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one respect, the display was terribly disappointing. Despite the fact that Amiga hardware and OS devetopment has remained stagnant for over two years now, there are plenty of apptications and gadgets that Amiga Technotogies coutel have loaded onto the machines to show that the Amiga is stitt a force to be reckoned with, one that can hotel its own against the newest Pentium by Denny Atkïn machines for many apptications. But they missed that chance, with a bunch of machines showing Workbench screens and pinbatt games. On the other hand, this time taft year Amiga owners thought they would never see an Amiga at COMDEX e er again, so it was a refreshing surprise to see the company making any kind of effort however disap-pointingtyexecuted-to get back into the North American market. Utitities Untimited have announced MAC Emulation Professional, a rewritten and enhanced version of the Macintosh emulation software for the Emptant board. UU promises that the new code is snatter and faster than previous versions, and a new interface caps it off. The original software witt continue to be updated to incorporate bug fixes, but t'd took to the Professional version for new features. The update costs $ 34.95, which isn't unreasonable when you consider that UU's Jim Drew has been providing free updates to the Mac emulation since the Emptant board's initis) retease. The update includes a new driver disk, updated documentation, and a reptacemeit custom logic chip for the Emptant board that witt attow UU to provide on-tine updates for registered MAC Emulation Professional owners. Among the new features is a completely revamped user interface that fottows the Amiga User interface Style Guide. The emulation software now opens on a Pubtic Screen instead of a custom one, and the program now uses ASL fife requesters. tf you're running AmigaOS 3.0

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Document sans nom Issue 95 January 1996 l £4,50 Ovtf a prlCe£4.50 huzq Start Here Invaluable programs
* - first time users investigations January 1996 gpginners
CliuAetlM - auto-delete file types Cycb to Horn - transforms
cycle gadgets Maglcllanu - vastly improves menus Powwrtnap -
universal cut and paste MCX 2.24 - the Workbench commodity
IwuInto Ma - new information requester TosMMMfsr 2.1a - Docks.
Applcons, Menus and more Mi Alia - Mac-style program aliases
mires at least WB 2.04 1Mb 'r-squre WB3.6 inners We start the
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System news 88 Do you want to know about all the latest happenings in the Amiga World, well you might find out here. Take a look, go on... We don't bite!
Leading lap 92 We review Kellion Software's 3D razing game, to please all the fans of Microprose's Formula One Grand Prix Team 102 'Probably the best football game ever!'
Right, only if they set fire to every ether football game in the world... probably!
Citadel 104 Another Doom game! Hurrah, such, excitement. At least we'll all be experts soon Thomas the tank engine 106 Ringo Starr's japery returns to grace the Amiga screens - only he doesn't really make an appearance, so I lied. Sorry Pinball mania 96 If anymore Pinball games arrive on the Amiga, someone could open up a little Pinball shop? Hmm, that'd be nice The search for the ultimate Amiga CD continues Health & hospitalsJU Tina Hackett investigates the Amiga's roll within the hard pressed NHS Look ahead_______EE We talk to the gurus and ask what awaits the Amiga in 96 The software
responsible for countless Amiga make-overs gets its own facelift Personal suite A one-stop*shop for typography, painting, writing and data storage Mui 3.
AC takes to the streets in search of a sales pitch that really sells Beginner's guide _ The A1200 is back. Enter the beginners' guide.
Essential stuff for any Amiga newbie Apollo 620__ An accelerator that can breath new life into a tired A600 Lightwave Cds Asim cdfs EH PowerPC ED The inside story on the chip that's set to revolutionise the Amiga Undercover.
The all singing, all dancing CD file sys:em gets an impressive upgrade EGULARS ?
EZ3 US NEWS m Future amiga_EZ3 A marketing angle from Amiga Technologies - but only just This month Amiga Computing puts its plans on the table for an all new Workbench. Could this be the shape of things to come and perhaps even the ultimate operating system?
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Access. Visa. Switch. Delta Connect etc accepted fax: 0161 796 320 Personal calle ilcor AH prices » H be c tel: 0161 796 527 for enquiries or Monday to Friday 9am to 6p Saturday mornings 9am to 12 (credit switch card £7.50 Europe and £12 0500 34054 Back in the USA Ot's good news for the Amiga's revival here in the States - Escom Amiga Technologies were present at the giant COMDEX computer show held in Las Vegas, Nevada in November with a small booth at the corner of the Virtual i o i-Glasses pavilion. It was a bit understated, unlike the rather large booths of the past when Commodore chose
to exhibit at the show, but it was nice to see a presence at all.
Show where PC vendors were showing new S300 3D graphics cards that made Pentium games look like they were running on Silicon Graphics workstations.
Between the units were a few A1200s running Pinball Illusions.
In one respect the display was terribly disappointing.
Despite the fact that Amiga hardware and OS development Has remained stagnant for over two years now, there are plenty of applications and gadgets that Amiga Technologies could have loaded onto the machines to show that the Amiga is still a force to be reckoned with, one that can hold its own against the newest Pentium Unfortunately, there wasn't much there to dazzle the crowd. An A4000T with the new 060 board was on display, but there was no software loaded on it Another A4000T displayed the capabilities of a Picasso board, but this was certainly nothing to write home about at a by Denny
Atkin machines for many applications. But they missed that chance, with a bunch of machines showing Workbench screens and pinball games.
On the other hand, this time last year Amiga owners thought they would never see an Amiga at COMDEX ever again, so it was a refreshing surprise to see the company making any kind of effort - however disappointingly executed - to get back into the North American market.
Utilities Unlimited have announced MAC Emulation Professional, a rewritten and enhanced version of the Macintosh emulation software for the Emplant board. UU promises that the new code is smaller and faster than previous versions, and a new interface caps it off. The original software will continue to be updated to incorporate bug fixes, but I'd look to the Professional version for new features.
The update costs $ 34.95, which isn't unreasonable when you consider that UU's Jim Drew has been providing free updates to the Mac emulation since the Emplant board's initial release. The update includes a new driver disk, updated documentation, and a replacement custom logic chip for the Emplant board that will allow UU to provide on-line updates for registered MAC Emulation Professional owners.
Among the new features is a completely revamped user interface that follows the Amiga User Interface Style Guide.
The emulation software now open? On a Public Screen instead of a custom one, and the program now uses ASL file requesters. If you're running AmigaOS 3.0 or later, you'll even have access to on-line help.
In the past, Emplant used 256K Mac ROMs, which had the advantage of being inexpensive, but the disadvantage of being difficult to find. The Professonal emulation supports all known 512K and 1Mb colour ROMs designed for 680x0
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A huge improvement for folks using the Mac emulation for professional work is support for virtual memory. If you have access to an Ethernet network, you can connect your Emplant- equipped Amiga to it using a SANA ll-compliant Ethernet card.
You can also now use Mac CD-ROMs even if your CD-ROM drive isn't connected to the Emplant SCSI port.
Smoother running The Mac OS has*been patched so it won’t constantly fcusy- loop, which should make the Amiga side run smoother during emulation sessions. Drew also says he’s eliminated the serial port lockups that used to sometimes occur on the Amiga side.
Other improvements include enhanced video driver support with more colours and larger screen sizes, better file-transfer capabilities (you can now set filetype and creator, as well es filter files by name), and enhanced sound support. The new custom logic chip serves as more than just copy protection: it improves bus timing, boosting performance and reliabilry of EMPLANTs VIA interrupts, serial communications, and SCSI operations.
For more information, write to Utilities Unlimited International, 3261 Maricopa 101, Lake Havasu City, A2 86406; call (520) 680-9004, or fax (520) 453-6407. You can also check the new official Emplant web page at http: www.mag-net.co.uk Bsoft. Qigital SPACE IMPLANT ENHANCED The Digital Universe is an astronomy program for the amateur or professional observer. It combines the advantages of traditional 'planetarium' programs with a massive hypertext multimedia encyclopaedia to create an effective tool which assists the user in observing and learning about the heavens. Fifty thousand lines
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The software was created with assistance from the Canadian Space Agency, the National Research Council of Canada, NASA, JPL, NORAD, the European Space Agency, the Bureau des Longitudes, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and several other organisations worldwide, so it should be extremely thorough. For a full review of Digital Universe see page 64 of this issue and you can also access the web browser on http: www.syz.com for full info and a demo version.
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ANTI VIRUS is available PRICE HOW STOPPERS ¦¦¦ he future of the Amiga is alive and ¦ kicking if the announcements at the latest computer shows are anything to go by.
The first show on the agenda was the Video Toaster Expo which was held in Los Angeles on 2 November where the choice of the PowerPC for the next generation Amigas was revealed. It is hoped that the first 'Power Amiga’ will be available in the first quarter of 1997 and will use the PowerPC 604 RISC CPU. They will be backwards compatible with current models.
Manfred Schmitt commenled [at the Cologne developers conference): "The choice of the Power PC was made for its speed, and also because it is actually the only RISC processor that is currently used in personal computers, which will insure us that needed quantities will be available at attractive prices on a mass market." In addition to this Phase 5, a German turbo board manufacturer, independently announced that they will be releasing a Power PC board which will start with the MPC603e and will run at 100MHz upwards. They will then go on to release a professional version - the MRC604 which
also starts at 100MHz.
This will be a 64-bit local bus system with the option of PCI capabilities. Priced between 1000 and 2000 DM, it will be available for the A1200, A3QQQ and A4000. Development boards will also be released in January or February 1996 and will come with a comp ler for Power PC code. The commercial board should be ready for summer 1996. The project is already being supported by Almathera, Softwood and SoftLogik.
Positive news The Cologne show was also very positive for the Amiga too and the developers conference brought news of the Internet package, the set top box, and support for developers.
Confidence was high, and Petro Tyschtschenko was eager to point out the significance of the Amiga in their plans: *We want to show our commitment to the Amiga platform, not as a quicl money maker for the Christmas season, but as one of the most important strategic challenges in the Escom group. Amiga shall become the best platform for Multimedia, 3D software, graphics processing, Internet and many more applications."
The Internet bundle in question is one that will be marketed as a complete package and will include modem and cables with the software pre-installed on the hard drive. Manfred Schmitt commented: "We will use the Amiga technology to provide very cost-effective on-line solutions.
These can be marketed as set-top boxes or as Amiga computers equipped with the necessary hard - and software.
He continued: "The actual computer mar-; ket is widely occupied by Intel and Microsoft platforms. We think th t this combination is not ‘satisfying for all uses. There is a strong market for the home computing below 1000DM. For Internet surfing, spending 2500DM for a PC is not what I would call a home-oriented solution. These are definitely market segments where the Amiga 1200 can be more competitive.'
See our Cologne show and Power PC features for more details.
COMPATIBILITY PROBLEM part of their piracy protection. Jonathan Anderson, Managing Director for Amiga Technologies UK commented: *The floppy drive is under re-evaluation tests. We will provide more news when we get the results back."
The newspaper also reported that retailers were happy that the £499 Amiga Pack came with that wouldn't run without an extra 2Mb of RAM And the solution? Box stickers stating this were being provided.
Amiga Computing isgruntled customers who recently bought the new Amiga Magic Pack are returning some software back to the shops because of a compatibility problem.
Computer Retail News, a trade paper for retailers, ran a story which suggested that retailers had been urged to remain calm after Amiga Technologies admitted there was a problem with the new machines. Some old and new titles have been affected and reasons put forward varied from 'anti-piracy code' to 'illegal software practices' by which they mean the developers have not been sticking to the Commodore AmigaDOS guidelines.
However, many games incorporate this illegal code as The mw Amiga Magic Pack arrived on the ehelvee - only to tx met by incompatibility problemt DL BACK IN BUSINESS T he 10 November brought good news to struggling computer distributor SDL and their chain of retail shops, Silica. Following our report last month that the company had applied for an Administration Order, just four weeks later they are back in business following a take-over by Anglo Corporation PLC.
Anglo Corporation made their interest known as soon as Prodis PLC (the holding company of SDL) went up for sale.
Anglo was founded by Stuart Tidy and David Gosling (a member of the Gosling family whose business interests include the National Parking Corporation) and has financing of £5 million including £2 World Aios day A new mitiobve to use the Internet os a way ol communicating health promotion has been established m the run up to Wbrld AIDS Day. By the time you read ffirf.
World AIDS Day will have been and gone (I December) but the site will remain live until the 31 January. The project has been set up by the Heohh Education Authority m order to convey occurote hedth messages about HIV and AIDS and raise awareness of the disease. Cekbntres from Joanna Lum ey to Barry McGuigan ore endorsing the scheme, and each star has their own version of the Red Ribbon (the symbol of AIDS awareness) which con be seen tn the Cyber Art CaHery.
Safe the net at: httpZ wwwwad.heq,org.uk million in share capital, specifically for the takeover.
SDL's financial troubles were caused by the collapse of Commodore International and not helped by the fact that when they tried to move into other markets, the supply of Pcs from companies such as IBM and Compaq were erratic.
Gosling and Tidy will now be joint Chairmen of the company and Silica's original partners, Tony Deane and Mike West, have been offered the position of Directors on the Anglo Corporation board. Tidy commented: “Our immediate focus will be to concentrate on taking full advantage of the busy Christmas season. The next two months should see the new company off to a good start, allowing us time early in the new year to reflect on our performance and prepare our future strategy accordingly.
Part of that strategy will be the search for new product lines to strengthen and broaden the Silica product portfolio. When asked whether they would still be as dedicated to the Amiga line, John Arundel, Group Marketing Controller commented: "We're very committed to the Amiga - that’s obviously where we're very strong, it's our speciality."
Anglo have also stated that the will be honouring all existing customer warranties and product deposits that were in place before the takeover. Arundel continued: "They [Anglo Corporation] are very committed to the customers - they are not obliged to do this but they want to keep the good relationship Silica have built-up over the years."
E All THAT GLISTENS... DRIVE IRTUALLY THERE C pecifications for the new Amiga
* * Technologies CD-ROM drive have been revealed. Called the
Amiga Q Drive, it is an external, Quad-speed, CD-ROM drive that
connects to the Amiga 600 1200 via the PCMCIA slot Priced at
£229 (including VAT) the Q Drive will be able to run CD32
software with software emulation, play Audio Cds, and an auto
matic slideshow feature for viewing PhotoCD. It offers a
transfer rate of 600Kbs and ATAPI EIDE interface. The sound
will also be mixed with Amiga sound output. The drive should be
avail* able this December, so expect a full review soon.
T he Virtual Reality headset, " called the i-glasses, are now available from Silica. The glasses can be plugged into a computer or games console and the user will then be able to experience 3D video games.
The Amiga (composite TV) headset n th* virtual glasses- takes any PAL composite video source future. But when win to produce a virtual 80* colour display.w* ***thm *ottwmr0?
But now, an Upgrade Set is also available to give the composite version all the powers of the PC such as headtracking, which allows three degrees of movement in all directions. The glasses are apparently selling quite well with people who want to be 'the first in there' according to Silicas Marketing Controller, John Arundel. He offered: "We'll see big things from this in the future." Although there is, as yet, no Amiga software for the glasses to reap the full benefits, Arundel commented: "You'll get the fiil benefit with 3D games - it will all come to fruition."
QUICK MENTION A quick mention to the Amiga International User Groups Association - an association which is aimed at groups or programmers who produce software for the Amiga. Their committee represents a cross-section of Amiga users including programmers, modem users, PD houses and users groups. Formed from a number of other groups, they have recently published their second newsletter which highlights issues such as 'rip-off' Cds and cowboy PD houses.
Anyone wanting to contact them can do so on 0181-455 1626.
Golden image have announced the launch of dm new CD-ROM drive which is the first Qufxf-speed dnve for Amiga 500 owners. To use the drive, an AlfaPower • hard drive interface is required but for existing' AjfaPower users they can buy the Quad-speed dnve as an upgrade for £249.
Alternatively, a complete system with hard drive and CD-ROM Drive is also available from Golden Imoge Managing Director, Navm Shah remarked: *We have always supported the Amiga 500 machine and this new CD-ROM product emphasises our commitment to the thousands of users around the country.'
They con be contacted on 0181-900 9292.
Boozenet Off License Victoria Wine have moved off the high street and onto the Internet in a bid to increase their pre-Christmas sales. BarclaySquare, a division of Barclays Bank, offer a virtual shopping mall on the internet and Victona tofne are the latest retailers to join them. Reid Sysfems Manager, Paul Homer commented for Victoria Wine: "The net is providing us with the opportunity fo open our doors fo consumers 24 hours a day. Without the need for purchasing new premises or employing additional staff.'
Shoppers wiH be offered a selection of wines and spirits and can choose wines from the recommended list or custom moke up their own coses They can then make a purchase with credit cord and have it delivered free to anywhere in the UK.
Barclays is the first bonk in the United Kingdom to offer such a service and promise that all transactions are subject to stringent security measures Victoria Wine can be found at: http- wwwMnet Bardoy$ quore Amiga Computing ANON FODDER Following on from the successful Canon BJC-600e printer is their latest launch, the BJC-610. Aimed at SOHO users, it offers 720x720dpi resolution colour quality and by keeping their system of four separate print colour cartridges, running costs will be kept to a minimum. It will print on a wide range of media and promises high resolution, whether on plain or
glossy.
Fast drying inks will also ensure that colours won't blur even with complex images. It's Automatic Sheet Feeder will hold 100 pages and when manually fed, the printer can produce double-sided documents.
B Product Analyst, Julian Rutland commented: "We've designed BJC-610 with the users of dedicated colour printers in mind, and are confident that it offers the lowest running costs on the market.' He continued: 'The BJC-610 will be invaluable in the small office where the quality of proposals, reports, presentations and pre-press work is paramount.'
The printer has an RRP of £449 + VAT.
BPTONICAL ILLUSION M ultimedia Amiga compa Optonica, are currently giving machine's corporate ambitions a n boost by supplying huge video walls ven by Amigas to football Stadiu throughout the country. They ha already installed the system Wolverhampton FC with a 35ft corner corner screen size. It has attracted inti est from other clubs too and Optoni are now developing a similar system West Ham.
Their future plans include installii the project for Aston Villa, but they the real jewel in the crown as the 4 screen planned for Glasgow Rangers "We consider ourselves to be a prof sional organisation developing prodi for the Amiga in exactly the sort of kets Amiga Technologies are talkie about" remarked Lee Gibson, Managin Director of Optonica.
B Interact '9 5 Ohe industry show. Interact '95. Is ready and set to go at the Hilton Cavalieri in Rome on the 3-8 of December. Organised by ELSPA and IDG Media, with support from French trade body SELL and German VUD, the conference includes many aspects of the interactive leisure industry and will offer the opportunity to debate how the industry should tackle the huge problem of piracy.
It miTrix Development have announced the release of Amiga-Link, a net- working system which comes bundled with the new version of Envoy, the networking software that was developed by Commodore's Amiga Networking Group. The system offers the possibility of 'peer to peer’ networking with file and printer sharing, and 20 machines can be linked together using RG58 coax with BNC connectors connected to a special floppy drive port connector.
It also has a DMA transfer rate of 450,000 bps from network to memory, so avoids the heavy CPU contention of slip parnet. Envoy 2.0 has new features such as support of AmigaOS 2.04 DOS packet types, support for removable media, enhanced reliability and robust recovery, localisation and AmigaGuide documentation. AmiTrix can be contacted by e-mail - sales@amitrix.com ottery fever sweeps the nation again and Anthea ™ Turner's face beams out from the screen, as the many hopefuls hold their breath- it could be you.
Pro-soft amongst many, picked up on this with their successful lottery program and new for next year is Pro-Lottery '96.
Keeping the key features of the original, it also incorporates some of the improvements suggested by us rs of the original such as an enhanced perm generator which covers 48 of the 49 possible numbers. This is one of three new programs from Pro- AT U R DAY NIGHT FEVER LEVER TRIX HE AC TEAM Soft for Amiga gamblers. The first to be released is Pro-Football, a prediction generator for both the UK and Australian(?) Football league . To follow is Pro-Greyhounds which is, as you'd guess, a prediction system for greyhound racing.
Free Demos are available to anyone interested. Send an SAE and two blank disks to: Pro-Soft, 10 Lovell Park Heights, Leeds LS7 1 DP. By mentioning Amiga Computing you can also receive three £5 vouchers to go towards purchasing the full versions.
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9am until 5pm I O) Extracting COVERDISK FILES To extract the programs off the second disk you must make sure you have booted your computer with the first cover disk, otherwise your Amiga will not be able to find the c.lnstaller program, and frustration will soon set in. Hard drive users should double click on the SetUp- HD icon before extracting any of the files.
To extract any single archive, simply double-click its icon and follow the onscreen instructions. If you want to quickly extract the program to RAM, select the NOVICE level on the welcome screen and press proceed once on the current screen, and then again on the next The program can then be found in your RAM disk, You also have the option of using a floppy disk. If you pick this option, make sure you have a blank formatted disk at the ready, and if you only have one drive get ready for lots of disk swapping and a long wait ToolManager
2. 1a Author Stefan Becker Workbench: 2.04 kkcove imrr A special
disk double this month, for everyone with 'L' plates firmly
slapped onto the side of their Amiga's.
ToolManager Is an amazingly helpful program, adding many useful functions and extensions to the Workbench. The prime use of ToolManager is to allow you to have easier access to your most useful programs and tools you have.
Once you have extracted the program off the cover disk there is a pre-written install script which will copy the necessity programs and libraries over onto your Workbench disk.
Hard drive users will have no problems with this, but floppy users need to ma e sure they boot up their computer with a copy of their Workbench disk - otherwise they will need to install it by hand.
Jargon box You have the option of trying out a supplied demo configuration which will give you a rough idea of what ToolManager is capable of.
By dropping a program’s icon in to the preference program's window, you are able to give it a number of very useful extras.
When you drop a program into ToolManager the program will ask you how it should handle that program.
The ToolManager preferences are split into a number of sections - exec, sojnd, image, icon, menu, dock, and access. The exec, sound and image parts allow you to add those types to the program, so the exec section is where you add your programs. The sound and image sections allow you to add sound samples, icon, graphics files and animation files.
The sound and image sections are available because it is possible to add sounds and images to certain parts of Tool Manger.
Therefore, when a program is run a corresponding sound can be generated.
All these sections allow you to 'drag and drop' objects into them, so to add an icon image to the image section just drag the image you want over to the preference SM -f ust as Workbench is a graphical representation of the tonga's ting tern, the Shell« o text-based system Senior but a lot more powerful than the Pcs DOS Hard One- can be thought ot as a rpallv bg and realty rtoty lost ffapp boce I tsmg a computer without one is a irnng het Archive oS the kies on the cover dsks have been archived, this ofows us to bunch a lot of Mes mto
o much smoXn amount of disk space window and ’drop’ into the
window. This tnen adds a new entry to the list view. To alter
any of that object's settings you just have to dou- ble-dick on
that entry and a new window will open with all the adjustable
settings that are available.
When you drop a new program into the exec section, ToolManager will ask whether you want just the program adding to the exec list or whether it should also add the program's icon to the image list as well as giving it a menu entry and also an icon to the Workbench.
A menu entry will make the program's name appear in the Workbench Tool menu, which allows you to run the program by selecting it from there. Similarly, an icon entry creates an icon on the Workbench, and by double-clicking on this icon or dropping a file into the icon the program can be run.
A very useful part of ToolManager is the docks function. This allows you to have a selection of programs represented by a lis: of buttons on the workbench. This list can be made to appear anywhere, can appear or disappear, and can be viewed either as icons or as text Once you have a number of programs in the exec list, you can create a new dock. If you go to the dock section and dick on 'new1 a window appears that allows you to adjust the new dock. From here you can change where it will appear, how it will look, and you can add what is known as a hotkey. A hotkey is a combination of key
presses which will then automatically make the dock appear or disappear. For instance, if you wanted a Tools dock, type alt t, and you can now call up the dock by pressing the alt and t key - easy.
To add programs to the dock you need to press the 'Edit Tool List*, dick on 'new1 in this window, dick on the choose exec button, and then choose the new program to add to that dock. This is a bit round the houses perhaps, but it works. From here it is also possible to choose images and sound to go along with that program button.
You are best experimenting with all the settings and using the test button to see what effect they have, as there are so many options and the instrudions do not explain things too well.
Amiga Computing Faulty disks ClassAction Author Casmi Salim Workbench: 2.04 ijj ntnrrre If you should find your Amiga Computing CoverDisk damaged or faulty, please return it to: TIB Pic. TIB House. 11 Edward Street Bradford, W. Yorks BD4 7BH.
Please allow 28 days for delivery Computers are really thick. I mean really really thick - even thicker than the coffee we have to put up with from our drinks machine and for which we have had several interested construction firms se'iously considering it as a replacement for cement.
When you give your computer a data file, unless it has a icon supplied with it, and if you do not have the program that generated that icon, when you just double-click on it you will only get an error message. What you need is something that will work out what the data file is and which program it should be passed to, and this is what ClassAction does.
As with ToolManager, an installer i$ available to make installation as simple as possible. Once installed you will have to use the preference program to set up the various options for your machine.
The preference program has two main sections. One to add new file types and the other to pick how a file type is used. The way Class action recognises a file type is that most file formats have an identifying string somewhere in the file PSHWJ O The standard ClassAction preferences gives you a good range of preset file formats for you to be getting on with that specifies what file it is. So an IFF file always starts with the word 'FORM', and if it is a picture file it also has 'ILBM' a set distance further along.
Normally, to find out what this special string is you wculd have to carefully examine the file with a hex editor, but ClassAction has an auto-detect feature built in that can automatically work out how to identify a file type.
Once a file type is defined you can then tell Class Action which program to pass the file to. This is all done through file requesters and is not very difficult There are also a good number of examples already set-up, so you can get an idea of how Class Action works. If all else fails you could always read the instructions!
Cycle to Menu Author Federico Ciannid Workbench: 2.04
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to Menu. This smallish program improves the way the Amiga's
cycle gadget works, and a prime example is in the Time
preferences. The cycle gadget here is used to flick between
the various months in a year. If you need to flick through six
months it is a little tedious.
Would it not be far easier if you could just jump straight to the month you want?
Well that is exactly what Cycle to Menu allows you to do by converting all the cyde gadgets to pop-up lists. So after running it if you now click on the month cycle gadget instead of just going to the next month as normal, a window with all the months appears under the mouse pointer, allowing you to easily select the month you want It is still possible to skip a single entry by clicking on the first part of a cycle gadget, similarly to skip back a single entry, press shift and then click on the cyde gadget An installer is provided, in the language of your choice, and if you double-click on the
program after running, it a preference window appears allowing you to choose how the cyde menus look.
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most annoying things that can happen when using a computer is
when you lose work due to a disk becoming corrupt There are
usually two main reasons for this happening.
Firstly, it could simply be the disk becoming damaged, or more annoyingly the computer Crashes when you are saving something to disk.
If either of the above two happen the Amiga's file structure becomes damaged and the operating system will not let you write to the disk until the file system has been properly repaired.
Strangely, the Workbench does not come with any sort of repair utility, which means someone using a hard drive that becomes damaged would be unable to fix a problem.
DiskSalv is one of the best file recovery programs available for the Amiga. The version on the cover disk is a shareware product so rf you decide to keep it you should send a payment to the author. There is, however, a new and improved version that is a commercial product so if you feel you really need a disk salvage program, it is well worth considering.
DiskSalv is perhaps best stored on a separate floppy, so if anything horrible happens to your hard drive it will always be ready at hand. There are a number of modes that DiskSalv works in, and which one you use depends an the problem. The undelete and salvage modes allow you to recover deleted and damaged files. If you accidentally format a disk the unformat mode is the one you need, while the validate and repair functions are there to try and save damaged disks, which usually are unvalidated or have check sum errors.
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There can be problems now again with Magic Menus, particularly when they are being used on a screen with strange colours, because Magic Menu cannot get the correct colours it uses from those that are at hand. This can lead to black text being used over a black background, making it impossible to read any of the menus. This occurs a lot when Multiview displays a picture on its own screen, because similar colours can be grouped together.
Tc get rid of this effect, open up the menu and hit the Ctrl key on the far left of the keyboard. This reverts the menus back to their original colours, so you can read them.
Magic Menu is probably found on almost every Amiga user's Workbench. It transforms the plain looking drop down menus into a far sexier 3D pop-up affair.
The only installation you have to do is drop the program into your WBStartup drawer. If you then double-click on it twice you will be able to configure the look of your Amiga Computing Fast View 2 SwazInfo Author: John Hendrikx Workbench 2.04 Author: David Swasbrook Workbench: 2.04 This is another improved Workbench’type program replacing the standard icon information requester. To be honest this is fairly useless, offering only the minimal amount of functionality, so this drop in replacement gives you a large number of improvements.
Firstly, you can now copy icons and tools type by dropping the new icon into the respective part of Swazlnfo's window. It also adds a large number of new features, letting you easily adjust icon and program settings - otherwise you would need to use a separate program, or the shell to do this.
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MultiView is a very good program but sometimes you need
something that i a little more straightforward to use.
FastVievv is currently the best all round picture viewer as it
is both very fast and supports a good number of picture
formats.
You need to install FastView as there are a number of support files that have to go in the right place. Once this has been done you only have to double-click on its icon and then using the requester select the picture file or files you want to view.
Fast View has a good number of extra options, but these are only available throughout the Amiga's Shell, and you need to read the documentation on how to use them properly.
ScreenClock ASL v42 Author Marcin Orowski Workbench: 2.04 Author Thomas Igracki Workbench: 2.04 MultiCX 2.24 Author: Martin Bemede Workbench: 2.04 Yet another replacement for one of Workbench's standard functiois. This new version of the ASL library gives yau more control over how the standard requester appear.
If you do not know, most of the requesters that pop up quite frequently are all produced by a single library, called the ASL library. This allows programmers to easily get choices from the user. The main requesters used are the normal information windows that usually have one or two buttons in the bottom strip, file requesters that you will use quite a lot, and then there are the screen and fonts requesters.
The new version allows you to choose how and where these new libraries should appear, saying what part of the screen they should appear in and how big they should be. This makes using requesters more consistent, so each time you ask for a requester it will always appear were you expect it.
PowerSnap if you are not too careful you can waste you entire life just beavering away on you computer, but how can you to tell when you can put down your tools and head off for lunch.
Screen Clock gives you a nice discreet dock lurking in the top right-hand side of your Amiga's screen.
It will even jump to a new screen when you change screens, so you never lose track of the time.
Good things do come in small packages, 1 and MultiCX proves it to - a tiny utility that 1 manages to pack loads of invaluable ] features into a tiny program.
Window and screen manipulation, mouse ] acceleration, screen blanking, no drive] dick, new look menus and sliders,*!
Alert patch, assign wedge and new edit are j just a few of the many function MultiCX | does.
Just drop the icon in your WBStartup drawer and read the document to get the J low down on what every function does. All the functions of MultiCX have to be adjust- J ed via the icon’s toolstypes which you get to by clicking once on the MultiCX icon and then pressing the right Amiga key and i. WB Alias Author: Frank Wurkner workbench: 2.04 RH Fonts _2 Smart Space Xerox _ Join Lines j Crawling fints _ Default Mode Q| Char Snap I mu C Cut and paste any text anywhere. Just hold down the left alt key and select with the mouse Prepend ftppend (“ text in to another program. This may not sound too
earth shattering, but in conjunction with MultiCX's new edit function you can easily cut file names, Web site addresses and paste them into which ever text requester you like.
