exec supports a library system that exists quite separately from the applications programs which run, Since our program will be making extensive use Of a number Of these libraries, some preliminary explanations are in order.
Programs tell Exec that a library is needed by attempting to 'open' it using an OpenLibrary() function. It's important to know that the OpenLibraryO call was Step one is to use an editor to prepare something known as a source code file. All this means is that you use a text editor to create a plain ASCII text file containing the program instructions.
Devpac has its own editor and the editor window appears as soon as Devpac starts, Once the program instructions have been written, the next step is to convert the source to the appropriate 680x0 instructions.
With Devpac there are two ways of doing this but the easiest way, which is ideal for simple programs that involve just one Assembling and running the code I actually wrote this example with Devpac 3, but armed with an advance copy of the de-archived Devpac2 cover disks (which by now you also will have) I was able to test the code with the Devpac 2 package as well. These Devpac 2 instructions should work with all machines (even single drive ones).
First, copy this month's AC1.S example code to the ram disk. Insert the Devac AM1 disk into dfO: and make df0:c the current directory by typing CD df0:c at a Shell window.
Now type Genam2 to load Devpac and then use the Project menu to load the source from the ram disk. Select ‘Assemble* from the Devpac Program menu and choose the Output to memory' option to assemble the program (because then you'll be able to run it directly from the Devpac2 Program menu).
Once you're happy that it works you can reassemble it using the Output to disk' option to store a permanent copy.
The example code should also assemble without error with other assemblers but do note that, at the moment, the code MUST be run either directly from Devpac or from a Shell window - it win NOT run from the Workbench because we’ve not added any startup code (this comes later in the series).
Successful and this is done by checking that the returned address is non-NULL (ie non-zero).
Function Name: OpenLibraryO Description: Open an Amiga run-time library Call Format: base_address=Open Library(library_name, version); Registers: DO A1 DO Arguments: library_name. Address of a null terminated string version - a library version number Return Value: base_address - the address of the base of the library. If the library cannot be opened a NULL (zero) value is returned.
Function Name: CloseUbraiyO Description: Close an open library Call Format: CloseUbrary(base_address): Registers: A1 Arguments: base_address - the library base address Return Value: None OpenLibraryO is an Exec library function and having said that the first stage in using a library is to open it by using the Exec OpenLibraryO function - you may be wondering how you open the Exec library in the first place.
The simple answer is that you don't need to
- the Exec library base address is permanently available and
stored in the long-word at memory location 4 (called
AbsExecBase).
Amiga library functions are accessed using indirect addressing coupled with an offset value called a library vector offset (LVO) - this identifies which library function is involved.
By convention we place the base address of the library in register a6 so the code for qn OpenLibraryO call will look like this: IQVt.l _M)sExec8ase,a6 jet base address of Em library j*r
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Graphics, intuition. Gadtools. And asl libraries, so the
appropriate text strings representing the name of the libraries
need to be included in the source via dc.b pseudo-op
statements.
Note that NULL (zero) bytes are used at the end of the real text characters to identify the end of the string (a common convention), like this; Hbt dc.b 'dos.library', nil We also need some labelled long word locations to store the base addresses of the libraries we open and here we use the ds.l pseudo-op in this fashion... JOIBise ds.l 1 As far as opening libraries is concerned we've got to load the address of the Exec library into register a6 then, for each library we wish to open, set up library name pointer and version details before making an OpenLibraryO call, If the values returned in
dO are not zero then the libraries will all be open. How do we test dO to check whether it contains a zero or not? It’s easy - we use a move instruction to copy the contents of dO to the location that we've set up to hold the library pointer, and as the move occurs the processor’s zero flag will be set to reflect the zero non-zero status of the result.
If the libraries do open successfully we'll need these pointers in order to perform the CloseLibraryO operations before the program terminates.
Because Of the number Of libraries being opened I have coded the opening and closing operations using loops. Pointers to the first library name and base are a ‘high-level’ code unit that I'll use for all library calls. CALLSYS also preserves and reinstates register a6 (so that its contents are not overwritten) but the best news is that it allows the above type of operations to be written in this simple form; MUSTS 0penlibrary,_lblMt 8lSt Incidentally, LVO values can be acquired in a number of ways but for the moment l will be putting LVO definitions at the start of the programs because
this is easiest.
What happens as far as the indirect subroutine call with displacement is concerned is that the address in the specified address register gets added to the specified LVO function call displacement and this produces a destination subroutine address that leads us to the right library function.
It is. Of course, necessary to set up the parameters needed by the library function before making the call. If. For example, you look at the OpenLibraryO function box out you'll see that it needs a pointer to a library name in register a1.
And a version number in dO.
I'll be setting dO to zero because this tells Exec that any library version will do.
Closing a library is just as easy as opening it.
You use the same type of indirect subroutine call, but specify the CloseLibraryO function instead; i4»t.I JlbsEittBait, it btst iddrrss of Eiec library j»r J.kOtlosalibraryUi) indirect subroutine (III TUTORIAL and here is the corresponding loop code that actually opens all the libraries; optnloopioit.l library «»«* pointer aorta »0,c0 mr version till da CALLSYS Op*M.ibnry,Jlb»Eite!Ust Bove.t dO,(aJh itoee returned base dbeq d3,openloop Notice how I've used indirect addressing with autoincrement instructions when copying the library names and returned library base pointers. With a2 for
instance, which starts off holding the address of the first library in the list of library names (dos library), this is what happens.
The move.l (a2)+,a1 instruction copies the DOS library name pointer to al (this is in readiness for the OpenLbraryO call). After this occurs register a2 is auto incremented by 4 so that a2 then points to the next library name to be used. The same autoincrement idea is used when storing the returned library bases.
The loop terminates either with dO holding the last valid open library pointer and d3 holding -1 or, if an OpenLibraryO call failed, with dO holding 0 and d3 holding a loop count value between 4 and 0.
The important point with all this, which you’ll see if you trace through the loop code, is that as soon as a library open error occurs the loop quits with register (a3) pointing to the base of the library that failed to open!
To close any previously successfully-opened libraries, all we need to do is use a backward reading loop to collect the valid library pointers already stored in the library base variables.
When you examine the code on the cover disk you'll see that the library closing loop has been written as a subroutine.
This is because the code can be called under two different situations - when the program has run without error and all five libraries need to be closed, or when there has been a library opening error and four or less libraries need to be closed.
By testing the zero flag at the end of the library opening loop we can tell whether an error occurred, so a conditional beq instruction allows us to select either a normal or an error pathway like this: ; litre's skirt tkt rest of tke ; progrH Cfldt will go!
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Nightbreed. Fortunately, is a breath of fresh air. Although the show is not particularly long, the pictures used are unusual and of high quality. Its name is slightly misleading - it has nothing to do with the horror movie or for that matter little to do with the night, with the subjects varying considerably from strange lizards to cacti.
Most of the pictures use reflections in some way to create some brilliant effects. One of the most outstanding is of what looks like a piece of bronze with the outline of a face moulded into it. Other pictures include the Terminator, a car with a beach scene background, and an electric bed - strange!
Forms while defeating the many enemy ninja Characters that appear.
You are able to carry out quite a few moves to effectively defeat the baddies, such as a crouch down kick, or a straightforward front kick.
Graphically, the game is rather primitive but the cartoon-style characters are quite appealing and reasonably detailed. The amusing Ninja yells add appeal and work well. Two-player mode gives the game another angle - the second player takes the form of a strange clown-looking ninja, and you both take the same side against the ninjas.
This all adds up to some very basic but fun beat-’em-up action. It certainly isn’t First Samurai or anything of that quality, far from it in fact, but it does have gameplay and is fun while it lasts... for however long that may be!
Scorched lanhs (ul.771 Programmed by: Craig Holmes Available from: C Holmes This is the latest offering from C Holmes and is the updated version of the brilliant game. Scorched Tanks. The aim is simple. Up to four tanks are placed on a hilly landscape and the idea is to bomb the living delights out of each other!
It's kill or be killed time here and using the range of weapons at your disposal flightbreed 1. HGR Available from: Jorvik Public Domain Disk No SS0315 §¦ of the I MONIH.
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This month we discover all kinds of strange delights in the Aladdin’s Cave of Public Domain. From horse racing to flying circus acts, you'll find it all within these pages.... Steward's Enquirq Programmed by: Alistair Duncan Available from: Roberta Smith DTP Disk No BGA079 Is your idea of fun yelling and jumping around madly for the first horse past the finishing post? Do you enjoy the excitement of placing your hard-earned cash down at the bookies? If the answer to hung Pu [harlies Available from: Scribble PD Disk No G093 Another simple idea well executed, Kung Fv Charlies is a mixture
between a platformer and a beat-'em-up. You are a Kung Fu ninja character (as the title suggests! ) and must make your way through the levels of plattjr ¥ J - I toOui.i'i OO * you direct where you want your bombs to land through plotting angles and how much power you wish to fire them with.
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race track, through Steward’s Enquiry and without spending
“saps of cash.
The game allows you and up to eight ether like-minded gamblers to place as many bets as you want and you also get to take on the role of the owner buying up stables.
Starting off with £3000 to play with, you can view the stables on offer and decide whether or not to invest £1000 of it in one.
Buying a stable occasionally reaps financial rewards, but at the end of the game wboevers stable has the largest number of wins gets a prize bonus of S5QQQ Once you’ve got the practicalities of sta- ble-buying over with, you can get onto the fun
* part of frittering your cash away and placing your bets.
Over a maximum of 20 races you can bet away until your money runs out (bankrupt players are excluded from this section).
Simply pick a horse by weighing up the odds, decide how much and take a note of the colour of the rider’s jacket (so you’ll know which to cheer for. Of course!).
The race track continues over two screens so you can’t actually see the finishing post. Horses line up for the off and you view the race side-on as the screen scrolls horizontally.
A random event screen sometimes appears before a race and will effect the game in some way - some are helpful some or not.
Another angle to it is the Steward's Enquiry. If more than one horse crosses the finishing line at the same time then a Steward's Enquiry will take place and the computer will decide at random who is the winner.
Enemy which enables you to buy more weapons for the next round. Choose from a vast array of ammunition from mega nukes to slingshots. This new version now contains around 60 weapons.
The game looks good with colourful backdrops and clear presentation.
Effects such as the hill crumbling away with the force of the hit and the crater maker bombs, for example, look quite spectacular. Sound effects also work well with explosions and bouncing bomb noises going off everywhere!
This is a brilliant title, especially with two or more players, and with this updated version containing new elements, such as save game options and changing the IQ and starting money of the players, it has more depth. Gravity, terrain and the amount of wind can also be altered to vary the game.
Highly recommended.
The enquiry may also decide that the jockey has been mistreating his horse. It would be assumed that he was acting under the owner's instruction and would be penalised.
The game finishes when all races are over or when all players are bankrupt.
This is a brilliant, fun title and although the concept is very basic and the graphics hardly stunning it is great for a laugh, especially if you drag a few friends into the game.
Ihe Incredible Flpg Bambini Bros Programmed by: Tom Werber Available from: Jorvik Public Domain Disk No ANQ 217 Although this offering by Tom Werber is nothing complex or particularly ingenious, it is a nice demonstration of how something so simple can work so well.
Drawn in a style similar to Bob Godfrey’s Henry's Cat. This animation shows the attempts of the Incredible Flying Zambini Brothers to perform their flying circus tricks.
The comedy is based around the fact that the smallest member of the troupe always ruins the trick. Although none of the members have features or even faces (they are in fact blobs of colours with a vague body shape) they do seem to have a fair amount of character.
They convey their characteristics merely through body size and how they move.
The green Zambini brother is the smallest of the bunch and you can’t help feeling a certain amount of sympathy for him as he fails all the tricks the others manage so successfully.
This is a surprisingly long animation containing three separate stories. The first is Perilous Parachute Problems and the little green character again fails victim to the trick going wrong - the others safely fall out of the plane and open their parachutes. When it gets to his turn the chute [ailing all PD libraries.... ....and individuals with anything remotely worth my while having a peek at. If you want something released as PD. Or you’re a library with stacks of hot new stuff that you haven’t seen reviewed yet, why not drop me a line with a copy, full documentation and everything
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Fails to open and he falls to the ground. As if all this wasn’t bad enough, the plane then lands on him!
The other three - Terrible Trapeze Tricks, Traumatic Tightrope Tantrums and Trampoline Trials and Tribulations - all speak for themselves really as to what they’re about, with the same outcome of the trick going wrong.
They're all comedy basics but do work well. The jaunty accompanying tune adds to its charm. The line drawings and primary colours look good and the whole thing seems to gel nicely, providing a quality animation of a very reasonable length.
Recommended.
Fatal morgana Rgfl Coded by: Claw Available from: Jorvik Public Domain Disk No DMO 291 Demos are hardly few and far between these days and with most verging heavily on the mediocre side, it’s not surprising ?
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That whenever another demo arnves in the post it's usually met with moans and groans and a cynical chorus of ‘ha, ha spinning cubes again."
So on the rare occasion we get something a little different then it is a joyous day in the Amiga Computing offices.
Fatal Morgana, brought to us by Tragedy, is a mixture of the two - it would have been a pretty fine demo but it was spoilt with the obligatory spinning cube sequence.
Starting off with your usual ravey tune and swirling zig zag patterns, the demo then moves on to a circle orbiting a smaller circle. Not mind-blowing stuff admittedly, but still rather effective.
The next image is of a woman dancing in front of a moving flowery backdrop. The dancing looks smooth and flowing and works well with the rave tune.
Illustrations. They are quite short and are easy enough for a young child to read.
Another part to this disk is the colouring-in section. This is your usual line drawings left blank for the child to colour in using the paint box icons at the top of the screen.
Overall this is a great, entertaining disk ideal for a young child.
Next up is a stippled picture of a swans head and then the swan starts raving - yes, a raving swan - unusual and creative.
Things then get really wild when the sequence repeats itself, the music speeds up and the images gets faster, flashing across the screen at a fair rate. Everything builds up into a crescendo and then it's all over, well almost.
After recovering from all this mmd-warp- ing stuff you are treated to an animation of the headbanging' duo, Beavis and Butthead. The usual antics of the twosome are included, such as a few seconds of headbanging and their manic laughs. It’s all finished Off with one of them stating This demo sucks* Well, it doesn't, especially if you like Beavis and Butthead and fast rave demos.
Assassins Games Dish Available from: PD-SOFT Disk No ASS169 This three game compilation includes the titles, Pee Bee. Turbo Hockey and Brain Damage. The first is a shoot-'em-up which revolves round the bee twins. Twee aspect aside though, this isn't a bad little title that The Rainq Daq Dish Programmed by: Gina Mears Available from: F1 Licence ware Gina Mears seems to have a knack for creating great disk compilations for children. The last one I had the pleasure of reviewing was her Pick ‘N’ Stick game - an idea similar to Fuzzy Felts - and this one is of the same high standard, Included is a
Word Search game where the child must find the words relating to a particular topic hidden in a scramble of letters. These have been well-chosen and would all be familiar to a child.
The Scribble Pad is basically a blank note pad which enables the child to create as many pictures as they like
- it saves searching round for scrap paper and the messy paints
every time.
Different thicknesses of pens are available and a variety of shapes can be used to create the patterns.
Different colours can also be chosen.
