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The Squirrel comes complete with SCSI software drivers, a host of useful SCSI programs (audio CD player, CD-to-HD sampler etc.) and is also extremely compatible with the CD32 so that, with a suitable CD-ROM drive, you can run games like Diggers, Brutal Football.
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Incredibly, the Squirrel SCSI 2 interface costs only £69.95 including VAT and is available now from all good Amiga suppliers or directly from HiSoft.
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HiSoft High Quality Software The Old School, Greenfield, Bedford MK45 5DE UK Tel: +44 (0) 1525 718181 Fax: +44 (0) 1525 713716 !b Bm HdflfTl PHIIIPShJ m H turn in the [ommodore tide - again Last month. Commodore UK seemed in a surefire position to finalise the first bid. Over the last three weeks this has now changed. Currently. Creative Equipment International, headed by Alex Amor, appears to be the lead contender to make the first bid.
For whatever reason Commodore UK is not commenting on. The near-signed deal with the liquidator has fallen through. Speculation has it that Commodore UK was either unwilling or unable to pay the $ 1,000,000 non-returnable deposit that is required to secure the first bid.
Whatever the reason, the outcome is that CEI has now manoeuvred itself in to pole position. Alex Amor, while admitting anything could still happen, is confident that he'll finalise the deal and resume production of the Amiga as soon as legally possible.
At the time of going to press CEI, like C=UK, has already experienced delays due to legal tanglings but Monday's deadline (28 11 94) is still hoping to be met if all goes to plan. One of the reasons offered for all the constant setbacks is the lack of an accurate inventory of the government-held stock in the Philippines to determine the real worth of the contract.
Apparently. CEI is working towards a contract that's in the process of being wordsmithed by its lawyers that lets the company pay a definite amount for the technology and a separate, vanable amount for parts in the Philippines.
(Negations shake [ommodore In the midst of the tense buyout negotiations, another crisis has arrived on the doorstep of Commodore UK in the form of allegations concerning returned old stock being sold as new.
Computer Retail News has allegedly come into possession of an internal document that dates back to 1990. Apparently, the contents refer to the time when Commodore and its maintenance company.
FMG, drew up an agreement that states all DOA products. 30-day returns and returns from mail order companies should be repaired, repackaged and sold on as new stock.
A former director that talked to the industry paper stated that Commodore must have done tens of thousands of refurbishings for new All allegations have been strongly denied by both Colin Proudfoot and David Pleasance. Joint managing directors of the now defunct pftmnm ocn»*»"now tor Company. Old” allogmtion* If CEI’s bid is accepted it's onto the auction process where the other potential bidders can make their counter bids. “All interested parties will meet in the same room and settle the thing once and for all" commented Alex Amor.
Once all bids have been placed and if CEI tops these, the Amiga technology will belong to CEI.
Amor has strong plans for the future and believes that it will able to begin manufacturing again 60 days after the final agreement.
The first batch of 1200s will head straight over to the UK and the rest of Europe, while initial stocks of 4000s will be fed into the US market for potential buyers craving for the Video Toaster system.
The surprise news is that, unlike Commodore UK whose new RISC-based machine would appear after 18 months. CEI intends to release two new machines as soon as possible.
Despite not giving any specific details on the technology involved. Amor promised that the two new computers “will be well suited to the UK market."
Indeed, he's very quick to allay any fears that European users may have about an American company exclusively owning Amiga technology.
Amor doesn't see CEI just focusing on the American market and intends to open headquarters in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. He also plans to employ ex and current Commodore staff in the running of the new business: “There will be a very open approach to the company."
CEI’s future plans involve constantly moving technology forward, maintaining price levels at an affordable cost and deeper penetration into the consumer market. Like C=UK, Amor wants to see Amigas as an integral part of any home entertainment system.
On the professional side, plans are afoot to make the Amiga surpass the likes of the Pentium and root itself firmly as the computer for animation and film.
Amor wants to see a proper use of marketing to fully extol the virtues of the Amiga's multimedia capabilities. “Commodore UK has always had a marketing problem" said Amor. "Our plans involve advertising in the press, television and various other avenues on a global scale.” The question, as always though, is how can CEI afford this?
According to Amor, his silent partner, a large, technological company, is committed to backing the Amiga to the hilt and, if successful with the buyout, Amor claims that the silent partner’s name alone “will give the Amiga a lot of credibility."
Any concerns over the already deteriorating Amiga market are met with mixed feelings.
Companies such as Scala may well have moved its focus from being exclusively Amiga-based over to other formats as well, but Amor is quick to point out that he believes they are simply waiting to see what happens next. He goes further to state that plans are underway with certain developers to create exclusive packs to establish the Amiga name.
On the other hand, frustration about the customer base is apparent as well. He has been quoted as saying: “I think as every week passes the value of the company goes down. The sad part is that people are forgetting about the Amiga.” Now. An end is in sight in the dim distance but no one is clear when the final answer will rear its head.
The most important product-selling season for any manufacturer is upon us and whoever grabs hold of the Amiga reins is going to find the road to financial success a long, uphill struggle.
Amiga Computing jirrrn nEIUS BRIEFS Amos grnujs To aid AMOS users to extend their programming horizons, OTM 2000 has released IntOS which increases the power of AMOS to encompass the ability to code business and utility software.
Costing £29.95, the package includes over 120 commands to utilise the Amiga's Intuition System, the ability to create and use gadgets, windows, screens and menus in the users’ own programs and comes with numerous example coding to try for yourself.
For further details, phone OTM 2000 on 0827 312302.
Electronic education With the educational show, BETT '95, rapidly approaching its opening on the 11th January. Franklin Electronic Publishers, makers of linguistic technology is set to release new and upgraded handheld models of its teaching range.
Appearing at the show will be the Elementary Spellmaster. An electronic aid for dyslexics, special needs and the 7+ reading age. Also on display will be the award winning Language Master, apparently the world’s first handheld, fully-speaking electronic dictionary with thesaurus, spellcheck and grammar guide. For more information, call Gerry Kitchen on 071-792 8935.
Brucetj boohs Continuing with its highly acclaimed set of books on the Amiga computer, Bruce Smith Books is releasing Mastering AmigaDOS-Scripts Programming featuring over 100 scripts programs for both beginners and experts alike.
Included with the book is an offer to obtain a disk containing all the listed coding. To order, phone Mark Webb at BSBon 01923 894355.
Rumbeloujs Hmas rumble Punters eager to snap up a CD32 for the New Year can go along to Rumbelows and secure themselves a "buy now, pay later" deal. The high street retail store is also promising some “massive software clearance" with games starting from £4.99. Star struck For Christmas Star Micronics, the successful printer company, has unveiled its plans to dominate the printer market this Christmas with the introduction of three new machines Aimed at the low-end user with limited cash, the trio are made up of the LC-90 mono retailing at £129, the 24-pin mono Star LC-240 at £149 and the
24-pin colour LC-240C costing £169 All three printers have built-in automatic sheet feeders, low noise levels and a Amiga-specific driver disk “This family of dot matrix printers Combine the Star brand name for quality with an outstanding price" enthused Annette Tarlton.
Marketing manager for Star Micronics UK For more details about these printers, contact Star on 0494 471111 Low price printer*: Star release three new machines lor under CSOO Rise and Fall of the robots As game manufacturers continue their PR efforts to give their games the widest possible exposure, Time Warner Interactive has already had a 60-second commercial advertising Rise Of The Robots banned during religious and children's programmes because of its content.
The commercial features a Mary Whitehouse-like figure who denounces the evil of video games and enthuses about the pastimes during her youth, and then half way through a robot bursts onto the scene with accompanying headlines such as “ You can't dance with broken legs" and “Are you religious?"
“This advertising campaign has been designed to make people sit up and take notice" commented Jeff Tawney, marketing manager for the game publisher. “If some people find it offensive, that’s tough. Our customers love it."
Catch the commercial on Channel 4 during Eurotrash to make up your own mind.
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Just when it seemed there was never going to be a new Amiga released for months, Computer Answers, an American mall order company, has advertised an Amiga 2200 for sale in Amiga World.
Don't be fooled into thinking it's an official Commodore release - David Pleasance and Co. Haven’t developed it.
There are two versions of the machine available to the eager consumer - the A2200-1 and the A2200-2. Version one
• features a 68-2- CPU running at 14MHz, a FPU socket. 4Mb of RAM
(expandable to 10Mb). A 210 hard drive, a doubledensity
floppy drive, a mouse and a keyboard, all coming in at an
overall price of $ 1,199.
Version two comes in two forms - either the 68030 CPU & 40MHz or the 68882 FPU @ 40MHz model. Included in both is 6Mb RAM (expandable to 128MB), a 420 Mb hard drive, a high- density floppy drive, keyboard and- mouse.
Both of these cost $ 1,549 and all three come with the Akiko chip built into the motherboard.
Computer Answers has already received 63 pre-paid orders and interest has been very high - a good sign for concerns over faith in consumer interest in Commodore-related machines.
For further details, contact the Canadian-based company on 0101 306 764 5858 or fax them on 0101 306 764
0058.
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Not exactly. Quasar is all set to release PC Task 3. A software 80286 emulator for Amigas with OS 1.2 or greater and a minimum of 512k RAM.
The package features switchable 8086 80286 emulation, support for up to 16Mb RAM (15MB extended), high-density floppies. CD-ROM support and a host of other facilities.
PC TASK 3 will retail for £79.95 and should be available by the time you read this. More information about this can be obtained from Meridian Software Distribution on 081-543 3500.
Sbk - uirtuallg After last month's article looking at virtual reality sex, news recently broke that US performance artist. Jo Lowery, has created a prototype of the ZyberFantasy Ride.
Apparently, global entertainment groups are falling over themselves to lay their hands on the kit priced at S 100.000. If you can't wait for the VR plaything to arrive at UK shores. Lowery expects to have several units set up in various New York nightclubs. He also plans to release a home version in time for Christmas '95. You have been warned.
For some time now the entire Amiga world has been waiting for the arrival of the Macintosh and PC emulator board from Blittersoft.
At the forthcoming World of Amiga show in London from the 9th to 12th December, the new system will be unveiled for the first time to potential buyers. Those hoping to buy one though will have to wait for its official release some time after Christmas.
Also on display will be the new Piccolo-SD64 graphics card. Picasso II, FolioWorX, PhotoWorx and the CD32 emulator. For further information, contact Paul Lesurf at Blittersoft on 01908 220196.
Optonica is set to launch two new packages at the show in the shape of Info-Nexus and fUacro magic With its release of the critically acclaimed MovieShop v2 for Vlab Motion. Macro Systems of Germany has also announced the arrival of a new software update for the Retina graphics card family.
XiPaint 3.0 has stepped in to replace VDPaint and features an AmigaOS-3.0-style interface that allows simultaneous work on several 24-bit images at the same time.
Also included is the ability to create complex brush storaging, airbrush-controllable contrast colour, brightness and saturation functions, a very powerful CLUT-based masking with Alpha support and layering with unlimited numbers of image layers. Complete Arexx control is also provided more Hlmathera releases The Surrey-based Amiga specialists. Almathera. Has released the “Amiga Desktop Video CD that's aimed at the amateur and semi-professional video and raytrac- ing market.” The CD contains a catalogue of different features - Type-1 fonts in Postscript format and antialiased colour fonts
have been included for use in video titling, with sizes ranging from 20 to 300 points.
Also, there are more than 150 3D objects that can be used in Lightwave, Sculpt 4D and Imagine, and 100 Mb of textures and backgrounds suitable for Scala and Video Creator.
For serious users of CD- ROM. Almathera is distributing the Nakamichi MBR-7 CD Drive Jukebox that enables seven Cds to be loaded into it and then controlled via the Amiga. The company claims that the Jukebox will work with most modern SCSI controllers and for more details, contact Bruno Sajno on 081-687 without any changing 0040.
Data-Nexus, The former is a file and data management system that boasts Envoy networks support.
The latter is a multimedia database that includes multiple simultaneous database access controlled via VCR-style controls and a host of other features.
Optonica can be reached on 0455 558282.
The Nexus Pro Reference Library CD ROM is also receiving its official unveiling thanks to Videoworld. Containing a combination of well over 1,000 images, sound bites and fonts in varying formats, the company will also be running a competition where either a Zappo or Mitsumi Tandem CD-ROM drive can be won in a prize draw.
Contact Videoworld on 041-641 1142 for more details.
With this update. As well as this, making up part of the pack is Digital Image, an image processor based on the Retina s ability to display 24-bit pictures in standard windows.
This program allows the user to resize pictures and scales the image automatically to the new resolution in real time.
Coupled with conversion and manipulation features, it can also exchange images directly with XiPaint and can digitise video using the Vlab software.
For more details about all of the above, you can contact Jorg Sprave at Macro Systems on +49 2302 89177.
The world's fastQst Amiga The Cologne Show revealed the Cyberstorm 060 50 accelerator for the Amiga 4000. Making the display machine the quickest on the planet.
At present. Phase 5 Digital Products are shipping the 68040 40 version but this latest addition offers a performance approximately four times quicker than a 4000 040 and has full System
3. 0 3.1 compatibility. The CyberStorm 060 50 will be making its
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Modules appearing in late '95.
Another release from the German-based firm is CyberVision 64. A high speed graphics board for all Zorro-lll Amigas. It features a 64-bit graphics engine blitter. 2 Mb of Video RAM and a 135MHz Video-DAC that allows resolutions of up to 1280*1024 in 8-bit colour mode or, alternatively. 800*600 in 24-bit colour mode.
The CyberVision was on display at the Gordon Harwood stand at the World of Amiga Show and will be shipping officially in February costing £299.
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User interface and many new data-recovery features.
The most obvious change is the new font-sensitive user interface, complete with graphical queues, context-sensitive help, and drag-and-drop device selection.
More important are the new disk salvage procedures. A new check mode lets you look for problems without actually making any repairs, just to make certain that your data is shipshape. You can also use DiskSalv 3 to back up your data (full or incremental).
And DiskSalv can work in reverse if you need to be certain that data that you want fully eliminated from a disk (credit card info, letters to ex-girlfriends, and so on) has been removed by completely wiping all information left from deleted directories, files, and data.
Ntangibls Assots Manufacturing has released two new products from Dave Haynie, wtilz Amiga hardware designer, that are must-haves for any Amiga user. Die-hard Amiga fans will find The Deathbed Vigil’... and ‘Other Tales of Digital Angst.’ Haynie’s video, to be an interesting look behind the scenes at the last days of Commodore.
Tour the West Chester halls on the day of the massive layoffs that preceded the final closing of the company, and meet many of the people who made the Amiga the great machine it is today. Follow the group to the closing-day party at Margarita's bar. And then to a raucous final get-together, complete with stories of DevCon antics, company pranks, and the burning of certain despised executives in effigy.
The tape is a fascinatingly intimate journey into the ranks of former Commodorians dunng their last days - you may teel a bit guilty getting this close to such emotional moments.
If you've followed the goings-on at Commodore over the years, this tape is a must-have and a rare opportunity to be able to put faces behind many of the names you’ve heard over the years. The cost is $ 35 for an NTSC tape, §40 for PAL. And it's worth every penny Perhaps not as much tun, but a bit more useful, is the new Disk$ aiv 3 Hayme's shareware disk-rescue product has gone commercial, adding a revamped news and buffered file I O and an intelligent prefetching disk cache make DiskSalv 3 faster than previous releases. Undeletes can often be performed in-place, dramatically speeding that
operation. You can have all of this for $ 40. Money you know is well spent if you've ever lost hours of work to a disk error.
1AM also distributes the book Connect Your Amiga!, reviewed in an earlier instalment of this column. And the Envoy networking system. The Pennsylvania-based company has now set up UK distribution through Almathera Systems and can be contacted on 081-687 0040. Fax 081-687 0490. Or e-mail at almathera@cix.compulink.co.uk. Stiff competition Over the years you may have heard that ace Amiga shareware developer Khalid Alderosi has been working on an Amiga spreadsheet good enough to compete with the top spreadsheets available for Windows machines. The product is finally near completion, and
will be released “in the first part of 1995” from Arizona-based Softwood.
And recalculation always runs in the background, so you're never waiting for Final Calc to compute results.
Alderosi says the program's functions are a superset of those found in 1-2-3. You’ll even find lots of statistical functions, including standard deviation, standard deviation of a sample population, variance, least squares: alpha, beta, correlation and covariance, plus lots more.
The program is far more than three-dimensional: It allows up to 254 linked sheets per project, each containing a maximum of ZZZ (18,277) columns and 65,000 rows!
It uses a revolutionary ‘natural recalc' engine that Alderosi says is significantly more powerful than the current generation of spreadsheets.
Formulas are always evaluated in the order of their interdependence, no matter how complex they are.
The government could probably balance its budget with those kinds of capabilities.
The user interface is designed to be both easy to use as well as power-user friendly and everything can be accessed using the mouse or keyboard hotkeys. The user interface car. Come up in any screen mode and use any Amiga font, and fonts and resolution can be changed on the fly. Final Calc supports Preferences printers as well as PostScript, and unlike previous Amiga spreadsheets, uses scaleable outline fonts to give presentation- quality printouts.
There's lots more here, including 2D and 3D graphs (see accompanying illustrations) and more than 630 Arexx script commands. UK users can purchase Softwood products through SoftWood Products Europe, New Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 7BP; Tel; 01773 521606, Fax; 01773 831040.
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However, after talking to those in the know, the reality of the situation soon reared its increasingly ugly mug.
According to one well-travelled dealer.
A4000’s are now trading in the States for up to $ 4000 a time. Remember that's trade, not retail.
The same desperation has been echoed back home in recent weeks as countless calls flooded in from professionals and punters alike, all frantically searching for machines.
And what are the so-called saviours of the Amiga doing while those who've made the machine so special are screaming for a solution. Not to mention some stability?
In short, bugger all. Latest reports allege that Commodore UK - alias Amiga International - either can’t or won’t provide the necessary $ 1.0000000 plus - non-returnable - deposit required to complete its initial bid for what remains of the now defunct CBM empire. If it couldn't manage the preliminaries, why have we been subjected to endless breast-beating for months on end?
Mr Pleasance and Co. Even had the gall to invite the unwashed masses of the industry to a re-launch party - which of course was subsequently cancelled at the last minute.
Now thanks to the latest corporate interup- tous, the whole deal appears to be back to square one with Creative Equipment International of Miami lining up to make the first official bid.
If they succeed though the deal is far from over, Thanks to a bidding process insisted upon by Commodore's creditors, this is only the first step on the road to a sale.
Ne of the occasional perks involved in I editing Amiga Computing is the odd ¦ trip abroad to attend shows such as the recent Amiga Expo in Cologne.
In normal circumstances this particular trip is an absolute must for anyone hoping to document the latest and best in Amiga technology.
However, with the cloud of the Commodore demise still hovering over the entire industry, I admit to having harboured some reservations about the usefulness of this normally essential trip After all, a total lack of Amiga's worid-wide logic would suggest a show renowned for spotlighting the latest high-end releases would be the first to suffer from the ongoing corporate capers.
With this in mind I booked the flight at the last minute, fully expecting a fairly disappointing trip. However, on arrival my reservations were soon dispelled.
In fact the Saturday of the show was so busy I was forced back to hotel by midmorning, as what must have approached 50,000 punters brought the huge show hall to a complete standstill - I returned in the afternoon.
Even last year’s show seemed tame in comparison, and only by late afternoon was it possible to battle through the masses and talk to the men and women behind an impressive collection of new releases.
Leading lights included Vlab Motion from MacroSystem, the CyberStorm 40MHz 040 and 50Mhz 060 accelerators from Advanced Systems, plus a profusion of new graphics cards, Mpeg encoding systems and build-your- own tower kits from a collection of third-party manufacturers. Wandering amidst the hoards lestamBnts of time As you read this article, more and more companies are shelving their Amiga development while tho weaker distributors and retailers go to the wall.
It's a sad testament to the perverseness of the situation that while people are screaming for machines and developers beg for all and any news, the buyers seem happy to sit back and do nothing while their prize loses the one thing that gives it any worth - the loyalty of those who create for it, and with it.
Lets hope common sense will prevail before the greed of creditors. Liquidators and investors turn an elegant and unique machine into yet another soon-to-be-forgotten technological curiosity.
EDITORIAL After the first bid is in, dll other interested parties have 30 days to make counter proposals. At which point such familiar names as Samsung, Phillips. Amstrad, Escom AG and of course Commodore UK - alias Messrs Pleasance and Proudfoot - can put its financial case to the Bahamian Supreme Court.
After all bids are in - and assuming the original has been improved upon - CEI will have a final opportunity to out-bid the best offer tabled by the opposition.
If it outbids all existing bids the horse trading will be brought to a close, if not the assets obviously go to the highest bidder. Basically, CEI has the first and final say, after which no more offers will be accepted.
This ridiculously long-winded procedure is without doubt one of the main causes for the horrendous delay in the sale of assets, coupled with the inventory problems in the Phillipines.
Creative Equipment President, Alex Amor, has already stated that CEI has always been the highest bidder and has simply been waiting for the UK management team to make its bid - at which point its terms would be known and subsequently beaten in the court.
Although Commodore UK has not offered a reason for its failure to make the initial signing. I’m sure it’ll claim a tactical withdrawal in an attempt to beat Creative Equipment at its own game.
All very cloak and dagger isn’t it. However, while the various camps continue to prowl the financial shadows like hyenas stalking an injured prey, the Amiga is slowly but surely Slipping into Obscurity, Paul Austin Editor Paul Hustin documents the biearre situation that's keeping the Hmiga on its knees The PI team Paul Auttm Stcrt White EDITOR TECHNICAL EDITOR ART EDITORS NEWS EDITOR PRODUCTION EDITOR STAFF WRITERS Tym Ledty Terry Thiele Adam Phillips Judith Chapman Jonathan Haddock Tina Hackrtt Gareth Loft how Dave Cuskfc Simon Lees Jane Normmgton Sue Horwfiefd Barbara NewaJI ADVERTISING
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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.
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Occasionally, utilities may need to add instructions to your User-Startup file located in the S directory so that they will function correctly. If you want to add the instructions, click on Proceed when prompted.
Installing utilities The procedure for installing utilities is much the same as installing applications, except that you can boot from your hard drive or Workbench disk. As utilities don't need to be de-archived, you are asked to specify a directory on your hard drive or Workbench disk where you would like to install them.
If you don't want to install to the default directory you can change it by clicking on Change Destination. The Show Drives button will allow you to select a new device and directory. You can create a new drawer for your utility to go in by clicking on the Make New Drawer button and typing in the name.
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AnDo v2.0, from Innovatronics, is 1 a revolutionary software authoring system for the Amiga which allows you to create your own Amiga software without any programming experience.
To help you create your software, CanDo provides a friendly and easy-to- use system which utilises the full power of the Amiga’s sophisticated operating system without requiring expert technical knowledge on your part. It also makes it easy to use the basic components of any program such as graphics, sound, animation and text, to make your software look and sound great.
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a stack of cards on them are actually CanDo source files.
To get a taste of exactly what you can achieve with CanDo. Check out the examples within the MoreExamples and ComplexExamples drawers on the disk.
Simply double-click on the icons and the programs will run. The MorExamples drawer contains an example file called WhatlsCanDo. Which, when run. Will go through an interactive demo describing exactly what CanDo can do (no pun intended) with animated examples, and is a good place to start.
RESOLUTIONS You should bear in mind that some of the examples may be discoloured and text may be unreadable if you dr6 in one of the higher resolutions available with AGA machines, so drop down to low resolution if needed.
Once you have CanDo up and running, you can load the example source files and examine how they are structured. To do this, hold down the left mouse button to access the menu in the lower toolbar area at the bottom of the screen. From this menu, select the Open selection from the Deck menu item. A file requester will then appear, allowing you to choose an example file.
Once the example file is loaded, it will appear in its own window and you can start using it. You might want to click on the CanDo tool box arrows (top right) - this will scroll the box down so that you can see more of the screen.
To give you some idea of just what goes into creating an application, we'll go through a simple tutorial to create a card, the basic building block of all CanDo applications.
Each card can be designed to convey different types of information - it can be text, graphics, animation or sound. Your job is to create objects on the card which allow the user to interact with the application. This is achieved using such objects as buttons, sliders and menus.
A typical CanDo project will consist of many cards and as such, the user must be able to switch between cards. A collection of CanDo cards is generally called, appropriately enough, a Deck (anDo oueruieui CanDo applications are comprised of a deck of cards and you can have as many cards within your application as you wish. Each of the cards in a deck has a window. These cards can be displayed on screen one at a time.
Just what the card looks like is entirely down to your designs. CanDo provides a multitude of graphics and objects, such as buttons and sliders, that allow you to construct cards which a user can interact with, The objects on each card allow a user to control an application, allowing such actions as entering data, selecting from a range of choices, confirming choices and accessing menus.
What you need to do, as the creator of the CanDo application, is decide just how the cards are designed and what actions a user can perform when using your application.
Some of applications which you can create with CanDo are multimedia presentations and reference software, using low-cost sound digitisers and video grabbers such as Stereo Master and VideoMaster to create the sounds and animations. The only limit is your imagination.
Amiga Computing I COVERDISK the rightmost window and click on the Show Picture button. As you can see, the selected picture is displayed on screen.
Once you've had a quick peek, click a mouse button to return to the requester.
Hi- 17- isHs Select the BACKDROP1.PIC file and click on OK. You should now see that the dimension box shows the file BACK- DROP1.PIC as the window's chosen picture. The size and number of colours for the window are automatically selected depending on the colours and size of the chosen picture.
Click on OK and you are taken back to the Window Editor. Click on OK again and you are back at the main screen, complete with your window showing the picture you selected.
Freate your oiun software with this complete and uncestcicted software authoring tool from IflOUHtronics This is simply a number of cards which form your complete CanDo program, Click on the window icon and the Window Editor will appear, This allows you to set up the attributes associated with the window such as its name, width, height, and its colour, among other things.
Click on the window title box and replace the default text to My Window. Next, click on the Dimension button. As you can see, you can set the windows size, number of colours, position and also load a background picture.
Click on the button titles Unnamed Now let's add a button. Under the collection of icons called Objects, click on the Add button. This is the mode which lets you add objects to your window. The corresponding Edit button puts you in the mode which allows you to Edit existing objects which you have previously added.
Under the word Picture. CanDo will now display a file requester allowing you to select a picture.
You can also preview the selected picture prior to confirming it as your final choice. Select each picture filename in SPECIFICATION Next, click on the Button icon. You will now be asked to specify the location and size of the button. Click on OK then move the mouse onto the window. As you can see, crosshairs now appear, along with numeric co-ordinates which change as you move the mouse.
This allows you to accurately position your object. To do so, move the crosshairs until you are at your required position, then click and hold down the left mouse button.
CanDo grab info This sets the origin for your button, With the mouse button held down, moving your mouse enables you to draw a box, along with more numeric coordinates showing the size of the button in pixels. When your button is the size you want it, release the mouse button.
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Click in the Name box and replace the text with My Button. The Bevel and Highlight buttons allow you to define the style and look of your button.
Buttons are no use if they don't do something when you click on them, so let's make it print a message when it's selected. Click on the Click button under Scripts and you will be taken to the Script Editor.
This is where CanDo's real power lies.
Here, you can create scripts which perform a variety of actions. We are interested in displaying a message so we need to tell CanDo to do just that.
COMMANDS CanDo has a host of powerful commands that allow you to perform many tasks, such as playing an animation or sound file, drawing graphics, opening file requesters and many other actions.
To the far right, you will see a scrollable window containing lots of icons. These are a collection of the H you subscribe to Amiga Computing and your disk does not work, please return it to: Amiga CoverDisk Europress Direct FREEPOST Ellesmere Port L65 3ED H you have bought your copy from a newsagent and find that your Cover Disk is faulty, please return it to: TIB Pic TIB House 11 Edward Street Bradford BD4 7BH CanDo2 Build your own programs using CanDo. No programming S experience r required. An easy-to-use software authoring tool from INOVAtronics Faulty [auer Dish G1 most
commonly used actions that are found in typical applications. The one we want is the print text icon.
Move the slider down until the icon with the large letter A scrolls into view.
This is the print text icon, so click on it.
The print text requester appears. Click on Set Text and Font.
In the requester box that appears, choose a text font, style and size and in the text field, type: “The button got clicked" and press return. Notice the example text which appears in a window.
This shows what it will look like when it's printed. Click on the OK button to return to the Print Text requester and click on the Set Position button. The Script Editor will appear, allowing you to position a rectangle the size and shape of your text. Position the rectangle where you want and click the mouse button.
You should now be back at the Script Editor and as you can see, a script has been automatically created with the commands to display a text window.
Click on OK and you are back at the Button Editor screen. Click on OK again and you are ready to try out your button.
To test your new objects, select the Browse button on the far left - this allows you to try out the objects you have created. Click on your button and you will see the message appear.
As you can see, CanDo is very intuitive and easy to use, utilising icons and pre-defined scripts to make creating an application easier than traditional programming techniques.
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Onsidering the huge popularity of football• it’s hardly surprising that the computerised versions of it are nearly always found at. Or near, the top of the computer charts every month.
There are two types of football games available for the fanatic, the arcade type, which allows you to control the players in their matches, and the strategic alternatives. Which simulates the role of the football manager.
Gremlin’s latest footy game fits into the category of the latter type and got a hefty 80 per cent and Amiga Gold Award in the Christmas issue of System.
Now, courtesy of Gremlin, you can get a taste of just how playable this superb game actually is with the playable demo version on this month's CoverDisk. So, control your excitement and put the Premier Manager 3 disk in your disk drive and reset your Amiga.
Once the game has loaded, you will be faced with a screen with two panels. Click on one of them and a dotted line will appear. You can now type in your name, after which you should press return.
The name of a Conference League team now appears so you can select a different team by clicking on the arrows on the left and right to flick through the selections.
You should now be at the pre-season friendlies screen. At this point in time you are two weeks away from the start of the season. You can play up to four fnendlies and the numbers at the bottom of the screen represent the dates on which you can play a friendly game.
If you wish to play a friendly, simply nomv ihim mm ms ta Amiga Computing 11111II111II11111111 select a number and then choose a team to play against from the list above. When finished. Click on the On Off button in the bottom right of the screen.
Menu Next to the numbers at the bottom of the screen are the icons for you to view the fixtures and current teams, allowing you to check upon forthcoming matches and your team's current status.
If you intend to play more than one friendly, be sure to select the other numbers and an opposing team before clicking on the On Off button. Playing friendlies is useful for checking out your squad before the season starts, allowing you to make any fine tuning to the team before the big games.
BIFF ITH: nonFERERCE LERGUG nrcREncc lergue rhth lieek u tnonoRy ' Of course, the other side of the coin is that you won’t make any money from playing friendlies away from home and you also run the risk of injuries, as well as players being sent off before the season even starts.
Once you have made your selections and clicked on the On Off button, you are taken to the main options screen. This is where you can access all the areas required for managing a team (see Main Menu screen- shot for a description of the icons.
So, get your manager’s head on and get down to the serious business of getting your team to the top of the league.
1. Save game - this is disabled in this demo version, so save up
your cash and go and buy the complete game. It's worth it
2. Game options - this icon allows you to tailor the way Premier
Manager looks and what amount of information you receive,
such as League or Cup reports, as well as change the graphics
and sound to your tastes
3. Transfer Market - this is where you can off-load the dismal
players in your team and bring in new talent to strengthen
your squad. As the football season progresses. You will
notice that fewer players bcome available so good judgement is
required.
4. Ground improvements - rather than being a luxury, ground
improvements I" are now a necessity. For |= CDITF instance,
spending cash HI on extra seating will bring in extra cash at
the gate, but is it best spent on a top player to get r better
team results'? The decision is yours
5. Sponsorship - you've all seen those advertis- j - || ¦** ing
boards surrounding the pitch at matches. II J| Well, this is
another cru- cial form of getting extra revenue to spend on
your club This screen allows you to sort out JL 1 ¦ ¦ who
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6. Team selection - the all-important section where you can
review, change and generally control your team It's where you
will decide what tactics to use.
Who will play in which position and also allows you to check out individual players' skills, statistics and, god forbid, any injuries.
7. Managers history - where you get a complete rundown on your
performance, as well as a detailed history on League and Cup
tables
8. Business case - you can't do a good job without good staff and
this is where you can hire and fire staff Take gour team to
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scouts, as well as allowing you to arrange for insurance on
players and what particular skills they are to improve on
through further training
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loan, buy or. If you're feeling particularly ruthless and a
team member is not performing up to scratch, sack a player
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screen, giving you a detailed account _ of how well your club
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matters when you are running a club and this is where you
will find out how much wonga you have coming in. As well as
the debts incurred for buying players and spending money on
the ground
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Like the opposition. S-VHS is by no means as prerequisite, and in fact Maxigen2 is equally at home with either a Composite or S-VHS source.
On the rear of the unit lurks twin BNC composites and S-VHS mini din connectors plus a monitor pass-through, and of course the all- important RGB in from the Amiga.
