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Remember that HiSoft BASIC is not just an incredibly fast compiler producing compact, very fast machine code but it is a complete programming environment - you create and edit your programs just like you do with an interpreter but then, when you run your program, it is automatically compiled to give the best of all worlds. One package, one price. HiSoft BASIC 1.05 still costs only £79.95 inclusive. Upgrades are available to existing registered users at £5. Invaluable libraries for *o HiSoft BASIC € The Extend package is available at last! The Amiga is a difficult computer to program and AmigaBASIC offers little help in using the gadgets, menus and requesters that the operating system supports. Extend gives you an extensive library of sub-programs and functions that is available from both AmigaBASIC and HiSoft BASIC that fills these gaps. Extend allows full control over the system gadgets, menus and sub-menus, requesters, windows, IFF-format files and much more. It comes complete with over 50 pages of documentation packed with clear examples of the usage of the library and, of course, the library itself with examples) on disk. All for £19.95 inclusive. Now you can extend the power of your BASIC on the Amiga with this brand-new, value-for-money package. Both £ hipping Now Also available for the Amiga are: HiSoft Devpae version 2 (£59.95), the most complete and reliable system for assembly language programming on the Amiga and it works on all Amigaa: (unlike some other assemblers we could argue about!); Lattice C 5.04 (£229), the ultimate C package - very fast with everything yon need including a global optimiser and.

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"Top Gun may have taken your breath away but F29 will turn you blue. The exhilaration experienced is paramount... guaranteed tc thrill." - THE ONE Enter a mediaeval era in a mystical world where Ivanhoe, our chivalrous hero, pursues a perilous quest... a quest from which most mortals would run... an adventure which most men would fear! Strap on your armour, take up your sword and brace yourself to face the magical powers of the most evil of wizards, the plunderous pirates, the most awesome of dragons and a host of hideous 'beings’ in this land of legends. Superb animation, by the cartoonist
whose brush gave us the Asterix movie, and beautifully executed graphics create a visual impact as yet unseen in the media of interactive entertainment. Ivanhoe - Fight for ..... your life... and legend! * i ence Slip on your magic shoes, practice throwing a rainbow and head for DOH’S ISLAND. Attack Doh as he himself sprays you with an onslaught of bullets.You'd better be quick ... the waters rising!
There may only be one way to defeat the vicious creatures on INSECT ISLAND.. find the Cup of Destruction- you'll have to be pretty slick with your rainbows so as to overcome the Bees, Ladybirds, Spiders, Caterpillars and YIKES!!... the Bee Hive!!
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Tel: 0753 49442 Commodore have launched a new A500 bundle that will undoubtedly keep the Amiga riding high through the summer months. The bundle is called ‘Flight of Fantasy’ and contains an A500, F29 Retaliator and Rainbow Islands from Ocean, Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters from Tengen Domark, and Deluxe Paint II from Electronic Arts.
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This latest launch is yet another coup for Commodore, capturing some of the most exciting recent game releases to make this the most up-to-date and interesting bundle. It's also an indicator of the success of both the Amiga and the bundles that Commodore can have two identically-priced packages out at the same time - a move previously unheard of on the personal computer scene.
A quick look at the software contents of the bundle tells you all you need to know about its value for money. F29 Retaliator is one of the most eagerly-awaited games of the year and is set to be a classic battle flight simulator. Rainbow Islands is already a recognised success, as you will see from this issue of AF, and should prove even more of an attraction than New Zealand Story did in the Batman pack. Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters is also a bang- up-to-the-minute game that rounds off the game side nicely. Then, of course, there is Deluxe Paint II, which was also in the
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Meanwhie, the Batman video that will be hitting the small screen soon features an advert and competition from Commodore on the front of the tape. The competition consists of riddles to answer, giving you the chance to win one of 10 Batman Packs.
At Amiga Format we are delighted with the new bundle, because Commodore has once again delivered what the public wants - the best computer with the best and, more importantly, most recent software with it. It’s also good to see them continuing with the Batman pack, giving the public the choice between the two
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Where does the Amiga 500 go from here? The signs are that there will be another new offering for the Christmas period, and there is talk now of further ‘specialist’ packages. We would certainly like to see bundles aimed at music and video, areas into which the Amiga is exploding with great success already. ¦ THE YEAR ACCORDING TO MIRRORSOFT Mirrorsoft recently whisked various respected members of the computer press off to France to brief them on what they and their affiliated labels are up to this year. And an awful lot it is too... IMAGEWORKS This is Mirrorsoffs own main label on which
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- PART II This is Mirrorsoft’s first film licence, but not the
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It’s still some way off release, but, as you can see from the screen- shot, the game is coming together as a diagonal scroller.
GRAVITY The new game from Ross Goodley, previously responsible for games* like Meltdown and the Amiga Bombuzal - but this one is an original. Check out the next issue for a full review.
THEME PARK MYSTERY An arcade adventure set in a theme park, where you get to play all sorts of wacky games while trying to solve the mystery. It has been written by Brian Howarth, whose adventure-writing career goes all the way back to 1981 and encompasses the Scott Adams adventures and Heroes of the Lance, the AD&D game.
CADAVER The latest from the Bitmaps is a real departure because it’s an isometric 3D arcade adventure - very Ultimate. There’s a lot of puzzling involved, all of which is controlled using the joystick. It’s a big game too, five levels of a castle, each with 100 rooms. Not forgetting their usual high standard of graphics and effects. Expect it soon.
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In touch. Informed. In a word... CHECKMATE S A 500 ARRIVES Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a new machine from Commodore? No, none of those - although Commodore have expressed a strong wish to take a look. This is the prototype of Checkmate Systems' adaptation of the Amiga 500, known as the A1500.
The machine will be available complete - it goes into production even as you read these words - but the basic idea is that A500 owners can buy the necessary parts and perform the conversion themselves. It can be assembled, Checkmate promise, “by most confident people”. Alternatively, you can send your A500 off and have Checkmate do the conversion for you, in which case they will provide a new warranty themselves, its length dependent on the age of your original machine.
The A1500 is incarnated in a sturdy metal CPU case with a separate keyboard, reminiscent of the Commodore 128 or even the original Amiga, the AlOOO. The disk drive is moved to the front, with space for a second internal floppy drive, and the mouse or joystick ports are also placed handily at the front of the machine. The standard edge connector from the left- hand side of the Amiga is retained to ensure compatibility with any add-ons you may already have, but there is room inside the case for any half-height hard drive unit, such as the A590, to be installed instead of a second floppy.
Badging is distinctive and the general look is very much that of an official Commodore computer.
Options include a full Amiga video slot (for use with Flicker Fixer boards or genlocks) or a full MIDI interface, both of which will fit internally. An expansion unit can be fitted on top of the base to provide space for any three A2000 expansion cards, including processor accelerators - extra expansions can be added for more cards or for more half-height hard drives.
Finally, both the base unit and expansions will fit in standard 19” racks, which could open up a whole new market for the Amiga in professional musical use.
Pricing details for the kit, the adaptation and the complete machine have yet to be confirmed, but you can expect to pay around £200 to have your A500 converted and uprated to a near- A2000 spec. Checkmate on 01 923 0658 can tell you more. ¦ w RIDERS OF ROHAN Plunge yourself into the world of JRR Tolkien, with this game based on a part of the second of the Lord of the game for Mirrorsoft, featuring their renowned flled-3D graphics. Their new one combines these with a fantasy role-playing section to create the bug-hunting mercenary world of Duster.
KILLING CLOUD Vektor Grafix are also best known for their 3D flight sim Bomber, but their new game is an action adventure using :he graphic techniques they’ve developed, but in a different context.
DYNAMIC DEBUGGER This one has been a long time coming, but problems with developing a HAM game mean there’s no release date yet. Watch this space for info on when it’s finished.
Rings trilogy, The Two Towers. It may be the first of a series.
SPEEDBALL II It’s back, bigger and nastier than before. The playing area of this future sport has doubled in size and there are more weapons to choose from too. There is also much more control over the players attributes - a sort of Kick Off Player Manager with blood.
To branch out into new areas with Battlemaster (a fantasy role-playing game) Harpoon and Red Phoenix (based on works by Larry Bond, the co-author of Red Storm Rising) and Wolfpack (which simulates the naval events of 1942 in the North Atlantic).
DUSTER Realtime are another prestigious programming team working on a FT L FTL are the people behind Dungeon Master and with a bit of luck we will be seeing the add-on game disk Chaos Strikes Back fairly soon - but you will still need a 1 meg machine to run it. They are also working on Dungeon Master II and there is even talk of a game design program. Don’t hold your breath, though - they will not release anything until they are totally happy with it.
And why won’t they do an r Amiga version of Oids?
CINEMAWARE Cinemaware are one of the most prestigious software houses around and they have big plans for the year. There are two more in the TV Sports range - Baseball first and then Boxing. Closer is Antheads, the data disks for It Came from the Desert to take you on another ‘50s B-movie jaunt.
Wings is another new area for Cinemaware, because it’s a flight sim, though done in their inimitable graphic style. It's set in World War One with over 300 missions to fly.
SPECTRUM HOLOBYTE Spectrum Holobyte had a massive success last year with Falcon and the first Mission Disk and they look set to follow it up equally impressively .with the second Mission Disk and the new “full-blown battlefield strategy game” Flight of the Intruder. The game is set in Vietnam in 1972 and, unusually, is based on a book. There is even a film, starring Sean Penn, under production, which could make a fascinating tie-in.
Also planned for the Autumn are Vette! And Tank, sports car racing and tank simulations respectively. That’s a pretty full release schedule for specialists like Spectrum Holobyte.
MILLENNIUM Another addition to the Mirrorsoft stable is a deal with Logotron to market their new label Millennium.
All Logotron games will now be issued under the new name. The reason for the change is simple enough - Logotron have long had connections with both business and leisure software and as they’ve recently dropped the business side they no longer wish to be associated with the business sector. Their first game is Kid Gloves which is reviewed in this issue. Following that are some 3D vector games that look to have some stunning routines. They are Resolution 101 and Thunderstrike.
Nearer to release is Cloud Kingdoms, a cutesy puzzle solving test of reflexes and mind.
DRIFTING ON AN AMIGA Coming soon from Impressions will be a wargame based on one of the most famous battles in British history, the battle of Rorke's Drift. In 1879 when the Empire was at its height 137 British soldiers fought off an attack from approximately 4,000 Zulus. The battle was so fierce and the British fought so well that a total of 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded. Soon you'll have the chance to control all the British soldiers, to test your powers of strategic planning and to win a battle against odds of almost 30-1.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK Outside eyes have been gazing in on the games industry and seeing pound signs. Electrocoin, the long- established arcade machine manufacturers and distributors, have recently set up a company called Electrocoin Software with the intention of converting arcade games to home machines. With over 15 years' arcade industry experience Electrocoin Software look to be in an enviable position when it comes to grabbing the big licences and could well prove to be stiff competition to the likes of Ocean and US Gold. The first game, a conversion of the SNK game Time Soldiers, looks
likely to be here fairly soon as ES have five in-house programmers already working on the conversion. See just how good a job they did in a forthcoming issue of Amiga Format.
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thought you would - because the damn time machine has run out of fuel. Only skilled puzzle solvers need apply to be involved with this one.
In keeping with their promise to release one new Real Things package every four months, RGB Studio's Real Things - Birds is about to hit the streets - or if the realism is to be believed - the shoulders of passers-by!
Continu ng the hierarchical structure of RGB’s Horses package, Birds is much more than clip art - and though the ‘educational’ label will inevitably be attached, it is also muci too much fun and far too useful to be just educational.
Like Horses, Birds is designed to be used with Deluxe Paint III or any other package that supports IFF pictures, Anim animations and AnimBrushes. It is Deluxe Paint III that really brings it to life allowing complex choreographies of background, foreground and several animated brushes to intertwine on the screen.
The package contains a dozen species of birds - predominately water birds - in great detail, and includes over 40 animbrushes.
Some of these are of “flocks” at a distance to give static pictures ‘life’, but the majority are detailed studies of the various species in ‘their habitats, feeding, preening etc. There is also a ‘self-drive’ demonstration of how bird flight works that gives great insight into the motion patterns of birds as they flap their wings.
To -complement the bird images is a full set of brushes and backdrops that allow DIY scenery to be constructed. Among these are the two best rendition techniques for water that have, yet been produced on the Amiga - both are stunningly realistic.
Overall the package is much bigger than Horses, filling two disks - this will be reflected in the price, £29.95 instead of £24.95. A full review of Real Things - Birds will be the main feature of Issue 12’s graphics section.
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preview of what’s still to come? Read on!
Sheffield lads Gremlin have been really busy lately: Venus is coming along very nicely thank you and it looks like Federation Quest One - BBS Jane Seymour is about to arrive in the near future.
This curiously-titled game sees the player in the role of a high-ranking space commander about to set off on a rescue mission to the biological survey ship Jane Seymour which is stuck somewhere in the Orion arm of the galaxy. Spooky, huh? Get there and you’ll have to repair the ship, round up any aliens that may have escaped and then bring her home.
0 Combo Racer If that’s all far too farfetched for your intellectual brow and you prefer to find your excitement on good old terra firma then Gremlin have a first that may get your juices flowing. “A first1” you cry. Yes indeedy, The Grems, in 1990, have managed to find something that hasn’t been done before - combination motorbike and sidecar racing. Combo Racer (imaginative lads the Grems) gives you eight tracks to race around, all in super-smooth 3D, and includes an editor so you can build your own.
©Impossamole Last month we broke the news that the loveable sprite Monty Mole was due to make a return and as we know perfectly well that you’re all waiting with bated breath we thought we'd show you just how his latest game is coming along.
O Astro Marine Corps From Dinamic comes this arcade blast giving the player the chance to get his sweaty mitts on nine super-powerful weapons with which to go out blasting criminals. Seems a bit heavy handed? Not really, when you consider the crims in question are a mixed bunch of alien races hell-bent on taking over the galaxy.
In fact the only way to stop them is to blast them to kingdom come
- and the only man for the job is a member of the AMC.
©Colorado After the brilliant Dragons Breath, what will French lovers Palace follow up with? The answer is another French game, this time from recent signees Silmarils. Colorado is an arcade adventure sending the player back in time to nine:eenth century Colorado (imaginative lads the Silms) and into the shoes of drunk and womaniser David O’Brian. Now ol’ Dave has happened across an ancient map which will lead him to the lost goldmine of the Cheyenne
- but only if he can get there, because the joLrney will be
fraught with dangers including hostile indi- ans, trappers and
wolves. There are plenty of arcade sequences to take part in
and more than just a couple of logical puzzles to solve.
Flimbo’s Quest O System 3’s Last Ninja II is coming along nicely as is the new game Flimbo’s Quest. It’s a beautifully-animated cartoon platform game for fans of the genre, featuring seven levels created by a mad professor who’s captured Flimbo’s girl. The levels are infested with all manner of meanies created by the professor, so sharp wits and bravery are the order of the day.
Fatal Gravity A novel puzzle game from Infogrames. The player controls a triangle and the game is played by guiding the triangle through several rooms. Unfortunately, the only way to get out of most rooms is through doors halfway up the wall. The player must bounce onto suspended platforms and bounce from one to the other to exit the room. Wacky stuff that's not only good looking but promises to be a bit of a mental excercise too.
International Championship Wrestling Grapple fans will think all their Christmases have come at once when they get their hands on Hewson’s latest. One or two players can get to grips with international stars like Ivan The Bear’ Trotsky (imaginative lads the Hews) and wrassle them all around the ring - oh! Just think of the hours of fun you'll be able to have as you go after that elusive Championship Belt (handbags for hitting your fave baddie are not - included in the packaging).
Lords of War Arcade action with a medieval flavor is on its way in Lords of Wjar from Gainstar.
Four knights get together to go biff a nasty dragon ‘cos whoever succeeds in doing this will inherit a kingdom. However, only one will get the chance and to find out who that will be, the lads in shining will battle with each other first. You are one of those knights - and with a little luck, lots of courage and a bit of magic it just might be you that gets the booty.
Island of Lost Hope ¦ [| 1 There’s more treasure to be found in this Gainstar graphic adventure, which gives you the chance to wear the boots of a young seafaring captain in pursuit of the treasure of Forgotten Souls. Things were going well until you ran into the infamous pirate Captain Black (imaginative lads, the Gainies). Sea dogs and adventurous types should sign up and climb aboard real soon.
Dan Dare III
- The Return Forty years on since his first appearance in the
Eagle, Dan Dare is back on the monitor in Dan Dare III - The
Return from Virgin (imaginative lads, the Yirgs). Danny boy has
escaped from the Mekon after being captured and transported
to a huge satellite for Treenisation'. All he has to do now is
explore the satellite and find enough fuel to power his escape
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some people the mixing and cleaning time is a period of thought and contemplation - something we all need to indulge in as often as possible. But usually, when we just want to express an idea as quickly and cleanly as possible, what a hassle it is mixing colours the conventional way - bottles of oil and turps or pots of water, tubes of paint, dirty rags, dirty brushes, messy palettes, all taking up space and time with the constant cleaning, mixing and remixing - just to get the right colour!
We don’t have the vast facilities of the Paintbox, but even with an Amiga the chance to select the exact colour and shade you want from a large range and get on with the painting can be a liberating experience. Nevertheless, electronic colour is still a difficult medium to handle effectively so for this next tutorial we are going to concentrate on colour - what it is, how it works and how to use it.
Learning about Colour If the Amiga were of no use for anything else it would have great value as a way to learn how colour works.
Almost from the moment that you turn on it starts the educational process.
The first clue comes when you set the screen preferences for yourself: the colours are controlled by three sliders that vary the amount of red, green and .blue present in each colour. We have all set up our own lurid screen display by trial and error, but how do the sliders really work?
The screen display of virtually all colour computers - and all TV sets as well, for that matter - is determined by the relative values of red, green and blue light, known simply as RGB to the cognoscenti. These three colours of light are the so-called ‘additive’ primary colours which can be mixed together in varying amounts to produce light of any colour. When all three of the pure primaries are mixed, the result is white light. Although a little knowledge of physics tells us different, it always seems strange that white light is made up of the complete spectrum of the colours. How can
such distinctive primary colours as red, green and blue apparently cancel each other out and produce what common sense tells us is the absence of colour? But, of course, they do: the addition of these three primaries, red green and blue light, forms pure white.
Red, Green and Blue Ham!
If you have DigiPaint 3 or Photon Paint you can experiment with this effect to understand it better. Clear An easy way to change the mood of a picture by just changing its colours is to force it to fit a new palette. This is only really possible in a non-HAM system.
So that you can copy these effects exactly from this tutorial a standard picture, available from every version of Deluxe Paint has been used - “Venus”. To produce these changes of character, various other Forcing The Palette Near Right: “GoldVenus” Top, “OchreVenus” Bottom.
Far Right: “PinkVenus” Top, “PinkVenusDGV” Bottom.
‘standard’ pictures were loaded into the spare screen after “Venus” had been loaded to the main screen.
The new palette is loaded with the new picture and “Venus” initially looks a mess. This is immediately rectified by selecting Remap from the Picture Change Color menu.
The results are shown alongside.
“GoldVenus” uses the “KingTut” palette, “PinkVenus” uses that from “Gorilla”, and “OchreVenus” the “Africa” palette. As you can see, the success of this method depends on the number of suitable colours in the new palette.
A different but sometimes more effective method of forcing palettes is to use DigiView. A proper description of the use of DigiView for this purpose will be given in a future Digitising Tutorial. Briefly, the method is to load the new palette first using DigiView’s convenient Load Palette menu selection, then Freeze the palette on the Palette Control Panel. The correct number of colours must be chosen on the Color Control Panel (32, 16, 8 etc - not 4096!) And then the picture loaded. The effect can be seen in “PinkVenusDGV” which again uses the “same ’’Gorilla” palette but with a quite
different result.
The screen to black and choose ‘OR' from the Mode menu. With a circular custom brush about 3cm across (and, with Photon Paint, ‘Trans' and ‘Solid’ selected on the brush menu), try painting pure red, green and blue (F00, 0F0, OOF), partly superimposing them as in Diagram One, ‘RGB - CMY’, above. (If it helps, imagine that you are in a theatre and have three circular spotlights focused on a blacked-out stage). Where they overlap, notice the colour effects. Red and green make yellow, red and blue make magenta, blue and green make cyan and all three make white; suprising, but true.
Almost as strange is the behaviour of paints or dyes on paper or cloth. This time the primary colours are Cyan (blue green), Magenta (blue red) and Yellow - the ‘subtractive’ primaries. Many people remember mixing blue, red and yellow paints at school to get almost any shade - this is a reasonable approximation of the effect of cyan, magenta and yellow. Since these primaries are subtractive, a mixture of all three results in the absence of all colour - black - though in the printing process used for full-colour magazines like this one some pure black ink is used as well to get a good, deep,
opaque black. Again the process can be simulated using a HAM paint program, this time using the ‘AND’ mode on a white screen (also shown in “RGB - CMY”).
Here cyan and yellow make green, yellow and magenta make red, magenta and cyan make blue and all three together make black.
In theory this is how most print processes create a full-colour picture
- superimposing various shades of cyan, magenta and yellow -
though in reality the process is very difficult to manage
effectively. This explains why it is so difficult to get a good
screen- dump in colour, even from the most expensive printers;
the printer is blending CMY ink on dull paper that can only
reflect light, but the screen display is mixing illuminated RGB
values, literally ‘painting with light’.
The Saturated Value of Hue!
Although the pure, rich primaries of RGB and CMY have been used for the examples so far, the screen and the printer both use a whole range of ‘values’ and ‘saturations’ of these hues to achieve a broad spectrum of colours.
The ‘Colour Wheel’ illustration over the page shows a range of about 72 of the fully-saturated hues that the Macintosh can display. These fully- saturated hues are around the outside. (Apologies for using a Macintosh example, but it makes life easier since we use Macs to lay the mag out - Ed.)
On the inner rings are shown various shades of the colours achieved DIAGRAM ONE: ‘RGB - CMY’ On the left are the ‘additive primaries’, red green and blue. These three colours of light combine to produce white, but mixed in different proportions will give any other shade.
On the right are the ‘subtractive’ primaries, cyan, magenta and yellow. These three colours of paint or dye can be combined to produce almost any other shade. All three together should give a reasonable black.
In a HAM display very few pixels have their own uniquely- defined colour. Instead, they derive their component RGB levels from the pixels adjacent to them. The advantage of this is that many different colours can be displayed, by a sort of ‘domino’ effect; the disadvantage is that updating a changed display can be quite slow. To understand how HAM works we need to get a bit technical.
To display a picture on screen the colour of each pixel must be stored as a list (the ‘bitmap’) in memory - starting at the top-left pixel and ending at the bottom-right. Each colour used must have a unique ‘code’ to describe it, and the more colours the more complex the code. On the Amiga and other 16-bit machines, four bits are usually used to define this code.
In binary, this equals 16 unique colours chosen from the 4096 available and these are kept in a ‘table’ or register of the colour palette currently in use. With some hardware and software tricks this number can be increased to 32 or HAM AND SHAM 64 - above this the 16-bit bus cannot normally cope.
In HAM mode, 6 bits are used to define the colours. The first two - the ‘significant’ bits - can have four binary values, 00, 01, 11, or 10. If the value is 00 the next four bits define one of the 16 ‘normal’ colours in the register. These can be used anywhere on the screen without causing problems. If the value is one of the other three possibilities, 01, 10, or 11, the colour of the pixel is instead derived from that of the one before it. Now the colour is the same except that one of its RGB components is different - 01 changes blue, 10 changes red and 11 changes green. The remaining four
bits define the value of this changed component.
In effect this means that if two very different colours are to be adjacent there must be a fringe’ two pixels wide between them. For example between Black (000) and White (15,15,15) will be Red (15,0,0) and Yellow (15,15,0) unless white is one of the 16 ’register’ colours. It is this fringeing or ‘ramping’ that is the great limitation of HAM.
Nevertheless careful choice of the register colours can almost eliminate the effect and several sophisticated programing tricks have been developed to overcome it though the application of these slows down operation.
SHAM or SuperHAM is a software technique that has been used on the Atari ST for some years to provide a HAM-like ‘omni-colour’ mode. In effect it involves palette switching ‘on- the-fly’; every line of the screen display can have a different 16-colour register that is switched at the start of each horizontal raster scan.
Such a technique allows all 4096 colours of the Amiga to be used on screen simultaneously in the highest resolution without any ramping; it is also very memory intensive and locks up the processor almost completely. The latest version of NewTek’s digitiser software, DigiView v4 and ASDG’s ‘ScanLab 100’ scanner software both use versions of SHAM to produce 4000-colour hi-res pictures.
By varying the saturation and value. In simple terms, the addition of white to a colour decreases its SATURATION and the addition of black decreases its VALUE. Most computer painting systems will allow you to vary the Hue, Saturation and Value (HSV) as well as the proportions of Red, Green and Blue in a colour, but not DigiPaint 3 which uses a different, though equally valuable, system.
Experiment with the Hue, Saturation and Value sliders in your favourite program. The “Waterfall” Tutorial below is a reasonable starting point.
Colour Cubed The colour wheel, although it illustrates the relationship between the various saturated hues quite graphically, is too large to use for selecting colours in the course of working.
(Try telling that to the AF art department: they have to use colour wheels on the Mac - Ed.)
Instead, the developers of HAM drawing systems have very sensibly devised or adapted the ‘Colour Cube'.
Photon Paint II and DigiPaint 3 both have similar ‘colour selection’ squares which represent sections through the cube along the three axes, red, green and blue. In use the squares are better thought of as holding the proportion of one colour steady - the left square red, the middle green and the right blue; try it and see for yourself.
Holding down the left mouse button and moving the pointer around within the left square changes the green and blue values but leaves the red alone.
If this is still a bit too much to grasp don’t worry. It is, in any case, practice that is called for and this method of selecting colours ‘by eye’ quickly becomes intuitive if you use it often.
Palette Management DigiPaint, going its own unique way as usual, also provides a ’Tone’ selector showing all of the tones or ‘values’ Waterfall “Waterfall” (above) is one of the pictures included on the Deluxe Paint Iff Art Disk. It is a beautiful example of computer art, showing a bright waterfall flowing through dark and mysterious undergrowth into a pool. To show the way that the Value slider could be used to change a ‘ready-made’ picture, “WaterfallLight” (left) was produced. Now the pool and surrounding vegetation is dappled with light and even the moss is glowing in the
sunshine. A simple effect but it has to be handled with care and subtlety otherwise it will just look as if you have turned up the brightness knob on the monitor. In this case the foreground leaves were made much brighter green and those in the background together with the moss much less so. The blues in the water were given more Value but the greys of the rocks were left exactly the same.
Using the same picture from your disk, or another, try to get the same effect.
In contrast, “WaterfallWierd” (bottom right) shows a much more dramatic transformation after meddling with the Hue slider. Initially, the intention was to produce a moonlit scene, but the red vegetation looked so strange that the effect had to be heightened by making the water green. In this way the mood of a picture can be completely changed with little effort. The trick is not to overdo things!
Available for each of the 16 register colours (see sidebox ‘HAM and SHAM’ on the previous page), and a ‘Range’ selector showing the spread of 8 colours used for the Range drawing mode. Photon Paint provides instead a palette of 48 colours in addition to the 16 register colours. These can be defined by the user to set up a more limited or ‘working’ palette that can be returned to frequently and used throughout a painting so as to impose a visual style and continuity.
This is a traditional painting technique that will be familiar to conventional artists and designers, and provides a useful transition for users of Deluxe Paint moving to HAM painting.
Sometimes choosing from the full range of 4096 colours is more than a bit formidable.
Non-HAM painting systems like Deluxe Paint or Zoetrope are constrained to a total of 32 colours maximum so the concept of a limited or ‘managed’ palette must be accepted and absorbed without delay.
Deluxe Paint and Photon Paint both provide several tools that aid palette management. Individual colours can be modified with the RGB HSV sliders and moved or exchanged with others on the palette. A spread of tones between two colours can be produced based on RGB values (and even on HSV values in Photon Paint).
In Photon Paint it is usually easy to find exactly the right colour from the colour squares, but in Deluxe Paint, with only the sliders, it can be quite difficult. One way to produce the colour you want is to make a spread of four or more shades between the two colours that are closest, then choose the most suitable of these new shades to modify with the sliders. In this way a range of earth tones can be formed from black and orange, or sky blue from pure blue and cyan. Gradually in this way a palette with three or four ranges of colours is built up before you even start painting.
When you create a particularly good palette you might find it useful to save a small brush from the painting with a suitable name - Earth & Trees - Flesh Tones - Sea & Sky, or whatever. Create a ‘Palettes’ drawer which you can keep permanently at your disposal.
As you produce more paintings and gain greater skill you will build up a whole range of palettes that will save time later. In the meantime, look at the colours used to produce the pictures on the Art Disk that accompanied the program that you use.
These can be carried over to your own paintings or used to start new works. Alternatively, before you start your own work try changing the palettes of pictures on the Art Disk.
This can be very informative and is the basis of this month’s tutorials.
Conclusion Using the Amiga, some good painting software and the techniques described here we can make a good start on any picture. Nevertheless, to return to dear old Howard Hodgkin, it really is neccessary to take time to contemplate what you are doing.
All too much of the artwork produced on computers by amateurs and professionals alike is dross - slick and plastic and meaningless. In many ways this is a product of the medium itself. Its very accessibility and speed mean that many more images can be produced and even quite unskilled people can paint slick-looking objects.
This is where we need to be quite selective - don’t always go for the bright, smooth look. Let your pictures look rough and ‘worked’. Use more of the rich, deep tones and not just the saturated ones - or alternatively try painting with pastel shades, or a mix of the two; that way you will introduce more 'depth' into your work.
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There are two qualities that colour digitisers either do or do not have. The first quality is real-time grabbing: if they are real-time, they can grab still pictures of moving objects, which generally means they must work at about the same frame rate as a video recorder, 50 frames a second. If they are not real-time, they must grab from a static object.
The second quality is full-colour: if they are full-colour, they can read a colour composite signal from a video camera, but if they are not, they must build up a colour image from three separate red, green ad blue images.
Now, though the technology involved in a full-colour real-time digitiser is well impressive, the results are not necessarily going to be superior to a good, old-fashioned jobbie possessing neither of these qualities.
So, for the purpose of this feature we'll assume that you’ve been out to the shops and come home with what I consider to be the best digitiser on the Amiga market - Newtek’s Digi-View 4 at around £150. You have also purchased a black-and-white video camera with a composite 'signal. At Photofile we use a Vidicon camera made by Norbain Imaging, but a Panasonic WV 1410 is ideal at about £220. Right, so what’s next?
Before you do anything else, put that stuff down, go back to the shops, take out your whimpering wallet and get yourself one or two more rather important things.
Don’t Skimp on Lighting Firstly, and possibly most importantly, you'll need good lighting. For the best results at least three and preferably four separate light sources should be used. Anglepoise lamps are ideal - they are easily adjustable and can be swung out of the way when not in use. If you can, try to get two sets of two lamps with one set having a wider spread of light than the other.
Sometimes pictures or objects will benefit from different light intensities, but rarely enough to warrant using different bulb wattages.
Next, you need some light bulbs.
This may sound like obvious advice but, believe me, light is the key to good digitising. Digitisers pick up and exaggerate gradations of light intensity which you wouldn’t notice on your original picture, but which become clearly visible on your digitised image. (See the picture on the left called “Light Fall-off"). What’s mo'e, normal household light bulbs actually give off yellow light, so when digitising large white or very light areas, shades of white tend to become shades of pale yellow!
Fortunately, there are ways around these problems. The first is to » r‘:~s*cfv- use the sort of anglepoise lamp which takes small fluorescent tube lights.
These give a much more even spread of light. However, you might have to pay up to £20 each for these tubes!
There is another alternative, one which we favour at Photofile. We use special light bulbs that simulate daylight. They’re the sort used by artists when natural light fades and their advantage is that they show true colour. That is, they are fitted with a special colour correcting tinted glass that acts as a filter emitting an enhanced spectrum. The only problem is that these bulbs come from France and don’t seem to be widely available here.
We tracked down a supplier in Loughborough called Spencely Barker who import these wonderful things and sell them to us for about £4.00 each. Spencely Barker supply bulbs by mail order: you can contact them on (0509) 231945. Ideally, use 75 watt bulbs: don’t go for bulbs of over 100 watts or you’ll have the corners of your pictures curling up from the heat! A piece of glass placed over the picture will stop this, but may cause you problems with reflections from the lights and camera.
A Steady Hand When digitising you must keep your camera absolutely steady for up to five minutes at a time, so it’s no use balancing it, teetering, on top of a pile of books! Copy stands are handy but very expensive and illuminated ones even more so. You can pay anything up to £500 or more for a top-of- the-range, four light-point model.
A cheaper and in many ways better alternative is to get yourself a tripod. You should be able to pick up a decent one for well under £50. Make sure it has a pan-and-tilt head for easy adjustment and can be pointed directly downwards at a subject.
Tripods also have the advantage of being portable, unlike huge and unwieldy copy stands.