SnapBH la It MuH. Snap Ishift laH Single Line Ishift laH Pre- Rppend control lalt History Key |h | History Unes Universal cut and paste has been available to all Mac users for a very long time, and PowerSnap is the closest Amiga users are going to get It simply allows you to select an area of text displayed on any screen aid then copy and paste that Color Pattern Multi Color Multi Pattern Author: Nico Francois Workbench: 2.04 Macintoshes have had the ability to make what are known as aliases for a while now, and this program provides the Amiga with the same function. When you first run
WBAIias, a file requester will appear asking you where the alias should initially be stored.
Once you have picked a location a menu item in the tools menu is created. If you now want to make an alias, just select the program or drawer icon and then 'Make Alias' from the tools menu.
You can now put the new alias icon where you like, snapshot it, rename it, or even run it The only restriction is that you cannot put an alias into RAM due to the way the link to the original program is made. To quit WBAIias just select its menu item without an icon selection.
Amiga Computing KingCON vl.3 Author: David Larsson Workbench: 2.04 Nothing is perfect, so KingCON is another improvement to AmigaDOS. This time it adds a lot of extra functionality to what is known as the Amiga's shell. Initially I doubt you will use this too much, but when you do, KingCON makes it a lot easier to use. The ability to scroll back through past commands, and to add file names by pressing the tab key really simplifies your life.
A standard installer script is provided and you must use this to install KingCON as it makes some important lines to your user-startup sequence. Once installed you may not notice the difference, but if you read the instructions you will find out about all the benefits of KingCON.
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If you are a beginner this utility may not be of immediate use but as time goes on you will find use for it. Devs Manager allows you to simply swap certain Workbench extensions between the Devs drawer where they are active, and the storage drawer where they are made inactive.
This allows you to enable or disable the various extension in the Devs drawer - DOS divers, Printer drivers, key board maps, Monitor drivers and Data Types. It also allows you to store programs from the WBStartup drawer, therefore allowing you to easily disable startup programs. The program needs no installation and only consists of a couple of buttons and list views, so is very simple to use.
¦eui Storage Type Q| DQSOrivers | Infos | Load 1 Update | Cl Simplify your life with Devs Manager, handling DOSdrivers has never been simpler One thing that can cause havoc on your machine is a computer virus. Written by very strange people, these nasty thirgs can cause all kinds of mischief, normally resulting in you losing data. To protect yourself properly you need a good up-to-date virus checker, and the strangely similarly named Virus Checker is just what you need. To install it there is a supplied installer program which will copy across all the necessary extra files.
You should have Virus Checker in your WBStartup drawer so it is running each time you start Workbench.
Virus Checker v7.16 evs Manager Author John Veldthais Workbench: 2.04 Author: Eric Sauvageau Workbench: 2.04 _ Not a program that turns your computer into a girfy blouse but one that changes the look of Workbench's gadgets for the better. Instead of having the dreary looking plain close and resize window gadgets you get some snazzy 3D look ones.
To make the change you need to open a Shell, found in the System drawer, and type Ed S:Startup-Sequence. Then you need to add the following line just after the Setpatch command: C:SysiHack 18 18 18 18 18 4 4 3DL00K. If you now save the file and restart the machine you will have lovely new looking system gadgets.
Author Mr BOOPSI Workbench: 2.04 SYSiHack Commaky - a commcxky s a 5pedal sort ol program that dfa»« ou to control it through the Exchange program from fxc-wnqe you can disable, hide, and rcirxwc commortom Gadgets - refer fo the vonott types of buttons and sMers cvoO- able for you to ckdc on in Workbench ond programs, Tte dose vnndcMi gadget m the tcp left of at Workbench window * j good example --- Boot - nxhen you first turn onyoor computer your mochme w9 tool up - this simply means start jp To reboot your mochme press bxh the Amiga keys either srde of the spoce bar and the Ctrl key.
Ram Ont. - msteod of having to only use dtsks. The AMIGA aflews your computer's memory to be used os a disk. This memory storage space «referred to tx the MU Disk. Strongcfy. No other computer lets you do thn.
Jargon box A new part of Workbench, introduced in version three, Data Types allow any program that supports them to recognise and load any Data Type that you have installed on your machine. When you first get your new Amiga you only have the basic IFF formats, which do however cover samples, pictures, animations and text. As the rest of the world uses many different file formats, it is handy to have a few others at hand.
Gather together the most common Data Types which includes GIF, Jpeg, TIFF, WAVE, * VOC and Font ones. All have installer scripts for simple installation, and once installed allow programs such as MultiView to handle all these new file formats.
Many of the programs on the two cover disks ore what are commonly known as Shareware. Such well written programs take many hours to write and a lot of hard work and dedication on the part of the programmer. When a program is called shareware it means the programmer has generously allowed you to try out their program, a lot of the time with no restrictions, and if you then decide you like it you are obliged to send the author the shareware fee.
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%iiCOH*l Ciah I couldn't actually find something Interesting enough to demonstrate the LSD Compendium CD, all I could find was a nice picture of bracula, and here it is use them as a desktops picture but that's about as useful as they get.
It may have been more useful if some documentation on the cars was included because at least you'd be getting a pseudo-ency- dopaedia for your money, and you'd actually learn something. However, even for £4.99, which seems relatively cheap, 100 car photos to look at surely is a bit steep.
One thing's for sure though. You'll have to be very careful - once you see the pictures, you'll be itching to nip down to your local showroom to see what they have on offer. It may turn out to be quite an expensive purchase.
Bottom line useful categories, so why not include them?
The index is excellently implemented, making it nice and easy to use, and with a thumbnails file you can, again, view all the pictures from a directory in a second.
There are so many pictures you will undoubtedly find a good picture in a high quality resolution that will come in use.
Phase 2 is one of the best complete packages I have seen for a long time - it's the most user-friendly and efficient image font package on the market Product details Product: Supplier: Price: Phone: 01255 431389 90% 85% 90% In the past E.M. Computergraphic have been one of the finest dipart, image and font specialists - especially with Phase 1 being a success and Phase 3 + 4 shortly to arrive.
Not only do they cover a wide spectrum of font volumes, they also include some very high quality images and clipart, all divided into specific categories.
Phase 2 continues where Phase 1 left off, with four volumes of colour fonts, not to mention five volumes of postscript fonts, along with 71 for use with Imagine. Along with the font file, you will also be able to view the font as an IFF so you can see it instantly rather than loading up a DTP package and importing them directly.
All the images and artwork are either in IFF 16 256 colours or HAM interlace and they are all of very high quality, with a wide variety of topics including famous people, places, Sci-fi, textures, animals and girls. I have to be honest that this CD is extremely male oriented. Just by loading up girls, you get all kinds of beach bikini shots, and even when you go to the sport directory, all you find are women exercising in all kinds of positions - not that I'm complaining of course. If you look at the majority of magazines of the shelves - with a few exceptions - you will find pictures of
models dotted everywhere and they really are one of the most Bottom UCT DETAILS Implementation Ease of use Phase 2 Phone:
E. M. Computergraphic Value For Money Overall £24.99 I have mixed
feelings about this CD, mainly because it's full of shiny,
brand new, spectacular and, not to mention, expensive cars
that I shall never have the privilege of owning. There are
pictures of the famous Dodge Viper, Mazdas and Ferraris, not
to mention lots of oddly shaped boxes with wheels.
The pictures themselves are obviously photographs from a recent car show, probably somewhere in Europe. They are all presented on stands so unfortunately you don't see pictures of them whizzing around spitting dirt into the air.
There are 100 photos in different formats - Pid, Tiff, Ham8 and GIF. I've tried for the life of me to come up with a proper use for them - such as publishing or artwork - but they are too specific to jse in anything mainstream. If you happen to be covering something like '100 great photos of super cars' then this CD-ROM would be of excellent use. You could, for instance, UPER AUTOS 94 95 Ease of use 80% Implementation 80% Value For Money 70% Overall 70% £4.99 01702 466933 Supplier: PD Soft Product: Super Autos 94 95 Amiga Computing Okay, who is the person with the word processor that keeps
putting sensation at the end of all these CD titles? At least you at not left with too much doubt as to what is on the CD.
SCI-FI Sensation is a double CD, so you are getting a lot of data for your money.
Before trying to click on any ol the icons you should run the icon named dick-me.
This sets up a number of assigns and makes sure all the files and programs work correctly.
CI-FI SENSATION A btg chunk of the first CD - two thirds of it - 6 taken up with various pictures, animations, samples, and music taken from a number of the more famous Sci-fi films and series, such as Aliens, Blade Runner, Dr Who. Babylon 5. Terminator 2 and, of count. An absolute ton of Star Trek stuff.
Generally the picture quality ranges anywhere from good to very poor Many of the included animations on the drsc are FIB. Which are only ever 8-bit, making them of use for AGA owners only.
TV* do. However, play back fairly quickly on apfam At 200.1 was quite interested to see that a good number of the flicks are taken hom recent PC games, like BioForge and Full Throttle. It is just a shame the actual games
* 41 not be appearing on the Amiga.
Strangely, but still managing :o slip into the Sci-fi category, are the collection of Klondike cards, but luckily none are composed so they can be easily used straight off the CD.
Other things to be found on the CD include 3D objects for various raytracing packages like 3D Studio, Imagine - which has the most objects - Lightwave and Real3D. A large selection of fairly good samples, again from many Sci-fi films and series, are organised into their own directories, with such classics as “Open the pod bay doors HAL" and "HI be back” dotted about There is also a selection of Sci-fi games on hand for you to have a good play with. If you are an AGA owner, many of them will not run straight off the CD so you will need to degrade your machine.
Probably of more interest for actual Sci-fi fans is the collection of documents and AmigaGuides of various Sci-fi programs and UFO-type subjects. Dr Who and Star Trek get there usual fanatical coverage, along with a good X-Files section, letting you get all the details and plot twists of the series.
The second CD consists entirely of animations, the main three formats being the Amiga standard IFF Anim5, Mpeg, and a large number of Fli's. There are also a number of AVI animations which is the standard Windoze film format, but there is no supplied player. Therefore, the only way you will get to see these is if you have a version of TAPavi knocking about Even though the CD has decent Workbench organisation, most of the pictures and animations are played by selecting them with PD viewers, and the main two used are ViewTek and Flick.
Generally, I think the novelty of this CD will wear out fairly fast. It does have a wider appeal to more than just Sci-fi fans, as anyone will be able to enjoy the animations, pictures and samples. These are generally of a good quality, but once you have seen all the animations and pictures and then shown them to your mate s., I don't think you will be coming back to this CD too often.
Bottom " line Product DETAILS Product: SCI-FI Sensation Supplier: Epic Marketing Price: £19.99 Phone: 0500 131485 Ease of use 80% Implementation 70% Value For Money 70% Overall 70% Qhe colour library volume 1 The Colour Library features all the latest graphical PD from all around the world, and contains images and clipart for use with publishing and artwork. Despite the impressions the title may give, it is solely an image clipart CD-ROM, and has absolutey nothing to do with colour palettes or anything suchlike.
There are over 1,700 clipart and colour images you can import directly from the CD-ROM without the hassle of taking space on your hard drive. There are three applications included to view the artwork and images, so there's no need to buy or run a memory-consuming package just to see the formats, The PCX datatype is included for you to slide into your Devs drawer so the pictures can be viewed, or you can simply load Fast View which is a simple interface designed to load and view various files. They will appear in a matter of seconds and a wide range of directories can be obtained.
The actual images contained aren't of the same quality as Phase 2, as they are mostly in a low resolution.
However, they are still well presented, containing a thumbnails file so you can view all the pictures in a particular directory.
The CD, on the whole, is well documented and includes a wide range of information and instructions for the CD itself as well as the applications included.
The subjects for the images and clipart are fairly basic and not too specific, covering Animals, Maps, Dogs, Men, Women, Planes and more.
In all, there's around 600Mb of clipart and images and if you are looking for a cheap image CD packed full of reasonable artwork with a wide range of categories and extra features, then for £9.99 the Colour Library is good value for money.
Bottom line Product details Product: The Colour Library Supplier: PD Soft Price: £9.99 Phone: 01702 466933 ES Ease of use 80% Implementation 80% Value For Money 70% Overall 70% Amiga Computing Qsd compendium deluxe volume 3 Supplier: Price: Phone: 80% 70% 80% 80% 17 Bit Software are one of the best PD companies around, boasting a tremendous collection of PD and Shareware, and as soon as multimedia on the CD-ROM emerged it was inevitable that PD companies would relish in the fact they could store thousands of products from their own catalogue on CD and release it at a very cheap price,
"his is exactly what 17 Bit have been doing - and to great effect.
As usual, there is a good 600Mb of applications, utilities, games, modules, demos and more. These compilations are ten-a- penny at the moment because anybody with a half decent library can set ore up. So far, there is no doubt that the Aminet series is leading the way - with constant updates and all the latest software, they are very tough competition.
Most of the Software is either archived by Lha or DMS, and a simple double-click will unpack it to your hard drive or floppy disk.
Unlike many other CD-ROMs, it does contain some ready-to-run graphic music demos - this makes a nice change as you escape the archive process - and the demos are of a good quality both graphically and sonically.
There's the usual AmigaGuide database so you can easily search the software demc you are looking for. However, if you're just browsing and looking for something interesting, then you may find it a little more awkward.
This guide, however, is lacking seriously in information. Although the actual CD is well documented, the information on the products is fairly non-existent until you've de-archived it Before you buy any of these compilations, it's usually a great help to have an idea of what you actually want. If you are looking for some decent clipart images then a compendium isn't really the best idea, because the images won't be of the variety and quality of specialist clipart CD-ROMs.
These compendiums would be more useful if you want to explore the Amiga and fine different applications to use, or you want to watch some demos manipulate your Amiga.
If you are looking for something specific in the PD market then the Aminet series is undoubtedly the best. As a big lucky dip of various kinds of animations, clipart, demos, , games, source code documents and lots of sexist jokes, the compendium is a very worthy purchase and excellent value for money.
Bottom l Product: LSD Compendium Deluxe vol.3 Linn UCT DETAILS 17 Bit Software Overall £19.99 Value For Money Implementation 01924 366982 Ease of use QrIC SCHWARTZ ARCHIVE Product: Supplier: Phone: Ease of use Implementation Value For Money This CD was created by the man himself, Eric Schwartz, and contains all of Eric's previously released animations and artwork. He began using an A500 designing small animations on Deluxe paint, and then continued to upgrade his system, eventually using an A4000 to design artwork in higher resolutions for outstanding quality. With his 4000, he is now at
ease with packages such as Imagine and UghtWave. Eric is not the only artist with work on this CD as his colleagues from former projects have included work too, particularly Les Dietz and Mark Stanley.
This CD is such a dream to use because just clicking on the icons will change the pattern, resolution, colours and screen for use with the animations you want to see, depending on your set-up - ranging from OS 1.3 to
3. 0. The CD contains various animations and pictures of the well
known Ra:hel Racoon whom I've seen many times, although then I
had no idea where it came from, or even who it came from.
The Eric Schwartz archive comes with the standard AmigaGuide documentation, as well as being split into directories which are clearly labelled and neatly organised. This always seems to be a big problem with these Cds as you can fit a lot of artwork onto each CD but there tends to be too little time to write a time-consuming AmigaGuide. However, this CD contains all of this and finishes it off very professionally.
If you like to see the more creative side of the Amiga, or you're just a big fan of Eric himself, then this CD cannot be missed. It contains high quality images, such as Rachel Racoon, as well as some superb animations which are all ready to run directly from the
CD.
It all adds up to being one of the finest and creative Cds compiled and shows the Amiga's capabilities, while still managing to please the public eye. It'll take you a while to sift through the objects, animations and artwork, so it is extremely good value for money, and shouldn't be missed by any Amiga art fan.
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That is unless your surgery is one of the thousand that is leaping into this century by providing patients with an informative multimedia presentation which gives you the latest health promotion messages and information about the surgery. If s the way forward - and you may be surprised to learn that the computer behind it all is the Amiga.
The brainchild of a Leamington Spa-based company, they have called their enterprise The Health Channel', an appropriate enough name for a project which aims to bring information to the public, an aspect which was Dutlined in the Patients Charter. An in-house development team master the whole project on the Amiga, transfer it to video, then sell the complete package to a doctor's surgery or hospital.
Where the client needs something they can edit, they can then buy an Amiga as well which enables them to write over the script and impart vital information immediately, The Amiga is often dismissed by those who shun it in favour Tina Hackett continues this series, taking a look at how the Amiga has found its niche as a serious business contender the of the corporate sector PC and Mac.
In HE INTERNET The Health Channel are already looking for opportunities to expand the project and one channel they are working on is the internet. Maisey remarked: “It's the obvious connection to go onto the Internet. The Health Education Board for Scotland wanted to put their information on the Net and we hope to persuade other Authorities to do the same."
By setting up their own home page, they hope they will be able to offer each Health Authority the service of creating their Web page and putting it as a link from this nain source.
They suggest that each Authority puts on information such as press releases, job vacancies, and news of their latest activities. One potentially revolutionary idea is that prcctitioners could use it as an up-to-date reference manual, for example a doctor could easily access the waiting times for a particular operation or find out which specialists work where, and so on.
When asked whether they will stick to the Amiga for this project, Maisey remarked: ‘Well, we11 probably have to use a PC, but the graphics will still be created on the Amiga!” The Health Channel are at: http: www.ibmpcug.co.uk ~heafthch Tailor made Divided into three sections, the video is updated bi-monthly and is tailored to each individual surgery. The first eight minutes provide information on the actual surgery such as doctors' names and who the staff are. There are then health promotion messages whch last 26 minutes, and a final 10 minutes wh ch is specific to each Health
Authority. Health promotion ties in with the latest events on the health calendar such as World AIDS Day or National Autism Week, and they also give more general advice about heart disease and accident prevention.
One of the first to be persuaded to try out the project was Warwickshire Health Authority and others were quick to see the benefits. The system proved invaluable in Coventry recently when there was an outbreak of meningitis. A video explaining symptoms and the course of action to take was sent to the all surgeries in Coventry within 24 hours, providing the public with life-saving information.
And in hospitals it has beer very useful too by allowing staff to easily type in information in their Accident and Emergency Department.
Nurses are able to type in messages such as why there may be a delay or how long the waiting times is. One hospital, the Whipps Cross day surgery unit has gone a step further by using the monitors to manage patient flow and actually tell the patients when to move into the correct departments.
The North Staffordshire NHS Trust are using the service in their children's department with a character called Ed the Doc They believe it helps the children relate more easily to what's going on in a user-friendly way. One example is how the programme shows children what will happen to them in the Haematology department - they get an idea c what to expect and it makes the experienc less foreboding. The Hospital has the inform* tion system in 39 of their departments, nine c which have an Amiga 1200 with a genlock s they can add their own messages over th video programme.
Good response The reaction so far has been very good indee* Over 40 Health Authorities, Boards or Trus have been supplied with the equipment th year alone, and it's still increasing. In all thei are over 1,000 locations in the Unite Kingdom currently using the sen ice.
The Health Channel also supplied an Amij as part of the Royal College of Nursing's inte active display stand at the Party Politic Conferences - and it won the award as Be Stand!
The project is expanding into the priva hospital sector too where patients are ab to select their meals from the daily mei displayed on their bedroom TV sets, Hoti are also finding a use, and in conjunct with Thom Business Communications, a tr system has been installed into the lot hotel. "It's already making them mont director, Philip Teare, remarked. The ho Simon Moisey explains how the doctors like the scheme because the Health Authorities have editorial control Amiga Computing deaof rience orma- iine of xk so er the Each surgery can have the video customised to their requirements Teare
explims that a lot comes down to pricing and the* clients are impressed with how oe»peovve and reliable the system is. *This is espeoaly true for independent hotels. It's co5t-«*ect*e - they can easily afford to buy the A1200. There is huge potential here with eat*! Note! Having an Amiga 1200 installed."
Some hotels are also considering using ad*rmsing from local amenities to fund the jyc ects. Although this was not suitable for me tiealth authorities. Simon Maisey, director expired: “rt may affect the impartiality, plus mam of the surgery staff would get hacked art w«h repetitive jingles all day,* He contin- “the doctors like it because they know the Health Authority have editorial control » the content is guaranteed to be accurate and not controversial." For the unks the Amiga to the televisions in the guests’ bedrooms. He cites an example: “One evening the restaurant was packed out, so they
put a message into the bedrooms suggesting that if their guests came down at a later time they would receive a complimentary half-bottle of wme - it worked and made them money because its in their interests to keep the guests ft the hotel' Impressive future, Maisey hopes to be able to persuade all authorities to take up the scheme. He would also like to involve touch screens in some way, although response on this aspect has been slow. However, the project has gone down very well so far - it certainly beats how doctor's surgeries have operated in the past. Patients definitely want to take
control of their health and they realise that the responsibility of good health ultimately lies with them. It’s good to see Health Authorities living up to their duties in providing this information, especially in such an innovative and cost-effective way - we're certainly convinced. T*T '7he Hospital has the information system in 39 of their departments, nine of which have an Amiga 1200 with a genlock so they can add their own messages over the video programme" ¦MBHF ? ?
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Their job varies from sourcing the relevant health information from authorities to creating the still pictures needed for a presentation.
Their language skills are also required as some videos need voiceovers adding as well, such as where the text and voice occasionally need to be in Urdu, Hindi or Welsh.
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Budd explained why some prefer to have the A1200 actually there as well as the video: “It depends on the client and whether they need to edit the script or not We've written some extra software which makes it easy for them to do this."
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59. 91 Ul 3, apparently you either love it or hate it. Either way
yau cannot escape the fact that MUI interfaces look damn
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Magic User Interface is a completely object- oriented graphical user interface. This basically that the 'look' of any program's interface* tolerable to the user's tastes. MUI makes it a possible for you, the user, to specify exactly ¦tot each part of a program's interace should took like.
The object-oriented part of MUI allows you to choose what graphic a gadget should look
99. 9 toe, so it is possible to use either one of the I *«Pplied
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and draw youi own. MUI aril accept any Data Type supported
graphic format This is all very good and useful, tut critics
of MW have always slated it for being too proces- 1 sor and
memory hungry. It is true that if you
* tart splattering background patterns, and use 1 tots of custom
gadgets on an A50C, of course I wu are going to be left wanting
in the processor stakes. As the machine desperately gasps for
more clock cycles, the window’s redraws id provi can slow to a
snails pace.
In practice, the new version does seem to pve a speed improvement over the older version, with windows and list views redrawing ligher) wf scrolling faster and more cleanly, With the version being completely compatible with the older one, you will not see any other change in your programs. The thing that has changed, however, is the way MUI is put together.
Aversion i. The new MUI 3.1 preference program is a little daunting at first, but in practice it ’a much better than the old one The new version is completely modular.
New modules can be added to MUI at a later date, and the new preference program will automatically allow you to configure this new function.
Modules Two extension modules are already available in MUI 3 and come with the package, even though no programs can currently take advantage of them. The two in question add a scrolling busy bar similar to the one used on the Mac, and a hierarchal tree structure which allows you to peruse a directory-styfe listing - again in a Mac-like way. This new modular structure does help to reduce the total memory usage of MUI, with the system only loading a specific graphic, gadget or function module Fairly straightforward memory tests show that just loading up the new MUI preferences takes 350k while
the peak memory usage - this is a MUI set-up with lots of 8 colour patterns - will hit around 700k. Only 50k is ChipRAM, the other 650k being FastRAM used by all the programs, extra libraries, and other screen data.
So is it worth upgrading, or getting?
Currently, if you want to access the Internet there is no choice, you have to have MUI.
Pronouncing itself smaller, faster and better, the latest MUI incarnation should be good. Neil Mohr sees if it can cut the GUI mustard Amosaic, the eagerly-awaited iBrowse, and MuiFTP all require MUI, along with a good many other Internet programs. The Amiga Tech Internet pack may change this, but currently you do not have a choice. To be fair, MUI 3 does seem to give Amosaic a speed boost, but then again Amosaic couldn't get any slower.
For non-lnternetters, if you use MUI programs regularly then it is worth upgrading.
Interfaces are smaller and do seem to be redrawn more efficiently, and it seems until Amiga Tech can find an easier way for programmers to quickly knock up nice user interfaces, MUI will stay the choice for many PD programmers, so will stay on many people's hard drives.
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It must seem like a bit of self-promotion to be reviewing something we are offering to our readers, but Cloanto's Personal Suite will be available to buy from your normal high street dealer at some point, it's just that we have an exclusive on it for a limited time.
Anyway, it's still a new product, so it's just as valid for me to review this as anything else.
When Personal Suite was first announced it seemed like great value for money. It should have come with the 'Personal' seies of programs from Cloanto; Personal Paint, Personal Write and Personal Fonts Maker 1 & 2. Even just for these, the CD is a bargain buy, the only downside being that all the documentation is on disc rather than printed.
The upside of all this is that the CD contains more than just these four programs - it also has Superbase Personal 4, the latest version of the all-time best-selling Amiga database, and Kara Blom's superb colour fonts You know the ones. You got Granite when you bought Dpaint Well, there are 27 normal colour fonts included on this CD and one animfont - Bullion.
In case you aren't sure exactly what an animfont is, the letters for bullion are all animbrushes and get drawn onto the screen as though they are rotathg about their vertical axis 90* to face the front As the letters rotate there is a highlight that travels across the face of each letter as though it were reflecting a light source. It's a lot easier to see than to explain, though, so have a Icok at the screenshot Animation city As if this wasn't enough, you will also find most, if not all, of Eric Schwartz's animations in both their original MovieSetter and Fantavision formats, as well as in
soundless Anim5 files, along with animations and pictures by Jim Sachs and Karl Bihlmeiei, a renowned German artist There are also some animations by 'Dr Chips' which weren't created on the Amiga and must have been quite impressive ten years ago. Now, though, tney just look dated.
And so we continue to trawl through the CD's contents and find we are also given Cloanto's PNG toolkit and datatype. PNG is the graphics format supposed to replace GIF. It is a lossless compression format capable of up to 48-bit colour resolution and it supports all An exclusive review of Cloanto's CD bundle by Ben Vost sorts of funky features. So, is that all? Nopi there's more.
Cloanto have obviously trawled th Gutenberg Project's archives because then are ASCII text versions of 45 different out-d copyright books including Hardy's Tess of th D’Urbervilles and Edgar Rice Burrough' Tarzan of the Apes, along with four Amigj specific titles detailing AmigaDOS command and Amigaguide document creation, amor other topics. One last goody completes th line up on this CD - a program called DirDi that compares directories and generates checksum, particularly useful for peopli producing software, especially on CD.
So let's have a closer look at each of th programs on offer on the Personal Suite C£ and see if they really are too good to be true.
Qersonal paint v6.4 Personal Paint has been around for quite some time now. If you are a regular reader you will have seen a mini-review of Ppaint in the Amiga Bundle round-up we did in December's issue. If you didn't see that issue, or you've only just bought your Amiga, then here's the lowdown on Ppaint.
Basically, Ppaint started life as a poor Dpaint clone but, unlike Deluxe Paint Personal Paint is still being developed and keeps getting better. Although it still offers no HAM6 or HAM8 facilities you can use Personal Paint in any register mode up to 256 colours.
Personal Paint is the only non 24-bit paint package I know of on the Amiga that also supports RTC graphics cards (the others all do nasty tricks that involve ChipPAM), which is a definite bonus now that there are more and more people out there with Picasso's or CyberVision64's, Personal Paint has all the usual tools you would expect in any paint package of note.
Oblongs, circles, text, freehand painting and filling are all performed without fuss, but Ppaint really starts to shine with its little touches like the curve tool, whichM rcther than Dpaint's simple single parabola, actually uses handles like any bezier curve and gives you of double parabola.
Convolutions However, this is nothing compared to Personal Painfsi inage processing functions. Personal Paint can apply rtsj convolutions on brushes, the whole screen, or a user-J Amiga Computing I Nope, »d the ; there out-of- i of the Dugh'S Amiga* imands among tes the DirDift rates a jeople of the jite CD ?true.
There have been several changes made to Personal Paint in the update from v6.3 to v6.4:
• New loaders and savers. You can now save an image in ASCII text
and load and save PNC format files. Also, there is now improved
colour reduction for converting 24-bit files into 256 colour
pictures which is also faster than in previous versions.
• All requesters have been rewritten using a new user interface
library and soon, all of Ooanto's products will use this new
library. Visually it hasn't changed very much, but one of the
most important additions to it must be the ava lability of a
size gadget particularly for file requesters. Also, the filter
edit requester has been re-organised making it more
user-friendly.
• Animation can now use virtual memory for frames.
• You can now animate on RTC boards which do not support
double-buffering. In some cases this 6 not as smooth, but in
most cases goes unnoticed, and in any case allows the creation
of 256- colour animations where no other pece of software would
(e.g. for ECS users with a Picasso).
• Ppainfs Arexx interface has also been improved, although no
documentation is presented for it Ooanto say that the next
version of Ppaint will probably have all the Arexx stuff
explained.
Superbase, or Sbase as it is now known, was one of the best coverdisks Amiga Computing has had. I know, I was responsible for dealing with all the updates where I was working at the time. So many readers sent their upgrade offer to us that we actually had to take on a temporary member of staff to help with the demand. Therefore, I would imagine that plenty of you already own a copy of Superbase 2.
But Sbase 4 does add some new features to the old dog. For a start, you now • have the ability to create forms for your database, a feature only previously available with the professional version of Superbase. For the uninitiated, Sbase is a relational database with extremely good functionality. It has its own programming language and although its looks aren't exactly modem, it is still the best database available for the Amiga. Use it for your video collection or for your clients names and addresses, its up to you.
Sbase has the unique ability to link multiple databases together into one, so you can have a product database linked to a stock database linked to a customer database, all with one front-end designed in the Form Designer. Sbase s documentation is something more than adequate, although the pictures in the AmigaCuide document should * have all been cropped appropriately.
So, in short Sbase is still king of the hill when it comes to power and configurability, although its looks are somewhat out of date.
? BASE PERSONAL 4 definable area. These convolutions will blur or sharpen the chosen area, emboss it, texture X or even convert it mto a stereogram image. Personal Paint is also unique in the fad that it can produce stereogram animations (there are some examples on the dsc), a feat no other Amiga package is yet capable of.
Which, dually you o Paint's pply its i user- The animation features aren't quite up to scratch yet, however. There is no motion panel i la Dpaint and ani- mbrushes are not yet supported (although there will be a patch made available to add this facility). It does.
Amiga Computing however, have a nice storyboard function which displays a thumbnail of each frame in an animation. Frames can be cut copied and pasted to new positions within an animation, and can be inserted or deleted where necessary.
Individual frames Personal Paint also supports frame timing so there is no need to make copies of individual frames to insert pauses. Ppaint will even take animations that have mulhple frames and optimise them by removing duplicated frames and simply adjusting the length of time the frames in question are displayed.
The brush handling is splendid in contrast to the weaker animation side of things. Ppaint can hold up to nine brushes in memory at once and, as previously stated, can apply its image processing effects to them Brushes can have unused bitplanes chopped to save memory and can be outlined in a variety of ways.
They shouldn't really be called PFM I & 2 as they aren't different versions of the same program, they are actually two separate font creation utilities. PFM deals with mono bitmapped fonts and printer downloadable fonts, while its erstwhile brother lets you create fonts in up to 256 colours and actually has more in common with Personal Paint than with PFM.
Qersonal fonts maker 1&2 Both suffer from the same 'innovative'interface design and need bringing into the nineties. But once more, Cloanto have come up with a really good product.