In addition, there are also three grub screw adjusters which provide control over the RGB values of the incoming Amiga signal - however it must be stressed that the factory presets shouldn't be touched unless you're equipped and experienced with a vector scope or waveform monitor.
On the front of the unit awaits a single pan pot for crossfading between the Amiga and video signals, plus a second to adjust colour saturation - therefore allowing black and white to colour transitions on the fly. A useful and fairly unique feature.
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DISPLAY The three modes offer the following display options. In the inverse mode colour, 2ero becomes solid while all others produce holes in the colour zero mask - with pan pot adjustment allowing control of the mix of both the video and Amiga signals.
In the middle setting either the video or Amiga signal is shown as a solid, which when aided by the pan pot allows crossfades between the two.
In the third mode we arrive at the most famous effect of them all. With colour zero in the Amiga’s colour register becoming transparent while all others appear to float effortlessly above a live video backdrop.
In this case, the pan pot once again comes Pros and cons Pro power at a punter price into its own, enabling the user to fade the Amiga graphics up and through the video image.
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Paul Hustin test driues the fllaHigenS To the right of the mode switch awaits yet another six grub screws which provide direct control over brightness, colour contrast and the overall colour components of the outgoing VHS or S-VHS signal.
Again, these shouldn't be twiddled with by the faint hearted. For a video professional they offer a unique opportunity to fine tune the outgoing signal. Unfortunately. I found the temptation too much and consequently spent the next two hours re-adjusting to regain the excellent image quality offered by the defaults. However, my little adventure did provide a few valuable insights into the potential offered by the six control screws.
Uerdirt Obviously minor problems such as the close proximity of pan pots and the somewhat puzzling RGB pass-through does detract slightly from the overall appeal.
However, the fact remains that the all- important keying quality is excellent while many of the advanced control options will no doubt hold real appeal to pro videographers.
And let’s not forget perhaps the most important feature of the product, namely the bargain basement price. All in all, a good product and an even better investment.
Each of the six adjusters act separately on a specific element in Amiga and video image, so it's possible - with the aid of a screwdriver - to alter the luminance, chrominance and contrast of the video in relation to the Overlaid graphics, thereby providing the kind of control over composition previously only available to those who own a time- based corrector.
Lastly we arrive at the final duet of toggle controls allowing selection of either a VHS or S-VHS source, plus a simple off on setting for vertical sync - which in certain situations can help stabilise the outgoing signal.
SVSUm ESSEfTEIHLS RED = Essential BLACK = Recommended mg Video gear “ (camera and VCR) JJ The bottom line Product; Maxigen 2 Supplier: Power Computing Price: £339 Tel: 0234 273000 Ease of use_9 Implementation 6 Value for money -9 Overall_8 The most Important of the plus points has to bo the excellent keying quality, which in my opinion is on a par with both the Hama and G2 alternatives.
In addition, the profusion of unique colour and component correction options offered by the assorted grub screws again makes the Maxigen 2 stand out from the crowd.
On tho down side, there's the close proximity of the two main pan pot controls - which on occasion can causo problems as straying fingers can become trapped and therefore ruin a crossfade.
Although faders would be preferable, it must be said the pan pots are well calibrated and do offer smooth transitions when handled with the appropriate care.
Another minor annoyance is the inability to connect both S-VMS and VHS signals simultaneously - the end result being garbled output.
Finally, the monitor pass-through is unique in that it displays exactly the same image on the RGB monitor as is being sent via the video out.
This means it's impossible to set-up Amiga graphics on the fly and then introduce them via the fader - unless of course you do the obvious and take a composite out* put from the Amiga and feed this to the monitor.
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12 C $ 'Ufb 2llJbbp Uppbr Eli-fll Dili: Dll, LDX1cJOX1 i lu 2AjC rTbh DulUlXlo 6UDU -Fsixs 081 345 CuCu Major credit cards accepted magme 3.0 was a great improve- H ment over version 2.0, but there were plenty of us who felt that the program was still in need of a more sweeping upgrade. Impulse hasn't stopped working on tho package since then and the result is 3.1, offering several Improvements, tweaks, and some useful new textures This isn't a major upgrade, and the authors themselves admit that it's an 'interim' version.
We'll have to wait until 4.0 (or whatever they decide lo call it) for tho long-promised new interface, but for now there’s enough to be getting on with.
Of all vorsion 3.0's new features, bones was the most useful and the most difficult to use. A tncky, over-elaborate method of creating and attaching bones meant that users were forced to carry out a series of unnecessary actions to set up the skeleton, and the feature was handicapped from the word go.
The new bones feature doesn't offer better bones or kinematic control, but it does involve a lot less hassle. Once an object has had a hierarchy of bones attached to it. The user need now only select the faces for a bone's subgroup, then choose the new Make Bones Subgroup menu command. When this has been selected, the user need only click on the axis representing the bone and the subgroup is automatically attached.
There's no need to create subgroups then go back and manually associate them with their bones, and the speed increase is noti- cable. With all that switching from face to object mode taken out of the process, it's possible to bone an entire object in a few minutes.
Probably the most useful new feature, though, is the ability to edit an object’s attributes from either the stage or action editors, Until now. Imagine users who were unimpressed by an object once it was in the scene had to go back to the detail editor and change attibutes there, even if the change was miniscule.
With version 3.1, the need has been As one could have predicted, the new improved' lens flare global effect is about as useful as its 3.0 predecessor. This is a minor point, but it's one of those things a Lightwave owner will always throw in your face and it would be nice if Impulse got it right at last.
One major re-think the lads from Impulse haven’t yet implemented is the way in which Imagine uses brushes. These can be applied in a much more flexible way than most other programs, but they are also very tricky to use at times, and if you once lose track removed, and the full attnbutes requester can be summoned from any editor with a work Surface. In stage editor, where attribute editing will be of most use. The feature is tacked onto tho end of a menu and when any attributes are changed the program saves the object out agam.
I would have preferred to have been able to experiment without saving the object out every time, but Imagine at least prompts you with a file requester so that your creation can be saved under a new name.
Another very useful tweak is the addition of a backdrop image view in the detail and stage editors, and the facility to use frames from anims rather than sequences of single 24-bit images. It is now possible to load a backdrop image and view it to check that the current object or scene will fit with the background.
In detail editor, this would be a good way to Editing dream check for accuracy by loading an animation of.
Say, a walking man from digitised video grabs.
Using this to ensure that a rendered walking figure was as lifelike as possible is what we would otherwise call rotoscoping.'
Steuie hennedg tests the latest improuements to Imagine as uersion 3.1 goes out to eager registered users The feature isn't fantastic, and backdrops are shown in only two colours using the current grid settings, but it's better than nothing, Those using other platforms or programs will be more interested in the improved DXF feature, if you tried to use this on 3.0, you’ll know that only a small percentage of DXF objects would load and save properly from Imagine, but improvements to the way this feature works now make it more reliable. Control is offered over the way in which objects and
layers are saved, making it easier tor the experts to use object files from or in other packages.
Other additions include field rendering, which will produce smoother anims for those saving their work to the PAR card or a single frame recorder, better morphing of states (everything works now except brush morphing). And there are some new textures, including fire, clouds, and electnc, three very useful newcomers.
In all, for a stop-gap upgrade, this one works well and clears up some of the objections about 3.0. For a program which rivals Lightwave for both flexibility and ease of use. Though, we'll have to hope that 4.0 is more of a step forward.
The bottom line Product: Imagine 3.1 Supplier: Meridian Distribution Phone: 081-543 3500 Price: Upgrade from version 3.0 is £99.95 + £4 p&p of which axis is going where, your brush attempt can be a disaster.
Some sort of quick greyscale brush preview would be a good idea, if only to stop beginners from giving up in despair. A feature which simply showed the brush's orientation without having to render a zone would be so much better, but I suppose we ll just have to carry on with the Imagine user’s favourite will they do it next time?’ guessing game.
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Quotation service £15.00 Min repair charge £35.25 Courier Pickup £11.00 Courier Return £7.00 Same day service £15.00 a PC user to have missed the Video Toaster and its effect on the Amiga market. This one peripheral is about the only major stronghold left to the Amiga in the US and now it can be used over here with the help of Prime Image's Passport 4000.
Billed as an all-in-one solution, the Passport is a digital standards converter which does all the work of converting PAL signals to NTSC before passing them on to the Toaster, and converting the Toaster's NTSC output back into PAL.
In the past, this sort of standards conversion has been tried and discarded as something which is both too expensive and too rough on signal quality to be worth the effort, but Prime Image claims to have brought its own ingenuity to bear on the problem. From the quality of the resulting Toaster output, I'd say they certainly had a point.
What this sort of video conversion process means is that we can at last see the Toaster working as it is supposed to work, Rather than a hardware platform for Lightwave 3D - the only Toaster software we've been able to use in the UK - the dual card Toaster is actually a combination of frame buffer, frame grabber, digital video effects generator, genlock, switcher, and mixer.
Add the Passport 4000 with its built-in Time Base Corrector (TBC) and standards conversion and you have the UK equivalent of what the Americans have been calling ‘a TV studio in a box.’ With a 24-bit paint program (Toaster Paint) for backdrops and character generator software (Toaster CG) for titles and credits, the Toaster is more or less a complete hardware and software double act.
In the UK broadcasting industry, though, the Toaster will never receive top billing.
Engineers and producers from mainstream companies using the BBC or ITV networks are firmly wedded to the expensive top With the arriual of Passport WOO. The OTSf Oideo loaster ran at last display its talents in good old Pol. Steuie Hennedy takes a look at how Pol is spueeaed into the card and whether conuersion is worth the cost quality D1 and Betacam SP standards, and no matter how impressive the Toaster gets at producing composite PAL and Y C output, those guys are never going to be happy.
The good news is that established network companies are only the tip of the iceberg. As the UK gears up for cable, video on demand, and even more satellite channels, the multi-talented Toaster is sure to generate a lot of interest. As a cheap off-line or ?
Amiga Computing Graphics post-production system. Video Toaster offers smaller companies a unique one-stop solution to problems which would otherwise demand much more expensive answers.
Framebuffer as images and then given warp and transparency using Toaster Paint.
In Character Generator itself, any of the scalable fonts can be loaded into the program and given alterable For example, the industry-standard Aston character generators can cost as much as £5000 each - close to the total price of the Toaster Passport double act and covering only one of the Toaster’s areas of expertise.
Any producer creating low budget training or corporate videos would be barking mad not to take a look at what's on offer.
From the outside, the Toaster is a simple enough device. Usually supplied pre-installed Scrolling and trawling Generating text and using it on screen is one of the central requirements of any video or TV production studio.
This activity, which can be seen in every programme's credits, every news bulletin, factual show, subtitled films and so on has spawned its own industry of high quality character generator boxes which cost thousands and do just about everything.
Toaster CG is a program blessed with the inclusion of 283 high quality Type 1 PostScript fonts and a seamless integration to the Switcher and other Toaster system components. It has several uses, but the most common is the production of credits for videos, an activity at which it excels and which it performs with ease.
There are two basic types of moving credits - the horizontal crawl and the vertical scroll - and both can be produced using Toaster CG. For zany effects where text has a perspective look to it, such as in the Star Wars opening, frames of text can be rendered to the the final output, simple A B editing can be earned out ‘on the fly' with the benefit of a huge bank of transitions, wipes, and fades Titles and credits are added through Toaster CG. Custom transitions can be drawn in Toaster Paint or rendered using LightWave and both programs can be used to produce in an A4000 with all software
loaded and ready to run, the business end of the card can be found at the back. Here the user is given a choice of four video ins and two outputs, one for the target video recorder and one for a preview monitor.
By hooking up two VCRs and another for CH3 CH4 0© 0 0 5 6 (Optional) Camera supply Camera (SVHS) Passport *1DD0 5M5tem interconnection 110 VAC 'TOASTER ® • 12 3 4 PVW PGM CH1 CH2 0 £ c- 0 0 00 r®+r Genlock U ®i Preview Program Mouse Parallel Keyboard I Commodore port J monitor Program monitor Preview monitor Amiga Computing Toaster Paint isn't the best 24-bit paint package in the world, but it isn’t the worst either, and has all the features necessary to create images which can be used by the rest of the system.
Levels of alpha channel are always available. Toaster CG can be used for subtitles with light grey boxes round them for clearer reading on screen, soft text for subtle on-screen effects, and so on.
Speed for crawls and scrolls can be set using a meter icon ranging from very slow to faster than you can read - enough variety for most producers and all in perfectly smooth motion. Unless you want the whackier effects offered by a program such as Broadcast Tiller 2 or Scala, Toaster CG is powerful enough to fulfull most requirements, and with its high quality fonts it produces sufficient quality for any job.
In addition, it uses any Type 1 or Type 3 PostScript font and can access any Amiga Intellifonts already installed using the Fountain utility, giving it an advantage over those Cgs which use their own font formats.
If a client was to ask for a typeface you didn't have on your machine, one of the hundreds supplied might be dose enough, and if not you’d have the option to choose from the huge number available through third-party suppliers and shareware libraries.
Mounts of shadow and outline before being previewed over the video source using the clapperboard icon.
M addition, justification and text centenng are auto-
- at caily taken care of. And transparency can be used to :'eate
text-shaped holes over a backdrop image. The atter can create
effects similar to the Uon Bar advert on TV Just type in the
word Lion, tell the program to make text face transparent with.
Say. A 10 per cent transparent white border, then slowty
crawl the text across a oackdrop image of a lion.
BACKGROUNDS When this is played over a video source, the black background is keyed out to be replaced by live video and text itself is used as a hole over the lion image. The sold white border keeps the shape of the text on screen, and a semi-transparent shadow can be added to even greater effect.
Gradient colours can also be applied to the text, and aB shadows can be set for depth and direction, so within its limits the program Is fully configurable. As the 256 IttrlrrtTKrlllt %: I F«m I It! WiUktf I Probably the program's biggest drawback is that it is very slow because it uses the Toaster’s framebuffers to render the image but not to paint on. As with GVP's IV24, the internal 24-bit buffers aren't used for direct 24-bit painting, and when the user wants to see what a picture will look like through the DV1 or DV2 framebuffers. He or she must first click on the clapperboard icon
to render the image.
By default, Toaster Paint operates on a quarter of the full screen image, and autoscrolling takes care of movement around the full screen. There's a near full' 90 per cent view for overall previews, but several features including custom brushes, texture mapping, and warping are unavailable in this mode.
EiBDIGBQ CO The Next Generation Although the preview tcr n can appear In black and white, the final output fa amaiing 24-bit backdrops and other graphics. At the heart of the system is Switcher, a program which guarantees total integration of the system elements. With this, one can load Paint.
CG, or Lightwave - all three at once if you have the memory - and it is from here that input and output is controlled.
KEYING Nine banks of digital video effects (DVEs
- 288 in total) stand ready for use. There's a superimpose panel
to control the keying of video using other video images or a
user’s own choice of overlay graphic, and luminance keying
can be controlled by dragging the on-screen T-bar with the
mouse.
Superimpose offers huge potential through its 256 levels of keying, and can be used for anything from simple top-to-bottom fades to complex transitions created from the users own animations.
Easy-to-use controls cover the speed which effeds play, and there's a freeze button to capture a frame of video and hold it in one of the Toaster's two 24-bit buffers. For all other operations, a Setup button enables access to the confusingly named ChromaFX (which is in fact a luminance keyer and should be called LumaFX), and to a preferences screen.
Here the user can load and preview Texture mapping and warping, when used in conjunction with the program's transparency option, can create superb blended graphics for use in Switcher.
Perspective effects to simulate 3D and mapping brushes to spheres are the most spectacular features, but the number of uses for these options is limited only by your video requirements.
PRECISION Any brush cut out by the user can be warped or texture mapped to a precise size and shape, and the program has very easy-to-use panels to aid in the operation. A wire frame sphere is used to show a graphic representation of the warped brush and another solid shaded sphere is used to preview transparency.
Images to be used as Framestores in Switcher, or set the default background colour for DV3 (the extra frame buffer into which CG scrolling pages and Lightwave animations are loaded). There's also a hardware control panel to select the monitor on which Switcher is displayed, and to turn on All styles of effect are represented as simple icons which control the amounts of warping or transparency, and by clicking and dragging a small hot-spot icon it is easy to set the centre of the effect. Experimentation is therefore a complete doddle and it doesn't take long to find the required combination.
Drawing tools themselves are fairly standard, but the undo and redo features are capable of reversing any action since the last mouse click in the canvas area (good for messing around with different transparency settings), and there's a decent palette screen.
Text is also well handled on screen, but the lack of a good airbrush might upset some artists. For generating graphics which can be used in Switcher. Toaster Paint is a solid performer.
Amiga Computing GRAPHICS Ill or off a General Purpose Interface (GPI - an industry-standard external triggering system).
This level of control means that users can make use of several of the Toaster's features at the same time. For example, a ChromaFX effect such as colour cycle can be applied to your preview video source, then slowly faded across from the preview to the main source using any of the animated wipes and the luminance keyer's T-bar.
In this example, the transition happens as normal except that now rt is combined with a ChromaFX effect. Further deft use of the effect banks, frame buffers, superimpose and ChromaFX can result in what looks like very complex and time-consuming video effects but which are all set up with just a few clicks of the mouse.
EFFECTS Apply the ChromaFX sepia tone to your preview source and the ‘old film' effect to your main source and the result is a sepia tone 1920's film complete with flickering and scratches. Even half-completed transitions can be mixed together to create strange or weird effects - there’s plenty of flexibility built into the system.
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Thank* to tho Toaatar and tho Amiga It la now a major player In tha mo via a Setting up ChromaFX is fairly easy. Once you enter the program, a 96-level colour bar is used to set how the image colour will be affected, and all you need do to create a funky effect is to spread a rainbow of colours across the bar, These will be applied to the lighter and darker parts of the image depending on where they fall on the colour bar.
The big squeeze Converting NTSC video signals to PAL format is not as easy as it sounds. The twc broadcast standards are very different, and the quality of conversion is about the onf I touchstone for Passport 4000's worth as a solution to the problem.
To begin with, an NTSC signal runs at 60Hz (30 frames per second) with 525 lines from top to bottom. The PAL standard calls for 50Hz (25 frames per second) and 625 lines, which results in the clearer resolution of UK and European TV compared ic American TV.
When a PAL signal i$ relayed to the Passport 4000 it must be converted to NTSC before the Toaster will accept it, and it is here that Prime Image thinks it's come up war a winning solution. Rather than use what is termed averaging' to squeeze the extra PAL information into an NTSC signal, Passport 4000 has a pass-through interpolate system.
In effect, this means that when five frames of PAL signal are fed into the system, ttv fifth is duplicated to create the 60Hz NTSC signal, then removed again when the 5«gna is passed from the Toaster to Passport 4000. Everything happens inside the Passpor r full digital format to avoid the 'drifting' which can occur with older analogue systems Each channel of video has its own *6+ field memory' which stores timing and interpolation information live as the video signal is being converted. This means that when tn?
100 lines missing from an NTSC signal are compressed and decompressed digital*, there is little or no signal loss. Prime Image claims complete 4:2:2 signal throughpu* and the quality of the output seems to support the claim.
All this calls for extremely accurate timing, provided in this case by an on-board time base corrector and synchroniser. Transcoding between PAL and Y C is also taken ca-= of by the Passport's cards (one of which is required for each video source), so the uo' I has the advantage of removing the need to buy. Say, two or more GVP TBC Plus cards Normal Toaster use in the US calls for a TBC card for each VCR used (most can- I corders have a good enough signal that they don’t need one) so that all the system elements work on the same timing. Passport 4000 is an extra expense for UK users, be I For
example, if you made the brightest level of the colour bar bright blue and the brightest part of the target image was a person's face, then the face would appear blue on the final image.
It’s therefore very easy to use a combination of browns and yellows to create your own sepia tone effect or to use blues and greys for video which will run as a backdrop to a screen of text information, With a meaty enough machine, all three main ele ments can be loaded and run at the sarru time, and as the display from Toaster Pain or CG is loaded into a framebuffer automat ically when you swap in and out o Switcher, it’s a quick and easy task to wort on a project using all of the Toaster's faciii- poss can noto micX soft* Wl least ties.
FINE-TUNING abot TT ever After three years working non-stop in -gjj American TV and video industry, NewTw I .,c«5 has gathered enough user feedback to ha.- j fine tuned the Toaster to its environme-" There are no dinky little buttons and slide- as found in the PC’s so-called video sof- sa«e ware, because when you're working in a} darkened gallery you want big buttons you I Amiga Computing Transition citg Wipes, fades, whacky animated transitions - you name it and Switcher's got it. The bits we all play with first of all are the banks of built-in special effects, and they contain several types
of DVE.
The simplest are smooth fades which use luminance keying to cross fade between two sources or to fade computer graphics in and out of the current source. Most complex of all are the warp effects, which compress and wrap video sources onto spheres, cubes, warped polygon shapes and so on before spinning, folding, or rolling a video source off or on screen.
J These happen in real time while the video source is still playing, though some of them (particularly the sphere effects) look very blocky due to hurried compression and the process of digitising them. Others, such as those which snap the video source into a square and fly the square off screen, simultaneously shrinking it, are very impressive and reminiscent of American cable TV style.
Four of the effects are also positionable in that the user first selects them, then drags with the right mouse button to set a target point. In effect, this gives the user a transition which can be changed from job to job.
Where §oiid ‘mattes' have been used (a matte is a two colour representation of another image used for keying purposes), the colour of the matte can be changed at will, background colours can be changed on most other transitions, and there's up to three levels of speed control on many of the effects.
In all. The special effects and wide range of more work-a-day transitions give Toaster users a huge amount of choice. Many of the very cheesy effects won't be used, but there are enough to be getting on with. Creating new ones in Toaster Paint or Lightwave is always a possibility, so the sky's the limit.
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Ain nat : o port eili- The bottom line J Product: Passport 4000 Video Toaster Price: £5000+VAT Supplier: Ramiga International Phone: 0690 770304 Ease off use- Implementation 9 9 Value ffor money-8 Overall-8 I it does have the built-in TBCs and Y C transcoding to offset the initial outlay. A further advantage of the Passport approach is that all video signals are encoded digitally before and after the Toaster gets hold of them, which helps when using some of the Toaster’s DVEs.
In normal workings across the Atlantic, the use of a moving digital effect over an incoming analogue video signal can cause 1 15th of a second stutter in some cases, but I didn't notice any of this when using Passport 4000. Whether this happened through lucky flukes or because the system is being synchronised externally is hard to tell, but the fact that even the 8-bit samples are attached to some effects (such as the shattering glass DVE) points to the external box as a cause of the smoothness.
OUTCOME The proof of this particular pudding is in the viewing rather than the eating, and when used with the Video Toaster, Passport 4000 output looks great, Signal quality seems not to have been sacrificed at all if the results of our test drive are anything to go by.
The output from a camcorder when sent directly to a composite video monitor cannot be separated from the signals sent to an identical monitor by Passport and the Toaster - even after DVEs and Toaster CG have been used to add Toaster graphics to what was once a PAL signal. That’s the verdict of my only reliable test meter - my own eyes - and if you can't see the difference then it can't be there, right?
Previews from the Toaster show how Passport's interpolation slows things down on the Toaster itself, but the effect is a purely internal one. The preview monitor will show CG pages jerking slightly as they scroll, but main output to video is unaffected once the extra frame has been removed and the conversion process completed.
Apart from this indication on the preview monitor, everything else about Passport 4000 is transparent to the user. The unit has a good freeze frame grabber built into each card, and front mounted controls for adjusting luminance, chrominance, contrast, and brightness, but for the most part the Passport just sits there and does its job.
There have been doubts about how well Passport would work, and I had plenty myself before using it, but if a test of a unit is that you can easily forget it’s there in the first place, Passport 4000 passes with flying (and non-blurred) colours.
Can see and click on at a split second's notice. There's also no over-stuffing with gimmicky features found in some multimedia software.
What the Toaster does it does with the least possible effort and in the simplest way possible, leaving the video people to worry about results rather than the way to get them.
Those results are about as good as you're ever likely to see outside a full-blown broadcast editing suite, and even with the stiff additional expense of the Passport 4000, this PAL-friendly Toaster system can't fail to make a few inroads in the ultra-competitive and cost-conscious world of cable and satellite.
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REVIEW he world, its brother and his cats have all seen Magic Workbench by now. For those still left who haven't, MagicWB is a rather incredible pack*
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Sleeping generalisations are danger* . -5 so people say, but in this case the gen- a sation holds true. MagicWB is a collec- n :f eight colour icons, patterns, documen* son and a few support programs which in eetf doesn’t sound revolutionary, It’s when see the quality of those icons and pat- T'ns that you get some idea of just how useful' MagicWB is.
MagicWB contains new images to replace i of your standard system icons, lots of ¦Wrty icons and over 50 drawer images, ~ «se drawers have small representations of
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TooiManager users have a bonus included too as there are around 50 dock brushes which can be added to TooiManager.
MagicWB comes with two files to append to your TooiManager configuration, saving you having to load each brush manually - thankfully.
With MagicWB 2 there are two very useful programs. IconUpdate tackles a common complaint about older versions of MagicWB as it will replace an icon's image without losing position information and tooltypes.
MagicCopper is a program which plays with the copper of AGA machines to give stunning gradient fills of the background.
Unfortunately, no screen grabber will take a snapshot of these so you'll have to take my word for it that they're excellent.
Pattern-wise, you’ve got 52 to play with.
Most are truly superb and must have taken an age to draw. There are four which are designed for use with MagicCopper and are therefore AGA only. The full-screen 'Intel Outside' logo will probably get a lot of use because it looks excellent with the gradient U Dim the lights, uuaue the magic wand and hey presto! It’s Dlagic Workbench 3. Dik lines reueals all Signing the register MagicWB has recently overgone a drastic overhaul. It used to be the case that you could buy download MagicWB from anywhere and register it when you felt like it.
Now. You can buy download a few screenshots of MagicWB 2 which will hopefully make you part with your hard earned cash for it. MagicWB is shareware, as it always has been, but now you have to register to get the package.
There is a UK registration site and the address is provided below. Despite the Warning that it would take up to three weeks for my personalised package to arrive, two days later the package dropped through my door. Good service!
All in all. MagicWB is worth much more than the £15 registration fee. It’s something that you will use every day for a long lime to come. Get it now!
Backdrop. Interestingly enough, icon and pattern sizes have halved in size and memory requirements; this is some feat. It is down to a small program called MagicDaemon which makes all icons and patterns have the correct colour. No, I don't know how. The daemon is also responsible for a great suprise occasionally which you really have to see, preferably in front of a PC owner.
Replace them with the ImageDrawer icons.
Another change from older versions of MagicWB is that the colour palette has been made darker. This makes the package look stunning on AGA machines or for users who have 24-bit graphics cards, but looks slightly too dark on ECS machines. The fix is simple
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MagicWB also comes with three fonts in differing point sizes to replace Topaz.
Courier and Helvetica. These are all very well designed and improve your Workbench no end. It’s almost worth buying the package just for these - they really are that good.
A great many icons have been drawn by other artists and these are not included in the package. However, they are easy enough to find and are completely compati* ble with MagicWB 2. These sort of add-ons are appearing on AmiNet at the rate of one archive a week!
TROUBLE-FREE Installation is achieved through a shell script, not the standard Installer. The author tells me that this is because Installer won’t do what he needs it to and I for one believe him, The installer works well without a hiccough - apart from insisting on putting the MagicDaemon invocation in both your oser- startup and startup-sequence for no apparent reason.
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• £139.99 HOW TO ORDER Seeing in stereo tereograms hit the big
time in Britain W a year ago. Shelves in booksellers reserved
solely for the Monet, casso and Rembrandt books began to fill
mth thick tomes of large pictures that, at first glance,
appeared to be a mass of meaning- ess pixels.
People’s reactions to the strange phenomena are predictable. There are two - firstly, ne blank stare of a professional as they throw twir focus on the page and try not to look at whats in front of them. After a while the submerged. Hidden 3D image becomes apparent through the jumble of pixels and, for the first wne viewer, this is as near as we ll ever get to the feeling of incredulity that viewers of the first moving image must have felt all those years ago.
The second reaction is a blank stare followed by a slow shake of the head on realising that they must be one of the one-in-ten people who can't see the image within the picture.
For those who can see them though, and have become avid buyers of the rather expensive books, a software package has been produced so that you can not only view these ¦mages but create them at a leisurely pace into the wee hours of the morning.
Stereo CAD is the first Amiga-based stereogram creator of its kind. Already released on the Atari ST a few months ago, the program lt’5 a must f To be honest, when I first clapped eyes on Stereo CAD it smacked of public domain with its unplush, though friendly. User interface but. After dabbling with the system for an afternoon, It became apparent why the package costs £29.95. Results are pleasing and. Like any art package, you're only going to gain satisfaction from it if you put the time in.
There are problems that could be addressed in future upgrades such as the lack of a preview screen where all objects can be moved round at the same time instead of resorting to each shape's separate preview screen in turn. Also, the scribble pad could be made more comprehensive so that more intricate drawings could be created.
Niggles aside though, Stereo CAD is a worthy buy. Especially for stereogram fanatics whose coffee tables are beginning to creak under the pressure of those heavy tomes.
StriWr Fk ¦ u iZDuaiii The scribble pad faatura oMare basic drawing tool a to Includa In tha final stereogram comes on a single disk with a brief but clear instruction manual, providing the user with everything he needs to produce a work of 3D- pixellated art.
Booting up the program reveals a simple control panel divided into a series of sections.
The first is the object creator where a series of shapes or text can be created for use in the stereogram. Spherical and conical polyhedrons. Tubes, prisms and stars are the main objects to aid you in your image making.
LAYERS Text can also be typed in and displayed in the twelve fonts found on the boot disk. All the user needs to do is select what shape they want and then position it in the second window. The system is centred round a series of layers on which each shape can be placed to give the illusion of pseudo*3D. Coupled with the ability to alter the radius, x and y positions and the size with a simple click and slide of the mouse, the end results are worth the labour.
There is also a sketch pad where crude drawings can be produced and loaded into your stereograms to add that personal touch.
IFF files can also be imported to act as backgrounds or objects, so any dip art you may be using in Wordworth and the likes can be put to good use. Once happy with the placing and Create your own effective stereograms with Starao CAD
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Staring directly at the screen took me a little while to get used to, but after a while the image pops up into your line of vision and works extremely well on simple shapes.
My main criticisms of the package are that the text is rather difficult to make out against the background and requires some real squinting to locate and recognise. Also, more complex shapes are extremely taxing on the eye. On many occasions, the Amiga Computing crew couldn’t make out some of the objects, no matter how long they sat there.
Once you’ve produced the finished masterpiece, Stereo CAD allows you to save your results out as an IFF file and then print it out to your heart’s content using a decent quality printer. svsnm EssmiiRLS Works on any Amiga I Ti The bottom line Product: Stereo CAD Price: £29.95 Supplier JCA Europe, 30a School Road, Tilehurst, Reading RG3 5AN Tel: 01734 452416 Ease of use_8 Implementation_8 Value for money_8 Overall_8 Amiga Computing j a m j j a at a m a a at a u j a at a m j a ft a ¦M1 ' I .. J... rr -mr- I ¦ .. J... rwmmmr - .J,,, Brtmw » * I » .. J... i ‘ li ¦¦ J... ha.
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third-party add-ons we all accumulated over the years.
The power supply in the 2000 is a pletely different kettle of fish, and this only be accessed by removing the lid of
2000. Again however, there is a on the circuit board, but you
will have remove the whole assembly, disconnecting the
drives and lifting the assembly away in order to gain
access to the screws which hold the perforated metal skin
over the circuit board.
Your power supply isn't at fault, 'cos you've checked it on your mate's machine, and your Amiga still doesn't work. What now?
Check out the video lead if you have no picture, try your mate's.
Similarly with the audio lead. Inspection will easily identify a broken solder joint, especially if you have a scart connector, where the solder tags are famous for breaking. The moulded plugs sometimes supplied on video, printer and audio leads are a dead end unfortunately - sling them if you have identified them as the culprit.
Eventually we arrive at a situation where it is evident that the fault is inside the Amiga, so with determination and a sense You may well be raring to go, but firat of alt, get together the right toole.
Hothing fancy or elaborate, Just the few Uluetrat- ed, and you are ready for the off. I would particularly mention the teat meter.
Thia it not really to make any oophiatlcatod mea- aurementa, moatly continuity teating, aa thia la one ol the mein cauaea of problems. A cheapo Moplin analogue will do which will only aet you beck about a tenner, but H e money well spent.
O remember 20-odd years ago getting my first Black and Decker drill. I couldn't wait to buy all the attachments which went with it. These swiftly followed as I could afford them, the jig-saw. The orbital, the circular saw and the hedge cutter.
The problem was the drill packed in soon after, and needless to say.
This rendered the accessories useless!
Determined not to be beaten, out came the tool kit and apart came the drill, and after struggling for a couple of hours, and with a few spare parts, it finally sprang back to life. Like the story of the Sweeper-up at the factory who said: “This has been a grand brush, it's only had three new heads and four new handles," my drill followed the same philosophy.