Digi-View 4 and other digitisers of this genre utilise a coloured wheel comprising of a red, green and blue filter. The wheel is manually rotated during the digitising process and one shot of the subject is taken through each of the coloured filters. The digitiser’s own software then very cleverly combines the three shots to produce a full colour picture from a black and white camera. A problem can arise here when manually rotating the filter wheel. If the camera or target image is accidentally jarred and moved even a millimeter, then the target will be displayed with a red, green or
blue halo around it and you will have to start the whole process again! (See the picture of the halo effect above, called “Halo Effect).
A simple but expensive way round this problem is to get yourself an RGB splitter such as the Print Technik model, available from HB Marketing for £99 plus VAT. The splitter device is simply inserted in the cable line between the camera and computer and eliminates the need for a filter wheel altogether by doing its job for t electronically. Another advantage of the splitter is that with it you can digitise colour pictures from a video (provided the video has a good still frame).
Another option, which is open to Digiview users only, is to use a Digi- Droid. At around £60 this little chao connects to your joystick port and, via a long lead, turns a motorised filter wheel which is attached to your video camera. When told to do its stuff, the droid will scan red, move the filter wheel round and repeat the process for the other two colours while you put the kettle on. Not only does this save time, it also removes any chance of you jarring the set-up.
If the floor is not completely steady even the vibrations caused by someone walking near the active digitiser can be enough to cause the halo effect, so try to choose a solid floor for your new studio. Check the firmness of your floor by placing a glass of water on your digitising table, then walk around the room watching for ripples. You can actually make use of the “halo technique” to create an interesting effect. Try digitising a small object through the red filter, move the object slightly and digitise it through the green filter. You will have created a 3D image suitable for viewing
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(Again, see the picture below called “3D”).
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When digitising rectangular pictures, such as photographs, it’s often better to move the camera closer to the target and crop the picture horizontally or vertically to eliminate borders. If you have to leave a border around the picture and the backdrop is going to be exposed, there is an important point to remember and one which will make a lot of difference to the result. If you're digitising a picture that uses a lot of greens, make sure your backdrop is green, for oranges use orange and so on.
This is because the digitiser, in anything but HAM mode, is using a very limited number of colours and will use the most prominent ones. If you use, say, an orange backdrop behind a picture with no orange in it, you are wasting colours which could have given your picture more detail.
You may even find that some of the lesser-used colours in your picture have been changed to that of the backdrop. (A startling example of this is shown by the pictures “Backdrop Right and Backdrop Wrong”).
Green for Envy When digitising high-contrast monochrome pictures you will find that light grey detail is lost in areas of bright white. Adjusting the contrast and brightness control will help, but it’s a fiddly job and you may find that the white area has to be darkened too much before the grey detail is plainly visible. A much better result will be obtained by digitising the picture at a brightness slightly greater than you would normally use, but through the green filter on your colour wheel. The green filter picks up the grey detail well and darkens the bright areas slightly. Try it, it
really works. (Again, see the samples on this page, “Cat Clear and Cat Green").
Hold to Slide Slides can also be digitised, but frankly it's hard work. Cine-to-video transfer devices such as those which back-project a slide onto a screen, via a half-mirror, won’t work. This is because, though you won’t be able to see it beforehand, your image once digitised will appear extremely bright in the centre, darkening steadily to the outer edges. The same problem will occur if you digitise from a slide viewer. Pictures obtained simply by digitising an image projected onto a screen produce terrible results.
If you really need to digitise slides you will have to replace the lens on your video camera (probably 8 or 16mm) with a 25mm lens (£50 up).
This will produce an undistorted picture from a 35mm x 24mm slide. You will also need something to hold the slide while it’s digitised. The type of slide copier that attaches to the end of a camera lens is excellent but, unfortunately, no good for colour shots because there is nowhere for the coloured filter wheel to be fixed between the lens and the slide.
Of course, if you have an RGB splitter, you’re laughing because you don’t need a filter wheel and a standard slide copier is all the equipment you need to buy. If you’re not that fortunate you must use your ingenuity to construct something to hold the slide.
A 25mm lens should give you a distance of about three inches between lens and slide, leaving plenty of room for the filter wheel. You will need to place a piece of light-diffusing glass (available from any photographic shop) between the slide and your light source. Your slide projector uses a halogen bulb and is an ideal light source. Try to avoid projecting the light from a projector directly into your eyes. If you do, your poor old peepers will probably fall out!
Of course, if you can’t afford a digitising set-up of your own or you only need the occasional picture, Carl and the chaps at Photofile are happy to digitise your pictures for you. You can find details of their digitising service in their advertisements.
Meanwhile, now that you know how to digitise well, look out for Brian Larkman’s forthcoming tutorial in which he will explain how to use, improve and generally play about with your digitised images to best effect. ¦ Hss&Jlje Adventure continues... be v'l %apeshifter (jas stolen ?€s21 Princess Daphne and to save Ijer you will bave to outwit the Evil One ip totally pew encounters never before seen in tlje original Dragon's Cair. Itew scenarios and characters combine to make Escape from Sinaes Castle the best sequel to the largest selling aniipatedfantasy adventure of all time... Dragons Cair.®
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STRATeOC SIMUlAriONS INC Since our review of the VIDI-Amiga video digitiser in Issue 3 of Amiga Format, Rombo have been hard at work producing upgrades to what was even then an excellent product. The first of these upgrades to arrive comes in the form of VIDI- Chrome, a software-based package that promises to bring colour to your digitised artwork.
VIDI Overview The original VIDI was a mono affair that could only grab images in NTSC resolution with 16 grey-scales. Since then the VIDI hardware has been upgraded to support a much more useable PAL-resolution screen. Other changes to the VIDI hardware include the change of power supply source; the original VIDI drew its power from the joystick port, but the new VIDI has now been updated to draw power from the external disk-drive port.
According to Rombo, this change was neccessary because some Amigas (mostly newer models) are unable to supply the extra 50mA required to power VIDI.
With the arrival of VIDI-Chrome, your mono VIDI digitiser can now grab images in marvellous technicolour.
The VIDI-Chrome package consists of a single program disk containing the VIDI-Chrome software, a couple of demo pictures, a brief manual (or should that be pamphlet?) And a set of three colour filters.
As you have probably already - guessed, VIDI-Chrome employs the famous system of red, green and blue filters to grab separations of the same image. These separations are then combined to produce the resultJASON HOLBORN takes a look at Rombo’s latest upgrade for their highly successful Amiga videodigitiser, VIDI-Amiga.
Ing image. Thanks to VIDI’s impressive speed of operation, this usually tedious process is made considerably less tedious.
Which is bundled with the VIDI hardware, grabs images in 16 greyscales and the second (which arrives in a separate package) handles colour grabbing.
Grabbing a colour image with VIDI-Chrome is simplicity itself. Just like Digi-View, red, green or blue separations may be grabbed simply by choosing the appropriate menu option. However, unlike Digi-View, VIDI Colour Control If you buy VIDI Amiga as a complete system comprising of the VIDI hardware and VIDI-Chrome software, you actually get two separate versions of the grabbing software. The first, continuously grabs frames until you click the mouse button to stop, therefore allowing you to alter the brightness and contrast of the incoming signal to produce the best possible
separation. Once you’ve grabbed all three separations, clicking on the ‘Display HAM' menu option will combine the three separations into the final image.
The digitising process is made considerably simpler with the inclusion of a ‘Grab HAM’ option which allows you to grab all three separations from a single menu option. Click on Grab HAM and VIDI starts to grab in real time can be a real time-saver.
With NewTek’s unit, you could never quite be sure if the image you were grabbing was precisely what you required - if you wanted to adjust either the brightness or constrast of the incoming signal, the only practical way of doing this was to feed the video signal into the back of your monitor and use your monitor's CVBS switch to display the signal directly from its source.
Conclusion VIDI-Amiga is ideally suited to the home user who owns a single drive as seen in the latest release of Digi- View!) Even though Digi-View can be used in conjunction with a video recorder, images of acceptable quality aren't really obtainable without the addition of a monochrome camera such as the Hitachi MV-720K.
Digi-View has the added advantage of being able to grab images in just about every resolution under the sun. If you can name a combination of colours and resolution, chances are that Digi-View can grab an image for you in that format; 2, 16, 32, 4096 or even 22 million colours (for output to a video frame buffer), Digi-View can red frames - once you’re happy with the separation being displayed, click the mouse button and VIDI then starts to grab green frames - click on the mouse again and VIDI starts to grab the blue frames. A final click of the mouse button ends the digitising process and
the final image is produced.
On the whole, the HAM images that VIDI produces are of high quality.
However, VIDI images do seem to suffer from HAM fringing, something that the original Digi-View suffered from.
With the additional purchase of an image processing package such as Progressive’s PIXmate, this can be reduced. Although the captured images aren’t up to par with those produced by NewTek’s digitiser, the tradeoff in quality is compensated for by its fast operation - being able to adjust the brightness and contrast of the digitised image while the digitiser continually grabs frames Amiga 500 with a half megabyte of RAM and wishes to grab images from their home video recorder. While the basic mono VIDI will happily grab images from a video recorder, don’t think for one minute that VIDI will
grab colour images from that same video recorder - you'll need to buy a RGB splitter (£100) before you can even start thinking about such things (the same is also true of Digi-View). If do you wish to use the extra facilities available within the VIDI-Chrome package to grab colour images, you’re going to need to purchase a mono video camera.
Due to the nature of the A D converter used by VIDI, the images that it produces can never hope to compare to those produced by Digi-View, although they do get close! However, Digi-View has the disadvantage of being somewhat unusable without at least a megabyte of RAM (even then, you still won't be able to • use NewTek’s new Dynamic screen modes handle the lot! VIDI images are unfortunately limited to low resolution only.
If your primary reason for purchasing a video digitiser is to grab images in full colour, then there is still only one real choice for under £150 - Digi-View. NewTek have managed to refine their product to such a high degree that it has become almost unbeatable.
Although Digi-View is slow (unbearably so, at times!) The images that it produces cannot be touched (even JCL's SuperPic and Marcam's FrameGrabber cannot produce images of such quality). If, on the other hand, you need to be able to grab mono images from any composite video source and will occasionally want to grab colour images using a video camera, then VIDI Amiga is well worth considering.
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Maff Evans joined AF after doing sterling service for Zzap! 64, and he splits his time between playing games and writing reviews for us and our sister magazine ST Format He’s another solid all-rounder who’s not averse to giving Andy Smith the odd high score contest on the month’s best games.
INTELLECT How much real thought do you have to put in to play the game? Just because a game is mindless doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad, but a game with a high intellect rating says immediately that you’ll need to think to gain maximum enjoyment.
SOUND With stereo capabilities the last thing you want to hear are Spectrumesque beeps, right? Title tunes and effects all add to the atmosphere of a game and good sound can greatly increase your enjoyment.
ADDICTION How easy is a game to pick up and play?
How much sheer fun will you get from it?
Will you keep coming back? Important questions, all answered by a quick look at the Addiction rating.
OVERALL A percentage mark that takes into account all the ratings, plus extras like lasting interest, documentation and packaging.
Football crazy... Warhead Explosive stuff P.48 Infestation Psygnosis’s best? P.47 Typhoon Thompson At last P.40 Rainbow Islands P.36 688 Attack Sub Sink or swim? P.56 Herewith The Clues Black Tiger Manic Miner A GEM OF A WEAPON After much confusion and uncertainty, this fantastic conversion of the Taito coin-op has finally arrived on the Ocean label.
The stars of this one or two player game are two characters called Bub and Bob (no relation) who you may remember from their earlier adventures in a Firebird game called Bubble Bobble. They were turned into bubble-blowing brontosauri by the evil Boss of Shadow and only after much struggling did they regain human form.
It was then they decided to get away from it all, to live in peace and tranquillity on an archipelago known as The Rainbow Islands.
Unfortunately, the Boss of Shadow found their hideout. With the help of his minions he has rounded up all the inhabitants of the islands and is holding them prisoner. Naturally, only Bub and Bob can rescue them.
There are seven islands in all (one for each colour of the rainbow) and each island is made up of four stages with an end-of-level guardian sitting at the top of the last stage. It’s a vertically-scrolling platform game in which you guide your character to the top of each level. Of course it’s not that easy as the BoS has loads of his minions running and flying around and contact with any of these causes you to lose one of your four lives.
To combat the baddies you’re armed with - guess what? - rainbows. Hitting a baddie with a rainbow causes it to turn into a juicy lump of fruit or cream cake or flower or something of that ilk and collecting the goodies (no relation) scores you points. There’s an added advantage in that every third baddie killed turns into a magical item - such as running shoes to speed up your character, or potion bottles which increase the speed and reach of your rainbows (first doubles then triples).
Then there are other random items which give you a small fairy drone, and, if you’re really lucky, ones that bring huge bags of points flooding from top of screen.
As well as being a weapon, your rainbows are also extremely useful as bridges, so you can shoot them out and walk across them to reach other platforms.
There is a problem with the rainbows though - you can’t jump onto them and they disappear after a while.
Then there are the diamonds.
Occasionally a killed baddie will turn into a coloured diamond which you can collect for extra points (pick them up in the right order and secret rooms are revealed at the end of the island).
Run, jump and work your way up the screen - but don’t take too long or the baddies turn red and angry and speed up. If you’re really tardy, water rises from the bottom of the screen to drown you when it covers your head.
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G OLD GRAPHICS AND SOUND As you’d expect, the graphics are very cute - all the nasties look harmless enough until you run into them. They’re also very bright and colourful and everything has been well drawn and animated. The jaunty soundtrack is great and the occasional effects are fine. A great cutesy game that’s an audio visual treat.
INGENIOUS DEVILS The Japanese really have turned coin-op games designing into an art form and they are so devious at it! Remember Space Invaders, in which you had to hit the spaceship exactly on every 22nd shot so that you could get a guaranteed bonus of 300 points?
Well, the intricacies of game design have come a long way since those early days, but the Japanese designers are still just as devious.
Recently, games like Super Mario Bros and New Zealand Story have been full of little extras for the player to discover - and Rainbow Islands is no exception.
There are warps to find, secret rooms, extra bonuses and a whole heap of sub-games to play once you really get stuck into it. Should you manage to complete the game you can then spend months trying to find all the weird and wonderful tricks that are there: but naturally you’re not given any clues to how you can find them.
Just to get you started off, though, here’s a little hint. Try collecting all the diamonds in the order of the colours of the rainbow
- starting with red, then orange, and so on all the way to
violet. Do this all on one world and you can get to the secret
room.
Remember, you can determine which colour a diamond will be by killing a baddie on a certain part of the screen, i.e. kill a baddie on the far left of the screen and it’ll produce a red diamond - kill one on the far right and it’ll produce a violet one. All the other colours are in between the two. Andy Smith Every third baddie killed turns into a magic item - faster boots, here.
LASTING INTEREST It’s tough, so it will take you ages to play through the seven islands, but practice really does make perfect and once you learn where the baddies are coming from you’ll be prepared for them. You’ll be playing this for hours at a time and whenever you can.
Collect that bottle to gain further-reaching rainbows... JUDGEMENT What a cracking game! It’s supremely addictive, completely playable and thoroughly enjoyable. This is a classic game from the Super Mario Bros school of games design that will have you glued to the monitor for a very long time. There’s just so much in the game it’s a credit to whoever designed the coin-op, and the conversion is superb.
For some light relief and solid fun you’d be a fool to pass this by.
A, I 1 % 1 ...TO THE END OF MONSTER ISLAND Another magical item turns all your rainbows Dracula is the third end-of-level guardian, into goodies whenever you jump on them. Believe us, he’s one tough cookie to beat!
Offtfus remixed dtrac THE CLUES CRL £24.95 ¦ Mouse done is digitise all the info from the pack and the player accesses the info by clicking on various parts of the screen which shows all the stuff laid out on a table.
The plot, then. You are the Assistant Commissioner of the anti-terrorist squad in pre-war London. A murder has just been committed in a nightclub. This proves to be messier than it at first sounds: the anti-terrorist squad has been watching the premises for a while because Here is a game that is out of the ordinary. It's a murder mystery based on a package presented by Dennis The Devil Rides Out’ Wheatley. The idea of the pack is that you get a load of photographs, pieces of evidence, letters and other bumpf and have to solve a murder - and once you reckon you know who did it, you open a
sealed envelope and see if you've got the solution right.
So how do you play this on a computer? Well, what CRL have some known IRA sympathisers have been using the club, which has a secret room at the rear, for their meetings.
The murdered man is one Serge Orloff, owner of the club, who’s also in with the gang of 16 subversives. The problem was, Serge had been helping the police with their inquiries because he was afraid of being deported back to Russia for other crimes.
After reading the reports from your assistant, who believes the murder was committed by a member of the group, you’re left with two things to do. Firstly, identify the murderer and secondly, discover which members of the group were in the secret room at the time of the murder. The second part of the task is necessary because explosives and so on were found in the secret room: so they can then be charged with ‘conspiracy and complicity in the manufacture of infernal machines for felonious purposes’.
Once that’s done, you’ll have to get in touch with CRL who’ll enter you into a competition and reveal the solution. Andy Smith GRAPHICS AND SOUND There are a few spot sound effects, which comes as a bit of a surprise. The digitised pictures are fine although a couple are a bit dark. Looks just as good as it needs to look.
More evidence, which found in the secret room.
LASTING INTEREST You can really get your teeth into this. It’s going to take you a while to correlate all the clues and come up with the answer so prepare yourself for some pretty heavy sleuthing.
JUDGEMENT Be prepared to put some work in and you’ll have loads of fun - to save on disk - swapping a second drive is a real bonus. Well put together, a great mystery to
* *!ve and something a bit out of the ordinary: well done, CRL!
GRAPHICS 6 SOUND 5 INTELLECT 7 ADDICTION 7 OVERALL 80% PMIS-DJUUR TOMAHAWK £24.99 ¦ Joystick all the action is viewed from the cockpit. That means you can choose between three cars that have increasingly better performance and increasingly worse handling. It's a six stage game in which you have to finish each stage in die fastest possible time.
French house Coktel Vision are certainly milking the Paris-Dakar licence: they released a game last year called African Raiders that was based on the famous race, and now they present another one.
There are three skill levels to this driving game in which Normally the route you should As a driving game it’s not the take is marked out with small best to have appeared and with stones. However, stages two only six stages it’s not going to and four are across country, so take long to complete: then you just head in the general you’re just left with trying to direction of the finish and try improve your times. Far too not to bump into too many shallow and lacking in game- boulders or other big, solid play to merit much attention, obstacles along the way. Andy Smith GRAPHICS 7 SOUND 5
INTELLECT 2 ADDICTION 5 ¦ BRODERBUND DOMARK £24.99 ¦ Mouse and Keyboard LASTING INTEREST Every time you play the game the animation sequences are altered, so that it’s like watching an ever-changing slapstick cartoon. Once the novelty of the cute animation has worn off, yoi find a thoroughly playable actior game which screams out for more than its fair share of attention. The game is a little easy to complete after practice, but it’s such a joy to play that you’ll be unable to tear yourself away from the machine until you do!
Ft- M A - -¦* 6 A single flyer causes problems on Level One.
The year is 2124 and men have boldly gone where no man has gone before, out into the far reaches of space. Even passenger craft make trips to distant galaxies. But it pays not to be too blase about space travel where the ocean planet of Aguar, in the Omega sector, is concerned.
Aguar was the last known location of Inter-galactic Flight 396, which left a faint signal as hope of survivors. Many trips have been made to Aguar to find the survivors, but all have been destroyed by the mischievous and deadly sea-sprites. Those that managed any communication told of a single child held prisoner by the sprites and of the strange spirit guardians that tried to help them rescue the child (without much success).
You play Typhoon Thompson (no relation), a reluctant hero who has been tricked into attempting a rescue. Riding a small Jet-Sled and armed initially with a laser cannon, you must tempt the sprite flyers out of their islands, blast them and pick them out of the water before they can swim back to safety.
Once all the sprites have been caught you can hold them hostage until the head sprite of the village gives up one of the four artifacts you need to rescue the baby.
Returning the artifacts to the spirits gives you another weapon to help you defeat the sprites, such as scatter bombs, sprite magnets or freeze-bombs.
Once you have all four artifacts, you can take on the sprite- flyers of the last village before freeing the child. Maff Evans GRAPHICS AND SOUND Despite their diminutive appearance the graphics are full of character and humour. Every object and action in the game has such realistic animation, as well as a few additional touches to add a little extra polish.
The start sequences and end-of-level scenes are extremely funny, especially if your sense of humour is a bit on the silly side! The 3D motion and scrolling is also excellent, both smooth and effective, giving a true feeling of skipping over the sea’s surface. The sound consists of a few warbling ditties and pings which, while fitting the game very well, won’t exactly set the Amiga music enthusiast’s pulse racing.
JUDGEMENT Typhoon Thompson is one of a rare breed - an original and playable arcade game. The game has more feel and atmosphere than many current coinops and film tie-ins - mainly because it’s written with humour and entertainment in mind, rather than just trying to get you to put another lOp piece in the slot. If you’d like a change and have a fun sense of humour, then give Typhoon Thompson a ‘spin’.
GRAPHICS 7 SOUND 4 INTELLECT 3 ADDICTION 7 OVERALL 80% SOFTWARE PROJECTS £9.99 ¦ Joystick MB Time waits for no man, and neither does the toilet.
Ne day the poor but happy Miner Willy discovered a long-lost mine under his back garden. With pound signs in his eyes, he ventured into the mines to see what treasures he could find. Unfortunately he took a wrong turn: now he has to collect enough objects to make the trip worthwhile and negotiate the twenty treacherous caverns that lie between him and safety. The caverns are inhabited by automated creatures that have long since given up their tasks and march up and down in long worn tracks. Miner Willy must avoid these creatures otherwise it’s off to the big coal-face in the sky!
The Amiga version of Manic Miner features a direct clone (!)
Of the original 8-bit game along with a 16-bit upgrade. The upgrade features scrolling screens and colourful animated sprites in place of the singlescreen single-colour originals.
Unfortunately the scrolling means that you have to be pretty au fait with the original to get anywhere, since you can’t see what’s coming or plan your routes acordingly.
Timing is the essence of the game, but as the suped-up version's sprites trundle out of view frequently it gives the mining novice quite a challenge to get this right. Fans of the original are in for a disappointment: the feel has been warped to extremes.
The timings are off, the methods barely work and the conveyor belts don’t act as in the original, so that screens like ‘Miner Willy Meets the Kong Beast’ are now virtually impossible.
It would have been nice to play Manic Miner again just for a bit of nostalgia, but this version has none of the spark that made the original fun. Maff Evans IAPIDS OF THE COLORADO YOUR WAY TO A FORTUNE!
Colorado 1880. David O’Brian, a penniless trapper, canoes up the South Platte river in search of adventure and riches.
Deep in the wilderness, he meets a dying Cheyenne Indian. Vowing to bury him in the sty le of a Warrior, O’Brian is rewarded with an ancient map showing the way to the legendary Lost Gold Mine of Pocahontas.
The route will lead him through Pawnee territory , the most fearsome of Indian tribes, across hostile wolf-infested land... and means he must shoot the terrify ing white-water rapids of the Colorado in a flimsy Buflalo-hide canoe.
But there is no going back now for O’Brian is haunted by the scent of Gold. MARKETED BY THE TIC-TACTILE GAME It's simple in concept and easy to play. Catch the coloured tiles with the paddle and flip them into the bins to make same coloured stacks, diagonals and rows of three.
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It’s a one player game containing three scenarios based on actual battles and campaigns in which Shermans played an important part. The first is The Normandy Landings, in which the Sherman is in an aggressive role: five single scenarios can be played individually in any order or all five can be played one after the other to form a sort of campaign game. The other scenarios are The Ardennes, where Hitler launched a massive tank offensive, so your role is far more defensive; and North Africa, where things are much more strategic.
Once you’ve decided which to play, you can alter the game’s per- ameters to suit; that is, alter the enemy’s difficulty levels and so on.
Do all that and you then get your instructions from the Sarge before setting off.
Playing the game involves managing four tanks and achieving the specified objective. The first Normandy mission requires you to knock out a couple of enemy bunkers and then take control of an enemy camp. A map of the location is provided - giving orders to the tanks is simplicity itself. Simply select the destination and the tank goes trundling towards it - once all four are away you can jump into the command seat of any one of them simply by pressing a key. Then you can take control if you wish and fight the enemy yourself or just sit and watch. The autopilot can be switched back on just as
easily.
LORICIELS £19.99 ¦ Joystick and Mouse Remember when playing the campaign game that you only have four tanks with which to complete the game and once one tank is out of action, it's out of action for good. That’s not a problem if you play the scenarios one after the other however, because you're given four at the start of each regardless of how well you did in the last scenario. Andy Smith GRAPHICS AND SOUND The graphics really are very good - very fast filled 3D with options for other views as well as the usual driver’s eye view. The sound isn’t so hot, but it’s adequate. Fast and well
animated
- a good looker.
LASTING INTEREST With 15 missions and the ability to limit set’ yourself by bumping up the enemy’s difficulty ratings, prepare yourself for some long playing sessions. You don’t have to play for hours on end, though, because some of the scenarios can be played quickly.
JUDGEMENT It’s not going to have seasoned strategists running out to the shops because it’s too limited in the strategy department and is a bit too close to a 3D Battlezone.
Arcade fans who like to think occasionally will be pleased with it. Good fun.
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HIGHWAY PATROL INFOGRAMES £19.99 ¦ Joystick Criminals are tough to Reckon you could fare better you would like to go after and once you’ve caught up with catch in a high-speed than the average cop? Well, jump in your car. Them convince them to pull car, even through the leafy now’s your chance to find out. At the top of the screen the over so you can book ‘em.
Lanes of sleepy England, just Highway Patrol II (who map coordinates of the crims It looks fine but most of the imagine the work the knows what happened to HP I?) And yourself are displayed, time it’s just a case of steering Americans have to do in plonks you firmly in the open Drive as fast as you can left-right , which becomes very deserted places like Arizona spaces of one such American towards the criminals, remem- boring after a while. Far too lit- where the roads are long and state. Your desk is full of bering to fill up with petrol if tie to do to keep you very straight and go on for
ever. ‘Wanted’ sheets, so select who necessary along the way, and interested. Andy Smith GRAPHICS 8 SOUND 4 INTELLECT 2 ADDICTION 5 OVERALL 48% ACTIVISION £24.99 ¦ Mouse The Future. Earth has suffered a severe attack from a group of insect-like aliens from the nearby star system Sirius.
Reasons for the attack are totally unknown. The resulting nuclear winter has caused terrible suffering and so the remaining peoples of the Earth have banded together in self-defence to form the Fist Of Earth World Government.
The alien enemy was more technologically advanced than were we, so work had to be started quickly and now, at last, Earth has an answer: the FOE-57 attack spacecraft.
A space station called Solbase has been set up in the Sun's orbit and will be your home for the next few months as you help the Fist Of Earth defend the motherland from these six-legged aggressors.
A typical day in the life of a
* 57 fighter pilot starts with the reading of the day's orders.
The first couple of missions are designed to get you used to
flying the ship and to practice docking.
With that under your belt you’re ready to take on proper missions, which usually involve ‘Quad Jumping', a sort of hyperspace travel, to a different star system and then flying around using standard motors.
You view all the action through the ship’s front window. To start with, flying around is very confusing - especially at high speeds.
Fortunately there are a number of automatic pilots to help you though things still look very con- ¦ sJ N ST1 i i * r Launch*yourself away from the base.
Your ship in Solbase: PwS means Pro£eedV th Sortie.
GRAPHICS AND SOUND There’s a very atmospheric intro soundtrack and the in-game effects are great too. The filled 3D used throughout is well done and everything moves swiftly and smoothly. All the information screens (star systems, planet orbits and so on) are also very good.
The overall impression of Warhead is that it’s a highly polished game which, though it doesn’t rely on the graphics, has nevertheless been well designed with obvious attention to detail.
LASTING INTEREST None of the missions take hours to complete, but some do take a while and you'll be lucky to finish them all first time. More missions would be nice, but the ones there are will not disappoint.
JUDGEMENT Imagine all the special missions taken out of Elite and plonked into one game, and that will give you some idea of what Warhead's all about. Each mission isn’t as deep and won’t take as long to complete as an Elite mission, but the number makes up for that. A great game: not brilliant but near enough to merit a good look.
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in the direction you thought you were.
There are also artificial head-up displays just to prove you’re moving and weapon status displays.
The missions range in complexity from simple patrols to runs after smugglers and encounters with fleets of the enemy. It's not long into the game, though, that you meet one of the nastiest creations ever to wander the galaxy: The Berzerker, an alien ship that seems to hate all organic life, your enemies and yourself alike.
Dealing with him takes some tine flying and devious thinking but he can be destroyed, and you'll have to discover just how ifs done for yourself. A '57 pilot's lot is not a happy one, but it sure is exciting.
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Launch a Data Gathering Missile first... AMIGA FORMAT 45 ‘‘The most disturbing aspect of this conflict is that we do not know our enemy. We do not know their reasons for attacking us. We do not know who they are”.
It is the middle of the 21st Century and Earth has been violently attacked by an insect-like alien nation, from a near star system, killing billions of humans, swiftly wiping out countries and collapsing world states, throwing the Planet into the merciless hands of a nuclear winter.
"We intend to turn the tables. We intend to protect ourselves by fighting back. At least we have a weapon: the FOE-57 spacecraft..." As the remaining humans turn to each other for combined strength and support, the Fist of the Earth world government turn to you to lead the ultimate battle.
‘‘The safety of the peoples of Earth rests in your hands..." WARHEAD A most challenging space simulator combining strategy and arcade action Over 30 hours of solid play 39 missions of space adventure
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Main Picture: Kal Solar hits the surface of Xelox, kitted out and all ready for action.
Ever since Aliens hit the scene there has been a whole host of games featuring races of Extra- Terrestrial beings that hatch from eggs to take over the universe.
Even those that don't stick to the original plot have graphics inspired by Giger’s eldritch creations. Infestation draws its inspiration from the film in both claustrophobic atmosphere and storyline, telling of research station Alpha II on the moon of Xelos.
Recent transmissions from the station have become garbled and unintelligible. The only thread running through the messages tells of a violent life form that has been laying eggs all over the complex - eggs that hatch into deadly insec- toid warriors. The diminishing crew has tried to eliminate as many of the eggs as possible, but there are simply too many for them to handle with the meagre equipment they have to hand.
Enter your character - Kal Solar, mercenary soldier, trouble shooter and all-round hero. The game takes place in a filled-3D environment, commencing with Kal being dropped onto the barren surface of Xelos, armed with a handful of Cyanide cartridges with which to dispose of the eggs, a pressure suit, a Manned Manoeuvring Unit (MMU) which allows him to hover above the moon’s surface and a pulse rifle for disposing of the occasional enemy-controlled drone.
You must find your way into the complex and travel around dropping cyanide cartridges in the proximity of the alien eggs. Easy enough? Not with alien-controlled droids out to kill you, not to mention the condition of the complex itself: blacked-out corridors, radiation leaks and areas of zero pressure. All around the complex you may find discarded items of technology, which will undoubtedly come in useful at some point.
But take care: you mustn’t fail!
The safety of the universe is in your hands... now where have we heard that before? Maff Evans GRAPHICS AND SOUND Polygon-constructed 3D Is by no means a new technique, but it's still effective if properly used.
Infestation combines a nicely bitmap-drawn console with solid and flicker-free 3D to produce a tense, claustrophobic-feeling game. The attention to detail is superb, even down to the company names on the title screen! The eerie breathing effects and intro music cap off the scene perfectly, producing more of an atmospheric interactive science fiction story rather than a straight ‘hunt and kill’ video game - in other words, exactly what an arcade adventure should be!
Ijgll . : . W LASTING INTEREST As you would expect, there is no way that you can just pick up Infestation and rack up a considerable score straight away. It takes time, observation and more than a little thought merely to find your way off the moon’s surface and into the complex!
Using the terminals for orientation and guidance is essential, and soon becomes a natural part of the gameplay. Keep a blank disk, pencil and plenty of paper handy, since the ‘save game’ feature is bound to be used a lot in the weeks that you spend playing the game. And the pencil and paper? Well, without a map you won’t last five minutes, never mind weeks!
JUDGEMENT Infestation is obviously going to be a huge turn-off for fans of quick, ten-minute shoot-em-ups, but those willing to apply a little use of the old grey matter will find it extremely rewarding. The actual complex is a huge place, with a number of dangers to avoid and problems to overcome, but once you start the ball rolling, the search for alien eggs is extremely absorbing. The massive array of controls is also initially off-putting, but soon becomes second nature and seems as casual as operating a stereo. Anyone who has fancied themselves as Hicks or Ripley in Aliens can live out
their fantasy.
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TV SPORTS BASKETBALL CINEMAWARE £29.99 ¦ Joystick and Keys No TV show would be complete The week’s games: can the without a wittering frontman. Marauders shine through? It’s extremely doubtful!
Taking a rest from their usual style, 1940s serial-orientated games, Cinemaware have once again turned to the US TV sports channels to bring us a second sports sim, TV Sports Basketball.