Although the time has passed when everyone relied on dot matrix printers and bitmapped fonts, there are still people who need to use font bitmaps, and PFM and its brother are there to supply the goods, PFM is more geared towards producing printer downloadable fonts that you can send into your dot matrix or inkjet printers memory and then use just like any other built-in font Your only limitation with this is the same as it would be for any other built-in font, it's difficult, to switch fonts mid-document. There's nothing much you can do about this, but at least you can jazz up your documents
with something more stylish than courier, PFM also has a built-in macro language and recorder to allow you to automate repetitive tasks like converting a whole font to italics or bold, or changing the baseline for each character, and it also supports the full ASCII character set You can use PFM to develop typefaces for foreign alphabets which run from right to left rather than the normal Latin fashion.
Font features This can cause a problem with a lot of programs though, so be warned. PFM can export fonts in the standard Amiga bitmap font format or as PFM fonts. Quite why you would want to do this is beyond me, but I guess it's nice to have the option. Finally, PFM also makes use of the font flags described in the Amiga developer kits and can ascribe attributes to a font with a simple visit to the menu bar.
PFM2 is a long overdue replacement for the Calligrapher program by Inter Active Softworks which was the only program available for a long time that could produce colour fonts. It was incredibly unfi use and very unstable, but people swore by it ( probably) for making anti-aliased fonts and colour i for video work. PFM2 looks more like a paint i than a font designer and has most of the tools ap ate to one like an airbrush and a curve tool, documentation for PFM2, such as it is, refers you to i manuals for PFM and Ppaint.
PFM2 shares many of Ppaint's brush handling I tures like being able to chop unused bitplanes graphic and being able lo change the transp colour for the brush. It lacks PFM's macro facility. I then colour fonts aren't designed to be churned each one is supposed to be a work of art Either of t comes in very handy if you have a font that is just i iig a character or two, and you can use parts of ( characters to help fill in the gaps. Scala's FuturaB i doesn't have any standard mathematical symbols i workbench calculator had blank buttons. A quick finjpl PFM soon sorted the problem and now I
have4 customised FuturaB font E ?
VERALL ERSONAL WRITE So what do I think of the CD? It's i value for money, even if you only i use Personal Paint, the layout of the i is clear and the online manuals are « to use. The only downside with the | age is that you are obviously not; posed to copy the programs onto hard drive - they are only supposed 1 run from the CD. This does mean there are different language versions I all the programs and documentation. I it does make it awkward if you are i sort of person who'd rather have all ] programs in one place. However, th are only small niggles and it's nice to!
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Key encryption system which will prevent even the most determined user from accessing your secrets.
In keeping with the secrecy facilities of Personal Write you can also destroy documents from Within the program. A file requester will appear asking you to select a file to destroy. You will be given a final ihance to change your mind and then the file will be completely removed from your hard drive.
Personal Write doesn't simply delete the file from the disk, it actually overwrites each byte so that the file cannot even be recovered using something like DiskSav or AmiBackTools.
Personal Write can open as many document windows as you have memory for, and a print spooler ensures that you don't have to hang around for your text to print. You can actually insert pictures into a Personal Write document, but don’t think that this is a WYSIWYG program. It's actually more like ProText and shares some of that program's additional features such as its extreme speed of operation.
Personal Write has never been very popular in this country. Whether this is because it has a slightly nonconformist approach to word processing or simply because not enough people knew about it, I don't know. Suffice to say that if you don't mind a somewhat odd method of working, Personal Write has some very good features, as you might expect from the team that brought you Personal Paint Personal Write is one of the most comprehensive text editors I have yet seen on the Amiga, with support for different character sets, like those used by the PC and Macintosh
- and even the Commodore 64 set! It also has the ability to
automatically insert true quote marks (you know the ones, they
look like 66 and 99) when you have used standard shift-2s.
Personal Write will check various things while you are typing,
such as case and repeated words, and warn you in case they need
correction.
Its printer support is quite phenomenal, giving you control over printer codes and postscript functions - you can even send a Postscript ’kill' command to the printer after it has finished downloading your document and it will stop the printout before it happens.
Now, I know for a fact that Personal Write is the only bit of software that will do that on the Amiga, and very handy it is too.
But Personal Write does have quite a few problems. The first is the dreadful user interface it labours under. Non-staidard keyboard shortcuts only make matters worse; having no Right-Amiga-q shortcut for quitting and having to deal with using the function keys for cutting, copying and pasting text makes me shudder and think back to Article Editor, the text processor that came with ProPage which used similar keys.
Personal Write also makes use of a very ugly custom file requester and gadgets. But back on the plus side again, Personal Write will save out text in a number of formats including ANSI, ASCII, FTXT and compressed.
You can also encrypt saved text using a strong Jargon box PNC lormat - when Unisys fold CompuServe that 4 had to pay ray- afces for using the Gtfgraptoa for mot, the search nos on for a free replacement PNG is a compact graphics format that can handle up lo 484m colour, compression, alpha channels and may other lev lures. The only software to support PNG sofor tx the Am go is Cloanto's Personal Point. Ooonto have also released a PNC datatype into the public domain f 1AM6 8 - one ct the ground breaking features of the AMIGA bock in 1987 was the fact that it could display as many as 4096
colours on the some screen This mode is only rcoty suitoble for pictures and animations, but gws w*y good results wth the nght software HAMS nos introduced with the AGAAmngasf) 1992 andean display up to 262.144 colours on the some screen HAM is an ccronym that standi f(X HM And Modify.
PTC - RTC is an acronym fa Re forgettable Graphics RIG is 0 standard by which the Amiga's workbench and other screens con berutt on o ttwthpady graphics card.
ConvolutMi - fcnvoUnons are motwes app ed lo imoges fo provide effects They ore o little difficult to explain, but transparent n use.
So you non? Need to worry atouf creating them FTXf - die FTXT format« port of the IFF standard as applied to text FTXT stands far formatted JiXT and e an AMIGA ASQt-type document format.
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Essential reading for all OctaMED users (Iss 6 to 12 also avaitabte) LOOM - £10.00 LOOM is an exciting departure from the normal methods of Amiga music production. It is a hybnd between a Simple, ypt powwful visual programming language and a composition system Simple music OBJECTS (notes chords, phrases or songs) are assembled together and modified with various tools 4 mathemaiical functions xKiudmg data from Chaos Theory. Fractals, Non Linear Systems etc (Needs 4 Meg of RAM) KIDS ONLY - £10.00 Originally due for commercial release this brilliant collection of eductional activities is now only
available from Sea soft COLOURING PAD. I-SPY. DOT 2 DOT. PICTURE SLIDE, MUSIC MAKER, WORD SEARCH. PAIRS Each colourful activity has various skill levels making this title ideal for kids of all ages, (demo version PD disk 2282) TECHNOSOUND TURBO 2 Pro Latest version of this popular 8-bit sampler £29.99 1344 MAGIC WORKBENCH I1* (1) 1318 PRINTER 0RIVERS(1) Vsoft m Canoi BJ. HP DeskJet. Rcon etc. 1462 MIOI TUTORIAL * (1) 1526 WORD FACTORY (1) 1990 dlDI UTILS 2 • (1) 1991 MUSIC X UTILS 1«(2) 1993 MUSIC X UTILS 2 »(3) 2009 4AR0 ORJVE UTH.S (2) Abac* Up: Fix Disk: VC; Ctck Dot 2: ReOrg;; Toots
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2121 A-Z PAINT PAD (II Excelentpanl package for kids 2209 PERSONAL ANALYSER » (1) Doyojknowvoi seif’ 2268 BIG GIRLS 21* (3) Wei presented 20 'Page 3* pics 2335 EXCELLENT CATO GAMES ¦ 4* (1) Poker, Czarina. Odours. Scotteh & Napdea'i 2336 COARSE ANGLER * (2) Exoeknt coarse ttsbrg gamesmulatcr 2340 30PUS UTILS VOL 2(1) Variois utilities ‘or use with Oopus 2341 DHANEOOES 4 (2) ExMtent game - «Kh out lumen1 2344 PAGESTREAM 3M UPDATE (2) 2374 - MAGIC WB EXTRAS 11 4* (2) 2376 • MAGIC WB EXTRAS 12 (2) 2380 • DOWNLOADER (1) 26 nee fonts tor use Mth 24 pr dot matra prif4erj Of wrrpstto* pnniers 2381 •
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can be placed at the back of the filofax as an instant reference section. The disk can be installed on to the hard drive along with the organiser package, and by dragging the various supplement icons across to the 'Supplements’ drawer you will be able to access them as the program starts up.
The whole package is thankfully complemented by an AmigaGuide tutorial which has )0
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Computing Ogita Organiser 2 is the second in the series of
Personal formation Managers. After the first was _released
back in July, it was difficult to believe that such a package
could be improved upon. It may not have had the portability of
a real filofax, but for features and extensive options you
couldn't go far wrong.
Digita are renowned for using their typical GUI that featured on all their past products.
The same icon display and menu system is used as in Wordworth which alsc became extremely popular because of its ease of use.
Obviously, Digita firmly believe that this display system is the most user-friendly. It allows you to see everything you can possibly access, so there are no windows hiding in the background and you don't have to re-arrange your desktop just so you can view various parts of your information.
The actual display simulates a real filofax with real pages to turn, handy booknark tabs i at the side of each section, and even rings in -dM the binder. As you turn the pages, a small, quick animation of a page turning comes into effect which just proves how realistic they want to make it The idea behind this is to present the PIM in a way most people are used to. There's no point in designing an easy GUI if you're going to have to sift through pages of the manual just to work out how you get it running. People who've owned filofaxes previously will be instantly familiar with the layout and
transferring data from a normal, everyday, ing binder to the Amiga couldn't be simpler.
Colours The tabs on the side of the filofax are all different colours so you don't have to turn your head to read the print. The features consist of Calendar, Diary, Tasks, Address Book and the Supplements. The supplements are right at the back of the book and contain 'loose leaves' which are blank sheets of paper to write down notes and any other bits of information that wouldn't usually belong in any of the previously mentioned categories.
Digita Organiser 2 includes some new features which could have come in very useful to owners of the previous package. For instance, you can create links between various categories, so making a link between somebody's address and their birthday can be carried out at the click of a button. These categories would normally be separated and couldn't be connected together.
If you buy Digita Organiser 2 you will receive another product called the % Plus Pack which contains over 100 supplement additions and Qcting on response The new features in Digita Organiser 2 may not be immediately noticeable, and may not add any cosmetic differences, but aHer a while they will become impossible to live without as they increse the power and speed immensely. It's difficult to come to a conclusion about this product as I'm not sure the new features actually warrant a second edition. However, I'm sure many people will argue that the package should have contained these features
when it was first released, although in Digha's defence, they have listened to all their existing users and acted upon the response which many companies would undoubtedly deem far too time consuming.
Andy Maddock looks at the first update to Digita's computer organiser an extensive reference section for explanations of various commands and topics, along with other information. The guide will inform you about installation instructions as well as an in- depth tutorial which, step-by-step, will take you through the entire package.
From what I saw of the first version, the second version doesn't really contain any other noticeable features that stand out. If you already own the first Digita Organiser then you can upgrade to the second version for £14.99. Although this price still seems quite expensive for the amount of features, it will provide you with more power and speed to almost certainly improve your day-to-day organisation.
The 96 Plus Pack containing all the new supplements is an excellent purchase at only £9.99. The supplement disk would undoubtedly make your filofax bigger if yours is lacking in content, and it also contains various topics of information such as corresponding births and deaths If you are looking for a comprehensive, fully configurable electronic filofax then look no further than Digita Organiser 2. As most of the Personal Information Managers are on offer as Public Domain and Shareware, despite the price, Digita Organiser 2 would be an excellent purchase if you happen to use an Amiga for
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CALL (0115) 964-2828 OR (0115) 964 2898 TO PLACE YOUR ORDER new year and a new look for Amiga Computing. But what about the Amiga? Will 1996 be the renaissance of Commodore's baby? Over the next few pages you will read about our suggestions for the next revision of Workbench, what industry pundits think of the year ahead, how the world's best Amiga show went in Cologne and just how the PowerPC chip will change the Amiga for the better.
Amiga Computing Onother new year: a lime when most of us instinctively look to the future with greater vigour and optimism than usual, whether that be the result of wishful thinking or a chronic excess of alcohol over the Christmas festivities.
This time last year, though, no amount of looking on the bright side could change the fact the Amiga's chances of a revival were rather slim. And even following Escom's takeover in May, it's been hard to banish doubts arising from the lack of news about more products, the virtually none-existent advertising campaign, and delayed supplies of the machine itself. So how come the Amiga community is feeling so much more optimistic about *996.
1996 is make or break time for the Amiga.
Gareth Lofthouse looks to the future and assesses Escom's chances of pulling off the most remarkable comeoack in the history of computing The simple answer is that news is finally coming through about plans for Amigas that will not only compete technologically with the best machines the rival platforms can offer, but maybe even leave them behind.
Committed As reported in our special Cologne show report, (see page 42) Amiga Technologies have taken the plunge and committed themselves to developing a new range of Amigas based on the Power PC RISC chip. At the same time, Phase 5 have developed a Pownr PC board that will be compatible with the current Amigas, allowing current owners to take advantage of the vast benefits that RISC processing will bring. The still distant, but more concrete, hope of actually seeing a RISC Amiga made has been backed up with a fairly busy release schedule from Amiga Technologies in the meantime. As usual,
however, the announcement has given rise to a whole new set of questions, not least a which is 'Who's still going to be developinj for the new Amigas when they finalf appear?' Amiga Computing spoke to lonj time supporters with differing views on tht machine's future prospects.
Qcala Scala have always been in the vanguard of serious Amiga development, but having successfully diversified into the PC market with their new multimedia package based on MMOS, are they sufficient1 impressed by Escom's latest plans to continue developing on RISC-based Am,gas?
"It represents no technical problem for us," said Barry Thurston, Sea,a UK's joint
MD. "I think developing for Power PC Amigas would be very good
timing for us.
There was some debate over whether or not we'd port MMOS back to the Amiga as it is now. But I imagine that going with the Power PC environment would suit the MMOS environment better, and certainly we’d be able to get c lot more functionality."
Thurston points to the fact that a Power PC Amiga would be able to run Windows 95 as well as AMIGADOS which is a distinct benefit arising from this development: "With products like Scala MMOS being cross platform, it could make a nice link between different environments on a network, for example. ’ Turning to the near future, and the Amiga's chances in 1996, Thurston is bullishly confident: "Where the Atari ST failed, and where the Archimedes hasn't been successful, I think with the Amiga it will be different,' he asserted. 7 think we will see an Amiga resurgence - you only have to have seen
the interest shown at the LIVE show. ’ With so many years spent behind him pushing the Amiga as the multi- media machine, is Thurstor, tantalised by the possibilities a Power PC Amiga might offer? "Absolutely," he replied, sounding more like an enthusiast than a businessman. "It always has been the perfect choice for multimedia." The next stage can only increase its potential.
E) l GITA Another company that's made itself into an Amiga
institution, Digita have recently come u| with the goods to
make up most of the software in the Magic Packs. Asked for his
readioi to the Power PC announcement, MD Jeremy Rhyll was
fairly positive.
“Power PC is a logical step forward," he commented. "Like Apple, Amiga Technologiel must move away from the 68000 Clip family to gain a com- - --- petitive price performance ratio, and then they can successfully follow the Apple model. Provided we receive timely development systems, the tools and documentation, and the full support of Amiga Technologies, we will develop for it. Wordworth would be a logical place to start!"
Digita, like many other companies with Amiga backgrounds, have diversified into the PC market, and their flagship product is actually the PC-based Taxibility Pro.
However, Rhyll sees the coming year as a chance for a change of fortunes for the Amiga: ye'., 1996 will be better.
There will be better machines and, hopefully, a higher awareness that the Amiga is back in the UK. The launch of Wordworth 5 in January will inevitably help focus attention, but our other future plans... are largely dependent on the performance and support from Amiga Technologies."
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ISC VERSUS PENTIUM Editor, Neil Mohr, estimates, however, that Power PC RISC Amiga would be the equivalent of having a 200Mhz Pentium PC Incidentally, the 604 Power PC chip wil also be about 150 times faster than your basic A1200.
First things first, the Power PC chip has nothing to do with PC computers.
Confusing, I know, but new Pcs arc based on Intels Pentium CISC processing. Now, Pentiums are fast, with the top of the range speeding along at 133 Mhz. Our Technical Amiga Computing There have been rumours muttered both on and off the record that Escom were only interested in the Amiga in the short term and that they had no genuine plans to develop the technology.
‘A rumour said that the Amiga is just a quick shot for the Christmas season and that the project would be I Digita Wordworth 5 Jan 1996 Cloanto Personal Paint 7 Spring 1996 TurboCalc 4 Spring 1996 OptonicaMME Dec 1996 iastof loping inaliy long- Dn the Jargon box Complex tnsoucnon Set Computing To me. (hoi means slower.
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Will your Amiga Technologies Product: Release schedule Description Q-Drive Jan 1996 Quad-speed IDE CD-ROM, £229 Amiga Internet Pack Jan 1996 Modem and Net software 'plug and play' bundle 060 Board 1st Quarter 1996 Accelerator board for current range A1200+ May 1396 050 40Mhz Coldfire upgrade A1200 with SIMM sockets RISC Amiga 1st Qiarter 1997 New high-end machine based on Power PC 604 chip Black Box ? Set tOD box soundine susoiciouslv similar to CD-TV Despite their long-term commitment to the Amiga multimedia field, Optonica never seem to have had anywhere near so much coverage as their
rivals of Scandinavian origin. Those who only know them as developers of the Insight CD series or InfoNexus might therefore be surprised to hear of some of their recent multimedia triumphs in the corporate market Take, for example, their contribution to Britain’s most popular national sport. They have already introduced huge video walls into Wolverhampton FC's football stadiums, and they're currently building similar projects at West Ham, Man City and Glasgow Rangers. All of them will be driven by AMIGAs when completed.
So are they more confident about the Amiga's prospect in the light of recent developments? "Yes, I think so," replied Optonica MD Lee Gibson. "Over the past 12 months we've been sitting on a lot of assets in terms of development because of the state of the market place. Now we want to give it a bit of a kick start" They are not, however, completely impressed by Amiga Technologies' approach so far. "To be perfectly honest, ’ said Gibson, "we’ve been a bit disappointed with what they've done.
They've got the product back on the shelf, which was their first priority. But the way they've worked with the developers and the information that's got through to them, we've been very disappointed with that." Whether they will develop for the Power PC line, then, will very much depend on Amiga Technology improving its communication lines and a revival in the. Market's confidence. "It's really a suck it 'n' see type of scenario," he concluded.
Dropped shortly afterwards," said Escom boss Manfred Schmitt recently. This is most certainly a dream of the competitionr Only the appearance of the promised products and developments will fully dispel the doubts, however. Here's what's in the pipeline: ALENDAR FOR THE COMEBACK Power PC-based board for developers use with existing range, should be backward compatible with old software Qptonica Spreadsheet Multimedia presentation software Latest release for Amiga wordprocessor Disappointed Other key releases Paint Package Phase 5 Power PC Board Jan 1996 The Amiga is now looking healthier than
it has done in a long, long time. Few doubt that if Amiga Technologies can produce the promised products at a competitive price, we will have a range of computers to be reckoned with.
It is dear from speaking to the industry leaders, however, that there are huge challenges to be overcome. It is unclear as yet for example, how much damage software incompatibility with the Magic Pack Amigas has had (see our news story). And communications with, and support for, software developers will also have to improve, although Amiga Technologies are already taking significant steps towards addressing this matter.
Certainly even those companies that have successfully diversified into the PC market would hate to see the demise of this legendary machine. It is to be hoped that 1996 will be just another chapter in the Amiga's on-going history, rather than a tragic ending to an extraordinary enterprise.
Last ditch fight limey! I've been to the Cologne for the past five years (bar year's show) and never thought I would see it as busy as it was when the A3000 was launched. But fighting my way through at least 20,000 people on a Saturday morning to get to the stards I wanted to visit put the lie to that idea. Attending the exhibitor's party the evening before probably wasn't all that good an idea as I was fighting a thumping headache in addition to the crowds, but when in Cologne... The World of Amiga show in Cologne has always been popular.'It's back as Computer 95 and busier than ever.
We sent Ben Vost to look arounc If there was ever any doubt about the fact that the Cologne show is the most important Amiga event of the year, this show was guaranteed to dispel it. Although it is now a general computing exhibition, more thar half the stands were Amiga-related, and although I only saw a few people wandering towards the exits arms laden with PC or Apple goodies, there were plenty lugging Amiga Magic packs or the new Amiga monitors around with them. If you are into 3D stuff, then there was a lot going on for you at the Cologne Show. Amiga Oberland were demonstrating a new
version of Reflections which will finally be available in English in February '96 (they hope). Maxoi were showing off their latest add-ons fcr Cinema 4D - namely a tree generator and fractal landscape generator, which both looked quite nice.
Andy Jones from Activa UK was there showing off his skills with Real 3D which will be entering a new revision shortly, and he was proud to announce a deal between Activa and AntiCravity Products (a name which will no doubt be familiar to all our Stateside readers) to distribute their prod- _ ucts in Europe. This means you will no longer have to place a call to the States to get hold of Humanoid, Snap Maps or any of AntiGravity's other highly regarded products.
Also attending the show, representing the British contingent, were HiSoft, showing off their Squirrel Mpeg prototype which was getting a great deal of interest (especially as it was showing Star Trek 6 on in Qames There wasn't much to get excited about on the games front. Although Electronic Arts and Microprose both had enormous stands, they were showing PC software for the most part and there were even some stands showing off the admittedly brilliant Playstation and its range of titles. There were no Amiga-specific games companies there, which is a shame, but it seemed as though more people
were interested in more serious pursuits than joystick waggling anyway.
Enormous Sony TV - guaranteed to draw a crowd f), and Digita, sharing the Macro Systems __ stand showing off a beta version of Wordworth 5 (which j looks absolutely splendid, the screen update is phenomenally fast).
Gasteiner also had a stand offering their usual cut price | bargains in the hard drive j and memory department.
The Cologne show is always popular with people in the know who are in the trade, SO, although they didn’t have stands, there were representatives from Powei Computing, GPSoft, Cloanto, and many other * companies wandering around looking for new products to distribute or sell.
Video users were also well catered for with both Electronic Design and Hama present exhibiting their genlocks and PAL encoders to an eager audience, and for the higher end, the aforementioned MacroSystems stand was also replete with Vlab Motion demonstration systems showing off the power of their £1000 non-linear editing solution. If you were in the market for broadcast quality output however, your only choice was to visit MOM Computersysteme who were showing off their Broadcaster Elite machine which offers true broadcast quality output for a lot less than ori platforms like the PC Mac or
SGI.
¦ at at I terns, But acceleration was where it was Computer 95. Micronik, MacroSystem Amiga Computing 42 JANUARY 1 99 6 HE DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE r host to a packed room filled with deol- «? Developers from around the world, all present announce their intention to use the ogam and to answer questions On the top table with Petro and Cilles Bourdin were Schmitt making a welcome Fred Fish, the father of PO libraries, Horst Brand the | fcaf ‘oxfio at ICP Verlag, publishers at A**gc Plus which was the oHicial of the show, Johnathan' Aedroor. Head of Amiga Technologies
• and venous other Amiga Technologies Wt0 including Peter Kittel
ana Andreas m jnd ¦»* kstened as plans were outlined for w*
tear Mos? Interesting of these was the fact that 9 9pdcttd
A1200 (possibly Called the A1200+) is in Nr -and due to be
previewed at CeBit in r r Starch next year. The A1200+ should
be on sale by June July and will be powered by Motorola's
ColdFire or 68030 processor. It will have SIMM sockets on the
motherboard which are user- accessible and should come with an
internet software bundle. This bundle will also be avails'
able for any Amiga user and should be plug and play according
to Petro Tyschtschenko.
Developers should be a little happier after the announcement that Ats first priority is to restart Commodore's developer support program, and they are going to concentrate on using on-line services like their ftp server to provide support Mr Tyschtschenko said that people and com- , , Dr. peter Kittel, head , . , , .
Of os development Panies who were registered developers with Commodore would have to re-register with AT because a) AT don't have a developer database and
b) developers would need to sign AT non-disclosure agreements.
Both Petro Tyschtschenko and Fred Fish reiterated the
importance of public domain developers commercial developer
you can join up with A T's deve'oper program for SI00 a year -
commercial developers have to pay S300 a year. This entitles
the developer to access Ats ftp server and get advance copies
of Workbench, special pricing on development systems, and so
on.
In the Q&A session, one of the questions asked was about the lack of any marketing strategy, particularly for the CK market Cilles Bourdin replied that there was very fittle budget for Amiga marketing this year and that people shouldn't confuse AT with Escom who are busy advertising their Pcs left, right and centre. He also said that AT didn't want to make Commodore's mistake of pitching the Amiga solely at the gamesmarket and that serious thought had to be given to the sort of advertising campaign that they would eventually do.
L*.C (the creators of the Aoollo cards accelerator), and M-TEC were all c* speedier machines thar the norm, had a joint accelerator and bridge- a Pentium P75 on a single card, had their DEC Alpha co-proces- yffing in a Draco machine. This card m*. *c rr%xh an accelerator as a co-processor.
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Have to be written specifically to arte advantage of its massive computing and already there has been wide- wmu: demand in the 3D software company ter development boards.
Speed boost s contribution to the speedfest was the Sczard 1260 board which saw an Amiga powered by a Motorola 68060 (look au Vdt a rewew soon). But more importantly, «o had a prototype accelerator running
• *a*erPC604 chip. This chip is the next of Motorola's chip
family and is incompatible with the 680x0 series. Phase5 are
going to be supplying boards to developers in January so they
can create programs that will run native under the PowerPC Why
are they doing this? Well, Motorola aren't going to be making
any further additions to the 680x0 line, so if you want a
faster Amiga this will be the only way to jump. In addition,
completely independently, Amiga Technologies announced the
decision i cheap, cheap - this stand is telling an ck and
monitor for around £470!
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* *?re several stands devoted to other computing platforms at
Computer 95. Without they were all less busy than the Amiga
Technologies stand - the IBM stand running demonstration of
OS 2 having particularly poor attendance (perhaps due to the r
tar the real star of the show has been multitasking for years).
Off--- »rs han on is at at stems, although there were plenty of PC products for sale and being demonstrated, there
* x huge Microsoft stand. Perhaps Bill Cates and co. Realised the
futility of trying to brag Windows 95. Apple had a huge stand
with machines surrounding an inner sanctum deok were no doubt
being oone, and Acorn had an open lattice work affair filled
with performing some quite impressive tasks, but few people
watching them.
IMELINE Qdrive CD-ROM drive available % Jan 96 Internet bundle for all Amigas 7 March 96 Preview of A1200+at CeBit lstqtr96 060 A4000T available lune luW A1200+ on sale 3rd qtr 96 Set top box on sale tstqtr97 PowerAmiga on sale 1st _ to make future Amigas based around the PowerPC chip at the recent VideoToaster Expo in America, and reiterated that commitment at the developers conference on the Saturday evening of the show.
All in all, the Cologne show was the best proof for a jaded journalist that the Amiga was • still a viable concern, and seeing all the new products available from stands the show wide helped to reinforce that opinion. The Cologne show really is the best Amiga show in the world and I strongly encourage more English Amiga developers to take stands there next year.
The language barrier isn't a big problem, most German Amiga users know how to speak at least a little English, and the effort is ready worthwhile. And I know it can be a bit expensive for Amiga users to go all the way To Germany just for an Amiga show, but it really is the best there is and flights and hotels don't have to be that expensive. Hopefully, Escom will try to duplicate their efforts in Cologne with, a similarly sized endeavour in the UK so that you don't have to traipse halfway across Europe in order to buy your favourite machine.
Zl* Amiga Computing ne of the constant criticisms direcat Commodore the former owners of the Amiga, was the fact there were all these funky things like networking and CD-ROM support available on other machines, and none at all for the Amiga except through third-party software. The situation has worsened over time until, at this point. Workbench seems incredibly under-powered compared to the offerings for the PC and Macintosh. And it is.
Amiga Technologies are going to have to do an awful lot of work in a very short time in order to bring the Amiga back into the forefront of computer human interface technology. The progress that needs to be made is difficult cross-linked with other parts of the Amiga that need improving, but it must be achieved. In this respect I humbly submit some of my suggestions, as a user of Windows (and Windows 95), the Macintosh System 7.5, and Workbench, for the improvement of future releases of Workbench.
There are further considerations than just taking account of software. The Amiga's hardware is currently a bit of a bodge, too.
Floppy drives that will only read high density disks at half speed and that click incessantif, stupid screen modes that no-one will ever use, an IDE interface as standard, a memory subsystem that is fatally flawed on the Amiga 4000 and limited to a laughable, by today's standards, 16Mb RAM, no real-time clock on the A1200, and so on.
Power pc A future Workbench can only survive on new and updated hardware, and Escom have announced that they plan to use the PowerPC family of processors in future machines, but right now work needs to oe done for the 680x0 family, which Escom v ill still be using until at least next Christmas. So, what should we expect from an entry i machine?
In my opinion, I think a machine with i 68050 running at at least 25MHz, but ably 50MHz, would be cheap enough to as a beginner's machine. It would need to furnished with an MMU as standard, but could have a user-accessible socket for FPU chip which could be pre-fitted on 'deluxe' version of the machine. There is question that the Amiga would have with a reasonably sized SCSI hard drive standard - 250Mb would be plenty to with - and I think that a 4Mb machine would also be a good start ably in a user-accessible SIMM socket in machine itself, Since the required to make the Amiga great again
multi-facetted, I'm going to separate into different categories and will list -all sources for inspiration for each in brackets after the suggestion.
J Ben Vost gazes into his crystc ball and comes up with a plan for an updated Workbench to blast all other operating systems out of the water Software ORKBENCH IMPROVEMENTS The most important thing to be done is to make Workbench complete. Don't offer cut- down versions with particular machines, give eveiyone everything. Offer the operating system on a CD, if possible, so that Workbench installation is as painless as possible. The installation process should be intelligent, and check for system hardware before installing high-end facilities in a low-end svstem.
Internal ¦ Make WB properly multi-tasking. At the moment you can't copy a file using WB and still do anything else. For copy (or multiple file deletion) operations, a progress bar with a cancel button should be added to Workbench which gives the names of the files as they are copied (or deleted). (System 7, Windows 95) ¦ Make sure that some system of RTG is included in WB (probably CyberGFX). Dhch all the stupid screenmodes that no-one uses like Super HiRes and incorporate a pseudo 24-bit emulation whereby WB dithers down any image to match the screen colour resolution automatically. (System
7, ECS) ¦ Replace cycle gadgets with pop-up menus.
(Cyde2Menu, TypeSmith) D Pop-up gadgets make a lot sense than cycle gadgets, particularly when there are a lot of options Amiga Computing I A M I I A f? V 1 q Q mi cn U Perhaps a future format requester might look something like this? It should, of course, be completely font-sensitive and not this mix of fonts ¦ Cap* and Paste ought to be systemwide and ii not just fields or text files, so that «o» mid dp the name of a program, an icon,
• a sound sample and so on and then prxt them wherever
appropriate. There ! Also be a scrapbook program like the
• where you can keep clips when t the machine. (System7) 9 Cjt
out all the bitmap fonts and CG Fonts me go for systemwide
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jstration caused by not having the right tort n the right
format. There is already an type type 1 manager for tie Amiga i
as shareware.