That attitude ha9 followed me with computers, and my old Amiga 500 and 2000 have been cannibalised, rebuilt, modified and butchered to the point where little remains of the original machines. I picked up a few tips along the way. And together with my studies, accumulated a fair knowledge on how to save on expensive repairs.
It's time to pass some of these on now, so over the next couple of pages, we are going to look at some sensible repairs and maintenance which might just save you a few bob. All of your 500s and 2000s should be well out of warranty by now, so lets not be shy. And get stuck in.
There are two types of Amiga power supply, and these are easily differentiated. The first uses a transformer and weighs about the same as a household brick. The second uses thyristors and weighs about the same as a can of beer.
Apart from the obvious, which involves checking the fuse and the winng at the plug, repairs on the lightweight type end here. The reason is that the thynstor variety employs a capacitor, holding some 300 volts, even after switching off, so leave it alone. That one is a doalor ropair.
The second type is more flexible, but before you do anything, unplug itl Underneath, where you would expect to find the four screws. Commodore chose in its wisdom to cover these with little cream plugs. Despair not, these can be levered out with a sharp point, then sling them. Opening up the two parts of the case will allow the innards to be removed.
The first test is continuity, and this involves turning the meter to resistance set* ting and placing each of the probes at either end of the three cables which run from the plug to the circuit board, Check for continuity.
Ihe power supply Forty per cent of Amiga faults are with power supplies, and there are usually three causes. Firstly, the cable breaks after lots of use, where it travels into the power supply, hence the continuity check. If you find one of the lines broken, de-solder the whole lot and replace the cable.
Secondly, there is a sneaky 400 mA fuse on the circuit board. Again check this for continuity. If it's blown, as is often the case, you’ll get one from most electrical or television shops.
CURRENTS Thirdly, and more tricky, are the two diodes which sit on the centre of the circuit board. These act as rectifiers, and are a common source of problems. To test a diode, remember that it will only allow a current to pass through it one way. The component is grey in colour, with a black stnpe at one end - this is the cathode.
Connect the meter, again with resistance, across the two ends. Anode to cathode should produce zero resistance, while the converse should give infinite resistance, registering no current.
The diode is a 5 volt, 9 Amp diod. If you find one of them, or both are faulty, you can get them again from Maplins or Tandy.
Make sure you solder the cathode at the correct end. Once completed, re-assemble and test. Never test the unit while it is dismantled.
Another word of caution. Be careful with the wires from the transformer to the circuit board as a few years of use makes them brittle, especially at the point where they solder onto the transformer tags.
Other than the points mentioned, there is little else the average punter can do to effect a repair. If all these fail, sling it. Do consider buying one of the higher-rated power supplies if you are replacing. The original verhi FEATURE [hasing the fault.
Actually diagnosing a fault can be difficult, and not always as obvious as you might think. Some characterise malfunctions are easily traced, if the obvious alternatives are eliminated.
A classic example is a problem with the mouse only operating in one axis. It's useless messing about inside the Amiga unless you are absolutely sure the mouse of adventure we turn the 500 upside down and remove the six screws which hold the two halves of the case together. The top will then lift straight off, and the metal shielding will be revealed Firstly, the keyboard needs unplugging and lifting away, and this is done by grasping the connector which comes from the keyboard and travels into the centre of the Shielding. Gently draw it vertically out of the slot in the shielding, then lift
off the keyboard.
Now the shielding, and there are several little metal lugs which need bending vertically, as well as a few screws holding the shield in place. These need to come off.
Along with the two screws holding the edge connector protection plate in place. The shield can then be lifted away, revealing the circuit board in all its glory.
Itself works perfectly, so the mouse needs checking on a fully-working Amiga to determine where the true fault lies.
The ave )m- ;an the ise to ng in ch ar- I Once the mouse has been tested as OK, then it's more often than not a problem with one of the odd or even CIA 8520 chips, and these are usually blown by carelessness, i.e. not turning the Amiga off before connecting a peripheral.
The key to sourcing the nature of a problem lies in my Fault Finding Chart, and you should use this as a rough guide to chasing a fault. Before we consult that, however, there are a few tips regarding CMOS devices, or the old chips on your motherboard All charged up, and ready to go. As you happily go about your preparations for Amiga demolition, you will unknowingly build up an electrostatic charge in your body. This is not a terminal Amiga-related illness, honest, just a natural phenomenon related to the abrasion of non-conductive materials, such as rubber soled shoes and nylon
carpets.
Unfortunately, electrostatic charges can build up to hundreds of thousands of volts, and to any 1C this is fatal. There is a simple remedy, and this involves discharging the build-up to earth.
The easiest way is to grip a cold water tap, or the pipe leading away from it (only if it isn't painted.) Domestic wiring circuits usually have an earth strap to the cold water pipe Hodent renouation Ujilf Rees guides you through a series of rherHs to saue gou moneg on repairs and get gour Hmiga up and running after it's been feeling rundown Even the old mouse can do with an overhaul once in a while, and this only takes ten minutes. Separate the two halves of the moulding by removing the two selftapping screws from the base. Carefully draw the top forward, away from the two retaining lugs.
’Workbench A secondary black moulding holds the
x. y rollers onto the circuit board with two further screws
Remove these and you will have good access to the rollers
themselves.
As you can see in the example, these become covered in filth after prolonged use. Wash the mouse ball in hot soapy water Use Isopropyl alcohol to clean the rollers. You'll get this from a chemist. If one of the mouse micro switches is not working, first try a squirt of WD40. This can work wonders. If this fails, ask your local dealer if he has a faulty old mouse, and offer him peanuts for it.
I've successfully replaced the micro switches on several occasions. It only takes a little care with the soldering iron.
You can even check the wires for continuity and if one is gone, replace the whole cable with that from a scrounged bust mouse.
Amiga Computing 45
- Itnxmni Here is your diagnostic I ft bio. Follow the iauH list
down the sidt until you recognise you problem, or a similarly
relate problem, C wo along the list and klentity the possible
culprit.
System, so this conveniently discharges the static.
There are a couple of general tests we can do before looking further into individual components. The first is the 1C ‘thumbs down'. This is essentially a firm location test, ensuring the IC's are happily planted firmly in their holders. Believe it or not. This represents about 10 per cent of Amiga faults. So, we look around the motherboard of either the 500 or 2000, and identify all of the socketed Ics.
With a thumb at either end of the IC. We apply firm downward pressure to see if it has become dislodged. The power supply can be connected, as well as the keyboard, and the Amiga tested.
There is no problem trying out the Amiga with the lid off - the motherboard only has two supplies, one of 5 volts and one of 12 volts.
If the thumbs down test didn't work, we can do the general hot-spot test. This needs a little care, unless you have asbestos-tipped fingers.
Connect the power supply to the Amiga, and leave it on for about five minutes.
Carefully move over the surface of all the Ics and see if you can feel any localised point of high temperature. By this I do not mean general heat. There is always heat generated by Ics, and in particular by the main processor(68000).
AMIGA n500 MOTHERBOARD SCHEMATIC What I refer to is a small localised point over the surface of the IC where there is a considerably higher temperature than elsewhere. If this is the case, then you can feel reasonably confident in suspecting something is a bit dodgy.
You might be exceedingly lucky, and get away with a thorough clean of the legs of the IC, and this is done as per the picture.
You will need to be careful removing the 1C identification 1 Monitor in.
2 Power input 3 Parallel port 4 Serial port 5 External drive 6 Sound output 7 Joystick port 8 Mouse port 9 Floppy connector 10 Odd CIA 8520 11 Even CIA 8520 12 Denise 8362 13 Paula 8364 14 Gary U5 15 68000 16 Kickstart U500 17 Agnus 8370 18 Datapath 19 Revision data 20 Dram 21 Edge connector 22 Expansion connector Ics from their housings, but don’t be timid, just careful.
Once cleaned, the 1C needs return to its socket. Be very careful to ensure r 1C is replaced the correct way. This easily checked by firstly, identifying ( semicircular notch at one end and mat' ing it with the notch illustrated on ti motherboard, and secondly, looking t see if all of the pins are offered up a" rately to the holes in the socket. It sounds fiddley and precarious, but belie me it isn't all that difficult, once you v cracked one.
If neither of the two previous tests ha worked and we still have no go, then need to refer to the aforementioned di nostic chart. Look at the fault and foil along until you see the 1C identified as possible culprit.
The ideal solution is to ask a friend you can try the suspected Ics out of his a her Amiga, thus identifying by substitution a word of warning however, If the fault t| consequential, in other words if you 68000 is blown because you have a on your edge-connector, then you will a blow your friends 66000, and popula might be thin on the ground.
INSTALLING Should you feel confident that your diagnosis is correct, and you have bouy~ a new 1C, you must be careful at installation. Firstly, carry out the static discharge procedure before even handling the na.
1C. Secondly, remove the 1C from its packaging and holding it between thumb and middle finger of one hand, lay the legs flat against a resistant surface, suer as a table top. Apply gentle pressure to of the legs, bending them towards t centre of the 1C.
Repeat this with the opposite legs. The purpose of this exercise is to create a right angle between the body of the 1C and the legs. When they are bought the legs are splayed out and will not fit intc the relevant holder. Once completed, pi in and test.
You will either be ecstatic, (maybe eve- electrostatic!) Or disappointed with yo*_ attempts. It really gives you a buzz whe- you fix your Amiga for the first time, anc you realise you have saved a packet.
Don't despair if you fail and there a?e faults which this limited article can ons hint at - then you can always admit defer and toddle off to your dealer.
At least you’ve had a go. And if nothin; else, you know what your Amiga looks Ike from the inside out!
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Nee again, the two titans of Amiga word processing are locking horns in a contest for supremacy, with both Digita and Softwood hoping that their latest software updates will give them the Last month. Final Writer proved itself to be in fine fettle. Now it’s Digita's turn to have its champion checked over, as we assess whether enough improvements have been made to keep it in the race.
? O Like Final Writer 3, Wordworth 3.1 asks a lot from your Amiga. It requires 3Mb of memory and Workbench 2.0 or higher, but at least it's possible to run it off floppy disks whereas Softwood’s program requires a hard drive.
Digita is understandably keen to avoid the problems that accompanied the release of Wordworth 3.0. Back then, irritating bugs undermined the potential of an otherwise excellent package.
This time the makers have made assurances that 3.1 has rock-solid reliability, and indeed all the problems of the earlier version appear to have been fixed. Even an early minor complaint about a bug with the Playtime game appears to have been eradicated.
Wordworth 3.1 benefits from increased speed, a welcome inprovement since its predecessor used to drag its heals in some areas. Many functions and tools are quicker, including loading and saving, formatting, find and replace, drawing. CGM handling and printing.
INSTANT Find and Replace, for example, is 40-times faster, which in practice means the job is done almost instantaneously. In comparison, the same tool on Final Writer appears tardy.
On the other hand, Final Writer appears to be faster when it oomes to straightforward text entry. Wordworth kept up with my typing speed well enough, but was not as nifty when it came to moving round the screen to edit, On-line help has also been improved, a factor that should make Wordworth more attractive to the WP beginner since a Final Writer user must refer to the manual.
It would be better, however, if topics were arranged alphabetically by key words. As it is. The way items are listed is confusing and finding a topic can be unnecessarily time The Final result Hot on the heels of the - latest uersion of Final - Writer, Digita strikes - back with Wordworth 5.1. - Careth lofthouse reuiews - tools. Additional tweaks include an option for Landscape Or sideways printing and a faalir.
Allowing users to print EPS scalable graphics with non-PostScript pnnters (hard disk only) These refinements compliment a package that, with its bugs sorted out, was already very impressive. Behind all the advancec presentation features there was always a powerful word manipulator.
For example. Wordworth. Like Final Writer incorporates the Collins dictionary and thesaurus. It also has an auto-correct feature which will actually fix spelling mistakes as you type.
Equally important is the table creation too allowing users to present numerical data as part of a document. This is a powerful feature completely absent in Final Writer.
As the smoke of the battle clears. It's time for me to stick my neck out and choose a victor. Each package has an illustrious history and a close finish is always to be expected between the two.
Still faster in general use and possessing more flexible drawing tools. Final Writer 3 deserves loyal support from its fans. However, in general. Wordworth now possesses stronger features.
Money at first appears to be a big consideration, since Wordworth's RRP is twice that of Softwood's offering.
However, 3.1 actually has a typical street price of about £80.
Wordworth is now stronger than ever and looks well positioned to take on any rival bar none. Final Writer 3 is a great WR package, but for my money this round goes to Digita.
Consuming. Another feature pinched from PC word processing is drag and drop editing. This allows the user to move sections of text using the mouse, without having to access menus, thus making for quicker work.
Final Writer has held a reputation for having superior DTP functions, but the new version of Wordworth may reverse the tables. When it comes to importing pictures, for example. 3.1 leaves Writer standing as it can use a much wider range of formats.
Combined with Wordworth's superior text effect tod. This feature makes 3.1 very competitive in the presentation stakes. However. I prefer Final Writer's newly enhanced drawing The bottom line Product: Wordworth 3.1 Supplier: Digita International Tel: 01 395 270273 Price: £ 149 RRP Ease of use_0 Implementation_9 Value for money-8 Overall_9 Amiga Computing 48 JANUARY 1995 CLIP ART CD Over 550megs of Clip An for Aniigas and Pcs. The most comprehensive collection of Clip Art ever for the Amiga range of computers. In total over 26,000 files, The following formats are catered for, B&W Iff
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days. I year warranty. F.AOE mmih For some time I have been
growing increasingly disenchanted with Amiga Computing, for
a number of reasons: Art for arts sake The indiscriminate use
of irrelevant elec- ronc symbols linking text and headings. To
anyone with the slightest knowledge of elec- ronics, the
apparent random use of symbols such as a battery, a
transistor, a capacitor or other components when completely
"elevant to the text, is simply nonsense and ¦misleading.
The typeface generally used for the head- ngs is also irritating, and interrupts smooth ¦eading. X and H appear very similar, to men- feon but one detail, and the whole affect is most unattractive.
In addition, the arrival of the December issue in mid-October seems utterly ndiculous.
Your review of PageStream 3 makes me wonder whether I am using the same program. When my copy arrived a couple of weeks ago it was a disaster, to put it mildly, although after two updates taken from the net it is certainly a little better.
I note that the list of improvements in version 3.0b takes four pages to list! Incidentally.
Soft-Logik charged me for version 3 last May.
Although it wasn't delivered until October.
I have been using PageStream with various updates for some years and have found it excellent until version 3. But surely your marks in the bottom Line' are somewhat over-enthusiastic to say the least.
Your comments, and those of one or two others, make me wonder whether the version 3 sent out by Soft-Logik to those of us who ordered the update to v2.2 is actually the same as version 3 sent to those who purchased it new.
Obviously I can only sympathies with your apparent phobia towards what you describe as irrelevant electronic symbolism. We, on other hand, prefer to call it design style... Unlike the vast majority of computer titles, Amiga Computing is lucky enough to employ an Art Editor who actually merits the title.
I can appreciate that certain elements of our layout may not suit everybody's taste, however that's a risk that has to be taken if you're trying to create something which does more than simply ape the opposition.
Obviously, the magazine is primarily a service for the readership, and if the majority want a change that's exactly what will happen.
But as it stands, all our market research points to the fact that the majority appreciate our attempts to offer more than straight facsimile of all too familiar design philosophy.
As for your questions concerning our PageStream review, I'll now pass you over to the man responsible, Mr Denny Atkin: “I understand some people were confused by my high rating of PageStream 3.0. It's true that the initial release of the program was a bit disastrous. However, by the time I finished my review, version 3.0a was out, fixing the major bugs in the version 3.0 examined by some other reviewers.
"As this is written. Soft-Logik has released version 3.0c, fixing known bugs and implementing many missing features. They plan a few more updates - all of which are available on-line - and once everything’s together they'll send registered users a free update with all the bug fixes and added features.
"I prefaced my review with mention that Soft-Logik hadn't quite finished package available for the Amiga, even if its not-quite-fully-baked form.
“My high ratings were in part based upon what I expect from the finished version - which will be free to all PageStream purchasers.
“Soft-Logik has a proven track record over the past five years of providing Amiga users with free updates and enhancements to the PageStream product, and I have no doubt they'll come through again.
“The proof is in the functionality of the program, though. I've started to use PageStream 3.0 to lay out an updated version of my Amiga tips book, and I wouldn't go back to PageStream 2.22 or ProPage - or even PageMaker on my PC, for that matter.
"I hope the above helps to clarify the situation. In retrospect, I should have lowered those ratings. I was under the assumption they'd get the final version out much more quickly - had I known it would take this long I would have rated on the version as it stood, instead of what I expected to be available when the article went to LETTERS Ill That same old story Vour number’s up I would like to fully endorse what Mr W D Evans says in his letter in last month's ESP about the way he has been treated by WTS Electronics and I too warn people against having anything to do with them.
In May this year I purchased a 120 Meg hard drive for £160 from Computer Mall's stand at the Amiga Computing Gasteiner Spotlight on Amiga Atari show at the Novotel, London.
The drive was faulty, so I sent it baqk to Computer Mall by recorded delivery. That was on 31 May. Since then they have claimed to have lost records of receiving it, then they claimed they had not received it, and now they claim they never sold it to me in the first place. All this in spite of the fact that I have a receipt, a recorded delivery receipt, a copy of the recorded delivery card signed on delivery to Computer Mall and even a letter from the post office confirming delivery to Computer Mali's address.
In September I sent a letter addressed to Computer Mall's manager Mr Jimmy O'Connor enclosing copies of all the above documents and repeating my demand that they refund my money. The reply I received has an illegible signature and instead of the sender's name printed below it. There are the words “For and on behalf of Computer Mall." To all intents and purposes this letter is anonymous.
Idaruellous mi|5teri| of..?
In the letter, Computer Mall claims my receipt is invalid because it is undated and does not bear my name and address. Well it is not my fault they forgot to date the receipt and as far as I am aware, there is you're after. If memory serves, the CD was entitled the Hutchinson's CD encyclopaedia - or something similar - and was released way back in the days of the CDTV as a demo promotional tool.
Unfortunately, since those early days of multime- dia. Presentation has moved on a very long way, and as a result it now looks very sad indeed in relation to modern releases.
What's needed is for some entrepreneurial type to buy up the rights on one of the countless PC encyclopaedias and re-master it onto the Amiga.
Although seemingly a mammoth task it should in theory be relatively simple, especially if targeted towards AGA machines such as the CD32, A1200 and A4000 - as all of the above can easily support the 256 colour palettes often used to add a little glamour to PC CD.
If, or should I say when, this much needed conversion occurs, rest assured AC will be the first to put the product in print.
I. and I assume many others, very much enjoyed the magazine's
recent round-up of serious Cds entitled “Reams of Rom".
However, it must be said I do have one major complaint concerning the aforementioned round-up - where was the encyclopaedia CD? Surely there's at least one on the market, and if so I'd imagine it to be one of the most popular CD titles on the shelf.
I'm getting just a bit fed up with hearing how wonderful it is to have all that information at your fingertips by people desperately trying to justify investing in a PC, which otherwise they’re thoroughly disappointed with.
Surely there must be something similar out on the Amiga, and if not. Why not?
Dave Prestwick, Cheshire It's true that there is an encyclopaedia CD available on the Amiga, but unfortunately I'm fairly certain it will fall far short of the sort of thing Plea for help My request is a simple one. Could you please publish the required serial number for the Publisher Program from the February 1994 CoverDisk as the magazine has been lost, or done a runner in some way Without this code I haven't even got as far as loading it yet alone producing anything with it.
Your wish is my command, and the mysterious number in question is; 6547495F. I hope you can now have hours of fun... I am a 72-year old disabled pensioner, and have just moved to a sheltered flat. I have an Amiga 1000 and after the move into the flat I can't find the instruction book for my computer.
I wonder if you can help me on where I could get an instruction book or a photocopy, as I am lost without the instructions.
No law which says a receipt must bear the customers name and address to be valid.
Computer Mall also claims that it does not employ anyone with the initials DC which are shown on the receipt as those of the sales person. I watched a member of Computer Mali's staff complete this receipt, and if these are not his initials then he has deliberately falsified it.
It also says that the signature on the proof of delivery is not that of the manager, J O'Connor. However, Computer Mall does not say that it is not the signature of any member of staff, past or present. I say this because it originally claimed that it had lost the record of my drive being received when the previous manager had been sacked and taken his records with him.
It even points out that the proof of delivery does not bear the address that it was delivered to, despite the fact that this information is on the recorded delivery receipt and the letter from the post office, both of which bear the same reference number and of which I enclose copies.
I completely agree with Mr Evans that WTS Computer Mall is downright dishonest, but I do not agree that it is inefficient. In my opinion, it is very careful and calculating.
Paul McKinley, Hackney The above letter is just a tiny sample of the mail received in reference to the exploits of WTS. In fact the response has been so large I'd like to ask all other irate WTS customers to vent their spleen in the direction of the trading standards and the small claims court.
I would be very grateful for any help as computing is one of my favourite pastimes Mr HM Dunn, Blackpool Unfortunately Amiga Computing doesn't have access to an A1000, or indeed any documentation. As a result, here's a great opportunity for a philanthropic A1000 owner to do their good deed for the day.
If anybody can help, please get in touch with AC direct and we’ll pass the necessary documents on to Mr Dunn.
Straw pole Although Amiga Computing is already avarf- able via the Internet, CIX and CompuServe we’re also considering setting up a dedicated BBS's, thereby allowing near instantaneous feedback from the readers regarding all aspects of the magazines.
This would also have the added bonus of providing much greater access to CoverDis* material, software patches, and the assortec PD and shareware programs and script files associated with the magazine - withou* incurring the fees associated with commercial BBSs.
Obviously, setting-up a board woukJ require a fair amount of effort, and as i result I'd appreciate some feedback, nor only to determine the viability of the idea ba also what kind of on-line services you woue like to see.
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I share my interest with a friend who In r f? T. r it Ljr, Yours is a common mouse r problem. Inside the mouse are three stainless steel (usually) rollers. Gradually, dirt builds up on these rollers and is the cause of the lumpy’ feel and erratic movement.
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Alternatively, buy an optical mouse which uses infra red detectors instead of rollers.
Lives locally and who owns a PC and uses 3D Studio from Autodesk. We regularly get together to discuss various techniques and generally to pick each others brains on 3D modelling in general. I would like to be able to share object files with my friend but, being rather new to the Amiga. I’m not sure what we would need to convert files for use between both the different computers and between Imagine and 3D Studio.
Please could you suggest a suitable setup for easy and painless conversions?
W. Whiteley, Suffolk Cyour first obstacle, that of being able to
read each others disks, is easily overcome. The Amiga's
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This can be found irt the DOSDrivers drawer within the Storage drawer. It must be copied to the similarly named , I think my mouse is dying. After five months of use, it is now moving very jerkily and even feels 'lumpy' when I move it. When first got it, it was perfect and glided smoothly along. What can I do to save it?
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Computing concerning his hard drive turning off during
use, I too had a similar problem with my Connor drive.
My problem was with a poor connection from the Amiga's internal power supply and not a drive fault. I cured the problem by securing the leads in place using some electrical tape.
I hope this is of some use to Mr Mense. As for any questions of my own. I find your ACAS section answers them without me having to write in. Keep it up.
Phill Blaynesy, Sully.
South Glamorgan Thanks for the suggestion.
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As ever, we welcome any hints and tips from those who have been plagued by problems and have overcome them. Send them In to the ACAS address printed on these very pages.
As AMIGA COMPUTING ADVICE SERVICE Header help Amiga Computing i Do you have a problem? Do you some- limes find yourself poised over your ~ Amiga with axe in hand, spouting -y profanity at the stubborn refusal of your Amiga software or hardware to behave properly?
Well, ca'm down and swap the axe for pen and paper, jot down your problems, along with a thorough description of your Amiga setup, and send it off to Amiga Computing Advice Service. IDG Media. Media House. Adlington Park. Macclesfield SK10 4NP.
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DOSDrivers drawer within the Devs drawer. This ensures that when you switch on your Amiga the driver is loaded automatically, allowing your machine to both read and format MSDOS disks.
The tricky part is the conversion of 3D Object files between 3D Studio and Imagine. They both share a tenous link in the form of DXF files. DXF files are native to AutoCAD, a program from the makers of 3D Studio.
3D Studio and Imagine 3 both support DXF files, although Imagine's version is less than robust and you will probably encounter problems. A far superior Frequenui frustration method of conversion is available in the form of two excellent Amiga applications, namely Interchange Plus and Pixel 3D Professional. They can both convert between the many different object formats of many PC and Amiga- based 3D programs, in particular 3D Studio, Imagine and Lightwave.
However, both of these American programs do not yet have a UK supplier to my knowledge so you will have to contact the US suppliers directly.
Interchange Plus costs $ 199, with Pixel Pro coming in at a hefty $ 299, so they are not exactly cheap.
However, I have used Interchange Plus and found it to be invaluable and very easy to use. With regards to Pixel Pro, check out the December 1994 issue for a full review and you will probably see that it too is worth its weight in gold.
There is a slightly annoying glitch with Interchange Plus in that it doesn't seem to handle face normals properly.
Face normals are vectors which describe which way a face is pointing.
After loading an Imagine object file into 3D Studio after converting it to a .3DS file, the object was very messy.
From what I can gather, the face normals were incorrectly interpreted and every other face seemed to have been flipped.
Luckily, 3D Studio has a Unify command in one of the many menus (your lla dich please ' After three months of owning
* my Amiga 1200. And eventually ' converting to a hard drive
driven system. I am now getting really led up at having to
endure the noise of the drive clicking when there's no disk in
it. Is there some way I can turn it off?
P, Buckley, Northampton r Sooner or later, every new owner with a hard drive- based system starts to fall prey to the dreaded drive clicking syndrome. However, there is a cure and it’s called NCIick.
It's available from most public domain libraries and there are no doubt many more drive silencing utilities out there too.
Friend will have to look it up in his : manual as it’s been some time since I used 3D Studio) which sorts everything out.
For information on Interchange Plus, contact Syndesis Corporation on 0101 414 674 5200. Pixel 3D Professional is available from Axiom Software who can be contacted on 0101 612 894 0596 or you can fax them on 0101 612 894 1127 r?j| I have an A1200 with an 030 accelerator and 4Mb of RAM. Recently, my Philips
• *J. ' monitor has died on me. Every time I turn it on, a
high-pitched whining noise emanates from it. I suspect it’s
just worn out, as I've had it for some time. Needless to say. I
get diddly squat on the screen when I switch on the A1200.
No problem, I thought. I'll just ask Dad to lend me his spare PC monitor. After much cajoling, Dad finally agreed to loan me his fancy multiscan.
This is where the problems started. I first had to get a VGA adaptor so I could plug the monitor into the Amiga's video port. So. Off I went to my local computer store to buy one After plugging the monitor in and expecting to be back in business doing the great things you can do with an A1200, I was gobsmacked to find that the display which appeared on the monitor was a total mess, with wavy lines everywhere. I could just make out some icons, but they were very distorted and I could see two mouse pointers too.
What's happening and how do I get the multiscan to work with my A1200? I thought that the AGA chipset could handle VGA's and multiscans.
I. Hadley, Shropshire w* The A1200 certainly can handle VGAs
k. and multiscans. You're problem is with the A1200’s current
screen mode setting. Which is probably still set to PAL high
res.
I would guess that your Dad's multiscan can’t “sync down" to the horizontal frequency of
15. 60KHz, and has a minimum horizontal frequency of 31.44KHz,
as most PC monitors do.
This totally throws out the timing and hence you have a horrendously garbled display. You are now in one of those catch 22 situations. You need to run the ScreenMode utility In the preferences drawer to change the screen settings, but you can't because the display is too messed up to see what you're doing.
I suggest you temporarily dig Out your TV lead which came with the A1200 and plug it into your TV so you can get a normal display to change your screen preferences.
If you can’t find your TV lead, you can use your audio leads to connect the composite video output of the A1200 to a composite videoin socket on a TV or video recorder - if they have phono composite video inputs that is.
Once you have Workbench on screen, go to the Storage drawer and then into the Monitors drawer. Copy the Multiscan and VGAOnly icons into the Monitors drawer within the Devs drawer and reboot your A1200.
After you have rebooted, run the ScreenMode utility in the Prefs drawer and you should find that you can now choose a multiscan mode.
Select this and move your mouse pointer to the Save button, but don't click on it yet. I now suggest you switch off your TV or unplug the video lead of your A1200 because clicking on Save immediately changes the display frequency to that for a multiscan. Your TV may not like being given the 31.44KHZ frequency and may possibly be damaged.
Once unplugged, click the mouse button to save your new screen mode, connect your Dad’s multiscan monitor to your A1200 again and reboot - you should now have a stable picture again. If not, you may have inadvertently moved the mouse pointer off the Save button before you clicked, and therefore did not save the change.
One thing to bear in mind when using monitors that use 31.44KHz is that most games will not like this mode. They are mainly designed to work on monitors like your Philips, sometimes referred to as RGB monitors, which operate at
15. 60KHZ. If you play games regularly, you will have to buy a
monitor to replace your now defunct Philips or shop around
for a multiscan which can handle horizontal frequences
between
15. 60 and 31.44KHZ. Check out our advertisers who can advise you
on a suitable monitor for your needs.
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FI036 MONEY CASCADE £3 *« O printer is the first step most
Amiga users take when they realise that their machine is more
than just a ?ames machine - word-processing, spread-
sheeting, graphics creating and more are available at the
opening of a wallet. While for most homes the average 9-pin
dot matrix will suffice for personal documents, people who
want real quality with a professional air need to spread
their wings and money a little more to achieve the right
look.
What follows is an examination of the more expensive printers that are available for the Amiga. Starting from the 24-pin dot matrix and steadily working up to the heady heights of premier laser printing, there's a model in here for everyone.
All the printers were tried and tested on an A1200 using either PageStream or Wordworth with 4Mb of extra RAM to aid graphics importing.
Rs printers continue to reach new highs - in Quality at tower prices, Rdam Phillips - reuiews some of the latest ,-Tj Currently the bestseller at several retailers round the E I country, the Citizen ABC colour would appear to offer excellent value for money at such a low price. Costing £139. The 24-pin dot matrix with an installable colour ribbon is indeed a reasonable machine for the beginner.
¦ Getting the printer up and running requires the inserts tion of the ribbon and motor which, thanks to the largely i ggi easy-to-understand instructions, fit snugly into their ') respectable positions. Placing the paper for the first time in the sheet feeder can be a fiddly experience but.
As with most computer hardware, practice eventually makes perfect.
The ABC is Epson and IBM compatible meaning that, for the likes of Wordworth. You’ll find the right dri-
* )* ver sitting waiting to be plucked off the WW Print » « j
Manager disk or alternatively, use the ABC driver pro- vided
as part of the purchase.
Once up and running, the machine is easy to use and efficient, apart from the very occasional refusal by the printer to recognise that it is actually plugged into the computer. The print quality is what you would expect from a low-priced unit - sufficient, but text is rough round the edges at times and only really suitable for home use.
Graphics wise, the colour is adequate but the old problem of 'banding' instead of an even spreading of colour is present, severely so in some cases, so don't expect too much. The picture shown took 35 minutes to print and the supposed quiet option drove the people in the office up the wall for that half-hour as it screeched its way through the job in hand.
The tone of this review may sound harsh for such an inexpensive piece of kit which does, for the money, print. It’s a fun' machine that can knock out sheets relatively quickly for simple documents and as a tool for users to knock out personal documents, this will do adequately.
Product: Citizen ABC Colour Printer Price: £139 Printhead: Ribbon - Colour: £15.63, B&W: £4.20 Supplier: Silica Systems Tel: 081-309 1111 Ease of use_8 Implementation__6 Value for money_8 Overall_7 Prelude to a print Panasonic 2135 Hoi on the heels of the Citizen ABC and costing more, but with extras galore thrown into the consumer grabbing mix, the Panasonic 2135 bundle has been released by Indi Direct. Two versions of the same machine are available to buy - the first offers the 2135 coupled with the Wordworth word processing package, a mouse ‘house* and a mat.
The second option features the printer, a 2pc printer stand, 500 A4 sheets of paper and a cable that usually has to be bought separately. Both these packs cost £184.99 and offer solid value for money.
But, if the machine itself is a lame duck, it really doesn't matter what is included as ‘free.' So, is the Panasonic 2135 up to the harsh and testing environment of an Amiga Computing workout?
The first thing to grab you as the printer is pulled from the box is the more traditional, robust look and feel of it. Admittedly, it’s still plastic but it actually feels solid instead of rather flimsy. Getting the machine operational is far less fiddly than the Citizen ABC and is simple to operate via Wordworth.
Printing quality is of a reasonable standard - in fact, on the several test sheets I ran through, there was little difference between it and the ABC. Like the Citizen, it tended to bleed large lumps of colour together, producing an unusable print for any professional work. Text is again adequate but nothing special, with definition being varied from letter to letter.