Following in the same vein as their previous sports release, TV Sports Football, the game places you as a player or manager (or even both, should you be so inclined) in an American basketball league. You can either opt to play as an established US league team complete with its own set of players, or perhaps design your own team from scratch.
Those not wishing to take up any excercise - be it computerised or otherwise - can just watch their team carry out the set tactics and shuffle the figures around depending on the results.
If you feel left out of the action you can always jump in and start controlling the team directly. If, on the other hand, you feel like putting yourself in the shoes of a single player and following him through his career then you can select the ‘role playing’ section.
The pattern of play in the league follows very closely the pattern of the actual American basketball league, the top teams from each division qualifying for the play-offs, which may even lead to playing in the World Series - but only if you’re good enough!
Maff Evans LASTING INTEREST The wealth of options initially presented to the player makes it seem as though there is a good deal to keep you playing, but unless you have a large supply of friends to play against in the league or you prefer watching the computer plays the games for you then you'll soon wander off to find something else to lavish your attention on.
The whole thing is rather like watching a cartoon of a game of basketball rather than actively taking part - the computer does far too much, which prevents the player from getting seriously involved. Only dedicated ‘manager’ fans will find the game enthralling enough to capture their attention for more than a few hours.
GRAPHICS AND SOUND As you would expect, Cinemaware have done the business in the presentation department. The intro screens are humourous, the animation is superb and the music is atmospheric. All the usual touches such as the wacky promoters and charismatic TV presenter have been included, as welt as extra features like cleaners sweeping up pieces of broken backboard in the distance. The overall feel is very much in the American TV mould - even the programming credits read like the end credits of a TV show!
Now then, let’s look at the team statistics and see who’s most likely to be fired.
JUDGEMENT The dividing line between an accurate simulation and a playable action game is often considered a narrow one.
Unfortunately, Cinemaware's latest offering falls the wrong side of the line. TV Sports Basketball is packed with information to make it one of the most stunningly accurate sports simulations ever, but the actual game sections are severely lacking in gameplay. Stopping the opposite team from storming past your players and scoring every time is virtually impossible
- a task which isn’t helped by the unruly and badly-implemented
control system.
It’s hard to believe that the team that brought us the superbly-presented and wonderfully playable TV Sports Football can have come up with a product that’s enough to put people off the game of basketball for life.
Nice graphics, a myriad of setting and options and slick presentation are all very well, but look a little deeper and all that is left is nothing more than an expensive and frustrating basketball manager game.
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B YTEBA CK Cheque, postal orders or credit card facilities are available DEPT AF, 6 MUMBY CLOSE, NEWARK, NOTTS NG24 1JE sensational new 3D Action Adventure from Incentive, in spectacular J§S| Super Freescape 1M Incentive, the award-winning team behind the massive hits DRILLER, DARK SIDE and TOTAL ECLIPSE have done it again! CASTLE MASTER is the result of years of work on their highly advanced Animated Solid 3D development system. It will catapult you into a world of fantasy.
ROLL OF HONOUR Incentive’s past awards include Crash Readers’ Awards Best Graphics
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Enter ‘Castle Eternity’ if you dare! You could be there forever.
Available on: Atari ST, Amiga, IBM PC 3,5 “* m Computer Industry Award 8 Bit Programmers of the Year & 5,25 , Commodore 64 (cassette, disk) Amstrad (cassette, disk) Spectrum + 3, Spectrum 48128 Atari ST C 64 Spectrum & Amiga Screenshots Programmed by: Incentive Software © 1990 New Dimension International Ltd Published by Domark Ltd, Ferry House, 51-57 Lacy Road, London SW15 1PR Tel: 01-780 2224 incentive The Award Winners INFESTATION ALREADY NOMINATED FOR A NUMBER OF PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS
• 7 completely unique levels
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• 3 man years in development
• Over 200 3D objects
• 100K of atmospheric music and sound effects
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within the game AVAILABLE NOW - AMIGA ATARI ST SHADOW OF THE
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FOR THE AMIGA 500, 1000 & 2000 CURRENTLY BEING WRITTEN FOR THE
ATARI ST STRYX A GAME PLAYERS GAME "There’s more to Stryx than
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The graphics are great... most of the games characters will only fill up 3cc’s but they compensate by being exquisitely animated and brilliant to watch.
Eye-catchingly colourful, bed- wettingly exciting, horse ridingly difficult - Stryx is all these and sC.
Addictive to boot.” ZERO MAGAZINE - 87% STE&ty' Psygnosis South Harrington Building Sefton Street, Liverpool L3 4BQ United Kingdom Tel: 051-709 5755 Fax: 051-709 6466 INFESTATION AMIGA INFESTATION ATARI STRYX AMIGA STRYX ATARI ST £19.95 £19.95 SHADOW OF THE BEAST AMIGA GAMES PEOPLE PLAY GRAPHICS AND SOUND Black Tiger might not appeal to the more quality-conscious Amiga owner. The playing area is quite small, and the intrusive jerky background scroll makes play less than fluid.
But there’s some nice animation as the enemy creatures as they explode and breath fire, although things can get a little confusing in the heat of battle.
Spot effect and soundtrack do their respective tasks, but are nothing to shout about.
LASTING INTEREST Three continue options help to sustain the offensive, and the sheer size of the task is enough to keep most players bashing away for some time. The ‘explore and discover’ nature of the gameplay is quite captivating, and certainly helps to maintain its appeal.
US GOLD £19.99 ¦ Joystick Surfing in on the waves of success from US Gold's Strider and Ghouls and Ghosts, comes Black Tiger, the latest conversion from the Capcom stable.
The Black Tiger of the title is the character you control: a legendary warrior of heroic status, known more for his powers of destruction than diplomacy. But there’s no point being a hero without a quest to fulfill, and Black Tiger’s is a corker: three fearsome dragons have risen from the depths of hell, bringing torment upon the world. BT must despatch these creatures and restore civilisation to a more even keel... The mission takes the form of a platform shoot-em-up, as you 1 1 V-l ft 1 J: W . £ * 5 V * M SET
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fantasy settings, spread over many screens scrolling both
vertically and horizontally.
Mr Tiger walks along ledges, and can be made to jump across gaps in the scenery and straight up to climb vertical columns of rock. Arrows show the route that needs to be taken to locate the exit, although interesting items and places can be found by moving off the signposted trail.
Each underworld scene plays host to hordes of diabolical creatures, all of whom are out for Black’s blood. Successful attacks deprive BT of chunks from his precious energy meter, until eventually his current life comes to an ¦% * 1QO lOOO 2400 9800 15 V
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End. However, Black can defend himself with throwing knives and a particularly vicious blade-on-a- chain device which is launched at the enemy, yo-yo fashion.
On the enemy’s demise, a ‘Zenny’ cash token is left which can be pocketed. Whenever Black comes across one of the numerous stone men, they spring to life offering some sort of assistance, and occasionally providing the opportunity to buy extra equipment with the Zenny coins: arms and armour, extra energy and time, plus keys are all up for grabs. The keys can then be used to open the locked chest which litter the caverns for whatever reward - beneficial or harmful - which wait inside.
On reaching the end of each stage, the inevitable end-of-level guardian (or indeed guardians) must be defeated in order to pass through to the next. Black Tiger has a limited time within which to escape from each level, and the mission continues until Black Tiger has defeated the dragons, or his remaining lives have all been senselessly wasted in pursuit of his quest. Steve Jarratt Believe it or not, your character is in the middle of this melee!
JUDGEMENT Control of the main character is fiddly at first, with a one-strength jump which cannot be controlled in mid-air. However, Black Tiger bears enough of a resemblance to its coin-op parent to content most devotees, and although this unashamed ST port-over is a far cry from the class of US Gold’s previous Capcom conversions, it still manages to entertain to a reasonable degree.
GRAPHICS AND SOUND Well, you can’t expect brilliant sound, can you? The few spot effects that are there are fine.
The graphics are much better and everything has been well drawn: the few little bits that are animated, are animated well.
LASTING INTEREST The missions are timed, which some will see as a good thing and others as bad. With about 20 missions for the solo player there’s plenty to keep you busy.
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Now Electronic Arts bring things right up to date with a simulation of the latest range of American and Soviet subs.
It’s mainly a one player game, but on some missions two players can play head-to-head via modem, each controlling a different side’s sub. There are 10 missions in total (although the first is merely a practice mission) which may not sound like much but, as anyone who's played this sort of game will know, one mission can last a very long time. Moreover, once you have played them in the American sub you can play them again in the Soviet one, effectively doubling the number of missions.
The whole game is played and controlled from a main screen depicting the inside of your sub.
By moving the mouse over certain members of your crew and clicking, you reveal different areas of the sub. The areas include the radio room where orders are sent and received, the navigation room where waypoints and so on are set, the engine room, torpedo control, damage control, the sonar room and the periscope. Obviously the options available in each room vary, but the act of switching between rooms simply involves hitting a function key.
Once you’ve got your orders and have decided on a strategy the first thing to do is jump from room to room and complete all the necessary tasks. Then you can switch on all the latest gadgetry (things like the contour computer, which gives you a constantly- updated image of the surrounding sea bed) and settle back for some nail-biting tension. Andy Smith JUDGEMENT Mouse and Keyboard You have to be a certain kind of person to enjoy a sub sim: someone who likes to think about their actions and doesn’t mind waiting a few minutes for things to happen. Sub sims rely on building tension and 688
does it beautifully. A great example of the genre and a brilliant game to play with a remote friend via a cable link.
GRAPHICS 8 SOUND 5 INTELLECT 6 ADDICTION 7 OVERALL 86% THE GAME WITH WITH THE FIRST INJECTION-MOULDED, EIGHT-WAY ROLLING, RUBBER-BOTTOMED SOFTWARE HERO!
Hen Terry’s magic crystals are stolen by Baron von Bonsai and taken to the land of Cloud Kingdoms there’s only one thing to do! He climbs into his super-giant green skycopter and sets off to rescue them. There Terry searches each kingdom collecting the crystals as he goes - but things aren’t that easy., along the way he encounters the Giant Rolling Eightballs and the Bad insect Monsters... Cloud Kingdoms is addictive arcade action all the way! Each of the 32 levels are totally different - explore them all and delight at the stunning graphics, sound effects and compulsive joystick twitching
gameplay. This is one game you just wont’ be able to switch off!!
AVAILABLE END APRIL 90 8T £24.99 AMIGA £24.99 CBM 64 £ 9.99 TAPE £14.99 DISK IBM PC £24.99 (CGA EGA VGA) Y WITH PINBALL BUMPERS, ICE, MAGNETS, BLACK HOLES, TRAPDOORS, ACID POOLS, LOCKED DOORS... TOO MANY TO UST!
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10G0IK0N iMTUIAIHMlHT t!D, CHAHCIHY HO 1151, 107 SJ PAHS K0r IS1IHGT0H, IOHOOH. HI 1HA What sinister power has forced the Magic Canyon Theme Park to close down? Why does the mere mention of its name send shudders down vour m spine? What terrible secret drove its former owner mad?
You’re the inheritor of this mysterious pleasure dome - only you can find the answer. Step through the creaking turnstile, board the mystery train and experience a fantastic journey through four entirely different zones: Dream Land, Dragon Land, Future Land and Yesterday Land.
With outstanding visual effects, sinister sound and an infernal plot, this is one mystery you’ll never forget. Surviving it is an achievement, solving it is the most challenging part of all.
Once you’ve stepped through the gates, there’s no going back.
OUT SOON ON ATARI ST, AMIGA AND PC © 1990 MIRRORSOFT LIMITED T LASTING INTEREST Even with 30 levels to play through, it's too easy to complete and once you've cracked a level it becomes routine every subsequent time you play it, which is a tad annoying.
GRAPHICS AND SOUND Everything looks fine and is well drawn and animated. It's not a stunner but then it was never designed to be. As for the sound: well the copy we reviewed had none although Thalion assured us just some gentle background music would be added. This will only enhance the game.
Enough, there's also a murderous time limit to compete against. Fail to complete a level and it’s game over - and there are no passwords to enable you to restart at the last level. There is, however, a second chance in the form of a trade-in where you can ’spend' 10,000 points in return for another stab at the last level.
As you'd imagine, the chemicals to be built become more complex as you go on, the mazes become more awkward to manoeuvre around (often you’re left with only one possible place in which to actually build the thing) and the time limit never gets easier. Andy Smith GRAPHICS SOUND INTELLECT ADDICTION OVERALL JUDGEMENT Neat, simple, highly addictive and very playable. A great little game that fans of Xor and Pipe Mania will love. All it really needs is more levels, because once you get into it you'll find it far too simple to complete.
THALI ON GRAN DSL AM £19.99 ¦ Joystick two hydrogen atoms onto an oxygen atom to make water.
Unfortunately, the atoms can’t just be plonked any old how - they have to fit together properly, as shown in a picture on the bottom left of the screen. The other problem is that once you’ve picked up an atom with the square cursor you can’t move it around as you wish. Push the joystick in a direction and the atom will move in that direction until it runs into either a wall or another atom.
Sounds like you could live with the problem? It’s trickier than you'd imagine. And as if that weren’t Just because you’re relatively new to the scene doesn't mean you have to produce something radical, does it? German new boys Thalion don’t think so.
In fact, simple puzzle games seem to be making something of a come back, what with Pipe Mania last month and Atomix this month.
And like Pipe Mania, Atomix takes a couple of ideas from previous games and modifies them to suit.
The game is made up of 30 levels and on each level the objective is to manipulate a set number of atoms into a molecule: for example, the first level sees you moving Here's a novelty. Take part in the Grand National!
This simple viewed-from-above race-em-up puts you in the saddle of a National runner with 30 fences to jump.
First, though, you have to decide whether you'd like a three, five or ten year game and spend the £10.000 you're given on a horse. Any remaining monies after the purchase can be gambled on the race (betting on your own horse is a good idea). The idea then is to work your way up through the pack by going faster than the other horses but without exhausting your horse. Speed and energy indicators are on opposite sides of the screen and the game really revolves around keeping these two balanced until you can go flat out for the line a few fences from the finish.
To keep you on your toes as you race round, you have to hit the firebutton at the correct time to force your horse to jump and clear the fences.
Finish a race in the top four and you'll earn some money. At the end of the game you'll want to have amassed as much of the green stuff as possible.
This is very simple stuff.
There's almost no depth to the game and although it's quite playable it's not likely to keep you interested for much more than an hour. Andy Smith ELITE £19.99 ¦ Joystick T 3 ADDICTION 6 OVERALL 3 0% AMIGA FORMAT «° 4*4 *¥ 3SS» - £489 UKROfR ' CrtfflSW3* “SU &
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AS A PRINTER AND COPIER The heavyweights of the First Division
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of their club - can Anco’s Kick Off hold off this challenge
and keep its place at the top or will Man Utd steal the crown?
To kick off, it’s a game of two halves - arcade and management.
In the arcade game things take the standard form - you control the player nearest the ball and by passing to other players and shooting attempt to put the ball past their goalie. The player first selects his team from his pool of players (goalkeeper in goal, strikers up front and so on is a good idea). Then once the length of each half has been decided it’s time to play the game, which features a side-on view of the action.
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being put through his paces in training, even the goalie. If he
doesn’t train, a player becomes susceptible to injuries.
Should you decide to play the full management simulation, though, you not only have to look after your team, but must also guide them through a complete season including Littlewoods and FA Cup matches. Looking after your team involves overseeing the training programmes of each squad member and arranging for the transfer and acquisition of old and new players.
Once you’ve checked that everything is in order you can launch into a game and sit back to watch your team go about their business. Should things take a turn for the worse you can always join in with a quick press of the fire button and take over and try to get things back on an even keel.
Fortunately, there’s a host of options to make your life easier if you're finding things tough, such as the opposition rating - where you can decide just how good the opposition’s goalie, attack and defence are going to be - and the game save feature which means you don't have to play the whole season through in one sitting.
Andy Smith GRAPHICS AND SOUND The ball moves like it’s full of lead, not air, but the animation is not the smoothest ever seen.
Then there are the digitised pic- cies of real TV footage every time a goal is scored - this (almost impossible to see) clip would be a nice touch if it was anything like the goal you or your opponent had just scored, but it isn’t. The sound is poor, being limited to a one second loop of almost crowd-like white
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LASTING INTEREST Better, especially if you’re a fan.
Completing a season will take some time and it’s tough especially if you play against a half- competent human opponent or have the opposition set to 100% when playing the computer.
The lack of depth in the game, though, kills off its overall lasting interest.
JUDGEMENT The arcade game is not bad, it’s just not brilliant. The biggest letdown is the management game which is far too limited. Man Utd falls down where every other arcade management game has fallen down - the arcade side is not as good as it could be in gameplay terms and the management side is far too limited to stand up on its own.
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ITALIA ’90 CODEMASTERS £4.99 Joystick or Keyboard ? Here are bound to be more of these in the run up to the World Cup, so get used to them. This one offers up to four players the chance to take part in the finals as well as having a bash at some circuit training and indulging in some outdoor skill practice.
The actual match section is viewed from almost above and allows the player control of the nearest team member to the ball - you can switch to GRAPHICS 5 SOUND 4 INTELLECT 2 ADDICTION 4 OVERALL 27% AMIGA FORMA TRICKS OF THE TRADE Using your trading ability, generate the currency required to pay the keepers, and to fortify yourself on the long journey through vjF k the TSIMIT. But r - ¦ _ beware, compete
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GOLD ANCO £19.95 ¦ Mouse and Joystick So what can you do to improve what is already the best football game ever to have appeared? Even Anco, publishers of Kick Off, tripped themselves up when they tried to enhance the excellent original (Amiga Format Gold Award, Issue One) with an expansion disk called Extra Time.
That went down like a lead balloon because, to quote our review; “it’s almost like you can take all the good bits out of Kick Off and play a very average football game". But now there’s Player Manager.
There are two very major differences between KO and PM.
Kick Off is the best one or two player arcade footy game whereas PM is for the solo player and contains not only an enhanced version of KO, but a whole management game as well.
The management side first.
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Forwards 6 18 A quick bit of training... appointed manager of a division three club (called whatever you like) the long-term aim of the game is to take your bunch of hopefuls to the top of the first and win several cups along the way. Each season is made up of 24 matches and doing well involves not only juggling your players and picking the best side for each match, but also overseeing the training, scouting for new players, putting players you're not happy with on the transfer list and the all-important on-field tactics.
There’s a whole section of the game that lets you decide where players should be on the pitch at any one time: during corners, in attack and so on. All the player- designed tactics and modifications can be saved to disk so your team really can play as you want them to. And statistics freaks will be pleased to know there are reams GRAPHICS 8 SOUND 5 INTELLECT 5 ADDICTION 9 OVERALL 9 3% of them to wade through should you so wish.
The arcade side of things is in two main parts. You can play properly, as one man in one position, or you can control the whole team just like the old days. Do the latter, however, and your team will suffer a slight loss of form. The matches are in the classic viewed-from- above style and each lasts three minutes each way.
Play the matches, deal with the problems, enjoy the victories and remember to save your position when you’ve had enough for one day. Andy Smith GRAPHICS AND SOUND There's not much to listen to, just the occasional whistle blow and crowd noise during the match. The graphics though are much better as every Kick Off veteran will know. They’re smooth, quick and well animated. During the management section, too, ail the menus and windows are big and bright so tfs not easy to make a mistake.
LASTING INTEREST You’ll be playing this for months to come: there’s so much to do!
JUDGEMENT After the disappointment of Extra Time, this is cracking stuff. The mix between management and arcade is the best to have appeared in any football game, making it enthralling and addictive. There’s a whole mess of extra options and choices that, added together, make this a worthy upgrade to Kick Off, If you own KO already and are fed up with having to play the computer the whole time this is a must. If you don’t own Kick Off, Player Manager should be near the top of your shopping list.
The version we played did contain the odd bug, however, (the comer-kick one from Kick Off is still there) and it did crash occasionally so make sure you save your position often.
GRAPHICS AND SOUND Crackdown looks just like its arcade parent: well drawn and well animated. The music and effects are fine too. Software houses are really getting to grips with these arcade conversions, especially in the cosmetics dept. LASTING INTEREST In one player mode it burns out much faster than it should. In two player mode it’s better but even then it's not going to have you playing for months.
Andy Attacker and Ben Breaker are unlikely names at the best of times, but it’s even harder to believe both of them are FBI agents. Then again, when you’re designing a coin-op machine’s scenario you are allowed some poetic licence.
It’s a one or two player game converted from the original Sega machine in which Andy and Ben are out to destroy the nefarious Dr
K. The action is viewed from above and takes place in the 16
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biogeneti- cally-engineered humanoids.
The agent's job is to destroy each level of the fortress by dropping three special explosives per level - the exact positions the bombs have to be dropped at are marked out by large red crosses.
Finding the places to drop the bombs involves wandering through the mazes that make up each level and constant referral to the map at the top of the screen.
Finding the crosses is much easier than dealing with the baddies who patrol the levels and come popping out of concealed exits, but there are two ways of dealing with the baddies. The first way is to dodge them, pressing yourself tight up against walls: don’t rush too much and this proves to be a good way of avoiding them, as a lot of the baddies follow set patrol patterns. The other way to destroy them is by shooting them with your machine gun and rocket launcher. The limited ammo supplies of each of these weapons can be replenished by walking over extra ammo boxes, which can be found
lying around each level.
Plant the bombs and find the exit before the time limit expires and any remaining time is converted into bonus points: then you are ready to move onto the next, harder, level. Andy Smith JUDGEMENT US GOLD £24.99 ¦ Joystick It’s far too repetitive as a one player game - this is no fault of the conversion but a fault of the original game. In two player mode it’s a lot more fun but it's still not breaking any new ground and won’t win any awards for originality or gameplay.
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You have five lives to start with plus a few continue credits, so you can get quite far into the game even on the first ere’s a one or two player vertically-scrolling shoot- em-up that sees the player flying through six levels of frantic action, bombing and blasting the enemy.
There are flying baddies and ground installations to destroy and extra weapons to pick up in the shape of up to 66 AMIGA FORMAT Avoid the enemy fire, destroy the enemy planes... and keep doing it sitting. It’s not at all bad, but of the original game design, it’s very standard fare. This There are much better shoot- again is no fault of the conver- em-ups about if you really sion, which is good, but a fault need another one. Andy Smith PRESENT!
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SSSflo Sketty Close, Brackmills Business Park, Northampton NN4 OPL your Arts MILLENNIUM £24.99 ¦ Joystick and Keyboard Bull pose in the mirror, he noticed the gloves sparkling. Thinking that this shouldn’t be happening, he tried to take them off, but as soon as they touched there was a bright flash of light and Kid found himself standing in a jungle with a rather unfriendly looking native approaching. Maybe he should have stuck with the boring stories!
In Kid Gloves, you take control of Kid in his attempt to return home. You must fight your way through five time zones, starting in a prehistoric jungle and continuing through ancient Egypt, the Ice Age, London gripped by the industrial revolution and the psychedelic West Coast.
Each zone is split into ten screens, each containing a variety of monsters to avoid, obstacles to negotiate and items to collect. Kid can collect keys to open doors barring his way, money to spend in How often have you wished you were somewhere else when boring relatives come to visit? Well take pity on Kid, because his great uncle Indiana Stallone was one of the most boring relatives anyone could have.
Every Sunday, Kid’s family were treated to ridiculously unbelievable anecdotes from the old man, about how he fought off savages in the Amazon jungle, tripped out on the West Coast (California, that is, not Blackpool), visited the Ice Age and fought Gladiators in Egypt. Uncle Indiana was old, but the Ice Age? And were there Gladiators in Egypt? This was all too much for Kid, so one Sunday he scurried out of the room and took refuge in his uncle’s study.
Nosing through the junk he found an old dusty pair of boxing gloves and decided to try them on. Admiring himself in a Raging the shops and food for bonus points. The monsters can be dispatched with a shot from Kid’s weapon. This is initially a catapult with two reusable magic coins, but extra weapons such as fire bombs, bouncing ‘deathstars’ and a powerful laser can be bought from shops found on the way - if Kid has picked up enough money!
Occasionally, tricky situations can be overcome by using a little magic from Kid’s limited supply of spells. Using magic causes a random spell to be cast ranging from Sesame, which opens doors, through Safety which causes dangerous obstacles to be rendered harmless, to Frozen, which stops monsters in their tracks.
Once Kid has made his way through all the screens in the five zones, the gloves can tranport him back to home and Uncle Indiana's not-so-boring stories. Maff Evans GRAPHICS AND SOUND The graphics of Kid Gloves have obviously been designed with cuteness and colour in mind, but instead of cute the sprites are just small and the use of colour is a little over the top at times.
The backgrounds on the Egyptian and Californian levels arp so gaudy that it's extremely difficult to see where the walls and floors are supposed to be.
The sound is all right, with some jolly sampled effects, but the music sounds more like a C64 tune circa 1985 rather than LASTING INTEREST Initially, Kid Gloves is great fun to play. Watching Kid in his oversized sportswear jump around making strange noises is most amusing. However, much in the same way as ‘classic’ (in other words, ‘old’) platform games worked, the game depends on the player learning patterns and timing for completing of the levels. This is fair enough when you first start playing, but once you’ve learnt the patterns it becomes incredibly easy to waltz straight through
from screen 1 to screen 50 in no time at all.
There just isn’t enough variety involved from game to game, so once you are proficient at the levels every turn could play just like the last. Not even the most hardened platform fans are going to be happy with a game that loses its appeal too quickly, nor are they likely to return to a game that doesn’t provide any challenge after they’ve seen the different screens.
JUDGEMENT Nowadays, a game set in a familiar mould must try to include that extra spark that pushes it ahead of ail the others in the genre.
Despite a humorous plot and an attempt to create a cute ‘small boy' hero for players to identify with, Kid Gloves is just a basic ‘progress from screen to screen’ platform game like so many seen in the past. The sound and graphics are acceptable without being special, the gamepiay overly simple and the addiction short lived. Even those new to computing and not old enough to remember die original Manic Miner can see the Amiga version to realise how much the format has aged, and sadly Kid Gloves just follows the tradition without providing much interest to leave its mark on the History Book of
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STAR PRINTERS THE PROFESSIONAL SERIES 1 1 ore and more people are making use of the Amiga's obvious potential as an effective learning tool. Within a traditionally Acorn-dominated market.
Commodore are making major moves in an attempt to break Acorn's monopoly. The flagship of this assault is the company s latest sists ot seven maiviauai sonware packages that were previously sold separately for considerably more than their current asking price. Although the pack is designed specifically for use within schools, all the programs included fall into the category of being real-world applications that would be as useful in the office and the home as they are in the classroom. So. Here’s a look at what each program has to otter.
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I MID* INTERFA In primary schools, at an age when most ot us were still struggling with our times tables, children today are learning to program computers.
Logo is a simple programming language that provides its rewards in the form of graphic displays. The basic instructions to the language are geometrical, moving a pointer called a turtle around the screen to draw pretty patterns: but Logo also mirrors many of the complex methods used in programming.
Lo school with Commodore’s Recently we tested Amiga Logo in a primary school where the kids already used BBC Logo
- and they were very impressed!
Commodore are even now upgrading Logo to control a floor turtle . A simple robot powered by remote control, which II make it an even better product.
Original 1 written lot; g a Cl1Y & GUILDS 424 ] t 1 on Technology at the Training Centre. It BBC Model B and portec ga with 1 HE EHULfiTUK.
To give you a basic under- conputer terms and the way iork . It also includes a set ting questions linked to the frames. I hope you find it inf ormat 1ve.
Original work and RH1UH conversion by Acorn have had it all their way for several years now. But with the increased activity of machines such as the Amiga within education. The aging BBC micro looks set to finally be put into retirement.
Replacing a computer is simple, but what about ail that high-quality BBC software that has served ing that could be an expensive and frustrating task. However, help is at hand in the shape of Commodores own BBC emulator.
The Emulator, as it is properly called, is a software-based emulator that turns the Amiga into an almost complete clone of a BBC Micro model B. Any programs that ....U4nn in nilKnr DDT D ACIP r r legal 6502 assembler can be run on the Amiga without problems.
However, some software notably games software) bypasses the BBC operating system and hits the hardware directly. Such software will definitely not work. But for bridging the gap during the transition between old and new. The Pmi il fnr nrri'. iHcc thci anctf pr CLASS OF THE ‘90S „ D PUBLISHER S CHOICE £ T O BE ANNOUNCED The Disc Company's Pub- g SBHmSSaah a MBSSSNSBSB11 not one, but four - count - 1 packages. These include a powerful Desktop Publish- fcfiBfff tRr ; i '",- * mg system and a word pro- oB pKSI SESpH&pi H Usher s Choice package is a simple DTP package that 8BB ?
Paved the way for the now- standard Professional Page. Like its big brother, PageSetter uses a PageMaker-like systems of frames that can contain either pictures or text. To make the production of pages a quick and easy task, PageSetter even includes both a graphics editor and a text editor. Pages can be printed to either standard Preferences printers or (using the included utility) even to professional PostScript devices such as laser printers.
If PageSetter's text editor isn’t powerful enough for your needs, Publisher's Choice includes the popular word processing package Kind Words 2. Kind Words offers both spell checking and thesaurus facilities, making it the ideal introduction to word processing. PageSetter documents can be enhanced further by using different fonts and clip art, picked from the package s extensive two-disk set.
No true business computer is complete without that most important of businsy ' Application, the spreadsheet. MaxiPlan, from Oxxi -** ** USM Incorporated in the States, is one of the most powerful spreadsheets business. Within education, it’s the ideal introduction to modern-day MaxiPlan can be usedjjfor a host 6fdifferent applications including straight spreadsheet analysis, database mqjiagement, business graphics and project management.
Any range of data within your worksheets can be highlighted and then graphed in up to tin different styles, including 2D and 3D pie charts, bar charts, line charts et cetera.
Pf Wl.Si Free K;r d»;-,Al Music lessons have certainly changed since I was at school. These days, students are as comfortable with synthesisers and MIDI as they are with more traditional instruments such as the violin and piano. To give students an idea of modern recording techniques, the pack includes Dr T s highly-acclaimed budget MIDI sequencer system, MRS. MRS is a powerful sequencer that offers eight tracks of real-time recording, with full editing and song composition. If the MIDI set-up you are using isn't up to the task, the Amiga can even join in with the music making using its
in-built sample playing capabilities.
Computers such as the Amiga can't talk MIDI without the inclusion of a MIDI interface. Commodore have even thoughUof this, so the bundle includes DatJl Electronics’ popular MIDI interface. Roll over Beethoven!
Anouci 'Vlnnii SuperBase was one of the origi- SuperBase Personal is the control system much like that tv. R... !¦ I |H |HlM]P Street1* I 113 Ell ID feUr" |B "orenawe - *Jasw* ftKIi Las Inane : ‘lelborr.1 nal database management sysB baiic program within this range, found on a video recorder. Files terns to appear on the Amiga, s T|| program is an entry-level can be located using sophisti- Since then it has been upgraded;! Multi-file relational database cated conditional links. Data and expanded to cover all levels inanagement system that uses held within a file can be in a of database
requirements, from a WiMP-based variety of different formats: simple relational card files to environmenFfo make the pro- straight text, alphanumeric, full-blown database applica- gram one of the easiest-to-use numeric, dates and even pic- tions requiring the manipulation database systems available, turfes in standard IFF format (as of multi-megabyte files. SuperBase uses a powerful provided by Dpaint output).
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• F18 INTERCEPTOR • DELUXE PAINT II
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£59| COLOUR PRINTERS Citizen
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pin printer, the Star LC10 provides 4 NLQ fonts (with 96 print
combinations) at 36cps and 144cps draft. Has a large 4K buffer
and IBM parallel interface built in. Includes a comprehensive
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single sheets to be used without removing tractor paper.
LC10 LC24-10 C?LOUR £199 C169 PRINTERS Star LC10 (P) 130CDS .£139 Star LC10 colou r ......£189 Star LC24-10 (24 pin) ...£260 Citizen 120D ......£109 Commodore MPS 1230 £119 Panasonic KXP1124 (24 pin) ...£279 Panasonic KXP1081 £148 Epson LX800 .....£158 Epson LQ500 ....£250 Epson FX850 ....£409 Epson FX1050 ..£382 Epson EX800 ....£369 Epson
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Please call before ordering ALL PRICES EXCLUDE VAT To: First Micro, 13 Lansdowne Rd, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 1RZ I wish to order - My computer is- I Or charge my Access Visa No I I enclose cheque PO for £ Signature Exp. Date Tel No: MICRO PRESENTS BUYS THIS MONTHS TECNIK AMIGA 500 CONSOLE Superb Control Centre for your Amiga 500. Re-locates Mouse and Joystick ports to right forward side of Console for easy access. Store Peripherals such as Disk Drives & Genlocks, provides firm base for your monitor at the right level, from £15.99 TECNIK AMIGA EXTERNAL DRIVE Teac Citizen Mechanism, on off
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STAR NL10 PRINTER 9 Pin Dot Matrix, 80 Column, Letter Quality 30CPS NLQ, 120CPS Draft, Push and Pull Tractor Feed, Excellent High Quality. | For Demonstration, Credit Card Hotline and Mail Order details:- E & OE subject to changes without notice First Micro, Anglo City House, 13 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth BH1 1RS ALL PRICES EXCLUDE VAT COMMODORE A501 512K RAM PACK THE "ORIGINAL*' Commodore product, designed specifically for A500 and includes full RF screening case & clock calendar card, only buy the original with full 12 month warranty. Beware of cheap imitaTECNIK 2000 MONITOR High
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£69.99 MOUSE COMMODORE A500 BATMAN PACK Most Advanced Home Computer on today's market. The Amiga will take you into a Fantastic World of 4096 Colour Graphics, includes: TV Modulator • Mouse • Workbench • Utilities • Tutorial
• UK Manual- P3QQ 12mth warranty. S%0 0 Amiga Desktop Video
Guide The Amiga Desktop Video Guide is the most complete and
useful guide to desktop video on the Amiga.