9 CD-ROM an integral part of ¦DAtxncti indudmg the ability to boot from Cdi) and include an audio CD player and, s ="x*oCD viewer. (AsimCDFS 3) file notification systemwide so that if icopy Hes into the RAM disk in 3 file man- ¦ an open RAM window on workbench xae reflect the change, etc. i system requesters respond to return ¦¦d Ssc for OK and cancel respectively (and
• *’*1 letters in case of more than two a tcp ip stack to
Workbench (to i networking as standard) (System7) choices).
(ARQ) If the Amiga is supposed to be such a multimedia machine,
then some sort of system support for animation should be taken
for granted. A chunky pixel format screen is far better suited
to the playback of colourful animations than the Amiga's bit-
plane approach, which only really shines when there are fewer
than 16 colours on screen. If a 68030 base machine is a
possibility, then the pussyfooting around should stop and
serious work done on improving the performance of WB in this
field. It has only been held back at the present time by the
large proportion of 68000-based machines in the marketplace.
Now that there are more A1200s out there, people are trying things which tax the system more, but even more could be achieved with an even more powerful entry level machine.
There could also be libraries for 3D graphics, sound, and picture manipulation that would work systemwide. If this was the case, newer Current Information Dev i c e Vo 1 line 'Uorkbench' 35rAmit m |V, 58* used F ornnt as MS-0 5* New Vo I unr Nanc [Empty 1 Put Trashcan _v£j Fast Fi(e System _V J Internationa1 Mode Oirectorv Cache _*u Format | Quick Format Cane e1 ¦ Incorporate CrossDos and CrossMac into Workbench and change the way disk icons are shown. From now on, there should only ever be one icon for a floppy disk on Workbench, and the Format requester should have a pop-up gadget so that
the user can choose whether to format a disk as AmigaDOS, MS-DOS or Macintosh compatible. (Multi FileSystem) versions of these libraries could be supplied as they were improved. This would mean even less reinvention of the wheel and more system-friendly games.
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the sorting by clicking on a different heading "If the Amiga
is supposed to be such a multimedia machine, then some sort
of system support for animation should be taken for granted"
¦ Change the way the View Same' item works in the
• mdows menu on WB.
Rather than having the sort knctions in the menu, make t so that users can just click or the headings across the top of the window to change the way items are sorted, and implement a tUantosh-style list where drawers can be opened
- S'de the same window 'jiher than opening a new one (This is
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See the picture, it's pretty much self-explanatory).
Vstem7, MUI 3) Qcons ¦ Maintain the snapshotting of the RAM disk icon transparent (it could be put into envarc: as default_ram.info). ¦ Consider incorporating a program's icon into the body of the file, rather than having a separate .info file. This would reduce confusion and speed certain operations up. (System7) HELL ¦ Institute * as the default wildcard character instead of ?. (MS-DOS) ENU Amiga Computing ACUITIES ¦ Create an Arexx interface for Workbench itself, possibly with a macro recorder to make systemwide repetitive actions more simple (QuicKeys) ¦ Ensure that the system file
requester offers the options of creating new directories, deleting files and renaming them.
(MFR) ¦ Create a systemwide trashcan that sits on the Workbench rather than having a trashcan for each individual disk (System7) ¦ Add a system tools menu. (System7, TodsDaemon) ¦ Add a systemwide titlebar clock (TrtleClock) ¦ Stop people fiddling around with the Shell so much and add a GUI for the editing of the user-startup so that people don't have to type in instructions they may not feel comfortable with (assignprefs) ¦ Increase the amount of options for disabled people, including changing the mouse buttons over for left-handed users and a built-in magnifying glass.
The options to change font style and size are splendid and are not offered by many other operating systems ¦ Include some kind of system manager in WB so that programs which have failed can have their processes, screens, and windows shut down (and memory freed if possible). This should be an automatic process, but there should be a user interface for expert users.
¦ Extend exchanges abilities (more like the MUI Exchange).
¦ Extend GadTools to allow user definable selectable gadget outlines.
¦ Add a screengrab function systemwide that will deal with any screentype (especially handy for us journos).
(System 7) Hardware er, an impression cultivated in this country by Commodore area Steve Franklin. A sea change has been long overdue, and can only be resolved with a long-term publicity drive.
Like Skoda, the Amiga is now seen as the cheap end of the market with nothing going for it other than its price.
The fad that you don't have to buy a monitor or hard drive for it is not an advantage; people will happily buy a monitor and a hard drive when they upgrade to a PC (a serious computer). But the PC won’t be the competition for the Amiga in the next few years, it will be the Mac With Apple agreeing licensing deals with companies all over the world, the Mac is the ideal replacement for the Amiga, much more so than the PC but is not well-known enough yet As a dedicated Amiga owner who has spent a great deal of time, effort, and money on his computer system, I wish Amiga Technologies all the best
and hope that at least some of my suggestions will be implemented for what I believe would be a world-beating Workbench.
¦ Consider ditching the Amiga's custom chipset and going for emulation of it in a modular VGA-type system which can be painlessly upgraded to offer better features such as 24-bit screens, 3D graphics manipulation and faster window updates ¦ Add user-accessible SIMM sockets to all machines and make sure they can take a wider variety of SIMMs than current machines. If possible, allow mixing and matching of memory types (i.e. a mix of 1Mb and 4Mb SIMMs in one machine) ¦ Add an internal speaker which can be controlled from a sound preferences program to make sure that any Amiga can have sound of
some sort with any monitor.
¦ Incorporate the PCI bus into future Amigas in preparation for a complete changeover to PCI in future machines.
¦ Return to a hardware flicker fixer (if necessary) to ensure compatibility with all monitor types ACHINE FEATURES Conclusions Amiga Computing JANUARY 1 996 ultiview ¦ Add a new drawer in DEVS: for added tools to use in Multiview, like video or sound digitisers. If Multiview is made into an UrApp (the basis for other applications) then it can be built up into a powerful multimedia tool.
¦ Change the sound datatype for Multiview so that it includes a scalable view of the sample and the ability to position the cursor anywhere ii the sample and add playback gadgets like any normal sample player.
¦ Change Multiview so that nol only can datatyped files be saved as their IFF equivalents, but also as any other format. Incorporate copy and paste in Multiview.
¦ Make Multiview HTML compatible with appropriate navigation tools (this would also mean adding the ability to have inlined images in a Multiview document) with a view to replacing AmigaGuide with HTML. Change the way datatypes work so that they too no longer rely on there being Chip RAM to play with.
¦ Also make them resolution and colour independent so that people with 24-bit displays won't need to use a different file viewer.
This will require a systemwide dithering tool which should be extremely fast and available to any program that requires it. This will also increase the memory overhead for machine operation so it should not be available on machines with Iqw RAM. (These machines should not be allowed to use 24-bit displays at all) ICKSTART ¦ Incorporate features like filename completiof and a scrollback history into kickstart so that the shell may have them even when started with na startup-sequence or user-startup.
¦ Extend the Early Boot screen to include WBStartup programs and device drivers, so that they may be disabled where necessary, and, at the very least allow a mouse button or key press to disable the WBStartup drawer without having to rename it I Make sure the Amiga can be booted from a CD.
¦ If Kickstart can be put onto a flash ROM it couki be updated through software, saving the material cost and effort of having to send out new ROMs each time Workbench hits a major revision.
As I said in the intro, Amiga Technologies have their work cut out for them. But Apple have managed the transfer to the PowerPC chip admirably, if not fully efficiently. All the things that made the Amiga great even as recently as five years ago are increasingly liabilities and things like the custom chipset and Workbench are woefully out of date.
Amiga Technologies have restarted the developer support program that was one of Commodore's best features and are actively recruiting developers that have moved to other platforms, or who have never programmed for the Amiga to come onto their new platform, so, with luck, the software situation should improve dramatically - but it needs to get better in the right way.
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Computers Ltd (01392) 499 755 Ji B F owler Amiga Technologies have announced th« future of Amiga Computing, and that future is the PowerPC. Neil Mohr checks out the MPC604 processor Amiga computers will be the PowerPC MPC604 processor. For most people the fact that new Amigas will be powered by a PowerPC processor was no real surprise, the choice of the MPC604, however, was a little from one another, with the load store unit helping to co-ordinate instructions run out of sequence, buffering early results and instructions until they are ready to be moved into registers.
The 604 comes with two 16Kb caches for instructions and data. This is eight times larger than the 040's copy back cache and allows the processor much quicker access to recently used data and instruction, therefore giving a considerable speed advantage.
They also allow what is known as cache 'snooping.' As the 604 is designed to be used in multi-processor systems, data in each of the processors must be kept coher- ent, otherwise you would get errors cropping up in results, and when errors occur your looking at a system crash.
There has been no word from Amiga Technologies whether any future Amiga surprising.
Released just before the end of 1994, the MPC604 is a new processor cesign, and running at a lOOMhz delivers over ten times the processing power of an A4000 040. This sort of power will give a Silicon Graphics Indigo 2 a run for its money.
RISC design is the key to tke MPC604 speed, a simplified instruction set allows engineers to optimise the processor design and therefore get instruction processed in the minimum amount of time. Vwth the CPU split into separate processing sections, the MPC604 is capable of executing multiple instructions simultaneously, in fact up to six separate instructions can be dispatched and executed in one clock cycle.
With three integer units, a flcating point unit capable of executing a double precision instruction in a single clock cycle, and an advanced dynamic branch prediction unit along with a load store unit, the 604 packs a lot into a single chip.
All these sections work independently Jargon box The one tale problem when it comes to computers is the huge number of brain numbmgly complex terms thot get thrown about, the prolific obiky of c omputer engineers to invent and give birth to new words and acronyms can have even the most hardened techy's faces glazing over in confusion and bewilderment tf you are having problems under- standing whot some of the terms and ocrmyimmeinhcKisashortdcxnp' tton of some of the more important ones RISC on ocronym thot stonds for Reduced Instruction Set Computer. A processor that con be described os being
RISC has been designed with the goal of mmmising the time it takes for instructions to be executed, typicaffy one dock cycle. This oftm the processors execution poth to be oggressively optimised.
Complex Instruction Set Computer. This describes a processor which hss been designed to put os much fkMty m the instruction set so a large number of instructions ore avoih able. CISC instructions can take many dock cyoes to execute .as opposed to RISC instructions.
. Conventional processors can only execute a single instruction at a time. Durng ifrts bme the processor has to work OA what the instruction is what it is domg, aid whot it is doing if to, befdte the instruction can be executed One of the fust things introduced into RISC design was pipelining. A basic pipeline xtsas a simple buffer, prefetching nstructions for the processor, so rtfien the processor *va«s another mstnxtion it can get it instantly.
More complex pipelines actually decode and process instructions.
Therefore msteod of yst having a single msfruSon being worked on by the ptocessa'. This pipetintng ocruofy lets j toci have a number of mstructionsX being processed This spArs the processing of « frans into sections, helping to increase die speed of RISC processors - therefore a number of instructions be worked on with the minimum delay.
SuperScala a SuperScdor processor' fias been designed vxth mote thon one pipeline. This allows it to process' instructions in parodd, or at the samel time. Trus s not foe some as o pipeline, os a SuperScalar processor can have , many pipelines processing at the same' time.
The MPC60I has three pipelines, an integer yi* g flppbng par»f und, and a branch unit so it con execute up to tfvee instruction at the same ome, whRe the 604 has six pipelines allowing six instructions to be execwferfi simuttoneousfy.
Amiga Computing “Currently, Amiga Technologies are understandably hesitant about commenting on what a future RISC Amiga will be like" V will be multi-processor. Such a system would have huge advantages over current systems, and considering that the P6 will have been out for a while by 1997, having a multi-processor design would allow the Amiga to stay ahead of the pack.
Currently, Amiga Technologies are understandably hesitant about commenting on what a future RISC Amiga will be like - their announcement at the Toaster Expo simply stating that we will see a Power Amiga in the first quarter of 1997. This will be a high- end system with a new version of AmigaDOS that should finally see network and memory management added as standard.
Aires? unA Tbi$ ereoifes any losttxscns that are not fioatmg pan! Or trench nsfrudlbns advantage of doing this is that it will allow developers to get into gear and produce native PowerPC versions of their programs.
In fact, it appears that a developers-only board could be ready as soon as the end of January, along with a cross compiler. This would allow developers to start porting their programs and produce new ones in readiness for the release of the PowerPC accelerator board, and when the new Power Amiga finally arrives, there should be a good selection of native utilities and games ready and waiting for the buying public.
It looks like 1996 could see the Amiga catapulted into the fast lane, and finally being able to take on top-of-the-range Pentiums head to head for raw processing power. Just imagine Workbench, which currently runs very nicely on your old A1200, having access to a PowerPC My conservative estimates put a PowerPC-driven A4000 to be running around 12 times as fast. Your humble A1200 could scorch along at 140 times the speed, and for you poor old A2000 owners, how does running Imagine at around 300 times the processing power sound?
Jargon box OW THE M PC604 LINES UP 1 Processor dk SPECint92 SPECfp92 | MCP601 80 80 105 100 110 130 MCP 603 80 75 85 100 120 105 MPC604 100 160 165 133 200 200 Pentium 100 100 80 68040 25 12 10 PA-7200 120 168 270 R4400 250 176 165 SGI Onyx 200 142 143 Alpha 233 177 215 System variance CPU tfie floating flcunt Unit erearfes tkXtong panr insrrwTibns These ae instructions that an deal mth fractional or wry large numbers that come m th$ speoaf flooring pout farm You should then expect to see entiy and mid range systems appear after this initUI launch. It even looks like the low-end systems will
be 604 equipped. I did have a few reservations about this because the 604 is still a little expensive and the 601 or 603 may have been used instead, as these are completely compatible with the 604 and still provide Pentium trouncing power but at a lower price. It does seem, however, that the 604 could be used throughout the range, because a larger volume could be bought, and therefore reduce the overall price.
In conjunction with Phase 5, a PowerPC board is also planned for late 1996, which will plug into your A4000 3000 and an A1200 version is planned as well, letting you get early access to all this power at an early stage. A big Branch Prediction Unit By hooding branch tn$ irucnans separately She processor fries to preddt whether a branch fi she program vwV occur or not. If it gets the guess nght another speed increase « ganed. Tiger fie guess mmg then nothing is octuab tost - processing wouid be the same as hovtng no BHJ 0 Memory Monogement Unt s found on fuB versions of the 030,040 ond 060
processors An UUU atoms fie operating system to tme funatans such as wfotf memory, memory prwectw and resource tracing Amberxh 4 here we come!
Cociv - a smaS amount of memory m the processor thoi can !* accessed iery qxtty. Data and rstruaans that are stored m cache are accessed considerably (juicier than if they ore stored in mam memory Try t&nmg your A 1200's instruction coche off and you wtff see the difference a cache can moke. The larger fie cache fie greater the speed increase.
FV, PowerPC Reference Platform is a system standard dreamed up by IBM Bosxaty it stares vfiat hardware should be on every PowerPC computer, afowng PreP boxer to run the some software. Apple ddnotUtisa- the Common Hankmc Reference Platform yns invented gnrf Apfx'e hie e. CHRP is based cm PpeP and defines a number of hardware standards PowerPC-bosed machines should hmv. Any CHRP software »wV run on any CHRP mochme. Currently, it is not dear tbether o Power Amga wd be a CHIP machine or not. If it me you would be obie to dmtfy run MccO's or any other CHRP 05 such is Wnicm NT and urn QoWER PC
HISTORY Bock in the middle of 1991 IBM, Motorola and Apple got together to decide on a new processor architecture that would be used to power future desktop computer systems.
Each company had their own motivations - IBM wanted a new processor line to replace their ageing POWER multiprocessor system, which is used in their desktop machines; Apple was !ooking for a RISC processor they could use to rephce the terminated 680x0 line; and Motorola needed a new mass market processor line. With the end of their 680x0 line, and the fact that Apple were not looking interested in their 88000 RISC, they decided to take the chance and jump in with IBM and Apple in producing the new PowerPC chips.
So in July 1991 the PowerPC processor architecture was revealed. As IBM wanted to keep compatibility with their range of current desktop, the instruction set was based on a cut-down version of their POWER architecture, with 38 instructions dropped to cut the cost of design and production.
Amiga Computing With PowerPC processors lined up to appear in everything from laptops to mainframes, the initial design goals called for a range of processors that could accommodate the different parts of the market.
Releases The first PowerPC processor to be released was the MPC601 back in 1993. Aimed for mid-range computers, the 601 provided Pentium power at around half the price. These were quickly snapped up by Apple for use in their first range of PowerPC-powered Macs.
Towards the end of 1994 the MPC603 became available. Sporting a new caching system and an improved fabrication, the 603 provided a slightly improved performance over the original 601, but with tiny power consumption. This was perfect for use in those PowerBooks that Apple users love so much.
The MPC604 quickly followed, just sneaking out before the end of 1994. With new pipelining, an improved superscalar design, larger cache, and higher dock rates, the 604 provides a large improvement over the previous PowerPC processors.
There is a fourth design being worked on by IBM called the 620. This is meant to be a top-of-the-range Alpha crushing design, aimed squarely at the high- end end mainframe community. Unfortunately, the current benchmarks being released by IBM are not too encouraging, placing the 620 firmly at the bottom of the mainframe league, and only slightly ahead of its younger brother the 604. Rumours ore circulating that IBM might not even bother using it in their systems. Perhaps a radical crank in processor speed will _l E see the 620 back in contention.
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DOSH The man with the name that reminds you of surfing poets
is back with this month's letter-filled mailbag money. I'm
sure it would even exceed the A4000T price of £2199.
I'm not saying the A4000T is a gift It realy is a lot of money, but I think that people in business would pay it For example, take the great 3D modeller Real 3D. The PC version of this product costs around £800. Add to this the cost of a PC with at least 16Mb RAM and I think you will agree, the A4000T is worth considering. Don't forget that the Amiga really multitasks and in less RAM than a PC, and RAM makes machines expensive.
Bothered to find a bit of paper and a stamp, why not e-mail us? Simply point your mailer to: ESP@acomp.demon.co.uk There's a £50 pound prize for the best letter printed as an incentive Laugh buying. Show Escom they were right to buy Commodore. Show the world that the Amiga is capable of things the PC is only just starting to do. Show them that we were multitasking when they were still looking at green screens. Show them that multimedia was invented in the '80s, not the 90's, and take out your Amiga magazines. Read them on the bus, on the train, in the park, and let them see the name of our
computer.
Bert Volders, Den Andel, Netherlands Windows 95 looks good, but is actually worse to use than Workbench 1.3. Just laugh at all your PC-owning friends. Ask them what they have paid to be able to connect their PC to a video, then tell them what an Amiga to 5CART cable costs. Just ask them the price they paid for their soundblaster and turn on your machine and play an eight track MED song while saying that the Amiga doesn't need anything to be able to make music.
Show what your computer can do, shew them the excellent document publishers, tie awesome drawing tools, the perfect music programs. But don't just show them, let them use your machine and see how easy it is.
So, Amiga users - stop crying and start The crowd roars with approval! Bert, have you ever thought of going into politics?
That last bit was definitely reminiscent of the "...We will fight them on the beaches..." speech by Churchill. What you say is quite correct. I, for one, was quite disappointed when I learned of Escom's pricing policy for both machines, but, on reflection, you are still getting one hell of a bang for your buck.
Everybody always compares Amiga hardware pricing directly with PC hardware pricing, but as you say, the hardware is only the start of it. When it comes down to it, the machine you buy should reflect what you want to do with it The Amiga is also in the enviable position where, thanks to hardware like Emplant and software like ShapeShifter, it can emulate other machines and provide the best of all possible worlds. I hope you can get something for your Amiga with the £50 prize that should be winging its way to you money. Is this true or have I been told a pack of lies about their true
worth?
David O'Conner, South Yorkshire I think your friend has been pulling your leg. While some of your games might be considered classics, I think it unlikely that people would want to pay large sums of money for them.
However, if you keep them for, say, 40 or 50 years, then they might be worth as much as some Dinky toys are now to the right person. By the way. Empire, what a game!
As a dedicated Amiga user (I own an A2000, an A3000 and a CD32) I read a lot of magazines and keep back issues. Every now and then I pick up one of the older mags and re-read it And yesterday I picked up an Amiga Computing from December 1989 and saw an ad from Silica.
This ad shows an unexpanded A500 which could be yours for £399. And we're only talking about a simple A500 with Kickstart 1.3, 512K of RAM and a humble 68000 processor. This was a price we all paid without complaining and I dare say loads Df current Amiga users started off with this machine.
Now it's 1995. Six years later. Silica had an ad in the November 1995 issue of Amiga Computing offering an oh so beautiful A1200 at exactly the same price as the A500 in the previous ad. But this machire offers a much better processor (68020), more RAM (2Mb), more expandability, 32-bit technology, Kickstart 3.1, bags of colours, and a really good software bundle.
So I don't understand all the complaints. I agree with the fact that personal computers are falling in price, but bear in mind that those specifications are not as massive as they seem. I know many Amiga users who love the idea of having 4Mb RAM in their machines, but settling for a 4Mb PC means a really poor PC. Not really able to multitask (Windows 95 needs at least 8Mb RAM to run WordPerfect 6.0 and a really small game), a pain in the neck when it comes to user- friendliness, and that nice PC salesman who smiles as he offers you a free 200Mb hard drive isn't being that friendly - the disk
will be full within two or three weeks.
I agree that the good old A4000T is too expensive, but look at its specifications (68040 25, 2Mb Chip, 4Mb Fast, Kickstart
3. 1, bags of colours, 1.2Gb SCSI hard drive, SCSI controller and
the tower case) and it doesn't seem so expensive. Just
remember the old days (back to 1989) when a humble A2000 would
set you back a massive £1259 with 1Mb RAM, Kickstart 1.3 and a
68000. To get it up and running you needed at least a RAM
expansion to get it to I Mb Chip and 2Mb fast, you needed an
A209I SCSI controller card and if you wanted that size hard
drive it would set you back an awful lot of My large Amiga
software collection includes many ancient games like 'Empire -
Wargame of the Century*, 'Aaargh!', 'Kampfgruppe' and 'Battle
Tech'. I've completed them all and they are now just sitting
on my shelves gathering dust.
This is a real shame because all are in mint condition with their original boxes and instructions still in tact.
A good friend has since told me that old games in such great condition can fetch up to £50 each if resold to other Amiga software collectors because they are so rare. Many of them, I'm sure, cannot be found in shops and may have even been permanently deleted from the relevant companies' product lines, so they should be worth quite a bit of Qntique collector Amiga Computing shortly.
Qmiga ADD-ONS Qull motion Amiga I am seriously thinking of buying a new Amiga 1200 with hard drive. At the moment I Owfl 1 CD32 with FMV cartridge. Will I be able to connect my CD32 to the Amiga 1200 and still I able to run CD32 software? Also, will I be able to run normal Amiga CD-ROM softvyare this wa Would I be better off selling my CD32 and buying a new CD-ROM drive (will I be able to buy i Mpeg card so I can run Video Cds and Photo Cds?).
Thank you for your excellent magazine and keep up the good work.
Mr S Bhogal, BF If you were to buy an A1200, it might be better for you to stay with the CD32 for now. Yo will be able to connect the two machines using a serial cable and the software SERn This will allow you to access data Cds like the Aminet Cds, but not program Cds. Howe you will still be able to use the CD32 as it stands, so you will be able to run programs I on that If you do decide to ditch the CD32, your best bet would be to buy a CD-ROM drive th comes with a Squirrel interface. If you do, then, when HiSoft's new Mpeg expansion con out, you will be able to plug that into your CD-ROM
drive.
» Sew year, new machine After reading most of the Amiga magazines over the last year or so it has become obvious that if you want add-ons for your machine but don't own an A120D or higher, you are not important. All peripherals seem to be carried out on an A1200. There are a lot of A600 owners about and I'm sure that I am not the only one who looks to the press when looking for peripherals, but how do I know how, or even if, they will perform on my A600? For instance, another magazine tested the HiQ multimedia Powerstation, but on an A1200, even though the A600 also has a PCMCIA slot.
Just to be different, why not review peripherals on all compatible machines listing any problems that might occur with those that are not hooked up for the test.
That way you won't end up with a magazine called AMIGA COMPUTING IF YOU HAVE AN A1200 ORA4000.
I am very happy with my set up (A600, 2Mb RAM, external floppy drive. Citizen ABC printer) and I will expand this one piece at a time as funds allow. Anyway, while I have your attention, I was reading the December issue of Amiga Computing and came across an advert from Casteiner which included an A600 accelerator. Can you please tell me if this is ever going to be reviewed in Amiga Computing? Finally, will the HiQ Powerstation with CD-ROM actually work on an A600 and if so, with what limitations.
Adrian A Taylor, Staines I am glad you are happy with your A600.
In these fast-moving times, it sometimes pays to remember that we should each have a machine that suits our needs and a lot of people don't actually need a 4000T, graphics card and Vlab Motion.
As for what you are saying about the lack of A600 information in our reviews, I think we have to be careful. If a product will definitely only work with one particular type of Amiga then we will say so in our product box at the end of every review, otherwise you can pretty much figure on it working with any machine as long as it fulfils the rest of the criteria laid down in the aforementioned box.
It isn't always possible for magazines to review a product on every machine that has ever come out, we tend to restrict it to the machines we have up and running (which still includes a 4000, 1200, 3000, 3000T and 2000) because there just isn't the time in our hectic schedule. If a product looks suitable for use on your A600, why not speak to the people who sent it to us for review? They are going to know just as much as we are likely to be able to tell you, and I would hope that they would know more, dy the way, have a look in this issue for that A600 accelerator reviem.
I wonder if you can help me out. I have owned an Amiga 500 since 1988 and am content with it. However, my internal cisk drive is going out and the 1084 monitor flicks to black occasionally, so I would like to upgrade to a new system. The problem is, I need to do things that my old 500, as configured, won't do, and I only have so much money.
Now, what with Windows 95, I’ve been looking closely at a Pentium system and been studying how they work, realising the dvantages of things like 'EDO' RAM and ipeline-burst cache' as compared to the
486. What I don't know is what it all means in comparison to the
Amiga. Even so, I am awfully tempted to buy one of those
Pentiums.
However, I like to consider myself a loyal Amiga man and would prefer to stay with that machine. So what can I get for less than $ 3000 that will enable me to do the following things?
• Hook into the Internet
• Communicate with the IBM world; read and write their disks,
send e-mail, etc.
• Translate Deluxe Paint and Kindwords files to the Windows OS
• Capture full frame motion video from a variety of sources
including S-VHS and output same
• Let us use our existing hardware, mainly a ProCen genlock
• And, of course, all the usual things like a CD-ROM drive and a
monitor with a little propeller on top that turns when it heats
up.
Get the idea?
The main uses for the computer that we have are to publish our science-fiction fanzine dedicated to the work of Philb K Dick, and to output video straight to tape for broadcast on Public Access TV and straight to VHS. We also use the Amiga for general word processing and games, but we plan on moving our act online so will need to open certain of our files to public scrutiny as well as present a pleasant image.
So, can you suggest an Amiga setup that will let me do all this for less than $ 3000?
Dave Hyde, Kokomo, USA So, Dave, you want to buy a new Amiga?
I'm going to have to go by UK pricing for this answer, but I reckon we can build yoa quite a nice machine for $ 3000. Probably your best bet, given your requirements, would be to buy a second-hand A3000.
Don't go for a 16MHz machine, you should be able to get a 25MHz machine for around $ 950 with at least 6Mb RAM. This leaves you with enough cash to choose your next purchases carefully.
You could buy a graphics card and big monitor or, alternatively, you might want j to buy a Vlab Motion. The Vlab Motion will allow you to capture live video at 30fps and play it back direct from a SCSI hard drive. You can add audio capabilities to the system with the Toccata card - the pair cost around £1500 or 2400 bucks, but you would have near-broadcast quality, non-linear video editing. The closest equivalent on the PC, I am told, is a product which costs somewhere near $ 6000.
You will also be able to upgrade the Workbench on the 3000 to 3.1 which would give you the ability to read and write PC floppy disks, and, if you're lucky, you might actually get an A3000 that comes with a high density floppy - quite a few in the States do. As for your word processor and paint package files, you can save Kindwords files out as ASCII, and Dpaint files will need to be translated through a different package, but there is so much shareware out there to do the job, you shouldn't have to spend any further cash on the job.
As for the Internet side of things, nearly all the software you need for the Amiga is free or shareware, so you shouldn't have too many problems with that either. My modem recommendation would be the US Robotics Courier v.everything one that most Internet providers use.
Finally, it sounds as if what you want to do can still be best done on an Amiga, so you'll still be better off sticking with Amigas whatever you choose to do.
Amiga Computing
- Macintosh and PC emulations.
OS3.1 ht ROM 3 Now available for ANY Amiga! The toll Escom licensed OS3.1 packs will bring your Amiga up to the very latest operating system. OS3.1 is more efficient, otters more leatures and is becoming necessary for many high end applications.
Mt can be used with any accelerated Zorro based Amiga. With Macintosh and PC emulation i, Emplant is the Amiga's only all-ln-one emulation solution.
¦•cintoshx Emulation Module CO ROM 1 A full 'generic' Macintosh with the speed dependent upon your processor An A3000 is equivalent to a MAC llci An A4000 is equivalent to a Quadra 900 Support for up to 16 colours (non-AGA). 256 colours (AGA) or up to 24 bit colours using 7wq party video boards such as Picasso II CyberVision, Piccolo SD64 Retina etc. Bmlt in intelligent multiple file transfer lor transfers between the Amiga and MAC Support for AmigaDOS devices. CD ROM. Direct Scanning. MIDI. SyQuest. Printers, Modems etc. Total compatibility through or-board SCSI interface (Option B and
Deluxe).
Fi 8 -bit stereo sound. Requires Macinto* ll llx llcx SE30 256K ROMs (not supplied) Supports all Floppy formats (Even 800K Mac drives with additional AMIA interface).
Over 4500 Lightwave objects divided into, categories including | Anatomy Aviation. Botany Buildings Furniture. FX.
Holiday*. Household.
Logos. Music. Sties. Space. Sports. Tools and Veructes Showcase directory Mature* comttuSoA* from Lghtwav artists around the world Every. Lightwave object ¦ represented m easy preview tn ,.r-»r» renderings (IFF TARGA& JPEG: AMIGA wn a till be way?
Uy an OS 3.1 e586DX SX Emulation Module CD ROM 2 CoSection ot 3D objects m other lor mats including Imagm (175 Mb) 30 Stofl’i? ("0 Mb- *" i Sc pt 3P (?g m$ i Textures in JPEG formal complete w thumbnails PC ¦yaphc program* and demo* lor PC end Anvga CoHecocn c 3D landscapes in Lightwave. 3D stude end tmagew formats Video Toaster directory with wipes and CG tons BFPO MDA, CGA. EGA, VGA, SVGA video modes (AGA is required for VGA SVGA) Sound, Floppy drives. AmigaDOS partitions. Extended Memory, and morel Print from Windows or DOS via Amiga parallel port.
Use CD ROM drive with any Amiga sided CD ROM drive Will run programs that require greater than a 286 processor.
Comes with both DX (FPU) and SX (no FPU) versions and 486 PC BIOS.