Smudging between larger letters is also apparent, even after the head gap has been moved into its optimum position.
Whether the printer is worth buying over the cheaper Citizen is down to whether yOu have a word processing pack to run it from and therefore need the rather useful combined package on offer.
The Panasonic P2135 is not a bad machine but don't expect anything too special. Like the Citi2en ABC. It's main fort6 is producing letters and documents for home use only and with its Wordworth pack, makes an ideal machine for the beginner.
Product: Panasonic P2135 Price: £184.99 Printhead: Ribbon - Colour: £12.99, B&W: £6.99 Supplier: Indi Direct Mail Tel: 0543 419999 Ease of use_8 Implementation_7 Value for money_8 Overall_8 Epson Stylus 10D Inkjets have become the main purchase of most serious users. The ease of use and quality output you get without splashing out on a laser are enticing features on most inkjet machines. Like EPL 3000.
The Stylus 400 has been released at a similar price point to the Hewlett Packard 500 series with the obvious intention of stealing some of the American company’s thunder.
Coming in a plastic casing, this machine isn’t a bad looker. Boasting 360dpi, the Stylus 400, while not having an Amiga-specific driver at the moment, can double up and use a variety of others such as the Epson 800, 300 and LQ versions, Quality is very reasonable indeed with generally solid definition. Printing of larger text sizes though can lead to ink density problems and a slight fading usually appears at the bottom of large letters, While this is annoying, it’s not too detrimental to the final image.
One point that must be remembered with the inkjet-based systems is the type of paper used. Thin, photocopying paper simply isn’t good enough - the ink tends to bleed into the paper making it look like some ropy 9-pin dot matrix print out, Therefore, quality paper with a suitable thickness and a shiny 6 H bwm' mi w* ai d, oy?
Sheen is recommended for best results. Printing graphics is also effective, providing clear pictures with sharp definition. Unfortunately, banding is .
Present but, like the X text fading, is not A too distracting. Xf Time wise, the 400 took a little over a X F minute to be prepped by the computer and knocked out the image you see here in three minutes.
He bottom line The Stylus 400 is a solid, quiet machine that offers an affordable alternative to dot matrix printers but doesn’t quite match the Hewlett Packard 520 mono in terms of quality.
Product: Epson Stylus 400 Price: £225 Printhead: Ink cartridge -£10.30 Supplier: Epson Tel: 0442 303681 Ease of use_8 Implementation_7 Value for money_8 Overall_8 lb- This latest Star printer proudly proclaims that the end results are laser quality, but don’t be fooled into thinking that this is actually laser- based technology. The unit uses a heat fusion process that *waxes' the image on to the paper via ribbon cassettes’ for both colour and black and white printing.
Star SJ-ltt The small print Before you grab the phone and start ordering your dream print machine, it's always best to consider the most important aspect of any purchase - the after-sale service. While a printer may appear excellent value for money, it is always essential to check out the costs and warranties Of a particular product.
How much does a new toner cost? Will your inkjet require a new print head or a less expensive refill of your existing one? Does the company you’re buying from offer on-site repairs or a loan machine while yours is being fixed? The answer to these questions can affect your buying decision and make you pay just that little extra for an assured future for your printer.
Setting up this process is extremely simple - put in the cassette, slide in the paper support and parallel lead and you're ready. Provided with the machine on request is the appropnate printer driver that can be installed in your Prefs drawer for immediate use in Wordworth and soon.
The end results are of a high standard featuring 360 dots per inch.
Pictures have a minimum of banding with clear and bright colours, although large areas of a single colour aren't perfect. Text is very dear with no bleeding, but on large lettering the printer leaves specks of white at times, which in close-up are obvious.
One highly useful feature is the optimising option that allows the user to adjust the print heads via the control panel and remove the majority of any banding that may occur. The printer's main problem though is printing documents featuring both text and graphics - this is not a fast machine. Unlike the 560C that works at a constant speed, the Star stops, starts and has to rotate the ribbon to the correct colour before continuing on its way.
If you can live with the lack of speed then the SJ-144 is a highly likeable and efficient printer that, as an alternative to laser printing which requires a good deal more money for a colour option, is excellent value for money and costs less than the 560C. Recommended.
The bottom lino Product: Star SJ-144 Price: £369.99 Printhead: Ribbon cassette - Colour £6, B&W: £5 Supplier: Ladbroke Computing Tel: 0772 203166 Ease of use_9 Implementation 9 Value for money 8 Overall-9 the Projet lie is the latest entry into the more serious-end user market. Compact and bijoux, the machine is a sleek piece of kit with three simple buttons to operate the printing process. Included in the package are two print heads - black and white and colour.
Also tucked away snugly in the box is a set of blank paper and transparencies to start the user off. And an extremely helpful container for keeping print heads stored while not in use. Small touches such as these add a real touch of professionalism and appreciated thought to the overall package.
The Projet is one of the least fiddly of the printers reviewed here to set up. Clear instructions and its emulation of the very common Hewlett Packard 5O0C printer makes it a very easy machine to operate for even the absolute beginner Performance-wise, this isn't at all bad.
While the definition of lettering is by no means perfect, with a slight roughness round the edging of larger lettering, the Projet's ink density is flat and even unlike the
400. The colour is good with the minimum banding associated with
many inkjets. And the overall end result is eye-catching.
There are some misgivings about the machine though - asking it to print a grey background for a text box while the colour print head is installed results in a purple hue instead of grey and lettering that isn’t jet black. If you just want a black and white print out. This won't be a problem but if a combination of black white and colour is needed, choose your palette carefully. Less obtrusive problems indude the oh-so-slightly irritating back paper tray that has to be reached by manoeuvring the paper past the two wires protruding from the back.
Also, the paper feeder is rather swift, so care must be taken with the front cover to ensure that it is fully closed or the paper will be damaged as it exits the machine. This restridion, induced by the front cover, also means that it is difficult to check the printer as it initially begins printing without the paper becoming crumpled as it leaves via the wrong slot.
The final criticism is the paper provided with the printer. While it is a much appreciated inclusion, the paper is by no means the most ideal to print on - bleeding and rather dramatic banding is apparent and not impressive.
Grumbles aside, the Projet lie is a good allround machine with a healthy price tag. For those who want colour which is presentable and text printing that is effective for menus, listings and the like, the Projet is a worthwhile investment.
The bottom line Product: Citizen Projet IIC Price: £254.99 Printhead: Ink cartridge - Colour: £24, B&W: £5.69 (refutable) Supplier: First Computer Centre Tel: 0532319444 Ease of USA_ Implementation _ Value for money.
Overall_ Amiga Computing Hewlett Packard has a reputation in this business, its deskjets have already made a substantial splash and with its move into providing portables that can be carried round with laptop machines, the 320 is the latest addition to the ranks- This machine is the printer-equivalent of a kit car - the 320 comes in the shape of a basic stand that includes a paper feeder and another separate unit that contains the printing mechanism.
Once assembled, which is surprisingly simple to do, the user has a full-blown desktop pnnter. Using just the Product: Hewlett Packard 320 Colour Price: £229.95 + sheet feeder £49.99 Printhead: Inkjet cartridge - Colour: £25.50+VAT, B&W: £17.50+VAT Supplier: Computer World Tel: 0532 350091 Don’t be put off by the picture. The Hewlett Packard's 500 series may look as plushly designed as a council flat but the robust and solid printer, like anything, should not be judged by its looks. Underneath that breeze-block veneer, that takes up most of the space on any desktop, is the heart of one of the
most popular set of printers ever made.
The 560C is the peak of the 500 range, with an inkjet* based system that features a rather handy twin cradle.
This allows both the colour and black and white print heads to be fitted at the same time, assuring jet black when using colour.
Also included is a host of useful facilities such as the auto-clean button, alignment checking to make sure that both print heads are running parallel with each other and an ecomode to save on ink. But what about the quality?
Well, for the price that HP are asking I'm not that impressed, especially when compared with the likes of the Star SJ-144 and the Citizen Projet that each cost less.
The good news is that the machine simply doesn't suffer from banding problems. The bad news is that the density of ink is not always a hundred percent and the old inkjet signature is apparent - the ink bleeds. When placing a black line as a border round a block of colour, the black bleeds rather badly into the colour - as you can see in the printout I also found that the picture printing is not as clear as the Star SJ-144 and the colours are less vibrant. The one thing that the 560C does have over its competitors is its speed. While the Star chugs along, the HP printer works at a reasonable
speed on documents that incorporate both text and graphics.
If the 560C was cheaper it would be a printer worth considering but at the moment, for what it does, this simply isn't worth it.
Product; Hewlett Packard 560 Colour Price: £424.99 Printhead: Ink Cartridge - Colour.
£25.50+VAT, B&W: E23.50+VAT Supplier: Computer World Tel: 0532 350091 Ease of use_8 Implementation_7 Value for money_6 Overall 7 printing hardware without the paper feeder turns it into a highly portable unit that can be taken anywhere with the aid of an included battery pack that lasts for up to 100 sheets.
Quality, while not as good as the Projet for clarity and density, is of a professional-enough standard for presentation use. Also, colour is more accurate than the Projet but. As can be seen in the examples, has a purple hue to grey areas. Bleeding of text is apparent in places though not as bad as the 560C and, on larger text, banding is clearly visible on each letter. .
Another criticism is the lack of loop holders on the parallel lead that plugs into the printer. Without them it could be all to easy to yank the lead out by accident during printing. Incidentally, for some reason the printer always begins printing in draft mode and requires a hurried and well timed stab at the draft button to turn it off.
Again, annoying but not terminally awful.
Despite these minor problems, as far as portability goes the 320 is the ideal choice and beats the likes of the Projet hands down. The quality could be better but for those always on the move who need a light weight, sensibly-sized printer at their constant disposal, the HP 320 fits the bill perfectly well.
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£419.99 Printhead: Bubble jet cartridge - Colour: £17.62, B& W
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When ordering, always make sure that the retailer can provide you with the necessary software. If not. Then try PD libraries. CIX and CompuServe which are all excellent places to begin hunting for the right driver for your machine.
Finally, don't forget that paper and the essential parallel lead that connects the computer to the printer are normally left out of the retail price. Make sure you find out the overall price, taking the above into consideration.
Concerned, smaller font sizes are solid enough for letter writing while larger lettering has an edge of roughness to the ink density which, fortunately, is not immediately noticeable.
There is a problem though, not to do with the printer itself but rather the price attached to it. Weighing in at a hefty £419.99, the Canon BJC-4000 is a touch Kl on the expensive side and.
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Amiga Computing For quite some time now. Hewlett Packard has held a vice-like grip on the inkjet and laser printer market. A majority of its annual profits come from its printing products and.
Up until now. Has seemed in an unshakeable and enviable position.
With the arrival of Epson’s two low- priced models - the Stylus 400 and EPL 3000 - the company from Japan has pushed forward two new contenders into the HP-dominated scene. Priced at £400.
The EPL 3000. Despite having some shortcomings. Is excellent value for money.
Product: Epson EPL 3000 Price: £399 Printhead: Imaging Cartridge £89 (lasts up to 4,500 pages) Supplier: Epson Tel: 0442 61144 Ease of use 8 Implementation 9 Value for money_ 9 Overall 9 Unpacking this superior unit will initially register a little disappointment - the whole thing looks rather plasticky. In certain areas the printer is flimsily built. For example, the paper feed tray lid is loosely fitted and easily pops out of its slots. The ‘lip1 that folds out at the top to stop the exiting paper from falling out is also a problem area and one wonders how long these features will last
under the vigours of constant use.
Getting past these initial misgivings, the EPL 3000's real Class reveals itself when the first print rolls out of the printer for inspection.
Its 300 dpi, coupled with Epson's Resolution Improvement Technology (RlTech), an alternative to PostScript that smoothes jagged edges of printed lines or shapes, gives quality of a very high standard.
While only being black and white. 24-bit colour images were suitably greyscaied to produce impressive and useful results. Text is of a high standard and equally, larger lettering is crisp and clear with a very minimum of roughness on curved letters.
Four pages a minute is the average time for the calculation period, increasing with the complexity of the document. Anyone seriously considering using the EPL 3000 as a quick-heeled image maker for design must consider upgrading the machine's 1 Mb of RAM to a maximum of 5Mb via the expansion slots.
With its quiet operation, configurable control panel and clear, concise instructions, the Epson EPL 3000 is a very tempting buy. Despite the rather flimsy design and the strange 'jammed cover' quirk that insists that there is something wrong with the lid when it hasn't been touched, this entry-level machine for laser quality finished products is a worthwhile and thoroughly recommended buy if you can live without colour.
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2000, 3000 and 4000 Amigas. The Booster details the functions of Workbench 3 and how » get the most from them.
Included in the fair-sized box are two books, Amiga Workbench A-Z and Amiga Disks and Drives, a 75-minute video, a disk with shareware utilities and two reference cards. The two books form the main backbone of the pack - the A-Z is a highly useful and concise guide to WB 3. With each function given a description and then a usage breakdown with hints and tips.
The second book. Disks and Drives, details the use and care of hard and floppy drives.
Providing a full breakdown on how different saving systems work, the guide also details a host of other facilities such as copying and moving files, disk repair and minimising the risk of potential disk drive problems.
Included is a supplementary floppy that lets you try out some of the examples given in the book. Some handy shareware utilities have also been included such as encrypt routines Booster Pack and a search facility that hunts out sound, picture and other files.
Finally, the video gives a generous breakdown of some of the many WB 3 features - Postscript printing, document transfer to MSDOS and directory structures. Like most of Bruce Smith Books' releases, the Amiga Workbench 3 Booster Pack is a comprehensive and useful tome and is a fitting continuation of the Insider Guide series.
While not suited for the absolute beginner, those of you with a vague working knowledge of WB 3 and who are seriously interested in getting the most out of your Commodore machine, should consider this as an insightful Christmas purchase.
Recommended.
Udam Phillips checks out two new resources to - help beginners became Bhperts of the field The Amiga Guru Book Let's make no mistake, this is no beginner's book. Anyone wandering through a book shop with a brand, spanking new A1200 clutched under one arm and eyes focused on a guide for newcomers will be better off giving this epic tome the cold shoulder until they’ve learnt a serious amount about their machine.
Don’t get me wrong - this is one very helpful and incisive piece of work that covers a startling array of subjects in its 700 plus pages. The purpose of the original Guru book was to fill in the voids left by the 1.3 manual for Workbench. Now. Three years on, the “sequel" has arrived to try and clear up all the inconsistencies and inadequacies spread by. Not only manuals, but also magazines and other books. (Not ours of course though!)
Part reference manual and part tutorial, the Amjga Guru Book has been produced for advanced programmers that, despite their experience, have some burning questions and queries about certain peculiarities found in Amiga hard- and software. Presented in a series of examples, ready-to-use listings and tables, the book goes into great detail about a vast variety of topics - information about data types supported by the processor, the operating system, guidelines for proper multitasking programming, an introduction to the ins and outs of C and assembly-language programming are just some of the
facilities given the analytical treatment.
For those who want to learn everything about AmigaDOS. Error codes, handlers and packets, the Global Vector and a library of other explanations await the patient and astute reader.
Also included for helpful reference is a comprehensive glossary and bibliography for Amiga “students” to continue their learning. The above only skims the surface of the amount of information packed into this manual.
Computer books such as this are intimidating to flick through, each page unveiling another hefty chunk of listings and assorted technical goodies and are a far cry from the Insider Guide Series.
If, though, you want a manual-cum-tutori- al guide that takes time to absorb and above all, lets you practice your programming skills and infinitely increase your understanding of the Amiga, then the Amiga Guru Book is not to be missed, For the price though, only serious users need apply.
The bottom lino } Product: The Amiga Guru Guide Price: £35 incl. P&P Supplier: Almathera, Southerton House, Boundary Business Court.
92-94 Church Road, Mitcham CR4 3TD Tel: 081-687 0040 Verdict - a hefty and comprehensive tome, this is ideal for serious users Amiga Computing will go down in the best there’s been... T I he way we all communicate today has evolved through centuries of dev elopment and change.
Prehistoric man set the ball rolling when he used cave pictures as a means of describing his hunting conquests. Probably the most famous of all 'picture writing' techniques was that used by the Egyptians.
Known as Hieroglyphics, which means sacred carved inscription', this ancient form of information technology quickly spread to all parts of the Mediterranean region.
Gradually pictures were rationalised and both numbers and letters were eventually formed.
The Greeks were the first to use these letters in a way that is familiar to us all. And they in turn passed this knowledge on to the Romans. It was then that an alphabet was formed using only capital letters: the basis of most of today s languages. Inscriptions in stone, often filled with lead or bronze, eventually gave way to clay tablets, papyrus and ultimately parchment (treated animal skins I. By AD 100 parchment and papyrus books were being created. Another 600 years passed before books began using capitals for headings and small letters, known as 'half unicals ', for the main body of
text. Although still nuide by hand, pages were easier to produce and became far more legible in the process. It was the mid 15th century before sets of small interchangeable metal letters were arranged, inked and pressed against paper to form an impression. The start of a printing process that was a less labour intensive way of spreading the written word Has here. It was so successful.
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The biggest leap in the presentation of languages has probably been achieved in the last ten years. With the adoption of computer generated text as a new standard, complicated layouts can now be designed and printed at the touch of a few keys.
And it doesn’t stop there. Archiving and record keeping works hand in hand with these new methods of processing text and allows far faster methods of data retrieval than ever before. This latest technology has revolutionised the world of print, and has opened the door to an explosion of communication possibilities.
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quality. Final Copy IPM offers the perfect balance between word processing and more advanced page layout generation - in one great program. Ease and speed of use combined with total control of the final printed presentation is available on your floppy based Amiga system right now for only £49,95 inc. p&p.
Final Copy IP" requires an Amiga system with twin floppy disk drives or a hard did drive and a minimum of I Mb. Free RAM I AMO hard dnve • 1.5Mb). Flexible and practical from floppies: no installation or multiple disk swaps required.
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dangerous jobs you may include working on an oilrig or being
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Though this may seem like the most innocuous of tasks, there are serious health risks. Industrial job hazards may be more life-threatening, but computer-related risks affect a far wider range of the population, whether they're tapping away at work or at home.
As computers have become increasingly popular both in the household and in the workplace, complaints about upper limb disorders, back and neck pain, headaches and eye strain have increased dramatically.
Even if you are only using the computer for a hobby, you could be vulnerable to some of these problems. Enthusiasts tend to clock up a lot of hours using poor Whether mure ujordprocessing all dag or playing games Into the early hours, it's time you gaue your computer habits a chech-up. Gareth lofthouse reports seating and slapdash equipment arrangements, while not taking the breaks they would be entitled to at work.
The good news, however, is that all of these problems are preventable.
Furthermore, sensible ergonomics doesn’t necessarily mean great expense - more often it’s just a matter of a little time and thought.
Ropgtitiue Strain Injury RSI is a disorder involving pain, muscular weakness and occasionally tissue swelling. It results from repeating the same movements again and agar without allowing the body any time id recover, and it most frequently affects the wrists and arms.
Diagnosis is tricky, but this does not mean RSI can be taken light because the condition often leaves me afflicted needing weeks or months ic recover, and can even cause permanent damage.
Prevention is therefore vital. US statistics suggest that these ailments ram first among job-related injuries anc compensation claims, showing thar RSI can cost a lot for the employer as well as the employee.
To avoid keyboard associated prctr lems, users should not bend ther wrists too far up. Down or sideways Pressing keys does not usua * cause hand stress, but uninterrupted rapid keying in awkward positions s dangerous.
If you find it hard to maintain a gooe typing posture, a wrist mat may hec you to keep your hands at the ngft level. These are very cheap antf widely available.
Amiga Computing of computing This is a contentious issue In the past, reports have suggested a link between miscarriages and VDUs in computer workers, with concern being focused on the radiation emitted by monitors.
The official line is that pregnant women are not at risk but the fact that research has been inconclusive has left some doubt. Anyone wishing to err on the side of caution LASA: 071-377 2748.
Produces a factsheet on health and safety for computer users costing £3. Clear general advice and very good on your legal rights in work.
HMSO Publications Centre: PO Box 276, London.
SW8 5DT.
Publisher of titles providing official guidance from Health and Safety Executive.
British Epilepsy Association: Freephone 0800 309030 Ei|P strain It is unlikely that using a VDU will cause permanent vision problems, but many users do complain of sore eyes after using computer screens. One reason is that concentrating on the screen reduces blinking which can lead to dry eyes.
This problem can be alleviated simply by blinking more frequently and by briefly refocusing away from the screen now and again. Improvements in lighting, the quality of the VDU and the use of a screenglare filter may also be helpful.
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Ily ed I your productivity.
8 Use equipment like wrist rests and screenglare shields if you find it helpful, but remember, adjustability and breaks are more important than expensive equipment.
9. Check that there is sufficient general lighting and a desktop
light source.
10. When glancing from document to screen a lot, use a document
holder as this will help to prevent awkward twisting of the
neck.
1. Check the desktop is at the right height and that you have
sufficient leg room. Make sure it's large enough to arrange
equipment and documents for comfort.
2. Arrange the workstation around your body, ensuring all things
can be reached without too much strectching,
3. Put the keyboard near the edge Of the table and tilt forward
slightly to avoid awkward wrist positions.
4. Avoid neck pain by getting the od 'Ip ht id If you are a
computer user in the workplace then you are protected by the
law.
The Health & Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 require employers to reduce workstation risks.
They also set minimum requirements for workstations and make periodic breaks and access to training a right for users. Other regulations set out duties for employers in relation to health and safety in general. HMSO bookshops hold a number of titles covering computers and health, each one costing C5.
Rches and pains Backache is not a permanent problem but it is very common. It may surprise you to know that sitting for a prolongued amount of time exerts a far greater pressure on the back than standing or walking.
If you have the right sort of chair, your thighs should be roughly parallel to the ground and your feet flat on the floor or a footrest. Low seating pressures the thighs, but if ifs too high it pressures the back of the knees.
Good adjustability is one of the keys to ergonomic equipment, and of course the importance of regular breaks could consider changing to a monitor that meets MPRII requirements. This Swedish standard sets the most stringent requirements on monitor radiation emissions, and many manufacturers are now making models that meet MPRII. An alternative explanation for the increase in miscarriages in this area could be poor workstation design, overwhelming workloads or stress.
Monitor at a suitable height. A VDU with a swivel base is preferable.
5. Adjust screen controls to suit and minimise screenglare. Don't
put up with flickering displays.
6. Be careful about your sitting posture. Get a stable chair
that supports your back and is fully adjustable to suit your
body.
7. Take regular short breaks. This allows for muscle stretching
and mental stimulation, which is not only good for your health
but also The Amiga (omouting chechlist UDIIs and pregnant
niamen Knoui your rights Epilepsq and computer games Thanks to
sensational reporting in the tabloids, this is an issue
surrounded by many misconceptions. Given that parents don't
know if their child is epileptic until they have a seizure,
it's not surprising if they're worried about them playing
video games.
Epilepsy is a condition where the sufferer has a tendency to have recurrent fits and it can take many forms.
Only photosensitive epileptics are vulnerable to fits triggered by flickering light, and since they represent only
15. 000 of the 400.000 UK sufferers this problem does not affect
the majority of epileptics.
According to Sue Cooper, PR Officer for the British Epilepsy Association, epilepsy is very rarely potentially fatal.
A story in The Sun three years ago suggesting that a video game induced a fatal epileptic fit has not been authenticated, ATTACKS People need to know that they have epilepsy, and since they will only find out by having a fit, suffering an attack at home in front of the computer screen is preferable to having an attack when driving, for example.
If parents discover that their child has photosensitive epilepsy they can take certain precautions. Banning playing the consoles will not be a popular option with the kids, so there are alternative preventitive measures which will allow the relevent epilepsy sufferers to play video games safely.
A child should sit three to four feet away from the screen in a well lit room.
Then, If they cover one eye with a patch the risk of a seizure will be reduced to virtually nil, since it appears that both eyes must receive the flickering light to trigger a fit.
It seems that singling video games out as a health risk in this area has been unfair. It may help to put things into perspective to know that television is the most common trigger of photosensitive epileptic fits.
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MemoriES o When the Amiga’s in-built hard drive :ecomes full, buying an external HD
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It’s at times like this that the idea of getting an extra floppy drive begins to make more sense. They can reduce the need for irritating disk swapping, yet they cost a fraction of the price of an HD - in fact they're arguably the most useful Amiga add-on you can get for your money, Thankfully, the buyer can’t go far wrong with the more popular floppy drives available - they're all reliable mechanisms, Apart from helping you to f«nd an aesthetically pleasing product, however, this round up should give an idea of the extra features available, together with tips on making the most of your
fioppys.
PI88DE Power's ‘Economy Drive’ may lead on to but that doesn’t alter the fact that it’s an price for a perfectly capable product.
Dreadful puns, extremely low By a slight margin it’s the bulkiest of the drives on review, but unless your desk space is particularly limited then this is no real problem.
Encased in cream-coloured plastic instead of the usual metal, it still seems tough enough to take the odd accidental knock.
In fact it’s one of the more individual looking drives with a ribbed exterior and the Power design embossed on its top. A reliable ejector button and an LED light that shows when the drive is working help to give the unit an air of quality that comes as a pleasant surprise, Price: 39.95 Supplier: Power Computing Tel: 0234 273000 given the price. While it doesn't have a few of the features you get with other packages, it’s not on the most basic level either. An isolation switch allows you to enable or disable the unit and there's an inbuilt device to remove that annoying ‘empty disk' click.
There's also a port to allow drives to be daisy chained together. Be warned, however, that most manufacturers including Power recommend that no more than two drives should be run off the Amiga's power source.
When you consider that at this price you're getting a quality peripheral for not a lot more than you might pay for a game, this package represents economy without compromise.
1 A relatively new option for Amiga users, this drive allows you to store an impressive 1.76Mb on a high density disk, double the amount that a low-capacity disk can contain.
The XL is tri-lingual allowing it to read not only Amiga but also PC and Atari formats. This is made possible using the CrossDos supplied with all Amigas with Workbench 2.1 or above.
Before the drive will work properly, a small software patch must be installed on to your hard drive from the disk supplied with the package. However, once this is done you should have no further problems in using the XL to read either low or high density disks.
Even if you don't have a hard drive, this isn't too much of a problem because you HI Internal Driue Amiga Computing Price: £59.95 Supplier: Power Computing Tel: 0234 273000 can install the patch on your boot disk, The XL is now supplied in a new metal casing, giving it a long slim appearance.
As a consequence it appears less bulky, although in fact it will take up as much of your desk space as any of the other drives.
Increased disk capacity has obvious advantages in terms of econony and compact storage, and since it costs little more than a normal drive it's well worth considering.
Also look out for the Super XL drive, the only unit for the Amiga that can store an amazing 3.5Mb on one disk. Power aims to have this out sometime in December priced at £99.95. 71 HARDWARE Speedy safe driuere Big. Strong and sturdy is the image that this classic drive projects It's certainly no superwaif of floppy drive design, with the emphasis clearly on the functional rather than the aesthetic.
For most people this won’t matter one bit. Because noone else in the round up indudes so much as part of one package.
The drive itself has anti-click and anti-virus facilities, an isolation switch, a cyclone-compatible chip and a throughport - all comfortin gly supported by a two-year guarentee.
In addition you get Blitz Turbo, a handy little disk copying program. Put the source disk with write protection on into the internal disk, then put the other disk (write enabled) into the external drive, and Blitz will make you a bit-by-bit copy.
Not only is it Blitz compatible, it also contains in-built hardware allowing it to use X-Pro Cyclone software (not supplied). This removes the need for the little connection dongle that must usually be employed with X- Pro and makes for a tidier set up. Plus you can get the software from Power for just £10.
If that isn't enough, they've also thrown a floppy disk expander into the bargain, saving you a tenner on a program that will allow you to compress your files by up to 50 per cent. This is the drive package that represents the best value for money in my view, albeit that most of its rivals are competitively priced. Tough in construction. Reliable and silent in operation, this one's strongly recommended.
Each drive’s speed was tested usim a system information utility and, at was expected, there was not a lot 1: choose between them. The average disk speed for all drives was abou 22k per second.
However, none of them were com pletely consistent, and some woulc drop down to as low as 16k sec wher reading a disk for no apparent rea son. Having said this, it's not really buying consideration because nc drive was immune to the problem and you probably wouldn't notice the slightly longer access time anyway.
On the other hand, protecting your system against viruses is a more important issue when it comes to floppy drives. Modern units sometimes have anti-virus circuitry.
Selecting this option on the drive will mean that the unit blocks any attempts to write from the bootblock of any disk. Since most viruses work by bootblock corruption this is an effective aid In the fight against them Price: £48.99 Supplier: ZCL (Indi Direct) Tel: 0543 419 999
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Oh. Pardon me. The rubber feet are slightly different.
On the catwalk of floppy fashion, this one's another eye-catcher thanks to the racy effect given by the distinctive air vents. Ostensibly these are there to keep the drives cool, though I've not had overheating problems with dnves during the feature.
Still, while the vents create an unnecessary hazard as far as coffee spillage goes, they do make the drives look Hashier than its more humble rivals.
Like all modern drives, it's silent in operation and has the enable disable switch and a port for daisy chaining. Encased in metal and more compact than most, it’s another quality drive, this time with a 12-month warranty.
Price: £56.99 rumana Supplier: First Computers lUIIIUMD wm Te|. 0532 319444 This odd-looking unit has been around for as long as anyone round here can remember, yet after all this time it's still popular and widely available, despite its peculiar appearance.
The Cumana is encased in tough beige plastic and I I -g sports bulges at its side that I make it the widest of the dri- | | ves. I would hardly say it looked beautiful, but at least it stands out among the crowd of oblong boxes As far as features are concerned. There's a port for chaining drives together, an enable disable switch and - well, that's about it. Still, these switches are more important than they may seem: your Amiga allocates memory to peripherals at the expense of your programs, so you don't want your drive making claims on RAM all the time Among the other drives which operate
so silently, you initially wonder it they're working The Cumana is a noisy piece of machinery. Every time you access a floppy it clicks repeatedly, making for an irritating distraction.
Considering that even Power's economy drive features Anti-click, the Cumana is beginning to look over-pneed. It seems to be cashing in on its reputation, and in fairness when it comes to reliability it's unbeaten in the tried and tested stakes.
Amiga Computing Internal driues These days floppy drives tend to be very reliable, but after years of rough treatment from the user things can go wrong. Fortunately, replacing your drive is pretty inexpensive.
Furlhering your floppy For the A500, Total Computer Supplies and Power do replacements for £36 and £30.95 respectively.
Power also offers a replacement for the A2000 at £30.95 and the A600 1200 at £35.95 X-Backup Pro Price: £39.99 Supplier Siren Tel: 0500 340548 More interesting is the fact that you can get the acclaimed XL drive as an internal for the Amiga range, and the A4000 version fits perfectly snugly beneath the original drive without any need for case cutting.
Price: £59 Supplier: First Compu Tel: 0532 319444 If Power’s unit offers the best value, this petite little number (oh dear, I've been look- ng at these things for too long) has the best looks. Considerably smaller than any of the competition, it's the one to go for if your desk I tends to get cluttered.
It's also got all the features you'd hope for on a modem drive, like Anti-click and Anti- Virus facilities. These are combined with the usual port and switches that are standard with drives these days.
The metal casing makes for a robust build quality which is reflected on the inside by the reliable Sony 3.5" mechanism. What's more, its colour matches your Amiga.
It costs a bit extra for this more compact unit, but if size is important and you want all the features, it remains both desirable and affordable. And if you had any doubts about it being just a pretty face as far as Amiga drives are concerned, there's a two-year warranty to back it up.
Inside the bon Information is stored on your floppy disk in a series of rings known as tracks. Data is either read from or recorded on to a diskette via a read write head within the floppy disk drive.
The way it works is fairly simple. Inside the drive, the diskette spins while the read write head moves back and forth across its radius, using each track and then moving on to the next.
Information from the computer is stored by converting the binary data that the Amiga CPU uses into electromagnetic pulses. The diskette is coated in a magnetic material that will record the pulses emitted by the read write head. In order to bring the information back, the read write arm moves over the disk again, reading the magnetic pulses and converting them back into the binary numbers that your computer understands, in fact, it's not too different to the way your standard audio cassette works.
Having a second drive can make copying a much more convenient process, and X-Copy allows you to utilise this advantage to the full.
The package combines the necessary hardware and software and has already been highly acclaimed.
It's the best program to use if you want to back-up protected commercial software.
Unfortunately, this makes it a useful aid to software pirates as well. The program can copy from hard-drives as well as floppys, it has a friendly and attractive user interface and includes a number of useful utilities as part of the software.
Disk Expander Price: £25 Supplier: Gasteiner Tel: 081-345 6000 A worthwhile investment for anyone running out of memory space, this will compress files by up to 70 per cent on both your hard drive and your floppys. It boasts high speed compression and high data security during the process.
Alternatively, you can get a program to compress files on your floppys only from Power for £10, or get it free if you buy the PC880B included in the review.
Disk Cleaner Price: Approx £2 Supplier: Available anywhere.