The next section is a collection of stories including Henrietta Hen, Frank Frog, Bertie Bee and Ferdie Frog.
These short stories are accompanied with some nice involves flying along a vertically scrolling screen shooting baddies.
The levels are based rather nicely around themes. For example, the backdrops are made up of sweets and the baddies are lollies and the like.
As well as avoiding the nasties and firing at them, you have to find your way through small gaps in the platforms. This is more difficult than it sounds as the screen is scrolling vertically and quite fast - if it touches then it causes damage, Although this is fairly basic gameplay the graphics are of a particularly high quality. Many colours have been used to create the background, making for a very professional-looking game indeed.
Turbo Hockey is another fairly simple idea but works well. Two-players compete on an ice rink with goals at either end and the idea is to get control of the puck and blast it past your opponent's goal. It won't astound with great graphics or anything but it is very playable.
The third, and by far the best, is Brain Damage, a puzzler which requires you to move the various objects into a pattern around a chequered board.
The board consists of 8x8 squares, some containing objects that are moved around using the arrows surrounding the board. This makes it incredibly difficult as you have to move an entire row or column.
You can set the difficulty from Moronic to Average. (The registered version goes on to include more levels plus an Ingenious stage - it also contains a save and load game option.)
The more difficult the level, the less time you have to complete the puzzle in and the less moves it must be done in.
The game is also affected by being able to Rotate, Transform and Bomb certain parts of the pattern.
This is all very taxing and if Rubies Cubes and the like didn't appeal then steer clear! This is a more sophisticated brain teaser-style game that requires a great deal of logical thought. A very entertaining puzzler.
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with the sixth fairy-tale installment of the King's Quest series Stich it to ’em
- The system team rounds up and reviews the best joysticks money
can buy Out of Character (y 1 Why do some game characters
become house-hold names? System takes a look at character
design (fh Theme Park A quick look at Bullfrog's highly
original business sim (ft) Sim Citg 2000 Maxis hit the Amiga
with an updated version of the classic "God" game Five page
complete guide to Core Design s Nordic RPG, Heimdall 2
Turbo-powered Team 17 The Wakefield-based software house is
lining up a whole host of releases which will be coming your
way over the next few months. The first is the budget
re-release of Overdrive. Featuring 20 circuits, power-ups and a
serial link-up for two player challenges, this budget release,
at £10.99, is sure to be an essential buy.
Team 17 also has an original full-price release due in October. All Terrain Racing promises to be packed full of bump 'n' collide racing mayhem. The graphics are by Danny Burke of Body Blows fame, while the coding is being handled Coming in October is All Terrain Racing, created by the guys who Mr* responsible tor Body Blows. Qwak and Nrtro by Jamie Woodhouse, the geezer behind Qw and Nitro.
All Terrain Racing features three differ?
Vehicles and a simultaneous two-player batt mode. The game will be available on th A500 600, A1200 and the CD32.
System have also managed to obtain screenshots of Team 17's forthcoming shoot*'em*u' sequel spectacular. Super Stardust. The game, scheduled for release in September, has beer, completely re-designed and now features 256 colour graphics, QQQQQ Electronic Arts has just signed d deal with Ocean that enables the Manchester-based software house to bring many of EA's current console range of games to the Amiga.
The full line-up includes Skitchin' - the recent Road Rash variation on Daze on the ball On The Ball is the UK version of an extraordinarily successful German football game called AnstOSS, which has been at the top of the German software charts for practically the whole of this year.
A development team of 20 took on the task of creating the game, including such features as live running commentary and a four-player mode.
One of the key factors of On The Ball is its strong graphical presentation. The animated TV-style coverage was produced by two experienced Illustrators from German television, Together they spent over three months illustrating the action sequences.
Over 420 individual animations sequences, including shots at goal, corners, penalties, fouls and goals, all viewed from different angles were produced.
The final result is over 45 minutes of “live” animated action, compressed onto one disk so that no disk swapping is needed in the middle of a match.
On The Ball - World Cup Edition should be out by the time you read this, while the League Edition will be brought out at the end of August.
This will be completely updated for the new season and features the full Premier League and the First Division. The price is still unconfirmed, but Daze says it will be around the £29.99 mark.
Going for goal!
The World Cup is now over and I bet you've been as surprised as System at the amount of football games sitting on the shop shelves. You'll not have been able to afford all of them, but Empire have come up with what is surely the best-ever football compilation pack.
Empire World Cup Year '94 contains Sensible Soccer, Goal, Championship Manager ’93 (plus it's '94 data disk) and Striker. For football aficionados this is surely a compilation sent from heaven, but I suppose the majority of games players have got at least one out of the four games.
If you haven't got any of these games then this is your lucky day, because Empire World Cup Year '94 costs only £25.99 which works out at about £6.50 per game.
Roller skate - Jungle Strike - the sequel to the highly popular Desert Strike - NHL Hockey, Mutant League Hockey, PGA European Tour and Shaq Fu. The forthcoming beat-’em-up based around the NBA superstar, Shaquille O'Neal.
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* i ( " ¦ V,3RC* • i j_ The gorgeous Gremlin goody bag giveaway
competition Those incredibly generous people at Gremlin
Graphics, responsible for such amaz'• ing game titles as Lotus
and Zool, have all clubbed together and given System ten goody
bags.
These bags include all manner of Gremlin paraphernalia such as stickers, badges and T-Shirts, but, more importantly, they contain a brand spanking new copy of Gremlin's brilliant strategy space game, K240.
All you have to do to win one of these fine Gremlin goody bags is answer the three questions correctly on the competition form, scribble your name and address down and send it into: IT SvSEm.
Uchnalagij A The world of computers is ever changing and System is here to keep you aware ot what else is happening throughout the industry.
• Phillips has revealed its new re-styled, lower-priced CD-i
unit. Called the CD-i 450 and aimed specifically at the games
market the machine made its debut at the Summer CES show in
Chicago and is now on sale in the US The European launch of the
machine is scheduled for September, but Phillips have refused
to comment as yet on a UK price for the CD-i 450.
• Nintendo has rejected the name "Project Reality" for a new
official monicker of Nintendo Ultra 64 They stressed that
Project Reality was always just a code-name for the forthcoming
machine. Nintendo has also signed up Acclaim as the first
official third-party publisher for the machine, which is being
produced in conjuction with US computer hardware firm Silicon
Graphics.
System Gremlin Goody Bag Giveaway, Amiga Computing Europress Publications, Europa House Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP Gremlin Goodq Bag Giueawag I I I I I L Name: _ Address: Q3. K is the symbol for which element?
? Potassium Ofton ? Carbon Q2. Which dimension was Gremlin's Zool from?
Q Third ? Nth ? Fifth Q1 Which of these games was not created by Gremlin?
? Lotus 3 [J Hero Quest 2 FJ Banshee The dosing date for the competition is: 25th August 1994
• Panasonic's plan to launch the 3DO in the UK at under £400
could be under threat from an EC import duty of 14 per cent
Panasonic are lobbying in Brussels to overturn the machine's
classification as a video cassette recorder, which carries the
awful tariff With the UK's VAT rate of 17 5 per cent Panasonic
is facing a total tax charge of 30 per cent. The company wants
to launch at £399 but is, at the moment avoiding a final
decision
• Although only 2000 units have been introduced into the United
Kingdom, the Jaguar has become an instant hit and sold out of
stocks in "most places" The limited stocks have been allocated
exclusively to independents through SDL, with fellow dis
tributor ZCL and chainstore Runtbelows expected to take
deliveries of Atari's machine very soon.
Lapinhtr till The 5core5 ?n the doors System lies a different scoring system than any of our competitors, so before you continue reading the mag, glance at the words below t
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Out of touch with the latest Amiga games scene? These elite selections from the last few months should put you back on the right track Beneath a Steel Sky Darkmere Arcade Pool Benefactor Benefactor is the best thing Psygnosis has released in a long time.
It feels like a montage of Flashback and Psygnosis’ very own genocidal pets, the Lemmings. Both the graphics and sound have been implemented very well. The variety of both location and puzzle aspect of Benefactor make it an engrossing challenge.
Benefactor is the type of title that will keep the most dextrous platform freaks and puzzle lovers alike twiddling well into the wee hours.
Banshee I do like this game and the weirdest bit is, I've never been a fan of shoot-'em-ups! They usually bore me to bits, but Banshee has that elusive quality that drags you in. Each level demands new challenges which are genuinely tough, and the learning curve is just right.
This is an intense and extremely satisfying game that should tempt any games fan with an ounce of adrenaline in their veins. The Harvey Keitel of shoot-'em-ups.
Arcade Pool can now be added to the list of Team 17 budget successes.
The game may have very nice graphics, but it's in the playability department where it excels.
There are so many different game styles James Highly original it might not be, but fans of the previous games and platform lovers will be absolutely besotted with the third instalment. For sheer enjoyment and testability, you'd have to go far to find a better platform 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.
Darkmere really is a pretty classy title. The Revolution Software has surpassed the amazing Lure of the Temptress with their latest adventure and I congratulate them on making such a fine adventure game.
Everything about it just oozes quality and over the last couple of weeks it's been a real that you'd be hard pressed to become bored with this piece.
For just under a tenner it is an amazing bargain, especially when you consider that it has actually been in development longer than most full-price games.
Pond 3 game than Millennium's tasty third fishy adventure. If you're yearning for some fast, frenetic platform jumping fun. Then I suggest you splash your cash on James Pond 3. You will not regret it!
Pleasure to play. The graphics are good enough to marry ancf have children with and the gameplay and actual storyline are first- rate. If it doesn't go to the top of the software charts then I think there is simply no justice in this world.
Graphics create such a mood that it gives the adventure an immediate head start over everything else it competes against.
It's contained in a huge playing area and includes objectives and puzzles that will hold your attention for a good while.
I'm sure many of you are now familiar with our new scoring system, but for those reading Amiga Computing for the first time and those who might have forgotten exactly how it works, here is our guide to the System scoring, err system.
In our opinion, review scores have lost their context as a percentage; some products receiving scores which were only a few percentage short of being the "perfect" game, when in truth they 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 com- prehensive or honest as they could be.
In the long run you'll receive a more concise and reader-orientated 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.
56-06 This is an above average game and is worth buying. For this reason it would be awarded the BRONZE award.
67-77 A game of high quality that you as a reviewer would have no reservation in recommending Anything of this ilk would be awarded the SILVER award.
78-89 A brilliant title. Definitely worth buying and almost the definitive of its kind. This type of game would receive the GOLD award AMOS Pro. Compiler
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Once through you'll see two obelisks. If you release an arrow at the obelisks then one of the following will occur. The one on the right materialises a Hakrat, which will only add to the difficulty of your quest.
Conversely, the obelisk on the left reveals the rainbow bridge onto which you can walk.
Beat the 2
* ) At Rurick's village.the first thing to do is to enter
all the huts and search for equipment. On entering a building
that looks like a store room, open the box towards the rear of
the room and you will find the circlet inside.
Ou start as Heimdall himself in the Hall of Worlds, SO the first thing you should do is switch to Ursha and walk over to the bow and arrow.
After you've equipped her with the bow and arrow, remember to use Ursha especially on dangerous tasks because if she perishes you can continue, whereas if Heimdall is killed the game is over.
Move to the only entrance that darkens when you After this, proceed towards Rurick's hut and speak to him. He'll tell you about Eadric and ask for your help. From here, leave Rurick's village, head to the map screen and steer a course for Eadric's village.
Go to Eadric and offer him the circlet as a peace offering, He'll give you a letter to return to Rurick, confirming the peace. Now, enter the pub for some intoxicating conversation about your quest, and re-live a moment from the original Heimdall game.
Return to Rurick's village and give him the letter offering peace. In return he'll give you a pass which will allow you entry past the guard into the king's castle.
Give the guard the pass and enter the castle. Once you're in the main hall take the right exit and enter the kitchen. Climb the stairway and talk to the serving girl - she'll tell you what to do next.
Follow her instructions and go to the corridor with the large picture whose eyes follow you. Push the painting and the door should slide back to reveal a passageway.
Go into the bedroom, collect the rune book and press a fairly well-hidden button on the right-hand side of the founposter bed. The button will release a catch which opens a secret hatch in the wall that contains a signet ring.
Take the ring and go to the guard who is blocking access to the stairway. Give him the ring as formal identification of the King and walk down the stairs, A Hakrat who seems especially awkward to kill, waits in the next location.
At this point in the proceedings you have two choices - attempt to kill the Hakrat using some cunning, or travel to the Giant's Isle and use a little bit of cheating to strengthen Heimdall.
If you wish to use this technique, jump ahead to the sub-section dedicated to the Giant's Isle. The cunning way to defeat the Hakrat is to fire an arrow into Ah, you've Rune'd it Slow enemy Shield 1 Cure poison Fire bolt e Lesser heal Uh Mass heal iti Heal rr PF poison Disintegrate Fireball f7 Shield 2 Make invisible n Pffire Idtnkir 1114 the room beyond. Hopefully he'll follow it in, and. As the room is booby trapped, he’ll be minced.
However, if for some reason your arrows miss and He bears down on you into a position where he’ll never follow the arrow, you'll have to slug it out with him, and that could be dodgy.
Once you’ve killed him (by whatever means), approach the two prisoners. One of them is the King's brother - he'll give you a letter to take to the King.
When you visit the King's chamber his adviser will vanish as he realises that his deception has been uncovered. At the same time a forcefield blocking access to a passage at the top of the stairs will disappear.
A little warning - don't drink the bottle of beer that's left on top of the King's table as it's poisoned.
Climb the stairs and enter the next location. You’ll see that the path is missing and access is blocked.
Shooting your arrows into the three holes will fill the path and allow access to the next room.
Touching the statue releases a skull which is the first piece of the Ro'Geld, Leave the island and sail to the Fisherman's Isle.
Once on the Fisherman's Isle, enter the fisherman's hut and pick up all the objects available. Walk to the rear Of the hut and open the wardrobe door. You'll Heimdall discover the fisherman who'll tell you about the plight of his daughter.
At Loki's shrine walk in to the portal when it's the correct colour - the fisherman will inform you which is best, so pay attention to what he says.
When you've rescued his daughter she will give you a talisman which will grant you access to Utgard, the second world.
Once in Utgard. On the Dwarven Isle, speak to the dying man at the foreground of the battlefield and he will tell you to meet him in the half-world. Shoot an arrow into the circle of fire by the standing stones and you’ll enter the half-world.
Return to the man and talk to him again and he will tell you how to get into the castle using his armour and will give you a letter, Go back to the circle and shoot another arrow into the fire - you'll now be back in the normal world.
PROTECTION Walk to where the man lies and pick up the armour that sits by his side. Put it on and enter the castle. Find the King's chambers and give him the letter. In return the King will give you another letter.
Search the castle and pick up the Rainbow ring which is on a table at the top of the stairs. Find the shop and buy yourself the large axe as it's the best weapon available presently for hand-to-hand combat Leave the castle via the main lobby's far-right exit rather than the one which leads back to the battlefield, and you'll reach the Utgard map.
If you read the earlier part of this guide then you'll remember that I mentioned travelling to Giant's Isle to strengthen Heimdall.
Being extremely brave you must attack the giants that guard the rooms. They are very difficult to kill, but do uprate your attack strength.