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053. 1 A4000 £89.95 £99.95 £99.95 £99.95 . You Rnet (ever, »CDs
CD ROM 3 Bonus 'DEM ROM' Includes over 1000 DEM* (Digit*
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And Scenery Arimator on any platform.Use DEM ROM (akx with any o' these programs)» create reaosbc backgrounds c flights through your favourite scenery to incorporate inti Lightwave or other 3D programs as background sequences All DEMs include thumbnail renderings of their thei topographical maps IMPLANT BASIC IMPLANT OPTION A (APPLETALK SERIAL) IMPLANT OPTION B (SCSI INTERFACE) IMPLANT DELUXE (APPLETALK & SCSI)
• K60X SX PC MODULE (Now IndudM BIOS) PC BIOS (AMIBIOS) FOR
e586DX sold alone AMIA (800K MAC DRIVE ADAPTER) ? MAC DRIVE
£239.95 £279.95 £279.95 £299.95 £109.95 £ 10.00 £89.95 AmiTCP
that omes AmlTCP is the most popular TCP IP implementation tor
the Amiga Connect your Amiga to heterogeneous networks and the
internet Supports Network-FAe-System (NFS) as a client.
Uses SANA-II lftf«fae* Optimised version tor 68020* CPU rtiuded Full English manual Additional application* FTP. Talnet. R*h etc UGHT ROM 3 £39.9!
MainActor Broadcast Liana World Construction .Set MainActor Broadcast is a completely new Anmation program for any Amiga with OS204 or Liana is the ideal solution lor a quick, easy yet efficient connection between any two Amiga's.
Simply plug the special cable into the parallel port and install the Envoy software The software offers FileSystem import and export, network pnnting and multi-user support The Liana network driver is completely SANA-II compatible Work) Construction Sot is a 3-D terrain moDeil'P* and animation program that offers unlimitei flexibility and control WCS provides a wealth c solutions, whether you are creating for video, prir media, commercial or scientific applications, or jus for fun liga?
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DL.
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PCX. QuickTime. ) with AVI QuickTime and JPEG support up to 24-bit.
Mex file for taste*- reloading of animations and playback from Hard Drrve Support for any graphics card for 24-brt as well as standard Amiga screenmodes Effects modules to apply eflects directty Into the animation (Text. Scroll. Scale. Rotate ,.i 19 Sound modules lor sound music playback «d. Compressed (OctaMed. SM3) in 8 and 16 voices.
Joining. Convert Split animations and autoswitch to optimal colour depth AREXX-Port for external control, and MacroSystems multipic.library support.
ATAPI + CDFS The new ATAPI Cache CDFS package otters excellent facilities for your A4000. A120C or A600 UANA £ 59.95 Key-framed animation, colour-mapping, unlimitei scene size, detailed ecosystem control, interacts GUI and many other features Ariadne Use an ATAPI CD-ROM dnve with the A4000 A1200 ex A600 IDE controller The Atapi.device « able to support up to 4 units with the A4000 and A1200 (not A6O0) With an additional special cable Ths may be up to two hard-dtsks or any m ntoer ol CD-Roms This effectively adds a ‘second* fully operational IDE port to the system CacheCDFS. Excellent
CDFAeSystem software.
PlayCD (audio) and C032-En*Aator Ariadne offers a simple but effective Network solution for any Zorro based Amiga Two extra parallel ports.
The industry standard software solution Envoy lOBase-2 (Thin ethernet, coax cable) and lOBasc-T (Twisted pair, western jacket) Socket for a boot ROM and 32Kb CPU cache.
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CDFS ? CD32 £ 49.95 ATAPI Software ? 4-Way Cable A4000 £ 69.95
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MAINACTOR PROFESSIONAL £179.95 £ 49.95 ARIADNE Picasso II
Bundles £219.95 WCS's friendly design makes it easy to creati
scenes with just the view you want You can wor in multiple
windows to lay otA motion paths, adjus colours and modify
ecosystems all at the sam.
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makes Picasso II the best graphics card around!
AMIGA We can supply the fuO range of machines at the best possible pnoes Cal tor availably 68040 Processor at 25MHz 2Mb Ch« RAM 4Mb Fast RAM 1 2Gb Fast SCSI-II Hard Drive.
Shaped with SCALA MM-300 £2099.95 A4000 40 WCS requires OS 2.04 or greater. 4 Mb RAM (8 M recommended). Both 68030 and 040 optimise!
Versions are supplied.
The tiich and icky, that ite a rord 68060 Processor at 50MHz.
2Mb Chip RAM. 4Mb Fait RAM 1 2Gb Fast SCSI-II Hard Drive.
Snpped With SCALA MM-300 £2399.95 A4000 60 WORLD CONSTRUCTION SET £119.9 Doubler 4000 40 68020 Processor at 14MHz 2Mb Chip RAM £389.95 A1200 To Enhance your choices, we have a variety of excellent bundles, offering fantastic value' Includes TVPaint Junior. MainActor, Viewers etc. The Doubler 4000 50 Mhz 68040 accelerate delivers across-the-board speed increases for a applications and system functions, translating into significant productivity gain. This powerful “plug an play* accelerator is 100% hardware and softwar ¦ compatible, since it stifl uses 1 Motorola 68040 processor Th I Doubler
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from 18 76 MIPS of th 1 standard A4000 to 37.72 MIP: with the
Doub'er installed! An integral gggiin system ensures that the
Doubler 4000 runs cool and more reliably at 50 Mhz than the
origin; processor. 0 Picasso II Standard 1Mb 2Mb Fhcasso II +
TVPaint 2.0 As the Standard pack but with TVPaint 2.0. 1Mb 2Mb
Picasso II Creativity As the Standard pack but with PhotoGenics
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isn't affecting things too badly at grass roots level. To kick off things this month... QFXlab 24 More low-priced lovelies come Programmed by: Rodrigo Reyes Available from: Pixel Digital PD under Dave Cusick's critical eye... 3 a 4 .ITT n Ultimate Manager even includes a complete tactical section, which allows you to tailor everything, right down to the amount of aggression your team display and the severity of your team talks Qotal Irrelevance 12 I; Performing seme simple 0fleets is quick and painless with GFXIab24 Produced by: The Official Med Users Group!, Available from: Seasoft UJ u
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four-colour glory The twelfth issue of this popular disk maga
zine includes three OctaMed modules for your listening
pleasure, and the usual range of readable articles. There are
musings on the future of the Amiga, opinions on OctaMed version
6, and anecdotes abcut the trials of purchasing suitable
loudspeakers. A GFXlab 24 is another shareware image pro
cessing package with a range of features rivalling commercial
market-leaders Image FX and Art Department Pro.
French author Rodrigo Reyes has induded 20 different effects ranging from the standard (crop, rotate, adjust brightness) to the unusual (quake, whirl, disperse pixels). A library of convolves can also be applied.
Other features include Arexx support for the automation of tiresome image conversions or similar processes, and support for a wide range of image formats. GFXlab also enables you to use a hard drive as virtual memory, meaning not as much RAM is required as with, for instance, ADP o. If all this sounds a little familiar, that's because ImageStudio 2.2, the latest version of another popular shareware image processor, can do exactly the same things. So is there any difference between them?
Well, my tests seem to suggest that ImageStudio has the edge in terms of speed and file formats supported, and it's got a more pleasant interface witi floating requesters, more progress bars, and so on.
However, GFXlab does boast some fancy effects that ImageStudio does not currently have, and it supports multiple ‘banks' or screens.
At the end of the day there*ore, whilst ImageStudio still comes out on top, GFXlab is a promising new challenger and a worthy purchase. It costs 90 French Francs to register. Bear in mind that you could buy registered versions of both image processors, and you’d Still have shelled out only a fraction of what it would cost to buy ADPro.
Programmed by: Craig Smith Whilst it's over two years out of date in tei Available from: Your Choice of team information and it's certainly Disk No: GA 599 Championship Manager, this is a great gai that football management fans will love.
Everything is included, from training anc team selection to ground improvements and pi.
Transfers. Real-life players are featured, although the fact that these are not up-to-date instance, Andy Cole is not at Manchester United... actually, he’s not even at Newcastle!) Di detract from the things a little.
Presentation is unspectacular, with everything taking place against a hideous striped b. ground, and practically no graphics throughout But what's really important is the addictivem and as with so many other management games, Ultimate Manager is extremely engaging, disks like this that can make magazine copy deadlines tricky to meet Matches are dealt with quite well. The game clock ticks away rather quickly, but it can be paused at any time to enable changes ir team tactics or the odd substitution. All matches taking place in that competition on that day are shown on screen simultaneously,
so ycu can keep track of the progress your rivals are making - a nice touch that even the king of the management sims, Championship Manager, doesn't boast.
The registered version of the program, costing £7.50 and available from the author, includes a player and team editor, and is not restricted in any way (this version only allows you to play for two seasons). It's written in Amos, too - but don't let that put you off.
Review section includes assessments « Power Computing's CD-ROM drive and I range of PD music modules. There are ahl the results of a competition which I wish if known about in time to enter, because prizes are pretty impressive (hand scanm and LCD televisions, for instance).
For the truly dedicated OctaMed fanat (or the merely curious), there are even ar des recounting how several Med Use Group members got started with tracki music Actually, to be honest this is probab the least interesting section of an othenvi fairly impressive magazine.
Even if the subject matter won’t appeal a everyone, this is a well produced effort, fl which it is clear a lot of time and energy hj been invested.
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OUR FIRST PONY Produced by: Creendell Techndogies Available from: Seasoft Horses are expensive beasties to buy and maintain, and caring for them requires a lot o commitment and dedication. It’s helpful then that such informative disks as this are available.
Learn about choosing a pony, feeding and grooming it, keeping it in good health, and even protecting it against theft. Vour First Pony is a hyperbook product, combining colourful (if a little grainy) pictures with text to produce a bright, simple and effective vrterface.
The colourful pages contain boxes of text and images which, if clicked or lead to other parts of this non-linear book. This sort of design is employed in many ecucational products these days, including Creendell Technologies' own Spitfire and Messerschmitt disks (reviewed in issue 90).
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1* Mi 6 »*4« 1 WISt (Nil Mi .. If 1)4 tllMI »X I Hh .. If Illy titttt IVMltlMN .. ... |y Illy llfeot MK !• VM . ...... ly lily titax [VffilMI UMCSS MllU . If lily tilMi SttKt (IK RfU .... I? M litia UK IIIIMM M91IU K iiktca uia » noi hum iii urn i am wo mu j Bigg Bpg feni ISBg Ra IBB9 Eiif? Bfill -Sewn m O Innocent unsuspecting PO reviewers (such as yours truly) could soon be inundated with diskmags - and it will all be DMC’s fault DMC stands for Disk Mag Creator, and
this Cold edition, available for £7.49 (including P&P), is capable of producing some really impressive results. It's supplied on two disks, one of which contains the actual program and accompanying gubbins, whilst the second contains oup Programmed by: Andy Gibson Available from: FI Licenceware various helpful extras. Creating your own magazine is basically a process of editing the various ASCII index files on the first disk, and writing your own articles.
Fancy effects such as coloured text and embedded dip art images can be incorporated using various special codes in the text (a bit like the World Wide Web's HTML codes, only simpler). It's also possible to create split-screen articles, which are displayed in two columns instead of a single column, and secret articles, which can only be accessed by those who know a special password.
As you'd expect, DMC supports fancy introductory screens and lets you have ProTracker modules playing in the background. However, an added bonus for those keen on making their production look unique is the option to redesign the user panel at the bottom of the screen.
The extras on the second disk include some examples to help get you started, and a cruncher program for compressing articles. Called CrunchMania, it's capable of compacting files to around 50 per cent of their original size, which obviously means that a lot more articles can be crammed onto a floppy. There's also a really useful Article Tester. This can display files you've appeared two or three years ago. Your First Pony has now been made shareware. If you make regular use of it, you're asked to send the princely sum of one pound to the authors.
Already crunched without the need to load the main program. It can also convert single column files to split screen format, and perform a few other effects which might otherwise require considerable editing of the original text file.
The whole package is supplied with a really useful manual which demystifies the magazine creation process. It's well written and highly informative, and runs to 28 pages.
Why bother going to the trouble of writing your own disk magazine engine when DMC is capable of producing such excellent results?
Qharley cat 12: cowboy cats :s of id a also h I'd : the ners latic arti- sers cker ably vise jl to t, in has Produced by: Anthony Whitaker Available from: Roberta Smith DTP The latest of the excellent Charley Cat animations, this six-disk epic features our feline friend in a Wild West adventure. As ever, the animation and sound are superb and you could easily be forgiven for thinking you were watching a cartoon on television.
Mr Whitaker thinks the animation should run on all A1200s. However, if you've got sufficient extra memory and hard drive space I'd definitely recommend copying all the disks onto a partition, making a few assigns, and then running the animation from there. Running the cartoon from a single floppy drive means plenty of disk swapping and some lengthy loading times. It's really please send the two pounds shareware fee the author is requesting, as this is the sort of production we definitely want to see again in the future.
Worth the effort of setting things up, because this is one of the best animations I've seen in a long time. If you like the cartoon (and I certainly think you will) then Amiga Computing Qhe clip art slide show Haunted by you Produced by; PD Power This is a slideshow of 99 clip art images on one disk. The quality of Available from: PD Power images ranges from excellent to pathetic, and the subject matter veers from cartoon characters (the Flintstones and other Hannah-Barbera stars through to some Disney creations) to maps, and even Christmassy stuff. The problem here is that there's no attempt
to organise the images in any way.
They are presented one after another in no obvious order, so when images do catch your eye you've got no idea what the file name is, or even whether it's the only picture on that theme.
Looking at the disk directory later in the hope of some revealing file names will prove fruitless - the images are numbered from COO to C98, so trying to actually put these pictures to practical use is going to involve carefully going through the disk, renaming and reorganising the files after you've viewed them.
HARE Anyway, if you've got the time and the inclination to go to this sort of effort, this might be worth getting hold of. It's not the only PD Clip Art disk guilty of such lack of organisation (indeed, most of them do!) But the fact that there are 98 other images here for that important one to hide amongst can prove frustrating.
Another lottery program, I'm afraid. Challenge Logic's Cop Th Lot Pro has reached version 3.0, and the registered versi complete with an attractive presentation box, costs a fiver. Fc your money you get a database of numbers drawn so far, a fi predictor called Skeptic Skeav, a random number generatoi and plenty of letters from people who are already using th program. It's all nicely done, and apart from the irritating nee to disable CPU caches before running it on AGA machines, thi is one of the better predictor programs.
Finally, back in issue 92 I reviewed issue one of the Extrem Amos disk magazine, and stated that it can be obtained fron public domain libraries around the country. In actual fact it cai only be obtained from Carl Drinkwater at the moment, an cheques for £1 should be made out to him. Issue two is non available as well.
Three top games on four disks for just two quid. Isn't PD marvellous?
Compiled by: VI2-PD Available from: VI 2-PD Here we have MASH, Nicky 2 and Chaneques. MASH is a Wormz variant (or, according to the author, Wormz is a MASH clone). One person car play against the computer, or two chums can pit their wits against one another - either way, the objective is to destroy your enemy's base.
At your disposal you have tanks and spuds, the latter being small mobile ground troops wi*.h a wide range of weaponry and abilities. MASH has decent graphics, passable sound, and enough excitement to hold the attention for a while.
Then there's Nicky 2, which I'm sure used to be available commercially. This is a polished platformer with stylish graphics and animation, suitably cheesy sound effects and plenty of runny-jumpy blcsty gameplay. It's not going to set the world on Fire, but it's a bargain at this price and will provide plenty of entertainment.
As for Chaneques, I can't really give a considered assessment because I got completely stuck on only the second level. Suffice it to say it's a platform puzzler which is vaguely reminiscent of Lemmings. You control three individual characters with differing abilities and have to negotiate various screens, collecting objects by pushing them into convenient extra-dimensional gateways. It's bizarre, but it looks quite good - if only I could see what lies beyond the second screen.
Anyway, VI 2-PD seem to think this package represents pretty good value for money, and I'm inclined to agree with them. They're selling their 2-disk catalogue for just 25p too.
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The SCSI interface I am using is the GVP A4008 SCSI card and I have used the AmiCDRom program to set-up all the necessary system files and auto mount the CD-ROM as CD0:, and the CD is terminated.
On booting the system, the CD's busy light flashes six times and then the CD-ROM handler produces an error saying 'Cannot open scsi.device' unit 2'. On aborting, the rest of the system loads in fine, I have checked the board and ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦I Hang on aren't you our production editor? No seriously, I will answer you're questions in the order they came.
All the connections, but everything seems fine.
Reg Bartle, Hull
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You have done everything correct apart from one tiny little detail. The GVP board does not use the scsi.device. When you used the installer with AmiCDRom there should have been an option to use the gvpscsi.device- This is the correct device to use.
You can either alter the current CD0: DOS drive, or reinstall the AmiCDRom software. Another useful piece of software is SCSI mounter. This lets you view what SCSI devices are attached to a specified device driver, and will help you clear up any similar future problems.
I have an A600 with 2Mb of Chip RAM and Workbench 2.05, and have a few questions.
In my PC slot (we cannot be bothered saying PCMCIA cnymore) one of the pins has broken off and one is bent Is there any way of fixing it?
Can I upgrade my Kickstart version to 3.0 so it is the same as a A1200?
Is there any interface like the Scuirrel that will work with the parallel port because I already have a couple of things which I keep switching over?
Are there any accelerators which will work with my A600 or do I have to buy a A1200 to get one?
Would I be better off if I bougit a CD32 and connected it to my A600, or to buy a CD drive for it. I have considered the CD32 because you can add a FMV card lo it If you had the option of getting a second hand CD32 now and a Zip drive for Christmas, or saving your money until Christmas and then getting a A1200, which would you choose?
Also, what is the best and what is the cheapest way of connecting a CD32 to an Amiga? Is there a program which can trick my A600 into thinking its got an AGA chipset while actually accessing the AGA chips from a CD32 which is connected?
In what format are PhotoCD pictures and which, if any, art packages can you load them into?
Which port in the Amiga will the new Zip drive plug into, and does the Zip drive act as a disk drive or a hard drive? Will it be able to run hard drive installable games?
What is the cheapest 3D pa:kage I can get. I already have Expert 3D Junior but don't think this is very good. Also, are there any PD disks which have any models that can be loaded into Expert 3D Junior?
When I create an AmigaGuide I cannot get my text to word wrap - how can I solve this problem?
J Chapman, Cambridgeshire Not really, it would be pretty tricky to just replace the PC slots. When we needed one of ours repairing, Wang just replaced the mother board.
No you cannot upgrade to 3.0, but you can to 3.1 which is slightly improved over the A1200's version. Blittersoft are currently the official suppliers.
There is an Australian product that allows you to fit a SCSI interface via the parallel port but currently it is not available in this country - perhaps it will appear in the future.
An 020 accelerator is going to be released for the A600 by Gasteiner. This will be an 25MHz 020, but if you want to go faster than this you will have to buy an A1200.
As for your CD32 questions, the only way to use the CD32 with another computer is to connect it via the parallel port, using some thing like Connector. This is always going to be slower than a dedicated SCSI CD drive. Using this set there is no way you can get the A600 to use the AGA chipset, and if you could your programs would run horribly slowly.
If you are looking to upgrade your OS and get an accelerator, you really should consider upgrading to an A1200. The new software pack has a ton of high quality software with it Doing this you get the OS upgrade, an accelerator, and the AGA chipset in one package. You also have a much greater range of options when it comes to future upgrade options. If you want a SCSI interface you can get a Squirrel or plump for one of the accelerators with a SCSI Another bunch of worried cases get their Amiga-related problems ironed out by Aunty ACAS interface option. Surprisingly, PhotoC are in PhotoCD
format. Basically, the ma!
Feature of PhotoCDs is that a single pictu comes in a number of screen resolutio ranging from 192x128 to 3072x2048.
You normally get a software PhotoC viewer when you get a CD drive, whic should allow you to save off an IFF ima~ There is also a datatype available, but on for Workbench 3 users and up.
The Zip drive is a SCSI device, so you need to get a SCSI interface, and the c rect leads, before you could use i Basically, the Zip drive is a removable ha drive and the way AmigaDOS works, di drives and hard drives are both the sa~ things, apart from the interfaces they u So yes, you can run hard drive installs games from a Zip drive.
Well Imagine 2 and Real 3D vl ha both turned up on a certain magazine' cover disk that we sometimes pain ou selves with reading. If you missed the you should be kicking yourself. Cinema 4 is a very nice package for £199, but y really will need to think about an accele tor, whatever package you want to use.
Putting the keyword ©WORDWRAP n the beginning of your AmigaGuide cu ningly cures your problem, but that on works under Workbench 3. Is that it, more questions?
UJPGRADE I currently looking to upgrade ) system and would like to know a _, tie more about big box Amiga Ideally, I would like an A4000, btl even to buy a standard one is out of r price range. However, a second-hand AI50( A2000, A3000 may be possible.
What I would like to know is that whe using A3000 AGA, is necessary if you use at RTG card such qs the Cybervision64 or thj Amiga Computing Picasso II, and now the Blizzard 2060 is wailable what, if any, are the advantages of owning an A4000?
The main idea is that as funds become available, I will be able to improve my system. I do not play games much but would hke to be able to do some good quality graphics works and ray tracing, along with a few other minor things.
I do remember reading that an A1200 tower will have the Zorro III slots needed to use RTG cards. If so, is this another option I could consider, or have I got the wrong end of the stick?
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Lable have ine's our- hem a 4D you lera- near cun- only t, no some vital bug. Also, if you have an AGA machine, one function performed is to kick in the extra features of the AGA chip set.
How do you print in colour? Well, if selecting Colour in the PrinterGfx preferences does not do the trick, I cannot really help much more.
The main reason that a SVGA will not be specificaly produced for the Amiga is that the company would probably go bust. The Picasso is the closest thing you will get to a cheap SVGA card on the Amiga. The plain fact is that PC cards get a much much wider distribution and there is a lot more competition which has driven the price so low. You should also remember that you normally get software thrown in with Amiga boards.
Currently is seems that Amiga Technologies will be fairly busy developing a new RISC based Amiga. This will involove porting the Operating System to run on the new processo.
If a new chipset is developed I doubt there will be an upgrade path for A1200 owners. On the A4000 front it maybe possible for a card to be made but it would mean Amiga Technologies would have to use some of their resources developing an upgrade card, and those resources would be better spent on any new machine.
As for the A3000, it had a flicker fixer built in as standard, not a graphics card. It would have been very handy if the A4000 came with one, as you could use standard PAL NTSC modes in Hi-res laced without the annoying flicker.
Commodore however side-stepped this by employing the scan doubled software solution which gives us the very slow DblPAL screen modes.
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, but I f my | 1500, vhen »e an [ r the Where can I get CGM clipart from? I have Wordworth 3.1SE and am fed up with the poor, jagged print quality of bitmap graphics in my documents. I am aware that Digita sell CGM clipart but feel this is expensive compared to the amounts of data that can be stored on a CD. Do you know any Cds that have CGM clipart on them? I also have lots o; EPS clipart, but as Wordworth 3.1SE doesn't support it, is there any way to convert them all?
Secondly, where can I get a colour VGA monitor from, and how much will it cost? I currently use a colour television bit am fed up with the poor picture quality especially when doing DTP work.
Gareth Moyle Perhaps a little idea there for Digita - put all your clipart onto CP,
E. M.Computergraphic are about to release their Phase 2 CD which
will include CGM clipart, along with a lot of other
DTP-related material.
As far as I know, there is no program that will convert EPS to CGM.
Your only option would be to convert the EPS to a bitmap, but this really misses the point of having the EPS files in the first place.
You could buy a VGA monitor from any Amiga or PC shop - just make sure it accepts the Amiga DblPAL scan rates and you get the correct leads. You would really be best off getting one of the Amiga-specific monitors because you are assured of getting a monitor which will work properly.
Have a standard A4000 EC 030, and while my system has one version of Setpatch and the colourwheel.gadget, I have come across others. My version of Setpatch is 59.6 while the other version I have come across is
40. 16. When run, there seems to be a large difference in what
the newer version actually does. What are the enhancements
and would I notice?
I have a Star LC-10 printer and would like to know how to get MultiView to print out in colour?
Why doesn't someone develop a cheap graphics board to gives the SVGA capabilities you get on the PC. All I want is a stable resolution that is the same for everything - games, requesters and applications. The A3000 had something like this, did it not!
Will the AGA machines be upgradable in all areas such as audio and video in future specifications, short of changing the motherboard, and might it be a cheaper option?
Who decides upon the titles that appear in your journal and where do they get their inspiration from?
Tom Haslam, Leicester The 39.6 version of Setpatch is the original one you get with Workbench 3. This new 40.16 version comes with 3.1, but was also distributed along with the Commodore developer disks. As far as I know, Setpatch is freely distributable, and as you state, even if you use the patch you probably will not notice the difference.
Generally, you should use a newer version of any file, but this does not necessarily mean you will see any difference. The main use of Setpatch is to correct bugs or mistakes in the operating system, so it can potentially correct ; important when considering such an upgrade that now exactly what you will want your new system to be capable of. The A3000 is not AGA, but the main disadvantage in not owning an AGA machine is that you will not be able to play AGA games, or use programs that make direct use of the AGA chipset - the two main programs being Dpaint and Scala.
If you are considering using the Cybervision 64 you will need to buy a machine with Zorro III slot, which would restrict you to an A3000 or A4000, Questions questions II ORKS OF ART Do you have a problem? Do you sometimes find yourself poised over your Amiga with axe in hand, spouting profanity at the stubborn refusal of your software or hardware to behave properly?
Well, calm down and swap the axe for pen and paper, jot down your problems, along with a description of your Amiga setup, and send it off to Amiga Computing Advice Service, IDC Media, Media House. Adlington Park, Macclesfield 5K10 4NP. Alternatively, e-mail us at ACAS@acomp.demon.co.uk but if you are planning to buy a 060 accelerator such as the Cyberstorm, a plain A3000 is not big enough - only an A3000 tower will fit the bill, and these are very rare.
An A2000, along with a Blizzard 2060 and a Picasso II, would make a pretty awesome set-up for a graphic artist. You will need to make sure you have Workbench
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The A1200 tower only comes with Zorro II slots, but will give you a similar set-up to having an A2000. However, you automatically have an IDE interface on the A1200 mother board, the AGA chipset and, of course Workbench 3, so it is an option you may want to consider.
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I (and their mission details), including i which is due to launch in 1997 and is 1*3 explore Jupiter.
There are also speculative chapters on the
• ilities of the existence of rrestrial life and phan- planets
that -onomers have [•ought to exist - like counterweight or
planet [•tmesis. It then i on to examine r objects in the erse
in quite e detail and illy, there are endices dealing i
astronomical defini- people in astronomy, I the brightest
satellites and [ aaeroids in our skies. As you can that's quite
a fea- ml I could have filled entire spread for this review
detailing the tfwptere that go to make it up.
So how does the program itself compare to ’s offering? Well, on first appearances it Backs up pretty well. Digital Universe uses all the latest theories on planetary motion (V50P87) which means it is accurate to with- m 1 arcsecond (1 3600th of a degree) -
• flpOitant at great distances. Digital Jniverse abo accurately
calculates the orbits cf all our loiar system's planet's moons.
If you are worried about not having enough look at, fear not, Digital Universe contains, as standard, the Yale Bright Star catalogue, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory catalogue, Messier's deep sky objects, the NCC
2000. 0 catalogue and databases for cometary orbits, asteroid
orbits, and earth orbiting satel- bes. Now that gives you a
total yielc of well Over a quarter of a million skybound
objects mam ny so
• lines guide stem, been Qolour limitation One aspect that is a
bit of a let down is the quality of the images that come with
Digital Universe. Rather than the supplied 16 colour or HAM
files, it would be much nicer to have 24- bit pictures saved in
Jpeg or PNC iormat, which would then be degraded by Multiview’s
Datatypes to a colour resolution which best exploits each
individual machine, rather than aiming for the lowest common
denominator. This would bump the install set even further, of
course, but if you are willing to install 17Mb of files, I'm
sure you wouldn't mind installing 25Mb.
But why not go the whole hog and release the software on CD? Then you wouldn't have to be limited by a floppy distribution, ard this software is so good I'm sure anyone with even the vaguest interest in astronomy would be willing to buy a CD-ROM drive in order to use it to peer at If that isn't enough, you can call me Charlie, strap me to a Saturn 5 and send me into orbit.
In addition. Digital Universe has user-definable latitude and longitude settings. These are essential to any astronomy package, but Digital Universe takes the process one step further by also asking you for the altitude and air temperature of your location. This is a consideration if you want to deal with effects like the refraction caused by the atmosphere distorting the true location of the objects you are looking at Digital Universe can also correctly deal with precession both deal with the slight wobble that all planetary bodies are subjected to by the gravitational pull of other
objects; proper motion, which deals with the fact that the constellations we can see change over time due to the fact that they are changing their relative positions to one another because they are all moving; and aberration, a correction applied due to the difference between the speed of the earth's motion through space and the light reaching us from space.
Digital Universe isn't yet perfect no matter how glowing a review I have given it so far. It would be great to have off-planet views like Distant Suns has had for quite some time, and its speed isn't quite up to scratch. On another front the only time I could get Digital Universe to crash was when it was running on a Picasso screen, which doesn't bode well as Digital Universe is the sort of program that would really shine given a higher resolution screen and more colours to play with. 7*f Conclusion Digital Universe is a nova in the heavens.
It is by far the most professional piece of software I have seen for a long time and for a first version it is incredibly complete.
It is a bit slow on the update particularly when you have lots of objects in the sky, but with more and more people having an accelerator these days, it shouldn't pose too much of a problem.
I would love to see future revisions of the software ditch the floppy install set and proceed directly onto CD-ROM (it would probably be cheaper too), which would open up the way for more, better quality images and even animations. Finally, I would say that Digital Universe is probably the biggest bang you are likely to find, especially for your buck.
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Price: £89.95 ind p&p Optional encyclopaedia £47.95 incl p&p CAN SI49.95 Optional encydopaedia S69.95 US Si 29.95 Optional encyclopaedia $ 64.95 e-mail: sales@syz.com Ease of use_§2% Implementation_93% Value For Money_99% Overall 91% Amiga Computing ©robably since the dawn of mankind, people have looked up at the night sky in wonder at the _____ points of light hanging there in the blackness. Greek philosophers like Aristotle waxed lyrical about the Gther, and the generally held belief was that the earth was the centre of the universe and that every other body revolved around it in the
heavens. By 134BC, Hipparchus had managed to catalogue some 850 stars and in AD 150, Ptolemy created a 13 volume epic called Mathematike Syntaxis which expanded on Hipparchus' work and was to be the foundation of all astronomy for the next 1400 years.
Then, in 1543, Copernicus dared to question the established belief that the sun and all the other planets and stars revolved around the earth. Unfortunately, his premise relied on the parallax effect we know so well from computer games, which could not be easily observed with the instruments of the time. But in 1608 a Dutchman named Hans Lippershey invented a tool called the telescope and astronomy really exploded.
Ben Vost boldly goes where no man has gone before Gallileo is probably the most famous astronomer for trying to confirm the Copernican theory of heliocentricity (object revolving around the sun, rather than geocen- tririty, where objects are revolving around the earth). But he was forced to renounce his the ories by the Inquisition and placed under house arrest until he died in 1642.
Space race The progress of astronomy has been rapid ever since, with names like Kepler, Newton, Herschel, Einstein and Hawking, and the discovery of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, quasars and black holes. The Hubble Space Telescope, with its inherent advantage of being unencumbered by gravity and the earth's atmosphere, is already bringing us pictures of unequalled clarity and data from the furthest reaches of space. Ten years ago, if you wanted to image data from space you had to book extremely expensive time on a mainframe computer. Now there is Digital Universe for your Amiga.