Dusty environments and computers do not mix well, so it's advisable to take a few precautions. Keep disks in boxes, otherwise they'll collect dust which will then get into your drive when you use them.
With Amiga drives lacking a flap, always keep a floppy in them when the computer’s not in use to keep dust out. Investing in a disk cleaner is a further option, though some bel*eve that these do as much harm as good.
Amiga Computing CLOANTO Personal Paint PERSONAL PAINT IS A powerful and intuitive paint, image processing, animation and 24-bit printing package. Employ stunning effects like transparencies, emboss, water- colors and stereograms (as in “Magic Eye"), while virtual memory frees precious Chip RAM by using other slow resources! Plus: full support RTG display boards, diffcrqsa file formats (IFF, GIF. PC _ encrypted. C source axle, AmiglyM Datatypes), nine brushes, tw --4 independent working environments animation storyboard, Blzie curves, autoscroll painting, professional color reduction,
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PostScript output (b w. Color and separations), screen grabber... The large picture shows, among other things, practical applications of Palette Merge and Color Average Resize (used to scale and combine all items). Color Quantization (applied to 24-bit images), Gradient Fill and Alpha Channel (used to create the shadow) and various other image processing effects.
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All Prices Inc. VAT. All Cheques payable to : RAMIGA International Ltd., Stablau ‘Rin, Pentrefoelas, Clwyd LL24 OHT Tel: 0690 770304 Fax: 0690 770266 Access Official European Distributor PD and SHAREWARE sector This disk of four particularly impressive i traced pictures is really a preview of things l come. A CD by the name of Phosphor-Dot i due to be released in the next few mo containing many more images, hopefully i the models used to create them too.
Plenty of time and effort has obviously into the creation of these pictures, quite « from the time they must have taken to ren They were produced using Lightwave an Imagine 2. And were clearly inspired by i Amiga-reliant science fiction TV shows i Babylon 5.
The graphic artist responsible hopes ' break into the world of commercial grap artistry. In the meantime, these picture should be appearing in PD libraries, and i they're representative of the CD as a then it should be one to watch for.
Phosphor-Dot Preuiew Produced by: Simon Lee Available from: TBA Oaue tusich has a typically titillating ton of treats on test... he European food mountain was but an undersized hillock in comparison with the towering pile of PD-packed jiffy bags that arrived this month. As ever, the subject matter varied considerably. Special mention must go to an audio cassette produced by James Matthews, using his machine to produce such wonderfully titled pieces as ‘Cybernetic Love Child (Live)' which is available from Roberta Smith DTP.
Slightly less wacky, but no less outstanding. Feast your eyes upon the following offerings... Rflhets Programmed by: The Farm Available from: 17 Bit Software Disk No. 3366 Games inspired by that 8-bit classic. Thrust, seem to be very much in vogue these days, but edging ahead of the rest of the held is this stylish offering from The Farm. Incidentally, jy .
:.iTlTH»TMI m JTMI MS IF r Ambushing your opponent is generally a successful tactic In AokeU they're presumably not the same people responsible for that curious 1990 hit ‘Groovy Train' and other such memorable musical ‘masterpieces', since they appear to be based in Estonia. Either way. They have created a polished and extremely playable shooty-race affair in Roketz.
Although this is a slimmed-down version of the full game, featuring only two tracks instead of six and giving little choice when it comes to choosing ships, there's enough here to convince most people that registering is worthwhile. The basic objective is to beat the opposing player - either controlled by another human or by the computer - by causing them to lose all their lives. However, there's more to the game than simply shooting one another, because added ’mood' points and experience can be gained from putting m faster lap times.
Many nice touches include the option r even on this demo version - to save your pilot records to disk. This adds an extra dimension to the game as you strive to maintain a good record against all comers.
This addition and a combination of exquisite graphics, beefy sound effects and slick, moody music make this one of the best shareware games to appear in a long while.
Litank Programmed by: Paul Thompson Available from: Central Licenceware Register Disk Nos CLE54 a b The superb multimedia authoring package Helm seems to be very popular among Amiga owners interested in producing educational programs. Presented in a virtually identical format to Tutenkhamun (reviewed last issue), this program offers a user-friendly way of learning all manner of interesting facts surrounding the ship. It also recounts.
A helpful diagras ¦BBI r i is worth a hundred words, as Titanic provet A colourful depiction of the Titanic by night in exacting detail, the events of that fatefu night of 14th April 1912. When at 11.45pm the Titanic clipped an iceberg which caused it to eventually sink.
A series of high quality colour pictures can also be accessed, and many pieces t?
Information are effectively transmitted through some well-drawn diagrams Obviously, a great deal of research h*s gone into this production and the level detail cannot really be faulted.
Unfortunately, the whole thing is let dow- Pub Games [ollection Programmed by: Various Available from: Your Choice Disk No. GA 549 I can t actually recall ever entering a puc and seeing people indulging in a game of checkers or dominoes but nevertheless they make an appearance among the We offerings on this disk.
By far the best game here is Pub Darts a deceptively addictive little number tns sees you either competing against Amiga- controlled opposition in one of two tournaments. Or attempting to outdo a huma- opponent. To throw the darts, use the mouse to move a large hand that is floats-*; In front of the board - this wobbles wr Amiga Computing JANUARY 1995 - HI ART of the MONTH PD and SHAREWARE by a large number of spelling mistakes -
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Hat &¦ ia- an he ng ith Programmed by: Augenblick Designs Available from: Augenblick Designs Old concepts die hard, it would seem, as yet another remake of a golden oldie appears on the scene. A cunningly switched letter in the title is about the biggest change between this and the coin-op classic Pacman. Other than the fact that this one won't gobble ten pence pieces at an alarming rate.
Graphics remain fairly true to the onginal as does the sound, accurately reproducing the bizarre chomping noises and that varying degrees of violence according to the difficulty setting.
Fortunately, obtaining consistently high scores is rather easier than in real life - just as well, since the computer opponents don't strange sound effect that followed eating one of the four big flashing dots. Ah. The memories come flooding back... m * sive ri things or-DGB mom ully mi Am impressive starship docking bay from tha Phosphor Dot dink In fact, one of the few differences between this and the original seems to be the difficulty level - I'm sure that Pucman is slightly harder. It might simply be lack of practice, but I swear the flashing dots only seem to endow our chomping chum
with invincibility for a few extremely brief moments. Whether.
Generally miss chances to win. Three ways of playing are on offer; the standard 501 and 301 games, and Football, where players score goals by pushing the ball' from one side of the board to the other by hitting certain numbers.
Cash Fruit, unsurprisingly a fruit machine simulator, isn't bad either, although it is perhaps a little easy to rack up huge amounts of winnings. Still, it's nicely presented and fun for a while, and it's definitely not the worst example of its genre.
All in all. While this is hardly an essential compilation, the two standout games might make it worth a look. It also costs just under a quid - that's less than a lottery ticket - and if I was feeling especially cynical I might be inclined to say you've got more than a one in fourteen million chance of enjoying this disk.
(ailing all PD libraries.. ...and individuals with absolutely any program. Whatever its purpose, which you consider worthy of review. Whether it will be freely distributable public domain, shareware or licenceware. If It's of sufficient quality to merit coverage then stick it in a jiffy bag or padded envelope and send it In with all haste. I promise I'll at least look at your work. Please clearly label the disk, and include a cover letter supplying a description of the disk contents and some basic instructions. The address to send the disks to is: Dave Cusick PD submissions Amiga Computing
Media House Adlington Park Macclesfield SK104NP after all these years, the game will still seem as magically addictive and absorbing in the long term remains to be seen, but it must be said that this is a competent and accurate effort at recreating one of the most famous games of all time. It costs £6.50 and can be obtained directly from Augenblick designs.
Calorie Counter Dianj Programmed by: John J Cassar Available from: John J Cassar There are two kinds of dieters. The first kind, by far the most common, refuse to accept anything with cream in It for about ten seconds. And then scoff it and proclaim that I'll start dieting next week.' The second type Mow charming to be told by a computar you ara slightly over- waight. Fortunately that's not «W* - I Wmt only testing out Calorie Counter with made-up data... (*e $ tmte bet inth* * wtm C
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Incredible bow dramatic footballing moments stick in the
mind.
Who. For instance, can forget the agonising moments of the England v West Germany penalty shoot out in 1990? And Diego Maradona's use of the so-called Hand of God' four years before?
This Helm-based production offers the chance to relive these incidents and learn a lot more about the history of the competition at the same time.
Santa and Rudolph Do [hri5tma5 Every scoreline ever is included, from qualifiers to finals, and there are digitised pictures of key moments and promotional posters, records of each country’s performance since the competition began, and all manner of other fascinating details. The three disks appear to be jam- packed with statistics - in fact there's so much there that the only way the author could fit everything in was to use the fast file system disk format. So a WB2+ machine is essential.
Programmed by: Ian West and Jon Eggelton Available from: 17 Bit Software Disk No. 3361 Searching through all the information would be a nightmare were it not for the thoughtful design and clearly marked buttons. While potentially not as useful in an educational sense as the Titanic disks, the World Cup history will perhaps appeal to a broader audience. It's evident that this has been a labour of love for the author, and football fans everywhere are bound to find it interesting. It is available for a fiver direct from the author.
A seasonal game combining rocket launchers, mysterious UFOs and all manner of other bizarre touches. Santa and Rudolph Do Christmas has you assuming the role of one of our two heroes to prevent a suspicious hooded gentleman from spoiling Christmas for everyone. You must fly about dangling from a gas-filled balloon, collecting presents as they zoom past and delivenng are the people with really strong willpower, who prove just how much can be achieved by seemingly losing about half their body- weight in a few weeks.
Contrary to what certain adverts for delicious, nutricious shakes may say, of course, the reality is that doing so isn't easy and the true dieter will be closely scrutinising the nutritional makeup of everything they eat.
Until now, keeping such close tabs on every last morsel consumed could have proved a painstaking ordeal, but fortunately one thoughtful soul has realised that a user- friendly computer program could greatly ease this process. Calorie Counter Diary Santa ganaroualy donates a rocket to aoma lucky person's present pile ¦ : a & »i„l] K» its Student Hid 2 Programmed by: Rick Rojas Available from: Robert Smith DTP Disk No. E080 Student Aid 2 claims to offer the ultimate way of improving your grades, by offering a selection of pre-designed multiple choice tests and allowing you to create your own.
The idea is that you repeat tests over a period of time and the marks are saved to disk so that any improvement can be seen. The tests supplied give a good idea of what the program is capable of, covering a vanety of subject areas from basic psychology to humanities - although I'm sure a couple of the answers are actually wrong. Entering the answer is a simple case of pointing and clicking.
Entering your own tests is simple too, although don't bother spending a great deal of time doing so with this demo version as it can't save them to disk. To be able to store tests you'll have to register - and it’s here that Student Aid 2 falls down more than a little. Mr Rojas is asking nearly S35. Which at around £25 is a little pricey for the average student. The idea of having such a program handy rapidly loses its appeal when you discover this section of the on-disk manual. It's a shame really, because the program has genuine potential and would have been helpful to a lot of people.
Them to the windows and doors of eag youngsters tho world over. In the prc however, you must blast or dodge a vane** ] of baddies from penguins and green birds 1 sand monsters and passing lomes. Bonu can be picked up including Christmas i dings and glasses of sherry.
Keeps separate files for each individual who uses it, making it ideal for use in weight- watching groups. It requires WB2 and makes full use of the standard intuition interface, making performing operations simple and speedy Users enter the items they’ve consumed by selecting them from the scrolling food list, and the program quickly calculates the nutritional composition of the day's menu and compares it with the recommended intake.
Disappointingly, the program did crash a couple of times at the same point - when the weight progress chart was called - but hopefully such bugs will not be in evidence in the registered version, which costs a tenner and is available from the author.
The Hi5tom of the World [up nusei ;pu | While all this is going on, jolly festive tune= I such as Mister Santa, Jingle Bells ancl Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are tinkiirvt I away in the background. Comical graphics I and sound effects such as Ho ho ho' an: I Merry Christmas' add to the general chee»--1 ness of the proceedings.
Admittedly the gameplay doesn't vary!
From one level to the next, so things rmgrr I get a little repetitive, but this is quite a cte I lenging game and it does seem to possess I an addictive quality that could see yoc I pulling this one from the disk box sometime I in mid July for a quick blast. I laq qour hands on me 17 Bit Software 1st Floor Offices, 2 8 Market Street.
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What You See Is What You Pay iy - Saturday 9.30am-6.30pm UPDATES update Ulab motion audio uideo testing we used a volume partition which was roughly a quarter of the video dnve and this appeared an ideal combination In addition. Straightforward A recording of the System also allows the auxiliary inputs bn the Toccata to be mixed with the video soundtrack, thereby offering an ideal method of adding backing tracks or voice-overs during recording.
BOASTING As mentioned, the software now boasts automatic AV cut and paste when assembling scenes from a variety of shoots, but better still, the aud'o element also boasts envelope control over ore-recorded audio.
Now when a scene is dropped into the timeline, clicking in the scenes graphic produces an audio control requester which "i- 'AW T nUm t?. I* Internal DUE’S At rMf& Vlab-Motlon quite almply aata new atandarda tor Amiga digital video s promised during last month's Amiga Computing exclusive on the latest release from MacroSystem, we
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However, this obviously wasn't the ideal approach and MacroSystem has now opted for the same dedicated drive approach as used for video storage.
This doesn't mean you need to invest in a specific make of drive, but it is true that the volume selected for audio recording does become inaccessible to AmigaDOS During ADPro atyl* DVE'a may taka aoma time, but it'a a lot chaapar than Invaatlng In a Video Toaatar... The best gets better enables the input of split points for audio control Add a split towards the beginning and end of the scene, adjust the controls accordingly and you have an envelope which slowly fades up to full volume and then fades down towards the end of the scene.
However, this is an envelope in its simple form, in fact it’s possible to add as many control points or splits as you require to define the perfect audio accompaniment to the scene.
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In the past the only way to produce pseudo digital video effects via software was to export individual frames or fields, add the effect via your favourite image processor, and re-import the end results back into Vlab Motion.
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- irifsl arsni j ... ss*jj*ssi and how can we ensure that a
program can be used via the Workbench? When you start a program
from a Shell window you do it by typing its name followed by
any parameters (arguments) that are needed. The AmigaDOS
Shell process will keep on seeing this allocate some memory
for a stack for your program, store a program ‘stack size' on
the program stack itself and then push a return address on this
stack.
The AmigaDOS Shell provides your program with the address of the first character of any arguments you supplied on the command line in register aO. The character count of the command line is also available and this is held in register dO.
The important point about all this is that the Shell does NOT create a new process for your program - it transfers control to your program by jumping straight into the executable code. Because this program then runs as part of the Shell process it inherits a certain amount of run-time information (as well as the command line arguments discussed above).
Most importantly it can find out where the Shell is getting its input from and where its Including startup code during assembly Startup code may instead be supplied as a piece of source code that can be included at the beginning of your program. In this case the assembler would generate the appropriate startup code as part and parcel of your program.
This approach is useful If, like Devpac. The assembler also allows the creation of directly executable programs. Devpac does in fact provide a piece of startup code like this called easystart.i which you'll find in the Devpac include misc directory.
This actually ends with a main label, so if you were going to use easystart.i then the main label in my source would have to be removed In order to prevent a 'duplicate label' error.
The easystart.i code itself includes other system files and with Devpac 2 the easiest way to make sure that these were also found would be to use the INCDIR directive.
If. For instance, you were reading the include files directly from the Devpac disk in dfO: the include directory and misc easystart.i file location could be specified like this: K V ver the last five issues I've taken W some code that opened and
• tr closed a few libraries, added win- :ow opening code, menu
and ASL
* juester handling, and the routines used ~r* loading files into
memory.
Last month, after covering the basic
• 'rangements used by all Amiga devices, some console device code
was also added ind this allowed text files to be displayed.
~he result - a simple Intuition based text file eader program that allows users to move
• nrough selected text files using the
- o down cursor keys.
Although the program is still really just a skeleton framework it is functional enough 10 do its job and it should at least have pro- ded you with some ideas on how 680x0 tuition programs can be constructed.
In this last instalment I'm going to concentrate on some of the loose ends that, to* 2ate, I've deliberately not mentioned - beginning with the use of the official Commodore include files.
If these are available then there is little ooint in retaining the large number of system definitions that occur at the start of my program - we just include the appropriate system files instead! Similarly if, like Devpac, the assembler package provides
* ies containing the LVO function offsets ~ien it's safer to
include these files rather nan type in your own explicit LVO
values.
In the final version of the code provided on this month's cover disk you'll see that Tiis is exactly what I've done and the result of making such changes is that the Start of ne program now looks like this: Incdirdf0:1nc(ud« include eiec exec.i include dos dos.i include intuition intuition.i include libririei jidtoole.i include libnrits isl.i include devices conunit.i include e*ec exec_Ub.i include doi dos_lib.i include intuiHen intuitien.lib.i include libriries gadtoolsjib.i include libraries esl.lib.i incdir is a Devpac directive which lets you set a directory to be searched for include
files. Since I was using the Devpac include file distribution disk in dfO: I set the directory name to dfO:include.
I must confess at this stage that one or two minor changes to the case and names of a few labels had to be made in order to get my code to assemble without error. In the official program *.i* includes the io_Data, io_Length, and io_Command fields of an I O request are actually defined as uppercase. Also. Window_SIZEOF is defined as wd.SIZEOF in the intuition.i file.
Making these changes allowed me to elimi- nate my self-defined values and use the system (include file) versions as required.
SUITABILITY You'll often read that to run a ’suitable' program from the Workbench all you need to do is add a corresponding tool icon to it.
If, for example, the program is called AC6 then you'd create an icon named AC6.info and store it in the same directory as the AC6 program itself. The program could then be run from the Workbench simply by double- clicking the program's icon.
But what exactly is a suitable' program.
Together Piecing it all ill TUTORIAL ..M ¦L3L A K Jtfl, JML r-gi * 33 & Tha linkable coda option It naadad to produce a linkable object coda module Our axampla program running from rho Workbench just an axpactad output is going (these I O details represent addresses and are conventionally known as the DOS input and output handles).
When a program runs from the Workbench the situation is very different.
AmigaDOS starts it as a completely separate process, so in this case there will not be a command line or input-output handles available. Workbench-started programs therefore need to set up their own I O facilities and in addition to this, have to carry out some message-oriented Workbench operations.
The job of creating generally useful program startup code is quite complex and includes deciding whether a program has started from the Workbench or a Shell, possibly parsing (identifying and separating) Shell arguments so that they can be provided to languages like C in an easy-to- use fashion.
The startup code may also do other jobs such as opening up the DOS library, setting up standard I O handles and so forth, Commodore provides standard startup code which takes care of many of these interfacing details.
Because the code is configurable a variety of startup modules are available and you. The programmer, are free to choose according to your needs. Almost all high- level language compilers and 680x0 assem- Efficient in itself One thing I've not talked about in this senes is fine tuning the code to make it as 'tight', i.e. as efficient, as possible. To my mind it is not a particularly good idea to concentrate on such things during the early stages of development, it’s far better to get the general structure of the program right and to write the code in a fashion that is as understandable as
possible. Only when the program is nearly complete do I start thinking about saving bytes.
A typical example of where savings can now be made, however, can be seen from the allocation deallocation routines such as LockScreen() and OpenWindowQ.
You'll notice that I made a point of preserving and restoring registers a0 a1 and dO dl (ie the scratch registers). The reason was that when those routines were written I didn't know whether code elsewhere in the final program would be depending on the contents of those registers or not.
Since the routines make system calls that destroy those scratch registers. I decided to play safe and preserve them. As it happened, scratch register preservation is not needed on those aiiocetion deaiio- cation routines, so the associated move instructions can be removed (you'll see that I've done this In the final code).
Bier packages will offer some form of standard startup code for you to use and most also provide documentation to help with their use.
The startup code is normally based on Commodore recommendations and, if it has been written to be used with a high- level language like C, the chances are that it will expect the start location of your program code to be labelled as _main.
This, incidentally, is why I placed this label at the start of the executable code in my example program, Note that an XDEF directive also has to be added to the source in order to ensure that the _main label is visible to the linker.
In order for the programmer to make use of a separately compiled startup module the assembler has to be asked to create linkable (as opposed to executable) program code. Having done that, a linker utility is then used to add the startup code to the front of the program module, so producing an executable program.
UNKING The standard Amiga linker is called Blink and although linking is not a difficult job. The command lines can become very long when a number of full file path names are involved. You can of course put the necessary instructions into a batch file and automate the whole process, but initially it is probably easiest if you open a Shell window, use AmigaDOS’s CD command to make the RAM disk the current directory, copy the startup module, your program object code module, the amiga.lib library and then finally blink to the RAM disk.
This will enable you to carry out the linking operations with all required files in the same place, so eliminating the risk of you mistyping directory pathnames and so on (which would cause linker errors). In fact, with everything in RAM the linking stage is easy. If. For example, you were using a startup module called astartup.obj (one of the startup modules you'll find in the current Devpac package) you’d just type the following command line: blink aitirtup.obj*l(6.o to IC6 library iiigo.lib This will link the specified startup to the AC6.0 object code module and would produce an
executable program called AC6.
Add an icon to that program and low aw behold - the resulting program will aJ Workbench runable!
You may be wondering why tftJ amiga.lib library has come onto the scew when we have not used any amiga : functions within our program? It is I the startup code module will almost tainly (definitely if you are using star startup code) have had the names of i library functions XREF’ed - amiga.lib M needed because it contains the cor-mi spondmg function LVO values!
Incidentally. I could have XREF'ed a the functions used in my example prograa rather than use the LVO files provided aj| Devpac. The only real difference is that i LVO values for the functions used in 1 example program would then have resolved during the linking process than during the initial assembly.
Last iuDfd5 * Although I've certainly produce working Intuition text file reader : gram, there are plenty of things would still need to be tackled if I trying to produce a fully fledged uti It would, for example, be advisab- check that a selected file really c contain just ASCII text.
The behaviour of my simple line line display printing scheme is anc area that could be improved upcr automatic wrap-around on lines or two dimensional scroll : could bo provided. Needless to s« didn't follow these types of pt because such embellishments have made the resulting prog rather more complex (and ther-.
Correspondingly more difficu understand).
• You will find last month's ve and this month's final version o*
source code, and the now Wocktw- runable version of the program
or month's cover disk.
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The final word As this is the last tutonal I'm going to tie up nicely by discussing some of the i 3ptional topics that we can bolt on to existing knowledge.
[ommoditie5!
(ROM 2.0+ Only!) (BUM 7 update required!)
Michael Milne bows out with his last tutorial on Blits Basic Far those of you who have ROM 2.0+ you Ml probably love to get your hands on sc-e commodity options for your pro- jams. With the release of BUM 7 this is : rssible, and for those of you who may : insider this slightly daunting. I will ¦dam it simply and without fuss!
Initfilijition . Iipaat ev.UEvent
cv. ltConodityEvtnt If cv Then gosub do.coaaodityjug m it Forever
rest of projrai Commodities are a brilliant concept
r-ereby they can all be controlled by one s gram 'Exchange.'
Therefore, the whole :isis of commodity programming is basi
cally sending and receiving messages nm Exchange, a bit like
keeping in touch, .-fortunately this has proven very
difficult c master, even with the docs, but now we
• ave a simple set of commands which arnes the whole process.
Please note that CommodityEvent must follow WaitEvent or Event otherwise nothing will happen! As you can see. If a commodity event is detected it will be passed The basic concept for making your Blitz ;ogram a commodity is as follows; Firstly, 'itiaiise it as a commodity so that Exchange knows you are there. In your "Bin loop, after the event command, :-eck for a commodify event and if there is ie then act upon it and continue as pormal.
A Bliti II source file Icon To initialise a commodity you need a
- ame and title for it plus a short descriptor - these are used
by Exchange in its f*4o box. The following is an example for
idding a program: !uccess*NtkeCoaiodity(’BlitrAdd" l'll)'
Adder*,'Saall adder by Ricbael Hilne")
- ere you can see that the name goes
* rst. Followed by the title and then a
5. -ort description. If it is successful then access' is returned
as True.
Blowing this is the main loop: DishlDag update!
If you are not already subscribing to my diskmag then perhaps you should consider it. As one of the only sources of help in the UK for Blitz programming I think it’s worth anybody's while to get as much help as possible!
Own commands!! One last note about the original issue one. The interface was naff I know, and it has now been changed so that it does look readable on a normal TV. Plus It Is much smarter!
So for those who feel that any help is better than none at all can contact me at my new address: 27 Bruce Road. Woodley. Reading, Berkshire RG5 3DY.
Or you can mail me on the internet at: mike@bluridge.daemon.co.uk If you want to see the first issue free of charge send a SSA Envelope with a blank disk to the above address.
Also for those of you who have already received the free first issue and are perhaps slightly dissappointed by it, you might like to know that number two is out and number three is on the way. Through it people will
• earn how to do almost anything from standard OS calls to
complete in-line assembler. Who knows, by the end of it some of
you could be programming your into cv. Our program then checks
for this and jumps to a sub-routine if needed.
So what do we do then? Well, we need to check what message Exchange is actually saying to us - this is how we do it; do.coBBodity mnt: ca.l=ExchangeRessagt Select fo Cite CaAppear
• josud itioujdndoa Case CiiitAppear Gosub hidc.HindOM Case
CiEnable SetStatus On Case CxOisable SetStatus Off Case CxKHl
End End Select Return As you can see. We need another variable
to hold the specific message id number.
We then select which message it is by using predetermined variables set with the 'Cx' commands which return the id number Elite software!
At the moment there is not much awareness of Blitz programmed software in commercial and PD circles. I think it would be a good idea to make a list which is accessable to all users detailing all available Blitz-related software at the moment.
So send me any information about any software you have seen or programmed. Including the following details: Type of software (i.e. game, application, tool etc.,); who it was by and where you can get it; system requirements plus requirements for optimum performance and a short description of what it does!
Hopefully by doing this we can get together a comprehensive list which is accessible to anyone at anytime!!
Amiga Computing TUTORIAL Ill Blita general info!
It has been brought to my attention recently that there is often confusion on how to update your Blitz when you get an issue of Blitz User Magazine through your door. Many of you find that after installing it you get id clashes with certain commands which render them completely unusable.
My advice to you on this is to completely delete your old BlitzLibs files as well as the Blitz program, the TED program and Deflibs file. Then install all the new files. You should do this because all the new and old commands are supplied in each update of BUM. So if you leave any old libs from. Say.
BUM 6 when installing BUM 7 there could be the same lib in a DIR twice under two different names - this will confuse Blitz when it tries to load it.
After that you should also run the MakeDefLibs program so that all the new commands can be used, as the supplied DefLibs file is always a cut-down version for those people who only have 512k ram - which I think is probably no-one these days!
If you have any problems, even after following these simple rules, then write to me at the address given on the previous page and I will do my best to find the source of the problem and thereby find a solution.
Illhere mill the future tahe us!
Well I don't know, but if you would like to see more of this column in Amiga Computing then it is up to you to make your voice heard. As it stands this article is currently the last one planned, but if you would like me to continue then please write in to l Amiga Computing D .
Please include the various topics you would like covered, plus any comments on how you thought this tutorial went! If your response is good enough then you might be treated by an all new tutorial, if not then I wish you luck with all your programming.
From old to neui!
Blitz basic is by far the most powerful Amiga basic but it’s just about to get even better! Simon and the crew at Acid Software are currently developing the next generation of Blitz.
To those Of you who have received BUM 7 you will know that he mentioned a Blitz 3 Well. I have been informed that although it is still Blitz, because of the change it has gone through in this latest update Simon has decided to rename it.
However, don't despair at the thought of missing it because you didn't know its name. It looks as if all current registered Blitz Users will all be informed in BUM with, hopefully, a nice little discount!
As per normal the new language will be distributed by our normal distributors Guildhall Leisure Services.
Please don't keep calling them regarding the next BUM or the new language as they are as often in the dark, as we are. Until a couple of weeks before the event!
Of that particular command.
• CxAppear CxDisAppear tell us that Exchange wants us to either
display our user window (CxAppear) or hide the window
(CxDisAppear).
• CxEnable CxDisable are used for the Exchange interface and also
to let us know whether or not to run our program (CxEnable) or
put it on standby
• (CxDisable). CxStatus tells Exchange what state we are in as
determined by CxEnable CxDisable. The default for any program
just started is to be enabled..
• CxKill tells us to quit!
We can also set up a HotKey combination which Exchange will report to us if it is used. To set it up we use the command SetHotKey'. So to set up a hotkey to automatically bnng up our window using the right Alt key plus ‘1’ we would do the following: luccmiSttHoUejrd nlf ft The first parameter is the hotkey number and should start from 1. The second Future Blita updates!
At the moment there is very little known about the next lot of libs to hit Blitz.
Hopefully though, the following libs should be with us soon: 3D lib; Mapping Lib: SpaceFX Lib.
If anyone knows of anything they would like to see supported in Blitz you can either wnte to me or to Acid Software.
Blitz
• SSaET' ¦ '."rvV'' ¦ ¦ .Si ¦" blitz2 multiple jogstich testing
(BUM 7 update required!)
Just in case you are having a ma headache sifting through the count new commands in BUM 7, it may est you to know that there are now : mands that enable you to test up to I joysticks in play at once - should t be a four-player adapter being us These commands are: jh.tNHorWjgyl) jv.b»JV«rt( jojr Jfire returns just 0 for no fire or -1 fire pressed. Jhoriz and Jvert retu either 1, 0 or -1 depending on whet they moved left up. No movement right down in that order, ‘joy * is t number of the joystick from 1 to 4.
Parameter is the key combination. Nom that we can define special function keys using the following abbreviations: Left Amiga = lamiga Right Amiga = ramiga Left Alt = lalt Right Alt = ralt Control = Ctrl Left Shift = Ishift Right Shift = rshift Del = del Help = help Escape = esc Using these in combination w - j normal keys can set up a umq.ij] hotkey! The HotKey number is releva J when you need to know which hotk J was hit. You do this with the following command which must follow ’CommodityEvent' command in yo jM program: hk.l*HoUtylit If no hotkey was hit then False is returned, otherwise the
hotkey number s returned.
Ihat'5 all folks!
I hope these tutorials have been int.
Itive and informative enough for yoc If there is anything you need help wnr then don't throw your computer out cf the window. Write down your probie~ and post it to me. Ninety per cent : the time it is probably something ttu can easily be solved.
Thankyou and goodbye. Michar Milne.
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3e*ow is an example of how you can :“eck for a registration number within nstaller scripts. Although the num- a«r .s given, it is a good illustration of the ‘•ei.bility of Installer. The example was ia*en from a program that I wrote, hence re reference to Phonelt and Phonelt The first section, lines 01 to 11 ask the to enter a stnng as their registration
• .mber. This could alternatively be a
- umber.
Lines 12 to 32 check the variable
• eg (your entered string) against the In the last episode of the
Installer language, Steue Ujhite enplains uariables and
checking for registration numbers IhQ Personal registration
number CharlieCat and if correct, asks the user to save it to
the Phonelt.defaults file in S: The rest of the file is
executed afterwards. In lines 33 to 43 the program responds to
an incorrect number, informs the user and then continues with
the rest of the program.
01 ;Ask user to enter registration number 15 (prompt “Shall I save your registration to the 29 “S;Yi" S;Phonelt.defautts file? n" 30 “YES") 02 (complete 97) 16
• Vf 31 (confirm) 03 (set reg 17 This will save you having to
enter your reg-
32) 04 (askstring istration number when Phonelt Pro is first
run. n" 33 (message “You have entered an incorrect 05 (prompt
“Please enter your registration num 18 "Yf registration
number. n" ber... n" 19 "Click on Skip This Part if you do
not want 34 “Vi" 06 *Vf to save the registration number ") 35
“You will need to enter the 07 “Delete the text and enter
your 10 digit registration 20 (help “From here you will be
able to save correct number when you run the Phonelt number")
down your registration number effectively bypassing 36 Pro
program Vi" 08 (help ©askstring-help) the registration
section in Phonelt ProVf) 37 Yi" 09 (default "Enter
Registration number here...") 21 (dest “S:Phoneit. Defaults")
38 “Click on Proceed to continue.. *
10) 22 (append “Vi" 39 (help “You have failed to enter the
correct
11) 23 “ n“ registration number and 24 “485W 40 therefore will be
required to enter the 12 ;Check registration number and
respond on result 25 "0 n" correct one when you run the
Phonelt Pro program") 26 reg 41 (confirm) 13 (if (= reg
"CharlieCat") 27 YiS: n"
42) 14 (textfile 28 V
43) Amiga Computing TUTORIAL tons. Messages are not printed
whe*- running at user level 0 (novice) (message string
string parameters ) Parameters help - as above (optional)
Long operations Working will add the strings given f form a
message which will appet below a standard line that read™
“Wording on Installation’'. Useful if yoc are doing a long
operation (working string strlng ) Get directories Asks
the users for a directory nan with a scrolling list
requester, user can either create a directory specify an
existing one.