Amiga Desktop Video Guide covers all the basics defining video terms, selecting genlocks, digitizers, scanners, VCRs, camera and connecting them to the Amiga.
Just a few of the topics you'll find described in the his excellent book:
• The Basics of Video
• Genlocks
• Digitizers and Scanners
• Frame Grabbers Frame Buffers
• How to connect VCRs, VTRs and Cameras to the Amiga
• Animation
• Video Titling
• Music and Videos
• Home Video
• Advanced Techniques
• Using the Amiga to add or incorporate Special Effects to a
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Applications GFA Data Media UK GFA BASIC ISBN 1-55755-057-3
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each £9.95 “Compiled programs are both compact
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review March 1990 As we dont want to upset our competitors, we
have not reprinted the benchmark results, but we suggest you
refer to the Amiga Format review Issue 8 Page 127.
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GFA Basic Interpreter Amiga £49.95 Q GFA Basic Compiler Amiga £29.95 Q Card No: Signature Postcode Considering the Amiga’s domination of the low-end desktop video market - a market which it practically started! - it seems almost unbelievable that there is such a shortage of quality video titling packages available in this country. Sure, there are many ‘Desktop Presentation’ systems available, but if all you want to do is to add titles to your home videos of granny and the kids on the beach, why should you have to pay hundreds of pounds for a ’do it all’ package? Chances are that it will
probably contain a large number of features that you’re never likely to ever want to use anyway!
So what do we need from such a package? Put simply, all that is needed is a program that will allow you to quickly and easily knock up eye-catching screens that can utilise any number of different font styles and effects. Does such a package exist? Up until now, the only packages even worth considering consisted of just three titles (no pun intended) - HB Marketing's Video Generic Master, Aegis’ VideoTitler and finally the unacclaimed king of them all, Zuma’s TV*Text.
TV*Text Professional is the follow up to Zuma’s earlier product and offers all the power of the original plus a generous helping of new and improved features. As such, both the price and minimum machine To most of us, desktop video means one thing - sprucing up the old holiday videos with tasteful titles and graphics. JASON HOLBORN takes a look at a package that allows you to do just that.
Specification have increased: you will need at least a megabyte even to get started with the program.
Screen Modes Unlike its predeccesor, TV*Text Pro supports all Amiga screen resolutions and virtually all Amiga screen modes (excluding HAM). For most titling work you’ll probably want to work in high resolution, but if memory constraints get the better of you TV*Text Pro also supports low resolution (with up to 64 colours), low resolution interlaced and medium resolution (with up to 16 colours). Although TV*Text Pro allows the use of non-interlaced screen modes, these screens can be interlaced at anytime for improved transportation to video tape.
The Amiga's ability to produce overscanned (borderless) screens is one of the main reasons why the machine has been so successful within the video industry. Any video software that does not support it is looked upon as nothing more than an ameteur toy. Not wishing to disap- LEFT: If the preset styles aren’t to your liking, then you can create you own. Here, the face of the text is being defined.
RIGHT: Setting up the text shadow. Choose between drop, cast, strobes or glows.
FAR RIGHT: The text outline editor.
Point, TV*Text Pro supports two degrees of overscan - medium and maximum. A medium overscanned screen will remove a large percentage of the border that normally exists around an Amiga screen. On the other hand, a maximum overscanned screen has virtually no border, making what you see appear to fill the entire display.
Fonts Any video titling package is only as good as the fonts that can be used with it. Zuma have been producing quality fonts for the Amiga for many years now, so it would be a big surprise if TV*Text Pro was let down in this department. Thankfully this is most certainly not the case, as the package comes complete with three disks crammed with fonts of varying sizes (ranging from 8 point, right up to a massive 102 point) and styles.
Even if you grow bored with the collection of fonts that Zuma provide, TV*Text Pro will happily accept any standard Amiga bitmapped fonts (including colour fonts!) Such as those which are to be found on your Workbench and Extras 1.3 disks.
This is one particular area of desktop video where the Amiga really shines - if you buy a professional video titler, obtaining extra fonts is a costly affair. With the Amiga, all you have to do to source new fonts is to either use the Workbench FED tool to produce new ones, or have a quick chat with your friendly PD supplier.
For little more than the cost of a couple of disks, your collection of fonts could multiply considerably.
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......7.95 50 .....
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Extra ......£12.99 1 2 Meg Ram (with clock) +
demo.
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TRILOGIC Dept. A.F. Unit 1 253 New Works Road Bradford BD12 OOP IDE WHOLE TRUTH ABOUT games programming PART 4 DAVE JONES, the ace coder behind Psygnosis’ hits Menace and Blood Money, spills more secrets.
In this and next month’s articles I will detail the largest part of the Menace code: namely, the alien movement and control routines.
There will be no source with this month’s instalment because I will only be describing WHAT the routines accomplish - next month will cover HOW they are accomplished, along with the source.
Movement is Life So, we want to have aliens flying about the screen in nice patterns, attacking your ship, launching missiles at you, tracking your movements and doing all the other things that aliens do best. All the basic ingredients of a good shoot-em-up. What should spring to mind to control all of the movements is a decent data structure. As I have said before, there is no substitute for sitting down with a pen and paper and having a good think about what has to be accomplished. The best idea is to start off with the basic data that would have to be stored about an alien flying about on
screen. This would probably be the following: Alien number Alien X coordinate Alien Y coordinate Alien speed There will also have to be some way of telling the alien what to do. The simplest form would be a coordinate for it to move to. Once it gets there it would need another coordinate to go to. It would do this repeatedly until we tell it to stop, or until is has been destroyed. First, then, we will define the basic structure to describe a particular alien one word for the alien’s y coord a byte to hold the alien number a byte to hold the alien speed
Y. Pos rs.w Sprite. Num rs.b Speed rs.b 1 Following this in
memory would be a table of x,y coordinates for the alien tc
move to in sequence. An example piece of source that moves an
alien from left to right and back again could be defined as
follows: ; start alien at x=0, y=100 ; use alien number 6 with
a speed of 2
dc. w= 0,100
dc. b 6,2
dc. w 320,100,0,100,$ 7fff ; move to 320,100 then to 0,100 ; the
$ 7fff is an end marker This basic structure will provide only
limited control of an alien, so it’s time to add a few more
features. Most of the aliens are animated (Figure One,
overleaf, shows an eight-animation Menace alien) so as well
as defining the alien number, we also have to define its
current animation number. Note that in games an animated
object is usually given a number that relates simply to the
base address of that alien. The number of animations it
actually has is stored separately. This makes changing the
number of animation frames very simple, because the alien
numbers all remain exactly the same. So we will also have to
store the number of animations the alien contains somewhere
in the structure as well as its current animation number: ; a
byte to hold the current animation ; a byte to hold the
maximum anims Anim.Num rs.b 1 Num.Anims rs.b 1 ; reset the rs
counter : one word for the alien’s x coord rsreset rs.w 1 The
basic idea, then, is that for each game cycle we increment
the
X. Pos
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(0,1,2,3,... etc) until it hits the value in Num_Anims when we
would reset it back to zero. Straight away a small problem
crops up in that we may not want to animate an alien every game
cycle (l 25th of a second for Menace). In fact very few of the
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data structure and called a MODE word or byte. This is simply a
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Mode rs.b 1 ; single byte to hold eight flags UpDownequ 1«3 ;
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the control byte reflects the animation type. NEVER use ‘magic
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Reason for Living is Dying Most aliens’ sole purpose for existing in a shoot-em-up is to be blasted.
Do we want them to die after being hit once, though? For most, I think not. We will have to introduce a variable to define how many times we can fill an alien with laser shot before it explodes: Hits_Num rs.b 1 ; number of shots an alien can take ; $ ff for infinite As you can see a certain value has been introduced that makes some aliens indestructible. This is not used very often but is handy, say for some asteroids tumbling across the screen that you simply have to dodge and cannot destroy (anybody who reached Level 6 of Menace will know exactly what I mean!)
As far as describing the alien, that is about it. I have made no mention of the size of the alien in the structure as in Menace all aliens were 32 x 24 pixels in size. To make larger ones simply meant moving a few about as though they were joined together (see Figure Two). It certainly makes life simpler handling only one size of alien, though you do lose out a little on flexibility.
Back to Motion Now back to the movement of the aliens. The basic GOTO command was implemented simply by defining pairs of x,y coordinates for the aliens to head for - they continued until they were destroyed or until a special coordinate value told them to stop.
This is very inflexible for performing, say, a small circle movement.
We would have to define goto points for many points on the circumference of the circle. This may take quite a while to work out, and would have to be recalculated for any other aliens at different x,y coordinates on the screen that wanted to perform a similiar circle.
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It is apparent that some form of control data has to be added into the coordinate list to switch between relative and absolute or one may be mistaken for the other. What basically happens in Menace is that movement always starts off in absolute mode, but at any time we can switch to and from relative mode by making one of the coordinate values a control word. For example to goto the middle of the screen, then move in a triangle shape, then return again may look something like:
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dc. w OffsetMode ; switch to offset mode
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dc. w 2,2
dc. w
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dc. w
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dc. w
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dc. w 2,-2
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Memory Economy To cut down the amount of data required to describe a complex path (like a large ellipse formed from offsets) it would be ideal to be able to branch to some other path data, and then return after executing so many of its commands. The triangle path above, for instance, requires 40 bytes for the offset data. If we required 12 aliens to perform the triangle movement, but at different coordinates on the screen, we only want to define the offset data once, and have the rest of the aliens branch off to that data inbetween executing their own path data. Menace has a GOSUB command in
the path data for this purpose. The gosub command passes over to the new offset data, then at the end of the data is the ecuivalent of a RETURN command which returns control back to original path data.
The above could be written as: ; goto 160,100 ; branch to some new data ; back to the start x,y 160,100 Gosub, Newpath-’ 0,100
dc. w
dc. w
dc. w OffsetMode ; switch to offset mode Newdata dc.w
dc. w
dc. w
dc. w
dc. w
dc. w
dc. w
dc. w
dc. w
dc. w
dc. w
dc. w
2. 2 ; move 2 along and 2 down a few times
2. 2 2,2
- 2,0
- 2,0
- 2,0 2,-2 2,-2 2,-2 ; move 2 back a few times ; move 2 along and
2 up a few times OffsetMode ; toggle back to absolute mode
Return
dc. w Pause,PauseValue ; the Pause value is in 1 25 seconds A
SEEK mode was added that allowed an alien, at any time, to
start to track your ship and try to collide with it to reduce
your shield. This is worked similarly to the pause function
with a count specifying how long to seek your ship before
carrying on with the rest of the path data:
dc. w Seek,SeekCount ; seek ship for 1 25 * SeekCount secs.
Related to the seek command above is the FIRESEEK command which allowed one alien to start another path. This was used to allow aliens to fire missiles that used the seek mode:
dc. w FireSeek,SeekCount; start a seek path from this alien To
finish off the command set some additional simple commands
that came in useful were added. These are: ChangeSprite -
allowed you to change the sprite number at any time. Useful
for transforming aliens into other types.
ChangeSpeed - quite obvious this one. Slow moving sprites can be given a quick turbo boost to attack the ship.
ChangeAnim - allows manual changing of the animation number.
Used to mimick, say, turning a corner at any point on the screen And that, basically, is that. Table 1, below, lists the full data structure for an alien path. Hopefully you can see the benefit of designing such a control system for moving objects about. It need not necessarily only be used in a shoot-em-up style game but can relate to many styles of game.
It soon becomes quite simple to add more powerful commands to the code, which results in the code being useful in many more projects.
Now you know what the commands do - next month I will present the source and explain how they are accomplished. ¦ If we had 12 similar paths to the above the memory required would now be drastically reduced.
More Memory Economy Another useful memory saver is a FOR type contruct that allows any part of the path data to be repeated a set number of times. Imagine trying to move a series of aliens in a ‘stepping’ motion whereby they move, say, along 16 pixels then down 16 pixels, achieved by:
dc. w OffsetMode
dc. w 4,0
dc. w 4,0
dc. w 4,0
dc. w 4,0
dc. w 0,4
dc. w 0,4
dc. w 0,4
dc. w 0,4 The above performs one step, but if we wanted to repeat
this 10 times, it would normally mean repeating the data 10
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it, a loop function was implemented: simply appending the
command
dc. w DoLoop to the end of the data will cause the last xx bytes
of path data to be repeated so many times. This caused two
new items to be added to the alien structure, namely rs.b 1 ;
the number of bytes to loop back Loop_Offset Loop_Count rs.b
1 ; how many loops to perform This limits the loop command to
only allowing one size of loop in each individual path,
although this restriction was not noticed as multiple loops
were never required.
Other Tweaks A PAUSE function was added that allowed an alien to pause at a specific point for any length of time. A simple function but used quite often: TABLE 1 FULL DATA STRUCTURE rsreset Next. Path RS.W 1 offset to the next path
X. Pos RS.W 1 current x position
Y. Pos RS.W 1 current y position Kills.What RS.W 1 kills others
aliens if dead (0-11) Table.Offset RS.W 1 the current table
offset Sprite.Num RS.B 1 sprite number Anim.Num RS.B 1
animation number Anim.Delay RS.B 1 delay in l 25th secs,
dynamic copy Anim.Delay2 RS.B 1 static copy to refresh the
above Speed RS.B 1 speed in pixels Pause.Count RS.B 1 dynamic
pause counter Mode RS.B 1 flags, see bleow Loop. Off set RS.B
1 loop offset in bytes (-ve) Loop.Count RS.B 1 dynamic loop
count Hits.Num RS.B 1 number of hits to kill Num.Anims RS.B 1
number of animations Seek.Count RS.B 1 dynamic seek count
Table.Size RS.B 0
* This is followed by x,y mand bytes to move to (always even)
with com-
* codes inserted to alter the control and movement.
* Mode bits Offset.Mode equ 1«0 set when in offset mode Seek.Mode
equ 1«1 set when in seek mode UpDown equ 1 3 set when updown
animation AnimUpDown equ 1«4 set to animate up, reset down
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A After word processors, the most common "serious” application - and the subject of this article - is the database. But what exactly is a database? By simple definition, a database is a program for storing information on disk, then retrieving some or all of the stored information at a later date. This simple idea can be extended to allow the user more control over exactly what information he or she retrieves according to specified rules.
For instance, a small business’s database might contain a list of customers’ addresses. By simply setting the correct rules, an operator can display just those customers who live in the London and South East areas.
Part One: Databases Amiga databases, thanks in part to the power of the machine and in part to the imagination of the designers, are not limited to such overtly trite examples. Many databases break new ground - like displaying pictures, playing sounds, even simulating a strip of microfilm - and with prices to suit all pockets, Amiga owners are spoilt for choice!
Uf, 0 u MICROBASE Anco £19.95 For those on a budget there is only one choice, and although it comes from a company better known for their “adult” card games and one particularly infamous footy game it performs surprisingly well. Anco’s MicroBase is a true entry-level database with an entry-level price of under £20. MicroBase is supplied on In the first instalment of a three-part series exploring home business software, MARK SMIDDY examines Amiga information storage.
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ILLUSTRATION DANNY JENKINS a single (protected!) Disk and comes with probably the shortest manual ever supplied with any business software - at just 12 pages, almost anyone could manage to digest this.
The program is Intuition-based and runs in its own colourful (blue!)
Screen, but is not very suitable for multi-tasking due to the protection methods employed. Also absent is a “Quit” option. In its favour, MicroBase features simple indexing and simple sorting on text fields. It even has a powerful label printer and is fully compatible with Anco's budget word pro- NEAR RIGHT: Editing a record in K-Data.
FAR RIGHT: The file index in K-Data.
RIGHT: The desktop view in K-Data.
LEFT: Defining fields in Microbase.
BELOW : Designing a database in KD-Design.
Ml cessor, MicroText. It does nothing to rave over - but it is capable and solid. At the price, MicroBase is good value for money and an excellent introduction to databases.
K-DATA Kuma £49.95 The next rung up the ladder from MicroBase, K-Data has features which nudge it into the semi-professional category even though it maintains a budget-level price. It has been around for some years now and is claimed to be the best-selling flat-card system for the Amiga.
Supplied on one disk, K-Data comes in two different versions - one for unexpanded A500s and an enhanced version for the larger machines. The main omission on the smaller version is a proper file request box. Recent releases, however, benefit from the inclusion of a standard ring-bound manual, which is a great improvement on Kuma’s previous efforts.
The most notable feature of K-Data is its similarity to the ST’s GEM, a hangover that gives away its origins. This does not detract from the quality of the product which is generally good overall. To conserve memory, K-Data is split into two parts: a designer where the form layout and fields are defined; and the database which does all the donkey work.
When K-Data is run, it opens a small window on the Workbench screen. As each file is opened, it appears in the window as a drawer of filed cards. This can be viewed as a virtual desktop and, again, works just like GEM - the icons can be grouped and dropped in the trashcan, thereby closing the files.
At the same time, another window opens listing the records stored in the database according to their key field. This works just like a file requester: find the record to update edit and double-click on it - simple. Up to four files can be open at one and the same time.
The main fault with K-Data is its constant insistence on redrawing and moving windows, which does tend to make the operation of the program slow. Otherwise it is stable enough to be usable under most conditions.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS Append: Add information to the end of a database.
Case Sensitive: Defines whether capital letters should be checked in a search. If case sensitivity is switched OFF the strings “ABC”, “abc” and “AbC” all return the same result.
Create: Design a new database.
Data: Information which is stored by database software.
Database: A set of one or more records.
See Record.
Delimiter: A special (user-defined) character used during importing and exporting to define the start and end of fields and records. See Import and Export. Also used to mark fields for mail merging.
Export: Output information from the database in an alien format (usually ASCII) so it can be read by other software). See Import.
Field: An area in which to enter a single item of information.
Field Name: Used during data entry and rale searching to identify a field. For instance: Addressl or FirstName.
Filter: Locating one or more records in a database according to a set of user-defined rules. See Relational Operator.
Fixed Length Data: Set of data stored using a fixed amount of disk space. Sacrifices compactness of storage for speed. See Variable Length Data.
Fixed Length Record: A record containing a fixed number of fields. See Variable Length record.
Flat Card Database: Simple database containing information on separate sheets - like a Cardex. These are suitable for many applications.
Form: Refers to the way some databases allow users to “paint” a design for a form layout. This could be an address label, for instance.
Import: Read information output frorrv another program. See Export.
Index: Special file created by a database to allow swift, random access to all records. A database file can have many indexes “attached” to it.
Key Field: Another name for an Index field.
Quote Wrapped: A method used to store exported ASCII data to delimit fields within records. See Delimiter.
Record: A set of one or more fields.
See Field.
Relational Database: A complex database where fields in one file can have an effect on fields in another. Records are said to relate to one another. This only applies to the more expensive systems.
Relational Operator: An operator defining part of a rule - Typical operators are: = (is equal to); (does not equal); = (is greater than or equal to).
Rule Searching: See Filters.
Update: Add or delete records - or just change information - stored in the database.
Variable Length Data: Data stored using the minimum amount of disk space. Saves space at the cost of poor speed. See Fixed Length Data.
Variable Length Record: A record with an unknown number of fields. See Fixed Length Record.
Virtual Memory: Area of hard or floppy disk used as a buffer. This allows the size of a database to be limited to only by the amount of on-line disk storage. Not all databases support this particular feature.
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three, this was the first database to use the revolutionary
system of a control panel which resembles a video recorder.
This not only allows the user to search through records very
quickly, it is also a very easy system to learn.
Superbase has the distinction of being the cheapest relational database described here. This mention of low cost should not be taken as judgement of the quality of Superbase: the price defies its power.
Unlike K-Data, the whole of Superbase is integrated into a single program which will run in 512K at a pinch, although it is more useable with 1Mb plus. Setting up the database is very simple once the plethora of options has been mastered; a task eased greatly by well- designed requesters. Four field types are available: text, numeric, date and external. Depending on the type these can be made required, calculated or Address; indexed on Ntmber ? Superbase Account code Title 6 Nane validated according to a formula.
External fields allow graphics and text files to be attached to the database - Superbase supports all Amiga IFF graphic modes including HAM.
Three separate modes are available for editing and viewing data: Record view displays the records as a list of fields; Form view allows fields to be “dragged” freely around the screen; and Table view displays the data horizontally with the field names heading each column. Editing is not possible in Table view.
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WHAT’S IN A FIELD?
A field is a storage area for a single item of data like a name or a single line of an address. Several fields combine together to form each record on the database. Different packages support many different field types; most are common to all. Field types are specified when the database is set up. The three common types are: like Prodata and the Superbase range can perform calculations on the contents of such fields.
Date: This speaks for itself.
The format of the date can usually be specified.
As already shown, there are many extensions to these basic types. As a rule of thumb, the more expensive packages include more options - although many of these are not necessary for the “average” user.
Facilities such as “input validation” come in handy when there is a need to store numeric information such as prices. This helps avoid typing errors which could over or underprice items by checking for a reasonable value.
ASCII or string: All databases support this basic type although some support added features like left and right justification and even case correction!
Numeric: These fields only support numbers - and in simpler packages, just integers (whole numbers). More comprehensive packages databases to be opened at once and records combined to report to screen or printer. At a simpler level, single files can be filtered with ease through an extensive set of logical and relational operators and indexed records can be accessed almost instantly.
Even a label printer has been included with the basic program.
The glaring fault with Superbase lies in its DOS interface. The directory (or disk) has to be set before summoning a file request. Worse still, this option is hidden on a different menu!
Nevertheless, the program has become de facto the leading Amiga database in many respects.
MICRO fi CHE FILER £69.95 5 1 (9 ; Mi A brave attempt to take a database and make it as graphical and therefore as intuitive as possible. The idea is to locate records by scrolling a small magnification window over a larger sheet of “microfiche” - such as those found in libraries. When compared to traditional techniques, this concept seems strange initially but it soon becomes second nature.
Initially three windows are displayed: a small microfiche window; a larger display window where the records appear; and a list of “forms”.
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This is where the utmost care must be taken. It is very important to ensure all the required fields are in place before entering the data. Adding new fields to records at a later date may be difficult or even impossible depending on the software. For this reason it is often a good idea to leave one or two empty text (known as wildcard) fields attached to each record to hold spurious data. It is also a good idea to test a MFF uses these forms to define how records are displayed, sorted and printed. The system permits a large degree of control over how much or little information appears in
the fiche.
It is possible to have a large number of display forms and swap between them very quickly.
Defining a database in MFF is tricky. Three field types are supported: text, numeric and picture. As with normal systems, the fields are named and typed first. However, before editing can commence an editing form must be defined. Each field is added individually, appearing in a small box which can contain either a reference name or the field itself.
Field selection is made by clicking a small diamond located in the left of the box. Herein lies the problem: the sector diamond and associated resizing and movement gadgets are small and bunched together, making them difficult to hit.
Text fields can be expanded to any size within the constraints of a window. Picture fields import IFF files, but only support two- or four-colour images because MFF runs in the Workbench screen; extra bitplanes are removed resulting in some images becoming unintelligible.
Microfiche Filer is idiosyncratic in many ways. Nevertheless, its strengths far outweigh its weaknesses in most areas. This is an everyday database, tailored to simple jobs - fun to use and powerful enough for most home user tasks.
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The physical design of a database will depend as much on the particular software concerned as on the application. Remember though - as in programming - there is a lot to be said for simplicity. Why bother including Date or Calculation fields in a record, if you don't need them, just because the software supports them?
DESIGNING DATABASES is the most powerful of the flat-card databases and has the professional feel, a comprehensive manual, and support for dozens of printers.
Setting up the database is simplicity itself, being much more traditional than most Amiga systems.
Data types include numeric, text, date and integer and comprehensive input validation is available. When the fields have been defined, data entry is extremely straightforward.
The most powerful feature of Prodata is undoubtedly its expression evaluator. This allows filters and layouts to incorporate calculations and a very comprehensive set of tests, giving Prodata the clear edge over its rivals in this area. Also, layouts can be made “intelligent” allowing blank (that is, unused) fields to be eliminated - when using address labels, for instance.
Many users will find Prodata too “PC-ized” for their liking - but ex-PC users, and of course Protext Amiga owners, will feel at home. Import and Export can be tailored for Protext making mail merging very simple.
ORGANIZE 2 Microsystems Software £99.95 Comes from the Works package - hence the apparently high price.
Although Organize 2 is yet another flat-card system it does have the added advantage of being able to import dBASE III database files, although it is not programmable.
Also, as part of the Works pack it is PRO DATA Arnor £99.95 Comes from the purveyors of the fine word processor Protext. Like Protext, Prodata is aimed at those users content with largely keyboard-based operations and is completely devoid of pop-down menus; Arnor seem happy with PC-like pop-up types. That said, it and the variations supplied are enough to cope with most situations.
Simple calculations can be defined for numeric fields within the form layout; plus an option of accumulated figures. Organize is a safe option - simple to learn and easy to live with.
SUPERBASE PERSONAL 2 Precision £99.95 This upgrade adds a comprehensive text editor and mail merge to the basic package as well as improved documentation - in a ring bound manual. Superbase 2 also has better external file handling and a “dongle" for protection - a sad mark of the either integer or fixed point format.
Setting up the record format, therefore, is simplicity itself. When the record format has been defined the data can be entered directly without having to design a form first. If a form is required this is a simple matter of dragging the appropriate fields to the appropriate positions.
Index and filtering are rudimentary compared to, say, Prodata or Superbase, but this avoids confusion fully integrated with Analyze 2 and Scribble 2, so data can easily be interchanged with these through the agency of the clipboard.
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Times. Many other minor improvements have been made including limited support for Lotus, dBASE and DIF files. Essentially though, what applies to Superbase Personal, applies here too.
Oriented package is the key to producing anything from high-quality graphical reports to invoices and statements - imagination is the only limit. External files and graphics can easily be incorporated into the form, which can be tested within Superbase at any time during use.
ACQUISITION
1. 3 Taurus £249.95 The only serious competitor to Superbase
Professional. Although having received much less publicity,
Acquisition was written with the Amiga in mind and exploits,
so the manufacturers claim, the full power of the machine. The
package is supplied on three disks with a massive 350-page
manual detailirg how to get started with the system and an
overview of the command language Acorn. Beginners are directed
towards a separate 200-page introduction to Acquisition which
is sold separately.
At the heart of the system, Acorn serves as a very powerful interface with the system. Commands are available to access the even low-level graphics functions - one of the supplied examples blits a Garfield around the screen, another draws a complex 3D plot. Some would say this is overkill but it shows how Acquisition can form the heart of a much more powerful system. Minimum system requirements are set at two disk o © o tt at* drives and 512K - more realistically, 1Mb and hard disk.
Compared to Superbase, Acquisition is very difficult to get to grips with. Once the application (not necessarily a pure database) is running, however, it will prove the stronger of the two. The initial learning curve makes Superbase a more user-friendly option - but Acquisition is a strong competitor.
SUPERBASE PROFESSIONAL Precision £249.95 The ultimate solution in Precision’s range for those who require the undoubted ease of use of Superbase Personal with the added facility of programmability. Professional is supplied on no less than three disks comprising: a Workbench disk, a set of examples and the forms editor. These are accompanied by two voluminous manuals and, like Personal 2, a “dongle” for protection. Even though Professional is awe-inspiring at first, the task of learning how to use it is greatly eased by the excellent documentation. It is not, however, intended for
beginners.
The two features separating Professional from its competition are its programming language, which is relatively easy to learn, and the superb Forms editor. This object- I (0 U1 ''so* d B M A N V Versasoft $ 2 9 9 US Finally vying for a place in the database stakes since Versasoft have managed to get it working in the Amiga environment. It has the distinction of being the only database available for the Amiga which can truly es .... UlSi n ?
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Superbase Forns Editor s® n PASSWORD PROTECTION an For the small and occasional user, there is rarely a need for a password facility to protect the information contained in a database.
However, passwords come into their own when several people need to use the same system. This can protect casual - and inexperienced - users from modifying or even reading important or sensitive material.'
For instance, the person in charge of a system, the data manager, could set three passwords. The first would allow read access only - for the day-to-day operators; the second would also provide the ability to add new records - for the input clerks; the third, the ability to change data at will - reserved for the system manager only.
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The portability of dBASE programs makes this an interesting option in itself, although dBMAN systems are available in their own right for the ST, UNIX, XENIX and even mainframes.
Among the many enhancements, dBMAN V includes windowing support, a relational report writer and a compiler. At the time of writing, dBMAN is not available in the UK.
Conclusion... For the first-time user, there is little to choose between the two leading budget packages, MicroBase and K-Data. MicroBase, being the cheaper of the two, has less features but does have a label printer. Conversely K-Data boasts better reporting and search facilities, and integrates completely with K-Spread 2 (featured in ‘A Serious Business’ next month).
Slightly more upmarket, Microfiche Filer's unique graphical approach will find a niche with users appreciating totally intuitive operation.
It falls down where large, complex databases are concerned because all records are limited by available memory. This price range also brings Superbase Personal into play at £10 cheaper. Although less intuitive than Microfiche Filer, Superbase is a pleasure to learn and very easy to use.
Being fully relational, Superbase Personal is the most comprehensive of the budget systems.
69 Ul The more professional user on a budget is guided towards Superbase Personal 2 with its powerful text editor and perhaps Prodata. Although Prodata is the least “Amigaized" database, it will find a home with IS INTEGRATION NECESSARY?
Computer dealer may need to incorporate data from both accounts and database files to send out monthly statements. Both examples require a mail merging facility - which could prove difficult (or impossible) to implement between packages produced by different software houses.
Several databases are available for the Amiga, but not all of them can easily exchange data with other productivity software such as word processors and spreadsheets. Many can import and export information as ASCII, but very few can claim to be truly integrated. The question which must be posed is this: does the application require data to be exchanged regularly?
For instance: a computer club may want to send out monthly newsletter to all its members. Or, a Some packages, Superbase Professional and Acquisition for instance, incorporate a text editor, thereby completely avoiding the problem - but the privilege certainly costs extra.
I Protext users. In the same bracket is the Works bundle which contains the popular integrated system of Scribble 2, Organize 2 and Analyze 2.
* The top end of the market sees two packages vying for a place.
Superbase Professional, the high- powered (and high-profile) upgrade from Superbase, combines the smaller package’s ease of use with the power of a forms editor and built- in language. The less well-known Acquisition 1.3 is claimed to be more powerful but will take a lot longer to get to grips with. Both of these are aimed squarely at the the power market - however, only Superbase supports dBase files, which could be seen by some as a weakness.
'so SUPPLIERS Thanks to the following suppliers: Amiga Centre Scotland: 031 • 557-4242 (Acquisition & MFF) Anco Software: 0322-92513 (M icroBase) Arnor: 0733-68909 (ProData) CHIPS: 0642 219139 (The Works) Kuma Computers: 0734-844335 I K-Data) Precision Software: 01-330-7166 I Superbase series ARexx) NovoPlan Gmbh: 010-4929- 528080 (dBMAN V) The last option for dedicated power users is dBMAN V - ostensibly a dBASE III Plus clone. The strength of dBMAN is its portability with versions available for most 16-bit machines including the ST. It is by no means a beginner’s database and should really
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These points apply to all software and especially that in the business sector. Make sure the application is completely understood before searching for software to ease the task.
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ON YOUR DISK HAMMERFIST Knockout arcade action in Vivid Image
s superb playable demo of their cyberpunk game. Turn the
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journey into the surreal... WIPE OUT A hilarious intergalactic
hoverboard challenge awaits you in Gonzo Games' fantastically
addictive playable demo.
Sun, sea, and surf - on a planet with no atmosphere...?
BIRDS SAMPLER RGB Studios bring you a taster of The Birds, the next Real Things animation pack, with the animation Storks in Flight’. Everything you need to create your own Dpaint III animations.
POINTER ANIMATOR Time to get rid of the Amiga's boring arrow pointer. Make your pointer move like you’ve never seen it before - change it into a flag fluttering in the wind, a swimming fish, or perhaps even an ever-undulating nose... K E Y B I Z Government research indicates that the creativity index and lucidity factor of journalists, writers, and scribes in general shows a remarkable improvement when Keybiz is running.