I'm not going to say that Digital Universe is like no other package on the Amiga because the pedants among you will point out the fact that Distant Suns is also an astronomy package. However, the depth of detail in Digital Universe far outstrips that in Distant Suns as I shall endeavour to explain.
For a start, I believe that Distant Suns comes on a grand total of five disks, a figure somewhat swamped by Digital Universe's Jargon box Datatype - Datatypes were introduced vwfi': rt*y*benc i 3.0 and ore modules for kxxSng different fife types tn theory, any program can use datatypes for looting hies, tfus creoting a sysiecrHiHde transkXan tool.
PNC forma - when Unrsys told Compcrsenv that it hod to pay royalties fa usmg the Of grophtcs formal the search was on for a free replacement PNC « a compact graphics format that can handle up to 48-tot colour, compressxm, alpha channels, and may other features.
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Ffersec (t know t haven't mentioned it n the restew, but I ust wonted to let you know nhat a was. ) A porsec « the distance at which IAU (astronomical unit the distance from the earth to the sun) appears to ewer an area I aresec- ord (that's I 36000th of a degree) wide Cool hid)?
Fourteen (yes, you do need a hard drive). This is mainly because Dan Charrois, the author, has decided to map the planets and moons in our solar system to the best of his abilities and the available data. This means that rather than looking at a static bitmap when you zoom into Jupiter, you are actually looking at the mapped surface of the planet itself (yes, I know that it isn't the surface you see through a telescope but clouds, but you get the idea. Perhaps I should have chosen Mars?) Which will rotate in time. You can actually watch Venus' almost interminable day take place (equivalent to
243 earth days and actually longer than its year of 225 earth days), at an accelerated pace of course!
All these bitmaps for the planets' surfaces are one thing, but another expense in terms of hard drive space is the on-line encyclopaedia which gives details about pretty much anything you could wish to know. This encydopaedia alone would be worth the pc charged for Digital Universe, so it's an ad bonus to get such a good looking planetarn package to go with it.
If, like me, you don't much go for read vast amounts of text off the screen, you cor always stump up the extra S55-odd you hi to pay for it. What you get for that money ring-bound, 700-page volume delineating that is in the AmigaGuide online encydopJ dia, but presented in a manner that wot allow you to browse it on the train.
Section guides The encyclopaedia is split into several mi sections detailing the history of astronomy far, general principles, laws and guidelin used by astronomers today, a detailed gi to every planet and moon in our solar syste all the spacecraft that have thus far be Amiga Computing ProVector®3 Face it, with its reputation for performance and reliability, there never really was any choice, but ProVocior 2 for structured drawing on the Amiga . Now the choice is even clearer! ProVector3 features new object effects such as blending, warping and perspective; enhanced text support; LightWave1'1
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these techniques should eventually become second nature, and I
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Turbo-charge your way around Workbench and Amiga DOS with Steve White, revealing hints and tips for true Amiga harmony INDOW DRESSING When you first load Workbench it looks rather dull.
However, the real powerhouse behind Workbench is its flexibility of design, allowing you to change its appearance to suit your personal requirements.
You can change the look of icons and indeed the Workbench backdrop and windows by running the appropriate program in your Prefs drawer. Drawing icons in IconEdit isn't a good idea though and it's quicker to design them in a paint package such as Deluxe Paint.
Two icons are needed - one for when not selected and another for selected. Grab each icon as a brush and save them to the RAM Disk. You can then load them into IconEdit as images in the indicated selected and non-selected slots. All you then need to do is save it by selecting the program you want the icon for in the save requester, and clicking Okay. Remember that there are different icons for different file types. You must select the appropriate icon type from the Type menu in IconEdit before you save it. A full list and explanation of icon types is available in your Workbench manual The
WBPattern program is slightly different in that it doesn't allow you to design backdrops, only select them. You can use your paint package again here in order to create a suitable image. There are two ways you can design backdrops - full screen or brush. Full screen is just that, a fuir screen backdrop, and brush is simply a section of the screen that is grabbed as a brush and tiled by WBPattern over your Workbench or windows. The benefits of brush pattern tiling are obvious as they don't take as much hard drive or floppy disk space as full screen patterns.
]etter access N EAT AND TIDY Workbench is initially neatly tucked away in drawers but as you become more confident you will find yourself calling on certain programs time and time again. Wading through drawers every time eventually becomes annoying but Workbench offers an easier way to access commonly used programs.
You can keep any icon type out on the Workbench desktop by simply dicking once on the icon and selecting Leave Out from the Icons menu.
This doesn't move the icon but simply instructs Workbench to show it on the desktop rather than the previous location. You cannot delete an icon while on the desktop so you need to put it back where it came from by M . . I clicking it once and selectTool* Opm r o C»pv «R Information Snapshot IjnSitap-.ltot |T5-*U I r.iur Out rnL Pot A wav jglp Delete... format Disk... Hraptv Trash A tidy Workbench is a happy Workbench and a happy Workbench is a happy user. Once you start creating your drawers and copying and deleting files, you'll realise that Workbench can soon become cluttered, especially
drawer contents.
You can keep your desktop and window neat and tidy by selecting all the icons and then selecting Snapshot All from the Window menu. Snapshot fixes the icon to the position you specify. A better way to do this is to use keyboard short-cuts which allow you to perform functions without needing to use the mouse.
All keyboard short-cuts are accessed first by holding down the right Amiga A key to the right of the Space bar and pressing the appropriate key (keyboard short-cuts are also known as Hotkeys). You can find all the appropriate short-cuts alongside the menu item they represent. For example, right Amiga A and . (full stop) deans up the contents of a window, right Amiga A and A selects all the files in a window.
C They’re not just there for cosmetic purposes - keyboard short-cuts increase your speed when working with Workbench OW YOU SEE IT When you open a drawer on Workbench, programs and further drawers are shown by their attached icon. But not all programs and drawers have icons and initially, these don't show up.
If you find yourself looking for a particular item which doesn't appear to exist select the Show - All Files option in the window menu. The result of this is that Workbench attaches temporary icon images for any files and drawers that don't have an icon of their own. You can then interact with them in the same way you can with normal icons. If you snapshot the drawer with the Show - All files option selected it will stay this way permanently, or until you change it back to Show • Only Icons.
Qru Qcon s ELL E MULTITASKING When you create a new drawer Workbench automatically attaches an icon to it - this is also what happens when yo-u format a disk. Thankfully, these icons aren't written into the Amiga's chips and can therefore be changed to other icons of your choice.
These icons, known as default icons, are read by Workbench from the Sys directory (drawer) which can be found in the Prefs Env-Archive. All the default icons are preceded by def_ and end with .info (indicating an icon) - for example, def_drawer.info, def.tool.info, def_disk.info etc. With this knowledge, you can create a new icon as explained in the Window Dressing section, select the correct icon type, and then save it over the original def icon in Prefs Env-Archive Sys.
QNTU ITION Unlike other home computers, the Amiga has boasted true multitasking since it was first released many years ago. Multitasking may not appear very useful to the beginner but as your experience increases it.soon becomes a powerful ally.
Multitasking allows you to run several programs at once without your Amiga choking and eventually crashing. You can switch between programs by clicking on the depth gadget at the top-right corner of each screen, but a far simpler and quicker way is to use the keyboard short-cut right Amiga A and M This switches between program screens without you having to use the mouse.
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UN NING You will notice a drawer on your Workbench disk called WBStartup. This drawer is used to automatically load pro- grams every time Workbench boots (loads).
Therefore, if you want to run a particular program of your choice when Workbench loads, simply drag it into the WBStartup drawer using the mouse. In order to load successfully, the program you drag into WBStartup must have an icon attached.
The Shell is your interface to the Amij DOS (Disk Operating System) and i located in the System drawer. If you a exploring Amiga DOS you may be inte ested to know that you don't have t load Shell up every time you want I enter a DOS command.
If you look in the Workbench menu your desktop you will notice an optic entitled Execute Command. By selectii this, Workbench provides you with i Intuition window in which you can ty| any DOS commands just as you would the Shell. Execute Command is so use!
That I rarely use the Shell anymore.
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O The Execute Command... lunction in the Workbench menu Is a quick alternative to the Shell Not only does your Amiga have a Workbench but also Intuition, used by Workbench to communicate with you, the user. It consists of windows containing different types of buttons. Gadgets and images that allow you to interact with Workbench comfortably and with relative ease.
Most of your Intuition experience will be involved with clicking buttons and entering text A quick way to delete text in a gadget is to use the keyboard short-cut right Amiga A and X which will delete all the text at once.
The only other alternative is to tap away at the Delete or Backspace key until the text is erased.
U The Amiga's Intuition capability is tar superior to any rival computen and allows you to interact with your Amiga Mode Properties Visible Size : 648 x 256 Mininun Size 648 x 200 Naxmun Size : 16368 * 16384 Maxinun Colors: 256 Supports genlock Draggable 51Hz, 15.68kHz Cancel | Display Mode Ugh Res Laced PUL:Lou Res PRL:Lou Res Laced PAL:Super Hieh Res PftL:Super-High Res Laced Width: H _£j Default Weight: Yj Default Colors: 8 RotoScrolI: vj Use SE YOUR TOOL Most programs that come with Workbench utilise ToolTypes. If you click once on the Poin program’s icon and then select Information...
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These ToolTypes are used by the program and also by Intuition to control how the p gram works. If you have copied a program to the WBStartup you may have noticed t when Workbench loads, a requester appears stating that the program 1T has not quit yet To stop this in future you need to add the DONOTWAIT ToolType to the. Programs ic Repeat the process mentioned for the Pointer icon above, click the New button to ad new ToolType, and then type in DONOTWAIT. Press return and then click on the Save but to store the new ToolType. When you reboot again the program will load without a hitch.
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BRAND NEW RELEASE Mflk AMOS vol.2 mounted, a plastic connector on the bo is 'glued' into place onto the A600 processor via a sticky pad ipside the © nector. This means the Apollo cannot removed once in place, and I would n recommend you shake your A600 t much after the board has been fixed place.
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Compared to numerical only operations This is borne out if you compare some d the graphical benchmark tests in AIBB, tN Apollo only usually producing a doubling a speed over a conventional A600. ri Jargon box AIB8 - AMIGA Intuition Based Benchmarks is o program that oHom YOU to ten the perfamonce ol your AMIGA 6086 - one ol Intel's earliest processors used to power the eariest modem Pcs 68020 Motorola's firs' 32-bit processor Introduced to "he mid 80$ it is used to paver the A1200 and the Apollo 620 An actual upgrade for the A600. Neil Mohr checks if it's worth shelling out for s'iun.
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Having been left in the accelerator back waters for a good few years now, you must be thinking it is about time your A600 got a good old speed injection. Well finally there is an option available - the Apollo 620.
Tens years on, the A600 is still running as fast, or should that read as slow, as the original A1000. It amazes me the number of Amiga owners that complain about programs that will not run on their machines, which then turn out to be eight-year old A500s with 1 Mb of memory, f a PC got up and moaned about how their 8086 with 640k could not run Windows 95, they would simply just get laughed at.
The unfortunate side of ths is that software companies will still write their software to conform to this minimum standard. A larger proportion of games have only recently become hard drive insatiable, and most of the recent Doom-type games only cater for a minimum specification A1200.
This ends in a vicious circle that no one bothers to upgrade, and conversely there are no great improvements in software as it still caters for the minimum specification.
Bit of a large bee in my bonnet there I think. Alright, so there are lots of very good reasons to upgrade your machine, and at the end of the day it is you that will benefit. The Apollo s a slightly over-docked 020 processor running at 25MHz. An’over-clocked processor is one that is being run at a higher clock rating than it s supposed to.
In theory this reduces the life expectancy of the processor because of the extra heat generated, but as the Apollo is only running at an extra 5MHz I cannot see this being any problem.
NO EXTRA COSTS A floating point unit is included as standard with the board, so there is no necessary extra expense, and the board pulls a reasonable 0.7 MFIops. Therefore, any A600 user that has ever wanted to dabble with raytracing will have a much happier time, rather than continuing to struggle with their old 68000, sweating cobs trying to pull off all those complex instructions.
As with every Amiga cccelerator, the Apollo is pretty much useless unless you add FastRAM to it. Actually adding FastRAM allows the Apollo to run over bVi times faster than it other wise would.
You should really consider going for a 4Mb SIMM if you want to run things like Wordworth or Final Writer, and anyone wanting to do raytracing should go for the Qasy options Overall, the Apollo would make a good alternative to an A1200, and is half the price, though you would need to add on the cost of a SIMM and you are still stuck with the old chipset's display range. At the end of the day, if you want to accelerate your A600 the Apollo is your only option, and it does provide a good turn of speed. For any A600 owners, this board would be a revelation.
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collections of objects, surfaces and scenes suitable for Lightwave users. Three such collections have recently fallen into my lap, so I now present Light-ROM 3, Replica Technolog s Interior Design Collection and Model Masters' Model Monger Foto Real collection.
2 The JD Model Mech KH is fust on* of th* themed object sets on UtJ Ben Vost takes a look at three new Cds for Lightwave users IGHT-ROM 3 Light-ROM 3 is a massive collection consisting of three Cds, the first of which is dedicated to Lightwave objects, scenes and animations, the second is given over to objects for other formats, while the third disc is filled with over a thousand DEM files, or Digital Elevation Maps, which cannot be used in Lightwave directly, but could be used in Vista Pro, Scenery Animator or World Construction Set in order to generate backdrops (animated or otherwise) for
LightWave.
Out of the three collections on offer here, Light-ROM 3 is the only one that uses the pubic domain as a source for the models on the discs. Theie is a wide variety of models on several themes, from the ubiquitous range of spaceships to some nice architectural models.
Unfortunately, most of these models weren't created in LightWave, so have all the modelling finesse of most Imagine models - triangles everywhere and no sense of scale. Even models that are quite famous for originally being in .DXF or .3DS formats have been translated into Imagine format before being converted finally to LightWave.
In its fawur, the models on Light-ROM 3 have all been converted with Interchange which at least tries to replicate an object's surface coloration when translating from one format to another. Unfortunately, this still doesn't make up for the fact that you are going to need to spend a good deal of time editing the objects to make them as efficient as possible for LightWave use, converting triangular polygons into multi-sided ones, scaling the object correctly, and re-editing the surfaces to your taste.
Amiga Computing Light-ROM 3 does come with thumbnail renderings of all the objects on the Cds, so you don't have to muddle through looking for an object to suit your requirements.
There are also over SOMbs of DEM files that have been translated into 3D object formats to save you the trouble, and a variety of shareware programs to help with 3D generally.
For some reason, although the PC programs are all unpacked, the Amiga ones are all still archived which necessitates using Lha. On the second disc there are also 820 Jpeg’d textures which have either been algorithmically generated or frame grabbed from live video. Some are very good but very few are repeatable, limiting their usefulness in most situations.
You just can't complain about the cost of Light-ROM 3. If you don't have access to the Internet and, in particular, the Tomahawk object archive, then this CD bundle is splendid value for money, all the more so if you actually have one of the aforementioned fractal landscape generators as well. The documentation accompanying the package has a useful list of resources you might wish to look furtTer at, such as details for various magazines devoted to 3D modelling and rendering like 3D Artist and LightWave Pro.
Bottom Product details Product Light-ROM 3 Supplier Blittersoft Price £39.95 Tel 01908 261446 ES Ease of use 60% Implementation 55% Value For Money 90% Overall 68% This CD has a sticker on it saying it is a Windows version, but as far as I am aware, there is no specific Amiga version. This is the root cause of all of this CD's problems. Because it was compiled with PC users in mind, the filenames are all 8.3 and when you 'load from scene' the pathnames that come up (because LW can't find an object or image) are all in the 'Can't find D: objects stuff object.lwo’ format. Not very user-
friendly and not acceptable in a 'professional* CD title.
Qnterior design collection Unfortunately, the problems with this CD don't stop there. Unlike Light-ROM 3 the Odjects have all been created in Lightwave, and to scale, and they are all nicely surfaced with good-looking wood and nice reflective surfaces. However, they are very simple for the most part and nothing that any even vaguely competent modellers couldn't achieve in a few minutes.
To be fair to Replica Technologies, the objects aren't supposed to be virtual Chippendaies, but simple things like rounding off corners, while adding to the polygon count does make objects look much nicer.
The best objects in the collection are the four types of houses, although they are all fairly simple detached homes, and the interior fixtures like the staircases, skirting boards and fireplaces (mainly because it is these features that are so often forgotten when interior scenes are rendered).
The furniture itself is completely forgettable in as much as the design work that has gone into it seems minimal, although there is a nice range of similar types of objects, such as five different sorts of desks. However, when it comes to choosing which of the five you are going to want to use for your scene, that has to be done by trial and error because there are no preview images for each individual object This is not helped by the cryptic naming conventions forced onto the Interior Design Collection by the aforementioned 8.3 naming standard.
Considering that this CD is only about half full, I think it would have been more professional if Replica Design had just included separate scene files for Amiga users that directly accessed the CD-ROM, and also individual preview images in somewhat less compressed form than the current Jpegs. All in all, I don't think I can recommend this CD to anyone but the most intent Lightwave user who needs to be able to rustle up architectural walk-throughs in tie least amount of time possible, and who isn't concerned overly with the quality of the objects he is £ using.
Bottom line UCT DETAILS Product Supplier Price Tel Interior Design Collection Replica Technologies $ 350 001 716 337 3887 Ease of use 35% 65% Implementation Value For Money 30% Overall 42% ODEL MONGER INTERIORS 1, FOTOREAL The problem inherent in object Cds that aren't created solely tor Lightwave la the lack of proper surfacing details - the image on the left la scanned from the leaflet accompanying the Model Monger CD, the image on the right is the same object rendered a freight from the CD the format n which obfects are sated in the PC 3D rendering program 3D Studio Jargon box
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VERALL Overall, the quality of the objects on the two professional Cds isn't in doubt and the vast majority of the objects on the Light- ROM 3 are also quite impressive, but none of these Cds really address the needs of the LightWave user. Replica Technologies CD is the only one to provide dedicated LightWave objects in the correct scale and with proper surfacing, but it falls down in the value-for-money stakes, its concentration on the Windows market (when the number of Amiga users of LightWave far outnumbers the number on PC) and its lack of picture previews of the objects.
The other two Cds both fail to have properly converted objects and in the case of the Model Monger series this is unforgivable, especially since any work you do to the objects has to be saved to your hard drive, thus obviating the advantages of having the CD-ROMs in the first place. Oh for a decent LightWave object database, you'd think there would be the demand for it Bottom l liHEE- DETAILS Product Model Monger Interiors 1 Supplier Antigravity TV Products Price $ 149.95 [»¦ 0181 4025770 ES Ease of use 65% Implementation 45% Value For Money 65% Overall 60% Phew, what a long-winded name.
The Model Monger CD comes in two versions, the FotoReal - where every object is absolutely smothered in polygons - and the LowReZ version - useful to act as stand-ins for your models until you need to do a full-on, high resolution final render. The number of polygons in the FotoReal versions of the objects on this CD really is quite phenomenal. Can you imagine a bed and mattress containing over 10,000 polygons?
Part of the reason for this is again the fact that these models haven't been created with LightWave in mind, so the models on this CD are made from triangles again. And because there is no standard for the scale of objects in different formats, you will find a 60 metre wide sofa and a pair of scissors taller than a jumbo jet.
Now this CD hasn't been p-epared with LightWave in mind exclusively, so ou can forgive these excesses of scale, but these objects are on a professional quality CD so maybe these factors should have been addressed. Afte' all, just what is the point of supplying LightWave-specific versions of the objects when any sensible 3D modeller already has an object converter to convert the no doubt identical models from the JDS versions included on the disc into LigitWave format himself - unless those objects have truly been converted, including reducing the polygons and adjusting the scale.
This object database is again an Interchange production with the converted objects needing a lot of work to make them usable ir LightWave, so yet again my search for a usable model database has been thwarted.
Amiga Computing sim CDFS is one of those products that hasn't been too popular (or well-known) since its release back in 1992. To be frank while it was OK back then, it wasn't actually all that good and most of the other CD solutions did the job better. However, the advent of the new version, version 3, is set to reverse the trend. In short, AsimCDFS is now a splendid pjrchase if you run a CD-ROM, and quite possibly should be included in Amiga Technologies' Amiga bundles in the future, if not incorporated directly into Workbench.
So what's so good about it? For a start, there's no faffing around to install it. You won't need to edit any mountiists or check what SCSI device you have. AsimCDFS does all that technical-type stuff for you. All you need do is point it in the right direction. Once you have installed AsimCDFS you can start playing with whatever Cds you have. Even if you haven't got any data CD-ROMS yet you can actually still have some fun using AsimCDFS with musk Cds.
Examines oiuibns AsimCDFS comes with a music CD player called AsimTunes and that's rot unusual as most CD file systems come with an audio player, but where AsimTunes scores is in the fact that you can edit the names of the tracks on the CD, which then gets carried across to Workbench. This means you can have a CD icon on your Workbench screen called 'Weight' (the name of a great album by the Henry Rollins Band) and if you double-click on it you will see six drawers labelled CDDA_LeastSignifaant, CDDA_MostSignificant, AIFF_Stereo, AIFF.Left, AIFF_Right and MAUD.
Formats If you open one of these drawers you will see icons with the names of the tracks on the CD.
These icons are actually compete samples of the tracks in whatever format the name of the drawer they are in says. The CDDA formats are both raw data as they're stoied on CD, the three AIFF formats are 16-bit samples in the multi-platform AIFF standard, and the MAUD format is used by MacroSysterrs' Toccata card.
It is a shame that there isn't an 8-bit sample format so that the Cds tracks can easily be 53 £3 •1 Something fishy Just so you have immediately got something to play with when you buy AsimCDFS, the publishers have kindly included the FishMarket CD-ROM containing unarchived copies of Fish disks 260-1000. While not particularly up to date, there is guaranteed to be at least some software of use to you on this disc, and anyway, what are you complaining for? It's free, isn't it?
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by AsimCDFS ter IFF when you load them into a paint packcge
incorporated into Octamed or something similar, but that would
vj mean having to process the infor- mation on the CD and
resample it down at a lower rate, a difficult task. You could
use the SoundFX program we put on last month's coverdisk to
convert the AIFF samples down to standard Amiga 8-bit samples,
but you would need about 50Mb of memory to edit a whole song!
Fortunately, Asimware have added an element to the DiscChanger
program supplied with AsimCDFS that allows you to select a
section from a track rather than the whole song. Even so, a two
second sample in stereo AIFF format can be as much as half a
meg in size.
Until now, Amiga users who wanted a CD-ROM drive had to scratch around for utilities.
Frank Nord don't come with. AsimCDFS takes the same innovative approach with PhotoCDs as it does with audio ones.
Rather than having to have a separate program to load in the pictures from a PhotoCD (assuming you actually have a PhotoCD loader), Asimware's solution is to simply give you the thumbnails for each image as icons in the directory window for the CD. The same directory structure exists for PhotoCDs as for audio Cds, with the different resolution images being stored in directories named for the resolution. AsimCDFS automatically creates a thumbnail icon so that you can see what your images are without having to load them into a separate program. FZ& Jargon box PhotoCDs are special Cds you can
hove your fx vs developed onftx 0‘s st S an expensive and 6me onsuming process, but you con fit more than one Wn ¦S images onto one PhotoCD, thus bringing the cost down. Ths wnT also save you from having to buy a scanner.
Our tests with SoundFX and AsimTunes didn't prove wholly successful, however. For some reason whatever format data we took into SoundFX was played back at around halfspeed. Obviously, you can just move the sample up an octave, so it's not too much of a problem, but it shouldn't really be necessary.
Naming tracks can pose a bit of a problem too as AsimCDFS only allows you the standard 25 characters for a filename to name your tracks in, a bit of a bummer when you got a CD with 'Itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini' on it (well, you might have).
ONCLUSION AsimCDFS is a very nice piece of system software that has really been carefully thought about. There are still a couple of niggles with it, like the fact that although you can rename the tracks on a music CD through Workbench, you can't snapshot a CD's icon without using Forcelcon. But overall thi quality of this package is not in doubt.
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an orderly fashion) into Manchester.
The first shop I came to was no help at all. I walked in and boldly stated my purpose: "I want to buy an Amiga. Have you got any?" To which the man behind the counter replied, "No". When I asked him why, in a shocked tone of voice, he merely replied: "This is a fishmongers, sir." Alright alright I know it's a crap joke and one of the oldest in the book, but unfortunately, I may as well have been in the fishmongers in Manchester for all the luck I had trying to get an Amiga.
My first and best port of call was the Silica Shop in Debenhams.in Manchester's Arndale Centre. After wandering around the shopjor i i bitWmf? W the jerky scrolling on the Windows maclyhes, I focovered‘ e ig!%00N f5mpanied by a Microvitec 1430.monitor.Jhe monitor was swUchebp f, utir®urmhg it back on I wjien Jhfe sales'JssistanAiJti finished de*alinj wiff he otjier customers in the shop, I apJfroa Hedhffn and gavejhe stpie Swy I used'Sr-every other shop, namely ' that 1 was a*pb(J , starving student uT*a gffehic rts course at university il and needed a computer to do £D gra icl*ap3)hopef(llly
output to video, and 3D , graphic! Later on..l explained tha| (only Ha .a j)udfcet of £500 and that what I really wanted was a machine that-w uid'do whatqjieeded and which I could expand at a later date when I got Some more money.*l aTsO stated that I didn't care about the make or compatibility uj the .machine*Z • Without fail ev one of the shops I'werft into started by offering me a 486 for
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around the £900 mark (including VAT). Obviously, they all
needed a slight nudge in the right direction, so in each case I
mentioned the fact that one of my friends had an Amiga and it
looked quite good. In Silica Shop, as soon as I mentioned the
Amiga, the sales assistant (who was their PC bod) realised that
the Amiga would actually be quite a good choice and told me
that the graphics for Babylon 5 and seaQuest DSV were all
produced on Amigas.
I kept up my act of wide-eyed innocence and said that that was quite an impressive track record, at which point the sales assistant said that he didn't know very much about Amigas apart from the fact that they were very easy to use and could be hooked directly up to a video, etc. He suggested I wait for his colleague, the Amiga expert, to return to get the full gen, but he was himself far more enthusiastic about the Amiga's capabilities than his erstwhile comrade.
Persistent My next visit was to Dixons in the Amdale Centre. I waited to see the computer expert rather than deal with someone who only knew about stereos and once he was free, he came over and started to sell me a PC.
Unfortunately, once more, the budget that I had fabricated of £500 was again exceeded, this time by about £150 in the form of a PC that wasn't going to be able to do what I wanted out of the box. I pushed in the direction of the Amiga (Dixons don't actually sell Amigas at the moment), but the salesman seemed uncertain as to the availability of the machine and suggested that they were no longer in production.
Thus discouraged, I decided to cheer myself up by going to visit the Escom shop in John Dalton Street in Manchester. 'After alt1, I told myself, 'Petro Tyschtchenko said that Amiga Technologies were going to place the Amiga in Escom shops because of the high rate of Amiga experience in the staff running the shops.' I wasn't lucky enough to get one of those shops though.
I walked around the showroom for a bit taking in the mini-towers, desktops, and full- size towers that littered the workbenches (no pun intended!) Around the room. The only sign of an A1200 was a stack of three empty boxes in the window. I told my tale to the nearest salesman and he suggested I buy a... PC. His cheapest PC was about £620 and came with practically nothing by way of sweeteners. When I asked about a suitable paint package, the Man from Escom told me I I shunted the conversation towards the Amiga in what was by now becoming a slightly desperate attempt for somebody, anybody, to
recommend Escom's new baby to me, but to no avail. The salesman's eyes just glazed over when I mentioned the Amiga and he frantically tried to cover up the complete lack of knowledge that he had about the machine.
When asked if the Amiga ran Windows, the salesman didn't think so, and when I asked him about the specification of the machine he tried to look on the box, a job I could have done (the Amiga Magic bundle makes no mention of the machine's specification on the box).
He couldn't even tell me the price of an Amiga without having to consult another employee. I said that the PC was too expensive to start with and I just wanted a machine which I could expand at a later date, to which the man from Escom said that the Amiga was categorically not expandible. I turned on my heel and walked out I'd had my fill of Manchester. I trudged back along Market Street despairing of any of Manchester's citizens being persuaded to buy an Amiga in these PC-dominated days. Maybe my luck would be better nearer to home, in Stockport ONCLUSIONS Unfortunately, things don't look too
hopeful from what I've written, but the staff in the shops weren't entirely to blame. For a start the Amiga doesn't appear to offer all that much for £399 compared to what the Pcs offered for £650. It might seem like a huge jump in cash terms, but remember when you buy a PC you are also getting a monitor, 4Mb RAM (at least) and a sizeable hard drive. It’s no wonder that shops that do carry Amigas don't try to sell you them, when selling a PC system is so much easier to justify to a potential punter.
Some of the blame must also rest on Amiga Technologies' shoulders, particularly the fiasco in their own shop. Not enough people are aware of the fact that the Amiga is back in production and by a company who are supposed to be different to bad ol' Commodore. In the So into the shopping centre I went hoping for a better performance I went into Dixons and approached the first guy I saw in the computer department Tm looking for a computer." "What specification do you want?" "1 want it to be cheap. I only have about £500' At this point in the exchange one of the.Dixons staff sniggered to his
colleague: 'He's hoping! A computer for £500r At this point I was tempted to just walk out but I persevered. I explained my situation and gave all the cues for them to suggest I try Tandy who do stock Amigas. But no, I was told that I should come back when I had the requisite, and by now familiar, figure of £650 to spend on a PC. As I left the shop I could hear the salesman and his cronies laughing behind me.
My last hope was Tandy, not a name to inspire confidence. I walked downstairs to the computer showroom where, notwithstanding the Amiga box on display in the window, there were only Pcs to be seen. It was in Tandy that I suffered most at the hands of the PC bigots.
Solidarity Unfortunately, my cover story as a starving art student was spoilt somewhat by the fact that the guy trying to sell me a machine had just finished a course similar to the one I described, so he was at pains to try and show me some solidarity. He told me of the joys of owning a PC and showed me a machine that was £250 over budget.
While he demonstrated the amazing benefits of PaintShopPro, a shareware image processing and paint package, he told me that a PC was the machine I needed. I told him I had seen an Amiga at work and was quite impressed and he said: "The Amiga is nothing like this whatsoever." The guy at Tandy has to be congratulated though for pointing out some of the more serious deficits of the Amiga.
He said that there wasn't much transportability of files (yes you can write to a PC disk on the Amiga, but you can't save out a document in Word format), you might not be able to get a suitable printer driver (actually he said that you can't even get a cable for a printer to connect to an Amiga), and you can't buy what software there is anywhere. He also advised me that I could upgrade my PC a bit at a time as I could afford it and end up with a far superior machine than the one I bought, relatively cheaply.
Death, people will only go into shops asking for an Amiga if they know about it and see its benefits. Unless Escom are willing to put some time into promotion (it doesn't have to mean expensive advertising campaigns) the Amiga is stilt going to sink into a bottomless pii Shops won’t carry it because they don't sell, they don't sell because the shop staff persuade people to buy Pcs, then people who want to buy an Amiga can’t find anywhere to buy one from so they buy a PC too, and so ft goes on.
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Meanwhile, have a look for yourself.
Suicide is painless M'A'S’H is not to be confused with the rather bizarre American comedy series and Worms by Team 17 Although it may have the same idea, I don’t want to be caught up with the who’s idea it was. Or who copied’ who debate, because frankly, I don’t care.