(askdir parameters ) Parameters prompt - as above help - as above default - default name of directory be selected newpath - allows non-existent to be supplied as the default drawer disk - show drive list first Get files Asks the user for a file name scrolling list requester (askfile parameters ) Parameters prompt - as above help - as above default - default name of file to selected newpath - allows non-existent pa* to be supplied as the default drawer disk - show drive list first Get strings Prompts the user to enter a text stm; (askstring parameters Under (Dmmand | What follows is a
description of each command available for each function and a few others thrown in for good measure.
Each function is labelled and the appropriate commands given.
Create a new directory Creates a new directory (makedir name parameters ) Parameters prompt - tells the user what’s going to happen help - text of help message infos - create an icon for directory confirm - if this option is present the user will be prompted, if not the directory will be created silently safe - make directory even if in Pretend mode Copy files Copies one or more files from the install disk to a target directory.
Each file will be displayed with a checkmark next to the name, indicating if the file should be copied or not.
(copyfiles parameters ) Parameters prompt - as above help - as above source - name of source directory or file dest - name of destination directory which is created if it doesn't exist newname - if copying one file only, and the file is to be renamed, this is the new name choices - a list of files directories to be copied (optional) all - all files directories in the source directory should be copied pattern - indicates that files directories from the source directory matching a pattern should be copied files - only copies files. By default, any sub-directories will be copied infos - as
above fonts - switch to not display ".font” files, yet still copy any that match a directory that's being copied confirm - see above safe - see above Copy a library Copies a library into LIBS; while version checking (copylib parameters There's more Unfortunately, I haven’t time explain variables fully but y should have enough by now to some pretty advanced Inst scripts. However, if you want to more on this subject you'll have write to the editor.
) (execute arguments Parameters parameters ) prompt - as above help - as above Parameters source - name of source directory or prompt - as above file help - as above dest - name of destination directory confirm - see above which is created if it doesn't exist safe - see above newname - if copying one file only, and the file Is to be renamed, this is Run programmes the new name Executes a complied program confirm - see above (run arguments safe - see above parameters ) Parameters Edit User-Startup Edit the S:User-Startup file and add commands under appname prompt - as above (startup
appname help - as above parameters confirm - see above ) safe - see above Parameters Create Assigns prompt - as above Make Assigns to paths command - used to declare an (makeassign assign [ path ] AmigaDOS command line to be exe parameters cuted at system startup ) Change ToolTypes Parameters Allows modification of an icons's safe - see above ToolTypes Notes - Assigns must not have a (tooltype colon; i.e. ENV not ENV: parameters ) Rename files Parameters Renames a tile, directory or a disk name prompt - as above (rename oldname newname help - as above parameters dest - the
icon to be modified ) usettooltype - the tooltype name and value string Parameters setdefaultool - default tool for a help - as above project confirm - see above setstack - set size of stack disk - switch rename to relabel a disk noposition - reset to noiconposi- safe - see above TION swapcolors - swap first two planes of Delete file icon’s image if OS rev less than v36 Deletes selected files confirm - see above (delete file safe - see above parameters ) Parameters Create text file Creates a text file from other text files or strings prompt - as above (textfile help - as above parameters
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Derby-based software house. Core Design, has been bought out by CentreGold pic. The company was founded by Managing Director, Jeremy Smith, back in 1988 and started life supplying products to publishers such as Microprose and Activision. From 1990 it published its own products for the Amiga and Atari ST, later expanding to include IBM PC and Sega platforms. On commenting on the acquisition, Smith said: "With the explosion of the leisure entertainment industry imminent, this exciting move for Core Design will ensure that the company will be in a position to fulfil its expansion plans and be
associated with probably the most respected name in the European computer games market."
End to 'boot sale bandits A private members bill could put an end to the selling of pirated software at car boot sales if it receives parliamentary support. Car boot sales have been a popular sales point for dealers in pirated software of late, and it's estimated that piracy costs the industry between £300 million and £500 million a year.
The bill will restrict exactly what gets sold at car boot sales and will be enforced by the organisers who will need a licence from the local authorities. To get the licence they will have to convince police that no illegal goods will be sold - if this is broken they would run the risk of losing the licence.
If passed, the bill will come as a welcome step forward in stopping the software piracy that is a constant threat to the industry.
Budget bonanza Still strapped for cash after Christmas? Fear not as there are plenty of games houses at the moment doing the decent thing and bringing out a selection of budgets for your delectation.
Kixx XL is bringing out a selection of Millennium's finest CD32 games at £9.99. These are James Pond 2, Morph, Brutal Football and Global Effect. Also from Kixx is its Limited Edition Classic psygnosis' budget titles Indus* Collections. The LucasArts Collection, usually worth Microcosm £75, comprises of Monkey Island, Indiana Jones, Loom, Maniac Mansion and Zak McKracken. The Delphine Collection, normally £96. Houses Flashback, Another World, Cruise for a Corpse, Future Wars and Operas Stealth. Both packs are a snip at only £29.99. Psygnosis is planning a budget onslaught with dozens of hit
titles intended. P'« range from between £4.99 and £9.99 and titles include Lemmings, Microcosm.
Guns, Second Samurai and Shadow of the Beast.
Core Design has some real bargains in the offing at the moment with its and budgets. One of these bundles contains Blob, Wonderdog, Blastar and and at £19.99 this out at only a game - value Also from Core is Chuck Rock 1 a": CD32 pack and the a ble dose of Bubba Stix and Premier. Bi packs are priced £15 S Virgin is also feei generous this year a its £34.99 compitt containing Car Fodder, The Settles The Arcade Game i The Chaos Engine now there's no e*c j even if Christmas 1 7W.5 • 31*5 ' ' ir 9’ * * V,' yV . Classic war'-em-up Cannon Fodder In a bargain pack from Virgin |gf you skint I
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Slayer, Deicicle, Ozzy Osbourne, Evil Eric. The connection? Satanism in records.
Yes, Evil Eric - you know, the most evil cat in the universe? It may dll be Starting to sound slightly dodgy but it is in fact a new release from Team 17 that provides a double entendre that even the Carry On team would be proud of.
Called Pussies Galore, it is based around a cat that's released a satanic record which has put all the little kittens under his spell. As the streetwise alley cat.
Boris, you must rescue them.
Media Manager, Alan Bunker, describes the project: "Platform games of recent have lacked graphical originality and innovative gameplay. With Pussies Galore, we hope to inject a huge amount of humour and masses of funfilled platforming action."
- Look forward to Pussies Galore on the A1200 and CD32 soon.
Juurr iiiS Simple solution St II stuck on the Lemmings games? Nightmares consist of small green suicidal critters?
Don't fear as help is at hand in the form of a cheat guide from Kuma Books. Lemmings: Solutions for PC and Amiga Versions has been written by Steven Croft and Antony Lyell and covers all the single-player levels of Lemmings, Oh nol more Lemmings and Lemmings 2 - The Tribes. By parting with £9.95 you get 256 pages of Lemmings solutions and for
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Also on the subject of Lemmings is the news that the characters could become TV stars in their own cartoon. A deal with CBS means they would run a Saturday morning Lemmings cartoon from August next year, with European appearances soon I a ter. And you thought there was an escape.,,.!
Big 'maxx The Cybermaxx Virtual Reality headset hits the shops this Winter. ZCL will distribute the sets through its Calculus stores and possibly through retailers Game and HMV. Selling for a whopping £499, it includes four titles and is designed primarily for the PC, Forty five 'maxx- specific games are planned for release before January 1995.
Manga mad!
Two new titles are being released from Manga Video.
They are Genocyber: A New Lifeform and AD Police 1: Voomer Madness. Manga is also continuing its popular series with the concluding part of Cyber City OEDO 808, File 3: Blood Lust and part nine of The Guyver.
Like a Virgin The bigger the better some might say, especially Virgin, as its Oxford Street Megastore is about to become one of the biggest entertainment centres in the world. The store will more than double in size and will house the increased games section which will be split into sections to cater for the different types of customers. It also boasts to have "the finest selection of games in the UK" I Kickin' in Europe ck Off 3 from Anco has been rehauled, revamped and redesigned to bring Kick Off 3, European Edition. This new version will s jpport a one and two-button joystick as well
as utilising all the buttons on a CD32 controller.
Game-wise there will be a more managerial aspect to it and things such as animations will be improved. 1500 sprites are used with linesmen, referees, trainers and the like. Digitised crowd samples and chants will create the atmosphere.
The Amiga 500 600 version costs a mere £24.99 - £29.99 for the A1200 - rising a tenner for the CD32 verson priced at £34.99. For the real bargain though, the first 10,000 copies come free with the FA Carling Premiership Pocket Annual 94 95 worth £3.99. A Doom and Wolfenstein type of k game on the Amiga - at fasti Mot all Doom and Gloom You thought the likes of Doom and Wolfenstein could not be done on the Amiga? Well, apparently it can thanks to Alternative Software's new game.
Death Mask. Walking around a complex maze of corridors, the idea behind it is to track down the aliens and blast them with one of the many weapons at your disposal.
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The control method, considering just what Putty can do, is very easy to use and becomes second nature to you after only a couple of goes. It is extremely addictive and I put hand on heart and recommend it to everyone. Diehard platform freaks and Putty fans are going to love it to death.
Dreamweb Imagine an interactive version of Blade Runner directed by Quentin Tarrantino and you might just come close to what it's like to sit watch and play Dreamweb. This title oozes class out of every digital pore and it almost seems to good to be true.
Dreamweb literally roars across your monitor screen and growls at you like a vicious beast from the pits of hell.
Gaurdian CD32 lot of care and attention on the developer's part. If you're out for plain old-fashioned action, buy Guardian and invigorate your spare time. This one shouldn't be missed.
This game is a rarity in that it actually looks and sounds like 32-bit technology. What's more, the attraction is more than skin deep thanks to playability that must have taken a Zeewolf The game plays like a dream.
Qnce you've mastered the controls you're away in a shoot-’em- up world packed full of action and excitement. Binary Asylum can slap itself on the back because Zeewolf is a tremendous success.
It's a game that doesn't rely on heavy advertising or publicity to sell it, but simply lets the game- play do the talking. I have nothing but praise for Binary Asylum's debut and it's one of the gaming highlights of 1994.
Ruff’n1 Tumble Ruff *n' Tumble is one of the best platformers I’ve played in ages. Wunderkind has done an amazing job and seems to have got every single element of the game just right. The graphics are superb, the sound is good, the gameplay is amazing and it has an uncanny level of addiction that'll keep you playing it again and again. Ruff *n' Tumble is, quite simply, the cutesy platformer of the year.
The scores on the doors Come on regular readers, you must know how it works by now. New readers, welcome to the most exciting part of the magazine, hold on to your hats... 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 score* 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.
56-66 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.
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Troubled gamers can use this guide to complete the wonders of the second Monkey Island adventure island. Move the cursor around to check which places you've got access to. Walk to the boathouse and talk to Captain Dread. He'll tell you that you've got to get rid of Largo before you can leave the island.
Go to the swamp and find the coffin.
Use it to row to the right until you have reached the shack. Talk to Mojo, the voodoo lady, and ask her about the voodoo doll. You'll receive a voodoo shopping list from her from which you'll need four items, and the first must be obtained from the dead.
Go to the Woodtick and once at the toll bridge, pick up the sign and you'll obtain a shovel. Walk to the cemetery and have a look at the tombstones.
Locate the grave of Largo's ancestor and use the shovel to dig up the grave and pick up the bone.
Go to Wally's place (the cartographer) and pick up a piece of paper. Walk to the hatch (bar) and talk to the bartender. Largo will appear and spit something on the wall. Wait for him to leave and then use the piece of paper to get the spit off the wall. You now have your second item.
Walk to window (just beside the hatch) and you'll be able to enter the kitchen. Walk to table and pick up the knife. Go to the inn and talk to the innkeeper.
Use the knife on the rope to release the alligator. The innkeeper will run after the alligator leaving you free to enter Largo's room. Walk up to the plastic head and pick up the toupee. You've now managed to collect the third item.
To get the final item, you must go to the laundry shop. Walk to the left and pick up the bucket. Head to the swamp and use the bucket on the swamp to get a bucket of mud.
Go back to Largo's room. Close the door behind you and put the bucket of mud on top of the door. Wait for Largo to come in and watch him get dirtyj Now follow him to the laundry and ten to the conversation. Go back » Largo's room once more, close the doofl and get the laundry ticket from beh n B it.
Head back to the laundry and gitf the ticket to the old man to get Largo* clothing. You now have all four iterJ so go back to the swamp. Talk to Mojd and give her the four items. She'll g you a voodoo doll and some pins id return.
Yet again go to Largo's room, but tnJ time use the pins on the voodoo dod This will get Largo off the island.
Find and talk to Captain Dread nd will ask you to get something for hiad Walk to Wally's place, talk to him, b(d make sure he has nothing more to ted you. Wait for him to put down his mod ode and then pick it up. Give the mo-oM de to Captain Dread and he will thed ask you to get 20 pieces of eight.
CLEANING Walk to the laundry to talk to pirates. Agree to buy them some wood polish. Walk to the woodsmiths. Talk J him and buy the wood polish. Wad back to laundry and use the polish J the pirate's peg leg. You'll get a piece 3 eight, but that won't give you suffka* money to pay the Captain.
Head to the beach and pick up stick. Return to the swamp and bJ around Mojo's place. Pick up the srnd and then go to the inn. Look at rJ bowl and pick up the cheese squiggly I Go to the laundry. Open the boi sm use the stick on it. Now use the ch squiggles on the box. Use the stnng ad the stick and wait for the rat to eat *~r, cheese. Pull the string to catch the -m then open the box and get the rat.
Go to the kitchen (enter it fro** ~wj window) and put the rat in the pd Walk to the bar and talk to the tad tender. Ask him about the stew .- *d he'll find the rat in the soup. As a read the cook is fired and you get yourw J new job. The bartender will give J 420 pieces of eight. Go and talk tc -J Captain and he'll take you whereve* «J want to go.
Hmn ms hl C There are three islands you can go to: Scabb, Booty and Phatt. Outside the QIVC r o ’ boat, pick up the parrot food and read the book about Big Whoops to find out about the map pieces.
Go to Booty Isle and enter the antique shop. Buy the well polished saw (near the door). Head back to Scabb Isle and go to the laundry once more. Use the well polished saw on the peg leg. Walk to the Woodsmiths.
H _ He'll be out on emergency service. Pick h|fr jp the hammer and the nails.
Bu. Go back to Booty Isle and enter Stan's coffin shop. Talk to him and a$ k him to show you the coffin. When he oro is inside it, close the coffin - he'll give [he you a hankie. Close the coffin again the ook ring the es.
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And use the hammer with the nails to trap Stan inside. Pick up the crypt key and go back to Scabb Isle.
Go to the Cemetery and use the crypt key to open the crypt. Enter and you'll find many coffins, each with a quote on them. You'll need to find out which one is Rapp's coffin before you can open them.
Go to Phatt's Isle, but be warned, once you reach the isle you'll be captured. While you’re in jail, open the mattress and pick up the stick. Use it on the bone.
Give the bone to the dog and get the key. Open the door and pick up the envelopes. One of them contains your personal items and the other contains a banana and an organ.
Walk to the library. Borrow a few books to get a temporary library card from the librarian. Borrow the book on voodoo called "Receipts: The joy of hex". Head off to the mansion. Open the gate and enter through the front door. Talk to the guard and find a reason to get him to go away. Go upstairs and swap one of your books with the book from the governor. The book contains all the famous quotes from many pirates.
Go back to the cemetery on Scabb Island and look at the coffins. Open the coffin of Rapp Scallion, look inside and pick up some ash. Go back to Mojo's place and look at the jars. One of them is the Ash-to-life potion. Talk to Mojo. Give her the ash of Rapp Scallion and get the Ash-to-life potion from her. Use the book of voodoo receipts when needed.
Return to the cemetery and use the potion on Rapp's ash. Talk to Rapp, agree to check up on his hut and get a ?
Juitri lllS key from him. Go to the beach and use the key to open the door to the weenie hut. Use the knob to turn off the gas.
Go and talk to Rapp once again and he’ll give you a map piece. Go to the antique shop on Booty Isle. The map piece is on sale for 6 million pieces of eight. Buy the horn, then talk to Captain Kate (the women with the big hat) and get a leaflet from her.
Now go to the local spitting contest. Try spitting and then walk to the flags and look at them. Try to pick them up, then use your horn. All the people will be distracted for a while.
Pick up the flags and shift their position. Try spitting again. You will do slightly better, but not good enough.
Go to the bar on Scabb Isle. Show the library card to the innkeeper and this allows you to buy drinks from him. Buy the blue drink and the yellow drink. You'll be given a crazy straw. Use the blue drink on the yellow drink to get the greed drink.
Go back to Booty Isle. Go to the Spit master. Use the crazy straw with the green drink. This will make your spit thicker. Try the contest again. Not bad.
You got second place. Try spitting again, but this time spit only when you see the woman's scarf is flying in the wind. This lets you win the contest. You receive a plaque for your efforts. Go to the antique shop and sell the plaque to the dealer for 6000 pieces of eight.
Have a chat with Captain Kate.
Charter the ship but don't go to sea just yet. Borrow the book “Disaster: Great shipwrecks of the century." Read the book and note down the location of the sunken monkey.
Talk to Captain Kate again and go to look for the sunken treasure. Go to the location indicated in the book and dive for the treasure. When you've found the ship, pick up the head piece and then use the anchor to go up. Make your way to the antique shop. Give the head piece to the dealer and get the second map piece in return.
Take a trip to Phatt Isle and go into the alley to talk to a man. Play the game with him. You'll always lose, but follow the little guy to another alley.
Observe what he does. When he leaves, knock on the slot on the door and ask about the next winning number You'll be shown two signs. Always answer with the number of fingers you have been shown previously. For instance, if he shows you four fingers then five, you should answer with four. Remember the number and go and play the game again. There is no need for all the pri2es, just make sure you win the invitation card.
Head off to Booty Isle and go to the costume shop. Give your invitation to the man and pick up your costume.
Walk to the Mansion. The guard will stop you and demand an invitation cm and a costume. Wear the costume atm then go to the governor's mansion. 3 to the side of the building, open tk door and enter the kitchen.
If you try to get the fish, you'll I chased outside. This time, try to pick the trashcan instead. This irritates tfl chef and he will chase after you. Rd around the mansion, enter the kitchi again and pick up the fish.
Enter the mansion and pick up t* Walk to the right and you'll find a lot of signs. Walk to the right tunnel and look at the jail. Talk to Wally and return to the signs. Enter the back tunnels and look at the piece of paper in your inventory. Push the bones according to what is written on the paper.
You'll need to do it four times, using one of the verses each time you do it.
The beach is where the adventure first starts, but have a good look around for a stick as it is an essential item to have in your inventory You should find a huge door. Open the door and this will give you a doggy door. Pick up the jail key and you'll then realise you've been trapped. You can't move, but you can still use your mouth. Use the crazy straw on the green drink. Spit on the pan (just below Wally) and the shield (to your right). Notice that they change angle every time you spit on them.
The correct angle will let you spit on the shield and then the spit will bounce of on to the pan which in turn hits the candle. This turns off the light and you'll now be able to escape.
You're now in darkness, so use the box of matches to light up the place, but unfortunately it seems that you should use them somewhere else.
Largo, after leaving Scabb Island, goes to see his master, the newly resurrected LeChuck. It's Cuybrush's job to see that the evil pirate is put away for good Talk to Herman. You must talk ford long time before you hit the rigid answer, Pick up the crowbar and martini glass off the beach, Use tw glass with the ocean. Now use it nw the still to get distilled water. Pick m the bottle in the ocean and use : m the rock to break it. Open the barrf d get the cracker and give it to the rot. Note what it says, Enter the jungle and walk ai rm way to the big tree. Use the b'o** bottle on the bag. Get
the cracks iJ and use the distilled water on it:: m two crackers.
Walk to the pond (walk right times). Pick up the rope and use vm crowbar on the box. Pick up the ovm mite and follow the direction a the parrot. You'll find the parrot Give another cracker to it and fohJ the direction given by the pa"* Repeat this process once more ar-r should find the big X. Use your shovel on the big X im the matches with the dynamite mm then use the dynamite on the ro* J blow it up. Now use the crowtw the rope and then the crowbar 'n •mm with the metal rod. Watch mtm Jiinnr ills rap piece. Exit the mansion and the dog and the gardener will stop you and :»ing you to Elaine.
Talk to her as .veetly as possible and you should try so get as near to her as possible. After she has thrown the map piece out of
• ne window, pick up the oars.
Leave the mansion and try to pick up the map. The wind will blow it away to the cliff. Pick up the dog. Walk to the : iff and look at the map piece. Go to ?hatt Isle and walk to the pier. Talk to
• ne fisherman and have a bet with him.
Give him the fish to get the fishing pole.
Return to the cliff and use the fishing pole on the map. A bird will take the map away from you. Walk to the big tree, where you'll see there is a plank in one of the holes. Pick it up and use it in the first hole. Stand on the oars. The oar will break and you'll have a dream.
The necessary stuff will be written on the piece of paper in your inventory.
Go back to Scabb Isle and see the woodsmith. Give the oar to him and he'll fix it for you. Go back to the tree and use the oar in the first hole. Stand on the oar. Use the plank in the second hole and stand on the plank. Pick up Tho tint Ingredient for tho voodoo doll can bo found in tho local cemetery. Dig up the grave that belongs to one of Largo's relatives to get your ingredient the oar and put it in the third hole, then stand on the oar. Repeat this process until you reach the top of the tree. Enter through the door and look at the pile of maps. Use the dog to get the map piece.
Pick up the telescope and make your way to the Wharf. Go to the antique shop and buy the sign beside the parrot. Notice the hook behind the sign, Use the parrot food with the hook. The parrot will turn to look at it, Buy the mirror, Go to the bar on Scabb Isle. Use the banana on the metronome and then pick up the monkey. Go to Phatt Isle and use the leaflet (from Captain Kate) on the poster. Leave the island and Captain Kate will be captured. Enter the jail and use the key to free her. Pick up the envelope with her belongings inside and you'll find a half bottle of grog Inside.
Walk to the path above the waterfall and use the monkey on the pump. The water will stop flowing. Enter the cave which leads you to the cottage.
Talk to the man and try the challenge and see what happens. You'll definitely lose if you don't do something.
Take the challenge again, but pick up the mug and use it on the tree to empty it. Now use the mug with the grog, This allows you to win the contest.
Walk to the trapdoor and push the brick. You'll fall straight through the tunnel. Open the window and then use the mirror on the mirror frame. Go outside the cottage and use the telescope on the grotesque statue. The ray of sun will burn a hole in the brick. Push the brick again, look at the skeleton and pick up the map piece.
Go to the library on Phatt Isle, open the lighthouse model and pick up the lens. Go to Wally's place on Booty Isle and give him the lens and the map pieces. He'll ask you to run an errand for him. Go and talk to Mojo and get the juju bag. Look inside it and you'll find a love bomb and a box of matches.
Go back to Wally's place and you'll find out that he's been captured by LeChuck. There is a box lying near the swamp. Look at it, then open and use I for a ight i the
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Guybrush is paying a visit to Booty Island to see what he can find happens. In darkness, move the cursor around until you find the light switch.
Turn it on. LeChuck is here and he'll zap you to a random room. You must get familiar with the different places and do things fast.
In the first aid room, open the trash- can to get two surgical gloves. Open the drawer to get the syringe and pick up the skull. In the room with many boxes, open all the boxes you possibly can and pick up the root beer, the voodoo doll and the balloon.
If you bump into LeChuck on your travels, give your hankie to him, he'll blow his nose and give it back to you.
In the room with the broken grog machine, use the helium tank with the two surgical gloves and the balloon.
This will make you lighter. Use the coin return and a coin will drop out. Wait for LeChuck to enter the room and he'll bend down to pick up the coin. Pick up his underwear.
Go into the elevator. The three balloons you have with you will let you go up in it but wait for LeChuck to come in before you use the lever to go up.
This shuts the door and you'll be able to get LeChuck's beard. Use the juju bag with the voodoo doll, beard, underwear, used hankie and the skull.
Mix them together to get the voodoo doll of LeChuck.
Walk around to look for LeChuck.
When he enters the room, use the syringe on the voodoo doll. He'll run away from you. Walk around to look for him. From this point on, you can simply sit back and watch the end sequence.
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That's right Team 17 has made another sequel in the vastly popular Breed series. Once again we can expect enough violence and bloodshed to convince parents that Mary Whitehouse was right about computer games.
For many gamers, though, the excitement of battling against hordes of Giger-style aliens has been enough to entice them back to buy the follow-ups. Can this latest instalment maintain the same magnetic appeal?
Log onto the Inten system when you want info or weaponary Alien The inhabitants of a mining colony on Azarin 2E discover that they were not the first to set up shoe on the planet, when hungry alien creatures that have been there for years decide the outpost wv make a great banqueting hall.
Before they get chomped, the humans manage to get a mayday to you're combat ship. You join a bunch of marines in an assault on the tower complex but - oh dear - everyone else gets killed leaving you to sort the Breed out yourself. Sound familiar ?
Self destruct activated, perhaps it's time k i Shots in the dark - and you thought ( couldn't get any worse It doesn't matter how good a game like this looks if the sound effects aren't up to scratch. Pulverising aliens with streams of cannon fire wouldn't have quite the same appeal if it was accompanied by sorry little bleeps and pings.
Thankfully, Tower Assault resonates with high qualiy samples. Whether your strafing an alien legion with machine gun fire or annihilating a power generator with the tri-lazer, it sounds like serious damage is being done.
For those attracted by the more gruesome aspects of the game, you'll be pleased to come across aliens noisily gorging on human cadavers.
A female voice gives you computerised guidance throughout the game, thankfully all in an English accent that doesn't grate on the ears. Her warnings help to concentrate the urgency at particularly desperate moments.
Music accompanies the opening title screens creating a sense of apprehension, but during the game there doesn't seem to be any. That's not much of a criticism, though, since blaring tunes would not be in keeping with the style of the game.
In ---------- It has to be said that the visual approach of the game didn't do much for me initially. An overhead view reminiscent of the old arcade hit 'Gauntlet' hardly seems ideal if you're trying to create the excitement of a claustrophobic conflict in the dark. Despite the limitations of this approach, however, a closer look shows how impres* sive it can be when used imaginatively. Check out the screenshots and you'll see for yourself how detailed and atmospheric they are, Right from the start, Team 17 shows its commitment to a high standard in graphics, The shattered wreck of
your drop ship at the crash site is beautifully drawn and as you set off, the smoothness of the scrolling promises fast, slick action.
The atmosphere in Breed games is of vital importance. There would be nothing special about this series of games if it were not for the well- drawn locations and the familiar fearsome-looking aliens. Team 17 appears to have made great efforts to include variety and detail into the look of Tower Assault. As a break from fighting his way through labyrinthine buildings, our hero travels between towers on the planet surface, avoiding meteor showers as he goes, I The extent of the massacre in the storyline soon becomes visually apparent. Some buildings are littered with bodies everywhere you turn,
each of them gruesomely mutilated and splattered with blood.
New to Tower Assault is the inclusion of dark levels. Here, aliens attack with little warning, their presence only identifiable by the glow of their eyes. This is an exciting and overdue addition which makes for a frantic and often suicidal battle.
80° i 1 This type of game, as I've suggested before, has its origins in an arcade game called Gauntlet.
This had the same viewpoint, was multi-player and involved fighting monsters and finding keys in order to progress.
The first two Breed games took this very playable idea and dressed it up with the atmosphere of the Alien films. The general consensus seems to be that this is the best implementation of the idea yet.
GOLD AWARD Breed Tower Assault A soldier's life Is tough but at least I'm not the cleaner mm* mo jimrriiii V IUB Team 17 bring us more blood, guts and gore in a game that once again pits you against the Alien Breed. Gareth Lofthouse takes a stomach churning tour Not a game I found instantly appealing, Tower Assault took a while to win me over. Once I became obsessed with improving my fire-power, however, I became increasingly hooked.
I particularly like the two-player option. Playing with friends suddenly makes computer games seem less nerdy and more sociable. If you have no friends (and I don't) you might try hiring some stand-ins.
It would be good to see Team 17 applying its undeniable talents to a more original concept than this. The idea at the core of Tower Assault is very old indeed.
All the same, the formula is still working very well thanks to some very imaginative variations.
Recommended for Breed fans everywhere, it's also a must for anyone who hasn't played this type of game before.
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here: The only background you need to know is that it's a car race with no rules, a futuristic challenge where even winning fistfulls of cash takes second place to destroying opponents. Forget good, clean fun
- play dirty!
Just one of the sleek turbocharged boasts available It's true that flash introductory sequences are no reflection on the quality of a game itself, but the animation that opens this game is so stunning it can't pass without mention.
Ravishing ray-traced graphics are used in a 3D animation, depicting fast racetrack action, carnage and death. It's impressively put together, although some may find its black humour offensive.
With a hard act like that to follow, it's not surprising that the game itself is visually more humble. We're basically given a 2D view of the track, so anyone hoping for a virtual racing game for the CD32 is going to be disappointed.
That said, it's not a bad looking game by any standards. The cars all look different and the racetrack scrolls by at a fast, smooth pace with transparent sections revealing a metropolis below the course. After a few goes you begin to notice little details that are simple but effective. As cars collide off each other into walls, chunks of track become progressively more damaged.
Watch heat-seeking missiles snake around the screen as they lock on tar get, then see the victim car burst into flames and pile into concrete. The frantic pace makes simple touches like this exciting Given the violent nature of the game, this visual approach is arguably for the best. With its old-fashioned arcade style, all that destruction is in the same fun vein you'd expect from a cartoon.
This type of racing game has a long history, with Acid's Skidmarks being another fine example of how well it can work. This nifty mover received high acclaim when it reached our office last year.
The general consensus is that Skidmarks looked better, thanks to its isometric view, as opposed to Roadkill's flat 2D approach. But on the other hand, you couldn't kill anything in Skidmarks.
All those missiles and power-ups take Roadkill down a new avenue and make for a different brand of arcade fun. Somehow your priorities change and you find yourself more concerned about wiping the opposition out than you are about winning.
Locked on target: a missile seeks its prey in the introduction It's a bit sick, but the animation ; you in the right mood for the gat Jimri Itii Fancy a racing game so violent it makes Mad Max look like a considerate driver?
Gareth Lofthouse discovers the meaning of the words ‘Crash and Burn’ The idea behind this game and the way it has been presented is not particularly original. That's why it's such a surprise to find yourself getting increasingly hooked to the point where you realise Roadkill is an addiction.
The primitive thrills of speed or violence have always been popular in the action game genre, and a title that combines the two will always have some promise.
Controlling the car is simple as far as using the control pad is concerned, with nothing more than left, siam your way ro victory i right, acceleration and fire to cope with. Mastering the timing for corners, however, takes considerable practice to perfect.
From the start of the race when Freddy shouts "Showtime!' The proceedings are a lot more aggressive than in the standard racer, There you are moving through the field in a sportsman like manner, and suddenly everyone's trying to slam you into the spikes of the kill-zone.
Players soon get into the spirit of things, however, and whether they like it or not they set off round the track careering like ping-pong balls between enemy cars.
Crashes are part and parcel of this game. If you come off the road in some races even once you'll be hard pushed to qualify, but here, everybody's in the same boat. Use your weaponry and drive well and you can move from last to first in the space of one lap.
There’s lots of features and power-ups to collect as the game develops, the best of which are the rockets and missiles. These can put opponents out of action for a while, but their use must be well timed to gain jackpots and super jackpots.
Unfortunately, your rivals have the nasty habit of returning the favour, so you'll find your armour gauge going down as you crash and scrape along. On longer courses you'll have to nip into the pits for repairs, which in practice turns out to be a task made unnecessarily tricky.
Other items to aim for include speed-ups, temporary traction improvements and deflector shields, which provide protection against incoming missiles. Bonuses and money can also be picked up.
The way the courses are designed is instrumental in creating a lot of the chaos. Later tracks have alternative routes, where time considerations are traded off against the amount of power-ups you can find. Sometimes the road is so tortuous it's almost impossible to anticipate where you're going until the dangers become fixed in your memory.
If you think you can handle that without too much difficulty, you also have to cope with roadside cannons, ramps, minefields and skidtraps. Shortcuts allow you to race for record lap times but they are even tougher to negotiate.
The game has three skill levels (you'll be glad of the easy option at first) and a choice of automatic or manual gears, though the latter is not very satisfying in use.
It's a tough and occasionally frustrating game, so it's as well that Acid Software has not forgotten to include a password saver, a problem which marred Guardian. As it is, a lot of varied action and the need for the odd tactical decision make Roadkill an adrenaline burner.
The most important sound in the game is the sampled speech. A Freddy Kreuger sound-a-iike eggs you on throughout the race, urging you to "destroy" an opponent or "take his life."
You can seriously increase your earnings in the game by making enough roadkills, and sound effects blare triumphantly when you destroy enough to get the jackpot.