MEGA W B Expand your Workbench work area to beyond your wildest dreams - well, to the limit of available memory. You're gonna have a ball moving windows and icons outside the standard screen.
GAME BUSTERS A fiendish selection of cheats that’ll give you the upperhand in Mutant Camels II, Captain Fizz, F18 Interceptor, Joe Blade 1 and Joe Blade 2.
UP TO joystick in the direction in which you actually want to go.
The following aggressive moves can be used when you’re in control of Hammerfist:
• Punch forward - fire plus left or right.
• Punch up - fire plus up.
• Punch down - fire plus down.
• Piston fist - continue pushing left or right while punching.
Metalisis is no sweetheart either - she has the following moves available to her:
• Flic-flac while stationary - fire plus up.
• Flic-flac while running - fire.
• High flic-flac - continue pressing up while performing a
flic-flac.
• Kick - fire plus left or right.
You can change characters simply by pushing up on the joystick. Pushing down will cause the character to duck. To turn into the screen press fire three times or hit the space bar. To head-butt (nice couple, aren’t they?) Or open doors hold the fire button and pull down UP FOR GRABS!
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HAMMERFIST PROGRAM: VIVID IMAGE FILES: HAMMERFIST, HAMMERFIST. DOC, DEMO.CODE When two hearts beat as one - especially two robotic hearts - you know you’re in for trouble.
Hammerfist and Metalisis were two ordinary fun-loving cyberdroids until someone decided to cut back on expenditure.
The logic went like this: two bodies, many similar bits, remove the duplicate items, save lots of dosh... the cutbacks went a little too far. The results of which mean that only one or the other of the robots can exist at any instance, instant transmutation from one body to the other being the only way to flip between personalities.
This co-existence, verging on non-existence, really got up Hammerfisfs and Metalisis’ shared nose. As you can imagine, they are both mad as hell - although, obviously, only one of them can be mad as hell at any given time.
Trapped in the mechanical world that made them, Hammerfist and Metalisis are after blood and bolts. And only you can guide them towards success along their path of destruction.
There are numerous moves to be learnt, so listen up. For fighting moves hold down the joystick fire button and push the joystick in the required direction of attack. For directional moves simply push the on the stick. Step into an inset doorway by holding down fire and pushing up. Finally, you can select a weapon by ducking and pressing fire twice. Alternatively, press FI for no weapon, F2 for piston fist and F3 for laser.
Other in-game keypresses you might be interested in include Esc to pause, Del to restart, F6 for music, F7 for sound effects and F8 for all sound off.
Getting Started Hammerfist can only be run by resetting the computer and inserting the Coverdisk into the drive. A prompt will appear asking whether or not you wish to run Hammerfist
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After a few seconds you’ll be presented with the Hammerfist loading picture; press the joystick fire button to continue. From the Hammerfist main screen you can press Help to enter an option menu or fire on the joystick to start play. Please note, the joystick must be plugged into Port 2. You can change this from the option screen.
When copying the game to another disk you will only be able to run it by starting a CLI, entering the Hammerfist drawer and typing ‘Hammerfist' at the CLI prompt.
There is no Hammerfist icon for you to click on from the Workbench - so unfortunately it won’t work from there.
WIPE OUT PROGRAM: GONZO GAMES . FILES: WIPE OUT, WIPE OUT.DOC It’s just not easy to get very far in the rounds of the Intergalactic Hoverboard Challenge. You may laugh, but few Sapiens have reached the Hall of Fame. Training on water-based surfaces is no substitute for the real thrill of hoverboarding. While wind-surfing, skiing, skating and scree-riding are good for balance training, they are no preparation for the phenomenal speeds attainable on a hoverboard. Sapiens are not considered good contenders or to have the right temperament to take on the best at high hoverboard stages. • Of
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Anyway, welcome to the intergalactic hoverboard challenge.
You’re locked in an area against a hostile opponent. As you move around the area, you leave a crystallised wake behind you. So does your opponent. To win you must force your opponent to make a mistake. Likewise, your opponent will be looking to sink you. Contact with any wall is a big mistake. First one to wipe out loses. Hi ho - hoverboard away!
BIRDS SAMPLER Getting Started From the main menu press key F2 on the keyboard. After a short pause the game will start. If you wish, you can load Wipe Out from the Workbench. Enter the Wipe Out folder and double-click on the Wipe Out program icon to start.
Ensure there’s a joystick plugged into Port 2 and use the following moves to get your hoverboard humming:
• Up - forward fast.
• Up and fire - forward even faster if turbo option fitted to
board.
• Fire - jump.
• Left - slow left turn.
• Right - slow right turn.
• Diagonal left - fast left turn.
• Diagonal right - fast right turn.
PROGRAM: RGB STUDIOS FILES: BIRDS_SAMPLER. DOC, 1_KEYPALETTE[ 16] .PIC, 2_FLYINGSTORK 26.ABR, 3_SEA-CROSSING! 16] .PIC, 4_LANDSCENE 26.ABR Before you go any further, do you have 1Mbyte of RAM and Deluxe Paint III? No? Well then, this isn’t for you, I’m afraid.
Perhaps you’ve done the ‘amazing bouncing ball’ tutorial in DPIII’s manual, and learnt your way around the paint-and- animate program doing that.
Then what? Moving inanimate objects around the screen is fun.
Zooming text is great. But true animation is about living, moving, animate creatures.
That means you need a set of sequenced pictures, each one a little different from the next.
The Real Things Birds sampler on the Coverdisk provides you with the means of producing stunning animated sequences.
Do remember though, you need Deluxe Paint III to use the Birds sampler. If you own DP ff, you will know that 1Mbyte is necessary for animation.
Getting started Follow these steps to make your own movies. Use the small sample kit of Real Things parts supplied in the BIRDS.SAMPLER drawer on the disk. You can’t see the files from Workbench; they only show from the DPIII file requester.
1. Load DPIII. Set it to LoRes, 16 colours. Load 1_KEYPALETTE.PIC
in your Pictures load requester.
2. Load 3_SEA-CROSSING.PIC, then open 60 frames from the
Anim-frames requester.
3. Load 2_FLYINGST0RK.ABR via the Animbrush requester.
4. Place the stork just off screen to the left, about half-way
up.
5. Open the Move requester (hit Shift M) and enter these num
bers in the appropriate boxes: [X] -500, [Y] 20, [Z] -120,
[COUNT] 60. Select the Move-to symbol. Click on Draw.
That’s enough to get you started.
A comprehensive help file called BIRDS_SAMPLER.DOC is contained in the BIRDS_SAMPLER drawer and will provide you with further information.
Pdom PD Amiga Public Domain and Shareware Software Application Disks
• FFISH254 - Uedit V2.5a the word processor.
• FFISH 176 - AnalvtiCale V23.2a of the spreadsheet. Requires 1Mb
RAM and 2 drives.
Utility Disks
• FFISH253 - Elements an interactive display of the periodic
table.
• FFISH258 - BACKUP V2.04 allows you to backup anything,
anywhere!
• PDOM93 - ARP VI.3 the Amiga DOS Replacement Project.
• PDOM 62 - The Public Dominator Anti Virus Disk: Virus X V4.0.
Vcheek
VI. 2 (for memory). Vcheek VI.9 (for disk drives). Zero Virus
VI.3 the fully integrated virus detector and killer. Also
Boot Block Champion the utility.
• PDOM 59 - Ameteur Radio Disk: disk full of HAM utilities.
• FFISH 243 - NoClick V3.5 stops the disk drive clicking if there
is nodisk in the drive. Password V1.21p you specify the
password for your system security. Peopy V2.0 the excellent
disk copier.
• FFISH 188 - Boot Intro V1.0 displays a scrolling and a still
message of your choice at boot up.
• FAUG 41 - Rain Bench. Amiga Are VO.2 compatible with ARC V5.0.
• AMICUS 22 - Printer Driver Generator V2.3. Show Print II.3 IFF
screen dump.
• FFISH 158 - DiskX sector editor.
MSDOS V0.1 read MSDOS or ST format into RAM:.
• FFISH 157 - Xlcon V2.01 allows you to call up scripts
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• SOFT 013 - Mandelbrot Explorer. Excellent full features
mandelbrot designer.
• FAUG 42 - DBW Render a very good Ray Tracing utility.
• SOFT 123 - Amiga MCAD VI.2.2 excellent Computer Aided Design
package.
Demo Disks
• PDOM89 - AMOS the Amiga Games Creator Demo.
• PDOM91 and PDOM 92 - Ghostbusters II demo by Hellhound,
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• PDOM 86 - The Memory Expansions Systems demo Nol. Excellent
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• PDOM 87 - The Memory Expansions Systems demo No2. Amazing
graphics! Requires 1MB RAM.
• PDOM 82 - Batman Remix demo. Sampled sounds of Prince's BATMAN.
• PDOM 83 - Space ACE Demo an excellent demo of the game with
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Game Disks
• Pdom90 - Tennis game by C Dreke. Excellent tennis action game
.fully working.
• FFISH252 - Star Trek Trivia V2.0
• FFISH259 - Escape from Jovf V3.0
• PDOM79, PDOM80 and PDOM81 the StarTrek game! An amazing 3 disk
fully working amazing graphics game! Requires 1MB RAM.
• FFISH 205 - Bally the arcade game. Battle Force V3.01 simulated
battle between 2 robots. Chess V2.0.
• SD 21 - Monopoly.
• SOFT 118 - Amoeba Attack. Lander. Gravity Attack. World text
Language Disks
• FFISH 171 - Sobozon C a port of the Atari ST version of this
full K&R C compiler, assembler and linker.Not for the beginner
due to lack of disk info.
• FFISH 193 - Ze VI.01 modified version of the Sobozon c compiler
from disk Ffish 171. It now generates codeeompatible with A68k
assembler and has a front end to allow easier useage.
• FFISH 140 - Stoney Brook PROLOG v2.3.2. SB PROLOG requires 1Mb
of RAM.
• FFISH 143 - RIM V5.0 is a relational database.
• AMP1: Home Business Pack. RIM the relational database and
HvperBase database. Uedit the word processor, spell checkers.
VisiCale and VC spreadsheets.A 3 disk pack for only £7.50!
Commands from an icon.
• FFISH 131 - DFC is a disk copier that multi-tasks. Hyperbase
VI.6 is a database system.
• FFISH 58 - ASDG-rrd a RAM disk that survives reset. BigView
displays any size IFF picture. Egraph creates graphs from X.Y
pair text files. NewZap V3.0 disk sector editor.
• FFISH 244 - BBChampion V3.1 the Boot Block Champion load, save
and analyze boot blocks. Bootlntro VI.2 you specify The
headline text of up to 44 characters and the scrolling text of
upto 300.
• FAUG 67 - Disk X V2.0 the sector editor. Hand Shake VI.06b a
VT100 terminal emulator. Pack It a whole disk compressor.
• FAUG 62 - Access! V2.6 very powerful telecommunications
package.
• FAUG 50 - Dir Util V VI the disk manager.
• APDC 18 - Floppy Disk Utils: Quick Copy VI.0. Disk Mapper. Disk
Salvage. Viruscheck. System Utils: Blitz VI.0 text editor.
TimeSet.
Acalc calculatorAmiga Monitor VI. 1. MeM Grab fast memory grabber.
DirectoryMaster V1.1
• APDC 15 - Icon utilities: full of icon files and creators. Some
animated!Brilliant disk for icon manipulation.
• SOFT 022 - Disk Full of graphic utilities: Clip It! Clip any
part of the screen and save to disk. Filter Pies manipulate
pictures with enhancers, edgedefinition. Colour and size
shifters, plus loads of excellent packages
• APDC 13 - Vdraw VI. 19 brilliant painting program. Rav Tracer
Generator. MCAD VI.2 an object-orientated drawing package. IFF
to pieces jigsaw program. ROT 3D drawing program.
• AMP 3: Graphics Pack: 3 disks SOF123. SOF22 and APDC 13. A 3
disk pack for only £7.50!
• PDOM 65 and PDOM 66 - Red Sector Mega Demo. THE best demo on
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graphics, fabulous sounds, astounding vector graphics!! -
• PDOM 01 - The Walker Demo I is a mega animation demo that
requires 1Mb RAM.
• PDOM 02 - The Walker Demo II the mega mega animation demo that
requires 1Mb RAM.
• PDOM 73 - AGAtron Special disk 10: Star Trek Dry Dock Demo.
Excellent! Mega! Brilliant!Prefers 1Mb RAM. But you will get part of the demo on a l 2Mb RAM.
• PDOM 74 - Star Trek the Starship Enterprise flying around in a
circle.
• PDOM 76 - Agatron Animation 14: Star Trek Shuttle landing on
the SS Enterprise. Prefers 1Mb RAM. But you'll get part of it
on l 2Mb RAM.
Adventure and Bullrun a battle simulation.
• PAN 29B - Amoeba space invaders. CosmoRoids. Stone Age a
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• SOFT 042 - Chinese Checkers excellent version.
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• SOFT 069 - Backgammon. Yahzee, Tvision. Missle Command. Cosmo 2
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• SOFT 117 - Empire. Gravity Wars. Hanoi. Hoekev. Bikoff.
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Most of the disks in this advert actually contain more files than is listed. The ad also only shows a small portion of our catalogue, we have in stock TBAG, AMUSE.APDC, FAUG, Panorama, Amicus, Slipped Disk, The latest Fred Fish and our own PDOM collection, so for details of the service and a free copy of the 56 page bumper catalogue send a Stamped S.A.E. (If you are ordering you will get the latest atalogue).Disk Prices: 1 to 5 disks are .00 each, 6 to 10 disks are £2.75 each and 11 or more disks are only £2.50 each!
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UGA UTILITIES I + II £ 18 00 MEGA W B PROGRAM: PUBLIC DOMAIN FILES: MEGA WB, MEGA WB.DOC When run, Mega WB expands the Workbench work area far beyond the resolution limits of your monitor. In other words, you could have a Workbench area that stretches beyond the edges of your monitor.
Imagine having a work area of 1024 pixels by 512 pixels. Or even, if you have the memory, 3000 pixels by 3000 pixels.
Of course, your monitor or TV can’t display the whole work area in one go, and only shows the usual 640 by 256 image. In effect, you window in on a small area of the Workbench. By moving the pointer towards one of the edges of the screen, you can move around the Mega Workbench area.
Getting Started Double-clicking on the MEGA WB program icon (inside the MEGA WB drawer) from Workbench sets up a default expanded Workbench area of 1024 pixels wide by 512 pixels high. That’s roughly twice the normal Workbench size.
Pressing key F5 from the Coverdisk’s main menu will also set up an expanded Workbench work area of 1024 by 512 pixels.
Follow these instructions if you want to create a custom Workbench area:
• Highlight the MEGA WB program icon by single-clicking on it
from Workbench.
• Click on Info in the Project menu.
(Remember, click and hold the right mouse button to make the Project menu, and all the other menus in the menu bar, appear.)
• You will see a box labelled Tool Types. Inside you will see
Width=1024. Click the pointer somewhere inside the box to get a
cursor. Delete 1024 and type in a value of your choice.
• By clicking on the down-pointing arrow inside the Tool Types
box, Height=512 will appear in place of Width=1024 (or whatever
your new Width value may be). Change the 512 to a value of your
choice.
• Once you’ve made your changes, be sure to click on the SAVE
gadget situated towards the bottom left of the Info box.
Do note, Mega WB won’t work if you try to create work areas that require more memory than your machine is endowed with.
To de-install Mega WB, doubleclick on the MEGA WB program icon. Do ensure that all windows and icons lie inside the standard Workbench area before you try to reduce the Workbench area back to normal.
KEYBIZ PROGRAM: MARK SCHRETLEN FILES: KEYBIZ. KEYBIZ.DOC Here’s a program meant to change your working environment. Fnarr, fnarr. When installed in a multi- Amiga office, managers report dramatic increases in productivity levels yet workers insist that their output has not changed.
Further, all reports that they have developed a certain fondness or attachment to their Amigas and claim that their Amiga is friendlier than ever before. This fondness or friendliness is most frequently reported by more senior office workers who yearn for “the good old days” and frown upon technological advances. Some of these workers even claim substantial reduction in stress levels at work because of Keybiz.
The only real advice we can give is: don't believe the hype.
Getting Started Pressing F7 from the main menu will transport you to the Workbench from where you can run Keybiz simply by clicking on the KEYBIZ icon located inside the KEYBIZ drawer.
Turn up the sound on your monitor or amplifier and continue with your normal work. If you wish to remove Keybiz, click once on the CloseWindow gadget in the Keybiz window that is displayed in the top-left of the screen.
POINTER ANIMATOR PROGRAM: TIM KEMP FILES: POINTERANIMATOR. POINTERANIMATOR.DOC, POINTERSTOPPER. MERGE, AMICHECK, FISH, FLAG, NOSE Haven’t you sickened of the Amiga mouse pointer? It’s so dull, drab, lifeless, inanimate... Pointer Animator to the rescue! Tim Kemp’s excellent program animates the Workbench pointer by substituting its own custom pointer. The pointer image is rapidly changed to give the illusion of animation. The image sequences are standard IFF ILBM files meaning you can easily edit predefined animations and create your own! In addition to the normal three-colour pointer, Pointer
Animator supports a 15-colour affair.
Our eyes are specially designed to detect motion. On a normal Workbench screen with a good contrast between the pointer and display colours, you can easily distinguish the position of the pointer.
On a 32-colour screen, it can be difficult to identify the pointer. Even with very similar colours, an animated pointer is easy to spot.
For a full run-down of how to go about creating your own animated pointer, look at the comprehensive help file. If designing animated pointers seems too much like hard work, there are four examples for you to tinker with on the Coverdisk.
Getting Started To run a pointer animation from the Workbench, all you need to do is double-click on the animation’s icon. Hit key F4 on the keyboard to read the Pointer Animator help and get to the Workbench. From the Workbench enter the POINTERANIMATOR drawer. Inside you will find icons with the names AMICHECK, FISH, FLAG, and NOSE. Double-click on any of those to get an animated pointed. Double-click on POINTERSTOPPER to revert to the standard mouse pointer.
GAMEBUSTERS SPECIAL Yet again Amiga Format brings you a mighty collection of game hacks. This month’s selection of hacks comes from Matthew and Peter Warner, the pokes can only be run by pressing key F6 from the Coverdisk’s main menu and then pressing the appropriate function key when the Game Busters menu appears.
A QUICK WARNING None of these hacks write to disk, but play safe and keep your original game disks write-protected when using them.
MUTANT CAMELS II Infinite shields for the hairy hippy’s manic shoot-em-up. Press FI from the Game Busters menu to run it.
CAPTAIN FIZZ Psygnosis’ game laid bare. Infinite health and credits for the hero of the piece. F2 will get you the goods.
INTERCEPTOR F18 A superb hack giving you infinite missiles and cannon rounds in this monster flight simulator. Press F3 to run.
JOE BLADE 1 There’s no way you can lose with infinite energy and ammo, and permanent enemy uniform. Hit F4 and follow the prompts.
JOE BLADE 2 Infinite energy and time are all you need to blast your way around the enemy fortress.
Button F5 will give you invincibility.
BACKING UP YOUR DISK For many reasons, it is important to make a backup of the Coverdisk as soon as possible. Copying the disk may sound like a complicated task suitable for techno-buffs only, but it is surprisingly simple provided you read the following instructions carefully: USING YOUR FORMAT DISK IMPORTANT! Before using your Amiga Format disk, you should make a back-up of the master disk as soon as possible.
1. First, turn on your machine and load Workbench. Once the
Workbench screen appears and the disk-drive light goes out,
remove your Workbench disk and insert our Coverdisk.
2. Next, click once on the Coverdisk icon and then press the
right mouse-button and the Workbench menus will appear.
Now, while keeping the right mouse-button depressed, move the mouse pointer over to the ‘Workbench’ heading and a menu will drop down. Move the mouse pointer over the ‘duplicate’ menu option and then press the left mouse-button.
3. After a few seconds’ disk access, the Workbench DiskCopy tool
will be loaded and run. Now just follow the onscreen prompts
and your Amiga Format Coverdisk will be copied to a backup
disk. When the machine asks for the destination, insert your
blank disk into the drive. Further instructions are in the
user’s guide that comes with your Amiga.
USING THE PROGRAMS All programs on the Amiga Format disk are specially set up to make them as easy to use as possible. If you can use the Amiga’s Workbench then you can use our Coverdisk! If you do have problems with a program, full instructions on loading and using the programs are included i'n Disk Extra and these should get you up and running. If you still have problems, you should read the documentation file (.DOC) that is included EARN UP TO £8 Name Brief description Address Telephone (Daytime)
(Evenings)...... My program name is Approximate total size of files in kilobytes K (we cannot use programs longer than 200K; shorter submissions, under 100K, stand the best chance of publication). It is a: Technical tool Z Art program IZ Educational Z Other Game Business utility IZ Music program Novelty with every program. To run any of the programs on this month’s Coverdisk, follow a simple procedure: unless specified differently within Disk Extra, just double-click on the program’s icon on the Workbench and it will load and run. Full details on how to use the programs
once they have loaded are inc-luded as a documentation (text) file with the program.
To display a documentation file, just double-click on the appropriate .DOC file and a window will open containing the file’s contents. Pressing the space bar will advance the text a page at a time.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE Unless specifically stated, the programs on the Coverdisk are not in the public domain and the copyright remains with the author. Selling or distributing these programs without the author's permission is against the laws of copyright.
DISK EXTRA HOTLINE 0225 765086 Between 4pm and 6pm on weekdays only Flummoxed by files? Dumfounded by disks?
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Checkl st (please tick): Z Stamped, addressed envelope for return _ README.DOC explanation file on disk ? Printout of README.DOC file (if possible) Name, address, machine type written on label G Disk certified virus free IMPORTANT Please sign this declaration: This program is submitted for publication by Amiga Format. It is wholly my own work and I agree to indemnify Future Publishing against any possible legal action should copyright problems arise.
Signed Date IS YOUR DISK FAULTY?
We have done our best to check that the programs on the Amiga Format Coverdisk are simple to use, error- free and have no known viruses.
However, we cannot normally answer telephone queries on using the software. And we do not accept liability for any consequences of using the programs on the disk.
If your Amiga Format disk is faulty - and out of the tens of thousands duplicated, some are unfortunately bound to be - you should send it back for a free replacement within a month of the cover date to: Amiga Format May Disk Discopy Labs Unit A, West March, London Road, Daventry Northants NN11 4SA.
If your Amiga refuses to accept the disk, try using the DISK-DOCTOR utility on your Workbench disk to rescue it before sending it off for a replacement. Full details of DiskDoctor can be found in the user’s manual that came with your machine.
WARNING!
The game cheats on this month’s Coverdisk are straightforward to use, but please read the instructions in the magazine, and on the disk. Please! If you screw up your game disks - or, indeed, any other disk - because you failed to read any documentation, we have to say it’s your fault. You’re on your own. We cannot be responsible for any damage incurred while using the Gamebusters hacks.
WE WANT YOUR PROGRAM If you’ve got any programs for the Amiga which you think other readers would find useful, interesting or amusing, we’d very much like to know about them.
1. Make sure your program is foolproof to use. 2. Create a file
called README.DOC on the disk which explains exactly how to
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Space... the final frontier. These are the voyages of blah, blah, blah. Like the countless episodes of the cult series which appears to have gone way past its five-year deadline, there seem to be countless games based on the Star Trek theme. Unfortunately few of the Star Trek games have attracted cult followings and there’s little chance of them ever becoming classics.
Now feast your eyes on the latest Star Trek game, a two-disk PD extravaganza offering you the Universe to explore. It’s a huge game; brilliantly complex, stunningly detailed and enormously playable. Superlatives over, here’s the rest of the story.
You’re in control of the Enterprise (no surprises there) and can run from deck to deck shouting your orders and deciding where in the Universe to go. From time to time you will get missions from Starfleet HQ which you must complete. As in Elite, you can trade with planets and battle with any aliens you feel like wasting.
The game runs on a 512K machine; 1Mbyte is recommended because you lose many of the excellent sampled sounds on a less well-endowed machine. Still, ifs better than no game at all.
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STAR TREK • gts Icontools is a collection of hacks rather than
a single utility. The utilities exploit areas of .info files
(icon image files) that the current version of Workbench
fails to clear or reset upon loading the icon.
Fix allows you to specify the two colours that appear in the borders of the Workbench windows, Lift lets you position the filename anywhere in the icon’s immediate vicinity and Center will position the filename in the middle of the icon.
While the hacks work with existing Workbench versions, there is no absolute guarantee that this will be the case with Workbench 1.4 and beyond.
MOUSECLOCK Fish 279 You've probably seen hundreds of utilities for displaying the time, date and possibly even amount of available memory; but you’re .guaranteed not to have seen anything as exotic as MouseClock. The utility combines a time, date, chip memory and fast memory display to the right of the mouse pointer.
The display sprite follows the of scrolling a message. Huge lettering spiralsgently upwards.
The effect is brilliant. And that music sounds very familiar indeed... Nice one chaps, but was there really any need for the BOB bit at the end?
PHENOMENA - This one has appeared in the PD pages previously. It’s the demo with a huge graphic of a helicopter flying in a jungle. Most impressive.
PUBLIC ENEMIES - Hmmm, what a strange opening sequence. It's the sort of thing Jason Holborn would appreciate.
After the first bits are over you can steer a grid in any direction.
Novel, to say the least.
VISION FACTORY - Yet another interactive demo. This time you get to navigate a space craft over a load of bushes. Nuff said.
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COMPLEX - Funky music plays while an enormous vector grid spins. The grid can be controlled by your good self. Well, at least it's an interactive demo. It’s marginally better than just looking and listening.
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FRAXION - Wow! An original way Marvel at what your Amiga can really do!
INTROS 29 1 7Bit 585 More mini demo mayhem from the likes of Brain Storm, Complex, Disknet, Dmob, Poison and Vision Factory.
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AVAILM E M
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Pointer as it moves round the screen. It’s amazing, and probably the most convenient place for such information.
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HOME FINANCE COLLECTION Softville a p d c 2 4 On this disk you'll find a collection of terrific home finance programs including the following: With ARTM you can meddle with task priorities and even kill off runaway tasks, should the desire take you or the need arise.
V I S I C A L C
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Visicalc is little different from established spreadsheets like Lotus 1-2-3; you’re presented with a grid of rows and columns into which you may put labels, expressions or data.
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ARTM FISH 277 Here’s one for technophiles.
Amiga Real Time Monitor (ARTM) displays and controls multitasking activities in your Amiga. You can list all tasks occurring in your Amiga, select any one of them and either remove it or change the priority that it currently has.
In addition all libraries, devices, resources and ports can be displayed and - where applicable - can be removed or have their priority changed. Vectors, interrupts and residents can also be displayed and toyed with.
A powerful tool in the right hands. A guru-inducing program in the hands of the careless.¦ Not content with your mouse?
Well, now there is an alternative. MAFF EVANS checks out two of the possibilities.
The Amiga mouse is a sweet little thing. Rolling around the desk doing what it’s told, getting things that it picks up off the surface clogged around the ball, getting its wire caught around objects, running out of room just before the pointer reaches its target. Well, there is one simple solution - a trackball.
A trackball is basically a mouse on its back which sits on the desk next to your machine. Although it may not seem like the greatest idea in the world to switch to using a trackball rather than a mouse, there are a few benefits to be found. For one, it stands less chance of its wire getting caught around things - which can be dodgy if the object in question happens to be something like a cup of coffee. Just try unsticking your keyboard once some hot drink has been tipped across it!
Another advantage is that you don’t need a clear space to use it.
Imagine a musician on stage with his Amiga running a sequencer. The musician has all his gear rack-mounted up, so there isn’t a great deal of space to use a mouse. What does he do? Bung a trackball on the top of the machine and hey presto - full control in a much-reduced space!
So now you all want to get hold of one. But what are the alternatives?
This month, two trackballs wended their way into the Amiga Format office, so here’s a brief appraisal of how the pair performed.
FT-100 TRACKER The first up for inspection is from HB Marketing, long renowned for their involvement in the serious side of the Amiga. The trackball itself is designed to blend in with the Amiga design- scheme, being the same colours and similarly-shaped so that it sits prettily next to the machine.
As well as the roller, the device has two buttons, placed to the*left of the ball, which act as the mouse's left and right buttons.
The makers have also included a unique device to relieve the user of the old ‘twisted wrist’ syndrome endured while ‘clicking and dragging’ with the trackball. By flicking a switch at the back of the tracker, a third button beneath the other two can be clicked once to simulate the left button being held down while the pointer is moved. Pressing the button a second time ‘releases’ the mode.
This is supposed to make it easier for the user to operate the trackball, but for those of us (including me) who are left-handed, this causes more problems than simply having the buttons in the corners. The roller itself didn’t fare too well either. At times it refused to cooperate at all, leaving the pointer to either wander hopelessly off course or just stick in the middle of the screen. This is a shame, since the ‘drag mode’ is a good idea which is unfortunately wasted on a dodgy trackball.
FT-100 TRACKER ¦ All Amigas ¦ Price TBA HB Marketing, Unit 3, Poyle 14, Newlands Drive, Colnbrook, Berkshire SL3 ODX. Tel: 0753 686000. Fax: 0753 680343 ATARI TRAK-BALL Having gained a good reputation in the Atari 8-bit community, Atari’s classic trackball has arrived in an Amiga version. Being somewhat larger than the FT-100, the Trak-Ball is a big, omi- nous-looking black plastic affair with a large roller-ball in the centre and two heavy-duty buttons in the top corner.
Personally, I prefer this ‘traditional’ layout to HB’s fancier design, as it's not so easy to forget which button is which - actually it's quite obvious which is which! The roller itself is superb. The smooth and free motion moves the pointer easily across the screen with little effort, so that precision movements can be made quickly and easily.
In Si fhe Atari Trak-Ball is the one to go for: it just goes to show, just because a product is old, doesn't necessarily mean it’s bad. In fact, it could become a classic!
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Even today, with powerful Pcs coming in at ten a penny, modern CAD systems have advanced to require even greater levels of performance from the host hardware. With such steep processing requirements, it seems that the CAD user on a tight budget is still cut off from the technology that is required. Does a low-cost computer exist that can finally bring the power of the modern CAD system to the masses? Of course it does - and its name is Amiga.
The Amiga has created quite a storm in the low- The combination of high-resolu- tion screen modes and fast graphics processing have put the Amiga at the forefront of low-cost computer aided design. No other computer at the price can hope to compare to the CAD potential that the Amiga offers.
Even a comparable PC CAD system could end up costing you well over twice the price of an Amiga CAD system, while still failing to deliver many of the extras the Amiga is famous for.
End CAD market. JASON HOLBORN takes a look at the latest arrival on the scene, UltraDesign.
Amiga and X-CAD combination, Commodore have been pushing the system heavily.
Latest arrival in the Amiga CAD field is UltraDesign, from the US company Progressive Peripherals and Software. Progressive, who are better known for their successful image-pro- cessing package PIXmate and the Marcam FrameGrabber, were also responsible for the budget CAD system, IntroCAD. Although IntroCAD was far from professional, it paved the way for this latest release.
Designer Software UltraDesign is a professional-standard computer aided design package designed to compete against the likes of Amiga X-CAD Professional and AutoDesk’s industry-standard PC CAD system, AutoCAD.
The UltraDesign system consists of three separate programs: the UltraDesign editor itself, a printing utility called PasteUp and CADverter, a very handy little utility to allow you to convert CAD files from other systems for use within UltraDesign.
The UltraDesign main screen consists of a single window, which is your view of your drawing. Like all CAD systems, your drawings can be considerably larger than can be displayed on the monitor screen. However, UltraDesign uses a ‘viewport’ system that provides a ‘window’ on this larger workspace. It is possible to zoom right out to display the entire workspace within the current viewport, as well as being able to zoom in to examine the most intrictate items.
Depending on which drawing mode is currently selected, a row of icons runs down the left-hand side of The Amiga’s ace card is undoubtedly its multitasking capabilities.
Many established CAD users have switched to the Amiga from systems costing many thousands of pounds for this very reason.
CAD applications are heavily processor intensive, so anything that saves time can also save money.
Particularly time-wasteful is printing.
Using a conventional pen plotter, dumping a complex drawing can take a long time: time in which the computer is rendered useless. With the Amiga, the user can carry on working during the printing process.
The cornerstone of the Amiga CAD revolution has undoubtedly been one package - CADVision's X-CAD Professional. This single package has done more to promote the Amiga as a serious contender within the CAD market than any other package.
Realising the sales potential of the favour of UltraDesign. Although standards exist within the CAD world, CAD file formats are numerous. To make the transistion between old and new considerably less painful, UltraDesign includes a very handy file conversion utility called CADverter.
This utility allows you to convert to and from different CAD file formats. File formats supported include the industry-standard DXF format as used by AutoDesk’s AutoCAD system on the PC-compatibles, Hewlett-Packard’s HPGL, Roland’s DXY, Progressive’s own IntroCAD system and Aegis’ Draw.
The Amiga IFF file format has made life so easy for Amiga owners, that the ability to share files between applications from different software producers is taken almost for granted.