At this stage of the game your attack strength 77m world of Utgard should be about nine or ten, but by continually striking blows with the axe at the giant you can eventually reach the highest achievable strength of 99.
If at any point your own health bar drops to a risky level, leave to the safety of the previous room (he won't follow) and cast a healing spell on yourself.
Return to Utgard 1 and give your latest letter to the King.
As seems the normal in these lands, he'll give you another talisman. This time your destination is Her'Ker'Yn, so you'll have to return to the Hall of Worlds.
( I O Anyway, you should benefit from this extra muscle from here on. To get past the Giant's Isle you must first enter the ice god's room and fill your flask with water.
Then, go back into the fire god's room and throw the water into the fire - an ice bridge will appear across the water in the ice god's room.
Kill the second Hakrat (be careful, everytime you kill one they return, but you should make mince of them by now with your enhanced brawn) and throw the cygnet ring into the sphere of light.
Be careful when throwing that you get it right, because if you don’t the ensuing Hakrat could pick it up.
In the giant's HQ, use your dexterity to avoid the fire-balls as you make your way along the path. Once over, push the candle over, pick up the talisman and return to the Hall of World's.
0As soon as you journey to the Lost Clan Isle of Utgard 2 you'll be thrown into a cell. Fortunately, there's a piece of bread that has been conveniently left around.
Push the bread and the rat will come over to it.
As a token of his gratitude he'll open the cell door for you. Jump into the sewer and follow it to the next location.
Ignore the bottle as it's a booby-trap and proceed into the dwarven King's chamber. Give your letter to him and he'll return the favour and give you yet another letter.
Go down the stairs on the right and take the second piece of the Ro'Geld from the skeleton you saw earlier on the other side of the sewer.
At the Druid's grove speak to the Druid, then speak with the entity that appears. You'll now know a little more about the overall scheme of the game. Find the map screen for Her'Ker'Yn and head for the Dakta village.
When your boat docks at Dalta village ignore the Dakta who stands at the jetty and walk on - while this might seem pointless now, it'll be vital when you come to be judged.
Find the armoury and kill the Dakta who is giving the prisoners a hard time. Then, speak to the man who is crafting a sword and he'll give it to you.
Find the pub and kill the Dakta who is sitting around. Then, move on to the next room and kill the two Daktas who are in charge of the village. After the carnage is over, return to the map screen and proceed to the Dakta HQ.
Here, your first task is to get passed the spike ball. You can afford to get it wrong a number of times, although it does sap some of your power, Getting it right calls for good timing because you've to jump down and then slide into the far alcove. Inside the alcove is a switch which, when pressed, makes the steps appear.
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Once you're past the spiders, your ext task is to negotiate the tiles. You must use the clues on the scroll to work Out the route across them.
You'll know you've achieved this as the pile of rocks diminishes as you get closer. Hopefully, when you reach the other side a passage should be visible.
CLUE - The first verse refers to the runic symbols for fire, lightning healing, fry getting this design from MFI A rune with a view Fire storm Once through, shoot the arrows into the three mouths to fill in the missing pieces of path. Be careful, take your time and avoid the flame. After you've completed the pathway, enter the next room and collect your prize - the next section of the Ro'Geld. Now return to the Hall of Worlds.
Tal Ker'Yn is the Hall of the Gods. After talking, enter the room on your first right. This is the death goddesses room - be careful. Firstly, kill Heimdall and Ursha by walking into the statue.
When they are both dead a light will appear and you should be able to walk a dead Heimdall through the light. Take the crown and the holy symbol, then walk the characters out of the room to reincarnate them.
Rx rx Onow, enter the room directly opposite.
This is Siri's chamber - the god of judgement. Place the crown on his head and await judgement. If you've done as instructed you should be fine. When I said earlier not to kill the Dakta on the jetty, it's for this reason.
Magical combat boost Physical combat boost Hall portal Mass extra heal Resurrect Teleport Extra heal PF magic Lightning bolt Mass lesser heal Create object Call lightning Full combat boost O After you've been successfully judged, take the holy symbol and move on. Next enter the air goddesses cloud room which is located to the left of Siri's chamber.
Walk into the lightning to teleport yourself around the room. Pick up the shield, armour and helmet.
Discard the helmet on the floor and a bridge should appear. Take the holy symbol and move to the next location.
Directly across from the air goddesses chamber is the god of the weak. Enter and kill him. Kill the other man that appears and take the holy symbol.
Move to the location at the top left and enter, This is the light goddesses room. Here there is a very tricky tile pattern to complete - be careful as you can wind up dead on this section. Once over, take the holy symbol and leave.
Next move into the top-right location. You should be in a room that resembles a garden. This is the nature god’s chamber. To complete this section, take seeds from the three plants.
Drop them on the patch of grass (the plants you need are to the right of the grass with the big red buds) and a holy symbol should appear - take it and leave.
Go to the closed door at the end of the corridor and place the holy symbols on the spaces on the floor. After this, place the shield in front of the laser and take the final piece of Ro'Geld.
Return to the garden where Ander is and take a further symbol, then return to the Hall of worlds.
Journey to the druid’s grove on Her'Ker'Rn, give him the holy symbol, then walk through the gate in the trees.
Walk on to the turtles back and take the fire sprite - doing this will get you teleported back to the hall of worlds.
Leave the hall and enter Nifl'Heim. Walk towards the lava onto the fire boat and take the dragons teeth. Walking on, you'll get to Loki's daughter.
There's a secret door to her right and beyond this three heads. Fire arrows at the heads and then walk through the door. Next, place a dragon's tooth on each red circle on the floor. Then walk into the main circle to be teleported.
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Now kill the chief of the Hakrats and go into loki’s room. When you get teleported into Baldur*s room, Ander will teleport you back to the Hall of worlds.
Definitely save the game when you get to Sho Ker'Yn. Now, make your way across the tiles and kill the doppleganger Heimdall and Ursha. Walk beyond the gate and you will find a Ro'Geld and the shadow of a character.
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Destroy the Dakta, chop the rope on the wall and walk across the wooden plank into Ashok's room, Ashok is invisible so all you can do is throw the Ro'Geld at him.
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A wealth of fine quality beat-'em- ups have hit the Amiga in recent times and the more violent the better. But now Finnish software house, Terramarque, are breaking the mould with a new non-violent- type beat-'em-up involving cute elves. But will this concept take off?
I- Tina Hackett is away with the fairies as she dons ter pointy ears and green jerkin to explore a magical Hjjm According to the ancient magical laws of Muhmulandia (the Land of the Elves) whoever challenges the Crown to an Honour Fight, and wins, will gain control of the country. Another, even greater prize also awaits. This is the mystical Dragon Fan which will reveal the secrets of the Universe.
It is a prize worth fighting for but you must give the king reason to fight, and to do this you must hire your own fighters to conquer the Champion Fighters
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irritating, grating tunes but it doesn't really conjure up
any atmosphere either.
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evoked more of an atmosphere.
The usual shouts and yells that fit in with the moves are included and quite realistically convey the action. All the characters have catch phrases which they use at the beginning or end of a fight. These work well and do create the feeling | of the tournament spirit.
Mm™ 1 Graphically, Elfmania is absolutely stunning.
The attention to detail paid in creating the backdrops is amazing.
The scenes actually look three dimensional and with the backgrounds realistically fading into the distance, the overall Impression of the setting is well conveyed.
Small details show the care with which the graphics have been made.
For example, in each scene there is an animated object or character in the background. Doors open and spectators blink or move slightly.
Although only subtle details, which at first do go unnoticed, they work well, and unlike some games that try this approach it doesn't go over the top and distract from the gameplay.
Many beat-'em-ups have been released for the Amiga and in my mind Body Blow? Galactic still reigns supreme. Granted, it may be more violent. But you do have a good choice of moves and characters available and graphically it looks superb.
Mortal Kombat, employing a different style altogether, also has more to it than Elfmania with regards to the action. Elfmania doesn't seem to pack quite the same punch as other games of this nature or give the same sense of satisfaction after a round well fought.
It does have a certain charm though, and if you're looking for a beat-'em-up that has a strategic angle without the blood and guts then it's definitely worth buying.
- I I 1 1 2 I nice touch. The country is divided into 36
counties and via the mapscreen you must conquer six counties in
a row to win.
But it’s up to you whether to go straight ahead and try for the six in a row or build up your cash by defeating the easier opponents and going on to the Bonus Stage.
So, despite its 'cutesy' appearance and limited amount of moves and characters, this is a surprisingly playable and addictive title. The sprites are solid and well animated, the backdrops absolutely superb and the extra features add a novel aspect to it.
While it is a nice idea having a 'less violent' beat-'em- up by using cute elf characters, it is at times a bit too twee and everything is a bit too nice.
Beat-'em-ups bring out the more aggressive style of playing and when your opponent is a smiling elf it can become rather frustrating. The game redeems itself when you meet the tougher fighters later on and gets the real fighting feel back into it.
More moves would have benefited the game as they are quite limited. All the characters have very similar moves and although this-results in a simple control system that is easy to get to grips with, it does become rather repetitive after a while. The special moves also take a fair amount of joystick bashing to get to work. And what can't be forgiven is all the disk accessing, The game is not hard disk installable and unless you have an extra drive you will be constantly plagued with swapping between disks after each fight.
It's not all bad though, far from it in fact. The game does have a lot going in its favour, such as an artificial intelligence system which means you can’t just find one successful move and use it throughout the fight because the computer susses out what you are up to and will avoid your hits.
The control system is easy to get the hang of and the coin idea is excellent. When you hit your opponent he releases coins - you can then hit them back at your opponent to cause additional damage- Two-player mode is also quite fun and you can choose from all of the six fighters available (in a one- player game they only become available when you have earned enough coins). The strategic angle is a Bow do you make your now footy game stand out from the billions of other footy games clamouring for your World Cup USA business? Easy! Insert a fantasy theme, weapons and abolish all the rules.
At least you do if you're the cheeky tinkers who gave us Brutal Sports Football. Polish down your swords, load your guns and take to the pitch for a match that would even make Vinny Jones flinch.
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progression from Brutal Sports Footy manifests itself most
obviously in the isometric viewpoint, which gives the game a
much more fleshed-out feel.
There are also improvements in the addition of pictures of whichever player has control of the ball. The more battered they get, the more their portrait bleeds from its nose and mouth.
Icky, tasteless but very handy when you want to finish off a weakened opponent.
The violence is nicely handled as well, with showers of blood coming from every collision. And the occasional decapitation from a well-timed flying tackle giving a new meaning to taking a header.
The downside comes when you try and actually control what is going on. The viewpoint counts against the game when you try and carry out anything even remotely involving precision or skill, as the ball is often lost in the midst of the players.
Oops. This is where the game falls down a bit. The marriage between sports game and beat-'em-up is a bit shaky, with neither aspect coming out any the better.
The sport gets in the way of the violence, and the violence gets in the way of the sporting action. Too often the game degenerates into a frantic waggle-fest as you just hit fire repeatedly to duff up the opposition.
Every now and then there's an opening at the goal (usually if the otherwise invincible goalkeeper is clobbered) and you remember that there's a ball involved in this game and hoof it goalwards.
There's just no feeling of control over the action. Every time you score you know it was down to sheer flukiness rather than any premeditated tactics paying off.
The isometric view also causes problems by making it difficult to see where other players are in relation to yourself, so any precise passing is ignored in favour of the "boot it up the field' approach.
There are also some power ups to be collected, usually by accident, and matches that are drawn result in a penalty shoot-out using real guns.
The trouble is that there are so many good ideas and neat touches struggling to peek out from beneath a rather unplayable game, and this gives you a glimpse of just what the game could have been like.
Sound is, for the most part, functional. There’s a pleasant enough tune that somehow sounds like every other football-related tune you ever heard. The in-game sounds are just your basic kicking noises and some crunches when players thunder into each other.
With the violence aspect I expected some more excruciating sounds to compliment the breaking of bones, but chances are you won't notice the sounds anyway as you'll be too busy scrabbling for the ball.
While violent sports games are a pretty obvious idea, there are surprisingly few that spring to mind - unless you include rugby. The most obvious, and probably best, are the Speedball games by the saucy Bitmap Bro's, Viewed from above, it's a sort of basketball with fists combination.
As with Wild Cup, you can collect power-ups to cripple the opposition and then punch your way to their goal before hurling the ball In.
The simplicity works in the games favour and it's easy to get straight in there and start scoring even for a beginner.
Other contenders include Smash TV which was more in a shoot-em- up vein. The original Brutal Sports Football follows very similar lines to Wild Cup, but it looks rather flat and suffers from the same sense of "what is going on?" That marrs its follow up.
It's all a bit disappointing really. The idea is sound and the implementation almost pulls it off, but the Clumsy control reduce the game to a random mess of punching and occasionally making a run for goal.
The most annoying aspect is that there is so obviously a very good game lurking in here, but all you ever get are tantalising glimpses of how good it could be.
For example, the players not under your control are aggravatingly useless. You make a run for goal with another member of your team in tow. Ideally he would sort out the goalie while you score, but what tends to happen is that he stands by while the goalkeeper smacks your head in and the opposing team thieve the ball and leg it All in all, a good game that suffers due to It's annoying quirks. Practise might well allow you to get past the obstructive mel6e of frantic joystick waggling, but the sad truth Is that you shouldn't need to practise just to enjoy the game.
With so many other footy-related games out at the moment, there's no need to struggle with this one, which is a pity.
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Then Cambridge-based software house, Sensible Software, came along and started off what can only be described as a fierce battle between these soccer Fouled by footliall?
Want to give soccer a sending off? If not read on as Tina Haskett referees the latest contender in the computer football world cup Anco have really developed a good-looking game and with regards to pitch view and sprite size they have come up with a winner. Viewed from a side-on, slightly elevated position, the game is clearly seen with none of the action being missed.
Sprites are in proportion to the ball and the stadium, giving an overall impression of realism. There are some nice animations, such as when a player scores, and the crowd and stadium are very detailed and nicely drawn.
Abysmal is one of the more polite words I could use about the sound.
The poor excuse for a 'crowd noise' is hardly worth mentioning - unless of course to stress how atrocious and annoying it is. There is no cheering when you make a break with the ball and when you actually score it is met with stony silence.
One crowd chant is used throughout which is pretty much indecipherable and is merely a half-hearted mumble. And as for the necessary sound effects that should convince you that you've given the ball a good wallop, or that you've skidded at full pelt down onto the pitch, well they too are a sorry case.
Enough said, I think. Buy it and play with the volume switch down by all means but then you’d miss the essential atmosphere, the build up of match tension, the euphoric Cheer of the crowd as your shot hits the goal... 20% legends and their hot new offering, Sensible Soccer. And now, when all the wounds are barely healed, the war is about to start up all over again with both companies intending to bombard the shops, promising even bigger and better games. Kick Off 3 goes into battle.
Kick Off 3 gives you the choice between a fast arcade kick- about or a more realistic simulation. In this mode you will find all the rules included and every aspect of the real game closely adhered to.
Many moves can be achieved, from the usual headers and tackles to the high kicks and after touch, resulting in a satisfying playing style that is close to the real thing.
All the countries involved have their own playing methods and each one brings its unique national character in to the game. Players also have differ* ent attributes.