Otherwise, it's the usual racer stuff. You know, revved engines, gear changes, skids and bumps - plus rocket launches, tracking missiles and lethal explosions at every turning.
N- I £ 22 AMIGA GOLD AWARD something to do with it - like the option to buy better cars for example. And of course, a two-player option would make it outstanding.
This is just me finding fault, however, because the developer ''y 1 deserves full credit for balancing so many appealing features in one game, Our jaded reviewers just keep sneaking back for one more go.
The developer has done the CD32 proud with a game that sets the Acid test for arcade action in 1995. Roadkill is yet another triumph for a software house that can take a simple idea and make it shine.
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U k u n Acid might deserve some criticism for not coming up with the original concepts that make a classic game. On the other hand, its recent games have had a healthy lack of pretention and they fulfill they're modest aims very successfully.
A sore thumb and a foul temper were sure signs that the game had me gripped. It may not look that much, but it has all the elements that a thoroughbred arcade game should have.
The odd tweaking here and there would have been nice.
Earning all that cash is fine, but it would be better if you had IIS Cannon
- 9 m V A A' k INTRODUCTION On first glance, Cannon Fodder 2
looks virtually identical to the original game, especially when
you’re playing through the first couple of missions.
Another couple of missions later, you stumble upon a switch and unknowingly summon a bunch of aliens to Earth. You get to board their ship and this is when the graphics start to change, but not necessarily for the better.
The alien levels aren't the most original things you've ever seen and whoever chose the colour schemes should be put away in jail by the Department of Bad Taste.
On other levels you take a trip to medieval world which features Knights of the round table and spectacular castles, plus you get to visit Chicago where you roam the mobster riddled streets.
To be perfectly honest, although each level has its own theme the graphics HEROES IN VICTORY aren't particularly amazing.
Maybe I was just expecting too much, but I didn't get the feeling that I was playing a brand new game.
As far as I can see. Cannon Fodder 2 doesn't contair any graphics that you haven't seer before in the original game. The anima tions, including the ‘pained death,' are still in there, but nothing new has beer added which is a real shame as I'm sure fans of the original would've loved to have seen a few more additions, no matter how small.
Overall, you'd have to say that the graphics are just as good as the ones I seen in the original - which were pretty I good at the time - but I would've liked | to have seen something new this time around.
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are a few problems that keep it away from the charging pack.
For starters it should never have been a sequel - the actual game is a lot more like a data-disk than a follow-up to Cannon Fodder. There are far too many similarities and not enough differences Fodder to make this sequel a classic.
The biggest problem of all is the difficulty level. It’s set way too high. Now maybe it's just me, but I like a game to get progressively harder rather than getting virtually impossible after just four missions, which is exactly what happens in Cannon Fodder 2.
Gamers out there might be doubting my gaming talents at this moment in time, but everyone who has had the pleasure of playing Sensible's shoot-'em- up sequel in the AMIGA Computing office has suffered exactly the same problem.
The game will last you a hell of a long time, but I'm sure you'll be thrashing your mouse to bits before you even get to mission five, and you have to consider that there are 24 missions in all.
Another slight problem is that you have to guess what is going on in the game because there is no plot explanation while you play along. One minute you're in Beirut then you’re in space and then you're back to Earth, but back in Medieval times. It's all very confusing!
There will a lot of Cannon Fodder fans who will no doubt buy the sequel no matter what I say, but for the rest of us gamers I would be very wary of Sensible's latest effort. It's not so much a sequel, but more of a director's cut. It's good, but it's nowhere near as good as everyone else is saying.
The return of the shaot-’em-up game that the Amiga world has been eagerly waiting tor.
Jonathan Maddock loads up his gun and blasts his way through Sensible’s sequel.
Pulilislitr: Eviriin Developer: Seusille Software fliSKS: 3 Price: 126.98 Genre: Shoot em up Hard disk install: No Control: Moose Supports: A500 A60D.A1200 MOOO Recommended; 6800 The first Cannon Fodder featured the now classic 'War has never been so much fun' tune and not to be outdone, the sequel features yet another composition of musical excellence.
Very much in the same vein as the first piece, with plenty of strong vocals, the song has now got a dance ed e to it. It's a good piece of music but as soon as you've heard it once you'll skip past it with a click of the mouse-button the next time you load up the game.
Actual in-game music and sound effects are identical to the sounds heard in the original Cannon Fodder. This, I suppose, is a bit of a shame, but the only sounds you’re interested in hearing are gun-shots, explosions and the screams of pain as your enemies die a horrible painful death.
Yet again, there is nothing that new on the sound front, but what's in the game is adequate enough to satisfy most gamers.
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quite a while now, but with all the uncertainty in the indus
try it perhaps hasn't sold as well as it should. But now Amitek
has come up with a bit of a brain wave - sell the CD32 bundled
together with seven games and attach a ridiculously cheap price
tag to it. We take a look at whether it really is sale of the
century.
Project X One weird planetary-themed game in the pack is Project X, an arcade-style blaster.
Deadly mutated insects have been unleashed on the planet Ryxx and it's your job to wipe them out. You must fly through five massive levels blasting everything in sight with a variety of weapons, from plasmas to lasers. The end-of-level guardians provide a tough challenge and bonus stages add variety.
Arcade shoot -am- up. Protect t is an addictive blaster A chunky blast-'em-up with smooth scrolling, tons of sound effects and slick graphics that has gone down well with fans of the genre.
I Cannon Fodder One of the best strategy shoot-'em-up games of all time. Cannon Fodder from Sensible Software was a best seller across many formats. Now on the CD32, the idea behind it is to head a bunch of rookie soldiers across various terrain to kill the enemy - okay, so it's not politically correct but I don't know many people who have played this ape not liked it!
You get 15 new rookies for each mission and over 23 missions in total. There are five different settings over which to test your skills, and the missions vary from simpty blowing away the enemy to getting in to their territory and blowing their bases up.
All this is accompanied by great cartoony graphic, satisfying blast noises and yelps from the enemy as you shoot them into oblivion. Mind you, it's not all heartless blood and gore (though the cartoony graphics remind you it is just a game after all) because there are some quite heart wrenching moments, such as having to put a bullet in an injured comrade to put him out of his misery.
For a bargain? Tina Hackett thinks she’s that will keep even the most thrifty Sensible Software really did break the mould when it made this one. It's a highly original, addictive and very playable title and an excellent addition to this pack as it will appeal to nearly everyone.
Found a and will Highly origins! Gamaplay ha made Cannon Fodder a daws enthusiasts well into the New Year Diggers Liberation Lemming-esque platformer, Diggers is a nice addition to the pack as it's a real brain taxer. Set on the Planet Zarg, you have one month to dig up as much treasure as possible. You choose from four digger races to help you on your quest and over a total of 33 levels, you will have to direct your little men to dig for the treasure you’re after.
Each race of diggers have their own strengths and weaknesses and you compete against another race in order to win. You can eliminate your opponents by either killing them or by raising cash by selling the jewels you find.
Control is by an icon system which allows your team to run, teleport and dig but you can Get using your brain In Millennium's unusual puzzler. Diggers also save up the cash to buy tools to help your mining such as tunnelers and telepoles.
Diggers is one of those engrossing games and with loads of levels it promises to last ages. Being a CD specific game, you also get the full 256 colour graphics and CD quality music and sound effects.
Futuristic 3D adventuring is the order of the day in Liberation. Set in the 29th Century you play the part of Trill, the all-round good guy with the mission of saving the universe froa the secret police.
On your mission you will take control of your four and will come across all kinds of weird alien creatures and other inhabitants who you must _ interrogate to gain enough evidence to expose the corruption to the Emperor.
Digitised speech provides authenticity to the game and makes the interaction with other characters a great | deal more interesting. The first person perspective adds to the action and works well with the futuristic graphics. A great atmospheric game for all adventure-hungry gamers.
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quality. The game's theme is movies and as you can probably
guess from the name, it involves Oscars which you must locate
around the levels to score points.
You play a cute little critter who must travel through the seven gorgeous levels taken from differ* ent film genres such as prehistoric wild west and hor* ror. Each one is beautifully themed with appropriate graphics and baddies so for example, in the war level you get chased by soldiers or in the horror films you'll have to look out for raging monsters.
Special powers such as springy shoes, wings and shields can be collected and with tonnes of baddies to kill, levels to jump and Oscars to find, you're in for a real fun*packed game.
Although the gameplay and sound is your usual platform style, the superb graphics and spectacular effects, such as the reflections in water, and the way the levels are created around films really do make this title rather unusual and a joy to play.
Themed levels make Oscar .1 highly enjoyable game 256 colour capability exploited, and extra options included.
A massive 22 characters are included, all with individual skills and personalities. The option to play as a tag team is available, with 11 characters on each side fighting against each other.
A storming sound track, detailed backdrops and smooth scrolling make this the beat-'em-up to really kick other contenders in to touch.
Kindly supplied by Silica Contact: 081-309 1111 The Body Blows t , games met with a great deal of enthusiasm when they appeared on the Amiga.
Then it appeared on the CD32 to the cheers of CD32 owners everywhere.
And this time it goes one better, containing characters from both Body Blows and Body Blows Galactic. The sound is improved, the Ultimate Body Blows Verdict Microcosm Psygnosis' shoot-'em-up really shows what can be done on the CD32 as regards flashy introductions go. A long intro sequence using slick raytraced graphics tells the story of the rivalry between two corporations. Live action sequences are combined with computer graphics to create some excellent cinematic effects and the atmosphere created really is incredible.
Briefly, the story is set at the time of some recent experiments into miniaturisation that makes it possible to send one human being inside another, so one of the enemies of these rival corporations decides to inject a mind-controlling virus into his rival. But as you can imagine, he becomes a bit 'suss' and his company decides to inject a craft in to fight the viruses.
So the game takes place inside a human body and you have to fly around the veins and arteries. It is very well done, with the graphics conveying the insides brilliantly!
Gameplay is basically just an average shoot-'em-up, but with this stunning intro it's a great way to show off the CD32, especially to those console cynics!
It will be one happy kid (or adult, for that matter!) Who opens this on Christmas morning. This whole pack bought separately would cost around £463 but in this pack the whole caboodle costs only £239, which even to those who aren't all that hot at maths will realise is one heck of a bargain. Yes, I know I stand the risk of sounding like a Danny Baker voice-over advert here, but this really is an excellent buy.
The games included are wide ranging to cater for all tastes and all of them have their particular merits.
Microcosm shows the capabilities of the machine in its stunning intro, Cannon Fodder - one of the most original games ever - packs in tons of gameplay. Ultimate Body Blows and Oscar are both prime examples of their genres. Project X provides the more traditional gameplay. Liberation shows that the CD32 can do just as good 3D perspective games as other machines and Diggers - a puzzler that stretches the old brain!
There looks to have been a great deal of thought gone into selecting the games for the pack and the obvious temptation to stick a lot of duff games in has thankfully been avoided. These are all top-selling titles which makes this pack a very worthwhile purchase.
Jmirj IIIS EA's football sim was met AVIA with great enthusiasm lli II when it was released on 111 the consoles and now it's llf here on the Amiga. But a lot of conversions fall by the wayside and don't seem to have the magic they had when they first hit other formats. Take Kick Off 3, for example. On the console it really was the business but when it hit the Amiga it was nothing more than blatantly average. However, the opposite was true with Aladdin - great on the consoles and it worked just as well on the Amiga. So now FIFA is finally here, but will it have what it takes or will it be
just another console cash-in?
Yes, I'm going to have to cite Goal! And Sensible Soccer once again in a football flashback. They were the greats of their time and most people have played them, so they're the most obvious examples to use.
So where does FIFA stand?
Well, it’s graphically more superior with great crowd details, the sprite size shows all the moves well and the sonics create a good match feel. But it's playability that matters and FIFA simply doesn't kick it against these old veterans.
Two-player Goal! Was an absolute dream to play and made for a really exciting game, and Sensi Soccer was a new and fresh approach with it's miniature sprites and addictive playability.
FIFA isn't a bad game, it just doesn't have that indefinable quality that makes you want to keep coming back for another game, and it doesn't have the excitement either.
On the other hand, it has far more options than others and plays a lot better than the awful USA World Cup game and the mediocre Kick Off 3.
Well, it seems all the players have come complete with jet-lag from their long conversion from tf* console, as this is far too slow a simulation. The moves all work nicely though, but it all plays It * snail's pace. For those who really like to be in control of the game, planning each little move pre- I cisely, then it's quite enjoyable, but the main appeal of football is its excitement and somehow th* fails to come across, especially in two-player mode.
It does have its redeeming qualities though. The way throw-ins and comers are taken is unus; * but works well. By moving a box over the area you want to direct the ball in you get accurrt results easily. Substitutions can also be made accurately as each player has a different rating for each of the attributes, like their shot power or passing skills.
The different options also make for a more realistic game, with a feature for changing th« weather and the pitch type or for choosing the simulation or action option.
Overall, the presentation of the game has been well thought out with dear and colourful information charts which makes setting options and the like easy.
The actual stadium is very detailed, with the crowd shown quite closely. EA has opted for a large sprite | size which works well in showing all the different moves, and the match is viewed from side-on which gives a more realistic angle. However, when the ball ¦ t» I s I crosses the line in to the goal it is difficult to see as it doesn't actually look as if it has gone in making, things rather confusing.
The animations of players add a nice touch. For example, when a player scores he runs down the pitch with a celebratory dance and the scoreboard shows an animation of a Mexican wave or hula girl. However, some of these are just adverts and there's no way to skip them which proves irritating.
90% International I Tina Hackett plays referee to decide whether EA’s latest football sim should get a sending off or whether it’s up there with the Premier League of footy games.
Occer "Oh. He’s football craeq, he's football mad. And the football it has robbed him d' the wee bit sense he had."
FflBIk bormHtion Jimmy McGregor, ’Football Crazy', 1960 song.
BRO ZE AWARD Firstly, when you load the game up you notice the vast amount of options and the simplicity with which they can be selected. You have many play modes from league, tournaments and exhibition matches.
Goalies can either be manual or computer operated and you can also choose whether you have full, intermediate or no fouls at all.
When it comes down to selecting the style of play there are also plenty of options to select. Team coverage allows you to select the movements of your defence, midfield and attack, and you can choose formations and strategy in a very straightforward way.
Graphics convey the ground well and the animations of the sprites add some nice moments to the game. The pre-match commentary is also a good idea and gives a brief background of the teams and a comparison of their skills.
The vast array of moves you can carry out work well. From back passes, headers and overhead kicks, even novices to the game will be able to achieve a satisfying playing style.
However, it’s not all wonderful by any means. The game is painfully slow which makes for an incredibly boring match at times. In fact two-player mode becomes rather tedious too quickly, it's not bad if you fancy a change to Goal! And Sensi, but as it's no way near up to the same standard you will find you become rather bored and irritated by it. Not a patch on its console counterpart I’m afraid!
Even some of the best footy sims have been let down by an appalling crowd effect - some sounding more like gurgling drains than anything else! Luckily, FIFA is a pretty reasonable attempt in portraying the excitement of a football match.
There is a good crowd chant and the appropriate roars and boos that run throughout, but unfortunately when a goal is scored there is a big delay between this and the crowd cheering louder - if it gets any louder at all, which it sometimes doesn't!.
All in all though, it does work well and gives the authenticity of a match.
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The Intro tells you all about how Marvin finds himself in another dimension with only a large deep-pan pepperoni with extra cheese to protect himself with ©company which will always be associated with the hugely popular Pinball series of games is 21st Century Entertainment. Pinball Dreams, rantasies and more recently Illusions have delighted gamers for the past couple of years, but because of their enormous popularity this causes a slight problem for the company.
I'm sure that the Oxombased software house wouldn't want to be labelled as 'that' company that created the pinball games. No, I'm sure they would rather be known in the future as a damn-fine company that creates some of the best computer games that money can buy.
The first step in this march towards software success is the introduction of Marvin's Marvellous Adventure - a platformer that dares to stray away from the theme of pinball.
Moving away from its Pinball series of games, 21st Century Entertainment go platform crazy. Jonathan Maddock grabs his joystick and gets a pizza of the action... The first thing you notice about the presentation side of things is just how small everything is. The main sprite is incredibly tiny, but thankfully he is reasonably well animated and jumps and bounces around the screen just as well as any other platform character.
The graphics are all displayed in a wonderful 256 colours via the AGA chipset, although due to the bright colour scheme you sometimes don't realise this fact. The backgrounds are well-drawn in a cutesy car- toony kind of way and the six layers of scrolling help turn Marvin's Marvellous Adventure into a full-blown console platformer.
If you had to compare this game to anything, you'd have to say that it looks rather like the first couple of Mario games which appeared on the NES. Only a lot more colourful.
The animated introduction screens are nicely done and give you a good run-down on what Marvin's adventure is all about. The introduction doesn't feature 256 coloured ray-traced graphics or a pounding atmospheric soundtrack, but you'll soon be skipping past it to start the game anyway.
Graphically, Marvin's doesn't astound you with anything that you haven't seen before. The chunky and brightly coloured graphics will make it appeal to the younger section of the games market.
After the creation of his latest invention, a fantastic brain scanning device, the old Professor decides to celebrate with his favourite food - pizza. After ordering a large deep-pan pepper- oni with extra cheese, the Prof decides to take a short nap before his food arrives.
An evil being called the Dark-One takes his chance to steal an important piece of the brain scanner in order to blackmail the Professor.
When Marvin the pizza boy arrives, the professor awakes and goes to answer the door.
Before he gets there, the Dark-One switches on the brain scanner and fires it at the Professor. He disappears, but the ray continues to bounce off the laboratory equipment until it hits the Dark-One.
Marvin, during this time, is getting a little impatient and opens the front door, only to trip over a loose power cable and fall directly into the ray. Marvin goes the same way as the previous two victims of the ray and disappears The ray has zapped Marvin into another dimension and it's his job to make his way around many weird locations to find and rescue the Professor. Marvin must also retrieve the missing part from the brain scanner and thus defeat the evil Dark-One.
Jiiiirv HIS 126 Marvellous Adventu re Hmrri, I have a problem with the tunes in Marvin's Marvellous Adventure. If you own a A1200 then you get an array of second-rate, heard it all before, cheesy musical offerings - basically, the sort of tunes that you thought had died a long time ago.
If, however, you're the proud owner of a CD32 then you get a cracking tune that helps make the game flow around at a rather nifty pace. It's all very Whigfield. But at least it's got a quality bass-riddled drumbeat thumping in your ears as you hop over platform after platform.
The rest of the sound, in both the CD and A1200 versions, is virtually the same, with a smattering of tings, bings and bleeps in all the right places. CD owners get the extra sound of a 'Bill and Ted' guitar riff whenever they complete one of the levels. A tale of two games. The A1200 version gets a thumbs down and is ordered back to music school, while its CD counterpart gets a thumbs up and is promoted to top of the class h BRONZE AWARD With it's chunky and bright graphics, you may be thinking that Marvin's Marvellous Adventure is aimed at the younger end of the games market. It is, in a
way, but with it's 60 huge levels Marvin’s will be a tough task to complete, even for the most platform- hardened games-player.
The various levels feature a host of puzzles and subgames which start off relatively easy and get progressively harder and harder. Most players will have to be fairly proficient with their joysticks as the game contains a lot of jumping, most of which has to be spot-on Disks: 4 Price: 628.99 Genre: Platformer Hart disk install: Yes Reconmeided: 68020 otherwise you'll lose one of your precious lives.
There are some nice touches in 21st Century Entertainment's platformer, like the help boxes which contain either a helpful piece of information about the level or a highly useful passcode.
One of Marvin's biggest problems is that it gets quite boring after a while. There doesn't seem to be anything in the game to excite and make your platform-thumping heart race.
These are the days where platformers are abundant in the software charts, each and every new addition simply has to have something that sets it apart from the rest to make it succeed.
Marvin's Marvellous Adventure doesn't have that vital something, which is a shame in a way because it has got some very good points. I guess if you're a platform addict then you might fancy 21st Century Entertain ment's latest offering, but other gamers might want to steer clear.
It was a big and brave ' step away from the highly successful three pinball games and although Marvin's isn't going to be that successful, I'm sure it won't be long before 21st Century Entertainment is back invading the charts with something else.
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Titles like Body Blows Galactic, Simon the Sorceror, Theme Park, Super Stardust, Dreamweb, Premier Manager 3, Zeewolf. Ruff 'n* Tumble, Alien Breed Tower Assault and Pinball Illusions have all become classics in their own right, but there is one game that you've had to wait until December for.
It'S name you know already, after all. You've been dreaming sweet dreams about it every night since you heard about it's release date.
Sensible Soccer is, undoubtedly, the world's most popular Amiga game ever created. Over the last couple of years it's been slowly Sensible Soccer ADDITIONAL INFO As you may or may not know, Sensible World of Soccer has got a brand spanking new management angle to it. Now there is a whole new perspective to it which lifts it above just about every other Amiga football game.
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You can play the game as either a manager or a player manager. The manager option allows you to make decisions on the team, tactics, transfers and the overall running of the club. The player manager option let’s you do exactly the same, but it's entirely down to your playing skills whether you win, lose or draw your matches.
You have the option of playing just one season where you compete in the league and cup competitions, or you can choose the career option. This allows you to play many seasons and depending on your success will let you play in more impressive European cup tournaments. In this mode you can also get sacked and then move to another club and start all over again. Ultimately, this means you can play one game of SWOS for months and months.
The management system is almost as comprehensive as the ones found in Championship and Premier Manager. Transfers cover every single club in the world, so you might find yourself bidding for the talents of Alan Shearer or maybe you could find INTRODUCTION fine-tuned via releases such as Sensible Soccer Version 1.1 and Sensible Soccer International Edition.
A sequel has now arrived, but you have to ask yourself why? How can Sensible Software possibly make a game better than the original7 Answers to those questions aren't required because Sensible World of Soccer (or SWOS to those in the know), as incredible as it sounds, is Sensible Software's best product yet.
For those gamers new to this computer soccer lark then welcome to the exciting world of Sensible Soccer. For seasoned Sensible Soccer professionals, your 'game' has just been changed for the better and you won't be able to put your joystick down to stop playing it.
A cheap, but highly skilful player from overseas This doesn't mean that you can simply buy a squad full of super stars because your financial situation won't allow you to do it. You could buy a player for a few million quid, but his weekly wage bid is sure to bring your club to its knees.
SWOS also has a new tactics system. Instead o* just picking the one formation, you can user-deft** your own. You can pack the defence with every sr- gle player except the lone striker or you could pi* a couple of marauding wingers, the choice s entirely up to you.
The tactics do take a fair while to set-up, but c s worth persevering with because your results m noticeably improve the more you fine-tune y team. Thankfully, the whole tactics system is easy te control via a few short movements with the joystick. The whole management system is by r: means as in-depth as Tactical or Premier Manage* but that’s a good thing as you don't spend tec much time messing about and can concentrate or playing in some damn fine matches.
The beauty about this new look to Sensib-e Soccer is that no matter how many times you sperc alone in your bedroom struggling to get your tear to win trophies and championships, you can s: I whack a two-player friendly on when you play or* of your chums and have the time of your life (*tt. - far as playing games goes that is).
Not a lot has changed on the pixel and sprite front, but that's mainly because there wasn't much wrong With the graphics in the Original game.
The new additions are all fairly superficial, but they still help enhance Sensible Soccer even further towards the title of ’Best Soccer Game in the World Ever.' When playing an actual match you're presented with a stadium packed full of fans, each decked out in their teams colours. Policeman and press photographers now line up around the sidelines and the screen comes complete with a spinning Sensible Software'S3 in the top right-hand comer.
There are over 1500 teams in this new version, so you could say that there has been a graphical enhancement in the amount of football kits. All of the various shirts, shorts and socks have been perfectly matched to the various teams, whether they be from the English Premier or from the Nigerian Second Division.
The match sequences now feature a referee.
The balding one is not on the pitch all the time, he only appears when a foul occurs and someone needs to be either booked or sent off. You can now see him scribbling in his notebook when the said offence happens.
Another slice of animated action is presented when you viciously foul one of the opposing players.
The injured player then rolls around on the floor in pain clutching his leg. OK, so you're not going to jump for joy about these little touches but they do improve the game, although some gamers might claim that it doesn't need improving.
The graphics are virtually the same as the ones in the original and as we they were rather splendid last time, I guess we have to say the same thing this time around.
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Thanks td those kind people at Renegade, we've got five limited edition Sensible World of Soccer football shirts to give away. To win ono of these exclusive and highly stylish long-sleeve tops, all you have to do is answer the three footy-related questions correctly and send your entry to the following address.
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R Sensible Soccer Shirt Compo Amiga Computing. IDG Media Media House. Adlington Park Macclesfield SK10 4NP Err, there are a few more splendid crowd chants to give the game that extra bit of atmosphere, but apart from that there isn't much to listen to on the sound front. Besides, there are far more interesting things to read about, so make your way to the additional information box. Ta!
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A reviewer's life can be tough. This week I've been plagued by disturbing nightmares, headaches, interference from parallel alien brain implants and the threat of world domination by eldritch forces.
No, I have not imbibed a bucket load of hallucinogenic drugs. These terrors must be faced by anyone who plays Dark Seed, now released on the CD32 so that console owners can get the willies too. A point and click animated adventure, Dark Seed has a storyline that combines elements from H. P. Lovecraft horror novels and the Alien films. As Mike Dawson, a writer whose dress sense seems to be stuck in the 70s, you find that your newly bought house holds some dark secrets.
When you discover that your house contains an inter-dimensional doorway, it becomes apparent that an ancient civilisation is hatching dark plots on the 'other side.'
A trail of clues found in the library and the cemetary eventually lead you to cross into an alternative reality with landscapes inspired by the artwork of H. R. Giger.
The plot and the look of the game work well to create a foreboding atmosphere, and the desire to see the other dimension provides an incentive for problem solving.
Unfortunately, the game-play doesn't live up to the suspenseful setting. The puzzles are often irritating, relying on meticulous room-searching and luck more than on logic. There's also a lot of tedious plodding about from location to location, a problem exacerbated by slow-paced animation.
There's not a lot going on, with relatively little interaction with other characters, not enough movement in the scenes and a style of play reminiscent of hide and seek.
The voice-over will, as usual, bring a mixed reaction, but at least the narrator doesn't keep repeating himself, a problem which marrs Simon the Sorceror.
Musically, it's not too bad either. Dark Seed did keep me plugging away for some . Time because it has an Pitllsltr: CylirlNiii Ocvtlaper; Gyltnireans Disks 1 Price: €28 98 Genre: Graphic alveitire Hard lisk install: R A Coitral system: Control Pad Supports: CD32 Recommended: N A F-117A Stealth Fighter A game with a title like F-117A emblazoned in huge lettering across the cover can't be anything but * a Sim with a very serious approach. This one's got to be about as realistic as software can be when it’s based on a plane enshrouded in secrecy.
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Keymaps If you are constantly gening @ symbols instead of * when you bit Shift 2 you’ve got the wrong keyboard map selected. With Workbench 2.1 and above, changing your keymap is down to using the Input preferences program A list of keymaps should appear on the right-hand side of the window in a scrollable list. If American' is the only title that appears.m this list you will need to get your Storage disk out (the one that came with Workbench 3.0) or your Extras 2.1 disk if you are using Workbench 2.1. In either case, you should be able to find a drawer called, surprisingly enough. Keymaps.
In this drawer there should be a whole bunch of icons with filenames like d. f. po and gb. Simply drag the one labelled gb into your DEVS:keymaps drawer. If you don't want to reboot, doubleclick the icon when it is m the appropriate drawer, and then go and check Input Prefs again. If you have a whole bunch of keymaps in your DEVS:Keymaps drawer (and you don't spend a lot of time speaking or typing in foreign languages), you can quite happily get nd of all bar the gb icon, safe in the knowledge that, in case you really need them, they will be on your original Workbench disks If you are using
Workbench 2.04 or 2.05. The method for changing your keymap is slightly different. The easiest way I've found is to run a script that comes on your original Workbench disk called Pickmap. Pickmap can be used like this: Eiecute ?:s p1ckaap where ? Is the name of your original Workbench disk or the drive it is in, ie. DfO: or Workbench2.0: Now where did my Ogham, KanJI and Thai keymap* go?
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By the way, you can safely delete all the printer drivers you are not currently using happy in the knowledge that you still have your original disks to get the necessary driver from when you upgrade your printer.
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RAM disk icon OK. Wen. This one's easy The first thing you have to realise is that every time you reboot you lose the contents of your RAM disk. Yes. Everything must goi This means that it is no use drawing a nice icon for your RAM disk if it gets wiped out each time you boot.
The solution is simple. Make your nice icon in IconEdit (making sure that you save it as a Disk iconj, If you have just saved over your RAM:Disk.info file, then use Dopus or the Shell or whatever to copy that file to the S. directory on your boot disk.
Next, you should edit your S.user-startup file and put the following line at the start of the file; Printers Copy S:Disk.info RAM: If you want to make sure you remember what the icon is called (rather than just Disk.info|. you can always rename it to something like RamDisk.Icon.' If you choose to do this, your line in User-startup will need to read; With the world and his wife using PC? At work and at home these days, it would be nice to be able to transfer data with them from your Amiga. Workbench versions from 2 I come with drivers to enable you to format, read and write to PC disks.
That’s not to say that youll be able to use PC programs, you'll Just have access to data. If you've got a graphics card you will probably be able to play back PC animations in FU or FLC format, anc x should be able to view PC pictures on Amigas in some form or other You wtf be able to take ASCII text files. Poscc-or fonts and EPS dip art Reading and writing to pre-fonra=ec K disks is easy. All you need is the PCD y driver in your DEVS DOSDrrvers ar*m*r when you boot. Then when you nr- a PC-formatted disk you will Amiga Computing w I U I 0 R I H I Sit bach, put qour feet up and read all the
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Tr tunvIrete ad aawal Id Old on IB The Amiga's choice of font usage can seem bewildering at times. You use Postscript type I fonts for PageStream or LightWave.
Pro Page uses CGFonts, Workbench also uses CGFonts but. Needless to say. They are of a different kmd. And Final Writer uses NimbusQ fonts, which are like Postscript fonts but just different enough to make them completely incompatible But hang on there. Workbench can use the sort of CGFonts that Pro Page uses, it Just takes a little effort Load Intellifont if you're using Workbench 3 or Fountain if you are using 2.04 or 2 I. and you will see an open window with two lists in it.
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Hmm, Jumt what I need, even mere fend your Workbench screen font, what you Should do is dick on the little folder icon in the top-ieft corner of Intellifont's window.
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Chant It IvRlb*rt us-Bo I d Bad toe BerkeleyOldttvIt CamlonSRB COOnofa Out I In* Font Source tallUorh TF CflronU your CGFonts: directory but don't be alarmed when nothing shows in the requester -just hit OK and the fonts will all appear In the left-hand list. Click on FuturaBoldl1 uturaC F uturaL FutureX Oanyned* Oaranond ¦arnet attuav.HI an In I an InlOutI In* I I I HIM Ivpha oudvB oudvL Q| Fonts: Path Cowponont 01 Exist In* Tents A Typefaces Destination Font Drawar QllPatai onla Modify Exist In* Typefaces... I Programming Information If you arc trying to write programs on your Amiga for
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Berks SL6 7XA the ones you wish to install, hit the Install Marked Typefaces' button and in a few seconds you will have CGTrump Medieval on your Workbench.
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But you will also get another disk Icon, sometimes with a Cross DOS logo on it. Wrth the name of the PC disk under it.
Simply use this as you would any other disk but remember that owing to Microsft s archaic operating system, your file names will need to only be eight characters long, with a three character extension for file type, ie THISFILE.TXT. Also, don't bother putting your icons on the disk as PC owners won't be able to use them.
Formatting a PC disk on your Amiga is slightly more difficult. As you probably know, bunging an unformatted floppy m your drive.
Clicking on it once and selecting Format from the Icons menu on Workbench will bring up a window asking you how you want to format the disk Unfortunately, the options presented don't include MS-DOS, only Amiga formats.
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Easy AMOS is Just like Amos only less so. Rather than confuse the hell out of people by subjecting them to the full blown Amos all at once, it was decided for reasons which will become apparent if you've tried and failed to use Amos, that an easier path to Amos perfection was needed.
Learning any computer language is a bit of an uphill struggle, especially if you. Unlike me. Had a training in Basic from a very young age. I was coding in Basic as early as 1977, so before the Amiga even came along. I knew which button to press to write my first programs in Amos.
But what if you are a complete beginner in Amos? Is it likely that you will even know what a sub-routine is, let alone know how to code one? Not really. So this is why it became essential for new users to have a middle road, a way to learn how to code and see what was happening in a way which was meaningful even to the complete programming neophyte.
Easy AMOS was produced to fill that need, and it's a cinch that it fulfilled that need quite nicely for a long enough time. Now you have it. Or at least you should do if you got last month s copy, and the very fact that you are reading this page means you have an interest in Knowing how to code using Easy AMOS Let's start this month by looking at a little bit of history.