However, start using another computer and you’ll soon realise how unusual the Amiga is - nowhere else within the computer industry will you find a computer that has such a high level of data portability.
Because the Amiga is a fairly new arrival within the CAD market, it would be rather unreasonable of Progressive to expect existing CAD users to scrap all their previous work in the screen. Selecting a particular drawing operation is simply a matter of choosing the appropriate drawing mode and then clicking once on the relevant icon. UltraDesign's drawing modes are split into distinct sections
- Lines, Circles or Ellipses, Text, Dimensioning and Filling or
Hatching.
Drawing Tools UltraDesign features all the standard CAD operations, plus a few more of its own. As well as the usual tools to create and edit objects, UltraDesign adds a few new tricks of its own.
Drawing tools include circles, ellipses, boxes, multiple lines, arcs, arrowheads, ellipse rotation, filleting, razor lines and rubber-banding.
Positioning the cursor at the exact coordinates that you require can be a fiddly and often frustrating process. UltraDesign gets around this with the inclusion of a Seek To... option which attempts to place the cursor at the exact point that you require. All you have to do is to move the cross-hair close to the desired location and click the mouse button - UltraDesign will try to lock the cursor to the nearest object that meets specified criteria.
UltraDesign drawings aren’t just limited to boring wireframe diagrams.
Using a system called Hatching, any specified area may be filled with either a solid colour or a fill pattern.
To aid the process of producing fill patterns, UltraDesign includes a versatile tool to make the previously tedious task of producing hatch files considerably quicker and easier.
Get Layered!
Layers are an all-important aspect of any CAD system. The use of layers allows any drawing to be split up into several overlaying sections. This is particarly useful with complex drawings, as individual elements can be PRINTER Printing isn't handled directly by the UltraDesign program - instead your drawings must be saved out to disk and then imported into a separate printing utility called PasteUp.
According to Progressive, PasteUp represents a new dimension in producing hard copies of CAD drawings. The program allows the arrangement of any number of drawings onto a single page, in a very similar manner to a desktop publishing program. Drawings can be presented in exact scale, at any angular rotation. Even if the output device (printer, to you and me) cannot handle the printing of large- scale diagrams, the PasteUp program features a postering facility which will split the page up into several pages to be joined after printing.
PasteUp supports a whole range of different output devices and formats including standard Preference-supported printers. If you are using a dot matrix Preference printer, PasteUp will isolated from the rest of the drawing.
Thankfully, UltraDesign is particularly well-endowed in the layers department - it allows up to 65,536 different layers to be used. I challenge you to use that lot at once!
Text is particularly well handled within UltraDesign. Once defined, a line of text can be pasted down, rotated, reversed, flipped, inverted and scaled with ease. By default, two different font types are available to SUPPORT print at the highest possible resolution. Other printers supported include drivers for the Hewlett-Packard, Houston Instruments and Roland plotting languages.
However, most exciting of all is UltraDesign's support for both the Encapsulated (EPS) and standard PostScript languages. Not only can your drawings be output to professional printing devices such as laser printers and Linotronic imagesetters, but UltraDesign can be used to prepare images for other Amiga packages.
Probably the most common use of this facility becomes apparent with a package such as Professional Page 1.3. Now that ProPage supports the importation of EPS files, UltraDesign drawings can be pulled straight onto the page of your DTP documents. This option alone makes UltraDesign equally useful for DTP work as it is for CAD applications.
Every drawing. However, the UltraDesign disks contain a further eighteen different fonts which may be loaded into the program and used.
Structured fonts do use an awful lot of memory, however, so you are well advised to use them sparingly if you don’t want to see your hard disk filling up very rapidly.
Because of the complexity of structured fonts, they can take a long time to be drawn - each character has to be drawn as a series of lines.
However, UltraDesign gets around this time-wasting process with the impementation of a special Qtext module which speeds up text rendering considerably.
Conclusion With the arrival of UltraDesign, the Amiga’s potential as a serious CAD workstation has risen to even greater heights. Although the package is not as immediately useable as its main competitor, X-CAD, it offers many extras that should earn Progressive’s product many devoted followers.
Particularly impressive among these are both the PasteUp and CADverter modules, described in the box-outs on this page and the previous page, which only go to prove that Progressive certainly have been listening to the ideas and comments of their intended user base.
To many of us, particularly home users, the price of UltraDesign may seem rather steep, but you must take into consideration that similar packages on other systems will set you back considerably more.
However, even at this relatively low price UltraDesign is undoubtedly aimed at the professional user blessed with lots of RAM, Flicker Fixer boards, high-resolution plotters etc. If you’re a budding amateur, a better bet is almost certainly CADVision’s budget X-CAD, X-CAD Designer.
For the professional user, not only is UltraDesign a true alternative to X-CAD, but also DTP users who require a drafting program to produce diagrams and the like for their page layouts may well want to check out this impressive product.
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16 BIT CENTRE Unit 17, Lancashire Fittings Science Village Claro Road, Harrogate Hgl 4AF Tel (0423) 531822 526322 Igplfl HE III ¦ ¦ JON BATES looks over two new offerings from Dr T: the Copyist scoring software and KCS v3, yet another sequencing package... THE KEYBOARD CONTROLLED SEQUENCER V 3 . 0 KCS v 3.0 has three operational pages plus several host routines programs that can inter-react and control certain areas. The three main operation modes go by the names Track, Song and Open.
Heart of the KCS is the main Track page. You get a screen display of 48 tracks, awaiting your input, which occupy the top half of the screen. The bottom half is divided into three. Real-time quantize, flip to edit, MIDI re-channeling, track control et cetera are taken care of in the left- hand column. The right-hand column copies, erases, over-records and jumps to any of six cue points. The centre section is the ‘tape transport’ controls - in other words the fast forward, rewind, play, pause, stop, record - plus the metronome and location counter in not only bars and beats but also time
elapsed.
The status of each track is noted
- that is, solo or muted - and as soon as you finish recording
one track the record option jumps to the next available track
so that you can carry on without interruption.
If, however, you decide that your last effort was no good the ‘R-Rec’ option will halt operations in midstream and s:art you off again. A subtler version of this is the ‘X-Last’ which, rather like the similarly- branded laxative, purges the system of your last efforts!
The tempo has an expanded or compressed range. Nothing mysterious here, just that you can either have normal metronome speeds of 40 to 240 beats per minute or you can go weird and demand tempos from 10 to
999. Tempos are adjusted by dragging the slider bar, clicking
the arrows either end of the bar or using the qwerty keys
which cause the tempo to jump in a pre-defined ratio.
Also on screen as opposed to menu are the basic MIDI filters for controllers and aftertouch which ABOVE: The Track Screen. 48 tracks simultaneously plus lots of handy icon controls.
...X BELOW: Track Editing.
The events are listed (yawn) down the left hand side and com* mands on the right.
Dr. T's Level II - version 3.
M 0 Hane: Percuss Events left: 17783 O Backup Q Clone Track O ill Tracks To Seq O mart O Seq To fill Tracks O fidjus?
? Split O Cut ? Copy ? Delete Track Oci5tf ? Clear fill Tracks ? Delete O Erase ? Master Edit ? KVG O Get Backup ? Flay Screer, O "in- ? OPEN *oOe O Calc ? SCNG code ? Undo 131]33illlllllll -1 13 1 1972 1 ON C 6 107 11
- 2 13 2 24 1 ON G 5 78 5
- 3 1 3 12 1 ON An 5 189 17
- 3 19 4 18 1 ON C 6 94 5
- 4 19 5 24 1 ON C 6 92 5
- 1 1 6 6 1 ON F 5 92 5
- 1 13 7 12 1 ON F 5 92 5
- 2 13 8 24 1 ON F 5 82 5
- 3 1 9 12 1 ON G 5 104 17
- 3 19 10 18 1 ON Att 5 109 5
- 1 13 11 42 1 ON C 6 104 5
- 2 13 12 24 1 ON G 5 86 5
- 3 1 13 12 1 ON Att 5 188 17
- 3 19 14 18 1 ON C 6 92 5
- 4 19 15 24 1 ON c 6 90 5
- 1 1 16 6 1 ON F 5 78 5
- 1 13 17 12 1 ON F 5 92 5
- 2 13 18 24 1 ON F 5 86 5
- 3 1 19 12 1 ON G 5 104 5
- 3 7 28 6 1 ON Att 5 100 5 MESSAGES: another sequencing package?
You may well ask ‘Does the world really need another music
sequencing package for the Amiga?’ One could ask a similar
question of car manufacturers when they release a new product
and their answer is, of course, ‘Yes’ every time.
The market does not get any smaller: in fact, it is now widely known that Commodore UK are not only throwing in music sequencing packages as part of their ‘Class of the 90's’ education bundle but are also trying in earnest to squeeze their product into more professional music studios. Proof of an expanding serious market as well as increasing home use. The bundled sequencing package is Dr T’s MRS, the Spartan child of KCS.
Two Programs... So what have we here? What’s in the spotlight on the test-bench this month? Well, the Copyist notation program is one of the few pieces of scoring software for the Amiga and so it gets a good going over later in these pages. The sequencing package - the Keyboard Controlled Sequencer, better known as KCS - has been around since the dawn of the first cheap 16-bit home computer.
Updates have been both regular and vigorous and now the latest Amiga version is available.
To call it merely a sequencer is hardly fair, because extras have been bolted onto the original that take it from being a mundane workaday sequencer to a multi-talented system that only stops short of making the tea. If you know and have used the software bear with us in the following review while we outline the way in which the package works. The additions will be highlighted for you to drool over later.
...Beat as One Both programs can co-exist, obviously, but here’s the twist. Dr T have what is known as a Multi Program Environment which will cause one program to hook into another and interreact. In fact, they claim that up to 19 programs can co-exist and inter-react: if they are Dr T programs, that is.
Methinks a wardrobe full of RAM will be necessary for this as both the programs under review use one meg: for these two to run happily 2Mb RAM is the minimum and even more is going to be needed if you think of RAM disk storage for temporary files.
Song 8: 1 Events left: ? Clow Song ? Seng To Seq O Song To Tracks O fcperid ? Oflete Song O Flag Sc peer O TshCK Slay O TWO Edit ? Open no* ware Thru switch and on most other pieces of sequencing software it is called thus. The option for actually merging recorded tracks is called up from menu.
Think about Sync If you are planning to use KCS synchronized to other pieces of equipment then I should inform you that KCS will synchronize to most things in most ways. As a formality it obeys MIDI sync and song position pointer. It will also configure itself to work with incoming SMPTE code thanks to a host program called Phantom and it will send a special set of MIDI-exclusive commands to a Fostex R8 eight track recorder and slave it up to the screen control panel: you rewind the sequencer and the R8 rewinds as can be recorded on it. This is generated by a time-code generator and
reader which is a separate (and not a cheap) piece of hardware. This time code is then read from the tape and transformed by the hardware box into code that the sequencer can understand. In this case the tape is controlling the sequencer speed and possibly the location too. The time code is usually SMPTE although it could be FSK, a much simpler ersatz code. The subject is complex; more to follow in this column at a future date.
Although there is ample scope for a tutorial on this subject, a few quick explanations about synchronization and its whys and wherefores might not go amiss right here and now.
Synchronization is the locking together of one or more devices so that they work together. For instance, you might have a software sequencer and drum machine locked together by MIDI Clocks - a simple process where you ask the drum machine to listen out for the clock speed sent from the sequencer and to ignore its save on memory usage and simplify the data that is going in.
Punch It Up!
Replacing sections of tracks is achieved with the usual ‘punch’ button. Again on the main page as an icon, it lets you set the points at which you will enter and depart from record in the track. Cleverly, it automatically puts the new section onto a spare track and mutes the original section: thus you never actually lose data until you are happy with the new section.
Several other smart routines enable you to copy or erase new data from track to track and to retain the punch cue marks or have new ones for each track. There is also a more * complex live-edit mode which allows you to delete notes from a track or alter their velocities in real time as the track is playing. In total there are no less than 17 track functions, like punch, mute, etc. which should keep you occupied for some time to come.
Shift It!
There are many ways of transfiguring one set of MIDI data into another. This is another way of saying that data such as velocity can be converted into volume data, or vica versa, to create accents from, say, a pitch bend or modulation wheel.
You can also delay or pre-delay tracks. This is known as ‘shift’ and each track can be shifted in time forwards or backwards. The amount you can do it by is limited to three settings and notes shuffled off the end of the track are not sounded. This is often used for creating echo effects but I have to say that here it is a bit limited in application.
All the usual sequencing functions of naming tracks, swapping track location, erasing tracks are on hand.
One oddity is that the Merge function in fact merges incoming and outgoing MIDI data - in other words it is a soft- own internal clock. Not only will sequencer and drum machine work at the same rate but also they will stop and start together.
The Fostex R8 multi-track tape recorder is a clever gadget that has a ‘MIDI In’ port that will read incoming MIDI codes and thus perform the same functions, that of slaving the transport controls to a sequencer. But to run an ordinary tape recorder ‘in sync’ with a sequencer is a little bit more fiddly. One of the tracks on the tape has to be sacrificed so that a time code THAT SYNCING FEELING Edit Problems?
The edit screen for track mode has only one basic form of editing, of the ‘data-stream’ type. Down the left hand half of the screen is all the data for each event. Although this is an extremely accurate method, there are several things about it that I find a bit of a bind. First of all, it is entirely in the form of numbers and so as a trained musician I find it awkward to visualise what the bar and pattern should be like. Even a graphic display would help and it is far quicker to work with graphics than numbers.
For example, the duration value of all notes and events, expressed as a number, bears very little relationship to what the musician can hear or visualise: although there is a sort of ‘help’ option that roughly abbreviates the name of the closest note value.
The rests between the notes are specified as a number between 0 to 65535, again fairly meaningless. The notes are named, thankfully, but again
- why not display them? Even if you have never used a musical
instrument before and so have no preconceptions, you would
find this a neuralgic nightmare.
On the plus side is the tremendous amount of word-processor-type functions that you can perform in edit mode: cutting and pasting, splitting, creating back-up sequences, and so on. You can alter any of the data well. The same goes for play, fast forward and reverse since the R8 is kitted out with a MIDI In port. Obviously, to get the maximum benefit from this labour-saving routine KCS and the multi-track recorder need to be locked in sync - see That Syncing Feeling’ below.
Keep on the Track At first in Track mode you have to take a little care since the right-hand mouse button, which usually opens up the menu bar, is a controller in its own right in the active area of the screen. The menus carry an enormous variety of options, like copy all tracks to a sequence on the Open sequencer page, go to any bar, alternate ways of setting cue points, clear tracks, merge tracks, auto loop and record, and mute last recording, which is essential when trying out various ‘takes’ of solos.
One peculiar feature of the KCS is that the length of Track One is taken to be the length of the whole section. You can override that by specifying the track length from a menu option, but this is a method that I have never felt happy with because it predefines something that you may wish to override at a later stage. OK, you can stitch various sequences together but that tends to be repair after the damage rather than inspired work at the time of creation.
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KCS v3 has a variable number of PPQ to define its accuracy. The default is 240 but it will go as high as 384, which is pretty good. However, tucked away in the back of the copious and corpulent manual is a little warning which recommends no higher setting than 240 BPM.
The reason for this is that the timing will eventually suffer: the program uses the gaps between events to run around and to do its work ready for the next output. With this time cut down and larger numbers to crunch there will be a tendency for the notes to start disappearing up their own points of exit (!)
And for the software to suffer with severe stres from overwork, at which point it will probably take to its bed and wheeze weakly for a bit.
Cutting the length of segments would have to be done in either the Open or Track mode before linking them together. Loop points can be set as can channel mute and solo. You can also alter the order in which the segments play back as you are going along.
A couple of neat features are the step time mode, which takes the form of a list of events which you type in - you can set up parameters and insert from the host keyboard as well. The other is the program’s use of the IFF voices available to the Amiga sound chip. It can load up to 16 voices and access any four of them at any one time. The option for this is taken from the environment menu. They are alterable and touch sensitive and can be set for any range of notes.
Extra! Extra!
Onward to the extra goodies that come with KCS v3.
Automix: The first is ‘Automix’, basically a screen full of active faders which will first of all control relative volumes of MIDI equipment but can also be adapted to any area you would like to control.
PVG: The second addition is a complex beast and is almost a composing tool with artificial intelligence.
Almost, but not quite. I have to confess that to dig into its hidden depths fields en bloc or individually. It is also very easy to flip to another track without exiting the edit mode and hear any highlighted events.
In Track mode you only hear the track you are working on, so to edit and hear all the tracks together you have to go to Open edit mode. This is also where you would globally cut and edit events.
Gone for a Song The Song Mode is fairly straightforward. Any amount of track sections can be mixed onto a sequence which in turn can be chained up to form a song. Up to 100 small sequences, called segments, can be linked to together in a multiplicity of ways.
However, it would seem that any alterations such as transposition and would take an indeterminate amount of time, but the principle is that it takes particular areas such as note values, velocities, pitches, time, pitch- bend etc, and subjects them to some fairly heavy-duty mathematical logic controls in an attempt to create a structured chaos out of which comes a new order - which is pretty philosophical for a mere sequencing tool!
You can create macro controls that can be called up so that you can, say, transpose a tune into a different scale, or alter the logic of its accents and timing. The name given to this gadget is the Programmable Variations Generator and Master Editor - PVG for short. It can create rhythmic cycles that build up and edit preset fields, with the Master Editor keeping a tight rein on the whole play- There is always much bragging in any sequencer literature as to the amount of PPQ it has - that is, the accuracy to which it will record each note.
What happens is that the software breaks down each quarter note (crotchet) into a specified number of clock pulses; you could perhaps think of this as e clock ticking, the greater the number of ticks given to a second the greater the accuracy of the clock. This is the case with MIDI sequencers. Ppq, by the way, stands for Pulses Per Quarter note. Subtle nuances back process. It is pretty complex and a bit unmusical at first but rather interesting after a while.
Conclusions In the space we have available it is not possible to cover all the KCS features in great depth, but at least most of them have had a mention.
One of the benefits of having a well tried-and-market-tested piece of software is that you have all the options, bol:-ons and ways of processing data that the marketplace has demanded.
I would guess that for most of the main functions there are at least two methods of operating them and possibly twice as many variations on the way that they operate. On the other hand it will take you a very long time indeed to exhaust the possibilities and know the alleyways of this program in detail which, if you are a newcomer to the field, could be a daunting task.
To sum the program up; it comes from a long line of KCS software and so has many refinements. However it seems a shame that despite its many and varied innovative features the editing seems to be rather behind the times as far as editing display goes; you have to type in every single editing detail. Nevertheless it is a powerful force to be reckoned with and is a well tried and tested professional tool.
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Ok, you can’t spot the difference between this and Track Edit: well it’s a bit more subtle than a News of the World competition as you have to look at the MIDI channels which are mixed proving that it is more than one track mixed together.
LEFT: Track Editing.
The events are listed (yawn) down the left hand side and commands on the right.
RIGHT: Part off the 8*page Help section.
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s. ... i 7 t COPYIST APPRENTICE As part of the Multi Program
Environment the Copyist Apprentice will take KCS files
directly, if they are both resident and running, and turn them
into a score which you can edit and print out. It can also
work in other ways. You can use it as a stand-alone music
entry system, rather like a music typewriter, or you-can load
in MIDI files which it will turn into notation. It will also
work with SMUS files to ensure compatibility with more
low-budget sequencers like DMCS.
The reality is " that you could well paint .. yourself into a corner as far as memory space is concerned. For KCS and Copyist to co-exist requires 2Mbyte of RAM. If you opt to store temporary files in RAM disk, that will require more. You could store temporary files (that is, those that are created by Copyist from KCS, MIDI or SMUS prior to conversion to notation) on a disk drive but it is very slow.
Setting the Score On booting up you choose where the temporary work files are stored and the resolution to see the score in.
Then it's down to scoring. The program will work on up to 12 staves at a time and the notes are entered, altered and edited by a combination of either menu options, alphanumeric keys and cursor.
Thankfully there are help pages on hand, because learning your way through the keystrokes could take a bit of time, even though the essential ones are the initials of the note or sign in reverse. Instead of dragging notes and symbols from a graphic menu you have to define the note and enter it; perhaps the former is intuitively quicker.
As a short cut you can have notes before and after or vertically aligned with the first note from simple keystrokes. It has all the logic of beaming and linking notes together where required and supports guitar and percussion notation. Entering text, lyrics and headings seems to be no problem either, although you do have to place them on the page yourself rather than the ‘auto lyric’ option often used in notation programs.
Copyist will notate all time signatures, clefs, signs and symbols, put notes of different values on the same beam, and position slurs, ties, expression markings, grace notes and ornaments.
Once all is in, then, it is print-out time. Copyist supports Epson and Laser with the option to route the output through the chosen Amiga print driver. However it pulls the score in and out page by page and this is a mite frustrating. Niceties like page numbering and headings seem to be missing from the Apprentice’s menu.
Its way of working I felt was not the most user friendly and it would have been nice to get a minature version of the page you are working on but nevertheless it is a well-thought through package. It main failing is the quality of the score itself. All the Sinple symbols: Sharp: s Natural: n Dot: d Half note head: h Snail white note! H DruM note head: X Black dianond: v Upper bean: Piano Marking: P Mezzo Marking: M Staff: S Nunerals: 0 Open string: CoMposite symbols: TAKE IT AWAY WOLFIE lie'-* ' II - Synbols e Press ESC to exit HELP 4 a “ f -- I ?to Hximai wtocr ft riffi • ka ton mctoi.
1 « • 1 i V: 49 Mode: Text ?g I of 2 symbols and notes seem a bit emaciated and there seemed no way of setting a heavier or thicker typeface.
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for express airmail MODULATED MONITOR Anyone who uses the
Amiga with a TV modulator will know what that the picture
quality is far from satisfactory. Although the Amiga
produces beautiful screen displays, these are let down by the
poor quality of Commodore’s A520 TV modulator.
However, there is a way to improve picture quality substantially by channelling the output from the TV modulator into an aerial booster amplifier (intended for use with indoor TV aerials).
These devices can be bought for around £15 from most electric stores, such as Tandy. The resulting picture almost matches that obtainable from a proper monitor.
We all need a little help once in a while, especially with a machine as complex as the Amiga. JASON HOLBORN passes on the best advice.
Nathanael Inteson Meersbrook, Sheffield effort! On the Star LC-10, this adjustment is carried out using a small lever located at the left-hand side of the metal bar on which the print head travels. If in doubt about its location, refer to the manual that (with any luck at all) came with your printer.
This adjustment can make a surprising improvement in print quality, Fhave found that the different density settings in Preferences tend to require different gap settings to obtain good results.
3. Remember to use a white background colour or select
‘negative’ in Preferences in order to save wear on your
printer ribbon (not to mention your ears!!)
A J Edmonds Latchford, Warrington DIGIVIEW DISTORTION EPSON DRIVER TIPS Here’s a couple of scorching hints which will help you get a decent graphics printout from an EpsonX- cornpatible printer.
1. Check the current density settings within Preferences - if
you are using density 1 or 3 then watch out, because the
paper-type setting affects the line-feed distance, leaving
gaps between lines!
If the paper type is set to single, then the line feed must equal the number of dots printed minus one third of a dot.
The wrong value here can result in horrible horizontal banding, which can make your printouts look pretty awful! The best way of working out the ideal setting for your printer is simple - just experiment with it.
2. Try checking the printing gap setting in the printer. Don’t be
put oft by having to delve inside your printer - the results
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Only do you get your name in print, but you could even be the lucky winner of fifty quid!
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Put your tips and advice for other readers in the post now and send them to this address: WORKBENCH, AMIGA FORMAT, 30 MONMOUTH STREET, BATH BA1 2 A P. Get writing straight away!
We know that our readers are an intelligent lot who can provide an absolute mountain of tips, tricks and general goodies to make life a bit more bearable for those us not blessed with brains the size of a planet.
If you have a scorcher of a tip - it can be about practically anything to do with the Amiga - then we want to hear from you. If your tip is the best of the month, then not Here’s a handy tip for anyone using NewTek's Digi-View video digitiser with a colour video camera. If you are suffering from colour signal distortion interfering with the digitiser (which normally expects a mono signal such as that produced by the Hitachi MV-720k camera) and you’re not afraid to do a little wiring, then help is at hand. The following modification will turn the colour signal from your camera into
glorious monochrome (don’t worry, no modification is required to the actual camera).
All you need is an 8 ohm loudspeaker like those found in old transistor radios. Failing that, pop along to your local electrical spares store (such as Tandy), who should be able to help you.
1. First, of course, turn off all power to the digitiser.
2. Next, get hold of a spare video lead and cut it in half. The
cable will contain a central core and a braided outer sleeve -
strip an inch or two back from either side of the break.
3. Connect the central core from one half to one loudspeaker
terminal, and the other central core to the other terminal.
Join the two ends of braid together.
4. Check that there are no short circuits - wrap some insulating
tape around the braided join just to make sure.
5. Turn on the power and connect the video directly into the
back of your Amiga monitor, if you have one. Flick the CVBS
switch and the video picture should appear... minus colour. If
so, the camera should now work much better with Digi-View.
If nothing works, check your wiring. It’s worth saying that, at video frequencies, electrical components such as loudspeakers can act as complex components and even those with identical impendances may give varying results.
Michael Lax King’s Heath, Birmingham PROBLEMS WITH NOTEPAD was most interested in your article in last months magazine entitled ‘Stand Alone NotePad’. This, I thought, was precisely what I needed and therefore decided to try the tip. However, having followed the instructions word for word (several times), I was unable to get the tip to actually work.
Jt jfloteps* = Having problems with your stand alone NotePad?
Every time I attempted to type in the commands listed within the article, all I ever got was an error Object not found. Are there any mistakes within this article, or is there something wrong with my computer?
Have problems with our ‘Stand Alone NotePad9 tip? Read on!
Albert Evans Newport Oops! Deary me, we did make a bit of a boo boo in last month’s Workbench. As all you frustrated tipsters you tried the Stand Alone NotePad tip will already have found out, the tip doesn’t actually, as such, in practise, urn... er... work. The problem isn’t with the actual tip itself (Jason's tips always work - that’s what Jason says anyway), but several printing errors managed to creep in after the text file left Jason’s word processor (as anyone who knows him will agree, Jason never accepts responsibility for anything!)
The first printing error cropped up in nearly all the ‘copy’ commands that appear at the bottom of the first column. Those of you who know AmigaDOS sufficiently well will probably have spotted it straight away - the exclamation marks should actually be vertical bar symbols (T). All you have to do is to substitute every exclamation mark with a vertical bar and you’re away. For example, the first line that features this error currently reads Copy C:Copy!MakeDir!lnstall!Ed RAM:, this should read Copy C:CopylMakeDirllnstalllEd RAM:.
The second printing mistake can be found in the line that reads MakeDir DFO:DEVS:Printers.
Anyone who knows AmigaDOS fairly well will probably have already spotted the mistake - the second colon (':') should actually be a backslash symbol (’ ). The line should now read MakeDir DFO:DEVS Printers. To be certain, we tried the tip again and hopefully it should work (honest guv).
MAKING THE MOST OF MACROS Macros can be wonderful things. If applied correctly, a simple macro can not only save you many hours of typing, but can also take a vast amount of the drudgery out of programming.
One particular language that has more than its fair share of drudgery is Assembler.
Many programmers build up libraries filled with macros to carry out particular tasks, thereby allowing code from different projects to be used over and over again.
The macros below were designed to take the drudgery out of writing hardware copper lists. Instead of having to write reams and reams of meaningless 16-bit values, your copper lists will finally become readable (“Impossible!” I hear you shout). Anyway, enough waffle, here’s the juicy bits. But first we’ll start with a look at the format of each macro individually.
* CMOVE data, address This is the copper MOVE instruction. The
two values normally given have been reversed to match the
68000's MOVE format. For example, moving a value into the
hardware colour register zero is achieved using the following
command - CMOVE SOOO.COLOROO CWAIT line, column
CWAITline,column,lm,cm These macros provide both the normal
copper WAIT instruction and the masked WAIT instruction. The
vertical line and horizontal column must be given. The macros
will then build up the neccessary word. If no mask is defined,
the mask generated will be the default value of $ FFFE.
CSKIP line, column CSKIP line, column, lm, cm Just like the CWAIT macros, the CSKIP instruction provides both direct and masked versions of the copper SKIP instruction. If no mask is defined, then the mask generated will be $ FFFF.
BWAIT line, column BSKIP line, column BWAIT line, column, lm, cm BSKIP line, column, lm, cm These four macros are similar to the Cxxxx macros with one exception. If the copper has been used to start a blitter operation, these macros will force the copper to wait until the blitter has finished. Note that the macro is checked AFTER the blitter is freed.
CEND Not a great deal to this macros business really. This macro was created purely for cosmetic reasons and is basically just a friendlier version of DC.W $ FFFF,FFFE which is used to end a copper list.
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TIME TO MOVE ON?
To expand, or not to expand? That is the question. I bought my Amiga 1000 when they first came out - well someone had to!
Although I have since bought the extra 256K RAM expansion (knocking the machine’s memory up to 512K) and a second disk drive, it is still relatively unexpanded. I have built up a nice little nest egg over the years and will soon be wanting to add a hard drive and other such luxuries to my machine. Could you possibly answer a couple of questions?
1. With the dawn of ROM-based Kickstarts, ECS and peripherals
made for use on only the A500 and 2000 (Xetec’s FastTrak etc),
is it time to lay the old A1000 to rest and buy myself a nice
new Amiga 2000?
2. If so, do I say goodbye to The Music Studio and Leaderboard?
(both will only work under Kickstart 1.1)?
3. What exactly is Fast RAM, and why haven’t I got any?
4. In either case, I need a hard disk drive that also provides
space for RAM expansion. Is RAM quicker when installed in the
hard drive unit?
J Hall Epsom, Surrey The Delaware Wonder Card is a very clever little board that slots in as a replacement to the Kickstart daughterboard inside the A1000. This board allows the Amiga 1000 to use both the ECS and even Kickstart 1.4, which is ROM-based! Not only that, but once the ECS is installed the A1000 will have access to all the new ECS screen modes and the ability to use up to a megabyte of chip RAM.
Optional extras include a battery backed clock, an audio filter switch and the ability to software select between 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4 of the Amiga O S. How can an A1000 owner live without such a device? (My A1000 is going to get one as soon as they are available in this country!)
Needless to say, as soon as it is available we will review this wondrous piece of hardware.
Until then, Delaware can be contacted on 0101 215 446 9227.
BASIC PROBLEMS
2. Most software that will only work under 1.1 of the operating
system has since been re- released in a 1.2 1.3 compatible
form. Both Music Studio and Leaderboard are included in this.
3. Fast RAM is memory that cannot be used by the Amiga’s cus
tom chips - only the 68000 can access it. If you buy a RAM
expansion to take your Amiga over 512K, you will have Fast
RAM in your machine. (There’s also Slow RAM, but we won't go
into that!) If you need a RAM expansion for your A1000, then
GTS sell A1000 RAM expansions. GTS are on 077082 234.
4. As far as I am aware, no such device exists for the A1000.
Looks as if you may be forced to buy a separate RAM expansion and hard drive.
STAR STRUCK I have recently treated myself to an Amiga 500 and a Star LC-10 colour printer. Although I have owned the printer for over two months now, I am still having prob- Curiosity has forced me to put ink to paper and ask Workbench a few questions.
1. What is the correct meaning of the abbreviation, CLI? I have
heard it called the ‘Command Line Interface’, the ‘Command
Line Interpreter’ and even the ‘Command Language Interpreter’.
Which is correct?
2. 1 am considering purchasing HiSoft’s BASIC compiler. Is its
speed worthy of its price tag?
Also, can I access the Amiga operating system libraries (Graphics, Intuition etc)? If I use the operating system routines, will my programs run at near machine code speed?
3. Is GFA BASIC (once compiled) as fast as HiSoft’s system?
C Griffin Merseyside
1. CLI definitely, no question about it, no arguments, most
certainly stands for ‘Command Line Interface’. Take no notice
lems with it. My problems are simple - no colour prins out
and no pound signs appear. When I try to print something in
colour, all I get is plain boring black and white. As for the
pound sign, all I get is of anyone who says otherwise - both
Commodore and myself say sol
2. HiSoft BASIC, like AmigaBASIC, allows you complete access to
the power of the Amiga’s operating system.
However, as any Amiga applications programmer will tell you, the Amiga OS routines are far from fast (the graphics library is particularly bad) so your programs will never be that fast.
If it’s ultra-fast graphics, animation and sound that you’re after, then a better bet could well be Mandarin’s soon-to-be- released BASIC language, AMOS. This excellent provides the kind of graphics and sound facilities that were previously only accessible from assembler.
3. GFA BASIC is a blisteringly fast language, faster than both
HiSoft BASIC and AMOS. For an idea of the speed of GFA BASIC,
check out our review of the GFA Compiler in Issue 8 of AF.
A hash symbol. What could I possibly be doing wrong?