Some may have vision - players who will read the game and do long passes into space - whereas a player with high flair will take the ball towards the opposition half instead of passing it and will also tend to shoot at the goal from distance.
Different levels of difficulty can be chosen so both the expert and novice are catered for.
The ball control setting, for instance, determines how easily you can turn with the ball. At international level you'll need a fair amount of experience to do this.
8KS :m haviJmana,.. n»e game looks authentic, paying attention to until detail* such at tha crowd Would you be at all surprised if I mentioned Goal and Sensible Soccer here? No.
You probably won't so I'll go ahead and compare Kick Off 3 to these footy greats.
What more can be said about Goal though, it has everything - atmosphere, playability, great graphics and high addiction levels.
Sensible Soccer again has all this and I'm afraid Kick Off 3 is the sweaty sock among this collection - it doesn't conjure the atmosphere, and it certainly isn't as instantly playable or as addictive.
Playability-wise it does kick some of the other recent releases we've seen lately in to touch though, and if you want to go and fork out on a two independent button joystick then you will get a pretty fine footy game with a wealth of options that could teach other footy games a thing or two.
A game of many, many options, Kick Off 3 really is exceptional in this respect.
You can change almost anything and unlike some similar titles, these options really do alter the game.
For starters there's a Simulation or Arcade mode, ideal for either the serious followers Of SOCCer or for those wanting a simple kick-about.
There are Game Speed and Ball Control options and a great tactical element is brought in by changing players according to their abilities, deciding formations, and even playing manager by issuing team talks throughout the match. Practice mode comes in very handy for improving your skills and you can even have an overall assessment made of your abilities Test your nerve in a penalty shoot-out or practice your dribbling around a set of cones and then shoot at the goal.
The many competitions you can take part in will ensure lasting appeal. Play in an international friendly, the World Cup, Anco Cup or Anco League, or test your playing skills in The Challenge.
You can also replay some of your finer moments and see the match facts to accurately keep track of your progress.
This is a more than proficient footy sim but yOu should bear in mind that a two independent button joystick is essential and if sound effects are high on your list of priorities then it may not be for you.
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However, as is the case with pretty much every game tune ever, it has the ability to irritate you to the point of violence after about 10 minutes, so thank goodness for the chance to prod *M’ and switch it off.
Unfortunately, this shows up how sparse the sound is. A few FX for the enemies would have added greatly to the grooviness of the game. A squawk from the birds or a howl from the coyotes would be most pleasant. Inoffensive, but lacking real bite.
There are two sorts of platform games, the normal sort and the cute sort- With a blue rabbit as its main character and various other furry animals as baddies, guess which sort Quik is. Yep, it's a cute*o*rama. And it looks really rather pleasant.
The scrolling is smooth enough and the backgrounds and platforms are clearly defined and a pleasure to jump on. The best graphical aspect of Quik is the great variety of enemy sprites, all suited to their respective zones, and each animated with individuality and flair.
It's also one of those games where bonus rooms and secret routes are tucked away but easily found. You know the sort of thing - conspic- uos walls just begging to be jumped through.
Some you'll find by accident and others you can unearth by using gamesplayer's intuition.
All in all it looks good and solid. All the platform requirements are there and it handles like a dream.
3 @0 there's this rabbit, I see? And as all his woodland friends have ' suddenly turned into slavering beasts, he's feeling a bit put out. So he stops day-dreaming about the foxy she-rabbit from the Cadbury's Caramel advert and hops off to dispense the long ear of the law to his violent ex-friends.
It's a platform game, obviously.
He’s speedy, furry aid blue [sound familiar?].
Daniel Whitehead hunts him down like an animal UfinMniu Make your way from one end of the level to the other, jumping on plat...stop me if you've heard this before won’t you?
To be fair though, despite it's generic appearance Quik is a very playable little game.
He can spin into enemies to kill them in a quite hedgehog- tastic kinda way, and then collect whatever power-up is left behind. Being a rabbit, Quik requires constant carrot and water refills to prevent a trip to bunny heaven.
You can also collect hearts to keep your energy up and potions to enhance his natural bunny skills (no, not those rabbit skills). The potions come in two flavours, red and green, and allow him to jump extra high or to zoom along at thunder-like speeds.
While under the influence of the super speed beverage, our hero is impervious to damage from enemies but can easily lose his power by crashing into a wall.
Thunder At the start of each level you'll be told what you must do.
Some levels simply require a speedy exit, whereas others demand that you find a clock before making an exit.
Clocks can be found through spooky doors that take Quik back in time to a sub-game where you must clamber to the top of a themed screen (prehistoric, medieval etc) platform by platform to claim the clock. The only trouble is that there are rolling boulders and a fiendish bird that keeps dragging him back down the screen.
Trampolines, secret passages and ladders are all present and correct to assist him in getting to the sub-game, and at the end of each zone there's a labyrinth section in Quik's burrow where you must first locate and then destroy an end- of-level baddie.
Three similar, but refreshing gamestyles, all wrapped up in a playable chocolatey coating then.
The rabbit has a charming Face It’s priuate life is a disgrace I reallg dare not name to gou the aujful things that rabbits do i i i n The third level takes place in the ocean, and Quik display* his ability to hold his breath tor ever on, so with just enough effort you can get through the first three or four levels. Probably more suited to younger players, due to it’s simplicity and cuddly approach, but despite every aspect of it screaming “clich " it comes across as a very fun game.
It even stands up well alongside the competition.
Highly recommended, much to my surprise.
OPINION Casting aside all previous platform games, Quik is really a perfectly funky little game. Admittedly, my first reaction to a platform game about rabbits was not printable in a family publication, but I was won over by the sheer profesionalism of it all. The difficulty level is spot Quik may very well be a speedy little chap but by far the coolest rabbit ever was Bugs Bunny, created by Bob Clampett in 1938 for the cartoon "Porky's Hare Hunt".
He was not however, very funny until Tex Avery came along and transformed him into the epitome of wisecracking, sarcastic Brooklyn attitude.
8y 1982 he'd appeared in a staggering 159 cartoons and received an Oscar for "Knighty Knight Bugs".
His characteristic New York drawl was provided by Mel Blanc, who sadly died recently. Mel was also responsible for pretty much every cartoon voice ever, as well as Twiki the robot from Buck Rogers. A veritable star.
Classic Bugs Bunny moments include his frequent cross-dressing (thus proving himself to be a rabbit in touch with his feminine side), his immortal routines with Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck (which always resulted in Daffy's beak being blown off by Elmer) and one brilliant cartoon where he goes head to head with Wile E. Coyote.
With Bugs you always know that he's going to outwit everybody, and as such he remains a super-cool, suave sex symbol with more star quality in his teeth than all of Disney’s sickly efforts put together.
Bugs, we salute you.
Siptnler IIH r£i A' ver the years Sierra have built up a reputation as the software house famous for its adventure games. Leisure Suit Larry, the Space Quest and Police Quest series of games, and Willy Beamish; the names of great Sierra-pro* duced adventures just roll off the tongue.
Sierra haven't had an adventure on the Amiga for a while now, but cue dap of thunder and bolt of lightning because they're back! King's Quest 6 is here and I, for one, have been drooling over it ever since I saw some | early screenshots.
The tale of Princes, Princesses, Kings, witches and dragons is being spun out once again. The King's Quest series of games have all been very much like a set of fairy-tales and I guess that's why they're so popular.
In these times where games must contain violence or aliens or both to succeed, King's Quest makes a nice refreshing change.
K «.»!.* a GOLD AWARD VI flk Once upon a time there was a prince called Alexander who lived in a kingdom in Daventry. The Prince was very unhappy because he had lost Cassima, the girl of his dreams. While moping around the castle, Alexander experienced something very strange - his mirror began to speak to him.
Inside the* mirror was Cassima who had, apparently, got lost in the Land of the Green Isles. Alexander did not know where this land was, but being rather clever noticed a set of stars in the mirror. By using his superb astronomical navigating skills he could now find where Cassima was.
Jumping onto his ship, the Prince and his crew set off for a journey over the seven seas and beyond. When they finally spotted land, disaster struck!
The seas began to turn violent and a major storm broke out. When Alexander next opened his eyes he found himself lying on a beach, with bits of ship strewn about everywhere and without his crew. This is where the "real11 adventure starts, as you take control of the Prince and must complete his quest of finding his lost love.
SlVtllMMH Sierra are back and clutched in their mitts is the sixth instalment of their fairy-tale adventure. Come with Prince Jonathan Maddock as he takes trip to the Land of the Green Isles to find his Princess.
Sierra were planning to do a 256-colour version of King's Quest 6, but they were so pleased with what the 32-colour version looked like that they shelved the idea.
I'm in agreement with Sierra's decision because the graphics look absolutely gorgeous and the 256-colour version might have slowed the game right down.
The introduction to the game is rendered in 3D and features some excellent morphing techniques. The sprites, which range from guard-dogs and minotaurs right down to 9
* * » the devil himself, are well-drawn and very well animated.
The icon bar at the top of the screen is very basic, but helps the game flow along and makes it easy to understand for first-time adventure gamers.
The only quibble I have is that some of the objects are just too small for the eye to see and you quite often find yourself walking past them, The backgrounds in King's Quest 6 are almost too good! They set the atmosphere perfectly and you could almost believe you are walking around in a fairy-tale. , ; I Sierra's adventure, graphics-wise, is on a par with Monkey Island 2 and The Fate of Atlantis. You can’t get a higher recommendation than that!
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There have been a lot of famous "Kings" over the years. I'm not talking about monarchy, but here are my two favourites.
BB King is a US blues guitarist, singer and songwriter and was one of the most influential elec- tric-guitar players of the 1960's. His albums include Blues is King (1967), Lucille Talks Back (1975) and Blues 'n' Jazz (1983).
What surprised me the most about King's Quest is its brilliant little "olde" medieval tune that plays while you play.
More often than not adventure games suffer because of their abysmal tunes that play throughout your quest and have you reaching for the volume switch on your monitor.
There are a number of sound effects within the adventure and even though they're fairly sparse, the quality of them is worth shouting about. If you could only take a listen to the waves lapping onto the beach on the very first screen, you'd know just how good they are.
Sound-wise, I can’t really fault King’s Quest 6 because what's in there is adequate enough to please the average gamer.
Martin Luther King Jr was a US civil-rights campaigner, black leader and Baptist minister. He was one of the organisers of a protest in 1963 where 200,000 people marched to Washington DC to demand racial equality.
An advocate of non-violence, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, King was assassinated four years later by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tennessee.
Adventure fans will be delighted that Sierra have finally decided to release the sixth adventure in the King's Quest series onto the Amiga.
After such a long time away from Commodore's machine Sierra might have been weary of going back to it but they needn't have worried because, hopefully. King's Quest 6 should get the recognition it deserves from the general public.
The game comes on 10 disks, so you'd think that a hard dri e is pretty much an essential piece of kit. Well it is. But for those non-hard drive owners the disk swapping is kept to an absolute minimum and for this little factor I applaud Sierra.
As far as adventure games go. They don’t get much better than this. With its brilliant graphics, a fairy-tale of a plot, superb playability and a level of addiction that will keep you coming back for more and more, King's Quest 6 is an adventure that should have a place in everyone's games collection.
Buy it or you'll regret it, maybe not today... HhnMr lilt Looking back at Bullfrog's softography, dll I can see are high-quality pieces of software. Games like the Populous series, Powermonger and more recently Syndicate, have all been tremendous successes, but coming your way very soon is perhaps Bullfrog's finest creation yet- Along with Ocean's TFX and Inferno, Theme Park is being tipped, by those in the know, for the game of the year award. Who knows, perhaps if there was one Bullfrog could even walk away with a game of the decade award! OK, I could be blowing Bullfrog's trumpet too
soon, but I have high hopes for Theme Park.
HYPE It could just be a case of good 'ol fashioned computer industry hype that's making everyone go Theme Park crazy. I cite Street Fighter 2 as one example which had an advertising campaign that was better than the actual product.
Bullfrog haven't advertised Theme Park though, so why is it so eagerly awaited? The answer is simple.
Word of mouth. The only game on everyone's lips within the games industry is Theme Park.
Take a look at Bullfrog's first software sensation,
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Theme Park could well have the same effect over the computer games world that Populous achieved five years ago. The software industry is leaning slightly towards the production of licensed platformers and shoot-'em*ups because these types of game sell incredibly well with the general public.
I know it is hard to come up with ideas for original products because everything seems to have been done before, but it's still no excuse. It's this originality that will, hopefully, turn Theme Park into a raging success story.
You take the role of a nephew who has inherited a fortune from his rich, but eccentric Aunt. However, there is a catch involved - he must build the world’s biggest and most profitable theme park.
SIMULATION Bullfrog have combined all the fun of creating your own theme park with a business simulation. Theme Park is the first game in Bullfrog’s "Designer Series" and the aim is to broaden the traditional appeal of simulation programs by combining accurate simulation technology with gaming elements.
Top dog at Bullfrog, Peter Molyneux, explains why Theme Park is the beginning of a new era in gaming "While the Designer Series has its roots in techniques refined and honed over our previous releases, the busi* ness simulation side is a new direction for Bullfrog.
"We are confident that it is better than anything comparable currently on the market so we intend to use it as a basis for a series of programs."
Your theme park must compete against 40 other parks and as your park becomes more profitable, these competitors will attempt to buy shares in the park and try to take it over, thus finishing your career.
Just to give you a brief example of how in-depth Theme Park is, not only do you have to decide on entrance fees and salaries, but you have to determine things such as how much salt to put on the chips in the chip shop.
There is a reason for all this seasoning malarky because the more salt you put on the thirstier the visitors will become, therefore they will start to buy more of your cola.
Theme Park is a highly original product and for me that counts for a lot in today's current games climate.
It’s already received an abundance of high review scores from the PC games magazines and I'm in no doubt that it'll achieve the same kind of success on the Amiga. Theme Park will arrive in this office next month and already I've got a smile on my face.
Park life There are a couple of different ways to play Theme Park. The first, Sandbox, is the most basic. This involves the creation of a park and all you have to do is make sure the visitors are happy and safe.
For those who fancy a bit more of a challenge there is the Business Simulation option.
This full-blown business simulator challenges you to not only build a park, but run it as a successful business, incorporating marketing, forging contracts and negotiating staff wages.
There are 32 purpose-built rides to choose from, and six user-definable rides that include race car and helter-skelter rides. You can add corkscrews, loop-the-loops and decide on the speed of the rides, Each ride will have its own "wow" factor and the visitor's reactions will give you a clear idea of how successful your rides are.
Positioning a chip shop too close to a ride that is too fast could end up with visitors regurgitating their last meal, or even being thrown off the ride.
If incidents like the aforementioned one continue then the park's reputation will suffer and it'll start attracting hordes of thugs.
These vicious louts will beat up the visitors and vandalise the rides. However, to combat this menace, security guards can be employed to evict any unwanted visitors.
As well as security, you can hire maintenance men to repair the rides, handymen to pick up litter and entertainers who can be dressed in a variety of costumes to keep the queues happy and contented.
I guess this is one of Theme Park's biggest attractions. There is no blood, no evil aliens from the planet Zarkion, no platform jumping cutesy creatures - there is only the job in hand of keeping your visitors merry.