This game is another which, I think, surfed around the PD scene a while ago and is now set for a full commercial release I'm a little worried about all these games being programmed from some guy’s bedroom and being released at full price, because they may be quite adequate as a Public Domain release, but it’s a very big step challenging the likes of Virgin. Time Warner, Empire, Team 17 and Ocean - you can’t expect the games to be of outstanding quality.
Having said that, all programmers and developers have to start somewhere and Chris Gregan seems to have got himself started on the right foot with M‘A*S*H. The best way I can describe it is a Worms Lemmings-like game full of constant action with tanks and little spuds battling away. It will be available on mail order directly from Chris himself. Hopefully, we can squeeze in a full review next month to give you a low-down on how much this compares to Team 17 s highly acclaimed.
Worms.
Ime Warner gets Sensible Sensible Software fcnnounced they were going to Ifcr g their long standing rela- Bfenship with the Amiga to an rand, the world were captured great scenes of sadness - |«earty. Their leaving present to fete Amiga faithful was none 3r than Sensible World of seer, and maybe the world didn't want another game - ever.
Shortly after the release of SWOS, and after riding high in the charts following millions of sales last year, it began to crumble. People became unhappy as minor complaints filtered through and more and more players were left disappointed with the bugged and crash-tastic SWOS.
After the complaints. Sensible Software came out for an encore to much surprise and offered a bug-free version for absolutely free. All the annoying features had been ironed out and. Despite the extra disk, it managed to claw its way back to being the greatest ever football game on the Amiga.
Time Warner Interactive have decided to update SWOS further, adding small features that will undoubtedly inject some life back into it. We have already seen a preview version, and although the actual game part looks identical, there are subtle touches which, if you go back to your old version, you will not be able to live without.
Basically, all the teams are going to be re-vamped - new players, kits and managers - and you can also manage your A team who compete in the league and your B team, which contains all your up and coming youngsters and reserves whom you can call up at any time during the season You can add aftertouch on ground passes, the international manager's position is now included, and there are animated crowds, a new rating system with stars and lots more.
Although it may not sound much, it does make the game that little bit better. Even the display of players' names in the corner of the screen adds a little more excitement as you now know who you are controlling and which computer player has the ball. We'll bring you a full review, along with an in- depth look at all the special features to see if the best has just got better!
Combining a unique adventure-like interface with real football-like situations. These contributed efficiently enough to the industry to warrant a World Cup edition, which in turn superseded the league edition. The league edition contains all the Premier and First division data as well as all the features of training, sponsorship, press conferences and running commentary on the matches.
Building an Empire After the success of Coala which has received
o very healthy 90 per cent in this issue. Empire are going to try
and further their success with a huge football compilation
featuring some of the best football games ever released.
First up is FIFA International Soccer which is sffl remarkably popular, especially on the console formats. For those of you who don't know, it’s the unusually isometric viewed game which looked mightily impressive and realistic.
Kick Off 3 - European Challenge also makes an appearance. This didn't continue the same gameplay and graphics as the first Kick Off series, which was a let-down, but after a few hours it became so absorbing, nobody could put it down.
On the Ball was probably one of the finest graphical football management games ever, Finally, to finish the compilation off. Empire have selected one of the finest football management games ever. Premier Manager 3. This is the latest in the series from Gremlin, and needs no introduction whatsoever as it received 91 per cent right here in the pages of System.
Soccer Stars ‘96 will retail at £34.99. and for four excellent football games, that could well be one of the bargains of the year - already!
Soccer Stars ‘96 contains Premier Manager 3 which in my mind is the best football management gamer ever Inhale... Exile Audiogenic have been relatively active on the old gaming front, especially with releases like Odyssey, Graham Gooch’s Cricket ‘95. And now a re-released version of the old classic Exile. I can remember this appearing quite a few years ago. It was like an inspace arcade adventure which began inside your own space ship, with you pressing buttons and dropping grenades and basic space-type things.
The game was fairly big with plenty of puzzles to solve, crews to rescue and monsters to battle against.
On the A500, it proved to be one of the most taxing and enjoyable games to be released. The new version for the A1200 and CD32 are about to arrive and will contain advanced graphics and sound, taking advantage of the AGA chipset. It will also be re-released on the A500, so if you've never played it before, it wouldn’t be a waste of your time to check it out.
|) i*h preview A 3D perspective will work well with the style of game You will be able to blow up new styles of building which will add variety emember Zeewolf - we certainly do. It arrived in the office and we played it to death, giving it a well Zeewolf 4 by far the best addition has got to be the new vehicles which you can control, each having their own unique set of weapons j deserved score of 90%. Well, now it's back, its sequel is anyway, and it boasts a whole host of new features and improvements on some of the criticisms levelled at the original.
Developed by Binary Asylum, Zeewolf 2 is both a helicopter shoot- em-up and a simulator. Set over a huge 32 levels, you are set a number of missions to complete, which, incidentally, you can play in any order. They vary from Seek and Destroy where you must find a building, vehicle or person and err, shoot them, to the 'nicer' missions like Airlift, a fun addition where you must winch friendly units to and from the battle zones.
The story so far, for those of you who don't know, is that Ecliptico, an evil corporation, have launched attacks on the planet in a bid to take over the world. The good guys, the Zenith corporation, are the only ones that stand between them and world domination. However, Zenith are armed only with a Zeewolf helicopter and some remote control battlefield craft.
The Ecliptico are better armed and Zenith have a tough job ahead of them...(dramatic music, roll camera...) One thing the designers have considered this time is how to make the game settings more interesting. They have done this with four new landscapes which are European, Arctic, Desert and Toxic, and each has their own features and trees, etcetera which give you something a little different to fly over each time.
Buildings have also been improved with inclusions such as oil rigs, wellheads, and town halls. But by far the best addition has got to be the new vehicles which you can control, each having their own unique set of weapons. By remote control you will be able to take charge of a Patrol Boat, Battle Tank, VTOL fighter, and Transport helicopter, and according to the particular mission, they all allow for different tactics. The weapons vary from vehicle to vehicle too so, for example, the Patrol Boat has torpedoes and the battle tank has a heat-seeking shell.
The game has also been speeded up considerably and Binary Asylum reckon that the difference when playing the new version on an A500 compared directly with its predecessor will be obvious.
This version also implements the scanner, although they have made it so that dead vehicles now disappear from it and it can also be cancelled out by going too near the enemy's radio tower.
A password system will also be incorporated and, rather than giving it out every four levels, it will be extensively playtested to find out when to give it on the later levels. If for example, a mission takes 40 minutes to complete, they will provide you with a password then - it's good to see companies using their common sense over password systems for a change!
The game should be available in December, will run on all Amigas, and be priced at £29.99. We'll bring you a full review soon, but already it's looking like being a fresh challenge for old veterans of the game as well as keeping it accessible for those who are new to it. We look forward... Final word Previewed by Tina Hackett Software Expressions %------------ Introducing some of the best public domain & shareware software. These are high-quality freely distributable disks at a fraction of commercial prices High-ouaWJWmulation Wea presented card games Excellent strategy game
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Look like cars.
The main objective is to illegally race around different courses from around the world and try and win the league championship by beating four other competitors. You can select any of the cartoon-type drivers and any of the three cars. Each car has various attributes that have to be taken into account, for instance, a very bendy track may suit the Formula One car as it's good at taking bends and has a steady top speed.
When Leading Lap first arrived in the office. I noticed the graphics, in particular, were looking very professional. The polygons were shifting at a horrific rate and were generally looking fast and PUBLISHER Black Legend Kellion Software PRICE £29.99 E 2 CU Yes DISKS HD INSTALL SUPPORTS A1200 Reviewed by Andy Moddock Hj Leading Lap Hfter MicroProse Formula One Grand Prix Its success was absolutely phenomenal, and when they announced that they were working on Formula One Grand Prix 2. It was something to look forward to for racing fans. What they failed to mention, however, was the fact
they were developing it exclusively for the PC and an Amiga version would never follow - ever.
I don't know whether Kellion Software knew this at the time, but they've certainly made the right decision in filling the hole that F1GP left with their new 'virtual' racing game. Leading Lap.
Leading Lap MPV features what's called Moving Point of View which acts like virtual reality.
For instance, when you take a corner, the driver's head turns slightty to make it look more realistic than Formula One GP. It's difficult to notice when you're challenging for first place, but if you sit back and watch someone else, it gives it that little bit extra to look at.
There are three cars to choose from - the Formula One, Rally, and the Endurance, all of The sound effects are pretty average, although there's isn't much difference in the quality of the engine sound. However, there is the screech of brakes and a bloke that continually shouts things at you while you complete a lap. Unlike many other Amiga games, the music is actually done by a professional working guitarist who's worked with the likes of Tina Turner and Bon Jovi, Having said that, be prepared - it's very Metallica-like.
So if you're into anything like Oasis, it's a cue to turn the volume down or, better still, turn it off.
Professional sounds inbelievably smooth. So many times the Amiga's nardware has had to sacrifice speed for graphics and vice versa which, in most cases, usually leaves people disappointed. Virtual Karting by OTM - reviewed in the November issue - was faster than most racing games, although to compensate, the graphics were truly awful - they don't look in the least bit as professional.
The backdrops in Leading Lap are suitably drawn, giving you an instant feel for place and time of day. Incidentally, if you should take too long racing around a track, finding cars lapping you, the sky will become darker and darker until it's virtually impossible to see where the bends will come up.
The tracks are of a good variety and you'll always get a couple of useful tips on them before you even set off. These inform you of tight corners, obstacles to avoid, and places it may be handy to use that brake pedal. This gives you an idea of how to plan out the race - where to overtake and what to look out for.
There’s a password option so you can continue the game later and take some of the pressure off the need to finish in first place. Thankfully, the passwords are nice and short and don't require you to type in about 3,000 lines of complete gibberish for you to carry on where you left off.
There's an extra option for those who have got Amiga-owning friends because two-players can link up through a serial cable and race against each other. This is always the best way of sparking up a bit of friendly rivalry. You can select the detail and distance level, and switch between internal and external views via the keyboard. The best view has to be the internal because of the speed and the control. Using the zoomed out external view restricts your control of the car and, even if it does look that i little bit better, it doesn't always pay to be fancy. You can also alter the angle of the
external view which makes it impossible to control but, again, a good view for a bit of showing off.
There's a circuit map to the right of the screen and instead of the cars moving around the map, the map moves around the cars which looks far more interesting than a standard boring graphic.
There are five drivers to select from, although be careful because they will all try different tactics to beat you.
There's Snake Kelly, Wall, Claudia Powers, Bud Nuke and Harry Lucini.
They all drive their own specific cars so you will instantly be able to recognise who's in front and behind.
Final word Overall, Leading Lap looks and feels like a very professional product, featuring aspects that we all know the Amiga can produce. If software like this can continue at such highly quality then not only will Keiiion Software undoubtedly find themselves ranking high in the list of leading software developers, they may even find themselves high in the charts so soon after Christmas.
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Magic Pack, it only got a miniature-esque review squeezed into the main pack evaluation. Now. However. It's available as a standalone product and therefore deserves a review all to itself. And here it is.
As you've probably gathered, it's the latest pinball sim from 21st Century, the publishers renowned among pinball wizards for releasing some of the best sims around. However, there's one big difference this time and one that has left me with my doubts about this title.
The developers of the previous games were Digital Illusions, and the games were then converted to the PC by Spidersoft. Now, however. Digital Illusions have been left out of the equation altogether and development left in the hands of Spidersoft. It's a big mistake and all too obvious that Pinball Mania is not up to the same standard as Pinball Illusions, Pinball Dreams, or Pinball Fantasies.
The game provides you with four tables (one more than Illusions, admittedly - but it's quality not quantity that counts) and each has a different theme, with various missions related to them. One table, for example, has a football-style topic and provides missions such as spelling Kick Off to start the penalty shoot-out mode, or shooting the ball trap to reach the next round of the league. Jailbreak, the most atmospheric of the tables, uses a sinister theme with an evil judge overseeing the proceedings. You can start a riot, sentence a suspect, or spell Law to advance to the bonus multiplier
value.
Although the themes have been well thought out| the graphics do nothing to create realism and far from impressive. The game is AGA only, atttv you wonder why when you actually see compare it to Pinball Illusions - it looks deci' poor and out of date.
All this could have been forgiven if playability was up to scratch - unfoi nately, though, it's not and fails to the player interested. There's no et ‘addiction' ingredient that should there to keep you returning for just oi more go. Realism should also be essential factor in a game such as but again this was absent. The flipper felt sluggish and even at full power, the ball minced around the table like a snd on dope.
The sound worked quite nicely though with ar appropriate tune for each table, and sound effect gave it some atmosphere.
Final word See? It does have its redeeming features but the poor gameplay factor still remains. The problem seems to be that we're all still spellbound by 21st Century's last pinballer, and this just seems like a step backwards rather than continuing the trend of quality by improving it with each release.
It does play okay for a while and there are a few nice touches such as a fruit machine on the Jackpot table, but It's not the sort of game you'll want to play for hours on end.
Disappointing to say the least.
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like becoming one of the definitive flight simulators. Obviously with a name like Coala, you'd expect myriad jokes about Koalas, Australians or eucalyptus.
However, most of those were spawned back in June and they've all been exhausted, so I just can't think of any more.
As you've probably already gathered Coala is spelt with a ’C' and you'd be right in thinking that it doesn't have anything to do with that furry thing Interactive's words... ‘Coala. Cute name but] don't be deceived.'
If you can remember a game called Thunderhawk, cross it with EA's Desert Strike and you can possibly form an idea how Coala looks and plays.
What makes Coala stand out from the rest is the virtual realism that features so strongly. For instance, during a flight, what would you do if you heard a hellfire shooting off and it didn't belong to you. It'd be too late to toggle between external views to find out who it came from - as you'd 1 be plummeting thousands of feet towards your I death. However, in Coala, if you should hear the whoosh of a missile being unloaded, possibly ini your direction, holding down the right mouse but-1 ton will enable you to look out of the window to I see where rt's coming from. If you do happen to be
unlucky enough for it to be hammering in your direction, then careful triggering of a Chaff or a Flare will soon confuse it and give you the time to I get out of there. It's all to do with quick thinking. I and Coala makes it that little bit quicker.
To make thinks a little different, instead ofj being part of some squadron or another!
SUPPORTS Empire Interactive Bitfusion Virtual Realities Yes All Amigas HD INSTALL PUBLISHER PRICE DISKS £34.99 disciplined air force, your helicopter doesn't actually have any markings, so it is completely unrecognisable by everyone else. This means you can take anyone's side and help them blow up the opposition. Not only will this be great fun by pretending to fly with the opposition and then blowing them out of the sky, but you will be able to repeat the missions and support the other side.
The only downside for this is that once you do take a side, the opposition won't take too kindly to you hanging about and will try anything to get you out of the sky.
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Mouse in one hand and keep your fingers hovering above the keys on the keyboard that you are most likely to use.
Overall, it's a very comfortable method, and by altering the mouse sensitivity it turns out to be the most effective. The joystick would have given Coala an arcade feel which wouldn't have done it justice, making it feel too arcadey and letting it down in terms of simulation.
The flexible view controls are very useful, unlike in many other flight sims .where they were only good for showing the game off. You actually need them for landing, viewing other planes, and escaping missiles.
All the function keys represent the views as usual, and the FI key brings up your on-board computer, whereby you can view your mission objectives, targets, find out the damage to your helicopter, and see the aircraft that is entering your vicinity.
There are many detailed scenarios which you can battle through, each one posing a completely different objective, and it will take more than an ounce of strategic knowledge to complete. You can also configure the object, world, surface detail levels, switch between shaded horizons and the Amiga's special copper shading to suit how you would like to view it.
You are able to take part in battle during four different times of day - dawn, noon, sunset and When you return to your base, you are given an opportunity to reload your weapons and refuel A steady hand Now you may be wondering how the control system works because of the amount of eternal views and options.
Well, you control the helicopter using the mouse. Pressing the left mouse button will release the weapon you have loaded, and pressing the right button will enable you to look out of the side of the helicopter - this all works out so your flying position doesn't change. Basically the best control method Is to hold the night. Obviously the night is going to be difficult because of the dark, although, your special Riot Night Vision System (helicopter headlights) can be switched on.
6 The flexible view controls are very useful, unlike in many other flight sims where they were only good for showing the game oft 9 To help you weapon-wise, there's a wide range of armament for selection. Obviously the sidewinders, hellfires, flares and chaffs are the norm, followed by a series of other well-known missile types that are completely new to me.
The missions themselves are all designed by ex- NATO personnel and even the codes have a special ex-NATO defence system feel about them because you have to enter the special password for that particular officer - or should I say. Staff member of Empire!
Not only do you get Coala for your £25, you also receive two products that should be quite This is the map. At the moment there are three campaigns to choose from, and they all have various submissions to complete review RH-gclR flPRCHS RTTRCK HSLICOPTeR PLRVER wm J lit -j J -j J * -j J + + -j J -j You can call up your on-board computer to see various camera angles of your position - these can be particularly helpful when you are ready to land familiar to anyone who's explored the Aminet series. The first is Navigator which is basically a virtual world creator - this is the actual engine
which was used to produce Coala. Although you can't create your own worlds, you can, however, load up some of the objects J used in Coala, zoom in and out, rotate through 360 degrees, and , generally manipulate them in any i way you wish. Y The next is called EFA, which is a simple program whereby you load up any of Coala's aircraft and just fly them around different types of scenery - Empire thought this would be an added bonus. If you get bored of flying a helicopter in the actual game, you can then move on and whizz around with EFA, flying high-powered jets, or even bi-planes.
The speed of EFA Is outstanding, providing high speed thrills - even though there's nothing to shoot.
Coala features complete artificial intelligence between the two competing sides. For example, you can stay on the ground and miss out on all the fun and still win - because all the other pilots will battle it out in the skies above you. The only problem with this is that you won't receive any RH-64R RPRCHE RTTRCH HELICOPTER PLRVER R RSFgRgnC "vislc IHORL-D D£TR|t_ OBJECT OfiTfllt;- SHRDOWS SURFRCEDETfilla Time comPRES: soutid SHRDED HORISOn mouse sensmvrrv DIRFICUL.TV ER5V Heut-RIRSS COPPER HORIHOH f The preferences will enable I you to alter the way Coala plays and looks points because you
are awarded for what you shoot down and consequently you won't proceed any further.
The graphics featured in Coala are truly superb, especially with the virtual reality which makes you feel as if you really are there. The intelligence of the other sides is set perfectly, so you can fly around stalking other aircraft rather than getting blown out of the sky every few minutes. The sound effects of other helicopter's blades whizzing by are excellent and the copper shading on the horizons adds that little bit extra in terms of realism. The whole presentation aspect is superb - the graphics and sound are nothing short of what we expect from the Amiga.
Final word Coala should be all boxed and ready to hit the shelves before Christmas, and when it does I can see it being a huge success. It's been a long time since we saw a flight simulator of this quality on the Amiga, and I can guarantee you won't be disappointed.
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TEAMS The main menu is quite simply the most blandest effort
ever. Anyone know any different? Nope, didn’t think so The City
boys are in full effect and ready and willing to put a couple
or few past the Blackburn.
Well, it might happen! They did last season Reviewed by Andy Maddock PUBLISHER Impact Software DEVELOPER In-house PRICE £24.95 DISKS HD INSTALL SUPPORTS All Amigas of context, considering that Team - at its best - I could quite possibly be the poor man's SWO& although now Sensi Soccer is cheaper, it's more like a rather rich and very stupid man's SWOS.
On the back of the box there is all sorts of blurb that certainly doesn't quite ring true. In fact, you'd be forgiven for taking a second look at the box after a minute or two of playing - probably thinking they've put a different game in the box.
Then, following the humiliation of the retailers confirming your misery, you'd have to go home and squeeze £25's worth of entertainment out of it.
My idea of reviewing a game is to play it to absolute death until I've managed to scrape down enough advantages and disadvantages as to why you'd spend a good £25 on that particular game. Well, Team did come up with many disadvantages, but I couldn't actually think of any advantages - at all. This is quite disappointing because I tried so hard too. The nearest I came to an advantage was the music - which is only just above average in quality - along with the collision detection between the ball, boards.
Elieve it or not there's actually been a slight decline in the amount of football games recently. The last decent one we saw was Player Manager 2 and that was a good few months ago.
There have been some management sims in between, but none of them proving too £ special.
Impact Software are the latest ’team' (hoo ha) to have a dabble in the football world, and let's hope the amazingly bold statement on the back of the box will ring true. ’Probably the best football game EVER!!!!' May sound a little out Manual! What manual?
One trip to the shop to see if it's the right game, you're probably going to go back again and ask for the manual, and unsurprisingly, more humiliation will follow: ‘Look there it Is, It's hiding behind that rather more prominent and colourful piece of advertising rubbish that no- one ever reads.'
To give you an example of what Team contains and how many options there are. The manual that comes with the game has only four black and white printed sides. It's actually difficult to call it a manual as it could quite easily be mistaken for a pamphlet of some description. So. Not only have you made You get to edit all the teams, so you can put big Stan in yourself! I don’t know why he wasn’t included anyway players and the goal. There are too many disadvantages to mention. Oh, alright then.
The player sprites are absolutely awful. It's unbelievable to see -the sprites crawling across the screen with a slight flicker that is supposed to be them running quickly. If there is one aspect that does make it look good then it's the scrolling
- it's fast and smooth but doesn't really stand out because of
the appalling sprites. It really is unplayable as far as
football goes.
The idea of football is obviously to score more goals than the opposing team but as soon as you kick off in this game, the opposing striker will receive the ball and consequently run all the way to your goal, hammering it past your keeper every time - well, until the final whistle gladly rings out to signal the end of a 25-0 thrashing. It seems a bit ironic for this to happen because the 6 as soon as you kick off, the opposing striker will receive the ball and run all the way to your goal, hammering it past your keeper every time actual title of the game is ‘Team.'
You can play a league, cup. Or simply a friendly, but for a football game today, this simply isn't good enough. The major fault of this setup is that there isn't anything to aim for or any reward at the end.
Final word I can't really, and don't want to. Explain how this compares to Sensible Soccer. I think Impact Software would do well to re-think their strategy and make plans for a sequel that would help us forgive and forget. To be fair, they've got the basics, so if they can Improve on them, who knows. However, as it stands, it's just one of those games that will probably disappear into nothing
- never returning. Hurra hi oor Andy, the guy seems to have done
nothing but review Doom- clones since he started here. And
feeling rather generous, plus wanting to get all my copy in
early so I can dash off on my exotic Winter holiday. I decided
to review the first game that came out of the morning's post.
It was Citadel, and rather than palming it off on Andy because,
let's be honest.
103 eview I don't know my rocket launcher from my rifle, it was time to brave the Doom clones.
After a cinematic-style intro, you are plunged into the thick of the action with no weapons, no thermal vest, and left with only your wits to survive. Things look pretty horrible already, with dismembered bodies hanging from the rafters and nasty sharp-toothed baddies all clamouring for UBLISHER [ompart EVELOPER trrakis RICE
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has been destroyed by a missile and you're left on your own.
The base you are exploring was originally a communications and defence system set on a distant planet. However, following a galactic expansion the military base there lost significance and became just a fuelling point for galactic travellers, but because the colony was miles from anywhere this did not last.
Some time later, the colony was officially closed because it lay in the path of a meteor storm - it was later found that this was pure fabrication from the Military Galaxy Council who had other plans for it. Laboratory equipment was shipped over and the inmates were subjected to dangerous experiments.
In 2305. However, communication between the planet and Earth ceases so it is decided that a ship should be sent to find out what has happened. And that's where you come in.
Jlllinf mi 104 6 The puzzle angle is quite nice, but there were far too many niggles here to make me want to carry on playing y your blood. First thing on your mind, if you're to get out of this hell hole in one piece, is to find some sort of a gun. Then you must kill all the enemies. Destroy the Citadel, and make a hasty exit.
To do this you must find the six pieces of an annihilation bomb scattered around the levels, put it together, and Bob's your Uncle, so the expression goes.
This was all rather alarming to me. Please bear in mind, this is my first confrontation with these new Doom clones, and what became even more alarming was that as I tried to move around my new surroundings, I was being penalised for doing so.
Well, put it this way, every time you touched a wall, banged into a blooded corpse or other such obstacles, you lost some of your precious life energy. This doesn't happen on Gloom, Fears or Alien Breed 3D, so why have they decided to do this here? If they wanted to make things doubly hard for the player. I'm sure they could have found another, less irritating way.
However, when you get used to this, you do find it's not a bad game. You can change the size of the windows and select the detail level to configure the game to your machine - even with high levels of detail on you still get quite a fast game. There is an Easy or Hard option and also a training mode for those who need a bit of practice.
Weapon-wise there is a good selection that will keep even the most hardened gun fetishist happy.
As well as your standard gun, you can collect a flame-thrower, rocket launcher and a machine gun. You can also find First Aid Kits and even beer which will affect your character's balance.
As usual, as well as dealing with the enemies, you will also have to solve puzzles which include finding the right magnetic cards to open doors, moving walls, blockades, and various teleports.
Enemies are of different intelligence, so creating fighting tactics is also possible. Graphically, the game is up to the same standard as the other Doom games. There is a good Yeurk, dead already! A screen which you'll become all too familiar with Citadel is a good game in its own right - the problem arises however, when you compare it to the other Doom games that have gone before it. This looks the part but unfortunately, because you are continually damaged by walking into walls (yes. Even though this is realistic) it does nothing to enhance the gameplay and just continually aggravates the
player.
The puzzle angle is quite nice, but there were far too many niggles here to make me want to carry on playing. Continual disk-swapping is also very tedious. Try the other first-person perspective shoot-'em-ups on the market first because although this is by no means the worst game, it's definitely not the best.
Cinematic intro, though, which launches you into the plot nicely and the corridors are clear enough to walk round and actually see what's going on. The atmosphere is enhanced with dramatic tunes throughout and the usual explosions, gunshots and yelps.
Final word Doom, Doom, Doom. Just in case you're not sick of hearing about it, here are the previous clones on the Amiga.
Alien Breed 3D 91%: Alien Breed 3D is and always will be one of the finest Doom clones on the Amiga.
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Gloom 81%: As soon as you fire a bullet at one of the opposing soldiers they will burst into little bits and leave an awful mess on the floor.
Fears 92%: The atmospheric sounds are fantastic, truly setting the scene and preparing you for a trip into the unknown.
Clones review Thomas the Tank r . , Engine s Pinball Reviewed by Andy maddock PUBLISHER Black Legend Kellion Software PRICE £29.99 E 2 c Yes DISKS HD INSTALL SUPPORTS A1200 ? Fter a season of Thomas the Tank Engine repeats, the famous steam engine's career must almost be at a close. The only thing left after years of showbiz fame is the inevitable drink - or daytime television. But no, none of these will ever happen to him. Not because he's simply an animated character who has no real existence in the world, it's because he's coming to the Amiga. Not only has he already featured in a racing
game, he's following it up with one of the most unpredictable of titles, Thomas the Tank Engine's Pinball.
Yep, Thomas. James. Percy, Toby and that bus are all coming to the Amiga in a series of titles from Alternative Software. We can't wait!
I was never a big fan of TTTE because I never used to get home from school in time to see it.
However every Christmas, sure enough, under the tree there would be a large, book-like package with a small bulge in one comer. It had to be, and was, a Thomas the Tank Engine colouring book with about three crayons stuck to the front cover. Ooh, it was endless hours of fun, and this is the exact point where my hate for the show began.
The most annoying fact about the cartoon was that it was one of those alliterated animated titles such as Percy the Pigeon that's supposed to make cartoons more fun to watch - so they say!
It's difficult to believe that so many people were captured by a blue train trundling around all day doing absolutely nothing useful apart from trying to find little Percy. Why did he always go missing! He must have been working for British Rail or something. Not only that, but why did the hardest and most arrogant train, James, kick up a fuss all the time and end up doing something naughty and dangerous. And what's that fat bloke all about... jeeeeez. You can give me Tom and Jerry any day I can't see a point in explaining the rules of Pinball and the actual object because I know deep down
you don't really care. However, I have to admit that I did find playing TTTEP quite enjoyable because of the excellent novelty effect. It says on the box it's for age three and upwards years, but It'll probably appeal more to the older amongst you because of the authenticity of original theme music, along with the eight-player option and the three levels of difficulty.
Universal appeal of the week! The idea behind this rather promising title is to bypass the oh so. Cool and trendy feel which was Pinball Dreams. Fantasies. Illusions and Obsession - apart from the fact they all sound like famous fragrances, although 'Thomas Tank' the new fragrance from a famous French company could well spark up some interest. I wonder what it would smell like? Essence of steam engine?
Hmmm.
I suppose I'd better let you know now that I'm not the greatest lover of Pinball - I believe it's a dreary old game that's for less than popular individuals who prefer to hide away in a dark corner of a drinking residence gladly plunging their coins into what seems like an arcade machine with about three inches sawn off the front legs. It seems fitting that once, some guys had 100.000 steel balls drop on them from above after the main machine upstairs had overloaded! I hope that persuaded them to try something far more worthwhile.
Right, back to the subject in hand. As usual there are these tables with funny buzzers and things, and the idea is to spring a steel ball into the main area and blast hell out of it with these oddly shaped bats - collecting as many points as you can in the process. There, I summed that up quite well, don't you think?
You can play on the Thomas. Percy, James or Toby Tables and each one has its varying amounts of buzzers and point scoring bonuses. As there are only four tables, more experienced players will The Thomas table, as you can see, contains lots of buzzers, tubes, and other bonuses for you to hammer the ball against I have to admit that I did find playing TTTEP enjoyable because of the excellent novelty effect 5 become bored after a short while. Other than that, TTTEP features some excellent presentation along with gameplay, and should offer you a new novelty feature which is far more enjoyable
than the other Pinball creations.
Final word Just take no notice of the age range on the box. It doesn't matter how old you are. You'll still get your money's worth - it's all a matter of personal opinion. If you really are a massive fan of Pinball, then the other series of Fantasies, Illusions and Dreams would probably suit you more - probably because it feels more like real Pinball. However, if you ’re looking for something a little different with a novelty effect, look no further than Thomas the Tank Engine's Pinball - It's a treat!
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If gave you 836K on a double density disk and could be made to boot. When Workbench 2.04 came along if came with a new filing system, FFS, which gove you 878K on a standord floppy.
You could boot from an FFS disk on a Workbench 2 mochine, but since there were still an awful lot of Workbench 1.3 machines out there (and still are), most companies still formatted disks for their software without FFS enabled for the soke of compatibility, losing the extra speed and 42K that FFS offered. Even now, a lot of companies still use OFS formatted disks as they are now called, although most serious users have upgraded to at least Workbench 2.
When Workbench 2.1 wos release-d, a new aspect was added to Workbench - foreign Ian- High density disks can pose something of a problem for Amiga users. With the vast majority of Amiga owners only having a standard double density drive, high density disks are just formatted to half their normal capacity. While this doesn't pose a problem if you are going to be giving these disks to other people who have standard floppy drives, if you were to give a high density disk which has been formatted to double density to an A4000 owner, it Frank Nord does keep going on and on about floppy disks...
caching. Directory caching can be applied to your hard drive with a bit of faffing about, but it's dead easy to format floppies under DCFS. So whof does it do? Basically, exactly what it says it does - it caches the directories on your disk.
This means you lose a bit of space on your floppies, but does result in noticeably faster reads and writes on floppy disks.