M Lawrence Hampshire Humm, strange one that. There are several reasons why your printer could be refusing to print in colour. The first possibility is the blatantly obvious one - have you got a colour ribbon in the printer, or is it just a black ribbon?
Secondly, have you actually told the Amiga that you are using a colour printer? This is achieved using the Workbench Preferences tool. To check, load Preferences, enter the Change Printer screen and then click on the Graphic 1 gadget and you should see a screen display similiar to the one printed on this page.
You'll notice that there is a box called Shade at the bottom left of this screen that contains four gadgets. The one that you are interested in is colour, which should be highlighted (click on it if it is not). Once you've done this, save off your new configuration and try to print in colour - if all goes well, yojr problem should now be solved. Note that you will have to carry out this procedure for all your boct disks (DPaint etc).
The problem with hash symbols is simple to solve.
Somewhere on your printer you will find a row of dip switches.
These are used to configure various aspects of the printer. One of these dip switches (pin 5, if my memory serves me well) is used to tell the printer to print either hash symbols or pound signs.
Refer to the manual that came with your printer to find out exactly which dip switch to flick.
AMIGA FORMAT WORKBENCH CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR PROBLEMS!
Here at Amiga Format, we do our best to help readers with their problems. In many cases tips and tricks that other readers have found for themselves are good advice for others, so we are always happy to receive tips - and to pay for them as well.
But Workbench isn’t just about tips and tricks to help you get the very most from your Amiga - we also try to help sort out any problems you may have.
If you have a problem which is causing you grief, then put pen to paper and write to Workbench, Amiga Format. Please note that we re a busy lot (producing a state-of-the-art, market-leading magazine takes a lot of hard work!) And so we cannot take phone calls or reply personally to any letters, so save your stamps: if you do send us a SAE, then Damien will roll it up into a ball and throw it at Andy just when he’s about to achieve a high score.
Send your letters to: WORKBENCH HELP, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2AP. Go on, make my day!
C FOR YOURSELF
1. Why is there such a large variation in price between RAM
expansions? For a 512K RAM expansion, I’ve seen prices in your
mag that range from as little as £50 to well over £100.
Are all RAM expansions created equal or are some more equal than others?
Aegis SONIX V2.0 I jjjj yjji QD
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2. With a MIDI interface, is it possible to use a normal
keyboard and guitar for input, or must I buy a device made
specifically for use with the interface?
3. What is the difference between Aegis Sonix and Deluxe Music?
Which package is best?
4. Excuse me for being totally thick, but what exactly is C?
N Chadwick Garbleshire
1. Speaking very generally, there is very little difference
between 512K RAM expansions.
However, there are several things to take into consideration when choosing the one that is good for you.
Some RAM expansions offer battery-backed clocks that allow the Amiga to keep time even when it is turned off. Most people rarely use these, so it is simply as case of deciding whether your require such a facility. Usually, the lack of a battery-backed clock can knock about £20 off the price of a RAM expansion.
Another factor to consider is future expansion. If 1 Megabyte is enough for your needs just buy the cheapest 512K RAM board that you can find: otherwise you are advised to look for a board that offers further appropriate software to hand!)
Laid
3. Aegis Sonix and Deluxe Music are in many ways very similar.
They are both music packages that allow the creation of music by placing notes onto a standard musical stave. Deluxe Music is a far more powerful package, but is rather user-unfriendly at times. Aegis Sonix, on the other hand, is favoured by many because of its ease of use. If you’re new to music software, then Aegis Sonix is probably a better bet.
4. C is a programming language devised during the early seven
ties by Brian Kernigan and Dennis Ritchie at Bell
Laboratories, for use on their then-new operating system,
Unix.
C is a highly-structured programming language that lends itself particularly well to systems programming (operating systems, low-level device drivers etc). The language was designed to offer high speed of execution, a very high level of portability (C programs from one system can be taken across to another system with minor modifications) and C programs suffer from very few overheads once compiled.
A large amount of the Amiga’s operating system was written in C (Graphics and Intuition libraries etc. Amiga DOS was unfortunately written in a wretched language called BCPL, which is even more hideous than COBOL!), hence its popularity. If you are planning on writing applications that use the Amiga operating system, then C is a very good choice.
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The final option on this switch is called Letter, but as there is still no way for the scanner to know whether you are running your hand over a picture of your favourite star-person or the collected letters of Boris Yeltsin, what it actually does is provide full monochrome with no scaling. This is the ideal setting for line drawings, simple cartoons or photographs of people you hate and have decided to make look bland when you put the images of them into the Yearbook or ‘Wanted’ poster.
ABOVE LEFT: Defining the size of the scan.
Logical, Captain The real work is done by the modest logic chips, which reside in a small plastic case that plugs into the parallel port. Logic-based they might be, but even their Spock-like abilities will not allow them to deal with 4094 of the Amiga’s 4096 colours. The Datel Amiga Handscanner is a monochromatic device. But don’t let that put you off. To achieve colour scanning would cost a damn sight more than the most decent human beings could afford. A flatbed, colour scanner will cost you anything from a thousand pounds upwards.
What you do get are ‘grey scales’ rather than a flat, boring, badly-photocopied mono. The grey scaling will produce half tones at sixteen levels of gradation or, if you prefer, a simple two-tone. Both of these formats can be saved in either IFF or RAW form.
The former allows you to transfer the captured images over to other soft- ware such as desktop publishers or paint packages where you can add as many colours as you like.
Head!
The trick, of course lies in capturing the images in the first place and to do this you need to concentrate on the scanning head itself. This is connected to the interface by way of a small 8-way DIN plug. In appearance the scan head bears a striking resemblance to a late 70s idea of an interplanetary scout ship - a kind of rounded-off T shape - upon which you will find four controls.
The brightness is monitored by a thumb-wheel at the rear of the device.
While this affects the way you see the image appearing on screen, it also controls the way in which the software defines light from dark. Although first thing which leaps out at you with this hand scanner is just how easy it is to use. Fitting the thing takes one 13-amp socket for the power supply, one parallel port for the 25-way connector, a fairly flat surface for the scanning to take place and Jean’s your aunty.
You get software which will allow you to manipulate the images in quite complex ways and the hardware itself. We won’t go into the power supply (which is no more than a black box) but the rest of the kit deserves some examination.
TIM SMITH gets to grips with the GeniScan 4000 hand-held scanner from Datel.
It appears to be the least important of the devices at your command, getting it right is imperative if you wish to have a clear image to play around with later.
Next to the brightness control is the Resolution switch. A four way switch, this works in tandem with the software and needs to be set at the same level.
On the side of the scan-head are two more switches: the one nearest the back defines to the software just what type of image you are scanning.
You are given four options: three are set at Photo which are, in effect, the grey scale settings. The three different options here are dependent on the quality of the original image you have chosen for scanning. Although the documentation claims that Photo gives you ‘newspaper type grey D The final control on the head is modestly called Start. A simple on off job, this (obviously!) Tells the scan- head that you are over the section of image you wish to be scanned.
Softly Software Four controls leave the scan-head itself feeling light, which is fine by me as it makes long hours of work less arduous. You are not left with just three ways of getting the image right, however. The main power of the package comes with the software.
The Amiga 1000 isn't capable of auto-booting this so have Kickstart at the ready in order to get moving. If you’ve not got the 1000 then simply whack in the disk and off you go. The first thing you see are some dancing images, Mickey Mouse and the like, which is the product's way of showing off and telling you ‘just how easy it is’
- once you’ve become sick and tired of this, click on the left
mouse button and on you’ll go.
You will know when you are in business as the normal cursor icon changes into one of the scan head.
While powering up the green scan light (positioned at the front of the scan-head) will have lit up for no apparent reason, as soon as the software has got itself sorted and is resident in the system, however, this light will soon extinguish and you will be ready for action.
Once everything is running, which might take a couple of attempts as the model used for this review did have a tendency to be petulant and fall over every so often, it’s time for the first of many menus to pull on down! Because the bulk of the Amiga’s screen is used to display the images themselves, this pull-down menu system was the only really workable option and it serves its purpose effectively enough.
There are six categories available to you in the form of Project, Scan, Edit, Extras (!), Compress and Function. The first thing to do here is bring down the Scan menu and inform the scanner just what width of image you wish to be captured. Five selections are available: 400, 640, 800, 1280 and 1600 pixels wide. Although it is tempting to go for the top whack every time, avoid this temptation. The optimum width is dependent on the quality of the original graphic, so trial and error are your best pals in the early stages of this operation - and most of the others.
Old Buffer The next step is to set the number of ‘pages’ or screens you want scanned
- from one to four pages. Because images are scanned to a buffer,
the ability to scan and store up to four attempts can be a real
time-saver.
Each page consists of 20,000 bytes of data while the buffer itself allows for ten times as much information, giving 200,000 bytes to play around with in the form of 2.5 screens wide by four deep. Screen memory and buffer memory are independent, which makes re-doing cock-ups that bit easier.
Once you have decided how many pagers you wish to scan it’s time to get into details. Scan density is set from 100 200, 300 or 400 dots per inch and these settings have to be tied into those which you set on the scan-head itself. There is scope for experimentation by not doing so but only if you’re really into fuzzy images with little definition. 400 dpi is no mean feat, by the way, and does provide you with some quite dapper- looking scans for later use. The company claim 95% accuracy in scanning with the 400 dpi.
Once you’re all set up it’s time to get going: in fact once you have selected the number of pages you require, the green light on the scan head springs back into action and it’s down to you to press the start button.
Fiddle About Don’t use glossy surfaces, my old blind, deaf and dumb servant used to tell me, and she was right. Glossy images just bounce the light back up the hooter of the scan-head so, if you can, photocopy first or use matt images to begin with. The scanning itself takes little time and you don’t have to have a hand steadier than Maradonna’s to achieve clear results.
Happily the scan-head is light and better still while a completely flat surface is best the scanner can cope with a normal desktop.
Once you are happy with the quality of the image on screen you can either save it direct to disk for later transfer or you can use the software’s built-in editing tools. These include Cut, Copy, Paste, Mix and Brush. The two options can prove very effective by allowing you to paint a captured picture in full or part (just keep your finger on the mouse button) on top of other images, or to integrate a Letter with a Photo. Cut and Copy are straightforward in application, allowing you to tidy up your graphics and save data to the buffer for later use: for example (and if copyright allowed)
you could put John Major’s head on the body of Maynard Keynes. On top of this lot there is also the essential Undo command.
Effects abound but get boring after a while - there are only so many times you will want to see a black and white picture turn upside down (Invert), from left to right(mirror) or turned from black and white to white and black(pos neg). You’ll probably dabble here for a while before hoiking the scan into some beefier program for a real working over.
Basically, the software does the business effectively enough but with no great flair. You do have a deal of access to the buffer itself which is a boon for long hauls of work say, for example, when putting together a fanzine. The Compression facilities allow you to squash buffered information as well as that of the files which you are editing - in effect it is a ‘size to fit’ option which is rather lacking in any fine tuning.
Conclusion Overall the Datel (or GeniScan as it comes to be known half-way through the rather flimsy manual) is a workmanlike tool. The hardware is light, easy to use and capabable of achieving some excellent results once you have worked out the scaling, angling of the head and equation of image quality to scan requisites. The manual could have done well to give some workable examples with the occasional screen shot but there you go, trial and error.
The software has been pepped up since version 1 (you now get the 400 dpi density) and once you’ve found your way around it will also produce some extremely effective visual delights. However, the main worth of the system lies in its ability to export images to sofware of greater editing strengths if you have access to such things. Finally, don’t think that the images you get on screen will be matched by the printed effort. A nine- pin dot matrix printer will probably not do a great deal of justice to them and sadly there is no way of finding this out as no print function is included.
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SPACE ACE If we’ve had one letter on this then we’ve had a letter on this.
The number of letters sent in for Space Ace must reach well into double figures. Obviously it would be impossible to list everyone who sent in the solution, but thanks to you all anyway.
Screen 1 ?
- OUTSIDE BORF’S SHIP A classic case of RTFM here. If you want to
know what that means ask a parent or guardian, but it does have
something to do with reading the manual.
Screen 2
- STAMPING ROBOT Just as you enter the screen the robot’s right
leg smashes down, so pull right to avoid it. Push the joystick
left when the leg lifts up and left again when Dexter touches
the floor with his hands.
Now wait until the left leg lifts up and push left again to go past.
Screen 3
- THE ROCK TOWER When the drones fire at you pull back on the
stick and push up when you stand on the rock.
Screen 4
- APPROACHING THE SHIP Push up before the shuttle disappears
behind the horizon.
Screen 5 V
- THE TRASH MONSTER Press fire when the monster rears up
frighteningly above you.
Screen 6
- THE CRUSHER ARM When the arm comes up after crashing into the
water, push right.
Press up as soon as you land.
Screen 7
- THE MOVING PLATFORM Push right when the platform comes up for
the second time.
Once you are on the platform quickly push right to jump off.
Screen 8
- PURPLE MONSTER 1 Pull back to cone to a halt in front of the
big purple-type monster then push right :o escape.
Screen 9 ?
- PURPLE MONSTER 2 Again pull back to stop, then left to make
good your escape.
Screen 10
- PURPLE MONSTER 3 As soon as the monster's tentacle graps
Dexter’s feet, press fire.
A veritable flood of letters has been arriving for Gamebusters this month - it was hard to find the Amiga underneath them all. Eyes down for a good cheat with MAFF EVANS.
Screen 11
- THE WALKWAY As soon as Dexter drops onto the walkway, push up
on the joystick.
Screen 12
- THE DOG CHASE 1 Push up as soon as the dogs come on the screen.
Screen 13
- THE DOG CHASE 2 Push right as soon as you reach the crossroads
to go that way.
Screen 14
- THE DOG CHASE 3 Push up when Dexter turns around and sees the
dogs behind him.
Screen 15 A
- THE GUARD ROBOTS As soon as Dexter appears between the two big
blue robots push right to flee rapidly.
Screen 16
- THE BLAST TUBE 1 Push left as Dexter reaches the tube to
disappear down the tube.
Screen 24 - THE FIGHT 5 Just as Borf is about to hit Dexter with his staff press fire.
Screen 25 - THE FIGHT 6 Push up to jump over the staff as Borf swings it, then pull down to duck the next blow.
Screen 26 - THE FIGHT 7 (long fight this) Push right as soon as Dexter appears then push down to run behind Borf’s back.
Screen 27 - THE FIGHT 8 (it’s almost as long as the one in They Live) ?
When the screen changes to Dexter reaching out to grab the rope, push left. He will swing to temporary freedom.
Screen 17
- THE BLAST TUBE 2 Again push left as Dexter reaches the end of
the screen.
Screen 18
- THE BLAST TUBE 3 This time move right as Dexter reaches the end
of the screen.
Screen 19
- THE ENTRY TUBE Push up as Dexter reaches the ladder in order to
climb up it.
Screen 20 - THE FIGHT 1 As soon as Dexter and Borf appear on screen, press fire.
Screen 21 - THE FIGHT 2 Press fire as soon as you appear to block Borf's blow.
Screen 22-THE FIGHT 3 A Press fire when Dexter picks up his staff then push right to roll out of the way.
Screen 23-THE FIGHT 4 ?
Press fire as soon as you appear then pull down. By this stage you may realise this’ll take a while.
Screen 28
- THE LAVA PLATFORM Leave the stick alone and let Dexter drop
onto the platform.
Screen 29 ?
- KIMBERLEY’S RESCUE Just as the lava is nearly touching Dexter’s
feet push right.
Screen 30
- THE APPROACH 1 As soon as this screen appears on your monitor
push right.
Screen 31
- THE APPROACH 2 When Dexter nears the turning is the right
moment to push left.
Screen 32
- THE APPROACH 3 As soon as Dexter appears is a very good time to
push right.
Screen 33
- THE LAST STAND ?
When Borf fires the ray push left to shove the mirror forward. When you see the laser in the mirror push right.
Borf will now get a blast of the infanto-ray up the nethers and Dexter will have won. Off to the Pie Shoppe for a celebratory slap-up binge! Hurrah!
DUNGEON MASTER There have been quite a few pleas for spell lists to this subterranean adventure, but unfortunately we haven’t had any in... Wait a minute, what's this? Stap me vitals! It’s a list of spells to that subterranean adventure Dungeon Masteri That’s handy, Harry, stick it in the oven... POTIONS VI - Increased Health YA - Increased Stamina YA BRO NETA - Increased Vitality YA BRO DAIN - Increased Wisdom OH BRO ROS - Increased Dexterity FUL BRO KU - Increased Strength ZO BRO RA - Increased Mana VI BRO - Poison Antidote VI BRO - Shield ZO VEN - Poison (for throwing) MISSILE SPELLS FUL IR
- Fireball OH VEN - Cloud of Poison OH KATH RA - Explosive (similar to Fireball) DES EW - Kills Spiritual Beings (eg Ghosts) DES VEN - Poison OTHER SPELLS YA IR - Shield OH EW RA - You can look through solid objects FUL - Light FUL BRO NETA-Spell Shield ZO - Opens some doors ZO RATH KA - Zokathra Spell There are also a few spells the results of which aren’t clear. These are YA BRO ROS, OH IR RA, OH EW SAR and DES IR SAR.
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DH Akehurst Ingatestone, Essex X - O U T COVERDISK DEMO After Issue 8’s Gamebusters revealed some amazing features of the Infestation Coverdisk demo which even we didn’t know about, here’s one for our Issue 8 demo, X-Out... Corruption in the marketplace even goes on in outer space, it NORTH AND SOUTH D Whittle starts his letter with tips for North and South with ‘Dear Sir Madam,’ but I don’t really think I suit that name. Imagine - called to the palace... the queen touches both shoulders and says ‘Arise, Sir Madam’. Arrgh!
Anyway, on with the hints... THE START OF THE GAME When playing a one-player game as the South, choose either 1962 or 1963 for an advantage. If, on the other hand you choose the North, then select 1964. To start a fair two player game then choose 1961, since both armies will then be equal.
Other screen options include the ship which will allow anyone owning South Virginia to gain an extra army about every eighth full move. However you have to be careful, as if you have any more than 12 infantry, 6 cavalry or 2 cannon, then you will be stopped from docking, which means you will be unable to gain the extra army.
For a slightly longer game choose the raincloud for when it rains over an army- occupied state. This will stop that particular army from moving.
If you’re feeling adventurous, then choose the Indian - this will be explained later.
MOVING FROM STATE TO STATE At the start of the game head for the counties with forts in them as they will open the train line, giving access to money for extra armies. You will also need to occupy the states between the forts with the train line going through it, otherwise it’ll be like waiting for the delayed train from Bristol Temple Meads. Another important position is the port in South Virginia, as it could give an extra army just when you need it.
If you choose the Indians, then you will see to the West of the map an Indian and a Mexican. The Indian will attack any army that stays North-West of Texas for too long, which results in the loss of a whole army. The Mexican will attack you if you stay in Texas for too long, throwing a bomb which does the same damage as an Indian attack. These sequences are amusing if it’s your opponent that’s getting hammered, but a little worrying if your side is taking a beating!
If you are worried that an enemy army is going to attack one of your forts, then leave an army there. That way he’ll think twice before attacking.
The more states you own the more money you’ll receive, so remember to defend your states and try to corner the enemy in one state. Then he’ll have to fight to the death, unless he’s stronger than you, in which case he’ll break free.
FIGHTING BATTLES At the start of a battle, press the fire button until the meter at the top of the screen is full.
With luck the cannonball fired should hit the enemy with an eye-watering blow!
If there is a bridge, wait until an infantry or cavalry is crossing: that way you’ll kill two birds with one stone.
If the bridge has been destroyed and you want to get across to the other side follow the path that should be at the top or bottom of the screen. If you do decide to use the path, remember that it can only be traversed in single file, so if you send a full Infantry, only three men will survive.
At the start of the game try and send in your cavalry to slaughter the enemy artillery, infantry or cavalry as soon as possible.
However, take care when confronting the infantry or artillery: they can fire at you before you reach them, so keep moving to avoid their shots. If you leave your artillery in one place, then the enemy will try to destroy it. If you see his meter rising for a shot, move your artillery straight away, then his shot will be wasted.
TAKING PORTS If you have more forts than the enemy chances are you’ll receive more armies than him, so try to take as many forts as possible at the start of the game and so reduce the number of armies he receives. To take a fort, you must move one of your armies into an enemy held state. Once you start moving, go to the top of the wall to avoid the dogs and the explosives. Remember to jump the gaps or you’ll fall to the ground! If you see an enemy soldier heading your way, either fire a dagger or move to the top or bottom of the wall, then he’ll pass you. Follow these points and you should
take the fort in no time.
DEFENDING FORTS You need to get a shot in as early as you can, so to appear at the same height as an enemy soldier, press either the up or down key. As soon as you appear loose off a dagger to stun him. If he fires a dagger at you then just jump over it. Once you have stuuned him, run up and keep punching him to slow him down.
At the start, let your men attack him one after another and you should (hopefully) keep the fort.
TAKING TRAINS As soon as the train sequence starts, push up to climb up onto the second carriage instead of the first. Make your way to the right, jumping the gaps between the carriages and avoiding the guards. When you jump a gap, loose off a dagger to stun a guard, so that he can’t stop you from jumping. Once you reach the cab you will get the gold that the enemy would have received.
DEFENDING TRAINS Defending a train is similar to defending a fort. When an enemy soldier jumps a gap between the carriages, send on a soldier and let loose a dagger. This should knock him to the ground so that he has to climb back onto the carriages. If you miss him with the dagger, then run up to him and attack him with your fists to slow him down.
GENERAL HINTS Always try to surprise armies when you can.
Try to combine armies to increase their strength. Try to remember to leave Texas as soon as you can, otherwise the Mexican will get you! The same applies for the Indian - steer clear or you’ll get it in the neck!
D Whittle Newbury, Berkshire IT CAME FROM THE DESERT If you’re overrun with insects then either get to the louse doctor or call Rentokill. On the other hand if they’re only giant ants then have a shuftie at these playing tips.
All the evidence must be collected and analysed by Dr. Wells by June 9, otherwise the doctor either dies or leaves town.
The following table gives the dates, main sources and relative tips to use for specific evidence: DATE LOCATION PART(S) FOUND TIP June 2 Jackie’s Car Body, Fluid Body Cast Tape 1 2 June 3 Home Base June 4 Cook’s Stud Farm Police Station Tape June 5 Ore Plant Quarry Fluid Neptune Hall Fluid June 7 Ore Plant Cast Body Fluid Any 1st Ant Encounter Any 2nd Ant Encounter 4 4 SIM CITY To bring even more realism into this simulation, you can become a greedy and bitter official by embezzling money from the authorities.
If the old kitty is looking a bit sparse, hold down Shift and type FUND.
The pot will go up by $ 10,000 each time. After a few goes, this causes an earthquake, so it may be an idea to stock up your dosh before building anything.
“Gold? Gold! And it’s all mine! HahahahahahaHAAA!” “Do you think we’ve got the right man for the job?” The Tips (From the Table) 1 - Jackie’s Car isn’t found unless you are in your house on the morning of June 2. Let Jackie into your house and select Take Jackie to Car.’ Once you are at the car you will find the fluid, but to find the body part you must select 'Investigate Scene Further.’ 2 - This body part is delivered to your house by a neighbour. To get it you must be at home on the morning of June 3 and you must answer the door.
3 - You are given the tape the second time you go to M-2 on June 5. The first time you are stopped by an ant.
4 - To collect either of these pieces you must kill the first ant and then go on to destroy enough ants to scare off the rest.
GENERAL TIPS To collect the body part and the Fluid on the first day, first go to JD’s farm, then go to the South- West Cone. If you do this without answering the door first, you can take the evidence to Dr. Wells for analysis.
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By June 6 the ants will go into hiding and all ant activity stops until the main attack on June 9.
Mines three, four and five, the pump-stations, the North Cone and the North-West Cone are all deadends and nothing ever happens there. Ignore the strange lights you hear about - they’re just red herrings.
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To beat Ice at playing chicken drive on the left-hand side of the road and steer to the right at the last minute - but DON’T press fire.
Ice should steer around you. It may take a few attempts until you get this right, as it is quite difficult.
Winning a knife-fight is one of the easiest sections. All you have to do is repeatedly stab and swipe by pressing fire and up followed by fire and right. Get it right and your opponent rarely hits you.
Try to avoid fire-fighting wherever possible, as it's the hardest of the sub-games - so don’t pick up the red rock at the start!
If you stay in hospital you may miss a vital piece of evidence, so here are a couple of methods of escape: 1 - Grab a wheelchair as soon as you can and take it down the lift. Barge past any nurses or orderlies and rush past the guards.
2 - Sneak your way from room to room towards the elevator or stairs. Once downstairs carry on sneaking until you get to the bottom right hand room. Walk up to the guards and get their attention before going back to the right hand room. The guards should go past, leaving you to sneak out of the room and rune through the doors.
Towards the end of the game the mines and South-West cone may be destroyed. If this happens you can only get into the nest by plane. Fly to M-l gassing any ants on the way. When you reach the mine fly a little to the left and turn round to land on the dirt track.
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Why can’t software houses stop using strange boots?
See ‘Kinky Boots’.
KINKY BOOTS Pp I ¦ ¦ I have an Amiga 500 i rTTrn an ave discovered U a number of cor- LL11AjU rupted disks in my collection. With a few exceptions these are all originals, or magazine or Public Domain certified disks. I would like to offer a cautionary tale to others who discover their prized collection is full of errors or corrupted disks.
Don’t assume, just because a disk comes from a manufacturer and you break the seal yourself, that it is virus free. How eas would it be for a malicious person to deliberately leave a virus to cause havoc? Check your disks!
Are the software companies even aware of the alarm caused by non-standard bootblock messages flashing on the screen, particularly for new computer owners?
Please don’t write programs that behave in this way - everyone automatically fears the worst and begins to wonder where the disk was infected. Accusations fly thick and fast as partners blame each other: for buying games untried?
Through mail order? From the sale bin? That scruffy shop? That posh shop? Was the seal broken? Did the assistant get the disk from the back room? Surely you didn’t buy it from that shop which allows yobbos to X-COPY their own disks on the display machine? Did you run it through all the virus checkers before use? Was the write-protect ever left off?
Would the software companies please use standard bootblocks only: then we do not have the alarming messages of ‘non-standard bootblock’ and should a virus ever damage a bootblock we can rewrite the bootblock with the industry-standard one and still use the program.
Wendy Stokes-Clare Nesscliffe, Shropshire TROUBLE IN THE MAIL Last November I sent £17.90 to Megasave for the game Bomber to give to my grandson for a Christmas gift. The cheque was cashed within tfree days and all I have received after waiting four months has been a letter from the liquidators of Megasave stating that the company has gone into liquidation. They owe £51,444, £28,812 of which is owed to 1,762 Mail Order customers, who will not be able to recover any of the debt.
My advice is not to trust your money to Mail Order companies that use a box number address without a phone number, and never part with your money unless the item you want is in stock.
To advertise a disk for sale long before its release date is widely practiced in many computer magazines, so if you must order in advance make sure it’s from a company you can trust.
G L Murray Bexleyheath, Kent SHANGHAIED Please, please help me! I am a very new owner of an Amiga 500, and having sold my Commodore 64 and games I am desperately trying to locate Shanghai for Amiga 500. I am getting dreadful withdrawal symptoms - and my daughter needs a copy too. So two copies would be even better - but I will settle for one.
You are the only one left to help - Activision do not have any left - I MUST get Shanghai?!!
Mrs P G Chambers Par, Cornwall FORTY-SOMETHING As a guy that has been confused and amused by this thing called an Amiga for nearly three years now, I thought I’d send you my list of favourite games, although some more recent Amiga owners may not have heard of some of these.
1. Kick Off
2. Shanghai
3. Amiga Basic!
4. Solitaire Royal
5. Pagesetter 1.2
6. Deluxe Paint II
7. MED (from your Coverdisk)
8. Analyse
9. Leisure Suit Larry
10. Sonix No ‘shoot-em-ups’ here, but rather than slag those off
as mindless alien bashing they are, in my opinion, more a
test of reactions and memory - which at my age (42 and 3 4s)
are somewhat lacking.
The embarrassment of having my hard-won top score being beaten by the average 14-year-old within 15 minutes of sitting behind the machine is too much for me.
My wife also plays Shanghai or Solitaire whenever possible so some women do like some computer games.
Greybeard Harrow, Middlesex If Activision are all out of copies your best bet Is to check out the Public Domain for a copy. Why not give one of those nice people listed on our PD Update pages a ring and see if they can help you?
THE CRUNCH BUNCH have been trying out my dated file cruncher on the Coverdisk of Issue 8 of Amiga Format (the most fab, brill, excellent magazine for the Amiga). I managed to save about 22K and all the files still worked. I was wondering why you don’t use a more up-to-date cruncher - you could save yourself a great deal of disk space.
In this space you could put any small PD program or demo. I noticed that Ultrapaint was crushed and that saved you 36K.
This makes a total saving of 58K.
In that space you could put a crunched Xoper directory.
Wise up and do what the opposition do. I am sure many of your readers would be grateful.
Jason W Gordon Wallington, Surrey DTP FOR COVERDISK?
I have been reading Amiga Format since Issue 1 of the then ST Amiga Format, and in general have enjoyed many of the progs issued on the Coverdisks.
However, in all that time there has never been a Desktop Publishing program included on the disk.
I see the Coverdisk as primarily a chance to try various different types of software that I have no experience of, and then if I like the look of them I look around for the We don’t use a cruncher on everything because it can cause problems with some programs and they will not always show up straight away. We use it where we are sure it is safe. It's also worth noting that some programs actually take up more space when crunched.
Best commercial example to purchase. This is true of the MED program on Amiga Format Issue 7.
I was very impressed with that program, and it has opened up another side of the Amiga for me. I feel the same about DTP, I have always been interested in it, but have been reluctant to invest a large amount of cash to ‘experiment’ with it, so please consider a DTP program for inclusion in a future Coverdisk. I do think that it is a waste of disk space to provide a playable demo of yet another shoot-em-up when we are all familiar with that vein of entertainment.
Stuart Hunter Edinburgh Sadly we have never been able to get a demo of a DTP program because most of them are written in the US. If we get a chance, though, we will run one.
TOP TEN TIME AGAIN Here is my list of Top Ten games (which I own) of all time.
1. Virus Killer (Practical) - worth its weight in gold.
2. Tracksuit Manager (Again, Again) - one of the best footy games
around.
3. Austerlitz (PSS) - for budding generals everywhere.
4. Sim City (Infogames) - gives you the power of God.
5. Battlehawks 1942 (Lucasfilm US Gold) - as least as good as the
actual old film coverage ever managed to be.
6. IK+ (System 3) - a fast and frenetic beat-em-up against
aggressive opponents.
7. Elite (Firebird) - a VERY big universe provides months of
trading blasting.
8. Sentinel (Firebird) - still very original.
9. Graphic Adventure Creator (Incentive) - an excellent and easy
to use adventure writing utility.
10. Zoids (Martech) - has stood the test of time, still very
playable.
Stuart N Hardy Wales, Sheffield SELF-HELP FOR HANDICAPPED I was down the paper shop and started to talk to a lady who was saying that she had a wheelchair bound son who has an Amiga that he uses for entertainment.
Well, my brother is also in the same situation and is also a lonely child as he cannot really go out to play with the few friends he has.
The lady in the shop said that her child (age 15) was in the same position as my brother (age 11).
Going by this there must be a hell of a lot of children and adults in the same situation.
So I was thinking of trying to start a special club for these people where they could write to each other via their Amiga and send each other disks. Also they could be supplied with games utilities from the PD library at no expense, as most of these children cannot afford to pay for any form of software let alone full-priced games.
So, two things I wish to ask.
1. Can you ask all handicapped people who wish to take part in
this to contact me without hesitation at the address below
either by letter or by disk.
2. Is there any Amiga user willing to help or donate useful PD
disks for the Handicapped Club?
Please note that no money will be payed out or accepted by either the users or operators of this club. I hope this club will be successful and help the handicapped stay in contact with each other and be of help to them.
If you have any advice on this it will be much appreciated.
Neville Tanner 10 Grantham House, Friary Estate, Peckham, London SE15 1RN CHEWING CARDBOARD When I first got my Amiga, over two years ago, I said to myself that I would not accept pirated software. I kept this view until someone I knew offered me some stuff. At that time I could not afford to buy originals and welcomed the opportunity to copy software. I had forgotten my resolution to buy from the shops.
Eventually I became as selfish as all other pirates, not caring about whether what I was doing was damaging other people’s income (either the programmers, or the poor sods who had to shell out £25 a game). Piracy is a very selfish business, there is no question about it. Groups should put their computing expertise to use, and get paid for it, not just write bouncy, scrolly, boasty intros.
The world of your new Amiga may seem an expensive one, but do not turn to piracy to avoid the cost. Save, and buy the best software you see. That way people will stop writing shit, and begin to code quality software.
Oh, and avoid film licences: they are always without exception (except maybe Batman) total rubbish. You will get more enjoyment from eating the box of a film licence than playing it (and wasn’t Robocop’s box tasty?)