One of the essential sections of your pert is the tree Oh no. Disaster strikes! The sun has gone where all the food emporiums are situated away and so have your Theme Park visitors QQOQQ own planning, who'd do it? At school once we had a guy who studied with the single intention of becoming one of those elite fabrication gurus.
The excitement, apparently, lay in the planner's ability to create a Narnia in housing form as opposed to constructing concrete riots in a tenement carbuncle.
It was never established what happened to this acquaintance of mine, but the last thing ever to be heard of him was that he'd met a girl who had just given birth to his third child in as many years. All of which were unplanned - the irony, huh?
Well, very soon all you budding town planners need L MU SiptnfcrtlH not go through this physi- I cally demanding and finan- cially draining practise to + establish your ability as a town planner and budding mayor.
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While there's little information available on the Amiga conversion, you only have to take two facts into consideration. One. A back catalogue of simulated realities that no one can better - Sim City, Sim Life and Sim Earth to name but three.
Secondly, the Apple Macintosh version of Sim City 2000 is currently burning into the pockets of employers far and wide, as addicted workers turn off their spreadsheets and tum their attention to planning that condo.
Sim City 2000 begins by asking you a time zone in which to commence. You can place yourself at the turn of the 20th century or zip ahead to more futuristic zones, post 2000AD.
Establishing the time period will automatically determine your first decision, power. Every city, whatever time it might have been born into, needs a source of power, The Amiga version gives you limited choices at the turn of the 1900's, like oil and coal fossil-powered generators. But, playing in future times allows the lux- I ury of more environmentally friendly forms of power I For example, your cities could benefit from wind, wave or hydro-electric power. On the other hand you might I opt for the highly risky nuclear energy - whatever your I preference the choice will be yours.
Per mm i ha 9* :e* wc m M H •r 5 d DECISIONS When making the decision you'll have to bear in I mind such things as pollution and the health risks generated (nuclear power seems to have a habit of mutat- I ing the genes of the local inhabitants).
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Before you commence building, it'll probably be a good idea to have a talk to the different departments I under your control. You'll have to set budgets for fire, I police, education, transport and other council-funded I departments. Clicking on icons allows you to interact I with the different departments and even ask advice 1 from them.
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As you build different industrial complexes and housing estates, each has to be connected to your main grid - failure to do so will mean that little will be built.
You’ll need a good to balance the budget every year As well as ensuring that power reaches your lucky populace, you'll need to ensure that a road or rail system is in effect SO that your population can move to work and back (rat race syndrome reaches computer games).
As you've probably gathered, Sim City 2000 is going to capture just about every reality conceivable to city life. But, it will begin to speculate about society once you proceed past the year 2000.
The game should then start featuring massive City blocks which house thousands and include their own environment and feature waterfalls and forests.
Also included should be the disaster option. This will give you an option of including natural and man-made disasters into the equation. These could vary as widely as floods and tornados, through to plane crashes and Using the room facility you'll be able to make a closer Inspection alien monsters attacking your city.
Viewed isometrically with the illusion of the player looking from quite a height, the Amiga versions should differ very little to their PC or Macintosh counterparts.
The graphics on the latter machines were small but incredibly sharp and accurate, with many animated sections.
EFFECTS For example, trains should trundle towards their destinations and the cars will swarm up and down the highways like many ants.
The games control is entirely mouse driven with the user clicking on and off icons and menu bars. This should make play easy to manipulate and quick to One of your tasks is to keep your populace smiling. Their feelings are reflected through newspapers, which as well as informing you of events occuring in neighbouring towns, will keep you abreast of feelings in your own metropolis.
To keep a grin firmly in place you'll be able to build parks and small wooded areas of land to create a feeling of space.
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OK, so it might not look like the world's best | with its rather drab black and yellow colours, but it responds well and fits perfectly into your game mitts. The Zipstik is the top-selling UK manufactured _joystick. It's fully micro-switched and has a robust steel shaft so it's not likely to break too easily.
If you're going to get a joystick then I recommend you at least take a look at this one before you make a decision on your purchase. A good all- rounder which won't let you down... ever, Company: Pow* Appearance: 4 Response: 4 Feel: 3 Overall: 4 Where to buy Company: Power Appearance: 4 Response: S Feel: " 4 Overall: S are available from any good computer stockist. The only exception is the Cheetah Mach 1 which can also be found in almost any good computer stockist.
Although some of the joysticks in this feature are from various manufacturers, all of them can be obtained from Power Play who can be contacted on 0457 876705, or the majority of sticks The first thing that strikes you about Pro 5000 is how solid and sturdy it feels- It has a rather short £ handle with the two fire buttons located on the thick rubber base, On a game like Road Rash it felt a little too unresponsive, having to push it rather fiercely in the right direction. But for the beat- 'em-ups it proved excellent, letting you carry out the moves more precisely.
Also available from the Competition Pro Series is the Competition Pro Extra. This is a transparent version of the Pro 5000 which, normally, is coloured the standard black and red. The Pro Extra contains the additional feature of an auto-fire button giving mega-blast rapid fire, short rapid burst or single shot.
The two large fire buttons provide ease of use for both right and left- hand operation. For some with smaller hands though, it becomes quite a strain to keep your thumb stretched onto the stick. Both joysticks are good all-rounders that promise durability.
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The Cruiser Turbo is very comfy, fits in the hand nicely and responds very well, thanks to its eightway micro-switches, The Cruiser Turbo also has the ever-so useful three-way variable tension control.
Touching it. The joystick also makes a worrying metal on plastic clicking noise when you’re playing a game that requires fast joystick work.
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Along with the Navigator, the Speed King has its joystick shaft placed directly on top of its main body.
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The Speed King won't suit everyone's tastes and it isn't the most beautiful joystick out on the market, but its SO easy to handle and has such a brilliant name that I heartily recommend it.
Perhaps the most unusual looking joystick out of this little batch and even though it looks like something out of Star Trek, it does work surprisingly well. This stick has been specifically ergonomically designed so that it ensures a perfect fit, no matter how big or small your hands are.
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Cheetah Mach 1 £10.93 This is quite a large joystick but very easy to use nevertheless. The long, gripped handle fits nicely into the palm of the hand, with comfortable ridges to place your fingers round. The two fire buttons are located conveniently at the very top and around the side of the stick.
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Have you ever wondered how programmers develop a sprite for a game? Have you considered why some characters become almost household names while others fall into the pits of failure, or even worse, insignificance?
Wonder no more as System probe the minds of some of the best programmers, designers and artists from some of the country's top software houses.
Perhaps the first aspect to consider is the appeal of the character, but this is an indefinable value that is hard to judge. It is obviously a very difficult thing to pin down and a lot is down to personal taste.
If software houses knew a set formula for what guarantees appeal then there would be not one duff game on the shelves and some very wealthy programmers! This is obviously not the case, so what do software companies look for?
Millennium’s PR manager, Keith Smith, gives these D guidelines: "The audience must be able to believe - no matter how far they stretch Q their imagination - that this character identifies with them.
"For example, Zig and Zag are aliens, but they have the attitude of two boisterous young boys. Beavis and Butthead are two teenagers A who have slightly more adult appeal. You have to look at the intended audience and
- say 'Does this have natural appeal?'* Simon McCormack of
Codemasters sees it like this: "For a game aimed at younger
players, the character should be simple and fun, more magical
than streetwise.
Characters for older players need more about them, elements of humour, slapstick, pie in your face, the way enemies are disposed of, a hip attitude, a bit of destruction, explo sions, speed, a quest. Hopefully, the player sees him herself as the character
- identifies with it" title makes it or breaks it. But what
factors decide the nature of a character? Tiia Hacfcett
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simple blobs to beautifully animated creatures, they must be
believable and have a personality. Whether it is Although Dioy
it quite basic looking, he has developed a personality and
character that makes him successful a cool, streetwise attitude
or cute and loveable, personality is vital.
"Character is the fundamental basis for a good design - unless you actually want something bland and two-dimensional. Stance and expression have to be explored to show the qualities you want to portray," explained Toby Gard of Core Design.
This is one way in which bought licences have an advantage - their personality has already been established, usually in a cartoon, for example.
They also have an established market but cost the software house a great deal of money in royalties and can restrict development in trying to stick closely to the original to keep fans of the character happy.
Getting back to humble beginnings though, it’s the case of the Chicken and the Egg - well, more precisely the sprite and the game. Which comes first? Where does a company start on the road to designing a sprite?
Is there a strong character in mind from the start or is it built to fit the concept of the game?
Core Design's Guy Miller states: "Invariably, the characters evolve as the game progresses, sometimes so much so that the original character sketches bear little or no resemblance to the finished product."
Paul Green, designer and graphic artist for Gremlin points out: "You can't just produce a game based on a few sketches of the main character, neither can you have a game idea and plonk any old character into that realm, It's a fine blend of both, which must be refined and sorted time after time until you've got the mix completely right."
MARKETING Even when the end game is looking good, marketing is crucial and could make the difference between success and failure. It's obviously easier to market an existing character like the cartoon characters, but for a new character it is important that they are strong enough to sell the game.
"A good, strong character can be an excellent hook on which to market the game and I think it's vital that the game has good, strong characters because, initially at least, the punter may only have these to go on - the characters as shown on the box cover," explained Guy Miller. Once a company has the successful character - the vital ingredients that make it a winner
- and the game has been well marketed, then what?
Should they sit back in the satisfaction of a job well done or go further, stretching their character and system* ¦+ o pushing it into other fields?
On the one hand, if you have a good character and another company want to use it to endorse their products then all is well and good - both parties reap rewards from the deal and sell more of their products. But on the other hand, in the extreme it could have a detrimental effect on the minds of the young.
Views within the industry on this are mixed to say the least. Simon Phipps of Core Design stated: "We must make the choice as to whether we wish them to grow up as individuals, capable of making informed choices, or whether they will grow up the eternal prey of the marketing men."
According to Paul Green from Gremlin: "You have to capitalise on the market. It may sound cut-throat but after all, every company is in existence to make money."
"Why can't game characters become commercial property in other fields? Twelve yearj ago you couldn't move for 'Six million dollar man' merchandise, and eight years ago who could ignore the Smurfs ortheWombles?
"Everyone is up in arms because we are guilty in their eyes of polluting children's minds but it's only the medium that's changed. Instead of cereal packets it's now computer games," said Keith Smith of Millennium. Taking all these aspects into account it is apparent that software houses have huge obstacles to overcome in designing games characters. They are up against an increasingly choosy public and have to compete against all the other releases that hit the shelves. They have to be spot on every time, especially in a market where mistakes prove a very costly, and must move with the
times ahd with current trends which change constantly.
Giving an inanimate picture a personality and making it come alive is fundamental in producing a good character and they must achieve this in their design. All these are pretty tall orders and take great time and thought to get exactly right So, next time you pick up a game it's worth considering just what has gone into the design of the character.
Who better than the people in the know to give us their insights on what they believe to be their big success stories.
"Codemasters' Dizzy is a simple character, yet very successful, and has been adapted to play in every type of game. He has a personality and a background which help to bring him alive in the game, yet his simplicity means he is adaptable to many forms." - Simon McCormack, Codemasters.
"James Pond obviously was successful. Here we have a game that stars a secret agent that is a Cod. In James Pond 3 he is running around the Moon, which stretches the realms of belief right to the limit. Pinkie has already proved himself to be a good property, because he reflects nineties values.' - Keith Smith, Millenium.
“The Battletoads were incredibly successful in the states - probably because they rode on the backs of the Turtles phenomena, which was much bigger in the US than over here.
“It was just a matter of being in the right place at the right time with the right well- designed characters in their own well-designed game. Success in this business is largely down to luck - that and having lots of money to begin with - to get the product to as wide an audience as possible." - Guy Miller, Core Design.
"Rick Dangerous, well, I'm pleased with him, he made it to a sequel and across six formats.
He was likeable, funny and the game had plenty of twists and turns that made you go back to it for just one more go " - Simon Phipps, Core Design.
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It's a kind of movie montage where Spartacus meets Robin Hood (Kirk Douglas meets Errol Flynn, interesting - Ed) and adds loads of atmosphere.
Heimdall 2 is filled with playability and blends a nice combination of puzzles, combat and magic with Norse mythology - which makes a pleasant change from ores, hobbits and all Tolkein's other Middle-Earth bores.
If I had a criticism it would be directed towards the control system. You can't really single Core out as responsible for this though, I'm afraid the guilty finger points towards Commodore.
In designing a joypad - all pad and no joy - that would have Prince Charles screaming carbuncle. Commodore have rendered it impossible for software houses to produce easily playable games.
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Hot on the tail of the floppy format (reviewed Amiga Computing issue 76). Core Design have pressed the play button on the CD32 version.
The Storyline remains the same - it's the age of Ragnarok. Odin tells of a place called the Hall of Worlds where you can travel from one dimension to the next via portals.
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Obviously a sequel. Eye of the Beholder starts where its relative left off.
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GOLD ¦ award • Once your four adventurers have completed this little task you can go for a romp in s the dungeons that lie below the " temple.
So far as play is concerned, Eye of the Beholder 2 is little different to many other RPG titles. It employs similar systems to Dungeon Master for magic, combat, view and just about every other control you could think of.
This doesn't make for a poor game though, because Eye of the Beholder 2 is a quality bit of slashing and swaying. The graphics are very well drawn, if a little juddery, and the effects, while limited, are extremely clear and concise.
Perhaps a minor criticism might be that it's a little linear and restrictive, and doesn't really allow you to explore without finding something and knocking hell out of it.
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The two really worth looking at are either the US Robotics Sportster 14,400 or the Supra 14.400 Fax modem. You get a bnlliant fax plus a sprightly 14.400 baud modem, and both are now under £ 150. It is definitely worth shelling out the extra, as slow modems cost you money in the long run.
(joke mniL It’s worth mentioning the GVP PhonePak, as this sotves a number of problems in one easy card that slips into a Zorro Slot. It’s a fax machine, but it’s also an answering machine and a fully configurable voice mail system. With it you can create voice mail boxes, or a fully-automated help line, for use with touch tone phones.
One of the next things you will need is a printer for sending letters, printing out headed paper and doing artwork for business cards etc In this day and age a dot matrix Just doesn t cut it as the all round A Yes. They cost very little and save you huge amounts of tax money. Not only that, the tax Office is more likely to believe your accountant that you haven't earned any money this year than they are you.
Getting an accountant costs nothing, you only pay when they do your accounts, and all through the year before and after that they are on hand to give you advice whenever you get a scary letter from the TAX or DHSS people. Accountants are worth their weight in money.
A You are not liable for VAT until your earnings have reached a certain level, and quite a high level at that You can register for VAT before you reach that level but it's not advisable as you then have to charge VAT to your customers and get VAT receipts, plus you have to do your VAT returns every three months It's a messy business and best left alone unbl it becomes necessary. Your accountant can advise you on this subject.
A The first step is to call your local Post Office and ask for the number of the local district Customer Services Dept They will give you the number and you can then call Customer Services and get a run down of the current conditions and charges. It used to be £80 per year.
Frequently asked questions Start an home office Q How do you arrange a PO Box number?
Q It It worth getting VAT registered?
Ohe world is changing every day and more people are taking the hint that new uXhnology could transform their lives. Some of them are setting up offices at home, so they can spend a more relaxed time working from home once in a while, it takes the stress out of high pressure jobs and boosts productivity.