When Amos was originally released, people began to realise this wasn't just any ordinary language for writing Cut it, print it Due to considerations of ease of use, rather than space, a lot of commands have been withdrawn from Easy AMOS, and this is to prevent the user being distracted from the already tricky task of learning Amos.
Some of the more technical commands have been shed, and as I said before, AMAL has been axed too.
Most of the changes I agree with, but a few are a bit mystifying. For example all the joystick commands, like rJUP, rJDOWN, rJRIGHT. And rJLEFT have been removed - all except the =JOY command. The extremely useful reserved variables Screen Height and Screen Width have been dropped. Why?
Users who ve dabbled in Amos a bit might like to know that Aaron Fothergill has come up with a routine to compensate for the lack of these screen commands, namely: r SCRV=6fekIScreer Base*?*) SCRRsDt«k($ crecK BaseWS) so you can do these commands instead.
The lack of AMAL is really more than compensated for by the fact that you can compile Easy AMOS programs - provided you have the Amos Compiler program and extension, which has in the recent past been given away on the cover of magazines, etc- Amos is in itself an easy approach to programming, so something which makes the learning curve that much shallower is only to be welcomed with open arms. This is one of the first times that a language has been used to create a program. Tutor, which teaches people how to use the program itself, and it s a very well-designed piece of Computer Aided Teaching
as well. If you want to learn AMOS fast then this is the way to do It Join us next month for a few tutorials on how to use the various elements of the program and get the best out of Easy AMOS. Bye for now.
Nice and arcade games, although this was made easier with Amos.
It was a very complex and powerful language and you can do just about anything with it.
Bob a job As I told you just now. The sprites have been dropped m Easy AMOS to make the program easier to get a grip on Like most reasons for changes in the Easy AMOS environment, the change is for ease of understanding rather than ease of use!
The original sprite editor by Aaron Fothergill has long since passed away and been replaced by SpriteX and more recently version 2 When the original editor was released people complained it was a little bit buggy There'S no pleasing some folk.
Aaron was writing the sprite program at the same time that Francois Lionet was writing Amos, so this was more than likely the cause of some of these bugs. More than a few revisions later the program was expected to work, and all credit to Aaron it did, but not nearly as well as it should. All the suggesbons for the new spnte editor were incorporated into the Easy AMOS Bob Editor.
Although not as good as SpriteX (particularly the new version 2. But then what is?| the Bob Editor is definitely one of the easier movable object editors around. The buttons are big and have very descriptive pictures on them, and the program couldn't really be easier to use.
But the power of the language was its biggest problem too. Some people found it a little hard to get into. Amos is actually simple to learn but hard to apply unless you can get a little leg up on the learning curve, and that was when the idea of a tutorial occurred to the writers of Amos. This idea grew into Easy AMOS.
Easy AMOS is a cheap and very useful first step into the world of Amos, with many features that you can use in future when (or ifj you upgrade to a full version of the program such as AMOS Professional.
The idea behind Easy AMOS is that new users can get a start on Amos without a lot of the very heavy technical details getting in the way. Easy AMOS isn't just a cut- down version, although it does have about 300 fewer commands. It's main objective is not to be smaller, but easier.
The point of the package is to be a sort of living tutorial for programming Amos, and to help you there are more accessories than before.
The most obvious changes are purely cosmetic, as this version of the program is designed to appeal to a slightly different audience. The Amos Editor has changed quite a lot and it looks a lot more like Workbench 2.0 than Amos, which has a distinctly Workbench 1.3 feeling to it The most major omission compared with regular Ames is the exclusion of AMAL. One of the most complex tools in Amos. I was never much of a fan of AMAL anyway, but it can be useful somebmes. I d gladly give it up. Though, for the inclusion of Easy AMOS Tutor, which is the most advanced programming tutor available.
The Tutor features three windows, one for your Amos code, one for variables and expressions with their values, and finally a window with your program output The programs execute line by line, so you can see all the program's effects while it s running, meaning not only can you trap bugs but you can also see how your program works.
CHECh The Tutor can run at different speeds, so you can slow it down to see all the program elements in detail, or speed it up to pretty much real time to check the prograr looks good at full bit.
The examples on the programming samples disk are many and varied, covering all sorts of useful utilities coded in Amos to show how it copes with programming scxalled proper programs, One of the prime examples o’ this is a program called Amos Disk, which is a sort of di» utility done like Directory Opus, A lot of other utils are bolted onto the main system, rather than being separate Amos programs, so the bob editor (as there are no sprites in Easy AMOS either just to save time and space) is in fact a menu item rather than a program you have to load and run.
Another option which Easy AMOS has in common wit Amiga Computing so there's noi a lot of difference when you get right down to it. It just compiles better and is a more traditional way of putting a program together Secondly, most people use Bobs rather than Sprites anyway, and this means that most programs will convert relatively easily The best way to leam is to have lots of examples and adapt the programs you type in for your own purposes, because only when you understand how something works can you really make it work for you.
Once you grasp the underlying principles of Amos you can create your own programs based on the work of others. This isn't cheating, it's homage (If you believe that you'll believe anything,) The best place to get programs to type in are in magazines and in books There are some excellent books on Amos that have some good programs in.
And I hate to say it but some of these are actually my own. There's Mastering Amiga AMOS' (Bruce Smith Books), currently in It's second edition, plus the excellent Amiga Game Maker's Manual' by Stephen Hifl (Sigma Press), and len and Anne Tuckers's great AMOS In Action' |Kumaj in these you II find all you need to know to help you gam the most out of Amos Converting from other versions of Amos tiler versions of classic AMOS is the ability to load Soundtracker and Noisetracker type tunes, using the TrackLoad command.
Of more interest still is another program to be included in the package, a sort of progress tester.
This is an Amos program which plays a kind of interactive quiz to see how well you are doing in your quest to learn Amos. By asking you questions and logging your answers, you can see how much you are taking in about Amos. If you pass a certain stage you get a diploma on screen.
(Oh dear... sorry did you say something?) This is another bit of trendy design for the younger user, and is sure to go down well with them To track flown those elusive bugs and program errors, Easy Amos provides you with a debugging utility called Tutor to help make the process much easier |:n«lM *lO) : If 11:11 TV« 11:14 |f*vti?i v'U-VtdiVl'Icn ! 1:» iwt io tniMIK!
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Phil South Ipohs at Easq MHOS, and the ujaqs it tan change gour life. Dr perhaps not B39H After a little practice, you'll soon be creating your own software. It may even become an all-time classic like this particular game Almost all the programs you see in books on Amos and in the Amos column in this magazine are usable in Easy AMOS. The only things you have to take into account are the fact that
I. There is no AMAL.
2 . There are no spntes.
These are not really very difficult problems, which you will find out when you get a little better at programming in AMOS, for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, most coders avoid AMAL and tty to do programs which can be coded and compiled for speed In the same way, coders avoid the use of PROCs because although they are a nice idea, it s much easier to keep control of a program if you use proper flow control, as in subroutines rather than PROCs. A PROC looks like this: 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.
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Communications Message Port) event loop, This month I thought rd took at the WaitMsgl) funcaon n a litde more detail to illustrate just how useful this routine is.
Perfect intuition Intuition event collection often seems a difficult topic when first encountered (especially so with languages like C or 680x0 assembler) but the underlying ideas are quite easy to understand. For the Arexx coder, the rxjntui litxar s WaitMsg[| function makes the whole process simple because this function not only collects the messages that amve at your window but it puts the various pieces of information into a form that an Arexx scnpt can use directly.
* rijntui library function test * if ’SkouCLVrxJntui.library’) then call Addlib('rx_intui.llbrary‘ 0,-J0,0) vindoirfetVindout,,,,,,,512+4194304,) I* open window on Workbench screen * Iflwlndow18*1) then do «=20; y=40; seconds=0 call SetTi»e(nindow,10 Hlld1«1 * force mtry into loop *I do yhilf field1 0 issige*HaitNit(vindow) parse var aessagt field! Field? Field! Field* if ficldl - 10 then do setonds=second$ t1 call Teitlseconds, window,»,y H Lifting it end A (n(j to illustrate call EndVindov(windov) the use of end timeout events The basic scenario therefore goes like this: Firstly, your
program tells Intuioon what sorts of messages ft wants to receive. Having done that it enters a loop which uses WaitMsgl) to collect and deal with all incoming messages. This event-handling process continues until such time as some chosen loop exit condition is satisfied (the reception of a CLOSEWINDOW message for instance) and at this .
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Paul Oueraa takes a look at the ruJntui library's euent collection function The vatoe returned by WaitMsgl) is an Arexx argstring which consists of four fields. You can use the Arexx PARSE command to place these fields into separate variables, so the inside of an event collection loop will usually start something bke this: ¦ess4ge=UaitRsgfwindov) os'st vir acssigt Heidi fi«ld2 fieldJ field* The first field, which I’ve actually called field 1 in the above fragment provides the message class, in other words it tells you what type of message was received. For example, if you arrange to use some
menus, when the user selects a menu item (or a sutwtem). You will then receive a WaitMsgf) return value whose first field is the value two for MENUPICK.
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INACTIVE* 1 TIMEOUT 10 Table 1: A fete of the rx Intui library's WaitMsgl) event handling faollitlas is (see table I for some brief details).
As you can see, the WaitMsgl) routine is potentially very powerful and. As well as the events listed m this month's boxout. It can also handle Boolean, proportional and string gadget operations, along with mouse movement, raw and ASCII character keycode handling, size venfy message detection and a variety of other things.
Needless to say we haven't the space to deal with an of these use aspects, but you can find the full details in Jeff Glatt's official rx.intui kbrary documentation This month's example will illustrate how timeout events can be used. These are particularly useful because they allow the WaitMsgl) function to return after a certain amount of time without user activity (thus providing a way of returning from WaitMsgO on a regular basis).
You can set the timeout value from 0 to 255 ticks using the rxjntui library's SetTimefl function. There are approximately 10 ticks per second so a timeout value of 10. For example, allows the WaitMsgl) routine to wait about one second for any user activity before it returns with a timeout message.
This enables the event loop to aa as a seconds counter and this is exactly what the scnpt shown in listing I does. Each time a timeout message is received, a seconds count is incremented and the display updated using the Text() function.
As with last month's example, you can terminate the program by clicking on the close window system gadget Timeout messages, incidentally, will only appear while the window is active and you'll be able to see this by seleaing some other window while the scnpt is running, The incrementing seconds value will stop increasing until the window is reseieaed again* When you examine my code now youH notice those magic numbers 512 and 4194304 that Ive sneaked mto the GetWindow(| call this month What do they mean? Tune in next month and you'll find out!
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Slip through the net Which is why I was so pleased that the Delphi Internet service from the US has started up in the UK It s a system which specialises in Internet access, and although they are exclusively text based, the system does have a lot of things to recommend.
For a start the system is n»ce and fast, which all you Web heads will be pleased to hear What you won't be quite so pleased to hear is that it has no Web access, so you'll have to sock with Demon (or whatever service you currently use to web out] for the moment. You may like to know that Delphi, in common with CompuServe, has started its own web pages, on: http: www.delphi.com joining CompuServe which is of course on: http: www.compuserve.com Both services are a little bit limited as I suspect they've rather rushed into the web thing for fear of being left behind.
In any case, Delphi itself is rather nice, albeit text based. There are some GUI-based interfaces for the system, but these are PC based at the moment Its about time we had some cool Amiga Off Line Readers for the likes of Delphi, CompuServe and co. AH you coders out there take note You could be on to a massive shareware fee if you do something really soon.
The system is based around textual menus, which means you have to type in the first few letters of a menu entry in order to access that part of the service. There's files to download, a section from the UK's loveable comms god Wavey Davey.
There's a whole UK area called Camden Lock, and lots of UK-specific material, which is more than can be said of CompuServe, despite their protestations to the contrary.
There is also a link to the Delhi server in the US.
Which means access to all the facilities on their machine, which having been up and running much longer is full of much more stuff. It'll take a while for the UK to catch up. But until then you'll have to be satisified with access to the US version.
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textual of course, but this is okay for most things.
Uerdict I like Delphi, and it offers a good range of services.
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Ititm • uunirt .nit nr iimn omuii Ml mi " * !» MfKtl ' itttiot ' II. I unreasonable, although you have to watch it as the costs will soon mount up if you do a lot of net surfing. The charges are £10 per month for four hours of free usage, plus £4 per hour after that.
Before you choose Delphi as your sole Internet provider, bear in mind that Demon and others provide full Internet connection direct to your machine for just £10 per month for unlimited usage If you can only afford one service, then you could do worse than use Delphi. It is a little easier to get up and running than a conventional dial-up connection, but it is limited In what it can show you, especially if you want to run any sexy windows client software, which as things stand at the moment you can t. All things considered, I would use Delphi in preference to a big service like CompuServe,
which for aimless browsing is far too expensive - unfortunate, as this is precisely what the Internet is good at, and where you can make the most interesting discoveries.
Letters and e-mail First we have the exotically named Sharif Afom who has this to say about his own on-line service Can you please put this info about this BBS m the next available issue of Amiga Computing ' Certainly The FRONTIER BBS (0527| 597531 is on 24 hours a day. And the sysop is Matthew Recardo, with co-sysops Sharif and Daniel Rodent The BBS has all mod cons including Echo-Mail etc Join today to avoid disappointment.
Next we have Dave Earnshaw. Who asks I read your recent comms article in Vmtja Computing, and am trying to connect through to Internet for the first time I am sending from an IBM AS 400 midrange computer, using me Gateway between the IBM Information Network and the Internet network. I do not know much about the Internet, but understand that the Gateway from UN will only allow file transfer "Could you please confirm that you have received this, I would be grateful for any interesting information you may have about the Internet and what I might do on it Here is my confirmation, and your e-mail
access certainly seems to lie working, Anyway, never mind this midrange IBM computer stuff, get to an Amiga dealer at once and check out the prices you can pick Amigas up for If you re used to AS 400 machines, you'll love the Amiga's cool multitasking Write On!
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Liquidation, die-out. Buy-out. Whatever you want to call it has become.
Months after the initial announcement we still have few hard facts regarding the future of the Amiga as we know and love it Whether a phoenix actually will rise from the ashes of this truly innovative computer now seems to be a secondary concern and I have to admit that, like many others, even I'm slowly having to contemplate the idea that sooner or later I'm going to have to forsake my favourite computer for a PC or a Mac.
This is not good news, neither for myseff. For any prospective buyers, sellers and manufacturers of the Amiga line, or for the developers who dream up the products on which Amiga videographers have come to rely Thanks to the efforts of these developers - who gave us such innovatory video hardware as the Video Toaster and the Personal Animation Recorder
- Amiga video has kept its edge and remained competitive with
many of the bigger players But for how much longer?
What will happen to the dmiga uideo market ujhen the [ommodore bugout euentuallg happens. Gam Whiteleg lags damn the possibilities To echo the sentiments of Matt Black (Hex video DJ and one of a new breed of digital culture exponentsl. Access to computer-based graphics and video tools can change the nature of art and television by redefining the boundanes of what is.
And what is not. Art.
The Rmiga uideo reuolution?
Ten years ago. Access to television was generally reserved for nch producers, along with limited patronage for those able to charm money out of top-heavy and underfunded organisations like the British Film Institute or the Arts Council of Great Britain.
Video equipment was big and costly and the Amiga hadn t even been released. Standard video formats included VHS. U-Matic and Betacam. And broadcast editing usually meant an expensive trip to a large, extravagantfyequipped facilities house How things have changed! Granted, us poor Brits don t have the range of public access television facilities enjoyed by our US counterparts, but many people are realising that this isn't necessarily a problem.
With quality video production equipment Changing sides The video revolution once heralded by Newtek, and kickftarted so ably by the late Jay Miner, now appears to be transferring allegiance to other platforms.
Heck, even the game players are starting to leave, turning to the more future-proof (though not necessarily more able) PC and Mac platforms.
Of course the Amiga isn t going to die overnight, but those of us who want to continue being part of that video revolution are eventually going to have to upgrade or replace our production tools, and right now it I very difficult to keep faith in the Amiga s future. Without firm assurances that we re on fairly safe ground, then the only alternative appears to be to jump ship and take our chances.
Becoming ever more affordable, and with computers like the Amiga to feed it graphics, animation and sound, it is now possible for determined ordinary folks to teach themselves about the nature of audio-visual communication, to equip themselves to report on stones which would never be covered by the mainstream media and.
Most importantly, to provide some degree of opposition to the media giants who happily feed us pap on the grounds that this is what the public wants.
Now that the majority Of the population have access to a video recorder, and more regions are being cabled up to provide local video and communications services, programmes can be distributed by means other than the broadcast airwaves.
The keepers of the nation's morals won t like it, and no doubt more legislation will be applied to try to keep such subversive distribution in check, but unless they become Luddites and destroy the new technologies then there's no way that the moguls will be able to fully control the means of programme distribution any longer True, they I! Still hold sway over the national airwaves, and keep pumping out their sanitised versions of world news and contentious national events such as the Poll tax not or the recent trouble at the Criminal Jusbce Bill demonstrations, but as more and more people
wake up to the fact that much of the mass media being pumped into their homes is either crap or doesn t tell the whole story, then they start to realise that the only way to redress the balance is to produce and distribute their own alternative views to an increasingly interested audience Which is where tools like the Amiga come in.
Providing us low-fife with the means to produce our own material, to record and edit video. Cds and mulnmedia programmes which, although not always able to emulate the quality (and. By implication, the believabdity) of the broadcasters, can at least convey information which might otherwise remain uninvestigated. In short the Amiga has been a significant contributor in redressing the balance of power in the communications stakes.
Unfortunately, we re now witnessing a moribund combination of legal representation, shareholder greed and company politics being applied to the remains of Commodore A computer which appeared to have plenty of life in it six months ago is slowly being strangled to death Whether this is through neglect, incompetence or sheer stupidity hardly seems to matter. The fact is that while the legal and corporate vultures continue fighting over the carcass, the Amiga is slowfy. But surely, fading out.. How to find me Gary Whiteley can be emailed as drga cix.compulink.co.uk. Amiga Computing SUPER FREE Gl
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internal copgright information... Description TypefHex) Length
Details Text Event 01 variable Text describing anything at all
Copyright Notice 02 variable Should be the first event in the
first track Sequence or track name 03 variable Another ASCII
text event Set Tempo 51 3 A 24-bit number which represents
microseconds per quarter note. These events should realty only
occur at positions where real Midi clocks would be located Time
Signature 58 4 The time signature is expressed as four numbers
NN DD CC and BB NN is the time signature numerator, DD is the
denominator expressed as a power of 2. CC is the number of Midi
clocks in a metronome dick, and B8 represents the number of
32nd notes in a Midi quarter note.
Sequencer Specific 7F variable This event allows sequencers to include their own sequencer specific info Manufacturers who use such events are supposed to publish the formats so that others can interpret the data. In practice few dol Table 1: Soma common Midi Ilia Mata avant formata he Other day! Had a letter from someone asking how to tell whether a given Midi file is in the public domain or whether it is subject to any copyright or use restrictions. There are a great many companies providing Midi files nowadays and the simple answer is that files that are subject to copyright restnctions
will usually come on a disk containing readme files that dearly state what the user can.
And cannot do with the files provided Now that’s fine providing the files come on the disk originally supplied. But what do you do if someone lifts' Midi files from various sources and puts them on another disk without the original readme files. Wen Midi files themselves can also be provided with internal copyright notices but the trouble here is that most users never know that these notices exist because sequencers in general do not provide the facilities to view this information, If you. As the inadvertent recipient of such a file, use or modify the sequence data you are (technically) just
as guilty of copynght infringement as if you had stolen the files yourself.
Luckily there is a simple way of identifying embedded copyright messages, providing you know what to look for. It involves using a Shell window to examine the internal contents of the file and. Although this means that you need to know a little about the arrangements used to store data m a Midi file, it's not that difficult a job.
A Midi File, just like any Other computer file, consists of a series of bytes The Midi file standard specifies the interpretation and arrangement of those bytes and at the highest level these files consist of blocks of data called 'chunks' Each chunk consists of a four character identifier, a 32-bit number which specifies the byte- length of the data held in the chunk, followed by the data itself, In other words all chunks adopt this type of arrangement: Chunk 4 bytes 4 bytes 4 bytes chunk-size bytes Only two types of chunks are currently defined: Header chunks which have an "MThd" identifier,
and track chunks which have an 'MTrk* identifier.
The *MThd" header chunk is always the first chunk in a Midi file while the Midi data itself is packed into the units known as track chunks.
It is in the first track chunk that any embedded copyright information will be found. The details will be stored in something called a Meta event and the Midi file standard actually defines a whole collection of such events (see table I for a few examples).
All Meta events have the same son of for mat - they start with an FF hex character as the primary event identifier and this is followed by an event 'type' field, a byte count, and finally the data itself: kill Evert The meta-event type field is a 1 byte value between 0 and 127 and the length field is stored in a rather strange variable length format that will not concern us In a sense, the type field byte performs much the same job as a Midi status byte but it is of course being used to classify a Meta event type not a Midi message type So. What exactly must you do to identify an internally
stored Midi file copynght message? Just open a shell window and type TYPE followed by the path filename of the file you wish to examine and OPT H. For example, to examine a file called drumtrack.mid on a disk in drive dfO: you would use this command: 1 TYPE DFOiMUIITIUCIt.llU QPT H When you hit Return, the hex ASCII contents of the file will be displayed The first four bytes will be 'MThd* which signifies the start of the header track. Shortly after this you II see the first (or perhaps the on|y| Mtrk track chunk identifier characters. Skip over the next four bytes (the chunk size) and if the
next two bytes are FF 02 then the file does indeed contain an embedded copyright message.
From the ASCII form of the display you'll be able to see the information it contains. It may be a text message, some figures that represent a serial number, or perhaps something completely unintelligible (some suppliers add encrypted copyright messages). Whatever you find you will at least know one thing - the file will undoubtedly have some restnctions on use!
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It doesn't have to be a powerful desktop publishing package, one of the graphics-based word processors will do. But it would help if your software has a landscape printing mode so that you can print the results sideways on A4 paper.
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A printer, naturally, is compulsory. Or at least access to a printer, preferably a colour one. And preferably inkjet rather than a ribbon printer because the results will look that much better. If you prefer to use a mono printer, then you can always print on to coloured paper or use different coloured inks ribbons to add some spot colour to your design.
Video cassette cases are a fairly standard size, but the space under the plastic cover does vary very slightly between brands Generally though, your design has to fit on a piece of paper 25.6cm wide and 19,7cm high, give or take a couple of millimetres.
¦ The cist tie video sleeve design has a striking image on the front and key acenea from the video on the back, with a few worda to tempt the buyer. Don't feel you mutt copy thia ‘convention’. Be Imaginative. Be different. Oat noticed Phinunc That's why you need a landscape pnntmg feature, because A4 paper is only 21cm wide.
But as it is 29.7cm high, a page size uf 25.6cm by 19.7cm rotated by 90 degrees will fit on to it nicety.
If your WP or DTP software cannot do landscape printing then you will have to do the sleeve in two bits. Actually, there are three tits' to the design - the front, back and the spine.
The front and back are both 11 3cm wide and the spine is 3cm wide. But rather than do the spine as a separate bit it is more convenient to do the front and the spine as one 14.3cm wide bit. And the back (11,3cm) separately. If you leave a I cm flap to the left of the spine, when you cut out the front-and- spme the back can be glued to that flap.
When the sleeve is under the plastic the join shouldn't be noticeable unless yOu are Star of the shorn Tell you what, though. Beware who you show your sleeves to because before you know it you'll have friends, neighbours and family all clambering for you to design sleeves for their videos. Hey. If you're not very careful you'll never have to put your hand in your own pocket to buy ink refills and high quality paper again. Who knows, you might even be forced into starting your own business.
Specifically looking for it. The classic design technique for videos is to have a Simple but striking image on the front, something that immediately attracts the eye. And on the back use some key scenes from the video to further whet the prospective buyer's appetite But you are not intending to sell your video, so don't let convention cramp your style. It feels nght to have a side that is obviously the front and a side that is obviously the back, but there is no rule that says you cannot have two fronts, or two backs come to that. The idea is to have fun and come up with a distinctive and
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But don't feel you must go for photorealism. For instance there's nothing to stop you grabbing a frame and posterising it.
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KIMKOUI Mono printer owners should think about this With enough imagination, black ink on coloured paper, perhaps using halftones here and there, can easily knock the spots of a photorealistic design.
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80MB IDE 2.5" £139.95 I 20MB IDE 2.S" £ I S9.9S 170MB IDE 2.5" £219.95 260 MB IDE 3.5" £219.95 3S0MB SCSI IDE 3.5" £254.95 5 20 MB SCSI IDE 3.5"£329.95 I GB SCSI IDE 3.5" £699.95 2GB SCSI IDE 3.5" £1099.95 OPTICAL DRIVE Rower award winning 128MB optical disk dnve 128MB OPTICAL INT. £549 128MB OPTICAL EXT. £649 128MB OPTICAL DISK £29 SCSI CONTROLLER £129 S Y QJJ E S T DRIVE Removable storage systems from Syquest
3. 5" IDE INTERNAL £399
3. 5“ IDE EXTERNAL £499
3. 5“ I05NB CART. £79
3. 5" SCSI VERSIONS £POA TANDEM CD-DE For the Amiga
1500 2000 3000 4000 Supports Mitsuma CD-ROM dnve Supports
Syquest 3.5" drives Supports IDE hard drives Play audio CD
utility Requres Kickstart 2.04 and above Includes cable,
software and manual TANDEM CD-DE CARD £69 CD-DE A I 200 CARD
£69 CD-DE CARD. CD-ROM £229 MITSUMA CD-ROM £169 Disk Expander
includes the foflowng feature; Can add 50% to your hard dnve
capacity Fast compression and decompression Reliable in tests-
no data corruption Works with all dnve. SCSI. IDE. Floppy, etc
Works on any Amiga and any Kickstart Once installed the
program is transparent to the user DISK EXPANDER £35 FLOPPY
EXPANDER £9.95 VIDEO BACKUP Use a VCR as a backup device. 200
floppy disks fit on to a 4Hr tape . Video Backup allows you to
watch television on your 1084s monitor.
YIDEO BACKUP SCART £65 VIDEO BACKUP PHONO £60 ACEEX MODEM * NOT 8T APPROVED External Fax and Data modem Receive and send faxes in the background Full Haynes AT command set supported Supports class 1.2. and 3 fax commands Fax send and receive Auto dal and auto answer Supports error correction and detection Leased Ime support All cables and manuals supplied ACCEX MODEM v32bis £169 ACCEX v 3 2 TRAPFAX £199 MISCELLANEOUS MIDI INTERFACE £19.95 VGA ADAPTOR £15 PSU FOR HARD DRIVES £39 Increase your Amiga 5OO 2O00 chip RAM to a total of 2MB. MegaChip does this by using its own I MB of RAM and drawing
extra memory from any other RAM you have installed in your Amiga. No soldering is required.
MEGACHIP RAM £159 MEMORY We manufacture a vast range of memory cards for all the Amiga range of computers.
Please telephone us for prices and availability.
WARP ENGINE The high speed 040 board which installs directly into the CPU slot, not a Zorrt) III slot!
WARP ENGINE 28MH* £799 WARP ENGINE 40MHz£ll99 WORKBENCH 2.1 Release 2.1 enhancer, including 2.1 software and user guide manuals.
2. 1 ENHANCER £69 ROM SHARE INC. 2.04 £99
2. 04 ROM CHIP £29 PREMIER VISION You've heard how the Amiga has
made TV programmes possible such as Star Trek-TNG.
Babylon 5 and Seaquest DSV. We are the ultimate multimedia service for corporate and business users and offer a wide range of services, including; monthly events on multimedia. Design and install complete systems, training, CD-ROM mastering and duplication.
Some of our clients include: CIC Video, Granada TV. Shell. National Trust MOD.
CALL 071 721 7050 Telephone System owned Description Cheque PO for I Credit card No.
Expiry date Cheques jwejUe to ft »er Gynpjirj lid Name Address dOw upto (toys so Ar Sign Postcode award winning PR DUCTS 4 4 a b Stanley St. Bedford MK4I 7 R W telephone 0234 273000 AJ trees VAT S *cicax v wl pnm uf Uiefl to enrpe rctKf, fi naertns irr Prxn m Ip cTpul* j»on or*, I *OC De**ry nondrt (1 l ldvi O'C Slknbr CIO DeMws we subnet lo Hoe* **4xw facsimile 0 2 3 4 3 5 2 2 0 7 Power Computing VIPER68030 SERIES VIPER FEATURES RAM Upgradable to 128MB* Full Kkkstart remapping** Optional SCSI-II adaptor 68882 Maths Co-processor On-board battery backed clock Instruction & Data burst modes
Much faster than an Amiga 4000 040*““
• Of on V'pcr 31**0 **0**r on slper 36*40 *“CVf or Wper 31*40
VIPER 28 EC 030 at 28MHz. FPU upto 50MHz BARE BOARD £ 109.9S
4MB VIPER BOARD £239.9S 8MB VIPER BOARD £399.95 VIPER 28 MMU
Full 030 with MMU at 28MHz. FPU upto 50MHz BARE BOARD £129.9S
4MB VIPER BOARD £2*9.95 8MB VIPER BOARD £429.9S VIPER 40 Full
030 at 33MHz (clocked to 42MHz). FPU upto 50MHz BARE BOARD
£179.95 4MB VIPER BOARD £319.95 8MB VIPER BOARD £479.95 CO'
PROCESSORS 2SMHz FPU £25 J3MHz FPU £60 40MHz FPU £80 50MHz FPU
£110 SCSI-II ADAPTOR £79 4MB SIMM £139.95 SMB SIMM £299.95 LOW
COST HIGH SPEC, a*a f« C f* C The new XL Owe 1,76MB now comes r
a brand new metal casing which is half the height of a standard
external floppy dnve.
The XL Dnve allows you to store a massive
1. 76MB on a high density disk. The A4000 internal drive fits
perfectly underneath the onginal drive, no case cutting
required.
XL DRIVE 1.76MB £59.95 XL DRIVE INTERNAL £55.95 XL DRIVE A4000 INT. £55.95 The Super XL Dnve IS the only kind of floppy dnve of its kjnd on the Amiga market! The innovative dnve can store a massive 3.5MB on one high density floppy disk, (without compressing the file!). This dnve is available from late November early December.
SUPER XL DRIVE 3.5MB £99.95 SUPER XL DRIVE INT. £95.95 INTERNAL DRIVES We use the same drive mechanisms as Commodore to ensure complete compatibilty.
PC88I A500 INTERNAL £30.95 PC882 A2000 INTERNAL £30.95 PC883 A600 I200 INT. £35.95 ECONOMY DRIVE The Economy drive comes with anti-dick.
£39.95 PC880E ECONOMY POWER DRIVES The Power Drive is most impressive drve of its land 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%. Other features include: Anti-dick. Anti-Virus. Isolation Switch, 2 Year Guarantee. Thru'port Cyclone Compatible Chip, Built-in Backup Hardware and Blitz Compatible.
£49.95 POWER DRIVE Telephone System ownad Description Chequo PO lor I Credit card No.
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Owatnes ** *0 *aX facsimile 0 2 3 4 3 5 2 2 0 7 Steps to Frame
Grabbing Frame grabbing couldn't be simpler and more satisfying
and is probably the best function that you can add to your
Commodore AMIGA.
The Vidi AMIGA range has been developed to meet this requirement at an affordable price and an unequalled performance level. No matter what your needs are, from hobbyist to professional, there is a Vidi to fit the bill.
The Vidi AMIGA helps you place pictures within publications, animate or just have fun with digitised images. Connection couldn't be quicker and simpler.
They’re designed to exploit your creativity and imagination!
1. Capture your picture Vidi AMIGA 12 Excellent value 12-bit
digitiser, captures colour HAM pictures in less than 1 second.
Delivers good quality grabs from composite or S-Video sources.
Minimum recommended system: A500 with 1MB RAM.
Only £99.95 Vidi AMIGA 12RT A superb real time (fast scan) digitiser, grabs 24-bit images in I 50th of a second. Similar to the Vidi 12 but with many additional features and higher quality output. Vidi 12RT can be upgraded to the Vidi 24RT.
Minimum recommended system: A1200 with 2MB RAM.
2. Convert it Only £199 Vidi AMIGA 24RT Identical to the Vidi
12RT but with more video RAM.
Can grab in formats up to 24-bit and produce full overscan images in HiRes interlace. Professional quality capture. Minimum recommended system: A1200 with 2MB RAM.
Only £299 All Vidi digitisers have common built-in features such as sequence editing and playback, essential for animation and sophisticated image processing software. All have composite and S-video inputs and are fully AGA compatible.
3. Use it ¦ ROMBO Productions Limited, 2B Young Square,
Brucefield Industrial Park, Livingston, Scotland. EH54 9BX.
The Vidi AMIGA range is available from your authorised reseller or from ROMBO.
For more information or to place your order phone 0506 414631 or fax 0506 414634.
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