It actually probably isn't worth applying DCFS to your hard drive as hard drives are now up to a speed where DCFS makes no difference, and using it will only lose you some of the spoce you might otherwise use more productively. If you do format your floppy disks with DCFS turned on, you should know that you are not going to be able to give your disks to anyone using anything less than Workbench 3, as DCFS wos only implemented in that version of Workbench.
So that's pretty much it for the formatting of floppy disks. Basically, all you need to remember is to name your disks without spoces, turn off the trashcan, turn on FFS and International Mode fif you are using Workbench 2.04 5 or 2.1), and turn on DCFS as well if you ore using Workbench 3.0 1 - unless you need to have full compatibility with all versions of Workbench, in which cose you should leave everything off.
Next month, we will be looking at icons, tooltypes and whot they all mean, but for now it's sayonara baby and see you next month.
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Paul Overaa explains '4 why assembly language is so popular among Amiga coders A Thinking of learning assembler?
Most people cut their 'programming teeth' using Basic-type languages which on the AMIGA usually involves Amos, ¦¦¦ Blitz Basic, or HiSoft Basic. Many then move to C ond from there start to make what is often a fairly painful transition to low-level coding, i.e. to 680x0 assembly language. Despite the difficulties assembly language coding on the Amiga presents, this subject is actually growing in popularity and there are a number of reasons for this.
To be honest, it was once thought that the only reosons for using an assembly language was to get maximum speed, minimum code size, or absolute control over a system. It turns out, however, that the benefits are more subtle than this because on understanding of assembly language enables programmers to gain an appreciation of things such as how high-level languages work.
In many ways it's a similar situation to driving a car - if you don't know roughly how the gears work then you might wonder why you can't pull away in fourth gear without stalling the engine. Plenty of driving will convince you that this is indeed the case, but no matter how much you drive, you will never octually find out why this is so. Learn a bit about the internal mechanics, however, and it will become Counting the cost Assembly language, o*xe mastered, will certainly allow you to write extremely efficient or extremely compact programs, but such programs will always take far longer to
develop than their high level counterparts. That, unfortunately, is the price paid for taking the low-level path.
Despite the potential pitfalls, assembly language programming still appears to be as popular as ever and mast programmers eventually decide to learn something about it (even if most of their coding is done using high-level languages). You can of course mix high-level code with assembler patches and get the best of both worlds, and this is a subject we looked at in this column only a few months ago.
As far as specific assemblers are concerned there are two main choices: One is to use Charlie Gibb's freely distributable A68K assembler and this is available from nearly all public domain libraries. This low cost route is fine for taking your first steps but you will, at some stage, probably need to purchase the official AMIGA include files (these contain standard definitions which you'll need once you get into Intuition coding and so on).
The alternative is to purchase HiSoft's Devpac assembler which is without doubt the best, and most popular, assembly languoge programming environment available on the Amiga. One benefit of following this latter path, incidentally, is that you get the official Amiga include files as part of the pockoge!
Obvious very quickly. Learning o low-ex* c-gjoge is not, however, a task to be taken ligWy bi noving said that, it is possible to minimise many of »e rfifh- culties which assembly languoge programming presents. How? Simply by tackling the program design problems separately. If you Sake care not to start writing low-level code until you're sure of exodfy what it is you are trying to do, then life for e assembler coder is not too bad.
Logical difficulties aside, the other moin problem with learning assembler is likely to be the fact that you'll need to understand quite a bit about the Amiga's operating system ond Intuition mterfoce.
I'd be less than honest if I said that this didn't take time!
Getting in the fast lane As far as code creation goes, the types of performance improvements that can be obtained as you move from Basic interpreters to Basic and C compilers, and finally to assembly language, can be quite dramatic. Since it is useful to have an understanding of why some languages are 'faster' than others, lrll explain in some detail why this is the case.
Even with an identical source code file, the final runable code produced by one compiler may vary greatly from that produced by another. A compiler (and an interpreter come to that) looks at your program and then generates suitable low-levet instructions.
Speed, or the lack of it, in the final program is due to one thing - the efficiency of the resulting code - and there is a common misconception here that needs clearing up: Compilers are rarely either 'efficient' or 'inefficient'. The truth of the matter is that they usually tend to be a bit of both.
One particular compiler may, for instance, be able to produce very efficient fragments for structured loops, but may fall down by producing inefficient switch structure code.
Some optimisers can eliminate unused variables, move invariant loop calculations outside the loop, re-arrange flow control schemes and even re-order the operations you've written.
Compilers can also choose when to store data in locations which can be rapidly accessed (primarily processor registers).
One of the benefits of understanding assembler programming, of course, is that it becomes possible to 'tweak' such compiler-generated code. All compilers, irrespective of the language they are working with, have to make compromises, so their generated code will rarely be perfect. As an enthusiastic low-level coder, however, you'll get the chance to correct this situation!
Most assemblers can also make optimisation changes but here, changes are limited just to the replacement of slightly more efficient forms of certain instructions. Needless to say, the effects on the code you've written are much Jess dramatic (which means, incidentally, that any speed performance differences between’the code generated by different assemblers is always going to be minimal).
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Ed's Arexx connection Paul Overaa takes look at the Arexx side of Amiga DOS's Ed text editor ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ d has never been a particular friendly text editor to use, but in recent years o number of improvements have been implemented.
Mouse control has been added along with menu and function key support, a proper file requester, customisable configuration files, and even a close gadget.
E Perhaps the most important addition, however, was the inclusion of an Arexx interface, yet few people seem to moke any great use of this focility.
The reason? It's probably that Ed, as a text editor, is still regarded as a relatively primitive piece of software and most people do in fact use it only for creating ond viewing short text files, or for carrying out simple text editing jobs.
Okay, it's true. Even the improved version of Ed leaves a lot to be desired but the Arexx connection is worth experimenting with. Ed, as many of you will doubtless know, provides two types of commands colled 'immediate' ond 'extended.'' In immediate mode, Ed executes its vorious keystroke-based commands straight away. In extended mode you press the ESCape key ond then enter the extended command at the bottom of the window when the asterisk prompt appears.
All immediate mode commands have extended mode equivalents ond this is important because it is the extended command set that is used to provide Ed's Arexx control. Many of Ed's extended commands can be used via Arexx, and table 1 lists some that are particularly useful.
You'll find all these commands, and others, listed in the Editor section of the AMIGADOS monual that came with your machine. Bear in mind when using these Arexx facilities that you do not need to use the ESCape key character prefix (as is necessary An example script Listing 1 shows an Ed macro that adds line numbers to a text file. It works by setting the cursor to the end of the file being edited and executing an RV command using a stem variable that I've called file info. Since the cursor is at the end of the file, the returned line number represents the number of lines in the file. After
moving to the top of the file, a loop is then used to add a padded string, containing a line number and a colon, to each line in the file.
Note, incidentally, that Ed, when running as just a single copy, will have its Arexx port called EP. If, however, further copies of the program are started while the first version is still running, other copies will be given port names of ED 1, ED 2 etc. The easiest way to ensure that an Arexx macro started from a particular version of Ed makes the right communications connection is to use this type of code: • get ed‘s address • edsMdressO address tale* ed
• and identify it as current host • In order to see the macro in
action first copy the macro from the cover disk to your rexx:
directory and then use Ed to open or create the file you wish
to odd line numbers to. With this text file still open, hit
the ESCape key and enter this type of extended command:
rt linenuader .mil The macro will then number all the text
lines in the file currently being edited, and return you to
Ed's Immediate mode in readiness for saving the file or further
editing!
Command called RV which subsequently provides a set of data items as a compound variable set (based on a script-specified stem). In short, you issue an RV command using your chosen stem and from that point on, the pre-defined compound variable tails shown in table 2 can be used to extract any required information.
When issuing extended commands ot the keyboard). For example, the 'move to bottom of file' instruction - listed in the above mentioned manual as ESC,B - would need, in an Arexx scnpt, to be written as the string 'b' or 'B'.
To allow Arexx scripts to collect information about various file characteristics, Ed provides a Tablo 1: Somo Ed Table 2: Information that can be matte Move to bottom of file
s. BASE window base
s. LEFT using Ed’s RV command left margin D Delete current line
s. CURRENT text of current line
s. LINE current line number Insert a line with specified
string before the current line
s. EXTEND extended margin value
s. LMAX max visible line J Join current line with the next line
s. FILENAME file being edited
s. RIGHT right margin M Move to line n
s. FORCECASE case sensitivity flag
s. SEARCH last search string N T Move to next line Move to top of
text
s. LASTCMD last extended command issued
s. TABSTOP
s. WIDTH current tab stop screen character width *
linentmber.rexx * edMddressO address value ed 'B' * 90 to
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line... * preffx-left(x||*:*,8 I* create line number prefix
* Listing 1: An Ed-based line numbering macro
'I 'llprefiill' ' I* insert prefix as a nev line* At least
Arexx makes Ed a little more respectable as an editor 'J' •
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* 'IT • do next line *I end Amiga Computing 'P'lertU&i ‘TJtaii
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Phil South dips into the infostream and comes up with a gooey handful of graphics-based sites proved that with round-up of Web 3 and this means me Amiga warm c like minded people information.
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But what about one of biggest areas of ini Amiga users, that is »o ics? The Web is awash based sites all about lly LightWave and through a few and see It's easy for outsiders so ohm to swpfy because you don't hear ¦¦db atoet the Amiga these days fwkch eil he adealy since Escom ond Tandy to*d txing be Amiga in their stores) thaf ** Amge zcnvKftfy -s not really very octive tot bys 01 cant we Babylon 5 Space Station object and Star Fury object from the Tomahawk elte, This is the second homo of LightWave, when of to wtor tors to the LightWovo mmtop Us* and Usenet groups eoo*trko*o j objects,
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PENTAGRAFX PRODUCTIONS http: www.cs.mcgiH.ca -toa Very nicely put together prop*-*c» site giving hints ond tip* atoet JO techniques, which although maeby for 561 users, can ko applied so just about any 3D proprom mritk the right additions. Slow tot toy good.
Dean Scott Home Page bp. users.ool.com dscott5663 eoogic htm A nice home page, but more importantly a gal ery of great images created by Mr Scott using LightWave. Notes on how each image was created are included ghring you an idea how you con re-create the effects.
One And Only Media fe%' chelsea. Ios .com: 80 -ooomed ia Crootors of Macroform, a great curvy modelling tool, present dotoils about the program, plus Get product information on Bberoform! Soon registered users will also be able to access BbtroForm It!, a new e-zine dec - coled to the advancenment of the MocroForming and LightWaving arts!
Blevins Enterprises Vertisketch bp be* moscow.com Top notch 3D digitiser for the Amiga version of LightWave, and home of some really big digitisers too. One model allows you to drive a car into it and grab its curves. Now that Is something I'd really like to see in my Christmas stocking, except my feet aren't that big.
Desktop Imoget Him tope http: www Dendopnopn am Jwtc about LightWave. ABMmagk to tod and handsome Loo Soeeato mo longer produces tapes far tom, they have o mew bae-mp that includes Newtek's Bead tootor, Colin Cunnigham, mod of comno the big man himseff Bom ftomtow of Babylon 5 fame.
NewTek Inc http: www newiei car- The true homo of LightWave.
And as we speak undergoing on overhaul. It used to ko o lot of black pages with a few pictures am it. Now it's a lot more block pages with a lot more pictures on them.
Lots of advertising puff, but no software or a huge amount of cool images... as yet!
Richard G. L'Hommedieu, Jr.
Http: www.pb.net -limg A friendly chap who's gone to the trouble of assembling a wicked set of 3D and graphics links for us all to enjoy. You could spend the next month just following these up.
Worley Laboratories http: www.worley.com Steve Worley has changed the name of his company from Apex Software to Worley Labs. The provider of the neat procedural textures and the maker of Imagine’s Essence textures. Not much on here at the time of writing. But I heart that it's due for big changes real soon now.
3DSite hitp: www. 3dsite.com 3dsite A comprehensive site for CGI artists, from people who just dabble to people who do it for Spielberg. Lots of links for CGI and Animation Literature, References and Discussions, Conferences, Distributors, Entertainment, FTP Sites. Hardware Firms, Hardware Products, Images and Movies, Job Offersf Labs, Newsgroups.
Organizations, Production Houses, Production Support Services, Projects. Software houses Software Packages, Virtual Reality, VRML, and even WWW VR, the 'virtual reality on the World Wide Web' site.
The Rendering Plant, Inc. http: www.portal.com -corsa Download the latest LightWave demo from the Rendering Plant.
See what a professional company who uses Lightwave looks like on the Web.
WKBmmmBBBBBmmmBBBBBBBBtBBmBBBm Amiga Computing The largest and most highly praised collection of high quality DTP & DTV PD & Shareware in AMIGA history! - Wc have seen almost every Amiga CD title in existence and sadly, the general trend appears to he "shov el as much Jala on as possible and 10 hell with the quality". The majority of these Cds are also developed as multi-platform Cds and while this may be advantageous for the company selling them, the end user is faced with a CD containing a high proportion of files that he probably can't even use. So what is left? A CD containing loads of
badly organised directories filled with low quality (in some cases even pathetic) graphics. Being a little disappointed, the user then looks in the font directories and finds... a massive task on his hands... he has hundreds of fonts (that are probably duplicated many times) and no way of knowing what he’s got! The poor end user is then literally forced into loading each individual font into an application, just to see what fonts he's actually got! If that wasn't bad enough, he then, quite possibly, discovers that most of the fonts have missing and or corrupt files!
Some of these "so called” CD developers even get away with "shovelling" data from their old Cds onto new ones and releasing the new CD as "Professional". Wc could go on and on and on. But why bore you with something you already know? We genuinely feel that the current situation stinks and we at EMC are aiming to set the standard on which all data Cds on the Amiga will be judged. A big claim you say? Well, here's a brief insight to what is included on the EMC Cds and how the data is organised... Firstly, these Cds are aimed directly at Amiga users, and are not designed for multi-platform
computer use. This means that you don't get Cds loaded with PC files that you cannot use! To aid in the rapid location of font, clipart and image data, each of the .1 Cds contains I IT font preview screens for every font (regardless of its format), you simply click on the preview icon to see the font! The clipart and image directories have been fully sorted and all directories include full IFF preview thumbnail index screens (and also descriptive filenames). Purchasers of the Cds will also have the option to buy a typeface book, published especially for the EMC Cds. Containing font
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EMC-PHASE 3 CONTENTS... FONTS Typel EMC 78. 79. 80 & 01 Pagestream EMC 3 CO EMC 83, 84. 85. 86 & 87 - 200 Cllpfonts and all our previously unroieased Typel. CG and ColourFonts CUPART Fully sorted into sub-directories number ot directories listed in brackets).
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Continuing our commercial publishing iheme this month, I
thought we might toke a look at copyright law and how it ¦¦¦
affects the DTP'er. Although you might think that no-one is
interested in whether or not you use copyrighted images,
sounds or text, this «s usually only due to the fact that you
might have a very small circulation for your work. However, as
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people are willing to strenuously fight for the right to be
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Something you might not be aware of is that there is no copyright in facts, news, ideas or information, but there is copyright in the woy they are presented. So, although you can print that a television programme or a football match will be on at a certain time, you can't print a whole schedule of TV programmes or football fixtures, because you would have to make use of a list prepared by someone else. Normally, it is in the television companies' interest to supply TV scheduling information to newspapers because of PageStream progress PageStream 3.0h2 landed on my desk some weeks ago now and
I've been playing with it ever since. Why 3.0h2? The reason for it is the fact that SoftLogik didn't name it3.0i and then make 3.0i into 3.0j because they told people that 3.0i was going to be the last version before 3.1. But they hadn't added all the features they wanted to to make it worth calling 3.Oh2 3.0i. See? Well, no matter.
Anyway, what's new? For a start, one of the biggest changes is the fact that you can now use TextFX, an optional add-on. TextFX has already the publicity they need in order to get adequate viewing figures, but companies that exist to make a profit from such schedules will often have to pay for the information; TV listings magazines and pools companies are particular examples.
Copyright exists in anything you produce (whether it be written, photogrophed, pointed, played or any other form of creotive work) from the moment you record it and exists for fifty years from the end of the year you die. This is where most PD companies fall foyl of copyright law by selling scans of images taken from books, fantasy artwork by artists like Chris Achilleos, Boris Vallejo and Frank Frazetto being particularly popular with people. It is, however, unlikely that any of these companies will be prosecuted because it can be in the interest of the body holding the copyright to- allow
violations like these for the purpose of disseminating their work to a wider audience who might not come across it any other way.
Letters Another example of everyday copyright law exists if you've written a letter to Amiga Computing. In this instance you still retain the copyright of the letter and we have the right to print it once, but we could fall foul of copyright low should we reprint it in a collection of letters or give it lo Amiga Action to print (because it was sent to AC).
If you are creating yOuf Owft magazine at newsletter, you need to be aware that unless you specify it in your contract with a freelancer, you only have what are known os 'First British Serial Rights', which means that you are entitled to print the article once, after which copyright reverts to the author. You can gel around this by making them sign your terms and conditions which specify that the magazine you are editing should received quite a lot of press, so here are the basics.
With TextFX you can take a piece of frameless text and wrap it around a circle or distort it simply by clicking on a button. And as if that wasn'f enough, you can actually add your own TextFX shapes using PageStream's Arexx interface.
Most of the rest of the new version's updates are simply bug fixes or improvements in speed and efficiency, but separations are still not fully implemented, which is the biggest limit on PageStream 3's usefulness in a professional capacity.
Mmm Copyright free?
There are a few sources of copyright free information, music being a particular example, but the major one is any information made publicly available by act of parliament such as the Highway Code or any of the innumerable citizens' charters.
Retain all worldwide rights to the work produced by the freelancer.
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After all, if you couldn’t, you would have a hard time printing your review! Even so, you must make sure that you don’t overuse your source material; quoting an entire chapter from a book would be a breoch of copyright, a single paragraph wouldn't. In any case, you should always acknowledge your source and any quotes you make must be entirely accurate - no paraphrasing allowed.
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working days for cheque clearance Phil South starts up his Amos
program and shows you more coding hints and tips A. warrior To
emulate your favourite arcade games it is essential that you
get good control of your ships, aliens and other flying K ’
things. A lot of people find it hord to get their brains around
making a control mechanism which provides you with control for
both the mouse ond the joystick, but help is at hand because
here is a routine which will do both very elegantly.
First we start by making a bob: X Nouse=X Hard(JOX) T Nouse=T Nard(JOT) Else J0X=X Screen X Nousei SOM Screend Ncuse) End If Bob 1 ,_S0X, JOT ,1 Bar 0,0 To 10,10 Get Bob 1,0,0 To 11,11 Having grabbed the bob we clear the screen of all distractions: Cls 0 Hide : Curs Off Double Buffer Goto DEEPJ0T ond then we are off. The double buffer command in there is to make the sprite movements a bit smoother.
The routine works like so: The mouse and the joystick can move anywhere between _TOX,_TOY ond _BOX,_BOY, in this example 0,0 to 320,200. The variables _DOX and _DOY govern the X ond Y speed of the bob across the screen.
_SOX and _SOY govern the initial position of the bob on the screen. So we set up these variables: _»0X=1 : DOM : JOM60 : _$ 0M00 : JOX=0 : _TOY=0 : B0X=320 : 101*200 Then we are ready for the main loop: DEEPJ0T: If Joy(l) If Jupd) and( J0T J0T) Add JOT,-JOT End If If Jdound) and(J0T _80T) Add JOT,JOT End If These two commands check for the up and down movement and move the bob up or down 1 Y unit. Next: If Jlcftd) and(J0X J0X) Add J0X,-J0X End If If Jrightd) and(J0X J0X) Add SOX, DOX End If We do the some for the X moves of left and right, and if they ore detected, then we move the bob 1 X
units ocross the screen. If no joystick moves are detected, we sense for the mouse, like so: This happens a lot every second, so you always get an update and the bob follows wherever you point the joystick or mouse.
This is the version of the routine which works as a subroutine, i.e. if you replace the GOTO at the end with RETURN, then you can coll it from o subroutine. If, however, you reploce the GOTO loop at the end with END PROC, ond feed all the data to the routine via the Procedure coll, like so: Procedure DEEPJOT[J0X,J0T, J0X, SOT, T0X, TOT, BOX, BOTj If Joyd) If Jupd) and( S0Y _T0V) Add JOT,-JOT End If If Jdound) and(J0T J0T) Add JOT, JOT End If If jlcftd) and(J0X J0X) Add J0X,-J0X End If If Jrightd) and(J0X J0X Add JOX,JOX End If X Nouse=X Hard(JOX) T House = T Hard!JOT) Else J0X=X Screenlx
Nouse) S0T=T ScreenlT Nouse) End If Bob 1,J0X,J0T,1 End Proc then you con use the routine anywhere in a program, ond just call it as if it is a function of Amos. To call the process all you have to do is add a line: DEEPJOYd, 1,160,100,0,0,320,200] and the proc will run. (Be sure to coll i' time the program does a loop or vou w checking for the joystick.) There you have it, o modulor, eosy-to-use joystick control routine which you can re-use anywhere.
It every you won't be I would be interested if anyone con construct a routine which reads the mouse ond pointer and joystick, but uses one pointer for the mouse in one area of the screen ond onother for the ship on the screen, like having a menu on one oreo of the screen (using LIMIT MOUSE) for the mouse moves, and onother area of the screen for controlling the ship Or you could have the mouse used to oim o gun ond the joystick to control a character on screen, meaning you could move ond shoot in any direction at the some lime. This is not hard and a simple voriation of this basic routine.
Write stuff If you have any other Amos programs or queries about Amos, please write to the usual address, which is: Phil South, Amos Column, Amiga Computing, Media House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SKJO 4NP.
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Email address:- CompuServe 100432,711 Tel 01525 211327 Fax 01525 211328 Paul Overaa takes a look at a handy Midi gadget from Forefront Technology ¦ Most musicians, as they get more and more into Midi, find they start to collect all manner of extra bits and ¦¦¦¦¦ pieces - through boxes, mergers, switchers, extra sound modules and so on. Those of you who are this for down the Midi trail and are looking for something o little different may therefore like to know about a little box called the FT3 that can be used to generate various Midi messages and modify Midi data as it passes through the
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The FT3 is manufactured by Forefront Technology and is a hond held, battery driven (9v PP3) device thot meosures just 120mm(L) x 66mm(W) x 39mm(H). Control- wise it's a pretty simple affair - there’s a top panel which contains a 12-key keypad (plus led indicator) ond a side panel containing an on off switch, Midi In and Midi Out terminals. There's also a mini-jock socket which is used to co-nnect an optional external footswitch.
One of the most popular uses of the FT3 is as a program change generotor for Midibased musicians who ore not using sequencers. A guitarist, for instance, might use an FT3 for remotely selecting echo reverb effects on a Midi controlled digital delay unit.
Now, for an Amiga-based musician running a sequencer, this particular sort of use is unlikely to be of much interest since program change commands are best added directly to the song sequences themselves.
Where the FT3 starts to become of more est is with some of its other functions. You can It's also possible to use the FT3 for Midi stream filtering. Real time messages (clocks, start, continue and stop), active sensing, system reset, tune request, Midi Timecode, song select, song position and sysex messages can afl be selectively passed or filtered as required. There's a channel filter mode as well. Note on off, channel and poly aftertouch, program change, pitchbend, controller and all note off messages can again all be selectively filtered or left unchanged on a given Midi channel.
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There's more There are also a number of more esoteric functions provided by the FT3 including the ability to send raw Midi data, i.e. send messoges that you create by entering the appropriate decimal numbers for each byte of the message (particularly useful to programmers who write their own Midi programs).
Of course, if you're into any sort of programming. Even Basic or Arexx, you can actually use the FT3 as a remote Amiga controller for almost any purpose imaginable. It's easy enough to open the serial device from Arexx and read bytes of Midi data sent by the FT3, and that data could be used to trigger the running of programs, display of pictures and so While the FT3 is not something that most Midi musicians would need to use on a dady basis, it is a flexible device that is particularly useful for the more advanced Midi user. I've certainly found it to be an ittvoluable gadget to have
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The big ban Brillianco'a wealth of effect modea. Dpaint ia equally well- endowed hut you'll have to uae the menua Olowing lights and rain mada easy with the Brighton function. You can even aimulato Iona flaroa roaaonably well The process of creating graphic images is much like the process of creating o modern movie. From storyboard, the image then goes into production, and finally the speciol effects ore added. I've covered the basics of storyboording and image production, so this
• onth I'll be explaining simple special effect techniques
which can breathe life into your designs.
To create realistic special effects you need to understand what the effect actually looks like, how it happens and how it affects the other elements in the picture. As an example, lets take a look ot good old rain - something we're all familiar with.
The only reason we actually see raindrops is due to light entering them and then being reflected. As a side effect of this union, any objects covered by the raindrops appear to be brighter in colour. We now have a fairly good understanding of raindrops and also a clue to emulating the effect in a point packoge - brighten. Read on.
The special effects you use depend heavily on the type of imoge you are creating and the general subject matter. Using last month’s city scene as an example, I needed to create an unobtrusive rain effect as well as a glow around lights simulating a wet and polluted atmosphere. With an understanding of the raindrop effect described above, I realised that an adequate simulation of rain could be achieved by simply drawing it over the background using the Brighten draw function.
On the Spare poge, I simply drew a few short lines at an angle, grabbed them as a brush and painted it down continuously till I had a Become a 2D special effects wizard and learn how to make your designs end with a bang downpour. I then grabbed the entire page os a brush, enabled the Brighten effect with a setting of 10 per cent, and stamped the brush over the background. Voila - perfect rain!
The Brighten tool was then used again to create the glowing light effect. A circular red light was first created on the spare poge then, using the filled circle tool with a Brighten setting of 15 per cent, I drew a circle larger than the light to create a glow on the background. The red light was then placed over the centre of the glow with the anti-alias effect enabled. Drawing more, smaller brightened circles just off the main glow, I was able to simulate a lens flare. You con put the Brighten effect to many more uses, smoke for example.
Playing with fire The next effect demonstrates how easy it is to build new special effects by combining your paint package's tools together. Remember, the best designs come by way of experimentation and not by sticking to the rules.
ABC One of the most diffjcult effects to create is that of an explosion or blast. Obviously being rather chaotic, it's not the sort of thing you can plan on paper, so a series of effects are needed to give it that chaotic edge. The first thing to do is think of the colours and create a suitable spread (transition) of colours - probably yellow, through red to black - and the more colours you have the better it will look. You should then set the spread dithering amount to between 15 and 40 per cent so that the final explosion doesn't look too pixely.
Now you can begin to lay down your explosion. Select the filled circle tool and set the fill mode effect to Spherical. Enable the anti-alias so that it is smoothed with the background and
• * * Superb explosiona can be created by combining juat a few of
your paint package’a tools together ¦¦¦¦¦ then paint the circle
down, placing the spherical angle at the very centre. You
should end up with a circle, yellow in the centre and changing
through red to black as it expands.
This effect is pretty good in its own right but still looks too contrived and pixely. To finish the explosion, use a large pen with the connected draw mode, switch on the Smear effect, and then drag arms of fire outward from the outer area of the circle. Finally, select filled rectangle with Smooth set at 100 per cent and draw a box over your explosion. When you see the finished effect you should be pleasantly surprised.
You could easily make the explosion occur on a flat surface, such as a road, by simply cutting the bottom half away after smoothing. You can see this type of explosion on the diagram.
With effects such as explosions, it's worthwhile building up a collection of different special effects to save time with future projects. Also make notes of any effect values you use so that you know exactly what settings do what.
From next month I'll be leaving static images alone for a short while to take a look at animation techniques. If you have discovered any useful special effects, send them in to Amiga Computing and I'll endeavour to include them in future articles.
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There are almost no restrictions as to how you use fonts with this technique, beyond keeping style and content within sensible limits. Big, small (but keep it readable by viewers), mixed styles, graphics, whatever Page flipping can be used for titles, credits, captions, and subtitles, but you'll need proper titling software for successful scrolling and crawling.
For subtitling and captioning you probably won’t be able to use a large type size, since you’ll need to convey the required information within the length (timing) of the shot - therefore, you may need to use small(ish) lettering to ochieve this. You'll olso need to leave plenty of palette Colour 0 on screen so that we can see the octuol subject of the subtitle or caption after genlocking. In practical terms, this generally means sticking to sizes which are usuolly less than one-sixth of the total screen height (think in lines instead of the usual 'points').
Hot colours Okay, now some warnings. However much you might be tempted, be very careful about using strong colours when working with graphics and video - especially avoid pure reds and blues and vivid greens and oranges. If you must use these colours, you'd be advised to enclose them within dark or light borders, otherwise they will have a tendency to 'bleed', particularly where low-end video formats such as VHS are being used, or the output from your Amiga is via a modulator or a cheap and nasty genlock (not that I'm saying cheap equals nasty, because it isn't necessarily so).
Scrolls and crawls bring their own problems. For crawls (where a single line of text moves horizontally across the screen), follow the guidelines for captions and subtitles. For scrolls, you’ll need to work out the best way to lay out your information in context with the images they may be combined with. You'll have to experiment to discover how many characters will fit across the screen in a particular typefoce. You'll need to design how the performers and technicians ore described, and the run- Camera im ockwood W ATTj A« T I I Lighting ane ooth Graphics ary hiteley Director Today's
programme wat Okay, I'm brmaking my awn rules - but I can only got one Illustration an tha page, so what also can I do?
Ning order. You'll also need to use a font or two (but usually no more) which can be reod ot the speed of the scroll, yet still provide all the information required within the time allowed.
Ver the last two columns I've outlined the different types of font available to the' Amiga user, how to convert them to formats more suited to your needs, some- Img about basic font styles, and a few pointers to sensible font use. This month I'm going to conclude
* e series with a look at different uses of fonts in ndeo titling
and a couple of hints and tips.
In case you didn't know, there are a variety of different techniques under the general heading of video titling - these include captions, titles, subtitles, scrolls, and crawls. Which technique you use could help determine both the size and design of the font s best suited to the job in hand - though don't forget to also consider the context of the production when making your choice.
The simplest way to video title is ‘page-flipping’, where a sequence of stills is slowly displayed one These are the basic techniques, but they oren't the only ones. Scala owners will already know that they can use a wide range of wipes and effects to introduce their text and graphics onto screen, and video users can easily incorporate such presentation techniques into their video titling. Most good video titling programs also allow for at least a limited range of effects, such as teletype (where letters ore typed onto screen one by one) and a variety of wipes (ports of the screen are
electronically 'wiped away' to reveal the next graphic or caption).
Big screen Although not always necessary (for instance if your video will have a 'letterbox' crop) it is usually best to work in a PAL overscan resolution, preferably one around 768 x 580 (programs vary) so that text flows smoothly on and off screen. Lower resolutions produce chunkier images and probably won't look slick enough for classy work, but they do have their place, especially if your Amiga is very basic.
Video titling has a lot of scope, and once you've got a good font and software collection you con start coming up with new styles and methods for your titles. Perhaps the best place to get new ideas for using fonts with video, and to see the classic styles, is to study the idiot box in your living room. There are lots of professionals at work on what you see, so why not learn from them? There's more to good television than just acfors and directors - and sometimes it can be the graphics and captions which just help that bit more, but not always.
In closing If you can, use kerning to space the letters more neatly, and use margins and tabs »o keep your text tidy. Don't crowd a page. Use borders and drop- shodows for clarity. The information is there to be read, so let if be that way. Balance style and content, impact and information and you’ll be on the right trock.
Next Month: Video titling for beginners.
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