For those m high pressure jobs which don't allow working from home the opbon to go freelance (and the hell with 'em) is an nice way out. But can you do this using your Amiga, and how do you start to put together a home office? Well. I can ten you because I did it.
Working from home sounds like SUCh an idyllic thing to do. Doesn t it? The fridge is only a few steps away, full of cod beers and that nice ham you got from Samsburys the other day which would sit beautifully on that crusty bread.
YOU can step out in the fresh air for a second if you like, sit with your feet up on the desk, play Nuclear Trouserpress Invaders until the cows come home, right? Well, okay so you have to do work too, but you can choose when and where you do it right?
The thing is that working from home is a blessing and a curse. You can do all of the above and more, but you also have to find work, do work, issue invoices, chase money and then start the whole degrading process If only I knew then I've been running my own business now for about five years and I had to learn all this stuff from scratch. So what advice would I pass on if asked? Ft's hard to know where to start, really.
Okay, first and foremost Tax and Ni contributions Pay them Don't mess about and think you'll get the money together somehow later on. Pay your ni contribs by Direct Debit (hurts less that way) and get an accountant.
He will tell you to put 25% of everything you earn m a building society account until it's time to pay the tax man. Usually when you pay up you'll have some left over.
Work out a monthly budget. Write down on a sheet everything you need to pay out every month, then you II have an idea how much you have to earn and still have some pennies left over to buy essentials like food and compact discs.
Then when you go out to get work you'll know how much you have to get in every over again. Plus you have to find the bme to do your accounts, pay your tax and national insurance, maxitain your equipment, figure out how much you're getting paid and if that's more or less than your outgoings, think about the future of your business and how to make it grow, and occasionally you might get a weekend off.
So let's take this slowly. First question What do you need?
Well a computer would be nice. Oh look.
I've got an Amiga. Will that do? Of course it will, meathead It's the finest (and cheapest!
Graphically stunning, fast multitasking computer that money can buy.
Well, that's that then, job done. Now where s the newspaper . Hold on. What if someone wants to send me a fax? Offices have them, you know.
Fax modems are all over the place, and this kills two birds with one stone. First it gives you fax capability very cheaply.
Secondly it gives you a nice fast modem, which is the key tool if you wish to be a work-at-home bod or a telecommuter Fax modems are just like normal ones TUTORS R L home office j printing engine.
OK. So they aren’t too bad in colour, but | «?w the price of colour inKjets is coming flown you really don't have to think about them, if you want a black and white printer, go for either a Canon BubbleJet BJ20 or Hewlett Packard DeskJet 550.
J In colour go for either the Canon EU or the [ HP DeskJet colour inkjets, or even the A3 models from the same makers. After that you're in laser pnnter territory, and I hate to say IL but the Apple Personal LaserWriters look very nice for the price.
Ah, but is a big box machine necessary? A W of this stuff seems to run on Zorro cards and the like, so do you need a 2000, 3000 or 4000 to run a home office, No. Not really, Most of the applications are just as happy n a base level Amiga as they are m a topof- I thecange workstation. You can run Just as good a business on a 1200 as you can on a 1 4000.
Once you get started wrth software it's hard to know where to stop. For example, do you need a DTP program like Professional Page, or will a word publisher like Wordworth or Final Copy do?
It depends really on what you have in mind Most word publishers will be okay for correspondence (especially with a nice inlyet printer), and perhaps a simple newsletter, but for magazines and more advanced textual flipping and jiggling, you'll need the services of a DTP program.
One tip: if you do use a DTP program, limit yourself to two fonts - one for headlines and one for main texts. (This is an Amiga Computing Instant Design Seme Tip. Just add water.)
On the more serious side, spreadsheets and databases are used by a tot of home- based businesses to keep tabs on the accounts and products, if indeed you actually make something to keep tabs on.
Both the major pieces of software. Kspread 4 and Superbase 4. Incorporate the ability to import and export files to and from the industry standard programs on other platforms, like Lotus 1-2-3, dBase and Excel.
This means whatever systems are installed at the site you are working for.
You can pretty much send and receive data from them. Obviously the level of compatibility only extends to a limited range of commands, but for most purposes this won't present too many problems.
GdinG on-iiiiE For example you don't use EVERY word In the English language all the time, do you? So why would you use every SQL termor I-2-3command?
So is it worth being on CIX and CompuServe? Being part of an on-line service is invaluable for two reasons - being able to talk to people when you’re stuck at home working all day. And for getting contacts for work. Although CompuServe is a trifle more expensive than CIX. It’s worth being on CompuServe if you are in business consultancy. PR or marketing, because of the wealth of up-to-date information you can buy on all these topics.
Phil 5nuth looks at the perils and pleasures, the pitfalls and problems of taking all gour work home to an Amiga CompuServe costs $ 8.95 per month (as it’s based in the US), and there are online charges during the day until after 7pm when the basic connect time is free, and on top of that you have to pay for anything other than basic sen ices on an hourly rate.
CIX has a £25 registration fee. Plus a connection charge of £2.50 per hour off peak and £3.60 per hour peak rate.
It's worth being on Demon Internet too, as this has a registration fee of £ 12.5 plus a flat rate of £10 per month This allows you fun access to all the Internet resources and Usenet News in a friendly and cost effective way.
Once you've got all the hardware and software together, the rest is up to you. The business you are in can be anything, but your Amiga win be able to help you stay efficient and cost effective.
It costs yOu nothing to feed your Amiga and allows you to produce a huge amount of productive work. That’s the basis of a sound home office.
What I know now month to hit your target. Ignore this advice at your peril, as you will go under «n a couple of months unless you are hitting those targets.
Make work plans. Figure out how much time each job will take and stick to it. Don't leave jobs till the last minute. Keep everything, especially receipts for stuff you buy for the business. This will stand you in good stead when you come to do your accounts.
Write down an your ideas in a big notebook If you don't wnte them down you will forget them, and ideas are money in the bank.
Get an answering machine and use it?If people can’t get hold of you they won't give you the work, And finally take notice of health issues. Sitting at a computer all day is bad for you. Take regular breaks, make sure you're sitting comfortably at the computer and that there is enough light in the room so you don’t develop a squint.
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Fm fully aware that the Amiga 1200 we are taking as our example machine has both composite and RF video outputs available, and pretty good they are too.
If you simply want to record graphics from your Amiga to video tape - or just watch them on TV - then there's no reason to start worrying about buying a genlock, because you obviously don't need one.
It's when you want to start putting computer graphics over video images that you Should start thinking about genlocks and. Short of investing in a pretty heavy-duty vision mixer and timebase corrector (TBC) setup With good keying facilities, there's no easy way to overlay Amiga graphics onto video without one.
In order to mix graphics with video it is essenoal that the timing of the Amiga's video display is matched exactly to that of the incoming video signal.
This is a major part of a genlock's (short for Generate Lock) function, and works by extracting timing information from the video signal and then sending corresponding pulses to the Amiga via its external dock input in order to synchronise the computer to the video signal.
Many better-constructed genlocks don't necessarily require a video input to be present |a genlock can also be used to encode' the Amiga's RGB output into a Cam Ujhitelu continues his home uideo escapades bq shouiing qou horn to mi» in the graphics which mount internally into the box-shaped Amigas - the 1500 2000 3000 4000 ranges.
If you have S-VHS or Video 8 equipment you should obtain a genlock with Y C connections in order to obtain the best possible quality. If not you'll probably end up with a compositeonly one which will tend to degrade your video images, making them muddier and hence somewhat less viewable I guess there have been times when you've wondered how you can capture an image and then use it in an Amiga graphics or animation program.
In fact there are a couple of different ways of doing this - namely video digitising effects are also possible, and circuitry can be incorporated to produce Inverse Keying (video only shows where non-Colour Zero graphics occur), user-controlled fading between graphics and video, and also the ability to select palette colours other than Colour Zero to be the key colour.
Some genlocks even incorporate simple wipe patterns, but to my mind these are mostly relatively expensive gimmcks which have little or no real artistic value.
One important aspect of choosing a genlock is to ensure that it is compatible with both your Amiga and your video equipment. As far as the A1200 goes it is only possible to use extemaFmounting genlocks with it ruling out those models Connecting up a genlock is easy, but you need some extra video equipment to use one. Obviously the kind of genlock you buy depends as much on what you have to spend as the quality and features you wish to obtain.
Of the cheaper, composite video genlocks, the only one I would recommend for less than £100 would be Lola Electronic's LS00 MinlGEN. If you need something a bit more flexible take a look at the (149 LI 00 MiniPRO (again from Lola).
I know that the RocGen genlocks are quite popular, but I wouldn't personally recommend them as I've always found their quality and operation to be inferior to comparably-priced (or sometimes cheaper!) Devices.
As far as Y C genlocks go, check out GVP'f G Lock (around £290) or Electronic Design s Y C Genlock (£399), both of which offer pretty good value for money nowadays. Of course there are also other models available.
Picture in signal which can be recorded by a VCR) because they have what is known as a free run' mode.
However, it is usually better to feed the genlock with video so that it really does get the proper timing signals Cheaper, and less welMesigned genlocks require a video signal to be constantly present - which can be a pain if you don't otherwise need to have one available.
Once the Amiga is locked to the video signal the next operation a genlock performs is to overlay the Amiga's graphics onto the incoming video images.
KEV EDIDUR This is done by'keying*-in other words by replacing certain areas of the Amiga graphics with video images - usually by using a designated colour as the key colour.
The most commonly-used key colour is palette Colour Zero - the first colour in any Amiga colour palette. This is the default background colour in Deluxe Pamt and most other graphics and presentation programs, and is often black or dark blue (though the actual hue doesn't matter in the least), A genlock reads the information coming out Of the Amiga's Zero Detea line, and every time it finds that a pixel contains Colour Zero it quickly switches the output Signal to the video image, rather than the norvColour Zero Amiga graphic which would otherwise be output from the genlock.
This switching occurs very rapidly as the complete video screen is scanned from top to bottom every I 25th of a second, and results m the Amiga graphic being keyed lor, more correctly, key switched) over the video images. More sophisticated genlock I UI DR I Hi?
And picture out VIDEO SOURCE AMIGA and image scanning. As we are particularly interested in capturing from video lU just mention that scanning involves reading a printed image with a device somewhat akin to a reversed photocopier which converts the image into digital data that a computer can understand, A good flat-bed scanner, along with the software to drive it can easily cost over £800.
So scanners aren't likely to be a popular item amongst stony broke video makers.
DIGITISEHS On the other hand, while quite cheap, hand-scanners are unlikefy to provide either the image size or quality needed for video work, so the only viable alternative is a video digitiser.
Uke genlocks, digitisers come in a range of flavours and pnees. The cheapest ones start at well under £ i oo and offer reasonaWe-Jooking grabbing (as it is often known), but at the expense of quality and speed - and they require a video deck with a rock-solid freeze- frame However, not everyone needs top-quality images and with an AGA machine such as the A1200 the results can still look excellent. So if your budget is tight and you want Y C compatibility, consider Rombo's Vidi Amiga 12 as a good bet If you want better quality (and you should think about adding more RAM to your A1200 if that's
the case - then a fast scanning, high- quality digitiser should do the trick.
Fast scan digitisers can grab a whole frame of video in real-time because of special memory incorporated Into them, whereas slow scan models only grab a chunk at a bme.
Rombo offers two fast scan models - the Vidi Amiga 12RT |£l 99) and the 24RT (£299).
The main difference being that the 12RT cannot grab in interlaced modes.
Again, with an A1200 this probably doesn't matter much and you'll save £ 100 by buying the 12RT. There rs also an external version of MacroSystem s Vlab card (the Vlab PAR - £382| which costs a bit more than the Vidi Amiga 24RT but doesn't have a Y C input.
The better digitisers can also grab sequences of frames, though not at full speed, so if you want to do effects such as automatic bme lapse then these are for you.
The Vidi software includes image processing and format conversion routines to help knock the images into the we and look you require. Once you've grabbed an image you can incorporate it into any of your graphics work, provided it rs saved in a suitable format.
All the digitisers mentioned above can save IFF files as standard, so thrs shouldn t be a problem. You could import the image into Dparnt and incorporate it into an anim (though this will most likely require extra RAM). Or use it as the basis for a video title screen.
If you have a program like ADORage you can make a neat animation by chopping the image into ktde b»ts and reassembling them automatically after putting them through some very fancy moves.
Captured images can also be used in desktop presentations and DTP (maybe you'll want to print some videocassette sleeve inserts for your finished tape), as well as output through your Amiga genlock setup back to tape as part of your video production.
Well that's all for this month. Next I II be looking at what you need to get Started OO the home video trail.
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drgaz9cix.compulink.co.uk. Jargon buster Composite Video: a
single wire video signal containing all the necessary
brightness, cotour and sync information m one combined signal.
Pixel: the smallest "building btock' of a computer graphics screen. Pixel size varies according to the screen's resolution RF Video; a combined video and audio signal such as that which amves at your TV through the aenal cable or from the modulator output of your Amiga.
RGB Video: the Amiga s internal video format, consisting of the three colour components that make up an image.
RGB has to be convened (encoded) into standard video signals by either a genlock or encoder for use m the outside world.
Y C Video: a superior quality video signal where the colour and brightness information are kept separated to provide better-looking pictures. As used in WHS and Video 8 systems.
The costs Last month we costed a basic Amiga setup as follows. Amiga 1200. £290; RGB monitor (e.g. Commodore 1084S), £200. Second disk drive, £50. Total around £540.
Additions this month: Genlock - from £70 to around £400. Dtgioser - from £70 to around £400.
Next month we ll be adding some video equipment Home video Part 2 Amiga Computing f rV V JL JL JLJL W WTS Electronics Ltd, Chaul End Lane, Luton, Bedfor TTL~ n ffl W JL JL L JL AMIGA 4000 PACKS AGA chip set 68030 40 processor Co-processor option 2M6 4MB Ram A4000 030 with 0MB HD & 4MB ..£829 A4000 030 with 120MB HD & 4MB.....£949 A4000 030 with 250MB HD & 4MB .. £999 A4000 030 with 540MB HD & 4MB £1199 AMIGA 1200 PACKS 32-bit 68020 full power Two joysticks & mouse Free paint package software Mouse Mat A1200 Standalone .£274 Al 200 With 20MB
HD .»S4 Al 200 with 40MB HD .£383 A1200 with 60MB HD .£399 Al 200 with BOMB HD ..... £419 A1200 with 120MB HD ......£473 A1200 with 210MB HD ......£499 Combat Innovations pack add to above £45 A1200 A600 HARD DRIVES L MONITORS AMIGA CD-32 A1200 PRORAM Easy to install 2.3* upgrade kits Full instructions and tables where necessary All drive* supplied with formatting instructions and software Free fitting available • phone tor details 20MB HD upgrade
kit ....£85 40MB HD upgrade kit ..£109 60MB HD upgrade kit ..£12B 85MB HD upgrade kit....~ £148 120MB HD upgrade kit £199 210MB HD upgrade kit ......£229 HIGH CAPACITY HD’S These prices include collection, delivers and free fitting, all guaranteed 3.5“ drives. Phone for details.