Sam Carrington GOOD OLD DAYS What’s been your most enjoyable game? I know mine - it was Atic Atac on the Spectrum. Why? Well, back in the good old days when computers were a ‘new thing’ to the home user, nothing quite like them had been seen before. Games such as Atic Atac, Manic Miner and Jetpack amazed everybody who saw them. They were instantly addictive and totally playable. “So what’s different now?” I hear you cry.
The point I’m trying to make is that something new always draws our attention. However, through time, people start to look elsewhere for their ‘kicks'. I personally have owned a Spectrum and a C64, presently owning an Amiga.
While owning a Spectrum I would play virtually any game, on the C64 my choice narrowed down, and with the Amiga only really two types of games - puzzle solving and role-playing. Nowadays, shoot- em-ups, beat-em-ups and the like simply do not ‘turn me on’. Many many people I know also share the same viewpoint.
To conclude, I think that during the following years shoot-em-ups and the like will become more unpopular. Games which do well will be the puzzle solving, strategy and RPG types (games requiring a little thinking power have always done well). I feel that games which will do particularly well will be the most original - a good starter for us here is Populous.
Denis Cowie Cleethorpes, S Humberside The death of the shoot-em-up as the mainstream game type is long overdue. There will always be room for them and the other unoriginal games, but it's time the new generation took over.
QUICK QUESSIES
1. What does an assembler do?
2. Can you buy Journey's End (Mastertronic) for the Amiga?
3. Which virus killer is best?
4. Which is the best Database?
Scott Moncrieff Corstorphine, Edinburgh
1. It assembles a program into machine code.
2. No.
3. Generally the most recent one, Virus X 4.0 from last months
Coverdisk should do you.
4. Check out Page 91.
VIRUS SCHMIRUS As soon as your issue with the cover-mounted X-Out demo arrived I eagerly opened it and loaded it.
Good stuff, except your disk had just given me the ‘Lamer Exterminator’ virus.
I didn’t notice this until a mate borrowed the disk and found that he could not copy anything. A message kept coming up saying: “Unknown virus in Bootsector”.
The beast had spread onto three of his disks and five of mine.
Luckily the Pseudo Ops Virus Killer V2.0 wiped out the virus and saved me from shelling out for new software. Please could you tell how on earth I was the unlucky sod who managed to get a virus from your disk as I am constantly wondering WHY ME??
M Cadier Folkestone, Kent You could not have got a virus from the Coverdisk. Our checking procedure is very thorough at every stage and our custom boot- block guarantees it is virus-free when it gets to you.
HACKED OFF All right you SCUM, you VERMIN, you bunch of HYPOCRITES. You see yourselves as the totally law abiding magazine with not a hacker in sight. Then why, may I ask, are you advertising (as an invaluable purchase) the Hacker’s Handbook. I hope you can explain yourselves otherwise I will make you listen to the Xenon II soundtrack on the ST (yuck) all day!!
James Burrows Eye, Suffolk The Hacker's Handbook was so named before 'hacking9 became a dirty word. It does cover subject matter that is potentially illegal in its application, but it's actually of most use to those trying to stop people getting into their computer systems.
ABSOLUTE BEGINNER Could you please answer my following questions :
1. Can all viruses be removed by using one particular killer
disk?
If not could you suggest which disk or disks I should purchase?
2. Are these disk killers easy to use?
3. Should I be careful of which PD software I buy?
4. Could you suggest any good educational books on the Amiga?
As you see from the above questions I am a beginner and would be grateful if you could help.
J Massey Wrexham, Clwyd
1. No. Viruses and killers are virtually continually updated,
so just keep gettign the most recent one.
2. Yes.
3. Always be careful with any disk from an outside source.
4. It depends what you want to learn. There are an awful lot of
books - we may do a round up.
LANGUAGE BARRIER Although I am currently enjoying Dave Jones’ series on Amiga games programming, I think many of us are at a disadvantage as we cannot compile and save the code that Dave has generously provided. Neither the Devpac assembler from ST Amiga Format or the Argasm assembler recently provided have the necessary ‘include’ files to allow us to compile the code. Perhaps here a good PD assembler may be considered for inclusion in a future issue.
Still on the subject of assembly language, I am a computer systems manage', and have written programs in 4GL, Pascal, Fortran and a couple of others.
Assembly language has always eluded me, however, as I have never seen an adequate beginners’ tutorial about 68000 machine language, other than the odd short series which lasts a couple of issues.
I would welcome a course in assembly language which was practical rather than explaining what each instruction does.
Perhaps the first month you could start off and have a simple article on printing a message on screen, and in the coming issues on how to open a custom screen, and maybe designing a simple sprite and getting it to move very simply on the screen. The point, I think, is to have something that is achievable every month to keep the interest in the subject.
Perhaps this tutorial could even be based aong the lines of The Very First tutorial that comes with the Amiga. I have always thought that having a disk on a magazine was an excellent way of teaching new skills to readers.
Stuart Hunter Edinburgh LITERARY PRETENSIONS As you are in a position of offering wonderful Amiga goodies I hereby claim mine for submitting to you an original and ridiculous piece of literature.
There’s only one thing - are you man enough to print it?
Jem Barrett Northampton
2. No.
2. Definitely not.
3. Errm... that's it.
FRUSTRATED PROGRAMMER I’ve been the proud owner of an A500 for several months now, and after finally getting my jaw off the floor and enduring several hours of plastic surgery just to get that gob-smacked ‘Wcw! How does it do that?’ look off my face (it leaves my old CPC464 standing) I have seen many demos, heard many tunes and seen many a sane and rational person driven MAAAAAD with envy (HeeHeeHee!)
But now I want to have a go myself - I want to make my own mega demos, I want to make things go flying around the screen going ZZAAP! PING PIIIOOOINNG!
And I want a Ferrari parked outside my ski lodge in Austria (OK, OK - maybe next year!)
Anyhow, to the point - where do I start? How do I get control of the blitter? What exactly is a copperlist?
What I really need is a couple of decent books on machine code programming on the 68000 (for the beginner). I’ve programmed in BASIC for several years, PASCAL for several months, and I’ve scratched the surface of assembly on an 8-bit. Now I want to get down to the nitty-gritty of serious power programming, but I need some books to show me how. I am following Dave Jones’ course and I’m finding it very interesting, but I want to know more. Are there any books you recommend?
Daniel Hopkins Caernarfon, Gwynedd Jason swears by Abacus' Amiga Assembly Language Programming which will teach you the fundamentals of programming in 68000 assembler. You'll also need a good book on the Amiga hardware. The two which Jason recommends are Addison Wesley's Amiga Hardware Reference Manual and Abacus' Amiga System Programmers Guide. All three books are available from Adamsoft on 0706 524304.
WHERE'S MY PARADROID?
I own a 1 Meg Amiga and I read your magazine every month. One of the great things about Amiga Format is the amount of letter pages. So much can be learnt from other people's letters.
Now, on to my list. Over the years I have owned quite few computers. Below is a list of the 10 pieces of software that I have used most.
1. Paradroid - 64
2. Kick Off- Amiga
3. Elite - 64 Amiga
4. Kindwords v2.0 - Amiga
5. Blood Money - Amiga
6. Batman: The Movie - Amiga
7. Deluxe Paint III - Amiga
8. Populous - Amiga
9. Robocop - Amiga
10. Gridrunner - Vic 20 Oh, and by the way, could you please tell
me when the Amiga version of Paradroid is coming out.
Robert Sadler Halesowen, W Midlands Paradroid is being worked on and should be out In a few months.
QUICK QUESSIE 2 I have a query. In Amiga Format Issue 8 I read in your Letters pages about being able to externally upgrade my A500 to 8 Meg.
Is this true? If so, does it mean I will be able to run software that requires 3 or 4 meg of RAM? If so, how much will it cost? Where will I get it from?
Stephen Stairs Moulton, Northants Yes it does. Check out the ads.
DISABILITY ALLOWANCE?
I am a newcomer not only to your brilliant magazine, but also to Amiga computing itself. You see, I have recently become disabled and can only move one arm. After 7 months in hospital I was given an A501 as a gift. The kindness of friends and charities have provided a 2nd drive and printer.
This brings me to my main point - it’s all very well having the equipment, but it becomes redundant when you can’t afford the software. I have to rely on state benefits to support my wife and 2 very young children. I cannot throw my money away on software which may turn out to be total crap.
I know your feelings on the issue, but I find ‘pirate’ disks to be a way of reviewing software personally. I cannot say I favour these crackers but I really have no choice. In a similar vein, I have to say some of the PD utility disks are very good, and provide someone on a limited income the means to build a useful library.
On a serious note, I would like to delve deeper into the Amiga’s capabilities. Can you recommend a good, easy, and cheap programming system - also, do you know of any company selling guaranteed second-hand equipment such as midi systems, hard drive, flatbed scanners...?
Dave Winder Sutton, Surrey JOIN THE UNEMPLOYMENT CLUB I am writing to you regarding User Groups for unemployed computer enthusiasts. I was involved in such a group in Dublin which catered for all the popular makes of computer.
The group was divided in sections
i. e. ST, Amiga etc. The group was a huge success with over 250
members in Dublin alone. We set up a Public Domain service for
each of the formats catered for, started a virus checking
service, held meetings, outings etc. We received great A
patient experiences the latest treatment for Amigaholics, a
condition described in ‘It’s the Real Thing’.
I would be very grateful if you could print my letter in your excellent magazine: I would also be very grateful for any support your magazine may be able to offer this venture. If any of your readers would like more information or would like to join this club please do not hesitate to write.
Paul Matthews 2 6 West Pilton Crossway, Edinburgh EH4 4ED BULLETIN BOARD You invited your readers to send in details of their bulletin boards in Issue 7, so here goes! “The Isle of Avalon”, tel 01-659-5732 from 9am to 9pm (the daylight hours!)
Speed available are 300 300, 1200 1200, 2400 2400. We have an Amiga area which includes the Amiga Echo (worldwide messaging), files, letters, plus on-line games, an agony aunt, a BBC area, a PC area, an international general messaging facility and fidonet mail. The board uses ANSI graphics (optional) and supports all popular file transfer protocols.
Steve Linkstead Horsham, Sussex MAD ABOUT MASTERSOUND I am writing to complain about the Coverdisk on Issue 7. The specific reason that I bought this magazine was solely because of the Mastersound demo. When I got home and loaded the disk a message appeared on the screen demo. When I got home and loaded the disk a message appeared on the screen saying that I did not have enough memory as I only have an A500.
If I had known this was going to happen I would not have bought the magazine but as it wasn’t printed on the cover, disk or Index I assumed it would be compatible with my computer. I feel that the fact that I had to flick half-way through the magazine as well as reading it to find this out is a bit much to ask when you are in the local newsagents.
As I cannot return the magazine to my newsagent I feel that a refund is not unreasonable or some other sort of recompense for my wasted money.
Barnaby Grubb Sittingbourne, Kent It does work on an unexpanded A500 - just make sure it is the first thing you run after you have booted up the disk.
IT S THE REAL THING John Gigney (Letters, Amiga Format Issue 8) has a good point.
Every Amiga fan knows that a session at the console is totally riveting. For long stretches. (There have been a million meals-gone- cold to prove it.) That intense level of prolonged concentration must be mind-shaping. Especially as it is so enjoyable as well.
So the subject matter we're soaking ourselves in can be a pretty important question. We just can’t help being influenced by it.
On the Amiga it’s so real you have to get the answers - or feel like a bad parent. So you sharpen your eyes, without noticing it at first. And before long, accurate observation of reality becomes a day to day habit; and a pleasure in itself.
We’re Amigaholics, that’s for sure. So we reckon we might as well be addicted to a better understanding of the real creatures we share the world with.
Robin Bilson Buxted, East Sussex SAVE MY GAME I would like to air a point regarding games software that uses the master disk to store player’s games on (ie CRL’s Lancaster).
This is simply stupid as it will increase the likelihood of software companies being sent faulty returns as well as leaving software vulnerable to viruses as the write protect tab has to be off.
May I also suggest that saved games should use the operating system of the host computer so that if we have ten games we do not need ten different disks.
If software companies adopt weird formats to save player’s games hoping that this will stop users editing the saved games (as in the Dungeon Master Editor software) then why not use an encryption alogrythm instead?
Surely, adopting these suggestions would save software houses money in dealing with complaints and faulty returns as as well as save users money by having to buy less disks to put saved games on. Perhaps it is a conspiracy from the blank disk manufacturers? I think we should be told.
Mike Pearson Inverkeithing, Fife BEGINNER’S LUCK Congratulations on another excellent issue (Issue 7, Feb 1990). At last there is an article for beginners (Taking Control’). Many thousands of Amigas have been sold and a high proportion of these must be for beginners, like myself. I am sure that I am not the only one who finds a lot of what is written to be totally incomprehensible simply because we don’t understand the terminology or the procedures.
This is a pity because not only are we missing out, but a lot of what you publish and also put on your demo disks is totally wasted.
So please can we have more articles directed at the beginner explaining in idiot language the terminology etc. Then, perhaps, we can get the full value from our Amigas - and from your mag.
In your recommendations for programs for the new owner, I was surprised at what appears to be an omission. You make no mention of the brain teasers which can be played against the Amiga. I am thinking of such programmes as Scrabble, Chess, Shanghai, Solitaire and others. I get many hours of pleasure from these.
D W Joslin Bridgwater, Somerset We try to vary our coverage, most of it aimed at the average user, but some aimed at experienced users and some at beginners. We shall continue to do so.
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Some Computer companies, like CDS Software, Electronic Arts, Mirrorsoft, Thalamus and Mindscape International have donated us some games and we are very grateful for them. We have a variety of computers at the Computathon, including IBMs, Amigas, Segas and Nintendos. All we need now is some more people aged approximately 15-16 years old, of any sex or culture, who are willing to use their own computers, get sponsors for £150 minimum and stay up for 30 hours!
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Neil Mansell 53 St Marks Rd, Canvey Island, Essex SS8 9NJ ASSEMBLER CORNER I have very little reason to say anything adverse about your magazine, except concerning the “Dave Jones Series”.
I am very pleased to see this kind of addition to the magazine, but unfortunately the source code given on the disk is of no use to me since I use the K-Seka assembler debugger - which will not even allow me to edit the source, let alone assemble it.
Is it possible that you could include a version which I may use, with or without the comments? I’m sure there must be many people with the same difficulty I have.
Finally, it may be a good idea to have a section which is entirely for the assembler users, consisting of programming hints and routines - supplied by the readers and or games programmers (such as Dave Jones). Sinclair User, which I used to read in the days of my Spectrum, had such a feature and was very successful.
Matthew Barker Weston-Super-Mare Devpac is generally accepted as the Amiga industry standard assembler. If you do insist on using K-Seka (you're a brave soul!), then converting the source code to Seka format is simply a matter of removing tabs and substituting the Devpac assembler directives for their Seka equive- lents (which is easier said than done, I'll warn you now!)
LESS IS MORE As an Amiga user to be, I feel justified in writing to an Amiga magazine at last. After congratulating you on a great magazine I want to address a point to Roger Barefoot, who wrote to you about flight simulators a couple of months ago.
In his letter he complains of a lack of ground detail in the latest flight sims. Fair enough, but in the newest experimental military flight simulators the ground graphics are being generated with less detail, the idea being that by creating the picture with blocks of colour the eye is tricked into seeing detail that isn’t there. This also enables the speed of the simulator to be increased without detracting from the visuals.
Finally, a question about this Amiga that’s arriving on my doorstep in a few days time. I have been told that the Amiga does not support a proportional joystick. Having tried to play flight simulators with switched sticks on my old BBC ‘B’ I can imagine that, despite the fantastic graphics and sound, it will almost be a downgrading from my Beeb in the control area. I would be glad if you could prove me wrong.
Philip Lundsay Belfast, N Ireland The Amiga can support a proportional stick but the software usually does not.
NO PROTECTION I refer to the recent attention drawn to software piracy or ‘hacking’. In my opinion, the very existence of the hacking groups is a direct consequence of the software companies.
If the software companies did not protect their products then the hacking groups would not even exist at all and these people’s talents would be put to a far more constructive use. Obviously, the software would be copied more easily, but perhaps to a far lesser extent than if circulated by a large hacking network of groups. Most people, I feel, would much prefer to own the original copies complete with instructions, etc. If the software companies have to continue to protect their products from these petty ‘hacking’ groups all that will happen is that prices will go up as protection gets
more and more advanced and the hacking groups will thrive.
When someone has paid the original it is nice to have the peace of mind to have a back-up copy to use in case the original becomes corrupt. Sure, the companies may offer replacement deals at a reduced price, but this may come as little consolation when this occurs to a £25 game or a more expensive piece of software.
I would prefer to see unprotected software, but with some sort of a passworded entry - a random word from a manual, say - which I see as a good comprise to the problem. This, I feel, would get rid of the ‘hacking’ groups which exist who have such a harmful effect on the profits of the software companies whose hard work goes in to producing good quality software for our machines.
Nigel Stockley Corfe Mullen, Dorset VIRUS BUSTERS Over the past Amiga Formats (by the way, they are absolutely brilliant!) I have been reading views on the Virus epidemic infecting our floppy disks. I have become compelled to write to Amiga Format giving some ideas on the subject of protecting our disks. As my computer knowledge is limited, the Amiga Format team and readers may find the ideas distressing!
1) Why not have a secret virus killer on every disk supplied by
the software industry?
2) What about a dedicated piece of hardware which plugs into your
Amiga and wastes every virus it finds on an infected disk?
3) All software should have a secret built-in SAS-trained
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disrupting the goodie program.
Michael Tato Aylesbury, Bucks Errm... well you never know. The SAS approach may just work... THE AMIGA ENGLISH DICTIONARY THIS MONTH S NEW WORDS Copperlate (verb) The calculations performed when trying to get things to happen on the Amiga's screen.
Pludule (noun) One of those interfaces which, when plugged into the hack of the Amiga, means it won't quite fit on the desk any more.
Postlethwaite (noun) The feeling you get when you open the box of a game you've been waiting for for weeks only to find an instruction sheet - and no disk.
Menopause (noun) The mental confusion caused when the phone rings while you are COMP WINNER The lucky winner of the murder weekend, courtesy of Electronic Arts and their game The Hound of Shadow, is Neil Roberts of Kenilworth, Warwickshire. Happy sleuthing, Neil!
Flapsticate (verb) The frustration caused when the metal flap comes off a disk and jams it in the drive.
Areated (aclj) When the alien mothership is at the top of the screen, the cursor is at the bottom and you die because you run out of room on the mouse mat.
Chappaquidick (noun) The guy in the software shop who won't let you test out a £-30 game before buying it.
Cordwangle (verb) The futile attempts to get all the curls and kinks out of a mouse lead.
Baclurks (noun) The creeping feelings ot horror when a document crashes and you remember you have not backed it up for an hour.
Yarmouths (noun) Expletives uttered when poor collision detection unfairly takes one of your lives.
OH DEARY, DEARY ME Here’s a good one, a real corkeriffic of a cock-up
- Issue Nine’s spine was the wrong way up. OK, so anyone lucky
enough to possess a binder won’t have noticed, but it will make
a good trivia question for a future quiz.
There was also a problem with the standalone Notepad, as many of you discovered, and you can find the corrections for that on this month’s Workbench pages. Apologies for time wasted and hair torn out over that one.
NEXT MONTH The June issue will be on sale on Thursday 10th May. It’s an extra-special one because it’s the only Issue 11 we will ever produce. So it will be a real collector’s item - a bit like all the other issues so far. We did think about having two Issue 10s, but decided it was a bloody silly thing to do.
Anyway, Ish 11 will have bags of gorgeous goodies including a fascinating piece on fractals, an indispensable guide to printers, a full guide to spreadsheets, an extended games section, a truly helpful playing guide to Rainbow Islands, several exciting page numbers, absolutely no potatoes.
Advertiser's Index 17 Rit Software 120 first Choice ....132 Offidal Secrets ..... 155 16 Bit Centre ... ....128 FM Computer Supplies . ....176 Once Bytten .. 156 aq Conaiter SuDDlies .176 First Micro .. 74,75 Palace Software .... ...41 Are Rrnairs ....102 George Thompson Services GFA ......25 Photofile ...... 141 A rrniarir .. ......91 ......76 Power Computing ....165,166-167 Activision 16 22 46 97 Gonzo
Games .. ......34 Premier Mail Order .. .160 A Ham erft 7 6 Guicfng Light .... ......76 Premier Micros ..... .131 Amiable PD 114 Hammersoft ...... ....136 Premier PD .... 110 Amiganuts ....110 Harwoods Computers . .32-33 Proton software .. 149 imnru »r 176 Hi Soft ......15 Psygnosis ...... ...54 10O Hobbvte ....159 Pdom PD Amiga ... .105 Am'matix ' 1 ....149 Home Based Business .. ......87
Rainbow Arts ...68 Ark . Athrnm ....135 123 Impex J C I . ......70 ......93 Ramsoft . Red Computers ... ,156 .138 Athene Consultants ... ......78 JD I ewis ComDuters & Reoairs...70 Riverdene PDL ..... 114 Audition Compact Services A-Z Computer Services B & B Computer Supplies.... RRD Dust Covers 88 joy of Life Arts .
....113 Saddlers Computer Services.. ...48 173 78 175 JTS PD . Kadsoft ...... Ladbroke Computing ... 113 113 ....174 Sector 16 ..... Senlac . . Siren Software ..... 113 110 87 R C S 146 Lincsoft Software .. ......70 Soft Exchange ..... .146 Rvteback . .52 Linel ... ......67 Soft Machine 149 Bytes & Pieces ..125 Logtron ..... 57
Softsellers ..... 145 Caim 175 Magnetic Media ....113 Softville PD Services ...... .1 14 idlCU JwlVTOlt . Canrirrvn fnmnut rs 132 Manor Court Supplies .. .....110 Software Gty ...... .162 vapi ivk 11 wmpuivi j •••••««•• 17R Matrix Software ... 87 Software Super Store ..... .147 Computer Conversion Services ..76 Cnmrvrter Mouse UK 61 MD Office Supplies ...... Media Direct ..... 117 .....142 Softwise Solid State Leisure ... 176
.160 Comm iter 5tore . 120 Medusa ..... 78 Speaal Reserve ... 155 Comouterwise Brighton 138 Megaland .. 71 Speedysoft International ..102 Cra7v Joe's 113 Memory Expansion ...... 60 TC Computers ...... ..131 Data A Flertrnnirs 94 Merlin Express .. 14 Third Coast Technologies ..136 nataole* . .....156 Micronet .... ..8 Tcf Wear Ltd . ..106 Oat el RD.R1 R9-R3
Microsnips . 98 Tonic Audio .. ..132 Delta Pi ...141 Microtek .... .....136 Track . ....98 Diairom .90 Microtext ... .....102 Trilogic ... ....84 Digitec Computer Supplies Disk Exoress.
146 Midi Tech .....135 Turbosoft ...... ..137 .....152 Mindscape 11 UK Amiga User Group ..... 87 Domark .42,53 Mirrorsoft .. 58 Uniaue Techniaue .. ..135 Dowiind ComDuters 101 Mistral Computer Supplies.. .....175 US Gold ...28.63. 64.119 DS & K Designs ••• .....173 MJC Supplies .... .....149 9 1 Vertical Reality Laboratories... 149 Dukes Marketing ....10 Music Matrix ..... .....135 Virgin Mastertronic .. ...IBC Electronic
Arts . ..6 Mutant Sortware . .....102 WCA Business Systems .... 135 FutPDI 114 Newport Business Supplies Newtek Incorporated . .....123 Worldwide Software ...... ..138 Entertainment International .27, 51 FCP Software ....141 159 ....OBC WTS ... ..138 Nova .....114 Yuppies Computer Club .. ..131 Fur an ax Electronics .49 Oasis 5rrvir« 1 td .....168 Evesham Micros ... . ...148 Ocean Software ..IFC-3, 38, 88 CheckMate Systems
Limited, 80 Mildmay Park, London N1 4PR Telephone: 01-923 0658. Fax: 01-254 1655 Checkmate A1500 details: BASE UNIT - Includes the following:- System unit for housing the A500 circuit board. Plus - DFO will be turned round to face the front; DF1 will fit next to DFO, or you can fit any half height 3.5inch hard disk unit eg. The A590. The hard disk interface will fit inside the base unit.
The standard edge connector will remain so as to allow use of existing bulky equipment. The joy ports and keyboard case will be extended to the fornt of the base unit. A new keyboard cable will house the existing A300 keyboard. The whole system can be mou lted in a standard 19 inch rack. Most important is that this equipment can be assembled by most confident people. Or we can assemble it for you and give you a new warranty, the length of which will depend upon the age of your machine.
OPTIONS EXPANSION UNITS We can fit a full Amiga video slot This simply plugs into the top of the for use with,equipment, such as the base unit, and gives you three Flicker fixer, Genlocks etc. All this expansion slots which wifi take any is inside the base unit out of sight. A2000 card, including processor This is the only part that must be boards. This box is also designed to be fitted by us. Rack mounted. Purchasing this unit We can fit a full MIDI interface will probably need a higher rated internally if required. Power supply which we will supply as an option. Extra expansion units can _ _
_ _ _ _ _ be bought for installing more cards, or 01 923 0658 d°rkestting eXtra 3'5" half height hard £24.99 £19.99 IIWV' IBM PC ATARI ST AMIGA CBM 64 £19.99 £9.99 (CASS) £14.99 (DISC) £9.99 (CASS) £14.99 (DISC) £9.99 (CASS) £14.99 (DISC) SPECTRUM AMSTRAD ©1990 Fleetway Publications Dan Dare Ltd. Part of the Dan Dare nostalgia collection licensed world wide by Dan Dare Ltd Virgin Mastertronic, 2-4 Vernon Yard, 119 Portobello Road, London W11 2DX.
Digi-View 4.0 and Digi-Paint 3 Become One with the ultimate link between digitizer and paint program. With Digi-View 4.0's Digi-Port feature they can both share the same screen so that touching-up your digitized images is easier than ever.
Transfer 768x592, 4096 colour super bitmaps from Digi-View 4.0 to Digi-Paint 3 with a simple menu command, make changes such as combining images or adding titles, and redisplay them as Dynamic HiRes or other resolution images.
4096 Colours In High Resolution...is justlthe beginning ith the all new Digi-View 4.0 soft- I B ware you can do the one thing most people thought was impossible- digitize and display all 4096 colours in high resolution! We call this revolutionary new graphics mode Dynamic HiRes. Amiga Format magazine calls it “breathtaking, easily the best images ever seen on an Amiga screen!’ But that’s just the start of what makes Digi-View 4.0 a breakthrough. Other new features include: Dynamic HAM (fringe free HAM), Noise Reduction (for the sharpest images ever), Arexx support, super bitmap digitizing.
24 bit colour support and dozens of other new features making Digi-View Gold, the hottest Amiga graphics product ever.
And it's still just as easy to use. Simply focus youj1 video camera on any object or picture, and in seconds • Digi-View Gold turns it into Amiga graphics thaft glow with vibrant colour and stunning clarity. Whether you are creating graphics for desktop publishing, presentations, video, or just for fun, Digi-View Gold gives; you dazzling images with amazing simplicity. ; i These Images were photographed directly from an Amiga 1080 monitor and show the new 4096 colour, I, Dynamic HiRes mode available only Wl,h NewTeks Digi-View 4 0 Only Digi-View Gold:
• Digitizes in all Amiga resolution modes from 320 x 256 up to
768x592 (full HiRes overscan)
• Includes powerful Digi-Paint 1 software for retouching
digitized L images or creating original artwork m
• Uses 2 to 4096 colours (including halfbrite) H
• Has exclusive Dynamic modes for 4096 colours in HiRes
• Digitizes in 21 bits per pixel (2.1 million colours) for the
highest quality images possible
• Has advanced dithering routines that give an apparent 100.000
colours on screen simultaneously
• Has a special line art mode for desktop publishing
• Comes with an icon driven slideshow program for presentations
using both IFF and Dynamic images
• Has complete software control of colour saturation, brightness,
sharpness, hue, resolution, and palette
• Digitizes in full overscan with no borders for use with video
genlocks
• Offers an unprecedented lifetime warranty If you want the best
graphics possible for your Amiga, then get the best selling
video digitizer of all time: Digi-View Gold.
Flnllf C1AQ OR Fora NewTekauthorized dealer Ullly ZiI43i9u near you contact HB Marketing, Inc VAT Ltd at Q753 686000 jSS Now includes Sso Digi-Paint 1 K ¦Requires standard gender changer for use with Amiga 1000 Dynamic HiRes requires 2 megs of RAM Digi-View Gold is a trademark of NewTek. Inc 1 "THE WORLD OF ASTRONOMY"** £8.99 (£7.99 Members) Three disks for all Amiga Stargazers. You only need the telescope!
“"HOME BUSINESS PACK"** £19.99 (£17.99 Members) Our best selling 8 disk pack includes a Word Processor, Spell Checker, Database, Spreadsheet, Appointment Scheduler, Home and Business Accounts and much more. There is even a programme that will test your Amiga from top to bottom! A full review is in this months 'PD News'.
“"DTP ACCESSORIES VOL.1"** £5.99 (£5.49 Members) Two disks packed with Original Fonts, and the best selection of colour b&w Clip Art we could find.
“"HAM RADIO SPECIAL"** £12.99 (£11.49 Members) Five disks packed with programmes related to HAM Radio FAX Coms.
Includes text and pics.
* *"K 0 THE VIRUS V2.0"** £3.99 (£3.49 Members) - NEW VERSION
This disk features the most effective methods of detecting and
removing the latest Amiga Virus. Full instructions on disk +
"Icon Voucher" allowing you to update for only £1.00 when V3.0
is released.
“ ''HARD DISK SPECIAL"** £3.99 (£3.49 Members) - NEW VERSION This disk features the best Utilities we could find for managing your Hard Disk Drive. Includes a choice of Backup Programs, FixDisk and more.
Now includes "Icon Voucher" for £1.00 updates to latest version.
“NEW...NEW..."AVOIDING THE CLI!"** £3.99 (3.49 Members) If you have no interest in the CLI or find it difficult to use, this disk is for you. Easy to use programmes that make file management, disk copying, arcing and de-arcing, locking files etc. a doddle.
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* * "FAMOUS BOARD GAMES VOL 1"“ £8.99 (£7.99 Members) Three disks
that include Amiga versions of all the well known board games -
Chess, Backgammon, Checkers, Othello, Sorry, Clue and more.
* * 3 MEG AMIGA COMPUTER WITH CLOCK RENDALE 8802 GENLOCK DELUXE
PAINT II DELUXE VIDEO HI VIDEO PRODUCTION PACK MOUSE AND MOUSE
HOLDER 4 PDOM 60 - Modula II compiler. Apparently fully
working, complete and ready to use version with on
diskdoeumentation and examples.
5 With the impending release of both Kickstart 1.4 and the Enhanced Chip Set, it seems that Commodore have forgotten A1000 users. Thankfully, third party developers have not. One company in particular that A1000 users have to thank is Delaware Valley Software, who are soon to start shipping a board that will breathe new life into Commodore’s original (and arguably their best) Amiga.
BELOW: C offers high performance and portability.
Device (regardless of make, model or type) to talk to any other MIDI device. As long as the instruments that you have support MIDI, they will happily work with your Amiga MIDI interface (providing you have the 10| RAH: Ope ni i hr ar y, c!
Include intuition intui tion .h include (intuition intuitionbase.b) include (graphics graphics.!)) include (graphies graphicsbase.h) define mm I struct IntuitionBase *IntuitionBase; struct (if xBase *Sf $ ase; IntuitioaBase = (struct IntuitionBase *) tpenUbraryC intui tion .1 ibrary" ; if (IntuitionBase == NULL) prinifCUnable to open Intuition li%rary n" ; exit(i); OfxBase = (struct GfxBase *) Open! Ibrary("graphics I ibrary* JI&U; if $ fxBase == prinif("Unable to open Graphics IjbraryNn”); C1oseLibrary(IntuitionBase); exit(2)i if (BEBUt " I) printf(“Everythins opened ok n"); 6 Singes
Castle - £32.00. “Photon Paint 2: - £25.00** Black Magic:-£9.99 7 We will give upto 50% Discount on most items of software. Items not in stock are available next day, subject to release schedule.
8 Please ring for price on other titles.. All prices are inclusive of postage 9 would love to set up a group here in Britain. Each of the formats would have its own section run by a small number of dedicated users. If possible these would then set up their own PD and information services and a newsletter would be produced. I would also hope to include a Dungeon Master and Chaos Strikes Back column, users’ ads, help column and a section for each computer.
To set up such a large User Group we would have to make a small charge to members to cover mailing, PD software, putting together and printing of the newsletter. Although primarily for low-income and unemployed users, any computer owner would be quite welcome to join.
Other aims of the club would be: presenting home computers as useful tools in everyday life and not just for playing games on; dispelling the ‘my computer is better than yours’ syndrome; making life a little easier for unemployed low income users; encouraging members to put their computing skills to good use (by holding competition to produce programs etc); providing information regarding courses, equipment and software, and help for learning new skills and development of existing ones.

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