250MB £199 34 MB £259 540MB £379 CD” Dragon Street, Wing Commander, OSCA, Diggers ......£239 New full motion video, allows video CD's to be played on the CD”______£197 l ead for CD” to 1085 monitor ...£14.99 AMIGA 600 A600 Wierd, Wild & Wicked pack Includes Deluxe Paint 3. Microprose Grand Prix, Silly Putty, Pushover and further free software A600 W,W & W ...£196 A600 W,W & W with 20MB HD £276 A600 W,W & W with 80MB HD....£359 A600 W.W & W + 1-3 ROM ...£218 High quality memory expansion Easy to fit full instructions Co processor option
ProRAM 1200 simply slots into Ihe expansion port under the trap door ProRAM 1200 2MB ......£136 ProRAM 1200 4MB ......£189 ProRAM 1200 8MB ......£379 ProRAM PCMCIA A60Q AI200 2MB .....£109 4MB ....1159 ProRAM 1MB A600 £32 20MHz FPU 124 33MHz FPU...* •******«*...*..u«*aa ... aaa£59 40MHz FPU_________________ 179 50MHz FPU ...£149 14" Hi-Res colour display Complete with cable Includes
integral stand Full UK warranty Sharp DV 3750 monitor TV .....£164 Philips 14155A monitor TV .....£184 Micro Vitec .28 1438 inc. stereo .£287 Al 200 SVGA Monitor ..£228 (display hi-productivity modes, not default) Commodore 1940 .£284 Commodore 1942 .£334 Tilt & Swivel stand ...19 Monitor dust cover .....14.99
1. 5m monitor ext. Cable 114.99 (Simply add £26 for workstation
of your choke when purchasing the above) PRO ROM SWAPPER
PERIPHERALS SCANNERS WORKSTATIONS TJ Ergonomically sound
Facilitates up to three external floppy drives Made in the UK
Strong and robust Aesthetically pleasing Keep your desk neat
and tidy Supplied complete and assembled with free mouse mat
A500 Workstation ...£29 A 600
Workstation ...£26 Al 200
Workstation .£29 Workstation coverall
dust covers £7 Mouse House . 14 Only £20 when
bought with an At 200 100 Capacity lockable disk box ....£5.99
Squick mouse ....113.99 Mouse mat...
11.99 TDK high quality DSD (10) disks..17.99 Computer
Mall DSD (10) disks £6 Megagrip 2
joystick ...£13.99 Apache
joystick ...16.99 Python joystick.,..
£9.99 200 Capacity stackable disk drawer..£12.00 Zi-Fy Pro
Speakers ..£53 A500 A600 A1200 dust
covers £4.99 A5QQ modulator ......£36
Amiga First step book.,,, £14,99 4-Way mains
extension block £7.99 TV RF lead .. £4.99 A5QQ internal
replacement drive £39 Allows image processing in a useful and
unique fashion Comes complete with manual One of the fastest
Rrowing applications for home and professional users High
specification coupled with cost effective pricing 64
greyscales 100-400DP1 Fully compatible with Deluxe Paint 4
Advanced software Power Scanner
4 ...£116 Power Scanner colour
4 ...£229 Epson GT-6500 (inc.
Software) £589 Swap between Kickstart chips Fits A500,
A500+, A600, A1500 Auto swapping via keyboard control Flexible
cable allows the swapper to work in conjunction with
accelerators Simple to fit * full instructions Pro ROM
Swapper .118 Pro ROM Swapper ? 1.3
ROM .135 Pro ROM Swapper + 2.04 ROM £40 KICKSTART
ROMS Kickstart ROM 2.04 £24 Kickstart
ROM 1.3 ...£17 Kickstart ROM
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crow bar projection British made A500 Power supply
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supply unit £44.95 A590 Power supply unit ..£44.95
GVP HD Power supply unit £49.95 CD32 Power supply unit £44.95
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external drive .. Cumana external drive + 100
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Internal replacement disk drive ...... .....
A600 A1200+ Internal replacement disk
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SP-1900 ....£99 Seikosha Speedjet 200
+ int sheet teeder£179 Swift 90
Colour .....£149 Swift 200
Colour ...£189 Swift 240
Colour ...£219 Panasonic
KXP1170 ....£109 7 pin flu i ijumn OlCKtVaill
Panasonic KXP 2123 Colour ...£199 l24pin 80 column. 192
CPS Oofll HP Deskjet 600 Colour £469 Itoo v
J00 OPT) I IP Laser jet 4 u pjBe. Per nwwtci ..£469
KickStart 2.04 kit.
KickStart 2.04 KickStart 1.3 KickStart ROM Swapper.
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1MB x 4 Zips ... 8520 CIA ..... 32 Simm 2MB.... 32 Simm 4MB.... 32 Simm 8MB. .. A500 modulator.
Replacement mouse ..... A500 Internal Disk Drive.... A600 A1200 Internal Drive
3. 5* IDE 2.5* IDE cable Spike surpression plug .
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Comms software, leads and power supply Amiga 500 ex-demo
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Scala Multi Media 300 .£309 CVP
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J » . ASI 59 DWVB4G MANIACS Hat B lie bt* ’M ay (tax 1 ke«c cvet xetira HI irt.idJJ VI PK*-t I.W' Lwn. Ti»r» ne of the great things about word- processors and text editors which have Arexx interfaces is that it s possible to create sophisticated search and replace facilities by building the appropriate macros.
You might for instance have some documents that contain dimensions and weights which need to be converted to their metric equivalents, weights in lbs to kilos for example and this would mean not only changing the lbs’ units to kilos’ but also altering the numerical values by dividing each weight by 2.205 (since 2.205 lb * I kilo).
IMS :11m I I,'.' | u Feet inches to centimetres, pints to millilitres etc., there are hundreds of situations where similar types of conversion can be useful.
Moreover, when you have documents that Include, say, tables containing a whole set of values that need converting, then it is obviously better to have the process automated because the chance of errors being introduced is eliminated once a tried and tested conversion macro is available for use.
It is. However, only worth creating macros to do this sort of thing if you can write the macro quickly enough to make it an economic proposition time wise.
The trick here is to have ready-made fragments of code available that you can copy and modify to do particular jobs and the example code this month is just such a piece of code.
PHITEHn It's a procedure called ModifyBlock(| that can be given a block of text along with the units to be changed, the name of the replacement unit and an appropriate conversion factor, and it will return the block with the desired changes m place.
Once you've got the general idea, creating your own specialised procedures for doing this type of thing is not hard because the guts of the routines tend to follow the same pattern.
Split the text up into words, search for the word or words that you are interested in.
Convert them, and then reassemble the text block. If the conversion to be performed is not straightforward enough to be written with a few lines of code, it is probably better to write a separate procedure for the conversion function and then call that from the generalised code that Isolates the individual words, Don’t forget that compound variables, such as wordj.i and wordj.j in the example routine can always be used as parameters for other procedures.
You could, if desired, extend this month s example code by passing and collecting the isolated number and unit values using these types of statements: uerdS.iaCkangeWordl(uerdS.f) wordS.j=ChangeUord2(MordS.j) Isolating the conversion-specific code is actually quite a good idea because you don’t then have to make any changes to the structure of the parts of the routine that identify the required words in the text.
Macros built for change text strings. The variable used to hold a block of text is therefore labelled block S. whereas the variable used to hold the value for unit conversion (conceptually a number) is called conversion_factor.
If you were a teacher with a whole series of maths tests on disk involving conventional base 10 arithmetic and you wanted to create a macro that could automatically convert all the test paper sums and answers to base 2 or some other base, the idea would be to pass the identified numbers to a specialist routine that returned the converted value like this; Arexx variables are. Of course, typefess and internally Arexx treats all such values as strings anyway, Nevertheless, I find that adding a little pseudwype information serves as a useful purpose during the development of Arexx code and you’ll
see this convention used in all the code I write.
Vordi. WonvtrtNuabtrlvordS.i) For illustration purposes I’ve just coupled the ModifyBlockl) procedure to a short test program that passes some example text containing a couple of ibs’ values and gets the values converted to kilos.
In your own programs you would, Of course, use your editors (or word-processor’s) own Arexx-specific instructions to collect lines or paragraphs from the document being edited.
Incidentally, don’t get thrown by the dollar
(S) signs at the end of some of my variables - this is just a
convention that I use on those occasions where variables are
clearly used for Talking of code, you’ll see that I’ve chosen
a very obvious way of looking for values to change in this
month's example. Look for a number and then check to see
whether the subsequent word indicates the correct units.
Paup Ouecaa giues a few tips on fiow to create easily modifiable search and replace lew macros It works but there Is one improvement that can cut the execution time of the routine in half. If you like puzzles then have a think about the current version of the code and see if you can spot the change to be made before the next issue let’s you in on the secret!
Value changing ifyftock)) procedure in action 7 ¦runs*'Cl a 1 livt 2 Its ef apples and 10 lbs of onloes please' say sytextS syt ei tl-lDdi fyBletkliyteitl lbs Vkilfli1,1 2.205) say aytcxtt
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• nd bloekls" do i»1 to nuaber_of_»ordi blockS-blackS wordS.i •
rebuild block • end return blockS Amiga Computing SEPTEMBER
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COMPUTER SAFARI Desktop Publishing Typefaces E M C are the exclusive UK and European distributors lor the HIGHLY ACCLAIMED commercial Computer Satari range ot DTP Typefaces Safari fonts are ot exceptional quality, contain FULL character sets and have been highly praised in the UK Amiga press.
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other artistic exploit D7V productions can always benefit from
a little light and shade.
If a project is solely composed of a constant stream of ever-changing animated images, it can become rather monotonous - a brief glance at the average low-budget music video is testament to that.
Light and shade If you're trying to make a point, dunng a documentary for example, stills are an excellent way of adding an authoritative news feel. Ajso.
If you're an animator SpliS can be a very convenient method of stretching the production without forcing your system to expend a huge amount of effort on addioonal animated sequences.
Another obvious bonus is that stills often provide the only opportunity to display your creations as they really are. Rather than being forced into a compromise - as is often the case when imagery is compiled into an anim format If you're the lucky owner of one of the many 24-bit display boards, stills may be the only method you'll ever have to show your work at its best Obviously some of the modes offered via the AGA come pretty dose, but even with the best efforts of Ham8 there's still a noticeable difference between the two.
As I’m sure you're aware there are countless methods of importing images into the Amiga, but basically the process invariably boils down to either scanning or frame grabbing.
In the case of frame grabbing the conversion from live video to a still is relatively painless. As you're already dealing with a video legal image, there's no palette adjustment necessary to avoid the dreaded colour bleeding so often associated with composite video.
This is a regular problem when you're employing scanned images which contain colour saturations that exceed 192 or approximately 12 within the Amiga's colour register.
In simple terms this means you must be careful during selection. If you suspect an element of the image is over saturated check it out in a paint package and make the necessary adjustments before you compile Ideally it's always best to run rendered or scanned images through an image processor such as ADPro or ImageFX, Both packages allow you to apply broadcast saturation control operators which will ensure perfect results, Even though the saturaoon levels are within the correct levels it's sometimes worth adding a keyline - especially to brightly coloured logos and text to ensure they don't
bleed In later tape generations.
Listen to me Narration is another great reason to employ stills. If you have a mixture of live video, computer graphics and music it s very difficult to add a voice-over without confusing the viewer.
Once again the still can provide a quiet moment where an important voiceover can be introduced and, more importantly, absorbed by the viewer.
Apart from sporting flashbacks, perhaps the best place for such effects is within documentary*style productions. If you re working for a client who wants to establish a corporate ID, nothing impresses more than the occasional still of the boss or a panoramic wide-angle shot of the new offices.
Finally, no matter what the subject or style of your show, a genlock is a near essential for a professional finish. Although direct exposures are useful - echoes being an example
- the option to fade stills up or down through live video really
adds to the production.
This can be done very easily via Dpaint s outline function which applies a user-defined outline in the colour of your choice around the selected brush, if you do decide to use this option always opt for a dark - preferably black - outline colour BLUHHinG Even though video grabs are * colour legal' it doesn't mean they re completely free from harm.
One of the most frequent grabbing disasters is image blur, a phenomena which is usually accompanied by a horrendous amount of Interlace flicker.
This happens all the time when dealing with fast action. Fortunately there is an answer, which although not ideal is a lot better than the migraine-inducing effect of a particularly flickery grab.
All the mam image processing programs such as ADPro, Image Master and ImageFX offer a de-interlace option as standard - and it's also fairly likely that the software used to grab the image will offer a similar feature.
Because all video images use two alternating fields to effectively double the resolution of the image, interlace flicker is something you have to come to terms with.
In affect, de-interlacing divides the two signals into their respective fields. As a result the flicker between the two is removed - but alas this inevitably means you lose half the original resolution.
Therefore, always remember to double the height of a de-interlaced image before adding it into a sequence, If we assume the images are ready for video and in the correct proportions - interlace with maximum overscan - it's time to add them to the production. There are several ways to achieve this, with perhaps the most impressive being Scala - which can introduce stills with a vanety of wipes and fades.
If your finances won't stretch to Scala you could employ a PD picture viewer or. Even better, load them into View 3.6 - an excellent anim player and picture viewer which is widely available in the PD With this program it s possible to compile several images into an anim and play them back frame by frame thanks to the program's single frame advance feature.
When a series of stills are combined with a genlock the results can be stunning, especially if the stills are from the actual video on display.
Now you can employ the classic TV trick of 'echoing'. How often do we see a still frame flashback of an athlete frozen for posterity while titles or information pop-up on-screen... You can do the same, constantly flashing back to the high spots of any event perhaps with a voice-over adding to the atmosphere,
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All Prices include 17.5% VAT. E&OE Offers subject to availability ercussion instruments include everything from bass drums and tambounnes. Right through to the [ more obscure instruments such as the cabasa Namely everything you hash' to play!
One might think that creating a drum I accompaniment for a song played on a mulb- | dmbral synth would just involve selecting 1 suitable drum sound voices.
¦ Be wary H buying a secondhand drum machine. Some, like Yamehe’e RX21, cannot have their voice settings reconfigured In fact it isn't quite that straightforward I because, set up in the conventional way, a mulb- i ombraf synth would only be able play one voice per channel.
Even if you only wanted a bass drum, a snare I drum, open and closed hi-hats. A couple of toms I and a cymbal, you'd use seven channels and a targe chunk of your multi-timbral capabilities.
The solution involves adopting an arrangement whereby all percussion events are : sent on just one channel, with the note value being used to indicate which particular percussion voice should sound.
Editing nigh tmdre!
Some synthesizers and expanders have a special drum channel assigned for this purpose but if you take the hardware that can do this, add some toucb-pads which act as drum keys, | corporate memory for storing drum patterns and finally add some software which permits the creation and editing of rhythm patterns, you end up with a unit called a drum machine.
Why mention these? A great many synthesizers, especially those slightly older models, do not have any special ‘ drum percussion facilities. Because of this, you might need a drum machine in order to add drum percussion sounds to your song arrangements As far as the recording and playing back of percussion tracks is concerned, it is much the same as recording or playing back ordinary Synthesizer data, although there are a couple of things to bear m mind.
ThflnsposinG Firstly, you must not transpose drum channel data because if you change the note values you'll change the actual percussion voice being played The effect of inadvertently transposing a drum part will sound disastrous on playback - recorded bass drums might turn into cymbals, the Snare drum might vanish and so on.
Obviously it rs something that is easily fixed by transposing the data back into its original key.
Thereby restoring the original note values. Some sequencers (Dr Ts KCS for instance) allow you to 'protect' a specified Midi channel from transposition for this very reason.
The second thing which needs to be pointed out is that drum machines (or integral synthesizer percussion facilities) vary enormously in the number of different percussion sounds they can provide.
Can you help?
Most Amiga sequencers provide editing facilities that can be used to remap notes on a particular iharmel. But when you vc got possibly hundreds of sequence files this sequencer editing approach to drum part remapping is Doth time consuming and error prone Moreover, many people nowadays tend to store their sequences in Midi file form, so what we really need is a ’configurable' dtum track remapping utility that can work directly on Midi files using source and destination drum map information supplied by the user I've never been able to find a utility like tha. So at tfvs point I m asking two
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can tell everyone else aboui it) Secondly, write and let me
know if you would find such a utility useful - if there s
sufficient interest i u wnte one and put it on the cover disk.
Up unol fairly recently, there was little standardisation between different manufacturers as far as which note numbers would represent which drum sounds.
General Midi (GM) has improved matters here because it has defined a set of standardised note- drum-voice correspondences that are always used on Midi channel 10 (the GM designated percussion channel).
If you've been involved with Midi for some time and have built up a large library of sequence material, there's a potential problem looming.
In order to make the most of commercially arranged song and sequence library material, you need to have your drum machine set up for the GM drum note correspondences because most of this material is provided in GM compatible Midi file format nowadays However, in order to play your existing material, you will still need your percussion unit ¦ Dr T'e KCS allows you to Paul Oueraa enolains about an Amiga drum and pBrrussion sequenre editing horror that's rattling some fllidi U5Bf5 protect a specified Midi channel from transportation set up to provide the drum note correspondences that you
originally used.
What Can you do? Firstly, you can opt to keep changing the drum note correspondences you use. Secondly, you can remap all the GM sequence material that you obtain so that it corresponds to your original drum note mappings. Or lastly, you can remap all your existing sequence data so that it then conforms, as near as possible, to the GM arrangements.
Obviously the best long-term solution is the last one because this will bring your Midi set-up into line with what has now become a firmly established voicing scheme.
Incidentally, many older drum machines (such as the Yamaha RX21) have fixed note drum-voice correspondences which you cannot alter.
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Okay, so there are some on-line texts, like the Big Dummy's Guide to the Internet from EFF and Brendan Keyhoe's Zen and the Art of the internet but they are pretty technical, and if you don't know where they reside how can you get them and read them?
Fortunately for you and I there are some books around wh*h give you a comprehensive guide to what's what and I've been scouting around for some good ones Most Internet books, in common with a tot Which to buy If you only buy one of these books then go for the Yellow Pages, but if you want technical info and can find your own resources, then go for TICR.
If you re rich and want to have everything that's the best In it s field, then buy both.
Internet watch For those of you that don’t have, or intend to buy. The Internet Yellow Pages, Ipoor misguided souls) here is this month s dip into the Internet. I've been spending the last month looking up friends I only ever talk to via email. One such figure is Steve Roberts, tech nomad. You know, the guy who used to ride around America on his recumbent bike loaded down with Sparcstaoons and Macs?
Well. Steve's next project is the MicroShip. An ocean-going version of his computer bike. To get updates on the MicroShip project which is drawing to a close, use a World Wide Web server or client program to access: 21 = microship.ucsd.edu http: iicrostif0.icsd.edu Steve has put some text and pictures Of the project for all to see, Our second service station on the Infobahn is outer space. Yes folks, if you need to know how to make your own flying saucer it's all here on the Internet. Simply FTP to.
Ftp.spict.coa Libnryffringe Ufc build.ufo and go to the directory: There you will find all the info you need to make your own mode of transport that not only gets you from A to B faster than the speed of light, it also makes nifty crop cirdes as it takes off.
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Of computer books, are American and dry as old toast They are big thick b0C*S with ! 6 Mhton pages and full of lists of arcane UNIX commands, most of which you wouldn't ever need, unless of course you intend setting yourself up as an Internet service provider.
DUPlltHIEO I did happen across two books which were readable, even funny in places, and full of information Sadly, as they are written by the same guys, a lot of the information is duplicated in each book, so ifs an other or situation. Buy one or the other, not both. The books in question are The Internet Yellow Pages and The Internet Complete Reference, both by Harley Hahn and Rick Stout To be sure. The Internet Complete Reference (TICR) is a forbidding sight, all 818 odd pages of it and about an inch and a half thick. It looks like the sort of book you wouldn't like to enter without stout
walking boots and a fun pack of sleeping gear and nosh. Surprisingly however, from the first page you are drawn in Harley Hahn s little world within the Internet. The style i$ warm and friendly, and yet not lacking in technical detail.
This is the technical detail book, and is where you can learn to hot-wire the Internet from scratch using only a simple terminal program.
Obviously things have moved on since then with a lot of graphic user interfaces coming along in the last six months, so a lot of this stuff is academic.
But you know. I like to know this stuff in case I ever find myself without my Amiga and a copy of Amiga Mosaic, You never know. And it is the complete reference after all. So if you ever need to know how to set the maximum number of hits in an Archie search, and don't want to look a dork on the Net by having to ask, you can look it up here (Chapter 17 p337. If you must know.)
As for The Internet Yellow Pages, now this is where it gets interesting. The second half of TICR is a catalogue of resources on the Internet, and some bright spark thought it would be swell to peel that off the book and sell it as a new book - suitably rewritten and augmented of course.
This, like most bright spark ideas, was a flipping blinder, as this is one of the best books about the Internet you can buy. It's funny, interesting, occasionally mind blowing, but always readable and useful.
It's solved a few of my immediate problems already, like how to find an e-mail address when you can remember it (pi 59), where is the locksmithing newsgroup on Usenet (alt.locksmithing). and where can you get a high grade source of dirty limericks (quarw.rut9ers.edu). It s a great book and one which is never far away from my hand. It's that rare thing, a reference book you also read for fun.
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listing with a fine toothed comb.
Firstly we round up the usual suspects, setting up the screen and palette nonsense: Buttons galore Screen Open 0,643,256,16,Hifvs Piimt 60, ifff,„8ccc,6EEE,6999,6333,68iF,6A00, *IOG,$ aO ,180,66,66 ter* Off ; It* 0 ; Flesh Off Lilit Rouse 0,0 To 640,500 The limit mouse thing is to stop the mouse coords screwing up. And if you intend doing any mouse coords stuff I recommend you reset them first before use. Next we need to reserve some zones: Reserve tone 10 Obviously there is one zone for each button you wish to create. Then we call the 3D Button procedure to create our buttons
_3I_D1SPLAY[0,0,640,10,0,8* JDJISPlAYtO,11,640,250,0,6] Ink 0.8 Twt _3HjUTTONt1,20,20,200,10,0,‘PIESS*,6,0] JDJI'T- T0HI2,20,40,200,10,0,“lnd press Here!-,6,0] _3D.BUTTOR[j,20,60,600,20,0,*4r.y size buttons can bt drum*,9,11 jDJUTTOlit*,20,90,470,150,0,*BIfi BUTTOR’,11,0] _3P JUTTORt 10,520,225,100,20,0,’Wit!*,6,03 How this works is delated later on. Then of course we set up a control loop, testing for mouse clicks and routing the info to the buttons.
Bo TEST=Rouse Zona TESTTMO=Hou*« Key If TESTTW1 md TE6W JBJBT- TORtl,20,20,200,10,1,’PRESS*,6,03 Bell tfait 10 Jijwnoiti,20,20,200,10,0,-press*,6,03 End If If TESTIWsI and TEST--2 J6JIIT- TOR[2,20,40,200,10,1,"RAGIC”,6,0] Bell Mai t 10 .SD.8UTTOR[2,20,40,200,lO,0 4nd press 4«rb!*,6,QJ End If If TESTIB0:1 and TEST*3 _3DJUTT6R[3,20,60,600,20,1,'li| and fat it this button!”,10,53 Bell Bail 20 JDJUTTOHtT,20,60,600,20,0,"Any site buttons can be dram',9,13 End If If TESTTKM and TE$ T*4 Jp jyT- TOI[4,20,90,4fO,150,1,"W!’7l2,03 Sell Baft 20 .3DJUTT0RC4,20,90,*20,150,0,*0PF!*,11,03 End If 21 = If
TESTTWOI and TEST= 10 _3DJ3l TTON| 10.520.225,100.20.1.'BYE Byer.e.o] Ben Bait 100 Fad* 5 Uait 100 Edit End If LOOP The tests check each button and if the test is true then the text on the button will change Usually a bell will sound to indicate that your button has been pressed.
Finally we have the procedures which create and use the buttons. _3D6UTTON gives you a zone number. X,y cxyds for the top left comer, height and width from that corner. IN_OUT which is a flag to see rf the button is in or out the text to be inserted on the button, and the background and ink colours. It's a comprehensive little proc.
And very well done to Malcolm for figuring it out.
Procedure _3b_8UTT0H[j0llEIHJII8ER,I,T,VIPTll,HEI6HT,lRJ)tlT, TEH,JILL,JRK] ' First we test the length of the text.
LesTkit lenjtlUElS) R_TEXT=I+BlU« 2 YJEXT=T+HE16HT 2*J This next bit is the flag for the in or outness of the button in question.
If II_0UT=0 IILISHT=5 SHADOW End If I if m_ouT=i H1LI6HT=7 SHADOW End If Then we draw the shadows and highlights: Ink NILICHT PrIV M TO WHTH,r triv X,T To X,HHEI(HT Ink SHADOW in- XtVIMM To R*II!DTH,Y»HEIMT On- WIDTH,YHEISIT To 1,Y*HEISHT And fill the button.
Ink .FILL B«r |*1,T*1 To MHBTH-1,Y*HEI«HT-1 Then we insert the text as graphic text: 6r Wri ting 0 Ink JK Tut X.TEXT-LE 2,TJEIT,TEM 8r Writing 1 and finally set up the zone: Sit Zone J0RERUR8ER,I,t To XtHIDTHJtlEISIT ’ End Free ¦ System legal file requesters for Amos ere no longer a dream Phil South looks at 3D buttons and hoiu to construct them.
Next we have the _3D_DISPLAY proc. Which provides 3D backgrounds for your 3D buttons.
No need for zones here, as these are simply static boxes Procedure _3lJISPLAT[I, Y,MOTH, HEIGHT, HIJIUT, JILL] ' If IR.eUW) II LIGHT *5 SHAP0II*7 End If I If IR HUM HILlfilM $ MAbQV*5 End If Ink HILISHT Dnw I,Y To RWIITI,T Driw X,T To I,Y+IEI6HT Ink SHADOW Drew WIDTH,Y To WIDTH,T»HEI6HT Dfl« WIDTH,WEIGHT To I,Y«HEIGRT Ink JILL Bar To WIDTI-1,!+HEIGHT-1 End Proc Write stuff If you have an Amos question, or a routine you'd like to share with the world, then please write to Phil South.
AMOS Column, Amiga Computing. Europa House. Adlington Park, Macclesfield. SKIO 4NP And there it is. A simple program, illustrating a few cardinal rules of Amos. Make a small program which automates a task and work outwards from it. Although I'm still not sure about Procs from the standpoint of larger programs, in small programs they are no slower than taking the subroutine route, so it's good either way.
Once again a neat proggy from Malcolm, and thanks for that.
Any more bniio Amos code heads out there want to blind us with their genius? Hmm, I thought so.
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.128 Amiga Computing X I ast month we set up
everything to do ¦ with paragraphs for an entry in our Final
AJ9 Writer style sheet. Now we'll complete the style by
adding tab settings and the type details.
The style council Load the document we saved at the end of last month’s article and get the Main Styles requester on to the screen by selecting Layout Define Style Main.
In the Style Names list dick the Body style we created previously and then the Define gadget under the Tab Settings heading over on the nght.
Al the moment there are no tab settings. If you don't need tab settings for this style, then you don't have to worry about this requester Final Writer has a default tab distance of half an inch, and you can alter thrsmthe Project Preferences Document Items requester The important fact to remember about tab settings is that the posmon is measured as a distance from the left-hand margin setting, not from the exact left of the page.
To set up a tab position, first hit the New gadget decide what type of tab it is. Then enter the position.
You can have as many of each type of tab as you like, but be careful not to specify the same position for two types - for example, if you have a left tab set at 2.0 and a centre tab set at 2.0. then the second one in the list will never be used.
Notice that as you enter position figures, the tot automatically sorts itseff into left-to ght order of distance across the page Select OK to accept your tab settings, then select define under the type settings headng This requester is where you get to choose a typeface and type style.
Hit the select gadget under the typeface name heading. Final Writer wi put up its font requester wtxh defaults to its own FWFOnts SWOlf onts drawer (You may alter this in the Final Writer icon’s ToofTypes.) Select a font and dick OK.
Beneath the typeface name gadget is the colour list. You'll probably want the mam body to be black, but for other styles you may want to select a colour, if you don’t own a colour printer you will need to experiment with these colours to see how they print in mono. Despite what they say, size is important Body copy « normally anything between eight point and 11 points. Magazines, for example, are generally set in 9 or 10 point, books are usually 11 point or perhaps 12 port if the typeface is a small' one For good readability leading should be about 120% of the port size - so 10 point text is
good with 12 pomt leading (written down as I0 I2pt|.
Note that the leading size includes the size of the typeface, so 10 point text with 12 point leading means there is two points of space between the lines.
RiEiu sinnis The Width gadget enables you to condense or expand a typeface For body copy it is better to buy a typeface which has been specifically designed as condensed or expanded, but for quick special effects - in headings for example - make good use of the Width gadget.
Likewise the Oblique gadget. You shouldn't really use the as a replacement for a proper italiosed typeface, but it is very useful for adding a new sfant to your document Over on the nght of the type specs requester you can selea superscript or subscript from the position dropdown menu, and beneath that you may sefect All Caps or Small Caps.
Small capitals are upper case letters Whose height matches the height of the lower case letters in that point size (the 'x-heightj. If a word has an initial capital, then that is left at its full height and only the subsequent letters are put rto small caps.
FmaHy we come to Style, which is ¦ A good default* for leading la about 120% of the type aha ¦ Bo careful net to petition different tob stylet ot the tome position ft document must fiaue luords Ben Pointer strains train to add a bit of flair to your tent a rather confusing name for what is merely a drop down menu that enables you to select some underline options Underlines make a document look amateurish, use them sparingly.
Everything selected, hit the OK gadget in the type specs requester, then the OK gadget on the main styles requester. Our style is now set up.
If you select Paragraph Font Style Strip from the View menu, the body style should appear m the gadget at the top left of the screen. Select View Show Style palette to get the body style gadget into a floating window if you prefer.
Remember, to save the style you must save the document.
To the casual user this must all seem like a hell of a lot of work just to get some text on the screen in a particular typeface and size. Indeed it is, And you don't have to do it this way However, the advantage is that you only have to set up your styles once, after which any style is literally one mouse click away. Without styles you would have to manually set all the parameters every time you wanted to change style.
Once you get used to the idea. I'm sure you'll find it a much more productive way to create documents, particularly if you want your documents to have a consistent look to them.
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